With time on our hands during the Coronavirus lockdown, we are reviewing the prices of some of our older stock and adjusting prices of books to ensure that they are the most attractive offering in the marketplace, as it is a reality of the antiquarian market for books that less expensive and mid-level material the trend has been inexorably downward, to the chagrin of booksellers and to the benefit of collectors.  Consequently, we have slashed prices anywhere between 20 percent and 60 percent of these books we have had listed for five years or more.  So we hope that anyone visiting the site might find something that might have become overpriced but now legitimately qualifies as a bargain.



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La Famosa Invasione degli Orsi in Sicilia, Buzzati, Dino
161 Buzzati, Dino La Famosa Invasione degli Orsi in Sicilia
Milan Rizzoli 1945 First Paper pastedown onto boards, with custom cloth box Very Good 
Buzzati classic in the extremely scarce true first edition. 151, [3] pp. 4to, 280 by 210 mm. With Buzzati's own illustrations, many in color. Paper pasted onto boards has inevitable chipping along edges and gutter, with some losses of the paper. Binding is tight with pages clean, other than the unavoidable age toning. Perhaps a touch of dust on the binding, but interior free of any soilage. Custom made box to house the book. Box is in fine condition, with handsome blue marbled paper lining much of interior. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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162 C.E.B. [C. E. Bowen]. Uncredited are William Wordsworth and Jane Taylor Favorite Colored Picture Book
New York McLoughlin Bros. 1876 First Edition presumed Decorated Cloth Very Good 
N.d., circa 1876. (Bearing an inscription from this date plus a single copy on OCLC dated as such.) [35] pages, paginated by sections, and with sixteen full pages of colored plates, some with two illustrations, other with one. Wordsworth wrote "Lucy Gray" contained herein. "Little Ann and her mamma", by Ann and Jane Taylor, is adapted from London to New York. Other poems included are "Hector the Dog", "Frisky the Squirrel", "The Kittens' Mishap", "The Robins' Christmas Eve", "The Wolf and the Seven Kids" and "Three Little Dogs", and these titles give a good hint of the content. Appropriately the inscription shows this was a Chirstmas gift. The illustrations capture our notions of High Victorian style and children's lives. This copy is mostly clean and attractive, notwithstanding wear in the corners and the spine extremities. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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163 Cahu, Theodore Richelieu
Paris Combet & Cie. (Ancienne Librairie Furne) 1901 First Hardcover Very Good Leloir, Maurice 
Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. iv, 84 pp. Lavish color illustrations, many full page, others underlaying the text as was a winsome feature of this series of young adult biographies of French heroes and leaders from the early twentieth century. The Maurice Leloir illustrations for this biography of Cardinal Richelieu are arguably the finest of this series. A few tiny blisters on the decorated boards. Top corner with bumping. A very good copy or better. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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Come Lasses and Lads.  R. Caldecott Picture Books, Caldecott, Randolph
164 Caldecott, Randolph Come Lasses and Lads. R. Caldecott Picture Books
London George Routledge & Sons. Printer: Edmund Evans 1884 First edition Wraps Good 
Oblong, 23.5 by 20.5 cm. 24 pp. Six color plates. Soiled wraps. Light, occasional fox marks. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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165 Caldecott, Randolph Picture Book, Containing the Diverting History of John Gilpin, the House That Jack Built, the Babes in the Woods and An Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog
London and New York George Routledge and Sons 1880 First Decorated Cloth Good Caldecott, Randolph 
Small 4to., Circa 1880 compendium of four chestnuts of Caldecott, with his color illustrations engraved and printed by E. Evans. Spine has chips, and boards have considerable soilage. Ex-lib marked by small stamp on FEP with no other evidence such. Some minor soilage in text but generally clean, toned. A good copy. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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166 Caldecott, Randolph Picture Book, Containing The Three Jovial Huntsmen, Sing a Song for Sixpence, The Queen of Hearts and The Farmer's Boy
London and New York George Routledge and Sons 1880 First Decorated Cloth Good Caldecott, Randolph 
Small 4to., Circa 1880 compendium of four chestnuts of Caldecott, with his color illustrations engraved and printed by E. Evans. Spine has chips, with some loss at lower tip area, and boards have considerable soilage. Ex-lib marked by small label on FEP with no other evidence such. Some minor soilage in text but generally clean, toned. A good copy. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Ride A-Cock Horse to Banbury Cross & A Farmer Went Trotting Upon His Grey Mare.  R. Caldecott's Picture Books, Caldecott, Randolph
167 Caldecott, Randolph Ride A-Cock Horse to Banbury Cross & A Farmer Went Trotting Upon His Grey Mare. R. Caldecott's Picture Books
London George Routledge & Sons. Printer: Edmund Evans 1884 Second edition Wraps Very Good 
Oblong, 23.5 by 20.5 cm. 24 pp. Six color plates. Light soiling on wraps. Closed tear by hinge fold. Tear along hinge. Foxing to prelims. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Second Collection of Pictures and Songs Containing The Milkmaid, Hey Diddle Diddle, and Baby Bunting, The Fox Jumps Over the Parson's Gate, A Frog he Would A-Wooing Go, Come Lasses and Lads, Ride  Cock-Horse to Banbury Cross, and A Farmer Went . . ., Caldecott, Randolph
168 Caldecott, Randolph Second Collection of Pictures and Songs Containing The Milkmaid, Hey Diddle Diddle, and Baby Bunting, The Fox Jumps Over the Parson's Gate, A Frog he Would A-Wooing Go, Come Lasses and Lads, Ride Cock-Horse to Banbury Cross, and A Farmer Went . . .
London Frederick Warne and Co. Hardcover Good Caldecott, Randolph 
Oblong 8 by 9 Inches. Circa 1890. Other tales: A Farmer Went Trotting upon His Grey mare, Mrs. Mary Blaize, and The Great Panjandrum Himself. Engraved and printed by E. Evans. Many full page color plates, with black and white text drawings by Caldecott. Binding is a bit shelfworn and a bit grubby. Hinge cracked. Some light soilage here and there on pages. Bookplate on FEP. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Milkmaid.  R. Caldecott's Picture Books, Caldecott, Randolph
169 Caldecott, Randolph The Milkmaid. R. Caldecott's Picture Books
London George Routledge & Sons. Printer: Edmund Evans 1882 First edition Wraps Very Good 
Oblong, 23.5 by 20.5 cm. 24 pp. Six color plates. Light soiling on wraps. Foxing to prelims. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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The Caution; or Infant Watchfulness.  [bound with] The Polite Little Children, Cameron, Mrs. [Lyttleton, Lucy]
170 Cameron, Mrs. [Lyttleton, Lucy] The Caution; or Infant Watchfulness. [bound with] The Polite Little Children
Wellington, Salop F. Houlston and Son 1827 and 1819, respectively Full Calf Very Good 
First story with hand-colored frontis, and second story with more colored illustration. In all, 8 hand-colored plates, including second title page. Uncommon children's titles. Rebacked, preserving most of original spine. Rubbing on boards by joints, and along edges. Some other wear scattered. Joints repaired. Age toning and offsetting. Tight and generally attractive within. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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171 Campbell, Helen L. The Story of Little Konrad. The Swiss Boy
Philadelphia David McKay Company 1903 First edition Fine Very Good Minus Jacket 
8vo. Clean copy. DJ with chips and edgewear, and one small hole. 
Price: 16.00 USD
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Alice in Wunderland, Carroll, Lewis.  Translated into German by Kara Sternbeck.  Illustrations by A. E. Jackson and Kurt Lange
172 Carroll, Lewis. Translated into German by Kara Sternbeck. Illustrations by A. E. Jackson and Kurt Lange Alice in Wunderland
Berlin Meidinger's Jugendschriften Verlag 
4to. 96 pp. 
Price: 185.00 USD
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173 Chase, Janet Ralston Mother Goose in a New Dress (Mother Goose's Melodies)
Philadelphia Porter and Coates 1870 1st Edition Hardcover Fine No Jacket Chase, Janet Ralston 
Book. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. N.d., circa 1870. Illustrated by Janet (Janette) Ralston Chase, daughter of Salmon P. Chase who was Secretary of the Treasury in the Lincoln administration, later Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and a leading abolitionist within government before the Civil War. Janette (1847 - 1925) was Salmon Chase's fifth daughter and one of the two to survive to adulthood. Growing up in the shadow of her elder sister Kate Chase Sprague, Janet became a children's book author and illustrator. This book was presented as a gift to her father on his 62nd birthday in 1870 when he was Chief Justice, as is noted in the publisher's preface, which also notes that this is a facsimile of that handmade version. This copy has 16 stiff leaves with text and chromolithographs only on the recto sides. Each leaf protected with tissue. Binding is modern quarter red calf over thick black boards, with modern endpapers. Preface leaf (not counted among 16) has tape repair of thick paper cracked neatly where attached to tab. Otherwise leaves clean. Some minor chips to some of the tissue, with one having a dime-sized edge loss. Overall, a fine and attractive copy. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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Pinocchio in Affrica Libro per i ragazzi, Cherubini, E. [Eugenio]. Con illustrazioni di G. G. Bruno
174 Cherubini, E. [Eugenio]. Con illustrazioni di G. G. Bruno Pinocchio in Affrica Libro per i ragazzi
Firenze R. Bemporad & Figlio Quinta Edizione (Fifth) Cloth Near Fine 
N.d., circa 1920s. 8vo. 255 pp. Age toning to the leaves. Slight cocking of the binding, with the upper spine faintly blistered. Otherwise clean and a very well preserved copy. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Manuscript of several children's rabbit stories The Pink Dresses, Timothy Meets Mr. Ferret, Marmaduke's Adventure, The Tale of the Tibby, Clarke, Lewis
175 Clarke, Lewis Manuscript of several children's rabbit stories The Pink Dresses, Timothy Meets Mr. Ferret, Marmaduke's Adventure, The Tale of the Tibby
NA Very Good 
Typed manuscript with 29 pen-and-ink and watercolored illustrations on separate sheets, 15 in full color. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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176 Clia, illustrator Kriebeltje en de Stink Stank-mannetjes.
1945 First edition Wraps Good 
Extremely scarce explicitly Anti-Nazi Dutch children's story with gnomes, mice, spiders, fairies, etc. -- tale of purging their world of Nazis. OCLC shows only three libraries, all Dutch, as having this work. Oblong, 19 by 28 cm. 8 pp., plus wraps. Of the pages counted, two are color plates, plus the color illustration on the front cover. All other pages have black and white drawings (or on last page, ornament) beside the text. Dampstain on front cover corner. Rear cover has smallish abrasion, not greatly affecting color vignette. Some other soiling. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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Nello Zoo, Album Mediterranea No. 1, Conti, G. B.
177 Conti, G. B. Nello Zoo, Album Mediterranea No. 1
Roma Editrice Mediterranea 1943 
Scarce, with no copies found on OCLC or elsewhere. Four pop-ups/ 
Price: 500.00 USD
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A Travers Paris, Crafty [Victor Eugène Géruzez] (1840-1906)
178 Crafty [Victor Eugène Géruzez] (1840-1906) A Travers Paris
Paris Librairie Plon First Edition Decorated Cloth Very Good Plus 
N.d., 1887. Oblong, 23 by 27 cm. 48 pp. A tour of the streets of Paris and the various contretemps encountered, most involving in some way horses, whether working or sporting horses. Thus we encounter the collision of horses with modern technology, from bicycles to electrified trams. The humor is somewhat dry and ironic. While one here can enjoy a glimpse of the pre-automobile city, there is enough that is recognization in the various accidents, activities, pretensions, and confusion that one might nod in recognition of many of Crafty's remarks. Binding is near mint in terms of the brightness of the cloth and imagery. Light foxing in early leaves, then only occasionally. Most leaves are clean. Tiny pinprick hole on FFEP where there is the remnants of a seller's small price tag. 
Price: 625.00 USD
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Little Picture Songs, Cramer, Rie.  English version by Frederick H. Martens.  Music by Nelly van der Linden van Snerlrewaard-Boudewijns
179 Cramer, Rie. English version by Frederick H. Martens. Music by Nelly van der Linden van Snerlrewaard-Boudewijns Little Picture Songs
London and New York. Printed in Holland Augener Ltd. and G. Schirmer, respectively 1920 Very Good 
N.d., circa 1920. Oblong, 10 by 8 inches. Unpaginated, with songs and music notation on recto, chromotypographic illustrations on versos. The songs are surrounded by decorative borders using the same pastel-colored palette as the plates facing. Soiling on the front boards, with some edgewear. Clean within. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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All This and Bevin Too, Crisp, Quentin.  Drawings by Mervyn Peake
180 Crisp, Quentin. Drawings by Mervyn Peake All This and Bevin Too
London Nicholson & Watson 1943 First Edition Wraps Very Good Minus 
Wonderful light verse satirizing bureaucratic red tape and bureaucratise by the "Naked Civil Servant" himself and inimitable Peake illustrations. The story is of a kangaroo thwarted in his application to join the zoo. 8vo. 21 by 13.5 cm. 29 pp. Wraps are foxed. Otherwise, mostly clean and a handsome copy. 
Price: 235.00 USD
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