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Old Zip Coon, Ann Coffman
1 Ann Coffman Old Zip Coon
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1940s. A well-illustrated home-made book, seven pages long, about a man who drove his neighbors away by playing a single tune incessantly. Told in verse that is clever; the story itself is rather crude. Wear to front and back, with minor soiling. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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"Sombrero", Anonymous
2 Anonymous "Sombrero"
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1940s. Five pages long, incomplete story, or simply dangling story, with no resolution. With charming color illustrations, naively executed, of gypsy dancer, Mexican village, etc. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Egypte.  Catalogue de Photos Stereoscopiques, Flet, Paul
3 Flet, Paul Egypte. Catalogue de Photos Stereoscopiques
Full Calf, bound with binder rings, and with a sli Fine 
An exceptionally beautiful and well-done illustrated manuscript of travel in Egypt. N.d., circa 1920. Oblong, 8 by 6 inches, 21 by 15 cm. Unpaginated, with 61 leaves of card, text and illustrations only on the recto sides, and with majority of pages having some kind of illustration. With original watercolor illustrations of sights and attractions of Egypt, and headings are rendered with a lovely calligraphic hand. Occasionally the author produces Arabic calligraphy and ornament, also exquisitely executed. Some illustrations are mounted, while most are done directly onto the leaves. All are crisply precise and lovely; they include panoramas, night scenes, temples and mosques, statuary, the people -- vendors, bedouins, etc. Perhaps the subjects are not unfamiliar -- these are the things recorded by photographers and travelers from the nineteenth century to the present -- but the quality is high, and they have a cumulative effect in this home-made book. The creator of this album lavished care on all aspects of its production, and this extends to the slipcase and front board, in which the title and a simple decorative symbol is rendered with gold-colored leather pastedowns. While the use of binder rings to hold the album together might seem crude, it is complemented with a rounded piece of rusticated chrome metal that makes the end product both striking and somehow fitting of the topical matter contained within. 
Price: 2800.00 USD
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His Feet's Too Beeg for de  Bed!!, Marilyn McGaughey, illustrator
4 Marilyn McGaughey, illustrator His Feet's Too Beeg for de Bed!!
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1940. 9 page story. The story is told in quasi-black dialect, and there is probably a racist dimension to the story involving a black family, although the author may not have had an invidious intent at the time. While the illustrations are a bit crude, and possibly deliberately so, the author does have a comedic spark, notwithstanding the offense someone might take to it. Certainly an interesting relic from an era when there were no inhibitions with regard to stereotyping. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Smiles and Frowns, Sheila E. Braine.  Illustrated by Margret Roodhouse
5 Sheila E. Braine. Illustrated by Margret Roodhouse Smiles and Frowns
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1940s. Five pages long, a sweet poem about disposal of frowns, all nicely illustrated. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Max The Mouse who Made the Met, Tom Yakutis (1929 - 2002)
6 Tom Yakutis (1929 - 2002) Max The Mouse who Made the Met

This is an early home-made book by an eighteen year old (or 17) Tom Yakutis, who went on to a highly successful career as an animator. His later credits include Popeye (1978 - 1981), Challenge of the SuperFriends, and many stints as director, designer, or artist on episodes of such beloved cartoons as the Jetsens, the Flintstones, etc. He began his career at Disney and worked at many of the major animation studios subsequently, including Hanna and Barbera, Warner Brothers, etc. Already in this illustrated manuscript we can see the polish of his renderings, with the mice and human characters endowed with real expressiveness. The short text is not really commensurate with the quality of the illustrations, and from the many misspellings we might wonder whether Mr. Yakutis was dyslexic. The story flows crudely, but thankfully, the drawings delight and more than compensate. The setting of this mouse tale at the Met is also interesting. There is an element of humor in the tiny creature living in so grand a place, and then upending it. At the time the Met loomed larger in the American landscape as a temple of high culture, and it was a time when top singers there had a presence in popular culture as well, with singers such as Rise Stevens, Laurence Tibbett, Lily Pons, Jamila Novotna, etc. enjoying significant movie careers in popular movies. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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