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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German Book of Brightly Colored Caricature and Rhyme, some racist, with a movable elongating leg
1 German Book of Brightly Colored Caricature and Rhyme, some racist, with a movable elongating leg
Stiff Wraps Very Good Plus 
No title, n.p., n.d. Circa 1930s. (We base the dating on the presence of a hobo -- otherwise, it could easily be from the prior decade.) Narrow 4to. 24 by 12.5 cm, with pull piece of elongating slacks extending length to 43 cm. Unpaginated, 12 pp. Caricatures of a black emcee, a saxophone player, a chinaman, a chef, a captain, a hobo and a wise old man. Notwithstanding the radically different appearance of each of them, they are all wearing the same pants, which can be made absurdly long by pulling a tab in the back -- the same tab works for all the figures. Translating the first four lines of verse, which introduce the work, "Six fellas you find here, all short, pull at their feet, to make them taller." The verse rhymes, and is more graceful, in the original German, needless to say. There is no bibliographic information whatsoever in the booklet, and so we can only speculate as to its origins. We suspect that this might have been produced as a "party favor" for a nightclub or nightclubs and cabarets, both because of the subject matter and the ease by which it can stand upright on a table. Slight bumping to the lower edge of the tab. Otherwise, fine, and incredibly bright. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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My Cinema at Home
2 My Cinema at Home
Sala Game Company Box Very Good 
N.d., circa 1920, possibly slightly earlier, when movies still had a strong novelty element to them. Twelve slides or strips, on six cards, which you run through the windowed frame card just so to animate into motion the sundry comical and/or circus figures. These include a clown and comely female aerialist on a tightrope, a bullfighter, a boy trainer and ramming goats, acrobats, a horse trainer and rearing horses, two fighting chimney sweeps, a man with a hammer and a giant jack in the box, a trick equestrian standing on a horse jumping over a fence, a constable chasing a ne-er do well, a boy and girl seesawing, a puppet and puppeteer, a rearing pony and his hapless mount. The set appears to be complete, with six cards, and two strips per card, plus a separate instruction sheet. The trick producing the sense of motion is produced by the striped window, which interacts with the stripes of the illustrations to create the illusion as one slowly and evenly moves the card through. A few of the cards have cracks or creases, yet they all function just fine, and the box, with light wear, is intact. 
Price: 235.00 USD
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[Card] Love Thoughts
3 [Card] Love Thoughts
Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd. NA Fine 
An unusual, scarce card shaped like a daisy with six petals that when lifted, reveal short pithy sentiments, and in the center is a chromo image of an angel, or angelic child. N.d., circa 1890. Irregular perimeter shape, but at the widest and tallest, 13 cm across. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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