New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964. Joseph Schindelman. First edition. Octavo, 161 pages, with profuse black and white drawings by Joseph Schindelman. This is the true first edition (the English edition was not published until 1967), and is the first issue, with six lines of printing information on the last page, a price of $3.95 on the dustjacket, mustard endpapers, and no ISBN on the rear dustjacket panel. As called for in the first issue, the Oompa-Loompas are black, not orange or white. This copy is internally fine, without names, inscriptions or marks of any kind. It is bound in burgundy cloth with a title medallion stamped in blind on the front panel and a spine title in gilt. The top edge is stained pale plum. There is possibly a hint of fingerprints on the rear panel near the outside margin. Two dustjackets are included, the original and a facsimile. The original dustjacket is complete and without tears or nicks, though there is a crease at the top of one flap and light wear to spine ends. However, the jacket shows considerable soil and foxing on both front and back. The facsimile dustjacket is new and perfect. An extremely good copy.
New York: Island Press, 1941. Emery I. Gondor. presumed first edition. Quarto, unpaged (32pp.) with Emory Gondor's large black and white drawings on every page. This is a particularly good copy, with a small "Creative Playtime" sticker on the fron free endpaper otherwise perfectly clean and unmarked in pale yellow pictorial boards and a green cloth spine. The book is in its original dustjacket with a $1.25 price, and with only two inch-long closed tears on the front panel. Just about fine.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1934. Munro Leaf. 20th impression of 1st edition. Quarto, 41 pages, with text and drawings in black and red by Munro Leaf on each page, and characters like uh-huh and uh-un, yeah, gonna and wanna all waiting to be improved. This is a fine copy without internal faults -- no writing, no dog-ears, no smudges, no stains -- that is bound in black-stamped red cloth, and a similarly fine dustjacket that is not price-clipped. The dustjacket doesn't have a price on it, but it does have a notice about saving paper during the war, which is when this copy would have been issued.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1943. Munro Leaf. 4th impression of 1st edition. Quarto, 55 pages, with text and illustrations in red and black by the author on each page, with, of course, hints for children on staying healthy, but also pointing out the nuisance children, like the "food grumbler" that won't eat what's good for it. There is a penny-sized abrasion at the top of page 31 that leaves a very thin darker line in the top edge of the book, but otherwise the book is a very fine copy, with no internal marks or signs of use, and is bound in black-stamped red cloth. The dustjacket is clean, without tears or chips of any sort, and is not price-clipped.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1936. Munro Leaf. 26th impression of 1st edition. Quarto, 45 pages, with text and drawings in red and black by Munro Leaf on every page, and delightful children who get up in the morning when they should and don't have to be called twice and others, not yet there, who are called snoopers and yawners and noisies and smashers. This is a brilliantly clean copy -- no fingerprints, no smudges, no rips, no tears -- bound in black-stamped tan cloth and an identically clean blue dustjacket that is not price-clipped. This late a printing carries a government notice about paper; it would have been issued during World War II.
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1938. Munro Leaf. 8th impression of 1st edition. Quarto, 49 numbered pages, with full-page illustrations in red and black by the author on all recto pages, and a rollicking text describing a wide variety of nit-wits -- seat-standing nit-wit, bicycle nit-wit, never-look nit-wit and many others -- all idiot things to not do described with humor children understand. There is a pin-head sized pale brown spot at the base of the title page and a small pale spot at the base of the spine, but otherwise this is a splendid copy, without markings of any kind. This includes the dustjacket, which is complete, without tears or soil, and is not price-clipped.
New York: copyright 1847. Published by J.S. Redfield, Clinton Hall, 136 Nassau Street, New York. This a set of wooden alphabet blocks, covered with paper on which alphabets, words and small engravings are printed. The blocks are in their original cardboard carton, worn but nearly intact and with a couple of corners mended long ago with thread. On the cover, texts on the borders read: "Amusements that interest but never tire", "Mind is developed by its own action", "Home toys to promote home joys" and "Educate and restrain by pleasing employments". The boxtop lining reads "The Parents' and Children's Guide to a pleasing and beneficial use of these blocks, designed for children from two to eight years old", with instructions for use. Wickham was an educator, and a member of the New York State Teacher's Association, He published a previous set, called "Alphabet on Blocks", in Sag Harbor, NY, about 1839, of which the OCLC records a single set, at Yale. The Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal owns a similar but slightly larger copy dated two years earlier. This set seems to be unrecorded. It consists of 21 large wooden blocks (2 3/4" x 1 5/16" x 5/8"), covered...