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.
Boston: L.C. Page & Company, 1933 (1908). Sybil Tawse. Silver Anniversary Edition. Octavo, x, 396pp., followed by an 8-page list of fiction published by Page. On the copyright page, it is noted that this is the "sixty-eighth impression, October, 1933 [553rd thousand]". Technically true, but this edition, in its silver boards, was a new production of what was becoming then a classic. A notice at the top of the title page reads "Silver Anniversary Edition"; another mentions that there are "eight illustrations in full color from Paintings by Sybil Tawse". After the dedication page, there is a note from the publishers mentioning the book's popularity and how, to commemorate the book's 25th anniversary, they are issuing a beautifully illustrated gift book with eight plates, etc. As mentioned by Cecily Devereux in the 2004 Broadview Press scholarly edition of the book, Page, as publisher, was always alert for a marketing opportunity, hence this edition. Two pinhead -size faint brown spots on the title, and a slight bump to the bottom outside corner, small pale stain on the spine, else unmarked and fine in silver buckram stamped with title, author, and "Silver Anniversary Edition" on the front panel and spine. Top edge...
New York: Scribners, 1955. Leonard Weisgard. First edition, with Scribner's "A" on copyright page. 12mo, unpaged (c.64pp.) printed entirely on cafe-au-lait paper with fine and very effective illustrations by Leonard Weisgard in black and white on the colored text paper. "Secret River" won honors in the 1956 Newbery Medal awards. There is an explanatory introduction by Julia Scribner Bigham, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' literary executor. (The book was issued after her death). Internally very crisp and just about faultless, and bound in a warm beige cloth with a large cover drawing and spine title in white ink, both unblemished. The only fault to the cover is slight shelf wear to the corners and spine tips and faint darkening to the top edge. The pictorial dustjacket in beige, black, white and green shows wear but is basically intact, with small chips at the top and bottom of the spine, shelf wear to the edges, and with a one-inch tear at the top of the rear panel. The price of $2.50 on the front flap is also intact. A very good copy.