Philadelphia: revised by the Committee of Publication, American Sunday- School Union, 1122 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, undated (a former owner has noted 183- in pencil), 5 1/2 x 3 1/2", 24pp., with a frontispiece, 16 vignettes, and 16 half-page woodcuts. Solid but showing wear, with rounded corners, and glued into tan paper with what looks like a colored stencil border with a gilt line -- possibly wallpaper.
Boston: Seaver-Howland Press, 1914. First ed. thus. Hardcover. 5 1/4 x 3 1/4", 15pp. Six b/w illustrations by Philip Lyford. "The Waverly Juveniles, No. 5" Owner's inscription on the front free endpaper, some browning and soil else internally very good in much-worn flowered paper on board -- much like Victorian wallpaper. Worn paper title label, spine ends chipped.
(Meriden, CT:): Meriden Gravure Co. 1960. First ed. thus. Softcover. 34pp. "Being a new and pleasant method to allure little ones in the first principles of learning." Probably printed for R.R. Bowker, publishers, because the name of their chairman, Frederic G. Melcher, is at the bottom of the colophon page. The book is a facsimile, in an edition of 1200 copies, of the copy in the possession of the American Antiquarian Society, and reproduces the original illustrations. It measures 3 x 2 1/4" (7.5 x 5.5 cm). Fine in printed navy blue paper wrappers.
New York: Wm. H. Murphy. 6 x 3 7/8". Undated but mid 19th-century. This is book # 2 of a series called "Moral and Entertaining Fables, and contains pages 35 to 63. Besides the thief and the dog, there are brief fables and morals about the shepherd and the wold, the peacock and the crane, the leopard and the fox, the fox and the countryman, and twenty others. There are 17 half-page b/w wood engravings in Victorian borders. The book is bound with white thread through two stab holes, and is internally near very good, but loose in tan wrappers, spine worn.
Paris: Chez Aubert, 1839. Small quarto, 580, 2pp.ads. Second edition, in the same year of publication as the first edition. There are hundreds of in-text drawings by artists such as Grandville, Daumier, Meissonier, Gavarni and others. This is a copy that was definitely owned by children, who, many years ago, removed the title page, clipped the edges down to a smaller size, and reinserted it with three paper strips at the top. An obviously wretched child named Clementine Crouzet has written her name and the date (le 8 juin, 1883) and some scribbles on the already mutilated title. Several pages have been repaired with tiny paper strips, (predating the Scotch tape era), and the bottom outside quarter of the last two pages ( one a page of advertisements) are lacking (torn out), with the loss of a few lines of text. Lots of fingermarks and soil throughout. The book is bound in quarter calf and marbled paper, solid but worn, and lacks the front free endpaper. See Gumuchian #5761 through 5764. With all its faults, though, still a charming book.
New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1992. Marie Angel. First American edition. Square octavo, unpaged, a series of jungle and other nature panoramas printed on glazed thin boards bound accordion style, with two or three flaps to lift on each page, designed and produced in Great Britain. A few flaps have been lifted once, otherwise very fine in pictorial boards with a red ribbon tie.
Philadelphia: Am. Sunday-School Union, 1896. Hardcover. 5 7/8 x 3 3/4", 24pp. "This small book, composed of words not exceeding five letters, was designed by the author both as a class-book for children who are beginning to read, and as a library-book". Brief religious stories, plus a hymn, with a frontispiece, title-page vignette and a tailpiece. Anonymous, but, from the language of the stories, written in England. Owner's contemporary signature on the front free endpaper. Slight browning else internally very good in marbled paper, leather spine, front hinge cracking, edges worn.
(New York): 1954. Dorothy Papy. First edition. Hardcover. 12mo, unpaged(24pp). A charming tale, set in verse form, composed and designed by Dorothy Papy, and handset in 12 pt. Baskerville type and printed at the American Institute of Graphic Arts workshop, January 1954. The name "Lou Jefferson" and "Christmas 1954" are on the first blank leaf. The book is illustrated by Dorothy Papy, and is bound in patterned yellow and green paper on boards, green cloth spine, slightly rubbed.
New York: Viking Press, 1946. Ruth Gannett. First edition. Octavo, 123pp., profusely illustrated with b/w lithographs by Ruth Gannett. It's a children's fantasy tale, about Miss Hickory, whose body was an applewood twig and whose head was a hickory nut, and who had to face spending a cold time alone in New Hampshire when great-granny Brown moved to Boston for the winter. This was the 1947 Newbery Medal winner. This is a unique copy: it contains a local newspaper article, with a photo, dated March 2, 1978 about Ruth Gannett (of West Cornwall, Connecticut) , and, from the same newspaper dated December 13, 1979, an appreciation of Ruth Gannett, who had recently died, by Dorothy Van Doren. Both of these articles are pasted onto blank leaves. Also pasted in is a "Poem for Ruth (1898-1979)" by a young local woman who was caring for her. About fine in tan cloth, with a cover design and spine title printed in orange, and an intact dustjacket with some mild soil and edgewear.
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1941. Large octavo, unpaged. The text block is abut one inch or almost 3 cm thick, and is certainly the thickest book without page numbers that I have ever encountered. The book, which has previous copyright dates of 1924, 1925, and 1927, collects six of the most popular Baker stories: "The Lost Merbaby", "The Sad Princess", "The Little Girl Who Curtsied", "The Leprechaun", "The Dog, the Brownie and the Bramble-Patch" and "The Princess and the Beggar Maid". The book is beautifully illustrated with hundreds of silhouettes, some full-page, others in the text, by Mary Baker. The author and illustrator were sisters who lived in Leominster and, according to the dustjacket, "the Baker books have taken their place with the favorite classics in the younger bookshelves of America as well as of England". Fine to very fine, pristine and totally unmarked ,with pale blue endpapers, bound in deep aquamarine cloth stamped with a silhouette design on the front panel and spine, in a very lightly edge-worn dustjacket with only a few tiny marginal tears. An exceptional copy. Photographs available upon request,
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1920. First American edition. Octavo, vii, 135pp. Eight stories, post World War I, featuring the British boy detective (and written for boys) and illustrated with 6 (of 7) b/w drawings by "Bruce".Occasional light soil and foxing else very good in slighty rubbed pictorial blue-grey cloth, spine sunned.
Munich: Ars sacra Joseph Mueller, 1937. Ida Bohatta-Morpurgo. 14 x 122 cm, unpaged (20 pages), with 9 full-page color plates by Austrian artist Ida Bohatta-Morpurgo, showing butterflies with variegated wings. with 8-line verses opposite each plate. First edition in French; first published in Germany.Internally very fine, bound in pictorial brown paper on boards, just slightly rubbed at edges and spiner ends.
New York: Herbert Dubler, 1942. Idas Bohastta-Morpurgo. 14 x 12 cm, unpaged(28 pages), Probably the first American edition (printed in the U.S.A., not in Germany like others of this series). There are 12 full-page color plates from watercolors by Austrian artist Ida Bohattas Morpurgo (1900-1992),with verses for each picture on the facing page. Internally very fine; bound in very lightly rubbed and edgeworn pictorial paper on boards.
Munich: Ars sacra Joseph Mueller, 1934. Ida Bohatta Morpurgo. 14 x 12 cm, unpaged(20) pages. First edition in French, originally published in German. with 10 full page color plates by Austrian illustrator Ida Bohatta Morpurgo (1900-1992). Each illustration is accompanied by a brief story of eight to twelve lines, usually with a moral (for mice and others). A fine copy in cream paper on board with a cover illustration, just slightly shelf-rubbed.
London: Charles Plante Fine Arts, 2004. True first edition, a facsimile of drawings made in 1814, number 336 of an edition of 750 copies, oblong octavo, unpaged, with an introduction by Charles Plante, the 42 watercolors, largely printed recto only, with the legends in French, followed by a French-English word list. A copy of a New York Times article about the book is laid in. An enchanting book. Fine in gilt-stamped blue cloth and dustjacket.
New York: G. Schirmer, 1915, 1917. Graham Robertson. First editions. Quarto, x, 79; + x, 171pp. The first volume is "Her Book", which is a collection of songs from Kitty Cheatham's repertoire, for piano and voice, with a b/w frontispiece, a fantasy by W. Graham Robertson, and a color cover lllustration by him. "A Nursery Garland" was Cheatham's second book , with a color frontispiece of the author and 13 color illustrations by Graham Robertson. Internally clean in pictorial boards that show some edge wear. Each volume is warmly inscribed (in 1918) on the front free endpaper by Kitty Chatham. Two volumes:.
New York: Schirmer's, 1917. Graham Robertson. First edition. Small folio, ix, 174 pp., with a color frontispiece of Kitty Cheatham by Ira C. Hill, and six full-page color illustrations by Graham Robertson. An exceptionally fine copy, bound in tan paper on boards, with claret cloth corners and spine, and an additional color plate by Graham Robertson as cover illustration. The only sign of wear is slight rubbing to the spine ends, else totally clean and unused and as new.
London: Blackie and Son, undated, but pre-World War I. 12mo, 80pp., with 4 full-page color illustrations and numerous b/w illustrations in the text. A charming book for children, a volume in the "Rambles among our Industries" series, with information on papermaking from ragman and lumber camp to printing and binding a book. Endpapers browned else very good in lightly edge-darkened greige paper on boards with a cover pastedown illustration and an edge-chipped and mildly spotted blue dustjacket with the same pastedown illustration.
New York: Macmillan, 1944. Marguerite Davis. First edition. Small octavo,114pp., with seven b/w drawings by Marguerite Davis. Completely fresh and clean and very fine in tan cloth and an intact cream dustjacket with a color illustration of seven sisters and the tree house, and only the faintest trace of shelf soil.