New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1960. First edition thus. A beautiful edition, measuring only 6 1/2 by 4 3/8 inches (16.8 by 11 cm), unpaged, with an introduction by Mark Van Doren and colored illustrations and page decorations by Valenti Angelo. This is number 83 of 1,500 copies, printed by A. Colish in Mt. Vernon, New York, and is signed by Valenti Angelo on the colophon. Bound in blind and gilt-stamped orange morocco with a black cloth chemise and slipcase. Gilt stamping on the chemise is a bit dulled else fine.
London: Raphael Tuck, undated(c.1896). First edition. Softcover. narrow 12mo. Nine leaves, including covers, with all leaves die-cut on all four sides in a leaf and grass pattern, and an interior composed of brief verse, two colored illustrations of ferns and ivy, with a front cover in color.The illustrations, both color and b/w, are by Bertha Maguire. The pages are held together with a green silk tasseled cord. The presentation page is filled in, giving the book to a student from a teacher, and is dated 1896. A letter is enclosed, identifying the teacher as Rev. Charles D. Shaw of the Scond Presbyterian Church of Paterson, New Jersey. The original mailing box, mildly worn and with a flap lacking, is present, and is addressed to the student on Pennington Street, and has a cancelled 2-cent stamp. A printed notation on one of the flaps identifies "Fern Leaves" as "Raphael Tuck Artistic Booklet #1579". The box is somewhat worn; the booklet is very fine.
New York: Press of the Woolly Whale, undated (Yale dates this 1934). Philip G. Reed. 5 1/2" x 3.7/8", unpaged(32p.), with five chaming colored wood engravings, two being full-page, by Philip G. Reed, and hand set in Lutetia Italic by George W. Van Vechten, Jr. The author huffs against women and their need to dust a man's library, (his opinion in 1880 when the book was first published), but also admits that boys are far more destructive than girls. Brief illegible pencilled note "from publisher" on the front free endpaper. A pleasant copy of a pleasant book bound in patterned paper on boards, slightly edge-rubbed and with a sunned spine.
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.
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.
Rutland, Vermont: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1988. Palmer Cox. First Tuttle edition. Large quarto, 30 x 25 cm, unpaged (28pp), this is the facsimile edition published by Tuttle of the book first published by McLaughlin Brothers in 1895 in New York. Each month of the year is given a double-page spread, with a text and black-and-white drawings on one side and a full-page color illustration on the facing page. The charm of Palmer Cox's illustrations has not faded at all, and this facsimile, bound in pictorial paper on boards, with a cloth spine, is a faultless and as-new copy, very well printed in Japan. It was issued without a dustjacket.
Paris: Maurice Gonon, editeur, 1956. Dubout (Al;fred). Octavo, 233pp., with profuse watercolor illustrations by Alfred Dubout (1905-1976), both full-page and in the text. Internally fine in slightly bumped and edgeworn paper on boards. Text -- the actual driving code then in France -- is in French. Utter charm.
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1940. Elizabeth Enright. First edition, with F & R colophon on the copyright page. Large square octavo, 124pp., with 12 full-page color plates, printed recto only, and other b/w drawings as chapter headings and tailpieces, as well as color endpapers. A great tale about a girl's visit to her aunt on an island off the New England coast in the winter. The ilustrations by this Newbery award-winning author-iillustrator are particularly fine. There is a Christmas 1948 inscription on the reverse of the front free endpaper, and a tiny stain on page 43, else near fine in deep green cloth stamped black, in a complete though edgeworn dustjacket.
London: Frederick Warne & Co. (1875). fourth edition. A tiny compendium --4 1/4" x 2 3/4" (107mm x 71mm), 108pp -- of great charm, with a colored frontispiece, followed by 365 miniscule color illustrations, four to a page, with space onn the bfacing page to note birthdays or engagements. This is the fourth edition, with a brief preface. There is an owner's inscription dated 1881, and notations regarding people and dates on some entries. Bound in mildly edge-rubbed full blue-black calf stamped blind and gilt, all edges gilt, and laid into a custom fold-over chemise and slipcase covered in hand-marbled paper, leather title patch.
Munich: Ars sacra Joseph Mueller, 1932. Ida Bohatta Morpurgo. 14 x 12 cm, unpaged (22 pages). First edition in English, with 11 full-page color plates by Austrian artist Ida Bohatta Morpurgo (1900-1992). Each illustration is accompanied by a verse on the facing page. A fine copy, fresh and clean, bound in blue paper on boards with a poste-on color plate on the front cover.
Munich: Ars sacra Joseph Mueller, 1935. Ida Bohattas-Morpurgo. 14 x 12 cm, unpaged (18 pages). First edition in English, with 9 full-page color plates by Austrian artist Ida Bohatta-Morpurgo (1900-1992), with bee-centric verses on the facing pages. This copy has been chewed at the top outside corner of the cover (but not the text pages), but is otherwise in clean condition in pictorial blue paper on boards.
Munich: Ars sacra Joseph Mueller, 1936. Ida Bohatta Morpurgo. 14 x 12 cm, unpaged(26 pages). with 12 full-page color illustrations by the Austrian illustrator Ida Bohatta-Morpurgo (1900-1992), with texts based on berries -- strawberries, gooseberries, currants, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, grapes, plus Mountain ash for birds -- but also deadly nightshade and belladonna, and one to cheer up winter, mistletoe. Internally fine and fresh, stitched into grey paper-covered pictorial boards, very slightly rubbed at spine ends and edges.
Munich: Ars sacra Joseph Mueller, 1935. Ida Bohatta Morpurgo. 14 x 12 cm, unpaged(20 pages). First English language edition, with 10 full-page color plates by Austrian illustrator Ida Bohatta-Morpurgo, with accompanying verses describing an ancient medico's prescriptions (including one offensive picture and verse about a black child). Internally impeccable, bound in just slightly corner and edge-rubbed brown pictorial paper on boards.
Munich: Ars sacra Joseph Mueller, 1933. Ida. 14 x 12 cm, unpaged(20) pages. First edition in English, first published in German. there are 10 full-page color plates by Austrian illustrator Ida Bohatta-Morpurgo (1900-1992), Internally untouched, bound in orange paper on boards, with a paste-on circular illustration of the gnome in a printed frame, and with its original, though rather worn, glassine. A fine copy.
Munich: Ars sacra Joseph Mueller, 1936. Ida Bohatta Morpengo. 14 x 12 cm, unpaged(20 pages). First edition in English, with 9 full-page color plates of anthropomorphized cats by Austrian illustrator Ida Bohatta-Morpurgo and amusng 8-line verses to accompany the pictures. Internally pristine in very slightly edge-rubbed pictorial paper on boards.
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.
1888. "Published fortnightly, by the students of Yale University". Large squarish octavo, 216 pages, 18 issues bound in a single volume. This was only the 9th year of publication of this classic college humor magazine, whose first issue was nine years earlier, in September 1872, which is now cited as the oldest humor magazine in the world. The Record's mascot, Old Owl, who had been introduced in 1886, is present. Bound in is the index for the volume, listing editors, prose, poems, "owlisms" and illustrators. Illustrations increase toward the latter part of this year, and include several double-page spreads, numerous full-page and half-page drawings and vignettes -- many of them amazingly good. This copy is bound in black pebbled cloth on boards, with a red morocco spine and corners, quite rubbed. Marbled endpapers, with a blank Yale bookplate. There are paper breaks at both inner hinges, but the book is solid on its binding threads, and internally is exceptionally clean, without markings of any kind. There is a blank Yale presentation bookplate on the front pastedown endpaper.
Meriden, Connecticut: Bayberry Hill Press, 1964. Thomas Bewick. First edition. Small folio, unpaged (19 leaves, prited recto only) with wood engtracings by thomas Bewick printed in color to accompany what the author rightly describes as doggerel. A delightful production, this being number`77 of 175 copies, this one inscribed by the author with a drawing on the front free endpaper. Internally fine, bound in slightly browned and faded salmon paper on heavy boards, with a paste-on colored illustration, black cloth spine.
New York: Macmillan, 1942. Elizabeth Orton Jones. First edition, second printing, so stated. Small octavo, 152 pages, profusely illustrated with drawings by the author in both color and black and white, including 7 full-page color plates. The dustjacket notes that this is "a story full of magic, full of fun, full of fantasy interwoven with reality", that starts with a young girl finding an empty tomato can that, upsidedown, is transformed into a little house.This is an exceptional copy, impeccably clean in a green cloth binding with the titling in black, and a complete dustjacket without tears but with very slight rubbing and shelf wear at the spine ends and corners.
Helsinki, Finland: Kustannusosakeyhtio Kirja, 1923. Akseli Gallen-Kallela. First illustrated edition. Large quarto, 600 pp. This is the first illustrated edition of a book first translated into English (in 1929) .as "The Seven Brothers", and primarily renowned as a brilliant example of the work of Finnish artist and illustrator Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931). IT was first published in 1870.There are scores of illustrations in color and b/w, including patterned endpapers using a human head motif. The text is in Finnish. Recently recased in brown cloth and quarter tan morocco, with a compartmented spine and red leather title labels. Top edge gilt. About fine and absolutely striking.
Boston: Gambit, 1969. David Levine. first trade edition. Large octavo, 150 pages, with over 200 of Levine's black and white drawings of writers past and (as of 1969) present, in thrtee sections: American, European and English. Levine's second book, and a fine copy in grey and black cloth and a complete dustjacket that shows only some minor shelf soil. This copy is inscribed by Levine on the half-title: "Dr. William Covington, at the request of his wife / Christmas, 1975 / David Levine."