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  • Aesop's Fables [Signed & Numbered] by Rackham, Arthur (illustratration); Aesop (text); V. S. Vernon Jones (translation); G.K. Chesterton (introduction)
    Rackham, Arthur (illustratration); Aesop (text); V. S. Vernon Jones (translation); G.K. Chesterton (introduction)
    Aesop's Fables [Signed & Numbered]

    First Edition Thus

    London: William Heinemann, 1912. xxix, 224 pages. 9-1/4 by 11-1/2 inches. This edition with 13 color and more than 50 black-and-white illustrations by Rackham. The color illustrations are mounted on brown paper and inserted into the text. A lovely edition, published in an edition of 1450 signed and numbered copies. ISBN: 281AIB1043903.

    First Rackham edition and first edition of this translation. Spine browned, else near fine in white muslin cloth. With the small broadside for the Leicester Galleries exhibition of the original paintings made for this book laid in, as seen in some copies. Bookplate designed by Arthur Nelson Macdonald for Benedict Erstein on front pastedown. Signed by the illustrator. [JSP01; JSP04]

    Book ID: 222418
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  • The Magic Flute by Updike, John and Warren Chappell (illustrator)
    Updike, John and Warren Chappell (illustrator)
    The Magic Flute

    First Edition

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1962. Oblong, about 10-1/4 by 7-3/4 inches. "With Musical Themes By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart" -- from the cover. Library binding edition, with illustrated boards. Illustrations in color. Also issued in a trade edition bound in yellow cloth with dust jacket. ISBN: B004OGAU06.

    First edition (first printing). Library binding but not an ex-library copy, thus uncommon. No dust jacket, as issued. Some wear to spine ends and corners, and one corner lightly bumped, thus very good.

    Book ID: 171410
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  • Tales of the Fairies and of the Ghost World Collected from Oral Tradition in South-West Munster by Curtin, Jeremiah
    Curtin, Jeremiah
    Tales of the Fairies and of the Ghost World Collected from Oral Tradition in South-West Munster

    First Edition

    Boston: Little, Brown and Co, 1895. ix, 198 pages plus ads. "If we were asked to designate by a single epithet most of the stories in this little volume, that epithet would be "weird." Within the compass of an equal number of pages we hardly know a collection of folklore. . . containing so many thoroughly uncanny stories."--Folk-Lore, vol. 6, 1895. "They are real fairy and ghost tales, a little mine of folklore and supernatural tradition. . . They show how vivid the belief of the people is yet, and will prove that fairies are not for all men personages of the past, but are as real for some persons as any other fact in life. . ."-- Review of Reviews, vol. 12, 1895. A remarkable and important collection of Irish fairy tales. ISBN: B00SZ43WMQ.

    First American edition (first printing, using the British sheets, with a cancel title and half-title page). Minor spotting to front cover, a bit of wear to the spine ends, else a nice copy. [JSP01]

    Book ID: 144691
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  • Children are Bored on Sunday by Stafford, Jean
    Stafford, Jean
    Children are Bored on Sunday

    First Edition

    New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1953. 252 pages. A collection of stories for young readers by the 1970 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. ISBN: B003VZYXXG.

    First edition (first printing). Light wear to the spine ends, thus near fine in a price-clipped dust jacket with a 1-inch creased tear on the front cover. Inscribed by the author: "For Goddard and Brigitta Lieberson, from an old grownup with affection, Jean." Goddard Lieberson was a composer and the president of Columbia Records; his wife Brigitta (stage name Vera Zorina) was an actress and ballerina.

    Book ID: 184987
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  • Christmas Every Day and Other Stories Told for Children by Howells, W. D. [William Dean]
    Howells, W. D. [William Dean]
    Christmas Every Day and Other Stories Told for Children

    First Edition

    New York: Harper & Brothers, 1893. 150 pages followed by 2 pages of ads. 5 by 7-1/2 inches. With black-and-white illustrations. The title story was adapted for a 1996 made-for-television production and remade in 2006 with the title Christmas Do-Over. ISBN: 281AIB1044234.

    First edition (first printing). Brown-orange cloth with red lettering and red-and-gold illustrations on the cover. Just slight wear to the corners else a fine copy in a dust jacket with detached front cover and loss to the spine ends thus good only. Scarce in any kind of jacket. BAL 9671.

    Book ID: 224439
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  • The Lion and the Carpenter and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights by Stafford, Jean
    Stafford, Jean
    The Lion and the Carpenter and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights

    First Edition

    New York: The Macmillan Company, 1962. 43 pages. 9-3/4 by 13-1/4 inches. Introduced and retold by Stafford who would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Color illustrations by Sandro Nardini. ISBN: B000SEFJ7W.

    First editon (first printing). Illustrated green boards. Some wear to corners, and spine ends bumped and scuffed, thus a very good copy; no dust jacket. Interesting inscription by the author to a noted bookseller on the title page, inserting the word "Mountain" before "Lion" in the printed title, so that it reads "The Mountain Lion and the Carpenter greet Burt Britton...Jean Stafford with help from A. J. Liebling." Journalist Liebling was Stafford's husband from 1959 until his death in 1963. Interestingly, Stafford published a book titled "The Mountain Lion" fifteen years later.

    Book ID: 176698
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  • The Defender by Kalashnikoff, Nicholas
    Kalashnikoff, Nicholas
    The Defender

    First Edition

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1951. 136 pages. A Newbery Honor recipient. It follows the story of Turgen, an herbalist in the mountains of Siberia, who rescues an injured young ram and comes to protect its disappearing herd. His care for the animals lead neighboring ram hunters to suspect him of sorcery. Kalashnikoff spent four years in political exile in the far north of Siberia before immigrating to the United States. Black-and-white illustrations by Claire and George Louden. ISBN: B00YI7TBQA.

    First edition (first printing, with "A" on the copyright page). In publisher's beige cloth with crisp black ink illustration on cover and titling on spine. Half-title and title pages creased, else a near fine copy. In a crisp, pictorial dust jacket a bit toned at the spine and unevenly faded on rear panel, with two short tears at the edges, thus very good. Jacket is clipped which may have been done by the publisher -- a $2.00 price stamp near the clip reflects the publisher’s original price. Inscribed by the author to the family of Paul Dotsenko, fellow Siberian refugees: "With friendship and good wishes. Nicholas Kalashnikoff / Oct. 11, 1951 / New York." Dotsenko is the author of the 1984 book The Struggle for a Democracy in Siberia, 1917-1920. A very nice association.

    Book ID: 168448
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  • The Timbertoes by Aldredge, Edna M. and Jessie F. McKee; illustrated by John Gee
    Aldredge, Edna M. and Jessie F. McKee; illustrated by John Gee
    The Timbertoes

    First Edition

    Cleveland: Harter Publishing Company, 1932. 119 pages. Colorful illustartions by Gee. ISBN: B0008AFO4O.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in green cloth covers with color illustration pasted to front cover. Covers are mildly soiled, spine is faded. Lower corners show boards. Cloth is partially torn at spine edges. No dust jacket. Signed by the illustrator on title page.

    Book ID: 247009
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  • Daughter of the Tejas [First state jacket] by Ray, Ophelia [ghostwritten by Larry McMurtry]
    Ray, Ophelia [ghostwritten by Larry McMurtry]
    Daughter of the Tejas [First state jacket]

    First Edition

    Greenwich, CT: New York Graphic Society Publishers, Ltd, 1965. 120 pages. A novel for young readers about a 12-year old girl on the trail of marauding Apaches who kidnapped her mother. ISBN: 281AIB1044837.

    First edition (first printing). A few tiny spots to the top edge else a fine copy in the first state gray dust jacket with a small scuff to the spine head. A lovely copy.

    Book ID: 231221
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  • Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz [Sears edition] by Baum, L. Frank
    Baum, L. Frank
    Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz [Sears edition]

    Chicago: Reilly and Lee, (1908 but actually 1938). 226 pages. Illustrated in black and white by John R. Neill. Issued in 1938 for the Sears department store, in a somehat smaller binding than the regular Reilly and Lee editions. See Bienvenue, Book Collector's Guide to L. Frank Baum, p. 37. ISBN: 281AIB1028404.

    Very good in a very good dust jacket. There is a small piece missing from the bottom of the title page (the paper for this edition is very acidic); the color cover label is quite bright. Stain on top edge of page block, not affecting pages. There are short tears and minor chipping along the bottom edge of the jacket.

    Book ID: 130351
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  • Little Lord Fauntleroy (second printing) by Burnett, Frances Hodgson
    Burnett, Frances Hodgson
    Little Lord Fauntleroy (second printing)

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886. 209, [1] pages, plus [16] pages of ads. Illustrated with engravings after Reginald B. Birch. A classic work for children. ISBN: B0067P7B04.

    Second printing (BAL 2064; J. J. Little imprint on copyright page). Spine ends lightly worn; minor edgewear; gift inscription dated 1886; else very good or better in publisher's decorated cloth.

    Book ID: 30404
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  • The Quest of the Golden Star: A Christmas Fairy Story for All the Year by Cross, Elsa
    Cross, Elsa
    The Quest of the Golden Star: A Christmas Fairy Story for All the Year

    First Edition

    Honolulu, T.H: Printshop Company, 1925. 221 patges. Color frontispiece of the fire goddess by Jessie Shaw Fisher. Black-and-white illustrations by William and Mary Herwig. An uncommon book printed in the Territory of Hawaii. ISBN: B004NWRDW4.

    First edition (first printing). Very good in light brown cloth (hardcover). No dust jacket.

    Book ID: 72627
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  • Toyon, a Dog of the North and His People by Kalashnikoff, Nicholas
    Kalashnikoff, Nicholas
    Toyon, a Dog of the North and His People

    First Edition

    New York: Harper & Brothers, 1950. 246 pages. A children's novel. Toyon, the dog, was adopted by Guran and his poor family in the harsh Siberian tundra whose fortunes seemed to turn with the presence of the brave hunting hound. "Toyon's story was told by Guran to the author when as a young man he was sent to political exile in the polar region of Siberia and met the dog, then old and rheumatic and an object of veneration" -- from the rear flap. ISBN: B0000CHRMP.

    First edition (first printing). A bit of edge wear, else a very good copy in a dust jacket with creased and snagged covers and chipped at the spine ends, else very good. Inscribed by the author to the family of Paul Dotsenko, fellow Siberian refugees: "with my friendly wishes and hope to see you all soon / Nicholas Kalashnikoff / Oct. 5, 1950 / New York." Dotsenko is the author of the 1984 book The Struggle for a Democracy in Siberia, 1917-1920. A very nice association.

    Book ID: 168449
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  • Science Guide for Elementary Schools (incomplete set of 40 issues)) by California State Department of Education
    California State Department of Education
    Science Guide for Elementary Schools (incomplete set of 40 issues))

    First Edition

    Sacramento: California State Department of Education, 1934-1940. This guide was published monthly except for June and July by the California State Department of Education. This set includes Vol. I, No. 2-6, 8-10, Vol. II, No. 2, 5, 7-9; Vol. III, No. 1-4, 6, 7, 9-10 (single volume); Vol. IV, No. 2-5, 7-8, 10; Vol. V, No. 1-8, 10; Vol. VI, No. 1-3. Each issue is devoted to a single subject. Authors were professors from the California State College system. ISBN: 281AIB1046962.

    First edition (first printing). Overall very good copies in green wrappers (paperback), stapled. Covers may have mild wear and some fading.

    Book ID: 257868
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  • The Graveyard Book. Volume Two. (poster) by Gaiman, Neil. Illustration by P. Craig Russell
    Gaiman, Neil. Illustration by P. Craig Russell
    The Graveyard Book. Volume Two. (poster)

    First Edition

    New York: HarperCollins, 2014. Poster, 15 x 10 inches, printed in many color. Illustration by P. Craig Russell. This book was the winner of the Harvey and Eisner Awards. Graphic adaptation done by P. Craig Russell. ISBN: 281AIB1050817.

    Signed by the Gaiman in blue Sharpie. First edition (first printing). A near fine copy.

    Book ID: 267641
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  • Sherwood, Elmer
    Lucky the Boy Scout; Lucky and His Friend Steve; Lucky and His Travels; Lucky the Young Volunteer; Lucky Finds a Friend; Lucky on an Important Mission (All Six Titles in the Series)

    Racine, Wisconsin: Whitman Publishing Company, 1922. ISBN: 281AIB1029755.

    Lucky and His Friend Steve and Lucky and His Travels are dated 1922. The others have no publication date. All have illustrated dust jackets except Lucky and His Travels. All dust jackets have edge and corner wear and small edge chips.

    Book ID: 136004
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  • A Jolly Fellowship by Stockton, Frank
    Stockton, Frank
    A Jolly Fellowship

    First Edition

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1880. 298 pages followed by 2 pages of ads. ISBN: 281AIB1048243.

    First edition (first printing). Green illustrated cloth stamped with gold on the spine. A near fine hardcover copy; no dust jacket. Signed by the author on a bookplate pasted to the front pastedown.

    Book ID: 263260
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  • The Tell It-Make It Book by Shari Lewis
    Shari Lewis
    The Tell It-Make It Book

    Tarcher, 1984. 113 pages.Shari Lewis was an American ventriloquist, puppeteer, children's entertainer, comedian, and television show host. She was best known as the original puppeteer of the sock puppet Lamb Chop, first appearing on Captain Kangaroo in March 1956 and then Hi Mom, a local morning television show that aired on WRCA-TV (now WNBC-TV) in New York City. (Wikipedia). ISBN: 9780874770032.

    Inscribed by the author on front free endpaper: "To Rod (McKuen) - without whom Lambchop would have had a career in verse - Love Shari Lewis." Second printing. A near fine copy in decorated yellow cloth covers. Dust jacket with small edge chips and closed tears.

    Book ID: 262947
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  • School History of the United States by Berard, A. B. [Augusta Blanch]
    Berard, A. B. [Augusta Blanch]
    School History of the United States

    Philadelphia: H. Cowperthwait & Co, 1855. 224 pages. An uncommon ante-bellum history of the United States by a school teacher in West Point, New York. The book was reprinted a number of times, with the last printing in 1868.

    About Berard little has been written, although this book is cited in a number of academic works about the teaching of US history. Perhaps to avoid alienating a potential Southern audience for the book, Berard mostly avoids the subject of slavery, citing it only as one of many contested issues (along with taxation, import duties and internal improvements). While providing insight into how school children were taught American history in the 1850 and 1860, this book is also…

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    Philadelphia: H. Cowperthwait & Co, 1855. 224 pages. An uncommon ante-bellum history of the United States by a school teacher in West Point, New York. The book was reprinted a number of times, with the last printing in 1868.

    About Berard little has been written, although this book is cited in a number of academic works about the teaching of US history. Perhaps to avoid alienating a potential Southern audience for the book, Berard mostly avoids the subject of slavery, citing it only as one of many contested issues (along with taxation, import duties and internal improvements). While providing insight into how school children were taught American history in the 1850 and 1860, this book is also of intereste because It is one of the first US history textbooks written by a woman. ISBN: 281AIB1043933.

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    A first or early printing (a "(2)" on the copyright page may indicate that this is the second printing in 1855). Top of spine and corners worn; old ownership inscription dated 1856, else very good.

    Book ID: 222726
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  • Digging for China by Wilbur, Richard
    Wilbur, Richard
    Digging for China

    First Edition

    New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc, (1970). Unpaginated, [28] pages. A story for children about a boy who undertakes the challenge of digging through the Earth to find a foreign land. Color illustrations by William Pene du Bois. ISBN: B000NML0AE.

    First edition (first printing). A very good copy in a near fine dust jacket. There is damage on 2 pages of the book where something sticky has taken the surface of the illustration to the opposite page. Minor edge wear to dust jacket.

    Book ID: 147844
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