Several Favourites by Rackham, E. H. Shepard, Dulac, Pogany, Kate Greenaway

Children's and Illustrated Books: Recent Arrivals

Several Favourites by Arthur Rackham, E. H. Shepard, Dulac, Pogany, Kate Greenaway, Louis Wain, Cecil Aldin, William Russell Flint, Walter Crane, J. R. Neill, Plus Puppet Storybooks

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This Month's Feature

1) Puppet Storybooks, published by Grosset & Dunlap, New York; printed and bound in Japan. Boardbook format with thick, heavy card pages and covers. Texts adapted by Oscar Weigle. Illustrations in colour by T. Izawa and S. Hijikata. 4 to., 16 pp. each. 1a. Cinderella. (1981). VG+ copy. .............$15.00 1b. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. (1968). VG+ copy....$15.00 1c. Little Red Riding Hood. (1970). Couple small punctures on front cover; o/w VG or better..........$12.50 1d. Goldilocks and the Three Bears. (1970). VG+ copy.....$15.00 1e. Mother Goose. (1970). Some wrinkling of last page; o/w a VG copy................$11.00 1f. Jack and the Beanstalk. (1968). VG+ copy.......$15.00 1g. The Little Red Hen. (1968). VG+ copy..............$15.00 1h. Peter Rabbit. (1968). VG+ copy...............$15.00 1i. Hansel and Gretel. (1970). Minor ding to edge of rear board; o/w a VG+ copy..........$14.00 2) 3-D Puppet Storybooks. Boardbook format with thick heavy card pages and covers. Feature stick-on vinyl colour 3-D illustration on the front cover. Slightly small size than the above version (abt. 6 x 8-3/4" tall). 16 pp. Published by Grosset & Dunlap, N.Y., except Jack and the Beanstalk, published by Playmore Inc. Printed in Japan. The popular stories are adapted by Oscar Weigle. Pictures by T. Izawa and S. Hijikata. 2a. Jack and the Beanstalk. No copyright date (circa 1970). Minor edgewear; o/w a VG copy..............$12.50 2b. Little Red Riding Hood. (1970). Minor ding to foredges; o/w a VG+ copy..........................$15.00 2c. Puss in Boots. (1971). Minor edgewear; small puncture to front cover; o/w a VG or better copy........$16.50 2d. The Three Little Pigs. (1970). Ding to foredges; minor damage to bottom of spine; o/w a VG copy........$15.00 2e. The Ugly Duckling. (1971). Some repaired damage to top of spine; minor edgewear; small indentations to bottom of front cover; o/w a G+ copy.................$14.50 3) (Pease) An amazing baby record book from 1906. "The Biography of a Baby" features verses by Edmund Vance Cooke from his book "Chronicles of the Little Tot" and includes soft, beautiful illustrations of Bessie Collins Pease. Published by Dodge Publishing Company, New York (1906). Abt. 7-3/4 x 10-1/4" tall, unpaginated (56 pp.). There are 18 sweet, adorable drawings by Ms. Pease. The record book is partly filled in with the details of Winnifred Nettleton Evans, born 14th of January, 1908. There are 20 precious, period photographs of the baby and her family. A letter from Grandfather is tipped-in at the rear cover as well as the baby's Confirmation Certificate. An outstanding record of the Edwardian period in Canada. Baby Winnifred was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her Grandfather John Nettleton lived in Collingwood, Ontario (a long obituary of Mr. Nettleton from the Collingwood newspaper is also included). Blue cloth with a lovely little angel on the front panel. Moderate edgewear; some soiling of covers; some minor discolouring of pages from the tipped-in photos; o/w a G+ to -VG copy of this lovely item. $125.00 Cecil Aldin (1870-1935) 4) (Aldin) A Dozen Dogs Or So by Eyre and Spottiswoode, London. 1928. 1st Edition. Published simultaneously by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Tall 4 to., (7-3/4 x 11"), 43 pp. plus 13 remarkable colour portraits by Cecil Aldin, as well as several b/w drawings. 16 poems by Chalmers that had all appeared previously in "Punch". About half the dogs are terriers, a couple of spaniels, a labrador retriever and others. I think Aldin's favourite dogs to draw were terriers. Brown beveled cloth. Minor foxing on foredges, half-title and the odd margin; o/w VG+. $180.00 5) (Aldin) Forty Fine Ladies by Patrick Chalmers. Eyre and Spottiswoode, Lon. 1929. 1st Ed. Published simultaneously by Charles Scribner's Sons, N.Y. Tall 4 to.(8-1/2 x 11"), unpaginated (60 pp.). 9 hunting poems by Chalmers that had previously appeared in "Punch". The Forty Fine Ladies of the title poem are 40 female hunt dogs who are successful in catching a dog-fox. 14 wonderful 2-page, 1-colour illus. by Aldin plus a number of small vignette drawings. Brown beveled cloth. Moderate edgewear; binding a little loose; remains of a bookplate on f.e.p.; minor wrinkle of bottom corner most pages; o/w still a handsome VG clean copy. $170.00 U.S. 6) (Anno) Mitsumasa, Anno. Anno's U.S.A. Philomel Books, N.Y. 1st U.S. Edition. 1983. Sq. 4 to., unpaginated (50 pp.). A story in pictures only. This is a very unusual book in that the contents are the signed, unnumbered limited edition of "Anno's USA", but the binding is for another book of his entitled "Anno's Flea Market". This must have been done at the bindery, either by mistake, or by someone who wanted a bound copy of the limited edition (perhaps an extra printed copy) but there were no more USA bindings so they used another convenient binding. This should be of great interest to Anno collectors. SIGNED in Japanese by Anno. Cream linen cloth boards with Red cloth spine. Minor soiling of boards; slight fading of spine; o/w a Vg copy of this unique item. $80.00 7) Coin Book. A delightful, nostalgic item that was issued by some American bank to encourage children to save their copper pennies, nickel nickels, silver dimes and silver quarters until they had two dollars to open a Thrift Account. The verse is by Genevieve Burke and the characters look like little Brownies. There is no date but the reference to Pinocchio on the front and to Jiminy Cricket on the back would indicate that it probably was issued around the time of Walt Disney's movie and book about Pinocchio in 1939. The book measures abt. 6-1/2 x 8-1/2" tall and it has a metal spriral spine. Very thick heavy card. Front and rear cover plus 6 other pages, 4 of them with slots for coins. Minor edgewear; moderate soiling of covers and the coin pages; o/w a G+ to -VG example of this wonderful item. $45.00 8) Defoe, Daniel. The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston and New York. 1909. 1st Edition Thus. 8 vo., 435 pp. Another classic edition of one of the best boys' books ever written. This one magnificently illustrated in colour (12 plates) and black-and-white by E. Boyd Smith. Scarce in this 1st Edition format. Blue decorated cloth with colour plate on front board; gilt titling on front cover and spine. Rubbing and light soiling to covers; some staining and foxing to margins of title-page and frontispiece plus a few other pages and one other colour plate; front inner hinge starting; rear inner hinge repaired; some discolouring of foredges; prev. owner's bookplate on f.e.p.; still about a G+ copy of this uncommon E. Boyd Smith title. $65.00 9) (Dulac) A Fairy Garland, Being Fairy Tales from the Old French. Cassell & Co., Lon. Tor./Charles Scribner's Sons, N.Y. 1st Edition. 1928. Tall 4 to., 251 pp. #211 of a Limited Edition of 1000 copies, SIGNED by Edmund Dulac who contributed 12 glorious, full- page colour plates. This handsome book includes: "The Fairy Song"; two tales by Charles Perrault: "Riquet with the Tuft", and "Puss in Boots"; 5 tales by Mms. d'Aulnoy: "Bablet", "Green dragon", "Fortunata", "The Blue Bird", and "Princess Rosetta"; plus "Mayblossom" by Count Anthony Hamilton. Blue cloth boards with cream vellum spine with Gold lines and lettering. Topedge gilt, other edges untrimmed. Minor edgewear; one corner bumped; some usual discolouration to vellum spine; minor bump to top of spine; minor foxing to a few pages and untrimmed edges; o/w a VG copy of this highly collectible fairy book illustrated by Dulac. $1000.00 10) (Edwards) Older Mousie by Golden Gorse. Country Life, London and Charles Scribner's, N.Y. 1st Edition. 1932. 4 to., 102 pp. plus 16 lovely half-tone, full- page plates by Lionel Edwards. Sequel to "The Moorland Mousie", who was of course a pony. Pretty endpapers. Brown paper-on-boards with Red cloth spine. Minor edgewear; corners bumped; some minor staining of covers; small amount of minor foxing; one page dog-eared; o/w a VG copy of this Edwards collectible. $55.00 11) (Flint) The Book of Tobit and the History of Susanna. Reprinted from the revised edition of the Apocrypha, with an Introduction by Dr. Montague R. James. The Haymarket Press, London. 1929. 1st Edition. Limited to 875 copies. (Note: this copy has the limitation notice but was not assigned a number.) 4 to., 47 pp. 4 lovely tipped-in colour plates from the watercolours of Sir William Russell Flint. Cream paper on boards. Minor edgewear; some discolouring and light soiling of covers, but contents very clean. A G+ to -VG copy. $95.00 12) (Flint) The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer. Text in old English, edited by Prof. Walter W. Skeat. 3 Volumes. Philip Lee Warner, Publisher to the Medici Society, London. 1913. 1st Edition. Exquisitely printed by Riccardi Press on handmade paper. #427 of a Limited Edition of 500 copies. Handsomely illustrated with 36 colour tipped-in plates by Sir William Russell Flint. Blue paper-covered boards with Beige cloth spines and paste-on paper titling labels on spine and front panels (spare labels laid-in at the rear of each volume). Topedges gilt, other edges untrimmed. Minor shelfwear; one corner bumped of Volume One, Blue paper edges slightly discoloured; foredges with minor soiling and foxing; large bookplate on inside front cover of each volume, with some ghosting onto opposite endpaper; o/w VG very clean copies with G+ original d.j.'s with faded spines. A beautiful set with excellent rich reproductions of Flint's lush watercolour illustrations. The set SOLD 13) (Fuzzy Wuzzy Books) A group of 5 Fuzzy Wuzzy books by Whitman Publishing Co., Racine, Wisconsin. Copyright 1946 to 1949. A once-popular phenomenon of children's books, these simple stories each had 5 flocked illustrations that the children could touch as if it were real fur. As you can imagine, many of these type of books had the "fur" rubbed right off them. The flocking on these 5 books is Near Fine, as if it was hardly touched. The titles include: "Chickaree, the Fuzzy Wuzzy Squirrel", "Patchy, the Fuzzy Wuzzy Pony", "Toys", "The Lazy Lion", and "Santa Claus" (the Santa Claus book has more pages and 8 fuzzy wuzzy ones). Some chipping of edges; couple of short tears; cover pulling away from hinges on three of the books; staples rusting on two books; names or other writing on covers of three books; still overall a G+ group of these unique books. The lot $135.00 14) Greenaway, Kate. Kate Greenaway's Book of Games. George Routledge & Sons, London, Glasgow, Manchester and New York. n.d. (circa 1889-1890). 1st or very early edition. 8 vo., 64 pp. Engraved and printed in colour by Edmund Evans. Features 24 delicate, sweet and lovely colour plates by Ms. Greenaway, depicting the many innocent games played by Victorian children. Yellow endpapers. Pictorial Green paper-on-boards with Blue cloth spine. Some loss of paper from all four outer corners; fairly heavy chipping of edges; bottom corner bent on most pages; light foxing on front and rear blank endpapers, otherwise very clean contents; about a G+ to -VG copy of this lovely book by one of the top three Victorian illustrators of children's books. $285.00

15) Greenaway, Kate. This recently-acquired Kate Greenaway's "A Day in a Child's Life", is a Good Plus to Minus Very Good copy; n.d., but most certainly published in 1881. Depending on who you listen to, it is probably the 1st Edition, 1st Issue, or the 1st Edition, 2nd Issue. It has the bevelled boards, Green endpapers, Green edges all round, and the publisher's address on the title page. There is some edgewear to the boards and some smudging in page margins, but the colour illustrations are very rich and bright. $325.00 16) (KELLOGG'S) Book Number One of Kellogg's "Story Book of Games", copyright 1931. Printed in Canada. The Kellogg Company of Canada published several small children's books tied into advertising campaigns for their company. This series of Game Books are larger than their usual publications, being abt. 8" wide x 9-3/4" tall. There were 4 books in the series and they cost 10c each plus the top from one package of Kellogg Cereal. Each book consists of four famous stories (a one-page abridged version) plus a counting game played with small cardboard counters and a spinner attached to the rear cover on a flap that folded down. The stories in this Book Number One are: Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, Hansel and Gretel, and Little Black Sambo. The games can be played by 2, 3 or 4 players. 4 of the 6 cardboard counters are missing but the spinner is present and in good working order. The rivet holding the spinner has caused a raised impression on each page throughout the book; the edges are somewhat chipped and creased; the spine is quite rubbed; still a VG surviving example of this fragile advertising giveaway and a unique Little Black Sambo collectible. $80.00 17) (KELLOGG'S)Book Number Three of Kellogg's "Story Book of Games", copyright 1931. Printed in Canada. The Kellogg Company of Canada published several small children's books tied into advertising campaigns for their company. This series of Game Books are larger than their usual publications, being abt. 8" wide x 9-3/4" tall. There were 4 books in the series and they cost 10c each plus the top from one package of Kellogg Cereal. Each book consists of four famous stories (a one-page abridged version) plus a counting game played with small cardboard counters and a spinner attached to the rear cover on a flap that folded down. The stories in this Book Number Three are: Jack the Giant Killer, The Sleeping Beauty, The Seven Swans, and The Glass Hill. The games can be played by 2, 3 or 4 players. 4 of the 6 cardboard counters are present and the spinner is present and in good working order. The rivet holding the spinner has caused a raised impression on each page throughout the book; the edges are somewhat chipped and creased; the spine is quite rubbed and separated about an inch at the bottom; still a VG surviving example of this fragile advertising giveaway. $60.00 18) (Neill, John R.) Nursery Tales. One of Altemus' Wee Books for Wee Folks. Henry Altemus, Phil. (1904). 1st or early edition with gift inscription on blank f.e.p. dated 1905. 16 mo.(abt. 4 x 5-1/2" tall), 92 pp. plus 2 pp. of publisher ads. This book features 45 illustrations, about 30 in 2-colour, by J.R. Neill, well-known illustrator of thirteen Wizard of Oz books. Stories included in this collection are: The Frog Prince, Hop-O-My-Thumb, and Little Two Eyes. Illus. e.p.'s. Green cloth with Red lettering and Red/Black decorative scene on front cover. Minor edgewear; minor fading of rear board; f.e.p. with crease and two minor smudges; poor paper somewhat discoloured; o/w a VG copy. $77.50 19) (Neill, J.R.) The Uncrowned King by Harold Bell Wright. The Book Supply Company, Chicago. 1st Edition. October, 1910. 12 mo., 118 pp. plus 2 pp. publisher's ads. Frontispiece and 10 other illus. in one-colour by John R. Neill, illustrator of 13 Wizard of Oz books, including two written by himself. Although the story has a religious theme--a Pilgrim searching for the Temple of Truth--Neill's illus. certainly remind one of his Land of Oz work. Handsome little book with Red cloth and gilt lettering and decoration. Minor edgewear and rubbing of boards; poor paper somewhat discoloured; rear inner hinge repaired; a G+ copy of a fairly scarce Neill item. $40.00 20) Petersham, Maud and Miska. The Story Book of Things We Use. John C. Winston, Chicago, Phil., Tor. (1933). Sq. 12 mo., unpaginated (128 pp.). Possibly a first printing of this collected edition. Contains 4 of the Petersham's informative non-fiction books for children: The Story Book of Houses; The Story Book of Clothes; The Story Book of Food; and, The Story Book of Transportation. Wonderfully illustrated in colour and black-and- white. Blue cloth with Gilt lettering and decoration. Minor edgewear and light soiling of covers, Gold bits a bit dulled; just a few pages with minor margin stains; o/w a VG copy. $25.00 21) Petersham, Maud and Miska. The Story Book of Oil. John C. Winston, Chicago, Phil., Tor. 1st Ed. (1935). Sq. 12 mo., unpaginated (32 pp.). A factual history of oil for young people, with many 2-colour and 4-colour lithographic illustrations. A typical Petersham's book: attractive and practical. Brown cloth with colour plate of a dinosaur amongst a field of oilwells. Reinforced library binding but not Ex-Library. Moderate edgewear and rubbing of covers; gift inscription for Christmas 1935 on f.e.p.; minor stain to bottom of title page; some discolouration to page margins; short tear to r.e.p. and short repaired tear to last page; a G to G+ copy. $15.50 22) (Rackham) Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by James M. Barrie. Charles Scribner's Sons, N.Y. 1906. 1st American trade edition. 4 to., 126 pp. of text plus title-page, contents and map. Features 50 wonderful tipped- in colour plates from the imaginative mind of Arthur Rackham: frontispiece plus 49 plates at the rear of the book, all mounted on heavy Brown paper, with individual, captioned tissue overlays. Rackham's preeminent work and his most-illustrated book, after Rip van Winkle the previous year which had one more plate. Green cloth with Gold lettering and embossed decoration on front board. Some soiling to covers; moderate wear to corners, top and bottom of spine; minor staining to some overlays and some gutters, but all illustrations are fine; 3 plates have a creased corner; o/w a VG solid copy with very clean text pages. $875.00

Original sketch, signed and dated

(Rackham)The Rhinegold & the Valkyrie by Richard Wagner. Trans. by Margaret Armour. William Heinemann, Lon. and Doubleday Page & Co., N.Y. 1910. 1st English Trade Edition. 4 to., 160 pp. 14 b/w drawings and 34 mounted colour plates by Arthur Rackham. This special copy is SIGNED and dated November 10th, 1910 on the half-title, right under an ORIGINAL SKETCH in ink by Rackham, abt. 2 x 2". The sketch is of the character "Alberich" (who strikes a similar pose in the plate facing p. 44--see photo at right). I have read where Rackham did do a few sketches in books published in the 1930's for people who were working on the printing and binding, but apparently it was very unusual for him to do so in a book of this early date. Laid in to the book is a copy of the notice from Leicester Galleries in London for an exhibition of the Original Water-Colour Drawings for "The Ring of the Niblungs" and other subjects, from October 15th to November 12th, 1910. I think it's very possible that Rackham did this particular sketch for someone who approached him at the Exhibition, or perhaps even for someone who worked at the gallery. Brown Buckram binding with Gold lettering and embossed decoration. Some minor edgewear and rubbing to covers; poor paper somewhat discoloured; minor stain on f.e.p. where a previous owner's bookplate was affixed; a bit of a wave in top margins of some pages; still a VG example of this special edition. SOLD 23) (Rackham) The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. George G. Harray & Co., Lon. 1928. 1st trade edition. 4 to., 103 pp. The classic American story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. Illustrated with 8 incredible colour plates by Arthur Rackham as well as numerous b/w drawings and stunning endpapers. Dark Green cloth with gilt lettering and gilt embossed illustration on front panel. Minor edgewear; bump to bottom of spine; light foxing on a couple pages; some discolouration of foredges; o/w a VG copy in a Poor copy of the scarce d.j. SOLD 24) (Rackham) Arthur Rackham, edited by David Larkin. Peacock Press/Bantam Book, Tor., N.Y., Lon. 1st U.S. Edition. August 1975. Tall 4 to., unpaginated. 9-page Introduction by Leo John De Freitas talks about Arthur Rackham's immense talent and the images that we might find in "Rackham Land". The book features 40 amazing colour reproductions in full-page format from some of the important books that Rackham illustrated and made his own: Poe's Tales of History and Imagination; The Goblin Market; Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen; Aesop's Fables; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Undine; The Rhinegold and the Valkyrie; Midsummer Night's Dream; The Romance of King Arthur; A Wonder Book, and more. Glossy pictorial White wraps. Some edgewear and discolouring of covers; gift inscription on inside front cover; crease in top of spine; still a G+ to -VG copy of an inexpensive but lovely introduction to one of the top half dozen illustrators of the 20th century. $15.50 25) (Robinson) Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales. The reprint published by Hodder & Stoughton for Boots Pure Drug Co., Nottingham. n.d. (circa 1920's). 4 to., 320 pp. Features 16 tipped-in colour plates and 80 b/w drawings by W. Heath Robinson. Red cloth with gilt lettering and gilt decoration on front panel of 8 children watching (or conversing with) a snail. Minor edgewear; minor scattered foxing of margins and foredges; gift inscription for 1931 on f.e.p.; o/w a VG or better clean copy in a G+ copy of the scarce dust-jacket, with plate affixed to front panel. SOLD 26) (Sendak) I Saw Esau: the Schoolchild's Pocket Book, edited by Iona & Peter Opie. Candlewick Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1992. 1st Edition Thus and 1st U.S. Edition overall (first published in London in 1947). "Collected in this invaluable book are the wit and wisdom of generations of schoolchildren--more than one hundred and seventy rhymes ranging from insults and riddles to tongue twisters, jeers and jump-rope rhymes. Illustrated throughout with dozens of colour pictures by Maurice Sendak. This copy SIGNED by Sendak on the half-title. Green cloth. Slight edgewear; minor bump to top of spine; o/w Near Fine in VG+ d.j. $95.00 (In Brodart, which explains photograph.) 27) (Storer) A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson. Charles Scribner's Sons, N.Y. 1910. 1st Edition Thus. 8 vo., 116 pp. Stevenson's popular book of children's poems receives a wonderful accompaniment of images from the artistic mind of Florence Edith Storer. 8 full-page colour plates, 9 full-page b/w plates, plus numerous smaller b/w illus. Ms. Storer really adds to the already enjoyable verses. This is probably the best-matched writer/artist tandem for a child's book of poetry, except for Charles Robinson's rendition of the same book. Half-vellum binding with marbled paper-on- boards. T.e.g. Vellum discoloured; paper edges chipped; part of leather titling label on spine missing; inner front hinge professionally repaired; a few pages with top corner wrinkled; still a G+ copy of his enduring classic in a deluxe edition. $150.00 (SOLD) 28) Tudor, Tasha. The Dolls' Christmas. Oxford University Press, New York. 3rd printing. 1956. 12 mo., unpaginated (27 pp.). Sethany Ann and Nicey Melinda were two very old dolls who lived in a handsome doll house and belonged to two little girls. Every Christmas they had a party for all the dolls of the neighbourhood at which a marionette show was given. Tasha Tudor has told this story in lovely pictures and delightful text. This copy SIGNED by Ms. Tudor on the front endpaper under a picture of one of the dolls. Red cloth with paste-on paper label. Minor edgewear; gift inscription on inside front cover; light foxing in upper margin of a few pages; o/w G+ to VG in a Poor pictorial d.j. $80.00 (SOLD) 29) (Tudor) Jackanapes by Juliana Horatia Ewing. Oxford University Press, New York. 1st Edition.1948. 12 mo., 62 pp. Tasha Tudor does a remarkable job of illustrating this popular Victorian story of a bright- haired, high-spirited small boy named Jackanapes who grew up to be a soldier. 4 full-page colour plates, colour title page; colour illus. on endpapers, plus numerous soft and delicate b/w drawings by Ms. Tudor. This copy SIGNED on the f.e.p. by Tasha Tudor in 1989. Green cloth with Black lettering. Slight edgewear; o/w a Near Fine copy in a price-clipped VG d.j. $150.00 30) (Tudor) A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson. Rand McNally & Co., N.Y., Chi. and San Francisco. Tall 4 to., 69 pp. A colossal work from Tasha Tudor and her dozens of lovely illustrations taken from the same period as Stevenson wrote his verse make this the perfect marriage of text and art. 1st Edition Thus. 1981. An expanded version of Ms. Tudor's 1947 edition of "A Child's Garden of Verses", with all new illustrations and more of them. Apart from perhaps Jessie Wilcox Smith's version, this is in my mind the premiere edition of Stevenson's perennial favourite. The perfect gift that will be forever treasured. Matte finish pictorial boards. Minor edgewear; o/w a VG+ clean, bright copy. $30.00 31) Upton, Florence and Bertha Upton. The Golliwogg's Air-Ship. Longmans, Green & Co., London, New York, Bombay. 1st Edition (1902). Oblong 4 to., 65 pp. The 8th title in this highly popular Victorian series. A Golliwogg doll tells a group of wooden dolls that he is going to build an airship and take them all around the world. He proceeds to accomplish this feat, with a few not-so-soft landings along the way. 30 wonderful, full-page colour illustrations, including one double-spread, plus several other small sepia illustrations. This copy is quite unique in that the binder has added an extra signature of four pages--these are a repeat of pages 17, 18, 31 and 32, and they are bound in between pages 24 and 25, the double-page colour spread. These pages can be carefully removed but I've left them as an interesting addition. (Note: the book would still be complete without them.) The second photo above shows pages 18 and 31, two of the extra pages mistakenly bound in. Paper-covered boards with illustrated front panel; Beige cloth spine. Considerable chipping of edges; minor soiling of covers; corners rounded; front board bowed; front inner hinge cracking; binding a little loose; a few minor smudges in some margins and a couple of short margin tears; overall about a G+ copy with no damage to the bright colour illustrations. SOLD 32) (Wain, Louis) Boy's Own Annual: 22nd Annual Volume, 1899-1900. Tall 4 to., 824 pp. Featuring 14 single-page or multi-page fold-out plates, eleven in colour, plus hundreds of other illustrations in black-and-white. The Boy's Own Annual was the most famous annual of the Victorian era. The first volume in 1879 consisted of weekly issues of The Boy's Own Paper from January to September, 1879. Thereafter, the annuals contained issues from October to October. The BOA was discontinued in 1940 due to wartime paper shortage. The Annual was best known for exciting adventure stories and boys' school stories. This particular annual boasts lots of those, plus colour plates of English train engines, caterpillars, the Arms of Chiefs of Scottish Clans, Flags of the World, and much more, but to many readers, the most interesting and exciting feature of this 1899-1900 annual is the dozen or more illustrations (3 full-page) by the great Louis Wain, the Man Who Drew Cats. All of the Wain illus. are signed Louis Wain except two which are signed "H Officer Smith". I can't find a record of this Wain pseudynom, but these two illus. definitely appear to be Wain drawings ( I show one, the last photo.) Decorative Green cloth on boards. Some edgewear; a wrinkle in spine; some minor foxing; a couple of the plates have an extra crease where they were incorrectly folded; one plate has some margin damage; the front inner hinge has been repaired, the rear inner hinge needs a repair; overall about a G+ copy but a must for a Louis Wain collector. $145.00 33) (Wiggin--Signed) "The Story Hour: a Book for the Home and the Kindergarten" by Kate Douglas Wiggin and Nora A. Smith. This is a later printing, 1898, 12th thousand. The original was published in 1890. The book includes 8 stories by Wiggin, 9 by Smith and one joint adaptation of a Mrs. Ewing story. Published by Houghton, Mifflin and Co., Bos. and N.Y. 12 mo., 185 pp. plus several full-page b/w illus. Red cloth. Some edgewear and rubbing; discolouring of foredges and endpapers; some staining in the margins of the Introduction pages (perhaps from flower petals); still a G+ copy with the special addition of the signature of Kate Douglas Wiggin on the f.e.p. with the date 1901 and the quote "A great spiritual efficiency lies in story-telling." $105.00 (SOLD) (Interestingly, Ms. Wiggin begins her Introduction by saying "Story-telling, like letter-writing, is going out of fashion.")

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