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LES FLEURS ANIMEES
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LES FLEURS ANIMEES

By GRANDVILLE, J.J.

GRANDVILLES, J.J.. (GRANDVILLE,J.J.)illus. LES FLEURS ANIMEES. Introduction par Alph. Karr, texte par Taxile Delord. Paris: Gabriel de Gonet, no date, 1st edition early printing (circa 1850?). Two volumes, 260, 236p. 4to (7 3/4 x 10 5/8"), publisher's black cloth with stunning pictorial covers and spine by Haarhaus, all edges gilt, scattered foxing else a VG+, bright copy. Featuring 50 magnificent hand-colored engraved plates, 2 hand-colored title pages with guards and 2 black & white engravings of botanicals. Each color plate showcases Grandville's marvelous humanized flowers. A bright and beautiful copy in a stunning trade binding.

$2000.00

RUMMICAL RHYMES WITH PICTURES TO MATCH SET FORTH IS FAYRE PROSPECT
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RUMMICAL RHYMES WITH PICTURES TO MATCH SET FORTH IS FAYRE PROSPECT

ABC. (EARLY AMERICAN) RUMMICAL RHYMES WITH PICTURES TO MATCH SET FORTH IN FAYRE PROSPECT ALPHABETICALLY AND GEOGRAPHICALLY. [NY]: (Hurd & Houghton), no date, circa 1860. 8vo (5 1/2 x 8 1/4"), pictorial wraps, professional spine strengthening and some cover soil, [24]p. + cover, VG. For each letter of the alphabet there is a nonsensical limerick involving the name of a town beginning with the particular letter (I and J, U and V are combined two to a page). "There was a young lady of Cork, Who declining to eat with a Fork, Her fingers would use, And the feelings abuse, of the delicate people of Cork." Each page has a humorous,large 3-color illustration, with the cover signed by C. Edmonds. Scarce.

$750.00

ELSIE DINSMORE
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ELSIE DINSMORE

By FINLEY, MARTHA

[FINLEY,MARTHA]. ELSIE DINSMORE by Martha Farquharson. NY: M.W. Dodd 1867. 12mo (4 5/8 x 6 7/8"), 288p., light purple embossed cloth, gilt decorative spine, previous owner's attractive gilt and leather book plate, slight soil on 1 page, a Fine copy in a custom leather backed box. 1st edition of the first book about Elsie Dinsmore whose series eventually ran up to 28 volumes. Despite some religious overtones and suggestions about the father's impropiety, the Elsie Dinsmore series became immensely popular. It is suggested that Elsie's longevity and success inspired Edward Stratemeyer to create his long living series including Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and many others. In selecting this title for Peter Parley to Penrod, a bibliography of the best children's books, the bibliographer Jacob Blanck notes that he had seen only 2 copies of the first edition (p.26). Today it is rare, and outstanding copies like this can't be found.

$7500.00

CHILDREN IN THE WOOD
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CHILDREN IN THE WOOD

CHILDREN IN THE WOOD. Concord, N.H.: J.A. Merriam & Rufus Merrill 1856. 8vo, pictorial wraps, 16p. + covers, sl. dusty, VG. Preface by H.S.B. Illus. with 7 nice large woodcuts and with decorative border on text pages.

$150.00

ENGLISH STRUWWELPETER
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ENGLISH STRUWWELPETER

By HOFFMANN, HEINRICH

HOFFMANN. HOFFMANN,HEINRICH. ENGLISH STRUWWELPETER or Pretty Stories and Funny Pictures for Little Children. Leipsic: Friedruch Volckmar, 1848. 4to, original decorative boards with vignette on rear cover, 24p., recased with new spine, old endapers, tear on title page repaired, some soiling throughout, paper on cover is worn off on corners and edges, overall a Very Good copy. FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF THIS FAMOUS CHILDREN'S BOOK that is still in print today. Taken from the 6th German edition. Printed on rectos only, each leaf is hand-colored showing the fate of these now famous naughty children. Originally published in Germany in 1845 as Lustige Geschichten und drollige Bilder, with only 15 pages, the book was expanded and renamed Struwwelpeter in 1847. As an early example of planned obsolescence, Hoffmann reportedly instructed his publishers to issue the book in strong boards but with a frail paper spine in the hope that children would quickly read the book to pieces; their parents would be forced to buy another copy. This accounts for the unbelievable rarity of both the first German and first English editions. PML 131. Amongst the rarest of all children's books.

$25000.00

CHILD'S FIRST PRIMER, OR A, B, C BOOK
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CHILD'S FIRST PRIMER, OR A, B, C BOOK

ABC. (PRIMER) CHILD'S FIRST PRIMER, OR A, B, C BOOK. NY: H. & S. Raynor, circa 1845. 3 5/8 x 4 5/8", 23p., blue pictorial wraps, Fine. The upper half of 14 pages each feature 4 woodcuts of simple objects. The bottom halves of those pages have lessons beginning with 2 letter combinations graduating to 2-syllable words. The beginning of the book has several different alphabets. A charming little primer in excellent condition.

$275.00

PEEPSHOW: LES TUILERIES, PARIS
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PEEPSHOW: LES TUILERIES, PARIS

PEEPSHOW. PEEPSHOW: LES TUILERIES. Paris, no date, circa 1830. Oblong 7 1/4 x 5", front cover aged and old linen repair, VG+ in original marbled slip case with label. Opening to 19 inches, this is a 6 panel peepshow including cover and and backdrop. The front cover depicts the Arc du Carousel in detail and has three viewing holes (two round and one square). The viewer can see fine hand colored views of the Tuilerie Gardens, Avenue Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe with children playing, statues, adults promenading, horse drawn carriages and more. A nice one.

$2850.00

HORNBOOK.  LEATHER HORNBOOK
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HORNBOOK. LEATHER HORNBOOK

HORNBOOK. LEATHER HORNBOOK. Offered here is a very large, early leather hornbook. It measures 12 1/2" high x 6" wide with carved extensions on either side of the handle, housed in a custom velvet lined box with a sculpted insert in the shape of the hornbook to hold it in place. The printed text which would have been under the horn is lacking and the horn covering is cracked in several pieces. There are traces of gilt embellishment on the side with the horn that also has numbers written along the edges by an early owner. On the reverse side there is an elaborate gilt decorative diamond shaped panel 3 1/2" wide x 5 1/4" high with the figures of a little boy and a little girl on opposite ends of the diamond. The handle is curved and comes to a point and there is a large red cross running down the length of the handle. Hornbooks were early ABC learning devices for children. They usually consisted of a sheet of parchment or paper containing the alphabet and other simple words, numbers or prayers. This was then mounted on leather, wood or bone and covered with a thin sheet of horn for protection. A hole in the handle was used for a piece of string that would be tied to the child's clothing - this example has no hole. Wealthier families might have had hornbooks made of silver or ivory. Early hornbooks have become quite scarce and this larger size example is quite unusual.

$3750.00

ATLAS GEOGRAPHICUS PORTABILIS
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ATLAS GEOGRAPHICUS PORTABILIS

EARLY GERMAN. (MAPS) ATLAS GEOGRAPHICUS PORTABILIS: XXIX MAPPIS ORBIS HABITABILIS REGNA EXHIBENS. Augsburg: Vendit inejus aedib. in suburb. Jocobaeo, in reg. Paradisi, s.a., no date, circa 1750. Caelo accurate expressit Tobias Conradus Lotterus, delineavit et excudit Tobias Lobeck. 16mo (2 3/4 x 4 1/4"), contemporary and probably original blind stamped calf housed in a custom cloth box, Lacks free endpapers, covers rubbed, generally Very Good and clean. Featuring fine copper plate engravings that include a double-page engraved frontis and double page engraved pictorial title by Eichler followed by 29 hand-colored double page maps of Europe, America and Africa. Also included are a double page hemisphere map of the world and a double page planisphere map of the heavens. There is a 2 page index at the rear of the book.

$2500.00

GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF THE CORONATION REGALIA OF THE KINGS OF
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GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF THE CORONATION REGALIA OF THE KINGS OF

EARLY AMERICAN. GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF THE CORONATION REGALIA OF THE KINGS OF ENGLAND; WITH THE DEGREES AND CUSTUME OF DIFFERENT RANKS. Philadelphia: Morgan and Yeager, no date, circa 1825. Stiff printed wraps 4 1/4 x 7", some offsetting and slight bit of spine wear else near Fine. Printed on one side of the paper, there are 12 very fine hand colored copperplate engravings full of detail. Rosenbach 665. Very scarce.

$1850.00

PICTURES OF ENGLISH HISTORY
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PICTURES OF ENGLISH HISTORY

By MILLS, ALFRED

EARLY ENGLISH. PICTURES OF ENGLISH HISTORY IN MINIATURE by Alfred Mills. London: Darton and Harvey 1809. 2 volumes each [ii] 96p., 2 1/4 x 2 5/8", period full black morocco with gilt design on borders, gilt spine and gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt. Except for a few uneven pages, near Fine in custom made morocco backed cloth box. First edition, illustrated with 96 especially well printed engraved plates. See The Dartons G652 listing copies in black leather and pink boards, attributing the text to Priscilla Bell Wakefield. This is a beautiful little set, quite scarce.

$2250.00

CHIUSHINGURA OR THE LOYAL LEAGUE: A JAPANESE ROMANCE
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CHIUSHINGURA OR THE LOYAL LEAGUE: A JAPANESE ROMANCE

By DICKINS, FREDERICK

JAPANESE INTEREST. CHIUSHINGURA OR THE LOYAL LEAGUE: A JAPANESE ROMANCE translated by Frederick Dickins with an introduction by Hoffman Atkinson. NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons 1876. Oblong 8vo (9 x 6 1/8"), cloth backed boards embossed in gold, leather label, 213 + [7]p., small chip on corner of cover, some mild shelf wear, VG+. This traditional Japanese romance was translated from the original 11 books as close to the original as possible. Featuring 29 lovely full page color woodblocks drawn and engraved by Japanese artists and printed by Japanese printers on rice paper (although the plate list indicates that illustrations are on pages 17 and 19, there is only 1 illustration with 2 lines of description). At the end of the book are samples of the text in Japanese and a translation of the Ballad of Takasago. Scarce in this 1876 edition.

$600.00

ADVENTURES OF YOUNG MUNCHAUSEN
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ADVENTURES OF YOUNG MUNCHAUSEN

By BENNETT, CHARLES

BENNETT, CHARLES. BENNETT,CHARLES. ADVENTURES OF YOUNG MUNCHAUSEN (The Surprising, Unheard Of And Never To Be Surpassed Adventures of Baron Munchausen) related and illustrated by C.H. Bennett in Twelve Stories. London: Routledge, Warne and Routledge 1865. 4to (7 3/4 x 10"), blue cloth stamped in gold and blind, 107p., slight wear to bottom of spine and occasional light spot else near Fine. First edition. Illustrated with 12 fine full page engravings full of the humor and detail that characterizes Bennett's work. Very scarce.

$1200.00

LITTLE MARIAN
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LITTLE MARIAN

SHAPE BOOK. LITTLE MARIAN. Philadelphia: American Sunday School Union, no date, ca 1860. 8vo (6 1/2 x 2 3/8"), pictorial wraps, Fine condition. Diecut in the shape of a little girl and delicately illustrated with color lithos (by F. Moras) with text below each picture. Done in the same size and format of Prang's shape books of the same era, but this is quite rare.

$1200.00

JOYFUL TALES FOR LITTLE FOLKS
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JOYFUL TALES FOR LITTLE FOLKS

By cogger

McLOUGHLIN PUB. JOYFUL TALES FOR LITTLE FOLKS. NY: McLoughlin Bros., 1869. 8vo, 6x9", pictorial wraps, spine rubbed and scattered light foxing else VG+. Illustrated with 8 fine color lithographs engraved by Cogger, with 10 lines of text below each picture. Printed on one side of the paper, each page has a short story about a different child.

$200.00

MUSEUM OF FOREIGN ANIMALS OR HISTORY OF BEASTS

EARLY AMERICAN. MUSEUM OF FOREIGN ANIMALS OR HISTORY OF BEASTS. New Haven: Printed and Published by S. Babcock, no date, circa 1828. 2 3/4 x 4 1/4", printed wraps, 16p., light soil, VG+. For each animal there is a full page of informative text and a fine full page engraving with a decorative border on each page. Includes elephant, lion, tiger, bear, camel, leopard, and giraffe. Shoemaker 34355 (suggesting 1828 date).

$200.00

OLD DAME AND HER PIG: A LEGEND OF OBSTINACY
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OLD DAME AND HER PIG: A LEGEND OF OBSTINACY

LIMNER, LUKE. EARLY ENGLISH. THE ANCIENT STORY OF THE OLD DAME AND HER PIG: A LEGEND OF OBSTINACY shewing how it cost the old lady a world of trouble & the pig his tale. London: David Bogue, circa 1845. Square 5 5/8", flexible pictorial card covers, slight wear to spine paper else near Fine. 1st edition of this rare picture book printed on one side of the paper. Each page has a very fine black and white lithograph by Luke Limner with text below - there are 12 in all. There is an interesting note at the end in which it says in part "The ancient story of the old woman and her pig is supposed to be derived from a hymn in the Sepher Haggadah." This is a great copy of a rare book.

$1500.00

TAILOR AND THE CARRION CROW
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TAILOR AND THE CARRION CROW

MCLOUGHLIN PUB. THE TAILOR AND THE CARRION CROW & OTHER TALES. NY: McLoughlin Bros., no date, circa 1885. Small 8vo (5 1/4 x 6 3/4"), pictorial wraps, (8)p., upper corner has a tiny nip else near Fine. A title in Aunt Mavor's Series. Various Mother Goose rhymes are illustrated with 3 fine half page chromolithographs plus 8 smaller chromos.

$225.00

THREE TINY PIGS
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THREE TINY PIGS

FAIRY TALES. (THREE LITTLE PIGS) THREE TINY PIGS. London: Dean & Son, 1861. 4to (6 1/2 x 9 7/8"), pictorial wraps, small part of spine rubbed else near Fine. Papa Please-Well Series. The traditional fairy tale about the 3 little pigs who leave home to build their own houses and their encounters with the Wolf. Printed on one side of the paper, there are 8 large 3/4 page hand-colored illustrations with the text of the story below each picture. The illustrations used here are the same as those in McLoughlin's Three Tiny Pigs from the Mama Lovechild Series with a different cover. Scarce.

$500.00

LITTLE PIG'S RAMBLE FROM HOME
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LITTLE PIG'S RAMBLE FROM HOME

EARLY ENGLISH. LITTLE PIG'S RAMBLE FROM HOME. London: Dean & Son. (1857 date on rear cover). 12mo, (5 1/8 x 6 3/4"), 23p., pictorial wraps, archival repair to spine and corner worn else VG+. The story in rhyme tells about a little pig who leaves home to find his fortune but he encounters only adversity, eventually ending up on the butcher's block. Illustrated with 8 very fine hand-colored cuts plus hand-colored cover (cover erroneously calls for 10 coloured pictures but the pagination is continuous including the pictures and nothing is missing). This is a charming toy book with unusually nice hand-coloring.

$750.00

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