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Die Engelein zur Weihnachtszeit (The Little Angels at Christmas Time)
1 Die Engelein zur Weihnachtszeit (The Little Angels at Christmas Time)
Furth Pestalozzi-Verlag Hardcover Very Good 
[c. 1960's] Nicely illustrated children's book, in German, with a Christmas theme about Angels. Unpaginated, 20 pages card pages. Small surface abrasion on upper board, otherwise very good. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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Ihr Kinderlein Kommet; Weihnacht Ist's Bald (Come You Children; Christmas is soon)
2 Ihr Kinderlein Kommet; Weihnacht Ist's Bald (Come You Children; Christmas is soon)
Furth Pestalozzi-Verlag Hardcover Very Good 
[c. 1960's] Written in German. In verse, fully illustrated in colour, christmas theme. Card pages. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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A Little Book of Old Rhymes, Barker, Cicely M. ( Collected by)
3 Barker, Cicely M. ( Collected by) A Little Book of Old Rhymes
London and Glasgow Blackie & Son Limited Hardcover Good Cicely Mary Barker 
12 colour plates including frontispiece with wood-cut illustrations on most of the 48 pages. First published in 1936, the first editions of this book were not dated and it is not possible to state the edition of this copy - except to say that it is an early edition. Decorative end papers. Contains over 40 rhymes for children, about many topics including fairies, animals and Christimas. Specific condition: Binding: Corners worn, some scuffing to the boards, backstrip has been covered with a strip of leather. Interior: very good. 24mo - over 5" - 5¾" tall. 
Price: 22.00 GBP
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A Kidnapped Santa Claus, Baum, L. Frank; Foreward By Martin Williams
4 Baum, L. Frank; Foreward By Martin Williams A Kidnapped Santa Claus
Indianapolis & New York The Bobbs-Merrill Company Inc. 1969 First Edition Decorative Cloth Very Good Very Good Jacket Richard Rosenblum Signed
Written by Baum in 1904, this story first appeared at the time in a woman's magazine and later, in 1915, within an obscure anthology of christmas tales. This book represents the first time that it was published as a book in its own right and it was fully illustrated in 1969 by Rosenblum. It is illustrated on every page in pen and ink style in brown, black and red. Green cloth boards with red line illustration to upper board and titling to backstrip. This copy comes from the library of Ray Powell, who wrote two Oz books - The Raggedys in Oz [1968] and Mr. Flint in Oz [1969]. There is his personal library plate on the verso of the ffep.There is a personal inscription on the ffep to Powell from Martin Williams, who wrote the foreward to the book. This inscription is dated 1969, the publication year of the book. Very slight nicks to the edges of the folds of the dustjacket. Very minor rubbing to corners of boards and very minor sunning to edges of end papers. A very good copy. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 
Price: 80.00 GBP
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Caldecott's Picture Books Containing all 16 titles, Caldecott, Randolph
5 Caldecott, Randolph Caldecott's Picture Books Containing all 16 titles
London George Routledge & Sons 1878 First edition Hardcover Very Good Randolph Caldecott 
This custom made pull-off case contains all 16 first editions of Caldecott's Picture Books. The card covered books are fully illustrated [printing by Edmund Evans] on each page with a combination of monochrome and colour. The pull-off case is leather quarterbound with gilt titling and decoration to the spine. All 16 titles are shown in gilt lettering on the spine. There is a small gilt monogram [HEG] to the 'upper board' of the case. The case measures 25x23x6 cm [10x9x2.4 inches] and all 16 books fit snugly inside. The books changed format and size slightly between the first and last eight from portrait [228x206 mm] to landscape [203x236 mm]. The Picture Books were published annually, in pairs, from 1878 until Caldecott's death in 1866 - always in time for Christmas they were the forerunners of the later Christmas Annuals [Randolph Caldecott Society]. The 16 titles are: John Gilpin [1878], The House that Jack Built [1878], The Babes in the Wood [1879], The Mad Dog [1879], The Three Jovial Huntsmen [1880], Sing a Song for Sixpence [1880], The Queen of Hearts [1881], The Farmer's Boy [1881], The Milkmaid [1882], Hey Diddle Diddle and Baby Bunting [[1882], A Frog he would a-Wooing Go [1883], The Fox Jumps Over the Parson's Gate [1883], Come Lasses and Lads [1884], Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross and A Farmer Went Trotting [1884], Mrs. Mary Blaize [1885], The Great Panjandrum [1885]. These first edition versions are considered to be more collectible than the later editions published posthumously by Warne, not only because they are firsts, but due to the fact that the engravings in the Routledge books reproduce the subtlety of the colour of the original illustrations - the Warne editions are considered to be brighter and not as true to the artist's intentions. The case has a small stain, c.4x3 cm, on the inside edge [does not penetrate] with some wear to corners of case and slight rubbing to top/tail of spine. Three of the books have a name inscribed to the top of the front cover [presume by style to be original owner] and several of the books have an original bookseller lable [Barrett of Chichester] to the front cover. There is the occasional finger smudge to the books, with some wear to the spine / edges of the card covers, but overall the books are in very good condition. 
Price: 875.00 GBP
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Weihnachts-Geisterchen Ein Sternenmarchen (Christmas Elves a Star Fairy Tale), Corvus, Ernst
6 Corvus, Ernst Weihnachts-Geisterchen Ein Sternenmarchen (Christmas Elves a Star Fairy Tale)
Berlin Fries Kunstdruckverlag Hardcover Very Good Ernst Corvus 
[c. early 1950's] Very nicely illustrated in full colour by Ernst Corvus in a style very reminiscent of Mabel Lucie Attwell. A selection of christmas themed stories featuring little childlike elves that help Santa to prepare. Not paginated, 32 pages. Silver gilt titles to front and rear covers. Corners worn, edges rubbed, small split to bottom of backstrip. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 
Price: 30.00 GBP
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Little Merry-makers, Daryll, A. J., illustrated by Constance Haslewood
7 Daryll, A. J., illustrated by Constance Haslewood Little Merry-makers
London & New York Frederick Warne & Co. [1888] Hardcover Good + Constance Haslewood 
There are 18 full page chromolithographs, as well as full page chromos forming the frontispiece and title page. Each of the remaining of the 48 pages is adorned with typical Victorian illustrations either in chromolithography or sepia tones. The story line takes you through the seasons of the year and describes in poetry the different festivals, such as Valentine's Day, Palm Sunday and Christmas, and also describes the different traditions and customs that were prevalent in Victorian times, such as making and playing with Cowslip Balls, sweethearts playing forfeits and rowing on the river. Apart from the glorius illustrations by Constance Haslewood the text provides a wonderful insight into Victorian life and the customs of the day. Condition: Binding: Corners worn, edges rubbed. Re-cased with replacement backstrip and endpapers. Interior: Some grubbiness to pages. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 
Price: 40.00 GBP
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Little Tales (4 Volumes; boxed), Fenelon [François de Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon]
8 Fenelon [François de Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon] Little Tales (4 Volumes; boxed)
Guben & London F. Fechner / A. & Joseph Myers & Co. Fifth Edition Decorative Cloth Very Good 
c. 1855. Four miniature volumes, with 8 hand coloured wood engravings on inserted leaves, of fables by Fenelon . The four volumes are bound in decorative silk, each with a different pattern, and adorned with a different paper embossed decoration (a sheep and lambs, a rose, Forget-me-nots and a Monkey) and all are presented in a small original decorative box. The contents are as follows: Volume 1 (29 pp): with 2 full page colour platess; Story of Flora, The Ape and The Two Mice. Volume 2 (30 pp): with 2 full page colour plates; Alibee, The Young Princess and The Bee and the Fly. Volume 3 (29 pp): with 1 full page colour plate; A Journey to Fairyland and The Story of an Old Queen and a Young Peasant. Volume 4 (29 pp): with 3 full page colour plates; The Island of Delight, The Cat and the Rabbits and The Meeting of the Animals to Choose a King. Each volume has a blind embossed bookseller's stamp from Guben on the title page. Each volume is c. 8.5 x 5.5 cm and the box is c. 10 x 7 x 3 cm. The volumes are not dated. The Bodleian Library contains copies of two of the volumes and dates them between 1850-60 - my copies hand dated to 1858.The tales are based upon the fables written by Fenelon (full name François de Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon, 1651 - 1715), a famous French Bishop and author, for the young future King of France, who was under his tutorage. Specific Condition: Box: The laid paper to the box is quite rubbed and the added paper decoration is only partly present. The box is however whole. Binding: The silk bindings of the individual volumes have been well protected by the box and they are quite bright with only slight grubbiness. Interior: Each volume contains a personal Christmas dedication to the same person from 1858. Occasional brown spots and grubbiness but basically all are complete and in very good condition. 48mo - over 3" - 4" tall. 
Price: 475.00 GBP
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9 Giraud, S. Lewis Bookano Stories No. 4
London Strand Publications 1937 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
Contains 5 fully working double page pop-ups This is the 4th of the Bookano Stories series, which were published annually from 1934 until 1950. Contains a Christmas themed pop-up with Santa, a black and white spotted dog pop-up and cave man pop-up. Specific condition: Binding: Back strip creased and small piece missing (6x1cm), corners rubbed. Interior: Some child's painting marks on two of the black and white illustrations. Dog's head on 3rd pop-up is facsimile replacement. All pop-ups work perfectly. Note: I have many other Bookano books for sale, together with other pop-ups. Please browse my Pop-up / Panorama / Movable catalogue. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 
Price: 45.00 GBP
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The Story of the First Christmas Morning - A Talking Book, Lake, Minnie
10 Lake, Minnie The Story of the First Christmas Morning - A Talking Book
London T. P. L. Production 1948 First Edition Decorative Cloth Very Good Mansbridge, John 
17 colour plates related to the story of the nativity. No text - the idea of these talking record books is that you would play the record that told the story and then turn the page when prompted by the record. The Mansbridge illustrations are really very nice, quite stylised, with an interesting colour palette of rich colours. The hessian covering the lower board is lifting slightly and there is a small surface abrasion to the upper board. Slight brown spotting to title page. Record is present but broken. Please note that in the photo the edges of the book are not captured due to limitations in the size of my scanner. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. 
Price: 40.00 GBP
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Snow Over Bethlehem, Milhous, Katherine
11 Milhous, Katherine Snow Over Bethlehem
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1945 First edition Hardcover Very Good very good Jacket Katherine Milhous 
Interesting children's story, apparently true and which has been based on old diaries and documented tales. The Bethlehem of the title refers to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - a place where Moravian children were sent at Christmas time, apparently as protection from the Indians. Katherine Milhous was to win the Caldecott Medal a few years later [1951] for The Egg Tree and this book very much set out her style and her folklore approach of that later book. There are three double page colour illustrations at the start of each chapter and black and white illustrations throughout. The end papers are illustrated in white on a dark forest green background. Buff cloth covered boards with a forest green decoration to upper board and titling to backstrip. DJ is not price clipped. There is mild rubbing to the folded edges of the dustjacket and a small chip to the upper spine area. Small 1.5 cm. closed tear to one page edge that has a remaining old sellotape stain to it. 
Price: 35.00 GBP
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A Christmas Child - A Sketch of a Boy-Life, Mrs. Molesworth
12 Mrs. Molesworth A Christmas Child - A Sketch of a Boy-Life
London Macmillan and Co. Limited 1898 Decorative Cloth Good Walter Crane 
Contains seven [including frontispiece] wood engraved plates, illustrated by Walter Crane and engraved by Swain. The plates are very fine, typically victorian in content and design. Nicely decorated cover with gilt lettering. 223 pp. Corners worn, chip to top / bottom of backstrip. Backstrip and front fore edge sunned, small stain to upper board. Front / rear hinges cracked. Browning to end papers. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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A Christmas Visit, Scannell, Florence
13 Scannell, Florence A Christmas Visit
London, Paris & New York Raphael Tuck & Sons [1885] First edition Hardcover Very Good Florence Scannell 
A scarce original Raphael Tuck children's book with four full page chromolithograph illustrations and smaller sepia line drawings on the other pages. The quality of the German printed colour illustrations is good. This is an early Tuck book, published prior to 1893 when the royal endorsements started so I have estimated 1885. 20x15 cm. unpaginated [12pp]. Chromolithographic illustrated upper board. Boards glazed with a dark brown backstrip. Floral endpapers. Corners worn, top/tail bumped, scratches and grubbiness to boards. Some grubby finger marks inside. A nice book. 
Price: 50.00 GBP
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Lies und Puppi; Hans und Struppi, Solleder, Willi
14 Solleder, Willi Lies und Puppi; Hans und Struppi
München-Pasing Meindl & Kittsteiner Hardcover Fine 
c. 1949. Children's story, in verse, german language. Each page is presented with a chromolithograph illustration (about 2/3 of the page) and a short verse below, with the first letter of the verse being an illuminated character. A very beautiful presentation with scenes of Christmastime and Bavarian inspired costume / scenery. Unpaginated, 10 pages of illustration / text. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 
Price: 28.00 GBP
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Louis Wain's Father Xmas, Wain, Louis
15 Wain, Louis Louis Wain's Father Xmas
London John F. Shaw [1919] First edition Cardboard Covers Very Good Louis Wain 
A rare Wain title that contains 6 tipped in colour plates, 4 black & white plates and about 27 other half and full page illustrations together with a selection of rhymes and short stories. Blue cloth spine with grey card covers with a colour paste down illustration surrounded by dark blue foliate pattern and titling to front. Unpaginaged - 50 pp plus 6. 24 x 18 cm. Personal inscription [from 1919] on ffep. Some very minor brown spotting on title and first page other wise contents clean and overall the book is in very good condition. 
Price: 560.00 GBP
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Here and There: A Book of Transformation Pictures, Weatherly, Frederic Edward
16 Weatherly, Frederic Edward Here and There: A Book of Transformation Pictures
London Ernest Nister 1894 First Edition Hardcover Good 
Contains 6 chromolithographic transformation pictures, providing 12 pictures in total. As usual with Nister, printed in Bavaria. Wonderful Victorian pictures of children playing with their toys and quite a few cats / kittens up to mischief. One is a version of Millais' Bubbles painting and finally there is a lovely Father Christmas and Christmas morning with the presents scene. 16 pages. Dated through British Library. Specific condition: Binding: re-cased by amateur with hinges and tabs renewed: original backstrip, boards and fixed end papers are retained; free end papers missing. Corners rubbed. Interior: Tabs renewed, some corners chipped away and some edge repairs with archival tape. All transformations work fine and chromos are all nice and clean and bright. Note: I have many other pop-up / moveable books for sale. Please browse my Pop-up / Panorama / Movable catalogue. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 
Price: 350.00 GBP
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Christmas Carols for Young Children, with the Christmas Story edited by Dawn and Peter Cope, Willebeek le Mair - illustrated by
17 Willebeek le Mair - illustrated by Christmas Carols for Young Children, with the Christmas Story edited by Dawn and Peter Cope
London Fine Books 1976 Hardcover Very Good + very good Jacket Henriette Willebeek le Mair 
This book starts with a section giving the story of Christmas and then there are 12 Christmas Carols, interpreted in language appropriate for young children and each presented opposite a full page colour illustration depicting the words of the song. The full wording for all of the carols is presented at the rear of the book. The carols include Away in a Manger, Joy to the World, Ding Dong Merrily on High and so on. A lovely collectible book. Dust Jacket price clipped. Dust Jacket now protected in archival cover [removable]. Glazed and illustrated paper covered boards. 225x260 mm. 31 pp. Slight wear to corners of dust jacket. Book is clean with no faults. 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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