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At Great-Aunt Martha's, Ainslie, Kathleen
1 Ainslie, Kathleen At Great-Aunt Martha's
London Castell Brothers Ltd. 1905 First edition Hardcover Very Good + good Jacket Kathleen Ainslee 
Charmingly illustrated and very rare original edition. Beautifully presented with a full page illustration opposite a page of hand scribed text, with 16 full page chromolithographs in total. The naively drawn figures are full of character and quite humourous. Ainslie's illustrations of these brightly coloured Dutch peg doll characters have taken their influence from Florence Upton's Dutch Doll book, which pre-dated this work by 10 years. 34 pp. 15x23 cm. There is some loss to the rear corners of the dust jacket with chips to the edges. There are some mild streaks to the off white lower board. The illustrative end papers have been coloured in. The interior of the book is really very good - clean, bright and very fresh. 
Price: 175.00 GBP
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Tim and the Dusty Man, Ames, Mrs. Ernest [Mary Frances Ames]
2 Ames, Mrs. Ernest [Mary Frances Ames] Tim and the Dusty Man
London Grant Richards [1903] First edition Hardcover Good Mary Frances Ames 
This rare title is a fabulously illustrated children's book that features 24 large format full page chromolithograph illustrations. The illustratiion style is bold, bright and humorous and ever so slightly bizarre at times. The story follows the Dusty Man [who is slightly reminiscent of santa claus] who, with his magical powers, takes a little boy called Tim around the world during the night to visit some very strange places and even stranger characters. Grant Richards published some very nice children's books that often bucked the Nister sugar sweet trend of the Victorian era. 51pp. 24x31 cm. Paper covered illustrated boards with red cloth backstrip. The paper cover to the upper board is chipped around the edges and is lifting in places. Backstrip bumped. Lower board marked. Personal inscription on ffep. Very occasional minor brownspot inside. 
Price: 125.00 GBP
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The Dandy Andy Book, Anderson, Anne
3 Anderson, Anne The Dandy Andy Book
[London] Nelson [1913] Hardcover Good Anne Anderson 
Contains 12 colour plates [including frontispiece] all illustrated by Anne Anderson in her charming and idyllic style with Art Nouveau influences. Opposite each plate there is a poem, generally about an outdoor activity, such as bathing, picking roses, fishing, a picnic and so on. Each poem is presented with a decorative border. The book is arranged with each poem having a plate facing it, with double blank pages between them. The paper is a nice quality, slightly glossy. The cover has a 13 th illustration pasted down on the beige coloured cloth. This was one of a series of books by Nelson that were mainly illustrated by Anne Anderson and all have the same type of cover. The other titles include The Rosie Posie Book, The Gillyflower Garden Book, The Matilda Book and The Little Busy Bee Book. 23.5x18 cm. Beige cloth covered boards with colour pictorial paste down to upper board surrounded with a tan coloured border and tan coloured titling. Boards are slightly bowed. Corners, top/tail of spine worn. Grubbiness to boards and spine sunned. Name inscription on ffep. 
Price: 75.00 GBP
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The Furrowed Earth, Bone, Gertrude; illustrated by Stephen Bone
4 Bone, Gertrude; illustrated by Stephen Bone The Furrowed Earth
London Chatto & Windus 1921 First edition Hardcover Very Good + good + Jacket Stephen Bone 
Very nicely presented volume of poetry and wood-cut illustrations along a country side / nature theme from this mother and son combination. 25 poems. 9 wood-cuts presented as plates. 4 pages still uncut. Stephen was a very accomplished book illustrator who concentrated on wood cuts and engravings, for which he won the Gold Medal at the Paris International Exhibition in 1925. Later on he also collaborated with his wife, Mary Adshead, on a number of children's books. [Horne p.110] DJ not price clipped and now in loose archival quality cover. Brown cloth boards with pastedown title to backstrip [spare title also within book]. 38 pp. 208x163 mm. Small chip to top/tail spine area and top of front flap fold of dj and split along rear flap fold. Slight age related tanning to dj. Book: corners, top/tail of backstrip slightly rubbed. Age tanning to both free end papers [where dj flap lay]. Personal collection pastedown label to front pastedown. 
Price: 35.00 GBP
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The Everyday Fairy Book, Chapin, Anna Alice / illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith
5 Chapin, Anna Alice / illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith The Everyday Fairy Book
London George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd. [1917] Hardcover Very Good 
Large format book with 7 [collated] colour plates by Jessie Willcox Smith. A single story over 16 chapters with poems presented in between each chapter. 159pp plus adverts. 29x22 cm. Olive green paper covered covered boards with colour illustration paste down to upper board and olive green cloth backstrip with black titling. Plain cream end papers with School stamp and prize dedication on ffep [1926]. Printed on art paper. Corners and edges in parts worn, top/tail backstrip bumped. Clean tight contents. 
Price: 75.00 GBP
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With Louis Wain to Fairyland, Chesson, Nora / illustrated by  Louis Wain
6 Chesson, Nora / illustrated by Louis Wain With Louis Wain to Fairyland
London - Paris - New York Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd. [1904] First edition Hardcover Good Louis Wain 
Fabulous large format original Louis Wain fairy book containing 12 full page colour illustrations and black and white line illustrations on all of the other pages. Contains classic fairy tales - Beauty and the Beast, Jack and the Beanstalk, Robinson Crusoe, Robin Hood, Sleeping Beauty and so on. Paper covered illustrated boards [front and rear] over red cloth backstrip. 335x250 mm. 36pp. Corners / edges worn. Scuffing / scratching to boards. Professionally rebound, retaining the original backstrip and end papers and with the gutta percha reset and although holding overall it is delicate and a few of the pages have come loose. This is a problem with the manufacture of this book, mainly due to the poor early wood pulp paper quality which is now tanned and chipped around some of the edges, and just has to be accepted as I feel that too much restoration would detract. The quality and brilliance of the large colour illustrations is quite superb in this hard to find and quite rare Louis Wain edition. 
Price: 1100.00 GBP
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The Golden Staircase: Poetry for the Six, Seven and Eight Year Old, Chisholm, Louey (chosen by)
7 Chisholm, Louey (chosen by) The Golden Staircase: Poetry for the Six, Seven and Eight Year Old
London T. C. & E. C. Jack [1910] Hardcover Fair Spooner, M. Dibdin 
Contains 4 colour plates and a collection of over 60 poems from a variety of poets, from Walter Scott, to Thackery to Longfellow, all geared to the younger age group. There were four independent books compiled in this series, each targeted at different age groups, and they were also subsequently issued in a single volume, referred to as The Golden Staircase. Spooner's illustrations, which to me are reminiscent of Anne Anderson, make this a very attractively presented book of poetry. Tan paper covered boards with pictorial onlay to upper board and black titling. 23x16 cm. 88 pp. Top and bottom section of backstrip is missing. Corners worn. Personal dedication, from 1913, on ffep. 
Price: 19.00 GBP
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The Tyrolese Cookery Book, De Bethel, David
8 De Bethel, David The Tyrolese Cookery Book
London The Medici Society Ltd. 1937 Hardcover Very Good David de Bethel 
Written as a sort of travelogue as the author explores the Tyrol and begs, steals and borrows the recipes that he enjoys along the way. Nicely presented with accompanying wood-cuts, in a kind of ethnic / naive style and with some interesting anecdotal information. Scrumptious recipes include: Marillen oder Zwetschen Knoedel [Apricot and Prune Dumplings], Kirschkaltschale [Cold Cherry Soup] and Mein Lieblingshonigkuchen [Honey-cakes]. Green, red and cream paper covered illustrated boards over red cloth backstrip / plain cream lower board. Lower board a little marked, free end papers tanned. 
Price: 22.00 GBP
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Everyman, a morality, designs by Ambrose Dudley
9 designs by Ambrose Dudley Everyman, a morality
London Chatto & Windus 1904 Third impression Hardcover Very Good Ambrose Dudley 
13 wood-cut plates[12 on coated paper and 1 on the rough paper used for the text pages] plus chapter head and tail pieces and a really beautifully illustrated title page. This is a very nicely presented edition of this 15th century English morality play. The illustrations and design are by Ambrose Dudley, who exhibited at the Royal Academy during his short life. Brown cloth binding with black decorationand titling , highlighted with some red, to upper board and backstrip. 53pp. 223x182mm. One or two pages still uncut. Corners, top/tail backstrip bumped. Free end papers tanned. Occasional brown spot to page edges. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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Simple Susan Told to the Children Series, Edgeworth, Maria; Edited By Louey Chisholm / illustrated by Olive Allen
10 Edgeworth, Maria; Edited By Louey Chisholm / illustrated by Olive Allen Simple Susan Told to the Children Series
London T. C. & E. C. Jack, Ltd. Hardcover Very Good Olive Allen 
[1907] Contains 8 full colour plates including frontispiece. The illustrations are nicely commissioned, of children in Regency style clothing and several of them being presented within an Art Nouveau inspired floral frame. Olive Allen is one of those illustrators of children's books that is just as accomplished and appealing as the likes of Tarrant and Attwell, but not as well known. The story presented here posthumously, was originally published in 1846. This story has been often repeated in various children's book series, this one is part of the 'Told to the Children Series' edited by Louey Chisholm and first published by E.C. and T.C. Jack from 1905-10. The series includes over 30 titles from well known authors and illustrators of the day who took 19th century children's classics and retold them in a simple manner for young children. Due to their nice presentation they are now very collectible. 111pages. 15x11 cm. Corners worn; top / tail of backstrip bumped. Nick to edge of upper board. Occasional brown spotting, but mild, otherwise contents clean and tight. 
Price: 22.00 GBP
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My Own Farmyard Book The Picture Book Maker Series, Ernest Nister
11 Ernest Nister My Own Farmyard Book The Picture Book Maker Series
London Ernest Nister 1908 First edition Hardcover Good + Helen Maguire, William Foster et al 
A rare un-cut example of one of Nister's Picture Book Maker Series which contain model cut-outs of the illustrations for the reader to cut out and insert in the correct place within the book. There is a pocket at the front of the book which houses 8 sheets of chromolithograph illustrations [40 in all] and 4 sheets of black and white illustrations [19 in all]. Within the book there are several printed stories with blank numbered spaces for the illustrations. The theme of the stories / illustrations is animals / victorian children, all very typical Nister. Only one of the 59 illustrations has been cut out and this has not yet been mounted in the book, all of the other illustrations are un-cut, complete and intact. This book, or in fact any of the six titles in this series, is extremely rare in this complete and un-cut and un-mounted condition. Corners worn, edges rubbed, top/tail backstrip bumped. Boards a bit marked / grubby. The top edges of the front pocket holding the illustrations is torn. There is no loss of paper but I haven't repaired it as it actually makes it easier to remove the illustration sheets. Front hinge starting. Some grubbiness internally. 
Price: 425.00 GBP
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Jan of the Windmill, Ewing, Juliana Horatia
12 Ewing, Juliana Horatia Jan of the Windmill
[London] G. Bell and Sons Ltd. 1931 Hardcover Very Good 
Contains 8 colour plates by M. V. Wheelhouse. The story was originally serialised in Aunt Judy's magazine in 1873 but this version with the Wheelhouse illustrations was first published in 1909 and the illustrations are very much from that period showing country settings and village life and cottages. Very nice front and rear illustrated end papers. Blue cloth boards with cream illustration and titling to front and spine. Blue silk page marker ribbon. 307 pp. 18x13 cm. Corner, top / tail backstrip bumped. Backstrip sunned. Contents clean and bright. 
Price: 16.00 GBP
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The Boston Cooking School Cook Book completely revised by Wilma Lord Perkins, Farmer, Fannie Merritt
13 Farmer, Fannie Merritt The Boston Cooking School Cook Book completely revised by Wilma Lord Perkins
Boston Little, Brown & Company 1944 Hardcover Good 
Complete basic cookery course type book, it seems to me like the American answer to Mrs. Beeton. Basic recipes for just about everything as well as menu planning. Contains a few illustrations and photographs. First published in 1896 and revised and reprinted many times since then and I believe still being reprinted. Personal inscription on dedication page. Tan cloth covers with blue lettering to upper board and backstrip. End papers made up of temperature and measurement information. 824 pp. 200x135 mm. Corners & top/tail bumped with short splits at edges of top/tail of backstrip. Grubby boards. Clean contents. 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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Little People's Animal Book, Fuller, Alfred J. - Edited and Arranged By
14 Fuller, Alfred J. - Edited and Arranged By Little People's Animal Book
London / New York Ernest Nister / E. P. Dutton 1902 Hardcover Good Helen Maguire, W. Foster, E.B.Stanley Montefiore et al 
Contains 22 chromolithograph illustrations and numerous other line and monochrome illustrations. All concerned with animals, from farm animals to pets. Absolutely beautiful quality as you would expect from Nister. Text of verses and short stories, all about animals. Original floral end papers. Listed in Hunt. Printed in Bavaria. 310 x 285 mm; 66 pp. Corners, edges and backstrip worn. Small surface abrasion to top corner of upper board. Front and rear hinges cracked. Tear to rear free end paper which has been repaired. Staples rusty but complete. Occaisional short tear to page edge and page corner chip. One page is chipped and grubby for a 1 cm. band along two edges. First nine line drawings have been expertly hand coloured. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. 
Price: 150.00 GBP
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Cape Town Dicky or Colonel Jack's Boy, Gift, Theo [pseud Dora Havers Boulger]  / Illustrated by Alice Havers
15 Gift, Theo [pseud Dora Havers Boulger] / Illustrated by Alice Havers Cape Town Dicky or Colonel Jack's Boy
London Hildesheimer & Faulkner [1888] Hardcover Fair Alice Havers & Ernest Wilson 
Contains 15 full page chromolithograph illustrations, plus one facsimile replacement and sepia monotint illustrations on all other pages. Typically moral victorian children's story about a young boy from Cape Town who goes to live with his relatives in England after his mother dies. After a series of misadventures, including some cruelty to animals, he's rescued from death by a dog and everyone lives happily ever after. Very nicely presented with Alice Havers contributing the chromolithographs and Ernest Wilson [EW] responsible for the monotints which appear on every page.The text is printed within a tan block on each page. Paper covered glazed boards with tan cloth backstrip. Illustrations on both boards with gilt decoration to upper. 255x190mm. 64pp. Corners worn; edges and top / tail of backstrip rubbed. Front & rear hinges cracked but binding holding. Contents clean. Unfortunately one of the original colour illustrations is missing and this has been replaced by a double sided facsimile replacement of the entire page. This is what makes the overall grading 'fair', othewise the contents is really Good Plus. 
Price: 78.00 GBP
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The Sunbonnet  Babies' Book, Grover, Eulalie Osgood
16 Grover, Eulalie Osgood The Sunbonnet Babies' Book
Chicago, London, New York Rand, McNally & Company 1902 First edition Hardcover Very Good Bertha L. Corbett 
The sunbonnet babies are sweet little characters, Molly and May in this book, characterised by their large sunbonnets that completely cover their faces so that all you ever see is the hats. Nicely illustrated, on most pages, with black line illustrations delicately coloured in a pink, blue, yellow and green palette. Beige cloth covered boards with green, yellow and pink / red illustration to upper board and green with yellow titling to backstrip. Nicely decorated end papers featuring songs by W. H. Neidlinger [front song - Greeting and rear song - Good By. Inside a selection of stories written in verse and another song with words and music by Neidlinger. 105pp. 23x17 cm. Boards grubby. Corners, top/tail bumped, two corners worn. A couple of marks inside and one short closed tear. 
Price: 75.00 GBP
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Raggedy Ann and the Golden Butterfly, Gruelle, Johnny
17 Gruelle, Johnny Raggedy Ann and the Golden Butterfly
Indianapolis & New York The Bobbs-Merrill Company Inc. 1961 Hardcover Very Good very good Jacket Johnny Gruelle 
Contains 6 full page colour illustrations and smaller colour / black & white illustrations on most of the other pages. One of the popular series of Raggedy Ann stories that were first published in 1918, this book is written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle - many of the later Raggedy Ann books were writtten and / or illustrated by other people. A lovely story that contains all the usual characters, such as her brother Raggedy Andy, Beloved Belindy, Betsy Bonnet String and so on. Complete with hard to find dust jacket [now in archival cover]. 95 pp. 235 x 165 mm. Little chipping to spine ends of dj and slight fading to dj spine. Bumping to corners and top/tail of book spine and repaired split to paper spine at rear. Clean and bright cover and contents. 
Price: 30.00 GBP
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A Friend in the Dark - The Story of a 'Seeing Eye' Dog, Knight, Ruth Adams
18 Knight, Ruth Adams A Friend in the Dark - The Story of a 'Seeing Eye' Dog
New York Grosset & Dunlap 1937 First edition Hardcover VerVery Good + good Jacket Morgan Dennis 
A heartwarming story about the relationship between a blind person and his guide dog. Written by an American in 1937, this was less than 10 years since the first guide dog was brought to America, from Switzerland, and the start of the American seeing eye dog programme. There is an introduction by Morris Frank, who brought that first dog to the States. Illustrated throughout with wood-cuts and it also contains 8 black and white photos of guide dogs and their owners doing various activities. The rear flap of the dust jacket is an application form to join as a junior member of the Seeing Eye - send in a dollar and you get a bronze membership button and the new bulletin! Blue cloth boards with paste down illustration of dog on upper board and paste down title and vignette on backstrip. vii, 65 plus eight pages. 25x19 cm. Small strip loss across bottom of dustjacket [see photo] and a few chips to edges [now in archival cover]. Minor rubbing to board corners and top / tail of backstrip; inscription to ffep. 
Price: 45.00 GBP
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Krenn's Theater Album No. 1 Aschenbrödel [Aschenbroedel / Cinderella] Carousel Pop-up / Peepshow, Krenn, Wilhelm / Mario Zampini
19 Krenn, Wilhelm / Mario Zampini Krenn's Theater Album No. 1 Aschenbrödel [Aschenbroedel / Cinderella] Carousel Pop-up / Peepshow
Leipzig Verlag Mediterranea 1943 Hardcover Good Mario Zampini / Raimondo Centurione 
Unfolds from a flat book to present a 360 degree carousel with 6 different pop-up stages telling the story of Cinderella / Aschenbrödel. It was created by the Italian illustrator and stage designer Mario Zampini and the influence of his stage background is evident. Zampini was responsible for several of these carousel pop-up books which were published in German as Krenn's Theater Albums and in Italian as Libroteatro Hoepli. Titles in the series included Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Ali Baba [in German and / or Italian]. Also contained, in a flap on the inside front cover, is a booklet [in German] of the story. Illustrated paper covered boards over green cloth backstrip. 23x26 cm. Corners / edges worn, backstrip faded and bumped with short 2 cm. split. There is a personal name and address stamped 4 times on the lower board. Clasp to hold the carousel open is missing. There are several short tears to the front 'curtains' of the scenes, all of which have now been discretely repaired from behind with arichival tape. Scene 1: part of clothes line missing. Scene 6: part of top cross over of first section behind curtain is missing. There is some repair, from behind, to elements of scenes 4 and 6. Due to the complexity of the cut outs and illustration it is quite difficult to identify any missing pieces / damage but I have been able to do this by comparison with another copy. 
Price: 325.00 GBP
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Beg O' the Upland, Lewis, Michael / illustrated by Roy Meldrum
20 Lewis, Michael / illustrated by Roy Meldrum Beg O' the Upland
Oxford Basil Blackwell 1922 First edition Hardcover Very Good Roy Meldrum 
Fairytale / adventure story about a boy who discovers a stone with mysterious writing on it and his quest to find the fairies / supernatural beings that he believes are associated with it. Illustrated throughout with 12 full page wood-cut illustrations by Roy Meldrum. Blue paper covered boards with black illustration to upper, blue cloth backstrip with gilt titling. 193x130 mm. 200pp. Corners worn, top/tail backstrip bumped. Contents clean and tight. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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