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1 Upton, Bertha The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls and a 'Golliwogg'
London Longmans, Green & Co. 1923 Hardcover Very Good Florence K. Upton 
Contains 31 full page colour illustrations as well as little vignettes within the sepia script text pages. This is the first of 13 golliwogg books written and illustrated by the mother and daughter Upton pair. In this first book in the series the golliwogg was not intended as the 'star' of the show and he was really just a supporting character to the Dutch peg dolls, appearing in just over a third of the illustrations. However he proved so popular at the time that he became the central character in the subsequent books. In all of the Upton books the Golliwogg is presented as friendly and kind, unlike in later imitations [such as Blyton] where he could be portrayed as a bit of a scallywag. This is a charming story of peg Dutch dolls in a toy shop that come to life at midnight. With no clothes they make themselves a dress out of the American flag [Florence spent the first 14 years of her life in the U.S.] and the book narrates their nightime escapades with the other toys. When the Golliwogg first appears they are momentarily frightened but then they soon become best of friends and end up saving his 'life'. Illustration of the sun [who features in the last scene of the story] on the lower board. Golliwogg and two peg dolls dressed in flag dresses on upper board. Stiff card boards with tan backstrip. Oblong format; 28x21 cm. 64 pp [however as page numbers 23/4 and 55/6 have been used twice there are really 68 pages! Note - these double page numbers are not an indication of a first edition as sometimes claimed]. Two corners chipped. Slight marking to boards. Personal dedication on ffep. Occasional short closed tear but basically clean complete contents. 
Price: 225.00 GBP
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2 Upton, Bertha; Illustrated By Florence K. Upton The Golliwogg's Air-Ship
London Longmans, Green & Co. 1902 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Upton, Florence K. 
29 full page and one double page spread full colour illustrations plus smaller sepia illustrations on the other text pages. Story line follows Golliwogg and Sarah Jane, Peg, Meg and Midget as they build an airship, decide what clothes they should wear to fly in it and then take a rather calamitous journey. Wonderful example from the Golliwog series of books. Written by mother Bertha and illustrated by daughter Florence (1873-1922) who was born in the U.S. and worked in the U.K. There were 12 Golliwogg books written between 1896 - 1909, this is the 6th of those books. The word Golliwogg, which is no longer considered a socially acceptable word, originated from these books and is listed in the dictionary. Upton illustrated other children's books (see the Vege-men's Revenge for example) and was an accomplished artist, exhibiting at the Royal Academy, London. Condition: Binding: Corners worn, edges rubbed in parts. 3 small (1mm) holes in backstrip. The first quire is a bit loose but the overall binding is intact, as are the endpapers. There was a strip of tape between the first quire and the free front end paper, this has been removed. Interior: Very bright and clean. N.B. The photo may appear as if the cover has a stripe running vertically across the cover of the book, this is due to the fact the book was too wide for me to scan as one image and the photo is a merging of two files. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 450.00 GBP
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3 Upton, Bertha; illustrated by Florence K. Upton The Golliwogg's Auto-Go-Cart
London, New York & Bombay Longmans, Green & Co. 1901 Hardcover Good Florence K. Upton 
29 full page and one double page spread full colour illustrations with numerous other sepia illustrations within the text. Another charming story about the Golliwogg's adventures with his dutch peg doll friends Peggy, Weg, Meg, Sarah Jane and the dinky little Midget. This tale is about their disastrous adventures with an 'auto cart'. This is the 6th in a 13 book series of golliwogg books written by mother Bertha and illustrated by daughter Florence (1873-1922) between 1896 - 1909. The word Golliwogg, which is no longer considered a socially acceptable word, originated from these books and is listed in the dictionary. Upton illustrated other children's books (see the Vege-men's Revenge for example) and was an accomplished artist, exhibiting at the Royal Academy, London. 217x282 mm. 66pp. Paper covered illustrated boards over green cloth backstrip. Mushroom / white endpapers decorated with swans and ships. Corners / edges worn. Re-bound with replacement green cloth backstrip. Endpapers - Original paste down and replacement free. General marks and stains to boards. Pages well turned with grubbiness and soft edges to some. Several closed tears and nics. 
Price: 300.00 GBP
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4 Upton, Bertha; illustrated by Florence K. Upton The Golliwogg's Bicycle Club
London, New York & Bombay Longmans, Green & Co. 1903 Second edition Hardcover Good Florence K. Upton 
31 full page colour illustrations with numerous other sepia illustrations within the text. Another charming story about the Golliwogg's adventures with his dutch peg doll friends Peggy, Weg, Meg, Sarah Jane and the dinky little Midget. This tale is about their travels around the world on homemade bicycles and the disasters that befall them. This is the 2nd in a 13 book series of golliwogg books written by mother Bertha and illustrated by daughter Florence (1873-1922) between 1896 - 1909. The word Golliwogg, which is no longer considered a socially acceptable word, originated from these books and is listed in the dictionary. Upton illustrated other children's books (see the Vege-men's Revenge for example) and was an accomplished artist, exhibiting at the Royal Academy, London. 220x285 mm. 64pp. This copy has been rebound in a new dark blue cloth binding with a facsimile front cover illustration paste down [taken from the first edition]. Last page is facsimile replacement [taken from first edition]. First three pages creased. Some browning and marks to frontispiece and last [original] page, all other pages fresh and bright. 
Price: 250.00 GBP
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