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List of Scarce and Rare Children's Books

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1. Ault, Norman. Dreamland Shores: A Book of Verse for Children and Others. Humphrey Milford, 1920. First American Edtion. Shelf wear and rubbing to the spine edges and corners. Corners slightly bumped. The front cover has some red staining to a portion of the board edge and some fading to the bottom edge of the front cover. The fore-edge of the text block has a red stain to the lower portion. The binding is tight. Complete with 6 tipped in color plates and numerous woodcut illustrations in the text. $35.00

2. Bacon, Albion Fellows. The Charm String. L. C. Page, Boston, MA, 1929. 204 pages. Shelf wear to binding and rubbing to spine and corners. Corners rubbed through. Purple pictorial cloth binding. A few pages have fingerprint smudges at the edges. Binding is tight. A delightful children's book. $75.00

3. Bowen, C.E. Frisky the Squirrel. New York: Mcloughlin Brothers, 1889. 14 pages. Original color illustrated softbound covers. There is an old repair to the spine. The bottom right corner of some of the pages is chipped, with the front cover having a small diagonal chip missing the bottom. The pages show some fingerprint smudges to the edges, but are generally clean and in nice condition. Includes six color illustrations in the text. $15.00

4. Cavanna, Betty. Paintbox Summer. Illustrated by Peter Hunt. The Westminster Press, . Signed by the author. Shelf wear and rubbing to the spine edges and corners. Corners lightly bumped. Some darkening to the yellow cloth at the upper edges. Dust jacket has several tears and small chips along the edges and folds, but is still quite presentable. $165.00

5. Chance, Lulu Maud. Bradley's Straight-Line Picture Cut-Outs. Tilipino Village. 1922. Springfield, Massachusetts: Milton Bradley Company, 1922. This is a series of 8 sheets of printed illustrations housed in a large pictorial paper packet. There is wear and chips and tears to the edges of the packet. The sheets are unused. There is also an instruction sheet and a color sheet showing what the village will look like when it is cut out and assembled. The sheets measure just under 14 inches tall by about 11 inches wide. A delightful early children's educational product. $75.00

6. Chance, Lulu Maud. Bradley's Straight-Line Picture Cut-Outs. Chinese Village. 1924. Springfield, Massachusetts: Milton Bradley Company, 1924. This is a series of 8 sheets of printed illustrations housed in a large pictorial paper packet. There is wear and chips and tears to the edges of the packet. The sheets are unused. There is also an accompanying instruction sheet. The sheets measure just under 14 inches tall by about 11 inches wide. A delightful early children's educational product.  $75.00

7. Cleaveland, Bess Bruce. Japanese Life Panel Posters. Chicago: Ideal School Supply Company, 1929. This is an educational packet with a pictorial paper folder and a series of printed black-and-white sheets of illustrations inside the packet. There is an instruction sheet entitled "Directions for Making Japanese Panel Posters" and also an instruction sheet about Japanese life. An interesting item. $75.00

8. Cleaveland, Bess Bruce. Desert Life Panel Posters. Chicago: Ideal School Supply Company, 1930. This is an educational packet with a pictorial paper folder and a series of printed black-and-white sheets of illustrations inside the packet. There is an instruction sheet entitled "Directions for Making Desert Life Panel Posters". An interesting item. $75.00

9. Cox, Palmer. Queerie Queers with Hands, Wings and Claws. Buffalo, New York: John D Larkin, 1887. 1887 printing. Pictorial paper over board covers with red cloth spine. The back was detached and has been temporarily attached with binding tape. There is quite a bit of wear to the edges of the spine. The corners and edges are all rubbed through. Some soiling to the covers. With woodcut illustrations throughout. The illustrator, Palmer Cox, is better known for his Brownie series books. $39.95

10. Cox, Palmer. The Brownies, Their Book. Century Company, 1915. 144 pages. 1915 printing. Shelf wear and rubbing to the spine edges and corners. Corners slightly bumped.  Illustrated paper over board covers. A few small chips to the paper at the edges of the spine and along the joints. The corners are rubbed through. A few small scuffed spots to the covers, but overall a nicely preserved copy. Beautifully illustrated throughout. $65.00

11. David McKay Company. ROBIN HOOD. Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth. Philadelphia: David Mckay, 1917. 362 pages. Title page states 1917 at the bottom. In rare dust jacket. Book has shelf wear to spine edges. Slight fading to the gold on the spine title. The dust jacket has tears to the edges and chips missing from the top of the spine and the back panel. D.j. is also soiled on the white portions of the panels and spine. Nice d..j illustration Robin Hood and his merry men in Sherwood Forest. $250.00

12. Donaldson, Lois. Greta in Weather Land. Chicago: Albert Whitman & Company, 1932. Red cloth covers. Shelf wear to binding and rubbing to spine and corners. Corners rubbed and slightly bumped. Some soiling to the front and back covers. Beautifully illustrated in color throughout  by Maj Lindman. A scarce title. $45.00

13. Fyleman, Rose. The Katy Kruse Play Book. Illustrated By Katy Kruse. Philadelphia: David McKay Company, 1930. 31 pages. Shelf wear and rubbing to the spine edges and corners. Some rubbing and scuffing to the covers. The back cover has a faded strip along the edge. The front cover has a spot where the cloth is rubbed through the board. One of the illustration pages has crayon marks at the bottom and one page has a small tear to the bottom, but notpaper is missing. Beautifully illustrated in color. $44.00

14. Henry Altemus Company. Piffle's A B C Book of Funny Animals. Philadelphia: Henry Altemus Company, 1919. 57 pages. Some shelf wear to the spine and corners. Slight discoloration to the edges of the front and back cover. Paper illustration affixed to front cover. Includes the scarce dust jacket. The jacket has several chunks missing from the back panel and chips and tears to top of the spine and the edges. Some soiling to the edges of the jacket. $75.00

15. Honsinger, Welthy. The Travels of Mona and Mani, Indian Twins. Twins Travelogues. (With Paper Doll Cut-outs). New York & Cincinnati: Abingdon Press, 1923. Remarkable condition. Still in the original publisher's illustrated folder. The contents of the folder have never been used and are all in very good condition. This includes a 24-page book featuring the travels of Indian twins Mona and Mani, and five color-illustrated paper doll cut-out sheets that have never been used. A beautiful set.  $75.00

16. Honsinger, Welthy. The Travels of Moni and Mani, Indian Twins. New York & Cincinnati: Abingdon Press, 1923. Softbound covers with stapled binding. Little to no wear to the book. With the color cut-out figures and backgrounds inserted inside the front cover of the book. Not sure if the cut-outs are complete publicly appear to be. $35.00

17. Jacobsen, Virginia Budd and Lyman Luther Daines. THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF JIMMY MICROBE: STORIES OF GOOD HEALTH HABITS. Salt Lake City: Privately Printed, 1936. 96 pages. Signed by both authors on the front blank endpage. Red cloth covers show shelf wear to the edges of the spine. The corners are slightly rubbed through and slightly bumped. There are Dampstains to the right edges of some of the pages, not obtrusive. This appears to be a variant printing of the first Jimmy Microbe book, which was issued under the title "The Adventures of Jimmy Microbe".  The copyright information for this book shows that it was privately printed in 1936. This predates the Reilly & Lee edition by one year. This is a rare edition of the always-in-demand Jimmy Microbe series books. There were three books issued in the series. $75.00

18. Jordan, David Starr. Eric's Book of Beasts: Done in Watercolors and Accompanied With  Appropriate Jingles. P. Elder and company, 1912. Signed by the author. Shelf wear and rubbing to the spine edges and corners. Corners bumped and rubbed through. Spine faded, with some chipping to the paper at a few spots at the joints. $150.00

19. Malcolmson, Anne & Virginia Lee Burton. Song of Robin Hood. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1947. 1947 First Edition. Shelf wear to spine edges and corners. Dust jacket has small tears and chips to the edges. Scarce in dust jacket.  Illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton. A beautiful book. $75.00

20. McChord, Crothers Samuel. Miss Muffet's Christmas Party. Boston & New York: Houghton and Mifflin, 1902. 106 pages. Signed by the author. Some shelf wear to binding and rubbing to spine and corners. The scarce dust jacket is present, but is missing the back panel. The front panel and spine of the dust jacket are intact and protected in a mylar sleeve. Some soiling to the dust jacket. Illustrated with woodcuts throughout. A delightful children's book in a very scarce and early dust jacket. $75.00

21. O'Donnell, Mabel C-et al. The Companion Book for Friendly Village. Evanston, Illinois: Row, Peterson & Company, 1941. 128 pages. Larger softbound covers show wear to the edges and some soiling to the covers. A scarce workbook for the Alice and Jerry "Friendly Village" reader. The pages are all clean and there is no marking or previous use to the workbook. $23.95

22. Optic, Oliver. The Casket of Diamonds. Chicago: M. A. Donohue, 1902. 336 pages. 1902 first edition. Pictorial cloth covers show some wear and rubbing to the spine and corners. Corners are slightly bumped. The spine is rubbed and the lettering is faded. Binding is tight. $75.00

23. Price, Margaret Evans. The Angora Twinnies. Rochester, New York: Stecher Lithograph Co.,, 1919. Large pictorial stiff paper covers. There is some soiling to the covers. The front cover has a small chip missing at the right edge and somewhere and smaller tears to the edges as well. One group of four pages has loosened from the stapled binding and is loose within the book, but still present. Beautifully illustrated throughout. $25.00

24. Roberts Brothers. Boasting Hector. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1868. 1868 printing. Flexible maroon cloth covers show quite a bit of wear to the spine edges and corners. The corners are rubbed through. There are a few small chips spots to the cloth on the spine. Some fading and discoloration to the covers. Many of the text pages have fingerprint smudges to the margins. A few of the text pages have small tears to the edges. The binding is tight. Pages are clean. This is actually a very nice condition for the children's book of this time period. $45.00

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