This month's topic: The Book as Gift
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The Flyleaf: IOBA Newsletter
November 2016
This Month: Books as Gifts

"Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it's much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world."
- Neil Gaiman

Mid-winter holidays mean gifts, regardless which holiday you celebrate. So time to get that paper and pen out and start making your list. We have some terrific suggestions to choose from and you know that a book is one of the best gift choices you can make!
Eloise at Christmastime
by Kay Thompson and Hillary Knight, illustrator.

Publisher: Random House (New York)
Date Published: Random House, 1958
Edition: First Edition
SIGNED by the illustrator, Hillary Knight.
Binding: Hardcover

The 3rd book featuring Eloise at the Plaza Hotel - it's Christmastime in New York and Eloise is warm & cozy in her apartment at the Plaza Hotel. Lively rhymes and delightful illustrations by Knight.

Near fine in glossy red illustrated boards (corner clipped off front endpaper, very minor wear to the ends of the spine and the lower corners, but overall a very clean, tight and attractive copy of this classic book.), in a very good dustjacket (price-clipped, loss of approx 1 cm at top of spine of dust jacket, not affecting the text.). Large format, unpaginated. Available Here.
The Christmas Alphabet
by Robert Sabuda

Publisher: Orchard Books (New York)
Date published: 1994
Edition: First Edition

Twenty-six intricate paper fold-outs, in pastel cards mounted in a red hardcover binding, Minimal handling, most "letters" have never been opened. Each letter of the alphabet has its own pop-up; each is perfectly intact, all mechanisms function well.

This TRUE First Edition - Second Printing predates the limited edition of 1996 and later Scholastic printing. Robert Sabuda is a leading children's pop-up book artist and paper engineer. His books, have been well received and critically acclaimed. Available here.
St. Nicholas: An Illustrated Magazine For Young Folks (88 Volumes)
By Milne, Burnet, Alcott, Joel Chandler Harris, Etc.

Publisher: NY Century Co. (1873-1925)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition First Edition

A wonderful library of bound ST. NICHOLAS with numerous first appearances. There is enough here to keep anyone occupied while they are growing up. Available here.
"A book is a gift you can open again and again." Garrison Keillor
The Polar Express
by Chris Van Allsburg

Pub
lisher: Houghton Mifflin (Boston and New York)
Dat
e Published: 1985
First Edition, First Printing

A holiday classic! The tale of an adventurous magical train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. It was adapted into a popular film, starring Tom Hanks, in 2004.

With 1985 dated title page and complete number line on copyright page. Bound in burgundy cloth with silver foil lettering to spine and silver foil sleigh bell blocked on front cover. Cover boards are clean with little noticeable wear. Dust jacket is clean with slight shelf wear along top edge, price intact on flap, in mylar sleeve. Interior pages are clean and unmarked, with mauve end papers. Binding is square and solid. Available here.

M Train 
by Patti Smith 

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (New York)
Date Published: 2015
First Edition, Stated
Binding: Hardcover

Very good/very good. 260p. Signed by author on label placed on half title page. B&W photographs. (8-1/4"x5-3/8") Available here.
The Practical Cogitator or The Thinker's Anthology   
by Charles P. Curtis, Jr. and Ferris Greenslet

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company (Boston)
Date Published: 1945
Binding: Hardcover

Looks like exactly the right book for the Poet-Philosopher in you. If ever there was a book for the real thinking person, this is it.
Available here.
A Great Gift for the Fisherman in Your Life 
Tight Lines
by Ralph Bandini

Publisher: Tight Lines Publishers (Los Angeles)
Date Published: 1932
First Edition, SIGNED by the author

Bound in full leather with title and image of swordfish stamped on front cover, top edge gilt. A clean, sound copy, neatly re-backed in closely matched leather, with most of original spine laid down. Inscribed by Bandini under his tipped-in photo "Perhaps this will bring back memories of 'Palatial' days -- Good luck, Ralph Bandini." The inscribee is not named. Bandini (1884-1961) was a pioneer of big game fishing off the coast of California.
Available here.
"When you give someone a book, you don't give him just paper, ink, and glue, you give him the possibility of a whole new world." Christopher Marley
Federico Fellini: Le Livre de Mes Rêves [The Book of Dreams]  
by Tullio Kezich  and Vittorio Boarini (eds), Federico Fellini

Publisher: Flammarion Place (Paris)
Date Published: 2007
Condition: Near fine
Edition: First Edition
Binding: Hardcover

Near fine. Folio (33 cm), pp. 583. Cream-colored boards with Fellini's artwork on upper board. Includes reproductions of notebooks and drawings from two decades worth of the filmmaker's dreams, which he tracked under the tutelage of a Jungian analyst. Boards are bumped in a few places. No jacket. Available here.
I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.
Jorge Luis Borges
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