Volume II, Issue 3 | August 2, 2019

Old & Rare Collectible Children's Books

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We've tried to include a wide range of material, varying in both subject and price. And, for those of you who love a good deal (and who doesn't?), we've included three Harry Potter true first edition, first printings at a special price at the end of this email.

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Peter Glassman
Drawn and Quartered . With a Foreword by Boris Karloff. NY: Random House [1942]. 4to, [120]pp. Black quarter-cloth stamped in color red with color printed boards. B&w illustrations on nearly every page. Corners, top and bottom edges worn, fore-edge of boards slightly so, light discoloring of front hinge from binding glue, endpapers lightly yellowed with age, else an internally clean, bright copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (a few small chips and tears at edges, top and bottom a bit worn, spine panel slightly sunned). Inscribed and dated by the author/artist, Charles Addams, with an original 6.5” x 5” ink wash cartoon.

First edition. A wonderful collection of Charles Addams’ cartoons from the early 1940’s featuring some of the first appearances of the Addams Family. The highlight of this volume is the stunning finished ink wash drawing by Addams. 
The Fables of Aesop and Others Translated into Human Nature. Designed and Drawn on the Wood by Charles H. Bennett. Engraved by Swain. London: Chatto and Windus, 1875. 8vo, [x] 22pp. Rebound in blue three-quarter leather with light blue cloth, spine stamped in gilt, with original cover and spine bound in at rear of volume. Marbled endpapers; color wood-engraved title, frontispiece, and 22 plates. Spine and corners a bit worn, some very slight internal foxing, else an internally clean, bright copy.

Second edition, being a reproduction of Bennett’s 1857 edition. One of Bennett’s finest works, capturing not only his humor and wit in the illustrations, but also retold by him. Eric Quayle writes that this work “contains some of Bennett’s finest and most vigorous work ( Early Children’s Books , p.217). Though Bennett tragically died at 38 due to tuberculosis, his works were well received and very popular. One of the more significant illustrated editions of Aesop.
The Arkadians . NY: Dutton [1995]. 12mo, [xviii] 245pp. Color pictorial paper wrappers. A near fine copy. Signed by Newbery Medalist, Lloyd Alexander.

Uncorrected galley proof. Three young people – Lucian, who is on the run from a pair of murderous soothsayers; Joy-in-the-Dance, who knows magic and marvels; Fronto, a poet-turned-donkey join forces and set out through Arkadia, a magical land based on ancient Greece. 
J[ames] M[atthew] BARRIE
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens . With Drawings by Arthur Rackham. NY: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1906. 8vo, xiv 176pp. Olive cloth pictorially stamped in gilt. Olive endpapers; 50 hand-tipped color plates with captioned tissue guards. An clean, tight copy with edges lightly rubbed, spine a little sunned, half-inch spot at bottom right of front cover, title and its tissue guard foxed, about half the other tissue guards lightly foxed. Nonetheless, an attractive copy with its beautiful pictorial stamping still bright. 

First US edition. The second of Rackham’s lavish illustrated editions, featuring 50 spectacular color plates. This story, from Barrie’s 1902 novel The Little White Bird, tells of the infant Peter Pan. This is the first illustrated edition of this story.
The Marvelous Land of Oz . Pictured by John R. Neill. The end-papers from life poses by the famous comedians, Montgomery and Stone. Chicago: Reilly & Britton, 1904. 8vo, 287pp. Dark red cloth pictorially stamped in dark navy blue, silver and green. Pictorial endpapers; 16 full-color plates and 118 b&w illustrations. A remarkably clean, tight copy, with spine ends and corners lightly rubbed, faint damp-staining to rear board, front hinge starting, a few pages soiled in margins.

First edition, second state, binding state B, bearing “Published, July, 1904” on copyright and the plate on pp 23 bearing the caption “Old Mombi puts Jack in the stable.” The second of L. Frank Baum’s beloved and best-selling Oz books, issued one year after “The Wizard of Oz” had become a smash hit on Broadway. T he boy Tip is befriended by the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, Jack Pumpkinhead, H.M. Wogglebug, T.E., and the wooden Sawhorse as they strive to stop the evil witch Mombi and the revolt of the women of Oz. The Marvelous Land of Oz was the first books published by Reilly & Britton and the first of thirty-five Oz books illustrated by John R. Neill, revealing his first visions of Oz.
Baum’s American Fairy Tales . Stories of Astonishing Adventures of American Boys and Girls With the Fairies of Their Native Land. With Illustrations by George Kerr. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill (ca. 1920). 8vo, [x] 223pp. Gray-green cloth with color pictorial label, spine stamped in black. 8 two-color plates. Light wear at spine ends, corners of upper cover lightly bumped, else a near fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (spine lightly sunned, chips and small tears at edges, rear panel slightly scratched).   

First edition, second printing under this title, being an expanded version of Baum’s 1902 American Fairy Tales with three additional stories and a new author’s note. Scarce in dust jacket. 15 original fairy tales set in America from the vivid imagination of L. Frank Baum, best-known for his beloved Oz series.
Madeline’s Rescue . Story and Pictures by Ludwig Bemelmans. NY: Viking, 1953. 4to, 56pp. Red cloth pictorially stamped in black. Color pictorial endpapers; Color pictorial title, 3 full-page, 2 double-page, and one half-page full color illustrations, two-color illustrations on all other pages. Spine ends a bit worn, corners lightly so, former owner’s name in crayon on blank verso of front free endpaper, else a clean, bright copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (light wear along edges with a few 1” or smaller closed tears, spine lightly sunned).

First edition. 1954 Caldecott Medal Winner! “In an old house in Paris that was cover in vines / Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines… The smallest one was Madeline.” Bemelman’s second Madeline picture book firmly established this endearing and adventurous young girl as a must for all nursery libraries. 75 years after publication it continues to be read by children everywhere! 
In the Closed Room . Illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith. NY: McClure, Phillips, 1904. 12mo, [iv] 130pp. Light green cloth decoratively stamped in gilt. Decorative endpapers; 8 color plates. A clean, bright copy with slight creasing to spine ends. 

First edition. A ghost story about a young girl who moves from the city to a country home by the author of The Secret Garden and A Little Princess .
Stay Up Late . Pictures by Maira Kalman. [NY]: Viking [1987]. Square 8vo, [32]pp. Green quarter-cloth stamped in black with color pictorial boards. Pictorial endpapers on green paper; color illustrations on every page. A fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket. Signed by the author, David Byrne

First edition. The text of this wonderful picture book is from the Talking Heads song of the same name. Kalman’s pseudo-childish composition and style – imaginative and energetic, with lots of inventive asides – cleverly captures the energy of the song. Laid into this copy is a ticket stub from a 1989 David Byrne concert.
Snarkjakten . I Översättning av Lars Forssell Ock Åke Runnquist. Illustrerad Av Tove Jansson. Stockholm: Alber Bonniers Förlag [1959]. 8vo, 52pp. Color pictorial paper wrappers. 8 full-page b&w illustrations and numerous b&w decorations. Slight wear to spine ends, spine lightly sunned, upper rear outer corner lightly creased, else a clean, tight copy of this fragile volume. With a bookplate signed by artist, Tove Jansson, laid in.

First Swedish edition and first Tove Jansson-illustrated edition. Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark translated into Swedish and illustrated by the famed creator of The Moomins . A companion to Jansson’s illustrated edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland . Rare.
City of Bones . The Mortal Instruments Book One. NY: Margaret K. McElderry [2007]. 8vo, [xii] 482pp. Color pictorial paper wrappers. A fine copy. Signed by the author, Cassandra Clare, with a review slip laid-in.
Advance Reader’s Copy, issued for reviews prior to publication of the first edition. After 15-year-old Clary Fray witnesses a murder by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing swords, she soon finds herself immersed into the world of the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. At first, Clary wants nothing to do with these people, but when he mother is kidnapped and she herself is attacked by a demon, she finds herself turning to the Shadowhunters for help. The basis for the 2013 film adaptation and the 2016-2019 television series.
Gregor the Overlander . NY: Scholastic [2003]. 8vo, [viii] 311pp. purple quarter-cloth stamped in bronze with aquamarine boards stamped in gold. Aquamarine endpapers. A fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket. 

First edition. The first book by the NY Times best-selling author of The Hunger Games , and the first book in the Underland chronicles. When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where giant spiders, rats, and cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it – until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance. Reluctantly, Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever.

Emily . By Michael Bedard. Pictures by Barbara Cooney. [NY]: Doubleday [1992]. Oblong 8vo, [40]pp. Beige quarter-cloth stamped in black with aquamarine boards pictorially blind-stamped. Light orange endpapers; 14 full-page color illustrations and numerous smaller color illustrations. Upper right corner very slightly bumped, spine ends a tad rubbed, else a fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (slight crease near folds). With a bookplate signed by two-time Caldecott Medalist, Barbara Cooney, laid-in.
First edition. What if your neighbor were the reclusive poet Emily Dickinson? And what if one day she sent a letter inviting your mother to pay her a visit? A little girl who lives across the street from the mysterious Emily gets a chance to meet the poet when her mother goes to play the piano for her. There, the girl sneaks a gift up to Emily, who listens from the landing, and in return, Emily gives the girl a precious gift of her own – the gift of poetry.
The Dark is Rising . Illustrations by Alan E. Cober. NY: Atheneum, 1973. 8vo, [xii] 217pp. Black cloth blind-stamped with spine stamped in bronze. Brick red endpapers; 3 two-page b&w illustrations. Faint ripple in blank flyleaf, else a fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (1/2” closed tear at bottom of front, slightest wear at edges, minute soiling along bottom portion of jacket). With a bookplate, signed by Susan Cooper, laid-in .

First edition. 1974 Newbery Honor Book . The second book in the award-winning Dark is Rising sequence. On the Midwinter Day Will Stanton turns eleven and discovers a special gift – that he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to keeping the world from domination by the forces of evil, the Dark. At once, he is plunged into a quest for the six magical Signs that will one day aid the Old Ones in the final battle between the Dark and the Light. And for the twelve days of Christmas, while the Dark is rising, life for Will is full of wonder, terror, and delight. A brilliant book adapted into a pretty poor film, The Seeker.
The Midwife’s Apprentice . NY: Clarion, 1995. 12mo, [vi] 122pp. Brown quarter cloth stamped in bronze with brown boards decoratively stamped in bronze. Light grey endpapers. A fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (no medal affixed). Signed by the author, Karen Cushman .

First edition. 1996 Newbery Medal Winner! The girl known only as Brat has no family, no home, and no future until she meets Jane the Midwife and becomes her apprentice. The stunning dust jacket art is by Caldecott Medalist, Trina Schart Hyman.
Wings for Per . Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran [1944]. 4to, [40]pp. Black quarter-cloth with color pictorial boards. Color pictorial endpapers; 18 full color and 16 b&w illustrations. Bookplate on front fixed endpaper. Corners and spine ends a tad rubbed, else a fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (slight chipping to spine ends and corners, closed small tears at bottom right corner of rear panel, rear cover lightly soiled). 

First edition. The story of a Norwegian boy growing up between the world wars, who learns about freedom and the value of defending it, eventually growing up to be a WWII flyer. Through beautiful illustrations, in the D'Aulaires unmistakable style, we explore Per's journey from his hometown, to America, and becoming a pilot.
W[illiam] W[allace] DENSLOW
Billy Bounce. By W. W. Denslow and Dudley A. Bragdon. Pictures by Denslow. Chicago: M.A. Donahue [1913]. 8vo, 279pp. Brown cloth stamped in black with color pictorial label affixed to front. 15 color plates and numerous b&w illustrations. A bright, clean copy with slightest edge wear, pages lightly discolored from age, in original color pictorial dust jacket (light chipping at edges, slightly soiled, small puncture in front cover).

Second edition, being the Donahue reissue of the Dillingham first edition. A beautiful copy in the rare dust jacket. Based on the newspaper comic strip originated by W. W. Denslow in 1901, and following the otherworldly adventures of the protagonist, Billy Bounce and the Pollywogs.
Jerry Todd Caveman . Illustrated by Bert Salg. NY: Grosset & Dunlap [1932]. 12mo, xxvi 258pp + [4] advts. Red boards stamped in black and orange. 4 b&w plates. Tiny pin hole in spine, slight aging to pages, else a remarkably clean, bright copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (spine and rear panel slightly soiled, spine lightly sunned, half-inch worn spot with two tiny holes just above illustration on spine panel). 

First edition. The 9 th book in the Jerry Todd series. An uproarious adventure set in 8,699 B.C. (supposedly!) in which Jerry Todd and his Juvenile Jupiter Detective gang set up their own Stone Age kingdom.
Jerry Todd and the Flying Flapdoodle . Illustrated by Bert Salg. NY: Grosset & Dunlap [1934]. 12mo, viii 244pp + [4] advts. Red boards stamped in black; top edge black. Map endpapers; 4 b&w half-tone plates. Minute bumping to lower front corner, 3/8” gouge at top of rear board, slight wear to top edge of some pages, else a surprisingly clean, bright copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (spine slightly sunned, a few small tears and tiny chips along top edge, very slight soiling).

First edition. The 10 th book in the Jerry Todd series. Hilarity ensues when Jerry Todd’s friend Red Meyers shows up in a brand new glider, which the gang dub “The Flying Flapdoodle”.
Goblins of the Labyrinth . Invented and Illuminated by Brian Froud. Captured and Catalogued by Terry Jones. [London]: Pavilion [1985]. 4to, [vi] 137pp. Tan quarter-cloth stamped in gold, with textured brown boards. Brown endpapers; color illustrations throughout. Spine ends a tad rubbed, front hinge exposed but still strong, else a clean, tight copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (spine lightly sunned with ends a tad rubbed). Signed by the artist, Brian Froud, with a two-inch drawing of a goblin, and with a bookplate signed author and Monty Python alum, Terry Jones, laid-in.

First edition, UK issue. This book of the grotesque creatures who love to torment unsuspecting humans features detailed illustrations and humorous tales depicting the goblins' mind and spirit. A wonderful companion to the 1986 film starring David Bowie, this is a gorgeously illustrated Who's Who of the goblin world.
At the Top of My Voice and other poems by Felice Holman. Drawings by Edward Gorey. NY: Charles Scribner’s Sons [1970]. 12mo, 57pp. Red cloth pictorially stamped in black. Numerous b&w illustrations. Tiny dent near lower front corner, else a clean, bright copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (slightly yellowed).

First edition. A wonderful collection of poems describing the sights, sounds, and sensations of the world about us, beautifully captured in Edward Gorey’s iconic illustrations.
The Girl Who Spun Gold . Illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon. NY: Blue Sky Press [2000]. Oblong 4to, [32]pp. Color pictorial boards. Decorative endpapers in gold ink; 14 full-page five-color illustrations, the pictures being embellished in gold ink. A fine copy in original five-color pictorial dust jacket (lower spine end a tad rubbed, 1” closed tear at top left of rear panel). Signed by the author, Newbery Medalist Virginia Hamilton, and the artists, two-time Caldecott Medalists Leo & Diane Dillon .

First edition. In this wonderful adaptation of the West Indian version of Rumplestiltskin , the story of the wily trickster is gorgeously captured in the Dillon’s vibrant and colorful illustrations – all beautifully embellished and framed with a lush gold ink. Copies of this book signed by all three contributors are scarce.
A Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales . For Boys and Girls. With pictures by Maxfield Parrish. NY: Duffield, 1913. 8vo, x 358pp. Navy cloth stamped in gilt with color pictorial cover label. Pictorial endpapers in blue ink; 10 color plates. Lower corners slightly bumped, heel of spine slightly rubbed, minute wear at edge of label, else a very clean, bright copy in original pictorial dust jacket (some tears and chips at edges, some light hand-soiling, and a bit of foxing at top). 

Very early printing, probably second or third printing (the first having been issued in 1910). A beautiful retelling of some of the most famous Greek myths gorgeously captured in Maxfield Parrish’s lush and vibrant illustrations. 
G[eorge] A[lfred] HENTY
On the Irrawaddy. With Eight Illustrations by W[illiam] H. Overend. London: Blackie & Son, 1897. 12mo, 352pp +32 advts. Olive cloth pictorially stamped in white, pale pink,, brown, and gilt; a.e.g. 8 b&w half-tone plates. Spine ends and corners lightly worn, spine slightly cocked, contents a tad shaken, some light hand-soiling to margins, else a clean, tight, surprisingly bright copy.

First edition. Newbolt 77.1. Stanley, a young man whose uncle is a trader on the Indian and Burmese rivers, sets out to join him just as war is declared by Burmah against England. He joins the military where his familiarity with Burmese customs and language make him of such use that he is added to Sir Archibald Campbell's staff. After several narrow escapes in battles and adventures while scouting, he and a half -dozen men set out to rescue his captured cousin on to be besieged in an old ruined temple.  
G[eorge] A[lfred] HENTY
With Moore at Corunna . With Twelve Illustrations by Wal[ter] Paget. London: Blackie & Son, 1898. 12mo, 384pp + 32 advts. Green cloth pictorially stamped in black, white, reddish-brown, flesh-tone, and gilt; all edges green. Grey endpapers; 12 b&w half-tone plates. Spine ends lightly rubbed, corners a tad so, spine slightly cocked, rear board minutely scratched, some slight hand-soiling in margins, else a clean, tight, surprisingly bright copy.

First edition. Newbolt 80.1. Terence O'Conner, a bright Irish lad, joins the Mayo Fusiliers as the Peninsular war begins, becoming a general’s aid. His bravery, quick wits, and industry is rewarded with a commission as Colonel in the Portuguese army and he goes on to distinguished service – even being mentioned twice in the general orders of the Duke of Wellington.
Cart & Cwidder . NY: Atheneum, 1977. 12mo, [vi] 193pp. Light blue paper wrappers with cover printed in black. A near fine copy in an early copy of the dust jacket. 

Uncorrected proof. The first title in the Dalemark Quartet. Clennen and his children, Moril, Dragner, and Brid, travelling musicians in the land of Dalemark, allows a young stranger to journey with them. As war between North and South brews, Moril discovers that the ancient Cwidder he has labored to master could sound a note no one has imagined could exist outside the realms of legend and mythology. 

Hi, Cat! NY: Macmillan, 1970. Oblong 8vo, [32]pp. Color pictorial boards with beige cloth spine stamped in black. Color pictorial endpapers; color illustrations on every page. Lower edge a bit rubbed, else a near fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (very slight edge wear).

First edition. In this companion to The Snowy Day and its sequels, Archie is on his way to meet Peter when he sees a stray cat. “Hi, Cat!” he says. An the next thing Archie knows, the cat is following him everywhere! The sixth book set in Peter’s world. 
The Water Babies . Illustrated in Color by A.E. Jackson. London: Humphrey Milford/Oxford University Press [1929]. 8vo, 252pp. Gray- blue cloth pictorially stamped in gilt and navy; t.e.g. Pictorial endpapers; 16 color plates, pictorial title, and small b&w illustrations at chapter heads and tails. Spine sunned and rubbed at edges, corners a bit rubbed, cover slightly soiled. Some light foxing throughout, mostly in page margins (no plates affected), else a very attractive copy. 

1929 reprint (first published in 1920). Tom, a young chimney sweep, falls into a river after being chased from a house by an upper-class girl. There he appears to drown only to transform into a "water-baby.” Kingsley’s allegory of Christian redemption is also a thinly veiled protest of the mistreatment of the poor in 19 th century England and the practice of child labor. This classic children’s fantasy was first issued in 1863, two years before Lewis Carroll’s Alice. A.E. Jackson’s gorgeous watercolor highlight this lush edition.
I Want to Paint My Bathroom Blue . Pictures by Maurice Sendak. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1956. 8vo, [24]pp. Black cloth spine with color pictorial boards. Light blue endpapers; color illustrations on every page. Corners and spine ends slightly rubbed, covers lightly foxed and discolored, rubbed area on front panel, endpapers discolored, else an internally clean, tight copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (a bit worn at edges, some creasing and soiling).

First edition. A brilliant copy of this scarce book. The fifth of eight collaborations between these two giants of children’s books, issued three years after their Caldecott Honor winning A Very Special House . Ruth Krauss' poetic text describes a young boy’s wish to paint his bathroom blue (nixed by his Dad) and further descriptions of the kind of house he'd build if he had his druthers. Sendak’s watercolors sing!
Dragonsong . NY: Atheneum, 1976. 8vo, xvi 203pp. Slate grey cloth pictorially stamped in blind, spine stamped in gold. Olive endpapers; 2-page b&w map. A fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (slightly soiled). With a bookplate signed by the author, Anne McCaffrey, laid-in .

First edition. The first book in the Harper Hall trilogy, set in the world of the bestselling Dragonriders of Pern series. The world of Pern has only one defense against the deadly Thread that falls from the sky – the fire-breathing dragons and the brave men and women who ride them. When young Menolly – a gifted musician forbidden by her father to be a Harper -- discovers nine of the legendary fire lizards both her future and that of Pern are changed forever.
Lentil . NY: Viking, 1940. 4to, [61]pp. Beige cloth pictorially stamped in red. Pictorial endpapers; b&w illustrations on every page. A remarkably pristine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (corners minutely rubbed, spine minutely sunned, with a 1” and a 2½” scratch on rear). Signed by the author/artist, two-time Caldecott Medalist, Robert McCloskey

First edition. A beautiful copy of Robert McCloskey’s first book. Young Lentil wants to learn to sing, but no matter how hard he tries he can’t sing on key. He can’t even pucker his lips to whistle! So, Lentil learns to play the harmonica instead, eventually saving his hometown’s celebration from the grouchiest man in town! 
A[lan] A[lexander] MILNE
Winnie-the-Pooh . With Decorations by Ernest H. Shepard. London: Methuen [1926]. 12mo, xvi 159pp. Green cloth pictorially stamped in gilt; t.e.g. Pictorial map endpapers; b&w illustrations throughout. Heel of spine lightly worn, head of spine less so, covers show some very slight wear, else a very attractive, clean, tight copy.

First edition. The introduction of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends — Piglet, Owl, Tigger, and the ever doleful Eeyore – and the second of Milne’s 4 Pooh titles (being preceded by When We Were Very Young ). A best-seller upon publication, these stories are beloved around the world. The basis for the Disney films.
E[dith] NESBIT
Five Children and It . Illustrated. London: T. Fischer Unwin, 1902. 12mo, xvi 301pp. Red cloth pictorially stamped in gilt; t.e.g. 46 b&w plates by H.R. Millar. Spine edges and corners lightly worn, rear cover slightly soiled, spine a bit sunned, front free endpaper a tad foxed with two minute chips (on flyleaf as well), flyleaf and front free endpaper embossed with former owner’s address. Despite these small flaws, this is a lovely copy with pictorial stamping to front cover remarkably bright.

First edition. When Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother go digging in the gravel pit, the last thing they expect to find is the Psammead – an ancient Sand-fairy! Annoyed at having been awoken by the children, the Psammead reluctantly agrees to grant them one wish per day. But what seem like great ideas for wishes, quickly go awry. The first of three books about Cyril, Anthea, Robert, and Jane.
Alanna: The First Adventure . Song of the Lioness, Book One. NY: Atheneum, 1983. 8vo, [viii] 241pp. Red cloth pictorially stamped in silver. One b&w map. A tad rubbed at bottom edge, else a fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket. Signed by the author, Tamora Pierce .

First edition. The author’s first book and the first book in the award-winning Song of the Lioness Quartet . Though girls in the kingdom of Tortall are forbidden to be warriors, Alanna of Trebond wants nothing more than to be a knight, while her brother, Thom longs to be a sorcerer. So they switch places. Disguised as a boy, Alanna begins her training at the palace. But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. Alanna must not only master weapons, combat, and magic, but also her temper, her etiquette, and even her own heart.
The Golden Cockerel . From the original Russian Fairy Tale of Alexander Pushkin. With pictures by Willy Pogány. NY: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1938. 4to, [48]pp. Red cloth pictorially stamped in gilt. Pictorial endpapers; 12 full-page, full color illustrations and 20 b&w drawings. Lower corners worn, other corners and spine ends lightly so, paper slightly yellowed with age, else a clean, bright copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (some chips and wear at edges).

First edition. A war-weary king strikes a bargain with a wizard and his supernatural bird in this enchanting fable from old Russia. Elaine Pogány's adaptation of the beloved story by Alexander Pushkin sweeps readers of all ages into a lively tale that unfolds against a colorful panorama of palaces and forests populated by princesses, peasants, and soldiers. This classic work receives a stunning artistic treatment from one of the masters of book illustration, Willy Pogány, whose evocative pictures adorn many of the pages. 
Mortal Engines . [London]: Scholastic, [2001]. 12mo, [viii] 295pp. Red boards stamped in silver on spine. Blue endpapers with design printed in white. A fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket. Signed by the author, Philip Reeve, and dated the year of publication .

First edition. In a desolate future the cities of the world have been mounted on gigantic treads and roam the wastelands seeking resources. The larger cities devour the smaller ones and none is larger than London. When a young apprentice crosses paths with a young assassin and they both learn of a terrifying new weapon, it is up to them to save the last of the world’s free people. The basis for the 2018 Peter Jackson movie.
The Adventures of Beekle . The Unimaginary Friend. NY: Little, Brown [2014]. 8vo, [40]pp. Color pictorial boards. Pictorial endpapers on light blue paper; color illustrations on every page. A fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (no medal affixed).

First edition. 2015 Caldecott Medal Winner! This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and – at long last – is given his special name: Beekle.

M[iroslav] SASEK
This is the United Nations . NY: Macmillan, 1968. 4to, 60pp. Color pictorial boards. Color illustrations on nearly every page. A fine copy in original color pictorial jacket (slight soiling, minute wear to spine ends and corners, price sticker on rear).

First edition, reinforced library binding. The 15 th title in M. Sasek’s This Is series. One of the more uncommon titles in Sasek’s delightful series, and only one that hasn’t been reissued. A wonderful primer into the United Nations as it was in the late 1960’s, by the beloved Czech author.
Fly By Night [by] Randall Jarrell. Pictures by Maurice Sendak. NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux [1976]. 12mo, [viii] 31pp. Gray cloth decoratively stamped in silver. Five full-page and one double-page b&w illustrations. Upper edge of front cover has a tiny bump, lower spine end slightly rubbed, lower edge very slightly discolored, else a fine, bright copy in original two-color pictorial dust jacket (spine a tad sunned, with light wear to spine ends and corners).

First edition. Sendak's drawings are marvelous accompaniments to Jarrell’s story of David, who is like other boys during the day but during the night while everyone sleeps, he floats up from his bed and flies through the house and the countryside beyond. Magical!
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back! [NY]: Beginner Books [1958]. 8vo, 63pp. Color pictorial boards. Color pictorial endpapers; color illustrations on every page. Slight edge wear, price stamped in upper right corner of front free endpaper, else a fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (some slight edge wear and hand soiling). 

First edition. Dick and Sally have no time to play. It's winter and they have mountains of snow to shovel. So when the Cat comes to visit, he decides to go inside and to take a bath. No problem, right? Wrong! The pink ring he leaves in the tub creates is a very BIG pink problem when he transfers the stubborn stain from the bath onto Mother's white dress, Dad's shoes, the floors, the walls, and ultimately, over the entire yard full of snow! Will the kids EVER clean up the mess?
The Little Mother Goose . With numerous illustrations in full color and black and white by Jessie Willcox Smith. NY: Dodd, Mead [1918]. Oblong 12mo, xvi 176pp. Black cloth with color pictorial paper cover label, spine stamped in gilt. 12 color plates and numerous b&w illustrations. Binding a bit rubbed, particularly to spine and label, rear hinge split, front hinge roughly mended, top of half-title appears to have once had a paper clip on it and also there is very faint evidence of a damp-stain. Nonetheless, an internally clean, tight copy of this scarce title. 

First edition thus. Being a smaller, retitled edition of the 1914 Jessie Willcox Smith’s Mother Goose . Jessie Willcox Smith’s exquisite plates in full color and other merrymaking decorations throughout highlight this wonderful edition of the perennial Mother Goose nursery rhymes.
Shrek! NY: Farrar, Straus, Giroux [1990]. 8vo, [32]pp. Color pictorial boards; color illustrations on every page. Very slight bump to heel of spine, else a fine, bright copy without dust jacket, as issued. Signed by Caldecott Medalist, William Steig.

First edition. A rare signed copy of this wonderful book – the author refused to do book signings or other events. Steig’s tale of an ugly ogre who finds true love with another, equally ugly, ogre. The basis for the animated films. 
J[ohn] R[onald] R[euel] TOLKIEN
The Lord of the Rings . London: George Allen and Unwin [1969]. 8vo, 1195pp. Black cloth pictorially stamped in gilt, silver and green; deckled edges. Decorative endpapers; 2 fold-out two-color maps, a full-page two-color map, and one full-page illustration. Spine a tad sunned, else a fine copy in original black leatherette box (worn at edges of opening and sides).

First thus, being the first one-volume hardcover edition. Printed on “India Paper” this handsome, beautifully printed edition is just over an inch thick, yet contains all 1195 pages found in three separate volumes. Tolkien’s masterpiece about the quest to unmake the one ring and restore the true king. The basis for the Peter Jackson films.
P[amela] L[yndon] TRAVERS
Mary Poppins in the Park . Illustrated by Mary Shepard. NY: Harcourt, Brace [1952]. 12mo, xvi 235pp. Light blue cloth pictorially stamped in navy. Pictorial endpapers on pink paper; 32 b&w illustrations. Spine ends slightly rubbed, corners a tad so, two small faded spots on front board, else a fine, bright copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (spine lightly sunned, slight edge wear).

First US edition. The fourth book in the beloved Mary Poppins series. Who else but Mary Poppins can lead the Banks children on such extraordinary adventures? Together they all meet the Goosegirl and the Swineherd, argue with talking cats on a distant planet, make the acquaintance of the folks who live under dandelions, and celebrate a birthday by dancing with their own shadows. And that’s just for starters!
Jumanji . Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981. Oblong 8vo, 32pp. Green cloth stamped in bronze. Light brown endpapers; 14 full-page graphite illustrations, plus pictorial title page. Corners ever-so-slightly bumped, top and bottom edges a tad discolored, else a clean, bright copy in original color pictorial d.w. (no medal affixed, slightest wear at spine ends and corners). Signed by the author, Chris Van Allsburg, with a small drawing of a monkey.

First Edition. 1982 Caldecott Medal Winner! When Judy and Peter find a jungle adventure game called Jumanji, they eagerly begin to play, ignoring the warning, “Do not begin unless you intend to finish." As events and jungle animals from the game spring to life in their home, they realize that their only hope is to play through to the end. A beautifully illustrated and captivating story. Van Allsburg’s second book and the first of his two Calecott Medals. The basis for the 1995 film starring Robin Williams and inspiration for the 2017 film starring Dwayne Johnson.
E[lwyn] B[rooks] WHITE
Charlotte’s Web . Pictures by Garth Williams. NY: Harper & Brothers [1952]. 8vo, [viii] 184pp. Beige cloth decoratively stamped in light blue and black. Decorative endpapers; numerous b&w illustrations. Light rubbing to spine ends, front endpapers discolored near hinge, front free endpaper slightly rubbed at upper edge, fixed endpapers affixed to covers a bit further to edge of covers than usual (bindery error), else a clean, tight copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (3/8” chip at base of spine panel, some tiny chips along edges, spine and rear panel a bit sunned, price-clipped). With a bookplate signed by the artist, Garth Williams, laid-in.

First edition. 1953 Newbery Honor Book! This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan , is a classic of children's literature. How Wilbur, the runt of a pig’s litter, is adopted by Fern, befriended by the spider, Charlotte, and saved by Charlotte’s clever writing – and spinning. One of the most beautiful children’s books ever written. The basis for the 1973 and 2006 films.
The Land of Don’t-Want-To By Lilian Bell. Chicago: Rand McNally [1923]. 8vo, x 212pp. Blue cloth with color pictorial paper label affixed to front, spine stamped in black. 10 color plates and 28 b&w illustrations. Spine ends and corners a bit worn, other edges and cover label lightly rubbed, spine very slightly cocked, endpapers, flyleaf, and half-title all a bit discolored, else a clean, tight copy. 

Early printing from 1923, being 7 years after the 1916 first edition. A wonderfully absurd story filled with nonsensical verse, all beautifully highlighted by Milo Winter’s gorgeous color plates. 
J[oanne] K[athleen] ROWLING
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix . [London]: Bloomsbury, [2003]. 12mo, 766pp. Black boards stamped in gold on spine. A fine copy, with expected yellowing, in original pictorial dust jacket.

First edition, being the variant with the dust jacket and binding for the “adult” market (roughly 10% of the first printing were bound in this fashion). The fifth book in J.K. Rowling’s bestselling Harry Potter series, and the basis for the fifth film. Harry’s dreams are haunted by visions of Voldemort as Hogwarts comes under the control of the Ministry of Magic.

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J[oanne] K[athleen] ROWLING
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince . [London]: Bloomsbury, [2005]. 12mo, 607pp. Color pictorial boards. A fine copy, with expected page yellowing, in original pictorial dust jacket.

First edition. The sixth book in J.K. Rowling’s bestselling Harry Potter series, and the basis for the sixth film. The war against Voldemort is not going well as Harry and his friends struggle to find a way to stop the Dark Lord before all is lost.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows . [London]: Bloomsbury, [2007]. 12mo, 607pp. Color pictorial boards. Some slight edge wear, else a fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket.

First edition. The final book in J.K. Rowling’s bestselling Harry Potter series, and the basis for the final two movies in the film series. As Voldemort terrorizes the magical and muggle world, Harry desperately searches for the seven Horcruxes that are the key to the Dark Lord’s defeat. 

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