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Away Went Galloper, Baker, Margaret J.
1 Baker, Margaret J. Away Went Galloper
Chicago Encyclopedia Britannica Press 1964 (c.1962) 1st U.S. edition Hardcover Very Good- in Near Fine dj Illustrated by Norman Thelwell 
[good solid copy with an exceptionally nice jacket; the book itself has several notable flaws (1/4" tear in cloth at top of rear cover; tape marks on both endpapers ( suggesting the prior removal of an old jacket protector); and some soiling/spotting to top edges; the jacket, though, is quite lovely, marred only by some slight bumping at the spine ends, one small chip at top of rear panel (matching damage to book), and two crayoned numbers at the bottom of the front flap; all in all, still an attractive copy]. "When their parents win a television quiz prize of a trip around the world, Tib and her brother Leo must stay with their aunt and uncle in a rather dull suburb. But Tib believes that magic occurs in the most ordinary places, and she is soon proved correct [when] Galloper, a rocking horse of great character, takes them on expeditions and fails to bring them home." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Poems for Peter, Borie, Lysbeth Boyd
2 Borie, Lysbeth Boyd Poems for Peter
Philadelphia/London J.B. Lippincott Company 1928 NO 2nd impression Hardcover Good Illustrated by Lisl Hummel 
(no dust jacket; quarter green cloth, decorated paper-covered boards) [worn but intact copy, hinges weak but holding, some external soiling (including faint beverage-glass ring on front cover), two previous owners' single names inside (one on front pastedown, one on ffep) otherwise internally clean]. ("scissors-cuts") 43 one-page poems, each illustrated with a "scissors-cut," essentially a black-and-white silhouette; similar illustrations appear on the endpapers. ("Second impression" is stated only on the half-title page.) 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Fat Baron, Boutell, Clip; pictures by Frank Lieberman
3 Boutell, Clip; pictures by Frank Lieberman The Fat Baron
Boston Houghton Mifflin 1946 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by Frank Lieberman 
[nice-looking copy, slight fading to cloth along top edges, pencilled gift inscription from 1951 (in child's hand) on half-title page but otherwise unmarked; jacket shows minor wear at edges/corners, a couple of itsy-bitsy tears at top edge]. "Once there was a baron whose whole name was Baron Frederick Charles Henry Maximilian Francis Avoirdupois. But his name was not easy to remember, so everyone called him The Fat Baron -- and he certainly was fat. More than anything else in the world he liked to eat. Then along came Sir Reginald the Fierce, who saw The Fat Baron's plump cows and chickens, and attacked the castle. While Sir Reginald lived off the fat of The Fat Baron's land, the poor besieged Fat Baron grew thinner and thinner -- because there was nothing left in the castle to eat but a few weeds the cook boiled up for dinner." 
Price: 40.00 USD
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More To and Again, Brooks, Walter R.
4 Brooks, Walter R. More To and Again
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1930 NO First Edition Hardcover Good Illustrated by Kurt Wiese 
(no dust jacket) [worn and somewhat soiled copy, front hinge weak but still a generally solid copy, with some slight fraying at corners and one small nick in spine cloth at front hinge; internally quite decent, with a couple of small edge- and corner-tears; attractive vintage bookplate on front pastedown, plus a one-time owner has neatly written the names of the various characters next to the endpaper illustrations of same; this might also be considered a "misprinted" copy, since the frontispiece and title-page illustrations have been printed in yellow ink only, which of course makes them almost unseeable against the off-white paper]. The author's second "Freddy the Pig" adventure, in which the intrepid porker and his animal compatriots, inspired by their recent trip to Florida, decide to start their own company, Barnyard Tours, Inc. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Cheerful: A Picture Story, Brown, Palmer
5 Brown, Palmer Cheerful: A Picture Story
New York Harper & Row (c.1957) Unstated edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by the author 
[lovely copy, minor soiling to book covers, light foxing on top edge; jacket shows minimal wear, faint stain on upper front panel]. Exceptional copy; a nice clean example, especially, of a jacket that is easily worn and soiled. (No printing is specified, but the Harper & Row imprint dates this particular book as 1962 or later; the printed price on the jacket flap is $1.95.) 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Wonders of Robots, Chester, Michael
6 Chester, Michael The Wonders of Robots
New York G. P. Putnam's Sons (c.1962) Unstated edition Hardcover Very Good Illustrated by Bill Plummer 
(pictorial covers; no dust jacket) [the "Putnam Guaranteed Library Binding," although this is NOT an ex-library book; moderate soiling to covers, light bumping/fraying to a couple of corners, internally clean]. (The Wonders of Science Library) Series "There are robots all around us. They do not clank, neither do they resemble the tin woodman in The Wizard of Oz. Many robots are smaller than the home thermostat, which is itself a robot. [The author] describes how man designs robots to control certain anticipated happenings. A robot is not required to think, but it does 'feel' or 'see' or 'hear,' or perhaps possesses a combination of such senses. Its job is to react to the condition which it does sense." (You know, like "Danger! Danger! That does not compute!") 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Little Jack Rabbit's Big Red Book, Cory, David
7 Cory, David Little Jack Rabbit's Big Red Book
New York/London Harper & Brothers 1926 1st Edition (H-A) Hardcover Fair 
(pictorial front cover label; no dust jacket) [worn copy, external soiling, rear hinge cracked, fraying with exposure of boards at corners, tiny white stain at front joint, small nick in cloth at bottom edge of rear cover -- and SEE NOTES about enhancements and scribblings in text]. (color plates, line drawings) The author's second Little Jack Rabbit book (the first, the "Big Blue Book," was published in ____), presenting another visit to "Rabbitland, where Make Believe is the open sesame -- that state of mind in childhood which makes possible all things visible and invisible." This particular copy of the book provides an object lesson in why children need to be educated in the proper respect for, and handling of, books before they're allowed to get their grubby little hands on them, especially when said hands are holding writing implements of any kind. In the case of this poor book, it has clearly been subject to the creative ministrations of at least two children: one with some artistic sensibilities (for he or she has carefully crayon-colored the line drawings throughout the text to quite pleasing effect), the other a nihilistic heathen-child, clearly bereft of any sort of responsible parenting, whose "reading" of the book also involved the wanton wielding of a pencil and the consequent random defacement of various pages throughout the book. I have erased as much of this infantile scribbling as I could, but nonetheless numerous trace elements remain. There is at least some good news to report: the twelve color plate illustrations were apparently ignored by this beastly child, and are completely unblemished (except for some wild pencil doodling on the blank reverse of several of them, which, while unsightly, does not affect the lovely illustrations themselves, and which I have therefore NOT attempted to erase lest I risk loosening the plates); as noted, the crayoning-in of the line drawings is well and neatly done, and employing a reasonably thoughtful color pallette; and a few of the pencil scribblings (especially those on the rear endpapers) actually qualify as "drawings," and can even charitably be said to exhibit some nascent artistic aptitude on the part of their perpetrator. And speaking of perpetrators, the name of one such is written in the back of the book twice -- but since I can't be sure if this person (young Dorothy S-------) was the careful colorist or the mad pencil fiend (or even some innocent third party), I shall withhold her surname rather than risk shaming subsequent generations of her family -- or perhaps even the ex-child herself, who might well still be with us today, in her 90s. In which case I hope she's taught her grandchildren better book-handling manners than she had herself. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Doublefields: Memories and Stories, Enright, Elizabeth
8 Enright, Elizabeth Doublefields: Memories and Stories
New York Harcourt, Brace & World (c.1966) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Irene Haas 
[tiny smudge on top edge of text block and just the slightest trace of fading to cloth at top edge, otherwise a flawless book; the jacket is in perfect, as-new condition, having had the good fortune to spend most of its life enclosed and protected by a second copy of the jacket]. Comprised of eleven autobiographical pieces ("Memories") and ten short stories, this was the last published book by this renowned children's author and illustrator (1909-1968), who also wrote a great deal of short fiction for adult readers, which appeared in The New Yorker and other magazines. Two of Enright's books were Newbury award winners ("Thimble Summer," 1939, and "Gone-Away Lake," 1958), and over the course of her career six of her stories were chosen for inclusion in the annual O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies -- including "The Eclipse," contained in this volume, oddly, in the "Memories" section. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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The Merry Mouse, Evers, Helen & Alf
9 Evers, Helen & Alf The Merry Mouse
New York Farrar & Rinehart (c.1936) Presumed 1st Hardcover Fair 
(paper-covered boards, no dust jacket) [worn at corners (boards a little exposed), spine externally reinforced with masking tape (I didn't do it!), some markings on rear cover, one-time owner's name on half-title page]. Starts out with "Hickory, dickory, dock," but soon veers away from that old standard to narrate the exploits of a lonely little mouse. Like all of these authors' early books, this one is quite scarce. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Children of the Moor, Fitinghoff, Laura (translated from the Swedish by Siri Andrews)
10 Fitinghoff, Laura (translated from the Swedish by Siri Andrews) Children of the Moor
Boston/New York Houghton Mifflin Company (c.1927) 1st (U.S.) edition Hardcover Good Illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren 
(no dust jacket) [moderately worn copy, fading/soiling to spine cloth, bottom corners bumped, some soiling to page edges]. (color frontispiece, 3 B&W plates) Children's novel noted for the realism of its historical background, the Swedish famine of the 1860s; originally published in 1907 as "Barnen från Frostmofjället." Its genesis is explained in the introduction by Clara Whitehill Hunt: "The author...grew up in a large and wealthy parsonage in Ångermanland, Sweden. She was one of five children in a home 'where music and spiritual nourishment were given the children just as naturally as milk and bread were given other children,' writes her daughter. In the parsonage were entertained such distinguished people as Jenny Lind, King Charles XV, and King Oscar II, but the poor of the great parish, too, were welcome guests. During famine years, when groups of starving people wandered over Sweden, none were turned away empty-handed from Pastor Runsten's door; and the scenes of one particularly sad famine year so impressed a gifted daughter of the house that the beautiful and moving story of 'Children of the Moor' was written." A film adaptation of the book was produced in Sweden in 1945. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car, Fleming, Ian
11 Fleming, Ian Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car
New York Random House (c.1964) NO First American Edition Hardcover 2nd or 3rd printing Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by John Burningham 
(price-clipped) [very slight bump to top front corner of book, no other discernible wear; jacket has a couple of itsy-bitsy tears and associated minor scrunching at top front hinge, another tiny closed tear at bottom left of front panel (with a touch of soiling there), and shows a tiny bit of wear and light soiling along the spine]. (pen and ink drawings) The wacky and whimsical adventures of a British family with an inventor-father. Filmed wackily and whimsically in Super Panavision in 1968 with Dick Van Dyke as the dad, from a screenplay co-authored by Roald Dahl. (Although the jacket is price-clipped, the other observable points -- no specific printing statement on the copyright page, the absence of the postscript on the Dedication page, black topstain, green and black illustrated endpapers -- mark it as either the second or third printing of the U.S. edition.) 
Price: 45.00 USD
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The ABC Bunny, Gag, Wanda
12 Gag, Wanda The ABC Bunny
New York Coward-McCann Inc. 1933 NO First Edition Hardcover Good+ Illustrated by the author 
(no dust jacket) [shelfwear to bottom edge, slight exposure of board at bottom corners, about half of spine covering has flaked or chipped off, but binding still fully intact; front cover illustration shows wear only at edges, rear cover has just a couple of tiny scrape marks near the center]. "B for Bunny snug a-bed." A very presentable copy of this perennial classic, despite the noted wear; clean inside and out except for a discreet and neat pencil signature (not a child's!) at the top of the front pastedown. Protected by a custom-fashioned mylar wrap. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Uncle Wiggily and the Littletails, Garis, Howard R.
13 Garis, Howard R. Uncle Wiggily and the Littletails
New York Platt & Munk Co. Inc. (c.1942) Later Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dj Illustrated by Elmer Rache 
[moderately worn, light spotting to cloth, two small tape marks on each pastedown, bottom corner of ffep torn away; jacket edgeworn but quite presentable, small piece missing from bottom right-hand corner of front panel, old tape reinforcement across both ends of spine, two small tape marks on each jacket flap]. (color frontispiece; no illus. in text) The story of Sammie and Susie Littletail, "two little bunny rabbits who lived with their Uncle Wiggily [and] were good little rabbits, and they had wonderful fun and adventures with their Uncle Wiggily." This title is the last of 8 Wiggily titles listed on the rear jacket panel, so I assume it to be an early printing -- but not a first, since it has only the color frontispiece and not the 5 color plates present in other copies; no printed price on jacket flap, although there is a price written in pencil (.85). 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Bobbsey Twins at Spruce Lake, Hope, Laura Lee
14 Hope, Laura Lee The Bobbsey Twins at Spruce Lake
New York Grosset & Dunlap (c.1930) NO Later Printing (see description) Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by Walter S. Rogers (dj illus: Thelma Gooch) 
[solid copy, bound in green cloth with paste-on front cover illustration (especially nice with only light rubbing), slight bumping/wear at all corners, small faded spots at extremities of spine cloth, one-time owner's initials in pencil at top of ffep; jacket is worn, with small tears and a bit of paper loss at all corners (but no loss of text or illustration)]. (frontispiece + 3 B&W plates) Book no. 23 in the popular series -- "books that charm the hearts of the little ones, and of which they will never tire." I am by no means a specialist on these books, but this would appear to be a 1931 printing of the book itself, although since its own title is the last in the series list on the copyright page, it may have been issued prior to the 1931 B.T. entry ("The B.T. Wonderful Secret"); note, however, that the list on the front jacket flap DOES include "Wonderful Secret." The rear jacket flap lists 12 titles in the "Honey Bunch" series, through "Her First Trip in an Airplane" (also 1931), and several of the series lists in the various ads in the back of the book also include 1931 titles. The rear jacket panel has cut-out dolls of Flossie and Freddie, fully intact. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Lives of the Writers: Comedies, Tragedies (and What the Neighbors Thought), Krull, Kathleen
15 Krull, Kathleen Lives of the Writers: Comedies, Tragedies (and What the Neighbors Thought)
San Diego Harcourt, Brace & Company (c.1994) 0-15-248009-9 / 9780152480097 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt 
(price-clipped) [tight, attractive copy: book is flawless except for a faint dampstain on the copyright page; rear panel of jacket is rubbed]. Kid-friendly discussions of the lives and works of twenty prominent writers: Murasaki Shikibu, Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Hans Christian Andersen, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jack London, Carl Sandburg, E.B. White, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and Isaac Bashevis Singer. Each author is depicted in a full-page, semi-caricature color drawing. If you're a parent (or grandparent) looking to tempt a child away from a media device, this would make the perfect gift. Although you might have to explain to them what it is. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Legend of the Christmas Rose [limited/numbered edition], Lagerlof, Selma
16 Lagerlof, Selma The Legend of the Christmas Rose [limited/numbered edition]
New York The Aldus Printers (For Abbott Kimball) 1954 Limited Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
(red decorated boards) [lovely copy, very light wear at the extremities but otherwise almost new in appearance; in original glassine jacket, which has some wrinkling near top of of front panel and one small tear and associated creasing at bottom edge of front panel (note that I have scanned the book WITHOUT the glassine)]. Excerpted from the author's "The Girl from the Marsh Croft," originally published in 1915. Hand-numbered (Copy No. 550, of an unknown number); "printed for the friends of Abbott Kimball" for Christmas 1954. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Doctor Dolittle's Post Office, Lofting, Hugh
17 Lofting, Hugh Doctor Dolittle's Post Office
Philadelphia/New York J.B. Lippincott Company (c.1951, 1923) NO 25th printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by the author 
[some modest wear to spine ends, slight fading to cloth along top edge; jacket a bit stained on rear panel but still quite attractive]. Nice-looking copy of the third Doctor Dolittle book, printed at a time when the original texts had not yet been altered as a result of the author's generally paternalistic (at best) depiction of native Africans. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Five Little Rabbits, Martin, Bill and Bernard
18 Martin, Bill and Bernard Five Little Rabbits
Kansas City MO Tell-Well Press (c.1951) First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(paper-covered boards; no dust jacket) [nice clean copy, some wear at corners and edges, damage/tearing to bottom 3/8" of spine; no child's name or other markings of any kind to inside of book]. Adorable illustrations. If you like rabbits. But who doesn't? 
Price: 40.00 USD
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A Gallery of Children, Milne, A.A.
19 Milne, A.A. A Gallery of Children
Philadelphia David McKay Company (c.1925) NO First American Edition Hardcover Very Good Illustrated by Saida (H. Willebeek le Mair) 
(no dust jacket) [moderate wear to extremities, lightly bumped at top corners, a couple of tiny holes in cloth near top of spine, considerable surface-scratching to illustrated paper label on front cover; bookplate on front pastedown, gift inscription (non-authorial) on ffep dated 12/25/28]. A dozen stories for children by the author of the "Winnie the Pooh" books, each illustrated with a full-page color plate at the beginning of the story. All 12 plates are present, although the last one is detached. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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20 Numeroff, Laura Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers [*SIGNED*]
New York Simon and Schuster (c.1993) 0-671-79525-2 / 9780671795252 3rd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by Joe Mathieu Signed by Author
[nice copy, minor corner-creasing to a couple of bottom page corners; jacket shows just a tiny bit of creasing along top edge]. INSCRIBED to previous owner (first name only) and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page, where she has also drawn a dialogue balloon above the illustration of two dancing cows, so that they're proclaiming "We love to read!" Terrific illustrations of animals doing quite unlikely things. Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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