CAT 22 A Older Books 1920's & before.

Older picture books and juvenile literature from the early 19th c to the 1920's.
19346 Hairbreadth Escapes of Major Mendax by Crofton

Hairbreadth Escapes of Major Mendax.

"The Book for Boys - His perilous encounters, startling adventures, and daring exploits with indians, cannibals, wild beasts, serpents, balloons, geysers, etc. all over the world, in the bowels of the earth and above the clouds." Lest we overdo the doll and puppy books, we'll add this one to the mix! The Major tells his nephew Bob one horrifying adventure after another, with "spirited illustrations."



17559 FablesdelaFontaine, Lorioux, illus.

Fables de la Fontaine.

In the same format as his Perrault of 1927. Wry, comic illustrations of Aesop's tales with very simple text. The animal and insect expressions are a delight! A lovely copy of this book.
NOTE: This book has been SOLD.



21580 AdventuresofBeWeetheGnome by Grozier, ill Lilian Govey.

The Adventures of Be-Wee the Gnome.

Five stories originally published in England, centering around Be-wee, the little bee-gnome. " 'I believe the Crow-Bat was joking,' " said Wee Careful Toad. But the Tousle Bush said nothing." The writing is in the style of the 20's, with imaginative touches. Govey's fine illustrations, beautiful clear watercolours, give an intimate glimpse into the little gnome's days and bring these stories to life. The publisher reissued this book in 1923 with the 20 plates as "The Creepie-Man and Other Stories". 
Note: This book has been sold.



20944 ReallyBabies by Brownell, photo illustrated.

Really Babies, with illustrations reproduced from photographs taken by the author.

Very charming early photos of young children, posed but quite relaxed. Ladies' Home Journal 1902, after the publication of Dream Children: "A comparatively new worker in photography, Mrs. Brownell is meeting with great success in the rich but hitherto almost untouched field of the art as applied to book illustration. Among the children of the poor she has found her most effective material, and with a sympathetic touch she fills her studies with much of the poetic pathos which is frequently the attribute of humble lives. Mrs. Brownell’s photographs are the result of patient study. Her models are often first sketched in pencil for composition, and they are always carefully trained both for pose and expression." The poems facing are not memorable. Note: This book has been sold.



The Tale of Mr. Tod by Potter, glassine wrap.

The Tale of Mr. Tod.

The Tale of Mr. Tod, a story of two disagreeable people, a fox and a badger, contains fewer pictures and a longer text than Potter's previous books in this series, but remains, as she wished, a small Peter Rabbit Book. The paper used for the plates, glossy but not reflective, yields beautiful colour. An interesting printing, 10,000 copies of which were issued simultaneously with the first edition of Pigling Bland.
Note: This book is SOLD.



20414 Rubberoons by Wittmaak.

The Rubber-oons being Number 2 of The Gobbly Wobblyn Series.

 In the Royal Toor-a-lee airship, Johnny and Doll visit the Kingdom of the Rubber people who all look somewhat like the Michelin man. The second in the short series following the Gobbly Wobblyns. Lots of adventure, fun, and puns in this early OZ genre fantasy. You might say there are mild racial stereotypes but all the characters are pretty ridiculous looking! There were clubs, secret handshakes and even Rubber-oon toys of this series, all marketed by the author.



20418 Young Folks' Library ed Aldrich.

Young Folks' Library Third Edition, 20 vols.

Well chosen selections on good paper, each volume edited by an authority, such as Joel Chandler Harris, Ernest Thompson-Seton, David Starr Jordan, Henry Van Dyke. A quote from The Elementary School Teacher published by the U of Chicago in 1905 describes the set well. "sets of books! They are apt to be such thin dilutions, such transparent attempts to wring the last cent, such ranting and drivel in gilt and turkey red..... But there are sets of books that are different, and the one forming the subject of this review is one of the exceptions. Here is a set of twenty volumes dealing with myth, legend, history, science, poetry, tales of men and beasts -- all in accord with an intelligent plan and in the original classic forms in which they were first given to the world.... a library of comprehensive scope and of classic merit." Note: This book has been sold.



20206 Wonderful Stories for Children by Andersen.

Wonderful Stories for Children.

Mary Howitt, a children's author and a sometime friend of Andersen's, learned some Danish to help her with these translations. The more violent stories were softened for little children (The Storks). This first series contains: (frontis plate), Ole Luckoie, The Daisy, The Naughty Boy, Tommelise (Thumbelina), The Rose-Elf (no plate), The Garden of Paradise (plate), A Night in the Kitchen, Little Ida's Flowers (plate), The Constant Tin Soldier, The Storks. The book represents the first illustrated version available in the United States. Note: According to MARC records, 3 plates are called for in this publication: these plates are the same as 3 of the 4 plates in the British first, lacking The Rose-Elf, and it is quite possible that they were the only ones used. Also the Boner/Pocci heavily illustrated Danish Story-Book was published in England in 1846, but I do not know when it became available in the US. (The author's name is misspelled on the title page.)



21071 Palestine Pictures or the Story of a Tour through Palestine by Watson.

Palestine Pictures.

An account of the late 19th c tour of an English family in the Holy Land with many friendly stories of the local Moslem people they met. The childcare details, the anecdotes about places they stayed, and the stories about the children, Patrick, about 4, and baby Margaret, bring Mrs. Watson's writing to life in what was probably the only work of hers ever published. A young family's peaceful and inspiring tour though a beautiful land, good little travellers! The little picture collages of local scenes and people are captioned with Biblical references and the text contains Mrs. Ward's thoughtful and nonjudgemental connections to the Old and New Testament. Hard to find. Note: This book has been SOLD.



19354 King Baby.

King Baby and other stories.

Just an incredibly charming little piece. The little children on the cover are dressed in everyday smocks and stockings and the baby in a large bib. The first story shows a large fat baby in a high chair looking down on his doubtless displaced little sister who is being led to him by big sister: " King Ba-by is on the throne. If King Baby smiles WE will smile. If King Baby looks sad WE will be sad. If King Baby holds out his fin-ger and says, "Wah! Wah!" we will walk with him." WorldCat ascribes this to Mary Boyle; there were apparently a series of these.



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