Books in overall terrible condition, or nice books with a few serious flaws. These come to us in large lot buys, but some of them were once beautiful and we can't resist listing them. Good purchases for artists and designers, families who can do a little home repair, or collectors who want to fill a hole temporarily. Generally these are very inexpensive, with the exception of those books very valuable in ordinary condition.
21433 Venturesome Voyage by Allen

Venturesome Voyage.

Twin orphans, brother and sister, cast adrift, sail with a shipment of humanitarian aid to Greece during the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Turks (1821-1832). Endless adventures ensue, the brother trying to care for his sister, and the sister always thinking up a new exciting plan (unlike the self-consciously "spunky" heroines of recent YA fiction, Phoebe is the real thing) Though they begin with the idea of grand adventure, their gradual understanding of the complexity of the situation and the suffering of the refugees, as well as the limits of their ability to care for themselves are handled truthfully, always from a child's point of view. An amusing and ultimately very touching book. SIGNED and BRIEFLY INSCRIBED by the author.



One Two Three Four.

Simply beautiful large chromolithos of animals set in landscapes, showing 1+1 through 9+1 and then doubling to 5.



Up the Chimney to Ninny Land, Chester, A. S. M.  T. Nelson & Sons, 1894

Up the Chimney to Ninny Land, a Story for Children (On top board Up the Chimney to Ninny-Land A Fairy Story).

Somewhere between Alice and Mrs. Piggle-wiggle ... the little boys visit a land of ninnies, children who are forced to misbehave as much as they once wished, but who will never grow up, finnininnies, dinnininnies, etc. "The very youngest children will revel in its quaint pictures and the strange and amusing happenings of the two little boys who went up the chimney to Fairyland." Publisher's Weekly 9/29/1894. Apparently so, these are scarce. The very imaginative plates and drawings by one artist are well presented but not credited.



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