Play Books

Moveables, shape books, panoramas, books with enclosed toys, novelty bindings and board books (fur, etc), "gift books" (all books in boxes); advertising handouts. Not cloth books, which are in a separate category. Not 19th c toy books or other early soft cover books.
Het Nijntje Kleurboek (Miffy's coloring book)

Het Nijntje Kleurboek (Miffy's coloring book)

.Very fresh and easy to imagine with bright colours! Note: This book has been sold.

$20.00

 

One, Two and Three Kittens. anon. James & Jonathan (1948)

One, Two and Three Kittens.

The shape kittens on the covers have nice expressions and huge eyes, and they are very prettily dressed. The kittens in the rambling stories have shed their clothes. Quite an unusual little piece. Note: This book has been sold.

$35.00

 

Fix the Toys by Dorothy King.

Fix the Toys.

Picture this sailor with a rabbit head. Lots of fun switching the heads into different bodies, I remember it well! NOTE: THIS BOOK HAS BEEN SOLD.

$40.00

 

Take the Children, written and illustrated by Dorothy King, Morrow, 1945, 1st pr

Take the Children.

In a pretty realistic story, six children lose their name tags on their trip home on an ocean liner, and they need the reader's help in getting home. This book is said to reflect the urgency of repatriating children after the confusion of World War Two. I had the 1945 version as a child, the 1951 version would not have had the little Russian figure. Probably influenced me... see the interesting comment below.

$125.00

 

Camping Spree of Kiddies Three, Dods/Margaret Evans Price,ill Stecher (1916)

The Camping Spree of Kiddies Three.

A resolutely cheerful poem about family camping, quite fun, with sweet pictures in lovely colours.

$95.00

 

21908 Parabaik Myanmar Burma Tattoo Pattern Book

Parabaik Myanmar Burma Folding Tattoo Pattern Book

Parabaiks like these were produced as sample tattoo books. From the British museum, manuscript similar to ours: "The manuscript is a digest of tattoo designs for a potential client to choose from, and would have been used by the tattooer to advertise his range of work." The traditional tattoos had religious or magical powers and both protected the wearer and gave him strength.

This book has 27 different tattoos, black outlined coloured drawings surrounded by text, some on double spreads and some single pages: elephants brandishing swords, goddesses riding tigers, magical birds, and creatures bearing magic squares and circles, fish, chicken headed snakes, and circles of lizards and many animals with human or goddess heads.

Yes, this is a strange book for a children's site, but in fact it was sold to us as a "Victorian colouring book" (true!)

$1,250.00

 

21893 Bobby and Jane Hurry Through the Rain to Make a Trip on the Hanky Train.

Bobby and Jane Hurry Through the Rain...

Happy Holidays!! In a decorated box with all hankies untouched: Bright primary colours with an almost Czech folkloric feel: the entire book is bordered in red scallops and the train runs along a blue track.

Each car: the Engine, the Hanky Limited, Parlor, Diner, Sleeper, Reserved and Baggage/Mail, has a different design around the windows and stamped on the wheels and roof. Each panel has a cheery poem and a little bird or duck or mouse offering side comments on the action.

The hankies have a more typical l940's/50's US "vintage" style, picturing animals and children and leaning toward blue and yellow, in inexpensive sized cotton. The box is decorated with little figures in primary colours of animals and toys.  

All is designed to make a child feel adventurous, safe, and happy. The yellow and green striped caboose bears letter banners saying Home Sweet Home and the text reads
"Hey Bobby, Oh Jane, get off the train.
The rooster shouts again and again
Mother and Daddy are waiting for you
Take the six Hankies and Good By, you two!

$275.00

 

20211 The Angora Twinnies by Price.

The Angora Twinnies.

The Twinnies lived in Newfoundland, and played in the warm suits their mammy knit them, on the beautiful swing their daddy made them that "could swoop right over the sea." Though the seagulls tried to get them to fly away south to fairyland, they consulted their parents first.

$60.00

 

10581 Little Tommy Stuffin by Henry C. Tinsley.

Little Tommy Stuffin.

"A Christmas Story for Bad Little Boys" and a tongue in cheek story about how Kris Kringle cured spoiled Tommy Stuffin with a hot mustard plaster. The author was the coeditor of the Staunton Vindicator and a journalist for his entire career. After his death in 1902, his Observations of a Retired Veteran (Civil War) and this book, which had appeared as newspaper columns, were published by a small publisher in book form. The Observations "possess in marked degree the unusual quality of a winning humor coupled with the pathos that is often humor's most exquisite accompaniment; and ... they combine a shrewd if homely wit with a profound knowledge of the workings of the human heart." from the affectionate introduction to Observations by his long time friend.

$75.00

 

19788 J. N. Adam and Company The Store with the Christmas Spirit.

J. N. Adam and Company - Christmas

Jolly Old Santa filled up his sled, "Now I must hurry to Buffalo," he said. A Christmas gift from a famous old Buffalo department store, "The Store with the Christmas Spirit." founded in 1881, closed in 1960. On the front, Santa gazes at a toy clown he has just painted. The artwork looks circa 1900 to 1930. Brementown, Aesop, and 'Twas the Night Before Xmas and activities inside. Nice

$45.00

 

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