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.
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

 

Sleeping Beauty Pantomime Toy Book. McLoughlin.

Sleeping Beauty Pantomime Toy Book.

Constructed with 4 pages of text on front and back (poem and story); inset in these is a one sided full colour proscenium with orchestra players below and empty theater boxes, inset in this is a booklet of eight pages and within each spread of this booklet both a smaller and larger strip, making 13 pages of bright and detailed full chromolitho illustrations as the pages and strips are turned. Delightful!

$185.00

 

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

 

20570 Visions of St. Nick in Action

Visions of St. Nick in Action.

Santa's castle at the North Pole, Santa's workshop, St. Nick and his Reindeer, St. Nick's Visit, tired Santa back home. You can see how it works in the condition picture. The two sides hook together and it can be hung from the ceiling: there's a little hole to string it up. I don't want to set it up because it is so new at present.

$130.00

 

21466 Where Was the Little White Dog? by Johnson.

Where Was the Little White Dog?

A very sweet continuous story of a little white dog, perhaps some kind of terrier, who went along on a visit to Grandfather's farm with Fred and then got lost. Each of the 12 chapters telling of his adventures has an illustrated half title and small decorations and illustrations with 3-5 detailed little rebus drawings in text as well. Nice animal illustrations by a turn of the century artist and illustrator, (not the famous animal illustrator Margaret S. Johnson, who would have been 8 years old in 1901.)
Please click on individual pictures to see the fine detail.

$80.00

 

20420 Christmas Book House

My Book House, Christmas House.

A very charming green Christmas Book House, made of wood, with book spines decorated with lighted windows and Christmas Trees in gilt, green, shaped plates with yellow and red, and colourful margin decorations in yellow and red on the top boards. The house is the usual one with the dormer in front, but only one chimney and also with a set of red steps leading to the Travelships, which are placed in the center. It may have come with three separate wooden trees as well, according to the photographed ad in Dorothy Loring Taylor's reference, page 100.

$1,400.00

 

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