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21437 Playtime Whitman2932 Mallet ill

Playtime.

Cute details in these paintings of round faced children, somewhat like Chloe Preston's children but without that wild self-confidence. In view of the mouths and the three upright eyelashes, these paintings are almost certainly by Beatrice Fox Mallet, an English artist who married the French humorist artist Herve Mallet in 1919. Little stories on each page in attractive calligraphy tell of the children's daily occupations: reading, gardening, blowing bubbles.

$225.00

 

19787 The Heart of a Dog by Terhune, ill Kirmse.

The Heart of a Dog.

Beautiful paintings of this graceful dog illustrate Terhune's collection of inimitable stories. Not an uncommon book, but in very nice condition and just right for a young collie lover.

$25.00

 

19835 Silver Snaffles by Cumming.

Silver Snaffles: a Story of a Shetland Pony.

Jenny, a little girl who longs for a pony, and Tattles, the son of an elegant hunter who pulls a junk cart, both walk through The Dark Corner of the stable to fulfill their dreams at the Extraordinary Riding School. (password: Silver Snaffles) This school is run by the ponies themselves, who are superb instructors: in one week Jenny is able to ride off on to rescue a pony from the snobbish Jostlepots and take part in a glorious hunt ! A classic, gentle fantasy, not just for pony book lovers.

$195.00

 

19515 Dusty for Speed (Whippet) by Frances and Winthrop Neilson.

Dusty for Speed. (Whippet)

How Dusty comes to the rescue of the kind family who has adopted her. Based on the authors' own golden whippet "with the grace of a deer and the speed of the flying wind."

$160.00

 

21457 Brim's Boat by Gaunt

Brim's Boat.

"In a valley deserted by human beings, Brim, the terrier finds an old half-built barge." Though it takes persistence and the support of his friends to build and sail the barge, Brim holds on to his dream. A fine story which should be better known.

$35.00

 

21445 The Court of the Stone Children by Cameron.

The Court of the Stone Children.

Cameron weaves the Napoleonic past with San Francisco of the present in a lovely and gripping American fantasy.

$75.00

 

19775 Traveler in Time by Uttley, ill Christine Price.

Traveler in Time.

Penelope comes to the Thackers, home for generations to the Babington family and their farmers and servants, the Taberners. She alone, a descendent of the Taberners, is sensitive to the people who have lived in the old house before. She bears the lives of both times, shifting back and forth from Elizabethan days to the present. Beautiful writing, by a woman whose ancestors also lived and farmed for many generations in the Derbyshire.

$85.00

 

21514 A Room Made of Windows by Cameron, ill Hyman.

A Room Made of Windows.

Julia becomes a writer, looking out from her special room. A wonderful evocation of earlier times in Berkeley. The first Julia Redfern book as written although placed in time at the center of this excellent series.

$85.00

 

The Little Good People by Kathleen Foyle, Peter Frazer, ill.

The Little Good People.

Twenty-two Irish legends collected by Kathleen Foyle

$30.00

 

The Snarkout Boys & the Avocado of Death.

The Snarkout Boys & the Avocado of Death.

With coveted "Leonard Prize for Literature" sticker! A very funny, surreal book that's a bit hard to summarize.

$80.00

 

14512 Stones of Green Knowe by Boston

The Stones of Green Knowe.

As Roger, a boy of Saxon and Norman heritage, watches the new stone manor house being built to replace their old wooden Saxon Hall, ancient Stone magic allows him to travel backward and foreword through time.

$115.00

 

9861 The Firelings by Carol Kendall.

The Firelings.

The Firelings have learned not to question their lives, which are ruled by ancient laws and the rumbling volcano on which their village is built. When another eruption threatens, children take action.

$45.00

 

20178 Toys At Play by Reid photos by Waite. Marshall Fields.

Toys at Play.

It's 1937, in the midst of the Great Depression. As the Children drowsily wait for their mother to finish shopping, they think about what they want for Christmas, and the toys in Marshall Fields begin to come alive. There must be about 50 dolls and toys in this books, all caught by the photographer in the midst of their play. Very bright colours. Sturdy enough for a modern child, of interest to a toy and doll collector.

$110.00

 

The Jingle Bell Book, McLoughlin Bros.

The Jingle Bell Book.

Ding Dong Bell; There Was an Old Man Who Said Well; Ride a cock-horse, Oh, Who is So Merry, So Merry, Heigh Ho!; Mary, Mary; Oh, Ring the Bells! For this fair time of Maying; The Wedding Bells were Ringing; Twinkle, Twinkle, little Star; Over the River and Through the Wood; I heard the Bells on Christmas Day; Ring out the Old, Ring in the New; Real Jingle Bells. Quite a noisy and jolly book to read aloud!.

$95.00

 

21600 The Brown Fairy Book by Lang.

The Brown Fairy Book.

Stories from Africa, Australia, and N. America among others. Most presented by Mrs. Lang, "who does not give them exactly as they are told by all sorts of outlandish natives, but makes them up in the hope white people will like them, skipping the pieces which they will not like." Makes one curious about the originals!

$145.00

 

21598 My Land and Water Friends by Bamford, illust Bridgman.

My Land and Water Friends.

Nineteen chapters with titles like "A Grasshopper's Remarks", chatty observations by the animals on their lives and relatives, filled with small, less fanciful, drawings. By an Oakland, California author of numerous books about natural science and history for children, this book being her first.

$50.00

 

21596 Travels into Several Remote Nations (Gulliver's Travels) by Swift.

Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.

Children have taken Lilliput, Brobdingnag, and the Houyhnhnms as their own for several centuries: for them it is an imaginative and entertaining collection of travel voyages. The vague little maps, usually omitted from children's versions, add interest to this 18th c reprint. A nice special gift.

$475.00

 

21321 The Valley of Color Days by Sandwell.

The Valley of Color Days.

A long fairy story by a Canadian writer, set in a valley between the Rockies and the Selkirk Mountains. The very kind fairies who watch over the valley see that the children have been ignored while their parents argue. They set about to make everyone happy again. Bright funny colour plates in the style of Charles Robinson or perhaps a cheerful Harry Clarke. SIGNED and briefly INSCRIBED by Helen Sandwell at Invermere BC, 1924

$75.00

 

20098 The Peek-a-Boos At School by Byron, Chloe Preston ill.

The Peek-a-Boos At School.

Here Jane, Kenneth, and Algernon with assorted smuggled pets and goodies are sent away to Boarding School. Jane refuses to take 2 from 7.... "Why can't I leave it where it is?" and no one wants to weave silly mats. This McLoughlin publication is simpler, with American references, and 6, not 8, coloured illustrations with the register is a bit off on some. That said, May Byron and Chloe Preston make wonderfully funny team!

$42.00

 

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".

$360.00

 

The Jessie Willcox Smith Mother Goose:(first issue of first (large) edition)

The Jessie Willcox Smith Mother Goose.

A real treasure, which has been read and cared for. Catherine Patricia Bray has very carefully lettered her name and the date, Dec. 25, 1914, with black and red ink in deco style. Her light pencil guidelines are still evident.

$600.00

 

21602 A Child's Garden of Verses by Stevenson, Ch Robinson, Ill.

A Child's Garden of Verses.

A full collection, with the Child's Garden, the Child Alone, Garden Days, and all the Envoys, including To Auntie.... What did the other children do/And what were childhood, wanting you?" Over 100 delicate illustrations spread liberally throughout the front matter and text. A later gift edition of C. Robinson's first fully illustrated book, published when he was only 25 years old, and well received on both sides of the Atlantic.

$285.00

 

20179 AnimalLandontheAir by Frees, photos.

Animal Land on the Air.

A series of very short intertwined stories, bringing radio, motorcars, and planes into Animal Land, and beginning with A Young Matron, thinking sadly of her husband, Archingback Stripes, reported missing in action in World War I, we presume. Frees has written an interesting preface on animal photography: most suitable are kittens from six to ten weeks of age, as their attention is caught by sight, while a puppy's is distracted by sound. [White 745]

$275.00

 

19765 Who Stole the Bird's Nest, Prang publishers.

Who Stole the Bird's Nest?

Though this lovely lithographed strip would stand just as decoration, it tells a story as well: First the yellow breast discovers her eggs and nest are missing, then she goes from animal to animal asking about her nest, then the birds and animals converge on the school demanding justice, and Mary Green and Alice Neal sympathize. But "a little boy hung down his head/and went and hid behind the bed/for HE stole that pretty nest/ From poor little yellow breast! And he felt so full of shame/He didn't like to tell his name.... No adult moralizing here at all. There were six little books in this series that were also published together in a box as the Christmas Stocking Library.

$325.00