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1 Alcott, Louisa May Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag. Shawl-Straps (Vol II)
Boston Roberts Brothers 1872 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1872. Alcott (1832-1888) was impoverished, but not intellectually, and received her education from the leading transcendental lights of the day. She was an Abolitionist and a Feminist, and a rather wonderful writer. This is a Very Good copy of the second volume in her series of short-stories for children that eventually reached six. Copper-colored cloth binding, ruled; Gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 226 pages, with six pages of adverts in the rear. Two frontis illustrations. Laid-in is a contemporary (1888) religious card. This copy is bumped, and has a lean; there is a 1" spot on the front cover and at the foot of the spine, which has a crease. Not a volume for the advanced collector; still, a basically sound copy of an uncommon title. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2 Alger, Horatio Jr. Ben the Luggage Boy; Or, Among the Wharves
Boston Loring, Publisher 1870 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Loring, Publisher, 1870. Although Horatio Alger (1832-1899) attempted adult fiction, he was more comfortable with "Boy's Books. "The Luggage Boy" is the fifth volume in Alger's "Ragged Dick" Series, which began in 1867 and was his first real success. Alger eventually published something like 100 novels, generally following the same format. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Green cloth binding with extensive blindstamping; title on spine is gilt, along with an image of Dick himself at the foot. Clean text; 290 pages. Frontis illustration opposite a list of his "Successful Juvenile Works," some still in preparation; this indicates to Quercus that this is probably a Later Printing. Rubbed at the margins (most at head and foot of spine), somewhat cocked. Two period name stamps on the front endpapers. A sound copy, but not for the advanced collector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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3 Alger, Horatio Jr. Rufus and Rose; or, The Fortunes of Rough and Ready
Boston Loring, Publisher 1870 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Boston: Loring, Publisher, 1870. Although Horatio Alger (1832-1899) attempted adult fiction, he was more comfortable with "Boy's Books. "Ruus and Rose"is the sixth, and last, title in Alger's "Ragged Dick" Series, which began in 1867 and was his first real success. Alger eventually published something like 100 novels, generally following the same format; the story lines are pretty-much interchangeable. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition. Embossed green cloth binding with gilt on the spine (the design has a figure of Dick at its foot). Clean text; 292 pages. Alger ends the book with a plug for his next forthcoming series. Two contemporary owner stamps on the front endpapers. Rubbed at the margins, slightly cocked; small tear at the head of the spine. A generally sound copy of Alger's work, but not for the advanced collector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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4 An American Lady (Ann Hasseltine Judson) Sketches of the Lives of Distinguished Females, Written for Girls, With a View to Their Mental and Moral Improvemant.
New York J. & J. Harper 1833 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: J. & J. Harper, 1833. Ann Hasseltine Judson (1789-1826) is acknowledged as the first American female overseas missionary; she also translated several books of the Bible into Burmese and Thai. This is a Very Good Plus copy of the First Edition, Number Fifteen of the "Boys and Girls Library." A very sweet little book. Dark brown pebbled cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Frontis portrait of Ann Judson. Clean text; 227 pages (6 pages in the front describing the series). Text is bright and with only scattered foxing and some light floodmarks. There are some pressed leaf designs on the endpapers (charming!), and a page of juvenalia in the rear. Mildly bumped, and with some chipping on the rear cover; really much better condition than usually seen in the cloth books of this period. She was famous in her time, but her works are scarce today. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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5 Anonymous (Alfred Henry Forrester) Great-A Little-A and Bouncing B in Moon Goose Land
New York Hurst & Company 1914 Reprint. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Hurst & Company, 1914. Originally published by Jacobs in 1908; this is a Very Good Plus copy of a reprint edition. Beautiful, delightful color illustrations throughout. Unpaginated (21 pages). Very light wear and soil for a children's book; lightly rubbed and bumped. There is no author designated, but Quercus suggests a possible association with the children's author Alfred Crowquill, a pseudonym for Alfred Henry Forrester (1804-1872), whose children's rhymes were published by Thomas Nelson in the 1870s. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. Reprint.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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6 Basile, Giovanni Batiste (Translation By Sir Richard Burton) Il Pentamerone: Or the Tale of Tales
New York Liveright Publishing Corporation 1943 First Thus. Hardcover Fine Very Good Plus 
New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 1943. Originally written in 1634, this is the progenitor of many fairy tales later related by the Brothers Grimm; in the Neopolitan dialect, Sir Richard Burton's translation dates to 1893. This is a Fine copy of a reissue by Liveright in a "Black & Gold Edition." The binding is exactly that: black cloth with fancy gold filligree design on the spine; with blue labels and the lettering in gilt. Clean text; xxiii, 455 pages. The dustjacket is Very Good (Plus); unclipped, and with a very bright front cover; some edgewear, and with one closed tear; the spine has faded. Nonetheless, it presents very well. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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7 Brandeis, Madeline Shaun O'Day of Ireland
New York Grosset & Dunlap 1929 Reprint Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Madeline Brandeis 
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1929. Surely one of the cutest little Irishmen of all time graces the cover of this classic children's book, part of the famous series. Brandeis (1897-1937) also wrote for the films and was immensely popular until her untimely death in an auto accident. This is a Very Good copy of the reprinted edition, lacking the dustjacket. 191 pages. Illustrated with photographs taken by the author in Ireland. Minor wear to the edges and light soiling. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Reprint. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Madeline Brandeis. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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8 Burnett, Frances Hodgson Little Lord Fauntleroy
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1890 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1890. First published in 1886; this is a Very Good copy of a Later Printing. Decorative green cloth binding, stamped in red, black, and gilt, showing the Lord & his dog, with a few rampant lions thrown in for good measure. Clean text; 209 pages and 16 pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. Many illustrations, including among the ads. Bumped, with a moderate bit of soiling. There is a label on the foot of the spine with the number "64;" perhaps indicating a library, but there are no other indications. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. Later Printing.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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9 Caldecott, Randolph R. Caldecott's Second Collection of Pictures and Songs
London & New York Frederick Warne and Co. 1895 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Very Good Plus Randolph Caldecott 
London & New York: Frederick Warne and Co., 1895. Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886) was the most influential children's book illustrator of the late 19th Century; the American Library Association gives a prize every year named in his honor. This is a Fine copy of a posthumous collection (obviously, the second in the series). There is no publication date, but the book matches the points for a Frederick Ware "first," and Copac generally agrees on 1895; who is Quercus to object to that? Highly decorative binding; a greenish tan cloth with a stamped illustration of many of the characters enjoying a feline fiddle concert. Clean text; approximately 192 pages (each section has its own pagination of about 20-24). It is hard to express the beauty of the illustrations - many in color. The scarce dustwrapper is present; Quercus rates it at Very Good Plus, despite the presence of some chipping at the corners and head and foot of the spine. Very fresh and bright. In an archival plastic protector. Rare. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Fine/Very Good Plus. Illus. by Randolph Caldecott. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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10 Capek, Karel Dashenka or The Life of a Puppy
New York Henry Holt and Company 1933 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1933. The story of a beloved wire-haired terrier by the famous Czech author of "War with the Newts" Ostensibly a children's book, it is far beyond that, remains popular today, and is still in print. The early editions are scarce. Illustrated with drawings and photos, probably a collaboration with Capek's brother Joseph. Dashenka appeared on a stamp issued by the Czech Republic in 2010. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition (printed in England from the same plates). Translation from the Czech is by M. & R. Weatherall. Rust-colored cloth binding with lettering and designs in silver on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 95 pages. Small bookseller label on the FFEP. Spine has faded; slightly splayed; bubbling along the bottom of the front cover, probably from exposure to moisture. Lacking the dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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11 Capek, Karel Dashenka, or the Life of a Puppy. Written Drawn Photographed and Endured By Karel Capek
London George Allen & Unwin 1933 Second Printing. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
London: George Allen & Unwin, 1933. The story of a beloved wire-haired terrier by the famous Czech author of "War with the Newts" Ostensibly a children's book, it remains popular today but early editions are quite scarce. Illustrated with drawings and photos, a collaboration with Capek's brother Joseph. Dashenka appeared on a stamp issued by the Czech Republic in 2010. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the Second Impression, published the same month as the first printing. Illustrated paper-covered boards, rather worn; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. Second Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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12 Capek, Karel Fairy Tales. With One Extra to Make Weight
New York Henry Holt and Company 1933 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Joseph Capek 
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1933. The Capek brothers were leading lights in early 20th-century modernism; Karel wrote speculative fiction that is always on lists of the top titles. Joseph was murdered in the camps; Karel beat the Nazis by dying before they could get him. Here is one of their joint projects, a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First American Edition, which is less common than the English version. Translation from the original Czech by M. and R. Weatherall. Tan cloth binding, with green illustrated front cover, green titles on the spine. Clean text; 288 pages. Lacking the dustjacket, with a slightly darkened spine. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Joseph Capek. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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13 Colum, Padraic The Forge in the Forest. With Pictures By Boris Artzybasheff
New York The Macmillan Co. 1925 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket Boris Artzybasheff 
New York: The Macmillan Co., 1925. After immigration to America, Irish poet Padraic Colum ( ) issued several books of fairy tales and classics intended for young people; he often collaborated with the great illustrators of the day, such as Boris Artzybasheff. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. Black cloth binding, decorated in green and gilt. Clean text; 148 pages. Gorgeous decorated endpapers. A solid copy, with some rubbing at the margins and fading on the spine. Buy it for your child and enjoy it yourself.. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. Illus. by Boris Artzybasheff. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Panama's Jungle Book, Core, Sue
14 Core, Sue Panama's Jungle Book
Dobbs Ferry, New York Clermont Press 1936 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
Dobbs Ferry, New York: Clermont Press, 1936. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition, rather scarce, particularly in collector's condition. Very bright yellow and black illustrated cloth binding. Mild bit of splay and a bit of foxing to paste-downs, else Fine. Aside from a contemporary (1936) gift inscription on the Title Page, text is completely clean. The dustjacket is complete, including the fragile original tissue liner. The color is unfaded except for the spine, which is also rubbed to the point of chipping; small red label dot on the foot. Quite a nice copy; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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15 Emmet, Rosina Pretty Peggy and Other Ballads Illustrated By Rosina Emmet
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1880 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket Rosina Emmet 
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1880. The First American Edition of a charmingly illustrated children's book by Rosina Emmet (Sherwood; 1854-1948). Very Good Plus condition, showing only moderate age -wear on the covers, and with a clean text (no juvenalia). 64 pages; decorative endpapers, and a musical score. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Edition.. Pictorial Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. Illus. by Rosina Emmet. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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16 Gibson, Eva Katharine Zauberlinda The Wise Witch
Chicago & Lansing Robert Smith Printing Co. 1901 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Mabel Tibbitts 
Chicago & Lansing: Robert Smith Printing Co., 1901. Although considered to be a rather blatant "theft" from the Oz books, this copycat has a delightful charm of its own, with many great illustrations by Mabel Tibbitts throughout. Here is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition, bound in blue cloth with pictorial representations in red and yellow. Clean text; 256 pages lacking typical juvenalia. There is a contemporary (either 1901 0r 1902) gift inscription on the FFEP. The condition is definitely used, but not abused: the colors are a bit dulled, the spine has faded, there is rubbing to the margins, and the front hinge has cracked. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Mabel Tibbitts. First Edition. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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17 Martineau, Harriet Feats on the Fjord
New York The Macmillan Company 1928 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Boris Artzybasheff 
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1928. An unusual work by Martineau, known for her work as an historian and sociologist, this is a Young Adult tale set in Norway. This is a Near Fine copy of a particularly lovely edition (First Edition Thus) that is not common. Illustrated by Boris Artzybasheff. Decorative blue cloth binding, stamped in dark blue and gilt. Clean text; 301 pages. small bookseller label on the rear paste-down. Lightly bumped; and with a small spot on the lower part of the spine.. First Thus. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Boris Artzybasheff. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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18 Martineau, Harriet The Crofton Boys; A Tale
New York & Philadelphia D. Appleton & George S. Appleton 1843 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York & Philadelphia: D. Appleton & George S. Appleton, 1843. Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) is often considered "the first modern sociologist;" with typical Victorian energy she also wrote on history, political economy, and children's literature. This title was first published in England in 1841; the First American Edition was by Appleton in 1842. Here is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the version issued by Appleton as "Tales for the People and Their Children" (on the half-title). A sweet little Victorian book, and not common. Blue-green decorative cloth binding. Heavily blind-stamped on the front cover with a floral design and the title; fancy gilt filligre and title on the spine. Clean text; 177 pages, plus two pages in the rear advertising the various "Tales" in the series. Mild bumping to the corners; typical rubbing to the head and foot of the spine; nonetheless, a Very Good (Plus) copy. Size: 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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19 Milne, A.A. Now We are Six with Decorations By Ernest H. Shepard
New York E.P. Dutton 1927 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket Ernest H. Shepard 
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1927. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the first American edition. Orange pebbled cloth binding with gilt lettering; ruled, with a figure of C.Robin on the front cover. Great illustrations by Ernest Shepard; decorated endpapers. Clean text; 103 pages. Very light wear around the edges. Just a very slight splay, else a Fine copy. Lacking the dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. Illus. by Ernest H. Shepard. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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20 Milne, A.A. When We Were Very Young
New York Dutton 1924 Later Printing Hardcover Good No Jacket 
New York: Dutton, 1924. This is a Good only copy of the Fourth Printing of the First American Edition. Red cloth binding with black lettering. 100 pages that have the typical signs of a child's book - soiling, a few scribbles, and page 97 has been torn mostly away. This copy is not for the collector! Quercus suggests buying it and passing it on to another child of the appropriate age. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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