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21 Moore, Sarah L. Merry Jingles. A Book for the Little Ones
New York Zimmerman's 1901 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Harry Webster, Helen Nichols 
New York: Zimmerman's, 1901. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition, basically an alphabet book. EXTREMELY SCARCE (the only copies held are at LOC and Princeton). Quercus finds this book very interesting because it is illustrated in both photographs by Helen Nichols and artwork by Harry Webster; most children's books of the time are only illustrated with drawings. Brown paper-covered boards, illustrated with a photograph; brown cloth spine. Remarkably clean text, free of juvenalia; 64 pages. Occasional tears and smudges, but nothing really destructive. The corners are bumped and the edges are chipped, but this is really in quite good condition. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Edition.. Pictorial Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Harry Webster, Helen Nichols. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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22 Nichols, Ida Preston & Mary DeMorgan Princess Girlikin or the Fairy Thimble By Ida Preston Nichold and Other Fairy Tales By Mary DeMorgan
New York E.P. Dutton & Company 1892 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1892. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition, an uncommon to rare title. Ida Nichols only had two published works; while Mary DeMorgan was well-known and fairly prolific, this edition is not generally known as part of her canon. Green decorative cloth binding, with the titling on the front cover in black and gilt, along with the representation of a cameo in pink and white;the spine titles are black and gilt. Clean text; 256 pages, all ends giult; decorative endpapers. 29 illustrations "reproduced by the new half-tone process." Rather light soiling, more at the margins. Corners lightly bumped, and a slight lean. Quite attractive, and lacking any juvenalia. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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23 Otis, James (Editor) The Cruise of the Comet. The Story of a Privateer of 1812, sailing from Baltimore, as set down By Stephen Burton
Boston Estes and Lauriat 1898 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket A,B. Shute 
Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1898. James Otis Kaler (1848-1912) was an amazingly prolific author of children's literature, with some two hundred titles writen under the name "James Otis" and several pseudonyms. He had several series; this title is part of "The Privateers of 1812 Series." Interestingly, Otis insists he is merely the "Editor" and includes a Note to that effect. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition; this title is surprisingly scarce, considering his output. Yellow cloth decorative binding, with the cover illustrating a sailing ship of the time surrounded by coiling rope. Clean text; 173 pages. Illustrated by A.B. Shute. Previous-owner signature on the FFEP. Mild bumps and some soiling to the covers. A very solid copy, and lacking any juvenalia. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. Illus. by A,B. Shute. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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The Irish Twins, Perkins, Lucy Fitch
24 Perkins, Lucy Fitch The Irish Twins
Boston & New York Houghton Mifflin 1913 Later Printing. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1913. The third title in the long-running series of 26; illustrated by the author. This is a Near Fine copy of a Later Printing still unusually scarce for such a popular book. Green cloth binding with illustrated boards. Very bright and clean for a child's book. There is a neat gift inscription on the FFEP and the previous owner has neatly written his name just where he was supposed to - good job! There is a bit of a splay. Else Fine. The dustjacket is complete, with some chipping (mainly on the spine, which has darkened a bit); it is rare to find a jacket, let alone in such nice shape. The editions listed on the jacket indicates a publishing date of 1918. Presented in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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25 Sadlier, Agnes History of Ireland in Words of One Syllable
New York A.L. Burt Company, Publishers 1898 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
New York: A.L. Burt Company, Publishers, 1898. Agnes Sadlier (b. 1860) wrote several popular histories such as this one. She wrote from a Roman Catholic perspective (and her work was praised by "The Catholic Times"). Originally published in 1884. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of a the First American Edition. Part of Burt's series of "One Syllable" histories for children (although these books were also used by immigrants). It is "Copiously illustrated." Green cloth decorative binding; the front cover has a blindstamped illustration of a prisoner (presumably Irish!) chained in the dock. Filled with red, black, and brown. Clean text; 203 pages; "copiously illustrated.". Light soil; colors still bright. Previous-owner name penned to FFEP. Quercus awards a minus grade because it has cracked at the FFEP and the rear gutter is starting. Although not truly a binding copy, Quercus advises some minor reinforcement to preserve the volume. . First American Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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26 Sadlier, Agnes History of Ireland in Words of One Syllable
New York A.L. Burt Company, Publishers 1898 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: A.L. Burt Company, Publishers, 1898. Agnes Sadlier (b. 1860) was active as a German translator; she also wrote several popular histories such as this one. She wrote from a Roman Catholic perspective (and her work was praised by "The Catholic Times"). Originally published in 1884. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition, part of Burt's series of "One Syllable" histories for children (although these books were also used by immigrants to improve their English). Green cloth decorative binding; the front cover has a blindstamped illustration of a prisoner (presumably Irish!) chained in the dock. Filled with red, black, and brown. Clean text; 203 pages; "copiously illustrated." Light soil; the colors still bright. Previous-owner name is stamped on the FFEP. . First American Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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27 Salten, Felix Bambi. A Life in the Woods
New York Simon & Schuster 1928 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Kurt Wiese 
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1928. "Felix Salten" was the nom de plume of the Austrian critic Sigmund Salzmann (1869-1945). Written in 1923, this book, along with all his other work, was banned by Hitler in 1936. The fate of the forest deer has achieved classic status, probably mainly through the version offered by Walt Disney. But its literary merit was recognized by John Galsworthy, who wrote an Introduction. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition (stated "First Printing in America, July, 1928"). The translation from the original German is by Whitakker Chambers, who was later to achieve some measure of fame for testifying against the Soviet spy Alger Hiss. The 26 black-and-white illustrations by Kurt Wiese (1887-1974) were his first success (he eventually illustrated over 300 books). Green ribbed cloth binding with a gilt deer on the front cover and black lettering on the spine. Decorative endpapers; clean text; 293 pages, plus a one-page advert for "Inner Sanctum Mysteries" in the rear. Mildly bumped; spine has darkened. A solid copy of this classic tale. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Kurt Wiese. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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28 Spyri, Johanna Heidi. Her Years of Wandering and Learning. A Story for Children and How She Used What She Learned (Two Volumes Bound as One)
Boston De Wolfe, Fiske & Co., & Cupples and Hurd 1884 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
Boston: De Wolfe, Fiske & Co., & Cupples and Hurd, 1884. Originally written in German by the Swiss author Johanna Spyri (1927-1901) and published in 1881, "Heidi" is certainly one of the most well-known titles in Children's Literature, retaining its popularity through many editions and printings. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of what Quercus believes to be an early reprinting of the First American Edition. The two volumes are bound together; however, this first volume is correctly dated 1884; while the second is by a different publisher, is dated three years later (1887), and is designated as the "sixth Edition." Whatever the story, this is a very nice example of a very early printing of the classic. Clean text; 399 pages and 269 pages. Frontis illustrations in both volumes; no publisher's adverts. The translation from the German is by Louise Brooks. Contemporary (1891, San Francisco) gift inscription on the second free endpaper; and a small stamp on the first indicating that the book was at one time part of an estate. This copy blessedly free of juvenalia. The binding is in olive-green cloth with a tree branch and lettering in a darker green. Very minor rubbing to the margins, and the spine is slightly darkened. There is a cracked hinge at the fourth endpaper, but the book is holding nicely. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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29 Wiggin, Kate Douglas Penelope's English Experiences
Boston & New York Houghton Mifflin 1900 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Charles E. Brock 
Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1900. First published in 1893. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus, with 53 illustrations by Charles E. Brock. Highly decorative green cloth Fine Binding, with hearts and thistles stamped with gilt. Noted on the front cover as "Vol. I" in the series issued together. Absolutely clean text - fresh, bright, and supple; 176 pages. Previous-owner signature on the FFEP, else Fine. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Charles E. Brock. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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30 Wiggin, Kate Douglas Penelope's Irish Experiences
Boston & New York Houghton Mifflin 1902 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket Charles E. Brock Signed
Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1902. Popular children's author Wiggin (1856-1923) is most famous for her "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm." This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the First Edition. Green cloth binding; highly decorated with gilt shamrocks. Small octavo, heavy for its size. Lovely illustrations by Charles E. Brock. Clean text; 343 pages, INSCRIBED with poetry and SIGNED by the author on the FFEP. A little loose and with some tearing at the Contents page. Darkened on the spine; moderate soiling. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Inscribed By Author. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. Illus. by Charles E. Brock. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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31 Wiggin, Kate Douglas Penelope's Progress. Being Such Extracts from the Commonplace Book of Penelope Hamilton as Relate to Her Experiences in Scotland
Boston & New York Houghton Mifflin 1900 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Charles E. Brock 
Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1900. First published in 1897. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus, with 55 illustrations by Charles E. Brock. Highly decorative green cloth Fine Binding, with hearts and thistles stamped with gilt. Noted on the front cover as "Vol. II" in the series issued together. Absolutely clean text - fresh, bright, and supple; 176 pages. Previous-owner signature on the FFEP, else Fine. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Charles E. Brock. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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32 Wiggin, Kate Douglas The Diary of a Goose Girl
Boston & New York Houghton, Mifflin and Company 1902 Firtst Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket Claude A. Shepperson 
Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1902. Popular children's author Wiggin (1856-1923) is most famous for her novel "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm." This is a Very Good Plus to Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Charming decorative tan cloth binding, featuring the Goose Girl and sixteen of her charges in black, white, and orange. Illustrated throughout by Claude A. Shepperson. Clean text, free of any marginalia; 117 pages; one-page advert opposite the half-title. Previous-owner signature on the FFEP; some spotting on the endpapers, light soiling. Lacking the dustjacket. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Firtst Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. Illus. by Claude A. Shepperson. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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