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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 Voyages Through the Northern Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, and Chinese Sea
Dublin Bentham and Hardy 1825 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Dublin: Bentham and Hardy, 1825. By an unknown author, possibly an in-house production of the publisher, who was active in the 1820s and 30s. This is a Very Good copy of the First (and only known) Edition. A rare title, held by three major UK universities, as well as Trinity Dublin's collection of children's literature. Full leather binding with six gilt rules and titling on the spine. Clean text; 178 pages, very bright and clear. Frontis illustration of a war canoe. Bumps, slight splay, mild rub. The front cover has cracked at the spine but is holding well. . First Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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6 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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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 Castlemon, Harry George at the Wheel: Or, Life in the Pilot-House
Philadelphia Henry T. Coates & Co. 1881 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Philadelphia: Henry T. Coates & Co., 1881. "Harry Castlemon" [Charles Austin Fosdick, 1842-1915] was a prolific author of juvenile and "boy's books" in the post-Civil War period. He said "Boys don't like fine literature. What they want is adventure..." (Wikipedia). This is part of his "Roughing It Series," a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition. An uncommon title. Orange decorative cloth binding. Camping scene, with tent and kettle, in black and silver on the front cover. The sp[ine is titled in black and silver, with decorations of oak leaves and crossed rifles. Clean text; vii, then continues 8-370 pages, with a ten-page catalog in the rear. Frontis engraving. There is a one-page listing of "Famous Castlemon Books" in the front, indicating that this is the second in the series. Mild bumping; rubbing to the silver fillings. An evocative book that presents very well. . First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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14 Collodi, C. [Carlo Lorenzini] Pinocchio. The Story of a Puppet
Philadelphia/London J.B. Lippincott Company 1914 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) Very Good Maria L. Kirk 
Philadelphia/London: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1914. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy. Decorative red cloth binding, with an illustration in black with white filling of the famous puppet running away; gilt titling on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 234 pages; top-edge is gilt. Introduction by Louise R. Bell. Delightfully illustrated in colour by Maria L. Kirk; on frontis and seven others within. There is a nice bookplate on the front paste-down, but the name is blank (fill it in yourself!). There are no other internal issues, rare in a children's book. Some very light rub to the margins; some light stains or mottling on the rear cover. The dustjacket is present. Unclipped, showing edgewear, with some chipping at the margins; spine a bit darkened. In an archival plastic protector. A nice copy of the classic tale. . First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/Very Good. Illus. by Maria L. Kirk. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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15 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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16 Colum, Padraic The Island of the Mighty. Being the Hero Stories of Celtic Britain Retold from the Mabinogion
New York The Macmillan Company 1924 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Wilfred Jones 
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1924. Although intended for young readers, Padraic Colum's retellings of classical history and myth can be enjoyed by all ages; it is truly enhanced by illustrations by the great Wilford Jones. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition [stated "Published September, 1924"]. Brick red cloth binding, titled on the front cover and with a mounted warrior in black; titling on the spine in gilt with black decorations. Clean text; xxiv, 265 pages; illustrated endpapers and colour frontis; other black-and-white throughout. Small bookseller label on FFEP; spine slightly darkened, with mild rub to head and foot; mild bumping. A solid and attractive book.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Wilfred Jones. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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17 Colum, Padraic The Peep-Show Man
New York The Macmillan Company 1924 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket Lois Lenski 
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1924. Three stories for 6-8 year-olds by the great Irish author. This is a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First Edition, part of "The Little Library." Not common. Blue cloth binding with illustration and titling in black on the front cover; black titling on the spine. Clean text; 65 pages. Illustrated endpapers, frontis, and seven other delightful illustrations by Lois Lenski, who would become a Newberry-winning author herself. With a charming bookplate on the front cover. Light bumps and very light rub to margins of the spine; top a bit dusty. Rather wonderful shape for a children's book. Lacking a dustjacket.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. Illus. by Lois Lenski. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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18 Colum, Padraic The Voyagers. Being Legends and Romances of Atlantic Discovery.
New York The Macaulay Company 1925 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Wilfred Jones 
New York: The Macaulay Company, 1925. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Although technically a children's book, it can be enjoyed by all. Gray decorative cloth binding. Titled in black, with a Spanish galleon on the front cover in black and gilt. The spine sports a gilt dolphin as well as the black titling. Clean text; viii, 188 pages. Colour frontis and numerous black and white illustrations by the great Welsh artist Wilford Jones. Hints of rubbing to the margins. A nice copy.. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Wilfred Jones. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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19 Colum, Padraic (Editor) The Arabian Nights. Tales of Wonder and Magnificance
New York The Macmillan Company 1937 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket Eric Pape 
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1937. One of Colum's books intended for young readers, but enjoyable for all ages. First publ;ished in October 1923. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of a Later Printing (3rd) of the "New Edition." Red cloth binding, with titling and Arabic decoration on the spine and front cover in black. Clean text; xxxii, 371 pages; decorative endpapers. Colour frontis and numerous black-and-white illustrations throughout by Eric Pape. No dustjacket. Mild bumps, rubbing to head and foot of spine, which has darkened. A solid copy but marred by a splash mark across the front cover. . Later Printing. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. Illus. by Eric Pape. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Panama's Jungle Book, Core, Sue
20 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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