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The Complete Far Side [2 Volume Set]

By LARSON, Gary

Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2003. First Edition. Hardcover. Complete collection of Larson's brilliant, long-running comics, printed between 1980-1994. First Printing. Two quarto volumes (34.75cm); brown faux-leather and blue cloth boards, with titling and author's facsimile signature stamped in gilt on spines and front covers, and decorative elements applied in colors on front cover of each volume; pictorial endpapers; publisher's original illustrated slipcase; xx,644; [iv],601,[3]pp; illus. Gentle sunning to spines, else very Near Fine in like slipcase, showing some very minimal shelfwear.

$125.00

Picture & Story for Boys

By DAVIS, Mrs. C[aroline] E. K[elly]

Boston: D. Lothrop and Company, 1878. First Edition. Octavo (18cm); green publisher's cloth, stamped in black and gilt, with tipped-on color illustration; 184+[4]pp, frontis. General wear and soiling to boards and text; boards rubbed, extremities chapped with minor material loss; textblock foxed throughout; front pastedown partially detached from textblock, with exposed lining. Else, Very Good, scarce. Each verso in this volume contains a very short story, accompanied by its own (uncredited) plate illustration on the recto. Stories are geared for very young readers and intended to promote good behavior and moral values, if peppered with some harrowing things, e.g., multiple dead cats, Napoleon Bonaparte looking sad, "heathen" religions, and the ominous future for "Idle Harry", who ruined the family clock, quarreled with his sister, and cut his face while playing with razors. Author C.E.K. Davis produced several other volumes like this, including "Papa's Boy" (1875), "Dotty" (1879), and "Brave Donald" (1888). Appended with four pages of advertising from D. Lothrop.

$35.00

Army Ballads and Other Poems [Signed and inscribed by author]

By LEE, Arthur T[racy]

Location not stated [See description]: Publisher not stated, 1971. Edition not stated. Octavo (17.5cm); brown publisher's cloth, stamped in gilt on front and spine; 160pp, frontis., 2 plates. Boards moderately worn, especially about extremities; rear panel soiled; spine sunned, with somewhat faded gilt and torn top joint; front pastedown detached from textblock; interiors show some soiling and creasing to edges; signed and inscribed by the author on dedication page (dated May 1874). Overall Very Good. Colonel Arthur T. Lee had a long and storied career in the U.S. Army. He is especially noted for his art; during his service at Fort Davis, he produced many sketches of the area, thus creating an early visual document of the American southwest. Lee illustrated two b/w plates and the frontispiece for this volume of his poetry, which examines the lot of the soldier (of the day) through lyric and rhyme; he also provides a section of footnotes. No publication information is listed in this book, save the 1871 date; its listings in OCLC and an 1882 War Department Library catalogue are similarly brief.

$125.00

The Runaway Toys
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The Runaway Toys

By STURGES, Lillian Baker

Chicago: Rand McNally, 1920. Edition not stated. Thin Octavo (19.5cm); blue/pictorial paper-covered boards; [58pp],frontis. Spine cocked; boards soiled and scratched, with abrasions and moderate wear along extremities, spine joints; soiling and foxing intermittent throughout text; some short closed tears to page edges; ownership inscription to ffep. Just about Very Good. Lillian Baker Sturges penned and illustrated this bedtime-ready tale of a sleepy hamlet in Bavaria named Nurnburg, and its impressively sentient population of toys. Fed up with their idle life, the toys begin a long, nighttime march out of town to parts unknown, sparking a small panic when the town's children follow in their wake. Unpaginated, with text-illustrations throughout in color and b/w.

$25.00

Salomé: Tragéde en un acte [Text in French]
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Salomé: Tragéde en un acte [Text in French]

By WILDE, Oscar; Aubrey Beardsley, illus

Boston: John W. Luce & Co, 1920. Reprint. Slim octavo (19cm); dark red publisher's cloth, stamped in gilt (front); 53pp, 12 plates (missing one). Boards mildly worn and soiled, some rubbing to extremities; textblock toned along edges and page margins; foxing and soiling intermittent throughout; some passages marked in pencil; gift inscription on ffep. Else Very Good, scarce. Wilde's Salomé was published in 1891, originally in French. An English version came about in 1894, but not before a tiff over the translation work done by Lord Alfred Douglas, who was Wilde's paramour at the time. This 1920 reprint retains the iconic artwork by Aubrey Beardsley and all sixteen original illustrations are listed in the index; however, the plate with illustration 4 ("The Woman in the Moon") is presumed missing, with evidence of its loss between pgs. 6 and 7.

$250.00

Cowboys North and South

By JAMES, Will

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. Later printing. Octavo (24cm); deep tan publisher's cloth, stamped in black and red; xvii,217pp,frontis.. Spine toned, slightly cocked; boards show rubbing and soiling; foxing throughout text; ownership inscription on ffep. Very Good. The first of author/illustrator Will James' many cowboy books. Born in Quebec (contrary to his fictionalized autobiography, which claims a Montana birth), Will James migrated to the United States from his Saskatchewan homestead, and later began weaving his own experiences as a cowboy (and one-time cattle rustler) into writing and art. This book contains James' very first published article, entitled "Bucking Horses and Bucking Horse Riders". In addition to this and seven more cowboy stories, this book features 50 of James' own illustrations in b/w throughout.

$30.00

Mother Goose Melodies [WITH] Original Colgate Toothpaste Sample
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Mother Goose Melodies [WITH] Original Colgate Toothpaste Sample

By SMITH, Jessie Willcox, illus

N.p.: Good Housekeeping Magazine/Dodd, Mead & Co, 1914. First thus. The complete twelve "Mother Goose Melodies" toybooks, a collaboration between Colgate, Good Housekeeping magazine, and renowned illustrator Jessie Willcox Smith, who produced the halftone illustrations throughout the booklets and their color covers (with images reproduced in The Jessie Willcox Smith Mother Goose, also published in 1914). Each booklet features a different front illustration and a different set of Mother Goose rhymes and riddles; all booklets have the same advertisement for Colgate's Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder on the rear. Wrapper versos are ads for Colgate Ribbon Dental Cream. These booklets were offered through select advertisements for Colgate products, which ran in popular magazines (such as The Ladies' Home Journal) until at least 1920. One could send for booklets individually for 6 cents each or 26 cents for the entire set, which came with a complimentary Colgate sample. In the jolly spirit of this ad campaign, we are also including a trial-sized tube of Colgate's Ribbon Dental Cream. While not original to this specific set, it is contemporary and representative of the premiums one might have received with these booklets. Set of 12 oblong 16mos (8.8 x 13cm) in original brown paper-covered lidded box (9 x 16cm); uniformly bound in staplebound chromolithographed paper wrappers with gilt lettering and margins; 8pp each. Very mild wear, mostly to extremities; comprehensive toning to wrappers and interior margins; "Little Bo Peep" textblock has minor printing error (lower margins trimmed); "Curly Locks" has crease to rear wrapper. Box is toned with chipping to extremities and a detached corner, plus some wear to interior portion. Rear panel and underside of lid are both owner-inscribed. A Very Good or better, beautiful and complete set of booklets in a Very Good box. We have provided an unused metal tube of Colgate's Ribbon Dental Cream (circa 1910s) in original printed paper box (2 x 7cm), completing the ensemble as originally advertised in the pages of Good Housekeeping magazine.

$1000.00

Skates!
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Skates!

By KEATS, Ezra Jack

New York: Franklin Watts, 1973. First Edition. Quarto (26cm); glazed publisher's cloth with color illustration, in identically illustrated dustwrapper; [32pp]. Mild soiling to boards and dustwrapper; dustwrapper creased along upper front portion, with two puncture tears and corresponding scratches to boards; interiors tight and clean. Just about Near Fine, in a Very Good dustwrapper. This bright and colorful tale was crafted by Ezra Jack Keats, an American author/illustrator noted for introducing more diverse, urban settings into children's literature. In this story, which also features inventive use of collage, two dogs try to learn how to roller skate with disastrous results, until they encounter a kitten in trouble. An interesting bit of trivia from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation: When "Skates!" was printed in Japan, it inspired the city of Kiyose to construct a skating rink. Keats himself attended the opening of the rink, which was named in his honor. Listed on OCLC as "Franklin Watts Library Edition"

$40.00

The Black Panther: Black Community News Service - Vol.V, No.16 (October 17, 1970)
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The Black Panther: Black Community News Service - Vol.V, No.16 (October 17, 1970)

By NEWTON, Huey P., George Jackson, and Alprentice "Bunchy" Carter, et al. (contributors); DOUGLAS, Emory (cover art)

San Francisco: Black Panther Party, 1970. First Edition. Paperback. Contents feature articles on police brutality, oppression, and exploitation, Los Siete de la Raza, Angela Davis, etc., with contributions by George Jackson, Huey Newton, and Michael Fultz. Front cover commemorating the death of Alprentice "Bunchy" Carter; rear cover featuring full-page artwork by Emory Douglas. Includes the attractive centerfold poster of Carter, featuring his poem "Black Mother." Tabloid (44.5cm); photo-illustrated newsprint wrappers; 24pp; illus. Faint horizontal fold smoothed-out at center, else very Near Fine, without postal markings.

$175.00

[Text in French] Mini-Bibliothéque: La poule au riz; Pierre un conte très moral; Des alligators partout; Mon premier s'apelle Jeannot
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[Text in French] Mini-Bibliothéque: La poule au riz; Pierre un conte très moral; Des alligators partout; Mon premier s'apelle Jeannot

By SENDAK, Maurice; A. Chagot and J.-H Potier, trans

Paris: L'ecole des loisirs, 1974. First French Edition. Four 32mo (9cm) volumes; orange paper-covered boards in pictorial dustwrappers, in paper pictorial slipcover; 30pp+48pp+[26pp]+[44pp]. Light wear to extremities and trivial soiling; some bumping to spine heels/crowns; "Pierre" has small chip to crown of spine; slipcover has minor abrasions to extremities. Overall a Very Good or Better set. The first French-language edition of author/illustrator Maurice Sendak's "Nutshell Library" (1962), an adorable four-volume set that includes "Chicken Soup with Rice", "Pierre", "Alligators All Around", and "One Was Johnny". Each volume is a miniaturized version of the original, with Sendak's color illustrations accompanying his memorable verse (fully translated to French).

$100.00

carrots, as we all know, do not cast shadows [Signed and Inscribed]
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carrots, as we all know, do not cast shadows [Signed and Inscribed]

By BITZ, Gregory W.; George Francis Bedell, design/photo.; Charles Fowler, ed./intro

Loretto, MN: Red Studio Press, 1977. Edition not stated. Oblong octavo (20x25cm); aqua/pictorial paper wrappers; 146pp. General soiling and handling wear; minor chipping to wrapper extremities, creases to front corner and spine; light foxing throughout text; ffep signed by author, with inscription and sketch (dated April 11, 1985). Overall Very Good or better. Noted Minnesota artist Gregory W. Bitz provides a humorous, fanciful collection of poems and illustrations that are perhaps best described by Chas Fowler: "He leads us down the garden path, and beckons us slyly under shadowy ferns among mystical beetle tracks. No one is at home, and the woods are full of little people tinkering with tiny hammers. Branches creak. Choirs of weasels are singing. A deaf rabbit strolls by. And while you stand there perplexed, Bitz is hiding in the bushes around the side of the house, dressed in an owl suit, chuckling all to himself."

$30.00

Picasso: 347 Engravings, 16/3/68 - 5/10/68 [Cover title: 347 Gravures]
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Picasso: 347 Engravings, 16/3/68 - 5/10/68 [Cover title: 347 Gravures]

By PICASSO, Pablo

[London & Paris: Institute of Contemporary Arts / Galerie Louise Leiris, 1968]. First English Language Edition. Paperback. Square 12mo (16.5cm.); publisher's white pictorial card wrappers; [8],144,[12]pp. & 6 leaves of plates bound in rear; chiefly illus. Wrappers rather soiled and lightly worn, else Good to Very Good.

$30.00

The Little Engine That Could
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The Little Engine That Could

By PIPER, Watty (pseud. Arnold Munk); George and Doris Hauman, illust

New York: Platt and Munk, 1954. First Thus. Oblong octavo (18x20cm); bright blue leatherette with tipped-on color illustration; [40pp]. Soiling and light handling wear; chipping to heel of spine; small tear to edge of pages 7-8; ownership inscription on title page; else Very Good+. The Silver Anniversary (1954) edition of this classic children's book is completely rebound and revised, with new, iconic illustrations by George and Doris Hauman. The first Platt and Munk version was published in 1930, a retelling of Mabel C. Bragg's "The Pony Engine" (1916), which itself has roots in other similar works. Since then, this story's resonating "I think I can" message has seen many more editions and adaptations, including songs, toys, a real touring train, and two feature films.

$40.00

The Art of Walt Disney: From Mickey Mouse to the Magic Kingdoms
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The Art of Walt Disney: From Mickey Mouse to the Magic Kingdoms

By FINCH, Christopher

New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc, 1995. First Thus. Thick quarto (30.5cm). White publisher's cloth, stamped in foil, in white pictorial dustwrapper; 451pp. Minor scratches and wear to boards and dustwrapper, light soiling (particularly to extremities); interiors tight and clean. Near Fine. First published in 1973, this edition has been newly revised and updated for 1995. Features a comprehensive history of Walt Disney, his work, and his company, from the early Laugh-O-Gram days to the upcoming (at the time) features "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", "Hercules", and "Mulan". Text details the artistic and technical aspects of Disney films, accompanied by photo-illustrations in color and b/w, with concept/character art and sketches. Also covers live-action films (including those released by Touchstone), television productions, and theme parks.

$30.00

St. Nicholas: An Illustrated Magazine for Young Folks; Volume XII, Part I.
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St. Nicholas: An Illustrated Magazine for Young Folks; Volume XII, Part I.

By [Periodical] DODGE, Mary Mapes, ed.; Louisa May Alcott, Helen Hunt Jackson, Frank R. Stockton, et. al

New Yok: The Century Co, 1885. No edition stated. Quarto (24cm); red publisher's cloth, beveled and decoratively stamped in black and gilt; 480pp, frontis. Spine toned and dulled; material wear to leading corners and spine edges, with some loss; soiling/dampstains to boards and textblock edges, intermittent throughout; frontispiece tissue torn. Spine slightly cocked, else Good or better. St. Nicholas Magazine was a periodical for children, running monthly from 1873 to 1943. Its first editor was Mary Mapes Dodge (author of "Hans Brinker"), who was able to secure the participation of many prominent authors of juvenile fiction. Interestingly, it was also an official mouthpiece for the Agassiz Association, a theologically-oriented natural history organization. Volume XII, Part I compiles issues from November 1884 to April 1885, and is chockablock with Victorian-era children's prose, essays, poems, songs, illustrations, letters from readers, contests, puzzles, riddles, and Agassiz Association updates.

$50.00

The Wuggly Ump
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The Wuggly Ump

By GOREY, Edward

New York: Adama Books, 1986. Reprint. Oblong 12mo (13.5 x 15); yellow/illustrated paper-covered boards, no dustwrapper (as issued); [28pp]. Minor scuffs, bumps, and soiling; toning to front board; front pastedown and ffep indented from paper clip; Near Fine. The Wuggly Ump is a delightful creature who generally subsists on umbrellas and brass tacks, until he gets a craving for something more tender. Meanwhile, three good children spend their days nearby, weaving flower chains and eating plenty of wholesome foods. Eventually the two parties collide, and being a Gorey story, you may (or may not) be able to guess what happens next... A relatively early work from the iconic illustrator; originally published (w/ dustwrapper) by Lippincott in 1963, this is the somewhat scarce 1986 Adama Books reproduction.

$100.00

Dashiel Hammett's Secret Agent X-9
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Dashiel Hammett's Secret Agent X-9

By HAMMETT, Dashiel and Leslie Charteris; Alex Raymond, illust.; Tony Sparafucile, ed.; William F. Nolan, intro

New York: International Polygonics Ltd, 1983. First Edition. Octavo (25cm); red illustrated paper wrappers; xii,225. Light handling wear, soiling, with toning to extremities; very minor chips and creasing to wrapper edges; textblock somewhat warped, else Very Good or better. Dashiel Hammett's Secret Agent X-9 detective comic strip, drawn by Alex Raymond (Flash Gordon) was devised by King Features Syndicate in 1933, as a competitor to the popular Dick Tracy. Increasingly dissatisfied with the way his work was being handled by editorial staff, Hammett left King Features in 1934 and the comic was eventually retitled "Secret Agent Corrigan", which ran until 1996. This book contains all four of Hammett's Secret Agent X-9 comic serials (in b/w), plus a fifth written by Leslie Charteris (The Saint).

$30.00

Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain
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Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain

By ARDIZZONE, Edward

New York: Henry Z. Walck, Inc, 1955. Second Edition. Quarto (26cm.); light red publisher's cloth in color pictorial dustwrapper; [48pp]. Dustwrapper toned, with intermittent soiling and chipping to extremities; tear along rear spine hinge; inner panels price-clipped; interior text clean, sound. Near Fine in VG+ dustwrapper. Author and illustrator Edward Ardizzone began his Tim series in 1935 with this volume, completely redesigned and redrawn for this 1955 second edition. Little Tim is a boy who wants to be a sailor. So badly, in fact, that he stows away on a steamer setting out on a long sea voyage. Tim gets a taste of real sailing life when he is discovered by the crew, but has he bitten off more than he can chew?

$45.00

Same Difference and Other Stories [Inscribed and Signed with Original Drawing]
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Same Difference and Other Stories [Inscribed and Signed with Original Drawing]

By KIM, Derek Kirk

[Marietta, GA]: Top Shelf Productions, [2005]. Second Edition. Paperback. Small octavo (20cm); yellow pictorial card wrappers, French flaps; 139pp.; chiefly illus. Light shelf wear, faint soiling to both covers, else Very Good or better. Inscribed and signed by the author with original drawing on title page. Korean-American author's first book, a collection of short graphic novellas. Kim was later the head character designer for "Adventure Time."

$35.00

Christmas Story
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Christmas Story

By MENCKEN, H. L.; Bill Crawford, Illust

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1946. First Edition. First printing. 12mo (17.5cm); blue publisher's cloth w/ tipped-on color illust., stamped in gilt on spine, in color pictorial dustwrapper; 31pp. Minor soiling and dampstains to boards and interior; mild handling wear; toning to dustwrapper extremities and spine, chipping at crown/heel of spine, short tear near front top leading corner. Very Good. Famed journalist and critic H.L. Mencken originally wrote this humorous holiday tale for The New Yorker in 1944, in which a philanthropist, outraged at the humiliating treatment endured by the city's poor (especially at the hands of missions like the Salvation Army), attempts to throw a bash for the bums of Baltimore that breaks the mold... With color illustrated pastedowns and b/w text-illustrations throughout.

$50.00

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