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"The Young Nimrods Around the World. A Book for Boys" and "The Young Nimrods in North America. A book for Boys" (Hunting Adventures on Land and Sea, Part 1 and Part 2)

By Knox, Thomas

New York: Harper and Brothers, 1881. Hardcover. First editions, two volumes; 9 x 6 3/4; pp. 326 and 299 respectively + publisher's advertisements; dark-blue and olive-green cloth over boards, embossed and illustrated in gilt, brown and black; a few small rubbed spots to tips of spine and corners; light age-toning and a few minor spots to boards; occasional spots of foxing to margins of pages; profusely illustrated with steel engravings; very good condition. Marvelous collections of stories about travel and adventures for juveniles, the book featured several chapters, common at the times, but quite disturbing in the present, on whaling ("cutting in" a whale) and killing fur-seals.


Early 20th-century Coloring Book

By Anonymous

S. l. (Germany [?]): s. n., 1925. Presumed first edition, n. d. (1920s [?]); oblong 5 3/4 x 8 1/4; pp. [14]; illustrated wraps; deckled top edge; light age-toning to margins; chromolithographed illustrations, facing identical ones outlined in black to be colored; very good to near fine condition.A mystery coloring book, with no author, or publisher's information, it was most probably produced in Germany in the 1920s (a traffic sign on pp. 8 printed in German). It contained illustrations of various toys - balloons, a train set, a doll stroller, a teddy bear, etc. - and children playing with them.


The Queen of the Pirate Isle

By Harte, Bret

London: Chatto and Windus, 1886. Hardcover. First edition, binding B (BAL 7337); 8 1/2 x 6 1/2; pp. [9], 10-58; unbleached linen over boards, ruled and lettered in gilt and black; front board illustration from pp. 13, back board from pp. 16; engraved and printed by Edmund Evans; frontispiece and 27 in-line illustrations in color by Kate Greenaway; slight bump to bottom edge of boards; a bit of wear to tips of spine; all page edges reddish-brown; offset to ffep from a tipped-in period newspaper article about the book; two small, tasteful bookplates to front board verso; very good condition.Centered around four children in a mining camp in Gold-Rush California, the story follows their adventures playing pirates.


Truth is Always Best, or, "A Fault Confessed is Half Redressed"

By Kirby, Mary and Elizabeth

London: T. Nelson and Sons, 1864. Hardcover. First edition; 8 3/4 x 4 3/4; pp. [9], 10-123, [1]; embossed blue cloth over boards; gilt title and decorations to spine; a bit of wear to tips of spine and corners; minor spotting to boards; some foxing to first and last few leaves only; illustrated with two, full-page, engravings frontis and an engraved vignette at the beginning of first chapter; gift inscription to ffep; very good condition.Sisters Elizabeth Kirby (1823–1873) and Mary Kirby (1817–1893) were renowned English authors and illustrators, Mary for her books on natural science, also known as the only woman to write a scientific study of British flora in the 19th century, and Elizabeth - for her children's books. The current cautionary tale, on which both sisters collaborated, told the story of little Amy - how she took her grandma's pearl necklace without permission and the consequences of her action.


The Story of Dolly and Dan and the Dimpledees

By Levering, H. Brooke

Rochester, NY: Stecher Litho. Co., 1916. Hardcover. First edition; oblong 6 3/4 x 7 1/2; pp. [12]; chromolithographed, stiff wraps; small slit to tail of spine; thin cut to paper by lower staple (leaves still solidly attached); light wear and rubbing along edges; illustrated with chromolithographs and drawings in blue & orange; very good condition. An adorable, whimsical, early-20th century children's book, it folows the story of Dolly and Dan and their adventures in the land of the tiny Dimpledees, after the two had climbed a set of stairs they had found inside a hollow tree.


Kiddie Land

By Hays, Margaret G.

Philadelphia: George W. Jakobs & Co., 1910. Hardcover. First edition; 11 x 8 1/2; pp. [76]; cloth-backed, illustrated paper over boards; rubbed spots to corners and edges; some wear to tips of spine; spotting to margins of front board; pages mostly very clean with occasional spots to margins; illustrated with 12 color plates and in-line b & w drawings; overall very good condition. A beautiful and scarce collaboration between two siblings, the book was written by author and comic strip artist Margaret Gebbie Hays (1874 - 1925) and illustrated by her sister Grace Dayton (Viola Grace Gebbie), who signed her illustrations Grace Wiederseim (1877 - 1936). The latter would become famous for her "Campbell Soup Kids" advertising campaign and for her Dolly Dingle paper dolls, which were published in the women's journal "Pictorial Review." The current book, written in "baby" language, followed a day full of fun activities of several adorable little tykes.


Little White Cotton

By Crandell, Helen Hopkins

New York, NY: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1928. Hardcover. First edition; 7 3/4 x 5 1/2; pp. 122; illustrated brown cloth over boards; rubbed spots to corners; a bit of wear to tips of spine; first free leaf affixed to endpaper; a few smudges to endpapers, else mostly very clean; illustrated; overall very good condition. A charming book on the history of cotton, told in the form of a conversation between a little boy and Gossypium (Cotton) - that is the cumulative proper name of the various cotton fabrics in the boy's room.


Ali Baba or the Forty Thieves

By Anonymous

New York, NY: McLoughlin Bros., 1889. First edition thus; 9 x 6 3/4†; pp. [10]; lithographed wraps; spine and hinges reinforced with thin strips of white linen; small nicks to corners; faint penciled-in name of previous owner to upper margin of front wrap; upper part of leaves discolored (not affecting readability); illustrated with 4 full-page chromolithographed plates and black & red in-line drawings; overall good condition Part of Mcloughlin’s Wonder-Stories Series, the book presents a beautiful edition of a beloved classic fairy tale.


William Seaton and the Butterfly, with a History of That Beautiful Insect

By Anonymous

New York: Kiggins & Kellogg, 1850. Softcover. First edition, n. d. (ca 1850); 6 x 3 3/4; pp. 24; engraved salmon wraps; two spots to margins of front wrap and small nicks to tips of spine; illustrated with steel engravings; very good or better. Part of Redfield's Toy Books (this one No. 5 in the Fourth Series), the book tells the story of little William Seaton, a nature's lover, and a history of butterflies, including descriptions of several remarkable ones.


The Youth's Natural History of Animals

By [Atwood, Moses Gilman]

Concord, NH: Published by M. G. Atwood, 1832. Second printing (?); 2 1/2 x 4; pp. 16; brown illustrated wraps bound with a string; a bit of age-toning to lower half of front wraps; a few small nicks and cuts along spine; minor foxing to pages; illustrated with woodcuts; very good. An early children's book and number 3 in Atwood's natural history series, it teaches children interesting facts about a variety of wild and domestic animals including elephant, sheep, lion, dog, monkey, and others.


Industrious Boy

By Anonymous

New York: McLoughlin Bros., 1862. First edition, n. d. (ca 1862 - tentative date obtained from publisher's address); 3 1/2 x 4 1/2; pp. [10]; illustrated wraps; closed cuts to tips of spine; small faint previous owner's signature to upper margin of front wrap; illustrated in red and black; minor wear to wraps; a few small spots of foxing to margins not affecting text and illustrations; very good.Part of "Young America Series," this tiny book on morals and conduct, in typical 19th century fashion, does not spare feelings or even try to be delicate and it dives right into the subject with chapters on "The Slovenly Girl" and "The Unkind Boy." To counterbalance the unpleasantness, rhymes on "The Industrious Boy" and "The Orderly Girls" follow. Several copies in OCLC with none other in the trade.


Little Sister's ABC Book

By Anonymous

New York: McLoughlin Bros., 1890. Softcover. First edition thus, n. d. (ca 1890); 5 x 7; pp. 8 + text to covers verso; a bit of wear and fading to spine and corners; a few very small pieces of tape to bottom edges; bright chromolithographed wraps with highly stippled effect (characteristic to McLoughlin publications of the 1890s); stunning chromolithographs throughout; very good. Arguably one of McLoughlin's most beautiful ABC books, it lists each letter and describes it with a picture rather than with words.


Through The Looking Glass and What Alice Found There

By Carroll, Lewis

New York: The Macmillan Co., 1920. Hardcover. Early 20th century edition; 5 x 7 1/2; pp. [17], 2-224, [16]; embossed blue cloth over boards; gilt title to spine; a few small rubbed spots to tips of spine and corners; mild age-toning to endpapers, else internally bright and clean; with 50 illustrations by John Tenniel; very good or better. A beautiful edition of the beloved children's classic.


Oranges & Lemons [Betty's Geography Lessons] No. 1

By Carnell, Harriet M. T.

London: George Gill & Sons, Ltd., 1920. Softcover. First edition, n.d. (ca 1920); 5 1/2 x 7 1/2; pp. [8]; wraps illustrated in black and orange; few faint spots of foxing and some age-toning to wraps; internally mostly clean but for some slight darkening to margins of pages and small rust spots around staples; illustrations in black and orange; overall very good or better. A quite uncommon early 20th century British book for six-year-olds (from the publisher's write-up on back wrap). This particular one is the first of the "Betty's Geography Lessons" series and tells, in the form of a conversation between a mother and her daughter, a short story of the citrus fruit grown in Spain. The only copy in the trade.


Good Little Boys' Book [Little Boys and Girls Library]

By Lovechild, Thomas; [Edited by] Hale, Sarah Josepha Buell

New York : John McLoughlin, 1854. Hardcover. First edition thus (n.d. ca 1854 based on publisher's address - 24 Beekman Street); 4 1/2 x 5 1/2; pp. [5], vi-vii, [4], 12-62, [4]; engraved beige paper over heavy card stock; some loss of paper to spine covered inconspicuously with barely-visible tape; numerous hand-colored engravings; foxing to pages (not affecting illustrations); overall very good condition. An uncommon mid-19th century Mcloughlin book dedicated to all the good little boys in the village and including stories about good and naughty boys in chapters on the well-behaved little boy, the attentive little boy, the inattentive little boy, the covetous little boy, the dilatory little boy, the exact little boy, the quarrelsome little boy, and the good little boy. OCLC lists one copy at the Free Library of Philadelphia.


Aladdin or the Wonderful Lamp [The history of Aladdin, Or the Wonderful Lamp

By N/A

New York: : McLoughlin Bro's, Publishers, 1858. Softcover. First edition thus (n.d. ca 1858 based on publisher's address - 24 Beekman Street, New York); 4 1/2 x 7 1/2; pp. 1-8; illustrated pink wraps; hand-colored woodcuts signed by Robert H. Elton; 2 small nicks to top edge of front cover and tail of spine; few faint spots to margins of wraps and a few minor spots of foxing to margins pages; very good to near fine condition. A wonderful, uncommon McLoughlin edition of the beloved Aladdin fairy tale. Not in OCLC, not in the trade.


The Life and Death of Jenny Wren. And the Story of a Frog Who Would a Wooing Go

By [Stereotyped by] Dill, Vincent; [Illustrated by] Wier, Harrison

New York: John McLoughlin (Successor to Elton & Co.) Publisher, 1851. Softcover. First edition thus, n. d. (ca 1851 based on publisher's address on back wrap - No. 3 Tryon Row, New York); 4 1/2 x 6 3/4; pp. [24]; yellow wraps with a hand-colored engraving; small nicks along edges of wraps; later whipstitching to spine; 9 full-page woodcuts; age-toning to covers; scattered spots to pages; minor loss of paper to extreme back corners; overall good to very good condition. A part of the "Pleasure books for children" series, it was one of John McLoughlin Jr.'s earliest publications, as the title page publisher's imprint still read: Elton & Co. Publishers. Mcloughlin Jr. (1827-1905) inherited the publishing business from his father John McLoughlin Sr. and Robert H. Elton in 1850 and operated at 3 Tryon Row until 1855, when he made his younger brother Edmund McLoughlin a partner, moved to Beekman St., and changed the company's name to McLoughlin Bros. Publishers. The book was illustrated by Harrison Weir (1824 - 1906), with his name printed incorrectly here as Harrison Wier, was a renowned British artist, best known for organizing the first cat show in England, and for his books and illustrations of cats, dogs, poultry, and wild animals and birds.


The Water-Babies. A Fairy Tale For A Land-Baby

By Kingsley, Charles

New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Publishers, 1895. Hardcover. Uniform edition; 4 1/2 x 6 3/4; pp. [6], 5-268, [4]; cloth over boards illustrated in red and black; some dust-dulling and spotting to back cover; few small rubbed spots to edges and tips of spine; age-toning to endpapers only, else mostly very clean; chromolithographed frontis; numerous b&w plates and in-line engravings; overall in very good condition. A beautiful edition of this children's novel written partly as a moral fable and partly as a satire supporting Charles Darwin's "The Origin of Species." Though initially extremely popular, the book later lost some of its popularity due to its insulting references towards Jews, Americans, blacks, and the Irish.


Happy Changes [Containing] Pride and Its Consequences : as Exhibited in the History of Little John and Harry ; Passion and its Consequences : as Exhibited in the History of Paul Pepper ; Idleness and its Consequences : as Exhibited in the History of David Drone ; Charles Candid, or the Boy Who Always Spoke the Truth; Peter Polish, or the Polite Boy

By [Edited by] Mrs. Sarah Josepha Buell Hale; [Illustrated by] J. H. Howard

New York: McLoughlin Brothers, 1860. Hardcover. First edition thus; 5 1/2 x 6 1/2; pp. [7], 8-64; original pictorial cloth-backed boards; frontispiece and numerous full-page hand-colored engraved plates; few small nicks to head and tail of spine and some wear to edges and corners, else covers vibrant and well-preserved; small stamp with previous owner's name to first blank page; some foxing and age-toning to first and last pages, else mostly clean (occasional small spots to margins, not affecting text and illustrations, where little fingers have handled and turned the pages); overall in very good or better condition. A charming and gorgeously-illustrated compilation of 19th century children's didactic poetry. OCLC lists one copy of the present edition at Western Kentucky University.


The Campfire Girls at School [Signed/Inscribed by Author]

By Frey, Hildegard Gertrude

New York: A. L. Burt, 1916. Hardcover. First edition; 5 x 7 1/2; pp. [4], 3-267, [1] + 4 publisher's advertisement pages; beige cloth over boards illustrated in red, green, and black; some wear and thinning of cloth along edges of spine; few small spots to back cover; hinges slightly weak (not broken-through); minor ink spot to first blank page; small scratch and a half-erased penciled-in scribble to upper margin of second blank page; bookplate of Stevie Zellerbach of the San Francisco Zellerbachs (the Zellerbach Paper Company); signed and inscribed by author to Stevie Zellerbach; overall very good- condition. Frey, a lifelong resident of Cleveland, created her 'Camp Fire Girls' series when she was between the ages of twenty-four and twenty-eight. An interesting fact about the author is that, though fairly well-established, parts of her early life remain unknown and unrecorded and it has been speculated that there could be other undiscovered stories of hers in various magazines and newspapers.


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