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Mickey Mouse in King Arthur's Court
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Mickey Mouse in King Arthur's Court

by (Disney, Walt)

  • Used
  • Fine
  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
First edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Tucson, Arizona
Item Price
$2,500.00

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NY: Blue Ribbon Books, 1933. First edition. Hardcover. Fine/Very good plus. Glazed pictorial boards printed in color. Pictorial endpapers in color. Four fabulous and detailed double-page pop-up scenes, plus full and partial page black & white illustrations throughout. Aside from two tiny stains at the edges of the upper board, and a bit of shelf wear along the bottom edge, this is a fine copy with fine pop-ups. The scarce dustwrapper is present; it has a couple of light stains, a short marginal tear, and some light rubbing at the edges else about fine. A sharp copy of an early Disney work.
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$2,500.00
Little Fur Family
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Little Fur Family

by Brown, Margaret Wise [Garth Williams, illus.]

  • Used
  • near fine
  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Near fine
Edition
First edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Tucson, Arizona
Item Price
$1,500.00

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NY: Harper & Brothers, 1946. First edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Garth WIlliams. First edition. 16mo., approximately 2.5 by 4 inches, not including the fur; the box is about 3½ by 5 inches. A charming small book in pictorial boards with color illustrations throughout by Garth Williams. The book has its original real fur slipcover, and is housed in its original pictorial box. The box has a circular opening to show the fur on the book. There is slight discoloration of the endpapers due to contact with the fur, else in fine condition. The pictorial paper cover on the box has a slight overlap on one side of the cardboard hole, suggesting that the hole in the paper and the hole in the box were cut in two separate operations. The box is near fine, and not often seen in such nice condition.
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$1,500.00
The Miracles of Our Lord
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The Miracles of Our Lord

by Humphreys, Henry Noel

  • Used
  • very good
  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Very good
Edition
First edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Tucson, Arizona
Item Price
$1,500.00

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London: Longman & Co, 1848. First edition. Hardcover. Very good. 8vo. iv,(1),31,(2)pp. Thirty-two pages are chromolithographed by Humphreys, in addition there is a leaf of the illuminator' s remarks and one comprising an index of the miracles. Bound in the original black papier-mache covers designed to look like carved ebony. The binding was based on one carved in ivory in the 12th Century and has medallions of the principal miracles intertwined with ornate decorations and the title. The front and rear covers are identical. The book is exuberantly illustrated using chromolithography on 32 pages alternating between hot bright colors and cool pages subtly tinted with various shades, the whole combining to make both a magnificent tribute to Medieval illustration and to the then new and novel technique of chromolithography. Marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Nicely rebacked in plain black leather;; a few small cracks in the binding, edges and corners neatly mended, but a very good copy. The Art of… Read More
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$1,500.00
Le Morte Darthur: The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur, of His Noble Knights of the Round...
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London: J. M. Dent, 1893. First edition. Wraps. Near fine. Aubrey Beardelsy. Twelve original parts in green wrappers. Parts 1-8 and 10-12 are the "Superior Issue" of 300 copies on Dutch handmade paper (this set unnumbered). Part 9 is from the "regular issue" and is slightly smaller in size. Full page and double page illustrations, rubricated initials, borders and in-text decorations by Aubrey Beardsley in his first major commission. This set is uncut and largely unopened. There is some offsetting from the illustrations to the facing pages. Part 9 lacks a tiny piece form the spine and has had a nearly invisible repair to the upper wrapper; the wrappers show light soil else this is a near fine set.
Item Price
$12,500.00
Dance of the Hours from Walt Disney's Fantasia
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Dance of the Hours from Walt Disney's Fantasia

by Disney, Walt

  • Used
  • Fine
  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
First edition, first printing
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Tucson, Arizona
Item Price
$500.00

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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1940. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine/Very good. Thin 4to. (38)pp. Pictorial paper over boards, bright yellow cloth spine, decorated endpapers. Each page illustrated in either black & white or color with scenes from the Fantasia production. A superb copy, fine and bright, with only the barest trace of wear along the bottom edge. The dustwrapper is present. It is price-clipped and it is rubbed both on the upper and lower panels and at the folds, else it is in very good condition. A scarce early Disney title and downright rare in this condition.
Item Price
$500.00
Walt Disney's Donald Duck
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Walt Disney's Donald Duck

by Disney, Walt Studios

  • Used
  • very good
  • Paperback
Condition
Used - Very good
Edition
First edition
Binding
Paperback
Seller
Tucson, Arizona
Item Price
$1,000.00

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Racine: Whitman Publishing Company, 1935. First edition. Stapled wraps. Very good. Folio. Stiff wraps and pages. 16pp. Printed on Whitman's linen-like paper in full color throughout with illustrations by the Disney Studios. A very early appearance of Donald, still with his elongated bill going swimming with Mickey's nephews. Light soil and wear, a tiny closed marginal tear to one page (no loss), and a short separation at the spine tip else this is a very good copy of a scarce early Disney work. Whitman number 978.
Item Price
$1,000.00
Dean & Son's Moveable Book of The Royal Punch & Judy as Played Before the Queen at Windsor Castle...
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Dean & Son's Moveable Book of The Royal Punch & Judy as Played Before the Queen at Windsor Castle & The Crystal Palace

by (Moveable)

  • Used
  • Paperback
Condition
Used - Stiff card wraps
Binding
Paperback
Seller
Tucson, Arizona
Item Price
$4,000.00

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London: Dean & Son, 11 Ludgate Hill, 1859. Poor. Stiff card wraps. 4to. Bound in thin card with covers printed in color. 16 pp., printed on one side only, with eight full page hand-colored illustrations showing Punch and Judy, et al., in the upper portion with text and drummer below. Each plate has moveable parts operated by a lever at the foot which operates the movement in the upper window; in addition 3 of the drummers move when the tabs are activated. The drummers on the remaining pages have their arms in the form of tabs which fit into a slit in the page. They are affixed on the other side. There is nothing to suggest that they were ever intended to move. To the best of our knowledge all copies of this title have all puppets movable but only three drummers. It is as though Dean had intended to make them all movable but gave up on the idea. Later printing of this work have the drummers all immovable, printed on the page with the text reset to go around the illustrations. This is a very good… Read More
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$4,000.00
The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Translated from the Original Runes by Hermione Granger
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The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Translated from the Original Runes by Hermione Granger

by (Rowling, J. K.)

  • New
  • Hardcover
Condition
New
Edition
First edition, first printing
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780956010902
ISBN 10
0956010903
Seller
Tucson, Arizona
Item Price
$1,000.00

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London: Children's High Level Group, 2008. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. New. Collector's Edition. 8vo. 179,(1)pp. Simulated leather, spine with raised bands, silver-colored metal corners, center metal skull vignette and metal clasp, all with blue stones. Ribbon marker. Protected in a maroon velvet string-top bag, bearing the embroidered signature of J. K. Rowling in gilt thread, the whole housed in a book-shaped clamshell case blocked in blind on the upper and lower boards, and on the spine in gilt. The case is shaped within with a recessed compartment to fit the book in its velvet bag. Also within in their own printed envelope are ten 7 by 10 inch Collector's Edition Prints which slip into a special flap in the upper board. A new copy, still in the original white slipcase cover, encased in clear plastic and in the original shipping box.
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$1,000.00
The Epistle of Gildas, the Most Ancient British Author: Who Flourished in the Yeere of our Lord,...
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The Epistle of Gildas, the Most Ancient British Author: Who Flourished in the Yeere of our Lord, 546. ..

by Gildas

  • Used
  • Fine
  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
First edition in English
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Tucson, Arizona
Item Price
$5,000.00

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London: T. Cotes for William Cooke, 1638. First edition in English. Hardcover. Fine. 12mo. (134),327pp. Engraved frontispiece of Gildas by William Marshall. First edition in English, translated from the Latin by Thomas Habington. Early handwritten notes on the front blanks. Bookplate. Nicely bound in full brown morocco, spine in six compartments, tooled in blind and with the title in gilt; boards intricately tooled in blind. Marbled endpapers. Title page, frontispiece and preliminary blank remargined (no loss). Some contemporary names and notes mostly on the beginning and ending blanks. A fine copy. Gildas provides some of the earliest commentary on the war effort associated with King Arthur. The first edition of the original Latin was pubished as Opus de Calimitate, Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae in 1525. STC 11895. Potthast, I, 525. Sarton I, 455. Lowndes, p. 790. ESTC S103163.
Item Price
$5,000.00
Padre Kino Portfolio with Original Art
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Padre Kino Portfolio with Original Art

by DeGrazia

  • Used
  • Fine
  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
First edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Tucson, Arizona
Item Price
$4,500.00

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Tucson: DeGrazia Studios, 1962. First edition. Hardcover. Fine. Elephant folio. Twenty large 18 by 22 inch full color lithographs depicting the memorable events in the life of the popular, talented and heroic Eusebio Kino, SJ, sometimes called the most eminent and beloved Southwest pioneer. The images vary in size on the pages. Housed in a cream-colored cloth portfolio with the author and title printed on the upper board; the whole in the publisher's slipcase in matching cloth and with the author's name printed on the upper board. There is a four page description of the same size as the prints, with entries by Raymond Carlson of Arizona Highways; Carl Schaeffer Dentzel of the Southwest Museum; Thomas Hart Benton, Artists; and Ross Santee, Artist. The rear page contains an original full color illustration by DeGrazia captioned "Midnight Sketch Tucson Arizona USA 1962 3AM" and signed thereunder. In fine condition. Included in this collection are: "Raiding Indians Steal Horses from Kino's Village"… Read More
Item Price
$4,500.00
The Arabella and Araminta Stories
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The Arabella and Araminta Stories

by Smith, Gertrude

  • Used
  • good
  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Good
Edition
First edition, first printing
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Tucson, Arizona
Item Price
$2,500.00

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Boston: Copeland and Day, 1895. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Good. Illustrated by Ethel Reed.. 4to. (8),103,(1)pp. Tan cloth printed in black. Red pictorial endpapers. Title page in red and black. Illustrated with 15 full page illustrations. Introduction by Mary E. Wilkins. Occasional light scattered foxing and staining; rebacked with original spine paid on (lacking spine tips); edge and corner wear, and inner hinges worn. Still, a good copy of a rare children's book. Signed by Gertrude Smith and Mary Wilkins on the verso of the front free endpaper. Rare Peter Parley to Penrod title. The Helen Younger list of Collectible Children's Books selection for 1895.
Item Price
$2,500.00
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

by O'Brien, Robert C.

  • Used
  • Fine
  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
First edition, first printing
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Tucson, Arizona
Item Price
$2,000.00

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New York: Atheneum, 1971. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Illustrated by Zena Bernstein.. 8vo. Beige cloth, dark purple spine title and upper board illustration. A fine copy. The dustwrapper is unclipped and show the original $5.95 price. We note only a trace of roughness at the head of the spine and a suggestion of aging, else this is a fine dustwrapper, and without the Newbury Award sticker. Illustrated throughout in black and white by Bernstein. Essentially a fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. .
Item Price
$2,000.00
Dean's New Scenic Books: Cinderella
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Dean's New Scenic Books: Cinderella

by Dean's (Popup Book)

  • Used
  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very good
Edition
First edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Tucson, Arizona
Item Price
$3,500.00

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London: Dean & Son, 1858. First edition. Hardcover. Very good. 4to. Cloth-backed pictorial boards; printed endpapers. Eight leaves of text each with a three-part pop-up operated by green ribbons. The corners and edges are worn, and the textblock has light soil in places. Six of the green ribbons have been expertly replaced, leaving two original ribbons, though they are fragile. The textbloxk is loose in the bonding, having pulled away from the thin threads that bound it. All in all a very good copy of a scarce survival. Montanaro, p. 50, suggests that the publication date is 1865-1873. This copy bears an inscription dated 1868. In another entry (Aladdin) she notes that Dean & Son in 1855 was at 31 and 11 Ludgate Hill, but ten years later (i.e., 1865) moved to 65 Ludgate Hill, the date on this copy. This is one of the earliest popup books available. It is shown as number 3 of the Scenic series. .
Item Price
$3,500.00
Mein Kampf: Eine Abrechnung
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Mein Kampf: Eine Abrechnung

by HItler, Adolf

  • Used
  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very good
Edition
First edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Tucson, Arizona
Item Price
$7,500.00

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München: Franz Eber, 1925. First edition. Hardcover. Very good. 8vo. White cloth spine and corners; gilt spine title. Orange cloth boards with the upper board printed in white. Volume 1. (A second volume appeared in 1934, not present here.) Light wear, some spotting to the rear board, else a very good copy. In German. Accompanied by a copy of the English translation by Ralph Manheim. Very good in very good dustwrapper. Printing and the Mind of Man listing. Note: May not be available for shipment to all countries; please inquire first. .
Item Price
$7,500.00
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

by Lewis, C. S.

  • Used
  • near fine
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Near fine
Edition
First US edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Tucson, Arizona
Item Price
$4,000.00

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New York: Macmillan Company, 1950. First US edition. Hardcover. Near fine/Very good. 8VO. 154pp. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes, Blue cloth blocked in black and yellow. Cloth sunned along the edges else this is a near fine copy. The dustwrapper has had professional restoration along the edges and folds, and gives a near fine appearance. The price of $2.50 is present on the dustwrapper flap. .
Item Price
$4,000.00