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GRIMM'S COMPLETE FAIRY TALES., (Brother's Grimm.)
1 (Brother's Grimm.) GRIMM'S COMPLETE FAIRY TALES.
New York Barnes & Noble 1993 0880295198 / 9780880295192 Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 
628 pp, 9 1/4" H. "Here in one volume, is a classic of Western literature - the complete fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. These magnificent tales, which date back to the dawn of storytelling among the people of Northern Europe, was first compiled by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm and were published in Germany in 1812 and 1815. Since then, selections from these stories have appeared and reappeared in countless translations throughout the world. It is a rare event, however, to offer 'Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales' in a large, one volume edition, complete, unabridged and unexpurgated. (Over 200 tales, with all the) old favorites - The Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and others - and many little-known treasures such as The Juniper Tree, Clever Gretel, King Thrushbeard, and The Singing, Soaring Lark." Small soft wrinkle at bottom edge of page leaf 123/124 with some minor offset on adjacent pages. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling and minor rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
2 Boyer, Elizabeth H. Cover art by Tim Hildebrandt. THE BLACK LYNX.
Del Rey / Ballantine, New York, 1993, first printing. 
315 pp, mass market paperback. ISBN 0345375939 " 'Master, I have failed....' Illmuri, the apprentice wizard gave his report. The Skylding clan had been destroyed, their treasure lost forever. Only Skyla, the witch-girl, was left alive - at the mercy of her own rampant magic and a clan of vengeful enemies. The Dark Elves had triumphed. Old Eyjarr took the discouraging news calmly. Hadn't he seen defeat before, in other lives, in strand after strand of the Web of Life? But he knew that if he could thwart the curse of the Dark Elves even once, the infernal curse would finally disappear from all the strands, for all time. The trick, Eyjarr assured his astonished pupil, would be to learn from their mistakes - and to search again for the one, improbable strand where a couple of clever wizards could cheat an implacable fate...." Interior - very light browning to pages and inside of covers, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor ed g e w e a r . Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
3 Bridgewater, Alan and Bridgewater, Gill. THE WOODWORKER'S SOLUTION BOOK: OVER 200 ANSWERS TO YOUR TOP WOODWORKING PROBLEMS.
Cincinnati, Ohio Popular Wood Working Books 1998 Soft Cover Very Good+ 
128 pp. Profusely illustrated in color. "Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, sooner or later you are going to come up against an unforeseen problem - your lumber is full of knots, your newly-made cabinet won't fit flush to the wall, your planer is cutting an uneven surface, you dropped something heavy on your new tabletop and dented it or your careful coat of varnish has dried rough - now what you need is a clever, quick solution to your problem. (This book) is the ideal companion to have by your side at such moments. It contains 50 of the questions most commonly asked by woodworkers in magazines and on the Internet. - An easy-to-use question and answer format provides multiple solutions to each question so that you can find the answer most suited to your needs. Problems and solutions are presented visually with clear close-up photography and diagrams showing what went wrong and how to fix it" Minor edge wear/rubbing to covers. 
Price: 18.00 USD
 
 
WALTER CRANE AS A BOOK ILLUSTRATOR., Engen, Rodney K.
4 Engen, Rodney K. WALTER CRANE AS A BOOK ILLUSTRATOR.
New York St. Martin's Press 1975 85670170X First American Edition Soft Cover Very Good Walter Crane. 
105 pp, 11 1/2" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w and colour reproductions. "Walter Crane, artist of Kensington, was a man of many talents, but possibly best known for his original and charmingly executed designs which made him the leading illustrator of children's books of the Aesthetic Movement period. In the face of the commercial vulgarity and ugliness of Victorian industrialised society, he created a delicate and escapist fairy world which, with its emphasis on spontaneity and mobility of line, and its clever use of background and colour, popularised a completely new style of tasteful book designs, and brought them within the reach of everyone. The influence of Crane's work and his highly novel theories of design make him an important figure in nineteenth century art history. (The author) discusses Crane's style and ideas in a study delightfully arranged after Crane's own rules and book design. He includes nearly 100 illustrations, ranging from nursery rhymes and fairytales to tailpieces and borders, mostly full page as Crane designed them, and 16 in the full colour he helped to pioneer. The extensive annotated catalogue is an invaluable aid for both student and specialist." Previous owner's bookplate on half title page. Interior - previous owner's bookplate on half-title page, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - minor corner wear, small area of delamination at bottom front corner. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
9 GROLIER SOCIETY TITLES: MARIGOLD GARDEN / THE QUEEN OF HEARTS / A VISIT TO THE ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS / FABLES OF LA FONTAINE; PEPPER; WILD ANIMALS I HAVE KNOWN: LOBO AND BINGO; JACKANAPES; FIVE FABLES OF LA FONTAINE; SAMSON'S BREAKFAST (EMMA AND HER TIGER), Greenaway, Kate; Uncle John; Fontain, Jean de la; Pyle, Howard; Seton, Ernest Thompson; Ewing, Juliana Horatia; and Makower, Sylvia.
5 Greenaway, Kate; Uncle John; Fontain, Jean de la; Pyle, Howard; Seton, Ernest Thompson; Ewing, Juliana Horatia; and Makower, Sylvia. 9 GROLIER SOCIETY TITLES: MARIGOLD GARDEN / THE QUEEN OF HEARTS / A VISIT TO THE ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS / FABLES OF LA FONTAINE; PEPPER; WILD ANIMALS I HAVE KNOWN: LOBO AND BINGO; JACKANAPES; FIVE FABLES OF LA FONTAINE; SAMSON'S BREAKFAST (EMMA AND HER TIGER)
New York Grolier Society 1967 Soft Cover Very Good Kate Greenaway, Randolph Caldecott, Gustave Dore, Howard Pyle, Ernest Thompson Seton, M.B. de Monvel & Slyvia Makower. 
Nine books from a series put out by the Grolier Society in the mid 1960s, each approx. 7 5/8" H, with colour and/or b&w illustrations. 1. Marigold Garden: Pictures and Rhymes, by Kate Greenaway (T16), 61 pp, no date. 2. The Queen of Hearts & Sing a Song of Sixpence, illustrated by Randolph Caldecott (T23), 64 pp, no date. 3. A Visit to the Zoological Gardens, by Uncle John (T27), 64 pp, 1967. 4. Fables of La Fontaine, retold by Roberta Sewal, illustrated by Gustave Dore (T30), 63 pp, 1967. 5. Pepper: Seasoning for Young Folk, by Howard Pyle, edited by Roberta Sewal (T32), 63 pp, 1967. 6. Wild Animals I Have Known: Lobo and Bingo, by Ernest Thompson Seton (T34), 59 pp, 1967. 7. Jacka-napes, by Juliana Horatia Ewing, illustrated by Randolph Caldecott (T36), 61 pp, no date. 8. Five Fables by La Fontaine, by Roberta Sewal, illustrated by M.B. de Monvel (T41), 64 pp, 1967. 9. Samson's Breakfast (Emma and her Tiger), by Sylvia Makower (T64), 57 pp, 1968. Interiors - Samson's Breakfast has soft bump to bottom corner of pages, otherwise all books are clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exteriors - very light edge wear - mainly on spines, soft bump to bottom corner of Samson's Breakfast, very light rubbing on covers. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
PULLARS OF PERTH., Harding, Albert W.
6 Harding, Albert W. PULLARS OF PERTH.
Perth and Kinross District Libraries, Perth, 1991. 
192 pp, 8vo, HC in dust jacket. B&w illus. "This story of the success and failure of a family engaged in the dyeing industry is the first to take an objective look at Pullars of Perth...by the mid 19th-century 'Pullars of Perth' had become a by-wo rd for fast and efficient service, especially in dry-cleaning, not only in London, but in Paris and Berlin! This was no economic miracle. The Pullars' success was due entirely to hard work, successful planning and clever advertising. A l w a y s r e a d y to introduce the latest types of machinery they had a reputation as good employers. Their success was reflected in their life-style and influence in Perth. Then, suddenly, things started to go sour. Challenged by a powerfu l Tr ad e Un io n a nd a n in creasingly militant female work-force, the Pullars, despite their long experience and compassion, could not cope. Strikes and riots led to a violent ending between the family and Perth." Dust jacket has minor wrinkl in g a t t op /bo tto m of fla p f ol ds. NF/VG+ 
Price: 22.00 USD
 
 
7 Horak, Jiri and Carruth, Jane. Translated by Alice Denesova. FOLK AND FAIRY TALES FROM BOHEMIA.
London Hamlyn 1973 0601071387 / 9780601071388 Hard Cover Very Good Fair Jiri Trnka. 
186 pp, 11 1/4" H. Dark plum cloth with silver lettering on spine, silver illustration on front board. Pictorial endpapers, full-page colour illustrations and smaller b&w drawings by Jiri Trnka. "No book of fairy tales is complete without its magic spells, enchanted princesses and deeds of daring. But in this collection of tales from Bohemia the familiar strains of fantasy are mixed with unusual touches of the humorous and the bizarre. In these stories you will meet the old childless couple who are given a hedgehog for a son; the magic whistle which can summon birds, animals and fish; the fiddle whose music is so spellbinding that whoever hears it must dance; and a white goose which turns into a beautiful girl. You will read of the twelve brothers' adventures when they find a magic castle and meet the twelve enchanted princesses; the dog Toby who tricks the wolf, and the clever cobbler who manages to outwit the devil. There is the story of the prince who finds a greyhound and a magic pouch, and the story of a blacksmith who works hard for a strange reward. These traditional favorites of Czech and Moravian storytellers have been virtually unknown until now in this country, and their translation and retelling are done with skill and charm." Small crease/bump to bottom corner of pages 21 to 32, very light browning to fore-edge of text block. Dust jacket is prive-clipped, has a few tiny dents on front panel, moderate wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds - light elsewhere, several edge tears with creases, area of laminate loss at top corner of front panel at flap-fold, jacket protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 55.00 USD
 
 
TWELVE IRON SANDALS AND OTHER CZECHOSLOVAK TALES., Horejs, Vit.
8 Horejs, Vit. TWELVE IRON SANDALS AND OTHER CZECHOSLOVAK TALES.
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey Prentice-Hall 1985 0139341595 / 9780139341595 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- Jim Spanfeller. 
79pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w illustrations. "Here is an exciting and unusual collection of tales from Czechoslovakia, retold with great style and verve by a master storyteller. Beloved traditional figures of fairy tales - a peasant girl who outwits a king, a young prince whose quest for a golden firebird is aided by a magical vixen - give these tales universal appeal, while colorful details highlight their unmistakably Czech origin. Wry humor and unexpected twists provide a unique flavor in this highly original collection. Beautiful and intricately detailed drawings make this a volume to be treasured and pored over again and again." Contents: Twelve Iron Sandals; The Fisherman's Clever Daughter; The Wheelmaker's Son; How the Pig and the Bear Went into Business; The Twelve Months; The Firebird; Krakonos. Light edge wear at corners and at top/bottom of spine, remainder mark on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, large corner crease on rear flap, three small edge tears taped on inside surface. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
HOW EDWARD SAVED ST. GEORGE., Huddy, Delia.  Illustrated by Dorothy & Douglas Hall.
9 Huddy, Delia. Illustrated by Dorothy & Douglas Hall. HOW EDWARD SAVED ST. GEORGE.
Delacorte, New York, (1966), first American edition. 
Unpaginated, large 8vo (9 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Profusely illustrated in black, white and red. "Edward lived on a street called St. George's Gardens, although not a blade of grass nor a flower grew there. But there was a green park at the top of the street, and Edward went there often. He especially liked the Park Keeper's dump, with its collection of strange junk - twirly park benches, old-fashioned lampposts, ornamental horse troughs and hundreds of other things wonderful to look at. One day an enormous crate appeared. With the help of his friends, Edward discovered the contents of the crate and devised a clever plan to save it from the junk heap." Light edge wear and at corners and top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, small chips and tears - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, slight browning to edges, small closed tear on rear hinge. VG/VG- 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
MOSSFLOWER.  A PREQUEL TO REDWALL., Jacques, Brian.  Illustrated by Gary Chalk.
10 Jacques, Brian. Illustrated by Gary Chalk. MOSSFLOWER. A PREQUEL TO REDWALL.
Philomel, New York, 1988, 18th printing, book club edition. 
431 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0399215492 B&w double page map, illustrations. "When the clever and greedy wildcat Tsarmina becomes Queen of a Thousand Eyes and ruler of all Mossflower Woods, she is determined to gov ern the peaceful woodlanders with an iron claw, bringing every otter and hedgehog, every mouse and squirrel to its whimpering knees. But then the brave mouse Martin and quick-talking mousethief Gnoff meet in the depths of Kotir Castle. Wi t h t h e a i d of all the woodlanders, the two escape from Kotir's dank dungeon and resolve to end Tsarmina's tyrannical rule. Joined by Dinny the mole, Martin and Gonff set off on a dangerous quest for Salamandastron, mountain of dragons, where t he y a re c o nv in ced that their only hope, Boar the Fighter, still lives....Containing passages alive with high drama, resonant language and humor, and an unforgettable cast of characters, 'Mossflower', the prequel to the award-winning 'Redw all ', is tr uly a bo ok for all ages and all times." Wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling. Very Good+/Near Fine 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
SKY GODS:  THE SUN AND MOON IN ART AND MYTH., Komaroff, Katherine.
11 Komaroff, Katherine. SKY GODS: THE SUN AND MOON IN ART AND MYTH.
New York Universe Books 1974 0876631871 / 9780876631874 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Very Good- 
86 pp, 11 5/8" H. B&w and colour illustrations. "Ever since the beginning of time, man has wondered about the meaning and behavior of the sun and moon. He has carefully observed their cycles and realized their importance for his own survival. The close contact with nature that ancient man enjoyed made him more conscious of their presence, whether he lived in a place constantly warmed by the sun or in a bitter cold world where the sun seemed far away. Ancient men tried to explain the meaning of this mysterious phenomenon in stories closely related to their own lives and religious beliefs. The Hindu people of India thought that the sun was a red man with four arms in a golden chariot. For the Egyptians, the sun was a great watchful eye. The North American Indians said that the moon was a great ball of light tossed into the sky by a clever creature called Raven. The Eskimos believed that the moon was a powerful hunter who often stood in front of his igloo. These stories, called myths, are handed down from generation to generation, and celebrate the great mystery of life. They are loved because of their beauty and power and also for what they tell us about people of other cultures. In 'Sky Gods', myths from India, Egypt, Africa, Japan, China, the Eskimos, and the Indians of North and South America are lucidly retold and illustrated with stunning photographs of art and artifacts from the various cultures. There is a common message behind all these stories. Although the masks, paintings, statues, and other works of art also vary - some are relatively simple, others are highly sophisticated - yet they all contain clues to a deeper understanding of the beauty and mysteriousness of the universe." Two large diagonal creases on free rear endpaper, light stain along bottom edge of rear board, very small light stain on top edge of front board, one soft corner crease. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has light to moderate edge wear - mainly at top/bottom of spine, light rubbing and two light scuff lines on rear panel, small stain at inside bottom edge of rear panel, one small edge tear. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
GREEN FAIRY BOOK., Lang, Andrew, collected by.  Edited by Brian Alderson.
12 Lang, Andrew, collected by. Edited by Brian Alderson. GREEN FAIRY BOOK.
London Kestrel 1978 0722652798 / 9780722652794 Revised Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Very Good- Antony Maitland 
408 pp, 9 7/16" H. Over 100 b&w drawings/decorations. "Fairy tales gathered from the folkore of Russia, Germany, Italy, France, China, Scotland, and England." Contents: Preface; The Story of Caliph Stork; The Half-chick; The Blue Bird; The Enchanted Watch; The Enchanted Ring; The Snuff-box; Princess Narcissus and the Princess Potentilla; Prince Featherhead and the Princess Celandine; Heart of Ice; The Story of the Three Little Pigs; The Golden Blackbird; The Old Flea-bag; The Little Soldier; The Enchanted Snake; The Biter Bit; King Kojata; Prince Fickle and Fair Helena; Puddocky; The Story of the Three Bears; Prince Vivien and the Princess Placida; The Golden Mermaid; The War of the Wolf and the Fox; The Three Musicians; The Three Dogs; Little One-eye, Little Two-eyes, and Little Three-eyes; Jorinde and Joringel; Allerleirauh or, The Many-furred Creature; The Twelve Horsemen; Spindle, Shuttle, and Needle; The Crystal Coffin; The Three Snake-leaves; The Riddle; The Golden Lads; The White Snake; The Tale of the Clever Little Tailor; The Story of the Fisherman and his Wife; Hans My Hedgehog; Appendix I: Andrew Lang's 1892 Preface; Appendix II: Andrew Lang's 1892 Retelling of 'The Three Little Pigs'; Notes. Bump at bottom corner of rear board, small bump at bottom corner of front board. Dust jacket has a few faint line indentations on rear panel, light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
HARLEQUIN ON THE MOON: COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE AND THE VISUAL ARTS., Lawner, Lynne.
13 Lawner, Lynne. HARLEQUIN ON THE MOON: COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE AND THE VISUAL ARTS.
Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1998. 
208 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0810911949 Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w. "Commedia dell'arte is the first modern theater - inspiration to Shakespeare, Moliere, Goldoni, Mozart, and Balanchine and forerunner of the modern stage comedy. Since its invention as a popular entertainment in Renaissance Italy, commedia, with its stock characters, its absurd and witty plots, and its utterly charming personalities, has captivated audiences high and low, from the street fairs where Punch and Judy reigned to the exquisitely refined court of the Sun King. This book traces the history of commedia from its beginnings through many transformations to its rediscovery in the experimental theater of today. The depictions of commedia in the visual arts has a rich history. From Tiepolo and Watteau to Beardsley, Picasso, Hockney, and other modern masters, painters have found great resonance and meaning in the clowns and lovers of commedia. Here the visual and dramatic arts meet, giving birth to styles of art and performance at once clever, hilarious, poignant, tragic, and eternal. Lynne Lawner traces all these threads, unearthing rare texts of commedia plays, discovering myriad version of the ever-fascinating Harlequin, Pierrot, Columbine, and Pulcinella, relating the gossip of courts and theaters, and revealing the ways in which these figures and their classic stories - the sly servant, the foolish soldier, the clever maid, the quack doctor - have arisen again and again in art." Light waviness to edges of text block. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 55.00 USD
 
 
DR. SEUSS.  TWAYNE'S UNITED STATES AUTHORS SERIES - CHILDREN'S LITERATURE., MacDonald, Ruth K.  (Dr. Seuss / Theodore Geisel.)
14 MacDonald, Ruth K. (Dr. Seuss / Theodore Geisel.) DR. SEUSS. TWAYNE'S UNITED STATES AUTHORS SERIES - CHILDREN'S LITERATURE.
Boston Twayne 1988 0805775242 / 9780805775242 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
186 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w illustrations. "(T)he first full-length critical examination of this acclaimed author/illustrator's work. In her thoughtful, concise study, Ruth K. MacDonald argues that Dr. Seuss has earned his place as the most popular author/illustrator for children in America because of his unique ability to write stories of high quality while working within the restrictive format of the easy reader, a story told in simple words and sentences that maintains the interest of children just learning to read. MacDonald believes that Dr. Seuss's work, which has until now remained largely ignored as literature because of its mass appeal, not only celebrates the particularly American trait of individuality, but also challenges the limits and conventions of children's literature. In her chronological survey of his work and her investigation of his influence upon other authors and illustrators, MacDonald shows that it is his genius, not clever marketing techniques, that has led to Dr. Seuss's marvelous and longstanding popularity - a chronology, and selected bibliography are included." Area of light soiling on free front endpaper. Dust jacket has very light rubbing, minor edge/wrinkling - mainly at top of spine. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
THE CHILDREN OF THE SOULS:  A TRAGEDY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR., MacKenzie, Jeanne.
15 MacKenzie, Jeanne. THE CHILDREN OF THE SOULS: A TRAGEDY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR.
Chatto & Windus, London, 1986, first edition. 
276 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 070112847X B&w photographs, maps, family trees. " 'It seems that our generation at Balliol is doomed', Patrick Shaw Stewart wrote to Lady Desborough from Gallipoli. 'If I live throug h this war I shall be almost without friends'. He was in fact the last to die of the close-knit, brilliantly clever and engagingly vivacious group that included Raymond Asquith, Julian and Billy Grenfell, Edward Horner, Charles Lister, Ego a n d Y v o Charteris. Children of the Souls, the bright collection of late Victorian aristocrats, these young men were brought up together at Eton and Oxford; with such friends as Winston Churchill, Edward Marsh, Duff Cooper, John Buchan, Diana Co op er an d Ru p ert Brooke, they were becoming part of the Edwardian elite, moving from one fashionable ball or country house party to the next, meeting politicians and poets and beginning careers in the City, in the law and public service. In thi s m ovi n g g ro up po rtrait, which is based on many unpublished letters, both to and about each other, Jeanne MacKenzie tells of a happy youth and blighted manhood which epitomises the epic tragedy of the twentieth century. It is a story of ruin ous roma nt icis m w hos e i m plications stretch far beyond the brief lives of this 'lost generation'." Light to moderate browning to pages, one or two pages with tiny foxing marks, moderate browning to edges of textblock, very light wrinkl i ng at top /bott om of sp ine, tin y te ar and crease at top edg of page 109 - archivally taped, tiny dint on bottom edge of rear board, tiny gold offset on rear board. Dust jacket is price clipped, has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top of sp in e and flap- folds. V ery Go od-/V ery G ood 
Price: 85.00 USD
 
 
CLEVER BILL., Nicholson, William.
16 Nicholson, William. CLEVER BILL.
London Heinemann Young Books 1999 0434804398 / 9780434804399 Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good William Nicholson. 
23 pp, oblong (6 9/16" H x 9 1/4" D). The first printing of the 1999 Heinemann Young Books edition. Pictorial endpapers, illustrated throughout in colour. "One of the greatest children's books of all time, 'Clever Bill' was first published in 1926. A perfect balance of text and illustration, it set the standard for the modern picture book and continues to be loved and admired throughout the world. Reproduced to the highest quality in this new edition, (it) remains as fresh and original as when it first appeared, and children and adults can delight once more in the classic and enchanting story of Mary and Clever Bill Davis." One or two tiny dents on bottom edge of boards. Dust jacket has some very light edge wrinkling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
HOCKSHOP.  (THE FABULOUS STORY OF THE "EMPERORS OF PAWNBROKING".), Simpson, William R; Simpson, Florence K.; Samuels, Charles.
17 Simpson, William R; Simpson, Florence K.; Samuels, Charles. HOCKSHOP. (THE FABULOUS STORY OF THE "EMPERORS OF PAWNBROKING".)
Random House, New York, 1954, first edition. 
311 pp, 8vo (8 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates. "This anecdotal profile tells the story of the fabulous 'Emperors of Pawnbroking' - the William (Hockshop) Simpsons who for five generations maintained the oldest, best-known and most respected pawnshop in the United States. This bizarre family business began in 1822 when the first William Simpson came from England and set up New York's first hockshop. From the era of O. Henry to that of Damon Runyon, the Simpsons did business with gypsies, morticians, gamblers, actors, sportsmen and thousands of others who came to their store to solve unique personal problems. Among the items handled by the Simpsons were the fabulous Hope Diamond, a Stradivarius, a ten-volume History of the Jews, fifteenth-century manuscripts, paintings, a set of Chinese screens, rugs, linens, coins, antiques, watches and a Crusader's giant thumb ring. The people who hocked these varied treasures were famous and infamous, rich and poor, e t h i c a l a nd not so ethical. There are stories here about 'sleepers' - those unexpected bargains that turn up so rarely, and there is an expose of clever frauds and shady tricks used in the past. In addition, the appendix covers techniques an d cu st om s of pa wnbroking and gives five basic rules for hockers, plus a brief history of borrowing and lending through the ages. Here you will learn how to protect yourself, how to tell genuine from fake merchandise, some dependable trade n ame s, an d h ow to de t erm ine value." Very light browning to pages, light browning to fore-edge and bottom of textblock, light soiling on bottom of textblock, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, book slight cocked, a few small faint waterm arks on top of tex tbl ock. Dust jacket has light browning, moderate edge wear/wrinkling/creasing, very small chips at top/bottom of hinges and flap-folds, one small tear archivally taped, light rubbing. Good/Fair 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
THE FAIRY RING:  A NEW EDITION OF A CLASSIC COLLECTION, INCLUDING TALES FROM FIFTEEN LANDS., Wiggin, Kate Douglas and Smith, Nora Archibald, editors.  Revised by Ethna Sheehan.
18 Wiggin, Kate Douglas and Smith, Nora Archibald, editors. Revised by Ethna Sheehan. THE FAIRY RING: A NEW EDITION OF A CLASSIC COLLECTION, INCLUDING TALES FROM FIFTEEN LANDS.
Garden City, New York Doubleday 1967 Revised Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Good+ Warren Chappell. 
414 pp, 9 7/16" H. 8 colour plates, including frontispiece (collated), plus b&w drawings. "Here is a beautiful new edition of a well-loved collection of folk and fairy tales from many countries, reselected for children today by Ethna Sheehan, a specialist in folklore and storytelling. Stories from Scandinavia, England, France, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Russia, and India have been retained from the original collection; now, in addition, Italy, Portugal, Arabia, Japan, China, and the American Indian are represented in tales chosen from Miss Wiggin's other popular books in the 'Library of Fairy Literature'. The result is the best of Kate Douglas Wiggin in one handsome volume, redesigned and illustrated in full color and black-and-white by Warren Chappell." Contents: Introduction; East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon; The Golden Lantern, Golden Goat, and Golden Cloak; Mother Roundabout's Daughter; The Golden Bird; The Doll in the Grass; The Clever Prince; Dapplegrim; The Princess on the Glass Hill; The Wild Swans; Master Tobacco; The History of Tom Thumb; Tattercoats; The Buried Moon; Cap o' Rushes; Hookedy-Crookedy; The Bee, the Harp, the Mouse, and the Bum-Clock; The Long Leather Bag; The Table, the Ass, and the Stick; The Little Brother and Sister; Longnose the Dwarf; The Three Feathers; The Water of Life; The Nose-Tree; Snow-white and Rose-red; The Goose Girl; Brier Rose; Spindle, Shuttle, and Needle; The Iron Wolf; The Young Head of the Family; Yvon and Finette; The Little Good Mouse; Drakesbill and His Friends; The White Cat; Prince Cherry; The Story of Coquerico; The Bird-Cage Maker; The Lucky Coin; The Storks and the Night Owl; The Months; Schippeitaro; The Matsuyama Mirror; The Ants that Pushed on the Sky; The Brahman, the Tiger, and the Six Judges; Tit for Tat; Muchie Lal; The Valiant Chatteemaker. Small name notation blacked-out on free front endpaper, remainder spray on bottom of text block, light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, slight rubbing and a tiny bump at top corner of front board. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine, minor edge browning, tiny edge tear with crease. Short gold colored band label printed on spine and front panel with "A Doubleday Reinforced Library Edition" - this book is NOT an ex-library book. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE LAZY BEAR., Wildsmith, Brian.
19 Wildsmith, Brian. THE LAZY BEAR.
Franklin Watts, New York, 1974, first American edition. 
Unpaginated oblong 8vo (8 5/8" H x 11 1/4" D), hard cover in dust jacket. Profusely illustrated in brilliant color. "The bear was good friends with all his neighbors - until one day he found a woodcutter's wagon. For although he invited some of h is friends to share in his rides downhill he made them do all the pushing back to the top. It was the clever goat who finally showd the bear that the best way to enjoy his new possession was to share is ups and downs with his friends. An d w h e n t h e bear had learned his lesson they all played happily together." 1" x 18" surface paer loss and minor glue residue on front pastedown, minor glue residue at top/bottom of gutter of free endpapers, 2" very light glue residue removal m a rk w it h f ai nt s olver stains on rear pastedown, slight bump at top of spine and top/bottom corners of front board, tiny bump at top/bottom corner of rear board. Dust jacket has two tears up to 2" on front panel, light browning at edges, lig ht ed ge wea r/ wr ink lin g/c reasing, soft crease down front panel, tiny tear on front flap, small piece of tape on fore-edge of rear flap. Colors are bright. Very Good-/Very Good- 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
20 Yolen, Jane. ELFABET: AN ABC OF ELVES.
Boston Little Brown 1990 0316969001 / 9780316969000 2nd Printing Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ Lauren Mills. 
Unpaginated (approx. 32 pp), 11 1/4" H. Beautiful color illustrations throughout. "This ingenious alphabet book features an assortment of elves from A to Z. Each illuminated elf presents a different letter in a unique way. Some elves are clever, some are mischievous, all are endearing. Look inside and see if you can find everything alphabetical from alligator to zipper and all that comes in between." One tiny corner bump, small bump at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
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