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SHADOWS ON THE MOON.  A LIZARD AND BUNGLE ADVENTURE., Byerley, Jolyon.  Illustrated by Katie Shears.
1 Byerley, Jolyon. Illustrated by Katie Shears. SHADOWS ON THE MOON. A LIZARD AND BUNGLE ADVENTURE.
Caribbean / Macmillan, London, 1998, first edition. 
47 pp, oblong (8 11/16" H x 11 3/16" D), hard cover in glazed pictorial boards - no dust jacket. ISBN 0333710223 Beautifully illustrated in vivid colour. A friendly lizard and his colourful tropical island friends have an adventure when space duc ks visit from the planet Pluto. An area of light wrinkling on pages 3/4, small closed tear (archivally taped) at bottom of page 43/44, small bump to top corner of boards, minor rubbing to glossy boards, slight bump to top/bottom of spine, t i n y d i n t on front board. Very Good- 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
COCONUT ISLAND OR THE ADVENTURES OF TWO CHILDREN IN THE SOUTH SEAS., Gibbings, Robert.
2 Gibbings, Robert. COCONUT ISLAND OR THE ADVENTURES OF TWO CHILDREN IN THE SOUTH SEAS.
J.M. Dent & Sons, Letchworth, 1953, reprint (second impression of the revised text). 
245 pp, 7 3/8" H, hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers, approx. 80 b&w woodblock prints by Robert Gibbings. "Patrick and Penelope set sail with their artist uncle on a cargo vessel bound for Jamaica and Panama, on their way to Tahiti. Their u ncle is on the look-out for a scientist friend of his, who is studying fish somewhere in those parts. On arrival in Tahiti he finds that his friend is on a small island some three days' sail from there, so they all embark again, this time i n a s c h o oner, in hopes of reaching him. But a storm blows up. The skipper decides to put his unusual passengers ashore on the south end of the island before the gale increases, and Uncle John starts to row through a gap in the reef in one of t h e s hi p' s bo ats. 'Great waves were surging through the pass....the receding current caught the boat and carried it as though it had been a cork....then, a moment's horror - over and over and over....' The children are washed up on the b eac h, an d ca n s ee no tr ace of their uncle. Patrick and Penelope have to lead the life of real castaways, befriended by a native who discovers them, and who initiates them into the art of catching coconut crabs, pearl diving, building a hous e, and al l m an er of t hin gs gene rally necessary to salvation on a 'desert island' in the tropics...." Faint waterstains on top of textblock, heavy color fading to top half of fore-edge of both boards - due to dampness, slight fadind at botto m e dge o f fr ont boa rd, ligh t to mo derat e edge rubbing, light wrinling at top/bottom of spine, minor foxing mark on fore-edge of textblock. Dust jacket is clipped at both corners of front flap; partial old label on front flap; chips and tea rs ( some w ith c reas es) at t op/bot tom o f sp ine an d flap-folds; light to moderate edge wear; light browning, moderate browning on spine, flap-folds and top edge of flaps; small watermarks on spine; a few dye marks on inside top edge. Good-/F air 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
JUST SO STORIES FOR LITTLE CHILDREN., Kipling, Rudyard.
3 Kipling, Rudyard. JUST SO STORIES FOR LITTLE CHILDREN.
Toronto George N. Morang 1902 First Canadian Edition Hard Cover Good- Rudyard Kipling. 
249 pp, 9 3/4" H. Light green cloth with black lettering/decoration on spine and front board, top edge gilt. 22 b&w plates (all present) plus additional small b&w drawings. Contents: How the Whale Got His Throat; How the Camel Got His Hump; How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin; How the Leopard Got His Spots; The Elephant's Child; The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo; The Beginning of the Armadillos; How the First Letter was Written; How the Alphabet was Made; The Crab that Played with the Sea; The Cat that walked by Himself; The Butterfly that Stamped. Many pages are wrinkled as though turned by an enthusiastic young reader. Splitting to paper on inside hinges (repaired) but boards are holding firmly with fabric still intact, areas of very light browning on endpapers, very small ink mark on front pastedown, fraying and tiny tears at top/bottom of spine, spine is browned, some edge and corner wear, soiling to boards including a small white paint stain on rear board, 2' thin scuff on rear board, small area of damage at fore-edge of fron board, light browning to fore-edge and bottom of text block 
Price: 250.00 USD
 
 
4 Leigh, M. Cordelia E. NATURE'S PLAYGROUND.
Collins, London, n.d. 
This volume contains 4 "books", each individually paged: 95 pp, 79 pp, 81 pp, 79 pp. - small 8vo (7 11/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "The fascinating secrets of nature revealed by one who understands our flowers, birds, animals and all the wil d and beautiful things which grow or make their homes in our lovely countryside. Told in a way that makes the reader see the wonders of nature. The collection of over 250 beautiful (b&w) nature photographs taken in their natural surroundi n g s w i l l prove of incalculable value." Slight bump to top/bottom of spine and to top edge of both boards. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, small closed tear (archivally taped) with creases at top of front hinge, a few tiny chips, mi no r b ro wn in g, very light rubbing/soiling, small ghost sticker mark on front flap. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
FABLES OF LEONARDO DA VINCI., Nardini, Bruno.  Introduction by Margaret Meek.
5 Nardini, Bruno. Introduction by Margaret Meek. FABLES OF LEONARDO DA VINCI.
Glasgow Collins 1974 0001381350 / 9780001381353 Second Impression. Hard Cover Very Good- Very Good- Adriana Saviozzi Mazza. 
125 pp, 4to, (11 1/4" H). Beautiful colour illustrations. Endpapers depict Leonardo's mirror writing. "Leonardo da Vinci was the greatest artist of his time - a man of formidable talent. He is not generally remembered as a storyteller. Yet this unique collection of (73) fables illustrates his uncomplicated and sympathetic approach to people and life. Leonardo ranks with Aesop. His fables will immediately strike a chord in every reader as he points out, in a simple and charming way, the danger of envy, greed and selfishness, the rewards of compassion, kindness and generosity. Each fable stands alone as a delightful tale - the message is clear." Gift inscription in ink and erased pencilled name on free front endpaper, tiny crease at bottom edge of the two content pages, small piece chewed off at bottom fore-edge of page leaves 25 to 34, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very small bump at bottom corner of boards. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has light edge browning, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE POMPOUS PARROT AND OTHER WEST INDIAN TALES., Taylor, Daphne.
6 Taylor, Daphne. THE POMPOUS PARROT AND OTHER WEST INDIAN TALES.
Toronto MacMillan Company of Canada 1947 First Edition. Hard Cover Very Good Good- Nan Richards. 
114 pp, 11 1/8" H. Medium green cloth with dark green lettering on spine and front board. B&w illustrations. "From the romantic islands of the West Indies, rich in folkore and tropical colour, comes this delightful collection of thirty-seven fables and tales for children. There are stories of parrots, monkeys, pelicans, humming-birds, corn birds and dragon flies; alligators, mongoose and agouti; mango and bread-fruit trees and the lovely immortelles and pouis; West Indian fairy folk - mischievous dwens and the good sprites; and West Indian people. The charming illustrations in bold line drawings will appeal to children, as will the large, clear type in which the short, dramatic stories are presented." Contents include: The Gar Fish and the Sunbeam; The Wonderful Coal-Pot; The Magic Mango; How the Agouti Tricked the Dogs; The Sprite of the Coconuts; TheVain Pelian; The Fashionable Deer; The Greedy Man's Christmas Surprise; A Tale of the Yellow Butterfly; The Pompous Parrot; The Three Talkative Monkeys; The Pink Agouti; The Tale of the Mongoose; The Turtle and the Crab; Pepita and the Pepper; The Red Humming-bird; etc., etc. Light browning to endpapers - caused by dust jacket flaps, light wear at top/bottom of spine and at corners, wrinkling at bottom of spine, very slight lean to spine, two tiny corner bumps. Dust jacket has areas of browning, several small and moderate edge chips, several edge tears and and creases on front panel, 6" dark pencil mark on rear panel - a light 4" mark on hinge, protected in a paper backed mylar sleeve. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
7 Westerman, Percy. KING OF KILBA.
Ward, Lock, London, 1959. 
183 pp, small 8vo (7 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w illustrations. "When he comes into money, Kenneth Kilsyth and his chum, Gerald Hayes, set off in search of a new life. Little did they know what awaited them in the dim and distant futu re. But mid pestilence and storm, shipwreck and thrilling encounters with savages in an uncharted Pacific Island, they retained their British pluck and initiative to win an even greater reward in the end...." Light browning to pages, sma l l s l i g h t bump at corners, small shallow bump at top of front hinge and at bottom edge of front board, browning to edges of textblock, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has moderate edge wear/creasing, small chips/tears at t op / bo tt om o f sp i ne and flap-folds, 1" tears at bottom of hinges, light browning and foxing - mainly on inside surface. Very Good/Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
KALILA AND DIMNA:  SELECTED FABLES OF BIDPAI., Wood, Ramsay.  Introduction by Doris Lessing.
8 Wood, Ramsay. Introduction by Doris Lessing. KALILA AND DIMNA: SELECTED FABLES OF BIDPAI.
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1980 0394506936 / 9780394506937 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- Margaret Kilrenny. 
263 pp, 8 1/4" H. B&w illustrations. "Ramsay Wood here restores to our world a major, self-contained section of the 'Tales of Bidpai' - the charming-quirky, humorous cycle of fables which originally appeared in Sanskrit nearly 1,700 years ago. It is difficult to trace their earliest beginnings, but incidents from the tales can be identified in sculpture near Buddhist shrines built before 200 B.C., and all our beast fables from Aesop to La Fontaine to Uncle Remus suggest a debt to them. Taken together, the tales ostensibly constitute a handbook for rulers, illustrating and explaining a series of admonitions on how to run a kingdom, on the conduct proper for a king, on the use of spies, on the legal system, on how to create a village, etc., etc. But in their slyly profound grasp of human nature at its best - and, more often, at its worst - they are clearly meant as good counsel for all of us. At (its heart) is the incorruptible sage Bidpai, sugar-coating the advice he is offering his king, Dabschelim, with these stories of two jackals, the cunning brothers Kalila and Dimna. And within the stories, the jackals themselves tell stories (all living creatures need instruction!). Here we meet an old crow, a miserly wolf, iron-eating mice, apes, busybody birds, a turtle, a cormorant, a bedbug, a flea - . As layer upon layer of tales unfolds, we are exposed to animals and men who are wise or foolish, naive, greedy, impatient, and wrongheaded in endlessly different ways - characters who have all the flaws (and even a few of the virtues) of human nature, and whose adventures and fates amuse as they illumine the mystery of human life. (Quotes from, among others,) Cicero, Gilgamesh, Spenser, Freud, Dryden, Mark Twain and J.D. Salinger (are used to embellish this adaptation)." Gift inscription in ink on free front endpaper. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, a few tiny edge tear/chips, two corner creases on front flap. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 


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