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A HISTORY OF THE WRITINGS OF BEATRIX POTTER.  INCLUDING UNPUBLISHED WORK., Linder, Leslie.
41 Linder, Leslie. A HISTORY OF THE WRITINGS OF BEATRIX POTTER. INCLUDING UNPUBLISHED WORK.
London Frederick Warne 1987 0723235627 / 9780723235620 Revised Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- Beatrix Potter. 
446 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w and colour illustrations. "In this detailed and authoritative book, Leslie Linder not only tells the tale behind the 'Tales' - the history of how each book in the famous 'Peter Rabbit' series began to be written - he also reveals a wealth of Beatrix Potter's writing which is not published in any other form elsewhere. Beatrix Potter's letters are featured here too. The correspondence between Frederick Warne and their best-selling author provides a fascinating commentary on the stories she wrote, and an insight into her character. She was very particular about her writing, often revising the same story until it was to her satisfaction; several of these versions are quoted, including the privately printed edition of 'The Tailor of Gloucester'. There are unpublished 'Appley Dapply' rhymes, plays and Beatrix Potter's text for the painting books. Lesser known books, 'Sister Anne', a surprisingly gruesome tale about Bluebeard, and 'The Tale of the Faithful Dove', and two delightful versions of 'Wag-by-Wall' are discussed. She occasionally wrote articles for newspapers, and one year she even tried her hand at politics. Fourteen pictures letters are also reproduced, amongst them the 'Peter Rabbit' picture letter to Noel Moore, which started it all. This new edition of Leslie Linder's classic work has been thoroughly revised to take account of the latest information and publishing history of Beatrix Potter's writings. An important feature is the new and interesting selection of illustrations in colour and b&w, which includes several items that have never been published before." Minor soiling to edges of text block, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, several tiny bumps on bottom edge of rear board, two page leaves with small crease at bottom corner. Dust jacket has light rubbing, light edge wear/wrinkling, small taped edge tear with creases, light browning at top edge of flaps. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
NORMAN LINDSAY'S BEARS., Lindsay, Norman.  Selected by Keith Wingrove.
42 Lindsay, Norman. Selected by Keith Wingrove. NORMAN LINDSAY'S BEARS.
South Melbourne Macmillan Company of Australia 1978 0333251628 / 9780333251621 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Norman Lindsay 
viii, 72 pp, 9 3/4" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w cartoons/drawings. "Long before Billy Bluegum (a koala bear) made his trek to fame in the pages of 'The Magic Pudding', readers of the 'Bulletin' and the 'Lone Hand' delighted in the activities of Lindsay's most popular bear. Through two tumultuous decades, Billy's adventures relfected the social and political turmoil of a country suffering the birth pains of nationhood and soon to be plunged into a world war. Society, marriage and divorce, elections, conscription and war, the races and Christmas - all are dealt with in Lindsay's inimitable style; his wry and witty captions add the final piquant touch. Lindsay's unique understanding and love of Australia's animals are nowhere more apparent than in his enchanting portrayal of Billy and his bush friends. All appear in this selection by Keith Wingrove - which includes both the first and last Billy Bluegum pictures drawn by Norman Lindsay. The drawings are at once a joy to the eye and an inexhaustible source of fun and laughter." Very light edge wear to boards - moderate on bottom edge. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling, light rubbing, tiny stain at bottom edge of front panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
43 Lorenz, Lee. (William Steig). (Introduction by John Updike). THE WORLD OF WILLIAM STEIG.
New York Artisan 1998 1885183976 / 9781885183972 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good William Steig 
207 pp, 11 1/4" H x 11 1/4" D. Profusely illustrated in color and b&w. "William Steig, the dean of 'New Yorker' cartoonists, began his career at the magazine in 1930. After achieving acclaim with his gang of street urchins, affectionately nicknamed the 'Small Fry', Steig branched out, exploring through his drawings the psychological undercurrents in relationships between parent and child, husband and wife, self and society. Beginning in the sixties, Steig demonstrated his understanding and awe of children in numerous award-winning picture books, including such classics as: 'Rotten Island' (1969), 'Sylvester and the Magic Pebble' (1970 Caldecott Medal), 'Dominic' (1972), 'Gorky Rises' (1980), 'Doctor De Soto' (1982 Newbery Award), and 'Shrek!' (1990). Featuring hundreds of illustrations, including a portfolio of previously unpublished pieces selected by the artists himself, (this book) celebrates the life work of an uncompromising iconoclast who has never lost sight of the power of humor." Light edge wear - mainly on bottom edge, small bump at bottom rear corner. Dust jacket is price clipped, has very light edge wrinkling - mainly at bottom of spine, small closed tear at bottom of front hinge. A wonderful journey through the career of this great cartoonist/children's book illustrator. Near Fine/Very Good 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
44 Lucas, Helen. ANGELICA
Toronto Kakabeka 1973 0919588190 / 9780919588196 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good - Helen Lucas. 
Unpaginated, 7" H. B&w illustrations with captions on facing pages. "Angelica was an angel in heaven - a nice girl - but no one could control or suppress her fantasies. Helen Lucas, a versatile artist/author presents a woman searching for her identity through Angelica, a not so angelic angel." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light browning to top and fore-edge of tex block, scattered tiny faint foxing marks - mainly on rear cover, very light browning on covers, faint sticker mark on front cover, one tiny corner crease, very minor edge wear. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
DR. SEUSS.  TWAYNE'S UNITED STATES AUTHORS SERIES - CHILDREN'S LITERATURE., MacDonald, Ruth K.  (Dr. Seuss / Theodore Geisel.)
45 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
 
 
DREAMQUESTS:  THE ART OF DON MAITZ., Maitz, Don, foreword.  Introduction by Raymond E. Feist.  Afterword by Janny Wurts.
46 Maitz, Don, foreword. Introduction by Raymond E. Feist. Afterword by Janny Wurts. DREAMQUESTS: THE ART OF DON MAITZ.
Novato, California Underwood-Miller 1993 0887331750 / 9780887331756 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ Don Maitz. 
98 pp, 11 1/4" H. Profusely illustrated in color. "Since his professinal debut nearly 20 years ago, artist Don Maitz has been giving form to the fantastic in a way that has won him widespread recognition by both his professional peers and an enthusiastic public. Following up on the success of 'First Maitz', this volume is a lavishly produced collection of some of Maitz's most popular works, as well as some never-before-published paintings. Exhibiting a fanatical attention to detail, the paintings apply surrealist technique to surreal situations. Maitz likes to mix modern imagery with medieval icons and his pictures frequently display a keen sense of wit. (He) has designed more than 250 book covers for some of today's leading authors of cutting-edge science fiction, including Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Piers Anthony, Stephen King, Raymond E. Feist, C.J. Cherryh, Janny Wurts and Gene Wolfe. His visceral and adventurous visions have also attracted commercial clients for national advertising: Eastman Kodak, NBC, and Captain Morgan Spiced Rum. (He) has received the Silver Medallion from the American Society of Illustrators, the Hugo Award and the Howard Award for Best Artist at the Sixth World Fantasy Convention." Soft crease at top corner of first few pages, slight waviness to edges of textblock. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
47 Marciano, John Bemelmans. BEMELMANS: THE LIFE & ART OF MADELINE'S CREATOR.
New York Viking 1999 067088460X / 9780670884605 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ Ludwig Bemelmans. 
152 pp, 10 1/2" H x 10 1/4" D. Pictorial endpapers. Profusely illustrated throughout with photographs and reproductions of Bememelmans' work in colour and b&w. "Although Ludwig Bemelmans is best known for his Madeline books, his creative life extended far beyond the 'old house in Paris'. He was a novelist and nonfiction writer, as well as a regular contributor to 'The New Yorker', 'Vogue', 'Holiday', and 'Town & Country'. He also painted murals in the bar at the Carlyle Hotel that still bears his name. Throughout his life he was a celebrated bon vivant who experienced a rich variety of places, personalities, and professions. He even worked as a screenwriter for MGM, and planned to collaborate on a book with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Late in his life Bemelmans decided to pursue his lifelong desire to paint with oils. The stunning results of his efforts are showcased here in two painting sections - one featuring his Paris paintings, the other pictures of Manhattan and its environs from his exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York. Bemelmans' fascinating life story is told through letters, photographs, illustrations, paintings, sketches, and excerpts from both his published writings and his private journal, selected by his grandson, (the author), who has also written a running text to guide the reader through Bemelmans' own words and pictures. The narrative celebrates the high times, but also sheds light on some of the bleaker periods of Bemelemans' life and how these events influenced him and his art. The final part of the book explores his creative process while working on the Madeline sequels. This elegantly designed and lavishly illustrated book showcases Bemelmans' art and writing and illuminates the relationship between the man and his work." Light wear on bottom edge of book. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
A TREASURY OF GREAT CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS., Meyer, Susan E.
48 Meyer, Susan E. A TREASURY OF GREAT CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS.
New York Harry N. Abrams 1983 0810907828 / 9780810907829 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ Edward Lear, John Tenniel, Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott, Kate Greenaway, Beatrix Potter, Ernest H. Shepard, Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen, Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, W.W. Denslow. 
272 pp, 11 1/4" H. 252 illustrations, including 93 plates in full color. "Emphasizing the Victorian age in England and its subsequent tradition in America, this magical survey features now-classic illustrations by Edward Lear, John Tenniel, Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott, Kate Greenaway, Beatrix Potter, Ernest Shepard, Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen, Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth and W.W. Denslow. The author brings to this subject a deep understanding of illustration, and explains, for instance, how Walter Crane, Kate Greenaway, and Randolph Caldecott were identified by their association with the same printer. She describes the fascinating connections between Peter Pan, Arthur Rackham, and Edmund Dulac. American favorites are also presented: how Howard Pyle created a school of American illustration that produced N.C. Wyeth, while W. W. Denslow offered a unique American fairytale in his illustrations for 'The Wizard of Oz'. The lively text examines the context in which these phenomena took place, including the growth of the publishing industry, the changing attitudes toward children during the Victorian era, and the subsequent invention of the the children's picture book." Light fading to top edge of boards and spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling, very light rubbing. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
CHICO OF THE +UP RANCH., Muller, Dan.  (Daniel Cody Muller, 1889-1976)
49 Muller, Dan. (Daniel Cody Muller, 1889-1976) CHICO OF THE +UP RANCH.
Chicago Reilley & Lee 1938 First Edition Hard Cover Good No Jacket Dan Muller. Signed/inscribed by author/illustrator
249 pp, 9 3/8" H. Khaki cloth with black lettering/red banding on spine, red lettering/black illustration on front board. Profusely illustrated throughout with b&w drawings ranging from full page to vignette. The author/illustrator was born in Choteau, Montana and in his early years worked for Buffalo Bill Cody. His art was influenced by meeting Charles M. Russell around 1900 and he went on to become a collected artist of the American West. At the top of the half title page of this volume he has inscribed: "To H.R. Cannon (underscored) / Dont mind the ups and downs / of life - a good man is never / down - long. / Dan Muller" and has used the bottom half to sketch (first in pencil, then ink) a scene of a bucking bronco with his rider sitting on the ground with his hat beside him. This sketch is also signed "DAN MULLER" with a slanting dash above and below. A story of horses, cowboys, range wars, rodeos and romance. Pages 13 to 21 have a tiny dent in the middle of the page, pages 13 and 14 have a small light stain in the margin, minor toning to margins of pages, a few pages with a thumb mark in the margin, thin line of dried glue on front pastdown - some offset on free endpaper, small very light green/red soiling mark at bottom of page 84, spine has slight slant, small shallow bump at top of front hinge, a few scattered foxing marks on boards, two light liquid marks on bottom of text block, light soiling to board cloth, light browning to fore-edge and bottom of text block, browning to spine, minor bump at top corner of boards. 
Price: 325.00 USD
 
 
RUPERT:  A BEAR'S LIFE., Perry, George.  With Alfred Bestall.
50 Perry, George. With Alfred Bestall. RUPERT: A BEAR'S LIFE.
London Pavilion 1986 0907516769 / 9780907516767 Second Impression. Soft Cover Very Good Alfred Bestall / Mary Tourtel. 
169 pp, 9 5/8" H. Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w. "(T)ells the story of Britain's longest-lived children's comic character, Rupert Bear. Rupert commenced his existence in the pages of the Daily Express in 1920 and for generations of Britons he has been part of childhood mythology. The central character, apart from the small bear himself, is the late Alfred Bestall, who drew Rupert daily for thirty years. He was interviewed at length, and gave the book his full co-operation. The book assesses Rupert's popularity and includes full descriptions of the associated enterprises, the fan clubs, the annuals, the book reprints, the merchandising and his appearances on television, in the cinema as an animation, and even the notorious piracy in the underground paper, Oz. The evocative illustrations include not only familiar images of Rupert, but also material never before published from the archives of the Daily Express." Interior - gift inscription in ink on inside of front cover, small soft crease at top corner of first two pages, otherwise clean & tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - faint crease down spine, small crease at top corner of front cover, laminate is loose at top of front hinge area, some small faint rub marks on edges of text block and at bottom of rear cover. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
KAY NIELSEN:  AN APPRECIATION., Poltarnees, Welleran.  Introduction by Jasmine Britton.  Autobiographical Statement by Kay Nielsen.
51 Poltarnees, Welleran. Introduction by Jasmine Britton. Autobiographical Statement by Kay Nielsen. KAY NIELSEN: AN APPRECIATION.
La Jolla, California Green Tiger Press 1976 Soft Cover Very Good+ Kay Nielsen. 
40 pp, 12 1/8" H. 12 tipped in colour plates, plus other full and part page illustrations in blue, brown and cream. Contains examples from 'In Powder and Crinoline', 'East of the Sun and West of the Moon', 'Fairy Tales by Hans Andersen', 'Hansel and Gretel' and 'Red Magic'. Interior - previous owners bookplate on free front endpaper, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very minor edge wear, two tiny corner creases on front cover. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
52 Pritchett, V.S. / Stone, Reynolds. Introduction by Paul Theroux. THE TURN OF THE YEARS. CONTAINING: THE SEASONS' COURSE: SELECTED ENGRAVINGS BY REYNOLDS STONE and AS OLD AS THE CENTURY.
Salisbury, Wiltshire Michael Russell 1982 0859550850 / 9780859550857 Second Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Reynolds Stone. 
48 pp, 7 1/4" H. B&w engravings. "The two aspects of this book have the unifying theme of time's passing. Reynolds Stone and V.S. Pritchett, personal friends, shared an artistic excellence that has earned both an international reputation. 'The Turn of the Years' brings their talents together, revealing complementary visions of the world." Fading to bottom edge of front hinge/spine area. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling, slight edge browning, some creases down spine. 
Price: 12.00 USD
 
 
53 Retan, Walter and Risom, Ole. (Richard Scarry.) THE BUSY, BUSY WORLD OF RICHARD SCARRY.
New York Harry N. Abrams 1997 0810940000 / 9780810940000 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- Richard Scarry. 
159 pp, 4to (12" H). Pictorial endpapers, profusely illustrated throughout in color and b&w with photographs and reproductions of Scarry's work. "In dozens of books, with hundreds and hundreds of illustrations, Scarry revealed to kids that the everyday world was a place that could be understood - and that learning was fun. Scarry's 'Best Word Book Ever', for example, puts names to everyday objects; 'Busy, Busy World' explores geography country by country; and 'What Do People Do All Day?' delivers exactly what the title promises. Such a man is worth knowing more about, and this first biography presents the debonair, humorous, charming figure that Scarry was. In words and pictures the book traces (his) life from his roots in Boston to a post-World War II art school training and a brief career in advertising. Bored with selling products, Scarry put himself forward as a children's book illustrator and began turning out pictures for other people's words. Soon, he himself was writing texts, and eventually he hit upon the magic touch that catapulted him to nearly universal popularity - a menagerie full of animal characters who behaved like humans, but with unfailing good humor and grace. Through the personalities of these often mischievous creatures - the ubiquitous Lowly Worm, Tinker and Tanker, Sergeant Murphy - whom children could identify with but not have to worry about, Scarry conceived a parade of books that parents and children alike could pore over for pictures or read time after time. Long before Waldo challenged young eyes to find him in picture books, Goldbug was hiding here and there on Scarry's pages. Learning more about the charm of those books and the genius of the man who created them will enlighten and delight any reader of this book." Small tear (archivally taped) at bottom edge of title page, very light wear and a few tiny dents at bottom edge of boards. Dust jacket has light edge wear, edge wrinkling, one small tear archivally taped, crease at top edge of front flap. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE ART OF IVAN GANTSCHEV., Scharioth, Barbara.
54 Scharioth, Barbara. THE ART OF IVAN GANTSCHEV.
New York North-South Books 1993 Soft Cover Near Fine Very Good Ivan Gantschev. 
91 pp, 11" H - soft cover with corrugated paper dust jacket and mylar sleeve. Bilingual text (English/German). Profusely illustrated in full color. "Ivan Gantschev was born in Bulgaria in 1925 and studied at the Art Academy in Sofia. Now he lives in Frankfurt, Germany. His art reflects both his vivid imagination and his keen recollection of the Bulgarian countryside of his youth. A talented storyteller, the freedom and spirit of his watercolours have won him continuing acclaim. His artwork has been exhibited around the world, and his picture books have been published in many languages." Minor color offset from dust jacket flaps on inside of covers. Dust jacket has very light rubbing. Outer mylar sleeve has moderate rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
JESSIE WILLCOX SMITH., Schnessel, S. Michael.
55 Schnessel, S. Michael. JESSIE WILLCOX SMITH.
New York Thomas Y. Crowell 1977 0690014937 / 9780690014938 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Jessie Willcox Smith 
224 pp, 11 1/4" H. Profusely illustrated in color and b&w. "In over 40 illustrated books and in hundreds of magazine illustrations and covers Jessie Willcox Smith pictured a child that was without equal in reality - innocent, unblemished, never naughty, always perfect. Smith's touching, sensitive portraits of children at play won her the hearts of millions of Americans in the early part of (the 20th century), just as her works are once againt captivating collectors today. From 1918 to 1932 her illustrations decorated the covers of 'Good Housekeeping' magazine. Her charming illustrations for Charles Kingsley's 'The Water Babies', published in 1916, are a high point in American illustration, representative of the finest illustrative work of the decade. One of the most prolific students of Howard Pyle, the dean of American illustration, Smith was so financially successful during her career that her friends affectionately called her 'The Mint'. This volume looks carefully at the woman and her art, illustrating some of her most delightful pictures for such works as 'The Princess and the Goblin', 'A Child's Garden of Verses', 'The Water Babies', 'The Book of the Child', and others. A study of her cover and illustrative art for American magazines features her illustrations for 'The Ladies' Home Journal', 'Good Housekeeping', 'Scribner's Magazine', 'Century', 'Woman's Home Companion' and other important turn of the century publications. Her delightful ads for Proctor and Gamble and other firms, her charming portraits of Philadelphia's children, and her posters, Christmas cards, and other works help to round out this detailed study of her career. As an aid to collectors of Smith's work, this volume features four important appendixes which give detailed listings of her illustrated books, magazine covers, illustrations, and posters." Previous owner's book plate on free front endpaper, small soft bump at top corner of front board. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light wrinkling at top of spine and flap-folds, minor edge wear, minor rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
BLACKLIGHT:  THE ART OF ANDREW SKILLETER., Skilleter, Andrew.
56 Skilleter, Andrew. BLACKLIGHT: THE ART OF ANDREW SKILLETER.
London Doctor Who Books 1995 1852774158 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Andrew Skilleter. 
122 pp, 12 1/8" H. Profusely illustrated with colour and b&w reproductions of paintings, book covers, posters, calendar art, etc. "Andrew Skilleter's Doctor Who work spans more than fifteen years. This is a collection of the finest of his paintings, including both the best know images and some works never previously reproduced, with explanatory text by the artist." Tiny bump to top corner of both boards, very small ink remainder dot on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling - mostly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light rubbing. 
Price: 23.00 USD
 
 
WALTER CRANE., Spencer, Isobel.
57 Spencer, Isobel. WALTER CRANE.
New York Macmillan 1975 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Walter Crane. 
208 pp, 11 1/8" H. B&w and colour illustrations. "More than any other artist of the time Walter Crane appears at the center of the great surge of interest in the decorative arts in the late nineteenth century. He was the driving force behind the Arts and Crafts movement, a children's book illustrator, designer of textiles, tiles, stained glass and ceramics, and a painter who enjoyed a reputation on the Continent as the most popular of the Pre-Raphaelites. Long before his name came to be associated with Kate Greenaway and Randolph Caldecott as the outstanding artists for the nursery, his brightly colored series of Toy Books ensured him a wide reputation. His fame led to commissions for nursery wallpaper, and from there to fabrics, ceramics, mosaic, stained glass, and gesso relief. As President of the Art Workers' Guild Exhibition Society he was a more strenuous advocate of the Arts and Crafts movement than his friend, William Morris, and traveled abroad with his work, specifically helping the formation of an American Arts and Crafts movement. Crane's early paintings embody the romantic medievalism of Rossetti and Burne-Jones, but he soon used poetry and painting as a means to express his growing interest in new philosophical ideas. Ultimately he was converted to socialism - a cause he embraced wholeheartedly, becoming a member of the Social Democratic Federation, the Fabians, and Morris's Socialist League. He gladly made his art servant to his beliefs, producing political cartoons and trade union banners. This is the first major study of Crane's life and work to be published since his death in 1915. Isobel Spencer, a past lecturer in the history of art at Glasgow College of Art, includes in her scholarly study of the man and his work the full range of Crane's many artistic activities." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, small bump at top corners of boards, tiny dent on bottom edge of rear board. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light browning at top inside edge. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
LETTERS TO CHILDREN FROM BEATRIX POTTER., Taylor, Judy, collected and introduced by.  (Beatrix Potter.)
58 Taylor, Judy, collected and introduced by. (Beatrix Potter.) LETTERS TO CHILDREN FROM BEATRIX POTTER.
London Frederick Warne 1992 0723237778 / 9780723237778 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Good+ Beatrix Potter. 
240 pp, small 4to (10 1/8" H). "The chief recipients (of her letters) were the family of her former governess, Annie Moore. Beatrix wrote them long, lively 'picture letters', copiously illustrated with witty drawings and full of funny anecdotes about her pets and her holidays. As she became established as an author she continued to write to young relatives, members of her publisher's family and the enthusiastic fans who loved her books. Sometimes these letters take the form of a supposed correspondence between different animal characters from the Peter Rabbit stories, all written in miniature with their own tiny envelopes. It is a measure of the delight with which Beatrix Potter's letters were received and treasured that so many of them have survived to this day. The picture letters and miniature letters (in this book) are shown in facsimile and (it) is illustrated with photographs and Beatrix Potter's own drawings. Judy Taylor has introduced each section with an account of the children who received the letters, many of whose stories have never been told before. The result is an intriguing and attractive book that reveals much new information about Beatrix Potter and above all demonstrates her unfailing power to beguile children and adults alike." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine, a few tiny dents on bottom edge of boards, some areas of faint discoloration at bottom of boards. Dust jacket has some edge wrinkling, light edge wear, one small taped tear at top edge, light dampness stains at inside bottom edge, light rub marks. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
WRESTLING WITH A PENCIL:  THE LIFE OF A FREELANCE ARTIST., Thelwell, Norman.
59 Thelwell, Norman. WRESTLING WITH A PENCIL: THE LIFE OF A FREELANCE ARTIST.
London Methuen 1986 0413593207 / 9780413593207 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Norman Thelwell. 
192 pp, 9 7/8" H. Pictorial endpapers, beautifully and profusely illustrated in colour and b&w. "For over twenty-five years Norman Thelwell's cartoons, drawings and landscape paintings have delighted millions of people all over the world. His drawings of sporting pursuits, of human beings at play and of many other countryside subjects are the product of a unique comic genius; the term 'Thelwell pony' has passed into the English language. Now Norman Thelwell has written an account of his life from early childhood to the present. For the first time he opens up his experiences as an artist and humorist, in an informal, accessible and entertaining way. He describes his early love of drawing, the development of his skills in the war, his training at art school, his career as a teacher and a newspaper cartoonist and his subsequent life as a freelance artist. He discusses his work for 'Punch', the development of his ideas, his techniques, the making of his books and his other projects. (This) is also a personal story: of his childhood in Birkenhead; his experiences as a soldier in Britain and India during and after the war; his family; his home life in Hampshire; the people he has met; the houses he has restored. This mixture of personal and professional reminiscence is rich in anecdote and makes a lively and often amusing story. It is accompanied by a wide range of colour and black -and -white illustrations. In addition to the cartoons for which he is famous there are selections from his work as a serious landscape painter and samples from a lifetime of sketchbooks." Tiny white mark on rear board, very minor edge wear. Dust jacket has very minor edge wear, light wrinkling at top of spine and flaps, very minor rubbing, 1" line indentation on spine. 
Price: 42.50 USD
 
 
THE RHINEGOLD & THE VALKYRIE., Wagner, Richard.  Translated by Margaret Armour.
60 Wagner, Richard. Translated by Margaret Armour. THE RHINEGOLD & THE VALKYRIE.
London William Heinemann 1920 New Impression. Hard Cover Good+ Good- Arthur Rackham. 
160 pp, 10" H. Taupe-coloured cloth with black lettering/decoration on spine and front board, black publisher's emblem on rear board. Pictorial endpapers, b&w vignettes, 34 colour plates, tipped in on heavy stock with borders, tissue covers bearing captions (collated). This book contains the first two parts of 'The Ring of the Niblung': 'The Rhinegold: Prelude' and 'The Valkyrie: First Day of the Trilogy'. 'Siegfried: Second Day of the Trilogy' and 'The Twilight of the Gods: Third Day of theTrilogy' are not included. This English translation of Richard Wagner's epic opera is enhanced by Arthur Rackham's beautiful, detailed illustrations, which bring to life the gods, goddesses, giants, dwarves and other inhabitants of the drama. The plates are all clean and bright, although one has four tiny flecks of skim from the facing tissue at the top (probably as a result of the tipping-in process), one has a very small crease at the bottom left-hand corner and another has a very tiny piece of edge wear. The card stock has darkened, as seems common with this production, affecting the adjacent pages (see photograph). Some pages have light wrinkling (no creases) - mainly at corners. Moderate browning to edges of text block. Wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Two margin tears (not affecting text or illustrations) have been repaired with archival tape. Dust jacket has very small chips at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, browning and some very light scuffs on spine, some light browning on panels, three water stains on spine - the largest and darkest at the bottom, light edge wear/wrinkling, small light stain on rear panel 
Price: 250.00 USD
 
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