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1 Anonymous NUMBERS - A Coloring Book
Kenosha Samuel Lowe Company 1949 Paperback Near Fine 12mo 7" - 7½" tall 
32 pages; Clean and tight in original color printed wrappers, but for a phone number written on rear endpaper. None of the printed drawings have been colored in yet. A nice example of this charming children's book from the mid- twentieth century. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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The Book of Good Counsels from the Sanskrit of the "Hitopadesa"  with Illustrations by Gordon Browne, Arnold, Sir Edward  ; Gordon Browne (illustrator)
2 Arnold, Sir Edward ; Gordon Browne (illustrator) The Book of Good Counsels from the Sanskrit of the "Hitopadesa" with Illustrations by Gordon Browne
New York Charles Scribners 1893 New Edition Hardcover Very Good 8vo 
163 pages; Clean and secure in original red cloth binding with bevelled edges and elaborate decorative stamping in gilt to front cover with images of various wild animals and branches. Minor wear to cloth at spine ends. Fabulous cover design bears monogram HD or possibly HC (with C reversed). Several full page b&w illustrations by Gordon Browne. Frontispiece, 6 full page & 13 b&w text illustrations. Printed at Chiswick Press. 
Price: 49.95 USD
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The Tale of Sandy Chipmunk, Bailey, Arthur Scott  ; Harry L. Smith (illustrator)
3 Bailey, Arthur Scott ; Harry L. Smith (illustrator) The Tale of Sandy Chipmunk
New York Grosset & Dunlap 1916 Hardcover Very Good- in Good dust jacket 12mo 7" - 7½" tall 
Sleepy-Time Tales; 112 pages; Contents clean and secure in original pictorial cloth binding of gray cloth with decorative stamping in red, green and black showing the chipmunk conversing with some birds. Dustjacket chipped along edges and missing section at bottom of spine. Frontispiece and five additional full page colour illustrations by Harry L. Smith (who also designed the pictorial dustjacket). OCLC: 10855979 
Price: 12.95 USD
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IRISH IDYLLS, Barlow, Jane ; Clifton Johnson
4 Barlow, Jane ; Clifton Johnson IRISH IDYLLS
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1897 Hardcover Very Good 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
xii, 317 pages; Original owner's name on ffep dated 1897, otherwise clean and secure in original decorative green cloth nineties binding with stylized shamrocks and stamping in lighter green and gilt, light rubbing. OCLC: 616340 Illustrated with photographs by Clifton Johnson, taken during a trip to the Connemara boglands of western Ireland. He made every effort to take pictures that faithfully depict nature and life as they really are amid the somber bogs of the west coast. The photographs brilliantly complement these regional Irish stories by Jane Barlow (1857 – 1917), an Irish novelist and poet, best known for her vivid portrayals of the Irish peasantry, primarily in the Connemara area near Lisconnel and Ballyhoy. Stories include: Lisconnel, A Windfall, One Too Many, A Wet Day, Got the Better of, Herself, Thunder in the Air, Between Two Lady Days, Backwards and Forwards, Coming and Going. 
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COOKERY FOR TODAY, Batchelder, Ann
5 Batchelder, Ann COOKERY FOR TODAY
Chicago Butterick Publishing Co 1932 Hardcover Very Good 8vo 
Clean and tight in original pictorial cloth binding depicting a beautifully set table with flowers, china, glassware, and silverware. Cloth rubbed at corners and spine ends, faded on rear cover. Nearly 400 recipes from Boston Brown Bread to Martha Washington Fruit Cake to Pigeons in Casserole to Oysters a l'Indienne to Dixie Relish to Hungarian Goulash, plus Ten Exclusive Recipes by Ann Batchelder.; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
Price: 14.95 USD
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GLIMPSES OF ITALIAN COURT LIFE - Happy Days in Italia Adorata, Batcheller, Tryphosa Bates
6 Batcheller, Tryphosa Bates GLIMPSES OF ITALIAN COURT LIFE - Happy Days in Italia Adorata
New York Doubleday Page & Co. 1906 Hardcover Near Fine 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
Clean and tight in original dark green cloth binding with gilt lettering and decorative stamping (resembling gold hinges and clasps), page edges untrimmed, printed on laid paper, pictorial endpapers. Illustrated with a portrait frontispiece and 61 lovely plates with captioned tissue guards, 469 pages, followed by a 3 page separately paginated section with the musical score of Marcia Real della Casa di Savoia. A beautifully designed and produced book in excellent condition. Thomas Wentworth Higginson said of this book: "I know of no other book that has put before the eye so vividly the attractions of Italian life in its upper circles, aided by the varied and beautiful pictures." 
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VIE DES SAINTS POUR TOUS LES JOURS DE L'ANNEE suivant l'ordre de l'office Romain traduites des legendes du Breviaire et de divers supplements approuves, Beauchesne, Gabriel
7 Beauchesne, Gabriel VIE DES SAINTS POUR TOUS LES JOURS DE L'ANNEE suivant l'ordre de l'office Romain traduites des legendes du Breviaire et de divers supplements approuves
Paris Gabriel Beauchesne 1922 Hardcover Near Fine 8vo 
744 pages; Dret et Lerouge, Chanoines honoraires de Troyes. Bright red half morocco over marbled boards, marbled endpapers, raised bands, gilt lettering and decorative devices, top edge gilt. Clean & tight (no names, no markings). A very attractive book. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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Le Bon Jardinier - Encyclopédie Horticole Avec 6 planches en couleurs d'après des quarellessss exécutées spécialement par A. Millot. 150é édition, Bois, D.  ; et G. T. Grignan ; eds.
8 Bois, D. ; et G. T. Grignan ; eds. Le Bon Jardinier - Encyclopédie Horticole Avec 6 planches en couleurs d'après des quarellessss exécutées spécialement par A. Millot. 150é édition
Paris Librairie Agricole de la Maison Rustique 1933 Hardcover Very Good+ Large 8vo 
2 p.l & 1036 pages; The text of this well-known encyclopedia of gardening, botany and horticulture was prepared under the direction of D. Bois and G. T. Grignan, with texts by a number of experts ("Rédigée par un groupe de savants et de practicines sou la direction de D. Bois et G. T. Grignan" -- a list of the many authors is on the verso of the first leaf, a facsimile of the decorative title page of the earlier editions). This 150th edition is retitled as Le Bon Jardinier: Encyclopédie horticole -- while the older editions had been styled as "Almanach horticole." Undated, but attributed to 1933 by OCLC Number: 491642408. (There was a 151th edition in 1947). A lovely copy, in fresh, clean condition, in a handsome private binding: half green morocco over blue-green linen covered boards, top edges gilt, green-grey endpapers, silk placemark. The binding is signed by Bumpus of Oxford Street, in tiny letters at the top corner of the verso of the front free-endpaper. There are five raised bands, highlighted with rows of gilt dots and framed by panels of gilt rules - title lettered in gilt directly in the second panel. The spine is moderately faded to brown, a not-unpleasant effect. With an elegant bookplate [Beatrice Louise Gruning] mounted to the front paste-down endpaper. A standard and important gardening reference from the years between the wars, in an elegant copy, much nicer than the publisher's usual cloth or boards. 
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THE MISSING FINGER, Boissiere, Albert   ;  Mary J. Safford (translator)
9 Boissiere, Albert ; Mary J. Safford (translator) THE MISSING FINGER
New York Dodd, Mead 1911 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 8vo 
Translated by Mary J. Safford. OCLC: 14398474 Decorative light green cloth binding with gilt lettering and image of a four fingered hand in darker green on front cover. Original owner's attractive bookplate on front pastedown. Albert Boissiere (1866- 1939) was a French writer and the author of detective fiction. Published in France under the title of 'Un crime a été commis.'; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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WAKE ROBIN, Burroughs, John
10 Burroughs, John WAKE ROBIN
Cambridge Hurd and Houghton 1877 Second Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 12mo 
256 pages; Clean and secure in original green cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine and decorative stamping in gilt and black depicting a bird and flowering branch. OCLC: 11686087 Contents include: The return of the birds. In the hemlocks. Adirondac. Birds'-nests. Spring at the Capital. Birch browsings. The bluebird. The invitation. Illustrated with frontispiece and several vignettes. 
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Le Cabinet secret de l'histoire Quatrieme serie, Cabanès, [Augustin] Docteur
11 Cabanès, [Augustin] Docteur Le Cabinet secret de l'histoire Quatrieme serie
Paris A. Maloin 1900 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 8vo Signed by Author
Autograph; Contemporary quarter morocco over marbled boards. Inscribed by the author on the half title page to Georges Cain [1856-1919] artist and author, who wrote a number of histories of Paris in the early years of the twentieth century. Someone has tipped an illustration by Cain and a short biography of the artist to the bottom of the half title page with the inscription, and there is a mark from cellophane tape (removed) to the gutter of this leaf and the original front wrapper. The binding is clean and handsome -- with the bookplate of Catherine Teiton on the front paste-down endpaper. Fourth and final series of this interesting work by Augustin Cabanès [1862–1928] -- a French doctor, historian and author of numerous works of fiction and history. The author relays numerous unusual and provocative incidents of French history, some related to medical matters ; Signed by Author 
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ROMANCE OF THE BOURBON CHATEAUX, Champney, Elizabeth W
12 Champney, Elizabeth W ROMANCE OF THE BOURBON CHATEAUX
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons 1905 Pictorial Cloth Near Fine Octavo 
460 pages; Clean and tight in original pictorial cloth binding with lovely image of a chateaux on front cover. xviii p., 1 l., 460 p., 34 pl., 6 port. Color frontispiece, 7 photogravures, 38 additional illustrations. OCLC: 35560315 A beautiful book combining history & travel literature with royal biography and architectural history. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
Price: 17.95 USD
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13 Champney, Elizabeth W. ROMANCE OF ROMAN VILLAS
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons 1909 Hardcover Very Good+ 
The Renaissance; xx, (2), 393 pages; Former owner's name on ffep. Clean and tight in beautiful pictorial cloth binding designed by Champney. 1909 printing. Illustrated by 8 photogravures and 44 b&w plates. Chapter headings include "The Eyes of a Basilisk, " "The Fingers of Apollo, " "A Cellini Casket, " "Flower O' The Peach, " "With Tasso at Villa D'Este, " "Mondragone, " "The Adventure of the Knight of the Brandished Lance, " "The Ladies of Palliano, " and "The Lure of Old Rome. Elizabeth Williams Champney (1850 – 1922) was an American author of numerous articles and novels, most concerning foreign history and culture, like her series of romantic semi-fictional fables of castles and villas. There were a total of nine books in this "Romance" series, the last of which was The Romance of Russia, from Rurik to Bolshevik. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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NATURE'S OWN GARDENS, Clarke, Maud Umfreville
14 Clarke, Maud Umfreville NATURE'S OWN GARDENS
London, New York J.M. Dent & E.P. Dutton 1907 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 4to 11" - 13" tall 
280 pages; Clean and tight in original pictorial cloth binding decoratively stamped at spine and front boardin green, white, red, gilt in a repeating floral pattern of blooming flowers and border vines. Minor rubbing at extremeties, some rippling of the cloth on rear boards. Beautifully illustrated with 51 full-page, colour drawings and numerous b&w drawings. Clarke presents her botanical musings for each month of the year. Excerpt: "When each and all of the Nature Gardens are so lovely in their particular way, it is unwise to show partiality; and yet there is something dangerously like it, if I say that the gardens of the grass fields in June seem to hold the largest possibilities of any ... The corn fields have their very definite beauty, but there is not the variety of plants growingamong the corn that the grass can muster. It seems such a perfectly content and satisfactory family, studding the green with all colours: white and yellow, orange, blue and pink of many shades. ... As the weeks of June add together, the flowers' strength and the strength of the grass seem to rise and swell into the fullest tide of the flowers' year." In addition to the lovely colour full page plates, many of the wide margins have reproductions of the author's pen-drawings to illuminate readers unfamiliar with the plants under discussion. 
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BRITISH VEGETABLE GALLS in attractive leather binding, Connold, Edward T
15 Connold, Edward T BRITISH VEGETABLE GALLS in attractive leather binding
London Hutchison 1901 First Edition Leather Bound Fine 4to 11" - 13" tall 
xii, 312 pages; Very handsome green half morocco leather binding over cloth covered boards. Near Fine, light foxing to endpapers. Bookplate. Gilt coat-of-arms on binding. Illustrated by 130 photographic plates. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
Price: 74.95 USD
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LIFE AT THE ZOO Notes and Traditions of the Regent's Park Gardens, Cornish, C. J
16 Cornish, C. J LIFE AT THE ZOO Notes and Traditions of the Regent's Park Gardens
London Seeley & Company 1896 Fourth Edition Hardcover Near Fine 8vo 
viii, 340, (4) pages; With illustrations from photographs by Gambier Bolton, F.Z.S. and from Japanese drawings. Original dark green cloth with gilt lettering & gilt figure of two monkeys and an attractive blind-stamped pattern at left edge of front cover. A lovely, clean, bright book. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
Price: 19.95 USD
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GREAT MUSICIANS - ART AND GLORY told in Picture and in Story, Crawford, Rebekah ; [SIGNED] ;  Elizabeth Tousey
17 Crawford, Rebekah ; [SIGNED] ; Elizabeth Tousey GREAT MUSICIANS - ART AND GLORY told in Picture and in Story
New York Donald W. Newton 1910 First Edition Decorative Cloth Very Good+ 4to Signed by Author
Autograph; Oblong quarto (10 3/4" by 12 1/4"). Inscribed and Signed by the author (Crawford) on the ffep - "To A. Edward Davis, Jr. / The life that is in time with the / melodies of Heaven cannot fail of / being happy. / Rebekah Crawford / Aug. 4th 1925." Otherwise clean and tight in original dark blue cloth binding with decorative stamping in red and green and gilt lettering on front cover. Beautifully illustrated book with full page plates on the left and poetic text about specific musicians on the right, each page in a wonderful decorative graphic border, many incorporating images of musical instruments. Rebekah Crawford was a teacher and author and at one time possessed the largest collection of music related pictures in the United States. ; Signed by Author; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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OTHER ESSAYS FROM THE EASY CHAIR, Curtis, George William
18 Curtis, George William OTHER ESSAYS FROM THE EASY CHAIR
New York Harper and Bros. 1893 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 12mo 7" - 7½" tall 
229 pages; Clean and tight in lovely 1890s decorative cloth binding of dark green cloth with gilt lettering and a repeated pattern of gilt torches with ribbons on front cover. George Curtis (1824-1892) was an American writer and public speaker. He was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant, to chair the commission on the reform of the civil service; the commission's recommendations were the foundation of subsequent efforts to rationalize the civil service and free it from political patronage. From 1863 until 1892, Curtis served as the political editor of Harper's Weekly, a publication which was very influential in shaping public opinion. Curtis also had a regular column in Harper's Monthly, titled "The Easy Chair." The book offered for sale here contains a selection of these charming essays on topics of social and literary interest. Some of the essays included are The Game of Newport, The Morality of Dancing, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Lady Mavourneen and Her Travels, Statues in Central Park, The Streets of New York, Decayed Gentility, etc. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
Price: 10.95 USD
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Children's Stories from Dickens, Re-told By His Grand-Daughter and Others Illustrated by: [Frances Brundage], Harold Copping, The Baroness Orezy, Willis Grey, Edith Scannell & Major Giles; edited by Edric Vredenburg, Dickens, Charles
19 Dickens, Charles Children's Stories from Dickens, Re-told By His Grand-Daughter and Others Illustrated by: [Frances Brundage], Harold Copping, The Baroness Orezy, Willis Grey, Edith Scannell & Major Giles; edited by Edric Vredenburg
London Raphael Tuck & Sons 1907 Hardcover Very Good Small 4to 
104 pages; Publisher's green cloth, pictorial decoration in gilt on the front cover and spine, beveled edges to the boards. Date is approximate. Minor wear to the binding, with a short, trifling tear at the edge of the rear free endpaper, some tanning to the first and last leaves (transfer from the paper of the endpapers), and a black ink rectangle to a small portion of the title page (effectively obscuring a single name). The first Tuck-published text with this title was issued about 1890, with 48 pages of letterpress text, and 12 chromolithographed illustrations by Frances Brundage. By the time of the DIckens centenary in 1911, the Tuck firm published a more luxurious edition with a slightly altered title page, naming the author's grandaughter: "Children's Stories from Dickens Re-told By His Grand-daughter Mary Angela Dickens and Others." London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, 1911.. Illustrated by Harold Copping. There was a special issue of this new and expanded Tuck edition issued in a numbered edition of 500 Copies signed by Dickens' Grand-Daughters, with Dickens' Centenery stamp on upper pastedown -- in gilt- decorated red cloth, all edges gilt. The book offerred here appears to have been issued by Tuck in the years between these two editions-- probably about 1907. The text had grown to 104 pages, but the Tuck stock of the color plates appears to have been exhausted. So this copy was issued with the alteration to the title page mentioned above, on which the first name of the list of illustrators, contained in a border formed by a decorative shield, was neatly and effectively blacked out. This was Frances Brundage -- the artist responsible for the colored plates (not present in this copy). Frances Isabelle (Lockwood) Brundage (1854–1937), the daughter of the artist Rembrandt Lockwood -- was a mainstay of the firm of Raphael Tuck & Sons. She was responsible for a number of popular images depicting attractive and endearing children on postcards, valentines, calendars, and other ephemera. As a book illustrator, she became known for illustrated children's classics such as the novels of Louisa May Alcott, Johanna Spyri, and Robert Louis Stevenson, and traditional literary collections such as The Arabian Nights and the stories of King Arthur and Robin Hood. In the case of Alcott, the remarkable story is that the young artist sold her first professional work – a sketch illustrating a poem by Louisa May Alcott – to the author. Brundage was her married name -- Frances Lockwood married William Tyson Brundage in 1886 and worked prolifically under that name until her own death at 82, in 1937. Raphael Tuck founded his firm in 1866. The great international boom in postcards made Tuck and his heirs a great success. Many of the Tuck firm's charming chromolithographs were printed in the founders' native Germany. It may be that, even before the difficulties created by the first World War, it took time to restock color plates, particularly those stocked from foreign printers. This issue, with wonderful black and white plates and text illustrations by Harold Copping, The Baroness Orezy, Willis Grey, Edith Scannell & Major Giles -- may have been prepared to clear out the remaining stock of sheets before the planned enlarged edition which Tuck was to issue in the centennary year of 1911. Or, it may be that only a few copies of this issue were published, by necessity, without the colored chromolithographs. Either way, it makes commercial sense that the firm would delete the name of one of their most popular artists, whose fine work was (temporarily) not included in these few copies issued without her chromolithographs. A scarce Dickens "B" item -- not mentioned in OCLC, etc. 
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20 Dodge, Mary Mapes (editor) ; Jesse Willcox Smith; Louisa M. Alcott; E. W. Kemble ST. NICHOLAS An Illustrated Magazine For Young Folks - Vol. XV Part II May 1888 to October 1888 [includes The Little Confederate ]
New York The Century Co. 1888 First Edition Thus Hardcover Very Good+ 8vo 
Clean and tight in beautiful Victorian pictorial red cloth binding with decorative stamping in gilt and black. A really lovely book with some minor wear at spine ends. Quarto (9 3/4" by 7 1/2"). Six monthly issues bound together. Contents include: Little Josef Hofmann and The Child Josef Hofmann about the piano prodigy who grew up to be one of the greatest pianists of all time; Hot Weather Babies illustrated by Jesse Willcox Smith; Little Ike Templin (the story of a young black boy in three parts) by Richard Malcolm Johnston with illustrations by E. W. Kemble; Dogs of Noted Americans in two parts with illustrations of many dogs; a selection of Louisa M. Alcott's letters to John Preston along with the announcement of the death of her death; The Brownies in the Orchard and The Brownies' Kite by Palmer Cox; The Little Confederate by Thomas Nelson Page complete in 6 parts with illustrations by E. W. Kemble and others; Ginseng Hunting and Observing Little Things by John Burroughs; The Boy Bears and The Men Who Died - both illustrated by E. W. Kemble; etc. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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