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1 Bader, Barbara AMERICAN PICTURE BOOKS FROM NOAH’S ARK TO THE BEAST WITHIN
New York Macmillan Publishing Co. 1976 First Edition Cloth Fine Fine Jacket 
P4to.(10.75" x 8.25"). pp. [vi]; 615. Brown cloth boards with clown in gold on cover and titles in gold on spine. 130 color illustrations and more than 500 illustrations in b/w. This historical study of American children’s picture books reviews the careers of authors and writers; the role of editors; the influence of social trends and changes in printing technology on book content and includes unknown picture books as well as some of the most popular. A wonderful reference. 
Price: 42.00 USD
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2 Blank, Harry; Adams, Franklin P.; Fosdick, Raymond B.; Munger, Carabel Lewis HARRY CASTLEMON BOY’S OWN AUTHOR APPRECIATION AND BIBLIOGRAPHY
New York R. R. Bowker 1941 First Edition Cloth Very good Good Jacket 
M8vo (9” x 6”). pp. xvii; 142. Limited edition of 750 copies. Green cloth boards with titles stamped in gold on spine. Frontis portrait of Castlemon and 16 B/W illustrations including photographs of Castlemon books and a letter in Castlemon's hand; forward by Franklin Adams, short biographical article by Raymond Fosdick and interview with Castlemon by Carabel Munger; publication chronology, title index and appendix containing the contents of letters from fosdick to his publisher. Book in Very Good condition in Good unclipped dust jacket with three small (1”) open tears. Charles Austin Fosdick, whose pen name was “Harry Castlemon”, used his personal experiences during the civil war as a basis for his “Gunboat Series” of books for boys in the mid 19th C, and followed this with many further adventure book series that were extremely popular with boys until his retirement in the early 20th C. 
Price: 48.00 USD
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3 Cahoon, Herbert CHILDREN’S LITERATURE - BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS AN EXHIBITION NOVEMBER 19, 1954 THROUGH FEBRUARY 28, 1955
New York The Pierpont Morgan Library 1954 First Edition Cloth VG+ 
8vo (9.25” x 6.25”). pp. [82]. Association Copy. Blue cloth covered boards with titles stamped in gold on front cover and spine, with the book plate of Dr. Kenneth E. and Helen Luther laid in. Very Good+ with faint age toning along page edges and bump to one corner. No dust jacket. An annotated catalogue of a 1954 Morgan Library exhibition purported to be "one of the most important exhibitions of manuscripts and first editions of children's literature ever assembled". This exhibition included over 300 children’s books and manuscripts of great rarity and significance borrowed from 40 institutions and private libraries from around the world. Dr. Kenneth Luther‘s extensive collection of books about children’s books was compiled by Robert Fleck and published by Oak Knoll Press in 1992. This book was part of the Luther collection. 
Price: 25.30 USD
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4 Gingerich, Owen THE BOOK NOBODY READ CHASING THE REVOLUTIONS OF NICOLAUS COPERNICUS
New York Walker & Company 2004 0434013153 / 9780434013159 First Edition Paper covered boards As new As New Jacket 
8vo (8.5” x 6.0”). pp. xii; 306. Brown embossed paper covered boards with gold stamped titles on spine in pictorial dust jacket. B/W and color illustrations, two appendices, bibliographic notes and index. Gingerich has written an utterly original book built on his own experience and insights gleaned from examining some 600 copies of Copernicus' De revolutionibus. "Part biography of a book, part scientific exploration, part bibliographic detective story, The Book Nobody Read recolors the history of cosmology and offers new appreciation of an extraordinary book and its ideas" (dj). 
Price: 15.45 USD
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5 Gottlieb, Gerald; Plumb, J. H. EARLY CHILDREN’S BOOKS AND THEIR ILLUSTRATION
New York David R. Godine 1975 First Edition Cloth very good + Very Good Jacket 
M4to.(12" x 9.25"). pp. xxx; 263. First Edition. Red cloth boards with titles stamped in gold on spine. Includes over 300 color and b/w photographs. Heavy cream paper and red chapter headers. This book is a catalog for the Morgan Library exhibition of the same name and includes 225 outstanding examples of historic, important and rare books and manuscripts that were written, designed and illustrated for children. An important bibliographical work of reference. A fresh, very good + copy in a very good dust jacket with small chips and creases. 
Price: 32.00 USD
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6 Grant, Stephen H. COLLECTING SHAKESPEARE THE STORY OF HENRY AND EMILY FOLGER
Baltimore Johns Hopkins University Press 2014 1421411873 / 9781421411873 First Edition Cloth As new As New Jacket Signed
M8vo. (9.25” x 6.25). pp. xvi, 244. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. Red-brown paper covered boards with matching endpapers; gilt titles on spine; in original dust jacket. Illustrated throughout with Folger family photos and images of documents pertaining to the creation of the Folger Library. Author's signature and date appear on the title page. Collecting Shakespeare recounts the story of Henry and Emily Folger, who used the millions Henry amassed as President of Standard Oil to create one of the finest and largest collection of Shakespeare and Shakespeare related items in the world. The book also tells of Emily Folger’s efforts after Henry’s death to see that the Shakespeare Library became a reality so that they could share their 82 Shakespeare First Folios, 275,000 books, 60,000 manuscripts and a collection of Shakespeare related art work with the world. 
Price: 37.00 USD
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7 Haviland, Virginia; Coughlan, Margaret N. YANKEE DOODLE’S LITERARY SAMPLER OF PROSE, POETRY AND PICTURES
New York Thomas Y. Crowell 1974 First Edition cloth Very good + Very Good Jacket 
M4to (11¼” x 9”). pp. [v]; 466. First Edition. Red cloth boards with titles in gold on spine with decorative figure and border stamped in blind on the cover. Illustrated throughout with reproductions in color and b/w of the books examined. “A rich sampling of the Library of Congress’ collection of writing and illustration created for children in America from the colonial period to 1900.” (from the jacket). An important reference for scarce and valuable early children’s books. A very good + copy with a small stain to the bottom edge of the block in a very good dust jacket with faint soiling along spine. 
Price: 19.75 USD
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8 Hunter, Dard THE DARD HUNTER PAPER MUSEUM
Appleton The Institute of Paper Chemistry N.D. Staplebound wraps Fine 
8vo (6¼" x 9¼"). pp.12; with fold-out guide. Stiff cream colored staplebound wraps with titles and logo of the Institute of Paper Chemistry in brown. Includes a photograph of, and visual guide to Hunter's collections at the museum. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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9 McMurtrie, Douglas C. THE BOOK THE STORY OF PRINTING & BOOKMAKING
London Oxford University Press 1980 Cloth Very good + Very Good Jacket 
8vo (9½” x 7”). pp. xxx; 676. Dark blue cloth boards with titles in grey on spine. 173 b/w plates of historic text and illustrations; bibliographies for each chapter and general index. “The Book tells the story of how books came into being and of those earliest books that were written and illustrated by hand. It tells of the invention of printing and of how that invention made it possible for books to be produced cheaply and in such quantities that all men might have them…and of the ceaseless efforts of craftsmen and artists to produce the perfect book – the golden book" (from the jacket). A fresh, very good copy with light shelf wear and rubbing to corners with a few light spots to the edge of the text block in a very good DJ with a small (¼“) open tear. 
Price: 51.25 USD
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10 McMurtrie, Douglas C. THE GOLDEN BOOK THE STORY OF FINE BOOKS AND BOOKMAKING -- PAST AND PRESENT
Chicago Pascal Covici 1927 First Edition Cloth Very Good + Very Good Jacket 
R8vo (7¼" x 9¾"). pp. [xvi]; 406; Notes; Index. One of 2000 copies. Dark blue vertically ribbed cloth with fanfare-style design and titles stamped in gold on both covers and spine. Gold interstecting ring dentelles. t.e.g. Laid paper watermarked with McMurtrie's initials. Scarce gold dust jacket with binding design repeated in black. Illustrated throughout with vingette and full page reproductions of historic texts and includes floriated initials and headpieces. Written from the view point of the designer and printer, The Golden Book is an authoritative look at the history of the book from its pre-historic form to the 20th century, and includes chapters on type design, book decoration, book binding and private presses. A lovely copy of this seminal study of book history and typography with faint wear to edges and faint rubbing to corners with a scarce VG dust jacket with chipped corners and edge wear. WITH a scarce The Golden Book publication prospectus, Pascal Covici, 1927. Contains publication announcement, chapter summaries and order form. White laid paper with Coventry Book watermark. Reproduction of The Golden Book fanfare-style cover design on cover in black. Original accordion folded pamphlet very worn with creases and chipped edges; some separation. All pages present. 
Price: 140.00 USD
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11 Moon, Marjorie JOHN HARRIS’S BOOKS FOR YOUTH 1801-1843
Folkstone Dawson Publishing 1992 Second Edition cloth Very good + 
C4to (10” x 7 ½ “). pp. xvi, 206. Black cloth boards with titles stamped in gold on spine. A catalog of Harris’s Publications, biographical notes, five appendices including: Tommy Trip's Museum, Mature Works, Harris's Cabinet of Amusement, Contemporary Reviews and a Directory of Harris's book printers; chronological index of earliest known editions and title index. 60 b/w photographic reproductions of illustrations, title pages and contemporary advertisements of Harris's books. Very Good+ with slight rubbing to extremities. John Harris was a children’s book publisher considered by his contemporaries to be the spiritual heir to John Newbery (of Newbery Medal fame): “We have frequently had occasion to mention the name of this worthy publisher, as the genuine successor of the benevolent and intelligent Mr. John Newbery”. (introduction). 
Price: 28.00 USD
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12 Moon, Marjorie; Alderson, Brian BENJAMIN TABART’S JUVENILE LIBRARY A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BOOKS FOR CHILDREN PUBLISHED, WRITTEN, EDITED AND SOLD BY MR. TABART, 1801 – 1820
Winchester St Paul’s Bibliographies 1990 0906795893 / 9780906795897 First Edition Cloth As new As new Jacket 
M8vo (9.5” x 6.43”). pp. xvii; 180. Navy cloth covered boards with gold stamped titles on spine, B/W frontis. and illustrations. Four appendicies, chronological index and general index in green pictorial dust jacket. A numbered catalog of the fairy-tales and nursery stories published by Benjamin Tabart in the early 19th C. through his Juvenile Library on Bond Street, London. Also includes information on Tabart’s publishing career and family life and a discussion about the illustration of two of the Juvenile Library publications. 
Price: 14.50 USD
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13 Roscoe, S.; Brimmell, B.A. JAMES LUMSDEN & SON OF GLASGOW THEIR JUVENILE BOOKS AND CHAPBOOKS
Middlesex Private Libraries Association 1981 First Edition Cloth As new 
R8vo. (10” x 6.5”). pp. xxv; 134. Limited edition: 750 of 2000. Dark blue cloth covered boards with gold titles stamped in black field on spine and gold figure stamped in a black field on the cover. Colored frontis and many B/W illustrations throughout, including title page facsimilies; general index as well as author and title indices. No dust jacket. A numbered catalog of the juvenile publications of James Lumsden & Son of Glasgow in the early decades of the 19th C. The authors make no claim of this being a complete bibliography as scarcity of Lumsden & Son publications made it impossible to obtain examples of all issues. 
Price: 18.75 USD
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14 Roscoe, S.; Brimmell, B.A. JAMES LUMSDEN & SON OF GLASGOW THEIR JUVENILE BOOKS AND CHAPBOOKS
Middlesex Private Libraries Association 1981 First Edition Cloth Near fine 
R8vo. (10” x 6.5”). pp. xxv; 134. Limited Edition: 750 of 2000. Dark blue cloth covered boards with gold titles stamped in black field on spine and gold figure stamped in a black field on the cover. Colored frontis and many B/W illustrations throughout, including title page facsimilies; general index as well as author and title indices. No dust jacket. A numbered catalog of the juvenile publications of James Lumsden & Son of Glasgow in the early decades of the 19th C. The authors make no claim of this being a complete bibliography as scarcity of Lumsden & Son publications made it impossible to obtain examples of all issues. 
Price: 15.20 USD
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15 Whalley, Joyce Irene COBWEBS TO CATCH FLIES ILLUSTRATED BOOKS FOR THE NURSERY AND SCHOOLROOM 1700-1900
Berkeley Univeristy of California Press 1974 0520029313 / 9780520029316 First American Edition Cloth Very good + Very Good + Jacket 
8vo (10” x 7.5”). pp. 163. Blue cloth covered boards with titles stamped in silver on the spine. 155 illustrations reproduced in color and B/W; extensive bibliography, publisher index and list of selected children’s book collections; pictorial dust jacket. Faint age toning to page edges o/w in Very Good+ condition in unclipped Very Good+ DJ. A revealing study of educational children’s picture books used in home schooling from 1700 to 1900. These books were designed to teach a child reading, writing, arithmetic as well as the correct interpretation of scripture, history, the natural world and life in other lands. An exhaustive study for the social and educational historian. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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THE LARGER CATECHISM AGREED UPON BY THE ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES AT WESTMINSTER..., [Early American Imprint; Printing History; Stereotype]; Assembly of Devines at Westminster; M'Leod, Alexander
16 [Early American Imprint; Printing History; Stereotype]; Assembly of Devines at Westminster; M'Leod, Alexander THE LARGER CATECHISM AGREED UPON BY THE ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES AT WESTMINSTER...
New York Stereotyped and Printed by J. Watts & Co. for Whiting & Watson, Theological and Classical Booksellers June, 1813 First Edition 
12mo (4¼" X 7¼"). pp. 142. FIRST BOOK STEREOTYPED IN AMERICA. Contemporary speckled sheep with black morocco spine label and 5 sets of double rules dividing the spine into six compartments. The title page of this extremely scarce theological work states: “The first book ever stereotyped in America.” This statement is correct, in that this is the first book printed from stereotype plates made in the United States. In 1812, the Philadelphia Bible Society had already published a stereotype Bible printed from imported plates. (See Silver, p.60).

Contemporary inscription of the front fly-leaf: "Garrarding Northrop's Property Brookfield March 19th 1827"; book plate of M. S. Carothers on front paste down. Leather split along the front hinge, bottom edges of spine chipped away, leather at corners rubbed through, moderate to heavy foxing throughout. Rollo Silver, Typefounding in America (1965), page 60; Sabin 39032; Shaw & Shoemaker 30520. 
Price: 625.00 USD
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17 [Holme, C. Geoffrey]; James, Philip CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF YESTERDAY
London The Studio 1933 First Edition Very good very good - Jacket 
I8vo (11½” x 8 ¼“). pp. 128. Light green boards with titles stamped in blue on cover and spine. In original dust jacket. Eight color and 152 b/w illustrations of books and their illustrations selected from the Exhibition of Illustrated Books for Children held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1932 as well as from private libraries, publishers and binder’s collections. A good reference survey of historic and rare children’s literature. A very good copy with light toning and spotting on block and cover edges with light shelf wear in a very good- dust jacket. 
Price: 18.25 USD
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18 [Kelly, Jerry]; Berry, John D.; Randle, John; Matrix TYPE AND TYPOGRAPHY HIGHLIGHTS FROM MATRIX, THE REVIEW FOR PRINTERS AND BIBLIOPHILES
West New York Mark Batty 2003 First Edition Paper covered boards As new As new Jacket 
I8vo (11¼” x 8”). pp. xx; 374. Designed by Jerry Kelly with grey paper boards with script initial “M” in orange across cover spine and rear board. Titles in white against navy on lower spine. The content of this book runs the gamut of articles concerning type and typography from the Matrix: “The Compleat Caslon”, “Eric Gill and the Golden Cockerel Type”, “The Colum Cille Irish Type” and “The Dust-jacket Designs of Herman Zapf” to name just a few. An exceptionally bright, fresh and clean copy. 
Price: 26.50 USD
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19 [Stinehour, Roderick D.]; McCorison, Marcus A., ed.; Thomas, Isaiah LL.D. THE HISTORY OF PRINTING IN AMERICA WITH A BIOGRAPHY OF PRINTERS & AN ACCOUNT OF NEWSPAPERS
Barre Imprint Society 1970 First Thus Cloth Very good + 
C4to (10” x 7”). pp. xxi; 650. Limited Edition. Copy 1512 of a limited edition of 1950 on the imprint and signed by the Editor. Includes a leaf from the first edition of Thomas's History of Printing in America (Worcester, 1810) tipped in facing pp. xv. Book design by Roderick D. Stinehour with denim blue woven cloth boards with titles stamped in gold on spine. In a tan slipcase with a paper onlay of Thomas's First edition title page on one side. An edited version of the 1874 edition of Thomas’s classic investigation into the history of American printing. Includes a treatment on the introduction of printing to America as well as the development of printing in a major centers such as Cambridge, Boston, Providence, Philadelphia, New York, and many more. A handsome Very Good+ copy with a few small spots to the bottom edge of the block and a small (0.13”) raise to spine cloth in a Very Good slipcase. 
Price: 38.00 USD
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