Nick Bantock: The Griffin and Sabine Trilogy
San Francisco, California: Chronicle Books, 1994. Boxed set of three first edition small quartos: Griffin & Sabine (1991; twenty-first printing); Sabine's Notebook (1992; ninth printing); and The Golden Mean (1993; first printing). A highly imaginative work, written, designed, and illustrated by Nick Bantock and furnished in a pictorial slip case. Fine.
Watty Piper: The Little Engine That Could
New York: The Platt & Munk Co., 1930. Small quarto, 6-3/8" x 8¼". First edition, first printing in dust jacket of uncertain state (see below). The book is in near fine condition, with a neatly written presentation inscription on the half-title. The jacket is Good+ soiled and darkened with about a 5/8" rectangular chip at the spine and rear cover, a much smaller chip at the top of the spine, and several closed tears. The Never Grow Old Series list on the verso of the front free end paper lists nine titles ending with The Little Engine That Could; There are two lines at the lower left corner of the pictorial label pasted to the front cover beginning "No. 358."
The dust jacket has the following attributes: no trademark on the front of the jacket; two lines at the lower left corner of the jacket beginning with No. 358; the blurb on the front jacket flap is printed in black; the rear flap lists five "BOOKS EVERY CHILD SHOULD HAVE" in blue ink; the rear panel text is framed; the headline "Beautiful Books / For Children" is followed by a list of six titles; and the price per book is $1.25.
Lewis Carroll: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Berkely: The University of California Press, 1982. First edition. Quarter red cloth with lavender boards with pictorial unclipped dust jacket. 146 pages, printed in black, red, and blue; handsomely illustrated throughout with wood engravings by Barry Moser. Inscribed by Moser on the title page, but not signed. Fine.
William Gropper: The Little Tailor
New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1955. Full tan cloth, black lettering on spine and illustration by Gropper on the front cover, with an illustrated dust jacket. Unnumbered pages, fully illustrated by the author, that tells the story of an immigrant and his embrace of the American experience with all of its perils and opportunities. The book is in fine overall condition, the binding tight and unmarked, and the cover clean and fresh. The jacket is darkened at the edges, has spots on the bottom quadrant of its front cover back edge; there are small losses at the spine and corners, the largest a half-inch square chip at the upper left corner of the cover. The price is intact, and the jacket has been lined with acid-free paper and protected by a Brodart cover. A very nice copy.
Donald Hall: The Man Who Lived Alone
Jaffrey, New Hampshire - Boston: David R. Godine, 1984. 7¼" x 9". Paperback with illustrated wraps, 35 pages, illustrated throughout with woodcuts by Mary Azarian. Very good.
David Macaulay: Cathedral
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1973. First edition, first printing. Folio, 80 pages. Full tan cloth cover with gilt lettering on spine and ornamental design on cover. Book is square and unmarked, hinges tight, overall very good+. Jacket has small losses at upper spine and front corner and about one quarter of the rear panel is lost. Jacket is backed with acid-free paper and protected in a Mylar sleeve.
David Macaulay: City
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1974. First edition, first printing. Folio, 112 pages. Full lavender cloth, lightly faded along the edges and spine with gold lettering on spine and grid pattern blind embossed on front cover. Text clean, binding sound; the book is Very Good+. Jacket is very good-, with a few closed tears and small losses at three of the corners and at the top of the spine and along the upper edge of the front panel.
Pamela Munoz Ryan: When Marian Sang
New York: Scholastic Press, 2002; first edition, second printing. Quarto, 12¼" x 10¼", pictorial paper over boards, with matching pictorial dust jacket. Unnumbered pages, illustrated by Brian Selznick. The narrative describes the life and career of Marian Anderson from her childhood in Philadelphia to her performance at the Lincoln Memorial in 1938 and her ground-breaking appearance at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955. A beautiful book in superb condition.
Dylan Thomas: A Child's Christmas in Wales
New York: New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1969. Quarto, 10¾" x 8-1/8", 31 pages. Light green cloth with dark green lettering on spine; pastedowns are slightly adhesive-stained. Pictorial dust jacket has a vignette of the full page frontispiece wood engraving by Fritz Eichenberg; it is lightly frayed along the front bottom edge and has a small triangular chip on the rear bottom edge. Four additional full-page wood engravings by Eichenberg in the text. The cover is faded top and bottom and the front board is slightly bowed. The text is clean.
The title page is warmly inscribed by Fritz Eichenberg to the late bookseller and publisher Gordon Cronin. ALS from Eichenberg to Cronin, thanking him for the gift of books having to do with The Society of Friends (Eichenberg, born to a non-observant Jewish family in Cologne, Germany in 1901, was a devoted pacifist and Quaker for much of his life). A wonderful association copy in overall very good condition.