c1925 – DREAMLAND – AMUSEMENT PARK CUT-OUT ACTIVITY BOOK

c1925 – DREAMLAND – AMUSEMENT PARK CUT-OUT ACTIVITY BOOK – UNCOMMON – CHILDREN’S and “BIG KID” FUN

Drawings and text by Gerta Ries, and published circa 1925 by the Atlantic Book & Art Corporation in New York, printed in Germany. Pictorial boards with much edge wear as shown, this unique activity book measures about 13 1/4 inches by about 11 inches opening up with board pages with slots for the cut-outs.

Seven two page spreads (as all shown below) take you through DREAMLAND, including: Entrance; Merry-Go-Round; One Ring Circus; Photo and Food Booths; Scenic Railway; Roller Coaster; and the Boardwalk. There is no bibliographic information I can find telling how many cut-outs were published. Since I have some (see last image) that are not cut or punched out my guess is that the cut-outs came on separated thin boards laid in with the publication. I have about 34 cut-outs of various sizes, but there are some empty slots. Following the story line at the bottom you can assume what cutouts go where, but you can also use your imagination, of course.

I purchased my DREAMLAND on eBay in September 1998, for my Amusement Park collection, but having enjoyed it for 24 years, it is time to share with someone else, and at much less than I paid for it originally. Currently there is a copy for sale in Germany and one other in the US.

PRICE – $370 – (Order Number eb1863)
Shipping – $7.95 packed in cardboard and with tracking.
Shipped with Signature Required for your protection.
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MAP OF CHESHIRE CO. NEW HAMPSHIRE FROM ACTUAL SURVEY BY L. FAGAN 1858

MAP OF CHESHIRE CO. NEW HAMPSHIRE FROM ACTUAL SURVEY BY L. FAGAN 1858 with an historical sketch by David R. Proper. Published by Old Maps, West Chesterfield, NH, 1981. The is a complete reproduction of the 1858 Map of Cheshire County, N.H. The original is a large wall hanging scroll that measures 25 feet. I have seen a few originals, and they are usually in tatters. That large wall map is reproduced here on 34 single sheet pages in a box.

Boxed, each sheet measures 14 by 17 inches. List of what each sheet represents is below.

Below I have reproduced the contents page so you know what is on each sheet. The illustrations that are on the original hanging map are reproduced on the last few sheets.

Price for the Boxed Set – $100 plus $6 post – Order Number: 71471

I have a second set that lacks David Proper’s introduction page, and sheet 22 which is the map of Walpole and Westmoreland. If you wish to purchase this set, price $85 (plus $6 post), and I can provide jpg. photo images of the two lacking sheets.

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1887 – SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN ARCHITECTS & BUILDERS –11 COLOR PLATES

1887 – SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN ARCHITECTS & BUILDERS
11 COLOR PLATES

Bound together are five issues (detailed below) as the SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE AND BUILDERS EDITION. Front cover detached, rear cover torn in two (both parts present) and tears to some black and white pages – mainly in the June issue. Overall measurements are about 11 by 16 inches. BUT WHAT IS IMPORTANT HERE are the two full page chromolith (color) plates in each month’s issue depicting the elevation of a home or store and the floor plans. The article and B&W illustrations are great, but the color plates would be perfect to be framed in an architect’s office, or museum display. I have recently seen these color pages for sale at $50 and $75 each. Here are 11 COLOR PLATES – the frontis is a advertisement with the “President’s Cottage” and then there are two plates per month. Any tears/flaws on the color plates should be easily matted out. There is value here to the right person. Enjoy.

June 1887 – pages 123-146 – tears through center of many pages due to improper opening
July 1887 – pages 1-26
August 1887 – Pages 27-52
September 1887 – pages 53-78
October 1887 – pages 79-100

the other portion of the rear cover is tucked under what shows.

Price — $275 (which is less than $35 for each color plate)
Shipping on this oversize item with insurance – $10
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L. FRANK BAUM – THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS

1902 – L. FRANK BAUM – THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS – FIRST EDITION, FIRST STATE

Published by The Bowen-Merrill Company, Indianapolis, IN. Good, decorated red cloth, 206 pages, endpapers tad cracked (paper only not the hinges), book block tad loose. I had two copies of this First Edition, First State. This copy with the brightest cloth I had in my own collection. In January, 2021, I sold a similar, but not as bright a copy, on my website for more than I am now offering this copy for, realizing I cannot keep everything. I enjoy placing my treasures in new homes, thus am now offering my personal copy of this classic at a reduced price.

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This copy is the FIRST EDITION, FIRST STATE with chapter headings reading Book First, Book Second, Book Third. Illustrated with 6 full color plates (which includes the title page) and 14 two-color plates by MARY COWLES CLARK — I have page checked this copy several times, all plates are present.

For comparison information the SECOND STATE – has 12 tipped in color plates, which includes the frontis. & title-page. Also, with the second state the section headings are now labeled “Youth,” “Manhood,” and “Old Age.” This second state includes many textual illustrations and decorations, mainly in the margins, not present in the first state

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Price – $525
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CHRISTMAS BOOKLETS TO ENJOY AND DISPLAY

Two Offerings to Scroll Through here and Enjoy

FOUR (4) VINTAGE CHRISTMAS BOOKLETS
FUN TO DECORATE WITH AND READ

Offered as a lot are these four softcover Christmas holiday booklets, the largest of which measures about 5 inches by 7 1/8 inches. 

Included are (left to right, top to bottom):
A CHRISTMAS SONG – by John H. Finley, David C. Cook Publishing Co., Elgin, IL – printed in Germany, no date but 19th century – a poem and some great color lithos – 12 pages

THE TWINS CHRISTMAS PRESENTED BY SANTA CLAUS at Strawbridge * Clothier’s, Philadelphia. By Esther M. Watson, Illustrated by Edith F. Ebey, 1921, 24 pages, B&W illustrations – 24 pages

A VISIT FROM SAINT NICHOLAS by Clement C. Moore. Re-creation of the 1849 Illustrated Edition of which only two copies are known to exist. This copy reproduced from the copy in the Rare Book Division of the New York Public Library. – 16 pages

SANTA’S BOOK – THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS – “Lion Store Toyland”, Toledo – great color covers, 16 pages of the poem, all with black and red and black illustrations – again some loose pages.

and sample interior pages of each – note one binding is loose

Price for these four booklets together as a lot – $25

1944 — CHRISTMAS A-B-C by Rev. LOUIS A. GALES — UNCOMMON

Published by The Guild Associates, Saint Paul, Minnesota, illustrations by Gladys Allie. Softcover booklet measuring about 5 inches by 7 7/8 inches with 32 pages with full color illustrations. Recites the birth of Christ followed by four poems: How Happy Were the Little Lambs; The Christmas Tree; The Friendly Beasts; and, Of A Christmas Toy Shop.

Nice cross-over collectible for a children’s book collection, ABC collection, Christmas collection, or a religious collection

Price for this ABC Booklet – $20
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c1910 – BOYS AND GIRLS CHRISTMAS BOOK
PERFECT HOLIDAY DECORATION PIECE

“Bright and Cheerful Stories for the Young People” – The Fireside Series published by Hurst & Company, New York. No date, unpaginated, and I did not count the pages since the pages are brittle.. Hardcover book measures about 7 3/4 inches by about 10 3/8 inches. IMPORTANT NOTE — This book was printed on acidic and extremely brittle paper – in fact the first few pages are detached, and others exhibit tears and wear. Not really something to sit and read without further degradation. The redeeming value (and the collectibility of this book) is the cheerful illustration on the front board, and the colorful frontispiece. Internal illustrations are Black and White. Wear to the boards, but for display in your holiday decorations, or under you tree, this is a nice addition, and any title in this Hurst series is extremely uncommon – thus the price (still a bargain).

PRICE — $22.50

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EIGHT 1870s FURNITURE CATALOGUES – UNIQUE COLLECTION

EIGHT 1870s FURNITURE CATALOGUES

Offered as a lot are eight FURNITURE CATALOGS from the 1870s (there is one duplicate – seven different). I have had these in storage for a long time, and do not remember when or where I obtained them, but time to get to the next conservator and collection. Offered, and listed as illustrated in the top image from left to right, top to bottom are:

1 – REEVES & EASTBURN CABINET FURNITURE, Turning, Moulding and Scroll Sawing, Philadelphia, April 1st, 1874 — 12 pages, no illustrations
2 – TRADE PRICE-LIST OF J. P. REIFSNEIDER’S LOUNGE AND SOFA MANUFACTORY, Philadelphia, not dated – 8 pages, 2 illustrations inside – TWO Copies
3 – SWAN, CLARK & CO. — COTTAGE CHAMBER FURNITURE, Philadelphia, March, 1876, 8 pages, no illustration — then flip over, and the back half (another 8 pages) is SWAN, CLARK & CO. — BLACK WALNUT FURNITURE, again no illustrations.
4 – PRICE LIST OF THE WALTER HEYWOOD CHAIR CO’S CHAIRS – New York, May 1st, 1873, 15 pages, 2 illustrations inside
5 – ILLUSTRATED CATALOGUE OF JAMESTOWN BEDSTEAD WORKS – JAMESTOWN, NY, not dated, price sheet laid in, 22 pages — 18 PAGES LIST and ILLUSTRATE One Bed Each – great illustrations
6 – PRICE LIST OF DEUTSCH, TSCHACHTLI & CO. WHOLESALE MANUFACTURES OF CABINET FURNITURE, not dated, rough fold-out to 3 panels representing 6 pages
7 – PRICE LIST OF FURNITURE MANUFACTURED BY C. J. HAYDEN & CO., Rochester, NY, 1870, 35 pages, no illustrations

Each booklet exhibits some wear and light soiling from handling. The largest (SWAN, CLARK & CO.) measures about 5 3/4 inches by about 9 1/8 inches.

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Price for the entire lot — $75
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1914 – LITTLE WIZARD STORIES OF OZ – L. FRANK BAUM — UNCOMMON TITLE

1914 – LITTLE WIZARD STORIES OF OZ – L. FRANK BAUM

UNCOMMON L. Frank Baum title published in 1914 by The Reilly & Britton Co., Chicago, Illinois. First edition, first printing with semi-glossy text pages (second printing has rough/coarse paper stock), and a book one inch thick as a result (additional first printing point). This copy has been lovingly read, Printed book plate has name and date of 1915. Cover wear and soiling lightly, and some old gutter regluing to retain integrity.

Contents include six stories, including: THE COWARDLY LION AND THE HUNGRY TIGER; LITTLE DOROTHY AND TOTO; TIKTOK AND THE NOME KING; OZMA AND THE LITTLE WIZARD; JACK PUMPKINHEAD AND THE SAWHORSE; and, THE SCARECROW AND THE TIN WOODMAN. Illustrated by John R. Neill with 6 double page color plates (two pages) and 36 single page plates.

About 23 years ago I purchased a one owner WIZARD OF OZ book collection, and have added to it over the years – over 30 books by L. Frank Baum,. Not wanting to break a one owner collection, or run, I have not before made these books available for sale, but now is the time. Do watch my auctions for additions as I have the time to illustrate and catalogue. But, I will start with this book, and my personal copy of Baum’s THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS.

Price – $425
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c1920-30s – HUNTLEY & PALMERS BOOK SHAPED BISCUIT TIN

c1920-30s – HUNTLEY & PALMERS BOOK SHAPED BISCUIT TIN

As an out-of-print bookseller I have collected many items that resemble books, but are not books. Over the past over 25 years I have been able to add to my collection every tin that Huntley & Palmers made in the shape of a book, sets or books, and the revolving stand with books. Moving some items around in another display area in my home I found I had this duplicate. No real need to have two (although I often do have multiples) I thought someone could add this red book tin to their collection. Overall measurements are about 7 by 9 3/4 inches.

Made to look like tooled red leather with raised bands on the spine, the edges of the book block are gilt with the simulation of pages. The Huntley Palmers varieties of book shaped tins are pictured on pages 30-31of DECORATIVE PRINTED TINS by David Griffith. The caption states the red leather book tin appeared in 1920. A scarce 1996 Christie’s auction catalog of Huntley and Palmers Biscuit tins dates the red book tin as 1930.

Price – $185
Shipping – boxed by Priority Mail – $10
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c1894 – TALES TO DELIGHT FROM MORNING TILL NIGHT – RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS No. 1109

c1894 – TALES TO DELIGHT FROM MORNING TILL NIGHT – RAPHAEL TUCK & SONS No. 1109

I have had this book put away for years, and have never found another copy for sale or sold. The only reference I have found confirming all details is on the TuckDB Ephemera website. This is an UNCOMMON Tuck book, measuring about 7 1/2 by 10 inches.

Raphael Tuck & Sons, London, Paris and New York – Publishers to Her Majesty The Queen. (Black and White Drawings & Letterpress Printed in England). 79 pages. No date printed in book, however, on the half-title page there is a Christmas 1894 gift inscription.

Overall good, some smudges on the interior, and wear to the cream colored pictorial boards. Red cloth spine binding. Nine color plates (as catalogued in the Tuck database and printed in Germany) are present and delightful. A number of black and white drawings in text.

Stories told by: E. Nesbit, Anthony Guest, Helen Marion Burnside, and others. Illustrations by Maud Goodman, Herbert Horwitz, Jessie Watkins, etc. etc.

following are some sample pages, and three of the nine color plates.

and the back cover

As to pricing – remember there are nine chromoliths – color plates.
PRICE – $125
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1884 – A WONDER-BOOK FOR GIRLS AND BOYS by NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE

1884 – A WONDER-BOOK FOR GIRLS AND BOYS by NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, illustrations by F. S. CHURCH

Published by Houghton, Mifflin and Co. (1884), Boston, 150pp , an extremely clean, tight and bright copy of this work illustrated by F. S. Church. Do not let the EX-LIB scare you – small paper label on spine, bookplate on front pastedown (1909), embossed stamp on title page and preface, and library pocket on rear pastedown. Of interest is the librarian’s handwritten inscription above the library pocket with the “Condensed Rules”, which states: “Not to be issued to children.” Guess that is one way to make a children’s book last. A nice copy with only light wear to the corners. good+, red decorated cloth, aeg (hardcover) (EX-LIB).

Price – $25
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