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Autobiography of an Early American Wood Engraver., Alexander Anderson (1775-1870).
1 Alexander Anderson (1775-1870). Autobiography of an Early American Wood Engraver.
New York: Traders Press, The Little Press of J. R. Levien, 1968 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 500 numbered copies, this is number 330. Designed by J. R. Levien, set in Caslon type, illustrations printed offset, the Charles Press printed 500 sheets of Bergstrom's Hilding paper, which were bound in London by T. C. Woolnough & Son, Ltd. Miniature Book. 2 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches. Unpaginated. [48] pp. Illustrated throughout with Dr. Anderson's wood-cut illustrations, including a frontispiece self-portrait at age 81, bibliography; text clean, unmarked. Quarter black cloth, marbled paper over boards, printed paper front cover label, illustrated end-papers; binding square and tight, light shelf wear. Very Good. This volume contains the life story of Alexander Anderson, a medical doctor whose main interest in life was wood engraving. "Jack R. Levien published miniature books in New York under the Trader's Press imprint from 1967 to 1969, and then under his name from 1970 to 1972 after moving to Holland. Levien focused on book design when publishing his first five titles while in New York. He contracted separately with others to do the printing and binding." Bradbury, p. 127. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th Cent. US Miniature Books, No. 103. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Guilty Looks Enter Tree Beers.  Illustrated by Robert Rosenthal., Anamalous
2 Anamalous Guilty Looks Enter Tree Beers. Illustrated by Robert Rosenthal.
Morro Bay: Tabula Rasa Press, 1983 Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover Robert Rosenthal 
LIMITED EDITION of 350 copies, this is number 25, printed with 8 point Optima type on Wausau Laid paper. Illustrated by Robert "Rosey" Rosenthal. Miniature Book. 2 1/8 x 1 15/16 inches. 41, [1] pp. Dedication page, title page printed in black and bronze inks, 7 full-page illustrations (1 double-page) printed in bronze ink; text clean, unmarked. Quarter chocolate-colored cloth, patterned paper over boards, spine titled in white; binding square and tight. Fine. A silly phonetic retelling of Goldy Locks and the Three Bears. Bradbury, 20th Century US Miniature Books, No. 1746. 8 copies Worldcat. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Art of Binding Books., Angela James.
3 Angela James. The Art of Binding Books.
Wakefield: The Fleece Press, 1991 0948375272 / 9780948375279 First Edition. Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover Signed by Author
LIMITED EDITION of 200 copies bound by Smith Settle, set in 8 point Van Dijck at the Rocket Press. Illustrations by Anthony Christmas. Oblong Miniature Book. 2 1/16 x 2 7/8 inches. Unpaginated. [54] pp. Half-title, frontispiece woodcut, title page printed in blue and black, 7 woodcut illustrations by Anthony Christmas, glossary; text clean, unmarked. Color brocade cloth over boards, printed paper front cover label, brown end-papers; binding square and tight. SIGNED by Angela James on the colophon. Fine. Contains a summary of the history of book binding with a discussion of the basics of binding techniques. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Rosella.  With Engravings by Sarah Chamberlain., Anne Claude Philippe, Compte de Caylus (1692-1765).
4 Anne Claude Philippe, Compte de Caylus (1692-1765). Rosella. With Engravings by Sarah Chamberlain.
Hyattsville, MD: Rebecca Press, 1988 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover Sarah Chamberlain. Signed by Illustrator
LIMITED EDITION of 315 copies, this is one of 50 Deluxe copies with an extra suite of engravings, this is copy K. Set by Mackenzie-Harris in Monotype Centaur and Arrighi types, printed by Darrel Hyder, designed by Rebecca Saady Bingham, with original wood engravings by Sarah Chamberlain. Miniature Book. 2 7/8 x 2 1/4 inches. [vi], 34, [4] pp. Half-title printed in rose, double-page title page with designs in rose, text printed in red with rose-colored initials, vignettes in various colors, and 6 engravings within frames (5 full-page, 1 half-page); text clean, unmarked. Full purple morocco binding, rose and green leather on-lays on front cover, raised bands, leather paste-downs at front and rear, marbled free end-papers; binding square and tight. Housed in a clamshell box with blind-stamped suede front, rear and spine, marbled paper edges, within the box is a chemise covered in matching marbled paper that contains 14 loose sheets with the engravings (illustrations and vignettes) of the illustrations in the book, SIGNED or INITIALED by the artist, Sarah Chamberlain, and an additional color illustration of a rose, also SIGNED by Chamberlain. SIGNED by Sarah Chamberlain and Rebecca Saady Bingham on the colophon. Fine. This book tells the story of how a new Queen of the Fairies was chosen and how her reign was secured. Anne Claude Philippe, Comte de Caulus was a French antiquarian, archaeologist, and man of letters. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th Century US Miniature Books, No. 660. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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5 Anomalous (pseudonym for John P. Lathourakis). Center Alley.
Morro Bay: Tabula Rasa Press, 1983 Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies, this is number 3. Illustrated by Robert "Rosey" Rosenthal. Miniature Book 2 1/16 x 2 1/16 inches. 43, [1] pp. Half-title, frontispiece, 5 illustrations (1 double-page); text clean, unmarked. Quarter blue cloth, marbled paper over boards, spine titled in white, blue end-papers; binding square and tight. Fine. A phonetic retelling of the Cinderella story. Bradbury, 20th Century US Miniature Books, No. 1740. 5 copies Worldcat. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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The Uffizi ABC: A Facsimile Reproduction in Miniature., Arthur MaQuarie (1874-1955).
6 Arthur MaQuarie (1874-1955). The Uffizi ABC: A Facsimile Reproduction in Miniature.
Seattle, WA: Tabula Rasa Press, 1992 Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover Signed
LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies, this is number 51. Printed on an Italian handmade paper from Amalfi by Gianini, Florence. Miniature Book. 3 1/8 x 2 1/2 inches. Unpaginated. [64] pp. 25 drawings by "Buono Fortuna" including portraits of major artists represented in the Uffizi; text clean, unmarked, except Lathorakis' pencil notations on the limitation page. Black-stamped purple cloth, matching end-papers; binding square and tight. SIGNED by John Lathourakis on the limitation page. SCARCE. Fine. Maquarie's little book went through 9 editions from 1900 to 1908. In his introduction, Lathourakis notes Maquarie's book "provided us with great enjoyment and laughter." REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th Cent. US Miniature Books, No. 1931. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Ampersand., Barbara J. Dolliver.
7 Barbara J. Dolliver. Ampersand.
Sugarland, TX: Arm and Hammer Press, 2005 First Edition. Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover Signed by Author
LIMITED EDITION of 40 numbered copies, this is copy number 34, printed letterpress from hand set type by Gordon Rouze on Japanese hand made Alexan paper. Oblong Miniature Book. 2 5/16 x 2 15/16 inches. [vi], (14) pp. Half-title, "Ode to the Ampersand" by Barbara J. Dolliver, short text extolling the logogram, illustrated with a variety of ampersands in various fonts and colors; text clean, unmarked. Printed paper over boards with a variety of amersands, comes with the original printed paper band that wraps around the entire volume (kind of a hybrid between a dust-jacket and a slip case) that is open to the top and bottom; binding square and tight. SIGNED by the author on the colophon. Fine. The text provides a brief history and meaning of the device. Lovely! 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Night Walks. WITH: Travelling Abroad. WITH: A Flight., Charles Dickens (1812-1870).
8 Charles Dickens (1812-1870). Night Walks. WITH: Travelling Abroad. WITH: A Flight.
Skokie, IL: The Black Cat Press, 1982 First Edition, thus. Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITIONS of 199 sets, designed, typography, and production by Norman Forgue, negatives, stripping and printing by the Schori Press, binding by Bela Blau. Introduction to each volume by Harry Stone. Three-Volume Boxed Set. Miniature Books. 2 3/4 x 2 inches. (70); (80); (70) pp. Illustrations in each volume by Barbara Raheb, each title page printed within typographic borders of different colors; text clean, unmarked. Each volume bound in full gilt-stamped leather of various colors, decorative end-papers, comes in a marbled-paper-covered slip case; bindings square and tight. Fine. These volumes give examples of some of the later writings of Charles Dickens, tastes of his darker and more evocative expressions, based on his many rambles in country-side and town. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th Cent. US Miniature Books, Nos. 912, 921, and 907. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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9 Claire Lawson-Hall. Wytham Stream.
Oxford: The Alembic Press, 1993 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover Muriel Mallows. 
LIMITED EDITION of 70 copies, this is number 20, handset in 6 point Craw Clarendon type and printed on hand-made Barcham Green paper. Printed on one side of two sheets, with text and illustrations on alternating leaves. Miniature Book. 2 7/8 x 2 1/2 inches. [19] pp. Claire Hall's text accompanies 7 hand-colored etchings by Muriel Mallows; text clean, unmarked. Accordion fold binding with Suminagashi marbled paper over boards on front and rear covers. Colophon on the rear paste-down (included in the page count); binding square and tight. With a paper band printed "Wytham Stream" over the binding to keep it pressed to shape, and housed in a blue-cloth slip case. SCARCE. Fine. A lovely artist's book reflecting the natural world of rural England. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Christmas., Doris Varner Welch, editor.
10 Doris Varner Welch, editor. Christmas.
Chicago, IL: Le Petit Oiseau Press, 1963 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 150 copies. Miniature Book. 1 7/8 inches x 1 1/2 inches. [viii], [34] pp. Color tipped-in frontispiece, printer's device on title page and colophon, typographic ornaments throughout; text clean, unmarked. Half dark green cloth, green paper over boards, front cover illustrated in green; binding square and tight. Very Good. Doris V. Welch was a publisher, collector, historian and bibliographer of miniature books. For many years, Welsh was Head of the Catalogue Department at Chicago's Newberry Library; she collected miniature books as her private passion. Having taken several classes in printing and binding at the Newberry, she decided to print miniature books of her own. This is her last miniature book, her activities restricted due to a stroke she suffered in 1965. She is remembered today for her important miniature book references, including A Bibliography of Miniature Books (1470-1965). REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th Century US Miniature Books, No. 3198. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Santa's Own Story of His Many Lives as He Told it to...., E. Willis Jones.
11 E. Willis Jones. Santa's Own Story of His Many Lives as He Told it to....
Skokie, IL: Black Cat Press, 1977 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover Rainey Bennett. 
LIMITED EDITION of 249 copies designed by E. Willis Jones, composed in Times Roman and printed on Strathmore Pastel, binding by Bela Blau. Miniature Book. 2 13/16 x 2 1/4 inches. (56) pp. Half-title, frontispiece, printed in red and black throughout, 36 illustrations throughout by Rainey Bennett made from wwater colors especially done to illustrate this story for a projected larger format; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped red leather, decorative end-leaves; binding square and tight. Fine. Santa traces his life over the centuries. E. Willis Jones was the Art Director for the Chicago public relations firm Needham, Louis, & Brorby. He is known for his The Santa Claus Book (1976). REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th Cent. US Miniature Books, No. 1619. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Fine Printing and the '80's., Edward Petko.
12 Edward Petko. Fine Printing and the '80's.
Los Angeles: Columbian 415 Chappel, 1980 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 100 copies printed on Urabec-Hoffman all-rag handmade paper, designed and printed by Jack M. Conway, Michael Druyen, Richard Hoffman, Ruth Hoffman, David Moise, Tom Parker, Edward Petko, Gary Marc Remson, John Urabec, Clyde Stoneman, Gregory Zarcoff, and Ethan Lipton. Miniature Book. 2 13/16 x 2 1/4 inches. (34) pp. Half-title, title page printed in blue and black, decorative initial in blue; text clean, unmarked. Marbled paper over boards, printed paper spine label; binding square and tight, lightly rubbed. Very Good. Petko's essay first appeared as the introduction to the 1980 Catalogue of the Western Books Exhibition. The essay places the books in the 1980 Exhibition in the larger context of the fine press tradition. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th Cent. US Miniature Book, No. 2317. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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A Visit with Dr. R., Ernest Dawson (1882-1947).
13 Ernest Dawson (1882-1947). A Visit with Dr. R.
Los Angeles: Dawson's Book Shop, 1988 Third Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 120 copies printed by Wallace Nethery. This is the third printing, each printing limited to 120 copies; first printed by Muir Dawson in 1948; second printing by Robert Massman in 1968. Miniature Book. 2 15/16 x 2 3/16 inches. 25, [3] pp. Half-title, title page printed in black and red with a colored flueron; text clean, unmarked. Marbled paper over boards, printed paper spine label; binding square and tight. Fine. The text recounts a visit by Ernest Dawson to the home of Dr. A. S. W. Rosenbach in 1945. Bradbury, 20th Century Miniature Books, No. 864. Worldcat groups all printings together. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Fleecestreet's Greek in a Nutshell: The Ancient Language Accommodated to the Student of Today., FLEECESTREET, Judge Jason Augustus [pseudonym for CHENEY, William Murray (1907-2002)].
14 FLEECESTREET, Judge Jason Augustus [pseudonym for CHENEY, William Murray (1907-2002)]. Fleecestreet's Greek in a Nutshell: The Ancient Language Accommodated to the Student of Today.
Los Angeles: Dawson's Book Shop, 1972 Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of "about" 200 copies, printed letterpress by William M. Cheney, binding by Bela Blau. Miniature Book. 2 7/16 x 1 13/16 inches. iv, 57, [3] pp. Stunning presentation of the basics of Greek grammar, occasionally laid out in tabular form; text clean, unmarked. Quarter brown calf, marbled paper over boards, covers ruled in gilt, spine titled in gilt; binding square and tight. Lacks the added errata. Fine. Presents the fundamentals of Greek in the inimitable Cheney style. Bradbury, p. 47. Bradbury, 20th Century US Miniature Books, No. 685; Jones, A Los Angeles Typesticker, No. 79. 
Price: 80.00 USD
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The Quirky Phonetic Alphabet., Gemma Black, calligrapher.
15 Gemma Black, calligrapher. The Quirky Phonetic Alphabet.
Canberra: Bookarts Press, 2000 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies, this is number 387. Miniature Book. 2 13/16 x 1 7/8 inches. (38) pp. Title page in calligraphy in two colors, color initial letters with accompanying text; text clean, unmarked. Brown decorative paper over boards, brown leather spine label, printed paper front cover label, end-papers match the paper on the boards; binding square and tight. Fine. Produced in color photocopy from original artwork by Canberra calligrapher Gemma Black, printed on handmade paper from the now-defunct Bemboka Mill. Beautiful calligraphy matched with text that I cannot understand. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Fantasy and Dulac.  Watercolor Miniatures by Gordon Murray after Edmund Dulac, 1882-1953., Gordon Murray (1921-2016).
16 Gordon Murray (1921-2016). Fantasy and Dulac. Watercolor Miniatures by Gordon Murray after Edmund Dulac, 1882-1953.
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK: Silver Thimble Books, 1989 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Like New Hardcover Gordon Murray. 
UNIQUE, LIMITED EDITION of 1 copy. Designed, illustrated, and published by Gordon Murray, the text is original calligraphy with original watercolors interpreting the work of Edmund Dulac, including "The Snow Queen" of Hans Christian Anderson, "The Little Mermaid" (Anderson), and 8 others. Miniature Book. 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches. Unpaginated. [26] pp. Accordion fold structure, 10 double-page watercolor illustrations numbered by the artist in pencil, calligraphic text; text clean, unmarked. Navy cloth over boards with window in the front cover revealing a watercolor illustration, clear plastic dust-jacket, hand-tinted end-papers; binding square and tight. Black-paper-covered slip case with silk pull, printed paper label on side; light shelf wear. SIGNED AND NUMBERED by Gordon Murray on the colophon. Fine. Gordon Murray was a British television producer and puppeteer. He wrote and produced some of the most popular children's television programs aired in the United Kingdom. After retiring from television in 1982, Gordon produced and distributed more than sixty limited-edition miniature books under the Silver Thimble Books imprint. Bound entirely by hand, they contained watercolor paintings, special covers and bindings, and slip cases. After 1987, Murray began to tire of the run sizes and the amount of work involved in printing letter press, and began to emphasize hand-made editions, including original handwritten texts accompanied by original watercolor illustrations. Gordon Murray's miniature books are some of the best artist's miniature books of the twentieth century. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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Four From Only in America., Harry Lewis Golden (1902-1981).
17 Harry Lewis Golden (1902-1981). Four From Only in America.
Phoenix: D'Ambrosio, 1995 First Edition, thus. Hardcover Collectible: Like New Like New Hardcover Signed by Editor
LIMITED EDITION of 50 copies, this is number 2. Designed and printed by Joseph J. D'Ambrosio (1934-2009), using computer typesetting and a combination of laser and letterpress printing on archival paper, and hand-bound. Miniature Book. 2 1/8 x 2 7/8 inches. [viii], (60) pp. Title page with an eagle dingbat, flag vignette in red and blue, running heads and tails of stars in the text, the red and blue colors used as accents in the text, the last page with large red and blue swashes to fill the page; text clean, unmarked. Blue denim cloth over boards, blue morocco spine cut away to reveal a white cloth star wrapped around the spine, wax-paper dust-jacket; binding square and tight. Comes in a clamshell box of red and blue denim with a star cutout to reveal the cloth star of the spine of the book. SIGNED by Joe D'Ambrosio on the colophon. Fine. Harry Golden was born Herschel Goldhirsch in shtetl Mikulintsy, Ukraine; his mother was Romanian and his father Austrian. His father moved the family first to Canada and then New York, where Harry was a newspaper boy and then a stock broker, but lost his job in 1929. After serving five years in Federal prison in Atlanta, Georgia, for mail fraud, Golden moved to Charlotte were he became a reporter for the Charlotte Labor Journal, writing and speaking out against racial segregation and Jim Crow. His books include three collections of essays; Only in America was the basis for a play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th Cent. US Miniature Books, No. 1201. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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Dunlap and Claypoole: Printers to George Washington and the American Congress., Herbert Kerkow.
18 Herbert Kerkow. Dunlap and Claypoole: Printers to George Washington and the American Congress.
Milwaukee: The ABCDarium of Clifford L. Helbert, 1988 First Edition, thus. Hardcover Collectible: Like New Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 200 numbered copies, this is number 61. Not Quite A Miniature Book. 3 1/8 x 2 1/2 inches. [iv], (20) pp. Half-title, frontispiece, black-and-white portrait of David Claypoole; text clean, unmarked. Quarter black cloth, gray decorative paper over boards, printed paper front cover label, spine titled in gilt, original clear plastic dust-jacket with the number of the edition (61) on a yellow sticker on the front panel of the dust-jacket, decorative end-papers; binding square and tight. Fine. This article first appeared in The Inland Printer, July 1928. J. Dunlap and David Claypoole printed the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, George Washington's Farewell Address and the first daily newspaper in the United States. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th-Century US Miniature Books, No. 1659. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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How the Art of Printing Was Invented: A Bibliofantasy., Hermann Bauer.
19 Hermann Bauer. How the Art of Printing Was Invented: A Bibliofantasy.
New Britain, CT: REM Miniatures, 1964 First Edition, thus. Paperback Collectible: Very Good Paperback 
LIMITED EDITION of 400 numbered copies, this is number 234. Pages 7-35 hand-set and printed by Anton Bohm on a Sigwalt 6 by 9 hand press, title-page border reduced from Bohm's handmade title page from his periodical Literary Anecdotes. All other typography by Robert E. Massmann. Miniature Book. 2 1/2 x 1 13/16 inches. [ii], 44, [2] pp. Introduction by Robert Massman explaining his relationship with Anton Bohm and how this book came about, title page printed in black, blue and red inks with a typographic border in blue, decorative initial, epilogue; text clean, unmarked. Pictorial printed wrappers with an image of Das Gutenberg-Museum zu Mainz on the front cover, decorative end-leaves, printed pictorial slip case made of paper that matches the wrappers; binding square and tight, light use wear. Bookplate "Ex Mini-Libris Levitan" on front paste-down. Very Good. The text for this item originally appeared in German in the Marberger Spiegel in January 1957. Anton Bohm received permission to translate it into German and hand set the text, but died before he could complete his miniature treatment of the story. Robert Massman received permission from Bohm's widow to produce the final version, offered here. PROVENANCE: Rabbi Kalman L. Levitan was a founder and first Chairman of the Miniature Book Society of America. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th Cent. US Miniature Books, No. 294. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Christmas Poems., James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916).
20 James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916). Christmas Poems.
Evanston, IL: The Press of Ward Schori, 1982 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover Sarah Chamberlain. 
LIMITED EDITION of 241 copies, design, hand-typesetting and production by Ward Schori, poems typeset by chuck Davis and printed photo-offset, headings, title page and miscellaneous matter handset by Schori, end-grain wood engraving by Sarah Chamberlain printed letterpress from the block. Miniature Book. 1 13/16 x 1 1/2 inches. Unpaginated. [38] pp. Half-title, double-page title page with red decorations, red decroations throughout the text, woodcut illustration; text clean, unmarked. White cloth stamped in blue, including an illustration on the front cover designed by Andre Chappaz, top edge gilt; binding sqaure and tight. Fine. James Whitcomb Riley was an American writer, poet, and best-selling author. During his lifetime he was known as the Childrens Poet for his humorous and sentimental poems. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th Cent. US Miniature Books, No. 2565. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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