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1 Andrea Immel and Brian Alderson. Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song-Book, The First Collection of English Nursery Rhymes, A Facsimile Edition with a History and Annotations.
Los Angeles: Cotsen Occasional Press, 2013 First Edition Hardcover Collectible: Like New Hardcover 
8vo. 8 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches. 121 pp. 45 photographic illustrations throughout, page 21 is a double-page foldout illustration, notes, annotations, indexes; text clean, unmarked. Bound in purple cloth over boards, front cover titled in gilt; binding square and tight. Three miniature books: each 3 5/8 x 2 1/8 inches. Photographic facsimiles; text clean, unmarked. Bound in red, purple, and maroon silk respectively, gilt titling on covers. All 4 volumes housed in a partitioned clamshell box, purple cloth over boards, gilt titled spine. New. LIMITED EDITION of 500 copies of this boxed set which includes Alderson and Immel's scholarly work on the history and legacy of Tommy Thumb's Pretty Little Song Book (two volumes), and The Pretty Book, that includes full-size facsimile editions of each of the eighteenth-century originals. The text of the three miniature books were engraved in by George Bickham, Jr. (1706-1771) and contain the earliest printed collection of English nursery rhymes. The Pretty Book exists in only one copy; only two exist of Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book. This publication brings these 3 classic works to a wider twenty-first century audience for the first time. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Cinderella., Borrower's Press.
2 Borrower's Press. Cinderella.
Winterport, ME: Borrower's Press, 1977 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies, this is number 157. Miniature Book. 7/8 x 3/4 inches. (32) pp. Hand-colored illustrations by Amanda Goldman; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-stamped dark blue leather; binding square and tight. SIGNED by Jane Bernier on colophon. Fine. The classic children's story of Cinderella, with illustrations by Amanda Goldman. Jane Bernier wrote and published dollhouse scale miniature books under her imprint Borrower's Press. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th-Century U.S. Miniature Books, No. 713. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Little Red Ridinghood., Borrower's Press.
3 Borrower's Press. Little Red Ridinghood.
Winterport, ME: Borrower's Press, 1976 Hardcover Used: Like New Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies, this is number 101. Miniature Book. 3/4 x 5/8 inches. (30) pp. Black-and-white frontispiece hand-embellished with red; text clean, unmarked. Quarter red leather, patterned paper over boards; binding square and tight. SIGNED by Jane Bernier on colophon. SCARCE. Fine. The classic tale of Little Red Ridinghood. Jane Bernier wrote and published dollhouse scale miniature books under her imprint Borrower's Press. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th-Century U.S. Miniature Books, No. 713. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Lullabies., Carol Cunningham (1925-2013).
4 Carol Cunningham (1925-2013). Lullabies.
Mill Valley, Sunflower Press, 1984 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 100, this is number 45. Miniature Book. 2 3/4 x 2 5/8 inches. Unpaginated. [24] pp. Illustrated half-title, text in blue ink, headpieces and illustrations in gilt; text clean, unmarked. Gilt-patterned blue paper boards, paper label on front cover; binding square and tight, minor shelf wear. SIGNED by author on colophon. SCARCE. Very Good. Designed and printed letterpress by Carol Cunningham at Sunflower Press. A beautifully produced collection of children's lullabies. REFERENCE: 20th-Century U.S. Miniature Books, No. 811. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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A Visit From St. Nicholas....  With Original Cuts, Designed and Engraved by Boyd., Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863).
5 Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863). A Visit From St. Nicholas.... With Original Cuts, Designed and Engraved by Boyd.
London: The British Library, Reference Division Publications, Printed by The Paragon Press, 1981. First Edition, thus Collectible: Very Good 
LIMITATION NOT STATED of this SCARCE Christmas Card printed for the Board of Trustees of the British Library for distribution to their special friends. Accordion Fold Pamphlet. 5 3/4 x 4 3/8 inches. 15, [1 blank] panels. Printed in black and brick-red inks, decorative initial and tailpiece in brick-red ink, 6 engraved cuts printed in black; text unmarked, small pencil notation on front cover (this can be erased). 1 long folded sheet with 7 folds forming 8 panels, printed on both sides, the last panel blank; binding square and tight. Comes in an original mailing envelope addressed to the Jas. S. Copley Library in La Jolla, California, the front of the envelope is printed to reproduce the front cover panel of the pamphlet, includes a printed card from Commander Michael Saunders Watson and members of the British Library Board with Holiday Greetings and New Year Wishes. Only very minor wear from handling, almost as new. Very Good. SCARCE. The text printed here is from the first separately published book of "A Visit From St. Nicholas," printed in New York City by Henry M. Onderdonk in 1848, illustrated with engravings by Theodore C. Boyd (1830 - circa 1899). Boyd used a Dutch handyman, called Peter, as the model for Santa Claus. Later reprint of Clement Clarke Moore's universally-known poem, which was first published anonymously in the Troy, New York Sentinel on December 23, 1823. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Little Robinson Crusoe., Daniel Defoe (1660-1731).
6 Daniel Defoe (1660-1731). The Little Robinson Crusoe.
New Haven: H. C. Peck & Theo. Bliss, 1870 Hardcover Used: Acceptable Hardcover 
Miniature Book. 3 x 2 1/2 inches. (192) pp. Black-and-white illustrations throughout; pages toned and foxed. Gray cloth boards; binding broken, extreme shelf wear. Gift inscription on front free end paper. Good. A miniature volume of the classic novel Robinson Crusoe for children. The binding on this copy is fairly well blasted, but it might be a nice candidate for rebinding. And it is an interesting survival of a mid-nineteenth-century book printed for children, such volumes often used up entirely by their intended audience. REFERENCE: Welsh, A Bibliography of Miniature Books (1470-1965), No. 2217. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Lullaby Book of Poems., Eugene Field (1850-1895).
7 Eugene Field (1850-1895). The Lullaby Book of Poems.
Evanston, IL: The Schori Press, 1963 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of numbered 600 copies, this copy is out of sequence. Oblong Miniature Book. 2 x 2 3/16 inches. Unpaginated. [64] pp. Frontispiece of a baby sleeping, repeated as tailpieces throughout, text printed within blue borders; text clean, unmarked. Full navy leather, stamped in gilt and 3 colors, marbled end papers, papers speckled in silver, top edge gilt; binding square and tight, minor shelf wear, inner hinges and edges of end papers toned. Mel Kavin's Copy. Very Good. A collection of lullabies by Eugene Field, an American writer known for his children's poetry. Ward Schori was a professional printer who published many miniature books under his imprint The Schori Press, often with artistic bindings. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th-Century U.S. Miniature Books, No. 1076. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Circus Day., George Ade (1899-1944).
8 George Ade (1899-1944). Circus Day.
Brook, IN: The George Ade Memorial Assn., Inc., 1983 Paperback Used: Very Good Paperback 
Miniature Book. 2 3/8 x 2 inches. 128 pp. Frontispiece, illustrations by John T. McCutcheon; text clean, unmarked. Perfect bound, printed yellow wrappers; binding square and tight, shelf wear. Mel Kavin's copy. Very Good. Facsimile Edition. Originally published in 1903, in the Werner Company Little Folks Library Series, Circus Day is a children's book written by George Ade that opens a window on what it was like for children when the circus came to town in late nineteenth-century America. Ade was an American small-town Indiana boy who became famous as a wildly popular and prolific author, playwright, and humorist. He wrote about golfing, entertainment, travel, and was best-known for his Chicago Record column, "Stories of the Streets and of the Town" and for his many fables written in slang. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Jabberwocky, the Famous Mock Heroic Epic., Lewis Carroll (1832-1898).
9 Lewis Carroll (1832-1898). Jabberwocky, the Famous Mock Heroic Epic.
Rosemead, CA: Bookhaven Press, 1971 Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies, this is number 293. Oblong Miniature Book. 1 3/4 x 2 5/8 inches. (43) pp. Illustrations by Pall Bohne in green throughout, glossary; text clean, unmarked, pages lightly toned. Quarter burgundy sliver leather titled in gilt, French-made marbled paper over boards; binding square and tight, light shelf wear. Mel Kavin's copy. Very Good. Lewis Carroll's famous poem "Jabberwocky," with illustrations, comments, and a glossary by Pall Bohne. Bohne provides a fulsome, 3-page colophon with lots of details about the production of the book, including his efforts with Grant Dahlstrom to identify one of the type faces used, which the two typographers failed to achieve. REFERENCE: Bradbury, 20th-Century U.S. Miniature Books, No. 610. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Alligators All Around., Maurice Sendak (1928-2012).
10 Maurice Sendak (1928-2012). Alligators All Around.
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1962 Hardcover Used: Good Hardcover 
Not Quite a Miniature Book. 3 3/4 x 2 5/8 inches. Unpaginated. [32] pp. Color illustrations throughout; text clean, unmarked. Beige cloth boards stamped in brown, illustrated dust-jacket; binding square and tight, stains on back and front covers, dust jacket stained and shelf worn. Good. An alphabet book written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, an American children's book author. This title pre-dates Sendak's most influential work, Where the Wild Things Are (1963). 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The History of Moses., Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894).
11 Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894). The History of Moses.
Daylesford, PA: A. Edward Newton, "Oak Knoll," 1919 First Edition. Paperback Collectible: Very Good Paperback Signed by Other
FIRST EDITION of a work composed by Stevenson when he was six years old. 12mo. 7 1/4 x 4 7/8 inches. [iv], 10 pp. Color frontispiece illustration of the Children of Israel leaving Egypt, facsimiles of Mrs. Stevenson's Manuscript and the inscription in the "Happy Sunday Book;" text clean, unmarked. Blue printed wrappers, stitched with blue yarn; binding square and tight, light shelf wear and toning to the covers. Comes in an added quarter brown morocco slip case with blue cloth sides, seam between the cloth and leather ruled in gilt, raised bands, spine titled in gilt, with a cloth covered chemise that inserts into the slip case with the little book inside with a clear plastic dust-jacket; leather on slip case with mild rubbing, foot of spine showing. Book plate of George H. Tweney. INSCRIBED by the publisher, A. Edward Newton, on the front free end-paper, "Will Mr. Walls accept a tiny first edition of an esteemed author with the compliments of A. Edward Newton. Nov. 1919." Very Good. This story is the earliest literary effort of the young Robert Louis Stevenson, who recited it to his mother, who in turn recorded it in a little book. The colored frontispiece is also a contemporary artistic effort of the budding author, complete with the Children of Israel fleeing Egypt wearing Puritan buckled stove-pipe hats, two of whom are smoking pipes. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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