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Robert Louis Stevenson A Child's Garden of Verse. M A Donohue & Co.Chicago, IL.1916
Robert Louis Stevenson A Child's Garden of Verse. M A Donohue & Co.Chicago, IL.1916
Price: $20.00

302 pp. Cloth cover with a stamped black and red illustrations of a flowering plant. Heavily illustrated and decorated by Myrtle Sheldon. The book is a collection of poems evoking the world and feelings of childhood, each paired with an illustration. Measures 7 1/2" x 6" . Covers show minor edge wear. Binding is cracked, and some interior pages are loose. Front interior cover is signed by a previous owner.
Vase of Flowers. G W Cottrell.Boston.1851
Vase of Flowers. G W Cottrell.Boston.1851
Price: $45.00

96 pp, Decorated green cloth binding, with gilt edges. Miniature book. Edited by Anna Elizabeth, this pocket book details the language of flowers. On each page, it denotes a flower, what it looks like, its meaning and then a poem or verse. For example: Daffodil - Native of Spain, Magnificent flowers of golden yellow - Uncertainty - The flowers that smiles today, Tomorrow dies; All that we wish to stay, Tempts and then flies. What is this world's delight? Lightening that mocks the night, Brief as bright. Stereotyped: Hobart & Robbins Measures 3 1/8" x 2 1/4". Minor edge wear due to rubbing (mostly on the back strip). There is an inscription by a previous owner on one page. Interior pages are soiled and stained throughout (particularly in the first half of the book), but nothing that effects the readability of the text. Page 15/16 is out of order, and is in fact before the Preface.
 Little Folks Series, Little BoPeep. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1870
Little Folks Series, Little BoPeep. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1870
Price: $45.00

14 pp (including wrappers), yellow covers with printed litho illustrations. The design on the cover only uses two colors, red and green, while the interior pages' illustrations are in full color. The book tells an elaboration of the classic nursery rhyme "Little BoPeep". There is a total of six full page color illustrations. Measures 7 1/4" x 5 1/2". Cover show edge wear. Tape repair on spine. Binding is loose bit intact. General soiling and toning due to age.
 House that Jack Built, Mark's Edition. John Lewis Marks.London.1848
House that Jack Built, Mark's Edition. John Lewis Marks.London.1848
Price: $50.00

8 pp (including wrappers). The book features a poem loosely based on the nursery rhyme the House that Jack built. Illustrations are hand painted. The back cover has a list of other books sold by Marks. Date is inferred from previous owner's inscription. Measures 7" x 4 1/2". . Sewing repair on binding and for a 2" in tear on front cover. Inscription by previous owner. Minor foxing.
Aunt Louisa's Big Picture Series: Cock Robin. McLoughin Brothers.New York.c1870
Aunt Louisa's Big Picture Series: Cock Robin. McLoughin Brothers.New York.c1870
Price: $55.00

24 pp (including wrappers). There are six full page color illustrations. The book tells the story of how the cock robin died, and the funeral the rest of the woodland creatures gave him. The story is told in verse. The illustrations are beautifully done, utilizing a solid black background to emphasize the colors in the foreground of the illustrations. Measures 10 1/2" x 9". Some edge wear, and missing surface litho. Front cover missing some small pieces of the corner. Sewing repair on spine. General soiling and toning due to age. One interior page has a tear, approximately 3 inches long, but it does not impact the text on the page.
Edward Young, D. D. The Complaint; or Night Thoughts, and the Force of Religion. Oliver L Sanborn.Portland.1839
Edward Young, D. D. The Complaint; or Night Thoughts, and the Force of Religion. Oliver L Sanborn.Portland.1839
Price: $65.00

Edward Young was an English poet from the 18th century, whose most well-known poem was "Night-Thoughts."  Although Night Thoughts is long and disconnected poem, it abounds in brilliant isolated passages and it found an enormous amount of success. It was eventually translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Welsh and Magyar. In France, in particular,  it became a classic of the romantic school. The poem is thought to be about the deaths of his daughter and son-in-law, and it deals with themes of morality, immortality and death. "Force of Religion", the other poem in this book is said to be about the execution of Lady Jane Grey and her husband (also known as the Nine Day Queen). Stereotyped: Allison & Foster 288 pp, Cloth covered board with gilt edges. Measures 3 1/2" x 2 1/4".. Cover shows moderate wear, particular to edges due to age and rubbing. Back strip has moderate to heavy wear. Minor foxing and soiling on interior pages.
Uncle Ned's Picture Books: Ditties for Little Children. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1870
Uncle Ned's Picture Books: Ditties for Little Children. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1870
Price: $65.00

20 pp (including wrappers), blue cover with printed litho design depicting one of the stories found within, 'The Pet Hen.' Other stories included in this book are: 'The Star', 'The Cow', 'Dolly's Tea Party', 'The Little Girl Who Was Unkind to her Sister', 'Mary's Little Lamb', 'Robin Redbreast' and 'The selfish child.' Stories are written in verse. There are four full page color illustrations. A part of the 'Uncle Ned's Pictures Book' series. Measures 10 1/4" x 6 3/4". Some edge wear, particularly on the front cover's bottom left hand corner. There a stain on the front cover on the top left hand corner. Previous owner inscription on first page.
 Mother Hubbard and her Dog, Marcus Ward's Royal Illuminated Nursery Rhymes. William P Nimmo.Edinburgh, Scotland.1873
Mother Hubbard and her Dog, Marcus Ward's Royal Illuminated Nursery Rhymes. William P Nimmo.Edinburgh, Scotland.1873
Price: $65.00

6 leaves (2 unnumbered text leaves, 4 unnumbered leaves of plates of color illustrations). Tells the classic poem of "Mother Hubbard and her Dog". One interior front and back cover is printed music for the poem. The four leaves of color illustrations are illuminated and each showcases a different verse of the poem. The images are captioned with phrases like "Ye Dame Bryngeth Hys Coffyn[sic]" and "Ye Doggie Readeth Ye News[sic]". Measures 7 3/" x 5 1/2". . Edge wear and toning due to age. Sewing repair to binding.  Inscription by previous owner. Back interior cover page has partially separated from the wrapper.
Dame Wonder's Series: The Little Drummer. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1855
Dame Wonder's Series: The Little Drummer. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1855
Price: $65.00

12 pp (including wrappers) Tells the story, in verse, of a young boy who longs to be a soldier. Joining the army he first becomes a drummer boy, and after proving himself through his courage, he eventually became a sergeant.  Below is a brief excerpt from the book: When mounting up the deadly breach, Fire pouring from each gun; Threatening wounds and death to each, I urged them on by beat of drum. There are hand colored woodcut engravings on each page. A part of the Dame Wonder's Series. Measures 7 1/2" x 4 1/2".  OCLC 1 (Feb. 2018). Moderate to heavy cover wear, there is a small piece of the front cover missing along edge. Sewing repair to binding. Minor penciling. Soiling and toning due to age.
Home Kindness; A Picture Gift Book for the Children. McLoughlin Bros..New York.c1870
Home Kindness; A Picture Gift Book for the Children. McLoughlin Bros..New York.c1870
Price: $85.00

Unpaginated. Illustrated Wrap. 6 full page lithograph illustrations. Verses include Unwilling Pussy, Lucy and Dash, Be Kind to They Father, Be Kind to Thy Mother, Be Kind to Thy Sister and finally Be Kind to Thy Brother.  McLoughlin advertising back cover. Measures 9 1/2" x 10 3/4".. Cover wear with edge chips and light staining.
Warne's Large Picture Toy Books: Old Mother Hubbard. Frederick Warne and Co.London.c1870
Warne's Large Picture Toy Books: Old Mother Hubbard. Frederick Warne and Co.London.c1870
Price: $85.00

18 pp (including wrappers), blue covers with printed blue and red illustration of a dog holding a bouquet.  Tells the classic story of 'Old Mother Hubbard and her Dog". The book is printed on paper pasted over linen. Measures 9 1/2" x 7 1/4" . The bottom left corner of the front cover has started to detach from the linen.
Uncle Frank's Series: Grandma's Tales. McLoughin Brothers.New York.c1870
Uncle Frank's Series: Grandma's Tales. McLoughin Brothers.New York.c1870
Price: $85.00

12 pp (including wrappers) The front cover depicts a main with a young boy and girl on his lap reading a book. Tells several short stories and nursery rhymes, in verse. Each story also has a corresponding illustration. These illustrations are hand colored. A part of the Uncle Frank's Series. Measures 5 3/4" x 4 1/2" . Sewing repair to binding, covers semidetached.  Moderate edge wear, and minor toning due to age.
 Valentine to Alfred W Parker, Engineer on the Boston Subway. .Boston.February 14th 1897
Valentine to Alfred W Parker, Engineer on the Boston Subway. .Boston.February 14th 1897
Price: $85.00

A short poem written on Valentine's Day in 1897. The poem is meant to to be read at the cadence of the Song of Hiawatha written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. "Pale face known as Alfred Parker, Dweller with Lane called Worcester (Lane it was, but now a river)" Concluding "For the Sub-Way he hath builded Underneath the Lane called Worcester" Alfred W Parker (1845? -1917) was a inspector of structural steelwork who worked on the Boston Subway system. He also helped to design a power rod bending machine. Measures 8 3/4" x 7 1/2". . Minor soiling.
Story of Simple Simon from the Susie Sunshine's Series. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1900
Story of Simple Simon from the Susie Sunshine's Series. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1900
Price: $85.00

8 plates, litho on linen covers, with linen interior pages. Tells the classic story of Simple Simon. In verse with charming color illustrations on each page. A part of the Susie Sunshine's Series. Measures 7 1/2" x 5".. Cover wear, particularly on the back strip. Inscription from previous owner. A few minor stains on the edge of the page, that do not affect the images or text.
Lily's Picture Book. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1890
Lily's Picture Book. McLoughlin Brothers.New York.c1890
Price: $90.00

This book includes four poems and their corresponding full=page, color chromolithographs. The poems are: Sister Nell, Dollie, Golden Hair, and Dog Shaggie. The images themselves are richly colored. The front cover is green with gilded accents. The main images is of a trellis with climbing ivy. There are four smaller images depicted within circles. Measures 10 1/4" x 6 3/4". Missing the top left corner of the front cover. Minor stains to the corners near the bindings on both the front and back covers. Interior pages are slightly toned and soiled due to age.  Interior cover page has an inscription from a previous owner (Carrie K Knox, North Sterling Connecticut).
This is the House the Jack Built. McLoughlin Brothers.New York .c1879
This is the House the Jack Built. McLoughlin Brothers.New York .c1879
Price: $95.00

This book beautifully illustrates the classic and popular British nursery rhyme and cumulative tale, "The House that Jack Built." This is apart of the Cinderella Series, printed by the McLoughlin Brothers. The cover is printed on yellow wrappers, and the front cover depicts a boy standing at the gate of a house. The back cover has printed advertisements for other series offered by the publishers. Measures 9 1/2" x 6 1/4". Small piece of missing surface litho on front cover. Binding has minor cracks along front cover. Minor toning/soiling due to age. There is a signature and date from a previous owner on an interior page (Charles T Bishop., 1879)
Matlida J Peterson's19th Century Autograph Friendship Album
Matlida J Peterson's19th Century Autograph Friendship Album
Price: $95.00

Matilda J Peterson was born in 1866 in Ligonier, Pennsylvania and died in1958 (according to a note at the back of the album). This album was given to her by W. A. Peterson for Christmas in 1881. The album is partially filled with short notes, generally in verse and two different versions of an ink drawing of a bird on ferns. At the beginning of the album, Matilda or Tillie as she is called, addresses her friends: "My album is a golden spot Where all my friends may sow, Where thorns and thistles flourish not, But flowers alone may grow. With smiles for sunshine, tears for showers, I'll water, watch and guard these flowers." Between 1882 and 1887. Tillie’s friends wrote in this album, the majority of which were her classmates at Ligonier High School. Below are for examples: "All going to Brother McKinley’s church, and you to stay at home and get dinner." “Remember a ‘Miss’ is as good as mile, when asked to be ‘Mrs’, Consider a while.” “Love and ware are two great compeers, War sheds blood and love sheds tears; War has spears and love has darts, Ware breaks heads and love breaks hearts." “Our school days will soon be o'er, The day is drawing nigh, When we shall part as before, Perhaps not to meet till on high. But, may we meet in a school room, That is grander far than this, And be much happiness in that room, For the hard lessons we learned in this.” The album itself is brown cloth over boards with stamped decorations. The front cover has two horses, gilded flowers (gold has mostly faded) and green painted basket weave in the top right corner. The back cover has a stamped bow made from ribbons and tassels. It appears as though Matilda hand colored in the titled page of the album, which simply states “Autographs” with a gold ink. Measures 7” x 4 1/4"
Edited by An Association of Clergymen The Family Circle and Parlor Annual  Vol. V, No. 10. J.E.D. Comstock.New York.June 1846
Edited by An Association of Clergymen The Family Circle and Parlor Annual Vol. V, No. 10. J.E.D. Comstock.New York.June 1846
Price: $95.00

Illustrated wraps. Pgs. 334-363.  Engraving of Bay and Harbour of New York from Staten Island.  Hand colored engraving of Lily of the valley and balsam flowler (sp). An original poem The Return of Spring by H. A. Del Oriend.  Numerous articles including The History and Adventures of a Penny by Mrs. A. B. Whelpley,  An Exciting Scene; an authentic narrative by an eye-witness and Scripture Natural History; the apple-tree,or citron (with wood engraving) . Index and advertisement on back cover. Measures 8 3/4" x 5 3/4". .
Margaret Evens Price The Land of Nod. Stecher Litho. Co..Rochester, NY .1916
Margaret Evens Price The Land of Nod. Stecher Litho. Co..Rochester, NY .1916
Price: $95.00

This children's book is beautifully illustrated by Margaret Evens Price. 12 pages, with a stapled thick-card wrapper cover. The full color and three  color lithographs in the book perfectly exemplify the ability of the Stecher Lithography Company. Shared with the colorful lithography is a sweet story, told in verse, about a mystical fairy land that children can visit in their sleep.  The text and illustrations share the pages, bringing together the story and imagery to create a fanciful experience. 13 1/2" x 7" OCLC - 0 (Oct. 2018). This title is part of a larger series issued by the Stecher Lithographs Company. Most are illustrated by Margaret Evens Price, but few are also written by her as well. Price is a well-known artist and illustrator who lent her talent to many books.
Monday's Child Interpreted by Clark's ONT Spool Cotton. Clark's ONT Spool Cotton. 1880s
Monday's Child Interpreted by Clark's ONT Spool Cotton. Clark's ONT Spool Cotton. 1880s
Price: $100.00

Seven (7) 4" x 2 3/4"  embossed advertising trade cards promoting Clarks ONT thread. One for each line of the Monday's Child verse depicting an illustration of a young girl relevant to the verse.  It also includes Clark's response to the verse e.g. Thursday's Child is Sour & Sad - Tho' Thursday's child be sour and sad Clark's ONT will make her glad. the reverse promotes the product..
Walter Crane The Old Courtier. George Rogtledge & Sons (sp).London.1870
Walter Crane The Old Courtier. George Rogtledge & Sons (sp).London.1870
Price: $125.00

16pp. (including covers) The front cover depicts a courtier greeting a family at the door. Additionally, the front covers states the publisher as "Rogtledge & Sons" and the back cover has it as 'Routledge'. The latter is the correct spelling. The OCLC only has one copy with this misspelling. There are eight full color illustrations. The story is told in verse. Measures 9 3/4" x 7 1/2" . Covers are detached. Missing surface litho on front covers. The back cover is missing a section near the spine. Tape repair on inside covers.
An Essay on the life of Charles Dickens by Nellie M Krehbiel c 1900. ..
An Essay on the life of Charles Dickens by Nellie M Krehbiel c 1900. ..
Price: $125.00

An 18 page handwritten report or essay with three (3) images from photographs and one drawing. Paper covers with ribbon binding.  Titled Charles Dickens 1812-1870. Nellie M. Krehbiel. Embossed Victorian floral scrap affixed to front cover.  Although it is structured as a school project the factual narrative is written subjectively. e.g. "In later life Dickens preserved grateful remembrance of this gentleman, who recognized his pupils abilities and resolved  that they should not lie fallow for want of early cultivation".  Content includes Parents, Birth, Boyhood, Youth, Marriage, Friends, Manhood, Last years, Dickens' Works, Death and References.  A pen and ink drawing captioned Little Charles Dickens at the blackingware house.  Meausres 9" x 6'. . Believe author to be Nellie M Krehbiel. 1886–1967 Delevan, Cattaraugus, New York.
Susie L. Knibloc "On the death of a Schoolmate who died" August 8th, 1861. .Brooks Grove, Livingston County, NY.1861
Susie L. Knibloc "On the death of a Schoolmate who died" August 8th, 1861. .Brooks Grove, Livingston County, NY.1861
Price: $175.00

A hand made four (4) leaf book constructed of lined paper. The cover reads "On the death of a Schoolmate who died" August 8th, 1861.  It includes an array of verses both original and copied on death.  One verse begins "A friend is gone a youth is slain Bye Deaths resistless power A new made grave now tells us plain Our schoolmate is more..." Penned by Susie L. Knibloc for "Hannah">.
Lord Byron Miniature - Printed Music and Verse - The Kiss Dear Maid! . Rock & Co..London..c1840
Lord Byron Miniature - Printed Music and Verse - The Kiss Dear Maid! . Rock & Co..London..c1840
Price: $225.00

A 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" letter sheet with intricate embossed border design. Lithograph of the music and first two verses for "The Kiss, Dear Maid!"  Music by Beethoven. Verse by Lord Byron.   Reverse is blank. Rock & Co. London embossed at base. Presumably a love token..
Joseph Shaws Book. G. W. Mentz.Philadelphia.1823
Joseph Shaws Book. G. W. Mentz.Philadelphia.1823
Price: $225.00

Large format stenciled wraps. An applied label on the cover reads "Joseph Shaw's Book 1823". 20 unnumbered pages; 15 with verses.  Executed in a fine hand.  The verses include Church Fellowship I Cannot Tell Address to Young Ladies, written in a question an answer format penned in black and brown ink alternately. Ode on Washington's Birth Day Hymn by Pierpont The Genius of Masonry. Excerpt from Clymer's Anniversary "Strike, Strike the lyre, let cannons roar And haild the auspicious day When Freedoms sons undaunted swore To spurn a monarchs sway" Measures 12 1/2" x 18" . Covers detached and separated with wear.  Toning and discoloration first few pages.
 The Lady's Own New Sentimental Valentine Writer. or, Poetry of the Heart, being a New and Elegant Collection of Valentines, Addressed to Gentlemen. Turner & Fisher.New York, Philadelphia..c1845
The Lady's Own New Sentimental Valentine Writer. or, Poetry of the Heart, being a New and Elegant Collection of Valentines, Addressed to Gentlemen. Turner & Fisher.New York, Philadelphia..c1845
Price: $350.00

32pp. Pictorial hand colored wrapper.  Includes 88 numbered sentiments for writing valentines for any (male) individual. Perhaps numbered for the ladies of leisure to advise her writer which valentine to pen.  Measures 4 1/2" x 3".  Significant wear with old repairs to cover.  Not found OCLC (5/2018)..
 Folk Art Decorated Drawing of flowers and birds - excerpt from a Pastoral titled of Morning, Noon and Evening  by John Cunningham,. ..
Folk Art Decorated Drawing of flowers and birds - excerpt from a Pastoral titled of Morning, Noon and Evening by John Cunningham,. ..
Price: $800.00

Naive fraktur style with vining border and wreath created by Harriet Young, September 29, 1809.  A large basket  adorns the top of the page filled with fruit and flowers.  Birds on the edges of the baskets and nearby tree stumps.  At center is the  hand penned "Noon" portion of Cunningham's Morning, Noon and Evening.    Measures 7 3/4" x 9 1/2".. Surface wear and corner chips.