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I AM CHERRY ALIVE THE LITTLE GIRL SANG by DELMORE SCHWARTZ (First Edition)
Harper & Row, 1979. Stated first edition. Pictures by Barbara Cooney. The only children's book credited to the important American poet and short story writer Delmore Schwatz. This is an illustrated version of the poem "Song of Celebration" taken from Schwartz's collection "Summer Knowledge" (1958) . A little girl's song of celebration at being part of, and alive in, the universe. The illustrations were quite controversial when they first appeared, as the little girl appears naked in a few of them. (Sendak received the same reaction when his illustrations for "In the Night Kitchen" included a clothes-free boy.) The illustrations are extremely sensitive and beautiful, with interesting shifts in the color palette from warm to cool and back again. Trivia Time: Schwartz originated the quip that “even paranoids have real enemies”. One of his students at Syracuse University was the future songwriter Lou Reed.
CONDITION: Interior is like new, with crisp, white pages and tight binding. The dust jacket is taped to the inside of the cloth cover with thick brown tape (both front and back). It is also stuck to the back of the cover with addition tape, place underneath the dustjacket. Dustjacket has bright color. There is wear to the top of the dj spine. A few scrapes and some rippling along the top edge of the front cover. $15 SOLD
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CESARINO ET LE DRAGON by ANNIE COUDERC
TEXT IN FRENCH. Collection Du Lys Doré, Editions de l'Ibis, 1944. 4 3/4" by 6 1/4". Lovely little book with beautiful, brightly colored illustrations by Pierre Valade--watercolor? The text is attributed to Annie Couderc, but "Cesarino The Dragon Slayer" is an old Italian fairy tale about a heroic young man whose bravery wins him a princess. This story was included in Giovan Francisco Straparola's Nights of Straparola (1894). Scarce.
CONDITION: Interior pages are clean and crisp with tight binding. You can see some prices in pencil on the upper right corner of the first page. Inside front cover has an area of wear where some of the decorative blue illustrated paper has been scraped. Front cover has edge wear and browning toward edges. There is a crease lower left corner, as seen in the photo. Wear to top and bottom of green spine. $20

         
 

LE ROSSIGNOL (THE NIGHTINGALE) by HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
TEXT IN FRENCH. Collection Du Lys Doré, Editions de l'Ibis, 1944. 4 3/4" by 6 1/4". 24 pages. As above, a lovely little book with beautiful brightly colored paintings, which appear to be watercolors. Cream paper boards with full colour illustration of nightingale and child; pale blue and brown illustrated endpapers. Detailed illustrations on every other page by "Dominique". Adapted from a story by Andersen about a Chinese Emperor and his love of a singing nightingale. This book is so pretty! Scarce.
CONDITION: Interior is clean with crisp pages and tight binding. Very faint price in pencil upper right corner of first page. Some wear to blue spine. Inside front cover has a patch where the decorative blue illustrated paper has been pulled off (about 1 inch by 2 inches). $20

         
 

MISTRESS MASHAM'S REPOSE by T.H. WHITE
G.P. Putnam Sons 1946. Blue boards with gilt mouse on front cover and gilt title on spine. No dust jacket. 1946 copyright date/No stated edition--I think it is the first American edition. 255 pages. Illustrated with charming pen & ink drawings by Fritz Eichenberg and map endpapers by Raymond McGrath. T.H. White was also the author of THE SWORD AND THE STONE. In this tale, a fantasy sequel to GULLIVER's TRAVELS, he continues the story of the Lilliputans, who make it to England where they settle down on an English estate in the 1940's and become friends with a plucky orphan named Maria. Note; I am not sure how to tell if this is a true first or book club. It says "Haddon Craftsmen, Scranton, PA" and the cloth is DARK blue, if that is any help.
CONDITION: No dustjacket. This book is in lovely shape. The interior is entirely clean with tight binding. The deep blue cloth cover has just the slightest wear to corners and top and bottom of spine. Really nice...except where did the dust jacket go? Oh well, the fantastic illustrations alone make this book worth owning. $10 SOLD!

         
 

THE COUNTRY BUNNY by DU BOSE HEYWARD (First Edition)
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1939. Hardcover, no dustjacket. Pictures by Marjorie Flack. No mention of printing or edition, I believe this is the first edition. Beige cloth cover with red type and illustration. Famous Easter story with charming illustrations that are so cute you could cry. Appropriate for second to third grade reading level (or you could read it aloud to a younger child). The little country cottontail becomes one of the special Easter bunnies in spite of her responsibilities as the mommy of twenty-one children. Du Bose Heyward was also the author of the novel Porgy (1925) which he and his wife turned into a play. It later served as the libretto for the first great American folk opera, Porgy and Bess, with music by George Gershwin.
CONDITION: NO dustjacket. Two former owners' names in pen upper right corner of pink front endpaper. Interior is clean and crisp with tight binding. There are a few small brown spots on the first spread. Cloth cover has bumping and some staining to corners. There is substantial wear to top and bottom of spine. Small brown stain on the bunny's dress on cloth cover. $12

         
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