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    Three Children's Books: Mistura Curiosa, The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse and Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book for Children. Whimsical lot includes: F. Crucelli [pseudonym of James A. Sidey]. Mistura Curiosa. Being a Higgledy Piggledy of Scotch, Irish, English, Nigger, Golfing, Curling, Comic, Serious and Sentimental Odds and Ends of Rhymes and Fables. Illustrated by Charles A. Doyle and John Smart. Edinburgh: Maclachlan and Stewart, 1886. First edition. Octavo. 170 pages with frontispiece and numerous black and white illustrations throughout. Green buckram with gilt borders; embossed gilt lettering and floral design on spine. Beveled boards shows some rubbing along edges and gilt borders; corners worn. Spine is bumped lightly at head and tail; gilt type and decoration are intact. Gilded page edges, yellow endpapers. Heavy age toning of half title and last free endpaper due to pastedown glue; textblock is otherwise fine, with bright, fresh leaves. [and:] Kate Greenaway. Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book for Children with Verses by Mrs. Sale Barker. London: Frederick Warne & Co., n.d., circa 1918. Fortyeightmo, approximately 400 un-numbered pages with frontispiece, 12 full-color plates and 382 black and white illustrations by the author. Cream buckram boards with brown print and green border lines on cover and spine. Small color image of children sitting in a window affixed to front board. Beveled-edge boards exhibit moderate soiling and minimal wear. Spine is soiled and shows minimal shelfwear. Interior pages are unmarked, clean, bright, and very fine. [and:] Beatrix Potter. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse. London: Frederick Warne & Co., n.d. [1918]. First edition. Thirtytwomo, 59 pages; numerous color illustrations by the author. Gray boards with green lettering on cover and spine; color illustration laid down on the upper board. Heavy creases to upper cover; moderate wear to corners and board edges. Spine is moderately worn at edges and ends. Pictorial endpapers. Hinge is a bit loose; textblock is fine with fresh, clean leaves; a few minor creases throughout. This is one of the early copies, with the final "n" missing from the word London, on title page (has been penned in by a previous owner). A delightful collection of children's tales!


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