LIST 35: Recent Arrivals

List 35: Recent Arrivals in the fields of Art for Children, Colour, and Interactive Books.

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  • (Children’s Art - Interactive Book)
    ALLONS VITE. by CELLI, Rose et Nathalie PARAIN.
    CELLI, Rose et Nathalie PARAIN.
    ALLONS VITE.

    First edition. Most prominent among the Russian born artists who helped create the Père Castor phenomenon was Nathalie Parain (born Natalia Tchelpanova), who acquired her early training among the Russian avant-garde constructivists and brought her talent to Paris where she was discovered by Paul Faucher, the originator of Les Albums du Père Castor. In ALLONS VITE (Album du Père Castor No.9), she illustrates boldly coloured objects of simple shape depicting transportation modes, from a transatlantic passenger ship to a camel in the desert. Young readers are instructed to cut out copies of the images they see, using coloured sheets of paper bound into the book for the purpose and being careful to cut to the shape indicated by colour: for…

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    First edition. Most prominent among the Russian born artists who helped create the Père Castor phenomenon was Nathalie Parain (born Natalia Tchelpanova), who acquired her early training among the Russian avant-garde constructivists and brought her talent to Paris where she was discovered by Paul Faucher, the originator of Les Albums du Père Castor. In ALLONS VITE (Album du Père Castor No.9), she illustrates boldly coloured objects of simple shape depicting transportation modes, from a transatlantic passenger ship to a camel in the desert. Young readers are instructed to cut out copies of the images they see, using coloured sheets of paper bound into the book for the purpose and being careful to cut to the shape indicated by colour: for example, the brown shape of the camel is distinguished from the yellow background of the sand and the elements carried on his back further distinguished by colour. Once assembled, the child could glue his copies onto cardboard to hang and, then, move on to add other elements to the scene in this fashion or to create entirely new scenes. Thus, like the beaver or” le castor”, the child reader was also a constructor. Speaking of ALLONS VITE, Claude- Anne Parmegiani notes that “Natalie Parain expérimente les propriétés dynamiques de la couleur, susceptibles de suggérer la vitesse et le movement à l’aide de larges aplats.” (LES PETITS FRANÇAIS ILLUSTRÉS, 1860-1940, p. 281) See also Lemmens, A. and S. Stommels. RUSSIAN ARTISTS AND THE CHILDREN’S BOOK 1890-1992 for more on these Russian artists and their work in children’s literature. The title page has a paste-down identifying Celli as author and Parain as illustrator. A work that is very difficult to find with the colour sheets of paper still bound in. “Les images parlent tout de suite clairement...Elles bougent.” Stapled pamphlet, 28 x 24 cm; 24 unnumbered pp. with 12 illustrations printed in colours +10 sheets of coloured glassinet bound in.

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    Original flexible card covers printed in vibrant colours, some creases in the covers and a light overall dusting and shelfwear, spine rubbed; neatly penned previous owner’s name on title page, but a well preserved copy with all coloured tissue inserts present.

    ID#: 16630
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  • Children’s Art Education-Interactive
    L’ECOLIER DECORATEUR. by Chevry, M.
    Chevry, M.
    L’ECOLIER DECORATEUR. Application Du Programme Officielle Du 27, Juillet, 1909

    Paris: Monrocq Freres, (1909). Six "cahiers" for primary school students with progressive exercises in decorative composition in colour. Each of the 6 cahiers contains 5 full page plates of color printed decoration studies in the contemporary Art Nouveau style. Each plate offered for study shows drawings by Chevry of applications of floral and other natural forms to decorative objects, such as a ldamp shade, decorative pillow cover, a vase, a rug, a piece of jewelry, a letter formed of flower and stem. The young student is encouraged to take inspiration and use natural forms in his/her own design. Surely a contribution toward the spread of the Art Nouveau spirit into myriad aspects of French decoration before the first world war.…

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    Paris: Monrocq Freres, (1909). Six "cahiers" for primary school students with progressive exercises in decorative composition in colour. Each of the 6 cahiers contains 5 full page plates of color printed decoration studies in the contemporary Art Nouveau style. Each plate offered for study shows drawings by Chevry of applications of floral and other natural forms to decorative objects, such as a ldamp shade, decorative pillow cover, a vase, a rug, a piece of jewelry, a letter formed of flower and stem. The young student is encouraged to take inspiration and use natural forms in his/her own design. Surely a contribution toward the spread of the Art Nouveau spirit into myriad aspects of French decoration before the first world war. Scarce. We locate no other copy of the complete series in OCLC, COPAC or KVK. One copy of a single cahier only at Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum. Make a necklace in a jasmine design 8vo (22 x 17.2 cm); 60 unnumbered pp. with 6 decorative colour titles and 5 colour plates of designs; text to final page of each cahier.

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    The six cahiers have been bound together in plain flexible cloth covers with a duplicate of the paper wrappers mounted on front and rear; with short cracks in lower front rearand joints; covers gently rubbed at extremities, some minor and faded old stains to exterior paste downs; internally very good.

    ID#: 16664
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  • ( Children’s Art Education - Interactive)
    HOW TO LOOK AT PAINTINGS. by PAINE, Roberta M.
    PAINE, Roberta M.
    HOW TO LOOK AT PAINTINGS. A Guide For Children.

    A simple but clever aid for children learning about art. Eight full color reproduction plates of well known paintings selected for their demonstration of line, color, shape and arrangement are enclosed in a flap at the back of the pamphlet. Young readers are instructed to paste the corresponding plate in the appropriate blank page opposite the description and simple analysis of the painting.

    Original glossy paper covers printed in black and white. Fine.

    ID#: 16652
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  • (Children’s Art Education)
    CARNET DU JEUNE DESSINATEUR. by Bellanger, Camille.
    Bellanger, Camille.
    CARNET DU JEUNE DESSINATEUR.

    First and only edition; uncommon. A very well preserved series of drawing exercises lithographed by the artist Bellanger for the use of children. Bellanger stresses that these exercises should serve only as a guide and not as models to be followed rigidly. The plates illustrate a wide range of objects, from instruments to be used; to line studies; leaf patterns; geometrical patterns; simple perspective with utilitarian objects; shadowing with use of crayons; basic ornaments; household objects; fruits, animals; and objects of increasing complexity. Each plate bears titles in French and in Spanish; the introductory sheet is similarly in French and Spanish. Bellanger studied under Alexandre Cabanel and William Bouguereau at the École de Beaux Arts in Paris. A regular exhibitor…

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    First and only edition; uncommon. A very well preserved series of drawing exercises lithographed by the artist Bellanger for the use of children. Bellanger stresses that these exercises should serve only as a guide and not as models to be followed rigidly. The plates illustrate a wide range of objects, from instruments to be used; to line studies; leaf patterns; geometrical patterns; simple perspective with utilitarian objects; shadowing with use of crayons; basic ornaments; household objects; fruits, animals; and objects of increasing complexity. Each plate bears titles in French and in Spanish; the introductory sheet is similarly in French and Spanish. Bellanger studied under Alexandre Cabanel and William Bouguereau at the École de Beaux Arts in Paris. A regular exhibitor at the Paris Salon, he also taught drawing at the École Spéciale Militaire de St. Cyr in Brittany. In Brittany, he was influenced by the numerous landscape painters and modernists coming to paint there. After the production of this work, he published a comprehensive art instruction book in 1898 entititled LE PEINTRE: TRAITÉ USUEL DE PEINDRE À L’USAGE DE TOUT LE MONDE. (see Whitmore Janet www. rehs.com/ Camille_ Felix_ Bellanger_Bio.) Of this CARNET, we find two copies in Lyon on OCLC, one incomplete. “Apprendre à voir juste: tout est là.” Loose in original portfolio ( 20.4 x 16 cm), as issued, 1 leaf of introductory text, printed on both sides + 50 lithographed plates, each 20 x 15.4 cm.

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    In very good condition. Original red pochette or portfolio, in coated stock imitating red leather, with large illustrated printed paper title label on upper cover, label a bit scuffed or worn at edges, but illustration and printed title are very good. Lithographed plates in fine condition.

    ID#: 16625
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  • (Chromolithographed Advertising Card)
    A COLOURING CARD FOR CHILDREN by (Au Bon Marché)
    (Au Bon Marché)
    A COLOURING CARD FOR CHILDREN

    This little oblong chromolithograhed card for children shows a scene of very young people at their easels painting a rustic scene centering on the figure of a young boy and dog. The scene is surrounded with a gilt Art Nouveau border. The oblong card opens up to a colour printed scene on the verso and the identical scene in outline designed for colouring in on the opposite recto. The rear cover or verso advertises the La Maison du Bon Marché located on the Left Bank in Paris. Such cards were offered to young children who came to the department store in the company of their parents. The card themes varied considerably, this one surely designed to encourage sales of art…

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    This little oblong chromolithograhed card for children shows a scene of very young people at their easels painting a rustic scene centering on the figure of a young boy and dog. The scene is surrounded with a gilt Art Nouveau border. The oblong card opens up to a colour printed scene on the verso and the identical scene in outline designed for colouring in on the opposite recto. The rear cover or verso advertises the La Maison du Bon Marché located on the Left Bank in Paris. Such cards were offered to young children who came to the department store in the company of their parents. The card themes varied considerably, this one surely designed to encourage sales of art supplies to the young. En Plein Air Stiff card stock with one fold, 9 x 13 cm; coloured cover and inner page.

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    Original printed card stock with chromolithographed illustration on upper cover; lithographed design, partially with colour, and text internally and on lower cover. Very good.

    ID#: 16653
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  • (Colour Alphabet)
    СКАЭОЧНАЯ АЗБУКА. (SKAZOCHNAIA AZBUKA). (A FAIRY TALE ALPHABET). by MAVRINA, Tatiana Alekseevna.
    MAVRINA, Tatiana Alekseevna.
    СКАЭОЧНАЯ АЗБУКА. (SKAZOCHNAIA AZBUKA). (A FAIRY TALE ALPHABET).

    The large format edition of this brilliantly coloured Cyrillic alphabet by Mavrina. “Née à Nijni Novgorod, cette dessinatrice, illustrateur, et peintre russe est une figure emblématique du petit groupe des artistes préservés tout au long du siècle par les régimes successifs.” (Lévèque et Plantureux, DICTIONNAIRE DES ILLUSTRATEURS DE LIVRES D’ENFANTS RUSSES, p. 175.) Within each letter of the alphabet, itself an explosion of colour in the folkloric style favoured by this Russian artist, there is a folk tale. The letters are printed large and free-form in gold, silver, blues, reds, greens, etc., and each letter is filled with extraordinary fairy tale characters representing a tale such as the fire-bird or the frog princess. Additional illustrations carry out the tale and…

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    The large format edition of this brilliantly coloured Cyrillic alphabet by Mavrina. “Née à Nijni Novgorod, cette dessinatrice, illustrateur, et peintre russe est une figure emblématique du petit groupe des artistes préservés tout au long du siècle par les régimes successifs.” (Lévèque et Plantureux, DICTIONNAIRE DES ILLUSTRATEURS DE LIVRES D’ENFANTS RUSSES, p. 175.) Within each letter of the alphabet, itself an explosion of colour in the folkloric style favoured by this Russian artist, there is a folk tale. The letters are printed large and free-form in gold, silver, blues, reds, greens, etc., and each letter is filled with extraordinary fairy tale characters representing a tale such as the fire-bird or the frog princess. Additional illustrations carry out the tale and accompany the letters. The designs almost burst from the page; in some cases, a dramatic a double-page design is offered. The backgrounds to the pages are printed in different colours lending mood and impact to the varied scenes. No doubt Mavrina’s childhood years spent witnessing the decorative stage settings and performances of fairy tales organized for children by her mother had an influence on this book (see Lemmens and Lemmens, RUSSIAN ARTISTS AND THE CHILDREN’S BOOK 1890-1992 p. 371). Tatiana Mavrina was a painter, illustrator and author who began her career in Moscow during the early years of the “vkhutemas” revolutionary state art and technical studios. She went on to take part in the art group, Trinadsat, or The Thirteen. During WWII she travelled to the older Russian cities whose important architecture was being destroyed and began to sketch ruins and remains. “ These drawings I understood as preparatory studies for my fairy tale illustrations.” ( as quoted in Lemmens and Lemmens p. 373). While she experimented with different styles and influences during the years, the exuberance of folkloric forms and brilliant colour came to characterize her best work. “ Her art culminated in Skazochnaia Azbuka in which there is a complete unity between verbal and pictorial elements on each of the pages.” Lemmen and Lemmen p. 379) “A Rhythmic Arrangement of Text and Illustrations” Cotsen N. o23187 for this large format with additional white protective jacket. Oblong 4to (23.5 x 30.5 cm); 40 unnumbered pp. profusely illustrated in colors; decorative endpapers.

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    Original flexible orange covers printed in gilt; dust-jacket printed in gold with multi-colour pictorial designs and lettering, some very small nicks, rub marks, and tears just to the edges only of the dust jacket. A very good copy.

    ID#: 16649
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  • (Children’s Colour Game)
    HOLLANDSE BOERKENS EN BOERINNEKENS (DUTCH FARMERS AND FARMERS’ WIVES). by ZUSTERS ANNONCIADEN VAN HULDENBERG NORMAALSCHOOL - WIJNEGEM (Annunciation Sisters of the Huldenberg Normal School).
    ZUSTERS ANNONCIADEN VAN HULDENBERG NORMAALSCHOOL - WIJNEGEM (Annunciation Sisters of the Huldenberg Normal School).
    HOLLANDSE BOERKENS EN BOERINNEKENS (DUTCH FARMERS AND FARMERS’ WIVES). Kleurenspel voor het 2nd jaar van de kindertuin (Colour Play For the 2nd Year of Kindergarten).

    A stunning colour game, evidently the product of a teachers’ school run by the Annunciation Sisters of Huldenberg in Belgium. The publisher, J. Blokland, specialized in educational resources for preparatory education. The games described in the instruction sheet depend upon the student’s ability to quickly appreciate colour distinctions. There are twelve large cards or plates of Dutch peasant figures in costume that differ from each other only by the colour of the trousers, shoes, blouses, scarves, and hats. The impact of these varying colour arrangements on the same design is dramatic. Each one of the large cards is accompanied by ten smaller cards in the same colour arrangement. The games to be played by the children involve various ways of…

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    A stunning colour game, evidently the product of a teachers’ school run by the Annunciation Sisters of Huldenberg in Belgium. The publisher, J. Blokland, specialized in educational resources for preparatory education. The games described in the instruction sheet depend upon the student’s ability to quickly appreciate colour distinctions. There are twelve large cards or plates of Dutch peasant figures in costume that differ from each other only by the colour of the trousers, shoes, blouses, scarves, and hats. The impact of these varying colour arrangements on the same design is dramatic. Each one of the large cards is accompanied by ten smaller cards in the same colour arrangement. The games to be played by the children involve various ways of matching the correct colour scheme of the smaller cards with the larger ones. The way that the vibrant colour arrangements impact the impression formed of the same figure is really a striking illustration of contemporary artistic thought about colour. A marvellous exercise for children (or anyone) to experience the power of colour to shape and change an image, an impression of space, and of emotion. So far, we have not found any holdings for this among the usual library online catalogues. Colour Play/ Colour Power for Kindergarten Box 13 x 25 x 3.5cm; folded printed instruction sheet; 12 large color printed cards, 22 x 11.5 cm; 120 numbered color printed cards, 11.5 x 8 cm.

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    12 large and 120 smaller color printed cards in vibrant color in original box with printed and folded rules sheet. Paper covered box with original printed label is chipped and separated corners have some amateur tape repairs, but it is stable and otherwise clean. A very good set.

    ID#: 16640
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  • (Colour)
    DIALOGUE SUR LE COLORIS. by (PILES, Roger de)
    (PILES, Roger de)
    DIALOGUE SUR LE COLORIS. (bound with:) FIGURES D’ACADEMIE, Pour aprendre à désiner. Gravées Par S.L.C.

    Roger de Piles was an important French art critic and theorist. This first edition of his treatise on colouring opened the famous “debate of the colourists” which dominated French esthetic thought at the end of the seventeenth century. The argument which followed divided its participants into two camps with, on one side, an established classical school which held drawing and design to be the essential qualities of great art, while an opposing camp of “modernists”, lead by de Piles, held colouring and the effects of light and shadow to be the most essential elements of pictorial art. Raphael and Poussin stood as the ultimate models for the partisans of design while Rubens and Titian were championed by the colourists. De…

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    Roger de Piles was an important French art critic and theorist. This first edition of his treatise on colouring opened the famous “debate of the colourists” which dominated French esthetic thought at the end of the seventeenth century. The argument which followed divided its participants into two camps with, on one side, an established classical school which held drawing and design to be the essential qualities of great art, while an opposing camp of “modernists”, lead by de Piles, held colouring and the effects of light and shadow to be the most essential elements of pictorial art. Raphael and Poussin stood as the ultimate models for the partisans of design while Rubens and Titian were championed by the colourists. De Piles’ DIALOGUE SUR LE COLORIS (Dialogue On Colouring) was seminal in defining the theoretical viewpoint of this latter, ultimately triumphant, group. He emphasised, in particular, the use of chiaroscuro and first introduced the term clair-obscur to identify this technique. The theories that de Piles first published here influenced art historical discussions long afterwards and find echoes in other later aesthetic arguments between classical and modern schools of art. As usual, his DIALOGUE SUR LE COLORIS is found here bound with another work, in this case the first edition of Sébastien Le Clerc’s FIGURES D’ACADEMIE POUR APRENDRE À DÉSINER, also published by Langlois. Le Clerc’s work offers a series of muscular male nude studies of mythological or classical figures. It is now reasonably rare, with OCLC locating 12 copies outside of France, of which only 3 are in North American libraries Invention Of The Term “Clair-Obscur” Berlin Catalogue 4619 for both items. 12mo (15 x 8 cm); (iv) + 80 pp.; engraved title + 31 engraved plates.

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    Contemporary full calf with careful restorations at corners and head and heel of spine; faded gilt tooled compartments and gilt titling compartment to spine; interior clean and tight.

    ID#: 16317
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  • (Interactive- Cut-Out Cards)
    "Model Farmyard." (packet title) by A.M. Davis & Co. Ltd./Quality Cards (publisher).
    A.M. Davis & Co. Ltd./Quality Cards (publisher).
    "Model Farmyard." (packet title) A delightful Occupation For Children Of All Ages Who Find Much Pleasure In Colouring And Cutting Out the 12 Large Cards....

    An interactive printed project for children offering cut-out images to be coloured,formed, folded, and arranged to produce a farmstead scene. The scene, itself, is represented on the cover of the cards packet. The images to be coloured and made three dimensional include the farmhouse, its garden and hedges, barn, cornfield, hay cart, pond, and figures of animals and people. This complete set was No. 756 in a series for painting and constructing. Other series (some listed on the packet) were also offered by the Davis firm, famous for greeting cards, kindergarten outline painting and embroidery, etc. The firm was represented at the 1947 British Industrial History fair. Scarce. “Hand and Eye are trained to act in unison” Twelve cards printed…

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    An interactive printed project for children offering cut-out images to be coloured,formed, folded, and arranged to produce a farmstead scene. The scene, itself, is represented on the cover of the cards packet. The images to be coloured and made three dimensional include the farmhouse, its garden and hedges, barn, cornfield, hay cart, pond, and figures of animals and people. This complete set was No. 756 in a series for painting and constructing. Other series (some listed on the packet) were also offered by the Davis firm, famous for greeting cards, kindergarten outline painting and embroidery, etc. The firm was represented at the 1947 British Industrial History fair. Scarce. “Hand and Eye are trained to act in unison” Twelve cards printed in black on rectos only with illustrations to be cut out and coloured, each 15.3 x 20.1 cm.; pink paper packet printed and illustrated on front and back, 16 x 21 cm.

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    The twelve cards are in excellent condition; the printed and illustrated packet is in very good condition with only a few small tears at folds.

    ID#: 16648
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  • (Perspective)
    COURS ELEMENTAIRE DE PERSPECTIVE A L'USAGE DES DAMES, by FARCY, C(harles François).
    FARCY, C(harles François).
    COURS ELEMENTAIRE DE PERSPECTIVE A L'USAGE DES DAMES, Avec Figures Et Dessins Lithographies;

    The text takes the form of a series of letters to "Madame." Farcy also wrote a manual on design and painting. The folding plates are printed in lithography by Langlumé, with the final one showing a full perspective plan of a house and parterre. 8vo (21.5 x 13.5 cm); (vi) + (7-) 128 pp. + 10 folding lithographed plates with 44 figures and 43 shapes.

    Original paper wrappers, slightly foxed but still very well preserved in glassine; text untrimmed.

    ID#: 14833
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  • (Paper Dolls)
    LA MALLE MERVEILLEUSE by ARMA, Edmée et Marthe FAUCHON.
    ARMA, Edmée et Marthe FAUCHON.
    LA MALLE MERVEILLEUSE

    With beautifully rendered printed costumes, set against an overall decorative background, to be carefully cut out for dressing the doll whose front and back profiles could be removed from the rear or lower cover. Smaller illustrations, also on the rear cover, show the completed costumes representing folk dress from Austria, Spain, Holland, Hungary Italy, Serbia, Sweden and the Ukraine. Appeared as part of the collection “Les Farfardets” directed by Edmée Arma. The “letter” laid in is from Ziguezag, the elf in charge of dressing fairies and addressed to the young girl reader instructing her to cut out costumes for the doll and enjoy the marvels of this magical suitcase. A charmer. European Paper Dolls in Vibrant Colors. Oblong stapled booklet…

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    With beautifully rendered printed costumes, set against an overall decorative background, to be carefully cut out for dressing the doll whose front and back profiles could be removed from the rear or lower cover. Smaller illustrations, also on the rear cover, show the completed costumes representing folk dress from Austria, Spain, Holland, Hungary Italy, Serbia, Sweden and the Ukraine. Appeared as part of the collection “Les Farfardets” directed by Edmée Arma. The “letter” laid in is from Ziguezag, the elf in charge of dressing fairies and addressed to the young girl reader instructing her to cut out costumes for the doll and enjoy the marvels of this magical suitcase. A charmer. European Paper Dolls in Vibrant Colors. Oblong stapled booklet (21 x 26.8 cm.); text on inner cover ; printed “letter laid in + 8 full page color plates with text on inner rear cover and color illustration with two doll cut-outs on lower cover.

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    Original stiff paper covers, printed in colors; internally vibrant; a fine copy.

    ID#: 16409
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