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  • THE ENCHANTED CARIBOU by Cleaver, Elizabeth.
    Cleaver, Elizabeth.
    THE ENCHANTED CARIBOU

    Edition: First printing.

    Toronto & Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1985. Hardcover first edition - Charming Inuit folktale illustrated with scenes from shadow puppets. Includes a page on how to create your own shadow puppet theater and 2 pages of templates. Oblong format. 32 pp. ISBN: 0-19-5404920.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated boards.

    Book ID: 65110
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  • LEGENDS OF MICRONESIA: Books One and Two (2 volume set) by Grey, Eve; Illustrated by Tambi Larsen.
    Grey, Eve; Illustrated by Tambi Larsen.
    LEGENDS OF MICRONESIA: Books One and Two (2 volume set)

    Edition: First printing in wrappers.

    Honolulu, High Commissioner, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Department of Education, 1951. First edition - Volume One contains animal and bird stories, ghost stories, stories about parents and children, while Volume Two focuses on the legends of these South Pacific Islands. Both volumes are illustrated with drawings by Tambi Larsen; Volume Two also includes maps by Charles A. Williams. Dictionary and bibliography at the end of each volume. 119 pp, 134 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in a stapled tan (vol 1) and brown (vol 2) wrappers.

    Book ID: 89271
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  • LUCKY HANS. by Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm; Eugen Sopko, illustrator. retold by Jock Curle.
    Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm; Eugen Sopko, illustrator. retold by Jock Curle.
    LUCKY HANS.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: North-South Books, (1986) dj. Hardcover first edition - A retelling of this classic Grimm Brothers folk tale about Hans who starts home with a lump of gold, but he keeps making worse and worse trades until he is finally "lucky" enough to return home empty-handed! What an optimist. Illustrated in full color by the Czechoslovakian artist Eugen Sopko. Large format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-805000097.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated boards in a fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 64151
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  • KATE CULHANE: A Ghost Story. by Hague, Michael.
    Hague, Michael.
    KATE CULHANE: A Ghost Story.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: SeaStar, (2001) dj. Hardcover first edition - A retelling of a traditional Irish tale set in the mid-1800s, illustrated by Hague in appropriately somber tones. After a young girl "steps on a newly filled grave, the dead man forces her to care for him by preparing oatmeal mixed with freshly drawn human blood. By pretending to eat her share while secreting it away in her scarf, she provides the means of reviving the young men whose blood she has drawn." Unpaginated. ISBN: 1-587170590.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 78785
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  • McHugh, Joe; Paula Blasius,illustrator.
    RUFF TALES: High Octane Stories from the Ruff Creek General Store.

    Edition: First printing.

    n.p. [Auburn, CA] Catalpa Press, 1988. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A collection of humorous folk tales centered on a general store in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, but also equally at home in the bayous of Louisiana, and the front porches of New England. Among the classic themes are the hen-pecked husband, the stubborn mule, the restless ghost and more. SIGNED on the title page by the author. 135 pp. ISBN: 0-961994304.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (appears unread.)

    Book ID: 24673
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  • McHugh, Joe; Paula Blasius,illustrator.
    RUFF TALES: High Octane Stories from the Ruff Creek General Store.

    Edition: First printing.

    n.p. [Auburn, CA] Catalpa Press, 1988. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A collection of humorous folk tales centered on a general store in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, but also equally at home in the bayous of Louisiana, and the front porches of New England. Among the classic themes are the hen-pecked husband, the stubborn mule, the restless ghost and more. SIGNED on the title page by both the author and the illustrator. 135 pp. ISBN: 0-961994304.

    Condition: Fine in a very near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 37643
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  • PRECIOUS AND THE BOO HAG, by McKissack, Patricia C. and Onawumi Jean Moss; Kyrsten Brooker, illustrator.
    McKissack, Patricia C. and Onawumi Jean Moss; Kyrsten Brooker, illustrator.
    PRECIOUS AND THE BOO HAG,

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atheneum, (2005) dj. Hardcover first edition - A funny - and not-too-scary - story by Newbery Honor-winning author Patricia C. McKissack and storyteller Onawumi Jean Moss, with lively illustrations by Kyrsten Brooker. "When Precious is left home alone with a stomachache, she's got nothing but a warning from Mama - 'Don't let nothing or nobody into this house' ... 'nothing or nobody' could turn out to be something awful: the Boo Hag! The Boo Hag's got a voice that rumbles like thunder and hair that shoots out like lightning. And she can disguise herself to look like anything. So when the Boo Hag comes calling, will Precious be clever enough to outwit even the trickiest trickster?" Large square format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-689851944.

    Condition: Library stamps on rear endpaper, but otherwise near fine in a fine unmarked dust jacket.

    Book ID: 87057
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  • THE KNOT IN THE TRACKS. by Piumini, Roberto. Illustrated by Mikhail Federov.
    Piumini, Roberto. Illustrated by Mikhail Federov.
    THE KNOT IN THE TRACKS.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Tambourine Books, (1994.) dj. Hardcover first edition - First printing The story of Petrushka, a Russian railway workman who lives along a desolate stretch of the Trans-Siberian Railroad and who is plagued by a michievious demon named Rashka who insists that Petrushka perform all sorts of outlandish deeds before the demon will untie the rails he has knotted up. Translated from the Italian by Olivia Holmes. The first book by award winning Moscow artist Mikhail Fedorov to be produced for an American publisher. Oblong format Unpaginated. ISBN: 0-688-111661.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 47904
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  • MAORI FAIRY TALES. by Reed, A.W.; Raymond Labone, illustrator.
    Reed, A.W.; Raymond Labone, illustrator.
    MAORI FAIRY TALES.

    Edition: First edition.

    Wellington & Sydney, Australia: A.H.& A W Reed Ltd., , (1970.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Six Maori folk tales retold in simple language, easy enough for children to read themselves. Illustrated on every page with black, white and blue drawings by Raymond Labone. 112 pp. ISBN: 0-589-002031.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (prev owner's name.)

    Book ID: 55199
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  • WALL-EYED CAESAR'S GHOST and Other Sketches. by [Stereotypical book] Cotton, Jane Baldwin
    [Stereotypical book] Cotton, Jane Baldwin
    WALL-EYED CAESAR'S GHOST and Other Sketches.

    Edition: First edition.

    Boston: Marshall Jones Company, (1925). Hardcover first edition - About as offensive as a stereotypical book can be - from the forward which starts "The ways and folk-lore of our old fashioned colored people have always appealed immensely to me." and goes on to describe the "new negro" as having "progressed in many ways because of his remarkable imitative ability rather than initiative, he has utterly lost his former lovable qualities and picturesqueness." Even the stories are tainted by this attitude, from the title story which begins with an elderly Black man reassuring his little great great granddaughter of their family status because of who they belonged to. Ironically this was published in the same year as Alain Locke's…

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    Boston: Marshall Jones Company, (1925). Hardcover first edition - About as offensive as a stereotypical book can be - from the forward which starts "The ways and folk-lore of our old fashioned colored people have always appealed immensely to me." and goes on to describe the "new negro" as having "progressed in many ways because of his remarkable imitative ability rather than initiative, he has utterly lost his former lovable qualities and picturesqueness." Even the stories are tainted by this attitude, from the title story which begins with an elderly Black man reassuring his little great great granddaughter of their family status because of who they belonged to. Ironically this was published in the same year as Alain Locke's landmark anthology "The New Negro." In addition to the title story, this includes Another Marriage of Convenience, An Elizabethan Revival, and The End of the Feud. Illustrated with drawings by the author's husband, Frederic J. Cotton, M.D. xi, 117 pp.

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    Condition: Very good in blue lettering (lettering rubbed off on spine, rubbing to front cover)

    Book ID: 88778
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  • PAUL BUNYAN, THE WORK GIANT. by Turney, Ida Virginia.
    Turney, Ida Virginia.
    PAUL BUNYAN, THE WORK GIANT.

    Edition: Early printing.

    Portland, Oregon: Binfords and Mort, (ca 1950, c 1941) dj. Hardcover - Stories recounting some of the feats of this American legend as he moved West from the woods of Maine to the Great Lakes and Minnesota and finally considers a move to the pine forests of the Northwest. Colorfully illustrated by Norma Madge Lyon and Harold L. Price. Large format, unpaginated. Colophon notes that the first edition consisted of 3000 copies, with 500 numbered copies and that the (blue) text was handset. No indication of printing, but the rear flap lists through a book published in 1950. Map endpapers. Laid in are 4 pieces of ephemera - a large postcard from Minnesota's Paul Bunyan Vacationland, a small postcard…

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    Portland, Oregon: Binfords and Mort, (ca 1950, c 1941) dj. Hardcover - Stories recounting some of the feats of this American legend as he moved West from the woods of Maine to the Great Lakes and Minnesota and finally considers a move to the pine forests of the Northwest. Colorfully illustrated by Norma Madge Lyon and Harold L. Price. Large format, unpaginated. Colophon notes that the first edition consisted of 3000 copies, with 500 numbered copies and that the (blue) text was handset. No indication of printing, but the rear flap lists through a book published in 1950. Map endpapers. Laid in are 4 pieces of ephemera - a large postcard from Minnesota's Paul Bunyan Vacationland, a small postcard of the statue Paul and his blue ox in Bemidji and a photograph of the same topic, and a giant Minnesata Bucks - 'Paul Bunyan Heap Big Wampum.'

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    Condition: Near fine in illustrated boards (previous owner's name) in a very good dust jacket with some toning, especially to the spine and front flap, and a few small chips to the edges. Laid in ephemera is fine.

    Book ID: 85573
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