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  • Aardema, Verna (illustrated by Marc Brown.)
    OH KOJO! HOW COULD YOU! An Ashanti Tale.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, (1984.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The story of how a magic young boy finally gets the better of the trickster Anansi (with the help of a cat), after being fooled not once, not twice, but three times. Adapted from the Wa of Na by Aardema and colorfully illustrated by Marc Brown. Large format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-803700067.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, but overall good condition in glossy illustrated boards in a near fine unmarked dustjacket (dj price-clipped, tape reinforcement to front hinge.)

    Book ID: 37825
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  • THE LION'S WHISKERS AND OTHER ETHIOPIAN TALES. by Ashabranner, Brent and Russell Davis.
    Ashabranner, Brent and Russell Davis.
    THE LION'S WHISKERS AND OTHER ETHIOPIAN TALES.

    Edition: First thus.

    North Haven, CT: Linnet Books, 1997. dj. Hardcover first edition - A collection of 16 folktales from the nine main tribes of Ethopia, illustrated with woodcuts by Helen Siegl. A revised version of a book originally published in 1959. Afterword, glossary. 96 pp. ISBN: 0-208024298.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, but overall tight and clean in a near fine unmarked dust jacket (some sunning to the dj)

    Book ID: 82768
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  • PAUL BUNYAN; THE GIANT LUMBERJACK. by Bang, Ray.
    Bang, Ray.
    PAUL BUNYAN; THE GIANT LUMBERJACK.

    Bemidji, MN: c. 1953. Tales of Paul Bunyan and his friends and animals, including Sport the Reversible Dog, illustrated in color and black and white drawings. Apparently a promotion item, with "The Gift Mart, Lakewiew Hotel, Bemidji, Minnesota" printed on front cover. Unpaginged (32 pp. including covers) Postcard of the steel and concrete statues of Paul and Babe in Bemidji laid in.

    Condition: Just about fine in original stapled pictorial wraps.

    Book ID: 85580
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  • THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF. by Barnett, Mac, retold by; Jon Klassen, illustrator.
    Barnett, Mac, retold by; Jon Klassen, illustrator.
    THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Orchard Books/ Scholastic, (2022) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A retelling with a twist of this classic Norwegian folk tale, with wonderful full color illustrations by Jon Klassen. SIGNED on the title page by both Barnett and Klassen. Large format, unpaginated. ISBN: 978-1338673845.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 86232
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  • JOHN HENRY. by Bradford, Roark.
    Bradford, Roark.
    JOHN HENRY.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, 1931. dj. Hardcover first edition - Tales of the legendary hero, John Henry, told in black dialect; scattered through the stories are lyrics from some of the many folk and blues songs honoring his exploits. Illustrated with woodcuts by J. J. Lankes. 225 pp plus colophon and 4 pp publisher's ads

    Condition: Good condition overall in blue cloth depicting gears in lighter blue, (gift inscription, bookplate, spine label peeling, sunning to spine). A tight copy, missing the dust jacket.

    Book ID: 58352
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  • Brown, Marcia.
    BACKBONE OF THE KING: The Story of Paka'a and His Son Ku.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Scribner's, 1966. Hardcover first edition - Includes many woodcuts by the author, based on her experiences during a stay in the Hawaiian islands. Includes a 16 page glossary,

    Condition: Ex-school library with signs of a pocket on front endpaper, discard stamp on title page, but overwise in very good to near fine condition in illustrated library binding. Many pages still unopened, indicating that this copy has never been read.

    Book ID: 15391
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  • FOLKLORE FROM AFRICA TO THE UNITED STATES. by Coughlan, Margaret N..
    Coughlan, Margaret N..
    FOLKLORE FROM AFRICA TO THE UNITED STATES.

    Edition: First printing.

    Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1976. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An annotated bibliography of 190 African folklore books for both adults and children, including 40 from the United States - one which was "undertaken to reveal African sources of many familiar tales found in this country and the West Indies." Foreword by Virginia Haviland. A presentation copy, INSCRIBED on the title page "To... with all my best wishes and affection. Peggy" Illustrated. Index. x,161 pp. Publisher's press release is laid in.

    Condition: Very near fine in yellow and black cloth with traditional African motifs.

    Book ID: 87455
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  • TALES FROM THE SOUTH PACIFIC ISLANDS. by Gittins, Anne (told by)
    Gittins, Anne (told by)
    TALES FROM THE SOUTH PACIFIC ISLANDS.

    Edition: First printing.

    Owings Mills, Maryland: Stemmer House, (1977) dj. Hardcover first edition - Collects 22 folktales from Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, the Cook Islands and more. Illustrated with monotone drawings by Frank Rocca. 89 pp. Dust jacket art by Tom Kealiinohomoku. ISBN: 0-91614402X.

    Condition: Near fine in green cloth with copper illustration on front cover, lettering on spine, in a good dust jacket (price-clipped, chip to top of spine)

    Book ID: 87004
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  • TALES OF MOGHO: African Stories From Upper Volta. by Guirma, Frederic (1931- )
    Guirma, Frederic (1931- )
    TALES OF MOGHO: African Stories From Upper Volta.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Macmillan, (1971) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first appearance in print of eight folktales which have been part of the oral tradition of the Mossi people of West Africa for centuries, illustrated with pen-and-ink line drawings by the author. The author was born in Ouagadougou, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso), and he was its first Ambassador to the United Nations and to the US when it achieved independence in 1960. Glossary. xii, 113 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings and missing front endpaper, but overall tight and clean in a near fine dj.

    Book ID: 83352
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  • LITTLE MR. THIMBLEFINGER AND HIS QUEER COUNTRY: What the Children Saw and Heard There. by Harris, Joel Chandler (1848-1908)
    Harris, Joel Chandler (1848-1908)
    LITTLE MR. THIMBLEFINGER AND HIS QUEER COUNTRY: What the Children Saw and Heard There.

    Edition: Early printing.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, (c 1894). Hardcover - A collection of stories by this journalist and folklorist, who was best known for the Uncle Remus stories. Brief introduction in which Harris explains that the stories fall in three categories - some were part of Black folklore, but were not included in the Uncle Remus stories, others were from South Georgia with roots in England, and some were inventions. A lovely production illustrated with a frontispiece with a tissue guard and 31 internal full page plates on glossy stock by Oliver Herford. All edges tinted green. 230 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in beige cloth with gilt and dark brown lettering, an illustration of a wolf and rabbit on the front cover in dark brown and green. Small bookplate on front pastedown.

    Book ID: 84781
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  • THE PIECE OF CHUANG BROCADE. by Hsiao Kan-niu, Chi Chih-hsi, Yen Mei-hua, illustrator.
    Hsiao Kan-niu, Chi Chih-hsi, Yen Mei-hua, illustrator.
    THE PIECE OF CHUANG BROCADE.

    Edition: 3rd printing.

    Peking (Beijing): The Foreign Language Press, 1963. A popular folktale of the Chuang, one of China's ethnic minorities who live in the the Kwangsi Chuang Autonomous Region in South China. Adapted by Chi Chih-hsi. Full color illustrations throughout by Yen Mei-hua. Small oblong format. 60 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 86721
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  • THE MERMAID'S TWIN SISTER: More Stories from Trinidad . by Joseph, Lynn. Illustrated by Donna Perrone.
    Joseph, Lynn. Illustrated by Donna Perrone.
    THE MERMAID'S TWIN SISTER: More Stories from Trinidad .

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Clarion, (1994.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A retelling of traditional stories about things that happened in Trinidad long ago, and about the spirits (La Diablesse, duennes, obeah people) and other magical beings who play a part in everyday life on the island and stories about traditional foods - like callaloo. The second collection by this author who was born in Trinidad, and remembers hearing these stories as a little girl. Illustrated with striking full-page black, white and gray-toned illustrations by Perrone. Author's note. 63 pp. Slightly oversized format. ISBN: 0-395-643651.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 39695
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  • TALES FROM THE ENCHANTED ISLES HAWAII. by Kaleoikapolialoha.
    Kaleoikapolialoha.
    TALES FROM THE ENCHANTED ISLES HAWAII.

    Edition: First printing in wrappers. No hardcover edition.

    Honolulu, Kaimi Pono Press, (1998). First edition - A slim booklet which collects seven tales - The little mermaid of Molokai; The sea priestess and the ocean cleansing ritual; Kualii, the legendary king of Oahu and the orange moon of Hakipuu; Pele, the fire goddess; The kahuna Kalaiwaa and the elepaio bird; The royal crystal burial cave of the king; The beloved guardian moo of the east end of Molokai- as told by Auntie Kaleo. 38 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in illustrated stapled wrappers (small peeled spot on back cover). Uncommon.

    Book ID: 85908
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  • Kertonegoro, Madi. (introduction by Alice Walker.)
    THE SPIRIT JOURNEY: Stories and Paintings of Bali.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original, not issued in hardcover.

    Navarro, California: Wild Trees Press, (1988.). First edition - Balinese legends retold, in a weaving together of ancient and modern tales, by this Javanese artist, folklorist and peace activist. The stories of Bali are illustrated with tranditional lontar palm leaf drawings. Also included is a selection of full color plates of Madi's paintings, with his comments on each work. Introduction by Alice Walker who, with her partner Robert Allen, established Wild Trees Press, xv, 16 pp glossy plates, 103 pp. ISBN: 0-931125-065.

    Condition: SIGNED on the dedication page by Madi, with "Ubud Bali, 2 Sept .88, at my home. Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (discoloration from tape on 2 pages) Uncommon signed.

    Book ID: 33580
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  • BEARHEAD: A Russian Folktale. by Kimmel, Eric A; illustrated by Charles Mikolaycak.
    Kimmel, Eric A; illustrated by Charles Mikolaycak.
    BEARHEAD: A Russian Folktale.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Holiday House, (1991.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An adaptation of the Russian folktale 'Ivanko, the Bear's Son.' SIGNED on the title page by Kimmel. Illustrated in full color (watercolors and colored pencil on diazo prints) by Charles Mikolaycak. Large format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-8234-09023.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 55586
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  • SQUASH IT! A True and Ridiculous Tale. by Kimmel, Eric A (retold by). Illustrated in full color by Robert Rayevsky.
    Kimmel, Eric A (retold by). Illustrated in full color by Robert Rayevsky.
    SQUASH IT! A True and Ridiculous Tale.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Holiday House, (1997.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An adaptation of a folktale from Ruth Sawyer's Picture Tales from Spain (1936) which features a king who picks a louse from his head and turns it into a pampered pet because "it has royal blood in its veins" or, as Kimmel puts it, he took an already ridiculous tale and stretched it a bit further. SIGNED on the title page by Kimmel. Illustrated in full color by Robert Rayevsky. Large format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-8234-12997.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 55585
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  • THE WONDERFUL ADVENTURES OF NILS. by Lagerlof, Selma; H. Baumhauer, illustrator.
    Lagerlof, Selma; H. Baumhauer, illustrator.
    THE WONDERFUL ADVENTURES OF NILS.

    Edition: First one volume edition in US.

    New York: Pantheon, (1947) dj. Hardcover first edition - An attractive new edition of this children's classic originally published in two volumes in 1907 and 1911 as the "Wonderful Adventures of Nils" and the "Further Adventures of Nils." This is the first one volume edition in English, illustrated with 200 drawings (many full page) by H. Baumhauer. "The story, written with great tenderness, yet without sentimentality, blends some of the most lovely folklore of Sweden with the imaginative and fascinating account of the young protagonist's experiences as he lived among the animals, big and small. Nils was a vicious boy, cruel to animals. until he met the elf who turned him into a thumbling [but] in the company of…

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    New York: Pantheon, (1947) dj. Hardcover first edition - An attractive new edition of this children's classic originally published in two volumes in 1907 and 1911 as the "Wonderful Adventures of Nils" and the "Further Adventures of Nils." This is the first one volume edition in English, illustrated with 200 drawings (many full page) by H. Baumhauer. "The story, written with great tenderness, yet without sentimentality, blends some of the most lovely folklore of Sweden with the imaginative and fascinating account of the young protagonist's experiences as he lived among the animals, big and small. Nils was a vicious boy, cruel to animals. until he met the elf who turned him into a thumbling [but] in the company of the wild geese with whom he travelled over Sweden, he redeemed himself." Translated by Velma Swanston. 539 pp.plus 1 p table of pronunciation. Map endpapers.

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    Condition: Near fine in beige cloth with silver lettering and small illustration on the front cover in a very good dust jacket. (price-clipped, some edgewear)

    Book ID: 88254
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  • JUAN BOBO GOES TO WORK: A Puerto Rican Folk Tale. by Montes, Marisa (illustrated by Joe Cepeda).
    Montes, Marisa (illustrated by Joe Cepeda).
    JUAN BOBO GOES TO WORK: A Puerto Rican Folk Tale.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: HarperCollins, (2000.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Although he tries to do exactly as his mother tells him- foolish Juan Bobo- -Puerto Rico's most celebrated folktale hero--keeps getting things all wrong. 'Bobo' means simple or fool, so Juan Bobo is 'Simple John' or the town fool - as Montes-Marisa explains in her note on the sources, he is the creation of Puerto Rico's country folk or jibaros, and arises from a combination of European, African and native Taino sources. The one constant in all the stories is that he can never get things right. Her first book for children, vibrantly and humorously illustrated by Joe Cepeda. SIGNED by Montes on the title page, and dated in…

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    New York: HarperCollins, (2000.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Although he tries to do exactly as his mother tells him- foolish Juan Bobo- -Puerto Rico's most celebrated folktale hero--keeps getting things all wrong. 'Bobo' means simple or fool, so Juan Bobo is 'Simple John' or the town fool - as Montes-Marisa explains in her note on the sources, he is the creation of Puerto Rico's country folk or jibaros, and arises from a combination of European, African and native Taino sources. The one constant in all the stories is that he can never get things right. Her first book for children, vibrantly and humorously illustrated by Joe Cepeda. SIGNED by Montes on the title page, and dated in the year of publication also SIGNED and dated by the illustrator, Joe Cepeda, with a small drwing of a bird. Large format, bound in glossy illustrated covers, unpaginated. Glossary of Spanish terms. ISBN: 0-688-162347.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 60418
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  • THE ANGEL. by Neggers, Carla.
    Neggers, Carla.
    THE ANGEL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: MIRA, (2008) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A romantic suspense thriller. "On a remote stretch of the rugged coast of Ireland, folklorist and illustrator Keira Sullivan pursues an Irish legend of an ancient Celtic stone angel. As she searches an isolated ruin, she's certain she's discovered the mythic angel, but before she can examine her find, she senses a malevolent presence... Then the ruin collapses, trapping her. Keira's uncle, a Boston homicide detective, enlists the help of Simon Cahill to find his missing niece. When the violence follows them to Boston--and escalates--Simon and Keira realize that the long-forgotten story that has captivated her has also aroused a killer." SIGNED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. 345 pp. ISBN: 978-0778324836.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dust jacket. (toning to edges of textblock)

    Book ID: 87091
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  • THE OWL-SCATTERER by Norman, Howard (illustrated by Michael McCurdy)
    Norman, Howard (illustrated by Michael McCurdy)
    THE OWL-SCATTERER

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1986. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - His first book for children, the story of old Jake (just a" rickety" old hermit) and how he came to the rescue of the town when it was overrun by owls of all kinds . Beautifully illustrated with many full page woodcuts by Michael McCurdy. SIGNED by Norman on the title page. Selected by the NY Times as one of the best illustrated books of the year. Oblong format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-87113-0580.

    Condition: Fine in a very near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 10227
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  • HOW GLOOSKAP OUTWITS THE ICE GIANTS, and Other Tales of the Maritime Indians by Norman, Howard (llustrated by Michael McCurdy)
    Norman, Howard (llustrated by Michael McCurdy)
    HOW GLOOSKAP OUTWITS THE ICE GIANTS, and Other Tales of the Maritime Indians

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, 1989. dj. Hardcover first edition - Six stories retold by Norman - about the giant Glooskap who first created human beings and then travelled among them from the Bay of Fundy to the shores of New England. SIGNED by the author. Illustrated with wood engravings by Michael McCurdy. 60 pp. ISBN: 0-316-611816.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dustjacket (remainder line, slight fading to edges of boards.)

    Book ID: 52055
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  • Norman, Howard (llustrated by Michael McCurdy)
    HOW GLOOSKAP OUTWITS THE ICE GIANTS, and Other Tales of the Maritime Indians

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, 1989. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Six stories retold by Norman - about the giant Glooskap who first created human beings and then travelled among them from the Bay of Fundy to the shores of New England. SIGNED by the author. Illustrated with wood engravings by Michael McCurdy. 60 pp. ISBN: 0-316-611816.

    Condition: Near fine in a fine dustjacket (remainder line, slight fading to edges of boards.)

    Book ID: 5060
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  • San Souci, Robert D.; illustrated by Rebecca Walsh.
    THE WELL AT THE END OF THE WORLD.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: Chronicle Books, (2004.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - From the dj: "Princess Rosamond isn't your typical princess. She prefers good books to good looks and keeps both the royal accounts and the castle drawbridge in working order.When her greedy stepmother and stepsister scheme to spend the royal treasury and her father, the king, falls ill, Rosamond must set out in search of the one thing that can cure him -- the healing waters found in the magical well at the end of the world. In the spirit of The Talking Eggs, award-winning author Robert San Souci has once again created a feisty heroine whose generosity and courage save the day combined with Rebecca Walsh's vibrant paintings."…

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    San Francisco: Chronicle Books, (2004.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - From the dj: "Princess Rosamond isn't your typical princess. She prefers good books to good looks and keeps both the royal accounts and the castle drawbridge in working order.When her greedy stepmother and stepsister scheme to spend the royal treasury and her father, the king, falls ill, Rosamond must set out in search of the one thing that can cure him -- the healing waters found in the magical well at the end of the world. In the spirit of The Talking Eggs, award-winning author Robert San Souci has once again created a feisty heroine whose generosity and courage save the day combined with Rebecca Walsh's vibrant paintings." A delightful re-telling of a classic fairy tale' The King of Colchester's Daughters' which the Opies noted was already traditional by Elizibethan times, and which was included in a variant Norwegian version in Andrew Lang's 'The Red Fairy Book.'. ISBN: 1-587172127.

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    Condition: SIGNED by the author, Robert D. San Souci, on the title page. Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 30675
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  • THE DEER AND THE WOODCUTTER: A Korean Folktale. by So-Un, Kim; (Illustrated by Jeong Kyoung-Sim.)
    So-Un, Kim; (Illustrated by Jeong Kyoung-Sim.)
    THE DEER AND THE WOODCUTTER: A Korean Folktale.

    Edition: First printing.

    Rutland, VT: Tuttle Publishing, (2005.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A retelling of a popular Korean folktale - the story of why the rooster looks skyward and crows loudly at dawn. Illustrated in full color by Jeong Kyoung-Sim. Large format. 32 pp. ISBN: 0-8048-36558.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 52677
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  • BLACK GENESIS: A Chronicle. by Stoney, Samuel G. and Gertrude M. Shelby, Foreword by DuBose Heyward.
    Stoney, Samuel G. and Gertrude M. Shelby, Foreword by DuBose Heyward.
    BLACK GENESIS: A Chronicle.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Macmillan, 1930. Hardcover first edition - Contains tales of the Gullah Negroes of the Carolina low country [told in the Gullah dialect] and, as the title implies, based on the first book of the Bible. In the introduction - "The family tree of Gullah folk speech and folk tales" - the authors comment that "to trace the family tree of Gullah, the language of these stories, is a moving human adventure. . it is the strongest linguist connection between America, the Antilles and Africa; it links two hemispheres and two eras." Foreword by DuBose Heyward. Illustrated by Martha Bensley Bruere, xxix. 192 pp. Green and white illustrated endpapers.

    Condition: Very good in green cloth with black lettering and a small illustration on the front cover (some toning to the spine)

    Book ID: 88786
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  • THE WOOING OF SODNAM DROLMA by Wu Guangyu; Yoa Yu-tuo and Yoa Yu-hsin, illustrators.
    Wu Guangyu; Yoa Yu-tuo and Yoa Yu-hsin, illustrators.
    THE WOOING OF SODNAM DROLMA

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    Peking (Beijing): The Foreign Language Press, 1962. A story told in the mountains of Tibet. An old couple are tricked by a rogue into giving him their beautiful daughter in marriage but she is rescued by a handsome young hunter, who in turn tricks the rogue. Illustrated in full color throughout by Yoa Yu-tuo and Yoa Yu-hsin. 92 pp.

    Condition: Very good in illustrated wrappers (some toning)

    Book ID: 86722
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