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A Bright and Happy New Year (Gift Book early 1900's)
1 A Bright and Happy New Year (Gift Book early 1900's)
New York Cupples & Leon Company Unstated, but clearly early 1900's Hard cover Very good Condition 
I love gift books of all kinds. They fall off shelves into my hands wherever I go. This one is bit different though -- I would call it more of a hard cover greeting card, as it has only eleven pages with pretty art and positive wishes for the coming year. The title page shows that the buyer considered it as a card too and sent it to Mr. and Mrs. La Vake from Mr. and Mrs. Neison. Here's an example of the wishes, "Carry into the new year only the choicest thoughts and inspirations." Book measures 4" x 7-1/2" and is clean and tightly bound. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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A Bundle of Good Cheer (Gift Book 1911)
2 A Bundle of Good Cheer (Gift Book 1911)
The Platt & Peck Company 1911 Card Cover Good 
This pretty and truly uplifting gift book is in wonderful condition inside, but, as you can see from the photo, the lower two-thirds of the front cover have toned. The back had and the pages have not, so something must have rested against it for a long time. Even the blue ribbon, while not fresh as new, isn't frayed or grubby as so often is the case. The book has no names or writing and measures 5"x6-3/4" with 92 pages. Every single quote is designed to start off the day in a positive way. Authors include Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Browning, St. Francis de Sales, Charles Dickenson, Shakespeare, Ben Franklin, Longfellow and many more. 
Price: 15.95 USD
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An Evening Prayer Gift Book (Robert Louis Stevenson et al)
3 An Evening Prayer Gift Book (Robert Louis Stevenson et al)
New York Barse & Hopkins Card cover Fine Fine 
I very much like these old gift books from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This one has no date, but is filled with vintage charm including such niceties as heavy paper with a deckled outer edge, a tipped-in color illustation at frontis (rather than having been printed on the page), a dustjacket, and gilt embossing to the front cover. Though Stevenson is listed as the author, the fact is there are many including Robert Browning, Tennyson, Abraham Lincoln and others. There are no illustrations other than the one mentioned, but the type fonts provide mch variation. Includes Brownings "Grow Old with Me". Book measures 4"x9" and features twelve poems or uplifting quotations. Not heavily religious. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Baby's Book of Prayers (Book in a Box)
4 Baby's Book of Prayers (Book in a Box)
Mexico Hallmark Card Inc. No date Hard cover Fine condition 
This pretty little baby gift is bound in white satin fabric with a linen banner edged in eyelet, a satin embroidery of flowers around a cross, and a ribbon with two tiny roses, one pink and one white. The book fits in its box which is also pretty with a textured white paper covering the lid. The book measures 4-1/4" x 6-1/4" and is printed in light blue ink. The onwership blank has not been written in and the pages are clean. There are fourteen prayers in all. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Choice Songs From Crowning Glory (Hymnal, 1893)
5 Choice Songs From Crowning Glory (Hymnal, 1893)
Chicago Billhorn Brothers 1893 Hard cover Good condition 
This is a slim hymnal of 104 songs. It was owned by Mrs. Ellen C. Hammett who declared it her book on front free endpaper with a simple penciled name and date of 1894. The book is lacking a few pieces of overlay paper primarily along outer edge of front cover. There are also a few toned areas on front endpaper. The pages are otherwise very clean and binding is tight. The ones I recognized are Bringing In the Sheaves, Rock of Ages, and Nearer My God to Thee. Book measures 5-1/2" x 8" 
Price: 16.00 USD
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Cincinnati In Bronze (With Slipcase, 1959)
6 Cincinnati In Bronze (With Slipcase, 1959)
Child Health Association 1959 First Edition Stated Hard cover Very Good Condition Very Good Conditon 
Crisp clean gift book still in its handsome slipcase. I've seen this book before, but never in a slipcase before now. The book is crisp and clean as new with no names or writing. The dustjacket has a few little nicks, but overall is quite nice. The photo on front is the Tyler Davidson Fountain, a gift to the city by Henry Probasco in memory of his brother-in-law, Tyler Davidson. It was dedicated in 1871. The rest of the book likewise celebrates all things commenorated in bronze in the Queen City. Book measures 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" and looks great in slipcase which shows no fault. This one's both hard cover booklet and gift book. 
Price: 16.00 USD
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Daily Food for Christians 1910 (Miniature Book)
7 Daily Food for Christians 1910 (Miniature Book)
New York Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. Circa 1910 Hard cover Very Good No jacket 
Pretty little book which was a gift from a mother to her daughter. The book has no printed date so the inscription dated 1910 saves the day. It measures 3-1/4" x 2-1/2" and has 192 pages. The book is nicely made with subtle endpapers and gilding around all three edges of the text block. Book was intended to be read daily -- a few lines from Scripture and a few from a hymn. The inscription reads "Miss Virginia Lane Christmas, 1910 From Mother." 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Geisha Secrets. A Pillow Book for Lovers (2000)
8 Geisha Secrets. A Pillow Book for Lovers (2000)
New York Carroll and Graf 2000 0786708352 / 9780786708352 Eddison-Sadd Edition Hard cover Fine condition (as new) 
Very attractive book which is designed in accordian style with images, and text on both sides in English. The content is divded into two parts, The Public Face of the Geisha and the The Private Face of the Geisha. The first part is about hair, kimono, make-up, guiles ,and performing as hostesses, dancers and musicians. The second section covers the shunga, the private erotica -- yearning, lovemaking, and passion told in words and pictures. Book measures 7" x 8-1/2". 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Holiday Goodies and How To Make Them (Book in a Box, 1952)
9 Holiday Goodies and How To Make Them (Book in a Box, 1952)
Mt. Vernon, New York Pater Pauper Press 1952 Hard Cover Fine in Good Box 
Book itself is clean as a whistle with no sign of use, other than a stamp on the front free endpaper which reads "American Dairy Association." Book measures 4"x7" and has 61 pages. Nice art throughout in the same design and colors of the cover. Among the recipes are these: Popcorn Christmas Trees, Brown Lace Cookies, Merengue Stars, Holiday Molasses Taffy, Chocolate Caramels, Cranberry Topsy-Turvy and much more. The book is in perfect condition -- the box (which is seldom seen) has been repaired at all corners with archival tape. Someone else did the top ones and I did the lower! There's also a stray black at the top edge of the box. Overall very nice. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Jane Austen's Little Instruction Book
10 Jane Austen's Little Instruction Book
White Plains, New York Peter Pauper Press Inc. 1995 0880886935 / 9780880886932 First Edition Hard cover Very good condition Very good dust jacket 
This little book is charming, the perfect gift for a literary woman.The book is divided into these themes: Women, Men, Relationships, Simple Rules and Life Lessons, each comment of which was written by Austen in one of her beloved novels. The book is small, but not a true miniature. It measures 4-1/2" tall and 6-1.4" wide with 63 pages. The book is clean and bright with no tears, chips, or creasing. The only defect, if you consider one, is a gift inscription which reads thus, "--------, with all our Aloha." I have a pretty floral bookplate laid-in for the buyer to use it or not. 
Price: 7.95 USD
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Juicy Living Cards by Sark (2003)
11 Juicy Living Cards by Sark (2003)
U.S.A. Hay House Inc. 2003 Very good condition Sark 
Sark is noted for her colorful exuberance as the medium for her message of treating yourself kindly, enjoying your life, thinking positive, and following the spirit of love. She has written many books, but the cards are perfect for busy people. There's 50 in the deck, and double sided too, so you get 50 more small wisdoms. The idea is to pick a card and keep its thought with you as you go through your day. The cards are clean and nice and the box is sturdy. It measures 4" x 5-1/2". 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Medieval Flowers and Plants Address Book (1995)
12 Medieval Flowers and Plants Address Book (1995)
London The British Library 1995 Hard cover Fine condition No dustjacket as issued 
This would make a lovely gift -- so beautiful both inside and out with shiny gilt page edges on all three sides, and a ribbon page marker inside. There's no names or writing and is ready to become a pretty way to keep addresses, phone numbers, birthdays and anniversaries. The book is made with laminated boards and a red cloth spine. It measures 7-3/4" x 10". 
Price: 22.95 USD
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Miniature Catholic Prayer Book  Czechoslavakia 1908
13 Miniature Catholic Prayer Book Czechoslavakia 1908
Czechoslavakia Unknown 1908 hard cover Very Good 
I wish I could provide more information on this pretty little Catholic prayer book published in Czechoslavkia, but I have only the bare bones. It's made of celluloid and decorated at edges of reverse sides of both front and back covers with pretty gold and white dentelles and page edges are gilded on all three sides. Other than the cover art there are no additional images. No names or writing either. Measures 2-1/4"x3-1/2" and has 256 pages. 
Price: 23.00 USD
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People, Places and Flings: A Salute to Marge Alge's Spirited Coverage of Cleveland Society 1960-1980 (Card inside SIGNED by Alge)
14 People, Places and Flings: A Salute to Marge Alge's Spirited Coverage of Cleveland Society 1960-1980 (Card inside SIGNED by Alge)
Cleveland, Ohio Geranium Press 2001 094060115X / 9780940601154 Hard cover Fine condition Very good condition 
I forgot I had this -- it's been in the closet for four years. It's not that I didn't like it -- I did -- but I had another one then. It was not only fun to find it again, but the surprise ephemera tucked in was great. The book is a commemoration of Marge Alge, society editor of the Cleveland Press who kept readers happy for 20 years. This is just barely a booklet -- the cut-off is 100 pages and this one has 99. Many photographs in black and white showcasing good times in Cleveland. Inside the book are the following items:a bookmark from Richard Gildenmeister's bookshop on the Square at Shaker Heights, a newspaper article about Marge, and a card Marge sent along with the book to the well-known bookseller from whom I bought this book among many others. It contains a short comment and a SIGNATURE from Marge Alge herself. Book is excellent and will arrive in a brand new mylar cover. 
Price: 26.00 USD
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St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Cathedral (Cleveland,Ohio)
15 St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Cathedral (Cleveland,Ohio)
Cleveland, Ohio St. Theodocius Cathedral circa 1950's Hard cover Very Good condition 
Very nice clean booklet bound in hard cover, which makes it a lovely gift for someone interested in the church. Both text and color photographs highlight the interior and exterior as well as the church's many icons. Each spread in the book shows a photo in full page, full color format with text across from it. The booklet measures 5-3/4" x 8-3/4" with 42 counted pages. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Story of Our Baby Moire Baby Book (Unused 1950's)
16 Story of Our Baby Moire Baby Book (Unused 1950's)
Unknown Unknown circa 1950's Hard Cover Unused Very Good Pictures by the Hendersons 
Vintage baby books have such a sweet charm that I am impelled to buy them, especially if they haven't been used as this one has not. I suspect this came in a box and all the publishing info was on that rather than in the book. But it does indicate that the art was produced by "the Hendersons"! The pastel art is evocative of the times and appears on every one of the 24 pages. The moire fabric is clean and bright on both boards and the contents are pristine. Only fault is some light foxing to bottom edge of back pastedown. Vintage baby books make fun gifts for showers for moms who love the lure of the past. Book measures 7"x8-1/2". NOTE: Moire is shiny and smooth like satin. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Journal of Major George Washington (Facsimile Gift Book (1985)
17 The Journal of Major George Washington (Facsimile Gift Book (1985)
Williamsburg, Virginia Colonial Williamsburg 1985 091041257X / 9780910412575 Sevenh printing Hard cove Book in Fine condition Dustjacket near fine condition 
This is a beautiful litle gift book perfect to tuck in the Christmas stocking of a historian. The book is crisp and clean as new. The only fault is a tiny tear to the top front edge of the jacket. I have placd it in brand new mylar. The first facsimile edition was published in 1959 and this is the 7th printing. The diary itself is printed on heavy tan paper with the rest on cream. The journal is an account of Washington's first official mission, made as emissary from the Governor of Virginia to the Commandant off the French forces on the Ohio, October, 1753 -- January 1754. It also includes the governor's (Robert Dinwiddie's) letter, and a translation of the French officer's answer. Book measures 5" x 7-3/4' and has 42 pages. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Little Limerick Book (An Uncensored Collection)1955
18 The Little Limerick Book (An Uncensored Collection)1955
Mount Vernon, New York The Peter Pauper Press 1955 Hard Cover Very Good 
If you like the risqué limerick this is a fun little book which measures 4-1/2"x8" and has 68 pages. I think perhaps the final limerick will give you an overview of the contents better than anything I can say, "The limerick packs laughs anatomical, Into space that is quite economical. But the good ones I've seen so seldom are clean, And the clean ones so seldom are comical." The book is crisp with snow white pages and a bright cover. The paper on the jacket is likewise crisp and shows just two small tears a few small bits of edge wear. It will arrive to you in a brand new mylar cover. 
Price: 6.95 USD
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The New Testament Translated out of the Greek 1869 (Ephemera Laid-in)
19 The New Testament Translated out of the Greek 1869 (Ephemera Laid-in)
New York American Bible Society 1869 Hard Cover Good Condition 
Small New Testament translated from the Greek to English. Measures a diminutive 3" across by 4-3/4" tall. The black boards are heavily embossed both front and back and retain the original clasp which still works nicely. I find these litle Bibles and prayer books very touching, as many, like this one, have names and small extras inside. This one has had a couple owners. On the front pastedown a May R. Price wrote some notes to herself so she could find her favorite verses. Across from that is the name Rosie P. Coits from Ohio dated 1871, a present from Mother. Inside are two small comforting lines from poems elsewhere, the celluloid bookmark which lists the 10 Commndments and a swatch of blue plaid taffeta for a new dress perhaps. The fabric is very mcuh apropos for the period. 
Price: 24.00 USD
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The Story of Mount Desert Island (Maine, 1st Ed., 1960)
20 The Story of Mount Desert Island (Maine, 1st Ed., 1960)
Boston Little, Brown & company 1960 Stated first Edition Hard cover Very Good condition 
This is a very attractive gift book, a little larger than most at 5" x 7-3/4" with 81 pages including two appendices.There are also 14 black and white illustrations gathered together at center of book, black and white photographs, a map, and a drawing. Book is clean and tightly bound with just a name and date to top of the front free endpaper. The date is 1963, three years after publication.I have tucked a brand new bookplate inside for the buyer to use, or not, to cover it at his or her discretion. Text covers the emergence of the island, the Native American tribes, settlements, and its nautical heritage which includes both yachts and steamboats. 
Price: 12.95 USD
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