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An Evening Prayer Gift Book (Robert Louis Stevenson et al)

By: N/A

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Barse & Hopkins:

Seller ID: 0149

Condition: 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 "Gr... View more info

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Violets From Lowell (Gift Book in Original Box 1912)

By: N/A

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Cupples & Leon: 1912

Seller ID: 0401

Condition: Fine in Good Box


Oh, how I love old gift books, but when I get one in its original box I have to work to remain dignified! This one is beautiful and was clearly kept as a treasure. The theme of course is the poems of John Russell Lowell paired with that of violets. Together they are totally charming. This one was given as a Christmas gift in 1912 and is recorded as such on the reverse of the front free endpaper. The hard cover boards are a padded faux leather which is pristine, as are the book pages. The box is soiled a bit and lightly worn, but the gem inside is a beauty. Art is brightly colored and plentifu... View more info

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Miniature Catholic Prayer Book Czechoslavakia 1908

By: N/A

Price: $23.00

Publisher: Czechoslavakia, Unknown: 1908

Seller ID: 0512

Condition: 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. View more info

Image for The Little Limerick Book (An Uncensored Collection)1955

The Little Limerick Book (An Uncensored Collection)1955

By: N/A

Price: $6.95

Publisher: Mount Vernon, New York, The Peter Pauper Press: 1955

Seller ID: 0521

Condition: 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. View more info

Image for Story of Our Baby Moire Baby Book (Unused 1950's)

Story of Our Baby Moire Baby Book (Unused 1950's)

By: N/A

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Unknown, Unknown: circa 1950's

Seller ID: 1235

Condition: Unused Very Good


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 ... View more info

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Holiday Goodies and How To Make Them (Book in a Box, 1952)

By: N/A

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Mt. Vernon, New York, Pater Pauper Press: 1952

Seller ID: 1238

Condition: 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 ... View more info

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Daily Food for Christians 1910 (Miniature Book)

By: N/A

Price: $18.00

Publisher: New York, Thomas Y. Crowell & Co.: Circa 1910

Seller ID: 1764

Condition: Very Good


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." View more info

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The New Testament Translated out of the Greek 1869 (Ephemera Laid-in)

By: N/A

Price: $24.00

Publisher: New York, American Bible Society: 1869

Seller ID: 2014

Condition: 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 l... View more info

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The Journal of Major George Washington (Facsimile Gift Book (1985)

By: N/A

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Williamsburg, Virginia, Colonial Williamsburg: 1985

Edition: Sevenh printing

Seller ID: 2040

ISBN: 091041257X

Condition: Book in 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 t... View more info

Image for Cincinnati In Bronze (With Slipcase, 1959)

Cincinnati In Bronze (With Slipcase, 1959)

By: N/A

Price: $16.00

Publisher: Child Health Association: 1959

Edition: First Edition Stated

Seller ID: 2078

Condition: Very Good Condition


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 h... View more info

Image for A Bright and Happy New Year (Gift Book early 1900's)

A Bright and Happy New Year (Gift Book early 1900's)

By: N/A

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Cupples & Leon Company: Unstated, but clearly early 1900's

Seller ID: 2152

Condition: 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. View more info

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St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Cathedral (Cleveland,Ohio)

By: N/A

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Cleveland, Ohio, St. Theodocius Cathedral: circa 1950's

Seller ID: 2233

Condition: 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. View more info

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The Story of Mount Desert Island (Maine, 1st Ed., 1960)

By: N/A

Price: $12.95

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown & company: 1960

Edition: Stated first Edition

Seller ID: 2588

Condition: 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 nauti... View more info

Image for Choice Songs From Crowning Glory (Hymnal, 1893)

Choice Songs From Crowning Glory (Hymnal, 1893)

By: N/A

Price: $16.00

Publisher: Chicago, Billhorn Brothers: 1893

Seller ID: 2925

Condition: 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" View more info

Image for Medieval Flowers and Plants Address Book (1995)

Medieval Flowers and Plants Address Book (1995)

By: N/A

Price: $22.95

Publisher: London, The British Library: 1995

Seller ID: 3235

Condition: Fine condition


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". View more info

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The Victoria Book of Days In Slipcase (1989)

By: N/A

Price: $16.00

Publisher: New York, Hearst Books: 1989

Edition: First edition stated

Seller ID: 3254

Condition: Fine condition


This is both pretty and wise, a gem to keep for yourself, or a gift for someone else. It's not a desk calendar, but a book of days which is divided into the four seasons. There's beautiful art in full color, classic poetry, snips from the text of classic books, recipes, and places to write your thoughts, your favorite things, and your memories. It has not been used and is clean and bright, as is the slipcase. The only minor thing is a pretty unused bookplate affixed to front paste down. The book measures 6-1/2" x 8-1/2". Among the authors are Emily Dickinson, Dylan Thomas, Louisa May Alcott, L... View more info

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Baby's Book of Prayers (Book in a Box)

By: N/A

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Mexico, Hallmark Card Inc.: No date

Seller ID: 3273

Condition: 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. View more info

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Geisha Secrets. A Pillow Book for Lovers (2000)

By: N/A

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Carroll and Graf: 2000

Edition: Eddison-Sadd Edition

Seller ID: 3299

ISBN: 0786708352

Condition: 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". View more info

Image for People, Places and Flings: A Salute to Marge Alge's Spirited Coverage of Cleveland Society 1960-1980 (Card inside SIGNED by Alge)

People, Places and Flings: A Salute to Marge Alge's Spirited Coverage of Cleveland Society 1960-1980 (Card inside SIGNED by Alge)

By: N/A

Price: $26.00

Publisher: Cleveland, Ohio, Geranium Press: 2001

Seller ID: 3603

ISBN: 094060115X

Condition: Fine 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... View more info

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Jane Austen's Little Instruction Book

By: N/A

Price: $7.95

Publisher: White Plains, New York, Peter Pauper Press Inc.: 1995

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 3852

ISBN: 0880886935

Condition: Very good condition


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. View more info