"and he slung the pack of toys over his shoulder and got into the chimney: First edition of L. Frank Baum's The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus.
Baum, L. Frank.$1,250.00
Item Number: 63031
Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill, 1902.
First edition, first issue of this Christmas classic. Original red cloth, pictorial endpapers. Six full color plates and illustrations throughout by Mary Cowles Clark. An exceptional example.
L. Frank Baum was the first author to write a book entirely about Santa Claus, adding his own mythology to the classic character's origins and adventures.
Other Books by this Author
Chicago: Reilly & Britton, 1910.
First edition, first state of the sixth Oz book, with the colored pictorial front panel and 16 elaborate full-page color illustrations by John R. Neill. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated with 16 color plates with metallic green ink and numerous black & white drawings by John R. Neill. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the the ownership leaf, “Martha Kneedler, Having been presented by her own true lover L. Frank Baum August 1910.” The recipient, Martha Kneedler, was the daughter of Baum’s close personal friend Major William L. Kneedler, a military medical officer who served as President Taft’s personal physician. The inscription was likely in jest as Martha would have been only 16 in 1910. In very good condition with the plates in fine condition. An exquisite example, The Emerald City of Oz was intended to be the final volume in the series, and so Neil embellished his plates with the most elaborate detail of any other volume. Even later printings of the present volume did not include these elaborate designs. Scarce and desirable. No other inscribed first printing is known to have appeared at auction.
“I am going to tell you a story, one of those tales of astonishing adventures that happend years and years and years ago”: First Edition of L. Frank Baum's The Enchanted Island of Yew; Inscribed by Him
Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1903.
First edition early state with 8 color plates. Octavo, original gray cloth printed in black, vermilion and lavender, pictorial endpapers. Inscribed by L. Frank Baum on the half-title page. In very good condition with some rubbing to the cloth. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1965.
First edition of Always Room For One More, winner of the 1966 Caldecott Medal. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Signed by the illustrator Nonny Hogrogian on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing.
Original pen and ink and Wash Drawings by Walt Kelly. Four panel Pogo Strips from 1956. Each approximately 16.5 inches by 5 inches. Slightly toned, together in one matte. Each is signed on the image, each also inscribed below the image at right and one of these also signed by Walt Kelly. Matted and framed. The complete piece measures 19.5 inches by 24.5 inches.
“Hope springs forever": First Edition of J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard; Signed by Her and Rupert Grint
London: Whizz Hard Books/ Lumos, 2016.
First British edition of this edition of both Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Octavo, original boards.Both volumes are signed by J. K. Rowling. Quidditch is signed on the front free endpaper and Tales of Beedle the Bard is signed on the half title page. In near fine condition, with the original slipcase. These copies were signed at the premier of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Rare and desirable signed by Rowling.
Large Willy Wonka Photograph; Signed by Gene Wilder, Peter Ostrum, Julie Dawn Cole, Denise Nickerson, Paris Themmen, and Michael Bollner
Large photograph of Willy Wonka, the five golden ticket winners and their parents and a trio of Oompa Loompas. Boldly signed in by Gene Wilder, Peter Ostrum, Julie Dawn Cole, Denise Nickerson, Paris Themmen, and Michael Bollner, with each but Wilder adding their respective character names from the 1971 film. The photograph measures 12 inches by 17 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 17.75 inches by 22.75 inches. An attractive piece.