“THEY WERE SO HAPPY THEY COULD HARDLY CONTAIN THEMSELVES”: First Edition of The Pop-Up Minnie Mouse
The Pop-Up Minnie Mouse.
Item Number: 54018
New York: Blue Ribbon Books, 1933.
First edition of this early pop-up book. Octavo, original pictorial paper boards. Disney Studio illustrations and 3 double page color pop-ups.
"As the Depression years deepened, American book publishers sought ways to rekindle book buying… Blue Ribbon Publishing of New York found a combination that proved successful. They animated Walt Disney characters and fairy tales with pop ups," becoming "the first publisher to use the term… to describe movable illustrations" (Montanaro, xix). In good condition with some rubbing and wear.
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New York: Simon and Schuster, 1940.
First edition of the lavishly illustrated companion volume to Disney’s animated musical masterpiece. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with 16 mounted color plates. Presentation copy, signed and inscribed by thirteen people (including Walt Disney); all who worked at Walt Disney studios in the 1940s. All of the inscriptions are to Jodie Ferguson Brudge, who was a secretary at Disney Studios, and upon her leaving to get married, raise family, she asked those that she worked with to inscribe her copy of Fantasia. This work contains the following inscriptions and illustrations, inscribed by Walt Disney on the title page, “To Jodie Best Wishes Walt Disney.” Page 10 has an original full-color illustration by Milt Banta of a card game between Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Milt Banta, with the inscription “Best Wishes Always Milt Banta.” Page 14 has a full page original illustration by Russ Dyson of a “ye olde family tree” for the Ferguson [Jodie] and Dyson branches. On the Dyson branch is a self-portrait of Dyson as a bird, with the inscription, “I Hope the Ferguson Branch Doesn’t grow any Larger! Good Luck – Russ Dyson 1/18/46.” Page 57 has an original watercolor of a tree branch and paint container, and the inscription: “Jodie – If you ever run across any automatic paint brushes like these – let me know. – Claude Coats.” Page 82 has a twenty-six line inscription that is warm and thoughtful from Ben [Sharpsteen]. Page 95 has an original color illustration of a frog fishing and the inscription, “An ‘Good Fishin’ to you all the time – Jodie. Hugh Hennesy” Page 102 has an original color illustration of a self-portrait of Bill Berg, with the inscription “Good Bye Jodie – We’ll Miss You!!! Bill Berg.” Page 118 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of Jerry Hathcock waking from a nightmare, with the inscription, “Gad!! What a Nightmare! Maybe Jodie is smart to leave. Good Bye + Good Luck, Jerry Hathcock.” Page 119 has an original illustration of a bouquet of flowers, that has been drawn into the hand/wing of the printed ostrich, with the inscription: “Best Luck and Good Wishes Jodie. Phil Barber.” Page 121 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of J. Eric Gurney who is holding a banner that reads, “Best Wishes to Jodie.” The opposite end of the banner is being held by the printed hippopotamus. Page 126 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of Nick Nichols (being held aloft by the printed elephant), with the inscription: “Bye Bye Jodie Come Back And Work For Me Again. Best Nick Nichols.” Page 159 has an original full-page illustration of Jodie as a centaurette, with the inscription, “G’bye Now. Lots of Luck an’ Stuff to Jodie. George Rowley.” The verso of the rear free endsheet contains an original illustration of a guitar player in a pancho and sombrero with the inscription, ” Good Luck Jodie. William de la Torre.” An excellent example in a very good dust jacket. A unique piece of Disney history.
Boston : D.C. Heath and Company, 1939.
First edition of this collection of stories. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, pictorial endpapers. Boldly signed by Walt Disney on the half-title page. Illustrated throughout by the Walt Disney Studio. Story by Margaret Wise Brown. In very good condition with some rubbing to the extremities. Rare and desirable signed by Walt Disney.
"Star light, star bright - first star I've seen tonight. I wish I may - I wish I might - Have the wish I wish tonight!" First edition of Walt Disney's Version of Pinocchio: Based on the Story by Collodi, with Illustrations from the Motion Picture
Walt Disney’s Version of Pinocchio: Based on the Story by Collodi, with Illustrations from the Motion Picture.
New York: Random House, 1939.
First edition of the book version of Walt Disney’s second feature-length animated motion picture. Quarto, original half cloth over illustrated boards, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. A very nice example.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953.
First edition of Lady and the Tramp, boldly signed across the title page by Walt Disney in his usual blue crayon. Octavo, original cloth, with charming illustrations by Joe G. Rinaldi. Foreword by Walt Disney. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Scarce and desirable signed by Walt Disney.
“A single person is missing for you, and the whole world is empty": First Edition of Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking; Signed by Her
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.
First edition of the account of the year following the death of the author’s husband. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson.
Firenze: G. Barbera, Editore, 1902-1903.
Mixed early editions of two biographies of Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni and Saint Francis of Assisi. Text in Italian. Two volumes, 12mo, bound in full period vellum, gilt titles and tooling to the spines, red spine labels, gilt ruled, top edges gilt, ribbons bound in. Frontispiece portrait of Michelangelo with tissue guard present. Bound by Rolandi. In near fine condition. A beautiful set.
"In our childhood we have doubtless enjoyed the fascination of the game of Cat's Cradle": First edition of Caroline Furness Jayne's String Figures: A Study of Cat's Cradle in Many Lands
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1906.
First edition of American ethnologist Caroline Furness Jayne’s best-known work. Large octavo, original illustrated cloth, gilt titles to the spine and front panel, engraved frontispiece portrait with tissue guard present, illustrated. In very good condition.
“Now, now my good man, this is no time to be making enemies":; First Portuguese edition of Voltaire's Tragedies: Sofonisba, Mariamne, and Orestes
Lisboa: Na Officina de Simao Thaddeo Ferreira, 1790.
First Portuguese edition of Voltaire’s three tragedies translated into Portuguese. Octavo, bound in full period calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, red spine label, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. A nice example.