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Book Catalogue Reviews - February - 2021 Issue

Children's Books from Type Punch Matrix


Children's books from Type Punch Matrix.

Type Punch Matrix has issued a catalogue of Children's Books. The appeal is too easy. Everyone loves children's books. We were all children once, even if our interests have branched out since we became adults. You may be unfamiliar with books in other categories, but we all know the books in this catalogue and they bring back memories. This catalogue is filled with the favorites we grew up with, and now they are here to take us back. These are few of the selections you will find.


We begin with a story that every child's parents must read to them as an inspiration to push yourself to do your best. Even if the task seems impossible, just repeat the mantra, “I think I can. I think I can.” This is, of course, The Little Engine that Could. The story had been retold many times so as to become a folk tale without a clear author. However, the version we all learned was first published in 1930 by The Platt & Munk Co. The author is listed as “Watty Piper,” but there is no such person. Rather, it was a name used by the publisher, the retelling coming from Arnold Munk. He also brought in famed author and illustrator Lois Lenski, early in her career, to provide the illustrations. There is no need to retell the story as you already know it, but the little blue engine teaches us that you can do near anything if you really try your best. Item 69. Priced at $1,500.


Next we have another author/illustrator of children's books at the beginning of what would become an illustrious career. Type Punch Matrix describes it as “A holy grail copy: the touchstone of any Tudor collection.” That would be Tasha Tudor, and this is her first book, published in 1938, in a career that would take her into the 21st century. The title is Pumpkin Moonshine, but being her first book does not make it a “holy grail.” This copy is inscribed to her niece. It reads, in part, “A wee story for a very sweet wee person called Sylvie Ann, with just no end of love from her Aunt.” It was specifically for her niece Sylvie Ann that Tudor wrote this first book. It comes with two letters. One is from Sylvie Ann's mother effusive with praise for Tudor's book. The second is from Tudor to Sylvie Ann four years later for her birthday. Item 1. $12,500.


This is not the typical children's book, but it is a groundbreaking one. The title is I am Pueblo Indian Girl. The author was E-yeh-Shure (Blue Corn), also known as Louise Abeita. She was 13 years old when her book was published in 1939. She was a member of the Isleta Pueblo of New Mexico. Her father, Diego Abeita, was so impressed with his daughter's writing that he decided to publish this book. It contains her poetry and prose. As her father was a founder of the National Gallery of the American Indian, he was able to gather the work of artists from several tribes to illustrate her work. It has been called “the first truly Indian Book,” and the first to attempt to present Pueblo art and culture to non-Indian viewers. This is a limited first edition, #46 of 500 copies, signed by the author. Item 12. $1,000.


Item 77 is an inscribed copy of the rhymes Kermit's Garden of Verses, published in 1982. This is the Kermit who is generally known by his species identification. And yes, the inscription is from the “author.” You may be wondering how he grabs a pen with those webbed feet. I am too. The inscription reads “...from Kermit the Frog & Jim.” Perhaps Jim helped Kermit sign the inscription since their handwriting looks similar. “Jim” would, of course, be Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets. $2,000.


Here is a representative of the species precocious child. The title is Pippi Langstrump, better known in the English-speaking world as Pippi Longstocking. This is the first edition of the tale of the adventurous young lady in the original Swedish. It was published in 1945, five years before the first English translation. Author Astrid Lindgren created the tale after her nine-year-old daughter asked her mother for a story. Item 43. $2,000.


This is a book you may not know, unless you are Australian, in which case you almost certainly do. It is likely the most popular Australian children's book ever written. The title is The Magic Pudding: Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and His Friends Bill Barnacle & Sam Sawnoff. The author and illustrator was Norman Lindsay, otherwise an artist and sculptor, rather than a writer. It came about after a debate between Lindsay and a friend as to what type of book is most popular with children. Lindsay said books about food, and whether he was right or wrong at the time, he is right now about Australian children, thanks to his book. The book is a very strange tale. It is about this pudding with arms and legs, a crotchety personality, and a desire only to be eaten. If that sounds like a death wish, the answer is no. He simply regrows the eaten parts. Obviously, this is not a typical book about food. The plot revolves around attempts by pudding thieves to steal the pudding, the possession of Bunyip Bluegum, a koala, Bill Barnacle, a sailor, and Sam Sawnoff, a penguin. This is a 1918 first edition, first issue of a book that has been republished many times in Australia but not so much elsewhere. Item 90. $6,000.


Type Punch Matrix may be reached at 301-589-0798 or info@typepunchmatrix.com. Their website is www.typepunchmatrix.com.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> C.F. Payne, <i>Micawber, Imitating Norman Rockwell’s “Triple self-portrait,”</i> mixed media, 2002. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> Brian Froud, media illustration published in <i>The Land of Froud,</i> 1977. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> Haddon Sundblom, <i>All a Girl Needs,</i> oil on canvas, published in <i>The Ladies’ Home Journal,</i> 1942. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> Adrianne Lobel, <i>My One and Only,</i> 26 scenic concept collages for the Broadway musical, 1983. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> Charles Schulz, original four-panel pen and ink <i>Peanuts</i> comic strip, 1971. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b>Jack Davis, mixed media cartoon for <i>Playboy,</i> 1959. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Jun 24:</b> Charles Addams, mixed media cartoon for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1937. $6,000 to $9,000.
  • <center><b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé<br>Sales Exhibition Catalogue 47<br>Part III<br>Antiquarian Temptations:<br>Rare Books, Atlases & Maps,<br>Photos & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> PIETER MORTIER. “Le Neptune Francois ou Atlas Nouveau des Cartes Marines. Levées et Gravées par ordre Exprés du Roy…” Paris, 1693.
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> MARC CHAGALL illus. SHAKESPEARE. “The Tempest.” Large folio. Monte-Carlo, 1975. Signed by the artist.
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> JOHN SPEED and followers. “A New and Accurate Map of the World.” Hand-colored engraving. London (1626 – 1627 – circa 1650) – 1676.
    <center><b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé<br>Sales Exhibition Catalogue 47<br>Part III<br>Antiquarian Temptations:<br>Rare Books, Atlases & Maps,<br>Photos & Manuscripts</b>
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> MATTHÄUS SEUTTER. “The Colossus Series.” Set of 4 prints, contemporary hand-colored engravings, each c. 57x49cm. Augsburg c. 1730
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> (CHARLES LE BRUN). “La Grande Galerie De Versailles, et Les Deux Salons qui L’Accompagnent, peints Par Charles Le Brun premier Peintre de Louis XIV…” Paris, 1752.
    <b>Galleri Bygdoy Allé:</b> G. BRAUN – F. HOGENBERG. “Danorum Marca.” Contemporary hand-colored engraving, 33x48cm. Cologne, 1588.
  • <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> LIFE OF OSLER, PRESENTATION COPY TO NEPHEW NORMAN GWYN. CUSHING, HARVEY. 1869-1939. <i>The Life of Sir William Osler.</i> Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1925. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> OSLER TO HALSTED MENTIONING CUSHING AND WELCH. Autograph Letter Signed ("Wm Osler") to William Stewart Halsted on medical matters, 2 pp, January 19, 1919. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> CUSHING PRESENTATION COPY TO LUCIEN PRICE. CUSHING, HARVEY. <i>Intracranial Tumours.</i> Springfield, 1932. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> OSLER ON HIS CHILDHOOD. Autograph Letter Signed ("Wm Osler") to Mabel [Brewster] on returning home to Staplehurst. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> SCULTETUS, JOHANNES. 1595-1645. <i>Cheiroplotheke, seu armamentarium chirurgicum XLIII.</i> Ulm: Balthasar Kühnen, 1655. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> VICQ D'AZYR, FELIX. 1748-1794. <i>Traite d'anatomie et de physiologie.</i> Paris: Didot l'aine, 1786. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Bonhams, June 29:</b> TAGAULT, JEAN. C.1499-1546. <i>De chirugica institutione libri quinque....</i> Lyon: Guillaume Rouillé, 1549. $400 to $600.
    <b>Bonhams, June 30:</b> EDWARD S. CURTIS (1868-1952). Autograph Logs and Journals from his 1927 Alaska Expedition. $7,000 to $ 9,000.
    <b>Bonhams, June 30:</b> EDWARD S. CURTIS (1868-1952). Cañon de Chelley, 1904. Oversized orotone, 17 x 22in in original Curtis Studio frame. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, June 30:</b> EDWARD S. CURTIS (1868-1952). 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI of <i>North American Indian,</i> c.1907, made by Curtis in the field. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, June 30:</b> EDWARD S. CURTIS (1868-1952). The Vanishing Race, 1904. Oversized orotone, 18 x 24in in original Curtis Studio frame. $20,000 to $30,000.
  • <center><b>Cowan’s<br>American Historical Ephemera<br>& Photography<br>June 25, 2021</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [CIVIL WAR] -- [SHERIDAN, Philip Henry]. Personal headquarters flag of Philip Henry Sheridan used when he led the 2nd Michigan Cavalry. Spring - Summer 1862. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY]. Half plate daguerreotype of firefighter Walter Van Erven Dorens. [San Francisco]: n.p., [ca 1854-1856]. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [LINCOLNIANA]. Abraham Lincoln banner possibly made for the 1864 presidential campaign. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <center><b>Cowan’s<br>American Historical Ephemera<br>& Photography<br>June 25, 2021</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [REVOLUTIONARY WAR - CONTINENTAL CONGRESS]. [HOLTEN, Dr. Samuel]. An archive of letters related to Danvers, Massachusetts, physician and statesman Dr. Samuel Holten. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD]. CARBUTT, John, photographer. Exceptional collection of 27 stereoviews from the series, "Excursion to the 100th Meridian, October 1866." Chicago, [1866]. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [ALASKAN GOLD RUSH]. William Steele West and family, extensive archive of photographs, diaries, correspondence, and personal items. [Ca 19th - 20th century]. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>Cowan’s<br>American Historical Ephemera<br>& Photography<br>June 25, 2021</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [TAYLOR, Zachary]. Quarter plate daguerreotype featuring the 12th President of the United States. N.p.: n.p., [ca 1845]. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [WASHINGTON, George]. Signed Society of the Cincinnati document. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph endorsement signed ("A. Lincoln"), as President. [Washington], 29 September 1862. 1 page, 4to, old creases. $5,000 to $7,000.
    <center><b>Cowan’s<br>American Historical Ephemera<br>& Photography<br>June 25, 2021</b>
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> JEFFERSON, Thomas. Autograph letter signed ("Th. Jefferson"), as United States President, to Robert Patterson. Washington DC, 2 July 1805. 1 page, 4to, evenly toned, small tear from seal. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Cowan’s, June 25:</b> [EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY] -- [ALCOTT, Elizabeth Sewall]. Ninth plate ruby ambrotype attributed to Elizabeth Sewall Alcott. N.p., [ca 1856-1857]. $3,000 to $5,000.
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    <b>Sotheby’s, 18 – 25 June:</b> Jouve, Paul -- François-Louis Schmied -- Rudyard Kipling. <i>Le Livre de la Jungle,</i> 1919.<br>€ 80,000 to € 120,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 18 – 25 June:</b> Cervantès Saavedra, Miguel de. <i>El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.</i> Bruxelles, 1607.<br>€ 30,000 to € 50,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 18 – 25 June:</b> Buren, Daniel - Aimé Césaire. Cahier d'un retour au pays natal. Solstice, 2004. 1/140 ex. Avec 1/20 suites d'œuvres originales.<br>€ 4,000 to € 6,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, 18 – 25 June:</b> [Musique] - Gioacchino Traversa. Six sonates à violon seul. [Vers 1770].<br>€ 3,000 to € 5,000.

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