London and New York: Castle Brothers and Frederick A. Stokes, 1910. First Edition. Stiff Wraps. Near Fine. Ainslie, Kathleen. 24mo. Circa 1900-1910. 32 unnumbered pages. Color illustrations throughout. Bound with a silk tie. Sound binding, clean pages, and almost no wear to cover. Silk tie and tassels are in great shape. Wonderful color lithographs illustrate a story about two turn-of-the-century dolls (Dutch wooden peg dolls) who travel to London. Their adventure includes a Royal audience, dancing at a ball, attending a polo match, and visiting the theater. The illustrations are especially interesting as they begin by showing the dolls in their natural state without any clothing (just like they would have been bought at a store), and the first part of their adventure is the making their outfits (just like a little girl would have done) including catching roosters so they can make feathered caps that they nail to their heads. A very attractive book. Somewhat scarce: as of 2016 three grubby copies in the trade, two auction records at ABPC and Rare Book Hub, and held by 12 institutions per OCLC.
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