This is a near-pristine edition of Hans Brinker. No publication date inside and there appear to be a ton of first editions on Google and eBay. All I know is that the book was originally published in 1865.
This was my splurge for the day, at a mere $2. Now that I see the enormous sums that some of these old kids books are fetching at eBay, next sale I might pick up a lot more of them and list them for sale.
I was one of the very first people to enter the sale and headed right for the "really old book" area where Hans was. There was a rather large collection of other really great old kids books but I refrained from buying any others because of my space considerations. Soon as I went around that tiny area and came back to the kids books, all the others were GONE!! Someone else will be making a mint reselling them.
Little Sunny Stories was a 50-cent buy. The author's name is familiar to me...just Googled him and, oh yeah, he wrote the Raggedy Ann books and others. What's most interesting to me is how an author's name, from nearly 60 years ago, rang a bell in my brain.
This one also doesn't have a date of publication, although the inscription, "To my Little Emerald, Mama" is from 1940.
At any rate, the cover is what knocks me out. It's engraved or embossed. I actually bought this just for the cover, and the 50-cent price.
Online Shop. Click the link to go to the post with all the details. There were 16 available (only 8 shown here) but a few have sold already. When you purchase, be sure to indicate your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices in the Instructions to Merchant section of the PayPal invoice.