Friday, 16 March 2012

Picture Book NYC

I fed one of my addictions while in the big apple, and added a few lovely titles to my children's book collection. All but one was a vintage find, and came from the fabulous Strand Book Store: 828 Broadway, New York. Tel: 212 473-1452. Also: Books of Wonder: 18 West 18th Street between 5th and 6th Aves.
The store has been renovated since I was last there and they have a large children's book section and their regular books are also discounted. They buy books also, in good condition. The booty:
Wait Till the Moon is Full by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Gareth Williams, 1948. USD $10 / €7.60.
Paji by Esther Kiviat, illustrated by Harold Price, 1946. USD $4.50 / €3.40. Love the vibrant green double-page illustrations.
Little Magic Horse, A Russian Tale by Peter Ershoff. Translated by Tatiana Balkoff Drowne and illustrated by Vera Bock. USD $15 / €11.40.
Frog Went a-courtin' by John Langstaff, illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky, first published in 1955. This copy is a reprint. Awarded the Caldecott Medal as "The most distinguished American Picture book for children" in the year of it's publication. USD $8.50 / €6.48.
Pooka the Penthouse Cat by Genia Wennerstrom, 1971. USD $7.50 / €5.70.
Pitschi by Hans Fischer, 1953. USD $8.50 / €6.48.
Madeline and the Cats of Rome by John Bemelmans Marciano, 2008. USD $7.95 / €6.06.
Another wonderful children's book store is Books of Wonder in the Flatiron District: 18 West 18th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Apparently, this is NYC's oldest children's bookstore. They have new books, but also second-hand. Only things is that their vintage is for the serious collector, not for the likes of me or your kiddies. I had a look, but not so many picture books anyway. There's a cafe inside which sells great cupcakes, too. So it's a nice place to stop and recharge. If you're into craftiness, it's also almost dead opposite Paper Presentation mentioned in The Crafty City post. Handy!
Last but not least is Kinokuniya Bookstore: 1073 Avenue of the Americas (Between 40th & 41st St) New York. I purchased one book her: Brooch by Yoshie Watanabe and illustrated by Yayako Uchida, 2004. Approx USD $38 / €29 for the Japanese version, the English was considerably more at USD $52 / €39, so I got the Japanese. Beautiful illustrations on tissue paper so you can see part of the illustration underneath, and the illustrations play off each other in this way. I could have bought up half the shop, but resisted. They have a great selection of books, a cafe upstairs, and stationery and books downstairs. Lots of fab crafty books, in Japanese, but with such great step-by-step illustrations you could probably figure it out. Besides, they're just beautiful books.

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