Friday, 7 June 2013

Adventures in Magic Land ... Recent Auction Buys

I've been busy buying lots of lovely new (vintage) books recently and thought you might enjoy a quick preview.  New stock will be available to view at March House Books. It will take me some time to list everything so don’t forget to check the website often. If you are looking for a particular book, please let me know, and I will do my best to find it for you. I hope there is something for everyone in this selection. For further information on any of the featured books, please click on the links or contact me via comments or by email. There is an email link in the right hand column of this blog.

Roy Rogers Adventures No. 1, Eagle Annual No. 3,  The Beano Book 1959, Champion the Wonder Horse,  Roy Rogers Comic Album. 


Sooty Keeps Shop A Twirly Book published in 1954 with illustrations by Tony Hart. Turn a revolving wheel to display ‘moving’ black and white images in the cut out  window on the front cover. Reminiscent of the flickering images produced by old black and white television sets from years gone by. Roy Rogers' Rodeo pop-up book scarce and colourful book published c1950. Five pop-ups in perfect working order. Enid Blyton's New Big Noddy Book another colourful book produced by Sampson, Low and Marston in 1955. 


ABC in Living Models. One of the Bookano Living Model Series produced sometime between 1929 and 1949. The name Bookano was derived by combing the words "Book" and Meccano" the name of a popular mechanical toy. Here, with the turning of a page, whole forms and figures pop into life!

Rupert Bear Annuals from 1953, 1956 and 1957. 

The Hide & Seek Story Book one of a series of books published by Blackie & Son in the 1930s. I previously featured The Bluebell Story Book and The Pansy Story Book.  Adventures in Magic Land is one I've not seen before and very pretty it is too. Written in 1917 by Dorothy Black with illustrations by Florence Mary Anderson. With lots of stories, including Adventures in Magic Land, Sandy's great thought, the magic potion, the magic beads and other tales. Warne's Happy Book for Girls, The big book for girls, Girls favourite book and Warne's Pleasure book for girls are also waiting to be listed.

The annuals on the left are in the next box waiting to be checked and listed. I've not looked inside any of them yet, but the covers are enough to make my heart sing! I love annuals from the 1950s because they take me back to my own childhood.

I hope you've enjoyed this quick preview.  I must away now and get on with listing them. I hope to have them all done by the time you call in at my website. If you can’t find anything, or you need more information please do get in touch either in the comments' section or by email (see email link in right-hand column). Thanks for calling in!



All the books featured here are now sold, thank you for your interest.

Update July 2016: March House books closed on my retirement in 2015, but I do still blog here at March of Time Books and always appreciate your visit. 

36 comments:

  1. GOOD MORNING BARBARA!

    Roy Rogers....that is one of my favorites and of course, RUPERT! My next task is to go upstairs to my loft library/bedroom and rearrange my vintage childrens' books to see what I have and share them with you!

    Have a lovely day collecting, arranging, reading! Anita

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    1. How exciting Anita, I’m so looking forward to seeing some of your collection.
      I hope you have a lovely day sorting and rearrange. Barbara

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  2. What a wonderful selection and how wonderful those Bookano books, not something I've heard of before but then I suppose they were before my time and something I would have thought were more a 'boy's thing'.

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    1. Thank you Tracy! The Bookano book was probably intended for boys and girls, although Meccano was certainly sold as a 'boy’s toy'. I loved my brother's Meccano and probably played with it more than he did!

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  3. Dearest Barbara,

    Thank you for visiting my rather early Father's Day post. Happy day to you, Anita

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    1. Dear Anita, I always enjoy visiting and reading your posts, but today's was extra special. Have a lovely weekend.

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  4. ABC in Living Models looks super! I love pop up books. What spectacular finds!

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    1. Thanks Brandy - I was pretty pleased with them all.

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  5. What a great selection of books, and so beautifully presented. Looks like there are some treasures there. The pop up book looks very nice!
    Have a happy weekend, Barbara :)

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    1. Thank you Hilde! I hope you also have a happy weekend! xx

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  6. Oh! Happy to see "Hide & Seek Story Book"!! I have it and it's not common to see here, I love its style and illustrations.
    And I like pop ups a lot and this is wonderful.
    Besos!

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    1. The hide & seek story book is quite scarce. You are very lucky to have a copy in your collection; it's a beautiful book. The pop-up book is also very special, Thank you for calling in Silvina, have a happy weekend.

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  7. What a great collection. You must have had fun shopping for these treasures! I grew up with Roy Rogers and my husband grew up with Rupert.

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    1. Hello Darlene, it was a lot of fun, and it gives me quite a buzz when I come home with so many nice things. Now I have the joy of going through each one and spending many a happy hour daydreaming!

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    2. You do have the best job!

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    3. I don’t dispute that Darlene! I count my blessings every single day. Thanks for your comment.

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  8. Hello Barbara..lovely to see your great new book finds. I was just wondering..does the quote under the picture of the fairy & the mouse in your side bar belong to that picture...A fairy went a marketing? I have loved that picture for ages..so sweet. Much love Catherine x0x0x

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    1. Hello Catherine, the picture is from the complete book of the flower fairies by Cecily Mary Barker and I **think** the poem came from there. I can’t say for sure because I no longer have the book but having checked on Google someone on Etsy is selling a print of the picture with the same words, so it must be right. I love that picture too, that’s why it has a permanent home on my blog. Thanks for calling in. Barbara.

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  9. Lovely post! Roy Rogers - how I used to love him and Trigger and even Dale Evans. This is a great collection of books, Barbara. Annuals are some of my favorite books. I cherish my 5 Girls' Own annuals from the early days of WWII.

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    1. Hello Alex, I don’t remember Dale Evans but Roy Rogers & Trigger (and his dog – bullet?) were firm favourites when I was growing up. I agree with you about annuals they are just so full of good things!

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  10. great book collections!! my son must love it!!

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed seeing these. I hope your son does too! Barbara

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  11. Dear Barbara ,you have great collection of lovely books,I loved the cover page of hide and seek story book :)

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    1. Thanks Aunt Mary, that one is especially pretty. I hope you are enjoying a happy Sunday. Barbara.

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  12. Adventures in Magic Land looks like it was written for me... ;-)
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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    1. Nope, sorry I got there first it was definitely written for me! :)

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  13. ABC in Living Models looks as if it's still in very good condition - I'm sure that if I had it as I child, I would've pulled some of the pop-ups out! Haha.

    My Dad was a child in the '50s and he's always talking about the old Beano comics he used to have, and which my Nana managed to throw away...! I might have to visit your shop around his birthday and buy one for him. :-))

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    1. Hi Sophie, I’m ashamed to say it, but I don’t think the ABC pop-up book would have fared any better with me! I was very heavy handed as a child and if something moved I always wanted it to move more!
      If you do want to buy a Beano or anything else be sure to contact me before ordering as I can usually move a little on the price or cost of shipping. xx

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    1. Thanks Diane, I thought so too!

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  15. You always find the most fascinating books! I loved pop up books when I was growing up- so I would enjoy ABC in Living Models. The Rupert books look like fun. The New Big Noddy Book caught my eye because I don't know what noddy means. Is it activity to drawing?

    Hope the listing went well!

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    1. Hello Stephanie, isn’t it strange how we all know about different books. Noddy is so well-known in the UK I assumed he was known the world over, but that’s obviously not the case. Noddy is a little boy made of wood who lives in a house for one in Toyland. He was made by a woodcarver (shade of Pinocchio!) but ran away from the woodcarvers shop after being scared by a wooden lion. He meets Big Ears a friendly gnome who decides that Noddy must be a toy, and that’s how he ends up living in Toyland. In the second book in the series, Noddy becomes a taxi driver and likes nothing better than driving his friends around in his little red and yellow taxi. The other toys always know when Noddy is near because of the distinctive parp, parp noise from his taxi’s horn and the jingle of the bell on his blue hat! The book feature in this post is a collection of stories about Little Noddy.
      Still listing - but I don't mind as it's one of my favourite occupations!

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  16. What a great collection. I just don't know how you could possibly reject any.

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    1. Hi Donna, The problem is I can’t sell anything with missing pages, so most of those end up on ‘my’ shelf. If something is completely beyond saving I remove any nice plates or interesting poems/stories so my reject box is usually pretty empty.

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  17. ~ Lots of nostalgia found here, Barbara! They bring back wonderful memories.....I still have my thought's of finding, 'Twinkle' ***** Maybe I will one of these days...Happy new week to YOU and lets hope the sun just keeps on shining....~ With twinkles ***** Maria x

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    1. Hello Maria, lots of twinkles in these boxes but no ‘Twinkle’! I’m sure you will find a copy eventually and looking for it is half the fun. The sun has removed his hat for now, but the garden is enjoying a drink. I hope your week will be full of twinkles, sparkles and sunshine! x

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Barbara xx

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