Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Ginger the cat and other newly listed books

Having enjoyed our summer break it’s now time to start replenishing the shelves. This is a quick preview of some newly listed items.

Ginger the cat - the strange tale of a tail. A Tuck Book published by Raphael Tuck in 1945. If ever there was a bold, bad cat, it was Ginger! Beautifully illustrated in full colour by Harry Woolley.


What to look for in autumn illustrated by the wildlife artist C. F. Tunnicliffe (1901 – 1979) published by Ladybird books in 1960. C.F. Tunnicliffe was commissioned to illustrate five books for Ladybird: What to look for in spring, What to look for in summer, What to look for in autumn, What to look for in winter (first published 1959-1961) and a ‘Learning to read’ book The Farm.

A selection of fun annuals; 

The British Legion Children's Annual.  Jolly Jack's Annual from 1940. The Toby Twirl Annual now sold, thanfrom 1946 and two Teddy Tail Annuals from the 1950s.  

Sardine Crackers anyone?  Set of two Nursery Rhyme Cookery Books;

The Teddy bears picnic and the frog and Miss Mouse's wedding. Cookery for the very young,  simple and safe.Colour illustrations throughout both books by Jill Mackley Hall. Recipes with ingredients that are simply assembled and need little supervision. All kinds of delights for the youngest child to try including crispy nutty delights, sardine crackers, Queens tarts, orange iceberg drink, banana spread, chocolate ice cream cups and corned beef whirls. Covers just a little rubbed on edges and some darkening to edges of pages else very good. Published in 1973. 

A nice collection of the ever popular Pookie books by Ivy Wallace.

Ivy Wallace became a publishing phenomenon in the 1950s and 1960s with a series of children's books chronicling the adventures of Pookie, the flying rabbit who leaves his home in the Bluebell Wood to seek his fortune with a red spotted bundle tied on a stick; in the 1990s, she became one of the few writers to be rediscovered in her own lifetime.

A keen amateur artist, Ivy Wallace created Pookie during the Second World War. The books, beautifully illustrated by their author with every flower drawn from nature, became a worldwide success with the stories being translated into several languages and Pookie clubs as far afield as Australia, Canada and South Africa. (The Telegraph online) Read more


Cuckoo Cherry-Tree by Alison Uttley. A book of twelve original fairy tales for all ages, imbued with country lore and magic, with a background of woods and fields and cottages where simple folk live. Published by Faber & Faber in 1944. How nice it is to have the original dust jacket with this pretty book. 

 Thanks to everyone who called in to wish me a happy holiday. I will be catching up with all your blogs just as soon as I can.





I was lucky enough to visit the magical Hay-on-Wye ‘book town’ and the wonderful Alfies Antiques Market in Marylebone and will be sharing some of the 'photos in a later post.
A few of the books acquired on my recent travels, some of which are available in my shop, others will be listed in the next few days.

And just to prove I did more than lounge around on my holiday...
Well, a girl can dream!   

I will be listing other interesting things over the next few days so if you have a few minutes to spare why not pay a visit to March HouseBooks where you will find...
My books are full of pictures of interesting places -
of circus tents and lions and clowns with funny faces!

McDuff a Bonnie book illustrated by Kippy

Update July 2016: All the featured books are now sold. March House books closed on my retirement in 2015, but I am still happily blogging here at March of Time Books. Your visits are always appreciated.

34 comments:

  1. It is so good to have the "bookshop" open again....I've miss you, and have "pressed my nose" against your window, only to see the sign, "Closed for summer." But the proprietress is back, and the colour, whimsy and beauty are back.

    Big hugs dearest Barbara! Anita

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    1. Oh no, how sad, I hate to think of you outside looking in. Next time we go away I will send you a key!
      Thanks for your lovely comment Anita I always look forward to hearing from you. x

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  2. teehee.....I could get lost in your book shop! If you left me a key, you could come back only to find a dark-haired woman sitting in a corner with a pile of children's books next to her! But what a lovely way to spend a summer.....thank you dear Barbara for the "extra key!"

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    1. If you were sitting in the corner with a pile of books, I would be sitting with you. Think of the fun we would have. :-)

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  3. Welcome back again ! :) As always,I like all the books you have posted here... still my heart longs for the 'what to find in autumn' the ladybird series....... and now you can cycle without hands !! Great accomplishment :D
    wishes, Kokila

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    1. If only Kokila! It’s been or year or two since I last rode a bike, but I couldn't resist posing for the picture. The autumn book is truly beautiful.

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  4. Looks like you had a busy vacation and you also look like you are winning the race. I'd be there reading with you and your friend from Castles and Crowns.

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    1. …and you would be made most welcome Eve. What could be nicer than two friends? Why three of course ;-)

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  5. Welcome back Barbara. Looks like you have picked up more treasures while on vacation. Now I will have to go and drool over them in your shop:-)

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    1. Hi Shashi, thank you for your good wishes. Treasure hunting always adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the holiday, and we did find one or two very special things.

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  6. Hope you had a great vacation..Welcome back..Lovely post as usual..:)

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    1. Hi Nagini, we had a great time thank you. Thanks also for taking the time to leave a comment. Barbara

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  7. Welcome back - and wonderful to see the new treasures on your shelves. I remember taking the Pookie books out of the library when I was a little girl and I was thrilled to discover they'd been republished when my son was small.

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    1. Hi Sue, the publisher did a great job when they republished the Pookie books, they stayed true to the originals in both colour and story. Having said that I still prefer the originals, there is just something about the smell and feel of old books that can’t be replicated. Thanks for your visit, Barbara

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  8. You have so many wonderful new books! I especially like the cat one. I must visit your shop again.

    Lovely to see you back x

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    1. Thanks Yvonne! I always enjoy looking at your finds and hope you enjoy a browse around my shop. Have a lovely weekend, Barbara

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  9. Good afternoon dear Barbara! It really is so kind of you and others to pop in and leave a message...thank you! And Penny WON! I hope (I do know) she will be delighted with her new tea set! It really was a fun party. Thank you for having visited us during the whirlwind! Enjoy another fine summer evening. Anita

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    1. I'm sure Penny will be delighted; it's such a lovely prize. It was a fun party, and I still have a few blogs to visit so for me the fun will go on for a while. Thank you for your sweet words Anita, xx

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  10. How lovely to see the Pookie books again. I remember being awarded one as a school prize when I was quite small. We still haven't managed a trip to Hay yet, but it's on our to do list.

    Jean x

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    1. Hello Jean, what a lovely prize! I was awarded a copy of the lion, the witch and the wardrobe (for deportment!) and it instantly became my favourite book. I love it still but I also love the Pookie books, and I only discovered them when I was much older.
      Hay is amazing I would go every week if I could! Have a lovely day, Barbara

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  11. Hi Barbara,

    Ah yes, Hay-on-Wye, indeed a magical place of book dreams. Every time I visit here, I'm transported back to my English childhood. Such enchantment and wonder to behold.

    Good to see your kind self has returned from your vacation. Always good to have a holiday and win a bike race :)

    All the best and note the hot weather we've been having. Oh my goodness.

    Gary :)

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    1. Morning Gary, winning that bike race was the perfect end to the perfect holiday! It was sweltering on the South Bank which made cycling even harder ;-) have a great weekend, Barbara.

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  12. Its good to see you back from your break.

    How sweet is Ginger even if he does look a bit like a cat come fox in a few of the illustrations.

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    1. Hi Tracy, poor old Ginger gets his tail caught in a mouse trap! By the time he gets free his tail is crooked and very bushy – and looks exactly like the tail of a fox!
      Thanks for the welcome home. Barbara

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  13. So glad you had a wonderful break! You were greatly missed!

    I love those Pookie books. The covers are so beautiful. It looks like you are in the process of adding some excellent new/old finds. :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Aww thank you Stephanie it’s always nice to be missed.
      I do have lots to list, but I find it hard to settle to anything while the sun shines. We have so few weeks of sunshine that I really don’t want to miss them. Enjoy the weekend, Barbara

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  14. Hope you had a great time off. These are awesome finds!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie. I thoroughly enjoyed my time away, really need to get my nose to the grindstone now - but it's hard! Have a great Sunday. Barbara

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  15. Glad to see you are back and with more fine books! Enjoyed our little tweet exchange this week. I have now realized that I need to take some time off to work on organizing all my vintage stash. Take care.. and I'll be back in a few weeks! ~ Diane

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    1. Hi Diane, I enjoyed ‘chatting’ on Twitter too. I hope you get lots done but also find some time for yourself. Don’t forget to go barefoot where the ferns grow! :-) Hugs Barbara

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  16. Welcome back. You look jubilant after your winning race!! Looks like a great collection of new (old) books in stock.

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    1. Thanks for the welcome home Darlene.
      It was fun to wear the yellow jersey, but I’m not sure the colour suited me!!

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  17. What a wonderful collection of books. I love the Ginger the Cat the most though - just way to cute with a cat ginger colored.

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    1. Hello Donna, Ginger was a very popular cat and quickly went off to a new home The trouble is I'm missing him now :-)

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