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1 Averill, Esther JENNY'S BIRTHDAY BOOK
New York, Evanston, and London: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1954. 0060202513 / 9780060202514 Reprint. A Harper Crest Book. Oblong quarto. Hardcover. An as-new, fine copy in vibrantly illustrated pictorial boards; in a fine, illustrated dust jacket with a whisper of wear to the edges; with Harper Crest spine label. Superb copy of a book nearly impossible to locate in any edition, in any condition! 
Averill's series of books about the shy little black cat Jenny Linsky are some of the most beloved and elusive of all modern children's books. This picture-book entry highlights the author/illustrator's sublime, bewitching faux naif artwork. A wonder! 
Price: 250.00 USD
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2 Babson, Marian MURDER AT THE CAT SHOW
New York: St. Martin's Press, (1989). First U.S. edition. A fine copy in wraps. 
Advance uncorrected proofs in wraps. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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3 Babson, Marian THE CAT NEXT DOOR
New York: St. Martin's Minotaur, (2002). 0312209258 / 9780312209254 First U.S. editon: Uncorrected Proof. Proof. Fine in illustrated glossy wraps. 
Babson mixes murder and mayhem with wit and charm in this mystery about a cat who refuses to come home until the murders are solved. First published in the U.K. as DEADLY DECEIT. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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4 Babson, Marian TO CATCH A CAT
New York: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur, (2000). 0312209185 / 9780312209186 First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by Kam Mak. 
In Babson's 36th mystery, an unusual looking cat holds the clues to a murder and an eleven-year-old boy's initiation theft. First published in Great Britain by Constable under the title A TEALEAF IN THE MOUSE. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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5 Bailey, Carolyn Sherman; illustrated by Kate Seredy FINEGAN II: His Nine Lives
New York: The Viking Press, 1953. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. A fine, fresh copy in vivid red cloth with dark red circle of cats decoration to front cover and dark red lettering to spine, red, black and grey illustrated endsheets; in an age-toned, price-clipped dust jacket that shows just a whisper of edgewear. 
Two Newbery Medal winners have teamed up for this chronicle of Finnie's nive lives, told from the cat's point of view, of course. Nine is not enough for Finnie, however, as he eagerly looks forward to more adventures. Illustrations in black-and-white. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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6 Bell, Clare RATHA'S CREATURE
New York: Atheneum/Argo/A Margaret K. McElderry Book, 1983. 0689502621 / 9780689502620 First edition. Hardcover. A fine, virtually as-new copy in green cloth with orange lettering to spine and front cover; in an illustrated dust jacket with jacket painting by Michele Chessare. Lovely example. 
Young-adult fantasy set 25 million years in the future centers on a band of intelligent wild cats who are relatives of the ancient sabertooth. The saga was continued in CLAN GROUND, RATHA AND THE THISTLE-CHASER, THE JAGUAR PRINCESS, RATHA'S CHALLENGE. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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7 Bell, Thelma Harrington; illustrated by Corydon Bell YALLER-EYE
New York: The Viking Press, 1951. First edition, first printing. Small quarto. Hardcover. Very nearly fine in green cloth-backed illustrated boards, with just a hint of shelfwear and a whisper of age-toning to pages; in a lightly worn illustrated dust jacket with age-darkening chiefly to the spine panel. 
Warm and moving country yarn of a "orange and white and rangy" cat and his master Randy Reed, who live with their family in a little house high in the Carolina mountains. Yaller-Eye loses a paw in a ground-hog trap and her future is in jeopardy. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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8 Bell, Thelma Harrington; illustrated by Corydon Bell YALLER-EYE
New York: The Viking Press, 1951. First edition, first printing. Small quarto. Hardcover. Near fine in green cloth-backed illustrated boards, with just a hint of shelfwear and a whisper of age-toning to pages; in a rubbed, age-toned illustrated dust jacket with a 2-inch jagged but closed edge tear to the upper front panel at the spine fold. 
Story of the title cat, a hunter and a good ratter "with long legs that make the ups and downs of mountain-walking easy for a mountain cat." Yaller-Eye loses a paw in a trap, and Randy Reed and his family must decide what to do. North Carolina setting. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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9 Braun, Lilian Jackson THE CAT WHO LIVED HIGH
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, (1990). 0399135545 / 9780399135545 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
"Clever, offbeat, and mysterious, THE CAT WHO LIVED HIGH is a purrfect treat for feline fanciers everywhere." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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10 Braun, Lilian Jackson THE CAT WHO SAW STARS
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, (1998). 0399144315 / 9780399144318 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
The twenty-first installment to the bestselling Cat Who... mystery series finds Qwill and his felines on the trail of some very unusual visitors. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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11 Braun, Lilian Jackson THE CAT WHO TAILED A THIEF
New York: Putnam, (1997). 039914210X / 9780399142109 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in dust jacket. 
Jim Qwilleran and his cats look into the escalating thieveries that are spoiling the holiday spirit in Pickax. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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12 Braun, Lilian Jackson THE CAT WHO TALKED TO GHOSTS
New York: Putnam, (1990). Book club edition. Hardcover. Light soiling to the upper page edges, else near fine in a like, illustrated dust jacket that is lightly age-toned. 
Qwill and the cats investigate ghosts at the Goodwinter Farmhouse Museum. Everything seems innocent enough until the museum's curator turns up literally scared to death. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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13 Braun, Lilian Jackson THE CAT WHO WASN'T THERE
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, (1992). 0399137807 / 9780399137808 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in dust jacket. 
The fourteenth Cat Who... book is about an ill-fated tour of Scotland where the bus driver goes missing and a fellow tourist turns up dead. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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14 Brown, Marcia FELICE
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons/Scott, Foresman and Co., (1958). 0684131633 / 9780684131634 First edition thus: A Scott Foresman Second Talking Storybook Box. Hardcover. Fine, in illustrated boards; no dust jacket. Small 33 1/3 rpm record tucked into envelope affixed to rear pastedown. 
Brown's richly colored, stylish and idiosyncratic illustrations highlight this gorgeous picture-book tale of a little striped Venetian cat; with phonograph recording. Brown has been justly showered with awards during her long and distinguished career. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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15 Brown, Rita Mae & Sneaky Pie Brown PAWING THROUGH THE PAST
New York: Bantam Books, (2000). First edition: Review copy, with materials laid in. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Murders at a high school class reunion challenge the sly tiger cat in this Mrs. Murphy mystery. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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16 Burchardt, Nellie PROJECT CAT
New York, N.Y.: Franklin Watts, Inc., (1966). First edition. Hardcover. A bright, as-new, fine copy in lemon-yellow cloth lettered in black to the front cover and spine, with gray top-edge coloring; in a neatly price-clipped, otherwise fine, full-color illustrated dust jacket. 
Pets are not allowed in the City Housing Project, so when Betsy discovers a hungry and hurt cat sleeping under a nearby clump of bushes, she and her friends secretly adopt her. Warm and evocative illustrations by Fermin Rocker. A scarce black juvenile! 
Price: 100.00 USD
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17 Cass, Joan, story by; William Stobbs, pictures by THE CATS' ADVENTURE WITH CAR THIEVES
(London/New York/Toronto): Abelard-Schuman, 1971. 0200717294 / 9780200717298 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Very mild splaying to covers, faint flecking at extremities, thus near fine in burgundy cloth with silver lettering to spine, silver cat device to front cover; in a price-clipped, lightly rubbed pictorial dust jacket. 
Esmeralda, Susie, Sweetie, Arabella and Kitty-Cat thwart the theft of Mr. Humber's new sports car and are richly rewarded. Scarce picturebook cat tale highlighted by Stobbs' bold and dynamic artwork. A visual gem. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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18 Douglas, Carole Nelson CAT IN A CRIMSON HAZE: A Midnight Louie Mystery
New York: Forge/A Tom Doherty Associates Book, (1995). 0312859015 / 9780312859015 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Near fine in dust jacket. 
The fourth Midnight Louie mystery by the author of the Irene Adler Adventures and the Sword and Circlet fantasy series. The black tomcat Louise is in Las Vegas where he is up to his whiskers in thievery and murder. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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19 Gordon, Margaret THE SUPERMARKET MICE
New York: E.P. Dutton, (1984). 052544145x / 9780525441458 First U.S. edition. Hardcover. A light bump to the spine head, a tiny abrasion to upper corner tip of front cover, else near fine in laminated pictorial boards; in an illustrated dust jacket with very mild shelfwear, a tiny chip to upper corner of the front panel flap fold. Quarto. 
This is a delightful story of a family of mice who live in a supermarket, and what happens when the human owners bring in a very fat and dangerous-looking cat to get rid of them. Lovingly illustrated by Gordon, who also wrote A PAPER OF PINS. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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20 Gregory, Anne; Maury, illustrator TINKER: The Story of a Very Special Kitten
London. Brimax Books. (1969). First edition. Hardcover. Laminated pictorial boards lightly abraided to lower corner tips, mild lean to the spine, else very good plus; no dust jacket. Quarto. 
Overflowing with lovely illustrations in color, this is a sweet picture book about the adventures of a stray kitten named Tinker, by the author of ME AND NU: CHILDHOOD AT COOLE. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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