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Welcome to my virtual book collection. Since collecting actual books is somewhat cost-prohibitive, I've begun to amass all of the books I would love to have if I had the means. Some are new, lots are old, all are unique or beautiful or unusual or in some other way have captured my fancy. Enjoy browsing!

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Little Fur Family
Brown, Margaret Wise
New York, Harper & Bros. 1946.

Color illustrations by Garth Williams. 8.2x5.6 cm. (3¼x2¼”), original white paper boards with color pictorial front cover, fur cover, original two part box with a circular hole in the middle of the furry animal on the front part with actual fur showing through. First Edition.
An unusual children’s book, which still has the rabbit fur book cover. Later printings were substituted with an artificial fur cover.

B-A Note: I seriously debated whether to post this. A children’s book about furry animals, bound in real fur? What were they thinking?

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    Best. Thing. Ever. I mean, its good that no further little fluffballs were injured, but this is one librarians would...
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    I…I don’t know. But apparently the first printing was 50,000 copies.
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    OMG! I had forgotten about this book! My son LOVED it! I read it to him when he was little all the time! Great book! :)
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    i fucking love selling this book. the cutest.
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    My father had this as...remember going over...my...
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