Vintage Little Golden Books Titles

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Little Golden Books are a series of children's books which were originally published by Simon & Schuster with the Artist and Writers Guild, Inc.

Brief history and description

The series was officially introduced in 1946 with the appearance of two titles: The "New House in the Forest" which was authored by Lucy Sprague Mitchell and illustrated by Eloise Wilkins, and "The Taxi That Hurried" which was written by Irma Simonton Black and Jessie Stanton and illustrated by Tibor Gergely.

Some of the many other notable authors and illustrators who worked on the series include Mary Blair, Jim McDermott, Seymour Reit, Bob Staake and Gustaff Tenggren.

Eventually the series branched off to include various other products, such as videos, toys, games and records.

Guide for collectors

First edition copies of any Little Golden Book title are the most valuable, however, modern edition copies of titles also feature the same appearance as earlier edition copies. One way to determine the edition of a title is to look at the series of letters on the bottom of the cover page. A title with the mark "a b c d e f g" is a first edition copy, while a title with the letters "c d e f g h i j" is a third edition copy.

Titles which have been published since 1991 may also feature Roman Numerals on the bottom of each title page. A number which precedes the letter "A" is a first edition title, while any number with an R preceding is a revised edition.

Titles should be kept in their original jackets as much as possible.

Some online resources for collectors include the Santis website, the Golden Book's official website, and Random House's official website. The Warman's Little Golden Books: Identification and Price Guide publication focuses specifically on title identification and value.

Value

Universal Live in Northbrook, Illinois sold "Donald Duck's Adventure" (1950) which was also signed by Walt Disney for $800 in May of 2011.

PBA Galleries in San Francisco, California sold:

  • A first edition copy of "The New House in the Forest" with its original jacket (circa 1946) for $100 in July of 2007.
  • A lot of seven titles including "The Happy Man and His Dump Truck," "The Color Kittens," two copies of "Little Benny Wanted a Pony," "Doctor Dan the Bandage Man," and "Albert's Zoo," as well as various other Little Golden Books products such as jig-saw puzzles, masks and cardboard dolls for $450 in August of 2008.

Sunflower Auction in Overland Park, Kansas sold a first edition copy of "Little Black Sambo" (circa 1948) for $80 in December of 2006.

The Auction House in Des Moines, Iowa sold a copy of "Little Galoshes" which also features a torn title page for $5 in December of 2004.

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