Modern Play-Craft. A Book of Things to Make and How to Make Them. Foreword by P[hilip] B[oswood] Ballard.

Bath: New Era Publishing Co., Ltd., [ca. 1935]. First edition of a scarce novelty toy book, of which very few copies remain, complete or otherwise. With a foreword by psychologist Dr. P.B. Ballard (1865-1950) and an introduction by the author. Lacking thirty-five of the original leaves. Leaves printed on heavy card paper on rectos only. Each leaf is illustrated in color and black-and-white with figures that are meant to be cut out, colored, folded, made to stand up, etc. Title-page printed in green, black, and pink. Binding extremities lightly rubbed and worn. Boards have very minor soiling. A few leaves have very minor foxing. Otherwise, a very good copy with bright, fresh leaves. Publisher’s printed folding board case with light green ties. Folio. iv, 37 [of 72] ff. Item #16424

The paper toys in Play-Craft are meant to entertain and engage children as they assemble the various cut-out figures using basic materials such as buttons, glue, cardboard, and match-sticks. The figures include a “Button Box Farm,” a “Noah’s Ark Frieze,” a “Chinese Gong,” “Shivering Sam the Snow Man,” and many others.

OCLC lists three copies, none in North America.

Price: $125.00

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