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Hetherington, Mary G., & M.C. Underhill.  Simple toy making for pleasure and profit. London: C. Arthur Pearson Ltd., 1925. 12mo (19.2 cm, 7.5"). 92, [4 (adv.)] pp.; illus.
$25.00

For the early 20th-century Girl Guide looking to acquire the Guide Toy-maker's badge, a small how-to book for making simple and creative toys. Thirteen black-and-white illustrations and numerous diagrams demonstrate using easily obtained materials to fabricate many toys, such as "loofah trees," a "matchbox village," and a stuffed elephant.
        This is the => first of three editions; the main text is prefaced by the Girl Guides' official test for obtaining the Toy-maker's badge. Of this edition WorldCat has located but eight institutional copies; not surprisingly, only two are in the U.S.
        Provenance: On front free endpaper: "1st Cleator Moor (St. John's) Girl Guides, Oct. 1928."

Publisher's blue cloth with navy-stamped lettering to spine and front board, without dust jacket; extremities and top edges bumped, boards with their "finish" now mottled. Gutter crack at p. 80, light waterstaining to rear pastedown (rather oddly, not elsewhere), and minor soiling to several pages. => A solid, enjoyable copy.  (37993)   Please RESHELVE This.


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