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SOLD - Vintage book original The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real by Margery Williams 1st ed later print, William Nicholson drawings

SOLD - Vintage book original The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real by Margery Williams 1st ed later print, William Nicholson drawings

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  • Vintage item from the 1960s
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NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

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There is no other book like this one.

This book is phenomenal. Here are some quotes to give you an idea of why this book is not a "christmas book" or a "children's book" but those two things wrapped into a "masterpiece book" :)

It is the perfect story for those wondering the big questions like what is reality and what is the actual meaning of life - and don't we all want to know? What more could you want allegorically and intellectually than the image of a toy becoming real, something inanimate being given spirit and suddenly having to figure out on its own what it truly means to be alive, and whether it is worth it. Is it love? Purpose? Something else?

A warning: you will find yourself nearly crying for your old stuffed animals I bet (toy story anyone?) but more than that you will find yourself stimulated by the profundity of the tale (similar to the way Winnie the Pooh speaks to all no matter what age), the interesting questions asked and answered, and the illustrations are just the icing on top of this "velveteen" cake. Get it? Velvet cake? No?

Anyway...

--"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

--"Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

--"Of what use was it to be loved and lose one's beauty and become Real if it all ended like this? And a tear, a real tear, trickled down his little shabby velvet nose and fell to the ground."

THE FEELS.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Velveteen Rabbit, or How Toys Become Real
-Author: Margery Williams
-Illustrator: William Nicholson
-Format: Hardcover, special edition with all the original art/text of first edition, illustrated full-color dustcover and endpapers/inside covers with rabbit design
-Condition: Nearly mint! Minor wear to edges of dust jacket are only tell of age, and even then they are incredibly minor, almost not worth mentioning. Inside front jacket is clipped at top as shown in pictures, for whatever reason. Otherwise perfect!
-Publisher: Doubleday & Company
-Copyright: Unstated, but "All Rights Reserved. Permission to use all or a part should be obtained by Doubleday & Company, Inc."
-Date published: Undated, research indicates 1970. "Printed in the United States of America."
-Provenance: I forget how I came across it or where, but this one is actually the second of this book that found its way to me, so this listing is for the first one I sold and is being updated for this one. Crazy to have such a special book arrive twice on my doorstep! (you know what i mean)
-Pricing: I priced the book this way because I know it is hard to find original copies of books (trust me) and this is for all intents and purposes a reprint of the original copy, so while it is less valuable than a first printing it still is more valuable than many of the copies available out there. The price also reflect the condition of the book, which is nearly mint, and the fame of the story as a children's book (aka every child should read it, or be read it, immediately!) It truly is a work of art and that helped me determine the price.
NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---

There is no other book like this one.

This book is phenomenal. Here are some quotes to give you an idea of why this book is not a "christmas book" or a "children's book" but those two things wrapped into a "masterpiece book" :)

It is the perfect story for those wondering the big questions like what is reality and what is the actual meaning of life - and don't we all want to know? What more could you want allegorically and intellectually than the image of a toy becoming real, something inanimate being given spirit and suddenly having to figure out on its own what it truly means to be alive, and whether it is worth it. Is it love? Purpose? Something else?

A warning: you will find yourself nearly crying for your old stuffed animals I bet (toy story anyone?) but more than that you will find yourself stimulated by the profundity of the tale (similar to the way Winnie the Pooh speaks to all no matter what age), the interesting questions asked and answered, and the illustrations are just the icing on top of this "velveteen" cake. Get it? Velvet cake? No?

Anyway...

--"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

--"Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

--"Of what use was it to be loved and lose one's beauty and become Real if it all ended like this? And a tear, a real tear, trickled down his little shabby velvet nose and fell to the ground."

THE FEELS.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Velveteen Rabbit, or How Toys Become Real
-Author: Margery Williams
-Illustrator: William Nicholson
-Format: Hardcover, special edition with all the original art/text of first edition, illustrated full-color dustcover and endpapers/inside covers with rabbit design
-Condition: Nearly mint! Minor wear to edges of dust jacket are only tell of age, and even then they are incredibly minor, almost not worth mentioning. Inside front jacket is clipped at top as shown in pictures, for whatever reason. Otherwise perfect!
-Publisher: Doubleday & Company
-Copyright: Unstated, but "All Rights Reserved. Permission to use all or a part should be obtained by Doubleday & Company, Inc."
-Date published: Undated, research indicates 1970. "Printed in the United States of America."
-Provenance: I forget how I came across it or where, but this one is actually the second of this book that found its way to me, so this listing is for the first one I sold and is being updated for this one. Crazy to have such a special book arrive twice on my doorstep! (you know what i mean)
-Pricing: I priced the book this way because I know it is hard to find original copies of books (trust me) and this is for all intents and purposes a reprint of the original copy, so while it is less valuable than a first printing it still is more valuable than many of the copies available out there. The price also reflect the condition of the book, which is nearly mint, and the fame of the story as a children's book (aka every child should read it, or be read it, immediately!) It truly is a work of art and that helped me determine the price.

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FAQs

Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
If the book comes later than expected this does not mean it was sent late. Every book is sent within 1-3 business days, unless one of the days is a Sunday, then it could be an extra day. This applies to International orders as well, but they might take longer to get to you than in-country orders. If there is a problem, please bring it up with UPS or see Etsy's policies.
I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
Always willing to make new friends and take on new jobs or opportunities -- this business does not stop me from working a full or part time job, and I am currently looking, so please contact me! Dempseylynch@gmail.com. I am definitely interested in talking with you and love meeting new people (especially book lovers of course).
Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

I put the reasons behind my pricing method for each item at the end of the listing so check that out if you're curious too :)

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