Antique Toys - Tin Lead Cast Iron Automata Games Dishes Etc. / Illustrated Book


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THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TOYS by Constance Eileen King, Crown Publishers, NY, 1978. 
Profusely illustrated with 380 photographs, 70 in full color, this early out-of-print book is an in-depth guide to antique toys. 
Presenting a “world in miniature,” this compendium deals with the history and identity of all kinds of toys, teddy bears, trains, lead soldiers, games and much more.  ‘The entertaining automata and musical boxes which were a specialty of French and Swiss craftsmen are… listed in detail.  The wheeled toys included range from the smallest pushalong to the child-sized cars of Andre Citroen, while another form of children’s transport is the pram in all its variations.  The history of the ever popular rocking horse is also traced.  Germany, long the main production center for wooden toys, was also the first to produce model soldiers, cast in lead, and the vast range of metal toys of all kinds is covered in special sections on the German, French, American and British varieties.  A separate chapter deals with the highly collectible category of toy and model trains. Finally there are sections on the more social and educational children’s amusements—board and table games, jigsaw puzzles, books and the toy theater.”   Written with collectors’ needs firmly in mind, this book will make a rich addition to the reference shelves of all toy collectors and enthusiasts.   
Oversize / heavy  9“ x 12“ hardback with dust cover in very good condition.  272 pages.
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