Rare Books and Ephemera from Ian Brabner
Item 102 is a children's story with a commercial appeal. The author is Hugh Lofting, better known for Dr. Doolittle, but this is the story of Zingo and the Magic Beasts. Zingo was a monkey, and he attempted to sell Colgate toothpaste to the magical beasts of fairyland. This enterprising monkey, or his creator, anyway, was in the employ of the Colgate people, this booklet having been published by the Colgate Company. Zingo undoubtedly knew to brush after every banana. $75.
While Zingo has been forgotten, his brother in species, Curious George, has not. Item 21 is a copy of Curious George Learns the Alphabet, including a drawing of George by H.A. Rey, and signatures of authors H.A. and Margaret Rey. George was a clever monkey, but I don't know whether he ever learned to brush his teeth like Zingo. $250. You may find Ian Brabner, Bookseller, online at www.bookgarden.com, phone number 302-998-2886.