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There are many, many books written on doll collecting. They are an invaluable tool for research and documentation, as well as a great pleasure when you just feel like curling up on the couch to enjoy some quiet time.
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Doll Show Books
I call these Doll Show books because to flip through them is like visiting a doll show!! They have a variety of manufacturers and styles, and LOTS OF PICTURES! These books are great if you like all kinds of dolls made from many different materials.
|How to be a Doll Detective|
by Patsy Moyer
This practical book offers answers to some of the most asked questions in doll collecting. How and where do I look for clues to identify a doll?, What do the marks mean?, How old is my doll?, Will my doll have value? Is it collectible? These and more questions are answered by a leading expert on doll collecting. This compact book is a great reference tool. Packed with useful information about the many doll makers and their characteristics. Great for the all around doll collector.
Small dolls of the 40s & 50s, I.D. & Price Guide
by Carol Stover
This book is a MUST HAVE for the small doll collector! If you love the small 8" dolls of the 40s/50s era but have difficulty identifying them, then this book will definitely become your "bible". Loaded with photos and descriptions by a leading expert in the doll field. Fortune, Virga, Cosmopolitan, Beehler Arts, Muffie, Ginny, they're all here! Definitely put this one on your holiday wish list!!!
|All About Doll Repair & Care|
A Guide to Restoring Well-Loved Dolls
by Carol Lindberg
The author, Carol Lindberg, has been in the doll repair/restoration business for many years. She has written this book to share some general helpful tips on repairing such things as eyes, wigs, restringing, and cleaning. She shows examples of composition, hard plastic, and vinyl dolls. For the do it yourselfer, this will give you the confidence to tackle some of your dolls that need a little TLC!
Plastic Playthings of the 1950's & 1960's
by Michele Karl
A wonderful new book for Boomers to take us down memory lane! A fresh new look at over 50 manufactures. Many of the obscure ones that are so hard to find information on, as well as the most popular of the times like Ideal, Mattel,
Vogue, and Alexander. Would make a great holiday gift for a doll collector!
|Collector's Guide to Dolls of the 1960s & 1970s|
By Cindy Sabulis
At long last, a detailed book to help us identify and value dolls from these decades! Dolls of this time period are finally coming into their own and becoming quite collectible. Covers the popular and not so popular dolls from many of the major manufacturers of this time period such as Ideal, Hasbro, Mattel, Remco, and many others.
Collector's Guide to Dolls of the 1960s & 1970s, Vol. Two
|Modern Collectible Dolls, Volume IV|
Identification & Value Guide
By Patsy Moyer
Well known author Patsy Moyer has again outdone herself with her latest Volume IV !! Over 600 beautiful color pictures. This is an excellent reference book on a variety of modern collectible dolls, from compo to vinyl, advertising dolls to Vogue. A definite companion to her previous, Volume I (unavailable), Volume II , and Volume III (which are still available to order)
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|Doll Values - Antique to Modern|
By Patsy Moyer
The #1 Best selling Doll Book published by Collectors Books. This book gives you the latest doll values on thousands of dolls. Crammed with color photos. I have two, one in my home and one in my car for fast, easy reference when shopping!
16th Blue Book/Dolls & Values
by Jan Foulke
This is the #1 Best Seller in Doll Value Guides and some refer to it as the "doll collector's bible." The author has been in the doll collecting business for over 25 years. Detailed information, coupled with clear, beautiful photographs make this book an easy to use reference guide on both antique and modern collectible dolls.
|Collector's Encyclopedia of|
American Composition Dolls 1900-1950
By Ursula R. Mertz
This is an incredibly beautiful book featuring American made composition dolls written by a leading authority on dolls of this medium. Very detailed information about construction, history, and tips on maintenance. An exquisite photo gallery lists hundreds of dolls and their current values by manufacturer. A wonderful addition for the composition doll collector's reference library.
Collector's Encyclopedia of
|Dolls and Accessories of the 1950's|
with Value Guide
By: Dian Zillner
Baby Boomers, this ones for you! Full of details, histories, and pictures of the leading doll manufactures of the fifties. Mostly hard plastics but some vinyls as well. Terri Lee, Nancy Ann, Ginny. If it was a doll made in the fifties, then it's probably in this book!
|Modern Collector's Dolls|
Identification & Value Guide
Eighth Series (©1996)
By Patricia R. Smith
Patricia R. Smith was one of the first to realize the value of collecting modern dolls and she has documented them beautifully. This is the last in a long series of books written by this author, dedicated to almost every "modern" doll made. All are out of print now, but well worth the search for them. An invaluable tool in identifying dolls and outfits. I actually have some of the earlier volumes I'm selling in my online store, directly. Click here to link.
|Compo Dolls 1928-1955|
Identification and Price Guide
By Polly & Pam Judd
Though these books are specific to early composition dolls, they have a variety of manufactures and wonderful details, making it easier for us to identify some of our mysterious dollies. Care of compo dolls is also discussed. Both black/white and color photos throughout. These are just two of several titles the Judd's have written on doll collecting.
|Hard Plastic Dolls, II Identification and Price Guide. (©1994)|
by Polly and Pam Judd
A "must have" reference for the 50s doll collector. The Judd's developed this book to expand upon their first book Hard Plastic Dolls (Volume I). It further assists doll collectors to identify the many hard plastic dolls made in the middle of the twentieth century. It has a particularly helpful glossary of doll marks and cross references of various doll parts and mold styles to their manufacturer. This book is an invaluable tool for identifying "Ginny's competitors."
The Doll Hospital Directory,
Your doll needs help! And, its more than you can handle! This easy to read directory gives expert advice on the steps necessary to find a quality doll hospital. Included is how to document, and protect, your precious doll for the journey. The book is a bit pricey for its size, but the information is invaluable if you need repair and/or restoration services but cannot find this information locally. It offers a detailed list of several doll hospitals throughout the United States.
|Insider's Guide to Doll Buying & Selling|
By Jan Foulke
Though written in 1995, the information in this book is timeless. Written by the expert author of the well known price guide series, Blue Books Dolls & Values, she gives us tips on buying, selling, and loving our collections. She was prompted to publish it in response to the many questions about collecting that she received from beginners as well as advanced collectors. There isn't any information on buying and/or selling on the Internet but the basic information and beautiful photos are top notch. An asset to any doll collector's personal library.
|The Handbook of Doll Repair & Restoration|
By Marty Westfall
Though this book was written 20 years ago, the information within is as relevant today as yesterday. Written in easy to understand language, most information is referenced for antique dolls but the stringing techniques are applicable to both composition and hard plastic as well. If you have any thought to dabbling in doll repair, this book will lead you through it.
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Specialty Doll Books
I call the following books specialty books because they are dedicated to either one particular kind of doll or one manufacturer. If you collect only one type of doll then these books are a great reference to learn more about your favorite as well as a great way to document the dolls clothing and accessories. There are many more books available that are specific to a particular type of doll. These just happen to be some of my favorites. If you don't see your favorite doll featured here then click on my Amazon link to search the bookstore. Don't forget to bookmark this page so you can come back and visit the Bookshelf again!
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The Patti Playpal Family
Large life-like, child-sized dolls were all the craze in the 1960s and Ideal's Patti Playpal was the most popular of all. This reference shows lots of examples and variations of the whole Playpal family; Patti, Peter, Suzy, Penny, etc. Also, there is a nice section featuring some of the competitive brands to help you with identification.
|Cissy: Identification & Price Guide|
by A. Glenn Mandeville & Benita Cohen Schwartz
One of the most popular of the Madame Alexander Dolls, Cissy is a beautiful icon of fashion of the 1950s. A. Glenn Mandeville has been a leading authority on Madame Alexander dolls for many years and has written volumes on them. Exquisite and beautiful, this is a must have book for the Cissy doll collector.
|American Character Dolls|
Identification and Value Guide
by Judith Izen
This is a long awaited reference book on the American Character dolls. The volume includes information on Tiny Tears, Toodles, Betsy McCall, Tressy, and Sweet Sue, to name just a few of the popular dolls by this maker. Judith Izen, who has written several doll reference books, is a noted authority on all types of dolls and she has created another winner with this excellent reference book.
|Encyclopedia of Bisque Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls 1936-1947 Identification and Value Guide|
by Elaine Pardee & Jackie Robertson
This is a very comprehensive reference book on these popular collectibles. This large book (over 350 pages) covers the bisque dolls, not the later hard plastics. It has many, many color photographs to help identifying your collectible Storybook Dolls. A must have reference tool!
Arranbee Dolls "The Dolls That Sell on Sight"
|Terri Lee Dolls: Identification and Price Guide|
by Peggy Weidman Casper
A popular baby boomer doll of the 40s and 50s, Terri Lee is well documented in this comprehensive book. Full of color pictures and history of the doll and the family that created her.
|Collector's Guide to Horsman Dolls 1865-1950|
by Don Jensen
I love books that feature one manufacturer because of the depth of information. Finally a book about the beautiful Horsman dolls! This is a comprehensive book about one of America's leading doll makers of the Twentieth century. Great for reference!
|This is Blythe|
by Gina Garan
This is a current paperback edition of a much sought after 70s darling little doll called Blythe. A unique book written by a professional photographer, shows Blythe's adventures as she travels throughout the world visiting many interesting places. This is not really a typical reference book but because the photos are very artistically presented, it is a wonderful and entertaining book for Blythe doll collectors.
|Betsy McCall: A Collector's Guide|
©1999 (includes Values)
by Marci Van Ausdall
This book is already OUT OF PRINT!! Very difficult to find.
As far as I know, this is the only book written exclusively on the various Betsy McCall dolls. This book includes information on all of the different manufacturers of this precious little doll (8" on up to 36") as well as information on paper dolls and related products. A very thorough and excellent reference. Since many of Betsy's outfits are not labeled, this is a helpful MUST HAVE book for any Betsy collector!
|Barbie Doll Collector's Handbook|
By: A.Glenn Mandeville, Marl Davidson,
Priscilla Wardlow, and Gary R. Ruddell
This handy carry around size Barbie doll reference book is packed full of useful information for the Barbie doll collector. The book covers the older Barbie dolls to the more recent ones. Written by leading experts, it has loads of photos to help you identify your Barbie. They offer tips on collecting, valuing, selling, and caring for your Barbie doll. A great starter book for the new collector!
Madame Alexander Collector's Dolls Price Guide #30
|Collector's Encyclopedia of VOGUE Dolls|
Identification and Values
By Judith Izen & Carol Stover
This book is now out of print but a 2nd edition is due out shortly.
This was my Christmas present to myself a few years ago and I haven't put it down since! This book is the most complete and comprehensive book to date on all of Vogue's dolls, especially GINNY.
Collector's Encyclopedia of VOGUE Dolls Vol. Two
A companion volume to the above reference book by these two noted authors and doll experts. It will further give you hours of pleasurable reading and wonderful photos to help you identify your Ginny as well as other Vogue dolls.
Shirley Temple Dolls and Fashions
|Crissy Doll and Her Friends|
Guide for Collectors
By Beth Gunther
A very comprehensive guide to this very popular doll family of the late 60s and 70s. I never knew there were so many clothes! Wonderful old advertisements and expert advice on restoring these little gems.
|Crissy Family Encyclopedia: Identification and Price Guide|
By Carla Marie Cross
I never knew how large the Crissy doll family was, but Carla Cross has found more than 60 variations. These dolls are becoming quite popular as the late boomers start searching to recapture the memories of their youth. Die-hard Crissy fans will enjoy this comprehensive book as they reminisce on the wild fashions of the 70s worn by these dolls!
Patsy Doll Family Encyclopedia Vol. 1
Patricia Schoonmaker is one of the leading authorities on Effanbee's beautiful Patsy Doll Family and both Volume One and Two will give you lots of information and beautiful photographic examples of these very popular composition dolls of the 30s and 40s.
Patsy Doll Family Encyclopedia Vol. 2
GINNY America' Sweetheart
|Collector's Guide to Ideal Dolls|
Identification and Value Guide
By Judith Izen
Judith's sequel to her first Guide to Ideal Dolls is now out of print! This volume is packet with information and loaded with pictures. A very thorough history of this popular toy company. Shirley Temple, Toni, Miss Revlon, Patti Play Pal, Tammy, and more, they're all here! Check Amazon Marketplace for used copies.
Collector's Guide to Ideal Dolls
|Chatty Cathy and her Talking Friends|
by Sean Kettelkamp
Talking dolls were all the rage in the '60s. This book is a good reference if you like Chatty Cathy and other talking dolls. There are very nice photos of the Cathy family showing several outfits and accessories. The author details, by year, talking toys (not just dolls, mostly Mattel items) available throughout the '60s and early '70s.
|Chatty Cathy Dolls an identification and value guide|
by Kathy & Don Lewis
This is a small but very comprehensive book dedicated to the Chatty Cathy doll family and all their accessories. Lots of photos and information to aid you in collecting these darlings of the 60s. An easy to take with you paperback reference book.
A great book! But hard to find!
|Thirty Years of Mattel Fashion Dolls: Identification and Value Guide 1967 through 1997|
by J. Michael Augustyniak
Though not a representation of all Mattel dolls of this time period, this book details many of the fashion dolls in their original boxes. There are many examples of the more current 80s and 90s dolls that are so hard to find in other reference books. The title may be a little misleading as there are also non-fashion dolls featured such as Rosebuds, Heart Family, Mama & Baby Bean, Princess of Power, and more. This book is currently out of print but I might have one available in my online store.
|Effanbee "Dolls That Touch Your Heart"|
Updated Values for 1998
By Pat Smith
This book was originally written back in 1983 by one of America's leading doll authors but has been updated to reflect today's current price values (1998). Most photos are black & white but if you love Effanbee dolls you will love this very detailed extensive reference book!
Amazon lists this as an out-of-print book but they might have them in their marketplace section.
The Ginny Doll Encyclopedia
The Ginny Doll Encyclopedia
|Madame Alexander Dolls - 3rd Collector's|
By A. Glenn Mandeville
If you are familiar with this author's previous books on Madame Alexander, then you will know that he is an expert in the field. Listed alphabetically, this is an excellent price guide cataloging just about everything that is documented to date. Useable information is included to help you develop a beautiful collection. Handy pocket size for quick reference.
|GI JOE Official Identification and Price Guide|
By Vincent Santelmo
For the man in your life who collects GI Joe, an informative reference that documents our favorite soldier over several decades. A great book of nostalgia for any guy who grew up with this "macho" doll whether or not he is a serious collector or just wants to reminisce about youthful adventures with Joe. This is the second book written by this author on GI Joe, his first is out of print but I understand both are must haves, if you can find the first.
|Collectible GI Joe: An Official Guide to His Action Packed World|
by Derryl Depriest
This book got rave reviews at Amazon, by those who own it, so I wanted to include it here. The photos are outstanding and the book is written in a humorous, detailed manner. A must have for the serious collector as well as a trip down memory lane. The book may be out of print but could probably be found in the Amazon marketplace/used.
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