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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. 

Listed below this section are some of my favorite books.  All of these books are available for sale and can be ordered directly through this site via Amazon.com, in most cases at less cost than through your local bookstore (usually 20%-30% below retail).  Click on the title to get the current Amazon price.

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Featured Books Below:

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.

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How to be a Doll Detective
2001
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.

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Small dolls of the 40s & 50s, I.D. & Price Guide

2002
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!!!

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All About Doll Repair & Care
A Guide to Restoring Well-Loved Dolls
2004

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!

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Baby-Boomer Dolls
 Plastic Playthings of the 1950's & 1960's

2000
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!
 

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Collector's Guide to Dolls of the 1960s & 1970s
2000

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
2004
Newly released in June of 2004, this is Volume Two.  A nice companion volume to add even more references to dolls of this era.  This book as many dolls not shown in Volume One making BOTH a definite asset to your doll reference library.

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Modern Collectible Dolls, Volume IV
Identification & Value Guide
2000

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
Seventh Edition
2003

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!

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16th Blue Book/Dolls & Values
2003

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.

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Collector's Encyclopedia of
American Composition Dolls 1900-1950
1999

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 
American Composition Dolls 1900-1950, Volume Two
2004

By Ursula R. Mertz
A long awaited companion volume to the above book.  Once again the author has out done herself with incredibly beautiful photographs of some of the most incredibly beautiful dolls of the early twentieth century.  The first volume is now commanding high prices on the resale market.  This new book is affordable and stands on its own as a great reference, even without Volume One.

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Dolls and Accessories of the 1950's
with Value Guide
1998

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!

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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.

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Compo Dolls 1928-1955
Identification and Price Guide
1994

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.

Compo Dolls Volume II  1909-1928
Identification and Price Guide
1994


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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."

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The Doll Hospital Directory, 
Second Edition. (1998)

by Marlene Alperin-Hochman

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.

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Insider's Guide to Doll Buying & Selling
1995

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.

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The Handbook of Doll Repair & Restoration
1979

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
A Guide to Companion Dolls of the 1960s
2000

by Carla Marie Cross

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.


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Cissy: Identification & Price Guide
2003

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.

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American Character Dolls
Identification and Value Guide
2004

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.

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Encyclopedia of Bisque Nancy Ann Storybook Dolls 1936-1947     Identification and Value Guide
2003

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!

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Arranbee Dolls "The Dolls That Sell on Sight"
Identification and Value Guide
2004

by Suzanne  DeMillar & Dennis Brevik

I believe this newly released book is the only book written exclusively on Arranbee Dolls.  These quality dolls were some of the prettiest dolls made in the early to mid-20th century.  They are sometimes hard to identify because not all are marked.  This book becomes a valuable tool in helping you identify these dolls as well as being a wonderful book just to drool over!  Nancy Lee, Nanette, Debu-Teen, Littlest Angel are just a few of the lovely dolls you will see in this book.

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Terri Lee Dolls: Identification and Price Guide
2001
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.

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Collector's Guide to Horsman Dolls 1865-1950
2002
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!

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This is Blythe
2000

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.  

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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! 

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Barbie Doll Collector's Handbook
1997

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!

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Madame Alexander Collector's Dolls Price Guide #30
2005

By: Linda Crowsey

This is Linda's most recent price guide to the beautiful Madame Alexander dolls. Find the most current value of all of the fabulous dolls made by one of America's leading doll makers.  This is more of a price guide than a photo book but dozens of photos accompany the extensive list of every type of M.A. doll.

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Collector's Encyclopedia of VOGUE Dolls
Identification and Values
1998

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.

A must have, almost like chocolate!!

 

Collector's Encyclopedia of VOGUE Dolls Vol. Two
Identification and Values
2004
by Judith Izen & Carol Stover

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. 

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Shirley Temple Dolls and Fashions
A Collector's Guide to the
World's Darling
1992

By Edward R. Pardella

Though the above was written in '92 it is still one of the leading authoritative books on all types of Shirley Temples including paper dolls and storybooks. Prices are not current but the detailed photos and expert restoration and care info makes this worthwhile.  The book below is an extension of the above.  Shirley fans will enjoy both.  These books may be difficult to find but Amazon will do a search for you if they are currently out of print.

Shirley Temple Dolls and Fashions
A Collector's Guide to the
World's Darling (Updated version of above)
1999



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Crissy Doll and Her Friends
Guide for Collectors
1998

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.

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Crissy Family Encyclopedia: Identification and Price Guide
2000

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!

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Patsy Doll Family Encyclopedia Vol. 1
1992

By Patricia N. Schoonmaker

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
1998

By Patricia N. Schoonmaker with Virginia Heyerdahl


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GINNY  America' Sweetheart
Identification & Value Guide
1998    (3rd Revision)

By A. Glenn Mandeville
This book is currently OUT OF PRINT!! Difficult to find.  I'm offering a brand new one in my online store for sale, click here.

This is the latest revision of a very popular Ginny book.  Beautiful all color photographs, care and repair tips, and a very thorough price guide. Many photos from his original printings but a new section with the new Vogue Doll Company line.  Handy pocket size for an easy-carry reference. 
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Collector's Guide to Ideal Dolls
Identification and Value Guide
(Second Edition)
1999

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
Identification and Value Guide
(Third Edition)
2005
Again Judith Izen has given us a wealth of information on the Ideal Dolls of the 20th century.  Now the third edition of this popular book has just been released.  Don't miss adding it to your book collection.  Packed with info!

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Chatty Cathy and her Talking Friends
1998

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.

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Chatty Cathy Dolls an identification and value guide
1994

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.
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Thirty Years of Mattel Fashion Dolls: Identification and Value Guide 1967 through 1997
1998

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.

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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.

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The Ginny Doll Encyclopedia
by Sue Nettleingham Roberts
               & Dorothy Bunker

This book is currently OUT OF PRINT!! Difficult to find.
This is an early Ginny reference book that carries you through the "Meritus" & "Dakin" years.  Even though there are other more current books written, this book is full of great history, lots of catalog sheets, and beautiful large photos to help you identify your Ginnys.

The Ginny Doll Encyclopedia
2004

by Sue Nettleingham Roberts 
& Dorothy Bunker
I haven't actually seen inside this volume, but if it is like the first, it offers information and photographs of Vogue's popular toddler doll, Ginny.  With the above book now being out of print, and a collectible in it's own right, this newer one would be a good substitute if you can't find the first book.

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Madame Alexander Dolls - 3rd Collector's
Price Guide
2000

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.

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GI JOE Official Identification and Price Guide
1964-1999
1999
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.

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Collectible GI Joe:  An Official Guide to His Action Packed World
1999
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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