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Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books issued in signed limited editions and other deluxe formats for the children's gift book market, with separate plates usually but not always colour-printed, illustrated by Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielson, et al., even though the subject matter may not always be suitable for sensitive children (such as Rackham’s edition of Edgar Allan Poe).

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  1. 116947

    The Water Babies.

    A later reprint, in the scarce jacket. The book was first published with these illustrations in the US by Dodd, Mead & Co. in 1916. "The large, lavish drawings Jessie Willcox Smith produced as colour plates for The Water-Babies in 1916 are among her most loved and admired works. She apparently thought highly of them as well because upon her death in 1935 she bequeathed all twelve to the Cabinet of American Illustration, a special collection of almost four thousand original drawings by the nation's most influential illustrators, preserved within the Prints and Photographs Division" (Library of Congress online, The Water-Babies: Illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith exhibition June-September 1999). Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: [c.1929]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116947

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  2. 116870

    An Almanac of twelve Sports.

    Words by Rudyard Kipling.
    First edition, the Library Edition issue, postdated 1898. There was also a smaller edition of handcoloured prints signed by the artist, and a popular edition bound in cloth. In this edition, which was published before Christmas 1897, the 12 lithographs in colour are printed from the original woodcut blocks by Nicholson on Japanese vellum. The twelve sports represented are: Hunting (January), Coursing (February), Racing (March), Boating (April), Fishing (May), Cricket (June), Archery (July), Coaching (August), Shooting (September), Golf (October), Boxing (November) and Skating (December). Learn More
    £800

    Date of Publication: [1897]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116870

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  3. 116771
    signed

    Rubaiyat.

    First edition, in the very scarce dust jacket. This gorgeously illustrated Rubaiyat, decadent, faintly erotic, and distinctly Beardsley-esque, is the only major publication of artist Ronald S. Balfour (18961941). Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: 1920

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116771

    Signed: Yes

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  4. 116713

    The Fables.

    Translated into English Verse by Walter Thornbury. With Illustrations by Gustave Doré.
    An early edition of Thornbury's first English translation of La Fontaine's fables, with illustrations from "one of the most popular" and "greatest of all illustrators" (Ray, 327-28). During the period of this book's publication, Doré went from being "virtually unknown in England to being the most famous illustrator in the world" (Malan, 67), with books such as this bringing Doré to an international audience. Learn More
    £325

    Date of Publication: [c.1870]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116713

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  5. 116705

    Forty Drawings.

    First edition, first impression of Searle's first published work, a collection of drawings from his time as a Japanese prisoner of war between 1942 and 1945. Searle was captured in February 1942 whilst stationed in Singapore and set to work on the Siam-Burma Death Railway. He returned to England in October 1945 with the final defeat of the Japanese and an exhibition was held that December at the Cambridge School of Art, displaying more than 300 of Searle's drawings from the camp; 40 of these were selected from the exhibition and published here. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1946

    Published: Cambridge

    Stock Code: 116705

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  6. 116680

    The Complete Angler.

    Edited by "Ephemera["], of "Bell's Life in London."
    Second National Illustrated Library edition (first 1853). First published in 1653, The Complete Angler is presented here edited by Edward Fitzgibbon, who used the pseudonym "Ephemera" and regularly contributed to sporting paper Bell's Life in London on the subject of angling. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1859

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116680

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  7. 116642comp
    signed

    The Starlit Mire.

    With ten drawings by Austin Osman Spare.
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed, To A. Mavrocordato, with best wishes from one of the authors, Russell F. Wilkinson, March 1911. This collection of blasphemous aphorisms, authored by two doctors and printed in a small edition of 350 copies, is superbly illustrated by occult artist Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956). Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1911

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116642

    Signed: Yes

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  8. 116641

    A Documentary Life.

    First edition, first impression. The known information about Shakespeare's life and the documents associated with it are the focus of this profusely illustrated book. Where possible, the facsimiles included are reproduced full size. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1975

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116641

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  9. 116638

    An Alphabet.

    First edition, the Library Edition issue, postdated 1898. There was also a deluxe edition of approximately 50 copies with illustrations coloured by hand, and a popular edition bound in cloth. Two of the plates differ from those in the deluxe edition: ''E is for Executioner'' and ''T is for Toper'' have changed to ''E is for Earl'' and ''T for Trumpeter'', thus becoming more appropriate for a younger readership. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: [1897]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116638

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  10. 116623

    Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, the Astronomer-Poet of Persia.

    Rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald with an Accompaniment of Drawings by Elihu Vedder.
    First edition, first printing. The drawings and text in this edition are reproduced by Albertype process, now termed collotype, an "exacting but very rewarding process" suitable only for short runs, no longer commonly used. Elihu Vedder (1836–1923) was an American Symbolist artist who trained in New York, Paris, and Italy and became friends with authors such as Herman Melville and Walt Whitman. Learn More
    £1,000

    Date of Publication: 1884

    Published: Boston

    Stock Code: 116623

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  11. 116581

    The Seven Lamps of Architecture.

    With illustrations, drawn and etched by the author.
    First edition. The first of Ruskin's works to carry his name, and the first to be illustrated, this essay introduces his principles of architecture and is important for laying the foundations for Ruskin's later work, The Stones of Venice. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1849

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116581

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  12. 116569

    The Book of Shakespeare Gems.

    In a Series of Landscape Illustrations of the Most Interesting Locations of Shakespeare’s Dramas.
    A handsomely-bound copy of the third edition; first published in 1846. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1854

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116569

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  13. 116541

    The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

    Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
    First Rackham edition, first impression. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1934

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116541

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  14. 116537

    Treasure Island.

    Illustrated Edition.
    First illustrated UK edition of Stevenson's classic, which was originally serialised in the magazine Young Folks between October 1881 and January 1882, and published in book form the following year. The first US edition, issued by Roberts Bros in 1884, was also illustrated, but contained four plates only. Uncommon. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1885

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116537

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  15. 116533

    Vanity Fair. A Novel without a Hero.

    With Illustrations on Steel and Wood by the Author.
    First edition in book form, with the three points traditionally taken to denote first issue (drop-head title in rustic lettering to page 1, the "Marquis of Steyne" vignette on page 336, later suppressed, and "Mr. Pitt" for "Sir Pitt" on page 453, line 31), although, as the novel was originally published in twenty parts between January 1847 and July 1848, such points conceivably would have been amended before serialization was completed. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1848

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116533

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  16. 116507
    signed

    Six Rough Proof-Lithographs, Shakespeares Henry IV, Part I.

    Presentation copy inscribed by illustrator on the printed label to the front cover "for Carol Beddington. From Barnett Freedman. August 1939". Carol Beddington is believed to be a relation of Jack Beddington, Freedman's collaborator on the Lyons' Lithograph series launched after the Second World War. Beddington is best known as the publicity director for Shell during the 1930s, and was also head of the Ministry of Information Films Division during the Second World War. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1939

    Published: [New York]

    Stock Code: 116507

    Signed: Yes

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  17. 116492

    The Poems.

    Illustrated and decorated. With an introduction by H. Noel Williams.
    First Robinson, first impression, of the poems of Edgar Allen Poe, scarce, and attractive in the original decorated cloth. This copy has a charming contemporary gift inscription with an apparently original six-line poem signed "E.V.H.": "Thou knewest not the haven hush / of those who make the port of peace; / Thine ever was the fever flush, / The throb of thought without release; / But now that passion-brimming cup is spilled, / Thy life's storm-stricken solitude is stilled. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1900

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116492

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    Grimms Other Tales.

    A new selection by Wilhelm Hansen: translated & edited by Ruth Michaelis-Jena and Arthur Ratcliff: Illustrated with ten wood-engravings by Gwenda Morgan.
    First edition, copy number 7 of 75 specially bound deluxe copies, signed by the illustrator, from a limited edition of 500 copies printed in Poliphilus type on Arnold's mould-made paper by the Chiswick Press. Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1956

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116490

    Signed: Yes

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  19. 116484

    Tales from Shakespeare.

    Introductory preface by Andrew Lang.
    First Bell-illustrated edition, rare deluxe issue, of the Lambs' Tales of Shakespeare. Charles & Mary Lamb's Tales of Shakespeare done for children was first published in 1807. This is the first edition with the illustrations of prominent Arts & Crafts figure Robert Anning Bell (1863-1933), and is quite scarce in itself; the deluxe issue in gilt-decorated full vellum, however, is rare. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1899

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116484

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  20. 116478

    Raggedy Ann in the Golden Meadow.

    First edition, first printing. This is the seventeenth book in the highly popular Raggedy Ann series. The books were often sold with a Raggedy Ann doll, helping them gain widespread popularity in America. Scarce with the dust jacket. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: Wisconsin

    Stock Code: 116478

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