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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. Military Antiquities respecting a History of the English Army,

    Military Antiquities respecting a History of the English Army,

    from the Conquest to the Present Time.
    New edition, with material additions and improvements, published after Francis Grose's death from an apoplectic fit on 12 May 1791, aged 52. "Grose was a sort of antiquarian Falstaff - at least he possessed in a striking degree the knight's physical peculiarities; but he was a man of true honour and charity, a valuable friend. His humour, his varied knowledge and his good nature were all eminently calculated to make him a favourite in society. Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1812

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 79231

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  2. The History of Don Quixote de La Mancha.

    The History of Don Quixote de La Mancha.

    Based on Shelton’s translation of 1620 with Illustrations by Jean de Bosschère and an essay by J.B. Trend.
    First de Bosschère edition. Learn More
    £1,375

    Date of Publication: 1922

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 78982

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  3. Book of Pictures.
    signed

    Book of Pictures.

    With an introduction by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch.
    Signed limited edition, one of 1,030 numbered copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1913

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 78965

    Signed: Yes

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  4. Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination.
    signed

    Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination.

    First Rackham edition. Rackham described his images for these stories as "so horrible I was beginning to frighten myself." Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 78552

    Signed: Yes

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  5. 78547

    Buoyant Billions. A Comedy of No Manners in Prose.

    First edition, first impression. Limited to 1025 copies, 1000 are numbered and 25 lettered. This copy is lettered B. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1949

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 78547

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  6. The Whole workes of three worthy Martyrs,

    The Whole workes of three worthy Martyrs,

    and principall teachers of this Churche of England, collected and compiled in one Tome together, beying before scattered, & now in Print here exhibited to the Church. To the prayse of God, and profite of all good Christian Readers.
    First edition, edited by the martyrologist John Foxe. Foxe had established his reputation as the leading chronicler of the English reformation with his first two editions of Acts and Monuments (Foxe's Book of Martyrs) in 1563 and 1570. In the latter he had promised that he would edit a collection of the works of William Tyndale, John Frith, and Robert Barnes; they would not be popularly published again until the Parker Society series of the mid-nineteenth century. Learn More
    £22,500

    Date of Publication: 1573

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 77878

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  7. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

    Limited edition, one of 250 numbered copies for England and 125 for the US. This copy is unsigned. Learn More
    £2,950

    Date of Publication: 1928

    Published: Philadelphia

    Stock Code: 77874

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  8. Tantrum.
    signed

    Tantrum.

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Jules Fiffer (cult cartoonist and Pulitzer Prize winning editor for The Village Voice, who did the famous illustrations for The Phantom Tollbooth) with an original drawing of a bawling baby, "For Graham - WAAAAAAH!, Jules Feiffer". One of the earliest examples of the graphic novel, Tantrum tells the brilliantly weird and worrying story of a fed-up middle aged husband who, to the horror of his wife and children, wills himself back to being a two-year-old, and suddenly perceives, from his 2-feet-tall vantage point, the desperate madness of maturity in the tragicomedy of life. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1979

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 77778

    Signed: Yes

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  9. A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy.

    A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy.

    With Illustrations by Polia Chentoff.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £325

    Date of Publication: 1929

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 77597

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  10. Castelli, e Ponti

    Castelli, e Ponti

    Con alcune ingegnose pratiche, e con la descrizione del trasporto dell’ obelisco Vaticano, e di altri del cavaliere Domenico Fontana.
    First edition of this fundamental work for the history of the restoration and maintenance of St Peter's Fabbrica and for an understanding of early building practice. The master mason and engineer Nicola Zabaglia (1664-1750) invented many ingenious mechanical devices to aid restoration. Here he illustrates his techniques, with the help of Giovanni Bottari and Lelio Cosatto. Learn More
    £5,000

    Date of Publication: 1743

    Published: Rome

    Stock Code: 77359

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  11. Stories from the Pentamerone

    Stories from the Pentamerone

    Selected and Edited by E. F. Strange. Illustrated by Warwick Goble.
    First Goble edition, first impression. The deluxe limited edition, one of only 150 numbered copies. The Pentamerone was a seminal fairy-tale collection containing early forms of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Puss in Boots, Sleeping Beauty and Hansel and Gretel. It was originally written down from oral Italian sources by poet Giambattista Basile in the 17th century, and was the acknowledged source for Charles Perrault's and the Grimm brothers' fairy tale collections. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1911

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 77049

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  12. Quality Street.

    Quality Street.

    A Comedy in four Acts.
    First edition. Publisher's file copy. Learn More
    £85

    Date of Publication: [1913?]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 76659

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  13. Told in the Gloaming.

    Told in the Gloaming.

    A beautiful copy with charming illustrations. Learn More
    £170

    Date of Publication: [c. 1930]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 76634

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  14. The Adventures of Uncle Lubin.

    The Adventures of Uncle Lubin.

    First edition. Possibly the scarcest of all the W. Heath Robinson illustrated books. Learn More
    £1,925

    Date of Publication: 1902

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 76598

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  15. Yankee Doodle. An Old Friend in a New Dress.
    £950

    Date of Publication: 1881

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 76583

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  16. Fairy Tales.

    Fairy Tales.

    First edition of a selection of classic stories by Hans Christian Andersen which includes the Snow Queen and the Tinder Box, all beautifully illustrated by Nielsen. Learn More
    £1,000

    Date of Publication: [1924]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 76572

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  17. Ratcatcher to Scarlet.
    signed

    Ratcatcher to Scarlet.

    First Edition Limited Issue. One of just 100 numbered copies signed by Aldin and with a signed original sketch of a beagle in ink pencil and wash to an early blank. Uncommon. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: [1926]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 76569

    Signed: Yes

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  18. The Vicar of Wakefield.

    The Vicar of Wakefield.

    With twenty-five coloured illustrations by C. E. Brock.
    First Brock edition in the deluxe binding. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1904

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 76506

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  19. The Highlands of Aethiopia.

    The Highlands of Aethiopia.

    First edition. A soldier of the Bombay Army, Harris has first travelled out to Africa in 1836 for his health. Meeting Richard Williamson, a like-minded Bombay civil servant, on the voyage out, Harris immediately set of on a shooting expedition to the interior. They "started by ox-wagon from Algoa Bay, by way of Somerset and the Orange River, and travelled in a north-easterly direction until they reached the regions of the formidable Matabele chief Mzilikaze. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1844

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 76290

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  20. In Dickens's London.
    signed

    In Dickens's London.

    Twenty-Two Photogravure Proofs Reproducing the Charcoal Drawings by F. Hopkins Smith.
    First edition. One of a limited edition of 150 numbered sets, each signed on the limitation leaf by the artist and the publisher. Additionally signed by Smith on the print "Coffee-Room, George Inn". Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1914

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 75760

    Signed: Yes

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