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Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to books written for children or juveniles; that is, stories, books, magazines, and poems that were intended for or have been enjoyed by children, including illustrated books where the illustrations are integrated in the text.

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  1. 117028

    Haunted House.

    Assistant illustrator Jane Walmsley. Paper engineer Tor Lokvig.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1979

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 117028

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  2. 117025
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1982

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 117025

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  3. 117014
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1977

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 117014

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  4. 117007

    Five Fall into Adventure.

    First edition, first impression. This is the ninth adventure of the Famous Five. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1950

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 117007

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  5. 116997comp
    signed

    The Twits.

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author in blue Sharpie to front free endpaper, "Magnus, Love Roald Dahl". Learn More
    £3,000

    Date of Publication: 1980

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116997

    Signed: Yes

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  6. 116975

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The Magical Car.

    Adventures Number One, Two, and Three.
    First editions, first impressions of the complete set of Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang stories. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1964

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116975

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  7. 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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  8. 116763

    The Perhappsy Chaps.

    First edition, first printing. This is Thompson's first children's book; three years later she would publish the first of her novels placed in L. Frank Baum's Oz for which she became famous. Volland were distinguished for their children's literature, and this edition is part of their "Happy Children Books" series. It is likely that card boxes were discarded by young readers, which makes a complete set such as this more desirable. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1918

    Published: Chicago

    Stock Code: 116763

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  9. 116762

    When We Were Very Young Note Paper.

    Writing set with excerpts from When We Were Very Young and illustrations by E. H. Shepard on each sheet. The design to the front of the printed box matches the dust jacket for the first US trade edition published in 1924. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: [c.1924]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116762

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  10. 116702

    Just So Stories For Little Children.

    With illustrations by the author.
    First edition, first impression, in the second issue binding, of Kipling's famous collection of 12 stories and 12 poems including "How the Camel Got His Hump" and "How the Leopard Got His Spots." The white blocking to the spine and boards famously failed to adhere on the first issue binding, with the result that most copies now lack significant portions of it; the paint formula was changed for the second issue. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1902

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116702

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 116426

    Mr. Bliss.

    First edition, first impression of the facsimile of Tolkien's original manuscript of the tale of Mr. Bliss and his new car. For reading clarity, the text is printed on the opposite pages to the reproductions of the manuscript, featuring Tolkien's hand coloured illustrations. The story was originally devised to amuse his children in the summer of 1928. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1982

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116426

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  14. 116370

    Matilda.

    Illustrations by Quentin Blake.
    First edition, first impression. Matilda won the Children's Book Award in the year of its publication. It formed the basis for both the 1996 film directed by Danny DeVito and the successful stage musical which premiered at the RSC’s Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1988

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116370

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  15. 116340

    Winnie-the-Pooh.

    With Decorations by Ernest H. Shepard.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116340

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  16. 116315

    Alice in Wonderland.

    Written in Gregg Shorthand.
    First edition thus. Gregg shorthand, a form of stenography using loose elliptical figures, was invented by John Robert Gregg in the late nineteenth century. Gregg's niece, Georgie Gregg, provided the shorthand plates for this edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which is reproduced in full and interspersed with captioned and non-captioned engravings. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: [1919?]

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116315

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  17. 116304

    Gerald McBoing Boing.

    Based on United Productions of Americas Academy Award-Winning Motion Picture.
    First edition, first printing. Based on United Productions of America’s short film, which was adapted from Dr Seuss’s original story and given wide release by Columbia Pictures in 1950. It won the 1950 Academy Award for Best Animated Short. Learn More
    £400

    Date of Publication: 1952

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116304

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  18. 116303comp

    The Minpins.

    Illustrated by Patrick Benson,
    Special presentation proof edition, number 145 of 500 copies. This was Roald Dahl’s final work written for children, published posthumously. Minpin was the nickname Dahl used for his daughter, Ophelia. Learn More
    £325

    Date of Publication: 1991

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116303

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    signed

    The Bed Book.

    Illustrations by Quentin Blake.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the illustrator to the title page. One of three long children’s poems written by Plath, this is a lively poem about a set of unusual beds composed during her first pregnancy, although not published until 13 years after her death. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1976

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116298

    Signed: Yes

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  20. 116293

    The Pie and the Patty-Pan.

    First edition, first impression. This was the last book Norman Warne worked on with Potter, and his proposal of marriage was sent during its creation. Potter completed the project alone; it was published two months after Warne’s untimely death. It was the first of Potter’s works to be published in a larger format. The illustrated endpapers, introduced the previous year, were forgotten for this work, Potter writing “I conclude there is no time to get an end-paper [sic] design done - unless Mr. Learn More
    £800

    Date of Publication: 1905

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116293

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