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Rare original artwork for publication in books or periodicals, together with original portraits of authors and associated literary figures.

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  1. 116395

    Catalogue Raisonn.

    The Naturalistic Works (Until Early 1911), ed. Robert P. Welsh, and Work of 1911–1944, ed. Joop M. Joosten.
    First edition, first printing. The first volume of Mondrian's early works, exists as "a resume of Mondrian's activities before he entered the mainstream of avant-garde European painting" (Introduction); the second purports to "create a sound art-historical image of Mondrian's contribution to Cubism and abstract art" (Introduction). Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1998

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116395

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  2. 116252detail

    A small archive of Christmas greetings cards and other correspondence.

    An attractive collection of correspondence from the Swiss-born American writer
    An attractive collection of correspondence from the Swiss-born American writer and illustrator Roger Duvoisin (1900-1980) and his wife Louise (Loulou) Fatio to their friends, Helen and Max. Roger Duvoisin won the 1948 Caldecott Medal for White Snow, Bright Snow, written by Alvin Tresselt (D. Lothrop Co., 1947). He and his wife created together the Happy Lion series (1954-80), which, in its German-language edition (Der glückliche Löwe), won the inaugural 1956 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis. Learn More
    £1,350

    Date of Publication: 1970s

    Published: Gladstone, NJ

    Stock Code: 116252

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  3. Daily Bread.

    Daily Bread.

    Jacket rubbed, and separated at the spine at the front, light toning of contents, but overall very good.
    Unique "book" by Pares, made for and dedicated to the man who was to become her second husband, Robert Christopher Bradby. Comprises a series of well-finished whimsically satirical sketches, broadly on the the themes of women's work, fashions, and domestic life; the frontispiece showing the artist pavement-sketching - a pint of beer! - beneath signs, declaring "All me own work" and "Through no fault of my own", her future husband - identified by the initials on his attaché case - passing by, drops a couple of pennies in her hat with a curt aspersion. Learn More
    £3,000

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: Hampstead, London

    Stock Code: 114035

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  4. The Arthur Rackham Fairy Book.
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    The Arthur Rackham Fairy Book.

    A Book of Old Favourites with New Illustrations.
    Deluxe edition, number 1 of 460 copies signed by the artist. This is one of ten "special copies" reserved by the publisher from the total edition, presented in a specially commissioned luxury binding and including a delightful full-page original pen-and-ink and watercolour drawing by Rackham (signed "Arthur Rackham"), showing Hansel and Gretel being greeted by the Witch at the door of her gingerbread cottage. Learn More
    £20,000

    Date of Publication: 1933

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112895

    Signed: Yes

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  5. "Original drawing, "The River", from David Copperfield."

    "Original drawing, "The River", from David Copperfield."

    Hablot Knight Browne (1815-1882) is the illustrator most closely associated with Dickens: he even changed his pseudonym to Phiz to harmonize with Dickens's Boz. His achievement in rescuing the ill-fated images for Pickwick Papers established his reputation, and he continued to illustrate the majority of Dickens's full-length novels until the end of the 1850s. Learn More
    £1,850

    Date of Publication: [1850 or after]

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    Stock Code: 111569

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  6. Two albums compiled from an artist's sketchbooks recording nearly 40 years of life in Algeria.

    Two albums compiled from an artist's sketchbooks recording nearly 40 years of life in Algeria.

    An exceptional visual document, two albums painstakingly and thoughtfully assembled from the observational sketch-books of a little-known, but highly-talented first generation French Orientalist painter. Alexandre Antoine Girardot (1815-c.1877) has left but few traces of what must have been an unusual and adventurous life. Born in Paris in February 1815, he enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts on 6 October 1836. Learn More
    £95,000

    Date of Publication: 1830

    Published: Algeria

    Stock Code: 110595

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  7. Watership Down.

    Watership Down.

    First illustrated edition, first impression.
    First illustrated edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author and illustrator on the verso of the half-title: "yours sincerely, Richard Adams & John Lawrence". Initially turned down by all major publishing houses, Watership Down was finally issued by Rex Collings in 1972; sales were over 100,000 in the first year and Adams was awarded both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Award for children's fiction. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1976

    Published: Harmondsworth

    Stock Code: 110528

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  8. "Original drawing,Milk Has Gone Up in Price [from Louis Wain's Annual 1915]."
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    "Original drawing,Milk Has Gone Up in Price [from Louis Wain's Annual 1915]."

    Signed in pen lower left by Wain. Annotations in pencil to lower margin. An original drawing for the full-page illustration which appears on page 35 of Louis Wain's Annual for 1915. Learn More
    £3,500

    Date of Publication: [1915]

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    Stock Code: 110276

    Signed: Yes

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  9. Tiggers don't like honey.

    Tiggers don't like honey.

    Signed and dated in ink lower right by Shepherd, 1961 and inscribed by Shepard lower middle "Tiggers don't like honey". This image was first used for The House at Pooh Corner, first published in 1928, page 23. "Tigger took a large mouthful of honey ... and he looked up at the ceiling with his head on one side, and made exploring noises, and what-have-we-got-here noises . Learn More
    £47,500

    Date of Publication: 1961

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    Stock Code: 109941

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  10. Original illustration for the half title page and chapter one page of PINOCCHIO.

    Original illustration for the half title page and chapter one page of PINOCCHIO.

    Original pencil illustration for the first edition Pinocchio by Random House as well as the layout for the first page. Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: 1939

    Published: New York:

    Stock Code: 109470

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  11. "Original watercolour, "The Snow Queen"."

    "Original watercolour, "The Snow Queen"."

    Original watercolour by American illustrator and author Michael Hague, signed by him in the lower left hand corner. Produced for one of Hague's calendars for the month of February, featuring the Snow Queen in a snow storm carrying a basket of children. A beautiful example of Hague's detailed illustrations. Learn More
    £3,500

    Date of Publication: [c.1993]

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    Stock Code: 109468

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  12. A Happy Pair.
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    A Happy Pair.

    First edition of the first book illustrated by Beatrix Potter. Extremely scarce, with just five copies traced institutionally, it features six of her illustrations accompanying a set of six poems by Frederic E. Weatherly (best known as the author of the lyrics for "Danny Boy"). Early in 1890, Beatrix, then 24, and her brother, six years younger and about to go up to Oxford, came up with a scheme to have some of Beatrix's designs published. Learn More
    £30,000

    Date of Publication: [1890]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109202

    Signed: Yes

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  13. Collection of 19 original watercolours of designs for lamps from the distinguished firm of G. Lebrun-Tardieu.

    Collection of 19 original watercolours of designs for lamps from the distinguished firm of G. Lebrun-Tardieu.

    A very appealing assemblage of designs for twelve chandeliers, one tall floor lamp, three wall sconces and three table lamps, from the firm of G. Lebrun-Tardieu, one of the leading manufacturers of bronze lighting in Belle Époque Paris; also present is a copy of the company price list, one photograph and two illustrated leaves from a catalogue showing a number of designs. Learn More
    £3,750

    Date of Publication: [c. 1910]

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 108215

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  14. Kooloo Lahoul Chumba:

    Kooloo Lahoul Chumba:

    an album of over 50 watercolour sketches taken in the Lower Himalayan regions of the Punjab, present-day Himachal Pradesh.
    Superbly vivid pictorial record of travels through the Himalayan regions of the Punjab, now the state of Himachal Pradesh. Harcourt's journey took him from present-day Kullu to Killar between the 2 to the 30 of September 1871; he then later visited to the hill station of Dalhousie between June and October 1873, with images of excursions to the Beas Valley and Rohtang Pass, to Gondla west of Dalhousie, taking in the village of Kugti in the Chamba District in September 1873. Learn More
    £14,500

    Date of Publication: 1871

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    Stock Code: 108096

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  15. Only a Witch Can Fly.
    signed

    Only a Witch Can Fly.

    Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo.
    First edition, first printing. Signed and dated by the illustrator on the title page, with an original ink drawing of a cat in a basket; laid in are a promotional postcard from the publisher and a set of eight stickers depicting scenes from the book. Only a Witch Can Fly won the 2010 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 2009

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 107473

    Signed: Yes

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  16. Pen and Ink Sketches of the Life of a Griffin in India.
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    Pen and Ink Sketches of the Life of a Griffin in India.

    The misadventures of a newly-arrived "Griffin" or young military officer in India in the mid-nineteenth century - drunken sports in the Mess, misunderstandings of local customs, outflankings by native servants, all very good-humoured and self-deprecatory. Similar to Charles D'Oyly's Tom Raw for the earlier part of the century. Charles Talbot Davenport (1848-1919) purchased a lieutenancy in the 83rd (County of Dublin) Regiment of Foot, later the Royal Irish Rifles, in 1867, he retired in 1881 as Paymaster with the rank of Major. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: [c.1870]

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    Stock Code: 107192

    Signed: Yes

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  17. Feiffer's Marriage Manual.
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    Feiffer's Marriage Manual.

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed "To George, leader of the free world - God bless! Jules, 10 - 10 - 68" on the title-page, above an original pen-and-ink caricature by the artist. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1967

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 107006

    Signed: Yes

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  18. A Bloomsbury Evening.
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    A Bloomsbury Evening.

    Atmospheric group portrait of some members of the Hogarth Press and Bloomsbury Group. The sitters include Desmond MacCarthy, Roger Fry, Harcourt Brace, RPK, and Leonard and Virginia Woolf. Richard Kennedy work for a year at age 16 before being fired at the Hogarth Press after he ordered the wrong size of paper for Virginia Woolf's works. This drawing was used for a double page illustration of Kennedy's memoirs ‘A Boy at the Hogarth Press'. Learn More
    £5,000

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    Stock Code: 105273

    Signed: Yes

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    Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor.

    First procurable edition, as the original, published by Country Life in 1939, is of legendary scarcity; as explained on the jacket blurb of the present edition "the original edition of this book was published early in the war but destroyed by enemy action. The artist has coloured the plates for this edition [presumably a reference to the spot colour]". Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1945

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 103786

    Signed: Yes

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  20. The Frontiers of Baluchistan.

    The Frontiers of Baluchistan.

    Travels on the Borders of Persia and Afghanistan. With an Introduction by Col. Sir A. Henry McMahon.
    First edition, a fairly uncommon book, this copy accompanied by an atmospheric original watercolour by Tate, which is reproduced as a plate in the book, captioned "Nad Ali. The delta of Seistan from the Tell of Surhdik". Fascinating account of the author's travels on the borders of Afghanistan and Baluchistan, and into Seistan, as an Extra Assistant Superintendent, Survey of India, employed on the Baluch-Afghan Boundary Mission, 1895-6, and Seistan Arbitration Mission, 1903-5, on the later Tate was in charge of the survey section. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1909

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 102999

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