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  1. The Winnie-the-Pooh Collection

    The Winnie-the-Pooh Collection 2011

    £10

    Catalogue to accompany the exhibition and sale of the most comprehensive collection of Winnie-the-Pooh books and artwork ever assembled. Including more than one hundred items gathered together over twenty years by American football legend Pat McInally, the catalogue describes and illustrates fine examples of all …Read more

  2. The Eton Unicorn.

    The Eton Unicorn. 1923

    £1,250

    All Published. This hitherto unrecorded periodical seems to have its antecedence in the well known school magazine, The Eton Candle, produced by Acton and Howard in their senior years at the college. By the summer of 1923 when this publication was produced the the contributors …Read more

  3. Watership Down.

    Watership Down. 1976

    £2,950

    First illustrated edition, number 118 of 250 specially bound and signed copies, this copy with an original watercolour illustration of two rabbits by Lawrence to first blank. This extremely popular animal story, Adams’s first novel, was initially turned down by all major publishing houses. When …Read more

  4. The Fables.

    The Fables. 1793

    £1,200

    First Stockdale edition of Samuel Croxall’s translation, first published in 1722, “a work of morality and Whiggish politics” (ODNB) which by 1793 had already enjoyed several reprints. The engraved plates are by thirty different engravers; four are unsigned. Bentley mentions that the work was advertised …Read more

  5. Fables of Aesop.

    Fables of Aesop. 1699

    £2,500

    Third edition, extra-illustrated copy, with a complete suite of Francis Barlow’s etchings engraved by Thomas Dudley bound in to face the relevant fables. Though the Barlow plates were first published in 1666, they were first published alongside L’Estrange’s text in the first French language edition …Read more

  6. De re metallica, libri XII:

    De re metallica, libri XII: 1556

    £45,000

    First edition. “The first systematic treatise on mining and metallurgy and one of the first technological books of modern times” (PMM). The book is extensively illustrated with a fine series of almost 300 woodcuts, some signed with the monogram “RMD”, generally attributed to Hans Rudolf …Read more

  7. All You’ve Ever Wanted. And Other Stories.

    All You’ve Ever Wanted. And Other Stories. 1953

    £175

    First edition, first impression of the author’s first book. Read more

  8. More Than You Bargained For. And Other Stories.

    More Than You Bargained For. And Other Stories. 1955

    £200

    First edition, first impression of the author’s second book. Inscribed by Aiken on the front free endpaper, “Best wishes from Joan 18/3/56″. Read more

  9. Votes for Catharine Susan and Me.

    Votes for Catharine Susan and Me. [1910]

    £975

    First edition, first impression of a contemporary negative portrayal of the Suffrage Movement for young girls. The book follows Ainslie’s two wood-doll characters as they join the cause, create mayhem, and end up in jail before deciding that they much prefer to be good girls …Read more

  10. Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

    Les Liaisons Dangereuses. 1929

    £2,750

    One of a limited edition of 1020 numbered copies. Read more

  11. Manon Lescaut.

    Manon Lescaut. 1928

    £275

    Limited edition of 1850 numbered copies of which this one is number 935. Read more

  12. The Birthday of the Infanta. With illustrations by Alastair.

    The Birthday of the Infanta. With illustrations by Alastair. 1928

    £975

    Limited edition, number 87 of 100 copies on Hollande Van Gelder Zonen paper from an edition of 113 copies, eight of which, according to George Robert Minkoff, were probably never printed. This copy differs slightly from Minkoff’s description in that it does not have an …Read more

  13. Time I Was Dead. Pages from My Autobigraphy.

    Time I Was Dead. Pages from My Autobigraphy. 1934

    £500

    First edition, first impression. Signed limited edition. Limited to 100 copies of which this is number 59 signed by Cecil Aldin. Read more

  14. Ratcatcher to Scarlet.

    Ratcatcher to Scarlet. [1926]

    £875

    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. Read more

  15. Travels from India to England;

    Travels from India to England; 1827

    £2,000

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the first blank “with the Author’s respectful compliments”, the recipient’s name effectively erased. Educated at Edinburgh, Glasgow and Sandhurst, Alexander was commissioned in the 1st Madras light cavalry in 1821. “He was made adjutant of the bodyguard by Sir …Read more

  16. The Costume of the Russian Empire,

    The Costume of the Russian Empire, 1803

    £2,250

    First edition, first issue, plates and text watermarked 1796 as called for by Abbey. The preface asserts that “the authenticity of the present work is undoubted”, with good grounds since the plates are reproduced, enlarged, from those in Johann Gottlieb Georgi’s Rußland, published St. Petersburg …Read more

  17. The Amis Story Anthology:

    The Amis Story Anthology:

    £25

    First edition thus, first impression. Read more

  18. The Anti-Death League.

    The Anti-Death League. 1966

    £45

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  19. Fairy Tales of Grimm and Andersen.
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    Fairy Tales of Grimm and Andersen. [c.1935].

    £450

    Later reprint of this collection of classic fairy tales, appealingly illustrated by the Scottish art nouveau illustrator Anne Anderson (1874–1930). Read more

  20. Topsy Turvy’s Pigtales.

    Topsy Turvy’s Pigtales. 1930

    £375

    First edition, first printing. Escapades of a black stocking doll. First title in the series, Topsy Turvy. Read more

  21. The Package. A Mystery.

    The Package. A Mystery. 1971

    £300

    First edition, first printing of the renowned performance artist’s first book. “One day my five-year-old sister asked, ‘Laurie, which of us is dreaming?’ This is what The Package is about” (jacket blurb). A mystery story for children in pictures alone in which “a painting can …Read more

  22. A Voyage Round the World in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. …

    A Voyage Round the World in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. … 1749

    £2,200

    Large paper copy, first published the previous year. Anson was in command of a squadron sent to plunder Spanish trading territories on the Pacific coast of South America during the War of Jenkins’ Ear. His expedition threatened to turn into a military fiasco. His small …Read more

  23. Cosmographicus…

    Cosmographicus… 1533

    £5,500

    First enlarged edition with the addition of the Libellus de locorum describendorum ratione, & de eorum distantiis inveniendis of Gemma Frisius, in which Frisius first described the principle of triangulation for use in surveying. The Cosmographia of Petrus Apianus was one of the most popular …Read more

  24. Memoirs of the Life of the late John Mytton, Esq.

    Memoirs of the Life of the late John Mytton, Esq. 1837

    £600

    Second edition, with eighteen plates (instead of twelve in the first). Read more

  25. Tim and Ginger.

    Tim and Ginger. 1965

    £125

    First Edition First Impression of one of Ardizzone’s famous Tim and Lucy books. Read more

  26. The Little Horse Bus.

    The Little Horse Bus. 1974

    £75

    First Ardizzone edition, first impression. The book was first published in the UK in 1952. Read more

  27. Elfrida and the Pig.

    Elfrida and the Pig. 1959

    £200

    First edition, first impression. Scarce in the dust jacket. Read more

  28. Ding Dong Bell.
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    Ding Dong Bell. 1957

    £225

    First edition, first impression. A lovely copy of this collection of eighty traditional rhymes with their music. Read more

  29. We Hide, You Seek.

    We Hide, You Seek. 1979

    £100

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed with an original drawing by one of the author-illustrators on verso of front free endpaper: “To my friends in Mrs. Alexander’s First Grade Class. Love, Jose Aruego 9/29/84″. A vibrantly illustrated children’s book, this is the seventh collaboration …Read more

  30. Moon Bear.

    Moon Bear. 1978

    £125

    First edition, first printing. The first in the Moon Bear series. Advance review copy with publisher’s review slip loosely inserted. Read more

  31. Mike of Company D.

    Mike of Company D. 1939

    £650

    First edition, first printing. The story of a dog who worked his way into the affections of a US Army Company during the First World War. Both the author and illustrator were with the AEF. Read more

  32. The Princess Elizabeth Gift Book.

    The Princess Elizabeth Gift Book. [1935]

    £120

    Large octavo, pp. 224. Bound in pink and blue cloth, titles to spine and front cover, gilt decoration to front board, pictorial endpapers. Illustrated throughout in black and white and in colour, endpapers by Rex Whistler. Minor robbing and bumping to edges of cover, internally …Read more

  33. Tak-Tak the Dachshund.

    Tak-Tak the Dachshund. 1963

    £100

    First edition in English, first printing, translated from the French by Helen Weaver. A charming picture book of a dog and a kitten. Read more

  34. “Curry & Rice” on Forty Plates;

    “Curry & Rice” on Forty Plates; c.1860

    £500

    Third edition, believed to be two years after the first. Classic images of the Raj by an officer of the Bengal Engineers. “This famous and often reprinted work provides an entertaining glimpse at the life of an English officer in words and pictures. among the …Read more

  35. Smugglers’ Gap.

    Smugglers’ Gap. 1939

    £225

    First edition, first impression of the fourth title in Atkinson’s Lockett children series. Read more

  36. Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

    Mr. Popper’s Penguins. 1938

    £1,250

    First edition, first printing. From the legendary editor, Margaret K. McElderry collection, with a pencil note on front flap in her hand “M. K. McE. for his Majesty H.L.R.” McElderry was known as the “grande dame of children’s publishing.” She became the first …Read more

  37. Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

    Mr. Popper’s Penguins. 1938

    £500

    First edition, first printing. Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a 1939 Newbery Honour title, and the basis for the 2011 film starring Jim Carrey. Read more

  38. The Quadrupeds of North America.

    The Quadrupeds of North America. 1870

    £8,750

    Final edition. Having made his reputation with “The Birds of America”, Audubon began an equally imposing project “The Quadrupeds of North America”. Audubon travelled the entirety of North America, including British and Russian territories, the USA and parts of Mexico collecting specimens to use as …Read more

  39. Troublesome Engines

    Troublesome Engines 1950

    £500

    First edition, first impression. The Rev. Awdry’s fifth book in the Railway Series. With Edward, Gordon, Henry, James and Thomas and the introduction of a new engine, Percy. Read more

  40. James the Red Engine.

    James the Red Engine. [1948]

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression. The Reverend Awdry’s third book in the Railway Series. Read more

  41. Duck and the Diesel Engine.

    Duck and the Diesel Engine. 1958

    £100

    First edition, first impression. Thirteenth of the Rev. Awdry’s railway books. Read more

  42. Tank Engine Thomas Again.

    Tank Engine Thomas Again. [1949]

    £1,000

    First edition, first impression. The Reverend Awdry’s fourth book in the Railway Series. The Three Railway Engines was the first book in the Railway Series, introducing Edward, Gordon and Henry. Thomas the Tank Engine appeared a year later in 1947 and Again in 1949, and …Read more

  43. The Twin Engines.

    The Twin Engines. 1960

    £100

    First edition, first impression. Fifteenth of the Rev. Awdry’s railway books. Read more

  44. Tuck Everlasting.

    Tuck Everlasting. 1975

    £725

    First edition, first printing. Basis for the 2002 film. Story of a young girl who meets a family who has found the fountain of youth and her internal struggles on the debate should she drink from the fountain or remain a mortal. This title is …Read more

  45. The True Philosopher and Other Cat Tales.

    The True Philosopher and Other Cat Tales. 1919

    £250

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Bacon on the front free endpaper “With a great deal of love, to Alice Laughlin, from Peggy Bacon.” An amusing collection of 9 short tales featuring cats. This title was the author’s first book written at the age of …Read more

  46. “National Velvet”. Drawings by Laurian Jones.

    “National Velvet”. Drawings by Laurian Jones. 1935

    £525

    First edition, first impression. Basis for the 1944 film staring Elizabeth Taylor. Read more

  47. Miss Hickory.

    Miss Hickory. 1946

    £300

    First edition. Signed by the author on the half title page, with Julia F. Carter’s illustrated bookplate. Julia F. Carter, was the first full time children’s librarian at the New York Public Library. Miss Carter was also the first national president of the Division …Read more

  48. La Tribu Arc-en-ciel; The Rainbow Children.

    La Tribu Arc-en-ciel; The Rainbow Children. [1957]

    £1,250

    First edition & first edition in English, first impressions. Both copies inscribed by Josephine Baker on the front free endpaper verso, one copy reading “Maman” and the other “Mama”. Written by Baker in collaboration with her then-husband Jo Bouillon, and beautifully illustrated by Piet Worm, …Read more

  1. The Winnie-the-Pooh Collection
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    (A. A. MILNE & E. H.... (A. A. MILNE...

    The Winnie-the-Pooh Collection

    £10

  2. Watership Down.
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    ADAMS, Richard. ADAMS, Richard.

    Watership Down.

    £2,950

  3. The Fables.
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    AESOP. AESOP.

    The Fables.

    £1,200

  4. De re metallica, libri XII:
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    AGRICOLA, Georgius. AGRICOLA, Georgius.

    De re metallica, libri XII:

    £45,000

  5. All You’ve Ever Wanted. And Other Stories.
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    AIKEN, Joan. AIKEN, Joan.

    All You’ve Ever Wanted. And Other Stories.

    £175

  6. More Than You Bargained For. And Other Stories.
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    AIKEN, Joan. AIKEN, Joan.

    More Than You Bargained For. And Other Stories.

    £200

  7. Votes for Catharine Susan and Me.
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    AINSLIE, Kathleen. AINSLIE, Kathleen.

    Votes for Catharine Susan and Me.

    £975

  8. The Birthday of the Infanta. With illustrations by Alastair.
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    (ALASTAIR.) WILDE, Oscar. (ALASTAIR.) WILDE, Oscar.

    The Birthday of the Infanta. With illustrations by Alastair.

    £975

  9. Time I Was Dead. Pages from My Autobigraphy.
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    ALDIN, Cecil. ALDIN, Cecil.

    Time I Was Dead. Pages from My Autobigraphy.

    £500

  10. Ratcatcher to Scarlet.
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    ALDIN, Cecil. ALDIN, Cecil.

    Ratcatcher to Scarlet.

    £875

  11. Travels from India to England;
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    ALEXANDER, James Edward. ALEXANDER, James Edward.

    Travels from India to England;

    £2,000

  12. The Costume of the Russian Empire,
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    ALEXANDER, William. ALEXANDER, William.

    The Costume of the Russian Empire,

    £2,250

  13. The Amis Story Anthology:
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    AMIS, Kingsley. AMIS, Kingsley.

    The Amis Story Anthology:

    £25

  14. The Anti-Death League.
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    AMIS, Kingsley. AMIS, Kingsley.

    The Anti-Death League.

    £45

  15. New Arrival
    Fairy Tales of Grimm and Andersen.
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    (ANDERSON, Anne.) (ANDERSON, Anne.)

    Fairy Tales of Grimm and Andersen.

    £450

  16. Topsy Turvy’s Pigtales.
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    ANDERSON, Bernice G. ANDERSON, Bernice G.

    Topsy Turvy’s Pigtales.

    £375

  17. The Package. A Mystery.
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    ANDERSON, Laurie. ANDERSON, Laurie.

    The Package. A Mystery.

    £300

  18. A Voyage Round the World in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. …
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    ANSON, George. ANSON, George.

    A Voyage Round the World in the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. …

    £2,200

  19. Memoirs of the Life of the late John Mytton, Esq.
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    [APPERLEY, Charles James] [APPERLEY, Charles James]

    Memoirs of the Life of the late John Mytton, Esq.

    £600

  20. Tim and Ginger.
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    ARDIZZONE, Edward. ARDIZZONE, Edward.

    Tim and Ginger.

    £125

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  22. Moon Bear.
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    ASCH, Frank. ASCH, Frank.

    Moon Bear.

    £125

  23. Mike of Company D.
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    ASPDEN, Don. ASPDEN, Don.

    Mike of Company D.

    £650

  24. The Princess Elizabeth Gift Book.
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    ASQUITH, Cynthia, & Eileen Bigland (eds.) ASQUITH, Cynthia, &...

    The Princess Elizabeth Gift Book.

    £120

  25. “Curry & Rice” on Forty Plates;
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    ATKINSON, George Francklin. ATKINSON, George Francklin.

    “Curry & Rice” on Forty Plates;

    £500

  26. Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
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    ATWATER, Richard & Florence. ATWATER, Richard &...

    Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

    £1,250

  27. Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
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    ATWATER, Richard & Florence. ATWATER, Richard &...

    Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

    £500

  28. The Quadrupeds of North America.
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    AUDUBON, John James, & John Bachman. AUDUBON, John James,...

    The Quadrupeds of North America.

    £8,750

  29. Troublesome Engines
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    AWDRY, Wilbert Vere. AWDRY, Wilbert Vere.

    Troublesome Engines

    £500

  30. James the Red Engine.
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    AWDRY, Wilbert Vere. AWDRY, Wilbert Vere.

    James the Red Engine.

    £1,250

  31. Duck and the Diesel Engine.
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    AWDRY, Wilbert Vere. AWDRY, Wilbert Vere.

    Duck and the Diesel Engine.

    £100

  32. Tank Engine Thomas Again.
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    AWDRY, Wilbert Vere. AWDRY, Wilbert Vere.

    Tank Engine Thomas Again.

    £1,000

  33. The Twin Engines.
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    AWDRY, Wilbert Vere. AWDRY, Wilbert Vere.

    The Twin Engines.

    £100

  34. Tuck Everlasting.
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    BABBITT, Natalie. BABBITT, Natalie.

    Tuck Everlasting.

    £725

  35. The True Philosopher and Other Cat Tales.
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    BACON, Peggy. BACON, Peggy.

    The True Philosopher and Other Cat Tales.

    £250

  36. “National Velvet”. Drawings by Laurian Jones.
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    BAGNOLD, Enid. BAGNOLD, Enid.

    “National Velvet”. Drawings by Laurian Jones.

    £525

  37. La Tribu Arc-en-ciel; The Rainbow Children.
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    BAKER, Josephine, & Piet Worm (illustrator). BAKER, Josephine, &...

    La Tribu Arc-en-ciel; The Rainbow Children.

    £1,250

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