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Children's & illustrated rare books from Peter Harrington. First editions, first impressions, original cloths, inscribed and autographed and beautifully bound rare books can all be found by browsing through our extensive catalogue. You can narrow down your search by clicking on a sub-category (left) or using the filter below.

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  1. Mary Poppins.

    Mary Poppins. 1934

    £2,250

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  2. Saint Joan.
    New Arrival

    Saint Joan. 1924

    £450

    First Ricketts edition, one of 750 copies printed on hand-made paper. Read more

  3. On the Banks of Plum Creek.
    New Arrival

    On the Banks of Plum Creek. 1937

    £1,200

    First edition, first printing. The fourth of nine titles in Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie books. This title was a 1938 Newbery Honor title. Read more

  4. Little Brother and Little Sister and Other Tales.
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    Little Brother and Little Sister and Other Tales. 1917

    £2,500

    Signed limited edition. Number 506 of 525 copies signed by the artist. Read more

  5. Complete set of the Jell-O booklets.
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    Complete set of the Jell-O booklets. [1932]

    £575

    Complete set of the four Jell-O promotional booklets. Reprinting four of the titles which first appeared in the Little Wizard Series in 1913, the booklets contain short stories bookended by Jell-O recipes and advertisements. It is highly likely that the booklets were produced to coincide …Read more

  6. I Know a Lot of Things.
    New Arrival

    I Know a Lot of Things. 1956

    £1,500

    First edition, first printing. Between 1956 and 1970, Ann and Paul Rand produced four children’s books together, of which this is the first. Paul Rand (1914–1996) was an American commercial artist who, together with his wife Ann, produced four picture books combining rhythmic verse …Read more

  7. A Song about Tsar Ivan Vasilyevitch, his young body-guard and the valiant merchant Kalashnikov.
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    A Song about Tsar Ivan Vasilyevitch, his young body-guard and the valiant merchant Kalashnikov. 1929

    £675

    First edition thus, number 210 from a strictly limited edition of 750 copies on Maillol hand-made paper, of Lermontov’s poem translated by John Cournos and with decorations and binding designed by Paul Nash. The Nash designs in this Aquila Press production are some of his …Read more

  8. Mike.
    New Arrival

    Mike. 1909

    £2,750

    First edition, first impression. “Each of Wodehouse’s school stories is a superior example of the genre, and still readable; but in his last public-school novel, Mike (1909), something extraordinary happened: Wodehouse, as a writer, moved into a higher and dazzling sphere. In its narrative energy, …Read more

  9. The Uncollected Work.
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    The Uncollected Work. 1925

    £425

    First edition, uniform with The Early Work and The Later Work of Aubrey Beardsley, issued the same year. Read more

  10. The Wind in the Willows.
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    The Wind in the Willows. 1913

    £225

    First illustrated edition, first printing. The book was first published in London in 1908 with only the frontispiece as illustration. It was later illustrated by E. H. Shepard and Arthur Rackham, but Bransom was the first to fully illustrate the book. Read more

  11. The Poems.
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    The Poems. 1900

    £750

    First Robinson-illustrated edition, first impression, of the poems of Edgar Allen Poe, very 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 …Read more

  12. Grimms’ Other Tales.
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    Grimms’ Other Tales. 1956

    £650

    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. Read more

  13. Tales from Shakespeare.
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    Tales from Shakespeare. 1899

    £750

    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), …Read more

  14. Don Juan.
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    Don Juan. 1926

    £350

    First Austen-illustrated edition, first impression, an attractive copy with the very scarce dust jacket, which is hard to find in collectable condition. Read more

  15. Danny. The Champion of the World.

    Danny. The Champion of the World. 1975

    £375

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  16. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.
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    Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. 1940

    £10,000

    First illustrated edition. An excellent association copy, signed by Eliot as Old Possum and inscribed on the front free endpaper to the Tandy family (Geoffrey, Doris “Polly”, and their three children), whose second child Alison was one of the dedicatees: “To the Tandy family from …Read more

  17. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
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    Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. 1972

    £3,750

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To all the children of Mary, with love Roald Dahl.” The recipients were the children of Mary Berry, “an attractive lady” with whom he sometimes played poker in London (Sturrock, …Read more

  18. Winnie-the-Pooh.
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    Winnie-the-Pooh. 1926

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  19. Stories from the Arabian Nights.
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    Stories from the Arabian Nights. 1907

    £3,000

    Signed limited edition, number 309 of 350 copies numbered and signed by the artist. It was this book that first announced Dulac’s status as a popular artist, confirming him as “a direct challenger in the illustrated gift book market to the work of Arthur Rackham. …Read more

  20. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
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    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 1997

    £12,500

    First edition, first impression, with all the requisite points: Bloomsbury imprint, 10-down-to-1 number line, copyright Joanne Rowling, and the repeated “1 wand” on the list of equipment on p. 53. The first and scarcest of the Harry Potter books. Read more

  21. A small archive of Christmas greetings cards and other correspondence.

    A small archive of Christmas greetings cards and other correspondence. 1970s

    £1,350

    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 …Read more

  22. A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 1895

    £250

    First edition thus, Shakespeare’s classic fairy comedy with illustrations and designs by prominent Arts & Crafts figure Robert Anning Bell (1863-1933). Bell’s charming production is quite a scarce edition, especially in nice condition with the original decorated cloth, as here. Read more

  23. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

    The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. [c.1920]

    £150

    Limited edition, copy number 17. One hundred copies of this suppressed chapter from The Wind in the Willows were printed, with Grahame’s permission, by Manning Pike, printer of the 1926 Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Various decorated papers were used for the wrappers. Read more

  24. The Vicar of Wakefield.

    The Vicar of Wakefield. 1929

    £850

    Signed limited edition, number 297 of 575 copies for England signed by Arthur Rackham. Read more

  25. The Vicar of Wakefield.

    The Vicar of Wakefield. 1929.

    £275

    First trade edition, first impression. Read more

  26. Littledom Castle,

    Littledom Castle, 1903

    £65

    First edition, second impression (two months after the first). Read more

  27. Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens

    Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens 1906

    £1,250

    First trade edition, first impression. After the enormous success of the play Peter Pan, which opened on 27 December 1904 and broke all previous theatrical records, Barrie sanctioned this publication, in collaboration with Rackham as illustrator. The text was extracted, with minor revisions, from Barrie’s …Read more

  28. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 1997

    £5,750

    First edition, first impression, paperback issue, one of 5,150 copies. With all the requisite points of first printing: Bloomsbury imprint, 10-down-to-1 number line, and the list of equipment on p. 53 with “1 wand” appearing twice in the list. Read more

  29. Slow Chocolate Autopsy.

    Slow Chocolate Autopsy. 1997

    £88

    First edition, first impression, number 154 of 200 specially bound copies, signed by the author and illustrator. Norton, the hero, travels through London’s underbelly trapped in space but not in time. His adventures include participating in the death of Christopher Marlowe and the Ripper murders, …Read more

  30. The Vicar of Wakefield.

    The Vicar of Wakefield. 1929

    £575

    First trade edition, first impression. Read more

  31. The Snowman.

    The Snowman. 1978

    £150

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  32. George’s Marvellous Medicine.

    George’s Marvellous Medicine. 1981

    £650

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  33. The BFG.

    The BFG. 1982

    £4,750

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author and illustrator on the front free endpaper, dated 1982, the year of publication. Though unmarked as such, it is from the library of Dahl’s literary agent Laurence Pollinger. His son, Edmund Pollinger, was Dahl’s godson and one …Read more

  34. The Treasure Book of Best Stories.

    The Treasure Book of Best Stories. 1933

    £225

    First edition, first printing, beautifully illustrated by Fern Bisel Peat; very uncommon in the dust jacket. Read more

  35. Voyages.

    Voyages. 1957

    £200

    First and limited edition, first printing, number 125 of 975 copies. It was honoured as one of the “Fifty Books of the Year 1957” by the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Read more

  36. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse.

    The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse. 1918

    £2,000

    First edition, first impression, with the dropped “N” from London on the imprint. Read more

  37. Shrek!

    Shrek! 1990

    £250

    First edition, first printing, of the source book for one of the most popular films of recent decades. Read more

  38. Jack and Nancy.

    Jack and Nancy. 1969

    £250

    First edition, first printing, of Quentin Blake’s second book. Read more

  39. The Enormous Crocodile.

    The Enormous Crocodile. 1978

    £500

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  40. Fantastic Mr Fox.

    Fantastic Mr Fox. 1970

    £750

    First UK edition, first impression. From the library of publisher Rayner Unwin, son of Sir Stanley Unwin (the founder of George Allen and Unwin Ltd), though unmarked as such. The US edition was published earlier the same year. Read more

  41. Now We Are Six.

    Now We Are Six. 1927

    £375

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  42. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

    Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. 1972

    £150

    First edition, first printing. Read more

  43. The Wizard of Oz.

    The Wizard of Oz. [1939]

    £1,150

    First UK film tie-in edition, first impression ,the first film edition having been published in the US in the same year. A beautiful copy including eight colour illustrations from film stills. Read more

  44. The Compleat Angler,

    The Compleat Angler, 1931

    £750

    Number 114 of 775 copies signed by the artist. Read more

  45. The Vicar of Wakefield.

    The Vicar of Wakefield. 1929

    £1,000

    Number 490 of 575 copies for England signed by Arthur Rackham. Read more

  46. Peer Gynt.

    Peer Gynt. 1936

    £875

    Number 337 of 450 copies signed by Rackham. Read more

  47. The Secret Garden.

    The Secret Garden. 2010

    £350

    Limited edition, 467 of 1000 copies printed. A special edition produced to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Puffin Books. Read more

  48. Japan: a Record in Colour.

    Japan: a Record in Colour. 1905

    £750

    A beautifully bound copy. The Australian-born Mortimer Menpes was one of Whistler’s pupils and strongly influenced by him to study Japanese art. Modern Japanese critics have objected that, like Whistler, Menpes did not understand Japanese painting techniques and merely imported trappings of Japanese art into …Read more

  1. Mary Poppins.
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    TRAVERS, P. L. TRAVERS, P. L.

    Mary Poppins.

    £2,250

  2. New Arrival
  3. New Arrival
    On the Banks of Plum Creek.
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    WILDER, Laura Ingalls. WILDER, Laura Ingalls.

    On the Banks of Plum Creek.

    £1,200

  4. New Arrival
    Little Brother and Little Sister and Other Tales.
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    (RACKHAM, Arthur.) GRIMM, [Jacob & Wilhelm]. (RACKHAM, Arthur.) GRIMM,...

    Little Brother and Little Sister and Other Tales.

    £2,500

  5. New Arrival
    Complete set of the Jell-O booklets.
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    BAUM, Frank L. BAUM, Frank L.

    Complete set of the Jell-O booklets.

    £575

  6. New Arrival
    I Know a Lot of Things.
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    RAND, Ann & Paul. RAND, Ann &...

    I Know a Lot of Things.

    £1,500

  7. New Arrival
    A Song about Tsar Ivan Vasilyevitch, his young body-guard and the valiant merchant Kalashnikov.
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    LERMONTOV, Mikhail Yurievitch; trans. John Cournos. LERMONTOV, Mikhail Yurievitch;...

    A Song about Tsar Ivan Vasilyevitch, his young body-guard and the valiant merchant Kalashnikov.

    £675

  8. New Arrival
  9. New Arrival
    The Uncollected Work.
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    BEARDSLEY, Aubrey. BEARDSLEY, Aubrey.

    The Uncollected Work.

    £425

  10. New Arrival
    The Wind in the Willows.
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    GRAHAME, Kenneth. GRAHAME, Kenneth.

    The Wind in the Willows.

    £225

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  12. New Arrival
    Grimms’ Other Tales.
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    GRIMM, Jakob & Wilhelm. GRIMM, Jakob &...

    Grimms’ Other Tales.

    £650

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  15. Danny. The Champion of the World.
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    DAHL, Roald. DAHL, Roald.

    Danny. The Champion of the World.

    £375

  16. New Arrival
    Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.
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    ELIOT, T. S. ELIOT, T. S.

    Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

    £10,000

  17. New Arrival
    Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
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    DAHL, Roald. DAHL, Roald.

    Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

    £3,750

  18. New Arrival
    Winnie-the-Pooh.
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    MILNE, A. A. MILNE, A. A.

    Winnie-the-Pooh.

    £1,250

  19. New Arrival
    Stories from the Arabian Nights.
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    (DULAC, Edmund.) HOUSMAN, Laurence. (DULAC, Edmund.) HOUSMAN,...

    Stories from the Arabian Nights.

    £3,000

  20. New Arrival
    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
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    ROWLING, J. K. ROWLING, J. K.

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

    £12,500

  21. A small archive of Christmas greetings cards and other correspondence.
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    DUVOISIN, Roger. DUVOISIN, Roger.

    A small archive of Christmas greetings cards and other correspondence.

    £1,350

  22. Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens
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    (RACKHAM, Arthur.) BARRIE, J. M. (RACKHAM, Arthur.) BARRIE,...

    Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens

    £1,250

  23. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
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    ROWLING, J. K. ROWLING, J. K.

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

    £5,750

  24. Slow Chocolate Autopsy.
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    SINCLAIR, Iain. SINCLAIR, Iain.

    Slow Chocolate Autopsy.

    £88

  25. George’s Marvellous Medicine.
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    DAHL, Roald. DAHL, Roald.

    George’s Marvellous Medicine.

    £650

  26. The BFG.
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    DAHL, Roald. DAHL, Roald.

    The BFG.

    £4,750

  27. The Treasure Book of Best Stories.
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    PEAT, Fern Bisel. PEAT, Fern Bisel.

    The Treasure Book of Best Stories.

    £225

  28. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse.
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    POTTER, Beatrix. POTTER, Beatrix.

    The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse.

    £2,000

  29. Jack and Nancy.
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    BLAKE, Quentin. BLAKE, Quentin.

    Jack and Nancy.

    £250

  30. The Enormous Crocodile.
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    DAHL, Roald. DAHL, Roald.

    The Enormous Crocodile.

    £500

  31. Fantastic Mr Fox.
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    DAHL, Roald. DAHL, Roald.

    Fantastic Mr Fox.

    £750

  32. Now We Are Six.
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    MILNE, A. A. MILNE, A. A.

    Now We Are Six.

    £375

  33. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
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    DAHL, Roald. DAHL, Roald.

    Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

    £150

  34. The Wizard of Oz.
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    BAUM, L. Frank. BAUM, L. Frank.

    The Wizard of Oz.

    £1,150

  35. Japan: a Record in Colour.
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    MENPES, Mortimer & Dorothy. MENPES, Mortimer &...

    Japan: a Record in Colour.

    £750

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