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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.

First editions of children's classics, including Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter, J. K. Rowling, A. A. Milne and J. M. Barrie.

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Harry Potter and the Literary Allusions: J. K. Rowling's influences

"Too Fancy and Ingenious": children's books by adult writers

Video: A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh... 1926–27–28

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  1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
    Limited edition of 1,130 copies. Unusually, Rackham did not sign this limited edition, as he was out of the country while it was in preparation. Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 107351

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  2. Shepard 1
    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... Learn More
    £47,500

    Stock Code: 109941

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  3. 72787
    First editions, first impressions. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most influential literary works of the century. Its first reception was mixed: favourable and perceptive reviews from C. S. Lewis and from W. H. Auden, who had attended Tolkien's Oxford lectures, were countered by others who were hostile, sometimes... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 72787

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  4. 116335comp
    Alcina in Venice, worked with Adams in 1979 while he filmed the television documentary, Joan...">

    First edition, third impression (first 1980). Inscribed by Sutherland on the title page, "To Den, best wishes, Joan Sutherland". Sutherland, who became known as "La Stupenda" following her performance of Handel's Alcina in Venice, worked with Adams in 1979 while he filmed the television documentary, Joan... Learn More

    £250

    Stock Code: 116335

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    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,... Learn More
    £30,000

    Stock Code: 109202

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  6. 133100comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the half-title. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 133100

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  7. 133099
    First edition, first impression, of Dahl's collection of poetry about animals. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 133099

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  8. 133097
    First editions, first impressions, of the complete set of Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang stories. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 133097

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  9. 133074
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £500

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  10. 133075
    First edition, first printing, the less common library binding issue. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 133075

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  11. 133072
    First edition, first printing, with the requisite advertisements at rear and the 250/250 price on the front flap. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 133072

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  12. 133073
    First edition, first issue, with the correct advertisements and price of 1.95 on the dust jacket. Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 133073

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  13. 133068
    First edition, first printing, of the final book published in Seuss's lifetime. Learn More
    £475

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  14. 133070
    First edition, first printing, of the final book published in Seuss's lifetime. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 133070

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  15. 133066
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 133066

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  16. 133067
    First edition, first printing, with correct advertisements to jacket. Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 133067

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  17. 133059
    First edition, first printing, with the correct 195/195 price on the front flap. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 133059

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  18. 133063
    First edition, first printing, with the correct 195/195 price on the front flap. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 133063

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  19. 132658detail
    First collected edition of the works of George MacDonald, a mentor of Lewis Carroll and a pioneer in the development of English fantasy writing. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 132658

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  20. 129227
    First edition of this short collection of instructive plays written for the edification of female students.
    Barbara Hofland (d. 1844; previously Hoole, née Wreaks) was one of the most prolific and successful writers for children during the first half of the 19th century, publishing 66 books in addition to various contributions... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 129227

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  21. 128777
    First edition, first impression, in the rare dust jacket. Timlin's only published book, The Ship That Sailed to Mars is a fantastical illustrated gift book that rivalled those of Rackham, Dulac, Goble and Nielsen. The book was published in Britain by George Harrap, who had earlier published Willy Pogany, and they followed... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 128777

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    First edition, first impression, of the second Paddington book; with a book plate signed by the illustrator Peggy Fortnum tipped-in to the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 132917

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  23. 132422comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the occasion of a birthday party, "This book belongs to - Pooh doesn't quite know who - and is a prize for - Pooh doesn't quite know what - at his party March 17th 1928. A. A. Milne", on the front free endpaper. Rarely found inscribed, Winnie-the-Pooh was an immediate... Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 132422

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  24. 131644
    First edition, first printing. Roald Dahl's first book and his only collaboration with Walt Disney, The Gremlins was written as a promotional device for a feature-length Disney animation that was never produced, partly because the studio could not establish firm copyright in the "gremlin" characters (Dahl claimed to have... Learn More
    £1,800

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  25. 118722comp
    First edition, superb presentation copy to a fellow poet, with an original unpublished manuscript poem laid-in. This set is inscribed by Browning in each volume to Frederick Locker-Lampson (1821-1895), the well-connected Victorian poet and bibliophile who was well-acquainted with the likes of Arnold, Carlyle, Dickens, Eliot,... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 118722

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  26. 131355comp
    First edition, first printed, inscribed by the artist on the front free endpaper, "For Emese and Jim, I.", with two drawn hearts, and signed below "Irving Penn". This work pairs a collection of Penn's pencil sketches, drawn between 1939 and 1942, with a fable written by Penn in 1997. Learn More
    £275

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    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory..."> First UK edition, sixth impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Sister Quentin with love Roald Dahl". The recipient is believed to be the headmistress of St Roses School in Stroud, Gloucestershire, at which Dahl and Patricia Neale opened a new facility in 1975. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 129538

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    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Charlotte, J. K. Rowling", with the authentication hologram. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh and final novel of the Harry Potter series. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 123432

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  29. 131886
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of recipes, including Stink Bugs' Eggs, Snozzcumbers, and Bruce Bogtrotter's sensational chocolate cake. Learn More
    £85

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  30. 131097comp
    First edition, first impression, with the author's signature pasted on the title page, "yours sincerely, Richard Adams". Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 131097

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  31. 74406
    Signed copy of the forty-third edition, signed by Milne on the title page. Milne had no particular ambition to write for children, but in 1922 a glimpse of his two-year-old son Christopher being taught to pray by his nanny inspired him to compose the verse "Vespers", a gently ironic take on the innocence of childhood intended... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 74406

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  32. 76687
    First and only edition, one of 5,000 copies printed of this facsimile of the first draft of Alice's Adventures in the author's hand (about 12,700 words compared to more than 26,700 in the published version), with his own illustrations, the later issue with white endpapers, apparently consisting of remainder sheets put into... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 76687

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  33. 132847
    A handsome later edition of Rackham's rendition of the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 132847

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  34. 132686comp
    First deluxe edition, first impression, signed by the author on title page. With the loosely inserted ticket (number 216) from the book reading and signing event held at Glasgow on 9 December 2000. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 132686

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  35. 132488
    First Brock edition, in the publisher's deluxe vellum, and the first edition of the text in this format, amalgamating sections of Irving's Sketch Book (1819) and Bracebridge Hall (1822). Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 132488

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  36. 131391
    First Australian edition, first printing. The Australian edition is distinguished by the presence of advertisements at the rear, the absence of a printer's name on the copyright page, and thicker paper stock. The first printing of the Australian edition was formerly accepted as the third state of the first UK edition, as... Learn More
    £250

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  37. 121961comp
    First edition, second printing with title page erroneously stating "Second Edition". This copy is inscribed by the author's mother, Margaret Isabella Stevenson, "Norman Tennant, with love from M. I. Stevenson May 1886". Tennant's ownership stamp is found below. Margaret was also the subject of a poem in this collection,... Learn More
    £1,750

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  38. 127060
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,750

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  39. 130126
    First edition illustrated by Whistler, first impression. Signed by Whistler on the half title. Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 130126

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    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the half-title. Going Solo continues Dahl's autobiography from his account of his childhood years in Boy, describing his travels in Africa and his experiences in the RAF. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 132527

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  41. 131997
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of verse and stories featuring Christopher Robin. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 131997

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  42. 132025
    A handsomely bound pair of the miniature editions which were first published in this format in 1907. Learn More
    £1,500

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  43. 126253
    First edition of one of Marcet's popular educational stories, this focussed on house-building and mining. Marcet (1769-1858) was one of the earliest authors of popular scientific books. Her most successful work was Conversations on Political Economy (1816) which ran to many editions and exerted considerable influence on... Learn More
    £825

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    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Rhyme Stew is a collection of quirky poetry adapted from traditional nursery tales. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 132325

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  45. 132301
    First edition, first impression, of the 14th Famous Five adventure. Learn More
    £125

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  46. 132299
    First edition, first impression, of the eighth adventure of the Famous Five. Learn More
    £350

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  47. 132300
    First edition, first impression, of the 19th book in the Famous Five series. Learn More
    £125

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  48. 132297
    First edition, first impression, of the seventh adventure of the Famous Five. Learn More
    £500

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  49. 132065detail
    First editions, first impressions. "Taken as a whole, the 12 books are a remarkable testimony to the creativity of J. R. R. Tolkien and the industry and painstaking scholarship of his son Christopher" (George Beahm, The Essential J. R. R. Tolkien Sourcebook, p. 34). Learn More
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  50. 132192comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the dedication page, with the Golden Ticket from the signing session at Hatchards on 17 July 2000 (nine days after publication) loosely inserted. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 132192

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  51. 131292comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the publisher's promotional bookplate, specially issued for this title, as Rowling undertook fewer signings for the Half-Blood Prince than for previous book launches. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 131292

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  52. 122526
    First edition, first impression. This was Roald Dahl's final work written for children, published posthumously. Minpin was the nickname Dahl used for his daughter, Ophelia. Learn More
    £120

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  53. 118211comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "For Harry Zohn, cordially, Cambridge, April 6, 1967". This is the German-born Jewish political theorist's first commercially published book which she began writing in the late 1920s, translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston. It was... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 118211

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  54. 117237comp
    First edition, first printing, inscribed by Graham on the half-title, "Best wishes, Martha Graham". This retrospective of the explosive first decade in the career of dancer Martha Graham (1894-1991) was designed and edited by Merle Armitage and published in an edition of 1,000 copies. Martha Graham has been described as... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 117237

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  55. i1
    First edition, first impression, of Lagerlöf's debut novel, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to her Danish translators Ida Falbe-Hansen and her partner Elisabeth Grundtvig on the front flyleaf of Volume I: "Frkr Falbe Hansen och Grundtvig med tacksamhet och tillgifvenhet, från förf", with their pencil marginalia... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 103054

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  56. 82608
    Inscribed first UK edition, first impression, copy of Kay Boyle's first book to be published in England (originally published in the US by Harcourt, Brace & Co. in the preceding year). The White Horses of Vienna, for which Boyle won the O. Henry Award for best short story of the year, was written while she was living in... Learn More
    £325

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  57. 61763comp
    First trade edition, service de presse copy. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title "Pour Raymond Federman avec amitîé Hélène Cixous". The recipient was French-American novelist, essayist and Beckett critic Raymond Federman (1928-2009), who edited a number of Cixous's critical essays on Beckett.... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 61763

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  58. 128863comp
    First edition, sixth impression, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, "To Susan, with lots of love Jo x JK Rowling". This is a superb association: the recipient, Susan Sladden, was a close friend of Rowling's in Edinburgh who enabled her to finish the Philosopher's Stone by babysitting her daughter Jessica. After... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 128863

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  59. 123909
    First editions. The set comes from the library of the novelist Richard Adams (1920-2016), with his bookplate in both volumes. Adams's 1972 novel Watership Down was one of the most successful, and remains one of the most beloved, children's novels of the 20th century. Adams described Kipling as an enormous influence on his... Learn More
    £4,500

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  60. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy First Editions Books
    First editions, first impressions. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most influential literary works of the century. Its first reception was mixed: favourable and perceptive reviews from C. S. Lewis and from W. H. Auden, who had attended Tolkien's Oxford lectures, were countered by others who were hostile, sometimes... Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 117775

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