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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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  1. 131032
    First edition, first issue, with number line running to 0 as called for. Learn More
    £150

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  2. 131031
    First edition, first issue with orange binding. With a 2.50 price sticker, with a "peel off" request, to the front cover, not noted by Younger and Hirsch. Learn More
    £800

    Stock Code: 131031

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  3. 131029
    First edition, first printing, with the requisite 29 titles and no ISBN code on the rear cover. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 131029

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  4. 130966comp
    Signed limited edition, with a fine initialled original watercolour by Lawrence. Number 240 of 250 specially bound and signed copies of the first illustrated edition of Adams's first novel, signed by both the author and illustrator. This extremely popular animal story was initially turned down by all major publishing houses.... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 130966

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  5. 130050
    Uncorrected proof copy of the first edition of the first book in the Harry Potter series, with the misprint "J. A. Rowling" on the title page, one of 200 such prepublication proof copies. Bloomsbury only issued proof copies for the first three Harry Potter novels: after the Prisoner of Azkaban, anticipation of each new book... Learn More
    £20,000

    Stock Code: 130050

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  6. 121180
    First deluxe editions, first impressions, with a Bloomsbury bookplate signed by the author tipped in to Philosopher's Stone. The deluxe editions, created for the gift market, were issued out of sequence, with the third book, Prisoner of Azkaban, being the first published in this format. It was issued simultaneously with... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 121180

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  7. 120914comp
    First edition, first printing (copyright page signed "A-K", later printings are signed "D-K"), presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To my old antagonist Senator Goldwater from his friend Bob Kennedy". This is a great cross-party association for Bobby Kennedy's first book, which concerns the McLellan Committee's... Learn More
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 120914

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  8. Slovenly Peter.
    Limited edition, number 962 of 1,500 copies, preceding the first trade edition by Harper & Brothers, which was published in the same year. In her foreword Mark Twain's daughter, Clara Clemens, recounts how her father spent three days and three nights translating Struwwelpeter as a Christmas gift for his children while the... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 92163

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  9. 63062comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Nash and Marjorie - with longtime appreciation and highest respects & best wishes, from Eudora, June 1978". Nash Burger was a high school classmate of Welty's who became an editor at the New York Times Book Review. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 63062

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  10. 131030
    First edition, first printing, with the number line running to 0 as called for. Learn More
    £550

    Stock Code: 131030

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  11. 130020
    Deluxe edition, number 456 of 500 copies. This is the one-hundredth edition of Grahame's timeless classic, which was originally published in 1908, with just a frontispiece, by Graham Robertson. Rackham's illustrations for the text first appeared in the Limited Editions Club edition of 1940, and it was the last work he illustrated.... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 130020

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  12. R is for Rocket [with] S is for Space.
    Limited editions, both titles one of 500 numbered trade hardcovers (291 and 406 respectively) from a total edition of 800, each copy additionally signed by Bradbury on the title page, and S is for Space also signed by Tim Powers, who wrote the introduction. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 114513

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  13. Half a Life.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed on the title page by Naipaul to the historian and auctioneer Anthony Hobson: "V. S. Naipaul, for Anthony, 24 October 2001." With Hobson's bookplate to front pastedown and a newspaper clipping from the Sunday Telegraph concerning Half a Life loosely inserted. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 102709

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  14. 130921
    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
    £450

    Stock Code: 130921

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  15. 130909comp
    First UK edition with colour illustrations, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page, striking through his printed name and signing below, as was his usual method. Signed copies of Kipling's major works are notably scarce. Just So Stories was first published in 1902; Gleeson's illustrated edition was first... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 130909

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  16. 130892comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the copyright page, "hello! Michael Rosen, best wishes". Loosely inserted in this copy is a ticket to An Evening with Michael Rosen at the Nottingham Mechanics Institute, dated 8 November 2018. Signed copies of this work are notably scarce. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 130892

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  17. 130594comp
    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: 130594

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  18. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Philip, love Roald Dahl." Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 112959

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  19. The Game of Logic.
    Second (first published) edition. Presentation copy, with an accompanying letter, inscribed by the author "Bessie Badcock, from the Author. Feb. 23, 1894." With the board and original envelope each additionally inscribed, "Bessie Badcock, from L.C." Together with an autograph letter signed ("C. L. Dodgson") to Bessie Badcock... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 108947

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  20. 130825comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 130825

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  21. 130344
    First Detmold edition. This is one of the finest of all illustrated editions of the Arabian Nights and an impressive specimen from the golden age of deluxe illustrated books. It is uncommon to find the book with the original box preserved. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 130344

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  22. 130310
    First edition, first impression, of the first joint appearance of the first two Tootleoo books. The author, the grandson of the naturalist Charles Darwin, collaborated with his wife on children's books, with Bernard providing the text and Elinor the illustrations. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 130310

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  23. 130309
    First edition, first impression, of the first Mr. Tootleoo book. Bernard Darwin (18761961) was the grandson of the naturalist Charles Darwin. He and his wife collaborated on their children's books, with Bernard providing the text, and Elinor the illustrations. With a handwritten note on the publisher's stationery loosely... Learn More
    £325

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  24. 130307
    First edition, first impression, of the second Mr. Tootleoo book. Bernard Darwin (18761961) was the grandson of the naturalist Charles Darwin. He and his wife collaborated on their children's books, with Bernard providing the text, and Elinor the illustrations. Learn More
    £250

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  25. 130304
    First edition, large paper issue, number 113 of 140 copies, handsomely bound. Only the first four of the 12 Fairy books (Blue; Red; Green; and Yellow) were issued in large paper versions alongside the trade bindings of gilt cloth. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 130304

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  26. 130306comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by Elinor Darwin on the front free endpaper: "For Margie & Edie with love from the author & artist. B.D. & Elinor. 1935". Bernard Darwin (18761961) was the grandson of the naturalist Charles Darwin. He and his wife collaborated on their children's books, with... Learn More
    £400

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  27. 130210
    First US edition with Hudson's illustrations, first published in the UK the same year. The British artist and illustrator Gwynedd Hudson (1909-1935) favoured a dark, sombre approach to her illustrations, without the bright colours and whimsical interpretations that characterise most illustrated editions of Alice in Wonderland.... Learn More
    £475

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  28. 130197comp
    Presentation copy from the editor to his brother, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Dr. F. A. E. Barnardo with a Brother's affectionate regards from The Editor Jan. 1876". A good association copy of the annual bound volume of the weekly magazine The Children's Treasury, comprising all 52 issues for 1875. The Irish... Learn More
    £275

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  29. 130183
    First edition, first printing, of the Disney version of the story of Pinocchio, published in anticipation of the animated film that was released the following year. Learn More
    £425

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  30. 130181
    First UK edition, first impression, of the picture book produced by Disney to accompany the film. The US edition was published the same year. Learn More
    £575

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  31. 130163comp
    Signed limited edition, number 7 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 130163

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  32. 130162comp
    Signed limited edition, number 507 of 1,000 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 130162

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  33. 130146
    First edition. Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna (1790-1846) was a prolific writer of novels, children's books and poetry, which she published under the pseudonym Charlotte Elizabeth, initially used to protect her royalties from her estranged first husband George Phelan. Charlotte's writings merged an enthusiastic promotion of women's... Learn More
    £125

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  34. 130034
    First Dulac edition, first impression. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 130034

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  35. 130033
    First US Dulac-illustrated edition, first printing, first published in the UK the same year. Hughey describes Dulac's watercolour illustrations for Treasure Island as his "most careful and superb painting", and Dulac himself considered them his best work. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 130033

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  36. 130032
    First Dulac trade edition, first impression. Hughey describes Dulac's watercolour illustrations for Treasure Island as his "most careful and superb painting", and Dulac himself considered them his best work. Learn More
    £875

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  37. 129978
    First edition, first impression, small paper issue. A scarce title, especially so in the dust jacket. It was largely on the basis of this work that Langley was selected as a screenwriter for The Wizard of Oz (1939). Learn More
    £950

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  38. 129964
    First edition in book form of this monograph on Jack B. Yeats, read at a meeting of the Manchester Literary Club and first printed in The Manchester Quarterly in July 1911. The present text is revised with additions including the illustrations. A scarce title, especially so in such fine condition. Learn More
    £200

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  39. 129962
    First edition, first impression, of Yeats's children's book, scarce in any state, and especially so with the pages unopened and in such fine condition. This is the fifth and final book in the series. Learn More
    £300

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  40. 130569

    Boy.

    London: 1984

    First edition, first impression, of Dahl's autobiographical collection of childhood stories. Learn More
    £125

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  41. 130147
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £385

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  42. Fairy Tales.
    Signed limited edition, one of 525 numbered copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 85633

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  43. 130714
    Deluxe edition, limited to 350 unnumbered copies only. Rubáiyáts with Brangwyn's illustrations were published from 1906 onwards; this edition, the most comprehensive and elaborate, includes seven illustrations by the artist hitherto unpublished. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 130714

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  44. 125111
    First trade edition, deluxe issue binding. Only this work and The Tailor of Gloucester were issued in the present patterned cloth, provided by Beatrix Potter's grandfather's calico printing factory in Manchester, at her request. The art fabric binding, which Potter referred to as "a flowered lavender chintz, very pretty"... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 125111

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  45. 130772comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on a "Good Book Guide" bookplate to the half-title. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 130772

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  46. 130728
    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 decorative blocking to the spine and covers failed to adhere on the first issue binding, with the result that most copies... Learn More
    £1,250

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  47. 130703comp
    Signed limited edition, number 31 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator. The present work gathers classic stories by Hans Christian Andersen, including the Snow Queen and the Tinder Box, all of which provide good subject matter for Kay Nielsen, one of the greatest illustrators of his time. Variant cover designs were issued,... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 130703

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  48. 130697comp
    First Dulac edition in French, number 384 of 400 copies on vélin (wove paper), this copy additionally signed by the artist, though not called for. There were also 300 signed copies on japon. Dulac's illustrations were first used in the English edition of 1909; Dulac personally translated FitzGerald's text for this French... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 130697

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  49. 130023
    First complete Rackham trade edition. Rackham's illustrations for the Grimms' Fairy Tales were first published in 1900; the present edition is revised and expanded to incorporate new illustrations, with other illustrations redrawn and coloured. The present edition is consequently the preferred edition. The trade edition... Learn More
    £1,850

    Stock Code: 130023

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  50. 130725comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Anne Rogers, with best wishes from Mary Norton, March 14th 1948". Loosely inserted is an autograph letter from the author to the recipient's father, A. E. Rogers, a house master at Cheltenham College. The letter discusses... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 130725

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  51. 130673comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by both the author and illustrator on the title page. Donaldson has additionally drawn a speech bubble coming from the printed illustration of McTat, saying "For Margaret!", to which Scheffler has added musical notes. Scheffler has also sketched a small ink drawing of Tabby McTat alongside... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 130673

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  52. 130570
    First edition, first impression, of the eleventh and penultimate of Lang's "Fairy Books". This work contains 29 fairy tales such as "The Green Knight", "The Satin Surgeon", and "The Silent Princess". Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 130570

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  53. 130475
    A handsomely bound set of early editions; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the 67th thousand and Through the Looking-Glass is the 24th thousand. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 130475

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  54. A Life in View.
    First edition, first printing. Signed by Snowdon on the front flyleaf. The monograph showcases the photographer's range and includes his fashion, theatre, and society photographs, portraits, as well as previously unpublished archive material such as polaroids and private correspondence. Curated by Snowdon's youngest daughter... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 96066

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  55. 129557comp
    First and signed limited edition, number 51 of 500 copies signed by the artist. "The exotic stories he illustrated struck a new chord in Dulac. They allowed him to enlarge his skill at caricature, and at the same time to sharpen his miniaturist's technique and to develop his lyrical sense of tone and composition. The sources... Learn More
    £2,200

    Stock Code: 129557

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  56. 130615comp
    First Bull edition, signed limited issue, number 17 of 250 deluxe copies signed by the illustrator. FitzGerald's translation of the Rubáiyát was first published in 1859, anonymously and at his own expense. Initially a failure, the translation was rapidly accepted as a classic of English literature, and became a favourite... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 130615

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  57. The Iron Man. A Story in Five Nights.
    First edition, first impression. 6000 copies printed according to the Sagar & Tabor bibliography. The majority we have seen have come from school libraries and this title is probably the scarcest of Hughes trade editions. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 99583

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  58. 130599
    A highly attractive set of Kipling's two Jungle Books, first published in 1894 and 1895. Kipling's best known work, the Jungle Book was loosely adapted into the 1967 and 2016 Disney movies of the same name. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 130599

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  59. 130595
    First edition, first issue with orange binding. Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 130595

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  60. 130593comp
    First Canadian edition, signed by the author on the half-title. Loosely inserted is a leaflet for the signing at the 21st Annual International Festival of Authors in Toronto, and a signed certificate of authenticity from the administrative director confirming that the book was signed at the event. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 130593

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