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Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books issued in signed limited editions and other deluxe formats for the children's gift book market, with separate plates usually but not always colour-printed, illustrated by Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielson, et al., even though the subject matter may not always be suitable for sensitive children (such as Rackham’s edition of Edgar Allan Poe).

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  1. 129370comp
    First gift edition, signed by both the author and illustrator on the title page, with an original small ink drawing of the mouse by Scheffler alongside his signature. The Gruffalo was first published in 1999 and won the Smarties Book Prize in the same year; copies of the first edition are notably scarce. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 129370

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  2. 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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  3. 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

    Stock Code: 130210

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  4. 130163comp
    Signed limited edition, number 7 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 130163

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  5. 130162comp
    Signed limited edition, number 507 of 1,000 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 130162

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  6. 130034
    First Dulac edition, first impression. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 130034

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  7. 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

    Stock Code: 130032

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 130508
    First trade edition, first impression, in the variant dark red jacket. Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 130508

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  14. 129516
    First Quaritch edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title "Mary Beatrice Blennerhassett with the constant homage of the author July 1901 Edward Heron-Allen"; one of 1,500 copies for UK issue; there were also 500 for the US. Heron-Allen's version, first published the previous year by H. S. Nichols, includes the... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 129516

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  15. 126960
    First edition, deluxe issue, number 1 of 200 copies. Herbert Cole (1867-1930) provided artwork for numerous books in the Edwardian era, with his illustrations showing the influence of Walter Crane, Edward Burne-Jones and the pre-Raphaelites. Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 126960

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  16. 120985
    First editions, large paper issues, extra-illustrated with additional photogravures. Numbers 140 of 160 copies (of which 100 were for sale in the UK and 50 in the US), and 124 of 125 copies (of which 100 were for sale in the UK and 25 in the US), respectively. Both works are printed on handmade paper and feature the photogravures... Learn More
    £1,875

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  17. 111943
    "Nielsen..."> An original watercolour for In Powder and Crinoline, signed and dated "Kay Nielsen 1913" in the lower left corner. Nielsen produced 26 watercolours for In Powder and Crinoline to illustrate seven fairy tales chosen by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. This watercolour illustrates the story, "Felicia or The Pot of Pinks".
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    £50,000

    Stock Code: 111943

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  18. 125707comp
    Signed limited edition, number 448 of 500 copies signed by the artist for sale in Great Britain, Ireland, and the Colonies, with an additional 25 copies reserved for presentation. This was the first of Dickens's works to be illustrated by Rackham. Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 125707

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  19. 118661
    First edition, first printing. This work is generally acknowledged to contain some of Parrish's best illustrations. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 118661

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  20. 117263
    First Cayley Robinson edition, first impression, of Maeterlinck's "fairy play" the Blue Bird, a stunning copy in the gilt-decorated cloth. The first impression of this beautiful illustrated edition is scarce, especially in such condition. Frederick Cayley Robinson (1862-1927) was a member of the New English Art Club and... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 117263

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  21. 123025
    First US trade edition with Rackham's illustrations. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 123025

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  22. 122649comp
    First Kauffer edition, signed limited issue, number 30 of 35 copies signed by Kauffer, printed on T. H. Saunders mould-made paper, and bound in quarter morocco, aside from 500 numbered copies unsigned on normal paper and bound in cloth. This deluxe signed issue is rare, with only two copies recorded at auction in the past... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 122649

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  23. 122880
    First trade edition, first impression. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 122880

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  24. 102018
    A 16 part cut-out nursery frieze by Cora E. M. Paterson who was an English illustrator, graphic designer and poster artist. A beautiful Art Deco set depicting characters and scenes from Peter Pan. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 102018

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  25. 118626comp
    Signed limited edition, number 253 of 380 copies signed by the author and illustrator, who in this work "notably in the line drawings, surpassed himself" (ODNB). An uncommon copy of this richly illustrated work, with only ten copies traced at auction. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 118626

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  26. 117385comp
    Signed limited edition, number 381 of 500 numbered copies signed by the artist. Barrie asked Rackham to illustrate not the play Peter Pan (which remained unpublished until 1928) but make a new book from those chapters from The Little White Bird (1902) that had first introduced the character. Learn More
    £6,000

    Stock Code: 117385

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  27. 117567comp
    Signed limited edition, number 32 of 750 copies signed by the artist. With an advertisement laid in for an exhibition of the original watercolours at the Leicester Galleries, Christmas 1913. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 117567

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  28. Rip Van Winkle.
    Reprint edition using the illustrations from the 1905 printing. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 112931

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  29. Tales of a Traveller.
    £250

    Stock Code: 113215

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  30. A Wonder Book.
    First trade edition, first impression. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 113001

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  31. A Midsummer Night's Dream.
    Deluxe edition, Arthur Rackham's own copy, one of the 37 volumes of The Plays of William Shakespeare published for subscribers by The Limited Editions Club of New York, the edition designed by Bruce Rogers and printed at the Press of A. Colish, New York, in an edition of 1,950 copies, this copy unnumbered but with Rackham's... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 113329

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