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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; that is, stories, books, magazines, and poems that were intended for or have been enjoyed by children, including illustrated books where the illustrations are integrated in the text.

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  1. 130717
    First edition in the scarce jacket, only listing books published prior to 1910 and with the price of 1/- on the spine panel. The first two impressions of this work are indistinguishable. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 130717

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  2. 130256
    Alice Pleasance Hargreaves's (née Liddell) copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, inscribed the year before her death, with her ownership inscription to the half-title, "Alice P Hargreaves 1933", and her pencil annotation to the title page noting that the illustrations are "by Blanche McManus". Dodgson famously entertained... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 130256

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  3. 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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  4. 131032
    First edition, first issue, with number line running to 0 as called for. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 131032

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  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. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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

    Stock Code: 130309

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  16. 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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  17. 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

    Stock Code: 130306

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  18. 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

    Stock Code: 130197

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  19. 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

    Stock Code: 130183

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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 130569

    Boy.

    London: 1984

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

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  26. 130147
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £385

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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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

    Stock Code: 130728

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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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

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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 130595
    First edition, first issue with orange binding. Learn More
    £950

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  40. 130591
    First edition, first impression. Dahl's fantastical tale was expanded from a short story within his 1975 book Danny, the Champion of the World. A film adaptation, directed by Steven Spielberg, was released in 2016. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 130591

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  41. 130584

    The Lorax.

    New York: 1971

    First edition, first issue with the three lines of copyright and highlighted yellow panel to back cover. Seuss's environmentalist fable was adapted into a computer animated film in 2012, starring Danny DeVito, Taylor Swift, Betty White and Zac Efron. Learn More
    £750

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  42. 130587
    First edition, first printing. The US edition preceded the UK edition, published the same year. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 130587

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  43. 130583

    The Lorax.

    New York: 1971

    First edition, first issue with the three lines of copyright and highlighted yellow panel to back cover. Seuss's environmentalist fable was adapted into a computer animated film in 2012, starring Danny DeVito, Taylor Swift, Betty White and Zac Efron. Learn More
    £750

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  44. 130579
    First edition, first printing. Horton Hears a Who saw the second appearance of Horton, following Horton Hatches the Egg in 1940, and marks the first appearance of the Whos, who would reappear in How the Grinch Stole Christmas in 1957. A film adaptation was produced in 2008, starring Jim Carrey as the voice of Horton. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 130579

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  45. 112478
    First edition of Through the Looking-Glass, tenth thousand of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £4,850

    Stock Code: 112478

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  46. 130553
    First edition. The stories of the Jungle Book appeared in periodicals in 1893 to 1894 prior to being published in book form in a print run of 7,000 copies. It is Kipling's best known work, and was loosely adapted into the 1967 and 2016 Disney films of the same name. Learn More
    £1,650

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  47. 130504
    First edition, first impression, of the second book in the Chronicles of Narnia. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 130504

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  48. 130483
    First trade edition in a richly decorated binding. Nielsen's illustrated edition was only released in a trade issue in the US; in the UK the work was only released in limited edition of 600 copies, also in 1925. One of the finest illustrated editions of the Brothers Grimm; "Nielsen is a brilliant colourist and a highly decorative... Learn More
    £1,250

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  49. 130102

    Dream Days.

    New York & London: 1899

    The Reluctant Dragon, which..."> First US edition. This copy is from the library of prominent American author and humanist Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), with her ownership inscription, "Gilman", to the front free endpaper. A lovely association copy between two disparate yet key writers of the period; Grahame's The Reluctant Dragon, which... Learn More
    £2,750

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  50. 127823
    First edition of this collection of children's tales, including the titular work, an early fairy story. A rare work, with just three copies listed on Copac (BL, Cambridge, St Andrews); OCLC adds a further 12 (all bar one in North American libraries). Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 127823

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  51. 130332
    First edition, limited issue, number 137 of 550 copies on handmade paper. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 130332

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  52. 130269
    An attractively bound set of the four Winnie-the-Pooh books. The first in the series, When We Were Very Young, was originally published in 1924, followed by Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926, and Now We Are Six in 1927. The final work in the series, The House at Pooh Corner, was published in 1928.... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 130269

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  53. 124576comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. This work is the 23rd book of Awdry's Railway Series. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 124576

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  54. 130263comp
    First edition, first impression, with the author's signature pasted on the front free endpaper. The signature appears to be from a typed letter. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 130263

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  55. 130169
    A handsomely bound set in the deluxe publisher's binding, comprising the twentieth, ninth, fifth, and third editions respectively. Learn More
    £1,800

    Stock Code: 130169

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  56. 118305
    First edition, first issue, deluxe issue in art fabric. With 1903 to the title page and the single page endpapers occurring four times, and the variant frontispiece: the illustration used for the pictorial label on the front cover of the trade edition. Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 118305

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  57. 110662
    Deluxe edition, number 323 of 500 copies. This 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
    £4,250

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  58. 129333comp
    First trade edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the illustrator to his brother- and sister-in-law, with an original ink drawing on the half-title, "To William & May, with best wishes from Arthur & Edyth, Christmas. 09". William Joseph Myles Starkie (1860-1920), a Greek scholar and last Resident Commissioner... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 129333

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