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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. 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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    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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  5. 133100comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the half-title. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 133100

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  6. 133099
    First edition, first impression, of Dahl's collection of poetry about animals. Learn More
    £125

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  7. 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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  8. 133074
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £500

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  9. 133075
    First edition, first printing, the less common library binding issue. Learn More
    £500

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  10. 133072
    First edition, first printing, with the requisite advertisements at rear and the 250/250 price on the front flap. Learn More
    £750

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  11. 133073
    First edition, first issue, with the correct advertisements and price of 1.95 on the dust jacket. Learn More
    £400

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  12. 133068
    First edition, first printing, of the final book published in Seuss's lifetime. Learn More
    £475

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  13. 133070
    First edition, first printing, of the final book published in Seuss's lifetime. Learn More
    £300

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  14. 133066
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £975

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  15. 133067
    First edition, first printing, with correct advertisements to jacket. Learn More
    £600

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  16. 133059
    First edition, first printing, with the correct 195/195 price on the front flap. Learn More
    £1,000

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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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

    Stock Code: 131644

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  24. 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

    Stock Code: 131355

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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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  26. 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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  27. 131097comp
    First edition, first impression, with the author's signature pasted on the title page, "yours sincerely, Richard Adams". Learn More
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  28. 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
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    Stock Code: 74406

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  29. 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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    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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  31. 127060
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,750

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  32. 130126
    First edition illustrated by Whistler, first impression. Signed by Whistler on the half title. Learn More
    £950

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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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  38. 132301
    First edition, first impression, of the 14th Famous Five adventure. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 132301

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  39. 132299
    First edition, first impression, of the eighth adventure of the Famous Five. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 132299

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  40. 132300
    First edition, first impression, of the 19th book in the Famous Five series. Learn More
    £125

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  41. 132297
    First edition, first impression, of the seventh adventure of the Famous Five. Learn More
    £500

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  42. 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
    £4,500

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  43. 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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  44. 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
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  45. 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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  46. 121937
    First edition, first impression. The Vicar of Nibbleswicke was written in the last days of Roald Dahl's life for the benefit of the Dyslexia Institute, with a dyslexic protagonist. Both Dahl and Blake donated their rights to the book to the institute. Learn More
    £125

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    First US edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the first blank, "Yours sincerely, J. M. Barrie", together with a letter tipped in to the front free endpaper relating to the circumstance of the signing. The letter agreeing to arrange for the inscription, dated 21 April 1927, is signed "C. Greene (For Sir James... Learn More
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  48. 112672
    Nineteenth impression, in the publisher's extra-deluxe green morocco. This binding was produced in very small numbers following the success of the deluxe calf editions. 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... Learn More
    £350

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  49. 94954comp
    Signed limited edition, number 890 of 1,030 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 94954

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  50. 132033
    First edition, first impression, of the second Famous Five adventure, following Five on a Treasure Island (1942). Learn More
    £1,500

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  51. The Adventures of Superman.
    First edition, first printing. This book is the first novelization of a comic book character, and also the first Superman story credited to someone other than Jerry Siegel. It was Lowther who first provided many now-familiar details of Superman's birth and early life. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 106858

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  52. 132046
    The other tracts in the volume are:
    HALL, David. An Epistle to Friends in Great-Britain, or elsewhere, containing Advice and Consolation, particularly address'd to those who are under Tribulation..."> First edition of this tract for Quaker children. A variant gives the initials of the author, "J.J.", following "A Lover of Truth."
    The other tracts in the volume are:
    HALL, David. An Epistle to Friends in Great-Britain, or elsewhere, containing Advice and Consolation, particularly address'd to those who are under Tribulation... Learn More
    £950

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  53. 63364
    Early printing of this charming example of Barker's illustrations, in which the fairies help a young girl support her mother through the provision of necklaces. Whilst Barker "was a devotee of the Pre-Raphaelites, particularly Edward Burne-Jones, and her work owes a debt to Beatrix Potter and Kate Greenaway" she nevertheless... Learn More
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  54. 132034
    First edition, first impression of the fourth Paddington Bear book. Learn More
    £500

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  55. Mother Goose. The Old Nursery Rhymes.
    First American edition, first impression, published October 1913, probably simultaneously to the London edition. The American edition is a substantially different book from the London edition, entirely reset, with a larger page size and the contents expanded from 162 to 279 rhymes. The colour plates are the same large size... Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 113097

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  56. 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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  57. 79408comp
    First deluxe edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, "To Mark, Happy 8th Birthday! With love from, Jo, (J. K. Rowling) (but really from Thomas, Daragh, Catriona, Deidre & Gerry!)". This title was the first of the deluxe editions to be published, and was issued simultaneously with the first... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 79408

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  58. 117687
    First edition of the popular educationist's biblical guide for children, published posthumously as the sequel to her identically titled book for the Old Testament. While educating her own children, Trimmer (1741-1810) became aware of the need for texts for children which would provide interesting as well as proper moral... Learn More
    £400

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  59. 108078
    First edition, first impression. With the original endpapers bound in. Following the success of When We Were Very Young Milne began planning a second book of poetry for children. In a January 1926 letter to his brother Ken he included it as number one in a list of "things which ought to be done": "A book of verses (about... Learn More
    £1,750

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  60. The Tale of Driver Grope.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by Steadman on the title page. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 103765

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