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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. 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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  2. 117775
    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

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  3. 91617
    First editions, first impressions, the Return of the King in third state with the signature mark "4" and the sagging line of type on p. 49 (previously identified by Hammond as first state). The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most influential literary works of the century. Its first reception was mixed: favourable... Learn More
    £12,500

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  4. 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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  5. 131772
    First edition, one of three indistinguishable printings. This compilation of rhymes was a sequel of sorts to Appley Dapply (1917), and was the last book of the series issued in the small format. In this work Beatrix Potter used earlier paintings she had made of her neighbour's guinea pigs for the illustrations on pages 45... Learn More
    £500

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  6. 128683comp
    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
    £5,000

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  7. 127060
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,750

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 131638
    First edition, first impression, of the fourth Winnie-the-Pooh book, in which Tigger makes his first appearance. Learn More
    £450

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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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
    £95

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  15. 132034
    First edition, first impression of the fourth Paddington Bear book. Learn More
    £500

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  16. 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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  17. 112478
    First edition of Through the Looking-Glass, tenth thousand of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £4,850

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  18. 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
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 79408

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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. [The Pooh books:]
    First editions, first impressions, of the four Pooh books; When We Were Very Young in the second state, with the page number ix present in the preliminaries. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 96371

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  24. 131889
    First edition, first impression. 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
    £85

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  25. 124768comp
    Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Beatrix Potter, Christmas 1941". Though unmarked as such, this copy was originally owned by Margaret Coward, a child who lived at Broomriggs Cottage in Near Sawrey, less than a mile from the author's Lake District home, Hill Top Farm. Potter bought the working farm in 1905 and... Learn More
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  26. 118558
    First US edition in this format, first printing; Doran had also published a large format edition in 1914. The richness of the Danish Nielsen's colour images for this lavish illustrated book of Norse pagan mythology was achieved by a four-colour process, in contrast to many of the illustrations prepared by his contemporaries,... Learn More
    £1,250

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  27. 117111
    First edition, first impression, with "muffatees" ("muffetees" in the second impression onward) and "we" in Roman type (italics in the second impression onward) on page 15. The regular trade binding of the first impression was either grey or tan paper boards, with no priority between them. Learn More
    £2,000

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  28. .
    First English trade edition. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 111588

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  29. 98310
    First edition, this copy has a Christmas gift inscription verso of the front free endpaper dated 1894, the year ascribed by BL. Uncommon, just 11 copies on OCLC, Copac adds another at Cambridge. A very well-preserved example of this inevitably fragile juvenile - the on-line image of the University of Virginia copy shows... Learn More
    £250

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  30. 131030
    First edition, first printing, with the number line running to 0 as called for. Learn More
    £550

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  31. 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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  32. 127442comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Joanne, with love, Roald Dahl, 1976". This work was the basis for the 1989 film of the same title starring Jeremy Irons, with his son Samuel in the title role. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 127442

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  33. 124709comp
    First trade edition, first impression, signed by Rackham on the half-title, together with an autograph letter signed from Rackham dated 25 August 1936. In it, Rackham undertakes to sign the book in exchange for a 5/- fee, and writes "I'm very interested that you should like the 'Poe' the best. I always like to think my latest... Learn More
    £2,250

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  34. 113861
    A lovely copy of Carroll's classic novels, with all the original illustrations by Tenniel. Learn More
    £750

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  35. 115186
    First edition, first impression. Winner of the Whitbread Award for Children's Novel in 1983, the book was adapted into a stage play and a two-part radio dramatization for the BBC, a 1990 movie directed by Nicolas Roeg which starred Anjelica Huston and Rowan Atkinson, and an opera by Marcus Paus and Ole Paus. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 115186

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  36. The Coral Island:
    First Edition, first issue (with frontispiece contiguous with title page, gilt illustrated roundel on front cover and shark-attack plate at p. 76), in the less common rose-pink cloth (copies are more commonly encountered in blue cloth). Ballantyne wrote children's stories based on his experiences in Canada as a young man... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 105863

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  37. 102175comp
    Signed limited edition, number 340 of 525 copies signed by the artist, with the extra plate that is often missing ("He Hurried Away with Long Strides") also signed by the artist bound in at the back. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 102175

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  38. Uncle and His Detective.
    First edition. The fourth of the Uncle books and one of the scarcer titles, particularly in such nice condition. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 47793

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  39. 130645
    First edition. As with the first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass was published for the Christmas market but bears the following year's date in its imprint. It was actually published in December 1871, in an edition of 9,000 copies. Learn More
    £4,250

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  40. 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
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 88213

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  41. 127698comp
    First published edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to one of his child-friends on the half-title, "Ella Chlora Williams from the author", together with three letters from the author mounted on the third, fourth, and fifth blanks. Ella Chlora Faithfull Bickersteth (née Monier-Williams, 1859-1954) was the... Learn More
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  42. 123208comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author in blue ink on the front free endpaper, "To Andrew, Heidi & Matthew, with love, Roald Dahl. 15 Dec. 1980". Learn More
    £3,500

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  43. 131645
    First UK edition, first impression, following the US edition of 1964, illustrated by Joseph Schindelman. Learn More
    £675

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  44. 131200
    First edition of this allegorical "Suit of Armour" produced for the edification of Britain's youth and an early example of the unfortunately named "toilet book" - a type of "moveable" book with flaps that could be lifted, for which there was a vogue in the 1820s. The first of these was The Toilet (1820), which focused on... Learn More
    £1,250

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  45. Owl At Home.
    First edition, first printing. Part of the I Can Read series for beginner readers. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 101130

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  46. Uncle Cleans Up.
    First edition. The second of the Uncle books. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 47796

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  47. Uncle and His Detective.
    First edition, first impresssion. The fourth of the Uncle books and one of the scarcer titles, particularly in such nice condition as this. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 78010

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  48. The Wanderings of Mumfie.
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed,"For Mrs Macdonald, with love and gratitude for her extreme kindness to me. Katherine Tozer." Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 79399

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  49. 107428
    First edition, first printing. "The Golden Book of Cinderella was illustrated by Retta Scott Worcester, one of the few women who reached positions of importance in the male-dominated world of animation. She animated the hunting dogs that attack Faline in Bambi, and brought a strong personal style to the illustrations. Up... Learn More
    £750

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  50. 131195
    First edition, first printing, with the requisite two lines on the bottom of the front cover and nine titles on the verso of the half-title, in the first state dust jacket with "beautiful one dollar books for children" on the rear panel. Though the fairy tale can be traced back to 1906, and was first printed under this title... Learn More
    £2,000

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  51. 131004comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. This is Walliams's first book. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 131004

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  52. 130903comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the half-title, and dated 8 July 2000, the day of publication. This copy was won as a prize in a competition, and is accompanied by a hand-written note dated 11 July 2000, presenting the book to the winner. Learn More
    £2,000

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  53. 131128comp
    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
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  54. 131124
    First edition, first printing. Davis was an active journalist, author, and proponent of American masculinity. He was a close friend of Theodore Roosevelt's and helped create the legend surrounding the Rough Riders, of which he was made an honorary member. He was the model for illustrator Charles Dana Gibson's dashing "Gibson... Learn More
    £750

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  55. 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

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  56. 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

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  57. 131032
    First edition, first issue, with number line running to 0 as called for. Learn More
    £150

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  58. 131029
    First edition, first printing, with the requisite 29 titles and no ISBN code on the rear cover. Learn More
    £500

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  59. 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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  60. 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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