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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. 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
    £75,000

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  2. 134136
    First UK edition, first impression, handsomely bound. Learn More
    £500

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  3. 134093
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £500

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  4. 134091
    First edition, first printing. The US edition preceded the UK edition, published the same year. Learn More
    £600

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  5. 134007comp
    First gift edition, signed by both the author and illustrator on the title page, with an original small ink drawing of the Gruffalo's Child by Scheffler alongside his signature. The Gruffalo's Child was first published in September 2004. With a certificate from Hatchards bookshop confirming that only 500 copies were signed.... Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 134007

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  6. 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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  7. 108553
    First edition, first printing; copies in the dust jacket are notably uncommon. Winner of the Young Reader's Choice Award for 1944, this was the first in the long-running series of Black Stallion books, "which have charmed young readers for nearly 50 years... and won Farley international acclaim. More than 12 million copies...... Learn More
    £6,000

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  8. 133616
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,500

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  9. 131032
    First edition, first issue, with number line running to 0 as called for. Learn More
    £150

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  10. 130504
    First edition, first impression, of the second book in the Chronicles of Narnia. Learn More
    £2,250

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  11. 133609
    First edition, first impression. Milne began planning his final Pooh book in 1927. Three years of intense publicity were taking their toll on the family, and Milne longed to return full-time to adult literature, telling his brother that "after one more Pooh book I must think of something else. In fact, it's time I tried... Learn More
    £1,875

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  12. 133611
    First edition, first impression. After the huge success of When We Were Very Young, first published on 6 November 1924, Milne was asked to contribute a story to the London Evening News. "The Wrong Sort of Bees", published on Christmas Eve 1925, was based on a bedtime story that Milne had told his son Christopher. It starred... Learn More
    £2,950

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  13. 133605
    First editions. The two Jungle Books were collections of stories which had previously appeared in periodicals prior to their publication in the present book-form. The stories were loosely adapted into the 1967 and 2016 Disney movies of the same name, which have helped to establish the books as Kipling's best-known prose... Learn More
    £4,750

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  14. 133598
    First edition. The first two printings are believed to be identical; issued in both green and brown paper-covered boards without priority. Uncommon in such nice condition. Learn More
    £1,250

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  15. 133599
    First edition. There were two impressions of the first edition in 1911, the first published in October, the second in November. They are textually indistinguishable, although the Christmas inscription perhaps indicates the latter. The impressions were issued in both dark green and brown cloth, without priority. Learn More
    £500

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  16. 133597
    First edition, one of two indistinguishable printings of July and October 1909. The notice-board that appears in the illustration on p. 14 reads "Peter Rabbit & Mother - Florists - Gardens neatly razed. Borders devastated by the night or year"; this was replaced from the third impression onwards to avoid difficulty for foreign... Learn More
    £950

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  17. 131200
    First edition of this allegorical "Suit of Armour" produced for the edification of Britain's youth and an early example of this 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 the toilet articles from a lady's dressing-table,... Learn More
    £1,250

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  18. 113178comp
    Deluxe edition, number 78 of 105 copies signed by the author. Unlike many of Rackham's deluxe editions this one was not signed by him, nor was it issued in the UK in a deluxe version. This is the rarest of all Rackham limited editions. Learn More
    £6,750

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  19. 124602
    First edition, first impression. Milne began planning his final Pooh book in 1927. Three years of intense publicity were taking their toll on the family, and Milne longed to return full-time to adult literature, telling his brother that "after one more Pooh book I must think of something else. In fact, it's time I tried... Learn More
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  20. 128691
    First edition of this landmark work, "the first book with original work printed in colour expressly designed for the original text" (Muir, p. 158). A Chronicle of England demonstrates "colour printing at its best, the colours fresh as if they had just been painted, the typography clear and beautiful" (Slythe, p. 28). Indeed,... Learn More
    £1,850

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  21. 36719
    First edition, first impression. No. 71 of 100 copies. Signed by Walt Disney on the title page and by the animators Fred Moore, Ward Kimball, Paul J. Smith, Al Parke, John Hurley, Ed Penner, Norm Ferguson and Ted Sears.
    Al Park has also inscribed on the front free endpaper "This book was produced to establish interstate... Learn More
    £7,500

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  22. 133097
    First editions, first impressions, of the complete set of Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang stories. Learn More
    £1,250

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  23. 133183comp
    First edition, first impression, quite scarce, and this copy signed by Morpurgo on the title page with his customary flourish. This celebrated novel was adapted into a hugely successful play and a Steven Spielberg film. Learn More
    £2,500

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  24. 133220comp
    First edition, first printing, first issue, inscribed by the author on the half-title: "For Janet Anderson Maurice Sendak 4/15/82". With the ticket for a book signing at Newcomb Hall Bookstore at the University of Virginia loosely inserted, signed by Anderson on the back; Janet Anderson served as a book designer at the University... Learn More
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  25. 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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  26. 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

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  27. 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
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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

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  29. 133100comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the half-title. Learn More
    £1,000

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  30. 133099
    First edition, first impression, of Dahl's collection of poetry about animals. Learn More
    £125

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  31. 133075
    First edition, first printing, the less common library binding issue. Learn More
    £500

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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 133066
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
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  35. 133067
    First edition, first printing, with correct advertisements to jacket. Learn More
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  36. 133059
    First edition, first printing, with the correct 195/195 price on the front flap. Learn More
    £1,000

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  37. 133063
    First edition, first printing, with the correct 195/195 price on the front flap. Learn More
    £1,000

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  38. 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

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  39. 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

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  40. 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
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  41. 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
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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
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  43. 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
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  44. 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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  45. 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
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  46. 127060
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  47. 130126comp
    First Whistler edition, and one of his finest books, this copy signed by the artist on the half-title and presented in a sparkling example of the lavish cloth binding. Learn More
    £950

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  48. 131997
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of verse and stories featuring Christopher Robin. Learn More
    £1,375

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  49. 132025
    A handsomely bound pair of the miniature editions which were first published in this format in 1907. Learn More
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  50. 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
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  51. 132325comp
    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
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  52. 132301
    First edition, first impression, of the 14th Famous Five adventure. Learn More
    £125

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  53. 132299
    First edition, first impression, of the eighth adventure of the Famous Five. Learn More
    £350

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  54. 132300
    First edition, first impression, of the 19th book in the Famous Five series. Learn More
    £125

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  55. 132297
    First edition, first impression, of the seventh adventure of the Famous Five. Learn More
    £500

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  56. 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
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  57. 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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  58. 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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  59. 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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  60. 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
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