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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. 132917comp
    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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  2. 70376comp
    First edition, first impression of a rare children's book by the author of Cold Comfort Farm. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Stella Gibbons, Nov. 18 1936". We know of no other copy in private hands, and OCLC locates only 11 in institutions. A lovely copy in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 70376

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  3. 134556comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by Steadman on the title page. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 134556

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  4. 134548comp
    First German edition, first impression, signed by Steadman on the title page. This tale was published the same year in Switzerland. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 134548

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    First edition, first impression, signed by Steadman on the title page. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 134555

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  6. 134516comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by Quentin Blake on the title page. Esio Trot was the final book to be published during Dahl's lifetime. Learn More
    £550

    Stock Code: 134516

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  7. 134525comp
    th 1972" and with an original drawing of Eloise listening to records and eating sandwiches, captioned "Eloise says The Supreme pleasure is Elizabeth Welch's..."> First edition in French, third overall, inscribed by the illustrator "to Elegant, Beautiful, Brilliant Elizabeth Welch from Hilary Knight and ELOISE, April 27th 1972" and with an original drawing of Eloise listening to records and eating sandwiches, captioned "Eloise says The Supreme pleasure is Elizabeth Welch's... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 134525

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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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  9. 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

    Stock Code: 127698

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    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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  11. 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

    Stock Code: 36719

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    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... Learn More
    £17,500

    Stock Code: 133220

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  13. 133100comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the half-title. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 133100

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  14. 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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  15. 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
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 74406

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    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

    Stock Code: 130126

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    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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    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
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 124768

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    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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    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

    Stock Code: 123208

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  21. 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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    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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  23. 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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    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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    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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    Boy.

    London: 1984

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy from the author to his dentist and his family, inscribed on the half title "Happy Christmas to the Rigdens from Roald Dahl 1984". The book was directly acquired by Peter Harrington from a family member. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 128806

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  27. The Wind in the Willows.
    Deluxe edition, number 305 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

    Stock Code: 107331

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    First trade edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the illustrator to his brother- and sister-in-law, with an original ink drawing (similar to the headpiece at p. 49) to the half-title, "To May and William, with best wishes, from Edyth & Arthur Rackham. Xmas 1917". William Joseph Myles Starkie (1860-1920),... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 129318

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  29. 129750comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page: "To my dear Irish friends from Helen Palmer". Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 129750

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  30. 62349comp
    Signed extra-limited edition, number 18 of 20 copies signed by the author and illustrator and printed on Japanese vellumthe most luxurious and exclusive issue of the various formats done for the first editions of Milne's Pooh books. Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 62349

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  31. 125956comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Olwyn with love from Ted April 1st, 1961". The inscription precedes the publication of the book, Hughes's first book of children's verse, by six days. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn.... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 125956

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    Signed limited edition, number 412 of 500 copies numbered and signed by the artist. This is the cloth issue, with an unstated part of the edition issued in vellum. Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 126520

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  33. 126126comp
    First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 89 of 410 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 126126

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  34. 120603comp
    Fourth edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the illustrator on the half-title, "Aunt Fanny, with love from Ernest, Christmas 1924". Shepard was very close to his aunts; his mother had died when he was ten, after which his aunts helped to raise him, taking him and his siblings on many trips. Shepard... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 120603

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  35. 124174comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper in green ink. Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 124174

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  36. 61468comp
    Signed limited edition, number 166 of 1030 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 61468

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  37. 123804
    Signed limited edition, number 51 of 130 copies signed by the author and illustrator. Mamet's adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale was first performed in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre on 17 May 1982 and was first published in 1983. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 123804

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  38. A Road to Fairyland.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Dr Marie Stopes (1880-1958), though best known today for her contributions to palaeontology, her pioneering work on birth control, and her manual Married Love, was also a prolific writer of novels, poems and fairy stories. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 108358

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    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author together with an original drawing on the verso of the original front free endpaper, "For Daisie Ford Wright with kindest regards Dr. Seuss". An alphabet book which picks up after the letter Z. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 111745

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    Signed limited edition, number 114 of 570 copies signed by the artist, of which 550 were for sale. Learn More
    £575

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  41. New Shoes.
    First US edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "With much love, the last of our combined operations, Noel 1960". This book comes from the library of June Allen, Streatfeild's amanuensis and proof-reader - a nice association. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 111012

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  42. 122807comp
    Special signed limited edition, 9 of 60 copies numbered and signed by the artist in pale green ink on the front pastedown. Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 122807

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    Fiftieth anniversary edition, number 109 of 300 copies signed by Christopher Robin Milne. With the errata slip correcting the stated issue run from 490 to 300 laid in, signed by the chairman and managing director of Methuen Children's Books and the chairman of Richard Clay. Now We Are Six was first published on 13 October... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 119471

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    Presentation copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Mary Trimmer, from the author." Dodgson had lunch with Mary's family on 6 August 1868; her father was Revd. Trimmer, Rector of St Mary, Guildford, and Carroll later photographed Mary. A beautifully bound set of these later... Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 112633

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    Signed limited edition, number 302 of 750 copies signed by the artist. This is a revised and enlarged edition of the work originally published in 1900 with some new illustrations, as well as others redrawn and coloured. Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 115169

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    [The Time Quintet:] A Wrinkle in Time;

    New York: 1962, 1973, 1978, 1986, 1989

    First editions, first impression, inscribed and signed set, of the complete Time Quintet. A Wrinkle in Time, with a signed slip laid in, in the second state jacket (Newberry Prize sticker residue to front panel), together with signed or inscribed first impressions of the four sequential Time Quintet titles (an assembled... Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 111206

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  47. 118697comp
    Signed limited edition, number 323 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator; 12 presentation copies were also issued. The trade issue was published the same year. Fox's classic Civil War tale was originally published by Scribner's Sons in 1903, with illustrations by F. C. Yohn. A handsomely illustrated copy, with the uncommon... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 118697

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  48. 120804comp
    First edition, first impression. Rare presentation copy, inscribed "To Sheila Macleod in friendship and gratitude! Judith Kneale". Kerr had married screenwriter Nigel Kneale in 1954. The inscription was to fellow author Sheila Macleod (b.1939), whose first novel The Moving Accident was, like Kerr's Orlando, published in... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 120804

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  49. 120118comp
    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the half-title, "Sincerely yours, Hugh Lofting, May 1934". Lofting's works are uncommon signed, with no other signed copies of this work traced at auction. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 120118

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  50. The Giver.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Lowry to M. M. Kimmel on the title page, "For Maggie, ( Speaking of Givers-), with love Lois Lowry 1995." Margaret Mary Kimmel is a professor emerita in the School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She has served on many important library councils... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 89693

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  51. 118353comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 293 of 326 copies signed by the translator and illustrator, 26 of which were not for sale. This story was first published by Madame D'Aulnoy in her collection of fairy tales, Les Contes des Fées, in 1697. Andrew Lang later included it in his Blue Fairy book in 1889. Learn More
    £250

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  52. 116997comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author in blue marker pen on the front free endpaper, "Magnus, Love Roald Dahl". Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 116997

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  53. Poo-Poo and the Dragons.
    First US edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed in the month of publication by Forester on the first blank "Ann Catherine Winter, best wishes from C. S. Forester, 22 August 1942". Poo-Poo and the Dragons was Forester's first children's book, previously published in the UK in the same year. Very scarce inscribed.... Learn More
    £1,450

    Stock Code: 114200

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    Signed limited edition. Number 506 of 525 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 113288

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  55. Emergency Mouse.
    First edition, second impression. With an original red and black ink drawing of a mouse by Steadman to the dedication page, signed and dated Christmas 2001 on the title page in black, red and blue ink. Additionally signed by Bernard Stone on the title page. The slipcase bears an original black ink drawing of a bespectacled... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 113380

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  56. Hansel and Gretel and Other Stories.
    Signed limited edition, number 424 of 600 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 110794

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  57. The Mouse and His Child.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by Hoban on the front free endpaper "For George Ewart Evans, In the hope that his reading is as universal as his writing, With best wishes from Russell Hoban, 19/11/69". Evans was a writer, folklorist and a pioneering oral historian. He published a series of books examining the... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 108229

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  58. Earthy Mangold and Worzel Gummidge.
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the title page, "Esther, with much love and in memory of one particular day at Down Derry." Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 111182

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  59. A Vicarage Family; Away from the Vicarage; Beyond the Vicarage.
    First editions, first impressions, the complete biographical trilogy, presentation copies each inscribed by the author to her proof-reader June Allen. A Vicarage Family: "For June with love Noel 1963"; Away from the Vicarage: "For June, Thank you for your hard work, love, Noel 1965"; Beyond the Vicarage: "To June with love... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 111041

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  60. A Ring of Tales.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the illustrator, inscribed on the half title verso: "To my sister, with all good wishes, from Harold ". A collection of stories and some poems from authors including Alison Uttley, Arthur Ransome, Walter De La Mare, Robert Louis Stevenson and Eleanor Farjeon. Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 112293

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