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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.

First editions of children's classics, including Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter, J. K. Rowling, A. A. Milne and J. M. Barrie.

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  1. 146754comp
    ROWLING, J. K. [Harry Potter collector's deluxe editions, signed or inscribed:] Philosopher's Stone; Chamber of Secrets; Prisoner of Azkaban; Goblet of Fire.

    London : 1999-2000

    First deluxe editions of the first four Harry Potter books, inscribed on the half-title of Philosopher's Stone by the author, "To Alex, enjoy reading these with Mummy and Daddy! J K Rowling", and signed by Rowling on the half-titles of the other volumes. Philosopher's Stone and Chamber of Secrets are fifth impressions; Prisoner of Azkaban, sixth; Goblet... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 146754

  2. 146645
    DAHL, Roald. Esio Trot.

    London

    First edition, first impression. Esio Trot was the last book to be published in Dahl's lifetime. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 146645

  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
    ROWLING, J. K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

    London : 1998

    First edition, first impression, of the second Harry Potter book. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 142644

  4. Come Over to My House.
    SEUSS, Dr., as LESIEG, Theo. Come Over to My House.

    New York : 1966

    First edition, first printing, of the 44th book in the Beginner Books series. Theo LeSieg was an occasional pen name of Theodor Geisel, who most often wrote using his now famous pseudonym, Dr. Seuss. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 128621

  5. Sister Anne.
    POTTER, Beatrix. Sister Anne.

    Philadelphia : 1932

    First edition, first issue. With the frontispiece incorrectly published opposite p. 7, rather than than title page. A Fairy Caravan offshoot, this is Potter's version of the tale of Bluebeard. It was withdrawn from The Fairy Caravan due to its length, and Potter now offered it to McKay as a story on its own. Due to her age and poor eyesight, Potter... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 109193

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    BRIGGS, Raymond. Gentleman Jim.

    London : 1980

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Griff With Best Wishes, from Raymond Briggs 24 April 1980". Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 146579

  7. 146576
    DAHL, Roald. Even More Revolting Recipes.

    London : 2001

    First edition, first impression. This book follows Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes (1996) with thirty more recipes for meals featured in Dahl's books, including "Boiled Slobbages" from James and the Giant Peach, "Glumptious Globgobblers" from The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, and "Wonka's Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemellow Delight" from Charlie and the... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 146576

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    GRAHAME, Kenneth; SHEPARD, Ernest H. (illus.) The Wind in the Willows.

    London : 1931

    First Shepard edition, signed limited issue, number 164 of 200 large paper copies signed by both author and artist. This edition - also issued unsigned in a cloth binding - was the first edition to be illustrated by Shepard, whose classic illustrations of anthropomorphized animals render this the most popular version of the book even today.

    Wind... Learn More
    £8,500.00

    Stock Code: 146527

  9. 146072
    HEARN, Lafcadio. Japanese Fairy Tales.

    Tokyo : [1931]

    First edition thus of the illustrated 5-volume set of Japanese folklore stories. These five tales were first published on plain paper between 1898 and 1922 in a larger format than this one. They were also issued separately in small crêpe-paper editions (the crêpeing process was applied after printing) sometimes simultaneously as the first plain paper... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 146072

  10. 141043
    THURBER, James. The Great Quillow.

    New York : 1944

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 141043

  11. 113087
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); DANA, Richard Henry. Two Years Before the Mast.

    London and Glasgow : [1904]

    First edition, the December 1904 printing. The first printing was in September. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 113087

  12. Wag-by-Wall.
    POTTER, Beatrix. Wag-by-Wall.

    London & New York : 1944

    First UK edition, limited issue. Number 78 from a limited edition of 100 copies only, the only British publication. Potter originally conceived the story "as a pendant to The Tailor of Gloucester - the lonely old man and the lonely old woman, but I could never finish it." It was first written in 1909 under the title "The Little Black Kettle". Potter... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 109499

  13. The Coral Island:
    BALLANTYNE, Robert Michael. The Coral Island:

    London : 1858

    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 in the service of the Hudson's... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 105863

  14. 142198
    ROWLING, J. K. [Complete set of the Harry Potter collector's deluxe editions:] Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone; the Chamber of Secrets; the Prisoner of Azkaban; the Goblet of Fire; the Order of the Phoenix; the Half-Blood Prince; the Deathly Hallows.

    London : 1999-2007

    First deluxe editions, first impressions, of the complete Harry Potter series. Recognizing the surging collector's and gift market for the series, Bloomsbury published a deluxe edition alongside the trade edition for Prisoner of Azkaban in July 1999, with retrospective deluxe editions of the first two books following that September, thereafter publishing... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 142198

  15. The Wind in the Willows.
    GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.

    London : 1908

    First edition, first impression, of Grahame's children's classic. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 133871

  16. 146068
    BROWN, J. W. Muriel's Dreamland:

    London : 1871

    First edition, preceding the large quarto edition which was published later the same year, of this Victorian children's tale, fruit of a mother-daughter collaboration. Telling the story of Muriel's oneiric adventures travelling the world with fairies, this Christmas fantasy is rare, especially so complete, as here. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 146068

  17. 145950
    BRIGGS, Raymond. The Snowman.

    London : 1978

    First edition, first impression. The Snowman was adapted into a 26 minute-long animated film, first broadcast 26 December 1982, which remains a Christmas classic. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 145950

  18. Wacky Wednesday.
    SEUSS, Dr., as LESIEG, Theo. Wacky Wednesday.

    New York : 1974

    First edition, first printing. Wacky Wednesday was the 59th book in the Beginner Books series published by Random House for younger readers. Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, authored over a dozen books under the pen name Theo LeSieg (Geisel's surname spelled backwards). Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 144370

  19. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.

    London : 1911

    First edition, first impression, in the rare publisher's glassine dust jacket. The story of Timmy and Goody Tiptoes is the only Beatrix Potter story apparently set in North America - although this is implicit rather than stated anywhere in the book. All the main animal characters are indigenous to North America: grey squirrels, chipmunks and a "large... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 138693

  20. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BARRIE, J. M. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.

    London : 1906

    First Rackham edition. Barrie asked Rackham to illustrate not the play Peter Pan (which remained unpublished until 1928) but make a new book from those chapters from The Little White Bird (1902) that had first introduced the character. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 125595

  21. 120638
    LANG, Andrew (ed.) The Brown Fairy Book.

    New York, London, and Bombay : 1904

    First US edition, first printing, of the ninth instalment in Lang's Fairy Books series. Lang gathered exotic tales from North America, Brazil, Australia, Africa, Persia, India, Lapland and the Pacific Islands. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 120638

  22. 116265
    LANGLEY, Noel. The Tale of the Land of Green Ginger.

    New York : 1938

    First US edition, first printing. 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
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 116265

  23. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse.

    London : 1918

    First edition, first impression, with the dropped "N" from London on the imprint. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 115969

  24. The Seven Lady Godivas.
    SEUSS, Dr. The Seven Lady Godivas.

    New York : 1939

    First edition, first printing. One of Seuss's few books written for adults. Learn More
    £1,100.00

    Stock Code: 109929

  25. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BARRIE, J. M. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.

    London : 1906

    First Rackham edition. Barrie asked Rackham to illustrate not the play Peter Pan (which remained unpublished until 1928) but make a new book from those chapters from The Little White Bird (1902) that had first introduced the character. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 109465

  26. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BARRIE, J. M. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.

    London : 1906

    First Rackham edition. Barrie asked Rackham to illustrate not the play Peter Pan (which remained unpublished until 1928) but make a new book from those chapters from The Little White Bird (1902) that had first introduced the character. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 109467

  27. The Fairy Caravan.
    [POTTER, Beatrix.] HEELIS, Beatrix. The Fairy Caravan.

    Philadelphia : 1929

    Signed limited edition, number 48 of 100 copies signed by the author. The bibliographic story of this book is strangely charming and endearingly amateurish. Potter considered this story of a miniature animal-run travelling circus as "too personal and autobiographical" for her comfortably to allow publication in England. She arranged for the Philadelphia... Learn More
    £12,000.00

    Stock Code: 105980

  28. The Golliwogg's Christmas.
    [UPTON, Florence K.] UPTON, Bertha. The Golliwogg's Christmas.

    London : 1907

    First edition, first impression. Scarce with the jacket. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 105021

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    STEADMAN, Ralph. Little.com.

    London : 2000

    First edition, first impression. Signed limited edition, number 241 of 400 specially bound copies signed by the artist on the half-title, of which 300 were numbered for sale and 100 were reserved for the artist. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 100454

  30. Rip Van Winkle.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); IRVING, Washington. Rip Van Winkle.

    London : 1905

    First Rackham edition. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 97218

  31. 90585
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); IRVING, Washington. Rip Van Winkle.

    London : 1905

    First Rackham edition. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 90585

  32. Rip Van Winkle.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); IRVING, Washington. Rip Van Winkle.

    London : 1905

    First Rackham edition. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 63508

  33. The Object-Lesson.
    GOREY, Edward. The Object-Lesson.

    New York : 1958

    First edition, first printing, of Gorey's fourth book. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 141196

  34. Faraway Meadow.
    HANDFORTH, Thomas. Faraway Meadow.

    New York : 1939

    First edition, first printing, of the author's second book. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 141277

  35. King of the Wind.
    HENRY, Marguerite. King of the Wind.

    Chicago : 1948

    First edition, second printing. Signed by Henry on the half-title. King of the Wind won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1949. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 141145

  36. 3 Little Horses at the King's Palace.
    WORM, Piet. 3 Little Horses at the King's Palace.

    New York : 1959

    First edition, first printing. This book is a sequel to the 1958 Three Little Horses and tells the story of Blackie, Brownie, and Whitey and their adventures at the royal palace. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 141074

  37. Nutshell Library.
    SENDAK, Maurice. Nutshell Library.

    London : 1964

    First UK edition, first impression. It was originally published in the US in 1962. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 141090

  38. Nutshell Library.
    SENDAK, Maurice. Nutshell Library.

    London : 1964

    First UK edition, first impression. It was originally published in the US in 1962. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 141092

  39. Emergency Mouse.
    STEADMAN, Ralph, & STONE, Bernard. Emergency Mouse.

    London : 1978

    First edition, first impression, signed by Steadman in pink and Stone in black on the title page. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140166

  40. Peter and Wendy.
    BARRIE, J. M. Peter and Wendy.

    London : [1911]

    First edition, first impression, in unusually nice condition. Peter and Wendy is an expanded adaptation into novel form of the story first made popular in the 1904 stage play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. It tells the familiar story of the stage version, with Peter as an older child flying off with Wendy and the other Darling children... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 143136

  41. Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice found there.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice found there.

    London : 1872

    First edition, first impression, handsomely bound in an early morocco binding in keeping with the original design of the cloth. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 138486

  42. Just So Stories For Little Children.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Just So Stories For Little Children.

    London : 1902

    First edition, third printing (two months after the first), inscribed by the author, "Janet Aitken from her obliged and obedient servant the author Jul. 1911", on the title page; Kipling has struck through his printed name and signed it below. Then three years old, Janet Gladys Kidd, née Aitken, later Campbell, later Montagu (1908-1988), was the daughter... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 137861

  43. 143290
    MILNE, A. A. When We Were Very Young.

    New York : 1924

    First US edition, deluxe limited issue, one of 500 unnumbered copies printed on large paper and with pictorial boards. When We Were Very Young was published in London on 6 November 1924 and in New York on 20 November; the standard US issue was in red cloth on smaller paper. One hundred of the 500 deluxe copies were also issued signed. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 143290

  44. Treasure Island and Kidnapped.
    STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Treasure Island and Kidnapped.

    London : 1909

    First combined edition (first published thus in August 1907), fifth impression, in an attractive deluxe binding. Treasure Island (1883) and Kidnapped (1886) were the first of Stevenson's novels to be published by Cassell, both first serialized in Young Folks, then afterwards published in book form, and they remained among the best-sellers on Cassell's... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 138093

  45. [Alice's Adventures in Wonderland] Alice's Abentener in Wunderland.
    CARROLL, Lewis. [Alice's Adventures in Wonderland] Alice's Abentener in Wunderland.

    London : 1869

    First German language edition, originally published in English in 1866. Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 80206

  46. Fairy Library.
    CRUIKSHANK, George. Fairy Library.

    London : [1853-54]

    A lovely set of first editions, in the original wrappers, with the following issue points:

    1. Hop-O'My-Thumb with two out of three points: with the rear wrapper reading "Preparing for Publication", and the rear free endpaper pasted to rear wrapper.

    2. The History of Jack & the Bean-Stalk with two of the five points: the "Jack climbing... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 138092

  47. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; [and] Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
    DAHL, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; [and] Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

    London : 1967 & 1973

    First UK editions, first impressions, scarce in such nice condition. Dahl's classic story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was originally published in 1964 in the US, and Glass Elevator in 1972, both with illustrations by Joseph Schindelman. The artist for the UK editions, Faith Jaques, "was one of the outstanding illustrators responsible for the... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 137020

  48. Fantasia.
    DISNEY, Walt (inscr.); TAYLOR, Deems. Fantasia.

    New York : 1940

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Walt Disney, "To David Von Kessell sincerely Walt Disney." David was the son of Disney Imagineer, Glendra von Kessel. Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 111964

  49. Fantastic Mr. Fox.
    DAHL, Roald. Fantastic Mr. Fox.

    New York : 1970

    First edition, first printing. The US edition preceded the UK edition, published the same year. Fantastic Mr. Fox formed the basis for Wes Anderson's 2009 film of the same name and has been successfully adapted into both a stage play and an opera. Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 145703

  50. Nursery Rhymes.
    SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Nursery Rhymes.

    Bayntun : 1947

    First edition, limited issue, number 344 of 550 copies on handmade paper, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title "Inscribed for Lucienne Gow by V. Sackville-West". The recipient was the first chairman of the Tenterden Trust, in current Ashford Borough, near Sissinghurst. Only the first 25 copies were issued signed, inscribed copies are rather... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 144628

  51. 143502
    AINSLIE, Kathleen. Lady Tabitha and Us.

    London & New York : (1905)

    First edition, first impression. Lady Tabitha invites her peg doll friends over for a Christmas Eve party. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 143502

  52. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
    BRANGWYN, Frank (illus.); FITZGERALD, Edward. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

    London & Edinburgh : 1919

    Deluxe edition, limited to 350 unnumbered copies. Rubáiyáts with Brangwyn's illustrations were published from 1906 onwards; this edition, the most comprehensive and elaborate, includes seven illustrations by the artist hitherto unpublished. The text is that of the first edition of 1859. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 138906

  53. 145647
    MILNE, A. A. The House at Pooh Corner.

    London : 1928

    First edition, first impression, of the final Pooh book, with the first appearance of Tigger. Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 145647

  54. Rip Van Winkle.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); IRVING, Washington. Rip Van Winkle.

    London : 1905

    Second impression. Signed by Rackham on the title page. Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 129291

  55. The Wind in the Willows.
    GRAHAME, Kenneth; SHEPARD, Ernest H. (illus.) The Wind in the Willows.

    London : 1931

    First Shepard edition, signed limited issue, number 170 of 200 large paper copies signed by both author and artist. This edition - also issued unsigned in a cloth binding - was the first edition to be illustrated by Shepard, whose classic illustrations of anthropomorphized animals render this the most popular version of the book even today.

    Wind... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 145516

  56. The Adventures of Mickey Mouse. Story and Illustrations by Staff of Walt Disney Studio. Book I.
    DISNEY, Walt. The Adventures of Mickey Mouse. Story and Illustrations by Staff of Walt Disney Studio. Book I.

    Philadelphia : 1931

    First edition, first printing, of the first Mickey Mouse picture book. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 138581

  57. The House at Pooh Corner.
    MILNE, A. A. The House at Pooh Corner.

    London : 1928

    First edition, first impression, of the final Pooh book, with the first appearance of Tigger. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 138626

  58. Tarzan of The Apes.
    BURROUGHS, Edgar Rice. Tarzan of The Apes.

    Chicago, : 1914

    First edition, first printing, with printer's name to copyright page in old English type. A wonderful example of the Chelsea Bindery's work. Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 124600

  59. Walt Disney: the Art of Animation.
    DISNEY, Walt (inscr.); THOMAS, Bob. Walt Disney: the Art of Animation.

    New York : 1958

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by Walt Disney on the verso of the front free endpaper, "To Vita Best Wishes Walt Disney", of one of the pillars of Disney bibliography and the definitive work on Disney animation to that date.

    Additionally it is inscribed by Roy Disney and contains the signatures of more than 100 other people in the... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 138684

  60. Now We Are Six.
    MILNE, A. A. Now We Are Six.

    London : 1927

    First edition, first impression, of the third book in the Winnie-the-Pooh series. Alongside Milne's verse, this collection is also notable for including many illustrations of Pooh, Piglet, and the other nursery toys, even when uncalled for by the poems. Learn More
    £1,950.00

    Stock Code: 134424

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