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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. 82608
    Inscribed first UK edition, first impression, copy of Kay Boyle's first book to be published in England (originally published in the US by Harcourt, Brace & Co. in the preceding year). The White Horses of Vienna, for which Boyle won the O. Henry Award for best short story of the year, was written while she was living in... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 82608

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

    Stock Code: 47796

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  4. 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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  5. 78226comp
    Inscribed by the author on the half-title: "For Rita Hagemon with best wishes Dwight D. Eisenhower." Eisenhower's account of his war, widely thought to be one of the finest American military biographies, the NY Times considering that it gave "the reader true insight into the most difficult part of a commander's life." This... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 78226

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  6. The Road to Oxiana.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Sir Denison Ross, in memory of much help with this book and many others, from, Robert Byron". A superb association, the distinguished linguist and orientalist Sir Denison Ross (1871-1940) was professor of Persian... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 79960

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  7. 1
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title "For Louis Dollarhide in appreciation - Flannery O'Connor, Millidgeville, April 8, 1960". Inserted is O'Connor's calling card on which she has written "I took the liberty of correcting the typographical error on page 242, FOC". On... Learn More
    £5,500

    Stock Code: 62636

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  8. 94962
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 94962

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  9. 94415comp
    First Rackham edition, limited issue. Number 756 of 1130 copies. Unusually for Rackham, he did not sign this edition, as he was out of the country while it was in preparation. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 94415

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  10. 87288comp
    First edition, regular trade issue, double presentation copy, with a drawing and inscription signed by the artist, "To Reginald T. Townsend, Arthur Rackham 1927", also inscribed by the author on the half-title: "'In every tree the birds cry DoxyLove was never done to proxy' From a song for Sir Toby Belch and here inserted... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 87288

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  11. Absentee Ownership and Business Enterprise in Recent Times. The Case of America.
    First edition of Veblen's most caustic work, a discussion of the need for advertising and salesmanship in modern business, with a sly dig at Christianity, where he describes Propaganda of the Faith as"quite the largest, oldest, most magnificent, most unabashed, and most lucrative enterprise in sales-publicity in all Christendom"... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 88082

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  12. Women in Love.
    First edition, first printing, one of a limited edition of 1250 numbered copies, this copy signed by the author on the title page though it is not called for in the limitation. Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 81049

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    Limited edition of 100 signed and numbered copies, this number 32. This copy additionally signed and inscribed by de Chair on the title page "For Phyllis Roper on her 70th birthday in appreciation of her consistent help". Biography of the English author, politician, poet and connoisseur. In WWII he served as an intelligence... Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 103982

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  14. Mr. Popper's Penguins.
    First edition, first printing. From the legendary editor, Margaret K. McElderry collection, with a pencil note on front flap in her hand "M. K. McE. for his Majesty H.L.R." McElderry was known as the "grande dame of children's publishing." She became the first publisher to have titles win the Caldecott and Newbery Awards... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 90335

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  15. Madame Ambassador. The Life of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Leah Horwitz with appreciation of all she has done for PPSEWA - which includes the land of Madame Ambassador. With best wishes. Anne Guthrie". Loosely inserted is a typed letter signed from the author to Horwitz thanking her for sending... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 82367

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  16. 89991comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed on the verso of the front free endpaper in crayon to "Mimi Bonesteel, Happy Easter, Walt Disney." Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 89991

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  17. 86898comp
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Sonia with love Roald Dahl, March 1981". Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 86898

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  18. Switch Bitch.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on front free endpaper. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 91286

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    First Genesis edition, first impression. Edition of 500 numbered copies signed by Mason. Together with a T-shirt, 'Hi' hat and a Paiste cymbal badge in a pull-out tray 2 colour prints (sheet size 55 x 38 cm) each signed by Storm Thorgerson, a monochrome print (sheet size 21 x 28 cm), a pair of drum sticks, a drum key, a... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 74297

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  20. 48286
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 48286

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  21. 47941comp
    First edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "Saxon from Virginia". Cambridge Apostle Saxon Sydney-Turner (1880-1962) was a classics scholar at Cambridge contemporaneous with Bell, Strachey, Leonard, and Thoby Stephen. His presence at Thoby's inaugural "Thursday... Learn More
    £20,000

    Stock Code: 47941

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  22. 34037comp
    First edition, first printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "Dear Peter I am also honored. My love Jane". The recipient was the publisher Peter Owen by whom Bowles's UK editions were published. Presentation copies of this author's works are uncommon. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 34037

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  23. Worrals of the W.A.A.F.
    First edition, first impression, in the second impression jacket. Signed by the author on front free endpaper. The first of Johns' books about Joan 'Worrals' Worralson. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 92295

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  24. Women With Men.
    First Canadian Edition. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 99496

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  25. Where the Blue Begins.
    First trade edition, first printing; this copy signed by Rackham on the half-title. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 48525

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  26. 90586comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 90586

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  27. 77734
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 77734

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  28. 76572
    First edition of a selection of classic stories by Hans Christian Andersen which includes the Snow Queen and the Tinder Box, all beautifully illustrated by Nielsen. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 76572

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  29. Original portrait, ink on paper. Signed by the artist and inscribed by Conrad with a line from Victory.
    An original pen-and-ink portrait of Conrad, signed by the artist and inscribed by Conrad with a quotation from Victory: "'.?.?. and incompleteness of any sort leads to trouble' from 'Victory'" (p. 30). Learn More
    £4,250

    Stock Code: 60138

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  30. 120233comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the verso of the half-title, together with the signatures on the reverse of the frontispiece, of the cast of the premiere run of the play at the Apollo Theatre, London, in October 1929; totalling 30 signatures. The signatures include those of the director, Raymond... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 120233

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  31. 118465comp
    First US edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Osbert and Karen Lancaster, from Tony, with renewed love, December 1961". Osbert Lancaster and Powell were friends from their time at Oxford; Lancaster designed a number of covers for Powell's books in paperback,... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 118465

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  32. Sailors of Fortune.

    Sailors of Fortune.

    Garden City, N.Y.: 1935

    This copy with a lengthy inscription by McFee to Leo T. Sides. Dated September 1958, the inscription runs across the verso of the front free endpaper and the half-title, and mentions the dedicatee George Keating. A later printing of this work originally published in book form by Doubleday in 1929. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 94354

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  33. The Hundred and One Dalmatians.

    The Hundred and One Dalmatians.

    Melbourne, London, Toronto: 1956

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 72239

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  34. 66753comp
    First edition thus, Rackham's illustrated edition of Barham's Ingoldsby Legends, revised and largely redrawn from the original 1898 edition, so that "greater prominence could be given to the illustrations by better and larger reproductions, including a greater number of illustrations in colour" (Rackham's Prefatory Note).... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 66753

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  35. 85273
    First edition, first printing, with the five-line colophon on the last page. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 85273

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  36. 73135comp
    First edition. Superb biographical essay on the legendary pianist Bud Powell by his friend and Paris protector. Paudras's relationship with the troubled Powell, as portrayed in this book, became the basis for Bernard Tavernier's film Round midnight. The book forms a pair with his archival essay on Charlie Parker,To Bird... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 73135

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    First edition. This copy inscribed on the first blank; "Colonel John Hay with the compliments of the editor, J.F. Loubat, New York, May 31st 1887." Uncommon early yachting memoir, just 10 copies in the US listed on OCLC, and a single copy in Europe in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Loubat was the son of Alphonse... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 63989

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  38. 123791
    First edition, first impression. In this children's picture book, French words that are richly illustrated by Cardew accompany each letter of the alphabet. Learn More
    £250

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  39. 69790
    Deluxe edition, one 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
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 69790

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  40. Quintet: Five American Dance Companies.
    First edition, first printing. The five dance companies featured are the Alvin Ailey City Center Dance Theater, Merce Cunningham and Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Eliot Feld Ballet and Paul Taylor Dance Company. The front free endpaper is signed by Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor and Eliot Feld. With four loosely... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 89608

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  41. 118661
    First edition, first printing. This work is generally acknowledged to contain some of Parrish's best illustrations. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 118661

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  42. Twinkle's Enchantment.
    First edition, first printing. Part of a six volume series of short fairy tales L. Frank Baum wrote using the pseudonym Laura Bancroft. Learn More
    £700

    Stock Code: 95673

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  43. The Cat in the Hat.
    First edition, first issue, with the price listed on the dust jacket as 200/200 and the boards not laminated as in later issues. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 96104

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  44. 65811
    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
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    Stock Code: 65811

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  45. Exiles.
    Second English and first Egoist Press edition of Joyce's only play. With the author's signed presentation inscription on the front free endpaper, "James Joyce Paris 2 January 1927". This copy is of the first issue, one of 500 copies in green cloth, the remainder sheets of the entire edition of 1,000 copies being sold to... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 63950

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  46. L'Issue.
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by Beckett on the first blank, "to Dick Seaver with love from Sam, Paris, May 69", from an edition of 154 copies signed by Arikha on each engraving, this being one of just 15 numbered in roman. Seaver was a writer and translator and Beckett's editor at the Grove... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 40336

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  47. When We Were Very Young.
    First deluxe issue (seventh edition overall). The first of the books to be bound in deluxe leather by Methuen, this is an extremely rare edition. No deluxe edition was planned when the book was originally published; it was only later, when Winnie-the-Pooh appeared, that Methuen decided to publish deluxe editions of all the... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 98027

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  48. Peter Beard, Art Edition, No. 251-2500.
    Limited to 2,250 individually numbered copies, each signed by Peter Beard. This copy with an additional illustration in black ink by Beard on the limitation page and inscribed "Montauk Pt. L. 1." Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 64943

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  49. 118413comp
    First edition, first printing. Uncommonly signed by the author and illustrator. Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 118413

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  50. 20335comp
    First Rackham edition, number 187 of 1,130 copies signed by Rackham. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 20335

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  51. 81923comp
    First edition, first impression. Bookplate signed by the author on the front free endpaper. " a powerful and profound introduction and elaboration of the blues aesthetic" as expressed in the form itself, in jazz, and in the visual and literary arts. Murray has been widely acclaimed for his unique perspective as a cultural... Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 81923

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  52. For the Love of God: The Making of the Diamond Skull.
    First edition, signed by the artist on the title page. Published on the occasion of the "Beyond Belief" exhibition held at the White Cube Gallery in 2007, the book traces the production of Hirst's diamond skull, with preliminary drawings and sketches, photographs, diagrams, as well as text by Rudi Fuchs, Tania Kausmally,... Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 97047

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  53. 121116comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the illustrator on the front free endpaper: "To Theo Zimmer, with every good wish, Harold Jones". Harold Jones (1904-1992) was a British illustrator and writer of children's books, perhaps best known for his critically acclaimed Lavender's Blue: A Book of Nursery Rhymes, which... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 121116

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  54. 73498comp
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Mark with best wishes, Robin Cook". Additionally inscribed to the same recipient in the same ink by a Bruce Bue(?), whose relationship with Cook is unknown. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 73498

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  55. 121045comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Ernest R. Wood, with kindest regards from the author, Emmuska Orczy, July 3rd /07". The recipient, Ernest R. Wood, was a solicitor and close friend of Orczy. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 121045

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  56. 121035comp
    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To E. R. Wood, with kind regards, yours very sincerely, Emmuska Orczy, December 1909". The recipient, Ernest R. Wood, was a solicitor and close friend of Orczy. The Nest of the Sparrowhawk was first published in the UK earlier... Learn More
    £275

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  57. 114053comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Dink, in the Spirit, and kind regards, Peter (Matthiessen)". The recipient was Benjamin "Dink" Bruce, a cult figure in the Florida writers' haven of Key West. Dink's father Telly Otto Bruce ("Toby") arrived in Key West at the behest of his Arkansas... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 114053

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  58. 115936comp
    First edition, first printing, of the first book devoted exclusively to Weston's work and described by Parr & Badger as a "splendidly designed and important monograph". Inscribed by Weston on the verso of the title-page, "To mrs. W. W. Holcombe - Edward Weston 1932". Limited edition of 550 numbered copies signed by Edward... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 115936

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  59. 115345comp
    A later edition of a collection first published in 1869, and the title piece having been "composed during the great agitation which followed the rejection of Mr. Gladstone's Reform Bill of 1866 giving some notion of how a Greek Comedian might have written, when at his very worst, if he had lived in the days of chignons... Learn More
    £95

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  60. 118332comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Patricia, To the best dressed, best-natured woman in New York from her admirer - and friend, Saul". The recipient was likely Viking Press's publicity director Patricia MacManus, with whom Bellow had become friends. MacManus... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 118332

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