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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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Harry Potter and the Literary Allusions: J. K. Rowling's influences

"Too Fancy and Ingenious": children's books by adult writers

Video: A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh... 1926–27–28

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    Alcina in Venice, worked with Adams in 1979 while he filmed the television documentary, Joan...">

    First edition, third impression (first 1980). Inscribed by Sutherland on the title page, "To Den, best wishes, Joan Sutherland". Sutherland, who became known as "La Stupenda" following her performance of Handel's Alcina in Venice, worked with Adams in 1979 while he filmed the television documentary, Joan... Learn More

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  2. 133100comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the half-title. Learn More
    £1,000

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  3. 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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  4. 132422comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the occasion of a birthday party, "This book belongs to - Pooh doesn't quite know who - and is a prize for - Pooh doesn't quite know what - at his party March 17th 1928. A. A. Milne", on the front free endpaper. Rarely found inscribed, Winnie-the-Pooh was an immediate... Learn More
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  5. 118722comp
    First edition, superb presentation copy to a fellow poet, with an original unpublished manuscript poem laid-in. This set is inscribed by Browning in each volume to Frederick Locker-Lampson (1821-1895), the well-connected Victorian poet and bibliophile who was well-acquainted with the likes of Arnold, Carlyle, Dickens, Eliot,... Learn More
    £12,500

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  6. 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

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    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory..."> First UK edition, sixth impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Sister Quentin with love Roald Dahl". The recipient is believed to be the headmistress of St Roses School in Stroud, Gloucestershire, at which Dahl and Patricia Neale opened a new facility in 1975. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 129538

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    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Charlotte, J. K. Rowling", with the authentication hologram. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh and final novel of the Harry Potter series. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 123432

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  9. 131097comp
    First edition, first impression, with the author's signature pasted on the title page, "yours sincerely, Richard Adams". Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 131097

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  10. 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

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    First deluxe edition, first impression, signed by the author on title page. With the loosely inserted ticket (number 216) from the book reading and signing event held at Glasgow on 9 December 2000. Learn More
    £2,250

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  12. 130126
    First edition illustrated by Whistler, first impression. Signed by Whistler on the half title. Learn More
    £950

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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

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    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
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 132325

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    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the dedication page, with the Golden Ticket from the signing session at Hatchards on 17 July 2000 (nine days after publication) loosely inserted. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 132192

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    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the publisher's promotional bookplate, specially issued for this title, as Rowling undertook fewer signings for the Half-Blood Prince than for previous book launches. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 131292

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  17. 118211comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "For Harry Zohn, cordially, Cambridge, April 6, 1967". This is the German-born Jewish political theorist's first commercially published book which she began writing in the late 1920s, translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston. It was... Learn More
    £4,250

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    First edition, first printing, inscribed by Graham on the half-title, "Best wishes, Martha Graham". This retrospective of the explosive first decade in the career of dancer Martha Graham (1894-1991) was designed and edited by Merle Armitage and published in an edition of 1,000 copies. Martha Graham has been described as... Learn More
    £1,500

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  19. i1
    First edition, first impression, of Lagerlöf's debut novel, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to her Danish translators Ida Falbe-Hansen and her partner Elisabeth Grundtvig on the front flyleaf of Volume I: "Frkr Falbe Hansen och Grundtvig med tacksamhet och tillgifvenhet, från förf", with their pencil marginalia... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 103054

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    First trade edition, service de presse copy. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title "Pour Raymond Federman avec amitîé Hélène Cixous". The recipient was French-American novelist, essayist and Beckett critic Raymond Federman (1928-2009), who edited a number of Cixous's critical essays on Beckett.... Learn More
    £650

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    First edition, sixth impression, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, "To Susan, with lots of love Jo x JK Rowling". This is a superb association: the recipient, Susan Sladden, was a close friend of Rowling's in Edinburgh who enabled her to finish the Philosopher's Stone by babysitting her daughter Jessica. After... Learn More
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  22. Tapping the White Cane of Solitude.
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 250 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Additionally inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Pete, wherever you are, whoever, FW" and signed by the author over his printed name. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 77764

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  23. 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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    Signed limited edition, number 890 of 1,030 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,500

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  25. 131863comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the dedication page, and additionally signed by the cover artist, Giles Greenfield, to the front panel of the dust jacket. Copies of this work signed by both Rowling and Greenfield are notably uncommon. This copy is the rarer variant printed at Omnia Books, Glasgow.... Learn More
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  26. Fantasia of the Unconscious.
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to E. M. Forster, inscribed by the author to E. M. Forster on the front free endpaper, "E.M., from D.H.L. Taos, 6 Nov 1922" and with Forster's "This book belongs to..." ticket. Forster and Lawrence met in 1915, when Forster visited Lawrence at Greatham, sharing "two hours... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 83380

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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
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    First edition, published in French and German the following year. Firsthand account of the revolutions of 1917 by the head of the Provisional Government, this copy inscribed verso of the frontispiece "To the Association of Russian Advocates in France", dated Paris 1932. Early signatures of Kerensky are uncommon. Learn More
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  29. 32546
    First Edition, Offprinted. One of about 50 copies. With the author's signed presentation inscription, "For Bobbie Gafford who sat through it in Birmingham Eudora Welty". The recipient was Charlotte Gafford the Professor of Writing Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her nickname "Bobbie" seems universally... Learn More
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  30. 117395comp
    First US edition, first printing, rare presentation copy, thrice signed by the author and twice by her lover and literary agent Molly Malone Cook: inscribed by Oliver on the half-title, "March 1965 For Walter, Mary", signed on the title page, and inscribed by her on the final text leaf on the verso "still for Walter, Mary";... Learn More
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    Second edition. Inscibed on the front free endpaper by the photographer "To Florence Homolka, affectionately, Walker Evans, July 1962". Florence Meyer Homolka (1911-1962) was a successful portrait photographer and socialite; she died later the same year the book was inscribed. Learn More
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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
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  33. 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
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  34. 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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    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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  36. 131650comp
    Signed limited edition, number 717 of 775 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £750

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  37. 131649comp
    Signed limited edition, number 68 of 460 copies signed by the artist. Rackham's "illustrations to Poe's Tales have a sharp edge of true horror, a re-emergent strain from the earlier Grimm and Wagner subjects" (ODNB). Learn More
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  38. 131648comp
    Signed limited edition, number 302 of 350 copies numbered and signed by the artist. It was this book that first announced Dulac's status as a popular artist, confirming him as "a direct challenger in the illustrated gift book market to the work of Arthur Rackham... The exotic stories he illustrated struck a new chord in... Learn More
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  39. 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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    First edition, early printing. Presentation copy signed by the author to Julia Carter and with an original drawing on verso of front free endpaper. Julia F. Carter was the first full time children's librarian at the New York Public Library. Miss Carter was also the first national president of the Division of Library Work... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 93163

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  41. 131184comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the dedication page, with the Golden Ticket from the signing session at Harrod's loosely inserted. Learn More
    £2,250

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  42. 129370comp
    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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  43. R is for Rocket [with] S is for Space.
    Limited editions, both titles one of 500 numbered trade hardcovers (291 and 406 respectively) from a total edition of 800, each copy additionally signed by Bradbury on the title page, and S is for Space also signed by Tim Powers, who wrote the introduction. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 114513

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  44. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Philip, love Roald Dahl." Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 112959

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  45. The Game of Logic.
    Second (first published) edition. Presentation copy, with an accompanying letter, inscribed by the author "Bessie Badcock, from the Author. Feb. 23, 1894." With the board and original envelope each additionally inscribed, "Bessie Badcock, from L.C." Together with an autograph letter signed ("C. L. Dodgson") to Bessie Badcock... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 108947

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  46. 130306comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by Elinor Darwin on the front free endpaper: "For Margie & Edie with love from the author & artist. B.D. & Elinor. 1935". Bernard Darwin (18761961) was the grandson of the naturalist Charles Darwin. He and his wife collaborated on their children's books, with... Learn More
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  47. 130197comp
    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

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    Signed limited edition, number 7 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £350

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  49. 130162comp
    Signed limited edition, number 507 of 1,000 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £375

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  50. 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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    Signed limited edition, number 31 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator. The present work gathers classic stories by Hans Christian Andersen, including the Snow Queen and the Tinder Box, all of which provide good subject matter for Kay Nielsen, one of the greatest illustrators of his time. Variant cover designs were issued,... Learn More
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  52. 129557comp
    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
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    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. This work is the 23rd book of Awdry's Railway Series. Learn More
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  54. 130345comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the dedication page, with the ticket for the signing session at Borders Books in Brighton on 18 July 2000 loosely inserted. Learn More
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  55. The Science of Gems, Jewels, Coins, and Medals, Ancient and Modern.
    First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to sculptor John Graham Lough: "To John Graham Esq. and his amiable wife, this volume conveys the sincere regards, of the Author and his wife" (half-title). Archibald Billing (1791-1881) was a physician by trade and an amateur artist and collector of engraved gems... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 109013

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  56. 129333comp
    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
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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
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    Stock Code: 128806

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  58. 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
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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
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  60. 129750comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page: "To my dear Irish friends from Helen Palmer". Learn More
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