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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. 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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  2. 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
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 128683

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  3. 94954comp
    Signed limited edition, number 890 of 1,030 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 94954

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  4. 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
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 131863

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  5. 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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  6. 79408comp
    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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    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
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 117986

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  8. 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
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 32546

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  9. 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
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 117395

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  10. 48553comp
    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
    £2,400

    Stock Code: 48553

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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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  12. 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
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 130263

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  13. 127442comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Joanne, with love, Roald Dahl, 1976". This work was the basis for the 1989 film of the same title starring Jeremy Irons, with his son Samuel in the title role. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 127442

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  14. 124709comp
    First trade edition, first impression, signed by Rackham on the half-title, together with an autograph letter signed from Rackham dated 25 August 1936. In it, Rackham undertakes to sign the book in exchange for a 5/- fee, and writes "I'm very interested that you should like the 'Poe' the best. I always like to think my latest... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 124709

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  15. 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 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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  17. 131650comp
    Signed limited edition, number 717 of 775 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 131650

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  18. 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
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 131649

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  19. 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
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 131648

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  20. .
    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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  21. 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

    Stock Code: 131184

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  22. 131004comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. This is Walliams's first book. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 131004

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  23. 130903comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the half-title, and dated 8 July 2000, the day of publication. This copy was won as a prize in a competition, and is accompanied by a hand-written note dated 11 July 2000, presenting the book to the winner. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 130903

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  24. 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
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 129370

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  25. 131128comp
    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
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 131128

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  26. 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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  27. 130909comp
    First UK edition with colour illustrations, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page, striking through his printed name and signing below, as was his usual method. Signed copies of Kipling's major works are notably scarce. Just So Stories was first published in 1902; Gleeson's illustrated edition was first... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 130909

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  28. 130892comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the copyright page, "hello! Michael Rosen, best wishes". Loosely inserted in this copy is a ticket to An Evening with Michael Rosen at the Nottingham Mechanics Institute, dated 8 November 2018. Signed copies of this work are notably scarce. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 130892

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  29. 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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  30. 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
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 108947

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  31. 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
    £400

    Stock Code: 130306

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  32. 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

    Stock Code: 130197

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  33. 130163comp
    Signed limited edition, number 7 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 130163

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  34. 130162comp
    Signed limited edition, number 507 of 1,000 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 130162

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  35. 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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  36. 130772comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on a "Good Book Guide" bookplate to the half-title. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 130772

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  37. 130703comp
    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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    Stock Code: 130703

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  38. 130697comp
    First Dulac edition in French, number 384 of 400 copies on vélin (wove paper), this copy additionally signed by the artist, though not called for. There were also 300 signed copies on japon. Dulac's illustrations were first used in the English edition of 1909; Dulac personally translated FitzGerald's text for this French... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 130697

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  39. 130725comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Anne Rogers, with best wishes from Mary Norton, March 14th 1948". Loosely inserted is an autograph letter from the author to the recipient's father, A. E. Rogers, a house master at Cheltenham College. The letter discusses... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 130725

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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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  41. 130593comp
    First Canadian edition, signed by the author on the half-title. Loosely inserted is a leaflet for the signing at the 21st Annual International Festival of Authors in Toronto, and a signed certificate of authenticity from the administrative director confirming that the book was signed at the event. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 130593

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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
    £500

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  43. 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
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 130345

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  44. 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
    £275

    Stock Code: 109013

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  45. 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
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 129333

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  46. One Hundred Years of Solitude.
    First edition in English, first printing, first issue jacket (with the "!" on front flap). With an slip laid-in, inscribed by García Márquez: "Gabito, '83". Gabito was García Márquez's nickname, and it is appealing to have him sign so familiarly. One Hundred Years of Solitude was originally published in Argentina in... Learn More
    £3,850

    Stock Code: 99112

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  47. 127406comp
    First edition with colour illustrations, signed limited issue, number 297 of 300 copies signed by the illustrator. Winnie-the-Pooh, one of the great classics of children's literature, was first published in 1924, with illustrations by Shepard in black and white. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 127406

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  48. 129538comp
    The Enormous..."> First UK edition, sixth impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Sister Quentin with love Roald Dahl". We are unable to identify the recipient, though it is not a humorous inscription to Quentin Blake, as the two did not meet until 1978, when they worked on their first collaboration, The Enormous... 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
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 128806

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  50. 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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  51. 123432comp
    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
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 123432

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  52. 129556comp
    First Robinson edition, signed limited issue, number 210 of 260 copies signed by the illustrator to the limitation page, 250 of which were released for sale. Wilde's collection of children's stories, first published in 1888, includes "The Selfish Giant", "The Nightingale and the Rose", "The Devoted Friend", and "The Remarkable... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 129556

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  53. 129318comp
    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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  54. 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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  55. The Desire and Pursuit of the Whole.
    First edition, first impression, one of 2,020 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by the editor on the front free endpaper to the author Ralph Straus: "For Ralph Straus, whose gifts are almost an numerous as Corvo's, & who loves books as much as I do. Very cordially, from his friend A.J. Dec., 1934." A. J. A. Symons (1900-1941),... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 102584

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    First edition, first impression. Signed on the front free endpaper by the photographer. One of the first colour photography books. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 44457

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  57. Einführung in die Wissenschaft vom Leben oder Ascaris.
    First edition, later printing ("4 bis 8 Tausend" on title page). Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Julian Huxley from the Author Nov 1927", in pencil in Huxley's hand (and another note, perhaps in his hand, on p. 330). A remarkable association copy, linking two key figures of evolutionary theory and developmental biology:... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 104615

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  58. 123942comp
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the dedication page: "To Tessa MacGregor with best wishes. J. K. Rowling". Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 123942

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