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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. 144022detail
    ROWLING, J. K. Original miniature manuscript.

    [2004]

    A unique miniature Harry Potter manuscript handwritten and illustrated by J. K. Rowling, signed by her on the title page, and inscribed on the final page by her: "From Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, by me." The manuscript relates to pp. 52-3 in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone where Harry and Hagrid go to London to purchase his school... Learn More
    £125,000.00

    Stock Code: 144022

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 146579comp
    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

  8. 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

  9. 146527comp
    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

  10. 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

  11. 141043
    THURBER, James. The Great Quillow.

    New York : 1944

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 141043

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. The Hardy Boys
    DIXON, Franklin W. The Hardy Boys

    New York : 1927-37

    Early printings and states of the first 12 Hardy Boys titles. Many copies "A printing" variants. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 97996

  16. Catalogue of The Winnie-the-Pooh Collection of Pat McInally.
    MILNE, A. A., & E. H. Shepard. Catalogue of The Winnie-the-Pooh Collection of Pat McInally.

    London : 2011

    Catalogue to accompany the exhibition and sale of the most comprehensive collection of Winnie-the-Pooh books and artwork ever assembled. Including more than one hundred items gathered together over twenty years by American football legend Pat McInally, the catalogue describes and illustrates fine examples of all the Pooh books, important inscribed copies,... Learn More
    £10.00

    Stock Code: 72112

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. Little Story Books.
    JUVENILIA. Little Story Books.

    New York : 1916-17

    An attractive and remarkably well-preserved set of 16 popular tales and verses from various sources, including, "Aladdin", "Cinderella", "Robin Hood", "Little Red Riding Hood", "Puss in Boots", "The Pied Piper", "East of the Sun and West of the Moon", "The Gorgon's Head", "Ali Baba", and others. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 145980

  20. 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

  21. 146033
    CARROLL, Lewis. The Game of Logic.

    London : 1887

    Second (first published) edition. This edition is dated a year later than the first edition (as with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), which was rejected by Dodgson due to the poor printing quality. Accompanying the book are a playing board marked in a lattice pattern and coloured counters; Dodgson's aim with the game card was to depict syllogistic... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 146033

  22. 10 signatures by 10 US children's authors and illustrators.
    KRAUSS, Ruth, Remy Charlip, Maurice Sendak, Margaret Rey, H. A. Rey, Karla Kuskin, Ezra Jack Keats, Miriam Schlein, Harvey Weiss and Crockett Johnson. 10 signatures by 10 US children's authors and illustrators.

    c. 1970

    A collection of esteemed Children's authors and illustrators, presumably signed at the same gathering as the signatures are in the same pen, unfortunately we do not have the whereabouts or exact dates. Ruth Krauss was the author of many Children's books including "The Carrot Seed", one of many collaborations with her husband illustrator, Crockett Johnson,... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 146040

  23. 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

  24. Les Contes des Fées.
    PERRAULT, Charles. Les Contes des Fées.

    Paris : [c.1865]

    An attractively illustrated early edition in French, gathering nine of Perrault's classic tales. Usually avidly leafed through by young readers, copies in such good condition are rare.

    This edition includes "Le Petit Chaperon Rouge" (Little Red Riding Hood), "Le Petit-Poucet" (Tom Thumb), "Le Chat-Botté" (Puss in Boots), "Cendrillon" (Cinderella),... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 145976

  25. Sixteen Illustrations of Subjects from Kipling's "Jungle Book".
    KIPLING, Rudyard - DETMOLD, Maurice & Edward J. (illus.) Sixteen Illustrations of Subjects from Kipling's "Jungle Book".

    London : 1903

    First edition, first printing. Generally considered as one of the Detmold Brothers finest collections and by some critics as the finest book illustrations ever. The 16 plates were too heavy for the portfolio, and thus it is very rare to find the portfolio in anything but poor state. Learn More
    £8,000.00

    Stock Code: 145713

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. The Wind in the Willows.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.

    London : 1951

    Deluxe edition, number 305 of 500 copies. This is 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. "During his last illness... Learn More
    £4,250.00

    Stock Code: 107331

  36. 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

  37. 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

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

    London : 1905

    First Rackham edition. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 97218

  40. Arthur Rackham's Book of Pictures.
    RACKHAM, Arthur. Arthur Rackham's Book of Pictures.

    London : 1913

    Signed limited edition, number 890 of 1,030 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 94954

  41. 90585
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); IRVING, Washington. Rip Van Winkle.

    London : 1905

    First Rackham edition. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 90585

  42. Arthur Rackham's Book of Pictures.
    RACKHAM, Arthur. Arthur Rackham's Book of Pictures.

    London : 1913

    Signed limited edition, one of 1,030 numbered copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 78965

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

    London : 1905

    First Rackham edition. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 63508

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. Mickey Mouse as Santa Claus from Mickey's Good Deed.
    DISNEY, Walt. Mickey Mouse as Santa Claus from Mickey's Good Deed.

    Burbank : 1932

    Mickey's Good Deed was originaly released in December1932, these images are for the scene where Mickey walks up to the bed of sleeping kittens.

    Each image numbered "20", "30", and "48". Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 141136

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. 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

  51. 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

  52. Story Book.
    DISNEY, Walt. Mickey Mouse Story Book.

    Philadelphia : 1931

    First edition, first printing. Covers feature Mickey reading to two attentive smaller mice with Pluto laying by his side. A small black and white drawing of Mickey (recto) and Minnie (verso) appear to dance as the pages are flicked. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 145722

  53. 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

  54. 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

  55. 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

  56. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; [together with:] Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; [together with:] Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.

    London : 1876 & 1873

    A handsomely bound set of Carroll's classic children's novels, published in 1865 and 1871 respectively. The Alice books earned the author "a place in the firmament of the great, for they are not only acts of imaginative genius but they also revolutionized writing for children" (ODNB).

    Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 136966

  57. Alice in Wonderland [bound together with;] Through The Looking-Glass. And what she found there.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland [bound together with;] Through The Looking-Glass. And what she found there.

    London : 1937-9

    Late 1930s issues of the Alice books, in a handsome contemporary binding by Bayntun-Rivière. Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 135375

  58. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [together with] Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [together with] Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.

    London : 1881 & 1872

    A handsomely bound set of early editions; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the 67th thousand and Through the Looking-Glass is the 24th thousand. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 130475

  59. 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

  60. 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

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