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

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

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  1. 132033
    First edition, first impression, of the second Famous Five adventure, following Five on a Treasure Island (1942). Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 132033

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  2. The Adventures of Superman.
    First edition, first printing. This book is the first novelization of a comic book character, and also the first Superman story credited to someone other than Jerry Siegel. It was Lowther who first provided many now-familiar details of Superman's birth and early life. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 106858

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  3. 132046
    The other tracts in the volume are:
    HALL, David. An Epistle to Friends in Great-Britain, or elsewhere, containing Advice and Consolation, particularly address'd to those who are under Tribulation..."> First edition of this tract for Quaker children. A variant gives the initials of the author, "J.J.", following "A Lover of Truth."
    The other tracts in the volume are:
    HALL, David. An Epistle to Friends in Great-Britain, or elsewhere, containing Advice and Consolation, particularly address'd to those who are under Tribulation... Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 132046

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  4. 63364
    Early printing of this charming example of Barker's illustrations, in which the fairies help a young girl support her mother through the provision of necklaces. Whilst Barker "was a devotee of the Pre-Raphaelites, particularly Edward Burne-Jones, and her work owes a debt to Beatrix Potter and Kate Greenaway" she nevertheless... Learn More
    £95

    Stock Code: 63364

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  5. 132034
    First edition, first impression of the fourth Paddington Bear book. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 132034

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  6. Mother Goose. The Old Nursery Rhymes.
    First American edition, first impression, published October 1913, probably simultaneously to the London edition. The American edition is a substantially different book from the London edition, entirely reset, with a larger page size and the contents expanded from 162 to 279 rhymes. The colour plates are the same large size... Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 113097

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  7. 112478
    First edition of Through the Looking-Glass, tenth thousand of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £4,850

    Stock Code: 112478

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 117687
    First edition of the popular educationist's biblical guide for children, published posthumously as the sequel to her identically titled book for the Old Testament. While educating her own children, Trimmer (1741-1810) became aware of the need for texts for children which would provide interesting as well as proper moral... Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 117687

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 108078
    First edition, first impression. With the original endpapers bound in. Following the success of When We Were Very Young Milne began planning a second book of poetry for children. In a January 1926 letter to his brother Ken he included it as number one in a list of "things which ought to be done": "A book of verses (about... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 108078

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  14. 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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  15. [The Pooh books:]
    First editions, first impressions, of the four Pooh books; When We Were Very Young in the second state, with the page number ix present in the preliminaries. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 96371

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  16. 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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  17. 131889
    First edition, first impression. 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
    £85

    Stock Code: 131889

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  18. 124768comp
    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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  19. 118558
    First US edition in this format, first printing; Doran had also published a large format edition in 1914. The richness of the Danish Nielsen's colour images for this lavish illustrated book of Norse pagan mythology was achieved by a four-colour process, in contrast to many of the illustrations prepared by his contemporaries,... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 118558

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  20. 117111
    First edition, first impression, with "muffatees" ("muffetees" in the second impression onward) and "we" in Roman type (italics in the second impression onward) on page 15. The regular trade binding of the first impression was either grey or tan paper boards, with no priority between them. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 117111

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  21. .
    First English trade edition. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 111588

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  22. 131030
    First edition, first printing, with the number line running to 0 as called for. Learn More
    £550

    Stock Code: 131030

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  23. 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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  24. The Coral Island:
    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... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 105863

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  25. 102175comp
    Signed limited edition, number 340 of 525 copies signed by the artist, with the extra plate that is often missing ("He Hurried Away with Long Strides") also signed by the artist bound in at the back. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 102175

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  26. Uncle and His Detective.
    First edition. The fourth of the Uncle books and one of the scarcer titles, particularly in such nice condition. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 47793

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  27. 130645
    First edition. As with the first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass was published for the Christmas market but bears the following year's date in its imprint. It was actually published in December 1871, in an edition of 9,000 copies. Learn More
    £4,250

    Stock Code: 130645

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  28. The Iron Man. A Story in Five Nights.
    First edition, first impression. 6000 copies printed according to the Sagar & Tabor bibliography. The majority we have seen have come from school libraries and this title is probably the scarcest of Hughes trade editions. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 88213

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  29. 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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  30. 123208comp
    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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  31. Macmillan's Coloured Wall Illustrations. Alice in Wonderland. 2. The Dodo presenting the thimble to Alice.
    First and only edition. The use of John Macfarlane is the only instance of Macmillan having licensed illustrations for Alice in Wonderland by an artist other than Tenniel. In its original format, the set of six was issued joined at the head as a kind of flipchart, most likely intended for classroom display. The posters could... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 73178

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  32. 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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  33. Uncle Cleans Up.
    First edition. The second of the Uncle books. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 47796

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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. .
    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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  38. Pinocchio production cel of a Dutch milk maid from the"Give a Little Whistle sequence".
    An original Pinocchio production cel, with an early inscription. Blue pencil signature and inscription, "To Peggy Fox, from Walt Disney," (possibly studio hand) on a brown 4.25 x 2 inch card affixed to the mat of an original production cel featuring a little Dutch milk maid, who was one of the carved characteras featured... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 102774

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  39. 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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  40. 131124
    First edition, first printing. Davis was an active journalist, author, and proponent of American masculinity. He was a close friend of Theodore Roosevelt's and helped create the legend surrounding the Rough Riders, of which he was made an honorary member. He was the model for illustrator Charles Dana Gibson's dashing "Gibson... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 131124

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  41. 130717
    First edition in the scarce jacket, only listing books published prior to 1910 and with the price of 1/- on the spine panel. The first two impressions of this work are indistinguishable. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 130717

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  42. 131031
    First edition, first issue with orange binding. With a 2.50 price sticker, with a "peel off" request, to the front cover, not noted by Younger and Hirsch. Learn More
    £800

    Stock Code: 131031

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  43. 131029
    First edition, first printing, with the requisite 29 titles and no ISBN code on the rear cover. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 131029

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  44. 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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  45. Half a Life.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed on the title page by Naipaul to the historian and auctioneer Anthony Hobson: "V. S. Naipaul, for Anthony, 24 October 2001." With Hobson's bookplate to front pastedown and a newspaper clipping from the Sunday Telegraph concerning Half a Life loosely inserted. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 102709

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  46. 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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  47. 130310
    First edition, first impression, of the first joint appearance of the first two Tootleoo books. The author, the grandson of the naturalist Charles Darwin, collaborated with his wife on children's books, with Bernard providing the text and Elinor the illustrations. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 130310

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  48. 130307
    First edition, first impression, of the second Mr. Tootleoo book. Bernard Darwin (18761961) was the grandson of the naturalist Charles Darwin. He and his wife collaborated on their children's books, with Bernard providing the text, and Elinor the illustrations. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 130307

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  49. 130309
    First edition, first impression, of the first Mr. Tootleoo book. Bernard Darwin (18761961) was the grandson of the naturalist Charles Darwin. He and his wife collaborated on their children's books, with Bernard providing the text, and Elinor the illustrations. With a handwritten note on the publisher's stationery loosely... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 130309

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  50. 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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  51. 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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  52. 130183
    First edition, first printing, of the Disney version of the story of Pinocchio, published in anticipation of the animated film that was released the following year. Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 130183

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  53. 130163comp
    Signed limited edition, number 7 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 130163

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  54. 130162comp
    Signed limited edition, number 507 of 1,000 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 130162

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  55. 130146
    First edition. Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna (1790-1846) was a prolific writer of novels, children's books and poetry, which she published under the pseudonym Charlotte Elizabeth, initially used to protect her royalties from her estranged first husband George Phelan. Charlotte's writings merged an enthusiastic promotion of women's... Learn More
    £125

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  56. 129978
    First edition, first impression, small paper issue. 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
    £950

    Stock Code: 129978

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  57. 129962
    First edition, first impression, of Yeats's children's book, scarce in any state, and especially so with the pages unopened and in such fine condition. This is the fifth and final book in the series. Learn More
    £300

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  58. 129964
    First edition in book-form of this monograph on Jack B. Yeats, read at a meeting of the Manchester Literary Club and first printed in The Manchester Quarterly in July 1911. The present text is revised with additions including the illustrations. A scarce title, especially so in such fine condition. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 129964

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  59. 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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  60. 130714
    Deluxe edition, limited to 350 unnumbered copies only. 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. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 130714

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