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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. The Story of A Fierce Bad Rabbit.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Story of A Fierce Bad Rabbit.

    London & New York : 1906

    First edition, first issue, with "London & New York" on the rear cover, in a variant binding not noted by Quinby. At the start of 1906, Potter planned three books in a panoramic form, with 14 pictures and 14 pages of text: The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit, The Story of Miss Moppet, and The Sly Old Cat, but only the first two were published. Issued for... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 109264

  2. 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: 109275

  3. 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. With the exceptionally scarce promotional wraparound band. Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 109276

  4. Mischmasch.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Mischmasch.

    Oxford : November 1882

    Mischmasch, a wordplay game for two players, was first published in The Monthly Packet in June 1881 (pp. 491-2). This is a revised anonymous reprint of that article, with some minor revisions. The article was originally credited to Lewis Carroll, rules 5 and 6 were transposed, and a note requesting comments and criticism was appended. The game requires... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 108889

  5. Rhyme? And Reason?
    CARROLL, Lewis. Rhyme? And Reason?

    London : 1883

    First edition. Presentation copy in the deluxe binding, inscribed by the author to Joanna de Morlot Pollock on the half-title, with a six line acrostic poem that spells "Joanna": "Joa Pollack from the Author: in memory of an Awful Afternoon.

    Joy was what we hoped to meet,

    On that dreary day;

    And we sought her in the street -

    Never... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 108891

  6. The Nursery Alice.
    CARROLL, Lewis. The Nursery Alice.

    London : 1890

    Second edition (the first published in the UK), first issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, to "Ada Paine, from the Author. Mar. 25, 1890." Ada (Adelaide) Paine met Dodgson at Margate; the two exchanged correspondence, and Dodgson even consented to send her his portrait, averse though he was to publicity. In the accompanying... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 108909

  7. The Nursery Alice.
    CARROLL, Lewis. The Nursery Alice.

    London : 1890 [1896]

    Second edition, second issue. As sales of the second edition and the People's Edition (the third issue of the first edition) were slow, Dodgson decided to re-issue the former, overprinted "Price One Shilling" with an ornamental bar over the earlier price. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 108911

  8. "Bruno's Revenge."
    CARROLL, Lewis. "Bruno's Revenge."

    London : 1867

    First edition of the story that formed the nucleus for Sylvie and Bruno. The editor, Margaret Gatty, was delighted: "the story is delicious. It is beautiful and fantastic and child-likeSome of the touches are so exquisite, one would have thought nothing short of intercourse with fairies could have put them into your head" Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 108913

  9. Syzygies and Lanrick. A Word Puzzle and a Game for Two Players.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Syzygies and Lanrick. A Word Puzzle and a Game for Two Players.

    London : 1893

    First combined edition, published in an edition of 250 copies. Syzgies was first published, and reprinted separately, in 1891; Lanrick was first published in December 1880 in the Monthly Packet; this is the fourth and final edition of the rules for the game. Scarce. Dodgson at Auction 1893-1999 records only the author's own copy selling at auction (George... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 108924

  10. [Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Italian.] Le Avventure D'Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie.
    CARROLL, Lewis. [Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Italian.] Le Avventure D'Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie.

    Torino : 1872

    First Italian edition, second issue, with the Torino (Turin) imprint. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 108928

  11. Hold Fast By Your Teeth.
    BAWDEN, Edward. Hold Fast By Your Teeth.

    London : 1963

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Arthur and Paeony Sadler, with compliments of the season. From Edward Bawden, Christmas 1963." Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 107484

  12. 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

  13. Dream Days.
    GRAHAME, Kenneth. Dream Days.

    London and New York, : 1902

    First illustrated edition, first published in 1898. A sequel to Grahame's Golden Age. Dream Days is best noted for it's inclusion of the story, The Reluctant Dragon, which served as the basis for the 1941 Walt Disney animated film of the same name. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 107336

  14. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

    London : [1907]

    Limited edition of 1,130 copies. Unusually, Rackham did not sign this limited edition, as he was out of the country while it was in preparation. Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 107351

  15. Stories from Hans Andersen.
    DULAC, Edmund (illus.); ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Stories from Hans Andersen.

    London : 1911

    Signed limited edition, deluxe issue. Number 23 of 100 specially bound copies, signed by the artist and printed on Japanese vellum. Learn More
    £3,850.00

    Stock Code: 107391

  16. Anatole and the Poodle.
    TITUS, Eve. Anatole and the Poodle.

    New York : 1965

    First edition, first printing. The "Mouse Magnifique" (most probably a relation of Ratatouille's Remy) solves a crime mystery with the help of a French poodle. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 107277

  17. Sophocles the Hyena.
    MORAN, Jim; Roger Duvoisin (illus.) Sophocles the Hyena.

    New York : 1954

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to his literary agent, Carlton Cole, "who expertly piloted this book thru perilous publishers shoals and brought it safely into port with crew and cargo intact. This despite hazards on the high seas of book-commerce which would have scuttled any ordinary man. My Thanks, Jim Moran.... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 107018

  18. Soap-Bubble Stories.
    BARRY, Fanny. Soap-Bubble Stories.

    New York : 1892

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 107034

  19. Masterman Ready; or, The Wreck of the Pacific.
    MARRYAT, Frederick. Masterman Ready; or, The Wreck of the Pacific.

    London : 1875

    An appealing illustrated edition of the first of Marryat's books for children, originally published in 1841; this copy in an attractive period prize binding. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 106729

  20. Autograph letter signed.
    (BAUM, L. Frank.) Ruth Plumly Thompson Autograph letter signed.

    1938

    A very warm and chatty letter from the then current writer of the Oz stories, Ruth Plumly Thompson, who was the next writer of the series after L. Frank Baum. The letter discusses all things current in Oz, including the new titles. Thompson shares her thoughts on the plays and films: "The Wizard of Oz is being made into a musical and while I suppose... Learn More
    £825.00

    Stock Code: 106424

  21. Stories from Hans Andersen.
    DULAC, Edmund (illus.); ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Stories from Hans Andersen.

    New York & London : [1911]

    First US trade edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 106367

  22. Rabbit Hill.
    LAWSON, Robert. Rabbit Hill.

    New York : 1944

    First edition, first printing. Winner of the 1944 Newbery Medal, distinguishing it as a top children's book for that year. Story of a family of rabbits cohabiting the land with their human counterparts. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 106201

  23. The Halloween Tree.
    (GRIMLY, Gris.) BRADBURY, Ray. The Halloween Tree.

    New York : 2015

    First Gris Grimly illustrated edition. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 106037

  24. The Shoe Bird.
    WELTY, Eudora. The Shoe Bird.

    New York : 1964

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 105755

  25. 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

  26. The Emerald City of Oz.
    BAUM, L. Frank. The Emerald City of Oz.

    Chicago : 1910

    First edition, first printing. The sixth of Baum's fourteen Land of Oz books, and considered one of the most aesthetically pleasing. Learn More
    £800.00

    Stock Code: 105043

  27. Tragedies Topiares.
    GOREY, Edward. Tragedies Topiares.

    1989

    First edition, first printing. Signed limited edition, number 150 of 200 sets signed by Gorey. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 104650

  28. The Dwindling Party.
    GOREY, Edward. The Dwindling Party.

    New York : 1982

    First edition, first printing. A rare piece of Goreyana. Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 104684

  29. Ettie Lou Stooper Does a Tinsel Dance.
    GOREY, Edward. Ettie Lou Stooper Does a Tinsel Dance.

    New York : 1981

    First edition, first printing. Limited to 450 copies of which none were issued for sale. Card was used as the publisher's holiday greeting. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 104686

  30. Fringilla, some tales in verse.
    BLACKMORE, Richard Doddridge. Fringilla, some tales in verse.

    Cleveland : 1895

    First edition, together with the first US edition, limited issue (number 472 of 600 copies). With the ownership signature of James Warren English (1837-1925) to the front pastedown of the London edition; he was mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, 1881-83. An interesting pair of this work by the author of Lorna Doone, showing the contrasting treatment given to... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 104558

  31. The Hardy Boys: The Shore Road Mystery.
    DIXON, Franklin W. The Hardy Boys: The Shore Road Mystery.

    New York : 1928

    First edition, first state and format. The sixth Hardy Boys title. Learn More
    £4,250.00

    Stock Code: 104570

  32. The Hardy Boys: The House on the Cliff.
    DIXON, Franklin W. The Hardy Boys: The House on the Cliff.

    New York : 1927

    First edition, first state and format of the second Hardy Boys title. Learn More
    £4,250.00

    Stock Code: 104571

  33. Little.com — mouse mat.
    STEADMAN, Ralph. Little.com — mouse mat.

    [London] : 2000

    A charming piece of Steadman ephemera. Learn More
    £60.00

    Stock Code: 104244

  34. Little.com — galley proof.
    STEADMAN, Ralph. Little.com — galley proof.

    1996

    Galley proofs for the book published in 2000 by Anderson Press, with annotations in the author's hand. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 104085

  35. Wee Gillis.
    LEAF, Munro. Wee Gillis.

    New York : 1938

    Signed limited first edition, limited to 525 copies signed by both the author and illustrator. 1939 Cadecott Honor title. A delightful tale of a young Scottish boy, from the duo who collaborated on Ferdinand. Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 104143

  36. Seaward.
    COOPER, Susan. Seaward.

    London : 1983

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 104197

  37. This Year: Next Year.
    DE LA MARE, Walter, & Harold Jones. This Year: Next Year.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression, of this delightful book, scarce in the dust jacket. "Harold Jones's lithographs for de la Mare's This Year: Next Year (1937) marked the emergence of a fresh talent in book illustration; and the flat colours strike the eye as something quite new" (Horne, The Dictionary of 20th Century British Book Illustrators, p. 265).... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 103880

  38. The False Flamingoes.
    STEADMAN, Ralph, & Mischa Damjan. The False Flamingoes.

    London : 1967

    First edition, first impression. Signed by Steadman on the title page. An early title illustrated by Steadman; it was originally published in Germany under the title Die falschen Flamingos in 1967. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 103966

  39. Inspector Mouse.
    STEADMAN, Ralph, & Bernard Stone. Inspector Mouse.

    New York : [1981]

    First US edition, first printing. It was first published in the UK the previous year. Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 103968

  40. The False Flamingoes.
    STEADMAN, Ralph, & Mischa Damjan. The False Flamingoes.

    New York : 1970

    First US edition, first printing. An early title illustrated by Steadman; it was first published in the UK in 1968, and was originally published in Germany under the title Die falschen Flamingos in 1967. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 103764

  41. The Tale of Driver Grope.
    STEADMAN, Ralph, & Richard Ingrams. The Tale of Driver Grope.

    London : 1969

    First edition, first impression. Signed by Steadman on the title page. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 103765

  42. The Yellow Flowers.
    STEADMAN, Ralph, & Fiona Saint. The Yellow Flowers.

    London : 1968

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 103767

  43. Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor.
    PEAKE, Mervyn. Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor.

    London : 1945

    First procurable edition, as the original, published by Country Life in 1939, is of legendary scarcity; as explained on the jacket blurb of the present edition "the original edition of this book was published early in the war but destroyed by enemy action. The artist has coloured the plates for this edition presumably a reference to the spot colour".... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 103786

  44. The Great Auk Escape.
    MATTHIESSEN, Peter. The Great Auk Escape.

    London : 1974

    First UK edition, first impression of Matthiessen's only children's book. It was first published in the US under the title Seal Pool in 1972. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 103561

  45. Little.com.
    STEADMAN, Ralph. Little.com.

    London : 2000

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 103700

  46. Penrod.
    TARKINGTON, Booth. Penrod.

    Garden City, NY : 1914

    First edition, first printing, first issue binding of meshed cloth, first state with p. viii numbered and the misprint "sence" p. 19, third line from bottom. Later copies were issued with ribbed cloth bindings. This is the first of three novels following the misadventures of Penrod Schofield, a Midwestern Tom Sawyer whom Tarkington modelled on his mischievous... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 103465

  47. Ride a Cock-Horse and Other Nursery Rhymes.
    (PEAKE, Mervyn, illustrator.) Ride a Cock-Horse and Other Nursery Rhymes.

    London : 1940

    First edition, first impression, first issue (without the dedication page). This is Mervyn Peake's first commission as illustrator and his second illustrated book, following Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor (1939); its success led to Chatto & Windus commissioning Peake to illustrate their edition of Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark (1941).... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 103247

  48. Emil the Wild Thing.
    SENDAK, Maurice. Emil the Wild Thing.

    [c.1970-90]

    Original pencil drawing signed by Sendak in the lower margin, depicting one of the titular creatures from the author's modern children's classic and Caldecott Medal recipient Where the Wild Things Are (New York: Harper & Row, 1963). Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 102827

  49. Tom Brown's School Days.
    [HUGHES, Thomas.] Tom Brown's School Days.

    Cambridge : 1857

    First edition of the author's classic novel celebrating the ethos of ninteenth-century English Public Schools. The book's popularity "must be linked to its powerful structuring myth in which Rugby School is England, and the experience of the boy, learning self-reliance so that authority may be delegated to him, symbolizes the experience of the man of... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 102457

  50. Goblin Market.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); ROSSETTI, Christina. Goblin Market.

    London : 1933

    Signed limited edition, number 183 of 410 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 102240

  51. The King of the Golden River.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); RUSKIN, John. The King of the Golden River.

    London : 1932

    Signed limited edition, number 232 of 570 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 102241

  52. The Book of Betty Barber.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BROWNE, Maggie. The Book of Betty Barber.

    London : [1910]

    First edition in book form. The story was originally published in the Little Folks magazine in 1900. Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 102242

  53. The Daughters of the Stars.
    DULAC, Edmund (illus.); CRARY, Mary. The Daughters of the Stars.

    London : 1939

    Signed limited edition, number 424 of 500 copies signed by both author and illustrator. "Publication of this book encountered delays and difficulties because of the outbreak of World War II. Since paper and workmen were fast being commandeered by the British government, the book was rushed into print despite the fact that only two Dulac illustrations... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 102148

  54. Sparkle and Spin.
    RAND, Ann & Paul. Sparkle and Spin.

    New York : 1957

    First edition, first printing, of the Rands's second picture book. Paul Rand (1914-1996) was an American commercial artist who, together with his wife Ann, produced four picture books combining rhythmic verse with illustrations exhibiting Paul's interest in Swiss Style graphic design. Rand is best known for his corporate logo designs, including the... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 102016

  55. I Know a Lot of Things.
    RAND, Ann & Paul. I Know a Lot of Things.

    New York : 1956

    First edition, first printing. Between 1956 and 1970, Ann and Paul Rand produced four children's books together, of which this is the first. Paul Rand (1914-1996) was an American commercial artist who, together with his wife Ann, produced four picture books combining rhythmic verse with illustrations exhibiting Paul's interest in Swiss Style graphic... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 102017

  56. Kootenai Why Stories.
    LINDERMAN, Frank. B. Kootenai Why Stories.

    New York : 1926

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For indecipherable and Pat Dale, whose tracks are all about the shack at Goose Bay, Frank B. Linderman, 1936". Writer and politician Frank Bird Linderman (1869-1938) collected the stories in this volume from the Native American tribe of the Kootenai, or, "Flat-bow-people".... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 101834

  57. Din Dan Don It's Christmas.
    DOMANSKA, Janina. Din Dan Don It's Christmas.

    New York : 1975

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page, " To Ada with much love Janin August 1975." A Polish christmas carol. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 101553

  58. The Castle and the Cave. [With the original artwork for the dust jacket by John S. Goodhall].
    FINLAY, Winifred. The Castle and the Cave. [With the original artwork for the dust jacket by John S. Goodhall].

    London : 1960

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page and with John S. Goodhall's original ink and watercolour artwork for the dust jacket, which bears the publisher's stamp on the back. The Castle and the Cave is the story of a seventeen year old English girl sent to the Dordogne region of France to work as an au pair. Learn More
    £525.00

    Stock Code: 101678

  59. The Seven Lady Godivas.
    SEUSS, Dr. The Seven Lady Godivas.

    New York : 1939

    First edition, advance review copy. One of Seuss's few books written for adults. Advance review material for Dr. Seuss titles is very uncommon. Learn More
    £1,100.00

    Stock Code: 101690

  60. One Wide River To Cross.
    (EMBERLEY, Ed.) EMBERLEY, Barbara. One Wide River To Cross.

    Englewood Cliffs, NJ : 1966

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy with an original illustration of an ark in pencil on the verso of front endpaper, "For Mary for "the Old lady" Ed Emberley Ipswich Spring 1967." The recipient, Mary C. Rife, was a noted children's librarian for more than 50 years, spending her last 30 years co-ordinating Children's Library Services for... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 100911

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