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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. 130587
    First edition, first printing. The US edition preceded the UK edition, published the same year. Learn More
    £500

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  2. 130583

    The Lorax.

    New York: 1971

    First edition, first issue with the three lines of copyright and highlighted yellow panel to back cover. Seuss's environmentalist fable was adapted into a computer animated film in 2012, starring Danny DeVito, Taylor Swift, Betty White and Zac Efron. Learn More
    £750

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  3. 130579
    First edition, first printing. Horton Hears a Who saw the second appearance of Horton, following Horton Hatches the Egg in 1940, and marks the first appearance of the Whos, who would reappear in How the Grinch Stole Christmas in 1957. A film adaptation was produced in 2008, starring Jim Carrey as the voice of Horton. Learn More
    £1,000

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  4. 130553
    First edition. The stories of the Jungle Book appeared in periodicals in 1893 to 1894 prior to being published in book form in a print run of 7,000 copies. It is Kipling's best known work, and was loosely adapted into the 1967 and 2016 Disney films of the same name. Learn More
    £1,650

    Stock Code: 130553

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  5. 130508
    First trade edition, first impression, in the variant dark red jacket. Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 130508

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  6. 130504
    First edition, first impression, of the second book in the Chronicles of Narnia. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 130504

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  7. 130102
    The Reluctant Dragon, which..."> First US edition. This copy is from the library of prominent American author and humanist Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), with her ownership inscription, "Gilman", to the front free endpaper. A lovely association copy between two disparate yet key writers of the period; Grahame's The Reluctant Dragon, which... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 130102

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  8. 127823
    First edition of this collection of children's tales, including the titular work, an early fairy story. A rare work, with just three copies listed on Copac (BL, Cambridge, St Andrews); OCLC adds a further 12 (all bar one in North American libraries). Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 127823

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  9. 88362
    A fine correspondence revealing the typically tempestuous relationship, with hints of sadomasochism, between the young Fleming and his Austrian girlfriend, Edith Maria Thonet (née von Morpurgo) (1904-1988). Her father was the aristocratic Viennese architect, Robert Guido Elio Freiherr von Morpurgo (1872-1941); her mother... Learn More
    £32,500

    Stock Code: 88362

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  10. 130332
    First edition, limited issue, number 137 of 550 copies on handmade paper. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 130332

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  11. 124576comp
    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

    Stock Code: 124576

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  12. The Magic Finger.
    First UK edition, first impression. It was first published two years earlier in the US. Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 109379

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. The Road to Oxiana.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Sir Denison Ross, in memory of much help with this book and many others, from, Robert Byron". A superb association, the distinguished linguist and orientalist Sir Denison Ross (1871-1940) was professor of Persian... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 79960

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  16. 130169
    A handsomely bound set in the deluxe publisher's binding, comprising the twentieth, ninth, fifth, and third editions respectively. Learn More
    £1,800

    Stock Code: 130169

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  17. 118305
    First edition, first issue, deluxe issue in art fabric. With 1903 to the title page and the single page endpapers occurring four times, and the variant frontispiece: the illustration used for the pictorial label on the front cover of the trade edition. Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 118305

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  18. 110662
    Deluxe edition, number 323 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: 110662

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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 129516
    First Quaritch edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title "Mary Beatrice Blennerhassett with the constant homage of the author July 1901 Edward Heron-Allen"; one of 1,500 copies for UK issue; there were also 500 for the US. Heron-Allen's version, first published the previous year by H. S. Nichols, includes the... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 129516

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  22. 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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  23. 126960
    First edition, deluxe issue, number 1 of 200 copies. Herbert Cole (1867-1930) provided artwork for numerous books in the Edwardian era, with his illustrations showing the influence of Walter Crane, Edward Burne-Jones and the pre-Raphaelites. Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 126960

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  24. 126059
    First edition, first impression. Dahl's fantastical tale was expanded from a short story in his 1975 book Danny, the Champion of the World. A film adaptation, directed by Steven Spielberg, was released in 2016. Learn More
    £550

    Stock Code: 126059

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  25. 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
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 129538

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  26. 128806comp

    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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  27. 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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  28. 120153
    £1,650

    Stock Code: 120153

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  29. 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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  30. 117200
    First edition of the third installment in the Fairy Book series, beautifully illustrated by H. J. Ford. "These fairy tales are the oldest stories in the world, and as they were first made by men who were childlike for their own amusement, so they amuse children still, and also grown-up people who have not forgotten how they... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 117200

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  31. 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
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 129556

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  32. 129471
    First edition of Through the Looking-Glass, early printing (eighteenth thousand) of Alice in Wonderland. Famously, the original printing of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was recalled by Dodgson. For the first published edition the book was entirely reset by Richard Clay and was published in November 1865, although dated... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 129471

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  33. 129607
    First trade edition, first impression. Reviewed contemporaneously as "one of his best", Rackham's "delicate and romantic fancy, is in sensitive harmony with Swinburne's poems and his pictures show that he understands no less than did the poet" (The Publisher's Weekly, vol. 94, 1918, p. 19). Learn More
    £425

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  34. 129605
    First edition. The fourth of Lang's fairy books, The Yellow Fairy Book compiles fairy tales from around the world, including well known stories such as "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "Thumbelina". Learn More
    £600

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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. Little.com — galley proof.
    Galley proofs for the book published in 2000 by Anderson Press, with annotations in the author's hand. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 104085

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  38. 1
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title "For Louis Dollarhide in appreciation - Flannery O'Connor, Millidgeville, April 8, 1960". Inserted is O'Connor's calling card on which she has written "I took the liberty of correcting the typographical error on page 242, FOC". On... Learn More
    £5,500

    Stock Code: 62636

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  39. 124153
    Third edition in book-form. An amusing and endearing children's primer in the multiplication tables from the end of the regency period, with captioned engraved plates offering rhyming couplets to aid memory. Often bizarre and seemingly completely unmemorable, examples include "Twice 9 are 18. My cow is very lean" and "Six... Learn More
    £750

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  40. 94962
    £1,500

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  41. 128777
    First edition, first impression, in the rare dust jacket. Timlin's only published book, The Ship That Sailed to Mars is a fantastical illustrated gift book that rivalled those of Rackham, Dulac, Goble and Nielsen. The book was published in Britain by George Harrap, who had earlier published Willy Pogany, and they followed... Learn More
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  42. 120949
    First edition, first impression. The Secret Garden was first serialized, starting in autumn 1910, in The American Magazine, a publication aimed at adults. The entire book was first published in the summer of 1911 by Frederick A. Stokes in New York and simultaneously by Heinemann in London. The American edition was illustrated... Learn More
    £2,500

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  43. 94415comp
    First Rackham edition, limited issue. Number 756 of 1130 copies. Unusually for Rackham, he did not sign this edition, as he was out of the country while it was in preparation. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 94415

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  44. 87288comp
    First edition, regular trade issue, double presentation copy, with a drawing and inscription signed by the artist, "To Reginald T. Townsend, Arthur Rackham 1927", also inscribed by the author on the half-title: "'In every tree the birds cry DoxyLove was never done to proxy' From a song for Sir Toby Belch and here inserted... Learn More
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  45. 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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  46. Absentee Ownership and Business Enterprise in Recent Times. The Case of America.
    First edition of Veblen's most caustic work, a discussion of the need for advertising and salesmanship in modern business, with a sly dig at Christianity, where he describes Propaganda of the Faith as"quite the largest, oldest, most magnificent, most unabashed, and most lucrative enterprise in sales-publicity in all Christendom"... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 88082

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  47. Women in Love.
    First edition, first printing, one of a limited edition of 1250 numbered copies, this copy signed by the author on the title page though it is not called for in the limitation. Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 81049

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  48. 44457comp
    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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  49. 128691
    First edition of this landmark work, "the first book with original work printed in colour expressly designed for the original text" (Muir, p. 158). A Chronicle of England demonstrates "colour printing at its best, the colours fresh as if they had just been painted, the typography clear and beautiful" (Slythe, p. 28). Indeed,... Learn More
    £1,850

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  50. 126948
    First edition, first impression, with the scarce dust jacket. Written for the author's two sons, aged 10 and 8 at the time of publication, Floor Games explores the possibilities of imaginative play, city building, exploration, and war. Learn More
    £475

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  51. 122557
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 122557

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  52. 121961comp
    First edition, second printing with title page erroneously stating "Second Edition". This copy is inscribed by the author's mother, Margaret Isabella Stevenson, "Norman Tennant, with love from M. I. Stevenson May 1886". Tennant's ownership stamp is found below. Margaret was also the subject of a poem in this collection,... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 121961

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  53. Benny the Bunny Liked Beans.
    First edition, first printing. A very scarce picture book by the author of Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 112429

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  54. 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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  55. 1
    Limited edition of 100 signed and numbered copies, this number 32. This copy additionally signed and inscribed by de Chair on the title page "For Phyllis Roper on her 70th birthday in appreciation of her consistent help". Biography of the English author, politician, poet and connoisseur. In WWII he served as an intelligence... Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 103982

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  56. Mr. Popper's Penguins.
    First edition, first printing. From the legendary editor, Margaret K. McElderry collection, with a pencil note on front flap in her hand "M. K. McE. for his Majesty H.L.R." McElderry was known as the "grande dame of children's publishing." She became the first publisher to have titles win the Caldecott and Newbery Awards... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 90335

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  57. Madame Ambassador. The Life of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Leah Horwitz with appreciation of all she has done for PPSEWA - which includes the land of Madame Ambassador. With best wishes. Anne Guthrie". Loosely inserted is a typed letter signed from the author to Horwitz thanking her for sending... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 82367

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  58. 122601
    First illustrated edition, first printing, published in the UK later the same year. The first edition of this classic work was first published in 1908 and was illustrated by a frontispiece. It is here accompanied for the first time with illustrations throughout, by American artist Paul Bransom. This edition of Grahame's... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 122601

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  59. 117218detail
    The Shakespeare Head edition. Limited edition of 525 copies of which this is number 104. With an original manuscript leaf by the author bound in at the front of volume 1. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 117218

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  60. 120985
    First editions, large paper issues, extra-illustrated with additional photogravures. Numbers 140 of 160 copies (of which 100 were for sale in the UK and 50 in the US), and 124 of 125 copies (of which 100 were for sale in the UK and 25 in the US), respectively. Both works are printed on handmade paper and feature the photogravures... Learn More
    £1,875

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