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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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Harry Potter and the Literary Allusions: J. K. Rowling's influences

"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. 25 Years of the Rolling Stones in the USA. Crossfire Hurricane.
    First edition, first impression. Limited to 1750 copies. Signed by Bob Gruen on the limitation page. Together with the original prospectus. Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 114858

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  2. The Web of Easter Island.
    First edition, first printing, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "sincerely, Donald Wandrei." Wandrei was the co-founder of Arkham House. This is one of 3,000 copies. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 114748

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  3. i1
    First edition, first printing, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For Franklin Rosemont, with warmest regards, Frank Belknap Long." The recipient was an American poet, artist and leftist historian, and co-founder of the Chicago Surrealist Group. This Arkham House collection of Long's writings collections 33 stories first... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 114747

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  4. Attractive inscribed photographic portrait on textured paper by Howard Coster.
    Signed by Shaw at the top of the image and by Coster (in pencil) on the mount; additionally inscribed by Shaw on the mount: "To Mary Lawton, G. Bernard Shaw, 13/11/36". An excellent association: Shaw had known the American actress Mary Lawton since before the Great War: he directed her in the first Broadway production of... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 114626

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  5. The Matchlock Gun.
    First edition, first printing. Winner of the 1942 Newbery Medal, Walter D, Edmonds's "stirring story of young American courage" (jacket blurb) - as a a family defend their home during the French and Indian Wars - would have resonated with a country recently committing young men to war. Paul Lantz's illustrations are very... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 114658

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  6. Nouvelles Idées sur la Population,
    First French edition of this major early American response to Malthus. Presentation copy from the author to the Swedish Academy, inscribed on the half-title: "À l'académie suédoise, hommage de l'auteur, par les soins de M. Jullien, de Paris". The inscription was quite possibly written by M. Jullien, who had been entrusted... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 113397

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  7. Eloise in Paris
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 113555

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  8. The Blind Bow-Boy
    First edition, trade issue, this copy with the authorial inscription, "Inscribed for ?Ethel Dill by Carl Van Vechten, October 5, 1923" on the front the endpaper. There was also a signed limited issue of 100 numbered copies. "The Blind Bow-Boy is a masterpiece of camp, written decades before the term and concept came into... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 113480

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  9. Services of Capt. the Hon. E. R. Fremantle, R.N.,
    First and only edition, rare: Copac locates only one copy in British and Irish institutional libraries (Cambridge), OCLC adds no further copies worldwide.

    A familial presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Mr. W. Baird, from his friend, Lord Cottesloe, April 1874". Thomas Francis Fremantle (1798-1890),... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 113559

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  10. Mummy's Bedtime Story Book.
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 113392

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  11. 111375
    First Kemp-Welch edition, first impression. A handsomely bound copy of this much-loved equine novel. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 111375

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  12. The Corpse Came C.O.D.
    First edition, first printing. Signed by Starr on the front flyleaf and additionally inscribed by him on the front free endpaper: "To Bonita Porter - the first of my new fan club. Best wishes, Jimmy Starr. March 19 1980." Starr was an American screenwriter and columnist active in Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s. The... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 110379

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  13. House of Games.
    First edition, first printing. Signed by Mamet on the title page. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 107068

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  14. 111191
    First Dulac edition. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 111191

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  15. Joy in the Morning.
    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on blank inserted by the publisher. Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 112021

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  16. 1
    First edition, first printing. The eighth of nine titles in Wilder's Little House on the Prairie books. Learn More
    £1,225

    Stock Code: 109342

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  17. 1
    First and only edition. Presentation copy from the artist, inscribed on the title page: "With compliments to Comte de Soissons, from James J. Guthrie, 23.11.00". Guthrie (1874-1952) was "a talented hand printer and founded the Pear Tree Press... he was one of the leading wood engravers associated with the developments of... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 112402

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  18. John Baldessari.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the artist on the half-title: "For David from John Baldessari". This exhibition catalogue was published on the occasion of the Baldessari retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1990. The exhibition then travelled to San Francisco, Washington D.C., Minneapolis,... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 112196

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  19. 107961
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £3,950

    Stock Code: 107961

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  20. Mittens
    First edition, first printing. A picture book of a kitten. Newberry was a prolific artist specialising in all things feline. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 112043

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  21. British Artists of Today. Number 1.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the artist on the front free endpaper, "To Mrs Blin, Mark Gertler, July 11. 1929". Scarce with the original glassine and even more so inscribed. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 111768

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  22. Soap-Bubble Stories.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 107034

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  23. .
    First edition, first printing with the six line colophon on the last page (this was cut to five in all subsequent printings). This US edition precedes the English by three years. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 109131

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  24. Earthy Mangold and Worzel Gummidge.
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the title page, "Esther, with much love and in memory of one particular day at Down Derry." Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 111182

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  25. theLittleIsland
    First edition, first printing, of this beautifully written story by Margaret Wise Brown, writing under her pseudonym, of an island going through the four seasons, "Winter came / and the snow fell softly / like a great quiet secret in the night / cold and still." Winner of the 1947 Caldecott Medal. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 112170

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  26. Tomorrow Will Be Better.
    First edition, first printing, advance copy. Signed by the author on a limitation page with printed announcement stating she is doing so in gratitude for the reception received from the Booksellers of America. Author's second novel. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 112022

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  27. 111800comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on title page, "Greetings from 'The Little House' to another 'Little House', Virginia Lee Burton." The recipients, Peggy and Dorothy Norton, were sisters and members of the Folly Cove Designers, the textile collective founded by Virginia Lee Burton in 1941 using design... Learn More
    £20,000

    Stock Code: 111800

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  28. The Affair at the Inn.
    First edition, first printing, of this collaborative epistolary novel by Kate Douglas Wiggin, Mary and Jane Findlater, and Allan McAulay. Inscribed by Wiggin on the front free endpaper: "Yours very sincerely, Kate Douglas Wiggin, who is responsible only for the character of Virginia Pomeroy the heroine." Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 109500

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  29. Keep the Change.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author to American writer Nicholas Delbanco, "For Nick Delbanco, with long standing admiration. Tom McGuane, Ann Arbor, 1989" (front free endpaper). Laid in is Delbanco's typed speech introducing McGuane's reading of Keep the Change at Ann Arbor, Michigan. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 109355

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  30. 1
    First and only edition, 100 copies printed. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To M.C, from AB, Christmas 1917" on the initial blank, and latterly in the collection of American-born Conservative politician and diarist Sir Henry "Chips" Channon (1897-1958), with his pencilled ownership inscription to the front free... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 111281

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  31. Autograph letter signed.
    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... Learn More
    £825

    Stock Code: 106424

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  32. Fantastic Fables.
    First edition, first printing, first issue, with the 4pp. publisher's terminal advertisements headed "By Anna Fuller", as called for. With a compliments slip signed by Bierce (in pale purple pencil) tipped to the front pastedown. "These short, titled fables, all in prose, point sardonic morals, one after another... Heading... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 107940

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  33. Westward Ha! Or, around the World in Eighty Clichés.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For John McFadden with cordial best wishes, S. J. Perelman, 26 March 1966". Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 112119

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  34. The Connoisseur
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author as "Jack" to "Margaret & Harry, with love, June 1926". The recipients were Sir Henry Newbolt and his wife, a highly significant association: after eighteen years working in the statistics department at Anglo-American Oil, De La Mare's verse eventually... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 107770

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  35. Henry Brocken.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy of the author's first book of prose, inscribed by the author "To Henry Newbolt, from W. J. de la Mare, thank you" on the front free endpaper. An important association: after eighteen years working in the statistics department at Anglo-American Oil, de la Mare's verse finally... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 107767

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  36. Oranges.

    Oranges.

    New York: 1967

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Bart Britton, friend of mine, friend of broke, John McPhee" on the title-page. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 107642

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  37. A Roomful of Hovings
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to "Bart, all the best - John" on the half-title verso, and signed "John McPhee" on the title-page; on the basis of other copies we have handled, the recipient was the author's friend Bart Britton. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 107638

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  38. 111821comp
    The "Author's Apology" edition, signed by the author; first edition, third printing, prepared for distribution to American Booksellers Association, with a tipped-in leaf entitled "Author's Apology" signed by Fitzgerald, "Sincerely, Scott Fitzgerald". Issued the same month as the first, the third printing included an unknown... Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 111821

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  39. The Summer of the Great-grandmother.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to her friend and mentor actress-turned writer Eva Le Galienne: "For Miss Le G. For all shall be well & all shall be well & and all manner of things shall be well - love, Madeleine" (front free endpaper). The inscription is a quotation from the medieval... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 107275

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  40. Flying Colours.
    First US edition. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the binder's front blank "To Mr. A. R. W. Robertson gratefully for kindness received in British Guinea, from C. S. Forester." Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 106985

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  41. Stella Fregelius.
    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To Sir Oliver Lodge, from H. Rider Haggard, In recollection of a very interesting evening, 1. Feb: 1904" on his Ditchingham House letterhead mounted to the front pastedown. Oliver Lodge (1851-1940) was an eminent physicist and sometime president... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 106653

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  42. .
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the artist on the half-title, "To John, all the best, Glenn Brown". Three exhibitions is a richly illustrated overview of Glenn Brown's exhibitions at the Gagosian's New York and London galleries in 2004, 2007 and 2009. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 106601

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  43. RabbitHill
    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

    Stock Code: 106201

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  44. Frank Films.
    First edition, first impression of this introduction to Frank's film work. Signed by Frank on the half title. Published on the occasion of the Diagonal Special "Robert Frank - Retrospektive der Filme und Videos", which was shown between 11 and 21 September 2003 as part of Graz Cultural Capital 2003. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 106182

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  45. The Middle of the Journey.
    First edition, first printing. Roger Senhouse's copy, sent to him by literary agents Pearn, Pollinger & Higham for the preparation of the first UK edition, published by Secker and Warburg the following year, and containing an illuminating collection of ephemera and correspondence exchanged between Senhouse, Frederic Warburg,... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 110965

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  46. The History of H.M. Navigation School, 1729-1926.
    Carbon copy typescript of an interesting history, later printed in The Naval Review (1926, volume 4, issue 14, pp. 792-820); the original is at the Royal United Services Institution (finding reference: RUSI/NM/159). The only copy held in other public institutions is that at the Australian Defence Force Academy Library but... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 105484

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  47. Naval Administrations 1827 to 1892.
    First edition, uncommon. Presentation copy from the editor, inscribed on the front pastedown endpaper: "To Dear Adml Sir John Jellicoe KCVO, Gartmore 1908". The author, Sir John Henry Briggs (1808-1897), was the eldest son of the naval administrator Sir John Thomas Briggs. 1908 was an important year for Jellicoe, because... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 105470

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  48. TJ: Johannesburg Photographs 1948-2010; Double Negative. A Novel.
    First editions, first impressions. Signed by David Goldblatt and additionally inscribed by him on the title page of TJ: "For Daphne, greatly missed for her friendship and skills, with love, David". Laid in is a letter from the photographer to the recipient concerning the practicalities of acquiring a copy for him to sign.... Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 110159

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  49. 107572comp
    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the half-title. The Confessions was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1967. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 107572

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  50. World's Fair.
    First edition, first printing, in the publisher's presentation binding. Signed by the author. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 107262

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  51. The New British Poets.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author to fellow poet Theodore Weiss and his wife Renée: "For Renée & Ted Weiss in memory of a memorable weekend - Nov 48, Kenneth Rexroth" (front free endpaper). Ted and Renée Weiss edited the Quarterly Review of Literature for nearly sixty years, publishing the works of... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 107186

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  52. .
    First UK edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To James O'Roark, with those things that make the heat of life hottest. Onward, upward, backward, sideways and forever,Tom Robbins". Another Roadside Attraction, Robbins's first novel was first published in the US in 1972. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 107115

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  53. Sutherland.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the artist, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Margaret McCall, Graham Sutherland, 22.XI.65" and with a loosely inserted autograph card (written in red ink) reading: "Dear Miss McCall, Many thanks for your letter of the 19 November. I presume your letter is in... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 109635

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  54. The Private Dining Room.
    Presentation copy inscribed by the author to a relative on the front free endpaper: "Sound the trumpets, toot the loot, for Cousin Ogden Wintermute, tell the sponsors I am yearnin', for a soon re-union in Mount Vernon. Ogden Nash, Feb 25 - 1955". Laid in is a newspaper clipping of the author's obituary, which mentions his... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 106912

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  55. The Great Auk Escape.
    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

    Stock Code: 103561

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  56. The Patriot Son
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author to "Elisabeth Schnack, from Mary Lavin, March 1964" on the front free endpaper, and with the recipient's Zurich address stamp below in green ink. Elisabeth Schnack (1899-1992) was a literary scholar of Swiss origin, and a prolific translator of English literature into... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 106766

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  57. Jazz Life.
    First edition, first printing, only reissued in English in a revised edition in 2005. Presentation copy from photographer William Claxton to the actor and acknowledged jazz fan Robert Mitchum, inscribed on the half-title: "For Bob Mitchum, a Swinger! William Claxton Feb. 1962" and with the library stamps stating "From the... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 106683

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  58. Antheil and the Treatise of Harmony with Supplementary Notes.
    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy to George Antheil, the subject of the book, inscribed by the author, "Mr Atheling to Mr Antheil, Oct. 1927, duly certified by E.P. 'for annihilating lucidity'." William Atheling was the pen name Pound had used from 1917 when writing music reviews for The New Age. The phrase... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 106135

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  59. Wee Gillis.
    First edition, first printing. The winner of the 1939 Caldecott Honor, this is a delightful tale of a young Scottish boy, from the duo who collaborated on Ferdinand. Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 105989

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  60. Sketches of Europe before the War.
    First edition, highly uncommon with only three copies in libraries worldwide, this copy inscribed by the artist "to Mrs R. G. Casey, with kindest regards. Ramendra Nath Chakravorty, Sept. 8 1944" on the front free endpaper: the de facto dedication copy, the recipient Marie Casey being the author of the foreword and also... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 105558

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