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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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

    Stock Code: 126948

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  5. 122557
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 122557

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 89991comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed on the verso of the front free endpaper in crayon to "Mimi Bonesteel, Happy Easter, Walt Disney." Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 89991

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  14. 128929
    First edition, first printing, with adverts on the jacket rear panel and flap and 295/295 price. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 128929

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  15. 86898comp
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Sonia with love Roald Dahl, March 1981". Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 86898

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  16. Switch Bitch.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on front free endpaper. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 91286

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  17. [Swiss Family Robinson.] The Family Robinson Crusoe:
    First complete edition in English of the "Swiss Family Robinson," the first two volumes consisting of a re-issue of Godwin's 1814 edition with a cancel title page, along with the first appearance of Wyss's continuation, as announced at the end of the first volume. Translated from Baroness Montolieu's 1813 French adaptation,... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 97120

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  18. 1
    First Genesis edition, first impression. Edition of 500 numbered copies signed by Mason. Together with a T-shirt, 'Hi' hat and a Paiste cymbal badge in a pull-out tray 2 colour prints (sheet size 55 x 38 cm) each signed by Storm Thorgerson, a monochrome print (sheet size 21 x 28 cm), a pair of drum sticks, a drum key, a... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 74297

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  19. 116701
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 116701

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  20. The Tunnel Calamity.
    First edition, first printing. An accordion style picture book as only Gorey could do! Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 104542

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  21. His Monkey Wife or Married to a Chimp.
    First edition, first impression of the author's first book, "a wicked and witty satire about a man seduced by a chimpanzee" (ODNB). Presentation copy from the author to the Parisian bookseller and publisher Edward W. Titus, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Edward W. Titus with best wishes John Collier, Ashmansworth,... Learn More
    £525

    Stock Code: 108360

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  22. 126954
    First editions, first printings. "The tales deal with conflicts children face, particularly in regard to bullying and physical violence. Sendak, then a self-taught artist in his late twenties just beginning to try his hand at illustration, supplied the cover art and several line vignettes. One imagines that Sendak's parents... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 126954

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  23. 1
    First edition, first impression, with the dropped "N" from London on the imprint. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 115969

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  24. 127280comp
    First US edition, first printing, first state dust jacket without "year 2" on the spine panel. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 127280

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  25. 48286
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 48286

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  26. 62349comp
    Signed extra-limited edition, number 18 of 20 copies signed by the author and illustrator and printed on Japanese vellumthe most luxurious and exclusive issue of the various formats done for the first editions of Milne's Pooh books. Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 62349

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  27. 34037comp
    First edition, first printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "Dear Peter I am also honored. My love Jane". The recipient was the publisher Peter Owen by whom Bowles's UK editions were published. Presentation copies of this author's works are uncommon. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 34037

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  28. 47941comp
    First edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "Saxon from Virginia". Cambridge Apostle Saxon Sydney-Turner (1880-1962) was a classics scholar at Cambridge contemporaneous with Bell, Strachey, Leonard, and Thoby Stephen. His presence at Thoby's inaugural "Thursday... Learn More
    £20,000

    Stock Code: 47941

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  29. 120750comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by Yeats for Lady Gregory on the first blank, "I think some of my part in this little work the best prose I have written. WBYeats 1922", with Lady Gregory's bookplate. This is a major association copy, inscribed by Yeats to his close friend and literary collaborator Lady Augusta... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 120750

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  30. The Hungry Tiger of Oz.
    First edition, first printing, of the twentieth Oz book and the sixth such to be written by Ruth Plumly Thompson. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 106613

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  31. 125073
    First edition, first printing. The American edition preceded the UK edition by a year. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 125073

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  32. 125956comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Olwyn with love from Ted April 1st, 1961". The inscription precedes the publication of the book, Hughes's first book of children's verse, by six days. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn.... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 125956

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  33. 124743
    First published editions. The copies of the novelist Richard Adams, with his bookplate to the front free endpapers. Adams uses a quotation from Through the Looking Glass, alongside a quotation from Shakespeare, as the heading of the Epilogue to Watership Down: "He was part of my dream, of course - but then I was part of... Learn More
    £10,000

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  34. Worrals of the W.A.A.F.
    First edition, first impression, in the second impression jacket. Signed by the author on front free endpaper. The first of Johns' books about Joan 'Worrals' Worralson. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 92295

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  35. Women With Men.
    First Canadian Edition. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 99496

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  36. 113775
    First edition of the first truly scholarly edition of Malory's Arthurian epic, presentation set inscribed by the editor Dr H. Oskar Sommer on the half title of the first volume, "To Mr Herbert Beerbohm Tree, with the author-editor's compliments and best wishes, H. Oscar Sommer" and again in the last volume (printed three... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 113775

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  37. 126783
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 126783

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  38. 126684
    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
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 126684

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  39. 126520comp
    Signed limited edition, number 412 of 500 copies numbered and signed by the artist. This is the cloth issue, with an unstated part of the edition issued in vellum. Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 126520

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  40. 126173
    First edition. Through the Looking-Glass was published for the Christmas market and 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
    £2,000

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  41. 126126comp
    First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 89 of 410 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 126126

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  42. 120603comp
    Fourth edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the illustrator on the half-title, "Aunt Fanny, with love from Ernest, Christmas 1924". Shepard was very close to his aunts; his mother had died when he was ten, after which his aunts helped to raise him, taking him and his siblings on many trips. Shepard... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 120603

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  43. 118335comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Jan & Colin, Love Roald 1979". The recipients were Jan and Colin Ross-Munro. Jan, an art historian who regularly lectured at the Victoria and Albert Museum, was a close friend of Dahl's second wife, Liccy. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 118335

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  44. 111943
    "Nielsen..."> An original watercolour for In Powder and Crinoline, signed and dated "Kay Nielsen 1913" in the lower left corner. Nielsen produced 26 watercolours for In Powder and Crinoline to illustrate seven fairy tales chosen by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. This watercolour illustrates the story, "Felicia or The Pot of Pinks".
    "Nielsen... Learn More
    £50,000

    Stock Code: 111943

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  45. 125219
    First edition, first printing, of Wyeth's illustrated version of Verne's tale, which was first published in French in 1876 with the first edition in English being published in October of the same year. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 125219

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  46. 125604comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the half-title. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 125604

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  47. Where the Blue Begins.
    First trade edition, first printing; this copy signed by Rackham on the half-title. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 48525

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  48. 115523comp
    First edition. Presentation copy inscribed to publisher Reginald J. Smith on the front free endpaper, "Reginald J. Smith, from the author, 1st December 1898". Smith was editor of The Cornhill magazine (in which Falkner subsequently published a story) and head of Smith Elder publishing house from 1894. This copy bears several... Learn More
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 115523

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  49. The French Lieutenant's Woman.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "John Fowles, 1998." Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 111602

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  50. 90586comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 90586

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  51. 77734
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 77734

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  52. 76572
    First edition of a selection of classic stories by Hans Christian Andersen which includes the Snow Queen and the Tinder Box, all beautifully illustrated by Nielsen. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 76572

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  53. 1
    First edition, first printing, number 795 from a total edition of 1,000 copies, one of 750 copies on vergé à barbes. Signed by Joyce on the blank before the half-title: "James Joyce, Paris, 26 February 1924". At this time Joyce was already at work on Finnegans Wake and on the previous day (25 February) had penned a postcard... Learn More
    £55,000

    Stock Code: 113181

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  54. .
    Signed limited edition, number 149 of 350 copies numbered and signed by the artist. It was this book that first announced Dulac's status as a popular artist, confirming him as "a direct challenger in the illustrated gift book market to the work of Arthur Rackham. Susan Lambert noted that, compared to Rackham, Dulac 'made... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 107330

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  55. 125707comp
    Signed limited edition, number 448 of 500 copies signed by the artist for sale in Great Britain, Ireland, and the Colonies, with an additional 25 copies reserved for presentation. This was the first of Dickens's works to be illustrated by Rackham. Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 125707

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  56. 125263
    Proof copy of the first edition, first impression, with publisher's stamp "proof copy only" in black on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 125263

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  57. Original portrait, ink on paper. Signed by the artist and inscribed by Conrad with a line from Victory.
    An original pen-and-ink portrait of Conrad, signed by the artist and inscribed by Conrad with a quotation from Victory: "'.?.?. and incompleteness of any sort leads to trouble' from 'Victory'" (p. 30). Learn More
    £4,250

    Stock Code: 60138

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  58. 120233comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the verso of the half-title, together with the signatures on the reverse of the frontispiece, of the cast of the premiere run of the play at the Apollo Theatre, London, in October 1929; totalling 30 signatures. The signatures include those of the director, Raymond... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 120233

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  59. 125068
    First edition, first printing. E. B. White won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal in 1970 for Charlotte's Web and his first children's book, Stuart Little, which was published in 1945. Loosely inserted in this copy is a programme for a school production of Charlotte's Web, of unknown date. Learn More
    £2,250

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  60. 124933
    First edition, first impression, first issue jacket with the telescope back to front. Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 124933

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