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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. We Hide, You Seek.
    ARUEGO, Jose, & Ariane Dewey. We Hide, You Seek.

    New York : 1979

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed with an original drawing by one of the author-illustrators on verso of front free endpaper: "To my friends in Mrs. Alexander's First Grade Class. Love, Jose Aruego 9/29/84". A vibrantly illustrated children's book, this is the seventh collaboration of Aruego and Dewey. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 94380

  2. The Package. A Mystery.
    ANDERSON, Laurie. The Package. A Mystery.

    New York : 1971

    First edition, first printing of the renowned performance artist's first book. "One day my five-year-old sister asked, 'Laurie, which of us is dreaming?' This is what The Package is about" (jacket blurb). A mystery story for children in pictures alone in which "a painting can be walked into and an architectural blueprint becomes an actual, enterable... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 94390

  3. Leif The Lucky.
    PARIN D'AULAIRE, Ingri and Edgar. Leif The Lucky.

    Garden City, : 1941

    First edition, first printing. Laid in is a hand written letter on the authors' stationery to Miss Julia Carter thanking her for her hospitality when they visited her in Cincinnati. 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... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 93510

  4. The Egg Tree.
    MILHOUSE, Katherine. The Egg Tree.

    New York : 1950

    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 with Children and Young People... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 93163

  5. Eastward Sweeps the Current.
    MALKUS, Alida Sims. Eastward Sweeps the Current.

    Chicago : 1937

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author to Julia F. Carter on the half-title verso, "For Miss Julia Carter, with warm appreciation of her kindness. Alida Malkus Cincinnati Nov. 5 1937." 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... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 93380

  6. Chessie.
    CARROLL, Ruth. Chessie.

    New York : 1936

    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on verso of front free endpaper. A children's tale based on the true story of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad's stowaway kitten. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 92609

  7. Puppies for Keeps.
    LATHROP, Dorothy. Puppies for Keeps.

    New York : 1943

    First edition, first printing. Bookplate of Julia F. Carter to front pastedown. With a collection of 4 christmas cards/notes from the author to Julia F. Carter. 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 with Children... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 92611

  8. Sam, Bangs, and Moonshine.
    NESS, Evaline. Sam, Bangs, and Moonshine.

    New York : 1966

    First edition, first printing of the 1967 Caldecott Medal winner. Picture book of a little girl whom pretends that her mother is a mermaid and that Bangs, her cat, can talk to her. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 92806

  9. A Book of Bunnies.
    HAWES, Grace F. A Book of Bunnies.

    New York : 1910

    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author to lower front of the title page, "Hand coloured by Grace F. Hawes". Each page features a delightful bunny illustration followed by a verse. A very scarce title with only one showing on WorldCat at the Cotsen Library of Princeton. The Cotsen Library notes that, "The illustrations, reversed, inverted... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 92916

  10. Muggins.
    BRADBURY, Bianca. Muggins.

    Boston : 1944

    First edition, first prinitng. Adventures of a curious little kitten. Illustrated throughout by Diana Thorne, who is a noted animal artist, especially her works featuring canines. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 92920

  11. The Indian in the Cupboard; The Return of the Indian.
    BANKS, Lynne Reid. The Indian in the Cupboard; The Return of the Indian.

    Garden City, New York; : 1980

    First US editions, The Indian in the Cupboard is lacking the inserted publisher's card stating illustrator information. First published in the UK the same year. The story of a boy who receives a plastic Indian and an old cupboard for his birthday, a gift which changes his life. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 91632

  12. Edgar Allan Crow.
    TUDOR, Tasha. Edgar Allan Crow.

    New York : 1953

    First edition, first printing. A charming story of a crow and his adopted human family. Based on the true tale of the author's family. Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 91638

  13. Ride a Cock-Horse.
    PEAKE, Mervyn (illus.) Ride a Cock-Horse.

    London : 1940

    First edition, first impression. 14 nursery rhymes, including "Old King Cole", "How Many Miles to Babylon?" and "Doctor Foster Went to Glo'ster", each accompanied by a full-page illustration. This was the second book Peake illustrated and its success led to Chatto & Windus commissioning Peake to illustrate their edition of Lewis Carroll's The Hunting... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 90436

  14. The Knave of Hearts.
    PARRISH, Maxfield (illus.); SAUNDERS, Louise. The Knave of Hearts.

    New York : 1925

    First Edition, First Printing. Parrish was especially well-served here by a beautifully printed volume with superbly done colour reproductions. The publisher spared no expense, and priced the book at 10.00, a very high price for the day. Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 90269

  15. Floor Games.
    WELLS, H. G. Floor Games.

    London : 1911

    First edition, first impression. Written for the author's two sons, Floor Games explores the possibilities of imaginative play, city building, exploration, and war. Rare in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 90331

  16. Master Snickup's Cloak.
    THEROUX, Alexander. Master Snickup's Cloak.

    New York : 1979

    First US edition. The author's third book, ostensibly a children's picture book but textually dense and thematically pitch-black. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 90334

  17. Mr. Popper's Penguins.
    ATWATER, Richard & Florence. Mr. Popper's Penguins.

    Boston : 1938

    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 in the same year. Mr. Popper's... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 90335

  18. The Phantom Tollbooth.
    JUSTER, Norton. The Phantom Tollbooth.

    London : 1962

    First UK edition, first printing, first published the previous year in New York. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 89944

  19. Walt Disney's Surprise Package.
    DISNEY, Walt (inscr.); PALMER, H. Marion. Walt Disney's Surprise Package.

    New York : 1944

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed on the verso of the front free endpaper in crayon to "Mimi Bonesteel, Happy Easter, Walt Disney." Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 89991

  20. The Giver.
    LOWRY, Lois. The Giver.

    Boston : 1993

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Lowry to M. M. Kimmel on the title page, "For Maggie, ( Speaking of Givers-), with love Lois Lowry 1995." Margaret Mary Kimmel is a professor emerita in the School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She has served on many important library councils including, the Carnegie... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 89693

  21. Sarah, Plain and Tall.
    MACLACHLAN, Patricia. Sarah, Plain and Tall.

    New York : 1985

    First edition, first printing. Winner of the 1986 Newbery Medal, for outstanding children's literature as well as the 1986 Golden Kite Award winner. Story is set around a widowed husband putting an ad in the local newspaper for a new wife to help care for his two children, set in the early part of the 19th century. Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 89694

  22. Fletcher and Zenobia.
    CHESS, Victoria, & Edward Gorey. Fletcher and Zenobia.

    New York : 1967

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Victoria Chess on the front free endpaper and with her drawing of a very fat cat in blue felt pen: "For Bob & Helena, from Victoria Chess, 20.2.68". Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 89504

  23. The Gammage Cup.
    KENDALL, Carol. The Gammage Cup.

    New York : 1959

    First edition, first printing. An ALA notable children's title, also 1960 Newbery Honor title.

    This fantasy novel for young adults returned to the spotlight in 1999 during a legal dispute over J. K. Rowling's invention of the word Muggles in the Harry Potter series. Muggles is a character in this novel, although Carol Kendall was more amused... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 89563

  24. The Door In The Wall.
    DE ANGELI, Marguerite. The Door In The Wall.

    Garden City, New York : 1949

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by author to Julie F. Carter on the verso of the title page, 'For Julia Carter, with my warm greetings and in memory of a happy dinner party long ago, affectionately Marguerite De Angeli, 1949.' Winner of the 1950 Newbery Medal. Julia F. Carter, was the first full time children's librarian at the New York Public... Learn More
    £775.00

    Stock Code: 89564

  25. The Man Who Walked With Death.
    HORLER, Sydney. The Man Who Walked With Death.

    New York : 1931

    First American edition. Murder mystery novel featuring the character Brett Carstairs. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 89686

  26. Pinkerton, Behave!
    KELLOGG, Steven. Pinkerton, Behave!

    New York : 1979

    First edition, first printing. Warmly inscribed by Kellogg with an original ink illustration of Pinkerton on front free endpaper. A delightful children's picture book of the adventures of a Great Dane puppy. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 89240

  27. The Secret World of Og.
    BERTON, Pierre. The Secret World of Og.

    Toronto : 1961

    First edition, first printing. Fantasy novel based on the author's own children. Basis for the animated television series of same title. Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 89285

  28. The Gold Bat.
    WODEHOUSE, P. G. The Gold Bat.

    London : 1904

    First edition, first impression, of this Wodehouse schoolboy classic. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 88989

  29. William Tell Told Again.
    WODEHOUSE, P. G. William Tell Told Again.

    London : [1904]

    First edition, first impression with only the early ads, as called for by McIlvaine. William Tell Told Again was one of Wodehouse's earliest books, published prior to his success with the Jeeves stories. Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 88882

  30. The Phantom Tollbooth.
    JUSTER, Norton; Jules Feiffer. The Phantom Tollbooth.

    New York : 1961

    First edition, first printing with publisher Epstein and Carroll printed on dust jacket and stated on title page (later editions have Random House as publisher). Signed by illustrator Jules Feiffer on title page. True first printings of this title are very uncommon and signed copies even more so. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 88205

  31. The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRIMM, [Jacob & Wilhelm]. The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm.

    New York : 1909

    Deluxe American Edition. Limited to 50 copies. Signed by Arthur Rackham on the verso of the half-title. This is a revised edition of the work originally published in 1900 with some new illustrations and others redrawn and coloured. Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 86981

  32. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
    DOISNEAU, Robert. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

    Lausanne : 1955

    First edition, first impression. Guild du Livre and Editions Clairfontaine are the same publisher. Guild du Livre being the subscriber's arm of the company where the books are issued first at a reduced rate to subscribers with a different cover to the retail version. This copy has the Guild du Livre imprint. Text in French. Learn More
    £700.00

    Stock Code: 86597

  33. Little.com.
    STEADMAN, Ralph. Little.com.

    London : 2000

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the half-title. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 85882

  34. Original preliminary drawing for Ingoldsby Legends. "The Kitchen."
    RACKHAM, Arthur. Original preliminary drawing for Ingoldsby Legends. "The Kitchen."

    London, : 1898

    A similar but less complete drawing of this kitchen was used as the background for a woman striking her drunken husband over the head with a stool to accompany "The Ghost" on page 73 of "Ingoldsby Legends". 96121 Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 85285

  35. Original preliminary drawing for Ingoldsby Legends. "With Iron it's Plated and Machecollated, To Pour Boiling Oil and Lead Down: How You'd Frown Should a Ladle-Full Fall on Your Crown".
    RACKHAM, Arthur. Original preliminary drawing for Ingoldsby Legends. "With Iron it's Plated and Machecollated, To Pour Boiling Oil and Lead Down: How You'd Frown Should a Ladle-Full Fall on Your Crown".

    London, : c.1898

    This is a preliminary sketch for the published drawing that accompanied the rhyme "Bloudie Jack of Shrewsberrie, The Shropshire Bluebeard", that appears on page 405 of "Ingoldsby Legends". Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 85307

  36. Fairy Tales.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); ANDERSEN, Hans [Christian]. Fairy Tales.

    London : 1932

    First Rackham trade edition in the publisher's deluxe binding. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 85331

  37. A Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales.
    PARRISH, Maxfield (illus.); HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel. A Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales.

    New York : 1910

    First Parrish edition, first impression. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 84668

  38. The Story of Little Jane and Me. [With] Polly and the Aunt. By the Aunt.
    BLATCHFORD, Mary Edgecumbe. The Story of Little Jane and Me. [With] Polly and the Aunt. By the Aunt.

    Boston and New York : 1898 and October 1906

    First editions, both inscribed by the author (the second work being the dedication copy) to Caroline Nelson Russell, "with the author's love" on the first blanks, with "Cambridge, June 9, 1905" in the first work, and "Cambridge, October 6, 1906" in the second work. The Story of Little Jane and Me bears M. E. Blatchford's own bookplate, making this her... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 83337

  39. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.
    SEUSS, Dr. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.

    New York : 1938

    First edition, later printing with the hats on the endpapers going from small to large. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the bottom of the verso of the original front free endpaper "With best wishes to Jack Macpherson Dr. Seuss." Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 80761

  40. Rosamund's Castle.
    OXENHAM, Elsie Jeanette. Rosamund's Castle.

    London : 1939

    First edition, first impression, of the 27th title in the popular Abbey series. The publishing house Collins published the majority of the Abbey series, but Rosamund's Castle is one of only three to be published by The Girls Own Paper Office (G.O.P), a British story paper catered to young girls. Although a popular magazine with some notable contributors,... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 80999

  41. The Wanderings of Mumfie.
    TOZER, Katharine. The Wanderings of Mumfie.

    London : 1935

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed,"For Mrs Macdonald, with love and gratitude for her extreme kindness to me. Katherine Tozer." Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 79399

  42. East of the Sun and West of the Moon.
    NIELSEN, Kay (illus.) East of the Sun and West of the Moon.

    London : [1914]

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the illustrator on the verso of the front free endpaper, "To Miss Bernadine Murphy with my kindest regards, Kay Nielsen, April 1947". Loosely inserted is a one-page autograph letter signed by Nielsen to the book's owner and dated October 10, 1948. Nielsen thanks Murphy for what seems to have been her attempt... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 79481

  43. The Adventures of Uncle Lubin.
    ROBINSON, W. Heath. The Adventures of Uncle Lubin.

    London : 1902

    First edition of what is probably the scarcest of all Robinson's books. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 79510

  44. The Boy Apprenticed to an Enchanter.
    COLUM, Padraic. The Boy Apprenticed to an Enchanter.

    New York : 1920

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author to the American poet Barbara Howes on the front free endpaper, "For Barbara Howes, 'obsidian hooves for knelling? the end', Padraic Colum, Saffield July 1960". With Howes' bookplate and her pencilled ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 77766

  45. Alice's Adventures Under Ground.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures Under Ground.

    London and New York : 1886

    First and only edition, one of 5,000 copies printed of this facsimile of the first draft of Alice's Adventures in the author's hand (about 12,700 words compared to more than 26,700 in the published version), with his own illustrations, the later issue with white endpapers, apparently consisting of remainder sheets put into covers perhaps as late as... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 76687

  46. Coot Club.
    RANSOME, Arthur. Coot Club.

    London : 1934

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £315.00

    Stock Code: 76585

  47. The Feud in the Chalet School.
    BRENT-DYER, Elinor M. The Feud in the Chalet School.

    Edinburgh & London : [1962]

    First edition. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 76599

  48. The Legend of Captain Crow's Teeth.
    COLFER, Eoin. The Legend of Captain Crow's Teeth.

    London : 2006

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £35.00

    Stock Code: 74377

  49. Half Moon Investigations.
    COLFER, Eoin. Half Moon Investigations.

    London : 2006

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £35.00

    Stock Code: 74391

  50. Lyrics Pathetic & Humorous from A to Z.
    DULAC, Edmund. Lyrics Pathetic & Humorous from A to Z.

    London : [1908]

    First edition, first impression. A lovely copy. Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 72562

  51. The Untidy Gnome.
    GIBBONS, Stella. The Untidy Gnome.

    London : 1935

    First edition, first impression of a rare children's book by the author of Cold Comfort Farm. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Stella Gibbons, Nov. 18 1936". We know of no other copy in private hands, and WorldCat locates only 11 in institutions. A lovely copy in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 70376

  52. All You've Ever Wanted. And Other Stories.
    AIKEN, Joan. All You've Ever Wanted. And Other Stories.

    London : 1953

    First edition, first impression of the author's first book. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 67849

  53. The Ingoldsby Legends.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); INGOLDSBY, Thomas, pseud. of Richard Harris Barham. The Ingoldsby Legends.

    London : 1907

    First edition thus, Rackham's illustrated edition of Barham's Ingoldsby Legends, revised and largely redrawn from the original 1898 edition, so that "greater prominence could be given to the illustrations by better and larger reproductions, including a greater number of illustrations in colour" (Rackham's Prefatory Note). A very handsome copy. Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 66753

  54. The Gold Bat.
    WODEHOUSE, P. G. The Gold Bat.

    London : 1904

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 66628

  55. Now We Are Six.
    MILNE, A. A. Now We Are Six.

    London : 1927

    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
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 62349

  56. Treasure at Amorys. A Lone Pine Adventure.
    SAVILLE, Malcolm. Treasure at Amorys. A Lone Pine Adventure.

    1964

    First edition, first impression. Number 15 in the Lone Pine Adventure series. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 62402

  57. Not Scarlet But Gold. A Lone Pine Adventure.
    SAVILLE, Malcolm. Not Scarlet But Gold. A Lone Pine Adventure.

    1966

    First edition, first impression. Number 14 in the Lone Pine Adventure series. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 62404

  58. The Enchanted World of Jessie M. King.
    KING, Jessie M. - WHITE, Colin. The Enchanted World of Jessie M. King.

    1989

    First edition, first impression. With a bibliographical checklist of books illustrated by Jessie M. King at the back. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 61632

  59. A Little Book of Legends for Children.
    LEGGE, Janie. A Little Book of Legends for Children.

    1925

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 50737

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