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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TAN, Shaun. The Arrival.
New York : 2007First American edition, first printing, signed and stamped by Tan on publisher's bookplate on half-title, with a loosely inserted The Arrival postcard, and accompanied by a large poster. This moving graphic novel was featured in the New York Times children's books review of 11 November 2007, pp. 3233, among the best illustrated children's books of that... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 142193
[WARNER, Susan.] WETHERELL, Elizabeth. The Wide, Wide World.
New York : 1851First edition of Susan Bogert Warner's first novel, written under the pseudonym of Elizabeth Wetherell, in bright condition. Warner (1819-1885) began writing The Wide, Wide World in 1848. It was to become one of the most popular American novels of its time, however initially had difficulty finding a publisher. "Even when George P. Putnam accepted the... Learn More£2,650.00
Stock Code: 139641
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
London : Deluxe limited edition, number 263 of 1,130 numbered copies, of which 1,100 were for sale, with the last 30 reserved for presentation. Published when the book came out of copyright in 1907, this deluxe edition was issued unsigned, as Rackham was out of the country at the time. For the first time, Rackham's plates were distributed at the appropriate... Learn More£1,800.00
Stock Code: 138673
POETRY. The Vision of Hades,
London : 1825First complete edition, publishing the Vision of Noös for the first time, paired with the Vision of Hades, first published in 1820 and here in its second appearance. This copy has various pencilled emendations in the Vision of Noös, all stylistic rather than correcting errata, and consequently almost certainly in the hand of the anonymous author,... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 138867
SEUSS, Dr. - NOBLE, Maurice; June Foray; Chuck Jones (illus.) Original storyboard drawing of Cindy Lou Who from How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Beverly Hills : 1966Signed in pencil lower left by Maurice Noble and lower middle by June Foray. How the Grinch Stole Christmas was first released as a television special in December 1966, directed and co-produced by Chuck Jones. This drawing represents Cindy Lou Who as she spots the Grinch in his Santa suit and asks "Why are you taking our Christmas tree... Why?" Noble... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 142126
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BARRIE, J. M. Peter Pan Portfolio. From "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens".
London : 1912Signed limited edition, NUMBER 3 OF 20 COPIES SIGNED BY ARTHUR RACKHAM ON EACH PLATE, WITH THE BOOK SIGNED BY THE PUBLISHER AND ENGRAVER/PRINTER on the limitation page. Although the edition was limited to 100 copies, only about 20 were signed throughout by Rackham.
Published to capitalise on the popularity of the stage production Peter and Wendy,... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 113285
CARLE, Eric. My Very First Book of Homes [and:] My Very First Book of Motion [together with:] My Very First Book of Touch.
New York : 1986First editions, first printings, of this charming little set of children's books by the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 140442
LOKER, Chris One Hundred Books Famous in Children's Literature.
New York : 2014First edition, first printing. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 136359
ROWLING, J. K. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Edition Deluxe.
London : October 2003First Deluxe edition, first impression of the fifth novel in the Harry Potter series. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 119580
ROWLING, J. K. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Edition Deluxe.
London : 2000First Deluxe edition, first impression. Goblet of Fire is the fourth novel in the Harry Potter series. Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 36781
CARROLL, Lewis. The Game of Logic.
London : 1887Second (first published) edition. Presentation copy, with an accompanying letter, inscribed by the author "Bessie Badcock, from the Author. Feb. 23, 1894." With the board and original envelope each additionally inscribed, "Bessie Badcock, from L.C." Together with an autograph letter signed ("C. L. Dodgson") to Bessie Badcock presenting this copy, also... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 108947
SEUSS, Dr.; JONES, Chuck (illus.) Cindy Lou Who looking downwards from How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Beverly Hills : 1966How the Grinch Stole Christmas was first released as a television special in December 1966, directed and co-produced by Chuck Jones. This drawing is from the scene where Cindy Lou is about to touch a jack-in-the-box in a wreath. With the Linda Jones original production art seal lower lower left and accompanying certificate. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 141164
SEUSS, Dr., JONES, Chuck (illus.) Cindy Lou Who holding a cup from How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Beverly Hills : 1966How the Grinch Stole Christmas was first released as a television special in December 1966, directed and co-produced by Chuck Jones. This drawing is from the scene where a sleepy Cindy Lou is ushered back to her bed holding her cup by the Grinch. Stamped with a Chuck Jones Estate signature lower right. With the Linda Jones original production art seal... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 141173
WAITE, Arthur Edward. Belle and the Dragon.
London : 1894First edition, in bright condition, of this uncommonly found allegorical children's fantasy. The work, set in the mythic land of Ravendale, features lightly disguised versions of Waite and his cohort. In "all his work Waite presented himself as a non-denominational mystic", here named "the Mystic", and depicted at page 95 (ODNB). Copies have been traced... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 141596
CARROLL, Lewis. Rhyme? And Reason?
London : 1883First edition. A remarkable presentation copy inscribed by the author to John Tenniel on the half-title in purple ink: "J. Tenniel, with sincere regards from the Author. Dec. 7/83." Never a close personal friend of the author, Tenniel famously refused further commissions from Dodgson after Through the Looking-Glass, but out of respect Dodgson kept him... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 108890
[POTTER, Beatrix.] HEELIS, Beatrix. The Fairy Caravan.
[Ambleside : 1929First edition, UK issue, number 26 of 100 copies only. A touching presentation copy, inscribed by Potter on the front free endpaper, "To Mr & Mrs Wight of Graythwaite - in affectionate remembrance - from Beatrix Heelis. June. 10th 1930", together with an autograph letter from Potter to the Wights laid-in, consoling them on the loss of Mollie, their... Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 109175
ADAMS, Richard. Watership Down.
Harmondsworth : 1976First illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 16 of 250 specially bound copies signed by both the author and illustrator. This copy has an original watercolour depicting Pipkin, drawn and initialled by the illustrator, on the first blank.
Adams's first novel, Watership Down was initially turned down by the major publishing houses, before... Learn More£5,250.00
Stock Code: 141188
DISNEY, Walt. Bambi.
New York : 1941First edition thus, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed "To Janet with best wishes Walt Disney" on the half title. Walt Disney acquired the rights for Bambi in 1937 from a producer and director of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer after the project was deemed too difficult. Indeed, the technical challenge of rendering a realistic animation of a deer delayed... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 109256
REEVE, Philip. Mortal Engines.
London : 2001Advanced Reader's edition, preceding the published version, of Reeve's award-winning young-adult science fantasy novel, signed on the title page by the author. Mortal Engines is the first volume in the eponymous quartet published between 2001 and 2006. It won a Nestlé Smarties Book Prize and was shortlisted for the 2002 Whitbread Award, as well as... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 141483
DISNEY, Walt. Away We Go [Donald Duck skating from] On Ice.
Burbank : 1999An original painting of Donald Duck ice skating produced for the Walt Disney Classics Collections to be used as a design for a figurine or publicity relating to the figurine. This image was drawn after an original image from Disney's 1935 cartoon "On Ice".
Stock Code: 141131
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland [bound together with;] Through The Looking-Glass. And what she found there.
London : 1937-9Late 1930s issues of the Alice books, in a handsome contemporary binding by Bayntun-Rivière bound in a single volume. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140069
DAHL, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
New York : 1964First 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£3,000.00
Stock Code: 109131
GOREY, Edward. Gorey Posters.
New York : 1979First edition, first printing, signed by Edward Gorey on the title page, and with related material also signed by the artist: the publisher's 2 pp. promotional pamphlet (signed on the first page), and a poster titled "I love a mystery week" for the second international congress of crime writers, held in March 1978. Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 141199
MUNARI, Bruno. The Lorry Driver.
London : 1945First UK edition, first impression, of this innovatively designed picture book, with flaps and wherein pages change size as the lorry driver gets closer to home. The Italian artist and designer Bruno Munari (1907-1998) produced several visually striking books for children from 1929 to his death. This book was published in Italy at the same time, under... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 141093
WHITE, T. H. The Sword in the Stone.
London : 1938Rare original page proofs for The Sword in the Stone, with a manuscript annotation to the title page, bound with the original wrappers. The Sword in the Stone is "a delightful blend of medieval lore and humorous commentary and in many ways the finest light fantasy of the century" (Bleiler).
It was the most significant contribution to Arthurian... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 138836
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Tempest.
London : First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 70 of 520 copies numbered and signed by Rackham; in the scarce dust jacket. This handsomely produced gift book pairs the enchanting illustrations of Arthur Rackham with one of the most magical of Shakespeare's plays. Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 138799
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
London : 1866First published edition, with the earlier pale blue endpapers (rather than the more usual dark green).
The book was originally printed in Oxford at the Clarendon Press in June 1865, but Dodgson heard that the book's illustrator John Tenniel was dissatisfied with its quality, so he suppressed the whole edition of 2,000 copies. The book was entirely... Learn More£39,500.00
Stock Code: 136032
MACDONALD, George. Works of Fancy and Imagination.
London : 1871First collected edition of the works of George MacDonald, a friend and mentor of Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) and a pioneering figure in the development of English fantasy writing. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 132658
CARROLL, Lewis. Phantasmagoria.
London : 1869First edition, first issue. One of 28 presentation copies sent out by Dodgson on 7 Januray 1869, inscribed by the author in brown ink on the half-title: "T. Heaphy, Esq. with the Author's Kind regards. Jan. 1869". The recipient was Thomas Frank Heaphy the Younger (1813-1873), a well regarded portrait and narrative painter whose name figures heavily... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 137829
POTTER, Beatrix. The Tailor of Gloucester.
London and New York : 1903First trade edition, first impression, deluxe issue in the publisher's flower patterned cloth. This published edition was preceded by the author's privately printed edition of 500 copies, issued in December 1902. Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 121242
MARSHALL, James (illus.); MARSHALL, Edward. Fox in Love.
New York : 1982First edition, first printing. Inscribed with an original ink drawing of a fox on the front endpaper, "For Michael, love Jim Marshall, Los Angeles August 1985." Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 112336
OXENFORD, Edward. Cat-Tales.
New York : [c.1885]Rare first and only edition of this lovely late 19th-century chromolithographed collection of poems for children. Worldcat locates two copies only (Philadelphia and Victoria, Australia); no copies on Library Hub. Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 140673
POP-UP BOOK - KUBAŠTA, Vojtěch. Marco Polo.
London : 1962The present pop-up, in fine working condition, depicts 13th-century explorer Marco Polo aboard the royal carriage, carried by four elephants, accompanying Kublai Khan on a hunt. The designer, Vojtěch Kubašta (19141992), was a Czech architect and artist who drew on his architectural training to engineer complex three-dimensional folding scenes. "Relatively... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 140702
ADDAMS, Charles. The Charles Addams Mother Goose.
London : 1967First UK edition, first impression of the renowned cartoonist's take on these traditional nursery rhymes. Originally published in the US earlier the same year. Learn More£85.00
Stock Code: 140840
CHAMPAGNAC, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph. Le Cook de l'enfance et de la jeunesse.
Paris : 1836First edition of Champagnac's retelling, for the children, of Cook's voyages to the Pacific, including New Zealand, Batavia (present-day Jakarta), Tahiti, the Sandwich Islands, and many others.
Champagnac (1798-1858), a prolific author of educational material for young readers, included an appendix providing biographical, historical, and geographical... Learn More£1,900.00
Stock Code: 140574
ROBINSON, W. Heath (illus.); KIPLING, Rudyard. A Song of the English.
London : [c.1915]A handsome copy of Kipling's classic, with Robinson's superb illustrations. "This poem originally appeared in The English Illustrated Magazine, May, 1893, prior to its inclusion in The Seven Seas" (Livingston, p. 74), three years later, from which this edition is reprinted. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 139898
POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.
London : 1911First edition, rare with the glassine jacket. Intended to please her American readers, the main animal characters in the book are indigenous to North America: grey squirrels, chipmunks, and a "large bear". The inclusion of yellowhammers (Emberiza citrinella, the birds which sing "Little bita bread and-nocheese!") was a mistake, as their range includes... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 109478
DAHL, Roald. The Witches.
London : 1983First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author the day after his wedding to the dedicatee, Felicity "Liccy" d'Abreu Crosland, on the front free endpaper, "To James, Love Roald Dahl, 16 Dec. 1983". The recipient has neatly written his name, "James King", on the front pastedown. The Witches was published in a tumultuous year... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 123625
DOYLE, Richard (illus.); PLANCHÉ, James Robinson. The Sleeping Beauty.
London : 1868An attractive copy of this Victorian illustrated edition of The Sleeping Beauty, this version originally published in 1865, and all early editions quite scarce.
"For these 'fine art' books, often issued in the name of other firms, the Dalziels made all arrangements and undertook the financial risk, commissioning artists on their own responsibility... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 139828
POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies.
London : 1909First edition, deluxe issue. These deluxe bindings were based on a design by Beatrix Potter and originally sold at 1/6- rather than the standard copies at 1/-. Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 134952
DAHL, Roald. The Twits.
London : 1980First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author in blue ink on the front free endpaper, "To Andrew, Heidi & Matthew, with love, Roald Dahl. 15 Dec. 1980", in the year of publication. Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 123208
STREATFEILD, Noel. Circus Shoes.
New York : 1939First US edition, first printing, of the third book of Streatfeild's Shoes series. It was originally published in the UK in 1938 as The Circus is Coming and it won the Carnegie Medal that year. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 140489
LANG, Andrew (ed.) The Grey Fairy Book.
London : 1900First edition, first impression, of the sixth instalment in Lang's Fairy Book series, with tales "deriving from many countries - Lithuania, various parts of Africa, Germany, France, Greece, and other regions of the world" (Lang's preface), many of them highly phantasmagorical and strange. Lang's preface contains the intriguing observation, "The stories,... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 127577