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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MILNE, A. A. When We Were Very Young.
London : 1924First edition, first impression, second state, with the page number ix present in the preliminaries (in copies of the first state the contents page ix is unnumbered). When We Were Very Young was first published in London on 6 November 1924 to immense acclaim, and the first printing sold out in one day.
Stock Code: 139923
NIELSEN, Kay (illus.); QUILLER-COUCH, Arthur. In Powder and Crinoline.
London : First trade edition of Nielsen's first gift book. An article in the 1913 Christmas Bookman recommending this work describes Nielsen as "a young artist of curiously original gifts. There are traces in his drawings for In Powder and Crinoline of the influence of Aubrey Beardsley, and there are also an imaginative daring, a fantasy, a fascinating grace... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 138114
DULAC, Edmund (illus.); STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Treasure Island.
London : 1927Signed limited edition, number 11 of 50 copies signed by the illustrator, bound in vellum and printed on handmade paper, and notably rare due to the unusually small limitation. Hughey describes Dulac's watercolour illustration for Treasure Island as his "most careful and superb painting", and Dulac himself considered them his best work. Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 138005
BROWNING, Gareth H. The Children's Story-Book of Bees
London : 1933First edition, first impression. Charming book about bees written for children, interlacing facts with stories and myths featuring the insect. Part of the publisher's "Nature & Science Series for Children".
Stock Code: 140134
SMITH, Jessie Willcox. Dickens's Children
New York : 1912First edition, first printing. Smith's book presents iconic scenes of childhood from Dickens's novels, including Oliver's First Meeting with the Artful Dodger, and Pip and Joe Gargery. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 139950
GAIMAN, Neil. Coraline.
London : 2002Uncorrected proof copy for the first edition. Published in 2002, Coraline won the 2003 Hugo Award for Best Novella, the 2003 Nebula Award for Best Novella, and the 2002 Bram Stoker Award for Best Work for Young Readers.It was the basis for the 2009 animated film of the same name. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 139924
DROSINES, George; Aristotle Kourtidos; E. M. Edmonds (trans.) Stories from Fairyland
London : 1892First edition, first impression, in the rare dust jacket. The third in the Children's Library Series, Stories from Fairyland is a collection of short stories by George Drosines, translated from the Greek. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 137892
BLYTON, Enid. Photographic portrait, inscribed.
[c.1950s]Signed portrait photograph of Blyton, inscribed "best wishes to Mrs Baker from Enid Blyton". Mrs Baker was a children's librarian who corresponded with Blyton in the late 1950s. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 134715
ASHFORD, Daisy. The Young Visiters.
London : 1919First edition, first impression, signed and dated by the author on the half-title in the year of publication, "Daisy Ashford Nov. 15th 1919", rare thus. Originally written in 1890 when she was nine years old, she rediscovered it in 1917 and published it with the support of J. M. Barrie almost exactly as it had been originally written, with childish... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 126691
GRUELLE, Johnny. Raggedy Ann in the Golden Meadow.
Wisconsin : 1935First edition, first printing. This is the 17th book in the highly popular Raggedy Ann series. The books were often sold with a Raggedy Ann doll, helping them gain widespread popularity in America. Scarce with the dust jacket. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 116478
NESBIT, E. Christmas Dreams.
London & New York : [c.1890]First and only edition, very scarce: we are unable to trace other copies, either on Library Hub, WorldCat, or on the market. This lovely publication comprises four poems by Edith Nesbit, three by Nesbit's close friend and lover of her husband, Alice Hoatson, and four others, including one by Oscar Fredrik (1829-1907), King of Sweden and Norway.
Wolff... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 137929
ROSSETTI, Christina G. Sing-Song.
London : 1893New and enlarged edition of Christina Rossetti's illustrated book of nursery rhymes, this a very scarce presentation copy inscribed by Christina Rossetti as a Christmas gift, "Henry Edward Stewart, Xmas 1893, from Christina G. Rossetti". The recipient was the infant son of the Rossetti family's doctor, Sir Edward Stewart, who especially attended on... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 136358
KIPLING, Rudyard. Just So Stories
London : 1902First edition, first impression, second state binding, of Kipling's famous collection of twelve stories and twelve poems, including "How the Camel Got His Hump" and "How the Leopard Got His Spots." The first impression exists in two issues of the binding. The first, on which the white blocking failed to adhere, was superseded by this more stably blocked... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 130603
SENDAK, Maurice, & Lore Segal. The Juniper Tree and Other Tales From Grimm.
New York : 1973First edition, first printing, inscribed by Sendak on the half-title of volume 1, "To Ted Peck, Maurice Sendak". Sendak and Segal collaborated on this reimagining of 27 of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales for this edition, selecting 27 tales, translated by Segal and illustrated by Sendak. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 139386
BAWDEN, Nina. Carrie's War.
London : 1973First edition, first impression, publisher's file copy, with the "archive copy" stamp to the title page and manuscript shelf number to the front free endpaper. In 1993 Carrie's War received the Phoenix Award, which recognises works published twenty years earlier that did not win a major literary award upon publication. The author's key work is now scarce,... Learn More£800.00
Stock Code: 132324
SENDAK, Maurice (illus.); GRIMM, Jacob & Wilhelm. The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm.
New York : 1973First edition, limited issue, number 309 of 500 copies signed by Sendak and Segal and issued withg an extra suite of illustrations printed on Beckett paper under Sendak's supervision exclusively for this edition. Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 139332
[LONGUEVILLE, Peter.] The English Hermit; or the Adventures of Philip Quarll.
Gainsborough : 1807Scarce provincial printing in chapbook form of the immensely popular tale of Philip Quarll, first published in Westminster in 1727.
"Longueville's The Hermit... became an enormously popular work, rivalling Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, of which it is possibly the best imitation. It tells the story of one Philip Quarll, shipwrecked on a small island... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 137834
BUTLER, William. An Introduction to Arithmetic. Designed for the Use of Young Ladies. By William Butler, Private Teacher of Writing, Accounts, and Geography.
London : A reworking of the author's 1784 and 1788 publications, with a companion work of exercises. The first part has only 4 prefatory pages of letterpress dated November, 1806, in which Butler claims to have printed over 4000 copies of his text:
"In the course of nearly forty years attendance on ladies' schools, I have frequently observed, that their... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 137843
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland.
London : [c.1933]First Sexton edition, one of the more uncommon of the colour illustrated editions of Alice, and especially so in the jacket. Sexton's illustrations mark a distinct approach to illustrating the tale, with Alice presented much older - almost a young teenager - than usual. Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 139427
DAHL, Roald. Danny The Champion of the World.
New York : 1975First US edition, first printing. The UK edition was published earlier the same year. A film adaptation was made in 1989, starring Jeremy Irons with his son Samuel in the title role. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 139198
BATTLEDORE. The Uncle's Present,
Philadelphia : [c. 1810-15]First and only edition. "The battledore was an offshoot of the hornbook, and was printed... for the double purpose it had to serve. In school it was used for teaching children the alphabet, whilst out of school it served as the battledore in the game of shuttlecock and battledore" (Rosenbach). This version of Battledore is believed to have been invented... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137864
WEGUELIN, J. R. (illus.); ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. The Little Mermaid.
London : 1893First Weguelin edition, number 63 of 150 large paper copies. John Reinhard Weguelin (1849-1927) was an English painter and illustrator, who drew on folklore for inspiration, and painted numerous images of nymphs and mermaids. A review in the newspaper The Sketch noted that "as for Mr. J. R. Weguelin's illustrations, it would scarcely be possible to... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 137249
WHITE, E. B. Typed letter signed to the publisher John Gilbert.
8 August 1961Typed letter signed from E. B. White to the publisher John Gilbert at Books for Pleasure: "Dear Mr. Gilbert: Thanks for your letter inviting me to write an introduction to a book of photographs. I am sorry that I cannot accept this assignment. My life at this point is a matter of catching up with jobs already begun, and with no time for new work. But... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 139160
[TRIMMER, Sarah.] New and Comprehensive Lessons; Containing a General Outline of the Old Testament; with Twenty-Four Engravings.
London : 1813First edition of the popular educationist's biblical guide for children, published posthumously as the first of two books, the second being on the New Testament. While educating her own children, Trimmer (1741-1810) became aware of the need for texts for children which would provide interesting as well as proper moral and religious instruction. After... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 117689
SMITH, Jessie Willcox. Mother Goose.
New York : 1914First Jessie Willcox Smith edition, first printing. Smith was commissioned by Good Housekeeping to produce 17 illustrations for Mother Goose. They were first published as a series issued between December 1912 and April 1914 in black-and-white only. Although these "monotone illustrations did little to impress the viewer as to the genius of these paintings...... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 138704
FRANCE. An Abridgment of the History of France.
Chelsea : 1805A lovely bilingual juvenile history of France with parallel French and English title pages and texts. This is an early publication by Chelsea historian, translator, and publisher Thomas Faulkner (1777-1855), also a member of the Society of Antiquaries of Normandy. He published his Short Account of Chelsea Hospital the same year.
Uncommon, only... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 138688
HUGHES, Ted. The Iron Man.
London : 1968First edition, first impression. 6,000 copies were printed, of which the majority we have seen have come from school libraries, making this title perhaps the scarcest of Hughes trade editions. It is however the most popular of all the poet's many works for children, and this novella was subsequently made into both a rock opera by Pete Townshend (1993)... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 138689
PEAKE, Mervyn. Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor.
London : 1939First edition, first impression, with a fine original pencil sketch by Peake on the front free endpaper, showing Captain Slaughterboard sitting on a rock holding a piece of paper. Across the paper is written in ink "Elizabeth" and below the sketch "from Doc"; i.e. this is a presentation copy from the artist's father, Ernest Cromwell Peake MD (1874-1949),... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 138692
RACKHAM, Arthur. Original watercolour from Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens:
London : 1906Signed and dated by Rackham, this original watercolour features the scene where Peter steers his little nest-ship, built for him by the thrushes, into Kensington Gardens. After the enormous success of the play Peter Pan, which opened on 27 December 1904 and broke all previous theatrical records, Barrie sanctioned the publication, in collaboration with... Learn More£47,500.00
Stock Code: 138694
BAKER, Josephine, & Piet Worm (illus.) La Tribu arc-en-ciel; The Rainbow Children.
Amsterdam : First edition and first edition in English, first printings, signed on the verso of each front free endpaper "Maman Josephine Baker" for the French, and "Mama Josephine Baker" for the English. The Rainbow Children tells of the adventures of a one-eyed black hen named Kott-Kott who travels the world in search of her lost eye and finally finds salvation... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 138681
DODGE, Mary Mapes. Hans Brinker;
New York : 1866First edition of the author's best-known children's novel. The work was an instant bestseller, second only to Dickens's Our Mutual Friend in sales. Dodge was the first editor of the children's magazine St. Nicholas, which counted Louisa May Alcott, Rudyard Kipling, Mark Twain, and Frances Hodgson Burnett among its contributors. Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 138686
ELSON, William H., & William S. Gray. Elson-Gray Basic Readers. Pre-Primer [Dick and Jane].
The Philippine Islands : 1930First edition of the first of the famous Elson-Gray Basic Readers. The "Dick and Jane" series revolutionised the American reading curriculum, using a limited vocabulary and simple illustrations to help connect the words with their definitions.
This pre-primer introduces the three main characters (Dick, Jane, and Baby), followed by nine short... Learn More£2,950.00
Stock Code: 138687
CRADOCK, Hon. Mrs. (ed.) Views in Elf Land.
London : 1878First and only edition of this uncommon book: Library Hub only gives three copies in the UK (V&A, Oxford, BL), WorldCat adds a further two in the US.
Harriet Cradock née Lister (18091884), novelist, was "a maid of honour to Queen Victoria for six years, from 1 July 1837, and was the only one to hold the post who was not the daughter or granddaughter... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 138088
ARNOLD, Matthew. An amateur manuscript copy of The Forsaken Merman.
1897A unique calligraphic manuscript copy of Arnold's poem "The Forsaken Merman". The present copy includes fine illustrations within ornamental borders, possibly after original designs, in an art nouveau style reminiscent of masters such as Edward Burne-Jones, Robert Anning-Bell, and Walter Crane. We were unable to trace information about the "Dodo" who... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 138062
WILLIAMS-ELLIS, Amabel. Fairy Tales from the British Isles.
London & Glasgow : 1960First edition, first impression, signed by the illustrator on the half-title and with an impish correction of the title from "Fairy", which she crossed out, to "Mouse Tales". Baynes (1922-2008) had already worked with Williams-Ellis on her previous publication, The Arabian Nights (1957). She had also very successfully illustrated several of J. R. R.... Learn More£900.00
Stock Code: 138071
WHITE, E. B. Charlotte's Web.
New York : 1952First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author in blue ink on the half-title: "For Lynn Bushell with greetings from E B White". 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. Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 137825
PERRAULT, Charles. Tales of Passed Times.
London : 1922First Austen edition, first impression, of Perrault's tales, including the beloved "Little Red Riding Hood", "Blue Beard", "The Sleeping Beauty", "Puss in Boots", "Cinderella", and others. Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 137838
NOBLE, Gurre Ploner. In A Little Grass Shack.
Honolulu : 1946First and only edition of this delightful and scarce book of Hawaiian nursery rhymes; Library Hub only lists three institutional holdings, all in the US, only one of which in Hawaii.
The author appears to have been a relative of Johnny Noble (1892-1944), Hawaiian big band leader and co-author of the 1933 hapa hoale-style hit song "My Little Grass... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 137841
SMITH, Pamela Colman. Annancy Stories.
New York : 1899First and only edition of this celebrated collection of Jamaican folktales, rare in such well-preserved condition.
Smith's illustrations "are the first known published drawings of Anansi, a traditional African folktale character who is also one of the most important characters in Caribbean folklore.... The setting of Pamela's tales is distinctly... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 137852
LONDON NURSERY FRIEZE; COX, Elijah Albert. A Pageant Of London For London's Children Arranged For Cutting Out.
[London : 1926]Original nursery frieze poster produced by London Transport, depicting the history of London, starting with "The First Settlement" and finishing with "London going about its business to-day", showing Londoners going into the Underground.
The artist, Elijah Albert Cox (1876-1955), designed posters for the Underground Group from 1915 to 1926.... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 137743
HOFFMANN, Heinrich. The English Struwwelpeter.
Leipzig : 1848Scarce first edition in English of the children's picture book Der Struwwelpeter, among the rarest of all children's books due to the fragility of the publication.
A publishing phenomenon that is still in print today, The English Struwwelpeter first appeared as a German children's Christmas picture book, Dr Heinrich Hoffmann's Lustige Geschichten... Learn More£18,500.00
Stock Code: 137787
AKASHI, Akako (illus.) Children's board game.
Tokyo : Meiji 44 First edition of this children's board game ("sugoroku") rarely found complete with the counters intact, as here, which would usually have been cut out in order to play the game. This game was inspired by the first Japanese Antarctic expedition of 1910, led by explorer Shirase Nobu. Japanese children were besotted with the idea of the expedition and... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137805
CRANE, Walter (illus.); GRIMM, [Jacob & Wilhelm]. Household Stories,
London : 1882First Crane edition, large paper issue, one of 250 copies only, which "sold out on publication. It is perhaps the best of Crane's more ambitious works. The book is a triumph in his characteristic mode of decoration, yet its designs, even the headpieces and initial letters, remain true illustrations" (Ray).
Provenance: engraved pictorial bookplate... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 137499
[JOHNSTON, George Liddell; James Albert Buchanan Jay.] The Alphabet Illustrated.
[Herefordshire, : c.1858]A finely executed alphabet book of captioned pen-and-ink drawings, featuring personified letters in the Victorian grotesque tradition. The drawings were executed by a talented amateur artist, carefully copied from a rare, privately-published work, The Alphabet Illustrated, by Reverend George Liddell Johnston, a feature of which is the caricatured, oversized... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 137720
DISNEY, Walt - OUSSENKO, Alexis. Original artwork for Bambi sticker book.
Berne : [c.1950]A remarkable and unique collection of original gouache designs by illustrator Alexis Oussenko. These designs depict Disney's Bambi and were produced for a Bambi and Cinderella sticker book published as a collectible album by the Swiss chocolate company Tobler in French, German, and Italian. The 32 designs collected here are mounted in the final page... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 137327
PEACHEY, Emma. The Little Flower Maker.
London : 1869First edition. A rare, beautifully produced work designed by 'Mrs Peachey, a first rate artist in her department... favourably known to the public, by a former work on Modelling Wax Flowers to enable her youthful friends, who have often admired specimens of her skill, to become adepts in the charming art of paper flower making'. The techniques of paper... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 136827
HALLIWELL, James Orchard. Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales:
London : 1849First edition of this important little work; scarce in commerce. James Orchard Halliwell (later Halliwell-Philipps, 1820-1889), antiquary and literary scholar, co-founder of both the Percy and Shakespeare Societies, is one of the most significant figures in the codification of English nursery rhymes. Popular Rhymes was a sequel to his groundbreaking... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 136692
WATTS, Charlie. Ode to a Highflying Bird.
London : First edition, first impression, inscribed "To June, Love x" by Charlie Watts on the front free endpaper. With the price label of "Seven Shillings" tipped in on the front free endpaper. A lovely tribute to Charlie "Bird" Parker in the form of a children's book, "this story was compiled by one Charlie to a late and great Charlie" (preface).
Stock Code: 136537
TAYLOR, Isaac. Scenes in Europe,
London : 1819Second edition, first published the previous year. A popular travel book for children, which underwent eight editions by 1825. The book prints scenes of notable buildings, curiosities and events for each European country, with accompanying text and occasionally poetry.
This was the copy of the author John Fowles (1926-2005), with his embossed... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 136398
CUVIER, Georges, & Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon. La Voliere de la Jeunesse,
Paris : 1817First and only edition of this charming juvenile guide to the world's birds, based on the work of Cuvier and Buffon, attractively illustrated with a suite of lively and well-executed, if unsophisticated, plates. Uncommon, with just four sets located in an online search of institutional holdings: no copies traced in the UK, just one in the US. This copy... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 136054
WHITE, E. B. Stuart Little.
New York : 1945First edition, stated first edition and correct publisher's code, in the correct first issue dust jacket, with printed price of 2.00 to front flap. E.B. White's first children's book, preceding Charlotte's Web by some seven years.
Stock Code: 136190