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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ROWLING, J. K. [Harry Potter collector's deluxe editions, signed or inscribed:] Philosopher's Stone; Chamber of Secrets; Prisoner of Azkaban; Goblet of Fire.
London : 1999-2000First deluxe editions of the first four Harry Potter books, inscribed on the half-title of Philosopher's Stone by the author, "To Alex, enjoy reading these with Mummy and Daddy! J K Rowling", and signed by Rowling on the half-titles of the other volumes. Philosopher's Stone and Chamber of Secrets are fifth impressions; Prisoner of Azkaban, sixth; Goblet... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 146754
GRAHAME, Kenneth; SHEPARD, Ernest H. (illus.) The Wind in the Willows.
London : 1931First Shepard edition, signed limited issue, number 164 of 200 large paper copies signed by both author and artist. This edition - also issued unsigned in a cloth binding - was the first edition to be illustrated by Shepard, whose classic illustrations of anthropomorphized animals render this the most popular version of the book even today.
Wind... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 146527
MILNE, A. A., & E. H. Shepard. Catalogue of The Winnie-the-Pooh Collection of Pat McInally.
London : 2011Catalogue to accompany the exhibition and sale of the most comprehensive collection of Winnie-the-Pooh books and artwork ever assembled. Including more than one hundred items gathered together over twenty years by American football legend Pat McInally, the catalogue describes and illustrates fine examples of all the Pooh books, important inscribed copies,... Learn More£10.00
Stock Code: 72112
KRAUSS, Ruth, Remy Charlip, Maurice Sendak, Margaret Rey, H. A. Rey, Karla Kuskin, Ezra Jack Keats, Miriam Schlein, Harvey Weiss and Crockett Johnson. 10 signatures by 10 US children's authors and illustrators.
c. 1970A collection of esteemed Children's authors and illustrators, presumably signed at the same gathering as the signatures are in the same pen, unfortunately we do not have the whereabouts or exact dates. Ruth Krauss was the author of many Children's books including "The Carrot Seed", one of many collaborations with her husband illustrator, Crockett Johnson,... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 146040
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.
London : 1951Deluxe edition, number 305 of 500 copies. This is the one-hundredth edition of Grahame's timeless classic, which was originally published in 1908, with just a frontispiece, by Graham Robertson. Rackham's illustrations for the text first appeared in the Limited Editions Club edition of 1940, and it was the last work he illustrated. "During his last illness... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 107331
[POTTER, Beatrix.] HEELIS, Beatrix. The Fairy Caravan.
Philadelphia : 1929Signed limited edition, number 48 of 100 copies signed by the author. The bibliographic story of this book is strangely charming and endearingly amateurish. Potter considered this story of a miniature animal-run travelling circus as "too personal and autobiographical" for her comfortably to allow publication in England. She arranged for the Philadelphia... Learn More£12,000.00
Stock Code: 105980
STEADMAN, Ralph. Little.com.
London : 2000First edition, first impression. Signed limited edition, number 241 of 400 specially bound copies signed by the artist on the half-title, of which 300 were numbered for sale and 100 were reserved for the artist. Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 100454
KIPLING, Rudyard. Just So Stories For Little Children.
London : 1902First edition, third printing (two months after the first), inscribed by the author, "Janet Aitken from her obliged and obedient servant the author Jul. 1911", on the title page; Kipling has struck through his printed name and signed it below. Then three years old, Janet Gladys Kidd, née Aitken, later Campbell, later Montagu (1908-1988), was the daughter... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 137861
DISNEY, Walt (inscr.); TAYLOR, Deems. Fantasia.
New York : 1940First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Walt Disney, "To David Von Kessell sincerely Walt Disney." David was the son of Disney Imagineer, Glendra von Kessel. Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 111964
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Nursery Rhymes.
Bayntun : 1947First edition, limited issue, number 344 of 550 copies on handmade paper, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title "Inscribed for Lucienne Gow by V. Sackville-West". The recipient was the first chairman of the Tenterden Trust, in current Ashford Borough, near Sissinghurst. Only the first 25 copies were issued signed, inscribed copies are rather... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 144628
GRAHAME, Kenneth; SHEPARD, Ernest H. (illus.) The Wind in the Willows.
London : 1931First Shepard edition, signed limited issue, number 170 of 200 large paper copies signed by both author and artist. This edition - also issued unsigned in a cloth binding - was the first edition to be illustrated by Shepard, whose classic illustrations of anthropomorphized animals render this the most popular version of the book even today.
Wind... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 145516
DISNEY, Walt (inscr.); THOMAS, Bob. Walt Disney: the Art of Animation.
New York : 1958First edition, first printing, inscribed by Walt Disney on the verso of the front free endpaper, "To Vita Best Wishes Walt Disney", of one of the pillars of Disney bibliography and the deﬁnitive work on Disney animation to that date.
Additionally it is inscribed by Roy Disney and contains the signatures of more than 100 other people in the... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 138684
MILNE, A. A.; SHEPARD, E. H. (illus.) The House at Pooh Corner. [With an original pen and ink drawing of Winnie-the-Pooh.]
London : 1929Third edition. With an original pen and ink drawing on the title page by Shepard of Winnie-the-Pooh in full traditional Russian costume including a fur hat and playing a balalaika, signed beneath the image. Rare thus.
Milne began planning his final Pooh book in 1927. Three years of intense publicity were taking their toll on the family, and Milne... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 138703
POLITI, Leo. The Mission Bell.
New York : 1953First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, elaborately inscribed with drawings of flowers by Politi on the front free endpaper: "Julia Carter, with gratitude, Leo Politi". Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 145197
DAHL, Roald. Matilda.
London : 1988First edition, first impression. Warningly inscribed by the author 'Bookworm Kate, Love, Roald Dahl'. Matilda won the Children's Book Award in the year of its publication. It formed the basis for both the 1996 film directed by Danny DeVito and the successful stage musical which premiered at the RSC's Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 144479
DONALDSON, Julia. The Gruffalo's Child.
London : 2008First gift edition, signed by both the author and illustrator on the title page, with an original small ink drawing of the Gruffalo's Child by Scheffler alongside his signature. The Gruffalo's Child was first published in September 2004. Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 145404
DONALDSON, Julia. The Gruffalo's Child.
London : 2008First gift edition, signed by both the author and illustrator on the title page, with an original small ink drawing of a mouse by Scheffler alongside his signature. The Gruffalo's Child was first published in September 2004. Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 145402
LIPPINCOTT, Joseph Wharton. The Wahoo Bobcat.
Philadelphia : 1950First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Julia Carter, I take as much pleasure in offering this copy to you as I did in writing the story - Joseph W. Lippincott, 1950". Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 142004
MILNE, A. A. Winnie-the-Pooh.
London : 1976Rare presentation copy of the 50th anniversary edition, number 27 of 300 copies signed by Christopher Robin Milne. This copy has been fulsomely inscribed by Christopher Robin to the winner of "The Hum with Pooh" poetry competition:"Dear Mubina Punjani, this book tells you that you have been awarded First Prize in your age group in The Hum with Pooh... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 145209
DAHL, Roald. The Magic Finger.
London : 1968First UK edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the title page, "Christopher Radmell, Roald Dahl". Rarely found inscribed, Magic Finger was first published two years earlier in the US.
Dahl had originally begun work on it in 1962, under its original title of The Almost Ducks. In the story, an eight-year-old girl, who hates to see... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 140580
ADAMS, Richard. Watership Down.
Harmondsworth : 1976First illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 226 of 250 specially bound copies signed by both the author and illustrator. This copy has an original watercolour depicting Nuthanger Farm, drawn and initialled by the illustrator, on the first blank.
Adams's first novel, Watership Down was initially turned down by the major publishing... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 144894
POTTER, Beatrix. Original drawing of a mouse curtsying in front of a tea cup from the Tailor of Gloucester.
[Near Sawrey,] : 1927Signed and dated November 1927 in pen lower right and inscribed "From the "Tailor of Gloucester", Copyright of F Warne & Co" by Potter. This is a delightful image from one of Potter's most famous works, a redrawing of the illustration first published in The Tale of Gloucester, London, 1902.
The paper, dimensions, signature and date indicate... Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 144268
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Through the Looking-Glass.
London : 1869 & 1885Presentation copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Mary Trimmer, from the author." Dodgson had lunch with Mary's family on 6 August 1868; her father was Revd. Trimmer, Rector of St Mary, Guildford, and Carroll later photographed Mary. A beautifully bound set of these later printings (Alice's Adventures... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 112633
MILNE, A. A. - SHEPARD, Ernest H. (illus.) "So he sat down on the stone in the middle of the stream, and sang another verse of his song, while he wondered what to do".
E. H. Shepard's original drawing for the first edition of The House at Pooh Corner, signed by him lower left and with his ownership inscription on the verso, "Ernest H. Shepard Shamley Green Guildford". The drawing was used in the opening scene of chapter 4 on p. 55 "in which it is shown that Tiggers don't climb trees", with Winnie-the-Pooh depicted... Learn More£125,000.00
Stock Code: 140785
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BARRIE, J. M. Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens
London : 1906First Rackham edition. Barrie asked Rackham to illustrate not the play Peter Pan (which remained unpublished until 1928) but make a new book from those chapters from The Little White Bird (1902) that had first introduced the character. Signed by Rackham on the half-title. Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 134784
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); IBSEN, Henrik. Peer Gynt.
London : 1936Deluxe edition, number 6 of ten "special copies" reserved by the publisher, presented in a specially commissioned luxury binding and including a delightful full-page original pen-and-ink and watercolour drawing by Rackham (signed "Arthur Rackham 36"), showing Peer Gynt being swarmed by the trolls and surrounded by anthropomorphic trees. Describing his... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 135675
DAHL, Roald. Boy.
New York : 1984First US edition, signed limited issue, number 82 of 200 copies signed by the author. Dahl's autobiographical collection of childhood stories was first published in the UK earlier the same year. Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 144570
LEAF, Munro. Robert Francis Weatherbee.
New York : 1935First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author "For Jimmie Peck, from Marie Louise and with the very best wishes of her friend Munro Leaf 1935" with two small drawings of Robert Francis Weatherbee next to the inscription. Leaf is best known for his 1936 work The Story of Ferdinand, which was published a few months before the outbreak of the... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 139617
LEIGHTON, Clare. The Musical Box.
London & New York : 1932First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To dear Ada and Jessey, hoping they are still young enough to enjoy this. With much love from Clare Christmas 1932." One of Leighton's scarcer titles, this was her first picture book for children. Loosely laid in is a pamphlet featuring two woodcuts... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 137970
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRIMM, [Jacob & Wilhelm]. Little Brother & Little Sister and other tales.
London : 1917Signed limited edition, number 340 of 525 copies signed by the artist, with the extra plate that is often missing ("He Hurried Away with Long Strides") also signed by the artist bound in at the back. Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 102175
(CARROLL, Lewis.) WILLIAMS, Sidney Herbert (ed.) Some Rare Carrolliana.
London : 1924First and sole edition, number 24 of 75 copies signed by the editor on Abbey Mills antique paper; a further 4 copies signed on hand made paper were also issued. Williams was a renowned Carroll scholar and author of the first major bibliography of Carroll, The Lewis Carroll Handbook (1924). Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 140563
DICKENS, Charles. A Child's History of England.
London : 1863Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page "Charles Dickens To Katie Cornelius November, 1864", the recipient being the six-year old daughter of his and his wife Catherine's longtime housemaid Anne Cornelius (neé Brown).
Anne was a most trusted housemaid for the Dickens household, even accompanying the novelist and his wife... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 143169
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); SHAKESPEARE, William. The Tempest.
London : 1926First Rackham edition. With a signed presentation inscription from the author and his wife to the half-title "To May from Edyth and Arthur Rackham Christmas 1926" alongside an original ink drawing of Ariel by the artist. Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 130882
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BARRIE, J. M. Peter Pan of Kensington Gardens.
London : 1906Signed limited edition, number 336 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator; this additionally a presentation copy to Barrie's close friend and future literary agent, Golding Bright, inscribed by J. M. Barrie on the half-title, "Golding Bright, with a friend's greeting J. M. Barrie".
Golding Bright and his elder brother Addison Bright both worked... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 143331
DAHL, Roald; JAQUES, Faith (illus.) Original artwork for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
London : [c.1973]Original cover artwork, signed by the artist on the verso, for the first paperback edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, annotated with printing details to the margins and depicting Willy Wonka, Charlie and the other Golden Ticket-winners gathered around the Everlasting Gobstopper Machine. Original artwork for Roald Dahl's books is rare, and... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 142906
ADAMS, Richard. Watership Down.
Harmondsworth : 1976First illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 244 of 250 specially bound copies signed by both the author and illustrator. This copy has an original watercolour depicting four rabbits, drawn and initialled by the illustrator, to the front free endpaper verso and first blank; it also has a contemporary fore-edge painting depicting two rabbits... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 134691
DAHL, Roald. Rhyme Stew.
London : 1989First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "Nick, Love, Roald Dahl". Rhyme Stew is a collection of quirky poetry adapted from traditional nursery tales. Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 142484
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BARRIE, J. M. Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens.
London : 1906First Rackham edition, inscribed by the author to the first actor to play Smee on stage on the half-title: "To George Shelton from his old friend J. M. Barrie Christmas 1906." Shelton played Smee in the first production of Peter Pan in December 1904, and played the part for 23 consecutive years until his retirement in 1927.
Peter Pan In Kensington... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 137773
CARROLL, Lewis. Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.
London : 1887Third edition, presentation copy to the child actress who appeared in the first professional stage performance of "Alice". Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Presented to Georgina Martin by Lewis Carroll as a memento of her having taken part in the DreamPlay 'Alice in Wonderland' written by H. Savile Clarke and first produced Christmas, 1886." Following... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 108874
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
TRAVERS, P. L. Mary Poppins Opens the Door.
New York : 1943First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author for Christmas in the year of publication to her friends James and Tania Stern, "Tania and Jimmy, with love - P. L. Travers, Christmas '43". This American edition precedes the British edition put out by Peter Davies in the following year.
James Stern (1904-1993) was a British... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 139407
GRAHAME, Kenneth; E. H. Shepard (illus.); The Wind in the Willows.
London : 1971First full colour-illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 148 of 250 specially bound copies, signed and numbered by E. H. Shepard. Wind in the Willows was first published in 1908 with only a frontispiece for illustration, and Shepard, well-known by then for his illustrations of A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh series, was asked to provide black... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 142219
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
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
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