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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NIELSEN, Kay (illus.); GRIMM, The Brothers. Hansel and Gretel and Other Stories.
London : Signed limited edition, number 424 of 600 copies signed by the artist. One of the finest illustrated editions of the Brothers Grimm; "Nielsen is a brilliant colourist and a highly decorative illustrator, his works, formed into frieze-like patterns, are closest to Persian or Middle-Eastern designs and therefore akin to Leon Bakst or Edmund Dulac" (Houfe,... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 110794
CARROLL, Lewis. The Nursery Alice.
London : 1890First published edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Maggie Bowman from the Author. Mar. 31 1890". Dodgson took charge of Maggie Bowman during her stay in Oxford to act in Bootle's Baby (9 to 13 June 1889), and commemorated this event in his poem "Maggie's Visit to Oxford". Her older sister, Isa Bowman, who at that... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 98292
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. Presentation copy, inscribed by Potter on the front free endpaper, "To Mr & Mrs Wright of Graythwaite - in affectionate remembrance - from Beatrix Heelis. June. 10th 1930." A touching presentation copy, together with an autograph letter from Potter to the Wrights laid-in, consoling them on the loss... Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 109175
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... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 109256
STREATFEILD, Noel. A Vicarage Family; Away from the Vicarage; Beyond the Vicarage.
London : 1963, 1965, 1971First editions, first impressions, presentation copies to Streatfield's amanuensis and proof-reader June Allen, inscribed by the author in each work: A Vicarage Family, "For June with love Noel 1963"; Away from the Vicarage, "For June, Thank you for your hard work, love, Noel 1965"; Beyond the Vicarage, "To June with love Noel 1971". It is very unusual... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 111041
SALTEN, Felix. Bambi: A Life in the Woods.
New York : 1928First edition in English, first printing (July 1928); originally published in German (Berlin: Ullstein Verlag, 1923). With an excellent photographic portrait of Salten mounted opposite the title page and inscribed: "for Mr Nelson Craig cordially Felix Salten, 1935". The portrait is the same as that used by Salten on his press card for the Union of Foreign... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 107906
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); RUSKIN, John. The King of the Golden River.
London : 1932First trade edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the artist and his wife, inscribed on the half-title: "To Fanny from Edyth & Arthur Rackham, Xmas 32" and with an accompanying pen-and-ink sketch of the King of the Golden River. Fanny Starkie was Rackham's sister-in-law. Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 112915
(JONES, Harold.) Kathleen Lines. A Ring of Tales.
London : 1958First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the illustrator, inscribed on the half title verso: "To my sister, with all good wishes, from Harold ". A collection of stories and some poems from authors including Alison Uttley, Arthur Ransome, Walter De La Mare, Robert Louis Stevenson and Eleanor Farjeon. Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 112293
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); FORD, Julia Ellsworth. Imagina.
New York : 1914First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to her son on the half-title, "To my son Hobart Ford, with love from his mother. Julia Ellsworth Ford. 1914". Ford has later inscribed the book on p. i beneath the list of her published works with details of her 1919 book, Snickerty Nick, which Rackham also illustrated. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 111457
STREATFEILD, Noel. Isprinsessa [and] Cirkusen Kommer.
Malmo : 1954 and 1955First Swedish editions, Cirkusen Kommer inscribed on the title page by the author in mock-Swedish, "mist a liddle bit of reading yes? Love Noel. 1955". This book comes from the library of June Allen, Streatfeild's amanuensis and proof-reader - a nice association. Isprinsessa was first published as White Boots in 1951, and Cirkusen Kommer as The Circus... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 111008
STREATFEILD, Noel. Lisa goes to Russia.
London : 1963First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the half title, "To June my proof-reader-extraordinary, with love Noel". This book comes from the library of June Allen, Streatfeild's amanuensis and proof-reader - a nice association. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 111010
STREATFEILD, Noel. Osbert.
New York, Chicago & San Francisco : 1950First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "June, you missed typing this which was a good thing as it was heavy work!! but here it is with my love Noel". This book comes from the library of June Allen, Streatfeild's amanuensis and proof-reader - a nice association. Very scarce signed. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 111049
(GRAY, Millicent Etheldreda.) QUILLER-COUCH, Mabel & Lilian. A Book of Children's Verse.
London : First and limited edition, number 37 of 100 numbered copies signed by the illustrator. Millicent Etheldreda Gray (1873-1957) is little known but her charming work here is full of atmosphere; she also illustrated an edition of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 110552
WIGGIN, Kate Douglas. Penelope's Progress being such extracts from the Commonplace Book of Penelope Hamilton as relate to her Experiences in Scotland [and] Penelope's English Experiences.
Boston and New York : 1900First illustrated editions, both copies inscribed and signed by Wiggin on the front free endpapers and Penelope's Progress with the title page additionally signed and dated 1901, and an autograph note signed tipped in. Penelope's Progress is inscribed quoting the first sentence of the book: "We have travelled together before, Salemina, Francesca, and... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 110167
ESTES, Eleanor. A Little Oven.
New York : 1955First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the author, charmingly inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Genevieve, This story of another Genevieve and of Helena - with lots of little 'ovin's and 'ugging - Eleanor Estes. Happy Birthday! October 16 1966"; this is a reference to the character of Helena in the book, whose mother picks her... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 109643
CARROLL, Lewis. Rhyme? And Reason?
London : 1883First edition. Presentation copy in the deluxe binding, inscribed by the author to Joanna de Morlot Pollock on the half-title, with a six line acrostic poem that spells "Joanna": "Joa Pollack from the Author: in memory of an Awful Afternoon.
Joy was what we hoped to meet,
On that dreary day;
And we sought her in the street -
Never... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 108891
CARROLL, Lewis. The Nursery Alice.
London : 1890Second edition (the first published in the UK), first issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, to "Ada Paine, from the Author. Mar. 25, 1890." Ada (Adelaide) Paine met Dodgson at Margate; the two exchanged correspondence, and Dodgson even consented to send her his portrait, averse though he was to publicity. In the accompanying... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 108909
BAWDEN, Edward. Hold Fast By Your Teeth.
London : 1963First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Arthur and Paeony Sadler, with compliments of the season. From Edward Bawden, Christmas 1963." Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 107484
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
DULAC, Edmund (illus.); ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Stories from Hans Andersen.
London : 1911Signed limited edition, deluxe issue. Number 23 of 100 specially bound copies, signed by the artist and printed on Japanese vellum. Learn More£3,850.00
Stock Code: 107391
MORAN, Jim; Roger Duvoisin (illus.) Sophocles the Hyena.
New York : 1954First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to his literary agent, Carlton Cole, "who expertly piloted this book thru perilous publishers shoals and brought it safely into port with crew and cargo intact. This despite hazards on the high seas of book-commerce which would have scuttled any ordinary man. My Thanks, Jim Moran.... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 107018
LEAF, Munro. Wee Gillis.
New York : 1938Signed limited first edition, limited to 525 copies signed by both the author and illustrator. 1939 Cadecott Honor title. A delightful tale of a young Scottish boy, from the duo who collaborated on Ferdinand. Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 104143
STEADMAN, Ralph, & Mischa Damjan. The False Flamingoes.
London : 1967First edition, first impression. Signed by Steadman on the title page. An early title illustrated by Steadman; it was originally published in Germany under the title Die falschen Flamingos in 1967. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 103966
PEAKE, Mervyn. Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor.
London : 1945First procurable edition, as the original, published by Country Life in 1939, is of legendary scarcity; as explained on the jacket blurb of the present edition "the original edition of this book was published early in the war but destroyed by enemy action. The artist has coloured the plates for this edition presumably a reference to the spot colour".... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 103786
SENDAK, Maurice. Emil the Wild Thing.
[c.1970-90]Original pencil drawing signed by Sendak in the lower margin, depicting one of the titular creatures from the author's modern children's classic and Caldecott Medal recipient Where the Wild Things Are (New York: Harper & Row, 1963). Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 102827
DULAC, Edmund (illus.); CRARY, Mary. The Daughters of the Stars.
London : 1939Signed limited edition, number 424 of 500 copies signed by both author and illustrator. "Publication of this book encountered delays and difficulties because of the outbreak of World War II. Since paper and workmen were fast being commandeered by the British government, the book was rushed into print despite the fact that only two Dulac illustrations... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 102148
LINDERMAN, Frank. B. Kootenai Why Stories.
New York : 1926First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For indecipherable and Pat Dale, whose tracks are all about the shack at Goose Bay, Frank B. Linderman, 1936". Writer and politician Frank Bird Linderman (1869-1938) collected the stories in this volume from the Native American tribe of the Kootenai, or, "Flat-bow-people".... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 101834
FINLAY, Winifred. The Castle and the Cave. [With the original artwork for the dust jacket by John S. Goodhall].
London : 1960First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page and with John S. Goodhall's original ink and watercolour artwork for the dust jacket, which bears the publisher's stamp on the back. The Castle and the Cave is the story of a seventeen year old English girl sent to the Dordogne region of France to work as an au pair. Learn More£525.00
Stock Code: 101678
SENDAK, Maurice. Outside Over There.
New York : 1981First edition, first printing. Pre-publication presentation copy, signed by the author a month prior to publication on the front free endpaper, dated 13 May 1981, and with his sister's inscription above: "Natalie Sendak Lesselbaum (Maurice's sister). I gave him his first book." A lovely association copy. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 100941
RIGGS, Ransom. Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children.
Philadelphia : 2011First edition, first printing. Signed by Riggs to the title page. A young adult novel creatively crafted around the use of vernacular photographs. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 100680
DUVOISIN, Roger. See What I Am.
New York : 1974First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, together with a small drawing of a cat: "To Helen and Max from Roger and from the real Max with love." Roger Duvoisin won the 1948 Caldecott Medal for White Snow, Bright Snow, written by Alvin Tresselt (D. Lothrop Co., 1947). He and his wife created together... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 100549
SENDAK, Maurice. In the Night Kitchen.
New York : 1970First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Sendak on the half title, "For Arnold Larsen, with best wishes! Maurice Sendak Feb. 71." A 1971 Caldecott Honor title. This title was a banned book and is rank 25th by the American Library Association on its "100 most frequently challenged books of 1990-2000" list. Learn More£1,100.00
Stock Code: 100588
REY, Margret & H. A. Pretzel and the Puppies.
New York : 1946First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the authors on the front pastedown, together with an original drawing of Pretzel, "the longest Dachshund in the world". Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 98810
(DUVOISIN, Roger.) FATIO, Louise. The Happy Lion's Rabbits.
New York : 1974First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author and illustrator on the half-title, "To Max, affectionately and with thanks for his help and in making the text beautiful, Louise Fatio (Loulou) and Roger." Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 98006
LAMPMAN, Evelyn Sibley; VALINTCOURT, Honoré (illus.) The City Under the Back Steps.
Garden City, NY : 1960First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Alice, Jane and David who are going to live in the house with a city under the back steps. With best wishes from Ruth Smith. And additional good wishes from Evelyn Sibley Lampman, 1972." A source book for the film Honey I Shrunk the Kids. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 98037
STEADMAN, Ralph. Little.com.
London : 2000First edition, first impression. Signed limited edition, number 262 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: 98043
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); IRVING, Washington. Rip Van Winkle.
London : 1905First Rackham edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the illustrator on the half-title "R. F. Starkie from Arthur Rackham 9 Oct 05." This is a family presentation: Rackham was married to Edyth Starkie, of an extended and notable Irish family. Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 97541
YOLEN, Jane; DYER, Jane (illus.) Picnic with Piggins.
San Diego : 1988First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title: "For Barbara. Pig out, kid! Love ya! Jane. Jane Yolen, 1988." The second title in Yolen and Dyer's series about Piggins, the porcine puzzle-solver. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 96989
ALEXANDER, Sue; BLOOM, Lloyd (illus.) Nadia the Willful.
New York : 1983First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper by the author to Barbara Karlin, the author and reviewer of children's books: "For Barbara Karlin, my heart book to my heart friend. With love, Sue Alexander, May 1983." With Karlin's bookplate to rear panel of dust jacket. Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 96998
CARLE, Eric. Pannekakeboken [Pancakes! Pancakes!]
Oslo : 1975Second edition in Norwegian. Inscribed by the author on the front flyleaf: "Bill, I enjoyed meeting you in Peter Rabbits. Eric Carle, March 1976." Originally published in 1970 by Simon and Schuster, New York; the first edition in Norwegian appeared in 1971. Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 97044
MacDONALD, Betty. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.
Philadelphia : 1947First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For John Charles Gregory III, Love Betty MacDonald." The first title in the series about a woman who lives in an upside down house, who has a magic chest full of cures for the bad habits of the children who live in her neighbourhood. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 96822
ROBINS, Joan. Addie Meets Max.
New York : 1985First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, to the now late, Barbara Karlin, fellow children's author and L. A. and New York Times book reviewer, "To Barbara, a wonderful friend of books and to me. With love Joan." Also laid in is a letter from the author speaking of their last meeting and purpose of sending this... Learn More£65.00
Stock Code: 95786
LOWRY, Lois. Number The Stars.
Boston : 1989First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Lowry to M. M. Kimmel on the title page, "For Maggie, with thanks once again, Lois Lowry '95." 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 100 (an advisory... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 95803
RIGGS, Ransom. Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children; Hollow City; Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children The Graphic Novel.
Philadelphia : 2011-14All first editions, first printings. Miss Peregrine and Hollow City are signed by Riggs to the title page, the Graphic novel signed on the front free endpaper. Together with a loose photographs of Riggs signing the titles. A young adult novel creatively crafted around the use of vernacular photographs. Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 95602
WIGGIN, Kate Douglas. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.
Boston : [c.1915]Inscribed by the author with a quotation from page 9: "'It's the dearest thing in the world to me, but it's a dreadful care!' said Rebecca of her little pink parasol." Reprint. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 94366
ARUEGO, Jose, & Ariane Dewey. We Hide, You Seek.
New York : 1979First 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
MILHOUSE, Katherine. The Egg Tree.
New York : 1950First 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