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DAHL, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
New York : 1964First edition, first printing, first issue. The first issue can be distinguished by the six lines of printing information on the final page: this was cut to five in all subsequent issues. The US edition precedes the UK edition by three years. Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 139124
MACLEAY, Kenneth. Highlanders of Scotland:
London : [c. 1874]Archibald Fraser MacDonald's copy in the presentation binding. It was first published in 1870, featuring the watercolour portraits commissioned by Queen Victoria from Kenneth Macleay. This copy was specially bound and personalised for Archibald Fraser Macdonald (1842-1890), who was The Prince of Wales's Jäger (or gillie). His biographical notes start... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137270
(RACKHAM, Arthur.) BARRIE, J. M. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens
London : 1906Signed limited edition, number 146 of 500 copies signed by the artist. After the enormous success of the play Peter Pan, which opened on 27 December 1904 and broke all previous theatrical records, Barrie sanctioned this publication, in collaboration with Rackham as illustrator. The text was extracted, with minor revisions, from Barrie's book-within-a-book... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 139128
(CHILDREN'S.) 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
CARROLL, Lewis. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There.
New York : 1935Signed limited edition, number 868 of 1,500 copies signed by Alice Hargreaves, née Liddell, the original Alice. With the publisher's promotional leaflet loosely inserted. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139136
POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Mr. Tod.
London and New York : 1912First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Rose Hedges from Miss Potter. Wishing her a Merry Christmas 1912." Rose Hedges was in service to Beatrix Potter's mother at the time of receiving this book. Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 137903
(WEGUELIN, J. R.) 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... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 137249
(LAURENCIN, Marie.) CARROLL, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland.
Paris : 1930First Black Sun Press edition, number 361 of 420 copies for distribution in the United States, from a total edition of 790; "the colophon is the only difference between the American and European issues" (Minkoff).
"For Alice in Wonderland, Caresse signed Marie Laurencin, one of the foremost French artists, to do the illustrations. She had never... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136578
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). Milne composed most of When We Were Very Young as entertainment during a dreary holiday in Wales. Many of the poems first ran as weekly instalments in Punch, charmingly illustrated... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 138208
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
(CRUIKSHANK, George.) Fairy Library.
London : [1853-54]A lovely set of first editions, in the original wrappers, with the following issue points:
1. Hop-O'My-Thumb with two out of three points: with the rear wrapper reading "Preparing for Publication", and the rear free endpaper pasted to rear wrapper.
2. The History of Jack & the Bean-Stalk with two of the five points: the "Jack... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 138092
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... Learn More£900.00
Stock Code: 138071
MILNE, A. A. The King's Breakfast.
London : 1925First separate edition, first impression, presentation copy signed by all three authors and inscribed "To Betty With Love From H. Fraser-Simson" to a member of his family, on the title page. Harold Fraser-Simson produced many settings of children's verse for Milne's Pooh and Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, among others.... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 138075
SMITH, Dodie. The Hundred and One Dalmatians.
London : 1956First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the first blank, "To Peggy Sutherland. Who, like us - and the Dearlys - goes to, and appreciates, 'The Splendid Vet' of this book. With all kind thoughts from Dodie Smith. Finchingfield, Essex. November 1956". A lovely reference to the Dearly family in the book, owners of... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 137907
BARKER, Cicely Mary. [Flower Fairies Trilogy:] Flower Fairies of the Spring; Flower Fairies of the Summer; Flower Fairies of the Autumn, With the Nuts and Berries They Bring.
London and Glasgow : [c. 1940s]A lovely set of the three Flower Fairies titles published in Barker's lifetime, signed by her on the title and half-title of Spring and Autumn respectively. Her first book, Flower Fairies of the Spring, was published in 1923, with the Summer and Autumn seasons following in 1925 and 1926. In 1985,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137922
(PAYNE, Wyndham.) GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.
London : 1927First Wyndham Payne edition, first impression. The Wind in the Willows was only published with a frontispiece when it first appeared in 1908. Wyndham Payne is the first British illustrator of this work, preceding E. H. Shepard by four years. "Payne's contribution was to place the characters in unmistakably English countryside. His inspired... Learn More£700.00
Stock Code: 137879
LEAR, Edward. Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets.
London : 1871First edition, containing the first book-form appearance of "The Owl and the Pussycat" (which had first appeared in the American magazine Our Young Folks the previous year). "Up to 1871, Lear's fame as a children's entertainer rested solely on the 'nonsenses', and only with the appearance of the first volume of his more diverse works, the Nonsense... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 137881
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
NOBLE, Gurre Ploner. In A Little Grass Shack.
Honolulu : 1946First and only edition of this delightful and scarce book of Hawaiian nursery rhymes; WorldCat 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 Shack... 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 Jamaican,... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 137852
(CRANE, Walter.) 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
(TUDOR, Tasha.) ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Fairy Tales.
New York : 1945First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the illustrator on the front free endpaper, "To Ned with best wishes from Tasha Tudor", together with an original drawing by her of a small girl sat on a stool reading. The recipient was Ned Hills, who, with his sister Charlotte, owned the Dutch Inn gift shop in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania.... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 136709
(ROLLING STONES.) WATTS, Charlie. Ode to a Highflying Bird
London : First edition, first impression, inscribed "To June, Love x" by Charlie Watts on the front free endpapers. 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). Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136537
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. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 136190
SUTCLIFF, Rosemary. The Chronicles of Robin Hood.
Oxford : 1950First edition, first impression of the author's first published book. Rosemary Sutcliff (19201992) was an English novelist best known for children's books, especially historical fiction and retellings of myths and legends. She spent most of her life in a wheelchair, and "most of Sutcliff's intellectual stimulus had come from books read aloud by her... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 135706
(KNIGHT, Hilary.) THOMPSON, Kay. Eloise à Paris.
Paris : 1962First edition in French, inscribed by the illustrator "to Elegant, Beautiful, Brilliant Elizabeth Welch from Hilary Knight and ELOISE, April 27th 1972" and with an original drawing of Eloise listening to records and eating sandwiches, captioned "Eloise says The Supreme pleasure is Elizabeth Welch's sliced cucumber sandwiches and recordings... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 134525
RACKHAM, Arthur. Original watercolour for A Midsummer Night's Dream ("-down topples she").
1908An original watercolour by Rackham for the 1908 edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream, signed and dated by the artist at the upper right-hand corner, with his caption outside the margin on the bottom left. The illustration, captioned "-down topples she", depicts a section of Act II, Scene 1, in which Puck recounts a trick he plays on human-folk, disguising... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 130494
(CHIVERS BINDING.) RACKHAM, Arthur. The Ingoldsby Legends.
London : 1907First revised edition, first impression, of Rackham's illustrated edition of The Ingoldsby Legends, containing drawings not found in earlier editions. Rackham's illustrated edition of The Ingoldsby Legends was originally published in 1898 but Rackham chose to expand the work and redraw the illustrations so that "greater prominence could be given to... Learn More£1,800.00
Stock Code: 123254
(BRANSOM, Paul.) GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.
New York : 1913First illustrated edition, rare in the dust jacket. The classic work was first published in 1908, illustrated only with a frontispiece. It is published for the first time here with illustrations accompanying the text, by American artist Paul Bransom. Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 122601
(DISNEY, Walt.) Director's Manual:
California : 1936A collection of 13 mimeographed manuscripts giving a fascinating insight into Disney's internal training program for the animators. The collection comprises: two lectures by Don Graham discussing general animation theory and practice; a bulletin discussing "How to Catch, Build and Maintain the Interest of the Spectator in the Picture"; character sketches... Learn More£3,850.00
Stock Code: 118414
THOMPSON, Kay. Eloise.
New York : 1955First edition, first printing. Inscribed "For Jessica, with absolutely love from me Eloise and Kay Thompson" on the front free endpaper. Although well-represented in the US, Library Hub only lists nine copies in the UK (BL, Cambridge, University of East Anglia, NLS, NLW, Oxford, Trinity College Dublin, University of Leicester, and National Trust Libraries).... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 111785
(NIELSEN, Kay.) [ASBJØRNSEN, Peter Christen, & Jørgen I. Moe.] East of the Sun and West of the Moon.
London : Signed limited edition, number 5 of 500 copies signed by the artist. The richness of the Danish Nielsen's colour images for this lavish illustrated book of Norse pagan mythology was achieved by a four-colour process, in contrast to many of the illustrations prepared by his contemporaries, such as Rackham and Dulac, which characteristically utilised... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 106880
VANCE, Jack. The Dying Earth.
San Francisco : 1976First edition thus, first printing, signed by author and inscribed by the illustrator on the title page "To Terry, Best always, George Barr".
Vance wrote his first instalment in the Dying Earth series during the Second World War, while he served in the United States Merchant Marine, and it was first published, in wrappers, in 1950. It was... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 138947
(RACKHAM, Arthur.) 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 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
SEXTON, Anne. Transformations.
Boston : 1971First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed to fellow poet "For Firman and Mimi Houghton, with best wishes, Anne Sexton", and signed by the illustrator, on the half-title. Houghton, one of New-England's best-known poets and playwrights, "had been the first to recognize and publish Ann Sexton's poetry after she had received a dozen or... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 136891
BARLOW, Jane. The End of Elfintown.
London : 1894First edition of this interesting contribution to Victorian fairy literature by Irish-born poet and writer Jane Barlow (1857-1917). The work is exquisitely illustrated in a notably Pre-Raphaelite style by Laurence Housman (1865-1959), who likewise designed the art nouveau cover. Barlow was close friends with fellow Irish poets Katherine Tynan and William... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 135808
WOOLF, Virginia. Monday or Tuesday.
Richmond : 1921First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies of this only collection of short stories to be published in Woolf's lifetime, and an early Hogarth Press production. Leonard Woolf stated that the work "was printed by F. T. McDermott of the Prompt Press, Richmond, who used to give him advice on printing problems when he and Mrs. Woolf first started... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 138929
MANDELA, Nelson. The Illustrated Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography.
Boston : 1996First US edition, signed limited issue. This is copy number 3 from an edition of 425 copies quarter bound by hand in Wassa Goatskin from South Africa. It includes a specially commissioned portrait of Nelson Mandela, taken by Benny Gool, and is signed and dated by Mandela. This illustrated and abridged edition of Mandela's biography was first published... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 138910
QUARLES, Francis. Emblems, Divine and Moral;
London : 1723An attractive early 18th-century edition of Francis Quarles's Emblems, the most popular and frequently reprinted English emblem book since its original publication in 1634, here also including his second book, Hieroglyphikes, originally published 1638, "the most notable English version of the theme of the ages of man" (ODNB). Each... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 138863
MANDEVILLE, Sir John. The Voiage and Travaile of Sir John Maundevile, Kt.,
New York : 1927First Grabhorn edition, number 129 of 150 copies only. A very attractive production, finely printed, delicately illustrated by Angelo, and handsomely bound. The text is taken from the English edition of 1725, which was taken from a 15th-century manuscript in the Cottonian library, collated against seven other manuscripts. Angelo's decorations are after... Learn More£1,875.00
Stock Code: 138808
CARTER, Tremlett. The People of the Moon.
London : First edition of the author's first novel. "An imaginative science-fantasy romance, with monsters and flying machines galore, of the life and civilisation inside the moon; the manuscript was sent by means of an anti-gravity missile to Earth for our edification" (Locke). Edward Tremlett Carter (1866-1903) was born in Calcutta and brought, at an early... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 138656
SIME, Sidney H., & Joseph Holbrooke. Bogey Beasts.
London : First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "To a serious worker in Laquer:- Mervyn O'Gorman from a nonsensical maker of jingles, with all the regards: Sidney H. Sime. 1930". The recipient, Mervyn O'Gorman (18711958) was an electrical and aeronautical engineer, partly responsible for the publication of the... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 138437
HAWKING, Stephen. A Brief History of Time.
New York : 1988First US edition, the suppressed first printing, published simultaneously with the UK edition on 1 April 1988. The first printing was recalled from shops due to a number of errors: it lacks the contents and dedication pages, and figures 2.5 and 2.6 on page 27 are reversed. The dust jacket was also changed, with that of the suppressed printing being... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 138762
BUSCH, Wilhelm. Max und Moritz: eine Bubengeschichte in sieben Streichen.
Munich : Rare first edition, first impression, of the book widely regarded as the prototype of the children's comic, with the key error "geschroben" for "geschroten" on leaf 52 and Vanselow's other points: leaf 17 with a full stop after the last word; line 1, leaf 31, slightly indented; leaf 51 with a point and dash after "Bösewichter"; and 7 dashes on the... Learn More£45,000.00
Stock Code: 138250
MILNE, A. A. Now We Are Six.
London : 1927First edition, signed extra limited issue, one of 20 large-paper copies printed on Japanese vellum and signed by the author and illustrator, out of series presentation copy inscribed to E. H. Shepard. This is the most luxurious and exclusive format in which Milne's Pooh books were issued.
Following the success of When We Were Very Young... Learn More£32,500.00
Stock Code: 138153
(BEARDSLEY, Aubrey.) The Yellow Book.
London : 1894-97First editions of volumes 3, 5, 7, 9, and 10; later editions of volumes 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 11, 12, and 13, which are bound without advertisements. Lasner notes that although it is nearly impossible to determine the exact issue of a given set of The Yellow Book, "no volume without the advertisements can be a true first edition" (Lasner, p. 10).... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 138390
(ARTISTS.) CHESTERTON, G. K.; Clementina Black; and others. Leonardo da Vinci; Sandro Botticelli; Frederick Walker; Rembrandt; Millet; G. F. Watts; Albrecht Dürer; Thomas Gainsborough.
London : [c.1900]A handsome set of studies of famous artists, with numerous plates. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 138414
(DICKENS, Charles.) ONWHYN, Thomas. 12 Illustrations to the Pickwick Club.
London : 1894First edition thus. Thomas Onwhyn designed 32 illustrations to accompany The Pickwick Papers, which were published in 1837. In 1847, Onwhyn began to design a set of 12 etchings to accompany the new cheap edition of Pickwick. However his 1837 illustrations were reissued as lithographs, and he abandoned the project. The family sold the... Learn More£700.00
Stock Code: 138219
MILTON, John. The Poetical Works.
London : 1853A handsomely bound copy of Milton's poetical works, including engravings after drawings by William Turner, originally executed for Macrone's edition of Milton published in seven volumes in 1835. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 132662
MILNE, A. A. The House at Pooh Corner.
London : 1928First edition, first impression. Milne began planning his final Pooh book in 1927. Three years of intense publicity were taking their toll on the family, and Milne longed to return full-time to adult literature, telling his brother that "after one more Pooh book I must think of something else. In fact, it's time I tried a novel" (Thwaite p. 328). Christopher... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 138213