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CALVINO, Italo. Prima che tu dica "Pronto".
Cottondale : 1985Signed limited edition, number 73 of 75 copies signed by the artist and the author, of this bilingual publication of Before you say "Hello".
With the printer's change of address humourous slip loosely inserted, explaining that he, Richard-Gabriel Price Rummonds, "has forsaken Cottondale, Alabama, wimpish deans, dragonlady paper decorators, ungrateful... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140672
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
WHITE, Gleeson, & Charles Shannon, eds. The Pageant.
London : 1896-7First editions, first impressions. All published of a typically unfeasible 1890s venture, an artistic and literary collaboration between the "Rhymers' Club" decadents and the pre-Raphaelite aesthetes, and others, including work by Max Beerbohm, Robert Bridges, Edward Burne Jones, Charles Conder, Walter Crane, Austin Dobson, Ernest Dowson, Richard Garnett,... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 140450
VANCE, Jack. The Dying Earth.
San Francisco : 1976First hardcover edition, 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. Once Upon a Time:
London : 1972First edition, first impression. An attractively bound copy of this compilation of some of the tales illustrated by Rackham, including Rip van Winkle, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, Aesop's Fables, seven fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, and three Shakespeare novelisations. Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 140361
BLAKE, William (engr.); GAY, John. Fables.
London : 1793First edition thus, with 12 plates engraved by William Blake; these are sometimes stated to have been designed as well as engraved by Blake, but the illustrations are based largely on designs from earlier editions, particularly those of John Wootton and William Kent for the first edition of 1727. Keynes notes that the first Blake plate, "The Shepherd... Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 140405
SMITH, Jessie Willcox (illus.); UNDERWOOD, Priscilla. When Christmas Comes Around. Sketches of Children.
New York : 1915First edition, first printing. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 68208
DOYLE, James E. A Chronicle of England, B.C. 55-A.D. 1485.
London : 1864First edition of this landmark work, "the first book with original work printed in colour expressly designed for the original text" (Muir, p. 158). A Chronicle of England demonstrates "colour printing at its best, the colours fresh as if they had just been painted, the typography clear and beautiful" (Slythe, p. 28). Indeed, in the designer, Edmund... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140390
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
RABELAIS, François. The Complete Works.
London & New York : 1927First edition thus, illustrated by Papé, one of 4,300 numbered sets, this is "unnumbered for Review". Frank Cheyne Papé (1878-1972) was an English artist and illustrator who had studied at The Slade School of Fine Art. He was married to Alice Stringer, also an illustrator and fellow Slade student.
Stock Code: 139909
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
BRADBURY, Ray (intro.); SKEETERS, Paul W. Sidney H. Sime, Master of Fantasy.
Pasadena, CA : 1978First edition, number 73 of 200 copies signed by Bradbury and Skeeters, additionally number 16 of 50 copies with a copy of Arthur Machen's drawing for Sime's "The Hill of Dreams" loosely inserted, and a dust jacket reproducing "A Beast" by Sime, both numbered in manuscript.
This is the definitive work on the artist noted for illustrating the... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 139783
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
FLEMING, Ian. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
London : 2014First edition thus, one of 50 deluxe issue copies, numbered by the artist, this being number 140. Included with the three text volumes are two prints, signed and numbered 40 of 50 by Burningham. The deluxe edition was numbered 101-150; a further 100 trade copies, numbered 1-100, were also issued. This edition is a facsimile of the first edition, published... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 134332
WOLFE, Thomas. Look Homeward, Angel.
New York : 1957A handsomely bound copy of Gorsline's illustrated edition of Thomas Wolfe's first novel. Douglas Gorsline (1913-1985) was an American writer and artist who illustrated several children's books, including The Night Before Christmas, Christopher Morley's The Haunted Bookshop, and his own novel Farm Boy. This is the only Wolfe novel illustrated by Gorsline,... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 139690
TROLLOPE, Anthony. The Claverings.
London : 1867First edition in book form. The Claverings was originally published serially in 16 instalments from February 1866 to May 1867 in the Cornhill Magazine, each accompanied by an illustration. The title page of the US edition is predated to 1866 however was also published in 1867 although the exact date it uncertain; it is therefore unclear whether the... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 128266
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
LAURENCIN, Marie (illus.); 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
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
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
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
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
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
KNIGHT, Hilary (illus.); 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 - eaten and... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 134525
GRAHAME, Kenneth; BRANSOM, Paul (illus.) 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
THOMPSON, Kay. Eloise.
New York : 1955First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper "For Jessica, with absolutely love from me Eloise and Kay Thompson". This is the first Eloise book, and is scarce in such nice condition.
Accompanying it is a loosely inserted copy of the original sheet music Eloise, words and music by Kay Thompson and Robert... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 111785
NIELSEN, Kay (illus.) 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
AINSLIE, Kathleen. Votes for Catharine Susan and Me.
London : First edition, first impression, of purportedly "the only book about suffragettes written for children during the 'Votes for Women' campaign" (British Library). The beautiful chromolithograph illustrations depict the adventures of two wooden peg dolls as they join the cause, create mayhem, and are jailed. After going on hunger strike, the story closes... Learn More£800.00
Stock Code: 138974
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
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
BUSCH, Wilhelm. Max und Moritz:
Munich : Rare first edition, first impression, of the book widely regarded as the prototype of the children's comic. The first printing was 4,000 copies, but the nature of the book and the juvenile readership led to a very high attrition rate. This is a remarkably well-preserved copy.
After Struwwelpeter, Max und Moritz is the best known German children's... 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. Learn More£32,500.00
Stock Code: 138153
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 etchings to Albert... Learn More£700.00
Stock Code: 138219
BIOGRAPHY. Days of the Dandies.
London : [c.1900]Limited edition, number 298 of 1,000 copies. The Days of the Dandies is an illustrated collection of ten literary biographies across 15 volumes, including that of Horace Walpole, actress Peg Woffington, and Leonard Benton Seeley's account of the life of Fanny Burney. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 134463
NISTER, Ernest (publ.) The Soldier Panorama Book.
London : First edition of this very attractive and decidedly uncommon Nister publication, featuring five plates of arresting pop-ups, showing infantry, cavalry and horse artillery in action (including the Royal Scots Fusiliers and a Sikh regiment). The illustrator was Evelyn Stuart Hardy (1866-1935), who both wrote and illustrated children's books, and specialised... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 133541
NAPOLEON - MASSON, Frederic. Napoléon chez lui.
Paris : First editions, presentation copies, inscribed by the author to his close friend, the dramatist and opera librettist Philippe Gille (1831-1901). Napoléon chez lui is inscribed on the limitation page "À Mon excellent ami Philippe Gille, sou bien reconnaissant Frederic Masson" To my excellent friend Philippe Gille, his very grateful Frederic Masson;... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 122623
FREUD, Lucian. Recent Work.
London : 1968First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed "Dear Binky, You missed it and I missed you. Are you angry about the vanishing act? 'I went see sic a man about a dog'... A Borzoi in fact that looked like you. Lots of Love, Lucian" to title page, with the address "227 Gloucester Terrace W.2 (Until Friday)" penned above.
The recipient,... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 138200
NICHOLSON, William. The Pirate Twins.
London : Signed limited edition, 9 of 60 copies signed by the artist in pale green ink on the front pastedown. Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson (1872-1949) was a painter and illustrator whose "natural sympathy with children produced work of great charm such as The Pirate Twins" (ODNB). He is perhaps best remembered as the illustrator of the Velveteen Rabbit.
Maurice... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 122807
LAKING, Guy Francis. A Record of European Armour and Arms Through Seven Centuries.
London : 1920-25First edition of each volume of Laking's monumental survey of the history of European armour, profusely illustrated, and here handsomely bound, together with the supplementary volume, Cripps-Day's index of armour auction results. The antiquary Sir Guy Francis Laking (1875-1919) grew up under the shadow of royalty, with his father serving as physician... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 136722
ELIZABETH, Princess of the United Kingdom. Cupid Turned Volunteer.
London : 1804First edition, signed by "Elizabeth" on the half-title. Published at the height of the Georgian volunteer movement for the war against Napoleon, this book contains a series of engraving based on drawings by Princess Elizabeth, daughter of George III, showing cupid training to fight the French. Each picture depicting scenes of "Genius, Loyalty, and Patriotism"... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 129967
SERRES, Dominick, & John Thomas. Liber Nauticus, and Instructor in the Art of Marine Drawing.
London : 1805-6First edition. An excellent copy of probably the grandest English naval aquatint book, eight of the plates here being coloured, in Abbey's copy only plate XVII was coloured. Dominick and John Thomas Serres were father and son. The father was born at Auch in Gascony, and educated at the famous Benedictine academy in Douai, being intended for the clergy.... Learn More£16,500.00
Stock Code: 63304
ESSEX HOUSE PRESS: GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Deserted Village.
Campden, Gloucestershire : 1904First Essex House Press edition, number 120 of 150 copies only, printed on vellum and hand illuminated. Goldsmith's poem, first published in 1770, is a pastoral elegy and political polemic which depicts an idealised, and supposedly lost, rural lifestyle. It is presented here as the twelfth work in the Essex House Press Great Poems Series. The Essex... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 137543
KINGSLEY, Charles; Warwick Goble (illus.) The Water-Babies.
London : 1909First Goble edition. The Water-Babies was first published in 1863, and first illustrated in 1886 by Linley Sambourne. London-born Warwick Goble (1862-1943) was an illustrator of children's books who specialized in Japanese and Indian themes. Having worked for monthly magazines until 1909, he then became resident gift-book illustrator for Macmillan,... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 134693
DICKENS, Charles - SMITH, F. Hopkinson. In Dickens's London.
New York : 1914First edition. One of a limited edition of 150 numbered sets, each signed on the limitation leaf by the artist and the publisher. Additionally signed by Smith on the print "Coffee-Room, George Inn". Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 75760
GIBRAN, Kahlil. Twenty Drawings.
New York : 1919First edition, trade issue, of Gibran's first and only collection of drawings, retaining some parts of the rare dust jacket laid in. "For Gibran the canvas represented another form in which his poetry could be expressed... the pieces included in Twenty Drawings clearly demonstrate the mystical qualities Gibran imbued in all his works, whatever the medium"... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 137326