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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
[PENROSE, Elizabeth.] MARKHAM, Mrs, pseud. A History of France with Conversations at the End of each Chapter.
London : 1828First edition, in an attractive contemporary binding, of Elizabeth Penrose's pseudonymously published second popular history for children. Penrose's juvenile works were distinguished by her use of an explicatory narrative technique which concludes each chapter with dialogue between the author and her fictional pupils. The first of her school histories,... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 117710
DULAC, Edmund (illus.); QUILLER-COUCH, Arthur. The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales.
London : Signed limited edition, number 800 of 1,000 copies signed by the artist. This collection includes four classic French tales: Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Blue Beard, and Beauty and the Beast. This copy with a four-page leaflet advertising Hodder & Stoughton's similar works laid in. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 123585
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
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); [Original Rackham-illustrated vellum binding:] The Open Road.
London : 1910This fine example of Rackham's work is a test piece by the artist, practicing his technique for drawing directly onto vellum, possibly in preparation for a private commission. The illustration features two unconnected design elements - vignettes drawn in black and coloured inks, each signed by Rackham with his initials, and very much in the style he... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 117312
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... Learn More£18,500.00
Stock Code: 137787
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
L'ENGLE, Madeleine. [The Time Quintet:] A Wrinkle in Time;
New York : 1962, 1973, 1978, 1986, 1989First editions, first impression, inscribed and signed set, of the complete Time Quintet. A Wrinkle in Time, with a signed slip laid in, in the second state jacket (Newbery Prize sticker residue to front panel), together with signed or inscribed first impressions of the four sequential Time Quintet titles (an assembled set, with inscriptions to different... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 111206
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... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 138681
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; [together with:] Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.
London : 1866 & 1872First published editions of both Alice in Wonderland books. Adventures in Wonderland is the first published edition, the second overall: the book was originally printed in Oxford at the Clarendon Press in June 1865, but was suppressed when Carroll heard that the book's illustrator was dissatisfied with the quality of the printing. He recalled the few... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 136041
AUSTIN, Sarah. Autograph letter signed discussing the frustrations of publishing a periodical work for children.
26 Park Road, Regent's Park : [no year, but likely c.1829-36]Autograph letter signed to an unknown female recipient setting out Austin's thoughts regarding the establishment of a "periodical work for children". Despite the recipient's enthusiasm, her own, "and that of everyone, without a single exception, of my female friends and acquaintances I am forced to relinquish it from the difficulty of finding a publisher... Learn More£525.00
Stock Code: 124627
ANDERSON, Anne (illus.). The Fairy Tales of Grimm & Andersen.
London & Glasgow : [c.1930]First Anderson collected edition, originally published as two separate works: Grimm's Fairy Tales (Glasgow: Collins, 1922) and Andersen's Fairy Tales (Glasgow: Collins, 1924). Anne Anderson (1874-1952) was a prolific Scottish illustrator, primarily known for her art nouveau children's book illustrations. Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 135851
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
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
SHAKESPEARE - LAMB, Charles & Mary. Tales from Shakespeare: Designed for the use of young persons.
London : 1807First edition, first impression, with the imprint of the printer T. Davison on the verso of p. 235, vol. I, and with the Hanway Street address in the final adverts. The Tales were chiefly the work of Charles's sister Mary Lamb, who had previously written Mrs Leicester's School and edited Poetry for Children for William Godwin's Juvenile Library. Fourteen... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 116180
[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
[GREENE, Graham.] CRAIGIE, Dorothy, illus. The Little Train.
London : 1946First edition, first impression, of the first of Greene's children's books, inscribed by the illustrator, "My love to you, Dorothy Craigie", on the title page. All foru of Graham Greene's children's books were illustrated by Craigie. The first two books, the present work and The Little Fire Engine (1950), were not credited to him until the... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 125171
DAHL, Roald. The Gremlins.
New York : 1943First edition, first printing. Roald Dahl's first book and his only collaboration with Walt Disney, The Gremlins was written as a promotional device for a feature-length Disney animation that was never produced, partly because the studio could not establish firm copyright in the "gremlin" characters (Dahl claimed to have invented them, though they had... Learn More£1,800.00
Stock Code: 131644
POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin.
London : 1903First edition, first impression, with the title page dated 1903 and without the words "Author of the Tale of Peter Rabbit". The first edition was published in August 1903. The story originated in 1897 with a picture letter to Noel Moore, and was rewritten in 1901 for Norah Moore. It is the first book to feature the introduction of pictorial endpapers,... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 134850
DAGLEY, Elizabeth Frances. Fairy Favours, and Other Tales.
London : 1825First edition. Dagley's tales articulate "the problems and misery of economic insecurity, particularly in a fairy tale about a needle - that indispensable tool of women's labour". These tales "provide a detailed account not just of the kinds of objects found in a workbox, but also the various attitudes towards needlework and female employment, both... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 127823
POTTER, Beatrix. The Tailor of Gloucester.
London : 1903First trade edition, deluxe issue in art fabric, first issue with single-page endpapers. Only this work and The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin were issued in the present patterned cloth, provided by Beatrix Potter's grandfather's calico printing factory in Manchester, at her request. The art fabric binding, which Potter referred to as "a flowered lavender... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 118305
LANG, Andrew (ed.) The Blue Fairy Book.
London : 1889First edition, large paper copy, number 13 of 113 copies, the deluxe limited issue of the first in Lang's series of "coloured" fairy books, which continued through to The Lilac Fairy Book in 1910. Only four of the titles (Blue, Red, Green, and Yellow) from the series of 12 were issued in this deluxe format. The Blue Fairy Book was immediately successful,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 132247
(EDUCATIONAL PUZZLE.) HEWLETT, John, & W. Darton (engr.) Engravings for Teaching the Elements of English History and Chronology after the manner of Dissected Maps for Teaching Geography.
London : [c.1800]A complete example of "the earliest dated jigsaw puzzle, apart from maps" (Hannas, pp. 93-94), presumably a reissue from its first appearance in 1787, housed in the publisher's wooden box. Created as a learning aid for children, the puzzle's instructions read: "Directions. 1. Learn to put the heads together in succession. 2. Get the dates of the inner... Learn More£3,600.00
Stock Code: 134323
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
CARROLL, Lewis, & John Tenniel. Original illustration for Alice in Wonderland: "The Gryphon".
1865Tenniel's original drawing for the sleeping Gryphon, used by the engravers for the 1865 first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, where it appears on p. 138. Carroll gave Tenniel the exact measurements of each image as they were to fit on the page around the text. The drawings were then traced onto woodblocks and engraved by the Dalziel... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 138680
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." Additionally it is inscribed by Roy Disney and contains the signatures of more than 100 other people in the Walt Disney Studio, including seven of "The Nine Old Men" who were the key animators of the studio, this copy with... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 138684
LOFTING, Hugh. Doctor Dolittle's Return.
New York : 1933First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the half-title, "Sincerely yours, Hugh Lofting, May 1934". Lofting's works are uncommon signed, with no other signed copies of this work traced at auction. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 120118
(GILMAN, Charlotte Perkins.) GRAHAME, Kenneth. Dream Days.
New York & London : 1899First US edition. This copy is from the library of prominent American author and humanist Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), with her ownership inscription, "Gilman", to the front free endpaper. A lovely association copy between two disparate yet key writers of the period; Grahame's The Reluctant Dragon, which is included in this collection,... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 130102
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
MARCET, Jane. Stories for young Children.
London : 1831First edition of one of Marcet's popular educational stories, this focussed on house-building and mining. Marcet (1769-1858) was one of the earliest authors of popular scientific books. Her most successful work was Conversations on Political Economy (1816) which ran to many editions and exerted considerable influence on the economic theory of the mid-19th... Learn More£825.00
Stock Code: 126253
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
DICKENS, Charles. A Child's History of England.
London : 1852-4 [i.e. 1851-3]First editions in book form, first issues with the advertisements at the ends of each volume with the relevant points. Dickens's history of England for children, "intensely anti-aristocratic and anti-monarchical" (ODNB), originally appeared anonymously in Household Words between January 1851 and December 1853, with the volumes published in... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 138215
LE GUIN, Ursula K. A Wizard of Earthsea.
Berkeley : 1968First edition, first printing, with the publisher's faint vertical smudge on the title page, running through the "r" in "Wizard", the round symbol, the second "u" in "Ursula" below, the "n" in "drawings", and ending at the "r" in "press", and the trade jacket with "11 up 3.95" at upper corner of front flap and library price clipped from lower corner... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 136572
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol.
London : 1915Signed limited edition, number 448 of 500 copies signed by the artist for sale in Great Britain, Ireland, and the Colonies, with an additional 25 copies reserved for presentation. This was the first of Dickens's works to be illustrated by Rackham. Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 125707
HUGHES, Ted. Meet My Folks.
London : 1961First edition, first impression, presentation copy of Hughes's first book of children's verse, inscribed by him to his sister Olwyn Hughes, "To Olwyn with love from Ted April 1st, 1961", on the front free endpaper, six days prior to publication. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children,... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 125956
ISAAC, Frederick Simeon? Odds and Ends in Prose and Verse.
London : 1908First and only edition. A truly sumptuous piece of private publishing, produced as a gift for the author's children and grandchildren, handsomely printed at the Chiswick Press and finely bound by an unnamed binder of real quality.
Among the varied pieces is "A Dream, by One who Dreamt It", a prose fantasy, conceived at the time of the Dreyfus... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 122897
GREENAWAY, Kate, & Walter Crane. Six Minton porcelain nursery rhyme menu tiles.
Stoke on Trent : 1879Charming set of six menu tiles with a nursery rhyme theme, the unglazed portion allowing for a bill of fare to be written on in pencil and erased, much like the memorandum pages in a pocket book. The decoration has been applied entirely by hand in sepia ink, with the lightest of touches to very sprightly effect. Two tiles are decorated with illustrations... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 138252
[MARCET, Jane.] Conversations on Political Economy;
London : 1816First edition of Marcet's popular work on economics, designed for the use of schools. Taking the format of a dialogue between a female teacher and pupil, the two explore the concepts of capital, labour, property, commerce and money, in a casual conversational style readily understandable by the book's youthful audience. At a time when the discipline... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 125362
MEIL, Johann Wilhelm. Spectaculum Naturae & Artium,
Berlin : 1761 & 1765First edition of both volumes of this rare polyglot pictorial encyclopaedia of trades, technology, crafts, and nature, with the text in four columns in German, Latin, French and Italian. The attractive illustrations cover beekeeping, printing, engraving, bricklaying and other trades, as well as scientific and military equipment. The work was aimed at... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 129021
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
NICHOLSON, William. An Alphabet.
London : First edition, the popular issue, the first of five picture books that Nicholson published with Heinemann and the work that "established Nicholson's solo reputation" (ODNB). It was published in October 1897 but postdated 1898. There was also a deluxe edition of approximately 50 copies printed directly from the woodblocks and coloured by hand, and a... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 116638
HALDANE, J. B. S. My Friend Mr Leakey.
London : 1937First edition of this collection of fantasy stories for children by the eminent British scientist John Burdon Sanderson Haldane (1892-1964). Haldane was chiefly distinguished for his work in genetics, but also contributed to many other fields of science, ranging from cosmology to the physiology of diving. His intention in writing the book about Mr Leakey,... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 134918
MILNE, A. A. - SHEPARD, E. H. (illus.) "Tiggers don't like honey."
1961Signed and dated in ink lower right by Shepherd, 1961 and inscribed by Shepard lower middle "Tiggers don't like honey". This image was first used for The House at Pooh Corner, first published in 1928, page 23. "Tigger took a large mouthful of honey... and he looked up at the ceiling with his head on one side, and made exploring noises, and what-have-we-got-here... Learn More£47,500.00
Stock Code: 109941
DULAC, Edmund (illus.); STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Treasure Island.
London : 1927First Dulac edition, signed limited issue, number 49 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... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 131651
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
L'ENGLE, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time.
London : 1963First UK edition, first impression, of the first instalment in the Time Quintet. A Wrinkle In Time is an important and classic children's fantasy work by Madeline L'Engle (1918-2007), originally aimed at young female readers but with major crossover appeal. Upon publication, it won numerous awards, including the 1963 Newbery Medal, the Sequoyah... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 135806
[COLERIDGE, Sara.] Phantasmion.
London : 1837First edition, one of 250 copies published, of the long fairy-tale Phantasmion, "one of the earliest novel-length fantasies separate from the Gothic tradition" (Sanders), which has been described not only as an important precursor to The Lord of the Rings, but also by science-fiction aficionados as an early and influential example of that genre. The... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 134940
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
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
ALCOTT, Louisa May. Inscribed carte-de-visite.
New York : May 1882A delightfully personal memento, a carte-de-visite inscribed on the verso by Alcott to her friend Mary Williams, "Betsey from Sairy May 1882"; with an identifying note in an unknown hand below the author's inscription: "Sairy Louisa M Alcott, Betsey Mary H. Williams". The names of "Sairy" and "Betsey" were taken from the characters of the bibulous... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 137833
GODWIN, Mary Jane. Dramas for Children.
London : 1809First edition of these educational plays by Mary Jane Godwin (1768-1841), Mary Shelley's stepmother.
Although published anonymously and generally attributed to William Godwin, Dramas for Children was in fact written by Mary Jane Clairmont who, before marrying Godwin, had worked as editor for Benjamin Tabart, publisher and bookseller... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 135586
POTTER, Beatrix. Christmas gift of a gilder's set for her friend Gertrude Mary Woodward.
[c.1896-1911]A gilding set presented from Beatrix Potter to her close lifelong friend and fellow artist Gertrude Woodward, inscribed "with best wishes for Christmas & New Year from Beatrix Potter", on the inner paper wrapper. Gertrude Mary Woodward (18541939) was a professional colour-wash illustrator who was commissioned to undertake palaeontological drawings,... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 133403
[WOLLSTONECRAFT, Mary.] Original Stories, from Real Life;
Dublin : 1792First Dublin edition, the fourth overall, first published in London in 1788. With two female gift inscriptions, the first on the half-title dated 1792 from Elizabeth Pim to Anne Jackson, who in turn re-presented the book half a century later in 1842 to her niece Elizabeth Garrat.
Original Stories was Mary Wollstonecraft's only work written directly... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 125578
(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
TUDOR, Tasha (illus.); 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
(POP-UP BOOK.) KUBAŠTA, Vojtěch. How Columbus Discovered America.
London : [c. 1960]The present pop-up, in fine working condition, depicts Columbus's three ships, the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa María, on their voyage. The designer, Vojtěch Kubašta (19141992), was a Czech architect and artist who drew on his architectural training to engineer complex three-dimensional folding scenes. "Relatively unknown in his own time despite... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 123153
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