Search results for: 'children and gardens'
KINGSLEY, Charles. The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby.
London : 1863First edition, first issue, with the "L'Envoi" leaf: "Kingsley had second thoughts about this while the book was being printed, and he had the leaf removed, but not before a few hundred copies of the book had already gone forth" (Gottlieb, Early Children's Books and Their Illustration, 113). Kingsley's book initiated the first golden age of children's... Learn More£1,950.00
Stock Code: 120414
RACKHAM, Arthur. Original watercolour from Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens:
London : 1906Signed and dated by Rackham, this original watercolour features the scene where Peter steers his little nest-ship, built for him by the thrushes, into Kensington Gardens. After the enormous success of the play Peter Pan, which opened on 27 December 1904 and broke all previous theatrical records, Barrie sanctioned the publication, in collaboration with... Learn More£47,500.00
Stock Code: 138694
(RACKHAM, Arthur.) BARRIE, J. M. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens
London : 1906Signed limited edition, number 267 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£6,000.00
Stock Code: 125705
(RACKHAM, Arthur.) BARRIE, J. M. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens
London : 1907Fourth impression, in a publisher's deluxe binding not noted by Latimore and Haskell or Riall, though it appears to be the binding described as "rough Persian" advertised by Hodder & Stoughton in the trade press in time for Christmas 1907. After the enormous success of the play Peter Pan, which opened on 27 December 1904 and broke all previous theatrical... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 112932
HUGHES, Ted. Rain-Charm for the Duchy and Other Laureate Poems.
London : 1992First edition, signed limited issue, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister on the half-title, "For Olwyn, with love, Ted Christmas 1991", together with a large original ornate ink drawing of a fantastical garden. Number XI of 30 copies numbered in Roman numerals, signed and reserved by the author. There were also 250 numbered and... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 125774
HAWKINS, Sir John. Two manuscript estate indentures relating to Hawkins's property at Chatham, established as a Royal Dockyard in 1567. Signed by Sir John Hawkins and Dame Margaret Hawkins respectively.
Chatham, Kent : 1582 & 1599A superb example of the signature of one of the great sailors of Elizabethan England, the first document showing him acquiring land at Chatham, established as a Royal Dockyard by Elizabeth I in 1567. Sir John Hawkins (1532-1595), merchant, privateer and naval commander, was cousin to Sir Francis Drake "but Hawkins arguably knew more about seamanship... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 115601
(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
CATHER, Willa Sibert. The Troll Garden.
New York : 1905First edition, first printing. Presentation copy of the author's first prose work, warmly inscribed by the author to the American illustrator and writer Howard Pyle, "Will Mr. Howard Pyle accept through me the love of seven big and little children to whom he taught the beauty of language and of line, and to whom, in a desert place, he sent the precious... Learn More£40,000.00
Stock Code: 131568
SWEET, Samuel White, Captain. Captain Sweet's Views of South Australia.
Adelaide : c.1884Superb lifetime album of fully-captioned photographs of remarkable depth and clarity by the pioneering photographer of Australia Captain Samuel White Sweet (1825-1886), presenting a generous panorama of his art in prints reflecting the civic pride of the city of Adelaide through its many fine buildings, alongside the landscape of South Australia captured... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 129596
(OPIUM FANTASY.) [LIGNE, Charles-Joseph de?] Voyage à Visbecq.
[Brussells? : ca.1794]Original manuscript of an extraordinary dreamlike fantasy which describes an opium-induced journey to the centre of the earth. The existence of the novel remained unknown for more than 200 years until it was discovered in a Parisian bookshop and published in 2007 with a long essay by Éric Lysøe (see below).
The text is written in the first person,... Learn More£8,000.00
Stock Code: 139702
GORDON, Charles George. Remarkable lengthy autograph letter signed, with advice for Louis A. Lucas on the essential requirements for successful exploration in Africa.
Labore : 1876An unusually long letter, in which Gordon goes into great detail about the difficulties of African exploration, revealing his exasperation at Lucas's behaviour, and his frustration at Lucas's unwillingness to heed the advice of someone far more experienced in African travel.
Louis Arthur Lucas (1851-1876) was the only surviving son of Philip Lucas,... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 125725
STENT, George Carter. Scraps from my Sabretasche.
London : 1882First edition of this scarce and colourful memoir, "full of material that would sound familiar to any reader of Kipling's stories set in India" and teeming with detail. This copy skilfully restored in the attractive original cloth.
Stent's book includes a description of "an elephant who plays jokes on his keeper, to Stent's dressing up as a woman... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140276
STEVENSON, Robert Louis. A Child's Garden of Verses.
London : 1885First edition, one of 1,000 copies published. From the library of the bibliographer of Dickens and Trollope, Walter E. Smith, with his pencilled ownership inscription to the first blank recto. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 109762
STEVENSON, Robert Louis. A Child's Garden of Verse.
London : 1885First edition, one of 1,000 copies published. From the library of English literary journalist and author Charles Whibley whose half-brother Fred had a curious link to Stevenson. A copra trader in Tuvalu, he married a local woman called Meri Matavaka. Meri's previous avaga (married one) had been Jack Buckland, whom Stevenson acknowledges as the inspiration... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 122615