Children's Literature - Catalogue 161
We are pleased to present a selection of children's literature, including original artworks, dating from 1750 to the present decade. Containing over 200 items, this broad selection ranges from early examples of novels for children, like Alice in Wonderland, to contemporary classics such as Harry Potter.
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(AESOP.) JAMES, Thomas. Aesop's Fables: A New Version, Chiefly from the Original Sources.
London : 1848A handsomely bound copy, with the pleasant embellishment of gauffered edges, of the first edition of Reverend Thomas James's translation of Aesop, with illustrations by John Tenniel. Best-known for his illustrations for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1872), Tenniel obtained that role as a result of this work.... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 137516
(AKASHI, Akako, illus.) Children's board game.
Tokyo : Meiji 44 First edition of this children's board game ("sugoroku", rarely found complete with the counters intact, as here, which would usually have been cut out in order to play the game. This game was inspired by the first Japanese Antarctic expedition of 1910, led by explorer Shirase Nobu. Japanese children were besotted with the idea of the expedition and... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137805
(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
(CARROLL, Lewis.) TENNIEL, John. 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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(DISNEY, Walt.) Walt Disney's version of Pinocchio.
New York : 1939Number 71 of 100 copies only of the original American edition, signed by Walt Disney on the title page and by the animators Fred Moore, Ward Kimball, Paul J. Smith, Al Parke, John Hurley, Ed Penner, Norm Ferguson and Ted Sears.
Al Parke has also inscribed on the front free endpaper: "This book was produced to establish interstate traffic and use... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 138683
(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
(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
(DISNEY, Walt.) 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
(DULAC, Edmund.) Sindbad the Sailor & other Stories from the Arabian Nights.
London : First and signed limited edition, number 51 of 500 copies signed by the artist. "The exotic stories he illustrated struck a new chord in Dulac. They allowed him to enlarge his skill at caricature, and at the same time to sharpen his miniaturist's technique and to develop his lyrical sense of tone and composition. The sources he turned to were Japanese... Learn More£2,200.00
Stock Code: 129557
(DULAC, Edmund.) 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
(DULAC, Edmund.) STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Treasure Island.
London : 1927Signed limited edition, 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 his best work. Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 131651
(EDGEWORTH, Maria.) CROKER, Thomas Crofton (ed.) The Christmas Box.
London : 1829First edition, inscribed by Maria Edgeworth, who contributed a story, on page i, "With Miss Edgeworth's Compliments". The Christmas Box is a collection of short stories to which Edgeworth contributed "Garry Owen; or The Snow-Woman" (pp. 33-88). This copy has a nice association, with the ownership inscription "Geraldine Fortescue - This book... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 129756
(FRANCE.) An Abridgment of the History of France.
Chelsea : 1805A lovely bilingual juvenile history of France with parallel French and English title pages and texts. This is an early publication by Chelsea historian, translator, and publisher Thomas Faulkner (1777-1855), also a member of the Society of Antiquaries of Normandy. He published his Short Account of Chelsea Hospital the same year.
Uncommon,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 138688
(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
(KING, Jessie M.) WILDE, Oscar. A House of Pomegranates.
London : 1915First King edition, first impression, of Wilde's collection of fairy tales. Jessie Marion King (18751949) was the most important Scottish illustrator of the twentieth century. "Influenced by a Gaelic-speaking nursemaid with a fund of folklore, Jessie believed herself gifted with 'second sight' and her art was inspired by fantasy, while its minuteness... Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 137882
(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
(MILNE, A. A.) SHEPARD, E. H. "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
(MINERVA PRESS.) Fairy Tales; Selected from the Best Authors.
London : 1794First expanded Minerva Press edition. Many of the tales were first published by William Lane in 1788 under the title "The Palace of Enchantment", and re-published by his Minerva Press in another edition of the same title in 1794. These tales constitute volume II of the present edition, renamed to "Fairy Tales", with the first volume holding new tales.... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 127237
(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
(NURSERY FRIEZE.) [COX, Elijah Albert.] A Pageant Of London For London's Children Arranged For Cutting Out.
[London : 1926]Original nursery frieze poster produced by London Transport, depicting the history of London, starting with "The First Settlement" and finishing with "London going about its business to-day", showing Londoners going into the Underground.
The artist, Elijah Albert Cox (1876-1955), designed posters for the Underground Group from 1915 to 1926. Cox... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 137743
(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
(PERRAULT, Charles, and others.) PLANCHÉ, J. R. (transl.) Fairy Tales.
London : 1869First edition thus of Planché's translation. This attractively produced edition includes "Blue Beard", "The Sleeping Beauty", "Puss in Boots", and "The Story of Beauty and the Beast", with illustrations by Edward Henry Corbould, William Harvey, and James Godwin. The Countess d'Aulnoy (1650/1-1705) termed her works contes de fées (fairy tales) and... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 137870
(POP-UP BOOK.) KUBATA, Vojtech. 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, Vojtech Kubata (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
(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
(RACKHAM, Arthur.) [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
(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 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
(RACKHAM, Arthur.) 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
(RACKHAM, Arthur.) GRIMM, [Jakob & Wilhelm]. The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm.
London : 1909First Rackham edition thus, signed limited issue, number 505 of 750 copies signed by the illustrator. Rackham's first version of Grimm's Fairy Tales, published in 1900, had no signed limited edition. This is a revised and enlarged edition with some new illustrations, as well as others redrawn and coloured.
The translator, Mrs Edgar Lucas,... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 137884
(RACKHAM, Arthur.) IRVING, Washington. Rip Van Winkle.
London : 1905Signed limited edition, number 26 of 250 copies signed by the artist. This copy also includes a charming original pen and ink portrait of Rip van Winkle by Rackham, dated 17 July 1918. This was the first book wholly illustrated by Rackham to be issued in a limited edition format and it immediately established him as the leading illustrator of lavishly... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 123180
(ROBINSON, W. Heath.) HUNTER, Norman. The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm.
London : 1933First edition, first impression, of the first Professor Branestawm title, the first in an unusually extended series, written over a 50-year period, and the only one illustrated by Heath Robinson. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 138696
(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
(SENDAK, Maurice.) BOND, Gladys Baker. Seven Little Stories on Big Subjects:
New York : First editions, first printings. "The tales deal with conflicts children face, particularly in regard to bullying and physical violence. Sendak, then a self-taught artist in his late twenties just beginning to try his hand at illustration, supplied the cover art and several line vignettes. One imagines that Sendak's parents were very happy to hear about... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 126954
(SHAKESPEARE, William.) 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
(SHEPARD, E. H.) MILNE, A. A. The House at Pooh Corner. [With an original pen and ink drawing of Winnie-the-Pooh.]
London : 1929Third edition. With an original pen and ink drawing on the title page by Shepard of Winnie-the-Pooh in full traditional Russian costume including a fur hat and playing a balalaika, signed beneath the image. Rare thus.
Milne began planning his final Pooh book in 1927. Three years of intense publicity were taking their toll on the family, and Milne... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 138703
(SHEPARD, Ernest H.) GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.
London : 1931First Shepard-illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 93 of 200 large paper copies signed by both Grahame and Shepard. The Wind in the Willows was first published in 1908 with only a frontispiece for illustration, and Shepard, well-known by then for his illustrations of A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh series, was asked to illustrate a new edition,... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 134351
(SPENSER, Edmund.) Hand-embroidered and stencilled panel illustrating The Faerie Queene.
c.1910An attractive amateur hand-embroidered panel featuring scenes from Spenser's Faerie Queene, a piece that captures the aesthetics and interests of the arts and crafts movement in a charmingly childlike manner. The hanging was likely created as embroidery practice; the images mostly follow the illustrations of Rose le Quesne featured in Jeanie Lang's... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 136011
(TOY BOOK.) VERY, Lydia L. Red Riding Hood.
Boston : 1863First edition of Very's Red Riding Hood, generally considered the first shaped toy books published in North America. Presented between wrappers shaped as Red Riding Hood, Very's version retells the Grimm's story in rhyme. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 103436
(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
(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
(WILLIAMS, Margery.) HAGUE, Michael. Original watercolour, "The Velveteen Rabbit".
[c.1993]Original watercolour of the Velveteen Rabbit by American illustrator and author Michael Hague, signed by him in the lower right hand corner. Produced for one of Hague's calendars for the month of February, it features the Velveteen Rabbit and other toys. Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 109466
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
ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Hans Andersen's Story Book:
New York : 1849First collected American edition. The volume contains 27 of Hans Andersen's stories translated into English by Mary Howitt and Charles Boner, including "The Snow Queen", "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "The Real Princess" (better known as "The Princess and the Pea"), and "The Red Shoes", together with a short biography of Andersen by Howitt. Selections... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137807
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
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
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
AWDRY, Wilbert Vere. Tank Engine Thomas Again.
Leicester : First edition, first impression. The Reverend Awdry's fourth book in the Railway Series, the second featuring Thomas the Tank Engine, who has become synonymous with the series. Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 135341
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
BALLANTYNE, Robert Michael. The Coral Island:
London : 1858First edition, first issue (with frontispiece contiguous with title page, gilt illustrated roundel on front cover and shark-attack plate at p. 76), in the less common rose-pink cloth (copies are more commonly encountered in blue cloth). Ballantyne wrote children's stories based on his experiences in Canada as a young man in the service of the Hudson's... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 105863
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
BEMELMANS, Ludwig. Madeline.
London : 1939First UK edition, first printing, inscribed by Bemelmans with an original sketch of Madeline, "To Diane Rhodes, Ludwig Bemelmans 1952" on the first blank. Madeline was awarded the Caldecott Medal Honor in 1940. Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 126007