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.
Showing items 61-120 of 163
BURNETT, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden.
London : 1911First edition, first impression. The Secret Garden was first serialized, starting in autumn 1910, in The American Magazine, a publication aimed at adults. The entire book was first published in the summer of 1911 by Frederick A. Stokes in New York and simultaneously by Heinemann in London. The American edition was illustrated by M. B. Kork, whereas... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 137649
BURNETT, Frances Hodgson. Little Lord Fauntleroy.
New York : 1886First edition, first issue, with The De Vinne Press imprint at the verso of the last page of text and number 14 printed on the lower left margin of p. 209. This was Burnett's first children's novel, and originally appeared as a serial in the St. Nicholas Magazine between November 1885 and October 1886. Learn More£1,950.00
Stock Code: 114679
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
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
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
New York : 1866First edition, second issue: the first practicably obtainable issue of the original sheets, comprising sheets of the suppressed 1865 printing of Alice with the Appleton cancel title page. The issue consisted of 1,000 copies, using the first printing sheets but with new tipped-in title pages also printed at the Clarendon Press, Oxford. Dodgson authorized... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 116108
COLLODI, Carlo. The Story of a Puppet or the Adventures of Pinocchio.
London : 1892First edition in English. "One of the best known fantasies, and the most popular children's book to come out of Italy... The story was written for a Rome children's magazine, the Giornale dei bambini, where the first instalment appeared on 7 July 1881. It was published as a book in 1883 under the title Le Avventure di Pinocchio: Storia... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 119778
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
CRONISE, Florence M., & Henry W. Ward. Cunnie Rabbit, Mr. Spider and the Other Beef:
London : 1903First edition, first impression. Other than a few sporadic printings of individual tales, this is the first printed collection of West African folk tales, with multiple appearances of Anansi, here rendered as "Mr. Spider". The authors, who collected the stories from children in a mission school in Africa, preserve the tales in the West African dialect,... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 122261
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
DAHL, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
New York : 1964First edition, first printing, first issue, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Veronica Remembering the magnificent job she did with all the children of Alberobello. 1965 Roald Dahl". The reference to the children of the town of Alberobello is a poigant one: Dahl immersed himself in charity work after the death of his eldest daughter,... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 138375
DAHL, Roald. Matilda.
London : 1988First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the half-title. Matilda won the Children's Book Award in the year of its publication. It formed the basis for both the 1996 film directed by Danny DeVito and the successful stage musical which premiered at the RSC's Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010. Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 137976
DAHL, Roald. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.
London : 1985First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front blank, "To Justin, with love Roald Dahl 14/10/85". This copy was purchased at Dahl's local bookshop and inscribed close to publication (October 1985). The books' owner spent much time around the Dahl house in Great Missenden and had an after-school job at Dahl and Son Antiques on... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 120075
DAHL, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; [and] Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
London : 1967 & 1973First UK editions, first impressions, scarce in such nice condition. Dahl's classic story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was originally published in 1964 in the US, and Glass Elevator in 1972, both with illustrations by Joseph Schindelman. The artist for the UK editions, Faith Jaques, "was one of the outstanding illustrators responsible... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 137020
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
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
DISNEY, Walt. Bambi.
New York : 1941First edition thus, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed "To Janet with best wishes Walt Disney" on the half title. Walt Disney acquired the rights for Bambi in 1937 from a producer and director of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer after the project was deemed too difficult. Indeed, the technical challenge of rendering a realistic animation of... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 109256
DIXON, Franklin W. The Tower Treasure.
New York : 1927First edition, first printing, of the first Hardy Boys title, long considered one of the holy grails of American children's book collecting. Developed by the American publisher Edward Stratemeyer, The Hardy Boys books were part of a range of juvenile detective fiction released by the Stratemeyer Syndicate, and was so successful that they launched Nancy... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 104563
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
ELSON, William H., & William S. Gray. Elson-Gray Basic Readers. Pre-Primer [Dick and Jane].
The Philippine Islands : 1930First edition of the first of the famous Elson-Gray Basic Readers. The "Dick and Jane" series revolutionised the American reading curriculum, using a limited vocabulary and simple illustrations to help connect the words with their definitions.
This pre-primer introduces the three main characters (Dick, Jane, and Baby), followed by nine short stories,... Learn More£2,950.00
Stock Code: 138687
FARLEY, Walter. The Black Stallion.
New York : 1941First edition, first printing; copies in the dust jacket are notably uncommon. Winner of the Young Reader's Choice Award for 1944, this was the first in the long-running series of Black Stallion books, "which have charmed young readers for nearly 50 years... and won Farley international acclaim. More than 12 million copies... have been sold, in 14 countries"... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 108553
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
GREENE, Graham. The Little Fire Engine.
London : First edition, first impression, of Greene's second children's book. Between the publication of The Little Train and this sequel, Greene had resigned as director of fiction for Eyre and Spottiswoode after repeatedly falling out with his fellow director Douglas Jerrold. Although Eyre and Spottiswoode had already committed to publishing The Little Fire... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 102534
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
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
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
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
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
JOHNS, W. E. The Third Biggles Omnibus.
Oxford : 1941First edition, first impression, of this collection of three Biggles novels set at the beginning of the Second World War, originally published between 1938 and 1940. In the first, Biggles and his crew are sent for a holiday but find themselves trapped in the midst of the Spanish Civil War, and in the second they are asked to start an air force for the... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 126559
KIPLING, Rudyard. Just So Stories
London : 1902First edition, first impression, second state binding, of Kipling's famous collection of twelve stories and twelve poems, including "How the Camel Got His Hump" and "How the Leopard Got His Spots." The first impression exists in two issues of the binding. The first, on which the white blocking failed to adhere, was superseded by this more stably blocked... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 130603
KIPLING, Rudyard. Just So Stories For Little Children.
London : 1902First edition, third printing (two months after the first), inscribed by the author, "Janet Aitken from her obliged and obedient servant the author Jul. 1911", on the title page; Kipling has struck through his printed name and signed it below. Then three years old, Janet Gladys Kidd, née Aitken, later Campbell, later Montagu (1908-1988), was the daughter... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 137861
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
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
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
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
LEIGHTON, Clare. The Wood that Came Back.
London : 1934First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the front free endpaper "To dearest Ada, Jessey and Fanny with love from Clare. Christmas 1934. To amuse the nephews!". This was the second of Leighton's two children's picture books. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 137972
LEIGHTON, Clare. The Musical Box.
London & New York : 1932First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To dear Ada and Jessey, hoping they are still young enough to enjoy this. With much love from Clare Christmas 1932." One of Leighton's scarcer titles, this was her first picture book for children. Loosely laid in is a pamphlet featuring two woodcuts... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 137970
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
LOWTHER, George. The Adventures of Superman.
New York : 1942First edition, first printing. This book is the first novelization of a comic book character, and also the first Superman story credited to someone other than Jerry Siegel. It was Lowther who first provided many now-familiar details of Superman's birth and early life. Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 106858
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
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
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
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
MILNE, A. A. [The Pooh books:]
London : 1924-8First trade editions, first impressions. After the huge success of When We Were Very Young, published in 1924, Milne was asked to contribute a story to the London Evening News. "The Wrong Sort of Bees", published on Christmas Eve 1925, was based on a bedtime story that Milne had told his son Christopher. It starred Christopher's stuffed... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 136942
MILNE, A. A. The House at Pooh Corner.
London : 1928First edition, first impression, signed by the illustrator E. H. Shepard on the title page. 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.... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 134081
MILNE, A. A. Autograph letter signed discussing Christopher Robin's school.
London : 1930Milne writes to thank Mrs Taylor for the gift of some asparagus and the comic verse she had sent him: "... I had to eat it first to make sure that it was the genuine thing... I'm wondering now whether I oughtn't to have sent my boy to your school. Would he have had asparagus and a hot bath on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday? Well, it's too late now;... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 132105
MONTGOMERY, L. M. Anne of Green Gables.
Boston : 1908First edition, first impression, of the author's first novel. Published in April 1908, it was an immediate bestseller, with new printings nearly every month for the next two years. Upon publication, "Mark Twain wrote to congratulate Montgomery on the accidental adoptee, Anne Shirley - 'the dearest and most moving child since the immortal Alice'" (Grolier).... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 138690
MORPURGO, Michael. War Horse.
Kingswood : 1982First edition, first impression. Most copies of the first edition of War Horse went to school libraries and the book is now correspondingly scarce in commerce in collectable condition. The author's celebrated novel was adapted into a hugely successful play in 2007, and was the basis of the 2011 Steven Spielberg film of the same title. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 138691
NESBIT, E. The Railway Children.
London : 1906First edition. The Railway Children, Nesbit's "most popular (and sentimental) book" (ODNB), was originally serialized in the London Magazine in 1905 before being published in book form the following year. It was adapted into the 1970 film of the same title, directed by Lionel Jeffries and starring Dinah Sheridan, Jenny Agutter, Sally... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 137693
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
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
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
PEAKE, Mervyn. Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor.
London : 1939First edition, first impression, with a fine original pencil sketch by Peake on the front free endpaper, showing Captain Slaughterboard sitting on a rock holding a piece of paper. Across the paper is written in ink "Elizabeth" and below the sketch "from Doc"; i.e. this is a presentation copy from the artist's father, Ernest Cromwell Peake MD (1874-1949),... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 138692
PERRAULT, Charles. Tales of Passed Times.
London : 1922First Austen edition, first impression, of Perrault's tales, including the beloved "Little Red Riding Hood", "Blue Beard", "The Sleeping Beauty", "Puss in Boots", "Cinderella", and others. Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 137838
POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny.
London : 1904First edition, deluxe issue, first impression. As in the trade issue this copy has the following first impression variants on page 15: "muffatees" (as opposed to "muffetees" in second issue onward), "we" in Roman type (as opposed to italics in second issue onward). Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 121248