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 61-105 of 105
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. 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
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
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
MILNE, A. A.; SHEPARD, E. H. (illus.) 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
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 (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
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
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
PENROSE, Elizabeth as MARKHAM, Mrs. 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 pioneering and influential 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... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 117710
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
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
POTTER, Beatrix. HEELIS, Beatrix. The Fairy Caravan.
Philadelphia : 1929Signed limited edition, number 48 of 100 copies signed by the author. The bibliographic story of this book is strangely charming and endearingly amateurish. Potter considered this story of a miniature animal-run travelling circus as "too personal and autobiographical" for her comfortably to allow publication in England. She arranged for the Philadelphia... Learn More£12,000.00
Stock Code: 105980
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
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); 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
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); LUCAS, E. V. (comp.) [Original 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. 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 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. 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
RANSOME, Arthur. Peter Duck.
London : 1932First edition, first impression, together with an autograph postcard from the author to a young fan, "I am glad you liked them. And thank you for NOT asking questions. Best wishes for fair weather! Arthur Ransome". The postcard, postmarked 4 July 1945 from Coniston, features a printed border of Swallows and Amazons illustrations by Ransome. The recipient,... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 122906
ROBINSON, W. Heath (illus.); 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
ROSSETTI, Christina G. Sing-Song.
London : 1893New and enlarged edition of Christina Rossetti's illustrated book of nursery rhymes, this a very scarce presentation copy inscribed by Christina Rossetti as a Christmas gift, "Henry Edward Stewart, Xmas 1893, from Christina G. Rossetti". The recipient was the infant son of the Rossetti family's doctor, Sir Edward Stewart, who especially attended on... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 136358
SALTEN, Felix. Bambi: A Life in the Woods.
New York : 1928First edition in English, first printing (July 1928); originally published in German (Berlin: Ullstein Verlag, 1923). With an excellent photographic portrait of Salten mounted opposite the title page and inscribed: "for Mr Nelson Craig cordially Felix Salten, 1935". The portrait is the same as that used by Salten on his press card for the Union of Foreign... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 107906
SAVIGNAC, Alida de. Les Contes Bleus.
Paris : [c.1830]First edition, uncommon complete as here, of this charming set of instructive tales for children by the French bluestocking Alida de Savignac (1790-1847). Volume I comprises three stories, each bound separately: La Petite Malade imaginaire; Juliette à Rome, ou les histoires du temps passé; and Camille. Volume II is divided identically: La Veillée;... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 125728
SENDAK, Maurice (illus.); 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 - 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
SMITH, Jessie Willcox. Mother Goose.
New York : 1914First Jessie Willcox Smith edition, first printing. Smith was commissioned by Good Housekeeping to produce 17 illustrations for Mother Goose. They were first published as a series issued between December 1912 and April 1914 in black-and-white only. Although these "monotone illustrations did little to impress the viewer as to the genius of these paintings...... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 138704
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
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
TAYLOR, Isaac. Scenes in Europe,
London : 1819Second edition, first published the previous year. A popular travel book for children, which underwent eight editions by 1825. The book prints scenes of notable buildings, curiosities and events for each European country, with accompanying text and occasionally poetry.
This was the copy of the author John Fowles (1926-2005), with his embossed... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 136398
London : 1750A very desirable copy of Terence's Comedies, attractively bound in an understated contemporary binding and finely printed. The text is in parallel Latin and English. The editor and translator Samuel Patrick (1684-1748), classical scholar and schoolmaster at Charterhouse School, "appears to have been a figure like Scott's Dominie Sampson, deeply read... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 137212
TIMLIN, William M. The Ship that Sailed to Mars.
London : First edition, first impression, in the rare dust jacket. Timlin's only published book, The Ship That Sailed to Mars is a fantastical illustrated gift book that rivalled those of Rackham, Dulac, Goble and Nielsen. The book was published in Britain by George Harrap, who had earlier published Willy Pogany, and they followed a similar format here, reproducing... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 128777
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
TRIMMER, Sarah. New and Comprehensive Lessons; Containing a General Outline of the New Testament; with Forty Engravings.
London : First edition of the popular educationist's biblical guide for children, published posthumously as the sequel to her nearly identically titled book for the Old Testament. While educating her own children, Trimmer (1741-1810) became aware of the need for texts for children which would provide interesting as well as proper moral and religious instruction.... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 117687
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
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
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
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
WILLIAMS, Margery; Michael Hague (illus.) 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
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
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 her daughter 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... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 125578