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 121-163 of 163
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
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
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. 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
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
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
ROWLING, J. K. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
London : 1997First edition, first impression, paperback issue, inscribed by the author "To Paul, Best Wishes, J K Rowling" on half-title and dated "18/3/98". Rowling signed this copy during a school visit in Wales for a young boy who had been given the book as a present by his aunt.
This is one of 5,150 copies in wrappers, with all the requisite points of the... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 135240
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. Where the Wild Things Are.
New York : 1963First edition, first printing, first issue, inscribed by the author on the half-title: "For Janet Anderson, Maurice Sendak 4/15/82". With the ticket for a book signing at Newcomb Hall Bookstore at the University of Virginia loosely inserted, signed by Anderson on the back; Janet Anderson served as a book designer at the University of Virginia Press.
There... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 133220
SERRAILLIER, Ian. The Silver Sword.
London : 1956First edition, first impression, of the children's classic. Set in wartime Poland, and partly based on eyewitness accounts from Jan Stranksy's East Wind Over Prague, it featured in the Imperial War Museum's exhibition Once Upon A Wartime: Classic War Stories for Children in 2011. It was published in the US under the title Escape from Warsaw.... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 137799
SEUSS, Dr. The Cat in the Hat.
New York : 1957First edition, first printing, inscribed by Dr. Seuss on verso of front endpaper, "for Brent, best wishes, Dr. Seuss". This is the first issue, with the price code on the jacket 200/200 and the boards not laminated as in later issues. This is an exceptionally nice example of the landmark children's book, entirely unrestored. Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 138697
SEWELL, Anna. Black Beauty: his grooms and companions. The autobiography of a horse.
London : First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author in her own hand on the first blank, "For the Patients of the London Temperance Hospital with the Author's best wishes", and with a secondary ownership inscription ("Hughes") above. Conceivably this is John Hughes (1827-1896) who was treasurer of the London Temperance Hospital for about 25 years.... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 123401
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... 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 Jamaican,... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 137852
STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Treasure Island and Kidnapped.
London : 1909First combined edition (first published thus in August 1907), fifth impression, in an attractive deluxe binding. Treasure Island (1883) and Kidnapped (1886) were the first of Stevenson's novels to be published by Cassell, both first serialized in Young Folks, then afterwards published in book form, and they remained among the best-sellers on Cassell's... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 138093
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
STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Treasure Island.
London : 1883First edition, first impression, with the following points: "dead man's chest" not capitalised on pages 2 or 7; the first letter of "vain" broken in the last line, page 40; the "a" not present in line 6, page 63; the "8" dropped from the pagination on page 83; the "7" overstamped in the pagination on page 127; the full stop not present following "opportunity"... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 107122
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
SUTCLIFF, Rosemary. The Chronicles of Robin Hood.
Oxford : 1950First edition, first impression of the author's first published book. Rosemary Sutcliff (19201992) was an English novelist best known for children's books, especially historical fiction and retellings of myths and legends. She spent most of her life in a wheelchair, and "most of Sutcliff's intellectual stimulus had come from books read aloud by her... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 135706
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 book... 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
THOMPSON, Kay. Eloise.
New York : 1955First edition, first printing. Inscribed "For Jessica, with absolutely love from me Eloise and Kay Thompson" on the front free endpaper. Although well-represented in the US, Library Hub only lists nine copies in the UK (BL, Cambridge, University of East Anglia, NLS, NLW, Oxford, Trinity College Dublin, University of Leicester, and National Trust Libraries).... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 111785
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
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. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 136190
WILLIAMS, Margery. The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real.
London : 1922First edition, first impression, with the rare dust jacket. The first impression of this beautiful and much-loved collaboration between Margery Williams and William Nicholson is notable for the chromolithographic printing of Nicholson's illustrations. They were replaced by a cheaper process in subsequent printings. "It is loved by parents and teachers... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 138352
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
[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
[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
[GODWIN, Mary Jane.] Dramas for Children.
London : 1809First edition of these educational plays by Mary Jane Godwin (1768-1841), Mary Shelley's stepmother.
Although 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 of the Juvenile Library in New... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 135586
[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
[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 case,... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 122897
[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
[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
[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
[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
[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