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Children's Literature - Catalogue 161

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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  1. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin.

    London : 1903

    First 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

    Stock Code: 134850

  2. The Tailor of Gloucester.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tailor of Gloucester.

    London : 1903

    First 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

    Stock Code: 118305

  3. Original watercolour from Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens:
    RACKHAM, Arthur. Original watercolour from Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens:

    London : 1906

    Signed 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

    Stock Code: 138694

  4. Original watercolour for A Midsummer Night's Dream ("-down topples she").
    RACKHAM, Arthur. Original watercolour for A Midsummer Night's Dream ("-down topples she").


    An 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

    Stock Code: 130494

  5. Peter Duck.
    RANSOME, Arthur. Peter Duck.

    London : 1932

    First 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

    Stock Code: 122906

  6. Pretzel.
    REY, Margaret & H. A. Pretzel.

    [New York] : 1944

    First edition, first printing. Rare in such good condition and with the dust jacket. Learn More

    Stock Code: 138079

  7. Bill The Minder.
    ROBINSON, W. Heath. Bill The Minder.

    London : 1912

    Signed limited edition, number 253 of 380 copies signed by the author and illustrator, who in this work "notably in the line drawings, surpassed himself" (ODNB). Learn More

    Stock Code: 118626

  8. Sing-Song.
    ROSSETTI, Christina G. Sing-Song.

    London : 1893

    New 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

    Stock Code: 136358

  9. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
    ROWLING, J. K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

    London : 1998

    First edition, first impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 132680

  10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
    ROWLING, J. K. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

    London : 1997

    First 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

    Stock Code: 135240

  11. Bambi: A Life in the Woods.
    SALTEN, Felix. Bambi: A Life in the Woods.

    New York : 1928

    First 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

    Stock Code: 107906

  12. Les Contes Bleus.
    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

    Stock Code: 125728

  13. Where the Wild Things Are.
    SENDAK, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are.

    New York : 1963

    First 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

    Stock Code: 133220

  14. The Silver Sword.
    SERRAILLIER, Ian. The Silver Sword.

    London : 1956

    First 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

    Stock Code: 137799

  15. Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories.
    SEUSS, Dr. Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories.

    New York : 1958

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper verso, "For Juanito, with best wishes - from Dr. Seuss." Learn More

    Stock Code: 138700

  16. The Cat in the Hat.
    SEUSS, Dr. The Cat in the Hat.

    New York : 1957

    First 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

    Stock Code: 138697

  17. Black Beauty: his grooms and companions. The autobiography of a horse.
    SEWELL, Anna. Black Beauty: his grooms and companions. The autobiography of a horse.

    London : [1877]

    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

    Stock Code: 123401

  18. Mother Goose.
    SMITH, Jessie Willcox. Mother Goose.

    New York : 1914

    First 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

    Stock Code: 138704

  19. Annancy Stories.
    SMITH, Pamela Colman. Annancy Stories.

    New York : 1899

    First 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

    Stock Code: 137852

  20. Treasure Island and Kidnapped.
    STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Treasure Island and Kidnapped.

    London : 1909

    First 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

    Stock Code: 138093

  21. A Child's Garden of Verse.
    STEVENSON, Robert Louis. A Child's Garden of Verse.

    London : 1885

    First 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

    Stock Code: 122615

  22. Treasure Island.
    STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Treasure Island.

    London : 1883

    First 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

    Stock Code: 107122

  23. Tennis Shoes.
    STREATFEILD, Noel. Tennis Shoes.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first printing, of the second book in the popular "Shoe Series", which started with Ballet Shoes. Learn More

    Stock Code: 138702

  24. A Vicarage Family; Away from the Vicarage; Beyond the Vicarage.
    STREATFEILD, Noel. A Vicarage Family; Away from the Vicarage; Beyond the Vicarage.

    London : 1963, 1965, 1971

    First 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

    Stock Code: 111041

  25. The Chronicles of Robin Hood.
    SUTCLIFF, Rosemary. The Chronicles of Robin Hood.

    Oxford : 1950

    First 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

    Stock Code: 135706

  26. Scenes in Europe,
    TAYLOR, Isaac. Scenes in Europe,

    London : 1819

    Second 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

    Stock Code: 136398

  27. Comedies,
    TERENCE. Comedies,

    London : 1750

    A 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

    Stock Code: 137212

  28. Eloise.
    THOMPSON, Kay. Eloise.

    New York : 1955

    First 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

    Stock Code: 111785

  29. The Ship that Sailed to Mars.
    TIMLIN, William M. The Ship that Sailed to Mars.

    London : [1923]

    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

    Stock Code: 128777

  30. Charlotte's Web.
    WHITE, E. B. Charlotte's Web.

    New York : 1952

    First 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

    Stock Code: 137825

  31. Stuart Little.
    WHITE, E. B. Stuart Little.

    New York : 1945

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136190

  32. The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real.
    WILLIAMS, Margery. The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real.

    London : 1922

    First 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

    Stock Code: 138352

  33. Fairy Tales from the British Isles.
    WILLIAMS-ELLIS, Amabel. Fairy Tales from the British Isles.

    London & Glasgow : 1960

    First 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

    Stock Code: 138071

  34. Phantasmion.
    [COLERIDGE, Sara.] Phantasmion.

    London : 1837

    First 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

    Stock Code: 134940

  35. Fairy Favours, and Other Tales.
    [DAGLEY, Elizabeth Frances.] Fairy Favours, and Other Tales.

    London : 1825

    First 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

    Stock Code: 127823

  36. Dramas for Children.
    [GODWIN, Mary Jane.] Dramas for Children.

    London : 1809

    First 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

    Stock Code: 135586

  37. The Little Train.
    [GREENE, Graham.] CRAIGIE, Dorothy, illus. The Little Train.

    London : 1946

    First 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

    Stock Code: 125171

  38. Odds and Ends in Prose and Verse.
    [ISAAC, Frederick Simeon?] Odds and Ends in Prose and Verse.

    London : 1908

    First 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

    Stock Code: 122897

  39. The Alphabet Illustrated.
    [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

    Stock Code: 137720

  40. Conversations on Political Economy;
    [MARCET, Jane.] Conversations on Political Economy;

    London : 1816

    First 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

    Stock Code: 125362

  41. A History of France with Conversations at the End of each Chapter.
    [PENROSE, Elizabeth.] MARKHAM, Mrs, pseud. A History of France with Conversations at the End of each Chapter.

    London : 1828

    First 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

    Stock Code: 117710

  42. New and Comprehensive Lessons; Containing a General Outline of the New Testament; with Forty Engravings.
    [TRIMMER, Sarah.] New and Comprehensive Lessons; Containing a General Outline of the New Testament; with Forty Engravings.

    London : [1818]

    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

    Stock Code: 117687

  43. Original Stories, from Real Life;
    [WOLLSTONECRAFT, Mary.] Original Stories, from Real Life;

    Dublin : 1792

    First 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

    Stock Code: 125578

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