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BLEWITT, Audrey (Audrey Ethel), 1894-1985 : PONIES & CHILDREN.

BLEWITT, Audrey (Audrey Ethel), 1894-1985 : PONIES & CHILDREN.

London : Country Life, (1933). First edition. A charming guide to all the business of children and ponies – “how they may be happily and economically combined” – buying a pony, saddlery and dress, learning to ride, hunting, showing, hacking, jumping and gymkhanas, expenses, etc., delightfully illustrated with the author’s sketches. With a preface by Sir Alfred James Munnings (1878-1959).
Foolscap 4to (22cm). (xvi),(134),[ii]pp. Numerous illustrations, some full page. Original red cloth, lettered in green; top edge green; just a touch of fading; mild tanning of endpapers, but a very good copy in the original grey, red and black dust-jacket – lightly worn, a little tanned and with a small chip missing from lower panel.

£40

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BLYTON, Enid, (Enid Mary), 1897-1968 : FIVE GO TO BILLYCOCK HILL.

BLYTON, Enid, (Enid Mary), 1897-1968 : FIVE GO TO BILLYCOCK HILL.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1957). First edition. The sixteenth in the Famous Five series - camping, pet pig, butterfly farm, airfield, secret planes, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 182,[ii]pp. Illustrations by Eileen Soper, some printed in a second colour. Original red boards, lettered in black; a very good copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket - lightly used, with a couple of very short tears to the lower panel, but also very good.

£75

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BURNETT, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924 : LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY.

BURNETT, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924 : LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY.

London : Frederick Warne & Co., 1886. First British edition. The runaway Harry Potter success of its day, condemning a generation of small boys to the purgatory of velvet cut-away jackets, knee-breeches and ruffles. Like Burnett herself, the illustrator Reginald Bathurst Birch (1856-1943), whose illustrations played so significant a part in the book's success, was born in England before finding initial fame in the USA.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xii),(270),[ii]pp. Illustrations by Birch, many full-page. Original pictorial cloth gilt over bevelled boards; some minor wear to extremities, but the binding expertly recased and strengthened; endpapers rejointed; some small and occasional internal marks, but a good copy. With the pictorial bookplate of Mary Anna Marten (1929-2010), archaeologist, trustee of the British Museum and heroine of the Crichel Down affair.

£400

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BURNSIDE, Helen Marion, 1844-1923 : FAIRY FINE-EAR'S FANCIES.

BURNSIDE, Helen Marion, 1844-1923 : FAIRY FINE-EAR'S FANCIES.

London : Sydney J. Saunders & Co., [1889]. First edition. Charmingly illustrated poetic fancies for children, with "The Mermaid and the Zoophite", "Swinging - Swinging - To, and Fro", "The Fairies and the Bees" and "Said a Dewdrop to a Skylark". Seemingly a variant issue, with the imprint of Sydney John Saunders (1837-1923), stationer and manufacturer of Christmas cards, etc. - the only other copies traced bearing the imprint of the similar Sockl & Nathan firm. Undated, but the book, beautifully printed in Leipzig, was noticed in the press in the latter part of 1889 ("full of such wonderfully nice pictures", Newcastle Courant, 14th December) and here has a Christmas 1889 gift inscription.
Oblong foolscap 4to (19 x 21cm). [24]pp. Illustrations throughout, mainly in sepia and grey, but with four pages in full colour, by Jessie Sophia Watkins (1850-1902). Original cloth-backed pictorial glazed boards; some wear and bruising to outer corners; boards lightly tanned; some mild internal browning and spotting, but a very good copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket, replicating the title-page design - the jacket worn, chipped, frayed, slightly torn, lightly spotted and a little defective on the blank lower panel, but a very early surviving example of a British pictorial jacket (not listed by Tanselle) and a remarkable survival on a children's book. Contemporary gift inscription to Ethel Reich from her Auntie May, dated Christmas 1889. No copy traced in any major UK library.

£500

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CAUSLEY, Charles (Charles Stanley), 1917-2003 – editor : THE BATSFORD BOOK OF STORIES IN VERSE FOR CHILDREN.

CAUSLEY, Charles (Charles Stanley), 1917-2003 – editor : THE BATSFORD BOOK OF STORIES IN VERSE FOR CHILDREN.

London : B.T. Batsford, (1979). First edition. An attractive selection of around fifty narrative poems – by Causley himself, Robert Graves, Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, John Masefield, William Morris, Brian Patten, W.B.Yeats and many more – illustrated with the striking designs of Charles Keeping (1924-1988).
Demy 8vo (23cm). (136)pp. Pictorial endpapers and full-page illustrations. Original dark blue boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; very good in the original coloured Keeping dust-jacket – fresh and unworn.

£15

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CHARLTON, Moyra (Yvonne Moyra Graham), 1917-2000 : THE MIDNIGHT STEEPLECHASE.

CHARLTON, Moyra (Yvonne Moyra Graham), 1917-2000 : THE MIDNIGHT STEEPLECHASE.

London : Methuen & Co., (1932). First edition : in a secondary dust-jacket, price-clipped by the publisher and with a reduced (2/6) price overprinted on the flap.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). (xii),(128)pp. Six plates and colour frontispiece by Gilbert Holiday. Original red cloth, lettered in yellow; top edge pink; hint of discolouration at foot; a few slight marks, but a very good copy in the Holiday dust-jacket – lightly worn and sunned, and slightly marked.

£25

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CROKER, Thomas Crofton, 1798-1854 - editor : THE CHRISTMAS BOX; AN ANNUAL PRESENT FOR YOUNG PERSONS.

CROKER, Thomas Crofton, 1798-1854 - editor : THE CHRISTMAS BOX; AN ANNUAL PRESENT FOR YOUNG PERSONS.

London : John Ebers & Co. / Edinburgh : William Blackwood, 1829. First edition. The second year of publication for this very early Christmas annual for children - with "something found to please, and little to offend even the most scrupulous parent" - with contributions including the first appearance of Maria Edgeworth's novella "Garry Owen; or, The Snow-Woman"; pieces on the squirrel, the dormouse, and the kingfisher from Mary Howitt; tales of childhood heroes from Barbara Hofland; a song and a story from Mary Russell Mitford; a visit to the zoo with "Mrs Markham" [i.e. Elizabeth Penrose]; a poem, "The Name of England", from Felicia Hemans, and much else besides.
Foolscap 8vo. [2],viii,240pp. Numerous illustrations and decorations. Bound in a neat nineteenth-century full polished calf, marbled edges and endpapers, by Riviere, now neatly rebacked and repaired to style; a very good copy.

£250

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DE LA MARE, Walter (Walter John), 1873-1956 : THE THREE MULLA-MULGARS.

DE LA MARE, Walter (Walter John), 1873-1956 : THE THREE MULLA-MULGARS.

London : Duckworth & Co., 1910. First edition : a later issue, in the secondary binding, and with inserted advertisements datable from internal evidence to perhaps 1920. De La Mare's neglected masterpiece - an enduring fantasy of the quest of the three royal monkeys.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),312 + 16pp advertisements. Coloured frontispiece and colour plate by John Robert (Jack) Monsell (1877-1952). Original olive pictorial cloth, blocked and lettered in black; a few minor signs of age and use; some minor spotting, mainly to edges and endpapers; one leaf a little frayed, but overall a very good, bright and sound copy in the matching dust-jacket - just slightly rubbed, but very good indeed.

£200

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FARROW, G.E. (George Edward), 1862-1919? : THE WALLYPUG OF WHY.

FARROW, G.E. (George Edward), 1862-1919? : THE WALLYPUG OF WHY.

London : Hutchinson & Co., [1895]. First edition. The first of the wonderful Wallypug books (for specially nice girls and boys only) – a talking doll takes Girlie to the land Why, “where all the questions and answers come from ... but, before we start, you must promise me that you will be very kind to the Wallypug, for he is a kind of relation of mine”. The fish with a cold, breakfast for tea, the socialist cockatoo, the invisible joke, the ride with the alphabet, and other superb fantasies.
Crown 4to (21cm). (xvi),(202),[vi]pp. Full-page illustrations by the well-known Harry Furniss (1854-1925), illustrator of Lewis Carroll, Dickens and Thackeray, later a pioneer of the animated film cartoon – with vignettes by his fifteen-year-old daughter Dorothy Furniss (1879-1944). Original pictorial cloth gilt in a Furniss design; all edges gilt; just a touch bruised; a little shaken and slack; some light internal spotting, but otherwise a very good and bright copy. Pencilled ownership inscription of Henry F. Baker.

£100

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FULLER, Roy (Roy Broadbent), 1912-1991 : THE WORLD THROUGH THE WINDOW : COLLECTED POEMS FOR CHILDREN.

FULLER, Roy (Roy Broadbent), 1912-1991 : THE WORLD THROUGH THE WINDOW : COLLECTED POEMS FOR CHILDREN.

London : Blackie & Son, (1989). First edition. A collection of over 100 poems, some previously unpublished, with illustrations by Nick Duffy.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). 144pp. Illustrations. Original grey boards, lettered in gilt; very good indeed in the original dust-jacket - a pictorial Duffy design, lettered in pink and blue - also very good indeed.

£20

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HALE, Mary Ann, 1796-1830 : A CATECHISM FOR CHILDREN. BY THE LATE MRS. HALE.

HALE, Mary Ann, 1796-1830 : A CATECHISM FOR CHILDREN. BY THE LATE MRS. HALE.

London : W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, 1831. First edition. An extended catechism, with a supplementary table of biblical texts pointing out various duties, sins to be avoided, threatenings to the wicked, blessings to the righteous, etc., compiled for the use of the Harewood Sunday School in Yorkshire, and prepared for publication by the local vicar, Richard Hale (1773-1854), evidently in memory of the compiler, his late wife, Mary Ann Hale, née Loft, and their short marriage of just five years.
Post 12mo (18cm). (96)pp. Original sheep-backed boards; a little rubbed and worn; some staining to boards; stitching slack and a few leaves loose; a serviceable copy of a very uncommon book. Contemporary (1833) pencilled ownership inscription of a member of the Pulford family. Only a single copy (Roderic Bowen Library) traced on COPAC.

£75

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[HAVEN, Alice Bradley Neal, 1827-1863] : ALL IS NOT GOLD THAT GLITTERS. BY COUSIN ALICE.

[HAVEN, Alice Bradley Neal, 1827-1863] : ALL IS NOT GOLD THAT GLITTERS. BY COUSIN ALICE.

London : Addey & Co., 1853. First British edition. A book sometimes heralded as the first genuine children's novel set in California - and a cracking tale of the California Gold Rush as young Sam Gilman accompanies his father to San Francisco, where they arrive by sea on the Fourth of July. First published in New York earlier that year with the additional sub-title, "The Young Californian".
Foolscap 8vo (166 x 100mm). [ii],(9)-214pp - pagination irregular, but collates as the British Library copy. Engraved frontispiece by Dalziel and title-page on plate paper. Bound in a stylish, perhaps French, half polished tan calf, delicately gilt on spine; marbled sides; red edges; just a touch rubbed; hairline split at head of upper joint, but solid and sound; a few minor marks and spots, but a very good and attractive copy. Blank ex-libris label covering an earlier ownership inscription.

£125

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[HOFFMAN, Aline Lydia] : NEARER THE IDEAL: INTIMATE TALKS TO GIRLS BY A. H.

[HOFFMAN, Aline Lydia] : NEARER THE IDEAL: INTIMATE TALKS TO GIRLS BY A. H.

London : Pilgrim Press, [1913]. First edition in English of "Näher zum Ideal! Ein Mädchenbuch" (Hamburg, 1912), although here apparently in a translation (anonymous, but by Harriet Mary Capes) from a French version. Well-intentioned but frankly scary advice and encouragement for "always cheerful, always gracious" young women - on destiny, sacrifice, complete consecration, duties, purchases, alcohol, good manners, hygiene, purity, humility, marriage, etc.
Post 8vo (20 cm). xii,304,[iv]pp. Original decorative cloth; just faintly sunned, but a very good copy.

£25

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KIPLING, Rudyard (Joseph Rudyard), 1865-1936 : STALKY & CO.

KIPLING, Rudyard (Joseph Rudyard), 1865-1936 : STALKY & CO.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1899. First edition. "In summer all right-minded boys built huts in the furze-hill behind the college - little lairs whittled out of the heart of the prickly bushes, full of stumps, odd root-ends, and spikes, but, since they were strictly forbidden, palaces of delight".
Post 8vo (195 x 122mm). (xii),272,[ii]pp. Bound in a smart recent half red morocco; top edge gilt; original cloth gilt sides retained; a very attractive copy. Stewart 195.

£200

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KIPLING, Rudyard (Joseph Rudyard), 1865-1936 : JUST SO STORIES : FOR LITTLE CHILDREN.

KIPLING, Rudyard (Joseph Rudyard), 1865-1936 : JUST SO STORIES : FOR LITTLE CHILDREN.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1902. First edition. “How the Camel got his Hump”, “How the Leopard got his Spots”, “The Elephant’s Child”, “The Cat that Walked by Himself” and a further eight of the finest stories for children ever written. Illustrated by Kipling – the only one of his books graced with his own fine illustrations.
Crown 4to (232 x 174mm). [viii],(250),[ii]pp. Illustrations, twenty-two full page. Bound, without the preliminary blank, in a handsome recent full red morocco, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; retaining the original pictorial cloth in Kipling’s design at the rear of the volume; internally a few minor marks and spots, with a couple of short tears, but overall a very good and attractive copy. Stewart 260.

£750

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LEAR, Edward, 1812-1888 : MORE NONSENSE, PICTURES, RHYMES, BOTANY, ETC.

LEAR, Edward, 1812-1888 : MORE NONSENSE, PICTURES, RHYMES, BOTANY, ETC.

London : Robert John Bush, 1872. First edition. “There was an old person of Ealing, Who was wholly devoid of good feeling” – a very extensive collection of 100 Lear limericks, together with much of his nonsensical botany, and further nonsense rhymes – all with his own idiosyncratic illustrations.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). viii,[286]pp. Illustrated throughout. Original cloth-backed pictorial boards; lightly worn; lower board unevenly tanned and spotted, but an attractive copy, tightened and refurbished; endpapers rejointed; mild spotting of edges; a few outer edges a little marked, but overall a very good copy of a difficult title. With the armorial bookplate and “Crescent” motto of Thomas William Tatton of Wythenshawe (1816-1885), High Sheriff of Cheshire.

£500

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LEWIS, C.S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963 : THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE : A STORY FOR CHILDREN.

LEWIS, C.S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963 : THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE : A STORY FOR CHILDREN.

London : Geoffrey Bles, (1950). First edition. Illustrations and colour frontispiece by Pauline Baynes. The first and best-known of the Narnia chronicles.
Post 8vo (198 x 130mm). (174)pp. Coloured frontispiece. Illustrations. Bound, without final blank, in an elegant recent full green morocco, banded and gilt; a few very minor marks and spots, but a very good copy.

£1,500

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THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE : A STORY FOR CHILDREN.

PRINCE CASPIAN : THE RETURN TO NARNIA.

THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER.

THE SILVER CHAIR.

THE HORSE AND HIS BOY.

THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW.

THE LAST BATTLE : A STORY FOR CHILDREN.

LEWIS, C.S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963 : [THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA] THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE : A STORY FOR CHILDREN [AND SIX FURTHER TITLES].

A complete first edition set of all seven novels, all in original cloth or boards, six having been together since first purchased in the 1950s, and five retaining their original dust-jackets (the two others - the first and fourth in the set - having had jackets supplied by a former owner from contemporary copies of later impressions). Post 8vo. All with illustrations (some coloured) and dust-jackets by Pauline Baynes, comprising :

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE : A STORY FOR CHILDREN.
London : Geoffrey Bles, (1950). First edition. Spine lightly worn, mottled and tanned; label removed from front free endpaper; a few edge spots, but a good and sound copy in a Baynes dust-jacket supplied from a seventh impression – lightly used, price-clipped and slightly torn. Small bookseller’s stamp.

PRINCE CASPIAN : THE RETURN TO NARNIA.
London : Geoffrey Bles, (1951). First edition. Slight lean; minor marks and spots; a good copy in the original jacket – a little worn and chipped, a few small holes, lightly tanned, but essentially complete. Contemporary ownership inscription of Carol Eardley.

THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER.
London : Geoffrey Bles, (1952). First edition. Slight lean; minor fading at tips; slight spotting, mainly of edges and endpapers; a very good and sound copy in the original jacket – a little worn, chipped at extremities, lightly tanned and soiled, but essentially complete. With the neat contemporary ownership inscription of Carol Eardley on front free endpaper.

THE SILVER CHAIR.
London : Geoffrey Bles, (1953). First edition. Slight lean; spine unevenly sunned; a touch bruised; slight spotting of edges and endpapers, but a good copy of the scarcest of the series – in a Baynes dust-jacket supplied from a seventh impression – price-clipped, very slightly chipped and with minor strengthening and repair, but clean and substantially complete. Dated (1953) gift inscription to Carol on half-title.

THE HORSE AND HIS BOY.
London : Geoffrey Bles, (1954). First edition. Spine lightly and unevenly sunned; a few faint spots, but otherwise very good in the original jacket – a little worn, slightly chipped, lightly sunned and tanned. Dated (1954) gift inscription to Carol.

THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW.
London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1955. First edition. Some spotting of edges and endpapers, but otherwise very good, bright and sound in the original jacket – lightly rubbed, a touch sunned, and a little spotted on lower panel, but also very good. Ownership inscription of Carolyn Eardley on front free endpaper.

THE LAST BATTLE : A STORY FOR CHILDREN.
London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1956. First edition. Some spotting of edges of endpapers, but otherwise a very good copy in the original jacket – price-clipped, lightly worn at head, faintly sunned, and with some spotting of lower panel. Dated (1956) gift inscription to Carol on front endpaper.

£4,000

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MASEFIELD, John (John Edward), 1878-1967 : THE BOX OF DELIGHTS : OR, WHEN THE WOLVES WERE RUNNING.

MASEFIELD, John (John Edward), 1878-1967 : THE BOX OF DELIGHTS : OR, WHEN THE WOLVES WERE RUNNING.

London : William Heinemann, (1935). First edition. Kay Harker and the battle for the magical box.
Crown 8vo (190 x 120mm). [viii],(418)pp. Pictorial head and tailpieces. Bound in a handsome recent full blue morocco, banded and gilt; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; minor marks to half-title, but otherwise a most attractive copy. Dated (1949) gift inscription to half-title.

£400

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MILES, Alfred H. (Alfred Henry), 1848-1929 – editor :  A BOOK OF BRAVE BOYS ALL THE WORLD OVER : STORIES OF COURAGE AND HEROISM IN HISTORY AND MODERN LIFE ...

MILES, Alfred H. (Alfred Henry), 1848-1929 – editor : A BOOK OF BRAVE BOYS ALL THE WORLD OVER : STORIES OF COURAGE AND HEROISM IN HISTORY AND MODERN LIFE ...

London : Stanley Paul & Co., [1909]. First edition. A collection of thirty-three tales of derring-do by G. Manville Fenn, Clive R. Fenn, Clarence Maiko, Frank Lillie Pollock, Sheldon C. Stoddard, Albert W. Tolman, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). 382,[ii]pp. Frontispiece and three plates. Illustrations in text. Original pictorial cloth over bevelled boards, gilt and enamelled; all edges gilt; a touch sunned; some very slight rubbing and wear; endpapers a little spotted; some pencil marks to contents leaf, but overall a very good copy.

£40

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MILES, Alfred H. (Alfred Henry), 1848-1929 – editor :  HEROINES OF THE HOME AND THE WORLD OF DUTY : STORIES OF LIFE AND ADVENTURE.

MILES, Alfred H. (Alfred Henry), 1848-1929 – editor : HEROINES OF THE HOME AND THE WORLD OF DUTY : STORIES OF LIFE AND ADVENTURE.

London : Stanley Paul & Co., [1910]. First edition. A collection of thirty-two inspirational stories of bravery by F. W. Orde Ward, Caroline Zuyland, Franklin W. Calkins, Mariana M. Tallman, Susan K. Glaspell, Clive R. Fenn, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). 382,[ii]pp. Frontispiece and three plates. Illustrations, some full page. Original pictorial cloth over bevelled boards, gilt and enamelled; all edges gilt; some very slight rubbing and wear; endpapers a little spotted; some pencil marks to contents leaf, but overall a very good copy.

£50

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MILNE, A.A. (Alan Alexander), 1882-1956 : THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER.

MILNE, A.A. (Alan Alexander), 1882-1956 : THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER.

London : Methuen & Co., (1928). First edition. "One day when Pooh Bear had nothing else to do, he thought he would do something ...".
Crown 8vo (191 x 122mm). (xii),(180)pp. Illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard. Bound in an elegant recent half red morocco, preserving the original cloth gilt upper cover and backstrip at rear; top edge gilt; a few slight internal marks, but a handsome copy. Contemporary (1928) gift inscription from the Cammaerts family.

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MILNE, A.A. (Alan Alexander), 1882-1956 : NOW WE ARE SIX.

MILNE, A.A. (Alan Alexander), 1882-1956 : NOW WE ARE SIX.

London : Methuen & Co., (1927). First edition. "We have been nearly three years writing this book. We began it when we were very young ... and now we are six".
Crown 8vo (192 x 122mm). (xii),(104)pp. Illustrations throughout by Ernest H. Shepard. Bound in a smart recent half burgundy morocco, preserving the original pictorial cloth gilt of the upper and lower covers at rear; top edge gilt; outer leaves lightly tanned, the occasional spot, but a very good and attractive copy.

£400

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MUIR, Percy (Percy Horace), 1894-1979 : ENGLISH CHILDREN'S BOOKS 1600 TO 1900.

MUIR, Percy (Percy Horace), 1894-1979 : ENGLISH CHILDREN'S BOOKS 1600 TO 1900.

London : B. T. Batsford, (1979). A reprint of the original 1954 edition, with a fresh preface updating the list of recommended reading, etc. An illustrated history and collectors' guide to English children's books, with checklists of the most important authors, the publishing history of the major works, etc.
Crown 4to (26cm). (256)pp. Colour plates. 107 illustrations. Original boards; a few faint marks, but a very good copy in a just slightly dusty and price-clipped dust-jacket.

£25

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MUSGRAVE, P.W. (Peter William), 1925-2011 : FROM BROWN TO BUNTER : THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THE SCHOOL STORY.

MUSGRAVE, P.W. (Peter William), 1925-2011 : FROM BROWN TO BUNTER : THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THE SCHOOL STORY.

London : Routledge & Kegan Paul, (1985). First edition. Professor Musgrave with a history of the boys' school story - from its origins, through the great Victorians and on to 1930.
Demy 8vo (23cm). viii,(276),[iv]pp. Illustrations. Original boards; faint mark to top edge, otherwise very good in dust-jacket.

£15

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NELSON, Claudia : BOYS WILL BE GIRLS : THE FEMININE ETHIC AND BRITISH CHILDREN'S FICTION, 1857-1917.

NELSON, Claudia : BOYS WILL BE GIRLS : THE FEMININE ETHIC AND BRITISH CHILDREN'S FICTION, 1857-1917.

New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, (1991). First edition. An absorbing study of models of masculinity in (mainly Victorian) books for boys - "asexuality and virility as social ideals".
Medium 8vo (24cm). [xiv],(216),[ii]pp. Illustrations. original cloth; very good in dust-jacket.

£20

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PARRY, Edward Abbott (Sir Edward Abbott), 1863-1943 : GAMBLE GOLD.

PARRY, Edward Abbott (Sir Edward Abbott), 1863-1943 : GAMBLE GOLD.

London : Hutchinson & Co., 1907. First edition. Judge Parry and an extraordinary Scottish fantasy tale for children, in which a Swiss Seal umpiring a cricket match seems relatively normal. Illustrated by Harry Furniss (1854-1925).
Foolscap 4to (21cm). viii,248pp. Illustrations. Original red cloth, pictorially blocked and lettered in gilt and black on upper cover and spine; all edges gilt; a little bruised; covers with some patches of fading and discolouration to edges; endpapers tanned; some internal marks and creases; but a good and still bright copy. Ownership inscription.

£25

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PAUSEWANG, Gudrun, 1928- : THE LAST CHILDREN.

PAUSEWANG, Gudrun, 1928- : THE LAST CHILDREN.

London : Julia Macrae Books, (1989). First British edition of this translation of "Die Letzen Kinder von Schewenborn", prize-winning post-apocalypse novel for young adults first published in Germany in 1983. Translated by Norman Watt.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (124),[iv]pp. Original black boards, lettered in gilt; very good in the Tim Ellock dust-jacket - also very good.

£20

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POTTER, Beatrix (Helen Beatrix), 1866-1943 : THE TALE OF MR. JEREMY FISHER.

POTTER, Beatrix (Helen Beatrix), 1866-1943 : THE TALE OF MR. JEREMY FISHER.

London : Frederick Warne & Co., 1906. First edition.
Pott 4to (15cm). (86)pp. Pictorial label, frontispiece and twenty-six illustrations in colour; title vignette in black and white, all by Beatrix Potter. Rebound in a smart recent half red morocco, banded and gilt, retaining the original boards (the red variant), lettered in white, with oval pictorial onlay on upper cover; pictorial front endpaper retained; a few tiny marks, but overall in very good and clean state. Linder p.426. Quinby 10.

£500

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POTTER, Beatrix (Helen Beatrix), 1866-1943 : THE TALE OF MRS. TITTLEMOUSE.

POTTER, Beatrix (Helen Beatrix), 1866-1943 : THE TALE OF MRS. TITTLEMOUSE.

London : Frederick Warne & Co., 1910. First edition. “Once upon a time there was a wood-mouse, and her name was Mrs. Tittlemouse. She lived in a bank under a hedge”. Cover design, endpapers and colour illustrations by the author.
Pott 4to (15cm). (86)pp. Original variant blue boards, with pictorial onlay; a little rubbed and slightly marked; internally a few small marks and slight flaws, but overall a very good copy of a fragile production. Ownership blind-stamp featuring the letter “V” on front free endpaper.

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“RICHARDS, Frank” – [HAMILTON, Charles Harold St. John, 1876-1961] : [COVER TITLE] THE TERROR OF THE TONG!

“RICHARDS, Frank” – [HAMILTON, Charles Harold St. John, 1876-1961] : [COVER TITLE] THE TERROR OF THE TONG!

London : Amalgamated Press, [1936]. First edition. Harry Wharton, Bob Cherry, Hurree Jamset Ram Singh, the immortal Billy Bunter, and the rest of the Greyfriars Remove in an extraordinary Chinese adventure. Schoolboys’ Own Library No. 271.
Pott 4to (18cm). 96pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; spine reinforced with tape; some minor wear, creasing and slight spotting; staple rusted, but a good and serviceable copy. Just a single copy (National Library of Scotland) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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MERRY CONCEITS AND WHIMSICAL RHYMES. WRITTEN AND DRAWN BY CHARLES H. ROSS.

MERRY CONCEITS AND WHIMSICAL RHYMES. WRITTEN AND DRAWN BY CHARLES H. ROSS.

ROSS, Charles Harry, 1835-1897 : MERRY CONCEITS AND WHIMSICAL RHYMES. WRITTEN AND DRAWN BY CHARLES H. ROSS.

London : George Routledge & Sons, 1866. First edition. "There once was a king did a very sad thing ..." and other nonsense rhymes from the fertile and inventive Charles Ross, each with one of his own extraordinary illustrations, engraved and printed in colours by Edmund Evans. Ross was the inventor of the first comic cartoon character, the immortal Ally Sloper F.O.M. (Friend of Man), who made his debut in Ross's magazine "Judy" in August 1867 before taking on a life of his own in annuals and the weekly Ally Sloper comics. The characteristic style and tenor are already in place in these early images and rhymes.
Foolscap 4to (19cm). 62,[ii]pp, interleaved with guards. Colour illustrations throughout. Original red-brown cloth, lettered in gilt up spine; pictorially blocked and lettered in gilt, and ruled and decorated in blind, on upper cover; ruled and decorated in blind on lower cover; lightly rubbed and faintly sunned; mild lifting of cloth; endpapers slightly cracked; a little shaken; a few slight marks and spots, but still a very good copy of an interesting and unusual production. With the contemporary blind stamp of the bookseller Alfred Palmer of Bromsgrove.

£200

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SHARP, Evelyn (Evelyn Jane), 1869-1955 : THE HILL THAT FELL DOWN : A STORY OF A LARGE FAMILY.

SHARP, Evelyn (Evelyn Jane), 1869-1955 : THE HILL THAT FELL DOWN : A STORY OF A LARGE FAMILY.

London : Blackie & Son, 1909. First edition. One of the offbeat and mildly subversive children's stories concoted by the 'rebel woman' - Evelyn Sharp, suffragette, feminist and radical journalist. The day the garden woke up.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (276) + 16pp advertisements. Six stylish plates by Gordon Browne (1858-1932). Original pictorial enamelled cloth; olivine edges; lightly marked and bruised; a little rubbed; a few spots; front free endpaper partially excised and now repaired; one advertisement leaf torn with slight loss, but a good copy. The remaining portion of the front free endpaper retains a portion of a contemporary Essex County Council school-prize label made out to Dora Whipp for regular attendance - this Dora May Whipp, later Sammels, (1900-1986) of Walton-on-the-Naze.

£40

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STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : A CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES.

STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : A CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES.

London : Bodley Head, 1960. First Leonard Rosoman illustrated edition. A perennial favourite since its first publication in 1895, but here given a complete makeover by the original publishers with over 100 fresh drawings for this edition by Leonard Rosoman.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 142,[ii]pp. Numerous illustrations. Original green boards, lettered in gilt; some spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the original Rosoman dust-jacket – a design in green, grey and black – just slightly nicked.

£15

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TAYLOR, Judy, 1935- : BEATRIX POTTER : ARTIST, STORYTELLER AND COUNTRYWOMAN.

TAYLOR, Judy, 1935- : BEATRIX POTTER : ARTIST, STORYTELLER AND COUNTRYWOMAN.

London : Frederick Warne, (1986). First edition. A richly illustrated biography of Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), with much new material, including previously unpublished photographs and illustrations.
Crown 4to (26cm). 224pp. Illustrations throughout. Colour plates. Original boards; a very good copy in a price-clipped and just faintly rubbed dust-jacket. Pictorial bookplate of A.W. & P.M. Best.

£20

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WOOD, Helen : THE GRAMMATICAL READING CLASS-BOOK; OR, AN EASY INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH GRAMMAR; IN ENTERTAINING CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN A LADY & HER DAUGHTERS; IN WHICH THE PARTS OF SPEECH ARE FAMILIARLY EXPLAINED, AND THE RULES OF GRAMMAR INTRODUCED AND ILLUSTRATED IN A PLEASING MANNER.

WOOD, Helen : THE GRAMMATICAL READING CLASS-BOOK; OR, AN EASY INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH GRAMMAR; IN ENTERTAINING CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN A LADY & HER DAUGHTERS; IN WHICH THE PARTS OF SPEECH ARE FAMILIARLY EXPLAINED, AND THE RULES OF GRAMMAR INTRODUCED AND ILLUSTRATED IN A PLEASING MANNER.

London : Simpkin, Marshall & Co.; Hamilton, Adams & Co., [etc]., 1850. Eighth edition. "Designed to inspire young persons with a taste for that useful branch of education" - Little Lucy Harcourt is brought up to the mark in grammar - "though she sometimes betrayed a little impatience, ill-humour, and carelessness, yet if we look over these little faults, she was tolerably good". Intended for use both at home and in schools, but although the work evidently enjoyed a considerable nineteenth-century vogue, being first published in about 1827 (the date of the preface) and reaching a tenth edition in 1865, we are unable to trace any edition earlier than the 1841 (sixth) in the British Library - and no copy of the present edition in any of the major UK libraries.
Post 12mo (19cm). 204pp. Original blind-stamped cloth, lettered in gilt; a touch sunned; small and faint band of uneven colour across spine, but a very good copy. Impenetrable contemporary ownership inscription.

£50

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