Publisher: Macmillan & Co., 1897. Bound in the publisher's red cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and decorations in gilt on both boards. All edges gilt, black endpapers. Good plus condition, spine slightly rubbed, gilt bright on both boards, but the cloth a little faded in places. Label of the British Red Cross Society & Order of St. John Hospital Library on the front endpaper, and also a small binder's label. The tissue guard over the frontispiece is lightly foxed, and there are occasional marks and some foxing scatters throughout, mainly clean. Frontispiece and nine other illustrations by Henry Holiday.
Hamer, S.H. & Rountree, Harry
The Transformations of the Truefitts
Cassell & Company Limited, 1908, 1st edition. Quarter cloth with pictorial boards. Cover has been damaged by damp. The front cover illustration is chipped and rubbed and is lifting, the back cover is rubbed and there is a split in the cloth spine. Inside the front eps are browned and bear an owner inscription. The pages are lightly browned with some foxing, otherwise clean. 2 of the four colour plates are missing, and one is loose, but there are a great many other b/w illustrations by Harry Rountree. Poor but nice, a scarce book .
8vo - over 73/4" - 93/4" tall
Archer, Jean C.
The Adventures of Samuel and Selina
Grant Richards, 1902, first edition. Light green cloth with dark green stripes. Dumpy number XIII. The condition of this little book is poor, with the binding being grubby and loose. Four text pages are missing, However, all of the charming illustrations are present. The final text page and illustration are held together with tape which has not stained the paper and could be removed quite easily. There are one or two light pencil marks on the blank pages, and very occasional light foxing. Could be restored. Quite a scarce little book .
48mo - over 3" - 4" tall
Margaret W. Tarrant
Publisher: Ward, Lock & Co. Ltd, undated, c.1924. The Little Wonder Books. Bound in brown paper-covered boards with a colour illustration laid on to the top board. Pictorial endpapers. The book is in very good condition, backstrip missing, but neatly re-spined with brown cloth. Internally there are light handling marks throughout, and the front endpaper has some creasing. Otherwise the book is clean and tightly bound.
Publisher: Nonesuch Press, 1939, first edition thus. Bound in red buckram over bevelled boards, with titles in gilt on the spine.
Publisher: Adam & Charles Black, October 1912. Bound in pictorial cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and top board. An illustration of the Snow Queen in white, light and dark blue, green and yellow wraps around the boards and spine. Top edges gilt.
Publisher: Frederick Warne & Co., undated but c.1919. Bound in grey paper covered boards with colour illustration laid on to the top board. Titles in green on the top board and the spine.
Publisher: Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd., undated, but 1922, first edition. Bound in red paper covered boards with titles in white in the top board and spine, and a colour illustration of Cecily Parsley pushing a wheelbarrow laid on to the top board. Pictorial endpapers.
Publisher: Frederick Warne & Co., undated but c.1918. Bound in maroon paper covered boards with colour illustration laid on to the top board. Titles in white on the top board and the spine. Pie and Patty-Pan endpapers
Publisher: George G. Harrap and Co., undated but 1916, first edition. Bound in cloth backed, brown paper-covered boards with a colour illustration laid on.
Staff of the Walt Disney Studios
Publisher: Dean and Son, London, c.1935. Bound in pictorial paper covered boards, the illustration the same on both the front and back. With nine full-page colour illustrations and twelve full page line drawn plates, plus three line drawn vignettes.
Publisher: S.W. Partridge & Co, undated, but 1904/5, bound in the publisher’s pictorial boards with a Louis Wain illustrations of a cat playing the violin while others dance on the front and a Cadbury’s Cocoa advertisement on the back.
The History of the House That Jack Built
Publisher: John Harris, Corner of St Paul’s Church-Yard, undated, c.1830. Original stiff yellow wraps with vignette on the front cover and a list of eleven ‘Just Published’ works on the back cover.
The book measures 18cm tall by10.5 cm wide.
This is a very rare survival.
Tales From Denmark
Illustrated by The Count Pocci
Publisher: Grant and Griffith, successors to J. Harris, Corner of St Paul’s Churchyard: Joseph Cundall, Old Bond Street, 1848, second edition. This volume was first published in 1846 or 47 by Joseph Cundall. Bound in original purple cloth, now faded to purple-brown, with titles in gilt on the spine. Illustrations within the text, plus four plates printed in cream and black onto heavier card stock,
The book is in very good condition, with repairs. The plates have foxing, and some water staining not affecting the images. One plate has two short repaired closed teas and wear to the fore-edge. In two places the pages have been repaired along the hinge with Japanese paper, as has the hinge of the rear endpaper, which also has some creasing and a repaired closed tear. There are occasional short repaired closed tears to pages, and one page has some losses along the fore and lower edges (see photos). There are handling and other isolated marks throughout the book, but it is otherwise clean and bright.
This is a very early edition of Andersen’s stories in English, and as such is quite rare.
The book contains some of Andersen’s best-known tales, as well as many others. The contents are; The Angel; Top and Ball; The Daisy; the Ugly Duck (aka The Ugly Duckling); Little Ida’s Flowers; The Swineherd; The Little Mermaid; The Princess and the Peas; The Elf of the Rose; The Storks; The Tinder-Box; Little Ellie; The Nightingale; The Buckwheat; The Fellow-Traveller; The Resolute Leaden Soldier; The Flying Trunk; The Garden of Paradise; The Wild Swans; The Emperor’s New Clothes; Ole Luckoie. Twenty-one tales in all.
17cm tall, 330 pages including prelims, unpaginated.
Printed and Sold by J. Luffman, No. 5 Windmill-Street, Finsbury Square , London , undated, published no later than 1802. Bound in multi-coloured floral-printed paper covered boards.
This tiny book (11.2cm tall by 8 cm wide, 4 1/2 by 3 1/4 inches) contains a story, evidently published for children, but not written in simplified language, about Abdul, son of King Carizman who rules a country bordering on Persia, but loses it to the King of Persia. The story follows Prince Abdul, who marries the lovely Selima, and then sets out to regain his father’s kingdom. The old king of Persia dies, and Abdul raises an army of loyal subjects to defeat the new king. It is a tale told in great detail.
The book is in fair condition, with worn and bumped board edges, lacking the spine strip, leaving the original stitching exposed. This stitching is still holding firm, and the pages are all stitched into the text block, and the boards attached. The first page is attached a little awry, and has a short closed tear. There is an ownership inscription on the front pastedown, dated 1802. There are 77 pages of text with an engraved vignette at the end. The pages have some scattered light foxing and occasional marks, but are mainly clean.
This is a very rare little book. I can find no trace of any other copy
Publisher: T. Goode, Clerkenwell. This is a large format writing practice sheet, 50.5 by 38 cm. The title of the sheet is Solomon’s Judgment, and the large header woodcut portrays this biblical story. There are six further woodcuts at the sides of the sheet, illustrating quotations from Kings, and a woodcut panel at the bottom of the sheet which appears to portray a sacrifice in the temple, in which is the name of the pupil whose writing practice sheet this was “Richard Allix Dec 21st 1858”. The centre of the sheet is filled with Master Allix’s handwritten account of the story of Solomon’s Judgement, complete with spelling errors. From his hand, I would say that Richard Allix was about eight or nine when he wrote this.
The woodcuts all have contemporary hand-colouring.
These sheets were probably produced in some quantity, but very few survive. This sheet is in very good condition, with age-toning, and some short closed tears around the edges, several with tissue-paper repairs. There are also some spots around the edges, which appear to be where a low-tack adhesive has been used to mount the sheet to a backing. There is currently no backing on the sheet.
There is a great deal of charm in the simple but dramatic woodcuts, and in the handwritten retelling of the well-known story.
Publisher: François Le Cointe, 1682. Bound in contemporary full leather with five raised bands and titles and decorations in gilt on the spine. All edges speckled red.
With Illustrations by H.R. Millar
Publisher: T Werner Laurie, Ltd., undated but 1913, first edition. This is a very rare first edition, bound in red cloth with gilt titles and gilt mermaid vignette on the spine, and gilt titles and gilt seahorses and underwater city vignette on the top board, top edges gilt. There are fourteen full-page plates, two folding, all in very good condition.
The flyer is one leaf printed on both sides, 22cm by 16.5cm, has been folded in four, and has creases and short closed tears.
The book is octavo, 19cm tall 274 pages, plus one-page publisher’s advertisement.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Publisher: Macmillan and Co, 1876, fifty-third thousand. Publisher’s red cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and vignettes in gilt on both boards. All edges gilt.
Publisher: George Routledge and Sons, undated, but 1885, first edition. Green glazed pictorial boards with the back and front the same. Dark red cloth spine, green endpapers, all edges yellow.
Publisher: Harper & Brothers, 1911, first edition. Publisher’s light green cloth with dark green cloth spine. Titles in red on the spine and top board, decorations in red and green on the top board.
Bret Harte, Illustrated by Kate Greenaway
The Queen of the Pirate Isle
Publisher: Chatto and Windus, first edition, undated, but 1885. This is a delightful book. Bound in oatmeal cloth with titles in gilt and black and vignettes in colour on both boards. The vignette on the back board in different from that on the front. The spine has titles in black. Inside, the book has many illustrations in colour by Kate Greenaway. The book is in very good condition, having very lightly bumped corners, a small bookseller’s sticker and an unusual small bookplate on the front pastedown endpaper. There is a faint scatter of very light foxing to the endpapers, some pages have a single light foxing spot, and the back endpaper has partly split, showing the cloth but not affecting the binding. Otherwise the book is clean and bright and tight in its binding. Printed on a high quality cream laid paper.
Octavo, 22cm tall, 58 pages.
Robert Louis Stevenson
A Child’s Garden of Verse
Illustrated by Willebeek le Mair
Publisher: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 1931, first edition.
This is a beautiful illustrated edition of Stevenson's much-loved book of children's verse, with twelve full-colour plates by le Mair.
Large oblong octavo, 9 inches tall by 11 inches wide (17.5 by 27.5 cm), 72 pages.
Mother Goose or the Old Nursery Rhymes
Illustrated by Kate Greenaway
Engraved and printed by Edmund Evans
Publisher: George Routledge and Sons, undated, 1881, first edition, second issue (the Lattice Edition), with all the second issue points present, including upside-down G on both front and back boards. Lattice pattern in green with title in dark pink on both boards.
Bound in cream cloth with pink cloth spine, olive green endpapers, in very good condition. The cloth is a little mottled, there is a gift inscription on the front free endpaper and occasional light marks throughout. One page has a tiny closed tear. Mainly clean and tight in its binding.
Contents printed on verso of the front free endpaper, followed by illustrated half title, frontispiece, title, dedication pages and 44 pages of beautiful full-colour plates, each with a one-verse nursery rhyme.
17 cm tall by 12.5cm wide.
A Collection of Religious Tracts for Children (2)
Publisher: The Religious Tract Society, undated c.1830. Red leather spine with titles in gilt, marbled paper-covered boards.
There are six tracts bound together in this book, all intended for the instruction of children. They are;
Mercy to Animals; Illustrated with 22 woodcuts, 31 pages
The History of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego; Illustrated with 13 woodcuts, 7 of which are full-page. Half title, title page, pages numbered7 to 46.
The Watch-Maker and his Family. Illustrated with 24 woodcuts, one of which is full-page, 48 pages.
The History of the English Bible, with Reflections, illustrated with 16 woodcuts. Half title, title page, pages numbered 53 to 92.
The Young Cottager: By the Author of “The Dairyman’s Daughter”. Illustrated with 23 woodcuts, 7 of which are full-page. 128 pages.
Eliza Cunningham. A Narrative of Facts. To Which is Added Some Account of Her Brother, John Cunningham. By the late Rev. John Newton, Rector of St Mary Woolnoth, London, illustrated with 7 woodcuts. Title page, pages numbered 7 to 50.
These tracts are found individually bound or, as here, collected, possibly to the individual choice of the customer, which accounts for the eccentric pagination.
The book is in very good condition, with some repairs to the spine, bumped corners, board edges rubbed, occasional creased corners to pages, occasional foxing spots and light marks to pages. Mainly clean and bright.
10.5 cm (4 inches) tall.
The Comic Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard and her Dog:
Publisher: Grant and Griffith, successors to J. Harris, corner of St Paul’s Church Yard, c. 1835. This is a rare children’s chapbook in its original yellow paper wraps. Written by Sarah Catherine Martin, the Comic Adventures of Old Mother Hubbard was first published by J. Harris in 1804, followed by The Continuation of the Comic Adventures in 1806. This is a later edition. Grant and Griffith took over from J. Harris in about 1835, and since the wrappers of this book match those of “The House that Jack Built” published by Harris, we assume that this book was published soon after.
There are fifteen beautifully hand-coloured engravings, printed on one side of the paper only, and a vignette of the dog on the title page and front cover.
The book is 18cm tall by 10 cm wide. Wraps around 16 leaves printed on one side only. The back cover advertises 15 “Popular Elementary Works”.
A rare edition of this famous rhyme.
Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales
Hodder and Stoughton for Boots, no circa 1930. Bound in maroon cloth with gilt titles on spine and front and gilt vignette of children listening to a talking snail. Small patch of damp bleaching at the top of spine and back cover, top and bottom of spine bumped, otherwise very good. Dust wrapper, good, torn with some small losses, maroon paper with pasted on illustration. Illustration on wrapper is scuffed and has a small area of loss at one edge. Internally the book has light age-toning to the borders of the pages, light foxing to the edges, and a very few pages are marked due to flower pressing. Otherwise the pages are clean. The book is filled with beautiful line drawings by W. Heath Robinson and sixteen exquisite tipped-in colour plates, which are all present, clean and undamaged. The cloth is showing at the hinge between the final page and the back free endpaper, but the binding is intact. 320pp.
4to - over 93/4" - 12" tall
Rev J.G. Wood
My Back-Yard Zoo: A Course of Natural History
Isbister & Co. Ltd. Light brown cloth hardback decorated with black titles and yellow, red green and blue floral design on front cover and spine, slightly rubbed, eps browned, some light foxing, cloth showing between pp16 & 17, first few pages loosening, all others tight in binding, all edges gilt. Generally the book is in very good condition. These are the natural history observations of the Rev. Wood, with seventy illustrations (engravings throughout the text), on the whole range of the animal kingdom, from birds and bears to gastropods and spiders. A charming and lively book.
8vo - over 7 3/4 - 9 3/4 tall
The King of the Golden River, or the Black BrotherS
A Legend of Stiria
George Allen, Orpington, Kent, no date, 19th C, circa 1860. Seventh edition. Brown cloth with gilt titles and vignette on front cover. No inscriptions, last page tanned and a light marks on some pages, otherwise clean and in very good condition. John Ruskin's venture into writing for children, first published in 1841.
12mo - over 6 3/4" - 7 3/4" tall