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Lewis Carroll

The Hunting of the Snark
An Agony in Eight Fits

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.
19cm, 7.5 inches tall, 83 pages.


Margaret W. Tarrant

Mother Goose

The Old Favourite Nursery Rhymes
Illustrated by 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.
The top board claims thirty pictures in colour, but this includes the illustration on the top board and the endpapers. There are twenty-seven lovely illustrations to all the well-known nursery rhymes, in colour, printed on one side of the paper only. The book is printed on glossy paper throughout. A lovely small-format Mother Goose.
14cm, 5.5 inches, tall, 85 pages, complete.


Lewis Carroll

The Complete Works of Lewis Carroll

With an Introduction by
Alexander Woolcott
And the Illustrations by
John Tenniel

Publisher: Nonesuch Press, 1939, first edition thus. Bound in red buckram over bevelled boards, with titles in gilt on the spine.
This is a very nice complete works, which contains Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; Through the Looking Glass; Sylvie and Bruno; Sylvie and Bruno Concluded; The Hunting of the Snark; Early Verse; Puzzles from Wonderland; Prologues to Plays; Phantasmagoria; College Rhymes and Notes by an Oxford Chiel; Acrostics, Inscriptions, and Other Verse.
The book is in very good condition with a slightly lightened spine which has a little spotting, internally a very occasional light mark, but mainly clean, and tightly bound.
Octavo, 19.5 cm, 7.75 inches, tall, 1165 pages.


Hans Andersen

Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales

Illustrated by A. Duncan Carse

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.
This is a very nice early 20th century edition of Andersen’s stories with 12 beautiful colour plates by A. Duncan Carse, plus many line drawings.
The book is in very good condition, with some marks to the top board and very occasional scatters of light foxing to some pages. Showing the mull at the hinge of the front endpapers, but the binding is tight. Mainly clean and bright.
An uncommon edition.
Octavo, 21cm, 8.5 inches, tall, 373 pages, plus a 12 page publisher’s catalogue.



Beatrix Potter

The Story of Miss Moppet

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.
This is a very nice early edition of The Story of Miss Moppet, which was originally published in panorama form, which booksellers disliked, and was reissued in 1916 in this small format. The frontispiece and title page vignette were specially done for this reissue.
This copy is in very good condition with a small surface graze at the head of the spine, some small marks to the back board, a couple of very small marks to pages, and a small area where pages 22 and 23 have adhered at some point, then been separated, causing a thin layer of the text page to be taken off. (not affecting any text) Otherwise the book is remarkably clean and bright for a Beatrix Potter book of this vintage.
5 inches, 12.5cm, tall, 53 pages, with blank pages between illustrations.


Beatrix Potter

Cecily Parsley’s Nursery Rhymes

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.
This is a very good copy of Beatrix Potter’s second and last book of rhymes, and it is very charming, with her characteristic watercolour illustrations for nursery rhymes such as Three Blind Mice, This Little Pig, Goosey, Goosey, Gander and others.
The book is in very good plus condition. It is wrapped in a cellophane jacket, which may well have been provided by the original bookseller. The boards are a nice clear bright red, with a slightly faded spine. Inside, the endpapers have a few very tiny light marks and two small pencil prices. The rest of the book is clean and bright. An exceptionally nice copy.
5 inches, 12.5 cm tall, 53 pages, with blanks between illustrations.



Beatrix Potter

The Pie and the Patty-Pan

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
This is a very nice early edition of The Pie and the Patty-Pan. Without punctuation in the dedication ‘For Joan To Read To Baby’.
This copy is in very good condition with a small repair to the spine, darkening of the maroon paper around the spine area, one owner inscription to the ffep, dated 1918, occasional light foxing, one small marginal pencil mark, but mainly clean and bright. Illustrated with both colour plates and line drawings.
7 inches, 18 cm, tall, 51 pages.



Willy Pogany

The Gingerbread Man

Pictured by Willy Pogany
Rhymes by Leonard Fable

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.
This is a lovely telling in verse of the sad fate of the gingerbread man, with eight double page spread colour illustrations by Willy Pogany. The illustrations are tab mounted, so that they are not spoiled by stitching in the gutter. The verse pages alternate with the illustrations and have a repeated vignette of the running gingerbread man across the bottom of the page.
The book is in very good condition, with one small presentation inscription on the endpaper, and only very occasional light marks otherwise. Five of the illustration sheets have very short closed tears at the bottom of the fold, not intruding onto the picture. A discreet reinforcement to the hinge between the first and second verse pages has been made. There are some scuffs to the binding, but otherwise the book is clean and bright. An uncommon title, and great fun.
25 cm, 10 inches, tall. Unpaginated, but collated complete.



Staff of the Walt Disney Studios

The Tortoise and the Hare

Written and Illustrated by the 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.
This is a very lively telling of the fable of the tortoise and the hare, with sparky illustrations in the typical Disney style.
The book is in very good condition, with light marks and some bumping to the binding, pulling to the head and foot of the spine, with cracking to the paper along the front hinge, but with a sound, tight binding. There is one owner inscription dated 1941 on the front endpaper, but the rest of the book is clean and bright. A lovely book from the heyday of the Disney studios.
22.5 cm tall by 26.5 cm wide (9 inches by10.5 inches), 48 pages printed on heavy stock.


Louis Wain

In Animal Land with Louis Wain

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.
A lovely Wain title with anthropomorphic illustrations of animals, mainly cats, but also monkeys dogs, owls, bunnies etc. along with accompanying stories and rhymes. There is a very attractive full-colour frontispiece.
This is a restored copy, with new endpapers, and some repairs to pages, and two leaves showing edge wear consistent with having been detached. All pages are now bound in. There is a small piece missing from the title page, and another page has a small piece missing from the inner margin. Some light marks to pages.
26cm, 10.25 inches, tall, unpaginated, 80 pages, plus frontispiece and 2 pages of advertisements.


Hans Christian Andersen

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. 

The History of Abdul and The Princess Selima

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


A Victorian Practice Writing Sheet

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.




Instruction Chrétienne des Jeunes Filles
Instruites dans les Ecoles, Religions, et Pensions.
Tirée pour la plus grande partie du Livre de l’Instruction de la Jeunesse fait par Mr. Gobinet Prêtre, Docteur de la Maison et Societé de la Sornbonne, Principal du College du Plessis-Sorbonne.

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.
The book is in very good condition, with a little rubbing to the spine, and a bump to the head of the spine. A very occasional light mark to pages, but mainly clean and bright throughout.
Christian education for young girls. An uncommon book.
Text in French.
12mo, 16.5cm, 6.5 inches, titles plus 10 pages of unpaginated prelims, 342 pages.



E. Nesbit

Wet Magic

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.
This is a particularly special copy of the book, because there is a gift inscription on the ffep, dated 1st January 1927, ‘To My dear little Chum Marion W. Baker with all good wishes for the New Year & all time.  I think you will like this book written by my dear Wife, especially as you are so conversant with the “Longboat” in which she done much writing.’  Signed T.T.T.  (Thomas Tucker, E. Nesbit’s second husband.)
The book also comes with a flyer for “The Magic City: Built for Children, by E. Nesbit With Bricks and Odds and Ends.  A solid illustration of E. Nesbit’s  Story “The Magic City”. To be seen at The CHILDREN’S WELFARE EXHIBITION at OLYMIPIA, from December 31 to January 11, 1913.”
The original magic city was built by E Nesbit and her son for his tin soldiers, and out of that her book “The Magic City” was born.  The flyer promises that E. Nesbit will attend the exhibition as frequently as possible.  There is a monochrome photograph of part of the city on exhibition.
The book is in very good condition, with one mark on the top board, some fraying to the top one inch of the front hinge, corners bumped, free endpapers slightly browned, scattered light foxing to the first and last few pages, otherwise clean.  The plates are all in very good, clean 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.


Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
With Forty-Two Illustrations by John Tenniel

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.
The book is in good plus condition, with scuffs and some marks to the boards, and some small bubbles to the cloth on the top board. The gilt on the spine is rubbed and the head and foot of the spine and the board corners are bumped with small losses to the cloth. The book has a slight lean.
The endpapers are both repaired at the hinge and have some scuffing. The verso of the free endpapers is foxed, and consequently there is light scattered foxing to the half title and to the advertising page at the end of the book. Throughout the book there are some light handling marks and occasional isolated spots, but the book is mainly clean and bright.
A nice early edition of this very delightful book.
Octavo, 19cm, 7.5 inches tall, half title, frontis, title page, 6 pages unpaginated prelims, blank, pages 1-192, blank, I page publisher’s advertisements, complete.


Kate Greenaway

Marigold Garden
Pictures and Rhymes
Printed in Colour
By Edmund Evans

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.
This is a lovely Greenaway book with her customary mix of sweet and sometimes humorous verse and beautiful illustrations.  The book is in very good condition, with slightly scuffed boards which have edge wear and corner bumping.  The cloth spine is in very good order with no splitting, and the endpapers are clean and tidy.  The binding of the book is tight and sound.  There is a little light foxing, mainly at the beginning and end of the book, and some isolated light marks.  Otherwise it is clean and bright.
Quarto sized, 28 cm (11 inches) tall, 60 pages.


Written by Alfred C. Calmour
Pictured by Walter Crane

Rumbo Rhymes
Or The Great Combine
A Satire

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.
This is a satirical poem wherein all the beasts of the earth rise up, tired of being eaten and exploited by man, to make a plan to stop him. It is illustrated by Walter Crane in a colour double spread title page, 22 colour plates, and 9 drawings within the text, beautiful illustrations which include airplanes and submarines invading the realms of other animals.
The book is in very good condition, with marks to the cloth and slightly bumped spine ends and corners, occasional light handling marks within and one short closed tear (repaired) to one page, not affecting the text. Otherwise the book is clean and bright and tight in its binding. Printed on thick, glossy paper.
23cm tall (9 inches) 98 pages plus plates.



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.  
The book has paper-covered boards with a brick-red cloth spine, and the top board has a vignette of a child with a sled in a snowy landscape.  The boards have some spots, light edge wear and a small damp stain to the upper corner of the back board.  
The endpapers are brown pictorial.  There is a light scatter of small foxing spots on the title page and the last page, and a very occasional light mark to other pages, but mainly clean and bright.  The plates are all clean and bright.  
This is a very good condition copy of a scarce and lovely book.

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.


Andersen, Hans, 
Illustrated By W. Heath Robinson 

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