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John Webster and Ian McCullough:
Zeeb and the Martians. No.1 of the Martian Books.

Stafford: The Golden Acorn Publishing Co. Ltd., 1979. First edition. [32]-page stapled story booklet, including 15 full-page colour illustrations. 14x16cms in pictorial card cover. Contents clean and unmarked, covers have faint soiling and minimal edge scuffs, and back cover has some crayon marks. Spin-off from Cadbury's Smash TV adverts of the period. A good copy. VG.

Price: 20.00


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The Cats' Party, The Donkeys' Party, and The Dogs' Party. Three laughable tales, with humorous coloured engravings.

London: Dean & Son, n.d. [1857] [iv], 22, 18, 18: done in rhyme, with all 24 hand-coloured illustrations present (one double-page) (and including the general frontis, which duplicates that of the Dog's Party), plus the engraved title page. Original yellow advertisement endpapers. Pages in good order, though with quite a lot of soiling, and one page has staining from former sellotape where a 6cm closed tear has now been made good. In the original binding of brown cloth, 177x137mm, boards decorated in blind and front titled in gilt, with a new brown cloth spine: clean and firm, gilt clear but rubbed. Very nice copy. Very Good.

Price: 220.00


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Alice's New Book. And Other Tales. With Forty-Seven Page Illustrations.

London: Frederick Warne, 'Now and Then' Juvenile series (New York: Scribner, Welford and Armstrong), [c.1875] 96pp. At each opening there is a short tale in large print, facing the picture which illustrates it. Many of the images are striking, and many of the stories are intriguing, whether fantastic, domestic, or pietistic. Contents very clean, surprisingly fresh, though with small ink spots to top corner of the first three pages, and a few faint marks elsewhere. New endpapers. 187 x 137mm, in the original binding of green cloth, decorated and titled in black, front board title set in a gilt square. Firm and bright, with a few slight marks. A little treasure, and a very nice copy. Very Good+.

Price: 75.00


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E.C.C.:
Golden Days of Childhood Picture Book (cover title): containing: Golden Days of Childhood, Little Dog Tray, The Fancy-Dress Costume Ball, and The Story of the White Cats of York (by Aunt Annie). Illustrated in Chromo colours.

London: Dean & Son (plates by Emrick & Binger, Haarlem) [c.1879]. Presumed first edition thus. [ii], 16pp + 6 plates, 16pp + 6 plates, 16pp + 4 plates, 16pp + 5 plates: three short of the six plates per story called for. Contents very clean and bright, with neat repair to edges of one plate. A compilation of titles of which at least three were published in the Royal Series of Picture Books in 1879. 1881 gift inscription to the reverse of the front free endpaper. A4 size, 30x21cms, with the original yellow endpapers, in the green ornate cloth binding done in gilt and black, with slight blunting to corners and ends: beautiful bright copy. Very Good+.

Price: 180.00


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E.H. Knatchbull-Hugessen (Lord Brabourne): illustrated by Ernest Griset:
Ferdinand's Adventure, and other stories.

London: Routledge, 1904. New Edition. vi, 378pp + 23 plates including the guarded frontis (=all called for). Occasional minor foxing in text, heavier to first and last few pages, and some light foxing to closed edges. 1917 gift inscription to front free endpaper. In the original decorative binding of tan cloth (with a slight ridge across the front board) and titled in gilt: bright and firm, a little rubbed, spine ends puckered. Nice copy. VG.

Price: 35.00


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Beatrix Potter:
The Story of Miss Moppet. [original foldout format].

New York & London: Frederick Warne & Co, 1906 [December]. Second printing. Grey wallet from which story folds out in a continuous strip. Story complete, folds good. Faint soiling to some openings, and minor damp adhesion damage to the white and green edge at the first opening. Former ownership name in pencil to back of final opening. Printed inner surface of front cover is scratched. The grey cloth-covered card wallet is printed in navy and bears a pasted-on illustration of Miss Moppet: part of the top of the illustration had been torn off: the image has now been restored (as in picture restoration), as have the inner joints of the wallet, and the tab which slots in to close it. A very nice firm copy. Very Good.

Price: 550.00


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Crichton, F.E.: illustrated by Harry Rountree:
Peep-in-the-World.

London: Arnold, 1909. Second impression. (vi), 258pp, plus 4 monochrome plates. Lacks front free endpaper, and its careless removal has exposed some webbing at base of hinge. Slight splitting of back endpaper. Christmas 1908 gift inscription on front pastedown, and bookplate printed with warning to thieves has same date. Some occasional foxing, contents otherwise clean. Firm, in the original green pictorial cloth: spine browned, with a few pale marks, and ends starting to fray, but gilt print clear. Pictorial front very good. Very Good.

Price: 65.00


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Cecil Aldin, illustrated by; with verses by Richard Waylett:
Puppy Tails.

London: Lawrence & Jellicoe, n.d. (c.1912). First edition. [32]pp, including the 16 colour plates, and with line drawings on all the text pages. Very minor soiling to a few pages, and the rusty staples visible in gutter at title and at back: contents otherwise unmarked and notably fresh and bright. This is the full size version: quarto, 10.2 x 8.6 ins, in colour pictorial boards and with the original red cloth spine. Firm and bright, with some tiny marks, corners restored, and edges slightly scuffed. A very nice copy. Very Good+.

Price: 280.00


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Baldwin, May: with four illustrations by Miss Attwell [ Mabel Lucie ATTWELL]:
That Little Limb.

London: W. & R. Chambers, n.d. [<1915]. First or early edition. 199pp, plus the 4 plates. A very nice copy of the multicoloured binding edition. A few pages have minor soil marks, but contents are otherwise very clean. With the original brown endpapers, marked where prize label removed. In the original very attractive binding of blue pictorial cloth, decorated on front and spine by Mabel Lucie Attwell in black, white, pink and maroon. Firm and bright and with only very minor soiling, spine ends crimped and slightly rubbed. The first book she illustrated (in 1905). VG+.

Price: 40.00


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Ernest Aris:
That Little Red Squirrel.

London: Henry Frowde, Hodder & Stoughton, n.d. [c.1917]. First edition. 40pp, plus a colour frontis, with handwritten text printed in black and red, and illustrations in black & white at every opening. Little book, landscape format, 91 x 123mm. Front pastedown bears a 1917 gift inscription, has a little surface damage, and an odd neat 3.5mm hole near the spine through to the front board. Pages very bright, with minor soil marks at three openings. In the original dun pictorial boards: fairly bright, with scuffs to the corners. New cloth spine. Nice copy. VG.

Price: 45.00


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[Traditional]: illustrated by Frank Adams:
Jolly Old Sports: comprising: Three Jolly Huntsmen; The Little Man and his Gun; and Three Jolly Fishermen.

London: Blackie and Son, [1922]. First and presumed only composite edition. [iv], 34 (of 36) + 4 leaves from a different edition bound in to complete the verses and illustrations to the final tale. The immensely characterful plates are all clean and bright. Some light soiling to margins, and tissue repairs to three closed edge tears: one of these is stained from former sellotape. Printed slip tipped in to supply missing lines where surface adhesion has damaged one verse of 'Fishermen'. While the book is folio, 340x255mm, printed with verses beneath the plates, the added pages are shorter (276mm), with the verses facing the plates and supplemented by an illustration in line: the plates of both editions are the same size (240x177mm). In the original boards with onlaid illustration from 'Huntsmen': picture scuffed, boards soiled and stained with wear to corners: firm, with new cloth spine. A title usually worn to bits. Very nice and effective rebuild of a defective copy. Hold on to your reins/ guns/ fishing rods! VG.

Price: 165.00


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Anne MacDonald, with illustrations by Mildred R. Lamb:
Dormer Windows.

Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1923. First edition. 61, [3] adverts. Contents clean and unmarked. Slight toning to endpapers. In the original binding of smooth blue cloth with pictorial onlay to the front, and with a paper spine label, which is chipped and tanned. The front illustration, by D.M. Wheeler, is complete, but dented to the upper right. The cloth is firm and bright on the boards, dull at the spine. Good copy of a delightful period piece. VG.

Price: 35.00


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Catharine Shaw, retold by:
Mother's Bible Stories.

London: John F. Shaw, n.d. [c.1932]. Presumed first edition thus. Quarto edition, 10 x 7.5ins. [192]pp, with line illustrations and 12 very good colour plates. 1932 adult gift inscription to back of frontis: contents otherwise very clean and fresh, with some foxing to the title page and a few pages at the back. In the original binding of quarter russet cloth, spine patterned and titled in black, the pictorial front showing the Flight into Egypt. Firm, and exceptionally fresh and clean, with only a light scuff to one corner. Other authors and other publishers have issued books with this title, but this edition is scarce. A gift quality copy. Very Good+.

Price: 60.00


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Mrs Hippo's Annual 1936. A Book of Jolly Pictures & Stories for Boys and Girls of all ages.

London: Issued from the Offices of 'The Playbox', Fleetway House / The Amalgamated Press Ltd, 1935. 104pp, busy with things happening, richly illustrated, mostly in monochrome, with frontis and a few other pages in colour. Most pages rather card-like and browning at edges. 'Belongs to' window on front free endpaper neatly filled in with an adult gift inscription and dated 1935. A carefully-kept book, all pages unmarked and clean. Quarto, in the original pictorial boards with green cloth spine. Back advertises mincemeat, and has a little wear to the corners, spine is faded and a little rubbed, and the front, showing animals scoffing food accidentally tipped down stairs, is bright, with a little scuffing to edges. Very Good.

Price: 35.00


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Anne Harris:
The Story of the Paper Dolls.

London: St. Catherine Press (and printed by W.H.Smith at the Arden Press), n.d. [c.1937]. First edition. [36]pp, illustrated in colour throughout. Delightfully done account of the author and her sister's splendidly improvised imaginative life during their childhood, when 'our country was ...at war with the country that made most of the toys, and dolls in particular'. Contents generally fresh, bright and clean, with light soiling to the margins of one or two pages. Bright pictorial endpapers, with a small corner torn off the ffep. The blank edges have been torn off the colophon leaf, which follows the end of the story. 7x6 ins, in the original paper-covered boards, with some wear to the corners, and a new cloth spine; the large colour pictorial onlay on the front is in very good condition. Very nice firm copy of an enchanting and scarce book. VG.

Price: 30.00


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Frances Cowen, Janet Hunter:
Tuck-Me-Up Stories: Four Stories for Boys and Girls. [One of the 'Little Folks Round The Day' series].

London: Universal Text Book Ltd, n.d. [late 1930s?] First or early edition. Unpaginated: c.60pp, illustrated at almost every opening, and with pictorial endpapers. Small tear with 1cm loss to margin of final page, and minor damage to hinge of rear endpaper. Gift inscription to front pastedown and 'belongs to' window completed: contents clean and unmarked. 22.7x14.5cms, in strikingly-illustrated paper-covered boards. Firm and bright, with scuffs to spine ends and corners, and a few to the plain blue spine. Very uncommon. VG-.

Price: 45.00


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Enid Blyton, pictured by Eileen A. Soper:
The Dog that went to Fairyland.

Leicester: Brockhampton Book Co. Ltd., n.d. [c.1944]. Presumed first edition. 36pp: Charming full-page colour illustrations at every opening, with black and white illustrations in the facing text. Contents clean and unmarked, with some foxing to the pictorial pastedowns. Landscape format, 18x22cms, in the pictorial blue paper-covered boards. Faint soiling and a faded price in biro, spine ends scuffed with a little loss. A very nice copy. Very Good+.

Price: 40.00


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Patrick Sinclair, written and illustrated by:
The Duck that lost its Quack.

London: Blackie, n.d. [1949]. First or early printing. 32pp, illustrated. Contents clean.Gift inscription to front pastedown. 20.5x17cms, in the original boards with pictorial front, bright and clean, and the original red cloth spine and plain back board, all firm and in good order, with only light signs of wear. Very nice copy. Very Good.

Price: 16.00


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[By permission Walt Disney - Mickey Mouse Ltd.]
Mickey Mouse: A Story Book with Transfers.

England: A Tower Press Product [No. 820], n.d. [c.1950?] Presumed first and only edition. Tall stapled booklet, 7.2 x 3.9 ins: [10]pp, (4 coloured) in coloured card covers, with transfers laid in. The story, 'Mickey's Painting' - illustrated in line, and a sendup of modern art - runs through the book on the monochrome pages from inside the front cover to inside the back cover. The coloured pages have unrelated bright captioned Mickey images. The transfers, each just over 1" square, and showing Disney characters up to their tricks, are in a sheet of 16 - there may have been more. Light crease through book near base of spine, tiny knocks to corner tips, a little soiling to covers..: altogether a lovely fresh, bright copy. Near Fine.

Price: 50.00


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Enid Blyton: Pictures by Beek:
Noddy goes to Toyland. Noddy Book 1.

London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co Ltd, 25 Gilbert Street London WI, n.d. [1951]. Early reprint, with rounded spine. 60pp, illustrated in colour, and with pictorial endpapers. 'Belongs to' box filled in. While some pages have small faint soil marks to the margins, the overwhelming impression is of crisp bright fresh pages - a careful owner, but whose hands werent always clean. Faint tanning to the back free endpaper. In the red pictorial laminated boards with rounded spine, very bright. Scuffing to bottom edges of boards, and to bottom corners, one upper corner, and to foot of spine. One-inch split to base of lower joint (neatly and firmly retained), and tiny splits to head of joints: head of spine slightly puckered. In the protected pictorial dust jacket, with '3s 6d' price on the inner flap: very worn, with heavy creasing and scuffs to edges, small chips to corners, one-inch chip to base of spine, and a shallow chip to head of spine, extending to front and back panels. Several closed tears have been repaired internally. Panels bright, slight dulling to spine. A great survivor. [Matches most points for the 1949 first edition, but the inner flap reads 'You must be sure to read Books numbered 2 and 3 in the Little Noddy Library..', which dates it as 1951] Very Good in poor dust-jacket.

Price: 45.00


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