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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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Marmaduke Multiply's Merry Method of Making Minor Mathematicians: or, the Multiplication Table, illustrated by Sixty-Nine appropriate engravings.

London: J. Harris and Son, n.d. [c.1825]. Early edition. The title page, followed by the 69 hand-coloured stipple engravings in facing pairs. Some soiling or toning up to p.10, thereafter generally clean. The missing blank corner of the last page has been made good. 1848 ownership name to the front pastedown, with a subsequent gift inscription. 13x10cms, in a new binding of quarter calf with marbled boards and new back endpapers. Title first published in 1817 (some engravings are dated 1816 or 1817): the paper here [p.31] is watermarked 1825. A very nice complete copy. Very Good+.

Price: 450.00


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[Compiled by William Darton, rewritten by Ann and Jane Taylor and illustrated and engraved by Isaac Taylor, jr.]:
City Scenes, or a Peep into London. [Hand-coloured]

London: Harvey & Darton, 1828. 79pp, preceded by the decorative title page, and with the 84 illustrations (numbered to 87) on 28 plates, as called for. There are descriptions or explanations of each illustration, often cautionary, and with some verse, written for children. Title and plates in this copy are made greatly more characterful and attractive by having been hand-coloured (except illustrations 73-78). Many of the plates, though bright, are thumbed and soiled, with damage to a few corners. Pages generally clean, though a few have some minor soiling. 1887 gift inscription to front pastedown. New (yellow) free endpapers. In the original binding of brown cloth, rebacked and firm, with the original spine relaid; boards decorated with curlicues in blind, front also bears an armorial title in gilt: spine title rubbed. Very nice copy. Very Good.

Price: 480.00


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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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The Leonards; or, the Cobbler, the Clerk, and the Lawyer. With illustrations.

London: Frederick Warne & Co., n.d. [1874]. Presumed first edition. [iv], 187pp, and a frontis with a tanned guard. Some light foxing, and two early gift inscriptions (one, a prize, and underlined in pencil, is dated January 1875) to front endpaper. All edges gilt. 15.5x10.5cms, in the original binding of green cloth decorated in black and gilt. Firm and clean. Very uncommon. VG.

Price: 40.00


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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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Knatchbull-Hugessen, The Right Hon. W.H. ( Lord Brabourne); illustrated by Ernest Griset:
Other Stories.

London: Routledge, 1880. First edition. Rather worn copy lacking front free endpaper. (x), 367pp + 6pp adverts, plus the 6 illustrations by Griset. Name on pastedown. Title page and tissue guard browned, striking early name in ink heads p.1, trace of pencil on Contents page; some dog-ear creases and mild foxing and soiling to text, corner stain to plates. Print and paper good, text block and boards firm. Original binding of pictorial brown cloth blocked in black and gold, fairly bright, but some dulling and light soiling. Extremities knocked, joints and spine ends rubbed, ends starting to fray. G+. [nb - this is NOT the same author's 'Ferdinand's Adventure and Other Stories' of 1883, which has 378pp.]

Price: 24.00


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The New Temperance Primer.

London: Printed at the Catnach Press by W.S. Fortey, n.d. [?1870-1885?]. First or early edition. Chapbook, 8pp, 25x18.5cms, illustrated with cuts. Includes: [The] Drunkard's Looking Glass, The Tree of Dissipation, Close the Alehouse Door, alphabet rhymes, Good Drinks for Good Children, The Life of a Drunkard, The Drunkard's Dream, The Drunkard's Catechism, and several untitled verses. Vertical and horizontal creases from former folding. Frayed edges professionally made good: legible, viable and complete, and sewn into paper wrappers. [Appears to precede the copies of this title listed on Copac, which also comprise 8pp, but are published from Fortey's Juvenile Book Warehouse, with supposed date c.1890: whereas Catnach Press publications, such as this, are thought to be c.1860-1885. Of the several poems in the present copy, none is titled "An Interesting Picture of Drunkenness", which is referred to in the catalogue data of the later edition: so the text here may differ considerably from that of the later copies.] Extremely scarce: good copy. Very Good.

Price: 140.00


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Major, Henry:
The Teacher's Manual of Lessons on Domestic Economy.

London: Blackie, [1893]. Presumed first edition. viii, 436pp +(4), 8 adverts: illustrations in the text: lacks title page. Contents clean and fresh, with minor soiling to a few pages. In original brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Firm and bright, some marks to lower board. A comprehensive, if rather prescriptive and scripted, teaching aid. [Edition uncertain: those listed on COPAC are all 1893.] VG-.

Price: 24.00


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Daskam, Josephine Dodge, illustrated by Bernard J. Rosenmeyer:
The Imp and the Angel.

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1901. First edition. (viii), 168pp, plus 8 plates in monochrome. Upper corners creased at p.5 & p.7. Contents otherwise clean and unmarked. In the original pictorial ochre cloth, strikingly blocked in white, blue, black and red: front bright, with one minor mark, spine rather darkened and ends slightly puckered. Very Good+.

Price: 28.00


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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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Jeanie Lang, with pictures by F.M.B. Blaikie:
The Story of Robert the Bruce. (The Children's Heroes Series.)

London: T.C & E.C. Jack, n.d. (1906). Presumed first edition. viii, 120pp, with a map and 8 colour plates. Front free endpaper missing. Some browning to half title, final page, and some edges. Contents otherwise very good, plates fresh. 5.9 x 4.7 ins, in the original binding of blue cloth ruled and titled in black, with pictorial onlay. Spine ends puckered and scuffed. Very nice copy. Very Good.

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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Charles and Mary Lamb: illustrated by Arthur Rackham:
Tales from Shakespeare.

London: Dent, 1909. First edition thus with coloured plates. xii, 304pp, with illustrations in line and the 12 colour plates, plus the original (tanned) pictorial endpapers and the original pictorial gilt-on-blue cloth front cover, which are bound in at the back. Contents notably bright and fresh. There are surface indentations to title page, faint spotting to the plain backs of some plates, and inconsequential spots to a few page margins. Handsomely bound in later three-quarter binding of black calf with blue cloth boards: spine with raised bands, ruled, titled, and decorated in gilt: clean, bright and firm, with faint scuffs. A very attractive sound copy. Near Fine..

Price: 130.00


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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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