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Sinbad the Sailor & other Stories from the Arabian Nights
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Sinbad the Sailor & other Stories from the Arabian Nights

London: Hodder & Stoughton A very good copy of the 1st trade edition in the original decorative cloth binding with 23 tipped-in colour plates, black and white illustrations and designs by Edmund Dulac. Undated but 1914. The light brown cloth binding has a printed flower design (which continues on the endpapers) overlaid with gilt decoration and titles on the front board and spine. This copy has bright decoration with some light cloth wear - to the corners and the top and bottom of the spine where there is a little fraying. There are some small marks on the back board. The floral endpapers are unmarked. Contents: frontispiece; decorative title; illustration list and text with 22 further colour plates. All the text pages have a decorative border. The tissue guard to the frontispiece is detaching at the top and there is occasional marking to the plate supports at the bottom edge (plates at pp 43, 71, 78 and 113). The plates themselves are unaffected. There is a small triangular chip missing from the bottom edge of p 59/60. A lovely example of an early twentieth century gift book. Please enquire if you would like to see further images.

$645.55

Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book for Children
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Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book for Children

By Kate Greenaway, Mrs Sale Barker

London : George Routledge and Sons A good copy of a Kate Greenaway Birthday Book - undated but circa 1880, with colour frontispiece and 11 further colour printed plates. The presentation page is filled in stating that the book was presented to Moyra Tuck from Z Sherborne and some of the dates are filled in pencil with various members of the Sherborne family. A note at the end gives a later owner - Miss B Coombs who gave her address as Brook St Hospital Ward 6 in Shooters Hill 3rd March 1918. The binding is clean with bright gilt titles. The edges and corners have some rubbing. Contents nice and clean.

$64.56

Father Christmas goes on Holiday
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Father Christmas goes on Holiday

By Raymond Briggs

London: Hamish Hamilton Children's Books Ltd, 1975 A near fine copy of Raymond Briggs' classic account of Father Christmas' holiday experiences. The wrapper is price-clipped with light browning and slight wrinkling at the edges. It is in a removable protective wrap. The binding is bright and clean as are the contents.

$25.82

In Powder and Crinoline. Old Fairy Tales Retold
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In Powder and Crinoline. Old Fairy Tales Retold

By Arthur Quiller-Couch

London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1913 A good copy of the 1st trade edition of 'In Powder and Crinoline' with 24 tipped in colour plates and numerous designs by Kay Nielsen. Undated but 1913. This was Kay Nielsen's first published book illustration and his reputation was such that Arthur Quiller-Couch was commissioned to find and rewrite the fairy tales to the title chosen by Nielsen. His illustrations are unique and unforgettable. This copy is in the publisher's quarter cloth binding with grey card boards. The spine has gilt titles and designs and the front board has red titles and grey illustration. The binding is sound but with the usual wear: pulling to the top and bottom of the spine and edge wear to the boards with some browning and marking. The decorative endpapers are present with some light browning and there is some repair to the front endpaper joint. Contents are complete including half title; frontispiece with tissue guard; title page on thick grey paper with red lettering; list of illustrations; preface; and text 164 pp with designs and 23 tipped in colour plates on thick grey paper with decorative guards. Contents are generally clean and the plates are in very good condition. There is sporadic and persistent browning in the gutter of the text pages around the stitching. The tissue guards to plates at pp 28 and 132 and occasional light marking on the grey paper supporting the plates. Please enquire if you would like to see further images.

$697.19

Fairy Tales
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Fairy Tales

By Hans Andersen

London: Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1924 A good to very good copy of the 1st edition - the 'edition du luxe' - in dark blue decorative cloth binding, signed by Kay Nielsen. With 12 tipped-in colour plates, 16 full page black and white plates and numerous designs by Nielsen. This was Nielsen's third book illustration, begun in 1912 but not published until 1924 because of the disruption caused by World War I. It is a beautiful and expensive production, but the changing market for colour plate books meant that it had to have fewer colour plates than Nielsen's earlier works. This book is number 378 of 500 printed. The blue cloth binding has bright gilt decoration and titles to the front board and spine. The front board is bright and clean with light corner and edge wear. The spine is dulled with a lot of pulling to the top and bottom, and the back board is clean but with some scuff marks and light corner and edge wear. There is a small ink spot to the bottom page edges not visible from inside the book. The contents are complete and in very good to near fine clean condition. The book is slightly shaken and there is occasional light brown spotting in the gutter and the occasional light mark elsewhere - principally to preliminaries and end leaves.

$1936.65

The Olive Fairy Book
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The Olive Fairy Book

By Andrew Lang

London, New York, Bombay and Calcutta: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1907 A good copy of the 1st edition in the original light green decorative cloth binding with 8 colour plates, 20 full page black and white plates, and 22 in text illustrations. All page edges gilt. The binding has been rebacked and is clean and tight. The gilt to both the spine and front board is slightly faded. The side edge to the front board has water-marking which has resulted in a faded section and then a darkened section at the edge, and there is slight warp at the edge. The back board has a slight fade at the side edge. The decorative endpapers are present with 2 inscriptions to the fep: Ada from Uncle Jack Xmas '07, and Taffie from Jannie Xmas 1952. There is darkening to front endpaper edges and a little marking at the side edge. Both front and rear endpapers have had professional repair at the joint. Contents are complete and very clean with just the occasional light mark.

$232.40

Fairy Tales
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Fairy Tales

By Hans Christian Andersen

London, Bombay, Sidney : George G Harrap & Co Ltd, 1931 A good copy of the 1931 reprinted edition in the original decorative cloth binding with 15 colour and 25 full page black and white illustrations by Harry Clarke. The binding is sound with fading to the spine and board edges and wear to corners. There is some light marking on both boards and some pulling to the top and bottom of the spine. Internally there is a decorative bookplate to the front pastedown endpaper. Contents are complete and generally clean. There is occasional spotting, particularly at pp 227-9 and from 318-320, and to the foredge. There is a crease to the fep. 3 of the plates have some browning/rippling/nibbling at edges - presumably where they were detached at some point. There is a small repaired edge tear at the top pf p10.

$193.67

Christmas Tales of Flanders
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Christmas Tales of Flanders

London and New York: William Heinemann; Dodd, Mead & Company, 1917 A good copy in the original decorative cloth binding illustrated by Jean de Bosschere. This was an early commission for de Bosschere, a Belgian illustrator who has been compared to Aubrey Beardsley. Contents with decorative tinted title page; 12 colour plates, 11 tinted full page plates, 14 full page black and white plates and numerous illustrations and designs in the text. The cloth binding has a bright clean front board with black designs and titles. The decorative spine is lightly faded and the plain back board has some discolouration. There is some slight fading at the top of the front board and light wear to the top and bottom of the spine and to corners. Internally the decorative endpapers are present - the rear ones have a little marking. There is a pencil note about purchase history in 1972 to the verso of the fep. Contents are in very good clean condition with just the occasional very light mark. Most of the tissue guards to the colour plates have some discolouration and there is occasional light offsetting. There is a small repaired tear to the side margin of p139 where the page was poorly opened.

$103.29

The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and Other Fairy Tales Retold
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The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and Other Fairy Tales Retold

By Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

New York: George H Doran Company A very good copy of the first US edition with 16 tipped in colour plates by Kay Nielsen. Undated but 1923. In the original blue cloth binding with gilt decoration to the front board and gilt titles to the spine. The Twelve Dancing Princesses is a shorter version of 'In Powder and Crinoline' which was Kay Nielsen's first proper commission as a book illustrator and was published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1913. The US edition has fewer colour plates but was redesigned by Neilsen, and is a lovely work. Contents: decorative endpapers and half title; tipped-in frontispiece; title; preface, contents and illustration list; six stories each with decorative half title, and 15 further tipped in colour plates with decorative covers. The binding is bright and clean: the front board has a slight bump to the bottom corner; the spine is slightly faded with some pulling; and the back board has a couple of small scuffs and slight indentation to the bottom edge. The contents are in very good clean condition - there is a small signature to the bottom of the rear pastedown endpaper and the stitching is just visible between pp 128/129

$387.33

The Song of Pentecost [unpublished proof copy]
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The Song of Pentecost [unpublished proof copy]

By W J Corbett

London: Methuen Children's Books Ltd, 1982 A very good advance proof copy in plain card wraps with accompanying letter from the Promotion Director of Methuen Children's Books to the Junior Fiction Buyer of CM Distributors in Nottingham dated July 1982. The binding is a little grubby but the contents, illustrated by Martin Ursell, are in very good clean condition.

$12.91

The Red Book of Heroes
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The Red Book of Heroes

By Mrs Lang, edited by Andrew Lang

London : Longmans, Green & Co, 1909 A good to very good copy in original red decorative cloth binding with gilt pictures to front board and spine. Decorative endpapers and gilt edges to pages. With 8 colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations as called for. A Longman's advert is bound at the front. The binding is bright and clean with a bright gilt front board and slightly faded spine. The spine has a small mark in the middle and the back board has a small mark. The spine has light pulling and the corners are lightly bumped. The decorative endpapers are clean with some repair at the front endpaper joint. There is the stamp of Preston Lodge to the reverse of the fep and an ink 'No 9'. The contents are in very good clean condition with just the occasional light spot or mark.

$19.37

The Lottery and Murad the Unlucky. Miss Edgeworth's Popular Tales
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The Lottery and Murad the Unlucky. Miss Edgeworth's Popular Tales

By Maria Edgeworth

Halifax: Milner and Sowerby, 1860 A nice early copy in the original decorative card covers with black and white frontispiece and vignette title page. The binding has a flower design and titles to the front and a list of Milner and Sowerby's Juvenile Books at the rear. Contents: advertisement for Popular Tales and Juvenile Stories; frontispiece with signature dated 1862 to verso; vignette title; plain title 1860; text; publisher's adverts 4pp. Binding is nice and clean and in good condition; contents in very good condition.

$25.82

The Arabian Nights Entertainments
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The Arabian Nights Entertainments

By Andrew Lang

London, New York and Bombay: Longmans, Green & Co, 1898 A good copy in the original decorative cloth binding with gilt picture to the front board and gilt titles and illustration to the spine. Aeg. Lang used the french version of Monsieur Galland as the basis for his collection. With numerous illustrations by H J Ford. The binding is bright and clean. There is pulling with slight fraying to the top and bottom of the spine and wear to edges, including the cloth at the spine joints. There is a small bump affecting the bottom edge of the front board close to the spine joint. Slight marking to back board and some corner wear. The original black endpapers are present. Contents slightly shaken (stitching is visible circa pp 64/5 but the book is sound) but clean. Some pages have light spotting and there is occasional light marking, mostly to outer side margins.

$187.21

The Lilac Fairy Book
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The Lilac Fairy Book

By Andrew Lang [editor]

London, New York, Bombay and Calcutta: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1910 A good copy of the1st edition in the original decorative cloth binding with 6 colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations by H J Ford. The binding has gilt decoration to front board and decoration and titles to the spine. Aeg. The binding is tight, with a reasonably clean and bright front board that has a little spotting towards the bottom. The lilac colour is faded towards the spine which is also faded, with some pulling to the top and bottom. It is slightly cocked to the front. The back board has some spotting and some light staining towards the outer side edge. The rear corners are slightly turned. The contents are complete with a 2 page publisher's listing at the rear. They are generally very clean, but with occasional marking - most generally at the edges.

$309.86

The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
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The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

By Grimm; Mrs Edgar Lucas [translator]

London: Constable & Company Ltd, 1909 A very good copy of the 1st enlarged Rackham edition of Grimm's Tales with 40 tipped in colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations and designs. Rackham first illustrated Grimm in 1900 and this edition contains reworked and new illustrations. In newer full leather binding by Colin Kerr, an Orkney craftsman who specialised in furniture-making, wood sculpture and decorative bookbinding. He completed a number of commemorative bindings for the local Council, and, as an avid book collector, rebound older books where the binding was poor. This binding is in tan and cream leather, with titles and design to spine copying the original gilt illustration from the cloth binding. New marbled endpapers have been added. The contents are complete, and the tipped-in plates and tissue-guards are in very good clean condition. 5 plates have slight inner bottom corner tip creases. There is some light marking particularly noticeable on side margins and there are small repaired edge tears to the bottom margin of 6 pages. Please enquire if you would like to see more images to further assess condition.

$839.22

Hans Andersen\'s Fairy Tales
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Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales

By Hans Andersen

London: Constable & Co. Ltd, 1917 A good copy in the original red cloth binding with 16 tipped-in colour plates and 35 full page black and white illustrations by W Heath Robinson. The second issue with Heath Robinson's work - the black and white illustrations are particularly memorable. The binding is in fair condition, with pulling to the top and bottom of the spine and bumping and wear to corners. The spine is faded. Internally there is an inscription to the fep dated 1917. The contents are in very good clean condition. There is occasional light spotting which is mostly to top margins, but is visible on the title page and noticeable at pp 48/9 and 95. The stitching is visble at p48, but the book is sound.

$193.67

Alice\'s Adventures in Wonderland
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

By Lewis Caroll

London: J Coker and Co., Ltd A good copy in the original decorative card binding with pasted colour picture of Alice with the White Rabbit. Undated but probably around 1907-15. With colour frontispiece and 7 further colour plates by Bessie Pease, and decorative borders by G P Micklewright. The binding has a red cloth spine, which is faded and worn, particularly at the top and bottom. There is edge and corner-wear to the boards. There is some slight indentation to the pasted picture visible in some lights. The contents are complete and very clean and bright.

$103.29

Alice\'s Adventures in Wonderland
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

By Lewis Caroll

London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd, 1907 A good to very good copy of the 2nd edition of 'The Little Folks' Edition' of Alice, with 32 coloured illustrations by John Tenniel. In the original red decorative cloth binding with titles and white rabbit to front board, and titles to spine. The binding is sound and clean, with some mottling to the boards (mostly the back board), and light wear to edges (including spine joints), and corners. Internally there is an inscription dated 1907 to the fep, which also has a little pencil marking. The contents are very clean and in very good condition with the occasional light spot or mark. Scarce.

$232.40

Stories from the Arabian Nights
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Stories from the Arabian Nights

By Laurence Housman

Nottingham: Hodder & Stoughton for Boots Pure Drug Co. Ltd, Nottingham A near fine copy with 20 tipped in colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations by Edmund Dulac. It is undated but was produced in the 1920's/30's by Hodder and Stoughton in an exclusive deal with the Boots Company, who, at that time, had book departments in their stores. The wrapper has advertisements for other Boots publications and notes that buyers could get a special deal and pay only 5s 11d with 9d postage. This copy has a good to very good wrapper. It is very clean with a little repaired edge nibbling and a couple of small holes. It is in a removable protective wrap. The red brown decorative cloth binding with gilt titles to spine and front board and gilt design to front board is in near fine clean condition. Contents, including tipped-in frontispiece and 19 further tipped-in plates in near fine clean condition. There is an inscription to the half title dated Xmas 1934. One plate has been tipped in on the skew. A very nice copy.

$103.29

Fairy Tales
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Fairy Tales

By Hans Andersen

London: Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1924 A very good copy of the 1st edition - the 'edition du luxe' - in full gilt-decorated vellum binding, signed by Kay Nielsen. With 12 tipped-in colour plates, 16 full page black and white plates and numerous designs by Nielsen. This was Nielsen's third book illustration. He began the work in 1912 but the disruption caused by World War I meant that it was not published until 1924 - and although a beautiful production it could not afford the number of plates that embellished East of the Sun, West of the Moon, his previous work. The market for expensive illustrated gift books declined significantly after the War and Nielsen only illustrated two more works before moving to Copenhagen and working on set designs for the theatre. This book is number 119 of 500 printed. The vellum binding has bright illustration. It has some grubbiness and darkening to the spine; a slight bump to the bottom front corner; and slight marking to the back board, particularly the bottom corner. The spine is cocked to the front. Top page edges are gilt; side edge is untrimmed. The contents are in very bright and clean condition; occasional very light spotting to tissue guards. There is a slight crease to the tissue guard to the frontispiece and a small light brown area to the bottom margin of p 153 (lightly mirrored on 152). There is a small scuff and slight loss to the bottom of the rear free endpaper. A very nice copy.

$3098.64

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