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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.

$115.17

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.

$3455.04

Little Brother, Little Sister
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Little Brother, Little Sister

By Grimm

London : Constable & Co. Ltd, 1917 A good copy of the first illustrated trade edition illustrated by Arthur Rackham in the original decorative cloth binding. With 12 tipped in colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations and designs. This work was designed to complement an earlier collection of Grimm's tales illustrated by Rackham, and contains 40 stories including Snow White and Rose Red, and The Twelve Brothers. The binding is bright and clean. The spine is pulled, particularly at the top and there is a little edge and corner bumping. There is a small brown line at the top of the front board (?paint?). The decorative endpapers are present, with some toning to the free endpapers. The contents are a little shaken, but very clean, with most of the text pages unopened. The plates have loose tissue-guards, some of which are creased, and all of which are browned. The tipped-in plates are clean and bright. The frontispiece has several small creases to the inner corner tip; 3 plates have a small crease close to the inner tip and 2 have a crease at the tip.

$316.71

Beauty and the Beast. An Old Tale New-Told, with Pictures
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Beauty and the Beast. An Old Tale New-Told, with Pictures

By E V B

London : Sampson Low, Marston, Low, and Searle A good copy of the 1st edition in the decorative cloth binding with 10 colour plates and numerous line drawings by Eleanor Vere Boyle (1825-1916). Undated but 1875. Beauty and the Beast is said to be one of her best works, with beautiful imagery and colouring. The binding has been rebacked adding a new spine, which is darker than the boards and has become slightly speckled over time. The boards are very bright. The top corner of the front board is bumped. All page edges gilt. There are detailed scholarly pencil notes to the front pastedown endpaper and a pencil inscription to the verso of the fep. Contents with frontispiece, guard, title page and text wth 9 further colour plates with guards and black and white designs. There is a repaired tear to the gutter of the frontispiece guard; and some repaired tearing (with slight loss) to the side margin of the title page. The black border to the title page has some smudging to the top, which has offset to the frontispiece guard. There is spotting to the verso of the fep; frontispiece; and to a number of the plate margins. Occasional light spots elsewhere. Contents otherwise tightly bound and generally clean.

$712.60

Peepshow Pictures. A Novel Picture Book for Children
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Peepshow Pictures. A Novel Picture Book for Children

By Ernest Nister

London and New York: Ernest Nister. E P Dutton & Co A good copy of this classic pop-up book with 4 working pop-ups. Undated but 1890's. The pictorial card binding is clean with some wear to corners and edges. The linen spine is disintegrating. Internally, the endpapers have a decorative floral design. They are splitting at the front hinge and there is an old signature to the fep which is partly reflected in lighter paper on the title page. The text with beautiful line illustrations is clean with brown toning, particularly to edges. The 4 pop-ups are intact and in good working order.

$647.82

The Brown Fairy Book
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The Brown Fairy Book

By Andrew Lang

London, New York and Bombay: Longmans, Green & Co, 1904 A good to very good copy of the 1st edition of this relatively scarce Fairy Book, in the original brown decorative cloth binding with 8 colour and many black and white illustrations. It has been rebacked and restitched, preserving the original spine and endpapers, so the book is sound and tight. The front board has bright gilt decoration and slight corner wear. The spine is faded. The back board has some corner wear and slight marking. All page edges gilt.The contents are generally clean with the odd mark eg some spotting and marking in the margins of pp 72-81; some spotting pp 85 and 128; and some marking p 214. There are professional paper repairs to the half title; the verso of the frontispiece and to the top margin of p110. Pp 207-220 have had the corner tips turned over at one time.

$266.33

Whispers from Fairyland
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Whispers from Fairyland

By E H Knatchbull-Hugessen [Lord Brabourne]

London : Longmans, Green, and Co, 1875 A good copy of this nineteenth century collection of fairy stories written by Knatchbull-Hugessen, who was a Member of Parliament, and later known as Lord Brabourne. He dedicates the book to the 'Mothers of England' stating 'because it is to them and to their guidance of the home-life of their children that England has owed her greatness'. The book is in contemporary quarter morocco leather binding, with title label to spine. The leather is worn, particularly on the joints but the binding is currently sound. Cloth corners have wear and the cloth is darkened and grubby to edges. Contents with black and white frontispiece and 7 further black and white plates. Title page with vignette. There is a bookplate to the front pastedown. Endpapers and initial and final pages are spotty. The remainder of the contents are lightly toned to edges but clean. There is a small nick to the top margin of p 151.

$57.58

Tanglewood Tales
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Tanglewood Tales

By Nathaniel Hawthorne

London, New York, Toronto: Hodder and Stoughton A very good copy of the 1st edition in the original decorative cloth binding with 14 tipped-in colour plates by Edmund Dulac in greek style. Undated, but 1918 1st trade edition. This was one of the last de luxe colour books illustrated by Dulac as World War I effectively destroyed the market. The production quality is lower - with thinner paper and binding as testament to its production during the last year of the war. The binding is bright and clean. The cloth is bubbled towards the bottom corner of the front board and the spine is lightly pulled. The bottom front corner is slightly bumped and the book overall is a little shaken but sound. The decorative grey endpapers are present, with an armorial bookplate of Adolph H C Wenger to the front pastedown. Contents with tipped in frontispiece, title page and text with 13 further tipped-in plates. The contents are clean and the plates are in very good condition. There is a small splash mark (?tea) to the bottom margin of p 128 and the corresponding plate mount margin (but not the plate).The paper is lightly toned.

$259.13

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

By Hans Andersen

Nottingham: Hodder & Stoughton for Boots Pure Drug Co. Ltd, Nottingham A nice copy of Andersen's Fairy Tales in original (and rare) dustwrapper with 16 tipped in colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations by W Heath Robinson. This edition was produced by Hodder and Stoughton in an arrangement with Boots Pure Drug Co. It is undated but there is a signature dated Xmas 1930 on the fep. The dustwrapper is complete and clean and in near fine condition. There is slight edge rumpling and a small tear which has been repaired and is only visible inside the wrapper. It is in a removable protective wrap. The red cloth binding has gilt decoration and titles to the front board and is bright and clean. There is slight mottling towards the edge of the front board, which has a very slight warp to the top corner. The back board has some mottling but again is clean. Spine with very slight pulling at top and bottom. The contents, with tipped in colour frontispiece and 15 further tipped in plates, and numerous in-text and full-page black and white illustrations are in very good clean condition. The red dye from the binding has bled onto the front and rear pastedown in the top corners - with the odd spot also on the rear free endpaper. Both areas are hidden by the wrapper. There is some light spotting to the corner margins of the final text page.

$129.56

A Wonder Book
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A Wonder Book

By Nathaniel Hawthorne

London, New York, & Toronto: Hodder and Stoughton Ltd, 1922 A very good copy in the original red decorative cloth binding with 16 tipped-in colour plates and 8 tinted full page plates by Arthur Rackham. With fair to good dust wrapper. Undated but 1922 1st edition in this form. The wrapper has a pasted picture and titles to the front cover. There is loss to the top of the spine and edge nibbling at the bottom of the spine and the flap joints and along the top edge of the back cover. It has had some repair. The flaps are quite small but there is no indication that they have been trimmed. The jacket is in a removable protective wrap. The binding has blind stamped titles and a gilt design to the front board and gilt titles to the spine. It is very bright and clean with just slight pulling and corner wear. Top page edges green. The decorative endpapers are clean with a small signature dated December 1926 to the top of the front pastedown. The contents, with tissue-guarded frontispiece, decorative title page and text with numerous designs as well as the tipped-in and tinted plates, is in very good clean condition. The tissue guard to the frontispiece is beginning to detach at the top and there is slight spotting to the title page and rear endpapers. The stitching is visible at p80 but the book is sound. There is some spotting to the foredge. A very good copy in rare wrapper.

$748.59

Cinderella Panorama Book. Six Magnificent Scenes
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Cinderella Panorama Book. Six Magnificent Scenes

London and Glasgow: Collins Panorama book with 6 scenes from Cinderella that appear theatre style when the book is opened out so that the front and back board touch. Undated but circa 1930's. The scenes are complete and in very good working condition. The binding is rubbed - particularly to board edges and the cloth spine is very pulled and frayed. There are instructions to the inside of the front board and a pocket for a clip to hold the boards together on the verso of the first scene. There are rust marks around the pocket and on the instructions page - probably caused by the original clip. There is a metal clip enclosed but it does not look very workable. An interesting item.

$28.79

Green Willow and other Japanese Fairy Tales
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Green Willow and other Japanese Fairy Tales

By Grace James

London: Macmillan and Co. Limited , 1910 A very good copy of the 1st trade edition in the original decorative cloth binding with tipped in colour frontispiece and 39 further colour plates by Warwick Goble. The binding is bright and clean. There is light wear to corners and edges, including spine joints, and there is pulling to the top and bottom of the spine. Page edges blue. The contents are complete and in very good clean condition. There are 2 small creases at a corner tip of the plate at p258. The plates are mounted on a thick brown card which has been tipped in to the book. Occasionally there is slight loss of the card surface onto the tissue guard in the gutter, and similarly slight loss of the text page surface in the gutter onto the card - presumably where the book was opened more widely after sale. There is the beginning of a small paper split at the front endpaper joint and a loose stitch at the bottom of the notes page at the beginning of the book. 2 pp publisher's list at the rear.

$345.50

Joan in Flowerland
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Joan in Flowerland

By Margaret Tarrant, Lewis Dutton

London and New York: Frederick Warne & Co., Ltd, 1936 A good copy of the first reprint without wrapper in original decorative cloth binding. With decorative endpapers, half title, frontispiece, title page, and text with 15 further colour plates. The blue cloth binding is very clean and bright. The corners have light bumping and the spine is slightly faded with some pulling and light wear at the joints. The back board is slightly faded towards the top and has a couple of small marks towards the bottom. There is some light marking to the front free endpaper and a repaired edge tear at the base. There are also repaired edge tears (each about a couple of cms long) to the bottom margins of pp 7 and 9 and to the side edge of the title page. Otherwise the contents are very clean and in good order with a very occasional spot. The plate at page 39 has a rumpled corner.

$28.79

The Grey Fairy Book
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The Grey Fairy Book

By Andrew Lang

London, New York and Bombay: Longmans, Green & Co, 1906 A good to very good first reprint (this book was first published in 1900) with gilt decoration to the front board and spine and with gilt edges to pages. With numerous black and white illustrations by H J Ford. The binding is in good condition being sound and tight with reasonably bright gilt illustration to the front board and the spine. There is a light cloth ripple to the top of both boards and the spine, and very light browning to the spine and the board edges. The spine is slightly cocked and with very slight pulling. The back board has a small mark close to the bottom and the bottom corners are slightly bumped. The original black endpapers are present. Contents with tissue-guarded frontispiece and title page. Preliminaries and end leaves have light toning but contents are very clean and in overall very good condition. There is a small repaired upper margin tear on p209 and the odd light spot or mark. Corner tips have been turned over in a couple of places at some time.

$316.71

The Picts and the Martyrs: or Not Welcome at all
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The Picts and the Martyrs: or Not Welcome at all

By Arthur Ransome

London and Toronto: Jonathan Cape, 1944 An interesting copy of the 2nd impression of The Picts and the Martyrs in good wrapper. The book was produced to War Economy Standards and the wrapper is double-printed - Cape re-used a wrapper from Duff Cooper's book on world war II which was published in 1939. In addition this copy was given as a prize by the Hallett War School, Naini Tal, India in November 1944. The school was for children of army personnel serving in India. The wrapper is in good condition overall - being complete without price-clipping. The corners are clipped but that was clearly by the publisher. The wrapper has a price of 8s 6d net on the front flap. It has some edge nibbling with a little loss at the top and bottom of the spine and has a little repair with acid-free archive tape. There is a little browning to the spine and top edge and a little browning and creasing to the back. It is in a removable protective wrap. The green cloth binding is in good to very good condition. There is a little pulling to the spine and a few lighter spots to the front board. The corners are bumped. Internally the decorative endpapers are present with a bookplate of the Hallett War School to the front pastedown. Contents with black and white frontispiece and 19 further black and white full page illustrations. Numerous illustrations in the text. The paper is thin because of the war economy standards and is light toned, but the contents are in very good condition with occasional light rumpling at the bottom margin edge.

$50.39

Tales from Shakespeare
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Tales from Shakespeare

By Charles and Mary Lamb

London and New York: J M Dent & Co; E P Dutton and Co, 1909 A good to very good copy of the first trade edition in the original red silk decorative binding, with 12 colour plates by Arthur Rackham. The binding has gilt decoration and titles to the front board and spine. Top page edges gilt. The spine is sunned and slightly cocked with some pulling. The boards are bright and clean with some wear and light bumping to corners. Contents with delicate decorative endpapers, colour frontispiece and 11 further colour plates. Numerous black and white illustrations, 2 of which are full page. The contents are in very good clean condition. They are slightly shaken - with stitching visible at a couple of points, although the book is sound. The endpapers have some browning. A nice copy.

$201.54

Bookano Stories with pictures that spring up in model form No 4
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Bookano Stories with pictures that spring up in model form No 4

By S Louis Giraud (editor)

London : Strand Publications A fair copy of Bookano No 4 with 5 pop up models. The pictorial binding is very scuffed and worn and has lost much of the picture on the spine and a large chunk of picture from the back board. Contents generally clean apart from one black and white illustration which has been part coloured in and has lost some surface. The pop ups all work: the first pop up has a bent tree which does not pop up properly, but the rest look good. Text pages generally brown toned.

$21.59

The Prince and the Pauper. A tale for young people of all ages
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The Prince and the Pauper. A tale for young people of all ages

By Mark Twain

London and Toronto: J M Dent and Sons Ltd, 1923 A good copy in the original red decorative cloth binding with colour frontispiece and 7 further colour plates by W Hatherell. 1st edition in this form. The binding has a gilt crown to the front board, and, unusually the gilt crest and motto of Oldham Grammar School (Hulme Trust), where it was given as First Prize to J Hampton in 1929. The binding has some light mottling at the front board side edge and the spine and a portion of the back board have light fading. There is a little pulling to the spine and corner wear. Internally there is the bookplate of Oldham Grammar School to the front pastedown and a newspaper picture of Professor de Ferranti to the fep. The contents are slightly shaken, but are very clean. There is some light foxing to preliminaries including title page, and occasional light spotting - generally in margins - elsewhere.

$21.59

Old Friends with New Faces
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Old Friends with New Faces

By A L O E (Charlotte Maria Tucker

London; Edinburgh; and New York: T Nelson and Sons, 1882 A very good copy in original green decorative cloth binding with black and white frontispiece and decorative title page. A collection of stories including Bluebeard and The Fisherman and the Geni. The binding has gilt and black titles with black decoration to the front board, gilt titles to spine and blind stamped decoration to the back board. It is very bright with a slight mark on the front board, a little pulling and wear to the spine and corner bumping. The boards have beveled edges. All page edges gilt. The endpapers have a grey leaf design - there is a little browning to edges but they are otherwise clean. Contents with frontispiece, decorative title page and plain title page dated 1882. The frontispiece has been bound slightly askew so the bottom edge is further out than the top. 3 pp adverts at the rear. Contents generally very clean.

$23.03

Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
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Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

By J K Rowling

London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2005 A near fine copy of the 6th Harry Potter volume in near fine wrapper. 1st edition, 1st issue - has the term 'First Edition' on the printing details. Wrapper bright, clean, complete with only a very slight crinkle at the top. In removable protective wrap. Binding near fine - bright and clean with very slight pull to the spine. Contents in fine condition - they do not appear to have been read.

$21.59

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