Children's Books


London, Methuen, 1945.

First edition. 8vo. Original yellow cloth. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

A good first edition of the sixth book in Blyron's St Clare's series.


London, Methuen, 1935.

First edition. 8vo. Original green pictorial cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 5s.

An uncommon early work by Enid Blyton, which focuses on the sorts of real animals you may find on Britain's waysides across a collection of stories. Distinctly uncommon in the jacket.


Leicester, Brockhampton, [1948].

First edition. 4to. Original pictorial boards.

Uncommon 'forties Blyton title, charmingly illustrated by regular Blyton collaborator Eileen Alice Soper.


London, George Newnes, 1945.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket.

The third of the 'Naughtiest Girl' series by Enid Blyton, recounting the ongoing adventures & misadventures of Elizabeth Allen & chums at the progressive boarding school Whyteleafe. The series was rebooted in 1999 by British author Anne Digby. Due to the war-time production values the Blyton titles from the series are all tricky to find in good condition.


Edinburgh & London, W. & A.K. Johnston, 1934.

First edition. 8vo. Original sewn pictorial wrappers.

A scarce early Blyton work, featuring alongside the titular teapot a pixie called Dimble Dumble, Mr Tweaky and his Magic Pockets and the Chocolate Cock... the last two mentioned fortunately not connected...


London, Collins, 1958.

First edition. Signed & dated by the author in the month of publication. 8vo. Original pink cloth. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 8s 6d.

"Things are always happening to me. I'm that sort of bear".

The book that started it all! When the Peruvian bear with a penchant for marmalade sandwiches tootled into everyone's lives in 1958, few could have predicted what a phenomenon Paddington Bear would become, subsequently starring in over twenty books by Michael Bond, as well as numerous TV series and film adaptations. The first book is a known rarity, but exceedingly uncommon signed and dated thus in the year of publication. A cornerstone of 20th century children's literature.


and Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there
London, Macmillan, 1911.

8vo. Original red cloth lettered and stamped in gilt.

A pleasing copy of Alice's adventures, including sixteen colour plates by Tenniel.


London, Juvenile Productions, [1937].

Merlin Series' edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket.

Lewis Carroll's classic for children, here illustrated by D.R. Sexton and issued for the Merlin Series.


[London], Collins, [1938].

First edition. 4to. Original tan cloth. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

One of the more sought-after Disney books from its Golden Era, with no coeval American edition.


London, Faber & Faber, 1939.

First edition, first impression. Large 8vo. Original yellow pictorial boards. Dust-jacket, correctly priced 3/6.

The first edition of Eliot's famous whimsical poems featuring feline protagonists - famously of course the inspiration and source for Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, Cats. Eliot wrote the poems in the 1930s, and included them, under his assumed name "Old Possum", in letters to his godchildren. The illustrations in this edition were by the author himself, with subsequent editions illustrated by such luminaries as Nicolas Bentley, Edward Gorey and, most recently, Axel Scheffler of Gruffalo fame.


his travels and perils
London, S.O. Beeton, n.d. [1865/66].

First edition. 8vo. Original green cloth, gilt tooled spine.

The rare true first edition in book form of this adventure tale, serialised previously in Boys Own in 1865. Ward Lock took over Beeton in 1866 and republished the title that year under their own imprint.


London, Becks, 1950.

Sole edition. Signed by the author. 4to. Original cloth-backed boards.

Historian Fea's homage to Lewis Carroll's classics for children, replacing Alice with 'Little Lu'. An attractive copy.


London, Blackie, 1886. First edition. 8vo. Original pictorial cloth. Henty's tale of the Luddite Riots.


The adventures of three children and a golliwog under the sea
London, S.W. Partridge, 1919.

First edition. 8vo. Original pictorial cloth. Dust-jacket.

An early dust-jacket, splendidly preserving the book beneath. Rare.


The Story of a Boy...with an introduction by E.V. Lucas
London, Jonathan Cape, 1932.

First illustrated edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket.

Jefferies' famous "story of a boy", illustrated for the first time by Pooh illustrator E.H. Shepard; uncommon in the original dust-jacket. Accompanied by original printed prospectus.


A "Biggles Squadron" Story of the Second Great War
London, OUP, 1943.

First edition, first impression. 8vo. Frontispiece, illustrations. Original cloth with illustration stamped in black to upper cover. Dust-jacket priced at 5/-.

A rare Biggles first edition, with no jacketed copies in commerce that we could find at time of cataloguing. Biggles and his ominously named 666 squadron set up camp in the mountains of Borneo and embark on a campaign of terror strikes on the Japanese forces.


London, Cassell, 1941.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original brown cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 8/6.

The original Lassie novel, which led to numerous films and TV series, first published in Chicago in 1940. Uncommon in such nice condition.


Loughborough, Wills & Hepworth, 1948.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue pictorial boards. Dust-jacket, priced 2/6.

Charming first edition of the first of six books recounting the adventures of Wonk the koala, illustrated by the artist & writer Joan Kiddell-Wonk.

Children's Books

Lowther (George) Superman


New York, Random House, 1942.

First edition. Large 8vo. Original pictorial red cloth. Dust-jacket.

The Adventures of Superman, illustrated by Joe Shuster, co-creator of the original character with Jerry Siegel. The jacket has some uniform sunning which has most notably desaturated the red.


London, Macdonald, 1959.

First UK edition. 8vo. Original grey cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 10/6.

A very nice first UK edition of this key work in the Zorro canon.


London, Dennis Dobson, 1968.

First edition. 4to. Original pictorial boards. Dust-jacket, price-clipped.

Developed from a story by Milligan for a BBC short film (one of the Beeb's first television colour films).


London, Methuen, July 1925.

Tenth edition, deluxe issue. 8vo. Original leather, gilt, gilt edges.

A wonderful, seemingly unread example of the deluxe leather-bound issue of the first title to feature Christopher Robin, originally published in November 1924.


London [&c.], A. & C. Black, 1921.

First edition. Small 8vo. Colour plates. Original boards with onlaid colour pictorial title to upper cover. Dust-jacket, with price-sticker 6d to upper panel.

An excellent copy of this little book recounting the adventures of Laura the tarantula, extremely unusual in the original jacket and in such condition.


London & Glasgow, Collins, 1920.

First edition. 8vo. Original pictorial blue cloth.

The second book in Oxenham's Abbey series, introducing the characters whose ongoing adventures would be the basis for the subsequent books in the popular series.


London, John Shaw, n.d. [c.1930].. First edition. 8vo. original cloth-backed pictorial boards. Dust-jacket. An uncommon title, with charming illustrative artwork by the author & artist Gladys Peto, distinctly rare in the dust-jacket.


London, Museum Press, 1946.

First edition. Oblong 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket.

One of the popular children's books by a prolific author of the time.


London, Museum Press, 1945.

First edition. Oblong 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket.

One of the popular children's books by a prolific author of the time.


London, Gawthorn, [1944].

First edition. Oblong 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket.

An uncommon first edition in the original jacket, very much in keeping with the format and vogue of an earlier era...


London, Newnes, 1945.

First edition. 8vo. Original pale green cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 7/6.

The third of the author's 'Lone Pine' series, set in Shropshire.

Children's Books

Seuss (Dr) The Lorax


London, Collins, 1972.

First UK edition. Large 8vo. Original pictorial boards, issued without jacket.

One of the good Doctor's most famous titles, a topical tale of environmental awareness.


Boston, Page, 1927.

First edition, first printing. 8vo. Original blue cloth with inset colour illustrations. Dust-jacket, neatly price-clipped.

Smith's third book continuing the Pollyanna series created by Eleanor Porter, who died in 1920. Smith was the first Black teacher in Boston Public Schools.


London, Robert Hale, 1946.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket.

From a series of titles recounting the adventures of Big Dragon and Co., difficult in the original jacket.


London, Ward Lock, 1917.

First edition. Publisher's File Copy. 8vo. Original pictorial cloth, with publisher's file copy label to upper cover. Dust-jacket, with publisher's file copy label to upper panel.

A truly wonderful first edition by Australian author Lilian Turner, enhanced by being the publisher's file copy. Jackets from this period are scarce, especially in this condition, and in this case the jacket has preserved the book beneath splendidly.


Courier of the Czar
London, Sampson Low, Marston, n.d..

8vo. Original red cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 5/-.

Early jacketed edition.


The Final Adventure of the Swiss Family Robinson
London, Sampson Low, Marston, n.d..

8vo. Original red pictorial cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 2/6.

A decent early jacketed edition of this extension to the adventures of the Swiss Family Robinson.


Told by Kitty Cat
London, C.W. Faulkner, [1920].

First edition. Small folio (280 x 180 mm.). Original stapled wrappers with onlaid colour illustration.

A nice copy of this uncommon Louis Wain title, following Mother Tabby's kittens as they go to school and return home, and the games they play.


London, Collins, 1939.

First edition. 8vo. Original cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 8/6.

The second book in White's series 'The Once and Future King'. It continues the story of the newly crowned King Arthur, his tutelage by the wise Merlyn, his war against King Lot, and also introduces the Orkney clan.


London, Ward, Lock, 1940.

First edition. 8vo. Original pictorial cloth. Dust-jacket, priced 6/-.

One of the last books by a prolific author who had enjoyed literary success since 1900, as well as some controversy for her 1916 Sci-Fi book, The Last Weapon, A Vision, the anti-sentiment contained within resulting in the book being banned. Wilson was a founding member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.