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The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle - Beatrix Potter

1905 - F. Warne &, London - First Edition, First or Second Printing
A superior and thus rare example of the first edition, first or second printing (both being identical).

Once upon a time there was a little girl called Lucie, who lived at a farm called Little-town.

One of Beatrix Potter’s most successful characters, inspired by her pet hedgehog of the same name, and Kitty MacDonald a Scottish washerwoman.
 
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Price HK$ 15,000



The Ship That Sailed to Mars. A Fantasy - William Timlin

1923 - George G. Harrap &, London - First Edition
‘I will go to Mars; sailing by way of the Moon, and the more friendly planets.’

Beware, for there is magic within this large tome. A beautiful first edition of William Timlin’s wonderful, lavishly illustrated tale of fantasy and adventure,
The Ship That Sailed to Mars, featuring 48 stunning mounted colour plates accompanying 48 mounted leaves of equally gorgeous calligraphic text also by Timlin. In the publisher’s stunningly gilt decorated vellum and paper binding.

Begun as a project to distract his young son, architect William M. Timlin’s masterpiece tells the story of a courageous Old Man, who despite dissuasion from scientists and astronomers, sets about designing himself a ship to sail to Mars. With the help of the Elf King’s favourite metalworker, and a lot of fairies, he eventually completes building his vessel, launching his marvellous machine into the skies, and encountering all manner of creatures – enchanting and otherwise – on his magical journey to Mars.

One of an estimated 550 copies of the first edition [see note].
 
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Price HK$ 22,000



1888 - David Nutt, London - First Edition, One of 1, 000 copies
Rare first edition of Oscar Wilde’s classic collection of children’s tales - The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose, The Selfish Giant, The Devoted Friend and The Remarkable Rocket.

A superior example of the first edition in the publisher’s delicate decorated Japanese vellum boards, and elegantly illustrated with three plates by Walter Crane and with head and tail pieces by Jacomb Hood.

Smartly housed in a bespoke clamshell case of half tan morocco over marbled boards, brown morocco label lettered in gilt.
 
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Price HK$ 50,000



 
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