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The Roly-Poly Pudding - Beatrix Potter

1908 - Frederick Warne and Co., London - First Edition, First Printing
A superb first edition of Roly-Poly Pudding in which Beatrix Potter expresses her love of the quaint old farmhouse at Hill Top, Sawry, which she has taken as the setting for the story, and despite the infestations of rats she had to deal with whilst renovating this farmhouse, she dedicates the book to her former pet - ‘In remembrance of “SAMMY” The intelligent pink-eyed Representative of a Persecuted (but Irrepressible) Race!

The illustrations are based upon the actual rooms at Hill Top, which can still be visited today [2015] as Potter arranged for the property to be run by the National Trust and rooms to be kept just as they were during her lifetime.
 
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The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes - Beatrix Potter

1911 - Frederick Warne and Co., London - First Edition, First or Second Printing
Once upon a time there was a little fat comfortable grey squirrel, called Timmy Tiptoes.

Beatrix Potter wrote
Timmy Tiptoes in response to the letters she was receiving from American children and librarians, resulting in the appearance of not only grey squirrels but chipmunks and bears as well. 
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His Dark Materials Trilogy - Northern Lights [Golden Compass]; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass. - Philip Pullman

1995-2000 - Scholastic Press, London - First Editions
Lyra's quest weaves fantasy, horror and the play of ideas into a truly great contemporary epic trilogy, written by ‘one of the supreme literary dreamers and magicians of our time’. [The Guardian]. Three volumes housed together in custom made green cloth, felt lined slipcase.

Northern Lights was listed in both Newsweek and The Observer's top 100 novels of all time, The Times' Novel List Top 60 Poll (2013) and was selected for World Book Night (2011). Amber Spyglass won the Whitbread Prize, also shortlisted for Booker Prize.

‘War, politics, magic, science, individual lives and cosmic destinies are all here... shaped and assembled into a narrative of tremendous pace by a man with a generous, precise intelligence. I am completely enchanted.’ –
The New York Times Book Review. 
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Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates - Howard Pyle

1930 - Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York and London - Early Edition
‘...Howard Pyle’s pictures do breathe an American Spirit. Beyond the technical excellence which has caused artists to treasure proofs of these pictures, beyond the unquestioned accuracy of costume and setting, is the spiritual, personal something that makes pictures live.’

A lovely large format edition of these highly readable, magnificently illustrated tales recount the rip-roaring adventures of swashbuckling pirates and buccaneers of the Spanish Main. Includes ‘The Ghost of Captain Brand, Tom Chist and the Treasure Box, Jack Ballister’s Fortunes, The Ruby of Kishmoor’ and other tales. Enhanced by the author’s own incomparable illustrations, including ten full-colour plates, four black and white full page plates, and line drawings throughout. This immensely popular work became a seminal reference for those interested in maritime studies due to the meticulous research Pyle undertook while writing and illustrating the title.
 
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Swallows & Amazons - Arthur Ransome

1930 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition
Beautifully bound by Bayntun-Rivière.

‘I can see it being read aloud on a thousand sandy beaches and as a special treat in bed to inspire further ideas for the morrow's adventures. Mr. Ransome's delightful children show how easy it is with a touch of the right sort of imagination to capture all the thrills of "Treasure Island" and "Robinson Crusoe" without going further afield than the next cove. All you need is a boat, a parrot, a black spot, a sea-chest (preferably covered with foreign labels), molasses, a smattering of seamanship and nautical language, a thunderstorm, and an enemy. The enemy is most important. Mix these ingredients judiciously and you get as fine a setting for voyages of discovery as ever inspired a Jason or a Raleigh.’ - S.P.B. Mais,
Daily Telegraph, August 1930. 
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The Cricket in Times Square - George Selden, Garth Williams (illustrator)

1960 - Ariel Books, New York - First Edition
‘Tucker is a streetwise city mouse. He thought he'd seen it all. But he's never met a cricket before, which really isn't surprising, because, along with his friend Harry Cat, Tucker lives in the very heart of New York City―the Times Square subway station. Chester Cricket never intended to leave his Connecticut meadow. He'd be there still if he hadn't followed the entrancing aroma of liverwurst right into someone's picnic basket.’

First edition of this beautifully illustrated children’s book, in the scarce first printing dust jacket, recipient of both the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1963 and prestigious Newbery Honour in 1961.
 
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The Green Book for Boys - Herbert Strang (editor)

1910 - Henry Frowde and Hodder & Stoughton, London - First Thus
‘Surrender, villains!’ cried Amos, pointing his sword full at the first man’s throat.

A selection of 22 Boy’s Own exciting adventures by the best ripping yarn writers of the period including G. A. Henty, Herbert Strang, Wilkie Collins, Percy Westerman, Manville Fenn and others. With titles like In The Grip of Smugglers, Iceland Ho!, Through The Enemy’s Lines, A Dash for Liberty, The Spur: A School Story, Sir Richard Grenville’s Last Fight, and The Cleverness of Carter.

Chock full of colour and black and white illustrations. 
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The Wonderful Adventures of Paul Bunyan - Louis Untermeyer [retold by], Everett Gee Jackson (illustrator)

1945 - The Limited Editions Club, New York - Number 736 of 1500 copies signed by the illustrator
The character of Paul Bunyan originated in folk tales circulated among lumberjacks in the Northeastern United States of America and eastern Canada, first appearing in print in a story published by Northern Michigan journalist James MacGillivray in 1906. A larger-than-life folk hero who embodies frontier vitality. He is a symbol of might, the willingness to work hard, and the resolve to overcome all obstacles.

This limited edition is wonderfully Illustrated with full page colour plates by Everett Gee Jackson, and housed in original slipcase and chemise.
 
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