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A Birthday Book - SIGNED - Rockwell Kent

1931 - Random House, New York - First Edition - Number 1219 of 1850 copies
A lovely story written and illustrated by Rockwell Kent, telling of a battle between a good and bad fairy, and the gifts they give to a little girl, just christened. Signed and numbered by Rockwell Kent, and with the name ‘Joan’ to the dedication page.

Bound in lithographed silk design by Rockwell Kent, silk endpapers, and with twenty leaves of individual black and white wood block prints each surrounded by intricate borders.
 
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Rewards and Fairies - Rudyard Kipling

1910 - Macmillan and Co, London - First Edition
‘If you can keep your head when all about you are loosing theirs and blaming you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too.....
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, and – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!’

A handsomely bound copy of this charming collection of (occasionally fantastical and supernatural) stories and verse, many of them set in the surroundings of Kipling’s Sussex home, and perfectly capturing the myth and mystery of the English countryside. Includes the tales ‘
The Marklake Witches’ and ‘Simple Simon’, together with Kipling’s beloved poem, ‘If’, which made its first appearance in this collection, and was later voted Britain’s favourite poem.

With four full page black and white illustrations by Frank Craig.
 
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The Pooh Books - When We Were Very Young; Winnie the Pooh; Now We Are Six; and The House at Pooh Corner - A. A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard (illustrator)

1924 - Methuen & Co. Ltd., London - First Editions
'Pooh looked at his two paws. He knew that one of them was the right, and he knew that when you had decided which one of them was the right, then the other one was the left, but he never could remember how to begin.'

A lovely set of the Pooh books, finely bound to match their respective original published colours, neatly housed in a slip case.

'Winnie the Pooh' listed in Modern Library's Top 100 Novels [1998].
 
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1926 - Methuen & Co. Ltd, London - First Edition
‘On Wednesday, when the sky is blue, And I have nothing else to do, I sometimes wonder if it's true That who is what and what is who.’

A lovely copy of the first edition, in a bright example of the original dust jacket, of A.A. Milne’s most famous children’s story.

Winnie was the name of the Canadian Black Bear at London Zoo, befriended by Christopher Robin, and originally the Mascot of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade. The Pooh is believed to have come from the name of a royal swan in the park and the two combined by Christopher Robin himself.
 
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1955 - Simon and Schuster, New York - First Edition
‘Anyone who fears that the whole human race has been turned out on the same assembly line had better make the acquaintance of Eloise. She is the raw material of genius.’ – New York Herald Tribune Book Review.

‘I am Eloise. I am six. I live at the Plaza hotel.’

With those immortal words, we are introduced to the irreverent and hilarious young occupant of the Plaza, the quirky and ever-lovable Eloise, (rumoured to have been modeled on Kay Thompson’s young goddaughter, Liza Minnelli)...

Accompanied by her English Nanny, loyal pug, and pet turtle, Eloise enjoys spending her days riding the elevator, adding her crayon art to the walls, and avoiding homework at all costs. Selling over 150’000 copies within the first two years of its publication, Knight’s protagonist went on to become one of the most influential and iconic characters of children’s literature, brought to life by Hilary Knight’s brilliant illustrations, combining child-like wonder with warmth and comedy.
 
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The Child's Own Book for 1838 - Various Authors

1838 - Richard Davis, London
Illustrated with wood engravings, including frontispiece. A potpourri of informational and inspirational writings, with much on missionaries in far off lands, "The profits to be devoted to Sunday School Objects."
 
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Price HK$ 1,800



 
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