Results 17 - 24 of 43 results

The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm - Norman Hunter, W. Heath Robinson (illustrator)

1933 - John Lane, London - First Edition
Eccentric, absent-minded inventor Professor Branestawm embarks on a series of adventures with his friend Colonel Dedshott. Various machines are invented: a time travel-machine, a device to capture and tie up burglars, and a spring-cleaning machine. Inevitably, something goes wrong and Professor Branestawm is again in a pickle, exasperating his housekeeper Mrs Flittersnoop and delighting us.

Inventively and wackily illustrated by the most appropriate Heath Robinson, who was famous for his rickety contraptions, and the illustrations were a perfect foil to the outlandish plots of these short stories, each picture typically featuring the professor's unfeasibly large forehead. The seventy-six illustrations each comes with an evocative title such as
A telescope of his own invention or With nothing on at all but a big smile. 
More details

Price HK$ 4,500



The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Madness - Thomas Ingoldsby

1870 - Richard Bentley, London - Eighteenth Edition
Two finely bound full calf volumes illustrated with engraved title pages, nineteen engraved plates and one in-text engraving, as well as numerous vignettes.

The immensely popular nineteenth century collection of myths, legends, and ghost stories, purportedly written by Thomas Ingoldsby of Tappington Manor, but actually composed by English clergyman Richard Harris Barham (1788-1845), who also served as a cardinal at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Best remembered for their quaint narratives and their comic and grotesque treatment of medieval tales.
 
More details

Price HK$ 1,900



1910 - William Heinemann, London - Early Impression (6th)
Whoever has made a voyage up the Hudson must remember the Kaatskill Mountains...’

A beautiful rendition of ‘Rip Van Winkle’ in which the story is first told in words, and then retold again through the imaginative fantasy land of Arthur Rackham’s 51 colour plates.

The plates are on green card, 50 have descriptive tissue guard, and the extra plate, an extension of the illustration ‘
These fairy mountains’ is shown on the verso of sheet three at the rear. 
More details

Price HK$ 2,000



Green Willow and other Japanese Fairy Tales - Grace James, Warwick Goble (illustrator)

1910 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Trade Edition
A lovely collection of tales and legends, many of them sourced from the Ko-ji-ki, or Record of Ancient Matters, which contains the mythology of Japan, and beautifully illustrated with 40 tipped-in colour plates by Warwick Goble.

Stories in the collection include ‘Flower of the Peony’, ‘Green Willow’, ‘Tamamo, ‘The Fox Maiden’, ‘The Flute’, ‘The Moon Maiden’, and ‘The Wind in the Pine Tree’, among many others.
 
More details

Price HK$ 3,000



The Three Lieutenants, or, Naval Life in the Nineteenth Century - W. H. G. Kingston

1897 - Griffith Farran Browne &, London
Illustrations by Charles J. de Lacy. From the Boys’ Own Favourite Library series. The second novel in Kingstons series which began with ‘The Midshipmen’. A lovely copy in pictorial boardsand gilt edges.

Kingston's reputation was made by these books, that first appeared about 1860, and dealt with an officer's life in the Navy at about that time. By an extraordinary coincidence, the three young men who had met as midshipmen, get postings that enable them to keep their friendships alive when they are lieutenants. Another old friend is Admiral Triton, who, though retired, takes a great interest in their careers.
 
More details

Price HK$ 900



Stalky and Co. - Rudyard Kipling

1899 - Macmillan and Co., London - First English Edition
“Stalky,’ in their school vocabulary, meant clever, well considered and wily, as applied to plans of action: and ‘stalkiness’ was the one virtue Corkran toiled after.’

Schoolboy japes and mischief abound in this finely bound volume about a trio in an English boarding school, based on Kipling’s own experiences as a young man. An amusing and entertaining novel from one of Britain’s most famous authors.
 
More details

Price HK$ 2,300



Rewards and Fairies - containing If - Rudyard Kipling, Frank Craig (illustrator)

1910 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Edition
‘If you can keep your head when all about you are losing 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 bright and superior first edition, the first appearance of Kipling’s beloved poem, ‘
If’, together with a charming collection of (occasionally fantastical and supernatural) stories and verse. Many are set in the surroundings of Kipling’s Sussex home, and perfectly capture the myth and mystery of the English countryside. Includes the tales ‘The Marklake Witches’ and ‘Simple Simon’.

With four full page black and white illustrations by Frank Craig.
 
More details

Price HK$ 7,000



Circa 1934 - Collins&rsquo, London and Glasgow
A bright copy in the rare dust jacket, with 38 stories for modern girls, memorable titles include The Cowgirl of Roaring Bull Ranch, Stella and the Stockings, What is Wrong with your Tennis?, and The Girls Do A Good Turn.

Profusely illustrated with five coloured and eight half-tone full page plates, together with colour and black and white vignettes throughout.
 
More details

Price HK$ 1,100



 
Results 17 - 24 of 43 results