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The Christmas Stories: A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Cricket on the Hearth; The Battle of Life; The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. - Charles Dickens

1844 to 1848 - Chapman & Hall [or] Bradbury & Evans, London - Mixed first and early editions
A beautifully bound five volume set of Dickens’ Christmas Stories, fine copies housed in a custom made slipcase. With illustrated title pages, full plate and in-text illustrations throughout.

‘After the success attained with A Christmas Carol in 1843 Dickens continued the series throughout the 1840s, maintaining what he called "the Carol philosophy" to "strike a sledgehammer blow" for the poor, uneducated, and repressed. In typical Dickens fashion he drove his message home with a mixture of humor and good cheer’. - David Purdue.
 
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David Copperfield with illustrations by H. K. Browne - Charles Dickens, H. K. Browne aka ‘Phiz’ (Illustrator)

1850 - Bradbury and Evans, London - First Thus : Single Volume
Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.

‘In this book of
David Copperfield, [Dickens] has created creatures who cling to us and tyrannise over us, creatures whom we would not forget if we could, creatures whom we could not forget if we would, creatures who are more actual than the man who made them.’ - G. K. Chesterton.

The story of a boy making his way in the world, and finding himself as a man and as a writer. In the first half, before Dickens's irrepressible storytelling kicks in and the motor of the novel starts to hum with incident, we find him almost meditating on his literary beginnings. The second half displays Dickens at his magnificent, and often uneven, best. There are the characteristic prose arpeggios, the virtuoso similes and metaphors, and the parade of timeless characters: Mr Micawber, Mrs Gummidge, Betsey Trotwood, Barkis, Uriah Heep, Steerforth, Mr Spenlow (of Spenlow and Jorkins) and Miss Mowcher.

Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him. 
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The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

1880 - George Routledge and Sons, London
A handsomely bound copy of Dumas’ ‘Three Musketeers’ which deserves its place on every child’s bookshelf.

The swashbuckling, gallivanting adventures of young D’Artagnan and his friends Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, set in the 17th century. Finely illustrated with sixteen plates by artist Maurice Leloir.

In the immortal words of Dumas: “All for one and one for all!”
 
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The Parent's Assistant; or, Stories for Children - Maria Edgeworth

1822 - Printed for R. Hunter, London - A New Edition
‘It has likewise been attempted in these stories to provide antidote against ill humour, the epidemic rage of dissipation, and the fatal propensity to admire and imitate whatever the fashion of the moment may distinguish.’

A complete and thus uncommon little six volume set of Maria Edgeworth’s influential collection of tales for children, first published in 1796 and popular throughout the 19th century. Her stories both amused and instructed, painting memorable moral anecdotes for boys and girls against frequently picturesque landscapes while communicating the important societal values of the period.

Included: Preface, Lazy Lawrence, Tarlton, The False Key; The Birthday Present, Simple Susan; The Bracelets, The Little Merchants; Old Poz, The Mimic, Mademoiselle Panache; The Basket-Woman, The white Pigeon, The Orphans, Waste Not Want Not, Forgive and Forget; Barring Out, Eton Montem.
 
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Flannel Flowers and Other Bush Babies - May Gibbs

Circa 1920 - Angus & Robertson Ltd, Sydney - First Edition, Early Printing (First printed 1917).
A scarce early printing of the third of five booklets in May Gibb’s famous Gum Nut series, which laid the way for her series of ten longer books relating the adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (and their friends and relations) over the next quarter of a century.

Charmingly illustrated with a colour plate tipped onto the front covers, a colour frontispiece, pictorial title page, and eleven full page sepia-tinted plates. One plate with later water colouring, and one with partial colouring.
 
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Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Their Adventures Wonderful - May Gibbs

1918 - Angus & Robertson Ltd., Sydney - First Edition, first issue (W. C. Penfold & Co Ltd., 183 Pitt Street)
A pretty first edition of May Gibbs' best known work, and her first full-length book. Charmingly illustrated with a colour plate tipped onto the front covers, a colour frontispiece, pictorial title page, twenty-two full page sepia-tinted plates, and vignettes throughout the text (in black).

‘This enchanting story of two little gumnut brothers and their friends, set in the Australian bush, captured the hearts and imaginations of generations of children. Offering lessons for its young readers, the story balanced good with evil by introducing the bad Banksia Men and Mrs Snake. There was also an underlying conservation message: “
Humans, please be kind to all Bush creatures and don't pull flowers up by the roots”.

Gibbs dedicated the book to ‘Lefty and Bill’ which were nicknames for her beloved mother and father. When the book was released in late 1918 it was an enormous success with the first, second and third editions selling out almost immediately.’ - State Library of New South Wales.
 
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Green Willow and other Japanese Fairy Tales - James Grace, 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.
 
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The Wind In The Willows - Kenneth Grahame

1926 - Methuen & Co. Ltd., London - Nineteenth Edition (First published 1908)
An early edition in the original binding of Kenneth Grahame’s timeless children’s tale, with frontispiece illustration by Graham Robertson.

‘And you really live by The River? What a jolly life!’

‘By it and with it and on it and in it,’ said the Rat... ‘It’s my world, and I don’t want any other. What it hasn’t got is not worth having, and what it doesn’t know is not worth knowing.’
 
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