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The Roly-Poly Pudding - Beatrix Potter

1908 - Frederick Warne and Co., London - First Edition, First Printing
A superb and thus scarce example of this 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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Circa 1915 - Hodder &, London - First Edition
A beautiful work of fantasy written by Marie, Queen, consort of Ferdinand I, King of Romania (1875-1938), and illustrated with six tipped-in colour plates by the great Edmund Dulac. All plates with lettered tissue-guards. 
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1913 - Hodder and Stoughton, London - First Edition
An elegantly bound magical collection of seventeen children fairy stories, including ‘The Bird of Shadows and the Sun-Bird’; ‘The Adventurous Life of an Acorn-Fairy’; ‘The Box of Dreams’; and ‘The Sea-Fairy and the Land-Fairy’.

Enhanced by eight of Dulac’s most beautiful illustrations tipped on to beige decorated card, each with a lettered tissue guard.
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Circa 1936 - Collins&rsquo, London and Glasgow - First Edition
A bright copy with twenty-four stories for modern sporty girls, memorable titles include Reefing on the Great Barrier Reef, Pelling Pulls it Through, A Visit to a Modern Film Studio, Prudence to the Rescue and The Durzie and the Dhobie.

Profusely illustrated with three full page colour plates, and black and white vignettes throughout.
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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 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.
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King - J.R.R. Tolkien

1967 - George Allen &, London - Second Editions, Second impressions
‘One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

A handsome set of these early editions, each volume with Tolkien’s folding maps of middle earth bound in at the rear. This edition added a foreword by Tolkien, additional notes and extensive index to the rear of the third volume.

Tolkien’s epic fantastical trilogy, one of the most memorable stories of the 20th century, containing amazing details of a new mythology, never really surpassed. The tale of young Hobbit Frodo Baggins and his faithful band of companions as they journey across Middle-Earth to destroy the Ring of Power and the evil Lord Sauron.
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The Hobbit or There And Back Again - John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

1968 - George Allen &, London - Third Edition, Fourth Impression
A fine early printing of the Hobbit, scarce in the original bright and sharp iconic dust jacket.

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

Tolkien’s classic, epic fantasy recounts the memorable adventures of Bilbo Baggins as he journeys through Middle-Earth, accompanying the wizard Gandalf and a merry tribe of dwarves as they attempt to reclaim the Lonely Mountain, and destroy the evil dragon Smaug.

Illustrated by J. R. R. Tolkien with drawings throughout the text, a colour frontispiece and cartographic endpapers.
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