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Tom Brown’s Schooldays. By an Old Boy. - Thomas Hughes, Edmund J. Sullivan (illustrator)

1911 - Macmillan & Co., London - Early Illustrated edition
A pretty edition of this classic of English children's literature, and one of the earliest books written specifically for boys. It tells a story central to an understanding of Victorian life, but its freshness helps to distinguish it from the narrow schoolboy adventures that it later inspired.

Wonderfully illustrated throughout with black and white drawings by Edmund J. Sullivan, together with two folding colour maps to the rear, one of Rugby School and the other of Rugby and its environs.

Thomas Hughes (1822-1896) was an English lawyer and author and the idea for ‘Tom Brown's Schooldays’ came one day when he was wondering what to say to his son, aged 8, before he went off to Rugby. He decided that ‘good might be done by writing a real novel for boys, written in a right spirit but distinctly aimed at being interesting’. I believe his son still went to Rugby after hearing his father’s stories.
 
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The Iron Man. A Story In Five Nights - Ted Hughes, George Adamson (illustrator)

1968 - Faber and Faber, London - First Edition First Impression
A fine copy of this wonderful book in the scarce dust jacket with only a hint of the fading usually encountered to the spine.

With five full page black and white illustrations of the giant metal man of unknown origin, by George Adamson, who also provided the dust jacket and matching book cover illustration.

The Iron Man came to the top of the cliff.
How far had he walked? Nobody knows. Where had he come from? Nobody knows. How was he made? Nobody knows.
Taller than a house, the Iron Man stood at the top of the cliff, on the very brink, in the darkness.


The basis for the 1999 animated film ‘
The Iron Giant’, so named to avoid the obvious clash with Marvel’s rather more violent creation. Brad Bird’s first film as a director, see any resemblance here to ‘The Incredibles’? 
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What is the Truth? A Farmyard Fable for the Young - Ted Hughes, R. J. Lloyd (illustrator)

1984 - Faber and Faber, London - First Edition
A children’s fable of the search for truth amongst rural landscapes, told in prose and poetry. Humorously based around a visit to mankind that God arranges for his son who insists he wishes ‘to go down and visit mankind’ explaining that ‘it looks quite exciting. Besides, travel broadens the mind’.

Illustrated with striking drawings by R. J. Lloyd
 
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The Ingoldsby Legends, or Mirth & Marvels - Thomas Ingoldsby, Arthur Rackham (illustrator)

1930 - J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London - Reprint (first published 1898)
The immensely popular 19th century collection of myths, legends, and ghost stories, purportedly written by Thomas Ingoldsby of Tappington Manor, but actually composed by English clergyman R.H. Barham.

Best remembered for their quaint narratives and their comic and grotesque treatment of medieval tales, this edition wonderfully illustrated by Arthur Rackham with 12 full page colour plates, along with numerous black and white full page and in-text illustrations.
 
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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. 
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Biggles in the Orient - Captain W.E. Johns

1944 - Hodder & Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition
A fine copy, in bright dust jacket, of a scarce Biggles title. With colour frontispiece and twelve black and white illustrations by ‘Stead’.

'
You're our last hope, Bigglesworth,' said the Air Commodore, with something like despair in his voice.’

The war supply route between Calcutta and China is a vital one but something is attacking the planes that fly it. Again and again pilots set off, only to disappear somewhere along the line, never to be seen again. When Biggles and his team are called in to investigate, flying the route is close to a suicide mission . . .
 
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Biggles Delivers the Goods - Captain W.E. Johns

1946 - Hodder & Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition
The only Biggles story covering our hero’s exploits in Malaya in World War II. With colour frontispiece, illustrated title page, four tinted and five black and white illustrations by Leslie Stead, and a pale blue map showing the Bay of Bengal and Gulf of Siam used for front endpapers.

Late in the Second World War Biggles and his team are in Malaya, operating a secret commando under the nose of the Japanese occupiers. Algy is captured after his plane goes down over the Indian Ocean but Biggles will not abandon him. A night raid is called for...
 
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Sergeant Bigglesworth C.I.D. - Captain W.E. Johns

1946 - Hodder & Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition
Chocks away Biggles!

A superb example of the first post-war Biggles story. With magnificent colour frontispiece and title page, together with eight tinted full page illustrations by Leslie Stead.

Air Commodore Raymond approaches Biggles, Algy, Ginger and Bertie with an interesting proposition. Now that the Second World War had ended, he could use good pilots in a new force he is forming as Assistant Commissioner at Scotland Yard. This force would be used to combat flying crooks.

They set out to track down a spate of jewel robberies are occurring in mid-flight, costing the country millions. The Germans are still up to their tricks, and clues lead to El Zufra and the Sanseviera Jungle in Abyssinia.
 
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