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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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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 and the Black Mask - Captain W.E. Johns

1964 - Hodder and Stoughton, London - First Edition
Biggles follows a hunch to check up on a dark character from this past, and in the process uncovers a money smuggling ring run by a bored doctor.

The smuggling ring is being run under the guise of a charter holiday service. Ginger is sent along as a customer to check it out, and spends a few days in Nice before being kidnapped when he gets a bit too close to the truth.

The rest of the team manage to uncover Ginger's location, crack the smuggling ring and spring Ginger from his imprisonment in a house in Essex. The leader of the gang, Doctor Fortescue, confesses to running the operation purely as adventure, and then commits suicide.
 
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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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The Three Lieutenants, or, Naval Life in the Nineteenth Century - W. H. G. Kingston

1897 - Griffith Farran Browne & Co. Limited, 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.
 
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‘Captains Courageous’ - A Story of the Grand Banks - Rudyard Kipling

1897 - Macmillan & Co. Limited, London - First Edition
The only one of Kipling's novels to be cast in an American setting, Captains Courageous endures as one of literature's most cherished and memorable sea adventures. Harvey Cheyne, spoiled millionaire's son, tumbles overboard from a luxury liner only to be rescued by the crew of a Gloucester fishing schooner. Thus begins the boy's second voyage into the rugged rites and ways of sailors.

A sharp copy, with 22 full page illustrations including frontispiece by I. W. Taber.
 
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