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Little Women or Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. Part First and Part Second - Louisa May Alcott

1870 - Roberts Brothers, Boston - Early Printing
Two matching little volumes of Alcott’s classic work, scarce in original cloth, each one illustrated with four full page wood engraved plates. An early printing of the ‘Part First’, and first edition of ‘Part Second’. Published separately in consecutive years (1868, 1869), the first part of ‘Little Women’ “did not sell at first. ‘Part Second’ was therefore also issued in a small edition, but it went like wildfire, and pulled ‘Part First’ along with it’ [Grolier 74].

‘Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth - four "little women" enduring hardships and enjoying adventures in Civil War New England. The charming story of the March sisters, Little Women has been adored by generations. Readers have rooted for Laurie in his pursuit of Jo's hand, cried over little Beth's death, and dreamed of traveling through Europe with old Aunt March and Amy. Future writers have found inspiration in Jo's devotion to her writing. In this simple, enthralling tale, Louisa May Alcott has created four of American literature's most beloved women.’ [
Penguin] 
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C. 1930 - Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., London - First Hudson illustrated edition
A finely bound large and magically illustrated edition of Peter Pan.

Do you believe in Fairies?

Gwynedd M. Hudson gorgeous artwork brings both the characters and the text to life, with twenty one full page colour illustrations and numerous additional illustrations and decorations throughout.
 
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Madeline - Ludwig Bemelmans

1939 - Simon and Schuster, New York - First Edition, First Printing
In an old house in Paris, that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines... the smallest one was Madeline.

First edition, first printing, of Bemelmans' classic children’s tale. A far nicer copy than usually encountered, with bright pictorial boards, and complete dust jacket without price-clipping or toning to the white lettering.
 
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1939 - The Nonesuch Press, London - First Nonesuch Edition
An elegantly bound edition, containing: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; Through the Looking-Glass; Sylvie and Bruno; The Hunting of the Snark; Early Verses; Puzzles from Wonderland; Prologues to Plays; Phantasmagoria; College Rhymes and Notes by an Oxford Chiel; Acrostics, Inscriptions and Other Verse; Three Sunsets and Other Poems; Stories and A Miscellany.

With an introduction by Alexander Woollcott, and Tenniel's original in-text illustrations to the Alice books.

“Whilst
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass were intended for children “fresh from God’s hand”, it is equally enthralling and delightfully magical for adults as they follow Alice on her vibrant adventures escorted by her famous companions. Who can possibly not have been carried away into the fantastically crazy world of the Mad Hatter? Or never have heard of Tweedledee and Tweedledum? Who cannot have been struck by Carroll’s love for sophisticated play with words?.” - Stephanie Chan. 
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1912 - Macmillan & Co., London - Edition de Luxe, first to be illustrated by Warwick Goble
A stunning large vellum bound collection of twenty-two traditional Bengal Fairy tales, the ‘Edition de Luxe’ limited to 150 copies, enchantingly illustrated with thirty-two colour plates by Warwick Goble tipped on to brown paper each with a lettered tissue guard.

Collected and translated by the Bengali journalist and missionary Reverend Lal Behari Day (1826-94) and first published in 1833, this edition of 1912 was the first to combine the tales with Warwick Goble’s magical drawings.
 
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Edmund Dulac's Fairy-Book - Fairy Tales of the Allied Nations - Edmund Dulac

1916 - Hodder & Stoughton, London - First Trade Edition
A finely bound first edition of Dulac’s large and beautifully illustrated ‘Fairy-Book’, with thirteen tipped-in colour plates.

‘The tales of this book, both written and illustrated by Dulac, were drawn from the folklore of Russia, England, Flanders, Belgium, Italy, France, Ireland, Serbia and Japan. Dulac was able to employ the full scope of his versatility in creating a national mood in each illustration. During this period of his work, Dulac had immersed himself in the artistic traditions of folklore.

He was partly stimulated by his friendship with Yeats (whose interest in Celtic folklore was legendary) and partly awakened to ethnic themes by his 1913 cruise through the eastern Mediterranean. Also at this time he was influenced by his encounters with the Russian-born designer Léon Bakst and Bakst's stage work for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes’ – Ann Hughey,
Edmund Dulac - His Book Illustrations. 
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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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1881 - George Routledge & Sons, London - First Edition
A near fine early edition of this Girl’s annual, which was published between 1878 and 1886. Wonderfully illustrated throughout, in colour and monochrome, by some of the best Children’s illustrators of the time including Kate Greenaway who provides the colour title page and frontispiece.

Over 500 pages of stories, poetry, puzzles, music, proverbs, history, and useful pieces on ‘what girl’s can do’ such as etching, needlework, and cookery.
 
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Price HK$ 1,100



 
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