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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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Price HK$ 24,000



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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Price HK$ 8,000



1931 - Methuen & Co. Ltd, London - First Edition with Shepard’s illustrations (38th)
‘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.


A fine example of the first edition with the classic and charming illustrations and map endpapers by Ernest Shepard. In a particularly clean example of the scarce dust jacket.
 
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Price HK$ 15,000



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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Price HK$ 2,000



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



The Pooh Books - When We Were Very Young; Winnie the Pooh; Now We Are Six; and The House at Pooh Corner - A. A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard (illustrator)

1924 to 1928 - Methuen & Co. Ltd., London - First Editions
'Pooh looked at his two paws. He knew that one of them was the right, and he knew that when you had decided which one of them was the right, then the other one was the left, but he never could remember how to begin.'

A lovely set of the Pooh books, finely bound to match their respective original published colours, and housed in custom made felt-lined slipcase.

I often wish I were a King, And then I could do anything.
If only I were King of Spain, I’d take my hat off in the rain.
If I were King of Norroway, I’d ask an elephant to stay.
If I were King of Timbuctoo, I’d think of lovely things to do.
 
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Winnie-the-Pooh - with - The House at Pooh Corner - A. A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard (illustrator)

1926 - Methuen & Co. Ltd, London - First Editions
‘On Wednesday, when the sky is blue, And I have nothing else to do, I sometimes wonder if it's true That who is what and what is who.’

Two handsomely bound first editions of the two Winnie-the-Pooh story books, Housed in a custom made felt-lined slipcase.

Winnie was the name of the Canadian Black Bear at London Zoo, befriended by Christopher Robin, and originally the Mascot of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade. The Pooh is believed to have come from the name of a royal swan in the park and the two combined by Christopher Robin himself.

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Pooh looked at his two paws. He knew that one of them was the right, and he knew that when you had decided which one of them was the right, then the other one was the left, but he never could remember how to begin.' 
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Price HK$ 16,000



The Story of the Treasure Seekers. Being the Adventures of the Bastable Children in Search of a Fortune. - Edith Nesbit, Gordon Brown and Lewis Baumer (illustrators)

1899 - T. Fisher Unwin, London - First Edition
A lovely unrestored and unfoxed first edition of Edith Nesbit’s first book. Illustrated with seventeen full page black and white plates.

When their father's business fails, the six Bastable children decide to restore the family fortunes. But although they think of many ingenious ways to do so, their well meant efforts are either more fun than profitable, or lead to trouble...

The messages intertwined amongst the various adventures make this a book that adults may actually find more entertaining than they expected, especially if read previously as a child.
 
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Price HK$ 4,000



 
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