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Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens - J. M. Barrie, Arthur Rackham (illustrator)

1912 - Hodder & Stoughton, London - First Thus : Best edition with Rackham’s Illustrations interspersed amongst the text.
In Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens, Peter, not wanting to grow up, spent his time amongst the enchanted birds, trees, animals, and magical folk of the park, he also meets and falls in love with a little girl named Maimie Mannering. Peter and Maimie were developed by Barrie into the slightly older Peter Pan and Wendy, for the play Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up.

Finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere, and with 50 delightful illustrations by Rackham who 'seems to have dropped out of some cloud in Mr. Barrie’s fairyland, sent by a special providence to make pictures in tune to his genius' -
Pall Mall Gazette.

‘The still air is filled with the ringing of hundreds of little fairy bells,
but the sweetest sound of all,
is the fluting of Peter Pan’s pipes as he calls to the spring to make haste,
because with the spring comes Wendy.'
 
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - with - Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson], Bruno Rollitz after John Tenniel (illustrators)

1932 - Limited Editions Club, New York - Each copy is number 1300 of a 1500 limited edition
With the signature of the ‘Original Alice’ to Through the Looking Glass.

The Original Alice’ is Alice Hargreaves née Lidell, for whom Lewis Carroll originally wrote the books. In 1932, during the celebrations of the centenary of Carroll s birth, Alice, who had lived a peaceful life in the south of England for many years, suddenly became a public figure. Her most notable and watched action was a trip to New York to receive an honorary degree from Columbia University, at which time she was invited to sign this work, something that in the past she had been extremely reluctant to do.

These two finely bound limited editions where published to mark that centenary, with Tenniel’s original illustrations re-engraved on wood, and the typography and binding designed by Frederic Ward who has signed
Adventures.

‘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?’

‘Tenniel’s illustrations perfectly capture Alice’s upside-down world and are considered to be his finest and most enduring achievement. They were an integral part of creating Alice’s fairytale world and are without doubt some of the best-known images, indelibly etched into the memory of countless children.’ – Stephanie Chan.
 
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A Christmas Carol - and - The Cricket on the Hearth - Charles Dickens, George Alfred Williams (illustrator)

1905 - The Baker & Taylor Company, New York - First Edition illustrated by Williams
Elegantly bound volume of of Charles Dickens’ two beloved Christmas tales, illustrated with ten full page colour plates by George Alfred Williams.

A Christmas Carol – When old, surly Ebenezer Scrooge receives a visit from the ghost of Marley, his late business partner, on Christmas eve, he beholds a series of visions of the past, present, and future that make him decide to amend his ways…

The Cricket on the Hearth – The cricket ‘is a sort of barometer of life at the home of John Peerybingle and his much younger wife Dot. When things go well, the cricket on the hearth chirps; it is silent when there is sorrow. Tackleton, a jealous old man, poisons John’s mind about Dot, but the cricket through its supernatural powers restores John’s confidence and all ends happily’ (Britannica) 
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The Adventures of Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens, J. Mahoney (illustrator)

1871 - Chapman and Hall, 193 Piccadilly - Household Edition, and first Mahoney illustrated edition
Please, Sir, I want some more.’

A handsomely bound edition, and the first to be illustrated by J. Mahoney, who had worked as a delivery boy in the darker streets of London, and with a reputation for drunkenness and disorderly behaviour was considered the ideal choice for those novels in which the darker side of London life is Dickens’ primary concern.

‘I saw no reason, when I wrote this book, why the very dregs of life, so long as their speech did not offend the ear, should not serve the purpose of a moral, at least as well as its froth and cream’ – Dickens’ response after he was severely criticised for introducing criminals and prostitutes into the novel.
 
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A Day in a Child's Life - Kate Greenaway

1881 - George Routledge and Sons, London - First edition, first state
Charmingly illustrated series of nine songs for young children, beginning with ‘Waking Up’ and ending with ‘Sleeping’, enhanced throughout with colour wood cuts by the wonderful Kate Greenaway, engraved and printed by Edmund Evans. The accompanying musical score is by Myles B. Foster. 
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Green Willow and other Japanese Fairy Tales - Grace James, Warwick Goble (illustrator)

1912 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Octavo Edition
A finely bound copy of this lovely collection of 38 tales and legends, many of them sourced from the Ko-ji-ki, or Record of Ancient Matters, which contains the mythology of Japan, and beautifully illustrated with 16 colour plates by Warwick Goble.

Stories in the collection include ‘
Flower of the Peony’, ‘Green Willow’, ‘Tamamo’, ‘The Fox Maiden’, ‘The Flute’, ‘The Moon Maiden’, and ‘The Wind in the Pine Tree’. 
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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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