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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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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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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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Stalky and Co. - Rudyard Kipling

1899 - Macmillan and Co., London - First English Edition
“Stalky,’ in their school vocabulary, meant clever, well considered and wily, as applied to plans of action: and ‘stalkiness’ was the one virtue Corkran toiled after.’

Schoolboy japes and mischief abound in this volume about a trio in an English boarding school, based on Kipling’s own experiences as a young man. An amusing and entertaining novel from one of Britain’s most famous authors.
 
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Puck of Pook’s Hill - Rudyard Kipling

1906 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Edition [Ads dated N.15.8.06 to rear]
A fine first edition, in bespoke leather and sheepskin slipcase. With twenty full page illustrations by H. R. Miller.

Kipling's popular series of tales and poems set in different historical eras, including Roman Britain, Anglo-Saxon England, The Norman Conquest, The Middle Ages and the Tudor Period.

The stories are all told to two children living near Pevensey, East Sussex, by characters magically plucked out of history by 'Puck'. Long thought to be a key inspiration behind C S Lewis’ beloved ‘
Chronicles of Narnia’ series. 
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1902 - Longmans, London - First Edition
‘long, long ago, after Uther Pendragon died, there was no King in Britain, and every Knight hoped to seize the crown for himself.’

This marvellous opening sets the tone for this masterful retelling of these ancient legends by Leonora Lang, including stories about King Arthur, Robin Hood, Roland, and of Wayland the Smith.

In the original publisher's intricate gilt binding and gorgeously illustrated throughout with 8 colour plates, 35 black & white plates, and 8 in-text drawings by Henry Justice Ford.
 
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Moby Dick or the White Whale - Herman Melville, Mead Schaeffer (illustrator)

1923 - Dodd, New York
A finely bound copy, illustrated with twelve full page colour plates and additional illustrated title page by the 24 year old Mead Schaeffer in 1922, Schaeffer went on to illustrate a further 15 classics for Dodd, Mead.

The story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself.
Moby Dick is a haunting, mesmerising, and important social commentary populated with several of the most unforgettable and enduring characters in literature. Written with wonderfully redemptive humour, this is a profound and timeless inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception.

'Melville's lyricism, so redolent of Shakespeare's, thrives on the four elements. He blends Scripture and the sea, the music of the waves and the heavenly bodies, the poetry of the everyday and a grandeur of Atlantic proportions.' – Albert Camus.
 
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