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Madeline's Rescue - Ludwig Bemelmans

1953 - Viking, New York - First Edition
One day on a walk through Paris, Madeline slips and falls off a bridge right into the Seine. Everyone feared she would be dead, ‘But for a dog that kept its head,’ saving her from a ‘watery grave.’ And so the adventure begins….

Recipient of the 1954 Caldecott Medal, with illustrations by the author.
 
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Price HK$ 6,400



A Bear Called Paddington - Michael Bond, Peggy Fortnum (illustrator)

1958 - Collins, London - First Edition
PLEASE LOOK AFTER THIS BEAR, THANK YOU.

A bright, brilliant first edition of the first appearance of Paddington Bear, uncommon in such lovely condition.

Michael Bond’s delightful tale of the polite, marmalade-sandwich eating, immigrant bear, with his hat, suitcase and duffle coat. Wonderfully illustrated throughout with Peggy Fortnum’s charming black and white drawings.

Housed in custom clamshell case of fine blue morocco leather over matching cloth, velvet lined, and lettered in gilt to the spine.
 
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Price HK$ 32,000



Le Roi Babar - Jean de Brunhoff

1933 - Editions du Jardin des Modes, 11 rue St. Florentin à Paris - First Edition
A lovely clean copy of the first edition, and third book in the wonderful Babar series, with text in French.

‘The inspiration for Babar came from Madame de Brunhoff, Jean’s wife, who told stories about a little elephant to amuse her young children. Their enthusiasm for the tales encouraged their artist father to shape them into illustrated books.’ (Silvey)

Le Roi Babar depicts the peaceful idyllic world of Celesteville that, when threatened by ignorance, discouragement, cowardice, and fear, rises up to welcome hope, patience, learning, and courage. Zephir, the monkey, proudly closes the tale carrying a banner that proclaims, simply, "Vive Le Bonheur". 
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - together with - Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice found there - Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson], John Tenniel (illustrator)

1870 1872 - Macmillan and Co., London - Early Edition, First Edition
“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.

A finely bound pair, in which Tenniel’s illustrations, 42 in
Wonderland and 50 in Looking-Glass, perfectly capture Alice’s upside-down world and are considered to be his finest and most enduring achievement. 
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1961 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Edition, first issue
James: Whenever I had a problem, my parents told me to look at it another way.
Earthworm:
How? First, I was bird bait, and then I was shark bait.
James:
That's true, but you could say that you gave us wings to fly, and that you defeated a giant shark single-handedly.
Earthworm:
No-handedly.
James:
You're a hero.
Earthworm:
I am. I'm Wonderworm!

A near fine copy of the true first edition, beautifully illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert, with full page colour plates. Housed in a custom made cloth slipcase.
 
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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 Jungle Book – with – The Second Jungle Book. - Rudyard Kipling, J. Lockwood Kipling, W. H. Drake, and P. Frenzery (illustrators)

1894 - Macmillan & Co., London - First Editions, First Printings
A superb and elegantly bound set of Kipling’s classic collection of short stories, best-known being the three tales revolving around the adventures of the abandoned 'man cub' Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle.

Kipling’s genius as a story teller shines, eloquently weaving morals together with his subtle, multilayered characters to produce some of the most well loved stories of childhood fantasy such as '
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi', the story of a heroic mongoose, 'Toomai of the Elephants', the tale of a young elephant-handler, and Kotick the ‘White Seal’.

Beautifully illustrated throughout, mostly by Kipling’s father John Lockwood Kipling.
 
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Lassie Come-Home - Eric Knight

1940 - John C. Winston Company, Chicago - First Edition
Rare first edition of perhaps the world's best known dog story, Lassie’s separation from her destitute family, escape from her new owner and epic journey from the North of Scotland back to Yorkshire.

With wonderful illustrations by Marguerite Kirmse.

In the 1943 movie a 10 year old Elizabeth Taylor played the Duke’s grand daughter.
 
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Price HK$ 6,200



 
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