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1911 - Hodder & Stoughton, London - Edition de Luxe, limited to Seven Hundred and Fifty copies signed by the Artist, and numbered, of which this is No. 686
A near fine example of the large [32 x 27.5 cm], sumptuous, vellum-bound, Limited Edition de Luxe, signed and exquisitely illustrated by Edmund Dulac with twenty eight tipped-in colour plates,

Dulac’s mixture of humour, menace, grace and depth of colour blend wonderfully with these seven classic fairy tales by Hans Andersen: -
The Snow Queen; The Nightingale; The Real Princess (Princess and the Pea); The Garden of Paradise; The Mermaid; The Emperor’s New Clothes; The Wind’s Tale. 
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Price HK$ 23,000



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.

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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C. 1930 - Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., London
“Do you believe in Fairies?”

The illustrations and attention to detail make this a particularly attractive edition of
Peter Pan. Gwynedd M. Hudson brings both the characters and the text to life, with twenty one full page colour illustrations and numerous additional illustrations and decorations throughout. [25.5x20x5cm] 
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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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Advice from a Lady of Quality to her Children, in the Last Stage of a Lingering Illness, In a Series of Evening-Conferences on the Most Interesting Subjects. Translated from the French [by Samuel Glasse]. - Louis-Antoine Caraccioli

1778 - Glocester: Printed by R. Raikes and Sold by J. F. and C. RivingtonFirst edition in English
The 18th century ‘Tuesdays With Morrie

A popular courtesy book written in a series of ‘conferences’ in the place of chapters. These include Virtue, Pride, Generosity, Female Conduct, Friendship, Love of Truth, Brotherly Love, Study, Pleasure, Ambition, Vanity, Relative Duty, Patriotism, Social Duties.

Unlike most courtesy books, Caraccioli's has the semblance of a plot and reads somewhat like a novel, which ends with the death of the main character. Advice from a Lady went through numerous editions in England and America.
 
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1913 - Macmillan and Co. Limited, London - First edition with these illustrations
A beautifully bound example of one of the earliest collections of fairy tales from different countries, first published in 1863. With old English tales, such as Jack the Giant-killer and Tom Thumb, as well as German stories from Grimm, French tales of Perrault and Madame d'Aulnoy, and many other delightful and time-honored fairy tales. Stunningly illustrated by Warwick Goble with 32 colour plates. 
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Flora's Feast: A Masque of Flowers - Walter Crane

1895 - Cassell & Company Limited, London Paris & Melbourne - Early Edition (first published 1889)
A charming copy of this influential and typical children's book by Walter Crane, beautifully illustrated with wonderful art-nouveau colour illustrations.

Crane’s work featured some of the more colourful and detailed beginnings of the child-in-the-garden motifs that would characterize many nursery rhymes and children's stories for decades to come. He was part of the Arts and Crafts movement and produced an array of paintings, illustrations, children's books, ceramic tiles and other decorative arts.
 
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The Parent's Assistant; or, Stories for Children - Maria Edgeworth

1822 - Printed for R. Hunter, London - A New Edition
‘It has likewise been attempted in these stories to provide antidote against ill humour, the epidemic rage of dissipation, and the fatal propensity to admire and imitate whatever the fashion of the moment may distinguish.’

A complete and thus uncommon little six volume set of Maria Edgeworth’s influential collection of tales for children, first published in 1796 and popular throughout the 19th century. Her stories both amused and instructed, painting memorable moral anecdotes for boys and girls against frequently picturesque landscapes while communicating the important societal values of the period.

Included: Preface, Lazy Lawrence, Tarlton, The False Key; The Birthday Present, Simple Susan; The Bracelets, The Little Merchants; Old Poz, The Mimic, Mademoiselle Panache; The Basket-Woman, The white Pigeon, The Orphans, Waste Not Want Not, Forgive and Forget; Barring Out, Eton Montem.
 
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Price HK$ 5,600



 
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