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Watership Down - Richard Adams

1972 - Rex Collings, London - First Edition
A beautiful copy of this classic heroic fantasy and political novel about a small group of rabbits who are anthropomorphised, possessing their own culture, language (Lapine), proverbs, poetry, and mythology. Evoking epic themes, the novel recounts the rabbits' odyssey as they escape the destruction of their warren to seek a place in which to establish a new home, encountering perils and temptations along the way.

The novel takes its name from the rabbits' destination, Watership Down, a hill in the north of Hampshire, England, near the area where Adams grew up, and is based on a collection of tales that Adams told to his young children to pass the time on trips to the countryside.

Though it was initially rejected by thirteen publishers before eventually being accepted by Rex Collings,
Watership Down has never been out of print, and was the recipient of several prestigious awards. Adapted into an acclaimed film and a television series, it is Penguin Books' best-selling novel of all time.

‘As much about freedom, ethics and human nature as it is about a bunch of bunnies looking for a warm hidey-hole and some mates.’ – Paul Hughes.
 
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Jock of the Bushveld - Sir Percy Fitzpatrick

1907 - Longmans, London - First Edition, Second Impression [Same year as First]
A superb copy of this legendary tale, illustrated by the British wildlife artist Ernest Caldwell with colour frontispiece, 22 full page monochrome plates and numerous in-text vignettes.

Fitzpatrick`s travels with his dog Jock during the 1880s, when he worked as a storeman, prospector`s assistant, journalist and ox-wagon transport-rider in the Bushveld region of the Transvaal (then the South African Republic). Fitzpatrick later recounted these adventures as bedtime stories to his four children. Rudyard Kipling, a good friend of Fitzpatrick, also took part in these story-telling evenings and eventually persuaded him to collect the tales in book form.
 
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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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Marguerite Kirmse's Dogs - Marguerite Kirmse

1930 - The Derrydale Press, New York - First Edition
A fine copy of one of the greatest illustrated dog books of all time, limited to 750 copies, with a signed original etched frontispiece of a Scottish Terrier puppy, entitled “Hello There!” which was prepared especially for this edition.

75 full page collotype plates after Kirmse's etchings of dogs, many images of her famous Scotties, other breeds include West Highland White, Irish Terrier, Greyhound, Wire Hair Fox Terrier, English Setter, Pointer, Schnauzer, Collie, Pekingese, Great Dane, Chow Chow.

This book is the first collection of Kirmse's work. ‘The subjects include over twenty different breeds of dogs, which were selected not only to show the rise of a young and unknown artist to heights of success which she never imagined, but also to provide an interesting and enjoyable record of the canine world’.
 
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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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The Call of the Wild - Jack London

1903 - The Macmillan Company, New York - First Edition, First Issue
Deep in the forest a call was sounding, and . . . he felt compelled to turn his back upon the fire, and to plunge into the forest

A fresh first edition of Jack London's best and most enduring work, with little of the usual rubbing to the boards. Illustrated with eleven full page colour plates, including frontispiece with tissue-guard, five in-text colour illustrations, and numerous full page and in-text single tint decorations and illustrations, by Philip R. Goodwin and Charles Livingston Bull, decorations by Charles E. Hooper.

Included with this particular copy is a $50 cash check (cheque) completed in Jack London's hand, dated ‘Feb 3 1905’ and drawn on the Central Bank of Oakland.

‘What projects
The Call of the Wild towards immortality is London's urgent and vivid style, and his astonishing identification with the world he's describing’ - The Guardian Newspaper (2014), 100 best novels. 
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The Story of Miss Moppet - Beatrix Potter

1906 - Frederick Warne & Co., London & New York - First Edition First Printing
‘At the beginning of 1906 Beatrix Potter was also planning some stories for very young children. Each story contained fourteen pictures and fourteen pages of simple text, mounted on a long strip of linen, and folded concertina-wise into a wallet with a tuck-in flap.’ Only two titles were published in this format.

This is a rare example of one of those stories, stunning when unfolded to it's full length of eight feet (2.492 metres), and housed in a custom clamshell case of green morocco over cloth, spine titled in gilt, interior lined with black felt.

As a result of the delicateness of this format, they only produced two small print runs, so complete and unrestored copies are scarce.
 
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The Tale of Tom Kitten - Beatrix Potter

1907 - Frederick Warne and Co, New York - First American Edition
Once upon a time there were three little kittens, and their names were Mitten, Tom Kitten, and Moppet.
They had dear little fur coats of their own; and they tumbled about the doorstep and played in the dust.

In 1905 Beatrix Potter bought Hill Top, a farm in Lancashire, work began on
Tom Kitten in 1906 and its setting became the Hill Top farmhouse. Illustrations depict the interior of the house and the gardens, paths, and gate at the front of the house.

Presented in a pretty, handmade, custom clamshell case by Temple Bookbinders of Oxford.
 
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