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  • A CHILD’S DAY. A Book of Rhymes by Walter De la Mare to pictures by Carine and Will Cadby. by DE LA MARE, Walter.
    DE LA MARE, Walter.
    A CHILD’S DAY. A Book of Rhymes by Walter De la Mare to pictures by Carine and Will Cadby.

    London: Constable and Company Ltd, 1912. 56, [3] pages. Illustrated with 24 mounted black & white reproductions of photographs. Original cloth-backed decorative boards with a mounted pastedown. 250 x 195 mm. First edition. Old corner crease-mark to one plate; covers a little soiled; else a very good copy of a scarce book. See White, Mundane to the Magical, 366.

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  • A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES. Cramina non prius audita De Ludis Et Hortis virginibus puerisque. by STEVENSON, Robert Louis.
    STEVENSON, Robert Louis.
    A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES. Cramina non prius audita De Ludis Et Hortis virginibus puerisque.

    Cambridge: W. Heffer & Sons Ltd, 1922. Alternate English and Latin text, the Latin translations by T. R. Glover. Xxi, [4], 83, 83 pages. Portrait frontispiece. Original blue cloth gilt. Octavo. First edition thus. Some light spotting, little stronger on endpapers; spine mellowed; else very good.

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  • STEVENSON, Robert Louis.
    A CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES. Illustrated by Charles Robinson.

    London: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1896. xiv, 136[140], [1 ad’] pages. Illustrated throughout in black & white. Original red cloth with printed label to spine, and the pictorial gilt covers of the trade edition bound in at front and rear. Top edge gilt. Octavo. First edition. One of a limited edition of 150 copies on hand-made paper. Paper label on spine a little rubbed and worn [there is a spare copy tipped in at the rear]; slight rubbing to edges and spine ends; late ownership inscription on first free endpaper; else an excellent copy of the first illustrated edition of this classic.

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  • A CHILD’S PRIMER OF NATURAL HISTORY. By Oliver Herford with Pictures by the Author. by HERFORD, Oliver.
    HERFORD, Oliver.
    A CHILD’S PRIMER OF NATURAL HISTORY. By Oliver Herford with Pictures by the Author.

    London: John Lane, 1900. [6], 95 pages. Original pictorial cloth. 217 x 217 mm. First edition. Some spotting on front endpapers; else A very good copy.

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  • A CHILDREN’S SUMMER Eleven etchings on steel by E. V. B. Illustrated in Prose and Rhyme by M. L. B. and W. M. C. by [BOYLE, Eleanor Vere.]
    [BOYLE, Eleanor Vere.]
    A CHILDREN’S SUMMER Eleven etchings on steel by E. V. B. Illustrated in Prose and Rhyme by M. L. B. and W. M. C.

    London: Addey and Co, 1853. [31] pages. 9 full-page etchings and two smaller illustrations within pages of text, all finely hand-coloured by Eleanor Vere Boyle. Original leather-backed brown cloth gilt. All edges gilt. Oblong folio. First edition. Slight rubbing to spine; some spotting throughout as is usual with this book; short marginal tear to one leaf of text; lower corners bumped; else a very good copy of one of the finest children’s books of the nineteenth century. Hand-coloured copies are rare. The prose contribution is by the illustrator's cousin, Mary Boyle, and the verse by W. M. Call. A Children's Summer was much praised by John Ruskin, Thomas Landseer, Tom Taylor, and Francis Turner Palgrave.

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  • A CHILDREN’S SUMMER. Eleven etchings on steel by E. V. B. Illustrated in prose and rhyme by M. L. B. [Mary Louisa Boyle] and W. M. C. [Wathen Mark Wilks Call].

    London: Addey and Co, 1853. [. 15] leaves of text. Illustrated with 8 full-page etchings and two vignettes. Original half calf over blue ribbed cloth gilt. Oblong: 285 x 371 mm. First edition. Presentation copy from E.V.B. to Wathen Mark Wilks Call, inscribed on title-page: ‘W. M. W. Call from EVB with her best Christmas good wishes! Dec 23nd 1852.’ There are some pencil annotations in pencil in Call’s hand, mostly the addition of his initials to verses he has authored. Some foxing, as is common with this title; front endpaper worn and with some loss; front board rubbed and slightly damped; else a very good copy of an important presentation copy. A Children’s Summer was E.V.B.’s second book.

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  • A collection of 14 Banbury Penny chapbooks contained in a morocco-backed folding box.
    A collection of 14 Banbury Penny chapbooks contained in a morocco-backed folding box.

    Issued by J. G. Rusher, Bridge Street, Banbury, 1825. All are 16/18 pages, plus wrappers. Illustrated with wood-engravings, with cuts to the upper and lower coloured wrappers. They are undated, but are circa 1825. All are untrimmed as issued; some have had slight restoration to the spines; else fine copies. The fourteen contained in a folding morocco-backed box. Titles: History of the Banbury cake. The Children in the Wood. The Children in the Wood, Restored. Short Stories, or Treasures of Truth. Anecdotes for Good Children. The Adventures of a Halfpenny; commonly called a Birmingham Halfpenny. The Good Farmer: or the Entertaining History of Thomas Wiseman. Dr. Watt’s Moral Songs, for Children. Dr. Watt’s Divine Songs for Children. The Rhyming…

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    Issued by J. G. Rusher, Bridge Street, Banbury, 1825. All are 16/18 pages, plus wrappers. Illustrated with wood-engravings, with cuts to the upper and lower coloured wrappers. They are undated, but are circa 1825. All are untrimmed as issued; some have had slight restoration to the spines; else fine copies. The fourteen contained in a folding morocco-backed box. Titles: History of the Banbury cake. The Children in the Wood. The Children in the Wood, Restored. Short Stories, or Treasures of Truth. Anecdotes for Good Children. The Adventures of a Halfpenny; commonly called a Birmingham Halfpenny. The Good Farmer: or the Entertaining History of Thomas Wiseman. Dr. Watt’s Moral Songs, for Children. Dr. Watt’s Divine Songs for Children. The Rhyming Riddler’s Riddle Book. The Trial of an Ox, for Killing a Man. The galloping Guide to the ABC. Poetic Trifles, or Pretty Poems for Young Folks. The Entertaining History of Dick Whittington, and wonderful Adventures of His Cat.

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  • A collection of 25 chapbooks.
    A collection of 25 chapbooks.

    Issued by Orlando Hodgson of Cloth Fair, West Smithfield, London, circa 1830, bound together at the time, circa 1834. Each has a hand-coloured engraved frontispiece ['with a beautiful Engraving'] and is of 16 pages. The titles are: The Remarkable History of Goody Two Shoes; The Seven Voyage of Sinbad The Sailor; Beauty and the Beast; The Life of Robinson Crusoe; Valentine and Orson; The Surprising Adventures of Tom Thumb; The Singular Story of Puss in Boots; Three-Fingered Jack; The Surprising Story of the White Cat; The Fair One with Golden Locks; Gulliver's Voyage to Lilliput; The Yellow Dwarf and the Princess All Fair; The Invisible Prince; The King of the Golden Mountain. To which is added The Waggish Musician;…

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    Issued by Orlando Hodgson of Cloth Fair, West Smithfield, London, circa 1830, bound together at the time, circa 1834. Each has a hand-coloured engraved frontispiece ['with a beautiful Engraving'] and is of 16 pages. The titles are: The Remarkable History of Goody Two Shoes; The Seven Voyage of Sinbad The Sailor; Beauty and the Beast; The Life of Robinson Crusoe; Valentine and Orson; The Surprising Adventures of Tom Thumb; The Singular Story of Puss in Boots; Three-Fingered Jack; The Surprising Story of the White Cat; The Fair One with Golden Locks; Gulliver's Voyage to Lilliput; The Yellow Dwarf and the Princess All Fair; The Invisible Prince; The King of the Golden Mountain. To which is added The Waggish Musician; The Golden Goose; to which is added The Three Travelling Cocks; Graciosa and Percinet; The Butterfly; to which is added Prince Brilliant; The Fairy Cri-Cri; The Adventures of Philip Quarll; The Wonderful History of Jack and the Beanstalk; The Surprising History of Jack the Giant-Killer; The Celebrated History of the Renowned Robin Hood; The History of Little Red Riding Hood; Diamonds and Toads; Riquet with the Tuft. Bound, without their original paper wrappers, in contemporary half calf gilt over Dutch floral paper. 10.6 x 6.8 cm. Spine with loss to the leather; occasional light soiling; some fore-edges shaved very close; contemporary ownership name and date on endpaper; 'Louis Hunt 1834.' Else a very good, probably unique, collection of chapbooks from a single publisher.

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  • A COLLECTION OF BIRDS & RIDDLES. By Miss Polly & Master Tommy.
    A COLLECTION OF BIRDS & RIDDLES. By Miss Polly & Master Tommy.

    York: James Kendrew, Printer, Colliergate, No date [circa 1830]. 16 pages, including wrappers. Illustrated with fifteen wood-engravings. Original yellow printed wrapper. 99 x 67 mm. The illustrated text extends to the lower wrapper. A very good copy.

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  • A COLLECTION OF PRETTY POEMS FOR THE AMUSEMENT OF CHILDREN THREE FOOT HIGH. By Tommy Tagg, Esq. The Fifty-ninth edition, Adorned with above sixty cuts.

    London: Printed for the Booksellers of Europe, Asia, Africa and America, and sold at the Bible and Sun in St. Paul’s Church-Yard, 1765. Original Dutch floral patterned paper-covered boards. Contained in a modern folding cloth box. Very worn, with 16 pages in facsimile taken from another printing, the paging of which does not always match. Roscoe J346(6). This edition not traced by Roscoe. This title is thought to have been first published by John Newbery in 1756. Clearly the edition claims are not realistic.

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  • A COMPENDIUM OF ENGLISH GRAMMAR; comprising all that is necessary to be committed to memory by students; abridged from Lindley Murray’s Excellent Treatise, by Daniel Chessman, A.M. Pastor of the Baptist Church in Halllowell, Me. Second edition, corrected and enlarged. by CHESSMAN, Daniel.
    CHESSMAN, Daniel.
    A COMPENDIUM OF ENGLISH GRAMMAR; comprising all that is necessary to be committed to memory by students; abridged from Lindley Murray’s Excellent Treatise, by Daniel Chessman, A.M. Pastor of the Baptist Church in Halllowell, Me. Second edition, corrected and enlarged.

    Warren, R. I: Printed by S. Randall, 1821. 32 pages. Original lain blue paper wrappers. 137 x 112 mm. Covers worn with some loss of paper; bookplate of John Lawson. A very good copy of a scarce Rhode Island printing.

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  • A Continuation of the Adventures of DAME TROT and HER COMICAL CAT.
    A Continuation of the Adventures of DAME TROT and HER COMICAL CAT.

    London: J. Harris, Juvenile Library… and C. Knight, Windsor, Published March 10th. 1806. Wrapper title: A Continuation of the Adventures of DAME TROT and HER COMICAL CAT. Illustrated with elegant copper-plate engravings. London. J. Harris, Juvenile Library… and C. Knight Windsor. 1806. Price Eighteenpence coloured, and One Shilling Plain. [16] leaves printed on one side only. Engraved frontispiece, title, Dedication, and 13 engraved plates. Original printed wrappers, with ad’s for five books on the lower panel. 125 x 98 mm. Split to bottom of spine; 3 leaves have tiny, almost insignificant insect trails in the bottom blank margin; one leaf has a short, closed tear from the margin, just breeching the plate line; else a very good copy of…

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    London: J. Harris, Juvenile Library… and C. Knight, Windsor, Published March 10th. 1806. Wrapper title: A Continuation of the Adventures of DAME TROT and HER COMICAL CAT. Illustrated with elegant copper-plate engravings. London. J. Harris, Juvenile Library… and C. Knight Windsor. 1806. Price Eighteenpence coloured, and One Shilling Plain. [16] leaves printed on one side only. Engraved frontispiece, title, Dedication, and 13 engraved plates. Original printed wrappers, with ad’s for five books on the lower panel. 125 x 98 mm. Split to bottom of spine; 3 leaves have tiny, almost insignificant insect trails in the bottom blank margin; one leaf has a short, closed tear from the margin, just breeching the plate line; else a very good copy of a rare printing. The plates are uncoloured. There are no watermarks, but we assume this to be the first or a very early edition. See Moon 181.

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  • A CROWN OF FLOWERS. Illustrated by Mary Parry. by SUMMERS, Susan.
    SUMMERS, Susan.
    A CROWN OF FLOWERS. Illustrated by Mary Parry.

    Market Drayton: Tern Press, 1997. Number 129 of an edition of 150 copies. The typeface is Eusebious, the paper is Lana, with drawings and watercolours by Mary Parry. Signed by both Mary and Nicholas Parry. A fine copy of this floral alphabet with the illustrations beautifully coloured as issued.

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  • A CURIOUS HIEROGLYPHICK BIBLE; or, Select Passages in the Old and New Testaments, represented with emblematical figures, for the Amusement of Youth: designed chiefly to familiarize tender Age, in a pleasing and diverting Manner, with early Ideas of the Holy Scriptures. To which are subjoined, a short Account of the Lives of the Evangelists, and other Pieces, illustrated with Cuts. The Thirteenth Edition.
    A CURIOUS HIEROGLYPHICK BIBLE; or, Select Passages in the Old and New Testaments, represented with emblematical figures, for the Amusement of Youth: designed chiefly to familiarize tender Age, in a pleasing and diverting Manner, with early Ideas of the Holy Scriptures. To which are subjoined, a short Account of the Lives of the Evangelists, and other Pieces, illustrated with Cuts. The Thirteenth Edition.

    London: Robert Bassam, 1794. [ Price One Shilling bound.]. Wood-engraved frontispiece, (6), 136pp. Illustrated throughout with wood-engravings. Later 19th century full plain black sheep. 12mo. Head of spine splitting, else a very good copy.

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  • A CURIOUS HIEROGLYPHICK BIBLE; or, Select Passages in the Old and New Testaments, represented with emblematical figures, for the amusement of youth: designed chiefly to familiarize tender Age, in a pleasing and diverting Manner, with early Ideas of the Holy Scriptures. To which are subjoined, a short Account of the Lives of the Evangelists, and other Pieces, illustrated with Cuts. The Thirteenth Edition.
    A CURIOUS HIEROGLYPHICK BIBLE; or, Select Passages in the Old and New Testaments, represented with emblematical figures, for the amusement of youth: designed chiefly to familiarize tender Age, in a pleasing and diverting Manner, with early Ideas of the Holy Scriptures. To which are subjoined, a short Account of the Lives of the Evangelists, and other Pieces, illustrated with Cuts. The Thirteenth Edition.

    London: Robert Bassam, 1796. Wood-engraved frontispiece, [6], 136 pages. Illustrated throughout with wood-engravings. Original pictorial paper-covered boards. 12mo. Spine re-backed; couple of small blank corners missing; else a very good copy.

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  • A DESCRIPTION OF A SET OF ANCIENT HISTORY, contained in a set of easy lessons. In two parts. by TRIMMER, Mrs. [Sarah].
    TRIMMER, Mrs. [Sarah].
    A DESCRIPTION OF A SET OF ANCIENT HISTORY, contained in a set of easy lessons. In two parts.

    London: Printed and sold by John Marshall, No. 4 Aldermary Church-yard, Bow Lane, Cheapside, No date [between 1795 and 1800]. Part I: 120 pages. Part II: title and 32 engraved plates, all printed on one side of the leaves only. Original full, sometime re-backed. Closed tears in two plates (no loss); the blank backs of the first twenty-four plates have been used by the owner for notes written in copperplate; binding rubbed and worn; else a very good set

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  • A DRIVE IN THE COACH THROUGH THE STREETS OF LONDON. A Story Founded on Fact. Fourteenth edition. by SHERWOOD, Mrs [Mary Martha Butt].
    SHERWOOD, Mrs [Mary Martha Butt].
    A DRIVE IN THE COACH THROUGH THE STREETS OF LONDON. A Story Founded on Fact. Fourteenth edition.

    London: Houlston and Son, 1836. 35,[1 blank] pages. Illustrated with a wood-engraved frontispiece, woodcut vignette on title, and five full-page wood-engravings. Original printed buff wrappers. 14.2 x 9.2 cm. Just splitting at heel of spine; acquisition number at foot of title; else a very good copy.

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  • A Fairground TRACTION ENGINE. A true scale super detailed working model with full steering 17" long – 9" high. Giant Model Books.
    A Fairground TRACTION ENGINE. A true scale super detailed working model with full steering 17" long – 9" high. Giant Model Books.

    London: Bancroft & Co. (Publishers) Ltd, No date [circa 1950]. [8] pages of full-colour parts to cut out; plus instructions and a six page history of tractions engines. Original pictorial card covers. Oblong: 26 x 33 cm. A very good copy with all parts complete.

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  • A FAIRY TALE written & illustrated by HB. by [BEGBIE, Hope.]
    [BEGBIE, Hope.]
    A FAIRY TALE written & illustrated by HB.

    1909. Manuscript title illustrated in pen & ink and watercolour, presentation inscription on verso; 4 other full-page original illustrations of pen & ink and watercolour; 8 pages of printed text illustrated in the margins with original pen & ink vignettes. Original printed covers with manuscript note at foot of upper cover: ‘In 20 editions of one copy each.’ On the blank verso of the upper cover is written ‘3rd Edition.’ Presentation copy inscribed: ‘To G. C. Pease with the Author’s Artist's Best Love New Year 1910.’ Few old minor creases, else a very good copy of a finely illustrated, privately published, fairy tale. Hope Begbie, a poet, published a slim collection entitled ‘Verses’ in 1917.

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  • A FLOWER FAIRY ALPHABET. Poems and Pictures by Cicely Mary Barker. by BARKER, Cicely Mary.
    BARKER, Cicely Mary.
    A FLOWER FAIRY ALPHABET. Poems and Pictures by Cicely Mary Barker.

    London: Blackie & Son Limited, No date [circa 1950]. Twenty-four colour plates. Original decorative paper-covered boards with mounted pastedown. Original price-clipped dust-wrapper. Head and heel of spine a little bumped; wrapper chipped at corner and head & heel of spine; inscription for 1953 on endpaper; else a very good copy.

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