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  • A PICTURE-BOOK FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.
    A PICTURE-BOOK FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

    London: David Bogue, 1851. [96] pages [including frontispiece]. Frontispiece, vignette on title, and 45 full-page engravings all finely coloured by hand as issued. Original blue cloth, gilt All edges gilt. 4to. 28 x 22 cm. First edition. Little shaken with some signatures becoming proud; some occasional spotting; ownership inscription on front endpaper; else a very good copy of an ambitious production from the firm of David Bogue. Copac records copies in the British Library and Opie Collection only.

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  • A PICTURE-BOOK Without Pictures. By Hans Christian Andersen. From the German translation of De La Motte Fouque by Meta Taylor. by ANDERSEN, Hans Christian.
    ANDERSEN, Hans Christian.
    A PICTURE-BOOK Without Pictures. By Hans Christian Andersen. From the German translation of De La Motte Fouque by Meta Taylor.

    London: David Bogue, 1847. v, [1], 88 pages. Original decorative cloth. Octavo. First English edition. Very slight bumping to corners and head & heel of spine; slight browning of title with a few very small marks; else a handsome copy. This ttile is extremely difficult to find in fine condition in its original binding. 'The moon describes to a painter thirty picturesque scenes, 'observed in her silent passage across the sky.' 'Sketch what I relate to you,' said the moon.. and you will have a pretty picture-book.' Osborne 858.

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  • (SEWELL, Daisy.)
    A PILGRIMAGE IN FAIRYLAND Told by a Pilgrim There. Fairy Painter Jeannie McConnell.

    London.Privately Printed at The Chiswick press. 1920. [iv], [2], 3-39pp. Illustrated with 10 full-page colour plates, some with multiple images. Original cloth-backed printed grey boards. First edition. Some light spotting; boards a trifle browned; else a very good copy of the scarce first edition.

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  • A POCKET ENCYCLOPEDIA; or, library of general knowledge: being a dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Polite Literature. Compiled from the best authorities by Edward-Augustus Kendall. In six volumes. by KENDALL, Edward-Augustus.
    KENDALL, Edward-Augustus.
    A POCKET ENCYCLOPEDIA; or, library of general knowledge: being a dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Polite Literature. Compiled from the best authorities by Edward-Augustus Kendall. In six volumes.

    London: W. Peacock… J. Wallis…. J. Harris, 1802. Six volumes bound as three. Engraved frontispiece to volume I. Bound in full calf recently handsomely re-backed with blind and gilt decoration and twin labels. A very nice set. Moon 444(1).

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  • A PRESENT FOR A LITTLE BOY.
    A PRESENT FOR A LITTLE BOY.

    London: Darton and Harvey, 1802. Price One Shilling. [52] pages. Title-page vignette and 5 full-page engravings, plus 19 engravings in the text. Original marbled wrappers. 155 x 98 mm. A few closed marginal tears; covers worn; little marked and dust-soiled; some corner creases; else a very good copy of one of Darton’s finest productions. First published in 1798. Darton G 226(4). .

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  • A PRESENT FOR CHILDREN. Price One Halfpenny.
    A PRESENT FOR CHILDREN. Price One Halfpenny.

    York: Richard Burdekin, No date [circa 1830]. 12 pages. including self-wrappers. 84 x 56 mm. Illustrated with twelve woodcuts. Spine expertly repaired; else a very good copy. Richard Burdekin’s chapbooks are rarely found. We have been able to trace only a single copy of this title, in the Pierpont Morgan Library. See Alderson, Be Merry and Wise, item 284.

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  • A PRESENT FOR INFANTS; or, Pictures for the Nursery. by [ANON].
    [ANON].
    A PRESENT FOR INFANTS; or, Pictures for the Nursery.

    Darton, Harvey, and Darton. Price 1s. plain; or 1s. 6d, 1819. 24pp. 12 being title and text; verso of title a blank; a further 11 bearing 22 hand-coloured engravings. Original printed pink wrappers. First edition. Corners a little turned; spine expertly repaired; but a very good copy of a charming and scarce title. Inscribed on front fixed endpaper: ‘Henry Hartly Allan May 18th 1822 A present from Mrs Slaney.’ First published in 1810 without text and with smaller illustrations. See Osborne for a 1814 reprint of this earlier format. Darton G779(3).

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  • A PRESENT FOR THE YOUNG CURIOUS.
    A PRESENT FOR THE YOUNG CURIOUS.

    London: Harvey and Darton, No date [circa 1820's- 30's?]. 72 pages. Illustrated with 24 engraved plates, dated 1815, of which two are full-page, the remainder bearing two images per page. Contemporary cloth gilt. 14.5 x 9.5 cm. Gift and ownerships inscriptions and stamps on endpapers; erased pencilled date of 1824 at foot of title; one signature a little proud; paper label with manuscript title on upper board; else a very good copy. Darton G780., but not that edition, his example having a longer title. The first edition was issued in 1824, the plates having been acquired from the publisher Nathaniel Hailes in whose 2nd edition of John Rippingham's Natural history according the Linnaean system they had previously appeared.

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  • A REAL BALATON STORY. Etchings by Z. Poharnok and L. Farkas. English by Pal Vajda. by POHARNOK, Z[oltan] and FARKAS, L[idia].
    POHARNOK, Z[oltan] and FARKAS, L[idia].
    A REAL BALATON STORY. Etchings by Z. Poharnok and L. Farkas. English by Pal Vajda.

    1937. [14] leaves, each with a mounted hand-coloured etched leaf, the twelve that form the fairy tale, each signed in pencil by both of the author/illustrators. No imprint or date, but believed to issued by George Vajna & Cie., of Budapest, Hungary, circa 1937. Original cloth with string ties secured with decorative stone or ceramic piece. A small handcoloured title etching is mounted on the front panel. 19.8 x 17 cm. Some light browning to the balnk verso of one leaf and to blank borders of another; else an excellent copy of this charming children’s fairy tale set around Lake Balaton in Hungary.

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  • A SCUTTLE OF COALS in Rhymes & Pictures. Price sixpence, plain, one shilling, coloured.

    London: Griffin and Farran, No date [circa 1860.]. [12] leaves each printed on one side only, and bearing a hand-coloured engraving with text. The illustrations are by William Newman. Original pictorial wrappers. Oblong: 137 x 195 mm. Brown spots to lower wrapper which bears ad’s for Griffin and Farran; else a very good, clean copy.

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  • A SEQUEL TO THE COMIC ADVENTURES OF OLD MOTHER HUBBARD AND HER DOG. By another hand.
    A SEQUEL TO THE COMIC ADVENTURES OF OLD MOTHER HUBBARD AND HER DOG. By another hand.

    London: J. Harris, 1807. 14 hand-coloured engraved unnumbered leaves, including title and dedication, all printed upon one side of the paper only. Bound in relatively recent cloth-backed boards with label to the spine.. A very good copy of this sequel to Sarah Martin’s original tale and her continuation by the unknown ‘W.F.’ Moon 562(2). A very nice copy of this sequel first published in 1806.

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  • A SEQUEL TO THE COMIC ADVENTURES OF OLD MOTHER HUBBARD AND HER DOG. Illustrated with engravings, on copper-plate. By another hand.
    A SEQUEL TO THE COMIC ADVENTURES OF OLD MOTHER HUBBARD AND HER DOG. Illustrated with engravings, on copper-plate. By another hand.

    London: J. Harris, 1806. 14 engraved unnumbered leaves, including title and dedication, all printed upon one side of the paper only. Original wrappers dated 1806. First edition. Spine repaired; corners a little worn; name on title; else a very good copy of this sequel to Sarah Martin’s original tale and her continuation by the unknown ‘W.F.’ Moon 562(1) records no copies in original wrappers.

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  • A set of 25 [of 26] alphabet cards taken from Wynne’s Choice Emblems, Natural, Historical, Fabulous, Moral, and Divine, for the Improvement and Pastime of Youth by (Wynne, John Huddlestone.)
    (Wynne, John Huddlestone.)
    A set of 25 [of 26] alphabet cards taken from Wynne’s Choice Emblems, Natural, Historical, Fabulous, Moral, and Divine, for the Improvement and Pastime of Youth

    First published by George Riley in 1772, and taken through many editions, notably by the firm of Ne. Each card measures portrait: 10.6 x 6.8 cm. Each has the letter in upper and lower case above a hand-coloured wood engraved emblem, beneath which is a single word that sums up the quality of character depicted in the emblem; below a five line moral, with each word are divided into syllables. Each card has a decorative border. Lacking the card for F. A facsimile supplied from a variant set in the Cotsen collection. There is some minor spotting and browning and soiling; 4 of the cards have creases – 'Z ' being particularly creased and consequently frail; else a very good…

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    First published by George Riley in 1772, and taken through many editions, notably by the firm of Ne. Each card measures portrait: 10.6 x 6.8 cm. Each has the letter in upper and lower case above a hand-coloured wood engraved emblem, beneath which is a single word that sums up the quality of character depicted in the emblem; below a five line moral, with each word are divided into syllables. Each card has a decorative border. Lacking the card for F. A facsimile supplied from a variant set in the Cotsen collection. There is some minor spotting and browning and soiling; 4 of the cards have creases – 'Z ' being particularly creased and consequently frail; else a very good set contained in a recent folding drop-backed morocco gilt box. The cards were probably issued in a printed wrapper, without which it is impossible to determine the publisher or the date. However, the paper is clearly 18th century, and the publisher is probably the firm of Newbery. The first two editions of Wynne's Choice Emblems (1772 & 1775) were issued solely by the publisher George Riley; the third and fourth editions jointly by Riley and a member of the Newbery family. From the fifth edition onwards, until John Harris took over the firm of Elizabeth Newbery, all editions were issued solely with the Newbery imprint. Alphabet cards of this date are of the greatest rarity. Teaching aids and games, issued by the firm of Newbery, with one or two exceptions in the case of table games, are virtually unheard of. Rare. Previously known only by the set held at The Cotsen Children’s Library.

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  • A Short History of BIRDS & BEASTS, for the Amusement and Instruction of Children. Adorned with Cuts. Price One Penny.
    A Short History of BIRDS & BEASTS, for the Amusement and Instruction of Children. Adorned with Cuts. Price One Penny.

    Wellington, Salop: F. Houlston and Son, No date [circa 1830]. 24 pages, including outer wrappers. Illustrated with a wood-engraved frontispiece and 12 other wood-engravings. Original pastedown wrappers. 10.5 x 6.5 cm. A fine copy of this chapbook..

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  • A SKETCH OF MY FRIEND'S FAMILY. Intended to suggest some practical hints on Religion and Domestic Matters. by MARSHALL, Mrs [L. A.].
    MARSHALL, Mrs [L. A.].
    A SKETCH OF MY FRIEND'S FAMILY. Intended to suggest some practical hints on Religion and Domestic Matters.

    London: J. Hatchard... J. Conder... Darton and Harvey, 1817. v, 150, [1 Errata] pages. Engraved frontispiece of a mother teaching her child to read the bible. Recent half calf over marbled boards; red gilt label to spine. 12mo. First edition. Some light browning and spotting; else a very good copy. The B.L. has the second edition, which was issued in 1818, but the first edition is quite scarce. "Nor may it be pressing the vain expectations of an author, beyond the limits of possibility, if the writer indulges the thought, that whilst the mother listens to the simple tale, primarily intended for the daughter's eye, perhaps she may not disdain to glean some practical hint from this humble legend, framed to recommend the nameless charms of female excellence." [From the Preface.]

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  • A STRANGER AT GREEN KNOWE. Illustrated by Peter Boston. by BOSTON, L. M.
    BOSTON, L. M.
    A STRANGER AT GREEN KNOWE. Illustrated by Peter Boston.

    London: Faber and Faber, 1961. 158 pages. Original cloth gilt. Octavo. First edition. No dust-wrapper. Signed in biro by Lucy Boston on the half-title. A very good, clean copy.

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  • A SUIT OF ARMOUR FOR YOUTH. by GRIMALDI, Stacey.
    GRIMALDI, Stacey.
    A SUIT OF ARMOUR FOR YOUTH.

    London: Published by the Proprietor. R. Ackermann, 101 Regent Street, No date [circa 1823]. xii, 92 pages. Hand-coloured engraved frontispiece; separate hand-coloured engaged title; eleven hand-coloured plates with hand-coloured engraved flaps; a hand-coloured engraved plates at end (the separate title and last plate not being present in the more common 1824 edition). Original pictorial green cloth, gilt. All edges gilt. 160 x 110 mm. Ownership inscription and numerous ownership stamps to front free endpaper; some rubbing to front paste-down; else a very handsome copy of this rare edition. Worldcat gives a date of 1823, which precedes by a year the date of the privately printed edition. It’s possible – even likely – that Worldcat is incorrect, and that this,…

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    London: Published by the Proprietor. R. Ackermann, 101 Regent Street, No date [circa 1823]. xii, 92 pages. Hand-coloured engraved frontispiece; separate hand-coloured engaged title; eleven hand-coloured plates with hand-coloured engraved flaps; a hand-coloured engraved plates at end (the separate title and last plate not being present in the more common 1824 edition). Original pictorial green cloth, gilt. All edges gilt. 160 x 110 mm. Ownership inscription and numerous ownership stamps to front free endpaper; some rubbing to front paste-down; else a very handsome copy of this rare edition. Worldcat gives a date of 1823, which precedes by a year the date of the privately printed edition. It’s possible – even likely – that Worldcat is incorrect, and that this, the Ackermann edition, is actually slightly later, as the added Ackermann label to the title page would suggest. However, whatever the precedence is, this edition with its two extra plates, is certainly by far the rarest and the more attractive of the two.

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  • A TOUR THROUGH ASIA MINOR AND THE GREEK ISLANDS. With an account of the inhabitants, natural productions, and curiosities. For the Instruction and Amusement of Youth. By C. Wilkinson. by WILKINSON, C[harles].
    WILKINSON, C[harles].
    A TOUR THROUGH ASIA MINOR AND THE GREEK ISLANDS. With an account of the inhabitants, natural productions, and curiosities. For the Instruction and Amusement of Youth. By C. Wilkinson.

    London: Harvey and Darton, 1806. [viii], 424 pages. Illustrated with a folding map and 3 other folding plates. Original half roan. 182 x 112 mm. First edition. One folding plate has a short tear and is a little frayed at the fore-edge; else a very handsome copy. Darton G1047. An uncommon title

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  • A TOUR THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE OF FRANCE; or, New Topographical and Historical Sketch of all its most important and interesting cities, towns, forts, castles, palaces, islands, harbours, bridges, rivers, antiquities, &c. &c. Embellished with copper-plates. by BARNES, John.
    BARNES, John.
    A TOUR THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE OF FRANCE; or, New Topographical and Historical Sketch of all its most important and interesting cities, towns, forts, castles, palaces, islands, harbours, bridges, rivers, antiquities, &c. &c. Embellished with copper-plates.

    London: Printed and Sold by William Darton, Jun, 1815. 112, [3 Index], [1 blank], [4 ad's] pages. Illustrated with a hand-coloured folding map as the frontispiece, and 12 engraved plates, many bearing two images of town criers. Original quarter red sheep gilt over paper-covered boards. 12mo. First edition. Map and spine expertly repaired; else a very good copy. The front fixed endpaper bears the bookplate of Lawrence Darton. See Darton H56(1). Scarce.

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  • A TOUR TO GREAT ST. BERNARD'S AND ROUND MONT BLANC. With Descriptions copied from a journal; kept by the author; and drawings taken from nature. Intended for young Persons from ten to fourteen Years of Age. by [CLARKE, R.]
    [CLARKE, R.]
    A TOUR TO GREAT ST. BERNARD'S AND ROUND MONT BLANC. With Descriptions copied from a journal; kept by the author; and drawings taken from nature. Intended for young Persons from ten to fourteen Years of Age.

    London: Harvey and Darton, 1827. iv, 144 pages. Illustrated with a folding map, and eight engraved plates each bearing two images. Original red roan backed pictorial paper-covered boards. First edition. Gift inscription on title; advert' for children's book published at Hailes's Juvenile Library to front pastedown. A very good copy. Darton G178.

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