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  • A APPLE PIE. Engraved and printed by Edmund Evans. by GREENAWAY, Kate.
    GREENAWAY, Kate.
    A APPLE PIE. Engraved and printed by Edmund Evans.

    London: George Routledge and Sons, No date [1887]. Unpaged. 22 leaves printed on one side only. Illustrated throughout in colour by Kate Greenaway. Original pictorial cloth, gilt. Fore-edges stained red. Oblong: 21.2 x 26.4 cm. First edition. Contemporary inscription on half-title; some occasional spotting; else a very handsome copy. Schuster & Engen 1[c].

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  • A.B.C. FÖR BARN. by NYTT BILDER A.B.C. FÖR BARN.
    NYTT BILDER A.B.C. FÖR BARN.
    A.B.C. FÖR BARN.

    Stockholm: Fr. Huldberg, No date [circa 1840?]. A Swedish picture sheet for a child's nursery, illustrating the letters of the alphabet, etc. A lithograph of twenty four images all hand-coloured as issued. Splitting at centrefold; else near fine. Mounted in acid-free board. Exposed image size: 31.3 x 39.7 cm. Mount size: 45 x 53 cm.

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  • A BOOK EXPLAINING THE RANKS AND DIGNITIES OF BRITISH SOCIETY. Intended chiefly for the instruction of Young Persons. With twenty-four coloured engravings. Price Seven Shillings, Coloured. by [LAMB, Charles.]
    [LAMB, Charles.]
    A BOOK EXPLAINING THE RANKS AND DIGNITIES OF BRITISH SOCIETY. Intended chiefly for the instruction of Young Persons. With twenty-four coloured engravings. Price Seven Shillings, Coloured.

    London: Tabart and Co. at the Juvenile and School Library…, 1809. [4], 136, [1 List of the plates], [1 blank], [2 ad’s]. pages. Illustrated with 24 hand-coloured engraved plates. Bound in half green sheep gilt over green cloth. All edges gilt. 148 x 100 mm. A very good, clean, fresh copy.

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  • BEECHING, H. C. Selected by.
    A BOOK OF CHRISTMAS VERSE. With ten designs by Walter Crane.

    London. Methuen and Company, 1895. Hardcover. No dust-wrapper. [i-vi], vii-xvi, [1-2], 3-173, [174] pages, plus 32 ad's. Ten black & white illustrations. Original pictorial green and red cloth. Top edge gilt. Octavo. First edition. Small bookplate and bookseller label to paste-down front endpaper. Some foxing to endpapers and half-title; Tissue guard to title foxed; else a very good copy.

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  • [LEAR, Edward.]
    A BOOK OF NONSENSE By Derry Down Derry.

    London: T. Mclean, No date. (1855.). Title and 72 leaves, each printed by lithography on one side only. Original pictorial boards, cloth-backed. Oblong octavo. Second edition. Upper board cropped, affecting lettering, and a few images slightly cropped at upper edge; last line of text of the final limerick also slightly affected. Expertly re-backed and re-cased; bookplate of the noted English collector Dr. G. Bell with his notes on the fixed front endpaper. An excellent First published in 1846 in two volumes, only the first two editions were printed by lithography, wood-engraving being preferred for the third and subsequent editions. Both of the first two editions were small, possibly as few as 250 – 500 copies being printed. Even the…

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    London: T. Mclean, No date. (1855.). Title and 72 leaves, each printed by lithography on one side only. Original pictorial boards, cloth-backed. Oblong octavo. Second edition. Upper board cropped, affecting lettering, and a few images slightly cropped at upper edge; last line of text of the final limerick also slightly affected. Expertly re-backed and re-cased; bookplate of the noted English collector Dr. G. Bell with his notes on the fixed front endpaper. An excellent First published in 1846 in two volumes, only the first two editions were printed by lithography, wood-engraving being preferred for the third and subsequent editions. Both of the first two editions were small, possibly as few as 250 – 500 copies being printed. Even the third edition only numbered 1000 copies. The binding method for the first two editions was by the ‘perfect’ or gutta-percha method, and copies are often found in a distressed state, most probably lacking their original bindings and usually incomplete. The first two lithographed editions (the first edition and this, the second edition) include three limericks which were suppressed when Routledge issued the 3rd, wood-engraved,

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  • A BOOK OF NONSENSE. By Edward Lear, Third edition. With many new pictures and verses. London. by LEAR, Edward.
    LEAR, Edward.
    A BOOK OF NONSENSE. By Edward Lear, Third edition. With many new pictures and verses. London.

    London: Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, [1862.]. [ii], 113 leaves printed on one side only. Original pictorial paper-covered boards, sometime re-backed in imitation of the original. A few leaves have some slight damage to the fore-edges where once loose; one leaf repaired; one leaf with juvenile scribble on blank verso; binding very worn to corners and edges, and both boards with old fold marks, now repaired. However, this third printing, the first with woodcut illustrations based on the earlier [1846] lithographs, and the first enlarged edition with 43 new rhymes and illustrations, is extremely rare; in our experience, much more so than the second edition of 1855. -

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  • A BOOK OF NONSENSE. Fifth edition. With many new pictures and verses. by LEAR, Edward.
    LEAR, Edward.
    A BOOK OF NONSENSE. Fifth edition. With many new pictures and verses.

    London: Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, No date [1862 and inscribed 1862 on front pastedown]. [2ff], 112ff, all printed on one side only. Pictorial title and 112 wood-engraved illustration with limericks beneath. Original cloth-backed pictorial paper -covered boards. Oblong: 145 x 220 mm. Pages mis-numbered from page 89 to 99, as is often the case; boards rubbed and worn at edges and corners. But a good, clean copy with no damage to the leaves. Inscribed on front paste-down: ‘To Miss Fanny Scott. A prize for walking. Midsummer 1862.’

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  • A bound collection of seven chapbooks. by [BEWICK, Thomas.]
    [BEWICK, Thomas.]
    A bound collection of seven chapbooks.

    Alnwick: W. Davison, No date [circa 1809]. A bound collection of seven chapbooks illustrated by Thomas Bewick and printed at the Apollo Press, by and for W. Davidson, of Alnwick, circa 1809. They have been bound without their original wrappers. The title are: A Natural History of British Quadrupeds, with thirty-two engravings on wood; A Natural History of Foreign Quadrupeds with thirty-four engravings on wood; A Natural History of British Birds with thirty-five engravings on wood; A Natural History of Water Birds with thirty-four engravings on wood; A Natural History of Foreign Birds with thirty-four engravings on wood; A natural History of Fishes with Forty engravings on wood; A Natural History of Reptiles, Serpents, and Insects with thirty-five engravings…

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    Alnwick: W. Davison, No date [circa 1809]. A bound collection of seven chapbooks illustrated by Thomas Bewick and printed at the Apollo Press, by and for W. Davidson, of Alnwick, circa 1809. They have been bound without their original wrappers. The title are: A Natural History of British Quadrupeds, with thirty-two engravings on wood; A Natural History of Foreign Quadrupeds with thirty-four engravings on wood; A Natural History of British Birds with thirty-five engravings on wood; A Natural History of Water Birds with thirty-four engravings on wood; A Natural History of Foreign Birds with thirty-four engravings on wood; A natural History of Fishes with Forty engravings on wood; A Natural History of Reptiles, Serpents, and Insects with thirty-five engravings on wood. Later mid-nineteenth century calf over marbled boards. Binding a little rubbed nd worn; else a very good set.

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  • A BOY'S TOWN. Illustrated. by HOWELLS, W. D.
    HOWELLS, W. D.
    A BOY'S TOWN. Illustrated.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, 1890. Hardcover. No dust-wrapper. vi, 247 pages. Illustrated with 23 black & white full-page plates. Original blue decorative cloth; silver gilt; titling in gold. Octavo. First edition. Small blank corner torn from one leaf; else a very good copy.

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  • A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF ALL THE BOOKS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.
    A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF ALL THE BOOKS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.

    London: John Wallis, 1792. 32 pages. Original marbled paper wrappers. 199 x 75 mm. Ownership name on end-paper. A very good copy. ESTC suggests that this may have been issued with a dissected puzzle, Wallis’s Key to the Old Testament. Scarce.

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  • A CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES. Illustrated by Charles Robinson. by STEVENSON, Robert Louis.
    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 MEMORIAL; or A New Token for Children: Containing an Account of the early piety, and happy death of Miss Dinah Doudney of Portsea, aged nine years. Delivered to a congregation of children in Orange-Street Chapel, on New Year's Day, 1805. Third Edition. To which is added an account of Miss Sarah Barrow, who was burnt to death April the 4th, 1805. By John Griffin. by GRIFFIN, John
    GRIFFIN, John
    A CHILD'S MEMORIAL; or A New Token for Children: Containing an Account of the early piety, and happy death of Miss Dinah Doudney of Portsea, aged nine years. Delivered to a congregation of children in Orange-Street Chapel, on New Year's Day, 1805. Third Edition. To which is added an account of Miss Sarah Barrow, who was burnt to death April the 4th, 1805. By John Griffin.

    Portsea: Printed and Sold by J,. Horsey. Sold also by Booksellers in Portsea and Portsmouth; and by T. Williams, Stationer's-Court. London, 1805. 58 pages. Original printed buff wrappers. 13.7 x 8.7 cm. Some corners turned; spine expertly repaired; occasional minor staining; else a good copy. The British Library hold copies of the fourth and seventh edition.

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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 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 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 GAPING-WIDE-MOUTH WADDLING FROG. Price Six pence; or mounted on linen, One Shilling. by CRANE, Walter.
    CRANE, Walter.
    A GAPING-WIDE-MOUTH WADDLING FROG. Price Six pence; or mounted on linen, One Shilling.

    London: George Routledge & Sons, No date [circa 1876]. [8] leaves, the first and last mounted as pastedowns to the wrappers, each with an illustration in full colour with inset verse. Original pictorial series wrappers. 23.4 x 18.cm. Spine expertly restored; trimmed at all fore-edges, where once bound in a collection; else a very good/fine copy of a scarce title.

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