CHILDREN'S

[Printed booklet for children, with illustrations.] The Bunch of Violets.

Author: 
Anonymous [James Burns, 17 Portman Street, Portman Square, London; Levey, Robson, and Franklyn, 46 St Martin's Lane, London]
Publication details: 
London: James Burns, 17 Portman Street, Portman Square. 1840. [Printed by Levey, Robson, and Franklyn, 46 St Martin's Lane, London.]
£250.00

19pp., 32mo. Stitched. In pink printed wraps. Lightly-aged, in worn wraps. The front cover duplicates the only different element being the central vignette. On the rear wrap is a list of twelve children's books, 'Just published, uniform in size with the present', 'The Series to be continued.' Stock engraving at head of first page, showing old man with stick at cottage door, admonishing three children, one of them crying. Final engraving shows man with hat and stick on tired horse, with accompanying dog in foreground and foliage in background.

[Children's book by Darton and Harvey] The Voyages and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe: who was Shipwrecked on the Coast of America, and cast ashore on an uninhabited Island, where he resided twenty-eight years. Written by himself.

Author: 
[Daniel Defoe; Darton and Harvey, London children's booksellers and publishers; Joseph Rickerby, Printer, Sherbourn Lane]
Publication details: 
London: Printed for Darton and Harvey, Gracechurch-street. 1837. [London: Joseph Rickerby, Printer, Sherbourn-lane.]
£250.00

45 + [ii] pp. Frontispiece. Two pages of advertisements of the firm's books at end. In original pink printed boards with further advertisements for the firm on back. Lightly-aged in worn boards with wear to spine. Scarce: no copy of this 1837 Darton & Harvey edition on COPAC, which lists only four copies by them alone: one from 1831 (NLS), two from 1834 (TCD and Bodleian), and one from 1838 (V&A). This title does not feature in Linda David's catalogue of the 1992 Lilly Library exhibition of 'Children's books published by William Darton and his sons'.

Original comic watercolour, elf-like child chasing rabbits through woodland, with toadstools in foreground.

Author: 
Jessie M. King, illustrator and artist
Jessie M. King
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£1,600.00
Jessie M. King

Watercolour, c. 23 x 9.5cm, inscribed "FOR ELIZABETH .... FRON. JESSIE.M. KING". It was the centre-pages of a small autpograph album belonging to Elizabthe Hood, daughter of J. C. F. Hood, sometime Chaplain of HM Forces, and Helen Patuffa Hood, née Kennedy-Fraser, noted collector of Hebridean songs. Perhaps a Scottish arts connnection between King and the Kennedy-Frasers? A scan may be found on my website.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Gordon Stables | MD - R.N.', from William Gordon Stables, Royal Navy surgeon and writer of boys' adventure books, regarding the postponement of a 'lecture on Caravan Life' due to his heavy workload.

Author: 
William Gordon Stables (1840-1910), Scottish Royal Navy surgeon and writer of boys' adventure books
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Jungle, Twyford, Berkshire. 10 December 1894.
£120.00

4pp., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with the second leaf neatly placed in a paper windowpane mount. He writes that he has been 'excessively busy', and this has delayed his 'coming to a decision re the lecture'. 'Since the 4th Oct. I have written two large books, besides any amount of magazine work &c.' As he has '4 books to write before May', he is afraid his 'lecture on Caravan Life will have to be deferred till another season'. He has been asked to 'lecture on Kindness to Dogs, &c with living specimens on the stage at Birmingham', and fears that 'even this will have to be put off'.

Corrected Autograph Manuscript of part of Captain Thomas Mayne Reid's 1866 novel 'Afloat in the Forest'.

Author: 
Captain Thomas Mayne Reid (1818-1883), Irish-American novelist
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated [circa 1866].
£450.00

1 p, folio. On grey paper. Fair, on aged paper, with slight spotting and chipping to extremities affecting a few words of text. A whole page of the manuscript, numbered '9' and written entirely in Reid's hand, with a few minor emendations by him, from Chapter XXVI, 'Treed by an Alligator'. Begins with the reported speech: '"That would be anything but pleasant - perhaps more so [last word emended from 'unpleasant'] to those who are waiting for us, than to ourselves.

[First volume in series 'George Cruikshank's Fairy Library'.] Hop-o' my-Thumb and the Seven-League Boots. Edited and illustrated with six etchings by George Cruikshank.

Author: 
George Cruikshank [David Bogue]
'George Cruikshank's Fairy Library'. Hop-o' my-Thumb
Publication details: 
[First edition of 1853.] London: David Bogue, 86 Fleet Street. ['LONDON: Printed by G. BARCLAY, Castle St. Leicester Sq.']
£110.00
'George Cruikshank's Fairy Library'. Hop-o' my-Thumb

8vo, [ii] + 30 pp. All nine illustrations on six plates present as called for in list on verso of fly-leaf. In original green card wraps, ornately illustrated on cover, which has at its head, 'GEORGE CRUIKSHANK'S | FAIRY LIBRARY'; and at its foot, 'PUBLISHED BY | D BOGUE 86 FLEET St. | PRICE ONE SHILLING'. On back cover: 'Preparing for Publication, | JACK AND THE BEAN-STALK. | EDITED | AND | ILLUSTRATED | BY | GEORGE CRUIKSHANK.' Internally good, on aged paper (the last print particularly foxed), in fair binding with light wear and slight staining.

[Second volume in series 'George Cruikshank's Fairy Library'.] The History of Jack & the Bean-Stalk | Edited and illustrated with six etchings by George Cruikshank.

Author: 
George Cruikshank [David Bogue]
The History of Jack & the Bean-Stalk
Publication details: 
[First edition of 1853.] London: David Bogue, 86 Fleet Street. ['LONDON: Printed by G. Barclay, Castle St. Leicester Sq.]
£125.00
The History of Jack & the Bean-Stalk

8vo, 32 pp. All eight illustrations on six plates present as called for in list on verso of fly-leaf. In original green card wraps, ornately illustrated on cover, which has at its head, 'GEORGE CRUIKSHANK'S | FAIRY LIBRARY'; and at its foot, 'PUBLISHED BY | D BOGUE 86 FLEET St. | PRICE ONE SHILLING'. On back cover: 'ALREADY PUBLISHED, | HOP O'MY THUMB AND THE SEVEN LEAGUE BOOTS, | ILLUSTRATED WITH SIX PLATES, CONTAINING NINE SUBJECTS, | BEING | No. 1 OF GEORGE CRUIKSHANK'S FAIRY LIBRARY. | Preparing for Publication, | No. III. | CINDERELLA AND THE GLASS SLIPPER.

5 items: J. E. Beale 'Blackmore Doll's Pattern'; 'Dolls And How To Make Them' by Winifred M. Ackroyd; two different copies of 'A Dolls' House Designed and Built by the late Mr. T. Batty of Drighlington, Near Bradford', June 1985 Sasha Dolls booklet.

Author: 
[Dolls and dolls' houses; Winifred M. Ackroyd; T. Batty of Drighlington, near Bradford; J. E. Beale, Bournemouth (The Blackmore Fashion Co.); Sasha Dolls Ltd, Stockport]
Dolls and dolls' houses
Publication details: 
Pattern from the 1920s? Ackroyd's book from the 1930s? The Batty book from 1948? Sasha catalogue June 1985.
£180.00
Dolls and dolls' houses

All items in good condition, on aged paper. ITEM ONE: 'Blackmore Doll's Patterns | One-Piece Dress, Bonnet, Petticoat, Bodice, Chemise and Drawers.' By J. E. Beale, Ltd. Doll Department, Bournemouth. [1920s]. Pattern in pieces of brown paper, in envelope printed with instructions and illustrations. The envelope also contains an illustrated advertisement for the Blackmore catalogue, on blue paper. ITEM TWO: 'Dolls And How To Make Them' by Winifred M. Ackroyd. At foot of title-page: 'To my fellow workers of the W.V.S. (Girlington Hospital Supplies Depot).

Autograph Letter Signed Herschell, Lord Chancellor, to unnamed woman, concerning the Children's Aid Society of which, as he says, he was President .

Author: 
Farrer Herschell, first Baron Herschell (DNB)(1837–1899), lord chancellor.
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] 46 Grosvenor Gardens, SW [London] 31 January 1896.
£250.00

Three pages, 12mo, some staining, but text clear and complete. In asking your consideration of the claims of the Childrens' Aid Society a Branch of the Reformatory & Refuge Union of which I am the President, I am not seeking your help for a mere experiment but for work which has been in progress now for nearly forty years with marked success. By means of this Society large numbers of children have been rescued from criminal & vicious surroundings, from the almost certain fate of a future of dishonesty & vice, & have become honest & honourable men & women and useful members of society.

Christmas illustration by Quentin Blake, for his own personal use, with an autograph inscription signed by him ('Q').

Author: 
Quentin Blake (born 1932), English children's book illustrator [Montague Shaw, Faber and Penguin]
Quentin Blake (born 1932), English children's book illustrator
Publication details: 
Undated [1970s?]; sent from his address 23 Gledhow Gardens, London SW5.
£250.00
Quentin Blake (born 1932), English children's book illustrator

Reproduction of black and white drawing in Blake's inimitable style. 4to (34 x 29.5 cm). Good, with a little light creasing. Reproduction of black and white drawing in Blake's inimitable style. Depicts anthropomorphic bear, pig, chicken, squirrel and hedgehog in a line from largest to smallest, all with party hats, smiles on their faces and forepaws and other front limbs aloft. Blake's address, as part of printed piece, written upwards along left-hand margin.

[Mimeographed typed playscript for the Playhouse Theatre, Kidderminster.] Pinocchio, from Carlo Colloddi's "Pinocchio - The Story of a Puppet", freely adapted for the stage and music added by Kenneth Rose.

Author: 
Kenneth Rose, Chairman of the Nonentities Society, The Playhouse Theatre, Kidderminster [Carlo Collodi; Pinocchio]
 Pinocchio
Publication details: 
[1953.]
£280.00
 Pinocchio

4to, [iii] + 76 pp. In original orange titled wraps. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, in worn and frayed wraps. A three-act adaptation of Collodi's children's classic, with cast of characters, 'Synopsis of Scenes', and 'Musical Contents' listing the plays twenty-six songs.

Christmas illustration by Quentin Blake, for his own personal use, with an autograph inscription signed by him ('Q').

Author: 
Quentin Blake (born 1932), English children's book illustrator [Montague Shaw, Faber and Penguin]
Publication details: 
Undated [1970s?]; sent from his address 23 Gledhow Gardens, London SW5.
£250.00

Reproduction of black and white drawing in Blake's inimitable style. 4to (34 x 29.5 cm). Good, with a little light creasing. Reproduction of black and white drawing in Blake's inimitable style. Depicts anthropomorphic bear, pig, chicken, squirrel and hedgehog in a line from largest to smallest, all with party hats, smiles on their faces and forepaws and other front limbs aloft. Blake's address, as part of printed piece, written upwards along left-hand margin. Genuine autograph inscription by Blake, in blue ink, at right of drawing, reading 'With best wishes for Christmas & love from Q'.

[Printed handbill.] New Version of the House that Jack Built. [Parallel texts, with the 'old version' in one column, and the 'new version', in circumfluous language, in another.]

Author: 
[Victorian parody of 'The House that Jack Built']
Victorian parody of 'The House that Jack Built']
Publication details: 
[Without date or place.] [Late Victorian?]
£125.00
Victorian parody of 'The House that Jack Built']

8vo, 1 p. Text clear and complete. Fair, on thin aged paper, laid down on a sheet of backing. In small type, with the 'old version' of the nursery rhyme, in the left hand column, transformed into a 'new version' of 78 lines of prose in the right-hand column. The first line - 'This is the house that Jack built' - is changed into 'This is the domiciliary edifice erected by John.' The 'priest all shaven and shorn' becomes 'the ecclesiastical gentleman, the summit of whose pericranium was denuded of its natural covering'. Scarce: no copy in the British Library or on COPAC.

Long Typed Letter Signed ('Mabel Esther Allan') by the children's writer Mabel Esther Allan ['Jean Estoril'] to 'Miss Gilbert', responding in detail to her questions regarding her writing.

Author: 
Mabel Esther Allan (1915-1998), English children's writer under the pseudonyms 'Jean Estoril', 'Priscilla Hagon' and 'Anne Pilgrim'
Long Typed Letter Signed ('Mabel Esther Allan') by the children's writer
Publication details: 
19 March 1965; Glengarth, Oldfield Way, Heswall, Wirral, Cheshire.
£125.00
Long Typed Letter Signed ('Mabel Esther Allan') by the children's writer

4to, 5 pp. Text clear and complete. Good, on aged and folded paper. An highly interesting and significant letter, responding thoughtfully and in detail to questions posed by Gilbert (author, according to Allan, of the 'special study, "Children and Reading"'). Begins by responding to the question 'Why do I write for children?' Considers that children's books 'are at least a minor form of art [...] I am a professional author. I have published more than eighty books, all but one for young people. But every book I have written has been written because I wanted to write it, for myself.

[Pamphlet printed at Canterbury College of Art.] The story of the children who live at Willow Green told and illustrated by Rene Hummerstone.

Author: 
Rene Hummerstone [Canterbury College of Art]
Pamphlet printed at Canterbury College of Art
Publication details: 
Canterbury College of Art, 1951.
£75.00
Pamphlet printed at Canterbury College of Art

8vo, 17 pp. Stitched. In original grey wraps, printed in black red and dark and light green. Good, on lightly aged paper. A children's book, with attractive illustrations of children playing, either in red or green. Colophon reads: 'Compositors: D. Beech and J. Baker | Pressmen: G. V. Jones and G. Knott | The Illustrations are printed from the original lino-cuts.' Scarce: the only copy on COPAC at Cambridge.

Autograph Note Signed ('A Lang') from the Scottish writer Andrew Lang to an unnamed male recipient.

Author: 
Andrew Lang (1844-1912), Scottish author and folklorist
Andrew Lang (1844-1912), Scottish author and folklorist
Publication details: 
25 January [no year]; St Andrews.
£28.00
Andrew Lang (1844-1912), Scottish author and folklorist

12mo, 1 p. Fair, on aged paper. On the recto of the first leaf of a bifolium, with a cutting carrying a photographic portrait of 'Mr. Andrew Lang' tipped-in at right-angles below the text. The verso of the blank second leaf of the bifolium is tipped-in onto a larger piece of paper removed from an album, onto which a magazine cutting carrying a reproduction of a drawing of Lang is laid down, captioned 'Andrew Lang writes on The Progress of Literature in the Nineteenth Century'. Lang writes that he 'never received' his correspondent's 'paper on the drama: your Letter arrived, but no M.S.'

[Printed handbill libretto.] The House that Jack built. A Nursery Cantata. With Solos, Choruses, and Incidental Music, Composed expressly for the Royal Aquarium, by Mr. George Fox. The Juvenile Troupe, Under the Direction of Mr. J. E. Nolan.

Author: 
George Fox [The Juvenile Troupe; J. E. Nolan; The Royal Aquarium and Winter Garden, London; Hutchins & Romer, Conduit Street]
The House that Jack built. A Nursery Cantata
Publication details: 
[Circa 1880.] 'The Music Published by Messrs Hutchins & Romer, Conduit Street, Regent Street'.
£56.00
The House that Jack built. A Nursery Cantata

Small 4to, 4 pp. Bifolium. Text clear and complete. Fair, on browned high-acidity paper. Neat strip of stub from mounting in album still adhering to inner margin of verso of second leaf. Headed 'Words.' All but first chorus in double-column. A mixture of the original 'House that Jack built' with 'Jack and Jill'. Begins with 'Chorus. - "This is the house that Jack built."', the first lines of which are 'Our labours are done, our recompense won, | And anger has been on no back spilt, | So now with one voice we'll laugh and rejoice | As this is the house that Jack built.' Characters are: Mr.

Redfield; or, A Visit to the Country. A Story for Children. With Four Illustrations by John Absolon. With letter from publisher with good content.

Author: 
Anon. [Mrs Parker Smith?]
Publication details: 
London: Bell & Daldy, 186, Fleet Street, 1858.
£480.00

90[6]pp., 8vo (six-page catalogue of Bell & Daldy's "New and Standard Publications" at end), in slipcase, green cloth in good condition, pattern in relief, gold motif of laurels surrounding the title, hinge strain at title/frontispiece, some speckling throughout, some pencilled underlining, and childish daubing of colour onto three of the illustrations. INSCRIBED as follows: "This book was written by my mother [letters crossd out] the stories read to me & Walter for our amusement in 1857-8 | J Parker Smith".

Typed Letter Signed by Nicolas Bentley to the actor C. Kenneth Benda, concerning the rights to his book 'Trent's Last Case', and a proposal by Benda for a stage adaptation.

Author: 
Nicolas Bentley [Nicolas Clerihew Bentley (1907-1978)], British author and illustrator [C. Kenneth Benda (1902-1978), British actor]
Typed Letter Signed by Nicolas Bentley
Publication details: 
10 June 1966; on Bentley's letterhead, 7 Hobury Street, Chelsea.
£75.00
Typed Letter Signed by Nicolas Bentley

4to, 1 p. 19 lines. Text clear and complete. On aged and lightly creased paper, with strip of sunning to left-hand margin. Neat signature: 'Nicolas Bentley'. The film and television rights to the book were all 'bought some years ago by Herbert Wilcox, who, as I understand it, still owns them'. Bentley has reports the opinion of 'Messrs A. P. Watt, my late father's agent', on the question of the radio rights. 'I control the stage rights', Bentley states, giving the conditions on which he would agree to a stage adaptation.

Printed document proposing a nursery for Bedminster and Redcliff, headed 'To the Glory of the Holy Child Jesus, And in Memory of The Manger of Bethlehem.'

Author: 
Bedminster and Redcliff, Bristol [Rev. Arthur Hawkins Ward (1832-1906)]
Publication details: 
Undated. [Bristol, 1860s?]
£56.00

On one side of a piece of paper 28 x 22 cm. Text clear and complete. Aged and creased, with two small areas of slight loss (not affecting text) and closed tears. Part of previous mount adhering to the reverse. Twenty-four lines beneath the title, with the whole enclosed within a border. Begins: 'It is proposed to establish, in the midst of the dense population of Bedminster and Redcliff, a nursery for children under three years of age.' Ends 'Rev. A. H.

Printed handbill 'ADVERTISEMENT' concerning the recall of the 'Sixtieth Thousand' of 'Through the Looking Glass'.

Author: 
Lewis Carroll' [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] [Alice in Wonderland]
Lewis Carroll, Advertisment, Handbill
Publication details: 
Christmas, 1893.'
£175.00
Lewis Carroll, Advertisment, Handbill

On one side of a piece of wove paper roughly 18 x 12 cm. Headed 'ADVERTISEMENT.' and signed in type 'LEWIS CARROLL. | Christmas, 1893.' Twenty-eight lines of text. In good condition on lightly-aged and spotted paper. Begins 'For over 25 years, I have made it my chief object, with regard to my books, that they should be of the best workmanship attainable for the price.

Glum-Glum. A Fairy Romance.

Author: 
[Charles Marshall, author?] [Richard Bentley (1794-1871), printer and publisher] [Victorian children's literature]
Publication details: 
London: Richard Bentley, Publisher in Ordinary to Her Majesty, 8 New Burlington Street. 1867. [London: Robson and Son, Great Northern Printing Works, Pancras Road, N.W.]
£200.00

4to (leaf dimensions 20.5 x 16.5 cm): 63 pp. In original grey-green printed wraps. Tight and generally good, but with damp-staining to a few leaves, some wear to corners and creasing and grubbiness to the last three leaves. Wraps worn and grubby. Embossed bookseller's stamp to rear wrap: 'W. H. Smith & Son. 186 Strand, London.' Scarce: COPAC only lists copies at the Bodleian, the National Library of Scotland and the British Library (the last being attributed to 'MARSHALL, Charles, Traveller'). The beginning is reminiscent of Tolkien's 'Hobbit': 'POOR Glum-glum!

Manuscript list of 'Xmas Toys 1879.' ordered wholesale, apparently for a hardware merchant.

Author: 
[List of Victorian Christmas Toys, 1879] [Moorcrofts; nineteenth-century children's games]
Publication details: 
[1879.] Place not stated, but English (with the reverse headed 'Moorcrofts').
£35.00

On a ruled leaf of laid paper detached from an account book. Dimensions 28.5 x 18.5 cm. Text clear and complete. On aged paper with chipping to extremities. One page, headed 'Xmas Toys 1879.' is filled with twenty-seven entries, beginning with '1 Gross 1/2 Flags 2 Gros 1/4 Candles [last word deleted] Flags' and ending with '1/2 Glass Toys. | 48 doz 1/2 Bird on Stand'. Other entries include 'Duck in Boats', 'Bird on Ball', 'Stag in Angle' and 'Glass Bird on Large Stand'. The reverse carries nine entries under the heading 'Moocrofts', the first being '504 6 Gross Shoe Plain 24/- 7..4..0'.

Les vacances de Lumineux petit cheval de cirque.

Author: 
Cécile Aubry
Publication details: 
Paris: Éditions Émile-Paul Frères, 14 Rue de L'Abbaye, VI. 1955.
£60.00

PRESENTATION COPY: inscribed on half-title 'Pour Louise | avec mon bien amical souvenir - | Cécile Aubry'. 32 pages, quarto. In printed coloured boards, with decorated endpapers. llustrated by Aubry in colour (one double-page and nine full page) and black and white (five vignettes) and red (final page and endpapers). On the poor side of good, with minor staining, spotting and wear; negligible damp damage to boards.

Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Alec Maclehose') from Alexander MacLehose; and one Autograph Letter Signed ('James MacLehose'); all three to John Gideon Wilson.

Author: 
Alexander MacLehose & Co.; James MacLehose; publishers [John Gideon Wilson (1876-1963), Scottish bookseller, proprietor of the London firm of Bumpus]
Publication details: 
Alexander MacLehose: 10 August 1931 and 23 June 1932; both on letterhead of Alexander MacLehose & Co., 58 Bloomsbury Street, London, W.C.1. James MacLehose: 20 November 1931; on letterhead of Saint Johns House, 30 Smith Square, Westminster, S.W.1.
£100.00

Alexander MacLehose: Letter One: 4to, 1 p. Good, on slightly aged and lightly creased paper. He is sending a copy of his catalogue, 'which has reached me from the printers to-day'. He has 'sent a copy also to the firm'. Would like Wilson's 'advice as to whether "Memories of the Months" should have a paper jacket. The binders have sent me a nice cellophane cover, which shows the rather handsome binding. Would there be any objection, from a selling point of view, to a cellophane cover in place of the ordinary paper jacket?' Letter Two: 12mo, 2 pp.

Autograph Letter Signed to Mrs Wedderburn; and Autograph Note to Mr and Mrs G. Wedderburn.

Author: 
Catherine Sinclair (1800-1864), Scottish novelist
Publication details: 
Letter, 13 February [no year or place]; Note, 23 March [no year], 133 George Street [Edinburgh].
£28.00

LETTER: One page, 12mo. Good, on aged, creased paper, with trace of stub on blank verso. Crest at head. 'It will give my brother & me much pleasure to accept your kind invitation for Tuesday evening the 16th. - I dine that day with Lady Sempill which will make me later than I should wish, but I hope to reach your house soon after 10'. NOTE: One page, 12mo, good, with fraying at head and traces of mount adhering to blank verso. A formal note written in the third person. 'Miss Catherine Sinclair will be happy to have the honor of accepting Mrs. Wedderburns & Mr.

A Catalogue of New & Popular Works, And of Books for Children, Suitable for Presents, Sunday School Libraries, and Prizes.

Author: 
E. P. Dutton & Co., publishers, New York [book catalogue; children's books; juvenile]
Publication details: 
[October 1881] New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 713, Broadway. Griffith & Farran, St. Paul's Churchyard, London.
£30.00

12mo. 32 pages. Unbound. On browned high-acidity paper. Loss to margins of first and last leaves, but text clear and complete, save for the dating in bottom left-hand corner of the title: <...> 8. 81. Cancelling all previous Editions of this Catalogue.' Line in blue pen around the words 'for Children' in the title, and pencil markings (by a child) to p.30. Circular engraving beneath title captioned 'Goldsmith introduced to Newbery by Dr.

A Brief History of Boys' Journals. With interesting Facts about the Writers of Boys' Stories. With handbill advertisement for 'The "Old Boys' Book Club'.

Author: 
Ralph Rollington, pseud. [Herbert John Allingham, father of Margery Allingham; boys' stories; The Old Boys' Book Club, Seaforth, Liverpool; George Emmett; E. J. Brett]
Publication details: 
Leicester: H. Simpson, Grove Road. [Appendix dated 'Leicester, July, 1913.']
£75.00

8vo: 111 pp. Frontispiece portrait of author, and eight plates (including portraits of George Emmett and E. J. Brett). In original grey printed wraps (title incorrectly given on front as 'The Old Boy's Books'). Tight, on lightly-aged and foxed paper. Grubby frontispiece and worn and lightly-stained wraps. Uncommon. COPAC lists copies at the British Library, the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, Oxford, Aberdeen and the University of London. The British Library entry ascribes the book to Allington. Pasted to the inner back wrap is an advertisement headed 'JOIN! JOIN! JOIN!

Easter-Tide. Poems by E. Nesbit and Caris Brooke.

Author: 
E. Nesbit [Edith Nesbit; Edith Bland] and 'Caris Brooke' [Saretta Nesbit]
Publication details: 
Undated [dated to 1888 by the Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature]. 'London Henry J. Drane & Co. Lovells Court Paternoster Row E.C. (Produced in Germany.)'
£150.00

8vo (dimensions roughly 21 x 16.5 cm): 24 pp. In original coloured illustrated card wraps. The whole bound with black thread. All edges silvered. Aged, worn and lightly spotted, but tight and in reasonable condition overall. Two small wormholes in back wrap, affecting the verso of the last leaf. Fifteen poems, seven of them by Nesbit: 'Song', 'Possibilities', 'Vie Manquees', To a Picture by Giovanni Bellini', 'The Better Part', 'Rondeau' and 'Lovers'. Every page of the volume carries illustrations of nature in black and light green. Similar designs in colour on the covers.

Dorothy Canfield. A Biographical Note'.

Author: 
Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1879-1958), American novelist, educational reformer and social activist [Vrest Orton]
Publication details: 
Undated [1930s?]. 'Typography by VREST ORTON'.
£225.00

Stapled pamphlet of thirteen pages (dimensions of leaf 15 x 8 cm), in original grey printed wraps. Attractively produced in relatively small print. Small stain to rear wrap, and some spotting to p.12. Inscribed beneath frontispiece photograph of a pensive Canfield at her writing desk, 'With best greetings to Harry from [signed] Dorothy Canfield Fisher'. The final page consists of a list of 'Books By Dorothy Canfield', several of which are scored through in pencil, with the titles of four others added. No copy listed on COPAC, and none listed in the Yale and Harvard catalogues.

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