Favorite Stories from Childhood

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"TO MARKET, TO MARKET, TO BUY A PLUM CAKE…"

GREENAWAY, Kate. Mother Goose. London and New York, 1881.

First edition, second issue, association copy, of this lovely book of nursery rhymes, illustrated with color plates by Kate Greenaway, in original cloth. The copy of Greenaway's sole engraver and printer, Edmund Evans, with his booklabel. $1500.

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“THE SUNSHINE OF PURE IMAGINATION”

PERRAULT, Charles (LANG, Andrew, editor). Perrault's Popular Tales. Oxford, 1888.

First edition, large-paper issue, of Andrew Lang's French edition of Perrault's Tales, "the basis for the modern canon of fairy tales," with a lengthy introduction and detailed notes by Lang, editor of the renowned Fairy Books series and "one of the most powerful and subtle intellects of his generation" (ODNB). Handsomely bound in full morocco by Whitman Bennett of New York. $800.

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“CAPTURED THE HEARTS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WORLDWIDE”

MILNE, A.A. Four Pooh Books. London, 1924-28. Four volumes.

First editions of A.A. Milne's charming "Pooh Quartet"—the volumes of verses and tales that immortalized Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh and their friends from the Hundred Acre Wood—enchantingly illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard, beautifully bound in pictorial morocco-gilt by Asprey. $8500.

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“NOW, MY DEARS… DON’T GO INTO MR. MCGREGOR’S GARDEN”

POTTER, Beatrix. Tale of Peter Rabbit. London and New York, 1902.

First trade edition—among the earliest issues, with first-state text and earliest endpapers—of Potter’s first book, one of the most popular of not only her but also all children’s tales, with 30 charming color illustrations. $20,000.

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“ONE OF LITERATURE’S MOST POIGNANT AND CONVINCING PORTRAITS OF CHILDHOOD”

RAWLINGS, Marjorie Kinnan. Yearling. New York, 1938.

First edition, first printing, of Rawlings' beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning classic. $850.

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INSCRIBED BY SEUSS

SEUSS, Dr. The Cat in the Hat. New York, 1957. First edition of this rare and important children’s classic, “a turning point… in the career of Dr. Seuss… [and] in the reading habits of American children,” inscribed by the acclaimed author-illustrator with his characteristic flourish, “for ANDY, Dr. Seuss.” $16,500.

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“THE BEST BOOK I’VE EVER WRITTEN”

SEUSS, Dr. The Butter Battle Book. New York, 1984.

First trade edition of Seuss’ provocative parable of the Cold War, inscribed with a flourish: "With Best Wishes to Brendan Hahn. Dr. Seuss." $1600.

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SIGNED BY ERNEST SHEPARD

(SHEPARD, Ernest H.) MILNE, A. A. Winnie-the-Pooh. New York, 1961.

Later signed limited edition of the second book in Milne's "Pooh Quartet," the first signed limited edition with color illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard, number 115 of only 300 copies signed by Shepard, handsomely bound by Zaehnsdorf with gilt-tooled vignette of Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh on the front cover. $1500.

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“…A LITTLE BOY AND HIS BEAR WILL ALWAYS BE PLAYING”

MILNE, A.A. House at Pooh Corner. London, 1928.

First edition of Milne's final Winnie-the-Pooh book, delightfully illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. A beautiful copy. $4000.

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“I KNOW YOU KNOW THE REASON WHY I LOVE YOU SO— YOU’RE UGH-LY!”

STEIG, William. Shrek! New York, 1990.

First edition, brightly illustrated by William Steig and inscribed on the illustrated flyleaf by him, "To B— from Bill Steig." $2200.

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1865 ILLUSTRATED EDITION OF A FROG HE WOULD A-WOOING GO, IN ORIGINAL PICTORIAL BOARDS

STEPHENS, H.L. A Frog He Would A Wooing Go. New York, 1865.

Early illustrated edition of this 19th-century children's book, wonderfully illustrated with 16 lithographs after etchings by H.L. Stephens. $600.

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“YO-HO-HO, AND A BOTTLE OF RUM!”

STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Treasure Island. London, 1883. First edition, first issue of Stevenson's swashbuckling yarn of piracy, mutiny and courage, "the finest tale of maritime adventure that has been told since Defoe" (Prideaux, 28), an exceptionally lovely copy, far more beautiful than usually found. $27,000.

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“THE MOST PRAISED AND MOST CONDEMNED
19TH-CENTURY AMERICAN WORK OF FICTION”

TWAIN, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York, 1885.

First edition, first issue, of “the most praised and most condemned 19th-century American work of fiction” (Legacies of Genius, 47), with 174 illustrations by Edward Kemble, one of approximately 500 copies bound in publisher’s three-quarter morocco binding. $16,000.

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“THE MOST PRAISED AND MOST CONDEMNED19TH-CENTURY AMERICAN WORK OF FICTION”

TWAIN, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. London, 1884.

First English edition, preceding the first American edition, of "the most praised and most condemned 19th-century American work of fiction" (Legacies of Genius, 47). $3700.

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“JUST ABOUT PERFECT, AND JUST MAGICAL IN THE WAY IT IS DONE” (EUDORA WELTY)

WHITE, E.B. Charlotte's Web. New York, 1952. First edition of one of the most delightful and beloved children's books of the 20th century, a cornerstone of any collection of modern children's literature. $4200.

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“ONE OF THE FINEST CHILDREN’S FANTASIES OF THE 20TH CENTURY”

WHITE, Terence Hanbury. The Sword in the Stone. London, 1938. First edition of the original version of White's playful and profound tale of King Arthur's youth, illustrated with numerous linecuts by the author. $3600.

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