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"IN A HOLE IN THE GROUND THERE LIVED A HOBBIT"

TOLKIEN, J.R.R. The Hobbit. London, 1937.

First edition, first printing, in original unrestored dust jacket, of the fantasy classic—"among the very highest achievements of children's authors during the 20th century" (Carpenter & Pritchard, 530)—one of only 1500 copies printed. $115,000.

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AN EXTRAORDINARY ITEM: GARTH WILLIAMS’ ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR, PEN AND INK ILLUSTRATION FOR THE FIRST EDITION DUST JACKET OF CHARLOTTE’S WEB, FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE BOOK’S EDITOR, URSULA NORDSTROM

WILLIAMS, Garth. Original watercolor illustration [Charlotte's Web dust jacket]. No place, 1952.

Original watercolor, pen and ink front cover and spine illustration for the dust jacket of the first edition of Charlotte’s Web by Garth Williams, a preliminary version of the final cover, evidently sent by Williams for approval to Ursula Nordstrom, the legendary director of Harper’s department of children’s books from 1940 to 1973 and the editor of Charlotte’s Web. From the personal collection of Ursula Nordstrom. A remarkable item, the original art for what is arguably one of the most beautiful children’s dust jacket illustrations ever, and an integral part of the publication history of one of the most beloved and celebrated children’s books of the 20th century. With original museum exhibition label. $65,000.

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“AMONG THE BEST EVER WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN”

MILNE, A. A. Four Pooh Books. London, 1924-28. Four volumes. Large paper signed, limited first editions on handmade paper of A. A. Milne’s four wonderful Pooh books, each signed by both Milne and Shepard, in original dust jackets. All lovely copies. The exceptionally rare first volume limited to only 100 copies, the others from 200 to 300 copies. $60,000.

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“THEN ONE MORNING, EXACTLY AT SUNRISE, SHE SUDDENLY SHOWED HERSELF”

SAINT-EXUPERY, Antoine de. Original ink and watercolor drawing. New York, circa 1943. Rare and wonderful item—one of the scarce original finished ink and watercolor drawings Saint-Exupery executed for his Little Prince, this one showing the Little Prince watching his flower’s first bloom (page 29). The original manuscript in the Morgan Library contains only preliminary drawings and this particular subject is not among them. $45,000.

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“THE GREATEST OF ALL ENGLISH STORIES FOR CHILDREN”

CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. London, 1866, 1872. Together, two volumes. First editions in original cloth of “the greatest of all English stories for children,” the first authorized edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the first edition of Through the Looking-Glass. $35,000.

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“I AM ELOISE. I AM SIX” : UNIQUE ARCHIVE INCLUDING AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT DRAFTS FOR KAY THOMPSON’S CLASSIC, ELOISE

THOMPSON, Kay. WELLS, Robert. Eloise manuscript archive. New York, 1955-59.

Extraordinary archive collection of manuscripts and typescripts for Kay Thompson’s famous first Eloise book, with materials from the collection of Eloise songwriter Robert Wells. The extensive archive includes 26 pages in Thompson’s large distinctive hand and many other pages with her handwritten notes. The only known manuscript draft for Eloise, containing in Thompson’s hand the immortal lines, “I am Eloise. I am six.” $35,000.

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UNIQUE PAIR OF CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS WITH ORIGINAL DRAWINGS ON THEM OF A WILD THING AND THE NUTCRACKER BY MAURICE SENDAK

SENDAK, Maurice. Christmas Ornaments. No place, circa 1978.

A wonderful and unique item: two plain white Christmas ornaments, one with a drawing of Wild Thing on it done in red, black and yellow markers and the other with a drawing of the Nutcracker on it done in black, yellow and green markers by Maurice Sendak for a neighbor and close friend. $35,000.

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PRESENTATION COPY WARMLY INSCRIBED BY BEATRIX POTTER

POTTER, Beatrix. The Tailor of Gloucester. London, 1902.

True first edition, one of only 500 privately printed copies of Potter’s second book, which she called “my own favorite amongst my little books,” with frontispiece and 15 illustrations in color, three of which do not appear in the first trade edition of October, 1903, inscribed just a month after publication to a tenant in her rental cottage: “For Miss Murray MacGregor from Beatrix Potter. Jan. 16th 03.” $32,000.

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"NIELSEN'S MOST SPECTACULAR AND CELEBRATED BOOK"

NIELSEN, Kay. East of the Sun and West of the Moon. London, 1914.

Signed limited first edition of this classic collection of Norwegian folk tales, illustrated with 25 superb mounted color plates and decorative in-text line cuts by famed artist Kay Nielsen, number 68 of only 500 copies numbered and signed by him. A scarce and magnificent masterpiece in excellent condition, with original silk ties present. $29,000.

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"TO PAULINE PAN, A GREAT PETER"

(RACKHAM, Arthur) BARRIE, J.M. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. London, 1906.

Signed limited first separate edition, number 128 of only 500 copies signed by Rackham, with 50 mounted color illustrations. A superb association copy, inscribed on the illustrated original endpaper by J.M. Barrie to Pauline Chase, who played Peter Pan in the original London production of the play, "To Pauline Pan, a great Peter, from a grateful JMB." $26,000.

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