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  • First Edition of 1,2,3 The Zoo; Signed by Eric Carle

    Carle, Eric.

    1,2,3 To The Zoo.

    Cleveland and New York: The World Publishing Company, 1968.

    First edition. Thin quarto, original cloth. Signed by Eric Carle on the title page. Fine in near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a small chip on the front panel, and wear at the spine ends. The artist’s first solely authored and original picture book.

    Price: $3,000.00

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  • “Things are always happening to me. I’m that sort of bear": Rare First Edition of A Bear Called Paddington; Inscribed by Michael Bond

    Bond, Michael; Illustrated by Peggy Fortnum .

    A Bear Called Paddington.

    London: Collins, 1958.

    First edition of the first book in the Paddington series. Octavo, original red cloth. Inscribed by Michael Bond on the half title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing to the front panel and a few small closed tears. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice example of a book that is usually found well worn.

    Price: $7,200.00

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  • A Bear Called Paddington; Signed by Michael Bond

    Bond, Michael; Illustrated by Peggy Fortnum.

    A Bear Called Paddington.

    New York: Harper, 2014.

    First edition of the re-issue of this classic children’s work. Small octavo, original illustrated boards, no dust jacket was issued for this release. Signed by Michael Bond on the title page. In fine condition.

    Price: $250.00

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  • First Edition of Tasha Tudor's A Book Of Christmas A Three Dimensional Book; Signed by Her

    Tudor, Tasha.

    A Book Of Christmas A Three Dimensional Book.

    New York: Philomel Books, 1979.

    First edition. Small quarto, original glossy boards. Signed “greetings Tasha Tudor.” In near fine condition.

    Price: $125.00

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  • First Edition of A Child's Calendar; Signed by Illustrator Nancy Ekholm Burkert

    Updike, John.

    A Child’s Calendar.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1965.

    First edition. Octavo, original red cloth. Signed by the illustrator, Nancy Ekholm Burkert on the half title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $375.00

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  • "If you had a giraffe and he stretched another half . . . you would have a giraffe and a half": The Giraffe and a Half; Signed by Shel Silverstein

    Silverstein, Shel.

    A Giraffe and a Half.

    New York: Harper & Row, 1964.

    Quarto, original cloth. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Boldly signed by Shel Silverstein on the front free endpaper.

    Price: $1,250.00

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  • First Edition of Tasha Tudor's A is for Annabelle; Signed by Her

    Tudor, Tasha.

    A is for Annabelle.

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1954.

    First edition. Signed by Tasha Tudor on the front endpage. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with only the lightest of wear. A very sharp example.

    Price: $750.00

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  • "Do a loony-goony dance cross the kitchen floor, put something silly in the world that ain't been there before": First Edition of A Light In Attic; Signed by Shel Silverstein

    Silverstein, Shel.

    A Light In the Attic.

    New York: Harper & Row, 1981.

    First edition with the statement on the copyright page. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Shel Silverstein on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket.

    Price: $1,500.00

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  • “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind": MIDSUMMER-NIGHT’S DREAM: ONE OF 1,000 COPIES; SIGNED BY ARTHUR RACKHAM

    Rackham, Arthur; William Shakespeare.

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    London: William Heinemann., 1908.

    Large quarto, original full vellum gilt, top edge gilt, gold titles to the spine, front panel. Limited edition, one of a thousand copies signed by Arthur Rackham. Thirty-nine colored plates under tissue guards, plus illustrations. In very good condition.

    Price: $1,750.00

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  • Snicket, Lemony (AKA Daniel Handler).

    A Series of Unfortunate Events Set: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, The Miserable Mill, The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital,The Carnivorous Carnival, The Slippery Slope, The End.

    New York: Harper Trophy, 1999-2006..

    First editions, first printings of each of Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events. Small octavos, original illustrated boards. Each are signed, dated and embossed by Lemony Snicket. Each of the thirteen volumes are in fine condition. Also included is a signed first edition of “Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography.” The A beautiful signed set.

    Price: $5,000.00

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  • First Edition of A Swiftly Tilting Planet; Signed by Madeleine L'Engle

    L'Engle, Madeleine.

    A Swiftly Tilting Planet.

    New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1978.

    First Edition of the author’s third book in her acclaimed Time Quartet. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Madeleine L’Engle on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $375.00

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  • Signed by Tasha Tudor

    Tudor, Tasha.

    A Tale For Easter.

    New York: Henry Z. Walck, 1972.

    First edition of the Walck reprint of this Tasha Tudor classic. Signed on the title page, “greetings! Tasha Tudor.” Fine in near fine price-clipped dust jacket.

    Price: $100.00

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  • First Edition of Tasha Tudor's A Time To Keep; Signed by Her

    Tudor, Tasha.

    A Time To Keep: The Tasha Tudor Book of Holidays.

    New York: Rand McNally & Company, 1977.

    First edition. Folio, original illustrated boards. Signed by the author on the title page, “greetings! Tasha Tudor.” In near fine condition.

    Price: $125.00

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  • First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt's A Trip to Washington with Bobby and Betty; Inscribed by Her to her Grandson

    Roosevelt, Eleanor (Mrs. Franklin).

    A Trip to Washington with Bobby and Betty.

    Dodge Publishing, 1935.

    First edition. Octavo, original orange cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Bill from his loving grandmere who is also the author Eleanor Roosevelt Xmas 1935.” The recipient was Roosevelt’s grandson William Donner Roosevelt, son of Elliot Roosevelt and grandson of the author Eleanor Roosevelt. A Trip to Washington with Bobby and Betty is one of the more uncommon books by Roosevelt, and one that is not often found signed or inscribed, especially with such a nice association. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $5,000.00

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  • "Tesser Well": First Edition of Madeleine L'Engle’s Newbery Award-Winning Novel A Wrinkle In Time; Inscribed by Her

    L'Engle, Madeleine.

    A Wrinkle In Time.

    New York: Ariel Books, 1962.

    First edition of the author’s Newbery award-winning novel. Octavo, original half blue cloth. Inscribed by the author, “For Sam, Tesser Well Madeleine L’Engle.” Light wear to the bottom boards, near fine in a very near fine dust jacket that shows some light wear and a closed tear to the front panel. Without the Newbery Award winning seal to the front panel. Jacket design by Ellen Raskin. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example.

    Price: $15,000.00

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  • “We can't take any credit for our talents. It's how we use them that counts”: First British Edition of A Wrinkle in Time; Signed by Madeleine L'Engle

    L'Engle, Madeleine.

    A Wrinkle In Time.

    London: Constable Young Books, 1963.

    First British edition of the author’s Newbery award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page. Very good in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with some small chips to the spine. Uncommon signed.

    Price: $6,500.00

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  • "Don't try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition": Rare First Edition of A Wrinkle In Time; Inscribed by Madeleine L’Engle

    L'Engle, Madeleine.

    A Wrinkle In Time.

    New York: Ariel Books, 1962.

    First edition of the author’s Newbery award-winning novel. Octavo, bound in full blue morocco, gilt titles to the spine, gilt tooling to the front and rear panels, raised bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For another Meg, Tesser Well Madeleine L’Engle.” A beautiful presentation.

    Price: $4,800.00

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  • "Don't try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition": A Wrinkle In Time; Lengthily Inscribed by Madeleine L’Engle

    L'Engle, Madeleine.

    A Wrinkle In Time.

    New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1962.

    First edition, eighth printing of the author’s Newbery award-winning novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For the Lindquists with a special thanks to my Cleveland Guardian angel: I will never forget your courtesy and kindness. You knew how to tesser before I ever wrote this! Madeleine L’Engle.” The lengthiest inscription on A Wrinkle In Time that we have seen or handled. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Ellen Raskin.

    Price: $850.00

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  • Last Sunday, Alexander's grandparents gave him a dollar -- and he was rich. There were so many things he could do with all of that money!": First Edition of Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday; Signed by Judith Viorst

    Viorst, Judith; Illustrated by Ray Cruz.

    Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday.

    New York: Atheneum Publishers, 1978.

    First edition of the second book in the author’s acclaimed Alexander series. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, “Save your money! Judith Viorst.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Price: $450.00

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  • First Edition of Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move; Signed by Judith Viorst

    Viorst, Judith; Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser.

    Alexander, Who’s Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move.

    New York: Atheneum, 1995.

    First edition. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Signed by the author on the title page, “From Alexander’s mom- Judith Viorst.” Name on the front free endpaper, near fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Price: $400.00

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