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"The adventure is over. Everything gets over, and nothing is ever enough. Except the part you carry with you:" First Edition of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Signed by E.L. Konigsburg
New York: Atheneum, 1967.
First edition of the author’s Newbery Award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Konigsburg. Signed by E.L. Konigsburg on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. An exceptional example, first editions are rare signed.
Price: $8,200.00 Item Number: 119874
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1965.
First edition of this work by the author of The Lord of the Rings. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Quackenbush. An exceptional example.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 119921
New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1926.
Signed limited first edition of this classic work, one of 200 copies of the large paper edition. Octavo, original half cloth, folding map at rear. lllustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. Signed by both A.A. Milne and Ernest H. Shepard. Additionally signed again by Ernest Shepard on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. An exceptional example.
Price: $14,000.00 Item Number: 119845
New York: Blue Ribbon Books, 1934.
First edition of this wonderfully illustrated work by Disney. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated endpapers, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Tommy Bell with my best wishes Walt Disney.” Very good in very good dust jacket.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 119864
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953.
First edition of Lady and the Tramp. Octavo, bound in full morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled and illustration to the front panel, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, with charming illustrations by Joe G. Rinaldi. Foreword by Walt Disney. In fine condition. An exceptional presentation.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 119244
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1939.
They Went Looking High and Low Lithograph of Ludwig Bemelmans’ Madeline in Monmartre at Sacre Coeur, on wove paper, the illustration first published in the first edition of Madeline published in 1939. The lithograph measures 26 inches by 20 inches. Signed in pencil, lower right, and in lower left image. Double matted and framed.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 119232
San Diego: IDW Publishing, 2007.
First edition of this illustrated work of Beowulf. Octavo, original wrappers. illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Neil Gaiman on the title page. In fine condition. Art and cover by Gabriel Rodriguez. Colors by Jay Folos.
Price: $200.00 Item Number: 116056
London: Longmans, Green and Company, 1913.
Early printing of this classic work. Octavo, original green cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Percy Fitzpatrick on the title page. In near fine condition with light shelfwear to the extremities. Illustrated by E. Caldwell.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 119744
London: Doubleday, 2004.
First British edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers. Boldly signed by Christopher Paolini on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John Jude Palencar.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 118619
EXCEPTIONALLY RARE ORIGINAL DRAWING OF SNOOPY'S COMPANION WOODSTOCK; DRAWN AND SIGNED BY CHARLES M. SCHULZ
Exceptionally rare original drawing of beloved Peanuts character Woodstock in military attire. Drawn and signed by Charles Schulz , “For SPC 4 Britt Weise, best wishes – Schulz.” In near fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 14 inches. Original drawings of Woodstock are scarce.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 119508
“Seaward ho! Hang the treasure! It's the glory of the sea that has turned my head": Rare First Edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island
London: Cassell & Company, 1883.
First edition, first issue with all the following points: with 8 page publisher’s list at end, the first state October ads numbered 5R-1083; “dead man’s chest” not capitalized on pp. 2 and 7; broken type in “vain” and miscreant” last two lines of p. 40; “a” missing in line 6, p. 63; p. 83 with the page number missing the 8; number 2 overstamped in a different font in the numbering of p. 127; period not present on line 20 of page 178; “worse” instead of “worst” on line 3 of page 197. Octavo, original green cloth. In near fine condition with a touch of rubbing, name to the half-title page. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell and chemise box. A very sharp example.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 118790
Rare first edition of Arthur Rackham's illustrated rendition of Mother Goose: The Old Nursery Rhymes; elaborately bound by Birdsall for Charles Scribner's Sons
London: William Heinemann, 1913.
First edition of Arthur Rackham’s illustrated rendition of the classic nursery rhyme collection. Octavo, elaborately bound in full scarlet morocco by Birdsall for Charles Scribner’s Sons with gilt titles and flor gilt decorations to the spine in two compartments within raised gilt bands, triple gilt ruling to the panels with gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, morocco decorative inlay to the front panel, all edges gilt, silk watered endleaves. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham with 12 captioned tissue-guarded illustrations in color including frontispiece and numerous illustrations in black and white. In fine condition. Housed in a custom slipcase.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 118439
"ONE OF THE MOST ENDEARING BOOKS EVER WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN": First Edition of Grahame's The Wind in the Willows
London: Methuen and Co, 1908.
First edition of the beloved children’s novel, which author A.A. Milne once referred to as a “household book,” “one of the classic read-aloud books that should not be missed by any family” (Silvey). Octavo, original gilt-stamped pictorial green cloth, top edge gilt. In fine condition with a touch of shelfwear. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise box. An exceptional example, uncommon in this condition.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 119162
“So many things are possible just as long as you don't know they're impossible": Signed Limited Edition of The Phantom Tollbooth; One of only 100 Numbered Examples
New York: Random House, 1996.
Signed limited edition of this classic work, one of only 100 numbered examples. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated by Jules Feiffer. Boldly signed by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer. Fine in a fine slipcase.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 118528
New York: The Platt & Munk Co. Inc, 1940.
First edition in book form of Garis’ classic Uncle Wiggily tale which appeared originally in the Evening News. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Elmer Rache, frontispiece in color. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “With best wishes from the author Howard R. Garis and Uncle Wiggily.” In fine condition.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 118740
"Wootton Major it was called because it was not very large, though it was at that time prosperous": First edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's Smith of Wootton Major
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company , 1967.
First edition of Tolkien’s classic fairy story. Small octavo, illustrated. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket photograph of Tolkien by Roger Hill. An exceptional example.
Price: $375.00 Item Number: 118644
Somerville, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press, 1995.
First edition of McBratney’s beloved children’s classic. Quarto, original illustrated boards. Watercolor illustrations by Anita Jeram. In fine condition.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 119644
"Ralph was the only mouse in the Mountain View Inn who owned a motorcycle": Beverly Cleary's Runaway Ralph; Signed by Her
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1970.
Early printing of the author’s classic book. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Louis Darling. Presentation copy, inscribed by Beverly Cleary on the half-title page, “To Aubry on his 10th birthday – Happy reading! Beverly Cleary March 11, 1989.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket photograph by G. Paul Bishop. Uncommon signed.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 119062
"Goodnight room, goodnight moon": Rare First Edition of Goodnight Moon in the scarce first-issue dust jacket
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1947.
First edition of one of the most elusive first editions in children’s literature. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Near fine in a good price-clipped first issue dust jacket, lacking any evidence of residue from the ‘Harper Blue Ribbon Book’ sticker which wrapped around the spine in later issue jackets, with the “Little Chicken” listing on the rear flap. Titular inscription to the dust jacket spine.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 115591
London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1976.
First British edition of this collection of letters from the author of the Lord of the Rings. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated throughout. In fine condition, issued without a dust jacket. Edited by Ballie Tolkien. An exceptional example.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 118944
Rare first edition in English of Grimm's fairy tales; bound in full crushed scarlet morocco by Riviere & sons and with 20 full-page etchings by George Cruikshank
German Popular Stories, Translated from the Kinder und Haus Marchen, Collected by M.M. Grimm, from Oral Tradition. [ Including: Snow White, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, and Sleeping Beauty].
London: C. Baldwyn, 1823; James Robins, 1826.
First edition, first issue in English of both volumes of Grimms’ famous fairy tales, including Snow White, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, and Sleeping Beauty. With the first state of the engraved title page of Volume I, without the umlaut in the word Märchen (“later issues of the first edition of Volume I had the umlauts inserted”— Quayle, 38). Vol. II with the half-title and advertisements. Small octavo, bound in full scarlet crushed morocco by Riviere & Sons with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, triple gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, illustrated with with two engraved title pages and 20 full-page etchings by George Cruikshank. German Popular Stories was Cruikshank’s first illustrated book. Following the success of this work, he illustrated the works of his friend Charles Dickens. Translated by Edgar Taylor. From the library of banker and rare book collector Frederick Stanhope Peck with his bookplate to the pastedown. Laid in is an original bill of sale from Parke-Bernet Galleries dated April 21-22nd 1947. In fine condition. An exceptional example, with noted provenance, as these have been in a private collection since the 1940s.
Price: $15,000.00 Item Number: 118064
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1964.
Rare first edition of Shel Silverstein’s zany children’s tale A Giraffe and a Half. Quarto, original illustrated boards, illustrated throughout. Near fine in a near fine first-issue dust jacket. First editions are exceptionally rare.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 118344
"Seeing Is Believing, But Sometimes The Most Real Things In The World Are The Things We Can't See": First Edition of Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1985.
First edition of Van Allsburg’s lushly illustrated, enchanting tale of childlike wonder and hope, winner of the 1986 Caldecott Medal. Oblong quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed and dated by the author on the title page, “Chris Van Allsburg 1989.” Near fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 118343
"Christmas is the joy of giving, but getting is pretty good too": First Edition of Charles Schulz's Christmas Is Together-Time; Signed by Him with a large Drawing of Snoopy
San Francisco: Determined Productions, 1964.
First edition of this early work by the creator of Peanuts. Octavo, small quarto, illustrated. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, who has added a large sketch of Snoopy, “With every best wish- Charles M. Schulz.” Very good in a very good dust jacket. Book design by Jim Young. Rare and desirable with a sketch of Snoopy.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 118007