"and he slung the pack of toys over his shoulder and got into the chimney: First edition of L. Frank Baum's The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus.
Baum, L. Frank.
Item Number: 63031
Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill, 1902.
First edition, first issue of this Christmas classic. Original red cloth, pictorial endpapers. Six full color plates and illustrations throughout by Mary Cowles Clark. An exceptional example.
L. Frank Baum was the first author to write a book entirely about Santa Claus, adding his own mythology to the classic character's origins and adventures.
Other Books by this Author
“I am going to tell you a story, one of those tales of astonishing adventures that happend years and years and years ago”: First Edition of L. Frank Baum's The Enchanted Island of Yew; Inscribed by Him
Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1903.
First edition early state with 8 color plates. Octavo, original gray cloth printed in black, vermilion and lavender, pictorial endpapers. Inscribed by L. Frank Baum on the half-title page. In very good condition with some rubbing to the cloth. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed.
Chicago: Reilly & Britton, 1910.
First edition, first state of the sixth Oz book, with the colored pictorial front panel and 16 elaborate full-page color illustrations by John R. Neill. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated with 16 color plates with metallic green ink and numerous black & white drawings by John R. Neill. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the the ownership leaf, “Martha Kneedler, Having been presented by her own true lover L. Frank Baum August 1910.” The recipient, Martha Kneedler, was the daughter of Baum’s close personal friend Major William L. Kneedler, a military medical officer who served as President Taft’s personal physician. The inscription was likely in jest as Martha would have been only 16 in 1910. In very good condition with the plates in fine condition. An exquisite example, The Emerald City of Oz was intended to be the final volume in the series, and so Neil embellished his plates with the most elaborate detail of any other volume. Even later printings of the present volume did not include these elaborate designs. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Scarce and desirable. No other inscribed first printing is known to have appeared at auction.
“Hope springs forever": First Edition of J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard; Signed by Her and Rupert Grint
London: Bloomsbury Books, 2008.
First British edition of this wizarding classic. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Signed by J. K. Rowling on a Bloomsbury bookplate attached to the front free endpaper. Also, signed by Rupert Grint on the half title page. Grint starred in all eight Harry Potter films alongside Daniel Radcliffe playing as Harry Potter and Emma Watson playing as Hermione Granger. In fine condition without wear. No dust jacket was issued for this title.
First Editions of Each Book in Andrew Lang's Fairy Books; Each Bound Uniformly by Sangorski and Sutcliffe
The Fairy Books: Blue (1889); Red (1890); Green (1892); Yellow (1894); Pink; (1897); Grey (1900); Violet (1901); Crimson (1903); Brown (1904); Orange (1906); Olive (1907); Lilac (1910) [with The Blue Poetry Book (1891); The True Story Book (1893); The Red True Story Book (1895); The Animal Story Book (1896); The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1898); The Red Book of Animal Stories (1899); The Book of Romance (1902); The Red Romance Book (1905)].
London: Longmans, Green & Company, 1889-1910.
First editions of each volume in Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books: Blue (1889); Red (1890); Green (1892); Yellow (1894); Pink; (1897); Grey (1900); Violet (1901); Crimson (1903); Brown (1904); Orange (1906); Olive (1907); Lilac (1910) (12 volumes), along with eight of his other works: The Blue Poetry Book (1891); The True Story Book (1893); The Red True Story Book (1895); The Animal Story Book (1896); The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1898); The Red Book of Animal Stories (1899); The Book of Romance (1902); The Red Romance Book (1905). Bound in full leather by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, each volume with a different motif to the front and rear panel, all edges gilt, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, book marks. Each volume bound with the original cloth spine and front panel. With numerous illustrations by H. J. Ford. In near fine condition with a few volumes with some light cracking at the hinges. An exceptional set bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1954.
First edition of this early illustrated work by Maurice Sendak. Oblong quarto, original cloth. Some rubbing to the extremities, near fin in a very good dust jacket with light shelfwear. Rare.
First Edition of Snowflake Bentley; Signed by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and the Illustrator Mary Azarian
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998.
First edition of this Caldecott Medal award-winning book about Wilson Bentley, the first known photographer of snowflakes. Oblong quarto, original boards. Signed by both Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Mary Azarian, who has drawn a picture of a cottage with hills. Fine in a fine dust jacket.