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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: James O'Kane, 1866.
First edition of the author’s second and best known work. Octavo, original green cloth, gilt titles to the spine. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “Presented to Robert Dale Owen by the author January, 1866.” The recipient Robert Dale Owen was responsible for introducing the legislation to establish the Smithsonian. He represented Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives (1843–47). As a member of Congress, Owen successfully pushed through the bill that established Smithsonian Institution and served on the Institution’s first Board of Regents. Owen also served as a delegate to the Indiana Constitutional Convention in 1850 and was appointed as U.S. minister (Chargé d’Affaires (1853–58) to Naples. Illustrated by F.O.C. Darley and Thomas Nast. In very good condition with some dampstaining to the rear board. First editions are scarce, presentation copies are rare signed.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 76002
"How doth the little crocodile improve its shining tail, and pour the waters of the Nile on every golden scale": First Edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures Under Ground; Inscribed By The Author to his Cousin May Knight
London: Macmillan and Co, 1886.
First edition of the original manuscript which was later expanded and published as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Octavo, original scarlet cloth, elaborate gilt titles to the spine and front panel, gilt vignette to the rear panel, triple gilt ruled. All edges gilt, black endpapers, text printed in the author’s handwriting including thirty-seven illustrations in facsimile, advertisements at rear. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page to his cousin, “May Knight from the Author Jan. /87.” In very good condition with some toning to the spine. An excellent association.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 88080
"This is George. He lived in Africa. He was very happy. But He had one fault: he was too curious": First edition, first printing of Curious George; Finely Bound
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1941.
First edition, first printing of the first book in the Curious George series. Quarto, pictorial endpapers, bound in full morocco, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled and illustration to the front panel, all edges gilt. In fine condition. First editions are rare.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 119542
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
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
"How doth the little crocodile improve his shining tail. And pour the waters of the Nile, on every golden scale": Lewis Carroll's Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland with a fore-edge painting
London: Macmillan and Co, 1891.
Finely bound example of this timeless children’s classic. Octavo, bound in full red morocco with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt ruling to the panels, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, illustrated by John Tenniel, tissue-guarded frontispiece. With a fore-edge painting depicting a portrait of the author and two scenes from the book. In fine condition with the original cloth covers adhered to the versos of the front and rear panels.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 121055
London: Macmillan, 1894-95.
First edition, second printings of both volumes of The Jungle Book, finely bound in full morocco. Octavo, two volumes bound in full morocco by Atelier with gilt titles and tooling to the spines in six compartments within raised bands, triple gilt ruling and fleuron cornerpieces to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, illustrated with engravings by J. L. Kipling, W.H. Drake and P. Frenzeny including tissue-guarded frontispiece to Volume I. With the original cloth spines, front and rear panels bound in at the rear of each volume. In fine condition. An exceptional set of these classic children’s books.
Price: $1,750.00 Item Number: 110973
"... fortune holds some gifts in store for those who try": First Edition of Percy Fitzpatrick's Classic Work Jock of the Bushveld
London: Longmans, Green and Company, 1907.
First edition, first issue with drawings of a dung beetle pushing his load with his front legs rather than his back on pages 65, 337 and 457. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt topstain, illustrated throughout. In near fine condition. Illustrated by E. Caldwell.
Price: $1,100.00 Item Number: 64984
"Let us now praise famous men - men of little showing": First edition of Rudyard Kipling's Stalky & Co.
London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd, 1899.
First British edition of Kipling’s collection of school stories. Octavo, original cloth with gilt titles to the spine and gilt medallion displaying an elephant to the from panel, top edge gilt. In fine condition. From the library of George Barr McCutcheon with his bookplate to the pastedown. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise case. A bright example.
Price: $850.00 Item Number: 96106
London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd, 1932.
Signed limited edition. Octavo, original limp vellum, gilt titles and decoration to front cover, illustrated endpapers, top edge gilt, color frontispiece and three plates, illustrations in the text, all by Rackham. Signed by Arthur Rackham, one of 570 copies of which 550 were for sale, this is number 549. Near fine in the the rare original slipcase, bookplate.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 117643
London: Hodder & Stoughton, c. 1911.
Finely bound by Asprey. Quarto, bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt. Illustrated with 25 tipped in color plates by Hugh Thompson. In near fine condition.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 61082
London: Darton and Co, c. 1849.
First edition of this classic tale with illustrations by George Cruikshank. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Illustrated by George Cruikshank and Kenny Meadows, tissue-guarded frontispiece. In very good condition.
Price: $400.00 Item Number: 115662
Random House's Centennial Edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Though The Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There
New York: Random House, 1965.
Random House’s Centennial edition of Carrol’s timeless children’s classics. Octavo, original half cloth over patterned boards, with the John Tenniel illustrations. Fine in a fine slipcase.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 122046
London: Thomas Nelson & Sons, c. 1920.
Finely bound example of the author of Wind and the Willows, Kenneth Grahame’s collection of short stories for children. Small octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over cloth covered boards with gilt tooling to the spine, morocco spine label lettered in gilt, engraved frontispiece, top edge gilt. In very good condition.
Price: $100.00 Item Number: 111086