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Rare first editions of Vol. 1 No. 13 and 14 of the School Budget; containing a letter from Rudyard Kipling and caricature of him
Kent: Horsmonden School, 1898.
First edition of Vol. 1 No. 13 and 14 of this small publication “published fortnightly by boys for boys” at the Horsmonden School Kent containing a letter from Rudyard Kipling with six “Hints on Schoolboy Etiquette” and a caricature of him by Max Beerbohm. 16mo, original illustrated wrappers, text in mimeograph, illustrated. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise case.
Price: $275.00 Item Number: 121455
"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
"The adventure is over. Everything gets over, and nothing is ever enough. Except the part you carry with you:" From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Inscribed by E.L. Konigsburg
New York: Atheneum, 1967.
First edition, early printing of the author’s Newbery Award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Konigsburg. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Diantha Dawkins from the Mixed-up E.L. Konigsburg 3-29-69.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. An exceptional example, first editions are rare signed.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 120903
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1973.
First edition of Goldman’s classic novel. Octavo, original gray cloth. Boldly signed by William Goldman in a contemporary hand on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by Wendell Minor. An exceptional example.
Price: $6,000.00 Item Number: 120964
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 in a Santa hat, “For the Floripes- Charles M. Schulz.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Book design by Jim Young. Rare and desirable with a sketch of Snoopy.
Price: $3,800.00 Item Number: 120939
New York: Harper & Row, 1974.
First edition, early printing of the author’s first collection of children’s poetry. Small quarto, original brown cloth, illustrated. Boldly signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “With Love Shel Silverstein.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 120856
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1958.
First edition of this definitive work on the animation of Walt Disney. Quarto, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers. Boldly signed by Walt Disney opposite the title page and signed by 22 Disney staff, each on a page near the appropriate portrait. Among these are signatures by the “Nine Old Men”: Eric Larson, Ward Kimball, Milt Kahl, Frank Thomas, Les Clark, Marc Davis, Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery, and Ollie Johnston. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. A unique example.
Price: $8,500.00 Item Number: 120674
London: Macmillan, 1894-95.
First editions of both volumes of The Jungle Book. Octavo, two volumes, original blue cloth decorated and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, engraved frontispiece with tissue guard present. Illustrated by J. L. Kipling, W.H. Drake and P. Frenzeny. In very good condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 120935
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 Baillie Tolkien. An exceptional example.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 118944
London: Macmillan and Co., 1895.
First edition of Kipling’s Second Jungle Book. Octavo, original blue cloth with gilt titles to the spine and gilt vignette to the front panel, all edges gilt, pictorial title pages, illustrated. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. Contemporary ownership inscription.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 119977
"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
"One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. It covered everything as far as he could see": First Edition of Ezra Jack Keats' The Snowy Day; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: The Viking Press, 1962.
First edition of The Snowy Day, which is considered “one of the most important American books of the 20th century” (Diefendorf, ed. The New York Public Library’s Books of the Century). Oblong quarto, original pictorial cloth as issued. Fine in a very good first-issue dust jacket without patterned interior front and rear flaps that mimicked the snowflake patterns of the endpapers in later printings. Although the Caldecott Medal is affixed to the dust jacket cover, this was due to the common practice of book sellers who adhered the sticker for marketing purposes after the Caldecott was awarded. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with light expert restoration. First printings in the original dust jacket are rare.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 118938
"I KNOW IT IS WET AND THE SUN IS NOT SUNNY, BUT WE CAN HAVE LOTS OF GOOD FUN THAT IS FUNNY": FIRST EDITION OF THE CAT IN THE HAT
New York: Random House, 1957.
First edition, first issue of Dr. Seuss’ classic work. Octavo, original illustrated unlaminated boards. All issue points present: price of 200/200 on the dust jacket, no mention of the “Beginner Books” series on the rear panel, and has four paragraphs of educator’s reviews on rear panel. Book contains a single signature and 61 pages with a message on final page before end paper contained in an outline of the cat’s hat & head. Fine in an excellent price-clipped dust jacket with light wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 119789
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1941.
First edition of this storybook version of Disney’s classic. Slim folio, original pictorial paper boards, illustrated throughout. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. An exceptional example.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 118129
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: 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