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  • "I'm wearing a necklace and ear-rings so that the mountains can enjoy looking at them!": Exceptionally rare collection of autograph letters signed by reclusive author P.L. Travers

    TRAVERS, P.L.

    Collection of P. L. Travers Autograph Letters Signed Archive.

    1974-1993.

    Exceptionally rare collection of 28 typed and hand written letters and notes signed by the author of Mary Poppins, P. L. Travers. 36 pages, the letters are a collection of 20 years of correspondence between Travers and close personal friends John and Jacqueline Rutherfurd and offer an intimate glimpse into Travers’ personal life and many travels. In one note dated August 10, 1981, Travers writes: “Dear Jaqueline, I write, with a newly overhauled portable (and see how it works and imagine what I will have to say to them when I get back to London!) from Chandolin, the highest lived-in-all-the-year-round village in Europe. Lovely high air and I try to come for a short time every year to get away from London sea level. And I’m wearing a necklace and ear-rings so that the mountains can enjoy looking at them!” Another letter, dated December 20, 1981, reads in part: “I am waiting for a photograph of me that was taken for my new book that is coming out here in the spring…I wish I could say when the book will be out in the U. S. but there are all sorts of goings on there; I’ve rewritten one of the stories, called Bad Tuesday in the first Mary Poppins book as the San Francisco library put it in the index as being ‘insulting to minorities.’” Another letter dated May 7th 1980 reads in part: “That was a lovely poem to have received at three o’clock in the morning, Jacqueline! Truly beautiful…I will certainly keep it. I put special things into books and then come upon them ages after and am refreshed all over again. That is why I don’t lend my books. I’m not going to let others see my letters, my comments in the margins; why let them into my communing with myself?” Additionally included are the original envelopes addressed to the Rutherfurds in Travers’ hand. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional collection offering a unique glimpse into the personality of the very private author.

    Price: $15,000.00     Item Number: 92809

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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 L’Engle’s Newbery award-winning novel. Octavo, original half blue cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “For Sam, Tesser Well Madeleine L’Engle.” Near fine in a near fine first issue 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     Item Number: 757

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  • “NIELSEN’S MOST SPECTACULAR AND CELEBRATED BOOK”: SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON

    NIELSEN, Kay. Asbjornsen.

    East of the Sun West of the Moon: Old Tales from the North.

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1914.

    Signed limited edition of one of the most important and impressive books of the Golden Age of book illustration. One of 500 numbered copies, this is number 41. Quarto, original vellum, gilt titles and decoration to spine and front cover gilt, top edge gilt, pictorial endpapers. Signed by the illustrator Kay Nielsen. With 25 tipped in color plates. In near fine condition. A very nice example. Laid is the original notice for the Leicester Galleries exhibition held in November and December of 1914, where the watercolors for this book were offered for sale.

    Price: $15,000.00     Item Number: 69026

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  • "Once there was a little tree ... and she loved a little boy": Rare First Edition of The Giving Tree; Signed by Shel Silverstein

    SILVERSTEIN, Shel.

    The Giving Tree.

    New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1964.

    First edition with all the first issue points to both the book and dust jacket. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Boldly signed by Shel Silverstein on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped first-issue dust jacket with the full torso picture of Shel Silverstein, with hair, covering top left half of back of the dust jacket, three reviews of Lafcadio, by Kirkus. The New York Times and Publisher’s Weekly. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. One of the rarest modern children’s book, exceptionally scarce in this condition and signed.

    Price: $15,000.00     Item Number: 106740

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  • "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; Inscribed by Dr. Seuss

    SEUSS, Dr. (Theodor Geisel).

    The Cat in the Hat.

    New York: Random House, 1957.

    First edition, first issue of Dr. Seuss’ classic work. Octavo, original illustrated unlaminated boards. Inscribed by the author, “For Ruth Dr. Seuss.” Fine in an excellent dust jacket with light wear. 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. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very nice example.

    Price: $14,000.00     Item Number: 24005

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  • "Come right up close to me and I will show you something wonderful": First Edition of James and the Giant Peach; Signed by Roald Dahl and Illustrator Nancy Ekholm Burkert

    DAHL, Roald; Illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert.

    James and the Giant Peach.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1961.

    First edition of this Dahl classic. Octavo, original cloth, beautifully illustrated, many full-page and in color. Boldly signed by Roald Dahl on the front free endpaper and also signed by the illustrator, Nancy Ekholm Burkert on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional example, most rare and desirable signed by both the author and the illustrator.

    Price: $14,000.00     Item Number: 97748

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  • First Edition of Walt Disney's Fantasia; Inscribed by Disney and with Twelve original drawings

    DISNEY, Walt; Deems Taylor .

    Walt Disney’s Fantasia. With a Foreword by Leopold Stokowski.

    New York: Simon and Schuster, 1940.

    First edition of the lavishly illustrated companion volume to Disney’s animated musical masterpiece. Quarto, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated with 16 mounted color plates. Presentation copy, signed and inscribed by thirteen people (including Walt Disney); all who worked at Walt Disney studios in the 1940s. All of the inscriptions are to Jodie Ferguson Brudge, who was a secretary at Disney Studios, and upon her leaving to get married, raise family, she asked those that she worked with to inscribe her copy of Fantasia. This work contains the following inscriptions and illustrations, inscribed by Walt Disney on the title page, “To Jodie Best Wishes Walt Disney.” Page 10 has an original full-color illustration by Milt Banta of a card game between Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Milt Banta, with the inscription “Best Wishes Always Milt Banta.” Page 14 has a full page original illustration by Russ Dyson of a “ye olde family tree” for the Ferguson [Jodie] and Dyson branches. On the Dyson branch is a self-portrait of Dyson as a bird, with the inscription, “I Hope the Ferguson Branch Doesn’t grow any Larger! Good Luck – Russ Dyson 1/18/46.” Page 57 has an original watercolor of a tree branch and paint container, and the inscription: “Jodie – If you ever run across any automatic paint brushes like these – let me know. – Claude Coats.” Page 82 has a twenty-six line inscription that is warm and thoughtful from Ben [Sharpsteen]. Page 95 has an original color illustration of a frog fishing and the inscription, “An ‘Good Fishin’ to you all the time – Jodie. Hugh Hennesy” Page 102 has an original color illustration of a self-portrait of Bill Berg, with the inscription “Good Bye Jodie – We’ll Miss You!!! Bill Berg.” Page 118 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of Jerry Hathcock waking from a nightmare, with the inscription, “Gad!! What a Nightmare! Maybe Jodie is smart to leave. Good Bye + Good Luck, Jerry Hathcock.” Page 119 has an original illustration of a bouquet of flowers, that has been drawn into the hand/wing of the printed ostrich, with the inscription: “Best Luck and Good Wishes Jodie. Phil Barber.” Page 121 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of J. Eric Gurney who is holding a banner that reads, “Best Wishes to Jodie.” The opposite end of the banner is being held by the printed hippopotamus. Page 126 has an original illustration of a self-portrait of Nick Nichols (being held aloft by the printed elephant), with the inscription: “Bye Bye Jodie Come Back And Work For Me Again. Best Nick Nichols.” Page 159 has an original full-page illustration of Jodie as a centaurette, with the inscription, “G’bye Now. Lots of Luck an’ Stuff to Jodie. George Rowley.” The verso of the rear free endsheet contains an original illustration of a guitar player in a pancho and sombrero with the inscription, ” Good Luck Jodie. William de la Torre.” An excellent example in a very good dust jacket. A unique piece of Disney history.

    Price: $14,000.00     Item Number: 96808

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  • "Once there was a little tree ... and she loved a little boy": Rare First Edition of The Giving Tree; Inscribed by Shel Silverstein

    SILVERSTEIN, Shel.

    The Giving Tree.

    New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1964.

    First edition with all the first issue points to both the book and dust jacket. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “For Betsey- With Love Shel Silverstein.” Very good in a very good price-clipped first-issue dust jacket with the full torso picture of Shel Silverstein, with hair, covering top left half of back of the dust jacket, three reviews of Lafcadio, by Kirkus. The New York Times and Publisher’s Weekly. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. One of the rarest modern children’s book, exceptionally scarce in this condition and signed.

    Price: $12,500.00     Item Number: 117673

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  • "I had forgotten how much light there is in the world, till you gave it back to me": First Editions of Each of Book in Ursula Le Guin’s The Wizard of Earthsea Series; Each Volume Signed by Her

    LE GUIN, Ursula K. [LeGuin].

    The Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu and The Other Wind.

    Berkeley: Parnassus, 1968-2001.

    First editions, first printings of each of the five novels in Le Guin’s acclaimed Wizard of Earthsea series. Octavo, 5 volumes, original cloth. Each book is signed by Ursula K. Le Guin on the title page. The Wizard of Earthsea is the first issue with the publisher’s faint vertical smudge running through the R in “Wizard” on the title page; that continues through the round symbol and into the second U in “Ursula” below, ending at the I in “drawings”, and the dust jacket priced at $3.95. A Wizard of Earthsea with illustrations by Ruth Robbins; Tombs of Atuan and Farthest Shore with illustrations by Gail Garraty. The Tombs of Atuan is near fine in a near fine dust jacket. The Farthest Shore is near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Tehanu and The Other Wind are fine in fine dust jackets. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional set, rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $12,500.00     Item Number: 84564

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  • First Edition of Mary Mapes Dodge's Classic Work Hans Brinker; Inscribed by Her

    DODGE, Mary Mapes.

    Hans Brinker Or, The Silver Skates. A Story of Life in Holland.

    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

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  • “Hope springs forever": Rare Limited First Edition of J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard; One of 100 Numbered Copies Signed by Her

    ROWLING, J.K.

    The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Translated from the Original Runes by Hermione Granger. With Commentary by Professor Albus Dumbledore.

    London: The Children's High Level Group, 2008.

    First edition, limited issue of this wizarding classic. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the half-title page, with the authentication hologram, number 95 of a 100 numbered copies. Octavo, original brown morocco-patterned boards with silver metal cornerpieces and central ornament accented with faux blue gems, silver metal clasp, marbled endpapers, green silk bookmark, illustrated. Housed in the embroidered velvet bag within the publisher’s calf case with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and with the original pull-off slipcase which reads ‘This Side Up’. This specially bound edition includes a portfolio of ten additional prints by Rowling that were not issued with the trade or the manuscript editions.

    Price: $12,500.00     Item Number: 112492

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  • "In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines...": First Edition of Madeline; Signed by Ludwig Bemelmans

    BEMELMANS, Ludwig.

    Madeline.

    New York: Simon and Schuster, 1939.

    First edition with the 1939 date on the title page and with 12 girls instead of 11 in the “They went home and broke their bread” illustration. Thin folio, original illustrated boards, color illustrations throughout, illustrated endpapers. Boldly signed by Ludwig Bemelmans on the front free endpaper. An excellent example in a very good dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $12,500.00     Item Number: 82390

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  • "A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others": First Edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    BAUM, L. Frank; Illustrated by W.W. Denslow.

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

    Chicago & New York: George M. Hill & Company, 1900.

    First edition, second state of “the first truly enduring American fantasy” (Connolly, 38). Octavo, original pictorial green cloth, illustrated by W.W. Denslow with 24 color plates, many illustrations in text, and on paste-downs (issued without endpapers). Hanff & Greene I, state 2 of text and plates, binding variant B with un-serifed red publisher’s imprint at foot of spine; Peter Parley to Penrod, state Z, title state C/D. In very good condition with some professional restoration to the joints. Housed in a custom half morocco and chemise box.

    Price: $12,500.00     Item Number: 102548

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  • First Edition of Roald Dahl's The Gremlins; Inscribed by Him in the Year of Publication

    DAHL, Roald; Walt Disney.

    The Gremlins. From the Walt Disney Production. A Royal Air Force Story.

    New York: Random House, 1943.

    First edition of Dahl’s rare first book, with 14 vibrant full-page illustrations by Walt Disney Productions. Quarto, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page in the year of publication, “To Tim xxx from Roald Dahl 19/6/43 There should be a bowler hat and a tail.” Dahl has added a drawing of a hat and a tail on the gremlin. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed and inscribed in the year of publication.

    Price: $12,000.00     Item Number: 73076

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  • "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

    KEATS, Ezra Jack.

    The Snowy Day.

    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 with the prerequisite $3.00 price on the dust jacket and no mention of this title winning the Caldecott Medal (the second and subsequent printings mention this on the front flap of the jacket) and 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. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First printings in the original dust jacket are of the utmost rarity.

    Price: $12,000.00     Item Number: 81169

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  • “Hope springs forever": Rare Limited First Edition of J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard; Signed by Her

    ROWLING, J.K.

    The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Translated from the Original Runes by Hermione Granger. With Commentary by Professor Albus Dumbledore.

    London: The Children's High Level Group, 2008.

    First edition, limited issue of this wizarding classic. Signed by J.K. Rowling on the half-title page, with the authentication hologram. Octavo, original brown morocco-patterned boards with silver metal cornerpieces and central ornament accented with faux blue gems, silver metal clasp, marbled endpapers, green silk bookmark, illustrated. Housed in the embroidered velvet bag within the publisher’s calf case with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and with the original pull-off slipcase which reads ‘This Side Up’. This specially bound edition includes a portfolio of ten additional prints by Rowling that were not issued with the trade or the manuscript editions. Rare and desirable signed, as there was only one book signing event held at the National Library of Scotland. Two hundred children selected through a lottery attended the signing.

    Price: $11,000.00     Item Number: 104144

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  • "It was some time during the battle of Britain, when Hurricanes and Spitfires were up from dawn to dark and the noise of battle was heard all day in the sky": First Edition of The Gremlins; Inscribed by Walt Disney

    DAHL, Roald; Walt Disney.

    The Gremlins. From the Walt Disney Production. A Royal Air Force Story.

    New York: Random House, 1943.

    First edition of Dahl’s rare first book, with 14 vibrant full-page illustrations by Walt Disney Productions. Quarto, original half cloth, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by Walt Disney on the half-title page, “To Joan With Best Wishes Walt Disney.” In near fine condition. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.

    Price: $11,000.00     Item Number: 103458

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  • "For the children, they mark, and the children, they know the place where the sidewalk ends": Rare First Edition of Where the Sidewalk Ends, Signed by Shel Silverstein

    SILVERSTEIN, Shel.

    Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings.

    New York: Harper & Row, 1974.

    First edition of the author’s first collection of children’s poetry. Stated first edition on the copyright page. Small quarto, original brown cloth, illustrated. Signed by Shel Silverstein on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare and desirable, especially signed.

    Price: $10,500.00     Item Number: 108245

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  • FIRST EDITION OF MARK TWAIN'S ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

    TWAIN, Mark. [Samuel L. Clemens].

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

    New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1885.

    First edition of Mark Twain’s masterpiece. Octavo, original publisher’s decorated green cloth, with 174 illustrations by Edward W. Kemble. Contains all of the agreed upon first issue points for the clothbound book: page 9 with “Decided” remaining uncorrected (to “Decides”); page 13, illustration captioned “Him and another Man” listed as on page 88; page 57, 11th line from bottom reads “with the was,” instead of “with the saw”. Other points of bibliographical interest included in this copy are the frontispiece portrait with the cloth table cover under the bust, bearing the Heliotype Printing Co. imprint; copyright page dated 1884; page 143 with “l” missing from “Col.” at top of illustration and with broken “b” in “body” on line seven; page 155 with a larger final “5”; page 161, no signature mark “11”. As to issue points resulting from damaged plates (e.g. the dropped “5” on p 155), MacDonnell concludes, “they are of no significance in determining the sequence of the printing of the sheets. All of these occur at random in relation to each other within copies of the first printing, a strong indicator of the use of multiple plates, and possibly mixed sheets within the collating process” (“Huck Finn” Firsts Magazine). In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box with elaborate gilt tooling to the spine. An exceptional example.

    Price: $10,500.00     Item Number: 117039

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  • First Edition of Ludwig Bemelmans Madeline; Signed by Him with a drawing

    BEMELMANS, Ludwig.

    Madeline.

    New York: Simon and Schuster, 1939.

    First edition with the 1939 date on the title page of the first book in the Madeline series. Thin folio, original illustrated boards, color illustrations throughout, illustrated endpapers. Signed and dated by the author who has added a drawing of Madeline opposite the title page, Ludwig Bemelmans Hollywood 1946.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. A superior example of a book that is prone to wear.

    Price: $9,800.00     Item Number: 114734

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