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Five Children And It - E. Nesbit

1902 - T. Fisher Unwin, London - First Edition
A fine first edition of this magical tale bound by Bayntun-Riviere of Bath, illustrated by H. R. Millar with forty-six black and white plates – Cyril, Athena, Robert, Jane, and baby brother, Lamb, are exploring the land around the house their parents have rented for the summer when they find the sandpit. They decide to dig a hole straight through to Australia. Their plan is interrupted when Athena discovers a magical creature hiding in the sand. It is a Psammead, and it can grant wishes.

The children stood around the hole looking at the creature they had found. It was worth looking at. Its eyes were on long horns like a snail's eyes, and it could move them in and out like telescopes; it had ears like a bat's ears, and its tubby body was shaped like a spider's and covered with thick soft fur; its legs and arms were furry too, and it had hands and feet like a monkey's.’

Psammead:
I am a Sand Fairy!
Jane: A Sand Fairy? I thought fairies had little ballet dresses and wings and wands.
Psammead: What on earth have you been reading?
Jane: I'll call you Sandy.
Psammead: Why?
Jane: Because we found you in the sand.
Psammead: You're so funny. Have your parents tried boiling you? 
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1906 - Wells Gardner, London - First Edition
I think everyone in the world is friends if you can only get them to see you don't want to be un-friends.’

The first edition, scarce in such fabulous condition, of Nesbit’s most loved children’s story, the basis for the wonderful 1970 Lionel Jeffries film, and Simon Nye’s 2000 television adaptation (both featuring Jenny Agutter, firstly as Bobby and then as the children’s mother). Illustrated by Charles Brock with twenty black and white plates and illustrated title page.

‘When Father is taken away unexpectedly, Roberta, Peter, Phyllis and their mother have to leave their comfortable life in London to go and live in a small cottage in the country. The children seek solace in the nearby railway station, and make friends with Perks the Porter and the Station Master himself. Each day, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis run down the field to the railway track and wave at the passing London train, sending their love to Father. Little do they know that the kindly old gentleman passenger who waves back holds the key to their father's disappearance.’

'Her writing is so light and unforced, her humour so sure and her narrative quality so strong . . . she has given me the most complete satisfaction' – Noël Coward.
 
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The Story of the Treasure Seekers. Being the Adventures of the Bastable Children in Search of a Fortune. - Edith Nesbit, Gordon Brown and Lewis Baumer (illustrators)

1899 - T. Fisher Unwin, London - First Edition
A lovely unrestored and unfoxed first edition of Edith Nesbit’s first book. Illustrated with seventeen full page black and white plates.

When their father's business fails, the six Bastable children decide to restore the family fortunes. But although they think of many ingenious ways to do so, their well meant efforts are either more fun than profitable, or lead to trouble...

The messages intertwined amongst the various adventures make this a book that adults may actually find more entertaining than they expected, especially if read previously as a child.
 
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East of the Sun and West of the Moon - Old Tales From the North - Kay Nielsen, Peter Christen Asbj

1914 - Hodder &, London - First Edition
A beautiful example of one of the twentieth centuries finest illustrated books by the Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen.

For I have a step-mother who has bewitched me, so that I am a White Bear by day, and a Man by night’
‘She lives in a Castle which stands East of the Sun and West of the Moon, and there, too, is a Princess, with a nose three ells long.


A marvellous collection of fifteen Norwegian folk tales ‘Norske Folkeeventyr’ gathered by legendary Norwegian folklorists Peter Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe on their journeys across Norway in the mid-nineteenth century, and translated into English, perfectly enhanced by Nielsen’s spectacular artwork, which is presented on twenty-five tipped in colour plates, twenty-two black and white illustrations, numerous decorations, borders, and gilt and black illustrated endpapers.
 
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1945 - J. M. Dent and Sons Ltd., London - First Edition
Finely bound and charmingly and profusely illustrated throughout in colour and black and white.

Three children are sent off to stay with an old Aunt in the countryside during WWII, which is where they bump into Miss Price, or more precisely she bumps into the ground trying to ride her, well you know where this is going so we shall not spoil the story for you, needless to say there is a magic bed.

The subtitle ‘
Or, How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons’ was added to later editions. This is the first in a series of books that became the basis for the wonderful Disney musical ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’. 
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1958 - Oxford University Press, London - First Edition
A finely bound first edition of one of the best-loved children’s books ever written. Illustrated throughout with twenty-seven of Susan Einzig’s best known line drawings. Winner of the prestigious Carnegie Medal.

Described by the
Independent as a ‘masterpiece of English children's literature’ and by the The Times as ‘a story that came to be loved by children, parents and teachers everywhere’.

‘When Tom is sent to stay at his aunt and uncle's house for the summer, he resigns himself to endless weeks of boredom. As he lies awake in his bed he hears the grandfather clock downstairs strike . . . eleven . . . twelve . . . thirteen . . .

Thirteen! Tom races down the stairs and out the back door, into a garden everyone told him wasn't there. In this enchanted thirteenth hour, the garden comes alive - but Tom is never sure whether the children he meets there are real or ghosts.’ [OUP]
 
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The Romance of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table - Alfred W. Pollard, Arthur Rackham (illustrator)

1917 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Edition with Rackham&rsquo
‘The story of King Arthur and his Knights is one of the greatest that men have ever made...’

An exemplary copy of this celebrated collection of Arthurian legends, wonderfully embellished with Arthur Rackham’s dramatic illustrations, with 16 full page colour plates, including frontispiece, each one with descriptive tissue guards, together with several other full page and in-text black and white illustrations throughout.

Abridged from Malory’s
Morte D’Arthur by Alfred W. Pollard.
 
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The Roly-Poly Pudding - Beatrix Potter

1908 - Frederick Warne and Co., London - First Edition, First Printing
A superb and thus scarce example of this first edition of Roly-Poly Pudding in which Beatrix Potter expresses her love of the quaint old farmhouse at Hill Top, Sawry, which she has taken as the setting for the story, and despite the infestations of rats she had to deal with whilst renovating this farmhouse, she dedicates the book to her former pet – ‘In remembrance of “SAMMY” The intelligent pink-eyed Representative of a Persecuted (but Irrepressible) Race!

The illustrations are based upon the actual rooms at Hill Top, which can still be visited today [2015] as Potter arranged for the property to be run by the National Trust and rooms to be kept just as they were during her lifetime.
 
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