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1955 - Simon and Schuster, New York - First Edition
‘Anyone who fears that the whole human race has been turned out on the same assembly line had better make the acquaintance of Eloise. She is the raw material of genius.’ – New York Herald Tribune Book Review.

‘I am Eloise. I am six. I live at the Plaza hotel.’

With those immortal words, we are introduced to the irreverent and hilarious young occupant of the Plaza, the quirky and ever-lovable Eloise, (rumoured to have been modeled on Kay Thompson’s young goddaughter, Liza Minnelli)...

Accompanied by her English Nanny, loyal pug, and pet turtle, Eloise enjoys spending her days riding the elevator, adding her crayon art to the walls, and avoiding homework at all costs. Selling over 150’000 copies within the first two years of its publication, Knight’s protagonist went on to become one of the most influential and iconic characters of children’s literature, brought to life by Hilary Knight’s brilliant illustrations, combining child-like wonder with warmth and comedy.
 
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1959 - Simon and Schuster, New York - First Edition
‘Anyone who fears that the whole human race has been turned out on the same assembly line had better make the acquaintance of Eloise. She is the raw material of genius.’ – New York Herald Tribune Book Review.

Despite Nanny’s pleading, nothing can deter Eloise from her trip to Moscow! Armed with her natural charm and somewhat questionable diplomacy skills, she’s determined to put on her Ushanka, pack up her sled, and get to the Aragvi in time for tea.

An interesting glimpse into a Cold War 1959 view of Soviet Russia, with Hilary Knights illustrations, including stunning fold-out panorama of ‘Ancient Kremlin Citadel’, adding colour and humour, albeit with slightly less pink than Eloise would have wished for...
 
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La Science Amusante - Tom Tit (pseudonym Arthur Good)

Circa 1890s - Librairie Larousse, Paris - Fifth Edition
A bright copy of this wonderful book – in French – a collection of physical and scientific experiments for childrenand adults, which Good originally wrote as a series of weekly articles for the French magazine, L’Illustration.

Profusely illustrated throughout with numerous engravings, frequently described as ‘surrealist collages’.

Good’s experiments include geometrical demonstrations, crafts projects, and physics experiments, all of which can be carried out with everyday household materials.
 
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The Wonderful Adventures of Paul Bunyan - Louis Untermeyer [retold by], Everett Gee Jackson (illustrator)

1945 - The Limited Editions Club, New York - Number 736 of 1500 copies signed by the illustrator
The character of Paul Bunyan originated in folk tales circulated among lumberjacks in the Northeastern United States of America and eastern Canada, first appearing in print in a story published by Northern Michigan journalist James MacGillivray in 1906. A larger-than-life folk hero who embodies frontier vitality. He is a symbol of might, the willingness to work hard, and the resolve to overcome all obstacles.

This limited edition is wonderfully Illustrated with full page colour plates by Everett Gee Jackson, and housed in original slipcase and chemise.
 
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The Child's Own Book for 1838 - Various Authors

1838 - Richard Davis, London
Illustrated with wood engravings, including frontispiece. A potpourri of informational and inspirational writings, with much on missionaries in far off lands, "The profits to be devoted to Sunday School Objects."
 
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The Story of Reynard the Fox - David Vedder, Gustav Canton (illustrator)

1847 - David Bogue, London - Second Edition
Lithographed by David Vedder’s son-in-law Frederick Schenck (Schenck & McFarlane, Edinburgh), and considered on its appearance ‘the best edition of this famous story yet presented in England’ (London Literary Gazette, 1852).

Illustrated by Gustav Canton of Munich and Dusseldorf, with 9 two-tone lithographic plates, 5 colour lithographic plates, 1 in-text engraving, 8 vignettes, and 19 decorated letter pieces.

‘Vedder’s book is splendidly illustrated by the German artist Gustav Canton, but modestly so and in keeping with a text which has been carefully expurgated and made suitable for decent young people... Vedder’s text is based on the 1706 English verse translation of Hartmann Schopper’s 1569 Latin text, this, in turn, is based, via a 1544 High German shortened translation, on that of the 1498 Lübeck Low German, and thence back to the Flemish on which Caxton drew.’ - Kenneth Varty,
Reynard the Fox: Cultural Metamorphoses and Social Engagement in the Beast Epic [171].

‘The illustration of Reynard the Fox, will always be a tempting one to artists who possess the gift of humorously indicating human character, passions, follies, and infirmities, in brute form. This power is in the command of Gustav Canton ; whose humour, readiness, and clever combination, are considerable, — marred, however, by an unfortunate vulgarity of artistic style, at any rate as represented in these lithographs.’ - Review of this edition in
The Spectator, January 1847. 
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A Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Jules Verne

1876 - Griffith and Farran, London - 4th Printing. [New Edition]
A smart copy with the same pictorial covers and 52 full page monochrome illustrations by Riou as the first English edition of 1871.

Journey to the Centre of the Earth literally plunges the reader into the centre of the earth through vivid description, detailed explanations, and the "eyewitness" accounts of the narrator. On the most basic level, Journey is an adventure story, a tale of the obstacles, encounters, and wonders.

The eccentric scientist Professor Hardwigg finds directions to the centre of the earth in an old book and sets out, along with his nephew Henry and the guide Hans, to Iceland where they find the mountain and the shaft that allows them access to the depths of the earth. On a deeper level the story can be seen as man's journey into himself, always probing deeper for what lies at his centre. [Mitchell]
 
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The Traveller in Asia - Priscilla Wakefield

1817 - Darton, London - First Edition
This lovely little book is the final title of Priscilla Wakefield’s fictional travel series, for the purpose of educating children, and based upon the narrative of Arthur Middleton. Illustrated with a colour folding map.

‘In the book Arthur Middleton travels around India and visits China with his impressions and experiences recorded in a journal format. He makes an acquaintance with a Mr Melville who accompanies him on part of the journey and asks Arthur to take charge of his nephew Charles Melville who is fourteen. Arthur and his new companion Charles continue the journey and Priscilla begins to include into the text letters from Charles to his sister Adele. The visit to China at the end of the book is brief in comparison to the volume of information about India. At the end of the book Arthur returns Charles to his uncle and plans his return to England.’ -
Priscilla Wakefield., Travels in Juvenile Literature (Blog). 
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