Children's Rare Books.
1. Now we are six by A.A.Milne
2. David Copperfieldby Charles Dickens
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Publisher: London: Hodder & Stoughton , 1911 First edition thus, 4to, (iv), 572 pp. Vignette title and 21 plates tipped in with captioned tissues guards, pictorial endpapers. Original gilt titled red cloth. Red cloth boards lettered & stamped in gilt and black with gilt oval medallion stamped in silhouette with the image of the young David Copperfield. Decorated endpapers, cloth clean & bright , almost in mint condition. Illustration by Frank Reynold. Frank Reynolds, the son of an artist, was born in London 1876. After studying at Heatherley's School of Art, Reynolds worked for The London Illustrated News. Reynolds first began contributing to Punch Magazine in 1906. He also provided the illustrations of several books by Charles Dickens including David Copperfield (1911), The Pickwick Papers (1912) and The Old Curiosity Shop (1913). Reynolds contributed to several journals including the London Magazine, The Sketch and the Windsor Magazine. During the First World War Reynolds cartoons appeared regularly in Punch Magazine. Reynolds replaced F. H. Townsend as Art Editor of the magazine in 1920 and held the post until 1930. In later years Reynolds concentrated on book illustration. This included The Golf Book (1932), Off to the Pictures (1937) and Hamish McDuff (1937). His son, John Reynolds (1909-1935) was also a book illustrator and provided the drawings for 1066 And All That (1930). Frank Reynolds died in April, 1953. I offer this stunning illustrated Dicken’s book for
3. Dickens, Charles.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
In Prose. Being A Ghost Story of Christmas.
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Published in London: Bradbury & Evans, 1858. Original pictorial green wrappers. First "Cheap" Edition. This was the first edition published in the U.K. after the run of editions in cloth with coloured plates, that began with the first edition in 1843. The "cheap edition" has no illustrations, as it was intended to be exactly that -- cheap (one shilling). Condition is very good, front wrapper a little spotted, spine chipped at lower end. Tough to find in decent shape in the original wrappers. The interesting thing about this book is there is a letter attached to it signed by Charles Dickens. This greatly increases the value of this famous book. I offer this book with the letter for $4,500
4. Charles DICKENS;
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Published by Chapman & Hall London: Chapman & Hall, 1866 A complete set of the Christmas books; Original illustrated green paper covers with a green cloth spine;- Black lettering to both front & back covers and along the spine. Not perfect but an earlier edition; even in this condition highly collected; with an engraved frontispiece. Some slight foxing otherwise fine condition; $100
Comprising the following: A Christmas Carol. & The Chimes. & The Cricket On The Hearth. & The Battle Of Life. & The Haunted Man;-
5. Charles Dickens;-
Hunted Down: A Story.
With Some Account of Thomas Griffiths Wainewright, The Poisoner
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Published in London: by John Camden Hotten . 1st. English Edition. 16mo. pages 89;-Woodcut. ‘the fatal house’ No12 Conduit Street, W.
The title page bears no date, but the 1st. Edition was issued in 1870;- Original red leather spine and corners, with red cloth covers. A black label with gilt lettering within, to the top of the spine. A fine collectable 1st. Edition of Dickens;- Red marbled end-papers. $ 250
Dickens's account of the infamous 19th Century author and suspected serial killing poisoner. Also contains a separate account of Wainewright by John Camden Hotten.
6.. Charles DICKENS;-
THE HAUNTED MAN AND THE GHOST'S BARGAIN.
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Published by Bradbury & Evans;- London 1848 ;- 188pages., Two frontispieces with frame of allegorical characters, text illustrations, yellow coated endpapers. Original brown leather Spine and corners, with red marbled paper to covers. Gilt decoration & lettering to spine;- Contents complete. All edges gilt. Illustrations by John Tenniel, C. Stanfield, F. Stone and John Leech. *** List of illustration to the front pages, all present*** 1st. edition, highly collected;- $250
THE HAUNTED MAN AND THE GHOST'S BARGAIN, a novel by Charles Dickens, was first published in 1848. It is the fifth and last of Dickens' Christmas novellas. The story is more about the spirit of the holidays than about the holidays themselves, harkening back to the first of the series, A Christmas Carol. The tale centers around a Professor Redlaw and those close to him. *** Plot summary: Redlaw is a teacher of chemistry who often broods over wrongs done him and grief from his past. He is haunted by a spirit, who is not so much a ghost as Redlaw's phantom twin and is "an awful likeness of himself.with his features, and his bright eyes, and his grizzled hair, and dressed in the gloomy shadow of his dress." This specter appears and proposes to Redlaw that he can allow him to "forget the sorrow, wrong, and trouble you have known.to cancel their remembrance." Redlaw is hesitant at first, but finally agrees. However, before the spirit vanishes it imposes an additional consequence: "The gift that I have given you, you shall give again, go where you will." *** Besides Redlaw, the book is populated with the people of Redlaw's life. Most of them are semi-comical characters such as the Tetterby family who rent a room to one of Redlaw's students and Swidger family who are Redlaw's servants. Milly Swidger, William Swidger's wife, is another of the absolutely and completely good females that frequent many of Dickens' stories. *** As a consequence of the ghost's intervention Redlaw is without memories of the painful incidents from his past. He experiences a universal anger that he cannot explain. His bitterness spreads to the Swidgers, the Tetterbys and his student. All become as wrathful as Redlaw himself. The only one who is able to avoid the bitterness is Milly. *** The narrative climaxes when Milly presents the moral of the tale: "It is important to remember past sorrows and wrongs so that you can then forgive those responsible and, in doing so, unburden your soul and mature as a human being." With this realization, the novel concludes with everyone back to normal and Redlaw, like Ebenezer Scrooge, a changed, more loving and whole person.