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Inscribed first edition of The Little Prince goes on sale for £150,000

A remarkable early copy of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic children’s story featuring a drawing and a note of thanks to Dorothy Barclay, the reporter’s assistant who helped the author estimate the number of stars visible from Earth, has gone on sale for £150,000. Saint-Exupéry wrote The Little Prince, published in 1943, while living on Long […]

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10 Beautiful, Varied Editions of Grimm’s Fairy Tales

In the early 19th-century, two German brothers named Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm put together a collection of Germanic folktales, to preserve and share. In 1812 they released them as a book – Grimm’s Fairy Tales, originally actually titled Children’s and Household Tales (Kinder- und Hausmärchen). Dark, often harsh and scary, these were a far cry […]

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Classic Children’s Books Quiz

Do you think you know children’s books? How well? Would you say the images of book covers from childhood are embedded in your brain? Well, here’s a chance to find out. Test your mettle with this quiz of 30 classic childhood book covers. We chose the most iconic kids’ books we could think of, took […]

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Imagine owning a copy of Alice in Wonderland signed by the original Alice

What’s the ultimate book for fans of Alice in Wonderland? It might be one of the Limited Editions Club editions from 1932 that were signed by Alice Hargreaves, the original Alice who inspired Lewis Carroll to write his fantastic story. AbeBooks sold such a copy for £2,500/$4,000 earlier this week. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is 150 […]

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Olivia and the Measles: Roald Dahl’s Personal Vaccination Plea

The battle for and against vaccinating children reared its hugly head in America after an unvaccinated person at Disneyland in California precipitated an outbreak ion early 2015. Over 100 confirmed cases were reported, across 14 states. And immunisation, particularly against Measles, found a new ally in a resurgence of a decades-old, desperately sad letter from beloved British […]

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One bad cover for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and five good ones

Penguin’s latest cover for that enduring children’s classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is about as popular as a rattlesnake in a lucky dip. My sources tell me Roald Dahl is turning in his grave. The cover of the new Penguin Modern Classics edition is targeted at adults. No Charlie, no Mr Wonka – just […]

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Parental bliss – two children buried in their books

I could not resist taking a picture of this scene during a recent family holiday to Oregon. Our two children engrossed in their books while the Pacific Ocean pounds the Oregon beach. A true peaceful moment amid the chaos of modern parenting. Aside from the camera, I’ve got a beer on the go and the […]

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Rare copy of first Beano annual sells for £3,000

A very rare copy of the first Beano annual has sold for £3,000 on AbeBooks.co.uk. Published for the 1939 Christmas market, The Beano Book was published by DC Thomson and is somewhat of a landmark in children’s publishing. This particular copy is unrestored with no pages missing or scribbles or colouring.  Very few copies are […]

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10 facts you didn’t know about Beatrix Potter

We still sell piles of her books more than 70 years after her death. Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) does not seem to be going out of fashion. Did you know her most iconic character, Peter Rabbit, was named after a real-life beloved pet rabbit? The Tale of Peter Rabbit was Potter’s first and most famous story. […]

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Alice meets Salvador… with surrealist style

Like so many of us, Salvador Dali would have enjoyed visiting Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. In 1969, the Spanish artist, famous for surreal melting clocks, illustrated Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Only 2,500 copies were produced and one of them sold for five figures last month. Our first list of 2014 also includes a collection of rare […]

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