Five Rare Books for Collectors: Children's Classics

Jonkers Rare Books

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Highlights from Jonkers Rare Books' latest catalogue of fine first editions of classic children's books. From the late nineteenth century to the modern day including:

* The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

First gift edition, signed by Donaldson and Scheffler, with a sketch of the Gruffalo's head.  2007.

* The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams and William Nicholson

First edition of a highly sought after, and very elusive, book which is especially difficult to find in its original dustwrapper and in such nice condition as this. 1922.

* Through the Looking Glass, And What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll

Author's presentation copy, inscribed for May Forshall, in the publisher's special deluxe binding and original rare lilac dustwrapper. Fortieth thousand, 1877.

* Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

First edition, inscribed by White for the novelist Elizabeth Taylor. 1952.

* Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

First edition, inscribed by the author for her two cousins, Mary and Catherine. Anna Sewell lived only a few months after the publication of her book making inscribed copies extremely uncommon. 1877.