Selections of Illustrated Books feature works by the likes of William Blake, Thomas Rowlandson, George Cruikshank, William Hogarth and James Gillray, designed to document and occasionally satirise contemporary accounts of life and social issues, and to accompany novels and poems.
Including charming relics of childhood from the 18th and 19th centuries, the range of material in the category of Children's Books is breathtaking, from Aesop to The Zankiwank and the Bletherwitch (illustrated by Arthur Rackham), to Beatrix Potter and Harry Potter, Doctor Dolittle to Dr. Seuss, and Rupert to Paddington to Edward (Pooh) Bear. Many books in this category comprise illustrations by Edward Dulac, Quentin Blake, William Heath Robinson and Kate Greenaway.
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Here we introduce some recent Illustrated Books and Children's Books highlights:
Original watercolour study for the mouse that appears in The Story of Miss Moppet, finishing the tale dancing a victory jig having escaped the eponymous kitten | with an autograph pencil note by Beatrix Potter | 1906, est. £8,000-10,000, sold for £16,120
E.L. Budgen, 'Acheta Domestica', Episodes of Insect Life | 3 volumes, first edition | wood-engraved frontispieces and illustrations, many hand-coloured | superb original gilt-pictorial cloth, McLean, 1849-1851 | est. £200-300, sold for £434
Gregynog Press, The Fables of Esope | 8 of 25 specially-bound copies | wood-engraved title, illustrations and initials by Agnes Miller Parker | bound in duo morocco by William MacCance and George Fisher of the Gregynog Press Bindery | 1931, est. £2,000-3,000, sold for £3,224
E.V. Boyle, The Story Without An End | tinted frontispiece and colour-printed plates | Thomas Gray, 1868 | est. £150-200, sold for £434
A lion standing, after Albrecht Dürer | etching, C. Galle, circa 1650 | est. £150-200, sold for £310
Annie R. Rentoul, Elves and Fairies, edited by Grenby Outhwaite | first edition, 15 coloured and 30 black & white tipped-in illustrations by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite | Melbourne & Sydney, 1916, est. £600-800, sold for £806
Being a Map for the Merchants, Bankers, Brokers & other Venturers trading into that City | sepia lithograph, central crease, colour lithographs | Whistler & Fuller, 1934 | est. £300-400, sold for £521
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol | one of 500 deluxe copies signed by the illustrator, 12 tipped-in colour plates by Arthur Rackham | Riall, 1915, est. £800-1,200, sold for £1,054
James McBey, Vegetable Market, Tangiers | watercolour and ink, signed and dated, 1959 | est. £400-600, sold for £806