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"A Child's Garden Of Verses" by Robert Louis Stevenson, published by Dent & Sons, 1964 edition. Lovely hardback edition of the perennial children's favourite.  With colour drawings by Mary Shillabeer and wood engravings by the author.  First published in 1885, these poems have remained a firm favourite across the years. In good condition for age, free from inscription and scribble.  A lovely gift.

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"Garden Of Flowers" a garland of thirty songs, words by Patience Strong, music by Horatio Nicholls, published by Lwrence Wright Music Co, first edition 1961.  Beautiful book of music for piano composed by Horatio Nicholls with lyrics by the very popular Patience Strong.  30 flower songs for music and flower lovers alike. In good condition for age, previous owner's inscription on inside endpaper.  Perfect display, gift or piano playing material.  Delightful and very hard to find.

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"The Lovers' Keepsake" by Raymond Peynet, published by Perpetua, first edition 1958.  Lovely vintage edition of this favourite. Peynet's delightful and cheeky illustrations and words have continued to be very popular over the years.  This book is in very good condition for age, free from inscription and both board covers and contents are very good.

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"Flower Fairies Of The Autumn - with the nuts and berries they bring" by Cicely Mary Barker, published by Blackie, undated.  Lovely early edition, c1940s, of this perennial favourite, beautifully capturing the flora of the Autumn months.  Illustrated throughout by the author in her beautiful style.  Some of the Flower fairies featured are the Sloe Fairy, Holly Fairy, Burdock Fairy, Robin's Pincushion Fairy, Elderberry Fairy and Rose Hip Fairy plus many more accompanied by her poems.  Book is in overall good condition for age, dustjacket has a couple of tiny nicks to edges and very slight wear, the decorative board covers beneath are in very good condition and the contents are tight, bright and free from scribble.  Previous owner's name on inside and an original gift sticker on inside dustjacket covering price.  Very collectable addition to the book shelf.

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"Forget-Me-Not - An Autograph Album", published by Ernest Nister.  Beautiful little Victorian book published by the very collectable and good quality printers, Ernest Nister, at Nuremberg Bavaria.  In overall good condition for age, the book is free from autographs etc and has only previous owner's gift inscription on inside endpaper.  Containing pages of illustrated verse with accompanying decorative blank page for autograph, message or sentiment. A lovely memento from a bygone time.

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"Cats' ABC" by Beverley Nichols, published by Jonathan Cape, 1960 first edition.  Wonderful book with beautiful illustrations throughout by Derrick Sayer.  An A-Z to the charm and beauty of cats, written in a light-hearted and humorous way, this is a lovely book for cat lovers.  In good condition for age, dustjacket has a couple of closed nicks to top of spine, identical decorative board covers beneath are in excellent condition.

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"The English Ballet, published by Collins, 1944, first edition.  This is one of a series of titles in the very collectable and iconic set of "Britain in Pictures, The British People In Pictures" books published by Collins published during WWII to boost morale and to form a history of the culture of the countryside and people of Britain.  This very attractive hardback book with beautiful decorative cover  and dustjacket which is in very good condition for age.  Inscription free.  Containing 8 colour plates and many black and white and a text exploring the history and use of the English ballet over the years. A lovely collectable book for display and reading.

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"Girls And Boys Come Out To Play" published by Birn Brothers, undated c1940s/1950s.  Delightful soft card covered book with absolutely charming illustrations througout.  10 little poems, one on each page with nostalgic accompanying images.  Book is in overall good condition for age, some slight wear to top of rear  cover,  small closed tear to cover, internally bright and tight and good. Delightful!

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Vintage trio of classic Agatha Christie mysteries, all featuring Hercule Poirot.  Published by Pan Books with distinctive covers - "Sad Cypress" 1957, "The Murder On The Links" 1963, "Poirot Investigates" 1962.  Collectable and readable whodunnits, involving much use of those little grey cells ...

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"The Rose Fyleman Fairy Book" by Rose Fyleman, published by Methuen, 1943 edition (first published 1923) and this is the first edition printed in this form.  Beautifully illustrated throughout by Hilda Miller, with 12 full size colour plates and 12 black and white illustrations.  Selected from the poems of Rose Fyleman including the famous 'There Are Fairies At The Bottom Of Our Garden". In very good condition for age, free from inscription and scribble and contents tight and bright.  Lovely and very collectable vintage title.

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Edible Fungi" by John Ramsbottom published by Penguin in 1943, first edition, as part of the iconic King Penguin series.  This is number 13 in the very collectable series of hardback King Penguin titles.  Wartime first edition of this book. Book is in overall good condition for age,  there is some foxing to pages and board covers and the spine feels a little fragile, although intact with wear to edges of spine and slight loss of paper to top of spine.  A  guide to finding and identifying edible fungi with 16 beautiful colour plates.  Very collectable title in very good condition.

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"Colour All The Year In My Garden" by C H Middleton, published by Ward Lock, 1940s and "Winter-Flowering Plants" by C H Middleton published by Ward Lock, 1937.  Both books published by the very popular gardening writer and expert of the time, C H Middleton, well known in particular for work in relation to "Dig For Victory" campaign during WW2.  Lovely vintage books with delightful dustjackets which both have some wear to them to edges and some of spine missing to cover of Colour All The Year.  With black and white plates and eight delightful colour plates in both books.  Perfect for reference and display, a lovely item for the potting shed.

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"English Gardens" by Harry Roberts, published by Collins, 1944, first edition.  This is one of a series of titles in the very collectable and iconic set of "Britain in Pictures, The British People In Pictures" books published by Collins published during WWII to boost morale and to form a history of the culture of the countryside and people of Britain.  This very attractive hardback book with beautiful decorative cover is in very good condition for age.  Previous owner's name on inside endpaper.  Containing 8 colour plates and 23 black and white and a text exploring the history and use of the English garden over the years, up to and including the use of the garden in wartime. A lovely collectable book for display and reading.

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"Lorna On The Land" by Doris Pocock, published by Ward Lock, 1946 first edition.  Wonderful wartime story of schoolgirls Lorna and Nibbs deciding to help their country by working on the land as part of Women's Land Army.  Wartime edition published to wartime economy standards.  Collectable and hard to find book by popular  children's author Doris Pocock, possible written to encourage younger girls to sign up to do their bit.  Book is in overall good condition for age, free from inscription, some foxing to dustjacket and wear to edges due to age, the there are some small closed tears and nicks and at one time one tear has been repaired from the inside.  Enjoyable read and slice of 1940s life.

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Nature Rambles' by Edward Step, published by Frederick Warne,  first edition 1930. Published as part of the "Come-With-Me" series of book, this edition is the Summer to Autumn edition. Lovely vintage book in good condition for age (previous owner's gift inscription on inside endpaper), aiming to serve as a guide to the interest of the countryside on a ramble - 'an introduction to country-lore'. With sixteen colour plates, fifteen black and white plates and eighty two illustrations. A guide to which plants and animals to look for during these seasons. Perfect for the  nature table and, of course, rambles.

 

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"Cranford" by Elizabeth Gaskell, published by A C Black, 1929 edition.  Lovely vintage edition of Gaskell's classic and very popular story of the inhabitants, mainly women, of the village of Cranford.  The book has 8 full colour plates by Sybil Tawse.  Book is in overall good condition for age, some light foxing on inside endpapers due to age.  Beautiful board covers and wonderful story.

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"British Birds And Their Nests" by Brian Vesey-Fitzgerald, published by Wills & Hepworth as part of the Senior Ladybird series of titles. This is in series 536.  In very good condition for age c1950s/1960s with beautiful dustjacket which has not been price clipped (2/6), and buff coloured boards beneath.  Brown and white design endpapers.  Previous owner's name on inside endpaper.  Beautifully illustrated throughout in colour.  Definitely one for the nature table.

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"English Book Illustration", published by Penguin in 1947, first edition, as part of the iconic King Penguin series.  This is number 31 in the very collectable series of hardback King Penguin titles.  Book is in very good condition for age, offering a concise history of various book illustrations from 1800-1900 with both black and white and colour plates.  Featuring such artists as Millais, Kate Greenaway, Pissarro, Beardsley and Crane.  Very collectable title in very good condition.

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"The Observer's Book Of Wild Animals", Compiled by W J Stokoe, published by Frederick Warne & Co, 1957 edition.  Descriptions of 69 species of wild animals in Britain, illustrated with 46 full colour plates, and 26 black and white illustrations.  In overall good condition for age, small closed tear to to edge of dustjacket.  Collectable title in the Observer's iconic series of books. This is no 5 in the series.

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"The Darling Buds Of May" trilogy by H E Bates, all three titles published by The Book Club.  All have wonderful decorative dustjackets that have not been price clipped. "The Darling Buds Of May", published 1958,  has some wear to dustjacket and edges and the dustjacket endflaps have been pasted to inside endpapers (please see photos), "A Breath Of French Air" published 1959 and "When The Green Woods Laugh" published 1960 are both in very good condition.  The complete adventures of the delightful Larkin Family with Ma and Pa Larkin at the helm.  Delightful reading.

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"Middleton's Gardening Guide", published by Burke, 1958 edition.  Lovely vintage paperback edition of this very popular gardening book in overall good condition for age too. Full of hints and tips from the gardening guru of his time, Mr Middleton, famous for being behind the "Dig For Victory" campaign.  Book is illustrated throughout in black and white and has a few beautiful colour plates too.  Planning the garden, growing fruit, veg and plants, it's all in here.  Perfect for the potting shed or bookshelf.

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"The Observer's Book of Grasses, Sedges & Rushes" published by Frederick Warne, 1962 edition.  100 species described, all fully illustrated. Lovely little vintage edition of this book which is part of the iconic and very collectable Observer's title.  In very good condition for age, dustjacket and board covers are very good and dust jacket has not been price clipped.  Beautiful delicate illustrations throughout.

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"The Provincial Lady In War-Time" by E M Delafield, published by Macmillan, 1940 first edition.  Wartime edition of this title from the hugely entertaining and very popular of books in "The Provincial Lady" series.  The Provincial Lady reflects in a humorous way the struggles of the onset of WW2, life on the Home Front, evacuation, billeting, war work, shortage of domestic help etc.  This very collectable and hard to find book is offered in overall good condition for age.  There is a bookplate on inside endpaper and the dustjacket has not been price clipped and has several nicks to top and bottom including a little missing to top of spine. Contents tight and bright.  A wonderful read and a slice of social history too.

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"Nature In Britain" - An Illustrated Survey, Published by Batsford, second edition 1941.  Wonderful vintage nature book on the study and guide to nature in Britain, animal and bird life, reptile and amphibian, pond and stream life, insects, trees, shrubs, flowers, plants and fungi.  Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs.  Lovely decorative dustjacket with bright colours.  In very good condition of age, especially since it was printed during WW2, dustjacket is in lovely condition, just a little bit of nibbling to top of spine, free from inscription too.  A welcome addition to the nature table and display item.

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The first four titles in P L Travers extremely popular "Mary Poppins" series, all vintage editions.  "Mary Poppins", 1965 edition, previous owner's gift inscription on inside endpaper.  In overall good condition for age, small area of paper loss to front cover where label might once have been and some fading to edges. "Mary Poppins Comes Back", 1969 edition in very good condition. "Mary Poppins Opens The Door", 1965 edition, in overall good condition for age, small area of paper loss to front cover where label might once have been and some marks to corners on inside endpapers. "Mary Poppins In The Park", 1965 edition in overall very good condition for age. All of the books have protective, removeable plastic covers with beautiful illustrations by Mary Shephard and distinctive candy stripe covers.  A wonderfully nostalgic and collectable series of books.

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Five go Off to Camp' Lashing of fun to be had in this gripping tale and classic from the prolific children's author Enid Blyton. Published in 1960 with original illustrations in black and white, some with colour, by Eileen Soper. Hardback with original paper dustjacket. Lovely clean pages without scribbles or tears. Some foxing stains to the foredge. Front fly paper clipped on top corner and dustjacket clipped.

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One of the classic Famous Five tales by Enid Blyton 'Five Fall into Adventure'. Hardback book with original paper dustjacket. Published in 1968 with illustrations by Eileen Soper. Dustjacket has been clipped on inside front cover. Small ink mark on front loose fly and inscription in ink on title page. Good clean pages. Some wear and tears to the dustjacket. Boards in good clean condition.

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A classic book from the wealth of the Enid Blyton library of books and tales of the Famous Five. This edition of the Famous Five adventures is 'Five on Kirrin Island Again'. Hardback book with original unclipped paper dustjacket. Original price 7s 6d. Printed in 1965 Fourteenth impression. Illustrations by Eileen Soper. The pages are in very good clean condition, without tears or scribbles. Some creasing to the dustjacket.

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"I-Spy Wild Fruit and Fungi" published by News Chronicle, 1960s.  Lovely booklet produced by News Chronicle as part of their collectable "I-Spy' series. Perfect for taking on a country ramble, walking amongst the hedgerows and in the woods, helping to identify hips and haws, sweet chestnuts and horse chestnuts, buckthorns and barberries, crab apples and thorn apples, oyster mushrooms and parasol mushrooms and much more.  In very good condition for age too.

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"Frenchman's Creek" by Daphne Du Maurier, published by Gollancz, 1947 impression.  1940s edition of this classic title, published as part of the Gollancz "Cheap edition' series of books produced during wartime in 1940s. Book is in overall good condition for age, couple of very small closed tears to top and bottom of spine, free from inscription, contents tight. Great vintage edition of one of Du Maurier's popular novels.

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"Rags and Tuppence" by Lewis Dutton, published by Frederick Warne & Co, 1937, first edition.  Beautifully illustrated throughout with black and white illustrations and colour plates by the popular artist and illustrator, Edgar Norfield.  A very collectable book in good condition for age, with rare dustjacket (some slight wear to top and bottom of spine with closed tears),  not price clipped, board covers beneath are in very good condition.  Previous owner's gift inscription on inside endpaper.  Slight foxing to some pages, contents tight and bright. Rags and Tatters the two loveable fox terriers and their adventures with their friends Bill, Binks and Tuppence.  Very popular and collectable.

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"Playful Pets", published by Blackie.  Delightful children's hardback book, undated but c1930s.  There is a gift inscription inside dated 1952. The adventures of Binkie the puppy, Dinkie the kitten and their little boy-master. 58 pages of delightful, full-page illustrations of which 6 are colour plates by the artist Albert Kaye and the rest orange and greyscale monochrome. Some slight edgewear to board covers and contents tight but there is a slight cracking at spine internally.  Delightfully nostalgic and collectable.

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"The Shell Country Book" by Geoffrey Grigson, published by Phoenix House, 1963. Wonderful guide to the countryside, beautifully illustrated with many lovely colour plates.  In very good condition for age.  This book acts as a guide to all manner of flora and fauna - birds, animals, insects, wild flowers and fruits, wild foods.  There are also sections on villages, buildings, churches etc, hills, the sky - clouds, stars, planets and moon. Countryside law, country writers and painters, a miscellany of things and objects of fancy.  A true celebration of the countryside.

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Trio of vintage Agatha Christie classic mysteries - "After The Funeral", "Hickory Dickory Dock" and "4.50 From Paddington". All in good condition for age.  All published by The Book Club "After The Funeral" 1954, ""4.50 From Paddington" 1959, "Hickory Dickory Dock" 1956 edition.  All three have decorative dustjackets, not price clipped and free from inscription.  Two Hercule Poirots and one Miss Marple to keep you on your toes, those little grey cells working and some gentle knitting to aid the sofa sleuthing.

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"Sweet Peas - Present-Day Gardening" by Horace Wright, published by T C & E C Jack,  c1910.  Beautiful Edwardian book with eight lovely coloured plates of various varieties of Sweet Peas.  A guide to history and how to cultivate these favourite blooms.  In overall good condition for age, there is an inscription on inside endpaper from previous owner and the name appears written on front cover too.  Also included is a flysheet detailing new book publications  for 1910.  Beautiful book for the bookshelf.

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"Hundreds Of Things A Boy Can Make" published by Foulsham c1930s.  Wonderful original vintage book jam packed with ideas and projects for boys. Perfect for a rainy day, quiet weekend etc.  From boomerangs to feather gliders, pea-shooters to magic inks, kites to aquariums, things to make and games to play.  Book is in good condition for age, free from inscription, mark on inside endpaper,  some slight wear to dustjacket edges due to age.  Jolly good old fashioned fun.

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"Mrs Buffey In Wartime" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe, published by Thomas Nelson, 1942, second impression.  A series of chapters about Mrs Buffey's experiences of the war in the Yorkshire Dales.  A wonderfully humorous and warm account capturing the mood and morale of the Home Front during World War II.  With chapters on Evacuees, Black-out, rationing, air raid warnings, woeful waste and knitting amongst others.  Book is in very good condition for age, free from inscription and dustjacket is not price clipped with a couple of small nicks to top. Collectable and entertaining slice of life on the Home Front.

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"Perky Pixie's Party" by Marjorie Dawson, published by Arthur Dixon Ltd, 1940s.  Extremely rare and collectable little booklet by the very popular and collectable artist and author, Marjorie Dawson.  This is a delightful little 8 page stapled booklet (15.5cm x 12 cm) featuring the artist's beautiful colour illustrations and telling the story of the preparations for Perky Pixie's birthday party.  Booklet is in overall good condition for age, free from scribble, closed tear at base of spine on cover, contents tight. Delightful and very collectable.

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"The Sea-Shore Fairies" by Marion St John Webb, illustrated by Margaret Tarrant, published by The Medici Society 1932.  Very early edition of this hard to find vintage book, fourth impression.  A very collectable  little book  (about the size of the Flower Fairy books) with 6 coloured drawings (tipped in plates) and line drawings by the very popular artist Margaret Tarrant.  Charming verses are matched with equally charming illustrations.  The book has hard to find original dustjacket and it does have some wear to edges and a little nip missing from front cover.  There is also some foxing on pages due to age.  Board covers beneath are in good condition and the contents are tight.  Very collectable and delightful too.

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"In Praise Of England" - An Anthology for Friends, compiled by Neville Hilditch, published by Frederick Muller, 1947 revised 2nd edition.  Published as part of the very popular and collectable "In Praise Of" series of titles, with their distinctive and attractive decorative hardboard covers, this mini book celebrates the beauty of England through a series of verse and prose from Shakespeare to Browning, Tennyson to Coleridge.  In good condition for age, previous owner's gift inscription on inside endpaper and a tiny piece of paper loss to back cover.

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"101 Things For Girls To Do" by Lillie B & Arthur C Horth, published by Batsford, 1946 edition.  Wonderful vintage 1940s edition of this popular book in good condition for age.  Crammed with ideas for things a girl can do ranging from cooking to sewing, jewellery, first aid, drawing and much more.  Mexican Kisses sweets to make, leather belts, lampshades, needelecase, baskets, cushion making, egg cosies, old shoes made new amongs the projects - good old fashioned craft ideas and hobbies.  Illustrated with diagrams and photographs.  Previous bookplate attached to front endpaper appears to be missing, free from inscription.

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"The Three Kittens" by Winifred Martin, published by Blackie, this edition c late 1950s.  A delightful hardback book with charming illustrations throughout in black and green.  Book is in very good condition for age, free from inscription, tears or scribble.  The lovely illustrated laminated hardback cover is in good condition too.  The adventures and escapades of Linda, Tuff and Shandy...

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