SYMONDS, John

SYMONDS, John and André FRANÇOIS (Ill.). The Magic Currant Bun

London, Faber & Faber, 1953.

£220

FIRST EDITION. 4to, pp. 40, of which 20 are full-page illustrations, b&w with some green colour, by André François. Illustrated green buckram. Black lettering on left cover and spine. Original dust jacket in excellent condition reproducing the illustration on the front cover. Author’s presentation copy to his sister, dedication on left free endpaper: “Eleanor / with love / from John / 15th July ‘54”. An excellent copy.

SYMONDS, John

SYMONDS, John and Gerard HOFFNUNG. The Isle of Cats

London, Werner Laurie, 1955.

£150

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 49, 5 full-page coloured plates and numerous b&w illustrations throughout (in three quarter-, half- and quarter page and full-page size). Blue buckram with a cat stamped in black on the left cover, lettering stamped to spine in black. Original dust jacket a little worn along edges and lightly yellowed. Inscribed by the author with dedication on verso of half-title: “To Henrietta Mayer / with love from / John / Christmas 1955”.

SYMONDS, John

SYMONDS, John and Gerard HOFFNUNG. The Isle of Cats

London, Werner Laurie, 1955.

£350

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 49, 5 full-page coloured plates and numerous b&w illustrations throughout (in three quarter-, half- and quarter page and full-page size). Blue buckram with a cat stamped in black on the left cover, lettering stamped to spine in black. Original dust jacket a little worn and soiled. Inscribed by the author and dedicated to his second-born son: “To my little Tommy / (a story about his brother / gabby and our cat / uncle Tom) / with much love / from his Daddy / 23 Feb. 1956”.

SYMONDS, John

SYMONDS, John and Edward ARDIZZONE (Ill.). Elfrida and the Pig

 London, George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd, 1959.

£200

FIRST EDITION. 4to, pp. 48, 17 b&w illustrations (in three quarter-, half- and quarter page size). Green buckram with Elfrida and the Pig stamped in black on left cover, black lettering to spine. Slightly damage to the tail of the spine, some light spots on right cover. Without dust jacket. Author’s autograph on title-page.

SYMONDS, John

SYMONDS, John and James BOSWELL (Ill.). Dapplegray

 London, Georg G. Harrap & Co. Ltd, 1962.

£100

FIRST EDITION. 4to, pp. 48, 20 colour and b&w illustrations (in three quarter-, half- and quarter page size). Grey buckram with a horse head stamped on lower outer corner of left cover. Red lettering stamped on spine. Original dust jacket. Pencil inscription by the author on left endpaper: “Please return to / John Symonds / at 66 Lyncroft Mansions / London / NW6.

SYMONDS, John

SYMONDS, John and André François (Ill.). Grodge-Cat & the Window Cleaner

 New York, Pantheon Books, 1965.

£175

FIRST EDITION. 4to, pp. 61, colour illustrations on pastedowns and throughout the first unnumbered 16 pages; large hand-drawn initials in the text. Bound in brown buckram, with drawing on paper label glued to the left cover; white lettering stamped on spine. Original dust jacket in very good condition. Inscribed on verso of left flyleaf: “Eric / affectionately / from John-Cat / Xmas 1965”. Eric Warman was the original partner of publisher Paul Hamlyn.

SYMONDS, John

SYMONDS, John and André François (Ill.). The Story George Told Me

London, George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd, 1963.

£200

FIRST EDITION. 4to, pp. 48, coloured illustrations throughout, on each page. Bound in orange buckram with decorations stamped in green on left cover. Title stamped in green to spine. Original dust jacket in excellent condition. Inscribed on left endpaper in black pen: “To Joan Stevens / from the author / Oct ‘91”. Title-page with name of author struck out and autographed. In excellent condition.

SYMONDS, John

SYMONDS, John and Edward ARDIZZONE (Ill.). The Stuffed Dog

 London, J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd, 1967.

£ 300

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 60, 13 b&w drawings (in three quarter-, half- and quarter page size). Blue buckram, five gilt-tooled parallel vertical lines with asterisks stamped in black at their extremities on centre on left cover. Title gilt and names of author and publisher in black to spine. Original dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on left endpaper in blue pen: “To / Joan Stevens with / good wishes / from the author / 24 October 1980”; printed name of author on title-page struck out with a line and autographed.