Welcome to the Special Book Room
The Special Book Room on our website houses our most collectable, rare or fragile items. Prices of Special Book Room items generally start at £90. If you wish to view our special books in person, please contact us and we will let you know whether the items are located at Stella Books (Tintern) or Rose's Books (Hay-on-Wye).
A selection of our Special Books...
ALL SORTS OF COMICAL CATSBingham, Clifton.Illustrated by Wain, Louis.
Stock no. 385555
Ernest Nister. 1st. 1902. Good condition with no wrapper. Cloth spine, cream boards. Pictorial front board with blue title. Blue floral decorated endpapers. Mounted colour frontis (not by Wain). Numerous b/w and two-tone illustrations of cats throughout (by Wain). Nister No. 742. Spine bumped and rubbed with slight fraying at base. Cover edges/corners are worn with slight loss of surface paper. Some scuffing to covers. A couple of page gatherings are detached at lower staples and being held in at top staple. Colouring to some b/w illustrations. One page has pencil scribbles partially erased. A couple of small page edge tears. Name in ink to top margin of title-page. Grubby fingermarks throughout. Still a decent copy of a scarce book. [R] Price: £150.00
PONSONBY AND HIS FRIENDSHerbertson, Agnes Grozier.Illustrated by Soper, Eileen.
Stock no. 560404
Methuen & Co. Ltd.. 1st. 1934. Nearly fine condition in a good dustwrapper. Blue cloth. Full page b/w illustrations and text drawings. A story about cats. One page has a small closed edge-tear. Attractive pictorial wrapper chipped at edges. A lovely copy of this scarce Soper title. [S] Price: £95.00
LOUIS WAIN'S BABY'S PICTURE BOOKNo author listed.Illustrated by Wain, Louis.
Stock no. 593893
James Clarke & Co.. 1st. 1903. Almost very good condition with no wrapper. Glazed pictorial boards with picture of cute kitten on the front cover. B/w illustrations throughout, many of cats. Edges rubbed, corners worn, backstrip worn with loss to bottom. Covers a little grubby. Front and rear joints cracked. Inscription in ink to front pastedown. A few repaired margin tears, slight margin loss to last two pages. A few marks present. [S] Price: £450.00
THE KINGDOM OF CARBONELSleigh, Barbara.Illustrated by Leonard, D.M..
Stock no. 626524
Max Parrish. 1st. 1959. Nearly fine condition in a nearly fine dustwrapper. Carbonel has been summoned to the presence of the Great Cat - who would guard his kingdom and royal kittens while he was away? Light tan boards, gilt title to spine. B/w illustrations. Small foxspots to top of text block. Almost invisible tiny closed tear to bottom of title page. Pictorial wrapper is lightly rubbed at corners. A beautiful copy of a scarce book in its original wrapper! [S] Price: £400.00
BIMBO AND TOPSYBlyton, Enid.Illustrated by Gee, Lucy.
Stock no. 813628
George Newnes Ltd.. 1st. 1943. Very good condition in an almost very good dustwrapper. Green cloth, gilt titles. B/w illustrations. Top of spine bumped. Inscription in pencil to front endpaper. Page edges are browned, with the odd foxspot. Wrapper is edge-chipped with surface paper damage, mainly to top of spine. [S] Price: £160.00
ORLANDO THE MARMALADE CAT A TRIP ABROADHale, Kathleen.Illustrated by Hale, Kathleen.
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Stock no. 1802921
Country Life. 1st. 1939. Almost very good condition with no wrapper. Very large format. Colour pictorial boards. Fabulous colour lithograph illustrations. 32 pages. Edges rubbed, corners worn. Boards grubby with one or two foxspots. Backstrip worn at top and tail. A few scattered foxspots to contents. Tiny nip to lower gutter edge of first few pages. Overall still a nice copy. [S] Price: £150.00