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December 15th 2016

Rare Children's Books from the collection of Percy H. Muir (1894-1979)

Percy Muir was a distinguished English antiquarian bookseller whose pioneering scholarship on early children's books helped define the subject as worthy of serious attention. Muir's interest began in 1945 when he purchased the collection of F.R. Bussell. In 1946, he organized a landmark exhibition of over a thousand items at the National Book League and wrote the accompanying catalogue, Children's Books of Yesterday.

He joined the London antiquarian booksellers Elkin Mathews in 1930, and remained with the firm until his death in 1979. As president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association in Britain from 1945-1947, Muir chaired the first conference of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) in 1947. He then served as president of the ILAB from 1950 until 1952.

These scarce and unusual children's books, games and peepshows from his estate are included in this sale in the following lots:

Lots 542, 544, 546-548, 550, 552-553, 559, 566-567, 570, 576-577, 580, 586, 588-589, 591, 594-601, 608, and 611-613.

Lot 542

Lot 544

Lot 548

Lot 550

Lot 552

Date: 7 December 2016

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