Children's and Illustrated

Children's and Illustrated Books at Forum Auctions opens up a treasure trove of enchanting stories and captivating illustrations for rare book collectors. From timeless classics of children's literature in first edition to the deluxe colour plate books of the Golden Age of Illustration in limited edition, Children's and Illustrated Books is unique as an area of rare book collecting for the way it magically weaves together great writing with art and nostalgia.

Our specialists have many years of experience in this field and are available to provide valuations and advise best path to market for any Children's and Illustrated Books you may have, as well as advise on probate and insurance valuations for single items or collections. Please view the Experts section below for more information.

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Rupert Powell

Rupert Powell

Deputy Chairman, International Head of Books

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Dido Arthur

Dido Arthur

Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Justin Phillips

Justin Phillips

Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Max Hasler

Max Hasler

Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Rhiannon Spence

Rhiannon Spence

Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Hester Malin

Hester Malin

Junior Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Cosima Benson-Colpi

Cosima Benson-Colpi

Junior Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Lydia Gardner

Lydia Gardner

Junior Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Leo Hessian

Leo Hessian

Trainee Cataloguer, Books and Works on Paper

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Simon Luterbacher

Simon Luterbacher

Consultant, Books and Works on Paper

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FAQ's

How do I know if my old Children's Books are valuable?
There are various different qualities and conditions that can determine if old children's books are collectable and sought-after. The very earliest children's books, up until the early part of the 19th century, are rare generally, and even incomplete or in poor condition can be valuable. The Victorian era onwards however condition and completeness become much more significant players in the value, and this spikes enormously when it comes to the 20th century. The value of children's books from the 20th century is also far more dependant on the edition and impression of the book, inevitably first edition, first impression/printing being the ideal. Contact one of our rare books specialists for more information on having your children's books valued.
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