RUPERT BEAR ANNUALS -- TOURTEL, Mary (1874-1948) & Alfred E. BESTALL (d. 1986). Rupert Bear Annuals, Daily Express Publications, 1936-2002. 72 volumes in total, including the facsimile edition of The New Adventures of Rupert, 'first of fifty--Rupert Annual 1936' number 7663 on inner sleeve of dust-jacket, and duplicates of volumes 1943, 1944, 1946 and 1947 (one copy each of 1943 and 1944 incomplete). (A few of the older vols. lightly spotted, some ownership pages filled-in with pencil or ink, some of the pictures coloured in, all 3 pictures of the 1936 vol. coloured in, 1961, 1963 & 1967 edition of the 'Magic Painting Editions' partly coloured in, 1962, 1964, and 1965 of 'Magic Painting Editions' coloured in, the price of 1954, 1958 & 1963 clipped.) Bound in original cloth (1936 volume with the rare dust-jacket, dust-jacket with a few light spots and small chips at head and tail of spine), cloth-backed boards, or pictorial boards (extremities of mainly the older volumes rubbed, front cover of 1940 volume with small circular damage and joints starting to split, front cover and spine of vol. 1946 repaired with adhesive tape, incomplete duplicate vols. of 1943 and 1944 with extensive adhesive tape repairs).
With 40 other Rupert Bear items: numbers 1-18 of Mary Tourtel's Rupert Little Bear Library (London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co., [n.d.], all in yellow publisher's boards), Mary Tourtel's Rupert and the Circus Clown (No. 9 of Little Bear Library, [n.d.]), no. 2 and 16 of the Rupert Adventure Series, 13 volumes of the Rupert Colour Library (Maidenehad: Purnell, 1976-77, including a duplicate reprint of 1987), Rupert and the Seven Sleepers (Methuen, 1993), Rupert and the Wonderful Boots (August 1947), and George Perry and Alfred Bestall's A Bear's Life. Rupert (London, 1985), and Brian Stewart's Rupert. The Rupert Bear Dossier (London, 1997).
A COMPLETE RUN OF RUPERT BEAR ANNUALS, INCLUDING THE FIRST RUPERT BEAR ANNUAL OF 1936 WITH THE RARE DUST-JACKET, the limited facsimile edition of the same book, the 50th Anniversary edition of 1950 and the 70th Anniversary edition (with dust-jacket), also the Magic Paintings of 1960, 1966 and 1968 not coloured. (112)