Following a career of nearly thirty years as dealers in rare and collectible children’s books, BATTLEDORE LTD was incorporated in 1988 to branch into new related directions extending and expanding into such collectibles as Children’s Book Illustration Art, Dutch Nieue Kunst (Art Nouveau)  from 1860–1940, Modern Asian Art, ancient Han and Tang pottery, Political Propaganda of the 20th century – international, historical and Chinese, with focus on and before the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

Along with high quality Art & Illustration, we also focus on Propaganda, with a strong emphasis on vintage relics of Mao and the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

In 1990 we produced an illustrated census on the original printing of the famously rare 1865 first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which was suppressed by its author and illustrator, never publicly distributed, and has become one of the most precious rare books produced during the 19th century.


[photo: Exhibition Stand, West Palm Beach Art Fair, 2018]

All prices listed are in US Dollars and guaranteed through December 2015. Most domestic orders are sent via USPS Priority Mail unless other arrangements are requested. Foreign orders processed as they are received. New clients are asked to provide credit references along with pre-payment. Residents of New York State are likewise required to pay 8% sales tax (Ulster County) unless otherwise exempt with a signed exemption certificate on file.


We maintain a representative collection of Maurice Sendak which in 2013 was exhibited at the Society of Illustrators (128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY) celebrating the 50th Anniversary of “Where the Wild Things Are.”  A companion catalogue as a memorial tribute was published by Abrams Books: Maurice Sendak. A Celebration of the Artist and his Work (ISBN 978-1-4197-1073-5).

[photo: Dennis, Maurice and Justin, during a visit to Ridgefield, CT, 1999)

We invite you to peruse our inventory, introduce us to your friends and colleagues, and consider developing your personal art collection with our range of unique and unusual vetted inventory of rare material.  We welcome you to visit our “by appointment” art gallery in Kingston NY, offering reference books, original illustration art, vintage posters and signed prints, modern Chinese art and international propaganda.

We occasionally exhibit at Art Fairs and Antiquarian Book Fairs in New York and internationally and would be happy to show you items of interest.

[photo: interior of Battledore Ltd Gallery, Kingston, NY]

Dennis M. V. David
Justin G. Schiller