Cecil Aldin was a talented British artist, known for his depictions of British life but with a versatility that lent itself well to a variety of art subjects. Many collectible Aldin items are actually framed pieces of art, with a recent auction topping out at over $20,000, but book collectors will not find themselves wanting.
It is sure to be a relief to book collectors that Cecil Aldin book collectibles are generally much more affordable than his framed artworks. However, the most desirable book collectibles can easily surpass $2,000, with most of those being first editions of books that he illustrated, such as Anna Sewell's Black Beauty or The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club by Charles Dickens. Another highly prized Aldin collectible is Bunnyborough, a children's book about a family of anthropomorphized bunnies that features 16 fully illustrated pages.
Aldin collectors looking for signatures are in luck, as the artist signed quite a few of his works, including 380 copies of Old Inns, 250 copies of Dogs of Character, 250 copies of A Dozen Dogs or So, and 250 copies of Forty Fine Ladies. Because so many of these books were signed, even signed first editions can often be found for a few hundred dollars.
For those looking for entry into collecting Aldin books on a budget, finding quality collector's items may be a struggle. Finding a first edition for under $200 is rare but possible. For options under $100, collectors will likely find antiques, many books over 100 years old that may not be in the best condition, but likely no signed copies or first editions.
Hansall, John and Aldin, Cecil. Two Well Worn Shoe Stories. Sands and Co, London (1899). Colour printed full page illustrations.
Aldin, Cecil. Pickles. Henry Frowde and Hodder and Stroughton, London (1909). 24 full page colour illustrations.
Dickens, Charles. The Postumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. Chapman Hall, London (1910). 2 volumes. Illustrated by Cecil Aldin with 98 drawings and 22 coloured plates.
Aldin, Cecil. Old Inns. Heinemann, London (1921). 380 copies signed by artist. 16 colour plates and 45 black and white illustrations.
Aldin, Cecil. Dogs Of Character. Eyre and Spottiswoode, London (1927). 250 copies. Signed by Aldin
Chalmers, Patrick R. A Dozen Dogs or So. Eyre and Spottiswoode, London (1928). 250 copies. Signed by the author and artist.
Aldin, Cecil and Chalmers, Patrick R. Forty Fine Ladies. Eyre and Spottiswoode, London (1929). 250 copies signed by author and illustrator.
Aldin, Cecil. Time I Was Dead. Pages from my Autobiography. Eyre and Spottiswoode, London (1934). 100 copies. Signed by author.