Rupert the Bear Bibliography - Checklist

A Collectors Reference Guide

UK First Editions Books

Mary Tourtel - Early Books
 
Title Publisher Date Notes
Adventures of Rupert the Little Lost Bear Nelson 1921 not dated
The Little Bear and the Fairy Child Nelson 1922 not dated
Margot the Midget and Little Bears Christmas Nelson 1922 not dated
The Little Bear and the Ogres Nelson 1922  
Rupert Little Bear's Adventures Sampson Low 1928-25 3 books
Rupert the Little Bear Series Sampson Low 1925-27 6 books

Alfred Bestell & Later Artists - Annuals
 
Title Publisher Date Notes
1936 Daily Express   with jacket
1937-39 Daily Express    
1940-41 Daily Express    
1942 Daily Express   wrappers
1943 Daily Express   wrappers
1944 Daily Express   wrappers
1945 Daily Express   wrappers
1946 Daily Express   wrappers
1947-49 Daily Express   wrappers
1950-54 Daily Express   boards
1955-59 Daily Express   boards
1960-66 Daily Express    
1967-68 Daily Express    
1969 Daily Express    
1970-89 Daily Express    
1990 Daily Express   70th Anniversary, in jacket

Monster Annuals
 
Cover Description Publisher Date Notes
Rupert watching wolf leap from bed Sampson Low 19 not dated
Rupert sitting on log Sampson Low 19 not dated
Rupert hidden by bird Sampson Low 19 not dated
Rupert and boy in storeroom Sampson Low 19 not dated
R... sitting on a log Sampson Low 19 not dated, with jacket
Rupert watching a fox leap from the bed Sampson Low 19 not dated, with jacket
R... helping small boy out of hole Sampson Low 19 not dated, with jacket

Adventure Series
 
Numbers Publisher Date Notes
Numbers 1-50 Daily Express   later numbers are the scarcest

Little Bear Library Book
 
Title Publisher Date Notes
R... and the Enchanted Princess Sampson Low 1928 not dated
R... and the Black Dwarf Sampson Low 1928 not dated
Rupert and his Pet Monkey Sampson Low 1928 not dated
R... and his Friend Margot Sampson Low 1928 not dated
R... in the Wood of Mystery Sampson Low 1929 not dated
Further Adventures of Rupert and Pet Monkey Sampson Low 1929 not dated
R... and the Three Robbers Sampson Low 1929 not dated
Rupert , the Knight and the Lady Sampson Low 1929 not dated
R... and the Circus Clown Sampson Low 1929 not dated
Rupert and the Magic Hat Sampson Low 1929 not dated
R... and the Little Prince Sampson Low 1930 not dated
Rupert and King Pippin Sampson Low 1930 not dated
R... and the Wilful Princess Sampson Low 1930 not dated
Rupert's Mysterious Flight Sampson Low 1930 not dated
R... in Trouble Again Sampson Low 1930 not dated
R... and the Wooden Soldiers Sampson Low 1930 not dated
Rupert and the Old Man of the Sea Sampson Low 1931 not dated
R... and Algy at Hawthorne Farm Sampson Low 1931 not dated
R... and the Magic Whistle Sampson Low 1931 not dated
Rupert gets Stolen Sampson Low 1931 not dated
R... and the Wonderful Boots Sampson Low 1931 not dated
R... and the Christmas Tree Fairies Sampson Low 1931 not dated
R... and his Pet Monkey Again Sampson Low 1932 not dated
R... and the Robber Wolf Sampson Low 1932 not dated
R...'s Latest Adventure Sampson Low 1932 not dated
R... and Prince Humpty Dumpty Sampson Low 1932 not dated
R...'s Holiday Adventure Sampson Low 1932 not dated
R...'s Christmas Tree Sampson Low 1932 not dated
R... the Witch and Tabatha Sampson Low 1933 not dated
R... Goes Hiking Sampson Low 1933 not dated
R... and the Willy Wispe Sampson Low 1933 not dated
R... Margot and the Bandits Sampson Low 1933 not dated
R... and the Magic Toy Man Sampson Low 1933 not dated
R... and Bill Keep Shop Sampson Low 1933 not dated
R... and Algernon Sampson Low 1934 not dated
R... and Beppo Again Sampson Low 1934 not dated
R... and Dapple Sampson Low 1934 not dated
R... and Bill's Aeroplane Adventure Sampson Low 1934 not dated
R... and the Magicians Umbrella Sampson Low 1934 not dated
R... and Bill and the Pirates Sampson Low 1935 not dated
R...at the Seaside Sampson Low 1935 not dated
R... Gets Captured Sampson Low 1935 not dated
Rupert the Manikin and the Black Knight Sampson Low 1935 not dated
R... and the Greedy Princess Sampson Low 1935 not dated
R... and Bill's Seaside Holiday Sampson Low 1936 not dated
R... and Edward and the Circus Sampson Low 1936 not dated

Cut Out Books
 
Title Publisher Date Notes
Rupert Edward and the Circus Sampson Low 1949  
Rupert and the Snowman Sampson Low 1950  
Rupert Sampson Low   nd c1950's
The Monster Rupert Sampson Low 1950  

Other Rupert Books
 
Title Publisher Date Notes
Daily Express Childrens Annual Lane 1930-31  
Daily Express Childrens Annual Lane 1932-34  
Monster Rupert Sampson Low 1931-34 4 volumes
Monster Rupert Sampson Low 1948-50 3 volumes
The Rupert Story Book Sampson Low 1938 nd
Rupert Little Bear More Stories Sampson Low 1939 nd
Rupert Again Sampson Low 1940 nd

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Rupert first appeared in a cartoon strip in the English newspaper The Daily Express and was a collaboration between his creator Mary Tourtel and her husband on 8th November 1920. Further episodes appeared for a couple of years before being published by Thomas Nelson. The best known, and most sought after, publications are the annuals which began in 1936, now illustrated by Alfred Bestall after Tourtel's retirement. The first one is highly collectable, especially so in its original dust jacket, so much so that even the facsimile editions published in 1985 command high prices. The Little Bears appeal still remains despite the passage of time, though popularity amongst readers is perhaps less than amongst collectors

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