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  1. A Handbook on Hanging.

    A Handbook on Hanging.

    Being a short Introduction to the fine art of Execution, and containing much useful information on Neck-Breaking, Throttling, Strangling, Asphyxiation, Decapitation and Electrocution; as well as Data and Wrinkles for Hangmen, an account of the late Mr. Berry’s method of Killing and his working list of Drops; to which is added a Hangman’s Ready Reckoner and certain other items of interest. All very proper to be read and kept in every Family.
    First US edition, a year after the first UK edition. Nice copy of Duff's timeless satire on the death penalty, described by Dylan Thomas as a minor classic, both the Daily Herald and T.P.'s Weekly invoking comparisons with Defoe in reviews reprinted on the jacket, the latter considering it "an exquisite piece of irony". Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1929

    Published: Boston

    Stock Code: 112737

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  2. Marazan.

    Marazan.

    First edition, first impression of the author's first book. Learn More
    £1,375

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112480

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  3. Down and Out in Paris and London.

    Down and Out in Paris and London.

    First edition, first impression of Orwell's first full-length work, a two part memoir of his life among the poor and destitute in and around the two cities. An "immensely interesting book [...] a genuine human document, which at the same time is written with so much artistic force that, in spite of the squalor and degradation thus unfolded, the result is curiously beautiful" (Compton Mackenzie). Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1933

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112415

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  4. Mother Goose. The Old Nursery Rhymes.
    signed

    Mother Goose. The Old Nursery Rhymes.

    Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
    Signed limited edition. One of 1,130 numbered copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £3,750

    Date of Publication: 1913

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111922

    Signed: Yes

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  5. 111771

    Mary Poppins.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1934

    Published: London:

    Stock Code: 111771

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  6. Stories from Hans Andersen.
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1911

    Published: New York and London

    Stock Code: 111588

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  7. The Hound of the Baskervilles.

    The Hound of the Baskervilles.

    Another Adventure of Sherlock Holmes.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1902

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111585

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  8. The life and strange surprizing adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York Mariner.

    The life and strange surprizing adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York Mariner.

    Limited Edition of 535 numbered copies of which this is number 395. Kauffer was born in the United States but settled in England in 1914. He was a member of both Wyndham Lewis's Group X and the Cumberland Market Group. A good painter, Kauffer's real genius was in advertising art; he produced seminal posters for the London Transport Board and for the Great Western Railway, as well as book jackets and illustrations. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1929

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111491

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  9. Commentaries on the Laws of England.

    Commentaries on the Laws of England.

    First editions of vols. III and IV, third edition of vol. I, second of vol. II. An attractive set of Blackstone's works. "Blackstone's great work on the laws of England is the extreme example of justification of an existing state of affairs by virtue of its history … Until the Commentaries, the ordinary Englishman had viewed the law as a vast, unintelligible and unfriendly machine. Learn More
    £3,250

    Date of Publication: 1767

    Published: Oxford

    Stock Code: 111360

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  10. Sindbad the Sailor

    Sindbad the Sailor

    and Other Stories From the Arabian Nights. Illustrated by Edmund Dulac.
    First Dulac edition. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: [1914]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111191

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  11. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; "But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes".
    signed

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; "But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes".

    Illustrated by Ralph Barton.
    First editions, first printings. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is inscribed on the half-title "Greetings to Gareth L. Pawlowski from Anita Loos May 15th 1973" along with a hand written letter dated April 22nd ‘73 with envelope loosely inserted. But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes is inscribed on the front fly-leaf "To Henry Tatnall Brown from Anita Loos. P. S. Learn More
    £4,750

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 110966

    Signed: Yes

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  12. [The novels and short stories, comprising:]

    [The novels and short stories, comprising:]

    The Voyage Out; Night and Day; Jacob’s Room; Mrs Dalloway; To The Lighthouse; Orlando; The Waves; Flush; The Years; Between The Acts.
    First editions, first impressions. Learn More
    £15,000

    Date of Publication: 1915

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110799

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  13. Kew Gardens. Decorated by Vanessa Bell.
    signed

    Kew Gardens. Decorated by Vanessa Bell.

    Third edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 201.
    Third edition, limited to 500 copies of which this is number 201. This copy is signed by both Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, though the limitation does not call for signatures and signed copies such as this one are rare. Kew Gardens was Woolf's first individually published work, and it marked her experimentation with a new type of realism. A fantastic example of the Chelsea Bindery's work. Learn More
    £6,000

    Date of Publication: 1927

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110659

    Signed: Yes

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  14. Treasure Island.
    £1,450

    Date of Publication: 1927

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110582

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  15. Catch-22. A Novel.
    signed

    Catch-22. A Novel.

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1961

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 110581

    Signed: Yes

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  16. The Lord of the Rings.

    The Lord of the Rings.

    First one-volume edition. The Lord of the Rings was always intended as a single-volume work, though it was originally published in three volumes in 1954 and 1955, in part due to post-war paper shortages. This edition, originally issued as a paperback, has Tolkien's definitive text, from the second edition of 1966, published in one volume for the first time. Learn More
    £1,875

    Date of Publication: 1968

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110550

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  17. Western Tibet and the British Borderland.

    Western Tibet and the British Borderland.

    The Sacred Country of Hindus and Buddhists. With an account of the government, religion and customs of its peoples. With a chapter by T. G. Longstaff describing an attempt to climb Gurla Mandhata.
    First edition, first impression of "the most serious book on that region" (Yakushi) by a member of the Indian Civil Service and deputy commissioner of Almora. Sherring and Longstaff explored Garwhal and Ladakh together and Longstaff, with two alpine guides and six porters, made an attempt on Gurla Mandhata, which was foiled by an avalanche and other difficulties, and he turned back at 7,000 feet - then a world altitude record. Learn More
    £1,650

    Date of Publication: 1906

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110431

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  18. Gordon and the Sudan.

    Gordon and the Sudan.

    First edition, first impression, uncommon in the dust jacket. "Despite hundreds of book-length treatments, the classic biography remains Bernard M. Allen, Gordon and the Sudan" (Daly & Hogan, Images of Empire: Photographic Sources for the British in the Sudan, 2005, p. 11). Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1931

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110430

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  19. The Pathan Borderland.

    The Pathan Borderland.

    A consecutive account of the country and people on and beyond the Indian frontier from Chitral to Dera Ismail Khan. Second Edition.
    Second edition, considerably enlarged; originally published in 1910. Scarce: Copac locates only two copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, London Library), OCLC adds a further 11 worldwide. The author notes in his Preface that this new edition was revised in the aftermath of the Third Anglo-Afghan War (1919) and the Waziristan Revolt (1919-20). Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1921

    Published: Calcutta and Simla

    Stock Code: 110428

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  20. Forest Life in Ceylon.

    Forest Life in Ceylon.

    First edition, scarce, of this fictionalised account of life in Sri Lanka, published hot on the heels of Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) and describing the harsh life of the coffee plantation labourers. "One of the earliest and most enduring images of the early coffee planter and his relations with labourers comes from the caricature in a novel, Forest Life in Ceylon, by William Knighton (1854). Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1854

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110416

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