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English literature pre-1900

Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to poetry, novels, short stories, plays, and other original works written in the English language and published before 1900, including literature in English from Scotland, Wales, and the whole of Ireland, as well as literature in English from countries of the former British Empire, including the United States.

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  1. 117129

    Italian Tales.

    Tales of Humour, Gallantry, and Romance, selected and translated from the Italian. With sixteen illustrative drawings by George Cruikshank.
    First edition, first issue, with issue points including the plate "The Dead Rider" at p. 58 which was omitted from the second issue. Cruikshank's illustrations were described by John Ruskin as "the finest things, next to Rembrandt's, that, as far as I know, have been done since etching was invented" (ODNB). Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1824

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 117129

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  2. 117052

    Elephants Can Remember.

    First edition, first impression of the final Poirot novel written by Christie. Learn More
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1972

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 117052

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  3. 117051

    Destination Unknown.

    First edition, first impression. The plot was influenced by the events of 1950, when two British nuclear scientists were unmasked as Soviet spies: the German-born British scientist Klaus Emil Fuchs, who was jailed in January 1950, and his colleague Bruno Pontecorvo, who fled the country with his family. Learn More
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1954

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 117051

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  4. 117050

    Thomas Dryburgh's Dream. A Story of The Sick Children's Hospital.

    First edition of one of Swan's popular Scots tales, uncommon thus, Copac locates just BL, Oxford and Cambridge, OCLC adds, McGill, Toronto, and Harvard. Swan was an immensely popular and prolific author, writing in a genre largely dismissed by the Scottish literary establishment, along with work of S. R. Crockett, J. M. Barrie, and George MacDonald, as "kailyard" - "cabbage patch" - for its parochialism and sentimentality. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1886

    Published: Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 117050

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  5. 117018detail

    The Yellow Book.

    An Illustrated Quarterly.
    First editions. This famous, epochal, and notorious periodical includes work by all the great figures of the 1890s including Beerbohm, Beardsley, Henry James, Yeats, Gissing, Kenneth Grahame, Ernest Dowson, Lionel Johnson, Baron Corvo, H. G. Wells, and many others. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1894-97

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 117018

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  6. 117013

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

    Corrected impression of the first edition published in 1925. A scholarly edition of the Middle English alliterative romance, the text being reproduced from the original 14th-century manuscript (now held as part of the Cotton Library at the British Library) with copious notes, details and glossaries by Tolkien and Gordon. A second, fully revised, edition was published in 1967. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1930

    Published: Oxford

    Stock Code: 117013

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  7. 116972

    Hero & Leander.

    First edition thus, one of 220 copies printed (of which 20 were hors commerce) of Ricketts & Shannon's printing of Christopher Marlowe's famous 1598 English rendering of the romantic mythological legend of Hero & Leander, with the contemporary continuation by poet and translator George Chapman (well known for his Homer). This scarce and beautiful fine press printing, which was one of three such productions by Ricketts and Shannon done "at the Vale" (their Chelsea home) before the official establishment of The Vale Press, was done to commemorate the 400 year anniversary of the first printing of Musaeus's 6th century Greek text of Hero & Leander by Aldus Manutius in Venice 1494. Learn More
    £1,875

    Date of Publication: begun November 1893 and finished February 1894

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116972

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  8. 116951
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1903

    Published: Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 116951

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  9. 116950

    The Life of Robert Louis Stevenson.

    To his family and friends. Selected and edited with notes and introductions by Sidney Colvin.
    First edition in a fine Zaehnsdorf binding. Each volume with the spine panel of the original cloth bound in at rear. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1901

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116950

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  10. 116948

    A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy.

    By Mr. Yorick. A New Edition, Embellished with Two Caricature Prints, by Rowlandson; with: Memoirs of the Life and Family of Laurence Sterne, A.M. Written by Himself.
    First edition featuring the caricatures by Thomas Rowlandson. Sterne is said to have called A Sentimental Journey his "work of redemption" when it was first published in February 1768, three weeks before his death. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1809

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116948

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  11. 116935

    The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England,

    begun in the year 1641. With the precedent passages, and actions, that contributed thereunto, and the happy end, and conclusion thereof by the King's blessed Restoration, and return, upon the 29th of May, in the Year 1660.
    The last octavo edition of the eighteenth century, bound here in unsophisticated period calf - almost certainly a trade binding - unlettered and plain but very appealing. First published between 1702 and 1707 (with the first octavo edition appearing in 1705-06) Clarendon's great History has "remained in the mind because of his literary achievement—the fashioning of the most sophisticated and finely balanced history yet written in English (or written for a long time afterwards)—and for an unmistakable rhetorical voice. Learn More
    £1,000

    Date of Publication: 1731-32

    Published: Oxford,

    Stock Code: 116935

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  12. 116808

    A Treatise on the Vine.

    Embracing its history from the earliest ages to the present day, with descriptions of above two hundred foreign, and eighty American varieties; together with a complete dissertation on the establishment, culture, and management of vineyards.
    First edition. Under Prince's direction, the Prince Nursery at Long Island became "the most important nursery in the United States" (Gabler p. 213), and one which actively encouraged the hybridisation of European and American vines. Published in collaboration with his father, William Prince, A Treatise on the Vine traces the history of the vine, describes and classifies hundreds of European and American grape varieties (the vast majority of which were being cultivated at their nursery), instructs on proper planting techniques, and recommends which grapes are best for the table and which for wine. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1830

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116808

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  13. 116769
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    The Stones of Venice.

    Signed limited edition, one of 1,500 copies signed by the author at the end of the preface. Ruskin's magnum opus, one of the key texts of the aesthetic movement, was first published 1851–53. Ruskin's The Stones of Venice and The Seven Lamps of Architecture "with their obsession with the function and aesthetics of architecture, over and beyond its history and practice… proved a revolutionary success" (PMM). Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1873-74

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116769

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  14. 116713

    The Fables.

    Translated into English Verse by Walter Thornbury. With Illustrations by Gustave Doré.
    An early edition of Thornbury's first English translation of La Fontaine's fables, with illustrations from "one of the most popular" and "greatest of all illustrators" (Ray, 327-28). During the period of this book's publication, Doré went from being "virtually unknown in England to being the most famous illustrator in the world" (Malan, 67), with books such as this bringing Doré to an international audience. Learn More
    £325

    Date of Publication: [c.1870]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116713

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  15. 116684

    The Serious Poems; [together with] The Comic Poems.

    With a preface by Thomas Hood the Younger. A new and complete edition.
    First edition thus. Nearly all of Hood's verse first appeared in magazines and annuals; these two uniformly bound works are posthumous collections of his poetry, "enriched with illustrations drawn and engraved by the foremost artists of the day" (Editorial Note, The Serious Poems). Learn More
    £120

    Date of Publication: [1876]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116684

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  16. 116677

    David Copperfield.

    With illustrations by H. K. Browne.
    First edition, early issue, with most (but not all) of the errata listed by Smith. In the preface to a later edition (1867), Dickens would call the novel his "favourite child". It is generally considered to be his masterpiece, and is his first first-person novel. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1850

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116677

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  17. 116671

    The Letters.

    Including numerous letters now first published from the original manuscripts. Edited, with notes, by Lord Mahon.
    First edition. This handsomely bound set begins with Stanhope's famous "Letters to his Son, on Education"; the fifth volume, published eight years later, concludes by printing the previously omitted letters from this correspondence. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1845-53

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116671

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  18. 116663

    Master Humphreys Clock.

    With illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne.
    First edition. Master Humphrey's Clock is a portmanteau containing two novels, The Old Curiosity Shop and Dickens's first historical novel, Barnaby Rudge. Of the many illustrations, most of the figure-pieces were prepared by Browne, while Cattermole completed the architectural subjects. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1840-1

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116663

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  19. 116662

    Little Dorrit.

    With illustrations by H. K. Browne.
    First edition, bound from the parts. Dickens's errata on p. 317 ("William" instead of "Frederick") and pp. 469-74 ("Rigaud" instead of "Blandois") have been neatly supplied by hand. Learn More
    £600

    Date of Publication: 1857

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116662

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  20. 116660

    Dombey and Son.

    With illustrations by H. K. Browne.
    First edition, extra-illustrated with the 12 character plates by "Phiz" (eight engraved solely by him and dated 1848, four vignetted within an oval frame and engraved by both "Phiz" and Robert Young). "With the author's sanction, ‘Phiz,' co-operating with Robert Young, etched four extra plates for this work. They were fine portraits of Little Paul, Edith, Florence and Alice, and much praise was bestowed on them. Learn More
    £600

    Date of Publication: 1848

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116660

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