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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. 116951
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1903

    Published: Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 116951

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 116659

    The Miscellaneous Writings, Speeches and Poems.

    In four volumes.
    Second edition. First published in two volumes by Longmans, Green, and Co. in 1860, this collection includes, amongst others, his contributions to Knight's Quarterly Magazine, The Edinburgh Review, and the Encyclopaedia Britannica; critical writings on Dante and Petrarch; commentary on contemporary legislation; and his poetry. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1880

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116659

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  12. 116658

    The Works.

    In three volumes.
    First edition, third impression (first 1887) of the Victoria Edition. A handsomely bound set of Shakespeare's plays and poems which takes its text from the Globe Shakespeare, edited by William George Clark and William Aldis Wright and first published in 1864. Learn More
    £575

    Date of Publication: 1898

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116658

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  13. 116654

    The Poetical Works.

    With notes, glossary, index of first lines, and biographical note.
    Complete edition. A handsomely bound copy of Burns's poetical works. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: [c.1910]

    Published: Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 116654

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  14. 116651

    Poems.

    Including The Princess, In Memoriam, Maud, Idylls of the King, Enoch Arden, Etc.
    A beautifully bound copy of the Oxford Edition of collected poems by Tennyson. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1907

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116651

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  15. 116650

    The Miscellaneous Works.

    With Biographical Introduction By Professor Masson.
    This is a handsomely bound copy of the Globe Edition. This collection of Goldsmith's works, including an introduction by the literary scholar David Masson, was first published in 1868. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1881

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116650

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  16. 116649

    The Legend of Jubal.

    And Other Poems. Second Edition.
    A handsomely bound copy of Eliot's poems, many of which had previously appeared in periodicals. The first edition of this collection was published the same year. Learn More
    £95

    Date of Publication: 1874

    Published: Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 116649

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  17. 116648

    The Poetical Works.

    Edited by H. W. Garrod.
    Second Oxford Standard Authors edition, eleventh impression. It was first published thus in 1956. A handsomely bound copy of Keats's complete poetical works. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1973

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116648

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  18. 116641

    A Documentary Life.

    First edition, first impression. The known information about Shakespeare's life and the documents associated with it are the focus of this profusely illustrated book. Where possible, the facsimiles included are reproduced full size. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1975

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116641

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  19. 116613

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.

    With Illustrations by R. Seymour and Phiz.
    First edition, early issue, with most of the first issue points. All the plates are in early states with page numbers as called for but no titles or imprints, and the vignette title-page with the signboard reads "Veller" (corrected to "Weller" in later issues). Robert Seymour provided the illustrations until he committed suicide; Robert William Buss then took over, but he was inexperienced in steel engraving and had to be replaced. Learn More
    £675

    Date of Publication: 1837

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116613

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  20. 116593

    Romola.

    First published in the Cornhill Magazine 1862-3, Eliot's novel of Renaissance Florence became a popular souvenir for late "Grand Tourists" when presented thus. This copy has the ownership inscription of "Mary H. Chapman, London", dated Florence 1901 to the first blank. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1898

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116593

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