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  1. The Physical Geography of the Sea.
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    MAURY, M. F.

    The Physical Geography of the Sea. 1855

    £2,250

    First edition. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “Walter R. Jones from his friend the Author”. Jones was president of the Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company and had a sustained correspondence with Maury on establishing shipping lanes as a way to prevent collisions. …Read more

  2. Per Ardua 1914-1918.
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    BARING, Maurice.

    Per Ardua 1914-1918. c.1928]

    £225

    First edition, one of 250 copies printed for private circulation, of Baring’s poem celebrating the endeavours of the RFC during the First World War. Very scarce, with OCLC listing only 11 locations in libraries worldwide, and a fine copy. Baring joined the RFC at the …Read more

  3. Dickens’s Dictionary of the Thames,
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    DICKENS, Charles, Jr.

    Dickens’s Dictionary of the Thames, 1880

    £375

    First edition, very scarce presentation copy inscribed, “George Ryan, with kind regards, Charles Dickens, Nov. 1879” above the Preface. Dickens’s Dictionary of the Thames was a very popular guide to the river by Dickens’s eldest son, updated and reissued every year until his death in …Read more

  4. William Rothenstein, An Address.
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    BEERBOHM, Max.

    William Rothenstein, An Address. 1945

    £650

    First edition, first impression, one of 100 copies privately printed. Max Beerbohm and William Rothenstein were first introduced in 1896 when the publisher John Lane commissioned Rothenstein’s volume of lithographic portraits of Oxford personalities, Oxford Characters, to coincide with Max Beerbohm’s Caricatures of Twenty-Five Gentlemen. …Read more

  5. Bath After Sailing.
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    UPDIKE, John.

    Bath After Sailing. 1968

    £475

    First and signed limited edition, number 66 of 125 copies signed by the author on the title. This was the first of Updike’s poems to be issued as a limited edition. Read more

  6. 4 Sails.
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    FINLAY, Ian Hamilton.

    4 Sails. 1966

    £375

    Created with Ed Wright at the Chelsea School of Art, this piece of concrete poetry was issued on red, yellow and blue card (no priority established). The inside corners are folded to represent sails when the piece is free-standing. Words printed on each “sail” form …Read more

  7. The Book of Shakespeare Gems.
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    (SHAKESPEARE, William.) SARGENT, G. F.

    The Book of Shakespeare Gems. 1854

    £150

    A handsomely-bound copy of the third edition; first published in 1846. Read more

  8. The Humour and Pathos of Charles Dickens.
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    (DICKENS, Charles.) KENT, Charles (ed.)

    The Humour and Pathos of Charles Dickens. 1884

    £150

    First edition. A collection of extracts from the works of Charles Dickens chosen by his friend and collaborator, who was the recipient of the last letter that Dickens ever wrote, produced an hour before Dickens’s death in June 1870 (ODNB). Read more

  9. Women Who Work.
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    BEAUCHAMP, Joan.

    Women Who Work. 1937

    £95

    First edition, first impression, of this survey of women workers in inter-war Britain. Read more

  10. The Complaint: Or, Night Thoughts.
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    YOUNG, Edward.

    The Complaint: Or, Night Thoughts. 1823

    £175

    Third edition with Westall’s illustrations; first published thus in 1817. Night Thoughts was originally published in nine separate parts between 1742 and 1745. Night Thoughts has been described as “arguably the century’s greatest long poem” (ODNB). Richard Westall was a well-regarded artist and illustrator and …Read more

  11. Hero & Leander.
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    MUSAEUS.

    Hero & Leander. 1949

    £400

    First edition thus, number 438 of 400 copies (numbered 101-500) from a limited edition of 500, Lucas’s translation of 6th century Greek poet Musaeus’s famous poem finely printed by the Golden Cockerel Press with etched illustrations by John Buckland-Wright, designed by Christopher Sandford. Very scarce …Read more

  12. History Of Western Philosophy.
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    RUSSELL, Bertrand.

    History Of Western Philosophy. 1946

    £475

    First UK edition, first impression, an exceptional copy. Russell’s compendious account of the history of philosophy, from the Orphism of Ancient Greece to the Logical Positivism of the author’s present day, was a triumph of his populist craft and is perhaps his most famous book. …Read more

  13. A Historical Account of the Belief in Witchcraft in Scotland.
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    SHARPE, Charles Kirkpatrick.

    A Historical Account of the Belief in Witchcraft in Scotland. 1884

    £150

    First edition. An account of the belief of witchcraft in Scotland to 1724 by Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe of Hoddam Castle. It includes as an editorial appendix an index of further reading on Scottish witchcraft and magic. In the words of his obituarist in The Scotsman, …Read more

  14. A Bibliography of the Writings of D. H. Lawrence.
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    (LAWRENCE, D. H.) MCDONALD, Edward D.

    A Bibliography of the Writings of D. H. Lawrence. 1925

    £475

    First edition, first printing, signed limited issue, one of 100 large-paper copies signed by Lawrence and the bibliographer on the limitation page; there were 500 regular copies printed at the same time. Lawrence’s foreword, “The Bad Side of Books” (“What do I care for first …Read more

  15. Interests and Obsessions.
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    SKIDELSKY, Robert.

    Interests and Obsessions. 1993

    £75

    First edition, first impression. With a clipped inscription signed by the author pasted onto the front pastedown, which reads: “Five years of Cassandra, Robert Skidelsky”. Read more

  16. “The Bank”.
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    STERN, James.

    “The Bank”. 1975

    £375

    First and sole edition, number 18 of 50 copies of this short story privately published by the author, originally composed in Berlin in 1928. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title, “For Anthony Hobson affectionately, Jimmy Stern, my first effort 1928, Whitsbury 6. …Read more

  17. Three Madrigals.
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    ASHBERY, John.

    Three Madrigals. 1968

    £225

    First edition, first printing, number 59 of 150 signed and numbered copies; there were another 12 copies reserved for the author. The book reprints the author’s holograph manuscript in facsimile. Read more

  18. The Theory of the Gyroscopic Compass and its Deviations.
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    RAWLINGS, A. L.

    The Theory of the Gyroscopic Compass and its Deviations. 1929

    £300

    First edition, first impression, of the author’s “pocket book” (Preface) chiefly intended for makers and users of gyrocompasses. A second edition was published in the US in 1944. Read more

  19. Politics in the Train.
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    NICOLSON, Harold.

    Politics in the Train. 1936

    £250

    First edition, first impression. From the library of the third Viscount Esher, Oliver Sylvain Baliol [Brett], marked in pencil on the final page of text, “E, Sept. 1936”, presumably the date he read it. A political text relating a conversation on a train to Leicester …Read more

  20. Pictures from Italy.
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    DICKENS, Charles.

    Pictures from Italy. 1846

    £750

    First edition of Dickens’s second travel book. Dickens toured Italy between 1844 and 1845. “Clarkson Stanfield had agreed to illustrate the text for Dickens but, when he read those passages of the narrative in which Dickens satirises the excesses of Catholic devotion, he resigned from …Read more

  21. Vanity Fair. A Novel without a Hero.
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    THACKERAY, William Makepeace.

    Vanity Fair. A Novel without a Hero. 1848

    £1,250

    First edition in book form, with the three points traditionally taken to denote first issue (drop-head title in rustic lettering to page 1, the “Marquis of Steyne” vignette on page 336, later suppressed, and “Mr. Pitt” for “Sir Pitt” on page 453, line 31), although, …Read more

  22. Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal.
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    SOUTHEY, Robert.

    Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal. 1799

    £375

    Second edition of Southey’s first book of prose, which first appeared in 1797. Southey sailed for Portugal at the invitation of his uncle in November 1795 following his estrangement from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and stayed until the following May. “He visited Madrid, but spent most …Read more

  23. Characters of Shakespear’s Plays.
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    HAZLITT, William.

    Characters of Shakespear’s Plays. 1817

    £500

    First edition, Chandos Leigh’s copy, of “the first ever economically priced critical survey of all Shakespeare’s works” (ODNB), and “the first of Hazlitt’s books to achieve immediate success” (Keynes). With the bookplate of poet and literary patron Chandos Leigh, first Baron Leigh (1791-1850), to the …Read more

  24. Jude the Obscure.
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    HARDY, Thomas.

    Jude the Obscure. [1895]

    £500

    First edition in book form, first state, with all 17 pages noted by Purdy retaining their pagination: uncommon thus. Hardy’s last novel originally appeared as a bowdlerised serial in Harper’s Magazine from December 1894 to November 1895, when the European and American editions were published …Read more

  25. Man and Machine.
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    CARTIER-BRESSON, Henri.

    Man and Machine. 1969

    £450

    First edition, first impression, English issue. Inscribed by the photographer on the half-title: “A Jules et Helen, avec toute mon amitié et ma reconnaissance, Henri”. Simultaneously published in French under the title L’Homme et la machine. Read more

  26. L’Homme et la machine.
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    CARTIER-BRESSON, Henri.

    L’Homme et la machine. 1969

    £450

    First edition, first impression, French issue. Inscribed by the photographer on the half-title, incorporating part of the printed title into his inscription: “à Bill, avec ma reconnaissance d’avoir forcé un [Homme] a changer de [Machine] très cordialement, Henri”. Simultaneously published in English under the title …Read more

  27. Design for a plate.
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    BELL, Vanessa.

    Design for a plate. [c.1919?]

    £2,000

    The pattern shows strong stylistic similarity to plates designed by Vanessa Bell for the Omega Workshops, founded by members of the Bloomsbury Group and established in July 1913. Omega closed in 1919, after a clearance sale, and was officially liquidated on 24 July 1920. The …Read more

  28. Istoria ragionata de’ mali osservati in Napoli nell’intero corso dell’anno 1764;
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    SARCONE, Michele.

    Istoria ragionata de’ mali osservati in Napoli nell’intero corso dell’anno 1764; 1765 & 1770

    £4,000

    First editions of both works. In the first work, dedicated to the Neapolitan regent Bernardo Tanucci, the Italian physician Michele Sarcone (1731–1797) describes the devastating gastrointestinal fever that struck Naples in 1764, the grim climax to several years of famine. Sarcone was a firm believer …Read more

  29. [The Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire saga:]
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    MARTIN, George R. R.

    [The Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire saga:] 1996–2011

    £4,500

    First editions, first printings, an excellent presentation set, the first three titles superbly inscribed to the same recipient, respectively “To Kim, may your winters be short, George R. R. M.”, “To Kim, may your summers be bright, George R. R. M.”, “To Kim, keep your …Read more

  30. The Works.
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    HUXLEY, Thomas H.

    The Works. 1894

    £1,250

    Author’s edition, one of 1,000 numbered sets collecting works by the British biologist and science educationist Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–1895). “Huxley published over 400 essays, papers, letters, reviews, and books. Many of his papers on invertebrate anatomy and vertebrate palaeontology were amassed by Foster and …Read more

  31. Smithsonian Scientific Series.
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    ABBOT, Charles Greeley (ed.)

    Smithsonian Scientific Series. 1929-32

    £1,250

    Signed limited edition, one of 875 sets signed by C. G. Abbot and especially prepared for the patrons of the Smithsonian. Read more

  32. The Works.
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    SPENSER, Edmund.

    The Works. 1862

    £575

    First Collier edition of Spenser’s works, handsomely bound. Read more

  33. The Poems.
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    CHAUCER, Geoffrey & Edmund Spenser.

    The Poems. 1822

    £850

    An attractively bound set collecting the poetical works by Chaucher and Spenser. Part of the British Poets series originally published in 1809. Read more

  34. The Complete Writings.
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    WHITMAN, Walt.

    The Complete Writings. 1902

    £2,250

    The Book-Lover’s Camden edition, one of 500 numbered sets of which this is number 119. Read more

  35. The Theory of Moral Sentiments;
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    SMITH, Adam.

    The Theory of Moral Sentiments; 1817

    £1,750

    First American edition of Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments, originally published in London in 1759, the present edition based on the 1809 edition published in Edinburgh by R. Chapman. The initial binder’s blank bears a gift inscription in a flamboyant hand from US federal judge …Read more

  36. The Novels and Tales.
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    STEVENSON, Robert Louis.

    The Novels and Tales. 1909

    £3,750

    A handsomely bound set of Stevenson’s works. Read more

  37. The Cambridge Edition of the Poets.
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    SCOTT, Sir Walter and others.

    The Cambridge Edition of the Poets. [1900]

    £3,000

    A handsomely bound set with works by Bryon, Shelly, Wordsworth and Keats. Read more

  38. East of Eden.
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    STEINBECK, John.

    East of Eden. 1952

    £1,250

    First edition, first printing. Read more

  39. Sense and Sensibility.
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    (THOMSON, Hugh.) AUSTEN, Jane.

    Sense and Sensibility. 1909

    £575

    Thomson’s illustrations to Sense and Sensibility were first published in 1896. Read more

  40. Saint Joan.
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    (RICKETTS, C. illus.) SHAW, George Bernard.

    Saint Joan. 1924

    £450

    First Ricketts edition, one of 750 copies printed on hand-made paper. Read more

  41. An Inquiry into the Nature of Peace and the Terms of its Perpetuation.
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    VEBLEN, Thorstein.

    An Inquiry into the Nature of Peace and the Terms of its Perpetuation. 1917

    £4,750

    First edition, first printing of Veblen’s treatise on peace, how it may be achieved and retained, as well as the possible effects of perpetual peace on society. Presentation copy inscribed by Veblen on the front free endpaper: “To Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt, Thorstein Veblen.” Nordfeldt …Read more

  42. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
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    (HUDSON, Gwynedd M.) CARROLL, Lewis.

    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. [c. 1927]

    £385

    Carroll’s classic story in an attractive volume resulting from Boots brief sojourn into publishing. Originally printed by Hodder and Stoughton in 1922. Read more

  43. The Theory of the Leisure Class.
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    VEBLEN, Thorstein.

    The Theory of the Leisure Class. 1899

    £4,500

    First edition, review copy sent to the American journalist and suffragist Florence Finch Kelly (1858–1939), with her ownership signature to the front free endpaper and her pencil marginalia throughout, particularly extensive to the final few leaves. Kelly was on the staff of various American newspapers, …Read more

  44. Ladies’ fencing and gymnastics in Victorian West London – album of material assembled by gymnastics teacher Katherine Woodward, including original illustration by Alice B. Woodward, photographs, programmes, newspaper cuttings.
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    WOODWARD, Katherine.

    Ladies’ fencing and gymnastics in Victorian West London – album of material assembled by gymnastics teacher Katherine Woodward, including original illustration by Alice B. Woodward, photographs, programmes, newspaper cuttings. 1890-7

    £3,250

    Intriguing personal album of material assembled by gymnastics teacher Katherine Woodward, including original illustrations by Alice B. Woodward, photographs, programmes, newspaper cuttings, the items dating from between 1890 and 1897. Katherine Woodward came from a prosperous and highly-cultured Victorian family in West London. Her father …Read more

  45. A Journey from Bengal to England through the Northern Part of India, Kashmire, Afghanistan, and Persia, and into Russia, by the Caspian-Sea.
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    FORSTER, George.

    A Journey from Bengal to England through the Northern Part of India, Kashmire, Afghanistan, and Persia, and into Russia, by the Caspian-Sea. 1798

    £3,000

    First edition thus. The first volume was published in Calcutta in 1790, the year before Forster’s death, the whole being published for the first time as here. Forster, (c.1752–1791), was an officer of the HEIC on the Madras establishment, and between 1782 and 1784 undertook …Read more

  46. On the Banks of Plum Creek.
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    WILDER, Laura Ingalls.

    On the Banks of Plum Creek. 1937

    £1,200

    First edition, first printing. The fourth of nine titles in Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie books. This title was a 1938 Newbery Honor title. Read more

  47. Little Brother and Little Sister and Other Tales.
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    (RACKHAM, Arthur.) GRIMM, [Jacob & Wilhelm].

    Little Brother and Little Sister and Other Tales. 1917

    £2,500

    Signed limited edition. Number 506 of 525 copies signed by the artist. Read more

  48. The Green Man of Kilsona.
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    PRAGNELL, Festus.

    The Green Man of Kilsona.

    £2,250

    First edition, first impression. Read more

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