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  1. Pepita.
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    SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita.

    Pepita. 1937

    £1,000

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed to the author’s sometime lover Hilda “Stoker” Matheson (1888-1940). This copy is inscribed “H. with love from V. Oct 30th 1937” on the front free endpaper. Matheson, whom Vita nicknamed “Stoker”, was Director of Talks at the BBC …Read more

  2. Twelve Days.
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    SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita.

    Twelve Days. 1928

    £1,500

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy of Sackville-West’s Persian travelogue to her then lover Hilda “Stoker” Matheson, in an excellent example of the scarce jacket, inscribed on the front free endpaper, “From V. Dec. 1928”. This book was one of several inscribed by Vita and …Read more

  3. The High History of the Holy Graal. Translated from the French.
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    (ARTHURIANA.) EVANS, Sebastian, trans.

    The High History of the Holy Graal. Translated from the French. 1898

    £750

    First edition, presentation copy of the very scarce deluxe issue, both volumes number 11 of 200 copies for England from a deluxe limited edition of 250. Each volume is inscribed by the translator on the front free endpaper, “J. Newby Hetherington, with kind regards from …Read more

  4. A Song about Tsar Ivan Vasilyevitch, his young body-guard and the valiant merchant Kalashnikov.
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    LERMONTOV, Mikhail Yurievitch; trans. John Cournos.

    A Song about Tsar Ivan Vasilyevitch, his young body-guard and the valiant merchant Kalashnikov. 1929

    £675

    First edition thus, number 210 from a strictly limited edition of 750 copies on Maillol hand-made paper, of Lermontov’s poem translated by John Cournos and with decorations and binding designed by Paul Nash. The Nash designs in this Aquila Press production are some of his …Read more

  5. Mike.
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    WODEHOUSE, P. G.

    Mike. 1909

    £2,750

    First edition, first impression. “Each of Wodehouse’s school stories is a superior example of the genre, and still readable; but in his last public-school novel, Mike (1909), something extraordinary happened: Wodehouse, as a writer, moved into a higher and dazzling sphere. In its narrative energy, …Read more

  6. Tales from Shakespeare: Designed for the use of young persons.
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    (SHAKESPEARE, William.) LAMB, Charles [& Mary.]

    Tales from Shakespeare: Designed for the use of young persons. 1807

    £4,500

    First edition, first impression with the imprint of the printer T. Davison on the verso of p. 235, vol. I, and with the Hanway Street address in the final adverts. The Tales were chiefly the work of Charles’s sister Mary Lamb, who had previously written …Read more

  7. The Life of Benvenuto Cellini:
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    CELLINI, Benvenuto.

    The Life of Benvenuto Cellini: 1771

    £500

    First English edition of this famous autobiography by Mannerist artist, musician and soldier of the Florentine Renaissance, Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571), translated by Thomas Nugent and illustrated with a portrait frontispiece after Giorgio Vasari. Cellini’s colourful biography is a key source-book for the Renaissance. Read more

  8. Christmas Books.
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    DICKENS, Charles.

    Christmas Books. 1852.

    £750

    First one volume edition, first impression, of Dickens’s Christmas books, here published together for the first time with a new Preface by Dickens dated September 1852. Read more

  9. Good-Bye To All That
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    GRAVES, Robert.

    Good-Bye To All That 1929

    £325

    First edition, first impression, second issue, with the infamous Sassoon poem excised and replaced with cancels and asterisks. The story of the suppression of this issue is well recorded. The book printed a poem Sassoon had written to Graves as a letter. Sassoon was horrified …Read more

  10. The Logic of Preference.
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    VON WRIGHT, Georg Henrik.

    The Logic of Preference. 1963

    £65

    First edition, first impression, of this expanded version of a lecture on ethics and logic given at the University of Edinburgh in 1962. Read more

  11. The Self and Its Brain.
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    POPPER, Karl, & John C. Eccles.

    The Self and Its Brain. 1977

    £75

    First edition, first impression. The Self and Its Brain was the result of a long collaboration between the distinguished historian of science, Karl Popper, and Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist John C. Eccles, who sought to develop a philosophy of the mind that would take into account …Read more

  12. On Dreams.
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    FREUD, Sigmund.

    On Dreams. 1952

    £75

    First Hogarth Press edition, first impression. The abridged version of The Interpretation of Dreams, On Dreams was originally published in Germany as part of Grenzfragen des Nerven in 1901 and in English in 1914. Read more

  13. The Iliad.
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    HOMER.

    The Iliad. 1827

    £175

    A very attractively bound duodecimo edition of Pope’s famous translation of Homer’s Iliad, this copy with gilt stamps of the City of Glasgow to both boards and a lengthy Glasgow school prize plate dated 1845 to the front pastedown. Read more

  14. [Library Edition of the British Poets.]
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    GILFILLAN, George.

    [Library Edition of the British Poets.] [1853-60]

    £2,250

    First edition. Including work by Addison, Akenside, Armstrong, Beattie, Blair, Bowles, Burns, Butler, Chaucer, Churchill, Collins, Cowley, Cowper, Crashaw, Denham, Dryden, Dyer, Falconer, Gay, Goldsmith, Graehame, Gray, Green, Herbert, Johnson, Kirke White, Milton, Parnell, Percy, Pope, Prior, Quarles, Scott, Shakespeare, Shenstone, Smollett, Somerville, Spenser, Surrey, …Read more

  15. Autograph letter signed to T. H. Huxley (“My dear Huxley”).
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    DARWIN, Charles.

    Autograph letter signed to T. H. Huxley (“My dear Huxley”). [1862]

    £25,000

    Darwin writes late at night to report that “I have this minute finished your Address to Geolog. Socy. & I must just thank you for sending it me. – I have read it with uncommon interest. It is a wonderful condensed & original summary …Read more

  16. The Collected Works:
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    YEATS, William Butler

    The Collected Works: 1908

    £5,000

    First collected edition of Yeats’s work, signed by Yeats on the half-title of volume four (very scarce thus), one of the 250 first issue sets in the deluxe quarter vellum binding, with the publisher’s imprint on the spines and title pages, from a total edition …Read more

  17. In Darkest England and the Way Out.
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    BOOTH, General.

    In Darkest England and the Way Out. [1890],

    £150

    First edition. Published in the same year as Stanley’s ‘In Darkest Africa’, the ironic title of this work aptly expresses the moral outrage felt by the author at the physical and spiritual misery of England’s pauper classes. “Booth’s colossal self-confidence, his burning sense of injustice …Read more

  18. How to Pay for the War.
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    KEYNES, John Maynard.

    How to Pay for the War. 1940

    £100

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  19. The Complete Poetical Works.
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    WORDSWORTH, William.

    The Complete Poetical Works. 1903

    £250

    A very attractively bound copy of Wordsworth’s complete poems. Read more

  20. The Poems.
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    (ROBINSON, W. Heath, illustr.) POE, Edgar Allan.

    The Poems. 1900

    £750

    First Robinson-illustrated edition, first impression, of the poems of Edgar Allen Poe, very scarce, and attractive in the original decorated cloth. This copy has a charming contemporary gift inscription with an apparently original six-line poem signed “E.V.H.”: “Thou knewest not the haven hush / of …Read more

  21. Grimms’ Other Tales.
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    GRIMM, Jakob & Wilhelm.

    Grimms’ Other Tales. 1956

    £650

    First edition, copy number 7 of 75 specially bound deluxe copies, signed by the illustrator, from a limited edition of 500 copies printed in Poliphilus type on Arnold’s mould-made paper by the Chiswick Press. Read more

  22. Selected Poems. 1965-1975.
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    HEANEY, Seamus.

    Selected Poems. 1965-1975. 1980

    £600

    First edition, first impression, inscribed on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Hazel, Seamus Heaney, October 20 1980”. Read more

  23. The Theory of Political Economy.
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    JEVONS, W. Stanley.

    The Theory of Political Economy. 1871

    £2,750

    First edition. Jevons (1835–1882), whom Schumpeter describes as “one of the most genuinely original economists who ever lived” (History of Economic Analysis, 1997, first published 1954, p. 826), here presents his marginal utility theory of value. Palgrave claims that in this work Jevons “attempts nothing …Read more

  24. Tales from Shakespeare.
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    (BELL, Robert Anning, illustr.; William Shakespeare.) LAMB, Charles & Mary.

    Tales from Shakespeare. 1899

    £750

    First Bell-illustrated edition, rare deluxe issue, of the Lambs’ Tales of Shakespeare. Charles & Mary Lamb’s Tales of Shakespeare done for children was first published in 1807. This is the first edition with the illustrations of prominent Arts & Crafts figure Robert Anning Bell (1863-1933), …Read more

  25. The Trembling of the Veil.
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    YEATS, W. B.

    The Trembling of the Veil. 1922

    £2,250

    First edition, first impression, number 766 of 1,000 subscribers copies on handmade paper signed by the author. This is an exceptional copy in the dust jacket. The Trembling of the Veil was the second of the many original instalments of Yeats’s autobiographical works, an honest …Read more

  26. The Holy Bible,
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    (HOLY BIBLE; ENGLISH).

    The Holy Bible, 1768

    £4,000

    A handsomely printed Georgian Bible in a grand period binding, with a fascinating provenance: from the library of the prominent Liverpool merchant and slave trader John Sparling (1731-1800). “John Sparling was in partnership with William Bolden in the Virginia trade from the 1750s, …Read more

  27. A Shropshire Lad.
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    HOUSMAN, A. E.

    A Shropshire Lad. 1898

    £475

    First Grant Richards edition, first impression, second overall following the first printing of 500 copies published by Kegan Paul two years earlier, and then transferred by Housman to Grant Richards, reset and reprinted in an equally small edition of 500 as as here. This copy …Read more

  28. The General Theory of Employment Interest and Money.
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    KEYNES, John Maynard.

    The General Theory of Employment Interest and Money. 1936

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression. “The world-wide slump after 1929 prompted Keynes to attempt an explanation of, and new methods for controlling, the vagaries of the trade-cycle … in his General Theory, he subjected the definitions and theories of the classical school of economics to a …Read more

  29. A History of the Theories of Production and Distribution in English Political Economy from 1776 to 1848.
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    CANNAN, Edwin.

    A History of the Theories of Production and Distribution in English Political Economy from 1776 to 1848. 1894

    £175

    Second edition, re-issue of the first edition sheets with a cancel title. Originally published the preceding year. Read more

  30. Estrangement: Being Some Fifty Thoughts from a Diary
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    YEATS, W. B.

    Estrangement: Being Some Fifty Thoughts from a Diary 1926

    £500

    First edition, first impression, in the rare original unprinted jacket, of this collection of Yeats’s thoughts on subjects ranging from Irish politics to Eastern philosophy; one of 300 copies. Read more

  31. Love’s Bitter-Sweet: Translations from the Irish poets of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
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    FLOWER, Robin, trans.

    Love’s Bitter-Sweet: Translations from the Irish poets of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. 1925

    £225

    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed, with the flaps of the original jacket laid in. Read more

  32. Don Juan.
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    (AUSTEN, John.) BYRON, Lord.

    Don Juan. 1926

    £350

    First Austen-illustrated edition, first impression, an attractive copy with the very scarce dust jacket, which is hard to find in collectable condition. Read more

  33. Alastor; or, the Spirit of Solitude: and Other Poems.
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    SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe.

    Alastor; or, the Spirit of Solitude: and Other Poems. 1885

    £475

    First edition thus, signed by Bertram Dobell on the front free endpaper (conceivably denoting this as his retained copy), one of the scarce 50 copies on Whatman’s Hand-made Paper from a limited edition restricted to 404 copies (4 were on vellum, and 350 copies were …Read more

  34. Alastor; or, the Spirit of Solitude: and Other Poems.
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    SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe.

    Alastor; or, the Spirit of Solitude: and Other Poems. 1885

    £150

    First edition thus, this an excellent copy in the original blue boards of one of the 350 copies on toned paper, from a limited edition restricted to 404 copies (4 were on vellum and 50 on Whatman’s Hand-made Paper). This facsimile was issued as number …Read more

  35. A Latin Anthology.
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    (LATIN POETRY.)

    A Latin Anthology. 1909

    £125

    An attractively bound copy, published as part of the Golden Treasury series, of this anthology of Latin poetry including Cicero, Lucretius, Catullus, Virgil, Horace, Propertius, Ovid, Seneca, Lucan, Petronius, Statius, Martial, and Boethius. Read more

  36. Maigret Goes to School.
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    SIMENON.

    Maigret Goes to School. 1957

    £100

    First English edition, first impression, review copy with the publisher’s review slip laid in. This Simenon Maigret title was first published in French in 1954 as Maigret à l’École. Read more

  37. Poems.
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    BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord.

    Poems. 1861

    £195

    First Nimmo edition, attractively illustrated and including a Life of Lord Byron by Alexander Leighton, and handsomely bound. Read more

  38. The Poetical Works.
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    SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe.

    The Poetical Works. [1920s]

    £200

    A very attractively bound comprehensive edition of Shelley’s poetical works on India paper. Read more

  39. Modern Painters.
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    RUSKIN, John.

    Modern Painters. 1851

    £975

    Fifth edition, revised by the author. A handsomely bound set. Ruskin’s “earliest major work was Modern Painters, of which the first volume, containing the celebrated defence of Turner, appeared anonymously in 1843… Modern Painters was to occupy Ruskin for another seventeen years, spanning …Read more

  40. Maud, and other poems.
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    TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord.

    Maud, and other poems. 1867

    £200

    A strikingly bound copy of Tennyson’s Maud, inscribed as an Eton College gift in 1869. This edition includes The Charge of the Light Brigade among the other poems. Read more

  41. Edmund Campion.
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    WAUGH, Evelyn.

    Edmund Campion. 1935

    £875

    First edition, first impression. A very tricky book to find in genuinely nice condition. Read more

  42. Clovis Dardentor.
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    VERNE, Jules.

    Clovis Dardentor. 1897

    £1,250

    First English edition, first impression, of this Verne caper first published in French in the previous year. This is an exceptionally nice copy in the scarce green variant cloth. Read more

  43. The Old Man and the Sea.
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    HEMINGWAY, Ernest.

    The Old Man and the Sea. 1953

    £175

    First illustrated edition (the text was first published in the previous year by Scribners), second UK edition. This printing was prepared especially for members of the World Book club, and is by far a more impressive, attractive and well-made book than either the first US …Read more

  44. Death of a Witch.
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    CARSTAIRS, G. M.

    Death of a Witch. 1983

    £100

    First edition, first impression of this anthropological study of Sujarupa, a village in Rajasthan, between 1950 and 1981. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author “For Mary, invaluable reader of imperfect chapters, from Morris”, together with a laid-in postcard from the author, informing the recipient of …Read more

  45. Hailstones.
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    HEANEY, Seamus.

    Hailstones. 1984

    £575

    First edition, signed limited issue. One of 250 cloth-bound copies signed by the author on the title page. There were also 500 unsigned copies, bound in paper wrappers. Read more

  46. A Dictionary of Crimes and Offences According to the Law of Scotland.
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    ANGUS, John W.

    A Dictionary of Crimes and Offences According to the Law of Scotland. 1895

    £150

    First edition, uncommon: Copac traces four copies only (BL, NLS, Oxford and Cambridge); OCLC adds York (Ontario) and Northwestern. There was a third edition in 1936. Angus, from Ellon in Aberdeenshire, was a career police officer. He spent his working life in Renfrewshire, and at …Read more

  47. Photomontagen zur Zeitgeschichte.
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    HEARTFIELD, John.

    Photomontagen zur Zeitgeschichte. 1945

    £1,500

    First edition, inscribed by the author “To Douglas Newton, with best wishes, John Heartfield, London 1st June 1946” on the front free endpaper. Heartfield was born Helmut Herzfield but assumed an English name as a young political activist in Berlin during the Great War. The …Read more

  48. Mein Kampf.
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    HITLER, Adolf.

    Mein Kampf. 1939

    £250

    Mein Kampf was first published in two volumes in 1925 and 1927, and was a vital component in Hitler’s transformation of his image from that of a seedy local agitator to a potential national saviour. The advertisements in this edition show the Nazi propaganda machine …Read more

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