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  1. The Barritt-Serviss Star and Planet Finder Northern Hemisphere.
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    BARRITT, Leon, Garrett Putnam Serviss, Hugh S. Rice, & Dorothy Bennett.

    The Barritt-Serviss Star and Planet Finder Northern Hemisphere. c.1906; 1947, 1955

    £1,500

    A beautifully preserved example of the Barritt-Serviss Star and Planet Finder in its original plain card mailing box, a superb, complex Edwardian planisphere. This device was developed originally in 1906 by Garrett P. Serviss (1851-1929), an American astronomer and early science fiction writer – his …Read more

  2. The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
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    OMAR KHAYYÂM.

    The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. 1903

    £125

    The Golden Treasury Series. Read more

  3. The Birds of the British Islands.
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    STONHAM, Charles.

    The Birds of the British Islands. 1906-11

    £1,750

    First edition. Stonham (1858-1916) “was senior surgeon to the Westminster Hospital… [and] was decorated for services in South Africa as chief surgeon and officer commanding the Imperial Yeomanry Field Hospital”. The illustrator, Lilian Medland (1880-1955) has been described by the National Library of Australia as …Read more

  4. Catalogue général des incunables des bibliothèques publiques de France.
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    PELLECHET, Marie.

    Catalogue général des incunables des bibliothèques publiques de France. 1897-1905-1909

    £150

    First edition of Pellechet’s indispensable bibliographical resource. Read more

  5. Typed letter signed to the Lord Chancellor relating to appeasement:
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    BUTLER, Richard Austen "Rab".

    Typed letter signed to the Lord Chancellor relating to appeasement: 3 August 1939,

    £350

    One month to the day before the declaration of war Rab Butler writes to the Lord Chancellor: “the description of the Czechoslovak crisis might at this date be rather cut down”. A fascinating glimpse into the “corridors of power” during a momentous period in 20th …Read more

  6. You’re Only Old Once!
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    SEUSS, Dr.

    You’re Only Old Once! 1986

    £650

    First edition, first printing, signed by Dr. Seuss on the verso of the front free endpaper. Seuss’ take on growing old. Read more

  7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
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    [CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne] TWAIN, Mark.

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. 1884

    £2,250

    First edition, first issue. With publisher’s catalogue dated Oct 1884. The English edition precedes the American first edition. Read more

  8. Death in the Afternoon.
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    HEMINGWAY, Ernest.

    Death in the Afternoon. 1932

    £1,375

    First edition, first printing. Read more

  9. The Hobbit
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    TOLKIEN, J. R. R.

    The Hobbit 1937

    £12,500

    First edition, first impression, 1,500 copies published. Read more

  10. The Mutiny in Sialkot.
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    RICH, Gregory.

    The Mutiny in Sialkot. 1924

    £400

    First and only edition. Stated print-run of 1,000 copies. Extremely uncommon, just three locations on Copac (NLS, BL and Oxford); OCLC adds three more copies (Australian Defence Force Academy, Universities of Toronto and Minnesota). “Rich attempts to preserve what information remained concerning events at Sialkot” …Read more

  11. The Works.
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    SHAKESPEARE, William.

    The Works. 1900

    £250

    The Globe Edition. A handsomely bound volume of Shakespeare’s works including his sonnets. Read more

  12. The Second World War
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    The Second World War 1948–54

    £1,500

    First editions of Churchill’s masterpiece, the single most important historical account of the Second World War. As Max Beloff observed, there was no statesman of the twentieth century “whose retrospective accounts of the great events in which he has taken part have so dominated subsequent …Read more

  13. The Works.
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    STEVENSON, Robert Louis.

    The Works. 1908

    £2,100

    The Biographical edition. A handsomely bound set of Stevenson’s works including his popular children’s novel Treasure Island. Read more

  14. Modern Development of the Dry Fly,
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    HALFORD, Frederick.

    Modern Development of the Dry Fly, [1910]

    £4,500

    Limited deluxe edition, number 44 of 75 copies signed by the author, Volume 2 comprising The Halford Dry Fly Patterns, with 33 actual specimens of dry flies in 9 sunken mounts. Read more

  15. Seven Pillars of Wisdom. A Triumph.
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    LAWRENCE, T. E.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom. A Triumph. 1935

    £1,375

    First trade edition. Originally published in a very limited edition in 1926, Seven Pillars of Wisdom was published by Cape in a trade edition immediately following Lawrence’s death. A monumental work. Read more

  16. On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures.
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    BABBAGE, Charles.

    On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures. 1832

    £1,250

    First edition of this elemental work in the eventual development of all computational devices. On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures was Babbage’s most successful lifetime publication, selling 3,000 copies. Prompted by the demands for precision in the construction of his first calculating engine, Babbage …Read more

  17. Commentaries on the Life and Reign of Charles the First, King of England.
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    DISRAELI, Isaac.

    Commentaries on the Life and Reign of Charles the First, King of England. 1851

    £150

    Second edition, edited after the author’s death by his son Benjamin, the future prime minister. Disraeli’s Commentaries were originally published in five volumes between 1828 and 1830, and together with his account of James I, published in 1816, “marked an advance in historical research, as …Read more

  18. The Bible.
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    (BIBLE; English; Geneva version.)

    The Bible. 1608

    £2,250

    An interesting early Jacobean edition of the Geneva Bible, untraced in ESTC, which identifies two other 1608 printings by Barker, neither containing Herrey’s Concordances or the Psalms (and each with a different collation in the main text). With the ownership inscription of noted Victorian liturgical …Read more

  19. Considérations sur l’Ordre de Cincinnatus ou imitation d’un pamphlét Anglo-Americain…
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    MIRABEAU, Honoré Gabriel, comte de.

    Considérations sur l’Ordre de Cincinnatus ou imitation d’un pamphlét Anglo-Americain… 1784

    £750

    First edition, second issue, including the translation of Price’s work for the first time. In the present work Mirabeau agreed with the argument put forward by Burke: the Order of Cincinnati was detrimental to the ideals of the new American republic. Based on an anonymous …Read more

  20. Definitions in Political Economy, preceded by an Inquiry into the rules which ought to guide political economists in the definition and use of their terms; with remarks on the deviation from these rules in their writings.
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    MALTHUS, Thomas Robert.

    Definitions in Political Economy, preceded by an Inquiry into the rules which ought to guide political economists in the definition and use of their terms; with remarks on the deviation from these rules in their writings. 1853

    £375

    Second edition, abridged; the first to be edited by John Cazenove, of Malthus’s Definitions, originally published in 1827. The omission of Cazenove (1788-1879) from the first two editions of Palgrave’s Dictionary denotes the neglect of his significance in early 19th-century political economy which has only …Read more

  21. The Magnificent Ambersons.
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    TARKINGTON, Booth.

    The Magnificent Ambersons. 1918

    £9,500

    First edition, first printing, with the dust jacket in second state, repriced on the spine $1.50 and the first price of $1.40 blocked out but still visible. Tarkington’s novel won the Pulitzer Prize, and later formed the basis for Orson Welles’s ill-fated second film, released …Read more

  22. Our Man in Havana.
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    GREENE, Graham.

    Our Man in Havana. 1958

    £225

    First edition, first impression. From the library of Irish bibliophile Dr Philip Murray, author of Adventures of a Book Collector (2011), though not marked as such. Read more

  23. The whole booke of Psalmes,
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    (BIBLE; Psalms, English.)

    The whole booke of Psalmes, 1629

    £1,200

    A charming example of a Carolingian psalter, in an attractive plain red velvet binding, with the early ownership inscription of Constance Allenson, dated 1666, on the front pastedown. Read more

  24. The Doctrine of Philosophical Necessity Illustrated;
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    PRIESTLEY, Joseph.

    The Doctrine of Philosophical Necessity Illustrated; 1777

    £875

    First edition. Priestley’s mechanistic determinism largely endorsed Hume’s view of necessity (in the Preface here Priestley recommends “some things very well written on it by Mr. Hume, and Lord Kaims”) so successfully that it can be said to have overshadowed Hume in the free will …Read more

  25. Sketches of Society and Manners in Portugal.
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    COSTIGAN, Arthur William (pseud.)

    Sketches of Society and Manners in Portugal. [1787]

    £875

    First edition, with the undated title page and the preface dated London 1787. Costigan, described on the title page as “late captain of the Irish Brigade, in the service of Spain”, was the pseudonym of Colonel Diogo Ferrier, who came from Porto and served as …Read more

  26. Our Man in Havana.
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    GREENE, Graham.

    Our Man in Havana. 1958

    £575

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  27. The Poetical Works.
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    BYRON, Lord.

    The Poetical Works. 1905

    £225

    First edition thus, the scarce first complete copyright text in one volume of Hartley Coleridge’s edited poetical works of Byron, handsomely bound by Riviere. Coleridge (who was Samuel Taylor’s grandson,and the son of Derwent Coleridge), notes in his Preface that the text was based on …Read more

  28. The Plays.
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    SHAKESPEARE, William.

    The Plays. 1807

    £4,750

    First Heath edition in book form. originally issued in parts by Robinson between 1802 and 1804. The London-born son of a bookbinder, James Heath (1757-1834) became one of the most widely-employed engravers of the age, producing illustrations for such celebrated works as Lavater’s Essays on …Read more

  29. The Way We Live Now.
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    HODGKIN, Howard, & Susan Sontag.

    The Way We Live Now. 1991

    £1,750

    First edition, first impression, number 175 of 200 numbered copies signed by Sontag and Hodgkin, from a limited edition of 243 copies in total. Hodgkin and Sontag’s beautifully produced collaboration is considered one of the great livres d’artiste of the century, and though this copy …Read more

  30. Mrs. Beeton’s Household Management.
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    BEETON, Isabella.

    Mrs. Beeton’s Household Management. 1923

    £175

    First published in 1861, this is what was described as the “New Edition” of Beeton’s classic household manual; “For more than half a century Mrs. Beeton has been the guide, philosopher and friend of countless happy homes … Eight years after the first appearance of …Read more

  31. With the Zionists in Gallipoli.
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    PATTERSON, J.H., Lt.-Colonel.

    With the Zionists in Gallipoli. 1916

    £75

    First edition. Account of the services of the Zion Mule Corps, which became the 38th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (also known as the Jewish Legion), in the Dardanelles; “This formation, about 500 strong, was equipped with pack mules for transport work it did during …Read more

  32. Life in London;
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    (CRUIKSHANK) EGAN, Pierce.

    Life in London; 1822

    £850

    Second edition, following the first of 1821, originally published in 56 parts. Handsomely presented copy of Egan’s perennial classic of London Life in the late Regency. Originally a jobbing compositor and occasional journalist, Egan became known as the voice of ‘the Fancy’, the sporting set …Read more

  33. The Cantos.
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    POUND, Ezra.

    The Cantos. 1968

    £2,250

    The New Collected Edition of the Cantos, inscribed by Pound on the half title, “a la gentilissima Diana Basedow, auguri et felicita, Ezra Pound, Venezia, fifth of march, 1971”. The recipient is not identifiable, but given English/Italian inscription, she may have been an English or …Read more

  34. The Strand Magazine.
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    The Strand Magazine. 1921–1938

    £1,250

    A collection of Churchill’s contributions to eleven issues of the Strand Magazine: Painting as a Pastime, Part I; Painting as a Pastime, Part II; When I was Young; Men Who Have Influenced or Impressed Me; If I Lived My Life Again; The American Mind and …Read more

  35. Tales.
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    POE, Edgar Allen.

    Tales. 1902

    £375

    First edition thus, the Knickerbocker Press edition of Poe’s ghoulish tales illustrated by Frederick Simpson Coburn, here handsomely bound. Read more

  36. Selected Poems.
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    ARNOLD, Matthew.

    Selected Poems. 1898

    £200

    A very attractively bound copy of Arnold’s selected poems, including Dover Beach and The Scholar Gipsy. Read more

  37. White Hyacinths.
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    HUBBARD, Elbert.

    White Hyacinths. 1907

    £750

    First edition, first printing, number 179 of 207 copies, signed by Hubbard on the limitation leaf, and printed on japon. With the very scarce original box. The epigraph, and by extension the title, is taken from the famous saying of Mohammed, “If I had but …Read more

  38. Over the Black Coffee.
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    GRAY, Arthur.

    Over the Black Coffee. 1902

    £425

    First edition, first printing, a scarce book in the rare dust jacket; an appealing compilation of coffee-related anecdotes and encomia. Read more

  39. The Life Story of Éamon de Valéra.
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    (DE VALERA, Eamon.) Ó FAOLÁIN, Seán.

    The Life Story of Éamon de Valéra. 1933

    £250

    First edition, first impression, a smart copy in the scarce jacket. Read more

  40. The Republic.
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    PLATO.

    The Republic. 1892

    £200

    A very attractively bound copy of Plato’s Republic, in the translation first published in 1852. Read more

  41. The Life of Our Lord
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    DICKENS, Charles.

    The Life of Our Lord 1934

    £325

    First edition, first impression, in the scarce publisher’s deluxe leather binding with the dust jacket, printed on japon. Dickens wrote this work from 1846–9, not for publication. After the death of his last surviving child, the family sold the copyright to Associated Newspapers Limited for …Read more

  42. In English Homes.
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    LATHAM, Charles.

    In English Homes. 1909

    £850

    First edition of the third volume, second of the second, and third of the first (which was first published in 1904). A handsomely bound set featuring the great historic estates of England. Read more

  43. The Cynic’s Word Book.
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    BIERCE, Ambrose.

    The Cynic’s Word Book. 1906

    £300

    First edition, first impression, first issue (without frontispiece), of the first half (A-L) of the infamous satirical lexicon that would in 1911 be completed under the title The Devil’s Dictionary. The author, known as “Bitter Bierce” (1842-1914), aims in his Preface at a readership of …Read more

  44. My African Journey.
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    My African Journey. 1908

    £850

    First edition, first impression. My African Journey was the first book to derive purely from Churchill’s journalism, as distinct from his work as a war correspondent. Before embarking he signed an extremely lucrative contract for the publication of a series of articles in The Strand, …Read more

  45. Dreams From My Father.
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    OBAMA, Barack.

    Dreams From My Father. 1995

    £9,750

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy warmly inscribed, “To Melody – You are wonderful to be so supportive! Best wishes for the future. Barack”, on the half-title in black felt tip. Read more

  46. The Naturalist in Nicaragua:
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    BELT, Thomas.

    The Naturalist in Nicaragua: 1874,

    £1,750

    First edition. This copy inscribed verso of the front free endpaper; “P. Brown Esqre, M.D. with the kind regards of the Author”, with Brown’s ownership inscription to the title page. The son of a Newcastle seedsman, Belt (1832–1878) was educated at a private school conducted …Read more

  47. The Second World War.
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    The Second World War. 1948–54

    £8,750

    First editions, first impressions, except vol. II, which is the fourth edition of 1954; signed in full by the author on the half-title of vol. I and initialled in the same place in the others, for the Association of Men of Kent and Kentish Men, …Read more

  48. A Summary of the Life of Arthur Duke of Wellington,
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    [SOUTHEY, Robert.]

    A Summary of the Life of Arthur Duke of Wellington, 1816

    £4,750

    First edition, very scarce, in a remarkable contemporary morocco binding. An elusive Southey title, published anonymously in Ireland and never reprinted in London. The elaborate binding is by publisher George Mullen, one of the most skilful and imaginative binders of the period. Read more

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