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  1. The Laws Concerning the Poor.

    The Laws Concerning the Poor. 1705

    £1,100

    First edition of this anonymous treatise advocating statutory reform. “It has been a just complaint, that our statutes concerning the poor lie very confused […]; some acts are probationers and temporary, and are expired; others are perpetual; but which are of one sort, and which …Read more

  2. De l’Esprit des loix.

    De l’Esprit des loix. [1748]

    £32,500

    First edition of this classic in social science which influenced the formation of the United States Constitution and was the ideological basis of the French Revolution. “The most distinctive aspect of this immense syllabus is its moderation: a quality not designed to achieve official approval …Read more

  3. The Seven Lamps of Architecture.
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    The Seven Lamps of Architecture. 1849

    £500

    First edition. The first of Ruskin’s works to carry his name, and the first to be illustrated, this essay introduces his principles of architecture and is important for laying the foundations for Ruskin’s later work, The Stones of Venice. Read more

  4. Bleak House.
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    Bleak House. 1853

    £625

    First edition. H. K. Browne had experimented with the “dark plate” technique in Dombey and Son (1848) but in Bleak House their sombreness added a new tone to the illustration of Dickens’s books. “As Dickens’s vision of society darkened, Browne adjusted his techniques, pioneering in …Read more

  5. [French translation of Killing No Murder:] Traicté politique,
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    [French translation of Killing No Murder:] Traicté politique, 1658 [but Paris: 1792]

    £1,500

    First edition in French of this apology of tyrannicide, originally directed against Oliver Cromwell and here used to justify in advance the execution of Louis XVI. The text was first published as a pamphlet in 1657 under the title Killing No Murder. From the library …Read more

  6. The Works.
    New Arrival

    The Works. 1776

    £500

    An attractive set in unassuming contemporary calf, with an engrossing provenance: from the library of the Scottish slave-trader, merchant and diplomat Richard Oswald (1705?-1784), with the simple booklabels of Auchincruive House (his Adam-designed mansion in south Ayrshire) and ownership inscriptions (first page of the opening …Read more

  7. Mary Poppins.
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    Mary Poppins. 1934

    £2,250

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  8. The Book of Shakespeare Gems.
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    The Book of Shakespeare Gems. 1854

    £150

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

  9. The Humour and Pathos of Charles Dickens.
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    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

  10. The Complaint: Or, Night Thoughts.
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    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. Characters of Shakespear’s Plays.
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    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 Leigh’s armorial bookplate to the front pastedown. Poet and literary patron Chandos Leigh (1791-1850) built …Read more

  12. The Works.
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    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

  13. Smithsonian Scientific Series.
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    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

  14. The Works.
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    The Works. 1862

    £575

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

  15. The Poems.
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    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

  16. The Complete Writings.
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    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

  17. The Theory of Moral Sentiments;
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    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

  18. The Novels and Tales.
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    The Novels and Tales. 1909

    £3,750

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

  19. The Cambridge Edition of the Poets.
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    The Cambridge Edition of the Poets. [1900]

    £3,000

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

  20. Christmas Stories.
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    Christmas Stories. [c.1870]

    £125

    An attractively bound copy. Read more

  21. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
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    The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. [c.1870]

    £95

    A handsomely bound and illustrated copy of Nicholas Nickleby, which was first published in 1839. Read more

  22. The Adventures of Oliver Twist; or The Parish Boy’s Progress. [together with:] A Tale of Two Cities.
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    The Adventures of Oliver Twist; or The Parish Boy’s Progress. [together with:] A Tale of Two Cities. [c.1870]

    £150

    A handsomely bound copy of Oliver Twist, first published in 1838, and A Tale of Two Cities (1859); uniting these two titles was a fairly common practice by Chapman and Hall, as both books are relatively slender. Read more

  23. The Life and Times of Oliver Goldsmith.

    The Life and Times of Oliver Goldsmith. 1877

    £275

    Sixth edition. A handsomely bound copy. Read more

  24. Memoirs of the Life and Times of Daniel De Foe.

    Memoirs of the Life and Times of Daniel De Foe. 1830

    £375

    First edition. A handsome set. Read more

  25. The Iliad.
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    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

  26. [Library Edition of the British Poets.]
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    [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

  27. The Collected Works:
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    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

  28. The Complete Poetical Works.
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    The Complete Poetical Works. 1903

    £250

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

  29. The Holy Bible,
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    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

  30. A Latin Anthology.
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    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

  31. Poems.
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    Poems. 1861

    £195

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

  32. The Poetical Works.
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    The Poetical Works. [1920s]

    £200

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

  33. Modern Painters.
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    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

  34. Maud, and other poems.
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    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

  35. The Novels.

    The Novels. 1894

    £2,000

    Limited to 1250 copies printed for America of which this is number 1152. Read more

  36. The Poetical Works.
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    The Poetical Works. 1823

    £600

    A very handsomely bound library set of Walter Scott’s poetical works, printed in Edinburgh during Scott’s lifetime. Read more

  37. Murder on the Orient Express.
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    Murder on the Orient Express. 1934

    £2,750

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  38. The Travels of Marco Polo.
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    The Travels of Marco Polo. 1968

    £185

    A finely bound copy of Ronald Latham’s acclaimed translation of Marco Polo’s Travels. Read more

  39. The Scottish Chiefs.
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    The Scottish Chiefs. 1831

    £150

    First published in 1810, this edition is “revised, corrected, and illustrated with a new introduction, notes, etc. by the author”. Porter’s historical novel, considered one of the first examples of the genre, retells the heroic story of The Wallace and The Bruce in the long …Read more

  40. P. Virgilii Maronis Opera.
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    P. Virgilii Maronis Opera. 1798

    £750

    Scottish philosopher Sir William Hamilton’s copy, presented to him while a pupil in his third year at Glasgow Grammar School, with his prize plate dated 1801 to the front pastedown. Hamilton (1788-1856) entered the school at the age of nine, and began taking Greek and …Read more

  41. The Cricket of the Hearth.
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    The Cricket of the Hearth. 1906

    £1,250

    A fine vellucent binding by Cedric Chivers, delicately embellished with mother-of-pearl. The vellucent technique was developed by Cedric Chivers in the early 1900s. In contrast to the earlier method used by Edwards of Halifax, the painting was not done on the underside of the transparent …Read more

  42. Specimens of the Russian Poets.
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    Specimens of the Russian Poets. 1821

    £125

    First edition of this anthology (misspelt “anathology” on the spine label) which features the works of Derzhavin, Batiushkov, Lomonosov, Zhukovsky, Karamsin, Dmitriev, Krilov, Khemnitzer, Bobrov, Bogdanovich, Davidov, Kostrov, and Neledinsky Meletzky, as well as national songs. Read more

  43. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
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    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 1997

    £12,500

    First edition, first impression, with all the requisite points: Bloomsbury imprint, 10-down-to-1 number line, copyright Joanne Rowling, and the repeated “1 wand” on the list of equipment on p. 53. The first and scarcest of the Harry Potter books. Read more

  44. Seven Pillars of Wisdom. A Triumph.
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    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

  45. [Complete set of Jeeves and Wooster titles.]
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    [Complete set of Jeeves and Wooster titles.] 1919–74

    £7,500

    First editions, first impressions, of the complete set of Jeeves and Wooster titles from the first collection, My Man Jeeves (1919), to the last story, Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen (1974), and including the short story collections in which Jeeves and Wooster appear alongside other characters, all …Read more

  46. The Golden Treasury.

    The Golden Treasury. 1909

    £300

    First complete edition of this anthology, attractively bound by Bayntun. The Golden Treasury “remains one of those rare instances in which a critical work has substantive imaginative value, and entitles its author to rank among creative artists” (ODNB). The anthology was published in two …Read more

  47. The Vicar of Wakefield.

    The Vicar of Wakefield. 1929

    £850

    Signed limited edition, number 297 of 575 copies for England signed by Arthur Rackham. Read more

  48. Poems; In Memoriam; Idylls of the King; and The Princess.

    Poems; In Memoriam; Idylls of the King; and The Princess. 1853-68

    £750

    A lavishly bound collection of Tennyson poetical works, mixed editions, including a wonderful piece of Tennyson ephemera, the “In Memoriam, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate, &c” order of service for the memorial held at Westminster Abbey on Sunday 16th October 1892, after his death on …Read more

  1. The Laws Concerning the Poor.
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    (POOR LAWS.) (POOR LAWS.)

    The Laws Concerning the Poor.

    £1,100

  2. New Arrival
    The Seven Lamps of Architecture.
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    RUSKIN, John. RUSKIN, John.

    The Seven Lamps of Architecture.

    £500

  3. New Arrival
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    [French translation of Killing No Murder:] Traicté politique,
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    [SEXBY, Edward; Jacques Carpentier de Marigny;... [SEXBY, Edward; Jacques...

    [French translation of Killing No Murder:] Traicté politique,

    £1,500

  5. New Arrival
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    Mary Poppins.
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    TRAVERS, P. L. TRAVERS, P. L.

    Mary Poppins.

    £2,250

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

    The Humour and Pathos of Charles Dickens.

    £150

  9. New Arrival
    The Complaint: Or, Night Thoughts.
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    YOUNG, Edward. YOUNG, Edward.

    The Complaint: Or, Night Thoughts.

    £175

  10. New Arrival
    Characters of Shakespear’s Plays.
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    HAZLITT, William. HAZLITT, William.

    Characters of Shakespear’s Plays.

    £500

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

    Smithsonian Scientific Series.

    £1,250

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    The Complete Writings.
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    WHITMAN, Walt. WHITMAN, Walt.

    The Complete Writings.

    £2,250

  16. New Arrival
    The Theory of Moral Sentiments;
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    SMITH, Adam. SMITH, Adam.

    The Theory of Moral Sentiments;

    £1,750

  17. New Arrival
    The Novels and Tales.
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    STEVENSON, Robert Louis. STEVENSON, Robert Louis.

    The Novels and Tales.

    £3,750

  18. New Arrival
    The Cambridge Edition of the Poets.
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    SCOTT, Sir Walter and others. SCOTT, Sir Walter...

    The Cambridge Edition of the Poets.

    £3,000

  19. New Arrival
    Christmas Stories.
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    DICKENS, Charles. DICKENS, Charles.

    Christmas Stories.

    £125

  20. New Arrival
    The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
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    DICKENS, Charles. DICKENS, Charles.

    The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

    £95

  21. New Arrival
    The Adventures of Oliver Twist; or The Parish Boy’s Progress. [together with:] A Tale of Two Cities.
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    DICKENS, Charles. DICKENS, Charles.

    The Adventures of Oliver Twist; or The Parish Boy’s Progress. [together with:] A Tale of Two Cities.

    £150

  22. The Life and Times of Oliver Goldsmith.
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    FORSTER, John. FORSTER, John.

    The Life and Times of Oliver Goldsmith.

    £275

  23. Memoirs of the Life and Times of Daniel De Foe.
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    WILSON, Walter. WILSON, Walter.

    Memoirs of the Life and Times of Daniel De Foe.

    £375

  24. New Arrival
    The Iliad.
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    HOMER. HOMER.

    The Iliad.

    £175

  25. New Arrival
    [Library Edition of the British Poets.]
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    GILFILLAN, George. GILFILLAN, George.

    [Library Edition of the British Poets.]

    £2,250

  26. New Arrival
    The Collected Works:
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    YEATS, William Butler YEATS, William Butler

    The Collected Works:

    £5,000

  27. New Arrival
    The Complete Poetical Works.
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    WORDSWORTH, William. WORDSWORTH, William.

    The Complete Poetical Works.

    £250

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    A Latin Anthology.
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    (LATIN POETRY.) (LATIN POETRY.)

    A Latin Anthology.

    £125

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    Modern Painters.
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    RUSKIN, John. RUSKIN, John.

    Modern Painters.

    £975

  33. New Arrival
    Maud, and other poems.
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    TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord.

    Maud, and other poems.

    £200

  34. The Novels.
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    LEVER, Charles. LEVER, Charles.

    The Novels.

    £2,000

  35. New Arrival
    The Poetical Works.
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    SCOTT, Sir Walter. SCOTT, Sir Walter.

    The Poetical Works.

    £600

  36. New Arrival
    Murder on the Orient Express.
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    CHRISTIE, Agatha. CHRISTIE, Agatha.

    Murder on the Orient Express.

    £2,750

  37. New Arrival
    The Travels of Marco Polo.
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    MARCO POLO. MARCO POLO.

    The Travels of Marco Polo.

    £185

  38. New Arrival
    The Scottish Chiefs.
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    PORTER, Jane. PORTER, Jane.

    The Scottish Chiefs.

    £150

  39. New Arrival
    P. Virgilii Maronis Opera.
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    VIRGIL. VIRGIL.

    P. Virgilii Maronis Opera.

    £750

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    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
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    ROWLING, J. K. ROWLING, J. K.

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

    £12,500

  43. New Arrival
    Seven Pillars of Wisdom. A Triumph.
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    LAWRENCE, T. E. LAWRENCE, T. E.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom. A Triumph.

    £1,375

  44. New Arrival
    [Complete set of Jeeves and Wooster titles.]
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    WODEHOUSE, P. G. WODEHOUSE, P. G.

    [Complete set of Jeeves and Wooster titles.]

    £7,500

  45. Poems; In Memoriam; Idylls of the King; and The Princess.
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    TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord.

    Poems; In Memoriam; Idylls of the King; and The Princess.

    £750

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