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Handsome leather-bound classic works of literature and multi-volume sets of complete works, by authors including Dickens, Disney, Kerouac and Yeats.

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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.
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    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. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Christmas Stories.
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    Christmas Stories. [c.1870]

    £125

    An attractively bound copy. Read more

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. The Life and Times of Oliver Goldsmith.

    The Life and Times of Oliver Goldsmith. 1877

    £275

    Sixth edition. A handsomely bound copy. Read more

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. The Works.

    The Works. 1902

    £3,750

    The Tamerlane edition. Number 239 of 300 sets, printed on Ruisdael hand-made paper. Read more

  29. A Series of Picturesque Views of Seats

    A Series of Picturesque Views of Seats [1880]

    £1,500

    First edition in book form; “the book’s publishing history is complicated. It is described as having been issued in parts between 1864 and 1880, but selections from it like The Ancestral Homes of Britain of 1868 also appeared during this period” (Ray). Morris’s Seats offers …Read more

  30. El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.

    El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha. 1780

    £25,000

    First printing of the celebrated Ibarra edition. Printed for La Real Academia Española (the Spanish Royal Academy) by Joaquín Ibarra y Marín, this edition was intended to be a supreme example of Spanish craftsmanship lavished on the nation’s greatest literary work. This edition excels in …Read more

  31. Pictures and Royal Portraits illustrative of English and Scottish History,

    Pictures and Royal Portraits illustrative of English and Scottish History, 1886

    £750

    First edition. A handsomely produced work, presented here in the publisher’s striking deluxe binding and no doubt issued by Blackie with an eye on Queen Victoria’s forthcoming Golden Jubilee in 1887. Read more

  32. The Works.

    The Works. [c.1900]

    £3,750

    The Artist’s edition, number 14 of 100 sets. A handsomely bound and beautifully illustrated set, with an unusually small limitation. Read more

  33. An Inquiry into the Principles of Political Oeconomy:

    An Inquiry into the Principles of Political Oeconomy: 1767

    £17,500

    First edition of the masterpiece from this important proto-economist. “Sir James Steuart had the misfortune to be followed by Adam Smith in less than a decade. Otherwise [Steuart’s Inquiry] would probably have served as the standard English economic text” (Carpenter). Its later influence “proved to …Read more

  34. Verve: The French Review of Art. Nr. 7, Vol. 2. April-July 1940.

    Verve: The French Review of Art. Nr. 7, Vol. 2. April-July 1940. 1940:

    £450

    A very striking binding designed and finished by Leonard Mounteney, “an exhibition finisher for Riviere & Sons of London. Like many other European and British binders, Mounteney emigrated to America where, in his case, he found employment at the Donnelley Bindery in Chicago and later …Read more

  35. [The Christmas books:] A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Cricket on the Hearth; The Battle of Life; The Haunted Man.

    [The Christmas books:] A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Cricket on the Hearth; The Battle of Life; The Haunted Man. 1845–87

    £2,500

    An attractively bound set of Dickens’s famous sequence of annual Christmas books, including the rare first Bradbury and Evans edition of A Christmas Carol (stated eleventh edition). It was issued after Dickens fell out with Chapman and Hall over dwindling returns, and he had Bradbury …Read more

  36. The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Marvels.

    The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Marvels. 1852

    £350

    A handsomely bound set of the fifth edition. The Ingoldsby Legends “began to appear in 1837 in Bentley’s Miscellany. Under the guise of Thomas Ingoldsby of Tappington Everard in Kent, Barham ‘discovered’ old documents which provided the basis for his tales. In effect, most of …Read more

  37. Mr. Pickwick

    Mr. Pickwick [1910]

    £575

    First trade edition, first impression. A handsomely bound copy. Read more

  38. Goya.

    Goya. 1966

    £300

    First edition, first impression. An attractively bound copy of this handsomely illustrated monograph by one of the great Goya scholars. Read more

  39. The Poetical Works.

    The Poetical Works. [c, 1900]

    £175

    A handsomely bound copy of the Albion edition. Read more

  40. A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes,

    A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes, 1821

    £2,250

    First edition, with the plates watermarked 1818 and 1820 the text 1818, possibly one of 100 large-paper copies (similar to Abbey’s copy measuring 14 by 11 inches), from a total print-run of 850. “The book came out in twelve monthly parts … the final …Read more

  41. Problems of Greater Britain.

    Problems of Greater Britain. 1890

    £375

    First edition, an interesting association copy, with the engraved bookplate of Pandeli Ralli (1845-1928), Liberal member of parliament (for Bridport, 1875-80, then Wallingford until 1885), member of the famous Greek merchant family, and longtime confidant of Lord Kitchener, to the front pastedowns. Dilke’s essay on …Read more

  42. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. [c.1865]

    £225

    An attractively bound copy of this work which first appeared in book form in 1837. Read more

  43. The Writings.

    The Writings. [1915]

    £7,500

    The Autograph edition. One of a limited edition of 153 sets, this set printed ad personam for William Beers Crowell and signed by Hardy and the publisher in volume I. This edition, the definitive collected works, is one of the scarcest of any collected edition …Read more

  44. The Complete Works.

    The Complete Works. [c.1890]

    £500

    A handsomely bound set of Shakespeare’s plays including his poems and sonnets. Read more

  45. The Heart of the Antarctic

    The Heart of the Antarctic 1909

    £1,250

    First edition. Shackleton’s account of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1907–9 (Nimrod). “Their sledge journey to the south magnetic pole was one of the three foremost achievements of this expedition. The other two achievements were, first, the ascent and survey of Mount Erebus (12,448 feet), …Read more

  46. The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

    The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. 1903

    £125

    The Golden Treasury Series. Read more

  47. The Birds of the British Islands.

    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

  48. The Works.

    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

  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
  4. New Arrival
    [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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  7. 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

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

    The Complaint: Or, Night Thoughts.

    £175

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

    Characters of Shakespear’s Plays.

    £500

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

    The Theory of Moral Sentiments;

    £1,750

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

    Christmas Stories.

    £125

  12. 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

  13. 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

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

    The Life and Times of Oliver Goldsmith.

    £275

  15. 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

  16. New Arrival
    The Iliad.
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    HOMER. HOMER.

    The Iliad.

    £175

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

    The Complete Poetical Works.

    £250

  18. New Arrival
    A Latin Anthology.
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    (LATIN POETRY.) (LATIN POETRY.)

    A Latin Anthology.

    £125

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

    Maud, and other poems.

    £200

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

    The Poetical Works.

    £600

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

    The Travels of Marco Polo.

    £185

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

    The Scottish Chiefs.

    £150

  25. New Arrival
  26. 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

  27. A Series of Picturesque Views of Seats
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    MORRIS, F. O. MORRIS, F. O.

    A Series of Picturesque Views of Seats

    £1,500

  28. El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.
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    CERVANTES, Miguel de. CERVANTES, Miguel de.

    El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.

    £25,000

  29. Pictures and Royal Portraits illustrative of English and Scottish History,
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    ARCHER, Thomas. ARCHER, Thomas.

    Pictures and Royal Portraits illustrative of English and Scottish History,

    £750

  30. The Works.
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    ELIOT, George. ELIOT, George.

    The Works.

    £3,750

  31. An Inquiry into the Principles of Political Oeconomy:
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    STEUART, Sir James. STEUART, Sir James.

    An Inquiry into the Principles of Political Oeconomy:

    £17,500

  32. Verve: The French Review of Art. Nr. 7, Vol. 2. April-July 1940.
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    (LES TRÈS RICHES HEURES DU DUC... (LES TRÈS RICHES...

    Verve: The French Review of Art. Nr. 7, Vol. 2. April-July 1940.

    £450

  33. [The Christmas books:] A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Cricket on the Hearth; The Battle of Life; The Haunted Man.
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    DICKENS, Charles. DICKENS, Charles.

    [The Christmas books:] A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Cricket on the Hearth; The Battle of Life; The Haunted Man.

    £2,500

  34. The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Marvels.
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    [BARHAM, Richard Harris.] [BARHAM, Richard Harris.]

    The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Marvels.

    £350

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

    The Poetical Works.

    £175

  36. A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes,
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    FIELDING, T. H., & J. Walton. FIELDING, T. H.,...

    A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes,

    £2,250

  37. Problems of Greater Britain.
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    DILKE, Sir Charles Wentworth. DILKE, Sir Charles...

    Problems of Greater Britain.

    £375

  38. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
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    DICKENS, Charles. DICKENS, Charles.

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.

    £225

  39. The Writings.
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    HARDY, Thomas. HARDY, Thomas.

    The Writings.

    £7,500

  40. The Complete Works.
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    SHAKESPEARE, William. SHAKESPEARE, William.

    The Complete Works.

    £500

  41. The Heart of the Antarctic
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    SHACKLETON, E. H. SHACKLETON, E. H.

    The Heart of the Antarctic

    £1,250

  42. The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
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    OMAR KHAYYÂM. OMAR KHAYYÂM.

    The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

    £125

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

    The Birds of the British Islands.

    £1,750

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