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Handsomely bound rare and first edition library sets of classic books, including the complete works of Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen and more.

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  1. The Works.
    New Arrival

    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

  2. Smithsonian Scientific Series.
    New Arrival

    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

  3. The Works.
    New Arrival

    The Works. 1862

    £575

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

  4. The Poems.
    New Arrival

    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

  5. The Complete Writings.
    New Arrival

    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

  6. The Novels and Tales.
    New Arrival

    The Novels and Tales. 1909

    £3,750

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

  7. The Cambridge Edition of the Poets.
    New Arrival

    The Cambridge Edition of the Poets. [1900]

    £3,000

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

  8. [Library Edition of the British Poets.]
    New Arrival

    [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

  9. The Collected Works:
    New Arrival

    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

  10. 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

  11. The Novels.

    The Novels. 1894

    £2,000

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

  12. 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

  13. [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

  14. 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

  15. The Works.

    The Works. 1902

    £3,750

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

  16. The History of the Norman Conquest of England,

    The History of the Norman Conquest of England, 1869–76

    £875

    First edition of volumes III–V; second edition, revised, of volumes I–II; an index volume was issued later, in 1879. A magisterial history which was to have a profound influence on the development of English historiography. “The longest of Freeman’s works, the best remembered and the …Read more

  17. 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

  18. [The complete Hornblower:]

    [The complete Hornblower:] 1937–67

    £3,950

    First editions, first impressions. Forester (real name Cecil Smith) was called to Hollywood to write a pirate film, working under Arthur Hornblower. However, before they had finished the script, another studio released Captain Blood, starring Errol Flynn, and using the same historical incidents that they …Read more

  19. The Life and Works.

    The Life and Works. 1896

    £350

    Handsomely bound set of Burns’s works. Read more

  20. The Poetical Works.

    The Poetical Works. 1896

    £275

    A handsomely bound set of Tennyson’s poetical works. Read more

  21. The Complete Works.

    The Complete Works. [c.1890]

    £500

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

  22. Catalogue général des incunables des bibliothèques publiques de France.

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

    £150

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

  23. 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

  24. The Plays.

    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

  25. In English Homes.

    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

  26. The Novels of the Sisters Brontë.

    The Novels of the Sisters Brontë. 1924

    £1,250

    The Thornton edition, rarely found in the jackets. Read more

  27. A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles;

    A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles; 1888–1933

    £6,750

    First edition in book form. “The N.E.D., as it was originally cited, or the O.E.D., as it is now known, is the greatest treasure-house of any language in the world, unrivalled for its comprehensiveness and ease of consultation as well as for its reliability and …Read more

  28. The Writings.

    The Writings. [c.1905]

    £12,500

    Author’s Autograph Edition. Number 9 of 63 sets with a manuscript page bound into one volume. This set includes a page from the author’s corrected draft for chapter 3 of “Oak Openings”, tipped in onto one of the prelims of The Spy. Read more

  29. The Holy Bible.

    The Holy Bible. 1911

    £1,250

    A splendidly bound and illustrated Bible. The appealing plates are mostly signed by either John Fulleylove (1845-1908), who “exhibited drawings of the Holy Land in 1902” (ODNB), or by R. Talbot Kelly (1861-1934) with the date 1896 or 1902, this last being the year that …Read more

  30. The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, Begun in the Year 1641. With the precedent Passages, and Actions, that contributed thereunto, and the happy End, and Conclusion thereof by the King’s blessed Restoration, and Return upon the 29th of May, in the year 1660.

    The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, Begun in the Year 1641. With the precedent Passages, and Actions, that contributed thereunto, and the happy End, and Conclusion thereof by the King’s blessed Restoration, and Return upon the 29th of May, in the year 1660. 1759

    £1,875

    First editions of the Life and volume three of the History, the first and second volumes originally published in 1702 and 1703. Clarendon’s History of the Rebellion has been described as “the most sophisticated and finely balanced history yet written in English” (ODNB). The book, …Read more

  31. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.

    An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. 1828

    £975

    Based on the 1786 edition. “[T]he most well-known of the early nineteenth century English editions of Wealth of Nations because [John Ramsay] McCulloch was a distinguished political economist in his own right” (Tribe). In his Editorial Preface, McCulloch states that his own notes, of which …Read more

  32. The Complete Works.

    The Complete Works. [c.1904]

    £7,500

    Number 55 of a limited edition of 210, signed by Leo Wiener. A particularly handsome set of Tolstoy’s works. Read more

  33. Author’s Edition.

    Author’s Edition. [1903]

    £4,500

    Limited edition, American issue, number 81 of 1,000 copies, rare in the publisher’s special binding of half morocco, which was sold at $5 per volume, twice the price of the standard red buckram. The Author’s Edition was a joint publication, consisting of 12 volumes published …Read more

  34. The Works.

    The Works. [c.1890].

    £2,500

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

  35. The Bombay Edition of the Works.

    The Bombay Edition of the Works. 1913–38

    £9,750

    The Bombay Edition, one of only 500 possible complete sets signed by the author on the half-title. The Bombay edition was initially published in 20 volumes and limited to 1,000 copies. Kipling continued to write and the edition eventually grew to 31 volumes, but the …Read more

  36. The Works.

    The Works. 1924–7

    £3,750

    The Atlantic Edition. Signed limited edition, deluxe issue bound in half morocco. Number 792 of 1,050 copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf of Volume I. With Well’s new prefaces, written especially for this edition. Cloth sets in such good condition are quite …Read more

  37. The Collected Works in Verse And Prose.

    The Collected Works in Verse And Prose. 1908

    £2,250

    First collected edition, one of 250 first issues sets in the deluxe quarter vellum binding, with the publisher Chapman & Hall’s imprint on the spines and title pages, from a total edition of 1,060 sets printed at the Shakesepare Head Press. As a production, this …Read more

  38. The Dramatic Works.

    The Dramatic Works. 1882

    £750

    A handsomely bound set. Read more

  39. The Novels.

    The Novels. 1880

    £1,250

    A handsomely bound set of Cooper’s Novels. Read more

  40. The Works.

    The Works. 1821.

    £600

    A new edition, in ten volumes. Read more

  41. The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.

    The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night. [c.1900]

    £3,250

    Number 270 of 1,000 sets. A complete set of Burton’s translation of the Arabian nights, containing ten volumes of the Arabian Nights plus the seven supplementary volumes. A particularly handsome set. Read more

  42. The Works.

    The Works. 1881

    £4,250

    Edition de luxe, one thousand numbered copies of which this is number 828. Read more

  43. The Works.

    The Works. 1825

    £1,650

    A handsomely bound set of Johnson’s works comprising 9 volumes of his works and two volumes of f Johnson’s retelling of the debates in Parliament. Read more

  44. English Men of Letters.

    English Men of Letters. 1905

    £1,250

    Libramatores’ edition, number 119 of 1000 numbered sets. English Men of Letters was a series of literary biographies written by leading literary figures of the day and published by Macmillan, under the general editorship of John Morley. The original series was launched in 1878, with …Read more

  45. The Dramatic Works.

    The Dramatic Works. 1875

    £875

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

  46. The History of England,

    The History of England, 1830-6

    £2,000

    A handsomely bound library set. Hume’s history was first published in 1754-62, Smollett’s continuation in 1758 and Hughes’ continuation in 1834. Read more

  47. The Collected Works.

    The Collected Works. 1941

    £2,500

    The Burwash edition, the US counterpart to Macmillan’s rare Sussex Edition, which is considered the best edition of Kiplings works. Number 948 from a limited edition of 1,010 sets signed by the author on the limitation leaf of the first volume. During the last years …Read more

  48. The Works.

    The Works.

    £1,750

    Lyceum edition. Number 17 of 750 numbered and registered sets for America. Read more

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  2. New Arrival
    Smithsonian Scientific Series.
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    ABBOT, Charles Greeley (ed.) ABBOT, Charles Greeley...

    Smithsonian Scientific Series.

    £1,250

  3. New Arrival
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  5. New Arrival
    The Complete Writings.
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    WHITMAN, Walt. WHITMAN, Walt.

    The Complete Writings.

    £2,250

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

    The Novels and Tales.

    £3,750

  7. 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

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

    [Library Edition of the British Poets.]

    £2,250

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

    The Collected Works:

    £5,000

  10. New Arrival
    Modern Painters.
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    RUSKIN, John. RUSKIN, John.

    Modern Painters.

    £975

  11. The Novels.
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    LEVER, Charles. LEVER, Charles.

    The Novels.

    £2,000

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

    The Poetical Works.

    £600

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. The History of the Norman Conquest of England,
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    FREEMAN, Edward Augustus. FREEMAN, Edward Augustus.

    The History of the Norman Conquest of England,

    £875

  16. The Works.
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    ELIOT, George. ELIOT, George.

    The Works.

    £3,750

  17. [The complete Hornblower:]
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    FORESTER, C. S. FORESTER, C. S.

    [The complete Hornblower:]

    £3,950

  18. The Life and Works.
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    BURNS, Robert. BURNS, Robert.

    The Life and Works.

    £350

  19. The Poetical Works.
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    TENNYSON, Alfred. TENNYSON, Alfred.

    The Poetical Works.

    £275

  20. The Complete Works.
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    SHAKESPEARE, William. SHAKESPEARE, William.

    The Complete Works.

    £500

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

    Catalogue général des incunables des bibliothèques publiques de France.

    £150

  22. In English Homes.
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    LATHAM, Charles. LATHAM, Charles.

    In English Homes.

    £850

  23. The Novels of the Sisters Brontë.
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    BRONTË, Charlotte, Emily, & Anne. BRONTË, Charlotte, Emily,...

    The Novels of the Sisters Brontë.

    £1,250

  24. A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles;
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    (OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY.) MURRAY, James H.... (OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY.)...

    A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles;

    £6,750

  25. The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, Begun in the Year 1641. With the precedent Passages, and Actions, that contributed thereunto, and the happy End, and Conclusion thereof by the King’s blessed Restoration, and Return upon the 29th of May, in the year 1660.
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    CLARENDON, Edward Hyde, Earl of. CLARENDON, Edward Hyde,...

    The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, Begun in the Year 1641. With the precedent Passages, and Actions, that contributed thereunto, and the happy End, and Conclusion thereof by the King’s blessed Restoration, and Return upon the 29th of May, in the year 1660.

    £1,875

  26. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
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    SMITH, Adam. SMITH, Adam.

    An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.

    £975

  27. The Complete Works.
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    TOLSTOY, Leo. TOLSTOY, Leo.

    The Complete Works.

    £7,500

  28. Author’s Edition.
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    DOYLE, Arthur Conan. DOYLE, Arthur Conan.

    Author’s Edition.

    £4,500

  29. The Works.
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    ELIOT, George. ELIOT, George.

    The Works.

    £2,500

  30. The Bombay Edition of the Works.
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    KIPLING, Rudyard. KIPLING, Rudyard.

    The Bombay Edition of the Works.

    £9,750

  31. The Works.
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    WELLS, H. G. WELLS, H. G.

    The Works.

    £3,750

  32. The Collected Works in Verse And Prose.
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    YEATS, W. B. YEATS, W. B.

    The Collected Works in Verse And Prose.

    £2,250

  33. The Dramatic Works.
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    DRYDEN, John. DRYDEN, John.

    The Dramatic Works.

    £750

  34. The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.
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    (ARABIAN NIGHTS) BURTON, Richard F. (ARABIAN NIGHTS) BURTON,...

    The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.

    £3,250

  35. English Men of Letters.
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    MORLEY, John (ed.) MORLEY, John (ed.)

    English Men of Letters.

    £1,250

  36. The Dramatic Works.
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    MOLIÈRE. MOLIÈRE.

    The Dramatic Works.

    £875

  37. The History of England,
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    HUME, D.; T. SMOLLETT; Rev. T.... HUME, D.; T....

    The History of England,

    £2,000

  38. The Collected Works.
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    KIPLING, Rudyard. KIPLING, Rudyard.

    The Collected Works.

    £2,500

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