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  1. 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

  2. More Translations from the Chinese.
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    More Translations from the Chinese. 1919

    £275

    First edition, limited deluxe issue, number 5 of 50 copies on Fabriano handmade paper. Inscribed on the front free endpaper, “Olivia, at just that one moment which, I hope, will sound the note for an eternal symphony. New York. July 19th 1929.” Read more

  3. The Enchanted Capital of Scotland.
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    The Enchanted Capital of Scotland. [1945]

    £650

    First edition, first impression. “A story written to please the child and perhaps to bring back memories of similar adventures to all who have spent their childhood in Edinburgh”. Steele’s dialogue is infused with the distinctive Scottish accent and dialect as she retells the story …Read more

  4. The Face of the World. An International Scrapbook of People and Places.
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    The Face of the World. An International Scrapbook of People and Places. 1957

    £250

    First US edition, first printing, published in parallel with the first UK edition. In Beaton’s own words, this is a “potpourri” of pictures and texts, recording his impressions of some of the decade’s most talented people and significant places. Read more

  5. The Mildenhall Treasure.

    The Mildenhall Treasure. 1999

    £65

    First Steadman edition, first impression. It was first published in book form in the 1977 collection The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More. Read more

  6. In Touch: The Letters.
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    In Touch: The Letters. 1994

    £200

    First UK edition, first impression. The US edition was published in the same year by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. This copy contains four documents laid in. The first, an unpublished typed letter signed by Bowles, is addressed to “Jamie”, or James Leo Herlihy, the American …Read more

  7. The Casuarina Tree.
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    The Casuarina Tree. 1926

    £350

    First US edition, first printing; first published in London in 1926, two weeks prior to the US edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “for Luigi Muller from W. Somerset Maugham, Nov 23. 1927”. Includes the short stories “Before the …Read more

  8. Saint Joan Of Arc.
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    Saint Joan Of Arc. 1936

    £300

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Piers from Vita, June 9 1936”. This is the first of two biographical studies completed by Vita in the 1930s while living at Sissinghurst Castle; the second, Pepita – a …Read more

  9. La Stupenda.
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    La Stupenda. 1982

    £625

    First edition, third impression (first 1980). Inscribed by Sutherland on the title page, “To Den, best wishes, Joan Sutherland”. Sutherland, dubbed “La Stupenda” after a performance of Handel’s Alcina in Venice, worked with Adams over the course of a year during his filming of the …Read more

  10. Love Poet, Carpenter.
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    Love Poet, Carpenter. 2009

    £1,500

    Signed limited edition, number 115 of 195 copies, signed by 59 contributors on inserted Fabriano Artistico rear endpapers. This copy is additionally signed by Longley. Love Poet, Carpenter is an anthology containing work by Simon Armitage, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Eamon Duffy, Seamus Heaney, Andrew Motion, and …Read more

  11. The Railway Children.
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    The Railway Children. 1906

    £850

    First edition. The Railway Children, Nesbit’s “most popular (and sentimental) book” (ODNB), was originally serialized in the London Magazine in 1905 before being published in book form the following year. Read more

  12. 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

  13. If…. a film.
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    If…. a film. 1969

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy. Inscribed on the title page by Lindsay Anderson to Ben Travers, “For Ben – another egotistical gift I’m afraid: but with my warmest affection and gratitude for the honour of this happiest of collaborations, From Lindsay. A lucky man …Read more

  14. Middlemarch: a study of provincial life.
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    Middlemarch: a study of provincial life. 1871–2

    £20,000

    First edition in book form of George Eliot’s sixth and greatest novel, and rare in original unrestored cloth. The book proved problematic in some ways, being slow in composition and growing too long for the traditional three-decker format. It was Lewes who suggested to Blackwood …Read more

  15. You Only Live Twice.
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    You Only Live Twice. 1964

    £375

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  16. May We Borrow Your Husband?
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    May We Borrow Your Husband? 1967

    £175

    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

  17. The Tenth Man.

    The Tenth Man. 1985

    £75

    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

  18. The Inimitable Jeeves.
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    The Inimitable Jeeves. 1923

    £1,500

    First edition, first impression of the second collection of Jeeves stories, following My Man Jeeves, published in 1919. This copy was retained by the publishers as their “archive” or “file” copy, stamped in ink with rubber stamps on the front wrapper and the title page, …Read more

  19. The Celestial Omnibus
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    The Celestial Omnibus 1911

    £275

    First edition, first impression. One of 1,000 copies printed. Read more

  20. Enemies of Promise.
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    Enemies of Promise. 1938

    £500

    First edition, first impression, uncommon in the dust jacket. “Connolly made a surer reputation [than with his debut novel The Rock Pool (1936)] with Enemies of Promise (1938). This work is part literary criticism, part general observations on the life of the writer, part childhood …Read more

  21. Devil’s Cub.
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    Devil’s Cub. 1932

    £250

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  22. Mrs. Miniver.

    Mrs. Miniver. 1940

    £275

    First US edition, first printing. Originally published in the UK by Virago in 1939. The character of Mrs Miniver was originally created in 1937 for a series of newspaper columns in The Times. At first wholly domestic, the series quickly incorporated the approach of war …Read more

  23. Anthem.

    Anthem. 1946

    £1,500

    First US edition, second printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on title, “To Mary – Cordially – Ayn Rand. Oct. 5, 1950”. Anthem is the second novel Rand published in the West. The reception of her first – We The Living (1936) – had …Read more

  24. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, the Astronomer-Poet of Persia.

    Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, the Astronomer-Poet of Persia. 1884

    £1,000

    First edition, first printing. The drawings and text in this edition are reproduced by Albertype process, now termed collotype, an “exacting but very rewarding process” suitable only for short runs, no longer commonly used. Elihu Vedder (1836–1923) was an American Symbolist artist who trained …Read more

  25. The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold.
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    The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold. 1957

    £6,000

    First edition, large paper issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his friend and biographer Christopher Sykes, “Christopher with love. Look out. It might be you next. Evelyn” on the front free endpaper. Sykes first met Waugh in 1929 shortly after the …Read more

  26. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
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    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? 1968

    £7,500

    First edition, first printing, with the correct code to page 210 and the unclipped jacket flaps. Not only one of the most brilliantly filmed sci fi books of the 20th century but a literary tour de force which by itself will guarantee Dick’s reputation for …Read more

  27. Simple Rhymes for Stirring Times.
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    Simple Rhymes for Stirring Times. 1916

    £100

    First edition, first impression, of this second (and much scarcer – Copac lists only four locations in the UK) collection of war poems by Jessie Pope (1868-1941), who was well known for her children’s books and her jingoistic war poetry. She was the “certain poetess” …Read more

  28. Collected Stories.
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    Collected Stories. 1984

    £1,250

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author “To Philip, from his friend, GabM, 85” on the title page. The recipient was Irish bibliophile Dr Philip Murray, whose collection was sold in 2016 in Ireland’s largest-ever sale of first editions. In his memoir, The Adventures …Read more

  29. Treasure Island.
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    Treasure Island. 1885

    £1,250

    First illustrated UK edition of Stevenson’s classic, which was originally serialised in the magazine Young Folks between October 1881 and January 1882, and published in book form the following year. The first US edition, issued by Roberts Bros in 1884, was also illustrated, but contained …Read more

  30. Passenger To Teheran.
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    Passenger To Teheran. 1926

    £2,500

    First edition, first impression, in the rare dust jacket, and inscribed by the author to her lover Hilda “Stoker” Matheson (1888-1940). The inscription, to the front free endpaper, reads “From V. Dec 1928”. This book was one of several inscribed by Vita and given to …Read more

  31. 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

  32. Romola.
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    Romola. 1898

    £200

    First published in the Cornhill Magazine 1862-3, Eliot’s novel of Renaissance Florence became a popular souvenir for late “Grand Tourists” when presented thus. This copy has the ownership inscription of “Mary H. Chapman, London”, dated Florence 1901 to the first blank. Read more

  33. William Rothenstein, An Address.
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    William Rothenstein, An Address. 1945

    £650

    First edition, first impression, one of 100 copies privately printed. Max Beerbohm and William Rothenstein were first introduced in 1896 when the publisher John Lane commissioned Rothenstein’s volume of lithographic portraits of Oxford personalities, Oxford Characters, to coincide with Max Beerbohm’s Caricatures of Twenty-Five Gentlemen. …Read more

  34. Bath After Sailing.
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    Bath After Sailing. 1968

    £475

    First and signed limited edition, number 66 of 125 copies signed by the author on the title. This was the first of Updike’s poems to be issued as a limited edition. Read more

  35. 4 Sails.
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    4 Sails. 1966

    £375

    Created with Ed Wright at the Chelsea School of Art, this piece of concrete poetry was issued on red, yellow and blue card (no priority established). The inside corners are folded to represent sails when the piece is free-standing. Words printed on each “sail” form …Read more

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. Hero & Leander.
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    Hero & Leander. 1949

    £400

    First edition thus, number 438 of 400 copies (numbered 101-500) from a limited edition of 500, Lucas’s translation of 6th century Greek poet Musaeus’s famous poem finely printed by the Golden Cockerel Press with etched illustrations by John Buckland-Wright, designed by Christopher Sandford. Very scarce …Read more

  40. A Bibliography of the Writings of D. H. Lawrence.
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    A Bibliography of the Writings of D. H. Lawrence. 1925

    £475

    First edition, first printing, signed limited issue, one of 100 large-paper copies signed by Lawrence and the bibliographer on the limitation page; there were 500 regular copies printed at the same time. Lawrence’s foreword, “The Bad Side of Books” (“What do I care for first …Read more

  41. “The Bank”.
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    “The Bank”. 1975

    £375

    First and sole edition, number 18 of 50 copies of this short story privately published by the author, originally composed in Berlin in 1928. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title, “For Anthony Hobson affectionately, Jimmy Stern, my first effort 1928, Whitsbury 6. …Read more

  42. Three Madrigals.
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    Three Madrigals. 1968

    £225

    First edition, first printing, number 59 of 150 signed and numbered copies; there were another 12 copies reserved for the author. The book reprints the author’s holograph manuscript in facsimile. Read more

  43. Pictures from Italy.
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    Pictures from Italy. 1846

    £750

    First edition of Dickens’s second travel book. Dickens toured Italy between 1844 and 1845. “Clarkson Stanfield had agreed to illustrate the text for Dickens but, when he read those passages of the narrative in which Dickens satirises the excesses of Catholic devotion, he resigned from …Read more

  44. Vanity Fair. A Novel without a Hero.
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    Vanity Fair. A Novel without a Hero. 1848

    £1,250

    First edition in book form, with the three points traditionally taken to denote first issue (drop-head title in rustic lettering to page 1, the “Marquis of Steyne” vignette on page 336, later suppressed, and “Mr. Pitt” for “Sir Pitt” on page 453, line 31), although, …Read more

  45. Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal.
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    Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal. 1799

    £375

    Second edition of Southey’s first book of prose, which first appeared in 1797. Southey sailed for Portugal at the invitation of his uncle in November 1795 following his estrangement from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and stayed until the following May. “He visited Madrid, but spent most …Read more

  46. 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

  47. Jude the Obscure.
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    Jude the Obscure. [1895]

    £500

    First edition in book form, first state, with all 17 pages noted by Purdy retaining their pagination: uncommon thus. Hardy’s last novel originally appeared as a bowdlerised serial in Harper’s Magazine from December 1894 to November 1895, when the European and American editions were published …Read more

  48. Our Mutual Friend.

    Our Mutual Friend. 1865

    £1,250

    First edition of Dickens’s last completed novel. “Our Mutual Friend had a mixed reception (the young Henry James’s harshly dismissive review in The Nation is notorious) but its stock has risen dramatically in recent years and it is now generally regarded as one of his …Read more

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

    The Seven Lamps of Architecture.

    £500

  2. New Arrival
    More Translations from the Chinese.
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    WALEY, Arthur. WALEY, Arthur.

    More Translations from the Chinese.

    £275

  3. New Arrival
    The Enchanted Capital of Scotland.
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    (KING, Jessie M.) STEELE, Isobel K.... (KING, Jessie M.)...

    The Enchanted Capital of Scotland.

    £650

  4. New Arrival
    The Face of the World. An International Scrapbook of People and Places.
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    BEATON, Cecil. BEATON, Cecil.

    The Face of the World. An International Scrapbook of People and Places.

    £250

  5. New Arrival
    In Touch: The Letters.
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    BOWLES, Paul. BOWLES, Paul.

    In Touch: The Letters.

    £200

  6. New Arrival
    The Casuarina Tree.
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    MAUGHAM, W. Somerset. MAUGHAM, W. Somerset.

    The Casuarina Tree.

    £350

  7. New Arrival
  8. New Arrival
    La Stupenda.
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    ADAMS, Brian. ADAMS, Brian.

    La Stupenda.

    £625

  9. New Arrival
  10. New Arrival
    The Railway Children.
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    NESBIT, E. NESBIT, E.

    The Railway Children.

    £850

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  13. New Arrival
    Middlemarch: a study of provincial life.
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    ELIOT, George. ELIOT, George.

    Middlemarch: a study of provincial life.

    £20,000

  14. New Arrival
    You Only Live Twice.
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    FLEMING, Ian. FLEMING, Ian.

    You Only Live Twice.

    £375

  15. New Arrival
    May We Borrow Your Husband?
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    GREENE, Graham. GREENE, Graham.

    May We Borrow Your Husband?

    £175

  16. The Tenth Man.
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    GREENE, Graham. GREENE, Graham.

    The Tenth Man.

    £75

  17. New Arrival
    The Inimitable Jeeves.
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    WODEHOUSE, P. G. WODEHOUSE, P. G.

    The Inimitable Jeeves.

    £1,500

  18. New Arrival
    The Celestial Omnibus
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    FORSTER, E. M. FORSTER, E. M.

    The Celestial Omnibus

    £275

  19. New Arrival
    Enemies of Promise.
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    CONNOLLY, Cyril. CONNOLLY, Cyril.

    Enemies of Promise.

    £500

  20. New Arrival
    Devil’s Cub.
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    HEYER, Georgette. HEYER, Georgette.

    Devil’s Cub.

    £250

  21. Mrs. Miniver.
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    STRUTHER, Jan. STRUTHER, Jan.

    Mrs. Miniver.

    £275

  22. Anthem.
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    RAND, Ayn. RAND, Ayn.

    Anthem.

    £1,500

  23. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, the Astronomer-Poet of Persia.
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    (VEDDER, Elihu, illus.) OMAR KHAYYÁM. (VEDDER, Elihu, illus.)...

    Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, the Astronomer-Poet of Persia.

    £1,000

  24. New Arrival
    The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold.
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    WAUGH, Evelyn. WAUGH, Evelyn.

    The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold.

    £6,000

  25. New Arrival
    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
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    DICK, Philip K. DICK, Philip K.

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

    £7,500

  26. New Arrival
    Simple Rhymes for Stirring Times.
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    POPE, Jessie. POPE, Jessie.

    Simple Rhymes for Stirring Times.

    £100

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    Passenger To Teheran.
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    SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita.

    Passenger To Teheran.

    £2,500

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  32. New Arrival
    William Rothenstein, An Address.
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    BEERBOHM, Max. BEERBOHM, Max.

    William Rothenstein, An Address.

    £650

  33. New Arrival
    Bath After Sailing.
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    UPDIKE, John. UPDIKE, John.

    Bath After Sailing.

    £475

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    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

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

    The Complaint: Or, Night Thoughts.

    £175

  38. New Arrival
    Hero & Leander.
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    MUSAEUS. MUSAEUS.

    Hero & Leander.

    £400

  39. New Arrival
    A Bibliography of the Writings of D. H. Lawrence.
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    (LAWRENCE, D. H.) MCDONALD, Edward D. (LAWRENCE, D. H.)...

    A Bibliography of the Writings of D. H. Lawrence.

    £475

  40. New Arrival
    “The Bank”.
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    STERN, James. STERN, James.

    “The Bank”.

    £375

  41. New Arrival
    Three Madrigals.
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    ASHBERY, John. ASHBERY, John.

    Three Madrigals.

    £225

  42. New Arrival
    Pictures from Italy.
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    DICKENS, Charles. DICKENS, Charles.

    Pictures from Italy.

    £750

  43. New Arrival
    Vanity Fair. A Novel without a Hero.
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    THACKERAY, William Makepeace. THACKERAY, William Makepeace.

    Vanity Fair. A Novel without a Hero.

    £1,250

  44. New Arrival
    Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal.
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    SOUTHEY, Robert. SOUTHEY, Robert.

    Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal.

    £375

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

    Characters of Shakespear’s Plays.

    £500

  46. New Arrival
    Jude the Obscure.
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    HARDY, Thomas. HARDY, Thomas.

    Jude the Obscure.

    £500

  47. Our Mutual Friend.
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    DICKENS. Charles. DICKENS. Charles.

    Our Mutual Friend.

    £1,250

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