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  1. 117362
    First book edition, first printing, of the poems that constituted one of the great literary hoaxes of the century. The collection of poems first appeared in a special commemorative Autumn 1944 number (actually June) of Angry Penguins, Australia's leading modernist literary magazine, who had had the poems submitted to their... Learn More
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  2. 117415
    First edition, large paper copy, a handsome copy of this biographical memoir of the notable 18th-century "political propagandist" (ODNB). Hollis (1720-1774) "believed citizenship should be active: individuals had an important role to play in public life. He partly fulfilled this responsibility by charitable work as a governor... Learn More
    £2,750

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  3. 117400
    First edition, in a superior Regency binding; a second edition was published the following year. "The first professional landscape artist to visit India and please such tastes for the picturesque and the sublime was William Hodges (1744-1797). He went with a highly individual vision and style of painting which had been formed... Learn More
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  4. 116703
    First US trade edition, first printing, published the same year as the London edition published by Harrap and identical in every point except for the inclusion of the publisher's box, which is unique to the US edition. This edition is scarce with both the dust jacket and box intact, and it has been historically "one of the... Learn More
    £650

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  5. 117154
    First UK edition, published two years after the unprocurable Bombay edition of 1829, which was privately printed "for the perusal of the author's friends". Uncommon, with three copies only traced at auction, and nine in UK libraries (including copies with Robert Cadell, the publisher, substituted in the imprint for Stark,... Learn More
    £1,500

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  6. 117506
    First edition, first impression, with the following points: "dead man's chest" not capitalised on pages 2 or 7; the first letter of "vain" broken in the last line, page 40; the "a" not present in line 6, page 63; the "7" overstamped in the pagination on page 127; the full stop not present following "opportunity" in line... Learn More
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  7. 117223
    First edition thus. Dyce (1798-1869) was one of the principal editors involved in William Pickering's prestigious Aldine Edition of the British Poets; his edition of Shakespeare in that series was first published in 1832. He then produced his own complete edition of Shakespeare (6 vols., 1857), which was later issued in... Learn More
    £1,250

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  8. 117225detail
    A particularly handsomely bound set of Goethe's works. Learn More
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  9. 117529detail
    A handsomely bound set, rare in a contemporary binding. Includes a comprehensive introduction to his works by Albert Henry Smyth covering Franklin's manuscripts, printed editions, works, philosophical, political and economical works, satires and bagatelles, and his correspondence. Learn More
    £3,750

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  10. i1
    First US edition, signed limited edition, number 44 of 537 copies signed by the author, of which 525 were for sale. It was first published in the UK the previous year. Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 117542

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  11. 114439comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Dennis Wheatley, from Nöel Coward". With Wheatley's bookplate to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £900

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  12. 114475
    First edition, one of only five surviving copies printed on handmade paper, of the play left unfinished at Synge's death in 1909. The edition originally consisted of 45 copies on paper, and five on vellum; however, John Quinn, Synge's literary patron, was unhappy with the number of errors that crept in during the printing,... Learn More
    £2,250

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  13. 115988comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his cousin Patty Shute on the front free endpaper, "For Patty, Peggy and Duane, from Nevil. June 1950", and also signed by him on the title page as Nevil S. Norway (Shute used his full name in his engineering career, and Nevil Shute as his pen... Learn More
    £2,500

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  14. 117361
    First US edition, first state, with the text block measuring 11/8 inches and the title leaf conjugate, not tipped in, and Twain's facsimile signature to the frontispiece. It was originally published in the UK the same year. Learn More
    £1,250

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  15. 116062
    First trade edition, first impression. Warne had reconsidered the "Bunny book", as they called it, following a second approach from Potter's friend Hardwicke Rawnsley, an author of children's verses who had rewritten the text in his own style. Warne were now prepared to publish it (though in a slight to Rawnsley, they preferred... Learn More
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  16. 116668
    First and only edition, one of 110 copies, rare: among British and Irish institutional libraries Copac locates only the copy at the British Library; OCLC adds a single copy worldwide, at Bibliothèque de documentation internationale contemporaine at Nanterre (described in a note as "Rel. arm." - presumably "reliure armorial"... Learn More
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  17. 116993
    First edition, first impression; 500 copies printed. Very hard to find in tolerable condition. Learn More
    £650

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  18. 117390
    First published in 1592. Giovanni Botero (1533-1617) was Secretary to the Duke of Savoy when he compiled his Relationi Universali; "this political and geographical description of the different countries of the world was very successful and translated into a number of languages" (Burden), including English (London 1603).... Learn More
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  19. 116807
    An unpublished mimeographed typescript, "This Edition is Limited to 12 Copies. This is No. 1 - NOT TO BE PUBLISHED", and all the more valuable as no dedicated history of the regiment's activities in World War II was produced. No other copy traced. Begins with an cursory history of the early months of the war when the 3rd... Learn More
    £1,500

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  20. 117133
    First edition, first printing, of this collection of speeches delivered in 1870 by the important and influential nineteenth-century American educator. Beecher, sister to Uncle Tom's Cabin author Harriet Beecher Stowe, was a key advocate of women's education opportunities. She founded The American Woman's Educational Association... Learn More
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  21. 117229
    First US edition, first printing, of the English domestic moralist's advice book "written exclusively for her own sex". First published in London in 1931, this edition includes the "Advertisement to the American edition" which assures readers that "the English copy has been followed without the slightest alteration". "Believing... Learn More
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  22. 117836
    First Riccardi Press edition, copy number 130 of 1,000 copies on handmade Riccardi Paper, of which 350 copies were specially bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. There were a further 12 copies printed on vellum. These sonnets are some of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's most famous love poetry which were first published in 1850.... Learn More
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  23. 114951
    First edition of a key work by the American pioneer in nervous and mental disorders William A. Hammond (1828-1900), neurologist and Surgeon-General of the United States Army. Hammond's Treatise on Diseases of the Nervous System (New York: Appleton, 1871) was "the first American treatise on neurology" (Garrison & Morton).... Learn More
    £300

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  24. 114973
    Second edition, expanded and with a new preface, following the first of 1861: "it continues to be a matter of considerable surprise and regret that the special study of insanity should still be so ignored by the various licensing medical bodies, that it forms no necessary part of the curriculum of a medical education" (preface).... Learn More
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  25. 115247
    First US edition, originally published at London in 1817. William Blake possessed a copy and annotated it: "Spurzheim's book of 1817 on insanity begins with a criticism of the public attitude toward and the medical treatment of madness... He argues that insanity and its symptoms have as many causes as any other disease and... Learn More
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  26. 117877
    First edition, first printing, first binding state, with the imprint "Osgood & Co" (without a full stop after the last "o") at the foot of the spine. According to Edel & Laurence, the first printing consisted of 1,500 copies. Learn More
    £1,250

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  27. 117878
    First edition thus, presentation copy, inscribed by the author's wife (Blanche Mary Clough, née Shore-Smith), on the half-title, "With Mrs. Clough's kind regards". With an additional inscription by its recipient below noting the date of its receipt, "Rec. 6th August 1862, sent to me at Chew Magna, C. L. Rose". This posthumous... Learn More
    £750

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  28. 117897comp
    Signed limited edition, number 1,039 of 1,048 copies signed by the author for the Book of the Month Club. Learn More
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  29. 117891
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy from Georgie Yeats, number 17 of 500 copies. This copy has a Cuala Press compliments slip inscribed "Sent at the request of Mrs W. B. Yeats" and also two pieces of Cuala ephemera: one Cuala Press advertisement for the Broadsides New Series, and a card reprinting from A Broadside... Learn More
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  30. 117992
    First edition, large paper issue, with the errata and list of subscribers, in a scarce and handsome Eton binding by Ingalton. This is William Herbert's first book, a collection of poetry in Latin and Greek, edited at the age of 17 whilst a student at Eton. Herbert went on to serve as MP for Hampshire and Cricklade, later... Learn More
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  31. 118033
    First edition of the arts patron's first major work. Harris (1709-80), or "Hermes Harris" as he was latterly known, was a philosophical grammarian, a fellow of the Royal Society, and a trustee of the British Museum. He was in particular a passionate admirer of Handel's work and by the end of his life had amassed an important... Learn More
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  32. 118227comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page, "Seamus Heaney, August 1993". From the collection of Dr. Peadar Mac Maghnais, a Dublin based doctor and acquaintance of Heaney's from their attendance of the Cumann Merriman Gaelic summer school. Learn More
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  33. 115902
    First edition, first issue, large paper copy, from the stated print-run of 250 copies only, of this valuable compilation of researches into the history, culture, topography, commerce and natural history of India, Burma, Cochinchina, and China, consisting mostly of reports, charts and translation produced by agents of the... Learn More
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  34. 116991comp
    First editions, first impressions, of the full set of Field Day pamphlets, each signed by their respective authors, published by the theatre company credited with developing Irish Studies and stimulating Irish literary and political culture during the 1980s and 1990s. The authors are Tom Paulin, Seamus Heaney, Seamus Deane... Learn More
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  35. 117318
    First edition. Dispatched by Burton from Tabora to verify reports of a large body of water to the north of Lake Tanganyika, Speke discovered Victoria Nyanza on 3 August 1858 and immediately pronounced it to be the source of the Nile. Back in London the strained relationship between the two explorers was finally sundered... Learn More
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  36. 117446
    Queen..."> First edition, first impression, of MacKintosh's third historical drama written under her theatre pseudonym Gordon Daviot. MacKintosh, who took "Daviot" from the name of a village close to her home city of Inverness, became better known by her other pen name, Josephine Tey, under which she wrote several detective novels.
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  37. 117564
    First edition of this valuable survey of the North-West Frontier Province, in the rare dust jacket. There is chapter-by-chapter coverage of individual tribal regions and British operations therein, with a series of detailed folding area maps to the rear. Wylly (1858-1932) served in the Tirah Campaign of 1897-98, and was... Learn More
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  38. 117580
    First edition, rare, no copy listed at auction since 1914. "A Muslim modernist and orthodox Shi'i, Ali was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries a leading polemicist of Islam. His message was both for his co-religionists and for the British. In his publications, notably his Spirit of Islam (1891), developed from his... Learn More
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  39. 117603
    Second edition, revised and greatly expanded, of de Goeje's important study of the Qaramitah (Carmathians), a syncretic Shi'ite sect which revolted against the 'Abbasid Caliphate from their Bahraini stronghold in the ninth century CE. It was originally published in 1862 as the first volume of his four-part essay series,... Learn More
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  40. 117606
    First published in 1697, this revised and expanded edition of d'Herbelot's monumental work is "generally considered the best" (Arcadian Library, p. 238), containing supplements by J. J. Reiske, "undoubtedly the best Arabist in Germany" (ibid.), Leiden professor H. A. Schultens, and other pre-eminent 18th-century orientalists.... Learn More
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  41. 117608
    First edition, scarce. James was a cabin-boy on Commander Johnstone's abortive expedition to seize the Cape of Good Hope from the Dutch in 1781. After being ambushed by the French in the Cape Verde Islands, and subsequently failing to take the Cape, Johnstone gained a consolation victory at Saldanha. Johnstone himself then... Learn More
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  42. 117610
    First edition, "an interesting book" (ODNB). Keppel (1799-1891), who had fought at Waterloo before serving in Mauritius and the Cape, was ordered to India in 1821. "There he served as aide-de-camp to the governor-general, the marquess of Hastings, but on Hastings's resignation in 1823 he obtained leave to return home overland"... Learn More
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  43. 117615
    First edition. Adolf von Wrede, a Bavarian nobleman, was "the first scientific traveller who succeeded in penetrating into the region of Hadhramaut" (van der Meulen, cited after Trautz, "Adolf von Wrede", in Journal of the Royal Central Asian Society, vol. 20, no. 4, 1933). He travelled to the region, now part of Yemen,... Learn More
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  44. 117623
    First edition, from the collection of Samuel Barrett Miles (1838-1914), British Arabist, colonial agent and explorer of inland Oman, with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper of the first volume, and subsequently bequeathed by his wife to Bath Public Library, with bookplates, manuscript shelf-marks and blind-stamps... Learn More
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  45. 117632
    First edition of "one of de Sacy's principal works, the classical treatment of the early history and doctrine of the Druze", which took more than 40 years to complete (Daftary, The Assassin Legends: Myths of the Ismailis, p. 132). "The Druze religion was initially an Isma'ili schismatic movement, organised during the final... Learn More
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  46. 117637
    First edition of the first account of Stanhope's travels since her own memoirs were published by her physician Charles Meryon in 1846. From the library of British Arabist and colonial agent Colonel Samuel Barrett Miles (1838-1914), with a printed bookplate and manuscript shelf-mark to front pastedown noting Samuel widow's... Learn More
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  47. 117707
    First London edition; originally published Calcutta 1788, Lowndes notes that a French edition followed in 1797. "An important book in the growing interest of Orientalism" (Ghani). Francklin (1763-1839) was the son of the classical scholar and dramatist Thomas Francklin. He was educated at Westminster and Trinity College,... Learn More
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  48. 118350
    First and only edition, extremely uncommon with a just single copy at the Royal College of Surgeons located by Copac and OCLC. "The work of the Belgian Field Hospital since its establishment at Antwerp early in September and its removal, under the greatest difficulties during the bombardment to Furnes close behind the fighting... Learn More
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  49. 118351
    First and only edition, no other copy traced. The "entertainment" consisted of "Two processions, and a dance by the Orissa Paiks" - the latter described in the London Evening Standard report of the event as "the ancient yeomanry of the province, whose military duties have ceased, and who nowadays guard the palaces and treasuries... Learn More
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  50. 116024
    The Spectator was one of the first British periodicals, originally published daily in 1711 and 1712. Appealing to the growing numbers of middle class traders and shop keepers in London, Addison estimated it to have been read by a tenth of the city's population, primarily in coffee shops. The content was innovative and made... Learn More
    £450

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  51. 114578
    Third edition, revised. A particularly handsome set. Learn More
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  52. 116014

    Prescott's Works

    Philadelphia and London: [1904]

    The Montezuma edition. Limited to 1,000 copies of which this is number 904. Learn More
    £2,500

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  53. 116018detail
    The handsomely produced "Large Paper Edition", this being number 254 of 575 sets, put out by the celebrated New York bookseller Gabriel Wells who, during the 1920s, competed in the sale rooms with the great Rosenbach. This edition, with introductory material by W. B. Yeats, Padraic Colum, John Drinkwater, Arthur Symons,... Learn More
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  54. 118411
    First edition thus, number 29 of 650 copies, with the very scarce dust jacket. This fine Nonesuch Press edition constitutes the first printing in facsimile of Blake's famous notebook, known as the "Rossetti Manuscript", after its acquisition by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1847. This notebook contained a number of latterly... Learn More
    £575

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  55. 118123
    First edition, first impression. Scarce in the dust jacket. The book explains the practices of the Alexandrian coven, run by Alex and Maxine Sanders. Farrar joined the coven in 1970 where he met his future wife Janet. The pair started running their own coven in 1971. Learn More
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  56. 116897
    First edition, containing seven different almanacs published by the Company for the year 1805. The Gentleman's Diary by Gregory Olinthus; The Ladies' Diary by Charles Hutton; Vox Stellarum by Francis Moore; Merlinus Liberatus by John Partridge; Old Poor Robin; Speculum Anni by Henry Season; An Almanack by Tycho Wing; and... Learn More
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  57. 116899
    First edition, containing seven different almanacs published by the Company for the year 1810. This edition includes The Gentleman's Diary by Thomas Leybourne; The Ladies' Diary by Charles Hutton; Vox Stellarum by Francis Moore; Merlinus Liberatus by John Partridge; Old Poor Robin; Speculum Anni by Henry Season; The Celestial... Learn More
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  58. 116900
    First edition, containing seven different almanacs published by the Company for the year 1813. This edition includes The Gentleman's Diary by Thomas Leybourne; The Ladies' Diary by Charles Hutton; Vox Stellarum by Francis Moore; Merlinus Liberatus by John Partridge; Old Poor Robin; Speculum Anni by Henry Season; The Celestial... Learn More
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  59. 116901
    First edition, containing seven different almanacs published by the Company for the year 1814. This edition includes The Gentleman's Diary by Thomas Leybourne; The Ladies' Diary by Charles Hutton; Vox Stellarum by Francis Moore; Merlinus Liberatus by John Partridge; Old Poor Robin; Speculum Anni by Henry Season; The Celestial... Learn More
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  60. 116902
    First edition, containing seven different almanacs published by the Company for the year 1815. This edition includes The Gentleman's Diary by Thomas Leybourne; The Ladies' Diary by Charles Hutton; Vox Stellarum by Francis Moore; Merlinus Liberatus by John Partridge; Old Poor Robin; Speculum Anni by Henry Season; The Celestial... Learn More
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