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  1. 131181
    Limited edition, number 66 of 500 copies signed by the publisher. A handsome set including all of the major poetry and prose. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 131181

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  2. 131171detail

    Works.

    London: 1885-8

    The Ashburton Edition. A handsome set of Carlyle's collected writings, incorporating all the major works, and his miscellaneous essays. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 131171

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  3. 131161detail
    The Library Edition, a most striking and handsome set of Burton's Arabian Nights, retaining the imposing box which has kept the set in lovely condition. "The Arabian Nights had been an important part of Burton's life for decades. In 1882 he began translating it in earnest. Although there were other translations of the Nights... Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 131161

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  4. 131156detail
    The Frontenac Edition, the definitive collected edition of Parkman's works, incorporating all of the author's final revisions. Parkman's great epics of the settlement and development of North America - partly based on his own experiences on the Oregon Trail and with Native American tribes - were highly romanticized, yet... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 131156

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  5. 131158

    The Works.

    New York: 1913-23

    Imperial Edition, number 43 of 256 copies printed on japon and with a signed portrait of the author in vol. I. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 131158

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  6. 131152
    The Memorial Edition, number 169 of 509 sets, with the clipped signature of Joseph Conrad mounted in the front of the first volume. The edition was planned while the author was still alive, as 399 signed sets. The author died in 1924 having only signed 99 sets, and the publishers changed the edition to the present Memorial... Learn More
    £5,500

    Stock Code: 131152

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  7. 131154detail
    Second edition, first published by the American Stationers' Company from 1834 to 1837. Edited by Jared Sparks, the American historian and President of Harvard College, this edition comprises Sparks' biography of Washington, Washington's official and private letters during both the American Revolution and his presidency,... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 131154

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  8. 131150detail
    The Olympic Edition, number 186 of 1,000 copies only. The set collects the historical works of the three great ancient Greek historians, translated by George Rawlinson, Benjamin Jowett, and Henry Graham Dakyns respectively. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 131150

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  9. 131145detail
    Limited edition, number 337 of 1,000 copies. The set covers the court intrigue of several notable members of European royalty, including Empress Josephine, Marie Antoinette, Catherine the Great, and Louis XIV. At the time of publication, the Grolier Society (a name chosen to mirror the distinguished Grolier Club) advertised... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 131145

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  10. 130720
    A most attractively bound copy showing strong arts and crafts influence, decorated with trailing lanceolate leaves and nine-petalled flowers. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 130720

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  11. 131121
    First edition of Payne's translation, number 574 of an unspecified number of copies. Payne's translation was the first truly complete edition of the Decameron in English, and is additionally extensively footnoted. In his own 1971 edition of the Decameron, G. H. McWilliam called it "splendidly scrupulous but curiously archaic"... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 131121

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  12. 131117detail
    First edition with Kent's illustrations, limited subscribers issue, one of a stated limitation of 1,000 numbered sets, though here lettered "L" on the limitation leaf. Kent's frontispieces are pen, brush, and ink drawings photomechanically reproduced as engravings. Machen's translation of Casanova's Memoirs was first published... Learn More
    £4,950

    Stock Code: 131117

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  13. 131116
    An attractive copy of the Rubáiyát, in an elegant, understated binding showing the influence of the Doves Bindery. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 131116

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  14. 118504
    First edition, first state with "chatter" p.60:16, "northern" p.119:22, "sick in tired" p.205:9-10, and "Union Street station" p. 211:7-8. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 118504

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  15. 101079
    Second Chapman edition, originally published by the Clarendon Press in 1923. A very attractive set. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 101079

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  16. 131087
    First fully illustrated edition, one of 250 large paper copies issued in the UK with the illustrations specially printed on China paper and laid down; a further 25 copies were released in the US. This was the first edition to feature illustrations accompanying the text, as Bentley's 1833 edition and subsequent printings... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 131087

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  17. 131073detail
    Second and preferred edition. 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 volumes, 1857), and improved it... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 131073

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    First editions, first impressions, of the complete set of both Woolf's collected letters and diaries. The letters, edited by Nigel Nicolson, record in stunning detail the evolution of Woolf's unmistakable style and provide an impressively comprehensive gathering of her correspondence from childhood until her death in 1941.... Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 129360

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  19. 130969
    First Leighton edition, trade issue, with the US edition issued by Random House the same year. Clare Leighton's (1898-1989) woodcuts inspired the set design of the 1939 film adaptation of the novel, starring Laurence Olivier. "Convinced that wood-engraving was an art for the masses rather than for an élite, Clare Leighton... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 130969

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  20. 128754
    First edition of Webster's correspondence, in an attractive binding. Daniel Webster (1782-1852) served as Secretary of State under Presidents William Henry Harrison, John Tylor and Millard Fillmore, one of only two individuals to serve under three presidents. He was the chief negotiator for the Webster-Ashburton Treaty,... Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 128754

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  21. 128504
    An exquisite example of late Victorian embroidered binding by Helen Margaret Dixon, in excellent condition. Inscribed by John Ruskin, expressing his admiration, to the rear endpaper: "much admired by yours truly John Ruskin, 25th June 93". The binding was shown to Ruskin by his cousin Joan Severn at Brantwood that month,... Learn More
    £4,750

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  22. 117983

    Ilias.

    London: 1815

    A highly appealing Regency-era prize binding, with Glasgow Grammar School presentation plates dated 1819 to the front pastedowns, signed by noted rector William Chrystal (1776-1830), who is credited with transforming the school's fortunes following his appointment in 1805, and whose death in a boating accident in the Firth... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 117983

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  23. Author's Edition.
    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 in England by Smith, Elder & Co. and 13 volumes... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 114703

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  24. 130700
    First edition, first issue, with red and blue title page dated 1843, "Stave I" as the first chapter heading. A Christmas Carol was an instant success, reportedly selling all 6,000 copies of the first edition on the first day of publication, and Dickens went on to write four more small festive books. Of the five Christmas... Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 130700

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  25. 130939detail
    A handsomely bound set of this most attractive printing of Milton's works, preserving the original orthography. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 130939

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  26. 130862detail
    An attractive set of Maugham's collected works, with three volumes each of stories, plays and novels. The books are later editions, with the collected short stories first published in 1951, the plays in 1931, and the novels in 1953. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 130862

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  27. 130857detail
    New edition. A handsome library set of Disraeli's fiction, containing all the major works. Disraeli's novels had a clear political intent, aiming to shift Victorian public opinion and consequently the nation's politics. Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 130857

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  28. 118415
    First edition, first printing of the first Hardy Boys title, long considered one of the holy grails of American children's book collecting. Developed by the American publisher Edward Stratemeyer, The Hardy Boys books were one part of a range of juvenile detective fiction released by the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 118415

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  29. 130836
    First edition thus, first impression. Pogány's illustrations were first published in 1909. A highly attractive book from what has been termed Pogány's "golden age" (Menges, unpaginated). Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 130836

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  30. 130163comp
    Signed limited edition, number 7 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 130163

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  31. 130162comp
    Signed limited edition, number 507 of 1,000 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 130162

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  32. 129654comp
    First and limited edition, number 284 of 300 copies. Inscribed by the translator on the front free endpaper: "To Doctor Holton from his grateful patient S. S. Koteliansky January 5, 1951". This beautiful production, printed in Linotype Estienne type on Kelmscott handmade paper by George W. Jones, constitutes the first appearance... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 129654

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  33. 130816
    First Thomson-illustrated edition, large paper issue, one of 250 copies released in England; a further 25 copies were released in the US. Thomson's "light touch and feeling for period manners provide a charming and accessible gloss to the author's work" (ODNB). Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 130816

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  34. 130796detail
    Delightful library set of Hume and Smollett's great history, printed in small but perfectly legible types; this being the "Regent's Edition" the bindings incorporate the badge of the Prince of Wales. "Hume triumphantly demonstrated that it was possible to write such history in a manner which combined good historical argument... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 130796

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  35. 130798detail

    Novels. A New Edition.

    Edinburgh and London: [c.1890]

    An attractively bound set of Eliot's works, including all seven novels, and her first collection of short stories, Scenes from Clerical Life. Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 130798

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  36. Fairy Tales.
    Signed limited edition, one of 525 numbered copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 85633

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  37. 126125detail
    The Canterbury edition. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 126125

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    First edition, first printing, number 164 of 150 large paper copies numbered between 101 and 250. Ulysses was published in imitation of the traditional three-tiered French format aimed at both connoisseurs and readers: 100 copies were printed on Dutch handmade paper and signed by Joyce; 150 copies were printed on heavier... Learn More
    £19,500

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  39. 70570

    Tavernier (1605-1689) made six trips to Asia in search of fine jewels -..."> First small format edition, following the quarto firsts of Les Six Voyages (1676) and Recueil (1678); a beautifully presented set of this highly desirable edition of the voyages of this "most famous among the 'business travellers'" (Speake).

    Tavernier (1605-1689) made six trips to Asia in search of fine jewels -... Learn More
    £10,000

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  40. The Sun Also Rises.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 41525

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  41. 130723
    A striking example of publisher's morocco, incorporating a Moorish-influenced design. The book is attractively printed, and reproduces Pogány's illustrations, which were first published in 1909. Learn More
    £250

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  42. 130023
    First complete Rackham trade edition. Rackham's illustrations for the Grimms' Fairy Tales were first published in 1900; the present edition is revised and expanded to incorporate new illustrations, with other illustrations redrawn and coloured. The present edition is consequently the preferred edition. The trade edition... Learn More
    £1,850

    Stock Code: 130023

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  43. 129199detail
    First complete collected edition, number 127 of 1,750 sets published. The Centenary Edition is the only full collected works of Winston Churchill, reproducing his 50 books in 34 volumes. The Library of Imperial History went bankrupt before the projected run of 3,000 sets could be completed, so "the print run never exceeded... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 129199

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  44. 130475
    A handsomely bound set of early editions; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the 67th thousand and Through the Looking-Glass is the 24th thousand. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 130475

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  45. 130081
    The Bombay Edition, first issue one of the original 1,050 sets signed by the author on the half-title of Volume I. The Bombay edition was initially published in 25 volumes and limited to 1,050 copies. Kipling continued to write and the edition eventually grew to 31 volumes, with the later 6 volumes unsigned, and limited... Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 130081

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  46. 126818
    The Knutsford edition. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 126818

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  47. 129550detail
    First complete collected edition, one of 1,750 sets published. The Centenary Edition is the only full collected works of Winston Churchill, reproducing his 50 books in 34 volumes. The Library of Imperial History went bankrupt before the projected run of 3,000 sets could be completed, so "the print run never exceeded 2,000... Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 129550

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  48. 130604detail
    A very handsome library set of one of the best 19th-century editions, edited by the classical and biblical scholar William Smith (1813-1893), first published in 1854-5. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 130604

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  49. 130117
    An extravagantly bound copy of the first William Duncan edition of Caesar's Commentaries, perhaps the most influential work in military literature. Duncan's translation was taken from Samuel Clarke's Latin edition of 1712, with the plates of that edition also replicated. It was these plates that led Clarke's edition to be... Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 130117

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  50. 130616comp
    Signed limited edition, number 232 of 750 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 130616

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  51. 111373
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 111373

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  52. 130599
    A highly attractive set of Kipling's two Jungle Books, first published in 1894 and 1895. Kipling's best known work, the Jungle Book was loosely adapted into the 1967 and 2016 Disney movies of the same name. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 130599

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  53. 130598
    First Rockwell Kent trade edition, first printing, in a handsome binding. Kent's imagining of Melville's classic, first published the same year by the Lakeside Press of Chicago in a three-volume limited edition, has been hailed as a masterpiece of 20th-century book illustration and credited with reviving public interest... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 130598

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  54. 112478
    First edition of Through the Looking-Glass, tenth thousand of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £4,850

    Stock Code: 112478

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  55. 128571detail
    The best collected edition of Hobbes's English-language works, "the most widely used edition of Hobbes's works", of which "there is nothing of comparable scope", until the long-planned Clarendon Press edition is completed (Sorell, The Cambridge Companion to Hobbes, p. xi). A five-volume edition of Hobbes's Latin works was... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 128571

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  56. 130496comp
    First UK edition, deluxe signed limited issue, number 60 of 100 copies signed by the author and printed on japon. A signed limited issue of 500 copies, signed by the printer and publisher and bound in limp vellum, and a trade issue, of an unknown print run, were also released. Kipling's collected verse was first published... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 130496

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  57. 130483
    First trade edition in a richly decorated binding. Nielsen's illustrated edition was only released in a trade issue in the US; in the UK the work was only released in limited edition of 600 copies, also in 1925. One of the finest illustrated editions of the Brothers Grimm; "Nielsen is a brilliant colourist and a highly decorative... Learn More
    £1,250

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  58. 130426comp
    Signed limited edition, number 34 of 100 copies signed by Fred Perry, winner of three consecutive championships at Wimbledon from 1934 to 1936. The book was produced to coincide with the centenary of the Lawn Tennis Championships. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 130426

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  59. 130392
    An elaborate and remarkable feat of extra-illustration, combining over 100 inserted plates together with 14 autograph letters from the great and good of the Victorian era, including a letter from Queen Victoria herself, Princes Albert and Leopold, Lord Russell, and the author himself (who writes to declare his name pronounced... Learn More
    £1,500

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  60. 122166comp
    First and limited edition, number 64 of 500 copies privately printed, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "To W. S. S. Rodgers with my friendship and affection 1/19/38 W. P. Chrysler", on the first blank leaf. The book's foreword describes the printing of this edition, designed as a Christmas remembrance for the Chrysler... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 122166

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