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  1. 103479comp
    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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  2. 95797detail
    Edition de luxe of The Gadshill edition. Limited edition, number 126 of 130 sets. The Gadshill Edition, printed from the edition carefully corrected by the author in 1867 and 1868 and with an introduction by Andrew Lang, considered one of the best editions of the collected works of Charles Dickens. Often found with just... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 95797

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  3. 121817
    Limited edition of 875 numbered copies. Alphonse-Étienne Dinet (1861-1929), a French-born and Paris-trained painter, lived and worked for almost fifty years in Algeria. His conversion to Islam in 1908 was made formal in 1913. This is one of many collaborative works he produced with Sliman Ben Ibrahim, who originally served... Learn More
    £1,750

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  4. 121751
    A handsome leather bound volume of this classic novel which was first published in 1813. Learn More
    £225

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  5. 129941detail
    A handsome uniformly-bound set of Dickens's works, comprising all the major novels as well as the Christmas stories and his minor works, made up of later Chapman and Hall editions using the text as revised by the author in 1869, and reproducing the illustrations of the original editions. Learn More
    £950

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  6. 132375comp
    First edition of Churchill's first book, signed by the author. Churchill has signed on the first binder's blank, apparently after binding, and presumably at the behest of Henry Sotheran, the London booksellers who commissioned the binding from Morrell. Churchill was correspondent for the Daily Telegraph on Sir Bindon Blood's... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 132375

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  7. 132378comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author. Churchill has signed on the first binder's blank, apparently after binding, and presumably at the behest of Henry Sotheran, the London booksellers who commissioned the binding from Morrell. My African Journey, based on his travels around British East Africa in the autumn... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 132378

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  8. 132386comp
    First edition, signed by the author. Churchill has signed on the first binder's blank, apparently after binding, and presumably at the behest of Henry Sotheran, the London booksellers who commissioned the binding from Morrell. Savrola was Churchill's only novel, his third published book, but the first he undertook to write,... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 132386

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  9. 132947
    The Nonesuch edition, number 351 of only 877 sets. This peculiar limitation is due to the inclusion with each set of one of the original plates used in Chapman and Hall's first printings of each title. Since they held in their archive 877 such plates - the majority steel but with a number of wood blocks - the limitation... Learn More
    £7,500

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  10. 132935
    First Boydell edition. This lavish edition was the brainchild of John Boydell (1720-1804), who had been responsible for the publication in mezzotint of some of the most impressive paintings of the period. He and his nephew Josiah Boydell conceived this set, with typography by Bulmer and paper by Whatman, to be embellished... Learn More
    £8,750

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  11. 130774
    First edition thus, limited issue, number 23 of 20 copies (numbers 6-25) printed on handmade paper by the Chiswick Press and bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in red morocco, from a total run of 250 copies. Shelley's elegy for Keats, first published in 1821 (the year of Keats's death) is considered among the finest of Shelley's... Learn More
    £750

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  12. 121757
    A handsome leather bound volume of this classic novel which was first published in 1847. Learn More
    £225

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  13. 132897comp
    First Easton Press edition, signed by Margaret Thatcher on the edition page as issued. The Downing Street Years, Thatcher's autobiography of her years as prime minister, was first published by Harper Collins in 1993, with this "collector's edition" produced by the Easton Press, signed by the author and finely bound, published... Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 132897

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  14. 80987
    First edition. These eighteenth-century Army Lists are becoming harder and harder to find, and those for the years of the American War of Independence are particularly desirable. This is especially true when, as here, they are presented in the style of binding which seems to have been reserved by the War Office for presentation... Learn More
    £750

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  15. 74406
    Signed copy of the forty-third edition, signed by Milne on the title page. Milne had no particular ambition to write for children, but in 1922 a glimpse of his two-year-old son Christopher being taught to pray by his nanny inspired him to compose the verse "Vespers", a gently ironic take on the innocence of childhood intended... Learn More
    £2,000

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  16. 132826
    An attractive set of Austen's novels, comprising later printings of the Thomson and Brock illustrated editions. Learn More
    £1,250

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  17. 129565
    First edition, first printing. An attractively bound copy. Learn More
    £695

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  18. 127194
    First Shepard edition, the first illustrated edition of this children's classic, which was first published in 1908. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 127194

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  19. 132760
    A handsome Victorian presentation binding. "Francis Bacon conceived a massive plan for the reorganisation of scientific method and gave purposeful thought to the relation of science to public and social life. His pronouncement 'I have taken all knowledge to be my province' is the motto of his work" (PMM 119, for first edition).... Learn More
    £250

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  20. 132753detail
    The Wessex Edition, the definitive edition of Hardy's works, and a finely bound set. The set is complete other than for Jude the Obscure and Human Shows. The books are later impressions, with the edition first printed between 1912 and 1926, other than Human Shows which was printed in 1931; this set may have been bound before... Learn More
    £2,500

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  21. 132739
    The Seven Seas Edition, number 435 of 1,050 copies signed by the author on the half-title of vol. I. A very handsome set. Learn More
    £9,500

    Stock Code: 132739

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  22. 132696detail
    The Large Paper Edition of the Shakespeare Head edition of the novels of the Brontë sisters, number 24 of 500 copies of the American issue, the whole edition having been equally divided between Great Britain and the USA, extremely scarce in the attractive publisher's binding. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 132696

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  23. 132645
    A handsome Cosway-style binding. These elaborate bindings, named after the famous Regency miniaturist Richard Cosway, were a style initially executed by Riviere & Son for Henry Sotheran booksellers, with miniatures by Caroline Billin Curry mounted under glass on the cover. The exquisite bindings were soon imitated by many... Learn More
    £7,500

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  24. 120105detail
    Limited to 1,000 copies. The Shakespeare Head set of the Brontë sisters is generally regarded as the finest set of the authors' collected works, attractively printed and here handsomely bound. This set includes all the novels, their life and correspondence, and their miscellaneous writings; two volumes of their poetry were... Learn More
    £5,000

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  25. 131974
    First edition thus, newly illustrated including six plates by Henry Fuseli (1741-1825), the Swiss painter and draughtsman known for his depictions of the supernatural, such as his 1781 oil painting The Nightmare. Three of the plates are engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi. The publisher Francis Isaac Du Roveray (1772-1849),... Learn More
    £1,250

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  26. 122160comp
    Signed limited edition, number 571 of 750 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £3,500

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  27. 132488
    First Brock edition, in the publisher's deluxe vellum, and the first edition of the text in this format, amalgamating sections of Irving's Sketch Book (1819) and Bracebridge Hall (1822). Learn More
    £150

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  28. 132569

    The Iliad.

    London: 1866 & 1871

    First Paley edition, printed in Greek with Paley's extensive notes in English. Paley (1815-1888) used the Greek text of Immanuel Bekker (published in Bonn in 1858); he stated his "primary object has been to explain the Greek of Homer. This is I am well aware, only one small department that an intellectual student requires;... Learn More
    £375

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  29. 114031comp
    Signed limited edition, number 83 of 500 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 114031

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  30. 132540
    A most attractively bound set of Gibbon's great history, originally published between 1776 and 1788, a "masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style... remaining one of the ageless historical works which... maintain their hold upon the layman and continue to stimulate the scholar" (Printing and the Mind of Man).... Learn More
    £1,250

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  31. 132475
    An elaborate art nouveau binding, almost certainly executed by the Belgian artist Henry van de Velde (1863-1957) or one of his followers, unsigned but in his style and conforming to other known examples of his bindings. From the 1890s onwards Velde was a strong proponent of art nouveau bookbinding, a style which he pioneered.... Learn More
    £1,500

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  32. 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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  33. 132446
    A particularly striking edition of Shakespeare, reproducing the text and orthography of the first folio, lavishly bound and illustrated. This is the special issue bound in morocco with the illustrations on mounted India paper, and was priced at a substantial five guineas a volume. An issue in cloth without the India-paper... Learn More
    £875

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  34. 132405
    A handsome set of Austen's novels, reproducing the late 19th-century illustrations of Charles E. Brock. Learn More
    £875

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  35. 132400
    A handsomely bound copy of the two Alice books, reproducing the original illustrations from the first editions of 1865 and 1871. Learn More
    £450

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  36. 132369comp
    First edition, first impression, first issue without textual corrections. Ian Hamilton's March is a sequel to London to Ladysmith, and completes Churchill's coverage of the Boer War. It describes the liberation of the Boer prison camp where Churchill had been held captive, and the march of Ian Hamilton's mounted division... Learn More
    £600

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  37. 132295
    A handsomely bound set of Shelley's poetry. The text is the edition of Buxton Forman (first published 1876-1877), who, despite being a notorious bibliographical forger, nevertheless "produced impressive editions of Shelley and Keats... by channelling a general enthusiasm into a minute study of textual details, for which... Learn More
    £275

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  38. 132340
    A handsome Cosway-style binding. These elaborate bindings, named after the famous Regency miniaturist Richard Cosway, were a style initially executed by Riviere & Son for Henry Sotheran booksellers, with miniatures by Caroline Billin Curry mounted under glass on the cover. The exquisite bindings were soon imitated by many... Learn More
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  39. 128960
    A particularly attractive library reference set, unusually presented in the attractive original wooden stand. Learn More
    £1,500

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  40. 132342
    First UK editions, first impressions, of Churchill's masterpiece, in a very handsome binding. Churchill's account was the single most important historical interpretation of the Second World War, and a major factor in Churchill being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953. As Max Beloff observed, there was no statesman... Learn More
    £3,500

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  41. 132271
    Part of the transcript of the Senate Watergate hearings, specially bound for Stanley H. Katz (1923-1993), who is mentioned on Richard Nixon's extensive "enemies list" on page 1731; Katz's name is circled in red crayon on the relevant page, presumably in his own hand, and his inclusion in the list is noted on the front cover.... Learn More
    £950

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  42. 132240
    First edition of Ardizzone's rendering of Dickens's classic novel, handsomely bound. The Heritage Press reprinted classic volumes in a deluxe, well-illustrated format, as here. Ardizzone, predominantly a children's illustrator, was an unusual choice to illustrate Dickens's tale of ruined lives, yet offers a welcome interpretation... Learn More
    £375

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    First and limited edition, number 10 of 400 copies only, one of perhaps as few as 10 deluxe copies bound in full vellum and additionally signed by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron. This posthumous collection, a collaboration between Julia's youngest son Henry and the novelist Anne Thackeray Ritchie (1837-1919), includes four photogravures... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 119935

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  44. 114151
    First US edition, the second overall. The first edition, published by Thomas Cautley Newby in London, was rushed into the shops on 4 December 1847 to capitalise on the unexpected success of Jane Eyre, which was published by Newby's rivals, Smith, Elder & Company, earlier the same year. Wuthering Heights,... Learn More
    £8,500

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  45. 68528
    Second New York Edition, the first and best collected edition of Henry James' works. Learn More
    £7,500

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  46. 130897
    First edition thus, limited issue, number 70 of 100 copies printed on Japon for the Guild of Women Binders and finely bound in their workshop. The Guild was established in 1898 by a bookseller, Frank Karslake, as "a way of publicising and promoting the sale of books bound by women" (Tidcombe pp. 27-8). Karslake set up the... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 130897

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  47. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy First Editions Books
    First editions, first impressions. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most influential literary works of the century. Its first reception was mixed: favourable and perceptive reviews from C. S. Lewis and from W. H. Auden, who had attended Tolkien's Oxford lectures, were countered by others who were hostile, sometimes... Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 117775

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  48. 91617
    First editions, first impressions, the Return of the King in third state with the signature mark "4" and the sagging line of type on p. 49 (previously identified by Hammond as first state). The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most influential literary works of the century. Its first reception was mixed: favourable... Learn More
    £12,500

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  49. 122891
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,650

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  50. 114350detail
    The Charles Dickens edition. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £1,250

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  51. 131999
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 131999

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  52. The Works.
    The Biographical edition. A handsomely bound set of Stevenson's works including his popular children's novel Treasure Island. Learn More
    £2,100

    Stock Code: 115194

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  53. The Works.
    The Red Rover Edition. A very handsomely bound set of the collected works of the American author, including The Last of the Mohicans, The Deerslayer and The Spy. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 107294

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  54. 131982
    First UK edition. This novella was written in 1912 and published in Germany under the title Der Tod in Venedig. This edition also includes the novellas Tristan and Tonio Kröger. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 131982

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  55. 132030detail
    The Imperial Edition, number 7 of 100 sets. A highly striking set of Disraeli's works, beautifully printed, bound and illustrated. Disraeli's novels came to have a clear political intent, aiming to shift Victorian public opinion and consequently the nation's politics. As he later wrote, "it was not originally the intention... Learn More
    £5,750

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  56. 132028comp
    First collected edition. Inscribed by the author on the original front free endpaper "Inscribed with every good wish by John Galsworthy, April 1930"; with a pencilled notation for the binder "preserve". Learn More
    £450

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  57. 132027
    A handsomely bound copy of James's plays. Learn More
    £250

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  58. 131944
    A handsomely bound copy of the Imperial Edition, a particularly imposing and well-illustrated edition of Shakespeare. Learn More
    £875

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  59. 112478
    First edition of Through the Looking-Glass, tenth thousand of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £4,850

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  60. 130663
    An attractively bound set; Macaulay's great history was first published episodically between 1848 and 1861. "The first historical work deliberately designed to outsell the best-selling novel of the day, Macaulay's book immediately fulfilled its author's aspiration. His colourful style and stirring power of description secured... Learn More
    £575

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