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  1. 133949
    Limited edition of 470 numbered copies of which this is number 123. Learn More
    £1,575

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  2. 126097
    £600

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  3. 110745
    First edition of this collection of short stories in a fine Zaehnsdorf binding. Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the whole of "The Explosive Bomb" and several passages in the other stories, apart from "The Destroying Angel" and "The Fair Cuban", for which Fanny Stevenson was solely responsible. There was also a wrappered issue... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 110745

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  4. Persian Gulf Pilot. N.P. No. 63.
    First published 1870, this eleventh edition following the tenth of 1955. All editions of these highly-detailed navigational handbooks to the Gulf tend to be uncommon. Beyond the specifically maritime aspects these handbooks did provide some basic background on local conditions, climate, items of trade, and so forth. An interesting... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 99503

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  5. 133862
    The Jungle Book is a reprint in the same year as publication and The Second Jungle Book is a first edition, first impression. A highly attractive set of Kipling's best known work, the Jungle Book was loosely adapted into the 1967 and 2016 Disney movies of the same name. Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 133862

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  6. 133878
    Illustrated edition. An attractively bound copy. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 133878

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  7. 133884
    A handsomely bound copy including Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, and Snow White. Learn More
    £195

    Stock Code: 133884

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  8. 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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  9. 121818
    First editions, first impressions. Perhaps Durrell's greatest success, a study of love and political intrigue in Alexandria, Egypt, before and during World War II. Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 121818

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  10. The Collected Works in Verse And Prose.
    First collected edition, one of 250 first issues sets in the deluxe quarter vellum binding, with the Chapman & Hall imprint on the spines and title pages, from a total edition of 1,060 sets printed at the Shakespeare Head Press. As a production, this collected edition is regarded as a marvellous piece of publishing (Yeats... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 114925

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  11. 133918
    A charming example of a Chivers binding, evidently commissioned as a third anniversary gift, making appropriate use of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's love sonnets, written in the first years of her falling in love with Robert Browning. They include the famous sonnet "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways", though in this... Learn More
    £875

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  12. 133896detail
    First complete collected edition, one of 1,750 sets published of which this is number 1572. 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... Learn More
    £8,000

    Stock Code: 133896

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  13. 130871
    First edition, first impression. Matilda won the Children's Book Award in the year of its publication. It formed the basis for both the 1996 film directed by Danny DeVito and the successful stage musical which premiered at the RSC's Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010. Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 130871

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  14. 128664
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £6,000

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  15. 131532
    First edition, first printing. This work is an expansive collection of Wodehouse's short stories about golf, the majority of which are told by the Oldest Member at the Nineteenth Hole, including the ten stories from Wodehouse's first collection on golf, The Clicking of Cuthbert (1922). Learn More
    £1,250

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  16. 133586
    First edition, including the seventh volume of facsimiles of subscribers' signatures, not usually present. "The book's publishing history is complicated. It is described as having been issued in parts between 1864 and 1880, but selections from it like The Ancestral Homes of Britain of 1868 also appeared during this period"... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 133586

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  17. 133744
    A handsome Georgian-era almanac volume. Almanacs such as this provided information on the dates of markets, lists of MP's and advise on which foods to eat at certain times of year depending on your temperament. Cardanus Rider is often said, though probably wrongly, to be the pseudonym of the medical practitioner and astrologer... Learn More
    £250

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  18. 132869
    First editions, first impressions. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £2,250

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  19. 122368
    First edition, first impression of what Skidelsky calls "one of the most influential books of the twentieth century". "The Economic Consequences of the Peace has a claim to be regarded as Keynes's best book. In none of his others did he succeed so well in bringing all his gifts to bear on the subject in hand." Learn More
    £1,800

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  20. 116066
    First printing of the celebrated Ibarra edition. Printed for La Real Academia Española (the Spanish Royal Academy) by Joaquín Ibarra y Marín, this edition was intended to be a supreme example of Spanish craftsmanship lavished on the nation's greatest literary work. This edition excels in beauty of type, design, paper,... Learn More
    £25,000

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  21. 118193
    First edition, first impression, Weston's English translation of von Strassburg's medieval Arthurian romance, published as the second number of David Nutt's Arthurian series of Romances Unrepresented in Malory's "Morte d'Arthur". Weston asserts in her Introduction: "There is no nation that does not know the story of Tristan... Learn More
    £375

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  22. 131642
    First illustrated edition, with Hanoverian provenance, from the library of Princess Augusta of Cambridge (1822-1916), granddaughter of George III and by marriage Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, with her crowned initials to covers, stamp to title page, and Christmas gift inscription (dated 1841) presenting the book... Learn More
    £2,250

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  23. 129761comp
    Limited edition, number 1 of 250 copies. The author's own copy, with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Marius Dutrey served as a French chef in some of the leading French and British hotels from 1918 to 1962. La Coupe d'Or Internationale d'Art Culinaire is still presented in his name. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 129761

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  24. 131676
    First edition, first printing of Capote's classic novella, the basis for the much-loved film. Gorgeously hand-bound by the Chelsea Bindery in deep rose-pink and black morocco leather, the front cover features a silhouetted Audrey Hepburn in that iconic Givenchy little black dress and foot long cigarette holder. Diamond embellishments... Learn More
    £2,750

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  25. 132711detail

    The Life Works.

    London and New York: 1903

    The first complete edition of Maupassant's works in English, handsomely bound and elaborately extra-illustrated, this being part of the Cambridge Edition (issue), number 552 of 999 copies so named and signed by Robert Arnot, the managing editor. The full edition was split into various different issues (named editions) -... Learn More
    £7,500

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  26. 133365
    First edition, first impression, trade issue, in a handsome binding. A numbered limited issue bound in japon was also published in the same month. Huxley edited the letters of Lawrence following the latter's death in 1930, with this being their first publication in a collected form. Learn More
    £75

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  27. 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

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  28. 132149

    Nudité.

    [Brussels & Paris]: 1943

    First edition, number 24 of 49 copies on Japon Nacré, from an edition of 485 copies; rare on the market, particularly in such an excellent binding and condition. Charles Émile Egli, known as Carlègle (1877-1937) was a Swiss-born illustrator and painter who spent most of his life in Paris. Carlègle excelled in wood engraving.... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 132149

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  29. 130192
    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

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  30. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
    Limited edition of 1,130 copies. Unusually, Rackham did not sign this limited edition, as he was out of the country while it was in preparation. Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 107351

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  31. 72787
    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
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 72787

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  32. 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

    Stock Code: 103479

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  33. 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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  34. 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

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  35. 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

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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 127194
    First Shepard edition, the first illustrated edition of this children's classic, which was first published in 1908. Learn More
    £2,000

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  41. 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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  42. 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

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  43. 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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  44. 122160comp
    Signed limited edition, number 571 of 750 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £3,500

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  45. 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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  46. 114031comp
    Signed limited edition, number 83 of 500 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 114031

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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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  51. 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
    £5,000

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  52. 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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  53. 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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  54. 119935comp
    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
    £7,500

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  55. 68528
    Second New York Edition, the first and best collected edition of Henry James' works. Learn More
    £7,500

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  56. 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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  57. 122891
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,650

    Stock Code: 122891

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  58. 131999
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 131999

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  59. 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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  60. 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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