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  1. 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

    Stock Code: 119935

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  2. 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

    Stock Code: 114151

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  3. Canterbury Tales.
    First editions; complete sets in first edition are scarce both in commerce and institutionally. Canterbury Tales - "an ambitious series of thematically connected stories" (Inge Heuer in British Women and the Intellectual World in the Long Eighteenth Century, 2015, chapter 9) - was one of the most popular publications of... Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 111976

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  4. 68528
    Second New York Edition, the first and best collected edition of Henry James' works. Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 68528

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  5. 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

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  6. 130618
    First edition, first impression, in a presentation binding identical to that used for the copy presented to Queen Elizabeth II on the first day of her trip to Ceylon in April 1954. This copy is signed by the binder, J. Langham, on the second blank, with a photograph of the copy presented to the Queen on the half-title. Dorothy... Learn More
    £1,500

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  7. 117775
    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

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  8. 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

    Stock Code: 91617

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  9. 122891
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,650

    Stock Code: 122891

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  10. 114350detail
    The Charles Dickens edition. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 114350

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  11. 131999
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 131999

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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 132027
    A handsomely bound copy of James's plays. Learn More
    £250

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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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
    £12,500

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  23. 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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  24. 130665
    New edition. A handsome early Victorian set of Shakespeare's works. Learn More
    £975

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  25. 130360detail
    An attractively bound set of Shakespeare's works. The publisher and writer Charles Knight (1791-1873) was already a Shakespeare lover and bibliophile in his teens, when he owned an imperfect First Folio which he made up by printing the missing pages from a facsimile edition. "His first major project as an author took shape... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 130360

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  26. 121705
    Limited to 800 copies of which this is number 105. Learn More
    £250

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  27. 121217
    First edition thus, limited issue, number 58 of 500 copies. Hardy Wallis's translation was first published, without the illustrations, in 1938. Tipped-in is a presentation letter from Sir Robert Tasker to the headmaster of his alma mater Ardingly College, 7 February 1959, and a photocopied letter of thanks from the headmaster... Learn More
    £575

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  28. 107191
    First edition, first issue with p.258 of volume II misnumbered as 852. "Southey constructed an early-nineteenth century hero as a model for the young - in his words, a 'patriotic manual.' He told a friend that he would write 'such a life of Nelson as shall be put into the hands of every youth destined for the Navy.'" (Knight... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 107191

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  29. The Works of John Dryden, now first Collected in Eighteen Volumes.
    Second edition, the first published in 1808. An excellent edition in a well-preserved and highly attractive Regency binding. Slightly later engraved armorial bookplates of James Banks Stanhope to front pastedowns. Stanhope was MP for North Lincolnshire and inherited the estates at Revesby from his kinsman Sir Joseph Banks,... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 94636

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  30. 127761detail

    The Works.

    Edinburgh & London: 1925

    An attractive set of Conrad's works. Learn More
    £600

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  31. 126625
    Third Clarendon edition of the collected novels. An attractively bound set. Learn More
    £1,575

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  32. 126097
    £600

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  33. 119931
    Fourth edition revised with addenda. A substantial history of the First World War. Learn More
    £750

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  34. Abraham Lincoln. The Prairie Years.
    First UK edition. Sandburg was an American poet, writer, and editor who won three Pulitzer Prizes; two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 114504

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  35. 108078
    First edition, first impression. With the original endpapers bound in. Following the success of When We Were Very Young Milne began planning a second book of poetry for children. In a January 1926 letter to his brother Ken he included it as number one in a list of "things which ought to be done": "A book of verses (about... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 108078

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  36. [The Pooh books:]
    First editions, first impressions, of the four Pooh books; When We Were Very Young in the second state, with the page number ix present in the preliminaries. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 96371

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  37. 115773detail
    First editions, first impressions. A complete set comprising eight volumes of the Life, plus 13 supplementary volumes, which form a unique and extensive source of previously unpublished Churchill material. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 115773

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  38. 114105
    A handsome leather bound volume of this classic novel which was first published in 1811. Learn More
    £225

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  39. 126162
    First edition of this rare collection of poems by Mary Elizabeth Southwell Leathley, opening with two feminist pieces both entitled "The Wrongs of Woman". As well as poetry Leathley published children's books and bible stories from the 1840s to 1900s. This privately printed production is rare: Copac records only two copies... Learn More
    £750

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  40. The Works.
    First Cunningham edition. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 116025

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  41. The Works.
    First Lang edition, the Swanston Edition, number 1,977 of 2,060 sets. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 112903

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  42. .
    First English trade edition. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 111588

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  43. 46286
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 46286

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  44. 40086
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 40086

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  45. 131937
    A handsomely bound set of the Imperial Edition, a particularly imposing and well-illustrated edition of Shakespeare. Learn More
    £675

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  46. 130801detail
    First collected edition of Wilde's works, one of 1,000 unnumbered sets on handmade paper. The texts were mostly taken from the last editions to be supervised by the author, in some cases with additional matter here published for the first time. The copyright of The Picture of Dorian Gray was held by Charles Carrington, so... Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 130801

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  47. 129963detail
    The Atlantic Edition, one of a limited edition of 1,050 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf of which this is number 432, and with new prefaces written especially for this edition by the author. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £12,000

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  48. 62672
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,375

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  49. 38828
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 38828

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  50. 131933
    First edition of first and third volume, second edition of the second. A handsomely bound set, beautifully illustrated, and an important historical record, depicting the interiors of the great historic estates of England in their dwindling years; many of the houses were demolished over the course of the 20th century. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 131933

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  51. 131826
    First edition. A handsomely produced work, presented here in the publisher's striking deluxe binding and no doubt issued by Blackie with an eye on Queen Victoria's forthcoming Golden Jubilee in 1887. Learn More
    £950

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  52. 131860
    First edition thus. The editor, Thomas Shorter (1823-1899) is an interesting figure: born in that cradle of radicalism Clerkenwell, he trained as a watchcase finisher, became a Chartist and was a great admirer of Robert Owen; the title page describes him as Secretary of the Working Men's College. He later founded the London... Learn More
    £175

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  53. 131858
    A handsomely bound and attractively illustrated copy of Macaulay's Lays of Ancient Rome (first published in 1842), including the famous poem "Horatius". Learn More
    £275

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  54. 131849
    First edition, first impression, one of 2,000 copies printed, in an attractive binding. This volume contains four short stories, the title story, "The Sphinx without a Secret", "The Canterville Ghost", and "The Model Millionaire". Learn More
    £750

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  55. 131827detail
    An attractive library set of Disraeli's fictional works. 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 of the writer to adopt the form of fiction as the instrument to scatter... Learn More
    £1,250

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  56. 131823
    First edition, in a handsome binding. With an autograph letter signed from the author to one Mr. Shoemaker bound in at the front, thanking him for his praise of Le Gallienne's 1916 essay "Concerning Salt-marshes"; he writes that he was happier writing it than he has been for a long time, and is glad to have brought joy to... Learn More
    £450

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  57. 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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  58. 131712
    A spectacular example of Cedric Chivers's vellucent binding style, with his blindstamp to the head of the rear blank. The Arthurian design for this binding was by Dorothy Carlton Smyth, the most prolific of the women employed by Chivers, and was described in the contemporary Chivers catalogue as "strikingly original in treatment".... Learn More
    £6,500

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  59. 131646
    First complete edition of the Lyrical Ballads, in a striking near-contemporary binding, comprising the first edition of vol. II, and the second edition of vol. I. First published in 1798 in a single volume, this two-volume edition largely reprints the 1798 edition as the first volume, with the second volume comprising 41... Learn More
    £10,000

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  60. 131643
    First illustrated edition of Byron's classic autobiographical poem, with fine steel engravings and a fold-out map (showing the route of Byron/Childe Harold's adventure from England to Portugal, across the Mediterranean to Malta, through Greece and the Aegean islands to Troy and Constantinople). Childe Harold was first published... Learn More
    £650

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