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Handsome fine bindings of classic works of literature and multi-volume sets of complete works, by authors including Austen, Hardy, Wodehouse and Waugh.

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  1. 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
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    Stock Code: 132375

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  2. 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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  3. 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
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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

    Stock Code: 132760

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 132027
    A handsomely bound copy of James's plays. Learn More
    £250

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  26. 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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  27. [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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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

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  31. 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
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  32. 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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  33. 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
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  34. 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
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  35. i1
    First edition of Nicolas Gueudeville's translation of Utopia, one of the very few copies with a cancel title printed entirely in black, unseen by Gibson. This copy also contains the often removed plate on K4 verso by Bleyswick, which depicts future spouses in a state of undress as they inspect each other before marriage.... Learn More
    £700

    Stock Code: 113046

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    The Works.

    Philadelphia: [1899]

    Limited edition, number 37 of 500 copies printed on japon. A highly desirable set, strikingly bound, attractively printed, and lavishly illustrated. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 131091

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  37. 131649comp
    Signed limited edition, number 68 of 460 copies signed by the artist. Rackham's "illustrations to Poe's Tales have a sharp edge of true horror, a re-emergent strain from the earlier Grimm and Wagner subjects" (ODNB). Learn More
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  38. 131639
    Deluxe edition, limited to 350 unnumbered copies only, in a highly attractive custom binding, with the design incorporating the poem's multiple references to wine. Rubáiyáts with Brangwyn's illustrations were published from 1906 onwards; this edition, the most comprehensive and elaborate, includes seven illustrations by... Learn More
    £2,250

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  39. 131632
    A handsomely bound set of Churchill's great biography, the first volume second impression, the rest first impressions. "Marlborough: his Life and Times took its place at once among the classics of historical writing. As the story of his ancestor's leadership of a grand alliance to prevent the domination of the continent... Learn More
    £750

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  40. 131514
    First Riccardi Press edition, number 151 of 350 numbered copies specially bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, from an edition of 1,000 copies on handmade Riccardi Paper; there were also 12 copies on vellum. This is a very scarce and attractive deluxe issue of an already finely produced book, printing some of Elizabeth Barrett... Learn More
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  41. 131203
    First edition of this major English-Italian dictionary, inspired both by Baretti's adulation for Samuel Johnson and by his contempt for the previous English-Italian dictionary of Ferdinando Altieri, whom Baretti castigates in his preface for his ignorance and his "love of obscene words and phrases... as well as of scurrilous... Learn More
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  42. 131574detail
    An attractive set with an interestingly complex continental history, printed by the Swiss piratical publisher J. J. Tourneisen, bound in Italy, and thereafter in the "British Library" in Malaga, with their stamps to endpapers. Tourneisen, free from the restraints of British copyright law, printed numerous British authors... Learn More
    £850

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  43. 130861
    First editions of Hebrew Melodies (with the first appearance in print of "She Walks in Beauty"), Childe Harold's Pilgrimage Cantos II and IV, The Prisoner of Chillon, and Manfred, together in a highly attractive uniform contemporary binding along with early editions of Childe Harold Cantos I and II (tenth edition), The... Learn More
    £3,750

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  44. 127586detail
    The highly limited "edition definitive", number 14 of 15; this set is additionally extra-illustrated and sumptuously bound. This edition was issued with the original frontispieces, engraved title pages and etchings by "Phiz" et al printed and mounted on india-proof paper, as well as each volume containing an original pen... Learn More
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  45. The Oxford Companion to the Theatre.
    Presentation copy to one of the greats of British television comedy and light entertainment, Ronnie Barker (1929-2005), inscribed on a preliminary blank leaf: "To Ronnie, To say Congratulations on 25 'Glorious Years' (contrary to the vicious slur about your age on p. 80) luv Danni (?) 11.11.73". This was clearly signed at... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 110259

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  46. 131201
    First edition, first issue without the errata slip. Edited by Mary Shelley, this collection contains hitherto unpublished poems - Julian and Maddalo (with its evocation of Byron), The Witch of Atlas and The Triumph of Life foremost among the longer works - fragments and translations (from Homer, Euripides, Calderon, Goethe... Learn More
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  47. 130720
    A most attractively bound copy showing strong arts and crafts influence, decorated with trailing lanceolate leaves and nine-petalled flowers. Learn More
    £750

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  48. 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 extensively footnoted. In his 1971 edition of the Decameron, G. H. McWilliam called it "splendidly scrupulous" and notes its "sonorous and self-conscious... Learn More
    £875

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  49. 131116
    An attractive copy of the Rubáiyát, in an elegant, understated binding showing the influence of the Doves Bindery. Learn More
    £675

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  50. 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
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  51. 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

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  52. 130836
    First revised edition, first impression, attractively bound and featuring Pogány's illustrations beautifully reproduced by the Edinburgh lithographic printers McLagan and Cumming. With a reputation as the finest lithographic printers in Scotland, the "lithographers concerned were truly artists, and not only in their treatment... Learn More
    £1,250

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  53. 130163comp
    Signed limited edition, number 7 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £350

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  54. 130162comp
    Signed limited edition, number 507 of 1,000 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £375

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  55. 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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  56. 130616comp
    Signed limited edition, number 232 of 750 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 130616

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  57. 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

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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. 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
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  60. 124800
    First edition, uncommon, no copy traced on OCLC. A superb example in the elaborate provincial publisher's binding. Following the enactment of Nicholas II's ukase On Tolerance Development in 1905, which lightened strictures on the observances of the Old Believers, Uralsk merchant Andrey Vasillievich Simakov established the... Learn More
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