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  1. 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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  2. 132027
    A handsomely bound copy of James's plays. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 132027

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  3. 131974
    First edition thus, newly illustrated including six plates by Henry Fuseli (1741-1825), the 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), a prosperous... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 131974

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  4. 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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  5. [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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  6. 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

    Stock Code: 126162

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  7. 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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  8. 113861
    A lovely copy of Carroll's classic novels, with all the original illustrations by Tenniel. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 113861

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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

    Stock Code: 131823

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  15. 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

    Stock Code: 128504

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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 131635

    The Works.

    Edinburgh: 1877-9

    First William Scott Douglas edition, described by ODNB as a "splendid, six-volume library edition. The poems in this edition are arranged chronologically, and while it was the most sumptuous yet published it was also the most complete and correct regarding both text and notes". Douglas (1815-1883) "worked as a mercantile... Learn More
    £750

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  19. 131642
    First illustrated edition, the copy of Princess Augusta of Cambridge (1822-1916), granddaughter of George III and by marriage Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, with her device to covers, her stamp to title page, and inscribed to her by a friend as a Christmas gift in the year of publication, when she was still 19 years... Learn More
    £2,250

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  20. 122421
    A beautifully preserved, finely bound French pocket literary almanac for women, part of the Hommage aux dames series (published 1813-1830) produced by the poet, translator, and almanac editor Charles Malo, containing a selection of romantic lyrical poetry, a series of accompanying miniature engravings, a "Souvenir" for recording... Learn More
    £1,500

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  21. 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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  22. 131091detail

    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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  23. 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
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 131649

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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 131514

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  27. 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
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 131203

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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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
    £30,000

    Stock Code: 127586

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  31. 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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  32. 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
    £2,500

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  33. 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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  34. 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

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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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

    Stock Code: 130836

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  40. 130163comp
    Signed limited edition, number 7 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 130163

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  41. 130162comp
    Signed limited edition, number 507 of 1,000 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 130162

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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 130616comp
    Signed limited edition, number 232 of 750 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 130616

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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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

    Stock Code: 130392

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  51. 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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  52. 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
    £4,250

    Stock Code: 124800

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  53. 130382
    First edition. Published 22 years after the author's death, Ritson's Life of King Arthur combines an impressive degree of knowledge regarding early Arthurian materials together with an unsentimental and rigourous scepticism, which placed much of the Arthurian legend as the invention or adaptation of Geoffrey of Monmouth... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 130382

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  54. i1
    Signed limited edition, number 45 of 60 copies printed on japon, and signed and numbered by the publisher; the first edition of Justin Huntly McCarthy's (1859-1936) translation, which translates 456 quatrains into English. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 94750

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  55. 125526
    First edition. "Reputedly, William IV proposed that a series of regimental histories should be compiled, whereby the general public could be apprised of the distinguished services rendered by the regiments of the British army the work of compilation was entrusted by royal warrant to Cannon. He started immediately and the... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 125526

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  56. 130025comp
    Signed limited edition, with a fine initialled original watercolour by Lawrence. Number 55 of 250 specially bound and signed copies of the first illustrated edition of Adams's first novel, signed by both the author and illustrator. This extremely popular animal story was initially turned down by all major publishing houses.... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 130025

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  57. 128152
    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
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 128152

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  58. 126753
    A handsomely bound copy of Shelley's poetry, and a fine example of Zaehnsdorf's craft. The text used is part of the Golden Treasury Series of the poets, first published in 1880. Learn More
    £575

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  59. 128766
    First collected edition of Reynolds's works. Reynolds had been the first president of the Royal Society, and the discourses on art and art criticism that he delivered to the fellows and students are his clearest statement of his aesthetic views. Edmond Malone's introduction includes a list of Reynolds's art works and their... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 128766

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  60. Rosalind and Helen.
    First edition, first issue, a fine fresh and generously margined copy with the half-title and advertisements, of Shelley's long poem "Rosalind and Helen", a conversational lament for a disappointed poet-reformer, set on the shores of Lake Como, begun in Marlowe and completed in 1818 at the baths of Lucca in Tuscany. The... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 111639

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