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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 131116
    An attractive copy of the Rubáiyát, in an elegant, understated binding showing the influence of the Doves Bindery. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 131116

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  4. 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

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  5. 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

    Stock Code: 128754

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  6. 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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  7. 117983

    Ilias.

    London: 1815

    A highly appealing Regency-era prize binding, with Glasgow Grammar School presentation plates dated 1819 to the front pastedowns, signed by noted rector William Chrystal (1776-1830), who is credited with transforming the school's fortunes following his appointment in 1805, and whose death in a boating accident in the Firth... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 117983

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  8. 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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  9. 130836
    First edition thus, first impression. Pogány's illustrations were first published in 1909. A highly attractive book from what has been termed Pogány's "golden age" (Menges, unpaginated). Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 130836

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  10. 130163comp
    Signed limited edition, number 7 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 130163

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  11. 130162comp
    Signed limited edition, number 507 of 1,000 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 130162

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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 70570

    Tavernier (1605-1689) made six trips to Asia in search of fine jewels -..."> First small format edition, following the quarto firsts of Les Six Voyages (1676) and Recueil (1678); a beautifully presented set of this highly desirable edition of the voyages of this "most famous among the 'business travellers'" (Speake).

    Tavernier (1605-1689) made six trips to Asia in search of fine jewels -... Learn More
    £10,000

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 130117
    An extravagantly bound copy of the first William Duncan edition of Caesar's Commentaries, perhaps the most influential work in military literature. Duncan's translation was taken from Samuel Clarke's Latin edition of 1712, with the plates of that edition also replicated. It was these plates that led Clarke's edition to be... Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 130117

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  18. 130616comp
    Signed limited edition, number 232 of 750 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 130616

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  19. 130599
    A highly attractive set of Kipling's two Jungle Books, first published in 1894 and 1895. Kipling's best known work, the Jungle Book was loosely adapted into the 1967 and 2016 Disney movies of the same name. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 130599

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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 130483
    First trade edition in a richly decorated binding. Nielsen's illustrated edition was only released in a trade issue in the US; in the UK the work was only released in limited edition of 600 copies, also in 1925. One of the finest illustrated editions of the Brothers Grimm; "Nielsen is a brilliant colourist and a highly decorative... Learn More
    £1,250

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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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

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  27. 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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  28. 130347
    A handsomely bound copy of Shelley's poetry. Learn More
    £185

    Stock Code: 130347

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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 128417
    Limited edition, number 1 of 3,000 copies, in a handsome binding. A card, with the copyright date of 1979, is loosely inserted, presenting the book: "Dear Nod this book was limited to three thousand copies this is signed by the world famous bookbinder Robert Green (see cover page number one - R/G1). For Nod with thanks and... Learn More
    £500

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  34. 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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  35. 126920
    First Paget edition of Stevenson's classic, in an attractive binding. Walter Paget (1865-1935) contributed illustrations to numerous books in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. His brothers Sidney and Henry Paget were also notable illustrators of the time. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 126920

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  36. 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

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  37. 128428
    First edition illustrated by John Dawson Watson (1832-1892). "In 1860 Watson settled in London where, a year later, he was commissioned by Routledge to execute 110 black and white drawings, engraved by the Dalziel brothers, for a new edition of The Pilgrim's Progress. These were pronounced by the Art Journal to be of 'uniform... Learn More
    £325

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  38. 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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  39. 129646
    A handsomely bound copy of Shelley's poetry, part of the Golden Treasury series, first published in 1880. The crest on the covers is that of Eton College, so it was perhaps commissioned as a prize binding. Learn More
    £125

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  40. 129471
    First edition of Through the Looking-Glass, early printing (eighteenth thousand) of Alice in Wonderland. Famously, the original printing of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was recalled by Dodgson. For the first published edition the book was entirely reset by Richard Clay and was published in November 1865, although dated... Learn More
    £3,750

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  41. 129678
    First trade edition, early issue, with the frontispiece printed directly on white plate paper, the date 1915 on the title verso. Although the bibliographies state that the first impression of the trade edition has the frontispiece mounted on dark green paper, in our experience it is invariably white, and we recently sold... Learn More
    £875

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  42. 129883

    The Poems.

    New York: 1904

    Limited edition, number 97 of 350 copies signed by the publisher for sale in America, in a highly attractive binding. Learn More
    £650

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  43. 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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  44. 129728
    A highly attractive copy, specially bound for Charlotte de Talleyrand (1799-1873), the illegitimate daughter of the French statesmen and diplomat Charles Maurice de Talleyrand and his mistress Catherine Noël Worlee. Later married to Charles's cousin Alexandre-Daniel de Talleyrand, Charlotte gained a legitimate Talleyrand... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 129728

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  45. 129681
    A highly attractive Georgian-era Book of Common Prayer and Psalms. With the ownership signature to front free endpaper of Anne Hitchen, 1805, then of James Hitchen, and then a note of the latter's death in 1858 with the inscription "For as in Adam all die then so in Christ shall all be made alive" (Corinthians 15:22). Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 129681

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  46. 129641
    An arresting example of the London bookbinder's craft as the Georgian period drew to its close, and an exemplary demonstration of the care and craft that the age was lavishing on the national playwright. The text is the second Harness edition of Shakespeare (first published in 1825), the principal work of the literary scholar... Learn More
    £1,850

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  47. 129579
    First edition of the final three volumes; eleventh editions of vols. I and II, first published in 1848. Macaulay's great classic of Whig history was a major influence on the Victorians' estimation of England's history, constitution, and monarchy. Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 129579

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  48. 129572
    A handsome copy of Lane's richly illustrated translation. Lane's edition, one of the earliest in English, "reigned as the leading English translation of the Nights for decades, and its copious notes are stimulating micro-essays of enduring value" (ODNB). This set comprises the first edition of the latter two volumes, and... Learn More
    £675

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  49. 129495
    Deluxe edition, number 88 of 500 copies, this one of an unspecified but very small number printed on vellum. Presentation copy from the publishers, with their typed presentation slip (pasted to front free endpaper): "Messrs. Eyre & Spottiswoode present their compliments to Mr. FitzRoy, and beg to ask his kind acceptance... Learn More
    £375

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  50. 129492
    First UK editions, first impressions, of Churchill's masterpiece, in a highly attractive binding. The Second World War ranks as one of the supreme historical achievements of the 20th century, and is commonly cited as a major factor in Churchill being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. A man who had always primarily... Learn More
    £3,850

    Stock Code: 129492

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  51. 129458
    A highly attractive copy of Keats's poetry, in a presentation binding, with a morocco presentation slip lettered in gilt on the front pastedown reading "Margaret Sandford on her wedding day Sept. 22. 1926. From C.R.L.F." Forman's edition of Keats was first published in 1883, and ranks as perhaps the finest edition of the... Learn More
    £450

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  52. 129459
    An attractively bound copy of Brooke's poetry. The text uses the third revised edition of 1942, following initial publication in 1918. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 129459

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  53. 129456
    A handsomely bound and attractively illustrated copy of Shakespeare's collected works. Learn More
    £475

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  54. 129457
    A highly attractive copy of Blake's poetry, in a presentation binding, with a morocco presentation slip lettered in gilt on the front pastedown reading "Margaret Sandford on her wedding day Sept. 22. 1926. From C.R.L.F." The text is the first Sampson edition of Blake's works, taken from the original manuscripts. "Sampson's... Learn More
    £425

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  55. 129003detail
    Margaret Thatcher's personal reference library, specially bound for her in a near-uniform binding with her initials "M.T." emblazoned in gilt on the spines. The set was among Thatcher's possessions in her Chester Square home, and was subsequently acquired directly from her estate following her death in 2013. The collection... Learn More
    £18,000

    Stock Code: 129003

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  56. 129463detail
    A handsome set of Shakespeare's collected works, using the text of the Cambridge Edition, and with an introduction by Sidney Lee (1859-1926), author of a popular biography of Shakespeare and the editor of the 1902 Oxford facsimile of the first folio. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 129463

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  57. 122179
    First edition, the "thumbprint edition", large Imperial paper issue, one of approximately 180 copies (of 500) signed by Bewick and bearing the facsimile of the thumbprint receipt inserted after the title leaf, with his signature, the book's designation as an "Imperial copy", and its price written in ink; with a small copper-engraved... Learn More
    £1,250

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  58. 129235
    The first three volumes are second editions, the later three firsts. The first volume was published by John Murray, who did not exercise his option on the next three having made a loss, Napier therefore published the rest of the history through Boone having raised the money by subscriptions. The work certainly divided opinion,... Learn More
    £1,950

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  59. 129036
    A handsomely bound copy of Robert Chapman's second edition of Austen's letters. This comprehensive edition was edited and annotated by Chapman and his wife, Katharine Marion Metcalfe, a fellow English scholar, and was first published in 1932. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 129036

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  60. 128723comp
    Signed limited edition, number 89 of 170 copies, signed by the illustrator. Harry Clarke (1889-1931) was a leading figure in the Irish Arts and Crafts movement, predominantly in his role as a stained-glass artist. This work was the first to establish him as an illustrator; it was subsequently reissued in 1923 with additional... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 128723

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