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  1. 131181
    Limited edition, number 66 of 500 copies signed by the publisher. A handsome set including all of the major poetry and prose. Learn More
    £1,500

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  2. 131171detail

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    London: 1885-8

    The Ashburton Edition. A handsome set of Carlyle's collected writings, incorporating all the major works, and his miscellaneous essays. Learn More
    £1,750

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  3. 131156detail
    The Frontenac Edition, the definitive collected edition of Parkman's works, incorporating all of the author's final revisions. Parkman's great epics of the settlement and development of North America - partly based on his own experiences on the Oregon Trail and with Native American tribes - were highly romanticized, yet... Learn More
    £1,750

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  4. 118504
    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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  5. 131087
    First fully illustrated edition, one of 250 large paper copies issued in the UK with the illustrations specially printed on China paper and laid down; a further 25 copies were released in the US. This was the first edition to feature illustrations accompanying the text, as Bentley's 1833 edition and subsequent printings... Learn More
    £4,500

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  6. 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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  7. 130969
    First Leighton edition, trade issue, with the US edition issued by Random House the same year. Clare Leighton's (1898-1989) woodcuts inspired the set design of the 1939 film adaptation of the novel, starring Laurence Olivier. "Convinced that wood-engraving was an art for the masses rather than for an élite, Clare Leighton... Learn More
    £1,250

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  8. 130700
    First edition, first issue, with red and blue title page dated 1843, "Stave I" as the first chapter heading. A Christmas Carol was an instant success, reportedly selling all 6,000 copies of the first edition on the first day of publication, and Dickens went on to write four more small festive books. Of the five Christmas... Learn More
    £6,750

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  9. 130862detail
    An attractive set of Maugham's collected works, with three volumes each of stories, plays and novels. The books are later editions, with the collected short stories first published in 1951, the plays in 1931, and the novels in 1953. Learn More
    £2,250

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  10. 126125detail
    The Canterbury edition. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 126125

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  11. 130475
    A handsomely bound set of early editions; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the 67th thousand and Through the Looking-Glass is the 24th thousand. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 130475

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  12. 130347
    A handsomely bound copy of Shelley's poetry. Learn More
    £185

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  13. 126098
    £600

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  14. 127789
    Stated forty-fifth edition; De Profundis was first published in 1905. Learn More
    £250

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  15. 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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  16. 120096
    First editions, first impressions. Churchill began his history of the British Empire and the United States during his period in the political wilderness in the early 1930s, but did not complete it until after his retirement in the late 1950s. The events of the Second World War, the major interruption in the writing process,... Learn More
    £1,375

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  17. 129609
    Limited edition, number 11 of 15 copies printed on japon with the plates in three states (printed in black on japon, bistre on chine, and blue). 15 copies were also printed on papier de chine, 40 on Watham paper, and 350 in a standard trade issue. Nerval's translation of Goethe's epic play was first published in 1828, Goethe... Learn More
    £1,500

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  18. 129551
    First edition in book form, with the three points traditionally taken to denote first issue (drop-head title in rustic lettering to page 1, the "Marquis of Steyne" vignette on page 336, later suppressed, and "Mr. Pitt" for "Sir Pitt" on page 453, line 31), although, as the novel was originally published in 20 parts between... Learn More
    £1,750

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  19. 129945detail
    A handsomely bound set of the first authorised collected edition of Darwin's works. Learn More
    £3,750

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  20. 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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  21. 127331
    Second edition. "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 for the History a success such as no historical work in the English language had had since... Learn More
    £500

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  22. 129733
    First edition thus, first impression, with Gikow's fittingly dramatic illustrations and an introduction by literary critic Alfred Kazin. Garnett's translation was first published, unillustrated, in 1914 as part of a 12 volume collection of Dostoyevsky's works released between 1912 and 1920. "In 1910 Heinemann, following... Learn More
    £450

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  23. 129727
    A handsomely bound copy of the first trade edition. Unusually, the trade edition of Mother Goose is an entirely different setting of type from the deluxe, with a smaller type area and the illustrations mostly reduced in size. The colour plates are printed within a cream border directly on white paper rather than mounted,... Learn More
    £600

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  24. 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
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  25. 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

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  26. 121219
    First edition with Falké's illustrations, limited issue, number 18 of 25 copies printed on japon with the illustrations in three states; in colour on japon and papier de Hollande, and in black on papier de chine. There was total of run 1,076. The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book were first published in French in 1899.... Learn More
    £850

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  27. In English Homes.
    First edition of the third volume, second of the second, and third of the first (which was first published in 1904). A handsomely bound set featuring the great historic estates of England. Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 115351

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  28. The Miscellaneous Works.
    Appealingly bound set of Goldsmith's writings. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 107427

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  29. 1
    Mixed editions of Smollett's translation of Lesage's novel. Volume I published by Cooke and Volumes II-IV by Sharpe. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 94814

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  30. The Works.
    A nicely bound set of the works of John Bunyan. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 90739

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  31. 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

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  32. 81109
    Presentation inscription to Victoria Sackville West on the binder's front blank along with her bookplate to front pastedown. There is also a tipped in note stating that the bookplate was copied from a visiting card from Lady King. Victoria Sackville-West was the mother of gardener and writer Vita Sackville-West. Learn More
    £100

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  33. 120985
    First editions, large paper issues, extra-illustrated with additional photogravures. Numbers 140 of 160 copies (of which 100 were for sale in the UK and 50 in the US), and 124 of 125 copies (of which 100 were for sale in the UK and 25 in the US), respectively. Both works are printed on handmade paper and feature the photogravures... Learn More
    £1,875

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  34. 93068
    An attractive example of the work of the fore-edge artist John T. Beer (1826?-1900), a successful Merseyside clothier and book collector, who turned to fore-edge painting in his retirement, producing more than 200 fore-edge paintings and painted bindings between 1884 and 1900. Beer used books from his own collection and... Learn More
    £5,000

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  35. 118706
    First edition. A handsomely bound copy. Learn More
    £250

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  36. 127143detail
    First British editions, first impressions, of all of Churchill's major works, in attractive matching bindings by Bayntun of Bath. Churchill was a prolific writer in the fields of history, biography and politics, alongside forays into essays and fiction, with several volumes of his collected speeches also published. He received... Learn More
    £30,000

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  37. 127332detail
    An attractive library set of Byron's works, complete with the three Don Juan volumes added to the edition, including all his poems and plays, letters and journals, and the Life by his friend Thomas Moore. Learn More
    £1,750

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  38. 122691detail
    Limited edition, number 63 of 500 sets printed on Holland paper, translated into English by Alexandre Baillot and with two volumes of biography by Alfred Barbou (1846-1907). Learn More
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  39. 127454
    First edition, first printing, of the first title in the Doctor Dolittle series. Though born in England, Lofting settled in Connecticut and had his first book published in New York. The book is attractively illustrated with his own naïve pen-and-ink drawings. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 127454

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  40. A Critical Dictionary of English Literature and British and American Authors,
    Attractively bound set of Allibone's literary dictionary, first published in 1859. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 100444

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  41. 94877detail
    An attractively bound complete set of the illustrated Library edition of Dickens's works. Learn More
    £4,500

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  42. 115799
    First trade edition. Learn More
    £375

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  43. 126866comp
    Signed limited edition, each one of 200 copies (volume I number 62; volume II number 32) signed by Dobson in pencil on the portrait frontispiece. This work is the result of collaboration between the Guild of Women Binders and colourist Gloria Cardew, with the frontispiece and plates hand-coloured by Cardew. Although Cardew... Learn More
    £2,250

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  44. 122571
    An attractively bound copy of Scott's poetical works. Learn More
    £225

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  45. 122081
    First English edition, first impression. The English edition contains 10 photographic plates not found in the Norwegian original. Learn More
    £1,375

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  46. 111935
    An elaborately bound late nineteenth-century family Bible with chromolithographic illustrations. Learn More
    £225

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  47. 119943
    An attractively bound early copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, first published in 1865. Learn More
    £1,250

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  48. 126574detail
    Limited edition, number 16 of 750 large paper copies, with a manuscript leaf by Hearn inlaid and bound in to volume I, and signed by his widow, Setsu Koizumi, on an inserted japon leaf, all as issued. The leaf is from one of the autobiographic papers found after Hearn's death, recording incidents from his early years. The... Learn More
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  49. 117635
    First authorized quarto edition and the sixth edition overall, preceded by a pirate Dublin edition the previous year and issued following Johnson's death in 1784. Learn More
    £1,850

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  50. 124355detail
    A complete set of first editions, first impressions of all the Poirot novels with first printings of The Mysterious Affair at Styles and The Murder on the Links both published in New York by John Lane. Learn More
    £25,000

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  51. 123179detail
    First editions, first impressions including the first UK appearances of all of the Miss Marple stories. Learn More
    £7,500

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  52. 126130
    First and limited Smithers edition, one of five copies printed on Japanese vellum. Originally published in 1715 as Mille et un quarts d'heure, contes tartares, these stories - referred to by Smithers as "very lively, ingenious, and entertaining imitations of the 'Arabian Nights'" - were the work of the lawyer, bibliophile... Learn More
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  53. 114335detail
    The Wessex Edition, the definitive edition of Hardy's works, and a finely bound set. Macmillan became Hardy's publishers in 1902 and "in 1912 they undertook a new and definitive edition, called (at Frederick Macmillan's suggestion) the 'Wessex Edition'. For this edition Hardy revised his novels throughout for the last time... Learn More
    £4,500

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  54. 121101
    First UK edition, binder's presentation copy, with a calligraphic inscription in manuscript in red and black ink, "To Irene, with best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. From the bindery, December 1920", signed by George Sutcliffe beneath the inscription, to the fourth binder's blank (Sangorski having died... Learn More
    £650

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  55. 121353detail
    Deluxe limited edition, number 8 of 1,000 copies on Japanese vellum. These unexpurgated English translations of six of Zola's more controversial novels were made for the Lutetian Society of London by Ernest Dowson, Havelock Ellis, Arthur Symons, Victor Plarr, Alexander Teixeira de Mattos, and Percy Pinkerton, and originally... Learn More
    £2,750

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  56. 121702
    Reprinted as part of the Library of English Classics series; first published in this edition in 1900. Learn More
    £600

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  57. 121760
    A handsomely bound set which includes Shakespeare's poems. Learn More
    £975

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  58. 125244
    First edition, in a handsome binding. Sebastian Evans (1830-1909) was a political activist, artist, poet and translator from medieval French, Latin, Greek and Italian. Greatly drawn to the Arthurian legend, Evans had already published in the same year a two-volume translation of the old French romance Perceval le Gallois,... Learn More
    £650

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  59. 122102
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £500

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  60. 118710
    First edition. A handsomely bound copy. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 118710

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