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  1. 126097
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  2. 110745
    First edition of this collection of short stories in a fine Zaehnsdorf binding. Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the whole of "The Explosive Bomb" and several passages in the other stories, apart from "The Destroying Angel" and "The Fair Cuban", for which Fanny Stevenson was solely responsible. There was also a wrappered issue... Learn More
    £350

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  3. 133862
    The Jungle Book is a reprint in the same year as publication and The Second Jungle Book is a first edition, first impression. A highly attractive set of Kipling's best known work, the Jungle Book was loosely adapted into the 1967 and 2016 Disney movies of the same name. Learn More
    £975

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  4. 133878
    Illustrated edition. An attractively bound copy. Learn More
    £300

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  5. 133884
    A handsomely bound copy including Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, and Snow White. Learn More
    £195

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  6. 133918
    A charming example of a Chivers binding, evidently commissioned as a third anniversary gift, making appropriate use of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's love sonnets, written in the first years of her falling in love with Robert Browning. They include the famous sonnet "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways", though in this... Learn More
    £875

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  7. 130871
    First edition, first impression. Matilda won the Children's Book Award in the year of its publication. It formed the basis for both the 1996 film directed by Danny DeVito and the successful stage musical which premiered at the RSC's Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010. Learn More
    £450

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  8. 131532
    First edition, first printing. This work is an expansive collection of Wodehouse's short stories about golf, the majority of which are told by the Oldest Member at the Nineteenth Hole, including the ten stories from Wodehouse's first collection on golf, The Clicking of Cuthbert (1922). Learn More
    £1,250

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  9. 132869
    First editions, first impressions. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £2,250

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  10. 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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  11. 118193
    First edition, first impression, Weston's English translation of von Strassburg's medieval Arthurian romance, published as the second number of David Nutt's Arthurian series of Romances Unrepresented in Malory's "Morte d'Arthur". Weston asserts in her Introduction: "There is no nation that does not know the story of Tristan... Learn More
    £375

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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 131999
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £3,000

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  16. 114105
    A handsome leather bound volume of this classic novel which was first published in 1811. Learn More
    £225

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  17. 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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  18. 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

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  19. 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

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  20. 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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  21. 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

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  22. 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

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  23. 115799
    First trade edition. Learn More
    £375

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  24. 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
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  25. 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
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  26. 122841detail
    A handsomely bound set of Samuel Johnson's works, part of Pickering's Oxford English Classics series. The edition was superintended by Francis Pearson Walesby (1798-1858), professor of Anglo-Saxon in the University of Oxford. The work was initially intended as a nine volume series; a supplementary two volumes of Johnson's... Learn More
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  27. 123947
    An attractively bound set of Sabin's monumental bibliography, compressing the original 29 volumes into two through fitting eight of the original pages onto each page. The bibliography, originally printed from 1868 to 1939, was begun by Sabin, continued by Wilberforce Eames, and finished by Robert Vail. It is the most notable... Learn More
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  28. 123548detail
    A handsomely bound set of Hume's famous history, first published in 1754-61 and continued by Smollett after his death. "Hume triumphantly demonstrated that it was possible to write such history in a manner which combined good historical argument with good writing, and thereby appealed to an extensive readership" (ODNB). Learn More
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  29. 123293
    First collected edition, with some contributions by Mary Lamb, in an attractive binding. "Life at the East India Company seems to have become easier for Lamb in the middle of the decade. In 1816 his salary went up, and his duties diminished (though these always fluctuated with the contingencies of trade). The Olliers published... Learn More
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  30. i1
    The Autograph edition, limited to 153 sets signed by the author on an inserted leaf, this set number 3 bound ad personam for the American collector William Beers Crowell. The edition was based on the first 21 volumes of the Wessex Edition, "the definitive edition and last authority in questions of text" (Purdy), combining... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 115614

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  31. 122721
    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's third novel, originally published as a serial from 1838 to 1839. Dickens's novel "has some title to being the funniest novel Dickens ever wrote; it is perhaps the funniest novel in the English language" (Peter Ackroyd, Dickens, pp. 262-3). Learn More
    £275

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  32. 122718
    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book-form in 1865. Our Mutual Friend was Dickens's last completed novel. Learn More
    £250

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  33. 122708
    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book-form in 1844. Dickens's biographer places Martin Chuzzlewit as marking "a great change in Dickens's conception of moral characteristics... For the first time Dickens begins to explore the contradictions and difficulties of the contemporary human world;... Learn More
    £250

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  34. 122710
    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book-form in 1848. Dickens's first novel to have an explicitly contemporary setting. Learn More
    £225

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  35. 122703
    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book-form in 1839. Dickens's third novel "has some title to being the funniest novel Dickens ever wrote; it is perhaps the funniest novel in the English language" (Peter Ackroyd, Dickens, pp. 262-3). Learn More
    £250

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  36. 122704
    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's first novel, first published in book-form in 1837. Learn More
    £275

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  37. 122490
    Limited edition, one of 500 sets, printed on Louvain laid paper. The text consists of Arthur Machen's translation, first published in 1894, to which has been added the chapters discovered by Arthur Symons, alongside a supplement and a bibliography. Casanova's memoirs were not published in their full form until 1960. Learn More
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  38. 120254
    First edition. Worsley's political career as member of parliament for the Isle of Wight constituencies for Newport (1774-83) and subsequently Newtown (1790-3) were hampered by a mixture of limited skill, a somewhat abrasive personality and the very public collapse of his marriage, but "antiquarian studies were always an... Learn More
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  39. 118384
    First Bentley Edition. No. XXVII of the Standard Novels series. Bentley bought the copyrights of all Jane Austen's works to include them in his Standard Novels series, apparently aiming at the private buyer, as circulating libraries still had copies of the originals. Bentley later reissued the volumes as a set, but this... Learn More
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  40. 115802
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  41. 118578comp
    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the authors on the front free endpaper, "To C. Stanfield Esq. R. A., respectfully presented by his obedient humble servants, W. Winsor & H. Newton." The recipient was Clarkson Stanfield, elected as a Royal Academician in February 1835, who "between 1820 and his last submission... Learn More
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  42. 118104
    First edition of "the main published source for Burgoyne's long and distinguished career. Most of Burgoyne's correspondence, held in the Royal Engineers Museum, Chatham, was included in this biography" (Bruce). Virtually all of the first volume is concerned with Burgoyne's distinguished service with Wellington in the Peninsula.... Learn More
    £350

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  43. 115759
    First edition, possibly one of 100 large-paper copies (similar to Abbey's copy measuring 14 by 11 inches) from a total print-run of 850, originally issued in 12 monthly parts; all watermarks pre-publication (the plates 1818 and 1820, the text 1818). Ackermann's intention was to combine the "most striking features of the... Learn More
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  44. 120941
    First edition of "one of the best works on the native races of Natal and Zululand published up to the middle of the 19th century" (Mendelssohn). The author spent four years as a missionary in Albert, Natal, and provides a detailed account of Zulu and Xhosa customs and beliefs, and a history of Shaka Zulu and his successors.... Learn More
    £500

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  45. 119894
    First trade edition, first impression, beautifully illustrated in art nouveau style by Harrison. Learn More
    £1,500

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  46. The Cenci.

    The Cenci.

    [Livorno,] Italy: 1819

    First edition, one of 250 copies printed; scarce in commerce, with the second, London edition (the only second edition of his own Shelley lived to see) more usually encountered. Shelley's verse tragedy proved an unexpected sensation on publication despite its action being far too lurid for the London stage. He been fascinated... Learn More
    £4,500

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  47. Scotland Illustrated,
    First edition, in a fine contemporary binding incorporating a variety of attractive Scottish motifs. One of several works by William Beattie (1793-1875), Scotland Illustrated includes historical and topographical descriptions of Scottish sites and landscapes, accompanied by numerous engraved views, of which 91 are by Allom,... Learn More
    £850

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  48. 120099
    First edition of Darwin's major treatise on agriculture. Darwin's "intention was to systematise agricultural knowledge, informed by his conviction that plants were inferior animals, providing a theoretical framework that could sustain better agricultural and horticultural practices" (ODNB). In this work he provides "a confident... Learn More
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  49. 119522
    First Rackham edition. "The peculiar secret of Rackham's success in seizing upon the essence of the human and portraying it in animal form, which is after all the basic device of the morality, is unwittingly touched upon in Chesterton's delightful introduction to the 1912 edition of Aesop's Fables: 'There can be no good... Learn More
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  50. Le Soldat citoyen,

    Le Soldat citoyen,

    Dans le pays de la liberté [Neuchâtel]: 1780

    First edition of the author's advocacy of universal and compulsory conscription as the only certain way to unite citizens and the army. "A career officer since the 1760s, Joseph Servan (1741-1808) won notoriety in 1780 with the publication of Le Soldat citoyen, a long and detailed plan for reforming the army. Its central... Learn More
    £650

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  51. Système Social,
    Early edition of the atheist and materialist philosopher's treatise in which he develops his concept of "ethocracy", or a just state whose main purpose is the general welfare. Holbach's theory of ethocracy "is presented in several works published during the 1770's, La politique naturelle (Natural Politics, 1773), Système... Learn More
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  52. [French translation of Killing No Murder:] Traicté politique,
    First edition in French of this apology for tyrannicide, originally advocating the assassination of Oliver Cromwell and here used to justify in advance the execution of Louis XVI. The text was first published as a clandestine pamphlet in 1657 under the title Killing No Murder.
    From the library of French historian and... Learn More
    £1,500

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  53. 116294
    First edition of this anthology (misspelt "anathology" on the spine label) which features the works of Derzhavin, Batiushkov, Lomonosov, Zhukovsky, Karamsin, Dmitriev, Krilov, Khemnitzer, Bobrov, Bogdanovich, Davidov, Kostrov, and Neledinsky Meletzky, as well as national songs. Learn More
    £125

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  54. The Works
    The Tamerlane edition. Number 239 of 300 sets, printed on Ruisdael handmade paper. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 115945

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  55. i1
    First edition. Stonham (1858-1916) "was senior surgeon to the Westminster Hospital... and was decorated for services in South Africa as chief surgeon and officer commanding the Imperial Yeomanry Field Hospital". The illustrator, Lilian Medland (1880-1955) has been described by the National Library of Australia as "much-overlooked... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 115567

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  56. i1
    First and limited edition, de luxe issue: number 14 of 25 copies; with a fine original watercolour signed by Lynn Bogue Hunt, showing a pair of mallards on a riverbank. Hunt (1877-1960) was one of America's most admired and popular sporting artists.

    "The Derrydale Press was a small publisher of finely crafted sporting... Learn More
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  57. The Holy Bible,

    The Holy Bible,

    Edinburgh: 1806

    A charming Georgian-era Scottish Bible. The publisher Sir David Hunter Blair, 3rd Baronet of Dunskey, succeeded his father, Edinburgh banker and provost James Hunter, in the "Old Corruption" post of King's Printer, in 1787. He is also noted for having built Blairquhan Castle, Ayrshire, in 1821. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 114870

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  58. The Mississippi Valley in British Politics.
    First edition of this important study, which received the Loubat Prize for 1918 and was reviewed favourably on publication by O. G. Libby, who considered Alvord "completely successful in maintaining his thesis that the Mississippi valley at a critical period in our history was again and again a determining factor in British... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 114851

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  59. Discourses on the Publick Revenues, and on the Trade of England. In two Parts.
    First edition of this important early work on economics. Sir Charles Davenant (1656-1714), MP and, at the end of his life, Inspector-General of Exports and Imports, took many years to become recognized as an economist of the first rank, a fact explained by the sophistication of his thought. Part I of the present Discourses... Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 114857

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  60. Finden's Illustrations of the Life and Works of Lord Byron.
    First book edition, attractively bound. "It was William and Edward Finden's illustrations to Byron that substantially enhanced the status of their work. Following his death in Greece in 1824, their engravings sensitively conveyed to a wide contemporary audience images of Byron's life and work. Initially engaged by Byron's... Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 114762

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