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MILLER, Francis H. Memorandum as to the Origin of Naval Uniform.
London : 1884First editions of these uncommon works, this example with a neat contemporary list of Secretaries of the Admiralty from 1807 to 1849 loosely inserted. The two works collected here trace the development of the uniforms of the Royal Navy from the earliest recorded warrant granted by James I in 1604 to the revision of the Uniform Regulations issued in... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 142967
BURTON, Sir Richard Francis. The Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night.
Benares : 1885-8First edition thus, one of 1,000 copies only, in an attractive Riviere binding. Often considered Burton's most enduring work, this translation is somewhat explicit, as are some of Burton's notes.
The Kamashastra Society was Burton's vehicle to avoid prosecution, which would have been likely if this work had been published in an open edition.... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 143343
GRAHAM, Maria. Letters on India.
London : 1814First edition of this attractive supplement to Graham's Journal of a Residence in India (1812), similarly based around her own travels, and "extending her account of the culture" of India (Robinson), "written solely with the design of being useful to such as are called upon to go at an early period of life, to India, and... cannot have had time to make... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 142796
FORESTER, C. S. [The complete Hornblower:]
London : 1937-67First editions, first impressions. Forester (real name Cecil Smith) was called to Hollywood to write a pirate film, working under Arthur Hornblower. However, before they had finished the script, another studio released Captain Blood, starring Errol Flynn, and using the same historical incidents that they had counted on. Rather than seeking another position,... Learn More£3,950.00
Stock Code: 132989
FOUJITA, Tsuguharu. Légendes Japonaises
Paris : 1923A most fittingly presented copy of the first edition, number 455 of 2,000 copies on vélin alfa (total edition of 2,104), of this collection of Japanese folk tales, both translated and colourfully illustrated by the artist Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968), a flamboyant, popular and highly successful figure on the Bohemian art scene in Montparnasse. Best... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142353
DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
London : 1892 & 1894First editions of the first two great collections of Holmes stories. The first collection, Adventures, is the first issue with the misprint "Miss Violent Hunter" on page 317 and the blank street sign in the vignette to the front cover; there is no corresponding issue point for Memoirs. Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 143055
BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. Poetry.
London : 1881First Arnold edition, this copy in a beautiful Ramage binding. John Ramage, one of the most desirable binders of the period, learned his craft in the atelier of Parisian binder Marcellin Lortic before setting up his own business in London in 1863. Arnold's collection of Byron's poetry was influential in establishing Byron's lasting popularity.
At... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 142946
LORCA, Federico Garcia. Bodas de sangre.
Madrid : 1935First edition, first issue (dated 1935 on title page), one of 1,100 copies. Bodas de sangre ("Blood Wedding"), a tragedy, was Lorca's first major success, enabling him to become financially independent for the first time when it was staged in Madrid in 1933. This was published shortly before Lorca's assassination at the hands of the Francoists.... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 142766
BELL, Robert Anning (illus.) English Lyrics from Spenser to Milton.
London : 1898First edition thus, illustrated by Bell, part of George Bell & Sons' Endymion Series, in an attractive arts and crafts binding. The binding is not signed, the "M.S." initials could be that of the binder, or simply in homage to Milton and Spenser.
Artist, illustrator and designer Robert Anning Bell (1863-1933) was an early member of the Arts... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 142777
RUSKIN, John. The Seven Lamps of Architecture.
London : 1849First edition of the first of Ruskin's works to carry his name and the first to be illustrated. This copy is extra-illustrated with a later portrait of Ruskin as frontispiece.
His purpose was to "both secularize and make protestant the movement of the Gothic revival, drawing it away from the Roman Catholic influence of August Wegin Pugin" (ODNB).... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 142792
London : 1733-37 [i.e. 1757]First edition of Pine's Horace, second printing of 1757 from the same plates. A tour-de-force of bookmaking, Pine's Horace is entirely engraved, both text and illustration, and liberally supplied with initials, head- and tailpieces and vignettes. "Pine's complete command of his craft makes this the most elegant of English eighteenth-century books in... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142441
THOMAS, Dylan. Twenty-Five Poems.
London : 1936First edition, first impression. One of 730 copies printed of Thomas's landmark collection, publishing the poems of "this young Welsh poet" who "has, during the last two years, attracted an unusual amount of attention with his Dionysiac verse" (jacket blurb). Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 142806
DICKENS, Charles. The Adventures of Oliver Twist;
London : 1846First one-volume edition of Dickens's second novel. Oliver Twist was first published serially between February 1837 and April 1839 in Bentley's Miscellany, and as a three-volume book by Richard Bentley in 1838 (six months before the initial serialization was complete). This single volume was substantially revised by Dickens, who had... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 140379
(KANT, Immanuel.) FISCHER, Kuno. A Commentary on Kant's Critick of the Pure Reason:
London : 1866First edition in English of Fischer's monograph on Kant, forming part of his History of Modern Philosophy series, published from 1854 to 1877. Fischer was a major influence on neo-Kantian philosophy and on the interpretation of Kant in the middle of the 19th century. Mahaffy's introduction contains much on the growing influence of Kant in Britain. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 126747
AYSCOUGH, Samuel. An Index to the Remarkable Passages and Words made use of by Shakspeare;
London : 1790First edition of the first concordance of Shakespeare's plays, for which the publisher John Stockdale paid Ayscough the not inconsiderable sum of 200 guineas. Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 141396
HUNT, Lynn Bogue. An Artist's Game Bag.
New York : 1936First and limited edition, deluxe 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 books featuring topics such... Learn More£5,950.00
Stock Code: 115522
SASSOON, Siegfried. Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man.
London : 1928First edition, first impression, one of 1,500 copies. At the author's request, the first impression was anonymous. The book was immediately popular and Sassoon's anonymity was not long preserved; his name was included on the title page halfway through the printing of the second impression (of which 500 copies were printed anonymously), and in all subsequent... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 142190
(MAPPLETHORPE, Robert.) RIMBAUD, Arthur. A Season in Hell.
[New York] : 1986First edition of this translation by Paul Schmidt, limited to 1,000 numbered copies signed by both Schmidt and Mapplethorpe; with the original 4-page long "Limited Editions Club Letter" loosely inserted.
First published in 1873, this prose poem was finished in a frenzy after the break-up of Rimbaud's relationship with Verlaine who shot him with... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139013
(JOHNSON, Samuel.) BOSWELL, James; George Birkbeck Hill (ed.) Boswell's Life of Johnson.
Oxford : 1887First Hill edition. By 1887 Hill was an established commentator of both Johnson and Boswell's works, having published Dr Johnson, his Friends and his Critics (1878) and an edition of Boswell's correspondence (1879). The Clarendon Press accepted Hill's proposal for a new edition of Boswell's Life in 1881, and the six volume text - the... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 139100
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Marlborough.
London : 1933-1938First editions, first impressions, in a handsome binding. "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 by a single power, it was also a source of inspiration to Churchill in his campaign against... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 139225
DICKENS, Charles. The Personal History of David Copperfield.
London : 1850First edition in book form, following publication in parts from May 1849 to November 1850. In the preface to a later edition (1867), Dickens would call the novel his "favourite child". It is generally considered among his masterpieces, and it is his first first-person novel. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 141101
[POLIDORI, John William.] The Vampyre; A Tale.
London : 1819First edition, in the second and earliest realistically obtainable issue, of this seminal vampire novella. This attractive, untrimmed, copy is beautifully presented in a 20th-century morocco binding signed "J. G. 81" to the rear turn-in. It additionally, and highly unusually, has two sets of integral publisher's advertisements bound to the rear, dating... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 141658
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); SHAKESPEARE, William. A Midsummer-Night's Dream.
London : 1908Signed limited edition, number 438 of 1,000 copies signed by the illustrator Arthur Rackham, for sale in Great Britain and Ireland. In A Midsummer Night's Dream Rackham "developed his gift for drawing witches, gnomes, fairies, and anthropomorphized trees and brought them to a pitch of vivid characterization, sometimes with an unsettling frisson... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 142423
DANTE ALIGHIERI. The Divina Commedia,
London : 1802First complete edition in English of the Divine Comedy, and the first publication in English of the Purgatorio and the Paradiso; the Inferno here marking its fourth publication in English, following the first edition of 1782, and Dublin and London editions by Boyd in 1785. This is a notably handsome copy in lavish contemporary red morocco.
This... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 138899
EVELYN, John. Sylva,
London : 1664First edition of Evelyn's most celebrated book and famously the first book to be printed by order of the Royal Society, which had been founded four years previously. During the 1640s and 1650s production of glass and iron increased rapidly and the wood used to fire the furnaces and factories was not being replaced by fresh planting. This led to a serious... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 87758
HMS DREADNOUGHT. Visit of Colonial Premiers and the Houses of Parliament to Portsmouth.
London : 1907First and sole edition of each work. Printed in very small numbers "not for publication" but intended for bestowal to visiting dignitaries and Admiralty officials, these handsomely produced souvenir volumes are therefore extremely scarce, this pair in very smart presentation bindings.
Dreadnought was launched on 10 February 1906 and at a stroke... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 141982
VERNE, Jules. A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
London : 1872 First English edition in book form of Verne's early science fiction novel, first published in French in 1864. Although this edition is dated 1872 it was actually published in November 1871, following a serial publication in Boys' Journal, A Magazine of Literature, Science and Amusement, from January to December 1870. Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 141918
ROYCROFTERS: WILDE, Oscar; Elbert Hubbard (ed.) The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
East Aurora, NY : 1905First Roycrofters edition, number 19 of 100 copies on Japan vellum, signed by Hubbard, and inscribed on the first blank "To Margaret Scott, Royal Roycrofter, with all kind wishes from her Uncle, Elbert Hubbard".
The recipient, the actress, poet, and playwright Margaret Scott Oliver (1879-1930), was not in fact Hubbard's niece. Settled in the... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 142011
MORRIS, William. An Address.
London : 1898First editions, first impressions, of these Chiswick Press fine publications of William Morris's lectures printed in the Golden type he designed for the Kelmscott Press; in an attractive arts and crafts style binding by the amateur binder, bibliophile, and author, Fletcher W. Battershall (1866-1929), and with his bookplate on the front pastedown.
Fully... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 142015
(BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER.) The Book of Common-Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments,
London : 1662First folio edition of the 1662 Prayer Book, printed only two years after the restoration of the monarchy. The book was revised after the Savoy Conference, an attempt to effect a reconciliation within the Church of England. The bishops rejected attempts by the Presbyterians to present a new liturgy, although allowed some 600 minor changes. Unable to... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 131958
CHESTERTON, George Laval. Peace, War, and Adventure:
London : 1853First edition of this well-written memoir of a fascinating career, this a particularly attractive copy. Chesterton served in the field train department of the Royal Artillery in the Peninsula and in the war of 1812 (burning of Washington, Baltimore, Battle of New Orleans) and subsequently, with the army of Columbia under Bolivar, as judge advocate of... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 141072
HERBERT OF CHERBURY, Edward, Lord. The Autobiography.
London : 1886First edition thus, one of 1, 000 copies extra illustrated with 50 plates (48 portraits, 2 views), largely dating to the first half of the 19th century, put out in 1891 with specially printed title pages, and presented here in a vintage choice half morocco by Zaehnsdorf, whose bindings were "highly esteemed for their artistic taste and for their craftsmanship"... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 141311
MAXIMUS OF TYRE. Maximi Tyrii Dissertationes,
London : 1740First edition edited by the "outstanding classical scholar" Jeremiah Markland, described by the printer and publisher John Nichols as "one of the most learned and penetrating critics of the eighteenth century" (cited in ODNB). This handsome quarto was printed by the learned and highly accomplished William Bowyer. Maximus of Tyre was a second century... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 141409
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Cenci.
[Livorno,] Italy : 1819First edition, one of 250 copies printed, the Britwell Court Library copy, fine and uncut preserving the original first blank; 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... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 111620
HARDY, Thomas. Complete set of first editions of the novels and short story collections.
London : 1871-97A complete set of first editions, finely bound, of Hardy's novels and short story collections.
The entire collection, with all half-titles and illustrations present as called for, comprises the following: Desperate Remedies, 1871; Under the Greenwood Tree, 1872; A Pair of Blue Eyes, 1873; Far From the Madding Crowd,... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 126114
MALCOLM, Sir John. The Life of Robert, Lord Clive:
London : 1836First edition of this important biography, the official life of Clive of India by Sir John Malcolm, another great Indian administrator, a work that has "never been adequately acknowledged as a landmark in the intellectual history of British India"; this copy presented in a lovely binding by one of the finest London binders of the period, Charles Hering... Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 141273
HENNINGSEN, Charles Frederick. The Most Striking Events of a Twelvemonth's Campaign with Zumalacarregui, in Navarre and the Basque Provinces.
London : 1836First edition, a very smart set in period calf of this signal and elusive eyewitness account of the First Carlist War (1833-40), Henningsen serving with the Carlist forces under the charismatic Basque officer General Tomás de Zumalacárregui, known affectionately to his troops as "Tio Tomás". The Edinburgh Review described it as "full of entertainment... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 141304
DICKENS, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
London : 1839First edition in book form, following serialization in monthly parts. Dickens had been catapulted to fame with the success of The Pickwick Papers, and to secure his next novel Chapman and Hall offered Dickens 150 a part, a sum ten times greater than that which he had received for Pickwick. It met with great public enthusiasm, which has continued unabated:... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 141189
[SMITH, Charles, & Walter Harris.] The Antient and Present State of the County of Down.
Dublin : 1744First edition of The Antient and Present State, here combined unusually with the first London edition of its parent work, A Topographical and Chorographical Survey, presented in a very well preserved plain period binding. Charles Smith (c. 1715 - 1762), the moving force behind this important book, could be described as an Irish John Aubrey, being an... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 141048
BONAR, Horatius. The Desert of Sinai: Notes on a Spring-Journey from Cairo to Beersheba.
London : 1857First edition. This is an engaging account written in journal form of an expedition around the Sinai Peninula in 1856. Contemporary reviews were highly favourable: "it may serve as a model of the style in which works of this kind ought to be written" (The Eclectic Review); "Dr Bonar seems to excel equally in accuracy of observation, and in cordial appreciation... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 140933
BYRON, Lord. The Works.
London : 1823First edition thus, published the year before Byron's death, here with the dramatic suite of illustrative plates by Richard Westall. Byron was a great admirer of Westall's work, on seeing his illustrations for Don Juan, he remarked; they 'are quite beautifulthe drawings are superbthe brush has beat the poetry'. Later engraved armorial book plate to... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140968
FORSYTH, William. History of the Captivity of Napoleon at St. Helena;
London : 1853First edition. Forsyth sought to prove "by mere force of facts... that neither the British government nor Lowe were in fault as regards the treatment of Napoleon at St Helena" (p. x). Lowe was Napoleon's gaoler during his exile on St Helena, and soon became exasperated with the intransigence of his captive, apparently unaware that the pair were engaged... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140969
TOKLAS, Alice B. The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book.
London : 1954First edition, first impression, of one of the best-selling cookbooks of all time, notorious for its inclusion of the "Hashich Fudge" recipe on p. 259 that was given to Toklas by Brion Gysin, and which was expurgated from the US edition, published two days later.
Weaving together traditional French recipes and entertaining anecdotes of Toklas's... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 140900
(DUNCAN, Isadora.) DUNOYER DE SEGONZAC, André (illus.), & Fernand Divoire. Dessins sur les danses d'Isadora Duncan.
Paris : [c. 1910]First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by both authors on the verso of front wrapper "A Monsieur G. de Pawlowski, en hommage, D. Divoire; Hommage de A. D. de Segonzac". This is one of 32 copies only, this one unnumbered, of Segonzac's drawings of Isadora Duncan's dance moves. Duncan theorised a completely new form of dance that originated... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140825
HOPE, W[illiam] H[enry] St John. The Stall Plates of the Knights of the Order of the Garter.
Westminster : 1901First edition in a handsome binding. Hope was a noted antiquarian born in Derby in 1854. "His increasing reputation led to his election as a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1883, and two years later he was appointed assistant secretary of the society, the last to be resident in Burlington House. During the twenty-five years in which... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140529
MACERONI, Colonel [Francis]. Memoirs of the Life and Adventures of Colonel Maceroni,
London : 1838First edition of the memoirs of the soldier and inventor Francis Maceroni (17881846). "Maceroni recommended himself to Joachim Murat, king of Naples, who on 1 January 1814 made him one of his aides-de-camp, with the rank of colonel of cavalry, and sent him on missions to London, where he was when Murat's forces were defeated by the Austrians at Tolentino... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140569
HILL, Benson Earle. Recollections of an Artillery Officer:
London : 1836First edition of this memoir by Benson Earle Hill (bap. 1790, d. 1845) who served as Artillery Staff Officer at the battle of New Orleans. He served with the Royal Regiment of Artillery until 1822 and "he was extremely well-travelled, as the army had taken him to Ireland, North America, and Europe" (ODNB). Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140567
MACAULAY, Catharine. The History of England
London : 1769-72First octavo edition, complete to that date (the first four volumes dated 1769, the fifth bearing no edition statement and dated 1772). Catharine Macaulay's history was published episodically, the first volume in 1763, the fourth in 1768, and the fifth (covering events to the Restoration) in 1772. Her decision to leave London for Bath in 1774 to improve... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 139980
(CHEKHOV, Anton.) SMITH, Virginia Llewellyn. Anton Chekhov and the Lady with the Dog.
London : 1973First edition, first impression of this study of "Chekhov's relationships with women and the portrayal of them in his work" (p.xv). In a fine full morocco binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 140506
RACKHAM, Arthur. Once Upon a Time:
London : 1972First edition, first impression. An attractively bound copy of this compilation of some of the tales illustrated by Rackham, including Rip van Winkle, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, Aesop's Fables, seven fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, and three Shakespeare novelisations. Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 140361
MONTAIGNE, Michel de; William Hazlitt (ed.) The Complete Works.
London : 1842First Hazlitt edition of the French philosopher Michel de Montaigne's collected works, gathering his influential essays and letters. The present essays were originally published between around 1570 to 1592, and cover a wide variety of topics, from religion, philosophy, and classics, to solitude, age, drunkenness, anger, books, imagination, and many... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140342