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Leather Bound Books

Handsome leather-bound classic works of literature and multi-volume sets of complete works, by authors including Dickens, Disney, Kerouac and Yeats.

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  1. 141474
    OMAN, Charles Philip Austin Eastwards, or Realities of Indian Life.

    London : 1864

    First edition of this evocative novel following the Templemore family from England to Bengal during the last days of Company rule, from the calm when 'the first faint mutterings of the storm which was to dash the crazy fabric of British power' were barely felt, to the whirlwind of Rebellion. A handsomely bound presentation copy, warmly inscribed by... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141474

  2. Memoirs of the life of Anne Boleyn, Queen of Henry VIII.
    (BOLEYN, Anne) BENGER, Elizabeth. Memoirs of the life of Anne Boleyn, Queen of Henry VIII.

    London : 1821

    First edition of this historiographically astute biography, in a particularly attractive binding from the Vane-Londonderry library. Miss Benger (17771827) has attracted the reputation of something of a bluestocking hanger-on, aggressively cultivating literary connections, and achieving "a modest reputation as a literary hostess" (ODNB). However, Elizabeth... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141295

  3. Peace, War, and Adventure:
    CHESTERTON, George Laval. Peace, War, and Adventure:

    London : 1853

    First 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

    Stock Code: 141072

  4. The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club.
    DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club.

    London : 1837

    First edition, bound from the original parts, in the rare primary publisher's trade binding of plum coloured full morocco. Upon completion of the publication in parts, Chapman and Hall issued The Pickwick Papers in book form in cloth for 21s., half-morocco for 24s. 6d., and the present full morocco with gilt edges for 26s. 6d. (Patton, p. 326). They... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138130

  5. The Autobiography.
    HERBERT OF CHERBURY, Edward, Lord. The Autobiography.

    London : 1886

    First 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

    Stock Code: 141311

  6. Maximi Tyrii Dissertationes,
    MAXIMUS OF TYRE. Maximi Tyrii Dissertationes,

    London : 1740

    First 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

    Stock Code: 141409

  7. The Cenci.
    SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Cenci.

    [Livorno,] Italy : 1819

    First 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

    Stock Code: 111620

  8. Major General Sir Frederick Roberts - A Memoir.
    LOW, Charles Rathbone. Major General Sir Frederick Roberts - A Memoir.

    London : 1883

    First edition of Roberts' military career up to and including the 2nd Afghan War. Learn More

    Stock Code: 134468

  9. Complete set of first editions of the novels and short story collections.
    HARDY, Thomas. Complete set of first editions of the novels and short story collections.

    London : 1871-97

    A 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

    Stock Code: 126114

  10. The Life of Robert, Lord Clive:
    MALCOLM, Sir John. The Life of Robert, Lord Clive:

    London : 1836

    First 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

    Stock Code: 141273

  11. The Most Striking Events of a Twelvemonth's Campaign with Zumalacarregui, in Navarre and the Basque Provinces.
    HENNINGSEN, Charles Frederick. The Most Striking Events of a Twelvemonth's Campaign with Zumalacarregui, in Navarre and the Basque Provinces.

    London : 1836

    First 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

    Stock Code: 141304

  12. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
    DICKENS, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

    London : 1839

    First 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

    Stock Code: 141189

  13. The Antient and Present State of the County of Down.
    [SMITH, Charles, & Walter Harris.] The Antient and Present State of the County of Down.

    Dublin : 1744

    First 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

    Stock Code: 141048

  14. The Desert of Sinai: Notes on a Spring-Journey from Cairo to Beersheba.
    BONAR, Horatius. The Desert of Sinai: Notes on a Spring-Journey from Cairo to Beersheba.

    London : 1857

    First 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

    Stock Code: 140933

  15. The Arts Club.
    ROGERS, G. A. F. The Arts Club.

    London : 1920

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author and publisher on the front free endpaper: "Presented to the Arts Club by G. A. F. Rogers and J. Truslove". The book charts the history of the Arts Club from its foundation in 1863. It includes detailed histories of the Club's premises at Hanover Square and Dover Street, and... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141029

  16. The Works.
    BYRON, Lord. The Works.

    London : 1823

    First 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

    Stock Code: 140968

  17. History of the Captivity of Napoleon at St. Helena;
    FORSYTH, William. History of the Captivity of Napoleon at St. Helena;

    London : 1853

    First 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

    Stock Code: 140969

  18. The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book.
    TOKLAS, Alice B. The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book.

    London : 1954

    First 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 life... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140900

  19. Dessins sur les danses d'Isadora Duncan.
    (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

    Stock Code: 140825

  20. Undine.
    LA MOTTE-FOUQUÉ, Friedrich Heinrich Karl, Freiherr de. Undine.

    London : 1854

    First Lumley edition, second overall, of the Tenniel-illustrated Undine. It was first published in German in 1811, and first published with the Tenniel illustrations, in London by James Bruns, in 1845. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140742

  21. The Royal Artillery War Commemoration Book.
    (FIRST WORLD WAR.) The Royal Artillery War Commemoration Book.

    London : 1920

    First edition, first impression, of this notable gathering of soldiers' accounts and depictions of the First World War, as well as the Roll of Honour of officers. Several of the plates are by the renowned equestrian artist Gilbert Holiday (1879-1937). Holiday initially worked for the Graphic as a war artist before joining the army and serving... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139885

  22. From Pole to Pole.
    HEDIN, Sven. From Pole to Pole.

    London : 1912

    First edition in English, first impression, in a handsome calf binding. Originally published in Swedish in 1911. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140643

  23. The Stall Plates of the Knights of the Order of the Garter.
    HOPE, W[illiam] H[enry] St John. The Stall Plates of the Knights of the Order of the Garter.

    Westminster : 1901

    First 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

    Stock Code: 140529

  24. Memoirs of the Life and Adventures of Colonel Maceroni,
    MACERONI, Colonel [Francis]. Memoirs of the Life and Adventures of Colonel Maceroni,

    London : 1838

    First 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

    Stock Code: 140569

  25. Poetical Works.
    ARNOLD, Matthew. Poetical Works.

    London : 1910

    Handsomely presented copy of Arnold's complete poems, first published in 1890, this being the 14th impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140552

  26. Napoleon.
    LUDWIG, Emil. Napoleon.

    New York : 1926

    First English language edition. Originally published in Germany in 1925. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140559

  27. Recollections of an Artillery Officer:
    HILL, Benson Earle. Recollections of an Artillery Officer:

    London : 1836

    First 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

    Stock Code: 140567

  28. The History of England
    MACAULAY, Catharine. The History of England

    London : 1769-72

    First 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

    Stock Code: 139980

  29. Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon;
    LAYARD, Austen H. Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon;

    London : 1853

    First edition. Layard's important second British Museum expedition "yielded further important trophies and discoveries, including the cuneiform library of Sennacherib's grandson Ashurbanipal, on which most modern knowledge of Assyrian culture is founded" (ODNB). "Apart from the archaeological value of his work in identifying Kouyunjik as the site of... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140571

  30. Anton Chekhov and the Lady with the Dog.
    (CHEKHOV, Anton.) SMITH, Virginia Llewellyn. Anton Chekhov and the Lady with the Dog.

    London : 1973

    First 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

    Stock Code: 140506

  31. Quest Under Capricorn.
    ATTENBOROUGH, David. Quest Under Capricorn.

    London : 1963

    First edition, first impression of Attenborough's visit to the Nothern Territory of Australia. Signed by Attenborough on the title page. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140507

  32. Once Upon a Time:
    RACKHAM, Arthur. Once Upon a Time:

    London : 1972

    First 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

    Stock Code: 140361

  33. Grimm's Fairy Tales.
    (RACKHAM, Arthur.) GRIMM, The Brothers. Grimm's Fairy Tales.

    London : 1973

    First edition thus, handsomely bound. Grimm's fairy tales were first accompanied by Rackham's illustrations in 1900. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140364

  34. A Season in Hell.
    (MAPPLETHORPE, Robert.) RIMBAUD, Arthur. A Season in Hell.

    [New York] : 1986

    First 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

    Stock Code: 139013

  35. The Red and the Black.
    STENDHAL, pseud, Marie Henri Beyle. The Red and the Black.

    New York : 1947

    First Heritage Press edition of Stendhal's Le Rouge et le Noir (1830), in a very handsome Maurin binding. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140265

  36. The Collected Poems.
    BROOKE, Rupert. The Collected Poems.

    London : 1919

    First Riccardi Press edition, copy number 956 of 1,000 copies on handmade Riccardi Paper; an additional 13 were printed on vellum. Brooke's Collected Poems were first published in 1915 in the US, and then in the UK in 1918, expanded and with a memoir by Eddie Marsh - this is the first fine press edition, issued by Philip Lee Warner's Riccardi Press... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140298

  37. The Life of Samuel Johnson.
    BOSWELL, James. The Life of Samuel Johnson.

    London : 1901

    First Railton edition, one of the most attractive illustrated editions of Boswell's great book, presented here in a handsome period half morocco binding. Herbert Railton (1857-1910) was one of the finest "black and white" architectural artists of the period, "who rapidly developed his own, distinctive broken-line technique which enthused many followers,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140188

  38. The Works.
    SHERIDAN, Richard Brinsley. The Works.

    London : 1821

    First edition of the collected works of this enduringly popular playwright, edited by his first biographer, the poet Thomas Moore. A very pretty set from the Vane Londonderry library, monogram gilt to the head of the spine, elaborate armorial bookplate to the front pastedown. On marriage to Frances Anne Emily Vane-Tempest, Charles Stewart, third marquess... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139633

  39. History of the War in the Peninsula
    NAPIER, William Francis Patrick. History of the War in the Peninsula

    London : 1828-40

    First editions of the first volume and last three; the other two being second editions. The first volume was published by Murray, who decided not to exercise his option on the next three having made a considerable loss, Napier therefore published the rest of the history through Boone having raised the money by subscriptions. Napier's work certainly... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135880

  40. Puck of Pook's Hill.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Puck of Pook's Hill.

    London : 1906

    First edition, first impression. A handsomely bound copy of one of Kipling's major titles. Learn More

    Stock Code: 134232

  41. Shakespeare.
    BROWN, Ivor. Shakespeare.

    London : 1963

    First edition, fourth impression, finely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136667

  42. Wolfville Nights.
    LEWIS, Henry Alfred. Wolfville Nights.

    New York : 1902

    First edition, first printing. A handsomely bound copy. Learn More

    Stock Code: 134257

  43. Complete set of the Bond novels and stories.
    FLEMING, Ian. Complete set of the Bond novels and stories.

    London : 1953-66

    First editions, first impressions. A complete set of the original sequence of James Bond novels and stories by Ian Fleming, handsomely bound by Bayntun-Riviere. Learn More

    Stock Code: 134238

  44. Ashenden or The British Agent.
    MAUGHAM, W. Somerset. Ashenden or The British Agent.

    London : 1928

    First edition, first impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 134231

  45. The Quest for Wealth.
    HEILBRONER, Robert L. The Quest for Wealth.

    New York : 1956

    First edition, first printing, in an attractive binding. Heilbroner places the acquisitive instinct as the major driving force in human history. Learn More

    Stock Code: 129320

  46. [Complete Strangers and Brothers series:]
    SNOW, C. P. [Complete Strangers and Brothers series:]

    London : 1940-70

    All first editions, first impressions. Inscribed by the author to the title page of Homecomings "To Joan Hardinge with best wishes from C. P. Snow Sept 15/65/." This eleven-volume roman fleuve probably constitutes Snow's chief contribution to English letters, his critical writings notwithstanding. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136481

  47. The Bertrams.
    TROLLOPE, Anthony. The Bertrams.

    London : 1859

    First edition, issued without half-titles or ads, of Trollope's "curiously uncommon book" (Sadleir). Much of the novel's action takes place in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, unlike the author's best known novels mostly based in England.
    An attractive set. Learn More

    Stock Code: 128270

  48. The Works.
    BURNS, Robert. The Works.

    Edinburgh : 1877-9

    First William Scott Douglas edition, a very fine edition, well printed on superior paper, and here abundantly extra-illustrated. The edition is 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... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139102

  49. Boswell's Life of Johnson.
    (JOHNSON, Samuel.) BOSWELL, James; George Birkbeck Hill (ed.) Boswell's Life of Johnson.

    Oxford : 1887

    First 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

    Stock Code: 139100

  50. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There.

    New York : 1935

    Signed limited edition, number 868 of 1,500 copies signed by Alice Hargreaves, née Liddell, the original Alice. With the publisher's promotional leaflet loosely inserted. Learn More

    Stock Code: 139136

  51. Treasure Island and Kidnapped.
    STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Treasure Island and Kidnapped.

    London : 1909

    First combined edition (first published thus in August 1907), fifth impression, in an attractive deluxe binding. Treasure Island (1883) and Kidnapped (1886) were the first of Stevenson's novels to be published by Cassell, both first serialized in Young Folks, then afterwards published in book form, and they remained among the best-sellers on Cassell's... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138093

  52. Alice's Adventures Under Ground.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures Under Ground.

    London : 1886

    First facsimile edition of the first draft of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, in the hand of Lewis Carroll and with his own illustrations, around half the length of the final published version. Learn More

    Stock Code: 138943

  53. Records of Woman:
    HEMANS, Felicia. Records of Woman:

    Edinburgh : 1828

    First edition of the author's best-known and most personal work, into which she believed she "had put her heart and individual feelings more than in anything else she had written" (Hughes, p. 136).
    Hemans (1793-1835) was one of the most influential and widely read poets of the 19th century. Written at the height of her career, Records of Woman went... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135673

  54. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
    DICKENS, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

    London : 1839

    First edition, in the publisher's deluxe binding of half morocco. Following the serialization in parts, Dombey and Son was issued in book-form in cloth, full morocco, and the present half morocco. The deluxe bindings of Dickens have been somewhat marginalized by bibliographers, but it is certainly the case that they are significantly scarcer than the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138737

  55. The Second World War
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Second World War

    London : 1948-54

    First editions of Churchill's masterpiece, the single most important historical account of the Second World War. As Max Beloff observed, there was no statesman of the twentieth century "whose retrospective accounts of the great events in which he has taken part have so dominated subsequent historical thinking". A man who had always primarily made his... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136479

  56. The Thirty-Nine Steps.
    BUCHAN, John. The Thirty-Nine Steps.

    Edinburgh & London : 1915

    First edition, first impression, of Buchan's classic man-on-the-run adventure story, published in book form on 19 October 1915, and described in its introductory note as "that elementary type of tale which Americans call the 'dime novel,' and which we know as the 'shocker'" (ODNB). The story was serialized in the All Story Weekly from 5 June to 31 July... Learn More

    Stock Code: 134243

  57. [The complete Hornblower:]
    FORESTER, C. S. [The complete Hornblower:]

    London : 1937-67

    First 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

    Stock Code: 117729

  58. Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice found there.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice found there.

    London : 1872

    First edition, first impression, handsomely bound in an early morocco binding in keeping with the original design of the cloth. Learn More

    Stock Code: 138486

  59. Napoleon.
    SOKOLOFF, Boris. Napoleon.

    New York : 1937

    First edition, first printing. Sokoloff was a Russian doctor, author, and cancer researcher who was instrumental in drafting the All-Russian Constitution of the Russian Constituent Assembly, the governing body that would later be overthrown by Lenin. After escaping a death sentence, he moved to Paris before relocating to America at the invitation of... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138223

  60. The English in Ireland in the Eighteenth Century.
    FROUDE, James Anthony. The English in Ireland in the Eighteenth Century.

    London : 1872-4

    First edition. After his completion of the 12 volume History of England published 1856-70, Froude began work on a new history of Ireland. As a Protestant and an English patriot, his account of the history of Ireland and his attempts to justify England's treatment of the Irish were broadly met with criticism. While Froude criticized the English... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137637

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