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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. 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
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 135673

  2. 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
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 136479

  3. 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
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 134243

  4. [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
    £3,950.00

    Stock Code: 117729

  5. 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
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 138486

  6. 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
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 138223

  7. 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
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 137637

  8. 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
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 132872

  9. A most pleasant, fruitful, and witty Work, of the best State of a Public Weal, and of the new Isle called Utopia.
    (DIBDIN, Thomas Frognall.) MORE, Sir Thomas. A most pleasant, fruitful, and witty Work, of the best State of a Public Weal, and of the new Isle called Utopia.

    London : 1808

    First Dibdin edition of More's Utopia, a very attractive edition by the great bibliophile, which includes a bibliography of the early editions, and uses the text of the first English translation of 1551. Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 138538

  10. Sketches of Young Gentlemen.
    [DICKENS, Charles.] Sketches of Young Gentlemen.

    London : 1838

    First edition, Dickens's guide to young ladies of the qualities to look for in a gentleman, written against the publication Sketches of Young Ladies, issued by Chapman & Hall the previous year. Provenance: booklabel to front pastedown of the industrialist James William Ellsworth (1849-1925); the Carl H. Pforzheimer Library, stamp on rear endpaper;... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 138167

  11. Faro Nell and Her Friends.
    LEWIS, Henry Alfred. Faro Nell and Her Friends.

    New York : 1909

    First edition, first printing. A handsomely bound copy. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 134259

  12. Wolfville Folks.
    LEWIS, Henry Alfred. Wolfville Folks.

    New York : 1909

    First published in 1908. A handsomely bound copy. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 134258

  13. On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
    FLEMING, Ian. On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

    London : 1963

    First edition, first impression, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. This is the 11th book in the James Bond series, featuring a reappearance of Blofeld and SPECTRE, linking it to the plot of Thunderball (1961). It was adapted for film in 1969, featuring George Lazenby. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 134787

  14. The History of England.
    HUME, David, & Tobias Smollett. The History of England.

    Philadelphia : 1795-98

    First American edition. A handsomely bound set of Hume's famous history, first published in 1754-61, and continued by Smollett after his death. Published by Robert Campbell (17691800) in Philadelphia, the first American edition was a subscription edition produced over two years (17956) and in six volumes, with Smollett's continuation produced in a further... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 138168

  15. Godfrey of Bulloigne, or Jerusalem Delivered.
    TASSO, Torquato. Godfrey of Bulloigne, or Jerusalem Delivered.

    London : 1817

    First edition thus, one of 50 large paper copies. A highly appealing edition printed by the excellent Thomas Bensley and with delightful wood-engravings, perhaps by Bewick's pupil Henry White, after designs by John Thurston. Fairfax's translation was originally published in 1600; the first English translation of Tasso's poetical account of the first... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 121168

  16. The Life of Nelson.
    MAHAN, Alfred Thayer. The Life of Nelson.

    London : 1897

    First UK edition, first impression. Learn More
    £695.00

    Stock Code: 120265

  17. The Life of Nelson.
    SOUTHEY, Robert. The Life of Nelson.

    London : 1813

    First edition, large paper copy, of which there were only 500 sets published. Elegantly written and surprisingly even-handed on the issue of the Neapolitan Jacobins, "Southey constructed an early-nineteenth century hero as a model for the young - in his words, a 'patriotic manual.' He told a friend that he would write 'such a life of Nelson as shall... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 114056

  18. Le Soldat citoyen,
    [SERVAN, Joseph.] 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 theme foreshadowed the Revolution... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 113091

  19. The Valley of Fear.
    DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Valley of Fear.

    London : 1915

    First UK edition, first impression. Published 3 June 1915, it was preceded by the American edition, released earlier the same year, on 27 February. Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 106897

  20. No Peace with Napoleon!
    DE CAULAINCOURT, Armand-Augustin-Louis. No Peace with Napoleon!

    New York : 1936

    First edition, first printing. This book concludes the Memoirs of De Cauliaincourt, begun in With Napoleon in Russia (1933). De Cauliaincourt was a close personal aide to Napoleon I who is credited with influencing the Tsar Alexander I for provision to be made for the Emperor on the island of Elba after his forced abdication. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 137696

  21. Shakespeare's Sonnets; [together with] Doctor Faustus.
    SHAKESPEARE, William, & Christopher Marlowe. Shakespeare's Sonnets; [together with] Doctor Faustus.

    London : 1903

    First Vale Press editions, first impressions. The binding and decorations were designed by Charles Ricketts (1866-1931), a publisher, designer and wood engraver who readily embraced the printing revival which propagated the ideals of the arts-and-crafts movement: "The novelty of a book, made during the recent revival, lies in the fact that it shows... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 137242

  22. The Daltons
    LEVER, Charles. The Daltons

    London : 1852

    First edition. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 99342

  23. Calderon;
    HASELL, E. J., & Clifton W. Collins. Calderon;

    Edinburgh : 1879 & 1880

    First editions of these two works, attractively bound. Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 99292

  24. Howards End.
    FORSTER, E. M. Howards End.

    London : 1910

    First edition, first impression, second issue with publisher's advertisements. The novel was the basis for the 1992 Oscar-winning film of the same title. Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 134793

  25. The Water-Babies.
    (GOBLE, Warwick.) KINGSLEY, Charles. The Water-Babies.

    London : 1909

    First Goble edition. The Water-Babies was first published in 1863, and first illustrated in 1886 by Linley Sambourne. London-born Warwick Goble (1862-1943) was an illustrator of children's books who specialized in Japanese and Indian themes. Having worked for monthly magazines until 1909, he then became resident gift book illustrator for Macmillan,... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 134693

  26. The Muse In Arms.
    OSBORN, E. B. (ed.) The Muse In Arms.

    London : 1917

    First edition, first impression, of this collection of First World War poems. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 137522

  27. A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes,
    ACKERMANN, Rudolph (publisher). A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes,

    London : 1821

    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 various kinds of scenery of... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 115759

  28. Principes d'Orchestration.
    RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, Nicolai. Principes d'Orchestration.

    Paris : 1914

    First edition thus, with the Paris imprint, first published in 1905. This copy from the library of composer Lord Berners, and with his annotations in pencil, mostly consisting of marking passages for attention, but with occasional comment, such as his own calculation of orchestra numbers in the margin of the table p. 7, "horns & trumpets" p. 26, and... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 137505

  29. A Picturesque Tour Along the Rhine, from Mentz to Cologne:
    (ACKERMANN, Rudolph, publ.) GERNING, Johann Isaac von. A Picturesque Tour Along the Rhine, from Mentz to Cologne:

    London : 1820

    First illustrated edition, with plates watermarked 1816-20. By 1820, Rudolph Ackermann (17641834) had established himself as one of the premium publishers of colour plate books in Britain, largely thanks to a number of works on English topography starting with The Microcosm of London in 1808. A Picturesque Tour Along the Rhine was... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 136164

  30. The Island Race.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Island Race.

    London : 1964

    First edition thus, an abridgement by Timothy Baker of the four volumes of Churchill's History of the English-Speaking Peoples. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 111644

  31. Le Rime di Messer Francesco Petrarca.
    PETRARCH. Le Rime di Messer Francesco Petrarca.

    Venice : 1820

    First edition thus. A very attractively bound copy of this edition of Petrarch's poetry. Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 137487

  32. Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers and other Poems.
    AYTOUN, Edmondstoune William. Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers and other Poems.

    Edinburgh : 1863

    First Paton edition, superbly illustrated. "The book brims with Paton's half-page illustrations, headpieces and tailpieces (augmented by a few landscapes by his brother, Waller Paton) - the armour and historical costumes (Paton was a noted collector of these) perfectly realized to the last detail, the compositions unusual and forceful, the squeezed-together... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 137470

  33. Histoire de Marguerite d'Anjou, reine d'Angleterre.
    (MARGARET OF ANJOU.) PRÉVOST, Abbé. Histoire de Marguerite d'Anjou, reine d'Angleterre.

    Amsterdam : 1740

    First edition of Prévost's biography of Margaret of Anjou, published the same year as his biography of William the Conqueror, which "gives us some insight into the workings of Prévost's complex creative mind and tells us something of the taste of his reading public. Above all it exemplifies the crisis through which historiography was passing" (Francis,... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 137421

  34. Complete collection of the first 8 Ariel Poems.
    (ARIEL POEMS.) Complete collection of the first 8 Ariel Poems.

    [London : 1927

    A finely bound collection of the first eight titles in the Ariel Poems series, comprising Yuletide in a Younger World by Thomas Hardy, drawings by Albert Rutherston; The Linnet's Nest by Henry Newbolt, drawings by Ralph Keene; The Wonder Night by Laurence Binyon, drawings by Barnett Freedman; Alone by Walter de la Mare, wood engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton;... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 122684

  35. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
    TWAIN, Mark. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

    New York : 1889

    First American edition, first issue, of Twain's satirical interpolation of a 19th-century American into the early medieval world of Malory's Morte Darthur. As with other Twain novels, for copyright reasons the publication of the first London edition preceded the US edition by a few days. This copy has the primary state points of "The S King"... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 136800

  36. Right Ho Jeeves.
    WODEHOUSE, P. G. Right Ho Jeeves.

    London : 1934

    First edition, first impression. The second full-length novel featuring Jeeves and Wooster, published on 5 October 1934, following hot on the heels of Thank You, Jeeves (16 March 1934), and "containing one of the most memorable drunk scenes in all English literature when Gussie presents the prizes chapter XVI... A Wodehouse classic" (Jasen).... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 135699

  37. Fantasia.
    (DISNEY, Walt.) TAYLOR, Deems. Fantasia.

    New York : 1940

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 134743

  38. Enrico Caruso.
    KEY, Pierre V. R. Enrico Caruso.

    Boston : 1922

    First edition, first printing, this copy subscribed for Marion Talley, signed by Caruso's widow Dorothy, Key, and Zirato on the limitation page, copy number 90 of 99 deluxe edition copies.
    Marion Talley (1906-1983) was an American opera coloratura soprano. The present book would have reached her when, in 1922, she appeared as the lead in a production... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 132883

  39. The Catcher in The Rye.
    SALINGER, J. D. The Catcher in The Rye.

    Boston : 1951

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 131999

  40. Vanity Fair. A Novel Without a Hero.
    THACKERAY, William Makepeace. Vanity Fair. A Novel Without a Hero.

    London : 1848

    First edition in book form. "Modern editions of this classic novel almost invariably omit Thackeray's vignettes and often give only a selection from his etchings. The reader is deprived thereby not only of much amusement but also of important clues to the meaning of the story" (Ray). Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 129551

  41. Representative American Yachts.
    PEABODY, Henry Greenwood. Representative American Yachts.

    Boston : 1891 & 1893

    First editions, extremely uncommon. OCLC lists just six copies of the first, all in the United States, two copies of the 1893 supplement and a few copies of subsequent portmanteau editions. A superb collection of images of some the great yachts of a Golden Age of American boat-building. Missouri-born and Dartmouth College-educated, Peabody initially... Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 112236

  42. Charles Dickens: The Story of his Life.
    TAVERNER, H. T. Charles Dickens: The Story of his Life.

    London : 1870

    Fascinating copy of the first edition of the first posthumous biography of Dickens, signed on the title page and annotated throughout by Dickens's associate, the English journalist Edmund Ollier (1826-1886).
    Ollier was a scion of a literary family of some consequence in the course of 19th-century English literature. His father Charles Ollier (1788-1859)... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 136324

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

    London : 1931

    First edition illustrated by Charles Edmund Brock, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 134824

  44. Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette During the Revolution.
    WEBSTER, Nesta H. Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette During the Revolution.

    New York : 1938

    First edition, first printing, of Webster's dual biography of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, from the calling of the Estates General to their executions. A handsome copy. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 136804

  45. An Examination of the Advantages of Solitude;
    ZIMMERMANN, Johann Georg. An Examination of the Advantages of Solitude;

    London : 1805

    Delightful edition of Zimmermann's most important work, presented here in a fine period binding, originally published as Von der Einsamkeit (1754), expanded as Betrachtungen über die Einsamkeit (1756) and amended and enlarged 1784-5. "In all these works Zimmermann propagated the ideal of a life lived in withdrawal from superficial society,... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 125527

  46. The Hound of the Baskervilles.
    DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Hound of the Baskervilles.

    London : 1902

    First edition, first impression. The Hound was Sherlock Holmes's "comeback" novel after his shocking demise on the Reichenbach Falls stunned his loyal Victorian readership. When first serialized in the Strand Magazine in 1901 it was a feverish success, with queues at the publisher's office and throughout the country. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 132284

  47. Life on the Mississippi.
    TWAIN, Mark. Life on the Mississippi.

    London : 1883

    First edition, first issue, with March 1883 ads, preceding the first US edition by five days, and finely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 134913

  48. Tom Sawyer Abroad.
    TWAIN, Mark. Tom Sawyer Abroad.

    London : 1894

    First UK edition, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. Twain's sequel to the Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer Abroad lampoons adventure stories such as those of Jules Verne. The US edition was published earlier that year. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 134916

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

    London : 1793

    First octavo edition, the second overall, of "the most famous biography in any language, one of Western literature's most germinal achievements: unprecedented in its time in its depth of research and its extensive use of private correspondence and recorded conversation" (ODNB). Boswell set about compiling his many thousands of notes after Johnson's... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 136108

  50. The History of England from the Accession of James the Second.
    MACAULAY, Thomas Babington. The History of England from the Accession of James the Second.

    London : 1856-61

    First edition of the last three volumes, twelfth edition of the first two, which were originally published in 1848. A handsomely bound set of Macaulay's classic of Whig history. Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 122492

  51. The Works.
    JOHNSON, Samuel. The Works.

    Oxford : 1825

    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 debates brought the total to... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 122841

  52. The Works.
    GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Works.

    London : 1854

    First Cunningham edition. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 116025

  53. The Life of Napoleon.
    ABBOTT, John Stevens Cabot. The Life of Napoleon.

    London : 1860

    First edition. A handsomely bound copy. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 118706

  54. Life and Correspondence of Field Marshal Sir John Burgoyne, Bart.
    WROTTESLEY, George. Life and Correspondence of Field Marshal Sir John Burgoyne, Bart.

    London : 1873

    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. He also served under... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 118104

  55. James I and VI; Queen Anne; Marie Antoinette; Empress Josephine; Queen Victoria.
    NOLHAC, Pierre de, and others. James I and VI; Queen Anne; Marie Antoinette; Empress Josephine; Queen Victoria.

    Paris : 1897-1906

    First editions and first editions in English. A handsomely bound set of these lavishly produced biographies, published by Goupil & Cie, the leading art dealership in 19th-century France. James I and Queen Anne are number 420 and 93 respectively from a limited edition of 800 copies on fine paper. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 111444

  56. A Circumstantial Report of the Evidence and Proceedings upon the Charges Preferred against His Royal Highness the Duke of York in the Capacity of Commander in Chief in the Months of February and March, 1809.
    WARDLE, Gwyllym Lloyd. A Circumstantial Report of the Evidence and Proceedings upon the Charges Preferred against His Royal Highness the Duke of York in the Capacity of Commander in Chief in the Months of February and March, 1809.

    London : 1809

    First edition of the report which provoked one of the great scandals of the Georgian era, at the height of the war with France. Wardle initially served as a soldier in Sir William Watkins Wynn's Ancient British Regiment of light dragoons. After becoming member of Parliament for Okehampton in 1807 he quickly developed an interest in corruption in the... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 113701

  57. Keep the Aspidistra Flying.
    ORWELL, George. Keep the Aspidistra Flying.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 135765

  58. Burmese Days.
    ORWELL, George. Burmese Days.

    London : 1935

    First UK edition (first published in the US in the previous year), first impression, of Orwell's second book and first novel. Orwell's book, the result of five years service as a police officer in the Indian Imperial Police in Burma 1922-7, was initially rejected by Gollancz amid concerns that this caustic critique of colonialism might be considered... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 135781

  59. Ulysses.
    JOYCE, James. Ulysses.

    London : 1937

    A handsomely bound copy of the first UK trade edition of Ulysses. The novel was first published in Paris in 1922, and was preceded in the UK only by John Lane's limited edition of 1,000 copies in 1936. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 135397

  60. The Life of Nelson.
    SOUTHEY, Robert. The Life of Nelson.

    London : 1813

    First edition, first issue with page 258 of volume two misnumbered as 852. "Southey constructed an early-nineteenth century hero as a model for the young in his words, a 'patriotic manual'. He told a friend that he would write 'such a life of Nelson as shall be put into the hands of every youth destined for the Navy'" (Knight, The Pursuit of Victory,... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 115173

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