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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. The Letters.
    TWAIN, Mark. The Letters.

    New York and London : 1917

    First edition of Twain's letters, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. This copy was part of a deluxe limited issue of 350 copies with uncut edges and paper labels, although now rebound and trimmed. Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 134922

  2. The Spy Who Loved Me.
    FLEMING, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me.

    London : 1962

    First edition, first impression, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. The Spy Who Loved Me is the only Bond book to be written in the first person, presented as the testimony of a 23-year-old Canadian woman with whom Bond has an ill-fated affair. In furtherance of this pretence, Vivienne Michel gets a spurious credit on the title page as... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 134789

  3. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
    (BROCK, Charles Edmund.) DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.

    London : 1930

    First Brock-illustrated edition, handsomely bound. Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 134812

  4. Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter.
    ROOSEVELT, Theodore. Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter.

    New York : 1905

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 134762

  5. African Game Trails.
    ROOSEVELT, Theodore. African Game Trails.

    New York : 1910

    First trade edition, first printing. Absenting himself from politics for a year, Roosevelt set off on an elaborate hunting trip to gather specimens for the Smithsonian. The huge party, including over 250 porters and guides, was partly underwritten by Scribner's who gave Roosevelt a 50,000 commission for a series of 12 articles on the safari which form... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 134769

  6. St. Ives.
    STEVENSON, Robert Louis. St. Ives.

    London : 1898

    First UK edition, of Stevenson's unfinished novel, originally published in the US the preceding year, which was completed in 1898 by Arthur Quiller-Couch. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 134634

  7. Journey Into Fear.
    AMBLER, Eric. Journey Into Fear.

    London : 1940

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 134239

  8. The Dark Frontier.
    AMBLER, Eric. The Dark Frontier.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression of the author's first book. Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 134240

  9. A Book of Romantic Ballads.
    (BALLADS.) A Book of Romantic Ballads.

    London : 1901

    First edition of this collection, handsomely bound. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 120573

  10. The Christopher Robin Story Book.
    MILNE, A. A. The Christopher Robin Story Book.

    London : 1929

    First edition, first impression, of this collection of verse and stories featuring Christopher Robin. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 131997

  11. The Plays.
    GALSWORTHY, John. The Plays.

    London : 1929

    First collected edition. Inscribed by the author on the original front free endpaper "Inscribed with every good wish by John Galsworthy, April 1930"; with a pencilled notation for the binder "preserve". Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 132028

  12. Lost Horizon.
    HILTON, James. Lost Horizon.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression, of the book that introduced Shangri-La, a fictional utopian lamasery located high in the mountains of Tibet. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 131008

  13. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
    (ALDIN, Cecil). DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.

    London : 1910

    First edition thus, first impression. The Dickensian reviewed Cecil's edition upon publication, noting that "Aldin has very wisely chosen to illustrate the book throughout, and although it makes two large volumes, no one will regret that, considering the wealth of pictures it contains" (p. 322). Cecil Aldin was "identified with clever work in colour... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 130775

  14. [The Works.]
    WILDE, Oscar. [The Works.]

    London : 1908

    First collected edition of Wilde's works, one of 1,000 unnumbered sets on handmade paper. The texts were mostly taken from the last editions to be supervised by the author, in some cases with additional matter here published for the first time. The copyright of The Picture of Dorian Gray was held by Charles Carrington, so that volume alone appears with... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 130801

  15. 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
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 130554

  16. The Selected Works.
    DARWIN, Charles. The Selected Works.

    New York : 1896-7

    A handsomely bound set of the first authorized collected edition of Darwin's works. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 129945

  17. Mother Goose. The Old Nursery Rhymes.
    RACKHAM, Arthur. Mother Goose. The Old Nursery Rhymes.

    London : 1913

    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, all except the Mother Goose... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 129727

  18. The Springtide of Life Poems of Childhood
    (RACKHAM, Arthur.) SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles The Springtide of Life Poems of Childhood

    London : 1918

    First trade edition, first impression. Reviewed contemporaneously as "one of his best", Rackham's "delicate and romantic fancy, is in sensitive harmony with Swinburne's poems and his pictures show that he understands no less than did the poet" (The Publisher's Weekly, vol. 94, 1918, p. 19). Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 129607

  19. Faust.
    (NERVAL Gérard de, trans.) GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust.

    Paris : 1904

    Limited edition, number 11 of 15 copies printed on japon with the plates in three states (printed in black on japon, bistre on chine, and blue). 15 copies were also printed on papier de chine, 40 on Watham paper, and 350 in a standard trade issue. Nerval's translation of Goethe's epic play was first published in 1828, Goethe commenting that "this French... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 129609

  20. Journal of The Discovery of The Source of The Nile.
    SPEKE, John Hanning. Journal of The Discovery of The Source of The Nile.

    New York & London : 1864

    First edition, first printing. An attractively bound copy. Learn More
    £695.00

    Stock Code: 129565

  21. The Story of Sigurd the Volsung.
    MORRIS, William. The Story of Sigurd the Volsung.

    London : 1877

    First edition of Morris's Icelandic epic, his longest and most ambitious poem. Although dated 1877 this work was issued in November 1876. He had published a prose translation, in collaboration with Eirikr Magnusson, in 1870, though this edition presents the first appearance of his solo poetic treatment of the epic. "This four-book narrative in resounding... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 129025

  22. The Private Correspondence.
    WEBSTER, Daniel. The Private Correspondence.

    Boston : 1857

    First edition of Webster's correspondence, in an attractive binding. Daniel Webster (1782-1852) served as Secretary of State under Presidents William Henry Harrison, John Tylor and Millard Fillmore, one of only two individuals to serve under three presidents. He was the chief negotiator for the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, which established the boundary... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 128754

  23. The Food of the People, being The History of Industrial Feeding.
    CURTIS-BENNETT, Noel. The Food of the People, being The History of Industrial Feeding.

    London : 1949

    First edition, deluxe limited issue, number 51 of 100 copies, presented to Eric Simonds by the directors of Peter Merchant Ltd, with their numbered presentation bookplate. A highly attractive copy of this study of the history of the feeding of employees in the workplace, from the middle ages to the factory canteen. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 128771

  24. A Chronicle of England, B.C. 55-A.D. 1485.
    DOYLE, James E. A Chronicle of England, B.C. 55-A.D. 1485.

    London : 1864

    First edition of this landmark work, "the first book with original work printed in colour expressly designed for the original text" (Muir, p. 158). A Chronicle of England demonstrates "colour printing at its best, the colours fresh as if they had just been painted, the typography clear and beautiful" (Slythe, p. 28). Indeed, in the designer, Edmund... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 128691

  25. Four Books of Choice Old Scotish Ballads, MDCCCXXIII-MDCCCXLIV.
    STEVENSON, Thomas George (ed.) Four Books of Choice Old Scotish Ballads, MDCCCXXIII-MDCCCXLIV.

    Edinburgh : 1868

    First collected edition, one of 155 unnumbered copies printed for private circulation. The four books were respectively published in 1823, 1824, 1827 and 1844, all in a very small print run, with this being the second printing of each.
    With the tipped-in bookplate produced by the Scottish artist Katherine Cameron (1874-1965) for her husband Arthur... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 127672

  26. The Story of Doctor Dolittle.
    LOFTING, Hugh. The Story of Doctor Dolittle.

    New York : 1920

    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
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 127454

  27. An Introduction to Bibliography for Literary Students.
    McKERROW, Ronald. An Introduction to Bibliography for Literary Students.

    Oxford : 1928

    First edition, second impression with corrections, following the first impression of the previous year. An attractively bound copy of this classic primer in bibliography, which held its place for the next half century as the key beginner's text in the field, and remains widely consulted to this day. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 126843

  28. The Thousand and One Quarters of an Hour.
    GUEULLETTE, Thomas-Simon. The Thousand and One Quarters of an Hour.

    London : 1893

    First Smithers edition, one of five copies printed on Japanese vellum. Originally published in 1715 as Mille et un quarts d'heure, contes tartares, these stories - referred to by Smithers as "very lively, ingenious, and entertaining imitations of the 'Arabian Nights'" - were the work of the lawyer, bibliophile and prolific compiler of tales,... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 126130

  29. The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes.
    GERARDE, John. The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes.

    London : 1633

    First edition of Johnson's enlarged version of the herbalist's major work, first published in 1597. Thomas Johnson (c.1595-1644), the London apothecary who was already a botanical writer of some note by 1633, sensibly marked his additions and major alterations to the first edition, making it possible to distinguish the revisions from the original. His... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 125719

  30. In Quest of the Holy Graal.
    EVANS, Sebastian. In Quest of the Holy Graal.

    London : 1898

    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, entitled The High History of... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 125244

  31. [Dance to the Music of Time:]
    POWELL, Anthony. [Dance to the Music of Time:]

    London : 1951-75

    First editions, first impressions, of the complete series of 12 novels in Powell's celebrated novel sequence, with a postcard signed by the author tipped into A Buyer's Market. Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 125257

  32. The Works... In two volumes.
    LAMB, Charles [& Mary.] The Works... In two volumes.

    London : 1818

    First edition, dedicated to "My dear Coleridge" and issued by the Olliers, publishers of Keats, Shelley, Hazlitt, and Leigh Hunt. "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... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 123293

  33. Memoirs of Celebrated Female Sovereigns.
    JAMESON, Anna. Memoirs of Celebrated Female Sovereigns.

    London : 1831

    First edition. Anna Jameson (1794-1860) has been seen by some modern commentators as a proto-feminist due to her extensive writings on women; however, the present work presents a distinctly negative vision of women in power, as clearly stated in the preface: "it remains a question how far the feminine character may be so modified by education, as to... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 123296

  34. Wessex Tales.
    HARDY, Thomas. Wessex Tales.

    London : 1888

    First edition in book form. An attractively bound copy of this collection of five stories, including The Withered Arm, which were previously published in serial form. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 123136

  35. Underwoods.
    STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Underwoods.

    Portland, Maine : 1900

    First Mosher edition, number 20 of 100 copies printed on japon paper, with an additional 925 copies printed on Van Gelder paper. The printer, Thomas Mosher, was a major contributor to the American private press movement. A finely printed and bound copy, which was first published in 1887. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 122918

  36. [The Works.]
    HUGO, Victor. [The Works.]

    Boston : 1892

    Limited edition, number 63 of 500 sets printed on Holland paper, translated into English by Alexandre Baillot and with two volumes of biography by Alfred Barbou (1846-1907). Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 122691

  37. Life of an American Workman.
    CHRYSLER, Walter P., & Boyden Sparkes. Life of an American Workman.

    New York : 1937

    First and limited edition, number 64 of 500 copies privately printed, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "To W. S. S. Rodgers with my friendship and affection 1/19/38 W. P. Chrysler", on the first blank leaf. The book's foreword describes the printing of this edition, designed as a Christmas remembrance for the Chrysler family to distribute... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 122166

  38. [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: 121249

  39. Captains Courageous.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Captains Courageous.

    London : 1897

    First UK edition, binder's presentation copy, with a calligraphic inscription in manuscript in red and black ink, "To Irene, with best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. From the bindery, December 1920", signed by George Sutcliffe beneath the inscription, to the fourth binder's blank (Sangorski having died in 1912). It is probable that... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 121101

  40. The Kafirs of Natal and Zulu Country.
    SHOOTER, Joseph. The Kafirs of Natal and Zulu Country.

    London : 1857

    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. His own findings are supplemented... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 120941

  41. A Treatise on the Culture of the Vine.
    SPEECHLY, William A Treatise on the Culture of the Vine.

    York : 1790

    First edition. William Speechly (c.1740-1821) was gardener to the third Duke of Portland at his Welbeck Abbey estate in Nottinghamshire. Encouraged by the duke Speechly started writing down and publishing his knowledge and experience in gardening; in 1776 he had contributed to Alexander Hunter's edition of Evelyn's Silva, which was shortly followed... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 120229

  42. A History of the English Speaking Peoples.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. A History of the English Speaking Peoples.

    London : 1956-58

    First editions, first impressions. Churchill began his history of the British Empire and the United States during his period in the political wilderness in the early 1930s, but did not complete it until after his retirement in the late 1950s. The events of the Second World War, the major interruption in the writing process, had reconfirmed his belief... Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 120096

  43. Poems.
    (HARRISON, Florence.) ROSSETTI, Christina. Poems.

    London : 1910

    First trade edition, first impression, beautifully illustrated in art nouveau style by Harrison. Florence Harrison (1877-1955) was an Australian-born artist known for her rich, art nouveau style. "Harrison brought to this volume some of her most recognisable and oft-reproduced illustrations, ethereal and evocative by turn" (Howe). A well-respected artist,... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 119894

  44. Letters on the Management of Hounds.
    [HORLOCK, K. W.] SCRUTATOR. Letters on the Management of Hounds.

    London : 1852

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

    Stock Code: 118710

  45. Instructions for the Practice of Fresco Painting;
    WINSOR, W. & H. C. Newton. Instructions for the Practice of Fresco Painting;

    London : 1843

    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 in 1867 showed 135 paintings... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 118578

  46. Poems 1886-1929.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Poems 1886-1929.

    New York : 1930

    First US edition, signed limited edition, number 44 of 537 copies signed by the author, of which 525 were for sale. It was first published in the UK the previous year. Learn More
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 117542

  47. The Life of Erasmus.
    (ERASMUS, Desiderius.) KNIGHT, Samuel. The Life of Erasmus.

    Cambridge : 1726

    First edition of Knight's biography of the Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus, who first visited England in 1498, later spending a number of years Cambridge. This copy with the frontispiece and plates listed in the list of cuts, with the additional plates as called for in Lowndes. Samuel Knight was an English clergyman and antiquary, he served as chaplain... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 117410

  48. Dombey and Son.
    DICKENS, Charles. Dombey and Son.

    London : 1848

    First edition, extra-illustrated with the 12 character plates by "Phiz" (eight engraved solely by him and dated 1848, four vignetted within an oval frame and engraved by both "Phiz" and Robert Young). "With the author's sanction, 'Phiz,' co-operating with Robert Young, etched four extra plates for this work. They were fine portraits of Little Paul,... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 116660

  49. Mr. Pickwick.
    (REYNOLDS, Frank, illus.) DICKENS, Charles. Mr. Pickwick.

    London : [1910]

    First trade edition, first impression, of this adaptation of Pickwick Papers, featuring illustrations by Frank Reynolds, here handsomely bound. Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 115828

  50. Problems of Greater Britain.
    DILKE, Sir Charles Wentworth. Problems of Greater Britain.

    London : 1890

    First edition, an interesting association copy, with the engraved bookplate of Pandeli Ralli (1845-1928), Liberal member of parliament (for Bridport, 1875-80, then Wallingford until 1885), member of the famous Greek merchant family, and longtime confidant of Lord Kitchener, to the front pastedowns. Dilke's essay on imperial defence predicted the threat... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 115748

  51. In English Homes.
    LATHAM, Charles. In English Homes.

    London : 1909

    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
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 115351

  52. The Naval Achievements of Great Britain. From the Year 1793 to 1817.
    JENKINS, James. The Naval Achievements of Great Britain. From the Year 1793 to 1817.

    London : [after 1817]

    First edition, early issue, of this magnificent publication, the apogee of the coloured aquatint, illustrating the high-water mark of Britain's maritime hegemony. "As a record of naval events spanning a period of over twenty years it has no precedent. At no time prior to 1817 had a publisher attempted such a complete volume of documentary naval prints.... Learn More
    £9,750.00

    Stock Code: 115370

  53. A Visit to the South Seas,
    STEWART, C. S. A Visit to the South Seas,

    London : 1832

    First edition of this account by Charles Samuel Stewart (1795-1870), who served as chaplain during the voyage. Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 115104

  54. The Mississippi Valley in British Politics.
    ALVORD, Clarence Walworth. The Mississippi Valley in British Politics.

    Cleveland, OH : 1917

    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 politics. The part played... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 114851

  55. Discourses on the Publick Revenues, and on the Trade of England. In two Parts.
    DAVENANT, Charles. Discourses on the Publick Revenues, and on the Trade of England. In two Parts.

    London : 1697-8

    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 contains five essays, on "Political... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 114857

  56. Ben Jonson.
    SYMONDS, John Addington. Ben Jonson.

    London : 1888

    Symonds's appreciation of the playwright Ben Jonson, an early edition handsomely bound by Zaehnsdorf with the original cloth preserved at the rear. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 114531

  57. Sir Philip Sidney.
    SYMONDS, John Addington. Sir Philip Sidney.

    London : 1886

    First edition of Symonds' appreciation of Elizabethan poet and courtier Sir Philip Sidney, attractively bound by Zaehnsdorf with the original cloth bound in. From the English Men of Letters series, edited by John Morley. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 114532

  58. A Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit-Trees; in which a new method of pruning and training is fully described.
    FORSYTH, William. A Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit-Trees; in which a new method of pruning and training is fully described.

    London : 1802

    First edition. Forsyth (1737-1804), for whom the forsythia was named, was superintendent of the royal gardens at St. James and Kensington. The Observations on the Diseases, Defects, and Injuries of Fruit and Forest Trees had been separately published in 1791. The "particular method of cure" was a "plaister", or paste, whose application would, Forsyth... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 114624

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