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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 : 1802First 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
TYRRELL, James. A Brief Disquisition of the Law of Nature,
London : 1692First edition, possibly early state as this copy does not include the errata leaf and leaf f1 is not cancelled and replaced with a bifolium, as is the case for the copy collated in ESTC. A Brief Disquisition of the Law of Nature is an abridged translation by political theorist and historian James Tyrrell of Richard Cumberland's treatise heralding English... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 114483
BEATTIE, William. Scotland Illustrated,
London : 1838First edition, in a fine contemporary binding incorporating a variety of attractive Scottish motifs. One of several works by William Beattie (1793-1875), Scotland Illustrated includes historical and topographical descriptions of Scottish sites and landscapes, accompanied by numerous engraved views, of which 91 are by Allom, whose "drawings are full... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 113843
MAUGHAM, W. Somerset. Of Human Bondage.
London : 1915First UK edition, first impression, printed from the first-issue American plates with "help" for "helped" at p. 257, line 4; "some copies contain 16 pp. inserted advertisements, with no significance for issue" (Stott). "The novel was coolly received in Britain and America and became a best-seller only after an effusive review by the influential American... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 112449
MILNE, A. A. When We Were Very Young.
London : July 1925Tenth impression, second deluxe edition. Milne had no particular ambition to write for children, but in 1922 a glimpse of his two-year-old son Christopher being taught to pray by his nanny inspired him to compose the verse "Vespers", a gently ironic take on the innocence of childhood intended for an adult readership, which was published in Vanity Fair... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 112308
[ABBOTT, Sir James.] Prometheus' Daughter.
London : 1861First and only edition, inscribed "To Baron & Baroness Brantsen, o. d. Zyss, With kindest remembrances and best wishes from the author's wife. Christmas 1868, Richmond House" on the initial blank. Sir James Abbott (1807-1896) was an army officer and colonial administrator best remembered for his success in pacifying the tribal regions of the North West... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 111566
STEVENSON, Robert Louis, & Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson. More New Arabian Nights: The Dynamiter.
London : 1885First edition of this collection of short stories in a fine Zaehnsdorf binding. Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the whole of "The Explosive Bomb" and several passages in the other stories, apart from "The Destroying Angel" and "The Fair Cuban", for which Fanny Stevenson was solely responsible. There was also a wrappered issue of the first edition but the... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 110745
STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Silverado Squatters.
London : 1883First edition, first issue with "his" omitted on the last but one line p. 140. Bound without the publisher's adverts. With the spine and front panel of the original cloth bound in at rear. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 110748
STEVENSON, Robert Louis, & Lloyd Osbourne. The Ebb-Tide. A Trio and Quartette.
London : 1894First UK edition, published two months after the US edition. With the front and spine panels of the original cloth bound in at rear. A fine Zaehnsdorf binding. Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 110753
STEVENSON, Robert Louis, & Lloyd Osbourne. The Wrecker.
London : 1892First edition, first impression, of Stevenson's comedy of manners, the first of two novels set in the South Seas and written in collaboration with his stepson, the second being The Ebb-Tide (1894). "As for The Wrecker, it 's a machine, you know - don't expect aught else - a machine, and a police machine; but I believe the end is one of the most genuine... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 110769
STEVENSON, Robert Louis, & Lloyd Osbourne. The Wrong Box.
London : 1889First edition, first impression, with a rule underneath the word "contents" on the contents page. With the spine panel of the original binding bound in at rear. A fine Zaehnsdorf binding. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 110771
STEVENSON, Robert Louis, & W. E. Henley. Three Plays:
London : 1892First collected edition, one of 1,000 copies thus. "The issue consisted of 1,000 copies on ordinary paper, 100 large paper copies, bound in half buff cloth, and 30 copies on Japanese vellum paper" (Slater). With the spine panel of the original cloth bound in at rear. A fine Zaehnsdorf binding. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 110774
BOYLE, Robert. A Free Discourse against Customary Swearing.
London : 1695First edition, with an attractive early American provenance, a preliminary blank is inscribed: "Wm. Dummer's Booke, 3: May 1706, pretium 3 shillings". This is the governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, William Dummer (1677-1761), after whom Dummer's War is named, a series of battles between New England and the Wabanaki Confederacy (1722-1725).... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 110090
ATKINSON, Lucy Sherrard. Recollections of Tartar Steppes and their Inhabitants.
London : 1863First edition, uncommon. Lucy Atkinson (1817-1893), traveller and writer, accompanied her husband, Thomas Witlam Atkinson, in Siberia, the Kirgiz steppes and eastwards as far as Irkutsk and the Chinese border. Her "vivid account, which is arranged as a series of letters to a friend, shows Lucy Atkinson to have been an indefatigable horsewoman who was... Learn More£800.00
Stock Code: 109010
DICKENS, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit.
London : 1844First edition, first issue, bound from parts, with all the issue points listed by Smith. With the 100 title plate, not transposed. The transposed plate is often referred to as a first issue point, though Hatton and Cleaver long ago dismissed this, stating that "It is merely one of the five cases in Chuzzlewit of triplicated steels, one of them reading... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 108379
SKELTON, Sir John. Charles I.
London, Paris & Edinburgh : 1898First edition, a handsomely bound copy. Skelton was a Scottish lawyer and literary figure; "In his historical work he characteristically displayed something of the spirit of the advocate" (ODNB). He also wrote a number of works on Mary Stuart. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 102763
[HUGHES, Thomas.] Tom Brown's School Days.
Cambridge : 1857First edition of the author's classic novel celebrating the ethos of ninteenth-century English Public Schools. The book's popularity "must be linked to its powerful structuring myth in which Rugby School is England, and the experience of the boy, learning self-reliance so that authority may be delegated to him, symbolizes the experience of the man of... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 102457
THOMSON, James. Thomson's Poetical Works.
Edinburgh : 1853First edition edited by the Scottish writer and churchman George Gilfillan (1813-1878). This copy was given as an Eton leaving present in 1862 and is inscribed on a preliminary blank: "William Thomas Trench, with the best wishes of Adelbert Cecil Talbot". Trench would appear to be the future Earl of Clancarty and Talbot became a colonel and Resident... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 101737
(RACKHAM, Arthur.) [BARHAM, Richard Harris.] The Ingoldsby Legends.
London : 1907First edition thus, Rackham's illustrated edition of Barham's Ingoldsby Legends, revised and largely redrawn from the original 1898 edition, so that "greater prominence could be given to the illustrations by better and larger reproductions, including a greater number of illustrations in colour" (Rackham's Prefatory Note). A finely bound copy preserving... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 97477
JOYCE, James. Ulysses.
Paris : 1922First edition, first impression. One of 750 copies printed on handmade paper, this number 811. Of the edition of 1,000 copies, in addition to the 750 copies on handmade paper, there were 100 signed copies on thicker Dutch handmade paper numbered 1-100 and 150 large paper copies on vergé d'Arches numbered 101-250. Learn More£16,500.00
Stock Code: 96666
MERCIER, Louis Sébastien Fragments of Politics and History. Translated from the French.
London : 1795First and only edition in English of a miscellaneous and wide-ranging collection of articles and short essays by the French dramatist and writer Louis Sébastien Mercier (1740-1814), best remembered for his utopian fiction L'An 2440, rêve s'il en fut jamais, translated into English as Memoirs of the Year Two Thousand Five Hundred. "There is no better... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 95575
(WALTON, Izaak.) SHEPHERD, Richard Herne (ed.) Waltoniana.
London : 1878First edition of this "an agreeable confection of biographical and bibliographical gossip" compiled by the somewhat eccentric Shepherd; "a heavy drinker who lived for many years at the Bald-faced Stag, an inn in Putney. A vivid impression of him is given by W. Partington, who described him as: a tall angular man, often shabbily dressed, with shoulders... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 95259
WILDE, Oscar. The Works.
London : 1913-19First editions of Selected Prose and A Critic in Pall Mall; others mixed later editions. An attractively bound set with bookplate of G. S. O. Colthurst loosely inserted in 11 volumes. Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 94763
[DEFOE, Daniel.] Mémoires et avantures de Madlle. Moll Flanders, écrits par elle-même.
London : 1761First French edition. Defoe's classic novel was originally published in London in 1722 under the title The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, &c. Who was born in Newgate, and during a Life of continu'd Variety for threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five Time a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother) Twelve... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 92147
[SAINTE-BEUVE, Charles Augustin.] La Bruyère et La Rochefoucauld,
Paris : 1842First collected edition, first impression, presentation binding. Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve published his biographical portraits anonymously and for private circulation among his circle of friends. For rather obscure reasons he had second thoughts and destroyed most copies. It is said that he did not keep a copy for himself and that his bibliographer,... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 90713
RAY, John. A Collection of English Words not Generally used,
London : 1674First edition, "the earliest attempt to gather, interpret and discuss the remnants of older and local language as a contribution not only to the better understanding of the provincial communities, but to those antiquarian studies which were leading men to a knowledge of the Anglo-Saxon and Celtic tongues" (Raven). This copy of the issue with a comma... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 90721
FORESTER, C. S. Lieutenant Hornblower.
London : 1952First edition, third impression. The author's specially bound personal copy. With the loosely inserted posthumous estate label signed by the author's great nephew Mr A. S. Troughton-Smith. Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 87847
FORESTER, C. S. Randall and the River of Time.
London : 1951First edition, second impression. The author's specially bound personal copy. With the loosely inserted posthumous estate label signed by the author's great nephew Mr A. S. Troughton-Smith. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 87852
[DUTOT, Charles.] Reflexions politiques sur les finances et le commerce.
The Hague : 1738First edition of this important work, first written in the form of three letters to Melon in 1735 but not published until three years later. Little is known of Dutot, save that he was a cashier in the Compagnie des Indes, founded by Law, whose system the author examines favourably in the present work in which he also explains the reasons for its collapse... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 87750
BLATCHFORD, Mary Edgecumbe. The Story of Little Jane and Me. [With] Polly and the Aunt. By the Aunt.
Boston and New York : 1898 and October 1906First editions, both inscribed by the author (the second work being the dedication copy) to Caroline Nelson Russell, "with the author's love" on the first blanks, with "Cambridge, June 9, 1905" in the first work, and "Cambridge, October 6, 1906" in the second work. The Story of Little Jane and Me bears M. E. Blatchford's own bookplate, making this her... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 83337
(REYNOLDS, Joshua.) ARMSTRONG, Sir Walter. Sir Joshua Reynolds.
London : 1900First edition of this magnificent production giving a comprehensively illustrated overview of the career of Joshua Reynolds, the first president of the Royal Academy, who was acquainted with, and painted, nearly all the leading men and women of his day, from Samuel Johnson to the Duchess of Devonshire. From a limited edition of 1,110 copies; this, with... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 81231
ZANGWILL, Israel. [Set of 16 first editions comprising:] Children of the Ghetto;
London : 1891-1920First editions. A superb set of Zangwill's novels including the first Anglo-Jewish best-seller, Children of the Ghetto, and the popular satire The King of the Schnorers, about Jewish beggars in late 18th-century London. Israel Zangwill (1864-1926) was the child of Eastern European immigrants to England and spent his literary career exploring issues... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 79651
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. [The major novels and short stories.]
New York : 1925-86First editions, first printings, with the exception of Three Stories & Ten Poems, which was first published in 1923 in a print run of 300 copies only; the copy here is the facsimile edition published in 1977 with the permission of the Hemingway estate. A Moveable Feast, Islands in The Stream, and Garden of Eden were published posthumously. Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 72318
BUTLER, Samuel. The Way of All Flesh. Illustrated with wood engravings by John Farleigh.
1934A fine binding for this attractive edition of Butler's major novel, first published posthumously in 1902, a powerful autobiographical work recording his pained and satirical dissent from patriarchal Victorian hypocrisy. Farleigh was one of the best wood-engravers of the pre-War era, achieving his greatest success with the illustrations to George Bernard... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 43801
BOSWELL, James. The Life of Samuel Johnson.
London : 1901First Railton edition, one of the most attractive illustrated editions of Boswell's great book; this set extra illustrated and handsomely bound by Riviere and Son, with the additional volume of Johnsoniana, or Supplement to Boswell (1836). Learn More£1,950.00
Stock Code: 12631