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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. 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

  2. Old English Drinking Glasses:
    FRANCIS, Grant R. Old English Drinking Glasses:

    London : 1926

    First edition, first impression, of this uncommon and important monograph. A handsomely bound copy. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 114647

  3. A Brief Disquisition of the Law of Nature,
    TYRRELL, James. A Brief Disquisition of the Law of Nature,

    London : 1692

    First 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

  4. Scotland Illustrated,
    BEATTIE, William. Scotland Illustrated,

    London : 1838

    First 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

  5. Of Human Bondage.
    MAUGHAM, W. Somerset. Of Human Bondage.

    London : 1915

    First 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

  6. When We Were Very Young.
    MILNE, A. A. When We Were Very Young.

    London : July 1925

    Tenth 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

  7. Prometheus' Daughter.
    [ABBOTT, Sir James.] Prometheus' Daughter.

    London : 1861

    First 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

  8. More New Arabian Nights: The Dynamiter.
    STEVENSON, Robert Louis, & Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson. More New Arabian Nights: The Dynamiter.

    London : 1885

    First 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

  9. Silverado Squatters.
    STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Silverado Squatters.

    London : 1883

    First 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

  10. The Ebb-Tide. A Trio and Quartette.
    STEVENSON, Robert Louis, & Lloyd Osbourne. The Ebb-Tide. A Trio and Quartette.

    London : 1894

    First 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

  11. The Wrecker.
    STEVENSON, Robert Louis, & Lloyd Osbourne. The Wrecker.

    London : 1892

    First 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

  12. The Wrong Box.
    STEVENSON, Robert Louis, & Lloyd Osbourne. The Wrong Box.

    London : 1889

    First 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

  13. Across the Plains.
    STEVENSON, Robert Louis Across the Plains.

    London : 1892

    First edition in a fine Zaehnsdorf binding. With the spine panel of the original binding bound in at rear. Across the Plains was simultaneously published in the US. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 110773

  14. Three Plays:
    STEVENSON, Robert Louis, & W. E. Henley. Three Plays:

    London : 1892

    First 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

  15. A Free Discourse against Customary Swearing.
    BOYLE, Robert. A Free Discourse against Customary Swearing.

    London : 1695

    First 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

  16. Recollections of Tartar Steppes and their Inhabitants.
    ATKINSON, Lucy Sherrard. Recollections of Tartar Steppes and their Inhabitants.

    London : 1863

    First 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

  17. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit.
    DICKENS, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit.

    London : 1844

    First 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

  18. Linda Tressel.
    [TROLLOPE, Anthony.] The Author of 'Nina Balatka'. Linda Tressel.

    Edinburgh and London : 1868 [but possibly 1879 or 80]

    First edition. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 108119

  19. Charles I.
    SKELTON, Sir John. Charles I.

    London, Paris & Edinburgh : 1898

    First 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

  20. Tom Brown's School Days.
    [HUGHES, Thomas.] Tom Brown's School Days.

    Cambridge : 1857

    First 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

  21. Princess Badoura.
    (DULAC, Edmund.) HOUSMAN, Laurence. Princess Badoura.

    London : [1913]

    First Dulac edition. Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 102172

  22. Thomson's Poetical Works.
    THOMSON, James. Thomson's Poetical Works.

    Edinburgh : 1853

    First 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

  23. Three Years of Arctic Service
    GREELY, Adolphus. Three Years of Arctic Service

    London : 1886

    First edition of Greeley's account of the expedition he led into the Canadian Arctic, attractively bound. Learn More
    £825.00

    Stock Code: 99175

  24. The Ingoldsby Legends.
    (RACKHAM, Arthur.) [BARHAM, Richard Harris.] The Ingoldsby Legends.

    London : 1907

    First 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

  25. Ulysses.
    JOYCE, James. Ulysses.

    Paris : 1922

    First 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

  26. Fragments of Politics and History. Translated from the French.
    MERCIER, Louis Sébastien Fragments of Politics and History. Translated from the French.

    London : 1795

    First 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

  27. Waltoniana.
    (WALTON, Izaak.) SHEPHERD, Richard Herne (ed.) Waltoniana.

    London : 1878

    First 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

  28. The Works.
    WILDE, Oscar. The Works.

    London : 1913-19

    First 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

  29. Mémoires et avantures de Madlle. Moll Flanders, écrits par elle-même.
    [DEFOE, Daniel.] Mémoires et avantures de Madlle. Moll Flanders, écrits par elle-même.

    London : 1761

    First 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

  30. La Bruyère et La Rochefoucauld,
    [SAINTE-BEUVE, Charles Augustin.] La Bruyère et La Rochefoucauld,

    Paris : 1842

    First 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

  31. A Collection of English Words not Generally used,
    RAY, John. A Collection of English Words not Generally used,

    London : 1674

    First 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

  32. Light in August.
    FAULKNER, William. Light in August.

    New York : 1932

    First Edition, First Printing. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 89380

  33. Lieutenant Hornblower.
    FORESTER, C. S. Lieutenant Hornblower.

    London : 1952

    First 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

  34. Randall and the River of Time.
    FORESTER, C. S. Randall and the River of Time.

    London : 1951

    First 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

  35. Reflexions politiques sur les finances et le commerce.
    [DUTOT, Charles.] Reflexions politiques sur les finances et le commerce.

    The Hague : 1738

    First 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

  36. Appointment in Samarra.
    O'HARA, John. Appointment in Samarra.

    New York : 1934

    First edition, first printing in lovely fine binding. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 86667

  37. The Story of Little Jane and Me. [With] Polly and the Aunt. By the Aunt.
    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 1906

    First 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

  38. Sir Joshua Reynolds.
    (REYNOLDS, Joshua.) ARMSTRONG, Sir Walter. Sir Joshua Reynolds.

    London : 1900

    First 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

  39. [Set of 16 first editions comprising:] Children of the Ghetto;
    ZANGWILL, Israel. [Set of 16 first editions comprising:] Children of the Ghetto;

    London : 1891-1920

    First 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

  40. Coot Club.
    RANSOME, Arthur. Coot Club.

    London : 1934

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £315.00

    Stock Code: 76585

  41. [The major novels and short stories.]
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. [The major novels and short stories.]

    New York : 1925-86

    First 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

  42. The Rescue
    CONRAD, Joseph. The Rescue

    London & Toronto : 1920

    First edition, first impression. A handsome copy. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 70699

  43. All The Conspirators.
    ISHERWOOD, Christopher. All The Conspirators.

    London : 1928

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

    Stock Code: 59529

  44. The Way of All Flesh. Illustrated with wood engravings by John Farleigh.
    BUTLER, Samuel. The Way of All Flesh. Illustrated with wood engravings by John Farleigh.

    1934

    A 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

  45. 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; 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

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