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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 Works.
    BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. The Works.

    Paris : 1831

    An elegantly bound copy of Byron's poetical works. The French binder Joseph Thouvenin (17901834) was well-known for producing bindings in an "historical" style.
    Galignani's Paris editions of the English poets were piracies (he also pirated Crabbe, Hazlitt, Washington Irving, Thomas Moore, Walter Scott, and Southey among others), but carefully done.... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140256

  2. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [together with] Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [together with] Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.

    London : 1881 & 1872

    A handsomely bound set of early editions; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the 67th thousand and Through the Looking-Glass is the 24th thousand. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 130475

  3. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
    DARWIN, Charles. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.

    London : 1872

    Sixth edition, second issue, printed simultaneously with the first issue, which is marked as the "eleventh thousand" on the title page. Freeman notes that the second issue is "notably less common". The sixth edition is the last lifetime edition. Darwin continually made revisions to his text; this edition featuring a new chapter, chapter VII, and a glossary... Learn More
    £1,950.00

    Stock Code: 139480

  4. Ulysses.
    JOYCE, James. Ulysses.

    New York : 1946

    A handsomely bound copy. The novel was first published in 1922 by Shakespeare & Company in Paris, and was not officially published in the US until 1934 by Random House. Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 139418

  5. 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
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 139013

  6. Plutarch's Lives.
    (PLUTARCH.) CLOUGH, A. H. (ed.) Plutarch's Lives.

    London : 1893

    An attractive library set of Plutarch's biographical works recounting the lives of notable Greek and Roman figures including Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. Clough had started on his revision of Dryden's translation of Plutarch in America, whence he had sailed in October 1852 with W. M. Thackeray, spending nine months in a vain search for a permanent... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 139091

  7. 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
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 139100

  8. 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
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 138737

  9. Carnations Cultivated by Richard Hammond of Coddenham in the County of Suffolk.
    HAMMOND, Richard. Carnations Cultivated by Richard Hammond of Coddenham in the County of Suffolk.

    [Ipswich : 1733

    A remarkable manuscript volume proudly detailing 84 varieties of carefully curated carnations accompanied by a number of reflective religious discourses. The unique work, which has been provided with a locally printed title page, contains 18 meticulously if naively hand-drawn and captioned illustrations depicting carnations, a campanula pyramidalis,... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 138840

  10. Our Mutual Friend.
    DICKENS, Charles. Our Mutual Friend.

    London : [c.1870]

    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book form in 1865. Our Mutual Friend was Dickens's last completed novel. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 122718

  11. 141101
    DICKENS, Charles. The Personal History of David Copperfield.

    London : 1850

    First edition in book form, following publication in parts from May 1849 to November 1850. In the preface to a later edition (1867), Dickens would call the novel his "favourite child". It is generally considered among his masterpieces, and it is his first first-person novel. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 141101

  12. 140144
    BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. The Decameron,

    London : 1822

    First edition thus, which prints for the first time in an English edition two previously censored sections: Day III novella 10 and Day IX novella 10, which are included in their full form, part of a "dynamic trend towards greater sexual explicitness in the English publications" of Boccaccio's masterpiece (Armstrong, p. 243). The translation is that... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 140144

  13. 141658
    [POLIDORI, John William.] The Vampyre; A Tale.

    London : 1819

    First edition, in the second and earliest realistically obtainable issue, of this seminal vampire novella. This attractive, untrimmed, copy is beautifully presented in a 20th-century morocco binding signed "J. G. 81" to the rear turn-in. It additionally, and highly unusually, has two sets of integral publisher's advertisements bound to the rear, dating... Learn More
    £8,500.00

    Stock Code: 141658

  14. 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 599 of 1,500 copies signed by Alice Hargreaves, née Liddell, the original Alice. Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 139136

  15. Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice; Emma; Mansfield Park; Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
    AUSTEN, Jane. Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice; Emma; Mansfield Park; Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

    London : 1833

    First collected edition. In 183233 Richard Bentley bought the copyright of Pride and Prejudice from the executors of Thomas Egerton and of the remaining novels from Henry and Cassandra Austen. Austen's novels had not been reissued since 1818 so these printings published by Bentley in his Standard Novels series constitute early editions: Sense and... Learn More
    £16,500.00

    Stock Code: 141346

  16. The Plays.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Plays.

    London : 1826

    Handsomely bound copy of Shakespeare's plays. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140250

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

    London : [c.1870]

    A handsomely bound copy of Martin Chuzzlewit first published in 1844. Learn More
    £195.00

    Stock Code: 138757

  18. Footsteps of Our Lord and his Apostles,
    BARTLETT, William Henry. Footsteps of Our Lord and his Apostles,

    London : 1852

    Second edition of this narrative of a pilgrimage to the sites of the New Testament, published swiftly after the first edition of 1851. The work's popularity led for a third edition to be published in the same year. Bartlett (1809-1854) was a British artist known for his detailed steel engravings and keen archaeological eye, both of which are well-showcased... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141233

  19. Sylva,
    EVELYN, John. Sylva,

    London : 1664

    First edition of Evelyn's most celebrated book and famously the first book to be printed by order of the Royal Society, which had been founded four years previously. During the 1640s and 1650s production of glass and iron increased rapidly and the wood used to fire the furnaces and factories was not being replaced by fresh planting. This led to a serious... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 87758

  20. Visit of Colonial Premiers and the Houses of Parliament to Portsmouth.
    (HMS DREADNOUGHT.) Visit of Colonial Premiers and the Houses of Parliament to Portsmouth.

    London : 1907

    First and sole edition of each work. Printed in very small numbers "not for publication" but intended for bestowal to visiting dignitaries and Admiralty officials, these handsomely produced souvenir volumes are therefore extremely scarce, this pair in very smart presentation bindings.

    Dreadnought was launched on 10 February 1906 and at a stroke... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 141982

  21. Handbook of Painting.
    CROWE, Joseph A. Handbook of Painting.

    London : 1874

    A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 141939

  22. A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
    VERNE, Jules. A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

    London : 1872 [1871]

    First English edition in book form, first impression, of Verne's early science fiction novel, first published in French in 1864. Although this edition is dated 1872 it was actually published in November 1871, following a serial publication in Boys' Journal, A Magazine of Literature, Science and Amusement, from January to December 1870. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 141918

  23. The Complete Novels.
    AUSTEN, Jane. The Complete Novels.

    London : 1928

    First one-volume edition, first impression, attractively bound. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 142087

  24. The Crock of Gold.
    STEPHENS, James. The Crock of Gold.

    London : 1912

    First edition, first impression, attractively bound by Bayntun Riviere. For The Crock of Gold, as with much of his writings, Stephens drew inspiration for Irish folk tales. Its success enabled him to leave his job as an solicitor's clerk in Dublin and emigrate to Paris, and it remains the novel for which he is best known (ODNB). Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 141627

  25. A Companion to Latin Studies.
    SANDYS, John Edwin (ed.) A Companion to Latin Studies.

    Cambridge : 1913

    Second edition, first impression. An attractive copy. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 141943

  26. The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
    (ROYCROFTERS.) WILDE, Oscar, & Elbert Hubbard (ed.) The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

    East Aurora, NY : 1905

    First Roycrofters edition, number 19 of 100 copies on Japan Vellum, signed by Hubbard, and inscribed on the first blank "To Margaret Scott, Royal Roycrofter, with all kind wishes from her Uncle, Elbert Hubbard".
    The recipient, the actress, poet, and playwright Margaret Scott Oliver (1879-1930), was not in fact Hubbard's niece. Settled in the arts... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 142011

  27. An Address.
    MORRIS, William. An Address.

    London : 1898

    First editions, first impressions, of these Chiswick Press fine publications of William Morris's lectures printed in the Golden type he designed for the Kelmscott Press; in an attractive arts and crafts style binding by the amateur binder, bibliophile, and author, Fletcher W. Battershall (1866-1929), and with his bookplate on the front pastedown.
    Fully... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 142015

  28. The Seasons, and the Castle of Indolence.
    THOMSON, James. The Seasons, and the Castle of Indolence.

    London : 1841

    First Samuel Williams edition. A handsomely bound copy. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 141847

  29. Royal Characters.
    DOBSON, William T. (ed.) Royal Characters.

    London : 1881

    First edition. A handsome copy. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 141849

  30. Historical Tales from Shakespeare.
    QUILLER-COUCH, Arthur. Historical Tales from Shakespeare.

    London : 1899

    First edition. An attractive copy. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 141852

  31. Deutsche Liebe.
    MÜLLER, Max F. (ed.) Deutsche Liebe.

    London : 1898

    An attractive copy in a handsome arts and crafts binding, of a collection of poems first published at Leipzig in 1857. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 141855

  32. Water-colour Sketching Out-of-Doors.
    WILKINSON, Norman. Water-colour Sketching Out-of-Doors.

    London : [1953]

    First edition, first impression, of this work on water-colour techniques, volume 21 in the second series of The New Art Library. Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 141870

  33. The Complete Angler,
    WALTON, Isaac, & Charles Cotton. The Complete Angler,

    London : 1815

    A handsome copy of Walton's angling classic, this being the second Bagster edition, in a fine binding by Riviere & Son. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 141624

  34. A Collection of Anthems used in the cathedral and collegiate churches of England and Ireland.
    (VICTORIA, Queen of Great Britain.) MARSHALL, William, ed. A Collection of Anthems used in the cathedral and collegiate churches of England and Ireland.

    Oxford and London : 1865

    A handsome copy of William Marshall's (1806-1875) compilation of devotional anthems, bound for Queen Victoria by R. Ingalton Drake, binder to Windsor Castle. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 141789

  35. 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
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 141072

  36. 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
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 138130

  37. The Novels.
    AUSTEN, Jane. The Novels.

    London : 1882

    The Steventon edition. A particularly attractive set of Austen's novels, handsomely bound. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 141269

  38. 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
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 141311

  39. 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
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 141409

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

    London : 1906

    A handsomely bound copy of Nicholas Nickleby which was first published in 1839. Learn More
    £195.00

    Stock Code: 141674

  41. The Adventures of Oliver Twist.
    DICKENS, Charles. The Adventures of Oliver Twist.

    London : 1906

    A handsomely bound copy of Oliver Twist which was first published in 1838. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 141675

  42. The Works.
    DUMAS, Alexandre. The Works.

    Boston : [c. 1894]

    The Artists' Edition, number 44 of 100 sets only, strikingly bound. Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 141248

  43. Christmas Books.
    DICKENS, Charles. Christmas Books.

    London : 1906

    A handsomely bound copy of The Christmas Books which were first published in 1843-48. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 141667

  44. Our Mutual Friend.
    DICKENS, Charles. Our Mutual Friend.

    London : 1906

    A handsomely bound copy of Our Mutual Friend which was first published in 1865. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 141669

  45. Dombey and Son.
    DICKENS, Charles. Dombey and Son.

    London : 1906

    A handsomely bound copy of Dombey and Son which was first published in 1848. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 141661

  46. The Uncommercial Traveller.
    DICKENS, Charles. The Uncommercial Traveller.

    London : 1906

    A handsomely bound copy of The Uncommercial Traveller which was first published in 1861. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 141662

  47. American Notes and Pictures from Italy.
    DICKENS, Charles. American Notes and Pictures from Italy.

    London : 1906

    A handsomely bound copy. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 141663

  48. Great Expectations.
    DICKENS, Charles. Great Expectations.

    London : 1906

    A handsomely bound copy of Great Expectations which was first published in 1861. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 141666

  49. The Old Curiosity Shop.
    DICKENS, Charles. The Old Curiosity Shop.

    London : 1906

    A handsomely bound copy of The Old Curiosity Shop which was first published in 1840. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 141652

  50. Little Dorrit.
    DICKENS, Charles. Little Dorrit.

    London : 1906

    A handsomely bound copy of Little Dorrit which was first published in 1857. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 141653

  51. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
    DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.

    London : 1906

    An attractively bound copy of The Pickwick Club which was first published in 1837. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 141660

  52. The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Master Humphrey's Clock.
    DICKENS, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Master Humphrey's Clock.

    London : 1906

    A handsomely bound and illustrated copy of Edwin Drood which was first published in 1870 and Master Humphrey's Clock in 1840. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 141648

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

    London : 1906

    A handsomely bound copy of Martin Chuzzlewit which was first published in 1844. Learn More
    £195.00

    Stock Code: 141649

  54. Hard Times and Reprinted Pieces.
    DICKENS, Charles. Hard Times and Reprinted Pieces.

    London : 1906

    A handsomely bound copy. Learn More
    £195.00

    Stock Code: 141650

  55. A Tale of Two Cities.
    DICKENS, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities.

    London, : 1906

    A handsomely bound copy of A Tale of Two Cities which was first published in 1859. Learn More
    £195.00

    Stock Code: 141651

  56. The Poetical Works.
    MILTON, John. The Poetical Works.

    London : 1809

    Second Todd edition, here "with considerable additions", following the first of 1801, the major revision being to the "thorough biographical study of Milton" (ODNB) that appears in volume I. Todd's edition was the standard text for fifty years. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 137760

  57. Emma.
    AUSTEN, Jane. Emma.

    1991

    A handsome leather bound volume of this classic novel which was first published in 1816. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 133419

  58. The Personal History of David Copperfield.
    DICKENS, Charles. The Personal History of David Copperfield.

    London : 1906

    A handsomely bound copy of David Copperfield which was first published in 1850., Learn More
    £195.00

    Stock Code: 141671

  59. Sketches by Boz.
    DICKENS, Charles. Sketches by Boz.

    London : 1906

    A handsomely bound copy of Sketches by Boz which was first published in 1836. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 141672

  60. A Child's History of England.
    DICKENS, Charles. A Child's History of England.

    London : 1906

    A handsomely bound copy of A Child's History of England. Dickens's history of England for children, "intensely anti-aristocratic and anti-monarchical" (ODNB), originally appeared anonymously in Household Words between January 1851 and December 1853, with the volumes published in book-form in the December of those years, post-dated to the... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 141647

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