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Leather Bound Books

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. General Conchology;
    WOOD, W. General Conchology;

    London : 1835

    Second edition. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 77947

  2. The Complete Sherlock Holmes Long Stories
    DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Complete Sherlock Holmes Long Stories

    London : 1931–32–37–39

    A handsomely bound set of the Sherlock Holmes stories together with the author's historical fiction. Mixed editions:both volumes of The Historical Romances are first editions while the Sherlock Holmes Stories are reprints. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140849

  3. Tales of the Birds.
    FOWLER, W. Warde. Tales of the Birds.

    London : 1899

    Handsomely bound copy of this work by historian and ornithologist William Warde Fowler (18471921). Originally published in 1888. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 140819

  4. The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book.
    TOKLAS, Alice B. The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book.

    London : 1954

    First edition, first impression, of one of the best-selling cookbooks of all time, notorious for its inclusion of the "Hashich Fudge" recipe on p. 259 that was given to Toklas by Brion Gysin, and which was expurgated from the US edition, published two days later.
    Weaving together traditional French recipes and entertaining anecdotes of Toklas's life... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 140900

  5. Dessins sur les danses d'Isadora Duncan.
    (DUNCAN, Isadora.) DUNOYER DE SEGONZAC, André (illus.), & Fernand Divoire. Dessins sur les danses d'Isadora Duncan.

    Paris : [c. 1910]

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by both authors on the verso of front wrapper "A Monsieur G. de Pawlowski, en hommage, D. Divoire; Hommage de A. D. de Segonzac". This is one of 32 copies only, this one unnumbered, of Segonzac's drawings of Isadora Duncan's dance moves. Duncan theorised a completely new form of dance that originated... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 140825

  6. Undine.
    LA MOTTE-FOUQUÉ, Friedrich Heinrich Karl, Freiherr de. Undine.

    London : 1854

    First Lumley edition, second overall, of the Tenniel-illustrated Undine. It was first published in German in 1811, and first published with the Tenniel illustrations, in London by James Bruns, in 1845. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 140742

  7. The Complete Works.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Complete Works.

    London : 1965

    Attractively bound copy of Shakespeare's works. This is a reprint of the large format Oxford Standard Authors edition on India paper, first published in 1954. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 140848

  8. The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age.
    SELLAR, W. Y. The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age.

    Oxford : 1899

    Handsomely bound copy of this overview of Roman poetry. Sellar's works, including "The Roman Poets of the Republic (1863), The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age: Virgil (1877), and Horace and the Elegiac Poets, edited by W. P. Ker (1892) were all remarkable examples of sound and sensitive literary criticism" (ODNB). Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 140818

  9. Mozart:
    EINSTEIN, Alfred. Mozart:

    London : 1946

    Handsomely bound copy of this biography of Mozart by the German-American musicologist Alfred Einstein. Einstein served served as an editor of the third, fourth and fifth editions of the Köchel catalogue. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140820

  10. 140645
    RUSSELL, W. Clark. Horatio Nelson and the Naval Supremacy of England.

    New York : 1890

    An attractively bound copy of this work, published as part of the "Heroes of the Nations" series. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140645

  11. 140249
    DE QUINCEY, Thomas Confessions of an English Opium Eater.

    London : 1885

    Handsomely bound copy of De Quincey's best-known work, originally published in 1821. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 140249

  12. The Royal Artillery War Commemoration Book.
    (FIRST WORLD WAR.) The Royal Artillery War Commemoration Book.

    London : 1920

    First edition, first impression, of this notable gathering of soldiers' accounts and depictions of the First World War, as well as the Roll of Honour of officers. Several of the plates are by the renowned equestrian artist Gilbert Holiday (1879-1937). Holiday initially worked for the Graphic as a war artist before joining the army and serving... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 139885

  13. Poems.
    BROWNING, Robert. Poems.

    London : 1912

    A handsomely bound copy of the Oxford Edition, first published in 1905. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 140676

  14. The History of Napoleon Buonaparte.
    (CRUIKSHANK, George.) The History of Napoleon Buonaparte.

    London : [1870s]

    Attractively bound copy of this biography of Napoelon. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140641

  15. From Pole to Pole.
    HEDIN, Sven. From Pole to Pole.

    London : 1912

    First edition in English, first impression, in a handsome calf binding. Originally published in Swedish in 1911. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 140643

  16. Aerial Navigation of To-Day.
    TURNER, Charles C. Aerial Navigation of To-Day.

    London : 1910

    Second edition of this work on air navigation, originally published in 1909. This copy in an attractive tree calf binding. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 140644

  17. Shakspeare's Heroines.
    JAMESON, Anna. Shakspeare's Heroines.

    London : 1891

    Large paper edition, one of 175 numbered copies of which this is number 127. Jameson's work was originally published in 1832 under the title Characteristics of Women, Moral, Poetical and Historical. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 140646

  18. The Oxford Book of English Verse, 1250-1900.
    QUILLER-COUCH, Arthur. The Oxford Book of English Verse, 1250-1900.

    Oxford : 1912

    A handsomely bound edition of Quiller-Couch's collection of English poetry, first published in 1900. "This volume soon became the standard anthology of English verse and sold nearly a million volumes during Quiller-Couch's lifetime" (ODNB). Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 140674

  19. The Life of Arthur Duke of Wellington.
    GLEIG, G. R. The Life of Arthur Duke of Wellington.

    London : 1889

    A handsomely bound copy of Gleig's biography of the Duke of Wellington. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140639

  20. 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

  21. Alice in Wonderland; Alice Through the Looking Glass.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland; Alice Through the Looking Glass.

    London : 1938 & 1935

    A handsomely bound pair of the miniature editions which were first published in this format in 1907. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 132025

  22. The Stall Plates of the Knights of the Order of the Garter.
    HOPE, W[illiam] H[enry] St John. The Stall Plates of the Knights of the Order of the Garter.

    Westminster : 1901

    First edition in a handsome binding. Hope was a noted antiquarian born in Derby in 1854. "His increasing reputation led to his election as a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1883, and two years later he was appointed assistant secretary of the society, the last to be resident in Burlington House. During the twenty-five years in which... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140529

  23. The Anatomy of Melancholy,
    BURTON, Robert. The Anatomy of Melancholy,

    London : 1836

    A handsomely bound copy of Burton's great book, first published in 1621. "The Anatomy, as its publishing history shows, was one of the most popular books of the seventeenth century. All the learning of the age as well as its humour - and its pedantry - are there. It has something in common with Brant's Ship of Fools, Erasmus's Praise of Folly, and More's... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140146

  24. The Book of Common Prayer,
    (BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER.) The Book of Common Prayer,

    Oxford : 1753

    An attractive copy of Baskett's Book of Common Prayer in contemporary streaked morocco, particularly distinguished for its elegant panelling and gauffered edges. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 139566

  25. The Earthly Paradise.
    MORRIS, William. The Earthly Paradise.

    London : 1896

    An attractively bound set of Morris's epic poem The Earthly Paradise. "The poem that made Morris famous" was first published from 1868 to 1870 and tells the story of a band of 14th-century Norsemen who flee the Black Death in search of the reputed utopian "earthly paradise 'where none grow old'" (ODNB). The first Kelmscott Press edition was... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 139927

  26. Memoirs of the Life and Adventures of Colonel Maceroni,
    MACERONI, Colonel [Francis]. Memoirs of the Life and Adventures of Colonel Maceroni,

    London : 1838

    First edition of the memoirs of the soldier and inventor Francis Maceroni (17881846). "Maceroni recommended himself to Joachim Murat, king of Naples, who on 1 January 1814 made him one of his aides-de-camp, with the rank of colonel of cavalry, and sent him on missions to London, where he was when Murat's forces were defeated by the Austrians at Tolentino... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 140569

  27. Poetical Works.
    ARNOLD, Matthew. Poetical Works.

    London : 1910

    Handsomely presented copy of Arnold's complete poems, first published in 1890, this being the 14th impression. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140552

  28. Napoleon.
    LUDWIG, Emil. Napoleon.

    New York : 1926

    First English language edition. Originally published in Germany in 1925. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 140559

  29. Recollections of an Artillery Officer:
    HILL, Benson Earle. Recollections of an Artillery Officer:

    London : 1836

    First edition of this memoir by Benson Earle Hill (bap. 1790, d. 1845) who served as Artillery Staff Officer at the battle of New Orleans. He served with the Royal Regiment of Artillery until 1822 and "he was extremely well-travelled, as the army had taken him to Ireland, North America, and Europe" (ODNB). Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 140567

  30. The History of England
    MACAULAY, Catharine. The History of England

    London : 1769-72

    First octavo edition, complete to that date (the first four volumes dated 1769, the fifth bearing no edition statement and dated 1772). Catharine Macaulay's history was published episodically, the first volume in 1763, the fourth in 1768, and the fifth (covering events to the Restoration) in 1772. Her decision to leave London for Bath in 1774 to improve... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 139980

  31. Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon;
    LAYARD, Austen H. Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon;

    London : 1853

    First edition. Layard's important second British Museum expedition "yielded further important trophies and discoveries, including the cuneiform library of Sennacherib's grandson Ashurbanipal, on which most modern knowledge of Assyrian culture is founded" (ODNB). "Apart from the archaeological value of his work in identifying Kouyunjik as the site of... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140571

  32. War and Peace.
    TOLSTOY, Leo. War and Peace.

    London : 1971

    Handsomely bound reprint of War and Peace. This translation was first published in 1942. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 140509

  33. The Life and Services of Horatio, Viscount Nelson, from His Lordship's Manuscripts.
    CLARKE, James Stanier, & John M'Arthur. The Life and Services of Horatio, Viscount Nelson, from His Lordship's Manuscripts.

    London : [1840]

    Second complete edition, preceded by the 1809 first edition in two weighty folio volumes, and a much abridged single octavo edition in 1810; this edition was more manageable than the first, and originally issued in seven parts to be bound, as here, in three. It includes three appendices published for the first time: the recollections of Tom Allen, Nelson's... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140504

  34. The Poetical Works.
    BROOKE, Rupert. The Poetical Works.

    London : 1959

    Handsomely bound copy of Brooke's poetry. Ninth impression of this edition, first published in 1946. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 140505

  35. Anton Chekhov and the Lady with the Dog.
    (CHEKHOV, Anton.) SMITH, Virginia Llewellyn. Anton Chekhov and the Lady with the Dog.

    London : 1973

    First edition, first impression of this study of "Chekhov's relationships with women and the portrayal of them in his work" (p.xv). In a fine full morocco binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140506

  36. Quest Under Capricorn.
    ATTENBOROUGH, David. Quest Under Capricorn.

    London : 1963

    First edition, first impression of Attenborough's visit to the Nothern Territory of Australia. Signed by Attenborough on the title page. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 140507

  37. The Complete Works,
    HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel. The Complete Works,

    Cambridge, Massachusetts : 1883

    The Riverside edition, a very handsome set of the complete works of Hawthorne. Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 140414

  38. Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes.
    RACKHAM, Arthur. Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes.

    London : 1971

    Finely bound reissue of the Rackham Mother Goose, originally published in 1913. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140365

  39. Once Upon a Time:
    RACKHAM, Arthur. Once Upon a Time:

    London : 1972

    First edition, first impression. An attractively bound copy of this compilation of some of the tales illustrated by Rackham, including Rip van Winkle, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, Aesop's Fables, seven fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, and three Shakespeare novelisations. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 140361

  40. Cinderella.
    (RACKHAM, Arthur.) EVANS, C. S. Cinderella.

    London : 1972

    Handsomely bound reprint of the Rackham edition of Cinderella which was first published in 1919. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140362

  41. Sleeping Beauty.
    (RACKHAM, Arthur.) EVANS, C. S. Sleeping Beauty.

    London : 1972

    Handsomely bound copy of this reprint of the Rackham edition, first published in 1920. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140363

  42. Grimm's Fairy Tales.
    (RACKHAM, Arthur.) GRIMM, The Brothers. Grimm's Fairy Tales.

    London : 1973

    First edition thus, handsomely bound. Grimm's fairy tales were first accompanied by Rackham's illustrations in 1900. Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 140364

  43. 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

  44. The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire.
    GIBBON, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire.

    London : 1903

    A very attractive set of Gibbon's great history. First published between 1776 and 1788, "This masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style has remained one of the ageless works which... maintain their hold upon the layman and continue to stimulate the scholar... The Decline and Fall is the only historical narrative prior to Macaulay which... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 140457

  45. The Works.
    THACKERAY, William Makepeace. The Works.

    London : 1869

    A handsome library set of Thackeray's works. Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 140487

  46. The Works of the English Poets.
    JOHNSON, Samuel. The Works of the English Poets.

    London : 1790

    Second edition, with 14 authors, including Johnson himself, added to the original selection of 1779-81. The ultimate literary success of Johnson's career, the prefaces written to append the vast collection of English poetry were quickly recognized as setting a new standard for English literary biography. "In particular, the surveys of Cowley, Milton,... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 140493

  47. The Works.
    DICKENS, Charles. The Works.

    London : 1881-82

    Limited "Édition de Luxe", number 614 of 1,000 sets. Out of the many collected works of Dickens which were published in the late 19th century, the present edition has good claim to be the largest, boldest, and most striking. Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 140460

  48. The Red and the Black.
    STENDHAL, pseud, Marie Henri Beyle. The Red and the Black.

    New York : 1947

    First Heritage Press edition of Stendhal's Le Rouge et le Noir (1830), in a very handsome Maurin binding. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140265

  49. Memoirs.
    PEPYS, Samuel, & John Evelyn. Memoirs.

    London : 1828 & 1827

    A uniformly bound set of the diaries of the two great 17th-century diarists, both in editions by Henry Colburn, first published in 1818 (Evelyn) and 1825 (Pepys). Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 140403

  50. Romances and Narratives.
    DEFOE, Daniel. Romances and Narratives.

    London : 1895

    An attractive set of Defoe's works, uniformly bound by Riviere & Son, in mixed editions. Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 140416

  51. Handel.
    MARSHALL, [Florence Marshall]. Handel.

    London : [1890s]

    A handsome prize binding featuring two biographies from Hueffer's "Great Musicians" series. The biography of Handel was written by the author and composer Florence Ashton Marshall (18431922) and originally published in 1883. The biography of Cherubini, first published in 1890, was composed by Frederick James Crowest (1850-1927) who authored a number... Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 140193

  52. Songs and Sonnets.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Songs and Sonnets.

    London : 1926

    A very prettily bound copy of Palgrave's Golden Treasury edition, first published in 1865. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 140119

  53. The Collected Poems.
    BROOKE, Rupert. The Collected Poems.

    London : 1919

    First Riccardi Press edition, copy number 956 of 1,000 copies on handmade Riccardi Paper; an additional 13 were printed on vellum. Brooke's Collected Poems were first published in 1915 in the US, and then in the UK in 1918, expanded and with a memoir by Eddie Marsh - this is the first fine press edition, issued by Philip Lee Warner's Riccardi Press... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 140298

  54. The Poetical Works.
    BROWNING, Robert. The Poetical Works.

    London : 1901

    An attractively bound copy of Browning's poetry. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140251

  55. 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, presented here in a handsome period half morocco binding. Herbert Railton (1857-1910) was one of the finest "black and white" architectural artists of the period, "who rapidly developed his own, distinctive broken-line technique which enthused many followers,... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 140188

  56. The Collected Poems.
    BROOKE, Rupert. The Collected Poems.

    London : 1960

    A handsomely bound copy of Brooke's poems, the collection first published in July 1918. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 139862

  57. The Works.
    SHAW, Bernard. The Works.

    London : 1930–38

    Signed limited edition, one of 1,000 numbered set of which this is number 377. This set inscribed by Shaw on the limitation page in Volume 1: "and is inscribed to obliterated by G. Bernard Shaw". Learn More
    £9,750.00

    Stock Code: 138139

  58. The Works.
    SHERIDAN, Richard Brinsley. The Works.

    London : 1821

    First edition of the collected works of this enduringly popular playwright, edited by his first biographer, the poet Thomas Moore. A very pretty set from the Vane Londonderry library, monogram gilt to the head of the spine, elaborate armorial bookplate to the front pastedown. On marriage to Frances Anne Emily Vane-Tempest, Charles Stewart, third marquess... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 139633

  59. The Stones of Venice.
    RUSKIN, John. The Stones of Venice.

    London : 1905

    A handsomely bound copy. One of the key texts of the aesthetic movements, The Stones of Venice was first published from 1851 to 1853 and was "a revolutionary success" (PMM). Its importance lies "in its celebration of the Byzantine and the Gothic, which had an immediate effect on Victorian architects, who began to introduce Romanesque forms and Venetian... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 136701

  60. History of the War in the Peninsula
    NAPIER, William Francis Patrick. History of the War in the Peninsula

    London : 1828-40

    First editions of the first volume and last three; the other two being second editions. The first volume was published by Murray, who decided not to exercise his option on the next three having made a considerable loss, Napier therefore published the rest of the history through Boone having raised the money by subscriptions. Napier's work certainly... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 135880

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