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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, Lord. The Works.

    London : 1823

    First edition thus, published the year before Byron's death, here with the dramatic suite of illustrative plates by Richard Westall. Byron was a great admirer of Westall's work, on seeing his illustrations for Don Juan, he remarked; they 'are quite beautifulthe drawings are superbthe brush has beat the poetry'. Later engraved armorial book plate to... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 140968

  2. Dionysii Longini quæ supersunt Græce et Latine.
    LONGINUS, Dionysius. Dionysii Longini quæ supersunt Græce et Latine.

    Oxford : 1778

    First edition, first impression, of Toup's edition of Longinus, in Greek and Latin, containing On the Sublime. It took the celebrated classicist, Jonathan Toup (1713-1785), 35 years of preparation to finally publish this work, with notes by the Dutch classicist David Ruhnken (1723-1798). "Throughout the whole work there is so much erudition... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 140924

  3. History of the Captivity of Napoleon at St. Helena;
    FORSYTH, William. History of the Captivity of Napoleon at St. Helena;

    London : 1853

    First edition. Forsyth sought to prove "by mere force of facts... that neither the British government nor Lowe were in fault as regards the treatment of Napoleon at St Helena" (p. x). Lowe was Napoleon's gaoler during his exile on St Helena, and soon became exasperated with the intransigence of his captive, apparently unaware that the pair were engaged... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 140969

  4. The Works.
    MACAULAY, Thomas Babington. The Works.

    London : 1906-11

    The Albany edition. An attractively bound set of the essays and biographies of the historian. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 138666

  5. General Conchology;
    WOOD, W. General Conchology;

    London : 1835

    Second edition. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 77947

  6. Imperial India: An Artist's Journals.
    PRINSEP, Valentine C. Imperial India: An Artist's Journals.

    London : 1879

    Second edition, revised, following the first of the same year, of this attractively illustrated panorama of India, presented here in a handsome prize binding from a small "gentleman's school" run from Belvedere Terrace, Brighton. This is a "lively account" (ODNB) of Prinsep's visit to India in 1877 following his commission by the viceroy, Lord Lytton,... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 140772

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Ivanhoe.
    SCOTT, Sir Walter. Ivanhoe.

    London : 1900

    Handsomely bound copy of Scott's classic historical novel. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 140675

  16. 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

  17. 140638
    FYFFE, C. A. A History of Modern Europe.

    London : 1913

    Handsomely bound copy of the Popular Edition of Fyffe's most significant and popular work. A History of Modern Europe was originally published in three volumes between 1880-9 and Fyffe wrote it "using the unpublished records of the English Foreign Office and other European archival papers" (ODNB). Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 140638

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. Sketches by Boz.
    DICKENS, Charles. Sketches by Boz.

    London : 1864

    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book-form in 1839. Sketches by Boz was Dickens's first book, although this reprint follows the revised text of the new edition. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 139194

  21. 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

  22. The Poetical Works.
    MILTON, John. The Poetical Works.

    Oxford : 1900

    A handsomely bound copy of Milton's poetry. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 140677

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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 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, and a... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 138840

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. Poetical Works.
    TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. Poetical Works.

    London : 1899

    The Globe edition; a particularly handsome copy of Tennyson's poetry. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 139195

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. Napoleon.
    LUDWIG, Emil. Napoleon.

    New York : 1926

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

    Stock Code: 140559

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. Birds of Britain.
    BONHOTE, J. Lewis. Birds of Britain.

    London : 1907

    First edition of this extensively illustrated work by ornithologist and zoologist John Lewis James Bonhote (18751922). This copy in a handsome contemporary binding. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 140247

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. 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

  51. A Christmas Carol.
    (RACKHAM, Arthur.) DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol.

    London : 1972

    Handsomely bound reprint of the Rackham edition of Dickens's classic, originally published in 1915. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140366

  52. 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

  53. 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

  54. 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

  55. 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

  56. 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

  57. 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

  58. The Works.
    THACKERAY, William Makepeace. The Works.

    London : 1869

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

    Stock Code: 140487

  59. 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

  60. 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

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