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INGOLDSBY, Thomas, pseud. of Richard Harris Barham. The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Marvels.
London : 1864An elegantly bound edition of the Ingoldsby Legends, which were first serialised in Bentley's Miscellany from 1837, and first published in book form 1840-47. The plates by Leech, Tenniel, and Cruikshank are wonderfully spirited and inventive.
Under the guise of Thomas Ingoldsby of Tappington Everard in Kent, Barham "discovered"... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 143170
ELIOT, George. Romola.
Leipzig : 1863First published in the Cornhill Magazine 1862-3, Eliot's novel of Renaissance Florence became a popular souvenir for late "Grand Tourists" when presented thus. This historical novel, set in 15th-century Florence, was first published in book form the same year at London and Edinburgh. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 142990
FITZGERALD, Edward (trans.); McMANUS, Blanche (illus.) Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
London : 1903An attractive edition of the Rubáiyát, in a refined contemporary arts and crafts binding, in the style of Douglas Cockerell, and nicely preserving McManus's original endpapers. Founded at the turn of the century by Alexander Moring, the De La More Press produced small, finely printed editions, including several Rubáiyáts.
From the library... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142994
CLARKE, James Stanier, & John M'Arthur. The Life and Services of Horatio, Viscount Nelson, from His Lordship's Manuscripts.
London : 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
MILLER, Francis H. Memorandum as to the Origin of Naval Uniform.
London : 1884First editions of these uncommon works, this example with a neat contemporary list of Secretaries of the Admiralty from 1807 to 1849 loosely inserted. The two works collected here trace the development of the uniforms of the Royal Navy from the earliest recorded warrant granted by James I in 1604 to the revision of the Uniform Regulations issued in... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 142967
(VICTORIA, Princess Royal.) MOORE, Thomas. Moore's Irish Melodies.
London : Presentation copy from Queen Victoria of one of the most attractive and significant of Victorian illustrated books, presented as a New Year's Day gift to Prince Albert's favourite child, Victoria, princess royal (1840-1901), and inscribed on the first blank, "To my beloved daughter Victoria, from her devoted Mama, VR, January 1. 1859".
"Her... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 136895
BURTON, Sir Richard Francis. The Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night.
Benares : 1885-8First edition thus, one of 1,000 copies only, in an attractive Riviere binding. Often considered Burton's most enduring work, this translation is somewhat explicit, as are some of Burton's notes.
The Kamashastra Society was Burton's vehicle to avoid prosecution, which would have been likely if this work had been published in an open edition.... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 143343
GRAHAM, Maria. Letters on India.
London : 1814First edition of this attractive supplement to Graham's Journal of a Residence in India (1812), similarly based around her own travels, and "extending her account of the culture" of India (Robinson), "written solely with the design of being useful to such as are called upon to go at an early period of life, to India, and... cannot have had time to make... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 142796
FORESTER, C. S. [The complete Hornblower:]
London : 1937-67First editions, first impressions. Forester (real name Cecil Smith) was called to Hollywood to write a pirate film, working under Arthur Hornblower. However, before they had finished the script, another studio released Captain Blood, starring Errol Flynn, and using the same historical incidents that they had counted on. Rather than seeking another position,... Learn More£3,950.00
Stock Code: 132989
FOUJITA, Tsuguharu. Légendes Japonaises
Paris : 1923A most fittingly presented copy of the first edition, number 455 of 2,000 copies on vélin alfa (total edition of 2,104), of this collection of Japanese folk tales, both translated and colourfully illustrated by the artist Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968), a flamboyant, popular and highly successful figure on the Bohemian art scene in Montparnasse. Best... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142353
BURKE, Edmund. A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful.
Chiswick : 1825An attractively printed and bound copy of Burke's great work on aesthetics.
First published in 1757, the Philosophical Enquiry was Burke's first truly successful work, winning praise in many quarters: Dr Johnson, "an example of true criticism"; Hume, "a very pretty treatise"; Reynolds, "the admirable treatise"; and Kant describing Burke... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 142413
DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
London : 1892 & 1894First editions of the first two great collections of Holmes stories. The first collection, Adventures, is the first issue with the misprint "Miss Violent Hunter" on page 317 and the blank street sign in the vignette to the front cover; there is no corresponding issue point for Memoirs. Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 143055
BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. Poetry.
London : 1881First Arnold edition, this copy in a beautiful Ramage binding. John Ramage, one of the most desirable binders of the period, learned his craft in the atelier of Parisian binder Marcellin Lortic before setting up his own business in London in 1863. Arnold's collection of Byron's poetry was influential in establishing Byron's lasting popularity.
At... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 142946
LORCA, Federico Garcia. Bodas de sangre.
Madrid : 1935First edition, first issue (dated 1935 on title page), one of 1,100 copies. Bodas de sangre ("Blood Wedding"), a tragedy, was Lorca's first major success, enabling him to become financially independent for the first time when it was staged in Madrid in 1933. This was published shortly before Lorca's assassination at the hands of the Francoists.... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 142766
BELL, Robert Anning (illus.) English Lyrics from Spenser to Milton.
London : 1898First edition thus, illustrated by Bell, part of George Bell & Sons' Endymion Series, in an attractive arts and crafts binding. The binding is not signed, the "M.S." initials could be that of the binder, or simply in homage to Milton and Spenser.
Artist, illustrator and designer Robert Anning Bell (1863-1933) was an early member of the Arts... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 142777
RUSKIN, John. The Seven Lamps of Architecture.
London : 1849First edition of the first of Ruskin's works to carry his name and the first to be illustrated. This copy is extra-illustrated with a later portrait of Ruskin as frontispiece.
His purpose was to "both secularize and make protestant the movement of the Gothic revival, drawing it away from the Roman Catholic influence of August Wegin Pugin" (ODNB).... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 142792
London : 1733-37 [i.e. 1757]First edition of Pine's Horace, second printing of 1757 from the same plates. A tour-de-force of bookmaking, Pine's Horace is entirely engraved, both text and illustration, and liberally supplied with initials, head- and tailpieces and vignettes. "Pine's complete command of his craft makes this the most elegant of English eighteenth-century books in... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142441
THOMAS, Dylan. Twenty-Five Poems.
London : 1936First edition, first impression. One of 730 copies printed of Thomas's landmark collection, publishing the poems of "this young Welsh poet" who "has, during the last two years, attracted an unusual amount of attention with his Dionysiac verse" (jacket blurb). Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 142806
BROWNING, Robert. Selections from the Poetical Works.
London : 1887An appealingly bound copy of Browning's poetry, published two years before the poet's death, when he was at the height of his fame. The collection gathers many of his best-known poems from across his career. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 142591
DICKENS, Charles. The Adventures of Oliver Twist;
London : 1846First one-volume edition of Dickens's second novel. Oliver Twist was first published serially between February 1837 and April 1839 in Bentley's Miscellany, and as a three-volume book by Richard Bentley in 1838 (six months before the initial serialization was complete). This single volume was substantially revised by Dickens, who had... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 140379
YACHTING - SCHELCHER, Xavier Eugène, & Georges Charpentier (illus.) Croisière du Steam-Yacht Medjé en Angleterre, Ecosse et Irlande, Juillet-Août, 1892 - original manuscript account with finely engraved illustrations.
Paris : c.1893Superbly executed illustrated manuscript recording a pleasure cruise in British waters on the steam-yacht Medjé in the summer of 1892. The trip won the Union des yachts français medal for the most interesting voyage 1891-3 - sharp silver print of the medal and presentation letter from the comte de Montaigu mounted third front blank - and this account... Learn More£3,850.00
Stock Code: 134814
(KANT, Immanuel.) FISCHER, Kuno. A Commentary on Kant's Critick of the Pure Reason:
London : 1866First edition in English of Fischer's monograph on Kant, forming part of his History of Modern Philosophy series, published from 1854 to 1877. Fischer was a major influence on neo-Kantian philosophy and on the interpretation of Kant in the middle of the 19th century. Mahaffy's introduction contains much on the growing influence of Kant in Britain. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 126747
AYSCOUGH, Samuel. An Index to the Remarkable Passages and Words made use of by Shakspeare;
London : 1790First edition of the first concordance of Shakespeare's plays, for which the publisher John Stockdale paid Ayscough the not inconsiderable sum of 200 guineas. Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 141396
HUNT, Lynn Bogue. An Artist's Game Bag.
New York : 1936First and limited edition, deluxe issue: number 14 of 25 copies; with a fine original watercolour signed by Lynn Bogue Hunt, showing a pair of mallards on a riverbank. Hunt (1877-1960) was one of America's most admired and popular sporting artists.
"The Derrydale Press was a small publisher of finely crafted sporting books featuring topics such... Learn More£5,950.00
Stock Code: 115522
SASSOON, Siegfried. Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man.
London : 1928First edition, first impression, one of 1,500 copies. At the author's request, the first impression was anonymous. The book was immediately popular and Sassoon's anonymity was not long preserved; his name was included on the title page halfway through the printing of the second impression (of which 500 copies were printed anonymously), and in all subsequent... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 142190
BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. The Works.
Paris : 1831An 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... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 140256
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [together with] Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.
London : 1881 & 1872A 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
DARWIN, Charles. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
London : 1872Sixth 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
(MAPPLETHORPE, Robert.) RIMBAUD, Arthur. A Season in Hell.
[New York] : 1986First 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
(PLUTARCH.) CLOUGH, A. H. (ed.) Plutarch's Lives.
London : 1893An 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
(JOHNSON, Samuel.) BOSWELL, James; George Birkbeck Hill (ed.) Boswell's Life of Johnson.
Oxford : 1887First 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
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Marlborough.
London : 1933-1938First editions, first impressions, in a handsome binding. "Marlborough: his Life and Times took its place at once among the classics of historical writing. As the story of his ancestor's leadership of a grand alliance to prevent the domination of the continent by a single power, it was also a source of inspiration to Churchill in his campaign against... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 139225
HAMMOND, Richard. Carnations Cultivated by Richard Hammond of Coddenham in the County of Suffolk.
[Ipswich : 1733A 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
DICKENS, Charles. The Personal History of David Copperfield.
London : 1850First 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
[POLIDORI, John William.] The Vampyre; A Tale.
London : 1819First 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
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); SHAKESPEARE, William. A Midsummer-Night's Dream.
London : 1908Signed limited edition, number 438 of 1,000 copies signed by the illustrator Arthur Rackham, for sale in Great Britain and Ireland. In A Midsummer Night's Dream Rackham "developed his gift for drawing witches, gnomes, fairies, and anthropomorphized trees and brought them to a pitch of vivid characterization, sometimes with an unsettling frisson... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 142423
(BIBLE; English; Authorized.) The Holy Bible,
Cambridge : 1837A very handsome Bible, with the presentation morocco label to front pastedown "Presented to St. Mathias's Church Richmond Hill by the Rev. Harry Dupuis B.D. 1858". Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 142348
DANTE ALIGHIERI. The Divina Commedia,
London : 1802First complete edition in English of the Divine Comedy, and the first publication in English of the Purgatorio and the Paradiso; the Inferno here marking its fourth publication in English, following the first edition of 1782, and Dublin and London editions by Boyd in 1785. This is a notably handsome copy in lavish contemporary red morocco.
This... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 138899
BARTLETT, William Henry. Footsteps of Our Lord and his Apostles,
London : 1852Second 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
EVELYN, John. Sylva,
London : 1664First 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
HMS DREADNOUGHT. Visit of Colonial Premiers and the Houses of Parliament to Portsmouth.
London : 1907First 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
VERNE, Jules. A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
London : 1872 First English edition in book form 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
ROYCROFTERS: WILDE, Oscar; Elbert Hubbard (ed.) The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
East Aurora, NY : 1905First 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... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 142011
MORRIS, William. An Address.
London : 1898First 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
(BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER.) The Book of Common-Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments,
London : 1662First folio edition of the 1662 Prayer Book, printed only two years after the restoration of the monarchy. The book was revised after the Savoy Conference, an attempt to effect a reconciliation within the Church of England. The bishops rejected attempts by the Presbyterians to present a new liturgy, although allowed some 600 minor changes. Unable to... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 131958
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 : 1865A 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
CHESTERTON, George Laval. Peace, War, and Adventure:
London : 1853First 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
AUSTEN, Jane. The Novels.
London : 1882The Steventon edition. In 1833 Richard Bentley had been the first to publish inexpensive reprints of Jane Austen's fiction as numbers in his Standard Novels series and had reprinted the novels several times since. In 1867 he relinquished management to his son, who produced this elegant edition of an author whose stock had risen in the meantime. Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 141269