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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. Dramatic Works.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Dramatic Works.

    London : 1842

    A handsomely bound set of Shakespeare's works, edited by the classical scholar and printer A. J. Valpy (1787-1854). It features the same plates from the first Valpy edition, originally published between 1832 and 1834, which in turn reproduced John Boydell's plates from the Boydell edition, published between 1791 and 1805. John Boydell (1720-1804) was... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138156

  2. The Life of Benvenuto Cellini.
    (SYMONDS, John Addington, ed.) CELLINI, Benvenuto. The Life of Benvenuto Cellini.

    New York : 1906

    A handsome two volume set of Cellini's autobiography translated by John Addington Symonds. The first English edition of the text was translated by Thomas Nugent and published in 1771, with the first edition of the Symonds translation published in 1888. Learn More

    Stock Code: 137625

  3. Songs Before Sunrise.
    SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. Songs Before Sunrise.

    London : 1888

    The Swinburne edition, number 48 of 650 copies only, printed on handmade paper, of which 475 were for sale in the UK. Of the remaining 175, 150 copies were sold in the US, 12 copies were produced in vellum, and the remaining 13 are unaccounted for. First published in 1871 by F. S. Ellis, this is an attractive edition Swinburne's collection of philosophical... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137427

  4. The Second World War.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Second World War.

    London : 1948-54

    First editions of Churchill's masterpiece, the single most important historical account of the Second World War. As Max Beloff observed, there was no statesman of the twentieth century "whose retrospective accounts of the great events in which he has taken part have so dominated subsequent historical thinking". A man who had always primarily made his... Learn More

    Stock Code: 132872

  5. The Works.
    CONGREVE, William. The Works.

    London : 1753

    A collection of reissues of plays and poems by the author, including The Old Batchelor, The Double-dealer, The Way of the World, The Mourning-bride, and Love for Love. All were first performed and published from 1693 to 1700.

    With the bookplate of Sir Joshua Vanneck (17021777), 1st Baronet, of Putney, Surrey, to the front pastedown... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138561

  6. History of the English People.
    GREEN, J. R. History of the English People.

    London : 1902

    An attractively bound set of Green's History of the English People, first published in 1874. Learn More

    Stock Code: 138503

  7. A most pleasant, fruitful, and witty Work, of the best State of a Public Weal, and of the new Isle called Utopia.
    (DIBDIN, Thomas Frognall.) MORE, Sir Thomas. A most pleasant, fruitful, and witty Work, of the best State of a Public Weal, and of the new Isle called Utopia.

    London : 1808

    First Dibdin edition of More's Utopia, a very attractive edition by the great bibliophile, which includes a bibliography of the early editions, and uses the text of the first English translation of 1551. Learn More

    Stock Code: 138538

  8. Tales of the Castle.
    FELICITE, Stéphanie, comtesse de Genlis. Tales of the Castle.

    London : 1806

    Eighth Edition, in a handsome period binding with the gift inscription on the front free endpaper of volume 1: "Cecilia Charlotte Leeson, The Gift of Her fond mamma on her birthday the 3rd of March 1808". Cecelia Charlotte Leeson (1801-1818) was the daughter of the Irish peer Joseph Leeson, 2nd Earl of Milltown (1730-1801), and stepdaughter to Valentine... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138487

  9. The Novels.
    RICHARDSON, Samuel. The Novels.

    New York : 1901

    The Edition de Bibliophile set, one of 20 limited edition subscription copies only, printed on handmade Japanese vellum, and published ad hominem. Each volume is signed by the publishers on the limitation page and several of the hand-coloured plates are signed by the colourists. Volume 1 features an original dry-point etching by Jean Paleologue, a Romanian... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138225

  10. The Strange Gentleman;
    [DICKENS, Charles.] The Strange Gentleman;

    London : 1837 [i.e. 1871]

    Facsimile of the 1837 first edition of the first of Dickens's plays to be performed, in its original "the scarcest and costliest of all Dickens pamphlets" (Eckel). Learn More

    Stock Code: 138173

  11. Sketches of Young Gentlemen.
    [DICKENS, Charles.] Sketches of Young Gentlemen.

    London : 1838

    First edition, Dickens's guide to young ladies of the qualities to look for in a gentleman, written against the publication Sketches of Young Ladies, issued by Chapman & Hall the previous year. Provenance: booklabel to front pastedown of the industrialist James William Ellsworth (1849-1925); the Carl H. Pforzheimer Library, stamp on rear endpaper;... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138167

  12. Faro Nell and Her Friends.
    LEWIS, Henry Alfred. Faro Nell and Her Friends.

    New York : 1909

    First edition, first printing. A handsomely bound copy. Learn More

    Stock Code: 134259

  13. The Bombay Edition of the Works.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. The Bombay Edition of the Works.

    London : 1913-38

    The Bombay Edition, one of only 500 possible complete sets signed by the author on the half-title of Volume I. The Bombay edition was initially published in 20 volumes and limited to 1,000 copies. Kipling continued to write and the edition eventually grew to 31 volumes, but the last 11 volumes were limited to 500 copies only. Because later volumes were... Learn More

    Stock Code: 127234

  14. Wolfville.
    LEWIS, Henry Alfred. Wolfville.

    London : 1909

    First published in 1893. A handsomely bound copy of his first novel. Learn More

    Stock Code: 134254

  15. Wolfville Days.
    LEWIS, Henry Alfred. Wolfville Days.

    New York : 1902

    Second edition, first published in 1902. A handsomely bound copy. Learn More

    Stock Code: 134256

  16. Wolfville Folks.
    LEWIS, Henry Alfred. Wolfville Folks.

    New York : 1909

    First published in 1908. A handsomely bound copy. Learn More

    Stock Code: 134258

  17. The Works.
    ELIOT, George. The Works.

    Edinburgh and London : c.1890

    Standard edition. An attractive set of Eliot's works. Learn More

    Stock Code: 134293

  18. The Works.
    WILDE, Oscar. The Works.

    London : c.1911

    The Magdalen edition. One of 480 numbered sets of which this is number 23. Learn More

    Stock Code: 138136

  19. On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
    FLEMING, Ian. On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

    London : 1963

    First edition, first impression, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. This is the 11th book in the James Bond series, featuring a reappearance of Blofeld and SPECTRE, linking it to the plot of Thunderball (1961). It was adapted for film in 1969, featuring George Lazenby. Learn More

    Stock Code: 134787

  20. Mapping Golgotha.
    OWEN, Wilfred. Mapping Golgotha.

    Wales : 2007

    First edition, first impression, one of 200 copies only, Jeremy Hooker's own copy with "Editor's copy" instead of a number written on the limitation page. This is a handsomely bound selection of Owen's letters and poems, mostly written and completed between 1917 and 1918, before the author was killed in action in November 1918. Learn More

    Stock Code: 137877

  21. Godfrey of Bulloigne, or Jerusalem Delivered.
    TASSO, Torquato. Godfrey of Bulloigne, or Jerusalem Delivered.

    London : 1817

    First edition thus, one of 50 large paper copies. A highly appealing edition printed by the excellent Thomas Bensley and with delightful wood-engravings, perhaps by Bewick's pupil Henry White, after designs by John Thurston. Fairfax's translation was originally published in 1600; the first English translation of Tasso's poetical account of the first... Learn More

    Stock Code: 121168

  22. The Life of Nelson.
    MAHAN, Alfred Thayer. The Life of Nelson.

    London : 1897

    First UK edition, first impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 120265

  23. History of India.
    JACKSON, A. V. Williams (ed.). History of India.

    London : 1906

    The Connoisseur edition, number 192 of 200 copies. The volumes are by different authors or editors, covering successive periods: vol. 1, to the sixth century BC, by Romesh Chunder Dutt; vol. 2, to the Mohammedan conquest, including the invasion of Alexander the Great, by Vincent A. Smith; vols. 3-4, mediaeval India to the reign of Akbar the Great, by... Learn More

    Stock Code: 114144

  24. The Life of Nelson.
    SOUTHEY, Robert. The Life of Nelson.

    London : 1813

    First edition, large paper copy, of which there were only 500 sets published. Elegantly written and surprisingly even-handed on the issue of the Neapolitan Jacobins, "Southey constructed an early-nineteenth century hero as a model for the young - in his words, a 'patriotic manual.' He told a friend that he would write 'such a life of Nelson as shall... Learn More

    Stock Code: 114056

  25. Le Soldat citoyen,
    [SERVAN, Joseph.] Le Soldat citoyen,

    Dans le pays de la liberté [Neuchâtel] : 1780

    First edition of the author's advocacy of universal and compulsory conscription as the only certain way to unite citizens and the army. "A career officer since the 1760s, Joseph Servan (1741-1808) won notoriety in 1780 with the publication of Le Soldat citoyen, a long and detailed plan for reforming the army. Its central theme foreshadowed the Revolution... Learn More

    Stock Code: 113091

  26. The Life and Correspondence of Henry St. George Tucker.
    KAYE, John William. The Life and Correspondence of Henry St. George Tucker.

    London : 1854

    Family presentation copy of the second edition, inscribed by Henry Tucker's wife on the title page, "Clarice Elizabeth Tucker, from her affection mother Jane Tucker, 1859", in a superior binding with the gilt supralibros of the Tucker family to both covers. "In 1786 Tucker 1771/2-1851 sailed to Calcutta as a midshipman on an East Indiaman and upon arrival... Learn More

    Stock Code: 111720

  27. The Valley of Fear.
    DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Valley of Fear.

    London : 1915

    First UK edition, first impression. Published 3 June 1915, it was preceded by the American edition, released earlier the same year, on 27 February. Learn More

    Stock Code: 106897

  28. Views of the Bazar Valley Field Force, 1908.
    RICH, E. T. Views of the Bazar Valley Field Force, 1908.

    Peshawar : [1908]

    From the time of the end of the Tirah campaign in 1897-8 the Zakka Khel Afridis had "remained the persistent enemies of tranquility and progress. Numerous raids in British territory were proved to have their origin in the Bazar Valley" (Nevill, Campaigns on the North West Frontier p. 331). The autumn of 1907 brought a renewal of activity, raids being... Learn More

    Stock Code: 42953

  29. No Peace with Napoleon!
    DE CAULAINCOURT, Armand-Augustin-Louis. No Peace with Napoleon!

    New York : 1936

    First edition, first printing. This book concludes the Memoirs of De Cauliaincourt, begun in With Napoleon in Russia (1933). De Cauliaincourt was a close personal aide to Napoleon I who is credited with influencing the Tsar Alexander I for provision to be made for the Emperor on the island of Elba after his forced abdication. Learn More

    Stock Code: 137696

  30. The Writings.
    TWAIN, Mark. The Writings.

    Hartford, Conn., : 1901-7

    Riverdale Edition, number 482 of 625 sets only, here with an original holograph leaf by Mark Twain, comprising eighteen lines (circa eighty words) from A Tramp Abroad with one emendation, written in purple ink on one side, and tipped-in to volume I. The original manuscript of A Tramp Abroad and of The Gilded Age were both split up by Twain's publisher,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136939

  31. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

    New York : 1958-1964

    A handsomely bound set of the American edition of Churchill's great history (composed of later printings, first published 1956-1958). Churchill began his history of the British Empire and the United States during his period in the political wilderness in the early 1930s, but did not complete it until after his retirement in the late 1950s. The events... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137378

  32. Shakespeare's Sonnets; [together with] Doctor Faustus.
    SHAKESPEARE, William, & Christopher Marlowe. Shakespeare's Sonnets; [together with] Doctor Faustus.

    London : 1903

    First Vale Press editions, first impressions. The binding and decorations were designed by Charles Ricketts (1866-1931), a publisher, designer and wood engraver who readily embraced the printing revival which propagated the ideals of the arts-and-crafts movement: "The novelty of a book, made during the recent revival, lies in the fact that it shows... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137242

  33. The Daltons
    LEVER, Charles. The Daltons

    London : 1852

    First edition. Learn More

    Stock Code: 99342

  34. Calderon;
    HASELL, E. J., & Clifton W. Collins. Calderon;

    Edinburgh : 1879 & 1880

    First editions of these two works, attractively bound. Learn More

    Stock Code: 99292

  35. Howards End.
    FORSTER, E. M. Howards End.

    London : 1910

    First edition, first impression, second issue with publisher's advertisements. The novel was the basis for the 1992 Oscar-winning film of the same title. Learn More

    Stock Code: 134793

  36. The Water-Babies.
    KINGSLEY, Charles; Warwick Goble (illus.) The Water-Babies.

    London : 1909

    First Goble edition. The Water-Babies was first published in 1863, and first illustrated in 1886 by Linley Sambourne. London-born Warwick Goble (1862-1943) was an illustrator of children's books who specialized in Japanese and Indian themes. Having worked for monthly magazines until 1909, he then became resident gift-book illustrator for Macmillan,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 134693

  37. The Muse In Arms.
    OSBORN, E. B. (ed.) The Muse In Arms.

    London : 1917

    First edition, first impression, of this collection of First World War poems. Learn More

    Stock Code: 137522

  38. A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes,
    ACKERMANN, Rudolph (publ.) A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes,

    London : 1821

    First edition, possibly one of 100 large-paper copies (similar to Abbey's copy measuring 14 by 11 inches) from a total print-run of 850, originally issued in 12 monthly parts; all watermarks pre-publication (the plates 1818 and 1820, the text 1818). Ackermann's intention was to combine the "most striking features of the various kinds of scenery of... Learn More

    Stock Code: 115759

  39. Principes d'Orchestration.
    RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, Nicolai. Principes d'Orchestration.

    Paris : 1914

    First edition thus, with the Paris imprint, first published in 1905. This copy from the library of composer Lord Berners, and with his annotations in pencil, mostly consisting of marking passages for attention, but with occasional comment, such as his own calculation of orchestra numbers in the margin of the table p. 7, "horns & trumpets" p. 26, and... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137505

  40. A Picturesque Tour Along the Rhine, from Mentz to Cologne:
    ACKERMANN, Rudolph (publ.): GERNING, Johann Isaac von. A Picturesque Tour Along the Rhine, from Mentz to Cologne:

    London : 1820

    First illustrated edition, with plates watermarked 1816-20. By 1820, Rudolph Ackermann (17641834) had established himself as one of the premium publishers of colour plate books in Britain, largely thanks to a number of works on English topography starting with The Microcosm of London in 1808. A Picturesque Tour Along the Rhine was... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136164

  41. The Island Race.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Island Race.

    London : 1964

    First edition thus, an abridgement by Timothy Baker of the four volumes of Churchill's History of the English-Speaking Peoples. Learn More

    Stock Code: 111644

  42. Le Rime di Messer Francesco Petrarca.
    PETRARCH. Le Rime di Messer Francesco Petrarca.

    Venice : 1820

    First edition thus. A very attractively bound copy of this edition of Petrarch's poetry. Learn More

    Stock Code: 137487

  43. Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers and other Poems.
    AYTOUN, Edmondstoune William. Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers and other Poems.

    Edinburgh : 1863

    First Paton edition, superbly illustrated. "The book brims with Paton's half-page illustrations, headpieces and tailpieces (augmented by a few landscapes by his brother, Waller Paton) - the armour and historical costumes (Paton was a noted collector of these) perfectly realized to the last detail, the compositions unusual and forceful, the squeezed-together... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137470

  44. Histoire de Marguerite d'Anjou, reine d'Angleterre.
    (MARGARET OF ANJOU.) PRÉVOST, Abbé. Histoire de Marguerite d'Anjou, reine d'Angleterre.

    Amsterdam : 1740

    First edition of Prévost's biography of Margaret of Anjou, published the same year as his biography of William the Conqueror, which "gives us some insight into the workings of Prévost's complex creative mind and tells us something of the taste of his reading public. Above all it exemplifies the crisis through which historiography was passing" (Francis,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137421

  45. Complete collection of the first 8 Ariel Poems.
    ARIEL POEMS. Complete collection of the first 8 Ariel Poems.

    [London : 1927

    A finely bound collection of the first eight titles in the Ariel Poems series, comprising Yuletide in a Younger World by Thomas Hardy, drawings by Albert Rutherston; The Linnet's Nest by Henry Newbolt, drawings by Ralph Keene; The Wonder Night by Laurence Binyon, drawings by Barnett Freedman; Alone by Walter de la Mare, wood engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton;... Learn More

    Stock Code: 122684

  46. The Writings.
    HARDY, Thomas. The Writings.

    New York : [1920]

    The Anniversary Edition, issued to celebrate Hardy's 80th birthday, out of series from an edition of 1,250 sets. From the library of the American intellectual Gore Vidal, unmarked as such, but with a certificate of provenance from the dealer to whom Vidal's library was sold. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136745

  47. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
    TWAIN, Mark. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

    New York : 1889

    First American edition, first issue, of Twain's satirical interpolation of a 19th-century American into the early medieval world of Malory's Morte Darthur. As with other Twain novels, for copyright reasons the publication of the first London edition preceded the US edition by a few days. This copy has the primary state points of "The S King"... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136800

  48. Right Ho Jeeves.
    WODEHOUSE, P. G. Right Ho Jeeves.

    London : 1934

    First edition, first impression. The second full-length novel featuring Jeeves and Wooster, published on 5 October 1934, following hot on the heels of Thank You, Jeeves (16 March 1934), and "containing one of the most memorable drunk scenes in all English literature when Gussie presents the prizes chapter XVI... A Wodehouse classic" (Jasen).... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135699

  49. Fantasia.
    DISNEY, Walt - TAYLOR, Deems. Fantasia.

    New York : 1940

    First edition, first printing. Learn More

    Stock Code: 134743

  50. Frankenstein.
    SHELLEY, Mary. Frankenstein.


    A handsome leather bound volume of this classic novel which was first published in 1818. Learn More

    Stock Code: 133421

  51. Enrico Caruso.
    KEY, Pierre V. R. Enrico Caruso.

    Boston : 1922

    First edition, first printing, this copy subscribed for Marion Talley, signed by Caruso's widow Dorothy, Key, and Zirato on the limitation page, copy number 90 of 99 deluxe edition copies.

    Marion Talley (1906-1983) was an American opera coloratura soprano. The present book would have reached her when, in 1922, she appeared as the lead in a production... Learn More

    Stock Code: 132883

  52. The Catcher in The Rye.
    SALINGER, J. D. The Catcher in The Rye.

    Boston : 1951

    First edition, first printing. Learn More

    Stock Code: 131999

  53. Vanity Fair. A Novel Without a Hero.
    THACKERAY, William Makepeace. Vanity Fair. A Novel Without a Hero.

    London : 1848

    First edition in book form. "Modern editions of this classic novel almost invariably omit Thackeray's vignettes and often give only a selection from his etchings. The reader is deprived thereby not only of much amusement but also of important clues to the meaning of the story" (Ray). Learn More

    Stock Code: 129551

  54. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling.
    FIELDING, Henry. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling.

    London : 1953

    A finely bound copy of Fielding's classic, first published in 1749. Learn More

    Stock Code: 122366

  55. Representative American Yachts.
    PEABODY, Henry Greenwood. Representative American Yachts.

    Boston : 1891 & 1893

    First editions, extremely uncommon. WorldCat lists just six copies of the first, all in the United States, two copies of the 1893 supplement and a few copies of subsequent portmanteau editions. A superb collection of images of some the great yachts of a Golden Age of American boat-building. Missouri-born and Dartmouth College-educated, Peabody initially... Learn More

    Stock Code: 112236

  56. Bracebridge Hall.
    IRVING, Washington. Bracebridge Hall.

    New York : 1896

    The Heyliger edition, number 50 of 100 copies printed on rag paper. A lavish production, illustrated with a range of attractive plates, several by Rackham, and decorative gilt borders throughout by noted American art nouveau practitioner Margaret Armstrong. Bracebridge Hall was originally published in 1822. Learn More

    Stock Code: 111287

  57. Vile Bodies.
    WAUGH, Evelyn. Vile Bodies.

    London : 1930

    Tenth printing, presentation copy, inscribed on the front endpaper: "For Bob this body in a fine integument from Evelyn". Vile Bodies, Waugh's second published novel, sold splendidly well upon publication, going through seven printings in as many weeks, and established Waugh as the pre-eminent novelist of his generation, while gaining him entry into... Learn More

    Stock Code: 87379

  58. 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 1,321 of 1,500 copies signed by Alice Hargreaves, née Liddell, the original Alice. Learn More

    Stock Code: 137073

  59. The Complete Letters.
    VAN GOGH, Vincent. The Complete Letters.

    Greenwich, Connecticut : 1959

    Second and expanded English edition, first printing. The first edition of Van Gogh's letters was published in 1914-15: two volumes of his Dutch letters and one of the French. Since then, there has been one more edition in Dutch and French, two in German, and one in English. The present edition of Collected Letters, first published in English... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136738

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

    London : 1832-3

    An attractive library set of Byron's works, complete with the three Don Juan volumes added to the edition, including all his poems and plays, letters and journals, and the Life by his friend Thomas Moore. Learn More

    Stock Code: 127332

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