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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. Moore's Irish Melodies.
    (VICTORIA, Princess Royal.) MOORE, Thomas. Moore's Irish Melodies.

    London : [1858]

    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

  2. English Lyrics from Spenser to Milton.
    BELL, Robert Anning (illus.) English Lyrics from Spenser to Milton.

    London : 1898

    First 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

  3. An Artist's Game Bag.
    HUNT, Lynn Bogue. An Artist's Game Bag.

    New York : 1936

    First 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

  4. 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

  5. The Vampyre; A Tale.
    [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

  6. A Midsummer-Night's Dream.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); SHAKESPEARE, William. A Midsummer-Night's Dream.

    London : 1908

    Signed 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

  7. 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

  8. 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... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 142011

  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... 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. 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

  12. [Complete Strangers and Brothers series:]
    SNOW, C. P. [Complete Strangers and Brothers series:]

    London : 1940-70

    All first editions, first impressions. Inscribed by the author to the title page of Homecomings "To Joan Hardinge with best wishes from C. P. Snow Sept 15/65/." This eleven-volume roman fleuve probably constitutes Snow's chief contribution to English letters, his critical writings notwithstanding. Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 136481

  13. [Original Rackham-illustrated vellum binding:] The Open Road.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); [Original Rackham-illustrated vellum binding:] The Open Road.

    London : 1910

    This fine example of Rackham's work is a test piece by the artist, practicing his technique for drawing directly onto vellum, possibly in preparation for a private commission. The illustration features two unconnected design elements - vignettes drawn in black and coloured inks, each signed by Rackham with his initials, and very much in the style he... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 117312

  14. The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Marvels By Thomas Ingoldsby Esqre.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); INGOLDSBY, Thomas, pseud. of Richard Harris Barham. The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Marvels By Thomas Ingoldsby Esqre.

    London : 1907

    Signed limited edition, number 377 of 560 copies signed by Rackham, one of 500 for sale in England. Rackham's previous illustrated edition of The Ingoldsby Legends, published in 1898, had no deluxe signed issue. For this edition, it was revised and largely redrawn, so that "greater prominence could be given to the illustrations by better and larger... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 138803

  15. 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
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 138225

  16. 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
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 127234

  17. 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
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 111720

  18. 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
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 137470

  19. 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
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 132883

  20. 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
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 87379

  21. 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
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 137073

  22. Charles Dickens: The Story of his Life.
    TAVERNER, H. T. Charles Dickens: The Story of his Life.

    London : 1870

    Fascinating copy of the first edition of the first posthumous biography of Dickens, signed on the title page and annotated throughout by Dickens's associate, the English journalist Edmund Ollier (1826-1886).

    Ollier was a scion of a literary family of some consequence in the course of 19th-century English literature. His father Charles Ollier... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 136324

  23. The Plays.
    GALSWORTHY, John. The Plays.

    London : 1929

    First collected edition. Inscribed by the author on the original front free endpaper "Inscribed with every good wish by John Galsworthy, April 1930"; with a pencilled notation for the binder "preserve". Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 132028

  24. [Dance to the Music of Time:]
    POWELL, Anthony. [Dance to the Music of Time:]

    London : 1951-75

    First editions, first impressions, of the complete series of 12 novels in Powell's celebrated novel sequence, with a postcard signed by the author tipped into A Buyer's Market. Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 125257

  25. Life of an American Workman.
    CHRYSLER, Walter P., & Boyden Sparkes. Life of an American Workman.

    New York : 1937

    First and limited edition, number 64 of 500 copies privately printed, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "To W. S. S. Rodgers with my friendship and affection 1/19/38 W. P. Chrysler", on the first blank leaf. The book's foreword describes the printing of this edition, designed as a Christmas remembrance for the Chrysler family to distribute... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 122166

  26. Captains Courageous.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Captains Courageous.

    London : 1897

    First UK edition, binder's presentation copy, with a calligraphic inscription in manuscript in red and black ink, "To Irene, with best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. From the bindery, December 1920", signed by George Sutcliffe beneath the inscription, to the fourth binder's blank (Sangorski having died in 1912). It is probable that... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 121101

  27. Instructions for the Practice of Fresco Painting;
    WINSOR, W. & H. C. Newton. Instructions for the Practice of Fresco Painting;

    London : 1843

    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the authors on the front free endpaper, "To C. Stanfield Esq. R. A., respectfully presented by his obedient humble servants, W. Winsor & H. Newton." The recipient was Clarkson Stanfield, elected as a Royal Academician in February 1835, who "between 1820 and his last submission in 1867 showed 135 paintings... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 118578

  28. Poems 1886-1929.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Poems 1886-1929.

    New York : 1930

    First US edition, signed limited edition, number 44 of 537 copies signed by the author, of which 525 were for sale. It was first published in the UK the previous year. Learn More
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 117542

  29. Of Human Bondage.
    MAUGHAM, W. Somerset. Of Human Bondage.

    New York : 1936

    First illustrated edition, signed limited issue, the copy of the publisher Nelson Doubleday, number 1 of 751 copies signed by the illustrator and the author, specially bound. An excellent association copy: Doubleday had inherited Maugham as an author when his company merged with Maugham's former publisher, George H. Doran, in 1926. Maugham became a... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 116986

  30. The Writings. In prose and verse. With prefaces and notes.
    HARDY, Thomas. The Writings. In prose and verse. With prefaces and notes.

    New York & London : [1915]

    The Autograph edition, limited to 153 sets signed by the author on an inserted leaf, this set number 3 bound ad personam for the American collector William Beers Crowell. The edition was based on the first 21 volumes of the Wessex Edition, "the definitive edition and last authority in questions of text" (Purdy), combining The Well-Beloved and A Group... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 115614

  31. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Through the Looking-Glass.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Through the Looking-Glass.

    London : 1869 & 1885

    Presentation copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Mary Trimmer, from the author." Dodgson had lunch with Mary's family on 6 August 1868; her father was Revd. Trimmer, Rector of St Mary, Guildford, and Carroll later photographed Mary. A beautifully bound set of these later printings (Alice's Adventures... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 112633

  32. Modern Development of the Dry Fly,
    HALFORD, Frederick. Modern Development of the Dry Fly,

    [1910]

    Limited deluxe edition, number 44 of 75 copies signed by the author, Volume 2 comprising The Halford Dry Fly Patterns, with 33 actual specimens of dry flies in 9 sunken mounts. Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 111941

  33. Prometheus' Daughter.
    ABBOTT, Sir James. Prometheus' Daughter.

    London : 1861

    First and only edition, inscribed "To Baron & Baroness Brantsen, o. d. Zyss, With kindest remembrances and best wishes from the author's wife. Christmas 1868, Richmond House" on the initial blank.

    Sir James Abbott (1807-1896) was an army officer and colonial administrator best remembered for his success in pacifying the tribal regions of the... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 111566

  34. The Oxford Companion to the Theatre.
    (BARKER, Ronnie.) HARTNOLL, Phyllis ed. The Oxford Companion to the Theatre.

    London : 1972

    Presentation copy to one of the greats of British television comedy and light entertainment, Ronnie Barker (1929-2005), inscribed on a preliminary blank leaf: "To Ronnie, To say Congratulations on 25 'Glorious Years' (contrary to the vicious slur about your age on p. 80) luv Danni (?) 11.11.73" amid the signatures of many other well-wishers.

    The... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 110259

  35. A Free Discourse against Customary Swearing.
    BOYLE, Robert. A Free Discourse against Customary Swearing.

    London : 1695

    First edition, with an attractive early American provenance, a preliminary blank is inscribed: "Wm. Dummer's Booke, 3: May 1706, pretium 3 shillings". This is the governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, William Dummer (1677-1761), after whom Dummer's War is named, a series of battles between New England and the Wabanaki Confederacy (1722-1725).... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 110090

  36. The Writings.
    TWAIN, Mark. The Writings.

    New York : 1922

    The definitive edition, signed "S L Clemens / Mark Twain", limited to 1024 sets only of which this is 423. The publisher states that Twain intended a definitive collected edition and so put his autograph to 1024 single leaves in 1906. These were not recovered until long after his death, when the project could finally be completed. This set includes... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 107494

  37. Thomson's Poetical Works.
    THOMSON, James. Thomson's Poetical Works.

    Edinburgh : 1853

    First edition edited by the Scottish writer and churchman George Gilfillan (1813-1878). This copy was given as an Eton leaving present in 1862 and is inscribed on a preliminary blank: "William Thomas Trench, with the best wishes of Adelbert Cecil Talbot". Trench would appear to be the future Earl of Clancarty and Talbot became a colonel and Resident... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 101737

  38. Undine.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); LA MOTTE-FOUQUÉ, Friedrich Heinrich Karl, Freiherr de. Undine.

    London : 1909

    Signed limited edition, number 464 of 1000 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 101815

  39. Contes Choisis.
    MAUPASSANT, Guy de. Contes Choisis.

    Paris : [1886]

    Limited edition. Number 43 of 50 copies on china paper. With two signed etched engravings on Japanese vellum. Limited edition, number 43 of an edition of 50, of which this is one of 25 copies on papier de Chine (a further 25 were printed on japon), with two states of an engraved frontispiece on japon, signed by Bernaux and Currin. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 101347

  40. Ulysses.
    JOYCE, James. Ulysses.

    Paris : 1922

    First edition, first impression. One of 750 copies printed on handmade paper, this number 811. Of the edition of 1,000 copies, in addition to the 750 copies on handmade paper, there were 100 signed copies on thicker Dutch handmade paper numbered 1-100 and 150 large paper copies on vergé d'Arches numbered 101-250. Learn More
    £16,500.00

    Stock Code: 96666

  41. Lieutenant Hornblower.
    FORESTER, C. S. Lieutenant Hornblower.

    London : 1952

    First edition, third impression. The author's specially bound personal copy. With the loosely inserted posthumous estate label signed by the author's great nephew Mr A. S. Troughton-Smith. Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 87847

  42. Randall and the River of Time.
    FORESTER, C. S. Randall and the River of Time.

    London : 1951

    First edition, second impression. The author's specially bound personal copy. With the loosely inserted posthumous estate label signed by the author's great nephew Mr A. S. Troughton-Smith. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 87852

  43. The Story of Little Jane and Me. [With] Polly and the Aunt. By the Aunt.
    BLATCHFORD, Mary Edgecumbe. The Story of Little Jane and Me. [With] Polly and the Aunt. By the Aunt.

    Boston and New York : 1898 and October 1906

    First editions, both inscribed by the author (the second work being the dedication copy) to Caroline Nelson Russell, "with the author's love" on the first blanks, with "Cambridge, June 9, 1905" in the first work, and "Cambridge, October 6, 1906" in the second work. The Story of Little Jane and Me bears M. E. Blatchford's own bookplate, making this her... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 83337

  44. Arthur Rackham's Book of Pictures.
    RACKHAM, Arthur. Arthur Rackham's Book of Pictures.

    London : 1913

    Signed limited edition, one of 1,030 numbered copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 79522

  45. Reliques of Ancient English Poetry:
    PERCY, Thomas. Reliques of Ancient English Poetry:

    London : 1775

    First published 1765, this a lovely set of the third edition in which Percy "corrected such Mistakes as he had detected and also inserted such further Illustrations as had either occurred to himself, or been communicated to him" (Advertisement to the Third Edition). The dedication, though signed by Percy, was written by Samuel Johnson. Johnson had... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 75095

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