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  1. 95797detail
    Edition de luxe of The Gadshill edition. Limited edition, number 126 of 130 sets. The Gadshill Edition, printed from the edition carefully corrected by the author in 1867 and 1868 and with an introduction by Andrew Lang, considered one of the best editions of the collected works of Charles Dickens. Often found with just... Learn More
    £7,500

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  2. 129941detail
    A handsome uniformly-bound set of Dickens's works, comprising all the major novels as well as the Christmas stories and his minor works, made up of later Chapman and Hall editions using the text as revised by the author in 1869, and reproducing the illustrations of the original editions. Learn More
    £950

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  3. 132947
    The Nonesuch edition, number 351 of only 877 sets. This peculiar limitation is due to the inclusion with each set of one of the original plates used in Chapman and Hall's first printings of each title. Since they held in their archive 877 such plates - the majority steel but with a number of wood blocks - the limitation... Learn More
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  4. 132935
    First Boydell edition. This lavish edition was the brainchild of John Boydell (1720-1804), who had been responsible for the publication in mezzotint of some of the most impressive paintings of the period. He and his nephew Josiah Boydell conceived this set, with typography by Bulmer and paper by Whatman, to be embellished... Learn More
    £8,750

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  5. 132826
    An attractive set of Austen's novels, comprising later printings of the Thomson and Brock illustrated editions. Learn More
    £1,250

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  6. 132753detail
    The Wessex Edition, the definitive edition of Hardy's works, and a finely bound set. The set is complete other than for Jude the Obscure and Human Shows. The books are later impressions, with the edition first printed between 1912 and 1926, other than Human Shows which was printed in 1931; this set may have been bound before... Learn More
    £2,500

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  7. 132739
    The Seven Seas Edition, number 435 of 1,050 copies signed by the author on the half-title of vol. I. A very handsome set. Learn More
    £9,500

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  8. 132696detail
    The Large Paper Edition of the Shakespeare Head edition of the novels of the Brontë sisters, number 24 of 500 copies of the American issue, the whole edition having been equally divided between Great Britain and the USA, extremely scarce in the attractive publisher's binding. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 132696

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  9. 120105detail
    Limited to 1,000 copies. The Shakespeare Head set of the Brontë sisters is generally regarded as the finest set of the authors' collected works, attractively printed and here handsomely bound. This set includes all the novels, their life and correspondence, and their miscellaneous writings; two volumes of their poetry were... Learn More
    £5,000

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  10. 132540
    A most attractively bound set of Gibbon's great history, originally published between 1776 and 1788, a "masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style... remaining one of the ageless historical works which... maintain their hold upon the layman and continue to stimulate the scholar" (Printing and the Mind of Man).... Learn More
    £1,250

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  11. 132405
    A handsome set of Austen's novels, reproducing the late 19th-century illustrations of Charles E. Brock. Learn More
    £875

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  12. 128960
    A particularly attractive library reference set, unusually presented in the attractive original wooden stand. Learn More
    £1,500

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  13. 68528
    Second New York Edition, the first and best collected edition of Henry James' works. Learn More
    £7,500

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  14. 114350detail
    The Charles Dickens edition. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 114350

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  15. The Works.
    The Biographical edition. A handsomely bound set of Stevenson's works including his popular children's novel Treasure Island. Learn More
    £2,100

    Stock Code: 115194

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  16. The Works.
    The Red Rover Edition. A very handsomely bound set of the collected works of the American author, including The Last of the Mohicans, The Deerslayer and The Spy. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 107294

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  17. 132030detail
    The Imperial Edition, number 7 of 100 sets. A highly striking set of Disraeli's works, beautifully printed, bound and illustrated. Disraeli's novels came to have a clear political intent, aiming to shift Victorian public opinion and consequently the nation's politics. As he later wrote, "it was not originally the intention... Learn More
    £5,750

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  18. 130663
    An attractively bound set; Macaulay's great history was first published episodically between 1848 and 1861. "The first historical work deliberately designed to outsell the best-selling novel of the day, Macaulay's book immediately fulfilled its author's aspiration. His colourful style and stirring power of description secured... Learn More
    £575

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  19. 130665
    New edition. A handsome early Victorian set of Shakespeare's works. Learn More
    £975

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  20. 130360detail
    An attractively bound set of Shakespeare's works. The publisher and writer Charles Knight (1791-1873) was already a Shakespeare lover and bibliophile in his teens, when he owned an imperfect First Folio which he made up by printing the missing pages from a facsimile edition. "His first major project as an author took shape... Learn More
    £1,750

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  21. The Works of John Dryden, now first Collected in Eighteen Volumes.
    Second edition, the first published in 1808. An excellent edition in a well-preserved and highly attractive Regency binding. Slightly later engraved armorial bookplates of James Banks Stanhope to front pastedowns. Stanhope was MP for North Lincolnshire and inherited the estates at Revesby from his kinsman Sir Joseph Banks,... Learn More
    £1,750

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  22. 127761detail

    The Works.

    Edinburgh & London: 1925

    An attractive set of Conrad's works. Learn More
    £600

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  23. 126625
    Third Clarendon edition of the collected novels. An attractively bound set. Learn More
    £1,575

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  24. 119931
    Fourth edition revised with addenda. A substantial history of the First World War. Learn More
    £750

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  25. The Works.
    First Cunningham edition. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 116025

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  26. The Works.
    First Lang edition, the Swanston Edition, number 1,977 of 2,060 sets. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 112903

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  27. 131937
    A handsomely bound set of the Imperial Edition, a particularly imposing and well-illustrated edition of Shakespeare. Learn More
    £675

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  28. 130801detail
    First collected edition of Wilde's works, one of 1,000 unnumbered sets on handmade paper. The texts were mostly taken from the last editions to be supervised by the author, in some cases with additional matter here published for the first time. The copyright of The Picture of Dorian Gray was held by Charles Carrington, so... Learn More
    £5,750

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  29. 129963detail
    The Atlantic Edition, one of a limited edition of 1,050 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf of which this is number 432, and with new prefaces written especially for this edition by the author. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £12,000

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  30. 131827detail
    An attractive library set of Disraeli's fictional works. Disraeli's novels came to have a clear political intent, aiming to shift Victorian public opinion and consequently the nation's politics. As he later wrote, "it was not originally the intention of the writer to adopt the form of fiction as the instrument to scatter... Learn More
    £1,250

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  31. 131091detail

    The Works.

    Philadelphia: [1899]

    Limited edition, number 37 of 500 copies printed on japon. A highly desirable set, strikingly bound, attractively printed, and lavishly illustrated. Learn More
    £4,500

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  32. 131140

    The Works.

    Garden City: 1920

    The Sun-Dial Edition, number 35 of 735 sets signed by the author in the first volume. Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 131140

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  33. 131574detail
    An attractive set with an interestingly complex continental history, printed by the Swiss piratical publisher J. J. Tourneisen, bound in Italy, and thereafter in the "British Library" in Malaga, with their stamps to endpapers. Tourneisen, free from the restraints of British copyright law, printed numerous British authors... Learn More
    £850

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  34. 127777detail
    Edition Nationale. Limited to 1,000 registered and numbered sets of which this is number 301. Learn More
    £1,250

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  35. 121741detail
    First complete collected edition, one of 1,750 sets published. The Centenary Edition is the only full collected works of Winston Churchill, reproducing his 50 books in 34 volumes. The Library of Imperial History went bankrupt before the projected run of 3,000 sets could be completed, so "the print run never exceeded 2,000... Learn More
    £5,950

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  36. 33651detail
    The Samara Edition, number 653 of 1,000 sets printed by the Burton Club, described by Penzer as "merely... a kind of nom de plume of a certain Boston publisher", who he does not name. He also mentions that this was one of at least eight editions - beginning with the "Mecca" of 1905 - that he calls the "Catch Word" editions.... Learn More
    £2,500

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  37. 127330detail
    The Thornton Edition. A very handsomely bound set of the Brontë's novels illustrated with photographs of places associated with the sisters. Learn More
    £875

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  38. 127586detail
    The highly limited "edition definitive", number 14 of 15; this set is additionally extra-illustrated and sumptuously bound. This edition was issued with the original frontispieces, engraved title pages and etchings by "Phiz" et al printed and mounted on india-proof paper, as well as each volume containing an original pen... Learn More
    £30,000

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  39. 131181
    Limited edition, number 66 of 500 copies signed by the publisher. A particularly handsome set of the edition of William Scott Douglas, first published in 1877-9, described by ODNB as a "splendid, six-volume library edition. The poems in this edition are arranged chronologically, and while it was the most sumptuous yet published... Learn More
    £1,500

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  40. 131171detail

    Works.

    London: 1885-8

    The Ashburton Edition. A handsome set of Carlyle's collected writings, incorporating all the major works, and his miscellaneous essays. Learn More
    £1,750

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  41. 131156detail
    The Frontenac Edition, the definitive collected edition of Parkman's works, incorporating all of the author's final revisions. Parkman's great epics of the settlement and development of North America - partly based on his own experiences on the Oregon Trail and with Native American tribes - were highly romanticized, yet... Learn More
    £1,750

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  42. 131158

    The Works.

    New York: 1913-23

    Imperial Edition, number 43 of 256 copies printed on japon and with a signed portrait of the author in vol. I. Learn More
    £1,750

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  43. 131117detail
    First edition with Kent's illustrations, limited subscribers issue, one of a stated limitation of 1,000 numbered sets, though here lettered "L" on the limitation leaf. Kent's frontispieces are pen, brush, and ink drawings photomechanically reproduced as engravings. Machen's translation of Casanova's Memoirs was first published... Learn More
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  44. 131073detail
    Second and preferred edition. Dyce (1798-1869) was one of the principal editors involved in William Pickering's prestigious Aldine Edition of the British Poets; his edition of Shakespeare in that series was first published in 1832. He then produced his own complete edition of Shakespeare (6 volumes, 1857), and improved it... Learn More
    £1,500

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  45. The Works.
    Author's edition. Limited edition, American issue, number 81 of 1,000 copies, rare in the publisher's special binding of half morocco, which was sold at 5 per volume, twice the price of the standard red buckram. The Author's Edition was a joint publication, consisting of 12 volumes published in England by Smith, Elder &... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 114703

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  46. 130862detail
    An attractive set of Maugham's collected works, with three volumes each of stories, plays and novels. The books are later editions, with the collected short stories first published in 1951, the plays in 1931, and the novels in 1953. Learn More
    £2,250

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  47. 130857detail
    New edition. A handsome library set of Disraeli's fiction, containing all the major works. Disraeli's novels came to have a clear political intent, aiming to shift Victorian public opinion and consequently the nation's politics. As he later wrote, "it was not originally the intention of the writer to adopt the form of fiction... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 130857

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  48. 130798detail

    Novels. A New Edition.

    Edinburgh and London: [c.1890]

    An attractively bound set of Eliot's works, including all seven novels, and her first collection of short stories, Scenes from Clerical Life. Learn More
    £850

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  49. 126125detail
    The Canterbury edition. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 126125

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  50. 130081
    The Bombay Edition, first issue one of the original 1,050 sets signed by the author on the half-title of Volume I. The Bombay edition was initially published in 25 volumes and limited to 1,050 copies. Kipling continued to write and the edition eventually grew to 31 volumes, with the later 6 volumes unsigned, and limited... Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 130081

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  51. 126818
    The Knutsford edition. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 126818

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  52. 129550detail
    First complete collected edition, one of 1,750 sets published. The Centenary Edition is the only full collected works of Winston Churchill, reproducing his 50 books in 34 volumes. The Library of Imperial History went bankrupt before the projected run of 3,000 sets could be completed, so "the print run never exceeded 2,000... Learn More
    £6,750

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  53. 130604detail
    A very handsome library set of one of the best 19th-century editions, edited by the classical and biblical scholar William Smith (1813-1893), first published in 1854-5. Learn More
    £1,500

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  54. 128571detail
    The best collected edition of Hobbes's English-language works, "the most widely used edition of Hobbes's works", of which "there is nothing of comparable scope", until the long-planned Clarendon Press edition is completed (Sorell, The Cambridge Companion to Hobbes, p. xi). A five-volume edition of Hobbes's Latin works was... Learn More
    £850

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  55. 130359
    First Fitzgerald edition, also known as "Moxon's Edition"; the publisher Edward Moxon (bap. 1801, d. 1858) had had a long association with Lamb, the first book issued by his publishing house in 1830 was Lamb's Album Verses and he married Lamb's adopted daughter, Emma Isola, in 1833. By 1876 Moxon's business, although continuing... Learn More
    £450

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  56. 130143detail
    A complete set of this beautifully illustrated overview of the animal kingdom, containing 14 volumes about birds, 13 about mammals, 7 about insects and 6 about fishes. The series proved highly popular, with several reprints over the 19th century. "The Naturalist's Library was a tribute to a skilful printer who employed the... Learn More
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 130143

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  57. 129485detail
    The Sussex Edition, number 75 of a limited edition of 525 sets signed by the author on the limitation leaf of vol. I. This set with a highly appealing provenance: from the library of the eminent Kipling collector Rear Admiral Lloyd H. Chandler (1869-1947), with his and his wife Agatha's joint ownership inscription to a preliminary... Learn More
    £19,750

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  58. 120096
    First editions, first impressions. 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 of the Second World War, the major interruption in the writing process,... Learn More
    £1,375

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  59. 129945detail
    A handsomely bound set of the first authorised collected edition of Darwin's works. Learn More
    £3,750

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  60. 129641
    An arresting example of the London bookbinder's craft as the Georgian period drew to its close, and an exemplary demonstration of the care and craft that the age was lavishing on the national playwright. The text is the second Harness edition of Shakespeare (first published in 1825), the principal work of the literary scholar... Learn More
    £1,850

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