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

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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 had a clear political intent, aiming to shift Victorian public opinion and consequently the nation's politics. Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 132030

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  5. 131161detail
    The Library Edition, a most striking and handsome set of Burton's Arabian Nights, retaining the imposing box which has kept the set in lovely condition. "The Arabian Nights had been an important part of Burton's life for decades. In 1882 he began translating it in earnest. Although there were other translations of the Nights... Learn More
    £12,500

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  6. 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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  7. 130665
    New edition. A handsome early Victorian set of Shakespeare's works. Learn More
    £975

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  8. 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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  9. 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

    Stock Code: 94636

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  10. 126625
    Third Clarendon edition of the collected novels. An attractively bound set. Learn More
    £1,575

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    The Works.

    Edinburgh & London: 1925

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

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  12. 119931
    Fourth edition revised with addenda. A substantial history of the First World War. Learn More
    £750

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  13. 101156
    First Clarendon press edition. One of a limited edition of 1,000 sets on large paper with the letters in 2 volumes. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 101156

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  14. 115773detail
    First editions, first impressions. A complete set comprising eight volumes of the Life, plus 13 supplementary volumes, which form a unique and extensive source of previously unpublished Churchill material. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 115773

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

    Stock Code: 116025

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  16. 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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  17. 131937
    A handsomely bound set of the Imperial Edition, a particularly imposing and well-illustrated edition of Shakespeare. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 131937

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  18. 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

    Stock Code: 130801

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  19. 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

    Stock Code: 129963

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  20. 131827detail
    An attractive library set of Disraeli's fictional works. Disraeli's novels had a clear political intent, aiming to shift Victorian public opinion and consequently the nation's politics. Learn More
    £1,250

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  21. 131635

    The Works.

    Edinburgh: 1877-9

    First William Scott Douglas edition, 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 it was also the most complete and correct regarding both text and notes". Douglas (1815-1883) "worked as a mercantile... Learn More
    £750

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  22. 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

    Stock Code: 131091

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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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

    Stock Code: 127586

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  30. 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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    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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  32. 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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  33. 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

    Stock Code: 131158

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  34. 131154detail
    Second edition, first published by the American Stationers' Company from 1834 to 1837. Edited by Jared Sparks, the American historian and President of Harvard College, this edition comprises Sparks' biography of Washington, Washington's official and private letters during both the American Revolution and his presidency,... Learn More
    £1,250

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  35. 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
    £4,950

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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 130939detail
    A handsomely bound set of this most attractive printing of Milton's works, preserving the original orthography. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 130939

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  39. 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

    Stock Code: 130862

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  40. 130857detail
    New edition. A handsome library set of Disraeli's fiction, containing all the major works. Disraeli's novels had a clear political intent, aiming to shift Victorian public opinion and consequently the nation's politics. Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 130857

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  41. 130796detail
    Delightful library set of Hume and Smollett's great history, printed in small but perfectly legible types; this being the "Regent's Edition" the bindings incorporate the badge of the Prince of Wales. "Hume triumphantly demonstrated that it was possible to write such history in a manner which combined good historical argument... Learn More
    £850

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  42. 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

    Stock Code: 130798

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  43. 126125detail
    The Canterbury edition. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 126125

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  44. 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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  45. 126818
    The Knutsford edition. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 126818

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  46. 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

    Stock Code: 129550

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  47. 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

    Stock Code: 130604

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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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  51. 127333
    First editions. A handsomely bound set of Irving's biography of George Washington, from the library of Robert Charles Winthrop, with his ownership inscription to the front blanks of each volume. Winthrop (1809-1894) was a lawyer and had a successful political career, serving in both the Senate and the House of Representatives,... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 127333

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  52. 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

    Stock Code: 129485

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  53. 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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  54. 129945detail
    A handsomely bound set of the first authorised collected edition of Darwin's works. Learn More
    £3,750

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  55. 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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  56. 129555
    First editions, first impressions, one of 3,000 sets, originally issued only to owners of the Centenary edition of the Collected Works, and available in either full vellum or the present binding. Contents include Churchill's periodical contributions as well as his prefaces and introductions to works by other authors. Learn More
    £1,250

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  57. 129483detail

    The Works.

    London: 1924-7

    Signed limited "Atlantic" edition, number 491 of 620 sets signed by the author on the limitation page of vol. I, for sale and distribution in Britain (a further 1,050 sets were produced and signed for the American issue). The Atlantic edition is the finest collected edition of Wells's works, with the author revising the... Learn More
    £18,750

    Stock Code: 129483

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  58. 126446detail
    Shakespeare Head Press. Best Edition. Limited to 1000 copies. Eleven large octavo volumes, the novels, with frontispieces and plates. Eight further volumes were published between 1932 and 1938, consisting of The Brontës: Their Lives, Friendships, and correspondence (four volumes); The Miscellaneous and Unpublished Writings... Learn More
    £7,500

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    The Works.

    New York: 1924

    The Atlantic Edition, deluxe issue bound in half morocco, number 618 of 1,050 sets signed by the author in volume I. "The text throughout is read and revised by the author, who has written a special preface to each volume as well as a general introduction to the set" (Wells, p. 61). Scribners offered the set in regular cloth... Learn More
    £9,750

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    The Complete Writings.

    New York and London: 1902

    Paumanok edition. Limited to 300 numbered sets printed on Ruisdael handmade paper and signed by the publisher; this particular set from a series with a star sticker affixed to the number line. With inlaid hand-written post card from Whitman addressed to Melville Phillips: "Don't fail to let me see / proofs beforehand --... Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 117980

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