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  1. 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 & Co. and 13 volumes... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 114703

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 126125detail
    The Canterbury edition. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 126125

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  8. 129199detail
    First complete collected edition, number 127 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... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 129199

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  9. 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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  10. 126818
    The Knutsford edition. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 126818

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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

    Stock Code: 128571

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  14. 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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  15. 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

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  16. 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

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  17. 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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  18. 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

    Stock Code: 120096

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  19. 129945detail
    A handsomely bound set of the first authorised collected edition of Darwin's works. Learn More
    £3,750

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  20. 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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  21. 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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    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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  23. 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

    Stock Code: 121630

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  25. 116018detail
    The handsomely produced "Large Paper Edition", this being number 254 of 575 sets, put out by the celebrated New York bookseller Gabriel Wells who, during the 1920s, competed in the sale rooms with the great Rosenbach. This edition, with introductory material by W. B. Yeats, Padraic Colum, John Drinkwater, Arthur Symons,... Learn More
    £8,750

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  26. 117980detail

    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

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  27. The Plays.
    A very handsomely bound set of a later issue of the edition generally known as the first variorum, first published in 1803. Reed's revision of Johnson and Steevens's 1773 edition was first published in ten volumes in 1785. The edition was then reissued, with Steevens as editor once more but reliant on Reed's assistance,... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 114678

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  28. 129463detail
    A handsome set of Shakespeare's collected works, using the text of the Cambridge Edition, and with an introduction by Sidney Lee (1859-1926), author of a popular biography of Shakespeare and the editor of the 1902 Oxford facsimile of the first folio. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 129463

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  29. 126368detail
    Signed limited edition, number 376 of 780 sets numbered and signed by the author on the limitation leaf of volume I. Learn More
    £3,750

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  30. 94492
    The first volume, and last two are firsts, II-IV are seconds. The first volume was published by John Murray, who did not exercise his option on the next three having made a loss, Napier therefore published the rest of the history through Boone having raised the money by subscriptions. The work certainly divided opinion,... Learn More
    £1,250

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  31. In English Homes.
    First edition of the third volume, second of the second, and third of the first (which was first published in 1904). A handsomely bound set featuring the great historic estates of England. Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 115351

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  32. The Works.
    A new edition, in ten volumes. Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 114891

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    Eleventh edition. Daniel Webster (1782-1852), US Senator and Secretary of State, was one of the most important figures in US politics in the first half of the 19th century. An attractively bound set preserving speeches, legal arguments, diplomatic papers touching on and influencing all the important events of the first... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 114126

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    Mixed editions of Smollett's translation of Lesage's novel. Volume I published by Cooke and Volumes II-IV by Sharpe. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 94814

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  35. The Works.
    A nicely bound set of the works of John Bunyan. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 90739

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  36. 127521
    A very handsomely bound set of Austen's novels. It is apparently a reprint of the six volume Steventon edition of 1882, the last complete edition of Austen's works to be published by Bentley, and is rather scarce: both Keynes and Gilson make note of this reprint but report having "not seen this". Learn More
    £3,000

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  37. 126081detail
    First Bourget edition, number 431 of 750 copies signed by Robert Arnot. Learn More
    £3,250

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  38. 114142detail

    The Novels and Letters.

    New York & Philadelphia: 1914

    Hampshire edition. Limited to 1,250 numbered sets, this set is not numbered. A particularly handsome set of Austen's works. Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 114142

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  39. 117218detail
    The Shakespeare Head edition. Limited edition of 525 copies of which this is number 104. With an original manuscript leaf by the author bound in at the front of volume 1. Learn More
    £3,750

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  40. The Works.

    The Works.

    Boston & New York: [c.1890].

    A handsomely bound set of Eliot's works. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 114156

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    The Works.

    New York: [early 1900s]

    A beautifully bound set of the collected works of Dickens, with illustrations throughout. Learn More
    £6,000

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    Limited Edition Royale to 250 registered and numbered sets, of which this copy is number 77. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 23731

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  43. 121352detail
    The Library edition. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 121352

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  44. 128818
    A highly attractive set of Shakespeare's works, being the second edition of the profusely illustrated version of the Shakespeare scholar Charles Knight, following the first edition which had been published in part form from 1838 to 1841. Knight (1791-1873) was already a Shakespeare lover and bibliophile in his teens, when... Learn More
    £1,800

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  45. 127143detail
    First British editions, first impressions, of all of Churchill's major works, in attractive matching bindings by Bayntun of Bath. Churchill was a prolific writer in the fields of history, biography and politics, alongside forays into essays and fiction, with several volumes of his collected speeches also published. He received... Learn More
    £30,000

    Stock Code: 127143

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  46. 120198
    First editions, first impressions. Learn More
    £2,250

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  47. 128537
    Edition de Grand Luxe, limited to 500 numbered copies of which this is number 13. Learn More
    £5,750

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  48. 127782
    A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £575

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  49. 120234detail
    An attractive collection of Dickens's novels from the Charles Dickens edition without his unfinished novel Edwin Drood. Learn More
    £575

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  50. 127638
    An attractively bound set of Kahlil Gibran, complete with each of the text volumes of his works as published by Knopf (originally between 1918 and 1950), not including the large-format artwork publication Twelve Drawings. This edition of The Prophet is handsomely produced in somewhat larger format from the rest, befitting... Learn More
    £2,000

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  51. 99200
    A very handsome set; apparently a reprint of the Steventon edition of 1882 and rather scarce: both Keynes and Gilson report having "not seen this". Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 99200

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  52. 127332detail
    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
    £1,750

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  53. 122691detail
    Limited edition, number 63 of 500 sets printed on Holland paper, translated into English by Alexandre Baillot and with two volumes of biography by Alfred Barbou (1846-1907). Learn More
    £5,000

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  54. 94877detail
    An attractively bound complete set of the illustrated Library edition of Dickens's works. Learn More
    £4,500

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  55. The Works.
    The Mellstock edition, a deluxe edition limited to 500 copies signed by the author on the limitation page in volume I. Initially discussed as early as July 1914, the start of the Great War halted production and the actual publication did not begin until December 1919. The edition name is a reference to the mythical "Mellstock"... Learn More
    £17,500

    Stock Code: 110543

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  56. The Life and Works.
    Handsomely bound set of Burns's works. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 115113

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  57. 127156
    First Baudry edition, presented here in a very pretty period binding by Hering. Despite references in contemporary Parisian almanacks to "J. Hering" as a French and English bookbinder, there is little evidence that this Hering, who has signed his name in the customary French manner at the base of the spine on the first volume,... Learn More
    £1,500

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  58. 116912
    Unique set of the Centenary Limited Edition, the final set bound, and the only one in green morocco. Signed by ten craftsmen of Robert Hartnolls bindery on the initial blank. 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 copies... Learn More
    £17,500

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  59. 80699
    First edition, first printing. An impressive and "indispensable" collection (Langworth) of Churchill's oratory, comprising some 9,000 pages of printed text. A team of researchers combed public records and newspapers to find every public address made by Churchill, but they fell short of completeness, as some of Churchill's... Learn More
    £3,500

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  60. 106052detail
    An extremely attractive library set of the works of Charles Dickens. Learn More
    £3,750

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