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Bindings and library sets of rare books from Peter Harrington. From children's books to ancient literature, you'll find first editions, fine bindings and autographed sets across hundreds of authors.


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  1. [Complete set of the Harry Potter collector's deluxe editions:]
    ROWLING, J. K. [Complete set of the Harry Potter collector's deluxe editions:]

    London : 1999-2007

    First deluxe editions, first impressions. Created for the gift market, the deluxe editions were issued out of sequence, with the third book, Prisoner of Azkaban, being the first published in this format. It was issued simultaneously with the first trade edition in July 1999. The first two titles in the series, Philosopher's Stone and... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 138600

  2. The Merchant of Venice.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Merchant of Venice.

    Stratford-Upon-Avon : 1923

    Signed limited edition, number 61 of 106 copies signed by the illustrator Thomas Lowinsky, the art editor Albert Rutherston, and the writer of the introduction Harley Granville-Barker. A further 500 unsigned trade copies were also issued. The text is taken from the First Folio of Shakespeare, with some orthographic modernization. A very attractive production.... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 140522

  3. Dionysii Longini quæ supersunt Græce et Latine.
    LONGINUS, Dionysius. Dionysii Longini quæ supersunt Græce et Latine.

    Oxford : 1778

    First edition, first impression, of Toup's edition of Longinus, in Greek and Latin, containing On the Sublime. It took the celebrated classicist, Jonathan Toup (1713-1785), 35 years of preparation to finally publish this work, with notes by the Dutch classicist David Ruhnken (1723-1798). "Throughout the whole work there is so much erudition... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 140924

  4. History of the Captivity of Napoleon at St. Helena;
    FORSYTH, William. History of the Captivity of Napoleon at St. Helena;

    London : 1853

    First edition. Forsyth sought to prove "by mere force of facts... that neither the British government nor Lowe were in fault as regards the treatment of Napoleon at St Helena" (p. x). Lowe was Napoleon's gaoler during his exile on St Helena, and soon became exasperated with the intransigence of his captive, apparently unaware that the pair were engaged... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 140969

  5. [Complete collection of major works, all first editions:]
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. [Complete collection of major works, all first editions:]

    1898-1961

    First British editions, first impressions, of all of Churchill's major works, in handsome matching bindings by Bayntun of Bath, altogether an imposing and comprehensive collection. Collections of Churchill's first editions in uniform bindings are scarce in commerce.
    Churchill was a prolific writer in the fields of history, biography and politics,... Learn More
    £37,500.00

    Stock Code: 139079

  6. The Works.
    MACAULAY, Thomas Babington. The Works.

    London : 1906-11

    The Albany edition. An attractively bound set of the essays and biographies of the historian. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 138666

  7. General Conchology;
    WOOD, W. General Conchology;

    London : 1835

    Second edition. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 77947

  8. 134488comp
    MURRAY, A. S. The Sculptures of the Parthenon.

    London : 1903

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a preliminary blank, "To Miss Elinor S. Lewes, from the author, with my best wishes, A. S. Murray, 19th March 1903"; inscribed beneath, "This book was specially completed and bound for us before publication and given us by the author and Mrs Murray as a wedding present.... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 134488

  9. 115700
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Island Race.

    London : 1964

    First edition thus; superbly bound. The Island Race is an abridgement, by Timothy Baker, of the four volumes of Churchill's History of the English-Speaking Peoples. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 115700

  10. Sonnets.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Sonnets.

    Leipzig : 1910

    First Rowohlt edition, one of five copies printed on vellum, this copy finely bound by the influential German binder Carl Sonntag jun. (1883-1930). Sonntag jun. was instrumental in the emergence and development of the German book art movement which preceded the First World War. He trained as a binder in the early 1900s in France and the UK, including... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 139564

  11. The Book of Common Prayer,
    (JONES, Owen.) The Book of Common Prayer,

    London : 1845

    First Owen Jones edition of the Book of Common Prayer, "one of the most important examples of his commercial decoration" (McLean, Victorian Book Design, p.66). The impressive binding on this copy is an exquisitely preserved relievo binding executed to a design by Jones himself, the whole thus presenting a gesamtkunstwerk of Jones's vision for... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 139453

  12. Gulliver's travels into several remote nations of the world.
    (GUILD OF WOMEN BINDERS.) SWIFT, Jonathan. Gulliver's travels into several remote nations of the world.

    London : 1896

    A pleasing turn-of-the-century edition of this literary classic, distinctively bound at the Guild of Women Binders, perhaps by Constance Karslake (the initials "C.K." appear in pencil to the rear pastedown, also "gift, E.D.B." in what looks like the same hand) and exhibiting her delicate line. The Guild was established in 1898 by bookseller Frank Karslake... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 139469

  13. The Book of Common Prayer,
    (CHIVERS BINDING.) BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. The Book of Common Prayer,

    Oxford : [c.1900]

    A lovely example of Chivers's binding style utilising both their elegantly gilt-tooled morocco and hand-painted "vellucent" styles, including choice use of mother of pearl for the crucifix. This handsome copy of the Book of Common Prayer was evidently bound for presentation, with an ink gift inscription from an "Isabel" from her uncle on the binder's... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 139472

  14. Imperial India: An Artist's Journals.
    PRINSEP, Valentine C. Imperial India: An Artist's Journals.

    London : 1879

    Second edition, revised, following the first of the same year, of this attractively illustrated panorama of India, presented here in a handsome prize binding from a small "gentleman's school" run from Belvedere Terrace, Brighton. This is a "lively account" (ODNB) of Prinsep's visit to India in 1877 following his commission by the viceroy, Lord Lytton,... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 140772

  15. The Complete Sherlock Holmes Long Stories
    DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Complete Sherlock Holmes Long Stories

    London : 1931–32–37–39

    A handsomely bound set of the Sherlock Holmes stories together with the author's historical fiction. Mixed editions:both volumes of The Historical Romances are first editions while the Sherlock Holmes Stories are reprints. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140849

  16. Tales of the Birds.
    FOWLER, W. Warde. Tales of the Birds.

    London : 1899

    Handsomely bound copy of this work by historian and ornithologist William Warde Fowler (18471921). Originally published in 1888. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 140819

  17. 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

  18. Undine.
    LA MOTTE-FOUQUÉ, Friedrich Heinrich Karl, Freiherr de. Undine.

    London : 1854

    First Lumley edition, second overall, of the Tenniel-illustrated Undine. It was first published in German in 1811, and first published with the Tenniel illustrations, in London by James Bruns, in 1845. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 140742

  19. El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.
    CERVANTES, Miguel de. El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.

    Madrid : 1780

    First printing of the celebrated Ibarra edition. Printed for La Real Academia Española (the Spanish Royal Academy) by Joaquín Ibarra y Marín, this edition was intended to be a supreme example of Spanish craftsmanship lavished on the nation's greatest literary work. This edition excels in beauty of type, design, paper, illustration and printing, as... Learn More
    £22,500.00

    Stock Code: 137798

  20. The Complete Works.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Complete Works.

    London : 1965

    Attractively bound copy of Shakespeare's works. This is a reprint of the large format Oxford Standard Authors edition on India paper, first published in 1954. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 140848

  21. The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age.
    SELLAR, W. Y. The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age.

    Oxford : 1899

    Handsomely bound copy of this overview of Roman poetry. Sellar's works, including "The Roman Poets of the Republic (1863), The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age: Virgil (1877), and Horace and the Elegiac Poets, edited by W. P. Ker (1892) were all remarkable examples of sound and sensitive literary criticism" (ODNB). Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 140818

  22. Mozart:
    EINSTEIN, Alfred. Mozart:

    London : 1946

    Handsomely bound copy of this biography of Mozart by the German-American musicologist Alfred Einstein. Einstein served served as an editor of the third, fourth and fifth editions of the Köchel catalogue. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140820

  23. When We Were Very Young.
    MILNE, A. A. When We Were Very Young.

    London : 1927

    An attractively bound copy of the children's classic, first published in 1924. Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 140821

  24. Ivanhoe.
    SCOTT, Sir Walter. Ivanhoe.

    London : 1900

    Handsomely bound copy of Scott's classic historical novel. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 140675

  25. 140645
    RUSSELL, W. Clark. Horatio Nelson and the Naval Supremacy of England.

    New York : 1890

    An attractively bound copy of this work, published as part of the "Heroes of the Nations" series. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140645

  26. 140638
    FYFFE, C. A. A History of Modern Europe.

    London : 1913

    Handsomely bound copy of the Popular Edition of Fyffe's most significant and popular work. A History of Modern Europe was originally published in three volumes between 1880-9 and Fyffe wrote it "using the unpublished records of the English Foreign Office and other European archival papers" (ODNB). Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 140638

  27. 140249
    DE QUINCEY, Thomas Confessions of an English Opium Eater.

    London : 1885

    Handsomely bound copy of De Quincey's best-known work, originally published in 1821. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 140249

  28. 140008
    [LAWRENCE, John.] SCOTT, William Henry (pseud.). British Field Sports;

    London : 1820

    An attractively bound copy of this detailed and richly illustrated guide, first published in 1818, this being the second edition. The author, John Lawrence, was "a vet who wrote extensively about sports" and horse breeding, and "may be regarded as the giant of the Sporting Magazine" (Griffin, p. 145). Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140008

  29. The Royal Artillery War Commemoration Book.
    (FIRST WORLD WAR.) The Royal Artillery War Commemoration Book.

    London : 1920

    First edition, first impression, of this notable gathering of soldiers' accounts and depictions of the First World War, as well as the Roll of Honour of officers. Several of the plates are by the renowned equestrian artist Gilbert Holiday (1879-1937). Holiday initially worked for the Graphic as a war artist before joining the army and serving... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 139885

  30. Sketches by Boz.
    DICKENS, Charles. Sketches by Boz.

    London : 1864

    An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book-form in 1839. Sketches by Boz was Dickens's first book, although this reprint follows the revised text of the new edition. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 139194

  31. The Life and Times of Dick Whittington:
    (WHITTINGTON, Dick.) The Life and Times of Dick Whittington:

    1841

    First edition, beautifully bound by the Chelsea Bindery. Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 26722

  32. Poems.
    BROWNING, Robert. Poems.

    London : 1912

    A handsomely bound copy of the Oxford Edition, first published in 1905. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 140676

  33. The Poetical Works.
    MILTON, John. The Poetical Works.

    Oxford : 1900

    A handsomely bound copy of Milton's poetry. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 140677

  34. The History of Napoleon Buonaparte.
    (CRUIKSHANK, George.) The History of Napoleon Buonaparte.

    London : [1870s]

    Attractively bound copy of this biography of Napoelon. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140641

  35. From Pole to Pole.
    HEDIN, Sven. From Pole to Pole.

    London : 1912

    First edition in English, first impression, in a handsome calf binding. Originally published in Swedish in 1911. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 140643

  36. Aerial Navigation of To-Day.
    TURNER, Charles C. Aerial Navigation of To-Day.

    London : 1910

    Second edition of this work on air navigation, originally published in 1909. This copy in an attractive tree calf binding. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 140644

  37. Shakspeare's Heroines.
    JAMESON, Anna. Shakspeare's Heroines.

    London : 1891

    Large paper edition, one of 175 numbered copies of which this is number 127. Jameson's work was originally published in 1832 under the title Characteristics of Women, Moral, Poetical and Historical. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 140646

  38. The Oxford Book of English Verse, 1250-1900.
    QUILLER-COUCH, Arthur. The Oxford Book of English Verse, 1250-1900.

    Oxford : 1912

    A handsomely bound edition of Quiller-Couch's collection of English poetry, first published in 1900. "This volume soon became the standard anthology of English verse and sold nearly a million volumes during Quiller-Couch's lifetime" (ODNB). Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 140674

  39. The Life of Arthur Duke of Wellington.
    GLEIG, G. R. The Life of Arthur Duke of Wellington.

    London : 1889

    A handsomely bound copy of Gleig's biography of the Duke of Wellington. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140639

  40. Carnations Cultivated by Richard Hammond of Coddenham in the County of Suffolk.
    HAMMOND, Richard. Carnations Cultivated by Richard Hammond of Coddenham in the County of Suffolk.

    [Ipswich : 1733

    A remarkable manuscript volume proudly detailing 84 varieties of carefully curated carnations accompanied by a number of reflective religious discourses. The work, which has been provided with a locally printed title page, contains 18 meticulously if naively hand-drawn and captioned illustrations depicting carnations, a campanula pyramidalis, and a... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 138840

  41. The Works.
    DICKENS, Charles. The Works.

    London : 1874-6

    A most handsome set of Dickens's works in 30 volumes, uniformly bound with a further two volumes of John Forster's biography of Dickens. Learn More
    £9,750.00

    Stock Code: 139247

  42. Aldine Edition of the British Poets.
    (BRITISH POETS.) Aldine Edition of the British Poets.

    London : 1831-1852

    A very pretty set of Pickering's Aldine Edition of the British poets, celebrated both for the elegance of the typography and the diligence of its editors. The two-decade long publishing project brings together a vast selection of the works of British writers, including Chaucer, Shakespeare, Spencer, Milton, Dryden, Pope, Swift and Gray. Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 139248

  43. The Nonesuch Dickens.
    DICKENS, Charles. The Nonesuch Dickens.

    London : 1938-9

    The Nonesuch edition, one of 877 sets, this set unnumbered. 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, as here - the limitation was enforced.... Learn More
    £8,500.00

    Stock Code: 139227

  44. Alice in Wonderland; Alice Through the Looking Glass.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland; Alice Through the Looking Glass.

    London : 1938 & 1935

    A handsomely bound pair of the miniature editions which were first published in this format in 1907. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 132025

  45. The Tragedie of Cymbeline.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Tragedie of Cymbeline.

    Stratford-Upon-Avon : 1923

    Signed limited edition, number 26 of 106 copies signed by the illustrator Albert Rutherston and the writer of the introduction Harley Granville-Barker. A further 500 unsigned trade copies were also issued. The text is taken from the First Folio of Shakespeare, with some orthographic modernization. A very attractive production. Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 140514

  46. The Tragedie of King Lear.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Tragedie of King Lear.

    Stratford-Upon-Avon : 1927

    Signed limited edition, number 26 of 106 copies signed by the illustrator Paul Nash, the writer of the introduction Harley Granville-Barker, and the art editor Albert Rutherston. A further 500 unsigned trade copies were also issued. The text is taken from the First Folio of Shakespeare, with some orthographic modernization. A very attractive production.... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 140523

  47. The Stall Plates of the Knights of the Order of the Garter.
    HOPE, W[illiam] H[enry] St John. The Stall Plates of the Knights of the Order of the Garter.

    Westminster : 1901

    First edition in a handsome binding. Hope was a noted antiquarian born in Derby in 1854. "His increasing reputation led to his election as a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1883, and two years later he was appointed assistant secretary of the society, the last to be resident in Burlington House. During the twenty-five years in which... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140529

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

    Paris : 1831

    An elegantly bound copy of Byron's poetical works. The French binder Joseph Thouvenin (17901834) was well-known for producing bindings in an "historical" style.
    Galignani's Paris editions of the English poets were piracies (he also pirated Crabbe, Hazlitt, Washington Irving, Thomas Moore, Walter Scott, and Southey among others), but carefully done.... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140256

  49. A Dickens Dictionary.
    (DICKENS, Charles.) PHILIP, Alex J. A Dickens Dictionary.

    London : 1909

    First edition, handsomely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, of this guide to the characters and scenes in Dickens's novels. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 140357

  50. Poetical Works.
    TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. Poetical Works.

    London : 1899

    The Globe edition; a particularly handsome copy of Tennyson's poetry. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 139195

  51. The Anatomy of Melancholy,
    BURTON, Robert. The Anatomy of Melancholy,

    London : 1836

    A handsomely bound copy of Burton's great book, first published in 1621. "The Anatomy, as its publishing history shows, was one of the most popular books of the seventeenth century. All the learning of the age as well as its humour - and its pedantry - are there. It has something in common with Brant's Ship of Fools, Erasmus's Praise of Folly, and More's... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140146

  52. Atalanta in Calydon:
    (KELMSCOTT PRESS.) SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. Atalanta in Calydon:

    Hammersmith : 1894

    First Kelmscott edition, one of 250 copies on paper; a further 8 copies printed on vellum were also issued. Swinburne was a warm admirer of the Kelmscott Press books, and "when Atalanta (which was first published in 1865) was reprinted by Morris, Swinburne wrote to him that it was 'certainly one of the loveliest examples of even your incomparable press'"... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 140418

  53. The Life of Samuel Johnson.
    BOSWELL, James. The Life of Samuel Johnson.

    London : 1835

    An attractive set of Boswell's great biography, first published in 1791. "This version contains both the original texts, augmented by the additional writings of the biographer and his subject, and the very valuable new and related material which Croker introduced in his 1831 edition" (Pottle). "Boswell's Life of Johnson remains the most famous biography... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140500

  54. Some Hints on Pattern-Designing.
    MORRIS, William. Some Hints on Pattern-Designing.

    London : 1899

    First edition, this copy in an attractive "Glasgow Style" art nouveau binding believed to be by Mary E. Sim, the rear turn-in stamped "M.S. 1905". Sim worked in the Glasgow area and her designs were published in The Studio and the Art Journal. The "Glasgow Style" was influenced by the arts and crafts movement and many of the tenets... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 139750

  55. The Book of Common Prayer,
    (BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER.) The Book of Common Prayer,

    Oxford : 1753

    An attractive copy of Baskett's Book of Common Prayer in contemporary streaked morocco, particularly distinguished for its elegant panelling and gauffered edges. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 139566

  56. The Earthly Paradise.
    MORRIS, William. The Earthly Paradise.

    London : 1896

    An attractively bound set of Morris's epic poem The Earthly Paradise. "The poem that made Morris famous" was first published from 1868 to 1870 and tells the story of a band of 14th-century Norsemen who flee the Black Death in search of the reputed utopian "earthly paradise 'where none grow old'" (ODNB). The first Kelmscott Press edition was... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 139927

  57. Regulations for the Dress of General, Staff, and Regimental Officers of the Army.
    (UNIFORMS) Regulations for the Dress of General, Staff, and Regimental Officers of the Army.

    London : 1857

    First edition, detailed textual descriptions of the uniform specifications for officers of the British Army. Extremely uncommon, perhaps six copies of this issue world-wide. A handsome copy with the contemporary ownership inscription of John W. Reynolds to the front free endpaper, and the "Mollo Collection", bookplate to the front pastedown, both Boris... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 139770

  58. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy.
    (SINATRA, Frank.) KENNEDY, John F. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy.

    Washington, DC : 1962-1963-1964

    First editions, first printings. From the library of Frank Sinatra, his name in gilt to each front cover. The relationship between the singer and JFK has been discussed in numerous books and articles, particularly with regard to purported Mafia connections and other piquant details. However, Sinatra biographer Kitty Kelley gives a succinct appraisal... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 135154

  59. The Galley Memento.
    (GALLEY, Edmund.) WHITE, F. Faulkner (illuminator). The Galley Memento.

    [Exeter : 1879]

    Handsomely bound and illuminated presentation album, one of just two copies, presented to honour the work of solicitor and county clerk Ralph Sanders, one of two men instrumental in reversing the miscarriage of justice in the case of Edmund Galley, who became an international cause célèbre after being wrongfully convicted of murder and transported... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 132619

  60. Memoirs of the Life and Adventures of Colonel Maceroni,
    MACERONI, Colonel [Francis]. Memoirs of the Life and Adventures of Colonel Maceroni,

    London : 1838

    First edition of the memoirs of the soldier and inventor Francis Maceroni (17881846). "Maceroni recommended himself to Joachim Murat, king of Naples, who on 1 January 1814 made him one of his aides-de-camp, with the rank of colonel of cavalry, and sent him on missions to London, where he was when Murat's forces were defeated by the Austrians at Tolentino... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 140569

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