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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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. The House at Pooh Corner.
    MILNE, A. A. The House at Pooh Corner.

    London : 1928

    First edition, first impression, deluxe issue, one of 1,200 copies bound in green leather. The fourth and final Winnie-the-Pooh book, in which Tigger makes his first appearance. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 138488

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. Ivanhoe.
    SCOTT, Sir Walter. Ivanhoe.

    London : 1900

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

    Stock Code: 140675

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. The Works.
    TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. The Works.

    London : 1907

    A handsomely bound copy of Tennyson's poetical works. This is a reprint of the Complete Edition first published in 1894. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 140678

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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

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

    [Exeter : 1879]

    One of two handsomely bound presentation albums made to commemorate the release of Edmund Galley, who was famously wrongfully convicted of murder in 1836 and transported to Australia to serve out his sentence in the Yass region of the Southern Tablelands; this copy inscribed in its illuminated address to one of the two men chiefly responsible for procuring... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 132619

  51. 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

  52. Poetical Works.
    ARNOLD, Matthew. Poetical Works.

    London : 1910

    Handsomely presented copy of Arnold's complete poems, first published in 1890, this being the 14th impression. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140552

  53. Napoleon.
    LUDWIG, Emil. Napoleon.

    New York : 1926

    First English language edition. Originally published in Germany in 1925. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 140559

  54. Recollections of an Artillery Officer:
    HILL, Benson Earle. Recollections of an Artillery Officer:

    London : 1836

    First edition of this memoir by Benson Earle Hill (bap. 1790, d. 1845) who served as Artillery Staff Officer at the battle of New Orleans. He served with the Royal Regiment of Artillery until 1822 and "he was extremely well-travelled, as the army had taken him to Ireland, North America, and Europe" (ODNB). Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 140567

  55. An Elegy.
    GRAY, Thomas. An Elegy.

    Chicago & New York : [c.1900]

    An attractive edition of Gray's Elegy in a charming unsigned contemporary binding. Gray's Elegy was originally published privately by Horace Walpole in June 1750 and distributed amongst his connections in the fashionable classes. It was then published for the public in a quarto pamphlet on 15 February 1751; "the poem was an instant... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 139593

  56. The History of England
    MACAULAY, Catharine. The History of England

    London : 1769-72

    First octavo edition, complete to that date (the first four volumes dated 1769, the fifth bearing no edition statement and dated 1772). Catharine Macaulay's history was published episodically, the first volume in 1763, the fourth in 1768, and the fifth (covering events to the Restoration) in 1772. Her decision to leave London for Bath in 1774 to improve... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 139980

  57. Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon;
    LAYARD, Austen H. Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon;

    London : 1853

    First edition. Layard's important second British Museum expedition "yielded further important trophies and discoveries, including the cuneiform library of Sennacherib's grandson Ashurbanipal, on which most modern knowledge of Assyrian culture is founded" (ODNB). "Apart from the archaeological value of his work in identifying Kouyunjik as the site of... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140571

  58. Birds of Britain.
    BONHOTE, J. Lewis. Birds of Britain.

    London : 1907

    First edition of this extensively illustrated work by ornithologist and zoologist John Lewis James Bonhote (18751922). This copy in a handsome contemporary binding. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 140247

  59. War and Peace.
    TOLSTOY, Leo. War and Peace.

    London : 1971

    Handsomely bound reprint of War and Peace. This translation was first published in 1942. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 140509

  60. The Life and Services of Horatio, Viscount Nelson, from His Lordship's Manuscripts.
    CLARKE, James Stanier, & John M'Arthur. The Life and Services of Horatio, Viscount Nelson, from His Lordship's Manuscripts.

    London : [1840]

    Second complete edition, preceded by the 1809 first edition in two weighty folio volumes, and a much abridged single octavo edition in 1810; this edition was more manageable than the first, and originally issued in seven parts to be bound, as here, in three. It includes three appendices published for the first time: the recollections of Tom Allen, Nelson's... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140504

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