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  1. 132386comp
    First edition, signed by the author. Churchill has signed on the first binder's blank, apparently after binding, and presumably at the behest of Henry Sotheran, the London booksellers who commissioned the binding from Morrell. Savrola was Churchill's only novel, his third published book, but the first he undertook to write,... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 132386

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  2. 108480
    First edition of the Roman Catholic version of the Bible, the Old Testament in a contemporary Douai binding, presentation copy from John Knatchbull, vice-president of the English College at Douai to Lady Joanna Berkeley (1555/6-1616), abbess of the Benedictine Convent of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady, Brussels, with... Learn More
    £45,000

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  3. 134194
    First Hugh Thomson edition. Thomson's "light touch and feeling for period manners provide a charming and accessible gloss to the author's work" (ODNB). Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 134194

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  4. 134457
    A lovely early copy of Thomson's illustrated Sense and Sensibility in a skilful amateur Arts and Crafts style embroidered binding. Hugh Thomson was one of the most notable book illustrators of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and his illustrations for Jane Austen's novels remain widely regarded as classics in the... Learn More
    £550

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  5. 134579
    First trade edition, early issue, with the frontispiece printed directly on white plate paper, the date 1915 on the title verso. Although the bibliographies state that the first impression of the trade edition has the frontispiece mounted on dark green paper, in our experience it is invariably white, and we recently sold... Learn More
    £1,750

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  6. 134743
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 134743

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  7. 40361
    First edition in book form. The novelization was serialized in Mystery Magazine the same year and published in book form slightly before the film was released. Lovelace was a former newspaper reporter, author of several books, including biographies of football coach Knute Rockne and Dwight D. Eisenhower. The original concept... Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 40361

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  8. 132673comp
    Signed limited edition, number 52 of 265 copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 132673

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  9. 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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  10. 134672detail
    The Standard Edition, limited to 750 sets of which this is number 398. The Standard Edition was published episodically, and includes, among other pieces, the first edition of the novella Billy Budd, which was discovered in manuscript among Melville's papers that year. Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 134672

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  11. 117631
    Fist edition of Saint-Martin's study of geography's history.
    Louis Vivien de Saint-Martin (1802-1897) was a French geographer, historian and writer who also produced several works of history and a 25-volume translation of the works of Walter Scott. He "developed the taste for geographic knowledge, at a time when, in Paris,... Learn More
    £500

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  12. 129727
    A handsomely bound copy of the first trade edition. Unusually, the trade edition of Mother Goose is an entirely different setting of type from the deluxe, with a smaller type area and the illustrations mostly reduced in size. The colour plates are printed within a cream border directly on white paper rather than mounted,... Learn More
    £600

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  13. 134923detail
    A nicely bound complete set of the Book Collector and its predecessor the Book Handbook, running from 1947 to 1984, together with the index for vols. I-X of the Book Collector. Large back-series of the Book Collector remain a crucial component of reference libraries for collectors, dealers, and academia, but it is difficult... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 134923

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  14. 134927detail
    First editions, first impression, of the full run of the text of the Cambridge Modern History, including the supplementary index volume (without the supplementary atlas volume of 1912, as often). Covering 1450 to 1910, the series served as a comprehensive history of the modern world, and was unsurpassed until the revised... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 134927

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  15. 132961
    Johann Daniel Schöpflin (1694-1771) was a professor of history, rhetoric and law at the University of Strasbourg. His teaching..."> First collected edition of these 23 "praises of Louis XV, uttered by Schoepflin as the Académie of Strasbourg's official speaker" (Hoefer), and which were first published between 1722 and 1746.
    Johann Daniel Schöpflin (1694-1771) was a professor of history, rhetoric and law at the University of Strasbourg. His teaching... Learn More
    £500

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  16. 116483
    First editions, first impressions, of this complete set of the Narnia series. "The immediate inspiration for 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' was a series of nightmares that Lewis had had about Lions. More seriously, he was concerned to do for children what he had done for an adult readership in his science fiction... Learn More
    £6,000

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  17. 77874
    Limited edition, one of 125 copies issued for the US, this copy out of series (there were also 250 issued for the UK). Learn More
    £2,950

    Stock Code: 77874

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  18. 134915
    First edition, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 134915

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  19. 134913
    First edition, first issue the with March 1883 ads, preceding the first US edition by five days, and finely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. Learn More
    £750

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  20. 134912
    First UK illustrated edition (first published in the UK and US the previous year), handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 134912

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  21. 134932comp
    Deluxe edition, number 160 of 265 copies signed by Montgomery on the limitation leaf. This edition was bound from the sheets of the first US edition, first printing. "Lord Montgomery's stimulating book must surely take its place as a classic commentary on the history of warfare It is the fruit of a lifetime spent in the... Learn More
    £1,350

    Stock Code: 134932

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  22. 134922
    First edition of Twain's letters, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. This copy was part of a deluxe limited issue of 350 copies with uncut edges and paper labels, although now rebound and trimmed. Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 134922

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  23. 134919
    First edition, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. This copy with the favoured single Hartford imprint, and the signature mark 11 at p. 161. Having invested heavily in revolutionary but flawed typesetting machinery, by 1894 Twain was practically bankrupt. His solution was to undertake a tour of the British... Learn More
    £750

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  24. 134916
    First UK edition, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. Twain's sequel to the Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer Abroad lampoons adventure stories such as those of Jules Verne. The US edition was published earlier that year. Learn More
    £750

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  25. 134914
    First UK edition, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. The US edition was published two weeks earlier. Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 134914

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  26. 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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  27. 121771detail

    The Novels.

    Edinburgh: 1911-12

    The Winchester edition; considered the most attractive of the unillustrated editions of Jane Austen's works produced around this time. In this enlarged issue, the set has two additional volumes, comprising Lady Susan and The Watsons, taken from the 1871 Memoir, together with Jane Austen's letters. Rare in contemporary binding... Learn More
    £5,750

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    Signed limited edition, number 149 of 350 copies numbered and signed by the artist. It was this book that first announced Dulac's status as a popular artist, confirming him as "a direct challenger in the illustrated gift book market to the work of Arthur Rackham. Susan Lambert noted that, compared to Rackham, Dulac 'made... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 107330

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  29. 133228
    The ninth edition, first published in 1755 in 3 volumes and subsequently expanded to 5, of this much republished account of one of Henry the Great's main advisers.
    Charlotte Lennox (c.17301804), was a Scottish novelist and writer, best known today for her second novel The Female Quixote, or, The Adventures of Arabella... Learn More
    £2,500

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  30. 132883comp
    First edition, first printing, this copy subscribed for Marion Talley, signed by Caruso's widow Dorothy, Key, and Zirato on the limitation page, copy number 90 of 99 deluxe edition copies.
    Marion Talley (1906-1983) was an American opera coloratura soprano. The present book would have reached her when, in 1922, she appeared... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 132883

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  31. 134824
    First edition illustrated by Charles Edmund Brock, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. Learn More
    £750

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  32. 134817
    First edition. Dickens's biographer places Martin Chuzzlewit as marking "a great change in Dickens's conception of moral characteristics... For the first time Dickens begins to explore the contradictions and difficulties of the contemporary human world; these are no longer figures defined by a single characteristic or animated... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 134817

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  33. 134812
    First Brock-illustrated edition, handsomely bound. Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 134812

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  34. 134809
    A handsome copy, bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey, of this facsimile of the first edition of 1837. Learn More
    £650

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  35. 134810
    First trade edition, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. This is number 695 of 750 copies originally issued in a quarter pigskin binding, alongside a cheaper issue bound in cloth. This first trade edition was preceded only by the unprocurable Oxford Times edition of 1922 (of which there were just eight copies... Learn More
    £2,500

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  36. 134808
    A handsome copy, bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey, of this facsimile of the first edition of 1844. Learn More
    £500

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  37. 134797
    First edition, first impression, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. Diamonds are Forever was Fleming's fourth Bond novel, adapted into a film starring Sean Connery in 1971. Learn More
    £750

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  38. 134793
    First edition, first impression, second issue with publisher's advertisements. The novel was the basis for the 1992 Oscar-winning film of the same title. Learn More
    £1,850

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  39. 134790
    First edition, first impression, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. The Man with the Golden Gun was Fleming's twelfth and final full-length Bond novel, published eight months after his death. It was adapted into a film of the same name in 1974, starring Roger Moore. Learn More
    £750

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  40. 134787
    First edition, first impression, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. This is the 11th book in the James Bond series, featuring a reappearance of Blofeld and SPECTRE, linking it to the plot of Thunderball (1961). It was adapted for film in 1969, featuring George Lazenby. Learn More
    £750

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  41. 134801
    First editions, first printings, of Dickens's sequence of Christmas books.
    A Christmas Carol is the first issue, with "Stave I" on the first page of text, red and blue title page, green endpapers, and all the first edition textual points. The hand-coloured green endpapers, Dickens's original choice for his lavish... Learn More
    £9,750

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  42. 133207
    First edition of Volume 50 of The Gentleman's Magazine, featuring "important notices on the progress of Cook's Third Voyage, his death, and inter alia the existence of Hawaii" (Forbes). "Cook earned his place in history by opening up the Pacific to western civilisation and by the foundation of British Australia. The world... Learn More
    £500

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  43. 120575
    An attractively bound copy of the first two parts only of this Elzevirian Horace. Willems notes that some copies have an engraved title, others letterpress, and still others bound with both, as here. Alexander Pope used this edition when writing his Imitations of Horace. Learn More
    £200

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  44. 120566
    A handsome copy of this Elzevirian Sallust, attractively bound in the 19th-century when the fashion for duodecimo Elzevir's was at its height. The Elzevir press published four impressions of Sallust in 1634; this is the third impression, distinguished by the head of Medusa woodcut on p. 216 and memorabilium abbreviated on... Learn More
    £250

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  45. 134762
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,250

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  46. 134769
    First trade edition, first printing.
    Absenting himself from politics for a year, Roosevelt set off on an elaborate hunting trip to gather specimens for the Smithsonian. The huge party, including over 250 porters and guides, was partly underwritten by Scribner's who gave Roosevelt a 50,000 commission for a series of 12... Learn More
    £2,250

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  47. 134746
    First edition, first impression, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. With a typed letter signed from Kipling tipped in to second binder's blank: dated 7 February 1921, Kipling writes to Coulson Kernahan "this is a bad business anyway, without Farrow importing his peculiar methods of finance into it. I will... Learn More
    £950

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  48. 134728
    First illustrated edition, first printing, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. Tortilla Flat, Steinbeck's first critical success, was originally published without illustrations in 1935. Learn More
    £650

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  49. 134732
    First edition, first printing, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. Learn More
    £650

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  50. 134720

    To A God Unknown.

    New York: 1933 [i.e. 1935]

    First edition, first printing, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. This is the second issue with a cancel title page, issued by Covici Friede a couple of years after the first issue which had Robert O. Ballou's imprint. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 134720

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  51. 134711
    First illustrated edition, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey, of Steinbeck's first novella, originally published without illustrations in 1937. Learn More
    £750

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  52. 134718
    First edition, first printing, of Steinbeck's second short story collection, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 134718

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  53. 134753
    First edition, first impression, handsomely bound, of Kipling's famous collection of 12 stories and 12 poems including "How the Camel Got His Hump" and "How the Leopard Got His Spots". Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 134753

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  54. 41984
    First Edition, First Printing. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 41984

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  55. 134699
    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
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 134699

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  56. 134698
    First edition, first impression, first state, retaining the cancelland half-title. Churchill's only volume of autobiography, My Early Life covers his formative years from his birth in 1874 until his election as MP for Oldham in 1900. Among his most widely-read works, it provides a highly entertaining account of his childhood,... Learn More
    £2,000

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  57. 134692
    First edition, first impression, of Kipling's famous collection of 12 stories and 12 poems including "How the Camel Got His Hump" and "How the Leopard Got His Spots". Learn More
    £1,250

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  58. 134395
    First Nonesuch edition, number 262 from a limited edition of 1,475 copies on Dutch paper. A beautifully presented and bound edition of Dante's Divine Comedy, with Dante's Italian printed parallel to Rev. Henry F. Cary's English translation (1814, a translation much loved by Coleridge), and with reproductions of Sandro Botticelli's... Learn More
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  59. 134691comp
    First illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 244 of 250 specially bound copies signed by both the author and illustrator. This copy has an original watercolour depicting four rabbits, drawn and initialled by the illustrator, to the front free endpaper verso and first blank; it also has a contemporary fore-edge... Learn More
    £6,000

    Stock Code: 134691

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  60. 134693
    First Goble edition. The Water-Babies was first published in 1863, and first illustrated in 1886 by Linley Sambourne.
    London-born Warwick Goble (1862-1943) was an illustrator of children's books, who specialized in Japanese and Indian themes. Having worked for monthly magazines until 1909, he then became resident gift... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 134693

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