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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(LATIN POETRY.) WALKER, William Sidney (ed.) Corpus Poetarum Latinorum.
London : 1828Second edition of Walker's useful anthology of Latin poetry, in a splendid contemporary binding, unsigned but resembling the work of Charles Lewis (1786-1836). Walker (1795-1846), though best remembered as a Shakespeare scholar, won a fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge, almost entirely on the strength of his classical knowledge. His Corpus was... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 118084
(PLUTARCH.) CLOUGH, A. H. (ed.) Plutarch's Lives.
London : 1893An attractive library set of Plutarch's biographical works recounting the lives of notable Greek and Roman figures including Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. Clough had started on his revision of Dryden's translation of Plutarch in America, whence he had sailed in October 1852 with W. M. Thackeray, spending nine months in a vain search for a permanent... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139091
(TERRY, Ellen.) ROGERS, Samuel. Italy, a Poem; [together with:] Poems.
London : 1842The copies of renowned Victorian actress Ellen Terry, with her signature to each title page and her Winchelsea bookplate (designed by her son Edward Gordon Craig) to each front pastedown; the Italy volume with her note to title page "From Henry - M of V." Henry must be Henry Irving, who played Shylock in The Merchant of Venice alongside Terry (as Portia)... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 148205
ACHILLES TATIUS. Leucippe and Clitophon.
Philadelphia : 1902Limited edition, number 547 of 1,000 copies, all printed on japon, with the original Greek parallel with the English translation, within architectural borders; a very attractive book, handsomely bound and elegantly printed. The volumes were published as part of the series "Antique Gems from the Greek and Latin", covering many classical writers. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 145104
ACKERMANN, Rudolph (publ.): GERNING, Johann Isaac von. A Picturesque Tour Along the Rhine, from Mentz to Cologne:
London : 1820First illustrated edition, with plates watermarked 1816-20. By 1820, Rudolph Ackermann (17641834) had established himself as one of the premium publishers of colour plate books in Britain, largely thanks to a number of works on English topography starting with The Microcosm of London in 1808. A Picturesque Tour Along the Rhine was the first title in... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 136164
ADAMS, Charles Kendall; John Alden. Representative British Orations.
New York and London : 1900An attractively bound set. With the bookplate of Woodrow Wyatt (1918-1997) - British politician, published author, journalist and broadcaster. The author, Charles Kendall Adams (1835-1902), was an American historian, who served as both the second president of Cornell University (1885-1892) and president of the University of Wisconsin (1892-1901). Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 143638
ADAMS, Richard. Watership Down.
Harmondsworth : 1976First illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 16 of 250 specially bound copies signed by both the author and illustrator. This copy has an original watercolour depicting Pipkin, drawn and initialled by the illustrator, on the first blank.
Adams's first novel, Watership Down was initially turned down by the major publishing houses, before... Learn More£5,250.00
Stock Code: 141188
ADDISON, Joseph; Richard Steele; & others. The Spectator.
London : 1827The Spectator was one of the first British periodicals, originally published daily in 1711 and 1712. Appealing to the growing numbers of middle class traders and shop keepers in London, Addison estimated it to have been read by a tenth of the city's population, primarily in coffee shops. The content was innovative and made the gentlemanly culture of... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 116024
ALMANAC. London Almanack for the Year of Christ 1797.
[London : 1796?]A charming miniature almanac for 1797, preserving its contemporary morocco wallet-style case, giving a calendar for the year, alongside a table of the reigns, London Mayors and Sherriffs, lists of holidays, and current coins. This version is apparently unrecorded; ESTC lists a similar variant of 26 leaves printed on one side only (T127705, itself only... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 143566
ALMANAC; Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Almanacco della Real Casa e Corte per l'anno 1825.
Naples : 1825A particularly attractive copy of this scarce regal almanac for the court of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, formed in 1815 by the union of the kingdoms of Sicily and Naples, existing as an entity until Garibaldi's invasion of 1860. This edition was issued in the year of the death of Ferdinand I (1751-1825): "undereducated, boisterous, he liked nothing... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 135846
ALMANACK. Almanach des Dames pour l'an 1819.
Tübingen & Paris : 1818First edition of this handsomely bound early 19th century French ladies' almanac. It includes explanations of the pictured artworks, biographies of Joan of Arc and Blanche de Castille, numerous poems, excerpts from academic discussions on religion and other topics, and fragments from classical literature. This is a superbly preserved copy. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 146460
ALVORD, Clarence Walworth. The Mississippi Valley in British Politics.
Cleveland, OH : 1917First edition of this important study, which received the Loubat Prize for 1918 and was reviewed favourably on publication by O. G. Libby, who considered Alvord "completely successful in maintaining his thesis that the Mississippi valley at a critical period in our history was again and again a determining factor in British politics. The part played... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 114851
ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Danish Fairy Legends and Tales.
London : 1846First edition translated into English directly from the Danish. This copy comes from the library of the book collector and producer of printing press equipment, Robert Hoe (1839-1909), with his morocco gilt book label to the front pastedown.
Two shorter selections of Hans Andersen's stories had first appeared earlier in the same year, translated... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 148968
ANDERSON, James. Observations on the means of exciting a spirit of National Industry; chiefly intended to promote the Agriculture, Commerce, Manufactures, and Fisheries, of Scotland.
Edinburgh : 1777First edition, in a fine Scott of Edinburgh binding, presentation copy, inscribed from the author on a preliminary blank to William Murray, first earl of Mansfield, whose celebrated library was largely destroyed by fire during the Gordon Riots.
The Scottish agriculturalist and political economist James Anderson (1739-1808) wrote several influential... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 127839
APOLLINAIRE, Guillaume - ROUVEYRE, André. Apollinaire filmé en 1914.
Lanzac : 1944First and only edition, number 93 of 115 copies on papier Vélin Madagascar. The short film, or succession of photographs, were taken on 2 August 1914 as Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) on the left, and his friend the artist André Rouveyre (1879-1962), had just returned to Paris and were on their way to the Comœdia's offices to deliver their work.... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 138667
APOLLONIUS; MUSAEUS. Jason and Medea; Hero and Leander.
Philadelphia : 1902Limited edition, number 547 of 1,000 copies, all printed on japon, with the original Greek parallel with the English translations, within architectural borders; a very attractive book, handsomely bound and elegantly printed.
The volume was published as part of the series "Antique Gems from the Greek and Latin", covering many classical writers,... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 145089
ARABIAN NIGHTS - BURTON, Richard F. A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights' Entertainments,
Denver, CO : [1900-01]First and limited US edition of Burton's translation, number 989 of 1,000 sets, "the first and by far the best reprint of the original unexpurgated edition of the Nights" (Penzer); each page of the original edition of 1885-88 was photographed "from the negatives of which zincos zincograph plates were prepared, and electros electrograph plates from these... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 85108
ARABIAN NIGHTS; BURTON, Richard F. (trans.) The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.
London : 1897The 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 in English, Burton's was... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 131161
ARABIAN NIGHTS; GALLAND, Antoine (trans.) Les mille & une nuits.
Paris : 1881Limited edition, from a stated issue of 10 copies printed on japon (this copy unnumbered); a further 170 copies were issued printed on Holland paper, 20 on China paper, and 20 on Whatman paper. The publishing company Librairie des bibliophiles was founded by Damase Jouast (1834-1893) to publish exceptional editions of the great works of French and world... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 130843
ARMSTRONG, Sir Walter. Gainsborough & his place in English art.
London : 1899Limited edition of 250 copies. An important and lavish monograph with superb photogravure reproductions: "Armstrong 1849-1918 is also remembered for his massive monographs, with accompanying catalogues, of some of the major British painters of the second half of the eighteenth century and the early nineteenth, Gainsborough (1894), Reynolds (1900), Raeburn... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 113625
ARMY LIST. A List of the General and Field-Officers, As they Rank in the Army;
London : 1775First edition. These eighteenth-century Army Lists are becoming harder and harder to find, and those for the years of the American War of Independence are particularly desirable. This is especially true when, as here, they are presented in the style of binding which seems to have been reserved by the War Office for presentation copies. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 80987
ARMY LIST. A List of All the Officers of the Army,
London : 1783First edition. List compiled just a few months before the conclusion of the War of Independence. These eighteenth-century Army Lists are becoming increasingly elusive, those with relevance to the American Wars being particularly desirable, and especially so when, as here, they are printed on thick paper, and presented in the style of binding which seems... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 124569
ARNOLD, Matthew. Essays in Criticism.
London : 1910-13An attractive prize binding of Matthew Arnold's essays. It includes his manifesto "The Function of the Critic at the Present Time", which argues that criticism should be "the disinterested endeavour to learn and propagate the best that is known and thought in the world", and which continues to have a significant influence on literary critics today.
The... Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 145814
ASHENDENE PRESS: ECCLESIASTICUS. The Wisdom of Jesus, The Son of Sirach, Commonly Called Ecclesiasticus.
Chelsea : 1932First Ashendene edition, one of 328 copies printed in red and black Subiaco type on Batchelor handmade paper; a further 25 were printed on vellum. "Booksellers continually declare the Ashendene Ecclesiasticus to be the finest book from the private presses A. D. Power stated 'in my humble opinion it is one of the most satisfactory of the books of the... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 121634
AUDEN, W. H. (ed.) The Oxford Book of Light Verse.
Oxford : 1941A handsomely bound copy of this collection of poetry, edited with an introduction by Auden, first published in 1939. This copy was specially bound for the Times Book Club (with their stamp to the front free endpaper). Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 147629
AUSTEN, Jane. The Novels.
Oxford : 1948-49A handsomely bound set of Austen's collected works, reprinting the third Clarendon edition of her novels. The set was bound for Birmingham lawyer Gordon W. Quance, with his initials gilt-stamped to the spines.
Though Austen's novels remained in print throughout the 19th century, it was the scholarly work of Robert William Chapman (1881-1960)... Learn More£1,975.00
Stock Code: 148161
AUSTEN, Jane. The Novels.
London : 1959-63An attractively bound set of Austen's collected works, this set unusually including the volume of her juvenilia.
Though Austen's novels remained in print throughout the 19th century, it was the scholarly work of Robert William Chapman (1881-1960) that produced the first modern edition in 1923; his work continued to be issued in later editions... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 148022
AUSTEN, Jane. The Novels.
Edinburgh : 1911-12The 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. Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 95363
AUSTEN, Jane. The Novels.
Edinburgh : 1911-12The 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 and in this condition. Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 121771
AUSTEN, Jane; BROCK, C. E. (illus.) Persuasion.
London : 1909First revised Brock-illustrated edition, deluxe issue in the richly gilt vellum binding, the second overall, with new plates re-drawn from the edition of 1898. Demonstrating his mastery in using ink and watercolour, Brock provided colour illustrations for all six Austen novels published by Dent between 1907 and 1909.
Charles Brock and his brother... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 142228
AUSTEN, Jane; THOMSON, Hugh (illus.) The Works.
London : 1925-26A handsomely bound set of the Illustrated Pocket Classics. 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 field. Learn More£1,950.00
Stock Code: 142090
AUSTIN, Alexander Berry (ed.) An Angler's Anthology.
London & New York : 1930First edition, first impression, deluxe issue with an original etching numbered and signed by the artist, number 7 of 100 copies signed by both Austin and Wilkinson on the limitation page. Uncommon, especially in the original box.
Norman Wilkinson (1878-1971) was a British artist and marine painter. Also an illustrator, poster artist, and wartime... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140837
AYTOUN, Edmondstoune William. Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers and other Poems.
Edinburgh : 1863First Paton edition, superbly illustrated. "The book brims with Paton's half-page illustrations, headpieces and tailpieces (augmented by a few landscapes by his brother, Waller Paton) - the armour and historical costumes (Paton was a noted collector of these) perfectly realized to the last detail, the compositions unusual and forceful, the squeezed-together... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 137470
BACON, Francis. The Essays, or Councils, Civil and Moral.
Oxford : 1890A handsomely bound copy, compiling fifty-eight of Bacon's essays on a variety of topics, primarily moral and philosophical. The volume was presented as a mathematics prize at the Durham College of Science in Newcastle, June 1895, with a presentation bookplate to the front pastedown, and with the school's crest in gilt to front cover. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 147628
BAINES, Thomas. History of the Commerce and Town of Liverpool,
London : 1852First edition of this impressive history of Liverpool, handsomely bound by Fraser of Liverpool.
Thomas Baines (1806-1881) became the secretary of the Liverpool office in London in 1858, from which he "found himself required to serve as personal secretary for the Liverpool MPs. No other municipality had a London office, a reflection of Liverpool's... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 146632
BAKER, John R. Race.
London : 1974First edition, first impression, of Baker's popular yet poorly received work, which attempted to classify human races in the same way that animal subspecies are classified. An attractively bound copy in an elegant Bayntun binding executed for Birmingham lawyer Gordon William Quance, with his monogram to the front cover. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 148240
BANCROFT, Hubert Howe. The Works.
San Francisco : 1886First edition, the complete set of what is still considered by historians to be the most important single source of early Western American history. "Colossal co-operative undertaking; nothing approaching it has ever been attempted in this country" (Howes). Although the first title-page is dated 1886, the set was published 1883-90. Vols. 11 and 33 were... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 68597
BANQUE DE FRANCE. Recueil des pieces relatives au régime de la Banque de France.
Paris : 1804First edition, in a most elegant binding executed by the great French binder Jean-Claude Bozerian, of this collection of documents relating to the Banque de France.
Napoleon founded the Banque de France on 18 January 1800, in the aftermath of revolutionary recession and currency volatility, and in April 1803 it was granted the sole right to issue... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 134873
BARETTI, Joseph. A Dictionary of the English and Italian Languages.
London : 1760First edition of this major English-Italian dictionary, inspired both by Baretti's adulation for Samuel Johnson and by his contempt for the previous English-Italian dictionary of Ferdinando Altieri, whom Baretti castigates in his preface for his ignorance and his "love of obscene words and phrases... as well as of scurrilous sayings and senseless proverbs... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 131203
BARKER, Ronnie - HARTNOLL, Phyllis (ed.) The Oxford Companion to the Theatre.
London : 1972Presentation copy to one of the greats of British television comedy and light entertainment, Ronnie Barker (1929-2005), inscribed on a preliminary blank leaf: "To Ronnie, To say Congratulations on 25 'Glorious Years' (contrary to the vicious slur about your age on p. 80) luv Danni (?) 11.11.73" amid the signatures of many other well-wishers.
The... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 110259
BARTLETT, William Henry. Footsteps of Our Lord and his Apostles,
London : 1852Second edition of this narrative of a pilgrimage to the sites of the New Testament, published swiftly after the first edition of 1851. The work's popularity led for a third edition to be published in the same year. Bartlett (1809-1854) was a British artist known for his detailed steel engravings and keen archaeological eye, both of which are well-showcased... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 141233
BASKERVILLE, John (printer). The Book of Common Prayer,
Cambridge : 1762Third Baskerville edition (first published in 1760), handsomely bound for Mary Stopford, Countess of Courtown (1769-1823), wife of James Stopford, 3rd Earl of Courtown, with her ink ownership inscription dated 25 February 1795 to binder's first blank, the Courtown armorial bookplate to the front pastedown, and two manuscript leaves of prayers mounted... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 144390
BASKERVILLE, John (printer). The Book of Common Prayer,
Cambridge : 1761Second Baskerville edition (first published the previous year), this the preferred of two impressions, with the lozenge-and-star border framing each page; here in a particularly elegant binding, possibly executed by the leading German binder John Baumgarten.
John Baskerville (1706-1775) was the most significant English typographer of the 18th... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 133632
BAYNTUN BINDING - BUSCH, Harald, & Bernd Lohse (eds.) Buildings of Europe. Baroque Europe.
London : 1962First edition in English, first impression, of this work on European architecture which was first published in German the previous year. This copy is beautifully bound by Bayntun Riviere. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 148225
BAYNTUN BINDING - CLARK, Kenneth. Civilisation.
London : 1969First edition, first impression, in an elegant Bayntun-Riviere binding executed for Birmingham lawyer Gordon William Quance, with his monogram to the front cover. This work accompanied Clark's television series Civilisation, aired on BBC in the same year. Civilisation's "success in English-speaking countries, and beyond, was spectacular and unparalleled;... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 148235