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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MAPPLETHORPE, Robert (photo.); RIMBAUD, Arthur. A Season in Hell.
[New York] : 1986First edition of this translation by Paul Schmidt, limited to 1,000 numbered copies signed by both Schmidt and Mapplethorpe; with the original 4-page long "Limited Editions Club Letter" loosely inserted.
First published in 1873, this prose poem was finished in a frenzy after the break-up of Rimbaud's relationship with Verlaine who shot him with... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139013
KEMPIS, Thomas à. Imitation de Jésus-Christ.
Paris : [c.1917]A very attractively bound French-language edition of the Imitation of Christ, the supreme Catholic popular devotional work.
Mainly composed of aphorisms and maxims advocating humility, resignation and abnegation, this work has known the greatest number of impressions, after the Bible. "This little book never left me, in summer in my pocket, in... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 147626
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Cenci.
[Livorno,] Italy : 1819First edition, one of 250 copies only, of Shelley's verse tragedy which proved an unexpected publishing sensation, despite its action being far too lurid for the London stage. It is scarce in commerce - the second London edition (the only second edition of his own Shelley lived to see) is the one more usually met with.
Shelley had been fascinated... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 144510
ZIMMERMANN, Henri. Dernier voyage du Capitaine Cook autour du monde,
Berne : 1783Second edition in French, following the first edition in French of 1782, both translated from Reise um die Welt mit Capitain Cook (Mannheim, 1781), with additional notes not included in the original, the type reset for the present edition.
Johann Heinrich Zimmermann (1741-1805) sailed on HMS Discovery on James Cook's third voyage to the Pacific... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 146898
JEANNIOT, G. (illus.); LACLOS, Choderlos de. Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
Paris : 1914First edition thus, sole printing, number 182 of 200 copies on vélin du Marais paper with Jeanniot's illustrations in two states. First published April 1782; Laclos reputedly said of this controversial epistolary novel: "I resolved to write a book which would create some stir in the world and continue to do so after I had gone from it". Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145356
BIBLE; English. The Holy Bible.
London : 1857A standard mid-century Victorian Bible elevated by a delightful handmade covering of patterned silk; the gift inscription to the front free endpaper reads, "Edward N. J. Ridley, June 28th 1858, With Papa & Mama's love, & earnest prayers that God will bless to him the reading of His Holy Word".
The recipient, Edward Nicholas Touchet Ridley (1849-1879),... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 146800
DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club.
London : 1837First edition, bound from the original parts, in the rare primary publisher's trade binding of plum coloured full morocco. Upon completion of the publication in parts, Chapman and Hall issued The Pickwick Papers in book form in cloth for 21s., half-morocco for 24s. 6d., and the present full morocco with gilt edges for 26s. 6d. (Patton, p. 326).
They... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 138130
WOTTON, Sir Henry. A Parallell betweene Robert late Earle of Essex, and George late Duke of Buckingham.
London : 1641First edition. "These notices of Wotton's two chief Patrons are his most valuable contribution to the History of his own Times" (Hannah, p. xvii).
The author and diplomat Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1639) entered, in 1594, the service of Robert Devereux (1565-1601), second Earl of Essex, as his agent and secretary, supplying intelligence of affairs... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140752
VOLTAIRE, François-Marie Arouet de. Candide.
London : 1898First edition thus, number 36 of 100 large paper copies on Japanese vellum with an extra set of "en-têtes" in orange, from a total edition of 600 copies only. This major 18th-century philosophical conte was first published in French in 1759. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 146513
DORÉ, Gustave (illus.); LA FONTAINE, Jean de. Fables de La Fontaine.
Paris : 1867First Doré edition in book form, deluxe issue, with the extra plate "Les devineresses" in vol. 2. It was published simultaneously in London, after a serialized publication from November 1866. This is a superb copy, with illustrations from "one of the most popular" and "greatest of all illustrators" (Ray, 327-28).
During the period of this book's... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 146397
DE MARIGNY, François Augier. The History of the Arabians,
London : 1758First English edition, originally published at Paris in 1750, decidedly uncommon and presented here in an attractive period binding. This is an important history, covering the period from the foundation of Islam down to the death of the last Abbasid caliph Al-Musta'sim (reigned 1242-1258), executed following the Mongol sack of Baghdad.
The Abbé... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 144269
GRAHAM, Maria. Letters on India.
London : 1814First edition of this attractive supplement to Graham's Journal of a Residence in India (1812), similarly based around her own travels, and "extending her account of the culture" of India (Robinson). A pretty copy of a surprisingly uncommon work, less than a dozen locations on WorldCat.
"Written solely with the design of being useful to such... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 142796
OVIDIUS NASO, Publius; HEINSIUS, Nicolaas (ed.) Operum.
Amsterdam : 1658-61Second Heinsius edition of Ovid's works, which was first published in 1652 and which constituted the basis for the 1713 edition by the Dutch classical scholar, Petrus Burman (1668-1741). This is an attractive set in contemporary binding and with an interesting provenance.
This copy is from the library of the Scottish slave-trader, merchant and... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146736
WEULERSSE, Georges. Le Mouvement Physiocratique.
Paris : 1910First edition, first printing, of this fundamental thesis on the origins of physiocracy, the French economic theory defining economic wealth by the value of land agriculture and development, starting in 1756 when Quesnay produced his first articles.
This in-depth analysis stops at the year 1770, English translation "because that is the last... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 146525
KAFKA, Franz. In der Strafkolonie.
Leipzig : 1919First edition, first impression, in the deluxe binding. One of 1,000 copies of Kafka's short story set in an unnamed penal colony which he wrote in October 1914.
The "relatively long time span between composition and first publication is due in part to Kafka's dissatisfaction with the original conclusion of the story", however, "Kafka revised... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 146205
[STORER, James Sargant.] The Antiquarian Itinerary, comprising specimens of Architecture, monastic, castellated, and domestic;
London : 1815-18First edition. Storer "devoted himself to the production of works on topography and architecture, the plates in which, drawn and engraved by himself on a small scale, were distinguished for extreme accuracy and beauty of finish" (ODNB). Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145218
HENNINGSEN, Charles Frederick. The Most Striking Events of a Twelvemonth's Campaign with Zumalacarregui, in Navarre and the Basque Provinces.
London : 1836First edition, a very smart set in period calf of this signal and elusive eyewitness account of the First Carlist War (1833-40), Henningsen serving with the Carlist forces under the charismatic Basque officer General Tomás de Zumalacárregui, known affectionately to his troops as "Tio Tomás".
The Edinburgh Review described it as "full of entertainment... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 141304
SMITH, Charles, & Walter Harris. The Antient and Present State of the County of Down.
Dublin : 1744First edition of The Antient and Present State, here combined unusually with the first London edition of its parent work, A Topographical and Chorographical Survey, presented in a very well preserved plain period binding.
Charles Smith (c. 1715 - 1762), the moving force behind this important book, could be described as an Irish John Aubrey,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 141048
THORNTON, James Edward. Memories of Seven Campaigns.
Westminster : 1895First edition, the dedication copy, with a two-page note from the author to Col. Arthur Egerton, comptroller of the household of the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, expressing the hope that the Duke will "be pleased to accept the volume now forwarded through you". A wonderful High Victorian military association copy, in a superlative presentation... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 81512
SPORTS. The Kings Maiesties declaration to his subiects, concerning lawfull sports to bee vsed.
London : 1633First edition thus, Charles I's re-issue of his father King James I's proclamation of 1618 of the sports and games that were allowed on Sundays. Allowing new activities, the proclamation antagonized the Puritans (who desired a total ban on all sports on the Sabbath) and was burned by the common hangman in 1643. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 146944
LUCRETIUS CARUS, Titus. De rerum natura.
Paris : 1744A handsomely bound copy of the Latin text of Lucretius' radical work On the Nature of Things, a philosophical poem written to explain Epicurean philosophy to a Roman audience in the 1st century BCE, "with a view to abolishing superstitious fears of the intervention of the gods in this world and of punishment by the gods in an afterlife" (Slavitt).
It... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 146640
POWYS MATHERS, E. (ed.) The Book of the Thousand and One Nights
London : 1923First edition thus, limited issue, number 177 of 750 copies on antique paper; there were also 1,500 copies printed on Bond paper. This privately-printed edition of the Arabian Nights was translated into English by Edward Powys Mathers (1892-1939).
Mathers's translation influenced a number of modernist writers, including W. B. Yeats, who "admired... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146289
LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth. The Works.
Boston & New York : 1886-1904A handsome set of Longfellow's poetical works is in eleven volumes: prose works in two volumes, Dante's Divine Comedy in three volumes, and the author's Life edited by Samuel Longfellow in three volumes. Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 138119
POE, Edgar Allan. The Works.
New York : 1903The Autograph edition, one of a limited edition of 150 numbered copies signed by the editors and publisher on the limitation leaf. The set collects all of Poe's works together with a biographic memoir and six volumes of literary criticism. Editors Edmund Clarence Stedman and George Edward Woodberry were both well-known poets, literary critics, and scholars.... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 103856
EMBROIDERED BINDING - HOLMES, Oliver Wendell. The Professor at the Breakfast-Table;
London : 1860First UK edition, in a superb arts and crafts embroidered binding, matching its distinguished botanical provenance.
This copy bears the later pictorial bookplate of the rare books collector and philanthropist, Cornelius John Hauck (1893-1967), a Cincinnati businessman who referred to himself as "a gardener, first and foremost" (Libby Lackman,... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 146269
NAVAL. List of the Flag-Officers of His Majesty's Fleet.
London : 1786A delightfully bound volume containing two rare early registers listing officers in the service of the Royal Navy in 1786, including, of course, 28 year-old Captain Horatio Nelson, commissioned to the rank 11 June 1779. Designed to be used, and frequently updated, few copies lasted long, a light scatter of them surviving institutionally.
The... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 141378
BONAR, Horatius. The Desert of Sinai: Notes on a Spring-Journey from Cairo to Beersheba.
London : 1857First edition. This is an engaging account written in journal form of an expedition around the Sinai Peninula in 1856. Contemporary reviews were highly favourable: "it may serve as a model of the style in which works of this kind ought to be written" (The Eclectic Review); "Dr Bonar seems to excel equally in accuracy of observation, and in cordial appreciation... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 140933
SINATRA, Frank - KENNEDY, John F. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy.
Washington, DC : 1962-1963-1964First editions, first printings. From the library of Frank Sinatra, his name in gilt to each front cover. An outstanding memorial to one of the most remarkable relationships in modern political history and the two men who stood at the nexus of glamour and power in mid-20th century America.
The relationship between the singer and JFK has been... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 135154
JOYCE, James. Ulysses.
Paris : 1922First edition, first impression. One of 750 copies printed on handmade paper, this number 811. Of the edition of 1,000 copies, in addition to the 750 copies on handmade paper, there were 100 signed copies on thicker Dutch handmade paper numbered 1-100 and 150 large paper copies on vergé d'Arches numbered 101-250. Learn More£16,500.00
Stock Code: 96666
HORACE. Q. Horatii Flacci, quae supersunt, recensuit et notulis instruxit Gilbertus Wakefield.
London : 1794A striking copy of Horace's works, in the original Latin, "a very elegant and correct edition" (Dibdin). With the booklabel to the front doublures of literary journalist and author Charles Whibley (1859-1930), on whose recommendation T. S. Eliot was appointed to the editorship of Faber and Gwyer. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 146814
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
BURNE-JONES, Edward. The Flower Book.
London : 1905First edition, number 76 of 300 copies, initialled "F.A.S." (Fine Art Society) on the limitation page.
Burne-Jones (1833-1898) "began the series for his own pleasure in 1882, as a rest from more laborious work", and worked on the 38 roundels over the subsequent 16 years (Introduction). The roundels do not depict the flowers themselves, but were... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 146476
SCOTT, Jonathan (trans.); LALAUZE, Adolphe (illus.) The Arabian Nights Entertainments.
London : 1883Deluxe limited edition, number 91 of 150 copies. A finely bound set, attractively illustrated by the French etcher Adolphe Lalauze (1838-1906), who was acclaimed during his lifetime as "one of the most skillful original etchers of the modern French school" (Hamerton, p. 212).
Lalauze's Arabian Nights illustrations appeared first in an 1881 edition... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146079
CHRISTMAS - VIZETELLY, Henry (printer). Christmas with the Poets:
London : 1851First edition, in the attractive publisher's gift binding, of this Christmas treasury. "In 1851 Vizetelly printed, and Bogue published, a notable gift book, Christmas with the Poets, which, it has been suggested, 'must have contributed considerably to the popular revival of the 'Old Christmas' atmosphere'" (Ruari McLean, "Victorian Book Design and Colour... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 145978
HERON, Robert (trans.) Arabian Tales: or a Continuation of the Arabian Entertainments.
Edinburgh & London : 1792First edition in English. Comprising volumes V to VIII of the eight-volume "Arabian nights entertainments" series, this set is complete in itself and handsomely bound in contemporary calf.
The first Western translation of The Thousand and One Nights was produced by Antoine Galland, who included tales of his own making, and published between... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 145718
ROBINSON, W. Heath (illus.); KIPLING, Rudyard. A Song of the English.
London : [c.1914]A handsome copy of Kipling's classic, with Robinson's superb illustrations. "This poem originally appeared in The English Illustrated Magazine, May, 1893, prior to its inclusion in The Seven Seas" (Livingston, p. 74), three years later, from which this edition is reprinted. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 143391
DICKINSON, Emily. Poems (Second Series).
Boston : 1891First edition, first printing, deluxe issue (Myerson's variant binding A) of Dickinson's second book, posthumously published in the year immediately following the first collection, and printed in a total run of 960 copies.
Her poetry was first published in 1890, four years after her death, due to the efforts of Mabel Loomis Todd, a friend of... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 145750
WAUGH, Evelyn. [The novels and short stories.]
London : 1928-57First editions, first impressions, of all of Waugh's full-length novels, from Decline and Fall (1928) to Unconditional Surrender (1961), and his volume of short stories, Mr. Loveday's Little Outing and other Sad Stories (1936). Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 144844
JESSE, John Heneage. Memoirs of the Court of England.
Boston : [c.1900]Artistique edition. Limited to 50 numbered copies for England and America of which this is number 30. A particularly handsome set.
This set was specially bound and printed for Effingham Buckley Morris, the great Philadelphian financier and President of Philadelphia's Girard Trust Company.
Stock Code: 144860
KIPLING, Rudyard. The Works.
London : 1937-39The Sussex Edition, number 14 of 525 sets signed by the author in volume I, this set in notably attractive condition. In his last years Kipling gathered existing material to create "this great retrospective work... the Sussex Edition of his works, undertaken by Macmillan as a monument to one of the firm's most profitable authors" (The Letters, p. 231).
"The... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 143836
BURTON, Sir Richard Francis. A plain and literal translation of the Arabian nights entertainments, now entituled the book of the Thousand Nights and a Night
Benares : 1885-88First edition thus, one of 1,000 copies only, in an attractive Riviere binding. Often considered Burton's most enduring work, this translation is somewhat explicit, as are some of Burton's notes.
The Kamashastra Society was Burton's vehicle to avoid prosecution, which would have been likely if this work had been published in an open edition.... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 143343
RUSKIN, John. The Seven Lamps of Architecture.
London : 1849First edition of the first of Ruskin's works to carry his name and the first to be illustrated. This copy is extra-illustrated with a later portrait of Ruskin as frontispiece.
His purpose was to "both secularize and make protestant the movement of the Gothic revival, drawing it away from the Roman Catholic influence of August Wegin Pugin" (ODNB).... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 142792
SHAKESPEARE, William. Sonnets.
Leipzig : 1910First Rowohlt edition, one of five copies printed on vellum, finely bound by the influential German binder Carl Sonntag jun. (18831930), who 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 at the workshop... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 139564
CASANOVA DI SEINGALT, Jacques. The Memoirs.
London and New York : 1928A very handsome set of the memoirs of the great libertine, one of a stated edition of 330 unnumbered sets (other sets are known with an edition limitation of 660). The text uses the translation of the Welsh mystic and author Arthur Machen, first published in 1894, with an introductory essay by the pioneering sexologist Havelock Ellis, taken from his... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 138632
WODEHOUSE, P. G. [Complete set of Jeeves and Wooster titles.]
London : 1919-74First editions, first impressions, of the complete set of Jeeves and Wooster titles from the first collection, My Man Jeeves (1919), to the last story, Aunts Aren't Gentlemen (1974), and including the short story collections in which Jeeves and Wooster appear alongside other characters, all in their first London editions. Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 133030
WILSON, Woodrow. A History of the American People.
New York : 1902.The Alumni signed limited edition, number 222 of 350 numbered copies signed by the author. Wilson's monumental narrative history of the United States from settlement to 1900, which he completed at Princeton in the early summer of 1902, a few months before he was sworn in as President of the University by a unanimous vote. A highly appealing set. Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 126327
BRONTË, Charlotte, Emily & Anne. The Shakespeare Head Brontë.
Oxford : 1931Large paper issue of the Shakespeare Head edition of the novels of the Brontë sisters, number 41 of 500 copies of the American issue, the whole edition having been equally divided between Great Britain and the USA, extremely scarce in the attractive publisher's binding.
These handsomely produced collected works include two of the most power... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 86989
SPENSER, Edmund. Prothalamion & Epithalamion.
Boston : 1902First edition thus, first impression, number 16 of 400 numbered copies, from an edition limited to 419 copies designed by Bruce Rogers for the Riverside Press, two years after his appointment as head of the Department of Special Bookmaking, and a notably early publication featuring the involvement of this great book designer. This is a highly attractive... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 145313
STENDHAL. De l'Amour.
Paris : 1924First Kieffer edition, in a striking Kieffer binding, number 50 of 50 copies on japon, from an edition limited to 1050 copies only, of this art deco edition of Stendhal's great study of love, which was originally published in 1822.
In De l'Amour, known in English as On Love, Stendhal shared his concept of "crystallization" as "the process whereby... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 145085