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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. Eric,
    FARRAR, Frederic W. Eric,

    Edinburgh : 1891

    Handsomely bound copy of the 25th edition of Farrar's novel. Originally published in 1858, Eric, together with Tom Hughes' Tom Brown's Schooldays, "effectively established the school story as a new genre However, while Tom Brown conveys the enthusiasms of the author's games-playing schooldays and is still readable today, Eric is a vividly sentimental... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 141147

  2. Jacob's Room.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Jacob's Room.

    London : 1922

    First edition, first impression. Jacob's Room, Woolf's third novel, was the first full-length book to be published by the Hogarth Press, and marked the point from which the Woolfs decided to run the Press as a genuine business concern. Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 28033

  3. Tragoediae Superstites
    SOPHOCLES. Tragoediae Superstites

    Oxford : 1832

    An attractively printed and handsomely bound edition of the tragedies of Sophocles, in the original Greek. The plays comprise Oidipous tyrannos, Oidipos epi Kolonoi, Elektra, Antigone, Trachiniai, Aias, Philoketes, Apospasmatia. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 145114

  4. Paris.
    BOUDOT-LAMOTTE, Emmanuel. Paris.

    Paris : 1939

    A handsomely bound copy of the second edition of this photographic guide to Paris, published just before the Second World War. First published in 1937 with 164 photographs, this edition counts one more. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 144885

  5. A History of Warfare.
    MONTGOMERY OF ALAMEIN, Field Marshal, The Viscount. A History of Warfare.

    London : 1969

    Signed limited issue, number 83 of 265 copies signed by the author on the limitation lea, and specially bound by Zaehnsdorf 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 study... Learn More
    £1,350.00

    Stock Code: 144651

  6. New Year's Day, A Winter's Tale.
    GORE, Catherine. New Year's Day, A Winter's Tale.

    London : [1846]

    First edition, in a beautiful signed Kelliegram binding, with their signature onlay illustration, of the second of three Christmas books by Catherine Gore.

    The "Kelliegram" binding was one of the many innovations of English commercial binding firm Kelly & Sons. The Kelly family had one of the longest connections in the history of the binding... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 143157

  7. The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club.
    DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club.

    London : 1837

    First edition, bound from the original parts, of Dickens's first novel, in an elaborate and well-preserved presentation binding, unsigned but most probably executed by Dickens's favourite binder, Hayday. Though not inscribed, the binding has a strong resemblance in style and material with the contemporaneous bindings executed by James Hayday (1796-1872)... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 143233

  8. Histoire et monuments des emaux byzantins.
    KONDAKOV, Nikodim Pavlovich. Histoire et monuments des emaux byzantins.

    Frankfurt : 1892

    First and limited edition, number 24 of 200 copies printed in French; a very fine copy of this lavish and sumptuously illustrated celebration of the Zwenigorodskoi collection of Byzantine enamels, "one of the most luxurious publications of the 19th-century" (Federov, pp. 200-1). The portrait frontispiece, included only in those copies given by the collector... Learn More
    £18,750.00

    Stock Code: 141106

  9. The Works.
    IRVING, Washington. The Works.

    New York : 1891-97

    The Knickerbocker Edition of the Irving collected works, attractively bound. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 145030

  10. [Complete Strangers and Brothers series:]
    SNOW, C. P. [Complete Strangers and Brothers series:]

    London : 1940-70

    All first editions, first impressions. Inscribed by the author to the title page of Homecomings "To Joan Hardinge with best wishes from C. P. Snow Sept 15/65/." This eleven-volume roman fleuve probably constitutes Snow's chief contribution to English letters, his critical writings notwithstanding. Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 136481

  11. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

    London : [1907]

    Limited edition of 1,130 copies. Unusually, Rackham did not sign this limited edition, as he was out of the country while it was in preparation. Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 107351

  12. Evenings of A Working Man,
    DICKENS, Charles (preface); OVERS, John. Evenings of A Working Man,

    London : 1844

    First edition, of this collection of writings by the consumptive John Overs, which Dickens encouraged him to publish, and for which he contributed a preface; here handsomely bound by Zaehnsdorf. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 143247

  13. A Shropshire Lad.
    HOUSMAN, A. E. A Shropshire Lad.

    London : 1914

    First Riccardi Press edition, number 116 of 1,000 copies on handmade Riccardi Paper; a further 12 copies were printed on vellum. An attractive copy.

    "Though not an instant success, the little volume gradually won a large audience through the universality of its dominant themes (nature, love, war, and death) and the directness of its language... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 142418

  14. The Bombay Edition of the Works.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. The Bombay Edition of the Works.

    London : 1913-38

    The Bombay Edition, one of only 500 possible complete sets signed by the author on the half-title. The Bombay edition was initially published in 20 volumes and limited to 1,000 copies. Kipling continued to write and the edition eventually grew to 31 volumes, but the last 11 volumes were limited to 500 copies only. Because later volumes were issued separately... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 131733

  15. Annuals & Biennials.
    JEKYLL, Gertrude. Annuals & Biennials.

    London : 1916

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 95233

  16. The Novels.
    AUSTEN, Jane. The Novels.

    London & New York : 1898

    The Winchester edition. Limited to 250 numbered copies printed for America. Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 95364

  17. The Works.
    WILDE, Oscar. The Works.

    London : 1908-22

    First collected edition of Wilde's works, limited to 1,000 sets on handmade paper, including For Love of the King: a Burmese Masque, a play supposedly by Wilde but in fact forged by the Irish author Mabel Cosgrove.

    The texts for this edition were mostly taken from the last editions to be supervised by the author. Copyright in The Picture of... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 103391

  18. A List of the Officers of the Local Militia of Great Britain, 1810.
    NAPOLEONIC WARS. A List of the Officers of the Local Militia of Great Britain, 1810.

    London : 1810

    One of only two such lists published for the short-lived Local Militia, scarce, and presented here in a choice binding, slightly battle-worn but still appealing; with an engaging martial provenance, bearing the finely-engraved bookplate of Astley Terry (1840-1926), commissioned into the King's Royal Rifle Corps in 1858, served in the Zulu War, retiring... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 143085

  19. A List of the Officers of the Local Militia of Great Britain, 1811.
    NAPOLEONIC WARS. A List of the Officers of the Local Militia of Great Britain, 1811.

    London : 1811

    Very scarce officer list, one of only two published for the short-lived Local Militia, presented here in a choice period binding, and with an engaging martial provenance, bearing the finely-engraved bookplate of Astley Terry (1840-1926), commissioned into the King's Royal Rifle Corps in 1858, served in the Zulu War, retiring with the rank of honorary... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 143095

  20. [The novels and short stories.]
    WAUGH, Evelyn. [The novels and short stories.]

    London : 1928-57

    First 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
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 134235

  21. Mémoires de la Régence de S. A. R. Mgr. le duc d'Orléans, durant la minorité de Louis XV, Roi de France.
    LAW, John; PIOSSENS, Chevalier de. Mémoires de la Régence de S. A. R. Mgr. le duc d'Orléans, durant la minorité de Louis XV, Roi de France.

    Amsterdam : 1729

    First edition of a history of the regency in France during the minority of Louis XV, charting all the political and financial upheavals of the duc d'Orléans regency, with much information on John Law and his system between 1715 and 1723. It was published simultaneously at The Hague.

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    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 140575

  22. The Complete Poetical Works.
    SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Complete Poetical Works.

    London : 1885

    A handsomely bound set of Percy Bysshe Shelley's complete poetry. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 144471

  23. Prometheus Unbound.
    SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Prometheus Unbound.

    London : 1820

    First edition, second issue, with "miscellaneous" spelled correctly on contents leaf A3, in a handsome Riviere binding, of one of Shelley's most important works.

    This lyrical drama revisits the Greek myth of Prometheus who, defying the gods, gave fire to humanity, resulting in his eternal punishment and suffering at the hands of Zeus. Inspired... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 144509

  24. The Essays of Elia; [together with:] The Last Essays of Elia.
    LAMB, Charles. The Essays of Elia; [together with:] The Last Essays of Elia.

    London : 1911

    A handsomely bound copy. Charles Lamb's pseudonymous essays are largely autobiographical, dealing with mankind at large through the medium of Lamb's own experiences and impressions. They remained widely popular for decades, establishing him both at the time and since as one of the leading essayists of the 19th-century. The Essays were first published... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 144568

  25. Poems.
    HOOD, Thomas. Poems.

    London : 1848

    A handsomely bound copy of Hood's collected poems. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 144556

  26. The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Marvels.
    INGOLDSBY, Thomas, pseud. of Richard Harris Barham. The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Marvels.

    London : 1855

    A handsomely bound set of this hugely popular work of Victorian literature.

    The Ingoldsby Legends "began to appear in 1837 in Bentley's Miscellany. Under the guise of Thomas Ingoldsby of Tappington Everard in Kent, Barham 'discovered' old documents which provided the basis for his tales. In effect, most of these are reworkings of other narrative... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 144557

  27. The Autocrat at the Breakfast-Table; The Poet at the Breakfast-Table; The Professor at the Breakfast-Table.
    HOLMES, Oliver Wendell. The Autocrat at the Breakfast-Table; The Poet at the Breakfast-Table; The Professor at the Breakfast-Table.

    London : 1911

    A handsomely bound set of Holmes's Breakfast Table series, his collections of essays which have remained his most enduring works, attractively illustrated by H. M. Brock. The series was first published in 1858, 1860, and 1872 respectively. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 144560

  28. Deux Contes.
    WILDE, Oscar; SCHMIED, François-Louis (illus.) Deux Contes.

    Paris : 1926

    Signed limited edition, number 59 of 162 copies only, signed by Schmied on the original drawing, of these two French translations of Wilde's The Happy Prince and The Nightingale and the Rose, originally published in 1888.

    François-Louis Schmied (1873-1941), a Swiss-born French painter, engraver and printer, incarnated the art deco style in... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 143533

  29. Poetical Works.
    ARNOLD, Matthew. Poetical Works.

    London : 1910

    Handsomely presented copy of Arnold's complete poems, first published in 1890. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140552

  30. Grimm's Fairy Tales.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRIMM, The Brothers. Grimm's Fairy Tales.

    London : 1973

    First edition thus, handsomely bound. Grimm's fairy tales were first accompanied by Rackham's illustrations in 1900. Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 140364

  31. Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes.
    RACKHAM, Arthur. Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes.

    London : 1971

    Finely bound reissue of the Rackham Mother Goose, originally published in 1913. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140365

  32. The Poetical Works.
    BROWNING, Robert. The Poetical Works.

    London : 1901

    An attractively bound copy of Browning's poetry. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140251

  33. Cinderella.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); EVANS, C. S. Cinderella.

    London : 1972

    Handsomely bound reprint of the Rackham edition of Cinderella which was first published in 1919.

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    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140362

  34. Sleeping Beauty.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); EVANS, C. S. Sleeping Beauty.

    London : 1972

    Handsomely bound copy of this reprint of the Rackham edition, first published in 1920.

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    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140363

  35. The Collected Poems.
    BROOKE, Rupert. The Collected Poems.

    London : 1960

    A handsomely bound copy of Brooke's poems, the collection first published in July 1918. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 139862

  36. An Elegy.
    GRAY, Thomas. An Elegy.

    Chicago & New York : [c.1900]

    An attractive gift edition of Gray's Elegy, with illustrations by Alfred Woodruff, 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... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 139593

  37. Edward Marsh's Little Book.
    MARSH, Edward. Edward Marsh's Little Book.

    Eton : 1990

    First edition, limited issue, number 49 of 626 copies (26 were deluxe signed copies). This is the first printing, reproducing the original in facsimile, of the notebook presented in 1911 by Lady Diana Cooper to Sir Edward Marsh (1872-1953), who was Winston Churchill's secretary and a great literary impresario in his own right. Marsh determined "to ask... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 139254

  38. Œuvres Complètes.
    VERLAINE, Paul. Œuvres Complètes.

    Paris : 1919-20

    A handsomely bound set of Verlaine's poems which includes his collections Poèmes saturniens (1866), Fêtes galantes (1869), Romances sans paroles (1874), Sagesse (1880), and Les Poètes maudits (1884). Romances sans paroles was inspired by Verlaine's relationship with his wife, Mathilde Mauté, and his lover, the French poet Arthur Rimbaud. Verlaine... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 138447

  39. Calendrier Gastronomique.
    DUTREY, Marius. Calendrier Gastronomique.

    London : 1938

    Limited edition, number 1 of 250 copies. The author's own copy, with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Marius Dutrey served as a French chef in some of the leading French and British hotels from 1918 to 1962. La Coupe d'Or Internationale d'Art Culinaire is still presented in his name. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 129761

  40. The Satires.
    DRYDEN, John (trans.); JUVENAL & Persius. The Satires.

    London : 1713

    First duodecimo edition of Dryden's translation, the fifth overall, first published in 1693. An attractively bound copy, with a pencilled note on the front free endpaper identifying the work as that of Roger Payne (1739-1797), the notable English bookbinder who had a significant influence on the development of the craft in Britain. The style, especially... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 128943

  41. Fables, lettres, et variétés historiques.
    FRENCH LITERATURE. Fables, lettres, et variétés historiques.

    Londres : 1777

    Second edition (first published by Elmsly alone in 1771) of this compendium of passages for students of French, here handsomely bound in red morocco, an English binding making considerable effort to match the generally higher standards of contemporary French binders. Peter Elmsly, or Elmsley, was principally involved in importing foreign books and was... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 100358

  42. The Poetical Works.
    POE, Edgar Allan. The Poetical Works.

    London : 1853

    First edition thus, under the title of "The Poetical Works", published as part of Addey's Illustrated Classics series, this one dedicated to Rossetti. Hannay's collection was seen as the definitive collection of Poe's poetry, and "maintained its popularity for decades". An attractive early illustrated edition; preceded only by Vizetelly's Tales (1852).... Learn More
    £800.00

    Stock Code: 144318

  43. A General Collection of Voyages and Travels,
    MAVOR, William Fordyce (ed.) A General Collection of Voyages and Travels,

    London : 1809-13

    A uniformly bound set of mixed second and third editions of Mavor's richly illustrated Voyages and Travels. It was first published in 25 volumes as Historical account of the most celebrated voyages, travels, and discoveries (1796) containing the standard accounts of famous voyagers such as Columbus, Vespucci, Magellan, Cook, and Pagès.

    The... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 138665

  44. Little Brother & Little Sister and other tales.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRIMM, [Jacob & Wilhelm]. Little Brother & Little Sister and other tales.

    London : 1917

    Signed limited edition, number 340 of 525 copies signed by the artist, with the extra plate that is often missing ("He Hurried Away with Long Strides") also signed by the artist bound in at the back. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 102175

  45. Green Hills of Africa.
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Green Hills of Africa.

    New York : 1935

    First edition, first printing. His second major venture into non-fiction (after Death in the Afternoon, 1932), Green Hills of Africa is Ernest Hemingway's lyrical journal of a month on safari in the great game country of East Africa, where he and his wife Pauline journeyed in December of 1933. Hemingway's well-known interest in - and fascination with... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 77576

  46. The Book of Common Prayer,
    BASKERVILLE, John (printer). The Book of Common Prayer,

    Cambridge : 1762

    Third 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

  47. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.
    BOSWELL, James. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

    London : 1857

    A handsomely bound copy of Boswell's famous biography, which was first published in 1791. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 144274

  48. Fables.
    BLAKE, William (engr.); GAY, John. Fables.

    London : 1793

    First edition thus, large paper copy, with 12 plates engraved by William Blake, based largely on designs from earlier editions, particularly those of John Wootton and William Kent for the first edition of 1727. Keynes notes that the first Blake plate, "The Shepherd and the Philosopher", is the most characteristically Blakean of the illustrations.

    Gay's... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 143914

  49. Rubaiyát of Omar Khayyám.
    FITZGERALD, Edward. Rubaiyát of Omar Khayyám.

    Portland : 1907

    Ninth Mosher edition, first printing, one of 925 copies on Van Gelder paper, in a superb contemporary binding. It includes a "Toast to Omar Khayyam" and "To The Winds" by Theodore Watts-Dunton; "Edward Fitzgerald" by W. Irving Way; "Omar Khayyam" by Fitzgerald.

    It also comprises the text of the first (1859), second (1868), and fourth editions... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 144208

  50. The Works.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.

    London : 1925

    An attractive copy of Shakespeare's comedies. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 144120

  51. The Works.
    DEFOE, Daniel The Works.

    New York : 1905

    The Hand-Made Edition, number 41 of 150 copies of this deluxe set of Defoe's works, in a beautiful morocco binding.



    This set is beautifully bound by the bindery of Whitman Bennett in New York. Bennett (18831968) spent his youth as successful film producer and director for Famous-Lasky and Paramount Studios, working on some of the most... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 144142

  52. Salomé. Drame en un acte.
    WILDE, Oscar. Salomé. Drame en un acte.

    Paris & London : 1893

    First edition, one of 600 trade copies, beautifully bound by Roger de Coverly (1831-1914), the London binder under whom T. J. Cobden Sanderson trained, his binder's stamp on the front free endpaper verso. A further 50 copies were issued on Van Gelder handmade paper. Salomé was composed by Wilde in French and was not published in English until the following... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 143964

  53. The Torrents of Spring.
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. The Torrents of Spring.

    New York : 1926

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 41545

  54. A Visit to the South Seas,
    STEWART, C. S. A Visit to the South Seas,

    London : 1832

    First English and first illustrated edition; the New York edition of the preceding year was unillustrated. A very pretty set of an important work on Hawaii: "Stewart's acute observations on native life and customs and his description of the changes at court and advances in business conditions and society in general make this a valuable account" (Forbes).



    "The... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 115104

  55. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles.
    OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles.

    Oxford : 1962

    Third edition revised with addenda, in a handsome binding by Zaehnsdorf. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary was first published in 1933. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 144222

  56. [Novels.] A New Edition.
    ELIOT, George. [Novels.] A New Edition.

    Edinburgh and London : [c.1890]

    An attractively bound set of Eliot's works, including all seven novels. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 144212

  57. The Novels.
    AUSTEN, Jane. The Novels.

    Edinburgh : 1906

    The Winchester edition, the most attractive of the unillustrated editions of Jane Austen's works produced around this time. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 143945

  58. The Works.
    THACKERAY, William Makepeace. The Works.

    London : 1869

    A handsomely bound set of Thackeray's works. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 138377

  59. Memoir of the War in India,
    THORN, William. Memoir of the War in India,

    London : 1818

    First edition. A well-provenanced and superbly bound copy of this handsomely and uncommon account of Lord Lake's expedition against the Maratha chief Jasvant Holkar Rao, the Second Anglo--Mahrata War, an early campaign of British Empire building in India. The author was "an avowed military man and a constant traveller... witness to some of the most... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 143003

  60. Representative British Orations.
    ADAMS, Charles Kendall; John Alden. Representative British Orations.

    New York and London : 1900

    An 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

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