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  1. 125526
    First edition. "Reputedly, William IV proposed that a series of regimental histories should be compiled, whereby the general public could be apprised of the distinguished services rendered by the regiments of the British army the work of compilation was entrusted by royal warrant to Cannon. He started immediately and the... Learn More
    £1,500

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  2. 130143detail
    A complete set of this beautifully illustrated overview of the animal kingdom, containing 14 volumes about birds, 13 about mammals, 7 about insects and 6 about fishes. The series proved highly popular, with several reprints over the 19th century. "The Naturalist's Library was a tribute to a skilful printer who employed the... Learn More
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 130143

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  3. 130025comp
    Signed limited edition, with a fine initialled original watercolour by Lawrence. Number 55 of 250 specially bound and signed copies of the first illustrated edition of Adams's first novel, signed by both the author and illustrator. This extremely popular animal story was initially turned down by all major publishing houses.... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 130025

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  4. 128152
    First Rockwell Kent trade edition, first printing, in a handsome binding. Kent's imagining of Melville's classic, first published the same year by the Lakeside Press of Chicago in a three-volume limited edition, has been hailed as a masterpiece of 20th-century book illustration and credited with reviving public interest... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 128152

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  5. 126753
    A handsomely bound copy of Shelley's poetry, and a fine example of Zaehnsdorf's craft. The text used is part of the Golden Treasury Series of the poets, first published in 1880. Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 126753

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  6. 128766
    First collected edition of Reynolds's works. Reynolds had been the first president of the Royal Society, and the discourses on art and art criticism that he delivered to the fellows and students are his clearest statement of his aesthetic views. Edmond Malone's introduction includes a list of Reynolds's art works and their... Learn More
    £650

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  7. Rosalind and Helen.
    First edition, first issue, a fine fresh and generously margined copy with the half-title and advertisements, of Shelley's long poem "Rosalind and Helen", a conversational lament for a disappointed poet-reformer, set on the shores of Lake Como, begun in Marlowe and completed in 1818 at the baths of Lucca in Tuscany. The... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 111639

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  8. The Wind in the Willows.
    Deluxe edition, number 305 of 500 copies. This the one-hundredth edition of Grahame's timeless classic, which was originally published in 1908, with just a frontispiece, by Graham Robertson. Rackham's illustrations for the text first appeared in the Limited Editions Club edition of 1940, and it was the last work he illustrated.... Learn More
    £4,250

    Stock Code: 107331

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  9. 129485detail
    The Sussex Edition, number 75 of a limited edition of 525 sets signed by the author on the limitation leaf of vol. I. This set with a highly appealing provenance: from the library of the eminent Kipling collector Rear Admiral Lloyd H. Chandler (1869-1947), with his and his wife Agatha's joint ownership inscription to a preliminary... Learn More
    £19,750

    Stock Code: 129485

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  10. 37511
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 37511

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  11. 120096
    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
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 120096

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  12. 129609
    Limited edition, number 11 of 15 copies printed on japon with the plates in three states (printed in black on japon, bistre on chine, and blue). 15 copies were also printed on papier de chine, 40 on Watham paper, and 350 in a standard trade issue. Nerval's translation of Goethe's epic play was first published in 1828, Goethe... Learn More
    £1,500

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  13. 129551
    First edition in book form. "Modern editions of this classic novel almost invariably omit Thackeray's vignettes and often give only a selection from his etchings. The reader is deprived thereby not only of much amusement but also of important clues to the meaning of the story" (Ray). Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 129551

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  14. 129945detail
    A handsomely bound set of the first authorised collected edition of Darwin's works. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 129945

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  15. 127331
    Second edition. "The first historical work deliberately designed to outsell the best-selling novel of the day, Macaulay's book immediately fulfilled its author's aspiration. His colourful style and stirring power of description secured for the History a success such as no historical work in the English language had had since... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 127331

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  16. 129728
    A highly attractive copy, specially bound for Charlotte de Talleyrand (1799-1873), the illegitimate daughter of the French statesmen and diplomat Charles Maurice de Talleyrand and his mistress Catherine Noël Worlee. Later married to Charles's cousin Alexandre-Daniel de Talleyrand, Charlotte gained a legitimate Talleyrand... Learn More
    £1,500

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  17. 129681
    A highly attractive Georgian-era Book of Common Prayer and Psalms. With the ownership signature to front free endpaper of Anne Hitchen, 1805, then of James Hitchen, and then a note of the latter's death in 1858 with the inscription "For as in Adam all die then so in Christ shall all be made alive" (Corinthians 15:22). Learn More
    £475

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  18. 129641
    An arresting example of the bookbinder's craft as the Georgian period drew to its close, and an exemplary demonstration of the care that the age was lavishing on the national playwright. The text is the second Harness edition of Shakespeare (first published in 1825), the principal work of the literary scholar William Harness... Learn More
    £1,850

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  19. 129555
    First editions, first impressions, one of 3,000 sets, originally issued only to owners of the Centenary edition of the Collected Works, and available in either full vellum or the present binding. Contents include Churchill's periodical contributions as well as his prefaces and introductions to works by other authors. Learn More
    £1,250

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  20. 129492
    First UK editions, first impressions, of Churchill's masterpiece, in a highly attractive binding. The Second World War ranks as one of the supreme historical achievements of the 20th century, and is commonly cited as a major factor in Churchill being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. A man who had always primarily... Learn More
    £3,850

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  21. 129483detail

    The Works.

    London: 1924-7

    Signed limited "Atlantic" edition, the preferred "London" issue, number 491 of 620 sets signed by the author on the limitation page of vol. I, for sale and distribution in Britain. A further 1,050 sets were produced and signed for the American issue, and are by far the more common of the two issues. The Atlantic edition... Learn More
    £18,750

    Stock Code: 129483

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  22. 129458
    A highly attractive copy of Keats's poetry, in a presentation binding, with a morocco presentation slip lettered in gilt on the front pastedown reading "Margaret Sandford on her wedding day Sept. 22. 1926. From C.R.L.F." Forman's edition of Keats was first published in 1883, and ranks as perhaps the finest edition of the... Learn More
    £450

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  23. 129459
    An attractively bound copy of Brooke's poetry. The text uses the third revised edition of 1942, following initial publication in 1918. Learn More
    £250

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  24. 126446detail
    Shakespeare Head Press. Best Edition. Limited to 1000 copies. Eleven large octavo volumes, the novels, with frontispieces and plates. Eight further volumes were published between 1932 and 1938, consisting of The Brontës: Their Lives, Friendships, and correspondence (four volumes); The Miscellaneous and Unpublished Writings... Learn More
    £7,500

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    The Works.

    New York: 1924

    The Atlantic Edition, deluxe issue bound in half morocco, number 618 of 1,050 sets signed by the author in volume I. "The text throughout is read and revised by the author, who has written a special preface to each volume as well as a general introduction to the set" (Wells, p. 61). Scribners offered the set in regular cloth... Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 121630

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  26. 117980detail

    The Complete Writings.

    New York and London: 1902

    Paumanok edition. Limited to 300 numbered sets printed on Ruisdael handmade paper and signed by the publisher; this particular set from a series with a star sticker affixed to the number line. With inlaid hand-written post card from Whitman addressed to Melville Phillips: "Don't fail to let me see / proofs beforehand --... Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 117980

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  27. 116018detail
    The handsomely produced "Large Paper Edition", this being number 254 of 575 sets, put out by the celebrated New York bookseller Gabriel Wells who, during the 1920s, competed in the sale rooms with the great Rosenbach. This edition, with introductory material by W. B. Yeats, Padraic Colum, John Drinkwater, Arthur Symons,... Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 116018

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  28. The Plays.
    A very handsomely bound set of a later issue of the edition generally known as the first variorum, first published in 1803. Reed's revision of Johnson and Steevens's 1773 edition was first published in ten volumes in 1785. The edition was then reissued, with Steevens as editor once more but reliant on Reed's assistance,... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 114678

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  29. 94962
    £1,500

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  30. 126368detail
    The Signed limited edition, number 376 of 780 sets signed by the author on the limitation leaf of volume I. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 126368

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  31. 33021
    New and Revised Edition. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 33021

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  32. In English Homes.
    First edition of the third volume, second of the second, and third of the first (which was first published in 1904). A handsomely bound set featuring the great historic estates of England. Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 115351

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  33. 1
    Eleventh edition. Daniel Webster (1782-1852), US Senator and Secretary of State, was one of the most important figures in US politics in the first half of the 19th century. An attractively bound set preserving speeches, legal arguments, diplomatic papers touching on and influencing all the important events of the first... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 114126

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  34. The Miscellaneous Works.
    Appealingly bound set of Goldsmith's writings. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 107427

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  35. 1
    Mixed editions of Smollett's translation of Lesage's novel. Volume I published by Cooke and Volumes II-IV by Sharpe. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 94814

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  36. The Works.
    A nicely bound set of the works of John Bunyan. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 90739

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  37. 127521
    A very handsomely bound set of Austen's novels. It is apparently a reprint of the six volume Steventon edition of 1882, the last complete edition of Austen's works to be published by Bentley, and is rather scarce: both Keynes and Gilson make note of this reprint but report having "not seen this". Learn More
    £3,000

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  38. 128999
    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

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  39. 109059
    First and limited edition, number 102 of 800 copies printed on fine paper. One of the luxuriously produced series of celebrated biographies in English printed in Paris by Goupil & Cie, the leading art dealership in 19th-century France. Learn More
    £750

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  40. 76369
    First edition, large paper copy. An important compilation produced for the reference of ship's captains at the point of Britain's entry into a defining period of naval warfare, culminating at Trafalgar. This superbly-bound copy from the library of John Scott, first earl of Eldon, with his ownership inscription before ennoblement... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 76369

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  41. The Works.

    The Works.

    Boston & New York: [c.1890].

    A handsomely bound set of Eliot's works. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 114156

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  42. 117218detail
    The Shakespeare Head edition. Limited edition of 525 copies of which this is number 104. With an original manuscript leaf by the author bound in at the front of volume 1. Learn More
    £3,750

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    The Works.

    New York: [early 1900s]

    A beautifully bound set of the collected works of Dickens, with illustrations throughout. Learn More
    £6,000

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  44. 128943
    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... Learn More
    £500

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  45. 128875
    A highly attractive psalm book, using the fourth edition of Thomas Biddulph's version of the psalms, first published in 1802. Learn More
    £500

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  46. 93068
    An attractive example of the work of the fore-edge artist John T. Beer (1826?-1900), a successful Merseyside clothier and book collector, who turned to fore-edge painting in his retirement, producing more than 200 fore-edge paintings and painted bindings between 1884 and 1900. Beer used books from his own collection and... Learn More
    £5,000

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  47. 128833
    A highly attractive copy of this devotional work, in an ornate and personalised contemporary Italian binding. Learn More
    £750

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  48. 128818
    A highly attractive set of Shakespeare's works, being the second edition of the profusely illustrated version of the Shakespeare scholar Charles Knight, following the first edition which had been published in part form from 1838 to 1841. Knight (1791-1873) was already a Shakespeare lover and bibliophile in his teens, when... Learn More
    £1,800

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  49. 128771
    First edition, deluxe limited issue, number 51 of 100 copies, presented to Eric Simonds by the directors of Peter Merchant Ltd, with their numbered presentation bookplate. A highly attractive copy of this study of the history of the feeding of employees in the workplace, from the middle ages to the factory canteen. Learn More
    £275

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  50. 125600
    A handsomely bound copy of the psalms, with the name and mayoral title of Thomas Staniforth (1735-1803) emblazoned on the front cover in gilt, dated 1797. Staniforth, a former slave-trader and merchant, was elected Major of Liverpool in 1797, a post he held until the following year. It is probable that the book was presented... Learn More
    £550

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  51. 125527
    A handsomely bound copy of Zimmerman's espousal of the benefits of solitary reflection, printed on an Albion press. Originally published in German in 1756, amended and enlarged in 1784-5, and first published in English in 1791, Zimmerman's sentimentalist writings were highly popular across Europe. Learn More
    £375

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  52. 125592
    First edition of this selection from d'Hancarville's Collection of Etruscan, Greek, and Roman antiquities from the cabinet of the Honble. Wm. Hamilton, 1766-67, and Tischbein's Collection of engravings from ancient vases... in the possession of Sir Wm. Hamilton, 1791-97, the third and last volume of which appeared in 1797,... Learn More
    £4,500

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  53. 128537
    Edition de Grand Luxe, limited to 500 numbered copies of which this is number 13. Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 128537

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  54. 118378
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 118378

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  55. 121250
    First UK edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 121250

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  56. 99200
    A very handsome set; apparently a reprint of the Steventon edition of 1882 and rather scarce: both Keynes and Gilson report having "not seen this". Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 99200

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  57. 127672
    First collected edition, one of 155 unnumbered copies printed for private circulation. The four books were respectively published in 1823, 1824, 1827 and 1844, all in a very small print run, with this being the second printing of each.
    With the tipped-in bookplate produced by the Scottish artist Katherine Cameron (1874-1965)... Learn More
    £400

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  58. 127332detail
    An attractive library set of Byron's works, complete with the three Don Juan volumes added to the edition, including all his poems and plays, letters and journals, and the Life by his friend Thomas Moore. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 127332

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  59. 122691detail
    Limited edition, number 63 of 500 sets printed on Holland paper, translated into English by Alexandre Baillot and with two volumes of biography by Alfred Barbou (1846-1907). Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 122691

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  60. 127454
    First edition, first printing, of the first title in the Doctor Dolittle series. Though born in England, Lofting settled in Connecticut and had his first book published in New York. The book is attractively illustrated with his own naïve pen-and-ink drawings. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 127454

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