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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GARRETT, Frank (binder) - GOODWIN, Edith Chester. Household Hints & Recipes.
Birmingham : [c.1920]A beautifully bound notebook for household recipes, left blank, designed by Edith Chester Goodwin, signed by her on the rear free endpaper recto, and bound by the skilled bookbinder Frank Garrett, his gilt binder's stamp to the rear turn-in.
Frank Garrett was associated with the Birmingham Municipal School of Art and regularly exhibited at arts... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 148908
CHURCHILL, Winston S. My Early Life; Thoughts and Adventures, Great Contemporaries, Step by Step.
London : 1947A presentation set to his pilot, inscribed by the author on the initial blank of My Early Life "To Air Commodore G. Powell from Winston S. Churchill 1948", signed on the initial blank of Thoughts and Adventures, and initialled in the following two volumes.
Powell recounts the story of the volumes in his memoirs: "In my Ferry Command days my job... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 138000
WILDE, Oscar; SCHMIED, François-Louis (illus.) Deux Contes.
Paris : 1926Signed 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
ROGERS, G. A. F. The Arts Club.
London : 1920First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author and publisher on the front free endpaper: "Presented to the Arts Club by G. A. F. Rogers and J. Truslove". The book charts the history of the Arts Club from its foundation in 1863. It includes detailed histories of the Club's premises at Hanover Square and Dover Street, and... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 141029
KIPLING, Rudyard. The Works.
London : 1937-39The Sussex Edition, number 513 of a limited edition of 525 sets signed by the author on the limitation leaf of vol. I. In his last years and with his health failing Kipling continued the gathering-up of existing material that resulted in "the great retrospective work... the Sussex Edition of his works, undertaken by Macmillan as a monument to one of... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 139233
(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
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); SHAKESPEARE, William. A Midsummer-Night's Dream.
London : 1908First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 578 of 1,000 copies signed by the artist and released for sale in Great Britain and Ireland. Learn More£1,950.00
Stock Code: 147819
CHARLES, HRH the Prince of Wales. Watercolours.
Boston, Toronto, London : 1991Signed limited edition, number 9 of 100 copies signed by Prince Charles; "this specially bound edition of 100 copies of HRH The Prince of Wales Watercolours has been produced to mark the occasion of The Prince of Wales's 50th Birthday on 14th November 1998. Sales Benefit the Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation".
Prince Charles is a keen amateur... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 147977
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Through the Looking-Glass.
London : 1869 & 1885Presentation copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Mary Trimmer, from the author." Dodgson had lunch with Mary's family on 6 August 1868; her father was Revd. Trimmer, Rector of St Mary, Guildford, and Carroll later photographed Mary. A beautifully bound set of these later printings (Alice's Adventures... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 112633
WELLS, H. G. The Works.
New York : 1924-7The Atlantic Edition, number 130 of 1,050 sets signed by the author on the limitation leaf of volume I and released for distribution in America, very handsomely bound. A further 620 sets were issued in Great Britain and Ireland. Wells contributed new prefaces especially for this edition. Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 146413
DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Works.
New York : 1930First complete collected edition, number 268 of 760 numbered sets signed by the author in volume I, very handsomely bound.
The Crowborough Edition - named after the Sussex town where Doyle's home, Windlesham, was located - has double the number of volumes of the Author's Edition of 1903. Doyle had already signed sheets for it but his illness... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 146414
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
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
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
ROYAL AIR FORCE; WORLD WAR TWO. …So Few. A folio dedicated to all who fought and won the Battle of Britain, 10th July - 31st October 1940.
London : 1990-5First editions, deluxe signed issues, both volumes number 96 of 401 copies, each containing 25 superb colour silhouette portraits of distinguished RAF pilots from Britain and the Commonwealth, all signed by both the pilot and artist Michael Pierce, and with his embossed stamp. Additionally signed in the edition by six members of the creative and design... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 145852
TWAIN, Mark. The Writings.
New York : 1922The definitive edition, signed "S L Clemens / Mark Twain", limited to 1024 sets only of which this is 389. The publisher states that Twain intended a definitive collected edition and so put his autograph to 1024 single leaves in 1906. These were not recovered until long after his death, when the project could finally be completed. This set includes... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 110572
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.
London : 1951Deluxe edition, number 305 of 500 copies. This is 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. "During his last illness... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 107331
HARDY, Thomas. The Works.
London : 1920The Mellstock edition, one of 500 sets signed by the author on the limitation page of volume I. The Mellstock is one of the most attractive collected editions of Hardy, printed in a clear and legible type, this copy in an attractive binding in lovely condition.
At Hardy's suggestion the edition was named after his fictional "Mellstock",... Learn More£18,750.00
Stock Code: 144165
MURRAY, A. S. The Sculptures of the Parthenon.
London : 1903First edition, first impression, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a preliminary blank, "To Miss Elinor S. Lewes, from the author, with my best wishes, A. S. Murray, 19th March 1903"; inscribed beneath, "This book was specially completed and bound for us before publication and given us by the author and Mrs Murray as a wedding present.... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 134488
KIPLING, Rudyard. The Works.
New York : 1914-26The Seven Seas Edition, number 435 of 1,050 copies signed by the author on the half-title of vol. I. This was issued by Doubleday as the counterpart to the Bombay Edition, published by Macmillan in London. A particularly attractive set, beautifully bound by the workshop of Henry Stikeman, one of the leading American binders of the period. Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 132739
WELLS, H. G. The Works.
New York : 1924-7The Atlantic Edition, number 605 of 1,670 sets signed by the author. "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).
Stock Code: 128513
CHURCHILL, Winston. Into Battle.
London : 1943Tenth edition, presentation issue, inscribed by the author on the first blank: "To Monsieur V. V. Tilea With best wishes from Winston S. Churchill 1946". The recipient Viorel Virgil Tilea (1896-1972) was the Romanian Government-in-exile's representative in London during the war, making this a particularly appropriate volume to have been presented at... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 145711
WHITE, Gilbert. The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne
London : 1900Large paper edition, number 86 of 160 copies signed by the editor and artists, lavishly bound and illustrated.
First published in 1789, White's Selborne is one of the great English books of the 18th century, "the first book which raised natural history into the region of literature" (Encyclopaedia Britannica). The work is arranged into three... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 139565
MITFORD, Nancy. The Sun King.
London : 1969Signed limited issue, number 83 of 265 copies signed by Mitford on the limitation leaf and specially bound by Zaehnsdorf. Nancy Mitford (19041973) won great acclaim with this lavishly illustrated biography of the French King Louis XIV. Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 144643
CHRISTMAS - CALLIGRAPHIC MANUSCRIPT. The Wonderful Christmas Story told by St Luke.
Snowshill, Cotswolds : November 1928A beautiful arts and crafts style calligraphic Christmas gift, inscribed in orange ink to the final leaf "Written for Miss Ellen D. Sharpe by her friend S. B. Russell at Snowshill, on the Cotswolds, in November 1928".
The work was created by Sydney Bolton Russell (1866-1938), the father of the arts and crafts furniture designer Gordon Russell... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145380
THESIGER, Wilfred. Desert, Marsh and Mountain.
Dubai : 1993Signed limited edition, number 70 of 250 copies signed by the author on the limitation page, of the 1993 re-issue, with new foreword, of a title first published in 1979.
"This book has always been a personal favourite, capturing as it does my affinity with the nomadic way of life I am delighted that after a considerable time out of print... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145348
MILNE, A. A. Winnie-the-Pooh.
London : 1976Rare presentation copy of the 50th anniversary edition, number 27 of 300 copies signed by Christopher Robin Milne. This copy has been fulsomely inscribed by Christopher Robin to the winner of "The Hum with Pooh" poetry competition:"Dear Mubina Punjani, this book tells you that you have been awarded First Prize in your age group in The Hum with Pooh... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 145209
MONTGOMERY OF ALAMEIN, Field Marshal, The Viscount. A History of Warfare.
London : 1969Signed 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
SNOW, C. P. [Complete Strangers and Brothers series:]
London : 1940-70All 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
KIPLING, Rudyard. The Bombay Edition of the Works.
London : 1913-38The 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
MARSH, Edward. Edward Marsh's Little Book.
Eton : 1990First 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
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRIMM, Jacob & Wilhelm. Little Brother & Little Sister and other tales.
London : 1917Signed 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
KENT, Rockwell. Voyaging Southward from The Strait of Magellan.
New York : 1926Presentation copy from the author, inscribed in pencil at the head of the dedication page, "To my friend Nat Horwitt this 'voyage' (so far the only one we've sailed together on) is inscribed by me Rockwell Kent Au Sable Forks, March 1929". The recipient was the celebrated industrial designer Nathan G. Horwitt (1889-1990), "Horwitt is best known for... Learn More£1,925.00
Stock Code: 60017
DETMOLD, E. J. (illus.) The Arabian Nights.
London : Signed limited edition, number 99 of 100 copies only signed by the artist. "On the strength of The Arabian Nights, Detmold could have become one of the greatest illustrators of fantasy and fairy stories" (Richard Dalby, The Golden Age of Children's Book Illustration, pp. 98). Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 30661
WELLS, H. G. The Works.
New York : 1924-7A handsome set of the Atlantic Edition. Signed limited edition, deluxe issue, number 711 of 1,050 sets signed by the author on the limitation leaf of Volume I and released for distribution in America, of which 50 were reserved for presentation.
A further 620 sets were released by T. Fisher Unwin, Ltd, in Great Britain and Ireland, 20 of which... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 143381
TWAIN, Mark. The Writings.
New York : 1922-5The Definitive Edition, number 285 of 1,024 numbered sets, with the front blank signed by the author as "Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain" and with the limitation leaf signed by Twain's biographer Albert Bigelow Paine. A handsome set in a contemporary fine binding of the most complete of all the collected editions of Twain's works. Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 143379
HUNT, Lynn Bogue. An Artist's Game Bag.
New York : 1936First and limited edition, deluxe issue: number 14 of 25 copies; with a fine original watercolour signed by Lynn Bogue Hunt, showing a pair of mallards on a riverbank. Hunt (1877-1960) was one of America's most admired and popular sporting artists.
"The Derrydale Press was a small publisher of finely crafted sporting books featuring topics such... Learn More£5,950.00
Stock Code: 115522
GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield.
London : 1903Deluxe edition, number 56 of 250 copies signed by the publisher, this copy in a striking and unusual arts and crafts binding, perhaps the work of the Guild of Women Binders, though unmarked, exhibiting their adventurous style. Goldsmith's masterpiece was first published in 1766. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 139010
SÉVIGNÉ, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de. The Letters of Madame De Sévigné.
Philadelphia : 1927The Carnavalet Edition, number 20 of 1,550 copies only, here including a document signed by Louis XIV. Whitman Bennett bound a number of sets in the same style, either through agreement with the publishers or as an offering to subscribers, but we can trace no other set with a similar document.
Though an unusual offering, it is a fitting pairing... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 139107
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); SHAKESPEARE, William. A Midsummer-Night's Dream.
London : 1908Signed limited edition, number 438 of 1,000 copies signed by the illustrator Arthur Rackham, for sale in Great Britain and Ireland. In A Midsummer Night's Dream Rackham "developed his gift for drawing witches, gnomes, fairies, and anthropomorphized trees and brought them to a pitch of vivid characterization, sometimes with an unsettling frisson of horror"... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 142423
OMAR KHAYYAM; FITZGERALD, Edward. Rubaiyat.
London : First edition thus, number 79 of 550 copies signed by Francis Sangorski and George Sutcliffe and printed on handmade paper (a further 25 were printed on japon), in a striking binding by Bayntun-Riviere, one of the most lavish editions of the Rubáiyát.
The prestigious London bindery Sangorski and Sutcliffe made a speciality of fabulous bindings.... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 142428
KAMPF, Arthur (illus.); GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust I und II.
Berlin : 1925Signed limited edition, number LXXX and LXXXII (respectively) of 150 copies printed on Van Gelder paper and signed by the illustrator Arthur Kampf (a further 500 copies were issued signed and numbered on Johann-Wilhelm-Butten paper). A very attractive edition of both parts of Faust in the original German. Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 141854
ROYCROFTERS: WILDE, Oscar; Elbert Hubbard (ed.) The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
East Aurora, NY : 1905First Roycrofters edition, number 19 of 100 copies on Japan vellum, signed by Hubbard, and inscribed on the first blank "To Margaret Scott, Royal Roycrofter, with all kind wishes from her Uncle, Elbert Hubbard".
The recipient, the actress, poet, and playwright Margaret Scott Oliver (1879-1930), was not in fact Hubbard's niece. Settled in the... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 142011
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
KIPLING, Rudyard. The Works.
London : 1937-39The Sussex Edition, number 101 of a limited edition of 525 sets signed by the author on the limitation leaf of vol. I. In his last years and with his health failing Kipling continued the gathering-up of existing material that resulted in "the great retrospective work... the Sussex Edition of his works, undertaken by Macmillan as a monument to one of... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 130733
DUNCAN, Isadora - DUNOYER DE SEGONZAC, André (illus.); Fernand Divoire. Dessins sur les danses d'Isadora Duncan.
Paris : [c.1910]First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by both authors on the verso of front wrapper "A Monsieur G. de Pawlowski, en hommage, D. Divoire; Hommage de A. D. de Segonzac". This is one of 32 copies only, this one unnumbered, of Segonzac's drawings of Isadora Duncan's dance moves. Duncan theorised a completely new form of dance that originated... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140825
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Tragedie of Cymbeline.
Stratford-upon-Avon : 1923Signed limited edition, number 26 of 106 copies signed by the illustrator Albert Rutherston and the writer of the introduction Harley Granville-Barker. A further 500 unsigned trade copies were also issued. The text is taken from the First Folio of Shakespeare, with some orthographic modernization. A very attractive production. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 140514
GALLEY, Edmund - WHITE, F. Faulkner (illuminator). The Galley Memento.
[Exeter : 1879]Handsomely bound and illuminated presentation album, one of just two copies, presented to honour the work of solicitor and county clerk Ralph Sanders, one of two men instrumental in reversing the miscarriage of justice in the case of Edmund Galley, who became an international cause célèbre after being wrongfully convicted of murder and transported... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 132619
SHAW, Bernard. The Works.
London : 1930–38Signed limited edition, one of 1,000 numbered set of which this is number 377. This set inscribed by Shaw on the limitation page in Volume 1: "and is inscribed to obliterated by G. Bernard Shaw". Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 138139