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HUME, David. Essais sur le commerce; le luxe; l'argent; l'intérêt de l'argent; les impôts; le crédit public, et la balance du commerce.
Paris & Lyon : 1767Third edition in French of Hume's Political Discourses, translating the seven essays on economics which first appeared in English in 1752. Together they rank as one of the major economic writings of the 18th century. Hume's specific contributions to economic thought include the so-called "specie-flow mechanism" and the "theory of creeping inflation".... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 120782
BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER; French & English. Le Livre des Prieres Communes, Et de l'Administration des Sacremens,
Oxford : 1717An attractive early Georgian binding for this bilingual BCP. "A reissue of the French-English 1717 'Book of common prayer', with a new titlepage and preliminaries in French added before the original parallel French and English titlepages, and slight resetting by removal of ornaments in the direction lines" (ESTC). In this copy, the French title appears... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 71427
KINGSLEY, Charles. Phaethon.
Cambridge : 1852First edition. Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), best remembered for his works The Water-Babies and Westward Ho!, produced this work to seek to refute the doctrines of Ralph Waldo Emerson, using the form of a Platonic dialogue. Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 123965
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The U-Boat Mastered - two galley-proofs for The Second World War, heavily emended in Churchill's hand.
London : 10 February & 19 April, 1950Working material towards Churchill's The Second World War is rarely encountered on the market: offered here is a revealing pair of galley proofs towards the section covering the climax of the war against the U-boats. This account was originally intended for Volume IV but was eventually incorporated into the first chapter of Volume V, The Closing of... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 88386
BRUCE, James. Travels To Discover the Source of the Nile,
Edinburgh : 1790First edition of "one of the great travel accounts of the eighteenth century" (ODNB), this set untrimmed and uncommon thus. "Although the Nile was Bruce's main objective, as a polyglot, diplomat, artist, and amateur scientist, he imagined advancing all areas of learning, and in many ways he succeeded. He recorded detailed descriptions of the people,... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 107966
DAVIES, Jonathan Ceredig. Life, Travels and Reminiscences of Jonathan Ceredig Davies.
Llanddewi Brefi : 1927A Herculean labour of love: one of 70 copies only, printed for private circulation by the author in his old age at his own printing-press. This copy inscribed "yours sincerely, J. Ceredig Davies" on the frontispiece and forwarded to his cousin, the Hon. Dan W. Williams of Jackson, Ohio. Davies's memoirs comprise his journeys to Patagonia and Australia.... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 93335
BRIGGS, Ernest. "Year Without Spring."
1942Compelling and highly readable epistolary account of army service in Papua New Guinea by the Australian poet, broadcaster and music critic, Ernest Briggs (1905-1967), the letters being addressed to the pianist Harriet Cohen (1895-1967), acclaimed particularly as an interpreter of Bach. The work is unpublished and the only other copy traced is in the... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 93902
JAMAICA; AMERICAN JUDAICA. Douglass & Aikman's Almanack and Register for the Island of Jamaica:
Kingston : 1781This extremely scarce almanac includes, at the conclusion of the calendar proper, the names of the holidays and the months printed in both English and Hebrew types. This page represents one of the very earliest specimens of Hebrew type in a publication produced in the Western Hemisphere intended for the use of Jews.
The calendar appears on the... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 82190
BARROW, John. A Voyage to Cochinchina, in the Years 1792 and 1793:
London : 1806First edition of the "first illustrated English work on Vietnam" (Hill), being a description of the outward voyage of Lord Macartney's embassy to China. The account is superbly illustrated with aquatints of views, "types," and natural history specimens, Abbey commending the aquatinting as "of excellent quality."
"The voyage visited Madeira,... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 81263
HEDIN, Sven. Southern Tibet:
Stockholm : 1916-22First and only edition. "The most important and comprehensive collection of material relating to Tibet up to the date of publication. Not only does it include detailed accounts of Transhimalaya, the Karakoram, Chang Tang and Lake Manasarowar regions, but also in-depth studies of previous explorers of the region, and a particularly important collection... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 75196
JAMES, F. L. The Unknown Horn of Africa:
London : 1888First edition of this important monograph, a truly superior copy of a book often found in calamitous condition. "The coloured plates of birds in the more scarce first issue are especially handsome" (Czech). While not in the red pictorial cloth, all other signs are that this is a first issue; the colouring of the plates is particularly skilful.
Frank... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 60741
CHURCHILL, Awnsham & John. A Collection of Voyages and Travels,
London : 1732Second, enlarged edition, of one of the great voyage collections, originally issued by the brothers Awnsham and John Churchill in four volumes in 1704 with the advice and encouragement of the philosopher John Locke. Hill describes it as "a very valuable collection, both for its range of coverage and for the fact that it gives the original accounts".... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 50373
PU, Songling. GILES, Herbert Allen (trans.) Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio.
London : 1916Third revised edition of Herbert Allen's translation. Pu Songling's collection of fantastic stories was originally published in China in 1740, Giles's translation, the first in the English language, in 1880. Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 100509
LE CARRÉ, John. The Le Carré Omnibus:
London : 1964First omnibus edition, first impression. This volume brings together the first two novels by John le Carré (1931-2020), both scarce in first editions. Gollancz published the omnibus to capitalise on the success of le Carré's third novel, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 147535
ROBERTS, Peter. The Cambrian Popular Antiquities;
London : 1815First edition of this study of Welsh customs and superstitions. Roberts (1760-1819) was a Church of England clergyman and antiquarian and wrote three books on Wales of which this is the third.
Cambrian Popular Antiquities collected numerous folk stories, including Arthurian legend, and records ancient traditions still enacted such as various... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 90606
RAND, Ann & Paul. I Know a Lot of Things.
New York : 1956First edition, first printing. Between 1956 and 1970, Ann and Paul Rand produced four children's books together, of which this is the first. Paul Rand (1914-1996) was an American commercial artist who, together with his wife Ann, produced four picture books combining rhythmic verse with illustrations exhibiting Paul's interest in Swiss Style graphic... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 102017
DICKENS, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities.
London : 1859First edition, bound from the original monthly parts as first published from June to December 1859, with the stab-holes visible; this copy with the earlier state of p. 213 misnumbered "113" and the signature "b" present on the list of plates, as preferred by collectors.
Dickens's great historical romance, set during the French Revolution, remains... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 147826
CRADDOCK, Harry (comp.) The Savoy Cocktail Book.
London, : 1930First edition, first impression, a superb presentation copy of the scarce signed limited issue, copy number 3 (of an unspecified number) signed by Harry Craddock on the limitation page and additionally inscribed "To my dear wife". For his wife's delectation, Craddock has also added by hand, to the blank notes pages at the rear, a recipe for "Champagne... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 78819
MACLEAY, Kenneth. Highlanders of Scotland:
London : [c.1874]First plain lithograph edition, specially bound and personalised for Archibald Fraser Macdonald, jäger (or gillie) to Edward, Prince of Wales, mentioned in that capacity by Queen Victoria in her best-selling Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands (1868). "As a documentary record of contemporary tartan the publication was unrivalled and... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137270
ARS MORIENDI. Ars Moriendi ex.
Nuremberg : First of three Latin editions printed by Weissenburger. The book derives from the Tractatus (or Speculum) artis bene moriendi, composed in 1415 by an anonymous Dominican friar, probably at the request of the Council of Constance. Owing to its popularity, a shorter version of Ars Moriendi was taken from the second chapter, dealing with the five temptations... Learn More£18,500.00
Stock Code: 90894
BÜCHNER, Ludwig. Force and Matter:
London : 1864First edition in English of Kraft und Stoff, "the gospel of materialism" (PMM) and a classic of 19th-century philosophy, first published in Germany in 1855. Büchner contributed an important preface to the present edition, in which he reflects upon the importance of Darwin's discoveries to his philosophy. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 126744
JULLIAN, Philippe. The Orientalists. European Painters of Eastern Scenes.
Oxford : 1977First edition in English, originally published in French earlier the same year, this copy from the library of noted Iranian bibliophile Cyrus Ghani, with his ownership inscription dated New York, February 1982, to the front free endpaper. Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 110778
JONES, Edward Thomas. An Address to bankers, Merchants, Tradesmen, &c.
London : 1795An unrecorded issue of the prospectus for E. T. Jones's work on book-keeping, one of three printings in 1795, the other two printed in Bristol, which is where Jones practised as an accountant. This Address, the half-title to which reads "Twenty Minutes useful Consideration for the Man of Business", is actually a lengthy prospectus for a longer work... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 105272
SOUBHY, Saleh. Pèlerinage à la Mecque et à la Médine.
Cairo : 1894First and only edition. Saleh Soubhi was an Egyptian public health official commissioned by Khedive 'Abbas II to write a report on the sanitary conditions experienced by pilgrims travelling to Mecca. He performed the hajj twice, in 1888 and 1891, producing this detailed account, to which are affixed a response to European criticisms of Islam and an... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 99252
DUTOT, Charles. Reflexions politiques sur les finances et le commerce.
The Hague : 1738First edition of this important work, first written in the form of three letters to Melon in 1735 but not published until three years later. Little is known of Dutot, save that he was a cashier in the Compagnie des Indes, founded by Law, whose system the author examines favourably in the present work in which he also explains the reasons for its collapse... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 87750
BOTERO, Giovanni. Relationi Universali...
Venice : 1640First published in 1592. Giovanni Botero (1533-1617) was Secretary to the Duke of Savoy when he compiled his Relationi Universali; "this political and geographical description of the different countries of the world was very successful and translated into a number of languages" (Burden), including English (London 1603). Burden also notes that "for this... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 117390
HERODOTUS. Historiae, in Greek.
Venice : 1502Editio princeps of Herodotus' history of the Persian Wars, one of the most important texts edited by the great scholar-printer-publisher himself. Herodotus had first been published in Lorenzo Valla's Latin translation. Aldus claims in the dedication that he corrected the text from multiple exemplars, one of the few instances where such a claim by him... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 103246
THUCYDIDES. De bello Peloponnesiaco, in Greek.
Venice : 1502Editio princeps of the most important work in Greek historiography, edited by Aldus from a Cretan manuscript. As with his edition of Herodotus, the text had first appeared in print in the Latin translation of Lorenzo Valla. The recipient of Aldus's dedicatory letter, Daniele Renier, was a Venetian senator, procurator of San Marco and collector of Hebrew,... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 103257
WILLIAMS, Tennessee. The Rose Tattoo.
New York : 1951First edition, first printing, second issue binding. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to his friend the film producer Paul Nathan on the front free endpaper: "To Paul, fondly, Tennessee". Paul Nathan (1912-1977) produced the 1961 film adaptation of Williams's play Summer and Smoke. He also worked on several Westerns, among them True Grit and... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 90192
THATCHER, Margaret. The Downing Street Years; The Path to Power; Statecraft. Strategies for a Changing World; The Collected Speeches.
London : 1993-2002First editions, first impressions. All signed on the title page by Margaret Thatcher. Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 98882
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Sheets of The River War, volume I, with Churchill's corrections on 17 pages.
London : 1899Unbound pre-publication sheets of Churchill's second book, with his holograph corrections, some quite extensive, to 17 pages. Working papers from the early part of Churchill's writing career are exceedingly uncommon. Just one minor correction marked here seems to have been adopted in the published version, but a number were taken up in the single-volume... Learn More£18,500.00
Stock Code: 90104
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Corrected draft typescript, signed, on the Soviet threat.
1931Extensively corrected typescript of one of the articles on European affairs commissioned from Churchill during 1931 for syndication in Hearst newspapers. An astute commentary on European Realpolitik, anticipating the Soviet bloc and the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. On publication in the Milwaukee Sentinel, 23 August 1931, the piece was headlined; "Winston... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 80696
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Corrected draft typescript, signed, of an article on Disarmament.
1931"Over the lacerated face of Europe the League of Nations has drawn a discreet veil. Behind that veil stir the passions, the revenges and the fears which are the legacy of the 'war to end war'". Extensively corrected typescript for one of a series of articles on foreign affairs commissioned from Churchill by "the Hearst newspapers and syndicated throughout... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 80695
NABOKOV, Vladimir, as Vladimir Nabokoff-Sirin. Despair.
London : 1937First English edition, first impression, first issue in the black cloth. Nabokov's second English publication was put out by the small imprint John Long who specialized in unconventional, quirky books, especially mystery, fantasy, and crime novels. They had previously published Nabokov's Camera Obscura with very little success and fared no better with... Learn More£13,750.00
Stock Code: 124322
BARTLET, C. H. Traité complet des opérations commerciales et de la tenue des livres, ouvrage à l'usage des professeurs & des personnes qui se destinent au commerce, à l'industrie, etc... Troisième édition.
Malines : 1867Third edition, issued as volume II of the Cours complet d'études commerciales et industrielles, first published 1845-7, but each volume complete in itself. The work was specifically destined for use in Belgium. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 104920
PETHERICK, Mr & Mrs John. Travels in Central Africa,
London : 1869First edition; a rather smart copy. Travels in Central Africa is based on notes, letters, and journal entries, most written by Kate Petherick, during the journey.
John Petherick (1813-82) was a Welsh traveller and trader who travelled extensively in Egypt and Sudan during the 1840s and 1850s; journeys described in Petherick's previous book Egypt,... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 91138
JEKYLL, Gertrude. Garden Ornament.
London : 1918First edition, first impression. Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) was a British horticulturist, garden designer, and craftswoman. She created over 400 gardens in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States, and her prolific and enduring advice on gardening, published across magazines, books, and journals, remain an influential reference for gardeners... Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 96866
PINKERTON, Robert. Russia:
London : 1833First edition, an excellent copy of this attractively illustrated narrative, unusual in the original boards. In 1805 Pinkerton was sent to the Edinburgh Missionary Society's mission in Karass in the North Caucasus, then in 1812 joined the British and Foreign Bible Society in St. Petersburg.
In 1816 he "undertook a tour of some seven thousand... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 93113
MACPHERSON, Duncan. Antiquities of Kertch and Researches in the Cimmerian Bosphorus.
London : 1857First and only edition, uncommon. "An example of the degree of technical virtuosity reached by this time in lithography, giving plates brilliant in effect, the equivalent of modern four-colour process work from photographs. It is very difficult to tell whether, or to what extent, the plates are touched by hand The inks are excellent, with some strong... Learn More£2,875.00
Stock Code: 71516
WILSON, James. The Life and Dreadful Sufferings of Captain James Wilson, In various Parts of the Globe,
Portsea : 1810The highly uncommon first edition of the first biography of James Wilson, captain of the Duff on her first missionary voyage to the South Seas. None of the four copies listed at auction in the last 40 years has had the attractive frontispiece.
"Although there are several accounts of James Wilson's life, sufferings and missionary voyage, this... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 70373
VALENTIA, George Annesley, Viscount. Voyages and Travels
London : 1809First edition of this "monumental" work (Manley and Rée), an attractive copy in the original boards, one of 50 large paper copies. Valentia's was the first British mission to Abyssinia, sent to conclude an alliance to obtain a port on the Red Sea in case Napoleonic France should seize Egypt, and was important in opening Abyssinia to the West.
Also... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 46982
CUREAU DE LA CHAMBRE, Marin. Discours sur les causes du débordement du Nil.
Paris : 1665First edition of this scarce treatise concerning the causes of the flooding of the Nile, for the first time published separately, previously included in his Pensées of 1634 and 1662; from the celebrated library of Henry M. Blackmer II, with his bookplate.
This could perhaps be a presentation copy, as in addition to the gilt supralibros there... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 41178
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
DICKENS, Charles. Autograph letter signed to Henry Morley.
[London] : 1868A letter showing Dickens's continuing work micromanaging the affairs of his periodical, All the Year Round. "My Dear Morley, An officer of one of the Cunard steamers - named Boyd - writes me (in a highly illegible hand) that he has sent a "small story" to All The Year Round. He does not give its title, so I supposed he has added his name to his MS.... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 135027
KEYNES, John Maynard - WILLIAMS-ELLIS, Clough (ed.) Britain and the Beast.
London : 1937First edition, first impression. Various writers contributed to this volume of essays on the necessity of preserving rural England, of which the first is John Maynard Keynes, with his essay "Art and the State", originally published in 1936 in The Listener journal. Keynes was a strong supporter of state patronage of the arts, and would later be a leading... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 124619
RICARDO, David. Notes on Malthus' Principles of Political Economy.
Baltimore : 1928First edition, first printing, of Hollander's impressive and important contribution to Ricardian scholarship. "As a doctrinal historian Hollander is especially remembered for his discovery and editing of Ricardo's letters, and the latter's important Notes on Malthus" (The New Palgrave). Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 121021
LAWRENCE, T. E. A Brief Record of The Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force
Cairo : 1919First edition, first impression, more commonly found in buff paper wrappers, O'Brien commenting that only "a few copies" were bound in cloth, scarce in this state. A "collaborator's copy" bearing the name of Corporal E. W. Grater on the official compliments slip pasted to the front free endpaper, which is signed by the editor Lieutenant-Colonel Harry... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 108776
JONES, E. T. - VESTIEU, N. A. Nieuwe Methode van Boekhouden, zo wel Enkel als Dubbel;
Amsterdam : 1801First edition, very rare, of the Dutch translation of Edward Jones's 1796 English System of book-keeping. "Jones's Dutch translator and adapter, N. A. Vestieu, took as his illustrative material the transactions recorded in N. F. Förtsch's Instructie... over het Italiaans Boekhouden, Amsterdam, 1801. He reworked these transactions according to a modified... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 105569
AUBERT, J. P. Kort, dog duidelyk onderwys van't Italiaansch boekhouden …
Amsterdam : 1782Revised and enlarged fourth edition, first published in 1760, of this guide to Italian book-keeping, teaching the basic principles, with a section relating to book-keeping for ship owners. The work contains an innovation by Aubert, a "Convoy book", which lists goods under the name of the Captain and the ship. The work also contains real-life accounts... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 104912
STANFORD, Ray. What Your Aura Tells Me.
New York : 1977First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. An unusual work of popular pseudo-psychiatry by a self-proclaimed psychic who claimed he could see the colours of emotion in people's auras and from there ascertain their character.
What Your Aura Tells me is a prime example of the legacy of early research into visible... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 104259