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  1. Fust and Schöffer 48-line Bible leaf.
    BIBLE; Latin; Vulgate. Fust and Schöffer 48-line Bible leaf.

    Mainz : 1462

    A single leaf from the 48-line Bible printed at Mainz by Johann Fust and Peter Schöffer in 1462, the fourth printed Bible but the first to include information about the place of printing, the printer, and the date of publication, preceded only by the 42-line Gutenberg Bible, the 36-line Pfister Bible (Bamberg) and the 49-line Mentelin Bible (Strassburg).

    The... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 144814

  2. A Simple Transliteral Grammar of the Turkish Language.
    ARNOLD, Edwin. A Simple Transliteral Grammar of the Turkish Language.

    London : 1877

    First edition of this uncommon little grammar, compiled by the poet and journalist Sir Edwin Arnold (1832-1904), best known for The Light of Asia (1879), his tremendously popular versified account of the life and teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism. Arnold was a passionate Turkophile and while in India studied Turkish and Persian.... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 141928

  3. Strapless
    DAVIS, Deborah. Strapless

    New York : 2003

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the half title to fellow author Dominick Dunne, whose blurb appears on the front of the jacket: "July 2003 Mr Dunne, I am thrilled to have your name on Strapless. A million thanks for the great pleasure your books have given me and for your boundless generosity to a new writer. Sincerely, Deborah".... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 142186

  4. Muslim Home.
    JAHAN, Sultan H. H., Nawab Begum of Bhopal Muslim Home.

    Calcutta : 1916

    First edition, first impression. The work, intended as the first in a series, was written "in the style of an advice manual to a newly married couple" and "was deemed so important that it was translated into English under the title Muslim Home" (Lambert-Hurley). The translation aimed to counter imperialist concepts of the supposed subjection of women... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 134317

  5. Grannan's Pocket Gallery of Noted Criminals of the Present Day,
    GRANNAN, Joseph C. Grannan's Pocket Gallery of Noted Criminals of the Present Day,

    Cincinnati, OH : 1892;

    Rare fourth edition of this terrific and highly evocative mug shot book, an online search of institutional libraries showing one copy only, at Public Library of Cincinnati, all early iterations being very scarce. This copy is paired with an attractive exemplar of the handsome official badge issued to detectives and stamped on verso "This Badge is Not... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 120206

  6. 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

  7. Oratio Dominica.
    POLYGLOT LORD'S PRAYER. Oratio Dominica.

    London : 1700

    A remarkable publication, presenting the Lord's Prayer in over a hundred languages and dialects, a major exercise in comparative philology, and likewise offering a significant array of type specimens from multiple European and non-European languages. Wing attributes the work to the learned printer Benjamin Motte the elder.

    Alongside the major... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 144536

  8. Covenant.
    LEAGUE OF NATIONS. Covenant.

    ?Paris : 1919

    First and only printing of this original draft, docketed on the front wrapper by Louis L. Strauss, Herbert Hoover's assistant in Paris: "One of the first 100 copies of the original draft. Read by Woodrow Wilson at Paris, Feb. 1919". Library Hub locates just six copies of this draft: Peace Palace Library, Huntington, Princeton, Harvard Law School, Wellesley,... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 132162

  9. On Ancient Central-Asian tracks.
    STEIN, Sir (Marc) Aurel. On Ancient Central-Asian tracks.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression, described by Yakushi as a "comprehensive summary of the results of the author's first three Central Asian expeditions and of his researches carried out during the years 1900-16". These archaeological expeditions allowed Stein's "great achievement... to establish the existence of a hitherto lost civilization along the... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 144575

  10. Testament of Youth.
    BRITTAIN, Vera. Testament of Youth.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression, of this powerful feminist classic; notably rare in the dust jacket, especially so in such nice unrestored condition this is the first we have handled. Lengel notes that this was "one of the most important pieces of literature to emerge from the war".

    Brittain's memoir was an instant best-seller. Published on... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 121385

  11. Historical Remarks on the Taxation of Free states, in a Series of Letters to a Friend.
    MEREDITH, William. Historical Remarks on the Taxation of Free states, in a Series of Letters to a Friend.

    London : 1778

    First edition, revised second printing, of this rejection, during the American Revolutionary War, of the British taxation of the American colonies, based on the precedent of antiquity.

    Two printings are distinguished, this second printing from substantially the same setting of type as the first, but with some textual revisions and with an additional... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 143959

  12. The Life of The Marquis of Dalhousie.
    LEE-WARNER, Sir William. The Life of The Marquis of Dalhousie.

    London : 1904

    First edition, first impression, of the first biography of Dalhousie to be based on access to the "whole mass of his correspondence". Lee-Warner was a "competition wallah", passing the open competition for the Indian civil service in 1867, arriving in Bombay in 1869 to take up an appointment as assistant collector and magistrate of Poona. Over the next... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 140512

  13. An Historical and Political Discourse of the Laws and Government of England,
    NELSON, Thomas - BACON, Nathaniel, & John Selden. An Historical and Political Discourse of the Laws and Government of England,

    London : 1760

    The copy of the American Founding Father and signatory of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Nelson Junior (1738-1789), with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper; Nelson later struck through the signature (still wholly legible) and added a presentation note to his son William Nelson (1763-1803), thus reading "Tho.s Nelson jr. To Wm... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 139669

  14. 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

  15. History of the Later Roman Commonwealth,
    ARNOLD, Thomas. History of the Later Roman Commonwealth,

    London : 1845

    First edition in book form of a series of articles on Roman history by the British headmaster and historian Thomas Arnold (1795-1842). Originally written between 1823 and 1827, the pieces first appeared in the Encyclopaedia Metropolitana. "The intellectual basis for Arnold's writings was his composite theory of universal history, derived essentially... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 141150

  16. The Topography of Rome and Its Vicinity.
    GELL, William. The Topography of Rome and Its Vicinity.

    London : 1846

    Revised and enlarged edition of this work originally published in 1834. William Gell (1777-1836) "represented the culmination of the literary topographical tradition. Written when Greece and even Italy were comparatively little known to English travellers and classical students, his works were for some time regarded as standard treatises, and much of... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141159

  17. Surdus in Search of his Hearing:
    CRIPPEN, Hawley Harvey - YELLON, Evan. Surdus in Search of his Hearing:

    London : 1906

    First edition of this extremely uncommon account of an encounter with Dr Crippen in his guise as a homoeopathic ear doctor. Evan Yellon, resident in 1906 at Eton Wick and in 1910 in St Albans, had made it his business to expose quacks who tried to con money from people with deafness or hearing problems with the lure of "cures". Yellon was himself deaf,... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 135206

  18. Magnificent Qajar Qur'an in a dated Zand lacquer binding
    QUR'AN. Magnificent Qajar Qur'an in a dated Zand lacquer binding

    [Zand and Qajar Iran,]

    This Qur'an is an exquisite example of Qajar calligraphy, copied in the bold Iranian naskh most often associated with the Safavid calligrapher Ahmad al-Nayrizi. The manuscript's illumination is extensive, elaborate, and vibrant, alive with colours and gold, rich in the exuberant luxury of Qajar decorative art. Particularly noticeable is the sheer diversity... Learn More
    £27,500.00

    Stock Code: 142205

  19. Dialogus Ofte t'Samenspreeckinge tusschen Jan Andersorgh ende Govert Eygen-sin,
    DUTCH WAR OF INDEPENDENCE. Dialogus Ofte t'Samenspreeckinge tusschen Jan Andersorgh ende Govert Eygen-sin,

    [Amsterdam?] : 1630

    First edition of this West Frisian rhymed dialogue against the ongoing peace negotiations between the United Provinces and Spain to conclude the Dutch War of Independence (1568-1648). The United Provinces had gained significant ground in the preceding few years, with the Dutch West India Company occupying Bahia, the capital of Brazil in 1624, and that... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 139110

  20. Notes on the Grammar of the Rámáyan of Tulsí Dás.
    GREAVES, Edwin. Notes on the Grammar of the Rámáyan of Tulsí Dás.

    Benares : 1895

    First edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed at the head of the title page, "Mrs. Partridge, with best wishes, fr. the author"; this highly uncommon work concerns the Ramcharitmanas ("Sacred Lake of the Acts of Rama") by the Indian poet Tulsidas (1543?-1623), which "remains the most popular version of the story of the Hindu deity Rama"... Learn More
    £550.00

    Stock Code: 141124

  21. The far Eastern Republic of Siberia.
    NORTON, Henry Kittredge. The far Eastern Republic of Siberia.

    London : 1923

    First edition, first impression of this "careful and thorough study of the history, government and problems of one of the most interesting of the new states, which has subsequently lost its independent existence by merger with Russia" (The American Political Science Review), of which 18 editions in English were published between 1923 and 1981.

    "Although... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 132942

  22. The History of the Grecian War: in eight books.
    HOBBES, Thomas (trans.); THUCYDIDES. The History of the Grecian War: in eight books.

    London : 1676

    Second edition of Hobbes's translation, the first made into English directly from the Greek, originally published in 1629. Though Hobbes was then in his early 40s, it was his first printed work. It was reissued twice, in 1634 and 1648, and Hobbes prepared this second edition towards the end of his life. "Forty years later, in Vita Carmine Expressa,... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 128690

  23. The Language of Flowers.
    ILDREWE, Miss (ed.) The Language of Flowers.

    Boston : 1865

    First edition of this significant American botanical compendium, complete with the 12 colour plates and in the bright, decorative original cloth. Miss Ildrewe champions the significance of her native flora, an effort which was applauded by contemporary reviewers: "this pretty gift-book is the first really American contribution to the language of flowers"... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 143182

  24. The Life and Epistles of St. Paul.
    DULEEP SINGH - CONYBEARE, W. J., & J. S. Howson. The Life and Epistles of St. Paul.

    London : 1855

    Inscribed on the first blank of volume I; "To the Revd. G. J. Colinson sic with the best wishes of Duleep Singh, Roehampton June 18 1856". This suitably soberly bound set of an early edition of a handsomely illustrated popular biographical study of the Apostle, perhaps the greatest Christian conversion narrative, may seem an apposite choice for this... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 142745

  25. For the Record.
    CAMERON, David. For the Record.

    London : 2019

    Signed limited edition, one of 500 unnumbered copies signed by David Cameron on the edition page. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 135965

  26. [The Second World War, in Dutch:] Memoires over de tweede wereldoorlog.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. [The Second World War, in Dutch:] Memoires over de tweede wereldoorlog.

    Amsterdam/Brussels : 1948-54

    First Dutch trade edition, inscribed by the author, volume 1 "Inscribed for Emery Reves by Winston S. Churchill, 1948", volumes 2 and 3 signed and dated 1949, volume 5 signed "WSChurchill", the others unsigned; from the library of Emery Reves, Churchill's literary agent.



    Reves had been instrumental in promoting Churchill's pre-war international... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 34995

  27. Le Palais-Royal
    PALAIS-ROYAL. Le Palais-Royal

    Paris : 1815

    First edition of this guidebook for the newcomer to the vices of the Palais Royale, a hotbed of gambling and prostitution in Revolutionary and Napoleonic France.

    The book reveals the argot of the Palais and the tricks of the fraudsters and crooks which infest it, and profiles the gambling dens alongside the cafes and tobacconists. The majority... Learn More
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 143571

  28. The Four Gospels of Lord Jesus Christ according to the Authorized Version of King James I.
    GILL, Eric. The Four Gospels of Lord Jesus Christ according to the Authorized Version of King James I.

    Waltham St Lawrence : 1931

    Limited edition, number 412 of 500 copies on paper (12 copies were also issued on vellum), of one of the great private press books of the century, and perhaps Gill's greatest achievement.

    "Conceived in the fruitful mind of Robert Gibbings, this is the Golden Cockerel book usually compared with the Doves Bible and the Kelmscott Chaucer. A flower... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 138545

  29. Wisconsin Death Trip.
    LESY, Michael. Wisconsin Death Trip.

    New York : [1973]

    First edition, second printing, of this "extraordinary picture of a small town under the Great Depression" (blurb), through photographs taken between 1890 and 1910 by "a careful, competent town photographer named Charles Van Schaick" whose negatives were found after his death.

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    £400.00

    Stock Code: 143081

  30. [Account sheet, with manuscript docket title:] Account of contingent expences incurred by the Superintendent of His Majesty's affairs in Honduras,
    DESPARD, Edward. [Account sheet, with manuscript docket title:] Account of contingent expences incurred by the Superintendent of His Majesty's affairs in Honduras,

    (1789)

    Account sheet for six months' expenses in Honduras by Edward Marcus Despard (1751-1803), Superintendent of Honduras, later executed for treason, despite the appeals of Nelson, with whom he had worked closely during the San Juan Expedition. On Honduras Despard sought to give the same rights to freed slaves as to white settlers, claiming that British... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 135127

  31. The Duty of a Steward to his Lord.
    LAURENCE, Edward. The Duty of a Steward to his Lord.

    London : 1727

    First edition. A major work on rural estate management by the Northamptonshire land surveyor Edward Laurence (1634-1739), renowned in his day for his knowledge of agriculture and for the manuscript maps he produced for landowners. The present work proposes modernisation, including cultivating new crops and enclosing small farms into larger farms. Laurence... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 124698

  32. The Four Gospels of Lord Jesus Christ according to the Authorized Version of King James I.
    GILL, Eric. The Four Gospels of Lord Jesus Christ according to the Authorized Version of King James I.

    Waltham St Lawrence : 1931

    Limited edition, number 454 of 500 copies on paper; 12 copies were also issued on vellum. "Conceived in the fruitful mind of Robert Gibbings, this is the Golden Cockerel book usually compared with the Doves Bible and the Kelmscott Chaucer. A flower among the best products of English romantic genius, it is also surely, thanks to its illustrator, Eric... Learn More
    £13,500.00

    Stock Code: 133103

  33. Females of the Present Day,
    A COUNTRY LADY. Females of the Present Day,

    London : 1831

    First edition, inscribed in a secretarial hand on the front free endpaper, "From the Author" (most likely executed by the publisher at the author's express request); and below this in a contemporary hand: "Mrs Grover".

    The distinguished historian Linda Colley notes that, "This insistence that women must stay within the private sphere, while... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 124523

  34. The First Collected Works. Centenary Limited Edition.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The First Collected Works. Centenary Limited Edition.

    London : 1973-76

    First complete collected edition of Churchill's writings, published to mark the centenary of his birth, a splendid and imposing set of the works of the great wartime leader and statesman, whose extensive writings in the varied fields of history, biography, fiction, and essays were rewarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953.

    The Centenary... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 129564

  35. The "Fan Kwae" At Canton.
    HUNTER, William C. The "Fan Kwae" At Canton.

    London : 1882

    First edition of this lively, detailed autobiographical account recounting the social and business life of the "fan kwae", Foreign Devils, at Canton in the last days in the Old China Trade. The American author was an experienced agent with extensive experience in the region. Several times reprinted, this first is decidedly uncommon in commerce, just... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 142416

  36. Le détail de la France, sous le règne de Louis XIV.
    BOISGUILBERT, Pierre le Pesant. Le détail de la France, sous le règne de Louis XIV.

    No place : 1697

    An early edition of the author's first important economic text, a damning critique of the economic condition of France as a result of the policies adopted by Colbert and his successors, first published anonymously and without royal permission in Rouen in 1695.

    Boisguilbert (1646-1714) "is largely remembered as a precursor of the Physiocrats... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 136946

  37. A Display of Heraldrie:
    GUILLIM, John. A Display of Heraldrie:

    London : 1611

    First edition, second impression (with the 1611 title page and 1610 colophon), of John Guillim's (1550-1621) work on heraldry, which "was to remain the standard textbook on English heraldry until the second half of the eighteenth century, and it is still regularly used by working heralds in the twenty-first century" (ODNB). Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 141516

  38. Group of ephemera relating to the shows of the 19th-century magician and spiritualist.
    DREITZEHN, Zell, as "De la Mano". Group of ephemera relating to the shows of the 19th-century magician and spiritualist.

    New York : [c.1878]

    A highly appealing group of rare ephemera relating to the 19th-century Austrian-born magician and spiritualist Zell Dreitzehn, who as De La Mano, "The Great French Magician", made three tours of the east coast of the United States in 1876, 1878 and 1881. Included here is a copy of his book on conjuring tricks and six theatrical posters and handbills.

    As... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 113225

  39. Burma Under British Rule - And Before.
    NISBET, John. Burma Under British Rule - And Before.

    London : 1901

    First edition, first impression, of this detailed history of Burma, which notably discusses the history of the country before British colonisation in 1824. The work "stands as an exemplar" of histories written from personal experience, Nisbet "taking trouble to separate himself from official discourses whilst providing a comprehensive work based on... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 134442

  40. Woman Suffrage, Arguments and Results.
    BJORKMAN, Frances, & Annie G. Porritt (eds.) Woman Suffrage, Arguments and Results.

    New York : [1912]

    First edition of this collection of eight essays on American suffrage, including those by Jane Addams, Alice Stone Blackwell and Jessie Lynch Williams. This edition of eight essays is uncommon, with nine copies traced institutionally, all held in the US. This bright copy is in the rarely found jacket.

    This copy has the errata slip noting that... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 137608

  41. English Historical Memoirs.
    JESSE, John Heneage. English Historical Memoirs.

    London : 1901

    A good collected edition of the popular historical writings of John Heneage Jesse (c.1809-1874). The first of these, Memoirs of the Court of England during the Reigns of the Stuarts (4 vols.), was first published in 1840. Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 15482

  42. La rhétorique d'un homme d'esprit, à l'usage de tout le monde.
    GALLIEN DE SALMORENC, Timoléon Alphonse. La rhétorique d'un homme d'esprit, à l'usage de tout le monde.

    Leiden : 1772

    First edition of Gallien de Salmorenc's treatise on rhetoric, with a curious Leiden imprint, published by "Jacques Murray".

    Born around 1740 in Salmorenc, near Grenoble, possibly the bastard son of Richelieu, who was reputedly responsible for his education, Gallien was employed in 1766 by Voltaire as a copyist. Neglecting his duties and spending... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 133667

  43. Hearings Before the Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities
    WATERGATE. Hearings Before the Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities

    Washington, DC : 1973

    Part of the transcript of the Senate Watergate hearings, specially bound for Stanley H. Katz (1923-1993), who is mentioned on Richard Nixon's extensive "enemies list" on page 1731; Katz's name is circled in red crayon on the relevant page, presumably in his own hand, and his inclusion in the list is noted on the front cover. Nixon's main "enemies list"... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 132271

  44. Ilios. Stadt und Land der Trojaner. Forschungen und Entdeckungen in der Troas und Besonderes auf der Baustelle von Troja.
    SCHLIEMANN, Heinrich. Ilios. Stadt und Land der Trojaner. Forschungen und Entdeckungen in der Troas und Besonderes auf der Baustelle von Troja.

    Leipzig : 1881.

    First edition in German, preceded by the English edition a year earlier. Schliemann's account of his excavations at Hissarlik/Troy. A shameless self-publicist, motivated more perhaps by his desire for glory than his love of historical truth, Schliemann has been criticised for the brutality of his methods, however Carl Blegen, director of the excavations... Learn More
    £1,150.00

    Stock Code: 122940

  45. Naval Sketches of the War in California.
    ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Naval Sketches of the War in California.

    New York : 1939

    First edition, first printing, one of 1,000 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by Roosevelt on title page, "Franklin D. Roosevelt, for Robert M. Morgenthau". Morgenthau (b.1919) is the son of Roosevelt's friend and Secretary of the Treasury during Roosevelt's presidency, Henry Morgenthau, Jr (1891-1967).

    At the time of presentation Robert... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 119149

  46. Mysteries of Police and Crime.
    JACK THE RIPPER. - GRIFFITHS, Arthur, Major. Mysteries of Police and Crime.

    London : 1898

    First edition, this set with a superb Jack the Ripper association. Inscribed by the author, a well-regarded prison governor and penologist, to his friend the Assistant Chief Commissioner of the Met during the "Autumn of Terror"; "Robt. Anderson, with the kindest regards of his old friend the author, Arthur Griffiths, Xmas, 1898". The work contains the... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 139890

  47. An Enquiry into the Principles of Civil and Military Subordination.
    MACDIARMID, John, of Weem. An Enquiry into the Principles of Civil and Military Subordination.

    London : 1806

    Rare first and only edition of this investigation into "natural" and "artificial" subordination, and in particular into the specifically military institutions of the latter and their possible improvement. From the library of the marquess of Londonderry, an attractive copy with an excellent military provenance.

    Macdiarmid's (17791808) father... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 139663

  48. Let Our Children Grow Tall.
    THATCHER, Margaret. Let Our Children Grow Tall.

    London : 1977

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy from the author to the book's designer Reginald Cline, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Reginald Cline, with every good wish. Margaret Thatcher". Cline is credited as the book's designer on the copyright page. Let Our Children Grow Tall was Thatcher's first book, gathering her more notable speeches... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 139705

  49. The Book of Common Prayer,
    CHIVERS BINDING - BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. The Book of Common Prayer,

    Oxford : [c.1900]

    A lovely example of Chivers's binding style utilising both their elegantly gilt-tooled morocco and hand-painted "vellucent" styles, including choice use of mother of pearl for the crucifix. This handsome copy of the Book of Common Prayer was evidently bound for presentation, with an ink gift inscription from an "Isabel" from her uncle on the binder's... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 139472

  50. Plutarch's Lives.
    PLUTARCH - CLOUGH, A. H. (ed.) Plutarch's Lives.

    London : 1893

    An attractive library set of Plutarch's biographical works recounting the lives of notable Greek and Roman figures including Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. Clough had started on his revision of Dryden's translation of Plutarch in America, whence he had sailed in October 1852 with W. M. Thackeray, spending nine months in a vain search for a permanent... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 139091

  51. Marlborough.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. Marlborough.

    London : 1933-38

    First editions, first impressions, in a handsome binding. "Marlborough: his Life and Times took its place at once among the classics of historical writing. As the story of his ancestor's leadership of a grand alliance to prevent the domination of the continent by a single power, it was also a source of inspiration to Churchill in his campaign against... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 139225

  52. The Vision of Hades,
    POETRY. The Vision of Hades,

    London : 1825

    First complete edition, publishing the Vision of Noös for the first time, paired with the Vision of Hades, first published in 1820 and here in its second appearance. This copy has various pencilled emendations in the Vision of Noös, all stylistic rather than correcting errata, and consequently almost certainly in the hand of the anonymous author,... Learn More
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 138867

  53. African Game Trails.
    ROOSEVELT, Theodore. African Game Trails.

    New York and London : 1910

    A family copy, specially bound for presentation to Elliott Roosevelt by the American artist Pilides Tino Costa, with Costa's presentation inscription on the front free endpaper dated 24 December 1938 and with Elliott's name emblazoned in gilt on the front cover. Elliott Roosevelt was the son of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and consequently grandnephew... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 132029

  54. Log of the Cruise of President Franklin D. Roosevelt aboard the Schooner Yacht Sewanna to Maine, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, 14 July 1936 - 28 July 1936.
    ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Log of the Cruise of President Franklin D. Roosevelt aboard the Schooner Yacht Sewanna to Maine, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, 14 July 1936 - 28 July 1936.

    [Washington : 1937]

    First and only edition. A superb association copy, inscribed by President Roosevelt to his son John A. Roosevelt: "For John A. Roosevelt from his affectionate father Franklin D. Roosevelt".

    John accompanied his father during the presidential trip aboard the schooner, where they fished for tuna and cod. The sojourn was a brief break following... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 129128

  55. Low Company.
    BENNEY, Mark, pseud. of Henry Ernest Degras. Low Company.

    London : 1936

    First edition of this fascinating memoir of a British burglar turned University of Chicago sociologist. Coming from London's underclass Benney chronicles his desperate childhood and his experiences in the Soho underworld between the wars, as he built his reputation as "The man who committed a hundred burglaries". Scarce in jacket.

    Degras (1910-1973)... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 142121

  56. The Workwoman's Guide,
    WILSON, Maria. The Workwoman's Guide,

    London & Birmingham : 1838

    First edition of one of the most important needlework manuals of the nineteenth century. Early editions are uncommon, with just four copies of the first on Library Hub, together with four of the second edition of 1840; only two copies traced at auction. An excellent copy of this elusive and highly desirable guidebook, offered here in publisher's attractive... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 108261

  57. The Grand Captain.
    DE GAURY, Gerald. The Grand Captain.

    London : 1955

    First edition, first impression, of the first full-length biography of the medieval Spanish general Gonzalo de Cordoba. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Elizabeth Kinnear With very many thanks for her patient help Gerald de Gaury 19.7.55. London". Inscribed copies are particularly scarce, for de Gaury moved... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 141817

  58. Adam's Rib and other anomalous elements in the Hebrew Creation Myth.
    GRAVES, Robert. Adam's Rib and other anomalous elements in the Hebrew Creation Myth.

    [Boissia, Clairvaux, Jura, France] : 1955

    First edition, first impression. One of 1,750 standard copies out of a total edition of 2,026. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 141042

  59. The Audacity of Hope.
    OBAMA, Barack. The Audacity of Hope.

    New York : 2006

    First edition, first printing, boldly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Jason - Barack Obama vote me in '08 instead of Nader!". The recipient was a student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, who had the book signed while Obama was running for president - Obama's inscription refers to the independent candidate Ralph Nader,... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 134687

  60. Funeral notice for William Townsend Jones.
    INDIA - LINDEMAN & CO. Funeral notice for William Townsend Jones.

    Calcutta : 1807

    Haunting piece of Company-rule ephemera announcing the funeral of William Townsend Jones (c.1757-1807), attorney on the council of the Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort William, the highest court of British India from its foundation in 1774 until 1862. Jones's name is now usually connected with his indictment in December 1789 for flogging to death... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 122432

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