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English literature pre-1900

Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to poetry, novels, short stories, plays, and other original works written in the English language and published before 1900, including literature in English from Scotland, Wales, and the whole of Ireland, as well as literature in English from countries of the former British Empire, including the United States.

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  1. 129756comp
    First edition, inscribed by Maria Edgeworth, who contributed a story, on page i, "With Miss Edgeworth's Compliments". The Christmas Box is a collection of short stories to which Edgeworth contributed "Garry Owen; or The Snow-Woman" (p. 33). This copy bears an ownership inscription on the front pastedown, "Geraldine Fortescue... Learn More
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  2. 125261
    First edition of Charlotte Brontë's third novel, and the last to be published in her lifetime. Learn More
    £4,500

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  3. 130969
    First Leighton edition, trade issue, with the US edition issued by Random House the same year. Clare Leighton's (1898-1989) woodcuts inspired the set design of the 1939 film adaptation of the novel, starring Laurence Olivier. "Convinced that wood-engraving was an art for the masses rather than for an élite, Clare Leighton... Learn More
    £1,250

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  4. 107896comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front endpaper, "For Dearest Cousin Emma, with the Author's fond love, Christmas 1877"; in one of two primary bindings (Carter B). Together with two autograph letters signed from the author to Emma Curtis ("Dearest Cousin Emma"). The first is dated 26 December,... Learn More
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  5. 70455
    First edition of both series of tales, which feature stories in which a woman's life is the predominant theme. Maria Edgeworth was the leading Irish intellectual woman and the most commercially successful novelist of her age, vying with Jane Austen in terms of contemporary critical esteem. From the noted library of Frances... Learn More
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  6. 35157
    First edition of one of Mrs Smith's less common and less well-known novels, published at the height of her popularity, and full of the gothic and picaresque incident that was the hallmark of her success, "much movement," as W. L. Renwick in OHEL puts it, "and few illusions about human nature." Scott said of her novels that... Learn More
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  7. 130740detail
    First edition thus, bringing together Buxton Forman's 1876-7 edition of Shelley's Poetical works and his 1880 edition of Shelley's Prose works. Buxton Forman, the notorious bibliographical forger, nevertheless "produced impressive editions of Shelley and Keats... by channelling a general enthusiasm into a minute study of... Learn More
    £1,875

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  8. 130700
    First edition, first issue, with red and blue title page dated 1843, "Stave I" as the first chapter heading. A Christmas Carol was an instant success, reportedly selling all 6,000 copies of the first edition on the first day of publication, and Dickens went on to write four more small festive books. Of the five Christmas... Learn More
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  9. 130421
    First and only edition of this rare facsimile, complete with the rare original slipcase, privately printed for Eldridge Reeves Johnson (1867-1945), who bought the original manuscript from Dr Rosenbach in 1928. Johnson had made his fortune as co-founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company. The exact edition size is not... Learn More
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  10. 130318
    First editions of the first two great collections of Holmes stories, rare in such lovely condition. The first collection, Adventures, is the first issue with the misprint "Miss Violent Hunter" on page 317, and the blank street sign in the vignette to the front cover. The textual error continued through three further printings,... Learn More
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  11. 127485
    Second edition, published in the same year as the rare first edition. The work contains "Nunc lento sonitu dicunt Morieris", with Donne's famous lines (often misremembered as being in verse): "No man is an Iland, intire of it self; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the... Learn More
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  12. 130773
    A handsomely bound facsimile copy of the first edition of Dickens's first and most enduring Christmas gift book. A Christmas Carol was first published in 1843, and was such a success that Dickens went on to write four more small festive books. Of the five Christmas books, however, it is A Christmas Carol... Learn More
    £450

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  13. 121514
    First Sett edition, one of 250 copies printed, of this scarce privately printed Rubaiyat illustrated by Parsee artist Mera Ben Kavas Sett. In his lengthy foreword Sett stakes his claim that his Rubaiyat "is original in being the interpretation of a Persian (Parsee)", and also notes that "Some of the English publishers found... Learn More
    £750

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    First edition, first issue, with Boz title pages and the "Fireside" plate. Bentley rushed Oliver Twist out in book form before serialization was complete, forcing Cruikshank to hurry the last few plates. Dickens disliked the final "Fireside" plate and asked Cruikshank for a new design, the "Church" plate. He also decided... Learn More
    £9,500

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  15. 130971
    First edition of The Memoirs, second edition of The Adventures (first published the previous year). These are the first two great collections of Sherlock Holmes stories,which were first published in the Strand Magazine. The Memoirs includes the story "The Final Problem", where Conan Doyle killed off Holmes; public outrage... Learn More
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  16. 130880
    Mandeville, Godwin's fourth novel, is a gothic work set in the time of the English Civil War. Often considered Godwin's darkest novel Mandeville was written surrounding the time of his daughter Mary's official marriage to Percy..."> First edition of "one of Godwin's most extraordinary works" (Locke, p. 278). Mandeville, Godwin's fourth novel, is a gothic work set in the time of the English Civil War. Often considered Godwin's darkest novel Mandeville was written surrounding the time of his daughter Mary's official marriage to Percy... Learn More
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  17. 124005
    First editions of this uncommon work. Mary Delany was a close friend of the duchess of Portland, with whom she shared many intellectual interests, spending most of her summers "at Bulstrode in Buckinghamshire, the favourite country house of the duchess... There the friends improved the gardens, collected shells and botanical... Learn More
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  18. 130857detail
    New edition. A handsome library set of Disraeli's fiction, containing all the major works. Disraeli's novels had a clear political intent, aiming to shift Victorian public opinion and consequently the nation's politics. Learn More
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  19. 128454
    First Edinburgh edition, the second overall. Preceded only by the highly rare Kilmarnock edition of 1786, this second edition was published in an edition of approximately 3,250 copies on 17 April 1787. Two printers were used, resulting in variations in some sheets of the edition. This copy has the first state points: the... Learn More
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  20. 130836
    First edition thus, first impression. Pogány's illustrations were first published in 1909. A highly attractive book from what has been termed Pogány's "golden age" (Menges, unpaginated). Learn More
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  21. 130343
    First edition, large paper copy, number 16 of an unstated limitation, of Lang's comedic fairy tale. Learn More
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  22. 130289comp
    Fourth edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Joseph Hoare Esq from the author Nov. 1857 a slight acknowledgement for great kindness", very slightly cropped by the binder. The most famous of all novels set in the English public school system, the book's great success among the Victorians... Learn More
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  23. 130208
    The Centenary Edition, a lavish production published to coincide with the centenary of Charles L. Dodgson's birth, using the illustrations of Hudson, which were first published in 1922. The British artist and illustrator Gwynedd Hudson (1909-1935) favoured a dark, sombre approach to her illustrations, without the bright... Learn More
    £375

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  24. 130161comp
    Signed limited edition, number 149 of 350 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
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  25. 130033
    First US Dulac-illustrated edition, first printing, first published in the UK the same year. Hughey describes Dulac's watercolour illustrations for Treasure Island as his "most careful and superb painting", and Dulac himself considered them his best work. Learn More
    £750

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  26. 130032
    First Dulac trade edition, first impression. Hughey describes Dulac's watercolour illustrations for Treasure Island as his "most careful and superb painting", and Dulac himself considered them his best work. Learn More
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  27. 130014
    First edition of this collection of Henty's dispatches from the British Expedition to Abyssinia, and his second book overall. Learn More
    £1,875

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  28. 128065comp
    First edition in book form of the novel that made Hardy's reputation, one of 1,000 copies printed, signed by the author on the title page verso of the first volume. Signed copies are scarce; as Hardy's bibliographer Purdy notes there is just one presentation copy of the first edition known to exist, that inscribed to Canon... Learn More
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  29. 130724
    First Sangorski & Sutcliffe edition, from a deluxe issue of 550 copies, this copy out of series and in a fine contemporary customer binding. Sangorski & Sutcliffe's rendering of FitzGerald and Khayyám's masterpiece unquestionably ranks among the finest editions of the poem, strikingly bound, attractively printed and elaborately... Learn More
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  30. 130816
    First Thomson-illustrated edition, large paper issue, one of 250 copies released in England; a further 25 copies were released in the US. Thomson's "light touch and feeling for period manners provide a charming and accessible gloss to the author's work" (ODNB). Learn More
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  31. 130775
    First edition thus, first impression. The Dickensian reviewed Cecil's edition upon publication, noting that "Aldin has very wisely chosen to illustrate the book throughout, and although it makes two large volumes, no one will regret that, considering the wealth of pictures it contains" (p. 322). Cecil Aldin was "identified... Learn More
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  32. 130714
    Deluxe edition, limited to 350 unnumbered copies only. Rubáiyáts with Brangwyn's illustrations were published from 1906 onwards; this edition, the most comprehensive and elaborate, includes seven illustrations by the artist hitherto unpublished. Learn More
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  33. 130723
    A striking example of publisher's morocco, incorporating a Moorish-influenced design. The book is attractively printed, and reproduces Pogány's illustrations, which were first published in 1909. Learn More
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  34. 130720
    A most attractively bound copy showing strong arts and crafts influence, decorated with trailing lanceolate leaves and nine-petalled flowers. Learn More
    £750

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  35. 130715
    Second edition, substantially expanded and revised from the first of 1859. Five hundred copies of the second edition were printed, with Quaritch selling each at a price of 1s. 6d.; when a copy re-appeared in their catalogue in 1929, it had already reached a price of 52 10s. (Potter, p. 12). FitzGerald substantially revised... Learn More
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  36. 130711
    First Grolier Club edition, number 25 of 150 copies on japon (there were also two copies on vellum). From the library of the distinguished bibliophile, and Grolier Club member, A. Edward Newton (1864-1940), with his bookplate to chemise and pastedown. Potter stated in 1926 that the book was "now difficult to secure, even... Learn More
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  37. 130608
    First edition. "Winstanley's 1687 Lives of the Most Famous English Poets, dedicated to Francis Bradbury, discusses 168 English poets, beginning with Roger of Gloucester in the middle ages and ending with Winstanley's own contemporaries. It is principally recalled for its claim regarding John Milton, that 'his fame has gone... Learn More
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  38. 130023
    First complete Rackham trade edition. Rackham's illustrations for the Grimms' Fairy Tales were first published in 1900; the present edition is revised and expanded to incorporate new illustrations, with other illustrations redrawn and coloured. The present edition is consequently the preferred edition. The trade edition... Learn More
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  39. 130719comp
    Signed limited edition, number 157 of 1,000 copies of the US issue signed by the artist. A further 1,000 signed copies were issued simultaneously in the UK. In a letter to Thomas Bodkin Clarke reported that his publisher regarded the illustrations in this work to be "full of stench and steaming horrors" (Bowe, p. 79). Learn More
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  40. 130670
    First Tice edition, limited issue, number 351 of 650 copies of which 600 were released for sale. The work was privately printed, most likely for the Pierre Louÿs Society, who published a number of Louÿs works with Tice's illustrations in 1926 and 1927. Aphrodite was Louÿs's first novel, and was originally published in... Learn More
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  41. 130368
    First edition of volumes II and III of Lane's translation (issued in 1840 and 1841 respectively), second issue of volume I (first published in 1839). Lane's edition, one of the earliest in English, "reigned as the leading English translation of the Nights for decades, and its copious notes are stimulating micro-essays of... Learn More
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  42. 130081
    The Bombay Edition, first issue one of the original 1,050 sets signed by the author on the half-title of Volume I. The Bombay edition was initially published in 25 volumes and limited to 1,050 copies. Kipling continued to write and the edition eventually grew to 31 volumes, with the later 6 volumes unsigned, and limited... Learn More
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  43. 129313
    First Florence Harrison edition, first impression, variant issue with the date to the title page and vignette to the the title page verso. Florence Harrison (1877-1955) was an Australian-born artist known for her rich, art nouveau style. "Florence Harrison brought to this volume some of her most recognisable and oft-reproduced... Learn More
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  44. 127364comp
    Signed limited edition, number 983 of 1,000 copies signed by the artist and released for sale in Great Britain and Ireland. Learn More
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  45. 130013
    First edition of this collection of Henty's dispatches from the Second Anglo-Asante War, his sixth book overall. Learn More
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  46. 130658
    First edition thus, crediting both Charles and Mary Cowden Clarke as editors. The text used was first issued, solely credited to Mary, in 1860. Mary Cowden Clarke (1809-1898) "felt particular 'pride and gratification'" in having edited the works of Shakespeare "as it made her 'the first (and as yet, only) woman editor of... Learn More
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  47. 120627
    First UK book edition. The UK edition was preceded by the US book edition, released the previous month. The work was originally serialized in Pearson's Magazine between 1896 and 1897. Written while the newlywed Kipling was living in Vermont, Captains Courageous is Kipling's only novel set entirely in America. Learn More
    £550

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  48. 130616comp
    Signed limited edition, number 232 of 750 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
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  49. 130615comp
    First Bull edition, signed limited issue, number 17 of 250 deluxe copies signed by the illustrator. FitzGerald's translation of the Rubáiyát was first published in 1859, anonymously and at his own expense. Initially a failure, the translation was rapidly accepted as a classic of English literature, and became a favourite... Learn More
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  50. 130554
    First edition in book form, in the original publisher's deluxe binding. Chapman and Hall issued Pickwick Papers in cloth for 21s., half-morocco for 24s. 6d., and full morocco with gilt edges for 26s. 6d. (Patton, p. 326). Variant deluxe publisher's bindings are known, including states in green morocco. Dickens's bibliographers... Learn More
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  51. 130523
    First edition, second issue with "Stave One" as the first chapter heading and the text uncorrected. A Christmas Carol was an instant success, reportedly selling all 6,000 copies of the first edition on the first day of publication, and Dickens went on to write four more small festive books for each successive Christmas (the... Learn More
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  52. 130518
    First edition. The Haunted Man is the fifth and final Christmas book by Dickens. "As soon as he returned from Broadstairs to London, he started work on the Christmas Book he had for so long been contemplating, a book about lost time. The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain is concerned with the power of memory, with family... Learn More
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  53. 112478
    First edition of Through the Looking-Glass, tenth thousand of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
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    Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens's first novel, transformed..."> First edition, early issue. The plates are in early states, with page locations and without titles or imprints, but the earliest Buss and Seymour plates have been replaced by those of Phiz. The sign on the engraved title states "Weller" rather than "Veller".
    Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens's first novel, transformed... Learn More
    £850

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  55. 79532
    First edition in binding variant A with Thoreau named as the author of Walden on the spine, and cloth type Z, one of several binding styles used on the first edition without precedence. Cape Cod, a collection of ten essays on the scenery and people of the region, was based on three trips that Thoreau made between 1849 and... Learn More
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  56. 130496comp
    First UK edition, deluxe signed limited issue, number 60 of 100 copies signed by the author and printed on japon. A signed limited issue of 500 copies, signed by the printer and publisher and bound in limp vellum, and a trade issue, of an unknown print run, were also released. Kipling's collected verse was first published... Learn More
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  57. 130000
    First edition, the dedication copy, with the bookplate of Charles Dickens. This was the only book of the famous American actress Adah Isaacs Menken (1835-1868), published within days of her early death. Menken was a great admirer of Dickens, first meeting him in 1864 at her London performance of Mazeppa. The meeting proved... Learn More
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  58. 125313
    First US edition of the Annie Fish Rubáiyát, the UK edition was published the same year; copies with the dust jacket are decidedly scarce. Anne Harriet Fish (1890-1914) was one of the wittiest and most trenchant cartoonist-illustrators of the 20s. She studied under John Hassall, at the London School of Art and in Paris.... Learn More
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  59. 130472comp
    First Tice edition, limited issue, number 150 of 250 copies on Pannekoek paper, bound in variously coloured morocco; this copy additionally signed by the artist on the limitation page, though uncalled for. A further 750 trade copies were also issued, bound in quarter cloth, with the plates uncoloured. Signed copies of the... Learn More
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  60. 129460detail
    A selection of nine woodcut proofs, from the library of the artist, each signed by the artist in pencil, done for Eichenberg's edition of Wuthering Heights (New York, 1943). These proofs were printed in a limited, unnumbered, run of 10 or fewer by Eichenberg in 1943. In 1980 at the Hampshire Typothetae Harold McGrath... Learn More
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