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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. 134883comp
    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Mrs Grant Duff from Robert Browning, May 30, '64". The recipient was an acquaintance of Browning's; copies of a few letters from him to her are laid in, dating from around the time of the inscription. Dramatis Personae was Browning's first book... Learn More
    £3,000

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  2. 134563comp
    First Steadman edition, first impression, signed by Steadman in gold ink on the endpapers. The book was originally published in 1883. Learn More
    £250

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  3. 134330comp
    First edition, presentation copy from the author to Joseph Gleeson White, inscribed on the front free endpaper on Valentine's Day: "J. Gleeson White from Charles Sayle 'S. Valentine' 1889", along with Gleeson White's bookplate on the front free endpaper. Erotidia, Sayle's second book of poetry, was limited to 220 copies.... Learn More
    £1,350

    Stock Code: 134330

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  4. 134152comp
    First Rockwell Kent edition, number 475 of 1,250 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 134152

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  5. 132907comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 46 of 100 large paper copies signed by the author. Wilde's last and greatest play opened to huge acclaim on Valentine's Day 1895 but was withdrawn after Wilde's failed libel suit against Lord Queensbury led to his arrest. The subsequent "utter social destruction of Wilde" (ODNB)... Learn More
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    Dracula.

    Westminster: 1897

    First edition, first issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Henry Williams from his old friend Bram Stoker July 1897". With the relevant issue points: printed on thicker paper stock, without the advert for The Shoulder of Shasta which appears in later impressions on the verso of the... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 130449

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  7. 132573comp
    First edition thus, revised and expanded from The Early Italian Poets (1861), presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the title page, "To Moncure D. Conway from his friend DG Rossetti, 1875". A significant association: Conway (1832-1907) was an American reformer, prominent Unitarian minister, and author who left... Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 132573

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  8. 131665
    First separate edition, with the scarce original wrappers bound in, and with two autograph notes signed by the author in volume I, one loosely inserted: "dans l'ombre ou nous marchons / Dieu nous sert a nommer le mot que nous cherchons, Alex. Dumas (In the shadow where we tread / God serves us to name the word we are looking... Learn More
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  9. 132611
    Faerie Queene, first published as the Two Cantos of Mutabilitie in 1607. Thomas James Mathias (1753-1835) was an English..."> First edition, presentation copy with a slip inscribed "Dall'Autore" pasted to the top corner of the title page, of this very scarce Italian translation of the final part of Spenser's Faerie Queene, first published as the Two Cantos of Mutabilitie in 1607. Thomas James Mathias (1753-1835) was an English... Learn More
    £975

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  10. 117956
    Very scarce broadside poem by the "World's Worst Poet", William McGonagall (1825-1902), signed at the head, "Sir. Wm. Topaz. McGonagall. Poet". Gord Bambrick in "The Real McGonagall" acknowledges that "William McGonagall is best known as the world's worst poet. His unique style of versification breaks the laws of rhythm,... Learn More
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  11. 118722comp
    First edition, superb presentation copy to a fellow poet, with an original unpublished manuscript poem laid-in. This set is inscribed by Browning in each volume to Frederick Locker-Lampson (1821-1895), the well-connected Victorian poet and bibliophile who was well-acquainted with the likes of Arnold, Carlyle, Dickens, Eliot,... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 118722

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  12. 132331
    Jane Austen's novels..."> First Clarendon edition, large paper edition, limited to 1,000 sets, of which 950 were for sale, presentation copy (and therefore presumably one of the 50 copies not for sale), inscribed by the editor in the first volume to his youngest son, "Michael Edward Chapman, from his father, the editor".
    Jane Austen's novels... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 132331

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  13. 132087comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the vol. I half-title, "Mrs. Lombard, from her old friend, H. James, Paris. Nov. 3d 1879". The Lombards were from Cambridge, Massachusetts, and friends of the James family. Mrs Lombard (born Harriet H Jones, 1821-1884) often travelled in Europe with her daughters... Learn More
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    The Ambassadors.

    New York & London: 1904

    Mary Jameson Judah (1851-1930) was an accomplished hostess, giving dinners with monumental menus in..."> First US edition, second printing (dated a year after the first), presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "For Mary Jameson Judah in remembrance of March 16th and 17th 1905. Henry James", on the front free endpaper.
    Mary Jameson Judah (1851-1930) was an accomplished hostess, giving dinners with monumental menus in... Learn More
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  15. 122160comp
    Signed limited edition, number 571 of 750 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £3,500

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  16. 131565
    First edition, inscribed by Florence Nightingale on the half-title, "Mrs. Webb Watson, with the kind and grateful regards of Florence Nightingale, Dec. 1865". The work was subsequently re-gifted by Webb, "Presented to L. Martin Edmunds by Mrs. Webb Watson". Nightingale's choice of this work as a gift provides insight into... Learn More
    £4,750

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  17. 130416comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author at the head of the half-title, "Thomas Beard Esquire, From his old friend Charles Dickens, Devonshire Terrace, Nineteenth May 1846". The inscription is dated the day after publication. Thomas Beard (1807-1891) was almost the oldest of Dickens's friends, and their... Learn More
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  18. 120615
    An excellent and very scarce signed letter of one page from Mary Shelley to her step-sister, enclosing a clipped signature of her late husband, "Yours ever faithfullyPercy B. Shelley" (here still pasted down, presumably clipped by Mary from an earlier letter to her). This entrusted treasure is accompanied by Mary's terse... Learn More
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  19. 129149comp
    Signed limited edition, number 42 of 275 copies signed by the artist (a further four lettered copies were printed for private distribution). This edition of King Lear, illustrated by the Austrian expressionist Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980), is particularly striking, and no doubt one of the largest printings of Shakespeare's... Learn More
    £1,750

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  20. 120613
    A very scarce signed letter of one page from Mary Shelley, lacking half of the address to the verso, and the letter beginning without a "To", but conjectured to be to Celia "Cissy" Gore, one of the ten children of Catherine Frances Gore, who visited Mary Shelley on 2 September 1834 as recorded in Godwin's journal. The letter... Learn More
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  21. 130674comp
    First US edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Mrs A. W. Fairbanks, Fair Banks, Cleveland, Ohio. With the love of her good & dutiful adopted son, The Author. Hartford, Dec. 20, 1881". A highly significant association copy; the recipient, Mary Mason Fairbanks (1828-1898), was... Learn More
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    First edition thus. Presentation copy, inscribed in a secretarial hand to the front free endpaper, "Presented, with the sincere respect and esteem of the Author, to Mrs Moberly of Winchester, the very kind and valued friend of his departed sister Mary Lyell. Kinnordy, 23. July 1843". The recipient was Mary Ann Moberly (18121890)... Learn More
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  23. 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
    £750

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  24. 129798
    Autograph letter signed to Harriet Boinville (attributed so by Bennett), sister-in-law to the radical vegan John Frank Newton. In 1813 Percy Shelley had been close friends with the Boinvilles when married to Harriet Westbrook, and he had also been in love with Harriet Boinville's daughter. Mary's letter to Boinville is full... Learn More
    £3,750

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  25. 130161comp
    Signed limited edition, number 149 of 350 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £375

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  26. 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
    £650

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  27. 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
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 130081

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    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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  29. 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
    £1,500

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    First editions, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Miss Jane Ross with the author's Best Wishes". Mather was predominantly a portraitist, and had published The Elements of Drawing in 1830. The present two literary celebrations of his queen are suitably sycophantic, and are now rare pieces of Victoriana,... Learn More
    £475

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    First US edition, signed limited issue, number 534 of 750 copies signed by the artist. Rackham's Gulliver's Travels was originally published solely in the UK in 1900. This is a revised and expanded edition, with additional illustrations and others redrawn and coloured. Learn More
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    First, and only, edition of 150 copies, this number 7 of 25 "on handmade paper with the ornaments printed in red". This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper; "To Marie Corbett con amore Pickford Waller", together with a large floral decoration in the style of those to the text. Selection of works by his seventeenth-century... Learn More
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    Presentation copy from the dedicatee Sir Walter Scott to Thomas Moore, inscribed in Scott's hand on the front blank, "Thomas Moore from his affectionate friend Walter Scott, Melrose Abbey, 31 October 1825", with Moore's ownership inscription below and his bookplate to the front pastedown. The presentation was made on the... Learn More
    £6,250

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    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by Wells to his literary mentor on the half-title, "W. E. Henley from H. G. Wells (with apologies)". William Ernest Henley (1849-1903), poet, critic, journalist and influential editor of The National Observer and other papers "had a gift for finding and encouraging new talent"... Learn More
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    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Consuelo Montagu, the Duchess of Manchester, on the front free endpaper: "To The Duchess of Manchester From Thomas Hardy. Feb. 1894". The copy was specially bound for the Duchess, with the crowned letter "M" in gilt on the front cover, and with her bookplate to... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 127692

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  36. 126924detail
    First and limited Whistler edition, number 100 of 195 copies printed on handmade paper by the Oxford University Press for the Cresset Press in a revival of John Baskerville's fine 18th-century types.

    This is Rex Whistler's most important book, frothing with a rococo vitality and playfulness, highlighting his fecund... Learn More
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  37. 125779comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 32 of 100 large paper copies signed by the author. The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde's last play, opened to great acclaim on Valentine's Day 1895 but was withdrawn after Wilde's failed libel suit against Lord Queensbury led to his arrest. The subsequent "utter social destruction... Learn More
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  38. 108827
    First edition, William Michael Rossetti's copy, of this very scarce study of hypothetical psychoses. Shirley Hall Asylum, which tells the stories of various inmates in a lunatic asylum all from the point of view of an escapee driven mad by trying to solve the problem of perpetual motion, is at once a gothic-fantastical Victorian... Learn More
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    First edition. Presentation copy inscribed to publisher Reginald J. Smith on the front free endpaper, "Reginald J. Smith, from the author, 1st December 1898". Smith was editor of The Cornhill magazine (in which Falkner subsequently published a story) and head of Smith Elder publishing house from 1894. This copy bears several... Learn More
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  40. 125995comp
    The publisher's retained first copies of the rare deluxe japon issue of seven titles in Unwin's Cameo Series, each copy number 1 of 30 numbered copies only printed on japon vellum, three signed by the publisher on the colophon; all from the personal library of Thomas Fisher Unwin (1848-1935).
    Unwin's Cameo series of poetry... Learn More
    £2,750

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    Second edition, presentation copy inscribed by Lady Jane Shelley, Shelley's daughter-in-law, "The Countess of Malmesbury, from J. Shelley", on the front binder's blank. Jane Shelley was motivated to produce this memoir of her father-in-law as a response to his biography by Thomas Jefferson Hogg, which was published in 1858... Learn More
    £500

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  42. The Writings.

    The Writings.

    Boston and New York: 1909-12

    "Autograph edition"; number 184 (throughout) of 750 copies, with, instead of the signed leaf that is tipped in in some copies, three leaves of original manuscript tipped in to the front of volumes 8, 11 and 12 (presumably in the volumes containing the stories to which they appertain). Learn More
    £900

    Stock Code: 84557

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    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author in her own hand on the first blank, "For the Patients of the London Temperance Hospital with the Author's best wishes", and with a secondary ownership inscription ("Hughes") above. Conceivably this is John Hughes (1827-1896) who was treasurer of the London Temperance... Learn More
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  44. Teleny. Oscar Wilde
    First unexpurgated edition, first printing, very scarce cloth issue, publisher and editor Winston Leyland's own copy with his ownership inscription to the front endpaper and additionally signed by him on the title page. 200 copies of this unnumbered cloth issue were produced, and the vast majority were sold to libraries.... Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 123242

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  45. 123129comp
    Signed limited edition, number 127 of 520 copies signed by the illustrator, of which numbers 1 to 260 were for sale in the UK, and numbers 261 to 520 for sale in the US. Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 123129

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  46. i1
    The Autograph edition, limited to 153 sets signed by the author on an inserted leaf, this set number 3 bound ad personam for the American collector William Beers Crowell. The edition was based on the first 21 volumes of the Wessex Edition, "the definitive edition and last authority in questions of text" (Purdy), combining... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 115614

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  47. 117374comp
    First UK edition, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Miss Mildred Williamson with the Compliments of Mark Twain Oct. 5 1900". This UK edition is enlarged with two new pieces - "Christian Science and the Book of Mrs Eddy" and "Diplomatic Pay and Clothes" - omitted from the American edition. Twain... Learn More
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  48. 119798detail
    An exceptional collection of autograph letters signed from poet and classicist A. E. Housman (1859-1936) to Donald Struan Robertson (1885-1961 - a stellar Greek scholar attached to Trinity College, Cambridge, from his undergraduate days until his death) and his wife. He was particularly respected for his work on Apuleius,... Learn More
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  49. May-Day and Other Pieces.
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on May Day, "C. C. Shackford from R. W. Emerson. 1 May 1867". This is one of approximately 100 copies in the cream cloth binding for presentation. An excellent association: Charles Chauncy Shackford (1815-1891), Emerson's fellow Harvard graduate in the class of 1835,... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 109694

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  50. 118727comp
    First edition, first issue, presentation copy, inscribed by the author of the collection that made Elizabeth Barrett's fame: "To Miss Heard, with the author's regards, August 1844". A superb association: Miss Heard was a friend and, in Browning's mind, a rival for the attentions of the blind classicist Hugh Stuart Boyd (1781-1848),... Learn More
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  51. Volumes in Folio.
    First edition, first impression, number 34 of 50 copies on large paper, numbered and signed by the author. There were 250 copies in a regular format, and three on japon paper. Volumes in Folio, a collection of poems celebrating books and book collecting, was the first trade publication by Richard Le Gallienne, preceded only... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 105819

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  52. The Book of Los.
    First edition thus, copy II of 32 copies bound in full morocco with an original guide sheet, stencil and copperplate, and a set of extra plates showing progressive stages of the collotype and hand-stencil process, from a total edition of 538 copies, printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake.... Learn More
    £1,275

    Stock Code: 115051

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  53. Laocoon. A Last Testament.
    First edition, number 11 of 380 copies thus, this copy inscribed on the limitation leaf by the publisher Arnold Fawcus, "For Raymond: Geoffrey's most recent and exciting contribution to Blake scholarship, warmest regards, Arnold", from a total edition of 438 copies. This Trianon production constitutes a finely illustrated... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 115020

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  54. A Study of The Illuminated Books of William Blake.
    First edition, limited to 525 numbered copies signed and numbered by the author on the limitation leaf, this copy out of series. Keynes (1887-1982) was an academic, biographer, and the younger brother of John Maynard Keynes. He was a world authority on Blake, and was instrumental in the production of the Trianon facsimiles,... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 115016

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  55. Essays in Criticism.

    Essays in Criticism.

    London and Cambridge: 1865

    First edition, first issue, presentation copy inscribed "From the Author" in the hand of the publisher on the half-title. This is the first of Arnold's two influential Essays in Criticism, published by Arnold as Oxford Professor of Poetry. The second was published in 1888. The subjects in this work include Heinrich Heine,... Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 115429

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  56. Wall and Roof Climbing.
    First edition, first impression, very scarce presentation copy inscribed "'from the Culprit' 1906", of this notable satirical anthology of buildering lore through the ages by Geoffrey Winthrop Young (1876-1958), author of The Roof-Climber's Guide to Trinity (1899), this his second book, and an early title in the lineage... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 115630

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  57. Attractive inscribed photographic portrait on textured paper by Howard Coster.
    Signed by Shaw at the top of the image and by Coster (in pencil) on the mount; additionally inscribed by Shaw on the mount: "To Mary Lawton, G. Bernard Shaw, 13/11/36". An excellent association: Shaw had known the American actress Mary Lawton since before the Great War: he directed her in the first Broadway production of... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 114626

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  58. Prometheus' Daughter.
    First and only edition, inscribed "To Baron & Baroness Brantsen, o. d. Zyss, With kindest remembrances and best wishes from the author's wife. Christmas 1868, Richmond House" on the initial blank. Sir James Abbott (1807-1896) was an army officer and colonial administrator best remembered for his success in pacifying the... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 111566

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  59. Sir Ralph de Rayne and Lilian Grey.
    First edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Mrs Vine (?) from her friend FB. Oct 1872". Scarce: Copac records only five copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Cambridge, Scotland, Society of Antiquaries, Trinity College Dublin), OCLC adds another nine locations.... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 106675

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  60. The Complete Writings.
    The definitive edition, signed "S L Clemens / Mark Twain", limited to 1024 sets only of which this is 423. 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... Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 107494

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