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  1. American Sheaves & English Seed Corn:
    ASHBEE, C. R. American Sheaves & English Seed Corn:

    London : 1901

    First edition, number seven of 300 copies. The text of eight lectures or addresses originally delivered by Charles Ashbee in the United States in 1900 to 1901 on behalf of the National Trust as part of his endeavours to make "the work and objects of the society known in the United States".

    Ashbee notes in the preface to this volume that he served... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 150350

  2. A Specimen of Printing Types by Joseph Fry and Sons, Letter-Founders to the Prince of Wales.
    TYPOGRAPHY. A Specimen of Printing Types by Joseph Fry and Sons, Letter-Founders to the Prince of Wales.

    London : 1786

    First edition of this rare collection of type specimens issued by the distinguished Quaker typefounder Joseph Fry (1728-1787), better known today as the father of the Fry chocolate dynasty; it is thinly represented among institutional libraries, with none appearing on auction records. This copy in a handsome period binding, a little compromised but... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 145015

  3. The History of Reynard the Foxe.
    KELMSCOTT PRESS: CAXTON, William (trans). The History of Reynard the Foxe.

    Hammersmith : 1892 [1893]

    Limited edition, one of 300 copies on paper, from a total edition of 310 copies. In his note requested by Quaritch as a puff, Morris commented: "this translation of Caxton's is one of the very best of his works as to style; and being translated from a kindred tongue is delightful as mere language. In its rude joviality, and simple and direct delineation... Learn More
    £8,500.00

    Stock Code: 145992

  4. Calligraphic manuscript of Ode on a Grecian Urn.
    POWER, Anastasia (illus.); KEATS, John. Calligraphic manuscript of Ode on a Grecian Urn.

    Campden : 1903

    A remarkable manuscript of Keats's Ode on a Grecian Urn produced by renowned Arts and Crafts binder and calligrapher Anastasia Power. A student of Douglas Cockerell, Power ran the Essex House bindery from the summer of 1902 until her marriage to one of the art workers, Gerald Loosley, in 1905. This manuscript, which is rendered entirely on vellum, appears... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 138536

  5. [Acts of Parliament for England for 1529:]
    MORRIS, William (owner) - HENRY VIII. [Acts of Parliament for England for 1529:]

    [London : 1530?]

    First edition of the statutes of 1529, the 21st year of Henry VIII's reign and the first legislative session of the Reformation Parliament (sitting from 3 November 1529 to 17 December 1529); this volume originating from the library of William Morris, with his posthumous book label to the front pastedown.

    The volume was sold in William Morris's... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 149929

  6. The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems.
    KELMSCOTT PRESS: MORRIS, William. The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems.

    Hammersmith : 1892

    Limited edition, one of 300 copies on paper from a total edition of 312. The title on the spine was hand-lettered by F. S. Ellis's son Herbert. This is the only Kelmscott Press book to have a hand-lettered title, and the first to be bound in limp vellum. It is rarely seen in such fine condition.

    The title was first published in 1858 and Morris... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 149621

  7. Nursery Rhymes.
    SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Nursery Rhymes.

    Bayntun : 1947

    First edition, limited issue, number 344 of 550 copies on handmade paper, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title "Inscribed for Lucienne Gow by V. Sackville-West". The recipient was the first chairman of the Tenterden Trust, in current Ashford Borough, near Sissinghurst. Only the first 25 copies were issued signed, inscribed copies are rather... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 144628

  8. Mock Beggar Hall.
    GRAVES, Robert. Mock Beggar Hall.

    London : 1924

    First edition, first impression. "The whole tone of the book is philosophical involving a series of meditations on relativity and time" (Patrick J. Quinn ed., New Perspectives on Robert Graves, 1999, p. 75). Nicholson's sinister cover design of a hanging bat is stunning. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 110245

  9. The Nature of Gothic a chapter of the Stones of Venice.
    KELMSCOTT PRESS: RUSKIN, John. The Nature of Gothic a chapter of the Stones of Venice.

    Hammersmith : [1892]

    First Kelmscott edition, one of 525 copies on paper (there was no issue printed on vellum). This work by Ruskin was originally a chapter within the author's The Stones of Venice (first published in 1853) and had previously been reprinted as a pamphlet by F. J. Furnivall in 1853. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 150052

  10. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer now newly imprinted.
    KELMSCOTT PRESS: CHAUCER, Geoffrey. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer now newly imprinted.

    Hammersmith : 1896

    Limited edition, one of 425 copies on paper from a total edition of 438. A magnificent copy of Morris's masterpiece of printing in a fine and entirely appropriate contemporary pigskin binding, recorded as "unlocated" in the census of copies of the book.

    W. B. Yeats described the Kelmscott Chaucer as "the most beautiful of all printed books" and... Learn More
    £225,000.00

    Stock Code: 148314

  11. Grettis Saga.
    MORRIS, William, & Eirikr MAGNUSSON (trans.) Grettis Saga.

    London : 1869

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by one of the translators on an inserted leaf before the half-title, "To Beresford Hope, Esq. M.P. with kindest regards from Eiríkr Magnússon". The recipient was the Conservative politician, Alexander Beresford Hope (1820-1887), who was also known as a writer on architectural, archaeological and ecclesiastical... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 149612

  12. The Defence of Guenevere and other poems.
    MORRIS, William. The Defence of Guenevere and other poems.

    London : 1858

    First edition of William Morris's first major published work, containing 30 poems, published when the author was 24 years old and dedicated to Rossetti.

    Buxton Forman notes that Morris "had what I cannot doubt to have been a genuine misprision of this delightful little book" since he "refused to revise it." Apparently it was "with difficulty... Learn More
    £900.00

    Stock Code: 149610

  13. Mornings in Mexico.
    LAWRENCE, D. H. Mornings in Mexico.

    Detroit : 1945

    First edition thus, sole printing, one of "a limited number of copies privately printed... to use as a personal Christmas greeting, of the chapter 'Market Day' from Mornings in Mexico" (acknowledgement and colophon). Lawrence's bibliographers note "number of copies unknown". Unsurprisingly highly elusive, WorldCat shows 6 copies only among institutional... Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 149943

  14. Papermaking by Hand in India.
    BIBLIOGRAPHY - HUNTER, Dard. Papermaking by Hand in India.

    New York : 1939

    First edition, first printing, number 88 of 370 copies only, signed by the author and the publisher on the limitation page. This uncommon work is rare still in the original slipcase and accompanied by the publisher's original four-page prospectus.

    William Joseph "Dard" Hunter (1883-1966) had begun his career in East Aurora, New York with a job... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 149901

  15. Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi.
    BIBLE; Latin; GILL, Eric. Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi.

    Waltham St Lawrence : 1926

    Limited edition, number 31 of 250 copies only.

    Reviewed by the Times Literary Supplement on 29 July 1926, the reviewer noted "this is a production for which we have nothing but praise. The first requirements, a harmony of form and balance of weight between illustrations and type, are perfectly fulfilled... In spirit Mr Gill's illustrations could... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 149674

  16. Proof sheet bifolium from the Kelmscott Chaucer.
    KELMSCOTT PRESS: CHAUCER, Geoffrey. Proof sheet bifolium from the Kelmscott Chaucer.

    Hammersmith : 1896

    Original proof sheet bifolium from the Kelmscott Chaucer, framed for display, being the opening leaf of the text (B1/8), a splendid exposition of the typography, woodcuts, and design of the book often cited as the most beautiful ever made, and certainly one of the crowning achievements of the private press movement.

    The proof sheet was typeset... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 142557

  17. Secret Despatches from Arabia.
    LAWRENCE, T. E. Secret Despatches from Arabia.

    [Waltham St Lawrence] : 1939

    Limited edition, number 572 of 1,000 numbered copies, printed in Eric Gill's Perpetua type on handmade paper.

    "The majority of Lawrence's contributions to the Arab Bulletin are published in this volume. In addition to these items, 'Syrian Cross Currents', previously unpublished, is included; this was taken from a manuscript on Arab Bureau paper"... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 146260

  18. A Season in Hell.
    RIMBAUD, Arthur. A Season in Hell.

    London : [c.1940]

    An early edition of the Fortune Press translation, first printed in 1932 as the first English language edition of Rimbaud's Saison en Enfer. This is one of 600 copies printed, with a nice example of the dust jacket. First published in 1873, this prose poem was finished in a frenzy after the break-up of Rimbaud's relationship with Verlaine who shot him... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 149403

  19. Booklet I-VI.
    SHAKESPEARE HEAD PRESS: CHRISTMAS CAROLS. Booklet I-VI.

    Stratford-on-Avon : 1906

    A charmingly bound volume of attractively printed folk songs, Shakespearean sonnets, and Christmas carols (vols. 1-2 second editions, vols. 3-6 first editions), bound in an arts and crafts faux-medieval style. The booklets bound together here were printed at Christmas 1906 by the Shakespeare Head as gifts.

    The Nut-Brown Maid is a ballad included... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 149145

  20. Faust.
    GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust.

    Hammersmith : November 1906 & June 1910

    First Doves Press editions, each volume one of 25 copies on vellum.

    The subject of Faust preoccupied Goethe for most of his life. He began a play on the theme as early as 1773, at first probably concentrated mainly on Faust's disgust with academic learning and on the shallowness of university life. He worked it up into the love tragedy (the so-called... Learn More
    £25,000.00

    Stock Code: 145189

  21. A Shropshire Lad and Last Poems.
    HOUSMAN, A. E. A Shropshire Lad and Last Poems.

    Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire : 1929

    First Alcuin Press edition, one of 325 sets, this copy is out-of-series, inscribed "specially for Graham and Vivienne Greene, from the printer of the book" on the limitation page, and with author Graham Greene's wife library label to the front pastedown.

    This was the first edition comprising what were then Housman's complete published works (More... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 149373

  22. Poems in English: Miscellaneous Poems, Paradise Regain'd & Samson Agonistes. [Together with:] Paradise Lost.
    NONESUCH PRESS: MILTON, John. Poems in English: Miscellaneous Poems, Paradise Regain'd & Samson Agonistes. [Together with:] Paradise Lost.

    London : 1926

    First Nonesuch Press edition, number 7 of 90 deluxe issue copies on Oxford India Paper bound in one volume in full vellum.

    This attractively printed edition is illustrated with black and white reproductions of William Blake's remarkable visual interpretations of Milton's poetical works, accompanied by notes on the illustrations. Though individual... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 149224

  23. A Book of Saints and Wonders.
    GREGORY, Lady Augusta. A Book of Saints and Wonders.

    Dundrum : 1906

    First edition, first impression, one of 200 copies only. This uncommon Dun Emer title is signed by both Yeats and Lady Gregory and scarcer thus, especially untouched and in such good condition.

    Yeats's press was originally named "for Miss Evelyn Gleeson's home in Dundrum, near Dublin, where it was established in company with embroidery and rug... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 146406

  24. Procreant Hymn.
    GILL, Eric (illus.); POWYS MATHERS, E. Procreant Hymn.

    Waltham St Lawrence : 1926

    First edition, limited issue, number 41 of 200 copies, of which 175 were for sale. Procreant Hymn is first book illustrated by Eric Gill for the Golden Cockerel Press.

    This erotic book was printed in Caslon type on handmade paper. Gill contributed five copper engravings: in order, these are titled "God Sending", "Earth Waiting", "Earth Inviting",... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 148020

  25. A Comedy of Terence called Andria.
    TERENCE. A Comedy of Terence called Andria.

    Verona : 1971

    First Bodoni edition, one of ten copies for presentation, with the printed presentation "This copy has been printed for David Earl of Crawford"; a further 160 numbered copies were also issued.

    David Lindsay, 28th Earl of Crawford and 11th Earl of Balcarres (1900-1975) served as chairman of the National Trust from 1945 to 1965, alongside serving... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 147443

  26. Manuale Tipografico.
    BODONI, Giambattista. Manuale Tipografico.

    Verona : 1968

    First Bodoni edition, one of 26 copies for presentation, with the printed presentation "This copy has been printed for David Earl of Crawford", and with an autograph card from the printer Giovanni Mardersteig "for David from GM. Verona, September 1969", alongside a pencilled presentation note to the front free endpaper. A further 180 numbered copies... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 147452

  27. Of Queen's Gardens.
    RUSKIN, John. Of Queen's Gardens.

    Edinburgh & London : 1902

    First edition thus, first impression, one of very few printed on vellum. This is a superb copy, with a distinguished provenance, coming from the library of New York banker, stockbroker, and author, Henry William Poor (1844-1915), who was a noted collector and patron of the arts.

    "Mr. Poor is a man of refined and scholarly tastes and prominent... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 148476

  28. Lake George to Burlington: Two American Travel Sketches.
    TRAGARA PRESS: JAMES, Henry. Lake George to Burlington: Two American Travel Sketches.

    Edinburgh : 1981

    Limited issue, one of four proof copies aside from the edition of 120, inscribed as such by the printer Alan Anderson on the limitation page.

    While living with his family in Cambridge, Massachusetts between 1870 and 1872, Henry James wrote six travel sketches of America and Canada for the Nation. Four of them were reprinted in Portraits of Places... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 146007

  29. A Little Fishing Book.
    CUALA PRESS: HARMSWORTH, Cecil. A Little Fishing Book.

    Dublin : 1930

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the first blank to a fellow Liberal politician: "Hubert Carr-Gomm, with kindest regards, from Cecil Harmsworth July 1931", accompanied by an autograph letter signed from the author to Carr-Gomm, dated 10 July 1931. He writes, "My dear Hubert, While I think of it, here is... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 146003

  30. The Wisdom of Jesus, The Son of Sirach, Commonly Called Ecclesiasticus.
    ASHENDENE PRESS: ECCLESIASTICUS. The Wisdom of Jesus, The Son of Sirach, Commonly Called Ecclesiasticus.

    Chelsea : 1932

    First Ashendene edition, one of 328 copies printed in red and black Subiaco type on Batchelor handmade paper; a further 25 were printed on vellum. "Booksellers continually declare the Ashendene Ecclesiasticus to be the finest book from the private presses... A. D. Power stated 'in my humble opinion it is one of the most satisfactory of the books of... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 147455

  31. In Memoriam.
    RICCARDI PRESS: TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. In Memoriam.

    London : 1914

    First Riccardi Press edition, number 11 of 12 copies printed on vellum from a total edition of 1,012 copies. This copy retains the publisher's advertisement slip loosely laid in.

    First issued publicly in 1850, this famous elegiac poem is a tribute to Tennyson's college friend, Arthur Henry Hallam (1811-33), son of the historian Henry Hallam.... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 148535

  32. The Antichrist of Nietzsche.
    LINDSAY, Norman (illus.); STEPHENSEN, P.R. (trans.) The Antichrist of Nietzsche.

    London : [1928]

    First and only Fanfrolico Press edition (fourth edition in English), number 350 of 550 copies printed on Arnold's Handmade paper, translated from the original 1895 publication in German, and beautifully illustrated by Norman Lindsay.

    "Nietzsche's Antichrist, the most formidable analysis of the Christian idea which has ever been made, is the... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 147564

  33. Life, Travels and Reminiscences of Jonathan Ceredig Davies.
    DAVIES, Jonathan Ceredig. Life, Travels and Reminiscences of Jonathan Ceredig Davies.

    Llanddewi Brefi : 1927

    A 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

  34. Samson Agonistes.
    MILTON, John. Samson Agonistes.

    New York : 1904

    First edition thus, one of 120 copies only, this being the copy of the illustrator and co-runner of the press Helen Marguerite O'Kane with her self-designed bookplate on the front pastedown.

    This finely produced edition features striking designs by O'Kane that demonstrate the Elston Press's "unique style of its own, with O'Kane's illustrations... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 144952

  35. 144999
    SHARP, William, as Fiona MacLeod. Runes of Woman.

    Portland, ME : 1915

    First edition, one of 450 copies printed on Van Gelder paper, in the uncommon printed glassine jacket, this copy in notably smart condition.

    Writer and editor William Sharp (1855-1905) adopted the pseudonym Fiona MacLeod in 1894 and secretly wrote under this name for the rest of his life. Sharp "constructed an elaborate series of deceptions,... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 144999

  36. The Golden Cockerel Mabinogion.
    GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS: JONES, Gwyn & Thomas (trans.) The Golden Cockerel Mabinogion.

    London : 1948

    First Golden Cockerel edition, number 440 of 550 copies printed (the first 75 copies being specially bound), presenting a new translation of the ancient Welsh epic The Mabinogion (first fully brought into modern English by Lady Charlotte Guest between 1838 and 1845) alongside illustrations by Dorothea Braby. The Mabinogion encompasses Arthurian legend... Learn More
    £800.00

    Stock Code: 139319

  37. Paradoxes and Problems.
    DONNE, John. Paradoxes and Problems.

    Soho : 1923

    First Nonesuch edition, one of 645 copies printed in the Fell types on handmade paper, this copy out of series and marked "Hilda's copy" in ink by the printer, Francis Meynell (1891-1975). Hilda Peppercorn (1886-1962), a concert pianist (performing as Hilda Saxe), was Meynell's first wife. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 148122

  38. A Season in Hell.
    RIMBAUD, Arthur. A Season in Hell.

    London : [1932]

    First edition in English, first impression, number 537 of 600 copies only. First published in 1873, this surreal opium-influenced prose poem was finished in a frenzy after the break-up of Rimbaud's relationship with Verlaine who shot him with a revolver in the summer of that year. The dust jacket is very scarce. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 148025

  39. The Blessèd Damozel.
    ROSSETTI, Dante Gabriel. The Blessèd Damozel.

    Aiken : 1900

    First edition thus, number 25 of 500 copies printed on Whatman paper, one of 100 only illuminated in water-colours. This copy has a lithographic illustration, after the author and printed on Japanese vellum, loosely inserted. A very attractive printing of Rossetti's Blessed Damozel, the most famous of his poems, first published in 1850. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 148030

  40. Civilians.
    BRYHER. Civilians.

    Territet : 1927

    First edition, sole printing, of the author's fourth novel, and the only Bryher novel to be published by her own publisher, Pool.

    Bryher was the pen name of Annie Winifred Ellerman (1894-1983). She moved in the 1920s Parisian circles of artists and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, and Gertrude Stein. Her wealth... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 147930

  41. 147825comp
    LE CARRÉ, John. The Clandestine Muse.

    Portland, Oregon : 1986

    First edition, first printing, one of 10 hors commerce presentation copies signed by the author on the colophon, from a total edition of 260 copies privately printed at the Janus Press, Vermont.

    This is the text from a John Le Carré lecture on writing which he delivered at the John Hopkins University in May 1986. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 147825

  42. Cathleen ni hoolihan.
    YEATS, W. B. Cathleen ni hoolihan.

    Chiswick : 1902

    First edition in book form, first impression, uncommon in such good condition and in the original glassine. The play was first printed earlier the same year in Samhain, the magazine edited by Yeats. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 148002

  43. De cupidinis et psyches amoribus fabula anilis.
    VALE PRESS: APULEIUS, Lucius. De cupidinis et psyches amoribus fabula anilis.

    London : 1901

    One of 310 copies on paper of this finely printed volume from the Vale Press, featuring the tale of Cupid and Psyche in Latin from Lucius Apuleius's The Golden Ass. It is the only ancient novel to survive in its entirety, and was an inspiration for Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 145798

  44. In the Seven Woods:
    YEATS, W. B. In the Seven Woods:

    Dundrum : 1903

    First edition, first impression, one of 325 copies, of the first title printed at the Dun Emer Press, this an appealing association copy, from the library of Yeats's friend and business adviser Sydney Carlyle Cockerell (1867-1962), book collector and director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge (1908-37), with his ownership signature on the front... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 147175

  45. Deathwatch on the Southside.
    BORGES, Jorge Luis. Deathwatch on the Southside.

    Cambridge, MA : 1968

    First edition, number 120 of 150 copies, signed by the author and the translator. This is the first appearance of Deathwatch on the Southside in English; an earlier version entitled The Night They Kept Vigil in the South, with parallel Spanish text titled La noche que en el sur lo velaron, previously appeared in the Anthology of Contemporary Latin-American... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 146188

  46. Theocritus, Bion and Moschus,
    FLINT, William Russell (illus.) Theocritus, Bion and Moschus,

    London : 1922

    First Flint edition, deluxe issue, number 157 of 500 copies printed on handmade paper; there were also 12 copies printed on vellum. William Russell Flint's vivid style is particularly suited to evoking the worlds of Ancient Greek idyllic and pastoral poetry.

    This edition was translated by Andrew Lang (1844-1912), classicist and anthropologist,... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 146053

  47. Songs of Innocence.
    BLAKE, William. Songs of Innocence.

    Clairvaux : 1954

    First edition thus, copy E of 26 lettered copies, from a total edition of 1,600 copies; the lettered copies were reserved for Lessing J. Rosenwald, the Library of Congress, the Trustees of the Blake Trust, and the publishers. This is a copy of Rosenwald, subsequently presented by him with a New Year card loosely inserted, reading "Best Wishes for a... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 147471

  48. Poet, Printer, Prophet.
    BLAKE, William - KEYNES, Geoffrey. Poet, Printer, Prophet.

    London and Paris : 1964

    Signed limited edition, number 475 of 525 copies only, all signed by Geoffrey Keynes on the limitation leaf; an unsigned trade edition was also published by the Orion Press.

    The book was designed by Arnold Fawcus, comprising a selection of plates from Blake's illuminated books, all printed in 6- and 8-colour offset on paper specially manufactured... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 147458

  49. The Scholar Gypsy and Thyrsis.
    FLINT, William Russell (illus.); ARNOLD, Matthew. The Scholar Gypsy and Thyrsis.

    London : 1910

    First Flint edition, signed issue, number 34 of 100 copies printed on Japanese vellum and signed by the artist. This is a beautifully illustrated and printed edition of Arnold's two poems of Oxford, which he memorably describes as "that sweet City with her dreaming Spires" in "Thyrsis", one of the poems printed here.

    "The Scholar Gypsy", the... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 146059

  50. The Book of Tobit and History of Susanna.
    FLINT, William Russell (illus.) The Book of Tobit and History of Susanna.

    London : 1929

    First Flint edition, deluxe issue, number 45 of 100 copies issued with the additional suite of four colour plates, retained here in the original folder. There were also 875 copies of the trade edition and 12 copies printed on vellum and signed by the artist.

    William Russell Flint contributed to a number of early 20th century editions of the Apocrypha,... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 146051

  51. Judith.
    FLINT, William Russell (illus.) Judith.

    London : 1928

    First Flint edition, deluxe issue, number 21 of 100 copies, this copy signed by the artist, though uncalled for in the limitation; there were also 875 copies of the trade edition and 11 copies printed on vellum. The book's illustrator, William Russell Flint, contributed to a number of early 20th-century editions of the Apocrypha, and has been described... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 146056

  52. The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antonius.
    FLINT, William Russell (illus.) The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antonius.

    London : 1909

    First Flint edition, number 316 of 500 copies printed on paper at the Riccardi Press, this copy additionally signed by the artist on the half-title, though uncalled for in the limitation; there were also 17 copies printed on vellum.

    William Russell Flint has been described by Charles Wheeler, president of the Royal Academy, as an artist of "a... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 146411

  53. Seven Poems & Two Translations.
    TENNYSON, Alfred Lord. Seven Poems & Two Translations.

    Hammersmith : 1902

    First Doves Press edition, one of 325 unnumbered copies printed on paper (a further 25 were issued on vellum), with the original Macmillan-headed dispatch envelope used by Doves Press, and rare thus.

    The seven poems including "Ulysses" and "The Lotos Eaters" are on classical subjects, and the two translations are from the Iliad. The fourth book... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 146268

  54. The Diary, MCMXI.
    LAWRENCE, T. E. The Diary, MCMXI.

    London : 1937

    First and limited edition, no. 92 of 206 numbered copies, of which only 150 were for sale. This "most ambitious and handsome volume published by the Corvinus Press" (O'Brien) prints the diary kept by Lawrence during his walking tour of Syria in 1911. "After graduating from Oxford with a First in History, Lawrence was employed, through the influence... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 143516

  55. In Praise of Bishop Valentine.
    VALENTINES POETRY; SHAKESPEARE, William, & others. In Praise of Bishop Valentine.

    London : 1893

    First edition, one of 25 copies on Japanese paper, from a total edition of 125 copies, of this anthology of poetry, printed at the Chiswick Press. The compiler Frank Bliss writes: "Regret for the fast decreasing observance of St Valentine's Day has led me to attempt a revival of interest in its celebration" (preface). Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 139590

  56. Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite.
    GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS: LUCAS, F. L. (trans.) Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite.

    [London] : 1948

    First edition thus, copy 26 of 100 deluxe copies bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe and signed by the translator F. L. Lucas, from a total edition of 750 copies. This Golden Cockerel Press edition exhibits the ancient Greek poetic hymns to Aphrodite, goddess of love, with both the Greek text and Lucas's translation, alongside woodcut illustrations by Belgian... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 145202

  57. The Love-Lyrics and Songs of Proteus.
    KELMSCOTT PRESS: BLUNT, Wilfrid Scawen. The Love-Lyrics and Songs of Proteus.

    Hammersmith : 1892

    First Kelmscott edition, one of only 300 copies, presentation copy, pseudonymously inscribed by Blunt to his sometime lover Mary Singleton on the front free endpaper, "Violet Fane from Proteus April 29 1892". Singleton was notably the subject of Sonnet LV "St. Valentine's Day" on page 162 of this work. A beautiful copy with a fittingly romantic association.

    Mary... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 144728

  58. The Love Songs of Connacht.
    YEATS, W. B. (pref.); HYDE, Douglas (trans.) The Love Songs of Connacht.

    Dundrum : 1904

    First edition, first impression, one of 300 copies only, this copy has a rare single-sheet prospectus advertising the press, dated January 1905, loosely inserted. This is the third of 11 books published by Yeats and his sister Elizabeth under this imprint, renamed the Cuala Press in 1908, after the Gaelic name of the south Dublin area before the Norman... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 144499

  59. The Banquet.
    SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Banquet.

    London : 1909 [1912]

    First edition thus, first impression, of one of the great texts on love in world literature and translated by one of its most enthusiastic exponents, in a fine press edition by the London County Council Central School of Arts & Crafts, under the direction of J. H. Mason who worked for the Doves Press.

    Scarce: WorldCat locates only one copy (University... Learn More
    £900.00

    Stock Code: 143848

  60. Epipsychidion.
    SHAKESPEARE HEAD PRESS: SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Epipsychidion.

    London : 1921

    First Shakespeare Head Press edition, one of 500 copies only, scarce deluxe issue bound in vellum, of Shelley's love poem to the "poor captive bird" Teresa "Emilia" Viviani, a beautiful Italian countess "imprisoned" in St Anna convent while her father sought a suitable husband for her. Epipsychidion was first published a century earlier in 1821. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 146016

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