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FIELDING, T. H., & J. Walton. A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes,
London : 1821First edition, possibly one of 100 large-paper copies (similar to Abbey's copy measuring 14 by 11 inches) from a total print-run of 850, originally issued in 12 monthly parts; all watermarks pre-publication (the plates 1818 and 1820, the text 1818). Ackermann's intention was to combine the "most striking features of the various kinds of scenery of... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 143350
RANSOME, Arthur. Bohemia in London.
London : 1907First edition, first impression, of which 1,250 copies were printed. Bohemia in London, dedicated to fellow novelist M. P. Shiel, was Ransome's first success, based on the author's own experiences in the capital. Library Hub cites copies at only two British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Oxford); well represented internationally on Library Hub,... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 143696
ORWELL, George. The English People.
London : 1947First edition, first impression, of Orwell's essay on the English people and their character, commissioned by Collins in 1943 to promote British values and to describe aspects of British life during the Second World War, although not published till after its conclusion.
Though Orwell criticizes much about the English - their anachronistic class... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 148665
DAVIES, Jonathan Ceredig. Life, Travels and Reminiscences of Jonathan Ceredig Davies.
Llanddewi Brefi : 1927A Herculean labour of love: one of 70 copies only, printed for private circulation by the author in his old age at his own printing-press. This copy inscribed "yours sincerely, J. Ceredig Davies" on the frontispiece and forwarded to his cousin, the Hon. Dan W. Williams of Jackson, Ohio. Davies's memoirs comprise his journeys to Patagonia and Australia.... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 93335
PURCHAS, Samuel. Purchas his Pilgrimes.
London : 1625-6First edition of Purchas his Pilgrimes, with the preferred fourth edition of the Pilgrimage; together this is the desired state of the complete set of Purchas's important collection of travel and exploration narratives from ancient times up to and including the recent accounts of Virginia by John Smith.
The Pilgrimes was conceived as a continuation... Learn More£125,000.00
Stock Code: 146860
MAC CARTHY, Jacques. Choix de voyages dans les quatre parties du monde,
Paris : 1821-22First edition of this rich account of voyages worldwide up to the date of publication, with an expansive and detailed glossary, presented here in an attractive contemporary binding.
Originally from Ireland Jacques Mac Carthy (1785-1835) went into service in the French army in 1800, became a battalion commander, and in 1830 became head of the... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 146684
MACLEAY, Kenneth. Highlanders of Scotland:
London : [c.1874]First plain lithograph edition, specially bound and personalised for Archibald Fraser Macdonald, jäger (or gillie) to Edward, Prince of Wales, mentioned in that capacity by Queen Victoria in her best-selling Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands (1868). "As a documentary record of contemporary tartan the publication was unrivalled and... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137270
ORWELL, George. The English People.
London : 1947First edition, first impression, of Orwell's essay on the English people and their character, commissioned by Collins in 1943 to promote British values and to describe aspects of British life during the Second World War, although not published till after its conclusion. Though Orwell criticizes much about the English - their anachronistic class divisions,... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 147227
ACKERMANN - PAPWORTH, John B. Select Views of London.
London : 1816First edition in book form of this splendid illustrated account of Regency London. Select Views first appeared in Ackermann's Repository of Arts between 1810 and 1815 prior to its publication in the present book-form edition, an edition considered "a vivid testimony of the high standards of this monthly publication" (University of Rochester, online).... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 147436
HALL, Mr. & Mrs. S. C. Ireland: Its Scenery, Character, &c.
London : [c.1850]A handsome set of this important and comprehensive travelogue of Ireland; scarce in a contemporary binding.
Samuel Carter Hall (1800-1889) and Anna Maria Fielding (1800-1881) were both born in Ireland but moved to London to be married in 1824. Hall was a prominent journalist who edited various literary magazines, most notably the prestigious... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 145570
IRISH CATECHISM. The Catechism, or Christian Doctrine by way of Question and Answer,
Paris : 1742First edition of Donlevy's Irish-language Catholic Catechism, with the Irish and its English translation printed on parallel pages.
The Irish Roman Catholic priest Andrew Donlevy (1680-1746) was resident in Paris, where the book was published, and where this copy was likely bound. "Donlevy lamented the decline of the Irish language and worked... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146966
ANNAN, Thomas. The Old Closes & Streets of Glasgow.
Glasgow : 1900First photogravure edition, the third overall, of this superb visual record of "the dark slums of Glasgow" (ODNB), Annan's most celebrated work and the series of images upon which his posthumous reputation rests. There were two print runs of just 100 copies each, published by MacLehose, as here, and under Annan's own imprint.
In 1866 Thomas... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 145774
STARK, Freya et al. The London Magazine.
London : 1955First edition, from the personal library of Freya Stark. This number of the London Magazine contains an article by Freya Stark, entitled "Sunrise on Olympus", in which she describes two times she saw the sunrise around Mount Olympus, once in 1939 and once after the Second World War. Her description does not shy away from the romance of the scene as... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 127643
BANK OF SCOTLAND. Act of Parliament, for Erecting a Bank in Scotland.
Edinburgh : 1695The Scottish Parliamentary Act which established the Bank of Scotland. One of five editions of 1695, three folio and two quarto, without any apparent way of establishing priority; based on institutional holdings this edition is the rarest, with only the National Library of Scotland copy located by ESTC.
This Act, together with six further acts... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145300
HOGG, James. The Suicide's Grave:
London : 1895First edition thus, an important, uncommon, and unbowdlerized edition of one of the most extraordinary novels on the 19th century, described by the literary scholar Walter Allen as "the most convincing representation of the power of evil in our literature". This little-known version predates by some way the revival of interest in Hogg's book in the... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 144871
ANDERSON, James. Observations on the means of exciting a spirit of National Industry; chiefly intended to promote the Agriculture, Commerce, Manufactures, and Fisheries, of Scotland.
Edinburgh : 1777First edition, presentation copy, inscribed "For Sir William Forbes Bart. from the Author" on the title page verso, complete with both the half-title and addenda pages (pp. 527-34), the former of which is bound in after the errata as issued. Sir William Forbes of Pitsligo (1739-1806) was an eminent Scottish banker and benefactor, and a good friend of... Learn More£6,250.00
Stock Code: 118071
DEFOE, Daniel. A Tour Thro' the whole Island of Great Britain, Divided into Circuits or Journies.
London : 1724-25-27First edition. Defoe's Tour is the first and best known of a series of respected books written by him on broadly economic subjects.
A Tour "has been lauded by the most eminent historians as a prime source of understanding for Britain", both in the 18th century and in "the birth of the modern on a global scale" (Pat Rogers, The Text of Great... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 143795
DICKENS, Charles, Jr. Dickens's Dictionary of the Thames,
London : 1880First edition, very scarce presentation copy inscribed, "George Ryan, with kind regards, Charles Dickens, Nov. 1879" above the Preface. Dickens's Dictionary of the Thames was a very popular guide to the river by Dickens's eldest son, updated and reissued every year until his death in 1896. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 143704
SCOTTISH ECONOMY. Reasons for Improving the Fisheries, and Linnen Manufacture of Scotland.
London : 1727First edition of this anonymous tract, calling for the improvement of Scotland's industries of fishing and linen, arguing that the union of England and Scotland has resulted in the economic advancement of the former, but the regression of the latter, and entreating to the British parliament that Scotland's economic empowerment was in the interests of... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 143569
STRAND, Paul. Tir A Mhurain: Outer Hebrides.
London : 1962First edition, first impression. "Of Paul Strand's series of studies of people and places, the Hebridean book (also published in the United States) contains the highest ratio of truly memorable images" (Parr & Badger). Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 143362
BRUNEL, Henry Marc, & Robert Edmund Froude. Nuneaton-Chester Canal Trip, 1898.
[Westminster : c.1900]First and only edition of this rare privately printed account of the late August 1898 ten-day canal cruise from Nuneaton to Chester, the second leg of the "Way to Kendal", undertook by five friends, including eminent engineers, started in 1894 from the Thames Oxford and finished in 1899 at Kendal in Westmorland.
Each one of the men was attributed... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 143005
SINCLAIR, Iain. London Orbital.
London : 2002First edition, signed limited issue, number U of 26 copies signed by Sinclair, containing a signed holographic leaf in pocket at the rear, and with an additional chapter at the end. The manuscript leaf is a quotation: "through repetition, the M25 had become familiar and bearable. It had lost its meaning and acquired a soul"; signed and dated in red.
From... Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 143139
YEATS, Jack B. (illus.); SYNGE, John Millington. The Aran Islands.
Dublin & London : 1907Signed limited edition, number 18 of 100 large paper copies signed by Synge and Yeats, and with plates hand-coloured by the artist. This book, based on the author's annual visits to the islands prompted by W. B. Yeats, would become the "the great prose manifesto of the Irish literary revival" (ODNB).
From the Penzance Library, the only independent... Learn More£11,000.00
Stock Code: 142885
YEATS. Jack B. (illus.); SYNGE, John Millington. The Aran Islands.
Dublin : 1907Signed limited edition, number 42 of 100 large paper copies signed by Synge and Yeats, and with plates hand-coloured by the artist. This book, based on the author's annual visits to the islands prompted by W. B. Yeats, would become the "the great prose manifesto of the Irish literary revival" (ODNB).
Accompanying this copy is a loosely inserted... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 142886
SCHELCHER, Xavier Eugène, & Georges Charpentier (illus.) Croisière du Steam-Yacht Medjé en Angleterre, Ecosse et Irlande, Juillet-Août, 1892 - original manuscript account with finely engraved illustrations.
Paris : c.1893Superbly executed illustrated manuscript recording a pleasure cruise in British waters on the steam-yacht Medjé in the summer of 1892. The trip won the Union des yachts français medal for the most interesting voyage 1891-3 - sharp silver print of the medal and presentation letter from the comte de Montaigu mounted third front blank - and this account... Learn More£3,850.00
Stock Code: 134814
MACDONALD, Charles Blair. Scotland's Gift: Golf.
New York and London : 1928First edition, first impression, number 145 of 260 copies only signed by the author; "one of the real masterpieces of golf literature" (Murdoch 475). This edition is one of the most highly valued books on American golf history and is scarce in good condition with the map intact, as here.
Macdonald was an influential champion of golf in the United... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 138525
TARTAN - WHYTE, John. Clan Tartans [spine title] - Coats of Arms, Crests, Clan Tartans &c. Designed for Embroidery …
Edinburgh : [c.1845]No other copy recorded institutionally of this fascinating, and enterprising exercise in "pattern drawing", making available the 75 designs published in John Sobieski Stuart's Vesitiarium Scoticum of 1842 in a format enabling their manufacture. This is an important early record of the adoption of the Sobieski Stuart patterns, and an extremely appealing... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 135594
ALLOM, Thomas; George Pickering; Thomas Rose. Westmorland, Cumberland, Durham, and Northumberland, Illustrated.
London and Paris : 1832-35First edition of this delightful collection of views, more than half of which are given over to Lake District subjects, described as being the first album that "featured Wordsworthian sites and sights" (Saeko Yoshikawa, William Wordsworth and the Invention of Tourism, 1820-1900, 2014, p. 174). It was originally issued in 26 parts as a section of Fisher's... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 140668
NORTHERN IRELAND. The Album of Giants Causeway, Portrush & Coleraine Views.
London : [c.1890]Attractive leporello album of images reworked in an illustrative style from photographs made by the prominent Dundee firm of Valentine & Sons, Scotland's leading manufacturer of picture postcards. The London firm of Charles, Reynolds & Co. issued many such albums, this particular title being surprisingly uncommon, with WorldCat listing one copy only,... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 140147
FIGGIS, Darrell. Recollections of the Irish War.
London : 1927First edition, first impression, scarce with the dust jacket. "The portrait Darrell Figgis paints himself in Recollections of the Irish War shows him as a defender of personal liberty and individual opinion whose voice is stifled by authority, traits that he has in common with the Oisin of his satire" (Colby). Darrell Figgis was an Irish writer, poet... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 129573
SAUNDERS, Ann. The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939-1945
London : 2005First edition. "During the Second World War the War Damage Section of the Architect's Department of the London County Council recorded the degree of damage due to enemy action to buildings across the 117 square miles of the Administrative County of London. Using the relevant sheets of the 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps, the Architect's staff hand-coloured... Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 104909
KNAPPEN, M. M. (ed.) ROGERS, Richard, and Samuel Ward. Two Elizabethan Puritan Diaries.
Chicago : 1933First edition, first printing. This work publishes two diaries from the late-16th century and early-17th century, along with annotations and short biographies of the two diarists. This copy from the library of the prominent authority on Elizabethan England A. L. Rowse, with his ownership signature to front pastedown and marginal lining to text in pencil.... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 140132
MACDONALD, Charles Blair. Scotland's Gift: Golf.
New York : 1928First edition, signed limited issue, number 195 of 260 copies signed by the author. Additionally inscribed by the author above the limitation, "To Donald Ryan, A promising young Golfer, I wish him well, 20 May 1931". This work is "one of the real masterpieces of golf literature" (Murdoch 475). MacDonald was an influential champion of golf in the United... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 129563
PEPYS, Samuel. Memoirs.
London : 1825First edition of this key historical record of Restoration London, which remained unprinted for more than 150 years after its original composition. The text was painstakingly deciphered from Pepys's shorthand by a penniless student who did not realise that the manual for the system, Thomas Shelton's Tutor to Tachygraphy (1642), was easily accessible... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 116143
CHAMBERLEN, Hugh. Papers relating to a bank of credit upon land security proposed to the Parliament of Scotland.
[Edinburgh : 1693]One of two editions, this a quarto of eight pages, the other a folio of 20 pages, without established priority. Part of the series of publications in which Chamberlen promoted his land bank scheme, which he first proposed in 1690. England had by this stage rejected his proposals, and so he turned to Scotland, which would also reject them, as too would... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 135255
KAYAT, Assaad Y. A Voice From Lebanon.
London : 1847First edition of this scarce book that shows only four copies on Library Hub. There is the ownership inscription of a member of the Bowie family on the first binder's blank. Kayat met the Bowies in Scotland and described them as "charming" (p. 357 - which has been dog-eared).
Kayat felt compelled to publish this account of his life and travels... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 127760
BRITISH ARMY; HOME GUARD. Record of the Technical Companies of the 40th County of London (G.L.C.C.) Battalion, Home Guard. 1942 - 194
[London : 1945]Fascinating mimeographed report on the Home Guard battalion formed by engineers from the Gas Light and Coke Company in 1942, with a volume of fine photographs. Rare, with no other copy traced in libraries or in commerce, except an ambiguous reference in the National Archives at Kew. After repair work from the Blitz eased off in the autumn of 1941, company... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 116865
COOK, John, & John Maule. An Historical Account of the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, M,DCC,LXXXIX.
London : 1789First edition. Uncommon. Reprints in full the original grants of William and Mary for the establishment of the Hospital, and offers a detailed description of the building works, and the finished structure, accompanied by a spectacular folding engraved plate of a river view taken from a drawing by Thomas Lancey. Lancey was placed at the Hospital school... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 85988
POINTER, John. An Account of a Roman Pavement, Lately found at Stunsfield in Oxford-shire, Prov'd to be 1400 Years Old.
Oxford : 1713First edition of this treatise on the recently discovered Roman pavement in Stonesfield (using the archaic name Stunsfield) in Oxfordshire, by the antiquary John Pointer (1668-1754). A tenant farmer, George Handes, found the pavement in 1712, which attracted the interest of various antiquaries in nearby Oxford. However, Handes quarrelled with the landowner,... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 137682
AYTOUN, Edmondstoune William. Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers and other Poems.
Edinburgh : 1863First Paton edition, superbly illustrated. "The book brims with Paton's half-page illustrations, headpieces and tailpieces (augmented by a few landscapes by his brother, Waller Paton) - the armour and historical costumes (Paton was a noted collector of these) perfectly realized to the last detail, the compositions unusual and forceful, the squeezed-together... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 137470
JOHNSON, John, Lieutenant-Colonel. A Journey from India to England,
London : 1818First edition of Johnson's journey from Bombay to London. After 35 years in India, devoting most of his time "to the acquisition of local and professional knowledge" (preface), British Officer John Johnson decided to travel to England by land. This account of his travels documents the local life and customs encountered along the route, and, with future... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 134957
BRAYLEY, Edward Wedlake. A Topographical History of Surrey.
Dorking : 1841First edition. "Brayley's most important work was probably a History of Surrey (5 vols., 18418). His topographical works bear scrutiny because of his competence in a range of scientific, literary, and artistic subjects, a breadth of knowledge which few other contemporary topographers could match" (ODNB). A handsomely bound set. Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 70458
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND. The remonstrance of the Generall Assembly of the Kirk of Scotland to His Maiestie.
London : 1645First edition. The Kirk's remonstrance professes allegiance to the crown, but calls on Charles I to repent before God for "shedding the blood of many thousands of your majesties best subjects, for your permitting the masse and other idolatory... for your not punishing of public scandals and much prophanes in and about your court, for the shutting of... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 135462
THOMAS, Edward. In Pursuit of Spring.
London : April 1914First edition, first impression, with the rare dust jacket retaining the scarce illustrated plate to the front panel. In Pursuit of Spring was Thomas's last work of prose and provides an account of his week-long bicycle ride from central London out into the Quantock Hills in Somerset undertaken in March 1913. It is often considered the best of Thomas's... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 131308
ANDERSON, James. Observations on the means of exciting a spirit of National Industry; chiefly intended to promote the Agriculture, Commerce, Manufactures, and Fisheries, of Scotland.
Edinburgh : 1777First edition, in a fine Scott of Edinburgh binding, presentation copy, inscribed from the author on a preliminary blank to William Murray, first earl of Mansfield, whose celebrated library was largely destroyed by fire during the Gordon Riots.
The Scottish agriculturalist and political economist James Anderson (1739-1808) wrote several influential... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 127839
WARNER, Richard. [Dropped head title:] The Diary of a Retired Country Parson.
Chelwood : 1848First and sole edition, privately printed at Chelwood, the north Somerset parish of the antiquary Richard Warner (1763-1857) and produced to a remarkably high early-Victorian standard (see Cotton's Typographical Gazetteer, Second Series, Oxford, 1866). With a fine provenance: ownership inscription (on front free endpaper, in Latin and Greek) of Francis... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 127816
SAINT-FOND, Barthélemy Faujas de. Voyage en Angleterre, en Écosse et aux îles Hébrides;
Paris : 1797First edition of this account of Saint-Fond's (1741-1819) travels to Britain in the year 1784, with important observations on the geology of northern England and Scotland, most notably his recognition that Fingal's Cave was a volcanic formation, which had gone unnoticed by Joseph Banks. The work also includes anecdotes of Banks, John Whitehurst and... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 127675
HUGHSON, David. Walks through London,
London : 1817.First edition, large paper issue, of this delightful illustrated guide to Regency London, laid out in eighteen walks around the metropolis. In many ways this is the forerunner of the modern guide book, giving a small map and directions for each perambulation. Hughson also compiled an illustrated history and description of London, issued in parts and... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 119726
WILLIAMS, Charles. A London Earthquake.
London : 1884First and only edition, decidedly uncommon, just 4 locations on Library Hub, BL, NLS, Oxford and Cambridge, WorldCat adds no further copies. "It is right to say that this story was planned at the time of the last earthquake at Ischia 28 July 1883; was partly written at the time of the earthquake of Java Krakatoa, 26 August 1883; and was in type long... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 116683
LONDON TRANSPORT. Appointments for 1936.
London : 1935Appointment book printed by London Transport as a Christmas gift in December 1935. With laid in gift note which reads "London Transport send you every good wish for Christmas and the coming year; and hope you may find this little book an amusing companion as well as a useful one. 55 Broadway, London, S.W.1, December 1935".
Through the photograph... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 116358
SPEED, John. England Wales Scotland and Ireland Described and Abridged.
[London : 1627Second miniature edition of Speed's atlas of Great Britain and Ireland, following the edition of 1620, and showing the mapped landscape of Britain as it would have been known to Shakespeare.
The "farr larger Voulume Done by John Speed" is a reference to the famous Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine (1611), issued in folio. Thomas Chubb explains... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 115052
ROSCOE, Thomas. Wanderings and Excursions in South Wales:
London : [1837?]A fine pair of bindings by London's leading binder of the 1840s and 1850s, with appropriately Welsh heraldic devices, perhaps done in celebration of the birth of Edward, the eldest son of Queen Victoria, in 1841. As Prince of Wales from 8 December 1841 to 22 January 1901, the future Edward VII held the record for longest-serving heir apparent until... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 114542
BERTRAM, Henry & Martin K. Rodwell. Life Scenes in London.
London : 1880First and only edition, scarce, Library Hub lists just Guildhall, and Bishopsgate libraries, the latter evidently defective of a plate, and a leaf of text, WorldCat adds the Newberry only. "to present to the Public a series of Original Sketches, wedded to amusing, and they trust, not unprofitable letterpress, has been the aim of the Publishers" (Preface).... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 114641
SHAW, Nellie. Whiteway.
London : 1935First edition, first impression, in notably attractive condition, of this work by one of Whiteway's founding members Nellie Shaw, "an anarchist-feminist seamstress from Penge" (Butler & Bundy, p. 25). Whiteway was a Tolstoyan anarchist community established near the Gloucestershire village of Miserden in 1898 based on the principles of equality between... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 113477
FERGUSON, James. Experiences of a Railway Guard.
Dundee : First edition of this series of sketches compiled during the author's service on the Caledonian Railway. Rare: five copies only traced in libraries worldwide, all but one in the United Kingdom, and one copy of a putative second edition. Some of the sketches first appeared in the Weekly News, published by D. C. Thomson of Dundee. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 112754
PHILLIPS, Sir Richard. [Sammelband of travel narratives and digests.]
London : 1820-1An interesting sammelband of scarce travel narratives printed by the radical publisher and bookseller Sir Richard Phillips (1767-1840), including a rare collection of anonymous letters from William Parry's first Arctic voyage, and the sole editions in English of Baron Hallberg's Reise durch Skandinavien (1818) and of Louis Albert Necker de Saussure's... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 112632
COACHING - TRISTRAM, W. Outram. Coaching Days and Coaching Ways.
London : 1893Second edition, scarce with the jacket, of this popular book on the major coaching roads of England. "To Thomson fell the providing of the subject and action pictures, while Railton vignetted old buildings, etc., along the great coaching roads of which the author gossiped... There is no doubt that Coaching Days remains to this day one of the most popular... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 112134