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  1. 132065detail
    First editions, first impressions. "Taken as a whole, the 12 books are a remarkable testimony to the creativity of J. R. R. Tolkien and the industry and painstaking scholarship of his son Christopher" (George Beahm, The Essential J. R. R. Tolkien Sourcebook, p. 34). Learn More
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  2. 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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  3. 122901
    First edition of Porter's first acknowledged novel, a significant work that "ranks with Mrs Radcliffe's Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne as a super-rarity among Gothic Romantic novels" (Sadleir 1972). The first edition is held by only one of the six legal deposit libraries in the United Kingdom and Ireland (the National Library... Learn More
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  4. 132152comp
    First US edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Larry, best regards from an 'Eskimo fanatic', Bruce". Originally published in the UK in the same year. This work is Chatwin's "capacious exploration of Aboriginal creation myths and incorporated some of his early speculations about nomads"... Learn More
    £300

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  5. 132155
    First edition, first impression, preceding the first US edition, which was released later in the same year. "The Little Sister is particularly remarkable for Marlowe's cleverly phrased and brutally honest self-evaluations" (ODNB). Learn More
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  6. 132156
    First UK edition, first impression, originally published in America in 1943. This was the fourth of Chandler's novels featuring Philip Marlowe, in which he "becomes more cynical and world-weary, and actively misanthropic, projecting his own despair onto the state of California, and onto modern life itself" (ODNB). It was... Learn More
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  7. 131962comp
    First editions, first printings, an excellent inscribed set, with the first three titles inscribed to the same recipient and all five volumes signed, respectively "To Dean, may your winters be short" in A Game of Thrones, "To Dean, keep your sword sharp" in A Storm of Swords, and "To Dean, may your summers be bountiful"... Learn More
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  8. 132139detail
    First editions, early issues, of all volumes except Volume III, which is a second edition, and Volume XI, which is bound without advertisements. Lasner notes that although it is nearly impossible to determine the exact issue of a given set of The Yellow Book, "no volume without the advertisements can be a true first edition"... Learn More
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  9. 125497
    First edition of the third novel by Lady Caroline Lamb, again published anonymously, printed by her friend John Murray, formerly Byron's publisher, and dedicated to the Irish intellectual Lydia White. The titular antihero is born in Georgia and sold into bondage. He boards a privateer, murders the captain, and declares himself... Learn More
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  10. 123697detail

    Provenance:..."> Two Christmas cards sent by Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips to Margaret Thatcher in the late 1970s. Both cards display Gatcombe Park house, the estate which Princess Anne acquired in 1976, and are both inscribed by Anne "To you both, from Anne and Mark's signature: Mark", with their crowned joint monogram.

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  11. 131304
    First edition of Alison's treatise on aesthetics. "Alison, in his well-known Essays on the Nature and Principles of Taste, proceeds by a method exactly the opposite to that of Hogarth and Burke. He seeks to analyse the mental process when finds that this consists in a peculiar operation of the imagination, namely, the flow... Learn More
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  12. 130584

    The Lorax.

    New York: 1971

    First edition, first issue with the three lines of copyright and highlighted yellow panel to back cover. Seuss's environmentalist fable was adapted into a computer animated film in 2012, starring Danny DeVito, Taylor Swift, Betty White and Zac Efron. Learn More
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  13. 128642
    First edition, first printing. The American edition preceded the UK edition by a year. Learn More
    £225

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  14. 127128
    First UK edition of the first English translation. The edition constitutes volume eight of a projected 11-volume set of Nietzsche's writings in English, although it was in fact the second title published. Zarathustra was originally published in German in four parts between 1883 and 1885, with the first three volumes written... Learn More
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  15. 127237
    First expanded Minerva Press edition. Many of the tales were first published by William Lane in 1788 under the title "The Palace of Enchantment", and re-published by his Minerva Press in another edition of the same title in 1794. These tales constitute volume II of the present edition, renamed to "Fairy Tales", with the... Learn More
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  16. 125755detail
    The Wessex Edition, the definitive edition of Hardy's works, and a finely bound set. Macmillan became Hardy's publishers in 1902 and "in 1912 they undertook a new and definitive edition, called (at Frederick Macmillan's suggestion) the 'Wessex Edition'. For this edition Hardy revised his novels throughout for the last time... Learn More
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    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

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  18. Two Christmas Tales.
    First edition in book form, published as a limited edition of 150 copies, none of which were offered for sale. The tales originally appeared in the Toronto Star Weekly, on 23 December 1923. With the publisher's compliments slip laid-in. Scarce. Learn More
    £1,750

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  19. 62434
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  20. The Son of the Wolf. Tales of the Far North.
    First edition, first printing, first issue text, first state binding. London's first book. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 41368

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  21. 132200comp
    First deluxe editions, first impressions. Signed by the author on the publisher's bookplate, pasted to the front pastedown of the Philosopher's Stone. The deluxe editions, created for the gift market, were issued out of sequence, with the third book, Prisoner of Azkaban, being the first published in this format. It was issued... Learn More
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  22. 132196comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the publisher's promotional bookplate, attached to the front free endpaper. The signed bookplate was specially issued for this title, as Rowling undertook fewer signings for the Half-Blood Prince than for previous book launches. Learn More
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  23. 132199
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  24. 132186
    First edition, first impression, second issue with plain endpapers. Inscribed on the title page by two actresses from the 1974 film: Maud Adams, signed along with her character name Andrea Anders, and Britt Ekland, signed with her character name Mary Goodnight and dated 2006. The Man with the Golden Gun was Fleming's twelfth... Learn More
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  25. 132189comp
    First edition, first impression, second state with textual corrections (no priority of issue). Signed by the author on the title page, and by Cliff Wright, who designed the book's cover art, on the half-title verso. With the ticket for the signing session, in St Albans on 19 July (11 days after publication), loosely inserted.... Learn More
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  26. 132192comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the dedication page, with the Golden Ticket from the signing session at Hatchards on 17 July 2000 (nine days after publication) loosely inserted. Learn More
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  27. 132184
    First edition, first impression, of Lewis's retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche, a work first referenced in his diary in 1923, but not finished for a further three decades. Finally written in a "full flush of inspiration... it was certainly his most unexpected book, and his greatest tour de force; to many readers,... Learn More
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  28. 132185
    First edition, first impression, of Lewis's retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche, a work first referenced in his diary in 1923, but not finished for a further three decades. Finally written in a "full flush of inspiration... it was certainly his most unexpected book, and his greatest tour de force; to many readers,... Learn More
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  29. 132173

    Toilet.

    London: [c. 1840]

    Early edition. This popular moral instructor in verse for young ladies was first published in 1821, concocted as a relaxation at a house party by the 70-year-old miniature painter William Grimaldi, who produced a set of nine drawings of articles which he found on his daughter's dressing table, each of which was folded to... Learn More
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  30. 132181
    First edition, first impression, of Lewis's retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche, a work first referenced in his diary in 1923, but not finished for a further three decades. Finally written in a "full flush of inspiration... it was certainly his most unexpected book, and his greatest tour de force; to many readers,... Learn More
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    First Frink edition, number 98 of 250 copies signed by the artist on the title page and on each of the lithographs (a further 25 copies were printed for private distribution). A most attractive copy, handsomely bound, finely printed on Zerkall Bütton paper, and exquisitely illustrated by Frink; this was her first foray... Learn More
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  32. 130819
    First edition of all three works. Miscellaneous Poems includes the first printing of "To his Coy Mistress" and "The Garden". Published a couple of years after Marvell's death, the volume made his poetic talents known to a general readership who would have known him, if at all, only from his commendatory verses to the second... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the publisher's promotional bookplate, specially issued for this title, as Rowling undertook fewer signings for the Half-Blood Prince than for previous book launches. Learn More
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  34. 130683
    First edition, first impression, of Berlin's lecture attacking historical inevitability, delivered as the first Auguste Comte Memorial Trust Lecture on 12 May 1953 at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Learn More
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  35. 130687

    Dilemmas.

    Cambridge: 1954

    First edition, first impression. "Ryle's next book, Dilemmas (1954), was a slightly modified version of the Tarner lectures which he delivered in Trinity College, Cambridge, in the previous year. In it he demonstrated, in a number of diverse cases, how specialist and non-specialist accounts of what is in some sense the same... Learn More
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  36. 130036comp
    First edition, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's copy, with his ownership inscription at the head of the title, presented by him to his daughter Sara Coleridge, inscribed on the blank recto of the frontispiece, "Sara Coleridge, from her affectionate Father, S. T. Coleridge", and on a slip mounted on the preceding blank, "N.B. I... Learn More
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  37. 130679
    First separate edition, being the offprint from the Proceedings of the British Academy, volume XXV. Moore's common-sense approach to epistemology ran counter, and arguably refuted, the idealist and sceptic philosophies so popular among his academic peers. "The best way to characterize this mature philosophy is as 'the analysis... Learn More
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  38. 129414
    First public edition of Hardy's 1942 account of the breach between Russell and Trinity which occurred during the First World War, originally privately printed in 1942. This new edition contains a 4-page foreword by C. D. Broad, explaining the circumstances of the argument and the publication history of the book. Learn More
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  39. 129632
    First UK edition, first impression, of the author's major work. The US edition was published the same year. "Like many of his other texts, James's Pragmatism (...) contains both a manifest and a latent image. On the surface level, it is a 'method only'. James describes it as a corridor with various topics leading to different... Learn More
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  40. 129400
    First edition, first printing, one of 3,000 unnumbered copies on "vélin alpha" paper (a further 120 numbered copies on "pur fil" paper were also issued as "tirage de tête"). The first part had been published in December 1945 in Les Temps Modernes, with this being the first printing of the whole text. Sartre's reflections... Learn More
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  41. 129401
    First edition, first printing, of Sartre's first book. The work was commissioned by Henri Delacroix as the tenth volume of the Nouvelle Encyclopédie Philosophique. Sartre provides an overview and a critique of the different approaches to phenomenology, as well as offering an extended discussion of Edmund Husserl, a major... Learn More
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  42. 129398

    Reason and Morality.

    Chicago and London: 1978

    First edition, first printing. Gewirth's most important contribution to the philosophy of ethics, Reason and Morality attempts to provide a rational foundation for morality. Learn More
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  43. 129399
    First edition, first impression. In the Lent term of 1912 Wittgenstein enrolled at Cambridge, mostly to attend Bertrand Russell's lectures. There he met David Pinsent, who he was later to call his "first and only friend". The present volume publishes for the first time Pinsent's diaries from the period, as well as what remains... Learn More
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  44. 129162
    First edition, first impression, of Ayer's collected philosophical essays. The copy of the Marxist historian Raymond Challinor (1929-2011), with his ownership signature to pastedown. Challinor's work focused on the British labour movement, especially in the North East. Learn More
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  45. 129319
    First edition, first impression, of this series of lectures on perception, delivered by Austin from 1948 to 1959. "His general target was the phenomenalist doctrine that the argument from illusion shows that we never perceive, or directly perceive, material objects but only sense data, ideas, impressions, or sensa Sense... Learn More
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  46. 128854
    First edition, first impression, of this mathematical-philosophical work, the subject of Keynes's fellowship dissertation, in which he sought to establish a mathematical basis for probability theory as Bertrand Russell and Alfred North Whitehead had done for symbolic logic. Russell wrote of this work "the mathematical calculus... Learn More
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  47. 129111
    First edition, first issue (with the errata leaves and textual errors; the errata were corrected and the leaves removed for the second issue), of Holbach's most famous work, "the bible of materialism" (PMM). Holbach, a man of vast humanistic and philosophical knowledge, was also familiar with various branches of science... Learn More
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  48. 128588
    First edition. "In the winter semester of 1772-3 Kant first offered a lecture course on anthropology, a course he repeated every winter semester for the next twenty-three years. While Kant was not the first German academic to lecture under this title, he made clear from the first lectures that his course would consider the... Learn More
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  49. 128660
    A highly appealing collected edition of Diderot's philosophical and theatrical works, printed in the year that the publication of the Encyclopédie finally finished. There were two editions of Diderot's works published in Amsterdam that year, the other being that of Marc Michel Rey, though this is generally accepted to have... Learn More
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  50. 127268
    First edition in French. Spinoza's great treatise on political theology, a "crystal-clear exposition of the theory of natural right" (PMM), was first published in Latin in 1670. The only work to be published in the author's lifetime, it blends the traditions of his Hebraic background with Cartesian rationalism. His ethical... Learn More
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  51. 128551
    First edition, first issue with muse vignette on title page. The collection was put together from manuscripts in the hands of Anthony Collins, Samuel Bold and others, with the help of Locke's nephew Peter King. Two of the works are believed to actually be the work of the first Earl of Shaftesbury, and a third is spurious,... Learn More
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  52. 118817
    First edition, second impression (first 1946), of the Nobel prizewinner's development of "one simple, unified standard method, capable of dealing, without changing the fundamental attitude, with all cases (classical, quantum, Bose-Einstein, Fermi-Dirac, etc.) and with every new problem that may arise" (Introduction). Learn More
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  53. 131788
    First and sole edition, uncommon; this remains the primary printed source on the campaign. "A member of the Topographical Survey Department of India, Lieutenant Woodthorpe was attached from November 1871 to March 1872 to the military expedition sent to suppress the outrages of several hill tribes in the Cachar region on... Learn More
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  54. 131569
    First edition, first impression, first state, with the requisite points: number series on the copyright page from 10 down to 1, "Joanne Rowling" as the copyright holder, and the dropped line (line 24) of text on page 7. In the second state, the dropped text is corrected, and the copyright attributed to "J. K. Rowling". It... Learn More
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  55. 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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  56. 130639
    First edition, first impression. Lady Cobbold spent winters in Algeria and Egypt during her childhood, where "she learnt to speak Arabic and delighted in escaping her governess to visit local mosques with her Algerian friends" (ODNB). She converted to Islam in around 1914, having continued to travel and study in the region.... Learn More
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  57. 128803
    First UK edition, first impression, of Christie's first novel and Poirot's debut. Inspired by the refugees she saw in Torquay, the poisons she encountered whilst working in a local hospital for the Voluntary Aid Detachment, and "challenged by her sister Madge, Agatha embarked on a detective story" in 1914. "Rejected by two... Learn More
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  58. 128759
    First edition. John Cartwright, identified on the title page as "sometimes student in Magdalen College in Oxford", is invariably referred to as "The Preacher" after the title of this book; his name is often listed as being employed by the Levant Company in that capacity. Yet one of the oddest features of his fascinating... Learn More
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  59. 126588comp
    A prominent member of the..."> First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Auntie Townshend. With love, from Rebecca". The recipient was Emily Townshend, one of the "Girton Five", the first students at the newly founded women's' college at Cambridge in 1869.
    A prominent member of the... Learn More
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  60. 126672

    De claris mulieribus.

    [Strassburg: about 1474-75, not after 1479]

    Second edition of the first collection of 104 biographies devoted exclusively to women, following the first printed edition at Ulm by Johann Zainer in 1473. First composed between 1355 and 1359 it "represents Europe's first postclassical history of women" (Gaylard, p. 287). Boccaccio includes women from mythology, legend,... Learn More
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