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RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.
London : 1951Deluxe edition, number 212 of 500 copies, handsomely bound. This is the one-hundredth edition of Grahame's timeless classic, which was originally published in 1908, with just a frontispiece, by Graham Robertson. Rackham's illustrations for the text first appeared in the Limited Editions Club edition of 1940, and it was the last work he illustrated.... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 148419
SULLIVAN, Edward. The Book of Kells.
London, Paris, New York : 1914First edition thus, a handsomely bound copy. Sir Edward Sullivan introduces the first colour facsimile edition of the 9th century The Book of Kells: "Its weird and commanding beauty; its subdued and goldless colouring; the baffling intricacy of its fearless designs; the clean, unwavering sweep of rounded spiral; the creeping undulations of serpentine... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 148455
BYRON, Lord. Childe Harold's Pilgrimage.
London, Edinburgh, Dublin : 1812Second edition (the same year as the first), enlarged with six new poems, of Byron's first major work, the book that launched the "Byronic hero", presenting Cantos 1 and 2 of Byron's autobiographical poetic romance covering his travels in Portugal, Spain, Albania and Greece, at the publication of which he "awoke, and found myself famous!".
This... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 142530
AUSTEN, Jane. The Novels.
London : 1959-63An attractively bound set of Austen's collected works, this set unusually including the volume of her juvenilia.
Though Austen's novels remained in print throughout the 19th century, it was the scholarly work of Robert William Chapman (1881-1960) that produced the first modern edition in 1923; his work continued to be issued in later editions... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 148022
RUSSELL, Bertrand. History of Western Philosophy,
London : 1947A handsomely bound copy of the first UK edition, second impression, of Russell's expansive account of the history of philosophy, ranging from the Orphism of ancient Greece to the logical positivism of the author's present day, was a triumph of his populist craft and is perhaps his most famous book. This copy was bound for Gordon W. Quance, with his... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 148038
TOYNBEE, Arnold J. A Study of History.
London : 1948-61A handsomely bound set by Bayntun of Bath of Toynbee's mammoth work, complete with the rare atlas. The set comprises mixed editions: first editions, first impressions, of vols. VII-XII; fourth impressions of vols. I-VI.
"Toynbee's enormous work attempts a complete analysis of the cyclical view of history, in which the civilizations (of which... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 148175
HARDY, Thomas. The Trumpet-Major.
London : 1950An attractively bound copy of Hardy's novel. It was first published in 1880 and written to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Trafalgar. This is the first issue of the work in the publisher's "Library Edition". Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 148321
COSWAY-STYLE BINDING - OMAN, Carola. Nelson.
London : 1947First edition of Carola Oman's key work. Her biography of Nelson won the Sunday Times Prize for English Literature, and "still stands as the benchmark against which modern biographies of Nelson may be judged" (ODNB), and she had access to previously unpublished primary sources, including the collection of Lady Nelson's papers assembled by Lady Llangattock,... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 148366
HENNELL, Thomas. The Countryman at Work
London : 1947First edition, first impression. This title collects studies of English country craftsmen and their methods of work which were first published as a series of articles in The Architectural Review between 1941 and 1943. Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 140018
RILKE, Rainer Maria & K. W. Maurer (trans.) Letters to a Young Woman.
London : First edition, first impression, inscribed "from KW. M. Jan, 1946" on the title page. A manuscript note laid-in loose states that this was "Sent by K. Maurer with request to forward with his good wishes. Evelyn Cottage, Lakes Lane Beacnsfie Beaconsfield". This title is arranged in much the same way as Maurer's earlier translation of Letters to a Young... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 142523
TIMLIN, William M. The Ship that Sailed to Mars.
London : First edition, first impression, in the rare dust jacket of the author's only published book. The book is considered "the most original and beautiful children's book of the 1920s... a magical combination of science fiction and fairyland".
William M. Timlin (1892-1943), born in Northumberland, moved to South Africa in his twenties and remained... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 148952
TOLKIEN, J. R. R. The Lord of the Rings.
London : 1991First edition illustrated by Alan Lee, first impression. This edition precedes the publication of single volumes of the individual titles with Lee's illustrations.
The illustrations for this edition were commissioned from Alan Lee (b. 1947) to commemorate the centenary of Tolkien's birth. Lee's new illustrations for Tolkien's epic fantasy were... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 149016
LE GUIN, Ursula K. Findings.
[Browerville] : 1992First edition, softcover issue, one of 476 copies only, presentation copy inscribed on the title page "For Denise Levertov in loving admiration, from Ursula Le Guin. December '92". This is a great feminist association copy.
The recipient was the British-American poet about which Le Guin famously wrote in 1985 "Denise Levertov 's mastery -- more... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 148854
GURNEY, Edmund; Frederick W. H. Myers; Frank Podmore (eds.) Phantasms of the Living.
Trübner : 1886First edition, from the library of the Swedish headquarters of the theosophical society the Universal Brotherhood, with neat marginal marks to the introduction of the first volume. The present work is one of the most significant documents of the emergent Victorian field of psychical research.
Gurney and Myers were founding members of the Society... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 147258
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Saint Joan Of Arc.
London : 1936First edition, signed limited issue, one of 20 unnumbered copies signed by the author and not for sale; the signed limited issue, comprising 120 copies in total, was bound in cream cloth, rather than the orange cloth used for the trade issue.
This copy has an appealing provenance, from the library of Kenneth Rae, a director of Cobden-Sanderson,... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 145972
ANGELUS, Johannes, & Johannes Regiomontanus. [Greek:] Esoptron astroligikon. Astrologicall Opticks.
London : Rare first edition in English, with eight copies only showing at institutional libraries and just three on auction records. The translator, Robert Turner (b. 1619/20- c. 1664), "was one of an important group of translators who supplied English audiences with a wide range of occult and medical treatises and particularly with the writings of Paracelsus"... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 143758
LAVEY, Anton Szandor. The Compleat Witch, or What To Do When Virtue Fails.
New York : 1971First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page to the historian Gottfried Kerscher, "To Gottfried Kerscher, and a bright future - Rege Satanas, Anton Szandor LaVey", the tip of the y stylised with a forked tail. Works signed by LaVey are notably uncommon in the market.
Anton LaVey was the founder of the Church of Satan... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 143038
BABUR; Annette Susannah Beveridge, trans. The Bābur-nāma in English (Memoirs of Bābur).
London : 1922First edition in book form of this landmark version of the Bāburnāma, the earliest example of autobiographical writing in world literature, the diary of Zahīr-ud-Dīn Muhammad Bābur (14831530), founder of the Mughal Empire and descendant of Timur, translated into English directly from the original Chagatai Turkish, the spoken language of the Andijan-Timurids;... Learn More£1,950.00
Stock Code: 141930
LOS ANGELES. Los Angeles Telephone Book.
Los Angeles : 13 April 1882The first telephone directory for Los Angeles, listing 90 subscribers with their own phones and numbers, and instructions on making calls to the central office. This is a delicate and rare piece of Californiana, tracking the expansion of critical technology through a state that would become an innovation leader. There are only two appearances in the... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 141446
BROWN, Robert Hewitt. Stellar Theology and Masonic Astronomy;
New York : 1882First edition of this rare work on the hidden meanings of Masonic and other esoteric symbols, includes two intriguing colour plates with volvelles.
While not disclosing "any of the essential secrets of the order" (intro.), the author reveals "truths which are... of great importance and interest to the craft" (ibid.). Himself a 32nd degree master... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 139889
AGRIPPA, Heinrich Cornelius. De occulta philosophia libri tres.
[Cologne? : July 1533First collected edition of this masterpiece of Western Renaissance magic. The first part of this summa of occult and magical thought was originally published in 1531, probably under the influence of Johannes Trithemius, abbot of Würzburg, whose notable students included Agrippa and Paracelsus.
The privilege of the Emperor Charles V, to whom... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 136927
REYNOLDS, Frank, aka "Freewheelin' Frank". 666: "The Hymn" to "Lucifer".
San Francisco : 1968First edition, uncommon. Fascinating document of the San Francisco underground scene. A sequence of amphetamine-fuelled metaphysical explorations combining the Satanic, astrological, and psychedelic in equal measure, with just a dash of biker lore. Reynolds was secretary of the notorious SF chapter of the Hell's Angels, and the previous year had seen... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 129123
THE BANKER'S DAUGHTER. Family archive illustrating the consequences of bankruptcy.
London : [c.1803-1871]A fascinating and varied archive which vividly illustrates the ramifications of bankruptcy upon family life, comprising financial, promotional, and personal documents related to the late Regency-era performer Mary Radcliff Chambers, "the Banker's Daughter", who took up an onstage career to revive her family's fortunes after the collapse of her father's... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 128644
AWDRY, Rev. W. The Three Railway Engines.
Leicester : First edition, first printing. The Three Railway Engines was the first book in the Railway Series by the Rev. Awdry, introducing Edward, Gordon and Henry (Thomas the Tank Engine did not appear until a year later in 1946). In the chapter "The Sad Story of Henry", Henry refuses to come out of the tunnel. "They took up the old rails, built a wall in front... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 122863
SCOTT, Walter - REMY, Nicholas. Daemonolatreiae libri tres,
Lyon : 1595Rare first edition of this seminal work on the worship of demons, Sir Walter Scott's copy, with his ownership inscription on the title page and his library shelf mark on the front free endpaper: "Abbotsford Library O13". Scott's fascination with witchcraft led him to spend years gathering "perhaps the most curious library of diablerie that man ever... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 123052
GRIMOIRE - AGRIPPA, Henri-Corneille. Les Œuvres Magiques.
Rome [actually Lille : 1740 & 1744 [but 1830 & 1813]A superb early 19th-century French copy of two grimoires, printed by Simon Blocquel (1780-1863). This is a clear, neat, and evocative example of contemporary popular grimoires and contains the works of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa (1486-1535) including his Heptameron, a concise book of magical rites concerned with conjuring specific angels for the seven... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 121171
FANTASY PRESS. Complete collection of books and pamphlets of poetry published by the Fantasy Press,
Oxford : 1952-62An exceptional complete collection of the publications of the Fantasy Press, Oxford, including scarce early works of poetry by Philip Larkin, Kingsley Amis, Geoffrey Hill, Elizabeth Jennings, Thom Gunn, Adrienne Cecil Rich, Anthony Thwaite, Adrian Mitchell, and many others. The publications of the Fantasy Press, established by surrealist artist Oscar... Learn More£5,250.00
Stock Code: 118719
LELAND, Charles Godfrey Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches.
London : 1899First edition, in notably bright condition, of this uncommon work. Aradia is study of the persistence of "la vecchia religione" in Italy and despite being the subject of continuing controversy, the text undeniably exercised a persuasive influence over Gerald Gardner in the development of his ideas of witchcraft, and is widely considered to be the foundation... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 114094
JOYCE, James. Dubliners.
London : 1914First edition, first impression, first issue, one of 746 sets of sheets bound by Grant Richards and issued in London on 15 June 1914. The remaining 504 sets of the 1,250 printed were shipped to Huebsch in New York, where they were not issued until much later, sometime between 15 December 1916 and 1 January 1917. Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 106591
CHEVANES, Jacques de. L'Incredulité scavante, et la credulité ignorante:
Lyons : 1671First edition, a reply to Gabriel Naudé's sceptical Apologie pour tous les grands personnages, qui ont été faussement soupçonnés de magie, recently republished in 1669.
Jacques de Chevanes (c.1608-1678) of Autun had personal experience of a witch-hunt in Burgundy in 1648/9, and the present work includes extracts from a 1670 interview with... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 84955
CHINDITS. Collection of material relating to Wingate's Chindits and their campaigns in Burma.
1940s-1980s]Superb collection of material concerning the Chindits, includes Wingate's Report on the Operations of 77th Brigade; the original MS of the Hedley's book Jungle Fighter; a number of SEAC Chindit publications; a small trove of pieces from the collection of a serving Chindit officer, including intelligence reports, some excellent press photographs, and... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 65880
WILKES, Charles. Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition,
Philadelphia : 1845Third edition overall. In smaller format than the imperial octavo edition of the same year, this edition was reprinted from stereos of that edition but without the plates or accompanying atlas and with 47 wood-engravings substituted for the steel vignettes. The text is complete, with no abridgement; the edition was 3,000 copies. Wilkes's expedition... Learn More£1,200.00
Stock Code: 30128
ALLEN, Ida Bailey. Gastronomique.
New York : 1958First edition, first impression, of Allen's "new and exciting adventure in the realm of connoisseur foods", including chapters on "The Eternal Egg in Contemporary Ways", "The Fascinating Flambé", and "Trends in Tarts and Pies". Referred to as "The original domestic goddess" by antique cookbook experts Patricia Edwards and Peter Peckham, Allen offers... Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 149044
GHOST STORIES - DALE, Harrison (ed.) Great Ghost Stories.
London : 1930First edition, first impression. This copy bears the posthumous bookplate of the noted collector and president of the Société de géographie and of the Institut international d'anthropologie, Roland Napoléon Bonaparte, 6th Prince of Canino and Musignano (1858-1924), and Napoleon Bonaparte's great nephew. Learn More£95.00
Stock Code: 149058
DE LA MARE, Walter, as Walter Ramal. Songs of Childhood.
New York & Bombay : 1902First edition, first impression, of de la Mare's first book. This copy is from the library of Jean Hersholt (1896-1956), a Danish-American Hollywood actor known for his role in Heidi and for his impressive collection of Anderseniana, which represented possibly the largest collection in America of Andersen's work.
A Songs of Childhood is a collection... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 149065
DOBRÉE, Valentine. The Emperor's Tigers.
London : 1929First edition, first impression. This is the author's second novel, an allegorical fantasy about the Emperor's Tigers cloistered away in the private garden of Transmappamondia. This title is uncommon, especially in such good condition.
Née Gladys Brooke-Pechell and highly regarded as an artist and poet, her husband Bonamy Dobrée was part of... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 149072
ELIOT, T. S. (pref.); PHILIPPE, Charles-Louis. Bubu of Montparnasse.
Paris : 1932First edition in English, first impression, of the working-class novelist's first success, a study of Parisian low-life in which the influence of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky is predominant, first published in France in 1901. This edition is seldom found in such nice condition. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 149077
MANN, Thomas. The Coming Victory of Democracy.
New York : 1938First editions, first and second printings, both signed by Thomas Mann on the front free endpaper, of these two political essays published at the dawn of the Second World War.
The Coming Victory of Democracy was a lecture delivered by Mann on a tour during the Spring of 1938, estimated to have been heard by more than 60,000, and "published in... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 149084
ZWEIG, Stefan. Brasil pais do futuro.
Porto : 1941First edition, first printing, in Portuguese, of Zweig's collection of essays on the history and culture of Brazil, published simultaneously in German as Brasilien, Ein Land der Zukunft. This edition is scarcely found in commerce, especially so this well preserved.
Zweig emigrated to England in 1934 as a result of the Nazi Party's rise in Germany.... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 149086
WOOLF, Virginia. The Voyage Out.
London : 1915First edition, first impression, of Woolf's first published novel. Originally titled Melymbrosia, Woolf worked on The Voyage Out from 1907 until its publication in March 1915. The resulting work "was a literary debut that marked Virginia as a writer worth watching" (Licence). Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 148975
RUSSELL, Bertrand. History of Western Philosophy
London : 1946First UK edition, first impression. Russell's expansive account of the history of philosophy, ranging from the Orphism of ancient Greece to the logical positivism of the author's present day, was a triumph of his populist craft and is perhaps his most famous book.
Written during the Second World War, Russell's project was in part conceived to... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 148985
WHITEHEAD, Alfred North. Process and Reality.
Cambridge : 1929First edition, first impression, of the most famous work of process philosophy.
"In the session 1927-8 Whitehead returned to Britain in order to deliver the Gifford lectures at Edinburgh University. These, which were published in 1929 under the title Process and Reality, an Essay in Cosmology, may be regarded as the definitive exposition of... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 148986
BRADLEY, Francis Herbert. The Presuppositions of Critical History.
London : 1874Scarce first edition of Bradley's first book, with an autograph letter signed on New College Oxford headed paper from the philosopher A. J. Ayer, 9 February 1962, thanking a "Dear John" for the loan of the book - "it is strange stuff, even more 'literary' than his later work. But, as nearly always, he is troubled by genuine problems". This literary... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 148987
KENEALLY, Thomas. Schindler's Ark.
London : 1982First UK edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the title page "Best wishes Tom Keneally".
Keneally's novel - based on the real story of Oskar Schindler harbouring Jews during the holocaust - was awarded the Booker Prize in 1982, and was adapted into Steven Spielberg's acclaimed Schindler's List in 1993. Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 149008
RUSHDIE, Salman. The Satanic Verses.
London : 1988First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Rushdie's fourth novel and a major work in the magical realist canon, The Satanic Verses ignited furious controversy, leading to the book being banned and protested across the world, with the author placed under police protection for several years. Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 149011
THESIGER, Wilfred. My Kenya Days.
London : 1994First edition, first impression, inscribed by Thesiger on the title page: "With best wishes, Wilfred Thesiger". My Kenya Days is a postscript to his autobiography, which he dictated because of his failing eyesight, between 1992 and 1993 while staying at Maralal, Kenya.
"During more than fifty years spent travelling Thesiger (1910-2003) documented... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 149018
SPARK, Muriel. Child of Light.
Hadleigh, Essex : 1951First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Signed copies of early park works are uncommonly found, especially so in the jacket.
Long before Spark published her first novel she wrote a number of literary critical or biographical works including William Wordsworth, Mary Shelley, Emily Bronte, John Masefield and John... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 148857
WYNDHAM-LEWIS, D. B., & Charles Lee. The Stuffed Owl.
London and Toronto : 1930First edition, signed by both editors on the half-title, of this gleefully mischievous anti-anthology, collecting the clangers of English verse from Cowley to Tennyson, illustrated by Beerbohm's highly comic authorial portraits.
Perhaps no book (not even Strachey's Eminent Victorians) better encapsulates the giddy, juvenile irreverence of the... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 148858
BAIRNSFATHER, Bruce. Bullets & Billets.
London : 1917First edition thus, limited edition, number 41 of 100 copies only with an original drawing by Bairnsfather. This copy has an interesting provenance with pencilled on the front free endpaper "Keep in memory of Frank Houlton Putnam ('Happy') 51st Canadian Highland Division 1914-1918".
In February 1930, Putnam's (1892-1930) obituary read "Mr. Putnam... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 148880
NIXON, Richard. The Real War.
New York : 1980First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title "To Bonnie Swearingen, With deep appreciation for her loyal support & friendship over the years from Richard Nixon 10-15-80".
Bonnie Swearingen (1933-2020) appeared in various Hollywood films before becoming a Wall Street stockbroker, one of the earliest... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 148940
CHURCHILL, Winston S. London to Ladysmith via Pretoria.
London : 1900First edition, first impression, of Churchill's account of his experiences as a war correspondent in the Second Boer War; "a splendid book both aesthetically and from a literary standpoint, the Ladysmith is one of the most sought-after titles in the canon" (Langworth).
"The volume essentially consists of 27 letters and telegrams to the Morning... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 148953
CROSBY, Harry. Red Skeletons.
Paris : 1927First edition, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title to the Belgian author and artist "For Jean Bosschère, from Harry" with a doodle of a black sun; number 345 of 333 copies on vergé de Hollande Van Gelder Zonen, from a total edition of 370 copies.
Jean de Bosschère (1878-1953) fled Belgium at the start of the First World War and moved... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 148838
GRAVES, Robert. [Love Respelt quartet:]
London & New York : 1965-66-67-69First editions, signed limited issues, numbered 70 of 250, 329 of 330, 65 of 386, and 893 of 1000 copies, respectively, and each signed by the author on the limitation page. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 148839