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ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Hans Andersen's Story Book:
New York : 1849First collected American edition. The volume contains 27 of Hans Andersen's stories translated into English by Mary Howitt and Charles Boner, including "The Snow Queen", "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "The Real Princess" (better known as "The Princess and the Pea"), and "The Red Shoes", together with a short biography of Andersen by Howitt.
Selections... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 144875
WODEHOUSE, P. G. The Great Sermon Handicap.
London : First separate edition, first impression. This short story, originally appearing in The Inimitable Jeeves (1923), is a scarce and fragile production, uncommon in such good condition. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 145144
MILNE, A. A. Winnie-the-Pooh.
London : 1926First edition, first impression, of this much loved children's classic, Milne's first collection of stories featuring the famous bear; a particularly nice example in the dust jacket. Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 145193
MILNE, A. A. Winnie-the-Pooh.
London : 1976Rare presentation copy of the 50th anniversary edition, number 27 of 300 copies signed by Christopher Robin Milne. This copy has been fulsomely inscribed by Christopher Robin to the winner of "The Hum with Pooh" poetry competition:"Dear Mubina Punjani, this book tells you that you have been awarded First Prize in your age group in The Hum with Pooh... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 145209
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Sonnets.
London : 1913The Riccardi Press edition, number 4 of 12 copies printed on vellum, in the eleven point Riccardi Fount; an exceptionally fresh copy of this beautiful publication. There were also 1,000 copies printed on paper. The Riccardi Press was founded by Herbert P. Horne, who designed its typeface. Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 144599
JAMES, P. D. A Mind to Murder.
London : 1963First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author to Otto Penzler on the front free endpaper, "P. D. James / To Otto / with affectionate & admiration", over the pasted-down ticket of Elaine Greene, her literary agent. This is a superb literary association: Penzler is an American author, editor, and owner of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York,... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 144605
CLARE, John. The Rural Muse.
London : 1835First edition, first impression, of Clare's final collection, which is rare in the original cloth. It includes some of Clare's best-known poems such as "The Skylark" and "The Yellowhammer's Nest". Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 144629
LENNON, John - ONO, Yōko. Grapefruit.
London : 1971First Sphere edition, first impression, signed by both Lennon and Ono on the front free endpaper. Copies of this title are known bearing the signatures of rock's best known couple but are by no means common.
Ono's book blurred the lines between literature and conceptual art, and Lennon later stated that his song "Imagine" was derived from Yoko's... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 144710
DAHL, Roald. The Commemorative Limited Edition of the Works.
London : 1991The Commemorative Edition, limited to 500 sets of which this is number 323. This edition was published to celebrate Dahl's 75th birthday on 13th September 1991. Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 143271
WOOLF, Virginia. The Waves.
London : 1931First edition, first impression, of Woolf's most ambitious and experimental novel, hailed by Cyril Connolly as her "masterpiece". "It is one of the books which comes nearest to stating the mystery of life and so, in a sense, nearest to solving it" (Connolly, p. 49). Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 144014
AUSTEN, Jane. Mansfield Park.
London : 1908First Charles Brock-illustrated edition. Demonstrating his mastery in using ink and watercolour, Brock provided colour illustrations for all six Austen novels published by Dent between 1907 and 1909.
Charles Brock and his brother Henry had collaborated on Dent's 1898 edition of Austen's work, with Henry taking Pride and Prejudice, Northanger... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 144424
PLATH, Sylvia. Crossing the Water.
London : 1971First edition, first impression. Crossing the Water was edited by Hughes and consists of poems that Plath wrote between the publication of Colossus in 1960 and her death in 1963. Learn More£165.00
Stock Code: 142431
DAHL, Roald. The Magic Finger.
London : 1968First UK edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the title page, "Christopher Radmell, Roald Dahl". Rarely found inscribed, Magic Finger was first published two years earlier in the US.
Dahl had originally begun work on it in 1962, under its original title of The Almost Ducks. In the story, an eight-year-old girl, who hates to see... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 140580
(HARRISON, George, ed.) TAYLOR, Derek. Fifty Years Adrift.
Guildford : 1984Signed limited edition, number 558 of 2,000 copies signed by George Harrison, Derek Taylor, and the illustrator Larry Smith. Taylor was the Beatles's publicist; the present book is his autobiography, with Harrison's additions, and is "the companion volume to I ME MINE" (prospectus).
Stock Code: 144958
JAMES, Henry (his copy); Jules Lemaitre. Chateaubriand.
Paris : 1912First edition, Henry James's copy given to him by his friend Edith Wharton, with James's inscription on the half-title "Henry James from E.W. May, 1912"; a superb association copy between two great novelists and longstanding friends, both of whom shared a profound relationship to Paris and French literature. James appears to have read this copy thoroughly,... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 142134
BAKST, Leon. L'Œuvre pour La Belle au bois dormant.
Paris : 1922Signed limited edition, number 435 of 500 copies signed by Bakst and the publisher on the limitation page. A richly illustrated volume, depicting the costume designs by Bakst for Sergei Diaghilev's ballet La Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty), which premiered at the Alhambra Theater in London in 1921. Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 141708
FLEMING, Ian. Complete set of the Bond novels and stories, each lifetime edition a presentation copy inscribed by the author.
London : 1953-66First editions, first impressions, of the complete series of James Bond books, each lifetime edition a presentation copy inscribed by the author. This is a thrilling sequence of inscriptions, showcasing Fleming's wit and flair. Casino Royale is simply inscribed "To M, these pages from my memoirs! Ian" the ideal presentation inscription for any Bond... Learn More£500,000.00
Stock Code: 141010
KIPLING, Rudyard. Just So Stories For Little Children.
London : 1902First edition, third printing (two months after the first), inscribed by the author, "Janet Aitken from her obliged and obedient servant the author Jul. 1911", on the title page; Kipling has struck through his printed name and signed it below. Then three years old, Janet Gladys Kidd, née Aitken, later Campbell, later Montagu (1908-1988), was the daughter... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 137861
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.
London : 1951Deluxe edition, number 323 of 500 copies. This 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. "During his last illness... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 110662
CHEVREUL, Michel Eugène. Exposé d'un Moyen de Définir et de Nommer les Couleurs
Paris : 1861First edition of the Atlas volume of Chevreul's pioneering treatise on colour theory, which was intended for artists as much as scientists, and which came to influence the Impressionists and Pointillists; retaining the original binding, and scarce thus.
Chevreul's "colour studies made him one of the most influential scientists of the nineteenth... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 143524
FISHER, Irving. Why is the Dollar Shrinking?
New York : 1914First edition, first printing. Fisher, the founder of monetary economics, analyzes the nature of money, giving an engaging explanation for why the dollar was losing its purchasing power. Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 144035
RACKHAM, Arthur. Complete deluxe limited editions set.
1905–51IRVING, Washington. Rip Van Winkle. London: William Heinemann, 1905
Quarto. Original vellum, titles to spine and front board gilt, pictorial image blocked in gilt to front cover, brown endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, cream ribbon ties. Housed in a custom green cloth slipcase. Colour frontispiece and 49 colour plates mounted on brown... Learn More£100,000.00
Stock Code: 144251
CERVANTES, Miguel de. The History of the Ingenious Gentleman, Don Quixote of La Mancha.
Boston : 1865An attractive set of Cervantes's masterpiece, one of his finest books, originally issued in 30 parts between 1864 and 1867; it was initially published by Hachette at Paris in 1863. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 141071
FARRAR, Frederic W. Eric,
Edinburgh : 1891Handsomely bound copy of the 25th edition of Farrar's novel. Originally published in 1858, Eric, together with Tom Hughes' Tom Brown's Schooldays, "effectively established the school story as a new genre However, while Tom Brown conveys the enthusiasms of the author's games-playing schooldays and is still readable today, Eric is a vividly sentimental... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 141147
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The First Collected Works. Centenary Limited Edition;
London : 1973-6First complete collected edition, number 139 of 1,750 sets published. The Centenary Edition is the only full collected works of Winston Churchill, reproducing his 50 books in 34 volumes. The Library of Imperial History went bankrupt before the projected run of 3,000 sets could be completed, so "the print run never exceeded 2,000 copies and only 1,750... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 144299
CHERRY-GARRARD, Apsley. The Worst Journey in The World.
London : 1951Personally published by Cherry-Garrard, this is the first edition to include the retrospective Postscript written in 1948. This copy has a poignant association, being inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Mrs. Reynell in gratitude, 1947 to 1951 from Apsley Cherry-Garrard, October 25th 1951". The recipient was Una Mary, widow of Rupert Reynell, the... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 142508
ROWLING, J. K. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
London : 2007First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the title page "To Ben J. K. Rowling", with the authentication hologram. It is accompanied by the original admission ticket to the signing at the book's midnight release on 20-21 July 2007 in the Natural History Museum in London. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh and final... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 144210
AUSTEN, Jane. Northanger Abbey: and Persuasion.
London : 1818First edition of Austen's final published work, pairing Northanger Abbey, probably the first full-length novel she wrote, with Persuasion, her last completed novel. Her brother Henry's biographical notice, dated 13 December 1817, is the first acknowledgement in print of Jane Austen as the author of her six novels. Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 130059
KEATS, John. Sonnets.
[c. 1900]A beautiful arts and crafts edition of 54 of Keats's poems with a striking ornamental title page, this copy in lovely condition. This edition has no colophon to suggest a publisher; however, it is printed on paper watermarked "J. Whatman 1899" and "1900". Ten other such copies with the same watermarks have been traced institutionally. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 139806
DE MARIGNY, François Augier. The History of the Arabians,
London : 1758First English edition, originally published at Paris in 1750, decidedly uncommon and presented here in an attractive period binding. This is an important history, covering the period from the foundation of Islam down to the death of the last Abbasid caliph Al-Musta'sim (reigned 1242-1258), executed following the Mongol sack of Baghdad.
The Abbe... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 144269
HAYEK, Friedrich August von. Prices and Production.
London : 1931First edition, first impression, of the lectures Hayek delivered at the London School of Economics in 1930-31. Prices and Production was one of Hayek's principal contributions to the development of capital theory "commonly regarded as his most fundamental and pathbreaking achievement", and introduced Hayekian triangles, "widely recognized but rarely... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 136196
VICO, Giambattista. Principi di scienza nuova, d'intorno alla comune natura delle nazioni.
Naples : 1744Third and best edition of Vico's masterpiece, Scienza nuova (New Science), "justly called 'the vehicle by which the concept of historical development at last entered the thought of western Europe' The concept of a history of ideas, the principles of a universal history and its philosophical criticism, a recognition of the importance of social classes,... Learn More£8,250.00
Stock Code: 126502
KIPLING, Rudyard. Captains Courageous.
London : 1897First UK edition in book-form. The UK edition was preceded by the US edition, released the previous month. The work was originally serialized in Pearson's Magazine between 1896 and 1897. Written while the newlywed Kipling was living in Vermont, Captains Courageous is Kipling's only novel set entirely in America. "Kipling thought he'd written a great... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 144806
MENON, François. La science du maître d'hôtel cuisinier,
Paris : 1749First edition, signed by the author at the foot of page one in authentication of the edition, with a preliminary dissertation on modern cuisine.
"François Menon was the most influential and prolific French cookbook author of the eighteenth century. During his time, today's familiar categories of French cooking were emerging, and Menon was a... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 144904
WOOLF, Virginia. On Being Ill.
London : 1930First edition in book form, signed limited issue, number 142 of 250 copies signed and numbered by the author in her customary purple ink, this an unusually nice copy. Written by Woolf after experiencing a period of severe manic-depression, On Being Ill was first published in essay form in T. S. Eliot's New Criterion in January 1926.
In the essay,... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 145061
BOWLES, Paul. The Sheltering Sky.
London : 1949First edition, first impression, of the author's first novel, inspired by his time in North Africa. The Sheltering Sky was key title in the development of Beat literature; Norman Mailer commented in Advertisements for Myself (1959) that with this title, Bowles "opened the world of Hip. He let in the murder, the drugs, the incest, the death of the Square...... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 145064
DICKENS, Charles. The Uncommercial Traveller.
London : 1861 [i.e. 1860]First edition in book form, presentation copy from Dickens to his friend William Harness, inscribed by the author on the title page "The Rev: William Harness From Charles Dickens Christmas, 1860".
Dickens's friendship with the Shakespearean scholar William Harness (1790-1869) probably began at the Athenaeum - where both were members - in 1838,... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 143168
BANKSY - LAZARIDES, Steve. Banksy Captured [Vol 2].
London : 2020First edition, first printing. Limited to 5,000 numbered copies. In 1997 Lazarides was commissioned to take the portrait of a little-known graffiti artist who went by the name of Banksy. Over the next 11 years he worked with Banksy as his manager, driver, photographer, dealer, spokesperson, and then in 2004 gallerist. Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 143299
GREECE - CORFU. The Restoration of the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George at Corfu.
Athens : 1959First and sole edition, rare: printed privately for the Trustees, who are listed and number just nine; an online search of institutional libraries locates one copy only, at Princeton.
This is an attractively produced guide to the restoration work at the neoclassical Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, built between 1819 and 1824, to a... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 144019
YEATS, W. B. The Tower.
London : 1928First edition, first impression, of what is generally accepted to be Yeats's single most important collection. The Tower includes many of Yeats's greatest and most enduring poems, including "Sailing to Byzantium", "Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen", "Leda and the Swan", and "Among School Children". Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 144331
GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude.
New York : 1970First edition in English, first printing, in the first state dust jacket, with the exclamation mark terminating the first paragraph on the front flap, later replaced with a full stop. First published in Spanish at Buenos Aires in 1967, this seminal novel in the Magical Realist genre quickly established the author's international reputation and remains... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 144416
THOMPSON, Hunter S. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
New York : 1971First edition in book form, first printing. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was first published in November 1971 as a two part series in Rolling Stone magazine, for which Thompson wrote until his death in 2005. It was adapted into a film of the same name by Terry Gilliam in 1998, featuring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro in the lead roles. Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 144706
TWAIN, Mark. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,
New York : 1867First edition, first issue, of Mark Twain's first book. "Copies were bound simultaneously in green, terra cotta, dark brown, lavender, blue deep purple, maroon and red cloth" (MacDonnell, "The Primary First Editions of Mark Twain", Firsts, Vol. 8, no. 7/8). This copy features the gilt stamp of the leaping frog positioned to the lower left of the front... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 144708
SASSOON, Siegfried. The Redeemer.
Cambridge : May 1916First separate edition of this early anti-war poem.
The first of the three very scarce Sassoon numbers in the seven Reprints from the Cambridge Magazine series, Keynes noted that these reprints were produced "mostly commemorating the sacrifice made by the young men killed in the First World War production was arranged by A. T. Bartholomew and... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 144730
GARCIA MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude.
New York : 1970First edition in English, first printing. The dust jacket is in the second state without the exclamation mark on the front flap. First published in Spanish at Buenos Aires in 1967, this seminal novel in the Magical Realist genre quickly established the author's international reputation and remains his best-known work. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 144737
DICKENS, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
London : 1839First edition, presentation copy from the author to Lady Holland in a publisher's presentation binding of red morocco gilt, together with Dickens's original autograph letter signed accompanying the presentation, two pages, mounted by its last page within the front free endpaper.
The presentation letter reads: "In begging you, My Lady Holland,... Learn More£100,000.00
Stock Code: 143166
BECKETT, Samuel. Waiting for Godot. Tragicomedy in 2 Acts.
New York : 1954First edition in English, first impression. In his first and most famous play, Beckett was already engaged in the creation of a 'purgatorial dystopia' (Bryce) for his characters, a theme that he would develop throughout his dramatic works. Originally published in France in 1952 as En attendant Godot, the play premiered in France on 5 January 1953 at... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 144117
BURROUGHS, William S. Die Wilden Boys. Roman. Port of Saints. Arbeistjournal zu Die wilden Boys.
[Frankfurt] : 1980First edition in German, inscribed by William Burroughs to the illustrator S. Clay Wilson on the title page, "To Herr Clay von Wilson, viele grussen sic on a great Arbeit, von William S. Burroughs", with Wilson's own signature above and on the first blank. This copy was finely bound for Wilson by the printer, and has samples of the materials used in... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 143542
CHURCHILL, Winston S. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
London : 1956-8First editions, first impressions, signed by Churchill on the front free endpaper of volume I, "Winston S. Churchill"; with an intriguing provenance: from the library of the influential society hostess, the Marchioness of Londonderry, wife of Churchill's cousin, Charles Vane-Tempest Stewart, seventh marquess, who "had once been effectively a protégé... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 142554
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; [together with:] Through the Looking-Glass.
New York : 1932 & 1935Signed limited editions, Through the Looking-Glass signed by the original "Alice", Alice Hargreaves (née Liddell), Wonderland signed by the typographer and binder Frederic Ward, as issued; numbers 868 and 366 respectively, each from an edition of 1,500 copies.
The author first told the stories of what would become Alice's Adventures in Wonderland... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 142414
GRAHAME, Kenneth; SHEPARD, E. H. (illus.) The Wind in the Willows.
London : 1971First full colour-illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 137 of 250 specially bound copies, signed and numbered by E. H. Shepard. Wind in the Willows was first published in 1908 with only a frontispiece for illustration, and Shepard, well-known by then for his illustrations of A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh series, was asked to provide black... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 140767
BAIRD, Mrs W. J. The Twentieth Century Retractor, Chess Fantasies, and Letter Problems.
London : 1907First edition, first impression, of one of "the most elegant chess books ever to appear" (Hooper & Whyld 27). Edith Baird was a well-known figure in the chess world during the early twentieth century. She was a regular contributor to British Chess Magazine and the leading newspapers of the day, and established herself as a problem composer of the highest... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139853
HILDEBRANDT, Eduard. Aquarelle. Auf seiner Reise um die Erde.
Berlin : [1871-4]First edition, extremely uncommon complete, of this superb visual record of the Prussian court painter's progress around the world, consisting largely of images of the Far East including views in Bangkok, Rangoon, Hong Kong, Macao, Peking, and Singapore. Edward Hildebrandt was born in Danzig in 1817, he studied with the marine artist Wilhelm Krause,... Learn More£18,500.00
Stock Code: 52259
WOOLF, Virginia. Jacob's Room.
London : 1922First edition, first impression. Jacob's Room, Woolf's third novel, was the first full-length book to be published by the Hogarth Press, and marked the point from which the Woolfs decided to run the Press as a genuine business concern. Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 28033
COBBETT, William. Life of Andrew Jackson, President of the United States.
London : 1834First edition of this adulatory account of President Jackson, written by the radical British MP William Cobbett, published the year before Cobbett died and after a lifetime spent campaigning for the abolition of rotten boroughs, the lowering of taxes, and reversing enclosures; all culminating in his major influence in passing the Great Reform Act of... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 144939
COBBETT, William. Proceedings of a General Court Martial
London : 1809One of two editions of 1809, the other published by J. Gold; this edition not in Pearl.
"Between 1785 and 1791, while stationed in New Brunswick in the West Norfolk 54th foot regiment, Cobbett put his knowledge of English grammar and letters to good effect, quickly becoming clerk to his regiment and rising from the rank of corporal to sergeant-major.... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 145057