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  1. 140611
    WRIGHT, S. Fowler. The Throne of Saturn.

    Sauk City, Wisconsin : 1949

    First edition, first printing, of this collection of science fiction short stories. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 140611

  2. 140603
    SMITH, Edward E. Gray Lensman.

    Reading, Pennsylvania : 1951

    First edition, first printing, of the fourth novel in the Lensman series. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 140603

  3. Who's Sorry Now?
    JACOBSON, Howard. Who's Sorry Now?

    London : 2002

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the title page: "For Bernice, who was never sorry! all my love, Howard". The recipient was the Booker Prize-winning novelist Bernice Rubens (1923-2004). Jacobson himself would go on to win the Booker Prize in 2010. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 140604

  4. Noblesse Oblige.
    MITFORD, Nancy (ed.) Noblesse Oblige.

    London : 1956

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 140605

  5. The Glass Cage.
    WILSON, Colin. The Glass Cage.

    London : 1966

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Steve with affection Colin Jan 67". Learn More
    £60.00

    Stock Code: 140607

  6. 140599
    BRYAN, George S. Mystery Ship.

    Philadelphia and New York : 1942

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 140599

  7. 140600
    PUDNEY, John. Beyond the Disregard.

    London : 1943

    First edition, first impression, of the author's second collection of poetry. Learn More
    £40.00

    Stock Code: 140600

  8. 140594
    ANDERSON, Poul, & Gordon Dickson. Earthman's Burden.

    New York : 1957

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 140594

  9. An Immaculate Mistake.
    BAILEY, Paul. An Immaculate Mistake.

    London : 1990

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the title page: "for Bernice - permanent light of my life, erstwhile fire of my loins, with love, Paul". The recipient was the Booker Prize-winning novelist Bernice Rubens (1923-2004), who first met Bailey in Leicester whilst on a tour for the Arts Council. They maintained a close relationship... Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 140597

  10. 140598
    WINTERSON, Jeanette. Gut Symmetries.

    London : 1997

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 140598

  11. 140586
    STEVENS, Wallace. Parts of a World.

    New York : 1942

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 140586

  12. 140588
    GRAVES, Robert. Collected Short Stories.

    London : 1965

    First UK edition, first impression. This collection comprises of the author's stories published variously in magazines between 1924 and 1962. This collection was first published in the US in 1964. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 140588

  13. Pal Joey.
    O'HARA, John. Pal Joey.

    London : 1952

    First UK edition, first impression, of the author's fourth novel. It was first published in New York in 1940, which formed the basis of the 1940 Broadway musical comedy of the same name, with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart. It was subsequently made into a film in 1957 starring Rita Hayworth and Frank Sinatra. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 140589

  14. 140590
    (DOUGLAS, Lord Alfred.) STOPES, Marie Carmichael. Lord Alfred Douglas.

    London : 1949

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 140590

  15. 140591
    WYNDHAM-LEWIS, D. B. Ronsard.

    London : 1946

    First UK edition, third impression, of the author's biography of the French Renaissance poet Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585). The first edition was published in the US and UK simultaneously, with the first impression appearing in 1944. Learn More
    £25.00

    Stock Code: 140591

  16. 140491
    WOOD, Henry. My Life of Music.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first printing, accompanied by the author's compliments slip and a photographic postcard of the author, inscribed "Truly yours Henry Wood". Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 140491

  17. 140494
    GRAVES, Robert. Steps.

    London : 1958

    First edition, first impression of this collection of writings. Learn More
    £60.00

    Stock Code: 140494

  18. 140496comp
    STERN, James. The Stories.

    New York : 1968

    First US edition, first printing, inscribed on the half-title by the author "For Anthony & Tania II affectionately Jimmy Stern 13.iv.69", and signed by Stern on the title page. The recipient was Anthony Hobson (1921-2014), a scholar, esteemed bibliophile, and expert on Renaissance bindings, who was President of the Internationale de Bibliophilie between... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 140496

  19. 140472
    ST AUBIN DE TERAN, Lisa. Black Idol.

    London : 1987

    First edition, first impression, of the author's fourth novel. Learn More
    £25.00

    Stock Code: 140472

  20. 140474
    FIRBANK, Ronald. The New Rythum.

    London : 1962

    First edition, first impression, of the author's posthumously-published unfinished novel. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 140474

  21. 140490
    MARGOLIN, Phillip. Gone, But Not Forgotten.

    New York : 1993

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 140490

  22. 140468
    DEIGHTON, Len. Funeral in Berlin.

    London : 1964

    First edition, first impression, of the third Harry Palmer novel. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 140468

  23. 140469
    ROLFE, Frederick, Baron Corvo. Letters to James Walsh.

    London : 1972

    First edition, limited issue. Number 87 of 500 copies. Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 140469

  24. 140470
    BOYD, William. An Ice Cream War.

    London : 1982

    First edition, first impression, of William Boyd's second novel. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 140470

  25. Human Action.
    MISES, Ludwig von. Human Action.

    London : 1949

    First edition, UK issue from US plates. "A comprehensive and systematic treatise on economics, social philosophy, and the social sciences, this was Mises' major economic treatise, his magnum opus. A survey of the science of human action, its epistemology (methodology), its theories derived by reasoning logically from a priori axioms, and their application... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 140164

  26. Principles of Economics.
    MARSHALL, Alfred. Principles of Economics.

    London and New York : 1890

    First edition of an economic classic, the first full exposition of Marshall's theoretical position. Keynes described its publication as inaugurating "the modern age of British economics" (Economic Journal, 1940). Though Marshall maintained for 20 years that this would be followed by a companion volume, none was ever published. Running to 750... Learn More
    £8,250.00

    Stock Code: 140216

  27. 140466
    GREENBERG, Martin (ed.) Travellers of Space.

    New York : 1951

    First edition, first printing, of this anthology of science fiction. This is the second book in the Adventures in Science Fiction Series edited by Greenberg for the Gnome Press, and features short stories by Ray Bradbury, Christopher Youd, William Tenn, Frederic Brown, and H. B. Fyfe, amongst others. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140466

  28. 140467
    WILLIAMSON, Jack. The Legion of Time.

    Reading, Pennsylvania : 1952

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 140467

  29. The Theory of Moral Sentiments;
    SMITH, Adam. The Theory of Moral Sentiments;

    Dublin : 1777

    First and only Dublin edition of Smith's first book, the first to be published outside of London, referred to by Beatty and Jackson as the "sixth edition". "Theory of Moral Sentiments was not reprinted in Dublin until the spring of 1777. Although four editions had appeared in Britain by that time, the Dublin publishers, John Beatty and Christopher Jackson,... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 139072

  30. Doctor Sax. Faust Part Three.
    KEROUAC, Jack. Doctor Sax. Faust Part Three.

    New York : 1959

    First edition, first impression, hardcover trade issue, a very smart copy. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 141960

  31. The Twentieth Anniversary Playboy Cartoon Album.
    (HEFNER, Hugh.) The Twentieth Anniversary Playboy Cartoon Album.

    New York : 1974

    First edition, first printing, in the deluxe sheep binding; Hugh Hefner's own copy of this Playboy anthology which he edited and for which he contributed the introduction, with his posthumous bookplate to the front pastedown. A trade edition in cloth and jacket was also issued. Following the death of Hefner in 2017, his library was sold with proceeds... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 141796

  32. Idyllen des Klassischen Altertums.
    (FLINT, W. Russell, illus.) ROENAU, Ernst. Idyllen des Klassischen Altertums.

    Vienna : 1921

    First edition, first printing, number 833 of 1400 copies, of this finely illustrated German retelling of Greek myths. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 141749

  33. 141234
    KANT, Immanuel. Zum ewigen Frieden.

    Königsberg : 1795

    First edition, first issue, of Kant's celebrated essay Perpetual Peace. "The basis of practical pacifism is contained in Zum ewigen Frieden, 1795, which contains an outline of a world league of nations" (PMM). "It is unique among Kant's writings in that it was written for a wide public, and that its publication can be regarded... Learn More
    £4,250.00

    Stock Code: 141234

  34. Critik der practischen Vernunft.
    KANT, Immanuel. Critik der practischen Vernunft.

    Riga : 1788

    First editions of Kant's Critique of Practical Reason and On a Discovery in a pleasing contemporary binding. The former work established Kant's moral thinking as a cardinal reference in the successive development of ethics; the latter, comparatively little-known, is Kant's defence of his own philosophy against attacks made by Johann... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 141224

  35. Anthropologie in pragmatischer Hinsicht.
    KANT, Immanuel. Anthropologie in pragmatischer Hinsicht.

    Königsberg : 1798

    First edition of Kant's important contribution to the newly emerging discipline of anthropology, an introductory manual to a popular university course which the philosopher had taught for almost twenty-five years at the point of publication. Kant's Anthropologie is also noted for his classification of mental illnesses and his discussion of... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 141227

  36. Théorie de la monnaie.
    WALRAS, Leon. Théorie de la monnaie.

    Lausanne : 1886

    First edition of this important contribution to Walras's monetary theory, in fine condition, the final text in a contemporary sammelband of six related works on bimetallism. The ideas in Théorie de la monnaie would be revisited and fully developed in the fourth edition of Walras's Eléments d'économie politique pure, published fourteen... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 141141

  37. The Theory of Moral Sentiments.
    SMITH, Adam. The Theory of Moral Sentiments.

    London : 1759

    First edition, published in April 1759 with a recorded "print run of 1,000 copies" (Sher, Early Editions of Adam's Smith's Books, 13). Smith's first book and his later Wealth of Nations demonstrate "a great unifying principle Smith's ethics and his economics are integrated by the same principle of self-command, or self-reliance, which manifests itself... Learn More
    £62,500.00

    Stock Code: 136185

  38. Some Observations upon the Bill now depending in Parliament, for Relief of the Unhappy Sufferers in the South-Sea Company.
    (SOUTH SEA BUBBLE.) Some Observations upon the Bill now depending in Parliament, for Relief of the Unhappy Sufferers in the South-Sea Company.

    [London : 1721?]

    One of two editions, the other entitled the same but suffixed "In a letter from a gentleman of the law to a Member of Parliament". A comparison of the texts shows that they are very similar, but the textual differences indicate that this is a slightly revised edition: in the final table calculating an appropriate fine for the Company, this edition increases... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 135161

  39. The New Industrial State.
    GALBRAITH, John Kenneth. The New Industrial State.

    Boston : 1967

    First edition, first printing. In this book, Galbraith develops ideas previously discussed in his 1958 book The Affluent Society. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 123642

  40. The Fifth Column
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. The Fifth Column

    New York : 1938

    First edition, first printing, of this major summarizing collection, the only one for which Hemingway made a critical selection for publication from his vast opus of short fiction: includes "In Our Time", "Men Without Women" and "Winner Take Nothing" among others, and prints four previously uncollected stories including "The Short Happy Life of Francis... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 81063

  41. Crusade in Europe.
    EISENHOWER, Dwight D. Crusade in Europe.

    Garden City, NY : 1948

    Personal presentation "issue", one of just a few copies bound up for Eisenhower from the limited edition sheets, with the signed leaf of the D-Day message to the troops, but without the limitation leaf. This copy warmly inscribed on the half-title to the Dr. Hal Johnson, Ike's primary physician when he retired to Gettysburg in 1961, and who, with his... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 140866

  42. Die Ursachen des Niederganges der russischen Revolution.
    GOLDMAN, Emma. Die Ursachen des Niederganges der russischen Revolution.

    Berlin : 1922

    First edition thus of a compilation of four key articles on Russia, children's welfare, and the lives of two of Goldman's fellow revolutionaries, published immediately after her exile in Russia by the Berlin-based Der Syndikalist, one of the most important publishers of anarchic and syndicalist material at the time; a nice copy in the original wrappers.
    The... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 141115

  43. 141210
    SØRENSEN, Carl Theodor. The Origin of Garden Art.

    Copenhagen : 1963

    First edition thus, first printing, number 487 of 750 copies only, this English-Danish bilingual edition was published in honour of the author's 70th birthday. Carl Theodor Sørensen (1893-1979) was a Danish landscape architect, considered to be one of the greatest of the 20th century, and a leading figure in the first generation of Modernists in landscape... Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 141210

  44. Memoirs of the life of Anne Boleyn, Queen of Henry VIII.
    (BOLEYN, Anne) BENGER, Elizabeth. Memoirs of the life of Anne Boleyn, Queen of Henry VIII.

    London : 1821

    First edition of this historiographically astute biography, in a particularly attractive binding from the Vane-Londonderry library. Miss Benger (17771827) has attracted the reputation of something of a bluestocking hanger-on, aggressively cultivating literary connections, and achieving "a modest reputation as a literary hostess" (ODNB). However, Elizabeth... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 141295

  45. 138556
    MARTYN, Thomas. Flora Rustica: exhibiting accurate figures of such plants as are either useful or injurious in husbandry.

    London : 1792-1794

    First edition of Martyn's Flora Rustica, with 144 hand coloured plates by Frederick P. Nodder, Botanic painter to Her Majesty Queen Charlotte. Nodder (fl. 1777-1800) "made illustrations for Erasmus Darwin's Botanic Garden, and a number of delicate little plates for T. Martyn's Flora Rustica - a volume dealing with 'plants useful or... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 138556

  46. 137281
    CREASY, E[dward] S[hepherd.] The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World;

    1851

    First edition of one of the most influential books of military history ever published, continuously in print since it was first issued. Required reading for every Modern Major General for the study of "fights historical from Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical". The first edition is decidedly uncommon. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 137281

  47. Portrait photograph signed by Avedon, and inscribed by Coward to the musician Jack Daugherty.
    (COWARD, Noël) AVEDON, Richard. Portrait photograph signed by Avedon, and inscribed by Coward to the musician Jack Daugherty.

    1961

    Inscribed by Coward, "For Jack Daugherty, With Best Wishes, Noël Coward"; additionally signed and dated by Avedon with his studio wet stamp verso. Richard Avedon's "fashion and portrait photographs helped define America's image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century " (New York Times, obituary).

    A pleasing inscription... Learn More
    £9,750.00

    Stock Code: 141097

  48. Now We Are Six.
    MILNE, A. A. Now We Are Six.

    London : 1927

    First edition, first impression, deluxe issue, one of 1,500 copies bound in green leather. Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 138627

  49. The Bodley Head Scott Fitzgerald.
    FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Bodley Head Scott Fitzgerald.

    London : 1958-63

    First editions, first impressions, of the only collected edition of the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald ever printed. Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 134165

  50. Histoires ou Contes du tems passé.
    PERRAULT, Charles. Histoires ou Contes du tems passé.

    Amsterdam : 1708

    Sixth edition, "extrèment rare" (Gumuchian), of Perrault's seminal collection of fairy tales, following the essentially unobtainable first edition of 1697. This edition, the first to name Desbordes as the printer, has the text reset but uses the same copperplates as his 1697 edition. All early editions are rare.
    "Charles Perrault (1628-1703) may... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 141408

  51. A History of Greece;
    GROTE, George. A History of Greece;

    London : 1846-56

    First edition throughout of Grote's great History, which "was received with universal acclamation, was translated into French and German, shaped the European conception of its subject-matter throughout the nineteenth century, and still merits respect as a monument of industrious Victorian scholarship... The History is, in fact, a paean in praise of... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 141375

  52. 141381
    KEATS, John. The Poetical Works and Other Writings.

    New York : 1938-39

    The Hampstead Edition, number 268 of 1050 sets, the best collected edition of Keats's works, here one of a smaller number of sets issued in half morocco (most issued in cloth), retaining the rare glassine jackets. Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 141381

  53. Regimiento de navegacion.
    MEDINA, Pedro de. Regimiento de navegacion.

    Seville : 1552

    Very rare first edition of Medina's great navigational treatise, an appealing copy in contemporary vellum. Praised for its fine woodcuts, which are among the earliest to depict man's use of astrolabes, the Regimiento offers the essentials of seamanship in a practical format, and was intended for ship-born pilots; Francis Drake carried a copy during... Learn More
    £225,000.00

    Stock Code: 139149

  54. 141222
    KANT, Immanuel. Kleine Schriften.

    Neuwied : 1793

    First collected edition of any of Kant's writings, comprising seven articles first published in the periodicals Berlinische Monatsschrift and Teutscher Merkur from 1784 to 1791, here extracted and published without his permission. These include "Beantwortung der Frage: Was ist Aufklärung?" (first 1784, his famous definition of Enlightenment... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 141222

  55. 137396
    (THEAKER, Harry G.) KINGSLEY, Charles. The Water-Babies.

    London : [c.1930s]

    An attractive copy of this illustrated edition, with a lovely example of the dust jacket. Issued as part of the Prince Charming Colour Books for Children series, The Water-Babies was first published in 1890 with Theaker's illustrations. Theaker (1873-1954) was an English artist best known for his colourful children's illustrations, which include... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 137396

  56. The Rate of Interest and Other Essays.
    ROBINSON, Joan. The Rate of Interest and Other Essays.

    London : 1952

    First edition, first impression. "Each of the essays in this book is more or less self-contained, but they are closely related to a central theme: the extension of Keynes's General Theory of Employment into the field of long-run dynamic analysis" (jacket front flap). Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 141862

  57. Protective and Preferential Import Duties.
    PIGOU, Arthur Cecil. Protective and Preferential Import Duties.

    London : 1906

    First edition, first impression. Pigou was a staunch freetrader, and "he was at that stage of his career prepared to appear on public platforms where his considerable powers of oratory were put to good effect. A pamphlet, The Riddle of the Tariff, appeared in 1903. A more technical treatment, leaning heavily on the standard Marshallian apparatus and... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141864

  58. Work and Wealth: A Human Valuation.
    HOBSON, John Atkinson. Work and Wealth: A Human Valuation.

    London : 1914

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper "A. G. Gardiner with the writer's kind regards". The recipient was most probably the journalist and author Alfred George Gardiner (1865-1946), chairman of the National Anti-Sweating League, which opposed sweatshops and campaigned for a minimum wage.
    "Hobson's... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141867

  59. An Account of the Life of Mr Richard Savage, Son of the Earl Rivers.
    JOHNSON, Samuel. An Account of the Life of Mr Richard Savage, Son of the Earl Rivers.

    London : 1744

    First edition of Johnson's celebrated biography of his friend Richard Savage, the flamboyant poet, playwright, and blackmailer, here bound with the first edition of Oliver Goldsmith's life of Beau Nash, another of the most celebrated biographies of the 18th century.
    Johnson's Life of Savage has the last page in the state with a single-line erratum.... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 141773

  60. Diarium, oder Tage-Buch über dasjenige,
    BEHR, Johann von der. Diarium, oder Tage-Buch über dasjenige,

    Jena : 1668

    First and only edition of this fascinating account of the East Indies and Persia by a German soldier in the service of the VOC. "Behr enlisted in 1641 and sailed to Batavia about two years later he went on to serve in Java, as well as with the fleet of Johann Maetsuycker on the Malabar Coast. Apart from a voyage to Persia, Behr spent four of his six... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 141776

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