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DAHL, Roald. Over to You.
London : 1946First UK edition, first impression. A collection of stories based on Dahl's experiences in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, Over to You was Dahl's second book, his first of short stories and his first for adults. The US edition was published earlier the same year by the US edition. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 145112
SOPHOCLES. Tragoediae Superstites
Oxford : 1832An attractively printed and handsomely bound edition of the tragedies of Sophocles, in the original Greek. The plays comprise Oidipous tyrannos, Oidipos epi Kolonoi, Elektra, Antigone, Trachiniai, Aias, Philoketes, Apospasmatia. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 145114
CHIVERS BINDING - LAMB, Charles. The Essays of Elia; [together with:] The Last Essays of Elia.
London : 1902A highly attractive copy in a beautiful example of a "vellucent" binding, by Cedric Chivers of Bath, of Charles Lamb's largely autobiographical pseudonymous essays, dealing with mankind at large through the medium of his own experiences and impressions.
Chivers's binding style is produced by hand-painting the backing sheet of the binding, which... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 144785
ANSCOMBE, G. E. M. An Introduction to Wittgenstein's Tractatus.
London : 1959First edition, first impression, of the first serious study of Wittgenstein's Tractatus, a significant influence on the reception of Wittgenstein's early philosophy; a lovely copy in the jacket.
A highly regarded analytic philosopher, Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret Anscombe (1919-2001) read Classics and Philosophy at Oxford, where she held several... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 144794
ANSCOMBE, G. E. M. Intention.
Oxford : 1957First edition, first impression, of the author's seminal work, the "most important treatment of action since Aristotle" (Donaldson).
A highly regarded analytic philosopher, Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret Anscombe (1919-2001) read Classics and Philosophy at Oxford, where she held several research positions until her move to Cambridge in 1970. There... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 144799
SASSOON, Siegfried. To My Mother.
London : 1928Signed limited edition, number 231 of 500 large paper copies printed on English handmade paper, numbered and signed by the author. Number 14 in the Ariel Poems series, Sassoon's poem pays tribute to his mother, Theresa Thornycroft Sassoon (1853-1947). Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 144865
POE, Edgar Allan. The Raven and Other Poems.
New York : 1845First edition in book form of Poe's breakthrough poem, one of around 750 copies. The title poem was first printed in January of the same year in the American Review under the pseudonym "Quarles", and under Poe's own name in the New York Evening Mirror. The Raven "made Poe's name known both in America and England, and brought him an immortality that... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 144874
BOUDOT-LAMOTTE, Emmanuel. Paris.
Paris : 1939A handsomely bound copy of the second edition of this photographic guide to Paris, published just before the Second World War. First published in 1937 with 164 photographs, this edition counts one more. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 144885
ADAMS, Richard. Watership Down.
Harmondsworth : 1976First illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 226 of 250 specially bound copies signed by both the author and illustrator. This copy has an original watercolour depicting Nuthanger Farm, drawn and initialled by the illustrator, on the first blank.
Adams's first novel, Watership Down was initially turned down by the major publishing... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 144894
(KENT, Rockwell.) MELVILLE, Herman. Moby Dick or The Whale.
Chicago : 1930First Rockwell Kent edition, limited to 1,000 sets. Kent's rendering of Moby Dick is generally accepted to be finest edition of Melville's masterpiece, and is one of the great American illustrated books of the 20th century. In 1926, Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), then just beginning to establish his fame as an artist, was approached by R. R. Donnelley and... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 144329
TENNYSON, Alfred Lord. In Memoriam.
London : 1874An attractive copy of Tennyson's work, first published in 1850.
Completed in 1849, In Memoriam is a requiem for the poet's beloved friend Arthur Henry Hallam, who died suddenly, at the age of 22, of a cerebral haemorrhage in Vienna in 1833. "The friendship, deepening into love, of Hallam and Tennyson was to be one of the most important experiences... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 144630
TOYNBEE, Arnold J. A Study of History.
London : 1973Signed limited issue, number 24 of 105 copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf and specially bound, of the revised and abridged edition.
A Study of History was first published as a 12-volume set between 1934 and 1961, an expansive work which set about analysing the history of the world in terms of the creation and disintegration of... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 144647
HAWKES, Jacquetta. Dawn of the Gods.
London : 1969Signed limited issue, number 83 of 265 copies signed by Hawkes on the limitation leaf and specially bound by Zaehnsdorf, of this study in the emergence of the ancient gods. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 144649
MONTGOMERY OF ALAMEIN, Field Marshal, The Viscount. A History of Warfare.
London : 1969Signed limited issue, number 83 of 265 copies signed by the author on the limitation lea, and specially bound by Zaehnsdorf from the sheets of the first US edition, first printing.
"Lord Montgomery's stimulating book must surely take its place as a classic commentary on the history of warfare It is the fruit of a lifetime spent in the study... Learn More£1,350.00
Stock Code: 144651
DORÉ, Gustave (illus.); TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. [Idylls of the King:] Guinevere; Vivien; Elaine; Enid.
London : 1867-68First Doré edition of each title, a stunning set in the stylish original cloth bindings, bright and fresh. The notice for Elaine by the Saturday Review critic could apply equally to the entire series, it was, he declared, "the most ambitious and ornate work of the day" that honoured Tennyson with "typography and general sumptuousness" (cited in Kooistra,... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 144202
POTTER, Beatrix. Original drawing of a mouse curtsying in front of a tea cup from the Tailor of Gloucester.
[Near Sawrey,] : 1927Signed and dated November 1927 in pen lower right and inscribed "From the "Tailor of Gloucester", Copyright of F Warne & Co" by Potter. This is a delightful image from one of Potter's most famous works, a redrawing of the illustration first published in The Tale of Gloucester, London, 1902.
The paper, dimensions, signature and date indicate... Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 144268
POWELL, Anthony. A Dance to the Music of Time.
London : 1955-75First editions, first impressions, of the complete series of Powell's celebrated novel sequence; The Soldier's Art inscribed on the front free endpaper "For Georgina with love, Tony September 1966", and additionally signed on the title page with his printed name struck through. Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 144294
CHRISTMAS - BENTLEY, Richard (comp.) Christmas Hymns and Carols.
Chicago : [c.1938]Stated second edition of this privately printed publication, in a superb English presentation binding, presented as a Christmas gift to the publisher and compiler by his parents, inscribed by them on the first blank: "Unto us a child was born, Unto us a son was given. Richard Bentley, a blessing to his father Cyrus and to his loving mother, Elizabeth... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 144296
SAINT-EXUPÉRY, Antoine de. Le Petit Prince.
New York : 1943First edition in French, first printing, in an exceptionally nice example of the dust jacket, first state with the publisher's Fourth Avenue address on the front flap (later printings had a Madison Avenue address for the publisher). Although the manuscript was composed in Saint-Exupéry's native French language, it was written and published in both... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 144325
LEWIS, C. S. Christian Behaviour.
New York : 1943First US edition, first printing, a compelling presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to the evacuee schoolgirl, Jill ("June") Flewett, who became the inspiration for Lucy Pevensie in the Chronicles of Narnia: "J Flewett from C. S. Lewis 1944". Lewis was an infrequent presenter of books and this is a particularly appealing... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 143321
FITZGERALD, Edward. Rubaiyát of Omar Khayyám.
New York : 1885First Grolier Club edition, number 70 of 150 copies on japon (there were also two copies on vellum). Potter stated in 1926 that the book was "now difficult to secure, even at a very high price" (Rubáiyát Bibliography, p. 71). Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 143329
NIGHTINGALE, Florence (intro.) Organization of Nursing.
Liverpool : 1865First edition, signed on the frontispiece recto by Florence Nightingale, of this important account of the history and operation of the innovative Liverpool School, dedicated to and introduced by Nightingale; scarce in the original cloth, and with an interesting provenance, the obituary pasted in at the front for a Crimean veteran and former patient... Learn More£3,725.00
Stock Code: 144131
KELLIEGRAM BINDING – DEFOE, Daniel. The Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner.
London : 1853An early edition, in a superb signed Kelliegram binding, of Defoe's classic, originally published in 1719, here beautifully illustrated by Cruikshank.
The "Kelliegram" binding was one of the many innovations of English commercial binding firm Kelly & Sons. The Kelly family had one of the longest connections in the history of the binding trade... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 144200
GORE, Catherine. New Year's Day, A Winter's Tale.
London : First edition, in a beautiful signed Kelliegram binding, with their signature onlay illustration, of the second of three Christmas books by Catherine Gore.
The "Kelliegram" binding was one of the many innovations of English commercial binding firm Kelly & Sons. The Kelly family had one of the longest connections in the history of the binding... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 143157
KELLIEGRAM BINDING - BARKER, Matthew Henry. Tough Yarns;
London : 1835First edition, second issue, in a superb Kelliegram binding, with their signature onlay illustration, of this uncommon naval fiction dedicated to Captain Marryat. Library Hub locates only three copies (Cambridge, Glasgow, and St. Andrews), and WorldCat adds one copy only in the UK (National Maritime Museum).
The "Kelliegram" binding was one of... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 143201
DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club.
London : 1837First edition, bound from the original parts, of Dickens's first novel, in an elaborate and well-preserved presentation binding, unsigned but most probably executed by Dickens's favourite binder, Hayday. Though not inscribed, the binding has a strong resemblance in style and material with the contemporaneous bindings executed by James Hayday (1796-1872)... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 143233
GEORGE II of Greece. Inscribed original portrait photograph.
Athens : 1941Striking profile image of the ill-starred king of Greece, George II, pictured wearing the uniform of a British general, inscribed below the image, "For Mr. Hutchinson, George II R, 23rd-29th April 1941"; the dating is significant as on 23 April 1941 the king and government left mainland Greece for Crete, before going into exile, first in Egypt and then... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 143263
LAW, John - LÉMONTEY, Pierre-Édouard. Histoire de La Régence et de la minorité de Louis XV.
Paris : 1832First edition of Lémontey's history, significant as it contains a substantial account of John Law and his system, working in part from materials which are now lost. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 143312
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); WALTON, Izaak. The Compleat Angler, or The Contemplative Man's Recreation.
London : 1931Signed limited edition, special issue, number 2 of 14 copies for presentation issued with an original signed pen-and-ink and watercolour sketch by Rackham, here depicting Izaak Walton being served a fish on a plate, and in a specially commissioned luxury binding decorated in gilt with tools designed by the artist. The signed edition was limited to 775... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 142427
DISNEY, Walt. Walt Disney: the Art of Animation.
Burbank : 1957An important early draft, corrected and annotated by Walt Disney throughout, for The Art of Animation, "one of the pillars of Disney bibliography" and the definitive work on Disney animation to that date. In addition to corrections, Walt provided steer to the content, such as noting on p. 103, "Bob possibly too much history & not enough of Sleeping... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 142454
LÉGER, Fernand, & Louis Aragon. Mes voyages
Paris : 1960First edition, number 99 of a limited edition of 250. This posthumously published and beautifully produced work, the plates lithographed by the leading Parisian firm of Mourlot under the supervision of the artist's widow, Nadia Léger, is accompanied by Aragon's lengthy poetical tribute. It comprises Léger's vibrant impressions of America, London,... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 141242
[RUSSELL, William.] "WATERS." Recollections of a Detective Police Officer.
London : 1856First UK edition, first issue (with date on title and correct advertisements), of the most important criminological yellowback of its time and a Haycraft Queen Cornerstone, rare retaining the original glazed boards.
The series of fictional recollections, each with its own title, was published in Chambers's Journal between 1849 and 1853 under... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 141944
ALEXANDER II of Russia, as Tsesarevich. [In Russian:] Ukazanie važnejših primečatelʹnostej na puti ego imperatorskogo vysočestva gosudarja naslednika Cesareviča.
St Petersburg : 1837Rare first and sole edition of this highly important account of a tour of Russia undertaken by the future Alexander II, the Tsar-Reformer, "the first heir to the throne to have personally seen the vast country he would rule" (Radzinsky, p. 60). With the armorial bookplate, incorporating the arms of Leuchtenberg, of Alexander's sister, the remarkable... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 142233
[DE QUINCEY, Thomas.] Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.
London : 1822First edition in book form of the author's iconic first book, handsomely bound with the half-title preserved and good margins. First published in the London Magazine, September-October 1821, Confessions was a groundbreaking and influential text, presenting an account of the author's ecstasies and torments as a result of taking opium and was the first... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 139642
KONDAKOV, Nikodim Pavlovich. Histoire et monuments des emaux byzantins.
Frankfurt : 1892First and limited edition, number 24 of 200 copies printed in French; a very fine copy of this lavish and sumptuously illustrated celebration of the Zwenigorodskoi collection of Byzantine enamels, "one of the most luxurious publications of the 19th-century" (Federov, pp. 200-1). The portrait frontispiece, included only in those copies given by the collector... Learn More£18,750.00
Stock Code: 141106
THATCHER, Margaret. The Path to Power.
London : 1995Signed limited edition, number 326 of 500 copies signed by Margaret Thatcher on the title page, being her autobiography of her childhood years to her election as Prime Minister. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 135977
SMITH, Adam. An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
London : 1784First octavo edition, third overall (first 1776); a handsome set in an unostentatious but pleasing contemporary binding. This uncommon edition contains several additions including a new chapter titled "The Conclusion of the Mercantile System". This was the edition owned by Thomas Jefferson (Sowerby 3546).
In his Wealth of Nations, Smith "begins... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 144188
YACHTING. Royal Yacht Squadron Signals.
Southampton : c.1866First edition thus, we have been unable to trace another copy of this version of the RYS signal manual. We have dated this from the presence of Robert Balfour King on the title page as proprietor of the printing works, c.1864, and the gift inscription on the first blank; "J.B. Fleuret Jun., No. 39 Gt. James St., Bedford Row, W.C. & Yacht of London 20th... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 139743
WOOLF, Virginia. Jacob's Room.
Richmond : 1922First edition, first impression. One of probably 40 "A" subscribers' copies with the part-printed limitation label to the front free endpaper completed in ink by Virginia Woolf and signed by her. These copies were issued in advance of the trade publication and were not issued in dust jacket; they were given to the 40 active subscribers who had supported... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 38018
BENNETT, James Gordon. Code of Yachting Signals:
New York : 1871First edition of this sumptuously produced signal book compiled for the use of New York Yacht Club by its then commodore, James Gordon Bennett (1841-1918). Scarce, with just a single copy traced to the Clements Library, and no appearances at auction. Morris and Howland list this and a similar production for 1874. The present copy was for the NYYC vessel... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 142628
MONTGOMERY, Bernard Law, Viscount Montgomery of Alamein. Signed group portrait.
London : 22 October, 1948Outstanding signed group portrait, capturing an Army Council meeting headed by the Secretary of State for War, Manny Shinwell, and Chief of the Imperial General Staff, Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery. The date of Friday 22 October, clearly visible on the desk calendar, is significant, as it was the anniversary of the eve of Monty's great victory... Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 142680
KENNEY-HERBERT, Arthur Robert as Wyvern. Sweet Dishes.
Madras : 1884Second edition, first published 1881. Drawn from a series of articles by "Wyvern", doyen of Anglo-Indian cuisine, on entremets sucrés published in the Madras Times offering to extend the "native cook's" limited repertoire of "presentable sweets" with a practicable selection of "jellies, creams, pastry, soufflés, pancakes and fritters, puddings, ices,... Learn More£295.00
Stock Code: 143092
AIRSHIPS WWI - PORTSMOUTH COMMAND Reminiscences.
Portsmouth : 1919First and only edition of this rare illustrated history of the unit's vital work patrolling the English Channel, making them the "busiest" allied airship station of the war. Illustrations encompass individual and group portraits, ships on the ground and in the air, terrestrial and aerial views of the installations; text includes honours and awards.... Learn More£1,450.00
Stock Code: 143630
TOZE, Alan Vernon & Stan Strange. In Defence of Singapore.
Preston, Lancs. : 1947First and only edition of this illustrated personal account of the fall of Singapore and its aftermath, imprisonment at Changi and Keijo, Korea. Foreword by the colonel of the Loyals commending the authors, "both of whom proved most stout-hearted companions in the years of our durance vile", for the "valuable service" provided in publishing this "authentic... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 144423
BARKER, Gabriella. Desert Angels.
London : 1956First and sole edition, uncommon. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "With admiration and gratitude Gabriella Barker, 3 November 1958". We understand that this copy is from the library of Lieutenant-Colonel Brian F. Montgomery, which contained a number of books inscribed to his brother Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery,... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 141120
BOYER, Abel. The Martial-Field of Europe:
London : 1694First edition. One of the first works published by this versatile French-born lexicographer, journalist and historian, being a survey of places and occurrences during the recent Nine Years' War, also known as the War of the Grand Alliance, and dedicated to the 2nd duke of Ormond who had served with distinction. Boyer (1667?1729) may himself have taken... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 141293
RABADAN, Muhammad. Mahometism Fully Explained.
1723-5First ever English language edition of a biography of the Prophet written by a Muslim, presenting for the first time to a European readership a sympathetic view of Muhammad himself, and of the culture of Islam. Well represented institutionally, we can trace only two complete copies at auction.
English translation of a biography of the Prophet... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 141305
DUCAREL, Andrew Coltée Anglo-Norman Antiquities considered, in a Tour through Part of Normandy.
London : 1767First edition and only edition of this "pioneer study of comparative mediaeval architecture" (ODNB), which importantly drew attention to the Bayeux Tapestry, containing one of the earliest detailed accounts of it, illustrated with seven finely engraved plates, one of them folding. A handsome copy with a fine noble provenance.
Born in Paris of... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 141932
PLUMMER, Henry M. The Boy, Me and the Cat. Cruise of the Mascot, 1912-1913.
Sharon, Mass. : 1914True first edition of "the greatest cruising story ever written," one of just 700 mimeographed copies issued by subscription. A very fragile production, this copy showing some use, but retaining the original wraps and fishing line sewing to pleasing effect.
A recently-retired insurance man, Plummer (1865-1928) set out on the cruise with his... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 141955
MACKENZIE, Compton. Greek Memories - proof copy.
London : 1932Proof copy of the Mackenzie's controversial account of his service in Greece during WWI. Part of an autobiographical sequence, this volume was withdrawn from publication on account of its revelations about the workings and personnel of Britain's wartime intelligence service, and Mackenzie was prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act in a "frequently... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 142012
GOMM, Sir William. Letters and Journals of Field Marshal Sir William Maynard Gomm, G.C.B.
London : 1881Only contemporary edition, account of the campaigns of longest serving soldier in British military history, 81 years, ensign at 9 years old to field marshal; active service in Holland in 1799, through the Peninsula on the staff, and assistant quartermaster general at Quatre Bras and Waterloo. Uncommon, and here with an excellent provenance, the copy... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 142227
YACHTING - ACKERS, George Holland. Universal Yacht Signals.
London : 1847First edition. Ackers (1812-1872) based his system on Marryat's signals so that it would be possible for "all Yachts to communicate with each other; as also by possessing Capt. Marryat's Book, being able to exchange Signals with vessels in the Merchant Service; but what is still more important, the saving of very much trouble to the Officers of the... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 139721
YACHTING. Royal Yacht Club Signals.
Southampton : c.1831First edition, decidedly uncommon, Library Hub locates just 6 copies, San Francisco Maritime National History Park, Mariner's Museum, Virginia and MIT, Peabody Essex, Cambridge, and NLS, not in BL. Records for just two earlier versions manuals for the RYC, 1822 - Peabody Essex and NMM - and 1823, Columbia only.
The Yacht Club, founded... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139725
YACHTING. Signals of the Royal Northern Yacht Club, 1831.
Glasgow : 1831First thus, scarce just two copies located NMM and NLS, which also has a similar volume dated two years earlier. This copy with a pamphlet in printed blue paper wrappers containing the Rules & Regulations, 8 pages, and a bifolium with Resolutions for 1834, retained by a blue silk ribbon at the front endpapers, and a list of members for July 1835, 10... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139735
SHACKLETON, Ernest H. South.
London : 1920First edition, fourth impression, just four months after the first. This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper; 'To E.S. Thew from Ernest Shackleton, Sept. 1921'. "The failure of Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition to even reach the Antarctic continent, much less to cross it via the South Pole, has become the great polar success story... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 140446
FREYTAG, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich. Lexicon arabico-latinum ex opere suo maiore in usum tironum excerptum.
Halle : 1837First edition of the abridged version of Freytag's influential lexicon, the full version published in four parts 1830-7. Freytag (1788 1861) began his studies at the University of Göttingen, where he was employed as a theological tutor 1811-3. As a chaplain in the Prussian army during the Wars of Liberation, he visited Paris, where he remained to continue... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 140511
RIEFENSTAHL, Leni. Schönheit im Olympischen Kampf.
Berlin : 1937First edition, first printing. This photobook, which includes an image of Jesse Owens before his record-breaking long jump (p. 100) and at the sprint start line (p. 68), was produced alongside Riefenstahl's landmark documentary of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The film, Olympia, was truly innovative, experimenting with the most recent filming and editing... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 140966
PHILBY, Harry St John Bridger. The Heart of Arabia:
1922First edition of Philby's first substantial work, an account of his mission, begun in November 1917, to Ibn Sa'ud, ruler of the Nejd in central Arabia, who greatly impressed him. Philby completed his crossing of Arabia by continuing by camel to Jiddah on the Red Sea. There he met the Hashemite ruler of Hejaz, the Sharif Husain, leader of the Arab revolt,... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 136204