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EVANS, Idrisyn O. The World of To-morrow.
London : 1933First edition, first impression, a very nice copy of this scarce and fragile publication, which is particularly notable for the experimental binding, printed on translucent cellulose acetate, or "Rhodoïd".
The design of the binding (the "Neo-Nevett Tape-Slot") was created in anticipation of future book products, and was intended to be a "much... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 147848
BEARDSLEY, Aubrey (illus.); MALORY, Sir Thomas. Le Morte d'Arthur.
London : 1893First edition, one of 1,500 unnumbered ordinary paper copies (from a total edition of 1,800), bound to imitate the vellum binding which was reserved for the additional 300 large paper copies, and accompanied by the Le Morte D'Arthur Portfolio, number 69 of 300 copies. The portfolio includes eleven illustrations that had been omitted from the first edition,... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 147939
GRAY, Thomas. Poems.
London : 1768First collected edition, handsomely bound. It includes some of Gray's most popular works, such as "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College", and collects poems from Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (1751), Designs by Mr. Bentley, for Six Poems by Mr. T. Gray (1753) and Odes, by Mr. Gray, Printed at Strawberry Hill (1757).
For the present... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 146901
DAVID, Elizabeth. French Country Cooking.
London : 1951First edition, first impression, an unusually nice copy of the author's landmark second book, written while post-war rationing was still in force, with an attractive souvenir of one of her circuits gastronomiques: it includes, loosely inserted, David's own Michelin map of Lyon, annotated "1965 ED" on the front cover.
Elizabeth David (1913-1992)... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 146903
KNOX LITTLE, William John. The Threshold of the Unseen.
London : 1913First edition, first impression, signed in pencil to the title page by the author, "W. J. Knox-Little", a pencil ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, "Andrew Soutflower 1913", and a note in ink by Soutflower to the dedication page, "Canon Knox-Little told me that the apparitions stated in 'The Waif from the Waves' had happened to him, Andrew... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 147220
GURNEY, Edmund, Frederick W. H. Myers, and 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
DE MORGAN, Sophia Elizabeth, as C. D. From Matter to Spirit.
London : 1863First edition of this vividly written and meticulous account of spiritualist practice and ghostly interactions, which became one of the foundational texts of the British spiritualist movement. It is uncommon in the first edition, and this is a particularly attractive example.
Sophia de Morgan (1809-1892) was a social activist, spiritualist, and... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 147277
CRETE. Collection of 9 Foreign Office Diplomatic and Consular Trade Reports.
London : 1886 - 1912Extremely scarce: a substantial run of Diplomatic and Consular Trade Reports relating to Crete, issued by the Foreign Office at a turbulent period when the island was emerging from Ottoman control; those for the period 1901-04 published in an edition of 1,400 copies each, the last four years in tiny print runs of between 75 and 90 copies only.
This... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 146336
FROST, Robert. A Boy's Will.
London : 1913First edition, first impression, of Frost's first published book, an exceptional presentation copy, inscribed by him to fellow Dymock poet Wilfrid W. Gibson on the front free endpaper, "W.W.G. from R.F. Sept. 1913", perhaps on the occasion they first met, when Frost gave a poetry reading at Harold Monro's newly-opened Poetry Bookshop.
When A... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 146535
DAHL, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: A Game.
[New York] : 1978First edition, first printing. The board game is based on Dahl's classic story, designed using the artwork by by Joseph Schindelman for the first edition (1964).
The snakes-and-ladders-style board game is designed for five players, who compete to reach the television room. The game's designer, Sid Sackson (1920-2002), was an American writer,... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 146630
LOWELL, Amy; and others. Some Imagist Poets.
Boston & New York : 1915First edition, first printing, inscribed by Lowell on the front free endpaper in the month of publication: "Elsie, with lots of love from Amy. April. 1915."
Some Imagist Poets was edited by Lowell and published a year after the first Imagist anthology, Ezra Pound's Des Imagistes. In her preface, Lowell describes how her intentions as an Imagist... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 146789
PURCHAS, Samuel. Purchas his Pilgrimes.
London : 1625-6First edition of Purchas his Pilgrimes, with the preferred fourth edition of the Pilgrimage; together this is the desired state of the complete set of Purchas's important collection of travel and exploration narratives from ancient times up to and including the recent accounts of Virginia by John Smith.
The Pilgrimes was conceived as a continuation... Learn More£125,000.00
Stock Code: 146860
BOLZANO, Bernard. Wissenschaftslehre. Versuch einer ausführlichen und größtentheils neuen Darstellung der Logik mit einer Rücksicht auf deren bisherige Bearbeiter.
Sulzbach : 1837First edition of this masterwork by Bolzano, "a towering figure in the epistemology, logic, and methodology of the first half of the nineteenth century" (Encyclopedia of Philosophy I, p. 338).
Bernard Bolzano (1781-1848) was a Roman Catholic priest and professor of the philosophy of religion at the University of Prague. "If there is any one predecessor... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 146120
STANHOPE, Lady Hester. Memoirs,
London : 1846First edition of Travels, with the second edition of Memoirs, published in the same year. This is a handsomely bound copy of the chief authorities for the life of the most extraordinary woman traveller of the 19th century.
A niece of William Pitt, Lady Stanhope (1776-1839) left England in 1810 with Charles Meryon, a young doctor she had engaged... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 146264
POWER, Sarah, as Thomas Slaney Wilmot. Gleams of Light and Glimpses thro' the Rift.
London : 1893First edition of this extensive and notably uncommon work on spiritualism and psychic photography, in the beautifully decorated original cloth.
In this work Sarah Power, a Birmingham-based psychic and devout Christian who believed the existence of spirits was proof of the Christian afterlife, details her contact with her deceased fiancé Thomas... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 146293
WISE, Henry. An Analysis of One Hundred Voyages to and from India, China &c.,
London : 1839First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to the Governor of Bombay, "The Honourable Mountstuart Elphinstone, with the author's respects", with Elphinstone's subsequent Carberry Tower library label to the front pastedown. Elphinstone (1779-1859) was a Scottish statesman and historian appointed to the civil... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146318
VASILIEV, N.E., M.N.Volkov & V.I. Dobrovolskiy. Kazakstan v tsifrah. Statisticheskiy dvukhnedelnik kazstatupravleniya No. 6-7
Alma-Ata : 1928Extremely rare issue of the official journal of the Kazakh Statistical Department offering the first detailed description of Alma-Ata as the capital: "because of the recent move of the capital and the lack of any standardized information on Alma-Ata from the statistical, economic and historical points of view, we have decided to dedicate this enlarged... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 145808
WILSON, John, of the Scottish Mission, Bombay. An Exposure of the Hindu Religion,
Bombay : 1832First edition of this uncommon and confrontational tract by the eminent Scottish missionary and orientalist John Wilson (1804-1875), a reply to the Hindu theologian Mora Bhatta Dandekara's Hindudharmasthapana (Vindication of Hindu Religion), published in Marathi and translated here by way of preface; part of a fascinating print war between the two men.... Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 145823
MOBERLY, Charlotte Anne & Eleanor Jourdain, as Elizabeth Morison & Frances Lamont. An Adventure.
London : 1911First edition, first impression, and extremely uncommon thus; an unexpected sensation the book ran to four impression in three months, the first print run notably small. Published anonymously the identities of the authors of this controversial work, perhaps the most famous "time slip" case in the literature, were not made public until 1931.
In... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 145924
TOMLIN, Jacob. Journal of a Nine Months' Residence in Siam.
London : 1831First and sole edition of this extremely uncommon and engaging narrative, presented here nicely in the original boards. Jacob Tomlin, of the London Missionary Society, accompanied the German missionary and civil servant Karl Gützlaff during most of his pioneering visit to Thailand in 1828, when the two men were the first Protestant missionaries to... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145984
EGYPT - BUDGE, E. A. Wallis. Egyptian Antiquities:
London : 1893First edition, limited issue of 200 copies, this copy out-of-series. Sir Ernest Alfred Wallis Budge (1857-1934) was keeper of Egyptian and Assyrian antiquities at the British Museum from 1894 to 1924.
One of the great popularisers of Egyptology around the turn of the 20th century, his translation of the Egyptian Book of the Dead (from the Papyrus... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 146069
GINSBERG, Allen. Bixby Canyon Ocean Path Word Breeze.
New York : 1972First edition, first printing, paperbound issue, one of an unknown run, inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Bill Butler, in Sunlight in Brighton July 16, 1973", with his signature beneath his printed name.
Bill Butler (1934-1977) was a significant figure of the British literary counterculture scene of the 1960s and 1970s, and from... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 145609
NETTLES, Bea. Mountain Dream Tarot.
Rochester, NY : 1975First edition of the first known photographic tarot deck, this set signed by Nettles and dated 1977 to the title card, with the often missing introductory leaflet and loosely inserted note of Nettles's other works. The set is in notably bright condition.
The idea for the set came to Nettles in 1970 while she was enrolled as a printmaking student... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145673
GILES, Herbert A. A Glossary of Reference, on Subjects Connected with the Far East.
Hong Kong and Shanghai : 1878Scarce first edition, going through two further editions (1886 and 1900); this copy with a fine provenance: from the library of Byron Brenan (1847-1927), British Consul General to Shanghai (1899-1901), with his bold ownership inscription at head of title page. In his Memoirs, Giles refers to Brenan on several occasions and calls him "an excellent speaker... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 145414
HEANEY, Seamus. Beowulf.
London : 1999First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Heaney's translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic, which he dedicated to the memory of Ted Hughes (1930-1998), won the 1999 Whitbread Book of the Year award. Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 145566
ROLFE, Frederick, Baron Corvo. The Songs of Meleager.
London : First edition, first impression, a notably attractive copy. This edition is printed with the English translation alongside the original Greek text. From the library of Hardy Amies, with his neat bookplate to the front pastedown. Amies held the Royal Warrant as dressmaker for Queen Elizabeth II, who worked for her from her accession to the throne 1952... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 145607
ANTONIADI, E. M. [Title in Greek:] Ekphrasis tes Hagias Sophias.
Athens : 1907-09First and only edition of this scarce and important monograph, from the library of the traveler, aesthete, and writer on art Robert Byron (1905-1941), inscribed by him on a blank before the half-title in volume I, "Robert Byron, sent by A. E. Benaki" and with Byron's signature in the same location in the other volumes.
A fine provenance: Antonis... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 143223
BENIN EXPEDITION 1897. General Orders for the Information and Guidance of the Officers and Men,
[No place : 1897]Expedition leader Sir Harry Rawson's copy, his accompanying memo headed in pencil "Admiral's Copy". A genuinely rare and remarkable survival, these highly ephemeral orders relate to the punitive expedition conducted by the British against Benin in 1897; "justified as a legitimate military action... this brutal, violent colonial episode effectively... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 143425
NIEBUHR, Carsten. Travels through Arabia, and other Countries in the East.
Dublin : 1792First Dublin edition, considerably scarcer than the first edition in English, published at Edinburgh in the same year; we have traced two copies only on auction records (2008 and 1979) and an online search of institutional libraries shows 7 locations only; this copy in a judiciously restored period binding, now presenting most handsomely.
These... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 144017
HUNTER, F. M. An Account of the British Settlement of Aden in Arabia.
London : 1877First and only edition of this important monograph, the rare "presentation issue" with the superb photographic plates; commercial records show two copies only, one with Maggs (1954, catalogue no. 824) and another through Sotheby's (1999). Inscribed on the half-title by the recipient "E. V. Stace a kind present from the Author", his signature repeated... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 144018
MILTON, John. Samson Agonistes.
New York : 1904First edition thus, one of 120 copies only, this being the copy of the illustrator and co-runner of the press Helen Marguerite O'Kane with her self-designed bookplate on the front pastedown.
This finely produced edition features striking designs by O'Kane that demonstrate the Elston Press's "unique style of its own, with O'Kane's illustrations... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 144952
SHARP, William, as Fiona MacLeod. Runes of Woman.
Portland, ME : 1915First edition, one of 450 copies printed on Van Gelder paper, in the uncommon printed glassine jacket, this copy in notably smart condition.
Writer and editor William Sharp (1855-1905) adopted the pseudonym Fiona MacLeod in 1894 and secretly wrote under this name for the rest of his life. Sharp "constructed an elaborate series of deceptions,... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 144999
CROWLEY, Aleister. Moonchild.
London : 1929First edition, first impression, of one of Crowley's best known works, in notably bright condition. Moonchild is "a novel about the magical pursuits and feuds of Crowley's day with many recognizable personalities... at times very amusing in its bizarre vituperation despite formal flaws" (Sullivan, pp. 106-7).
This copy has later annotations by... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 145012
DAVIES, Frederick & Seymour. Drinks of All Kinds, Hot and Cold for All Seasons.
London : [c.1929]First Pitman edition of Davies's guide covering a variety of recipes, including cocktails, warm drinks and temperance drinks, in notably bright condition. The collection was first published in 1895 by John Hogg,and reissued in 1912. This Pitman edition expands the recipes for a contemporary audience, including new temperance drinks. This edition is... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 141913
LEVICK, Edwin J., & Rosenfeld & Sons. Yankee 1930.
New York : 1929-30Superb pictorial record of the US yacht Yankee, built to compete for the right to defend the America's Cup. This celebration of the boat would certainly appear to be a one-off for a syndicate member and is comprised of photographs of the highest quality.
Of the 19 prints 5 have the studio wet-stamps of the renowned Rosenfeld Studio showing through... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 142524
TRUCIAL STATES. Archive relating to the Royal Navy service of Midshipman Francis Wyatt Rawson Larken.
1928-51A fascinating and unpublished primary source - and as such rare in private hands - being the manuscript journal books kept by a Royal Navy midshipman during a tour of the Gulf in 1930-31; including a compelling account of a visit to Dubai and an on-board reception for the Trucial Sheikhs, part of a broader British policy of "courting" local rulers;... Learn More£125,000.00
Stock Code: 142568
LEVSHIN, Aleksey Iraklievich. Opisaniye Kirgiz-Kazach'ikh, ili Kirgiz-Kaysatskikh ord i stepey
Saint Petersburg : 1832Rare and important. The first account of Kazakhstan as a geographic entity and of the Kazakhs as a people, containing the most accurate map of the region to date. Print run of just 400 copies; 10 copies traced institutionally world-wide, genuinely scarce on the market. A complete and extremely pretty copy of this highly desirable Kazakh cornerstone.
Kazakh... Learn More£32,500.00
Stock Code: 143194
DAVIS, Nathan. Inscriptions in the Phoenician Character,
London : 1863First and sole edition, uncommon; an important record of the Punic stelae unearthed by one of the most remarkable figures in 19th century archaeology, the little known Nathan Davis (1819-1882), "clergyman, adventurer and snake-handler extraordinaire" (Freed), who conducted pioneering excavations at Carthage in the late 1850s, preceding the work of his... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 138060
THOMSON, Fanny Mary. Memoranda of a Journey to Moscow in the Year 1856.
Liverpool : 1859First edition of this observant and entertaining travel account, originally published for private distribution. Decidedly uncommon, with three copies located institutionally in the UK, held at Oxford, Cambridge, and the National Library of Scotland, and a further two added internationally, held at the New York Public Library and at Yale. The National... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 138355
SHEEHAN, Neil. Remarkable one-page typed letter signed to Abe Rosenthal of the New York Times, concerning the withdrawal from Vietnam.
Washington, D.C. : 1975On the eve of the withdrawal from Saigon, Pulitzer-winning journalist Neil Sheehan writes to legendary editor Abe Rosenthal: a letter of superb content and context, conveying disillusionment with the Vietnam "experiment" and the anger that informs Sheehan's A Bright Shining Lie, the "one book that captures the Vietnam War in the sheer Homeric scale... Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 141264
DIVANOV, Khudaibergen. Eighteen original photographs of Khiva and its people.
Khiva : c.1920Eloquent and atmospheric sequence of images showing the ancient Silk Road city of Khiva during a period of rapid transition, the work of Khudaibergen Divanov, Uzbekistan's first photographer whose life and fate mirrored his times. Proscribed and executed in Stalin's Great Purge, vintage prints from Divanov's studio are exceptionally scarce.
All... Learn More£29,250.00
Stock Code: 113773
PARKER, Charlie. REISNER, Robert George "Bob". Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker.
New York : 1962First edition, this copy warmly inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To that marvellous, erudite, eminently self-cultivated guy Jan Kindler who always comes up with some new shit that gasses me, Bob Reisner". The recipient is name-checked in the acknowledgements to Robert S. Gold's Jazz Lexicon as "writer-jazz devotee", and contributed to such early... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 148331
FRANK, Robert. Les Américains.
Paris : 1958First edition, first printing, an exceptional copy with almost none of usual toning. "Robert Frank's masterpiece has become so much the photobook of legend in its first American edition Grove Press, New York, 1959 that it is often forgotten that Delpire's original Paris edition was a different book. Its accompanying texts, gathered by Alain Bosquet,... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 133176
POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Pigling Bland.
London and New York : 1913First edition; the first two impressions are identical. The Tale of Pigling Bland is the nineteenth book by Beatrix Potter, and was the last book written before her marriage to William Heelis. With her marriage and the outbreak of the First World War, Beatrix's focus increasingly turned from the Peter Rabbit series to farming. Her failing eyesight and... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 147936
POTTER, Beatrix. Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes.
London and New York : First edition; the first two impressions are identical.
In early 1917, Potter's publishers Frederick Warne and Co. faced financial ruin after Harold Warne was convicted of forgery; Potter agreed to produce a new Christmas work to aid the company, and suggested this compilation work, the drawings for which were originally set aside with the death... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 147954
WOOLF, Virginia. Orlando.
New York : 1928First edition, first printing, signed limited issue, number 109 of 800 copies signed by the author in her customary purple ink on the verso of the half-title. Woolf's Orlando is widely recognized as a masterpiece of modernist and feminist literature, and remains among her best-known works.
Dedicated to Vita Sackville-West, whose androgynous... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 148334
FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Beautiful and Damned.
New York : 1922First edition, first printing, in the rare first issue dust jacket, with the title in outline on the front panel, this a particularly nice example. That Fitzgerald's second novel was a thinly disguised portrait of his and Zelda's difficult marriage did not stop him taking offence that the dust jacket design by William E. Hill resembled, as he wrote... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 147503
NAPOLEONIC REGULATIONS. Règlement concernant le service intérieur, la police et la discipline de l'infanterie, du 24 juin 1792.
Paris : 1809Highly attrasctive volume, combining early editions of three rare Napoleonic-era manuals for the organisation and administration of infantry on service at home and in the field, in camp and quarters; containing immensely detailed regulations for the duties incumbent on various ranks, with examples of the extensive tables and forms required in record-keeping.... Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 147518
HAMAGUCHI, O., & Talbot Clifton. Fortune Telling by Japanese Swords.
London : 1905First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by Clifton on the title page "to Charles Holmes from the author Talbot Clifton, 1905".
This work, translated by the hunter and explorer John Talbot Clifton (1868-1928), collects together "two or three books on fortune telling by swords" which Clifton discovered "while wandering in... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 147665
COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. The Poetical Works.
London : 1828First collected edition, one of 300 copies; there were also 12 copies printed on large paper. J. Dykes Campbell, later a biographer of Coleridge, wrote in 1888 that his copy of this edition "must be a rare book... from whatever cause, its scarcity is incontestable" (The Athenaeum, p. 307).
Coleridge was unhappy with the work, which was succeeded,... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 147753
WOOLF, Virginia. The Letters; The Diaries.
London : 1975-84First editions, first impressions, of the complete set of Woolf's collected letters and diaries.
The letters, edited by Nigel Nicolson, record in stunning detail the evolution of Woolf's unmistakable style and provide an impressively comprehensive gathering of her correspondence from childhood until her death in 1941. Woolf's diaries, which she... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 147771
BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. The Decameron.
London : 1886First Payne edition, number 340 of 750 copies on Holland paper, in the rare jackets, an unrecorded variant in which the imprint on the title pages do not state that it was printed "for the Villon Society". "A landmark in the history of the Decameron in English, and the very first complete and unexpurgated version" (Armstrong, p. 259).
A linguistic... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 145739
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. The Land.
London : 1926First trade edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper, together with an autograph letter signed from her. This is a rare variant copy, with the four wood engravings that were published only in the signed limited issue; in this copy, they are tipped in and unusually also signed by the artist.
This variant, not... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 145944
DURRELL, Gerald. A Zoo in My Luggage.
London : 1960First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author "with best wishes Gerald Durrell. 1973." on half-title. This is an account by the celebrated naturalist of his travels in the late 1950s to West Africa to collect animals for his zoo.
Stock Code: 148255
CHURCHILL, Awnsham & John. A Collection of Voyages and Travels,
London : 1732Second, enlarged edition, of one of the great voyage collections, originally issued by the brothers Awnsham and John Churchill in four volumes in 1704 with the advice and encouragement of the philosopher John Locke. Hill describes it as "a very valuable collection, both for its range of coverage and for the fact that it gives the original accounts".... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 50373