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CHURCHILL, Charles Henry. Mount Lebanon. A Ten Year's Residence from 1842 to 1852
London : 1853Second edition, same year as the first. Author was British consul at Damascus and wrote several influential regional studies including a major biography of Abd-el-Kader. The present "work is not an account of Churchill's stay in the Lebanon but an amalgamation of information, some of which is based on a Maronite chronology. An important work, rare"... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 136241
BAKST, Léon. Des Karpathes a Berlin un bond dans le style des Ballets Russes a la grande stupor de ces chiens d'Allemands et d'Autrichiens.
Paris : 1915Scarce, striking visual propaganda from the pen of the great Ballets Russes designer. Originally published as a double-page spread in number 18 of Cocteau and Iribe's short-lived satirical publication Le Mot, captioned as above. This unlettered version was issued as a fundraiser in a signed edition of 100 on superior japon impérial., this copy number... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 137827
CHURCHILL, Winston S. [Complete collection of major works, all first editions:]
1898-1961First British editions, first impressions, of all of Churchill's major works, in handsome matching bindings by Bayntun of Bath, altogether an imposing and comprehensive collection. Collections of Churchill's first editions in uniform bindings are scarce in commerce.
Churchill was a prolific writer in the fields of history, biography and politics,... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 139079
HOGG, James. The Suicide's Grave:
London : 1895First edition thus, an important, uncommon, and unbowdlerized edition of one of the most extraordinary novels on the 19th century, described by the literary scholar Walter Allen as "the most convincing representation of the power of evil in our literature". This little-known version predates by some way the revival of interest in Hogg's book in the... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 144871
KAFKA, Franz. Die Verwandlung [Metamorphosis].
Leipzig : 1915First edition, first printing. The first of Kafka's masterpieces was issued both in boards and, as here, in wrappers. Sales were unimpressive; after a year or so the numerous unsold copies were stamped on the title pages with the official stamp of the German censors. This copy has no stamp to the title page and is therefore of the original issue.
With... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 138328
ROUPPE, Louis. [NAVAL MEDICINE.] De morbis navigantium, liberus unus.
Leiden : 1764First edition of this work on the diseases incidental to seamen, a considerably expanded edition of author's thesis published at Leiden in 1762. Louis Rouppe (1729-1780) travelled much in the West-Indies as a naval physician aboard the Princess Carolina vessel for the Dutch West Indische Companie. This work, published in Latin, is often considered the... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 132861
LITHGOW, William. The Totall Discourse,
London : 1632First collected and complete edition of Lithgow's travels, a particularly nice copy in contemporary calf; "a book of uncommon value and interest, for its descriptions of men and manners even more than of places" (DNB).
Lithgow (1582-1645?), travelled extensively across Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East from the age of twenty onwards,... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 144436
NAVAL HISTORY. The Naval Chronicle.
London : 1799-1818First edition throughout, a complete set, presented here in a most attractive period binding, uncut and largely unopened, which, unusually, collates complete, with just three of the plates being supplied and loosely inserted. Without doubt, the Naval Chronicle is the most significant source for contemporary reports of naval affairs during the period... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 142536
DREADNOUGHT. Visit of Colonial Premiers and the Houses of Parliament to Portsmouth.
London : 1907First and sole edition of each work. Printed in very small numbers "not for publication" but intended for bestowal to visiting dignitaries and Admiralty officials, these handsomely produced souvenir volumes are therefore extremely scarce, this pair in very smart presentation bindings.
Dreadnought was launched on 10 February 1906 and at a stroke... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 141982
ROWSE, A. L. Extempore Memorial.
[Oxford : 1933]Rare first and sole edition. A touching elegy for Charles Henderson (1900-1933), fellow historian and Cornishman, privately printed following his sudden death in Rome. In 1935 Rowse co-edited with Henderson's wife, Isobel Munro, Henderson's Essays in Cornish History (1935). An online search of institutional libraries cites copies at just five locations:... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 140179
WOOLF, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway.
London : 1925First edition, first impression, of Woolf's mould-breaking masterpiece, in the very scarce Vanessa Bell jacket. Only 2,000 copies of the first printing were produced, and the dust jacket is rare in collectable condition.
"Woolf maintained that her generation had to break the mould of the novel in order to speak of the radically changed world... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 138396
SNOW, C. P. [Complete Strangers and Brothers series:]
London : 1940-70All first editions, first impressions. Inscribed by the author to the title page of Homecomings "To Joan Hardinge with best wishes from C. P. Snow Sept 15/65/." This eleven-volume roman fleuve probably constitutes Snow's chief contribution to English letters, his critical writings notwithstanding. Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 136481
COMPUTING - TOMASH, Erwin, & Michael R. Williams. The Erwin Tomash Library on the History of Computing: An Annotated and Illustrated Catalog.
[Novato, California] : 2009An alphabetical catalogue of more than 3,000 documents relevant to the history of computation, from Bruno Abdank-Abakanowicz's Les intégraphes (1886) to the German computer pioneer Konrad Zuse's description of the various Zuse computers (1950). "Computation" is broadly defined and includes logic, mathematical methods, tables, logarithms, trigonometry,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 135329
RICARDO, David. On the Principles of Political Economy, and Taxation.
London : 1817First edition of Ricardo's fundamental contribution to the science of economics. Ricardo is credited with the first systematic and scientific approach to economics; his exact mathematical approach and careful deductive methods provided a model for future texts in the field. Ricardo's interest in political economy was aroused in 1799 by a chance reading... Learn More£28,500.00
Stock Code: 130054
HUSSERL, Edmund. Philosophie der Arithmetik.
Halle-Saale : 1891First edition of Husserl's first book, the initial volume of his Philosophie der Arithmetik; presentation copy, inscribed by the author "mit dem Ausdruck vorzüglicher Hochachtung" at the head of the front wrapper, above the printed presentation note "Uberreicht vom Verfasser".
Husserl (18591938) began his career as a mathematician, and it was... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 144965
JAMES, William. The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy.
New York : 1897First edition, first printing, presentation copy from the author to his fellow Harvard University professor George Herbert Palmer, inscribed on the front free endpaper "George H. Palmer with best regards of W.J. March 6. 1897".
An excellent association - Palmer led the philosophy department at Harvard, and under his long-term chair it became... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 144966
COPLESTON, Edward, & others. Four pamphlets on value, currency, and bullion:
Oxford [London for latter two tracts] : 1819-1819-1810-1811Four pamphlets on value, currency, and bullion, bound together in a contemporary pamphlet volume, comprising the first and second of Copleston's Letters to Peel (in first and second editions respectively), Huskisson on the Depreciation of our Currency (second, stated "New" edition), and Rose's opposition to the Bullion Committee (first edition); aptly... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 145014
TOOKE, Thomas. Thoughts and Details on the High and Low Prices of the Last Thirty Years.
London : 1823First edition of Tooke's first book, occasioned by the price instability throughout the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars and their aftermath.
"The work of 1823, Thoughts and Details on the High and Low Prices of the Last Thirty Years, provided the basis for Tooke's monetary thought until and including the publication in 1838 of the first two... Learn More£925.00
Stock Code: 145021
PAINE, Thomas. Prospects on the War and Paper Currency.
London : 1793Second edition under this title, following the first of the same year; originally published in 1787 under the title Prospects on the Rubicon.
The pamphlet was published "as an attempt to discourage an English war with France, with its inevitable result of additional taxes falling heavily on the poor and bringing ruin to both countries. The pamphlet... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 145022
MARTINEAU, Harriet. Dawn Island.
Manchester : 1845First edition of Martineau's allegorical fable, written for the National Anti-Corn Law Bazaar and promoting free trade as the basis of civilization; a particularly nice copy in the original cloth.
"In Dawn Island, her 1845 propaganda fable for the Anti-Corn Law League, Harriet Martineau depicts a South Seas Society starkly different from the... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 145023
BURKE, Edmund. An Appeal from the New to the Old Whigs, in Consequence of some later Discussions in Parliament, Relative to the Reflections on the French Revolution.
London : 1791First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title in a secretarial hand to "Mr. D. North, From the Author", slightly cropped at head. The recipient is uncertain, but a contender is the Whig politician Dudley Long North (1748-1829), who along with Burke was instrumental in the impeachment of Warren Hastings, and later served as a pallbearer... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 145026
STEADMAN, Ralph. The Joke's Over.
London & Orlando : 2006First UK and US editions, first printings, both signed on the half title by Steadman and each with a signed drawing by Kurt Vonnegut (on the dedication leaf in the UK edition, on the front free endpaper for the US edition). The Joke's Over was first published in the UK.
Stock Code: 144829
KIPLING, Rudyard. Sea and Sussex.
London : 1926First edition, first impression, one of 500 large paper copies signed by Kipling on the limitation page. This superbly illustrated collection gathers poems from The Seven Seas (1896), The Five Nations (1903), Rewards and Fairies (1910), Sea Warfare (1916), and others. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 144835
SÜSSMILCH, Johann Peter. Die göttliche Ordnung in denen Veränderungen des menschlichen Geschlechts,
Berlin : 1761-1762-1776Second, enlarged edition of this pioneering work in the history of statistics (first published as a single volume in 1741), together with the first edition of the posthumously published supplementary third volume.
Die göttliche Ordnung is Süssmilch's pioneering and seminal work in demography and the history of population statistics. "He sought... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 144932
BURNETT, James, Lord Monboddo. Des Lord Monboddo Werk von dem Ursprunge und Fortgange der Sprache.
Riga : 1784-1785First edition in German, all published, an abridgement of books I to III of Monboddo's Of the Origin and Progress of Language (1773-1776, with a further 3 volumes published in English 1787, 1789, and 1792). Translated by C. A. Schmid, with an introduction by Herder.
Monboddo's work, published between 1773 and 1792, is one of the major 18th century... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 144960
COLLOT, André (illus.); M. Piron. Ode a Priape.
Paris : 1927First edition thus, number 29 of 325 copies on Rives, from a total edition of 350, of this clandestine erotic publication featuring an early appearance (uncredited) of etchings by André Collot (1897-1976), who would go on to be prolific for such work in the 1930s and beyond. The images are outrageous and fantastical, from priapic penis-worship to bestiality.... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 144962
PETERSON, Oscar; Ray Brown; Ed Thigpen. West Side Story.
New York : 1962Signed in full by Peterson, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thipen, in fine-nibbed black marker pen across the back cover; an excellent setting for this trio of autographs, uncommonly found together "under one roof".
Recorded and released in 1962, within months of the film debut of Bernstein and Sondheim's smash hit musical, West Side Story... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 144635
HANCOCK, Herbie. Head Hunters.
New York : 1983Signed boldly by Hancock in full in black marker pen on the front cover. Head Hunters, originally released in 1973, is awarded the maximum four star rating by The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings and listed as "Core Collection", calling Hancock's ground-breaking jazz-funk album - the first jazz record to go platinum as an "infectiously funky and thoroughly... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 144636
ROLLINS, Sonny. Saxophone Colossus.
New York : c. 1975Signed boldly in full by the great tenorist in fine-nibbed black marker pen across the front cover; if Rollins's autograph were desired on any one album it would be this one, his "undisputed masterpiece", according to The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, and one of the greatest of jazz albums.
Saxophone Colossus is accorded the maximum four-star... Learn More£685.00
Stock Code: 144638
ROACH, Max. We Insist!
Japan : 1970Signed decisively by the great drummer, "Max R, 1977", in black marker pen on the front cover. We Insist! is accorded the maximum four-star rating by the Penguin Guide, classed as part of the "Core Collection" of any jazz library and given the rare accolade of a crown, "a special token of merit to denote records we feel a special admiration or affection... Learn More£435.00
Stock Code: 144639
MUHAMMAD ALI - GREGORY, Dick. "My Brother's Keeper".
Pittsburgh : 1964First pressing, with a fine provenance: signed in full on the back cover in blue ball-point pen by Muhammad Ali, a close friend of Gregory - who was also nutritional adviser and jogging partner to Ali - who described the comedian as "one of the greatest Americans of modern times" (cited in an Independent profile of 19 December 2004, retrieved 6 November... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 144644
WESTON, Randy. Get Happy with the Randy Weston Trio.
Japan : 1974Signed flamboyantly by Weston in red marker pen on the back cover, "To Eugene, Randy Weston"; the recipient adding his name and spiral motif in green marker pen at the foot, "Timiraos". Albums autographed by Weston are certainly not common.
An appealing provenance: born in Havana, Eugene Timiraos (1955-2018) was a graduate of the UCLA Film School... Learn More£185.00
Stock Code: 144665
LEE, Christopher - SPOTO, Donald. Marilyn Monroe.
New York : 1993First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the half-title: "for Gitte and Christopher Lee - in anticipation of continuing friendship, Donald Spoto, Los Angeles, 4.x1.98". The recipients were actor Christopher Lee and his wife Birgit "Gitte" Lee. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 140936
PULLMAN, Philip. His Dark Materials.
London : 1995-1997-2000First editions, first impressions, in first issue jackets, of the complete Dark Materials trilogy in particularly nice condition, each volume inscribed or signed by the author: Northern Lights inscribed on the half-title "With best wishes to Gill Philip Pullman"; Amber Spyglass signed on the title page; Subtle Knife inscribed on the title page "Best... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 143237
MILL, John Stuart. Principles of Political Economy with some of their Applications to Social Philosophy.
London : 1848First edition of Mill's great treatise on political economy. "From the moment of publication, Mill's Principles was hailed as a classic, far more congenial to the public than earlier economic textbooks, and far more readable than the Logic" (ODNB). "To many generations of students, Mill's Principles was the undisputed bible of economic doctrine" (Roll,... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 144049
BAKST, Leon - LEVINSON, André. Bakst. The Story of the Artist's Life.
London : 1923First UK edition, number 157 of 300 copies, of this handsome and important record of Bakst's work, including images of not only his most celebrated costumes, but also sketches and theatre settings. From the library of a celebrated Texas balletomane: with the crested bookplate of Thomas Lawton Osborn (1927-2010), trustee of Houston Ballet, former professional... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 144128
RIVERS, Sam, & Dave Holland. Paragon.
France : 1977First pressing of the first album issued by the short-lived Fluid label, signed boldly in full in black marker pen on the front cover by Sam Rivers and Dave Holland; the pairing of these autographs is highly uncommon.
The French avant-garde label Fluid released just four albums but in doing so managed to record Archie Shepp (A Touch of the Blues... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 144634
LOOMIS, Elias. Circular. The Great Auroral Exhibition of August 28th to September 4th 1859.
New Haven : 1859Seemingly unrecorded appeal from Elias Loomis (1811-1889), the eminent American mathematician - at the time Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of the City of New York - requesting information regarding the spectacular appearance of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights during the summer of 1859.
As Loomis notes in the preamble to this... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 140209
GREIG, Alexander. Fate of the Blenden Hall.
New York : 1847First and sole edition of this scarce shipwreck narrative, a superb association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to William Glass, Governor of Tristan da Cunha, who led the rescue mission to save the survivors of the wreck and whose efforts occupy several chapters; "To Gov. Glass Tristan D'acunha from his old friend Alex. M. Greig The... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 139826
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Through the Looking-Glass.
London : 1869 & 1885Presentation copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Mary Trimmer, from the author." Dodgson had lunch with Mary's family on 6 August 1868; her father was Revd. Trimmer, Rector of St Mary, Guildford, and Carroll later photographed Mary. A beautifully bound set of these later printings (Alice's Adventures... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 112633
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
London : Limited edition of 1,130 copies. Unusually, Rackham did not sign this limited edition, as he was out of the country while it was in preparation. Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 107351
DICKENS, Charles (preface); OVERS, John. Evenings of A Working Man,
London : 1844First edition, of this collection of writings by the consumptive John Overs, which Dickens encouraged him to publish, and for which he contributed a preface; here handsomely bound by Zaehnsdorf. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 143247
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); SHAKESPEARE, William. A Midsummer-Night's Dream.
London : 1908First Rackham trade edition, first impression. In A Midsummer Night's Dream Rackham "developed his gift for drawing witches, gnomes, fairies, and anthropomorphized trees and brought them to a pitch of vivid characterization, sometimes with an unsettling frisson of horror" (ODNB). Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 143984
GRASLIN, Jean Joseph Louis and Abbé Nicolas Baudeau. Correspondance entre M. Graslin... et M. Baudeau... sur un des principes fondamentaux de la doctrine des Economistes.
London and Paris : 1779Second edition of the epistolary exchange between Graslin and Baudeau, discussing the work of Le Mercier de la Rivière and the ideas of the physiocrats, first published in 1777.
Stock Code: 144747
CARTWRIGHT, John. The state of the nation; in a series of letters, to his Grace the Duke of Bedford.
Harlow : 1805First edition, inscribed on the front free endpaper "From the Author"; a crisp, clean copy of this strong critique of the government and its conduct regarding the American War of Independence and the French wars, written by an outspoken advocate of political reform.
Cartwright attacks the corruption and abuses of government, singling out Pitt,... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 141096
NEWTON, Helmut. Sumo.
[London] : 1999First edition, signed limited issue, one of 10,000 signed and numbered by the photographer. A book so large that it comes with its own metal folding stand, engraved with the author's name. Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 142544
RUTTLEDGE, Hugh. Everest 1933.
London : 1934First edition, first impression, of Ruttledge's superbly illustrated account of the British 1933 attempt, led by him, to climb Mount Everest, nine years after the last expedition on which Mallory and Irvine had disappeared.
Ruttledge put together a highly talented group, but the attempt to establish Camp V on a rare fair day (20 May) was a crucial... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 144831
RUTTLEDGE, Hugh. Everest 1933.
London : 1934 & 1937First editions, first impressions, of Ruttledge's accounts of the British 1933 attempt, led by him, to climb Mount Everest, together with his second attempt in 1936, which was better-spirited but defeated by an exceptionally early monsoon.
In 1933, nine years after the last expedition on which Mallory and Irvine had disappeared, Ruttledge put... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 144832
ISHERWOOD, Christopher, & Swami Prabhavananda (trans). Bhagavad-Gita.
Hollywood : 1944First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "For Mary Herbold, with gratitude and good wishes, Christopher Isherwood", and signed within this also by his fellow translator the great guru Swami Prabhavananda. This is a superb association copy of this significant English translation of this major Vedic text.
The... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 143597
(HEANEY, Seamus.) Poems on the Underground.
London : 2011First edition, first printing, signed by Seamus Heaney on the front cover. Poems on the Underground is a scheme launched in 1986, showcasing a range of poetry on London Underground carriages, from classics to contemporary works. This leaflet was produced and distributed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the scheme; Heaney's poem "Colmcille the Scribe"... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 142600
HEANEY, Seamus. Sweeney Praises the Trees.
New York : 1981First edition, number 41 of 110 copies only, additionally signed by the author on the title page; scarce, especially so signed and in such fine condition. Sweeney Praises the Trees is an early version of part of his modern English translation of the ancient Irish Buile Shuibhne, preceding his complete translation, published in 1983 as Sweeney Astray.... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142601
HEANEY, Seamus. An Open Letter.
Derry : 1983First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Heaney's poem was penned as an objection to his representation as a British poet in Andrew Motion and Blake Morrison's Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry (1982). Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 142604
MILNE, A. A. Now We Are Six.
London : 1927First edition, first impression, of the third book in the Winnie-the-Pooh series. Alongside Milne's verse, this collection is also notable for including many illustrations of Pooh, Piglet, and the other nursery toys, even when uncalled for by the poems. Learn More£1,950.00
Stock Code: 134424
COBBETT, William. Paper Against Gold.
London : 1828First edition of Cobbett's declamation against paper currency and government debt, both twin evils in his view, with the debt necessitating the production of paper money to pay the interest. The book is comprised of letters originally published in Cobbett's Political Register, between 1810 and 1812; many were written while he was imprisoned for opposing... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 144944