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  1. 141257
    (ARCTIC) CHERNENKO, M. B. & L. V. Khvat. Dvadtsat' sem' mesyatsev na dreyfuyushchem korable «Georgiy Sedov» [Twenty-seven months on the drifting ship "Georgy Sedov"]

    Leningrad : 1940

    First edition of this uncommon account from the Heroic Era of Soviet Arctic Exploration. In 1937 the icebreaker Georgiy Sedov was sent to the assistance of two fellow icebreakers trapped in the frozen Polar Sea, but was encircled in the pack ice and joined them in captivity. The two smaller vessels were freed by Yermak early in 1938, but Sedov was obliged... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141257

  2. 142440comp
    HEANEY, Seamus. A Boy Driving his Father to Confession.

    Frensham, Farnham, Surrey : 1970

    First edition, number 42 of 50 copies signed by Heaney, from a total edition of 150 printed on Glastonbury laid paper. This is not only one of the first limited editions put out by Heaney, and now very scarce, but also marks the first appearance of one of his early masterpieces. The last copy recorded at auction was in 1999, and about a third of the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142440

  3. The Wind in the Willows.
    (SHEPARD, E. H.) GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.

    London : 1971

    First full colour-illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 148 of 250 specially bound copies, signed and numbered by E. H. Shepard. Wind in the Willows was first published in 1908 with only a frontispiece for illustration, and Shepard, well-known by then for his illustrations of A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh series, was asked... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142219

  4. Window Dressing for Tailors Outfitters etc.
    BRIDGLAND, Albert Stanford & F.W. Alcock. Window Dressing for Tailors Outfitters etc.

    London : 1932

    First and only edition, in notably bright condition, of this unusual and highly attractive period guide to commercial display for gentlemen's outfitters. This work is uncommon with just two copies on Library Hub at the British Library and the University of Southampton, and WorldCat adding two more copies at the National Library of New Zealand and the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140920

  5. Some Hints on Pattern-Designing.
    MORRIS, William. Some Hints on Pattern-Designing.

    London : 1899

    First edition, this copy in an attractive "Glasgow Style" art nouveau binding likely by Mary E. Sim, the rear turn-in stamped "M.S. 1905". The "Glasgow Style" was influenced by the arts and crafts movement, including many of the tenets set out by Morris in this work. Sim worked in Glasgow, her designs published in both The Studio and The... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139750

  6. The Drowned World.
    BALLARD, J. G. The Drowned World.

    London : 1962

    Rare proof copy, signed by the author on the title page, with the trial dust jacket (priced 0/0). The first UK edition was the first in hardback and is preferred to the US paperback that preceded it earlier in the same year. A seminal climate change science fiction novel, The Drowned World depicts the year 2145, where global warming has left... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138843

  7. The West End System:
    GILES, Edward Bowyer; John Mogford; Frederick T. Prewett; Henry Roberts & Mark Wiseman. The West End System:

    London : 1875

    First edition of Part I, second of Part II, the quick re-release "necessitated by the continuance of demand" (Preface). A highly successful cutting manual which ran to many editions through to the 1920s. These earliest iterations are uncommon, with WorldCat listing only BL, NLS, Oxford and Cambridge for the 1875 first edition. This is an important work... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139170

  8. Ladies' Garment Cutting and Making.
    MORRIS, Frederick R. Ladies' Garment Cutting and Making.

    London : 1950

    Third edition, updated and expanded from both the first of 1935 and second of 1943. This is a well-preserved copy, featuring fascinating and relevant annotations, of a book most often found badly impacted by heavy use. It is undoubtedly a tailoring "standard text, being very well illustrated by Leonora Curry with fashions, patterns, and diagrams" (Seligman).

    This... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139175

  9. Boot and Shoe Manufacture.
    PLUCKNETT, Frank. Boot and Shoe Manufacture.

    London : 1931

    First and only edition of this richly illustrated guide to shoemaking. An excellent copy, the appearance of Pitman's books flatter to deceive, and they rarely survive in such sharp condition. Frank Plunkett was "a master of shoe manufacturing processes and theory" and wrote two books on the subject, about which "there is a considerable strength and... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139179

  10. Théorie du Tissage [Theory of Weaving]
    (SILK WEAVING) SIMMONDS, S. Théorie du Tissage [Theory of Weaving]

    ?Lyon : c.1900

    Exceptional French course workbook in superb, fresh condition, concentrating entirely on silk production and weaving and containing a spectacular array of fabric samples from simple taffetas and serges to pekins, fantasies, and royales, in a range of superb colours and patterns. Most likely generated at the École de Tissage in Lyons, the French silk... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139189

  11. Aux Galeries Lafayette Exposition Générale  Lundi 3 Octobre et jours suivants.
    (FASHION.) GALERIES LAFAYETTE. Aux Galeries Lafayette Exposition Générale Lundi 3 Octobre et jours suivants.

    Paris : 1927

    Handsomely produced by the rising print and graphics firm of Georges Lang for the renowned Parisian department store Galeries Lafayette, this is a superbly preserved example of an essentially ephemeral 1920s mainstream fashion catalogue.

    The catalogue is replete with stylish illustrations, mostly full-page, of the women's modes of the day, including... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139215

  12. The History of the Art of Cutting in England;
    GILES, Edward Bowyer. The History of the Art of Cutting in England;

    London : 1887

    First and only contemporary edition, uncommon in the publisher's binding. Giles (1828-1896), first historian of the English trade, was the long-time editor of the West-End Gazette, journal of Metropolitan Foreman Tailor's Society. This is "an excellent history covering works on the art of cutting. Includes various works and systems as well as journals"... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139216

  13. A Manual of Dyeing Receipts for General Use.
    NAPIER, James. A Manual of Dyeing Receipts for General Use.

    London & Glasgow : 1855

    First edition. Highly interesting practical work with 56 small fabric samples mounted in the text, which immediately predates the massive expansion of the German synthetic dye industry. This is an excellent copy of this attractive book, which is moderately uncommon institutionally, with just a dozen copies on WorldCat, and rarely encountered on the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139284

  14. A Translation of the Inferno, in English Verse.
    DANTE ALIGHIERI. A Translation of the Inferno, in English Verse.

    Dublin : 1785

    First edition, rare, of the first appearance of Boyd's translation of Dante, considered superior to the blank verse translation of 1782 by Charles Rogers, and preceding by 17 years Boyd's own completion of the Divine Comedy (1802), which would be the first published completion in English. This Dublin edition is the true first, preceding the London edition... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136911

  15. Pomponius Mela. Iulius Solinus. Itinerarium Antonini Aug. Vibius Sequester.
    (CLASSICAL GEOGRAPHY). Pomponius Mela. Iulius Solinus. Itinerarium Antonini Aug. Vibius Sequester.

    Florence : 1526

    An early edition of this collection of classical geographical texts, including Pomponius Mela and Julius Solinus, and a translation into Latin of the Greek 1st-century world geography of Dinoysius Periegetes. The text is based on the first edition of the collection, printed by the Aldine press in 1518. Learn More

    Stock Code: 137339

  16. An Essay on the Principle of Population;
    MALTHUS, Thomas Robert. An Essay on the Principle of Population;

    London : 1803

    The Great Quarto edition, notionally the second edition of the Essay on Population published in 1798, but so substantially enlarged, rewritten, and re-titled as to be a new book.
    "In 1803 Malthus published a greatly expanded second edition of the Essay, incorporating details of the population checks that had been in operation in many different countries... Learn More

    Stock Code: 134324

  17. Leaves of Grass.
    WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass.

    Brooklyn : 1855

    First edition of one of the central works of American poetry. Much has been written of the significance of this first edition"America's second Declaration of Independence" to quote PMM. "The slender volume introduced the poet who, celebrating the nation by celebrating himself, has since remained at the heart of America's cultural memory because in the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135889

  18. The Hat Shop.
    PEEL, Constance Dorothy Evelyn. The Hat Shop.

    London : 1914

    First edition, first and only impression, of this "vivid picture of one side of the world of fashion and of the cost to those who serve it" (Pall Mall Gazette), written by the acclaimed journalist and writer on household management. It is uncommon institutionally and commercially; we have seen one other copy in a cheap "popular edition" binding... Learn More

    Stock Code: 130287

  19. Silver and Gold.
    HARTNELL, Norman. Silver and Gold.

    London : 1955

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Princess Mary, "To Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal. With respect, gratitude and humble best wishes at Christmastime. Norman Hartnell, Christmas 1955." In this work, this copy of which is in an attractive presentation binding, Hartnell provides... Learn More

    Stock Code: 130515

  20. Art and Handicraft in the Woman's Building of the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893.
    ELLIOTT, Maud Howe (ed.) Art and Handicraft in the Woman's Building of the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893.

    Paris & New York : 1893

    First edition, in the rarer blue variant binding, unsigned though attributed to the American Arts and Crafts designer Alice Cordelia Morse (1863-1961). This is the richly illustrated official handbook for the Woman's Building at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, in notably attractive condition.

    Having lobbied hard for an official place... Learn More

    Stock Code: 131545

  21. La Dépêche.
    (FASHION; DACHÉ, Lilly.) La Dépêche.

    Paris : 1949-50

    A largely unbroken, notably scarce, run of 40 issues of La Dépêche (September 1949 until October 1950) together with three issues of La Note de Paris (August and October 1950). This run has a key fashion association, the subscriber being renowned milliner, fashion designer, and female entrepreneur Lilly Daché (?1892-1989) during her "heyday in the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 126533

  22. Le zodiaque.
    RÉGNY, Jane. Le zodiaque.

    Paris : 1928

    First and limited edition, number 20 of 1,000 copies printed for the friends of Jane Régny, this for "La Comtesse de Montgomery", presumably Lady Beatrice Eleanor Paget (1883-1973), 12th countess of Montgomery; from a total edition of 1,200, with 100 ordinary copies issued with an uncoloured frontispiece.

    This is an attractive astrological plaquette... Learn More

    Stock Code: 126610

  23. La Mode.
    DU ROSELLE, Bruno. La Mode.

    Paris : 1980

    First edition of this well-illustrated survey of twentieth-century fashion, here in a somewhat bizarre, if fitting, binding, featuring a lock of hair pinned by a "tortoiseshell" peigne in the style of one featured in the work.

    La Mode is a key work by the then honorary president of the Union française des Arts du Costume, Bruno du... Learn More

    Stock Code: 127560

  24. A History of English Wallpaper, 1509-1914.
    SUGDEN, Alan Victor & John Ludlam Edmondson. A History of English Wallpaper, 1509-1914.

    London : 1925

    First edition, first impression, trade issue. Described by Entwisle as "an indispensable source book" this work provides a comprehensive and richly illustrated account of the developments within English wallpaper fashions. It also includes a useful history of the foremost wallpaper mills in the country. An attractive copy of this fascinating work. Learn More

    Stock Code: 121204

  25. Instructions for using the Dressmaker's Magic Scale,
    ROOD, Will. C., & Norman Hayden. Instructions for using the Dressmaker's Magic Scale,

    Quincy, IL : 1882

    A curious and uncommon proprietary pattern-cutting guide first published circa 1879 that ran to at least twenty-five editions, this being the eleventh. The unique selling proposition to the work is the "Magic Scale" - "the square and the compass combined" - using which "a lady can cut from any fashion plate, making a perfect fit without alterations".

    The... Learn More

    Stock Code: 121396

  26. The Workwoman's Guide,
    WILSON, Maria. The Workwoman's Guide,

    London & Birmingham : 1838

    First edition of one of the most important needlework manuals of the nineteenth century. Early editions are uncommon, with just four copies of the first on Copac, together with four of the second edition of 1840; only two copies traced at auction. An excellent copy of this elusive and highly desirable guidebook, offered here in publisher's attractive... Learn More

    Stock Code: 108261

  27. Usu zumi.
    (JAPANESE TEXTILES.) Usu zumi.

    Kyoto : c. 1870

    A stunning and uncommon design manuscript for early Meiji-era textiles, fan papers, and packaging, including stylised landscapes, delicately rendered thistles, a collection of subtly coloured seashells, cranes emerging from riverside bamboo, and a number of more abstract designs. A very pleasing collection, viewed from a practical, or purely aesthetic... Learn More

    Stock Code: 109982

  28. Visionaire 58 - Spirit.
    MCQUEEN, Alexander. Visionaire 58 - Spirit.

    New York : 2010

    First edition, limited issue. Number 434 of 1,500 copies. A selection of the most iconic images of McQueen's work, from Lamsweerde and Matadin, Mert and Marcus, Mario Testino, Steven Klein, and Nick Knight. Published to commemorate McQueen's life and career, the issue can be planted to transform into a garden of wildflowers, destroying the book in the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 103094

  29. The Arctic Regions.
    BRADFORD, William. The Arctic Regions.

    London : 1873

    First and only edition of this highly uncommon and highly desirable Arctic record, one of perhaps as few as 300 copies. The book forms a record of the last of seven voyages to Labrador and Greenland that Bradford sponsored or participated in during the 1860s: "all early examples of what one might call 'eco-art tourism'"(Books on Ice).

    Bradford... Learn More

    Stock Code: 94428

  30. Parfums Lucien Lelong.
    (FASHION.) Parfums Lucien Lelong.

    Paris : 1949

    First edition of this notably rare spectacular promotional brochure for Lelong's fragrances, with no other copies traced. Largely forgotten today, apart from amongst the couture cognoscenti, Lelong (18891958) was enormously influential.

    After the First World War Lelong took charge of his parents' small fashion house, which was noted for its espousal... Learn More

    Stock Code: 95082

  31. Fans - 1932.
    (FASHION.) Fans - 1932.

    Harrisburg, PA : 1932

    Spectacular trade catalogue featuring the vivid pictorial fans produced by The Myers Manufacturing Co., a Pennsylvania novelty company founded by Dr. L.B. Myers, the first man to patent rubber tips for pencils.

    Myer's fans were essentially an advertising medium commended for their "distinctive appearance - large advertising space - compactness",... Learn More

    Stock Code: 79116

  32. The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man's Recreation,
    [WALTON, Izaak.] The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man's Recreation,

    London : 1653

    First edition. "A first Walton confers distinction upon its owner" (Westwood & Satchell). There are various typesetting errors in the first edition, although corrected and uncorrected sheets seem to have been issued indiscriminately, with little significance to the priority of issue. In the present copy "contention" (a mistake for "contentment") is... Learn More

    Stock Code: 80090

  33. De re metallica, libri XII:
    AGRICOLA, Georgius. De re metallica, libri XII:

    Basel : 1556

    First edition. "The first systematic treatise on mining and metallurgy and one of the first technological books of modern times" (PMM). The book is extensively illustrated with a fine series of almost 300 woodcuts, some signed with the monogram "RMD", generally attributed to Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch (fl. 1525-1572) or, less commonly, Blasius Weffring.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 80925

  34. Saleman's Fabric Sample Case.
    (FASHION.) Chicago Woolen Mills Co. Saleman's Fabric Sample Case.

    Chicago : 1929

    A remarkable fabric sample case for the Chicago Woolen Mills Company featuring over 120 swatches, each with a paper label with detailed descriptions of composition and pattern, and an accompanying catalogue entitled "What Well Dressed Men Will Wear: Autumn/Winter 1929-1930".

    In 1922 W. P. Rogovsky, a tailor, was running the company under the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 83107

  35. Cinq Peintres et le Theatre. Decors et Costumes de Leger, Coutaud, Gischia, Labisse, Pignon.
    (LEGER, COUTAUD, GISCHIA, LABISSE, PIGNON.) PARMELIN, Helene. Cinq Peintres et le Theatre. Decors et Costumes de Leger, Coutaud, Gischia, Labisse, Pignon.

    Paris : 1956

    First edition, one of 150 copies only, with a separate suite of four original lithographs by Coutaud, Gischia, Labisse and Pignon (Leger had passed away before the time of publication). This work provides a full study of the sceneography and costume designs of these five influential theatre artists. Learn More

    Stock Code: 63331

  36. 142407
    HARRINGTON, James. The Common-Wealth of Oceana.

    London : 1656

    First edition of Harrington's masterpiece, describing "a Utopian State with a written constitution, providing for a bicameral legislature, rotation in office, the indirect election of a president, secret ballot, and other ideas much in advance of their time, some of which influenced the framers of the U.S. Constitution" (Walker, the Oxford Companion... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142407

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    CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; [together with:] Through the Looking Glass.

    New York : 1932 & 1935

    Signed limited editions, Through the Looking Glass signed by the original "Alice", Alice Hargreaves (née Liddell), Wonderland signed by the typographer and binder Frederic Ward, as issued; numbers 868 and 366 respectively, each from an edition of 1,500 copies.
    Carroll first told the stories of what would become Alice's... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142414

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    (RACKHAM, Arthur.) SHAKESPEARE, William. A Midsummer-Night's Dream.

    London : 1908

    Signed limited edition, number 438 of 1,000 copies signed by the illustrator Arthur Rackham, for sale in Great Britain and Ireland. 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... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142423

  39. 142428
    OMAR KHAYYAM; FITZGERALD, Edward. Rubaiyat.

    London : [1911]

    First edition thus, number 79 of 550 copies signed by Francis Sangorski and George Sutcliffe and printed on handmade paper (a further 25 were printed on japon), in a striking binding by Bayntun-Riviere.
    This is one of the most lavish editions of the Rubáiyát in the renowned translation by Edward FitzGerald, first published in 1859. Of all the literature... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142428

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    ECO, Umberto. Serendipities.

    New York : [1998]

    First edition in English, first printing, inscribed by the author on the half-title "For Monika & Craig, Umberto Eco". The recipients are Monika and Craig Anderson, who was a New York bookseller, the son of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Maxwell Anderson. Learn More

    Stock Code: 142135

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    ECO, Umberto. Foucault's Pendulum.

    San Diego, New York, & London : 1989

    First US edition, first impression, inscribed on the half-title "To Maggie Haferd, Umberto Eco". The recipient, Margaret H. Haferd, was the American Embassy librarian in London in the late 1950s and 1960s. She also worked with the U.S. Information Service. Both positions lead her to meet with anglophone, primarily literary, celebrities.
    Originally... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142137

  42. 142340
    STEVENS, Wallace. Notes toward a Supreme Fiction.

    Cummington, MA : 1942

    First edition, number 111 of 190 numbered copies on Dutch Charcoal paper (a further 83 copies were issued signed and lettered), of "the central poem of the middle period, 'Notes toward a Supreme Fiction', dedicated to his closest friend, Henry Church. The three sections of 'Notes' - 'It must be abstract', 'It must change', and 'It must give pleasure'... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142340

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    BERRYMAN, John. Poems.

    Norfolk, CT : 1942

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "to Allan Covici with the best regards of John Berryman Berkeley 1 June '60". The recipient was a California-based writer, librarian, and bookseller based at UC Berkeley.
    Poems was Berryman's first separately published book, preceded only by his inclusion in the collective... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142347

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    LE CARRÉ, John. A Perfect Spy.

    New York : 1986

    First US edition, first printing, signed by the author on the title page. A Perfect Spy is Le Carré's most autobiographical book. As the author himself has admitted, a large part of the novel is a thinly disguised account of his own early life. Learn More

    Stock Code: 142384

  45. 142109
    ECO, Umberto. Il pendolo di Foucault.

    Milan : 1988

    First edition, first printing, of Eco's classic Italian novel which was translated into English by William Weaver the following year. Learn More

    Stock Code: 142109

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    ECO, Umberto. Il pendolo di Foucault.

    Milan : 1988

    First edition, first printing, signed by Eco on the title page, and thus scarce. His classic Italian novel was translated into English by William Weaver the following year. Learn More

    Stock Code: 142112

  47. 142126
    (SEUSS, Dr.) NOBLE, Maurice, June Foray and Chuck Jones. Original storyboard drawing of Cindy Lou Who from How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

    Beverly Hills : 1966

    Signed in pencil lower left by Maurice Noble and lower middle by June Foray. How the Grinch Stole Christmas was first released as a television special in December 1966, directed and co-produced by Chuck Jones. This drawing represents Cindy Lou Who as she spots the Grinch in his Santa suit and asks "Why are you taking our Christmas tree... Why?" Noble... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142126

  48. 141703
    SPENSER, Edmund. Epithalamion.

    [New York] : 1902

    The Saint Dunstan edition, number 9 of 30 copies, all printed on vellum, signed by the illuminator Ross Turner on the title page, and again alongside the publisher George Sproul on the limitation leaf. An extraordinarily fine book, beautifully printed and bound.
    A lavish Gilded Age production, the "Saint Dunstan Volumes" were the brainchild of the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141703

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    FERLINGHETTI, Lawrence, & Nancy J. Peters. Literary San Francisco.

    San Francisco : 1980

    First edition, 84th printing, presentation copy inscribed to Beat icon, Carolyn Cassady, "For Carolyn in San Francisco on 'Literary San Francisco Day' 22 Sept 80", signed by both authors on the front free endpapers, and Cassady's annotations, on p. 179, correcting the text in her own entry, about her book Off the Road (1990).
    The recipient,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141947

  50. 141958
    SIMONDE DE SISMONDI, Jean Charles L. Nouveaux principes d'économie politique.

    Paris : 1819

    First edition of the author's principal work on economics, his theory of equilibrium income and a counter-argument to Say's Law that there are no limits to production.
    "According to Sismondi, the utility of output was balanced against the disutility of work, whether by Robinson Crusoe on an island or by a complex society. But, with different people... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141958

  51. 139212
    (NECKWEAR.) Antonio Apostolo & Co., Milano. - illustrated catalogue of ties, cravats and scarves &c.

    Milan : 1931

    A spectacular and notably scarce illustrated catalogue of luxury neckwear, with no other copies of the present or any subsequent issues traced. Superbly realised by Milanese art printers Pizio e Pizzi, this stylish work illustrates an extensive range of ties, cravats, pocket squares, and mufflers, all in vibrant colours on a gold ground. Learn More

    Stock Code: 139212

  52. 140454
    (FASHION.) History of the Textile Art.

    Milan : [?1980s]

    First and only edition of this visually beguiling and historically informative collection. The title leaf reports that "this photographic publication, composed of pictures of original fabrics from 1903 up to 1925, taken from private files, has been created to offer a proof of art and culture in the evolution of costume". We have been unable to trace... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140454

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    DAHL, Roald. Boy.

    New York : 1984

    First US edition, signed limited issue, number 21 of 200 copies signed by the author. Dahl's autobiographical collection of childhood stories was first published in the UK earlier the same year. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140683

  54. 141181
    DISNEY, Walt. Pinocchio.

    Burbank : 1940

    A promotional poster design for Walt Disney's Pinocchio. The film was based on Carlo Collodi's political satire for children, "The Adventures of Pinocchio" and was the second animated feature film produced by Disney, after the first animated success "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937). Learn More

    Stock Code: 141181

  55. Album of original concept sketches for women's couture.
    TISSANDIÉ, Léo. Album of original concept sketches for women's couture.

    Paris : c.1925

    A fascinating "catalogue" filled with skilfully executed sketches offering an unfiltered insight into the creative imagination of a Parisian fashion designer in the 1920s. The majority of the drawings are for dresses and coats exemplifying the narrow, garçonne silhouette of the period and working within an angular, geometric Deco vocabulary, some being... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137713

  56. 139053
    (VICTORIAN TEXTILES.) An extraordinary trove of over 200 Victorian printed pattern cotton percale and muslin swatches in their original eye-catching sales sample portfolios.

    [Calcutta, India & Manchester : c.1860-70

    An extraordinarily extensive archive of around 230 Victorian patterned cotton percale and muslin sample swatches produced in Manchester, most likely for the Indian market, all preserved in their original impressive sales sample portfolios. This gathering remains a most remarkable survivor, historically revealing, visually arresting, and with an intriguing... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139053

  57. 139135
    THORNTON, Joseph Patrick. The International System of Garment Cutting,

    London : c.1924

    Seventh edition of this title, with relevant contemporary annotations, following and much expanding upon Thornton's earlier Sectional System (1901). This is an uncommon and attractive work offering detailed insight into this misunderstood and under-appreciated art. Under 20 copies of various editions dated between ?1885 and 1935 have been located through... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139135

  58. The Appreciation of Poetry.
    PAUL, Eden & Cedar. The Appreciation of Poetry.

    London : 1920

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed to the publisher Stanley Unwin on the front free endpaper: "To Stanley Unwin with the writers' kind wishes. October 30th, 1920." Learn More

    Stock Code: 140810

  59. Traces of Travel.
    DE GAURY, Gerald. Traces of Travel.

    London : 1983

    First edition of this account of service in the Middle East in World War Two. An appealing presentation copy, inscribed to an officer who saw action in the Western Desert, receiving the Military Cross in 1942: "For Desmond, Gerald de Gaury March 1983". The two would have met when de Gaury was in Arab liaison with SOE in Cairo and on the staff of the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141812

  60. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There.

    New York : 1935

    Signed limited edition, number 599 of 1,500 copies signed by Alice Hargreaves, née Liddell, the original Alice. Learn More

    Stock Code: 139136

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