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  1. Analysis of the Phenomena of the Human Mind.
    MILL, James. Analysis of the Phenomena of the Human Mind.

    London : 1829

    First edition of this "magnum opus in associationist psychology and philosophy of mind" (ODNB) by the father of John Stuart Mill; an attractively bound set.

    In the Analysis, which Mill began work on in 1822, he "maintains that the human mind is a store of 'associations' of ideas derived from experience (for example, between 'burn' and 'fire').... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 107491

  2. The Writings.
    TWAIN, Mark. The Writings.

    New York : 1922

    The definitive edition, signed "S L Clemens / Mark Twain", limited to 1024 sets only of which this is 423. The publisher states that Twain intended a definitive collected edition and so put his autograph to 1024 single leaves in 1906. These were not recovered until long after his death, when the project could finally be completed. This set includes... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 107494

  3. Greece and The Levant. The Catalogue of The Henry Myron Blackmer Collection of Books.
    NAVARI, Leonora. Greece and The Levant. The Catalogue of The Henry Myron Blackmer Collection of Books.

    London : 1989

    First edition, one of 300 copies of this important bibliographical reference detailing the Henry M. Blackmer Collection, the finest collection on Modern Greece and Levantine studies at the time of its sale in October 1989. Blackmer was an American banker who settled in Athens and formed this remarkable collection as a tribute to his adopted country,... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 107507

  4. Some Passages in the Life of an Adventurer in the Punjab.
    LAWRENCE, Henry Montgomery. Some Passages in the Life of an Adventurer in the Punjab.

    Delhi : 1842

    First edition, extremely uncommon, just two copies - BL and Oxford - on Library Hub, WorldCat adds five more - NYPL, Yale, Harvard, universities of Minnesota and Missouri. One of the earliest commercial productions of this press, all Delhi imprints before 1850 are uncommon. Excellent copy of Lawrence's "fictionalised memoirs of Colonel Bellasis who... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 107518

  5. The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz.
    HOBAN, Russell. The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz.

    London : 1973

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title-page; the author's first novel. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 107601

  6. The Pine Barrens.
    McPHEE, John. The Pine Barrens.

    New York : 1968

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 107635

  7. A Roomful of Hovings
    McPHEE, John. A Roomful of Hovings

    New York : 1968

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to "Bart, all the best - John" on the half-title verso, and signed "John McPhee" on the title-page; on the basis of other copies we have handled, the recipient was the author's friend Bart Britton. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 107638

  8. The Viceroy of Ouidah.
    CHATWIN, Bruce. The Viceroy of Ouidah.

    London : 1980

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 107701

  9. The Problems of Lieutenant Knap.
    MUCHA, Jiří. The Problems of Lieutenant Knap.

    London : 1945

    First edition, first impression, preceding its publication in the original Czech (as Problémy nadporučíka Knapa) by a year. Ewald Osers was a noted translator of Czech, Slovak and German; of Jewish origin, he left his native Prague for England in 1938 and spent more than 40 years working for the BBC Monitoring Service. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 107712

  10. Death Comes Laughing.
    GUNN, Victor. Death Comes Laughing.

    London : 1952

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 107838

  11. Murder Must Appetize.
    KEATING, H. R. F. Murder Must Appetize.

    New York & London : 1981

    Revised edition, number 218 of 280 copies signed and numbered by the author on the limitation page from a total edition of 3,250 copies. Keating's "connoisseurs' guide" to detective fiction was first published in 1975. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 107871

  12. Winnie-the-Pooh poster.
    REIHELD, Polly. Winnie-the-Pooh poster.

    [Santa Cruz : 1984]

    Broadside by Polly Reiheld, printed at the Cowell Press at the University of California. With pencilled note to verso: "Polly Reiheld, March 1984". Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 108117

  13. Seen in the Hadhramaut.
    STARK, Freya. Seen in the Hadhramaut.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the half-title. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 108169

  14. De generibus ebriosorum, et ebrietate vitanda:
    [HESSUS, Helius Eobanus.] De generibus ebriosorum, et ebrietate vitanda:

    [Frankfurt : 1557

    The German humanist scholar Eobanus Koch (Coccius) (1488-1540) was considered the foremost Latin poet of his age. His prose work "On the species of drunkards" is a mock-quodlibetical speech that applies the scholastic method of argumentation, first printed anonymously in 1515. His first bestseller, the satire was reprinted in 1516 and 1550 and afterwards... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 108213

  15. Album de Pernambuco.
    BRAZIL - CARLS, Francisco Henrique. Album de Pernambuco.

    Pernambuco : 1880

    A wonderfully-preserved copy of this superb visual record of Brazil in the late 19th century. "The colourful and airy rendering contributes much to the appeal of this extensive series of images that forms one of the most comprehensive visual reports carried out on any Brazilian city in the period" (Correa do Lago).

    The album was first issued... Learn More
    £35,000.00

    Stock Code: 108232

  16. Mardi: and a voyage thither.
    MELVILLE, Herman. Mardi: and a voyage thither.

    New York : 1849

    First American edition of Melville's third book, his first major full-length fiction, an allegorical romance set in the South Seas based on his own experiences there. Mardi was originally published in London earlier the same year. A highly appealing example of the rare original cloth. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 108265

  17. The Principles of Political Economy.
    SIDGWICK, Henry. The Principles of Political Economy.

    London : 1883

    First edition, along with The Elements of Politics (1891), one of two works representing "Sidgwick's attempt to bring professorial rigour and detachment to bear upon the major questions of policy and legislation. The Principles of Political Economy (1883) was an intellectually conservative work in two ways: first, its analytical or deductive method... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 108268

  18. Selections from the Prose Writings.
    SWIFT, Jonathan. Selections from the Prose Writings.

    London : 1884

    First edition thus. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 108353

  19. A Road to Fairyland.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); [STOPES, Marie.] FAY, Erica. A Road to Fairyland.

    London : 1926

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Dr Marie Stopes (1880-1958), though best known today for her contributions to palaeontology, her pioneering work on birth control, and her manual Married Love, was also a prolific writer of novels, poems and fairy stories. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 108358

  20. The Sound I Saw.
    DECARAVA, Roy. The Sound I Saw.

    London : 2001

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by DeCarava to civil rights attorney Elizabeth Fink on the verso of the title page: "To Liz, Roy DeCarava". Presenting numerous photographs by DeCarava together with his own poetry, The Sound I Saw originated back in the 1960s when the photographer first designed, wrote, and hand-bound a mock-up of the book.... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 108465

  21. Pieces of the Frame.
    McPHEE, John. Pieces of the Frame.

    New York : 1975

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 108468

  22. When Adam Wept.
    CRAIG, A. R. When Adam Wept.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 108514

  23. The Shepard and the Child.
    OWEN, John. The Shepard and the Child.

    London : 1929

    First edition, first impression.

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive, from his business practices - he flouted convention, backed newcomers extravagantly, and held unique sway over the Book Society choices... Learn More
    £25.00

    Stock Code: 108519

  24. Elder Daughter.
    ILES, Margaret. Elder Daughter.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to front paste down, title page and front panel of the dust jacket. Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 108523

  25. Friday Market.
    MEADOWS, Catherine. Friday Market.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression.

    Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive, from his business practices - he flouted convention, backed newcomers extravagantly, and held unique sway over the Book Society choices... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 108529

  26. Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Original Copies. The third Impression.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Original Copies. The third Impression.

    London : 1663)

    Third folio edition of Shakespeare's plays, generally regarded as the rarest of the 17th-century folio editions. An unknown number of copies is thought to have been destroyed in the Great Fire of London of 1666. The third folio is a reprint of the second (1632), but the second issue adds seven plays to the corpus, although of these only Pericles is... Learn More
    £500,000.00

    Stock Code: 108578

  27. Trinity Town.
    COLLINS, Norman. Trinity Town.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the title page and their pencil notation to the front panel of the dust jacket as well as an ink number to rear panel. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 108612

  28. "I Shall Not Want."
    COLLINS, Norman. "I Shall Not Want."

    London : 1940

    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the title page. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 108614

  29. Alli's Son.
    HAALKE, Magnhild. Alli's Son.

    London : 1937

    First UK edition, first impression. Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 108620

  30. Something Attempted.
    HOPKINS, Gerard. Something Attempted.

    London : 1929

    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to front paste down and front panel of the dust jacket. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 108621

  31. Second Front-First Spy.
    NEWMAN, Bernard. Second Front-First Spy.

    London : 1944

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 108639

  32. No Green Pastures.
    LOW, Jean Barclay. No Green Pastures.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 108661

  33. No Green Pastures.
    LOW, Jean Barclay. No Green Pastures.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the title page, front free endpaper and front panel of the dust jacket. Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 108662

  34. Salvation.
    ASCH, Sholem. Salvation.

    London : 1934

    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the front free endpaper and front panel of the dust jacket. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 108665

  35. Man and Mask.
    CHALIAPIN, Feodor. Man and Mask.

    London : 1932

    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the half title. Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 108677

  36. The Sound Wagon.
    STRIBLING, T. S. The Sound Wagon.

    London : 1936

    First UK edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to front paste down and front panel of the dust jacket. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 108682

  37. Night in the Hotel.
    CRAWSHAY-WILLIAMS, Eliot. Night in the Hotel.

    London : 1931

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 108700

  38. The Abominable Branch.
    DAVENPORT, Russell. The Abominable Branch.

    London : 1930

    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the front paste down and front panel of the dust jacket. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 108702

  39. Better Than Dying.
    FAHERTY, Robert. Better Than Dying.

    London : 1935

    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the front paste down and front panel of the dust jacket. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 108703

  40. Charteris Royal.
    PHILLIPS, Hubert. Charteris Royal.

    London : 1941

    First UK edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the title page, front free endpaper and front panel of the dust jacket. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 108730

  41. Letters on Amphibious Wars.
    ASTON, G. G. Letters on Amphibious Wars.

    London : 1911

    First edition, first impression. With a very appealing provenance: from the library of Admiral of the Fleet John Jellicoe, first Earl Jellicoe (1859-1935), the victor of Jutland, who "deserves his place alongside the heroes of another age" (ODNB), signed "Jh Jellicoe" on the front pastedown. Sir George Grey Aston (1861-1938) was a Royal Marines officer... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 108834

  42. Detection Medley.
    RHODE, John (ed.) Detection Medley.

    [London] : [1939]

    First edition, first impression, second issue jacket. A collection of stories, essays and articles written by the members of the Detection Club, including Agatha Christie, G. K. Chesterton, and Dorothy L. Sayers. Learn More
    £525.00

    Stock Code: 108852

  43. [Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Italian.] Le Avventure D'Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie.
    CARROLL, Lewis. [Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Italian.] Le Avventure D'Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie.

    Torino : 1872

    First Italian edition, second issue, with the Torino (Turin) imprint. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 108928

  44. Le Mécanique appliquée aux arts, aux manufactures, à l'agriculture et à la guerre;
    BERTHELOT, Claude-François. Le Mécanique appliquée aux arts, aux manufactures, à l'agriculture et à la guerre;

    Paris : 1782

    First edition. Described on the title as "Ingénieur-Mécanicien du Roi", Berthelot (1718-1800) rose from humble origins to the professorship of mathematics in the Military School in Paris, where in 1763 he invented a famous gun carriage for use in coastal artillery, though the invention was generally credited to Gribeauval who was largely responsible... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 108958

  45. Proems.
    FORTUNE PRESS: DURRELL, Lawrence; Ruthven Todd, Patrick Evans; Rayner Heppenstall; Edgar Foxall; Oswell Blakeston. Proems.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression. The Fortune Press made most of its money through a steady output of pornography, and also provided its owner Reginald Caton with a convenient tax dodge for his activities as a slum landlord in Brighton. Caton would occasionally commission works of "proper literature" to provide his pornography list with a veneer of respectability... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 109002

  46. The Fairy Caravan.
    [POTTER, Beatrix.] HEELIS, Beatrix. The Fairy Caravan.

    [Ambleside : 1929

    First edition, UK issue, number 26 of 100 copies only. A touching presentation copy, inscribed by Potter on the front free endpaper, "To Mr & Mrs Wight of Graythwaite - in affectionate remembrance - from Beatrix Heelis. June. 10th 1930", together with an autograph letter from Potter to the Wights laid-in, consoling them on the loss of Mollie, their... Learn More
    £20,000.00

    Stock Code: 109175

  47. Dialogo... della musica antica, et della moderna.
    GALILEI, Vincenzo. Dialogo... della musica antica, et della moderna.

    Florence : 1581

    First edition, first issue of Vincenzo Galilei's main work, very scarce on the market. Vincenzo Galilei, father of Galileo, made a series of experiments in the 1580s that subjected music to scientific analysis. Stillman Drake suggests that Vincenzo's experiments with sound "may have led to the origin of experimental physics", by inspiring his son to... Learn More
    £22,500.00

    Stock Code: 109228

  48. The Tailor of Gloucester.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tailor of Gloucester.

    London : 1903

    First edition, first impression, deluxe issue, in an unrecorded morocco binding, apparently a publisher's binding, although not lettered as such. Bound in before the frontispiece is the extra illustration intended for the front cover label of regular copies. With the first impression points: the single endpaper occurring four times and the title page... Learn More
    £9,500.00

    Stock Code: 109235

  49. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse.

    London : 1918

    First edition, first impression, with the dropped "N" from London on the imprint. With the exceptionally scarce promotional wraparound band. Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 109276

  50. [The complete Hornblower:]
    FORESTER, C. S. [The complete Hornblower:]

    London : 1937-62

    First editions, first impressions. Forester (real name Cecil Smith) was called to Hollywood to write a pirate film, working under Arthur Hornblower. However, before they had finished the script, another studio released Captain Blood, starring Errol Flynn, and using the same historical incidents that they had counted on. Rather than seeking another position,... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 109292

  51. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes.

    London : 1911

    First edition, rare with the glassine jacket. Intended to please her American readers, the main animal characters in the book are indigenous to North America: grey squirrels, chipmunks, and a "large bear". The inclusion of yellowhammers (Emberiza citrinella, the birds which sing "Little bita bread and-nocheese!") was a mistake, as their range includes... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 109478

  52. Wag-by-Wall.
    POTTER, Beatrix. Wag-by-Wall.

    Boston : 1944

    First edition in book form, first printing. A limited edition of 100 copies was published in the UK, likely simultaneously, though the exact date is unknown. Potter originally conceived the story "as a pendant to The Tailor of Gloucester - the lonely old man and the lonely old woman, but I could never finish it." It was first written in 1909 under the... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 109501

  53. Plays based on the published stories.
    POTTER, Beatrix. Plays based on the published stories.

    London : 1930-62

    A group of six theatrical versions of Beatrix Potter stories, three titles with one or two variant issues. The Tailor and Gloucester and Ginger and Pickles were dramatized by Potter in collaboration with the character actor and director Ernest George Harcourt Williams; the others were adapted from her books without her direct involvement.

    (i,... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 109504

  54. Call It Sleep.
    ROTH, Henry. Call It Sleep.

    New York : 1965

    Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Kenton Morse, ''Tis here! 'Tis here! 'Tis Gone!' Affectionately, Henry Roth." It is accompanied by a typed and signed postcard from Roth to Kenton Morse, in which he writes that has "discouraged at first about dramatic 'form', but easier now though not voluble enough." The book was originally... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 109776

  55. Who Speaks for the Negro?
    WARREN, Robert Penn. Who Speaks for the Negro?

    New York : 1965

    First edition, first printing. This copy from the library of the American civil rights activist and anthropologist Carroll G. Barber, with his ownership inscription to front pastedown. Loosely inserted is a short typewritten letter signed by Warren and addressed to Barber, in which Warren hopes that Barber may find the present book useful. In February... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 109820

  56. Wise Blood.
    O'CONNOR, Flannery. Wise Blood.

    New York : 1952

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 109887

  57. The Quest for Corvo. An Experiment in Biography.
    SYMONS, A. J. A. The Quest for Corvo. An Experiment in Biography.

    London : 1934

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Vincent, a tribute to a long a noble friendship, with the sincere and cordial salutations of his colleague in letters and admirer in life. A.J. Feb 3rd, 1934". The recipient, identified by a pencilled note, was Harold Vincent Marrot (1898-1954),... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 109896

  58. "Tiggers don't like honey."
    MILNE, A. A. - SHEPARD, E. H. (illus.) "Tiggers don't like honey."

    1961

    Signed and dated in ink lower right by Shepherd, 1961 and inscribed by Shepard lower middle "Tiggers don't like honey". This image was first used for The House at Pooh Corner, first published in 1928, page 23. "Tigger took a large mouthful of honey... and he looked up at the ceiling with his head on one side, and made exploring noises, and what-have-we-got-here... Learn More
    £47,500.00

    Stock Code: 109941

  59. Here Be Monsters.
    PRICE, Anthony. Here Be Monsters.

    New York : 1985

    Signed limited edition. Number 125 of 250 copies signed by the author. Here Be Monsters was first published in the UK in the same year. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 109985

  60. The Provincetown.
    DEUTSCH, Helen, & Stella Hanau. The Provincetown.

    New York : 1931

    First edition, first printing, of this history of the avant-garde theatre company, from its inception in 1915 to its close in 1929. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 109987

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