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COULTER, John. Adventures on the Western Coast of South America,
London : 1847First edition. of this account of Coulter's time onboard the Stratford whaler, the book opening with a dramatic account of a successful whale chase. This copy in the original cloth in notably attractive condition.
A ship's surgeon, "little seems to be known of Coulter beyond his personal narratives" (Howgego). A keen observer, and an engaging... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 146439
GERSTAECKER, Friedrich. Narrative of a Journey Round the World.
New York : 1853First American edition of this account of Gerstaecker's circumnavigation. A three volume edition was published in London in the same year.
Gerstaecker (1816-1872) first left Germany age 21 bound for California. He supported himself by whatever work came to hand and consequently spent a significant amount of time in the gold mines on the west... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 146430
KEYNES, John Maynard. The General Theory of Employment Interest and Money.
London : 1936First edition, first impression, in the scarce jacket, of perhaps the most significant economics book of the 20th century.
The General Theory was written in the aftermath of the Great Depression, when the old economic order was widely seen to have failed. Keynes argued that government must intervene in the economy, directing wages, investment,... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 145517
WILDE, Oscar; SCHMIED, François-Louis (illus.) Deux Contes.
Paris : 1926Signed limited edition, number 59 of 162 copies only, signed by Schmied on the original drawing, of these two French translations of Wilde's The Happy Prince and The Nightingale and the Rose, originally published in 1888.
François-Louis Schmied (1873-1941), a Swiss-born French painter, engraver and printer, incarnated the... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 143533
TERENCE. Publii Terentii Afri. Comoediae Sex,
London : 1825A very handsome copy of the comedies of Terence, likely bound for gift presentation as inscribed on the front pastedown, "E Libris, Caroli W. Williams Wynn, Aedis Xti Oxon, alumni, D. D. J. M. G., A.D. 1839", marking the year that Charles Watkins Williams-Wynn (1822-1896) matriculated into Christ Church, Oxford. The 2nd-century BC Roman playwright Terence... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 143515
SHAW, Charles G. Nightlife.
New York : 1931First edition, first printing of this wonderful period piece, written by Charles Green Shaw (1892-1974), at the time a freelancer for Vanity Fair and the New Yorker but also a founder member of American Abstract Artists. The French illustrator, Raymond Bret-Koch, was Staff Artist on Vanity Fair. The chapter titles give an evocative flavour of what's... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 143462
ROGERS, G. A. F. The Arts Club.
London : 1920First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author and publisher on the front free endpaper: "Presented to the Arts Club by G. A. F. Rogers and J. Truslove". The book charts the history of the Arts Club from its foundation in 1863. It includes detailed histories of the Club's premises at Hanover Square and Dover Street, and... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 141029
GEORGE, Henry. Our Land and Land Policy, National and State.
San Francisco : 1871First edition of Henry George's first book, a vigorous remonstrance against indiscriminate land concession to corporate bodies, in which he "outlined the basic idea to which he devoted the rest of his life: that society's 'fundamental mistake is in treating land as private property'. Human labour can create wealth, he argued, only when it is applied... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136978
ROWLING, J. K. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
London : 1997First edition, first impression, with all the requisite points: Bloomsbury imprint, 10-down-to-1 number line, copyright Joanne Rowling, and the repeated "1 wand" on the list of equipment on p. 53. The first and scarcest of the Harry Potter books. Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 135357
MACKAY, Charles. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions.
London : 1841First edition. Mackay's important early work of social psychology discusses popular delusions of all types and considers the credulous enthusiasm of mankind for phenomena such as alchemy, witchcraft, relics, the Crusades, urban myths, as well as economic events such as the tulip bubble, the Mississippi Bubble, and the South Sea Bubble. Still in print,... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 128845
[ANONYMOUS.] An essay on the political economy of nations:
London : 1821First edition of this anonymously authored work, divided into three sections: "the principles of production, revenue, and consumption", "on the commercial intercourse of nations" and "considerations on the past and present state of international commerce". Subjects dealt with include the formation of wealth, the nature of capital, the extent of demand... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 127180
MARCET, Jane. Conversations on Political Economy;
London : 1816First edition of Marcet's popular work on economics, designed for the use of schools. Taking the format of a dialogue between a female teacher and pupil, the two explore the concepts of capital, labour, property, commerce and money, in a casual conversational style readily understandable by the book's youthful audience. At a time when the discipline... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 125362
JOHANNSEN, Nicolas August Ludwig Jacob. J. J. O. Lahn, pseud. Der Kreislauf des Geldes und Mechanismus des Sozial-Lebens.
Berlin : 1903First edition, published five years later in English as A Neglected Point in Connection with Crises (the edition read by Keynes), of "Johannsen's earliest outline of his monetary theory of production, one of the most important preludes to the General Theory, and the earliest analysis of what became the core of Schumpeter's theory of economic development:... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 148670
FORSTER, E. M. A Passage to India.
London : 1924First edition, first impression of the author's "masterpiece and... finest achievement". The novel was adapted into the Academy award-winning film of 1984 of the same name, starring Peggy Ashcroft, Judy David, James Fox, and Alex Guinness. Learn More£800.00
Stock Code: 148668
VONNEGUT, Kurt, Jr. Slaughterhouse-Five
New York : 1969First edition, first printing, of Vonnegut's best known novel. This copy includes the publisher's review slip (requesting two copies of any review or mention) together with a fine photograph of Vonnegut credited to Jane Schreiber loosely inserted. Though infused with science fiction elements, the plot centres on the Allied bombing of Dresden in 1945... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 148669
KEYNES, John Maynard. A Revision of the Treaty.
London : 1922First edition, first impression, of Keynes's second work on the German reparations, arguing for a reduction in payments demanded from Germany.
Following the success of Keynes's first work on the question of German reparations, The Economic Consequences of the Peace, the Sunday Times paid Keynes a large sum for five widely syndicated articles... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 148645
BUNYAN, John. The Pilgrim's Progress; [together with:] The Second Part.
London : 1718 & 1717An attractive copy of both parts of the Pilgrim's Progress in early 18th-century editions (stated nineteenth and tenth respectively). Small, popular, and read to death, all early editions of the work are rare. ESTC locates ten institutional copies of the first part, and only two of the second. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 148648
THATCHER, Margaret. The Path to Power.
London : 1995First edition, first impression, signed by the author on an initial blank. The Path to Power was the second volume of Thatcher's autobiography, covering her childhood to her election as Prime Minister; it followed the Downing Street Years, published in 1993, which detailed her time in office. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 148626
KEYNES, John Maynard. A Revision of the Treaty.
London : 1922First edition, first impression, of Keynes's second work on the German reparations, arguing for a reduction in payments demanded from Germany.
Following the success of Keynes's first work on the question of German reparations, The Economic Consequences of the Peace, the Sunday Times paid Keynes a large sum for five widely syndicated articles... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 148644
AUDEN, W. H. Three Songs for St. Cecilia's Day.
New York City : 1941First collected edition, first impression, one of 250 copies. Signed by the author on the title page. Signed copies are rare.
The poems were originally published in Harper's Bazaar and subsequently privately printed for Caroline Newton, the wealthy daughter of a well-known bibliophile. She had fallen in love with Auden and positioned herself... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 148611
THATCHER, Margaret. The Collected Speeches.
Norwalk, CT : 1998First Easton Press edition, number 1,873 of 2,000 copies signed by Margaret Thatcher on the edition page. The volume gathers Thatcher's notable speeches from 1968 to 1996; it was first published in the UK the previous year. This copy includes the publisher's certificate of authenticity with Thatcher's printed signature, dated 18 March 1998. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 148625
DOVES PRESS: MILTON, John. Areopagitica;
Hammersmith : 1907First Doves Press edition, one of 325 copies of which this is one of 300 copies printed on paper.
The Doves Press Areopagitica is surely the finest edition of the text ever published, in typography and design as elegant and austere as Milton's prose and philosophy. The text is taken from the first edition of 1644, written in response to the licensing... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 148607
ELIOT, T. S. The Elder Statesman.
London : 1959First edition, first impression. The Elder Statesman was first produced at the Edinburgh Festival between 25 and 30 August 1958; the original cast list is printed at the end of the work. Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 148576
PLATH, Sylvia. Winter Trees.
London : 1971First edition, first impression. This book constitutes a collection of poems written in between Plath's Colossus and Ariel, which was edited and published posthumously by Ted Hughes. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 148569
BECKETT, Samuel. Ends and Odds.
London : 1977First UK edition, first impression, signed by Beckett on the title page. Originally published in the US in 1976, this volume includes "... but the clouds... A Play for Television", which was not in the US edition, and "Not I". Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 148560
BLACKSTONE, William. The Great Charter and Charter of the Forest,
Oxford : 1759First edition. "A work of the highest importance for the historian and the constitutional lawyer and shows that Blackstone was a very competent and learned historical scholar" (Walker, p. 136), and which won him election to the Society of Antiquaries.
The volume contains the texts of fourteen mediaeval documents, tracing the history of Magna... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 147783
KEYNES, John Maynard. The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money.
New York : 1936First US edition, using British sheets, of perhaps the most significant economics book of the 20th century.
The General Theory was written in the aftermath of the Great Depression, when the old economic order was widely seen to have failed. Keynes argued that government must intervene in the economy, directing wages, investment, and demand, in... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 147453
PAIN, William & James. Pain's British Palladio: or, The Builder's General Assistant.
London : 1804New edition, first published in 1786, this the sixth edition overall: one of the standard architectural books of the Georgian period.
William Pain co-authored the work with his son James, giving designs for country and town houses, chimney pieces and ceilings in the Adam style, working drawings of the orders, and for the carpentry of roofs and... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 147709
ELLIS, William. Polynesian Researches,
London : 1829First edition of Ellis's most important work, and "one of the most important books on the history and ethnology of the Society Islands, by one of the most perceptive of the missionary travelers in the Pacific" (Forbes). This copy is in the original boards, and distinctly uncommon thus.
William Ellis (1794-1872) joined the London Missionary Society... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 146691
MILL, John Stuart. Principles of Political Economy.
London : 1857Fourth edition of Mill's great treatise on political economy; a nice example in the original cloth. "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... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 147268
NEALE, Edward Vansittart. Feasts and Fasts:
London : 1845First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the title page, "With the author's affectionate regards". Neale (1810-1892) was a barrister and Christian Socialist, who in this work offers an account of how religious observances have been enshrined in law over time.
The recipient, John Scott, 2nd Earl of Eldon (1805-1854), was the author's stepson;... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 146001
London : 1796A handsome Trinity College binding of Wakefield's edition of Virgil's works (vol. I only), with pleasing provenance: it was likely owned by Richard Graves (1763-1829), theologian, Fellow and Regius Professor of Divinity at Trinity College, with his inscription on the bookplate, and the address "Hume Street, Dublin" on the title page.
"Graves... Learn More£95.00
Stock Code: 145919
RANSOME, Arthur. Bohemia in London.
London : 1907First edition, first impression, of which 1,250 copies were printed. Bohemia in London, dedicated to fellow novelist M. P. Shiel, was Ransome's first success, based on the author's own experiences in the capital. Library Hub cites copies at only two British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Oxford); well represented internationally on Library Hub,... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 143696
WAUGH, Evelyn. Vile Bodies.
London, : 1930First edition, first impression, in a striking example of the very scarce jacket, first state, with the list of books on the rear panel ending with Jeffery's Second Choice. This was Waugh's second published novel. It sold well on publication, reaching seven printings in as many weeks, and established Waugh as the pre-eminent novelist of his generation.... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 143234
MILTON, John. Paradise Lost.
London : 1688First folio and first illustrated edition, large paper copy, of Milton's epic, together with its sequel. This is the preferred format for this edition, as it displays the engraved plates to their best advantage, with ample margins. In ordinary paper copies, the plates are inevitably trimmed.
In contrast to the plain dress small quarto of 1667... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 143238
BIBLE; Latin; Vulgate. Biblia cum tabula noviter edita.
Venice : 1494The hundredth edition of the Bible by Copinger's count, printed 40 years after Gutenberg's first Bible, and one of the first of all Latin bibles to be printed in a smaller format. The printer Simone Gabi, called Bevilaqua, of Pavia, began printing in Vicenza in 1487. He later moved to Venice and printed there until 1506. He then spent some time as an... Learn More£18,750.00
Stock Code: 143022
HUME, David. My Own Life.
Edinburgh : 2017Second edition, corrected and enlarged (first edition 2014), one of 750 copies, of the facsimile of Hume's original manuscript of "My Own Life", written shortly before his death in 1776 and first published in 1777. The editor has added a complete transcription, introduction, and notes. The original manuscript is owned by the Royal Society of Edinburgh,... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 121108
HAZLITT, Henry. Typed letter signed, to Arnold F. Gates, thanking him for birthday greetings and discussing his writing.
New York : 1940A friendly letter from the Libertarian and New York Times journalist to the noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar Arnold F. Gates. Hazlitt thanks him for his birthday greetings and discusses his projects for books:
"Successive projects for books seem to have been shot from under me both by work here at The Times and by a world situation which makes... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 137650
SCOTT, Sir Walter. Ivanhoe; a Romance.
Edinburgh : 1820First edition, first issue, of Scott's classic novel, bound with the half-titles.
"Ivanhoe is essentially a moral work. It is an intense consideration of misogyny and racial oppression, in which the attempted rape of Rebecca the Jewess by the dominant figure of the Norman master race, Brian de Bois-Guilbert, is a powerful symbol of the themes... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 147586
DAVID, Elizabeth. A Book of Mediterranean Food.
London : 1950First edition, first impression, signed by David on the half-title, scarce thus. This is the first book by Elizabeth David (1913-1992), written while post-war rationing was still in force, and published to wide acclaim.
David taught herself Mediterranean-style cooking while living abroad during the early 1940s and began writing a food column... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 147585
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
FIELDING, Xan. Hide and Seek.
London : 1954First edition, first impression, of Fielding's "exciting, gay, and heart-warming" key book of Cretan Resistance during the Second World War, giving more details of his career in the Special Operations Executive, and relating his "great game of hide and seek with the Germans in the Cretan mountains and villages" (front flap).
Fielding was based... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 143339
KIPLING, Rudyard. Just So Stories For Little Children.
London : 1902First edition, first impression, in the second issue binding, of Kipling's famous collection of 12 stories and 12 poems including "How the Camel Got His Hump" and "How the Leopard Got His Spots". The white decorative blocking to the spine and covers failed to adhere on the first issue binding, with the result that most copies now lack significant portions... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 136064
L'ENGLE, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time.
London : 1963First UK edition, first impression, of the first instalment in the Time Quintet. A Wrinkle In Time is an important and classic children's fantasy work by Madeline L'Engle (1918-2007), originally aimed at young female readers but with major crossover appeal. Upon publication, it won numerous awards, including the 1963 Newbery Medal, the Sequoyah Book... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 135806
DAVIS, Miles. Signed postcard photograph of Miles taken at Salle Pleyel, Paris, 1969.
Paris : 1989Fine example of the great trumpeter's signature, signed "Miles" boldly across the image in thick-nibbed marker pen, the looping flourishes of the signature framing his torso and face. This is a superb image of Miles - captured at Salle Pleyel by the Magnum photographer Guy de Querrec - lit from below, trumpet poised on lips, watching from the wings... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 123134
HUME, David. Essais sur le commerce; le luxe; l'argent; l'intérêt de l'argent; les impôts; le crédit public, et la balance du commerce.
Paris & Lyon : 1767Third edition in French of Hume's Political Discourses, translating the seven essays on economics which first appeared in English in 1752. Together they rank as one of the major economic writings of the 18th century. Hume's specific contributions to economic thought include the so-called "specie-flow mechanism" and the "theory of creeping inflation".... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 120782
DAHL, Roald. Rhyme Stew.
London : 1989First edition, fourth impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the half-title, "Happy Birthday Colin, Roald, 12 Feb. 1990". The recipients was Colin Ross-Munro. Colin's wife, Jan, was an old friend of Dahl's second wife, Liccy. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 118340
MILNE, A. A. When We Were Very Young.
London : July 1925Tenth impression, second deluxe edition. Milne had no particular ambition to write for children, but in 1922 a glimpse of his two-year-old son Christopher being taught to pray by his nanny inspired him to compose the verse "Vespers", a gently ironic take on the innocence of childhood intended for an adult readership, which was published in Vanity Fair... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 112308
DULAC, Edmund (illus.); ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Stories from Hans Andersen.
London : 1911First English trade edition. The first edition containing Dulac's illustrations for Hans Christian Andersen was originally published in 1911. Although the page-size of this later edition is smaller, the illustrations are reproduced at their original sizes. The collection comprises six stories: "The Snow Queen", "The Swineherd", "The Nightingale", "The... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 111588
CLAXTON, William. Jazz west coast: a portfolio of photographs.
Hollywood, CA : 1955First edition, first printing. Extremely uncommon collection of the great photographer's superb evocations of the West Coast jazz scene, his first publication, this copy boldly signed by Claxton on the half-title.
Art-directed by Lee Friedlander and Stuart Fox, edited by Claxton himself together with Nesuhi Ertegun, soon to be VP at Atlantic,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 111368