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BACON, Francis. The Essays, or Councils, Civil and Moral.
Oxford : 1890A handsomely bound copy, compiling 58 of Bacon's essays on a variety of topics, primarily moral and philosophical. The volume was presented as a mathematics prize at the Durham College of Science in Newcastle, June 1895, with a presentation bookplate to the front pastedown, and with the school's crest in gilt to front cover. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 147628
STEINBECK, John. The Grapes of Wrath.
New York : 1939First edition, first printing, of Steinbeck's masterpiece and one of the great American novels of the 20th century.
The fine jacket design is by Elmer Hader, known primarily as a children's book illustrator (she was joint winner with his wife, Berta Hoerner Hader, of the Caldecott Medal in 1948 for The Big Snow). Supposedly, Steinbeck was so... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 147551
FLEMING, Ian. The Man with the Golden Gun.
London : 1965First edition, first impression, second issue with plain endpapers. The Man with the Golden Gun was Fleming's final full-length Bond novel, published eight months after his death. It was adapted into a film of the same name in 1974, starring Roger Moore. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 146795
VEDDER, Elihu (illus.); FITZGERALD, Edward (trans.) Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
Boston : 1884Signed limited edition, number 47 of 100 copies signed by the illustrator, printed on japon, and bound in full morocco; an unsigned trade issue bound in cloth was also released. Vedder's Rubáiyát is widely esteemed as the finest American edition of the poem ever to be published.
"When Houghton Mifflin commissioned Elihu Vedder to illustrate... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 146499
CHURCHILL, Winston S. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
London : 1956-58First edition of the Chartwell Edition, the first illustrated edition of Churchill's great history of Britain, the British Empire, and the United States, the second overall.
Churchill began his history during his period in the political wilderness in the early 1930s, but did not complete it until the latter 1950s, after his final retirement as... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 138392
GIBRAN, Kahlil. Twenty Drawings.
New York : 1919First edition, trade issue, of Gibran's first and only collection of drawings. "For Gibran the canvas represented another form in which his poetry could be expressed... the pieces included in Twenty Drawings clearly demonstrate the mystical qualities Gibran imbued in all his works, whatever the medium" (Allen, p. 184). The collection, which... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 137326
SIMON, André L. Wines of the World.
London : 1969Signed limited edition, number 8 of 265 copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf and finely bound by Zaehnsdorf. André Louis Simon (1877-1970) "was the charismatic leader of the English wine trade for almost all of the first half of the 20th century, and the grand old man of literate connoisseurship for a further 20 years. In 66 years of... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 136171
LANGER, Susanne K. An Introduction to Symbolic Logic.
London : 1937First edition of Langer's introduction to symbolic logic, an excellent elementary text book, still in print today. "The present Introduction aims at developing the essential concepts of symbolic logic from the level of common sense to the point of understanding the classical masterpiece, Whitehead's and Russell's Principia Mathematica. It presupposes... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 135245
ACKERMANN, Rudolph (publ.): GERNING, Johann Isaac von. A Picturesque Tour Along the Rhine, from Mentz to Cologne:
London : 1820First illustrated edition, with plates watermarked 1816-20. By 1820, Rudolph Ackermann (17641834) had established himself as one of the premium publishers of colour plate books in Britain, largely thanks to a number of works on English topography starting with The Microcosm of London in 1808. A Picturesque Tour Along the Rhine was the first title in... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 136164
DE BEER, G. R. Early Travellers in the Alps.
London : 1930First edition, first impression. De Beer was the author of "several authoritative books on early travellers in the Alps and Switzerland, touching on mountaineering" (Neate). Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 134648
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Winner Take Nothing.
New York : 1933First edition, first printing, first issue jacket (quoting Laurence Stallings's review of "Death in the Afternoon" on rear panel). This collection contains 14 short stories, of which six ("The Light of the World", "A Way You'll Never Be", "The Mother of a Queen", "One Reader Writes", "A Day's Wait", and "Fathers and Sons") were printed here for the... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 132937
CHURCHILL, Winston S. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
London : 1956-58First editions, first impressions. Churchill began his history of the British Empire and the United States during his period in the political wilderness in the early 1930s, but did not complete it until after his retirement in the late 1950s. The events of the Second World War, the major interruption in the writing process, had reconfirmed his belief... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 128999
CHAGALL, Marc - CAIN, Julien. The Lithographs.
Monte Carlo; Boston; New York : 1960-86First editions in English, first printings, of the catalogue raisonné of Chagall's lithographic work, a monumental feat of publishing which took more than two decades to complete. The series was also published in French the same years. Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 128730
ANSON, George Anson, Baron; WALTER, Richard (comp.) A Voyage Round the World in the years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV by George Anson, Esq;
London : 1776.Fifteenth edition, following the first of 1748. Anson (1697-1762) was in command of a squadron sent to plunder Spanish trading territories on the Pacific coast of South America during the War of Jenkins' Ear. His expedition threatened to turn into a military fiasco. His small squadron was battered by storms and too few of his crew survived the journey... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 124563
COCKTAILS - VERMEIRE, Robert. Cocktails. How to Mix Them.
London : 1922First edition, first impression, including what may be the first appearance in print of the recipe for the Sidecar. Also included are various recipes for medicinal drinks, such as the usual hot toddy for a cold, but also absinthe for a headache and champagne for seasickness. The author was the Belgian bartender Robert Vermeire (1891-1976), who worked... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 121318
HAHN-HAHN, Ida. Travels in Sweden:
London : 1845First edition in English. Originally published in German as Ein Reiseversuch im Norden in 1843, Travels in Sweden is a series of letters Countess Ida von Hahn-Hahn (1805-1880) composed in 1842. The Eclectic Review of 1846 commented on this work that the countess was "independent of all the writers of the day, and has struck out a path for herself which... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 118092
WHITE, Florence. A Fire in the Kitchen. The Autobiography of a Cook.
London : 1938First edition, first impression, in a bright example of the scarce jacket. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "The Revend sic A. J. Hurley with grateful thanks from the Author, Florence White". A Fire in the Kitchen is the autobiography of the founder of the English Folk Cookery Association.
White (1863-1940)... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 117062
(BACON, Francis.) HARRISON, Martin (ed.) Catalogue Raisonné.
[London] : 2016First edition, first impression of this magnificent publication of Bacon's entire oeuvre, including many works which were never published or publicly exhibited. The only previous catalogue raisonné of Bacon's works (published in 1964) was incomplete, featuring only a third of Bacon's work and just 27 colour reproductions. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 116270
RICHTER, Eduard (ed.) Die Erschliessung der Ostalpen.
Berlin : 1893-94First and only edition. Richter (1847-1905), an Austrian glaciologist, served as president of the Deutscher und Österreichischer Alpenverein from 1883 to 1885. The volumes respectively concern the development of the Northern Limestone Alps, the Central Western Alps, and finally the Central Eastern Alps and the Southern Limestone Alps. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 112234
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); STOPES, Marie, as Erica Fay. A Road to Fairyland.
London : 1926First 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 (1918), was also a prolific writer of novels, poems and fairy stories. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 108358
CORYATE, Thomas. Coryat's Crudities:
London : 1776First collected edition of the writings of Thomas Coryate (1577?-1617). The Crudities, describing his tour from London to Venice and back, is his best known work, with many points of historical interest, including his admirable rendering of the story of William Tell (cited as the earliest in English); it is also remembered for the prefatory mock-panegyric... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 75476
BLOSSFELDT, Karl. Art Forms In Nature: Second Series. Examples from the Plant World Photographed Direct from Nature.
London : 1932First UK edition, first impression, of the second of Blossfeldt's seminal trilogy. It was originally published earlier the same year in Berlin under the title Wundergarten der Natur; neue Bilddokumente schöner Pflanzenformen. The artist was by training a botanist; his use of extreme close-up technique began as part of his study. However he swiftly... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 146115
FLEMING, Ian. You Only Live Twice.
London : 1964First edition, first impression, of the twelfth Bond book, based on Japanese material that Fleming had gathered on his five-week foreign jaunt on behalf of the Sunday Times, the basis of his non-fiction Thrilling Cities (1963). It was the last Bond story published in his lifetime. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 146984
LAMPEDUSA, Giuseppe Tomasi di. The Leopard.
London : 1960First English-language edition, first impression, originally published in Italy by Feltrinelli in 1958 as Il Gattopardo after the author's death the preceding year. The Leopard was Lampedusa's only novel and in 1959 won the Strega Prize, Italy's highest award for fiction. Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 143534
BOULLE, Pierre. La Planète des singes.
[Paris] : 1963First edition, first impression, number 106 of an unspecified limitation (there were also a small number of large paper copies in wrappers.) A seminal work of 20th-century science fiction, La Planète des Singes was the inspiration for the Planet of the Apes film series. Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 144512
CHALMERS, John. Letters,
Edinburgh : 1904First edition of Chalmers' letters, sent home from the Mutiny, which "were found after 50 years and published unaltered" (Ladendorf). "Chalmers went out to India in 1849 in the employ of the E.I.C. He served as a civil engineer and raised a regiment in the Punjab during the Mutiny. Served at Dehli and commanded the ladder party with Nicholson's column.... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 133343
ILLINGWORTH, Arthur E., Captain. A History of 24 Squadron.
London : 1920First edition, limited issue "for private circulation among the officers of the squadron", this copy sixteen of only 275. Founded as No. 24 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps in 1915 at Hounslow Heath Aerodrome, it arrived in France in February 1916 equipped with D.H.2 fighters. These were soon outclassed and replaced early in 1917 with the DH.5, which although... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 141412
WOOLF, Virginia. The Years.
London : 1937First edition, first impression, of Woolf's penultimate novel, and the most popular of her novels during her lifetime.
Woolf began The Years in the early 1930s as a novel-essay entitled The Pargiters. Woolf subsequently divided it into two parts, with the fiction portion reworked into The Years and the essay portion the basis for Three Guineas.... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 147720
WOOLF, Virginia. The Waves.
London : 1931First edition, first impression, of Woolf's most ambitious and experimental novel, hailed by Cyril Connolly as her "masterpiece... It is one of the books which comes nearest to stating the mystery of life and so, in a sense, nearest to solving it" (Connolly, p. 49).
The text is woven from the interior voices of its six protagonists, who were... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 147718
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRIMM, Jacob & Wilhelm. Little Brother & Little Sister and Other Tales.
London : 1917"First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 15 of 525 copies signed by the artist. A publisher's note describes how this collection, ""together with the selection we published some years ago... make a total of one hundred stories which include, it is thought, all the best of the Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm"" (p. v). " Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 147704
FITZGERALD, Edward. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
Cambridge, MA : 1909Limited centennial edition, number 47 of 50 copies only, signed by the President, Treasurer, and Chairman of The Omar Khayyám Club of America; a faithful and scarce facsimile of the first edition of Fitzgerald's Rubáiyát.
"On the thirty-first day of March, 1909, the hundredth anniversary of his birth, this facsimile of the first edition of... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 146646
FLAUBERT, Gustave. Madame Bovary.
London : 1886First edition in English of Flaubert's masterpiece, a nice unrepaired copy in the attractively decorated cloth. The translator was Karl Marx's daughter, then living openly with Edward Bibbens Aveling, a married man whose name she used in conjunction with her own. Flaubert's debut novel was five years in the making, and originally serialised in the Revue... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 145169
CANTILLON, Richard. Essai sur la nature du commerce en général.
London Fletcher Gyles [but Paris : 1755First edition. This copy is one of a very small number to contain at the end a copy of Barrois's catalogue of publications for sale, which lists Cantillon's work with his initial.
Richard Cantillon (c.1680-1734) was an Irish-born banker and economist, forced to emigrate to continental Europe by the Williamite confiscations. He honed his financial... Learn More£57,500.00
Stock Code: 142911
(BEARDSLEY, Aubrey.) MALORY, Sir Thomas. The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur,
London : 1893First Beardsley edition of Malory's Arthurian epic, this copy in a stunning example of Cedric Chivers's "vellucent" bindings. This is one of a handful executed in this style for this edition, though of the two others we have handled, neither were distinguished by the present green staining to the usually cream-coloured vellum, making this a particularly... Learn More£16,500.00
Stock Code: 140967
(ROBBINS, Lionel.) SRAFFA, Piero. Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities.
Cambridge : 1960First edition, first impression, the copy of the British economist Lionel Robbins, with a presentation letter on Professor E. A. G. Robinson's letterhead dated 3 May 1960: "Dear Professor Robbins, I am sending you with this the review copy of Piero Sraffa's Production of Commodities by Means of Commodities. This is an advance copy and I am still not... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140614
RAND, Ayn - LANE, Rose Wilder. Let the Hurricane Roar.
London : 1943An excellent presentation copy in the striking dust jacket, gifted from one founder of the American libertarian movement to another; inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Ayn Rand, who knows what it means, from Rose Wilder Lane, Danbury Connecticut 1944". This is a later reprint of Lane's first commercially successful novel, a frontier story inspired... Learn More£5,450.00
Stock Code: 140354
RAND, Ayn - HUNTER, Edward. The Story of Mary Liu.
London : 1956First edition, first printing, presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by the author on the front pastedown to his friend Ayn Rand, discussing the titular character ("In some ways she might have been weaker than your heroes, but in other aspects she was stronger - she never shrugged at the pivotal point") and his opinion of the "monumental" Atlas Shrugged.
Dated... Learn More£7,000.00
Stock Code: 140356
HAGGARD, H. Rider. Allan Quatermain,
London : 1887First edition, publisher's presentation copy, with a leaf from a diary signed by the author, his wife Mariana Louisa, Charles James Longman, his wife Harriet Anne, and Maria and Alice Cope, and a publisher's compliments slip completed in manuscript loosely inserted. This copy is number 105 of 112 large paper copies issued of Haggard's sequel to King... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 139815
ČAPEK, Karel. Továrna na absolutno. (The Absolute at Large.)
Brno : 1922First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the first blank to the young actress Táňa Čuprová (b.1900) and dated in the year of publication. The recipient is noted in the Czech National Theatre archives as having started work there in this year, going on to become art director from 1945. It was at the Prague National Theatre that Čapek's... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 139802
WHITE, T. H. The Goshawk.
London : 1951First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author "for Elizabeth Alethea Harcourt" on the title page. The recipient is almost certainly the English artist Elizabeth Aletha Harcourt, the daughter of the painter George Harcourt (1868-1947).
White wrote this account of his attempt to train a goshawk using traditional falconry techniques... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139514
SAINT-EXUPÉRY, Antoine de. Pilote de guerre.
New York : 1942First edition, first printing, number 10 of 50 large-paper copies on papier Texte, presentation copy from the author to his closest American friend and partial inspiration for The Little Prince, inscribed warmly by the author on the half-title, "Pour Sylvia Hamilton, Avec la profonde et tendre amitié de son vieil ami, Antoine".
Silvia Hamilton... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 139246
WILDE, Oscar. The Happy Prince and Other Tales.
London : 1888First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper a month after publication, "Edith Cowes from her sincere friend the author. Oscar Wilde, June, 88". A woman of that name contributed an article on the artist James Tissot in the Century Magazine (Edith Cowes, "Tissot's Life of Christ", Century Magazine, 51, no. 37, 1895-96).
The... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 139228
CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de. The History of Don-Quichote.
London : 1620First complete edition in English of the hugely influential prose chivalric romance, which found its greatest popularity outside Spain in England: second edition of the first part, first edition of the second, translated by Dublin-born Thomas Shelton.
"The signs of haste in the translation, which took Shelton only forty days, do not hide his verve,... Learn More£120,000.00
Stock Code: 139220
DANTE ALIGHIERI. The Divina Commedia,
London : 1802First complete edition in English of the Divine Comedy, and the first publication in English of the Purgatorio and the Paradiso; the Inferno here marking its fourth publication in English, following the first edition of 1782, and Dublin and London editions by Boyd in 1785. This is a notably handsome copy in lavish contemporary red morocco.
This... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 138899
DEBREU, Gerard. Theory of Value.
New York : 1959First edition of "Debreu's classic bookwhich presents a rigorous yet succinct exposition of the theory of general economic equilibrium, follows a logical and structured direction. Having outlined in the opening chapter the mathematical concepts and results used in the rest of the book, Debreu then discusses the concepts of a commodity and prices, producer... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 137923
JODRELL, Richard Paul. The Persian Heroine.
London : 1822First edition thus, (second overall), signed by the author on the front free endpaper. First published in 1786 in octavo, this edition presents the play in three acts instead of the previous five "to allow a representation of it in either of those two modes" (preface).
Although well represented institutionally, this edition is uncommon in the commerce,... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 137315
ČAPEK, Karel. Krakatit.
London : 1925First edition in English, first impression, publisher's presentation copy with tipped-in slip before the half-title reading "with Mr Geoffrey Bles's Compliments". Capek's science fiction novel, first published in Prague in 1924, centres on the invention of a catastrophically potent explosive, named to echo the devastating volcanic eruption of Krakatoa.... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 136864
LEE, Harper. Go Set a Watchman.
London : 2015First edition, signed limited issue, number 42 of 100 copies signed by the author and bound thus. Go Set a Watchman was Lee's highly anticipated second work, publicised as a sequel to Lee's seminal novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which was published in 1960. The text of Go Set a Watchman is known to have been written before that of To Kill a Mockingbird,... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 135041
MUN, Thomas. England's Treasure by Forraign Trade.
London : 1664First edition of the bible of mercantilism and the first exposition of the theory of the balance of trade. "For those who want to read a single example of mercantilist writing, it is difficult to better Thomas Mun's England's Treasure by Forraign Trade, completed in 1628 and published posthumously in 1664. Adam Smith at any rate regarded it as perfectly... Learn More£95,000.00
Stock Code: 134494
CURZON, Robert. Armenia:
London : 1854First edition of this work by the English traveller, diplomat and author, Robert Curzon, 14th Baron Zouche (1810-1873), who, in 1842-1843, was joint British Commissioner in Erzurum as part of the British-Turkish-Persian-Russian boundary commission sitting to delineate the Turkish and Persian frontier. This book, published about a decade later, describes... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 133062
ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA. Encyclopaedia Britannica; or, a Dictionary of Arts and Sciences compiled upon a new plan.
Edinburgh : 1771First edition of the "most famous of all the encyclopaedias in the English language" (PMM), which first appeared in 100 serialized parts in 1768-71. Contributors to this first edition included many of the leading lights of the Scottish Enlightenment movement such as David Hume, James Balfour, George Campbell, Lord Kames, and Sir James Steuart. The long... Learn More£50,000.00
Stock Code: 132649
ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of Animal Farm.
19 Mar 1944-15 Feb 1950Victor Gollancz's archived correspondence relating to their infamous decision to reject George Orwell's Animal Farm due to its implicit criticism of Stalin and the Soviet Union. Orwell had been with the left-wing publisher Victor Gollancz since his first work, Down and Out in Paris and London (1933). Gollancz published a further six Orwell titles over... Learn More£100,000.00
Stock Code: 131760
WELLS, H. G. Ann Veronica
London : 1909First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "'The Young Mistress's Tale' to Arnold Bennett. With love from his nephew, H. G. Wells", with Bennett's bookplate to the front pastedown. Signed copies of Ann Veronica are uncommon, with just three copies traced at auction, none with such an appealing... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 131700
FAULKNER, William. Light in August.
New York : 1932First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his close childhood friend on the front free endpaper, "For Myrtle Ramey, Oxford Miss 30 May 1934, William Faulkner". Myrtle Ramey and Faulkner met in third grade of Oxford Graded Public School. Faulkner skipped second grade at the age of eight and joined Ramey's class in September... Learn More£50,000.00
Stock Code: 131629
ARABIAN PENINSULA & IRAN. New Perspectives on the Persian Gulf.
Washington DC : 1973First edition, first printing, of this fascinating document, prepared for the US Government's Committee on Foreign Affairs to consider US interests in and policies towards the Persian Gulf, in the lead up to and immediately following the oil price shock of October 1973: "If the Persian Gulf appeared to some Americans to be a remote, and perhaps inconsequential... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 131248
OWEN, Robert. A New View of Society: or, Essays on the Principle of the Formation of the Human Character, and the Application of the Principle to Practice.
London : 1813-14First edition, first issue of the four Essays, one of 40 specially bound presentation sets printed on thick paper, parts III & IV "Not published", inscribed "From the Author" on the first blank.
Edouard Dolléans states that just forty copies of A New View of Society were bound for presentation: "En écrivant les Vues nouvelles, Owen a surtout... Learn More£87,500.00
Stock Code: 130529