Search results for: 'JAMES, W. P.'
JAMES, W. P. Romantic Professions.
London : 1894First edition, first impression of this collection of essays, including the titular 'Romantic Professions', 'The Nemesis of Sentimentalism, 'Romance and Youth', and 'On the Naming of Novels'. Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 142754
DRESSER, Horatio W. The Power of Silence.
Boston : 1895First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication, "Mrs I. S. Hackett with best wishes of Horatio W. Dresser May 31st 1895". This is the New Thought religious leader's first book: "it is a chapter from life, an appeal to life, and aims to give the thing itself, so far as possible, instead of talking... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 117970
JAMES, Henry (his copy); Jules Lemaitre. Chateaubriand.
Paris : 1912First edition, Henry James's copy given to him by his friend Edith Wharton, with James's inscription on the half-title "Henry James from E.W. May, 1912"; a superb association copy between two great novelists and longstanding friends, both of whom shared a profound relationship to Paris and French literature. James appears to have read this copy thoroughly,... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 142134
SHIEL, M. P. Prince Zaleski.
London : 1895First edition of Shiel's first book, a collection of three stories, with a remarkable elucidatory inscription by the author on the front free endpaper: "A trinity here: the first about a father, the second about a son, or scion, the third about a ghostly hole; yet, as the Athanasian creed says, 'there are not three omniscients, but one omniscient,'... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 136029
OSWELL, William Cotton; OSWELL, W. Edward (ed.) William Cotton Oswell, Hunter and Explorer. The Story of his Life.
New York : 1900First US edition, same year as the UK. Cotton was educated at Rugby and Haileybury, the Company's seminary, before taking up a post as assistant collector at Arcot. Transferring to Madras he "won celebrity as an elephant-catcher" (ODNB). Ill health forced him to leave India for South Africa; "There he spent two years in hunting and became acquainted... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 127570
JAMES, Silas. A Narrative of a Voyage to Arabia, India, etc.
London : 1797First edition, scarce. James was a cabin-boy on Commander Johnstone's abortive expedition to seize the Cape of Good Hope from the Dutch in 1781. After being ambushed by the French in the Cape Verde Islands, and subsequently failing to take the Cape, Johnstone gained a consolation victory at Saldanha. Johnstone himself then returned to England, but sent... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 117608
NAVAL SIGNALS. Signals and Instructions for Ships under Convoy.
London : 1808Extremely uncommon set of instructions for merchant ships sailing in convoy during the Napoleonic Wars. Library Hub shows a single copy dated to 1802 at NMM, WorldCat adds copies identified as 1804 at NYPL and Princeton, another lacking self-wraps - "1800s" - at the Peabody Essex and NYHSL, another similar at the State Library of New South Wales, 1802,... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 127082
ROYAL AIR FORCE; WORLD WAR TWO. …So Few. A folio dedicated to all who fought and won the Battle of Britain, 10th July - 31st October 1940.
London : 1990-5First editions, deluxe signed issues, both volumes number 96 of 401 copies, each containing 25 superb colour silhouette portraits of distinguished RAF pilots from Britain and the Commonwealth, all signed by both the pilot and artist Michael Pierce, and with his embossed stamp. Additionally signed in the edition by six members of the creative and design... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 145852
MOIVRE, Abraham de. Annuities upon Lives: or, the Valuation of Annuities upon any Number of Lives; as also, of Reversions. To which is added, an Appendix concerning the Expectations of Life, and Probabilities of Survivorship.
London : 1725First edition, the dedication copy, with 4-page printed dedication to Thomas Parker, first earl of Macclesfield. Along with Halley, de Moivre may be considered the founder of actuarial science and a master of probability theory. He was perhaps the first to develop probability theory extensively and the first to use probability theory to write a comprehensive... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 135358
FROST, Robert. A Boy's Will.
London : 1913First edition, first impression, of Frost's first published book, an exceptional presentation copy, inscribed by him to fellow Dymock poet Wilfrid W. Gibson on the front free endpaper, "W.W.G. from R.F. Sept. 1913", perhaps on the occasion they first met, when Frost gave a poetry reading at Harold Monro's newly-opened Poetry Bookshop.
When A... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 146535
PHOTOPLAYS. Photoplay Collection.
London, New York, etc : c.1910-50An excellent photoplay collection from the early decades of cinema, with the scarce and sensational illustrated dust jackets. 64 volumes are from the Readers Library series, published in London, 38 are from New York's Grosset & Dunlap (these notably illustrated with photographic film stills), and the remainder are from various other publishers. The... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 120921
BENTHAM, Jeremy. Official Aptitude Maximized; Expense Minimized: as shewn in the several papers comprised in this volume.
London : 1830First edition of this collection of papers. The preface states that the reason for publishing these different papers under the same general title is that they belong to one and the same design and, it is believed, aim at one and the same result. The work from which they take their common origin was an all-embracing system of proposed Constitutional... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 101415
DICKENS, Charles. The Chimes; [together with:] The Cricket on the Hearth; [and:] The Battle of Life.
London : 1845, 1846, & 1846A superb set of presentation Christmas Books, all three copies presented by Dickens to his friend and theatrical Pickwick, John Pritt Harley, each inscribed by the author at the head of the printed title in blue ink, "J. P. Harley From his friend Charles Dickens".
The inscriptions are undated, but almost certainly all three were inscribed together... Learn More£100,000.00
Stock Code: 143148
HORSBURGH, James. The India Directory, or, Directions for Sailing to and from the East Indies, China, Australia, and the Interjacent Ports of Africa and South America.
London : 1841-43An exceptionally well-preserved copy, presented here in an American naval officer's portable book box - as such remarkably uncommon - with the additional appeal of a series of original holograph coastal profiles. This is the fifth edition of this important publication, much enlarged in successive editions from the first of 1809-11, which was to become... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 126537
BACON, Mary Ann. The Legend of St. Bernard.
Norwich : First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Mrs Howlett from her affectionate friend MAB". We can trace ten copies in institutions worldwide, just one of those a presentation copy, inscribed from the author's father (see below).
The little-known British poet Mary Ann Bacon (fl. 1839-1870, d. 1875) was born into... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 136220
RACKHAM, Arthur. Complete deluxe limited editions set.
1905–51IRVING, Washington. Rip Van Winkle. London: William Heinemann, 1905
Quarto. Original vellum, titles to spine and front board gilt, pictorial image blocked in gilt to front cover, brown endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, cream ribbon ties. Housed in a custom green cloth slipcase. Colour frontispiece and 49 colour plates mounted on brown... Learn More£100,000.00
Stock Code: 144251
BIBLE; Latin, Vulgate. Bible, with prologues and the Interpretations of Hebrew Names, illuminated manuscript in Latin.
[England, doubtless Oxford : mid 13th century]A fine English manuscript Bible, probably written and illuminated in Oxford between c.1240 and c.1260, as suggested by the illumination, text, and layout. The palette, particularly the somewhat pale milky blue found in some of the major initials (e.g. Psalms, fol. 248v), in addition to the deep blue used for the chapter and verse initials, is characteristic... Learn More£97,500.00
Stock Code: 144627
GREAVES, Walter. Portrait of James Abbott McNeill Whistler in front of the Thames.
London : [c.1875]Whistler moved to 7 Lindsey Row, Chelsea, in March 1863. Among his neighbours were the Greaveses, a family of Thames watermen. Walter and Henry Greaves (1844-1904) became his guides on the river, pupils, and devoted assistants in the studio. Walter and Henry themselves had been painting from their earliest years, probably starting by doing heraldic... Learn More£40,000.00
Stock Code: 75289
WISE, Thomas James (forger); DICKENS, Charles. To Be Read at Dusk.
London : 1852 [i.e. 1891]The Estelle Doheny copy of this Thomas James Wise forgery. Wise (1859-1937), the most prominent bibliographer of his day, funded his bibliophilia by forging 19th-century literary publications, taking a known text, and producing non-existent "privately printed" editions in pamphlet form, which he sold to wealthy book collectors - in this instance, Dickens's... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 138197
BEATTIE, James - FORBES, Sir William. An Account of the Life and Writings of James Beattie, LL.D.
Edinburgh : 1806First edition of Forbes's principal work, an excellent association copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper to the author's son, "William Forbes Esqr. from the author"; together with a small group of related contemporary autograph material laid in which reflects the strong ties between the Forbes and Beattie families.
Sir William Forbes, 6th... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 118450
PAINE, Thomas. Rights of Man:
London [White Edinburgh] : 1791 & 1792Sixth London edition of Paine's Rights of Man (the year of first publication), bound with the first and only edition of White's Rational Freedom, a scarce and impassioned condemnation of Paine, in a sammelband of five political works.
Paine's great defense of the inalienable rights of the people, and their right to revolution when governments... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 148283
ZULU WAR - ROTHWELL, John Sutton. Narrative of the Field Operations connected with The Zulu War of 1879.
London : 1907Second edition, 1,500 copies printed; a particularly nice copy of this inevitably uncommon official account of the Zulu War, published anonymously, with a fine martial provenance, inscribed boldly in pencil on the front pastedown, "W. V-S, 1/5th RG. FF". This is Brig.-Gen. William Desmond Villiers-Stuart (1872-1961) who served with the 5th Royal Gurkhas... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 141133
WHARTON, Edith. Hudson River Bracketed.
London, New York : 1929First edition, UK issue. The dedication copy, with the author's presentation inscription to the dedication leaf incorporating the printed dedication, "To A.J.H.S. From E.W. December 1929". The dedicatee was John Hugh Smith, a wealthy English banker who met Wharton at Stanway in 1908. The two became fast friends and "embarked on a friendly, even flirtatious... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 131588
LAUREL, Stan (Arthur Stanley Jefferson). A collection of original Laurel and Hardy scenarios and scripts from the files of the Hal Roach studio.
[Los Angeles] : 1927-35A superb collection of original script material from the golden age of the most successful comic partnership in film history. In 1926, under contract to Hal Roach Studios for the third time, the English-born comedian Stan Laurel (Arthur Stanley Jefferson) reworked an old sketch of his father's into a two-reel comedy, Home from the Honeymoon, featuring... Learn More£45,000.00
Stock Code: 65988
WORTH, Thomas. Original sketches made on board Edgar E. Holley's Evelyn during a New York Yacht Club cruise in 1867.
New York : c.1867"These sketches were drawn by Thomas Worth who was on board the yacht Evelyn at the time she made the cruise with the New York Yacht Club about 1867. Those on board were E.E., Holley owner, Mr. Amos Stellenwerf, Mr. Dan Slote, Mr. Chas. Van Zant, and the Artist. The accompanying sketches were actual incidents of the cruise. Three sketches are scenes... Learn More£11,500.00
Stock Code: 96970
FLEMING, Ian; CONNOLLY, Cyril. "Bond Strikes Camp. An Extravaganza."
London : 1963First edition of this Bond pastiche, superbly inscribed by Fleming to his close friend Richard Hughes on the front cover, "Dikko - Ouch! Ian", and with a mark in his hand next to the title of the Bond story. Richard Hughes was a good friend of Fleming's and the dedicatee of You Only Live Twice (published in 1964). In 1959, Ian Fleming was given a licence... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 124681
FISHER, M. F. K. With Bold Knife and Fork.
New York : 1969First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author, "For Tania and James Stern, from M. F. K. Fisher, with love, St. Helena 1969". James Stern (1904-1993) was a British writer noted for his short stories, and for his wide circle of literary acquaintances. Malcolm Cowley remarked to him: "My God, you've known everybody, his wife, his boyfriend, and... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 139410
CRIMEAN WAR. General Orders issued to the Army of the East,
London : 1856First and only edition, covering the tenures of Field-Marshal Lord Raglan, General Sir James Simpson, and General Sir William John Codrington whose copy this is.
Raglan had died in June 1855, following the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade in October 1854 and the strong criticism it brought him. He was swiftly replaced by Simpson who, after... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 133591
STERN, James. "The Bank".
Blandford : 1975First and sole edition, number 18 of 50 copies of this short story privately published by the author, originally composed in Berlin in 1928. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title, "For Anthony Hobson affectionately, Jimmy Stern, my first effort 1928, Whitsbury 6. iv. 1975"; together with an autograph letter signed by Stern to Anthony... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 116549
COLNETT, James. A Voyage to the South Atlantic and round Cape Horn into the Pacific Ocean,
London : 1798First edition of Colnett's account of his second Pacific voyage, one of the most important to the history of whaling. Colnett's lengthy preface also describes a two-month stay in Hawaii made during his first voyage, "one of the earliest visits to Hawaii after Cook" (McDonnell). A midshipman on the Resolution in Cook's second voyage, as part of a crew... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 132480
CLARKE, James Stanier, & John McArthur. The Life of Admiral Lord Nelson, K.B. From His Lordship's Manuscripts.
London : 1809First edition of "one of the main foundation stones of the Nelson legend" (Cannadine, p. 99); Lowndes notes that "1200 copies were subscribed for". Clarke and McArthur's book is fittingly handsome, being printed by Thomas Bensley, one of the best printers of the day, on superior quality paper.
John McArthur, a former naval purser, had served... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 72337
CLARKE, James Stanier, & John McArthur. The Life of Admiral Lord Nelson, K.B. From His Lordship's Manuscripts.
London : 1809First edition of "one of the main foundation stones of the Nelson legend" (Cannadine, p. 99); Lowndes notes that "1200 copies were subscribed for", this a handsome copy with an appealing maritime provenance. Clarke and McArthur's book is fittingly handsome, being printed by Thomas Bensley, one of the best printers of the day, on superior quality paper.... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 46705
KAUTSKY, Karl. Die Agrarfrage: eine Uebersicht über die Tendenzen der modernen Landwirthschaft und die Agrarpolitik der Sozialdemokratie.
Stuttgart : 1899First edition, presentation copy from the author to the important French communist Paul Lafargue, inscribed by him, "A son cher Lafargue, K. Kautsky, Berlin 3/1/99". The Marxist theorist's analysis of capitalism in agriculture is a book that Lenin declared "the most important event in present-day economic literature since the third volume of Capital".
Kautsky... Learn More£11,000.00
Stock Code: 118919
DARWIN, Charles. Envelope addressed to William Ogle, with the recipient's name in Darwin's hand and his signature ("C. Darwin") at lower left.
[Down, Beckenham] : 5 May 1873The envelope is addressed to Darwin's fellow botanist and regular correspondent William Ogle (18271912) in London, the recipient's name in Darwin's hand and signed by him "C. Darwin" at bottom left, the addresses completed by other hands. The first address is 7 York Street, Baker Street, W, and the letter was redirected on the same day a short distance... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 146643
RAYNE, Henry. The Ivory Raiders.
London : 1923First edition, first impression, of this surprisingly scarce and colourful memoir of service in "that wild district to the north-west of Kenya Colony bordering on the western shores of Lake Rudolf, and separated from Abyssinia (on the map) by a strip of Soudan territory" (introduction). Importantly, it gives the British view of the campaign against... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 143153
FLEMING, Ian - CHANDLER, Raymond. Playback.
London : 1958First edition, first impression, an outstanding presentation copy to Ian Fleming, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Ian, with love, Ray", an inscription expressive of the remarkable friendship between two masters of the thriller, creators of two of the century's most memorable fictional characters, James Bond and Philip Marlowe.... Learn More£50,000.00
Stock Code: 145639
WATHEN, James. Journal of a Voyage, in 1811 and 1812, to Madras and China;
London : 1814First edition of this attractive, informative and well-illustrated travelogue. In 1811, Wathen (1751-1828), a glover from Hereford, occupied his retirement with numerous expeditions mostly within the British Isles, and many written up for the Gentleman's Magazine, to which he was a frequent contributor.
In 1811 he sailed to India and China with... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 142461
HASTINGS, Elizabeth - BARNARD, Thomas. An Historical Character relating to The holy and exemplary Life of the Right Honourable the Lady Elisabeth Hastings:
Leeds : 1742First edition of the principal biography of the celebrated Lady Elizabeth Hastings, known as "Lady Betty" (1682-1739). Extremely well known in her lifetime, Hastings "became notable for her intelligence, her pious character, and her support of charitable causes. She was commemorated in no. 42 of The Tatler (16 July 1709) as 'Aspasia', a 'female philosopher',... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 135086
CHINDITS. Collection of material relating to Wingate's Chindits and their campaigns in Burma.
1940s-1980s]Superb collection of material concerning the Chindits, includes Wingate's Report on the Operations of 77th Brigade; the original MS of the Hedley's book Jungle Fighter; a number of SEAC Chindit publications; a small trove of pieces from the collection of a serving Chindit officer, including intelligence reports, some excellent press photographs, and... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 65880
DUNCAN, Adam, Viscount. A Collection of contemporary materials commemorating Admiral Lord Duncan and the Battle of Camperdown.
[1797-c.1800]A fascinating and unusual collection, offering insight into the construction and presentation of the fame of an undeservedly neglected naval hero; "One sailor wrote of him 'They can't make too much of him. He is heart of oak; he is a seaman every inch of him, and as to a bit of broadside it only makes the old cock young again."
As the French... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 44566
DUNN, James Churchill. The War the Infantry Knew 1914-1919.
London : 1938First edition, one of just 500 copies privately produced by the author, this a superb Royal Welch Fusiliers association copy, with gilt supralibros: "Presented to the Officers of the 2nd Bn. The Royal Welch Fusiliers by Lieutenant-Colonel D. M. Barchard", and with the ink stamp "Officers' Mess. 2nd Bn. Royal Welch Fusiliers" to front pastedown. Barchard... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 120857
ADYE, John. The Defence of Cawnpore.
London : 1858First edition. "Gives a detailed account of three days of battle during which Cawnpore was defended, preventing the creation of an enemy outpost in General Havelock's rear. Author defends General Windham's actions. Includes dispatches" (Ladendorf). A long-serving artillery officer, first commissioned out of RMA, Woolwich, at the head of his class in... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 133264
BEAUMONT, Francis, & John Fletcher. Dramatic Works.
London : 1778A handsome edition of the works of Shakespeare's contemporaries, Francis Beaumont (1584-1616) and John Fletcher (1579-1625), in a lovely period binding. This edition is edited by George Colman the elder and includes a preface written by the playwright James Shirley, who edited the first edition published in 1647. Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 138426