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RUSSELL, Bertrand. A History of Western Philosophy.
New York : 1945First edition, first printing, preceding the first UK edition published by George Allen and Unwin Ltd by a year. Far scarcer than the UK edition, and especially so in the dust jacket, this is the first thus that we have handled.
Russell's expansive account of the history of philosophy, ranging from the Orphism of ancient Greece to the logical positivism... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 133952
TRESSELL, Robert. The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists.
London : 1914First edition, first impression. The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists is a classic of English working class literature, often compared with Zola's Germinal and described by George Orwell as "a book everyone should read" (Manchester Evening Times, 1946).
The author, Robert Philippe Noonan (1870-1911), was the illegitimate son... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 137406
LEBKICHER, Roy, George Rentz, & Max Steineke. Handbooks for American Employees.
New York : 1952Revised edition of volume I, Parts I and II, first editions of parts III-V, of this detailed handbook for Aramco employees. An interesting document of American-Arab relations in the mid-twentieth century: "The strictly American flavor of the Aramco enterprise in a country like Saudi Arabia entails serious responsibilities Aramco employees having a... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 126269
MCPHEE, John. A Sense of Where You Are.
New York : 1970A specially bound copy of the Bantam paperback edition, inscribed by an outraged McPhee on the advertisement page to the bookseller Ralph Sipper: "Ralph - I took the cover off this paperback and had it bound in this way because Bantam slipped a cover picture of Bill in a Knicks uniform onto this late printing without my knowledge. The book is about... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 99894
CHERRY-GARRARD, Apsley. The Worst Journey in the World:
London : 1922Interesting group comprising two polar rarities, a first edition of The Worst Journey in the World, and two autograph letters. The Worst Journey in the World, "the best written and most enduring account of exploits in the Antarctic" (Taurus) and "widely regarded as the masterpiece of polar exploration" (Books on Ice), is presented here in Cherry-Garrard's... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 136850
TOKLAS, Alice B. The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book.
London : 1954First edition, first impression, of one of the best-selling cookbooks of all time, notorious for its inclusion of the "Hashich Fudge" recipe on p. 259 that was given to Toklas by Brion Gysin, and which was expurgated from the US edition, published two days later.
Weaving together traditional French recipes and entertaining anecdotes of Toklas's life... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 140900
SALLUST. Caii Crispi Sallustii quae exstant …
Venice : 1737Large paper copy of the famous edition of Sallust by the short lived Gottlieb Kortte (1698-1731), whose installation as professor of jurisprudence at Liepzig in 1726 Bach hailed in the allegorical cantata "Vereinigte Zwietracht". Kortte's edition of Sallust was first published in 1724. Samuel Charles Smith (usually styling himself C. Smith, as here)... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 48939
SMITH, Betty. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
New York : 1943First edition, first printing. Betty Smith's coming-of-age novel set in turn-of-the-century New York was an immediate bestseller, gaining enormous popularity among front line US servicemen via an Armed Services Edition produced in a huge numbers: "Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was perhaps the most popular ASE of them all. It provided such a... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 112011
TOKLAS, Alice B. The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book.
New York : 1954First US edition, first printing, of one of the best-selling cookbooks of all time. Weaving together traditional French recipes and entertaining anecdotes of Toklas's life with Gertrude Stein in Paris, The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book is considered the counterpart to Stein's Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933) which had catapulted Toklas to fame.
Harper,... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 133986
LAWRENCE, D. H. Autograph letter signed relating to the clandestine publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover.
Kesselmatte, Gsteig b. Gstaad (Bern) : 1928Autograph letter signed from Lawrence to Allen W. Steele of the book wholesalers William Jackson Ltd, requesting that they return to the bearer of the letter, Enid Hilton, over 70 copies of Lady Chatterley's Lover which they had ordered and subsequently rejected. Privately printed in Florence in 1928 with the help of the Florentine bookseller Pino Orioli,... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 137216
FITZGERALD, Edward. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám,
London : 1868Second edition, substantially expanded and revised from the first of 1859. Five hundred copies of the second edition were printed, with Quaritch selling each at a price of 1s. 6d.; when a copy re-appeared in their catalogue in 1929, it had already reached a price of 52 10s. (Potter, p. 12). FitzGerald substantially revised the text of the Rubáiyát... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 130715
BRITTAIN, Vera. Unpublished collection of correspondence.
London : 1940-1967This fascinating, unpublished collection of correspondence from Vera Brittain to her friend and admirer Dorothy Perkin consists of 18 autographed and typed letters and cards written between 1940 and 1967. It contains Brittain's observations and reflections on her pacifism, family, politics, writing, publications, and her relationship with Winifred... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 125175
GIBRAN, Kahlil. Twenty Drawings.
New York : 1919First edition, first printing, presentation copy from Alice Raphael Eckstein, author of the introductory essay, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "With friendliest associations of the ? collection and all good wishes from Alice Raphael Eckstein, Nov. 12 1931". Eckstein (1887-1975) was a leading art critic and Goethe scholar, whose recognition of... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 140096
ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of Keep the Aspidistra Flying.
16 Jan 1936-23 June 1944Victor Gollancz's archived correspondence regarding the publication of George Orwell's second novel, Keep the Aspidistra Flying. The correspondence, often bitter, shows how far concerns with libel altered the final text of the novel, and how unhappy Orwell was about this; it contains two typed letters, two autograph notes, and one full autograph letter,... Learn More£50,000.00
Stock Code: 131753
ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of Down and Out in Paris and London.
3 May 1932-25 Sep 1972Victor Gollancz's archived correspondence relating to their publication of George Orwell's first book, Down and Out in Paris and London, including the original contract for the book. Down and Out was Orwell's memoir of his life among the poor and destitute in and around the two cities, and remains among his best-known non-fiction works.
After abandoning... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 131747
JUAN DE SANTA MARÍA, fray. Christian Policie: or, The Christian Common-Wealth.
London : 1632First edition in English; rare. The translation is actually by the Hispanophile James Mabbe, though Edward Blount, as was his habit, signs the dedication as if he were its translator. (A variant issue of the same year has Blount's name instead of Richard Collins's in the imprint: the two booksellers were close neighbours in St Paul's Churchyard.) Edward... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 81871
COLLIER, John. His Monkey Wife or Married to a Chimp.
London : 1930First edition, first impression of the author's first book, "a wicked and witty satire about a man seduced by a chimpanzee" (ODNB). Presentation copy from the author to the Parisian bookseller and publisher Edward W. Titus, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Edward W. Titus with best wishes John Collier, Ashmansworth, March 1931" and followed... Learn More£525.00
Stock Code: 108360
[PETHERICK, Edward Augustus, compiler.] Edwards's Australasian Catalogue:
London : First edition of bookseller, publisher, bibliographer and book collector's 3,000 item priced catalogue of Australiana. In 1865, the English-born Petherick (1847-1917) started collecting titles for a catalogue or bibliography of Australia but temporarily abandoned the project in 1870 to focus on reorganising the bookselling firm that he worked for, George... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 118564
FEYNMAN, Richard P. "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
New York & London : 1985First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title by Feynman to Alice Zorthian, daughter of Jirayr Zorthian, Feynman's close friend and artistic mentor, "To Alice Zorthian for Christmas 1985 Richard P. Feynman". Only two other signed copies of the first printing have appeared at auction, neither specifically inscribed to... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 136532
DAVIES, Thomas. Dramatic Miscellanies:
London : 1783-4First editions, volumes I and III 1784, volume II 1783. Davies had a successful career as an actor before setting up as a bookseller in Covent Garden, his shop becoming a meeting place for the theatrical and literary world, it was in the back parlour of this shop that Boswell first encountered Johnson. In the 1770s Davies turned to writing, particularly... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 139635
PICART, Bernard, & Jean Frederic Bernard. Ceremonies et Coutumes Religieuses de tous les Peuples du Monde,
Amsterdam : 1723-39Mixed early editions of one of the great books of the 18th century, a work that "marked a major turning point in European attitudes toward religious belief" (Hunt, Jacob & Mijnhardt, The Book that Changed Europe: Picart & Bernard's Religious Ceremonies of the World, Harvard UP 2010, p. 1). Originally published between 1723 and 1737, the monumental Ceremonies... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 120466
OSBORN, Fairfield. Our Plundered Planet.
Boston : 1948First edition, first printing, of one of the founding texts of modern environmentalism, the best-selling work of the conservationist Henry Fairfield Osborn Jr (1887-1969) and one of the first popular environmental books.
Dedicated "to all who care about tomorrow", Our Plundered Planet urges its readers to recognize humankind's silent but systematic... Learn More£85.00
Stock Code: 138301
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.
London : 1891-3A beautifully bound set of the second edition of the Cambridge Shakespeare, edited by William Aldis Wright, whose edition first appeared in 1863-6; the first volume of this set is described as a third edition, having previously been reissued in 1867. Wright "was solely responsible for the second edition (1867- ), which remains the great monument to... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 139097
GALILEI, Galileo. Difesa... Contro alle Calunnie & imposture di Baldessar Capra Milanese,
Venice : 1607Rare first edition of the second published work of this most famous of 17th-century scientists, in which Galileo glories in his defeat of Baldassar Capra, who had plagiarized his work. He also describes the applications of his compass, his first significant scientific invention.
Galileo's first published work, Le Operazioni del compasso geometrico... Learn More£175,000.00
Stock Code: 138789
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
RAFFLES, Thomas Stamford. The History of Java.
London : 1817First edition of Raffles's masterful account of Java. Raffles was appointed lieutenant governor of Java in 1811 when the island and its dependencies were occupied by Lord Minto following the annexation of the Netherlands by Napoleon. During the next four years he extended the area of European control and reorganized the Dutch colonial system in the... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 136364
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
[JUSTEL, Henri, ed.] Recueil de divers voyages faits en Afrique et en l'Amerique,
Paris : 1674First edition of this important collection of voyages, assembled by the Huguenot Henri Justel, a "promoter, through hospitality and correspondence, in circles in Paris and London, of the optimistic spirit of enquiry which would be a feature of the European Enlightenment" (ODNB); this is a most attractive copy with a fine provenance. Included here is... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 125351
(AMERICAN JUDAICA.) Douglass & Aikman's Almanack and Register for the Island of Jamaica:
Kingston : 1781Extremely uncommon. Printed and published by David Douglass and William Aikman, Loyalist refugees from the Revolution in America - Douglass from Charleston, Aikman from Annapolis - this almanac includes, at the conclusion of the calendar proper, on the verso of the leaf bearing a Jamaican historical chronology - a "Kalendar of Months, Sabbaths, and... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 82190
SCHLIEMANN, Heinrich. Five large original photographs of excavations at Troy (3), Mycenae (1) and Samothrace (1) - from the private collection of Heinrich Schliemann, with his holograph annotations.
Troy, Mycenae, Samothrace (present day western Turkey and Greece) : c.1879Fascinating, unpublished and extremely scarce archive of four original photographs from Schliemann's pioneering excavations at Troy and Mycenae, and another of Samothrace, where work was conducted by Schliemann's compatriot Alexander Conze (1831-1914). The three views taken at Troy (1871-73) show the massive outer walls of King Priam's city on the left... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 121338
MACAULAY, Thomas Babington. The History of England.
London : 1869-1871An attractively bound set of Macaulay's history. "The first historical work deliberately designed to outsell the best-selling novel of the day, Macaulay's book immediately fulfilled its author's aspiration. His colourful style and stirring power of description secured for the History a success such as no historical work in the English language had had... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 120911
POPPER, Karl. The Open Society and Its Enemies.
London : 1945First edition, first impression, of the author's influential first book. "The Open Society was, deservedly, a great success; and so was its author. It appeared in November 1945, and Popper arrived the following January from New Zealand to find himself a rising star in the British philosophical firmament. Gilbert Ryle wrote an enthusiastic review of... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 139145
JOYCE, James. Chamber Music.
London : 1907First edition, first impression, in the first issue binding, presentation copy with Joyce's inscribed card inserted. The inscription reads: "Dear Mr Simson, As you were kind enough to write me often about my book."
Theodore Spicer-Simson was an American medallist, painter, sculptor and illustrator. Born in Le Havre, he first met Joyce in Paris in... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 140266
(NELSON) PETTIGREW, Thomas Joseph. Memoirs of The Life of Vice-Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson, K.B. Duke of Bronté, etc., etc., etc.
London : 1849First Edition, and uncommon thus, the edition selling through almost immediately. Important contribution to Nelson biography: "Pettigrew used a large selection from the Nelson papers of Lady Hamilton, which he had acquired from the widow of an old friend of Nelson, Alderman Joshua Jonathan Smith who rescued Lady Hamilton from bankruptcy in 1813" (Cowie).... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 140185
(PRIVATEERING; WEST INDIES.) Collection of 35 documents relating to Captain John McIver and the privateer Swallow.
c. 1796-97An outstanding and extraordinarily comprehensive tranche of documents, including impressive original Letters of Marque, relating to the British-built armed brig Swallow, a privateer out of Liverpool operating in the Caribbean under the experienced command of prize-master John McIver. The archive covers in remarkable breadth and detail the purchase,... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 133528
WRIGHT, Joseph, of Derby. A collection of ten quarto publications from the library of the painter,
Bath, Chichester, Derby, London : 1772-94Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797) is widely acclaimed as the first professional painter to express the spirit of the Industrial Revolution. His large candlelight painting An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, first exhibited in 1768, is today the best-known of all his works. Wright's commissions during the early 1760s were mostly for small portraits... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 128831
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Three typescript articles:
[late 1930s]There has been considerable recent interest in Churchill's essay "Are We Alone in the Universe?" In an article for Nature, astrophysicist Mario Livio describes his visit to the US National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri, when "director Timothy Riley thrust a typewritten essay by Churchill into my hands. In the 11-page article, 'Are We Alone in... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 121591
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Three typescript articles:
[c.1939]Three journalistic pieces attesting to Churchill's prodigious output during the 1930s, when he lived by his writing and when "many subjects were grist to his tireless mill. Apart from anything else, he had no Cabinet salary after 1929 and it was largely his journalism that enabled him to maintain his comfortable standard of living. He therefore accepted... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 121598
FLEMING, Ian. You Only Live Twice.
London : 1964First edition, first impression, one of two dedication copies, inscribed by Fleming to one of the two dedicatees, Richard Hughes, on the front free endpaper: "To Dikko-san from Fleming-san. With all affection." In 1959, Ian Fleming was given a licence to travel. Fleming had written seven James Bond novels when he was approached by one of his colleagues... Learn More£60,000.00
Stock Code: 131669
HAYLEY, William. Plays of Three Acts; written for a Private Theatre.
London : 1784First edition. Best remembered today as a friend and patron of George Romney and William Blake, and biographer of Milton, Hayley (17451820) "although affluent was determined on a literary career" (ODNB). His plays were singularly unsuccessful, Anna Seward considered 'Lord Russell', collected here, "lacking in spirit and variety", and that 'Marcella',... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 139629
(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
CASTELLANE-MAJASTRE, Henri-César. Journal d'Henri-César de Castellane Majastre, Commandant les Chébecs du Roi Le Caméléon & Le Singe, armés à Toulon le 23 juin 1773 … manuscript log of operations against Barbary Corsairs.
At sea : 1773Born into the Provençal noble family with close ties to the sea, Henri-César de Castellane-Majastre, (1733-1789), was a career naval officer joining the service at the age of sixteen, ranking as lieutenant from 1762 to 1775, promoted captain 1777. He participated in the American War of Independence commanding the Marsellais, 74, in de Grasse's fleet,... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 126873
HUGHES, Griffith. The Natural History of Barbados.
London : 1750First edition, large paper copy with contemporary hand-coloured plates. Large paper copies were supplied to about a fifth of the thousand or so subscribers Hughes managed to attract to his lavish project. Each of the plates is dedicated to one of the more illustrious of the subscribers. "The book is one to place beside Catesby's Natural History" (Hunt).... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 80069
(ALLOM, Thomas, illus.) WRIGHT, George Newenham. China,
London : First edition of "the best-known nineteenth-century work" on China (ODNB). Published the year after the First Opium War ended, Allom's China is concerned mainly with areas of British interest in southern China, including Hong Kong, Macao, Canton and Hunan, though there are also many attractive views of Peking. Allom (1804-1872) originally trained as... Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 139807
PERKINS, Edward T. Na Motu: or, Reef-Rovings in the South Seas. A Narrative of Adventures at the Hawaiian, Georgian and Society Islands.
New York : 1854First edition of a key book on Hawaii - "an important and lively narrative" (Forbes) - containing one of the earliest accounts of surfing: "Surfriding and surfrider also hold the honour of being the terms in longest continual use to describe the act of riding waves and those who ride them. The former appears for the first time apparently in Edward... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 121426
KEATE, George. An Account of the Pelew Islands.
London : 1788First edition of Keate's "remarkable" shipwreck narrative (NMM), in a handsome provincial binding. "In 1783, the Antelope, commanded by Captain Henry Wilson, was wrecked on a reef near one of the Palau (Pelew) Islands, a previously unexplored group. The entire crew managed to get safely ashore, where they were well treated by the natives and eventually... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 118289