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FAIRFAX-ROSS, Thomas. Well-compiled, and handsomely presented personal photograph and ephemera album covering service in World War I, at the Supreme War Council, Versailles, and at Chanak, 1922.
1908-24Fine narrative album recording the career, from school days to marriage, of Thomas Fairfax-Ross (1896-1960), with particular attention paid to his military career which took him from the Western Front to Chanak, via Versailles. The album opens, perhaps rather portentously, with a card embossed with the Royal arms, mounted recto on the front free endpaper... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 132252
BROWN, Forman. Spider Kin.
Chicago : 1929First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "For Mr and Mrs Parker - a very meager recognition of all their kindness - Forman Brown" on the front free endpaper. The cloth issue with the illustrated jacket precedes the wrappered version, which was issued with a jacket retrospectively advertising this cloth issue and its... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 117759
VOLTAIRE, François-Marie Arouet de. Micromegas: a Comic Romance.
London : 1753First edition in English of Voltaire's Micromegas, a significant work of proto-science fiction, detailing the visit of giants from Saturn and Sirius to earth, and their derision at mankind's wars, religions, and pretensions. The novella was first published in French the previous year, and is probably the first instance of aliens visiting Earth... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 139036
CARSTAIRS, G. M. This Island Now.
London : 1963First edition, first impression. With a compliments slip from the publisher and the author loosely inserted. Carstairs used his Reith Lecture to analyse social changes that have taken place over the century, including changes to sexual morality, the role of women, and the prevalence of violence and mental illness. His condoning of pre-marital sex from... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 126856
ORWELL, George. Coming Up for Air.
London : 1939First edition, first impression, in the scarce dust jacket. This is one of the hardest of Orwell's novels to find in the dust jacket. One of only 2,000 copies printed, it was the last of Orwell's novels to bear the Gollancz imprint. Gollancz disapproved of the political aspects of the novel, which included a parody of an LBC meeting, and Orwell was... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 122896
DAHL, Roald. The Gremlins. From the Walt Disney Production. A Royal Air Force Story.
London and Glasgow : First UK edition, preceded by the first US edition of the previous year. A special copy, bound for presentation, signed by 32 assorted dignitaries, probably at a special dinner in London in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund. The eclectic group of signatories include Air Marshall Richard Peck, Assistant Chief of Air Staff, London, and Dahl's superior, to... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 83206
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The U-Boat Mastered - two galley-proofs for The Second World War, heavily emended in Churchill's hand.
London : 10 February & 19 April, 1950Working material towards Churchill's The Second World War is rarely encountered on the market: offered here is a revealing pair of galley proofs towards the section covering the climax of the war against the U-boats. This account was originally intended for Volume IV but was eventually incorporated into the first chapter of Volume V, The Closing of... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 88386
THE BANKER'S DAUGHTER. Family archive illustrating the consequences of bankruptcy.
London : [c.1803-1871]A fascinating and varied archive which vividly illustrates the ramifications of bankruptcy upon family life, comprising financial, promotional, and personal documents related to the late Regency-era performer Mary Radcliff Chambers, "the Banker's Daughter", who took up an onstage career to revive her family's fortunes after the collapse of her father's... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 128644
WARDLE, Gwyllym Lloyd. A Circumstantial Report of the Evidence and Proceedings upon the Charges Preferred against His Royal Highness the Duke of York in the Capacity of Commander in Chief in the Months of February and March, 1809.
London : 1809First edition of the report which provoked one of the great scandals of the Georgian era, at the height of the war with France. Wardle initially served as a soldier in Sir William Watkins Wynn's Ancient British Regiment of light dragoons. After becoming member of Parliament for Okehampton in 1807 he quickly developed an interest in corruption in the... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 113701
BORDWINE, Joseph. Memoir of a Proposed New System of Permanent Fortification.
London : 1834First edition, uncommon, just six locations on Copac, OCLC adds another half dozen. Bordwine, described on the title page as "Professor of Fortification at the Honourable East India Company's Military Seminary, Addiscombe; late of the Quarter-Master-General's Staff, etc.", had served with the 88th Regiment "under General Whitlock sic, but was deprived... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 102068
GORDON, Charles George. Remarkable lengthy autograph letter signed, with advice for Louis A. Lucas on the essential requirements for successful exploration in Africa.
Labore : 1876An unusually long letter, in which Gordon goes into great detail about the difficulties of African exploration, revealing his exasperation at Lucas's behaviour, and his frustration at Lucas's unwillingness to heed the advice of someone far more experienced in African travel.
Louis Arthur Lucas (1851-1876) was the only surviving son of Philip Lucas,... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 125725
LINDSAY, [Nicholas] Vachel. Group of three inscribed works.
New York : 1914-1920First editions, except The Chinese Nightingale, 1919 (first published 1917). Uniformly bound for Thomas Rénaud Rutter, and each signed and inscribed by Lindsay on the first blanks: the first to Renaud's mother, Mrs. Louise Warren Rutter, with her bookplate to verso of the front free endpaper facing; the second with "My most fraternal good wishes to... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 115267
ROBINSON, Charles Henry. Hausaland.
London : 1896First edition, a superb copy from the travel collection of Franklin Brooke-Hitching, with his pencilled initials to the half-title. Robinson travelled to Africa to undertake a "thoroughly scientific study of the Hausa language with a view of promoting the higher interests of that people and of translating the Scriptures and other appropriate literature... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 119277
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
BENTLEY, Nicolas. " … Stockton down the drain?"
1962The upcoming Stockton-on-Tees by-election was seen as an opportunity for a protest vote against the increasingly unpopular Macmillan administration. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 67325
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Corrected draft typescript, signed, on the Soviet threat.
1931Extensively corrected typescript of one of the articles on European affairs commissioned from Churchill during 1931 for syndication in Hearst newspapers. An astute commentary on European Realpolitik, anticipating the Soviet bloc and the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. On publication in the Milwaukee Sentinel, 23 August 1931, the piece was headlined; "Winston... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 80696
SHAW, George Bernard. Typed letter signed to the actor of Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion.
6 March 1914Typed letter signed by George Bernard Shaw to Edmund Gurney, the actor playing Alfred Doolittle in the upcoming English premier of Pygmalion. Shaw was very unhappy with Gurney's portrayal of the character, which he observed in rehearsal - he writes that he wrote the part specially for him, and he should not let it be played too broadly. He also criticizes... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 134368
TASSO, Torquato. Godfrey of Bulloigne, or Jerusalem Delivered.
London : 1817First edition thus, one of 50 large paper copies. A highly appealing edition printed by the excellent Thomas Bensley and with delightful wood-engravings, perhaps by Bewick's pupil Henry White, after designs by John Thurston. Fairfax's translation was originally published in 1600; the first English translation of Tasso's poetical account of the first... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 121168
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
CHURCHILL, Winston S. [Drop-head title:] The Fighting Line.
London : 1916First edition, only printing. Cohen's bibliography states: "the pamphlet does not appear to have sold well and, although it may have continued to appear in Macmillan catalogues as late as 1924 or early 1925, most, if not all, unsold copies, were, in fact, destroyed in 1918" (vol. I, p. 196). Martin Gilbert asserts that 5,000 copies were printed (Winston... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 127608
WEBSTER, Mrs Alfred. Dancing as a Means of Physical Education:
London & Bath : 1851First and sole edition, in a lavish, if somewhat compromised, binding by the fashionable London bookbinder James Hayday, apparently intended for presentation to Queen Victoria, carrying her crowned monogram to sides. Victoria's passion for dancing is well attested; on her fourteenth birthday she took "considerable delight in a rare opportunity to expend... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 129885
HOWLETT, John. The Guv'nor.
London : 1973First edition. Howlett (1883-1976) was born in Grantham, the child of a carpenter and wheelwright. He apprenticed as a lathe operator, and found work on shaping machines in a car factory and repair shop. Later dabbled as a model aero-engine maker and trainee balloon pilot before, on the eve of the First World War, becoming the general manager of a garage... Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 107315
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
BULLOCK, Hugh. The Story of Investment Companies.
New York : 1959First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed from the author to Edward Gadsby, the chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, 1957-61, "To Edward N. Gadsby, able chairman of a vital government agency that has given American investors protection they never knew before" on the front free endpaper.
The Senate confirmation... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 125342
(KENNEDY, John F.) The David Powers collection of John F. Kennedy's speeches and manuscripts.
c.1945-63The David Powers collection of John F. Kennedy's speeches and manuscripts spans the statesman's political career up to the presidency, from his first primary race in the 11th District in 1946 to the eve of nomination as president in the summer of 1960, encompassing three Congressional campaigns, two runs for the Senate, and a bid for the vice presidency.
David... Learn More£375,000.00
Stock Code: 120955
CAMERON, Verney Lovett. Across Africa.
London : 1877First editions. Cameron (1844-94), a naval officer and traveller, volunteered to lead the Royal Geographic Society expedition to find and assist David Livingstone in the African interior. The expedition suffered from the usual difficulties, including desertion, illness, and conflict with local chiefs, before it arrived in Unyanyembe in August 1873.... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 100142
(NAVAL.) Report of the Committee on the Inflexible. With Appendix.
London : 1878First and only edition, extremely uncommon. COPAC locates just NLS and Liverpool, OCLC adds the Technische Universiteit at Delft. Inflexible was built to counter the Mediterranean threat of the Italian battleships Duilio and Dandolo, huge ironclad platforms carrying two pairs of 15-inch Armstrong guns each. Inflexible mounted more ordnance than any... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 94263
(TANGIERS.) A Particular Narrative of a Great Engagement between the Garison [sic] of Tangier, and the Moors,
London : 1680First edition, conspicuously uncommon, ESTC citing just 14 locations worldwide (six in the UK, the remainder in the US), with only one copy appearing on auction records and that dating to 1937. Superb first-hand account that sheds light on a conflict in a contested area of North Africa where Britain had established a defensive and commercial foothold... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 125471
(POETRY.) The Vision of Hades,
London : 1825First complete edition, publishing the Vision of Noös for the first time, paired with the Vision of Hades, first published in 1820 and here in its second appearance. This copy has various pencilled emendations in the Vision of Noös, all stylistic rather than correcting errata, and consequently almost certainly in the hand... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 138867
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
SÉBAH, Jean Pascal & Policarpe Joaillier. Panorama de Constantinople pris de la Tour de Galata.
Istanbul : c.1888Superb panoramic view of the city taken from the Galata Tower looking over the Bosporus towards the Asian side; across the Golden Horn can be seen the Topkapi Palace, and the great mosques of the city, Haghia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Yeni Mosque, and the Süleymaniye. In 1857 Pascal Sébah opened one of the first photographic studios in Constantinople.... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 139037
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Corrected draft typescript, signed, of an article on Disarmament.
1931"Over the lacerated face of Europe the League of Nations has drawn a discreet veil. Behind that veil stir the passions, the revenges and the fears which are the legacy of the 'war to end war'". Extensively corrected typescript for one of a series of articles on foreign affairs commissioned from Churchill by "the Hearst newspapers and syndicated throughout... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 80695
PANKHURST, Christabel. Autograph letter signed.
31 July 1911A persuasively argued autograph letter signed from Christabel to the MP Noel Buxton (1869-1948), entreating his public support for the passing of a Conciliation Bill and thanking him for "all you do for the cause".
British Liberal politician Noel Buxton, 1st Baron Noel-Buxton, was at the time of Christabel's letter serving as MP for the Norfolk North... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 137120
ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of The Road to Wigan Pier.
29 Oct 1936-27 Aug 1958Victor Gollancz's archived correspondence regarding the publication of George Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier, including the original contract for the work. Orwell's classic study of industrial poverty in the north of England remains in print today, and is among the most esteemed and best-known of his non-fiction books.
After Orwell finished Keep... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 131757
THOMSON, Joseph. To the Central African Lakes and Back:
London : 1881First edition of this classic account of one of the most successful British expeditions to Africa in the 19th century. Thomson, months after graduating from Edinburgh University, was in 1878 appointed geologist and naturalist to a Royal Geographical Society expedition under the command of Alexander Johnston, with the aim of opening up a route from Dar... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 119308
CAHUN, Claude. Two autograph postcards signed to Surrealist poet Robert Desnos, the second also signed by Marcel Moore.
Paris & Jersey : 1932 & 1938Two exceptionally rare autograph postcards signed from the French photographer and mixed-media artist Claude Cahun to Surrealist poet Robert Desnos, one written from Paris, the other from Jersey in exile; in the first thanking him for a gift of flowers, and in the second reporting on her reclusive life in Jersey with her collaborator, lover, and step-sister... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 131539
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
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
LIVINGSTONE, Adelaide. The Peace Ballot.
London : 1935First edition, first impression. Livingstone (c.1881-1970) was responsible for organising the Peace Ballot of 1934-35, a nationwide questionnaire of five questions intended to discern the British public's attitude towards the possibility of the upcoming war with a rearming and aggressive Germany, with voting on issues such as international disarmament... Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 105181
(SOUTH SEA BUBBLE.) Collection of ten pamphlets, eight regarding the South Sea Bubble.
1720-21Eight pamphlets relating to the South Sea Company and its collapse, six from 1720, the year in which the bubble burst, and two from the following year. The volume also includes two other pamphlets, one on the military importance of Gibraltar, the other on the need to trim the Civil List. This volume was formerly part of the Dropmore House collection... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 134909
WEIL, Gustav. Geschichte der Chalifen. Nach handschriftlichen, größtentheils noch unbenützten Quellen.
Mannheim : 1846-51First edition of Weil's path-breaking history of Islam, which relied in large part on Muslim sources still in manuscript. Sets are fairly common in institutions, but rarely encountered on the market.
Weil (1808-1889) was born in Sulzburg in Baden, and was originally destined for the rabbinate, but at a young age found that he had little taste for... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 94297
GOFFIN, Robert. Aux Frontières du Jazz.
Paris : 1932Fourth edition, same year as the first. This copy with the ownership inscription of legendary record producer and A & R man Hugh Mendl. Radley- and Oxford-educated - the present volume has a contemporary bookseller's ticket for Parker's of Broad Street - Mendl's head was turned by jazz in the 30s, and he joined Decca Records, where his grandfather... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 76969
(BANQUE DE FRANCE.) Recueil des pieces relatives au régime de la Banque de France.
Paris : 1804First edition. Napoleon founded the Banque de France on 18 January 1800, in the aftermath of revolutionary recession and currency volatility, and in April 1803 it was granted the sole right to issue paper money in Paris. Though founded as a public limited company, only the 200 largest shareholders were admitted to the general meeting, and it was generally... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 134873
MARTIN, John. An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean.
London : 1818Originally published in the previous year, this the "Second Edition, with additions" which include the folding map, a new preface and an enlarged introduction. "Considered the best report of Tongan life and culture before the arrival of Christianity the customs of the inhabitants and their inter-island wars, and also examples of Tongan songs and music"... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 80627
LELEWEL, Joachim. Géographie du Moyen Age.
Brussels : 1850-2-7First edition of this work on medieval geography through classical Greek, Latin and Arab sources, by the Polish historian and geographer Lelewel (1786-1861). Considered a "pioneer writer on cartography" (Tooley), he insisted on engraving all of his plates in order to maintain their accuracy. He was educated at the Imperial University of Vilna and, becoming... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 117612