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[WOLLSTONECRAFT, Mary.] Original Stories, from Real Life;
Dublin : 1792First Dublin edition, the fourth overall, first published in London in 1788. With two female gift inscriptions, the first on the half-title dated 1792 from Elizabeth Pim to Anne Jackson, who in turn re-presented the book half a century later in 1842 to her niece Elizabeth Garrat.
Original Stories was Mary Wollstonecraft's only work written directly... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 125578
BULGAKOV, Mikhail. Dyavoliada. Rasskazy (Devildom: Short Stories).
Moscow : 1925First edition, first impression, of Bulgakov's first book and the only one printed in the Soviet Union in his lifetime. As well as "Devildom", the stories include "The Fatal Eggs", "13. The house of Elpit Pabkomunna", "Chinese story" and "Chichikov's adventures" (a satire on Gogol's Dead Souls, where the characters from the original novel are... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 131768
LANSDOWNE, Andrew. A Life's Reminiscences. Scotland Yard.
London : First illustrated edition (originally published in 1890) of this decidedly uncommon and highly regarded police memoir. Lansdowne's book came out at a time when the police were being portrayed negatively in popular fiction: "Real detectives responded by trying to influence public opinion in their favour. Police officers had been forbidden by the Police... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 115177
FINLAY, George. A History of Greece from its Conquest by the Romans to the Present Time B.C. 146 to A.D. 1864.
Oxford : 1877Publication originally began in 1844, this is "a new edition, revised throughout, and in part re-written, with considerable additions by the author". A history of the Greeks by a prominent British philhellene. While at university in Göttingen Finlay (1799-1875) came into contact with enthusiasts for the movement to liberate Greece from Ottoman rule,... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 135051
PANASSIÉ, Hugues. Histoire du vrai jazz, original holograph manuscript.
[Paris? : 1950s]The original holograph manuscript of Histoire du vrai jazz (History of true jazz, published Paris, Éditions Robert Laffont, 1959) by the influential French jazz critic, historian and record producer Hugues Pannasié (1912-1974), here very attractively and imaginatively presented, the spine of the box labelled "La vraie histoire du jazz" ("The real... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 123995
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
GARDINER, J. Ritchie. Diary of a Journey from Sumprabum to Margherita by the Chaukkan Pass.
Calcutta : 1945188 typescript leaves, privately produced by the author and inscribed "To Jack Graham as a small tribute to the work of the Indian Tea Association and to the many kindness extended to the author by him, from Ritchie. 10. 1/46." A scarce, privately produced account of a treacherous, life-threatening escape from Burma to India after the Japanese invasion,... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 129617
LEWIS, Alun. Letters from India.
Cardiff : 1946First edition, limited to 500 numbered copies of which the first 100 were specially bound in morocco. Collection of letters sent by Lewis from what was to be his final wartime posting to Burma; "It is astonishing how this selection of fragments from letters to his wife and to his parents makes a unified whole, a book with a theme. The letters read like... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 110203
BRIGGS, Ernest. "Year Without Spring."
1942The typescript gives an epistolary account of the army service of Ernest Briggs (1905-1967), the Australian poet, broadcaster and music critic, in Papua New Guinea during the Second World War, the letters being addressed to the pianist Harriet Cohen.
The first letter dates from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 26 June 1942; the last is dated 22... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 93902
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
MACDOUGALL, Patrick Leonard, Lieut.-Colonel. The Campaigns of Hannibal:
London : 1858First edition. Uncommon and interesting account, just seven locations on Copac. Carefully compiled account of the "operations in which Hannibal was personally engaged", drawn from the "best ancient and modern historians and essayists, including Livy, Polybius, Sir Walter Raleigh, Niebuhr, Arnold, Guiscard, and Vaudancourt" (Preface). The author spent... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 95270
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
LE ROSSIGNOL, Ethel. A Goodly Company.
[London : First edition of this scarce, privately published work which beautifully presents the psychedelic spirit paintings of the Argentinian-born medium and automatist Constance "Ethel" Le Rossignol (1873-1970).
Le Rossignol ('The Nightingale') remains a mysterious figure, with very little known of her life. By 1891 she and her family had moved from Argentina... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 135609
BLOCH, Ivan Stanislavovich. Der Krieg. Uebersetzung. Des russischen Werkes des Autors: Der zukünftige Krieg in seiner technischen, volkswirtschaftlichen und politischen Bedeutung. Johann von Bloch.
Berlin : 1898First edition in German, first published in Russian the year previously with a French translation issued the same year. This copy inscribed by Bloch on the half-title of volume I; "Herr Oberst Rohr vom Verfasser", and subsequently by the state librarian recording the gift of the set from Rohr's widow just two months after the outbreak of World War I.... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 85050
BLOCH, Jan Gotlib. Der Krieg. Uebersetzung.
Berlin : 1898First edition in German, first published in Russian the year previously with a French translation issued the same year. Never fully translated into English, an "abridgement," actually a full translation of the final volume, the General Conclusions, was published in 1899 with an introduction by W. T. Stead under the title "Is War Impossible?"
Bloch's... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 46965
(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
(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
SHAW, Bernard. The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God.
London : 1932First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by the author on the half-title to the female missionary who inspired the book, nine days after its publication, "Dear Miss Shaw, on the eve of a voyage round the world on which I am taking your latest proofsheets to read I send you this story, for which you are really responsible,... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 103294
MARX, Karl. Misère de la philosophie. Réponse à la philosophie de la misère de M. Proudhon.
Paris & Brussels : 1847First edition of Marx's caustic attack on Proudhon, "the bitterest attack delivered by one thinker upon another since the celebrated polemics of the Renaissance" (Isaiah Berlin), one of 800 copies printed. "In 1846 Proudhon published his celebrated book, La Philosophie de la Misère. He and Marx had remained friends, though their relation had not been... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 119971
DEW, Thomas R. Essay on the Interest of Money, and the Policy of Laws against Usury.
Shellbanks : 1834First edition in book form, presentation copy, inscribed on the rear wrapper "From the Author to Wm Short". The recipient was the American ambassador William Short (1759-1849), who served as US Minister to France from June 1790 to May 1792, to the Netherlands from June to December 1792, and to Spain from 1794 to 1795; he was later a successful Kentucky... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 123171
WAIN, Louis. [Kaleidoscope cat.]
c.1930sA rare, superbly coloured "kaleidoscope" cat by the beloved "asylum artist" Louis Wain, presumed to have been created during his later years at Napsbury Asylum when his fluctuating psychological state was profoundly transforming his art. In this case, the image retains the realistic form of a mischievous cat but with the psychotic gleam and unnaturally... Learn More£18,500.00
Stock Code: 125094