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JAMES, Henry. The Two Magics.
London : 1898First edition, first impression, in the first issue iris-blocked binding. The Two Magics includes the first appearance in book-form of The Turn of the Screw, widely acknowledged as one of the greatest ghost stories in the language, following its serialized appearance in Collier's Weekly magazine (27 January 16 April 1898). Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 147007
DAHL, Roald. The Magic Finger.
London : 1968First UK edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the title page, "Christopher Radmell, Roald Dahl". Rarely found inscribed, Magic Finger was first published two years earlier in the US.
Dahl had originally begun work on it in 1962, under its original title of The Almost Ducks. In the story, an eight-year-old girl, who hates to see... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 140580
ROOD, Will. C., & Norman Hayden. Instructions for using the Dressmaker's Magic Scale,
Quincy, IL : 1882A curious and uncommon proprietary pattern-cutting guide first published circa 1879 that ran to at least twenty-five editions, this being the eleventh. The unique selling proposition to the work is the "Magic Scale" - "the square and the compass combined" - using which "a lady can cut from any fashion plate, making a perfect fit without alterations".
The... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 121396
DREITZEHN, Zell, as "De la Mano". Group of ephemera relating to the shows of the 19th-century magician and spiritualist.
New York : [c.1878]A highly appealing group of rare ephemera relating to the 19th-century Austrian-born magician and spiritualist Zell Dreitzehn, who as De La Mano, "The Great French Magician", made three tours of the east coast of the United States in 1876, 1878 and 1881. Included here is a copy of his book on conjuring tricks and six theatrical posters and handbills.
As... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 113225
LEWIS, C. S. Collection of autograph letters signed to the dedicatees of The Magician's Nephew.
1963A remarkable and rich archive of 29 autograph letters from C. S. Lewis to the Kilmer children, dedicatees of The Magician's Nephew. This highly desirable archive is the most extensive collection of letters by Lewis to have come to market in recent years.
The letters, three of which are unpublished, were written over nine years from 1954 to 1963.... Learn More£200,000.00
Stock Code: 134030
ARONOWITZ, Al. The Blacklisted Masterpieces of Al Aronowitz.
Bearsville, NY : 1981Aronowitz was one of the first professional journalists to cover rock music, developing lasting friendships, and enmities, with many of his stellar subjects, writing " in a smooth yet informal voice and frequently including himself in the story, an early proponent of the participatory style later called New Journalism" (NYT obituary). Fired by The New... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146261
STOKER, Bram. Original holograph manuscript of "John Law. The Mississippi Scheme and its fore Antecedent",
1910A fine working manuscript, entirely in Stoker's hand, of his essay on John Law, the fourth chapter of Famous Impostors (1910), the author's curious study of duplicitous behaviour and fraudulent schemes throughout history. Law, "a gambler on a great scale" (p. 11), is for Stoker the archetypal swindler; the many textual emendations and excisions demonstrate... Learn More£32,500.00
Stock Code: 142880
MOLYNEUX, William. Dioptrica nova. A Treatise of Dioptricks, In Two Parts.
London : 1692First edition of the first treatise on the subject to be published in English. Molyneux, who has a claim to be considered the founder of modern science in Ireland, based his book on his discourses to the Dublin Philosophical Society delivered between 1683 and 1686 on the illusion of the different magnitudes of the horizontal and meridional moon, on... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 80630
ROYAL EXCHANGE. Series of three hand-painted lantern slides.
[c.1850s/60s]A series of three magic lantern slides depicting the Royal Exchange, Britain's first specialist commercial building, before, during, and after the fire of 10 January 1838. The Royal Exchange pictured in the first slide, designed by Edward Jerman and opened in 1669, was the second iteration of the building: the original structure, built for the Exchange's... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 135445
SHIEL, M. P. Prince Zaleski.
London : 1895First edition, number seven in Lane's Keynotes series. The Keynotes Series, comprising 33 novels and short story collections, was published in a distinctive format, featuring Aubrey Beardsley's cover designs and embellishments, by John Lane between 1893 and 1897; Beardsley produced the designs for 22 Keynotes volumes while he was working on The Yellow... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 137109
HOMER. [In Greek:] Works.
Florence : 1488/89]Editio princeps of the writings attributed to Homer, including the Iliad and the Odyssey, two of the earliest, most important and influential works of European literature. "The Iliad and the Odyssey are the first perfect poetry of the western world. They spring fully grown, their predecessors lost, and the magic has persisted ever since. The legends... Learn More£250,000.00
Stock Code: 131684
VERNEY, George Hope. Four-Handed Chess.
London : First edition of the first English book solely dedicated to the rules of four-player chess. Variants of four-player chess can be traced to the 17th century. Verney's book fixed most of the rules that are now generally followed, other than that he recommended all the Queens be placed on white squares. The publication helped to increase the game's popularity,... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 136382
KOL'DEVIN, N. Bitvi russkih s bukhartsami v 1868 godu I geroiskaia oborona goroda Samarkanda.
St Petersburg : 1878Second edition, the first published in 1873. Uncommon, WorldCat with just two locations of the first, LoC and BL, none for this second which appears to be more substantial with 44 pages as against the first's 29. Attractive propaganda piece recounting the story of the heroic Bokharan campaign for the troops. Following the Crimean War the Russian military... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 121924
VALENTINE'S DAY. Collection of poetic Valentine's Day Cards.
[USA : 1870-1900]A charming collection, in remarkable condition, of eight poetic Victorian Valentine's Day cards, exemplifying the popularisation and commercialisation of the romantic uses of poetry in this period, and the creation of what we know as the Valentine's Day card today.
The Valentine's Day card phenomenon can be accredited largely to two key players:... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 143932
AGRIPPA, Heinrich Cornelius. De occulta philosophia libri tres.
[Cologne? : July 1533First collected edition of this masterpiece of Western Renaissance magic. The first part of this summa of occult and magical thought was originally published in 1531, probably under the influence of Johannes Trithemius, abbot of Würzburg, whose notable students included Agrippa and Paracelsus.
The privilege of the Emperor Charles V, to whom... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 136927
GRIMOIRE - AGRIPPA, Henri-Corneille. Les Œuvres Magiques.
Rome [actually Lille : 1740 & 1744 [but 1830 & 1813]A superb early 19th-century French copy of two grimoires, printed by Simon Blocquel (1780-1863). This is a clear, neat, and evocative example of contemporary popular grimoires and contains the works of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa (1486-1535) including his Heptameron, a concise book of magical rites concerned with conjuring specific angels for the seven... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 121171
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
SCOTT, Walter - REMY, Nicholas. Daemonolatreiae libri tres,
Lyon : 1595Rare first edition of this seminal work on the worship of demons, Sir Walter Scott's copy, with his ownership inscription on the title page and his library shelf mark on the front free endpaper: "Abbotsford Library O13". Scott's fascination with witchcraft led him to spend years gathering "perhaps the most curious library of diablerie that man ever... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 123052
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
[NEUBURG, Victor Benjamin.] Swift Wings. Songs in Sussex.
Steyning : 1921First edition, number 197 of 550 copies on antique laid paper, a notably fresh example of Neuburg's second book of pagan poetry published at his Vine Press. This copy was presented as a gift with a charmingly poetic inscription on the front free endpaper by his son, Victor Edward Neuburg (1924-1996).
This selection of Neuburg's poetry follows... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 139457
WINTER, A. Trichologia.
London : 1869First and only known edition of this unusual and uncommon book on hair, including its physiology, diseases, and cultural significance. An ad at the rear reports that the author, Mr. Winter, "may be consulted on Diseases of the Hair at his Residence, 205 Oxford Street, London, between the Hours of 10 and 4." For those unable to visit in person, a questionnaire... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 120113
SMITH, Pamela Colman. Annancy Stories.
New York : 1899First and only edition of this celebrated collection of Jamaican folktales, rare in such well-preserved condition.
Smith's illustrations "are the first known published drawings of Anansi, a traditional African folktale character who is also one of the most important characters in Caribbean folklore.... The setting of Pamela's tales is distinctly... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 137852
OPIUM FANTASY - LIGNE, Charles-Joseph de (attrib.) Voyage à Visbecq.
[Brussells? : ca.1794]Original manuscript of an extraordinary dreamlike fantasy which describes an opium-induced journey to the centre of the earth. The existence of the novel remained unknown for more than 200 years until it was discovered in a Parisian bookshop and published in 2007 with a long essay by Éric Lysøe (see below).
The text is written in the first... Learn More£8,000.00
Stock Code: 139702
EICHENBERG, Fritz. Werkkatalog der illustrierten Bücher 1922-1987.
Memmingen : 1987First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 numbered copies. Presentation copy signed and inscribed by Eichenberg to Margaret K. McElderry on the title page: "To Margy, my most faithful friend, with love Fritz". Eichenberg illustrated several books published by Harcourt Brace, where McElderry worked at the time, including Ape in a Cape (1952) and... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 103889
CESCINSKY, Herbert, & Ernest R. Gribble. Early English Furniture & Woodwork.
London : 1922First edition, first impression. From the library of one of the great cricketers of the Golden Age, Ranjitsinhji (1872-1933), with his finely-engraved armorial bookplate and ownership inscription to the first blanks, "Maharaja Jamsaheb of Nawanagar, April 1923, Staines". At the outbreak of war in 1914, Ranji "put the resources of his state at the empire's... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137593
YEATS, W. B. Autograph letter signed to William Force Stead.
Riversdale, Willbrook, Rathfarnham, Dublin : 26 September A fascinating letter written by Yeats to his friend William Force Stead (1884-1967), expounding the symbolic meanings in the ring that Yeats had had made for him by Edmund Dulac.
Stead was an American-born poet, literary scholar, and Anglican clergyman, who studied at Oxford and then became chaplain and fellow at Worcester College from 1926 to... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 123152