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BAKST, Léon, & others - PROPERT, W. A. The Russian Ballet in Western Europe, 1909-1920.
London : 1921First and limited edition, number 234 of 500 copies for sale in Great Britain. The plates represent the work of all of the major contributors to the early productions of the Ballets Russes - including many of the key artists of the period: Picasso, Derain, Matisse, Sert and, on the Russian side, Bakst, Goncharova, Benois, Fedorovskiy, Golovin, Larionov,... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 118960
SHAKESPEARE HEAD PRESS: SPENSER, Edmund. The Works.
Oxford : 1930Shakespeare Head Edition, number 183 of 375 sets printed on handmade paper and bound thus, with hand-coloured woodcuts by Hilda Quick. The edition, with the text newly prepared, is one of the Press's crowning achievements, this being a particularly appealing unopened copy. A further eleven copies were issued on vellum.
Hilda Quick (1895-1978)... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 142984
KEATS, John. The Poetical Works.
London : 1854A lovely copy of the first edition of Keats's poetical works with the memoir by Victorian poet and politician Richard Monckton Milnes, author of "Life and Letters of Keats" (1848). Edward Moxon, himself also a poet, was well known for his scholarly editions of Romantic and Victorian poetry. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 143618
DARWIN, Erasmus. The Poetical Works.
London : 1806First edition of this posthumous collection placing Darwin's exuberant and eccentric inquiry into the Linnaean system in rhyming couplets alongside his poetic speculations on evolution, the whole much enlivened by numerous plates including a number by Blake and Fuseli. A wide-margined, ?large paper copy in a handsome Regency binding from the library... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 141677
BRONTË, Charlotte, Emily, & Anne. The Works.
London : 1949The Heather edition, handsomely bound by Baytun Riviere. The Heather edition was arranged and introduced by Phyllis Bentley (1894-1977), novelist and expert on the Brontë family. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 136650
LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth. The Poetical Works.
London : [c.1890]A highly attractive copy of Longfellow's poetry, in a superb binding, anonymous though very much in the Sangorski & Sutcliffe style with elaborate use of coloured morocco inlay to a floral pattern. Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 143687
DU PRAISSAC, Sieur. The Art of Warre, or Militarie discourses of leavying, marching, encamping; and embattailing an armie.
Cambridge : 1639First edition in English, John Cruso's translation of Les discours militaires (first edition, Paris 1614), one of a series of military works by Cruso that were the first to make the new continental, primarily Dutch, military literature available to an English-speaking audience.
John Cruso (fl. 15951655) was the son of parents who had fled Flanders... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 139405
GREAVES, Edwin. Notes on the Grammar of the Rámáyan of Tulsí Dás.
Benares : 1895First edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed at the head of the title page, "Mrs. Partridge, with best wishes, fr. the author"; this highly uncommon work concerns the Ramcharitmanas ("Sacred Lake of the Acts of Rama") by the Indian poet Tulsidas (1543?-1623), which "remains the most popular version of the story of the Hindu deity Rama"... Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 141124
NORTON, Mary. The Borrowers.
London : 1952First edition, first impression. Winner of the 1952 Carnegie Medal, on the 70th anniversary celebration of the medal in 2007, The Borrowers was named one of the top ten Medal-winning works. Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 127494
LE CARRÉ, John (contrib.) The Bell House Book.
London : 1979First edition, first impression. A collection of short pieces by 29 authors represented by the Bell House literary agency, including "George Smiley Goes Home" by John le Carré - its first appearance in print - as well as works by David Niven, Edmund Hillary, E.Nesbit, Enid Blyton, and Elizabeth Craig. Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 143793
ALDISS, Brian - BREEN, James. The Planetary Worlds:
London : 1854First and only edition, Brian Aldiss's copy, with his ownership inscription to front free endpaper. A unique association copy.
Brian Adliss (1925-2017), an English author, is best known for his science fiction novels and short stories, greatly influenced by science fiction pioneer H. G. Wells. He also edited a number of anthologies, notably... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 143610
KEYNES, John Maynard. The Means to Prosperity.
London : 1933First complete edition, first impression. The Means to Prosperity originally appeared as four articles in The Times between 13 March and 16 March 1933. Keynes wrote these articles, which are here presented in an expanded form, as a result of the decision in 1932 to hold a full-scale international economic conference in London. In these articles we "begin... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 143869
KAYE, John William. The Administration of the East India Company; A History of Indian Progress.
London : 1853First edition. "I offer this volume to the public as a contribution to the general stock of information relating to India and her affairs - information which, in the present juncture, it is very desirable to possess. It contains much that is scattered over a great number of printed books, and much besides that is not to be found in any printed books"... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 143646
DICKENS, Charles. The Old Curiosity Shop.
Philadelphia : 1842Second US edition in book form, inscribed by the author on his first visit to America on the title page: "George Morris from Charles Dickens New York. First June 1842".
The recipient was the noted American journalist and poet George Pope Morris (1802-1864), editor and founder of various papers including the New-York Mirror and Ladies'... Learn More£45,000.00
Stock Code: 143159
DARWIN, Charles. The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex.
London : 1871First edition, first issue of both volumes (vol. I with "transmitted" on p. 297; vol. II with errata on the verso of the title leaf). Here the word "evolution" appears for the first time in any of Darwin's works, preceding its appearance in the sixth edition of The Origin of Species the following year.
Darwin had hoped that one of his supporters... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 142082
BULGAKOV, Mikhail. The Master and Margarita.
London : 1967First Glenny edition, first impression. Although the Glenny translation was beaten to the press in 1967 by that of Mirra Ginsburg, Ginsburg had taken as her copy text the heavy bowdlerized Soviet version. This version is complete and remains the standard English translation of one of the 20th century's literary masterworks. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 132074
DINET, Alphonse-Étienne, & Sliman Ben Ibrahim. The Life of Mohammad The Prophet of Allah.
Paris : 1918Limited edition of 875 numbered copies of which this number 74. Alphonse-Étienne Dinet (1861-1929), a French-born and Paris-trained painter, lived and worked for almost fifty years in Algeria. His conversion to Islam in 1908 was made formal in 1913. This is one of many collaborative works he produced with Sliman Ben Ibrahim, who originally served as... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136218
FERMOR, Patrick Leigh. Mani, Travels in the Southern Peloponnese; [together with] Roumeli, Travels in Northern Greece.
London : 1958 & 1966First editions, first impressions, of the author's celebrated travelogue of Greece, described as "two of the best travel books of the century" (Financial Times).
Although perhaps best known for his great walk from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul in 1935, Fermor was also a committed Hellenophile who devoted much of his life his adopted country.... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 142883
BURKE, Edmund. An Appeal from the New to the Old Whigs, in Consequence of some later Discussions in Parliament, Relative to the Reflections on the French Revolution.
London : 1791First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title in a secretarial hand to Thomas Costello (1744-1831), bishop of Clonfert: "The Bishop of Clonfert From the Author".
Burke published his appeal following his public split from Charles James Fox and his faction; "Burke's separation from his party is frequently portrayed as a personal... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 143745
BLACK, Duncan. The Theory of Committees and Elections.
Cambridge : 1958First edition, first impression. "Because many of the basic ideas in his 1958 classic, The Theory of Committees and Elections, appear so 'obvious' in retrospect that it is hard to believe that they have not always been part of the stock of general human knowledge, and because this work understates by its silence the magnitude of Black's originality,... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 143830
DU HALDE, Jean Baptiste. A Description of the Empire of China and Chinese-Tartary, Together with the Kingdoms of Korea, and Tibet:
London : 1738-41Second and most complete English edition of Du Halde's encyclopaedic survey, "the first definitive European work on the Chinese empire" (Hill) and a cornerstone of any collection of books on China. It was first published in French in 1735; the first English edition published the following year contained just 19 plates and 4 maps.
Du Halde (1674-1743)... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 143967
HOUSMAN, A. E. A Shropshire Lad [together with] Last Poems.
Chipping Campden : 1929First Alcuin Press edition, number 134 of 325 copies in total. First published in 1896 and 1922 respectively, this work collected together in two volumes what was then understood to be the entire corpus of Housman's published poetry. This book was handsomely printed in the private press manner on Batchelor handmade paper for the publishers by the Alcuin... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 126238
HAYEK, Friedrich August von (ed.) Capitalism and the Historians.
London : 1954First edition, first impression. Hayek both edited and contributed an introduction to this work, which seeks to outline the reasons for historians' critical treatment of the capitalist system. The contributors were T. S. Ashton, L. M. Hacker, W. H. Hutt, and B. de Jouvenel. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 143790
HOBBES, Thomas (trans.); THUCYDIDES. The History of the Grecian War: in eight books.
London : 1676Second edition of Hobbes's translation, the first made into English directly from the Greek, originally published in 1629. Though Hobbes was then in his early 40s, it was his first printed work. It was reissued twice, in 1634 and 1648, and Hobbes prepared this second edition towards the end of his life. "Forty years later, in Vita Carmine Expressa,... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 128690
DARWIN, Erasmus. A Plan for the Conduct of Female Education, in Boarding Schools.
Derby : 1797First edition of Erasmus Darwin's treatise on the education of women, advocating a curriculum to include grammar, languages, arithmetic, history and science. The work originated as advice to his two illegitimate daughters, Susanna and Mary Parker, for whom he had bought a converted inn to run as a school for girls. Though still aiming to produce informed... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 126077
DARWIN, Charles. The Effects of Cross and Self Fertilisation in the Vegetable Kingdom.
London : 1876First edition. Darwin's research on fertilisation in plants was an offshoot of his work on evolution and natural selection. To demonstrate that genetic variation gave organisms an advantage in the struggle for survival, he performed experiments demonstrating that self-fertilisation weakened plants in comparison with those that had been cross-fertilised.... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 142069
SUEZ CANAL - VETCH, James. Inquiry into the Means of Establishing a Ship Navigation between the Mediterranean and Red Seas.
London : 1843First edition. Uncommon, this copy inscribed "from the Author" to the Institute of Civil Engineers on the title page. Vetch was a Royal Engineers officer who served in the Peninsular War and from 1819 to 1823 was employed on the Ordnance Survey, surveying in Ireland, Orkney and the Shetlands. Subsequently he worked for the Birmingham and Gloucester... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 143835
MEREDITH, William. Historical Remarks on the Taxation of Free states, in a Series of Letters to a Friend.
London : 1778First edition of this rejection, during the American Revolutionary War, of the British taxation of the American colonies, based on the precedent of antiquity.
The book offers "'An answer to a tract by W. Baron entitled: 'An History of the Colonization of the Free States of Antiquity'. The point labored at in the latter was to show that Great... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 143959
WELLESLEY, Richard. Notes relative to the Late Transactions in the Marhatta [sic] Empire.
London : 1804First London edition of this account of the early stages of the Second Anglo-Maratha War (1803-5), first published the previous year at Calcutta. Issued anonymously, it was the work Richard, Marquess Wellesley, at the time governor-general of Bengal, and older brother of the duke of Wellington who took a significant part in these campaigns, and it glorifies... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 143667
HARPER, Henry Howard. The Psychology of Speculation.
Boston : 1926First edition, sole printing, presentation copy, from the author to "Mr. Strauss", of this pre-Crash character study of stock brokers and speculators. In the accompanying letter Harper writes, "It has afforded me a pleasant diversion to write this book for complimentary distribution among my friends and fellow-booklovers, and I trust you may not find... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 143827
DARWIN, Charles. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,
London : 1866Fourth edition of "the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman). "The fourth edition of 1866 was of 1,500 copies. It was again extensively altered, and it is in this one that the date of the first edition, as given on the verso of the half title, is corrected from October 1st to November 24th 1859" (ibid.) The 32 pp. of adverts bound at... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 121494
DARWIN, Charles. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,
London : 1869Fifth edition of "the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman). "The fifth edition of 1869 was of 2,000 copies and was again much revised. It is in this one that Darwin used the expression "the survival of the fittest", Herbert Spencer's term, for the first time; it appears first in the heading of Chapter IV" (Freeman). This copy with... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 120387
DARWIN, Charles & Francis. The Power of Movement in Plants.
London : 1880First edition, first issue, with 32 pp. inserted adverts dated May 1878 and with two lines of errata at the foot of page x; 1,500 copies were printed. The collaborative authorship proclaimed on the title page reflects Darwin's concern to introduce his children into the world of science. Francis Darwin had trained as a doctor but turned from medicine... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 129604
WESTMACOTT, George Edward. Indian Commerce and Russian Intrigue. The Present and Future Prospects of our Indian Empire.
London : 1838First and only edition. Uncommon, 7 locations only on Copac, OCLC adds 2 more. Westmacott (1807-41) arrived in Bengal in 1823 as ensign, and was promoted captain in the 37th N.I. in 1833, the following year being made the junior assistant to the agent of the Governor general, North-east Frontier. A scholarly soldier, while in Assam he contributed a... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 143818
DARWIN, Charles. The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication.
London : 1868First edition, second issue (with the one-line erratum in volume I); 1,250 copies were published in February 1868 and the two issues have "considerable textual differences" (Freeman). "The term 'survival of the fittest' (borrowed at Wallace's insistence from Herbert Spencer's 1866 Principles of Biology) first appeared in the Variation and in the fifth... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 113772
DARWIN, Charles. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,
London : 1859First edition of "the most influential scientific work of the 19th century" (Horblit) and "certainly the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman); 1,250 copies were printed.
With the bookplate of Thomas Cope (1827-1884), a prosperous manufacturer of cigars and tobacco products in Liverpool in the mid-19th century. He was the first... Learn More£225,000.00
Stock Code: 138146
DARWIN, Charles. The Descent of Man, and selection in relation to sex.
New York : 1871First US edition, later issue without errata. First published in the UK earlier that year, it was in this work that the word "evolution" appears for the first time, preceding its appearance in the sixth edition of The Origin of Species the following year. Darwin had hoped that one of his supporters might tackle the thorny question of human evolution,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 117907
ZHOMINI, Aleksandr Genrikhovich. Diplomatic study on the Crimean War (1852 to 1856). Russian Official Publication.
London : 1882First English edition of this important account compiled by the senior advisor to the Russian Imperial Foreign Ministry. A timely publication guided not by "any idea of vain recrimination... On the contrary... the moment has come for the all the European Powers to strike a balance... and to acknowledge towards one another their mea culpa".
Originally... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 141302
WILKINS, John. Mercury, or the Secret and Swift Messenger:
London : 1641First edition of "the first book on cryptology in English" (Kahn, p. 870), guiding the reader through the many ways to disguise their messages, including letter ciphers, but also by using points, lines, mathematical symbols, and musical notation.
Wilkins explains how the letters of the alphabet can each be represented by five bits and thus transmitted,... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 140377
STEUART, Hew. A Plan of Mathematical Learning taught in the Royal Academy, Portsmouth.
Portsmouth : 1796A nicely finished example of the illustrated manuscript course book required of graduates of the Royal Naval Academy at Portsmouth. These meticulously produced, massive volumes offer excellent insights into the skill-set required of a prospective officer in the Nelsonian Era Royal Navy; this copy compiled by an officer who saw significant service during... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 134319
[COLLINS, Samuel.] The Present State of Russia, In a Letter to a Friend at London;
London : 1671First edition of "a very entertaining account of life in the Russian court" (DNB), published the year after the author's death; a French translation appeared in 1679.
Collins (16191670) accepted a position as physician to Tsar Alexei, the father of Peter the Great, in 1660; the present work contains his observations on life at the Romanov court... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 136104
THORN, William. Memoir of the War in India,
London : 1818First edition. A well-provenanced and superbly bound copy of this handsomely and uncommon account of Lord Lake's expedition against the Maratha chief Jasvant Holkar Rao, the Second Anglo--Mahrata War, an early campaign of British Empire building in India. The author was "an avowed military man and a constant traveller... witness to some of the most... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 143003
MALCOLM, Sir John. Observations on the Disturbances in the Madras Army in 1809.
London : 1812First and only edition of Malcolm's defence of his actions during the "White Mutiny" among the officers of the Madras Army. Sparked by the abolition of the "tent contract" moneys for controlled by regimental commanding officers, but fed on accumulating grievances in the East India Company's military the mutiny led to a near complete breakdown of order... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 143555
MILNE, A. A., & E. H. Shepard. Catalogue of The Winnie-the-Pooh Collection of Pat McInally. [Collectors Edition]
London : 2011Signed limited edition, deluxe format, one of 100 copies numbered and signed by the collector and American football legend, Pat McInally. Catalogue to accompany the exhibition and sale of the most comprehensive collection of Winnie-the-Pooh books and artwork ever assembled. Including more than one hundred items gathered together over twenty years by... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 71749
DRINKWATER, John. A Narrative of the Proceedings of the British Fleet, Commanded by Admiral Sir John Jervis, K.B. in the Late Action with the Spanish Fleet, on the Fourteenth of February 1797, off Cape St. Vincent's.
London : 1797First edition of "one of the most important eye-witness accounts" of Jervis's famous victory (National Maritime Museum), at which Nelson so signally distinguished himself and was afterwards at pains to ensure that his role was emphasized, this book playing a key role in the creation of his legend; this is an attractive, well-margined copy of an uncommon... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 143622
LAWRENCE, T. E. (trans.); HOMER. The Odyssey of Homer.
London : 1932First and limited edition of Lawrence's translation, one of 530 copies, a compelling presentation copy, inscribed by Lawrence to his close friend and former colleague George Lloyd: "G.L. from T.E.S, 1933". Lawrence was signally reluctant to sign this book - his name appears nowhere in print in its pages - and association copies of any description are... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 142978
KELLY, D. D. The Principles of Free Trade,
East Boston : 1886First edition, promoting free trade doctrine to the Boston working man, opposing the tariffs which the author calls "lawful plunder of the few against the many", the tool of "monopolists who ask the millions to contribute to their already too much ill-gotten gains" (author's preface). The pamplhet presents speeches, letters, and articles by various... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 143948
CLARE, John. The Rural Muse.
London : 1835First edition, first impression, of Clare's scarce final collection. From the library of Clare's friend, Spencer T. Hall, with his ink ownership inscription to the title page, and annotation to p. 83. A nice working class writer association for John Clare who was one of the few truly working class poets in the front rank of the romantics.
The... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 144015
LIVINGSTONE, David, & Horace Waller. The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to his Death.
London : 1874First edition of this key text in the formation of the Livingstone legend, "fastidiously edited and a poignant testimony to soul-searching, suffering, forbearance, and tenacity There was a peculiar romance about the lone missionary ever pressing into new country, concerned not to convert but to bear Christian witness by preaching the gospel, giving... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 143130
ANON. The Adventures of a Ship-Boy.
Leith : 1823First edition of this very scarce below-decks narrative, a highly interesting, richly detailed and colourful early example of working-class autobiography, this a most appealing tall copy in original boards. The background is the Gunboat War (1807-1814) between Denmark-Norway and the British Navy, so-named from the Scandinavian tactic of employing small... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 143283
DARWIN, Charles. On the various contrivances by which British and Foreign Orchids are fertilised by insects, and on the good effects of intercrossing.
London : 1862First edition, first issue, with advertisements dated December 1861. Darwin's first book after the Origin of Species, and the first volume of supporting evidence, it attributes the symbiosis between orchids and insects to natural selection. Darwin wrote to his publisher that "I think this little volume will do good to the 'Origin', as it shows that... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 137117
KRISHNAMURTI, Jiddu. Think on these Things.
New York : 1964First edition, first printing. A major presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to the visionary inventor and designer Buckminster Fuller: "to Dr.Fuller, with much affection, J. Krishnamurti".
The dust jacket bears Fuller's characteristic markings: above Krishnamurti's name on the front panel he has written in blue... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 140987
PROUST, Marcel. Remembrance of Things Past.
London : 1922-31First editions in English, first impressions, scarce as a complete set. Proust himself read Scott-Moncreiff's translation of Swann's Way, which came out on 19 September 1922, and wrote to him on 10 October 1922 to compliment his "fine talent".
The translation was published episodically: Swann's Way (2 vols., 1922), Within a Budding Grove... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 141635
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Posthumous Poems.
London : 1824First edition, first issue (without errata slip), in a very striking binding by Zaehnsdorf with their gilt stamp to the rear pastedown denoting exhibition-worthy work, and with appealing fin-de-siècle provenance (see below).
Edited by Mary Shelley, this collection contains hitherto unpublished poems - Julian and Maddalo (with its evocation of... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 141182
KANT, Immanuel. Prolegomena zu einer jeden künftigen Metaphysik,
Riga : 1783First edition, second issue, the same year as the first, with the angel vignette headpiece on p. 3, and the staff-and-vine tailpiece on p. 222. Kant wrote his Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics as a clarification of the Critique of Pure Reason, which he believed to had been widely misunderstood on publication two years previously. It became one of... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 143861
ISHERWOOD, Christopher. Bhagavad-Gita.
Hollywood : 1944First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "For Mary Herbold, with gratitude and good wishes, Prabhavananda; Christopher Isherwood". An excellent association copy, uncommon inscribed and in such good condition.
The recipient was the typist, Mary Herbold, described by Isherwood in a 1962 letter as "a... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 143597
WARHOL, Andy. Index (Book).
New York : 1967First edition, first printing. The book includes images from the Factory of Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgewick, Gerard Malanga, Ondine, Paul Morrisey, Nico and the Velvet Underground amongst others, together with Warhol's works of art. Warhol's first publication to use photography and text after his earlier series of privately printed illustrated books. Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 143972