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COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor (trans.); GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Faustus: from the German.
London : 1821First edition in English of Goethe's Faust, translated by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. When Faust, Part I first appeared in a finished form (1808) Coleridge expressed concern for the apparent immorality. Despite this, he briefly entertained a proposal in 1814 to translate the work, and returned to and completed the task in 1820-21. Coleridge denied that... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 132612
MOORE, Henry - GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von, & André Gide (trans.) Prométhée.
Paris : 1950-51First edition of Henry Moore's first illustrated book, number 60 of 183 copies only. "During a visit to Paris in 1949 Moore met French typographer and publisher Henri Jonquières, who suggested an illustrated book based on Goethe's Prometheus, an adaptation of Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus. Moore made a total of eight lithographs for Prométhée, along... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 139173
IRANIAN, Mihran, & others. Photograph album documenting a cruise to North Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean on RMS Celtic.
New York : 1902Engrossing, wide-ranging and thoughtfully compiled Gilded Age photograph album assembled by a member of a tour party sailing from New York on a Mediterranean cruise aboard the White Star liner RMS Celtic. Perhaps most importantly it includes a handful of superb depictions of Istanbul by the celebrated Armenian photographer Mihran Iranian, whose work... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 131724
GORE, Catherine. New Year's Day, A Winter's Tale.
London : First edition, in a beautiful signed Kelliegram binding, with their signature onlay illustration, of the second of three Christmas books by Catherine Gore.
The "Kelliegram" binding was one of the many innovations of English commercial binding firm Kelly & Sons. The Kelly family had one of the longest connections in the history of the binding... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 143157
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.
London : 1891-3A beautifully bound set of the second edition of the Cambridge Shakespeare, which was edited by William Aldis Wright and "remains the great monument to his industry and accuracy... It was in his nature to be silent about poetic beauty and dramatic genius; but learning, accuracy, and common sense combined to make him one of Britain's greatest Shakespearian... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 139097
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The First Collected Works. Centenary Limited Edition;
London : 1973-6First complete collected edition, number 139 of 1,750 sets published. The Centenary Edition is the only full collected works of Winston Churchill, reproducing his 50 books in 34 volumes. The Library of Imperial History went bankrupt before the projected run of 3,000 sets could be completed, so "the print run never exceeded 2,000 copies and only 1,750... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 144299
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
WELLS, H. G. The Works.
New York : 1924-7A handsome set of the Atlantic Edition. Signed limited edition, deluxe issue, number 711 of 1,050 sets signed by the author on the limitation leaf of Volume I and released for distribution in America, of which 50 were reserved for presentation.
A further 620 sets were released by T. Fisher Unwin, Ltd, in Great Britain and Ireland, 20 of which... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 143381
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Dramatic Works.
London : 1826An exquisitely bound copy of this attractive Regency edition of Shakespeare, printed by Charles Corrall for the pioneering publisher William Pickering using his miniscule diamond type in double columns: the text is tiny but perfectly legible.
The plates were prepared for The Plays of Shakespeare in Pickering's 1825 "miniature classics" edition.... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 141562
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Dramatic Works of Shakspeare.
London : 1802First Boydell edition. This lavish edition was the brainchild of John Boydell (1720-1804), who had been responsible for the publication in mezzotint of some of the most impressive paintings of the period. He and his nephew Josiah Boydell conceived this set, with typography by Bulmer and paper by Whatman, to be embellished with one series of large and... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 137384
DAHL, Roald. The Commemorative Limited Edition of the Works.
London : 1991The Commemorative Edition, limited to 500 sets of which this is number 323. This edition was published to celebrate Dahl's 75th birthday on 13th September 1991. Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 143271
REID, Jamie. Republic Box Set. Being documentary materials relating to Jamie Reid's God Save the Queen artworks. All sourced from original artefacts held in the Jamie Reid archive.
[Hove] : 2015Signed limited edition. Number 83 of 113 boxed sets signed and numbered by the artist. With a pair of black latex handling gloves as issued. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 139932
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
SMITH, Adam. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
London : 1799Ninth edition of Smith's highly influential work, which was first published in 1776. One of 2,000 copies printed according to Keith Tribe. "The Wealth of Nations had no rival in scope or depth when published and is still one of the few works in its field to have achieved classic status, meaning simply that it has sustained yet survived repeated reading,... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 118470
CHURCHILL, Winston S. [Complete collection of major works, all first editions:]
1898-1961First British editions, first impressions, of all of Churchill's major works, in handsome matching bindings by Bayntun of Bath, altogether an imposing and comprehensive collection. Collections of Churchill's first editions in uniform bindings are scarce in commerce.
Churchill was a prolific writer in the fields of history, biography and politics,... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 139079
BLAKE, William. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
Clairvaux : 1960First edition thus, deluxe limited issue: copy VIII of 20 deluxe copies with an original guide sheet and stencil, and a set of hand-coloured plates showing progressive stages, as well as colour collotype proofs, from a total edition of 526 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match that used by Blake, with each page watermarked with Blake's monogram.... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 136923
OWEN, Robert. A New View of Society: or, Essays on the Principle of the Formation of the Human Character, and the Application of the Principle to Practice.
London : 1813-14First edition, first issue of the four Essays, one of 40 specially bound presentation sets printed on thick paper, parts III & IV "Not published", inscribed "From the Author" on the first blank.
Edouard Dolléans states that just forty copies of A New View of Society were bound for presentation: "En écrivant les Vues nouvelles, Owen a surtout... Learn More£87,500.00
Stock Code: 130529
WAITE, Arthur Edward. Belle and the Dragon.
London : 1894First edition, in bright condition, of this uncommonly found allegorical children's fantasy. The work, set in the mythic land of Ravendale, features lightly disguised versions of Waite and his cohort. In "all his work Waite presented himself as a non-denominational mystic", here named "the Mystic", and depicted at page 95 (ODNB). Copies have been traced... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 141596
TWAIN, Mark. The Writings.
Hartford, Conn., : 1901-7Riverdale Edition, number 482 of 625 sets only, here with an original holograph leaf by Mark Twain, comprising eighteen lines (circa eighty words) from A Tramp Abroad with one emendation, written in purple ink on one side, and tipped-in to volume I. The original manuscript of A Tramp Abroad and of The Gilded Age were both split up by Twain's publisher,... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 136939
PARKER, Dorothy. The Viking Portable Library.
New York : 1945First collected edition, fifth printing, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Ruthven Todd - with gratitude to him for wanting this miserable signature. Dorothy Parker". Todd was a Scottish poet, artist, and novelist, best known as an editor of the works of William Blake. He moved to the United States in 1947 where he lived for 13 years.
This... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 141988
TWAIN, Mark. The Writings.
New York : 1922-5The Definitive Edition, number 285 of 1,024 numbered sets, with the front blank signed by the author as "Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain" and with the limitation leaf signed by Twain's biographer Albert Bigelow Paine. A handsome set in a contemporary fine binding of the most complete of all the collected editions of Twain's works. Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 143379
WALRAS, Leon. Théorie de la monnaie.
Lausanne : 1886First edition of this important contribution to Walras's monetary theory, in fine condition, the final text in a contemporary Sammelband of six related works on bimetallism. The ideas in Théorie de la monnaie would be revisited and fully developed in the fourth edition of Walras's Eléments d'économie politique pure, published 14 years later. Schumpeter... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 141141
HUGHES, Ted. The Iron Man.
London : 1968First edition, first impression. 6,000 copies were printed, of which the majority we have seen have come from school libraries, making this title perhaps the scarcest of Hughes trade editions. It is however the most popular of all the poet's many works for children, and this novella was subsequently made into both a rock opera by Pete Townshend (1993)... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 138689
DULAC, Edmund (illus.); QUILLER-COUCH, Arthur. The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales.
London : Signed limited edition, number 800 of 1,000 copies signed by the artist. This collection includes four classic French tales: Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Blue Beard, and Beauty and the Beast. This copy with a four-page leaflet advertising Hodder & Stoughton's similar works laid in. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 123585
PENROSE, Elizabeth as MARKHAM, Mrs. A History of France with Conversations at the End of each Chapter.
London : 1828First edition, in an attractive contemporary binding, of Elizabeth Penrose's pseudonymously published second popular history for children. Penrose's pioneering and influential juvenile works were distinguished by her use of an explicatory narrative technique which concludes each chapter with dialogue between the author and her fictional pupils.
The... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 117710
DAHL, Roald; JAQUES, Faith (illus.) Original artwork for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
London : [c.1973]Original cover artwork, signed by the artist on the verso, for the first paperback edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, annotated with printing details to the margins and depicting Willy Wonka, Charlie and the other Golden Ticket-winners gathered around the Everlasting Gobstopper Machine. Original artwork for Roald Dahl's books is rare, and... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 142906
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), in which Darwin explained his concept of evolutionary adaptation through natural selection, which would become the foundation of modern evolutionary theory; 1,250 copies were printed.
"The... Learn More£225,000.00
Stock Code: 138146
WILLIAMS-ELLIS, Amabel. Fairy Tales from the British Isles.
London & Glasgow : 1960First edition, first impression, signed by the illustrator on the half-title and with an impish correction of the title from "Fairy", which she crossed out, to "Mouse Tales". Baynes (1922-2008) had already worked with Williams-Ellis on her previous publication, The Arabian Nights (1957). She had also very successfully illustrated several of J. R. R.... Learn More£900.00
Stock Code: 138071
BABBAGE, Charles. Reflections on the Decline of Science in England, and on some of its Causes.
London : 1830First octavo edition, in the original boards, of the author's scathing and sensational critique of the English scientific establishment; presentation copy to a Continental colleague, inscribed by Babbage on the front free endpaper "To M. Nicollet from the Author". Joseph Nicolas Nicollet is a fitting recipient, as a member of the Bureau des longitudes,... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 131351
ELLIS, Sarah Stickney. The Englishwoman's Family Library.
London : [from 1843]A handsome set of Ellis's four most important works, housed inside the beautifully preserved publisher's glass-fronted presentation case and advertised together as "The Englishwoman's Family Library". While individual volumes of Ellis's works in varying editions do occasionally appear at auction, we can trace no uniform sets, nor any together with the... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 133527
SMITH, Adam. An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
London : 1784First octavo edition, third overall (first 1776); a handsome set in an unostentatious but pleasing contemporary binding. This uncommon edition contains several additions including a new chapter titled "The Conclusion of the Mercantile System". This was the edition owned by Thomas Jefferson (Sowerby 3546).
In his Wealth of Nations, Smith "begins... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 144188
ZATI, Suleyman. Divân-ı Zâtî ("Diwan of Zati"); [together with:] Sawanih al-nawadir fi ma'rifat al-anasir ("Rare Thoughts about Knowledge of the Elements").
Istanbul : 1841First edition. Scarce, with only 11 locations on WorldCat. A lavishly produced copy the first edition of these works by Suleyman Zati, clearly specially produced for presentation, since the printers have deliberately omitted the opening title device and a new design has been hand painted in its place. The attractive binding bears the seal of the reigning... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 126850
CHAUCER, Geoffrey. [The workes, newlie printed,
London : 1532First complete collected edition of Chaucer and the first attempt to collect into a single volume the complete writings of an English author, this copy in contemporary blind-tooled calf being much the most complete to have appeared in commerce in the past 40 years.
The editor was William Thynne, clerk of the kitchen and of the green cloth to... Learn More£150,000.00
Stock Code: 108308
SMITH, Adam. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
Philadelphia : 1796Second American edition, in an unrestored contemporary American binding, of the "greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM), following the first American edition of 1789, and its first publication in London in 1776. The volumes show evidence of early American ownership, the front free endpapers with the ownership signature and note of purchase... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 139123
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); [Original Rackham-illustrated vellum binding:] The Open Road.
London : 1910This fine example of Rackham's work is a test piece by the artist, practicing his technique for drawing directly onto vellum, possibly in preparation for a private commission. The illustration features two unconnected design elements - vignettes drawn in black and coloured inks, each signed by Rackham with his initials, and very much in the style he... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 117312
JAMES, Henry. The Madonna of the Future and other tales.
London : 1879First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the vol. I half-title, "Mrs. Lombard, from her old friend, H. James, Paris. Nov. 3d 1879". The Lombards were from Cambridge, Massachusetts, and friends of the James family. Mrs Lombard (born Harriet H Jones, 1821-1884) often travelled in Europe with her daughters Fanny (Frances, 1840-1914)... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 132087
MALTHUS, Thomas Robert. An Essay on the Principle of Population;
London : 1806Third edition, in an extraordinarily fresh contemporary binding, the first edition to be published in two octavo volumes, the format which was to remain the standard in Malthus's lifetime.
This third edition has important alterations and additions, particularly the appendix, in which Malthus replied to some of his many critics; it follows the... Learn More£7,000.00
Stock Code: 142661
DAHL, Roald; JAQUES, Faith (illus.) Complete set of the original illustrations for Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
1972–73The complete set of original artwork by Faith Jaques for Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, comprising all 60 published pen-and-ink drawings and the strikingly attractive wraparound colour cover design, extensively annotated by her, including queries for Roald Dahl. Faith Jaques (1923-1997) was commissioned to create new illustrations for the UK... Learn More£87,500.00
Stock Code: 133005
EURIPIDES. The Nineteen Tragedies and Fragments.
London : 1782First Wodhull edition, the first in English of all the extant writings of Euripides: "although Wodhull advertised his version in February 1774, and thought to complete it within a year, it was only in 1782 that, prompted by the appearance of two rival partial translations, he overcame his fastidiousness and published The Nineteen Tragedies and Fragments... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 137652
HOFFMANN, Heinrich. The English Struwwelpeter.
Leipzig : 1848Scarce first edition in English of the children's picture book Der Struwwelpeter, among the rarest of all children's books due to the fragility of the publication.
A publishing phenomenon that is still in print today, The English Struwwelpeter first appeared as a German children's Christmas picture book, Dr Heinrich Hoffmann's Lustige Geschichten... Learn More£18,500.00
Stock Code: 137787
DICKENS, Charles. Original autograph leaf from The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
[London : before April 1837]Original autograph manuscript leaf with authorial deletions and insertions from Pickwick Papers, the novel that transformed an obscure 25-year-old journalist into England's most famous author in a matter of months. One of only five such leaves remaining in private hands, this leaf is from the setting manuscript used by the printers. Fewer than 50 of... Learn More£97,500.00
Stock Code: 124911
POTTER, Beatrix. Original drawing of a mouse curtsying in front of a tea cup from the Tailor of Gloucester.
[Near Sawrey,] : 1927Signed and dated November 1927 in pen lower right and inscribed "From the "Tailor of Gloucester", Copyright of F Warne & Co" by Potter. This is a delightful image from one of Potter's most famous works, a redrawing of the illustration first published in The Tale of Gloucester, London, 1902.
The paper, dimensions, signature and date indicate... Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 144268
DICKENS, Charles. The Uncommercial Traveller.
London : 1861 [i.e. 1860]First edition in book form, presentation copy from Dickens to his friend William Harness, inscribed by the author on the title page "The Rev: William Harness From Charles Dickens Christmas, 1860".
Dickens's friendship with the Shakespearean scholar William Harness (1790-1869) probably began at the Athenaeum - where both were members - in 1838,... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 143168
NELSON, Thomas - BACON, Nathaniel, & John Selden. An Historical and Political Discourse of the Laws and Government of England,
London : 1760The copy of the American Founding Father and signatory of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Nelson Junior (1738-1789), with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper; Nelson later struck through the signature (still wholly legible) and added a presentation note to his son William Nelson (1763-1803), thus reading "Tho.s Nelson jr. To Wm... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 139669
L'ENGLE, Madeleine. [The Time Quintet:] A Wrinkle in Time;
New York : 1962, 1973, 1978, 1986, 1989First editions, first impression, inscribed and signed set, of the complete Time Quintet. A Wrinkle in Time, with a signed slip laid in, in the second state jacket (Newbery Prize sticker residue to front panel), together with signed or inscribed first impressions of the four sequential Time Quintet titles (an assembled set, with inscriptions to different... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 111206
KIPLING, Rudyard. The Jungle Book; [together with:] The Second Jungle Book.
London : 1894 & 1895First editions in book form of Kipling's best-known prose work. An immediate success on publication, The Jungle Book was reprinted twice in 1894 and twice again the following year. "Kipling followed with The Second Jungle Book (1895), but the two sets of stories have rarely been united, despite the fact that the later book completed the Mowgli saga... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 136560
DAHL, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; [and] Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
London : 1967 & 1973First UK editions, first impressions, scarce in such nice condition. Dahl's classic story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was originally published in 1964 in the US, and Glass Elevator in 1972, both with illustrations by Joseph Schindelman. The artist for the UK editions, Faith Jaques, "was one of the outstanding illustrators responsible for the... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 137020
BAKER, Josephine, & Piet Worm (illus.) La Tribu arc-en-ciel; The Rainbow Children.
Amsterdam : First edition and first edition in English, first printings, signed on the verso of each front free endpaper "Maman Josephine Baker" for the French, and "Mama Josephine Baker" for the English. The Rainbow Children tells of the adventures of a one-eyed black hen named Kott-Kott who travels the world in search of her lost eye and finally finds salvation... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 138681
HARRISON, John. The Principles of Mr. Harrison's Time-Keeper, with plates of the same.
London : 1767First edition of the primary account of the invention of the marine chronometer, which revolutionized the science of navigation. "There was no comparable advance in navigational aids until the development of radar in the twentieth century" (Norman).
In 1714, the Board of Longitude offered a substantial reward of 20,000 to anyone who could find... Learn More£100,000.00
Stock Code: 138402
DICKENS, Charles. The Chimes; [together with:] The Cricket on the Hearth; [and:] The Battle of Life.
London : 1845-1846-1846A superb set of presentation Christmas Books, all three copies presented by Dickens to his friend and theatrical Pickwick, John Pritt Harley, each inscribed by the author at the head of the printed title in blue ink, "J. P. Harley From his friend Charles Dickens".
The inscriptions are undated, but almost certainly all three were inscribed together... Learn More£100,000.00
Stock Code: 143148
BOSWELL, James. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.
London : 1791 & 1793First editions, presentation copies, both the Life of Johnson and Principal Corrections with individual autograph presentation inscriptions from the author to Andrew Lumisden (1720-1801), a friend of Boswell's who had assisted in preparing the Life by deciphering Johnson's manuscript notebook of his trip to France in October-November 1775.
This... Learn More£185,000.00
Stock Code: 119415
AUSTIN, Sarah. Autograph letter signed discussing the frustrations of publishing a periodical work for children.
26 Park Road, Regent's Park : [no year, but likely c.1829-36]Autograph letter signed to an unknown female recipient setting out Austin's thoughts regarding the establishment of a "periodical work for children". Despite the recipient's enthusiasm, her own, "and that of everyone, without a single exception, of my female friends and acquaintances I am forced to relinquish it from the difficulty of finding a publisher... Learn More£525.00
Stock Code: 124627
SNOW, C. P. [Complete Strangers and Brothers series:]
London : 1940-70All first editions, first impressions. Inscribed by the author to the title page of Homecomings "To Joan Hardinge with best wishes from C. P. Snow Sept 15/65/." This eleven-volume roman fleuve probably constitutes Snow's chief contribution to English letters, his critical writings notwithstanding. Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 136481
HARDY, Thomas. Complete set of first editions of the novels and short story collections.
London : 1871-97A complete set of first editions, finely bound, of Hardy's novels and short story collections.
The entire collection, with all half-titles and illustrations present as called for, comprises the following: Desperate Remedies, 1871; Under the Greenwood Tree, 1872; A Pair of Blue Eyes, 1873; Far From the Madding Crowd, 1874; The Hand of Ethelberta,... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 126114
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; [together with:] Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.
London : 1875 & 1872First edition of Through the Looking-Glass, beautifully bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe together with an early edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (first published 1865, this copy from the 47th thousand, printed 1875). The Alice books earned the author "a place in the firmament of the great, for they are not only acts of imaginative genius but... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 140129
FREUD, Sigmund. The Interpretation of Dreams.
New York : 1913First edition in English of Die Traumdeutung, US issue, an unusually nice copy of the work that introduced to the English-speaking world the key ideas underlying the therapeutic practice of psychoanalysis via this translation, published simultaneously in London and New York, of the Austrian-born psychiatrist, and the first psychoanalyst to practice... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 140894
YEATS, W. B. The Poems.
New York : 1949First and signed limited variorum edition, number 337 of 375 copies signed by the author. It was published by Macmillan as a Definitive Edition of his work, as stated in the prospectus, which is loosely inserted in this copy. The edition was personally overseen by Yeats's widow, George, the publisher Harold Macmillan, and the publisher's reader Thomas... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 136963