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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
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
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
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
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
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
ROWLING, J. K. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
London : 2000First edition, first impression, dedication copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page with an arrow from the printed dedication ("to Susan Sladden who helped Harry out of his cupboard"): "and, though we didn't want it in print, helped me out of my cupboard. With unending gratitude and equal love Jo a.k.a. (again) JK Rowling x". The printed... Learn More£75,000.00
Stock Code: 128864
JAMES, Henry. Notes of a Son & Brother.
London : 1914First English edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Constance Fletcher, in faithful remembrance, Henry James, March 1914". An excellent association: Julia Constance Fletcher (1858-1938) had left America with her mother and the painter Eugene Benson and moved to Venice. Constance had a brief... Learn More£8,000.00
Stock Code: 132098
SPINOZA, Baruch. Tractatus theologico-politicus.
Hamburg : 1670First edition of Spinoza's great treatise on political theology, a "crystal-clear exposition of the theory of natural right" (PMM). The only work published in his lifetime, it blends the traditions of Spinoza's Hebraic background with Cartesian rationalism. His ethical views are extended into the realm of politics, and contain the first lucid... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 130116
MONTAIGNE, Michel de. The Essayes Or Morall, Politike and Millitarie Discourses
London : 1603First edition in English of the Essais of Montaigne, one of the great books of the Elizabethan era and the crowning achievement of its translator John Florio. "His extraordinary skill in the use of alliteration, his ability to embroider and amplify the French original through the addition of English synonyms, his sense of rhythm, his art of turning... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 135666
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises.
New York : 1926First edition, first printing, the first issue with the misprints "stoppped" on p. 181, l. 26, "down-staris" on p. 169, line 34, and the third book being designated as "BOOK THREE" instead of "BOOK III" (p. 235), with the first issue dust jacket, incorrectly citing Hemingway's earlier title as In Our Times.
Hemingway's second novel is a roman... Learn More£65,000.00
Stock Code: 118495
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Second World War.
London : 1948-54First editions, first impressions, of Churchill's masterpiece, signed or inscribed contemporarily in each volume, and exceptionally uncommon thus. The set was presented to Theresa Arnison, who with her husband Rowland, was a stalwart of the Woodford Conservative Association. Vol. I, inscribed on the half-title: "From Winston S. Churchill to Mrs. Arnison,... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 137316
WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass.
Brooklyn : 1855First edition of one of the central works of American poetry. Much has been written of the significance of this first edition"America's second Declaration of Independence" to quote PMM. "The slender volume introduced the poet who, celebrating the nation by celebrating himself, has since remained at the heart of America's cultural memory because in the... Learn More£60,000.00
Stock Code: 135889
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
DESCARTES, René. Discours de la Methode Pour bien conduire sa raison, & chercher la verité dans les sciences.
Leiden : 1637First edition of Descartes's fundamental work in philosophy and on the method of science. "It is no exaggeration to say that Descartes was the first of modern philosophers and one of the first of modern scientists The revolution he caused can be most easily found in his reassertion of the principle (lost in the Middle Ages) that knowledge, if it is... Learn More£150,000.00
Stock Code: 134577
HUNGER STRIKES. Hunger strike medal awarded to Elsie Wolff van Sandau.
London : March 1912Hunger strike medal awarded by the WSPU to Elsie Wolff van Sandau, complete with the original presentation box, the printed dedication on the silk-lined inner lid reading, "Presented to Elsie Wolff van Sandau by the Women's Social and Political Union in recognition of a gallant action, whereby through endurance to the last extremity of hunger and hardship... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 134407
CERVANTES, Miguel de; Jacob Campo Weyerman (trans.) De voornaamste Gevallen van den wonderlyken Don Quichot,
The Hague : 1746An extraordinary example of one of the most significant illustrated Cervantes editions of the 18th century; a fine, large paper copy of the lavish 1746 Hague edition of Don Quixote, each of the 31 copperplates here beautifully illuminated by a contemporary hand and heightened with gold, presented in an elaborately worked Dutch binding.
The grand... Learn More£50,000.00
Stock Code: 137295
ANTHONY, Susan B. History of Woman Suffrage.
Rochester : 1886 & 1902First editions, presentation copies of volumes III and IV of the "bible" of the women's suffrage campaign, the only two volumes published by Anthony herself; inscribed in each volume by Anthony on the occasion of her 85th birthday to her cousin Joshua. Both are inscribed on initial blanks, "To Joshua Anthony. Ushers - N.Y. From his cousin Susan B. Anthony.... Learn More£12,000.00
Stock Code: 132954
MACKAY, Charles. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions.
London : 1841First edition. Mackay's important early work of social psychology discusses popular delusions of all types and considers the credulous enthusiasm of mankind for phenomena such as alchemy, witchcraft, relics, the Crusades, urban myths, as well as economic events such as the tulip bubble, the Mississippi Bubble, and the South Sea Bubble. Still in print,... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 128845
GREENE, Graham. Brighton Rock.
London : 1938First UK edition, first impression, in a superior example of the rare and coveted dust jacket. The novel itself, the first of Greene's overtly Catholic novels, is "his most successful attempt to create a work that is as fast-paced as a thriller and as complex as a more leisurely character study" (ODNB).
The Heinemann edition of Brighton Rock... Learn More£87,500.00
Stock Code: 130190
KNIGHT, Frank H. Risk, Uncertainty and Profit.
Boston & New York : First edition, the author's copy, presentation copy, inscribed to fellow economist George Stigler, "To George Stigler May 27, 1963, F.H.K.", and additionally signed by Knight on the front pastedown. This copy bears autograph pencil changes to three pages (53, 101, 152): two use proofreading symbols to insert and delete phrases, one corrects a reference... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 122692
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
London : 1866First published edition, with the earlier pale blue endpapers (rather than the more usual dark green).
The book was originally printed in Oxford at the Clarendon Press in June 1865, but Dodgson heard that the book's illustrator John Tenniel was dissatisfied with its quality, so he suppressed the whole edition of 2,000 copies. The book was entirely... Learn More£39,500.00
Stock Code: 136032
STEINBECK, John. Tortilla Flat.
New York : 1935First edition, first printing, cloth issue, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Bob Bailey John Steinbeck". This copy is from the library of Jean Hersholt (1896-1956), a Danish-American Hollywood actor known for his role in Heidi and for his impressive collection of Anderseniana, which represented possibly the largest collection... Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 136583
DUMAS, Alexandre. Les Trois Mousquetaires.
Paris : 1844First separate edition, extremely rare in the original wrappers. The author's best-known work and one of his two masterpieces, Les Trois Mousquetaires was originally published earlier the same year as a serial novel in the Parisian newspaper Le Siècle, from 14 March to 1 July 1844.
The Three Musketeers "has become the archetypal adventure story,... Learn More£125,000.00
Stock Code: 124078
FAULKNER, William. Light in August.
New York : 1932First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his close childhood friend on the front free endpaper, "For Myrtle Ramey, Oxford Miss 30 May 1934, William Faulkner". Myrtle Ramey and Faulkner met in third grade of Oxford Graded Public School. Faulkner skipped second grade at the age of eight and joined Ramey's class in September... Learn More£50,000.00
Stock Code: 131629
MUN, Thomas. England's Treasure by Forraign Trade.
London : 1664First edition of the bible of mercantilism and the first exposition of the theory of the balance of trade. "For those who want to read a single example of mercantilist writing, it is difficult to better Thomas Mun's England's Treasure by Forraign Trade, completed in 1628 and published posthumously in 1664. Adam Smith at any rate regarded it as perfectly... Learn More£95,000.00
Stock Code: 134494
EUCLID. Elementa Geometriae.
Venice : 1482First edition of "the oldest mathematical textbook still in common use today" (PMM) and one of the earliest printed books with geometrical figures. The text is the standard late mediaeval recension of Johannes Campanus of Novara, based on the 12th-century translation from the Arabic of Adelard of Bath. The text is preceded by a dedicatory letter by... Learn More£150,000.00
Stock Code: 136914
[LAW, John.] Money and Trade considered.
Edinburgh : 1705First edition of the major work of the famous Scottish financial adventurer John Law (1671-1729), which presents his theories on the establishment of paper note-issuing national banks. The title exists in two states: one with an ornament of an eagle and vines, the present with a coastline and its reflection. Textually they are all the same. Of the few... Learn More£45,000.00
Stock Code: 117696
POE, Edgar Allan. Tales.
New York : 1845First edition, first printing, with the New York imprint, one of 1,500 copies issued; this copy with the half-title present.
This collection of 12 tales features some of Poe's most significant fantastical stories, such as the horrific "The Black Cat", which contains "a complementary mixture of supernaturalism and dramatic irony" (Magill, p.... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 136458
PANKHURST, E. Sylvia. Germinal.
London : 1923Very rare complete run of Sylvia Pankhurst's strikingly illustrated revolutionary socialist journal Germinal, a short-lived publication of which just two issues were printed. Just four institutions are recorded as having complete runs (none with single issues): Library Hub lists the British Library and the Institut national d'histoire de l'Art; WorldCat... Learn More£4,375.00
Stock Code: 137508