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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
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... Learn More£18,500.00
Stock Code: 137787
FLEMING, Ian. Complete set of the Bond novels and stories, each lifetime edition a presentation copy inscribed by the author.
London : 1953-66First editions, first impressions, of the complete series of James Bond books, each lifetime edition a presentation copy inscribed by the author. This is a thrilling sequence of inscriptions, showcasing Fleming's wit and flair. Casino Royale is simply inscribed "To M, these pages from my memoirs! Ian" the ideal presentation inscription for any Bond... Learn More£500,000.00
Stock Code: 141010
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
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,... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 126114
[MANDEVILLE, Bernard.] The Fable of the Bees:
London : 1714Rare first edition, first issue, of this "celebrated work, which through Adam Smith, had an immense influence on political economy" (Foxwell). The work originated in 1705 as a poem titled The Grumbling Hive (essentially unobtainable in the market); this is the first edition to contain the 20 "Remarks" which annotate and explain various lines in the... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 138116
NEWTON, Isaac. Opticks: or, A Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions, and Colours of Light.
London : 1704First edition, first issue, without Newton's name on the title. Newton's Opticks expounds his corpuscular or emission theory of light, and first contains his important optical discoveries in collected form. It also prints two important mathematical treatises (omitted in later editions) describing his invention of the fluxional calculus, which are the... Learn More£85,000.00
Stock Code: 137818
(GALLEY, Edmund.) WHITE, F. Faulkner (illuminator). The Galley Memento.
[Exeter : 1879]Handsomely bound and illuminated presentation album, one of just two copies, presented to honour the work of solicitor and county clerk Ralph Sanders, one of two men instrumental in reversing the miscarriage of justice in the case of Edmund Galley, who became an international cause célèbre after being wrongfully convicted of murder and transported... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 132619
GREENE, Graham. The Basement Room and other stories.
London : 1935First edition, first impression, a superb association: Greene's personal copy, with his ownership inscription and manuscript annotations towards his screenplay for The Fallen Idol (1948), the Carol Reed-directed adaptation of the lead story in this, Greene's first short story collection. Particularly significant here is his introduction of a device... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 139241
ROBERTS, David. The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia.
London : 1842-5First edition, with the plates in the proof state, of "one of the most important and elaborate ventures of 19th-century publishing... the apotheosis of the tinted lithograph" (Abbey Travel); no publication before this astonishing work had presented so comprehensive a series of views of the monuments, landscape, and people of the region.
The proof... Learn More£57,500.00
Stock Code: 132530
STAUNTON, George. An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China...
London : 1798Second, corrected edition of the official account of the first official British Embassy to China, headed by George, Earl Macartney; the first edition was published the previous year. The failed embassy marked a historic missed opportunity in the relationship between China and the Western powers.
Macartney was dispatched to Peking in 1792 by a British... Learn More£18,500.00
Stock Code: 129560
LIVINGSTONE, David. A portion of the original manuscript of Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa,
London : 1857A remarkable fragment, the only portion of the original manuscript of Missionary Travels known to remain in private hands. We understand that all other manuscript material is held in the John Murray Archive at the National Library of Scotland. Together with an autograph letter signed from Livingstone's sister, sending the manuscript fragment, and a... Learn More£65,000.00
Stock Code: 139047
(PRIVATEERING; WEST INDIES.) Collection of 35 documents relating to Captain John McIver and the privateer Swallow.
c. 1796-97An outstanding and extraordinarily comprehensive tranche of documents, including impressive original Letters of Marque, relating to the British-built armed brig Swallow, a privateer out of Liverpool operating in the Caribbean under the experienced command of prize-master John McIver. The archive covers in remarkable breadth and detail the purchase,... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 133528
VERNAY, Arthur Stannard. Collection of 16 photographic albums; [together with:] typescript diary.
[1920s-30s]An extraordinary personal archive of over 3,000 original photographs assembled by one of the most renowned naturalists and big-game hunters of the inter-war years. Spanning Africa, the Middle East, India, and East Asia, these albums offer an unrivalled insight into some of the most significant scientific expeditions of the period, many undertaken at... Learn More£125,000.00
Stock Code: 133409
(CHURCHILL, Winston S.) Two-page typed letter signed to the artist Walter Sickert.
Chartwell Manor : 1927A wonderfully characterful pair of letters from Winston and Clementine relating to their long-term friendships with the great British painter Walter Sickert (18601942) and his artist wife, Thérèse (née Lessore, 1884-1945), strongly suggestive of Churchill's very real emotional and intellectual investment in the practice of painting.
While... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 135858
JOYCE, James. Pomes Penyeach.
Paris : 1932First English edition (printed in France), number 13 of 25 copies signed by the author, which, together with 6 hors de commerce copies, not for sale and inscribed by Joyce with the name of the recipient, comprised the total edition; this is one of a handful of copies still in private hands. Joyce's daughter designed the illuminations as artistic therapy.
Pomes... Learn More£95,000.00
Stock Code: 139014
MEDINA, Pedro de. Regimiento de navegacion.
Seville : 1552Very rare first edition of Medina's great navigational treatise, an appealing copy in contemporary vellum. Praised for its fine woodcuts, which are among the earliest to depict man's use of astrolabes, the Regimiento offers the essentials of seamanship in a practical format, and was intended for ship-born pilots; Francis Drake carried a copy during... Learn More£225,000.00
Stock Code: 139149
(KLIMT, Gustav.) EISLER, Max. Gustav Klimt. Dernière gerbe.
Vienna : 1931First edition, first printing, number V of 20 "cuir doré" deluxe copies. This spectacular portfolio preserves six of Klimt's paintings that were destroyed at the end of the Second World War.
The total edition comprised 500 numbered copies, issued in French, German, and English. Of these, 150 copies were printed in French, as here, of which 20... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 140713
CONRAD, Joseph. Six of his major titles, each one inscribed to his friend and fellow author H. G. Wells.
Various places : 1900-11First editions, presentation copies, each inscribed by the author to his friend and fellow author H. G. Wells; an exceptional association set, a run of books from the major phase of his career showing Conrad at the peak of his powers, and spanning the years of their mutual friendship.
The individual titles are:
i) CONRAD, Joseph. Lord Jim.... Learn More£275,000.00
Stock Code: 136918
MATISSE, Henri. Six Signed Proofs of Original Etchings for Ulysses.
New York : 1935Signed limited portfolio, number 61 of 150 sets of six plates, each of which are signed by Matisse, for the first illustrated edition. The plates comprise the artist's illustrations for the Limited Edition's Club edition of James Joyce's Ulysses, published that year.
"Homeric in mood and compositions, these etchings were made to serve as... Learn More£50,000.00
Stock Code: 137308
MELVILLE, Herman. Moby-Dick;
New York : 1851First US edition of Melville's greatest work, in the first issue binding (BAL's "A" state). The US edition was the first to appear under the familiar title, and contains some 35 passages and the epilogue omitted from the English edition.
Now universally acclaimed, at the time the novel was a "complete practical failure, misunderstood by the critics... Learn More£65,000.00
Stock Code: 137462
BACON, Francis. [Novum Organum sive indicia vera de interpretatione naturae.] Instauratio Magna.
London : 1620First edition of this "monumental work on the philosophy of science, on the systematic organization of knowledge, and on the inductive method" (Grolier/Horblit). Bacon's Novum Organum (a "new instrument" to replace the old Organon of Aristotle) had a revolutionary impact on early modern science by laying the foundation of the inductive method.
"Bacon's... Learn More£65,000.00
Stock Code: 138351
WITTGENSTEIN, Ludwig. Autograph letter signed, in English, to Alice Ambrose,
Trinity College, Cambridge, : 1936An unpublished autograph letter by Ludwig Wittgenstein to his student Alice Ambrose, written after her return to America following completion of her second PhD at Cambridge, thanking her for a gift and attempting to offer an explanation in response to a letter of hers, in which he confesses to a lack of modesty.
An American philosophy student, Alice... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 132705
MARTÍN DE CÓRDOBA, Fray. Jardin de las nobles donzellas.
Medina del Campo : 1542Rare second edition, effectively the only obtainable printing, of this book of advice for Queen Isabel of Spain, a pro-feminist treatise in the "mirror for princes" tradition, which instructed and entertained "with references to the popular contemporary controversy of the battle between the sexes" (Goldberg, p. 126).
Fray Martín taught at the University... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 139886
SAINT-EXUPÉRY, Antoine de. Pilote de guerre.
New York : 1942First edition, first printing, number 10 of 50 large-paper copies on papier Texte, presentation copy to his closest American friend and partial inspiration for The Little Prince, inscribed by the author "Pour Sylvia Hamilton, Avec la profonde et tendre amitié de son vieil ami, Antoine".
Silvia Hamilton - later Reinhardt - was the inspiration... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 139246