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FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Complete set of works published in the author's lifetime, all first editions.
New York : 1920-41First edition, first printing, of every book published by F. Scott Fitzgerald in his lifetime, and his posthumous Last Tycoon, together comprising five novels, four short story collections, and one play, uniformly bound by the Chelsea Bindery in green morocco. Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 140791
LEWIS, Wyndham (ed.) Blast.
London : 1914 & 1915First editions, first impressions, all published of this groundbreaking modernist magazine, in a striking binding by the Chelsea Bindery replicating the bold typographical design of the first number front wrapper. Blast was the literary and artistic manifesto of Wyndham Lewis and Ezra Pound, and however short-lived it may have been, nothing afterwards... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 132957
ASHBEE, C. R. American Sheaves & English Seed Corn:
London : 1901First edition, number seven of 300 copies. The text of eight lectures or addresses originally delivered by Charles Ashbee in the United States in 1900 to 1901 on behalf of the National Trust as part of his endeavours to make "the work and objects of the society known in the United States".
Ashbee notes in the preface to this volume that he served... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 150350
GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust.
Hammersmith : November 1906 & June 1910First Doves Press editions, each volume one of 25 copies on vellum.
The subject of Faust preoccupied Goethe for most of his life. He began a play on the theme as early as 1773, at first probably concentrated mainly on Faust's disgust with academic learning and on the shallowness of university life. He worked it up into the love tragedy (the so-called... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 145189
BILL OF RIGHTS. The Gazette of the United States.
New York : 1789First known printing of the final Bill of Rights, as passed by both houses of Congress on 25 September 1789 and submitted for ratification by the states on the 28 September 1789, here published in the leading Federalist newspaper of the day, the 3 October 1789 issue of the Gazette of the United States.
"The Convention of a number of the States... Learn More£32,500.00
Stock Code: 146167
ADAMS, John (signed) - MAYHEW, Jonathan. A Discourse, Concerning Unlimited Submission and Non-Resistance to the Higher Powers;
Boston : 1818Presentation copy of a reprinted sermon in which Adams took personal interest, distributing a small number of copies on 16 November 1818, all inscribed by a clerical hand to which Adams added his signature. This copy is signed by him and presented to Mrs E. Cruft, that is, Elizabeth Storer Smith (1789-1859), a cousin of Adams's wife.
Only three... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 146765
KEYNES, John Maynard. Essays in Biography.
London : 1933First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front pastedown "Ottoline Morrell With the author's affection. March 1933", and with a slip of Keynes's headed notepaper loosely inserted, on which he writes "from the author see p. 80". Ottoline Morrell is mentioned at that place in the text, in the context of her relationship... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 148110
KAZANTZAKIS, Nikos. The Odyssey. A Modern Sequel.
London : First edition, first impression. Kazantzakis is best known for his critically acclaimed novels, Zorba The Greek, The Greek Passion, and Freedom or Death but it is his version of The Odyssey which is considered his crowning achievement. Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 144857
BRONTË, Emily. Un Amant.
Paris : 1892First edition in French of Brontë's Wuthering Heights (1847), later renamed Les Hauts de Hurle-Vent. Scarce: Library Hub locates only one copy in the UK (BL), WorldCat adds a further four in France; we could trace only one in commercial records, a rebound copy which sold at auction in 2018.
The first edition, published by Thomas Cautley Newby... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 143390
DAVID, Elizabeth. French Provincial Cooking.
London : 1960First edition, first impression of the author's most influential work. David (1913-1992) taught herself Mediterranean-style cooking while living abroad during the early 1940s, and began writing a food column for Harper's Bazaar in 1949. Her first book was published to wide acclaim the following year, and she is now recognized for her profound influence... Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 138099
PASTERNAK, Boris. Doctor Zhivago.
London : 1958First edition in English, first impression of Pasternak's classic novel. First published in Italy in 1957, the original manuscript had been smuggled out of the Soviet Union in the same year. Pasternak won the Nobel Prize for Literature the same year as this edition's publication. Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 137995
PHILBY, Harry St John Bridger. The Empty Quarter.
London : 1933First edition, first impression. A record of the "greatest" of his "remarkable journeys," (ODNB) the crossing of the 'empty quarter.' Ronald Wingate considered that "it is mainly to him that the world owes its present knowledge of Central Arabia." (DNB), and his tombstone in Beirut describes him as Greatest of Arabian Explorers, judgements that it... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 144281
FRANK, Anne. The Diary of a Young Girl.
London : 1952First edition in English, preceding the US edition published the same year.
The British-born translator, Barbara Mooyaart-Doubleday, was living in Amsterdam in 1947 when the original Dutch-language edition appeared. Having impressed Anne Frank's father Otto with a sample chapter, she was engaged to make the whole translation by the London publishers... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140800
MACHIAVELLI, Niccolò. Nicholas Machiavel's Prince. Also, the life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca.
London : 1640First edition in English of Machiavelli's famous handbook for rulers (1513, published Rome 1532), dedicated to Lorenzo de' Medici, ruler of Florence from 1513.
The Prince appears to have been banned from publication in England during the Elizabethan period, though translations circulated in manuscript. It was so controversial that it had to... Learn More£95,000.00
Stock Code: 146948
WAUGH, Evelyn. Vile Bodies.
London, : 1930First edition, first impression, in a striking example of the very scarce jacket, first state, with the list of books on the rear panel ending with Jeffery's Second Choice. This was Waugh's second published novel. It sold well on publication, reaching seven printings in as many weeks, and established Waugh as the pre-eminent novelist of his generation.... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 143234
ADAMS, John Quincy. An Oration Delivered Before the Inhabitants of the Town of Newburyport,
Newburyport : 1837First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front wrapper: "Edward Cruft Esq. from John Quincy Adams." Cruft (17761866) was a prominent Boston merchant, loyal political supporter, and husband of Elizabeth Storer Smith, a second cousin of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States.
Together with a defective... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 146764
LOWTHER, George. The Adventures of Superman.
New York : 1942First edition, first printing. This book is the first novelization of a comic book character, and also the first Superman story credited to someone other than Jerry Siegel. It was Lowther who first provided many now-familiar details of Superman's birth and early life. Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 144740
PASCAL, Blaise. Pensées.
Paris : 1670First edition, among the greatest of all theological works and a classic of French literature, defending faith in the face of an inevitable death in a vast unknowable universe.
Still widely read today even if the specific religious disputes of the time are long gone, the book resonates with each generation as an unreserved assertion of a pessimistic... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 148932
SHAKESPEARE, William. Comedies, Histories and Tragedies.
London : 1685Fourth Folio, the last of the 17th-century editions, and the most grandly produced. Seven plays were added to the third folio of 1663, of which only Pericles is today recognized as the work of Shakespeare. This fourth folio was a straight reprint of the third, issued by Henry Herringman in conjunction with other booksellers, with three settings of the... Learn More£200,000.00
Stock Code: 147105
SALTEN, Felix. Bambi. A Life in the Woods.
New York : 1928First English language edition, first printing. The timeless tale of a deer and his woodland friends, which served as the basis for the beloved Walt Disney film. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140208
HARDY, Thomas. Jude the Obscure.
London : 1896First edition in book form, this copy entirely in the first state (pagination to all partially blank pages in signature A-H). Jude the Obscure was Hardy's last novel, in which he "deliberately attacked the existing educational system and marriage laws. The novel's sexual directness fuelled the hostility of its reception in some quarters, and while Hardy... Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 71098
AUSTEN, Jane; Hugh Thomson (illus.) Pride and Prejudice.
London : 1894First fully illustrated edition. This was the first edition to feature illustrations accompanying the text, as Bentley's 1833 edition and subsequent printings had featured only a frontispiece. Thomson's "light touch and feeling for period manners provide a charming and accessible gloss to the author's work" (ODNB). Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 141240
BORGES, Jorge Luis. Inquisiciones.
Buenos Aires : 1925First edition, first impression, a superlative presentation copy of the author's first work of prose. One of 505 copies printed, this is a uniquely untrimmed, unnumbered, and specially bound presentation copy inscribed by Borges on the first blank to his fellow Argentine author, and muse, Norah Lange (1905-1972).
Borges's inscription, using the... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 145266
FLEMING, Ian. From Russia, With Love.
London : 1957First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by Fleming on the front free endpaper: "To Leonard & Dilys with affection. Ian". Recipients were Leonard Russell (1906-1974), features editor and Fleming's colleague on The Sunday Times, and his wife, the novelist and renowned Times film critic Dilys Powell (1901-1995). It was Russell who... Learn More£50,000.00
Stock Code: 138052
SIMON, André L. Lectures delivered at Vintner's Hall by The Wine Trade Club, 20 November 1911 - 13 May 1912.
London : 1911-12First editions, deluxe issue, these copies all inscribed by Simon on the front free endpaper "W. H. Garrett/ Hys Copie/ André L. Simon", extremely uncommon and highly desirable thus. The recipient, William Henry Garrett, was a Kensington wine and spirits merchant, and sometime president of the Wine Trade Club. These comprise five of the six lectures... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 148496
HUXLEY, Aldous. Brave New World.
London : 1932First edition, first impression. Brave New World is a seminal dystopian novel which established Huxley's "fortunes and reputation as the best-known British novelist between the wars" (ODNB). Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 144755
WILDE, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest.
London : 1899First edition, signed limited issue, number 19 of 100 large paper copies signed by the author.
Wilde's last and greatest play opened to huge acclaim on Valentine's Day 1895 but was withdrawn after Wilde's failed libel suit against Lord Queensbury led to his arrest. The subsequent "utter social destruction of Wilde" (ODNB) meant that the play... Learn More£40,000.00
Stock Code: 142975
FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby.
New York : 1925First edition, first state, with "chatter" p.60:16, "northern" p.119:22, "sick in tired" p.205:9-10, and "Union Street station" p. 211:7-8.
Although it did not sell well on publication, The Great Gatsby has come to be regarded as one of the all-time great American novels, perhaps the defining cultural artefact of the Jazz Age. Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 144641
FLEMING, Ian. Moonraker.
London : 1955First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Edith, Cette tranche de vie! Ian 1955". Edith was Marie Edith, Viscountess Kemsley (1888-1976), second wife of the newspaper baron Viscount Kemsley (1883-1968). It was Viscount Kemsley who employed Fleming as the foreign manager of his Sunday Times... Learn More£39,500.00
Stock Code: 138007
ELIOT, T. S. Poems 1909-1935.
1925First edition, first printing, of Eliot's early collection of poetry. The collection contains some of Eliot's most highly-regarded poetry, including such masterpieces as "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock", "The Hollow Men", and "The Waste Land". Learn More£1,875.00
Stock Code: 140203
CHURCHILL, Winston S. London to Ladysmith via Pretoria.
London : 1900First edition, first impression, of Churchill's account of his experiences as a war correspondent in the Second Boer War; "a splendid book both aesthetically and from a literary standpoint, the Ladysmith is one of the most sought-after titles in the canon" (Langworth).
"The volume essentially consists of 27 letters and telegrams to the Morning... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 145036
CHURCHILL, Winston S. London to Ladysmith via Pretoria.
London : 1900First edition, first impression, the half-title inscribed "To Sir Redvers Buller from Winston S. Churchill. Nov. 1900". An astounding presentation inscription, to the general who led the relief of Ladysmith, and the central figure, aside from Churchill himself, in the book.
London to Ladysmith via Pretoria was Churchill's account of his experiences... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 149936
MITCHELL, Margaret. Gone With the Wind.
New York : 1936First edition, first printing, first issue dust jacket, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Signed copies of the first edition in this condition are scarce.
Loosely inserted is the 22-page Macmillan promotional booklet, "Margaret Mitchell and Her Novel", dated 1936, "compiled in response to a flood of requests from readers all over... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 148336
PLATH, Sylvia. Ariel.
London : 1965First edition, first impression. Plath's most enduring poetry book, published two years after her suicide, edited by Ted Hughes and with an introduction by Robert Lowell. Plath believed her Ariel poems to be the best she had ever produced, "announcing to her mother that 'they will make my name'" (ODNB). Learn More£1,575.00
Stock Code: 144272
SAINT-EXUPÉRY, Antoine de. The Little Prince.
New York : 1943First edition, first printing. The original manuscript was in the author's native French, but it was both written and published in America, the English and French editions appearing in April 1943, perhaps simultaneously. Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 141477
SEUSS, Dr. Green Eggs and Ham.
New York : 1960First edition, first printing. The vocabulary of the text consists of just 50 words and was the result of a bet between Seuss and his publisher Bennett Cerf, that Seuss could not complete an entire book without exceeding that limit. The Cat in the Hat consisted of a comparatively prolix 236 words. Learn More£1,875.00
Stock Code: 143595
MARX, Karl. Le Capital.
Paris : [1872-75]First edition in French, first issue, a fine presentation copy, inscribed by Marx to the Frankfurt banker Sigmund Schott, with whom Marx exchanged ideas central to his philosophies and work: "Mr Sigmund Schott, de la part de l'auteur, Londres, 3 Novembre 1877" to the first engraved title page. Presentation copies of Capital are exceptionally rare, with... Learn More£575,000.00
Stock Code: 128563
DICKENS, Charles. Oliver Twist;
London : 1838First edition in book form, first issue, with Boz title pages and the "Fireside" plate, a nice copy in the original cloth.
Oliver Twist was first published serially between February 1837 and April 1839 in Bentley's Miscellany, and in the present three-volume book by Richard Bentley in 1838 (six months before the initial serialization was complete).... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 145996
DICKENS, Charles. American Notes for General Circulation.
London : 1842First edition, a superb literary association, author's presentation copy from Dickens's first American tour, inscribed to Richard Henry Dana, Jr. the day after publication ("Richard Dana From his friend Charles Dickens, Nineteenth October, 1842") on the half-title in the first volume; additionally signed by Dana on the front pastedowns.
Shortly... Learn More£65,000.00
Stock Code: 145528
DIVANOV, Khudaibergen. Eighteen original photographs of Khiva and its people.
Khiva : c.1920Eloquent and atmospheric sequence of images showing the ancient Silk Road city of Khiva during a period of rapid transition, the work of Khudaibergen Divanov, Uzbekistan's first photographer whose life and fate mirrored his times. Proscribed and executed in Stalin's Great Purge, vintage prints from Divanov's studio are exceptionally scarce.
All... Learn More£29,250.00
Stock Code: 113773
CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY - INSTRUCTIONAL CARDS. Pantheon or Heathen Mythology in Cards,
[London? : c.1790?]A set of the Pantheon cards, retaining the original card box, designed to introduce children to Greek and Roman mythology, each card with a depiction of a deity, hero or memorable event selected from the myths of antiquity, with explanatory details below.
The terminal card is captioned, under a depiction of Mount Olympus, "Sold only at Willerton's... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 147405
ERNST, Max - CREVEL, René. Mr. Knife Miss Fork.
Paris : 1931First edition, sole printing, number 27 of 50 copies signed by Crevel on the half-title and Ernst on the frontispiece and printed on Hollande paper, from a total edition of 255 copies. This is one of the most celebrated books of the Black Sun Press and a cornerstone of Surrealist literature. This work is a fragment from Crevel's novel Babylone (1927),... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 146428
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, of which... Learn More£250,000.00
Stock Code: 145484
CLELAND, John. Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure.
London : 1781Extremely rare early edition of Cleland's Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, or Fanny Hill, "the first original English prose pornography, and the first to break away from the dialogue form into the style of the novel" (Foxon, Libertine Literature in England, 1660-1745).
First published under the same imprint in an edition dated 1749, the imprint... Learn More£19,500.00
Stock Code: 145272
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRIMM, Jacob & Wilhelm. The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm.
London : 1909Signed limited edition, number 168 of 750 copies signed by the artist. This is a revised and enlarged edition of the work originally published in 1900 with some new illustrations, as well as others redrawn and coloured. Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 134021
AUSTEN, Jane. Pride and Prejudice.
London : 1894First illustrated edition, large paper issue, one of 250 copies released in England; a further 25 copies were released in the US. Thomson's "light touch and feeling for period manners provide a charming and accessible gloss to the author's work" (ODNB). This was the first edition to feature illustrations accompanying the text; Bentley's 1833 edition... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 143075
JAMES, Henry. The Bostonians.
London : 1886First edition, publisher's presentation copy, with purple inkstamp "With the Publisher's Compliments" at the head of each title, and the discreet blindstamps of Rougham Hall, Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk. A superb set from the library of the fastidious book collector Oliver Brett (1881-1963, 3rd Viscount Esher), his sale, Sotheby's, 11-12 March 1968, lot... Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 147004