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WILSON, John, of the Scottish Mission, Bombay. An Exposure of the Hindu Religion,
Bombay : 1832First edition of this uncommon and confrontational tract by the eminent Scottish missionary and orientalist John Wilson (1804-1875), a reply to the Hindu theologian Mora Bhatta Dandekara's Hindudharmasthapana (Vindication of Hindu Religion), published in Marathi and translated here by way of preface; part of a fascinating print war between the two men.... Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 145823
ARNOLD, Matthew. The Forsaken Merman.
London : 1900First Jean Archer edition, this copy beautifully hand coloured, a stunning piece of arts and crafts design. Archer's illustrated edition is uncommon, with 15 copies held institutionally worldwide. In 1901 Dent released a further 50 copies of this work printed on Japon and 10 on vellum for binding by the Guild of Women Bookbinders.
This melancholy... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 147588
MATHERS, E. Powys (ed.) The Book of the Thousand and One Nights
London : 1923First edition thus, limited issue, number 177 of 750 copies on antique paper; there were also 1,500 copies printed on Bond paper. This privately-printed edition of the Arabian Nights was translated into English by Edward Powys Mathers (1892-1939).
Mathers's translation influenced a number of modernist writers, including W. B. Yeats, who "admired... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146289
DODS, Mary Diana, otherwise Walter Sholto Douglas. Tales of the Wild and the Wonderful.
London : 1867Expanded second edition of this scarce collection of historically important fairy and mythic tales by a significant writer of the Romantic period. This title was first published anonymously in 1825 and though previously attributed to George Borrow has been confidently tied to the Scottish writer, under their birth name of Mary Diana Dods (1790-1830),... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 145868
LUDOVICI, Carl Günther. Eröffnete Akademie der Kaufleute:
Leipzig : 1752-1756First edition of the first German-language dictionary of trade, over 5000 pages long. Written in the form of a lexicon, the work is modellled upon Savary's groundbreaking Dictionnaire Universel de Commerce (1723), and attempts nothing less than to lay the foundation of an entire mercantile system. It established Carl Ludovici (170778) as the chief pioneer... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 146447
THÉVENOT, Melchisedec. L'Art de Nager, demontre par figures,
Paris : 1696First edition of the first French book on swimming and one of the earliest books on the subject in an era when most Europeans, even sailors, could not swim. The book was widely read during the 18th century, including by Benjamin Franklin, an avid swimmer in his youth.
The book is illustrated with 35 engraved plates by Charles Moette of people... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 146986
ROOSEVELT, Theodore. Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter.
New York : 1905First edition, first printing, with a typed letter signed from Roosevelt as President to the book's dedicatee, John Burroughs, tipped in at the dedication page, and with the envelope loosely inserted (both White House stationery and dated 11 February 1908).
Roosevelt's letter reads: "Dear Oom John: the same greeting that Roosevelt uses in the... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 145504
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
DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Works.
New York : The Author's edition, limited to 1,000 numbered copies of which this is number 241 with an autograph letter signed by Doyle and dated 4.2.04 tipped to the binder's front blank in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. A rare US issue which, unlike the UK edition, includes The Hound of the Baskervilles. A handsome set.
The author wanted a set that... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 147024
LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth. The Works.
Boston & New York : 1886-1904A handsome set of Longfellow's poetical works is in eleven volumes: prose works in two volumes, Dante's Divine Comedy in three volumes, and the author's Life edited by Samuel Longfellow in three volumes. Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 138119
FLEMING, Ian. The Centenary Edition of the works of Ian Fleming.
London : 2008The definitive edition of Ian Fleming's works, number 17 of 100 sets bound by Shepherds, Sangorski & Sutcliffe, from a total edition of 406.
The set comprises all 14 volumes of the James Bond novels, the non-fiction volumes The Diamond Smugglers and Thrilling Cities plus the children's story Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. The final volume, Talk of... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 147378
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Poetical Works.
London : 1839First collected edition, an appealing copy in the deluxe red cloth. Mary Shelley's collected edition of her husband's poetical works established Shelley finally and irreversibly amongst the great poets of the English language.
Pirate editions of Shelley's works had persuaded his father, Sir Timothy, that all hope of obscurity had passed, and... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 147575
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Poetical Works.
London : 1839First collected edition, handsomely bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Mary Shelley's collected edition of her husband's poetical works established Shelley finally and irreversibly amongst the great poets of the English language.
Pirate editions of Shelley's works had persuaded his father, Sir Timothy, that all hope of obscurity had passed, and... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146618
MONTAGU, Lady Mary Wortley. The Letters and Works.
London : 1837First edition of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's works and letters as edited by her great-grandson, in a handsome contemporary binding.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) was a friend of Alexander Pope and John Gay, but is best remembered as "one of the most important women writers between Aphra Behn and Jane Austen, and one of her period's most... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146138
MOORE, Thomas. The Works.
Paris : 1823A handsome set from the collection of Charles Dickens with his bookplate and sale label to the front pastedown of each volume. The bookplates bear an illustration of a lion holding a star; the sale labels read, "From the Library of Charles Dickens, Gadshill Place, June, 1870". Dickens purchased Gadshill Place in Kent in 1856 and lived there until he... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 138608
BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. The Works.
London : 1828-29An attractively bound set of Byron's works, published by his friend and publisher John Murray (1778-1843). "With the breakdown of Byron's marriage in 1816 and his (self-) exile in Italy, their friendship was sustained in a correspondence that is one of the most lively and revealing of the period" (ODNB).
The last two volumes are published by... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 145838
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.
London : 1881An attractively bound set of Shakespeare's works.
Originally published in 1860, it was edited by Charles Cowden Clarke and his wife, Mary (née Novello). Charles was a Shakespeare scholar and, in his youth, a close friend of John Keats, who in his poem "To Charles Cowden Clarke", wrote that his friend had "first taught me all the sweets of song"... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 145921
COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. The Poetical Works.
London : 1828First collected edition, one of 300 copies; there were also 12 copies printed on large paper. J. Dykes Campbell, later a biographer of Coleridge, wrote in 1888 that his copy of this edition "must be a rare book... from whatever cause, its scarcity is incontestable" (The Athenaeum, p. 307).
Coleridge was unhappy with the work, which was succeeded,... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 147753
DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Works.
New York : 1930First complete collected edition, number 268 of 760 numbered sets signed by the author in volume I, very handsomely bound.
The Crowborough Edition - named after the Sussex town where Doyle's home, Windlesham, was located - has double the number of volumes of the Author's Edition of 1903. Doyle had already signed sheets for it but his illness... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 146414
VEBLEN, Thorstein. The Instinct of Workmanship and the State of the Industrial Arts.
New York : 1914First edition, first printing. "As in other work by Veblen, an extensive anthropological-historical background provides the underpinning for his argument. The theme was not a new one for him, but he developed it more fully than in earlier works. Humans, he declared, have a basic instinct to create things of usefulness to themselves and others. That... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 147734
WORDSWORTH, William. The Poetical Works.
Edinburgh : [1890s]An attractive copy of Wordsworth's poetry in the publisher's deluxe binding. It was published as part of Gall & Inglis's Landscape Edition of the Poets series with decorative landscape engravings framing each page of text. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 146065
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.
Edinburgh & London : 1901-04The Edinburgh Folio, limited edition of 1,000 copies, with eight volumes additionally signed by the publisher, though uncalled for in the limitation. Well-margined and finely printed in large type, the publication aims "to present our Shakespeare in stately yet convenient form" (advertisement). Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 146105
WELLS, H. G. The Works.
New York : 1924-7The Atlantic Edition, number 130 of 1,050 sets signed by the author on the limitation leaf of volume I and released for distribution in America, very handsomely bound. A further 620 sets were issued in Great Britain and Ireland. Wells contributed new prefaces especially for this edition. Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 146413
AMIS, Kingsley, as Lt.-Col. William ("Bill") Tanner. The Book of Bond or Every Man His Own 007: With Reversible Bookjacket for Work in the Field.
London : 1965First edition, first impression. Written under a pseudonym, Amis's tongue-in-cheek work is a manual for prospective agents to live like James Bond, wittily illustrated with examples from the Fleming canon. The dust jacket is reversible, entitled on the verso as The Bible to be Read as Literature - a play on a scene in Goldfinger, in which Bond carries... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 143897
SMITH, Adam. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
London : 1776First edition, a handsome copy in contemporary calf gilt, with an interesting double provenance, first from the renowned library of Kirtlington Park, subsequently in the private collection of the Dillon family, an American financial dynasty. The first edition of the Wealth of Nations, "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM),... Learn More£195,000.00
Stock Code: 144052
FAIRMAN, William. The Stocks Examined and Compared:
London : 1795First edition of Fairman's frequently-reprinted manual for investors, bound in an eclectic sammelband of seven works. The author, who worked as life-accountant to the corporation of the Royal-Exchange Assurance, here offers information on a host of government investment schemes, listing the various public funds available, including annuities, bank stock,... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 136213
MISHIMA, Yukio. The Sound of Waves.
London : 1957First UK edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Angus with the author's best wishes, Yukio, 23 March 1965". The recipient was novelist Sir Angus Wilson (1913-1991), one of England's first openly gay authors and a friend of Mishima's.
Mishima stayed at Wilson's Suffolk Cottage while... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145159
HAMILTON, Augustus. Maori Art: The Art Workmanship of the Maori Race in New Zealand.
Wellington : 1896First edition, issued in five parts between 1896 and 1900, bound in the publisher's cloth upon the issue of the fifth and final part. Hamilton's Maori Art was a monumental publication documenting and depicting a wealth of Maori artwork. A total of 900 copies were printed and bindings were offered as here or in brown morocco with a matching design.
Augustus... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 146555
SUN TZU; GILES, Lionel (trans.) Sun Tzu on the Art of War.
London : 1910First edition of the first full translation of Sun Tzu directly from the Chinese original. At the time of his translation, Giles was assistant in the Department of Oriental Printed Books and Manuscripts at the British Museum, widely considered one of the leading sinologues of his day, and this one of his finest works. Inevitably well represented institutionally,... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 141037
DUNSANY, Edward Plunkett, Lord. The King of Elfland's Daughter.
London : 1924First edition, signed limited issue, number 5 of 250 copies only, signed by Dunsany on the preface and Sidney H. Sime on the frontispiece. The jacket, issued in a slightly bigger format to envelope the book, is thus often found in piteous state, unlike here.
Though now recognised as one of the greatest works of fantasy literature, the work received... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 145661
THORNTON, Edward. Illustrations of the History and Practices of the Thugs.
London : 1851Remarkably scarce second edition, following the first of 1837; one of the earliest and most significant works on thuggee. This copy with a fine provenance: from the library of Edward Law, first Earl of Ellenborough (1790-1871), governor-general of India from 1842 to 1844, inscribed by him on the front pastedown ("Ellenborough") and stamped "Earl of... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 145945
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£275,000.00
Stock Code: 146564
McCULLOCH, John Ramsay. The Principles of Political Economy:
Edinburgh : 1825First edition of the author's first major work, expanded from his contribution to the 1824 edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, "the first substantive text on political economy to appear in the encyclopaedia" (ODNB). David Ricardo, with whom McCulloch corresponded since he started taking an interest in political economy as a young man, described... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 115421
GERARDE, John. The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes.
London : 1636Second edition of Johnson's enlarged version of the herbalist's major work, first published in 1597, the first enlarged edition in 1633.
Thomas Johnson (c.1595-1644), the London apothecary who was already a botanical writer of some note by 1633, sensibly marked his additions and major alterations to the first edition, making it possible to distinguish... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 147449
GRAVES, Robert. Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth; [together with] Proceed, Sergeant Lamb.
London : 1940 & 1941First editions, first impressions, of Graves' retelling of the experiences of Roger Lamb as a British soldier in the American Revolutionary War, and based on the actual Roger Lamb's autobiographical works. "Each book can be read independently of the other" (blurb), and are rarely found together and in such good condition.
George Orwell, writing... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 147253
WOOLF, Virginia. The Common Reader: First and Second Series.
London : 1925 & 1932First editions, first impressions, of two works that are tough to find in collectable condition, in particularly nice examples of the Vanessa Bell-designed dust jackets.
These two volumes, the "pillars of Virginia Woolf's essays" include critical essays, articles, and book reviews that had previously appeared publications such as Times Literary... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 146747
GREENAWAY, Kate. Collection of works.
1870-1930A significant collection of the illustrated books of Kate Greenaway, gathered by a private collector over many years and an assemblage which in scope and quality would now be difficult to equal, covering the full breadth of her career, and richly illustrating the extent and variety of her work.
The collection comprises four presentation copies... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 144492
KELMSCOTT PRESS: CAXTON, William (trans). The History of Reynard the Foxe.
Hammersmith : 1892 Limited edition, one of 300 copies on paper, from a total edition of 310 copies. In his note requested by Quaritch as a puff, Morris commented: "this translation of Caxton's is one of the very best of his works as to style; and being translated from a kindred tongue is delightful as mere language. In its rude joviality, and simple and direct delineation... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 145992
FLEMING, Ian. The final revised typescript of Diamonds Are Forever, with Fleming's autograph revisions throughout, also marked up by the copy-editor for publication.
London : [1955-6]Ian Fleming's revised typescript of Diamonds are Forever, with numerous autograph additions, revealing Fleming's working practices as he honed the fourth Bond novel into its final shape. Original manuscripts and typescripts of Fleming's major works are extremely rare on the market.
The typescript is peppered throughout with authorial tweaks,... Learn More£350,000.00
Stock Code: 145630
GILES, Herbert A. A Glossary of Reference, on Subjects Connected with the Far East.
Hong Kong and Shanghai : 1878Scarce first edition, going through two further editions (1886 and 1900); this copy with a fine provenance: from the library of Byron Brenan (1847-1927), British Consul General to Shanghai (1899-1901), with his bold ownership inscription at head of title page. In his Memoirs, Giles refers to Brenan on several occasions and calls him "an excellent speaker... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 145414
HOBBES, Thomas. Leviathan, or the Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-wealth Ecclesiastical and Civill.
London : 1651True first edition of one of the foundation works in the field of political theory, with the winged head ornament on the title page. There are three editions with title-pages bearing 1651 imprints. The second, with a bear ornament, was printed outside England (probably at Amsterdam), and the third, with a triangular type ornament, is now considered... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 136441
BRAUTIGAN, Richard. The Octopus Frontier.
San Francisco : 1960First edition, first printing, of Brautigan's second collection of poetry, comprising 22 poems and featuring his first photographic cover, the image taken by North Beach photographer Gui de Angulo - "it is striking and just misses being sinister" (McClure, p. 172).
Brautigan collector Craig V. Showalter notes that The Octopus Frontier, along... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 145608
WHITE, Florence. A Fire in the Kitchen. The Autobiography of a Cook.
London : 1938First edition, first impression, in a remarkable example of the scarce jacket. A Fire in the Kitchen is the autobiography of the founder of the English Folk Cookery Association. White (1863-1940) founded the Association in 1928 and in 1932 published Good Things in England, her manifesto for the merit of traditional English cooking.
Her work coincided... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 113651
[STORER, James Sargant.] The Antiquarian Itinerary, comprising specimens of Architecture, monastic, castellated, and domestic;
London : 1815-18First edition. Storer "devoted himself to the production of works on topography and architecture, the plates in which, drawn and engraved by himself on a small scale, were distinguished for extreme accuracy and beauty of finish" (ODNB). Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145218
PLATO. The Republic.
London : 1898First Humphreys edition. This is an elegant copy of Plato's Republic. Davies and Vaughan's "easy flowing" translation was originally published in 1852, and "was the most popular English rendering of the Republic until the appearance of Benjamin Jowett's translations of Plato's complete works" (Tschemplik). Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 146060
SMITH, Adam. An Inquiry into the Nature and the Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
London : 1793Seventh edition of "the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought" (PMM), which reprints the introductions to the third and fourth editions; this copy presenting very nicely in contemporary tree calf gilt.
In his Wealth of Nations, Smith "begins with the thought that labour is the source from which a nation derives what is necessary... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 145601
WALPOLE, Robert (subject). Some Persons Vindicated against the Author of the Defection,
London : 1718One of two editions, this of 40 pages, another of 28 pages. "Published 28 January 1718, a furious, but empty and generalising, reply to Tindal's The Defection Consider'd of December 1717, in which Tindal blamed Walpole and Townshend for 'defecting' for cynical motives, thereby creating a serious division in the Whig party. The present tract argues that... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 146780
DARWIN, Charles. Letter signed by Darwin ("Ch. Darwin"), the text in the hand of his wife Emma, to William Ogle.
Down, Beckenham : [shortly after 27 November 1878]Darwin writes to thank his colleague and regular correspondent William Ogle (18271912) for his English translation of Anton Kerner's Die Schutzmittel der Bluthen gegen unberufene Gaste (The protective measures of flowers against uninvited guests, 1876), which appeared as Flowers and Their Unbidden Guests (Ogle trans. 1878). The book arrived at Down... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 146638
STOKER, Bram. Original holograph manuscript of "John Law. The Mississippi Scheme and its fore Antecedent",
1910A fine working manuscript, entirely in Stoker's hand, of his essay on John Law, the fourth chapter of Famous Impostors (1910), the author's curious study of duplicitous behaviour and fraudulent schemes throughout history. Law, "a gambler on a great scale" (p. 11), is for Stoker the archetypal swindler; the many textual emendations and excisions demonstrate... Learn More£32,500.00
Stock Code: 142880
RICKMAN, John. Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, on Discovery;
Dublin : 1781First Dublin edition of the "first full account in English of Cook's third voyage, published anonymously to avoid legal action by the Admiralty" (Forbes), a reprint of the second, corrected, London edition published by Newbery in the same year.
John Rickman was a second lieutenant aboard the Discovery, being discharged to the Resolution on August... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 147063
DARWIN, Charles. Envelope addressed to William Ogle, with the recipient's name in Darwin's hand and his signature ("C. Darwin") at lower left.
[Down, Beckenham] : 5 May 1873The envelope is addressed to Darwin's fellow botanist and regular correspondent William Ogle (18271912) in London, the recipient's name in Darwin's hand and signed by him "C. Darwin" at bottom left, the addresses completed by other hands. The first address is 7 York Street, Baker Street, W, and the letter was redirected on the same day a short distance... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 146643
BOUBAT, Édouard - BOUBAT, Bernard, & Geneviéve Anhoury. The Monograph.
New York : 2004First edition, first printing. Boubat's first monograph spanning his works from 1923 to 1999 including many from his travels while working for the French magazine Réalités. From the library of Sam Haskins. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 147114
JEVONS, William Stanley. The Principles of Economics.
London : 1905First edition, first impression, of Jevon's posthumous book, edited by his friends, and the final publication of any of his works, being a fragment of a large treatise which he intended to supplement his Theory of Political Economy. Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 147736
CONRAD, Joseph. The First and Last of Joseph Conrad.
London : 1929First collected edition, attractively bound. This omnibus brings together four novels by Conrad: "Almayer's Folly" (1895) and "An Outcast of the Islands" (1896) were his first two published works; "The Arrow of Gold" (1919) and "The Rover" (1923) were two of his last. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 146609
DAHL, Roald. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.
London : 1977First edition, first impression, of Dahl's collection of seven short stories. Aimed at a slightly older readership than his other works, the collection includes two semi-autobiographical stories, respectively based on Dahl's experience as a fighter pilot in the Second World War, and his motivation to become a writer. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 144561
CLARK, Colin. The Conditions of Economic Progress.
London : 1940First edition, first impression. The Conditions of Economic Progress (later revised in 1951 and extended in 1957) "argued that progress involves shifts from primary into secondary and tertiary sectors, and he quantified the size of the movement and its resulting changes in income and productivity through intensive empirical study. Clark was a master... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 146568