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THESIGER, Wilfred. The Life of My Choice.
London : 1987First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page with his printed name struck through, of this autobiography by "the greatest of twentieth century explorers" (ODNB), notable for his two crossings of the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Peninsula.
Thesiger's career began when, at the age of 23, he led a fully-funded Royal Geographical... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 150511
HALE, Matthew. The Primitive Origination of Mankind, considered and examined According to The Light of Nature.
London : 1677First edition, presentation copy from the publisher William Shrewsbury to Hale's fellow lawyer at Lincoln's Inn, Edward Webbe, inscribed in ink on the initial blank, "Edw: Webbe de Lincolnes Inne ex dono bibliopol Gulielmus Shrewsbury maij 9 no 1677"; a well-margined copy with a fine impression of the frontispiece portrait.
Edward Webbe matriculated... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 149954
MATHERS MACGREGOR, Samuel Liddell. Kabbala Denudata: The Kabbalah Unveiled.
London : 1887First edition, in remarkably attractive condition, of this uncommonly found and contemporarily popular cabalistic work translated by one of the founders of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The Kabbala Denudata was first published in Latin by Christian Knorr von Rosenroth between 1677 and 1678, translated from the original Hebrew.
Samuel... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 144206
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
WELLS, H. G. The Works.
New York : 1924-27The 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
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.
London : 1951First UK edition with Rackham's illustrations, 100th edition overall; number 212 of 500 copies, finely bound.
Grahame's timeless classic was originally published in 1908 with just a frontispiece by Graham Robertson. Rackham's illustrations for the text first appeared in the Limited Editions Club published in New York in 1940, and it was the last... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 148419
JAMES, William. The Naval History of Great Britain,
London : 1837First published 1822-4. Still recognised as a "monument of accuracy - it has stood the test of time and remains the best account of the naval side of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars" (Kemp, The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea, p. 425). First conceived of when he was held prisoner in America during the War of 1812 the Naval History is a remarkable... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 149462
VOLTAIRE. Letters Concerning the English Nation.
London : 1733First edition of Voltaire's celebration of England and the English, the first edition in any language of the work, with the French edition, printed in Amsterdam, appearing the subsequent year; this a commendable copy in contemporary mottled calf.
Voltaire's great admiration for the English people and their system of government was developed during... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 150464
MASEFIELD, John - BLAKE, Quentin. The Midnight Folk and The Box of Delights.
London : 1991First edition, first impression of the first combined edition of The Midnight Folk (first published in 1927) and The Box of Delights (first published in 1935), featuring illustrations by Quentin Blake.
Masefield first asked his publishers about a combined edition of the two Kay Harker books in 1935 and was told it was "an excellent idea". He... Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 150278
LAVEY, Anton Szandor. The Compleat Witch, or What To Do When Virtue Fails.
New York : 1971First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page to the historian Gottfried Kerscher, "To Gottfried Kerscher, and a bright future - Rege Satanas, Anton Szandor LaVey", the tip of the y stylised with a forked tail. Works signed by LaVey are notably uncommon in the market.
Anton LaVey was the founder of the Church of Satan... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 143038
ANTIFASCIST PERIODICAL - FELICANI, Aldino (ed.) The Lantern. Focusing upon Fascism and Other Dark Disorders of the Present Day.
Boston : 1927-29The complete run of the antifascist periodical The Lantern, association copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper by a member of the editorial board, "For Norman Di Giovanni. Aldino Felicani. August 9, 1963". Di Giovanni was close friends with Felicani and catalogued his Sacco-Vanzetti materials, which are now held at the Boston Public Library.
Aldino... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 148256
TOLKIEN, J. R. R. The Lord of the Rings.
London : 1954-55First editions, first impressions. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most popular and influential works of literature in the 20th century, containing richly rendered detail of a new mythological world, not yet surpassed. Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 143484
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
SWIFT, Jonathan. Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.
London : 1726The true first edition of Swift's masterpiece, the most famous of all imaginary voyages, and among the greatest literary works of the 18th century, one of the few works from that period to have such a continued wide readership and such enduring cultural significance.
"The clandestine business of getting into print a pseudonymous and satirically... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 144949
TYPOGRAPHY. A Specimen of Printing Types by Joseph Fry and Sons, Letter-Founders to the Prince of Wales.
London : 1786First edition of this rare collection of type specimens issued by the distinguished Quaker typefounder Joseph Fry (1728-1787), better known today as the father of the Fry chocolate dynasty; it is thinly represented among institutional libraries, with none appearing on auction records. This copy in a handsome period binding, a little compromised but... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 145015
BADMINTON LIBRARY. The Poetry of Sport.
London : 1896First edition, number 170 of 250 large paper copies. This is the largest of the three formats in which the Badminton Library was issued: large paper, deluxe, and standard trade edition. The Badminton Library - handsomely produced, profusely illustrated and employing the leading authorities of the day - was the preeminent series of sporting books of... Learn More£195.00
Stock Code: 145911
ELIOT, T. S. The Rock.
London : 1934First edition, second impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper surrounding the recipient's ownership inscription, "Inscribed for M. W. Bank 19. VIII. 34 by T. S. Eliot". Eliot is known to have signed books in this style upon request. The first impression was issued in May 1934, this second impression in June.
One of the... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 150694
CAXTON, William. The Game of Chesse.
[London : 1855]First edition of Vincent Figgins's facsimile edition of the 1482 Westminster Caxton edition, in the attractive original calf binding.
Caxton's Game of Chess was first printed in 1474, and reprinted with the woodcuts added (as here) in 1482. Following the facsimile are Figgins's remarks on Caxton's typographical productions, lists relating to... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145731
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The World Crisis.
London : 1923-31First editions, first impressions. Working with astonishing speed and energy, Churchill produced this mammoth history of the First World War in the aftermath of electoral defeat. The work deals with his reorganization of the Royal Navy in the years leading up to the War, defends his Gallipoli policy, and criticises Haig's strategy.
John Buchan... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 145874
BURNE-JONES, Edward. The Flower Book.
London : 1905First edition, number 76 of 300 copies, initialled "F.A.S." (Fine Art Society) on the limitation page.
Burne-Jones (1833-1898) "began the series for his own pleasure in 1882, as a rest from more laborious work", and worked on the 38 roundels over the subsequent 16 years (Introduction). The roundels do not depict the flowers themselves, but were... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 146476
SHISUI, Tanahashi. Ryurai Ryukyo [The Stream Comes and the Stream Flows Away] 1954-1973.
1974First edition, first printing. Inscribed to Sam Haskins from Shisui on the front free endpaper with a stamped chop mark, another chop mark stamped to the half title. Shisui's second book, being a retrospective of his work up to 1973. Text in Japanese. From the library of Sam Haskins. Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 147077
RUNCIMAN, Steven. A History of the Crusades.
Cambridge : 1951-52-54First editions, handsomely bound by Bayntun for Birmingham lawyer Gordon William Quance, with his monogram to the front of each volume. This important history of the Crusades is a "major achievement of narrative history infused by passion and at times romanticism, as a result of which he has been compared to Macaulay. Inherent in the work is regret... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 148385
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
WOOLF, Virginia. To the Lighthouse.
London : 1927First edition, first impression, with the front panel of Vanessa Bell's scarce dust jacket laid in at the front, and a Woolf signature (clipped from the Beau Brummell signed limited edition) loosely interted.
To the Lighthouse was "written at the height of her luminous Impressionist vision... It is the sunniest of her books and shows the obsession... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 147068
POWER, Sarah, as Thomas Slaney Wilmot. Gleams of Light and Glimpses thro' the Rift.
London : 1893First edition of this extensive and notably uncommon work on spiritualism and psychic photography, in the beautifully decorated original cloth.
In this work Sarah Power, a Birmingham-based psychic and devout Christian who believed the existence of spirits was proof of the Christian afterlife, details her contact with her deceased fiancé Thomas... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 146293
GERSTAECKER, Friedrich. Narrative of a Journey Round the World.
New York : 1853First American edition of this account of Gerstaecker's circumnavigation. A three volume edition was published in London in the same year.
Gerstaecker (1816-1872) first left Germany age 21 bound for California. He supported himself by whatever work came to hand and consequently spent a significant amount of time in the gold mines on the west... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 146430
JOHNSON, Samuel. A Dictionary of the English Language.
London : 1765Third edition of the most famous of all dictionaries, following the first edition of 1755, in the same imposing double-folio format as its predecessor.
The creation of the dictionary was Johnson's greatest literary labour. Helped by a succession of needy amanuenses who worked in the surprisingly spacious garret of his house in Gough Square, he... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 144646
POTTER, Beatrix. The Tailor of Gloucester.
[London : 1902First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies privately printed for the author a year before Warne's trade edition, issued in the same month and in a similar format to the second privately-printed Peter Rabbit.
The text of this edition is considerably longer than that of the first trade and the cover incorporates a vignette illustration... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 146722
DICKENS, Charles; ALDIN, Cecil (illus.) The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
London : 1910First edition thus, first impression. The Dickensian reviewed Cecil's edition upon publication, noting that "Aldin has very wisely chosen to illustrate the book throughout, and although it makes two large volumes, no one will regret that, considering the wealth of pictures it contains" (p. 322). Cecil Aldin was "identified with clever work in colour... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 130775
WESTALL, Richard. Victories of the Duke of Wellington, from the Drawings of R. Westall.
London : 1819First edition, third issue, the scarce de luxe Large Paper version, with the plates printed on card and mounted, originally sold at 10 guineas - some three times the UK average annual earnings - gilt on black label to the title page to that effect.
Wonderfully effective series of heroic images from the Duke's triumphs in the Peninsula and at... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 144880
BARRY, Sir Edward. Observations historical, critical, and medical, on the Wines of the Ancients.
London : 1775First and only edition of "the earliest major work in English on the wines of the ancients, and the first book in English that discusses modern wines" (Gabler).
"The body of the text concerns Barry's translation of passages from ancient wine writers, and, as such, brought to light their views, which had been previously unavailable in English...... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 146788
AUDUBON, John James. The Birds of America,
New York & Philadelphia : 1839-40-44First octavo edition of Audubon's "Great National Work", the first complete edition and the first American edition. From the estate of the family of Edward Cruft (17761866), an original subscriber to this edition. Cruft was a prominent Boston merchant and husband of Elizabeth Storer Smith, a second cousin of John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the... Learn More£65,000.00
Stock Code: 146756
REMARQUE, Erich Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front.
London : March 1929First edition in English, first impression, in the first state jacket with "German Opinions" on the front flap.
The present UK edition of the work preceded the US edition by three months. Originally serialised in the Vossische Zeitung in late 1928, Remarque's elegy to the generation that had been "destroyed by war, even though it might have... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 145307
QUINE, Willard Van Orman - WIENER, Norbert. Cybernetics or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine.
New York : 1949First edition, seventh printing (first 1948), presented to the philosopher Willard Van Orman Quine by his mother, inscribed by her on the front free endpaper "To dear Willard from Mom. June 25, 1950". The book originates from a large number of Quine family books, recently dispersed on the market.
Cybernetics, by the American mathematician and... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 150085
COULTER, John. Adventures on the Western Coast of South America,
London : 1847First edition. of this account of Coulter's time onboard the Stratford whaler, the book opening with a dramatic account of a successful whale chase. This copy in the original cloth in notably attractive condition.
A ship's surgeon, "little seems to be known of Coulter beyond his personal narratives" (Howgego). A keen observer, and an engaging... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 146439
BABBAGE, Charles. Passages From the Life of a Philosopher.
London : 1864First edition of Babbage's autobiography, with around a hundred pages devoted to Babbage's difference engines, and consequently an important account of the foundation of computer science.
Passages From the Life of a Philosopher "remains a rewarding and entertaining volume, rich in mischief, self-parody, and false modesty", and "a rambling, colourful,... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 149405
BEARDSLEY, Aubrey (illus.); MALORY, Sir Thomas. The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur,
London : 1893First Beardsley edition of Malory's Arthurian epic, this copy in a stunning example of Cedric Chivers's "vellucent" bindings, hand-painted after Beardsley's own artwork within. This copy presents Beardsley's decadent version of Malory's Chivalric romance, noted for illustrations "shockingly overt in their sexuality and eroticism", as a thoroughly luxurious... Learn More£16,500.00
Stock Code: 140967
MAHAN, A. T. Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812.
London : 1905First edition, first impression, handsomely bound with an appropriately nautical theme, inscribed by an Eton master on the first blank as a leaving gift: "Colin Boyd, from A. C. Sheepshanks, on leaving Eton, July 1912".
Sheepshanks went on to fight in the First World War, as probably did his former pupil. This military connection is foreshadowed... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 147985
HIRST, Damien. The Souls I-IV.
London : 2011First edition, first printing. The Souls ran as a solo exhibition at the Paul Stolper gallery from 7 October to 13 November 2010. Hirst took four butterfly designs and reproduced each in 80 different colourways, with the present book reproducing these artworks and the colours used. The lavish illustrations offer an excellent example of how the deluxe... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 147008
STEICHEN, Edward - SANDBURG, Carl. Steichen the Photographer.
New York : 1929First and limited edition, one of 925 numbered copies signed by Steichen and Sandburg. The first monograph devoted to Steichen's work, and included in Roth's The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century: "Sandburg's folksy modesty is a bit at odds with the solemnity and sumptuousness of the book itself, which includes a... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 146523
WOOD, William. The Bow-mans Glory; or Archery Revived.
London : 1682First edition; a second edition was published in 1691. Wood was Marshal of the Society of Finsbury Archers and he invokes the spirit of Agincourt to argue for continued English toxophily. Wood's funeral in 1691 was marked with three flights of whistling arrows.
The work is dedicated to Charles II and opens with a poem "In Praise of Archery",... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 147061
PALEY, William. The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy.
London : 1785First edition of Paley's first published work, a popular success which promoted the idea of utility in moral philosophy and influenced Jeremy Bentham, and which remained an essential text for students of philosophy well into the 19th century.
The work was based on the lectures given by Paley between 1766 and 1776 at Christ's College, Cambridge,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 149731
GLASSE, Hannah. The Art of Cookery.
London : 1763The eighth edition, of "one of the most successful cookbooks of the 17th century" (Willan, p. 212) with the author's facsimile signature to the first page of text. Running to at least 26 editions and still in print in 1852, Glasse's cookbook set the standard for cookbooks with its precise instructions and patriotically anti-French approach to cuisine.... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 148017
DINET, E; BEN IBRAHIM, Sliman. The Life of Mohammad The Prophet of Allah.
Paris : 1918Limited edition of 875 numbered copies of which this number 74. Alphonse-Étienne Dinet (1861-1929), a French-born and Paris-trained painter, lived and worked for almost fifty years in Algeria. His conversion to Islam in 1908 was made formal in 1913. This is one of many collaborative works he produced with Sliman Ben Ibrahim, who originally served as... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136218
BADMINTON LIBRARY. Shooting: Moor and Marsh; [together with] Shooting: Field and Covert.
London : 1886First edition, both works number 79 of 250 large paper copies. This is the largest of the three formats in which the Badminton Library was issued: large paper, deluxe, and standard trade edition. The Badminton Library - handsomely produced, profusely illustrated and employing the leading authorities of the day - was the preeminent series of sporting... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 145907
SHACKLETON, E. H. The Heart of the Antarctic.
Philadelphia : 1909First US edition, first printing, this copy with an attractive familial association, characteristically and evocatively inscribed by Shackleton's sister Kathleen in each volume. Vol. I: "The officers had sled flags presented to them by their loving women in the Scott 1901 Expedition. These flags were their family arms. Ernest's had the Shackleton motto... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 147968
CARLISLE, Thomas. The Unprofessional Vagabond.
London : 1873First edition, first printing, of an intriguing piece of Victorian undercover reporting. The author adopted four different working guises in 19th-century London to discern the experience of the city's poor, making him the titular "unprofessional vagabond." Learn More£95.00
Stock Code: 148095
TUTUOLA, Amos. The Palm-Wine Drinkard.
London : 1952First edition, first impression, of Tutuola's first published novel, which brought him international recognition, scarcely found especially in such excellent condition.
"Indeed, he could hardly have had more distinguished literary godparents, because it was T.S. Eliot at Faber and Faber who recommended that his first book, The Palm-Wine Drinkard... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 149980
QUINE, Willard Van Orman - WHIPPLE, Fred L. Earth, Moon, and Planets; [together with:] The Mystery of Comets.
Cambridge, MA [& Washington D.C.] : 1963 Revised (first 1941) and first editions respectively, both volumes from the library of American philosopher Willard Van Quine, a colleague of Whipple's at Harvard University; Earth, Moon, and Planets with Quine's ownership signature to front free endpaper, The Mystery of Comets with a Christmas card from Whipple and his wife signed "love Babbie & Fred".... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 150109
DELLA PORTA, Giovanni Battista; INGEGNERI, Giovanni. La Fisonomia dell' huomo, e La Celeste.
Venice : 1652A very attractive copy of this 17th-century collection of two works on physiognomy and another on astrology, all in Italian, splendidly illustrated throughout, with especially compelling comparisons of human and animal features and their parallel personalities.
In the 16th and 17th centuries, the notion of physiognomy, that a person's character... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 150512
STEIN, Gertrude. Operas and Plays.
Paris : 1932First edition, first printing, one of 500 copies only, this copy of the fragile publication notably attractive. Operas and Plays was the penultimate title issued by Plain Edition, the publishers which Stein co-founded with Alice Toklas in 1930, and collects 22 of Stein's dramatic works written between 1913 and 1931, including her crucial 1927 work "Four... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 150698
GINSBERG, Allen. Careless Love.
Madison : 1978First edition, first impression, this copy inscribed by Ginsberg "for Jonathan Williams who'll appreciate form + content of this present work April 16, 1978 Allen Ginsberg", one of 280 copies, of which 10 were patron copies, printed for the benefit of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Boulder (colophon).
Jonathan Williams was... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 150373
QUINE, Willard Van Orman. O Sentido da Nova Logica.
São Paulo : 1944First edition, first printing, presentation copy from the author to his future wife Marjorie Boynton, inscribed on the front free endpaper "à prezada amiga Marge para que floresça tanto sua logica quanto sen português - Van" (translatable as "To my dear friend Marge so that both her logic and her Portuguese can flourish").
At the time Quine... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 150190
QUINE, Willard Van Orman. El Sentido de la nueva lógica.
Buenos Aires : 1958First edition in Spanish, the author's own copy, inscribed in his hand on the front free endpaper at his Harvard address "W. V. Quine / Emerson Hall / Harvard University / Cambridge. Mass. 02138".
Quine's work was first composed and published in Portuguese for the Brazilian market in 1944 as O Sentido da Nova Logica. Quine wrote it while serving... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 150182