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KEATS, John. Poems.
London : 1817First edition of Keats's first book, in the original boards. Poems was published on 3 March 1817 by Charles and James Ollier, who were already publishing Shelley. The first of a mere three lifetime publications, it is a work of mainly youthful promise - Keats had appeared for the first time in print less than a year earlier, with a poem in the radical... Learn More£47,500.00
Stock Code: 113377
SHAKESPEARE, William. [Othello.] Othllo.
Istanbul : 1293 First edition in Ottoman Turkish, done by Hasan Bedreddin and Mehmet Rifat from the French translation of Jean-Francois Ducis, and performed 186777 in Gedikpasa theatre in Istanbul, the first theatre in Turkey where plays were performed by Turkish actors rather than travelling troupes. Shakespeare was becoming popular at this time, after the Armenians... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 131742
FIELDING, Henry. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling.
London : 1749First edition, with the errata leaf in volume I. One of only three 18th-century English novels (with Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver's Travels) still widely read with real pleasure by modern audiences, with all the points to distinguish it from the virtually identical reprint of the same year: vol. 1: errata leaf after contents, cancels B9 & B10; vol.... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 84920
[SHELLEY, Mary.] The Last Man.
London : 1826First edition of Mary Shelley's great apocalyptic novel, set at the end of the 21st century among the last survivors of a global pandemic. Perhaps the first to explore the theme was Byron in his desolate poem "Darkness" (written at the Villa Diodati in 1816); and Thomas Campbell in 1823 published a poem entitled "The Last Man" (which was widely discussed... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 138435
WILDE, Oscar. Lord Arthur Savile's Crime & other stories.
London : 1891First edition, first impression, one of 2,000 copies printed. This volume contains four short stories, the title story, "The Sphinx without a Secret", "The Canterville Ghost", and "The Model Millionaire". Learn More£1,875.00
Stock Code: 111590
TWAIN, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
London : 1876First edition, published on 9 June, thus preceding the first American edition that appeared in mid-December by some six months. Twain chose to have the book published first in London to ensure copyright and perhaps also because he was more highly esteemed in Britain than at home. "The irresponsibility, the love of odd adventure, and the sense of natural... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 134119
FALKNER, J. M. Moonfleet.
London : 1898First edition. Presentation copy inscribed to publisher Reginald J. Smith on the front free endpaper, "Reginald J. Smith, from the author, 1st December 1898". Smith was editor of The Cornhill magazine (in which Falkner subsequently published a story) and head of Smith Elder publishing house from 1894. This copy bears several pencilled marginal corrections... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 115523
TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. The Charge of the Light Brigade.
[London] : 1855First separate edition, extremely scarce in this format, one of 1,000 copies published for distribution to the troops in the Crimea, with a note in manuscript at the foot of the mount: "My father Col. Adolphus Burton C.B. was in the Charge of the Heavy Brigade at Balaclava. G.D.B. his eldest daughter, Grace, whose married name was Grace Denys-Burton"... Learn More£42,500.00
Stock Code: 111544
(THOMSON, Hugh.) AUSTEN, Jane. Sense and Sensibility.
London : 1896First edition of Thomson's illustrated Sense and Sensibility. Hugh Thomson was one of the most notable book illustrators of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and his illustrations for Jane Austen's novels remain widely regarded as classics in the field. Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 130378
(BROCK, C. E.) AUSTEN, Jane. Pride and Prejudice.
London : 1895First Brock edition. The costume and interior decor depicted in these illustrations is reputedly accurate to the Regency period, for Charles Brock and his brother Henry used to collect antique furniture and clothing so that their friends and relations could model for the artists in their Cambridge studio. Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 117921
DOYLE, Richard In Fairyland. A Series of Pictures from the Elf-World.
London : 1870First edition of one of the masterpieces of Victorian colour printing. As Percy Muir describes it in his Victorian Illustrated Books (1971), In Fairyland "has 16 colour plates many with more than one subject to a page, and there is not one bad one among them... Edmund Evans surpassed himself in the printing of the blocks... it is now considered as a... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 130950
MORRIS, William, & Alfred John Wyatt, translators. The Tale of Beowulf.
Hammersmith : 1895First Kelmscott edition, and the first edition of William Morris's translation, one of 300 copies printed on paper (a further eight copies were issued on vellum). Morris began his translation of the great English epic in 1893, based on a prose rendering by the Anglo-Saxon scholar Alfred J. Wyatt of Christ's College, with whom he consulted over a two... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 138925
WELLS, H. G. The Invisible Man. A Grotesque Romance.
London : 1897First edition, first impression. With Wells's fine contemporary presentation inscription to the half title page, "W. W. Jacobs from H. G. Wells". With the recipient's embroidered silk bookmark laid in. An excellent association: Jacobs (1863-1943) was a close contemporary of Wells, the highest earning writer of his day, and a superb technician. His masterful... Learn More£12,500.00
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HOPKINS, Gerard Manley. Poems.
London : 1918First edition, with the rare glassine jacket, one of 750 copies only, of which the bibliography states 50 were given away prior to publication (it took until 1928 to sell them all). Trade copies were issued in a plain paper jacket priced at 12s. 6d., but this original unpriced glassine may well designate one of the 50 copies issued prior to sale. Gerard... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 117738
STEVENSON, Robert Louis, & Lloyd Osbourne. The Ebb-Tide.
London : 1894First edition, first issue (the cloth is indicative). This is the only recorded copy of the first edition known to have survived in dust jacket. In this period the dust jacket, as its name implies, was intended to keep the book clean from the dust and soil of commerce. The outer paper jacket was designed to be discarded at the point of sale, to reveal... Learn More£12,500.00
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(NASH, Paul.) SHAKESPEARE, William. A Midsummer Nights Dreame.
London : 1924The Players' Shakespeare, limited to 106 copies, signed by the art editor Albert Rotherston, the illustrator Paul Nash, and the introduction writer Harley Granville-Barker. Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 117387
TWAIN, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade).
New York : 1885First US edition, first printing. Only three substantive changes were introduced after the first printing: at p. 13 the erroneous page reference "88" was changed to "87"; at p. 57, 11 lines from the bottom the misprint "with the was" was corrected to "with the saw"; and at p. 9 the misprint "Decided" was corrected to "Decides" (this last change overlooked... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 132615
SHAKESPEARE, William. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: a Tragedy.
[Hamlet] Dublin : 1725Second Dublin edition of Hamlet, following the first of 1721, which is notable for being the first printing of Shakespeare outside his native country, together with the first Dublin editions of Macbeth (1723) and Henry VIII (1734).
Having moved from Scotland to Dublin some years earlier, George Grierson (c. 1680-1753) set up his own printing house... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 138226
SHAKESPEARE, William. Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Original Copies. The third Impression.
London : 1663)Third folio edition of Shakespeare's plays, generally regarded as the rarest of the 17th-century folio editions. An unknown number of copies is thought to have been destroyed in the Great Fire of London of 1666. The third folio is a reprint of the second (1632), but the second issue adds seven plays to the corpus, although of these only Pericles is... Learn More£500,000.00
Stock Code: 108578
WILDE, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest.
London : 1899First edition of Wilde's comic masterpiece, one of 1,000 regular issue copies, of which this is number 49. 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... Learn More£4,000.00
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HENTY, G. A. Rujub, the Juggler.
London : 1893First edition of this novel, published in America under Henty's intended title, In the Days of the Mutiny, which Chatto & Windus rejected for fear it would lead it to be mistaken for one of Henty's children's books. This is one of only seven multi-volume titles by Henty. "In the 1890s, among the last three-deckers to appear in Britain, Chatto and Windus... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 46919
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; [together with:] Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.
London : 1866 & 1872First published editions of both Alice in Wonderland books. Adventures in Wonderland is the first published edition, the second overall: the book was originally printed in Oxford at the Clarendon Press in June 1865, but was suppressed when Carroll heard that the book's illustrator was dissatisfied with the quality of the printing. He recalled the few... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 136041
STOKER, Bram. Dracula.
New York : 1899First U.S. edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Lady Errington from Bram Stoker 31.05.08". Lady Frances Helena Errington (d. c.1935) was the wife of Sir George Errington (1839-1920), 1st baronet, Dublin-born MP for Longford (1874-1885), High Sheriff of Tipperary (1888) and Wexford (1901). Errington was a prominent... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 121627
DOYLE, A. Conan. The Sign of Four.
London : 1890First edition. This copy has both internal issue points, "138" on the contents page is incomplete and appears as "13" and "wishes" is misspelt on p.56 as "w shed". However, these issue points are present in both the first and second issue of the first edition, the only way of determining between the two issues is by the binding. The second issue was... Learn More£3,975.00
Stock Code: 48026
[SWIFT, Jonathan.] Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.
London : 1726True first edition of Swift's masterpiece, Teerink's A edition, with the first state frontispiece. The first state frontispiece has the inscription beneath the portrait, which in the second state was placed around the portrait; a third state is a retouched version of the second.
The strong elements of political satire perhaps intrigued the contemporary... Learn More£125,000.00
Stock Code: 130055
SWIFT, Jonathan. Directions to Servants In General;
London : 1745First London edition, probably following the Dublin edition published the same year. The satire dated back to 1704, but Swift kept the manuscript by him; he is known to have been working on it in 1731 and probably the following year, though it shows some signs of remaining unfinished. It was finally published posthumously in the year of his death. Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 108447
JAMES, Henry. The Ambassadors.
New York & London : 1904First US edition, second printing (dated a year after the first), presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Mary Jameson Judah in remembrance of March 16th and 17th 1905. Henry James".
Mary Jameson Judah (1851-1930) was an accomplished hostess, giving dinners with monumental menus in both Memphis - where her husband... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 131659
HARDY, Thomas. The Mayor of Casterbridge.
London : 1886First edition in book form, presentation copy of volume I, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To the Hon. Mrs Jeune, from Thomas Hardy". Presentation copies are highly uncommon, with just two copies traced at auction. The recipient, Mary Jeune, later Baroness St Helier (1848-1931), was a prolific essayist (publishing around 50 periodical... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 119901
WELLS, H. G. The War of the Worlds.
London : 1898First edition, inscribed and dated by the author on the half-title with one of his characteristic "picshuas", a caricature portrait; the inscription reading "with a signed portrait of the author. H. G. Wells June 3/99." Signed copies of this edition are notably uncommon.
The War of the Worlds was originally printed as a serial simultaneously... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 134639
[DEFOE, Daniel.] Conjugal Lewdness: or, Matrimonial Whoredom.
London : 1727First edition, rare first issue. Contemporary critics attacked the work's title, which, according to Defoe, was viewed as "a Breach upon Modesty" and offensive to their ears, and the book was reissued the same year with a cancel title page, more politely titled as A Treatise concerning the Use and Abuse of the Marriage Bed. The first issue is rare,... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 124762
DICKENS, Charles. The Old Curiosity Shop.
Philadelphia : 1842Presentation copy, inscribed by Dickens to William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), editor of the New York Evening Post and a leading poet of his generation, inscribed by Dickens: "William Cullen Bryant From his friend and admirer Charles Dickens", signed with his characteristic lavish underscores, and with two accompanying autograph letters signed. In the... Learn More£50,000.00
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JAMES, Henry. Daisy Miller: A Study.
London : 1879First UK edition of one of James's scarcest and most desirable titles, one of 500 copies. The first two impressions are indistinguishable: it was first published on 15 February 1879 in a print run of 250 copies, with a second impression of 250 copies following in March, lacking any imprint to distinguish it from the first issue. Rare, with just two... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 125130
CARROLL, Lewis. The Nursery Alice.
London : 1890First published edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Maggie Bowman from the Author. Mar. 31 1890". Dodgson took charge of Maggie Bowman during her stay in Oxford to act in Bootle's Baby (9 to 13 June 1889), and commemorated this event in his poem "Maggie's Visit to Oxford". Her older sister, Isa Bowman, who at that... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 98292
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
[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£22,500.00
Stock Code: 86257
[LLANOS Y GUTIERREZ, Valentin Maria.] Sandoval: or, the Freemason.
London : 1826First edition, presentation copy to George Keats, inscribed by the author, his brother-in law, "George Keats, the gift of the author", on the title page of all three volumes. George Keats (17971841), younger brother of the poet John, never met Llanos, but was pleased to have as "a friend and brother" a man of letters, and enjoyed both his published... Learn More£13,500.00
Stock Code: 102920
MELVILLE, Herman. White Jacket; or, the World in a Man-of-War.
London : 1850First edition, first issue, of Melville's emblematic fifth novel, which did much to influence the congressional prohibition of naval flogging in September 1850. Copies of the first issue are notably rare in any state, and exceptionally so with the original cloth in such a fine state of preservation.
The British edition, preceding its American counterpart... Learn More£60,000.00
Stock Code: 138349
[BRONTË, Anne.] The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
London : 1848First edition, first issue, of Anne Brontë's last and only separately published novel, which, according to May Sinclair; "reverberated throughout Victorian England" with its realistic and disturbing portrayal of alcoholism and debauchery (Leonardi, p. 314). Thomas Cautley Newby was a notoriously shifty publisher who had taken a deposit for the earlier... Learn More£27,500.00
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THOREAU, Henry D. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.
Boston and Cambridge : 1849First edition of Thoreau's first book. Thoreau published at his own expense an edition of 1,000 copies: less than 300 sold, and in 1853 the remainder was returned to him - 256 bound up and 450 in sheets - prompting his rueful journal entry: "I have now a library of nearly 900 volumes, over 700 of which I wrote myself." The present copy has the three... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 52313
DONNE, John. Poems. With Elegies on the Authors Death.
London : 1633First edition of the principal collection of Donne's poetical works, issued two years after his death. This copy has the two inserted leaves with "The Printer to the Understanders" and the publisher John Marriot's Hexastichon Bibliopolae, not always present, and has the leaf Nn1 in the earlier uncorrected state with 35 lines of text on p. 273 instead... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 82696
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
WILDE, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest.
London : 1899First edition, signed limited issue, number 46 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£50,000.00
Stock Code: 132907
JONSON, Ben. The Workes.
London : 1641]First complete collected edition, comprising the second edition of volume 1 and the first edition of volumes 2 and 3. The first volume is a close reprint of the first edition of 1616. The second volume contains the reissued, unsold sheets of three plays published in 1631, which were edited by Jonson and intended to supplement his 1616 Workes. The balance... Learn More£42,500.00
Stock Code: 108347
JAMES, Henry. Roderick Hudson.
London : 1879First English edition of James's début novel, published 11 June 1879, in an edition of 500 copies. James began the first novel he would acknowledge in Florence in spring 1874. It was serialized in Howells's Atlantic, then published in book form at Boston, November 1875, in an edition of 1,500 copies. It was thoroughly revised by James (removing, among... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 72312
ERASMUS, Desiderius. The Praise of Folie.
[London : 1569 [recte 1549]Rare first edition in English of one of the most notable works of the Renaissance, a work written in England, when Erasmus was staying in the house of Thomas More in the winter of 1509-10.
"Its title is a delicate and complimentary play on the name of his host: its subject matter is a brilliant, biting satire on the folly to be found in all walks... Learn More£95,000.00
Stock Code: 108395