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ELIZABETH, Princess of the United Kingdom. Cupid Turned Volunteer.
London : 1804First edition, signed by "Elizabeth" on the half-title. Published at the height of the Georgian volunteer movement for the war against Napoleon, this book contains a series of engraving based on drawings by Princess Elizabeth, daughter of George III, showing cupid training to fight the French. Each picture depicting scenes of "Genius, Loyalty, and Patriotism"... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 129967
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
JOHNSON, Pamela Hansford, Theyre Lee-Elliot, Norma Bull et al. W. Chelsea CD Warden Service Souvenir Magazine.
London : 1945First and only edition. A high quality publication reflecting the location covered by the 9 Civil Defence posts whose exploits it records. Printed on glossy coated paper stock throughout, it contains reports from each post, humorous skits, poems, cartoons and some wonderful illustrations by artistic denizens of Chelsea who served. Scarce, no copies... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 150216
SHAKESPEARE HEAD PRESS: SPENSER, Edmund. The Works.
Oxford : 1930Shakespeare Head Edition, number 183 of 375 sets printed on handmade paper and bound thus, with hand-coloured woodcuts by Hilda Quick. The edition, with the text newly prepared, is one of the Press's crowning achievements, this being a particularly appealing unopened copy. A further eleven copies were issued on vellum.
Hilda Quick (1895-1978)... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 142984
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
FREEMAN, Kathleen. The Work and Life of Solon.
Cardiff : 1926First edition, first impression, presentation copy of the author's first book, a study of the Athenian statesman and poet Solon, inscribed by the author to her long-term partner, at the very start of their acquaintance, on the front free endpaper, "Lilian M.C. Clopet, from Kathleen Freeman July 14th, 1926". This work, "considered essential reading",... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 142281
HERRICK, Robert. Poems Selected from the Hesperides.
New York : 1903First edition thus, one of 260 copies only, printed on Mayday 1903. This finely produced edition of Herrick's poems features striking woodcuts designed by the co-runner of the Elston Press Helen Marguerite O'Kane. Her designs "complement Hesperides beautifully and reflect the qualities of equanimity, sweetness, delicacy, and youthful idyllic enjoyment... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 144713
HULSHOFF, Maria Aletta (ed.) Peace-Republicans' Manual; or, the French Constitution of 1793.
New York : 1817First edition of this anonymously published collection of radical documents, tracts, and writings in French and English, compiled and edited from numerous sources by the Dutch feminist and pamphleteer Maria Aletta Hulshoff (1781-1846), and intended as a manual for pacifists. It includes the first American printing of the French Constitution of 1793.
Hulshoff,... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 144381
GUILD OF WOMEN BINDERS. The Bindings of To-morrow.
London : 1902First edition, number 476 of 500 copies only. The magnificent chromo-litho plates feature 50 bindings by the Guild, many with the names of their designers and executors. It was produced to accompany an exhibition in London to showcase the Guild's work alongside that of the Hampstead Bindery.
The Guild of Women-Binders was established in 1898... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 140060
AUSTEN, Jane. The Novels.
London : 1892First Dent editions, first printings, with two Chapters numbered 32 in Mansfield Park. The text is based on the last edited edition published in the authors lifetime. The illustrations here by William Cubitt Cooke (1866-1951) are first attempt at period-appropriate representation, with Regency dress and furnishings. After Richard Bentley, whose last... Learn More£1,950.00
Stock Code: 143546
VAN ETTEN, Ida M. The Condition of Women Workers Under the Present Industrial System.
Washington, D.C. : 1891First edition of Van Etten's address, one of the first serious attempts to secure safe conditions and better working hours for women in the underground garment industry; one of two 1891 printings.
Van Etten (1872-1930), a scion of one of New York's oldest families, served as secretary of the Working Women's Society in New York and was an influential... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 149024
PETO, Gladys. Told in the Gloaming.
London : [c.1934]A beautiful copy of this story book for schoolchildren with striking illustrations by renowned art deco artist and author Gladys Peto.
Peto (18901977) was a prolific illustrator and children's author. Her distinct style was seen to capture the spirit of the times and from 1915 she quickly became regular artist for publications such as The Sketch,... Learn More£170.00
Stock Code: 76634
FRAME, Janet. The Lagoon.
Christchurch : 1951First edition, first impression, of the author's first book, a collection of short stories. At the time of publication Janet Frame (1924-2004) was a patient at Seacliff psychiatric hospital. She had been scheduled to receive a lobotomy, however, the work's receipt of the Hubert Church Award, one of New Zealand's most prestigious literary prizes, led... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 105418
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
SHELLEY, Mary. Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus.
London : 1888A lovely example of Routledge's Pocket Library edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Shelley's pioneering work was first published in 1818. The definitive, expanded, text, which includes a new chapter and the celebrated Preface in which she describes the novel's genesis in the nocturnal storytelling session at the Villa Diodati, was published in 1831,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 143253
BIRD, Isabella Lucy, as Mrs. J. F. Bishop. The Yangtze Valley and Beyond.
London : 1899First edition of this account of the "archetypal Victorian Lady Traveller's" (Robinson) 15 months and 8,000 miles of travels in China, concluding in 1897, and recounting "the most remarkable of her journeys" (ODNB). It is profusely illustrated and the photos were taken by the author herself.
Isabella Bird (1831-1904) was a remarkable woman who,... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 143228
BURNEY, Frances. The Wanderer;
London : 1814A pretty set of the first edition of Frances Burney's final novel. Camilla, published in 1796, had met with great success and the publishers were hopeful that Burney's present work would be equally well-received. With the entire first edition subscribed for by booksellers, a second edition was printed in anticipation, but the novel was met with unsympathetic... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 149467
HIGHSMITH, Patricia, as Claire Morgan. The Price of Salt.
New York : 1953First paperback edition, first printing, of Patricia Highsmith's second novel and defining lesbian romance. The Price of Salt was originally published in a hardback by Coward-McCann in 1952.
The paperback sold nearly a million copies reaching and influencing a huge audience in this format and leading Highsmith to receive weekly correspondence,... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 148579
WHITE, Eliza Orne. I, The Autobiogaphy of a Cat.
Boston : 1941First edition, first printing, of this delightful children's story.
Eliza Orne White (1856-1947) began writing at the age of 11, and remained prolific throughout her life, her novels rich with details from her New England upbringing. "White's largest claim to fame, however, was not her adult novels. It was her twenty-nine hugely successful children's... Learn More£80.00
Stock Code: 140881
FITKIN, Gretchen Mae. The Great River.
Shanghai : 1922First edition, scarce in commerce, and although well represented in international libraries scarce in British and Irish institutional libraries: Library Hub locates just 4 copies (BL, Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, V&A). An interesting work illustrated with photographs by Donald Mennie, who travelled widely in China in the 20s and produced... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 143573
FLOWERS. The Lover's Language of Flowers;
Wakefield : An attractive collection of poetry and a dictionary of the emotions flowers express, by the anonymous "Authoress". From this work we learn that one should offer their love vervain to communicate their "irresistible influence", while offering hemlock means "You will cause my death".
The rise of floriography in England has been attributed to the... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 146013
ILDREWE, Miss (ed.) The Language of Flowers.
Boston : 1865First edition of this significant American botanical compendium, complete with the 12 colour plates and in the bright, decorative original cloth. Miss Ildrewe champions the significance of her native flora, an effort which was applauded by contemporary reviewers: "this pretty gift-book is the first really American contribution to the language of flowers"... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 143182
WOOLF, Virginia. The Years.
London : 1937First edition, first impression, of Woolf's penultimate novel, and the most popular of her novels during her lifetime.
Woolf began The Years in the early 1930s as a novel-essay entitled The Pargiters. Woolf subsequently divided it into two parts, with the fiction portion reworked into The Years and the essay portion the basis for Three Guineas.... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 147720
BARKER, Pat. [The Regeneration trilogy:] Regeneration; The Eye in the Door; The Ghost Road.
London : 1991-93-95First editions, first impressions, all signed by the author on the title page. The novels explore the history of the First World War by focusing on the aftermath of trauma and are based on the writings of First World War poets. In 1995 the final book in the trilogy, The Ghost Road, won the Booker-McConnell Prize. Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 147635
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
MURDOCH, Iris. The Sovereignty of Good Over Other Concepts.
Cambridge : 1967First edition, first impression, of Iris Murdoch's "best-known work of philosophy, whose influence has grown since publication. It was fiercely original" (ODNB). Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 150807
WOOLF, Virginia. Orlando.
London : 1928First trade edition, first impression. Woolf's Orlando is widely recognized as a masterpiece of modernist and feminist literature, and remains among her best-known works. Dedicated to Vita Sackville-West, whose androgynous personality inspired the character, the book was described by her son Nigel Nicholson as "the longest love letter in history". This... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145082
SPARK, Muriel. Child of Light.
Hadleigh, Essex : 1951First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Signed copies of early park works are uncommonly found, especially so in the jacket.
Long before Spark published her first novel she wrote a number of literary critical or biographical works including William Wordsworth, Mary Shelley, Emily Bronte, John Masefield and John... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 148857
COMPTON-BURNETT, Ivy. Dolores.
London : 1911First edition, first impression, of the author's first book. Her second would not be published for 14 years and Compton-Burnett (1884-1969) would later refer to Dolores as a false start, its style notably differing from her later dialogue driven works. Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 60427
LE GUIN, Ursula K. Threshold.
London : 1980First edition, first impression, inscribed on the title page to the Australian science fiction writer "To John Baxter, Ursula K. Le Guin".
The recipient John Baxter was also a science fiction novelist, alongside publishing many non-fiction works on science fiction in film, in a writing career spanning over half a century.
Loosely inserted... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 147784
DE MORGAN, Sophia Elizabeth, as C. D. From Matter to Spirit.
London : 1863First edition of this vividly written and meticulous account of spiritualist practice and ghostly interactions, which became one of the foundational texts of the British spiritualist movement. It is uncommon in the first edition, and this is a particularly attractive example.
Sophia de Morgan (1809-1892) was a social activist, spiritualist, and... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 147277
LIPPER, Susan. Grapevine.
Manchester : 1994First edition, first impression, signed by the artist on the recto of the imprint page. This work is series of Lipper's "ominous" (Badger, p. 174) monochrome photographs of Grapevine, West Virginia, taken between 1988 and 1993, together with a transcript of a conversation between the photographer and three residents recorded in the summer of 1993. Learn More£900.00
Stock Code: 150483
ACTON, Eliza. Modern Cookery, in all its Branches:
London : 1845First edition, with the advertisements dated January 1845. Modern Cookery established Eliza Acton as the first of the modern cookery writers. This first edition is notably uncommon with just six copies traced institutionally worldwide, four of which are held in the UK.
This copy has the appealing signs of use, with a number of recipes checked... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 132125
STALLINGS, A. E. Archaic Smile.
Evansville : 1999First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the title "To Ginger, with gratitude for all your good work! Alicia. 24.i.01, Atlanta". This collection of poems, by the recipient of the 1999 Richard Wilbur Award, is uncommon in such fine condition and especially so inscribed. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 148105
MOBERLY, Charlotte Anne & Eleanor Jourdain, as Elizabeth Morison & Frances Lamont. An Adventure.
London : 1911First edition, first impression, and extremely uncommon thus; an unexpected sensation the book ran to four impression in three months, the first print run notably small. Published anonymously the identities of the authors of this controversial work, perhaps the most famous "time slip" case in the literature, were not made public until 1931.
In... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 145924
WOOLF, Virginia. Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown.
London : 1924First edition, first impression, this copy with appealing provenance: from the library of George "Dadie" Rylands, darling of the "Second Generation" Bloomsbury set, who was working as an assistant at the Hogarth Press at the time of publication, with his bookplate and a typed note loosely inserted, annotated by Rylands in ink and initialled by him,... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 148813
BURNEY, Fanny. D'ARBLAY, Madame. Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay (1778 - 1840)
London : 1904-05Wonderfully characterful "vivid portrayals of the life of late Georgian England and post-revolutionary France" (ODNB) by the woman declared the "mother of English fiction" by Virgina Woolf. First edited by her niece and published in seven volumes 1842-7, this the first with extensive notes by Austin Dobson, the period's leading authority on eighteenth-century... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 149463
GRAHAM, Maria. Letters on India.
London : 1814First edition of this attractive supplement to Graham's Journal of a Residence in India (1812), similarly based around her own travels, and "extending her account of the culture" of India (Robinson). A pretty copy of a surprisingly uncommon work, less than a dozen locations on WorldCat.
"Written solely with the design of being useful to such... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 142796
PROUST, Marcel. Les plaisirs et les jours.
Paris : 1896First edition, first printing, of the first book published by Proust before his rise to stardom, in an attractive art déco binding by the French bookbinder Max Fonsèque (1891-1965), and superbly illustrated by the society-painter Madeleine Lemaire (1845-1928).
Some of the poems and short stories in this work had appeared in print from 1892... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 144631
SAPPHO; WHARTON, Henry Thornton (trans.) Memoir, Text, Selected Renderings
London : 1885First edition, scarce. This highly influential and comprehensive translation of Sappho notably restored the feminine pronouns to her work, and includes "a compilation of explanatory notes, various appendices, and a bibliography that lists editions, translations, and imitations if Sappho over the centuries" (Prins, p. 53). Significantly Wharton attempted... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 150952
LEE, Vernon. A Phantom Lover.
Boston : 1886First US edition. This supernatural novella, first published in the UK earlier the same year, is the third published work of fiction by Vernon Lee, the pen name of Violet Paget (1856-1935); she had written a number of studies as an art historian under this pseudonym before turning to fiction.
Montague Summers later described Lee as "among the... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 146711
HAGGIN, Blanche Butterworth. Le Livre d'Amour.
New York : 1887First edition of this lavish book of French love poetry, number 11 of 20 large paper copies printed on Japon, numbered and initialled by the editor Blanche Butterworth Haggin on the limitation page, in a superb binding by one of France's most prominent binders of the Belle Epoque, Charles Meunier (1865-1948), who founded the Cercle Grolier in 1923.
This... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 149248
COPE, Wendy. Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis.
London : 1986First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the title page to the poet and counterculture figure, Felix Dennis (1947-2014) "To Felix from a poet who enjoys your work, Wendy Cope", and with Dennis's bookplate to the front pastedown. This is a lovely association copy. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 147945
PARGETER, Edith. Hortensius, Friend of Nero.
London : 1936First edition, first impression, of the author's first book, inscribed by the author on the first blank: "Best wishes, Edith Pargeter". This copy is in the scarce jacket. As a writer Edith Pargeter (1913-1995) was "a realist, immersed in history and attuned to moral questions whose pioneering work in medieval historical crime fiction" did much to consolidate... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 99761
COLERIDGE, Sara. Phantasmion.
London : 1874First named edition, second overall, with the publisher's ads dated August 1875, of the long fairy-tale Phantasmion, "one of the earliest novel-length fantasies separate from the Gothic tradition" (Sanders), and the first appearance of the work with the author's name printed on the title page: it was first published anonymously in 1837 in a run of just... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 144079
RICH, Adrienne Cecile. A Change of World.
New Haven, CT : 1951First edition, first printing of 551 copies, with a reprint in the same year of further 503 copies. This is Rich's first published work, and is Volume 48 of The Yale Series of Younger Poets.
The Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition is an annual event which publishes the first collection of a promising American poet. Auden chose the winners... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 144929
AUSTEN, Jane. Pride and Prejudice.
London : 1894First fully illustrated edition, known as the "peacock edition" from the exquisite gilt design on the front cover, one of the most striking examples of late-Victorian pictorial cloth. 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... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 150696
LE GUIN, Ursula K. Rocannon's World.
New York : 1977First hardback edition, first printing, inscribed on the title "For Tom, with love, from Ursula". The recipient is likely the American science fiction author and poet, Thomas M. Disch (1940-2008). This hardback edition is uncommonly found signed.
Le Guin and Disch were near contemporaries in the science fiction community and seem to have had... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 148104
RAWLINGS, Marjorie Kinnan. South Moon Under.
New York : 1933First edition, first printing, of the author's first book, the present copy in a notably attractive example of the dust jacket. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896-1953) was one of the best American local colorist writers of the first half of the twentieth century.
Her "contribution to American literature is her memorable evocation of the harsh, colorful,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 109409
BENSON, Stella. Tobit Transplanted.
London : 1931First UK edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper for the literary agent David Higham "Signed for D. Higham with best wishes Stella Benson April 26th 1932"; signed copies are scarce.
Originally published in America the previous year as The Far-Away Bride, this work achieved Benson "both popular success and... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 149734
KEROUAC, Jan. Parrot Fever. Excerpts from a novel.
Santa Cruz, Ca : 1994First edition, first printing, number 29 of 135 copies signed by the author on the limitation page. This is a presentation copy inscribed on the title "To Kevin Ring - thanks so much for your interest in my struggle. Best, Jan Kerouac. August 2nd, 1995".
The recipient was the Beat poet Kevin Ring, who also founded Beat Scene, a British magazine... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 149333
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£975.00
Stock Code: 146509
HOLDEN, Inez. Born Old, Died Young.
London : 1932First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed to her mother on the front free endpaper "To Mummy, with best love from Inez, March 1931", the date amended in another ink into 1932. This science fiction title, depicting the "giddy antics of the roaring twenties" (Scholes), is Holden's second book.
Beatrice Inez Holden (1903-1974)... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 144950
SAPPHO - SALTER, Mary Turner. Lyrics from Sappho.
New York : 1909First edition of this musical rendition of Sappho's poetry, the words taken from Bliss Carman's 1904 translation Sappho One Hundred Lyrics and set to music by the soprano and composer Mary Elizabeth Turner Salter (1856-1938). Turner was one of the founding members of the American Society of Women Composers.
Lyrics from Sappho is a typical example... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 132586
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Poems of West & East.
London : 1917First edition, first impression, of the author's first regularly published book. Sackville-West's collection of twenty-two poems, thirteen of which appear here for the first time, was written while living in Istanbul with her newly married husband Harold Nicolson, who was working as a diplomat there. Their house at Cihangir offered Vita her first garden... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 145998
AINSLIE, Kathleen. Votes for Catharine Susan and Me.
London : First edition, first impression, of purportedly "the only book about suffragettes written for children during the 'Votes for Women' campaign" (British Library). The beautiful chromolithograph illustrations depict the adventures of two wooden peg dolls as they join the cause, create mayhem, and are jailed. After going on hunger strike, the story closes... Learn More£800.00
Stock Code: 138974
STARK, Freya. A Winter in Arabia.
London : 1940First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper "Donald Simon from his Godmother Freya Stark London 1943", with partial bookplate of the recipient's father, Alan Lennox-Boyd, to the front pastedown. Stark was also godmother to Alan Lennox-Boyd, who would later be the colonial secretary under Winston Churchill in the... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 142074
STANHOPE, Lady Hester. Memoirs,
London : 1846First edition of Travels, with the second edition of Memoirs, published in the same year. This is a handsomely bound copy of the chief authorities for the life of the most extraordinary woman traveller of the 19th century.
A niece of William Pitt, Lady Stanhope (1776-1839) left England in 1810 with Charles Meryon, a young doctor she had engaged... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 146264