Search results for: 'his dark materials'
PULLMAN, Philip. His Dark Materials.
London : 2001First omnibus edition, first impression, of Pullman's award-winning series, signed by the author on the title page.
This copy has the printed "Letter of Acknowledgement" loosely inserted, as issued. The Amber Spyglass won the 2001 Whitbread Book of the Year award, being the first children's book to do so, while the His Dark Materials trilogy... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 147769
PULLMAN, Philip. His Dark Materials.
London : 1995-1997-2000First editions, first impressions, in first issue jackets, of the complete Dark Materials trilogy, in particularly nice condition. Pullman's epic trilogy of fantasy novels is recognized as one of the best children's novels of the 20th century.
The Amber Spyglass won the 2001 Whitbread Book of the Year award, being the first children's book to... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 143232
BATESON, William. Materials for the Study of Variation:
London : 1894First edition. "William Bateson read the newly discovered paper by Mendel and recognized immediately its relevance to the unsolved problem expounded in his Materials for the Study of Variation variation is the cause of the evolution of species; but what causes variation, and how does it happen? Bateson was convinced that species evolve as the result... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139728
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
FERISHTA, & Jonathan SCOTT. Ferishta's History of Dekkan,
Shrewsbury : 1794First edition of this translation of one of the most important histories of India, by the late 16th-century Persian historian Muhammad Qasim Hindu Shah, known as Ferishta. The British orientalist Jonathan Scott (1753-1829) had it published at his own expense in his native Shrewsbury. Scott served as an officer with the East India Company and saw action... Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 109136
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... Learn More£32,500.00
Stock Code: 142880
EMETT, Rowland. Nellie Come Home; New World for Nellie [US title; with duplicate copy].
New York & London : 1952First editions, first impressions, published simultaneously in the UK and the US. With a presentation inscription by the author to his US publisher, Margaret McElderry, on the front free endpaper of New World for Nellie: "For Margaret, without whom it would not (repeat not) have even got onto the paper! With my best wishes, from Rowland". During her... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 101848
JAPAN; architecture. Go Fusuma Mi Hon. (Fusuma handmade samples.)
Kyoto : c.1910Meiji-era salesman's sample catalogue with a selection of superb hand-stencilled paper and paper-backed silks for use on Japanese fusuma room dividing screens, some of them showing clear arts and crafts influence.
The selection begins with two heavily textured plain papers, followed by three where designs are printed onto a bark-textured paper... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 103576
VICTORIAN TEXTILES. An extraordinary trove of over 200 Victorian printed pattern cotton percale and muslin swatches in their original eye-catching sales sample portfolios.
[Calcutta, India & Manchester : c.1860-70An extraordinarily extensive archive of around 230 Victorian patterned cotton percale and muslin sample swatches produced in Manchester, most likely for the Indian market, all preserved in their original impressive sales sample portfolios. This gathering remains a most remarkable survivor, historically revealing, visually arresting, and with an intriguing... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 139053
VERNAY, Arthur Stannard. Collection of 16 photographic albums; [together with:] typescript diary.
[1920s-30s]An extraordinary personal archive of over 3,000 original photographs assembled by one of the most renowned naturalists and big-game hunters of the inter-war years. Spanning Africa, the Middle East, India, and East Asia, these albums offer an unrivalled insight into some of the most significant scientific expeditions of the period, many undertaken at... Learn More£125,000.00
Stock Code: 133409
SHECHTMAN, Daniel, et al. Metallic Phase with Long-Range Orientational Order and No Translational Symmetry.
New York : 1984First editions, first impressions of the paper announcing the discovery of quasi-crystals by Daniel Shechtman and the follow-up paper that confirmed his results. Chemist Daniel Shechtman (1941- ) of the Israel Institute of Technology was spending a sabbatical at Johns Hopkins University during the early 1980s when he discovered quasiperiodic crystals,... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 86384
HARFORD, John S. The Life of Michael Angelo Buonarroti.
London : 1858Second edition of this important life of Michelangelo, first published the previous year; Harford included an index and in his new preface notes that he has "added a few interesting anecdotes which came to his knowledge after its publication, and has introduced in the concluding chapter some critical remarks on the nature of Michael Angelo's genius,... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 133492
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Pictorial Edition of the Works of Shakspere.
London : [c.1840]An attractively bound set of Shakespeare's works. The publisher and writer Charles Knight (1791-1873) was already a Shakespeare lover and bibliophile in his teens, when he owned an imperfect First Folio which he made up by printing the missing pages from a facsimile edition. "His first major project as an author took shape in 1837, when he resolved... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 130360
PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius. Quadripartitum, translated by Plato Tiburtinus.
Venice : 1484First edition in Latin. Ptolemy's treatise on astrology, the Tetrabiblos, was the most popular astrological work of antiquity and also enjoyed great influence in the Islamic world and the medieval Latin West. The translation was made from Arabic to Latin in 1138 by Plato of Tivoli, the 12th-century Italian mathematician, astronomer and translator who... Learn More£47,500.00
Stock Code: 119247
GRIFFIN, Lepel H., & Charles Francis Massy. Collection of three works on the rulers of the Punjab, handsomely bound in matching style.
Lahore and Allahabad, : 1870-90A genuinely rare opportunity to acquire these three highly elusive monographs on the ruling families of the Punjab, each a remarkable work of exhaustive research written or inspired by Lepel H. Griffin, one of the most colourful officials in nineteenth century British India, the man described by his fellow Indian administrator, Sir Walter Lawrence,... Learn More£12,000.00
Stock Code: 140157
SANDERS, Pharoah. Black Unity.
New York : 1972Signed and dated in full by Sanders in black marker pen on the inside front cover, "Pharoah Sanders, 2000". First pressing, dated 1971 on the label, of one of the highpoints in the Pharoah catalogue, "skimpy as to length, but packed with interest" (Penguin Guide); the great African-American photographer Chuck Stewart provided the striking portraits... Learn More£295.00
Stock Code: 144520
MALCOLM, Sir John. The Life of Robert, Lord Clive:
London : 1836First edition of this important biography, the official life of Clive of India by Sir John Malcolm, another great Indian administrator, a work that has "never been adequately acknowledged as a landmark in the intellectual history of British India"; this copy presented in a lovely binding by one of the finest London binders of the period, Charles Hering... Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 141273
AUSTIN, J. L. Sense and Sensibilia.
Oxford : 1962First edition, first impression, of this series of lectures on perception, delivered by Austin from 1948 to 1959. "His general target was the phenomenalist doctrine that the argument from illusion shows that we never perceive, or directly perceive, material objects but only sense data, ideas, impressions, or sensa Sense and Sensibilia helped to put... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 129319
MATURIN, Charles Robert. Melmoth the Wanderer.
London : 1892A very attractive set of this classic Gothic novel about a man who sells his soul to the Devil, by the novelist and Protestant clergyman Charles Maturin. Although Maturin's vocation initially seems somewhat incongruous with the Gothic genre, his novel also offers a social commentary on England in the early 19th century, and a heavy critique of Catholicism.... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 95670
AMBLER, Richard Penry. Structural Studies on Bacterial Proteins.
Cambridge : 1960The doctoral dissertation of prominent biochemist Richard Penry Ambler. From the library of his supervisor Frederick Sanger, with a large number of Sanger's pencilled annotations, largely x's to mark specific points, as well as a few small corrections and short notes about the content.
Ambler obtained his doctoral degree under Sanger at Cambridge... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 114798
SNOWDON, Lord. A Life in View.
New York : 2014First edition, first printing. Signed by Snowdon on the front flyleaf. The monograph showcases the photographer's range and includes his fashion, theatre, and society photographs, portraits, as well as previously unpublished archive material such as polaroids and private correspondence. Curated by Snowdon's youngest daughter Frances von Hofmannsthal,... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 101282
FLEMING, Ian. Thunderball.
London : 1961First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Leonard. These thunderballs! from Ian". The recipient was Leonard Russell (1906-1974), features editor of The Sunday Times, where Fleming worked full-time until December 1959. Fleming's contract with The Sunday Times allowed him to take three months' holiday each... Learn More£19,750.00
Stock Code: 138057
POWELL-COTTON, Percy Horace Gordon. In Unknown Africa.
London : 1904First edition, inscribed by the author to his daughter on the half-title "A.P.C. from P.P.C. 20.7.28", and additionally signed by the author on the dedication page.
Antoinette Percy Cotton (1913-1997) and her sister Diana joined her father on trips to Africa in the 1930s, later conducting further visits on their own, collecting a variety of... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 148129
PRINSEP, Henry Thoby. Origin of the Sikh Power in the Punjab, and the Political Life of Muha-Raja Runjeet Singh,
Calcutta : 1834First and only contemporary edition of this highly authentic account, based on probably the most accurate first-hand report on the life and times of Ranjit Singh. The portrait of the maharajah was taken from the life by a noted Indian portraitist and engraved by the Indian master-engraver of the Calcutta mint. Extremely uncommon on the market, no auction... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 139506
STENT, George Carter. Scraps from my Sabretasche.
London : 1882First edition of this scarce and colourful memoir, "full of material that would sound familiar to any reader of Kipling's stories set in India" and teeming with detail, this copy skilfully restored in the attractive original cloth.
Stent's book includes a description of "an elephant who plays jokes on his keeper, to Stent's dressing up as a woman... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140276
MOROGUES, Sebastien-François Bigot, vicomte de. Tactique Navale,
Paris : 1763First edition of Morogues's widely-acclaimed study of naval tactics and the use of signalling at sea, "perhaps the most scientific book on naval tactics ever written" (Corbett p.4). A judiciously restored, and not unattractive copy of this surprisingly uncommon work.
Despite his father being a naval commissioner, Morogues (1706-81) began his... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 150517
GONNE, Maud, (illus.); YOUNG, Ella. Celtic Wonder-Tales.
Dublin : 1910First edition, first impression, signed by the illustrator on the title page, and with an original initialled drawing in black ink on the front free endpaper (an expanded version of the ornament printed on p. 20.) Edith Maud Gonne (1866-1953) was one of the boldest figures of the Irish Literary Revival; a suffragette and artist, she remains best known... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 137680
GOLF; JAPAN - WHITE, Cyril T. H. Commonplace book containing documents relating to cruises on the China Station and elsewhere.
1890-1906A naval officer's commonplace book from the last years of the 19th century containing rare ephemera, notably two printed documents of 1897 relating to the Hakodate Golf Club. These both predate the accepted date for the foundation of the "first golf club in Japan", at Kobe in 1901. Hakodate, on the northern island of Hokkaido, was the first Japanese... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 117485
FAULKNER, William. Doctor Martino
New York : 1934First edition, first printing, trade issue. A superb presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the literary critic Malcolm Cowley on the title page: "For Malcolm Cowley William Faulkner Sherman, Conn. 20 Oct. 1948". Malcolm Cowley (1898-1989) was responsible for almost single-handedly re-establishing the literary reputation of Faulkner through the... Learn More£19,500.00
Stock Code: 130074
CHERNENKO, M. B., & L. V. Khvat. Dvadtsat' sem' mesyatsev na dreyfuyushchem korable «Georgiy Sedov» (Twenty-seven months on the drifting ship "Georgiy Sedov").
Leningrad : 1940First edition of this uncommon account from the Heroic Era of Soviet Arctic Exploration. In 1937 the icebreaker Georgiy Sedov was sent to the assistance of two fellow icebreakers trapped in the frozen Polar Sea, but was encircled in the pack ice and joined them in captivity. The two smaller vessels were freed by Yermak early in 1938, but Sedov was obliged... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 141257
READ, Samuel. Political Economy. An Inquiry into the Natural Grounds of Right to Vendible Property or Wealth.
Edinburgh : 1829First edition of the anti-Ricardian economist's major work. Uncommon: the title is recorded as having appeared just four times at auction in the past 50 years - one in cloth similarly rebacked, another in contemporary half calf rebacked and recornered, and two in original boards.
Read (fl. 1816-29), of whom very little is known, was a great admirer... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 126586
TARTAN - WHYTE, John. Clan Tartans [spine title] - Coats of Arms, Crests, Clan Tartans &c. Designed for Embroidery …
Edinburgh : [c.1845]No other copy recorded institutionally of this fascinating, and enterprising exercise in "pattern drawing", making available the 75 designs published in John Sobieski Stuart's Vesitiarium Scoticum of 1842 in a format enabling their manufacture. This is an important early record of the adoption of the Sobieski Stuart patterns, and an extremely appealing... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 135594
EDGWARE ROAD MURDER. A volume of contemporary newspaper clippings, pamphlets and broadsheet publications relating to the Edgware Road Murder.
London : 1837A fascinating assemblage of printed material relating to the cause celebre of 1837, the brutal murder and dismemberment, on Christmas Eve 1836, of Hannah Brown by James Greenacre (1785-1837), forever after known as the Edgware Road Murderer. This collection was compiled by someone eagerly following the case and attests to the grip that it exerted on... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 119351
LIVINGSTONE, David. A portion of the original manuscript of Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa,
London : 1857A remarkable fragment, the only portion of the original manuscript of Missionary Travels known to remain in private hands. We understand that all other manuscript material is held in the John Murray Archive at the National Library of Scotland. Together with an autograph letter signed from Livingstone's sister, sending the manuscript fragment, and a... Learn More£65,000.00
Stock Code: 139047
WORLD WAR II; US ARMY. [Official reports concerning the United States Army during World War Two.]
Washington : 1943-45-46Superbly provenanced complete set of the original handsomely-produced official US Army wartime reports, the personal copies of General Brehon Burke Somervell (1892-1955), George Marshall's commander of Services of Supply, the first two being presentation copies from Marshall, the cover of each volume gilt lettered with Somervell's name and rank. Services... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 133868
MARX, Karl. Le Capital.
Paris : [1872-75]First edition in French, first issue, a fine presentation copy, inscribed by Marx to the Frankfurt banker Sigmund Schott, with whom Marx exchanged ideas central to his philosophies and work: "Mr Sigmund Schott, de la part de l'auteur, Londres, 3 Novembre 1877" to the first engraved title page. Presentation copies of Capital are exceptionally rare, with... Learn More£575,000.00
Stock Code: 128563
CARPENTER, Edward. Love's Coming-of-Age.
Manchester : 1896First edition of this popular collection of essays by the philosopher, poet, and early activist for gay rights Edward Carpenter (1844-1929), considered "unique because as well as documenting the material conditions of women under capitalism, it mapped the inner life of struggle and personal transformation involved in realising the 'new life' under socialism"... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 129405
VAN LAWICK-GOODALL, Jane. The Behaviour of Free-living Chimpanzees in the Gombe Stream Reserve.
London : 1968First edition of the author's PhD thesis, completed in 1965, expanded for publication with material based on further research conducted in 1967. Goodall's thesis details her observations of the Kasakela chimpanzee community in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, primarily carried out between 1960 and 1965. Goodall "redefined humanity" in her early... Learn More£1,875.00
Stock Code: 125628
COSWAY-STYLE BINDING - OMAN, Carola. Nelson.
London : 1947First edition of Carola Oman's key work. Her biography of Nelson won the Sunday Times Prize for English Literature, and "still stands as the benchmark against which modern biographies of Nelson may be judged" (ODNB), and she had access to previously unpublished primary sources, including the collection of Lady Nelson's papers assembled by Lady Llangattock,... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 148366
CRIMEA. Statistiko-ekonomicheskiy atlas Kryma [Statistical and Economic Atlas of Crimea].
Simferopol : 1922First and only edition of this scarce informational atlas compiled and published by the regional statistical department for the Crimea, and consisting of arresting visual representations: thematic maps, line and bar graphs, pie charts, and a number of hybrids thereof. The text unusually given in both Russian and Arabic.
An attractive, but intrinsically... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 145519
PERCY, Thomas. Reliques of Ancient English Poetry:
London : 1775First published 1765, this a lovely set of the third edition in which Percy "corrected such Mistakes as he had detected and also inserted such further Illustrations as had either occurred to himself, or been communicated to him" (Advertisement to the Third Edition). The dedication, though signed by Percy, was written by Samuel Johnson. Johnson had... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 75095
BRAZIL - CARLS, Francisco Henrique. Album de Pernambuco.
Pernambuco : 1880A wonderfully-preserved copy of this superb visual record of Brazil in the late 19th century. "The colourful and airy rendering contributes much to the appeal of this extensive series of images that forms one of the most comprehensive visual reports carried out on any Brazilian city in the period" (Correa do Lago).
The album was first issued... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 108232
ELLIS, Sarah Stickney. The Englishwoman's Family Library.
London : [from 1843]A handsome set of Ellis's four most important works, housed inside the beautifully preserved publisher's glass-fronted presentation case and advertised together as "The Englishwoman's Family Library". While individual volumes of Ellis's works in varying editions do occasionally appear at auction, we can trace no uniform sets, nor any together with the... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 133527