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DICKENS, Charles. Original autograph leaf from The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
[London : before April 1837]Original autograph manuscript leaf with authorial deletions and insertions from Pickwick Papers, the novel that transformed an obscure 25-year-old journalist into England's most famous author in a matter of months. One of only five such leaves remaining in private hands, this leaf is from the setting manuscript used by the printers. Fewer than 50 of... Learn More£97,500.00
Stock Code: 124911
KHĀQĀNI, Afdal al-Din-al-Shirwani al-. Tuhfat al-'Iraqayn [The Gift of the Two Iraqs].
[Safavid Iran : [c.1600]A most attractive and highly uncommon Safavid-era manuscript, the only mathnawi - or long narrative poem in couplet form - of the celebrated 12th century CE Persian poet Khāqāni; it is presented here in an appealing binding, the onlays, probably once gilded but the gilt now oxidised, almost certainly made of paper, a distinct Safavid practice at this... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 132183
FLEMING, Ian. The final revised typescript of Diamonds Are Forever, with Fleming's autograph revisions throughout, also marked up by the copy-editor for publication.
London : [1955-56]Ian Fleming's revised typescript of Diamonds are Forever, with numerous autograph additions, revealing Fleming's working practices as he honed the fourth Bond novel into its final shape. Original manuscripts and typescripts of Fleming's major works are extremely rare on the market.
The typescript is peppered throughout with authorial tweaks,... Learn More£350,000.00
Stock Code: 145630
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
WHITE, T. H. Macbeth the Knife. [Mimeograph typescript.]
Mimeograph typescript of T. H. White's play, "Macbeth the Knife", sent to Harley J. V. Usill, founding director of British record label Argo Records. The typescript is inscribed on the title page, "from T. H. White / Alderney / Channel Isles", and has a lengthy written note to "Dearest Usill" about the possibility of recording the play: "For sound on... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 86009
FLEMING, Ian - CHOPPING, Richard. Archive for the dust jacket of "For Your Eyes Only".
14 October 1959 - 14 April 1960A series of 22 autograph and typed letters signed between Ian Fleming, his agent at Jonathan Cape Michael Howard, and Fleming's dust-jacket artist of choice Richard Chopping, documenting the conception and creation of Chopping's jacket design for For Your Eyes Only, also containing a number of drafts and colour palettes for the dust jacket, as well... Learn More£75,000.00
Stock Code: 145633
HAMMOND, Richard. Carnations Cultivated by Richard Hammond of Coddenham in the County of Suffolk.
[Ipswich : 1733A remarkable manuscript volume proudly detailing 84 varieties of carefully curated carnations accompanied by a number of reflective religious discourses. The unique work, which has been provided with a locally printed title page, contains 18 meticulously if naively hand-drawn and captioned illustrations depicting carnations, a campanula pyramidalis,... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 138840
BRADBURY, Ray. Two manuscript poems, inscribed: "So Run the Sands Back up the Glass" and "The East is Up".
[Los Angeles : 1961 & 1980]Presentation copies of two original manuscripts, both inscribed by the author to his old friend Douglas Menville, the science fiction and fantasy writer.
"So Run the Sands Back Up the Glass" is a corrected typescript dated 1961, and apparently unpublished, inscribed by the author on the recto, "For Doug, with my friendliest wishes - this original... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 127474
SALVIN, Francis Henry, & William Brodrick. Falconry in the British Isles.
London : 1855; revised in 1872Author's heavily revised and expanded proof sheets in preparation for the second edition. Falconry in the British Isles by Francis Henry Salvin (1817-1904), with plates by William Brodrick (1814-1888), is the most important work on the subject produced during the nineteenth century, and an essential standard work. The first edition was published in... Learn More£45,000.00
Stock Code: 137081
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Sheets of The River War, volume I, with Churchill's corrections on 17 pages.
London : 1899Unbound pre-publication sheets of Churchill's second book, with his holograph corrections, some quite extensive, to 17 pages. Working papers from the early part of Churchill's writing career are exceedingly uncommon. Just one minor correction marked here seems to have been adopted in the published version, but a number were taken up in the single-volume... Learn More£18,500.00
Stock Code: 90104
STUART, General Sir Charles. Letter Book of correspondence with Admiral Duckworth during the retaking of Minorca, 1798-9.
Mahon : 1798-99It is rare indeed that British Military History throws up a general who seriously could be considered as an exemplar of Sun Tzu's Sage Commander. And it is perhaps not particularly surprising, in view of the generally sanguinary tendencies of the historians of the British Army, that his greatest feat "being bloodless, has been absolutely forgotten"... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 120807
RIIS, Jacob A. Children of the People (original manuscript).
[New York : 1903]The original manuscript of Riis's short story "Children of the People", signed by the author at head in pencil, describing the ongoing suffering of children, as published in The Century Magazine for December 1903, and later collected, under the title "The City's Heart", in his 1915 story collection Neighbors: Life Stories of the Other Half.
The... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 146044
FITZGERALD, F. Scott. "I Didn't Get Over", two draft manuscripts and typescripts, with holograph corrections, for the short story.
[Asheville, NC : 1936]Two original drafts, the first draft and the second and final draft, for Fitzgerald's short story "I Didn't Get Over", written in summer 1936 and published in Esquire magazine that October.
The most noticeable differences between the two drafts are at the beginning and end of the piece. The title is slightly changed: in the first draft, it is... Learn More£95,000.00
Stock Code: 100917
FAITHFULL, Lilian. Autograph draft for Men and Women of the Time: A Dictionary of Contemporaries.
13 Kensington Square, W., : Two page autograph draft with annotations and corrections in ink and pencil by Lilian Faithfull, an early reformer of women's higher education and one of Virginia Woolf's lecturers, for her autobiographical entry in Men and Women of the Time: A Dictionary of Contemporaries (1899). Written in the third person, it culminates with her appointment as Head... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 132800
JOHNSTON, George Liddell; James Albert Buchanan Jay. The Alphabet Illustrated.
[Herefordshire, : c.1858]A finely executed alphabet book of captioned pen-and-ink drawings, featuring personified letters in the Victorian grotesque tradition. The drawings were executed by a talented amateur artist, carefully copied from a rare, privately-published work, The Alphabet Illustrated, by Reverend George Liddell Johnston, a feature of which is the caricatured, oversized... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 137720
CHRISTMAS - CALLIGRAPHIC MANUSCRIPT. The Wonderful Christmas Story told by St Luke.
Snowshill, Cotswolds : November 1928A beautiful arts and crafts style calligraphic Christmas gift, inscribed in orange ink to the final leaf "Written for Miss Ellen D. Sharpe by her friend S. B. Russell at Snowshill, on the Cotswolds, in November 1928".
The work was created by Sydney Bolton Russell (1866-1938), the father of the arts and crafts furniture designer Gordon Russell... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145380
CHRISTIE, Agatha. Hubert Gregg's archive of typescripts, autograph manuscripts, and letters relating to the plays of Agatha Christie;
1953-72A superb collection of material, illuminating Christie's relationship with her director and producer over the course of five plays and two decades. The typescripts in particular document the process from casting to opening night in great detail, the contributions and opinions of the director and producer recorded at each point, but with little doubt... Learn More£16,000.00
Stock Code: 110880
HENRY VII. Document signed (initialled "HR" at head), appointing John Mewtas as investigator of ecclesiastical corruption in the Midlands.
Calais : 1492Writing from Calais and styling himself "king of ffraunce and of England and lord of Ireland", Henry shows a characteristically keen concern with money. Henry had been in Calais since October, besieging Boulogne and on 3 November at Étaples obtaining peace with the French king Charles VIII on reasonable terms - a generous annual payment in compensation... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 116939
DESPARD, Edward. [Account sheet, with manuscript docket title:] Account of contingent expences incurred by the Superintendent of His Majesty's affairs in Honduras,
(1789)Account sheet for six months' expenses in Honduras by Edward Marcus Despard (1751-1803), Superintendent of Honduras, later executed for treason, despite the appeals of Nelson, with whom he had worked closely during the San Juan Expedition. On Honduras Despard sought to give the same rights to freed slaves as to white settlers, claiming that British... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 135127
BRIGGS, Ernest. "Year Without Spring."
1942Compelling and highly readable epistolary account of army service in Papua New Guinea by the Australian poet, broadcaster and music critic, Ernest Briggs (1905-1967), the letters being addressed to the pianist Harriet Cohen (1895-1967), acclaimed particularly as an interpreter of Bach. The work is unpublished and the only other copy traced is in the... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 93902
ROBERTSON, Walford Graham. "Troy Town": pair of sheets with two original watercolours, calligraphy and musical notation.
c.1905Highly attractive piece rather in the style of the Beggarstaff Brothers, illustrating the old English ballad "The Wandering Prince of Troy", here shortened to simply "Troy Town", a retelling of the story of Dido and Aeneas; the opening lines reading "When Troy Town had, for ten yeeres past, Withstood the Greekes in manfull wise". The first sheet carries... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 136594
QUR'AN. Magnificent Qajar Qur'an in a dated Zand lacquer binding
[Zand and Qajar Iran,]This Qur'an is an exquisite example of Qajar calligraphy, copied in the bold Iranian naskh most often associated with the Safavid calligrapher Ahmad al-Nayrizi. The manuscript's illumination is extensive, elaborate, and vibrant, alive with colours and gold, rich in the exuberant luxury of Qajar decorative art. Particularly noticeable is the sheer diversity... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 142205
TARLETON, Priscilla Susan Bertie. Manuscript volume of poetry with numerous pen, ink, and pencil vignettes.
London : 1796-1821A superbly presented and deeply personal manuscript volume of largely unpublished poetry and drawings by Priscilla Susan Bertie Tarleton (1778-1864), wife of the notorious army officer and rakehell Sir Banastre Tarleton. The manuscript was produced between the years 1796, when the author was only 18 years old, and 1821, when she was 43. It contains... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 94720
CROWLEY, Aleister. Konx Om Pax: Essays in Light.
London and Felling-on-Tyne : 1907Signed limited edition, number 28 of 100 copies only in black cloth, signed on the frontispiece. This copy additionally has a loosely inserted manuscript copy of Crowley's comic poem "Blow the tom-tom", written in pencil in his hand with corrections and strike-throughs. Crowley has later added an inked note at the foot of the poem: "See K. O. P." -... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 149223
WILKINSON, Geoffrey Miles. Manuscript memorial volume of a pilot officer of 56 Squadron R. F. C.
Ealing, Middlesex : 1918A unique and extremely moving document, a manuscript record of the life and brief career of 2nd Lieut. G. M. Wilkinson, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, attached to 56 Squadron R.F.C. (1898-1917), lovingly copied out and compiled by his mother. Following the structure of the memorial volumes of the era the volume offers a brief account of schooling... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 144576
GRAND TOUR DIARY - NELSON, John Horatio. Grand Tour diary.
1846-47An entertaining Grand Tour diary, chatty and discursive. John Horatio Nelson (1825-1917) was great-nephew of the hero of Trafalgar, the second son of Thomas Bolton, who changed his surname on becoming the 2nd Earl Nelson. Born at Brickworth House, Whiteparish, Wiltshire, he was educated at Eton and Harrow, and Trinity College, Cambridge. He took holy... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 114065
OPIUM FANTASY - LIGNE, Charles-Joseph de (attrib.) Voyage à Visbecq.
[Brussells? : ca.1794]Original manuscript of an extraordinary dreamlike fantasy which describes an opium-induced journey to the centre of the earth. The existence of the novel remained unknown for more than 200 years until it was discovered in a Parisian bookshop and published in 2007 with a long essay by Éric Lysøe (see below).
The text is written in the first... Learn More£8,000.00
Stock Code: 139702
VALENTINE. A True Lovers Knot.
[undated, after 1806]A delightful and rare survival of a "True Lover's Knot" manuscript Valentine poem. Designed to be rotated, the words twist through a maze of linear bands to create both a love letter and an intricate work of art. Part of a long tradition of exchanging handmade tokens, letters, or gifts for Valentine's Day, the "True Lover's Knot" poem is designed so... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145285
BOHAN, François Philibert Loubat de. Extraits de l'Examen Critique du Militaire Française,
1820Neatly written and clearly legible manuscript copy of Bohan's important and uncommon work. Originally published in Geneva 1781, "The third volume, including some extracts of the other two was reprinted Paris 1821 under the title of 'Principes pour monter et dresser les chevaux de guerre'" (Huth). The revision was carried out by the astronomer Joseph-Jérôme... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 46213
AUSTRALIA. Original pen and ink and wash map of New Holland and New South Wales.
England : c.1840Delightful "album piece" map of Australia, dating to around 1840, "New Holland" outlined in green, New South Wales and Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) in red, coastal waters shaded in blue. Sydney, Port Jackson and Botany Bay are all named, also the Swan River; the lateral distance across the continent is given as "2400 miles".
Van Diemen's Land... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 132135
PICASSO; HALÁSZ, Gyula; BRASSAÏ. Un apres-midi avec Picasso 85 ans. (An Afternoon with Picasso at 85).
[Cannes, : 1966]A superb unpublished and heavily corrected manuscript in French, in which Brassai recounts his visit to Picasso, a long-standing friend, at his home near Cannes. Brassaï, who photographed much of Picasso's work in the 1940s, had published Conversations with Picasso in 1964, in which he created an intimate portrait of Picasso, covering their friendship... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 112218
FLEMING, Ian. Manuscript notebook, including material used in You Only Live Twice.
1962Undoubtedly one of the very last pieces of significant Fleming manuscript material outside the Lilly Library's Fleming collection.
These notes were made at the time of Fleming's trip to Japan in 1961. He returned to Japan with the express purpose of making a trip that he could funnel into a Bond story. He wrote to his friend Richard Hughes in... Learn More£95,000.00
Stock Code: 145643
CHINA. Second Opium War.An enthralling and richly detailed journal of a decade at sea with the US Navy during the 1850s, recording back-to-back cruises on three sloops-of-war, seeing action in three different arenas: on the Cyane, which shelled Greytown, Nicaragua (1854), the Preble during the Paraguay Expedition (1858) - a flexing of muscle by the US Navy that concluded peaceably... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 127365
MALLETT, Alfred J. Small naval archive including original notice board announcement of VJ Day from submarine HM Submarine Terrapin.
1927-62Slight and slightly scruffy, this nevertheless remains an evocative assemblage of documents from an extraordinarily long and highly distinguished naval career. Perhaps the "star" item being the two-page "Notice Board Copy", pencil on naval message pad, of the announcement of VJ Day from the submarine Terrapin, which was at that point returning via Suez... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142705
DISNEY, Walt. Director's Manual:
California : 1936A collection of 13 mimeographed manuscripts giving a fascinating insight into Disney's internal training program for the animators.
The collection comprises: two lectures by Don Graham discussing general animation theory and practice; a bulletin discussing "How to Catch, Build and Maintain the Interest of the Spectator in the Picture"; character... Learn More£3,850.00
Stock Code: 118414
DUKE, Vernon. Holograph Musical Quotation Signed: "April in Paris".
1941Boldly penned and lengthy musical quotation - the first seven measures including lyrics - of one of Duke's finest and most memorable compositions, neatly inscribed "To Lionel A. Aucoin from Vernon Duke Sept. 27th, 1941". "April in Paris" is, of course, one of the timeless standards of the "Great American Songbook", originally composed for the 1932 Broadway... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 121835