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GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust.
Hammersmith : November 1906 & June 1910First Doves Press editions, each volume one of 25 copies on vellum.
The subject of Faust preoccupied Goethe for most of his life. He began a play on the theme as early as 1773, at first probably concentrated mainly on Faust's disgust with academic learning and on the shallowness of university life. He worked it up into the love tragedy (the so-called... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 145189
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
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
BRONTË, Emily. Un Amant.
Paris : 1892First edition in French of Brontë's Wuthering Heights (1847), later renamed Les Hauts de Hurle-Vent. Scarce: Library Hub locates only one copy in the UK (BL), WorldCat adds a further four in France; we could trace only one in commercial records, a rebound copy which sold at auction in 2018.
The first edition, published by Thomas Cautley Newby... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 143390
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
MORRIS, William, & Alfred John Wyatt (trans.) The Tale of Beowulf.
Hammersmith : 1895First Kelmscott edition, and the first edition of William Morris's translation, in gorgeous condition, and inscribed by Morris in the year of publication on the second blank, "to Robert W. Smith, from William Morris, Sept: 24th 1895". The Kelmscott Beowulf is already a scarce book (300 copies were printed on paper, as here, with a further eight on vellum),... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 141603
WILDE, Oscar. The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
London : 1898First and limited edition, number 6 of 30 copies printed on japon. Wilde was in France at the time of publication, and the limitation notice was written in purple ink by Smithers. Even though the limited edition was intended for presentation, Wilde personally inscribed only a handful of copies. A further 800 unnumbered copies printed on handmade paper... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 143981
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
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... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 134119
SHAKESPEARE, William. Julius Caesar:
London : [1695?]The fifth quarto and separate edition, the final edition of the 17th century. A nice example: Shakespeare quartos are commonly found cropped and in poor condition.
There is no lifetime quarto of Julius Caesar, which was first published in the first folio in 1623, that text being the sole authority for the play. Unusually for a major Shakespeare... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 145049
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
Stock Code: 67963
WILDE, Oscar. The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
London : 1898First and limited edition, number 5 of 30 copies printed on japon, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the verso of the half-title, "To Mr. and Mrs. Dal Young, from the author, in gratitude and regard. Oscar Wilde '98." Dalhousie Young (1866-1921), an English composer and pianist, had published a sympathetic pamphlet urging tolerance at the... Learn More£75,000.00
Stock Code: 145836
HARDY, Thomas. Jude the Obscure.
London : 1896First edition in book form, this copy entirely in the first state (pagination to all partially blank pages in signature A-H). Jude the Obscure was Hardy's last novel, in which he "deliberately attacked the existing educational system and marriage laws. The novel's sexual directness fuelled the hostility of its reception in some quarters, and while Hardy... Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 71098
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
WILDE, Oscar. A Woman of No Importance.
London : 1894First edition, one of only 500 copies printed, this copy with a very scarce original programme for the play's first run at the Haymarket Theatre laid in, and dated by hand 20 May 1893 only a month after its 19 April premiere. The copy has purple ink ownership stamp, and manuscript insignia, of August Willem Johan van Lanschot (1867-1923), a respectable... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 144150
NASH, Paul (illus.); 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
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
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 clandestine business of getting into print a pseudonymous... Learn More£125,000.00
Stock Code: 130055
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, signed limited issue, number 19 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£40,000.00
Stock Code: 142975
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
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
LERMONTOV, Mikhail Yurievitch. [A Hero of Our Time.] Sketches of Russian Life in the Caucasus.
London : 1853First edition in English of one of the masterpieces of Russian literature, Lermontov's A Hero of Our Time, originally published at Saint Petersburg in 1840, and the first of any of Lermontov's works in English. This edition was issued in the somewhat obscure, "elegant and rather miscellaneous" (Sadleir) Illustrated Family Novelist series; it is well... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 143340
BALFOUR, Ronald (illus.) Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
London : 1920Signed limited edition, number 22 of 100 copies signed by the artist. This is one of the most striking editions of the Rubáiyát, the illustrations by the little-known Ronald Balfour (1896-1941) combining the eroticism and grotesquerie of Beardsley with elements of Kay Nielsen and art deco to give a flamboyant Jazz Age rendering. Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 121584
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
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... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 131659
DICKENS, Charles. Oliver Twist;
London : 1838First edition in book form, first issue, with Boz title pages and the "Fireside" plate, a nice copy in the original cloth.
Bentley rushed Oliver Twist out in book form before serialization was complete, forcing Cruikshank to hurry the last few plates. Dickens disliked the final "Fireside" plate and asked Cruikshank for a new design, the "Church"... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 145996
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
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
Stock Code: 90111
[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
[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
DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
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: "William Cullen Bryant From his friend and admirer Charles Dickens", signed with his characteristic lavish underscores. Dickens met Bryant for their first private audience on his American tour on Tuesday... Learn More£75,000.00
Stock Code: 90110
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... Learn More£60,000.00
Stock Code: 138349
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
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£19,500.00
Stock Code: 145272
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... 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, here in a contemporary calf binding. With the exception of a few rare small pieces "none of Donne's poems was printed in his lifetime" (Hayward), and this posthumous collection presents the first publication of some of the greatest love poems in the... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 82696
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
BRONTË, Anne, as Acton Bell. 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... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 121127
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