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[BURTON, Robert.] The Anatomy of Melancholy.
London : 1652Sixth edition, first published in 1621. Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy was "one of the most popular books of the seventeenth century. All the learning of the age as well as its humour - and its pedantry - are there. It has something in common with Brant's Ship of Fools, Erasmus's Praise of Folly, and More's Utopia,... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 135172
(MAURITIUS.) TEMPLE, Robert. Eight Views of the Mauritius, comprising the Positions of the British Army,
London : 1813First and sole edition of this superb and extremely scarce visual record of the British capture of Mauritius in 1810. The aquatinting is by the accomplished Scottish engraver John Heaviside Clark - also known as "Waterloo Clark" for his sketches made in the immediate aftermath of the battle from on-the-spot drawings by Robert Temple, serving with the... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 141697
(HASTINGS, Elizabeth.) BARNARD, Thomas. An Historical Character relating to The holy and exemplary Life of the Right Honourable the Lady Elisabeth Hastings:
Leeds : 1742First edition of the principal biography of the celebrated Lady Elizabeth Hastings, known as "Lady Betty" (1682-1739). Extremely well known in her lifetime, Hastings "became notable for her intelligence, her pious character, and her support of charitable causes. She was commemorated in no. 42 of The Tatler (16 July 1709) as 'Aspasia', a 'female philosopher',... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 135086
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London : 1796-1821A superbly presented and deeply personal manuscript volume of largely unpublished poetry and drawings by Priscilla Susan Bertie Tarleton (1778-1864), wife of the notorious army officer and rakehell Sir Banastre Tarleton.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
BENTLEY, Nicolas. William Morris.
c. 1968Portrait of the designer, author, and visionary socialist William Morris in old age. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement at the foibles of his fellows, Bentley's... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 67075
BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Listen, that's a funny attitude for a shop steward to adopt."
1961A cigar-smoking producer regards a high-stepping chorus girl with disapproval. Refers to the Equity Actors' Strike, an industrial dispute between the ITV television companies and Equity, the actors' union. The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 67049
PICART, Bernard, & Jean Frederic Bernard. Ceremonies et Coutumes Religieuses de tous les Peuples du Monde,
Amsterdam : 1723-39Mixed early editions of one of the great books of the 18th century, a work that "marked a major turning point in European attitudes toward religious belief" (Hunt, Jacob & Mijnhardt, The Book that Changed Europe: Picart & Bernard's Religious Ceremonies of the World, Harvard UP 2010, p. 1). Originally published between 1723 and 1737, the monumental Ceremonies... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 120466
(BEARDSLEY, Aubrey.) MALORY, Sir Thomas. The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur,
London : 1893First Beardsley edition of Malory's Arthurian epic, this copy in a stunning example of Cedric Chivers's "vellucent" bindings. This is one of a handful executed in this style for this edition, though of the two others we have handled, neither were distinguished by the present green staining to the usually cream-coloured vellum, making this a particularly... Learn More£16,500.00
Stock Code: 140967
(POETRY.) The Vision of Hades,
London : 1825First complete edition, publishing the Vision of Noös for the first time, paired with the Vision of Hades, first published in 1820 and here in its second appearance. This copy has various pencilled emendations in the Vision of Noös, all stylistic rather than correcting errata, and consequently almost certainly in the hand... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 138867
GRIGORYEV, Vasily Vasilyevich. Rossiya i Aziya: Sbornik Issledovaniy i Statey po Istorii, Etnografii i Geografii, Napisannykh v Raznoye Vremya …
St Petersburg : 1876First and only edition, OCLC locates a single copy at the University of Aberdeen. Collection of ten articles by leading Russian Orientalist and Central Asia specialist Vasily Grigoryev (1816-81). A compilation with much material on the early history of Kazakhstan, one of Grigoryev's key research interests being the Khazars and the Golden Horde, interpreted... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 121738
KIRKPATRICK, William. An Account of the Kingdom of Nepaul; being, The Substance of Observations made during a Mission to that Country in the Year 1793.
London : 1811First edition of William Kirkpatrick's account of his 1792 diplomatic mission to Nepal, "leading the first Britons into that kingdom" (ODNB); a handsomely produced book printed by one of the best London printers of the day, William Bulmer. Kirkpatrick (1754-1812) joined the Bengal Infantry in 1773 and was the Persian Interpreter with Lord Cornwallis... Learn More£2,650.00
Stock Code: 124199
FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Typed letter signed ("Scott" in pencil) to Gilbert Seldes in New York.
1934A fine and longish letter in which Fitzgerald discusses Seldes's edition of Ring Lardner, a possible evening of one-act plays, and reviews of Tender Is the Night: "Just read the Lardner collection First and Last. At first I was disappointed because I had expected there would be enough stuff for an omnibus and I still feel that it could have stood more... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 44748
(WORLD WAR II; Japan.) Photograph album: "Thoughts on Military Life" (title in Japanese).
Japan : 1940Superb personal photo album portraying the training of a Japanese infantry officer cadet at the junior division of the Rikugun Yonen Gakko - Imperial Japanese Army Academy - at Asaka in Saitama province, at the outset of World War II. Images show his family and friends; his well-appointed room with stacked arms; group portraits of cadets; the buildings... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 98081
BISH, Tom & Hal Laessig. Newark Hidden City Project: Rethinking the City.
Newark, NJ : 1992First and only edition of this uncommon, attractive and thought-provoking artist's book, sponsored in part by the Newark's acclaimed Aljira contemporary arts centre. The work of architect Tom Bish, still operating under the Metametrics banner, and architectural designer Hal Laessig, the project set out to present a holistic view of urbanism, grounded... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 140453
YEATS, W. B. Autograph letter signed to William Force Stead.
Riversdale, Willbrook, Rathfarnham, Dublin : 26 September A fascinating letter written by Yeats to his friend William Force Stead (1884-1967), expounding the symbolic meanings in the ring that Yeats had had made for him by Edmund Dulac.
Stead was an American-born poet, literary scholar, and Anglican clergyman, who studied at Oxford and then became chaplain and fellow at Worcester College from 1926 to 1933,... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 123152
MOORE, Henry Ludwell. Economic Cycles: Their Law and Cause.
New York : 1914First edition of the author's radical attempt to link economic cycles to rainfall cycles and harvest yields: "the law of the cycles of rainfall is the law of the cycles of the crops and the law of Economic Cycles" (p. 135). "Needless to say, this immensely ambitious undertaking was often severely attacked by contemporaries and subsequent commentators... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 137540
YEATS, W. B. The Secret Rose.
London : 1897First edition, first impression, first issue binding with "Lawrence & Bullen" at the foot of spine, scarce in such nice condition. With The Secret Rose Yeats was at the height of his powers as a prose mythographer, bringing together the two key loci of his imagination: the Celtic folklore of his native Ireland, and the alchemical mysteries... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 135709
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
DEVELIN, Sergeant-Major, Royal Engineers. Views in Chitral.
London : 1896First and only edition. A fine visual record of the 1895 expedition to relieve the siege of Chitral, an incident of the Great Game that became a considerable cause célèbre. The Russians were seen to be making solid advances in the region, advancing across the Khanates of Central Asia, a railway line following in their tracks, and "had begun to show... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 107629
DEVELIN, Sergeant-Major, Royal Engineers. Views in Chitral.
London : 1896First and only edition. A scarce, attractively-produced and highly sought-after visual record of the 1895 expedition to relieve the siege of Chitral, an incident of the Great Game that became a considerable cause célèbre, the location being "A land inot which Europeans did not venture except at the ruler's invitation, and then only with an armed escort"... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 99440
COTTON, Sir Sydney. Nine Years on the North-West Frontier of India,
London : 1868First edition. Cotton (1792-1874) arrived in India as a cornet without purchase in the 22nd Light Dragoons, becoming lieutenant in 1812. On the disbandment of the regiment he was placed on half-pay but continued to serve in India as a-d-c to Major-General Hare at Bangalore. In 1822 he purchased a company in the Buffs and served as a-d-c to Lord Combermere,... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 103939
(DONNE, John.) SYLVESTER, Josuah. Lachrimae lachrimarum.
[London : 1612 & 1613]First appearance of a rare lifetime publication of a poem by John Donne, in the third edition of these funerary verses for Prince Henry, bound together with the second edition. The sombre theme is echoed in the mise-en-page, the text predominately set in deep black woodcut borders with funerary ornaments either side. The promising life of Henry Frederick,... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 118729
PLUMARD DE DANGEUL, Louis-Joseph. Remarques les avantages et les desavantages de la France et de la Gr. Bretagne, par rapport au commerce, et aux autres Sources de la Puissance des Etats.
Leyden : 1754Second edition, published the same year as the first, of this popular work comparing the British and French political economies, this copy from the library of André Morellet, a collection which was largely acquired as reading material during the preparation of his Encyclopédie.
Although it claimed to be a translation, Plumard de Dangeul published... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 120792
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 - 1890A 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
COTTON, Sir Sydney. Nine Years on the North-West Frontier of India,
London : 1868First edition, this in some sort of prize issue, with a school prize inscription to the front free endpaper, elaborated cloth decorations, gilt edges, and the addition of an entirely irrelevant frontispiece.
Cotton arrived in India as a cornet without purchase in the 22nd Light Dragoons, becoming lieutenant in 1812. On the disbandment of the regiment... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 91534
(ADMIRALTY.) General Instructions and Local Regulations for the Squadron and Naval Establishments on the China Station, 1899.
[Hong Kong] : 1899Extremely rare station order book printed a few months before the onset of the Boxer Rebellion, untraced in libraries and secondary literature. From the library of Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, not marked as such, though copiously revised by annotation or by the insertion of printed slips, assiduously enumerated in the "Corrections to Station Order Book"... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 114737
SMITH, Stevie. Harold's Leap.
London : 1950First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To Naomi Replansky, from Stevie Smith" on the front free endpaper, with errata supplied throughout in Smith's holograph.
Beneath the title of "The River God" Smith adds "(of the River Mimram, in Hertfordshire)", and makes minor revisions to "Harold's Leap", "Thought is... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 112543
BLOCH, Ernst. Subjekt-Objekt.
Berlin : 1951First edition, Theodor Adorno's copy, inscribed "Theodor W. Adorno, Frankfurt, 1952" on the title page. Bloch and Adorno were good friends and both were heavily influenced by the other; Adorno was particularly fascinated by Bloch's Geist der Utopie (1918), which prompted him to state that "Bloch's was a philosophy that could hold its head high before... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 124953
DICK, Philip K. A significant archive of correspondence from the collection of his third wife and biographer Anne Williams Rubinstein Dick.
Los Angeles, CA, and elsewhere : c.1965-91Philip K. Dick was married to his third wife Anne Williams Rubinstein from 1 April 1959 to October 1965. Long after their divorce, in mid-1973, Anne burned most of their earlier correspondence, but they renewed contact in December 1973. The ultimate fruit of this was her biography, Search for Philip K. Dick, 1928-1982; A Memoir and Biography of the... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 97282
DEW, Thomas R. Essay on the Interest of Money, and the Policy of Laws against Usury.
Shellbanks : 1834First edition in book form, presentation copy, inscribed on the rear wrapper "From the Author to Wm Short". The recipient was the American ambassador William Short (1759-1849), who served as US Minister to France from June 1790 to May 1792, to the Netherlands from June to December 1792, and to Spain from 1794 to 1795; he was later a successful Kentucky... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 123171
HAVELOCK, Henry. Narrative of the War in Affghanistan in 1838-39.
London : 1840Second edition, following the first of the same year. "On 5 June 1838 Havelock 1795-1857 was promoted captain without purchase in a vacancy caused by the death of 'a dear friend'. Havelock was then forty-three years old, and had twenty-three years' service. Well might he grumble that without the means to purchase, promotion proceeded at the pace of... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 125083
TROTTER, Lionel J. The Life of John Nicholson. Soldier and Administrator.
London : 1898Sixth edition of the standard biography of "the saviour of Delhi", brigadier-general John Nicholson. Nicholson first served in Afghanistan, where he was ambushed as a member of Ghazni's garrison. Leading the trapped men, Nicholson did not lose heart after "fighting against odds" for several days (ODNB). After his captors transferred him to Kabul he... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 81520
FAIRFAX-ROSS, Thomas. Well-compiled, and handsomely presented personal photograph and ephemera album covering service in World War I, at the Supreme War Council, Versailles, and at Chanak, 1922.
1908-24Fine narrative album recording the career, from school days to marriage, of Thomas Fairfax-Ross (1896-1960), with particular attention paid to his military career which took him from the Western Front to Chanak, via Versailles. The album opens, perhaps rather portentously, with a card embossed with the Royal arms, mounted recto on the front free endpaper... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 132252
(WATERLOO.) Lines on the untimely fate of Lieut. Chas. Spearman, R.A.
1815A conspicuous and touching survival: an apparently unrecorded 28-line broadside poem commemorating the death of Lieutenant Charles Spearman (1791-1815), "who was severely wounded at Waterloo and died of his wounds in Brussels 27 June 1815. One of the select band of soldiers buried in the Mausoleum at Evere" (Bromley, Wellington's Men Remembered, 2015,... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 127820
BIRD, James. Historical Researches on the Origin and Principles of the Bauddha [sic] and Jaina Religions:
Bombay : 1847First and sole edition, decidedly uncommon on the market. An important early work in the transmission of information and images from the celebrated Buddhist caves of western India, in particular those at Ajanta, which he saw as repositories of universal value, mindful of "the duty imposed on us, as a nation, to preserve these relics of ancient art".... Learn More£6,250.00
Stock Code: 129805
(WORLD WAR I: MEUSE-ARGONNE OFFENSIVE.) Two French campaign maps annotated for use in the field by Lieut.-Gen. Gordon Macdonald, commanding 3rd Bn. 324th Infantry Regt., AEF.
In the Field & Paris : 1917-8A pair of fascinating, extensively annotated maps used in the field by an officer serving with the 81st "Wildcat" Division of the American Expeditionary Forces during the closing months of the Great War, in particular the Meuse-Argonne offensive of September-November 1918, a brutal encounter in which the AEF suffered casualties in excess of 120,000... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 121953
SIMONDS, Richard Hugh Napier. Two personal photograph albums of the Western Desert and Italian Campaigns.
North Africa and Italy : 1940-43An engrossing visual record of the Western Desert Campaign and Allied invasion of Sicily, compiled by Richard Simonds, "unofficial photographer" in the 4th Armoured Brigade, the major component of the 7th Armoured Division. There are over 200 high-quality photographs of military action, British and Axis armour, street scenes, various Allied officers,... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 43249
(NAPOLEON.) Journal de l'Empire.
Paris : 1806-13First editions of a very full run of the renowned Journals des Débats in its Napoleonic guise, odd volumes of which do appear on the market but extensive runs such as this are rarely encountered. During the First Empire the Journal was opposed to Napoleon and outspoken in its criticism of the philosophes, which led, in 1805, to the Emperor ordering... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 135272
OUTRAM, Sir James. Lieut-General Sir James Outram's Campaign in India, 1857-1858;
London : 1860First UK edition, greatly improved and expanded from the unprocurable Calcutta edition of 1858, and "printed for presentation to personal friends of Sir James Outram, who begs that it may be regarded as a private communication, and not a publication" (title page). It remains uncommon: five copies traced in British and Irish institutional libraries (Aberdeen,... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 116085
LAUREL, Stan (Arthur Stanley Jefferson.) A collection of original Laurel and Hardy scenarios and scripts from the files of the Hal Roach studio.
[Los Angeles] : 1927-35A superb collection of original script material from the golden age of the most successful comic partnership in film history. In 1926, under contract to Hal Roach Studios for the third time, the English-born comedian Stan Laurel (Arthur Stanley Jefferson) reworked an old sketch of his father's into a two-reel comedy, Home from the Honeymoon, featuring... Learn More£45,000.00
Stock Code: 65988
(CHINDITS.) Collection of material relating to Wingate's Chindits and their campaigns in Burma.
1940s-1980s]Superb collection of material concerning the Chindits, includes Wingate's Report on the Operations of 77th Brigade; the original MS of the Hedley's book Jungle Fighter; a number of SEAC Chindit publications; a small trove of pieces from the collection of a serving Chindit officer, including intelligence reports, some excellent press photographs, and... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 65880
(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
BLAKE, William. An Island in the Moon.
Cambridge : 1987First edition, never before published, of this early work by Blake. This is copy XI of 25 copies numbered in roman and specially bound, aside from 750 others (in a single clothbound volume), and has the bookplates of the great collector Haven O'More, who had a particular enthusiasm for Blake and wrote the preface for this edition. In his preface O'More... Learn More£900.00
Stock Code: 139308
SMITH, Adam. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
London : 1776First edition, in fine condition and with a remarkable provenance. Best remembered now as an art collector and classicist, Richard Payne Knight was well-versed in the theories and evidence set forth in the Wealth of Nations. Eight years after inscribing this copy he published a long didactic poem called The Progress of Civil Society (1796), thoroughly... Learn More£250,000.00
Stock Code: 137336
LE ROSSIGNOL, Ethel. A Goodly Company.
[London : First edition of this scarce, privately published work which beautifully presents the psychedelic spirit paintings of the Argentinian-born medium and automatist Constance "Ethel" Le Rossignol (1873-1970).
Le Rossignol ('The Nightingale') remains a mysterious figure, with very little known of her life. By 1891 she and her family had moved from Argentina... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 135609
SAY, Jean-Baptiste. Traité d'économie politique,
Paris : 1803First edition of Say's masterpiece, one of the great works of the classical period of economic thought. Initially not republished until 1814, partly due to Napoleon's hostility to Say, the work thereafter went through 32 editions, and with Smith's Wealth of Nations (whose doctrine Say expounded from an early age), became the most popular work on economics... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 136945