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HOCKNEY, David. Secret Knowledge.
London : 2001First edition, first impression. Hockney elaborates on his theories about how some of Western art's most famous masterpieces, paintings by artists such as da Vinci, Caravaggio, Velázquez, and Van Eyck were actually created. His answer led to fascinating insights into the history of art, that many of the world's most revered artists used mirrors and... Learn More£80.00
Stock Code: 139914
(INDIAN NATIONAL ARMY.) GIANI, Kesar Singh. Indian Independence Movement in East Asia.
Lahore : 1947First and only edition of 2,000. This is a scarce account of the history, goals and administration of Azad Hind (Free India) by Kesar Singh Giani, who worked as a civil administrator for its Provisional Government; Copac shows only 3 locations (BL, Oxford and SOAS). The idea of establishing a Free Indian State opposed to British rule in the country... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 129766
(WWII - POLITICAL WARFARE EXECUTIVE.) "German Propaganda and the German 5.7.43 - 20.10.43" - collection of weekly reports.
1943A remarkable survival: a half-yearly run of pioneering weekly propaganda intelligence reports produced by the German and Austrian Region - Intelligence Section of the Political Warfare Executive. These reports were to provide the basis for a new approach to intelligence work for the British which would be carried forward after the end of WWII. Documentary... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 135819
PASHINO, Petr Ivanovich. Turkestanskii krai v 1866 [Travel Notes, Turkestan 1866]
St Petersburg : 1868First and only edition, decidedly uncommon with OCLC showing only 9 locations worldwide, and just a single copy at auction in the last 50 years. Highly desirable account of Tashkent - capital of Russian Turkestan and now of Uzbekistan - and its surrounding area at the time of the Russian annexation. On the establishment of the new Russian Governor-generalship... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 117849
POPPER, Karl R. The Poverty of Historicism.
London : 1957First edition of Popper's third book, an extensive attack on historicism, "the doctrine that there are general laws of historical development that render the course of history inevitable and predictable... In The Poverty of Historicism, historicism is formally refuted and attributed to two oppositely mistaken views about the nature of social science.... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 132435
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
BALL, John. Notes of a Naturalist in South America.
London : 1887First edition, presentation copy to the author's college, Christ's College, Cambridge, with the presentation bookplate to the front pastedown. The Dublin-born John Ball (1818-1889) was a politician, naturalist, and Alpine traveller. After leaving Cambridge he travelled in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe, contributing papers on botany and the Swiss... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 111224
BACON, Roger. Fratris Rogeri Bacon, ordinis minorum, Opus Majus
London : 1733First edition, one of 30 large paper copies; William Bowyer's records show a further 220 copies were printed on smaller paper. Roger Bacon wrote the Opus Majus, his most important work, in the 1260s, but it went unpublished until the present edition. Samuel Jebb used the manuscript held by Trinity College Cambridge, resulting in the seventh part, absent... Learn More£6,250.00
Stock Code: 128868
ARISTOTLE, & Abu Yahya ibn al-Batriq (attrib.) "'The book of the Politics of management of Leaders'".
Ayyubid or Mamluk Syria : 13th centuryThe text of the present manuscript, most commonly known under the title of The Secret of Secrets or its Latin equivalent Secretum Secretorum was one of the most widely translated and most influential texts of the high middle ages. It is a pseudo-Aristotelian compendium of advice on statecraft and kingship including aspects as diverse as the health (physical... Learn More£220,000.00
Stock Code: 138645
BARROW, John. Travels into the Interior of Southern Africa.
London : 1806Second, and best, edition of this influential survey of South Africa, which has a particular focus on the Cape Colony. First published in 1801-4, here the text is revised, expanded and corrected and 8 superb aquatint plates after Samuel Daniell added. Barrow accompanied Lord Macartney, as private secretary, on his mission to the Cape of Good Hope in... Learn More£3,950.00
Stock Code: 86714
BARROW, John. Travels into the Interior of Southern Africa.
1806Second, and best, edition of this influential survey of South Africa, which has a particular focus on the Cape Colony. First published in 1801-4, here the text is revised, expanded and corrected and 8 superb aquatint plates after Samuel Daniell added. Barrow accompanied Lord Macartney, as private secretary, on his mission to the Cape of Good Hope in... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 81260
[JUSTEL, Henri, ed.] Recueil de divers voyages faits en Afrique et en l'Amerique,
Paris : 1674First edition of this important collection of voyages, assembled by the Huguenot Henri Justel, a "promoter, through hospitality and correspondence, in circles in Paris and London, of the optimistic spirit of enquiry which would be a feature of the European Enlightenment" (ODNB); this is a most attractive copy with a fine provenance. Included here is... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 125351
PRIDEAUX, Humphrey; TADASU, Hayashi, translator. [The Life of Muhammad.] "Mahometto Den" [馬哈黙伝]
Tokyo : Meiji 9 .First edition in Japanese, being the first Japanese book on the life of the prophet Muhammad, drawn from Prideaux's The True Nature of Imposture Fully Display'd in the Life of Mahomet (1697) and translated into Japanese by Hayashi Tadasu, later Japan's Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Tadasu (1850-1913) studied in Britain from 1866 to 1868.... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 138760
SALT, Henry. A Voyage to Abyssinia, and Travels into the Interior of that Country,
London : 1814First edition of this handsomely illustrated and important 19th-century account of Ethiopia. In 1802 Salt accompanied Viscount Valentia on a tour of India, Ceylon, and the Red Sea, serving as his secretary and draughtsman, and in 1805 was sent by him on a mission to the ras of Tigré, "whose affection and respect he gained, and with whom he left one... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 137509
MALHERBE, Oscar. Des mitrailleurs.
Liege : 1871First and sole edition of this important and notably scarce work, published in the wake of the Franco-Prussian War: OCLC locates only four copies (Bibliothek der Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum, Het Legermuseum Delft, National Library of Sweden, Royal Danish Library). Malherbe, described on the title page as ingénieur-mécanicien, gives an account... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 127071
TAGLIACOZZI, Gaspare. De Curtorum Chirurgia per insitionem.
Venice : 1597First edition of "the first book devoted entirely to plastic surgery" (Norman), second issue on ordinary paper, with the licence printed on the title page verso. Hook & Norman note the existence of a very few copies which they term the first issue, printed on large and thick paper, without the licence, and suggest that these were intended for presentation.
Gaspare... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 135968
CHEKHOV, Anton Pavlovich. Ostrov Sakhalin. Iz putevykh zametok.
Moscow : 1895First edition in book form of Chekhov's first-hand investigative report on the much-contested north Pacific island. Chekhov visited Sakhalin in 1890, and his account was first serialized in the popular journal Russkaya Mysl (Russian Thought) in 1893-94. This book version includes four additional chapters; Chekhov also revised and corrected the previous... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 132594
(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
ELLIOTT, Henry Wood, & Andrew F. Gallagher. Report of the Special Agents of the House Committee of Expenditures in the Department of Commerce, upon the Condition of the Fur-Seal Herd of Alaska and the Conduct of the Public Business on the Pribilof Islands…
Washington : 1913First and only edition. Seemingly the author's copy, with added documentation and his own original illustrated wrappers, subsequently inscribed on the title page, "For Judge Cooper with the warm personal regards of the author, Henry W. Elliott, Oct. 25, 1913." Laid in is a memorandum in Elliott's hand, on Department of Commerce stationery, denouncing... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 131367
ORWELL, George. Original autograph lecture notes for "Culture and Democracy", together with related correspondence between himself, the Fabian Society, and Routledge, the publishers.
1941-42A remarkable survival, the original manuscript notes for Orwell's lecture on "Culture and Democracy", the lecture which was published, much to Orwell's disgust, with unauthorized alterations in the volume Victory or Vested Interest (1942). Orwell's lectures were not usually recordedBernard Crick describes the published version as "the only record of... Learn More£75,000.00
Stock Code: 120664
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Collection of 40 books from his personal library, retrieved by his friends and agents, the Bruce family.
1906-50The collection includes 40 books from Ernest Hemingway's personal library, including nine books signed by Hemingway, and 18 books inscribed to Hemingway from family and fellow authors and editors. Many are from childhood and young adolescence, yet some track across Hemingway's travels in Spain, Paris, and back to the United States. Due to the books'... Learn More£50,000.00
Stock Code: 107595
DILLON, John Talbot. Travels Through Spain,
London : 1782Second London edition, third overall, of Dillon's earliest work which was first published in 1780 in London, and the following year in Dublin.
John Talbot Dillon (1734-1806) was a traveller and historian. He was also "clearly proud to be a baron of the Holy Roman empirea title conferred on his father, Francis, and passed down on his death in 1767since... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 133535
HOPE, W[illiam] H[enry] St John. The Stall Plates of the Knights of the Order of the Garter.
Westminster : 1901First edition in a handsome binding. Hope was a noted antiquarian born in Derby in 1854. "His increasing reputation led to his election as a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1883, and two years later he was appointed assistant secretary of the society, the last to be resident in Burlington House. During the twenty-five years in which... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140529
EMERSON, Ralph Waldo. Representative Men:
Boston : 1850First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed in a secretarial hand on the front free endpaper "Frederic H. Hedge / From the Author." The book shows Hedge's close reading, with marginal pencil lines marking several passages, and a number of manuscript marginalia. A key association: Emerson first met Frederic Henry Hedge (1805-1890) in... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 109707
NIETZSCHE, Friedrich. Götzen-Dämmerung oder Wie man mit dem Hammer philosophirt.
Leipzig : 1889 [but 1888]First edition, first issue, of Nietzsche's last great work before his psychological collapse in January 1889, with an excellent association; the heavily annotated copy of Heinrich Köselitz, Nietzsche's amanuensis and most frequent correspondent, and the person responsible for the title of this work, with the surname of his pseudonym, "Gast" (a name... Learn More£32,500.00
Stock Code: 126701
(STALIN, Joseph.) BUKHARIN, Nikolai Ivanovich. Ekonomika perekhodnogo perioda.
Moscow : 1920First edition, an exceptional presentation copy to Joseph Stalin, inscribed by Bukharin on the half-title in Russian (here translated): "Dear Koba Stalin, in memory of my 'heresies'. N. Bukharin". The contents bear various pencilled marginalia in a style consistent with Stalin's usual method of annotation: underlining, exclamation points, and similar... Learn More£47,500.00
Stock Code: 137730
BRITTAIN, Vera. Unpublished collection of correspondence.
London : 1940-1967This fascinating, unpublished collection of correspondence from Vera Brittain to her friend and admirer Dorothy Perkin consists of 18 autographed and typed letters and cards written between 1940 and 1967. It contains Brittain's observations and reflections on her pacifism, family, politics, writing, publications, and her relationship with Winifred... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 125175
KALIDASA. The Mégha Dúta;
Calcutta : 1813First edition of the first translation into any European language of one of the most influential poems in the Sanskrit canon. Kalidasa has been described by Edwin Gerow, a noted authority on Sanskrit poetics, as "probably the greatest Indian writer of any epoch" (Britannica). From internal evidence it has been suggested that he was a Brahman during... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 122308
BOSWELL, James. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.
London : 1791 & 1793First editions, presentation copies, both the Life of Johnson and Principal Corrections with individual autograph presentation inscriptions from the author to Andrew Lumisden (1720-1801), a friend of Boswell's who had assisted in preparing the Life by deciphering Johnson's manuscript notebook of his trip to France in October-November 1775. This assistance... Learn More£185,000.00
Stock Code: 119415
(JERVIS, John, earl of St. Vincent.) TUCKER, Jedediah Stephens. Memoirs of Admiral The Right Hon. The Earl of St. Vincent.
London : 1844First edition, compiled from the papers of St. Vincent's personal secretary, Benjamin Tucker (1762-1829) by his son, Jedediah Tucker. John Jervis (1735-1823) ran away to join the navy at the age of 13, entering as an able seaman aboard the 50-gun Gloucester in January 1749. He swiftly rose through the ranks and was made admiral of the blue... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 122266
(FURNITURE.) A Series, containing Forty-four Engravings in Colours, of Fashionable Furniture;
London : 1823First and only edition, V & A copy only on Copac, 6 copies on OCLC. A series of unusual and attractive designs "calculated for the use of upholsterers and of all who are concerned in the fabrication of household furniture" (Introduction). This volume is "particularly rich in window-draperies" - the first nineteen plates are curtains and drapes - for... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 74482
TALLACK, William. Penological and Preventative Principles, with Special Reference to Europe and America,
London : 1896Second, enlarged edition, first published 1889. The initial publication, and also this extensively revised and augmented edition, were "encouraged by" the Howard Association - the world's oldest penal reform organisation, now the Howard League - bookplate recording their presentation of this copy - "Kindly acknowledge safe receipt" - the front pastedown.... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 113547
ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of Down and Out in Paris and London.
3 May 1932-25 Sep 1972Victor Gollancz's archived correspondence relating to their publication of George Orwell's first book, Down and Out in Paris and London, including the original contract for the book. Down and Out was Orwell's memoir of his life among the poor and destitute in and around the two cities, and remains among his best-known non-fiction works.
After abandoning... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 131747
(GALLEY, Edmund.) WHITE, F. Faulkner (illuminator). The Galley Memento.
[Exeter : 1879]One of two handsomely bound presentation albums made to commemorate the release of Edmund Galley, who was famously wrongfully convicted of murder in 1836 and transported to Australia to serve out his sentence in the Yass region of the Southern Tablelands; this copy inscribed in its illuminated address to one of the two men chiefly responsible for procuring... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 132619