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GRASS, Günter. Peeling the Onion.
New York : 2007First English language edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Norman Mailer, with many thanks, Günter Grass". Grass and Mailer appeared together at "The 20th Century on Trial", an event in 2007 in which they were both interviewed on stage by Andrew O'Hagan. Peeling the Onion is a biography of Grass's... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 88979
GRAS, Ethel Culbert. Descriptive Economics for Beginners.
New York : 1936First edition, first printing, of this classic economics textbook. Ethel Culbert Gras and her husband Norman S. B. Gras (1884-1956), the first holder of the Strauss Chair in History at the Harvard Business School, also wrote The Economic and Social History of an English Village: Crawley, Hampshire, A.D. 909-1928 (1930). Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 124073
WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass; Two Rivulets.
Camden, NJ : 1876Signed copies of the Centennial edition (comprising the first edition, second printing of Two Rivulets, and fifth edition, third printing, second issue of Leaves of Grass), of which around 800 and 600 copies respectively were printed. The portrait of Whitman in Two Rivulets is signed and dated by the author; the title page of Leaves of Grass also signed... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 92921
WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass.
San Francisco : 1930First Grabhorn Press edition, number 371 of 400 copies. The largest undertaking of the Grabhorn Press, arguably their finest production, and one of the great examples of American fine printing, using as its text Whitman's final edition of Leaves of Grass, published shortly before his death. Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 138793
NOBLE, Gurre Ploner. In A Little Grass Shack.
Honolulu : 1946First and only edition of this delightful and scarce book of Hawaiian nursery rhymes; WorldCat only lists three institutional holdings, all in the US, only one of which in Hawaii.
The author appears to have been a relative of Johnny Noble (1892-1944), Hawaiian big band leader and co-author of the 1933 hapa hoale-style hit song "My Little Grass Shack... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 137841
THOMSETT, Richard Gillham. With the Peshawar Column, Tirah Expeditionary Force.
London : 1899First and sole edition of this colourful and conspicuously scarce eye-witness account of the Tirah campaign (1897-98). Thomsett (b. 1857) was a lieutenant-colonel with the RAMC, had served in Afghanistan in 1878-80 and was later in Egypt (1882) and South Africa (1902). The Peshawar Column, under Brig.-Gen. A. G. Hammond VC, acted as one of the flanking... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140707
(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
CRAWFORD, Abraham, Captain. Reminiscences of a Naval Officer, during the Late War.
London : 1851First edition. Crawford entered the navy in 1800 as a first class volunteer on board HMS Diamond "in which he assisted in the capture of many of the enemy's ships, armed and otherwise" (O'Byrne). He transferred to the Immortalité and later Clyde, frigates, under Admiral Owen as a midshipman "and appears to have been almost daily in action from June... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 103566
VERNEUIL, Adélaïde & Maurice Pillard. The original artwork for Kaléidoscope: ornements abstraits …
Paris : [1923-6]The original, highly finished artwork for the complete suite of pochoirs for the Verneuils' Kaléidoscope, "a masterwork of Art Deco design" (V & A website "The Kaleidoscopic Wonder of Art Deco Prints"). A visually spectacular document of what is widely recognised as one of the most brilliant of the art deco pattern books - a genre which Ray considered... Learn More£87,500.00
Stock Code: 132529
THORBURN, Grant & Son[s]. Price Catalogue of Kitchen Garden, Herb, Flower, Tree and Grass Seeds, Bulbous Flower Roots, Greenhouse Plants, Agricultural, Gardening and Botanical Books, Garden Tools, Etc. For Sale by G. Thorburn & Sons, Seedsman and Florists, 67 Liberty Street, New-Y
New York : 1830sAn impressive, large and unrecorded broadside from one of the most important horticultural firms of the day, listing over a thousand varieties of vegetable, herb and ornamental plants, as well as books and tools. The printer was at this address in 1832. Of note, is the cancelling by hand of the "S" of the word "Sons", no doubt a result of William Thorburn... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 115416
(MILITARY) Polozheniye o pereformirovanii armeyskoy kavalerii [Regulations on the Reformation of the Cavalry].
St. Petersburg : 1833First and only edition, genuinely scarce, a single copy traced to the Russian Presidential Library. A handsomely presented volume, a contribution towards Nicholas I's efforts at far-reaching reform of the army, a volume which would have had minimal distribution among those directly involved in the administration. This copy identified, by the gilt-stamped... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 133891
SMITH, Adam. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
London : 1847A nice single-volume edition of the Wealth of Nations in the original cloth. This edition is an exact reprint of the Edinburgh 1827 edition which would be reprinted 21 times, the last being 1869. This edition includes Garnier's notable introductory essay and separate volume of notes. "Where the political aspects of human rights had taken two centuries... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 129211
SMITH, Adam. An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.
London : 1789Fifth edition, one of 1,500 copies printed, the last edition to be published in Smith's lifetime. It was taken from the third edition (1784). "Where the political aspects of human rights had taken two centuries to explore, Smith's achievement was to bring the study of economic aspects to the same point in a single work. The Wealth of Nations is not... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 118023
YOUNG, Gavin, Major. Reflections on the Present State of British India.
London : 1829First and only edition of this uncommon, significant, and largely overlooked premonishment of the Great Game. It is an important contribution to the debate on the governance of India, from which the arch-opponent of the EIC, and promoter of colonial self-rule, James Silk Buckingham, extracted two whole chapters for publication in his journal The Oriental... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 95661
BAGEHOT, Walter. Lombard Street, a Description of the Money Market.
London : 1878Later edition of Bagehot's Lombard Street, originally published in 1873. Described by J. M. Keynes as "an undying classic", Lombard Street analyses the operation of the British financial system, focusing on the economic role of the Bank of England. Bagehot's recommendation that the Bank alter gold reserves based on economic cycles was highly influential,... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 140910
(WATERMELONS IN UZBEKISTAN.) 60 Velikogo Oktyarya [60 Years of the Great October.]
Tashkent : 1977First edition, no other copy traced. "In the spirit of socialist emulation inspired by the 60th Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, a specialised engineering office and a pilot plant have successfully completed the key stages of a development plan for melon production. The issues of complex mechanisation of melon cultivation were... Learn More£1,950.00
Stock Code: 120082
PRICE, David. Chronological Retrospect, or Memoirs of the Principal Events of Mahommedan History.
London : 1821First edition sheets with title pages dated 1821 and issued by the publishers on completion of the work, uncommon. A significant work by the orientalist and army officer David Price (1762-1835), who saw action in the Third Anglo-Mysore War against Tipu Sultan, and, on retiring from the East India Company's service, settled in Wales and "devoted himself... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 107059
(BODICHON, Barbara.) CHAPMAN, John, Editor. The Westminster Review.
London : 1865-1870A selection of volumes of the Westminster Review from the library of Barbara Bodichon, the artist and women's activist, with her Scalands Gate stamps. "Barbara was an extremely striking young woman, tall, with vivid expression and golden-red hair. She had several suitors, but in 1855 both her personal attractions and her wealth attracted the attention... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 123361
(BURNES, Alexander.) Central Asia comprising Bokhara, Cabool, Persia, the River Indus, & Countries Eastward of it.
London : 1834Important, highly detailed map of Central Asia "constructed from numerous authentic documents but principally from the original MS. surveys of Lieut. Alex. Burnes", and showing Burnes's route across Asia, intended to accompany, and cash in on, his Travels into Bokhara, which, rather rushed out, was not provided with a map. Burnes had sailed to Bombay... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 129689
HUTCHINSON, Henry Doveton. The Campaign in Tirah 1897-1898.
London : 1898First edition. "Hutchinson's in-the-scene report offers a detailed account of the many skirmishes and battles which made up this campaign. In comparison to the letters of Churchill of the Malakand Field Force, Hutchinson grasped for detailed while Churchill sought the impression" (Riddick). Learn More£160.00
Stock Code: 116020
POPPER, Karl. The Open Society and Its Enemies.
London : 1945First edition, first impression, of the author's influential first book. "The Open Society was, deservedly, a great success; and so was its author. It appeared in November 1945, and Popper arrived the following January from New Zealand to find himself a rising star in the British philosophical firmament. Gilbert Ryle wrote an enthusiastic review of... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 139145
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
RHYS, Ernest. The Fiddler of Carne. A North Sea Winter's Tale.
Edinburgh : 1896First edition, first impression, of the author's third book. Ernest Rhys (1859-1946) gave up his job as an engineer in the coal industry to become a writer. He soon became a well-known figure on the London literary scene and founded the Rhymers' Club, which met in a room above Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in Fleet Street. J. M. Dent's Everyman collection... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 91905
WHITMAN, Walt. Good-Bye My Fancy.
Philadelphia : 1891First edition, sole printing, in BAL binding variant D (occasionally noted as a large paper variant) with the frontispiece without the caption as called for in style 1 by Myerson. 1,000 copies of this separate issue of Whitman's "annex to Leaves of Grass" were printed in May 1891. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 118775
WHITMAN, Walt. Ode a la France.
Paris : 1917First separate edition, first printing, one of 556 copies only, of this translation of Whitman's poem "O Star of France" dated 1870-71, which was first published in Leaves of Grass. Combet-Descombes's illustrations evoke the landscapes of the war-torn country after the Franco-Prussian War of July 1870 - May 1871, which marked the end of French... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 140650
LINDSAY, [Nicholas] Vachel. Group of three inscribed works.
New York : 1914-1920First editions, except The Chinese Nightingale, 1919 (first published 1917). Uniformly bound for Thomas Rénaud Rutter, and each signed and inscribed by Lindsay on the first blanks: the first to Renaud's mother, Mrs. Louise Warren Rutter, with her bookplate to verso of the front free endpaper facing; the second with "My most fraternal good wishes to... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 115267
SNYDER, Gary. Turtle Island.
New York : 1974First edition, first printing, scarce first issue (without the Pulitzer sticker to the jacket), inscribed on the title page "For Gary Lepper Gary Snyder", Snyder adding a small ink drawing of a turtle below. Lepper is a bibliographer (the author of A Bibliographical Introduction to Seventy-five Modern American Authors) and book collector based in California.... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139303
BEATON, Cecil. Far East.
London : 1945.First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Hugh Francis, who was so helpful to me in my travels abroad - with all good wishes Cecil Beaton"; with Francis's superscript ownership inscription. A fine association copy: Hugh Francis was Controller of Photographs at the Ministry of Information.... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 123387
MONTAGUE, William Edward. Campaigning in South Africa.
Edinburgh and London : 1880First edition of this surprisingly uncommon eye-witness account of the Anglo-Zulu War. This attractive copy with a highly appealing provenance: the front free endpaper verso bearing the ownership inscription of a serving officer, "Captain Belford, 17th Lancers". Ernest Augustus Belford (b. 1848) was present at the last major battle of the war, fought... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 141061
ROUPPE, Louis. [NAVAL MEDICINE.] De morbis navigantium, liberus unus.
Leiden : 1764First edition of this work on the diseases incidental to seamen, a considerably expanded edition of author's thesis published at Leiden in 1762. Louis Rouppe (1729-1780) travelled much in the West-Indies as a naval physician aboard the Princess Carolina vessel for the Dutch West Indische Companie. This work, published in Latin, is often considered the... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 132861
ALCOTT, Louisa May. Inscribed carte-de-visite.
New York : May 1882A delightfully personal memento, a carte-de-visite inscribed on the verso by Alcott to her friend Mary Williams, "Betsey from Sairy May 1882"; with an identifying note in an unknown hand below the author's inscription: "Sairy Louisa M Alcott, Betsey Mary H. Williams". The names of "Sairy" and "Betsey" were taken from the characters of the bibulous... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 137833
CASTELLANE-MAJASTRE, Henri-César. Journal d'Henri-César de Castellane Majastre, Commandant les Chébecs du Roi Le Caméléon & Le Singe, armés à Toulon le 23 juin 1773 … manuscript log of operations against Barbary Corsairs.
At sea : 1773Born into the Provençal noble family with close ties to the sea, Henri-César de Castellane-Majastre, (1733-1789), was a career naval officer joining the service at the age of sixteen, ranking as lieutenant from 1762 to 1775, promoted captain 1777. He participated in the American War of Independence commanding the Marsellais, 74, in de Grasse's fleet,... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 126873
MAITZ DE GOIMPY, Louis-Edmé-François, Comte de. Traité sur la Construction des Vaisseaux.
Paris : 1776First edition of this attractive study of current movements in shipbuilding. Maitz de Goimpy (1729-1816) entered the French Navy as a garde-marin (cadet) in 1748. He made lieutenant in 1752, and in the same year was appointed deputy academician at the newly-instituted Académie de Marine, becoming a full academician the following year. Commissioned... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 99205
MARQUAND, Allan. A New Logical Machine.
Boston : 1886Original offprint of Allan Marquand's presentation of his new logical machine to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in November, 1885. A student of Charles Sanders Peirce, Marquand (1853-1924) graduated from Princeton in 1874 and obtained his Ph.D. in philosophy in 1880 from Johns Hopkins University, returning to Princeton in 1881 to teach Latin... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 100212
CIXOUS, Hélène. Le Prénom de Dieu.
Paris : 1967First trade edition, service de presse copy. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title "Pour Raymond Federman avec amitîé Hélène Cixous". The recipient was French-American novelist, essayist and Beckett critic Raymond Federman (1928-2009), who edited a number of Cixous's critical essays on Beckett. At the time of the inscription... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 61763
PANASSIÉ, Hugues. Histoire des Disques Swing.
Geneva : 1944First edition. History of the label founded by Charles Delaunay and Panassié in 1937 to provide for the needs of the burgeoning French jazz market, here with a superb inscription from Panassié to the half-title; "To Paul and Gloria, faithful friends and unfaithful correspondents! Know that I often regret not having heard these discs without having... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 91511
ISNARD, Achylle Nicolas. Traité des richesses,
London & Lausanne : 1781First edition, "extremely rare" (The New Palgrave), of "one of the most important contributions in the history of the development of mathematical economics" (Theocharis, Early Developments in Mathematical Economics, p. 62). "His book is remarkable for its mathematical treatment of production, capital, money and the theory of exchange" (Blaug). Although... Learn More£11,250.00
Stock Code: 100452
[VASCO, Giambattista,] & Mr. Beardé de l'Abbaye. La félicité publique considérée dans les paysans cultivateurs de leurs propres terres.
Lausanne : 1770First edition in French of the Italian economist's La Felicità pubblica (1769), discussing the states benefits of letting farmers own the land they work, and the scope of that ownership, if granted at all. The pastedowns are title pages for a 1772 Paris edition of Ludovico Antonio Muratori's Traité sur le bonheur public, which was... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 141265
MARX, Karl. Herr Vogt.
London : 1860First edition of the work which Marx took the best part of a year away from the writing of Capital to complete, bound first in a volume of two works, the other being the second edition of Marx's Der achtzehnte Brumaire des Louis Bonaparte (Hamburg: Otto Meissner, 1869).
Herr Vogt is an answer to the slanders against himself,... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 126478
WOOLF, Virginia. "Is Fiction an Art?" Hand-corrected typescript review of Aspects of Fiction by E. M. Forster.
52 Tavistock Square, London : October 1927Original typescript draft with autograph corrections by Woolf of one of her most defining essays, by descent from the editor responsible for bringing the essay to publication, Geoffrey Parsons (1879-1956). Published in the New York Herald Tribune on Sunday, 16 October 1927, Woolf's review of E. M. Forster's Aspects of Fiction appeared on the first page... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 130267
BAGEHOT, Walter. Lombard Street:
New York : 1873First US edition, published the same year as the first UK edition and bound to the same design except for the publisher's name in gilt at the foot of the spine. Scarce in commerce and described by J. M. Keynes as "an undying classic", Lombard Street analyses the operation of the British financial system, focusing on the economic role of the Bank of... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 127113
GRASLIN, Jean. Essai analytique sur la richesse et sur l'impôt,
London [but Paris? : 1767Rare first edition of one of the most important works written against the physiocrats, this copy from the library of Abbé André Morellet, with his engraved bookplate to the front pastedown.
One of the few enlightenment writers to live into and beyond the years of the Revolution and Napoleon, André Morellet (1727-1819) wrote numerous treatises... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 135091
MOORE, George Edward. Proof of an External World.
London : 1939First separate edition, being the offprint from the Proceedings of the British Academy, volume XXV. Moore's common-sense approach to epistemology ran counter, and arguably refuted, the idealist and sceptic philosophies so popular among his academic peers. "The best way to characterize this mature philosophy is as 'the analysis of common sense'. Moore... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 130679
VAUBAN, Sébastien Le Prestre de Projet d'une dixme royale: qui supprimant la taille, les aydes, les doüanes d'une province à l'autre, les décimes du clergé, les affaires extraordinaires; & tous autres impôts onereux & non volontaires: Et diminuant le prix du sel de moitié & plus, produi
[Rouen : 1707Very rare first edition, first issue (with B4 in uncancelled state: on p. 16, a setier is given as weighing 170, rather than 240 pounds, here corrected in a contemporary hand), and a notable rarity, of "an erudite economic work much in advance of its time, and distinguished both by accuracy of method and breadth of view" (Palgrave), "creditable alike... Learn More£52,500.00
Stock Code: 122434
BAGEHOT, Walter. Lombard Street:
London : 1873First edition. Described by John Maynard Keynes as "an undying classic", Lombard Street analyses the operation of the British financial system, focusing on the economic role of the Bank of England. Bagehot's recommendation that the Bank alter gold reserves based on economic cycles was highly influential, and "the wonderful clearness of Bagehot's power... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 133872
BLACKBURN, Helen. Women's Suffrage:
London : 1902First edition, first impression, of this "invaluable history of the Victorian women's suffrage campaign, its antecedents, organizational development, and personalities" (ODNB); this copy with an interesting line of provenance, having been previously owned by women's rights campaigner Agnes Geraldine, Lady Grove (1863-1926), the suffragette Frances Mary... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 137501
ROBERTS, Frederick Sleigh, first Earl Roberts. Forty-one Years in India.
London : 1897First edition of a runaway best-seller, hurtling through eight editions/impressions in the first month of publication alone, presented here in a smart and straightforward period binding. "Roberts was created Baron Roberts of Kandahar in January 1892 and, resisting efforts to prolong his tenure, left India in April 1893. No suitable appointment was immediately... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 134222
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Election address at Woodford: carbon copy typescript with autograph corrections for his first public speech after his resignation as PM.
Woodford : 16 May 1955Churchill addresses his constituents in the run-up to the 1955 General Election, explaining that he "felt it his duty to resign his office as P.M. at a time and under conditions which would give whoever The Queen summoned to be my successor a fair chance of seeking a mandate from the country. This alone would give him the authority to confront and master... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 88394
VICO, Giambattista. Vita scritta da se medesimo.
Venice : 1728First edition of Vico's autobiography, argued by Croce to be "the application of the Scienza Nuova to the life of its author, the course of his own individual history" (p. 266), printed as pages 145-256 in the first volume of Calogerà's Raccolta d'opusculi scientifici e filologici, a quarterly miscellany.
"A Proposal to the Scholars of Italy", written... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 123878
(NEWTON, Isaac.) ALGAROTTI, Francesco. Il Newtonianismo per le dame ovvero dialoghi sopra la luce e i colori.
Naples [but Venice] : 1737First edition of the Italian polymath's enormously successful work, here in a well-preserved contemporary vellum binding, arguably the most famous example of a Newtonian text aimed at a female readership and "a landmark in the popularisation of Newtonian philosophy" (Mazzotti, p. 119).
In this important contribution to the emerging literary genre... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 126501