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(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
(CHILDREN'S.) The Uncle's Present,
Philadelphia : [c. 1810-15]First and only edition. "The battledore was an offshoot of the hornbook, and was printed... for the double purpose it had to serve. In school it was used for teaching children the alphabet, whilst out of school it served as the battledore in the game of shuttlecock and battledore" (Rosenbach). This version of Battledore is believed to have been invented... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137864
(COCKTAILS.) CHICOTE, Pedro. Cocktails Mundiales.
[Madrid] : First edition, first printing, of this mixology book by Spanish bartender Pedro "Perico" Chicote (1899-1977), proprietor of the Chicote Museum, formerly known as Bar Chicote. Among the regulars and intelligentsia visiting his establishment, was Hemingway who, fondly remembering that "the good guys went to Chicote's", wrote about Pedro that "he had one... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 136290
(CRUIKSHANK, George.) Fairy Library.
London : [1853-54]A lovely set of first editions, in the original wrappers, with the following issue points:
1. Hop-O'My-Thumb with two out of three points: with the rear wrapper reading "Preparing for Publication", and the rear free endpaper pasted to rear wrapper.
2. The History of Jack & the Bean-Stalk with two of the five points: the "Jack climbing... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 138092
(FLOWERS.) Souvenir de Flore ou le Langage des Fleurs.
Paris : [c.1820]First edition of this attractive flower book, with 12 illustrations of bouquets, each with an imagined dialogue between the flowers. Incongruously, the latter section of the book is an account of the people and government of Turkey. No doubt produced as a ready-bound cheap gift book, the work is now a great rarity, with WorldCat listing only a single... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 128878
(HARRISON, George, ed.) TAYLOR, Derek. Fifty Years Adrift.
Guildford : 1984Signed limited edition, number 488 of 2,000 copies signed by George Harrison, Derek Taylor, and the illustrator Larry Smith. Taylor was the Beatles's publicist; the present book is his autobiography, with Harrison's additions, and is "the companion volume to I ME MINE" (prospectus).
Loosely inserted are an invitation, numbered 103, to "The British... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 136803
(KENT, Rockwell.) MELVILLE, Herman. Moby Dick or The Whale.
Chicago : 1930First Rockwell Kent edition, limited to 1,000 sets. Kent's rendering of Moby Dick is generally accepted to be finest edition of Melville's masterpiece, and is one of the great American illustrated books of the 20th century. In 1926, Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), then just beginning to establish his fame as an artist, was approached by R. R. Donnelley and... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 144329
(KNIGHT, Hilary.) THOMPSON, Kay. Eloise à Paris.
Paris : 1962First edition in French, inscribed by the illustrator "to Elegant, Beautiful, Brilliant Elizabeth Welch from Hilary Knight and ELOISE, April 27th 1972" and with an original drawing of Eloise listening to records and eating sandwiches, captioned "Eloise says The Supreme pleasure is Elizabeth Welch's sliced cucumber sandwiches and recordings... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 134525
(LAURENCIN, Marie.) CARROLL, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland.
Paris : 1930First Black Sun Press edition, number 361 of 420 copies for distribution in the United States, from a total edition of 790; "the colophon is the only difference between the American and European issues" (Minkoff).
"For Alice in Wonderland, Caresse signed Marie Laurencin, one of the foremost French artists, to do the illustrations. She had never... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136578
(NELSON, Thomas.) BACON, Nathaniel, & John Selden. An Historical and Political Discourse of the Laws and Government of England,
London : 1760The copy of the American Founding Father and signatory of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Nelson Junior (1738-1789), with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper; Nelson later struck through the signature (still wholly legible) and added a presentation note to his son William Nelson (1763-1803), thus reading "Tho.s Nelson jr. To Wm... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 139669
(NIJINSKY.) BARBIER, Georges, & Francis de Miomandre. Dessins sur les danses de Vaslav Nijinsky.
Paris : 1913First edition, number 260 of 340 copies on wove paper, from an edition of 390. Barbier's first book was inspired by the impact of the Ballets Russes' first seasons in Paris, and of their phenomenal male lead in particular. "We have our despair, our sadness, our violated love and this thing, the most dread of all - the passing of the days between our... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 136225
(NIJINSKY.) COCTEAU, Jean & Paul Iribe. Vaslav Nijinsky. Six Vers de Jean Cocteau. Six Dessins de Paul Iribe.
Paris : 1910First edition, limited to 1,000 copies on Japon, this one of 934 standard copies, inscribed by the illustrator recto of the limitation leaf; "A Madame Suzanne Süe, son admirateur et son ami respecueux, Paul Iribe, Août 1910". Cocteau's pair of Nijinsky-inspired poetic triplets are broken down into single lines as "captions" to Iribe's Beardsleyesque... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 136928
(POP-UP BOOK.) KUBAŠTA, Vojtěch. How Columbus Discovered America.
London : [c. 1960]The present pop-up, in fine working condition, depicts Columbus's three ships, the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa María, on their voyage. The designer, Vojtěch Kubašta (19141992), was a Czech architect and artist who drew on his architectural training to engineer complex three-dimensional folding scenes. "Relatively unknown in his own time despite... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 123153
(PRIVATEERING; WEST INDIES.) Collection of 35 documents relating to Captain John McIver and the privateer Swallow.
c. 1796-97An outstanding and extraordinarily comprehensive tranche of documents, including impressive original Letters of Marque, relating to the British-built armed brig Swallow, a privateer out of Liverpool operating in the Caribbean under the experienced command of prize-master John McIver. The archive covers in remarkable breadth and detail the purchase,... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 133528
(RIMBAUD, Arthur.) VIEILLARD, Roger. Hommage A Rimbaud.
Paris : 1945First edition, first printing, inscribed in pencil "à Ralph Kirkpatrick pour 'les possibilités harmoniques' Roger Vieillard amicalement" inside the first blank, including two musical drawings, further drawings on the title page with the caption "pour Ralph Kirkparick" signed with Vieillard's "RV" monogram and dated "1942-1971-1982". This copy number... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 135463
(SCHIELE, Egon.) KALLIR, Jane. Egon Schiele: The Complete Works.
London : 1998First expanded edition, first impression, originally published in 1990. This updated edition is a comprehensive, annotated catalogue of Schiele's work and includes an additional 205 entries to the original first edition. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 136725
(SCHINDLER, Oskar.) GROSSMANN, Kurt R (ed.) Die unbesungenen Helden.
Berlin : 1957First edition, first printing, of the only autobiographical account of Oskar Schindler's wartime work to be published, this copy an extraordinarily poignant association, inscribed to his wife: "Meiner lieben Mily in Erinnerung Ihrer mutigen Zeit. Weihnachten 1957 Frankfurt/Main" ("To my dear Mily in remembrance of her courageous time. Christmas 1957,... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 135953
(SENDAK, Maurice.) BOND, Gladys Baker. Seven Little Stories on Big Subjects:
New York : First editions, first printings. "The tales deal with conflicts children face, particularly in regard to bullying and physical violence. Sendak, then a self-taught artist in his late twenties just beginning to try his hand at illustration, supplied the cover art and several line vignettes. One imagines that Sendak's parents were very happy to hear about... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 126954
(WEGUELIN, J. R.) ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. The Little Mermaid.
London : 1893First Weguelin edition, number 63 of 150 large paper copies. John Reinhard Weguelin (1849-1927) was an English painter and illustrator, who drew on folklore for inspiration, and painted numerous images of nymphs and mermaids. A review in the newspaper The Sketch noted that "as for Mr. J. R. Weguelin's illustrations, it would scarcely be possible... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 137249
ACTON, Harold, & Ch'en Shih-Hsiang (trans.) Modern Chinese Poetry.
London : 1936First edition, first impression, in a nice example of the scarce jacket, of Harold Acton's English-language anthology of contemporary Chinese poetry. It includes his introductory survey, and specimens of the works of Ch'en Meng-chia, Chou Tso-jen, Feng Fei-ming, Ho Chi-fang, Hsu Chih-mo, Kuo Mo-jo, Li Kwang-t'ien, Lin Keng, Pien Chih-lin, Shao Hsun-mei,... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 136704
ADAMS, Richard. Watership Down.
London : 1972First edition, first impression, of Adams's first novel. Watership Down was initially turned down by the major publishing houses, before publication by Rex Collings in 1972, and it was quickly established as a major work of British post-war literature. Sales exceeded 100,000 copies in the first year, and Adams was awarded both the Carnegie Medal and... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 142930
ADAMS, Richard. Watership Down.
Harmondsworth : 1976First illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 16 of 250 specially bound copies signed by both the author and illustrator. This copy has an original watercolour depicting Pipkin, drawn and initialled by the illustrator, on the first blank.
Adams's first novel, Watership Down was initially turned down by the major publishing houses, before... Learn More£5,250.00
Stock Code: 141188
AGRIPPA, Heinrich Cornelius. De occulta philosophia libri tres.
[Cologne? : July 1533First collected edition of this masterpiece of Western Renaissance magic. The first part of this summa of occult and magical thought was originally published in 1531, probably under the influence of Johannes Trithemius, abbot of Würzburg, whose notable students included Agrippa and Paracelsus.
The privilege of the Emperor Charles V,... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 136927
AKASHI, Akako (illus.) Children's board game.
Tokyo : Meiji 44 First edition of this children's board game ("sugoroku", rarely found complete with the counters intact, as here, which would usually have been cut out in order to play the game. This game was inspired by the first Japanese Antarctic expedition of 1910, led by explorer Shirase Nobu. Japanese children were besotted with the idea of the expedition and... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137805
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
ALEXANDER II of Russia, as Tsesarevich. [In Russian:] Ukazanie važnejših primečatelʹnostej na puti ego imperatorskogo vysočestva gosudarja naslednika Cesareviča.
St Petersburg : 1837Rare first and sole edition of this highly important account of a tour of Russia undertaken by the future Alexander II, the Tsar-Reformer, "the first heir to the throne to have personally seen the vast country he would rule" (Radzinsky, p. 60). With the armorial bookplate, incorporating the arms of Leuchtenberg, of Alexander's sister, the remarkable... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 142233
ANDERSON, Erasmus B. (ed.) Norrœna Anglo-Saxon Classics.
London : 1905-07A very attractive set of the Memorial Edition, number 88 of 350 copies only, privately printed for members of the Norrœna Society. The set combines the following volumes: vols. 1 and 2, Saxo Grammaticus; vols. 3, 4 and 5, Teutonic Mythology; vol. 6, The Volsunga Saga; vols. 7, 8 and 9, The Heimskringla; vol. 10, Burnt Njal; vol. 11, The Eddas; vol.... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 142367
ANTHONY, Susan B. History of Woman Suffrage.
Rochester : 1886 & 1902First editions, presentation copies of volumes III and IV of the "bible" of the women's suffrage campaign, the only two volumes published by Anthony herself; inscribed in each volume by Anthony on the occasion of her 85th birthday to her cousin Joshua. Both are inscribed on initial blanks, "To Joshua Anthony. Ushers - N.Y. From his cousin Susan B. Anthony.... Learn More£12,000.00
Stock Code: 132954
APOLLINAIRE, Guillaume - ROUVEYRE, André. Apollinaire filmé en 1914.
Lanzac : 1944First and only edition, number 93 of 115 copies on papier Vélin Madagascar. The short film, or succession of photographs, were taken on 2 August 1914 as Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) on the left, and his friend the artist André Rouveyre (1879-1962), had just returned to Paris and were on their way to the Comœdia's offices to deliver... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 138667
APOLLONIUS RHODIUS. Argonautica
Florence : 1496Editio princeps of the most important Greek epic of the 3rd century BCE, the definitive telling of the story of Jason and the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece. The Argonautica is the only epic before Virgil's Aeneid that can be compared with Homer in subject and extent and it is the first epic to give a prominent place to love. With the... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 136329
ARABIAN NIGHTS; BURTON, Richard F. (trans.) The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.
London : 1897The Library Edition, a most striking and handsome set of Burton's Arabian Nights, retaining the imposing box which has kept the set in lovely condition. "The Arabian Nights had been an important part of Burton's life for decades. In 1882 he began translating it in earnest. Although there were other translations of the Nights in English, Burton's was... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 131161
ARIEL POEMS. Complete collection of the first 8 Ariel Poems.
[London : 1927A finely bound collection of the first eight titles in the Ariel Poems series, comprising Yuletide in a Younger World by Thomas Hardy, drawings by Albert Rutherston; The Linnet's Nest by Henry Newbolt, drawings by Ralph Keene; The Wonder Night by Laurence Binyon, drawings by Barnett Freedman; Alone by Walter de la Mare, wood engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton;... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 122684
ARNOLD, Matthew. An amateur manuscript copy of The Forsaken Merman.
1897A unique calligraphic manuscript copy of Arnold's poem "The Forsaken Merman". The present copy includes fine illustrations within ornamental borders, possibly after original designs, in an art nouveau style reminiscent of masters such as Edward Burne-Jones, Robert Anning-Bell, and Walter Crane. We were unable to trace information about the "Dodo" who... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 138062
ARROW, Kenneth J. Social Choice and Individual Values.
New York : 1951First edition, first printing, of Arrow's brilliant doctoral thesis, published as number 12 in the series of Cowles Commission Monographs.
"Employing the notational system of symbolic logic, at the time unfamiliar to economists, Arrow proposed to solve a question in politics which no economist and few political scientists had ever posed: suppose... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 142548
ASHFORD, Daisy. The Young Visiters.
London : 1919First edition, first impression, signed and dated by the author on the half-title in the year of publication, "Daisy Ashford Nov. 15th 1919", rare thus. Originally written in 1890 when she was nine years old, she rediscovered it in 1917 and published it with the support of J. M. Barrie almost exactly as it had been originally written, with childish... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 126691
ATGET, Eugene - ABBOT, Berenice. The World of Atget.
New York : 1964First edition, first printing, inscribed by Abbott on the front free endpaper: "for Cecile & Bruno with love November 12 1981 Monson Maine". The World of Atget is a record of 19th-century Paris in the midst of modernization, with 176 of Atget's plates published here for the first time. Abbott first met Atget in 1925, two years before his death.... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 136841
AUSTEN, Jane. Northanger Abbey: and Persuasion.
London : 1818First edition of Austen's final published work, pairing Northanger Abbey, probably the first full-length novel she wrote, with Persuasion, her last completed novel. Her brother Henry's biographical notice, dated 13 December 1817, is the first acknowledgement in print of Jane Austen as the author of her six novels. Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 130059
AUSTEN, Jane; BROCK, C. E. (illus.) Complete set of illustrations for Jane Austen's Emma.
1909The original suite of watercolours by Charles Brock for the 1909 illustrated edition of Emma, signed by the artist, and offered here with a copy of the published edition.
Demonstrating his mastery of ink and watercolour, Charles Brock provided colour illustrations for new plates re-drawn from the first Brock-illustrated edition of 1898. Charles... Learn More£45,000.00
Stock Code: 144452
AUSTIN, Sarah. Autograph letter signed discussing the frustrations of publishing a periodical work for children.
26 Park Road, Regent's Park : [no year, but likely c.1829-36]Autograph letter signed to an unknown female recipient setting out Austin's thoughts regarding the establishment of a "periodical work for children". Despite the recipient's enthusiasm, her own, "and that of everyone, without a single exception, of my female friends and acquaintances I am forced to relinquish it from the difficulty of finding a publisher... Learn More£525.00
Stock Code: 124627
AWDRY, Wilbert Vere. Tank Engine Thomas Again.
Leicester : First edition, first impression. The Reverend Awdry's fourth book in the Railway Series, the second featuring Thomas the Tank Engine, who has become synonymous with the series. Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 135341
AYROUARD, Jacques. Recueil de plusieurs Plans des Ports et Rades et de quelques Cartes particulières de la Mer Méditerranée,
[Paris or Marseille?] : 1732-46First and only edition of this uncommon collection of charts, including the first printed chart of Monaco, a large folding map of Marseilles, and accurate charts of most of the ports, harbours and bays of the region.
Ayrouard's work forms a working waggoner for the coast, recording soundings, anchorages, and pilotage notes on rocks and reefs,... Learn More£18,000.00
Stock Code: 66701
BABBAGE, Charles. Reflections on the Decline of Science in England, and on some of its Causes.
London : 1830First octavo edition, in the original boards, of the author's scathing and sensational critique of the English scientific establishment; presentation copy to a Continental colleague, inscribed by Babbage on the front free endpaper "To M. Nicollet from the Author". Joseph Nicolas Nicollet is a fitting recipient, as a member of the Bureau des longitudes,... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 131351
BACHELIER, Louis. Le Jeu, la Chance et le Hasard.
Paris : 1914First edition of this popularization of Bachelier's work on speculation. Bachelier summarized his main idea in a single sentence - "The mathematical expectation of the speculator is zero."
Louis Bachelier (1870-1946) was an eminent French mathematician and a pioneer in the study of financial mathematics. During his studies at the Sorbonne he... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 143405
BACON, Francis. [Novum Organum sive indicia vera de interpretatione naturae.] Instauratio Magna.
London : 1620First edition of this "monumental work on the philosophy of science, on the systematic organization of knowledge, and on the inductive method" (Grolier/Horblit). Bacon's Novum Organum (a "new instrument" to replace the old Organon of Aristotle) had a revolutionary impact on early modern science by laying the foundation of the inductive method.
"Bacon's... Learn More£65,000.00
Stock Code: 138351
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
BAILEY, David. Rock and Roll Heroes.
London : 1997First edition, first impression, Inscribed "For Tom Love David Bailey 2010", on the half-title. A collection of some of Bailey's portraits of musicians taken during the 1960s up to the 1990s. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 140661
BAKER, Josephine, & Piet Worm (illus.) La Tribu arc-en-ciel; The Rainbow Children.
Amsterdam : First edition and first edition in English, first printings, signed on the verso of each front free endpaper "Maman Josephine Baker" for the French, and "Mama Josephine Baker" for the English. The Rainbow Children tells of the adventures of a one-eyed black hen named Kott-Kott who travels the world in search of her lost eye and finally finds... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 138681
BAKER, Josephine. Hand painted silk handkerchief with original portrait of Baker.
1920sDelightful memento of La Baker, a nicely executed portrait showing her facing left, smiling, wearing earrings and a pearl necklace and sporting her famous brilliantined Eton crop. It is apparently based on the photograph by the renowned portraitist Stanislaw Julian Ignacy, Count Ostrorog (1863-1935), who established the studio Waléry in Paris, continuing... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 136937
BAKST, Leon - LEVINSON, André. Bakst. The Story of the Artist's Life.
London : 1923First UK edition, number 157 of 300 copies, of this handsome and important record of Bakst's work, including images of not only his most celebrated costumes, but also sketches and theatre settings. From the library of a celebrated Texas balletomane: with the crested bookplate of Thomas Lawton Osborn (1927-2010), trustee of Houston Ballet, former professional... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 144128
BALLANTYNE, Robert Michael. The Coral Island:
London : 1858First edition, first issue (with frontispiece contiguous with title page, gilt illustrated roundel on front cover and shark-attack plate at p. 76), in the less common rose-pink cloth (copies are more commonly encountered in blue cloth). Ballantyne wrote children's stories based on his experiences in Canada as a young man in the service of the Hudson's... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 105863
BARBUSSE, Henri. Le Feu. (Journal d'une Escouade).
Paris : 1916First edition, number I of XX special copies printed on papier vélin de cuve des Usine d'Arches in large paper format and signed by Barbusse for the bibliophiles of Les XX, this copy presented to the society's president Henri Lenseigne, with an autograph letter from Barbusse dated 6 October 1917, and the hand-addressed envelope, here bound in. In the... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 124386
BARLOW, Jane. The End of Elfintown.
London : 1894First edition of this interesting contribution to Victorian fairy literature by Irish-born poet and writer Jane Barlow (1857-1917).
It is exquisitely illustrated in a Pre-Raphaelite style by Laurence Housman (1865-1959), who also designed the art nouveau cover. Barlow was close friends with fellow Irish poets Katherine Tynan and William Butler... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 135808
BARRIE, J. M. Peter and Wendy.
London : First edition, first impression, in unusually nice condition. Peter and Wendy is an expanded adaptation into novel form of the story first made popular in the 1904 stage play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. It tells the familiar story of the stage version, with Peter as an older child flying off with Wendy and the other Darling children... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 143136
BASQUIAT, Jean-Michel - MARSHALL, Richard D., et al. Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Paris : 2000; 2010Third edition of the most comprehensive catalogue raisonné of the paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Originally published in two volumes in 2000, this edition includes an appendix volume which corrects and expands on the original two-volume edition. Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 136210
BEARDSLEY, Aubrey. Seven autograph letters signed from Beardsley to Frederick Henry Evans;
[c.1894-97]An affectionate and richly detailed set of correspondence with his close friend and patron Frederick Henry Evans, the photographer who took the "defining Beardsley portrait" (NPG) and who, by recommending Beardsley to the publisher John M. Dent, ensured the young artist's first commission, his masterpiece Le Morte Darthur, and thus his meteoric rise... Learn More£32,500.00
Stock Code: 139251