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ADAMS, John (signed) - MAYHEW, Jonathan. A Discourse, Concerning Unlimited Submission and Non-Resistance to the Higher Powers;
Boston : 1818Presentation copy of a reprinted sermon in which Adams took personal interest, distributing a small number of copies on 16 November 1818, all inscribed by a clerical hand to which Adams added his signature. This copy is signed by him and presented to Mrs E. Cruft, that is, Elizabeth Storer Smith (1789-1859), a cousin of Adams's wife.
Only three... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 146765
ADAMS, John Quincy. An Oration Delivered Before the Inhabitants of the Town of Newburyport,
Newburyport : 1837First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front wrapper: "Edward Cruft Esq. from John Quincy Adams." Cruft (17761866) was a prominent Boston merchant, loyal political supporter, and husband of Elizabeth Storer Smith, a second cousin of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States.
Together with a defective... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 146764
AUDEN, W. H. Epistle to a Godson and Other Poems.
London : 1972First edition, first impression, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "To Bill Gray from Wystan", his printed name struck through. Auden dedicated the poem "The Aliens" to Gray in this volume (pp. 35-36); Auden has also corrected "United Nations Hymn" (p. 60).
This was the last collection... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 147414
AUDUBON, John James. The Birds of America,
New York & Philadelphia : 1839-40-44First octavo edition of Audubon's "Great National Work", the first complete edition and the first American edition. From the estate of the family of Edward Cruft (17761866), an original subscriber to this edition. Cruft was a prominent Boston merchant and husband of Elizabeth Storer Smith, a second cousin of John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the... Learn More£65,000.00
Stock Code: 146756
AUSTEN, Jane. Sense and Sensibility: A Novel.
London : 1833First Bentley edition, the third edition overall (pre-dating the first American edition by a few months), and the first edition to be illustrated; issued as the twenty-third in Bentley's Standard Novels series.
Sense and Sensibility was first published in 1811, with the second edition in 1813. In 1832-3 Richard Bentley bought the copyright to... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145567
BALE, John. The Pageant of Popes, Contayninge the lyves of all the Bishops of Rome, from the beginninge of them to the yeare of Grace 1555.
London : 1574First edition in English of Bale's Acta Romanorum pontificum (1558). Bale, who stood out even among the first generation of English protestants as an especially vituperative critic of the papacy, attempts to prove the spuriousness of the claim that the popes are successors of Peter, and he relates many of the stories of papal immorality and political... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 147349
BARNUM, Phineas Taylor. The Art of Money-Getting;
New York : [c.1882]First edition of the American showman Phineas Taylor Barnum's guide to acquiring wealth, giving advice on choosing a vocation, avoiding debt, advertising, and preserving your integrity. It is a more sensible guide than may be expected, and not a handbook of get-rich-quick schemes; the dedication is "To the young men of America who desire to gain a financial... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 148289
BARRY, Sir Edward. Observations historical, critical, and medical, on the Wines of the Ancients.
London : 1775First and only edition of "the earliest major work in English on the wines of the ancients, and the first book in English that discusses modern wines" (Gabler).
"The body of the text concerns Barry's translation of passages from ancient wine writers, and, as such, brought to light their views, which had been previously unavailable in English...... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 146788
BELHAVEN, Ralph Gerard Alexander Hamilton, Master of. The War Diary of the Master of Belhaven 1914-1918.
London : 1924First and only contemporary edition of this uncommon posthumously published memoir, a highly detailed day-by-day account of an artillery officer's service on the Western Front. This copy from the library of gunner and military historian Major Archibald Frank Becke, much enhanced by his meticulous annotation and indexing of the text, and by the addition... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 144545
BENSON, Raymond. Tomorrow Never Dies.
London : 1997First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. This was Benson's first novelization of a Bond movie; this copy has only one screenwriter listed on the title page, likely second state. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 147187
BIBLE; Latin; Vulgate. Fust and Schöffer 48-line Bible leaf.
Mainz : 1462A single leaf from the 48-line Bible printed at Mainz by Johann Fust and Peter Schöffer in 1462, the fourth printed Bible but the first to include information about the place of printing, the printer, and the date of publication, preceded only by the 42-line Gutenberg Bible, the 36-line Pfister Bible (Bamberg) and the 49-line Mentelin Bible (Strassburg).
The... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 144814
BRANDT, Bill. Perspective of Nudes.
London : 1961First edition, first printing. One of those seminal works of art which apparently came about by accident. Brandt was experimenting with a fish-eye lens and produced these extraordinary images of nudes on beaches, distorting and merging with the rocks which surround them. From the library of Sam Haskins. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 147043
BURNE-JONES, Edward. The Flower Book.
London : 1905First edition, number 76 of 300 copies, initialled "F.A.S." (Fine Art Society) on the limitation page.
Burne-Jones (1833-1898) "began the series for his own pleasure in 1882, as a rest from more laborious work", and worked on the 38 roundels over the subsequent 16 years (Introduction). The roundels do not depict the flowers themselves, but were... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 146476
BURNETT, James, Lord Monboddo. Antient Metaphysics;
Edinburgh : 1779-82-84-95-97-99First editions of the complete set of Lord Monboddo's Antient Metaphysics, a critique of the philosophical implications of Newtonian science in the light of Greek philosophy, a vast philosophical project two decades in the completion.
The volumes are uncommon on the market, particularly so as a complete set, and it is very unusual to encounter... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 146841
CAXTON, William. The Game of Chesse.
[London : 1855]First edition of Vincent Figgins's facsimile edition of the 1482 Westminster Caxton edition, in the attractive original calf binding.
Caxton's Game of Chess was first printed in 1474, and reprinted with the woodcuts added (as here) in 1482. Following the facsimile are Figgins's remarks on Caxton's typographical productions, lists relating to... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145731
CHAGALL, Marc. Lithographe.
Paris : 1960-86First editions in French, first printings, of the catalogue raisonné of Chagall's lithographic work, a monumental feat of publishing which took more than two decades to complete. The series was also published in English the same years. Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 145471
CHURCHILL, Winston S. India.
London : 1931First edition, first impression, the rare case-bound "library" issue, of this collection of Churchill's speeches on India, its place within the British Empire, and its potential self-governance.
The book was issued in both wrappers at one shilling and the present cloth in two shillings, although the latter was intended primarily for libraries.... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 145704
COBURN, Alvin Langdon. London.
London & New York : First edition, first impression, of this masterpiece of early twentieth-century photography.
Boston-born Coburn based himself in London from around 1906, learning how to make photogravures at the London County Council School of Photo-engraving, and establishing a studio with two copperplate printing presses at the home he shared with his mother... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 142935
CRIMEA. Statistiko-ekonomicheskiy atlas Kryma [Statistical and Economic Atlas of Crimea].
Simferopol : 1922First and only edition of this scarce informational atlas compiled and published by the regional statistical department for the Crimea, and consisting of arresting visual representations: thematic maps, line and bar graphs, pie charts, and a number of hybrids thereof. The text unusually given in both Russian and Arabic.
An attractive, but intrinsically... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 145519
DAHL, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
New York : 1964First edition, first printing with six-line colophon on the final page which was cut to five in subsequent printings. Correct first printing jacket without ISBN number to lower rear panel. A very attractive copy of this beloved children's tale. Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 148449
DARWIN, Charles. Autograph letter signed to Henry Colburn.
[late October 1837]An unrecorded early letter from Charles Darwin to his publisher Henry Colburn, regarding the proofing of his upcoming first book, the Journal of Researches (now known as Voyage of the Beagle), the seminal account of probably the most important voyage in the history of science.
Darwin completed the first draft of the book in June 1837, and in... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 142676
DIANA, Princess of Wales. Dresses from the Collection of Diana, Princess of Wales.
New York : 1997Signed limited edition, number 181 of 250 copies signed by Princess Diana, a few months before her death. This luxury signed auction catalogue was produced by Christie's to illustrate the 80 dresses which were sold on 25 June 1997, and which raised over 3.6 million dollars for the AIDS Crisis Trust and The Royal Marsden Hospital Cancer Fund.
The... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 147119
DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club.
London : 1837First edition, bound from the original monthly parts, in a very handsome binding by the leading British bookbinders Bayntun-Riviere, and delightfully extra-illustrated with the full suite of Frederick Pailthorpe's 24 additional illustrations which were issued in 1882, retaining the front wrapper of that publication with the publisher's presentation... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 145656
DICKENS, Charles. The Nonesuch Dickens.
London : 1937-39First Nonesuch edition, number 9 of 877 sets, here with the original steel plate "The Boarding House" etched by George Cruikshank for Sketches by Boz, with a proof pull and letter of authentication from Chapman and Hall signed by Deputy Chairman Arthur Waugh.
The peculiar limitation is due to the inclusion, enclosed in the 24th volume of each... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 145586
DISNEY, Walt. Production cel for 101 Dalmatians featuring Colonel & Sgt. Tibbs.
Burbank, CA : 1961An original production cel for Disney's 101 Dalmatians. Featuring Colonel & Sgt. Tibbs. Cels were trimmed and applied to backgrounds by the studio to be sold through various Disney galleries. With the Disney gold label certificate on the back stating this is an original hand painted celluloid used in the Walt Disney Production. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 148818
DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Works.
New York : 1930First complete collected edition, number 268 of 760 numbered sets signed by the author in volume I, very handsomely bound.
The Crowborough Edition - named after the Sussex town where Doyle's home, Windlesham, was located - has double the number of volumes of the Author's Edition of 1903. Doyle had already signed sheets for it but his illness... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 146414
DULAC, Edmund (illus.); ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Stories from Hans Andersen.
London : 1911First Dulac edition, handsomely bound by Bayntun, with an accompanying typed letter dated July 1986 addressed to Birmingham lawyer Gordon William Quance (the initial purchaser), introducing the book, and signed by each of the four craftsmen involved in the designing, sewing, binding, and tooling of the volume. Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 148410
DULAC, Edmund (illus.); FITZGERALD, Edward. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
London : First Dulac trade edition, first impression, in an elegant Bayntun binding. Edmund Dulac's illustrations for the Rubáiyát helped to confirm his position as "a direct challenger in the illustrated gift book market to the work of Arthur Rackham" (ODNB). Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 148253
EINSTEIN, Albert; Thomas Mann; A. S. W. Rosenbach. Book Auction Dinner.
New York : 1938First edition, signed by Albert Einstein, Thomas Mann, and Dr. A. S. W. Rosenbach under their respective forewords and prefaces; the catalogue for a charity rare book auction for the benefit of German refugees, held on December 8, 1938.
The sale was arranged by legendary American rare book dealer A. S. W. Rosenbach, who for decades supplied the... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 146456
ELIOT, T. S. The Waste Land.
New York : 1922First edition in book form, first printing, first issue with all the points, number 325 of 1,000 copies. The Waste Land - arguably the most significant poem of the 20th century - was first published in The Criterion magazine earlier that year; this marks its first separate publication.
With all of Gallup's three requisite points indicative of... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 145211
ERNST, Max - CREVEL, René. Mr. Knife Miss Fork.
Paris : 1931First edition, sole printing, number 27 of 50 copies signed by Crevel on the half-title and Ernst on the frontispiece and printed on Hollande paper, from a total edition of 255 copies. This is one of the most celebrated books of the Black Sun Press and a cornerstone of Surrealist literature. This work is a fragment from Crevel's novel Babylone (1927),... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 146428
FAHRENHEIT, Daniel Gabriel. [Four papers on thermometry.]
London : 1726First edition of four important papers on thermometry by Fahrenheit, in Latin, contributed to volume 33 of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. The entirety of Fahrenheit's published writings comprises five papers; apart from a description of one of his early thermometers published by Christian Wolff in Acta Eruditorum (1714), these... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 142741
FISHER, Irving. Stable Money.
New York : 1934First edition, first printing. The aim of the work is to provide a complete history of early attempts towards inaugurating a stable currency, in order to prevent the extremes of inflation and deflation. It also covers the status of the stable money movement throughout the world, and discusses recent experiences with a "Managed Currency" abroad. Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 147725
FITZGERALD, Edward. Rubaiyát of Omar Khayyám.
London : 1899An attractive early edition of Fitzgerald's translation of the Rubáiyát, in an exquisite Zaehnsdorf exhibition binding (rather than necessitating it was actually exhibited, means that it was bound to "exhibition standard", that is, applying the highest quality standards in the choice of materials, and execution of the forwarding and finishing).
Fitzgerald's... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 148266
FLEMING, Ian. Live and Let Die.
London : 1954First edition, first impression, in the first issue jacket without the design credit slug to the front flap.
The earliest dust jackets issued made no mention of Kenneth Lewis and at some point the need was recognised to credit his work. A stamp was made and as a stopgap existing jackets were overstamped beneath the blurb on the front flap. This... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 147010
FLEMING, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me.
London : 1962First edition, first impression. The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth Bond book, and the only one to be written in the first person, presented as the testimony of a 23-year-old Canadian woman with whom Bond has an ill-fated affair. In furtherance of this pretence, Vivienne Michel gets a spurious credit on the title page as co-author. A film adaptation... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 146993
FLEMING, Ian. Moonraker.
London : 1955First edition, first impression. The third book in the James Bond series, Moonraker was adapted into a film of the same name in 1979, starring Roger Moore. The first impression had two variant states, this on thinner paper and reading "shoo"; the other state on slightly thicker paper with the word "shoot" on page 10 correctly printed. Both states were... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 146962
GARDNER, John. Goldeneye.
London : 1996First Hodder edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page.
Goldeneye, Gardner's adaptation of the 1995 film, is the rarest of the Gardner Bond books and among the most difficult Bond titles to acquire signed, with Gardner signing few copies, and the book having a small print run chiefly aimed at the library market (preceded... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 147180
GENET, Jean. The Balcony.
New York : 1958First edition in English, signed limited issue, copy I of 26 lettered copies, specially bound and signed by Genet in turquoise ink. The Balcony was first published in French in 1956. Copies in such superb condition are notably uncommon. Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 145257
GUTENBERG, Johann. Biblia Sacra [facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible].
New York : 1961Number 6 of 1,000 copies, the first American facsimile of the Gutenberg Bible, in the deluxe binding of full morocco (copies were also issued in half morocco or red cloth).
The Gutenberg Bible was the first complete book printed from moveable type, published in Mainz in 1455. This facsimile was derived from the German Insel Verlgag facsimile... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 146771
HARRISON, George (ed.); TAYLOR, Derek. Fifty Years Adrift.
Guildford : 1984Signed limited edition, number 558 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).
Stock Code: 144958
HARTLEY, Dorothy. Food in England.
London : 1954First edition, first impression. Food in England, "a treasury of information on the gathering, storing, and cooking of food from the twelfth to the twentieth centuries" is widely regarded as the definitive history of English food and cooking techniques (ODNB).
Dorothy Hartley (1893-1985) travelled the country writing a weekly column on English... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 146496
HIRST, Damien. The Souls I-IV.
London : 2011First edition, first printing. The Souls ran as a solo exhibition at the Paul Stolper gallery from 7 October to 13 November 2010. Hirst took four butterfly designs and reproduced each in 80 different colourways, with the present book reproducing these artworks and the colours used. The lavish illustrations offer an excellent example of how the deluxe... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 147008
HOCKNEY, David; Stephen Spender (ed.) Hockney's Alphabet.
London : 1991First edition, deluxe signed limited issue, number 101 of 300 copies bound in quarter vellum and signed by Spender, Hockney, and 22 of the 27 contributors: Doris Lessing, William Boyd, Margaret Drabble, Martin Amis, William Golding, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Nigel Nicolson, Seamus Heaney, Douglas Adams, Julian Barnes, Craig Raine, Kazuo Ishiguro, Iris Murdoch,... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 145560
HUME, David. Über die menschliche Natur
Halle : 1790-92Very scarce first edition in German of A Treatise of Human Nature, the first translation into any language of Hume's greatest (and rarest) work; it is issued here with a commentary by Ludwig Heinrich von Jakob (17591827), professor of philosophy at Halle who helped greatly to popularize Hume's work in Germany. Although the translation seems late fifty... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 147041
IDRĪSĪ, al-. Geographia Nubiensis,
Paris : 1619First Latin edition of the Kitab nuzhat al-mushtaq, which had been published in Arabic in Rome in 1592. An attractive copy, unrestored in contemporary condition, of "the most important geographical work of the Middle Ages" (Brill's First Encyclopaedia of Islam). While well-represented institutionally, there have been just six copies noted at auction;... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 145431
JAMES, P. D. A Mind to Murder.
London : 1963First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author to Otto Penzler on the front free endpaper, "P. D. James / To Otto / with affectionate & admiration", over the book label of Elaine Greene, her literary agent. This is a superb literary association: Penzler is an American author, editor, and owner of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York, and the... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 144605
JOHANNSEN, Nicolas August Ludwig Jacob. J. J. O. Lahn, pseud. Der Kreislauf des Geldes und Mechanismus des Sozial-Lebens.
Berlin : 1903First edition, published five years later in English as A Neglected Point in Connection with Crises (the edition read by Keynes), of "Johannsen's earliest outline of his monetary theory of production, one of the most important preludes to the General Theory, and the earliest analysis of what became the core of Schumpeter's theory of economic development:... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 148670
JOHNSON, Samuel. A Dictionary of the English Language.
London : 1765Third edition of the most famous of all dictionaries, following the first edition of 1755, in the same imposing double-folio format as its predecessor.
The creation of the dictionary was Johnson's greatest literary labour. Helped by a succession of needy amanuenses who worked in the surprisingly spacious garret of his house in Gough Square, he... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 144646
KAHN, Fritz. Das Leben des Menschen.
Stuttgart : 1926-31An exceptional set of Fritz Kahn's modernist magnum opus, very rare in the dust jackets, with a fine example of the iconic poster "Der Mensch als Industriepalast". Also present are the poster "Stammbaum des Menschen", the eight-page explanatory text, the publisher's prospectus, and 3D glasses for viewing some of the illustrations.
The dust jackets... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 144917
KELMSCOTT PRESS: CAXTON, William (trans). The History of Reynard the Foxe.
Hammersmith : 1892 Limited edition, one of 300 copies on paper, from a total edition of 310 copies. In his note requested by Quaritch as a puff, Morris commented: "this translation of Caxton's is one of the very best of his works as to style; and being translated from a kindred tongue is delightful as mere language. In its rude joviality, and simple and direct delineation... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 145992
KENNEDY, John F. Memorial Addresses in the Congress of the United States
Washington, D.C. : 1964First edition, first printing, signed by both Robert F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy on the front free endpaper. Robert Kennedy inscriptions are uncommon, and this is a superb association copy of this monumental volume.
"With few exceptions the flood of print that followed the assassination of Kennedy may be ignored by those interested chiefly... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 146271
LA JONCHERE, Étienne Lécuyer de. Systême d'un nouveau gouvernement en France. Tome I [-IV].
Amsterdam : 1720First edition, first issue of a very rare work by La Jonchère, one of the most original works of political economy of the 18th century. In the second issue, the title is extended to read "Le Prix des quatre Volumes est de cent livres en Argent, & de quatre cent livres en Billets de Banque."
Writing after the death of Louis XIV in 1715, La Jonchère... Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 145697
LAVEY, Anton Szandor. The Compleat Witch, or What To Do When Virtue Fails.
New York : 1971First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page to the historian Gottfried Kerscher, "To Gottfried Kerscher, and a bright future - Rege Satanas, Anton Szandor LaVey", the tip of the y stylised with a forked tail. Works signed by LaVey are notably uncommon in the market.
Anton LaVey was the founder of the Church of Satan... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 143038
LAWRENCE, Richard. Elgin Marbles.
London : 1818First edition of this representation of the famous Elgin collection of Greek sculptures, controversially removed from the Parthenon at the beginning of the 19th century. This is uncommonly found in the original boards.
While he was British ambassador at Constantinople from 1801 to 1803, Thomas Bruce, the Earl of Elgin, had received permission... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 146344
LAWRENCE, T. E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
London : 1935First trade issue, limited edition, number 81 of 750 copies issued in this quarter pigskin binding, alongside a cheaper issue bound in cloth; scarce in the plain paper dust jacket. This first trade edition was preceded only by the unprocurable Oxford Times edition of 1922 (of which there were just eight copies printed), and the sumptuous 1926 Cranwell... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 127774
LAWRENCE, T. E. Revolt in the Desert.
London : 1927First edition, large paper issue, number 281 of 315 numbered copies, of which 300 were for sale.
The costs for production of the 1926 Seven Pillars of Wisdom had ballooned to such an extent that Lawrence was contemplating selling either his library or some of his property to clear the debt. Eventually he settled on the publication of an abridgement,... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145706
LE CARRÉ, John. Call for the Dead.
London : 1961First edition, first impression, of le Carré's first book, and the introduction of George Smiley, rare in such nice condition. John le Carré (1931-2020) wrote nine novels featuring Smiley, his most famous character; Call for the Dead was adapted into a film, The Deadly Affair, in 1967, in which Smiley, renamed Charles Dodds, is played by James Mason.... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 147326
MARTELOTTO, Francisco. Institutiones linguae Arabicae:
Rome : 1620First edition of Martelotto's important study of Arabic, published posthumously and completed by Filippo Guadagnoli, his colleague in the Clerics Regular Minor, two years before the establishment of the Propaganda Fide, here in contemporary red calf stamped in gilt with the arms of Cardinal Baltasar Sandoval, Archbishop of Toledo, formerly a major centre... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 145720