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Abu Dhabi

Our catalogue, compiled for the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, presents two selections of rare books and manuscripts: one of material relating to the Islamic and Arabic-speaking world, the other of highlights of western literature.

 

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  1. "'The book of the Politics of management of Leaders'".
    ARISTOTLE, & Abu Yahya ibn al-Batriq (attrib.) "'The book of the Politics of management of Leaders'".

    Ayyubid or Mamluk Syria : 13th century

    The 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

  2. Al-Qanun fi al-tibb ('The Canon of Medicine'), Part 5.
    IBN SINA, known in the West as AVICENNA. Al-Qanun fi al-tibb ('The Canon of Medicine'), Part 5.

    Near East : 727 AH / 1326 CE

    Known as Avicenna in the West, Ibn Sina can be regarded as the most influential writer in the history of medicine. His unparalleled al-Qanun fi'l tibb or 'The Canon of Medicine', completed circa 1025 AD, gathered the totality of medical knowledge at the time.
    Al-Qanun fi al-tibb ('The Canon of Medicine') is the celebrated and highly influential... Learn More
    £75,000.00

    Stock Code: 138650

  3. [The final conclusion in the summary of the study of prosody.]
    QALAWUSI, Muhammad bin Idris bin Malik (al-Qarafi) al-. [The final conclusion in the summary of the study of prosody.]

    Al-Andalus : 20 Ramadan AH 740 / 20 March 1340 CE

    This rare and early work of literary scholarship from al-Andalus is divided into three sections. It aims to deal with all aspects of the study of rhythm and verse in a succinct and authoritative manner. The first section is an introduction to the study of prosody and its rules. The second is focussed on the different forms of rhythm and metric composition... Learn More
    £35,000.00

    Stock Code: 138651

  4. Taqwim al-abdan fi sihat al-insan fi tadbir al-a'm, signed by 'Ali ibn abi bakr al-katib al-hanafi.
    IBN JAZLAH (Yahya ibn 'Issa ibn Jazlah al-Baghdadi). Taqwim al-abdan fi sihat al-insan fi tadbir al-a'm, signed by 'Ali ibn abi bakr al-katib al-hanafi.

    [Anatolia or Jazirah : AH 878 / 1473-4 CE]

    This important medical text was composed during the golden age of Abbasid intellectual discovery. The intellectual boom was in large part fuelled by interest in and the translating of classical Greek texts on areas as wide ranging as astronomy, philosophy, and of course medicine. Much of the body of classical Greek knowledge was translated into Arabic... Learn More
    £30,000.00

    Stock Code: 138652

  5. Elementa Geometriae.
    EUCLID. Elementa Geometriae.

    Venice : 1482

    First edition of "the oldest mathematical textbook still in common use today" (PMM) and one of the earliest printed books with geometrical figures. The text is the standard late mediaeval recension of Johannes Campanus of Novara, based on the 12th-century translation from the Arabic of Adelard of Bath. The text is preceded by a dedicatory letter by... Learn More
    £150,000.00

    Stock Code: 136914

  6. Difesa... Contro alle Calunnie & imposture di Baldessar Capra Milanese,
    GALILEI, Galileo. Difesa... Contro alle Calunnie & imposture di Baldessar Capra Milanese,

    Venice : 1607

    First edition of the second published work of this most famous of 17th-century scientists. Galileo's first published work, Le Operazioni del compasso geometrico et militare (1606), had been privately printed in a short run of 60 copies to accompany sales of his first significant scientific invention. Galileo's compass, invented in Padua in 1597, was... Learn More
    £175,000.00

    Stock Code: 138789

  7. [Novum Organum sive indicia vera de interpretatione naturae.] Instauratio Magna.
    BACON, Francis. [Novum Organum sive indicia vera de interpretatione naturae.] Instauratio Magna.

    London : 1620

    First edition of this "monumental work on the philosophy of science, on the systematic organization of knowledge, and on the inductive method" (Grolier/Horblitt). 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

  8. Discours de la Methode Pour bien conduire sa raison, & chercher la verité dans les sciences.
    DESCARTES, René. Discours de la Methode Pour bien conduire sa raison, & chercher la verité dans les sciences.

    Leiden : 1637

    First edition of Descartes's fundamental work in philosophy and on the method of science. "It is no exaggeration to say that Descartes was the first of modern philosophers and one of the first of modern scientists The revolution he caused can be most easily found in his reassertion of the principle (lost in the Middle Ages) that knowledge, if it is... Learn More
    £150,000.00

    Stock Code: 134577

  9. Grooten Atlas (Atlas Major).
    BLAEU, Willem & Jan. Grooten Atlas (Atlas Major).

    Amsterdam : 1664

    A particularly handsome set of "the greatest and finest atlas ever published" (Koeman). The Atlas Major as initially published in its various editions was the largest atlas ever published, the epitome of decades of achievement by the Blaeu family and published in five languages (Latin, Dutch, French, German, and Spanish). It was justly famed for its... Learn More
    £750,000.00

    Stock Code: 135958

  10. England's Treasure by Forraign Trade.
    MUN, Thomas. England's Treasure by Forraign Trade.

    London : 1664

    First edition of the bible of mercantilism and the first exposition of the theory of the balance of trade. "For those who want to read a single example of mercantilist writing, it is difficult to better Thomas Mun's England's Treasure by Forraign Trade, completed in 1628 and published posthumously in 1664. Adam Smith at any rate regarded it as perfectly... Learn More
    £95,000.00

    Stock Code: 134494

  11. [Title in Persian] Jadawel mavādeh thavābet dar tool wa ard keh be rasad yāft-e Oloq Bayk ben Sharokh ben Taymoor.
    ULUGH BEG. [Title in Persian] Jadawel mavādeh thavābet dar tool wa ard keh be rasad yāft-e Oloq Bayk ben Sharokh ben Taymoor.

    Oxford : 1665

    Editio princeps of Ulugh Beg's Zij-i Jadid-i Sultani, "the greatest of star catalogues between those of Ptolemy in the 2nd century CE and Brahe in the 16th" (Ency. Brit.) Ulugh Beg (1394-1449) was the grandson of Timur, known in Europe as Tamerlane. In 1409, his father, Shah Rukh, appointed him governor of Samarkand; he quickly set about turning the... Learn More
    £38,500.00

    Stock Code: 138572

  12. Comedies, Histories and Tragedies.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Comedies, Histories and Tragedies.

    London : 1685

    A notably tall and handsome copy of the Fourth Folio, the last of the 17th-century editions of Shakespeare's works, edited by John Heminge (d. 1630) and Henry Condell (d. 1627), and with seven plays added by Philip Chetwin (d. 1680), publisher of the Third Folio. A reprint of the ill-fated Third Folio, this edition was issued by Henry Herringman in... Learn More
    £185,000.00

    Stock Code: 133696

  13. Tashrih al-falak (The Anatomy of Celestial Spheres).
    Baha' al-Din Muhammad al-'Amili. Tashrih al-falak (The Anatomy of Celestial Spheres).

    [Safavid Iran : Late 17th/early 18th century CE]

    This work on the structure of celestial spheres focusses on the sun, the earth and the other known planets of our solar system. Baha al-din was the first scholar in the Islamic world to develop the idea that the Earth rotated on its axis. He developed this theory independently of Copernicus and western influence. Instead Baha al-din aimed to address... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 138653

  14. Opticks: or, A Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions, and Colours of Light.
    [NEWTON, Isaac.] Opticks: or, A Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions, and Colours of Light.

    London : 1704

    First edition, first issue, without Newton's name on the title. Newton's Opticks expounds his corpuscular or emission theory of light, and first contains his important optical discoveries in collected form. It also prints two important mathematical treatises (published here for the first time but omitted in later editions) describing his invention of... Learn More
    £85,000.00

    Stock Code: 137818

  15. Aja'ib al-Makhluqat [On the Wonders of Creation].
    TUSI, Muhammad al-. Aja'ib al-Makhluqat [On the Wonders of Creation].

    Turkey : 1704

    Though al-Qazwini's famous cosmology, 'Aja'ib al-Makhluqat, or "Wonders of Creation", was widely copied in Iran, India and the Ottoman Empire, copies of Muhammad al-Tusi's work of the same name are much rarer. Including the present manuscript, only seven manuscripts of this work are recorded (see Karin Rührdanz, "An Ottoman Illustrated Version of Muhammad... Learn More
    £200,000.00

    Stock Code: 138655

  16. Large illuminated Qu'ran.
    (QUR'AN.) Large illuminated Qu'ran.

    India, Mughal period : 17th century]

    This is highly luxurious and interesting Qur'an manuscript, notable for its profuse and fine illumination. At the beginning are two double page openings, the first bearing two exquisite polychrome shamsas (sun-burst motifs), set in separate gold frames with illuminated floral corner decoration. The shamsas are in the form of large concentric circles,... Learn More
    £62,000.00

    Stock Code: 138649

  17. Classic Chinese Qur'an in Thirty Sections.
    (QUR'AN.) Classic Chinese Qur'an in Thirty Sections.

    China : 18th Century.

    Qur'ans were probably first produced in China in the Mongol period, during which the Muslim population of China greatly increased. After the collapse of the Mongol Empire, Qur'an production in China remained isolated from trends in the West, and continued to develop from the archaic Iranian style that was popular in the pre- and early Mongol period.... Learn More
    £50,000.00

    Stock Code: 138654

  18. Essai sur la nature du commerce en général.
    CANTILLON, Richard. Essai sur la nature du commerce en général.

    London Fletcher Gyles [but Paris : 1755

    First edition. This copy is one of a very small number to contain at the end a copy of Barrois's catalogue of publications for sale, which lists Cantillon's work with his initial.
    Richard Cantillon (c.1680-1734) was an Irish-born banker and economist, forced to emigrate to continental Europe by the Williamite confiscations. He honed his financial... Learn More
    £57,500.00

    Stock Code: 137110

  19. Candide, ou l'optimisme, traduit de l'allemand de Mr. le Docteur Ralph.
    [VOLTAIRE.] Candide, ou l'optimisme, traduit de l'allemand de Mr. le Docteur Ralph.

    [Geneva : 1759

    First edition, one of only a dozen or so recorded copies of the true first edition of this celebrated philosophical conte, one of the genuine rarities in major 18th-century literature. There were 18 editions of Candide in 1759 alone, all of them superficially alike, though only four of them, like this, have 299 pages. Recent research, following Ira... Learn More
    £37,500.00

    Stock Code: 135295

  20. The Theory of Moral Sentiments.
    SMITH, Adam. The Theory of Moral Sentiments.

    London : 1759

    First edition, published in April 1759 with a recorded "print run of 1,000 copies" (Sher, Early Editions of Adam's Smith's Books, 13). Smith's first book and his later Wealth of Nations demonstrate "a great unifying principle Smith's ethics and his economics are integrated by the same principle of self-command, or self-reliance, which manifests itself... Learn More
    £62,500.00

    Stock Code: 136185

  21. The Principles of Mr. Harrison's Time-Keeper, with plates of the same.
    HARRISON, John. The Principles of Mr. Harrison's Time-Keeper, with plates of the same.

    London : 1767

    First edition of the primary account of the invention of the marine chronometer. In 1714, the Board of Longitude offered a substantial reward of 20,000 to anyone who could find an accurate method for determining longitude at sea. In 1730, clockmaker John Harrison completed a manuscript describing some of his inventions, including a chronometer "accurate... Learn More
    £100,000.00

    Stock Code: 138402

  22. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
    GIBBON, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

    London : 1776-88

    First editions (volume 1 in the first state) of Gibbon's magisterial history, with the cancel leaves and uncorrected errata as called for by Norton. The first variant state of volume 1 numbered 500 copies, printed before Strahan's optimistic and ultimately prophetic decision to double the printing order to 1,000; the first edition sold out within a... Learn More
    £27,500.00

    Stock Code: 136924

  23. Autograph manuscript notes on Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations.
    NAPOLEON I. Autograph manuscript notes on Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations.

    Valence : 1791

    Napoleon was in garrison at Valence with the 4th Artillery Regiment from 16 June to 31 August 1791. He used his spare time to read the first volume of the French translation of Smith's Wealth of Nations by the poet Jean-Antoine Roucher (1745-1794), made from the fourth English edition (London, 1786), which had been published in 1790. Napoleon has written... Learn More
    £250,000.00

    Stock Code: 136833

  24. An Essay on the Principle of Population,
    [MALTHUS, Thomas Robert.] An Essay on the Principle of Population,

    London : 1798

    Rare first edition of one of the most important and influential works in the history of economic thought. In this copy Q8r (pp. 239-40) is in cancelled state, which amends the incorrectly printed phrase "the immortality of man on earth seems to be as completely established" to read "mortality" on line 9.
    "Malthus was not the first writer to make... Learn More
    £155,000.00

    Stock Code: 137089

  25. Histoire naturelle des perroquets.
    LEVAILLANT, François. Histoire naturelle des perroquets.

    Paris : 1801-05

    First edition in the preferred folio format of this celebrated work, which stands in the front rank of ornithological books; a quarto version was issued at the same time. The very fine colour plates are by Jacques Barraband, "a superlative bird artist" (Buchanan, p. 97-8), which, apart from their undoubted beauty, display a scientific accuracy that... Learn More
    £125,000.00

    Stock Code: 137037

  26. Flore portugaise ou description de toutes les plantes qui croissent naturellement en Portugal.
    HOFFMANNSEGG, Johann Centurius von, & Heinrich Friedrich Link. Flore portugaise ou description de toutes les plantes qui croissent naturellement en Portugal.

    Berlin : 1809[-40]

    First edition, the grandest Portuguese flower book ever published, and among the finest flower books of the 19th century. The delicate illustrations - based on the travels of Johann Hoffmannsegg (1766-1849) through Portugal between 1797 and 1801 - are executed in the manner of Pierre-Joseph Redouté, yet as a record of newly discovered and previously... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 137002

  27. On the Principles of Political Economy, and Taxation.
    RICARDO, David. On the Principles of Political Economy, and Taxation.

    London : 1817

    First edition of Ricardo's fundamental contribution to the science of economics. Ricardo is credited with the first systematic and scientific approach to economics; his exact mathematical approach and careful deductive methods provided a model for future texts in the field. Ricardo's interest in political economy was aroused in 1799 by a chance reading... Learn More
    £28,500.00

    Stock Code: 130054

  28. Histoire de la Perse,
    MALCOLM, Sir John. Histoire de la Perse,

    Paris : 1821

    First edition in French of this "monumental work" by the diplomatist and administrator in India Sir John Malcolm (Wright, p. 8), originally published at London in two quarto volumes in 1815. The translation, by Pierre-Vincent Benoist, was continued from 1814 to 1820 by the eminent orientalist Louis-Matthieu Langlès, keeper of oriental manuscripts at... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 138677

  29. Faustus: from the German.
    [COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor, trans.] GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Faustus: from the German.

    London : 1821

    First edition in English of Goethe's Faust, translated by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. When Faust, Part I first appeared in a finished form (1808) Coleridge expressed concern for the apparent immorality. Despite this, he briefly entertained a proposal in 1814 to translate the work, and returned to and completed the task in 1820-21. Coleridge denied that... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 132612

  30. Narrative of a Journey into Khorasan, in the Years 1821 and 1822.
    FRASER, James Baillie. Narrative of a Journey into Khorasan, in the Years 1821 and 1822.

    London : 1825

    First edition of this significant contribution to the knowledge of Persia as seen through Western eyes; Fraser's biographer Denis Wright describes it as "packed with information" and notes that among much well-observed detail Fraser "gives a rare first-hand description of the shrines in the holy cities of Qum and Mashhad, both of which he had entered... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 138730

  31. A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountains.
    GOULD, John. A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountains.

    London : 1832

    First edition of Gould's first book, the rare issue with the backgrounds coloured; in a letter to Lord Derby, Gould wrote "You will probably recollect that in my first work... neither the plants or sic Backgrounds were coloured; In order to render the Series of my Publications complete... I have had those parts coloured in the few copies I have left"... Learn More
    £32,500.00

    Stock Code: 134609

  32. The India Directory, or, Directions for Sailing to and from the East Indies, China, Australia, and the Interjacent Ports of Africa and South America.
    HORSBURGH, James. The India Directory, or, Directions for Sailing to and from the East Indies, China, Australia, and the Interjacent Ports of Africa and South America.

    London : 1841-3

    An exceptionally well-preserved copy, presented here in an American naval officer's portable book box - as such remarkably uncommon - with the additional appeal of a series of original holograph coastal profiles. This is the fifth edition of this important publication, much enlarged in successive editions from the first of 1809-11, which was to become... Learn More
    £30,000.00

    Stock Code: 126537

  33. Divân-ı Zâtî ("Diwan of Zati"); [together with:] Sawanih al-nawadir fi ma'rifat al-anasir ("Rare Thoughts about Knowledge of the Elements").
    ZATI, Suleyman. Divân-ı Zâtî ("Diwan of Zati"); [together with:] Sawanih al-nawadir fi ma'rifat al-anasir ("Rare Thoughts about Knowledge of the Elements").

    Istanbul : 1841

    First edition. Scarce, with only 11 locations on OCLC. A lavishly produced copy the first edition of these works by Suleyman Zati, clearly specially produced for presentation, since the printers have deliberately omitted the opening title device and a new design has been hand painted in its place. The attractive binding bears the seal of the reigning... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 126850

  34. Moby-Dick;
    MELVILLE, Herman. Moby-Dick;

    New York : 1851

    First US edition, in the first issue binding (BAL's "A" state). Moby-Dick was originally issued in London earlier the same year, set from the New York sheets and titled The Whale. The US edition was the first to appear under the familiar title, and contains some thirty-five passages and the epilogue omitted from the English edition. It was a "complete... Learn More
    £30,000.00

    Stock Code: 136810

  35. Falconry in the British Isles.
    SALVIN, Francis Henry, & William Brodrick. Falconry in the British Isles.

    London : 1855; revised in 1872.

    Author's heavily revised and expanded proof sheets in preparation for the second edition. Falconry in the British Isles by Francis Henry Salvin (1817-1904), with plates by William Brodrick (1814-1888), is the most important work on the subject produced during the nineteenth century, and an essential standard work. The first edition was published in... Learn More
    £45,000.00

    Stock Code: 137081

  36. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,
    DARWIN, Charles. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection,

    London : 1859

    First edition of "the most influential scientific work of the 19th century" (Horblit) and "certainly the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman), in which Darwin explained his concept of evolutionary adaptation through natural selection, which would become the foundation of modern evolutionary theory; 1,250 copies were printed.
    "The... Learn More
    £225,000.00

    Stock Code: 138146

  37. Max und Moritz: eine Bubengeschichte in sieben Streichen.
    BUSCH, Wilhelm. Max und Moritz: eine Bubengeschichte in sieben Streichen.

    Munich : [1865]

    Rare first edition, first impression, of the book widely regarded as the prototype of the children's comic, with the key error "geschroben" for "geschroten" on leaf 52 and Vanselow's other points: leaf 17 with a full stop after the last word; line 1, leaf 31, slightly indented; leaf 51 with a point and dash after "Bösewichter"; and 7 dashes on the... Learn More
    £45,000.00

    Stock Code: 138250

  38. Le Corbeau. The Raven. Poëme.
    (MANET, Edouard.) POE, Edgar Allan. Le Corbeau. The Raven. Poëme.

    Paris : 1875

    Signed limited edition, number 198 of a stated edition of 240 copies, signed by both Mallarmé and Manet. Often cited as one of the high points of French book illustration (Ray 369), it is one of the first modern French livre d'artiste. Le Corbeau, "an astonishingly modern illustrated book for 1875", represents liberation from literal interpretation... Learn More
    £100,000.00

    Stock Code: 132602

  39. [The Life of Muhammad.] "Mahometto Den" [馬哈黙伝]
    PRIDEAUX, Humphrey; TADASU, Hayashi, translator. [The Life of Muhammad.] "Mahometto Den" [馬哈黙伝]

    Tokyo : Meiji 9 [1876].

    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

  40. Heidi's Lehr- und Wander-Jahre.
    SPYRI, Johanna. Heidi's Lehr- und Wander-Jahre.

    Gotha : 1880-81

    First editions of both parts in the original German. Throughout the 1870s Johanna Spyri (1827-1901) published stories for adults and children based around her reminiscences of growing up in rural Switzerland. But huge success came with the publication of Heidi, the most important Swiss contribution to children's literature after the "Swiss Family Robinson"... Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 120814

  41. A Pilgrimage to Nejd, the Cradle of the Arab Race.
    BLUNT, Lady Anne. A Pilgrimage to Nejd, the Cradle of the Arab Race.

    London : 1881

    First edition of the classic account of Lady Blunt's trip with her husband Wilfrid Scawen Blunt in Northern Arabia and the Nejd, "the highlands sacred to all Syrian Bedouins as their ancestral homeland" (Howgego). In Lady Blunt's copious journals "her scientific interests are manifest in the mass of aneroid readings, barometric pressures, and compass... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 138761

  42. A collection of articles and maps relating to the exploration of Oman, published in the Geographical Journal.
    (OMAN.) A collection of articles and maps relating to the exploration of Oman, published in the Geographical Journal.

    London : 1897-1931

    First editions. An excellent collection of rare Royal Geographical Journals and maps relating to Oman and its hinterland, extending to what is now territory belonging to the United Arab Emirates, produced by British pioneers of Arabian exploration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
    a) Stiffe provides a historical and geographical survey of... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 96109

  43. The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.
    (ARABIAN NIGHTS.) BURTON, Richard F. The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.

    London : 1897

    The 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

  44. Photograph album documenting a cruise to North Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean on RMS Celtic.
    IRANIAN, Mihran, & others. Photograph album documenting a cruise to North Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean on RMS Celtic.

    New York : 1902

    Engrossing, wide-ranging and thoughtfully compiled Gilded Age photograph album assembled by a member of a tour party sailing from New York on a Mediterranean cruise aboard the White Star liner RMS Celtic. Perhaps most importantly it includes a handful of superb depictions of Istanbul by the celebrated Armenian photographer Mihran Iranian, whose work... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 131724

  45. Zur Psychologie und Pathologie sogenannter occulter Phänomene.
    JUNG, Carl G. Zur Psychologie und Pathologie sogenannter occulter Phänomene.

    Leipzig : 1902

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author at the head of the front board, "Herrn Dr. Hoch mit den besten Grüssen, der Verfasser." This is the true first edition of Jung's doctoral dissertation, published in advance of the book version issued later the same year.
    A superb association: the recipient Dr August Hoch (1868-1919)... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 128837

  46. Dessins sur les danses de Vaslav Nijinsky.
    (NIJINSKY.) BARBIER, Georges, & Francis de Miomandre. Dessins sur les danses de Vaslav Nijinsky.

    Paris : 1913

    First 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

  47. The Life of Mohammad The Prophet of Allah.
    DINET, Alphonse-Etienne; BEN IBRAHIM, Sliman. The Life of Mohammad The Prophet of Allah.

    Paris : 1918

    Limited edition of 875 numbered copies. Alphonse-Étienne Dinet (1861-1929), a French-born and Paris-trained painter, lived and worked for almost fifty years in Algeria. His conversion to Islam in 1908 was made formal in 1913. This is one of many collaborative works he produced with Sliman Ben Ibrahim, who originally served as his guide in Algeria. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 121817

  48. Twenty Drawings.
    GIBRAN, Kahlil. Twenty Drawings.

    New York : 1919

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by Gibran on the front free endpaper, "To Margarrite Marguerite? Harrison Day, with kindest thoughts from Kahlil Gibran, 1923". The recipient has proved unidentifiable, though it is tempting to think her some relation of Gibran's early creative mentor the Boston photographer Fred Holland Day.
    Twenty Drawings... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 137819

  49. The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real.
    WILLIAMS, Margery. The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real.

    London : 1922

    First edition, first impression, with the rare dust jacket. The first impression of this beautiful and much-loved collaboration between Margery Williams and William Nicholson is notable for the chromolithographic printing of Nicholson's illustrations. They were replaced by a cheaper process in subsequent printings. "It is loved by parents and teachers... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 138352

  50. The Prophet.
    GIBRAN, Kahlil. The Prophet.

    New York : 1923

    First edition, first printing, a very scarce presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Brander Matthews with real admiration from Kahlil Gibran, October 1923". The recipient, Brander Matthews (1852-1929), was an American writer and educator. The first full-time professor of dramatic literature at an American university, he played a... Learn More
    £25,000.00

    Stock Code: 138457

  51. Mrs. Dalloway.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway.

    London : 1925

    First edition, first impression, in the very scarce Vanessa Bell jacket. Mrs Dalloway is regarded by many as the author's masterpiece; certainly it is one of her best-loved works. Only 2,000 copies of the first printing were produced, and the dust jacket is one of the finest Bell ever designed and rare in collectable condition. "Woolf maintained that... Learn More
    £27,500.00

    Stock Code: 138396

  52. Le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu.
    (PICASSO, Pablo.) BALZAC, Honoré de. Le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu.

    Paris : 1931

    Limited edition, number 171 of 240 copies printed on Rives paper, from a total edition of 340 copies (of which 65 were printed on imperial japon and signed, and 35 for private distribution and numbered using roman numerals).
    In 1926 Picasso was commissioned by the publisher Ambroise Vollard to do a series of illustrations for Balzac's novella Le... Learn More
    £25,000.00

    Stock Code: 136550

  53. The Four Gospels of Lord Jesus Christ according to the Authorized Version of King James I.
    GILL, Eric. The Four Gospels of Lord Jesus Christ according to the Authorized Version of King James I.

    Waltham St Lawrence : 1931

    Limited edition, number 454 of 500 copies on paper; 12 copies were also issued on vellum. "Conceived in the fruitful mind of Robert Gibbings, this is the Golden Cockerel book usually compared with the Doves Bible and the Kelmscott Chaucer. A flower among the best products of English romantic genius, it is also surely, thanks to its illustrator, Eric... Learn More
    £13,500.00

    Stock Code: 133103

  54. Signed photograph.
    EINSTEIN, Albert. Signed photograph.

    1932

    Signed by Einstein in ink below the image, "Albert Einstein, 1932". The photograph, showing Einstein in a pale pinstriped suit, wing collar, and plain necktie, was taken at a press conference on the occasion of Einstein's first visit to Caltech in Pasadena on 2 January 1931. Einstein wintered at Caltech in 1931, 1932, and 1933.
    Provenance: from the... Learn More
    £8,500.00

    Stock Code: 135297

  55. 138324
    (JEDDAH WATER SUPPLY.) BALFOUR, David Ross. City of Jeddah Water Supply.

    Westminster [Jeddah] : 1947-8

    Rare no other copies located or references found. These highly detailed planning documents would have been produced in extremely limited numbers for a small group of stakeholders. This copy with gilt presentation supralibros; "To A.A. / From D.R.B.": D.R.B. was David Ross Balfour, who led the project as a partner in his father's Westminster and Newcastle... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 138324

  56. The Mosques of Egypt from 21 H. (641) to 1365 H. (1946).
    (EGYPT.) CRESWELL, K. A. C., & Ahmad Hassan Al-Bâkourî. The Mosques of Egypt from 21 H. (641) to 1365 H. (1946).

    Giza : 1949

    First edition in English of this landmark publication, a lavishly illustrated monograph described justifiably by Creswell in his preface as "the finest piece of book production achieved in Egypt"; this copy in the highly uncommon de luxe morocco-grain roan binding. It was first published in Arabic in 1948.

    The British architect and engineer Sir... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 138671

  57. Collection of autograph letters signed to the dedicatees of The Magician's Nephew.
    LEWIS, C. S. Collection of autograph letters signed to the dedicatees of The Magician's Nephew.

    1963

    A remarkable and rich archive of 29 autograph letters from C. S. Lewis to the Kilmer children, dedicatees of The Magician's Nephew. This highly desirable archive is the most extensive collection of letters by Lewis to have come to market in recent years.

    The letters, three of which are unpublished, were written over nine years from... Learn More
    £200,000.00

    Stock Code: 134030

  58. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
    DAHL, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

    New York : 1964

    First edition, first printing, first issue. The first issue can be distinguished by the six lines of printing information on the final page: this was cut to five in all subsequent issues. The US edition precedes the UK edition by three years. Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 137010

  59. A Brief History of Time.
    HAWKING, Stephen. A Brief History of Time.

    London : 1989

    First UK edition, later impression. The title page with a thumb print of Hawking, next to which his personal assistant has inscribed in blue ink, "Thumb print of, S. W. Hawking, witnessed by, Susan Massey."
    One of the most important scientific works of the second half of the 20th century and a masterpiece of scientific popularisation, A Brief... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 134236

  60. Survey of the Shores and Islands of the Persian Gulf 1820-1829.
    COOK, Andrew S. Survey of the Shores and Islands of the Persian Gulf 1820-1829.

    [London] : 1990

    First edition of this important assemblage of texts and charts, reproduced from original material in the India Office Library and Records, London and in the Department of Manuscripts, the British Library. "This is a publication of sea charts, harbour plans, coastal views and topographical descriptions produced during the survey of the shores and islands... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 92989

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