The Chelsea Bindery 20th Anniversary

The Chelsea Bindery 20th Anniversary

One of only a handful of binderies in London that still practise the centuries old tradition of fine leather bookbinding, the Chelsea Bindery celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Our anniversary catalogue features first, limited, and special illustrated editions, showcasing the Chelsea Bindery’s mastery of artisanal techniques, with each binding complementing the book it encases.
 

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  1. The Mask of Dimitrios.
    AMBLER, Eric. The Mask of Dimitrios.

    London : 1939

    First edition, first impression, of this Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone in detective fiction. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 78304

  2. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus.
    BAUM, L. Frank. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus.

    Indianapolis : 1902

    First edition, first printing. Baum is best known for the Wizard of Oz books, in two of which Santa Claus features as a guest of Oz. Learn More
    £3,950.00

    Stock Code: 107961

  3. Psycho.
    BLOCH, Robert. Psycho.

    New York : 1959

    First edition, first printing. The work was the basis for Hitchcock's seminal film of the same title, released a year after the book was published. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 101725

  4. Tarzan of The Apes.
    BURROUGHS, Edgar Rice. Tarzan of The Apes.

    Chicago, : 1914

    First edition, first printing, with printer's name to copyright page in old English type. A wonderful example of the Chelsea Bindery's work. Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 124600

  5. Complete set of the Philip Marlowe novels.
    CHANDLER, Raymond. Complete set of the Philip Marlowe novels.

    New York / London : 1938-58

    All first editions, first printings. Chandler's first four novels were first published in America; the last three appeared first in the UK. Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 106986

  6. The Mysterious Mr. Quin.
    CHRISTIE, Agatha. The Mysterious Mr. Quin.

    London : 1930

    First edition, first impression. A collection of short stories featuring the characters of Mr Satterthwaite, a socialite, and the eponymous Mr Quin. Learn More
    £1,575.00

    Stock Code: 27137

  7. My African Journey.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. My African Journey.

    London : 1908

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 120930

  8. The River War.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The River War.

    London : 1899

    First edition, first impression, of Churchill's second book, preceded only by The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898), "2000 copies published on 6 November 1899" (Woods). It includes, of course, his account of the charge of the 21st Lancers, to whom he was attached, at Omdurman on 2 September 1898, described by the Dictionary of National Biography... Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 125178

  9. Liberalism and the Social Problem.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. Liberalism and the Social Problem.

    London : 1909

    First edition, first impression, of this uncommon title which collects speeches by the young Churchill during his Liberal phase, addressing such issues as the conciliation of South Africa, Imperial Preference, Labour Exchanges and Unemployment Insurance Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 108580

  10. Faust.
    CLARKE, Harry (illus.); GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust.

    London : 1927

    Signed limited edition, number 910 of 1,000 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 125665

  11. Lord Jim.
    CONRAD, Joseph. Lord Jim.

    Edinburgh and London : 1900

    First edition, first impression, one of 2,105 copies printed. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 71079

  12. The Secret Agent.
    CONRAD, Joseph. The Secret Agent.

    1907

    First edition, first impression. One of Conrad's very best works - a stunning novel of detection, espionage and revolution. "The Secret Agent depicts the atmosphere of Edwardian London in a psychological thriller of the anarchist underworld. Conrad's wit and chivalrous magnanimity are at their airiest in this novel." (Connolly) Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 70386

  13. The Arrow of Gold.
    CONRAD, Joseph. The Arrow of Gold.

    1919

    First English edition and first revised edition with corrections not incorporated in the American first edition. Signed "from Joseph Conrad 1919" on the half-title. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 48434

  14. The BFG.
    DAHL, Roald. The BFG.

    London : 1982

    First edition, first impression. A wonderful example of the Chelsea Bindery's work. Dahl's fantastical tale was expanded from a short story within his 1975 book Danny, the Champion of the World. A film adaptation, directed by Steven Spielberg, was released in 2016. Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 132372

  15. The Golf Courses of The British Isles.
    DARWIN, Bernard. The Golf Courses of The British Isles.

    London : 1910

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 128663

  16. Motor Racing.
    DAVIS, S. C. H. Motor Racing.

    London : 1932

    First edition, first impression, written in hospital by the British racing driver Sammy Davis while recuperating from his spectacular crash at Brooklands in 1931. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 71123

  17. The Arabian Nights.
    DETMOLD, E. J. (illus.) The Arabian Nights.

    London : [1924]

    Signed limited edition, number 99 of 100 copies only signed by the artist. "On the strength of The Arabian Nights, Detmold could have become one of the greatest illustrators of fantasy and fairy stories" (Richard Dalby, The Golden Age of Children's Book Illustration, pp. 98). Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 30661

  18. The Life of Mohammad The Prophet of Allah.
    DINET, E; BEN IBRAHIM, Sliman. The Life of Mohammad The Prophet of Allah.

    Paris : 1918

    Limited edition of 875 numbered copies of which this number 74. 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... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 136218

  19. The Tower Treasure.
    DIXON, Franklin W. The Tower Treasure.

    New York : 1927

    First edition, first printing of the first Hardy Boys title, long considered one of the holy grails of American children's book collecting. Developed by the American publisher Edward Stratemeyer, The Hardy Boys books were one part of a range of juvenile detective fiction released by the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 118415

  20. In Fairyland. A Series of Pictures from the Elf-World.
    DOYLE, Richard In Fairyland. A Series of Pictures from the Elf-World.

    London : 1870

    First edition of one of the masterpieces of Victorian colour printing. As Percy Muir describes it in his Victorian Illustrated Books (1971), In Fairyland "has 16 colour plates many with more than one subject to a page, and there is not one bad one among them... Edmund Evans surpassed himself in the printing of the blocks... it is now considered as a... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 130950

  21. Lyrics Pathetic & Humorous from A to Z.
    DULAC, Edmund (illus.) Lyrics Pathetic & Humorous from A to Z.

    London : 1908

    First edition of this humorously poetic alphabet. Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 66581

  22. Stories from Hans Andersen.
    DULAC, Edmund (illus.); ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Stories from Hans Andersen.

    London : 1911

    First English trade edition. The first edition containing Dulac's illustrations for Hans Christian Andersen was originally published in 1911. Although the page-size of this later edition is smaller, the illustrations are reproduced at their original sizes. The collection comprises six stories: "The Snow Queen", "The Swineherd", "The Nightingale", "The... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 111588

  23. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
    DULAC, Edmund (illus.); Edward FitzGerald (trans.) Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

    London : [1909]

    First Dulac edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 132279

  24. [The Alexandria Quartet:] Justine; Balthazar; Mountolive; Clea.
    DURRELL, Lawrence. [The Alexandria Quartet:] Justine; Balthazar; Mountolive; Clea.

    London : 1957-60

    First editions, first impressions. Perhaps Durrell's greatest success, a study of love and political intrigue in Alexandria, Egypt, before and during World War II. Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 121818

  25. Go Down, Moses and other stories.
    FAULKNER, William. Go Down, Moses and other stories.

    New York : 1942

    First edition, first printing of Faulkner's third collection of short stories. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 36186

  26. Sartoris.
    FAULKNER, William. Sartoris.

    New York : 1929

    First edition, first printing. Sartoris is a revised version of Faulkner's Flags in the Dust, the full text of which was not published until 1973. It was the first of Faulkner's tales set in Yoknapatawpha County, and introduces many of the characters that appear in his later works Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 29322

  27. Pylon.
    FAULKNER, William. Pylon.

    New York : 1935

    First edition, first printing, limited issue. Number 310 of 310 copies only signed by the author; one of Faulkner's smallest limitations. Learn More
    £1,925.00

    Stock Code: 26303

  28. Madame Bovary.
    FLAUBERT, Gustave. Madame Bovary.

    London : 1886

    First edition in English of Flaubert's masterpiece. The translator was Karl Marx's daughter, then living openly with Edward Bibbens Aveling, a married man whose name she used in conjunction with her own. Flaubert's debut novel was five years in the making, and originally serialised in the Revue de Paris. It provoked charges of obscenity and immorality... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 114497

  29. [The complete Hornblower:]
    FORESTER, C. S. [The complete Hornblower:]

    London : 1937-62

    First editions, first impressions. Forester (real name Cecil Smith) was called to Hollywood to write a pirate film, working under Arthur Hornblower. However, before they had finished the script, another studio released Captain Blood, starring Errol Flynn, and using the same historical incidents that they had counted on. Rather than seeking another position,... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 109292

  30. The African Queen.
    FORESTER, C. S. The African Queen.

    London : 1935

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 98902

  31. A Passage to India.
    FORSTER, E. M. A Passage to India.

    1924

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 71077

  32. The Americans.
    FRANK, Robert. The Americans.

    New York : 1959

    First US edition, originally published in France on 15 May 1958 by Robert Delpire as part of its Encyclopédie Essentielle series. In the French edition Frank's photographs were accompanied by text by authors such as Simone de Beauvoir, Erskine Caldwell, William Faulkner, Henry Miller and John Steinbeck. In this edition the photos are not accompanied... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 125101

  33. Living.
    GREEN, Henry. Living.

    London & Toronto : 1929

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,675.00

    Stock Code: 71598

  34. Brighton Rock.
    GREENE, Graham. Brighton Rock.

    London : 1938

    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US earlier the same year. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 48052

  35. King Solomon's Mines.
    HAGGARD, H. Rider. King Solomon's Mines.

    London : 1885

    First edition, first impression. With all the textual misprints: p. 10, "Bamamgwato"; p. 122 3rd line up "let twins to live"; p. 307 footnote, last line, "Wrod." Surprisingly scarce in the correct state. King Solomon's Mine "met with instant success" (ODNB) and is considered to be the foundation of the "Lost World" science fiction genre. Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 124633

  36. [Complete detective novels:] Red Harvest; The Dain Curse; The Maltese Falcon; The Glass Key; The Thin Man.
    HAMMETT, Dashiell. [Complete detective novels:] Red Harvest; The Dain Curse; The Maltese Falcon; The Glass Key; The Thin Man.

    New York & London : 1929-34

    First editions, first printings, of the complete series of Hammett's seminal full-length detective novels. As usual The Glass Key is the first American edition; the first impression was printed in London in the same year during Knopf's ill-fated attempt to break into the British market and is scarce. Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 116919

  37. Night Fears and Other Stories.
    HARTLEY, L. P. Night Fears and Other Stories.

    London & New York : 1924

    First edition, first impression, of the author's first published work. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 75396

  38. The Scarlet Letter,
    HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter,

    Boston : 1850

    First edition, first issue: with the advertisements dated "March 1, 1850" and the misprint "reduplicate" for "repudiate" at line 20 page 21.

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    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 117377

  39. Lost Horizon.
    HILTON, James. Lost Horizon.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression, of the book that introduced Shangri-La, a fictional utopian lamasery located high in the mountains of Tibet. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 131008

  40. A Shropshire Lad [together with] Last Poems.
    HOUSMAN, A. E. A Shropshire Lad [together with] Last Poems.

    Chipping Campden : 1929

    First Alcuin Press edition, number 134 of 325 copies in total. First published in 1896 and 1922 respectively, this work collected together in two volumes what was then understood to be the entire corpus of Housman's published poetry. This book was handsomely printed in the private press manner on Batchelor handmade paper for the publishers by the Alcuin... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 126238

  41. Ulysses.
    JOYCE, James. Ulysses.

    London : 1936

    First UK edition. The entire edition was limited to 1,000 copies only, of which this is one of 900 numbered copies. This was the first issue to be entirely produced in Britain, with an appendix with documents relating to the legal history of Ulysses and with a bibliography. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 47333

  42. The Castle.
    KAFKA, Franz. The Castle.

    London : 1930

    First edition in English, first impression. The Castle will never attain the fame of its sister The Trial, but in literary terms it is more than a match. This was the first publication in English of any of Kafka's books, preceding English editions of The Trial and Metamorphosis by some seven years. It is far scarcer than either. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 83324

  43. Voyaging Southward from The Strait of Magellan.
    KENT, Rockwell. Voyaging Southward from The Strait of Magellan.

    New York : 1926

    Presentation copy from the author, inscribed in pencil at the head of the dedication page, "To my friend Nat Horwitt this 'voyage' (so far the only one we've sailed together on) is inscribed by me Rockwell Kent Au Sable Forks, March 1929". The recipient was the celebrated industrial designer Nathan G. Horwitt (1889-1990), "Horwitt is best known for... Learn More
    £1,925.00

    Stock Code: 60017

  44. The Water Babies.
    KINGSLEY, Charles; Warwick Goble (illus.) The Water Babies.

    London : 1909

    First Goble Edition. "Goble moved into the big time in 1909 when he became the resident gift book illustrator for the large publishing firm of Macmillan. The first of his classic de luxe volume in the Macmillan series was The Water Babies, by Charles Kingsley. Containing 32 fine mounted colour plates by Goble, this ranks as one of the most beautiful... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 38875

  45. Darkness At Noon.
    KOESTLER, Arthur. Darkness At Noon.

    London : 1940

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 125637

  46. Women in Love.
    LAWRENCE, D. H. Women in Love.

    New York : 1920

    Limited first edition of 1250 copies of which this is number 1198. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 132076

  47. Travels in Arabia Deserta.
    LAWRENCE, T. E. (intro.); DOUGHTY, Charles M. Travels in Arabia Deserta.

    London : 1936

    New and definitive edition, first impression. First published in 1886, this reissue with a new preface by Doughty and an introduction by T. E. Lawrence found a new generation of readers for this classic of travel. This "definitive" edition of 1936 was published in a format matching that of the 1935 Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 121339

  48. The Story of Doctor Dolittle.
    LOFTING, Hugh. The Story of Doctor Dolittle.

    New York : 1920

    First edition, first printing, of the first title in the Doctor Dolittle series. Though born in England, Lofting settled in Connecticut and had his first book published in New York. The book is attractively illustrated with his own naïve pen-and-ink drawings. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 127454

  49. Death in Venice.
    MANN, Thomas. Death in Venice.

    London : 1928

    First edition in English. This novella was written in 1912 and published in Germany under the title Der Tod in Venedig. This edition also includes the novellas Tristan and Tonio Kröger. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 125441

  50. [The Pooh books:]
    MILNE, A. A. [The Pooh books:]

    London : 1924-28

    First editions, first impressions. When We Were Young is a first first state, with the contents page ix unnumbered and also has a presentation stamp to the title page. The little bear described by Christopher Milne in his autobiography as his "inseparable companion" has also become the inseparable companion of generations of children, often remaining... Learn More
    £9,750.00

    Stock Code: 133547

  51. Under The Net.
    MURDOCH, Iris. Under The Net.

    London : 1954

    First edition, first impression, of the author's first novel. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 48515

  52. East of the Sun West of the Moon. Old Tales from the North.
    NIELSEN, Kay (illus.) East of the Sun West of the Moon. Old Tales from the North.

    London : [1914]

    Signed limited edition, number 83 of 500 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £9,750.00

    Stock Code: 114031

  53. The Borrowers.
    NORTON, Mary. The Borrowers.

    London : 1952

    First edition, first impression, the winner of the 1952 Carnegie Medal. On the 70th anniversary celebration of the medal in 2007 The Borrowers was named one of the top ten Medal-winning works. Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 127494

  54. The Informer.
    O'FLAHERTY, Liam. The Informer.

    London : 1925

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 70385

  55. Appointment in Samarra.
    O'HARA, John. Appointment in Samarra.

    New York : 1934

    First edition, first printing in lovely fine binding. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 86667

  56. Doctor Zhivago.
    PASTERNAK, Boris. Doctor Zhivago.

    London : 1958

    First edition in English, first impression, of Pasternak's classic novel. First published in Italy in 1957, the original manuscript had been smuggled out of the Soviet Union in the same year. It was an immediate success and has been adapted to screen a number of times, most famously in the 1965 film adaptation staring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, and... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 131737

  57. Monte Carlo Casino.
    POLOVTSOFF, Pierre. Monte Carlo Casino.

    1937

    First Edition, First Impression, preceding the American edition published the following year. The classic work by the then president of the International Sporting Club. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 40081

  58. Aesop's Fables.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); AESOP. Aesop's Fables.

    London : 1912

    First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, and first edition of this translation; number 1,071 of 1,450 copies signed by the artist. "The peculiar secret of Rackham's success in seizing upon the essence of the human and portraying it in animal form, which is after all the basic device of the morality, is unwittingly touched upon in Chesterton's delightful... Learn More
    £2,950.00

    Stock Code: 115168

  59. The Wind in the Willows.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.

    London : 1951

    Deluxe edition, number 323 of 500 copies. This the one-hundredth edition of Grahame's timeless classic, which was originally published in 1908, with just a frontispiece, by Graham Robertson. Rackham's illustrations for the text first appeared in the Limited Editions Club edition of 1940, and it was the last work he illustrated. "During his last illness... Learn More
    £4,250.00

    Stock Code: 110662

  60. Grimm's Fairy Tales.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRIMM, Jacob & Wilhelm. Grimm's Fairy Tales.

    New York : 1909

    Large paper copy, signed by the artist to the verso of the half-title. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 124151

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