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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. Seen in the Hadhramaut.
    STARK, Freya. Seen in the Hadhramaut.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the half-title. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 108169

  2. [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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Living.
    GREEN, Henry. Living.

    London & Toronto : 1929

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

    Stock Code: 71598

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. [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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Night Flight.
    SAINT-EXUPÉRY, Antoine de. Night Flight.

    London : 1932

    First UK edition, first impression. Saint-Exupéry is most famous for his landmark children's book Le Petit Prince (1943), but Night Flight, first published as Vol de Nuit (1931), is his greatest literary work, a remarkable modernist treatment of the new age, man's position in it and the relationship of technology and humanity, selected by Connolly... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 129419

  12. 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

  13. The Happy Prince.
    ROBINSON, Charles (illus.); WILDE, Oscar. The Happy Prince.

    London : 1913

    First Robinson edition of Wilde's first and best-known collection of children's stories. Wilde's "reputation as an author dated from the publication of the Happy Prince and Other Tales in London in May 1888. The Athenaeum compared him to Hans Christian Andersen, and Pater wrote to say that 'The Selfish Giant' was 'perfect in its kind,' and the whole... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 124695

  14. Lord of the Flies.
    GOLDING, William. Lord of the Flies.

    London : 1954

    First edition, first impression, of Golding's first and best known novel. Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 135373

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. Lady Windermere's Fan.
    WILDE, Oscar. Lady Windermere's Fan.

    London : 1893

    First edition, first impression. Wilde's first light comedy, Lady Windermere's Fan was produced at the St. James's Theatre on 20 February 1892. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 91613

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

    London : 1935

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

    Stock Code: 98902

  19. Marazan.
    SHUTE, Nevil. Marazan.

    London : 1926

    First edition, first impression, of the author's first book. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 112480

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. Venus and Adonis.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Venus and Adonis.

    Oxford : 1905

    Limited edition of 1,000 numbered copies, in a superb binding by the Chelsea Bindery, of this Oxford University facsimile reprint of the earliest surviving editions of Venus and Adonis, Lucrece, the Sonnets, The Passionate Pilgrim, and the play Pericles, as a supplement to the reproduction of the First Folio issued by the Oxford University Press in... Learn More
    £1,800.00

    Stock Code: 65822

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

    London : 1925

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

    Stock Code: 70385

  25. 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

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

    1924

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

    Stock Code: 71077

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
    TWAIN, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

    Hartford : 1876

    First US edition, first printing, printed on wove paper, versos of half-title and preface blank. "The irresponsibility, the love of odd adventure, and the sense of natural justice as opposed to the village code, which characterize the heroes of this book and its sequel Huckleberry Finn, presented a sharp contrast to the Sunday School or rags-to-riches... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 132079

  31. Arabian Sands.
    THESIGER, Wilfred. Arabian Sands.

    London : 1959

    First edition. This was Thesiger's first book and "and, in his opinion, his finest" (ODNB). "During the years that I was in Arabia I never thought that I would write a book about my travels Seven years after leaving Arabia I showed some photographs I had taken to Graham Watson and he strongly urged me to write a book about the desert. This I refused... Learn More
    £1,575.00

    Stock Code: 130541

  32. 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

  33. Where the Wild Things Are.
    SENDAK, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are.

    New York : 1963

    First edition, first printing. Where the Wild Things Are was criticized at the time of publication for its darker elements, but was soon acclaimed as a triumph of children's storytelling and book design; it has remained a classic of 20th-century children's literature, and was adapted into a film in 2009. Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 133114

  34. Winnie-the-Pooh.
    MILNE, A. A. Winnie-the-Pooh.

    London : 1926

    First edition, first impression, of this much loved children's classic. Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 133608

  35. 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

  36. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
    THOMPSON, Hunter S. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

    New York : 1971

    First edition in book form, first printing. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was first published in November 1971 as a two part series in Rolling Stone magazine, for which Thompson wrote until his death in 2005. It was adapted into a film of the same name by Terry Gilliam in 1998, featuring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro in the lead roles. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 77905

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. The Water Babies. A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby.
    KINGSLEY, Charles; Warwick Goble (illus.) The Water Babies. A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby.

    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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
    BALFOUR, Ronald (illus.) Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

    London : 1920

    Signed limited edition, number 22 of 100 copies signed by the artist. This is one of the most striking editions of the Rubáiyát, the illustrations by the little-known Ronald Balfour (1896-1941) combining the eroticism and grotesquerie of Beardsley with elements of Kay Nielsen and art deco to give a flamboyant Jazz Age rendering. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 121584

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. The Economic Consequences of The Peace.
    KEYNES, John Maynard. The Economic Consequences of The Peace.

    London : 1919

    First edition, first impression, of what Skidelsky calls "one of the most influential books of the twentieth century". "The Economic Consequences of the Peace has a claim to be regarded as Keynes's best book. In none of his others did he succeed so well in bringing all his gifts to bear on the subject in hand." Learn More
    £1,800.00

    Stock Code: 122368

  47. Collected Verse.
    ROBINSON, W. Heath (illus.); KIPLING, Rudyard. Collected Verse.

    New York : 1910

    First and only edition in this form, with illustrations by the cartoonist, illustrator and author W. Heath Robinson. Learn More
    £1,575.00

    Stock Code: 127295

  48. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); IRVING, Washington. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

    Philadelphia : 1928.

    Limited edition, one of 125 copies issued for the US, this copy out of series (there were also 250 issued for the UK). Learn More
    £2,950.00

    Stock Code: 77874

  49. Grimm's Fairy Tales.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRIMM Brothers. 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

  50. 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

  51. The Tempest.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); SHAKESPEARE, William. The Tempest.

    London : 1926

    First Rackham edition. With a signed presentation inscription from the author and his wife to the half-title "To May from Edyth and Arthur Rackham Christmas 1926" alongside an original ink drawing of Ariel by the artist. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 130882

  52. The Life of Mohammad The Prophet of Allah.
    DINET, Alphonse-Étienne, & Sliman Ben Ibrahim. 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

  53. 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

  54. 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

  55. 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

  56. 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

  57. 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

  58. 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

  59. 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

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