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 Jungle Book.
    (DETMOLD, E. J.) KIPLING, Rudyard. The Jungle Book.

    London : 1908.

    First Detmold edition. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 131834

  2. 111588
    (DULAC, Edmund.) ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Stories from Hans Andersen.

    New York and London : 1911

    First English trade edition. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 111588

  3. The life and strange surprizing adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York Mariner.
    (KAUFFER, E. McKnight.) DEFOE, Daniel. The life and strange surprizing adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York Mariner.

    London : 1929

    Limited edition, number 510 of 500 unsigned copies, from a total edition of 535, printed on T. H. Saunders mould-made paper. Kauffer was born in the United States but settled in England in 1914. He was a member of both Wyndham Lewis's Group X and the Cumberland Market Group. A good painter, Kauffer's real genius was in advertising art; he produced seminal... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 125858

  4. 114031comp
    (NIELSEN, Kay.) 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

  5. Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens
    (RACKHAM, Arthur.) BARRIE, J. M. Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens

    London : 1906

    First Rackham edition. Barrie asked Rackham to illustrate not the play Peter Pan (which remained unpublished until 1928) but make a new book from those chapters from The Little White Bird (1902) that had first introduced the character. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 121585

  6. 127295
    (ROBINSON, W. Heath.) 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Out of Africa.
    BLIXEN, Karen. Out of Africa.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impressiono of Blixen's masterpiece, her memoir of her 17 years in British East Africa. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 135374

  11. 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

  12. The Master and Margarita.
    BULGAKOV, Mikhail. The Master and Margarita.

    London : 1967

    First Glenny edition, first impression. Although the Glenny translation was beaten to the press in 1967 by that of Mirra Ginsburg, Ginsburg had taken as her copy text the heavy bowdlerized Soviet version. This version is complete and remains the standard English translation of one of the 20th century's literary masterworks. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 132074

  13. 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

  14. Breakfast at Tiffany's.
    CAPOTE, Truman. Breakfast at Tiffany's.

    New York : 1958

    First edition, first printing of Capote's classic novella, the basis for the much-loved film. Gorgeously hand-bound by the Chelsea Bindery in deep rose-pink and black morocco leather, the front cover features a silhouetted Audrey Hepburn in that iconic Givenchy little black dress and foot long cigarette holder. Diamond embellishments on the jewellery... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 131220

  15. 98292
    CARROLL, Lewis. The Nursery Alice.

    London : 1890

    First published edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Maggie Bowman from the Author. Mar. 31 1890". Dodgson took charge of Maggie Bowman during her stay in Oxford to act in Bootle's Baby (9 to 13 June 1889), and commemorated this event in his poem "Maggie's Visit to Oxford". Her older sister, Isa Bowman, who at that... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 98292

  16. The Poems.
    CAVAFY, C. P. The Poems.

    London : 1951

    First edition, first impression, of the first translations of Cavafy's collected poems into English, translated by John Mavrogordato (1882-1970, Oxford professor of Byzantine and Modern Greek), published by the Hogarth Press, and now quite scarce. Constantine P. Cavafy (1864-1933) is now acknowledged as one of the greatest poets of the 20th century,... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 135772

  17. 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

  18. In Patagonia.
    CHATWIN, Bruce. In Patagonia.

    London : 1977

    First edition, first impression, of the author's first book. A landmark travelogue and Chatwin's best book. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 111374

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

    London : 1930

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,575.00

    Stock Code: 27137

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

    London : 1908

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

    Stock Code: 120930

  21. My Early Life.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. My Early Life.

    London : 1937

    Second impression of The Keystone Library edition. Inscribed by the author to the binder's front blank "To Patrick Monkhouse from Winston S. Churchill May 1938." The recipient, Patrick 'Paddy' Monkhouse (1905-1981) joined the Manchester Guardian in 1927 as reporter, leader writer and critic, before joining the Evening Standard from 1936-1940. He rejoined... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 134668

  22. 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

  23. 109106
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. Thoughts and Adventures.

    London : 1932

    First edition, first impression. The second volume of Churchill's autobiographical writings, covering his early political career, the battle of Sidney Street, a near silence on Gallipoli, service on the Western Front, the negotiation of the Irish settlement, thoughts on the "Mass effects of modern life" and life "Fifty years hence". A collection of... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 109106

  24. 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

  25. 96682
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. London to Ladysmith via Pretoria.

    London : 1900

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

    Stock Code: 96682

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. Fantastic Mr. Fox.
    DAHL, Roald. Fantastic Mr. Fox.

    New York : 1970

    First edition, first printing. Fantastic Mr Fox formed the basis for Wes Anderson's 2009 film of the same name and has been successfully adapted into both a stage play and an opera. The US edition preceded the UK edition. Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 132891

  29. The Witches.
    DAHL, Roald. The Witches.

    London : 1983

    First edition, first impression. Winner of the Whitbread Award for Children's Novel in 1983, the book was adapted into a stage play and a two-part radio dramatization for the BBC, a 1990 movie directed by Nicolas Roeg which starred Anjelica Huston and Rowan Atkinson, and an opera by Marcus Paus and Ole Paus. Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 132374

  30. 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

  31. The Enormous Crocodile.
    DAHL, Roald. The Enormous Crocodile.

    London : 1978

    First edition, first impression, of the first of Dahl's works to be illustrated by Blake. Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 135664

  32. The Gremlins.
    DAHL, Roald. The Gremlins.

    New York : 1943

    First Edition, First Printing. Roald Dahl's first book and his only collaboration with Walt Disney, The Gremlins was written as a promotional device for a feature-length Disney animation that was never produced, partly because the studio could not establish firm copyright in the "gremlin" characters (Dahl claimed to have invented them, though they had... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 88956

  33. 127585
    DAVID, Elizabeth. French Country Cooking.

    London : 1951

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

    Stock Code: 127585

  34. A Book of Mediterranean Food.
    DAVID, Elizabeth. A Book of Mediterranean Food.

    London : 1958

    Second edition, improved with revisions. Beautifully bound by the Chelsea Bindery. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 60075

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. Walt Disney's Fantasia
    DISNEY, Walt - TAYLOR, Deems. Walt Disney's Fantasia

    New York : 1940

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

    Stock Code: 127456

  39. 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

  40. The Sign of Four.
    DOYLE, A. Conan. The Sign of Four.

    London : 1890

    First edition. This copy has both internal issue points, "138" on the contents page is incomplete and appears as "13" and "wishes" is misspelt on p.56 as "w shed". However, these issue points are present in both the first and second issue of the first edition, the only way of determining between the two issues is by the binding. The second issue was... Learn More
    £3,975.00

    Stock Code: 48026

  41. 130950
    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

  42. Jamaica Inn.
    DU MAURIER, Daphne. Jamaica Inn.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression. Jamaica Inn was Du Maurier's first book, and her strengths in "narrative drive and the evocation of atmosphere" (ODNB) made it an instant best-seller and later a successful film. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 83157

  43. Sindbad the Sailor
    DULAC, Edmund (illus.) Sindbad the Sailor

    London : [1914]

    First Dulac edition. "The exotic stories he illustrated struck a new chord in Dulac. They allowed him to enlarge his skill at caricature, and at the same time to sharpen his miniaturist's technique and to develop his lyrical sense of tone and composition. The sources he turned to were Japanese prints, which he had studied in his youth, with their flat... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 111191

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. The Sleeping Beauty and other Fairy Tales.
    DULAC, Edmund (illus.); QUILLER-COUCH, Sir Arthur. The Sleeping Beauty and other Fairy Tales.

    London : [1910]

    Edition de Luxe, limited to 1000 copies, of which this is no. 233 signed by the artist. Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 137668

  47. [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

  48. Four Quartets.
    ELIOT, T. S. Four Quartets.

    New York : [c.1945]

    Inscribed by the author on the title page "Inscribed for Allen Hawkridge by T. S. Eliot 7. vi. 47." The four poems which make up Four Quartets ("Burnt Norton", "East Coker", "The Dry Salvages" and "Little Gidding") were published separately between 1940 and 1941; this is a later printing of the first collected edition, which was published in the US... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 114849

  49. 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

  50. 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

  51. 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

  52. Flappers and Philosophers.
    FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Flappers and Philosophers.

    New York : 1920

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

    Stock Code: 62670

  53. Save Me the Waltz.
    FITZGERALD, Zelda. Save Me the Waltz.

    New York : 1932

    First edition, first printing of Zelda Fitzgerald's first and only novel. Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 41986

  54. 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

  55. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The Magical Car.
    FLEMING, Ian. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The Magical Car.

    London : 1964-5

    First editions, first impressions, of the complete set of Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang stories. Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 127060

  56. [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

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

    London : 1935

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

    Stock Code: 98902

  58. Howards End.
    FORSTER, E. M. Howards End.

    London : 1910

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

    Stock Code: 127775

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

    1924

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

    Stock Code: 71077

  60. 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

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