Our seasonal offering of fresh acquisitions, perfect for Christmas gifts, with something for every taste and budget, and featuring a wide range of subjects: economics; politics; philosophy; art & design; literature; poetry; children’s classics; works by women; travel; fine bindings; and private press.
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ADAMS, Richard. Watership Down.
Harmondsworth : 1976First illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 16 of 250 specially bound copies signed by both the author and illustrator. This copy has an original watercolour depicting Pipkin, drawn and initialled by the illustrator, on the first blank.
Adams's first novel, Watership Down was initially turned down by the major publishing houses, before... Learn More£5,250.00
Stock Code: 141188
ARROW, Kenneth J. Social Choice and Individual Values.
New York : 1951First edition, first printing, of Arrow's brilliant doctoral thesis, published as number 12 in the series of Cowles Commission Monographs.
"Employing the notational system of symbolic logic, at the time unfamiliar to economists, Arrow proposed to solve a question in politics which no economist and few political scientists had ever posed: suppose... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 142548
AUSTEN, Jane; BROCK, C. E. (illus.) Persuasion.
London : 1909First revised Brock-illustrated edition, deluxe issue in the richly gilt vellum binding, the second overall, with new plates re-drawn from the edition of 1898. Demonstrating his mastery in using ink and watercolour, Brock provided colour illustrations for all six Austen novels published by Dent between 1907 and 1909.
Charles Brock and his brother... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 142228
BABBAGE, Charles. Reflections on the Decline of Science in England, and on some of its Causes.
London : 1830First octavo edition, in the original boards, of the author's scathing and sensational critique of the English scientific establishment; presentation copy to a Continental colleague, inscribed by Babbage on the front free endpaper "To M. Nicollet from the Author". Joseph Nicolas Nicollet is a fitting recipient, as a member of the Bureau des longitudes,... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 131351
BAILEY, David. Rock and Roll Heroes.
London : 1997First edition, first impression, Inscribed "For Tom Love David Bailey 2010", on the half-title. A collection of some of Bailey's portraits of musicians taken during the 1960s up to the 1990s. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 140661
BARLOW, Jane. The End of Elfintown.
London : 1894First edition of this interesting contribution to Victorian fairy literature by Irish-born poet and writer Jane Barlow (1857-1917).
It is exquisitely illustrated in a Pre-Raphaelite style by Laurence Housman (1865-1959), who also designed the art nouveau cover. Barlow was close friends with fellow Irish poets Katherine Tynan and William Butler... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 135808
BONFILS, Robert. La Manière Française.
Paris : 1917First, and only edition, number 159 of 320 copies only, featuring superb suite of plates celebrating the French war effort in the early years of the First World War by the designer Robert Bonfils, one of the recognised masters of Art Deco.
The text is provided by the Naturalist author Descaves, editor of Aurore during the Dreyfus Affair and... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 140768
BOOTH, William. In Darkest England and the Way Out.
London : First edition of Booth's "classic in the literature of poverty" (ODNB). "Booth's colossal self-confidence, his burning sense of injustice coupled with unswerving devotion to his purpose, and his deep sympathy with the unfortunate, made of him an evangelist and an organiser of the first order" (PMM). Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 141908
BOSWELL, James. The Life of Samuel Johnson,
London : 1835An attractive set of Boswell's great biography, first published in 1791. "This version contains both the original texts, augmented by the additional writings of the biographer and his subject, and the very valuable new and related material which Croker introduced in his 1831 edition" (Pottle). "Boswell's Life of Johnson remains the most famous biography... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139422
CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de. The Life and Adventures of Don Quixote de la Mancha.
London : 1820First Westall-illustrated edition. Richard Westall (1765-1836) was "a significant and innovative figure in the development of the English watercolour, his elegant and precise book illustrations set new standards in that field, and his portraits and historical and religious paintings have deservedly received more scholarly attention recently than hitherto"... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 140103
CHIVERS BINDING - SAINTSBURY, George. Marmontel's Moral Tales.
London : 1895An exquisitely bound copy, and a fine example of Cedric Chivers's vellucent style, where the backing sheet of the binding is hand-painted before being covered in vellum which has been shaved to transparency, which is then tooled in gilt.
This technique is in contrast to the previous great binder of painted vellum, Edwards of Halifax, who painted... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 138908
CHURCHILL, Winston S. - CHURCHILL, Randolph S., & Martin Gilbert. Winston S. Churchill.
London : 1966-88First editions, first impressions, in handsome Bayntun-Riviere bindings. This set was collected by and bound for Alan Keith McMillan, with his armorial bookplate to each front pastedown. Over 22 years, McMillan purchased each volume new and had them uniformly bound by Bayntun-Riviere, neatly recording the purchase price, binding cost, and his acquisition... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 137897
COWARD, Noël. Cavalcade.
London : 1932First edition, first impression, signed by Coward on the dedication page. The play premiered in October 1931, with Coward as the director and Charles B. Cochran as the impresario. It was the basis for the 1933 film of the same name. Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 142020
CUALA PRESS: YEATS, W. B., & Dorothy Wellesley (eds.) A Broadside: No. 3 (New Series).
Dublin : March 1937First edition, one of 300 copies printed, of this attractive Cuala Press publication. Yeats's "The Three Bushes" was first published just two months prior in The London Mercury.
The Cuala Press Broadsides were issued monthly, with a bound set of the collected issues published at the end of the year in a smaller edition. The first series ran from... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 140544
CURIE, Marie. Traité de radioactivité.
Paris : 1910First edition of a milestone of 20th-century science. "Marie Curie's first major treatise is based upon her lectures at the Sorbonne as professor of physics. Almost 1,000 pages in length, the text is the most comprehensive summary of the period. Volume one treats measurements and laboratory practice and volume two describes the nature of radiations... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 140286
DAHL, Roald. Fantastic Mr Fox.
London : 1970First UK edition, first impression. 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 was published earlier the same year. Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 138952
DANTE ALIGHIERI. The Divina Commedia,
London : 1802First complete edition in English of the Divine Comedy, and the first publication in English of the Purgatorio and the Paradiso; the Inferno here marking its fourth publication in English, following the first edition of 1782, and Dublin and London editions by Boyd in 1785. This is a notably handsome copy in lavish contemporary red morocco.
This... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 138899
DARWIN, Erasmus. The Poetical Works.
London : 1806First edition of this posthumous collection placing Darwin's exuberant and eccentric inquiry into the Linnaean system in rhyming couplets alongside his poetic speculations on evolution, the whole much enlivened by numerous plates including a number by Blake and Fuseli. A wide-margined, ?large paper copy in a handsome Regency binding from the library... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 141677
DAVID, Elizabeth. French Provincial Cooking.
London : 1960First edition, first impression, of the author's most influential work. David (1913-1992) taught herself Mediterranean-style cooking while living abroad during the early 1940s, and began writing a food column for Harper's Bazaar in 1949. Her first book was published to wide acclaim the following year, and she is now recognized for her profound influence... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 143032
DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club.
London : 1837First edition, bound from the original parts, in the rare primary publisher's trade binding of plum coloured full morocco. Upon completion of the publication in parts, Chapman and Hall issued The Pickwick Papers in book form in cloth for 21s., half-morocco for 24s. 6d., and the present full morocco with gilt edges for 26s. 6d. (Patton, p. 326).
They... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 138130
DRYDEN, John (trans.); JUVENAL & Persius. The Satires.
London : 1713First duodecimo edition of Dryden's translation, the fifth overall, first published in 1693. An attractively bound copy, with a pencilled note on the front free endpaper identifying the work as that of Roger Payne (1739-1797), the notable English bookbinder who had a significant influence on the development of the craft in Britain. The style, especially... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 128943
DUNCAN, Isadora. Der Tanz der Zukunft (The Dance of the Future) eine Vorlesung.
Leipzig : 1903Rare first edition of Duncan's 1903 Berlin address that became the manifesto of modern dance, and was a volley of modernist feminism fired across the bow of the traditional art world. Coupling Nietzschean philosophy with Greek classicism, Duncan theorised a completely new form of dance that originated in the body itself - the solar plexus - and was... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 83693
DURKHEIM, Émile. Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse.
Paris : 1912First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title "A mon collegue D. Parodi, Bien cordialement, E. Durkheim". Dominique Parodi (1870-1955) was among Durkheim's collaborators on their journal Année sociologique, subsequently the General Inspector of Public Instruction in France from 1919 to 1934, where he presided... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 140596
DUTREY, Marius. Calendrier Gastronomique.
London : 1938Limited edition, number 1 of 250 copies. The author's own copy, with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Marius Dutrey served as a French chef in some of the leading French and British hotels from 1918 to 1962. La Coupe d'Or Internationale d'Art Culinaire is still presented in his name. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 129761
EISENHOWER, Dwight D. The White House Years - a mismatched set presented to his Gettysburg doctor, and personally inscribed.
Garden City, New York : 1963-65The first volume the first trade edition, the second a copy of the limited edition bound without limitation leaf, both warmly inscribed to Dr. Hal Johnson, Eisenhower's principle physician during his retirement at Gettysburg. Johnson and his wife Edie became close friends of Ike and Mamie. In the first Ike inscribes "For Dr. C. H. Johnson with the warm... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 140860
EISENHOWER, Dwight D. At Ease. Stories I Tell to Friends.
Garden City, New York : 1967First edition, special issue, ad personam publication bookplate "At Ease. Published June 16, 1967, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania", with typed addition, "For Dr. C. H. Johnson" and Eisenhower's autograph salutation, "With affectionate regard Dwight D. Eisenhower". Carl Harold "Hal" Johnson was Eisenhower's principle physician during his retirement to Gettysburg.... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140859
ELLIOTT, Maud Howe (ed.) Art and Handicraft in the Woman's Building of the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893.
Paris & New York : 1893First edition, in the rarer blue variant binding, unsigned though attributed to the American Arts and Crafts designer Alice Cordelia Morse (1863-1961). This is the richly illustrated official handbook for the Woman's Building at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, in notably attractive condition.
Having lobbied hard for an official place... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 131545
EURIPIDES. The Nineteen Tragedies and Fragments.
London : 1782First Wodhull edition, the first in English of all the extant writings of Euripides: "although Wodhull advertised his version in February 1774, and thought to complete it within a year, it was only in 1782 that, prompted by the appearance of two rival partial translations, he overcame his fastidiousness and published The Nineteen Tragedies and Fragments... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 137652
FERNANDEZ NAVAERETTE, Pedro. Conservacion de Monarquias y Discursos Politicos sobre la gran Consulta que el Consejo hizo al Señor Rey Don Filipe Tercero, al Presidente y Consejo Supremo de Castilla.
Madrid : 1626First complete edition, following publication of some discourses in 1621. Pedro Fernandez Navarrette (1564-1632) was chaplain to the Spanish royal family, and an officer of the Inquisition. "The miserable state of Spain had led the supreme council of Castile to submit to King Philip III a Great Report (Gran Consulta) on the remedies to be applied; this... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 139132
FIELD, Alice Withrow. Poems.
London : 1932First edition, number 35 of 250 copies only, of this attractively produced and illustrated collection of poems. Alice Withrow Field (1909-1960) was a sex researcher, criminologist, and social scientist, whose seminal work Protection of Women and Children in Soviet Russia was also published in 1932. This edition is now uncommon and has been traced at... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 139595
FLAGS - FISHER, Henry. A Display of the Naval Flags of All Nations.
London : 1833Uncommon early ninetenenth-century flag reference. Library Hub locates a single copy of an earlier Fisher edition at the V & A, WolrdCat offers 6 locations for various editions between 1827 and 1840, and NAM have a copy of the present edition. Attractive compilation of British ensigns, together with national, state, port and trading company flags. Two... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142581
FRENCH LITERATURE. Fables, lettres, et variétés historiques.
Londres : 1777Second edition (first published by Elmsly alone in 1771) of this compendium of passages for students of French, here handsomely bound in red morocco, an English binding making considerable effort to match the generally higher standards of contemporary French binders. Peter Elmsly, or Elmsley, was principally involved in importing foreign books and was... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 100358
FREUD, Sigmund. The Interpretation of Dreams.
New York : 1913First edition in English of Die Traumdeutung, US issue, an unusually nice copy of the work that introduced to the English-speaking world the key ideas underlying the therapeutic practice of psychoanalysis via this translation, published simultaneously in London and New York, of the Austrian-born psychiatrist, and the first psychoanalyst to practice... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 140894
GENEALOGY - RUVIGNY AND RAINEVAL, Melville Henry Massue, Marquis of. The Blood Royal of Britain.
London : 1903First edition, presentation copy to the Princess of Bavaria, the last Bavarian queen, with four vellum leaves at front each richly decorated in colour and gilt with heraldic designs, with a calligraphic presentation across the leaves. This is the deluxe issue printed on japon and bound in white cloth instead of the usual blue.
The calligraphic... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 141266
GINSBERG, Allen. Photographs.
Altadena : 1990First edition, first printing, inscribed copy. From an edition of 5,100 copies, this copy is inscribed by Ginsberg on the title page, "2/17/94, Allen Ginsberg, for Audrey Gaston", and with a large ink drawing across the title page spread featuring his favoured Blakean "Ah, Sunflower" growing under an "Ah" sun and other celestial shapes.
Ginsberg's... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140264
GOEPPERT MAYER, Maria, & J. Hans D. Jensen. Elementary Theory of Nuclear Shell Structure.
New York : 1955First edition, first printing, of a classic text on nuclear shell structure. "The authors of this monograph shared the 1963 Nobel Prize for Physics for the nuclear shell model of atomic nuclei. In addition to theoretical work, the book includes a large body of experimental data interpreted with the aid of the shell model. As the second author admitted... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 140350
GRAHAME, Kenneth; PAYNE, Wyndham (illus.) The Wind in the Willows.
London : 1927First Wyndham Payne edition, first impression. The Wind in the Willows was only published with a frontispiece when it first appeared in 1908. Wyndham Payne is the first British illustrator of this work, preceding E. H. Shepard by four years. "Payne's contribution was to place the characters in unmistakably English countryside. His inspired conception... Learn More£700.00
Stock Code: 137879
GRAY, Thomas. An Elegy.
Chicago & New York : [c.1900]An attractive gift edition of Gray's Elegy, with illustrations by Alfred Woodruff, in a charming unsigned contemporary binding.
Gray's Elegy was originally published privately by Horace Walpole in June 1750 and distributed amongst his connections in the fashionable classes. It was then published for the public in a quarto pamphlet on 15 February... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 139593
GREENE, Graham. A Visit to Morin.
London : 1959First edition in book form, sole impression, inscribed by Greene on the front free endpaper, "For Elizabeth, with love from Graham, Christmas 1960". The text was first published in London Magazine in January 1957; Greene had this edition printed for private distribution in a run of 250 copies only. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 141054
HAMNETT, Nina. Laughing Torso.
London : 1932First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page "Monty and I are glad that you could read it Nina Hamnett 3 December 1932". The inscription perhaps refers to Montague Shearman junior, the barrister and art collector, jokingly implying that he has read the book for libel before publication.
Laughing... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 138430
HARDY, Thomas. The Mayor of Casterbridge.
London : 1886First edition in book form, the first complete publication of the text, having been published in a bowdlerized text in both the Graphic and Harper's Weekly from 2 January to 15 May 1886. The book was published on 10 May 1886 in 758 copies, of which only 650 were bound; it is consequently scarce, especially in the original cloth.
The novel is... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 138987
HARTREE, Douglas R. Calculating Instruments and Machines.
Urbana : 1949First edition, first printing, presentation copy, albeit uninscribed, with the loosely inserted slip of "the Compliments of the Author", of Hartree's survey of analogue and digital machines, now considered a pioneering work of computing.
Intended as a general introduction illustrated by Hartree's personal experiences working with ENIAC and the... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 139615
IBSEN, Henrik. En folkefiende;
Copenhagen : 1882-96First editions of five of Ibsen's plays - An Enemy of the People, Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder, Little Eyolf, and John Gabriel Borkman - all in the publisher's decorative cloth.
Printing and the Mind of Man, which singles out Hedda Gabler as "possibly his most frequently performed play in the modern theatre", also makes mention of An Enemy... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 141112
KAMPF, Arthur (illus.); GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust I und II.
Berlin : 1925Signed limited edition, number LXXX and LXXXII (respectively) of 150 copies printed on Van Gelder paper and signed by the illustrator Arthur Kampf (a further 500 copies were issued signed and numbered on Johann-Wilhelm-Butten paper). A very attractive edition of both parts of Faust in the original German. Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 141854
KANT, Immanuel. Critik der Urtheilskraft.
Berlin and Libau : 1790First edition of the Critique of Judgement, Kant's third most important work after the critiques of Pure and Practical Reason, and the scarcest of the three.
"The work consists of two main parts, the first dealing with the aesthetic judgment, the second with the teleological judgment or judgment of the purposiveness in Nature; and it is of considerable... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 138455
KEROUAC, Jack - KAFKA, Franz. Selected Short Stories [including Metamorphosis.]
New York : 1952Jack Kerouac's copy of Kafka's novellas, in the Modern Library edition including The Metamorphosis and In the Penal Colony. Kerouac featured Kafka in his journals, at once identifying and distancing himself from the monster in The Metamorphosis: "If I wake up some morning like a vermin, like Kafka's Gregor, I'll not languish in the room" (quoted Windblown... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 141053
KEYNES, John Maynard (ed.) Manchester Guardian Commercial. La Reconstruction de l'Europe.
Manchester : 20 April 20 1922 – 4 January 1923First edition in French of the scarce complete set of the Manchester Guardian Commercial, "a series of weighty supplements on European Reconstruction, with articles by the most distinguished authorities in each country" (Harrod), published under the general editorship of John Maynard Keynes, with contributions by other notable authorities including... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 138597
KIPLING, Rudyard. Just So Stories For Little Children.
London : 1902First edition, third printing (two months after the first), inscribed by the author, "Janet Aitken from her obliged and obedient servant the author Jul. 1911", on the title page; Kipling has struck through his printed name and signed it below. Then three years old, Janet Gladys Kidd, née Aitken, later Campbell, later Montagu (1908-1988), was the daughter... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 137861
KOREAN WAR. Two North Korean air-drop propaganda "Christmas cards" - "Where there is Peace there is blessing".
Korea : 1952Uncommon propaganda items from the last year of the Korean War, carrying carefully weighed messages separately to the American forces and to their British allies.
That addressed to the British forces attempts to peel away support for their American allies; "It is 28 months since the Yanks dragged Britain into this war. Nearly 10,000 British lads... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 142447
KORNAI, János. A beruházások matematikai programozása. [Mathematical Programming of Investments.]
Budapast : 1962First edition, first impression, of one of the earliest economic publications to use the method of linear programming. WorldCat locates nine copies in total: three apiece in Hungary and the US, two in Germany, and one in Switzerland.
The Hungarian economist János Kornai (b. 1928) was the first economist behind the Iron Curtain to publish critical... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 140387
LAMPEDUSA, Giuseppe Tomasi di. The Leopard.
London : 1960First edition in English, first impression, originally published in Italy by Feltrinelli in 1958 as Il Gattopardo after the author's death the preceding year. The Leopard was Lampedusa's only novel and in 1959 won the Strega Prize, Italy's highest award for fiction. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 140944