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
ANDERSON, Erasmus B. (ed.) Norrœna Anglo-Saxon Classics.
London : 1905-07A very attractive set of the Memorial Edition, number 88 of 350 copies only, privately printed for members of the Norrœna Society. The set combines the following volumes: vols. 1 and 2, Saxo Grammaticus; vols. 3, 4 and 5, Teutonic Mythology; vol. 6, The Volsunga Saga; vols. 7, 8 and 9, The Heimskringla; vol. 10, Burnt Njal; vol. 11, The Eddas; vol.... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 142367
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
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
BARRIE, J. M. Peter and Wendy.
London : First edition, first impression, in unusually nice condition. Peter and Wendy is an expanded adaptation into novel form of the story first made popular in the 1904 stage play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. It tells the familiar story of the stage version, with Peter as an older child flying off with Wendy and the other Darling children... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 143136
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
BUCHAN, John. The Thirty-Nine Steps.
Edinburgh : 1915First edition, first impression, of Buchan's classic man-on-the-run adventure story, published on 19 October 1915, described as "that elementary type of tale which Americans call the 'dime novel,' and which we know as the 'shocker'". Serialization was in the All Story Weekly, 5 June - 31 July 1915, and in Blackwood's magazine July-September 1915 under... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 123882
BURKE, Edmund. A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful.
London : 1757First edition of Burke's treatise on aesthetics, published in what Todd calculates to have been "a rather small edition, possibly limited to 500 copies". The Philosophical Enquiry was Burke's first truly successful work, winning praise in many quarters: Dr Johnson, "an example of true criticism"; Hume, "a very pretty treatise"; Reynolds, "the admirable... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 141332
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures Under Ground.
London : 1886First facsimile edition of the first draft of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, in the hand of Lewis Carroll and with his own illustrations, around half the length of the final published version. Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 138943
CARTLAND, Barbara. The Castle of Fear.
London : 1974 & 1977First editions, first impressions, presentation copies inscribed by the author on the front inside covers to her friend and fellow romantic novelist Denise Robins: The Castle of Fear, "To darling Denise with admiration and love from Barbara"; Love Locked In, "To dearest Denise, with love, Barbara". These historical novels are uncommonly found inscribed,... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 142245
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. A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.
London : 1956-58First editions, first impressions. Churchill began his history of the British Empire and the United States during his period in the political wilderness in the early 1930s, but did not complete it until after his retirement in the late 1950s. The events of the Second World War, the major interruption in the writing process, had reconfirmed his belief... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 142242
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Broadcast Addresses
San Francisco : 1941First edition, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Inscribed by Winston S. Churchill January 1942"; one of 250 unnumbered copies printed by the Grabhorn Press for Ransohoffs. This copy was inscribed for the Washington-based French diplomat Count André de Limur (1890-1971), during Churchill's visit to Washington in December 1941 to... Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 138132
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Lord Randolph Churchill.
London : 1906First edition, first impression. Churchill had it in mind to write a biography of his father soon after Lord Randolph's death in January 1895, and was appointed by the late statesman's literary executors to do so in autumn 1902. Churchill worked on the biography, his most substantial literary project so far, for the next two and a half years.
The... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 138958
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
CLARENDON, Edward Hyde, Earl of. The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England,
Oxford : 1707 & 1759 [Life]Second folio edition of the History, large paper issue; together with the first edition of Clarendon's autobiography, also a large paper issue; all uncut, and uniformly bound in an imposing Victorian binding.
Originally written in the 1640s and revised in 1671, the History was first published in folio between 1702 and 1704, and in octavo from... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 138605
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 - CURIE, Eve. Madame Curie.
Garden City, New York : 1937First US edition of one of the most popular biographies of all time, signed on the initial blank by Eve Curie, Marie Curie's youngest daughter. A typescript of emendations, a typed letter signed from Eve to Malcolm Johnson, editor at Doubleday, and an announcement of her marriage to Henry Richardson Labouisse are enclosed, providing valuable insight... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 140778
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
DACIER, Anne Lefèvre (trans.); HOMER. L'Iliade, traduite en françois,
Paris : 1711First Dacier edition, an exceptional set in having the full suite of plates by Picart, not issued in all copies. Since first publication, discerning bibliophiles have always sought out sets comprising Picart's fine suite of plates.
Dacier's celebrated translation into French of the Iliad, the first by a woman, is considered her "crowning achievement"... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 139181
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, Charles; Robert Fitzroy; Philip Parker King. Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle,
London : 1839First edition, first issue throughout (spines lettered "Colburn, London", the Darwin volume with the omission of the letters F.R.S. after his name on the second title); this set formerly the copy of the Bodleian library in Oxford, with their duplicate de-accession labels, stamps, and marks to the front endpapers and early leaves of each volume.
The... Learn More£85,000.00
Stock Code: 142669
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. A Christmas Carol.
London : 1846First Bradbury and Evans edition, presentation copy from Dickens to the wine merchant Josef Valckenberg, inscribed by the author on the half-title "Josef Valckenberg from his friend Charles Dickens Twenty First January 1847".
The House of Valckenberg was founded in Worms on the banks of the Rhine in 1786. Throughout the next century they bottled... Learn More£80,000.00
Stock Code: 143187
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. Crusade in Europe.
Garden City, NY : 1948One of just a few copies for personal presentation bound up for Eisenhower from the limited edition sheets, with the signed leaf of the D-Day message to the troops, but without the limitation leaf. This copy warmly inscribed on the half-title to Dr. Hal Johnson, Ike's primary physician when he retired to Gettysburg in 1961, and who, with his wife Edie,... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 140866
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). It is more commonly seen in a mustard brown cloth, with the same decorative strapwork. Here, though the copy bears the Goupil imprint, the binding is lettered Rand, McNally & Co. of Chicago, publishers... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 131545
ESSEX HOUSE PRESS: DRYDEN, John. Alexander's Feast; or, the Power of Music.
Campden, Gloucestershire : 1904First Essex House edition, number 61 of 140 copies only printed on vellum and hand-illuminated, number 11 in their "Great Poems of the Language" series. The book's production was overseen by Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942), a central figure in the arts and crafts movement and founder of the Guild and School of Handicraft.
For this work Florence... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139264
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
FLEMING, Ian. Complete set of the Bond novels and stories, each lifetime edition a presentation copy inscribed by the author.
London : 1953-66First editions, first impressions, of the complete series of James Bond books, each lifetime edition a presentation copy inscribed by the author. This is a thrilling sequence of inscriptions, showcasing Fleming's wit and flair. Casino Royale is simply inscribed "To M, these pages from my memoirs! Ian" the ideal presentation inscription for any Bond... Learn More£500,000.00
Stock Code: 141010
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
FRENCH, James Weir (ed.) Modern Power Generators, Steam, Electric, and Internal Combustion,
London : 1908First edition of this spectacularly illustrated work relating to the industrial developments of the late 19th to early 20th centuries, focusing on the production of steam, electric, and gas power. Includes sections on steam generators, steam engines, steam locomotives, which include overlay "models" of a Babcock & Wilcox Water-tube boiler, Steam Engine,... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 140380
FRIEDMAN, Milton. Essays in Positive Economics.
Chicago : 1953First edition, first printing, and an exceptionally nice copy. This collection of Friedman's papers, published in the late 1940s and early 1950s, including Friedman's famous titular essay laying out his methodological approach, which has been called "the most influential work of economic methodology of this century" (Hausman, p. 180).
"Friedman... Learn More£5,250.00
Stock Code: 140766
GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude.
New York : 1970First edition in English, first printing, in the first state dust jacket, with the exclamation mark terminating the first paragraph on the front flap, later replaced with a full stop. First published in Spanish at Buenos Aires in 1967, this seminal novel in the Magical Realist genre quickly established the author's international reputation and remains... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 142026