Our regular seasonal miscellany, this catalogue is a selection of fresh acquisitions to our shelves for 2021.
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AKHMATOVA, Anna (trans.) Korean and Chinese poetry in Russian.
Moscow : 1954 & 1956First editions, each inscribed by Akhmatova to the linguist and fellow translator Aleksandr Kholodovich, with whom she collaborated extensively on the translation of Korean poetry. This is a lovely set of Asian poetry in Russian and with a great association.
The inscription in the second work includes a quote from the Orthodox Eucharist reflecting... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 142729
AL-HAKIM, Tawfiq. Journal d'un substitut de campagne.
Cairo : 1939First edition in any western language of the second novel, widely considered as one of his best, by a key figure in the development of modern Egyptian literature. A limited edition of 450 copies signed by the author, rare with just four locations identified world-wide: American Universities Beirut and Cairo, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and Bibliothèque... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 141116
ALEXANDER III. Graficheskoe izobrazhenie zabolevaemosti i smertnosti v Voenno-uchebnykh zavedeniyakh
St. Petersburg, : 1886First edition, one of perhaps a handful of copies made to inform the Alexander III (1845-1894) and his closest advisers of important and sensitive statistics relating to his empire's military colleges. Printed at the typo-lithographic press at the headquarters of Izmaylovsky Regiment of the Imperial Guard in Saint-Petersburg, the book offers an overview... Learn More£8,250.00
Stock Code: 144320
ATGET, Eugène. Photographe de Paris.
Paris : 1930First edition, first printing. Working in and around Paris for 35 years, Atget's photographs documented the modernizing city. "Atget's documentary vision proved highly influential, first on the Surrealists, in the 1920s, who found his pictures of deserted streets and stairways, street life, and shop windows beguiling and richly suggestive... and then... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 143997
BAKST, Leon - LEVINSON, André. Bakst. The Story of the Artist's Life.
London : 1923First UK edition, number 157 of 300 copies, of this handsome and important record of Bakst's work, including images of not only his most celebrated costumes, but also sketches and theatre settings. From the library of a celebrated Texas balletomane: with the crested bookplate of Thomas Lawton Osborn (1927-2010), trustee of Houston Ballet, former professional... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 144128
BAKST, Leon. L'œuvre pour La Belle au bois dormant.
Paris : 1922Signed limited edition, number 290 of 500 copies signed by Bakst and the publisher on the limitation page. A richly illustrated volume, depicting the costume designs by Bakst for Sergei Diaghilev's ballet La Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty). Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 141711
BALLANTYNE, R. M. The Gorilla Hunters.
London : 1861First edition of Ballantyne's adventure in which the three characters from his most successful novel, Coral Island (1858), meet up some years later and set off in pursuit of gorillas. Ballantyne had been inspired by the arrival in England of Paul Du Chaillu, an anthropologist who had observed and studied gorillas in West Africa, who characterized the... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 144253
BARRIE, J. M. The Little Minister.
London : 1891First edition of the author's first successful novel, in desirable condition. There were three silent film treatments before the sound version with Katharine Hepburn was released in 1934.
Sadleir notes that the book is a bibliographic curiosity: "one curious feature of make-up is unique in my experience. In Vol. I the signature lettering is... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 144247
BERRYMAN, John. Poems.
Norfolk, CT : 1942First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "to Allan Covici with the best regards of John Berryman Berkeley 1 June '60". The recipient was a California-based writer, librarian, and bookseller based at UC Berkeley.
Poems was Berryman's first separately published book, preceded only by his inclusion in the... Learn More£1,350.00
Stock Code: 142347
BOURKE-WHITE, Margaret. Halfway to Freedom.
New York : 1949First edition, first printing, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title, "Horace Sutton, Remembering a pleasant evening when I was halfway heard on Halfway to Freedom. Cordially, Margaret Bourke-White"; a particularly attractive provenance as Sutton (1919-1991) was one of the pre-eminent American travel writers of his day, credited... Learn More£985.00
Stock Code: 141291
BRIGGS, Raymond. When the Wind Blows.
London : 1982First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Vivien, with Best Wishes, from, Raymond Briggs, 20 May 1982".
Written as a cartoon strip "When the Wind Blows" is a tale of a nuclear attack on Britain, with the consequences of Jim & Hilda Bloggs taking advice from British propaganda pamphlets. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 141774
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£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142512
CHAMBERLAIN-ANDREWS, Victor William. Sketches in Egypt, 1930 - an album of original watercolours.
Egypt : 1930-32An extremely appealing collection of highly competent "officer quality" sketches. The subject matter is fairly typical - views on the Nile, in Cairo, the Ibrahim Agha mosque, in and around Damietta, Mansoura and Talkha, and a sequence of smaller "snap shots" of types, mat making, the forge, the vegetable shop - but the treatment and technique are... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 141303
CITOLINI, Alessandro. La tipocosmia.
Venice : 1561First edition of this ambitious linguistic encyclopedia, an attempt to recreate the world in lexicographical terms, championing the vernacular against Latin. John Florio, the translator of Montaigne and connection of Shakespeare, used Citolini without acknowledgement for the Italian grammar included in Firste Fruites (London 1578), but mentions the... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 141327
CLUTTON-BROCK, Arthur. Simpson's Choice.
London : 1915First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed, this copy is unnumbered but marked "Review Copy", and bears the pencil ownership inscription of the journalist and author Richard Ellis Roberts (1879-1953), to the front free endpaper.
Roberts was "for a few years from 1928, literary editor of the New Statesman, and a relatively undistinguished... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 143062
CONSTANTINIDES, C. L. Turkish Tobacco.
London : 1912First and only edition of this pretty little guide full of "useful hints" based on "lifelong experience" to the grower, buyer, dealer, and manufacturer of Turkish tobacco. Constantinides had a business in Fenchurch Street offering "Expert advice, surveys, valuations and estimates. Buying on commission and all other matters appertaining to Turkish &... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 141975
DARWIN, Charles. Autograph letter signed to Sir Henry Holland.
Down, Bromley, Kent : An unpublished fully autograph letter signed from Darwin to Sir Henry Holland, thanking him for congratulations on his receipt of the Copley medal, discussing Herbert Spencer's new work and his own health and commenting on Holland's travel and adventures ("How wonderful your strength & vigour of interest are: I had heard of your Gibraltar expedition").
Sir... Learn More£14,000.00
Stock Code: 142404
DEFOE, Daniel. A Tour Thro' the whole Island of Great Britain, Divided into Circuits or Journies.
London : 1724-25-27First edition. Defoe's Tour is the first and best known of a series of respected books written by him on broadly economic subjects.
A Tour "has been lauded by the most eminent historians as a prime source of understanding for Britain", both in the 18th century and in "the birth of the modern on a global scale" (Pat Rogers, The Text of Great... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 143795
DEFOE, Daniel. A New Voyage Round the World, by a Course never failed before.
London : 1725 [i.e. 1724]First edition of Defoe's fabricated travel narrative, in which an "unnamed English captain-entrepreneur... leads three ships in a trading (and occasional privateering) circumnavigation that also includes encounters with native peoples, sometimes violent but more peaceable and profitable" (Richetti p. 222).
Howgego remarks that the book was "written... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 141929
DICKENS, Charles. The Personal History of David Copperfield.
London : 1849-50First edition in the original monthly parts of Dickens's classic Bildungsroman, his most lightly disguised autobiographical fiction, his first first-person novel, and his own favourite among his novels. After The Pickwick Papers, this may be the most difficult of his novels to find in nice condition in parts.
This set has all the requisite first... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 142570
DICKENS, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
London : April 1838 - October 1839First edition in original parts. Plates in parts 1-2 with publisher's imprint; parts 4 and 5 are first issues; part 14 with notice of postponement of the plates "in consequence of the sudden indisposition of the artist"; plate 29 in part 15 in first state.
Dickens's third novel continued the picaresque mode of Pickwick. The exposure of conditions... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 142805
DICKENS, Charles. Barnaby Rudge.
Philadelphia : 1842 [i.e. 1841]First US edition in book form, inscribed by the author on his first visit to America on the vignette title page: "George Morris from Charles Dickens New York. First June 1842".
The recipient was the noted American journalist and poet George Pope Morris (1802-1864), editor and founder of various papers including the New-York Mirror and Ladies'... Learn More£45,000.00
Stock Code: 143156
DINE, Jim; David Hockney; Jasper Johns; Roy Lichtenstein; Robert Rauschenberg; James Rosenquist; Frank Stella. Contemporary Master Prints from the Lilja Collection.
London : 1995First edition, first printing. Edition no. 18 of 50 copies. Signed by Dine, Hockney, Johns, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg, Rosenquist and Stella on a tipped in folding sheet. Together with a presentation letter from the publisher to Riva Castleman, one of the contributors. The Lilja Art Fund Foundation is a charitable trust of the Lilja family in Sweden... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 142640
DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Works.
New York : The Author's edition, limited to 1,000 numbered copies of which this is number 650. A rare US issue which, unlike the UK edition, includes The Hound of the Baskervilles.
The author wanted a set that contained only the works for which he wanted to be credited, as he states in the preface: "Outside of this edition there is no work of mine up to... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 141237
DUFFEY, E. B. No Sex in Education;
Philadelphia : 1874First edition of the American feminist's argument for the equal and co-education of both genders, the most popular refutation of the Boston physician Edward Hammond Clarke's hotly debated work on the same subject, titled Sex in Education (1873).
A newspaper editor, printer, painter, and regular columnist, Eliza Bisbee Duffey (1838-1898) published... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 141952
ECO, Umberto. Il pendolo di Foucault.
Milan : 1988First edition, first printing, signed by Eco on the title page, and scarce thus. His classic Italian novel was translated into English by William Weaver the following year. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 142112
FISHER, Irving. Why is the Dollar Shrinking?
New York : 1914First edition, first printing. Fisher, the founder of monetary economics, analyzes the nature of money, giving an engaging explanation for why the dollar was losing its purchasing power. Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 144035
FISHER, Irving. Stabilizing the Dollar.
New York : 1920First edition, first printing, presentation copy from the author to his fellow economist John R. Commons, inscribed on the half-title "To Prof. John R. Commons with the compliments and esteem of Irving Fisher. New Years 1920".
Commons, together with Thorstein Veblen and Wesley Clair Mitchell, was one of the three founders of American Institutionalism.... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142339
FITZGERALD, Edward. Rubaiyát of Omar Khayyám.
Portland : 1907Ninth Mosher edition, first printing, one of 925 copies on Van Gelder paper, in a superb contemporary binding. It includes a "Toast to Omar Khayyam" and "To The Winds" by Theodore Watts-Dunton; "Edward Fitzgerald" by W. Irving Way; "Omar Khayyam" by Fitzgerald.
It also comprises the text of the first (1859), second (1868), and fourth editions... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 144208
FLEMING, Ian. On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
London : 1963First edition, signed limited issue, presentation copy from Ian Fleming to the artist Charles Amherst Villiers (1900-1992), whose portrait of Fleming is reproduced as the colour frontispiece to this edition; the copy is unnumbered, marked "presentation", signed by Fleming, and has Villiers's book label. It was not Fleming's habit to further inscribe... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 138032
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£2,250.00
Stock Code: 142101
GASKELL, Elizabeth. Mary Barton: a Tale of Manchester Life.
London : 1848First edition of the author's first novel, rare in the original cloth. The Bradley Martin copy, with his booklabel to front pastedown of vol. I, and his purchase invoice (60, 11 March 1964) from Pickering & Chatto loosely inserted. Sold in his sale, 30 April and 1 May 1990, part of lot 2863.
The title is ranked first on Sadleir's list of comparative... Learn More£6,250.00
Stock Code: 144255
GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Beauties of English Poesy.
London : 1767First edition, complete with the half-titles and contents leaves in both volumes. This is a particularly nice copy, in a handsome unrestored contemporary binding, of this scarce anthology of English poetry selected by Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), published the year after The Vicar of Wakefield.
The selection includes such near-contemporary... Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 143778
HAYEK, Friedrich August von. Law, Legislation and Liberty.
Chicago : 1973-79First US editions, first printings, of each volume of Hayek's last major work of social philosophy, published over a seven-year period. In many ways the culmination of his philosophical career, Law, Legislation and Liberty was Hayek's most extensive philosophical analysis of the structure of society, the nature of justice, and the underlying principles... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 144233
HIRST, Damien. From the Cradle to the Grave. Selected Drawings.
London : 2004First edition, first printing. Limited to 1500 copies signed and numbered by Hirst. Published on the occasion of Hirst's exhibition of drawings at the Tivoli Gallery, Ljubljana, June 10 - September 28, 2003 and subsequently touring under British Council auspices to other venues in Europe. Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 142478
HIRST, Damien. Theories, Models, Methods, Approaches, Assumptions, Results and Findings.
New York : 2000First edition, first printing. An invitation designed by Hirst for the opening evening of his exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery, New York, 23 September 6 December, 2000. With the original white mailing tube with red plastic end caps. Learn More£900.00
Stock Code: 141819
London : 1733-37 [i.e. 1757]First edition of Pine's Horace, second printing of 1757 from the same plates. A tour-de-force of bookmaking, Pine's Horace is entirely engraved, both text and illustration, and liberally supplied with initials, head- and tailpieces and vignettes. "Pine's complete command of his craft makes this the most elegant of English eighteenth-century books in... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142441
JARRELL, Randall. 5 Young American Poets, and four other first editions, inscribed.
New York : 1940–48–51–53–65A superb archive of family association copies, the first four works inscribed by Jarrell to his aunt and uncle, "To Uncle Howell and Aunt Elise, From Randall". It comprises includes Jarrell's first book appearance, in New Directions' 5 Young American Poets, his third, fourth, and fifth books, and his final book, The Lost World.
Jarrell's uncle,... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 142534
JOHNSON, Lionel. Poems.
London : 1895First edition, number 6 of 25 inscribed large-paper copies, inscribed by the author on the initial blank "Twenty-five copies of this edition. No. 6. Lionel Johnson".
"His reputation was confirmed by the publication of his Poems in 1895, which marks the high point in his career" (ODNB). Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 144311
JOYCE, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
New York : 1916First edition in book form, first printing, of Joyce's first novel and the essential prequel to Ulysses, scarce in any state but especially rare retaining the dust jacket.
Due at least in part to the hostile reaction to its serialization in The Egoist, no English printer would print the book for fear of prosecution under the obscenity laws. It... Learn More£45,000.00
Stock Code: 143088
KEATE, Thomas. Observations on the Fifth Report of the Commissioners of Military Enquiry.
London : 1808First and only edition of Keate's justification of his conduct against what he considered the unwarranted criticisms of the commission. Uncommon, with less than a dozen copies located institutionally world-wide. An excellent copy with an attractive provenance, coming from the Mount Stewart library of General Charles Stewart, 3rd marquess of Londonderry,... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 144132
KEATS, John. The Poetical Works and Other Writings.
New York : 1938-39The Hampstead Edition, number 268 of 1050 sets, the best collected edition of Keats's works, here one of a smaller number of sets issued in half morocco (most issued in cloth), retaining the rare glassine jackets. Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 141381
KEYNES, John Maynard. The General Theory of Employment Interest and Money.
London : 1936First edition, first impression, of perhaps the most significant economics book of the 20th century.
The General Theory was written in the aftermath of the Great Depression, when the old economic order was widely seen to have failed. Keynes argued that government must intervene in the economy, directing wages, investment, and demand, in order... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 142963
KING, Jessie Marion (illus.); GEMMELL, Marion. Mummy's Bedtime Story Book.
London : First edition, first impression. Marion Gemmell has only recently been acknowledged as an author, since for many years the identity of "Marion" was assumed to be the illustrator herself, Jessie Marion King. It is only quite recently that the descendants of Mrs Alexander (Marion) Gemmell have affirmed her as the author (B199, Colin White bibliography).... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 144314
KIPLING, Rudyard. The Works.
London : 1937-39The Sussex Edition, number 14 of 525 sets signed by the author in volume I, this set in notably attractive condition. In his last years Kipling gathered existing material to create "this great retrospective work... the Sussex Edition of his works, undertaken by Macmillan as a monument to one of the firm's most profitable authors" (The Letters, p. 231).
"The... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 143836
KIPLING, Rudyard. Poems 1886-1929.
New York : 1930First and signed limited US edition, number 459 of 525 sets, volume I signed by the author; 12 presentation sets were also issued. One of the finest editions of Kipling's verse, handsomely printed on handmade paper, it is uncommon in the jackets. Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 142948
KONDRAT'EV, Nikolai Dmitrievich. Mikhail Ivanovich Tugan-Baranovskiĭ.
Petrograd : 1923Scarce first edition of the biography of the Ukranian business-cycle analyst Tugan- Baranovskiĭ (1865-1919), written by one of his favourite pupils, the agricultural economist Kondratév.
"Kondrat'ev's meteoric rise was probably due in considerable measure to the fact that he was privileged to be one of the 'closest' (his own expression) pupils... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 144038
LAPORTE, Georges (illus.); VERHAEREN, Émile. La Guirlande des Dunes.
Paris : 1966Signed limited edition, signed by Lanoux and Laporte as issued, one of 25 copies on Rives paper containing a suite of 15 lithographs on japon signed by Laporte, numbered 16 to 40 of which this is number 16. This copy includes two original drawings at the front, not called for by the limitation, instead called for in the first 15 copies only. The total... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 143927
LAWRENCE, T. E. - LIDDELL HART, Basil Henry, & Sir Ronald Storrs. Lawrence of Arabia.
London : 1936Signed limited edition, no. 8 of 12 copies printed for Liddell Hart and signed by himself and Ronald Storrs (out of a total edition of 128), additionally inscribed by Liddell Hart on the front free endpaper "To Marie, my dearest friend since birth from Basil". This copy retains the rare glassine jacket and flaps, unknown to Lawrence's bibliographer... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 142590
LOS ANGELES. Los Angeles Telephone Book.
Los Angeles : 13 April 1882The first telephone directory for Los Angeles, listing 90 subscribers with their own phones and numbers, and instructions on making calls to the central office. This is a delicate and rare piece of Californiana, tracking the expansion of critical technology through a state that would become an innovation leader. There are only two appearances in the... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 141446
LUCRETIUS. De Rerum Natura.
London : 1712First Tonson edition, a particularly handsome and well-illustrated edition of the Latin text of Lucretius' radical work On the Nature of Things, the famous philosophical poem written to explain Epicurean philosophy to a Roman audience in the 1st century BCE.
The set of engravings is possibly the first to take direct inspiration from the Epicurean... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 142443
MARX, Karl. Capital: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production.
London : 1887First edition in English of Das Kapital, first issue, one of 500 copies printed. All subsequent English editions were based on this "authorized edition": it remained the standard text for the English-speaking public, and continued to be revised and republished until the 1950s.
Samuel Moore, a lawyer and translator active in the Manchester IWMA,... Learn More£19,750.00
Stock Code: 144047
MARX, Karl; RIFAT, Haydar (trans.) Sermaye.
Istanbul : 1933First appearance in book form of Marx's Das Kapital in Turkish, being the first edition of Haydar Rifat's translation, and the first book-length translation (preceded only by Bohor Israel's summary translation in a 1912 journal).
The translation is from Gabriel Deville's French abridgement of the first volume of Das Kapital, originally published... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 142650
MELVILLE, Herman. Mardi: and a voyage thither.
New York : 1849First American edition of Melville's third book, his first major full-length fiction, an allegorical romance set in the South Seas based on his own experiences there. This is an exceptionally fresh copy in the original cloth.
Mardi was originally published in London earlier the same year. Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 142642
MILNE, A. A. When We Were Very Young.
New York : 1924First US edition, deluxe limited issue, one of 500 unnumbered copies printed on large paper and with pictorial boards. When We Were Very Young was published in London on 6 November 1924 and in New York on 20 November; the standard US issue was in red cloth on smaller paper. One hundred of the 500 deluxe copies were also issued signed. Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 143290
MONCRIF, Francois-Augustin Paradis de. Moncrif's Cats.
London : 1961First edition thus; number 8 of 100 copies specially bound by E. W. Hiscox. Moncrif (1687-1770) was a French writer, courtier, and academician now best known for his Histoire des Chats, first published in 1727. In letter form, Moncrif discusses the role of cats throughout history and his work can be read both as a satire of pedantic academic writing... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 144025
MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus - GOUNOD, Charles. Le Don Juan de Mozart.
Paris : 1890First edition, an exceptional presentation copy to the proprietor of the famed Montmartre cabaret Le Chat Noir, inscribed on the half-title "À Monsieur Rodolphe. Salis, Hommage de l'auteur Ch. Gounod". The book is a study of Mozart's Don Juan that reveals its particular importance to Gounod, and its continuing influence on his life and work: "The score...... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 142346