Spring Miscellany – 162
Catalogue 162, a Spring Miscellany, features our recent acquisitions. The latest arrivals to our shelves highlight a wide range of subjects: aviation, fine bindings, children’s books, computing, economics, literature, photography, poetry, polar, private press, Renaissance science, books in Russian, women’s suffrage, and many more.
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(BOOTH, Charles.) SMITH, Sir Hubert Llewellyn (ed.) The New Survey of London Life & Labour.
London : 1930-1935First edition, a major re-evaluation by the London School of Economics of Charles Booth's Life and Labour of the People in London, a generation on from its publication. Booth's (1840-1916) study, a key resource for the social and economic history of late Victorian London, was based on findings collected between 1886 and 1902, with editions published... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 136589
ACTON, Harold, & Ch'en Shih-Hsiang (trans.) Modern Chinese Poetry.
London : 1936First edition, first impression, in a nice example of the scarce jacket, of Harold Acton's English-language anthology of contemporary Chinese poetry. It includes his introductory survey, and specimens of the works of Ch'en Meng-chia, Chou Tso-jen, Feng Fei-ming, Ho Chi-fang, Hsu Chih-mo, Kuo Mo-jo, Li Kwang-t'ien, Lin Keng, Pien Chih-lin, Shao Hsun-mei,... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 136704
AGRIPPA, Heinrich Cornelius. De occulta philosophia libri tres.
[Cologne? : July 1533First collected edition of this masterpiece of Western Renaissance magic. The first part of this summa of occult and magical thought was originally published in 1531, probably under the influence of Johannes Trithemius, abbot of Würzburg, whose notable students included Agrippa and Paracelsus.
The privilege of the Emperor Charles V, to whom... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 136927
BAKER, Josephine. Hand painted silk handkerchief with original portrait of Baker.
1920sDelightful memento of La Baker, a nicely executed portrait showing her facing left, smiling, wearing earrings and a pearl necklace and sporting her famous brilliantined Eton crop. It is apparently based on the photograph by the renowned portraitist Stanislaw Julian Ignacy, Count Ostrorog (1863-1935), who established the studio Waléry in Paris, continuing... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 136937
BASQUIAT, Jean-Michel - MARSHALL, Richard D., et al. Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Paris : 2000; 2010Third edition of the most comprehensive catalogue raisonné of the paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Originally published in two volumes in 2000, this edition includes an appendix volume which corrects and expands on the original two-volume edition. Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 136210
BEATON, Cecil, & Daniela Palazzoli (ed.) Portfolio.
Milan : 1981Limited edition, number 760 of 1,000 copies. Beaton "made a name for himself taking glamorous photographic portraits of the 'bright young things' of the day, who soon thirsted for his talent and by the end of the 1920s - a decade which Beaton may be said to personify - he had been granted sittings by all whom he had aspired to photograph, except Queen... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 137157
BILLINGHAM, Richard. Ray's a Laugh.
Zurich; Berlin; New York : 1996First edition, first impression. Billingham's best-known book, "a British family-album so cool that I can see and hear what goes on between the frames" (Robert Frank, dust jacket rear panel). Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 136818
BLAKE, William. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
Clairvaux : 1960First edition thus, deluxe limited issue: copy VIII of 20 deluxe copies with an original guide sheet and stencil, and a set of hand-coloured plates showing progressive stages, as well as colour collotype proofs, from a total edition of 526 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match that used by Blake, with each page watermarked with Blake's monogram.... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 136923
BODICHON, Barbara - CHAPMAN, John (ed.) The Westminster Review.
London : 1865-1870A selection of volumes of the Westminster Review from the library of Barbara Bodichon, the artist and women's activist, with her Scalands Gate stamps. "Barbara was an extremely striking young woman, tall, with vivid expression and golden-red hair. She had several suitors, but in 1855 both her personal attractions and her wealth attracted the attention... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 123361
CAMOENS, Luis de. The Lusiad,
London : 1655First edition in English of Os Lusíadas (1572), the epic poem describing Portugal's rise from obscurity to greatness. Camoens based his Virgilian epic around Vasco da Gama's discovery of the sea route from Europe to India via the Cape of Good Hope in 1497-98, coloured by his own experiences during the 14 years he spent in the East (1553-67), including... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 136059
CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; [together with:] Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.
London : 1876 & 1873A handsomely bound set of Carroll's classic children's novels, published in 1865 and 1871 respectively. The Alice books earned the author "a place in the firmament of the great, for they are not only acts of imaginative genius but they also revolutionized writing for children" (ODNB).
Stock Code: 136966
CHERRY-GARRARD, Apsley. The Worst Journey in the World:
London : 1922Interesting group comprising two polar rarities, a first edition of The Worst Journey in the World, and two autograph letters. The Worst Journey in the World, "the best written and most enduring account of exploits in the Antarctic" (Taurus) and "widely regarded as the masterpiece of polar exploration" (Books on Ice), is presented here in Cherry-Garrard's... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 136850
CHIZHEVSKII, Aleksandr Leonidovich. Strukturnyi analiz dvizhushcheisia krovi (The Structural Analysis of Moving Blood).
Moscow : 1959First edition, inscribed by the author on the front endpaper verso, "To big Misha for good memory. Prof. A.L. Chizhevskii. May 8, 1960". This was one of the last publications of Alexander Chizhevskii (1897-1964), the eminent Soviet interdisciplinary scientist and the founder of heliobiology and aero-ionization, and widely considered to be his magnum... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 137282
CODEX MANESSE. Facsimile of Codex Manesse.
Leipzig : 1925-27Limited edition facsimile, number 3 of 320 copies. The Codex Manesse, compiled c.1304-40, is the single most comprehensive source for Middle High German poetry, and among the most widely esteemed of all German manuscripts, renowned for the beauty of its illustration. A triumph of early 20th-century reproduction, this facsimile is remarkably accurate,... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 137734
COWARD, Noël. South Sea Bubble.
London : 1956First edition, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. The play was first performed as Island Fling in 1951 in the USA, and in London premiered as South Sea Bubble at the Lyric Theatre in 1956. Learn More£800.00
Stock Code: 136690
CUNARD, Nancy. Man-Ship-Tank-Gun-Plane.
London : 1944First edition, one of 400 copies, here out of series, as often for this title. Cunard left London during the second Blitz of 1944, staying with her fellow left-wing poets Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland in Dorset. While there she wrote the present poem, dedicated to Edward Thompson. In her modernist style, Cunard evokes the terror of experiencing... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 136389
DICKENS, Charles. Autograph letter signed.
1842Autograph letter signed from Charles Dickens to Thomas C. Grattan (1792-1864), Irish novelist and British consul in Boston, upon Dickens's return from his first trip to America, in total around 200 words in his hand. A bitter Dickens reflects upon his trip, generally seen as unsuccessful following controversies over copyright, and has come back to find... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 137058
DIX, Gertrude. The Girl from the Farm.
London : 1895First edition, number 14 in Lane's Keynotes series. The Keynotes Series, comprising 33 novels and short story collections, were produced by John Lane between 1893 and 1897. Aubrey Beardsley provided designs for 22 Keynotes volumes while working on The Yellow Book, a quarterly periodical also published by John Lane. The series shared a close relationship... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 137100
FOWLES, John. The Magus.
London : 1965Uncorrected proof copy of the first UK edition. The US edition, which was published in January 1966, predates the UK edition, which followed in May 1966 (though the copyright page states 1965). Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 136688
FROST, Robert. North of Boston.
London : 1914First edition, first impression, first issue, one of 200 copies, Crane's binding F. This copy has the bookplate of Frederick Baldwin Adams Jr. to the front pastedown. Adams Jr. was an American bibliophile and the director of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City from 1948 to 1969.
North of Boston is a collection of 17 of Frost's poems,... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 137200
GERSHWIN, George. Porgy and Bess.
New York : 1935First edition, signed limited issue, number 39 of 250 copies bound in publisher's full red morocco and signed by George and Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, and Rouben Mamoulian.
In summer 1926, and in one sitting, George Gershwin read DuBose Heyward's 1925 novel Porgy, about the Gullah community in South Carolina. "The potential of this book to... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 137418
GIBRAN, Kahlil. Twenty Drawings.
New York : 1919First edition, trade issue, of Gibran's first and only collection of drawings, retaining some parts of the rare dust jacket laid in. "For Gibran the canvas represented another form in which his poetry could be expressed... the pieces included in Twenty Drawings clearly demonstrate the mystical qualities Gibran imbued in all his works, whatever the medium"... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 137326
GREEN, John D. Birds of Britain.
Bonn : 1967First German edition, first printing. This edition is bilingual, with the text in English and the German translation laid in, as issued, in a slip to the back pastedown. Birds of Britain was published simultaneously in England, the USA, France, Italy, Germany, and other countries. The book is a collection of photographs of 1960s "birds" (period British... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 137049
GUIMARÃES ROSA, João. The Devil to Pay in the Backlands.
New York : 1963First edition in English, first printing. Originally published in Portuguese as Grande Sertão: Veredas in 1956, this is the book that "firmly established Guimarães Rosa's international reputation" (Ency. Brit.). A landmark of South American literature, The Devil to Pay in the Backlands exhibits characteristics of the Brazilian regionalist novel while... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 137068
HARDY, Thomas. The Writings.
New York : The Anniversary Edition, issued to celebrate Hardy's 80th birthday, out of series from an edition of 1,250 sets. From the library of the American intellectual Gore Vidal, unmarked as such, but with a certificate of provenance from the dealer to whom Vidal's library was sold.
This set is beautifully bound by the bindery of Whitman Bennett in New... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 136745
HARRISON, George (ed.); TAYLOR, Derek. Fifty Years Adrift.
Guildford : 1984Signed limited edition, number 488 of 2,000 copies signed by George Harrison, Derek Taylor, and the illustrator Larry Smith. Taylor was the Beatles's publicist; the present book is his autobiography, with Harrison's additions, and is "the companion volume to I ME MINE" (prospectus).
Loosely inserted are an invitation, numbered 103, to "The British... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 136803
HAWKING, Stephen. A Brief History of Time.
London : 1988First UK edition, first impression, published simultaneously with the US edition on 1 April 1988. One of the most important scientific works of the second half of the 20th century and a masterpiece of scientific popularization, A Brief History of Time details for a lay readership the origin and eventual fate of the universe.
Loosely inserted... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 137407
HOCKNEY, David, & Stephen Spender. China Diary.
London : 1982First edition, signed limited edition, number 312 of 1,000 copies signed by Hockney and Spender; the print signed, numbered, and dated in pencil by Hockney lower right. Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 136633
HOME, Robert. Select Views in Mysore, The Country of Tippoo Sultan; From Drawings taken on the Spot …
London : 1794First edition. Home was practising as a portrait painter in Dublin in the late 1780s when the arrival of a rival, Gilbert Stuart, forced his return to London, and on the death of his wife in 1789; "Home left for India, where he had connections. Leaving his children with relatives, he departed without permission from the East India Company, reaching... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 136881
KEROUAC, Jack. Mexico City Blues.
New York : 1959First edition, first printing, of Kerouac's "242 Choruses", written between 1954 and 1957, in the correct black and white jacket (the bibliographer Charters incorrectly calls for a jacket "printed in red, green and black", these being the colours of the wrappers issue, and later dust jackets), hard to find in collectable condition. Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136575
KIPLING, Rudyard. The Jungle Book; [together with:] The Second Jungle Book.
London : 1894 & 1895First editions in book form of Kipling's best-known prose work. An immediate success on publication, The Jungle Book was reprinted twice in 1894 and twice again the following year. "Kipling followed with The Second Jungle Book (1895), but the two sets of stories have rarely been united, despite the fact that the later book completed the Mowgli saga... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 136560
LAKING, Guy Francis. A Record of European Armour and Arms Through Seven Centuries.
London : 1920-25First edition of each volume of Laking's monumental survey of the history of European armour, profusely illustrated, and here handsomely bound, together with the supplementary volume, Cripps-Day's index of armour auction results. The antiquary Sir Guy Francis Laking (1875-1919) grew up under the shadow of royalty, with his father serving as physician... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 136722
LAURENCIN, Marie (illus.); CARROLL, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland.
Paris : 1930First Black Sun Press edition, number 361 of 420 copies for distribution in the United States, from a total edition of 790; "the colophon is the only difference between the American and European issues" (Minkoff).
"For Alice in Wonderland, Caresse signed Marie Laurencin, one of the foremost French artists, to do the illustrations. She had never... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136578
LEVY, D. A. Cleveland undercovers.
Cleveland : 1966First edition, this one of 65 special copies "bound with freak covers by the author" (each being thus unique, this one incorporating old maps of Ohio, a striking photograph of two Native Americans, and newsprint collage), from a total edition of 500. This copy is inscribed on the title page, "many thanks, d. a. levy". Levy (1942-1968) was a leading... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 138636
McCARTHY, Cormac. No Country for Old Men.
New York : 2005First trade edition, first printing, signed by the author on the first blank; this a review copy, with the publisher's slip laid in. It was preceded by a signed limited edition issued earlier the same year. The book was the basis for the 2007 film of the same name, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 136612
MILLER, Henry. The Angel is my Watermark.
Fullerton, CA : 1944Signed limited edition, number 8 of a small number of copies signed by Henry Miller and enclosing one of Miller's original watercolours. The number of copies is estimated by Porter as 15, by Riley as 15 or 16, and at any rate a very small number, each unique with a different water colour. Alongside the original watercolour, the publication contains... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 136512
MILTON, John. Comus.
London : 1901First Essex House edition, number 82 of 150 copies printed on vellum and hand illuminated. In 1634 Milton was asked to compose the text of a masque "which was to be mounted in Ludlow in honour of the inauguration of John Egerton, earl of Bridgewater, as lord president of Wales. In 1637 or early in 1638 Lawes published Milton's text (without any indication... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 137091
MORIYAMA, Daido. Bye, Bye Photography, Dear.
Tokyo : 1972First edition, first printing, signed by Moriyama on the title page. This series of photographs were taken in the late 1960s and early 1970s during strikes, student protests, and violent antiwar demonstrations. "In an extreme act of dissociation and disorientation, the image is scattered to the four winds: lovers' skin, white legs walking away, a flash... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 136819
NIJINSKY, Vaslav - COCTEAU, Jean, & Paul Iribe. Vaslav Nijinsky. Six Vers de Jean Cocteau. Six Dessins de Paul Iribe.
Paris : 1910First edition, limited to 1,000 copies on Japon, this one of 934 standard copies, inscribed by the illustrator recto of the limitation leaf; "A Madame Suzanne Süe, son admirateur et son ami respecueux, Paul Iribe, Août 1910". Cocteau's pair of Nijinsky-inspired poetic triplets are broken down into single lines as "captions" to Iribe's Beardsleyesque... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 136928
OSHIMA, Shotaro. Poems.
Tokyo : 1939First edition, first printing, number 177 of 350 issued copies, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "Mr Laurence Binyon With all good wishes from the Author, October 25, 1939". Loosely inserted are two letters (and washi paper envelope) to Binyon: one an autograph letter from Oshima, dated October 27, 1939; the other a typed letter... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 137118
PANKHURST, E. Sylvia. Typed letter signed.
14 March 1939A typed letter signed by Sylvia Pankhurst on New Times and Ethiopia News headed paper. In the letter Pankhurst thanks Edward Philip Ockey for his help with her Esperanto, and notes that she hopes he "will be able to bring our paper to the notice of others". Ockey (1913-2006) was editor of the British Esperantist and a port officer who served with the... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 137160
PANKHURST, E. Sylvia. Germinal.
London : 1923Very rare complete run of Sylvia Pankhurst's strikingly illustrated revolutionary socialist journal Germinal, a short-lived publication of which just two issues were printed. Just four institutions are recorded as having complete runs (none with single issues): Library Hub lists the British Library and the Institut national d'histoire de l'Art; WorldCat... Learn More£4,375.00
Stock Code: 137508
RAFFLES, Thomas Stamford. The History of Java.
London : 1817First edition of Raffles's masterful account of Java. Raffles was appointed lieutenant governor of Java in 1811 when the island and its dependencies were occupied by Lord Minto following the annexation of the Netherlands by Napoleon. During the next four years he extended the area of European control and reorganized the Dutch colonial system in the... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 136364
RHYS, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea.
London : 1966First edition, first impression. Written as a response to Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eyre (1847), Wide Sargasso Sea tells the story of the "madwoman in the attic". This was Jean Rhys's return to the literary scene, and includes an introduction to her work by Francis Wyndham. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 136591
ROBERTSON, Walford Graham. "Troy Town": pair of sheets with two original watercolours, calligraphy and musical notation.
c. 1905Highly attractive piece rather in the style of the Beggarstaff Brothers, illustrating the old English ballad "The Wandering Prince of Troy", here shortened to simply "Troy Town", a retelling of the story of Dido and Aeneas; the opening lines reading "When Troy Town had, for ten yeeres past, Withstood the Greekes in manfull wise". The first sheet carries... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 136594
RUSKIN, John. The Stones of Venice.
London : 1905A handsomely bound copy. One of the key texts of the aesthetic movements, The Stones of Venice was first published from 1851 to 1853 and was "a revolutionary success" (PMM). Its importance lies "in its celebration of the Byzantine and the Gothic, which had an immediate effect on Victorian architects, who began to introduce Romanesque forms and Venetian... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 136701
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Dramatic Works of Shakspeare.
London : 1802First Boydell edition. This lavish edition was the brainchild of John Boydell (1720-1804), who had been responsible for the publication in mezzotint of some of the most impressive paintings of the period. He and his nephew Josiah Boydell conceived this set, with typography by Bulmer and paper by Whatman, to be embellished with one series of large and... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 137384
SNOW, C. P. [Complete Strangers and Brothers series:]
London : 1940-70All first editions, first impressions. Inscribed by the author to the title page of Homecomings "To Joan Hardinge with best wishes from C. P. Snow Sept 15/65/." This eleven-volume roman fleuve probably constitutes Snow's chief contribution to English letters, his critical writings notwithstanding. Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 136481
SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. Poems and Ballads.
London : 1866First edition, first issue (with Moxon imprint), first state with Wise's textual errors uncorrected, of the most sensationally controversial book of English poetry of its century, its contents being a heady mix of sadomasochism, necrophilia, egalitarianism, and blasphemy. "It was a dazzling collection. Swinburne had developed an original poetic voice,... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136507
TAGLIACOZZI, Gaspare. De Curtorum Chirurgia per insitionem.
Venice : 1597First edition of "the first book devoted entirely to plastic surgery" (Norman), second issue on ordinary paper, with the licence printed on the title page verso. Hook & Norman note the existence of a very few copies which they term the first issue, printed on large and thick paper, without the licence, and suggest that these were intended for presentation.
Gaspare... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 135968
TRESSELL, Robert. The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists.
London : 1914First edition, first impression. The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists is a classic of English working class literature, often compared with Zola's Germinal and described by George Orwell as "a book everyone should read" (Manchester Evening Times, 1946).
The author, Robert Philippe Noonan (1870-1911), was the illegitimate son of an inspector in... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 137406
TWAIN, Mark. The Writings.
Hartford, Conn., : 1901-7Riverdale Edition, number 482 of 625 sets only, here with an original holograph leaf by Mark Twain, comprising eighteen lines (circa eighty words) from A Tramp Abroad with one emendation, written in purple ink on one side, and tipped-in to volume I. The original manuscript of A Tramp Abroad and of The Gilded Age were both split up by Twain's publisher,... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 136939
WATSON, John B. The Ways of Behaviorism.
New York and London : 1928First edition, first printing. The chief proponent of behaviorism in the US, Watson here gives an overview of the discipline for a popular readership and its application in everyday problems; much of the book was previously published in Harper's Magazine. Uncommon in the dust jacket. Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 136446
WEIK, Martin H. A Survey of Domestic Electronic Digital Computing Systems.
[Washington, D.C.] : 1955First public issue of Weik's first survey, an invaluably thorough description of eighty-eight of the earliest commercially available computers (including the SEAC, DYSEAC, ENIAC, Ferranti Mark I and II, and Whirlwind I models). This is the second printing, with the added title leaf bearing the OTS imprint; the first issue, privately circulated as Report... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 137255
WOOLF, Virginia. Monday or Tuesday.
Richmond : 1921First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies of this collection of short stories, and an early Hogarth Press production. Leonard Woolf stated that the work "was printed by F. T. McDermott of the Prompt Press, Richmond, who used to give him advice on printing problems when he and Mrs. Woolf first started the Hogarth Press" (Kirkpatrick). Woolf... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 137334