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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(ATGET, Eugene.) ABBOTT, Berenice. The World of Atget.
New York : 1964First edition, first printing, inscribed by Abbott on the front free endpaper: "for Cecile & Bruno with love November 12 1981 Monson Maine". The World of Atget is a record of 19th-century Paris in the midst of modernization, with 176 of Atget's plates published here for the first time. Abbott first met Atget in 1925, two years before his death.... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 136841
(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
(BLAKE, William.) ELLIS, Edwin John, & W. B. Yeats. The Works of William Blake.
London : 1893First editions thus, one of 500 trade copies; 150 large paper copies were also issued. Yeats "marked down William Blake as a master early on, and with Edwin Ellis produced a large-scale commentary on Blake's prophetic writings in 1893. While often erratic and idiosyncratic, it helped establish the importance of Blake's esoteric verse" (ODNB). Yeats... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 137102
(BODICHON, Barbara.) CHAPMAN, John, Editor. 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
(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
(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
(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... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 136803
(KENT, Rockwell.) MELVILLE, Herman. Moby Dick or The Whale.
New York : 1930First Rockwell Kent trade edition, first printing. Kent's imagining of Melville's classic, first published the same year by the Lakeside Press of Chicago in a three-volume limited edition, has been hailed as a masterpiece of 20th-century book illustration and credited with reviving public interest in a sublime but difficult novel. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137085
(LAURENCIN, Marie.) 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
(NIJINSKY.) 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
(NONESUCH PRESS.) DANTE ALIGHIERI. La Divina Commedia.
London : 1928First Nonesuch edition, number 262 from a limited edition of 1,475 copies on Dutch paper. A beautifully presented and bound edition of Dante's Divine Comedy, with Dante's Italian printed parallel to Rev. Henry F. Cary's English translation (1814, a translation much loved by Coleridge), and with reproductions of Sandro Botticelli's illustrations, engravings... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 134395
(SCHIELE, Egon.) KALLIR, Jane. Egon Schiele: The Complete Works.
London : 1998First expanded edition, first impression, originally published in 1990. This updated edition is a comprehensive, annotated catalogue of Schiele's work and includes an additional 205 entries to the original first edition. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 136725
(TAGLIACOZZI, Gaspare.) READ (or REID), Alexander. Chirurgorum comes: or the Whole Practice of Chirurgery.
London : 1687First edition, a work notable for containing the first translation into English of Tagliacozzi's pioneering work on plastic surgery. "The practice of chirurgery. Part IV. Book VIII. Of supplying defects in the body", pages 645-704, is a summary of Book 2 of Gaspare Tagliacozzi's De curtorum chirurgia per insitionem, first published in Venice in 1597... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 137136
(TURING, Alan; SHANNON, Claude.) Symposium on Information Theory.
London : September 1950Scarce first issue of the first British symposium on "information theory", or cybernetics, the Report for which includes three major papers by Claude Shannon and two contributions to discussion by Alan Turing. WorldCat and Library Hub locates seven copies outside the UK in institutions (3 in the US, and one apiece in Canada, France, the Netherlands,... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 137071
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. The first part of this summa of occult and magical thought had originally been 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 Agrippa was archivist and historiographer, is printed... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 136927
AUSTEN, Jane. Pride and Prejudice.
London : 1894First illustrated edition, large paper issue, one of 250 copies released in England; a further 25 copies were released in the US. Thomson's "light touch and feeling for period manners provide a charming and accessible gloss to the author's work" (ODNB). This was the first edition to feature illustrations accompanying the text; Bentley's 1833 edition... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 137031
BAGEHOT, Walter. Lombard Street:
London : 1873First edition. Described by John Maynard Keynes as "an undying classic", Lombard Street analyses the operation of the British financial system, focusing on the economic role of the Bank of England. Bagehot's recommendation that the Bank alter gold reserves based on economic cycles was highly influential, and "the wonderful clearness of Bagehot's power... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 133872
BEACH, Sylvia. Shakespeare and Company.
London : 1960First UK edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author three months after publication, "With many good wishes for Louis Davis and Mark Davis affectionately their friend Sylvia. Paris. September 1960", with her bookplate on the front pastedown, annotated by her: "Please excuse this creased corner couldn't find another copy. S.B."... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 136528
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. Writings.
London : 1925Limited edition, number LXXV of 75 copies printed on India paper and specially bound in one volume, from a total edition of 1,575 copies. This groundbreaking work provided, for the first time, "a careful and accurate transcription of Blake's poetry" (Whitson and Whittaker, p. 38). "The significance of the Keynes edition cannot be underestimated" (ibid.).... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 136956
BLOSSFELDT, Karl. Wundergarten Der Natur. Neue Bilddokumente Schöner Pflanzenformen.
Berlin : 1932First edition, portfolio issue: the preferred format of one of the greatest and most influential photographic books ever published, this being the second photobook in Blossfeldt's pivotal trilogy. The artist was by training a botanist; his use of extreme close-up technique began as part of his study. However he swiftly developed a fully-fledged abstracted... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 136442
BOYLE, Robert. The Works.
London : 1772A handsome collected edition of the works of the chemist Robert Boyle, attractively bound in contemporary russia, profusely illustrated with scientific diagrams, and here in very desirable condition. Lowndes calls this the "best edition"; the first collection of Boyle's works was published in 1699 under Richard Boulton's editorship, followed by Thomas... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 135989
BRONTË, Charlotte, Emily, & Anne. The Works.
London : 1949The Heather edition, handsomely bound by Baytun Riviere. The Heather edition was arranged and introduced by Phyllis Bentley (1894-1977), novelist and expert on the Brontë family. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 136650
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). Learn More£3,000.00
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
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Second World War.
London : 1948-54First editions, first impressions, of Churchill's masterpiece, signed or inscribed contemporarily in each volume, and exceptionally uncommon thus. The set was presented to Theresa Arnison, who with her husband Rowland, was a stalwart of the Woodford Conservative Association. Vol. I, inscribed on the half-title: "From Winston S. Churchill to Mrs. Arnison,... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 137316
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
DAHL, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
New York : 1964First edition, first printing, first issue. The first issue can be distinguished by the six lines of printing information on the final page: this was cut to five in all subsequent issues. The US edition precedes the UK edition by three years. Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 137010
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
DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
London : 1905First UK edition, first impression. Published on 7 March 1905, the UK edition was preceded by the US edition, which was released in February of the same year. Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 137430
DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Valley of Fear.
London : 1915First UK edition of the fourth and final Sherlock Holmes novel. Published on 3 June 1915, the UK edition was preceded by the US edition, which was released on 27 February of the same year. It is, however, far less common, with some 20,000 fewer copies issued in Britain. Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 137426
ELIOT, T. S. Four Quartets.
London : 1960First Bodoni edition, number 250 of 290 copies signed by the poet. A magnificent piece of book production executed in Verona under the direction of Giovanni Mardersteig, the greatest printer of the 20th century. Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 137131
ELIOT, T. S. The Waste Land.
London : 1961 First Bodoni edition of Eliot's masterpiece, number 143 of 300 copies signed by the poet on the limitation leaf; a magnificent piece of book production executed in Verona under the direction of Giovanni Mardersteig, the greatest printer of the 20th century. Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 137130
FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Tender is the Night.
New York : 1934First edition, first printing, first issue dust jacket, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. This is a superb copy of Fitzgerald's magnificent yet maligned follow-up to The Great Gatsby. It is one of 19 copies specially signed by the author for the booksellers Hochschild, Kohn & Co. of Baltimore, with their ticket on the rear pastedown.... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 136034
FLEMING, Ian. Moonraker.
London : 1955First edition, first impression, one of two variant states, printed on thicker paper stock and with the word "shoot" on page 10 correctly printed. The entire first impression (containing both "shoot" and "shoo" states) was issued on 7 April 1955. The third book in the James Bond series, Moonraker was adapted into a film of the same name in 1979, starring... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 136616
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
FRIEDMAN, Milton & Rose. Free to Choose. A Personal Statement.
New York & London : 1980Inscribed by Milton Friedman on the half-title: "For Victor Ross, who must fight this battle in a less friendly country, Milton Friedman", with Rose Friedman adding her own signature and the date 21 April 1980 underneath. The recipient was Victor Ross (born 1919), a senior executive at Reader's Digest and head of the firm's European division. A quote... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 137172
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 George Gershwin read DuBose Heyward's 1925 novel Porgy, about the Gullah community in South Carolina, in one sitting. "The potential of this book to become the... 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... 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 front 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... 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... 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. Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 136745
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
HAYEK, Friedrich August von. The Sensory Order. An Inquiry into the Foundations of Theoretical Psychology.
London : 1952First UK edition, first impression, published in Chicago in the same year. The Sensory Order, Hayek's second book after his move to Chicago, is the final form of a thesis Hayek had developed in Vienna in the 1920s on philosophical psychology. Hayek argues that there are inherent limits to the human mind's capacity to understand itself, and... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 136756
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Winner Take Nothing.
New York : 1933First edition, first printing, first issue jacket (quoting Laurence Stallings's review of Death in the Afternoon on rear panel). This collection contains 14 short stories, of which six ("The Light of the World", "A Way You'll Never Be", "The Mother of a Queen", "One Reader Writes", "A Day's Wait", and "Fathers and Sons") were printed here for... Learn More£1,875.00
Stock Code: 137032
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
HOFFMANNSEGG, Johann Centurius von, & Heinrich Friedrich Link. Flore portugaise ou description de toutes les plantes qui croissent naturellement en Portugal.
Berlin : 1809[-40]First edition, the grandest Portuguese flower book ever published, and among the finest flower books of the 19th century. The delicate illustrations - based on the travels of Johann Hoffmannsegg (1766-1849) through Portugal between 1797 and 1801 - are executed in the manner of Pierre-Joseph Redouté, yet as a record of newly discovered and previously... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 137002
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
JAMES, Henry. The Ambassadors.
New York & London : 1903First US edition, first printing. Edel and Laurence note that this edition of The Ambassadors was "marked by a curious error which remained unobserved until attention to it was drawn by Robert E. Young in the November 1950 issue of American Literature"; that is that Chapters XXVIII and XXIX had been reversed by some conscientious editor at Harper's... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 136586
JOYCE, James. Dubliners.
New York : 1916First edition, US issue, one of 504 copies of the first edition sheets (published in London by Grant Richards in 1914, total edition 1,250 copies) imported to the US from England, with the cancel title page with Huebsch's imprint. This marked the first appearance of a book by Joyce in the US. With the bookplate of the Virginian poet Armistead Churchill... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 137275