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.
Showing items 61-120 of 138
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
KEATS, John. Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and other poems.
London : 1820First edition of Keats's third and final book published in his lifetime. Keats wrote to Charles Brown in regards to the work in June 1820 noting that he had "low hopes, though not spirits this shall be my last trial; not succeeding, I shall try what I can do in the apothecary line" (White, p. 219). Though Keats did not live to see his fame confirmed,... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 138622
KENNEDY, Robert F. To Seek a Newer World.
New York : 1967First edition, first printing, inscribed "For Max Mont with Best Wishes, Robert Kennedy" on the front free endpaper. Max Mont was a lifelong union activist and executive director of the Jewish Labor Committee. He helped organise the Emergency Committee to Aid Farm Workers in the early 1950s, and subsequently worked with Cesar Chavez in the formation... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 136670
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
KEYNES, John Maynard. A Treatise on Money.
London : 1930First edition, first impression. A Treatise on Money is the first of Keynes's two major contributions to economic theory and his most comprehensive work on monetary theory. It anticipates many of the ideas of the General Theory, which it immediately preceded and by which it has been, perhaps unfairly, overshadowed. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 139140
KIPLING, Rudyard. The Bombay Edition of the Works.
London : 1913-19The Bombay Edition, number 1 of 5 sets signed by Rudyard Kipling in vol. I and specially bound, "dedicated to the King and Queen of England". Vol. I is additionally delightfully extra-illustrated with watercolours directly in the text by various artists, mostly of landscapes and flora. This must surely be the finest set from one of the most desirable... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 136936
KIPLING, Rudyard. The Jungle Book; [together with:] The Second Jungle Book.
London : 1894 & 1895First editions of Kipling's best-known prose work. The two Jungle Books were collections of stories which had previously appeared in periodicals prior to their publication in the present book-form. The stories were loosely adapted into the 1967 and 2016 Disney movies of the same name. 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
LAWRENCE, D. H. The Rainbow.
London : 1915First edition. Methuen published The Rainbow in September 1915 in a print run of 2,527 copies, but quickly withdrew it from sale in the face of almost universal hostility. The Defence of the Realm Act gave the government powers to suppress anything held detrimental to the conduct of the war. Lawrence's explicit portrayal of the marital and sexual relations... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 136890
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
LOWRY, L. S. The Paintings: Oils and Watercolours.
London : 1975First edition, signed limited issue, number 42 of 100 copies signed by the artist on a book label to the front free endpaper and specially bound. This collection of Lowry's illustrations has the plates arranged, not chronologically, "but rather by flavour, in the light of comparable conception and style: humour and satire: people doings things or doing... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 136817
MACKAY, Charles. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions.
London : 1841First edition. Mackay's important early work of social psychology discusses popular delusions of all types and considers the credulous enthusiasm of mankind for phenomena such as alchemy, witchcraft, relics, the Crusades, urban myths, as well as economic events such as the tulip bubble, the Mississippi Bubble, and the South Sea Bubble. Still in print,... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 122063
MACLEAN, Norman. A River Runs Through It,
Chicago : 1976First edition, first printing, with the first printing issue points: a digit missing to the ISBN on the copyright page, "adways" for "always" on line 15, p. 27, and the ISBN complete on the dust jacket rear flap. A River Runs Through It is Maclean's autobiographical collection of short stories, collecting "A River Runs Through It", "Logging... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 137199
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
MELVILLE, Herman. Moby-Dick;
New York : 1851First US edition, in the first issue binding (BAL's "A" state). Moby-Dick was originally issued in London earlier the same year, set from the New York sheets and titled The Whale. The US edition was the first to appear under the familiar title, and contains some thirty-five passages and the epilogue omitted from the English edition. It was a "complete... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 136810
MILL, John Stuart. Principles of Political Economy with some of their Applications to Social Philosophy.
London : 1848First edition of Mill's great treatise on political economy, unrestored in the original cloth. "From the moment of publication, Mill's Principles was hailed as a classic, far more congenial to the public than earlier economic textbooks, and far more readable than the Logic" (ODNB). "To many generations of students, Mill's Principles was the undisputed... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 137310
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
MILNE, A. A. The House at Pooh Corner.
London : 1928First edition, first impression, of Milne's final Pooh book. Three years of intense publicity were taking their toll on the family, and Milne longed to return full-time to adult literature. Christopher Robin was growing up, soon to leave for boarding school, and The House at Pooh Corner would be a farewell. But first there was an introduction... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 137257
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
MISES, Ludwig von. Theory and History.
London : 1958First UK edition, first impression, originally published in the United States the previous year. In Theory and History, "Mises made another case for his utilitarian philosophy. This time, the argument turned on the epistemology of social analysis. Mises argued that the only scientific interpretation of social reality was based on economics... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 136436
MOORE, Marianne. Collected Poems.
London : 1951First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Yes: T. Barrett's copy of these Collected Poems - Collected not corrected. Marianne Moore, April 10 1958", under a previous gift inscription reading "For Leni and Tom Barrett. With affection, Christmas 1952. Bill Kienbush".
The recipients were painters and art... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 136674
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
MORRISON, Toni. The Bluest Eye.
New York : 1970First edition, first printing, of Morrison's highly influential debut novel. In spite of being regularly challenged (the American Library Association ranked it fourth on their list of most challenged books for 2014web reserve (email alone), it often features on schools' reading lists, and has been adapted several times. Morrison wrote The Bluest... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136567
NANSEN, Fridtjof. Fram over Polhavet.
Kristiania : 1897First edition in the author's native Norwegian, preceded by the English edition of the same year, of the official account of the first Fram expedition; in the red cloth variant binding, others copies in blue. A "remarkable achievement in Polar exploration" (PMM), it was undertaken "with the object of investigating the polar basin north of Eurasia by... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 136714
OBAMA, Barack. Dreams From My Father.
New York : 1995First edition, first printing, as stated on the copyright page with the row of numbers going from 9 to 2, as called for. The future president's first book, Dreams from My Father was published as Obama began his run for the Illinois Senate in July 1995, and helped to establish his reputation and image. Learn More£800.00
Stock Code: 136693
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, Christabel. Autograph letter signed.
5 Vincent Square, Westminster SW1 : 29 December 1937An early autograph letter signed by Christabel Pankhurst to Lady Cynthia Colville, Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Mary, recommending the services of Dr H. St John Rumsey of St Guys to help cure a speech impediment in her "two young relations". Colville's close relationship with Queen Mary raises the possibility that the relations in question had a... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 137161
PANKHURST, Christabel. Autograph letter signed.
31 July 1911A persuasively argued autograph letter signed from Christabel to the MP Noel Buxton (1869-1948), entreating his public support for the passing of a Conciliation Bill and thanking him for "all you do for the cause".
British Liberal politician Noel Buxton, 1st Baron Noel-Buxton, was at the time of Christabel's letter serving as MP for the Norfolk North... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 137120
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... 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): WorldCat lists the British Library and the Institut national d'histoire de l'Art; Library... Learn More£4,375.00
Stock Code: 137508
POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny.
London : 1904First edition, first impression, with "muffatees" ("muffetees" in the second impression onward) and "we" in Roman type (italics in the second impression onward) on page 15. The regular trade binding of the first impression was either grey or tan paper boards, with no priority between them. Learn More£1,200.00
Stock Code: 136892
PULLMAN, Philip. His Dark Materials.
London : 1995-1997-2000First editions, first impressions, each volume signed by the author on the title page. Northern Lights has the first issue points on the jacket: 12.99 price, "Point" to the spine panel, and 7-9 Pratt Street to the rear flap. Pullman's epic trilogy of fantasy novels is recognized as one of the best children's novels of the 20th century. The... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 138494
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
RULFO, Juan. Pedro Páramo.
New York : 1959First edition in English, first printing, clothbound issue (also issued in wrappers, and a signed limited edition). First published in Mexico in 1955, Pedro Páramo became a major influence on the Latin American Boom of the 1960s and 1970s, and on authors such as Carlos Fuentes, Salman Rushdie, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Marquez was inspired to write... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 136392
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
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Grand Canyon.
London : 1942First edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "Irene from Vita". The recipient was Irene Pirie, née Hogarth, a childhood friend of Sackville-West's living in Oxford, with whom Sackville-West remained close. In a letter to Harold Nicolson on 9 July 1914 providing specifics too detailed... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137173
SAGAN, Carl, & Ann Druyan. Comet.
New York : 1985First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by Sagan "For Steve, Brave man, wise owl, with our fond regard to you and Deborah. Carl and Ann", Druyan penned the "and Ann".
The recipient was American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science, Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002), with his book label loosely inserted.... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 136562
SASSOON, Siegfried. The Path to Peace. Selected Poems.
Worcester : 1960First edition, number 411 of 500 copies only. The Path to Peace is a book of religious verse that followed Sassoon's conversion to Catholicism in 1957. The book is dedicated to Mother Margaret Mary McFarlin, the nun who first drew him towards the faith by writing to him out of the blue after sensing a spiritual struggle in his work when reading... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 136712
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
STEINBECK, John. Tortilla Flat.
New York : 1935First edition, first printing, cloth issue, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Bob Bailey John Steinbeck". This copy is from the library of Jean Hersholt (1896-1956), a Danish-American Hollywood actor known for his role in Heidi and for his impressive collection of Anderseniana, which represented possibly the largest collection... Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 136583
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