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Spring Miscellany – 162

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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  1. The Devil to Pay in the Backlands.
    GUIMARÃES ROSA, João. The Devil to Pay in the Backlands.

    New York : 1963

    First 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

    Stock Code: 137068

  2. The Writings.
    HARDY, Thomas. The Writings.

    New York : [1920]

    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

    Stock Code: 136745

  3. A Brief History of Time.
    HAWKING, Stephen. A Brief History of Time.

    London : 1988

    First 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

    Stock Code: 137407

  4. The Sensory Order. An Inquiry into the Foundations of Theoretical Psychology.
    HAYEK, Friedrich August von. The Sensory Order. An Inquiry into the Foundations of Theoretical Psychology.

    London : 1952

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136756

  5. To Have and Have Not.
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. To Have and Have Not.

    New York : 1937

    First edition, first printing. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136613

  6. Winner Take Nothing.
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Winner Take Nothing.

    New York : 1933

    First 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

    Stock Code: 137032

  7. A Farewell to Arms.
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms.

    New York : 1929

    First edition, first printing, without the legal disclaimer on p. x introduced in the second printing. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136995

  8. China Diary.
    HOCKNEY, David, & Stephen Spender. China Diary.

    London : 1982

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136633

  9. Flore portugaise ou description de toutes les plantes qui croissent naturellement en Portugal.
    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

    Stock Code: 137002

  10. Select Views in Mysore, The Country of Tippoo Sultan; From Drawings taken on the Spot …
    HOME, Robert. Select Views in Mysore, The Country of Tippoo Sultan; From Drawings taken on the Spot …

    London : 1794

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136881

  11. The Ambassadors.
    JAMES, Henry. The Ambassadors.

    New York & London : 1903

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136586

  12. Dubliners.
    JOYCE, James. Dubliners.

    New York : 1916

    First 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

    Stock Code: 137275

  13. Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and other poems.
    KEATS, John. Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and other poems.

    London : 1820

    First 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

    Stock Code: 138622

  14. To Seek a Newer World.
    KENNEDY, Robert F. To Seek a Newer World.

    New York : 1967

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136670

  15. Mexico City Blues.
    KEROUAC, Jack. Mexico City Blues.

    New York : 1959

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136575

  16. A Treatise on Money.
    KEYNES, John Maynard. A Treatise on Money.

    London : 1930

    First 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

    Stock Code: 139140

  17. The Bombay Edition of the Works.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. The Bombay Edition of the Works.

    London : 1913-19

    The 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

    Stock Code: 136936

  18. The Jungle Book; [together with:] The Second Jungle Book.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. The Jungle Book; [together with:] The Second Jungle Book.

    London : 1894 & 1895

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136560

  19. A Record of European Armour and Arms Through Seven Centuries.
    LAKING, Guy Francis. A Record of European Armour and Arms Through Seven Centuries.

    London : 1920-25

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136722

  20. The Rainbow.
    LAWRENCE, D. H. The Rainbow.

    London : 1915

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136890

  21. Cleveland undercovers.
    LEVY, D. A. Cleveland undercovers.

    Cleveland : 1966

    First 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

    Stock Code: 138636

  22. The Paintings: Oils and Watercolours.
    LOWRY, L. S. The Paintings: Oils and Watercolours.

    London : 1975

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136817

  23. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions.
    MACKAY, Charles. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions.

    London : 1841

    First 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

    Stock Code: 122063

  24. A River Runs Through It,
    MACLEAN, Norman. A River Runs Through It,

    Chicago : 1976

    First 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

    Stock Code: 137199

  25. No Country for Old Men.
    McCARTHY, Cormac. No Country for Old Men.

    New York : 2005

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136612

  26. Moby-Dick;
    MELVILLE, Herman. Moby-Dick;

    New York : 1851

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136810

  27. Principles of Political Economy with some of their Applications to Social Philosophy.
    MILL, John Stuart. Principles of Political Economy with some of their Applications to Social Philosophy.

    London : 1848

    First 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

    Stock Code: 137310

  28. The Angel is my Watermark.
    MILLER, Henry. The Angel is my Watermark.

    Fullerton, CA : 1944

    Signed 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

    Stock Code: 136512

  29. The House at Pooh Corner.
    MILNE, A. A. The House at Pooh Corner.

    London : 1928

    First 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

    Stock Code: 137257

  30. Comus.
    MILTON, John. Comus.

    London : 1901

    First 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

    Stock Code: 137091

  31. Theory and History.
    MISES, Ludwig von. Theory and History.

    London : 1958

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136436

  32. Collected Poems.
    MOORE, Marianne. Collected Poems.

    London : 1951

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136674

  33. Bye, Bye Photography, Dear.
    MORIYAMA, Daido. Bye, Bye Photography, Dear.

    Tokyo : 1972

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136819

  34. The Bluest Eye.
    MORRISON, Toni. The Bluest Eye.

    New York : 1970

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136567

  35. Fram over Polhavet.
    NANSEN, Fridtjof. Fram over Polhavet.

    Kristiania : 1897

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136714

  36. Dreams From My Father.
    OBAMA, Barack. Dreams From My Father.

    New York : 1995

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136693

  37. Poems.
    OSHIMA, Shotaro. Poems.

    Tokyo : 1939

    First 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

    Stock Code: 137118

  38. Autograph letter signed.
    PANKHURST, Christabel. Autograph letter signed.

    5 Vincent Square, Westminster SW1 : 29 December 1937

    An 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

    Stock Code: 137161

  39. Autograph letter signed.
    PANKHURST, Christabel. Autograph letter signed.

    31 July 1911

    A 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

    Stock Code: 137120

  40. Typed letter signed.
    PANKHURST, E. Sylvia. Typed letter signed.

    14 March 1939

    A 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

    Stock Code: 137160

  41. Germinal.
    PANKHURST, E. Sylvia. Germinal.

    London : 1923

    Very 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

    Stock Code: 137508

  42. Le Rime di Messer Francesco Petrarca.
    PETRARCH. Le Rime di Messer Francesco Petrarca.

    Venice : 1820

    First edition thus. A very attractively bound copy of this edition of Petrarch's poetry. Learn More

    Stock Code: 137487

  43. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny.
    POTTER, Beatrix. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny.

    London : 1904

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136892

  44. Cavalcanti Poems.
    POUND, Ezra. Cavalcanti Poems.

    New York : 1966

    Signed limited edition, no. 9 of 190 copies signed by the author and printed on Perscia paper. The poems were first published in 1953 in The Translations of Ezra Pound. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136812

  45. His Dark Materials.
    PULLMAN, Philip. His Dark Materials.

    London : 1995-1997-2000

    First 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

    Stock Code: 138494

  46. The History of Java.
    RAFFLES, Thomas Stamford. The History of Java.

    London : 1817

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136364

  47. Wide Sargasso Sea.
    RHYS, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea.

    London : 1966

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136591

  48. "Troy Town": pair of sheets with two original watercolours, calligraphy and musical notation.
    ROBERTSON, Walford Graham. "Troy Town": pair of sheets with two original watercolours, calligraphy and musical notation.

    c. 1905

    Highly 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

    Stock Code: 136594

  49. Pedro Páramo.
    RULFO, Juan. Pedro Páramo.

    New York : 1959

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136392

  50. The Stones of Venice.
    RUSKIN, John. The Stones of Venice.

    London : 1905

    A 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

    Stock Code: 136701

  51. Grand Canyon.
    SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Grand Canyon.

    London : 1942

    First 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

    Stock Code: 137173

  52. Comet.
    SAGAN, Carl, & Ann Druyan. Comet.

    New York : 1985

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136562

  53. The Path to Peace. Selected Poems.
    SASSOON, Siegfried. The Path to Peace. Selected Poems.

    Worcester : 1960

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136712

  54. The Dramatic Works of Shakspeare.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Dramatic Works of Shakspeare.

    London : 1802

    First 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

    Stock Code: 137384

  55. Genius Loci and Other Tales.
    SMITH, Clark Ashton. Genius Loci and Other Tales.

    Sauk City, WI : 1948

    First edition, first printing, one of 3,047 copies printed, of this Arkham classic. Uncommon with the Wakefield-illustrated jacket in such condition. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136535

  56. [Complete Strangers and Brothers series:]
    SNOW, C. P. [Complete Strangers and Brothers series:]

    London : 1940-70

    All 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

    Stock Code: 136481

  57. Tortilla Flat.
    STEINBECK, John. Tortilla Flat.

    New York : 1935

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136583

  58. East of Eden.
    STEINBECK, John. East of Eden.

    New York : 1952

    First edition, first printing, with the misspelling of "bite" for "bight" on line 38, page 281. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136483

  59. Poems and Ballads.
    SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. Poems and Ballads.

    London : 1866

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136507

  60. De Curtorum Chirurgia per insitionem.
    TAGLIACOZZI, Gaspare. De Curtorum Chirurgia per insitionem.

    Venice : 1597

    First 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

    Stock Code: 135968

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