Our new catalogue is a miscellany of recently acquired and specially selected items from our stock; from economics to erotica, politics, photography, private press and poetry, botanical and gardening guides, crime, art and design, feminism, natural history, music, astronomy and expeditions.
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JOSEPHUS, Flavius. [Works, in Latin: Antiquitates Judaicae; De bello Judaico; Contra Apionem.]
Milan : 1513/14First edition to add the complementary work of pseudo-Hegesippus, handsomely printed in clear Roman type for the noted Renaissance scholar and professor at Milan, Alexander Minutianus, a zealous proponent of Latin literature. It also includes a ninth-century compilation based primarily on pseudo-Hegesippus, and a list of concordances between pseudo-Hegesippus... Learn More£8,000.00
Stock Code: 138817
PERCEVAL, Richard; & John Minsheu. A Dictionarie in Spanish and English,
London : 1599First edition thus, based on two textbooks of Spanish by Richard Perceval (or Percyvall), entitled Bibliotheca Hispanica (1591), the lexicon of which John Minsheu (1559/601627) considerably augmented. Minsheu "refers to hostility towards his work in certain quarters, but ensured the grant of a licence to print by applying successfully to the archbishop... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 138829
HAMMOND, Richard. Carnations Cultivated by Richard Hammond of Coddenham in the County of Suffolk.
[Ipswich : 1733A remarkable manuscript volume proudly detailing 84 varieties of carefully curated carnations accompanied by a number of reflective religious discourses. The unique work, which has been provided with a locally printed title page, contains 18 meticulously if naively hand-drawn and captioned illustrations depicting carnations, a campanula pyramidalis,... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 138840
VOLTAIRE. Micromegas: a Comic Romance.
London : 1753First edition in English of Voltaire's Micromegas, a significant work of proto-science fiction, detailing the visit of giants from Saturn and Sirius to earth, and their derision at mankind's wars, religions, and pretensions. The novella was first published in French the previous year, and is probably the first instance of aliens visiting Earth... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 139036
MARSHALL, Joseph. Travels Through Holland, Flanders, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Lapland, Russia, the Ukraine, and Poland,
London : 1772Excellently provenanced first edition of this substantial work purporting to represent the author's detailed itinerary of a 7,000 mile trip across Europe. Part of an contemporary "genre" of carefully researched and plausibly plagiarised travelogues.
Initially the work was well received, The Critical Review declaring that "We have met with much... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 139634
MOORE, John. A View of Society and Manners in Italy:
London : 1781First edition. Handsome set of this highly-finished and popular Grand Tour memoir based on Moore's travels as tutor to the eighth duke of Hamilton. A pretty contemporary binding in excellent state, and an noble provenance.
Moore was trained in medicine at Glasgow, attended Hunter's lectures on anatomy in London, and studied surgery in Paris under... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 139632
JOHNSON, Samuel, ed. The Works of the English Poets.
London : 1779-1780A superb set of this vast compendium of English poetry, here uniformly bound in an elegant contemporary French morocco binding. The set is complete in 68 volumes, with the 56 poetry volumes, two volumes of index, and the further ten volumes of Johnson's biographies of the poets, published separately and not always accompanying the set. This was the... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 138778
HAYLEY, William. Plays of Three Acts; written for a Private Theatre.
London : 1784First edition. Lovely copy of the collected theatrical works of this now largely forgotten, but once highly popular writer, exceptionally prettily bound and with an attractive provenance. Hayley is best remembered today as a friend and patron of George Romney and William Blake, and biographer of Milton.
Hayley (17451820) "although affluent was... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 139629
REPTON, Humphry. Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening.
London : First edition of Repton's first book and the work in which he laid out "his claim to the position of a national authority" on landscape gardening (Rogger, p. 12). Handsomely printed by the finest London printer of the age, William Bulmer, the delightful aquatints employ clever overslips to show the transformation of the landscape under Repton's guiding... Learn More£19,500.00
Stock Code: 138558
MACDIARMID, John, of Weem. An Enquiry into the Principles of Civil and Military Subordination.
London : 1806Rare first and only edition of this investigation into "natural" and "artificial" subordination, and in particular into the specifically military institutions of the latter and their possible improvement. From the library of the marquess of Londonderry, an attractive copy with an excellent military provenance.
Macdiarmid's (17791808) father... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 139663
GRAHAM, Maria. Memoir of the Life of Nicholas Poussin.
London : 1820First and only contemporary edition. Rarely encountered work by the well-known travel writer, the first monograph in English on the artist "which has been described as 'both a scholarly and a pioneering work'" (Lloyd and Brown, Callcott, The Journal of Maria Lady Callcott, (1981), p. 2).
Although Graham leans on Lanzi's earlier life and her critical... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139686
GRIFFITHS, Anselm John. Observations on some Points of Seamanship;
Cheltenham : 1824First edition. Uncommon, Library Hub lists BL, National Museums Scotland, Cardiff and NLW for this edition, WorldCat adds nine further copies including NMM, NYPL, and the US Navy Department Library. A wide-ranging guide on matters naval intended to "assist the rising officer in forming correct conclusions" (preface), it was first published at the expense... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139310
POETRY. The Vision of Hades,
London : 1825First complete edition, publishing the Vision of Noös for the first time, paired with the Vision of Hades, first published in 1820 and here in its second appearance. This copy has various pencilled emendations in the Vision of Noös, all stylistic rather than correcting errata, and consequently almost certainly in the hand of the anonymous author,... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 138867
EDGEWORTH, Maria - SCOTT, Sir Walter. The Miscellaneous Prose Works.
Edinburgh : 1827A set in the original boards with a fine association, presented to Maria Edgeworth from Sir Walter Scott, and then from Edgeworth to her beloved brother-in-law Richard Butler; the first edition of Scott's Miscellaneous Prose Works, comprising all but the second volume (the Life of Swift) of the six-volume set.
Passing first from Scott... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 139864
BRITISH POETS. Aldine Edition of the British Poets.
London : 1831-1852A very pretty set of Pickering's Aldine Edition of the British poets, celebrated both for the elegance of the typography and the diligence of its editors. The two-decade long publishing project brings together a vast selection of the works of British writers, including Chaucer, Shakespeare, Spencer, Milton, Dryden, Pope, Swift and Gray. Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 139248
[PÜCKLER-MUSKAU, Hermann von.] Tour in England, Ireland, and France, in the years 1828 & 1829;
London : 1832First edition in English of "one of the most remarkable and comprehensive portraits of Britain in this period" (Nicholas Penny, London Review of Books), an engaging, witty and lively travelogue by the German nobleman and influential landscape gardener Hermann von Pückler-Muskau (1785-1871), presented here in a most attractive period binding.
Tour... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 139875
HORSBURGH, James. The India Directory, or, Directions for Sailing to and from the East Indies, China, Australia, and the Interjacent Ports of Africa and South America.
London : 1841-43Scarce fifth edition of this important and justly famous publication, much enlarged in successive editions from the first of 1809-11, which was to become the standard manual for the eastern navigation; this copy with an excellent nautical pedigree, having passed through the hands of a trio of American sea captains.
Provenance: mounted on a preliminary... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 139134
SUE, Eugène. The Wandering Jew.
London : 1844-45First edition in English, and a very attractive set, of Sue's Le Juif errant (1844), an internationally popular gothic novel. Despite its title, the book makes only peripheral use of the legend. In line with Sue's socialist-inspired anticlericalism the novel is intensely anti-Catholic, with the villains the Jesuits, portrayed as having spies and henchmen... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 139788
DICKENS, Charles. The Adventures of Oliver Twist;
London : 1846First one-volume edition of Dickens's second novel. This single volume was substantially revised by Dickens, who had bought back his copyright from the original publisher Bentley; many of his revisions were in the direction of a more dramatic rendering of the text, in light of his experience of public readings.
Oliver Twist was first... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 139279
[WARNER, Susan.] WETHERELL, Elizabeth. The Wide, Wide World.
New York : 1851First edition of Susan Bogert Warner's first novel, written under the pseudonym of Elizabeth Wetherell, in bright condition. Warner (1819-1885) began writing The Wide, Wide World in 1848. It was to become one of the most popular American novels of its time, however initially had difficulty finding a publisher. "Even when George P. Putnam accepted... Learn More£2,650.00
Stock Code: 139641
PHIN, John. Open Air Grape Culture:
New York : 1862First edition of this American guide to the cultivation of wine grapes, with advice on soil and soil preparation, planting, management, and propagation. There is a descriptive list of native grapes, a tabular view of the size, colour, shape, etc., of all varieties of American grapes, and a chapter on the manufacture of wine which includes extracts from... Learn More£525.00
Stock Code: 139737
BAGEHOT, Walter. The English Constitution.
London : 1867First edition in book form of the most influential exposition of the British (not in fact solely English) constitution. Bagehot conceptualized the constitution as split between "dignified" and "efficient" elements, the former the monarchy and parts of the aristocracy with all their associated pomp and circumstance, the latter the actual machinery of... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 138712
ROLFE, Frederick William, Baron Corvo. Tarcissus: The Boy Martyr of Rome,
[Saffron Walden : 1880First edition of the author's first book, a prize rarity in the Corvo corpus, this copy with a richly appropriate provenance: from the libraries of Christopher Millard, A. T. Bartholomew, and Robert Scoble. Only two other copies of this title have appeared at auction in over 35 years, one the Bradley Martin copy in 1990.
The copy is inscribed... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 139376
TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. The Works.
London : 1884 & 1893An attractive early set of Tennyson's works in a Zaehnsdorf exhibition binding. Collected editions of Tennyson's works began to appear in 1870; the canonical complete works was published in the 1907 to 1908 Eversley edition, edited by the author's son Hallam. Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 139099
(JOHNSON, Samuel.) BOSWELL, James; George Birkbeck Hill (ed.) Boswell's Life of Johnson.
Oxford : 1887First Hill edition. By 1887 Hill was an established commentator of both Johnson and Boswell's works, having published Dr Johnson, his Friends and his Critics (1878) and an edition of Boswell's correspondence (1879). The Clarendon Press accepted Hill's proposal for a new edition of Boswell's Life in 1881, and the six volume text - the... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 139100
DOYLE, Arthur Conan. A Study in Scarlet.
London : 1888 First edition in book form of Conan Doyle's first book, marking the first separate publication of any Sherlock Holmes story, preceded only by the story's appearance in Beeton's Christmas Annual 1887. This copy is the second impression of the first edition, with the first and final signatures reset (distinguished by the mis-spelling "youuger" on p. v),... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 137971
GOLDSMITH, Oliver; THOMSON, Hugh (illus.) The Vicar of Wakefield.
London : 1890First Thomson-illustrated edition, this copy in a gorgeous signed Kelliegram binding with their signature onlay illustration complemented here by roseate decorations.
The "Kelliegram" binding was one of the many innovations of English commercial binding firm Kelly & Sons. The Kelly family had one of the longest connections in the history of the... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 139561
KELMSCOTT PRESS: MORRIS, William (trans.) The Tale of King Florus and the Fair Jehane.
Hammersmith : 1893First edition of Morris's translation of this story, one of 325 copies on paper, taken from the work Nouvelles françaises en prose du XIIIième siècle which was originally published in Paris in 1856. King Florus and the Fair Jehane would later appear in the work Old French Romances Done into English by William Morris, published by... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 139267
PEPYS, Samuel. The Diary.
London : 1893-99Number 184 of 250 large-paper sets of the first Wheatley edition, "the fullest edition of the diary before the Latham one 1970-83" (ODNB), here in a particularly handsome binding. The detailed private diary kept by Pepys from 1660 until 1669, first published in the early 19th century, is one of the most important primary sources for the English Restoration... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 139249
(PLUTARCH.) CLOUGH, A. H. (ed.) Plutarch's Lives.
London : 1893An attractive library set of Plutarch's biographical works recounting the lives of notable Greek and Roman figures including Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. Clough had started on his revision of Dryden's translation of Plutarch in America, whence he had sailed in October 1852 with W. M. Thackeray, spending nine months in a vain search for a permanent... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139091
DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor. Poor Folk.
London : 1894First edition in English, first impression, a remarkably attractive copy. This is the first appearance of Dostoevsky in English and the third title in John Lane's Keynote Series, with covers and title pages designed by Aubrey Beardsley. The novel was first published in Russian in 1846. The translator Lena Milman (1862-1914) was an architectural historian... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139654
KELMSCOTT PRESS: MORRIS, William (trans.) The Tale of the Emperor Coustans and of Over Sea.
Hammersmith : 1894First edition of Morris's translation of these French romance tales, one of 525 copies on paper. Morris's translations from these 13th-century French romances were subsequently collected as the first two of the four Old French Romances. Done into English by William Morris (1896).
This copy has four brass strips neatly bent around the... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 139268
CHURCHILL, Winston S. [Complete collection of major works, all first editions:]
1898-1961First British editions, first impressions, of all of Churchill's major works, in handsome matching bindings by Bayntun of Bath, altogether an imposing and comprehensive collection. Collections of Churchill's first editions in uniform bindings are scarce in commerce.
Churchill was a prolific writer in the fields of history, biography and politics,... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 139079
WHITE, Gilbert. The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne
London : 1900Large paper edition, number 86 of 160 copies signed by the editor and artists, lavishly bound and illustrated.
First published in 1789, White's Selborne is one of the great English books of the 18th century, "the first book which raised natural history into the region of literature" (Encyclopaedia Britannica). The work is arranged into three... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 139565
CHIVERS BINDING - BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. The Book of Common Prayer,
Oxford : [c.1900]A lovely example of Chivers's binding style utilising both their elegantly gilt-tooled morocco and hand-painted "vellucent" styles, including choice use of mother of pearl for the crucifix. This handsome copy of the Book of Common Prayer was evidently bound for presentation, with an ink gift inscription from an "Isabel" from her uncle on the binder's... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 139472
BURKE, Edmund. The Writings and Speeches.
Boston : 1901The Beaconsfield edition, number 5 of 1,000 copies, this set in a notably attractive and bright contemporary binding. Burke's writings were first collected together within his lifetime by Walker King and French Laurence, "who had assisted him with the Annual Register, the impeachment, and other concerns. Publication commenced in 1795, and concluded... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 139106
MARLOWE, Christopher. Doctor Faustus.
London : 1903First Vale Press edition, sole printing, one of 310 copies on Arnold handmade paper. This entirely unopened copy is in notably bright and attractive condition.
The Vale Press was founded by noted art nouveau designer Charles Ricketts (1866-1931) in 1894. Influenced by both the aesthetic movement and William Morris's designs, his Vale press books... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 139293
GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield.
London : 1903Deluxe edition, number 56 of 250 copies signed by the publisher, this copy in a striking and unusual arts and crafts binding, perhaps the work of the Guild of Women Binders, though unmarked, exhibiting their adventurous style. Goldsmith's masterpiece was first published in 1766. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 139010
JACK THE RIPPER. - GRIFFITHS, Arthur, Major. Mysteries of Police and Crime.
London : 1898First edition, this set with a superb Jack the Ripper association. Inscribed by the author, a well-regarded prison governor and penologist, to his friend the Assistant Chief Commissioner of the Met during the "Autumn of Terror"; "Robt. Anderson, with the kindest regards of his old friend the author, Arthur Griffiths, Xmas, 1898". The work contains the... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 139890
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
London : Deluxe limited edition, number 263 of 1,130 numbered copies, of which 1,100 were for sale, with the last 30 reserved for presentation. Published when the book came out of copyright in 1907, this deluxe edition was issued unsigned, as Rackham was out of the country at the time. For the first time, Rackham's plates were distributed at the appropriate... Learn More£1,800.00
Stock Code: 138673
SHAKESPEARE, William. Sonnets.
Leipzig : 1910First Rowohlt edition, one of five copies printed on vellum, this copy finely bound by the influential German binder Carl Sonntag jun. (1883-1930). Sonntag jun. was instrumental in the emergence and development of the German book art movement which preceded the First World War. He trained as a binder in the early 1900s in France and the UK, including... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 139564
DOVES PRESS: SHAKESPEARE, William. The Tragedie of Julius Caesar.
Hammersmith : First Doves Press edition, one of 200 unnumbered copies on paper (a further 12 were printed on vellum), here bound by the Doves Bindery (executed the year following publication), in a fine example of their understated elegance, complementing the design and typography of the text. Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 138499
FLORENCE PRESS: KEATS, John. The Poems.
London : 1915First edition thus, number one of 250 copies on unbleached Arnold paper, a notably attractive copy in the less commonly found deluxe vellum binding. The handsomely produced collection is edited by Sidney Colvin (18451927), a noted curator and Keats scholar, who published several editions of Keats's poem and letters, and, in 1917, his major biography,... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139533
[NEUBURG, Victor Benjamin.] Swift Wings. Songs in Sussex.
Steyning : 1921First edition, number 197 of 550 copies on antique laid paper, a notably fresh example of Neuburg's second book of pagan poetry published at his Vine Press. This copy was presented as a gift with a charmingly poetic inscription on the front free endpaper by his son, Victor Edward Neuburg (1924-1996).
This selection of Neuburg's poetry follows... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 139457
KENNEDY, Margaret. The Constant Nymph.
London : 1924First edition, first impression, in the rare jacket, of the author's bestselling and most famous work. The novel, following the 14-year-old daughter of a famous composer who falls for one of her father's friends, was controversial due to its frank treatment of sex.
It was adapted into a successful play and three films, perhaps most memorably... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 139346
WOOLF, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway.
London : 1925First edition, first impression, of Woolf's mould-breaking masterpiece, in the very scarce Vanessa Bell jacket. Only 2,000 copies of the first printing were produced, and the dust jacket is rare in collectable condition.
"Woolf maintained that her generation had to break the mould of the novel in order to speak of the radically changed world... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 138396
SÉVIGNÉ, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de. The Letters of Madame De Sévigné.
Philadelphia : 1927The Carnavalet Edition, number 20 of 1,550 copies only, here including a document signed by Louis XIV. Whitman Bennett bound a number of sets in the same style, either through agreement with the publishers or as an offering to subscribers, but we can trace no other set with a similar document.
Though an unusual offering, it is a fitting pairing... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 139107
CHESTERTON, G. K. The Secret of Father Brown.
London : 1927First edition, first impression in the 7/6 dust jacket, of the fourth instalment in Chesterton's Father Brown series. Quayle notes that Chesterton's psychological approach and his nuanced characters give his work a special importance in the genre, but that "Father Brown, whose most 'conspicuous quality was not being conspicuous', will... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 138902
LINDSAY, Charles McDonald. Betrayed!! or, what might come to pass.
London : 1928First edition, first impression, of this dystopian war novel. It is now rarely found complete with its jacket, the present exceptionally bright copy complete in a handsome example. A notably uncommon edition, with only eight copies traced institutionally worldwide. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139733
MACDONALD, Charles Blair. Scotland's Gift: Golf.
New York and London : 1928First edition, first impression, number 145 of 260 copies only signed by the author; "one of the real masterpieces of golf literature" (Murdoch 475). This edition is one of the most highly valued books on American golf history and is scarce in good condition with the map intact, as here.
Macdonald was an influential champion of golf in the United... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 138525
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); INGOLDSBY, Thomas, pseud. of Richard Harris Barham. The Ingoldsby Legends.
London : 1929A handsomely bound copy of Rackham's illustrated edition of Barham's Ingoldsby Legends. The Rackham-illustrated edition of the Ingoldsby Legends was first published in 1898, but was later revised and largely redrawn from in 1907 so that "greater prominence could be given to the illustrations by better and larger reproductions, including a greater number... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139450
POUND, Ezra. A Draft of XXX Cantos.
Paris : 1930First edition, first impression, number 87 of 200 copies on Canson-Montgolfier soleil velin paper, from a total edition of 212. This publication marks the first appearance of the poems that would make up Pound's Cantos, his magnum opus.
"An epic of great vision and complexity, Pound's Cantos address the profound human issues in history... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 139520
RILKE, Rainer Maria. The Journal of My Other Self.
New York : 1930First edition in English, first printing, of Rilke's only novel, first published in German in 1910, more commonly known by the later English title The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 138993
GRAHAME, Kenneth; SHEPARD, Ernest H. (illus.) The Wind in the Willows.
London : 1931Signed limited edition, number 172 of 200 large paper copies signed by both author and artist. Wind in the Willows was first published in 1908 with only a frontispiece for illustration. Well-known for his illustrations of A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh series, Shepard was asked to illustrate a new edition, following Milne's popular adaptation of the... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 138548
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Marlborough.
London : 1933-1938First editions, first impressions, in a handsome binding. "Marlborough: his Life and Times took its place at once among the classics of historical writing. As the story of his ancestor's leadership of a grand alliance to prevent the domination of the continent by a single power, it was also a source of inspiration to Churchill in his campaign against... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 139225
WOOLF, Virginia. The Years.
London : 1937First edition, first impression, rare with the jacket in such good condition. This is Woolf's penultimate novel, also the most popular during her lifetime. She began writing it in the early 1930s as a novel-essay titled The Pargiters, and subsequently divided it into two parts: the fiction portion became The Years and the essay portion the basis for... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 141987
MANSFIELD, Katherine; LAURENCIN, Marie (illus.) The Garden Party and Other Stories.
London : 1939First illustrated edition, limited edition, number 708 of 1,200 copies designed by Hans Mardersteig of the Officina Bodoni, this a notably bright example.
The Garden Party and other Stories was first published in February 1922 and "brought Mansfield great and deserved acclaim" (ODNB). This edition is beautifully illustrated... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 139127
TRAVERS, P. L. Mary Poppins Opens the Door.
New York : 1943First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author for Christmas in the year of publication to her friends James and Tania Stern, "Tania and Jimmy, with love - P. L. Travers, Christmas '43". This American edition precedes the British edition put out by Peter Davies in the following year.
James Stern (1904-1993) was a British... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 139407