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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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 in fiction,... 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
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
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
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
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 published... 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 the... Learn More£2,650.00
Stock Code: 139641
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 product of almost... 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
(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
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, finely bound by the influential German binder Carl Sonntag jun. (18831930), who was instrumental in the emergence and development of the German book art movement that preceded the First World War.
He trained as a binder in the early 1900s in France and the UK, including at the workshop... 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
WEBER, Max. Essays on Art.
New York : June 1916First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the title page, "To Mr. W. Bowdain with complements sic from Max Weber, Jan. 16. '17" - that is, William G. Bowdoin (1861-1947), art critic of the New York Evening World. This collection of essays and verse was only Weber's second book, following his Cubist Poems of 1914.
The publisher's... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 139746
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
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 be remembered... 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 and in... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 139520
GILL, Eric. The Four Gospels of Lord Jesus Christ according to the Authorized Version of King James I.
Waltham St Lawrence : 1931Limited edition, number 412 of 500 copies on paper (12 copies were also issued on vellum), of one of the great private press books of the century, and perhaps Gill's greatest achievement.
"Conceived in the fruitful mind of Robert Gibbings, this is the Golden Cockerel book usually compared with the Doves Bible and the Kelmscott Chaucer. A flower... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 138545
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
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 with "queer femme... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 139127
AMIS, Kingsley. Bright November.
London : First edition, first-issue binding, presentation copy inscribed in the month of publication "Best wishes from Kingsley Amis, November 1947" on the front free endpaper. Bright November was Amis's first published book.
The publisher Reginald Ashley Caton (1897-1971) was an elusive one-man publisher who founded The Fortune Press, based at 12 Buckingham... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 139744
MOORE, Henry (illus.); GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von, & André Gide (trans.) Prométhée.
Paris : 1950-51First edition of Henry Moore's first illustrated book, number 60 of 183 copies only. "During a visit to Paris in 1949 Moore met French typographer and publisher Henri Jonquières, who suggested an illustrated book based on Goethe's Prometheus, an adaptation of Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus. Moore made a total of eight lithographs for Prométhée, along... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 139173
FLINT, William Russell. Drawings.
London : 1950First edition, first printing. No 16 of 125 copies signed by Russell Flint. The pencil drawing "Consuelo with Castanettes" (sic) initialled below the image lower right and titled lower right by Russell Flint. Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 139720
BORGES, Jorge, & Adolfo Bioy-Casares; as BUSTON [sic] DOMECQ, H. (pseud.) The Twelve Figures of the World.
[Austin : Autumn 1960First edition in English, rare offprint issue, of one of Borges's earliest appearances in English, signed by Borges in his blind hand on the front wrapper, and signed by the translator Donald Yates on the first page. This offprint marks a rare and significant stepping stone in the Borges canon, with no copies traced institutionally or in auction records.
Yates... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 139334
KNIGHT, Laura. A Proper Circus Omie.
London : 1962First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the artist opposite the half-title, "Laura Knight, To Ms Leslie Hall, with every good wish." Laura Knight lived and travelled with Carmo's Road Show for four or five seasons, documenting with her pencil their life on the road. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 139673
HEINLEIN, Robert. Podkayne of Mars.
New York : 1963First edition in book form, first printing, following serialization in Worlds of If (November 1962 to March 1963). Detailing a Martian teenager visit to Earth, this was Heinlein's final novel with a juvenile audience. Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 138973
JOHNSON, Ray; Jasper Johns; Andy Warhol - LEVINE, Les. Culture Hero. A Fanzine of Stars of the Super World. Jill Johnston Exposed: Special Issue.
New York : 1970First edition, first printing, signed by Ray Johnson, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol on the front cover, signed by Levine on the first and last pages, the page devoted to Andy Warhol signed by Warhol, and the page devoted to Ray Johnson signed by Johnson. The artists who have signed this publication were in attendance at the launch party. Jill Johnson... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 139809
BLAKE, William - KEYNES, Geoffrey. The Complete Portraiture of William & Catherine Blake.
London : 1977First edition, first printing. No. II of 36 copies signed by Keynes. Limited to an edition of 562 copies of which numbers I-XXXVI are bound in full morocco and 1-500 in quarter morocco. 26 copies reserved for the publisher. Keynes (1887-1982) was an academic, biographer, and the younger brother of John Maynard Keynes. He was a world authority on Blake,... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 139723
THATCHER, Margaret. Let Our Children Grow Tall.
London : 1977First edition, first impression, presentation copy from the author to the book's designer Reginald Cline, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Reginald Cline, with every good wish. Margaret Thatcher". Cline is credited as the book's designer on the copyright page. Let Our Children Grow Tall was Thatcher's first book, gathering her more notable speeches... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139705
HUGHES, Ted. Gaudete.
London : 1977First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Stephanie and Jimmy, and Michael in good time, with love, from Ted, July 1977". The recipients, Stephanie Bennett and James Mervis, hosted Ted Hughes during the New York blackout in July of that year, which resulted in city-wide looting. Stephanie... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 119994
WARHOL, Andy. Andy Warhol's Exposures. Together with the original prospectus.
New York : 1979First edition, first printing. Signed by Warhol on the front panel of the dust jacket in marker pen and inscribed on the half title 'to Carolyn, Andy Warhol' with a large '' sign. Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 139438
MAPPLETHORPE, Robert (photo.); RIMBAUD, Arthur. A Season in Hell.
[New York] : 1986First edition of this translation by Paul Schmidt, limited to 1,000 numbered copies signed by both Schmidt and Mapplethorpe; with the original 4-page long "Limited Editions Club Letter" loosely inserted.
First published in 1873, this prose poem was finished in a frenzy after the break-up of Rimbaud's relationship with Verlaine who shot him with... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139013
THE ROLLING STONES - COOPER, Michael. The Early Stones. Legendary Photographs of a Band in the Making 1963 - 1973.
New York : 1992First edition, first printing. Inscribed on the half title by Richards "To Ronni & Jeff, Keep Rocking (& Rolling). Keith Richards '95." Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 139434
McCARTHY, Cormac. The Border Trilogy.
New York : 1999First omnibus edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the half-title "For Van Weir, All the best Cormac McCarthy Santa Fe 2001". The three novels in the trilogy were originally published in 1992, 1994, and 1998 respectively. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 138918
FOGEL, Robert William. The Fourth Great Awakening & The Future of Egalitarianism.
Chicago and London : 2000First edition, first printing, inscribed on the half-title by the author "To Carma, best wishes Robert Fogel 2/23/01". Fogel's "Fourth Great Awakening" refers to the American religious revival of the 1960s and 1970, as mainstream Protestantism weakened and evangelicalism grew. Fogel's interpretation, which proved controversial, places this development... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 138555
WATSON, James D. Genes, Girls, and Gamow: After the Double Helix.
New York : 2002First US edition, first printing, signed by the author - "Jim Watson" - on the title page. This is Watson's report on the aftermath of his and Crick's revolutionary discovery of the structure of DNA, following on from his classic memoir, The Double Helix. The UK edition preceded it the previous year. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 138562
STRUTH, Thomas. Thomas Struth 1977 2002.
[Munich] : 2004Limited collector's edition, number 121 of 300 copies with an original photograph signed by Struth. The collection brings together the photographer's Yosemite and museum photos, including two CDs of recordings by Evan Parker and Frank Bungarten. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139177
GIBSON, Ralph. Nude.
Cologne : 2009First edition, number 73 of 200 copies issued with a gelatin silver print signed by the artist, from a total edition of 1,200 copies. The prints were each editioned to 100, and the print with this book is titled Chicago Nude. Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 139499