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CATALOGUE 107 : A WINTER LIST
DECEMBER 2015

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BALLANTYNE, R.M. (Robert Michael), 1825-1894 – editor : HANDBOOK TO THE NEW GOLD FIELDS: A FULL ACCOUNT OF THE RICHNESS AND EXTENT OF THE FRASER AND THOMPSON RIVER GOLD MINES ...

BALLANTYNE, R.M. (Robert Michael), 1825-1894 – editor : HANDBOOK TO THE NEW GOLD FIELDS: A FULL ACCOUNT OF THE RICHNESS AND EXTENT OF THE FRASER AND THOMPSON RIVER GOLD MINES ...

Edinburgh : Alex. Strahan, 1858. First edition. A very scarce little handbook fanning the flames of the latest gold-rush. Chapters on the richness and extent of the gold discoveries in British Columbia; the climate; routes; coasts and harbours; native tribes, etc., with appendices on the Hudson’s Bay Company, wages, treaties, diggers’ licences, prices of provisions, distances, etc.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). iv,116pp. Folding map of British Columbia, with the gold fields highlighted. Original pictorial boards; neatly repaired, refurbished, rejointed and rebacked in a plain cloth; boards a little marked and scuffed; some internal spotting; a few slight marks and faint creases, but a good copy. Just five copies located in major libraries worldwide – none in North America.

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BALLANTYNE, R.M. (Robert Michael), 1825-1894 : THE LIFEBOAT : A TALE OF OUR COAST HEROES.

BALLANTYNE, R.M. (Robert Michael), 1825-1894 : THE LIFEBOAT : A TALE OF OUR COAST HEROES.

London : James Nisbet & Co., 1864. First edition. “A very stirring and interesting tale of the sea and its perils ... the services rendered by lifeboats in the saving of shipwrecked crews are cleverly woven into the narrative” (London Daily News, 23 November 1864).
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). (viii),392 + 16pp advertisements. Frontispiece, extra pictorial title and four plates. Original pictorial cloth gilt; some minor rubbing and marking; a few spots and small flaws, but a very good copy of an uncommon early Ballantyne.

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BAUM, Vicki (Hedwig), 1888-1960 : GRAND HOTEL.

BAUM, Vicki (Hedwig), 1888-1960 : GRAND HOTEL.

London : Geoffrey Bles, (1930). First edition in English of “Menschen in Hotel” (1929), here translated by Basil Creighton (1885-1989). The Austrian author’s great international success, the basis of the 1932 Oscar-winning Edmund Goulding film with Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [iv],(316)pp. Original blue-grey cloth, ruled and lettered in black; faint spine crease; a sprinkle of edge-spots, but a very good copy in the stylish and sophisticated wrap-around photographic jacket – a little worn and creased at extremities, with a few short nicks and tears.

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BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : ANNA OF THE FIVE TOWNS : A NOVEL.

BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : ANNA OF THE FIVE TOWNS : A NOVEL.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1902. First edition. Anna Tellwright struggles for freedom and independence – but does she wish to marry the most eligible bachelor in the Five Towns?
Crown 8vo (179 x 116mm). [viii],360pp. Bound, without the inserted advertisements sometimes found, in a neat contemporary half-roan, with marbled sides, got up as a somewhat downbeat prize binding for the Henbury Church Lands charity, with a contemporary (1904) inscription awarding the book as a Standard Five prize for Gertrude Salter for her “good work and good conduct” – Gertrude Salter of Bristol, the daughter of a local plumber; very slightly rubbed; a few slight marks and spots, but a good and serviceable copy of a difficult major early novel. Later pencilled ownership inscription of Dr. F. G. A. Shenton.

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BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : GHASTLY GOOD TASTE : OR, A DEPRESSING STORY OF THE RISE AND FALL OF ENGLISH ARCHITECTURE.

BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : GHASTLY GOOD TASTE : OR, A DEPRESSING STORY OF THE RISE AND FALL OF ENGLISH ARCHITECTURE.

London: Chapman & Hall, 1933. First edition : the second issue, with p.119/120 a cancel substituting the new line “Sing guild and craftsmen’s praise” in place of “Come Mowbray swell the praise”. Betjeman’s second book, illustrated with the splendid forty-inch long folding panorama of “The Street of Taste or the March of English Art Down the Ages” by Peter Fleetwood-Hesketh (1905-1985).
Crown 8vo (20cm). (xii),(190)pp. Folding panorama. Errata slip. Spare label. Original cloth-backed printed boards; lightly rubbed; tiny chip to spine label; mild marginal discolouration to boards and outer leaves, but a good copy of a fragile production.

£125

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BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : HIGH AND LOW.

BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : HIGH AND LOW.

London : John Murray, (1966). First edition : one of 100 special copies on handmade paper, bound in white buckram, and signed by Betjeman. This copy not numbered, out of series. A collection of thirty-four new poems, with a verse preface, including “Cornish Cliffs”, “Monody on the Death of a Platonist Bank Clerk”, “The Cockney Amorist”, “Cricket Master”, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). x,(82),[iv]pp. Original white buckram, lettered in gilt; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers; a very good, bright and clean copy in the original glassine dust-jacket – also very good, with just a single tiny nick and a minuscule chip.

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BROOKE, Rupert (Rupert Chawner), 1887-1915 : THE COLLECTED POEMS OF RUPERT BROOKE: WITH A MEMOIR.

BROOKE, Rupert (Rupert Chawner), 1887-1915 : THE COLLECTED POEMS OF RUPERT BROOKE: WITH A MEMOIR.

London : Sidgwick & Jackson, 1918. First edition. All the poems from his two earlier collections, together with an appendix of additional work. The lengthy and important memoir by Edward Marsh includes a further fourteen previously unpublished poems.
Post 8vo (21cm). (clx),160pp. Two engraved portraits from photographs by Sherril Schell. Spare title-label at rear. Original black buckram, paper label; lightly sunned; title-label a little marked; a few slight marks; front endpaper repaired at hinge, but a good and sound copy. Occasional pencil lines of a former owner in the memoir.

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[CHESNEY, Sir George Tomkyns, 1830-1895] :  THE BATTLE OF DORKING : REMINISCENCES OF A VOLUNTEER.

[CHESNEY, Sir George Tomkyns, 1830-1895] : THE BATTLE OF DORKING : REMINISCENCES OF A VOLUNTEER.

Edinburgh & London : William Blackwood & Sons, 1871. First edition in book form. The founding fiction in the whole of the ‘imaginary wars’ genre – a German invasion and conquest vividly envisioned in the wake of the lightning advances of the Prussian army in the Franco-Prussian War. Letters to the newspapers having failed, Chesney, a distinguished army engineer, successfully took to fiction to publicise the ramshackle state of the British armed forces. Originally published in “Blackwood’s Magazine”, profoundly influential, and subsequently much reprinted.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). 64 + 8pp advertisements. Bound in neat recent boards, paper label – retaining the original pictorial mauve wrappers; wrappers a little worn and faded; a few spots, but a nicely preserved example. Dated (1880) ownership inscription of Gaston Démarest – this Louis Gaston George Démarest (1869-1955), born in Guildford, eleven miles from Dorking, brought up by his widowed French mother, and subsequently to work in the Scottish and northern shipyards in the years building up to the Great War.

£200

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CHESTERFIELD, Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, 1694-1773 : LETTERS WRITTEN BY THE LATE RIGHT HONOURABLE PHILP DORMER STANHOPE, EARL OF CHESTERFIELD, TO HIS SON ...

CHESTERFIELD, Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, 1694-1773 : LETTERS WRITTEN BY THE LATE RIGHT HONOURABLE PHILP DORMER STANHOPE, EARL OF CHESTERFIELD, TO HIS SON ...

London : for J. Dodsley, 1775. Sixth edition. First published the previous year and an instant success, albeit loved and loathed in equal measure. At its best, “one of the world’s permanent books ... an exquisite flower of civilisation” (Samuel Shellabarger), sage, urbane and secular, the source of dozens of aphorisms – “Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so”; “Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well”, etc. At its worst, “the morals of a whore and the manners of a dancing master” (Samuel Johnson).
Four volumes. Demy 8vo (216 x 130m). xvi,352; [iv],(356); [iv],376; [iv],364pp. Engraved portrait frontispiece by Joseph Collyer (1748-1827). Bound in a delightful contemporary full mottled calf, banded and gilt; contrasting red and green labels; pale green edges; lightly rubbed; final volume with slight cracking and repair to spine, with a tiny chip; internally a few spots, creases, short tears and minor flaws, but overall a handsome set. Armorial book-label in each volume of T. Thornhill – almost certainly Thomas Thornhill of Fixby Hall in Yorkshire.

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COLLINS, H.G. (Henry George), fl.1832-1858 : THE PEDESTRIAN’S COMPANION. FIFTEEN MILES ROUND LONDON.

COLLINS, H.G. (Henry George), fl.1832-1858 : THE PEDESTRIAN’S COMPANION. FIFTEEN MILES ROUND LONDON.

London : Henry George Collins, [ca.1850]. An interesting version of this map of the London area, presented on a slightly larger scale than two miles to the inch, and extending northwards to Shenley, east to Upminster, south to Epsom and westwards to Hillingdon and Uxbridge. The map would appear to be a slightly enlarged lithographic transfer of the map of the same title drawn by W. Ebden, engraved by Sidney Hall and published by Mary Jane Godwin in 1822 (Howgego 289), rather than the other map of this title referenced as Howgego 360a and Hyde D&H 366. Collins is known to have taken out patents for various new ways of printing plates, including electro-block printing, and the present map presumably represents one of his earliest experiments in this field.
Litho transfer on paper. Full original hand colour. Printed surface 455 x 555mm (approx. 18” x 21-3/4”). Dissected, mounted on linen, and folding into the publisher’s cloth case, with orange paper label; old pin-holes to corners, where the map has been pinned up; cloth case neatly restored and refurbished; a very good example of an uncommon map.

£250

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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD.

DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD.

London : Bradbury & Evans, 1850. First edition, in book form, bound from the original monthly parts published between May 1849 and November 1850. “Of all my books I like this the best. It will be easily believed that I am a fond parent to every child of my fancy ... but, like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child, and his name is David Copperfield”.
Demy 8vo (210 x 130mm). (xvi),624pp. Frontispiece, extra engraved title and thirty-eight etched plates by H. K. Browne (“Phiz”). Bound up, without half-title, in a smart contemporary half burgundy calf, now skilfully restored, rebacked and refurbished, retaining the original materials; banded and gilt; marbled sides, endpapers and edges; internally a few slight nicks, tears and creases; some spotting to plates, with a few with slightly heavier discolouration, but overall still a very good and attractive copy.

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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : CHRISTMAS BOOKS.

DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : CHRISTMAS BOOKS.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1852. First collected edition of all five of the original Dickens Christmas books – “A Christmas Carol” (1843), “The Chimes” (1844), “The Cricket on the Hearth” (1845), “The Battle of Life” (1846) and “The Haunted Man” (1848). Dickens provided a special preface to this edition: “My purpose was, in a whimsical kind of masque which the good humour of the season justified, to awaken some loving and forbearing thoughts, never out of season in a Christian land”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). Frontispiece by John Leech. [iv],266pp. Original decorative olive cloth blocked in gilt and blind; just a hint of wear at tips; spine a shade tanned; some spotting to prelims; a few slight creases, but overall a very good copy.

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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : A TALE OF TWO CITIES.

DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : A TALE OF TWO CITIES.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1859. First edition. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief ...”. The variant state with p.213 correctly numbered – there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest priority of issue.
Demy 8vo (215 x 135mm). (x),254pp. Frontispiece, extra engraved title and fourteen plates by Hablot Knight Browne (1815-1882) – better known as “Phiz”. Bound in a stylish recent half chestnut calf, ruled in gilt and worked in blind in period style, with red label – and retaining the nineteenth-century cloth sides; a few minor signs of age and use – a few nicks, creases and small flaws; some spotting, mainly to plates, but otherwise a very good copy of an increasingly difficult title. Smith 13 – but without the inserted catalogue found in some copies.

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FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : A FLUTTERED DOVECOTE.

FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : A FLUTTERED DOVECOTE.

London : Ward & Downey, [1890]. First edition. The tale of Laura Bozerne, ‘virgin and martyr’, of Chester Square, Belgravia – “an amusing little farce of which the scene is laid at a girls’ school of, we trust, exceptional character. The fun is rather extravagant at times; but it achieves its aim of raising a laugh, in which laudable purpose it is efficiently assisted by sixty illustrations from the pencil of Gordon Browne” (The Graphic, 7 February 1891).
Crown 8vo (19cm). viii,284pp. Sixty illustrations by Gordon Browne (1858-1932). Original brown pictorial cloth; top edge gilt; a few minor signs of age and use; a touch shaken, but overall a very good copy.

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FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : AYNSLEY’S CASE.

FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : AYNSLEY’S CASE.

London : John Long, (1906). First edition. Vincent Forrest has designs on the beautiful heiress Gwynne Walden – her brother murdered – Gwynne blinded – can Dr Aynsley save her? “The story is full of incident, and the plot so skilfully unfolded, that it is difficult to put the book down” (The Graphic, 10 February 1906).
Crown 8vo (20cm). 320pp. Original red cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; some minor wear at extremities; corners a little bruised, one more heavily; a few marks and spots, but otherwise a very good copy.

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FIELDING, Henry, 1707-1754 :  THE ADVENTURES OF JOSEPH ANDREWS, AND HIS FRIEND MR ABRAHAM ADAMS.

FIELDING, Henry, 1707-1754 : THE ADVENTURES OF JOSEPH ANDREWS, AND HIS FRIEND MR ABRAHAM ADAMS.

London : for J. Murray / Edinburgh : for J. Sibbald, 1792. First Rowlandson edition. A very attractive edition of Fielding’s first full-length novel – and indeed one of the first genuine novels in English (1742) – the picaresque tale of the good-natured footman on the road home from London – Parson Adams, Lady Booby, Mrs Slipslop, etc. – here illustrated with eight delightful etchings by Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827), which are among Rowlandson’s earliest essays in book illustration.
Crown 8vo (190 x 118mm). xx,(332)pp. Bound in a neat nineteenth-century half calf, ruled in gilt, red label, marbled sides, sprinkled edges; some mild rubbing; some occasional internal light spotting and browning, but overall a very good copy. Pictorial bookplate of John Gough Noake of Attenoke (1879-1964). ESTC N4257.

£400

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FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : SPAWN OF THE VAMPIRE.

FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : SPAWN OF THE VAMPIRE.

London : Bear, Hudson, [1946]. First edition. “High in the Transylvanian Alps, close by a small village called Safnia, stands the mighty grey-walled castle of the Grafshens ...” – the ever-versatile Firth presents Jerry Liddon, “English, bronzed, clear-eyed and fair-haired” and his new half-Rumanian bride, “tip-tilted nose and dark, glossy hair”, married in Bucharest and Safnia-bound. What could possibly go wrong? This archetypal Bear, Hudson publication also includes Frank Griffin’s “All Set for Murder”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 80pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – an evocative design by H. W. Perl; a little worn, creased and chipped; lower wrapper a little spotted; text lightly tanned, but a good copy of a scarce title. Only a single copy (British Library) located in the major UK libraries.

£150

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FLAMMARION, Camille (Nicolas Camille), 1842-1925 : URANIA : A ROMANCE.

FLAMMARION, Camille (Nicolas Camille), 1842-1925 : URANIA : A ROMANCE.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1891. First British edition : in the primary binding, with the image of a balloon being swept up to the stars. An excursion to the outer limits of the universe, time travel, alien beings, telepathy, immortality, spiritualism, and life on Mars. “It is a ‘fairy tale of science’ which may be enjoyed as an extravaganza, even though it contains a great deal of serious information, a certain amount of profound thought, and a bigger quantity of ingenious speculation” (Morning Post, 19 January 1892). A highly influential translation by Augusta Rice Stetson of “Uranie” (Paris, 1889) – the translation and illustrations first appearing in New York in 1890.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [2],vi,(248) + 32pp inserted advertisements dated October 1891. Numerous atmospheric illustrations by De Bieler, Myrbach and Gambard. Original pictorial cloth, lettered in gilt and blocked in black and brown; slightly bruised; covers a little tanned and lightly soiled; a touch of wear at tips; some occasional spotting, but a good and sound copy of a difficult title.

£100

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GEOGRAPHIA : GEOGRAPHIA GREATER LONDON ATLAS : COMPLETE INDEX TO STREETS WITH POSTAL DISTRICTS.

GEOGRAPHIA : GEOGRAPHIA GREATER LONDON ATLAS : COMPLETE INDEX TO STREETS WITH POSTAL DISTRICTS.

London : Geographia, [1971]. Eleventh edition, revised and extended. Originally published in 1930, but here revised and extended in scope, reaching out to Rickmansworth and Egham to the west; Radlett and Potters Bar to the north; Rainham and Dartford to the east, and Epsom and Purley to the south. Contents include a double-page key map, 210 fully indexed sectional maps in colour on a generous scale of three inches to the mile; six coloured sectional maps of the City and West End at over six inches to the mile; coloured double-page maps of the postal districts and the major roads; a map of the underground railway; and four endpaper maps of the theatres, cinemas, clubs and museums.
Demy 8vo (209 x 129mm). 224,182pp. Bound in an elegant contemporary full green crushed morocco (for Hatchard’s); banded and gilt; ornamental centrepiece on upper board; all edges gilt; silk headbands; spine evenly tanned; minor wear to corners, but a very good copy in a handsome binding.

£125

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GOLSWORTHY, Arnold (Arnold Holcombe), 1865-1939 :  DEATH AND THE WOMAN : A DRAMATIC NOVEL.

GOLSWORTHY, Arnold (Arnold Holcombe), 1865-1939 : DEATH AND THE WOMAN : A DRAMATIC NOVEL.

London : The Favourite Publishing Co. / Lawrence Greening & Co. / Reveirs Bros., 1898. First edition : the second issue, with a cancel title-page dated 1898. A presentation copy, inscribed “à Monsieur le Dr. M. Duz hommage de l’auteur” and signed by Golsworthy. A psychological thriller which opens in an ill-favoured East End public house, the action alternating between the London docks and the fashionable West End – strange and haunted private detective, beautiful but very odd Ella Osborne, diamond thieves, etc. “A very shocking shocker” (Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 25 May 1898). “We do not remember having read a book that possessed the quality of ‘grip’ in a greater degree” (Literary World). Although no earlier issue has been traced in any major library worldwide, and the book was specifically announced in the press as a new title in 1898, a hostile review in the Glasgow Herald (24 October, 1895), together with the cancel title-page, suggest the existence of a somewhat earlier issue, perhaps now lost.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 248,[ii]pp. Original pale yellow boards, with an unsigned cover design by Sydney Herbert Sime (1865-1941) – Ella disposes of a body; lightly rubbed and a little marked; lightly bruised, with a tiny chip to the lower board; internally a few trifling spots and faint creases, but overall a very good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Just three copies located on WorldCat.

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GOLSWORTHY, Arnold (Arnold Holcombe), 1865-1939 :  A CRY IN THE NIGHT : A TALE.

GOLSWORTHY, Arnold (Arnold Holcombe), 1865-1939 : A CRY IN THE NIGHT : A TALE.

London : Greening & Co., 1899. First edition. A murder mystery set in the Surrey Hills – “A good example of the old ‘shilling shocker’ expanded to the size of an ordinary novel. We begin with the customary murder, for which, on this occasion, there at first seems even less motive than usual; then we have the false clues and the amateur detective; and at last the discovery of the criminal in an unexpected personage ... superior to many of its class” (Yorkshire Post, 11 July 1900). “The writing is exceptionally good for this class of literature” (Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper, 14 July, 1900).
Crown 8vo (21cm). viii,388 + 24pp inserted advertisements dated October 1899. Original pictorial cloth in a flamboyant design of orange, black and white; lightly rubbed and slightly bruised; lower cover a little marked; lacks front free endpaper; front hinge cracking; a little shaken; text a little tanned and slightly brittle; a few leaves carelessly opened, but a reasonable copy of a scarce and fragile production.

£200

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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : POEMS OF THE PAST AND THE PRESENT.

HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : POEMS OF THE PAST AND THE PRESENT.

London & New York : Harper & Brothers, (1902). First edition : [one of 500 copies]. A collection of 99 poems – his most extensive collection to date – many of them war poems, dating from the time of the Boer War, but others from other places and other times. Includes ‘The Souls of the Slain’, ‘The Mother Mourns’, ‘By the Earth’s Corpse’, ‘Between Us Now’, ‘The Darkling Thrush’, ‘I Have Lived with Shades’, and others.
Post 8vo (21cm). (xii),260,[ii],[2]pp. Original decorative cloth gilt; top edge gilt; just a hint of wear; a few trifling spots, but a very good copy. Small bookseller’s label of the Kitazawa Bookstore, Tokyo.

£250

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HARE, Augustus J. C. (Augustus John Cuthbert), 1834-1903 : WALKS IN LONDON.

HARE, Augustus J. C. (Augustus John Cuthbert), 1834-1903 : WALKS IN LONDON.

London : Daldy, Isbister & Co., 1878. First edition. Entertaining and fact-filled walks around London in the company of the always engaging Augustus Hare: the Strand; the Inns of Court; Fleet Street; St. Paul’s; Smithfield, Clerkenwell, Canonbury; Cheapside; Aldersgate and Cripplegate; Bishopsgate; the City; the Tower; Thames Street; London Bridge and Southwark; Trafalgar Square; the West End; Regent Street; Regent’s Park; Oxford Street; Whitehall; Westminster Abbey; Westminster; Chelsea; Lambeth; Kensington, etc.
Two volumes. Crown 8vo (183 x 122mm). xxxvi,480; [vi],(512)pp. Numerous wood-engraved illustrations. Bound in an elegant near contemporary half green calf, banded and gilt; contrasting red and tan labels; top edges gilt; spines evenly tanned to a pleasant olive shade; some minor wear and rubbing; a few spots and faint marks, mainly to edges; a few leaves roughly opened, but overall a very good and partly unopened set.

£125

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : CONFLICT.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : CONFLICT.

London : New Fiction Press, [1952]. First edition. “She’d been sitting at the bar for half-an-hour and during that time she’d ordered and drunk three Martinis. That’s a lot of Martinis for a tight little package to consume in half-an-hour. Especially a dame who’s young as well as cute ...”. The second book in Janson’s fourth series – the subject of twenty-four destruction orders by various local authorities – and one of a number of books that several booksellers on the Isle of Man were prosecuted for selling in July 1953 (Holland pp.133-134).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Reginald Heade – pained redhead in plunging green with blood on her hands; some minor rubbing; a few slight marks, but a very good copy of a scarce title. Just a single copy (British Library) located in the world’s major libraries. Williams & Holland 38.

£100

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SILKEN MENACE.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SILKEN MENACE.

London : Top Fiction, [1953]. First edition : the variant with the advertisements for the sheet-music of the Anne Shelton recording (Summer 1953) of the “Hank Janson Blues” on the inner wrappers. The first novel of the never-completed final “Continental” series – a change of scene brings Janson to Amsterdam and an entanglement both with the lovely Helga and a gang of Iron Curtain smugglers. The lower wrapper reproduces the cover of the planned but never published “Perfumed Nemesis”. Later republished under the Alexander Moring imprint as “Silken Snare” in 1959.
Foolscap 8vo (19cm). 143,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Reginald Heade design of rapturous blonde in clinging blue; some minor wear; a few faint marks; staples a little rusted; lower wrapper lightly spotted; a little bruised, but a very good and bright copy. No copy located in any major library worldwide. Williams & Holland 49.

£150

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JOHNSON, Samuel, 1709-1784 : JOHNSON’S POCKET DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. GREATLY IMPROVED ...

JOHNSON, Samuel, 1709-1784 : JOHNSON’S POCKET DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. GREATLY IMPROVED ...

London : C. & C. Whittingham for Thomas Tegg [and four others], 1826. First edition of Tegg’s genuinely pocket-sized rendition of Johnson – the definitions abridged in most cases to a single line, but with the addition of several thousand words and with a more accurate indication of pronunciation, etc. Also added are brief lists of heathen deities, men of learning, etc.
Crown 16mo (13cm). [iv],220pp. Engraved portrait frontispiece. Original wallet-style blue-black sheep with insertable tab; all edges gilt; marbled endleaves; a little rubbed and worn, with some slight splits; a few leaves a touch loose, but still a pleasant example of a fragile production. Gift inscription dated 1832 to Miss Catherine Love from William Drummond. Loosely inserted in the wallet pocket is the card of Mrs. Denny of Helenslee, Dumbarton – this Helen Denny (1827-1905), wife of the shipbuilder Peter Denny.

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LEE, Harper (Nelle Harper), 1926-2016 : TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.

LEE, Harper (Nelle Harper), 1926-2016 : TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.

London : William Heinemann, (1960). First British edition. The celebrated Pulitzer Prize winner, voted ‘best novel of the century’ in a 1999 poll.
Post 8vo (21cm). 296pp. Original maroon boards, lettered in silver; a few faint marks and minimal signs of age and use, but a very good copy in the original Fratini dust-jacket, just faintly spotted on lower panel with a couple of tiny nicks, but also very good.

£750

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LEIGHTON, Marie C. (Marie Connor), 1865-1941 & LEIGHTON, Robert, 1859-1934 : CONVICT 99 : A TRUE STORY OF PENAL SERVITUDE.

LEIGHTON, Marie C. (Marie Connor), 1865-1941 & LEIGHTON, Robert, 1859-1934 : CONVICT 99 : A TRUE STORY OF PENAL SERVITUDE.

London : Grant Richards, 1898. First edition. Laurence Gray, young man of humble background from Blackburn made good, is wrongfully arrested for murder on the day of his engagement to the beautiful Geraldine Lucas. On the one hand a powerful indictment of the penal system, on the other “a chaotic conglomeration of sensational incidents, flung together in an inartistic fashion” (Dundee Advertiser, 12 May 1898).
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),316,[iv]pp. Frontispiece and seven dramatic plates by the always entertaining Stanley Llewellyn Wood (1866-1928). Original pictorial mustard cloth, reproducing one of the Wood plates; spine a touch darkened; endpapers slightly cracking; a few minor marks and spots, but still an attractive copy.

£100

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MAUGHAM,  W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : THE MOON AND SIXPENCE : A NOVEL.

MAUGHAM, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : THE MOON AND SIXPENCE : A NOVEL.

London : William Heinemann, 1919. First edition : with the integral advertisements announcing Heinemann’s new novels for 1919. Renegade stockbroker turned artist in London, Paris and Tahiti – Maugham’s celebrated Gauguinesque tale.
Post 8vo (20cm). [iv],(264),[iv]pp. Bound in a handsome later (second half of the twentieth century) Hatchard’s binding of half tan morocco, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; olive labels; marbled endpapers; text somewhat tanned, as always, but otherwise a very good copy, attractively bound. With the striking bookplate of the late Jack Hodges (1924-2014), writer and book collector.

£250

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MAUGHAM,  W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES OF W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM.

MAUGHAM, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES OF W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM.

London : William Heinemann, (1951). First edition. Over ninety stories, here presented in what is called a “definitive” edition. Each volume with a fresh preface by Maugham, thought of by many, including Cyril Connolly, as the finest short-story writer of the twentieth century.
Three volumes. Post 8vo (192 x 131mm). viii,528; viii,(529)-1048; viii,(1049)-1576pp. Bound in a handsome half crimson crushed morocco, banded and gilt; top edges gilt; marbled endleaves; a few faint marks; edges and prelims spotted, but otherwise a very good set.

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MILLER, Joaquin (Cincinnatus Heine), 1837-1913 :  LIFE AMONGST THE MODOCS : UNWRITTEN HISTORY.

MILLER, Joaquin (Cincinnatus Heine), 1837-1913 : LIFE AMONGST THE MODOCS : UNWRITTEN HISTORY.

London : Richard Bentley & Son, 1873. First edition. The Poet of the Sierras, one time mining-camp cook, Pony Express rider, and colourful frontier oddity, with a powerful and moving account of life amongst the Indian tribes of the far west. Dedicated to the Red Men of America, the book did much to aid the understanding and to ameliorate the lot of the tribesmen.
Demy 8vo (213 x 133mm). viii,400pp. Bound, without half-title, in an extremely elegant contemporary half red sealskin; marbled sides, endpapers and matching edges; a couple of tiny marks; very short tear to title-page; a few spots to prelims; occasional mild thumbing, but a very good copy indeed, fresh and sound. Small bookseller’s label of Hugh Hopkins (1831-1911), doyen of Glasgow booksellers.

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[MORIER, James (James Justinian), 1782-1849] : THE ADVENTURES OF HAJJI BABA, OF ISPAHAN, IN ENGLAND.

[MORIER, James (James Justinian), 1782-1849] : THE ADVENTURES OF HAJJI BABA, OF ISPAHAN, IN ENGLAND.

London : John Murray, 1828. First edition. Morier’s lovable rogue finds himself part of the Persian ambassador’s retinue on a state visit to England – genial, gentle, warming, but still quite delicious and deadly satire breaks out in all directions.
Two volumes. Crown 12mo (162 x 100mm). xxxii,306; [ii],352pp. Bound, without final imprint leaf to vol.i and half-title to vol.ii, in a stylish near contemporary half red calf, prettily gilt, with green labels, marbled sides and endpapers, sprinkled edges, by John Pritchard of Carnarvon, with his pink ticket in each volume; a few minor marks and spots, faint marking to fore-edge of the first volume, but a very good and attractive set indeed. Armorial bookplate in each volume of Lord Newborough – Spencer Bulkeley Wynn, Third Baron Newborough (1803-1888).

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[MOULE, Thomas, 1784-1851] : UNIVERSITY AND TOWN OF CAMBRIDGE.

[MOULE, Thomas, 1784-1851] : UNIVERSITY AND TOWN OF CAMBRIDGE.

[London : George Virtue, 1834]. An attractive town-plan decorated with the coats of arms of the city and the colleges, and a vignette view of Trinity. Originally engraved by John Crane Dower (1791?-1847) in 1834 for Moule’s “English Counties Delineated” series (London : 1830-1837).
Steel line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 205 x 253mm (approx. 8” x 10”). A few faint marks to blank margins, but overall in very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique map.

£100

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OLIPHANT, Laurence, 1829-1888 : PICCADILLY : A FRAGMENT OF CONTEMPORARY BIOGRAPHY.

OLIPHANT, Laurence, 1829-1888 : PICCADILLY : A FRAGMENT OF CONTEMPORARY BIOGRAPHY.

Edinburgh & London : William Blackwood & Sons, 1870. First edition. Oliphant’s celebrated satire on high society in the 1860s – love, madness, suicide, the world, the flesh and the devil. “It is a strange melange of the researches of a philosopher and the knowingness of a Man about Town, yet withal wonderfully shrewd and thoughtful, well worth reading, and, better, worth studying” (Isle of Wight Observer, 19 March 1870).
Post 8vo (205 x 135mm). (viii),328pp. Eight delightful plates by Richard Doyle (1824-1883). Bound in a handsome later (early twentieth-century) half green morocco, banded and gilt; the pictorial portion of the original cloth upper cover (said to be a portrait of Oliphant himself) tipped in; top edge gilt; marbled sides and endleaves; some mild rubbing and slight wear; spine a touch sunned; a few spots and minor signs of age and use, but an attractive copy. Armorial bookplate of John Brinton.

£125

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OLIPHANT, Laurence, 1829-1888 : TRAITS AND TRAVESTIES : SOCIAL AND POLITICAL.

OLIPHANT, Laurence, 1829-1888 : TRAITS AND TRAVESTIES : SOCIAL AND POLITICAL.

Edinburgh & London : William Blackwood & Sons, 1882. First edition. Oliphant in top form with a dozen essays, sketches and stories of a satirical turn – “A Turkish Effendi on Christendom and Islam”, “The Autobiography of a Joint-Stock Company”, “The Newest American Railroad”, “A New Method of Social Evolution”, “Knight-Errantry in the Nineteenth Century”, “The Tender Recollections of Irene Macgillicuddy”, etc.
Post 8vo (194 x 123mm). (x),(430)pp. One illustration. Bound in an elegant later half burgundy morocco, by Bickers & Son; top edge gilt; marbled endleaves; just a touch sunned; some spotting, especially of edges and prelims, but otherwise a very good copy. Armorial bookplate of R. D. Jackson.

£200

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RAMSAY, Andrew C. (Sir Andrew Crombie), 1814-1891 :  GEOLOGICAL MAP OF ENGLAND & WALES.

RAMSAY, Andrew C. (Sir Andrew Crombie), 1814-1891 : GEOLOGICAL MAP OF ENGLAND & WALES.

London : Edward Stanford, 1866. Third edition. A magnificent and vibrantly-coloured wall-map compiled by Sir Andrew Crombie Ramsay, at this time Local Director and later to become Director-General of H. M. Geological Survey. England and Wales on a scale of twelve miles to the inch, hand-coloured in a multiplicity of carefully variegated colours to show the different strata. One of the most handsome British geological productions of the nineteenth century. Originally published in 1859 and carefully giving a list of authorities consulted.
Lithograph on paper, with full original hand colour. Printed surface approx. 921 x 811mm (36-1/4” x 31-7/8”). Dissected, mounted on linen with brass eyelets for hanging, and folding into the original cloth slip-case, lettered in gilt and decorated in blind; case with some light wear; a few minor marks and small flaws, but overall a very good copy. No copies of this 1866 edition located in any of the major UK libraries.

£500

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RICHARDS, Grant (Franklin Thomas Grant), 1872-1948 : CAVIARE.

RICHARDS, Grant (Franklin Thomas Grant), 1872-1948 : CAVIARE.

London : Grant Richards, 1912. First edition. A most attractive presentation copy, inscribed, signed and dated (January 1912) by Grant Richards to his eldest son, Gerard Franklin Grant Richards (1901-1916). His first novel and our first introduction to his character, the elegantly raffish ‘Amiable Charles’, here heading south to winter in Monte Carlo and beyond.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (378),[ii]pp. Original blue cloth lettered in gilt; lightly sunned; some slight wear to extremities; corners faintly bruised; a few splash marks; a little shaken and slack; mild spotting and tanning to endpapers, but a reasonable copy with a fine provenance. Later ownership initials of G.G.S. and stamp of the Waterperry Horticultural School.

£100

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[SAMPLER] : A MAP OF ENGLAND AND WALES.

[SAMPLER] : A MAP OF ENGLAND AND WALES.

[ca. 1810]. A neatly worked example of a map sampler – an oval map of England and Wales divided into their counties, apparently embroidered over a printed pattern, the county boundaries picked out in silken threads of pink, ochre, black, green, yellow, white, etc.
Embroidered silk on linen. 478 x 438mm (approx. 18-7/8” x 17-1/4”). Backed with paper and stretched over a contemporary wooden frame; just slightly tanned and a little faded; a few tiny holes and small flaws; some fraying to edges; some old worming to frame, but overall a very attractive example of a once popular method of geographical instruction, common in schools – especially in schools for girls – in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

£250

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[SCARGILL, William Pitt, 1787-1836] : TALES OF A BRIEFLESS BARRISTER.

[SCARGILL, William Pitt, 1787-1836] : TALES OF A BRIEFLESS BARRISTER.

London : Henry Colburn & Richard Bentley, 1829. First edition. “Two stories called ‘Second Thoughts Are Best’ and ‘New Neighbours’. In the former ... a young foolish fellow runs away from his home and gets into all the vices of London, becomes acquainted with a gang of gypsies, is taken up for a burglary, and then repents and becomes a philosopher and gentleman. From ‘New Neighbours’ we learn the art of becoming acquainted with those who live next door to us, an art, by-the-bye, very little known in London ...” (Monthly Review, March 1830). Contemporary comment would appear to indicate that both stories were based on real life events and known people.
Three volumes, bound in two. Demy 12mo (187 x 115mm). [ii],306; [ii],170; [ii],171-309, [ii],300pp – title page to vol.ii moved to form a title for the second volume, title-page to vol.iii discarded. Bound in a lavish full contemporary deep pink calf; banded and richly gilt, with blind-stamped decorative panels; green labels; marbled endpapers and edges; some mild rubbing; spines darkened to red, but a very good and handsome set. With the armorial bookplate of Maxwell of Polloc in each volume – this being Sir John Maxwell (1768-1844), 7th Baronet of Pollock, a flamboyant figure and as a Member of Parliament a ‘champion of the rights and liberties of the people’, husband to Lady Hannah Maxwell, herself ‘an ultra reformer, the best in the nation’. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

£400

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“SHUTE, Nevil” – [NORWAY, Nevil Shute, 1899-1960] : ON THE BEACH.

“SHUTE, Nevil” – [NORWAY, Nevil Shute, 1899-1960] : ON THE BEACH.

London : William Heinemann, (1957). First edition. Shute’s bleak aftermath of nuclear war, turned into the 1959 Stanley Kramer film with Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). [viii],312pp. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt; just a touch of bruising; a few edge-spots, but a very good copy in the original John Rowland pictorial dust-jacket – just lightly tanned, but with only very minor wear, and also very good.

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SMITH, Albert (Albert Richard), 1816-1860 :  THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE GENT. / THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE BALLET-GIRL. / THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE FLIRT.

SMITH, Albert (Albert Richard), 1816-1860 : THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE GENT. / THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE BALLET-GIRL. / THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE FLIRT.

London : David Bogue, 1847-1848. First editions of three of Smith’s highly entertaining ‘Social Zoologies’, the second with a partially trimmed inscription from Smith to Colonel Sir William Robert Clayton M.P. (1786-1866). The first was written “that all might clearly see who the Gents were, and shun them accordingly”. It led to a highly successful sequence of similar separately published ‘studies’, both by Smith and others. The present bound volume preserves what are probably the three most amusing of these highly ephemeral little publications.
Three volumes, bound in one. Crown 16mo (126 x 75mm). viii,104; (104); (108) + [12]pp advertisements dated April 1848. Frontispieces and numerous delightful illustrations by Archibald Henning, with additional work by Gavarni and Gilbert in the third volume. Bound in a pleasant late nineteenth-century half blue armorial calf gilt by Zaehnsdorf, with a Clayton family crest at foot; marbled sides, with matching endleaves and edges; spine a little sunned; trimmed a little in binding, affecting the authorial inscription to the second work; a few minor marks and spots, but overall a very good copy. Ownership inscription Colonel Clayton dated November 12th 1848 on a blank leaf between the second and third works.

£250

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SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS, Martin” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : ALL ON THE IRISH SHORE : IRISH SKETCHES.

SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS, Martin” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : ALL ON THE IRISH SHORE : IRISH SKETCHES.

London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1903. First edition. Eleven short stories, with illustrations by Somerville.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],274,2pp + [4]pp inserted advertisements. Ten full-page illustrations. Original grey cloth, lettered in black and gilt, with a striking pictorial design by Somerville; very lightly bruised at head, some spotting of edges and text, but otherwise a very good copy.

£100

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SPARK, Muriel (Dame Muriel Sarah), 1918-2006 : THE GIRLS OF SLENDER MEANS.

SPARK, Muriel (Dame Muriel Sarah), 1918-2006 : THE GIRLS OF SLENDER MEANS.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1963. First edition. “Few people alive at the time were more delightful, more ingenious, more movingly lovely, and, as it might happen, more savage, than the girls of slender means”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],(184),[ii]pp. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt; a very good copy indeed – bright and fresh – in the evocative autumnal dust-jacket by Harry Cowdell (1912-1987) – with the merest hint of sunning and very faintest suggestion of use, but also very good indeed.

£100

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STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Tomás), 1937- : ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD.

STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Tomás), 1937- : ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD.

London : Faber & Faber, (1967). First edition : the wrappers issue. Boldly signed by Stoppard on the title-page. His first published play, first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1966.
Post 8vo (20cm). 96pp. Original wrappers – a design in pink, white and blue, lettered in black; lightly sunned; a few faint marks, but otherwise a very good copy.

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TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : GARETH AND LYNETTE ETC.

TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : GARETH AND LYNETTE ETC.

London : Strahan & Co., 1872. First edition. Two of Tennyson’s Arthurian Idylls, “Gareth and Lynette” – Gareth dreams of knighthood, and “The Last Tournament” – the foundling with the ruby necklace.
Foolscap 8vo. [vi],136pp. Bound, without advertisement leaves, in a most attractive contemporary full green sealskin, banded and extra gilt; inner gilt dentelles; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; light rubbing to joints and edges, but otherwise a very good copy. With the unusual triangular bookplate of Charles A. Hanbury – Charles Addington Hanbury (1828-1900) of the well-known brewing family.

£100

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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE LAST CHRONICLE OF BARSET.

TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE LAST CHRONICLE OF BARSET.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1867. First edition in book form. “Taking it as a whole, I regard this as the best novel I have written” (Trollope in 1883) – with lively wood-engraved plates and illustrations after George Housman Thomas (1824-1868), mainly engraved by his brother, William Luson Thomas (1830-1900).
Two volumes. Demy 8vo (217 x 135mm). [iv],384; [iv],384pp. Thirty-two full-page plates and thirty-two vignettes. Bound in an elegant later (mid-twentieth century) half blue morocco, banded and gilt; top edges gilt; spines lightly sunned; some occasional minor internal marks, creases and small flaws, but overall a very good set. Tipped into vol.i are two advertisement leaves for various later Chapman & Hall publications by Trollope and others. Sadleir 26.

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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : LOTTA SCHMIDT AND OTHER STORIES.

TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : LOTTA SCHMIDT AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Alexander Strahan, 1870. [Second edition]. Inscribed “George MacDonald from A. Strahan” – a presentation copy from the publisher, Alexander Strahan (1833-1918), to another of his novelists, George MacDonald (1824-1905), for whom Strahan published “Dealings with the Fairies” (1867), “At the Back of the North Wind” (1871), “The Princess and the Goblin” (1872) and numerous other well-known titles. A collection of nine of Trollope’s most interesting short stories – including “The Widow’s Mite”, “Miss Ophelia Gledd”, “The Journey to Panama”, etc. – originally published in 1867.
Foolscap 8vo (172 x 114mm). [vi],(425),[i]pp. Bound in a pleasant contemporary half vellum, elaborately gilt – the binding evidently Italian and dating from MacDonald’s long sojourn in Italy – red label; all edges red; marbled endpapers; a little rubbed; cloth sides a little marked, but still an attractive copy, with a delightful provenance. With MacDonald’s distinctive “Corage! God Mend Al” bookplate (the motto an anagram of his name).

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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE DUKE’S CHILDREN. A NOVEL.

TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE DUKE’S CHILDREN. A NOVEL.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1880. First edition. A fine and unduly neglected late novel, the last of the Palliser sequence and Trollope at his most moving and humane.
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,320pp; viii;(328); viii,312 + 24pp publishers’ catalogue. Original blue-green cloth, blocked in black and lettered in gilt; expertly recased and refurbished; endpapers rejointed; edges cleaned; some minor residual signs of age and wear; a few minor marks, but otherwise a very good and attractive set. With the bookplate of Leslie Benson in each volume and the earlier ownership inscription ‘Bradwell’ to each titlepage.

£850

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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : MARION FAY.

TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : MARION FAY.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1882. First edition. An uncommon late Trollope title – love, marriage, politics and class divisions. Lady Frances Trafford falls for a post-office clerk, her brother, Lord Hampstead, pays court to Marion Fay, a humble Quaker.
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (182 x 115mm). viii,(304); viii,282; viii,(272)pp. Bound, with half-titles but without the final blank in vol.ii, in an elegant later (mid twentieth-century) half red morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe; top edges gilt; internally some occasional light thumbing and spotting, but a very good set. Bookseller’s label of Henry Sotheran Ltd. in vol.i. Sadleir 64.

£850

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WALKER, Mrs. Churton H. (Marian Ethel) : APPU !!  THE CEYLON COOKERY BOOK.

WALKER, Mrs. Churton H. (Marian Ethel) : APPU !! THE CEYLON COOKERY BOOK.

Colombo : The Times of Ceylon Co., (1915). “Second edition” [i.e. impression]. Signed by the author as Marian E. H. Walker on the front free endpaper. First published a couple of months earlier and here reissued with the addition of some glowing press reviews. Among much advice on house-keeping, hygiene, etc., there are 573 recipes adapted for local use in remote districts, for those without previous experience, for those on modest incomes, and those with time on their hands. The English author was married to Churton Hanson Walker (son of the artist John Hanson Walker), a tea-planter.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 2,[iv],(306),xxxii pp – including interleaved advertisements on pink paper. Original pictorial cloth; very minor wear to tips; slight bruising to corners; endpapers and text a little tanned; a few minor internal marks and small flaws, but a very good copy of an uncommon book. No copy located in any major UK library. .

£125

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WALLIS, John, 1745?-1818 :  WALLIS’S TOUR THROUGH ENGLAND AND WALES, A NEW GEOGRAPHICAL PASTIME.

WALLIS, John, 1745?-1818 : WALLIS’S TOUR THROUGH ENGLAND AND WALES, A NEW GEOGRAPHICAL PASTIME.

London : John Wallis, 1794. A charming and early English example of a geographical game for children. The scheme of the game is essentially of a race around England and Wales, commencing at Rochester and ending 117 places later in London. The rules, together with a brief description of each of the places visited, are contained in letterpress panels to the side of the map. Engraved by the Scottish engraver Archibald McIntyre (fl.1789-1812) for John Wallis’s celebrated Map Warehouse.
Copper line engraving on paper with letterpress side panels. Engraved surface for map 500 x 442mm. (approx. 19-3/4” x 21-1/2”). Dissected, mounted on linen and folding into the publisher’s marbled slipcase with engraved pictorial paper label (the label giving a later date of 1802); the case considerably worn, but still functional and intact; some light holing and minor fraying to folds; some mild spotting and discolouration in places, but overall a very good example of a game from one of the leading educational publishers of the period. Contemporary ownership inscription of Abel Hands on verso.

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WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : BLACK MISCHIEF.

WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : BLACK MISCHIEF.

London : Chapman & Hall, (1932). First edition. His third novel – the modernisation of the Azanian empire.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (304)pp. Frontispiece map. Original lizard pattern red and black cloth, lettered in gilt; just lightly rubbed; some spotting, mainly to prelims and edges; a few faint marks, but a very good copy. Faint ownership inscription of M. A. Watson.

£125

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WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : SCOOP : A NOVEL ABOUT JOURNALISTS.

WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : SCOOP : A NOVEL ABOUT JOURNALISTS.

London : Chapman & Hall, (1938). First edition. “Up to a point, Lord Copper”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],308,[ii]pp. Original lizard pattern red and black cloth, lettered in gilt; just lightly rubbed; a few faint marks; endpapers a little tanned; some spotting of edges and prelims, but a very good copy. Ownership inscription of J. W. Huddar III.

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WELLS, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 : THE WONDERFUL VISIT.

WELLS, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 : THE WONDERFUL VISIT.

London : J. M. Dent & Co., 1895. First edition. One of Wells’ earliest adventures in science fiction – a fallen angel struggling to cope with life in an English village.
Crown 8vo (191 x 124mm). viii,252pp. Bound in a smart recent half red morocco, preserving the original cloth spine and upper cover (the regular variant with, rather than without, the angel in gilt) at rear; top edge gilt; a few minor marks and spots, but a very good and attractive copy. Hammond B2. Locke (Spectrum) I.228.

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : MY MAN JEEVES.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : MY MAN JEEVES.

London : George Newnes, [1919]. First edition. The first of the ‘Jeeves’ titles – eight short stories, four of which feature Jeeves and Wooster (as well as Monty Byng, Lady Malvern, Rocky Todd, Bicky Bickersteth, etc).
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). (252),[ii],[2]pp – including integral endpapers. Original pinkish cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered on spine in black, and blocked in blind on upper cover; some rubbing at head and light wear at foot; covers a little faded and lightly marked; faint cracking to front endpaper; internally a little tanned (as usual), but all in all a better than average copy of a fragile and vulnerable item. Ownership inscription of Clifford Cohen on front pastedown.

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : THE CODE OF THE WOOSTERS.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : THE CODE OF THE WOOSTERS.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1938). First edition. “I reached out a hand from under the blankets, and rang the bell for Jeeves ...” – the third Jeeves and Wooster novel.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 312,[viii]pp. Original emerald cloth, blocked and lettered in black; top edge green; spine just a touch darkened; endpapers lightly tanned; a few slight spots, but otherwise a very good copy.

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : SPRING FEVER.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : SPRING FEVER.

London : Herbert Jenkins, [1948]. First edition. A McGuffy Special loosens the tongue of the Earl of Shortlands – he needs the money to win his freedom, marry his cook and buy a pub. A tale of dictatorial daughter, cunning butler, reformed burglar, impersonation and more.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (256)pp. Original orange cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; a hint of wear at foot, but otherwise a very good, clean and sound copy in the original pictorial Frank Ford dust-jacket – middle-aged man intrigued by saucer-eyed and bow-lipped younger woman – price-clipped by the publisher with a revised price sticker, but otherwise very good, with only a hint of wear.

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WORMS, Laurence & BAYNTON-WILLIAMS, Ashley : BRITISH MAP ENGRAVERS : A DICTIONARY OF ENGRAVERS, LITHOGRAPHERS AND THEIR PRINCIPAL EMPLOYERS TO 1850.

WORMS, Laurence & BAYNTON-WILLIAMS, Ashley : BRITISH MAP ENGRAVERS : A DICTIONARY OF ENGRAVERS, LITHOGRAPHERS AND THEIR PRINCIPAL EMPLOYERS TO 1850.

London : Rare Book Society, 2011. First edition. An illustrated dictionary of well over 1,500 members of the map-trade in the British Isles from the beginnings until the mid nineteenth century, including all the known engravers and lithographers, all the known globemakers and retailers, the principal mapsellers and publishers, the key cartographers, the makers of map-based games and puzzles, and others. Each entry includes a list of published work, the known biographical facts (in most cases based on fresh and original research), addresses and dates, details of apprentices, etc. Twenty-five years in the making, the book contains previously unpublished material on almost every page.
Royal 8vo (25cm). xxxii,744pp. Over 600 illustrations; apprentice charts, etc. Original buckram; very good in the dust-jacket. Please note an additional UK 10 for postage overseas.

£125

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