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CATALOGUE 107 : A WINTER LIST
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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 ...
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.
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).
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.
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?
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).
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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.
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.
[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.
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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 ...
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).
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.
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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”.
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”.
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.
FENN, George Manville, 1831-1909 : A FLUTTERED DOVECOTE.
London : Ward & Downey, . 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).
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).
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.
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FIRTH, N. Wesley (Norman Wesley), 1920-1949 : SPAWN OF THE VAMPIRE.
London : Bear, Hudson, . 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”.
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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.
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GEOGRAPHIA : GEOGRAPHIA GREATER LONDON ATLAS : COMPLETE INDEX TO STREETS WITH POSTAL DISTRICTS.
London : Geographia, . 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.
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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.
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).
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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.
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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.
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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : CONFLICT.
London : New Fiction Press, . 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).
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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SILKEN MENACE.
London : Top Fiction, . 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.
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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.
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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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.
[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.
[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).
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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[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.
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[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.
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“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.
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.
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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.
London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1903. First edition. Eleven short stories, with illustrations by Somerville.
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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”.
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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.
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.
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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).
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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”.
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.
WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : MY MAN JEEVES.
London : George Newnes, . 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).
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.
WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : SPRING FEVER.
London : Herbert Jenkins, . 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.
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.
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