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AINSWORTH, William Harrison, 1805-1882 : WINDSOR CASTLE : AN HISTORICAL ROMANCE.

AINSWORTH, William Harrison, 1805-1882 : WINDSOR CASTLE : AN HISTORICAL ROMANCE.

London : Henry Colburn, 1843. First one-volume and first fully illustrated edition. One of Ainsworth’s abidingly popular historical tales, set in the time of Henry VIII – Anne Boleyn, Cardinal Wolsey, Jane Seymour, etc. Originally published in book form in three volumes earlier in 1843, but here with the full panoply of illustrations utilised in the contemporary serialization in the author’s own “Ainsworth’s Magazine”.
Medium 8vo (24cm). x,[ii],324pp. Engraved portrait frontispiece after Daniel Maclise (1806-1870), decorative woodcut title by Thompson after Antoine “Tony” Johannot (1803-1852), with eighteen etchings – fourteen by the peerless George Cruikshank (1792-1878) and four by Johannot – plus eighty-seven wood engravings in the text by W. Alfred Delamotte (1775-1863). Bound in a handsome later (early twentieth-century) half crushed crimson morocco, banded and richly gilt by William Worsfold (1856-1929) of Frith Street, Soho, with his stamp; top edge gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; original cloth backstrip and upper cover (the earlier blue cloth) preserved at rear; a few minimal signs of age and use but a very good copy. Bookplate carefully removed, but a pencilled note records the book’s purchase from Kensington Palace State Apartments in 2006.

£200

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AMES, Delano (Delano L.), 1906-1987 : CRIME OUT OF MIND.

AMES, Delano (Delano L.), 1906-1987 : CRIME OUT OF MIND.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1956). First edition. Dagobert and Jane in the Austrian Tyrol – the seventh in this fine series of wickedly witty murder mysteries.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 190,[ii]pp. Original maroon boards, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; faint bruise at foot, but a very good, clean and sound copy in the Jarvis dust-jacket – also very good indeed.

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ARLEN, Michael, 1895-1956 : BABES IN THE WOOD.

ARLEN, Michael, 1895-1956 : BABES IN THE WOOD.

London : Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), [1929]. First edition. Five stories in familiar Arlen-in-Mayfair vein – “opulent children in powerful motor-cars dashing helter-skelter through the tangled thickets of life”, as “The Sketch” reviewer had it. The stories, mainly about women, include “A Girl with a Future”, “The ‘Lost Generation’”, and the autobiographical “Confessions of a Naturalized Englishman”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 286,[ii]pp. Original black cloth, ruled and lettered in red; a few very faint marks; just a hint of spotting to edges, but a very good copy in the pictorial wrap-around dust-jacket – just slightly edge-worn, but also very good.

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ATWOOD, Margaret (Margaret Eleanor), 1939- : THE BLIND ASSASSIN.

ATWOOD, Margaret (Margaret Eleanor), 1939- : THE BLIND ASSASSIN.

London : Bloomsbury Publishing, (2000). First British edition. Signed by Margaret Atwood on the title-page. Winner of the Man Booker and Hammett Prizes, claiming an immediate reputation as one of the finest novels of our era.
Medium 8vo (25cm). [xii],(522),[iv],[6]pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in silver; very good indeed in the William Webb dust-jacket – also very good indeed.

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AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 & ISHERWOOD, Christopher : ON THE FRONTIER : A MELODRAMA IN THREE ACTS.

AUDEN, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 & ISHERWOOD, Christopher : ON THE FRONTIER : A MELODRAMA IN THREE ACTS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1938). First edition. A review copy, with the publishers’ slip loosely inserted. A play in prose and verse – intrigue and conflict between two imaginary neighbouring countries, with pronounced echoes of contemporary politics.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (124),[iv]pp. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt; some spotting, mainly of edges, but a very good, bright and partly unopened copy in a very lightly worn and slightly tanned dust-jacket. Bloomfield A18a.

£125

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AUSTEN, Jane, 1775-1817 : MANSFIELD PARK : A NOVEL.

AUSTEN, Jane, 1775-1817 : MANSFIELD PARK : A NOVEL.

Belfast : Simms & M’Intyre, 1846. First Belfast edition. A pleasantly produced edition – the first separate edition to appear after the expiry of the original copyright in 1842. Originally published in 1814.
Foolscap 8vo (162 x 98mm). [ii],332pp. Gothic wood-engraved initials to each chapter. Bound, without half-title and advertisements, in a neat contemporary half green calf, banded and gilt; lightly rubbed and a little marked; what appears to be an inkstain to the edges of some early leaves; a few minor marks and spots, but otherwise very good. With the contemporary Culdees Castle bookplate of Robert Speir (1801-1853).

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BACON & CO., G.W. – publishers : BACON’S LARGE PRINT MAP OF LONDON AND SUBURBS.

BACON & CO., G.W. – publishers : BACON’S LARGE PRINT MAP OF LONDON AND SUBURBS.

London : G.W. Bacon & Co., [ca. 1939]. A most attractive pre-war map of London on a scale of 2.3 inches to the mile, extending north to Golders Green and Highgate, east to the Victoria Docks, south to Wimbledon, and west to Ealing Dean. Particular attention is given to tram and bus routes, railways, postal districts, etc. Included in the case is a 38pp “Strangers’ Guide to London”, with notes on the principal locations, a double-page map of central London, an index to the streets, etc.
Colour printed lithograph on paper. Printed surface 695 x 880mm (approx 27-1/2” x 34-1/2”). Mounted on linen and folding into the original pictorial cloth case; some very light wear to case; staples to Guide a little rusted, but the map itself in very good and clean state.

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BASSANI, Giorgio, 1916-2000 : THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINIS.

BASSANI, Giorgio, 1916-2000 : THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINIS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1965). First edition in English. Ferrara in 1938 – the rich, beautiful, unapproachable and Jewish Finzi-Continis – the basis of the 1970 Vittorio de Sica film with Dominique Sanda, Helmut Berger, etc. First published in Italian in 1962 and here in a translation by Isabel Quigly.
Post 8vo (21cm). 293,[i],[2]pp. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt; very faint strip of sunning at foot, but otherwise a very good, clean, and sound copy in the original Leonard Rosoman dust-jacket – lightly worn at extremities, but also very good.

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BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : THE FLYING GOAT.

BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : THE FLYING GOAT.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1939). First edition. A collection of sixteen short stories, including “I Am Not Myself”, “Shot Actress – Full Story”, “Elephant’s Nest in a Rhubarb Tree”, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (316),[iv]pp – but without the inserted publisher’s advertisements reported by Eads. Original green cloth, blocked and lettered in blue; mild tanning of endpapers; edges spotted, but otherwise a very good copy indeed in the Hans Aufseeser dust-jacket – a pictorial design in black, lilac, jade, peach and white – also very good indeed. Eads A34.

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BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : THE MATADOR OF THE FIVE TOWNS AND OTHER STORIES.

BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : THE MATADOR OF THE FIVE TOWNS AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Methuen & Co., 1912. First edition. A fine collection of twenty-two stories from Bennett – some tragic some frolic – including “Mimi”, “The Letter and the Lie”, “Catching the Train”, “The Widow of the Balcony”, “Hot Potatoes”, “The Tiger and the Baby”, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),(326),[ii] + (32)pp advertisements dated September 1911. Original decorative cloth gilt; a few faint marks; some spotting, mainly of edges, but a very good and bright copy. Contemporary ownership inscription dated 1912.

£100

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BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : A NIP IN THE AIR.

BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : A NIP IN THE AIR.

London : John Murray, (1974). First edition : one of 175 numbered copies on handmade paper, signed by John Betjeman. Twenty-seven poems from the period 1967-1974, including “The Costa Blanca”, “A Wembley Lad”, “A Mind’s Journey to Diss”, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). 62,[ii]pp. Original deep yellow buckram, lettered in gilt; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers; a very good copy indeed in the original acetate jacket – the jacket just slightly nicked.

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BRADBURY, Ray (Ray Douglas), 1920-2012 : SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES.

BRADBURY, Ray (Ray Douglas), 1920-2012 : SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES.

London : Rupert Hart-Davis, 1963. First British edition. Bradbury’s lyrical, mysterious, dark and fantastic coming of age novel as Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show comes to town – See Mephistophele, the Lava Drinker, the Demon Guillotine, the Dangling Man, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World ...
Post 8vo (21cm). (254),[ii]pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in silver; very good indeed in the evocative Joe Mugnaini dust-jacket – also very good indeed, barring one tiny nick.

£250

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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : A PRINCE OF THE CAPTIVITY.

BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : A PRINCE OF THE CAPTIVITY.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, 1933. First edition. Adam Melfort takes the blame for his wife’s attempt at forgery, but on his release from jail is recruited to work behind enemy lines in Belgium during the Great War.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (384)pp. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt; a couple of tiny nicks at foot, but a very good, bright and sound copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket just lightly marked and faintly rubbed, with a tiny chip and a very short tear to rear panel. Heraldic silver label of the Musson Book Company of Toronto to spine of jacket and the ownership stamp of A. E. H. Whitehouse of Oxbow. Small booksellers’ label of Hazen Twiss of Saskatoon at rear. Blanchard A99.

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BURTON, John Hill, 1809-1881 : THE BOOK-HUNTER ETC.

BURTON, John Hill, 1809-1881 : THE BOOK-HUNTER ETC.

Edinburgh & London : William Blackwood & Sons, 1862. First edition of “A Vision of Mighty Book Hunters”, “The Prowler and the Auction-Haunter” and other fine essays on book-buying by the Scottish historian John Hill Burton. The book was greeted by “The Saturday Review” on its first appearance as “beyond measure delightful to those who are in any degree members of the above mentioned fraternity”.
Crown 8vo (175 x 113mm). viii,384pp. Bound in an elegant later (early twentieth-century) half olive morocco, banded, worked and onlaid in a strapwork design, by Andrew Hislop (1858?-1936) of Edinburgh; top edge gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; spine a touch tanned; slight scuff to upper cover; a few minor internal marks and small flaws, but an attractive copy in an interesting binding. Contemporary inscription on title-page washed out and illegible, but with the later (1947) ownership inscription of David Fyfe Anderson (1904-1988), the Scottish obstetrician.

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[CHALLICE, Annie Emma Armstrong, 1821-1875] : HEROES, PHILOSOPHERS, AND COURTIERS OF THE TIME OF LOUIS XVI.

[CHALLICE, Annie Emma Armstrong, 1821-1875] : HEROES, PHILOSOPHERS, AND COURTIERS OF THE TIME OF LOUIS XVI.

London : Hurst & Blackett, 1863. First edition. Drawn from French sources and with emphasis in particular on the story of French influence and intervention in the American War of Independence. With a rich cast of characters including Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Voltaire, Mirabeau, William Pitt, Tom Paine, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Horace Walpole, Samuel Johnson, the Marquis de Lafayette, Madame du Barry, Richelieu, Rousseau, Captain Cook, Cagliostro, etc.
Two volumes. Crown 8vo (191 x 124mm). (xx),(346); xii,(376)pp. Bound in a smart, slightly later, half blue calf, banded and gilt, by Zaehnsdorf for the Chicago booksellers Alexander C. McLurg & Co.; top edges gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; slight wear at extremities; a few minor marks and small flaws, but overall a good and attractive set. Pictorial bookplate of Roy McWilliams in each volume.

£125

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THEY NEVER SAY WHEN : A NOVEL.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THEY NEVER SAY WHEN : A NOVEL.

London : Collins, 1944. First edition. A Slim Callaghan tale – Mlle Juliette de Longues can speak so much basic English with her eyes she can afford to be dumb – but she is good. Irana Favely knows she is good. Paula Denys doesn’t care if she’s good.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 192pp. Original sand cloth, blocked and lettered in green; just a touch bruised, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – lightly worn and nicked, slightly creased, but complete and attractive still. Neat contemporary ownership inscription.

£50

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COLLER, D.W. (Duffield William), 1805?-1884 : THE PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF ESSEX, COMPRISING A NARRATIVE OF PUBLIC AND POLITICAL EVENTS IN THE COUNTY, FROM THE EARLIEST AGES TO THE PRESENT TIME ...

COLLER, D.W. (Duffield William), 1805?-1884 : THE PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF ESSEX, COMPRISING A NARRATIVE OF PUBLIC AND POLITICAL EVENTS IN THE COUNTY, FROM THE EARLIEST AGES TO THE PRESENT TIME ...

Chelmsford : Meggy & Chalk, 1861. First edition, in book form, bound from the original monthly parts. A popular but assiduously researched history, compiled by the editor of the “Chelmsford Chronicle” – “we have traced the old paths and trodden over much new ground”.
Demy 8vo (24cm). iv,632,[viii]pp. Folding map of the county by Benjamin Rees Davies. Original publishers’ armorial cloth gilt; some very minor wear; mild cracking of front free endpaper; a few leaves slightly marked, but overall a very good copy. Contemporary (1861) owership inscription of Francis Whittacre(?), and small bookseller’s label of Joseph Chapman (1814?-1901) of Ilford.

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COLLINS, Wilkie (William Wilkie), 1824-1889 : THE LAW & THE LADY : A NOVEL.

COLLINS, Wilkie (William Wilkie), 1824-1889 : THE LAW & THE LADY : A NOVEL.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1875. First edition. Valeria learns that her new husband has a dark secret and that she must resolve a murder mystery to establish his innocence. Essentially a detective novel, with this resolute heroine acting as sleuth. “An exceedingly clever novel, full of admirable writing, abounding in a subtle ingenuity which is a distinct order of genius ... Will be read with avidity by all who delight in the romances of the greatest master the sensational novel has ever known” (The World).
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (179 x 112mm). (viii),246; iv,(270); iv,(342)pp. No half-titles called for. Bound, without the final advertisement leaves, in a neat contemporary half red roan, ruled and lettered in gilt; marbled sides; sprinkled edges; lightly bruised with a touch of wear to extremities; board edges a little frayed; a few internal marks and spots, but a good and serviceable set of an uncommon title. Contemporary bookplates of the Kendal Literary and Scientific Institution.

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CONRAD, Joseph, 1857-1924 : AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS.

CONRAD, Joseph, 1857-1924 : AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS.

London : T. Fisher Unwin, 1896. First edition. Conrad’s second novel, inspired by his time at sea – the disreputable Peter Willems is on the run. Filmed by Carol Reed in 1951, with Trevor Howard, Ralph Richardson, Robert Morley, etc.
Post 8vo (204 x 125mm). [viii],(392). Bound in a smart recent full green morocco, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers; original cloth preserved at rear; some spotting, mainly of edges and prelims, but otherwise a very good copy. Contemporary ownership inscription of E. E. Hasluck – the Reverend Ernest Edward Hasluck (1858-1949).

£750

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CRYSTAL PALACE, PRINTED IN THE MACHINERY DEPARTMENT.

CRYSTAL PALACE, PRINTED IN THE MACHINERY DEPARTMENT.

[London : ca.1855]. A commemorative cotton handkerchief printed on the spot for visitors to the Crystal Palace. The design is twofold (each could be had separately) – an outer frieze printed in red and ochre depicts a somewhat Eurocentric (although perhaps tongue in cheek) view of the advance of civilization – a Fijian cannibal before civilization, Britannia bringing blessings, the advances of hats, shoes, socks and parasols, and finally the “Glorious Result of Civilization” – the tipping of hats, the advantages of “Gentlemen’s Ready Made Clothes” (a discreet advertisement for Mr Moses, the founder of Moss Bros.), the ignoring of street urchins selling matches, the kissing of hands and the adoption of the latest fashions – all tartan for the ladies in the 1850s. In the centre of the handkerchief, a black-and-white image has been superimposed of the Crystal Palace in its new home in South London, with its terraces and fountains.
Printed surface 56 x 55cm (approx. 22” x 21-3/4”). Outer frieze a little faded; some faint spotting and creasing, but still an attractive example of an evocative and ephemeral souvenir of a particular time and place.

£250

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“DELANNOY, Burford” – [JUDGE, Adolphus Eugene, 1856-1931] :  THE MARGATE MURDER MYSTERY.

“DELANNOY, Burford” – [JUDGE, Adolphus Eugene, 1856-1931] : THE MARGATE MURDER MYSTERY.

London : Ward, Lock & Co., 1902. First edition. Two clerks in Brixton fall in with a shop-girl – she ends up murdered in a Margate hotel. The police know who did it – but do they have the right man? An interesting murder mystery, the story told from a number of different viewpoints.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 316,[iv]pp. Two plates. Original cloth-backed pictorial boards; some very minor rubbing and wear; a few spots, but a very good copy. Ownership stamp of W. Crowter on p.15.

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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 – editor : THE PIC NIC PAPERS. BY VARIOUS HANDS.

DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 – editor : THE PIC NIC PAPERS. BY VARIOUS HANDS.

London : Henry Colburn, 1841. First edition. A lively collection of stories and occasional pieces assembled by Dickens as a way of financially assisting the widow and children of his first publisher, John Macrone, who had died at the age of just twenty-eight. Dickens wrote the preface and the first story, “The Lamplighter”, and there are further contributions from William Harrison Ainsworth, Allan Cunningham, W. H. Maxwell, Thomas Moore, Leitch Ritchie, Horace Smith, Agnes Strickland, and others who preferred to remain anonymous.
Three volumes. Post 8vo (192 x 115mm). (viii),(324); [iv],298; [ii],378pp. Fourteen etched and lithographic plates by George Cruikshank, Phiz, and R. J. Hamerton. Bound, without the advertisement leaves sometimes found, in a neat contemporary half calf; banded and ruled in gilt; contrasting orange and black labels; marbled sides; sprinkled edges; a little rubbed and lightly worn; some browning to plates; a few slight marks; bookplates neatly removed, but still an attractive set.

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[DISRAELI, Benjamin, First Earl of Beaconsfield, 1804-1881] : THE YOUNG DUKE.

[DISRAELI, Benjamin, First Earl of Beaconsfield, 1804-1881] : THE YOUNG DUKE.

London : Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831. First edition. Disraeli’s intriguing early novel of high society – “all rings, ringlets, and a little rouge” – a wastrel redeemed by the love of a good woman, etc., but also the novel in which we first see the evolution of Disraeli’s politics and what was soon to become his particular brand of one-nation conservatism.
Three volumes. Medium 12mo (195 x 115mm). iv,300; [ii],(270),[ii]; [ii],(266)pp. Bound, without the half-titles to vols ii & iii and a final advertisement leaf, in an elegant, slightly later, half blue-black morocco, banded and gilt; top edges gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; some rubbing, slight scuffing and mild wear; a couple of short splits; internally some occasional faint marks and mild tanning, but overall a very good and handsome set. With the nautical bookplate of the collector and pharmacist Robert J. Hayhurst in the first volume. Sadleir 738.

£750

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DONLEAVY, J.P. (James Patrick), 1926-2017 : A SINGULAR MAN.

DONLEAVY, J.P. (James Patrick), 1926-2017 : A SINGULAR MAN.

London : Bodley Head, (1964). First British edition. His second novel – a dark masterpiece of love and imagination. Originally published in Boston the previous year.
Post 8vo (21cm). [iv],340pp. Original brown boards, ruled and lettered in gilt; mild tanning of fore-edge, but a very good copy in the intriguing Lehtola dust-jacket – also very good.

£100

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DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : BALTHAZAR : A NOVEL.

DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : BALTHAZAR : A NOVEL.

London : Faber & Faber, (1958). First edition. The second volume in the Alexandria Quartet – “Balthazar’s merciless ‘Interlinear’ to the love-story of Justine”.
Post 8vo (22cm). 250,(iv)pp. Original blue cloth blocked in red and gilt; a very good, bright, sound and clean copy in the original dust-jacket – price-clipped and lightly tanned, with a couple of short nicks, but also very good. Pictorial bookplate of C. Rüesch-Karatzoglou on front free endpaper.

£200

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DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : MOUNTOLIVE : A NOVEL.

DURRELL, Lawrence (Lawrence George), 1912-1990 : MOUNTOLIVE : A NOVEL.

London : Faber & Faber, (1958). First edition. The third volume in the Alexandria Quartet – David Mountolive, youthful passion, politics, diplomacy, and conspiracy.
Post 8vo (22cm). 320pp. Original yellow cloth blocked in violet and gilt; just a touch bruised, very mild spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket – slightly worn and nicked at extremities.

£125

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“ELIOT, George” – [EVANS, Marian, 1819-1880] : FELIX HOLT THE RADICAL.

“ELIOT, George” – [EVANS, Marian, 1819-1880] : FELIX HOLT THE RADICAL.

Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood & Sons 1866. First edition : a publisher’s presentation copy, neatly inscribed – “To Mrs. Burt. With Mr. Blackwoods Compliments”. In the Carter ‘A’ binding (as are both the presentation copies traced by Carter and the British Library copyright deposit copy). There is a binder’s ticket (Edmonds & Remnants) not noted by Carter in the first volume – and the final volume has an inserted 20pp undated Blackwood catalogue not noted by Sadleir, as well as the two integral advertisement leaves.
Three volumes. Post 8vo (21cm). [iv],(304); [iv],290; [iv],(284),[iv],(20)pp. Original brown cloth, ruled and decorated in blind on upper and lower covers; ruled, blocked and lettered across spines in gilt; light wear at head and tail (especially to vol.i); a few faint creases and minor nicks; slight discolouration to margins of the advertisement leaves, but overall a very good, clean and attractive set. Sadleir 814. Carter (BV) pp.111-112.

£400

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ELLROY, James (Lee Earle), 1948- :  L. A. CONFIDENTIAL.

ELLROY, James (Lee Earle), 1948- : L. A. CONFIDENTIAL.

London : Mysterious Press (Random Century Group), (1990). First British edition. Signed by Ellroy in a title-page scrawl. His extraordinary exercise in powerful neo-noir – the basis of the award-winning 1997 film with Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, etc. “Shatters the boundaries of the contemporary crime novel” (Jonathan Kellerman).
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],480,[viii]pp. Original white boards, blocked and lettered in silver; mild tanning of text, as always, but a very good copy indeed in the David Scutt dust-jacket, equally fresh and unworn.

£200

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[ENGLISH SCHOOL] : THE PARISH OF ST. JAMES CLERKENWELL TAKEN FROM YE LAST SURVEY WITH CORRECTIONS.

[ENGLISH SCHOOL] : THE PARISH OF ST. JAMES CLERKENWELL TAKEN FROM YE LAST SURVEY WITH CORRECTIONS.

[London : for A. Churchill, J. Knapton & others, 1720]. A most attractive early eighteenth-century parish map – Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell Close and the surrounding streets – Turnmill Street running south, St. John’s Gate and Lane, eastwards across St. John Street to what is now the Goswell Road, and north across open fields past the “Ducking Pond”, “Black Marys Hole” and the “Madd House” to “New River Pond”, “Sadlers Well” and the fringes of Islington. A numbered key gives the names of thirty-five smaller streets, courts and alleys. Originally produced for the 1720 edition of John Stow’s “Survey of London”.
Copper line engraving on paper. Later hand colour. Engraved surface 355 x 282mm (approx. 14” x 11-1/8”). Original horizontal fold; a few minor marks and faint spots, but overall in very good and clean state. A guaranteed genuine antique map. Adams 25/054.

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“ERSKINE, Rosalind” – [LONGRIGG, Roger Erskine, 1929-2000] : THE PASSION-FLOWER HOTEL / PASSION FLOWERS IN ITALY / PASSION FLOWERS IN BUSINESS.

“ERSKINE, Rosalind” – [LONGRIGG, Roger Erskine, 1929-2000] : THE PASSION-FLOWER HOTEL / PASSION FLOWERS IN ITALY / PASSION FLOWERS IN BUSINESS.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1962-1965). A first edition set of all three novels in Longrigg’s succès de scandale, purportedly written by the fifteen-year-old Rosalind Erskine – Nabokov meets Angela Brazil as well brought up nymphets set up a bordello in the gym of their highly respectable boarding-school. Adapted into a musical by Wolf Mankowitz and John Barry, and later filmed in Germany with Natassja Kinski.
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (20cm). (190),[ii]; (196); 190,[ii]pp. Original boards; top edges coloured; some light edge-spotting; slight sliver of fading to one volume, but a very good set in the original dust-jackets – the jackets lightly used, a little spotted in places, and with a couple of short tears, but a nice set of these increasingly difficult titles.

£200

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FREEMAN, R. Austin (Richard Austin), 1862-1943 : JOHN THORNDYKE’S CASES. RELATED BY CHRISTOPHER JERVIS, M.D. AND EDITED BY R. AUSTIN FREEMAN ...

FREEMAN, R. Austin (Richard Austin), 1862-1943 : JOHN THORNDYKE’S CASES. RELATED BY CHRISTOPHER JERVIS, M.D. AND EDITED BY R. AUSTIN FREEMAN ...

London : Chatto & Windus, 1909. First edition. Introduced in Freeman’s preface as “a somewhat new departure in this class of literature” – as indeed it was. Dr Thorndyke, first of the modern forensic detectives, here appearing in eight stories, including “The Anthropologist at Large” and “The Blue Sequin”. A Haycraft-Queen “cornerstone” of detective fiction.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (xii),288pp + 32pp inserted catalogue dated September 1908. Ten plates – six atmospheric studies by Henry Matthew Brock (1875-1960) and four “micro-photographs” of the evidentiary specimens. Plan. Facsimiles. Original pictorial cloth; a few faint marks; some very mild rubbing and wear; endpapers lightly tanned, but a very good copy of a major contribution to the field.

£400

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FREEMAN, R. Austin (Richard Austin), 1862-1943 : THE PENROSE MYSTERY.

FREEMAN, R. Austin (Richard Austin), 1862-1943 : THE PENROSE MYSTERY.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, (1936). First edition : the first issue, with the top edge stained blue. A wealthy collector of antiquities disappears after a hit-and-run – Thorndyke investigates.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 317,[iii]pp. Original pale blue cloth, lettered in black; just a hint of rubbing and sunning, but a very good, bright, clean and sound copy in the original dust-jacket – a typographic design in cerise, green and white – also just faintly rubbed and very lightly sunned, but an excellent copy – the highly fugitive colours of the jacket surviving remarkably well.

£500

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[GALT, John, 1779-1839] : THE ENTAIL : OR THE LAIRDS OF GRIPPY.

[GALT, John, 1779-1839] : THE ENTAIL : OR THE LAIRDS OF GRIPPY.

Edinburgh : William Blackwood / London : T. Cadell, 1823. First edition. Family and obsession – “Galt’s most admired work. It won the unconditional praise of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Walter Scott, while Byron was reduced to tears and judged Galt’s portrait of Leddy Grippy one of the most original women figures in the history of literature” (Massimiliano Demata).
Three volumes. 12mo (181 x 101mm). [iv],321,[i]; [ii],(334); [ii],304pp. Bound, without half-titles and final blank in vol.ii, in a smart contemporary half calf, banded and gilt; red labels; marbled sides; sprinkled edges; a few minor marks and faint creases, but a very good set. Wolff 2391.

£250

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“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : NO MORTGAGE ON A COFFIN.

“GLINTO, Darcy” – [KELLY, Harold Ernest, 1899-1969] : NO MORTGAGE ON A COFFIN.

London : Robin Hood Press, [ca.1949]. [Second edition]. “His work was sabotage; his recreation women”. Gangsters, Nazi spies, and mistresses in East Coast America. Originally published by Wells Gardner, Darton & Co. in 1941, the book was voluntarily withdrawn from sale by the publishers when both they and the author pleaded guilty to obscenity charges relating to two other Glinto titles at the Old Bailey in May 1942. Although retaining the original 1941 date, the present edition from the Robin Hood Press (established in 1946) is manifestly somewhat later and roughly datable from the lower wrapper advertisement for a Bryn Logan western published in 1949.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 160pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; slight snag to head; some minor wear; some creasing; a few marks, nicks and spots; a good copy of a key title. No copy of this edition located in any major UK library.

£75

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GODDEN, Rumer (Margaret Rumer), 1907-1998 : THE GREENGAGE SUMMER.

GODDEN, Rumer (Margaret Rumer), 1907-1998 : THE GREENGAGE SUMMER.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1958. First edition. A lyrical and troubling coming of age in the green and gold of a French August. Later made into the 1961 film with Kenneth More (his favourite film), Susannah York, Jane Asher, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). [iv],(218),[ii]pp. Original jade cloth, lettered in gilt; just a touch sunned, but a very good copy in the pictorial dust-jacket – also very lightly sunned and with a single small chip, but also very good.

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GOLDSMITH, Oliver, 1728-1774 : SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER: OR, THE MISTAKES OF A NIGHT. A COMEDY. AS IT IS ACTED AT THE THEATRE-ROYAL IN COVENT-GARDEN.

GOLDSMITH, Oliver, 1728-1774 : SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER: OR, THE MISTAKES OF A NIGHT. A COMEDY. AS IT IS ACTED AT THE THEATRE-ROYAL IN COVENT-GARDEN.

London : for F. Newbery, 1773. First edition : the variant with the pagination corrected and the preliminaries reset to incorporate a half-title. Charles Marlow, George Hastings, Tony Lumpkin and the Hardcastles – Goldsmith’s legendary comedy of errors, first performed at Covent Garden on 15th March 1773. With a dedicatory epistle to Dr. Johnson and a verse prologue by David Garrick.
Demy 8vo (213 x 127mm). [viii],106,[ii]pp. Bound in an elegant recent quarter red morocco, banded and gilt in period style; marbled sides; all edges gilt; half-title washed; some occasional mild tanning, but a very good copy. With the reinserted bookplates of the collectors D. F. Appleton, Henry W. Poor, and Walter Thomas Wallace (1866-1922), this being the copy sold as part of the Wallace collection in New York in 1920.

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GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : THE MINISTRY OF FEAR : AN ENTERTAINMENT.

GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : THE MINISTRY OF FEAR : AN ENTERTAINMENT.

London : William Heinemann, (1943). First edition. Greene’s powerful evocation of London in the blitz – and a spy thriller full of guilt, menace and deceit. Informed by his work at the Ministry of Information – and turned into the 1944 Fritz Lang film noir, with Ray Milland and Marjorie Reynolds.
Crown 8vo (181 x 119mm). [vi],236,[ii]pp. Bound in a smart later half green morocco, lettered in gilt; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers; tiny corner clipped from front free endpaper; mild tanning of edges, but a very good and attractive copy of a difficult wartime Greene.

£200

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“GRIFF” – [BOYCE, David, 1916-1993] : SHOOT TO LIVE.

“GRIFF” – [BOYCE, David, 1916-1993] : SHOOT TO LIVE.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [1953]. First edition. “Master-spies, gunhawks, mobsters, hoods, all the unsavoury characters of the underworld ... A young scientist is kidnapped. He carries badly wanted secrets in his brain ... the secrets of that most despicable of all forms of death ... germ warfare!”. Mark Freeman of the FBI is on the case. The “Griff” house name here being used by David Boyce.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 127,[i]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a design by Len Potts – redhead dragged into gunfight; some light creasing and marking; mild spotting of edges; inked “X” on title-page; occasional light browning and discolouration of text, but overall a very good copy of an elusive and fragile title. Only the British Library copy located in any of the major libraries worldwide.

£50

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HADFIELD, John (John Charles Heywood), 1907-1999 : LOVE ON A BRANCH LINE.

HADFIELD, John (John Charles Heywood), 1907-1999 : LOVE ON A BRANCH LINE.

London : Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), (1959). First edition. Hadfield’s delightful fiction of a rural arcadia – a retreat to the “more enjoyable depths of an almost mythical East Anglia, where a backwoodsman peer lives in a private railway train, playing vintage jazz as an accompaniment to the amorous dalliance of three gorgeously amoral daughters ... extraordinary moonlight encounters, a drinking scene of classic proportion, a traction engine rally, and a comic cricket match which is the first serious rival to that of Macdonell’s England, Their England”.
Post 8vo (21cm). (292)pp. Original green cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in gilt and white across spine; a few marks; light spotting of edges and endpapers, but a very good copy in the original pictorial Philip Gough dust-jacket – a little sunned, worn, lightly marked, with a few short nicks and tears, but complete and attractive still.

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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : JUDE THE OBSCURE.

HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : JUDE THE OBSCURE.

London : Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., (1896) [i.e. 1895]. First edition : with six of the first eight gatherings in first state, with page numbers on all the partially blank pages. His last, most bleak, and most controversial novel. With an etched frontispiece of “Christminster” by Henry Macbeth-Raeburn (1860-1947) and Hardy’s map of Wessex at rear.
Post 8vo (21cm). (viii),(520)pp. Original holly green cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; top edge gilt; just slightly rubbed at extremities and faintly bruised; a few scattered spots to edges and endleaves; slight crack to rear endpaper, but still a very good copy.

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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : HUMAN SHOWS FAR PHANTASIES : SONGS, AND TRIFLES.

HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : HUMAN SHOWS FAR PHANTASIES : SONGS, AND TRIFLES.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1925. First edition. The last collection published in Hardy’s lifetime – 152 poems, most previously unpublished and mainly recently composed, although with a handful from earlier in his career.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [2],x,(280),(4)pp. Original green cloth gilt; some spotting of endpapers, but a very good, bright and largely unopened copy in the dust-jacket – just slightly tanned and with a small mark on upper panel, but also very good. Purdy pp.234-248.

£200

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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : SELECTED POEMS OF THOMAS HARDY.

HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : SELECTED POEMS OF THOMAS HARDY.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1940. First edition. A wartime selection of the best of Hardy, edited and introduced by the historian George Malcolm Young (1881-1959). “In the dark and threatening hours through which we are passing, Hardy, who ‘was steeped in the ancient music of rural England’, speaks to us of the homeland we are defending”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [2],xxxiv,(204)pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt and ruled in gilt and blind; endpapers very lightly tanned, but a very good, bright and sound copy in the dust-jacket – also very good indeed. Dated 1941 gift inscription on front free endpaper.

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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 & OTHERS : STORIES FROM “BLACK AND WHITE”.

HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 & OTHERS : STORIES FROM “BLACK AND WHITE”.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1893. First edition. Eight stories which had originally appeared in “Black and White” magazine, including Hardy’s “To Please His Wife”, as well as contributions from Grant Allen, J. M. Barrie, W. E. Norris, Eliza Lynn Linton, Margaret Oliphant, James Payn and W. Clarke Russell.
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,(350),[ii]pp. Illustrations by Maurice Greiffenhagen, William John Hennessy and others, some full-page, and including portraits of Hardy and other authors. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt, black and white; slightly rubbed; some spotting, mainly of edges and endpapers, but a very good copy. With the entertaining 1893 ownership inscription of a young man called Wakefield, who presented himself with the book on his twenty-first birthday.

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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : SELECTED POEMS : 1965-1975.

HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : SELECTED POEMS : 1965-1975.

London : Faber & Faber, (1980). First edition : [one of just 500 copies in hardback]. An extensive selection of Heaney’s earlier work, including many of his finest poems.
Post 8vo (21cm). 136pp. Original blue boards, lettered down spine in gilt; a very good copy indeed in a price-clipped dust-jacket – also very good indeed.

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HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : STATION ISLAND.

HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : STATION ISLAND.

London : Faber & Faber, (1984). First edition. One of the most celebrated collections of poems of modern times – “Many of these poems have a tough rind as though the author knew for his purposes deferred comprehension was better than instant. Obliquity suits him. Heaney’s talent, a prodigious one, is exfoliating and augmenting here” (Richard Ellman).
Post 8vo (21cm). (124),[iv] – including integral endpapers. Original black boards, ruled and lettered in gilt; a fine copy in an equally fine dust-jacket.

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HOGARTH, William, 1697-1764 : THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM HOGARTH; INCLUDING THE ANALYSIS OF BEAUTY ...

HOGARTH, William, 1697-1764 : THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM HOGARTH; INCLUDING THE ANALYSIS OF BEAUTY ...

London : S. Cornish, 1838. First edition of this attractive and convenient edition of Hogarth – engraved prints of all the paintings, etc., complete with notes, analysis and short essays on each, a life of Hogarth, and the full text of his own “Analysis of Beauty”.
Three volumes, bound in one. Post 8vo (204 x 118mm). viii,160; [ii],(128); [iv],(168)pp. Engraved extra titles to each volume and eighty-five plates. Bound in a later (early twentieth-century) handsome half red crushed morocco, banded and gilt, by Zaehnsdorf for A. C. McClurg & Co. of Chicago; top edge gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; minor wear and rubbing to joints and tips; a few minor internal marks and spots, but overall a very good copy. Ownership inscription and pictorial bookplate of the collector Roy McWilliams.

£125

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“HOPE, Anthony” – [HAWKINS, Sir Anthony Hope, 1863-1933] : THE PRISONER OF ZENDA : BEING THE HISTORY OF THREE MONTHS IN THE LIFE OF AN ENGLISH GENTLEMAN.

“HOPE, Anthony” – [HAWKINS, Sir Anthony Hope, 1863-1933] : THE PRISONER OF ZENDA : BEING THE HISTORY OF THREE MONTHS IN THE LIFE OF AN ENGLISH GENTLEMAN.

Bristol : J. W. Arrowsmith, [1894]. First edition : the secondary issue, with the verso of the title-page reset, eighteen titles (the last being the present work) listed at the rear in Arrowsmith’s 3/6 Series, and bound in the rather darker cloth with the “f” on the spine uncrossed. Loosely inserted in a slip of paper cut from a letter and mounted on thin card with the inscription “Yours very truly” and the signature “Anthony Hope Hawkins”. Filmed on a number of occasions, but most memorably in the David O. Selznick production of 1937, with Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll, Raymond Massey, Douglas Fairbanks, David Niven, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 310,[ii]pp. Original maroon cloth gilt; lightly sunned and faintly marked; some spotting of endpapers and prelims; a couple of gatherings a little tanned, but a good copy of the first and best of all Ruritanian adventures.

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HOPKINS, R. Thurston (Robert Thurston), 1884-1958 : FAMOUS BANK FORGERIES, ROBBERIES AND SWINDLES.

HOPKINS, R. Thurston (Robert Thurston), 1884-1958 : FAMOUS BANK FORGERIES, ROBBERIES AND SWINDLES.

London : Stanley Paul & Co., (1936). First edition. A fascinating study in the history of iniquity – the Uncrowned King of Crime; the Windell Fraud; Murder in the Fog; the £50,000 Bank-Note; the Josephine O’Dare Gang; the Kennaway Brothers, and many another tale. Back before 1936 the banks were apparently more likely to be victims than perpetrators.
Demy 8vo (215 x 132mm). 288pp. Plates. Portraits. Bound in a pleasant recent half green morocco, banded and gilt; some spotting, mainly of edges, but otherwise a very good copy.

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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : WODWO.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : WODWO.

London : Faber & Faber, (1967). First edition : in the uncommon secondary binding, lettered in silver rather than gilt. A collection of forty poems, five stories and a radio play.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 184pp. Original quarter red cloth, with grey cloth sides; a few faint spots to top edge, but a very good and bright copy in the Berthold Wolpe dust-jacket – a design in red and grey on white – also very good and fresh. Small contemporary ownership monogram and date. Sagar & Tabor A12a.i.

£100

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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : [COVER TITLE] SHAKESPEARE’S POEM.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : [COVER TITLE] SHAKESPEARE’S POEM.

London : Lexham Press, (1971). First edition : limited to 150 copies, “of which seventy-five numbered copies, signed by the author are for sale” – the present example being one these numbered and signed copies. Printed at the Trigram Press. Although not marked as such in any way, this copy (No. 43) formerly belonged to the poet Sir Stephen Spender (1909-1995).
Oblong crown 4to (20cm). [ii],[24],[ii]pp – the text printed on double leaves and numbered 1-22 in columns. Original matt black wrappers, ruled and lettered in glossy black; very good in the original matching paper portfolio – the latter lightly used and slightly frayed.

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HUME, Fergus (Fergusson Wright), 1859-1932 : THE DWARF’S CHAMBER AND OTHER STORIES.

HUME, Fergus (Fergusson Wright), 1859-1932 : THE DWARF’S CHAMBER AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Ward, Lock & Bowden, 1896. First edition. The title novella and eight short stories, the latter mainly detective tales – “The Jesuit and the Mexican Coin”, “The Rainbow Camellia”, “The Ivory Leg and the Twenty-Four Diamonds”, etc. – all admired for their cleverness and lightness of tone, foreshadowing the Golden Age of the interwar years. “They are all good, and the majority are in Mr Hume’s most terse and telling style” (Western Daily Press, 27th October 1896).
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,386,6pp. Numerous illustrations, some full-page, by Percy Spence, James Greig and others. Original black cloth, lettered in gilt on spine, and blocked and lettered in white and red in a stylish design on the upper cover; some wear at head and tail; endpapers a little tanned; a little shaken and slack; a few faint marks; rear endpaper cracking, but a good copy of an unusual book.

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HUNT, Leigh (James Henry Leigh), 1784-1859 : MEN, WOMEN, AND BOOKS; A SELECTION OF SKETCHES, ESSAYS, AND CRITICAL MEMOIRS, FROM HIS UNCOLLECTED PROSE WRITINGS.

HUNT, Leigh (James Henry Leigh), 1784-1859 : MEN, WOMEN, AND BOOKS; A SELECTION OF SKETCHES, ESSAYS, AND CRITICAL MEMOIRS, FROM HIS UNCOLLECTED PROSE WRITINGS.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1847. First edition. A sparkling collection of Hunt’s essays for the magazines – Hunt on fact and fiction; inside an omnibus; a visit to the zoo; beds and bedrooms; the world of books; a few remarks on the rare vice called lying; female beauty; statesmen-poets; English queens; social morality in Suckling and Jonson; the other side of Alexander Pope; the beneficence of bookstalls; bookbinding; British poetesses; Lady Mary Wortley Montagu; Pepys in Tangier; Madame de Sévigné – and much else.
Two volumes. Post 8vo (195 x 121mm). Bound in a delightful later (early twentieth-century) full emerald green crushed morocco, banded and extra gilt in an ivy design, by William Worsfold (1856-1929) of Soho; boards and turn-ins ruled and gilt in an extension of the design; top edges gilt; original pink cloth preserved at rear; spines just a touch darkened; a few minor internal marks and spots, but overall a very handsome set. Armorial bookplate of the book-collector Charles Waterman Armour in each volume, and discreet bookseller’s stamp of G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

£300

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“INNES, Michael” – [STEWART, John Innes Mackintosh, 1906-1994] : FROM LONDON FAR.

“INNES, Michael” – [STEWART, John Innes Mackintosh, 1906-1994] : FROM LONDON FAR.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1946. First edition. After a morning in the Reading Room, Richard Meredith accidentally triggers a password in the local tobacconist’s – trapdoors open, stolen Titians and Vermeers appear.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (246),[ii]pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; a touch of rubbing to extremities, a sprinkling of very faint spots, but overall a very good and sound copy in the Gollancz yellow dust-jacket – slightly faded; lightly worn and slightly chipped at tips, just affecting lettering at head; some spotting, particularly to rear panel, but essentially complete and not unattractive.

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

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

London : New Fiction Press, [1952]. First edition. The most notorious and most scrutinised of the books in the 1954 obscenity trial, with Heade at his very best on the front cover, with a tenderness sometimes lacking. Evidently based on James M. Cain’s “The Postman Always Rings Twice”, it is thought that the outline of the plot was supplied to Frances by Geoffrey Pardoe (Holland p.299).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a braceleted Heade blonde in lilac and an agony-or-ecstasy pose; tiny chips at tips; short tear and very faint crease to upper wrapper, the tiny tear continuing to first few leaves; a few faint spots, but a very good copy. Only a single copy (British Library) recorded in any major library worldwide. Williams and Holland 41.

£125

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JONES, Owen, 1809-1874 – illustrator :  THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS, AND OTHER RITES AND CEREMONIES ...

JONES, Owen, 1809-1874 – illustrator : THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS, AND OTHER RITES AND CEREMONIES ...

London : John Murray, 1845. First Owen Jones edition. One of the highlights of early Victorian book production and early colour printing – the text with decorative borders and initials throughout, many in colour, interspersed with divisional titles chromolithographed in gold and glowing colours, and illustrations drawn from the great masters.
Royal 8vo (239 x 153mm). xl,484pp. Eight illuminated titles by Jones, with four less elaborate by Henry Warren and John C. Horsley; vignettes, initials, borders and ornaments by Jones; illustrations by George Scharf after Raphael, etc.; original publisher’s roan over bevelled boards, richly gilt; expertly rebacked and refurbished, retaining the original spine; all edges gilt; some light rubbing, sunning and wear; inner hinges reinforced; some occasional spotting, but still an attractive copy of a handsome book. Small ownership stamp of the old Williams’s Library of Cheltenham.

£250

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KIPLING, Rudyard (Joseph Rudyard), 1865-1936 : STALKY & CO.

KIPLING, Rudyard (Joseph Rudyard), 1865-1936 : STALKY & CO.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1899. First edition. “In summer all right-minded boys built huts in the furze-hill behind the college – little lairs whittled out of the heart of the prickly bushes, full of stumps, odd root-ends, and spikes, but, since they were strictly forbidden, palaces of delight”.
Post 8vo (195 x 122mm). (xii),272,[ii]pp. Bound in a smart recent half red morocco; top edge gilt; original cloth gilt sides retained; a very attractive copy. Stewart 195.

£200

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LARKIN, Philip (Philip Arthur), 1922-1985 : THE WHITSUN WEDDINGS : POEMS.

LARKIN, Philip (Philip Arthur), 1922-1985 : THE WHITSUN WEDDINGS : POEMS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1964). First edition. A celebrated collection of thirty-two poems and one of the high points of twentieth-century poetry. “The poems were written in or near Hull, Yorkshire, with a succession of Royal Sovereign 2B pencils during the years 1955 to 1963” (Philip Larkin).
Demy 8vo (23cm). (46),[ii]pp. Original purple cloth, lettered down spine in gilt; a couple of tiny spots and two small numeric stamps to front endpaper, but otherwise a very good copy in the dust-jacket – a design in stone, green, red and black – also very good indeed. Bloomfield A7a.

£250

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LARKIN, Philip (Philip Arthur), 1922-1985 : TROUBLE AT WILLOW GABLES AND OTHER FICTIONS.

LARKIN, Philip (Philip Arthur), 1922-1985 : TROUBLE AT WILLOW GABLES AND OTHER FICTIONS.

London : Faber & Faber, (2002). First edition. Larkin’s original ambition was to be a novelist and the present volume gathers together his early fiction for girls written under the pseudonym “Brunette Coleman”, as well as unpublished drafts of two unfinished novels, “No for an Answer” and “A New World Symphony”, and further similar material. Edited by James Booth.
Demy 8vo (23cm). xlvi,498pp. Original blue boards, lettered in white; text very lightly tanned as usual, but a very good copy in a very good dust-jacket.

£50

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LAUDER, Sir Thomas Dick, 1784-1848 : LEGENDARY TALES OF THE HIGHLANDS. A SEQUEL TO HIGHLAND RAMBLES.

LAUDER, Sir Thomas Dick, 1784-1848 : LEGENDARY TALES OF THE HIGHLANDS. A SEQUEL TO HIGHLAND RAMBLES.

London : Henry Colburn, 1841. First edition. Lauder’s second collection of carefully preserved highland legends – a world of warlocks, water-kelpies, dominies and fighting men, with the Legend of the Clan-Allen Stewarts, etc.
Three volumes. Post 8vo (195 x 118mm). xxiv,292; [vi],294; [vi],(324)pp. Six etched plates by “Phiz” (Hablot Knight Browne). Bound in an attractive contemporary half red calf, with green labels, banded and gilt; marbled edges and endpapers; some mild rubbing and some occasional internal marking and spotting; plates spotted, but overall still a very good set.

£250

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LOVETT, Richard, 1851-1904 : LONDON PICTURES : DRAWN WITH PEN AND PENCIL.

LOVETT, Richard, 1851-1904 : LONDON PICTURES : DRAWN WITH PEN AND PENCIL.

London : Religious Tract Society, 1890. First edition. An interesting and heavily illustrated portrait of late Victorian London – chapters on civic and commercial London; the Tower of London; ecclesiastical London; the imperial government and the royal palaces, and legal and literary London.
Imperial 8vo (29cm). (224),8pp. One hundred and thirty illustrations – many full page – by William Logsdail (1859-1944) and others. Original pictorial cloth gilt; all edges gilt; some wear at extremities and slight snag at head; a few slight marks and spots, but a reasonable copy of an attractive production.

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MACAULAY, Rose (Dame Emilie Rose), 1881-1958 : KEEPING UP APPEARANCES.

MACAULAY, Rose (Dame Emilie Rose), 1881-1958 : KEEPING UP APPEARANCES.

London : W. Collins, Sons & Co. (1928). First edition. “One can always depend upon Miss Rose Macaulay to give us a novel with an underlying idea which is both original and unexpected ... one part satire and one part a very human document. And she has told her story with wit and humour” (The Tatler, 18 April 1928). Daisy, Daphne, and Marjorie trying to make a good impression and making a mess of their lives.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),(304),[viii]pp. Original red cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; cloth a little dulled and slightly marked; endpapers lightly tanned; some spotting to edges and prelims, but a good copy in the striking original dust-jacket – a bold pattern in red and cream – just slightly tanned and with some mild edgewear, but still very good.

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McEWAN, Ian (Ian Russell), 1948- : AMSTERDAM.

McEWAN, Ian (Ian Russell), 1948- : AMSTERDAM.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1998). First edition. Signed by Ian McEwan on the title-page. The winner of the 1998 Booker Prize, cited by the judges as “a sardonic and wise examination of the morals and culture of our time”.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],178,[vi]pp. Original black boards, lettered in silver; a very good copy indeed in the second state dust-jacket (with the addition of the Booker announcement) – also very good indeed.

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McEWAN, Ian (Ian Russell), 1948- : ATONEMENT.

McEWAN, Ian (Ian Russell), 1948- : ATONEMENT.

London : Jonathan Cape, (2001). First edition. “McEwan’s finest achievement. Brilliant and utterly enthralling in its depiction of childhood, love and war, England and class ...” – filmed in 2007 with Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). (372),[iv]pp. Original black boards, lettered in silver; a very good, bright and clean copy in the Chris Frazer Smith photographic dust-jacket – also very good barring a corner crease to the inner flap.

£50

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MAHAN, A.T. (Alfred Thayer), 1840-1914 : THE LIFE OF NELSON : THE EMBODIMENT OF THE SEA POWER OF GREAT BRITAIN.

MAHAN, A.T. (Alfred Thayer), 1840-1914 : THE LIFE OF NELSON : THE EMBODIMENT OF THE SEA POWER OF GREAT BRITAIN.

London : Sampson Low, Marston & Co., 1897. First edition : the London issue of the American sheets. The great American strategist concentrates on Nelson’s professional life – a magisterial historical and tactical analysis, with an exploration of the whole notion of sea power and its meaning both in Nelson’s time and among the Great Powers at the close of the nineteenth century.
Two volumes. Demy 8vo (216 x 144mm). (xxviii),454; (xx),(428)pp. Plates. Portraits. Maps and plans, some folding. Bound in an elegant contemporary half navy calf by Henry Bickers & Son of Leicester Square, banded and gilt with nautical motifs; marbled edges and endpapers; a little rubbed, worn and dulled; boards lightly marked, but internally a very good and clean set. Pencilled 1897 gift inscription from C. B. (Cecilia Bowman) and the pictorial bookplates of the recipient – her husband, the solicitor John Frederick Bowman (1850-1914), son of the surgeon Sir William Bowman.

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“MANSFIELD, Katherine” –  [MURRY, Kathleen Mansfield, 1888-1923] : SOMETHING CHILDISH AND OTHER STORIES.

“MANSFIELD, Katherine” – [MURRY, Kathleen Mansfield, 1888-1923] : SOMETHING CHILDISH AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Constable & Co., (1924). First edition. A collection of twenty-five stories written between 1908 and 1920, including the semi-autobiographical “An Indiscreet Journey”, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [2],(x),(260)pp. Original grey cloth, ruled and lettered in blue; some spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the typographic dust-jacket – lightly tanned and with minor wear and a few short nicks, but also very good. Pictorial bookplate of Marjorie Dickson and small bookseller’s label of the Bucks County Book Shop of Amersham on front endpaper.

£150

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MARRYAT, Frederick, 1792-1848 : THE PHANTOM SHIP.

MARRYAT, Frederick, 1792-1848 : THE PHANTOM SHIP.

London : Henry Colburn, 1839. First edition. Marryat’s celebrated tale of the Flying Dutchman, ghost ships, holy relics, Arabian magic, demon pilots, and the Inquisition, which also manages to incorporate the story of the White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains, often separately anthologised and credited as “the first significant werewolf tale in English, and still one of the best” (Bleiler).
Three volumes. Post 8vo. [iv],300; [ii],(290); [ii],266pp. Bound, with the half-title in vol.i, but without the advertisements in vol.iii, in a handsome, later (early twentieth-century) half red crushed morocco, banded and prettily gilt by Riviere & Son; top edges gilt; marbled endleaves; spines a touch dulled; some light rubbing and wear to joints and tips; internally a few minor marks, spots and creases, but otherwise a very attractive set.

£750

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MASEFIELD, John (John Edward), 1878-1967 : THE BOX OF DELIGHTS : OR, WHEN THE WOLVES WERE RUNNING.

MASEFIELD, John (John Edward), 1878-1967 : THE BOX OF DELIGHTS : OR, WHEN THE WOLVES WERE RUNNING.

London : William Heinemann, (1935). First edition. Kay Harker and the battle for the magical box.
Crown 8vo (190 x 120mm). [viii],(418)pp. Pictorial head and tailpieces. Bound in a handsome recent full blue morocco, banded and gilt; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; minor marks to half-title, but otherwise a most attractive copy. Dated (1949) gift inscription to half-title.

£400

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MORGAN, Charles (Charles Langbridge), 1894-1958 : THE GUNROOM.

MORGAN, Charles (Charles Langbridge), 1894-1958 : THE GUNROOM.

London : A. & C. Black, 1919. First edition. Morgan’s extraordinary and “deadly true” first novel, written while a prisoner-of-war and rewritten after his manuscript was lost at sea. His searing account of the systematic and sadistic bullying of tyro midshipmen in the Royal Navy of the time led to the book’s strange disappearance from the bookshops – never officially suppressed but, as Morgan later recalled, “the ordinary means of distribution ceased to be available to it. How this was brought about I do not know, but as the Navy has a Secret Service, I draw my own conclusions”.
Post 8vo (21cm). viii,348pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt and ruled in blind; a touch rubbed; spine a little sunned (as often); some spotting of edges and endpapers, but a good and sound copy of a difficult title. Related press-cuttings loosely inserted.

£100

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

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

London : John Murray, 1824. First edition. The picaresque adventures of Hajji Baba, variously barber, doctor, executioner and rogue – a delicious satire on Persia and the Persians by the diplomat James Morier. An immediate best-seller, it was reportedly believed in Persia to be an English translation of a Persian author. “English gentleman say, Hajji Baba very clever book, but I think not clever at all – very foolish book. You must not be angry with me, sir. I your old friend, sir. God know, I your very good friend to you sir. But now you must write other book, and praise Persian peoples very much. I swear very much to the king you never write Hajji Baba”.
Three volumes. Foolscap 8vo (160 x 95mm). (lxxvi),272; [iv],(404); [iv],(388)pp. Bound in a neat contemporary half calf, ruled, lettered and tooled in gilt; marbled sides; sprinkled edges; a little rubbed and worn; fore-edges slightly frayed; some minor marks and creases, but a good set. With the ownership inscriptions of Lord King – Peter King, 6th Baron King (1776-1833), with the family stamps of the libraries at Ashley Combe and Ben Damph Forest.

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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 deadly satire is never far away.
Two volumes. Crown 12mo (169 x 102mm). xxxii,306; [ii],352pp. Bound, without final imprint leaf to vol.i and half-title to vol.ii, in a stylish contemporary full plum calf, banded and prettily gilt, with green and black labels; sprinkled edges; lightly sunned and with some light wear; a sprinkling of spots, but a very good set.

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NORTON, R.A. : THROUGH BEATNIK EYEBALLS : A NOVEL OF TEEN-AGE LIFE.

NORTON, R.A. : THROUGH BEATNIK EYEBALLS : A NOVEL OF TEEN-AGE LIFE.

London : Pedigree Books (Edwin Self), (1961). First edition. “Here, for the first time, is a serious book written about teenagers, by a teenager and in a language that has delighted teenagers in America and Britain. It is written mainly in the now famous Kookie-talk” – the story of Fenella the clinker from way out – “Orbit strictly unknown. Destination nowhere!” – a cult classic of the beat generation, with a seven-page glossary of Kookie-talk for “Bods from Squaresville”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). (160)pp. Original pictorial wrappers – a design by M. Atkinson; wrappers rubbed, lightly worn, slightly creased and a little split; minor discolouration in places, but a reasonable copy. Just five copies located in major libraries worldwide – only one (British Library) in the UK.

£50

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Ó’FAOLÁIN, Seán – [WHELAN, John Francis, 1900-1991] : A NEST OF SIMPLE FOLK : A NOVEL.

Ó’FAOLÁIN, Seán – [WHELAN, John Francis, 1900-1991] : A NEST OF SIMPLE FOLK : A NOVEL.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1933). First edition. The daughter of a county family marries the son of one of the tenants and is rejected by her kith and kin – a fine and unsentimental novel of Irish life.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (414),[ii]pp. Original olive cloth, blocked and lettered in yellow; edges spotted, but otherwise a very good copy in the stylish dust-jacket – slightly darkened at foot of spine and with just a touch of edge-wear, but also very good.

£200

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OGILVY, James S. (James Spence), 1859?-1917 : RELICS & MEMORIALS OF LONDON CITY.

OGILVY, James S. (James Spence), 1859?-1917 : RELICS & MEMORIALS OF LONDON CITY.

London : Blackfriars Publishing Co., [1910]. First edition : the variant Blackfriars imprint. A handsomely produced and illustrated record of corners of the City of London that “still make London a land of dreams, and, more than any other, a city of shrines – a place of memories”.
Demy 4to (29cm). viii,(264)pp. Sixty-four colour plates by the author. Original pictorial cloth gilt; top edge gilt; slightly bruised at foot; some internal spotting, but still an attractive copy. Gift inscription dated 1913 to the young Charles Arthur Oakey (1900-1980) from his uncle and aunt.

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OGILVY, James S. (James Spence), 1859?-1917 : RELICS & MEMORIALS OF LONDON TOWN.

OGILVY, James S. (James Spence), 1859?-1917 : RELICS & MEMORIALS OF LONDON TOWN.

London : Blackfriars Publishing Co., [1911]. First edition : the variant Blackfriars imprint. “A permanent record in colour of historic buildings scattered over a wide area ... the tangible relics of bygone history pass one by one under the house-breakers’ hands, and when another generation has gone their numbers will be few indeed”. A handsome record by the artist James Ogilvy, mainly of the lesser-known and more vulnerable London buildings, together with his well-informed accompanying text.
Demy 4to (29cm). x,316pp. Fifty-two coloured plates by the author. Original pictorial cloth gilt; top edge gilt; bruised at foot; some internal spotting, but a good copy of an attractive production. Gift inscription dated 1913 to the young Charles Arthur Oakey (1900-1980) from his uncle and aunt.

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PEACOCK, William, 1839?-1910 – publisher : GALL & INGLIS’ MAP OF ENGLAND. WITH THE RAILWAYS.

PEACOCK, William, 1839?-1910 – publisher : GALL & INGLIS’ MAP OF ENGLAND. WITH THE RAILWAYS.

London : W. Peacock, [ca.1862]. An attractive map from the Edinburgh publishers James Gall (1784-1872) and Robert Inglis (1820?-1887), here fashioned as a dissected puzzle by William Peacock. The counties of England and Wales broadly speaking each represent a single piece of the puzzle. William Peacock took over his father’s map dissecting business in or about 1861, and to judge from the extent and reach of the railway system, this map must have been prepared at about that time. Peacock went on to become the best known brand name for jigsaw puzzles of the late nineteenth century.
Lithograph on paper, with full original hand colour. Printed surface 573 x 466mm (approx. 22-1/2” x 18-3/8”). Dissected, mounted on wood, and housed in a Peacock’s “Superior Dissected Maps” wooden box with sliding pictorial lid. Small loss to a portion of Cumberland; the box a little rubbed and scuffed, but otherwise in very good condition.

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POTTER, Beatrix (Helen Beatrix), 1866-1943 : THE TALE OF MRS. TITTLEMOUSE.

POTTER, Beatrix (Helen Beatrix), 1866-1943 : THE TALE OF MRS. TITTLEMOUSE.

London : Frederick Warne & Co., 1910. First edition. “Once upon a time there was a wood-mouse, and her name was Mrs. Tittlemouse. She lived in a bank under a hedge”. Cover design, endpapers and colour illustrations by the author.
Pott 4to (15cm). (86)pp. Original variant blue boards, with pictorial onlay; a little rubbed and slightly marked; internally a few small marks and slight flaws, but overall a very good copy of a fragile production. Ownership blind-stamp featuring the letter “V” on front free endpaper.

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POWELL, Anthony (Anthony Dymoke), 1905-2000 : AT LADY MOLLY’S : A NOVEL.

POWELL, Anthony (Anthony Dymoke), 1905-2000 : AT LADY MOLLY’S : A NOVEL.

London : William Heinemann, (1957). First edition. It’s 1934 and Widmerpool is thinking of marriage. The fourth volume in the “Dance to the Music of Time” sequence.
Crown 8vo. (20cm). [viii],(240)pp. Original red-pink cloth, blocked in black and lettered in gilt; slight spotting of top edge, but a very good copy in the Broom Lynne dust-jacket – just lightly sunned and with a few faint marks, but also very good.

£125

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PUNSHON, E.R. (Ernest Robertson), 1872-1956 : THE ATTENDING TRUTH.

PUNSHON, E.R. (Ernest Robertson), 1872-1956 : THE ATTENDING TRUTH.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1952. First edition. Owen of the Yard investigates the murder of an unassuming commercial traveller in Pending Dale – “What is distinction? ... in the works of Mr. E. R. Punshon we salute it every time” (Dorothy L. Sayers).
Cown 8vo (20cm). (224)pp. Original red boards, lettered in gilt; text lightly tanned, but a very good copy of an elusive book in the Gollancz yellow dust-jacket – price-clipped, a little spotted and with a few tiny nicks, minuscule chips and a couple of short tears, but otherwise itself very good.

£75

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ROLLIN, Charles, 1661-1741 : THE ANCIENT HISTORY OF THE EGYPTIANS, CARTHAGINIANS, ASSYRIANS, BABYLONIANS, MEDES AND PERSIANS, MACEDONIANS AND GREEKS.

ROLLIN, Charles, 1661-1741 : THE ANCIENT HISTORY OF THE EGYPTIANS, CARTHAGINIANS, ASSYRIANS, BABYLONIANS, MEDES AND PERSIANS, MACEDONIANS AND GREEKS.

London : for James, John and Paul Knapton, 1734-1736. First edition in English. Rollin’s sprawling history of the ancient world – by far the most influential and popular account of its time – reprinted again and again until the late nineteenth century. Although three supplementary volumes were published in 1737-1739, the set was evidently regarded by many readers as complete in ten volumes by 1736 and a good number of sets in the major institutions are similarly restricted to this number. A nineteenth-century pencilled instruction at the front of the present set confirms that only ten volumes were ever sent to the bookbinder “to be lettered and gilt on the backs” – in fact to be labelled. Originally published in Paris from 1730 onwards.
Ten volumes (ex thirteen). Crown 8vo (190 x 112mm). Bound in near contemporary full calf, banded and ruled in gilt, with later contrasting orange and black labels; sprinkled edges; some minor wear; boards a little rubbed and slightly pitted; a couple of short splits, but overall a very good, clean and attractive set. With the library stamps of Ben Damph Forest, part of the Torridon estate of the Earls of Lovelace, and (in vol.iii only) the name of an earlier family home at Ashley Combe in Somerset.

£750

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SELDEN, John, 1584-1654 : THE TABLE-TALK OF JOHN SELDEN ESQ.

SELDEN, John, 1584-1654 : THE TABLE-TALK OF JOHN SELDEN ESQ.

London : William Pickering, 1847. First Pickering edition. “The not distinguishing where things should be distinguished, and the not confounding, where things should be confounded, is the cause of all the mistakes in the world” and other majestic thinking from the “glory of the English nation”, the jurist and scholar John Selden. Collections of Selden’s table-talk had appeared since the seventeenth century, but are here introduced by a long “biographical preface” from Samuel Weller Singer (1783-1858) – “There are few volumes of its size so pregnant with sense, combined with the most profound learning; it is impossible to open it without finding some important fact ... something practically useful and applicable to the business of life”. Printed by Charles Whittingham at Chiswick.
Foolscap 8vo (164 x 100mm). cxxxiv,[2],(258)pp. Portrait frontispiece. Bound in an elegant later (mid twentieth-century) half tan crushed morocco; all edges gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; just a hint of sunning, a few faint spots to binder’s blanks, but overall a very good, sound and clean copy. Dated 1957 ownership inscription of David Fyfe Anderson (1904-1988), the Scottish obstetrician.

£125

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[SHERIDAN, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816] :  THE RIVALS, A COMEDY. AS IT IS ACTED AT THE THEATRE-ROYAL IN COVENT-GARDEN.

[SHERIDAN, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816] : THE RIVALS, A COMEDY. AS IT IS ACTED AT THE THEATRE-ROYAL IN COVENT-GARDEN.

London : for John Wilkie, 1775. First edition : the variant with the catchword “Epi-” on p.100. His first play and the first appearance in print of this great classic of the London stage – the immortal Mrs Malaprop, Lydia Languish, eighteenth-century Bath, etc.
Post 8vo (203 x 124mm). (xiv),100,[ii]pp – a later binder has moved the epilogue leaf to its correct position at the rear of the volume. Bound, without half-title, in a handsome (early twentieth-century) full red sealskin, ruled and tooled in gilt, by Lloyd; all edges gilt; just a hint of rubbing; tape-marks to endpapers; rear endpaper slightly chipped, but overall still a very good copy. ESTC T45136. Contemporary ownership inscription of Henry Bridges, and the 1921 bookplate of the Chicago magnate John Alden Spoor (1851-1926), engraved by Sir Emery Walker (1851-1933).

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SILLITOE, Alan, 1928-2010 : THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER.

SILLITOE, Alan, 1928-2010 : THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER.

London : W. H. Allen, 1959. First edition. His second book, winner of the Hawthornden prize, the title novella memorably filmed by Tony Richardson, with Tom Courtenay and Michael Redgrave, in 1962. With eight further short stories, including “On Saturday Afternoon”, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). 176pp. Original grey cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; a touch of fading; endpapers very lightly tanned, but a very good copy in the original Mona Moore dust-jacket – just lightly used.

£250

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“SMITH, Shelley” – [BODINGTON, Nancy Hermione, 1912-1998] : BACKGROUND FOR MURDER.

“SMITH, Shelley” – [BODINGTON, Nancy Hermione, 1912-1998] : BACKGROUND FOR MURDER.

London : Gerald G. Swan, (1942). Her first crime novel – and we meet the curious investigator Jacob Chaos. Murder in a madhouse – Dr Royd has been killed and any number of people had good cause.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (224)pp. Plan. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; front free endpaper neatly excised; text a little tanned, but otherwise a very good copy in the striking original dust-jacket – a little trimmed, slightly marked and very lightly worn and nicked, but also very good.

£50

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SOUTHGATE, Henry, 1818-1888 – editor : WHAT MEN HAVE SAID ABOUT WOMAN. A COLLECTION OF CHOICE THOUGHTS AND SENTENCES.

SOUTHGATE, Henry, 1818-1888 – editor : WHAT MEN HAVE SAID ABOUT WOMAN. A COLLECTION OF CHOICE THOUGHTS AND SENTENCES.

London : Routledge, Warne, & Routledge, 1865. First edition. “A bouquet of literary blossoms” – an extraordinary anthology of hundreds of quotations, culled from hundreds of authors, and all “devoted by Man to the exaltation of Woman”.
Crown 8vo (179 x 119mm). [2],xxviii,320pp. Eight wood-engraved plates engraved by the Dalziels from the designs of John Dawson Watson (1832-1982). Bound in a handsome contemporary full red panelled sealskin, banded and gilt, for Thomas Harrison of Pall Mall, bookseller to the Queen; all edges gilt; marker ribbon; a few very minor signs of age and use; a few slight spots, but a very good copy of a charming production. Dated 1950 ownership inscription of David Fyfe Anderson (1904-1988), the Scottish obstetrician.

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STERNE, Laurence, 1713-1768 : THE WORKS OF LAURENCE STERNE IN TEN VOLUMES COMPLETE.

STERNE, Laurence, 1713-1768 : THE WORKS OF LAURENCE STERNE IN TEN VOLUMES COMPLETE.

London : for J. Dodsley, J. Johnson, G. G. J. and J. Robinson, T. Cadell, J. Murray [and others], 1793. A handsome early collected edition of Sterne, comprising “Tristram Shandy”, “A Sentimental Journey”, three volumes of sermons and two of letters, as well as “A Fragment in the Manner of Rabelais” and “The History of a Watch-Coat”, together with his own memoir of his life and family.
Ten volumes. Crown 8vo (175 x 112mm). Engraved portraits of both Sterne and his daughter Lydia, his daughter shown sitting beside the Nollekens bust of her father, engraved by James Caldwall from a painting by Benjamin West. Plates. Marbled leaf. Bound in a most attractive contemporary tree calf, prettily gilt and with contrasting red and green labels; lemon edges; some minor rubbing, a few slight marks and minor signs of age and use, but overall a very good and clean set with an attractive provenance. From the library of Fasque Castle, with the Fasque bookplates and ownership inscriptions, dated Liverpool 1798, of (Sir) John Gladstone (1764-1851). Gladstone was the father of William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898) and this set would have formed part of the household furniture among which the four-times prime minister grew up.

£750

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STEVENSON, Francis Seymour, 1862-1938 : HISTORIC PERSONALITY.

STEVENSON, Francis Seymour, 1862-1938 : HISTORIC PERSONALITY.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1893. First edition. An interesting and erudite discourse from the British parliamentarian and scholar on the variety of ways of knowing and understanding the great figures of the past – via history, biography, autobiography, diaries, memoirs, letters, table-talk, characterisation, monumental inscriptions, portraiture and, not least, imaginative literature. With passing reference to Aristotle, Boswell, Julius Caesar, Lord Chesterfield, Goethe, Dr Johnson, La Bruyère, Rousseau, Shakespeare, Theophrastus, Voltaire, etc., etc. The present extra-illustrated copy has been enlivened by the insertion of thirty-seven engraved portraits, culled from various sources, of a number of the figures mentioned (although the hand-coloured plate inserted as a frontispiece would appear to be a portrait of Robert Stevenson, the engineer, rather than of the author).
Crown 8vo (191 x 125mm). (viii),140pp. Thirty-seven engraved or lithographed portraits inserted. Bound in a handsome near contemporary half blue crushed morocco, banded and gilt, by Blackwell – I think Henry Blackwell (1851-1928) of New York, rather than the Oxford booksellers; top edge gilt; marbled sides and matching endpapers; a hint of rubbing and a few very minor signs of age; a sprinkling of internal spots, but a very good copy.

£100

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TEMPLE THOMSON & CLARK : THAMES WHARVES.

TEMPLE THOMSON & CLARK : THAMES WHARVES.

London : J. D. Potter, [ca.1905]. A striking and unusual map displaying (in two portions) the stretch of the tidal Thames from Charing Cross to Gravesend – the upper portion going downstream to Barking Reach, the larger lower portion from Halfway Reach on to Gravesend. At a scale of four inches to one sea mile, the prinicipal feature is the identification in red of over 180 steamship wharves, with notes on vessel lengths, average spring and neap depths, etc. Compiled by the steamship owners and brokers Temple, Thomson & Clark, from their address at 38 Leadenhall Street – premises they appear to have occupied for a short while either side of 1905 – and published by the nautical equipment firm established by John Dennett Potter of the Minories.
Colour printed lithograph on paper. Printed surface 665 x 995mm (approx. 26-1/4” x 39-1/4”). Dissected, mounted on linen, and folding into marbled guards; a little worn with some surface creasing; some damage to right hand margin, not affecting image; some holes, short splits and repaired tears to folds, but in reasonable condition for a scarce and heavily used working map of this type. Just two copies (Bodleian and British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£400

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THOMAS, Dylan (Dylan Marlais), 1914-1953 : ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE.

THOMAS, Dylan (Dylan Marlais), 1914-1953 : ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE.

London : Putnam, (1955). First British and first separate edition : a pencilled note states this to be the first issue, without the copyright notice on the verso of the title-page – a point not mentioned by Rolph. The unfinished and partly autobiographical novel, originally published with other material a few months earlier in the USA. With a foreword by Vernon Watkins.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (116)pp. Original black boards, ruled and lettered in gilt; endpapers faintly tanned, but a very good copy in the original Gross-André dust-jacket – a design in purple, pink, black and white – a little sunned and tanned as usual, but also very good.

£125

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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : CASTLE RICHMOND. A NOVEL.

TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : CASTLE RICHMOND. A NOVEL.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1860. First edition : Sadleir’s second state text, with the numerous minor corrections. Although Sadleir rightly distinguishes between the corrected and uncorrected texts, his evidence would seem to suggest that the pre-May 1860 copies he designates as being “first issue” were more in the nature of advance copies. The book was not in fact published until 10th May. An important early Trollope title – love, inheritance, blackmail and famine in Ireland – as Trollope recalled in later life, “The heroine has two lovers, one of whom is a scamp and the other a prig”.
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (194 x 122mm). vi,(304); [2],iv,300; vi,(290)pp. Bound, with the half-titles but without the publishers’ catalogue sometimes found, in a smart later (twentieth-century) half red morocco by Bayntun-Riviere, banded and gilt; top edges gilt; original cloth upper covers bound in a rear; a few minor internal marks and spots; slight marking to head of fore-edges, but a very good set. Sadleir 10.

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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE BELTON ESTATE.

TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE BELTON ESTATE.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1866 [i.e.1865]. First edition. Clara Amedroz has to choose between kind and generous Will Belton and smooth and urbane Captain Aylmer – probably one of Trollope’s most undervalued novels and certainly one of the hardest to find in first edition. As long ago as 1928 Michael Sadleir wrote that “‘The Belton Estate’ in first edition, through some hazard of publishing history which I cannot explain, has simply disappeared. I have no record of ‘The Belton Estate’ being offered for sale in a bookshop catalogue or at auction”.
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (187 x 116mm). iv,284; iv,308; iv,276pp. Half-titles not called for. Bound, without the publishers’ catalogue sometimes found, in a pleasant contemporary half blue polished calf, banded and gilt; marbled sides, edges and endleaves; lightly sunned; a little rubbed and slightly scuffed; binder’s blanks neatly excised at the front of each volume; some slight marks and faint creases, but overall a very good, sound, and handsome set. Ownership inscription of R. E. Broome in each volume. Sadleir 22. Wolff 6767.

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WALLACE, Edgar (Richard Horatio Edgar), 1875-1932 : THE FOUR JUST MEN.

WALLACE, Edgar (Richard Horatio Edgar), 1875-1932 : THE FOUR JUST MEN.

London : Tallis Press, 1905. First edition. His first thriller – the assassination of the Foreign Secretary. Launched in a blaze of publicity Wallace could not afford, the front cover advertises a total of £500 in prizes to anyone capable of solving the final mystery. The present copy has the original numbered competition slip (detached but present) and an earlier owner has typed out and inserted the solution as it appeared in a subsequent edition, with the pictorial label from that edition.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 224,[ii]pp. Folding frontispiece. Perforated competition slip. Original amber cloth, lettered in black; spine a touch sunned, with just a hint of wear at tips; endpapers a little tanned; some spotting, mainly of edges and prelims, but a very good and still bright copy. Bookplate of L. E. Alderman.

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“WATERS” – [RUSSELL, William, 1805?-1876?] : RECOLLECTIONS OF A DETECTIVE POLICE-OFFICER / [FIRST AND] SECOND SERIES.

“WATERS” – [RUSSELL, William, 1805?-1876?] : RECOLLECTIONS OF A DETECTIVE POLICE-OFFICER / [FIRST AND] SECOND SERIES.

London : J. & C. Brown & Co. / London : W. Kent & Co., 1856-1859. First edition. The very first appearance in fiction of a Scotland Yard detective, indeed the very first English detective stories. Originally published in “Chambers’ Edinburgh Journal” between 1849 and 1852, with some of the stories appearing in book form in New York in 1852, the present publication is the first appearance of all eleven, with a final twelfth tale not previously published. Bound together with the present copy is the scarce Second Series of 1859 – a further eight stories by “Waters” of the Yard, the narrator invented by journalist William Russell.
Two volumes, bound as one. Foolscap 8vo (157 x 98mm). (310); [viii],262pp. With the half-title to the second volume, but the variant without the frontispiece sometimes found in vol.i. Bound in a neat contemporary half calf, banded and ruled in gilt; sprinkled edges; some mild rubbing and light wear, a few spots to prelims, but a very good copy of a cornerstone of the genre. With a contemporary W. H. Smith blind stamp on title and the contemporary ownership inscription of C. W. Williams Wynn – Charles Watkin Williams Wynn J.P. (1822-1896), Oxford educated barrister and M.P. for Montgomeryshire for nearly twenty years.

£1,250

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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 and a touch sunned; endpapers and edges a little tanned, with a sprinkling of spots, but otherwise a very good and still bright copy.

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WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : [SWORD OF HONOUR – THE CROUCHBACK TRILOGY].

WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : [SWORD OF HONOUR – THE CROUCHBACK TRILOGY].

London : Chapman & Hall, 1952-1961. A first edition set of the separately published “Men at Arms” (1952), “Officers and Gentlemen” (1955) and “Unconditional Surrender” (1961).
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (180 x 113mm). (vi),314; [x],(336); [viii],(312)pp. A fine set bound in an elegant recent full red morocco, banded and ruled in gilt, by Bayntun-Riviere; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; an excellent set, clean and fresh.

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WILLIAMS, Montagu (Montagu Stephen), 1835-1892 :  ROUND LONDON : DOWN EAST AND UP WEST.

WILLIAMS, Montagu (Montagu Stephen), 1835-1892 : ROUND LONDON : DOWN EAST AND UP WEST.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1892. First edition. Montagu Williams Q.C., variously schoolmaster, soldier, actor, dramatist, journalist, leading barrister and police magistrate known in the East End as “the poor man’s magistrate”, with a fine series of lively essays (all based on true stories) portraying life across Victorian London – down east with East End Shows, Match Girls, Sclater Street Birds, Griddlers or Street Singers, the London Hospital, Clerkenwell Green, Ratcliff Highway, Sunday at the East End (including cricket in Bethnal Green), Burglarious Bill, From the East End to Ramsgate, etc. – and up west with Climbing the Ladder (enter plutocracy), Descending the Ladder, Modern Stockbrokers, Huckstering Hymen (the marriage market), the Company Promoter, Things Theatrical, Covent Garden, Floss and Floss (lawyers), the Road to Ruin, Moneylenders, Talent in Tatters, and the London Season. With a preface by Charles Dickens Jr.
Crown 8vo (20cm). xii,244pp. Original cloth gilt; one corner slightly bumped, a few minor marks and faint signs of age and use, but a very good and bright copy.

£100

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WILLIAMSON, George, 1825-1903 : MEMORIALS OF THE LINEAGE, EARLY LIFE, EDUCATION, AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE GENIUS OF JAMES WATT.

WILLIAMSON, George, 1825-1903 : MEMORIALS OF THE LINEAGE, EARLY LIFE, EDUCATION, AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE GENIUS OF JAMES WATT.

Edinburgh : for the Watt Club, by Thomas Constable, 1856. First edition. A handsome and valuable account, drawn from documentary sources, of the life, career and family of James Watt (1736-1819), inventor of the steam condenser, proponent of the concept of horsepower – and the man for whom we name watts and wattage as units of power.
Crown 4to (245 x 193mm). (xii),262pp. Plates, portraits, facsimiles, diagrams, some folding. Folding map. Tipped-in facsimile letter and explanatory note. Bound in a smart contemporary half blue roan, banded and gilt, by W. Smith of Dundee; marbled edges and endpapers; some mild rubbing; a few slight marks and spots, but overall a very good copy. Contemporary armorial bookplate of Peter Carmichael.

£200

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : YOUNG MEN IN SPATS.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : YOUNG MEN IN SPATS.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1936). First edition : in the variant orange binding. A memorable collection of eleven short stories, including the classic “Uncle Fred Flits By” and one of Wodehouse’s personal favourites, “The Amazing Hat Mystery”. The contents differ slightly from that of the later American edition.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 312,[viii]pp. Original orange cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; spine just a touch dulled; edges and endpapers spotted, but still overall a very good copy.

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WYLD, James, 1790-1836 : ENVIRONS OF LONDON.

WYLD, James, 1790-1836 : ENVIRONS OF LONDON.

London : James Wyld, 1891. An attractive circular map of the environs of London on a scale of half an inch to a mile, extending north beyond Hertford and Ware, east to Tilbury, south to Dorking and Edenbridge, and westwards to Windsor and Eton. Coloured circles indicate places respectively within four miles and twelve miles of Charing Cross, Originally published in 1832 and revised and updated by Wyld’s son and grandson until the present version, which is the last known.
Lithograph on paper with delicate original hand colour. Printed surface 620 x 610mm (approx. 24-3/8” x 24”). Dissected, mounted on linen, and folding into a Wyld cloth case, with paper labels (cover title “Wyld’s New Map of Country Round London”); case a little worn and spine label chipped; pinholes to upper margin of map; a few slight creases, but the map overall in very good state. Ownership stamp of James Scott in two places, with some pencilled addition to the map beyond the south-west corner. Hyde D&H 344 – not listing this edition.

£400

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YONGE, Charlotte Mary, 1823-1901 : LOVE AND LIFE : AN OLD STORY IN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY COSTUME.

YONGE, Charlotte Mary, 1823-1901 : LOVE AND LIFE : AN OLD STORY IN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY COSTUME.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1880. First edition. “There is always a pleasurable feeling of expectation in opening a new novel by Miss Yonge and that lady’s many admirers need not be told that there is a certainty of more or less satisfaction from anything she writes” (Morning Post, 14th September 1880). A lost inheritance, a secret love – Major Delavie and his three daughters encounter the wonderfully villainous Lady Belamour.
Two volumes. Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],288; [viii],304pp. Original green cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt, and blocked in black; a little rubbed and worn; endpapers cracking; a little slack; a few internal marks, nicks and spots, but a good and serviceable cloth set.

£125

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[YONGE, Charlotte Mary, 1823-1901] : A BOOK OF GOLDEN DEEDS OF ALL TIMES AND ALL LANDS : GATHERED AND NARRATED BY THE AUTHOR OF “THE HEIR OF REDCLYFFE”.

[YONGE, Charlotte Mary, 1823-1901] : A BOOK OF GOLDEN DEEDS OF ALL TIMES AND ALL LANDS : GATHERED AND NARRATED BY THE AUTHOR OF “THE HEIR OF REDCLYFFE”.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1908. A collection of fifty historical tales of heroism and self-denial intended as “a treasury for young people”, or “a mother’s storehouse for reading aloud to her boys” – Alcestis and Antigone, The Pass of Thermopylae, The Shepherd Girl of Nanterre, The Keys of Calais, Sir Thomas More’s Daughter, The Children in the Wood of the Far South, etc. Originally published in 1864.
Foolscap 8vo (154 x 98mm). (xii),454pp. Engraved pictorial title-page. Bound in a very pretty contemporary half navy calf, banded and gilt; red label; top edge gilt; a few trifling signs of age, but a very good, clean and partially unopened copy. With the attractive 1914 bookplate of Maude Hawke (1888-1976), etched by her Tyneside neighbour, Sir Henry John Fanshawe Badeley (1874-1951), and the later 1950 ownership inscription of David Fyfe Anderson.

£50

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