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ALDISS, Brian (Brian Wilson), 1925-2017 : AN AGE.

ALDISS, Brian (Brian Wilson), 1925-2017 : AN AGE.

London : Faber & Faber, (1967). First edition. Signed and dated (1994) by Brian Aldiss on the title-page. A novel about the relationship between men and time – “Edward Bush begins the hunt for his destiny back in time, in the Devonian Era ... Bush is an artist, an expert mind-traveller, moving through time like a phantom ... a superb imaginative tour-de-force ... Britain’s Premier Science Fiction Writer”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 224pp. Original grey cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; a few faint marks; mild tanning of endpapers, but a very good, bright and sound copy in the Jerome Gask dust-jacket – price-clipped, but otherwise very good indeed, fresh and unworn.

£200

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AUSTER, Paul (Paul Benjamin), 1947- : SUNSET PARK.

AUSTER, Paul (Paul Benjamin), 1947- : SUNSET PARK.

London : Faber & Faber, (2010). First British edition. Signed by Paul Auster on the title-page. The hopes and fears of a generation blighted by the economic collapse of 2008 – Miles Heller photographs thousands of objects left behind by evicted families, while in the Hospital for Broken Things they repair the artefacts of a vanished world.
Medium 8vo (25cm). [vi],(310),[iv]pp. Original black boards, lettered in silver; very good indeed in the dust-jacket – the jacket also very good indeed.

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AYLIFFE, John, 1676-1732 : THE ANTIENT AND PRESENT STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD. CONTAINING I. AN ACCOUNT OF ITS ANTIQUITY ...

AYLIFFE, John, 1676-1732 : THE ANTIENT AND PRESENT STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD. CONTAINING I. AN ACCOUNT OF ITS ANTIQUITY ...

London : for E. Curll, 1714. First edition. A polemical history which led directly to Ayliffe’s hounding and expulsion from the university. The work combines straightforward history with a searching examination of the powers and procedures of the colleges and the university authorities (Ayliffe was a civil lawyer of some distinction). His remarks on the “supine negligence of a late warden”, as well as his suggestions of the maladministration and improper use of benefactions led swiftly to the fate that his preface foretold – “such is the calamity of the times, that learning, good manners, and a publick spirit, are to be laugh’d and hiss’d out the world by an illiterate faction”.
Two volumes. Post 8vo (193 x 115mm). [xxiv],518,[x]; [ii],334,[10],(cxc)pp. Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked to style; contrasting red and olive labels; corners worn; occasional manuscript annotation and shoulder notes; occasional slight browning or spotting; a few small flaws, but overall a very good and attractive set. Nineteenth-century ownership inscriptions of Robert B. Gardner.

£250

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BANKS, William, 1806-1866 : VIEWS OF THE ENGLISH LAKES.

BANKS, William, 1806-1866 : VIEWS OF THE ENGLISH LAKES.

Windermere : J. Garnet, [ca.1860]. First edition. A set of highly attractive engravings of the Lake District engraved by William Banks & Son of Edinburgh for the local publisher, printer and postmaster, John Garnet or Garnett (1825-1896) – vignette views of Windermere, Bowness, Ambleside, Furness, Derwentwater, Grasmere, Coniston, Buttermere, Keswick, Ullswater, Borrowdale, etc. Banks was a skilled draughtsman as well as an engraver and most of the views are from his own drawings, with others by Theophilus Lindsey Aspland (1807-1890), a pupil of George Cooke. Banks’ relationship with the publisher was close enough for him to name one of his sons John Garnett Banks (1860-1890).
Long demy 8vo (15 x 23cm). Engraved pictorial title and thirty plates. Two leaves of advertisements at the rear describe the various specialisations of Banks’ business, as well as listing numerous similar views obtainable from Garnet. Original cloth gilt; all edges gilt; slight wear to spine; a touch shaken and slack, but the plates clean, crisp and in very good order.

£150

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BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : THE BEAUTY OF THE DEAD AND OTHER STORIES.

BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : THE BEAUTY OF THE DEAD AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1940). First edition. An uncommon collection of fifteen short stories, including “The Bridge”, “A Scandalous Woman”, “Love is not Love”, etc. – “There is no living English writer of whose future work I feel more confident” (David Garnett).
Post 8vo (20cm). (256)pp. Original grey-green cloth, blocked and lettered in red; a touch tanned; some spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – a typographic design in black, white and pink – lightly tanned, with some minor wear, a couple of short nicks, and a tiny chip, but still very good.

£125

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BELLOC, Hilaire (Joseph Hilaire Pierre René), 1870-1953 : HIGH LIGHTS OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION.

BELLOC, Hilaire (Joseph Hilaire Pierre René), 1870-1953 : HIGH LIGHTS OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION.

New York : Century Co., 1915. First edition. A handsomely illustrated history of the French Revolution, in six parts, differing in tone from Belloc’s earlier and more formal history published in 1911. The present version was never published in the UK.
Demy 8vo (225 x 150mm). [vi],(302)pp. Colour frontispiece. Plates. Portraits. Bound in a handsome contemporary half red morocco, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; a few minor signs of age and use; occasional mild spotting and browning, but overall a very good copy. With the pictorial bookplate of the collector Roy McWilliams.

£125

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BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : HUGO : A FANTASIA ON MODERN THEMES.

BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : HUGO : A FANTASIA ON MODERN THEMES.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1906. First edition. Bennett’s scarce excursion into modern gothic – the sealed rooms, the phonograph, the tomb – deliberately written to be “sensational” and much enjoyed by H. G. Wells – “glittering and absurd and we like it no end”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),(324),4 + 32pp inserted advertisements dated September 1905. Original blue cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt and blind; very lightly rubbed; a few slight marks and spots; inserted advertisements a little tanned, but a very good and bright copy. Pink booksellers’ label of Cawthorn, Hutt & Son of Cockspur Street, Charing Cross, on upper cover.

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BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : THE OLD WIVES’ TALE : A NOVEL.

BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : THE OLD WIVES’ TALE : A NOVEL.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1908. First edition. Bennett’s celebrated chronicle of the lives and times of two contrasting sisters. “There is nothing, therefore, surprising in the fact that, in the longest novel he has yet essayed, Mr. Arnold Bennett should have scored his most complete success. We are not sure, indeed, that publication ... does not give its author an entirely new place among contemporary novelists” (Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 1908).
Crown 8vo (182 x 114mm). viii,578pp. Bound in an elegant recent half red morocco; a few minor marks and spots, but a very good copy of a notoriously difficult title.

£400

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BERGHAUS, Hermann, 1828-1890 : CHART OF THE WORLD ON MERCATORS PROJECTION.

BERGHAUS, Hermann, 1828-1890 : CHART OF THE WORLD ON MERCATORS PROJECTION.

Gotha : Justus Perthes, 1871. The seventh revision of this standard nineteenth-century wall-chart, originally published in 1863 and specifically designed for the British market to show “the lines of oceanic mail steam communication and overland routes, the international aerial and submarine telegraphs; and the principal tracks of sailing vessels; showing some continental surface characteristics, the oceanic currents and important deep-sea soundings”, etc. Twenty-five inset maps and plans add more detail of air currents, magnetic variation, projected canals, overland crossings, the principal ports, etc.
Tint lithograph on paper, with original hand colour on routes, borders, etc. Eight sheets, joining to give an overall size of 974 x 1554mm (approx. 38-1/4” x 61-1/4”). Mounted on linen, edged with pink ribbon and fitted with loops for hanging, and folding into its original card folder with printed label in both English and German; the folder worn and split in two; short split to linen backing at one point; some small marks, mainly to verso; some minor surface dustiness, but the chart still overall in very good condition.

£750

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BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett, 1806-1861 & BROWNING, Robert, 1812-1889 : TWO POEMS.

BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett, 1806-1861 & BROWNING, Robert, 1812-1889 : TWO POEMS.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1854. First edition : one of an undisclosed but very modest number of copies printed for Arabella Barrett (Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s sister) for sale at a charity bazaar in aid of a Refuge for Young Destitute Girls. The two poems, both previously unpublished, are E.B.B.’s “A Plea for the Ragged Schools of London” and R.B.’s “The Twins”.
Post 8vo (21cm). (16)pp. Original pale cream wrappers, printed on upper wrapper in black; some minor wear; a few slight marks and faint discolouration to edges and corners, but a very good copy of a very fragile item.

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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE MOON ENDURETH : TALES AND FANCIES.

BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE MOON ENDURETH : TALES AND FANCIES.

Edinburgh & London : William Blackwood & Sons, 1912. First edition. A collection of ten short stories, including “The Company of the Marjolaine”, “The Lemnian”, “The Grove of Ashtaroth”, “The Kings of Orion”, etc., interspersed with accompanying poems – “Few writers have Mr. Buchan’s ability for expressing through the medium of the short story the dramatic, or poetic, significance of so wide a range of subjects ... the psychology of heredity, in Jacobite romance, in fishing, in mountaineering ... In ‘A Lucid Interval’ ... we are told how a deadly, mysterious Indian drug administered to the members of a Liberal Cabinet creates the greatest confusion ... The satire of this is delightful ... a welcome addition to the shelves of all who appreciate the literary side of fiction” (The Globe, 24th May 1912).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [2],xiv,324,(4) + 64pp inserted advertisements dated December 1911. Original grey cloth, lettered in gilt and decorated in silver; some very minor wear; endpapers a little tanned, but a very good copy. Contemporary (1912) gift inscription to Ethel A. Short from the Anglophile Gustave Monod M.D. (1878-1932), “a wise physician and a kind friend” to the many British visitors to the spa-town of Vichy, popular to the extent that he was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London in 1931.

£250

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BULWER LYTTON, Edward (Sir Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer), 1st Lord Lytton, 1803-1873 & OTHERS : TALES OF THE SUPERNATURAL.

BULWER LYTTON, Edward (Sir Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer), 1st Lord Lytton, 1803-1873 & OTHERS : TALES OF THE SUPERNATURAL.

London : Pan Books, (1945). First edition of the very first Pan paperback, decorated with the original Pan designs by Mervyn Peake. Six stories from around the world: Bulwer Lytton’s “The Haunted and the Haunters”; Guy de Maupassant’s “The Horla”; William Austin’s “Peter Rugg, The Missing Man”; Pushkin’s “The Coffin-Maker”, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Markheim”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original grey wrappers, lettered in red and black, with designs by Mervyn Peake; lightly rubbed and slightly creased; a few spots, but otherwise a very good copy of an uncommon book. Just a single copy of this edition (Alberta) located in major libraries worldwide.

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CARR, J.L. (Joseph Lloyd), 1912-1994 : A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY.

CARR, J.L. (Joseph Lloyd), 1912-1994 : A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY.

London : Cornucopia Press, 1990. Second edition : limited to 300 numbered copies, signed both by J. L. Carr and by Ronald Blythe, who provides an introduction. Originally published in a small edition at Brighton in 1980, but here in a slightly revised text, finely designed and printed on mould-made paper at the September Press, and with a fresh preface by the author.
Crown 4to (27cm). (xvi),(106),[ii],[4]pp. Original green cloth, with pink labels ruled and lettered in black on upper cover and spine; top edge gilt; very good indeed in the original glassine dust-jacket.

£200

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CARY, Joyce (Arthur Joyce Lunel), 1888-1957 : THE DRUNKEN SAILOR.

CARY, Joyce (Arthur Joyce Lunel), 1888-1957 : THE DRUNKEN SAILOR.

London : Michael Joseph, (1947). First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed “from his affectionately”, to [Lord] David Cecil (1902-1986), and signed by Joyce Cary. A long poem, a ballad epic, with notes, and Cary’s own impressive illustrations. The Drunken Sailor, “condemned to wander forever through the storms of the world ... that ‘I’ within the soul of every man ... the everlasting rebellion of freedom against authority ... the mysterious implacable spirit in the soul of the world”.
Post 8vo (21cm). (64)pp. Full-page illustrations by Cary. Original blue cloth, lettered in silver; the cloth a little blotched and discoloured, but otherwise a good, clean, and sound copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket, decorated with Cary’s own illustrations, just lightly used and very slightly tanned, with a couple of tiny repairs, but overall very good.

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CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THE LADY IN TEARS AND OTHER STORIES.

CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THE LADY IN TEARS AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Bantam Books, (1948). First edition. The title story, featuring Slim Callaghan, and three further stories culled from earlier collections – “You Can’t Hit a Woman”; “A Set-Up for Psychology”, and “Death in the Lift” (wrongly headed “Death in the Boat” in the text).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 48pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a stylish design by C. Macdonald; lightly worn and slightly marked; a couple of tiny nicks; staples rusting, but a good copy of an uncommon book. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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CHRISTIE, Agatha (Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa), 1890-1976 : SAD CYPRESS.

CHRISTIE, Agatha (Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa), 1890-1976 : SAD CYPRESS.

London : Collins for The Crime Club, (1940). First edition. A young and beautiful woman on trial for an open-and-shut case of murder – Poirot sits in court.
Crown 8vo (182 x 118mm). 252,[iv]pp. Bound in a smart recent half burgundy calf, banded and gilt; a few slight spots, but a very good copy in a pleasant binding.

£400

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[COOPER, James Fenimore, 1789-1851] : THE WATER WITCH; OR, THE SKIMMER OF THE SEAS.

[COOPER, James Fenimore, 1789-1851] : THE WATER WITCH; OR, THE SKIMMER OF THE SEAS.

London : Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1830. First British edition. Alida de Barbérie is abducted by pirates – the brigantine “Water Witch” is pursued by Captain Ludlow. Set in and around the still half-Dutch New York of the early eighteenth century – the press was unanimous: “the mystery of the story, and the life and spirit of his characters, have, indeed, seldom been equalled, and is nowhere surpassed” (Morning Chronicle) – “Cooper, the American novelist, has no living superior” (The Scotsman). Precedes the American edition by two months, although a slightly earlier edition published in Dresden is known in a handful of copies.
Three volumes. Demy 12mo (188 x 114mm). viii,(322); [ii],316; [ii],308pp. Bound, without the advertisement leaves, in a smart contemporary half blue-green calf, banded and gilt; red labels; marbled sides; sprinkled edges; a few internal marks and spots, but still overall an excellent set. With the contemporary armorial bookplate in each volume of the colourful William Edward Powell (1788-1854), Member of Parliament and Lord Lieutenant of Cardiganshire, and the later bookplate of the well-known collector Robert J. Hayhurst in the first volume.

£750

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CRAIG, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Josephine), 1883-1980 : COOKING IN WAR-TIME.

CRAIG, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Josephine), 1883-1980 : COOKING IN WAR-TIME.

Glasgow : Literary Press, [1940]. First edition. “Specially written to solve the food problems created by the war. Contains numerous hints on catering and over 350 recipes” – these including soups; fish recipes (savoury minnows, herring pie); meat (mutton hash, curried tripe, mock wild duck) and meatless dishes (bean loaf, green pea loaf); gravy and sauces; vegetables and salads (eggless mayonnaise, emergency salad cream); savouries; economical sweet puddings (war-time golden pudding, plain jane); pastries (scrap pie, trench meat pudding); and bread, scones and cakes, together with advice on rations, canned foods, saving fuel, high-pressure cookers, hay-boxes, fireless cookers, etc., as well as on storage, preservation, bottling, potting, etc., and hints on feeding the pets.
Post 8vo (21cm). vi,122pp. Original pictorial wrappers; wrappers a little rubbed and creased; text a little tanned; a few slight creases; some annotation and light staining on the jam pages, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile survival.

£50

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“CRISPIN, Edmund” – [MONTGOMERY, Robert Bruce, 1921-1978] : THE CASE OF THE GILDED FLY.

“CRISPIN, Edmund” – [MONTGOMERY, Robert Bruce, 1921-1978] : THE CASE OF THE GILDED FLY.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1944. First edition. His rare first book – later published in the USA as “Obsequies at Oxford”. Gervase Fen making his first appearance in a witty and classical locked-room mystery with some theatrical types in wartime Oxford.
Crown 8vo (183 x 120mm). (160)pp. Plan. Bound, without half-title, in an elegant recent half green morocco, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; original cloth backstrip preserved at rear; wartime paper lightly tanned, but otherwise a very good copy in an attractive binding.

£200

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[DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870] : MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH GRIMALDI. EDITED BY “BOZ”.

[DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870] : MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH GRIMALDI. EDITED BY “BOZ”.

London : Richard Bentley, 1838. First edition : the first issue, with the final plate unaltered. The memoirs of the great Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837), actor, comedian and clown – the most popular English entertainer of his time. Grimaldi’s manuscript was much revised and heavily rewritten by Dickens (who had seen him perform as a child), “making such other alterations as he conceived would improve the narration of the facts, without any departure from the facts themselves”.
Two volumes. Crown 8vo (190 x 114mm). (xx),[ii],288; (x),(264)pp. Portrait frontispiece by William Greatbach (1802-1894) after Samuel Raven (1775-1847). Twelve lively etched plates by George Cruikshank (1792-1878). Bound, without half-titles, in a stylish, slightly later, full red polished calf, banded and gilt, by Zaehnsdorf; triple olive labels; all edges gilt; patterned endpapers; slight discolouration to the foot of vol.i, not affecting endleaves or text-block; a few minor marks and spots, but a very good set. From the library of the distinguished American book-collector and traveller Oliver Henry Perkins (1843-1912) of Des Moines, Iowa, whose library was dispersed at auction in New York in March 1926 – the present copy being described at that time (Lot 216) as “a magnificent copy of the first issue of the first edition”.

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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : HUNTED DOWN : A STORY. WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF THOMAS  GRIFFITHS WAINEWRIGHT, THE POISONER.

DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : HUNTED DOWN : A STORY. WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF THOMAS GRIFFITHS WAINEWRIGHT, THE POISONER.

London : John Camden Hotten, [1870]. First separate edition. Originally written for a thousand guineas for the American publisher Robert Bonner, the story first appeared in the “New York Ledger” in 1859. Ellery Queen regarded it as a most important contribution to the detective short story and listed it in his “Quorum” of the most influential titles of the genre. The present edition prefaces the story with an account (compiled by Hotten) of Thomas Griffiths Wainewright (1794-1847), on whose life the story is based.
Foolscap 8vo (162 x 100mm). [ii],(90) + [16]pp advertisements dated 1871. Near contemporary full olive sealskin, banded and gilt; inner gilt dentelles; top edge gilt; original front wrapper preserved; just faintly sunned; a few minor internal marks and spots, but a very good copy. With the armorial bookplate of Oswald Fitch (1853-1915), well-to-do master printer of North London.

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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 & COLLINS, Wilkie (William Wilkie), 1824-1889 : NO THOROUGHFARE. BEING THE EXTRA CHRISTMAS NUMBER OF ALL THE YEAR ROUND.

DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 & COLLINS, Wilkie (William Wilkie), 1824-1889 : NO THOROUGHFARE. BEING THE EXTRA CHRISTMAS NUMBER OF ALL THE YEAR ROUND.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1867. First edition. “Day of the month and year, November the thirtieth, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-five. London Time by the great clock of Saint Paul’s, ten at night. All the lesser London churches strain their metallic throats ...”. Two boys at the Foundling Hospital are given the same name, with disastrous consequences in later life – Dickens and Collins in collaboration with a fine novella – a Christmas Special story for “All the Year Round”, which was also produced simultaneously as a stage-play.
Royal 8vo (25cm). 48pp. Original blue wrappers, printed in black; some mild creasing; one tiny hole to upper wrapper, but a very good copy.

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[DISRAELI, Benjamin, First Earl of Beaconsfield, 1804-1881] : THE LETTERS OF DISRAELI TO LADY BRADFORD AND LADY CHESTERFIELD.

[DISRAELI, Benjamin, First Earl of Beaconsfield, 1804-1881] : THE LETTERS OF DISRAELI TO LADY BRADFORD AND LADY CHESTERFIELD.

London : Ernest Benn, 1929. First edition. The extraordinary correspondence of the Prime Minister in the years of his widowerhood – letters to the two sisters – letters personal, letters political, letters perplexing. Edited by the Marquis of Zetland. An astonishing sidelight on the private career of a public man – “I wish Dr. Freud would read the two volumes of ‘The Letters of Disraeli to Lady Bradford and Lady Chesterfield’ and then give the world his impressions. What an essay that would be!” (Arnold Palmer, writing in “The Sphere”, 19th October 1929).
Two volumes. Demy 8vo (210 x 146mm). (314); 324pp. Plates. Portraits. Facsimiles. Bound in an elegant contemporary half green morocco, banded and gilt; top edges gilt; marbled sides and endleaves; just a touch tanned; just a handful of spots but a very good and sound set. Times Book Club stamps on endleaves.

£150

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“DONOVAN, Dick” – [MUDDOCK, James Edward, 1843-1934] : THE CHRONICLES OF MICHAEL DANEVITCH OF THE RUSSIAN SECRET SERVICE.

“DONOVAN, Dick” – [MUDDOCK, James Edward, 1843-1934] : THE CHRONICLES OF MICHAEL DANEVITCH OF THE RUSSIAN SECRET SERVICE.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1897. First edition. “The name of Dick Donovan is well-known. He has not a rival who can touch him in his own particular line, and these ‘Chronicles’ will probably take rank as the best Detective Stories ever written. But apart from their literary merit they deal with some very remarkable phases of crime, not the vulgar, sordid crime of the gutter and the slum, but crime considered as a fine art ...” (Edinburgh Evening News, 16th January 1897). Nine Michael Danevitch stories, including “The Mysterious Disappearance of a Million Roubles”, “A Modern Borgia”, “The Merchant of Riga”, etc., together with the novella, “The Clue of the Dead Hand”, featuring the Edinburgh detective Peter Brodie.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [2],[vi],304 + 8,32pp advertisements, the latter dated February 1897. Original blue cloth, elaborately blocked and lettered in silver; some light wear at extremities; endpapers a little cracked; slight tear to one advertisement leaf; a few spots, but a good copy. Contemporary ownership inscription of Isabel Vernon.

£100

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“DONOVAN, Dick” – [MUDDOCK, James Edward, 1843-1934] : THE RECORDS OF VINCENT TRILL OF THE DETECTIVE SERVICE.

“DONOVAN, Dick” – [MUDDOCK, James Edward, 1843-1934] : THE RECORDS OF VINCENT TRILL OF THE DETECTIVE SERVICE.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1899. First edition. Sixteen short stories, including “The Spell of the Black Siren”, “A String of Famous Pearls”, “The League of Death”, “The Forged Cheque”, etc. “Mr. Dick Donovan is well known as a writer of clever detective stories. ‘The Records of Vincent Trill’ (Chatto) is as good as any that he has given us. Vincent Trill was no ordinary detective ... It is of course another matter whether it is desirable to encourage the public interest in the records of crime and criminals, but one can hardly blame Mr. Donovan for giving his readers what they want” (St. James’s Gazette, 17th May 1899).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [2],[vi],(286),[ii] + 32pp inserted advertisements dated September 1898. Original pictorial cloth; a little rubbed and slightly bruised; a few minor marks and spots, but a good copy.

£125

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DOYLE, A. Conan (Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan), 1859-1930 :  THE SIGN OF FOUR.

DOYLE, A. Conan (Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan), 1859-1930 : THE SIGN OF FOUR.

London : Spencer Blackett, 1890. First edition. “Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantelpiece, and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case. With his long, white, nervous fingers he adjusted the delicate needle, and rolled back his left shirt-cuff ...” – Watson looks on aghast. The second Holmes title, published before the short stories in the “Strand Magazine” were to make him famous. It was commissioned at a dinner at the Langham Hotel in 1889, at which Oscar Wilde also agreed to write “Dorian Gray”.
Crown 8vo (189 x 126mm). [iv],(284)pp. Frontispiece by Charles Kerr. Bound in a smart, slightly later (twentieth-century), full red morocco, banded and gilt; inner gilt dentelles; marbled endpapers; lightly rubbed; a few minor marks, but overall a very good copy.

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ELIOT, T.S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 : OLD POSSUM’S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS.

ELIOT, T.S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 : OLD POSSUM’S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS.

London : Faber & Faber, (1939). First edition. The first appearance of Growltiger, the Rum Tum Tugger, Old Deuteronomy, Mr Mistoffelees, Macavity the Mystery Cat, Bustopher Jones, Skimbleshanks, etc. The cover and dust-jacket illustrations are by Eliot himself, neither being repeated inside the book.
Foolscap 4to (23cm). (46),[ii]pp. Original yellow pictorial cloth, blocked and lettered in red; a few slight marks; some spotting, mainly of edges, but otherwise a very good copy in the dust-jacket – a little rubbed, worn and sunned; lightly marked; slightly chipped at head, with a few nicks and very short tears, but a still attractive and welcome survival. With the ex-libris label of Ruth Kitching. Gallup A34a.

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FADEN, William, 1749-1836 : THE COUNTRY TWENTY-FIVE MILES ROUND LONDON, PLANNED FROM A SCALE OF ONE MILE TO AN INCH.

FADEN, William, 1749-1836 : THE COUNTRY TWENTY-FIVE MILES ROUND LONDON, PLANNED FROM A SCALE OF ONE MILE TO AN INCH.

London : W. Faden, 1815. The “third edition” of this large and handsome map of the Greater London area – extending on a one-inch scale northwards to take in Tring and Hertford, east to Chelmsford and Basildon, south to Tonbridge, Dorking and Guildford, and west beyond Beaconsfield and Windsor. Faden was a maker of serious maps for serious purposes – “the turnpike roads are all laid down from an actual measurement with a perambulator” – and this map, originally published in 1788, was the best of its time. It was regularly updated – the present issue revised to include the new Regent’s Park and new Strand (Waterloo) Bridge – and remained in print until at least 1880.
Copper line engraving on paper, with original hand colour. Engraved surface 1033 x 1254mm (approx. 40-5/8” x 49-1/4”). Dissected and mounted on linen, and folding to 261 x 160mm. Small holes to margins where the map has been tacked up for display; some very faint overall tanning, but a very good and clean copy in the remaining lower half of a contemporary sheepskin case. Howgego 188/07.

£750

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FARJEON, J. Jefferson (Joseph Jefferson), 1883-1955 : PERIL IN THE PYRENEES.

FARJEON, J. Jefferson (Joseph Jefferson), 1883-1955 : PERIL IN THE PYRENEES.

London : Collins for The Crime Club, (1946). First edition. “Looking back on it all, I cannot believe that it happened, though I have tangible proof that it did. It seems now like a long drawn-out dream; or, more accurately, a nightmare ...” – the lives of fellow-travellers on the same coach become entangled.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 192pp. Original orange cloth, lettered in black; edges spotted, but otherwise a very good sound and bright copy in the colourful dust-jacket (a design by. S. J.) – the jacket price-clipped, just lightly rubbed at extremities and a little spotted on the lower panel and flaps. Contemporary (February 1947) ownership inscription of J. P. Farnley neatly pasted over, with a related manuscript date on rear endpaper.

£50

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FIRTH, C.M. (Charles Mousley), 1792-1869 : PLAN OF THE HOLWOOD ESTATE, NEAR BROMLEY, KENT. FOR SALE BY MESS.RS HOGGART, NORTON & TRIST.

FIRTH, C.M. (Charles Mousley), 1792-1869 : PLAN OF THE HOLWOOD ESTATE, NEAR BROMLEY, KENT. FOR SALE BY MESS.RS HOGGART, NORTON & TRIST.

[London : Hoggart, Norton & Trist], 1851. An auction map of a large swathe of Kent between Keston and Farnborough Commons – over 426 acres comprising the Holwood Park Estate, at one time belonging to William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806). Presented at large scale and divided into six lots, extending from Keston church northwards past Caesar’s Camp to Farnborough Lodge, with a further portion of land to the east of Shire Lane. Complete with the detailed twelve-page auction “Particulars of Holwood Park, a Beautiful Freehold Estate, Land Tax Redeemed ...”.
Lithograph on paper, with original hand colour. Vignette view of Holwood House. Printed surface 794 x 517mm (approx. 31-1/4” by 20-1/4”). Old folds and slight creases; a couple of short tears and one longer one; slight damage to central vertical fold, apparently caused by the complete excision of Lot Five from the auction particulars, presumably by a prospective purchaser. No copy located in any of the major libraries.

£250

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FITZGERALD, F. Scott (Francis Scott Key), 1896-1940 : THE GREAT GATSBY.

FITZGERALD, F. Scott (Francis Scott Key), 1896-1940 : THE GREAT GATSBY.

London : Chatto & Windus, (1926). First British edition. “The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and beauty in the world”. Old money, new money, the defining novel of the Jazz Age, originally published in New York the previous year.
Crown 8vo (186 x 123mm). [vi],218pp. Bound in an elegant recent full blue-black morocco, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers; a handful of minor marks and spots, but a very good copy.

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“FORESTER, C.S.” – [SMITH, Cecil Lewis Troughton, 1899-1966] : THE AFRICAN QUEEN.

“FORESTER, C.S.” – [SMITH, Cecil Lewis Troughton, 1899-1966] : THE AFRICAN QUEEN.

London : William Heinemann, (1935). First edition. War-torn Africa in 1915 – the novel turned into the memorable 1951 John Huston film with a drink-sodden Humphrey Bogart and a prim Katherine Hepburn – and a very difficult pre-war Forester title.
Crown 8vo (187 x 119mm). [iv],(284)pp. Bound in an elegant recent full tan morocco, banded and gilt; internally a few very minor signs of age and use, but a very good copy of an elusive book.

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[GALT, John, 1779-1839] : ROTHELAN; A ROMANCE OF THE ENGLISH HISTORIES.

[GALT, John, 1779-1839] : ROTHELAN; A ROMANCE OF THE ENGLISH HISTORIES.

Edinburgh : Oliver & Boyd / London : George B. Whittaker, 1824. First edition. “Sir Amias de Crosby, you are my husband. I have to a bear a part in whatever concerns your honour and prosperity; and I conjure you, by all that is just, and sacred, and honest, and true, not to question the integrity of the Lady Albertina” – “Rothelan, we hesitate not to say, is not only the happiest production of its clever author – but one of the most interesting and affecting tales we have read for a great while” (Perthshire Courier, 12th November 1824). At the conclusion of the novel in the third volume, there are three additional stories in Galt’s projected “The Quarantine; or, Tales of the Lazaretto” series.
Three volumes. Demy 12mo (180 x 103mm). [vi],(300); [ii],(310),[ii]; [ii],(314)pp. Bound, without half-titles or advertisement leaves, in a stylish half blue-black contemporary calf, prettily gilt; red labels; marbled sides and edges; some very minor rubbing and wear; occasional spotting; a few slight marks, but a very good set, most attractively bound. With the armorial bookplates of Joseph Clarke in each volume and the later bookplate of the well-known collector Robert J. Hayhurst in the first volume. Wolff 2400.

£250

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[“GAWSWORTH, John” – ARMSTRONG, Terence Ian Fytton, – editor] : THE MUSE OF MONARCHY : POEMS BY KINGS AND QUEENS OF ENGLAND.

[“GAWSWORTH, John” – ARMSTRONG, Terence Ian Fytton, – editor] : THE MUSE OF MONARCHY : POEMS BY KINGS AND QUEENS OF ENGLAND.

London : Eric Grant, (1937). First edition. An engaging and attractively produced anthology of poems by (or at least attributed to) various kings and queens, with poems from Henry VI (“Kingdoms are but Cares”); Elizabeth of York; Henry VIII (eleven poems, including “As the Holly Groweth Green)”; Anne Boleyn (two poems, including “Defiled is my Name Full Sore”; Edward VI; Elizabeth I (seven poems, including “When I Was Fair and Young”); James I (ten poems); Charles I (four poems); Charles II (two poems), and Charlotte Sophia, together with a translation each from Richard I and Edward II, and two from Lady Jane Grey.
Medium 8vo (236 x 145mm). (x),50,[iv]pp. Bound in a handsome full contemporary red morocco by Zaehnsdorf, with the royal arms inlaid on the upper board; top edge gilt; some very minor wear and mild bruising, but a very good and attractive copy.

£200

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GLASER, Louis, 1842-1911 – publisher : DER RHEIN VON CÖLN – MAINZ.

GLASER, Louis, 1842-1911 – publisher : DER RHEIN VON CÖLN – MAINZ.

Leipzig : Louis Glaser, [ca.1890]. A delightful panoramic bird’s-eye-view of the Rhine from Cologne to Mainz, taking in Bonn, Linz, Andernach, Coblenz, Bacharach, etc., with over sixty separate views incorporated in the design. Cover-title “Rhein-Panorama von Cöln bis Mainz”.
Chromolithograph on glazed thin card. Printed surface 139 x 18.5cm (approx. 55” x 7-1/4”), folding into a demy 8vo (22cm) card case. Case lightly worn; one minor scuff to panorama, but overall in very good state. Just three copies located in major libraries worldwide – none outside Germany.

£75

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GREENWOOD, James (James William), 1835?-1929 : THE WILDS OF LONDON.

GREENWOOD, James (James William), 1835?-1929 : THE WILDS OF LONDON.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1874. First edition : with the (later) advertisements dated November 1874. Thirty-seven illuminating essays and pieces on London life at the extremes from the campaigning journalist, James Greenwood – “The Lambeth Casual” – illustrated with evocative studies of London life by the gifted Alfred Concanen (1835-1886). Includes A Visit to Tiger Bay; An Evening at a Whitechapel Gaff; Sunday Evening with the Fancy; Amongst the Music-Hall Luminaries; At the Death-Bed of a London Dragon; At a Knocking Out (a savage attack on the ringing of auctions); Going Hopping in Kent; At a Gaol Delivery; At a Sugar Baking; At a Penny Wedding; A West-End Cholera Stronghold, and much more.
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,364 + 40pp. Twelve lithotint plates by Concanen. Original pictorial cloth gilt by Leighton, Son & Hodge, with their ticket; minor wear at extremities; a little sunned; spine a little worn and faded; a little shaken; some minor spotting, mainly of edges, but very good copy of one of the best books of its kind. With the ownership blind-stamps of the York solicitor, John Atlay Shaftoe (1857-1938).

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HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE AND OTHER STORIES.

HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE AND OTHER STORIES.

New York : Lawrence E. Spivak, (1944). First edition. A collection of seven short stories previously unpublished in book form, edited and introduced by Ellery Queen. Bestseller Mystery B50. “All the Hammett books of short stories are important, but without question the cornerstone is The Adventures of Sam Spade” – Queen’s Quorum 98.
Foolscap 4to (20cm). 125,[iii]pp. Original wrappers – a design by George Salter in brown, black and white; a little rubbed; text a little tanned, but a very good copy of a fragile production. Stoddard 11.

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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : TWO ON A TOWER. A ROMANCE.

HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : TWO ON A TOWER. A ROMANCE.

London : Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1882. First edition : one of 1,000 copies of the first issue text, before the corrections made for the virtually identical second impression. One of Hardy’s most original, interesting and controversial novels – a Wessex tale of star-crossed lovers in which he aimed “to make science, not the mere padding of a romance, but the actual vehicle of romance”.
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (185 x 122mm). [iv],246,[ii]; [iv],240; [iv],(224)pp. Bound, complete with half-titles, in a very attractive later (early twentieth-century) full tan morocco, banded and extra gilt, by Birdsall; original cloth preserved at rear; top edges gilt; marbled endpapers; a couple of faint scuffs; a few internal faint creases and small flaws; endpapers lightly tanned, but a very handsome set. Purdy pp.41-47. Sadleir 1116. Wolff 2996.

£1,500

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HARTLEY, L.P. (Leslie Poles), 1895-1972 : THE GO-BETWEEN.

HARTLEY, L.P. (Leslie Poles), 1895-1972 : THE GO-BETWEEN.

London : Hamish Hamilton, (1953). First edition. “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. When I came upon the diary it was lying at the bottom of a rather battered red cardboard collar-box ...” – Hartley’s haunting evocation of a boy out of his depth in the golden summer of 1900 – the basis for the 1971 Joseph Losey film with Julie Christie, Alan Bates, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 296pp. Original red cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in gilt; top edge red; a couple of minor marks, but a very good, clean and sound copy in the Val Biro dust-jacket – the jacket lightly rubbed, with a few unobtrusive nicks and tiny tears, but also very good. Contemporary Rex Whistler designed Book Society bookplate with the name Bennell.

£250

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HARVEY, W.F. (William Fryer), 1885-1937 : THE ARM OF MRS. EGAN AND OTHER STORIES.

HARVEY, W.F. (William Fryer), 1885-1937 : THE ARM OF MRS. EGAN AND OTHER STORIES.

London : J. M. Dent & Sons, (1951). First edition. A much admired collection of sixteen posthumously published short stories of the macabre and uncanny – “the effect of everyday coincidences on the borderland world of the mind”. Includes “Euphemia Witchmaid”, “Dark Horses”, “The Habeas Corpus Club”, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 256pp. Original black cloth, lettered gilt; a hint of rubbing; some spotting of edges; slight tear to front free endpaper; a handful of internal spots, but overall a very good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket lightly worn and slightly chipped at head, not affecting lettering, with some spotting to lower panel and flaps, but still complete and attractive. Contemporary ownership inscription of Olga Harris.

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HOLTBY, Winifred, 1898-1935 : SOUTH RIDING : AN ENGLISH LANDSCAPE.

HOLTBY, Winifred, 1898-1935 : SOUTH RIDING : AN ENGLISH LANDSCAPE.

London : Collins, 1936. First edition. “South Riding is unquestionably the greatest novel we have been privileged to publish ...” say the publishers on the front flap of the dust-jacket. The critics agreed – “For South Riding is a book you can walk about in. A book in which you come up against life on every page. A book in which the seasons pass and men and women and children fail and succeed, in which poverty is recognised as a very present evil, in which fallible and not always disinterested human beings work together for common ends ... None of your love-in-a-bandbox plots for Winifred Holtby. She wanted the earth – She sanely accepted life as it is, and had eager visions of what it could become. And, at the end of her short, passionately experienced life, she left us, in her generosity, a great book” (Daily Herald, 5th March 1936).
Post 8vo (21cm). (xviii),(590)pp. Original pale green cloth, lettered in violet; some very minor signs of age and use; a few faint spots; endpapers a little tanned, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket just lightly used, with a few tiny nicks, but also very good.

£400

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HOWITT, William, 1792-1879 : THE RURAL LIFE OF ENGLAND.

HOWITT, William, 1792-1879 : THE RURAL LIFE OF ENGLAND.

London : Longman, Orme, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1838 [i.e. 1837]. First edition. “If the mountains and valleys, the fair plains and sea-coasts, the halls and farm-houses, the granges, and cottages of shepherds, miners, peasants, or fishermen, be visited in these volumes with a tenth part of the enjoyment with which I have visited them in their reality, they must be delightful books indeed” (from Howitt’s preface). And delightful they are, with chapters on the pre-eminence of England as a place of country residence; the enviable position of the English country gentleman; life of the gentry; country sports; scientific farming; planting; gardens; country excitements; the English farmer; farm servants; the bondage system of the north of England; the terrors of a solitary house; midsummer; gipsies; the nooks and back settlements; old English houses; the sublime and the beautiful; love of the country; the influence of wood-engraving on the love of the picturesque; the forests; wild cattle; cottage life; festivals and festivities; fairy superstitions; the village inn; places of resort; sports and pastimes, etc., etc.
Two volumes. Medium 12mo (199 x 121mm). xx,396; xii,386pp. Wood-engraved illustrations and decorations, mainly by Samuel Williams. Bound, without the half-title to vol.i and advertisements, in a superior full green twentieth-century morocco, banded and extra gilt, for the bookseller Charles J. Sawyer of Grafton Street; all edges gilt; inner gilt dentelles; marbled endleaves; one tiny crack; a sprinkling of internal marks and spots, but an exquisite set. Bookplate of Sybil (1894-1973) and [Arthur] Wallace Warner (1894-1983) in each volume.

£250

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[HUGHES, Thomas, 1822-1896] : TOM BROWN’S SCHOOL DAYS. BY AN OLD BOY.

[HUGHES, Thomas, 1822-1896] : TOM BROWN’S SCHOOL DAYS. BY AN OLD BOY.

Cambridge : Macmillan & Co., 1857. First edition. “As on the one hand it should ever be remembered that we are boys, and boys at school, so on the other hand we must bear in mind that we form a complete social body ... a society, in which, by the nature of the case, we must not only learn, but act and live; and act and live not only as boys, but as boys who will be men” (Rugby School Magazine). First published in April 1857 and reprinted four times before the year was out – surely the most famous, inspiring, and influential of all school stories, and the most celebrated encapsulation of the British public school ethos. Bound in is a two-page signed autograph letter from Hughes on House of Commons Library notepaper, dated 30th May 1866 (Hughes became Liberal M.P. for Lambeth in 1865), to an un-named recipient, making apologies over a social engagement, “but if there be no opposition on the part of our whips to my absence I will try to come to you”.
Crown 8vo (176 x 117mm). viii,420pp. Bound in a handsome later (late twentieth-century) full blue morocco, banded and gilt, by Bayntun-Riviere; all edges gilt; marbled endleaves; a handful of slight spots, but a very good copy indeed – attractively bound and now housed in custom-made slip-case.

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HUME, Fergus (Fergusson Wright), 1859-1832 : THE JADE EYE.

HUME, Fergus (Fergusson Wright), 1859-1832 : THE JADE EYE.

London : John Long, 1903. First edition. Jack Tyson completes his painting of Salome, modelled by Rebekah Salt, an unconventional, mysterious, and highly ambitious young woman, who may know something about a missing jewel. Although Hume never quite repeated the public success of his “The Mystery of a Hansom Cab”, he could craft a murder mystery as well as anyone – “centres round a priceless gem which formed the centre of the single eye of an Indian idol, and which with the idol itself has been stolen from the temple ... holds the reader’s attention rivetted until the time comes when he elucidates the marvels he has so cleverly imagined ... We can promise our readers a rare treat ...” (Irish Independent, 23rd February 1904).
Crown 8vo (20cm). 320 + (32)pp inserted publisher’s catalogue. Original pictorial enamelled red cloth, with a striking design by JAD; a few faint signs of age and use; endpapers a little tanned; a few faint spots; a touch shaken, but a very good copy.

£125

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HUNT, Leigh (James Henry Leigh), 1784-1859 : A SAUNTER THROUGH THE WEST END.

HUNT, Leigh (James Henry Leigh), 1784-1859 : A SAUNTER THROUGH THE WEST END.

London : Hurst & Blackett, 1861. First edition. Wandering the streets of Mayfair and the West End with the most engaging and erudite of companions – “lively, witty, and sarcastic to the last” (Bell’s Weekly Messenger, 6th July 1861). Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly, Burlington House, the Albany, Fortnum & Mason, the booksellers, Down Street, Half Moon Street and Hazlitt, Dover Street, Sackville Street, Regent Street, the clubs, the theatres, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (x),(252),[viii]pp. Original orange cloth, decorated in gilt and blind; minor wear to tips, but recased and tightened; label neatly removed from upper cover; endpapers replaced; a handful of spots, but still a good and sound copy. With the 1886 ownership inscription of St. Clair Baddeley (1856-1945), author, traveller, archaeologist and historian.

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IRELAND, Samuel, 1744-1800 : PICTURESQUE VIEWS ON THE RIVER THAMES, FROM ITS SOURCE IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE TO THE NORE; WITH OBSERVATIONS ON THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND OTHER WORKS OF ART IN ITS VICINITY.

IRELAND, Samuel, 1744-1800 : PICTURESQUE VIEWS ON THE RIVER THAMES, FROM ITS SOURCE IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE TO THE NORE; WITH OBSERVATIONS ON THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND OTHER WORKS OF ART IN ITS VICINITY.

London : T. Egerton, 1801-1802. Second edition. A charming sequence of views of the Thames and its landmarks from its source to Tilbury, together with an entertaining and offbeat commentary in “plain and unadorned language”. First published in 1792, the delightful sepia aquatint views were etched by Cornelis Apostool from Ireland’s drawings – “at the time of their first publication the soft tones and translucent fluidity of the new medium must have made a welcome change from the formality of the line-engravings in which such subjects had hitherto been depicted” (Adams). For the present edition, some of the original aquatints have been replaced by fresh plates by Charles Rosenberg, and a view of the newly-built bridge at Staines is also included.
Medium 8vo (232 x 154mm). xvi,(210),[ii]; viii,258,[ii]pp. Engraved titles. Two maps. Fifty-two plates. Bound in an elegant later (Victorian) half green calf, banded and richly gilt; red labels; marbled sides; some minor rubbing; occasional spotting, but a very good set. With the armorial bookplate of Thomas Hayward Southby (1801-1889) of Carswell Manor at Buckland in each volume.

£500

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JAMESON, Storm (Margaret Storm), 1891-1986 : FAREWELL TO YOUTH.

JAMESON, Storm (Margaret Storm), 1891-1986 : FAREWELL TO YOUTH.

London : William Heinemann, (1928). First edition. The author’s own copy, with her pictorial book-plate to the front pastedown. Her partly autobiographical novel – in her own words a “shocking novel” – of the generation which lost its youth to the Great War – “a delicately written book, with a keen insight into the realities ... it sets out the life and loves of a sensitive youth who, even after the welter of those cyclonic years, still remains true to himself. This book is a work of art ... and valuable as an expression of post-war revolt against things as we are told they are ... Altogether one of the best books I have read this year” (Daily Herald, 11th July 1928).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],312pp. Original blue cloth, ruled and blocked in blind, and lettered in gilt; some light wear at head and tail; cloth faintly sunned through the jacket; some spotting of edges, but a good copy in the attractive period dust-jacket – a little tanned, and slightly chipped at head, but otherwise very good.

£400

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SADIE DON’T CRY NOW.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SADIE DON’T CRY NOW.

London : New Fiction Press, [1952]. First edition. A reflective and anxious Janson waits for Sadie in a deserted cafe. The first New Fiction Press Janson to risk a return to the exotic Heade covers – although he was apparently asked to tone down the image (Holland p.90). Even so, the book managed to attract twenty-eight destruction orders (Holland p.323). It was later republished as “Don’t Cry Now” under the Alexander Moring imprint in 1957 and as “Delicious Danger” under the Roberts & Vinter imprint in 1961.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 124,[iv]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a Reginald Heade design of dreamy beauty in fabulous head-dress and long gloves, with champagne and cigarette; some very mild creasing to spine; staples just lightly rusted, but a very good copy indeed. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide. Williams & Holland 34.

£125

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[JANSSONIUS, Joannes, 1588-1664] : IRLANDIA.

[JANSSONIUS, Joannes, 1588-1664] : IRLANDIA.

[Amsterdam : ex Officina Joannis Janssonii, 1628]. An attractive map of Ireland, unusually orientated with west to the top, from the Dutch master. Originally produced for the new 1628 edition of the “Atlas Minor”.
Copper line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 141 x 186mm (approx. 5-1/2” x 7-1/4”). Just a hint of tanning, small mark in margin, but overall in very good and clean state. French text on verso. A guaranteed genuine antique map.

£200

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[KENNEDY, Grace, 1782-1825] : DUNALLAN; OR, KNOW WHAT YOU JUDGE; A STORY. IN THREE VOLUMES.

[KENNEDY, Grace, 1782-1825] : DUNALLAN; OR, KNOW WHAT YOU JUDGE; A STORY. IN THREE VOLUMES.

Edinburgh : W. Oliphant / London : Hamilton, Adams & Co., 1825 [i.e. 1824]. First edition. “On that day she was, for the first time since her childhood, to see her destined husband ...”. Originally intended to be subtitled “The Methodist Husband” – Grace Kennedy’s last completed novel and a great popular success in its day. Translated into French, German, and even Urdu, and remaining in print until the end of the century.
Three volumes. Demy 12mo (180 x 104mm). [ii],270; [ii],272; [ii],220pp. Bound, without half-titles and final advertisement leaf, in an elegant contemporary half black calf, banded and gilt; marbled sides; some very minor wear; some internal spotting and slight discolouration; a few tears and a couple of chips; one leaf slightly loose, another with a hand-stitched repair, but minor imperfections aside, still an attractive set. With the nautical bookplate of the well-known collector Robert J. Hayhurst in vol.i. Not listed in Sadleir. Wolff 3778.

£200

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“LAROCHE, René” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : TRAGEDIES OF MONTMARTRE.

“LAROCHE, René” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : TRAGEDIES OF MONTMARTRE.

London : Modern Fiction (London), [ca.1954]. First edition. Provincial innkeeper raises a beautiful and headstrong daughter – an English painter comes to stay.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 126,[ii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers in a stylish design by “F. T.”; some creasing and minor chipping; a few slight marks; staples slightly rusted; text lightly tanned, but a good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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

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

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

£750

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MACAULAY, Rose (Dame Emilie Rose), 1881-1958 : MYSTERY AT GENEVA : AN IMPROBABLE TALE OF SINGULAR HAPPENINGS.

MACAULAY, Rose (Dame Emilie Rose), 1881-1958 : MYSTERY AT GENEVA : AN IMPROBABLE TALE OF SINGULAR HAPPENINGS.

London : W. Collins Sons & Co., (1922). First edition. The mysterious disappearance of the President of the League of Nations. Rose Macaulay in fine and witty form with her only mystery novel and its tongue-in-cheek introduction – “As I have observed among readers a tendency to discern satire where none is intended, I should like to say that this book is simply a straightforward mystery story, devoid of irony, moral or meaning”.
Crown 8vo (180 x 120mm). [vi],(260),[vi]pp. Bound in an attractive later half blue morocco, banded and gilt, by Bayntun-Riviere; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers; lightly sunned; slight browning of edges, but otherwise a very good copy. Contemporary ownership inscription of Sylvia Carpenter.

£250

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McCARTHY, Justin, 1830-1912 : A HISTORY OF OUR OWN TIMES : FROM THE ACCESSION OF QUEEN VICTORIA TO THE GENERAL ELECTION OF 1880.

McCARTHY, Justin, 1830-1912 : A HISTORY OF OUR OWN TIMES : FROM THE ACCESSION OF QUEEN VICTORIA TO THE GENERAL ELECTION OF 1880.

Leipzig : Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1879-1880. First Tauchnitz edition (the first issue of vols.ii-v, the second issue of vol.i). An important eye-witness account by the novelist, journalist and parliamentarian, Justin McCarthy, of the years of 1837-1880 – Chartism, the Opium War, Free Trade, Peel, Disraeli, Gladstone, Palmerston, the Great Exhibition, the Crimea, the Indian Mutiny, the Orsisini Bombs, the American Civil War, the Fenians, the Trade Unions, Ireland, etc. “I ventured to predict for the work a high place in English literature; an estimate which has been very rapidly fulfilled ... I have it on the authority of the manager at Mudie’s that there has never been in that emporium any similar demand for a book of this character” (Gloucester Journal, 5th April 1879).
Five volumes. Foolscap 8vo (156 x 109mm). (328); (308); 288; (304); 302,[ii]pp. Bound in a pleasant contemporary full blue calf, banded and ruled in gilt, by James Greenway (1837?-1913) of Southport, with his ticket; marbled edges and endpapers; lightly rubbed and a touch dulled but a good set.

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McCULLOCH, J.R. (John Ramsay), 1789-1864 : A DICTIONARY, PRACTICAL, THEORETICAL, AND HISTORICAL, OF COMMERCE AND COMMERCIAL NAVIGATION ...

McCULLOCH, J.R. (John Ramsay), 1789-1864 : A DICTIONARY, PRACTICAL, THEORETICAL, AND HISTORICAL, OF COMMERCE AND COMMERCIAL NAVIGATION ...

London : Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1854. New edition – a monumental work first published in 1832 and here revised, extended, and updated to take into account such things as the Australian and Californian gold-rushes. Arranged in dictionary form – from aam to zinc – with some of the entries comprising full-length essays (twenty-five pages on the Bank of England, six on the Moldovan town of Galacz, twelve on St. Petersburg) – a storehouse of information, heavy with statistics, on all aspects of Victorian commerce worldwide. McCulloch has been regarded as the first professional economist and his works are “Not simply compilations of statistical and other facts; for McCulloch was a pioneer in critical assessment and analytical treatment of economic information he gathered from a variety of public and private sources. None of his contemporaries, for example, was better informed” (ODNB).
Demy 8vo (214 x 133mm). (xvi),1484pp. Seven folding maps, engraved by Selina Hall. Charts. Diagrams. Tables. Bound in an elegant contemporary burgundy morocco, banded and gilt; marbled edges and endpapers; silk ribbon; some minor rubbing and slight scuffing; one map very slightly creased and frayed; slight damage to rear endpaper, but a very good copy.

£250

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MACKENZIE, Compton (Sir Edward Compton), 1883-1972 : APRIL FOOLS : A FARCE OF MANNERS.

MACKENZIE, Compton (Sir Edward Compton), 1883-1972 : APRIL FOOLS : A FARCE OF MANNERS.

London : Cassell & Co., (1930). First edition. “On a certain All Fools’ Day, John Touchwood informs his relatives, those grumbling, snarling brothers, sisters, and -in-laws who have always envied his success in life – that he is giving them all equal shares in his magnificent country house, on condition that they live in it together!” – a sharply funny novel, dedicated to his friend Plummy – P. G. Wodehouse.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],(364)pp. Original green cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; some light rubbing at tips; endpapers slightly tanned, but a very good copy in the Edward Bawden dust-jacket – the jacket just faintly tanned, with a couple of tiny chips and a couple of unobtrusive tears, but also very good. Ex-libris label of Joan Whitney on front free endpaper.

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MASON, A.E.W. (Alfred Edward Woodley), 1865-1948 : FIRE OVER ENGLAND.

MASON, A.E.W. (Alfred Edward Woodley), 1865-1948 : FIRE OVER ENGLAND.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, 1936. First edition. An Elizabethan tale of the days leading up to the Armada – filmed in 1937 with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh (their first pairing), as well as Flora Robson, Tamara Desni, James Mason, etc.
Crown 8vo (21cm). 316pp. Original pale blue cloth, lettered in gilt and black; a few slight marks to cloth; top edge lightly spotted, but a very good copy in the handsome Bip Pares dust-jacket – lightly worn and creased at extremities, with a couple of nicks, but also very good. Contemporary ownership inscription of Kathleen F. Martin.

£125

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MASSON, David (David Mather), 1822-1907 : BRITISH NOVELISTS AND THEIR STYLES. BEING A CRITICAL SKETCH OF THE HISTORY OF BRITISH PROSE FICTION.

MASSON, David (David Mather), 1822-1907 : BRITISH NOVELISTS AND THEIR STYLES. BEING A CRITICAL SKETCH OF THE HISTORY OF BRITISH PROSE FICTION.

Cambridge : Macmillan & Co., 1859. First edition. David Masson, Professor of English at University College, London, and later Edinburgh, with an absorbing study of English-language fiction – the nature and origins of the novel (Mort d’Arthur, More’s Utopia, Sidney’s Arcadia, Bunyan, Aphra Benn); Swift, Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Smollett, Sterne, Johnson, Goldsmith, Walpole; Sir Walter Scott and his contemporaries; lady-novelists, Godwin, Mrs Radcliffe, Miss Austen; Bulwer Lytton, Dickens, Thackeray, Miss Bronte, etc. George Saintsbury recalled Masson’s “granite-like solidity, a keenness of intellect, a never-failing energy, a rugged genuineness, a love of letters and learning, and, not least, a knowledge of men and women were the predominant features of his character”. The present copy was awarded to Maria Murray (1855-1909), daughter of Sherriff Abijah Murray, later to become an English tutor, as an English Literature prize at the Edinburgh Ladies’ Educational Association (session 1874-1874) – the prize-label signed by David Masson.
Crown 8vo (182 x 119mm). (x),308pp. Bound in a smart contemporary full prize calf, banded and gilt, with the Academy’s monogram on the upper board; marbled edges and endpapers; a few minor marks; a touch sunned; some spotting of binder’s blanks, but a very good copy.

£100

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MAUGHAM,  W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : THE MAKING OF A SAINT.

MAUGHAM, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : THE MAKING OF A SAINT.

London : T. Fisher Unwin, 1898. First British edition. Maugham’s second book – Italy in the late fifteenth century – assassinations, conspiracies, and a gentleman swordsman becomes a saint. Loosely inserted is a signed, typed letter on Dorchester Hotel notepaper, dated 18th October 1951, from Maugham to a Mr. Sephton, “I don’t know what to suggest. I am afraid you won’t find France much better than England at the moment ... The English colony on the Riviera at the present time is very small and very poor ...”. Alexander Rhodes Sephton (1920-1973) was in turns civil servant, wartime commando, and teacher in Benghazi, Kuala Lumpur and elsewhere.
Post 8vo (21cm). [viii],(304),[viii]pp. Original holly-green cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; top edge gilt; slight wear to extremities; lightly bruised; label neatly removed from upper cover; a few slight marks; endpapers lightly tanned and a little cracked; a few spots; some intriguing pale pink stains to a couple of leaves, but overall a good copy of an early title. With the contemporary (1899) ownership inscription of Alexander F. M. Lockhart – Alexander Francis Maxwell Lockhart (1854-1902), merchant and advocate, at this time living near Malaga.

£200

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METEYARD, Eliza, 1816-1879 : THE HALLOWED SPOTS OF ANCIENT LONDON : HISTORICAL, BIOGRAPHICAL, AND ANTIQUARIAN SKETCHES, ILLUSTRATIVE OF PLACES AND EVENTS MADE MEMORABLE BY THE STRUGGLES OF OUR FOREFATHERS FOR CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

METEYARD, Eliza, 1816-1879 : THE HALLOWED SPOTS OF ANCIENT LONDON : HISTORICAL, BIOGRAPHICAL, AND ANTIQUARIAN SKETCHES, ILLUSTRATIVE OF PLACES AND EVENTS MADE MEMORABLE BY THE STRUGGLES OF OUR FOREFATHERS FOR CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

London : E. Marlborough & Co., 1862. First edition. An unusual London history, concentrating on those parts of it famous in the history of liberty, and written at a time when it was still possible and still true to speak of the “one sentiment in the breasts of all true-born English men and women – invincible attachment to the liberties their fathers won”. With chapters on the City; Smithfield; the Tower; the Fleet Prison; the Temple and Lincoln’s Inn; Whitehall; the liberty of the press; Bunhill Fields, etc.
Foolscap 4to (23cm). xii,(292)pp. Wood-engraved illustrations by Charles William Sheeres (1819?-1899). Original green cloth gilt over bevelled boards in an elaborate design by Hanbury & Co., with their ticket; all edges gilt; small mark on upper cover; mild spotting and just a hint of cracking to endpapers, but a very good, still bright and attractive copy of a handsome book.

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ORCZY, Baroness Emmuska Magdalena, 1865-1947 : THE ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL.

ORCZY, Baroness Emmuska Magdalena, 1865-1947 : THE ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL.

London : Hutchinson & Co., 1908. First edition. The third and most celebrated of the Scarlet Pimpernel series – “Paris this September, 1793! – or shall we call it Vendémiaire, Year 1 of the Republic”?
Crown 8vo (20cm). 352pp. Original blue cloth, ruled and lettered in gilt; some mild rubbing; endpapers a little tanned; some spotting of edges and prelims, but a very good and bright copy. Not so marked, but from the library of the notable book-collector and author of several books on book-collecting, Eric Quayle (1921-2001), with the earlier ownership inscription of N. Bradridge.

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POST OFFICE : PRINCIPAL STREETS AND PLACES IN LONDON AND ITS ENVIRONS, AS DIVIDED INTO POSTAL DISTRICTS. WITH MAPS.

POST OFFICE : PRINCIPAL STREETS AND PLACES IN LONDON AND ITS ENVIRONS, AS DIVIDED INTO POSTAL DISTRICTS. WITH MAPS.

London : printed by George E. Eyre & William Spottiswoode, 1857. [Second edition]. London was first divided into postal districts in 1857-1858, to a plan devised by Sir Rowland Hill in 1856 – a circle of roughly twelve miles radius from the General Post Office in St. Martin’s-le-Grand being split into ten districts, “each to be treated, in many respects, as a separate town”. The present alphabetical index and guide first appeared in 1856, but for this edition was furnished with maps of the districts, converting it into one of the very earliest London street atlases. A folding index map covers the whole area, followed by individual maps of the whole of the Eastern Central (EC) and Western Central (WC) districts, and further maps of the innermost portions of the Northern, North Eastern, Eastern, South Eastern, Southern, South Western, Western, and North Western districts – these corresponding approximately to the modern head districts – N1, E1, SE1, SW1, W1 and NW1. The North Eastern and Southern districts were abolished in the 1860s following a report by Anthony Trollope – hence no modern S or NE London postcodes.
Royal 8vo (25cm). 78,[ii]pp. One folding and ten single-page maps, the rectos only included in pagination. The index with alphabetical thumb-guides. Original drab printed boards, neatly rebacked in a match of the original sheep; some occasional mild spotting, but a very good copy. Contemporary ownership inscription of W. M. King – “Northern District of Scotland”.

£400

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

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

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

£500

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RATTIGAN, Terence (Sir Terence Mervyn), 1911-1977 : THE WINSLOW BOY.

RATTIGAN, Terence (Sir Terence Mervyn), 1911-1977 : THE WINSLOW BOY.

London : Hamish Hamilton, (1946). First edition. The pursuit of justice for the unimportant – one of the defining plays of the mid twentieth century, frequently revived and here inscribed by Rattigan to his secretary Mary, signed with forename (Terry) and dated October 1946. Mary Herring began working for Rattigan shortly before the play opened at the Lyric and was to become his confidante, companion, guardian of his reputation, controller of his finances, and keeper of his secrets for the next seventeen years.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (110),[ii]pp. Original grey cloth, lettered in red; original production flaw to two leaves leaving them proud, but otherwise a very good copy in the dust-jacket – a little tanned at spine and slightly worn and chipped at tips.

£400

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RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : PLACES WHERE THEY SING.

RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : PLACES WHERE THEY SING.

London : Anthony Blond, (1970). First edition. The sixth novel in the “Alms for Oblivion” sequence – 1967 and Lancaster College has received a handsome bequest, factions develop, the students become revolutionary, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). 224pp. Original turquoise boards, blocked and lettered in silver; a handful of spots, but a very good copy in the Oliver Elmes dust-jacket, also very good.

£75

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RICHARDSON, Dorothy M. (Dorothy Miller), 1873-1957 : INTERIM.

RICHARDSON, Dorothy M. (Dorothy Miller), 1873-1957 : INTERIM.

London : Duckworth & Co., (1919). First edition. Christmas in 1896 and Miriam arrives in Putney to stay with the Broom sisters. It was in the previous year that the phrase “stream of consciousness” was first used in a literary context, specifically to describe the style of Richardson’s “Pilgrimage” sequence of novels, of which this is the fifth and probably the most experimental – “Never, perhaps, has the familiar definition of a realistic novel as a ‘transcript from life’ been capable of a more exact application than in the case of the series of books in which Miss Dorothy Richardson is recording the experiences of her heroine ... brimful of the most brilliantly vivid impressions ... a curious reminder that life is a flashing succession of photographic impressions” (The Scotsman, 22nd December 1919).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [iv],(294),[ii]pp. Original blue cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered in black; mild tanning of outer blank leaves, but a very good, clean and sound copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket (the front flap of which advertises Virginia Woolf’s earliest novels) lightly tanned, with a few slight nicks and tiny chips, with just one slightly more substantial chip to the upper corner of the rear panel, but also very good.

£200

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RUSSELL, Bertrand (Bertrand Arthur William, Third Earl Russell), 1872-1970 : HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY AND ITS CONNECTION WITH POLITICAL AND SOCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO THE PRESENT DAY.

RUSSELL, Bertrand (Bertrand Arthur William, Third Earl Russell), 1872-1970 : HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY AND ITS CONNECTION WITH POLITICAL AND SOCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO THE PRESENT DAY.

London : George Allen & Unwin, (1946). First British edition. A fluent, witty, elegant, and sweeping survey of the philosophic tradition, treated as much as social and cultural history as in terms of pure philosophy – the Pre-Socratics; Socrates, Plato, Aristotle; the Cynics, Sceptics, Stoics, and Epicureans; Jewish, Mohammedan, and Catholic scholars; and the modern tradition – Machiavelli, Erasmus and More, Bacon, Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Byron, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Marx, Bergson, William James, Dewey, etc. “I was sometimes accused by reviewers of writing not a true history but a biased account of the events that I arbitrarily chose to write of. But, to my mind, a man without bias cannot write interesting history – if, indeed, such a man exists” (Bertrand Russell).
Demy 8vo (23cm). 916pp. Original canvas, blocked in brown and lettered in yellow; a very good copy in the A. E. Barlow dust-jacket (printed on the verso of a war-surplus map of the English East Coast) – the jacket lightly repaired and slightly chipped at head and tail, with a further shallow chip at the top of the front panel, but otherwise very good.

£300

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“SAPPER” – (McNEILE, Herman Cyril), 1888-1937 : BULL-DOG DRUMMOND : THE ADVENTURES OF A DEMOBILISED OFFICER WHO FOUND PEACE DULL.

“SAPPER” – (McNEILE, Herman Cyril), 1888-1937 : BULL-DOG DRUMMOND : THE ADVENTURES OF A DEMOBILISED OFFICER WHO FOUND PEACE DULL.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, [1920]. First edition. The scarce first book in the series. Hugh Drummond “inserts an advertisement for adventure in the papers – ‘Legitimate, if possible; but crime, if of a comparatively humorous description, no objection. Excitement essential’. After that, all that need be said is that the essential excitement arrives. It arrives in conjunction with a pretty girl and two super-rogues who are ‘the complete IT in the criminal line’” (The Sketch, 1st September 1920).
Crown 8vo (20cm). 320pp. Original blue cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; some mild rubbing and faint wear; some light discolouration; a few spots, but a good and sound copy. Neat contemporary ownership inscription of G. Herbert Carter.

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SAWYER, Charles J. (Charles James), 1875-1931 & DARTON, F. J. Harvey (Frederick James Harvey), 1878-1936 : ENGLISH BOOKS 1475-1900 : A SIGNPOST FOR COLLECTORS.

SAWYER, Charles J. (Charles James), 1875-1931 & DARTON, F. J. Harvey (Frederick James Harvey), 1878-1936 : ENGLISH BOOKS 1475-1900 : A SIGNPOST FOR COLLECTORS.

London : Charles J. Sawyer, 1927. First edition : limited to 2,000 copies. “There comes a time in the evolution of every sport, pastime or hobby, when it degenerates or improves (according to the point of view) into a scientific pursuit requiring accurate knowledge as well as affectionate appreciation ... Book-collecting has reached this stage”. The distilled fruits of forty years’ experience in the book-trade presented in a sprightly survey of books, book-collecting and prices from Caxton to Kipling.
Two volumes. Demy 8vo (227 x 142mm). xvi,(368); viii,(424)pp. Plates, facsimiles, illustrations. Bound in a handsome contemporary half blue morocco, banded & gilt, by Bayntun of Bath for C. J. Sawyer; top edges gilt; some minimal wear, a few spots, but a very good set, handsomely bound.

£250

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SNOW, C.P. (Charles Percy Snow, Baron), 1905-1980 : THE MASTERS.

SNOW, C.P. (Charles Percy Snow, Baron), 1905-1980 : THE MASTERS.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1951. First edition. Set in Cambridge in 1937 and the college prepares to elect a new master. Politics and intrigue at High Table. The seminal fourth book in the “Strangers and Brothers” sequence.
Crown 8vo (189 x 125mm). (xii),(388)pp. Bound in an elegant recent full tan morocco, banded and gilt, by Bayntun-Riviere; sprinkled edges; very mild tanning to edges of outer leaves, but a very good copy.

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SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS, Martin” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : DAN RUSSEL THE FOX : AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF MISS ROWAN.

SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS, Martin” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : DAN RUSSEL THE FOX : AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF MISS ROWAN.

London : Methuen & Co., (1911). First edition : in the primary binding of orange-brown glazed linen. “In this story, above all others, we have told, faithfully, and with the emotion of enthusiasts, of the sport that we knew and loved” (Edith Somerville).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],340 + (32)pp advertisements dated September 1911 (earlier advertisements are sometimes encountered – dated August or even March 1911, although the book was not published until October and these appear to be irregular). Original orange-brown cloth, blocked on upper cover and spine with white feathers, lettered across upper cover in black, and across spine in gilt; a few faint marks and spots, but a very good copy still. Small Times Book Club label and date-stamp Nov 18 1911 on rear endpaper.

£100

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SPARK, Muriel (Dame Muriel Sarah), 1918-2006 : THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE.

SPARK, Muriel (Dame Muriel Sarah), 1918-2006 : THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1961. First edition. Miss Brodie in her prime in pre-war Edinburgh – the basis of the 1969 film with Maggie Smith, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). [iv],(172)pp. Original deep turquoise cloth, lettered in gilt; a little dulled; a few faint marks and slight creases, but a good copy in the stylish original pictorial jacket by Victor Reinganum (1907-1995) – slightly rubbed on rear panel, but otherwise very good with only a hint of wear.

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STOCKWELL, Gail : THE EMBARRASSED MURDERER.

STOCKWELL, Gail : THE EMBARRASSED MURDERER.

London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, (1938). First British edition. The second of the author’s murder mysteries – set in New York. “Three murders at the rate of half a crown apiece is good value for money, and those who demand tales of sudden death for their entertainment will welcome ‘The Embarrassed Murderer’ ... if only for the authoress’s prodigality ... [but] Miss Stockwell’s ‘thriller’ has more to recommend it than generosity in the matter of corpses, however, for it is one of the best pieces of detective fiction I have read recently ... each of [the murders] is closely related to the elusive ‘perfect crime’ ... For crime fiction this gets top marks” (Western Morning News, 9th November 1938).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [vi],282pp. Original green cloth, lettered in brown; a few faint marks; edges a little spotted, but a very good copy in the James Arnold dust-jacket – the jacket just a touch dulled at spine and with a handful of spots, but also very good.

£100

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“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : SATAN BUYS A WREATH.

“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : SATAN BUYS A WREATH.

Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, [1951]. First edition. “The steady mumble jumble of the speeding train vibrates every nerve in my noggin just as if some wise-guy had shoved a juke-box down my earhole ... All that unfaithfulness had brought me to the bottle ...”. A Nick Cranley tale.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade; slight wear at head; short split at foot; wrappers lightly creased; text lightly tanned; a few spots, but otherwise a very good copy. Just a single copy (Bodleian) located in major libraries worldwide.

£50

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[SURTEES, Robert Smith, 1803-1864] : “ASK MAMMA;” OR, THE RICHEST COMMONER IN ENGLAND.

[SURTEES, Robert Smith, 1803-1864] : “ASK MAMMA;” OR, THE RICHEST COMMONER IN ENGLAND.

London : Bradbury & Evans, 1858. First edition. “It may be a recommendation to the lover of light literature to be told, that the following story does not involve the complication of a plot ...”.
Demy 8vo (214 x 133mm). (xii),412pp. Hand-coloured frontispiece and twelve hand-coloured etchings by John Leech. Numerous illustrations, decorative initials, etc., also by Leech, in text. Bound in a later full sprinkled calf, ruled and decorated in gilt in a late eighteenth-century pattern; contrasting red and tan labels; marbled endpapers; lightly rubbed; internally a few minor marks; text a touch brittle, with a few nicks and small flaws, but overall a very good copy of an attractive production.

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TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : POEMS, CHIEFLY LYRICAL.

TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : POEMS, CHIEFLY LYRICAL.

London : Effingham Wilson, 1830. First edition : with p.91 correctly numbered and the reading “carcanet” on p.72. The young Tennyson’s first solo collection of poems, including “Mariana”, “Claribel”, “Ode to Memory”, “The Burial of Love”, “The Kraken”, etc.
Demy 12mo (182 x 105mm). [iv],154,2pp. Bound, complete with the errata leaf and final advertisement leaf in a smart later (mid twentieth-century) full red crushed morocco, banded and gilt, top edge gilt, inner gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, by Bayntun-Riviere – preserving the original pink paper of the original boards at rear; the merest hint of rubbing; a few faint internal marks and signs of age, but overall a very good, tall and uncut copy in a protective cloth slip-case.

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TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : POEMS.

TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : POEMS.

London : Edward Moxon, 1833 [but 1832]. First edition. Tennyson’s most important early collection – thirty poems, including the first appearances of “The Lady of Shalott”, “Mariana in the South”, “Eleanore”, “OEnone”, “The Palace of Art”, “The May Queen”, “New Year’s Eve”, “The Lotos Eaters”, “A Dream of Fair Women”, etc.
Foolscap 8vo (174 x 96mm). [vi],(164)pp + advertisement leaf at front and rear. Bound in an attractive later full crimson morocco, banded and gilt, and dated 1900 by Zaehnsdorf; contrasting red labels; inner gilt dentelles; silk endleaves; just a hint of rubbing; slight cracking of endpapers; a few minor marks, but a very good copy of a difficult title.

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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : TRAVELLING SKETCHES.

TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : TRAVELLING SKETCHES.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1866. First edition. Eight engaging essays, including “The Family that Goes Abroad because it’s the Thing to Do”; “The Man who Travels Alone”; “The Unprotected Female Tourist”; “The Art Tourist”; “Tourists who Don’t Like their Travels”, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [iv],112,(24)pp – the advertisements dated February 1866. Original red cloth over bevelled boards; some very minor wear and slight dulling to spine, but otherwise a very good, clean, and sound copy. Ownership inscription of B. N. Reckitt – the historian Basil Norman Reckitt (1905-2005) of the “Reckitt & Colman” firm – dated 1944.

£250

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

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

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

£750

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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : HARRY HEATHCOTE OF GANGOIL. A TALE OF AUSTRALIAN BUSH LIFE.

TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : HARRY HEATHCOTE OF GANGOIL. A TALE OF AUSTRALIAN BUSH LIFE.

London : Ward, Lock & Bowden, [ca.1895]. An undesignated reprint of the 1883 third edition. The original 1874 edition is of course a legendary rarity – as Sadleir noted in 1928, “No price records exist. Should a good copy come up for sale it will fetch as much as the most frenzied Trollopian present can afford to pay”. “We settle down, in companionship with Mr. Anthony Trollope, at the Gangoil Farm, on the other side of the Equator, just as easily and comfortably as we did at Orley Farm itself. There are not a few persons to whom the bare idea of colonial existence is intolerable; yet here it is made even charming” (London Evening Standard, 9th November 1874).
Foolscap 8vo (172 x 109mm). [vi],(314)pp. Bound in a smart recent half maroon calf, banded and gilt, by Bayntun-Riviere; top edge gilt; a few minor marks and small flaws, but a very good copy.

£200

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TURBERVILLE, A.S. (Arthur Stanley), 1888-1945 – editor : JOHNSON’S ENGLAND : AN ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE & MANNERS OF HIS AGE.

TURBERVILLE, A.S. (Arthur Stanley), 1888-1945 – editor : JOHNSON’S ENGLAND : AN ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE & MANNERS OF HIS AGE.

London : Oxford University Press, 1933. First edition. A distinguished, literate and well-illustrated survey of all aspects of eighteenth-century life, with authoritative essays by G. M. Trevelyan, Dorothy George, G. D. H. Cole, R. W. Chapman and others – the period; the church; the navy; army; exploration and discovery; travel and communications; London; town-life in the provinces; industry and trade; agriculture and rural life; poverty, crime and philanthropy; manners, meals and domestic pastimes; sports and games; costume; taste; painting and engraving; sculpture; architecture and the garden; interiors; drama and theatre; music; education; science; medicine; the law and lawyers; authors and booksellers; newspapers, etc.
Two volumes. Medium 8vo (24cm). (xxiv),(406),[ii]; (x),404pp. Numerous plates. Original cloth gilt; a very good and bright set in the dust-jackets – price-clipped but with only minimal wear.

£100

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UNWIN, T. Fisher (Thomas Fisher), 1848-1935 – publisher : M.A.B. : MAINLY ABOUT BOOKS.

UNWIN, T. Fisher (Thomas Fisher), 1848-1935 – publisher : M.A.B. : MAINLY ABOUT BOOKS.

London : T. Fisher Unwin, 1906-1911. The first four volumes of the New Series of Unwin’s attractive illustrated monthly journal – an absolute mine of out-of-the-way information on the books and authors of the period. Includes articles, interviews and portraits of authors both famous and forgotten – Matthew Arnold, Karl Baedeker, Mrs Craigie, Alfred Deakin, Anatole France, Edward Lear, Vernon Lee, George Moore, E. Nesbit, Willy Pogany, Paul Sabatier, Olive Schreiner, H. de Vere Stacpoole, Robert Louis Stevenson, Lady Troubridge, Mark Twain, H. G. Wells and many more – with more general articles on the issues of the day, from the woman question and votes for women (with a “Special Woman’s Number” in April 1907), to holiday destinations, the new copyright bill, etc. Originally begun in 1903, “Mainly about Books” survived until 1924. Also bound in are two issues (November and December 1906) of Unwin’s “The Book Buyer”.
Forty-eight issues, from New Series Vol.I., No.1 (February 1907) to New Series Vol. IV, No. 12 (July/August 1911), bound in two volumes. Royal 8vo (25cm). 240; 274; 252; 256pp. Bound, with the original wrappers, in a neat near contemporary binder’s cloth; some minor wear; one advertisement leaf torn and defective; some internal marks, chips and creases; wrappers a little brittle, tanned and chipped in a few places, but a good and serviceable run of an absorbing publication. Of major libraries worldwide, only the British Library would appear to have a complete run of this publication, with a partial run only in the Bibliothèque Nationale.

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WALFORD, Edward, 1823-1897 : GREATER LONDON : A NARRATIVE OF ITS HISTORY, ITS PEOPLE, AND ITS PLACES.

WALFORD, Edward, 1823-1897 : GREATER LONDON : A NARRATIVE OF ITS HISTORY, ITS PEOPLE, AND ITS PLACES.

London : Cassell & Co., [1884]. First edition in book form. A sequel to the highly popular “Old and New London”, compiled jointly by Walford and C. W. Thornbury. A circular tour round Chiswick, Ealing, Twickenham, Shepperton, Staines, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, Ruislip, Harrow, Barnet, Chigwell, Ilford, Dagenham, Woolwich, Sidcup, Bromley, Beckenham, Croydon, Epsom, Kingston, Richmond, Wimbledon and all the towns and villages between. Heavily illustrated with some 400 wood-engravings, including many images of buildings and villages never previously depicted. First published serially between 1882 and 1884.
Two volumes. Crown 4to (27cm). xvi,576; (xvi),560pp – two preliminary leaves in vol.ii inexplicably straying into the index. Numerous illustrations. Maps. Original decorative cloth gilt; all edges gilt; a touch bruised; slight scratch to one lower cover; a few slight spots, but overall a very good, bright and fresh set.

£200

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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” – the wrong Boot is sent to Ishmaelia.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],308,[ii]pp. Original lizard pattern red and black cloth, lettered in gilt; mild tanning of endpapers; some spotting, mainly of edges, but a very good, bright, and sound copy. Small Brentano’s of Paris bookshop label on rear pastedown.

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WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : MEN AT ARMS : A NOVEL.

WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : MEN AT ARMS : A NOVEL.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1952. First edition. The first novel of what became the Sword of Honour trilogy – Guy Crouchback seeks personal salvation.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (vi),314pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; top edge blue; mild tanning of endpapers, but a very good copy in an unusually good dust-jacket – the red Val Biro design for once virtually unfaded, with minimal wear, and just some areas of light tanning on flaps and lower panel.

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WEIL, Joseph, 1875-1976 : “YELLOW KID” WEIL : THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AMERICA’S MASTER SWINDLER.

WEIL, Joseph, 1875-1976 : “YELLOW KID” WEIL : THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AMERICA’S MASTER SWINDLER.

Chicago : Ziff-Davis Publishing Co., (1948). First edition. “You can fleece a lamb many times, but only take his hide once” – the life, thoughts and reminiscences of the legendary con-man and grifter, as told to the crime-writer William T. Brannon (1906-1981). Some of the most elaborate and successful real-life stings and hustles ever pulled off and the ultimate inspiration behind countless books, films and television series.
Post 8vo (22cm). [vi],(298)pp. Plates. Original cloth gilt; rear endpaper slightly discoloured, but otherwise a very good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket price-clipped and with a few short nicks, but also very good.

£50

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WELLAND, Ralph, 1847-1930 : REYNOLDS’S NEW CHART OF THE THAMES ESTUARY.

WELLAND, Ralph, 1847-1930 : REYNOLDS’S NEW CHART OF THE THAMES ESTUARY.

London : James Reynolds & Sons, 1893. A revised edition of a handsome nautical chart of the Thames Estuary, engraved by Ralph Welland for Reynolds & Sons, and originally published in 1887. The chart, which remained in print for many years, later under the Edward Stanford imprint, covers the maritime Thames and its approaches from Gravesend round to Harwich in the north and Ramsgate in the south, at a scale of two nautical miles to the inch (one statute mile = 23mm). Special attention is given to the deeps, the shallows, the water navigation, the channels, lights, the set of the tides, lighthouses and light-ships, buoys, beacons, sands, shoals, and soundings, together with a multiplicity of descriptive and explanatory notes. As a separate insert in the cloth case is an additional chart showing the river from St. Paul’s to Gravesend at the same scale. The cover title is “Reynolds’s New Coloured Chart of the Thames Estuary Extending to Harwich & Ramsgate with Map of the River from London to Gravesend”.
Lithograph on paper, with full original hand colour. Printed surface 54 x 62cm (approx. 21-1/4” x 24-1/2”), with the smaller chart 11 x 51cm (approx. 4-1/4” x 20”). The charts fold separately into the original cloth case (16cm), with the publishers’ decorative printed label; the case lightly marked and rubbed; some slight holing and splitting to folds of the main chart, but overall in good and serviceable condition for a fragile item. Just a single copy (National Maritime Museum) of this 1893 edition located in major libraries worldwide.

£75

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WHEATLEY, Chris : RED ICE.

WHEATLEY, Chris : RED ICE.

Leigh-on-Sea : Barrington Gray, [ca. 1953]. First edition. “Louie Toreni’s thinned eyes slowly took stock of those who shared with him the lavishly equipped room behind the Green Hat Night Club. He frowned, a furrow on his sloping forehead as he lolled back in the black leather chair that matched the blue of his crinkly hair. His wide shoulders were relaxed, the pale hands limp. But within Louis Toreni was smouldering rage”.
Crown 8vo (18cm). 128pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; lower portion of spine and parts of edges smoke blackened; some very mild creasing and light wear; staples rusting, but a good and serviceable copy of a scarce production. No copy located in any major library worldwide. Not listed by Hubin.

£50

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : SUMMER MOONSHINE.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : SUMMER MOONSHINE.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1938). First British edition. Impecunious baronet, hideous house, rich potential buyer, breach of promise, etc. For reasons to do with serialisation, the book first appeared four months earlier in the USA.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (312),[viii]pp. Original red cloth, blocked and lettered in black; top edge pink; a few minor marks; light spotting of edges; mild tanning of endpapers, but a very good, bright and unworn copy.

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : STIFF UPPER LIP, JEEVES.

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : STIFF UPPER LIP, JEEVES.

London : Herbert Jenkins, (1963). First British edition. “It was the instinct of self-preservation transcending better judgement and personal inclination that sent Bertie Wooster hot foot to Totleigh Towers ...” – Jeeves, Wooster, Gussie Fink-Nottle, and Madeline Bassett – “moulder of men”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (190),[ii]pp. Original red boards, blocked in blind on lower cover and lettered across spine in gilt; some light spotting of edges; tape-mark to front free endpaper; a few slight creases, but a very good copy in the original pictorial dust-jacket – price-clipped, slightly spotted on rear panel and with some minor edge-wear, but also very good. Small bookseller’s label of Samuel Lee & Co. of Warwick.

£125

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WOLFE, Tom (Thomas Kennerly), 1931-2018 : THE KANDY-KOLORED TANGERINE-FLAKE STREAMLINE BABY.

WOLFE, Tom (Thomas Kennerly), 1931-2018 : THE KANDY-KOLORED TANGERINE-FLAKE STREAMLINE BABY.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1966). First British edition. Wolfe’s first collection – twenty-two essays and half a dozen caricatures. An entirely new voice in journalism skyrockets metaphors, neologisms, hip-talk and learned reference into the pursuit of the form and style of the new. Includes “The Fifth Beatle”, “The First Tycoon of Teen”, “The Last American Hero”, “The Girl of the Year”, “The Nanny Mafia”, “A Sunday Kind of Love”, “The Woman Who Has Everything”, “Why Doormen Hate Volkswagens”, etc. First published in New York the previous year, but here in the period-defining dust-jacket by Jonathan Miller.
Post 8vo (21cm). (xviii),(340),[iv]pp. Original pink boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; mild tanning of edges, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – a touch sunned, with some very minor edge-wear and a single short tear, but also very good.

£100

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WOOLF, Virginia (Adeline Virginia), 1882-1941 : KEW GARDENS.

WOOLF, Virginia (Adeline Virginia), 1882-1941 : KEW GARDENS.

[London] : Hogarth Press, 1927. Third edition : limited to 500 numbered copies. Originally published in May 1919 in a small edition of perhaps 170 copies, with a second edition of 500 copies a month later, the present edition is the first to be illustrated and decorated by Vanessa Bell (1879-1961) throughout.
Crown 4to (27cm). [48]pp. Illustrations and decorations throughout. Original decorative boards in a design by Vanessa Bell; the notoriously fragile spine has been skilfully restored and repaired; edges worn and some slight marking and scuffing; endpapers lightly tanned, but a good and clean copy within. Tiny contemporary gift inscription from Leonora to Maurice – probably the actress Leonora Freeman (1914-1997) and her husband, the writer Maurice Cardiff (1915-2006), who eloped to marry in 1939.

£750

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YOUNG, G.M. (George Malcolm), 1882-1959 – editor : EARLY VICTORIAN ENGLAND : 1830-1865.

YOUNG, G.M. (George Malcolm), 1882-1959 – editor : EARLY VICTORIAN ENGLAND : 1830-1865.

London : Oxford University Press, 1934. First edition. A magisterial and richly illustrated study of the background to mid nineteenth-century England, with chapters on Work and Wages (J. H. Clapham), Homes and Habits, Town Life and London (R. H. Mottram), Life in the New Towns, Country Life and Sport (Bernard Darwin), The Navy, The Army, The Mercantile Marine (Basil Lubbock), The Press, Art, Architecture (A. E. Richardson), Music, Drama (Allardyce Nicoll), Holidays and Travel, Charity, Expansion and Emigration, and the Portrait of an Age.
Two volumes. Medium 8vo (24cm). [ii],(xxvi),414,[ii]; viii,558,[ii]pp. Errata slip. Numerous plates drawn from contemporary sources. Facsimiles. Original cloth gilt; some spotting of edges, one endpaper lightly tanned, but a very good set in the original dust-jackets – lightly tanned, slightly worn and a little chipped.

£100

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ZANGWILL, Israel, 1864-1926 : THE OLD MAIDS’ CLUB.

ZANGWILL, Israel, 1864-1926 : THE OLD MAIDS’ CLUB.

London : William Heinemann, 1892. First edition. “The Old Maids’ Club was founded by Lillie Dulcimer in her sweet seventeenth year. She had always been precocious, and could analyse her own sensations before she could spell. In fact, she divided her time between making sensations and analysing them ...”. Twenty entertaining tales from the annals of the club, including the very funny “Algebra of Love”, “The Man in the Ironed Mask”, “The Old Young Woman and the New”, “The Mysterious Advertiser”, “The Beautiful Ghoul”, etc. – “Two books for the holiday season, to be read lounging in a hammock, or under the shadow of a cliff, are Mr. Zangwill’s ‘Old Maids’ Club’, and Mr. Grossmith’s ‘Diary of a Nobody’. The former is very droll in places ...” (Cheltenham Looker-On, 20th August 1892). “Worth all the inanities of Jerome K. Jerome and all the thin fun of Barry Pain bundled together” (Glasgow Evening Post, 30th June 1892).
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,326,[ii] + 16pp advertisements dated March 1892. Forty-four amusing illustrations by F. H. Townsend (1869-1920). Original decorative cloth; some minor wear; spine a touch dulled; cloth slightly bubbled; endpapers lightly tanned; a few spots, but a good copy. Contemporary (1892) ownership inscription of C. A. Newman of Cambridge.

£75

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