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BALZAC, Honoré de, 1799-1850 : TALES FROM BALZAC.

BALZAC, Honoré de, 1799-1850 : TALES FROM BALZAC.

London : Eveleigh Nash & Grayson, 1927. First edition of this collection of eleven translations of Balzac’s “most spell-binding” stories, including “At the Sign of the Cat and Racket”, “The Unknown Masterpiece”, “The Atheist’s Mass”, etc. Translated variously by Clara Bell, Ellen Marriage and John Gilmer, and edited and introduced by George Saintsbury (1845-1933).
Crown 8vo (191 x 124mm). (548)pp. Bound in an elegant later half green morocco, banded and gilt, for Asprey’s; all edges gilt; silk headbands; marbled endpapers; overall a very good copy.

£250

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"BOLDREWOOD, Ralph" - [BROWNE, Thomas Alexander, 1826-1915] : A MODERN BUCCANEER.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1894. First edition. Having created the first thoroughly Australian characters in fiction in "Robbery under Arms" (1888), Boldrewood's reputation became international - he was visited by both Mark Twain and Rider Haggard. The present South Seas novel is based in large measure on an autobiographical manuscript acquired from that other great nineteenth-century Australian natural-born storyteller, Louis Becke (1855-1913), who had served as a supercargo under the legendary adventurer and hellraiser Bully Hayes (1829?-1877), "notorious in every Pacific port", on whose dramatic career the novel is based. Becke's involvement was only acknowledged in later editions.
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (177 x 116mm). viii,238; [vi],242; [vi],(248)pp. Double-page map. Bound, without preliminary blanks and final advertisement leaves, in an elegant near contemporary half vellum, elaborately worked in gilt; green labels; top edges gilt; silk ribbons; labels a touch rubbed; cloth sides lightly faded; a few minor internal marks and creases, but a very good set. With the armorial bookplate of Ivor Andrew Benyon Ferguson (1874-1938), wealthy old Etonian, in each volume.

£750

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BRAINE, John (John Gerard), 1922-1986 : ROOM AT THE TOP.

BRAINE, John (John Gerard), 1922-1986 : ROOM AT THE TOP.

London : Eyre & Spottiswoode, (1957). First edition. His still powerful debut novel - rejected by four publishers before turning into one of the defining novels of the mid century - an immediate success and rapidly turned into the 1959 Jack Clayton film with Laurence Harvey, Simone Signoret, etc.
Crown 8vo (185 x 119mm). 256pp. Bound in a smart recent half green banded morocco, lettered in gilt; original backstrip preserved at rear; a few spots to prelims, but otherwise a very good copy.

£250

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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : PRESTER JOHN.

BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : PRESTER JOHN.

London : Thomas Nelson & Sons, (1910). First edition. Buchan in South Africa with a Haggardesque tale of uprising, myth, fabulous necklace, etc.
Crown 8vo (180 x 116mm). vi,(376),viii pp. Frontispiece map. Bound in an attractive recent half green morocco, banded and gilt; original cloth backstrip preserved at rear; a very good and clean copy. Attached to the verso of the front free endpaper is a contemporary prize label of the North Merchiston Continuation Classes - made out to James B. Campbell for general excellence. Blanchard A21.

£400

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BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS.

BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS.

Edinburgh & London : William Blackwood & Sons, 1915. First edition. The first and most famous of the Richard Hannay stories - and a Haycraft-Queen cornerstone.
Crown 8vo (186 x 119mm). (254),2pp. Bound in a smart recent half blue morocco, banded and gilt, retaining the original cloth upper cover and spine at rear; some internal browning and tanning to outer edges, as always, but a very good and attractive copy of a fragile book. Blanchard A32.

£750

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CANETTI, Elias, 1905-1994 :  AUTO DA FÉ.

CANETTI, Elias, 1905-1994 : AUTO DA FÉ.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1946). First edition in English of the banned "Die Blendung" (1935), his first and only novel, translated from the German (under Canetti's personal supervision) by Dame Cicely Veronica Wedgwood (1910-1997). A Head without a World, Headless World and The World in the Head.
Post 8vo (198 x 133mm). 464pp. Bound in a smart recent half black morocco, banded and gilt; marbled sides; a few slight marks and faint creases, but a very good copy.

£250

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CHANDLER, Raymond (Raymond Thornton), 1888-1959 : FAREWELL, MY LOVELY.

CHANDLER, Raymond (Raymond Thornton), 1888-1959 : FAREWELL, MY LOVELY.

New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1940. First edition. “It was a warm day, almost the end of March, and I stood outside the barber shop looking up at the jutting neon sign of a second floor dine and dice emporium ...”. His second and most widely celebrated novel – a Haycraft-Queen cornerstone of the genre.
Crown 8vo (182 x 122cm). [viii],276,[iv]pp. Bound in an elegant recent half blue morocco, banded, and lettered in gilt; original cloth upper panel and backstrip preserved at rear; a handful of minor marks, but a very good and attractive copy. Bruccoli II-1a.

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CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE SECRET OF FATHER BROWN.

CHESTERTON, G.K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 : THE SECRET OF FATHER BROWN.

London : Cassell & Co., (1927). First edition. The fourth of the Father Brown volumes - ten short stories and pieces, including "The Song of the Flying Fish" and "The Red Moon of Meru". Dedicated to Father John O'Connor of Bradford - reputed to be the original of 'Father Brown' - and certainly the priest who guided Chesterton to catholicism.
Crown 8vo (188 x 119mm). [viii],(310),[ii]pp. Bound in an elegant recent half black morocco, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; original cloth backstrip preserved at rear; a few very faint spots, but a very good copy. Sullivan 71.

£250

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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 TWO ADMIRALS. A TALE OF THE SEA.

COOPER, James Fenimore, 1789-1851 : THE TWO ADMIRALS. A TALE OF THE SEA.

London : Richard Bentley, 1842. First edition. Cooper's epic and poignant tale of two seamen of complementary abilities, intense lifelong friendship, rivalry, Whig and Tory, culminating at the time of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 - Bonnie Prince Charlie, etc. Long considered one of the finest ever maritime novels.
Three volumes. Demy 12mo (194 x 112mm). viii,328; [ii],336; [ii],312pp. Bound in an attractive contemporary half calf, gilt on broad bands and closely worked in blind in compartments; matching marbled sides, endpapers and edges; minor wear and slight rubbing; occasional marks and spots, a couple of trifling nicks and creases, but overall a very good, sound and firm set. With the bookplate of the celebrated book-collector Frances Mary Richardson Currer (1785-1861) of Eshton Hall in each volume - "the head of all female collectors in Europe" (Dibdin).

£400

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"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 with some theatrical types in wartime Oxford.
Crown 8vo. (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.

£250

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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY.

DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1839. First edition : bound from the original monthly parts published between April 1838 and October 1839. This copy with the early misprint "latter" for "letter" (p.160).
Demy 8vo (210 x 130mm). xvi,624pp. Portrait frontispiece after Daniel Maclise and thirty-nine etched plates by "Phiz" (Hablot Knight Browne) - here at the height of his powers. Bound, without half-title, in an attractive contemporary binding - almost certainly Irish - of half red polished calf, banded and richly gilt with small tools - star-shaped flowers, shamrocks, etc.; all edges gilt; pink silk-cloth sides; holly green label; some minor rubbing, but firm and sound; some browning, spotting and offsetting to plates; a few marginal chips and mild creases; one leaf with short tear, but overall a very good copy. With the contemporary ownership inscription of James Boswell (1807?-1882) of Clonskeagh, a prosperous Dublin builder.

£500

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DOYLE, A. Conan (Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan), 1859-1930 : THE CASE-BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES.

DOYLE, A. Conan (Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan), 1859-1930 : THE CASE-BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES.

London : John Murray, (1927). First edition. “I fear that Mr. Sherlock Holmes may become like one of those popular tenors who, having outlived their time, are still tempted to make repeated farewell bows to their indulgent audiences” – the last of the Sherlock Holmes books, a dozen final stories including “The Adventure of the Illustrious Client”, “The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone”, “The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire”, etc. Two of the stories are narrated by Holmes himself, rather than Watson.
Crown 8vo (187 x 120mm). 320pp. Bound in an elegant recent full blue morocco, banded and gilt; marbled endpapers; a few very minor signs of use; a few internal spots, but a very good copy, attractively bound.

£400

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EGAN, Pierce, 1772-1849 : LIFE IN LONDON; OR, THE DAY AND NIGHT SCENES OF JERRY HAWTHORN, ESQ. AND HIS ELEGANT FRIEND CORINTHIAN TOM, ACCOMPANIED BY BOB LOGIC, THE OXONIAN, IN THEIR RAMBLES AND SPREES THROUGH THE METROPOLIS.

EGAN, Pierce, 1772-1849 : LIFE IN LONDON; OR, THE DAY AND NIGHT SCENES OF JERRY HAWTHORN, ESQ. AND HIS ELEGANT FRIEND CORINTHIAN TOM, ACCOMPANIED BY BOB LOGIC, THE OXONIAN, IN THEIR RAMBLES AND SPREES THROUGH THE METROPOLIS.

London : for Sherwood, Neely & Jones, 1821. First edition : the second issue, with the footnote on p.9. Pierce Egan's roaring and runaway success - racy, slangy and riotous adventures among the highest of high life and the lowest of low life in Regency London - "In his particular line, he was the greatest man in England" (John Camden Hotten). The sparkling text which took the country by storm as it appeared in instalments between August 1820 and July 1821 is gloriously accompanied by the superb aquatints of the brothers Isaac Robert and George Cruikshank, many depicting recognisable London scenes.
Demy 8vo (216 x 139mm). xvi,376pp. Frontispiece and thirty-five Cruikshank plates, all with original hand colour. Three folding leaves of music. Woodcut illustrations in text. Bound, without half-title and advertisements, in an elegant later (mid twentieth-century) full crimson morocco, banded and gilt, by Bayntun-Riviere; all edges gilt; gilt turn-ins; marbled endpapers; a few minor marks and spots; two leaves neatly repaired, but a very good copy of Egan's defining work.

£750

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FLEMING, Ian (Ian Lancaster), 1908-1964 : FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE.

FLEMING, Ian (Ian Lancaster), 1908-1964 : FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1957). First edition. "Will he take the lure - the beautiful lure called Tania, first proffered to Bond wearing nothing but a black velvet ribbon round her throat?"
Crown 8vo (182 x 120mm). (254),[ii]pp. Bound in a stylish recent half black morocco, banded and gilt; the backstrip and upper panel of the original boards, blocked and lettered in silver and metallic red, preserved at rear; a very good, clean and crisp copy.

£250

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FORD, Ford Madox [formerly HUEFFER], 1873-1939 : PARADE’S END.

FORD, Ford Madox [formerly HUEFFER], 1873-1939 : PARADE’S END.

New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1950. First collected edition of all four volumes of the Tietjens Saga: “Some Do Not -” (1924); “No More Parades” (1925); “A Man Could Stand Up” (1926) and “Last Post” (1928). The first edition to appear under this collective title – the one chosen by Ford before his death – here with an interesting and sensitive introduction by Robie Macaualy (1919-1995). There was no equivalent UK edition and the “Parade’s End” title was not used in the UK until the collected works appeared in the 1960s.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [2],xxii,[2],836,[ii]pp. Demy 8vo (214 x 139mm). [2],xxii,[2],836,[ii]pp. Bound in a handsome recent half black morocco, banded and gilt; original cloth covers preserved at rear; top edge red; a very good copy.

£400

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"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.

£750

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FORSTER, E.M. (Edward Morgan), 1879-1970 : A PASSAGE TO INDIA.

FORSTER, E.M. (Edward Morgan), 1879-1970 : A PASSAGE TO INDIA.

London : Edward Arnold & Co., 1924. First edition. "Adventures do occur, but not punctually. Life rarely gives us what we want at the moment we consider appropriate".
Crown 8vo (190 x 118mm). 325,[iii]pp. Bound in an elegant half maroon banded morocco, lettered in gilt; original cloth upper cover and spine preserved at rear; some occasional spotting and a few slight internal marks, but a very good copy, attractively bound. Kirkpatrick A10.

£500

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GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : I, CLAUDIUS: FROM THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF TIBERIUS CLAUDIUS EMPEROR OF THE ROMANS BORN B.C. 10 MURDERED AND DEIFIED A.D. 54. / CLAUDIUS THE GOD AND HIS WIFE MESSALINA ...

GRAVES, Robert (Robert von Ranke), 1895-1985 : I, CLAUDIUS: FROM THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF TIBERIUS CLAUDIUS EMPEROR OF THE ROMANS BORN B.C. 10 MURDERED AND DEIFIED A.D. 54. / CLAUDIUS THE GOD AND HIS WIFE MESSALINA ...

London : Arthur Barker, 1934. First editions of the two separately published volumes of Graves’ “I Claudius” masterpiece. “I, Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus This-that-and-the-other (for I shall not trouble you yet with all my titles) who was once, and not so long ago either, known to my friends and relatives and associates as ‘Claudius the Idiot’, or ‘That Claudius’, or ‘Claudius the Stammerer’, or ‘Clau-Clau-Claudius’ or at best as ‘Poor Uncle Claudius’, am now about to write this strange history of my life ...”.
Two volumes. Demy 8vo (213 x 132mm). 494; (576)pp. Folding genealogical tables. Bound in a handsome recent half blue morocco, banded and gilt; the original cloth backstrips preserved at the rear of each volume; a few internal marks and spots, but overall a very good and sound set. Higginson A42a / A43a.

£750

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GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : IT'S A BATTLEFIELD.

GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : IT'S A BATTLEFIELD.

London : William Heinemann, (1934). First edition. Greene's first overtly political novel - "the injustice of man's justice". Greene called it "a panoramic novel of London" - in some sense an inversion of the traditional detective story, as a communist London bus-driver awaits his hanging.
Crown 8vo (174 x 111mm). [viii],(276),[ii]pp. Bound in a smart recent half red morocco; original cloth backstrip preserved at rear; some spotting of edges, but a very good copy.

£400

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HADFIELD, John (John Charles Heywood), 1907-1999 - editor : RESTORATION LOVE SONGS.

HADFIELD, John (John Charles Heywood), 1907-1999 - editor : RESTORATION LOVE SONGS.

Preston (HRT) : Cupid Press, 1950. First edition : limited to 660 numbered copies on mould-made paper. A fine and unnusual selection of seventeenth-century lyrics - Aphra Behn; John Dryden; Sir George Etherege; George Granville, Baron Lansdowne; John Oldmixon; Charles Sackville, Earl of Dorset; Sir Charles Sedley; John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester and a host of lesser and greater names - with an interesting introduction and notes by Hadfield. Beautifully produced and with illustrations by Rex Whistler.
Medium 8vo (232 x 139mm). xx,(154),[ii]pp. Folding coloured frontispiece and monochrome illustrations by Whistler; bound in a stylish recent half burgundy morocco, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; marbled sides; partially erased stamp to verso of title-page; faint crease to frontispiece, but a very good and most attractive copy.

£125

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HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : SHE : A HISTORY OF ADVENTURE.

HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : SHE : A HISTORY OF ADVENTURE.

London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1887. First edition : the so-called “first issue”, with all the misprints noted by Scott and Whatmore – although these would appear to be common to the whole of the edition. Endlessly reprinted ever since and the basis of at least eight film versions: in Margaret Atwood’s phrase, Ayesha (She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed) has become “a permanent feature of the human imagination”.
Crown 8vo (186 x 114mm). [viii],(318),[ii]pp. Two colour plates. Bound in a smart later (late twentieth-century) full crimson morocco, banded and gilt, by Bayntun-Riviere of Bath; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; original decorative cloth gilt bound in at rear; a few slight and minor marks, but a very good and handsome copy. Scott 5. Whatmore F4.

£750

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HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : AYESHA : THE RETURN OF SHE.

HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : AYESHA : THE RETURN OF SHE.

London : Ward Lock & Co., 1905 First edition. As Haggard points out in his prefatory note, not so much a sequel to “She” as the conclusion to his famous tale – a conclusion he had deliberately waited twenty years to write. He also points out that the correct pronunciation is ‘Assha’.
Crown 8vo (184 x 120mm). 384pp. Frontispiece and thirty-one atmospheric plates by Maurice Greiffenhagen (1862-1931). Bound in a smart later (late twentieth-century) full crimson morocco, banded and gilt, by Bayntun-Riviere of Bath; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; a few slight and minor marks and nicks, but a very good and handsome copy. Scott 45. Whatmore F28.

£400

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HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : ALLAN'S WIFE AND OTHER TALES.

HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : ALLAN'S WIFE AND OTHER TALES.

London : Spencer Blackett, 1889. First edition. The title story and three further Quatermain tales, "Hunter Quatermain's Story", "A Tale of Three Lions" and "Long Odds".
Crown 8vo (184 x 128mm). 334,[iv] + (32)pp inserted advertisements dated September 1889. Frontispiece and seven full-page illustrations by Maurice Greiffenhagen (1862-1931) and Charles Kerr (1858-1907), with numerous further text illustrations, decorative devices and initials. Bound in a stylish later (mid twentieth-century) full tan calf, banded and richly gilt, contrasting red and blue labels, inner gilt dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, by Bayntun; some very mild rubbing to head and joints; a few faint marks and spots, but a very good copy. Scott 14. Whatmore F11.

£200

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HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE THIN MAN.

HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE THIN MAN.

London : Arthur Barker, (1934). First British edition. "I was leaning against the bar in a speakeasy on Fifty-second Street ..." - his last novel - Prohibition, Nick, Nora and Asta the dog - the basis of the wonderful William Powell and Myrna Loy movies.
Crown 8vo (178 x 112mm). 284,[ii]pp. Bound in a handsome recent full blue morocco, banded and gilt (by Bayntun-Riviere); all edges gilt; striped Japanese paper endleaves; a very attractive copy.

£850

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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.

£2,000

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JOHNSON, Samuel, 1709-1784 : JOHNSON'S TABLE-TALK: CONTAINING APHORISMS ON LITERATURE, LIFE, AND MANNERS; WITH ANECDOTES OF DISTINGUISHED PERSONS: SELECTED AND ARRANGED FROM MR. BOSWELL'S LIFE OF JOHNSON.

JOHNSON, Samuel, 1709-1784 : JOHNSON'S TABLE-TALK: CONTAINING APHORISMS ON LITERATURE, LIFE, AND MANNERS; WITH ANECDOTES OF DISTINGUISHED PERSONS: SELECTED AND ARRANGED FROM MR. BOSWELL'S LIFE OF JOHNSON.

London : for C. Dilly, 1798. First edition. "No, Sir; we had talk enough, but no conversation ..." - the essential Johnson distilled (with Boswell's entire approbation). Johnson on conversation, wine, marriage, children, education, conduct, manners, London, trade, travelling, life, death, religion, politics, and much else.
Demy 8vo (213 x 130mm). [iv],446,[ii]pp. Bound in a smart modern sprinkled calf, richly gilt in period style; marbled endpapers; some spotting, mainly to outer leaves; a few minor marks, but a very good copy.

£500

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KIPLING, Rudyard (Joseph Rudyard), 1865-1936 : JUST SO STORIES : FOR LITTLE CHILDREN.

KIPLING, Rudyard (Joseph Rudyard), 1865-1936 : JUST SO STORIES : FOR LITTLE CHILDREN.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1902. First edition. “How the Camel got his Hump”, “How the Leopard got his Spots”, “The Elephant’s Child”, “The Cat that Walked by Himself” and a further eight of the finest stories for children ever written. Illustrated by Kipling – the only one of his books graced with his own fine illustrations.
Crown 4to (232 x 174mm). [viii],(250),[ii]pp. Illustrations, twenty-two full page. Bound, without the preliminary blank, in a handsome recent full red morocco, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; retaining the original pictorial cloth in Kipling’s design at the rear of the volume; internally a few minor marks and spots, with a couple of short tears, but overall a very good and attractive copy. Stewart 260.

£750

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LEWIS, C.S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963 : THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE : A STORY FOR CHILDREN.

LEWIS, C.S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963 : THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE : A STORY FOR CHILDREN.

London : Geoffrey Bles, (1950). First edition. Illustrations and colour frontispiece by Pauline Baynes. The first and best-known of the Narnia chronicles.
Post 8vo (198 x 130mm). (174)pp. Coloured frontispiece. Illustrations. Bound, without final blank, in an elegant recent full green morocco, banded and gilt; a few very minor marks and spots, but a very good copy.

£1,500

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MARRYAT, Frederick, 1792-1848 : POOR JACK.

MARRYAT, Frederick, 1792-1848 : POOR JACK.

London : Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1840. First edition. “My father does what most sailors do – he makes a foolish marriage” – set in Greenwich – from urchin and mudlark to pilot, to wealthy squire, with all Marryat’s usual command of seafaring folk.
Demy 8vo (220 x 139mm), x,384pp. Forty-six illustrations, including full page plates, by Clarkson Stanfield (1793-1867), engraved by Branston, Vizetelly and Landells. Bound in a contemporary morocco-grained leather, almost certainly French, banded, elaborately blocked and tooled, in gilt and blind, with onlays in multiple colours; all edges gilt; silk headbands. A few minimal signs of age and use; just a touch shaken; browning and spotting to some plates, with the occasional fringe of mild discolouration; but overall a handsome copy in a distinctive binding. Neatly inscribed “John Hurleston Leche from his affectionate friend William Henry Miles on his leaving Eton Xmas 1843” – John Hurleston Leche (1827-1903), magistrate and Cheshire landowner, and presumably his contemporary at Eton, William Henry Miles (1830-1888), later to become a banker in Bristol. With the later nautical bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst, well known collector of maritime material in fine bindings.

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MARRYAT, Frederick, 1792-1848 : THE PRIVATEER'S-MAN : ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO.

MARRYAT, Frederick, 1792-1848 : THE PRIVATEER'S-MAN : ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO.

London : Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1846. First edition : the secondary issue, with the eight dramatic plates by James Stephenson (1808-1886) which were not included in the first issue. Familiar Marryat terrain with rip-roaring adventures and derring-do - off Hispaniola, Port Royal, Liverpool, Senegal, sharks, tigers, spies, London, the Tower, Jacobites, Bordeaux, Brazil, diamond mines, etc.
: Two volumes. Foolscap 8vo (161 x 98mm). [iv],(380); [iv],(362),[ii]pp. Eight engraved plates. Bound, complete with half-titles and final imprint leaf, in an elegant later (mid twentieth-century) full turquoise morocco, banded and richly gilt, by Riviere & Son; inner gilt dentelles; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; original pictorial cloth gilt covers preserved at the rear of each volume; spines inevitably a little tanned; short scratch to an upper board; internally a few very minor marks and creases; plates slightly shaved in binding, but a very good copy. No copy of this illustrated issue located in any major UK library.

£250

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MAUGHAM,  W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : ASHENDEN : OR THE BRITISH AGENT.

MAUGHAM, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : ASHENDEN : OR THE BRITISH AGENT.

London : William Heinemann, 1928. First edition. Clearly based on Maugham's own experiences working for British Intelligence during World War I and very much the prototype of the modern espionage novel. It is alleged that Churchill himself urged Maugham to burn a number of further stories originally intended for the book.
Crown 8vo (184 x 120mm). [viii],304pp. Bound in a smart recent half blue morocco; original cloth spine and upper cover preserved at rear; a few internal marks and spots, but an attractive copy.

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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 of the Scarlet Pimpernel series - "Paris this September, 1793! - or shall we call it Vendémiaire, Year 1 of the Republic"?
Crown 8vo (189 x 122mm). 352 + (32)pp advertisements dated Autumn 1908 - the adverts curiously referring to the present work as "The Illusive Pimpernel", which raises some interesting questions. Bound in a smart later quarter chestnut morocco, banded and ruled in gilt; marbled sides - by James Ashton of London, with his stamp; outer leaves lightly tanned; some occasional scattered foxing, but overall a very good copy. Contemporary ownership inscription of H. T. Page on half-title. With the distinctive books, cat and skull "Life Beyond Life" bookplate of the late Paul Minet (1937-2012), bookseller and journalist.

£250

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

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

London : for John Wilkie, 1775. First edition. His first play and the first appearance in print of this great classic of the London stage - the immortal Mrs Malaprop, Lydia Languish, eighteenth-century Bath, etc.
Post 8vo (205 x 120mm). (xiv),100,[ii]pp - a later binder has moved the epilogue leaf to its correct position at the rear of the volume. Bound, complete with half-title, in an exquisite later (early twentieth-century) full crushed olive levant [by Riviere], banded and extra gilt; all edges gilt; inner gilt dentelles; the binding mellowed to a browner shade; just a hint of rubbing; the faintest of cracks towards foot; endpapers a little tanned; outer leaves a touch dusty, but overall a very good copy. ESTC T942. With the bookplates of the noted American collectors Walter Thomas Wallace (1866-1922), whose library (including the present title) was dispersed for over $150,000 in New York in 1920, and of Edward Francis Carry (1867-1929), president of the Pullman Company.

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SMITH, Dodie (Dorothy Gladys), 1896-1990 : I CAPTURE THE CASTLE.

SMITH, Dodie (Dorothy Gladys), 1896-1990 : I CAPTURE THE CASTLE.

Boston : Little, Brown & Co., 1948. First edition : precedes the 1949 London edition published by Heinemann.
Post 8vo (203 x 132mm). [vi],(344),[ii]pp. Illustrations by Ruth Steed, based on sketches by the author. Bound in a smart recent half blue morocco, banded and gilt, preserving the original pictorial cloth cover and spine at rear; top edge blue; a few slight edge spots, but a very good and handsome copy.

£400

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STERNE, Laurence, 1713-1768 : LETTERS OF THE LATE REV. MR. LAURENCE STERNE, TO HIS MOST INTIMATE FRIENDS ...

STERNE, Laurence, 1713-1768 : LETTERS OF THE LATE REV. MR. LAURENCE STERNE, TO HIS MOST INTIMATE FRIENDS ...

London : for T. Becket, 1775. First edition. A collection of 117 of Sterne's sparkling letters, including two from his correspondents, together with his own memoir of his life and family. Edited by his daughter, Lydia Sterne de Medalle, for whom the memoir was written.
Three volumes. Foolscap 8vo (156 x 93mm). xx,175,[i]; [ii],192; [ii],(180)pp. Portrait frontispiece of Lydia Sterne sitting beside the Nollekens bust of her father, engraved by James Caldwall from a painting by Benjamin West. Bound in a most attractive contemporary tree calf, prettily gilt and with contrasting red and green labels; lemon edges; some very minor wear; occasional mild creasing; some slight browning and spotting, but a very good set.

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STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : UNDERWOODS.

STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : UNDERWOODS.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1887. First edition. A celebrated collection of fifty-four poems, thirty-eight in English and the remainder in Scots - the latter including the first appearance in book form of both "A Lowden Sabbath Morn" and "The Scotsman's Return from Abroad".
Foolscap 8vo (175 x 118mm). [ii],(xvi),[2],(138),[ii]pp. Bound, with the initial blank but without the inserted advertisements, in a delightful contemporary half tan morocco, banded and gilt in a floral design; top edge gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; mild spotting of binder's blanks and edges, but a very good copy indeed. With the pictorial 1895 bookplate of Albert Harrison.

£250

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STUART, Blair : BLOODWEALTH.

STUART, Blair : BLOODWEALTH.

London : Macmillan London, (1980). First edition. British Intelligence contemplates a politically and militarily impossible intervention in Somalia - seemingly the author's only novel, but becoming regarded as a classic of its kind.
Demy 8vo (211 x 130mm). 320pp. Bound in a handsome full black morocco, banded and gilt, by Bayntun Riviere; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; mild tanning to first and last leaves, but a very good copy indeed.

£125

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[TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 & TURNER, Charles Tennyson, 1808-1879] : POEMS, BY TWO BROTHERS.

[TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 & TURNER, Charles Tennyson, 1808-1879] : POEMS, BY TWO BROTHERS.

London : for W. Simpkin & R. Marshall and / Louth : J. & J. Jackson, 1827. First edition. Tennyson's uncommon first book - an anonymous collaboration (although the 102 poems were individually written) with his elder brother Charles, who later adopted the surname Turner - locally printed at Louth before the brothers went up to Cambridge. A former owner has neatly and carefully ascribed the poems to A.T. or C.T. in pencil, correctly noting that some are of uncertain authorship and that a few are in fact by a third brother, Frederick Tennyson.
Crown 8vo (this copy well-margined at 181 x 109mm). xii,228pp. Bound in a handsome later (mid twentieth-century) full red calf by Bayntun of Bath, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; inner gilt dentelles; marbled endpapers; a handful of faint spots, but a very good and most attractive copy.

£1,250

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TROLLOPE, Frances, 1779-1863 : THE VICAR OF WREXHILL.

TROLLOPE, Frances, 1779-1863 : THE VICAR OF WREXHILL.

London : Richard Bentley, 1837. First edition. A novel with the reputation of being her best - a stinging satire on evangelicanism, with an unscrupulous vicar who manipulates the more susceptible women of the parish: a powerful plea for the better education of women and a prescient foreshadowing of priestly abuse.
Three volumes. Demy 12mo (195 x 114mm). [iv],324; [iv],328; [iv],(344)pp. Frontispieces and six striking further plates drawn and etched by Auguste Hervieu (d.1880). Bound, with both half-titles called for, in a nineteenth-century half roan with marbled sides and the binder's labels of Fr. Ljunggrens of Goteborg - now fully rebacked in a recent chestnut morocco, banded and gilt, with black labels; some occasional spotting and browning; a few minor marks, nicks, creases and small flaws, but overall a very good set of an uncommon book.

£500

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UNTERMEYER, Louis, 1885-1977 - editor : THE ALBATROSS BOOK OF LIVING VERSE : ENGLISH AND AMERICAN POETRY FROM THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT DAY.

UNTERMEYER, Louis, 1885-1977 - editor : THE ALBATROSS BOOK OF LIVING VERSE : ENGLISH AND AMERICAN POETRY FROM THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT DAY.

London : The Albatross, William Collins Sons & Co., (1933). First British edition. A very handsomely bound copy of this excellent and extensive anthology, arranged chronologically and reaching from early ballads and songs of unknown authorship through the best of the successive centuries to the early years of the twentieth. Edited and introduced by Untermeyer, with collation and revision for the British edition by Ronald H. Boothroyd.
Crown 8vo (180 x 105mm). xxx,(656)pp. Bound (for Sotheran) in a most attractive contemporary full red crushed morocco by Riviere & Son; banded and gilt; top edge gilt; inner gilt dentelles; marbled endpapers; just a faint suggestion of rubbing, but a very good copy indeed. Contemporary gift inscription covered by a blank label.

£250

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

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

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

£850

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[WILDE, Oscar (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills), 1854-1900] : THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST : A TRIVIAL COMEDY FOR SERIOUS PEOPLE. BY THE AUTHOR OF LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN.

[WILDE, Oscar (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills), 1854-1900] : THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST : A TRIVIAL COMEDY FOR SERIOUS PEOPLE. BY THE AUTHOR OF LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN.

London : Leonard Smithers & Co., 1899. First edition : limited to 1,000 copies - this copy not numbered and out of series. Wilde's most famous and most enduring play, published quasi-anonymously after his fall from grace, just eighteen months before he died.
Foolscap 4to (210 x 149mm). [xvi],(152)pp. Bound in a smart recent full green morocco, banded and gilt; a few minor marks, tiny spots and faint creases, but a very good copy, handsomely bound. Mason 381.

£2,000

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WOOLF, Virginia (Adeline Virginia), 1882-1941 : NIGHT AND DAY.

WOOLF, Virginia (Adeline Virginia), 1882-1941 : NIGHT AND DAY.

London : Duckworth & Co., (1919). First edition : [one of 2,000 copies printed]. Her second novel – an intriguing exploration of contemporary mores – love, marriage, happiness and success.
Crown 8vo (188 x 119mm). [iv],538,[ii]pp. Bound in a smart recent full black morocco, banded, gilt and worked in blind; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers; a few minor internal marks and tiny creases, but a very attractive copy with a custom-made slip-case. Kirkpatrick A4a.

£750

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