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“ANDOM, R.” – [BARRETT, Alfred Walter, 1869- ] : THE IDENTITY EXCHANGE : A STORY OF SOME ODD TRANSFORMATIONS.

“ANDOM, R.” – [BARRETT, Alfred Walter, 1869- ] : THE IDENTITY EXCHANGE : A STORY OF SOME ODD TRANSFORMATIONS.

London : Jarrold & Sons, 1902. First edition. An uncommon fantasy of identity switching from the irrepressible “R. Andom” – different identities assumed by means of a “magic green packet of transmigration tablets” – “The hero ... is projected into the twenty-first century through the agency of an explosive clock, and this is how he comes in contact with the Identity Exchange ... To those who like fun fast and furious, the story may be cordially commended” (The Scotsman, 10th November 1902). Later republished as “The Marvellous Adventures of Me”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 286,[vi],[16]pp. Numerous illustrations by Charles Harrison (1860-1943). Original pinkish-brown pictorial cloth, blocked and lettered in black and red; a few faint marks; some rusting to staples; just a touch shaken, but a good copy of an engaging fantasy.

£100

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BENEDETTA, Mary : THE STREET MARKETS OF LONDON. BENEDETTA, Mary : THE STREET MARKETS OF LONDON.

BENEDETTA, Mary : THE STREET MARKETS OF LONDON.

London : John Miles, 1936. First edition. An extraordinary evocation of inter-war London – the buzzing street markets described and pictured with stunning photographs by László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946), the Hungarian master. Petticoat Lane, Leather Lane, Farringdon Street, Strutton Ground, Brixton, North End Road, Choumert Road, Berwick Market, New Cut, Lewisham, Lavender Hill, Rye Lane, Battersea, Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush, Club Row, Hildreth Street, East Street, Portobello, Hoxton Street, Chiswick, Ridley Road, Kingston-on-Thames, Caledonian Market, Warwick Street and more, with additional chapters on junk merchants, silver kings, and antique dealers, and photographs too of Billingsgate and Covent Garden.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xii),(202),[ii]pp. Sixty-four photogravure plates. Original cream canvas, lettered in red; a few slight marks; a touch bruised; a little shaken, but a good copy. Small bookseller’s label of T. W. Griggs & Co. of Durban at rear.

£125

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“BOGARDE, Dirk” – [VAN DEN BOGAERDE, Sir Derek Jules, 1921-1999] : A POSTILLION STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

“BOGARDE, Dirk” – [VAN DEN BOGAERDE, Sir Derek Jules, 1921-1999] : A POSTILLION STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1977. First edition. Signed by Dirk Bogarde on the title-page. “A most enviable piece of (largely) pastoral recall, nostalgic to the point of being aromatic with the smells, colours, sounds, characters of English pre-war rural life, further embellished by the author’s own pen-and-ink sketches, in the style of E. H. Shepard” (Birmingham Daily Post, 2 April 1977). The first and most celebrated of Bogarde’s sequence of autobiographies.
Medium 8vo (23cm). [xii],268pp. Photo plates and seventeen illustrations by the author. Original bright blue boards, ruled, blocked, and lettered in gilt; a few faint marks, but overall a very good, clean and sound copy in the jacket designed by the author, also very good.

£100

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DEVAL, Jacques, 1890-1972 : – AND BLONDES PREFER PARIS.

DEVAL, Jacques, 1890-1972 : – AND BLONDES PREFER PARIS. DEVAL, Jacques, 1890-1972 : – AND BLONDES PREFER PARIS.

DEVAL, Jacques, 1890-1972 : – AND BLONDES PREFER PARIS.

[Paris] : Publié sous les auspices de La Société Internationale des Intérêts Commerciaux, pour les Chemins de Fer de l’État, par Devambez, [1930]. First edition. The well-known French playwright and screenwriter with a witty response to Anita Loos (1889-1981) and her “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1925). From the library of Anita Loos, with her delightful portrait bookplate by Frank Walts (1877-1941), and two small “From the estate of Anita Loos” stamps. “Four letters twenty two post cards two night letters and one cable from his sweet, sweet Annabel Flowers to her darling, darling George Sabran”. Produced as English-language promotional and publicity material for both French State Railways and a range of French businesses, with overt plugs for perfumes, dresses, resorts, hairdressers, hats, jewels, cars, hotels, restaurants, shoes, etc., and even Kellner the body-builder of the Champs-Élysée. A leaflet list of “firms recommanded [sic]” is loosely inserted.
Crown 4to (24cm). [64]pp. Coloured illustrations throughout. Original wrappers; just lightly rubbed and slightly bruised; a touch shaken; a hint of tanning, but otherwise a very good copy in the silver dust-jacket, lettered and decorated in red and black – the jacket similarly lightly worn and slightly bruised, with a short tear at head, but in good condition for a fragile survival. Just three copies (Bibliothèque Nationale. Cambridge, and California) traced in major libraries.

£500

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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” – “We have known military novels, sporting and dramatic novels, law and police novels, but an astronomical novel never ... The author, in fact, has imagined and described a woman with whom few of his male readers will not fall in love” (contemporary review in The Athenaeum).
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.

£1,500

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HARINGTON, Sir John, 1560-1612 & OTHERS : NUGÆ ANTIQUÆ : BEING A MISCELLANEOUS COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL PAPERS IN PROSE AND VERSE : WRITTEN IN THE REIGNS OF HENRY VIII. QUEEN MARY, ELIZABETH, KING JAMES, &C. HARINGTON, Sir John, 1560-1612 & OTHERS : NUGÆ ANTIQUÆ : BEING A MISCELLANEOUS COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL PAPERS IN PROSE AND VERSE : WRITTEN IN THE REIGNS OF HENRY VIII. QUEEN MARY, ELIZABETH, KING JAMES, &C.

HARINGTON, Sir John, 1560-1612 & OTHERS : NUGÆ ANTIQUÆ : BEING A MISCELLANEOUS COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL PAPERS IN PROSE AND VERSE : WRITTEN IN THE REIGNS OF HENRY VIII. QUEEN MARY, ELIZABETH, KING JAMES, &C.

London : for J. Dodsley, and T. Shrimpton, Bath, 1779. Second and best edition, corrected and enlarged to three volumes from the earlier two volumes published in 1769 and 1775. A fascinating compendium of Harington family papers, chiefly those of the mischievous Sir John Harington, translator of Ariosto, godson of Elizabeth I, alternately in and out of favour at both her court and that of James I & VI, but always at the centre of affairs – with his sometimes scurrilous accounts of the leading clergy; his report to Elizabeth on the Earl of Essex in Ireland; correspondence with Elizabeth, James, Prince Henry, Essex, Burleigh, Cecil, and others; conversations, letters and speeches by Elizabeth; his treatise on play; a letter to Isaac Newton on harmonic ratios from a later family member, with Newton’s detailed reply and a diagram; a letter from Prince Rupert at the time of the Civil War; earlier letters from John Cheke to King Edward, Somerset, Bishop Gardiner, Queen Mary, etc.; letters from Roger Ascham, and so much more. Edited by Henry Harington (1755-1791).
Three volumes. Post 12mo (164 x 96mm). [8],(xxii),[10],296; (xviii),326; [4],(vi),312pp. Miniature engraved portrait of Elizabeth I, said to be taken from a plate given by Elizabeth herself to Isabella Harington in 1554; two folding plates. Bound in elegant nineteenth-century half tan roan, ruled and tooled in gilt; green labels; marbled sides; some mild rubbing; tiny areas of surface abrasion and insect damage to two volumes; a few minor internal marks, spots and signs of use, but a good set. From the notable collection of Robert James Hayhurst (1929-2016), with his bookplate.

£250

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HEMINGWAY, Ernest (Ernest Miller), 1899-1961 : FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS.

HEMINGWAY, Ernest (Ernest Miller), 1899-1961 : FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS.

London : Jonathan Cape, (1941). First British edition. Inspired by Hemingway’s own experience as a war correspondent in Spain and already a best-seller in the United States, incidentally making a rediscovered John Donne briefly an American best-seller too. The film rights were sold for a record sum – and the resulting 1943 technicolour movie with Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman was nominated for nine Academy Awards. “There are some unforgettable scenes ... the description by the woman Pilar of the massacre of the mayor, priest and local Fascisti ... the shooting of the civil guard ... For sheer descriptive power ... the blowing up of the bridge would be difficult to equal in fiction. In other words, best-seller or not, this is a magnificent novel” (The Sphere, 15th March 1941).
Post 8vo (198 x 129mm). 462,[ii]pp. Bound in a smart recent half navy morocco, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; a few faint marks but a very good, clean and sound copy in an attractive binding.

£400

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HOGG, John, 1803?-1880 : LONDON AS IT IS; BEING A SERIES OF OBSERVATIONS ON THE HEALTH, HABITS, AND AMUSEMENTS OF THE PEOPLE.

HOGG, John, 1803?-1880 : LONDON AS IT IS; BEING A SERIES OF OBSERVATIONS ON THE HEALTH, HABITS, AND AMUSEMENTS OF THE PEOPLE.

London : John Macrone, 1837. First edition. A searching analysis, backed up with statistics and tables, with chapters and sections on the moral and physical health of Londoners of all ages and classes; life expectancy; infectious diseases; the prevalence of epidemics; causes of illness; the geology; the sewers; the London climate; the use of coal; population growth; streets, buildings and the failures of town planning; proposed improvements; slaughterhouses; the effect of gas works and other factories; number of burials; deficiencies in water supply; adulteration of food and impurity of water; abuse of alcohol; the demoralising influence of pawn shops; manners and customs; gluttony and “the pernicious effects of suppers”; keeping late hours; urban improvement; government apathy; factory smoke; life insurance; Mr Babbage’s calculations etc. “The great metropolis supplies a tolerably abundant store of materials ... so ample, indeed, that an author must bring a corresponding share of courage to the task of comprising and condensing its topics ... The first chapters of the work contain much valuable statistical information, and those which follow present a very amusing and instructive selection of varieties peculiar to ‘London as it is’“ (Morning Post, 4th October 1837).
Post 12mo (175 x 105mm). xii,(390)pp. Tables. Bound in an attractive later full marbled calf, banded and gilt; marbled edges; slightly rubbed; slight splits at foot; a few very minor marks but otherwise a very good copy of an extraordinary production.

£250

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“INNES, Michael” – [STEWART, John Innes Mackintosh, 1906-1994] : THE WEIGHT OF THE EVIDENCE.

“INNES, Michael” – [STEWART, John Innes Mackintosh, 1906-1994] : THE WEIGHT OF THE EVIDENCE.

London : Victor Gollancz, 1944. First edition. “What fun it is! A don at a provincial university has been crushed by a meteorite, evidently hurled down on him of malice aforethought; and our old friend Appleby investigates in the richest atmosphere of dons and dukes. The talk is enchanting. In fact, the whole thing is enchanting” (Illustrated London News, 13th May 1944).
Crown 8vo (20cm). (168)pp. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; a touch of sunning to spine, but otherwise a very good copy in the dust-jacket of a fragile wartime production – the jacket lightly fingered and slightly sunned, but with only a hint of wear and also very good.

£100

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : BABY, DON’T DARE SQUEAL.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : BABY, DON’T DARE SQUEAL.

London : S. D. Frances, [1951]. First edition. The first book in the third series of Jansons – and the recipient of seventy-six local authority destruction orders by 1953 (Holland p.323) – a record even for Janson. A job interview in the opening pages which brings in discussion of Descartes, Plato, Nietzsche, Hume, Schopenhauer, and the Behaviourists was perhaps not the reason. Later republished under the Roberts & Vinter imprint as “Cool Sugar” in 1960.
Foolscap 8vo (19cm). 125,[iii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers – a design by Reginald Heade – one of his very best, with redhead in abandon and a filmy green negligee; price adjusted by silvering over the front wrapper; some very minor wear and mild creasing; a few faint marks, but a very good copy. Just a single copy (British Library) located in major libraries worldwide.

£125

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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THE FILLY WORE A ROD.

“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : THE FILLY WORE A ROD.

London : New Fiction Press, [1952]. First edition. Interesting in bringing into the plot the Basque game of Fron-Ton (pelota). Although the original Heade artwork (bosomy redhead in state of undress) was replaced before publication by a slightly toned-down but very knowing strawberry-blonde (again from Heade – see Holland pp.90-91) – the novel still managed to be the subject of eleven local authority destruction orders (Holland p.323). The penultimate book in the Third Series – later republished as “Lose This Gun” under the Alexander Moring imprint in 1958.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 125,[iii]pp. Original pictorial stapled wrappers; some minor wear and slight creasing; a few slight marks, but a very good copy. Just two copies (British Library and National Library of Scotland) located in major libraries worldwide.

£100

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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.

£400

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LAWTON, John, 1949- : BLACK OUT.

LAWTON, John, 1949- : BLACK OUT.

London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (1995). First edition. “Wonderfully captures the atmosphere of wartime London ... an original and entertaining detective story” (Robert Harris). The first of the Frederick Troy novels – “A severed human arm leads to an unholy web of spying, murder, and betrayal in war-torn London ... Newcomer Lawton has an urban documentarist’s eye and ear for his jangled world ... and a nasty sense of how little slips can indeed sink ships” (Kirkus Reviews, 1st April 1995).
Medium 8vo (25cm). [vi], 342,[iv]pp. Original red boards, lettered in silver; a couple of faint and tiny spots, but a very good copy in a very good dust-jacket of an elusive modern rarity.

£250

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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. “It is a kind of modern fairy tale about four children evacuated to an old house in the country during the war. They discover that merely by stepping into a wardrobe they have access to a wonderland of strange creatures and stranger adventures ... his little book may well become a children’s classic” (a prophetic review in the Belfast News-Letter, 30th October 1950).
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 : THE TRAVELS AND ROMANTIC ADVENTURES OF MONSIEUR VIOLET, AMONG THE SNAKE INDIANS AND WILD TRIBES OF THE WESTERN PRAIRIES.

MARRYAT, Frederick, 1792-1848 : THE TRAVELS AND ROMANTIC ADVENTURES OF MONSIEUR VIOLET, AMONG THE SNAKE INDIANS AND WILD TRIBES OF THE WESTERN PRAIRIES.

London : Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1843. First edition : the second issue, with the variant title. “A vigorous, dashing sketch of the prairies of California, the wildernesses of the Rocky Mountains, and the swamps of Texas” (Court Journal). Originally issued a little earlier as “Narrative of the Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet in California, Sonora and Western Texas”, Sadleir suggests that the book was relaunched with a more exciting title specifically for the gift-books for boys market. Scarce in either incarnation, Marryat’s novel, full of factual information drawn from (unacknowledged) contemporary sources and his own visit to the Americas, is perhaps the earliest children’s book with an American Wild West setting. It is certainly the first work of fiction to contain Mormon characters and remains an important source of information on the pre Gold Rush California of the 1830s.
Three volumes. Demy 12mo (195 x 115mm). viii,312; [ii],318; [ii],(300)pp. Folding lithographic map by William Lake of the Pacific coast and territories of the Shoshones, Umbiquas, Cayuses, Nez Perces, Flatheads, etc. Bound, without half-titles (if actually called for in this issue) and final imprint leaf in vol.ii, in a smart later (early twentieth-century) half tan calf, by Henry Young & Sons of Liverpool, banded and richly gilt; contrasting maroon and tan labels; marbled sides and endpapers; top edges gilt; a few minor marks, spots and small flaws, but a very good set. Sadleir 1586b. Wolff 4525a.

£500

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MASON, A.E.W. (Alfred Edward Woodley), 1865-1948 : THE FOUR FEATHERS.

MASON, A.E.W. (Alfred Edward Woodley), 1865-1948 : THE FOUR FEATHERS.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1902. First edition. Mason’s enduring tale of courage, cowardice and redemption – made into popular films on at least seven occasions from 1915 onwards, of which perhaps the most memorable is that directed by Zoltan Korda and starring Ralph Richardson, C. Aubrey Smith, and June Duprez.
Crown 8vo (181 x 117mm). viii,338,[vi]pp. Bound in a handsome recent full walnut crushed morocco, banded and gilt, by Bayntun-Riviere; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; very occasional mild spotting, but overall a very good copy indeed, most attractively bound.

£1,000

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PALGRAVE, Francis Turner, 1824-1897 – editor : THE GOLDEN TREASURY OF THE BEST SONGS AND LYRICAL POEMS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

PALGRAVE, Francis Turner, 1824-1897 – editor : THE GOLDEN TREASURY OF THE BEST SONGS AND LYRICAL POEMS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

Cambridge : Macmillan & Co., 1861. First edition : one of the 2,000 copies of the first impression, with the roman rather than gothic half-title, just four notes on p.323, etc. The original appearance of a perennial favourite – close on 300 of the finest poems in the language from seventy-five or so poets – from Sir Thomas Wyatt, Marlowe and Shakespeare, to Shelley and Keats. With a preface and some extensive notes by Palgrave.
Foolscap 8vo. [4],[viii],332pp. Engraved vignette by Charles Henry Jeens (1827-1879) after Thomas Woolner (1825-1892). Bound in a smart recent half crimson morocco, banded and gilt – retaining the original cloth gilt (the priced, earliest variant) at rear; a handful of spots, a small flaw to the final leaf, but a very good copy. Contemporary ownership inscription on title-page and some neat pencil markings to margins in places.

£400

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SASSOON, Siegfried (Siegfried Loraine), 1886-1967 : [THE SHERSTON TRILOGY] MEMOIRS OF A FOX-HUNTING MAN / MEMOIRS OF AN INFANTRY OFFICER / SHERSTON’S PROGRESS.

SASSOON, Siegfried (Siegfried Loraine), 1886-1967 : [THE SHERSTON TRILOGY] MEMOIRS OF A FOX-HUNTING MAN / MEMOIRS OF AN INFANTRY OFFICER / SHERSTON’S PROGRESS.

London : Faber & Gwyer / Faber & Faber, (1928-1936). A first edition set of the three separately published volumes – “This is fiction, but with a difference – for the author, who wishes at present to remain anonymous, has himself lived the life of a hero” – the first two volumes were published anonymously, the first in an edition of just 1,500 copies. “The most satisfying piece of autobiography to be published in our time. All the equipment of a novelist is Sassoon’s. But what novel could equal in fascination this true story? The three books give him a place unique in English letters” (Howard Spring in the Evening Standard, 3rd September 1936).
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (183 x 113mm). (396),[iv]; 334,[ii]; 280pp. Bound, without one initial blank leaf, in a handsome recent full navy crushed morocco, banded and gilt; all edges gilt; a couple of tiny marks; mild tanning of outer leaves in one volume, but a very good set.

£1,500

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SCHLESINGER, Max, 1822-1881 : SAUNTERINGS IN AND ABOUT LONDON. SCHLESINGER, Max, 1822-1881 : SAUNTERINGS IN AND ABOUT LONDON.

SCHLESINGER, Max, 1822-1881 : SAUNTERINGS IN AND ABOUT LONDON.

London : Nathaniel Cooke, 1853. First edition in English of this amiable and much-quoted primary source on Victorian London. An acute overseas visitor shines a light on London street life, the London squares, life on the Thames, the London police, Newgate, the Post Office, the London of fogs and gaslight, the City, the Bank of England, Hyde Park, the haunts of fashion, the newspapers and periodicals, the theatres, and much else. Originally published as “Wanderungen durch London” (1852-1853) and here in a translation by Otto von Wenckstern (1819-1869), translator of Goethe, writer on slavery, the Schleswig-Holstein question, etc.
Crown 8vo (187 x 116mm). xii,290pp. Frontispiece, extra pictorial title and six lively plates of street scenes by William McConnell (1832?-1867). Bound, without half-title, in neat contemporary half roan, ruled, lettered and blocked in gilt; marbled sides; lightly rubbed and worn at extremities; short split to upper joint; a few minor internal marks and slight creases, but a good and serviceable copy of an important contribution to the history of the London streets.

£100

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

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

London : William Heinemann, (1949). First British edition. “I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. That is, my feet are in it; the rest of me is on the draining-board” – the travails of Cassandra Mortmain. Her first novel – an eccentric classic brought to an even wider audience by the 2003 film with Bill Nighy, Romola Garai, Rose Byrne, etc.
Crown 8vo (185 x 122mm). [iv],338pp. Illustrations by Ruth Steed (from sketches by the author). Bound in a smart recent half blue morocco, banded and gilt; red label; marbled sides; top edge red; some spotting to edges, but otherwise a very good copy in an elegant binding.

£500

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STARK, Freya (Freya Madeline), 1893-1993 : TRAVELLER’S PRELUDE / BEYOND EUPHRATES : AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1928-1933 / THE COAST OF INCENSE : AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1933-1939 / DUST IN THE LION'S PAW : AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1939-1946.

STARK, Freya (Freya Madeline), 1893-1993 : TRAVELLER'S PRELUDE / BEYOND EUPHRATES : AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1928-1933 / THE COAST OF INCENSE : AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1933-1939 / DUST IN THE LION’S PAW : AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1939-1946.

London : John Murray, (1950-1961). A complete first edition set of the four volumes of Stark’s autobiography – the first volume signed by the author on the half-title. From her picaresque childhood, through her life and travels in the Arab and Persian world, to World War II – “It is difficult to know which to admire more, her vivid description of her experiences or the realism of the lessons which she draws from them ... Our future is uncontrollable if we are unable to read our past” (Sir Charles Petrie in The Illustrated London News, 28th October 1961).
Four volumes. Demy 8vo (23cm). (xiv),346; (xvi),(342),[ii]; (xvi),(288); xii,(298),[ii]pp. Numerous plates – many from the author’s own photographs; portraits; maps, some double-page, etc. Wood-engraved decorations by Reynolds Stone. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt, with facsimiles of the author’s signature on upper covers; the first volume a little faded; some edge-spotting, chiefly to the final volume, but otherwise a very good set in the Frank Quilter dust-jackets – the first price-clipped, a little worn, nicked and chipped, with repairs at head; the second price-clipped, a little chipped, with repaired tears to foot at folds; the third with slight chipping at head and some repaired nicks; the fourth very good, with only a hint of wear. The first volume with the decorative bookplate of Jean A. Callander of Westwood, Falkirk, the third and fourth with unrelated inscriptions.

£500

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STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : VOYAGE : THE COAST OF UTOPIA : PART I  /  SHIPWRECK : THE COAST OF UTOPIA : PART II  /  SALVAGE : THE COAST OF UTOPIA : PART III.

STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : VOYAGE : THE COAST OF UTOPIA : PART I / SHIPWRECK : THE COAST OF UTOPIA : PART II / SALVAGE : THE COAST OF UTOPIA : PART III.

London : Faber & Faber, (2002). First edition : the uncommon hardback issue of Stoppard’s trilogy of plays set in nineteenth-century Russia and London, first directed at the Olivier Theatre by Trevor Nunn in the summer of 2002. “Heroically ambitious and wildly uneven ... it contains passages of breathtaking beauty and surprising ordinariness. But I wouldn’t have missed it for worlds and at its heart it contains a fascinating lesson about the nature of drama ... I think it is time we began to appreciate Stoppard not for his intellectual legerdemain, but for what he is actually best at: exploring the mystery of existence, the anguish of the human heart and the stranger fact that it is our apprehension of death that gives joy and intensity to life” (Michael Billington in The Guardian, 5th and 7th August 2002).
Three volumes. Post 8vo (21cm). [xii],114,[ii]; [xii],106,[x]; [xii],(120),[xii] pp. Original black boards, lettered on spine in pale yellow; a fine set in the original pictorial dust-jackets – also fine.

£400

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

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

London : Edward Moxon, 1855. First edition. With the ownership signature of Tennyson’s sister Matilda Tennyson (1816-1915), and further inscribed “Leonora M. Pinwill [Leonora Marian Pinwill (1842-1910)] from Matilda Tennyson July. 28th 1856”. Matilda, perhaps the favourite sister, was known to the family primarily as Tilly – but also as “The Empress Maud”. Her nickname is bestowed on this major collection of eight poems (Tennyson’s own favourite to the end of his days) which added not only “Come into the garden, Maud”, but also “Half a league onward”, “Theirs not to reason why” and “Cannon to the right of them” to the universal canon of most quoted lines. “It is no small thing in these days of lying, humbug, and flunkey worship, to come at last upon a real, true thing, and that a genuine poem, full of those vivid yet subtle pictures of internal life and external nature which Tennyson knows so well how to draw” (The Atlas, 4th August 1855).
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). [viii],154,[ii]pp + 8pp advertisements dated October 1855 inserted at front (advertisements dated July and August are also known). Original green cloth, decorated in blind; lightly sunned and a little worn; rear cover a little marked and ink-splashed; endpapers cracking; a little shaken; a few minor internal spots, but a good copy with a splendid association. With occasional pencil marks alongside the text.

£750

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THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863 : VANITY FAIR : A NOVEL WITHOUT A HERO.

THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863 : VANITY FAIR : A NOVEL WITHOUT A HERO.

London : Bradbury & Evans, 1848. First edition, bound from the original monthly parts published between January 1847 and July 1848. The parts in first state, with the “rustic” heading to the first chapter, the inadvertent “Mr. Pitt” rather than “Sir Pitt” on p.453, and the notorious “Marquis of Steyne” wood-engraving (p.336) – an illustration said to have been suppressed, under threat of court action, for its allegedly libellous resemblance to the Third Marquis of Hertford. This has been disputed, but the portrait certainly only appears in the earliest copies of the book – and disappeared very early in the book’s life cycle.
Demy 8vo (214 x 131mm). xvi,624pp. Etched plates and highly entertaining text illustrations by Thackeray himself. Bound, without half-title, in a recent half green calf, banded and richly gilt, with burgundy label, in a pleasing imitation of contemporary style; marbled sides; plates spotted in varying degrees, but the text clean; a very good copy in an attractive binding.

£850

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[THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863] : THE ROSE AND THE RING; OR, THE HISTORY OF PRINCE GIGLIO AND PRINCE BULBO. A FIRE-SIDE PANTOMIME FOR GREAT AND SMALL CHILDREN. BY MR. M. A. TITMARSH.

[THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863] : THE ROSE AND THE RING; OR, THE HISTORY OF PRINCE GIGLIO AND PRINCE BULBO. A FIRE-SIDE PANTOMIME FOR GREAT AND SMALL CHILDREN. BY MR. M. A. TITMARSH.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1855 [but 1854]. First edition. The last of Thackeray’s Christmas stories, a satirical fairy tale, wonderfully illustrated with Thackeray’s own numerous sketches. “But in the meanwhile, and for a brief holyday, let us laugh and be as pleasant as we can. And you elder folks – a little joking and dancing and fooling will do even you no harm. The author wishes you a merry Christmas, and welcomes you to the Fire-side Pantomime”.
Crown 8vo (177 x 129mm). iv,128pp. Eight plates. Numerous illustrations in text. Bound in a handsome early twentieth-century full tan calf, banded in gilt, by Riviere; red labels; all edges gilt; inner gilt dentelles; marbled endleaves; slight scratch to rear board; some internal marks and spots; one leaf with a short repaired tear, but still an attractive copy in a fine binding.

£250

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[THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863] : A LITTLE DINNER AT TIMMINS’S : AND THE BEDFORD-ROW CONSPIRACY.

[THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863] : A LITTLE DINNER AT TIMMINS’S : AND THE BEDFORD-ROW CONSPIRACY.

London : Bradbury & Evans, 1856. First British edition. Two stories, with Thackeray satirical on social climbing, and teasing on a young and possibly mismatched couple.
Crown 8vo (183 x 120mm). 82 + [6]pp advertisements dated July 1856. Bound in a late nineteenth-century full red-brown crushed morocco, banded and gilt, by Peter Alexander Riarch (1836-1888?), a gifted pupil of the great Francis Bedford, last heard of in Cincinnati in 1888; inner gilt dentelles; top edge gilt; marbled endleaves; original yellow pictorial wrappers and advertisements preserved at rear; just a hint of rubbing; some occasional internal spots; a few miniscule repairs, but a very good copy of a Thackeray scarcity.

£200

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THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863 : CHRISTMAS BOOKS : MRS. PERKINS’S BALL. OUR STREET. DR. BIRCH.

THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863 : CHRISTMAS BOOKS : MRS. PERKINS’S BALL. OUR STREET. DR. BIRCH.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1866. An early collected edition of Thackeray’s gentle and engaging social satires, delightfully illustrated with his own drawings, which were originally published as Christmas books between 1846 and 1848. “Eschewing what has become a species of conventional Christmas mannerism – depending for interest and genial tone of colouring neither upon yule logs, nor plum puddings, nor branches of mistletoe, nor smoking boar’s heads garnished with bay sprigs and rosemary – Mr. Thackeray’s Christmas offering has all the peculiar and original characteristics of the individual mind of its producer ... the very incarnation of riot-running fancy” (Morning Chronicle, 29th December 1846).
Crown 8vo (183 x 133mm). viii,(52); 56; (52)pp. Folding frontispiece, engraved title and fifty engraved and lithographed plates from Thackeray’s own designs. Bound, without half-title, in an elegant contemporary half chestnut roan, banded and gilt; black label; marbled edges, by Andrew Grieve of Edinburgh (1812-1880), with his blind-stamp; some very minor rubbing and wear; a few spots to the endpapers, but a very good copy in a most attractive binding. With the bookplate of the Reverend John Mitchell Harvey (1835-1876).

£125

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TIMBS, John, 1801-1875 : ROMANCE OF LONDON: STRANGE STORIES, SCENES AND REMARKABLE PERSONS OF THE GREAT TOWN.

TIMBS, John, 1801-1875 : ROMANCE OF LONDON: STRANGE STORIES, SCENES AND REMARKABLE PERSONS OF THE GREAT TOWN.

London : Richard Bentley, 1865. First edition. “From the building of the first bridge at London to the startling incident of a few days since” – the history of London in highly entertaining story and anecdote, with sections of Historic Sketches; Remarkable Duels; Notorious Highwaymen; Rogueries, Crimes and Punishments; Love and Marriage; Supernatural Stories; Sights and Shows, and Public Amusements; Strange Adventures and Catastrophes; Remarkable Persons; and Miscellanous. “The indefatigable prince of compilers has once more plied his industrious scissors to good purpose” (Illustrated London News, 24th June 1865).
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (190 x 118mm). viii,324; viii,320; viii,(332)pp. Bound, without half-titles, in an attractive contemporary half tan calf, banded and gilt; contrasting red and green labels; marbled sides, edges and endpapers; lightly rubbed; a few very minor marks, small flaws and slight creases; slight spotting of prelims; text very slightly tanned, but still a nice set. Gift inscriptions dated 1886 in each volume and the more recent book-labels of Oliver Ray.

£250

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TREVOR, William, 1928-2016 : ANGELS AT THE RITZ AND OTHER STORIES.

“TREVOR, William” – [COX, William Trevor, 1928-2016] : ANGELS AT THE RITZ AND OTHER STORIES.

London : Bodley Head, (1975). First edition. “Good short stories are hard to come by, but when William Trevor produces a new collection one can be sure that they are more than merely good ... the twelve stories ... are as various and surprising as ever, but never for a moment do they stray from the world we know, or the world that we know exists”. Includes the title story, as well as “Afternoon Dancing”, “Mrs Silly”, “Office Romances”, etc.
Post 8vo (21cm). (254),[ii]pp. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt; faint spine crease; a few faint spots, but overall a very good copy in the original John Walsh dust-jacket – also very good, fresh and unworn.

£100

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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : TALES OF ALL COUNTRIES.

TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : TALES OF ALL COUNTRIES.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1861-1863. First editions of both series of Trollope’s short stories, some based on his personal experiences abroad. Seventeen stories in all, including “Miss Sarah Jack, of Spanish Town, Jamaica”, “An Unprotected Female at the Pyramids”, “The Mistletoe Bough”, “The Man who kept his Money in a Box”, etc. Sadleir (writing in 1928) noted the first series as being “a scarce book and difficult to get in fine state” and the second series as being even scarcer – “this book holds a high place in the schedule of Trollope rarities”.
Two volumes. Post 8vo (195 x 124mm). [iv],312; [iv],(372)pp. Bound (without the advertisements occasionally found) in an elegant later (early twentieth-century) full chestnut straight-grained calf by Zaehnsdorf; banded & gilt; inner gilt turn-ins; top edges gilt; marbled endpapers; no half-titles called for; some very minor wear; a few very faint marks; short nick to one leaf expertly repaired, but still a very good set.

£1,250

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

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

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1867. First edition. Grace Crawley, Mrs Proudie, Septimus Harding, etc. – “Mr. Trollope has seldom been in greater force” (Illustrated London News, 9th March 1867). “Taking it as a whole, I regard this as the best novel I have written” (Trollope in 1883). With lively wood-engraved plates and illustrations after George Housman Thomas (1824-1868), mainly engraved by his brother, William Luson Thomas (1830-1900).
Two volumes. Demy 8vo (209 x 129mm). [iv],384; [iv],384pp. Thirty-two full-page plates and thirty-two vignettes. Bound in a stylish recent full burgundy crushed morocco, banded and gilt; top edges gilt; mild browning and spotting to outer leaves; a few faint marks; one plate trimmed tight, but overall a very good and handsome set, housed in a custom-made cloth case.

£500

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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS.

TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1873. First British edition. One of Trollope’s best and most enjoyable – and “one of the most entertaining, worthless, attractive women in the history of the novel: the totally amoral Lizzie Eustace” (P. D. James). “The novel is rare in fine state, for it had great library popularity ... few copies in good original condition have survived the zeal of contemporary readers” (Sadleir, writing in 1928).
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (183 x 123mm). viii,354; viii,(364); viii,(354)pp. Bound (for Hatchard’s of Piccadilly), complete with half-titles, in a smart later (early twentieth-century) half red morocco; top edges gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; silk ribbons; a few very minor internal marks, spots and small flaws, but overall a very good set in a handsome binding. Monogram bookplates – possibly of George Capel Cure (1853-1943) of Blake Hall, Ongar – engraved by Allan Wyon (1843-1907), together with the more recent bookplate of the notable modern collector Robert James Hayhurst (1929-2016).

£1,250

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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. “We come across many old friends of bygone days – the Duke of Omnium, Mr. and Mrs. Finn and many, many others ... we roam around Barsetshire ... The book is written in Mr. Trollope’s happiest style, and is one which, when once taken up, it will be found impossible to put down” (The Graphic, 29th May 1880).
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.

£500

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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 evangelicalism, with an unscrupulous vicar who manipulates the more susceptible women of the parish – “We do not know that we have ever read a work of fiction, similar in general character, superior to ‘The Vicar of Wrexhill’. Never, certainly, have we met with a more able, a more ingeniously conducted exposure of canting hypocrisy” (The Scotsman).
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 (1795-1880). 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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“WATERS” – [RUSSELL, William, 1806-1876] : RECOLLECTIONS OF A DETECTIVE POLICE-OFFICER.

“WATERS” – [RUSSELL, William, 1806-1876] : RECOLLECTIONS OF A DETECTIVE POLICE-OFFICER.

London : J. & C. Brown & Co., (1856). First edition : with the variant undated title-page. “I returned to Scotland Yard to report …” – the very first appearance in fiction of a Scotland Yard detective – indeed, the first English detective stories. “Waters” of the Yard was the invention of journalist William Russell – the stories originally published in Chambers’ Edinburgh Journal between 1849 and 1852, with some of the stories appearing in book form in New York in 1852. The present publication is the first appearance of all eleven, with a final twelfth tale not previously published.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). (310)pp. Wood-engraved frontispiece, engraved by George Measom (1818-1901), later knighted for his charitable work. Original pictorial boards, a dramatic yellowback design in red and black; rebacked with a neat paper spine replacing the fragile lost original; some rubbing and wear; internally a few small marks, spots and slight creases, but overall an attractive copy of a literary milestone.

£850

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WATTS, Isaac, 1674-1748 : THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH MADE EASY : OR, THE FIRST PRINCIPLES OF ASTRONOMY AND GEOGRAPHY EXPLAIN’D BY THE USE OF GLOBES AND MAPS …

WATTS, Isaac, 1674-1748 : THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH MADE EASY : OR, THE FIRST PRINCIPLES OF ASTRONOMY AND GEOGRAPHY EXPLAIN’D BY THE USE OF GLOBES AND MAPS …

London : for J. Clark & R. Hett; E. Matthews, and R. Ford, 1726. First edition. A popular and much reprinted text, with very clear expositions and worked examples of the problems and principles, intended to lead on “to the higher speculations of the great Sir Isaac Newton and his followers”. Dedicated to John Eames (1686-1744), recently elected to the Royal Society on Newton’s recommendation and himself a serious scholar of physics. “The same perspicuity of thought and ease of expression which distinguish his other works running through the whole of this, I don’t question but the world will meet with equal pleasure and satisfaction in the perusal” (from Eames’ preface). Watts was perhaps better known as a hymn-writer, but was also the author of such works as “Logic, or The Right Use of Reason in the Enquiry After Truth” (1724), which became the standard text on logic at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Yale.
Post 8vo (196mm x 16mm), [2](xiv),(220)[xii]pp. Title-page in red and black, six folding plates. Contemporary full calf, silk headbands; rebacked, labelled, banded and gilt to style; sprinkled edges; some light wear; neat repair to title-page, not affecting lettering; some occasional internal marking and spotting; small ink stain to fore-edge but a good, sound and attractive copy of an important and accomplished work, particularly good on the use of maps and globes.

£500

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“WESLEY, Mary” [SIEPMANN, Mary Aline, 1912-2002] : JUMPING THE QUEUE.

“WESLEY, Mary” [SIEPMANN, Mary Aline, 1912-2002] : JUMPING THE QUEUE.

London : Macmillan London, (1983). First edition. Signed by the author (as Mary Wesley) on the title-page. Her scarce and startling first novel for an adult audience – “Leaving her cottage in immaculate order (so that others would not be troubled) Matilda Poliport sets off for the seaside. She is armed with a bottle of Beaujolais and a gourmet’s picnic for a meticulously planned suicide” (Liverpool Echo, 28th May 1983).
Post 8vo (21cm). [iv],(218),[ii]pp. Original blue boards, lettered in silver; text a little tanned as always, but otherwise a very good, bright and sound copy in the original dust-jacket – incorporating an L. S. Lowry picture – fresh, clean and unworn.

£250

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WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : LABELS : A MEDITERRANEAN JOURNAL.

WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : LABELS : A MEDITERRANEAN JOURNAL.

London : Duckworth, 1930. First edition. Waugh on his travels – Monte Carlo, Naples, Messina, Haifa, Port Said, Cairo, Malta, Crete, Constantinople, Athens, Corfu, Venice, Ragusa, Barcelona, Algiers, Malaga, Gibraltar, Seville and Lisbon – “piquant and entertaining, and, of course, pleasantly outspoken ... a jolly book, then, in which Mr. Waugh manages to advertise quite a number of picturesque objects, including himself. I enjoyed every word of his book, and have no hesitation in recommending it” (Ralph Straus in The Bystander, 1st October 1930).
Demy 8vo (23cm). 206,[ii]pp. Frontispiece by the author; double-page map; sketch map and three photo plates of Barcelona. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; a little sunned and faded; endpapers tanned; some spotting, mainly of edges and prelims; a good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket expertly repaired and restored in places.

£500

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WELLS, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 : THE FOOD OF THE GODS AND HOW IT CAME TO EARTH.

WELLS, H.G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 : THE FOOD OF THE GODS AND HOW IT CAME TO EARTH.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1904. First edition. A publisher’s presentation copy, with a presentation stamp on the title-page, and a review slip loosely inserted. Wells in full satirical mode as research chemists in Kent create a substance causing colossal growth – of chickens, plants, wasps, rats – and humans. “The Food of the Gods is, though it is hardly necessary to say so, a strange book. There is more in it than in half-a-dozen ordinary novels put together” (King and His Navy & Army Magazine, 15th October 1904).
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),318,[ii] + 16pp advertisements dated July 1904. Original sage-green cloth, lettered in gilt and decorated in blind on front cover; top edge gilt; some very minor rubbing and bruising; some spotting, mainly of edges and endpapers; just a touch shaken, but still overall a very good copy.

£200

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WHEATLEY, Henry B. (Henry Benjamin), 1838-1917 : LONDON PAST AND PRESENT : ITS HISTORY, ASSOCIATIONS, AND TRADITIONS.

WHEATLEY, Henry B. (Henry Benjamin), 1838-1917 : LONDON PAST AND PRESENT : ITS HISTORY, ASSOCIATIONS, AND TRADITIONS.

London : John Murray, 1891. First edition. A monumental dictionary of London from the well-known Abbey Road, and Abbey Street, Bermondsey, to the Yorkshire Stingo and the Zoo. “There is scarcely an unregarded, shabby-genteel street in Bloomsbury, or Chelsea, or Clerkenwell which has not its shred of history or literature connected with it” (London Evening Standard, 5th February 1891). Ostensibly based on Peter Cunningham’s “Handbook of London” (1849), but so far extended and updated as to be essentially a new work.
Three volumes. Medium 8vo (230 x 144mm). xxxii,(546); [iv],622; [iv],(608)pp. Bound in a handsome near contemporary half aubergine crushed morocco, banded and gilt, by Bickers & Son of Leicester Square; all edges gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; a few slight marks; some shelf-wear to lower edges; some foxing and spotting, mainly to endpapers, edges and prelims, but otherwise a very good set in a most elegant binding. Contemporary ownership inscriptions.

£300

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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : VERY GOOD, JEEVES!

WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : VERY GOOD, JEEVES!

London : Herbert Jenkins, 1930. First British edition : with the witty preface not included in the American edition which appeared two weeks earlier. “Jeeves and the Impending Doom”, “Jeeves and the Song of Songs” and nine further famous tales – the third Jeeves & Wooster short story collection. “Mr. P. G. Wodehouse is again up to his quite inimitable best. As amusing a book as you will find” (The Tatler, 20th August 1930).
Crown 8vo (19cm). 312,[viii]pp. Original orange cloth, ruled, blocked and lettered in black; just a hint of rubbing; endpapers a little tanned; some spotting of edges and prelims, but a very good, bright and sound copy.

£400

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YEATS, W.B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 : POEMS, 1899-1905.

YEATS, W.B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 : POEMS, 1899-1905.

London : A. H. Bullen / Dublin : Maunsel & Co., 1906. First edition. “I walked among the seven woods of Coole ...” – fifteen poems (some previously published in a limited edition), including “In the Seven Woods”, “Never Give all the Heart”, “The Withering of the Boughs” and “Under the Moon”, together with much revised versions of three verse plays (“The Shadowy Waters”, “On Baile’s Strand” and “The King’s Threshold”). Yeats’ preface provides a highly interesting commentary on his work at this period. “We have gradually come to think of Mr. Yeats as the greatest of the younger poets who use the English tongue” (Daily News).
Crown 8vo (20cm). xvi,(280)pp. Original decorative blue cloth gilt in a design by Althea Gyles (1867-1949); just very faintly rubbed and bruised; mild tanning of endpapers, but a very good and bright copy. Neat contemporary gift inscription dated Xmas 1906 and later decorative bookplate of Ronald and Jay Hamilton.

£400

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