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BANVILLE, John (William John), 1945- : NIGHTSPAWN.

BANVILLE, John (William John), 1945- : NIGHTSPAWN.

London : Secker & Warburg, (1971). First edition. Signed by multiple award-winning John Banville on the title-page — loosely inserted is a 2008 ticket for “An Evening with John Banville”, the occasion on when the book was signed. Night Spawn, Night’s Pawn, Knight’s Pawn — his sometimes disavowed first novel, a fantasy political thriller of sorts set on a Greek island and then in Athens — “crotchety, posturing, absurdly pretentious”, in his own words, but for at least one online commentator, “I am left stunned. I think I have been bludgeoned by beauty”.
Post 8vo (21cm). (224)pp. Original maroon boards, lettered in gilt; just a hint of bruising, but a very good, clean and bright copy in the Mike Dempsey dust-jacket, equally very good.

£500

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BEERBOHM, Max (Sir Henry Maximilian), 1872-1956 : FIFTY CARICATURES.

BEERBOHM, Max (Sir Henry Maximilian), 1872-1956 : FIFTY CARICATURES.

London : William Heinemann, 1913. First edition. Edwardian society dissected and made playful in an inspired sequence of Max caricatures – Asquith, Balfour, Sir Edward Carson, Caruso, Roger Fry, Lloyd George, George Grossmith, Thomas Hardy, John Masefield, George Moore, Auguste Rodin, Lord Rosebery, George Bernard Shaw, etc.
Crown 4to (24cm). (viii),[4],2,[ii]pp – forty-eight tipped in plates and two full-page illustrations. Original green pictorial cloth gilt in a Beerbohm design; just a hint of rubbing and a touch of bruising, but a very good copy. Small decorative bookplate of Richard Thompson.

£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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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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BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : CONTINUAL DEW : A LITTLE BOOK OF BOURGEOIS VERSE.

BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : CONTINUAL DEW : A LITTLE BOOK OF BOURGEOIS VERSE.

London : John Murray, (1937). First edition. An early collection of thirty-three poems – including “Slough”, “Exeter”, “Tea with the Poets”, “Croydon”, and “Tunbridge Wells”.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). [xiv],(46),[iv]pp – including integral endpapers. Illustrations. Original black cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; all edges gilt; a very good, clean and sound copy in the original McKnight Kauffer dust-jacket – a design in white, blue and black – the jacket lightly worn, slightly marked and a little tanned, with a revised price over-sticker on the front flap, and a single nick to the back panel, but complete and still very good.

£200

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BLAKE, William, 1757-1827 : SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE : WITH OTHER POEMS.

BLAKE, William, 1757-1827 : SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE : WITH OTHER POEMS.

London : Basil Montagu Pickering, 1866. The first appearance of a highly important edition of Blake – “the poems of William Blake are here for the first time printed in their integrity”. Although a typographic edition of the Songs had appeared in 1839, and Gilchrist and Rossetti had included them in the 1863 biography, neither of those versions were in any sense faithful to Blake’s original text, with Rossetti in particular standing accused of efforts at “improvement”. The anonymous editor of this edition – Richard Herne Shepherd (1842-1895) – gives for the first time, in accessible form, the exact text of Blake’s idiosyncratic engraved publications of 1789 and 1794 (only twenty-two complete copies of each of which survive). The eleven additional poems, two never previously published, and including “Auguries of Innocence”, are printed from Blake’s original manuscripts.
Foolscap 8vo (165 x 103mm). xii,108pp. Decorative tailpieces. Bound, seemingly by the publisher, with the Pickering label, in an elegant contemporary full green straight-grain morocco, ruled and lettered in gilt; all edges gilt; marbled endleaves; just a slight hint of rubbing; a few faint marks; a couple of faint spots to endleaves, but a very good copy indeed.

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

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

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

£250

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CARY, John, 1755-1835 : CARY’S TRAVELLER’S COMPANION, OR, A DELINEATION OF THE TURNPIKE ROADS OF ENGLAND AND WALES; SHEWING THE IMMEDIATE ROUTE TO EVERY MARKET AND BOROUGH TOWN THROUGHOUT THE KINGDOM ... ON A NEW SET OF COUNTY MAPS ...CARY, John, 1755-1835 : CARY’S TRAVELLER’S COMPANION, OR, A DELINEATION OF THE TURNPIKE ROADS OF ENGLAND AND WALES; SHEWING THE IMMEDIATE ROUTE TO EVERY MARKET AND BOROUGH TOWN THROUGHOUT THE KINGDOM ... ON A NEW SET OF COUNTY MAPS ...

CARY, John, 1755-1835 : CARY’S TRAVELLER’S COMPANION, OR, A DELINEATION OF THE TURNPIKE ROADS OF ENGLAND AND WALES; SHEWING THE IMMEDIATE ROUTE TO EVERY MARKET AND BOROUGH TOWN THROUGHOUT THE KINGDOM ... ON A NEW SET OF COUNTY MAPS ...

London : G. & J. Cary, 1828. A charming pocket atlas, which first appeared in 1790, although the maps have here been wholly re-engraved and updated. Comprises general maps of England and Wales, North and South Wales, thirty-nine single-page maps of the English counties, and a large folding map of the turnpike roads of Yorkshire – all delicately hand-coloured – as well as lists of the borough and market towns, market days, distances from London, tables of over 140 primary routes, and a catalogue of Cary maps, atlases and globes. Sir George Fordham wrote of Cary as the prototype of the modern mapmaker, “the most prominent and successful exponent of his time”, the cartographer who “first combined care and beauty of design, with something really approximate to geographical accuracy”.
Crown 8vo (183 x 112mm). [vi],[16],[iv]pp. Engraved title and preliminary leaves. Forty-three engraved maps, one folding, with original hand colour. Bound in contemporary polished calf, now neatly rebacked to style, with raised bands, gilt rules, and a red label; new endleaves; a few very minor marks; small repair to the margin of the folding map, but a very good, fresh and clean example.

£500

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

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

London : Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831. First edition. Disraeli’s intriguing early novel of high society – “all rings, ringlets, and a little rouge” – a wastrel redeemed by the love of a good woman, etc., but also the novel in which we first see the evolution of Disraeli’s politics and what was soon to become his particular brand of one-nation conservatism.
Three volumes. Medium 12mo (195 x 115mm). iv,300; [ii],(270),[ii]; [ii],(266)pp. Bound, without the half-titles to vols ii & iii and a final advertisement leaf, in an elegant, slightly later, half blue-black morocco, banded and gilt; top edges gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; some rubbing, slight scuffing and mild wear; a couple of short splits; internally some occasional faint marks and mild tanning, but overall a very good and handsome set. With the nautical bookplate of the collector and pharmacist Robert James Hayhurst (1929-2016) in the first volume. Sadleir 738.

£750

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DORRET, James, fl.1744-1761 : A CORRECT MAP OF SCOTLAND FROM NEW SURVEYS.

DORRET, James, fl.1744-1761 : A CORRECT MAP OF SCOTLAND FROM NEW SURVEYS.

[Edinburgh? : G. Hamilton & J. Balfour, and A. Kincaid?], 1751. A single-sheet reduction of Dorret’s 1750 wall-map of Scotland - “a greatly improved map ... the basis of practically every map of Scotland for the next forty years ... for the first time a really good outline becomes available” (Moir). Drawn and engraved by Dorret at a scale of ten miles to the inch (1:6336), with a separate inset of the Shetland Isles. No publication details are given, but the earlier wall-map was advertised in Scotland by the Edinburgh booksellers Hamilton, Balfour and Alexander Kincaid, and they may perhaps be responsible for this smaller version.
Copper line engraving on paper, with original outline hand colour. Engraved surface 790 x 620mm (approx. 31” x 24-1/2”). Dissected and mounted on linen; trimmed to neatlines, as usual; a few marks and some minor spotting; some wear and holing to the linen of the folds, but overall in good state for an early map of this type. A guaranteed genuine antique map.

£500

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FERMOR, Patrick Leigh (Sir Patrick Michael), 1915-2011 : BETWEEN THE WOODS AND THE WATER : ON FOOT TO CONSTANTINOPLE FROM THE HOOK OF HOLLAND: THE MIDDLE DANUBE TO THE IRON GATES.

FERMOR, Patrick Leigh (Sir Patrick Michael), 1915-2011 : BETWEEN THE WOODS AND THE WATER : ON FOOT TO CONSTANTINOPLE FROM THE HOOK OF HOLLAND: THE MIDDLE DANUBE TO THE IRON GATES.

London : John Murray, (1986). First edition. Inscribed (to Lucy) and signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor on the front free endpaper. On foot across Europe at the age of eighteen in the 1930s – “like a tramp, a pilgrim, or a wandering scholar” – the second instalment (from the borders of Hungary to Transylvania) of a famous journey, reconstructed from maps, memories, and a diary – fascinating on every page. One of the twentieth-century classics – a “sublime masterpiece” (William Dalrymple).
Demy 8vo (23cm). [ii],248,[ii]pp. Double-page map. Original blue boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good copy in the John Craxton dust-jacket – the jacket a little sunned (as usual), but also very good.

£250

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FLETCHER, J.S. (Joseph Smith), 1863-1935 : MURDER OF THE ONLY WITNESS : BEING ENTRY NUMBER SIX IN THE CASE-BOOK OF RONALD CAMBERWELL.FLETCHER, J.S. (Joseph Smith), 1863-1935 : MURDER OF THE ONLY WITNESS : BEING ENTRY NUMBER SIX IN THE CASE-BOOK OF RONALD CAMBERWELL.

FLETCHER, J.S. (Joseph Smith), 1863-1935 : MURDER OF THE ONLY WITNESS : BEING ENTRY NUMBER SIX IN THE CASE-BOOK OF RONALD CAMBERWELL.

London : George G. Harrap & Co., (1934). First jigsaw edition. An elegant Fletcher country-house mystery – the Ellingshurst diamonds go missing, a housemaid is murdered, and the mysterious tenant of the Dower House disappears. Originally published the previous year, but here reissued in the “Harrap Jig-Saw Mystery” series, with a pink tissue insert at p.236 demanding that the reader “Stop!”, followed by instructions to assemble the jigsaw puzzle contained in a compartment at the rear to reveal the culprit, and then to open up the pink-sealed final pages for the full denouement.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (3)-(252),[ii]pp. With all bar one of the 150 jigsaw puzzle pieces (lacking just one corner piece) and both halves of the pink tissue seal. Original orange cloth, blocked and lettered in black; faint strip of sunning at head; some spotting, mainly of edges and endpapers; some internal marks, but a good and still bright copy in the green and yellow dust-jacket – the jacket a little worn and creased, with a few marks, spots and short nicks, but a complete and uncommon survival.

£200

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

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

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

£500

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FUTRELLE, Jacques (Jacques Heath), 1875-1912 : THE CHASE OF THE GOLDEN PLATE.

FUTRELLE, Jacques (Jacques Heath), 1875-1912 : THE CHASE OF THE GOLDEN PLATE.

London : Collier & Co., 1908. First British edition. It begins at a masked ball – a young woman in a Western outfit and a man dressed as a burglar. Love story, crime story, mystery novel. “A puzzle both subtle and intricate ... three distinct sets of intelligence, of different qualities, are set to work to unriddle the mystery” (The Scotsman, 18th May 1908) – police, journalist, and the extraordinary Professor Van Dusen – the “Thinking Machine”. Futrelle’s first “Thinking Machine” novel, originally published in New York in 1906.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (224)pp. Coloured frontispiece by Reginald Pannett. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt and blocked in blind, with two pictorial onlays by Pannett; just a hint of bruising; endpapers lightly tanned; a few edge spots, but a very good, bright and attractive copy.

£250

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GASKELL, E.C. (Elizabeth Cleghorn), 1810-1865 : THE LIFE OF CHARLOTTE BRONTË, AUTHOR OF “JANE EYRE”, “SHIRLEY”, “VILLETTE”, &C.

GASKELL, E.C. (Elizabeth Cleghorn), 1810-1865 : THE LIFE OF CHARLOTTE BRONTË, AUTHOR OF “JANE EYRE”, “SHIRLEY”, “VILLETTE”, &C.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1857. First edition. A delightfully extra-illustrated and beautifully bound copy of this still controversial biography of Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855) – “revolution as well as revelation” in Margaret Oliphant’s phrase. Unsold copies were withdrawn in the face of a storm of legal threat and hostility. Extra-illustrated by the insertion of forty additional plates, portraits and views, a number hand-coloured, as are the original frontispiece portrait and view of Haworth.
Two volumes. Post 8vo (202 x 123mm). viii,352; viii,(328)pp. Engraved frontispieces of Charlotte Brontë (the George Richmond portrait) and Haworth. Facsimile. Extra-illustrated with forty additional engravings, etc. Bound, complete with half-titles, in a handsome later (mid twentieth-century) half black crushed morocco, banded and gilt; top edges gilt; marbled sides and endpapers, by George Bayntun of Bath; original cloth bound in a rear; a handful of minor marks and creases; slight nick to one inserted plate, but an excellent set. Housed in a matching slip-case.

£1,250

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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : HOW THE WHALE BECAME.

HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : HOW THE WHALE BECAME.

London : Faber & Faber, (1963). First edition. His first prose work – eleven Kiplingesque stories on the real manner of the evolution of the owl, whale, fox, polar bear, hyena, tortoise, bee, cat, donkey, hare and elephant. Illustrations by George Adamson (1913-2005).
Foolscap 4to (22cm). 72pp. Six full-page illustrations. Original blue canvas, lettered in gilt; a very good clean and sound copy in the dust-jacket – a pictorial Adamson design in blue, pink and black – just very lightly worn, and a little sunned at spine – but also very good. Ownership inscription of Anne C. Cassells.

£200

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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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JONES, James (James Ramon), 1921-1977 : FROM HERE TO ETERNITY.

JONES, James (James Ramon), 1921-1977 : FROM HERE TO ETERNITY.

New York : Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1951. First edition. His first and most famous novel, based on his own army experiences in the months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, which he witnessed. An immediate success, winner of the National Book Award, always included in lists of the major novels of the twentieth century, and the basis of the memorable and multiple Oscar-winning 1953 film, with Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra, etc.
Demy 8vo (207 x 136mm). [xii],(862)pp. Bound in an elegant recent half black morocco, by Bayntun-Riviere; top edge gilt; marbled sides and endleaves; very faint crease to the final leaves, but otherwise an excellent copy, clean and sound.

£400

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LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : A SECRET SERVICE : BEING STRANGE TALES OF A NIHILIST.

LE QUEUX, William (William Tufnell), 1864-1927 : A SECRET SERVICE : BEING STRANGE TALES OF A NIHILIST.

London : Ward, Lock & Bowden, 1896. First edition in this form. His first novel having been banned in Russia, Le Queux dedicated his second to the Tzar – the sensational but highly sympathetic memoirs of a Jewish Russian nihilist activist. “That I have been compelled to bestow fictitious names upon the actors in these dramas, add and suppress certain incidents, and change the scene in more than one instance, is obvious; nevertheless, I anticipate that many will recognise in Anton Prèhznev’s stories solutions of more than one sensational mystery that has startled Europe”. Twelve of the fifteen extraordinary individual tales, many set in London, had earlier appeared in “Strange Tales of a Nihilist” (1892), but all have here been revised and to some extent re-written; two now appear under different titles, and three have been added, including “The Velvet Paw” – on a foggy December evening in London, Prèhznev is followed on to the underground at Temple tube station by a tall auburn-haired young woman, dressed all in black.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 320pp. Original green decorative pictorial cloth, lettered in gilt on spine, and blocked and lettered in red and black; lightly rubbed; endpapers a little tanned, but a very good copy of an uncommon title – most of the institutional copies being of the “colonial edition” in a plain binding. W. H. Smith & Son blind-stamp and contemporary (London 1896) ownership inscription of Stewart Foulis.

£200

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LEWIS, C.S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963 : THE HORSE AND HIS BOY.

LEWIS, C.S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963 : THE HORSE AND HIS BOY.

London : Geoffrey Bles, (1954). First edition. The fifth instalment of “The Chronicles of Narnia” – an “ancient story, which takes us right back to the reign of High King Peter, tells how the Boy and the Horse together escaped from the cruel country of Calormen, through the city of Tashbaan, across the desert, into Archenland, over the mountains, and so at last (with the help of Aslan) to Narnia itself”.
Post 8vo (21cm). (200)pp. Endpaper map. Frontispiece and illustrations by Pauline Baynes. Original grey boards, lettered in silver; spine lightly and unevenly sunned; a few faint spots, but otherwise a very good copy in the original pictorial Pauline Baynes dust-jacket – the jacket a little worn, slightly chipped at head, lightly marked, a little sunned and tanned, with a short tear and a couple of nicks, but complete and better than it often is. Dated contemporary (1954) gift inscription to Carol on verso of front free endpaper.

£500

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LEWIS, C.S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963 : THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW.

LEWIS, C.S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963 : THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW.

London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1955. First edition. The sixth instalment of “The Chronicles of Narnia”, taking us back to “the dawn of Narnian time and the day when the Beasts first talked, which was also the first day when people from our world first went to Narnia. It all happened because Diggory’s wicked uncle, who was a magician, sent him to the Wood Between the Worlds”.
Post 8vo (21cm). (184)pp. Illustrations by Pauline Baynes. Original green boards, lettered in silver; some spotting of edges and endpapers, but otherwise a very good copy in the original pictorial Pauline Baynes dust-jacket – lightly rubbed, a touch sunned, and a little spotted on inner flaps and lower panel, but also very good. Neat contemporary ownership inscription on front free endpaper.

£500

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MARLOWE, Francis, 1870-1944 : THE HATTON GARDEN MYSTERY.

MARLOWE, Francis, 1870-1944 : THE HATTON GARDEN MYSTERY.

London : Arthur Gray (Books), [1934]. First edition. “At the end of an evening spent in the West End of London this man found his mind a complete blank as to the events of an hour of it, and he discovered in his possession, inexplicably, a parcel of diamonds that represented a fortune. How, where, and with whom, had he spent the mystery hour?” – Philip Granger is soon mixed up with Doc Summers, bland and ambassadorial king of crime (drawn from the life), but the beautiful Olive is intent on saving him.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (254),[ii]pp. Original orange cloth, lettered in black; small and faint band of discolouration at foot of spine; a few edge-spots; text lightly tanned; a couple of nicks and small flaws, but a good copy of an uncommon title – in the striking original dust-jacket by H. W. Perl (1897-1952) – the jacket a little worn, and lightly creased and sunned, with a few repaired splits and a tear, but complete and attractive still.

£200

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

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

London : William Heinemann, (1935). First edition. “‘Christmas ought to be brought up to date’, Maria said; ‘it ought to have gangsters and aeroplanes and a lot of automatic pistols’”. Kay Harker and the battle for the magical box which annihilates space and time — “The children will like it. And grown-ups will probably revel in it” (The Scotsman, 5th September 1935); “One of the most delicious children’s stories I have ever read” (Western Mail, 2nd January 1936). More of a loose companion piece than strictly speaking a sequel to Masefield’s “The Midnight Folk” (1927).
Crown 8vo (190 x 120mm). [viii],(418)pp. Pictorial head and tailpieces. Bound in a handsome recent full blue morocco, banded and gilt; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; minor marks to half-title, but otherwise a most attractive copy. Dated (1949) gift inscription to half-title.

£400

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[MOORE, Augustus (Augustus Martin), 1856-1910] : THE DOMESTIC BLUNDERS OF WOMEN : BY A MERE MAN.

[MOORE, Augustus (Augustus Martin), 1856-1910] : THE DOMESTIC BLUNDERS OF WOMEN : BY A MERE MAN.

London : C. Arthur Pearson, 1899. First edition. The tongue-in-cheek thesis is that nothing about the home could not be better managed by men, from purchasing household requisites to the rearing of children. The second half of the book is made up of a selection of letters – from earnest agreement to howls of outrage – received by the author after parts of the book had appeared in magazines. The author was the truculent Irish journalist, playwright, bohemian, and man-about-town, Augustus Moore, brother of the novelist George Moore.
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,(290),[ii]pp. Illustrations by Yorick. Original pictorial cloth; some minor rubbing and wear; endpapers a little spotted; edges lightly tanned; a touch shaken, but a good copy.

£100

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MURRAY, David Christie, 1847-1907 : THE BRANGWYN MYSTERY.

MURRAY, David Christie, 1847-1907 : THE BRANGWYN MYSTERY.

London : John Long, (1906). First edition. A scarce Edwardian murder mystery from the war correspondent turned novelist. An old man well-known in London and sinfully rich disappears off the face of the earth. A drunken journalist identifies the body seven years later and decides to investigate – then changes his mind. Belle Molloy, whose Irish lilt tends to lapse into broader brogue, and her beautiful young friend Miss Lilian Lee also feature.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 318,[ii] + (32)pp inserted advertisements dated June 1906. Original pictorial cloth, lettered in gilt on spine and enamelled in red, white and black on upper cover; just lightly rubbed and a touch bruised; mild tanning of endpapers; some spotting, mainly of edges and prelims, but a very good copy. Contemporary ownership inscription of Arthur Garratt.

£125

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NIN, Anaïs, 1903-1977 : THIS HUNGER – .

NIN, Anaïs, 1903-1977 : THIS HUNGER – .

New York : Gemor Press, (1945). First edition. “The unveiling of women is a delicate matter. It will not happen overnight. We are all afraid of what we shall find”. One of 1,000 copies of the regular edition, illustrated with five woodcuts by “Ian Hugo” – Nin’s husband Hugh Parker Guiler (1898-1985). This copy signed by Nin and amicably inscribed to Raymond Daum – “Hoping we may collaborate!” – Raymond Witham Daum (1923-2003), cameraman and archivist, perhaps best-known for his “Walking with Garbo” (1991). His archive documenting his friendships with Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo and other well-known figures is now housed at the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). [iv],(184),[iv],[4]pp – including integral endleaves. Five woodblock illustrations by Ian Hugo. Original decorative boards in a Hugo design in maroon and cream; some very minor wear and a few slight marks; tiny sticker mark on rear board; endpapers a little tanned, but a very good copy.

£500

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“ORWELL, George” –  [BLAIR, Eric Arthur, 1903-1950] : NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR : A NOVEL.

“ORWELL, George” – [BLAIR, Eric Arthur, 1903-1950] : NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR : A NOVEL.

London : Secker & Warburg, 1949. First edition. “Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it”. The most compelling and chilling novel of the twentieth century – not least in that it now appears to have been widely adopted as an instruction manual. “Every statue and street and building has been re-named, every date has been altered ... History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right”.
Crown 8vo (184 x 122mm). 312pp. Bound in a smart recent full dark green morocco, banded and gilt; top edge gilt; a very good, clean and sound copy, handsomely bound.

£1,000

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PATER, Walter (Walter Horatio), 1839-1894 : MARIUS THE EPICUREAN : HIS SENSATIONS AND IDEAS.

PATER, Walter (Walter Horatio), 1839-1894 : MARIUS THE EPICUREAN : HIS SENSATIONS AND IDEAS.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1885. First edition. The great stylist’s philosophical novel of ancient Rome – the young Marius, secretary to the stoic Marcus Aurelius, pursues integrity and the aesthetic life. One of the most remarkable novels of the period, stretching the boundaries of fiction, and exploring questions of morality, religion, philosophy and gender. A key text of the modern movement, influencing authors as diverse as Hardy, Joyce, Wilde and Woolf. “We consciously looked to Pater for our philosophy” (W. B. Yeats).
Two volumes. Post 8vo (202 x 132mm). [viii],260; [viii],246,[ii]pp. Bound in an elegant later (early twentieth-century) half blue morocco; marbled sides and endpapers; top edges gilt; a few very faint signs of age and use, but a very good set of an uncommon book. With the pictorial book-room bookplate of Allan D. Macdonald and the later (1950) ownership inscription of David Fyfe Anderson (1904-1988), the Scottish obstetrician, in each volume.

£400

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SALA, George Augustus, 1828-1895 : TWICE ROUND THE CLOCK; OR THE HOURS OF THE DAY AND NIGHT IN LONDON.SALA, George Augustus, 1828-1895 : TWICE ROUND THE CLOCK; OR THE HOURS OF THE DAY AND NIGHT IN LONDON.

SALA, George Augustus, 1828-1895 : TWICE ROUND THE CLOCK; OR THE HOURS OF THE DAY AND NIGHT IN LONDON.

London : Houlston & Wright, [1859]. First edition. Vivid sketches of London life, hour by hour – Billingsgate Market at 4 a.m., printing The Times at 5, Covent Garden Market at 6, and so on through the day – commuters, in court, a fashionable marriage, the London Docks, auctions, clubs, a theatrical green room, etc., until a late debate in the House of Commons, a Bal Masque, and Bow Street police station in the early hours of the morning round off the day. “London scenes of every kind, and London people of every grade, he knows thoroughly; indeed, more remarkable even than the microscopic accuracy of his descriptions is the universality of the knowledge which enables him to describe ... he has thoroughly dissected London life, and taken up and laid bare the minutest artery” (Illustrated Times, 29th October 1859).
Demy 8vo (22cm). xii,(5)-392pp. Portrait frontispiece and forty-seven wood-engravings of London scenes crowded with life by William McConnell (1833-1867). Original orange-brown cloth, elaborately patterned, by Leighton, Son & Hodge, with their ticket; some very minor rubbing and wear; internally a handful of spots, but a very good copy of a sparkling contribution to the literature of London. Ownership inscription of Jack Simmons; occasional pencil annotation.

£250

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SMART, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Ann), 1913-1986 : BY GRAND CENTRAL STATION I SAT DOWN AND WEPT.

SMART, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Ann), 1913-1986 : BY GRAND CENTRAL STATION I SAT DOWN AND WEPT.

London : Editions Poetry London, (1945). First edition. “I am standing on a corner in Monterey, waiting for the bus to come in, and all the muscles of my will are holding my anticipation to face the moment I most desire”. Smart’s celebrated fictional account of her love affair with the poet George Barker (1913-1991) – “a visceral journey into the human heart, written in a language so urgent, raw and lyrical that each sentence is a bruise or a kiss” (Raffaella Barker).
Demy 8vo (211 x 130mm). 54,[ii]pp. Bound in an elegant recent half red morocco, lettered down spine in gilt; top edge gilt; a most attractive copy of the first edition of this scarce modern classic.

£250

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STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD.

STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD.

London : Faber & Faber, [ca.1998]. A twenty-fourth printing of the 1968 second edition. Inscribed, “To Ira Nadel” and signed by Tom Stoppard on the front free endpaper. The introductory cast-list of the 1967 National Theatre production is further signed by John Stride (1936-2018) and Edward Petherbridge (b.1936), who played the title roles. Loosely inserted is a National Theatre postcard of Stride and Petherbridge in that original production. Nadel was the author of “Double Act : A Life of Tom Stoppard” in 2002.
Post 8vo (20cm). (94),[ii]pp. Original wrappers; a couple of minor scuffs, but a very good copy. From the collection of Professor Ira Nadel (1943-2021), Stoppard’s biographer.

£250

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STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : LORD MALQUIST & MR MOON.

STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : LORD MALQUIST & MR MOON.

New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1968. First American edition. Signed by Tom Stoppard on the front free endpaper. Stoppard’s anarchic novel of modern London – the penniless dandy Lord Malquist, his fanatical Boswellian biographer (Moon), a lion banned from the Ritz, an Irish Saviour on a donkey, three irresistible women, etc.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [viii],180,[ii],[2]pp. Original cloth-backed boards; slight production flaw to two leaves, but otherwise a very good, sound, and clean copy in the Emil Antonucci dust-jacket – the jacket price-clipped and a little sunned, as usual, but otherwise also very good. From the collection of Professor Ira Nadel (1943-2021), Stoppard’s biographer.

£125

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STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : ARTIST DESCENDING A STAIRCASE AND WHERE ARE THEY NOW? TWO PLAYS FOR RADIO.

STOPPARD, Tom (Sir Thomas), 1937- : ARTIST DESCENDING A STAIRCASE AND WHERE ARE THEY NOW? TWO PLAYS FOR RADIO.

London : Faber & Faber, (1973). First edition : the wrappers issue. Signed by Tom Stoppard on the title-page. “Stoppard uses radio as a carver uses wood: we are given a near flawless miniature by a craftsman utterly at home with his tools” (Jeremy Rundall in the Sunday Times).
Post 8vo (20cm). (80)pp. Original wrappers; a couple of faint and tiny marks; just the merest hint of bruising, but a very good copy. From the collection of Professor Ira Nadel (1943-2021), Stoppard’s biographer.

£125

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THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863 : THE HISTORY OF HENRY ESMOND, ESQ. A COLONEL IN THE SERVICE OF HER MAJESTY Q. ANNE. WRITTEN BY HIMSELF.

THACKERAY, W.M. (William Makepeace), 1811-1863 : THE HISTORY OF HENRY ESMOND, ESQ. A COLONEL IN THE SERVICE OF HER MAJESTY Q. ANNE. WRITTEN BY HIMSELF.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1852-1853. First edition : a mixed set, with the second and third volumes marked “second edition” (i.e. the second printings of the first edition). Opening in 1691 in the days of William of Orange and Queen Mary, ending under Queen Anne in 1718, and generally considered the best historical novel of its time. Interesting in bringing in Addison, Steele and Swift as characters, Trollope thought it Thackeray’s masterpiece, although George Eliot found it “the most uncomfortable book you can imagine”.
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (183 x 121mm). 344; vi,(320); vi,324pp. Bound in a slightly later Victorian half cherry polished calf, banded and gilt; green labels; marbled sides and endpapers; sprinkled edges; just a hint of rubbing; a few minor internal marks and spots, but a very good set. With the decorative Carr Manor, Meanwood, bookplate of the distinguished physician Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt (1836-1925) of Leeds, inventor of the clinical thermometer, in each volume.

£250

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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : JOHN CALDIGATE.

TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : JOHN CALDIGATE.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1879. First edition. A scarce late Trollope, featuring on Sadleir’s “A”-list of rarities (XIX Century Fiction, 1951). Disinherited son makes good in the goldfields of Australia, returning home a wealthy man to marry Hester Bolton, but the delightfully wicked Euphemia Smith turns up to claim a prior marriage. Trollope makes interesting use of his Post Office experience to hinge the story on a forged postmark. “Mr Trollope has perhaps never hit upon a story that more strongly arouses the reader’s attention and sympathy, and never told one with more mastery of the whole situation, in small things no less than in great” (The Graphic, 26th July 1879).
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (181 x 120mm). vi,290; vi,296; vi,302,[ii]pp. Bound, complete with half-titles and final blank, in a most handsome later half morocco, gilt on wide bands and decorated with small onlay flowers, by Zaehnsdorf; all edges gilt; marbled sides and matching endpapers; just a hint of rubbing; a few minor internal marks, but overall clean and sound, and a very good set indeed. With the attractive bookplates of both Ernest George Mocatta (1849-1927), stockbroker and book-collector, and Harold Charles (Harley) Drayton (1901-1966), the renowned financier whose library was dispersed at Sotheby’s in 1968. Sadleir 55 – “very scarce in fine condition”.

£1,000

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WALLIS, Edward, 1787?-1868 – publisher : A NEW MAP OF THE WORLD.

WALLIS, Edward, 1787?-1868 – publisher : A NEW MAP OF THE WORLD.

London : Edward Wallis, [ca.1820]. An extremely uncommon jigsaw map of the world, produced for educational purposes – the world in hemispheres, with six ancillary maps showing circles, zones, parallels, meridians, definitions, etc. First produced by Wallis’s father, John Wallis (1745?-1818) in 1800, but here with some revision – Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) now shown as a separate island, additional island groups in the Pacific, etc.
Copper line engraving on paper, with original hand colour. 257 x 445mm (approx. 10-1/8” x 17-1/2”). Dissected into about fifty pieces and mounted on wood; a few minor marks and specks, but complete and overall in very good condition. Just one copy (an incomplete example in the Library of Congress) of the 1800 edition located in major libraries worldwide, and none at all of this revised version.

£1,000

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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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YEATS, W.B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 : WORDS FOR MUSIC PERHAPS AND OTHER POEMS.

YEATS, W.B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 : WORDS FOR MUSIC PERHAPS AND OTHER POEMS.

Dublin : Cuala Press, 1932. First edition : limited to 450 copies printed and published by Elizabeth Corbet Yeats at the Cuala Press. A collection of forty-six poems, including some of Yeats’ finest work – “Byzantium”, “Coole Park 1929”, “The Nineteenth Century and After”, “The Crazed Moon”, “Quarrel in Old Age”, “I Am of Ireland”, the “Crazy Jane” sequence, etc.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [xvi],(42),[ii],[4]pp. Original linen-backed boards; a hint of browning to tips; a few tiny marks and faint spots, but overall a very good and unopened copy. Small bookseller’s label of Greene & Co. of Dublin on front pastedown.

£500

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