Dear Friend

Our summer miscellany includes an 1840s Nantucket Whaling Journal and the Diary of an 1868 Australian cricket-fan’s 24,000 mile round-trip to watch the Aboriginal team play in England - their country’s first ever overseas match.

Additionally there’s card-sharping (detected) and books owned by Richard Burton and Stephen Hawking as well as an unsophisticated John Bunyan with provenance back to 1699. Of course if you’re just looking for a Wonderful Time, then trust to Slim...

Best wishes,

Christian White

00 44 (0) 7811 455398
287 Leeds Road, Ilkley, Leeds, LS29 8LL, UK

Diary of a Voyage to Europe [EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN OVERSEAS MATCH] — George Thomson — 1868

Journal of an 1868 Australian cricket super-fan’s 24,000 mile round-trip to Britain to watch the Aboriginal Australian cricket team play their ‘first match in England on English soil’ - in fact the very first overseas match ever played by an Australian team.  Quarter roan over marbled boards, lined quarto-size writing paper; a single pen and ink drawing of ‘Flying Fish’ precedes the manuscript title page. Thomson’s diary of the leg from Melbourne to the East India Dock in the Port of London onbo…… Read more


[NANTUCKET WHALING JOURNAL] Journal of a Voyage to the Pacific Ocean [under Captain] Henry P Collier: Elizabeth Starbuck of Nantucket Mass. — E Parker; Hermann Friedrich Wulff — 1846

An attractive 1840s Atlantic & Pacific Ocean whaling journal of the ‘Elizabeth Starbuck’ out of Nantucket, with 4 whale stamps and records of many more whales killed. Bound in half calf over marbled boards, the binding is rubbed but entirely sound. Foolscap format - 34x22cm - with approximately 80 leaves: 100 pages of ship’s log in 2 languages, a further 30 pages recording ‘Whales Raised’, tobacco and clothing rations, solar and lunar observations and other shipboard matters. Whale stamps appear…… Read more


The Countess of Morton’s Daily Exercise: or a Book of Prayers and Rules — Anne Douglas, Countess of Morton — 1713

Unrecorded, and otherwise unknown, ‘Twentieth Edition’ of the prayers of the staunchly royalist Anne Douglas, saviour of Charles I’s daughter Princess Henrietta. Bound in contemporary sheepskin, blind panels to boards and horizontal lines to spine. The binding is sound with cracking to the leather over the outer hinges; speckled edges to text block. Prayers inscribed on front pastedown by ‘Tho[ma]s Scotman’ in an eighteenth century hand and again on verso of title page and A4v, B6-B7v, this last…… Read more


The St James Guide, or, the Sharper Detected: — — 1825

Rare early guide to detecting cheating at card games, published anonymously in 1825. This is Part 2 of 4 proposed parts though only 3 were ever published. This example is found in its original printed yellow wrappers which have been between protective hard covers in the twentieth century. Stab sewing holes close to the gutter. The wrappers are discoloured; a stain with a small hole in the centre of the upper wrapper, the stain registering through a couple of leaves below. Early ownership inscrip…… Read more


On the Scope and Nature of University Education — John Henry Newman [RICHARD BURTON’S COPY] — 1961

A gift from Elizabeth Taylor to her actor husband Richard Burton, part of a complete set of Everyman editions which she had bound for Burton by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. This edition in green reversed calf, some fading to the spine and upper part of the front cover; all edges gilt with a silk bookmark. Wood effect endpapers, posthumous bookplate ‘from the Library of Richard Burton 1925-1984 bound, as a gift from Elizabeth Taylor (Philips London - Sale 30651)’ Taylor is thought to have had as many…… Read more


Letters to the Editor of The Globe Newspaper, Edward Moran — John Charles Dundas, Baron Andlau etc — 1844

Political invective, corrections, implied threats, invitations, theatre notices and despatches from the House of Commons: a collection of letters from the 1840s to the Irish editor and journalist at the Globe Newspaper, Edward Moran. 21 autograph letters written on a variety of different sized papers, quarto down to octavo, one with black mourning border. Generally very good condition if lightly soiled. Several bearing remnants of wax seals or embossed letterheads; several written from London cl…… Read more


Ring of Bright Water — Gavin Maxwell — 1960

First edition of Gavin Maxwell's finest work with a letter from the author laid in. Very good book in a near very good jacket. Maxwell writes his letter in brown ink on Sandaig headed paper in 1965 to a Mrs Ratcliffe promising to ‘keep a look out for a big sea urchin - and will send it when found.’ Maxwell’s signature on anything is quite scarce. His writings have been revered for decades.


Tokunabe Exhibition 22.IV.73 — Bernard Leach — 1973

Bernard Leach’s personal copy of the exhibition catalogue for a Japanese exhibition that he attended in 1973 in Tokyo. Brown textured wrapper with Leach’s descriptive title written on the upper cover: ‘Tokunabe Exhibition 22.IV.73 old pieces 900 years Mitsokoshi.’ 52 pages, extensively illustrated, printed in the Japanese alphabet throughout. Japanese business card, presumably given to Leach when he attended the exhibition, laid in. Leach’s regular trips to Japan and his own exhibitions held the…… Read more


Fairburn’s New Comic Song Book Containing about Four Hundred Songs — John Fairburn —

Rare collection of popular songs with additional material not present in the only known institutional copy located in Oxford. Small octavo bound in the publisher’s yellow paper covered boards, rebacked with black cloth and gilt spine lettering, new endpapers. Lightly foxed but the text is unmarked, several leaves unopened mid way through. This collates complete as per the Bodleian copy with the addition of six extra pages of index apparently not present in the Oxford copy, final advertising leaf…… Read more


Shanghai Defence Forces: Souvenir Volume 1 — Ariel L Varges - North China Daily News — 1927

Extremely scarce photo-illustrated record of Shanghai defences, bound in orange printed wrappers which are creased and marked, comprising two introductory pages and 24 large oblong leaves of half-tone photographs - 109 in all. The book was printed and published in May 1927 by the North China Daily News and Herald ltd,27x37cm. Photographs by Ariel Varges, photojournalist, -for the Newsreel Corporation of New York. The Shanghai Defence Force was a tri-service military formation established by the…… Read more


Kosmos En Kort Historik [A Brief History of Time - AUTHOR’S COPY] — Stephen Hawking - Tonis Tonisson — 1989

The author’s copy of the first Swedish edition of Hawking’s global bestseller from his personal library until its removal from Stephen Hawking’s home in Cambridge after his death. Blue cloth binding with the posthumous deep blue-rimmed bookplate on the first flyleaf that reads: ‘From the home of Stephen W Hawking (1942-2018) Wordsworth Grove, Cambridge November 2020 G. David. Bookseller. Cambridge’. A near fine copy in a very good jacket with a couple of closed tears. Hawking’s Brief History was…… Read more


Solomon’s Temple Spiritualiz’d or Gospel-light Fetcht out of the Temple at Jerusalem — John Bunyan — 1698

Uncommon 1698 third edition with the ownership inscription of the book’s first owner from 1699. Bound in contemporary sheepskin, spine, relaid. No pastedown; ownership inscription of ‘Joseph Bonsall his book 1699’ with further penmanship by Bonsall and his descendants on the flyleaf. Bonsall has written a short prayer on the final printed leaf. Overleaf, ownership inscription of ‘Samuel Allcock His Book 1711 q.p 6 pence’. Browning to text, especially to margins with drying to paper at the foredg…… Read more


The Struggle for Europe [signed] — Chester Wilmot — 1952

Signed first edition of this key work of second world war history. A very good copy in publisher’s blue cloth, signed ‘Chester Wilmot’ below his printed name on the title page. The text is clean and complete. The jacket is in good condition, price-clipped to the front flap, some fraying at both ends of the spine and a closed tear along part of the jacket hinge between the front panel and flap. Wilmot died relatively young in an aircrash in 1954, which makes signed copies of this, his most import…… Read more


Talks on Successful Gowning [INSCRIBED] — Elizabeth Batts Lee — 1910

Inscribed copy of this scarce fashion guide: ‘To dear Hilda with Auntie’s love/ Flushing New York June 1910’ on the first flyleaf. Bound in decorative tan buckram with spine lettering. Frontispiece with printed signature. Good binding; internally near fine. Very much of its era, the book begins: ‘Good dressing, nowadays as every woman known, who is at all interested in clothes - and all nice women are - is not, by any means, a question of money.’ Very scarce publication, just 4 copies held insti…… Read more


Farming Ledger for the Villages of Yoker & Renfrew — John Harvey - Harvie — 1800

East Glasgow farming ledger compiled by John Harvey for land and properties on either side of the Clyde, 5 miles from central Glasgow. Contemporary vellum with external straps and ink label to boards, remains of leather ties. Text written over 250 pages (125 foliated leaves) with manuscript title page, index and extensive contents relating to business and personal spending for several households and family groups. Written on lined paper, many gatherings pulled or loose, softening to paper, some…… Read more


FIRST WORLD WAR NURSING DIARY - A Scrap Book of No 6 General Hospital — George Davies [Rupert Brooke] — 1915

Nursing in a World War I hospital in France: a visual diary of General Hospital 6 created by an injured British serviceman George Davies and presented in gratitude to the ‘Dear Sister’ who nursed him back to health. Undated homemade booklet, created between 1915-1918, hand-sewn, bound in thick grey paper wrappers. A vignette title page executed directly onto the recto of the first leaf: ‘A Scrap-Book of No: 6 Gen:[eral] Hospital B.[ritish] E.[xpeditionary] F.[orce] France’ with the faces of two…… Read more


Cotswold Ballads [PREPARED FOR READING BY LAURIE LEE] — Frank Mansell; Laurie Lee — 1974

From Laurie Lee’s library, his prepared copy of his friend’s book of poetry, readied for live performance of these Cotswold poems. This is the first illustrated edition, bound in ochre buckram covered boards with a near very good jacket. Lee who wrote the foreword for the volume has used paperclips and labelled paper tabs to define the poems in the volume that he would read, together with a couple of stage directions to himself - ‘repeat’ and a typed continuity note to help him move from one poe…… Read more


Go Tell It On The Mountain — James Baldwin — 1991

Facsimile of a first edition in orange cloth publisher’s binding which is in fine condition with gilt lettering to front board and spine. Minor roughening to paper at head of the front flyleaf. Top edge stain in blue. Very good dust jacket condition with minor rubbing to top and bottom of spine, not price clipped. Printed book insert for The First Edition Library tucked between the front end-papers which discusses the author, title and historical relevance of the book. Seemingly unread.


Money: A Suicide Note — Martin Amis — 1984

First edition in publisher’s binding with gilt letters to spine. Book in fine condition, small white mark above spine lettering and tiny mark at head of front flyleaf. Dust jacket in very good condition with slight wrinkling at top of spine, no price clipping. Seemingly unread copy of an iconic 1980s novel.


The Road to Serfdom — F A Hayek, Friedrich A von Hayek — 1944

An early presentation copy to a British Member of Parliament of Hayek’s classic account of the perils of state control. Third impression of June 1944, the same year as the first edition of 1944, bound in the original grey black boards, sunned around the edges. The ownership signature of the Independent Conservative MP ‘D.L. Lipson. Cheltenham’ appears on the front pastedown. Laid in is a mimeographed letter from a Lancashire businessman, ‘A Chadwick’ of The Fishbrook Dyeing Co in Bolton, dated S…… Read more


A Wonderful Time: An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life — Slim Aarons — 1974

First edition of Slim Aaron’s photographic study of the ‘life of America’s elite from coast to coast’. Crisp navy blue cloth with gilt lettering, small mark to endpaper, no inscriptions, slight spotting to half title otherwise near fine. In a good jacket, lightly nicked to edges, a closed tear running down from the top of the spine fold with the front panel about 8 cm, closed to the reverse with tape. Tiny semi-circular tear to lower panel of jacket close to bottom corner, about 3mm across. A ve…… Read more


Dr. Christian White
Christian White Rare Books
287 Leeds Road, Ilkley, LS29 8LL
07811 455398