Dear Friend,

This Black Friday we're delighted to offer 50% off our original price on an interesting selection of books and manuscripts. These prices are net, and inclusive of postage anywhere in the world.

All the best,

Christian White
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THE ATHELHAMPTON COPY - A Survey of Dorsetshire — John Coker — 1732

Extra-illustrated and coloured by the owner of Athelhampton House in Dorset (probably Alfred De la Fontaine), one of the most beautiful manor houses in England. Bound in old panelled calf, rebacked in the twentieth century, with a new red morocco spine label 'Coker' and new endpapers. The book collates complete with the fold-out map and six armorial plates to which have been added three additional hand drawn plates, each with sixteen hand drawn and watercoloured images of the armorial glass in t…… Read more


‘Graveyard Poets': A Sammelband of 11 Imprints - An Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard The Eleventh Edition [AND] Four Elegies Descriptive and Moral [AND] An Epistle from Lady Jane Gray to Lord Guilford Dudley ETC — Thomas Gray; William Whitehead; John Delap; Reginald Heber; John Scott; Edward Jerningham; George Keate; Edward Young; Thomas Denton — 1752

Mid-eighteenth century bound collection of 'Graveyard' poems including elegies and meditations such as the earliest publication by John Scott of Amwell (the first notable Quaker poet) and works by Thomas Gray, Edward Young, John Delap and Reginald Heber. Small quarto bound in eighteenth century speckled calf, the boards decorated with a border of coronets, cracking along outer hinges, reinforced within. Two faded spine labels: 'Select Poems Vol I'. Marbled edges to text block. All eleven imprint…… Read more


DOESKIN HOMEMADE BINDING Two Journeys to Jerusalem Containing, First A Strange and True Account — Nathaniel Crouch — 1759

Homemade doe-skin binding on this chapbook publication by the English printer and bookseller variously known as Nathaniel Crouch, Robert or Richad Burton. The doe-skin binding which seems likely to be contemporary with the book has been wrapped tightly around the boards and sewn down the spine with the result that that the book opens comfortably to about 140 degrees but not beyond. The binding has been repaired at some stage with early nineteenth century rag-paper endpapers inserted, the final f…… Read more


GEORGE KINNAIRD'S COPY - Recueil des Lettres de Madame La Marquise de Sevigne — Marquise de Sevigne - Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de Sevigny — 1780

‘Kinnaird’ copy of the Nouvelle edition bound in very pretty Scottish, polished calf with circular black morocco volume numbers and red morocco lettering pieces to the spine. Bookplate of 'Kinnaird' to each volume: George Kinnaird was a Scottish banker and art collector whose collection was boosted by the dispersal of the Orleans collection in 1792. Contemporary shelf-marks to the bookplate and a note on the pastedown in the first volume which records the original cost of the set. A most attract…… Read more


FRIENDSHIP ALBUM OF EDWIN LUTYENS' GRANDMOTHER — Frances Jane Fludger; Robert Pinkerton; Daniel Schlatter; Georg Gessner, Johann Martin Usteri etc</p><p>[Sir Edwin Lutyens] — 1820

(255x195mm) Friendship album compiled by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens' grandmother in the 1820s, mostly collected in Germany or featuring German ex-patriates in London. Handsome Parisian oblong quarto bound in straight grain red morocco wth gilt decorative border to boards and five gilt compartments to rounded spine. Rubbed to edges and extremities; slight loss of leather to corner tips and head and tail of backstrip. In gilt to upper cover: 'Frances Jane Fludger'. Green silk endpapers, old d…… Read more


GIBRALTAR'S SOCIAL REGISTER - Manuscript from the Governor's Household — Sir John Adye; Arthur Edward Hardinge [etc] [James Joyce; Molly Bloom] — 1883

From the governor's residence in Gibraltar, a manuscript record of British colonial officials, staff, naval and army officers in the Crown Colony which was used by the Governor's household as a social register for entertaining Gibraltar's elite and prestigious visitors, including the second in line to the British throne, Prince Albert Victor. An additional pleasure of the manuscript is that it includes a page-long listing of the officers of the 'Royal Dublin Fusiliers' who were stationed in the…… Read more


LITTLE WASMUTH - Frank Lloyd Wright: Ausgefuhrte Bauten — Frank Lloyd Wright; C R Ashbee — 1911

'LITTLE WASMUTH' - THE FIRST BOOK EDITION OF WRIGHT'S WASMUTH PORTFOLIO complete with C R Ashbee's introduction. An excellent copy in original wrappers and the publisher's binding of black cloth over one of the most influential architectural publications of the century. A little rubbing to the black cloth; bright red lettering. Textured yellow endpapers, printed card wrappers and 142 pages of text with half tone illustrations with coloured plates of the Unity Temple in Oak Park and an additional…… Read more


STIRRING MANUSCRIPT SPEECH TO SCOTTISH VETERANS delivered in Wishaw by Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig — Field Marshal Douglas Haig — 1925

Stirring 1925 manuscript speech to Scottish veterans made by Britain's commander on the western front in which he urged Scotland's soldiers to look after each other in peacetime - 'the hardest battle of their lives' - even as they readied themselves for the moment 'when storm and peril once more threaten our beloved country, men such as they, may one again be found to stand and fight for Scotland and true Liberty.' The speech was delivered on 7th November 1925 at the opening of a Scottish Ex-Ser…… Read more


SIGNED BY WILLIAM BRAGG - Old Trades and New Knowledge — Sir William Bragg — 1926

Presentation copy inscribed by Bragg on the front flyleaf: ‘Peter Duffield with best wishes from W.H.B.’ Peter Duffield’s signed bookplate appears opposite. The book is in near fine condition with gilt decoration to the brick-red boards. Internally occasional browning but an excellent copy of the book which traces the technical side of: The trade of the Sailor; The trade of the Smith; The trade of the Weaver; The trade of the Dyer; The trade of the Potter; The trade of the Miner. xii, 266, 41 ha…… Read more


INSCRIBED ON THE DAY HE BECAME FRS - The Royal Society 1660-1940 — Sir Henry Lyons; Barnes Wallis — 1944

The inventor and engineer Barnes Wallis's copy which he bought and inscribed for himself on the day he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society - with the original Bumpus Ltd of Oxford Street receipt used as a bookmark. Publisher's red cloth, a little faded. Barnes Wallis has inscribed the front endpaper in calligraphic style: 'This Book was bought on the Day that I was Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. 22 March 1945. B.N.Wallis.' Wallis's receipt from John & Edward Bumpus Ltd, 477 Oxford…… Read more


DISTINGUISHED FEMALE OWNERSHIP - Stone and Flower — Kathleen Raine; Barbara Hepworth — 1945

An excellent association copy of Raine’s first collection of poetry with a chain of women owners which begins with the author and continued through the ownershp of her close friend, and foster-mother to her children, the art collector Helen Sutherland. The inscriptions follow one another on the first free endpaper. In the middle of the page is Raine’s primary inscription: ‘With happy recollections of a week at Cockley Moor. [Sutherland’s Cumbrian home] Kathleen Raine.’ Above this is an inscripti…… Read more


SIGNED - The Female Approach — Ronald Searle; Sir Max Beerbohm — 1952

Inscribed by the author to 'Patricia Wood with best wishes Ronald Searle Aug 53' on the first free endpaper. The eighth impression, bound in red with some white markings to the boards in a good plus dustjacket and with an introduction from Max Beerbohm. The Female Approach was the second of Searle's St Trinian's books.


A Book of Typefaces With Some Illustrated Examples of Text and Display Settings — W. S. Cowell [Herbert Read] — 1952

Critic and writer Herbert Read’s copy, numbered and presented to him probably by the book’s distributor, Faber and Faber. Illustrated cloth covered boards ‘printed by offset lithography on white book cloth’, internally spiral bound and printed to a very high standard on ‘two-sheet ivorex board’. Dustjacket in good condition, not price-clipped, old paper repairs to verso, otherwise invisible when the book is shown. On the front pastedown a red ‘Labore et Constantia’ bookplate printed specially fo…… Read more


Mougouch Letter about Arshile Gorky's Drawings — [Arshile Gorky] Mougouch Gorky - Fielding — 1970

A thousand word, candid letter from Agnes Ethel Magruder, Arshile Gorky’s widow, whom he nicknamed Mougouch, laid into an exhibition catalogue of Gorky’s drawings. Over 3 pages Mougouch Fielding writes to Janetta Parladé, a friend from Horizon days, about arriving back in Connecticut where she shared a life with Gorky from 1941 to his death by suicide in 1948 in Sherman, Connecticut. Writing from Old Lyme Mougouch gushes about the ‘how glorious the air of this country can be’. She describes the…… Read more


Hunting Scene - with Morris Minor! - Original Artwork — Steven Appleby [John Ryan] — 1993

(24x14cm) Gouache given by the artist to the creator of Captain Pugwash, John Ryan. Inscribed along the tail of the image in pencil: ‘for John [Ryan] from Steven (Appleby) 1993’. Executed in gouache on thick art card ncilled with a line to the right of the image, probably intended for cropping. The image shows a hunt in full flow, at the centre of things a Morris Minor. Steven Appleby is one of Britain's leading cartoonist who created the serial 'Small Birds Singing' and has published several bo…… Read more


ORIGINAL ART BY TONY HART - Draw it with the Artbox Bunch — Tony Hart [Roc Renals] — 1995

Original artwork, photographs and an inscribed book by Tony Hart, inscribed to his agent and friend Roc Renals. The artwork 36x29cm show a dozen original ink and gouache cutouts by Hart from his Artbox programme of 1995-6 which have been mounted on a sheet of blue card with a window and additional decoration giving the illusion that the crayons and pens are doing the drawing. Edgewear to card but otherwise bright and atractive collage effect. 9 original colour photographs of sequences from the s…… Read more


44 BOOKS FROM ALASDAIR GRAY'S LIBRARY - ‘With thanks for the inspiration’ — Alasdair Gray [etc] — 2000

‘In admiration...’ a collection of 44 books inscribed to Alasdair Gray by friends, family and, mostly, fellow writers, including a gift from Liz Lochhead, several books about Glasgow, and Gray’s own copy of a work that came out of his Creative Writing teaching at Glasgow University. There are 15 inscribed volumes of poetry, among them Gray’s own copy of The Knuckle End, a ‘meaty collection of the best new writing in Scotland’. Gray has taped the two volumes together for convenient reading and wh…… Read more


Dr. Christian White
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