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Peter Medawar
Inscribed from one Nobel Prize winner to another - from Peter Medawar to his friend and Royal Society President Alexander Todd on the first flyleaf: ‘To Alex Todd who started all this by inviting me to give a Charles [C P] Snow Lecture at Christ’s. With all good wishes from Peter Medawar Nov. 1979’. First edition in black publisher’s cloth, near fi… Read more…


Lifetime Archive of an Arts and Craftsman and Author

Percy Wells - May Morris; Ambrose Heal; Ernest Betjemann; Herbert Batsford; Marjorie Quennell
Archive of letters, photographs, drawings, published books and articles of Percy A Wells (1867-1956), a cabinet maker and disciple of William Morris, who lectured, taught and wrote extensively during the later phase of the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain. Wells, whose typescript autobiography is included in the archive followed an apprenticeshi… Read more…


CAPE TO CAIRO PHOTOGRAPHS - Imbault’s Photos of Zambisi Bridge

George Camille Imbault (Chief Site Construction Engineer)
24 original photographs taken by the Chief Site Construction Engineer of the building of the Victoria Falls Bridge, part of Cecil Rhodes’s Cape to Cairo scheme. Professionally produced album for ‘Photographs’ bound in textured gun metal grey cloth over thick bevel-edged boards (19x16cm) On the front pastedown is written in English in red chalk: ‘Im… Read more…


AUSTRALIA VOYAGES SKETCHBOOK by the Wife of the Commander in Chief, Australia Station

Emily Cecilia Bowden-Smith & Nathaniel Bowden-Smith
Sketchbook and diary recording a round trip to Australia aboard Conrad’s last ship, written by the wife of the Commander in Chief of the Australia Station and including a drawing of a kangaroo hunt. Quarto hessian-covered sketchbook with tie; worn and marked, possibly a pencilled sketch on the upper cover which is inscribed with the artist’s initia… Read more…


NAPOLEONIC WARS LOG of the Proceedings of The HMSS Malabar Kept by W B Boddy

W B Boddy
Napoleonic War manuscript ship’s log for a British warship in the Mediterranean that would be used shortly afterwards to transport convicts to New South Wales (1819) and Van Diemen’s Land (1821) in Australia. The folio-sized ship’s log comprises two disbound sections of a notebook of a junior British naval officer’s training logbook from 1814. Manu… Read more…


Den Norske Turistforenings Aarbog/ Arbok 1894-1981

Edvard Aanesen
35 volume sequence covering 38 years of the Norwegian Tourist Association’s Yearbook between 1894-1981. All volumes bound in original blue publisher’s cloth but for one volume, 1963 in red. The following years are present: 1894-5; 1896-7; 1898-9 (two volumes bound in one, with advertisements) followed by individual year volumes for: 1930-1939; 1960… Read more…


EARLY MANUSCRIPT COPY Le Diable Amoureux - The Devil in Love

Jacques Cazotte
Early manuscript copy - apparently English in origin - of a French novel of diabolic seduction that has inspired everyone from Jacques Lacan to Jonny Depp. Small quarto (16.5x20.5cm) bound in (likely) English full sheep, rubbed with some loss close to outer hinges but boards remain well attached. No decoration apart from a gilt roll to the edge of… Read more…


Like a Mantle the Sea [Shetland Island Manuscript & Archive]

Stella Shepherd - Dennis Shepherd - John Betjeman
Autograph manuscript, typescript, corrected proofs and supportive letters from Sir John Betjeman to the author of this memoir of Papa Stour who met her during a visit to the island and helped see the book through to publication. Stella Shepherd and her husband Dennis who illustrated her book moved to Papa Stour in the Shetlands in 1962, to become,… Read more…



Collection of Acts of Parliament printed between 1767 and 1812 legislating on Britain’s relationship with its American colonies and subsequently the newly fledged United States. These Acts are disbound and altogether the 25 Acts run to 114 pages. Subjects under British law include the vexed problem of taxation on imports from North America (Rice,Sa… Read more…


[Album] 1200 Signatures of British Members of Parliament

British MPs and Peers
A remarkable collection of mounted signatures of Members of the House of Commons and Peers covering the Liberal governments of Lord Palmerston, Gladstone and Disraeli, the death of Prince Albert, the 1867 Reform Act and W E Forster’s introduction of school boards. Small quarto red roan bound book with paper label to upper cover and in manuscript: ‘… Read more…


Gibraltar Military List & Social Register - Manuscript, including details of banquets held by the Governor of the Crown Colony

Sir John Adye; Arthur Edward Hardinge [etc] [James Joyce; Molly Bloom]
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 ad… Read more…


Diary of the 2nd Commission of HMS Linnet Commissioned at Hong Kong

W H Parker
Diary of a young British officer serving with the China Squadron, based in Hong Kong and patrolling Chinese and Japanese waters between 1886-1889. Parker writes in a small octavo which is bound in black textured cloth over thin boards, chipping to spine covering; decorative printed endpapers. Ruled leaves with most stapled gatherings now loose from… Read more…



Robert Southey
Richly provenanced Nelson family association copy presented by Horatio Nelson’s niece Charlotte Nelson to the future Admiral Richard Crozier. Two handsome small octavo volumes bound in straight grain red morocco with gilt decoration; all edges gilt; grey coated endpapers. Armorial bookplate of Richard Crozier to both front paste-downs. Charlotte Ho… Read more…


Animadversions on the First Part of the Machina Coelestis

Robert Hooke
First edition of Hooke's second Cutlerian Lecture with two of the three engravings of Hooke’s instruments present. Recent brown marbled wrappers with a paper label to the upper cover. New additional endpapers; text collates complete: [8] pp78 [2] found here with folding plates 1 & 3 bound in after the title page. Light browning throughout text othe… Read more…


Nomads: the Producer’s Comprehensive Production Archive

Elliott Kastner, John McTiernan, Jane Fonda, Nina Foch, Bill Conti, Ted Nugent, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro etc
Remarkably extensive Eliott Kastner archive of the production of Pierce Brosnan’s first leading role in which he played a French anthropologist in New York who discovers a group of urban nomads who are not who they seem. The pile of documents sits 10 inches thick and comprises, in brief: Production - Central Files Kastner: Chain of Title original a… Read more…


‘ONE CRISIS AFTER ANOTHER’ - 1962 WHITE HOUSE LETTER ABOUT JFK LAID IN - “Johnny we Hardly Knew Ye” Memories of John Fitzgerald Kennedy

David F Powers; Kenneth P O’Donnell; Joe McCarthy
Inscribed by the President’s former Special Assistant - and with an excellent letter written from the White House in September 1962 thanking friends in Houston where Kennedy had just given his speech declaring ‘we choose to go to the moon’. 6th printing of this memoir of the Kennedy years, warmly inscribed by Powers on the half title ‘To Claud and… Read more…


PLATES DESIGNED AND ETCHED BY GEORGE CRUIKSHANK - Rare set of Separately issued Plates for Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens - George Cruikshank
Unrecorded perhaps unique surviving set of Cruikshank’s illustrations to Oliver Twist, issued by the book’s publisher as a loose, possibly promotional, set simultaneous with first publication. 20 plates (150x243mm) are loosely contained in a bifolium printed wrapper which has separated along the spine. This bears a modified version of the title pag… Read more…


HELENA - Signed First Edition

Evelyn Waugh
Signed first edition of Evelyn Waugh’s only historical novel, based on the eponymous heroine’s search for relics of the true cross. Blue publisher’s cloth, small dent at the top of the front board; uniformly deep blue cloth, sharp corners. In a near very good jacket, lightly nicked at head of the spine and at the top of the front hinge with the fro… Read more…


The Works of Shakespeare: In Eight Volumes, Collated with the Oldest Copies and Corrected: With Notes, Explanatory, and Critical:

William Shakespeare, Lewis Theobald
Complete set (eight volumes) of Theobald’s Works of Shakespeare bound in speckled calf with gilt double fillet to boards and faded gilt lettering and volume number to spine. Raised bands, red morocco label and black morocco label to spines. Binding in good condition with cracking to spines, markings to boards, and rubbing and bumping to edges. Dust… Read more…



Neil Bell
Autograph novel manuscript bound in two volumes by Neil Bell, AKA Stephen Southwold, together with the dedication copy of the printed work, inscribed on the dedication page with Bell’s nickname ‘Bunty’. Large quarto format in a custom binding with gilt labelling to the upper boards and spine. Bell has recorded the manuscript’s provenance on the 2nd… Read more…


Broadcast over Britain [signed]

Sir John C W Reith
Offered in the BBC’s centenary year - with the Aberdonian BBC founding Director General Sir John Reith’s signature tipped in. Publisher's blue cloth lettered in gilt to the spine, formerly the property of the Cunard Shipping Company with their gilt stamp to the middle of the front board. Blind stamp of the Circulating Library of Harrods Limited on… Read more…


Sylvia Plath: Family Copies of Anthologised Poems and Criticism

Sylvia Plath - Ted Hughes [Olwyn Hughes]
Twenty six books and magazines containing criticism or works by Sylvia Plath, owned by the poet’s sister in law, Olwyn Hughes, at least one of which bears her critical annotation relating to Plath. Olwyn Hughes only met Plath half a dozen times and their relationship wasn’t easy. After the American poet’s early death Ted Hughes’ sister became one o… 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</p><p> </p><p>

Thomas Gray; William Whitehead; John Delap; Reginald Heber; John Scott; Edward Jerningham; George Keate; Edward Young; Thomas Denton
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 c… Read more…


Liber Amicorum - Friendship Album [of Sir Edwin Lutyens' Grandmother]

Frances Jane Fludger; Robert Pinkerton; Daniel Schlatter; Georg Gessner, Johann Martin Usteri etc</p><p>[Sir Edwin Lutyens]
(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 extremit… Read more…


Children's Special Service Mission Journal - A manuscript record of the evangelical Beach Missions undertaken by Montgomery Goodman and family as part of the organisation later known as the Scripture Union

Montgomery Goodman; Children's Special Service Mission; The Scripture Union
ff 245; 535 photographs. Massive folio journal recording the evangelical 'Beach Missions' and indefatigable preaching to poor children of George and Montgomery Goodman who were members of the Children's Special Service Mission, later the Scripture Union. Bound in half red morocco with the backstrip leather largely absent, upper hinge slightly tende… Read more…