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BASEBALL IN THE 1880s The Boys’ Book of Sports and Outdoor Life in America

Maurice Thompson; George B M Harvey
Nicely bound English edition of Thompson’s Book of Sports which had appeared in the USA a year earlier and contains a baseball story by George Harvey. Attractive green publisher’s binding with gilt decoration; rubbed and a little worn at the head and tail of the spine. Spectacular art nouveau-style endpapers; a little browning to text which is illu… Read more…


POLITICAL BROADSIDE A True List of the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses of the Parliament That Met in Westminster the Nineteenth Day of October, 1689

Large broadside set out by attendees from the English and Welsh counties which records those present at one of the early meetings of Parliament to follow the Glorious Revolution. Folio-sized sheet (33x43cm); old folds with browning and small holes along the middle fold. Printed on one side only in 8 columns comprising the English counties, Cinque P… Read more…



T S Eliot
A very smart copy with T S Eliot’s signature in blue ink on a small oblong of paper tipped onto the title page. A crisp copy of the 6th edition from 1950, near fine in a near fine jacket. Ownership signature from 1958 to the flyleaf over an erased earlier inscription. Eliot's signature is not difficult to find on limited editions but desirable on t… Read more…


THE CATHEDRALS AND CONVENTUAL CHURCHES of England and Wales Orthographically Delineated

Daniel King; Wenceslaus Hollar
Scarce if incomplete example of King’s Commonwealth era collection of views of churches and cathedrals with extensive provenance recorded on the book. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Small folio-size bound in late 17th century panelled calf, rebacked, probably in the 19th century with a gilt heraldic device to the spine. Front pastedown has a c1800 manuscript… Read more…


NO 85 OF 100 COPIES Turkish Archery and the Composite Bow

Paul E Klopsteg [Robert P Elmer]
Presentation copy, one of a hundred subscription copies, inscribed by Klopsteg to the American champion archer, Robert P Elmer. Quarter red roan over cloth covered boards. Klopsteg has signed the title page, numbered the book overleaf ‘85’ and written below: ‘Dr Robert P Elmer. With the Author’s appreciation and compliments.’ Unfortunately the book… Read more…


NOVA SCOTIA, Prince Edward Island, and Part of New Brunswick. Third Edition, with many Additional Names & Corrections [Map]

James Dawson [Sir Charles Trollope]
Pictou-imprint map of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island from the estate of the British Commander in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the late 1850s, General Sir Charles Trollope. A map produced by James Dawson as the third edition in 1854 and lithographed in Edinburgh. Cloth-backed coloured map, dated 1854 (73x56cm) folded to 14x18cm; a little spotting.… Read more…


ANNOTATED PRESENTATION COPY Sketches of the Origin, Process, and Effects of Music with an Account of the Ancient Bards and Minstrels

Rev Richard Eastcott
Annotated presentation copy of the third edition with an affectionate note about the author’s life in Exeter, ‘now (1823) quite blind’ written by the book’s recipient, George Westlake. Half calf binding overlaid and strengthened with red cloth at some later stage - over marbled boards. Westlake’s bookplate appears on the front pastedown with offset… Read more…


THE HISTORY OF CLERKENWELL by the late William J Pinks

William J Pinks; Edward J Wood
Expensively produced 19th century history and guide to this area of north London in the augmented second edition. Decorative publisher’s cloth binding over bevel-edged boards, red edges to text block; faded to spine with scuffing at head and tail of spine. Black coated endpapers; cracking to inner hinge before the first fold-out map by Pickburn. Co… Read more…


SARACEN ARCHERY: an English Version and Exposition of a Mameluke Work on Archery ca AD 1368

J D Latham & W F Paterson - Al Yunani
Very uncommon translation of Taybugha Al-Ashrafi Al-Baklamishi Al-Yunani's Complete Manual of Archery for Cadets, first written for a Mameluke Sultan. A fine copy in a good jacket - closed tears at the head of both panels; now in protective mylar. Originally priced at 7 Guineas, this was always an expensive book and remain a desirable addition to a… Read more…


AN ESSAY ON ARCHERY, Describing The Practice of that Art in all Ages and Nations

Walter Michael Moseley
A smart first edition of this illustrated account of the international history and practice of archery. Full polished calf binding; yellow edges to text block; unused bookplate to front pastedown. Frontispiece with tissue guard; engraved title page and letter-press title page: viii, pp348 and 4 further plates within the text - with some offsetting… Read more…


ALPINE PANORAMA Vue panoramique prise du sommet des Rochers de Naye (2044 m.)

Xaver Imfeld
Alpine panorama made up of 24 folding segments (24x15cm) with a lithographed (Ch. Serex) image of the mountains on one side and steel engraved adverts on the other. Printed card wrappers, browned and scuffed to edges; internally a couple of closed tears along central fold, otherwise very good. A remarkable image. Read more…



George Steiner
First edition with a letter from the polyglot critic George Steiner tipped onto the first flyleaf. Typed on his Churchill College, Cambridge, headed paper, Steiner regrets his inability to to respond to an invitation ‘Alas, I am swamped... with lectures, supervisions etc.... Do allow me to keep your letter in my file marked “future hopes”!’ Signed… Read more…


WITH AUTHORIAL LETTERS Silence will Speak: A Study of the life of Denys Finch Hatton and his Relationship with Karen Blixen

Errol Trzebinski [Karen Blixen]
Inscribed copy of the the source-work for Karen Blixen’s Out of Africa - with extensive authorial ephemera. Very good paperback edition inscribed on the title page ‘For Lionel Carley, with gratitude - how strange - Exits and Entrances.... Errol’ together with a long typed letter to Carley, August 1995, thanking him for a ‘thoroughly civilised amalg… Read more…



Viscount Grey of Fallodon [Arthur Murray, MP for Kindcardineshire)
A complicated association copy inscribed first by its author, the Liberal statesman Edward Grey, to his erstwhile Parliamentary Private Secretary, Arthur C Murray the MP for Kincardineshire and later 3rd Viscount Elibank. Murray has subsequently annotated the book with his personal reminiscences of Grey, for a younger friend, inscribing the book fo… Read more…


ARISTOTLE’S WORKS COMPLEATED IN FOUR PARTS. I The Compleat Master-Piece II His Compleat and Experienced Midwife III His Book of Problems IV His Last Legacy

Pseudo-Aristotle [William Salmon]
The first sex-manual in English, bound here with its three separately published companion-pieces from the 1740s: Aristotle’s midwife, his Problems ‘touching the state of Man’s Body’ and the ‘Last Legacy: Unfolding the Mysteries of Nature in the Generation of Man’ together with a general title page. First published in 1684, the Master-Piece appeared… Read more…


JIM CROW! THE CELEBRATED NIGGER SONG, Sung by Mr Rice with unbounded shouts of applause at the Royal Surrey Theatre [with] Jim Crow’s Trip to Greenwich

Samuel Godbe [arranged]; Tom Rice
Rare, apparently unrecorded, English song-sheet edition of two of Thomas Rice’s black-face minstrel song as performed in the USA and exported to England by the ‘father of American minstrelsy’. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION An unrecorded ‘Second edition’ of this London imprint priced at ‘1/6’ with a lithographed caricature of Rice depicted as a dancing Afric… Read more…


PACK HORSE LIBRARY COPY Merrie England: Travels, Descriptions, Tales and Historical Sketches

Grace Greenwood
Stamped ‘W.P.A/ Pack Horse Library/ Green County/ Greensburg, KY’, revealing that this volume was part of Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration Project to send books to remote parts of the Appalachian Mountains between 1935 and 1943. The librarians were women who travelled on horseback with packs that could hold up to 100 books. The Packhorse L… Read more…


PACK HORSE LIBRARY COPY The Slavic Immigrant Woman

Bessie Olga Pehotsky
A Pack Horse Library title - and a fascinating title to find bearing the stamp ‘W.P.A/ Pack Horse Library/ Cumberland County/ Burkesville, --KY’, revealing that this volume was part of Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration Project to send books to remote parts of the Appalachian Mountains between 1935 and 1943. The librarians were women who tra… Read more…


ANNOTATED BY ROYALIST PRISONERS AT LAMBETH PALACE The Commentaries of Sr Francis Vere, Being Diverse Pieces of Service

Sir Francis Vere; William Dillingham
A remarkable copy shared and annotated by two prominent royalist prisoners who were interned in Lambeth Palace during the power vacuum of autumn 1659 following the death of Oliver Cromwell and the resignation of his son, Richard, as Protector. The original owner of this book, arch royalist Charles Stanley, 8th Earl Derby, and the man he loaned it t… Read more…



William George Frederick Cavendish Bentinck (1856-1948)
Private journal of an English aristocrat, recent Cambridge graduate, Mayfair-resident, avid ball and theatre-goer and, paradoxically, future husband of the socialist and suffragist Ruth St Maur with whom he parented the 8th and 9th Dukes of Portland. Known by his third given name, Frederick - William George Frederick Cavendish Bentinck (1856-1948)… Read more…



John Piper
A remarkably rich wartime sketch-book in which John Piper recorded his 1943 summer tour of Devon and Cornwall in the company of Geoffrey Grigson, sketched Welsh landscapes as well as the Victorian villas and churches of the English Midlands while he stayed Renishaw Hall, home of his friends Edith and Osbert Sitwells at Renishaw Hall. Piper’s sketch… Read more…



John Augustus Tulk
Alchemical manuscript guide for the ‘philosophical experimentalist’ which emerges from a previously unsuspected English circulating manuscript alchemical group. A man of substantial means living in west London, John Augustus Tulk (1756-1845) was a friend of William Blake - with all his alchemical enthusiasms - of the Scottish inventor, publisher an… Read more…


Old Quebec: a Hand Drawn Map Made for the British Commander in the City

Major General Charles Trollope
Map of Old Quebec - the most intact fortified town north of Mexico - drawn for the British commander in the city, Major General Charles Trollope - together with a vellum scroll presented to Trollope on his departure to Nova Scotia, signed by 36 of Quebec’s magistrates. Trollope (1808-1888) had served as a junior officer in New Brunswick during the… Read more…


‘I HAVE SENT PROOFS TO MOROCCO’ Mogreb-El-Acksa: A Journey in Morocco

R B Cunninghame Graham
Annotated editorial copy with a letter from the Scottish politician and author, in which the adventurer explains that he has sent proofs for his next book from London to Morocco so that he might correct them while in the field. Original publisher’s cloth, ragged at head of spine, black lettering - a good copy of this first cheap edition. With a let… Read more…



Edward Guy Hillier
Manuscript Chinese-English manuscript dictionary from the ‘Peking’ - Beijing - office of HSBC written around the turn of the 20th century when the influential manager and Sinologist, Guy Hillier was in charge. Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation’s senior manager in Beijing, Edward ‘Guy’ Hillier, is revered in company history for his business… Read more…