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Belgium - Reminiscences of a Tour [MANUSCRIPT DIARY]

Arthur Patterson Webb [1889-1959]
Illustrated manuscript diary of a journey through Belgium in the weeks leading up to the outbreak of the First World War and the devastation of everything that the author describes here. Octavo, blue cloth over boards, gold bands and lettering to spine, slight fading and marking to spine and front board, spine and corners lightly pushed; green card… Read more…


The Principles of Quantum Mechanics: the Third Edition

Paul A M Dirac
Third edition of Dirac’s influential monograph on quantum mechanics, first published by Oxford University Press. Near fine book with the ownership signature in pencil of ‘J. Robinson 27.10.50.’ to the front flyleaf - W J Robinson was an academic mathematician at Bradford University. The jacket is in good condition, nicked and town at the head of th… Read more…



John Lehmann, Christopher Isherwood, Stephen Spender
First edition inscribed gratefully by one of the co-editors Stephen Spender and a contributor Stephen Spender. A very good copy in publisher’s yellow cloth, bookplate of Arthur Lanyon Blair to the front pastedown. Auden has signed his poem ‘Exiles’ just below the printed title. At the tail of the page is written ‘Stephen Spender grazie’ in brown in… Read more…



Elizabeth Slade
Late Georgian young woman’s album containing an original reimagining of the three witches from Shakespeare’s Macbeth and finely executed drawings of the Wiltshire village of Calstone. Large octavo in straight grain brown morocco stamped in blind and gilt, ‘Album’ to the upper cover, circa 120pp. Bright pink coated endpapers; two pencil signatures o… Read more…


Family Manuscript of the O’Briens of Dromoland in Ireland and Blatherwicks in England

Henry O’Brien of Blatherwick, Sir Donough O’Brien, Donat O’Brien & Family
A manuscript record of the preeminent Irish O’Brien family written by Henry O’Brien and detailing his family’s history and landholdings as masters of Dromoland Castle and descendants of the High Kings of Ireland. Oblong large octavo bound in mid eighteenth century panelled reverse calf with the flourished signature of ‘H O’Brien’ written directly o… Read more…


Programmers’ Handbook (3rd Edition) For the Manchester Electronic Computer Mark 11

Alan Turing [revised by] Ralph A Brooker
The world’s first computer programming manual for a stored-program computer, written in Manchester by Alan Turing, found here in its third, revised edition. Foolscap format (21x33cm) with printed card wrappers, ring-bound through three hole-punched holes. Early ownership inscription, later scrubbed out, top right of the upper cover appears to read… Read more…


Relativity. Nature A Weekly Illustrated Journal of Science - Special Number

Albert Einstein etc
Special issue of Nature devoted to the discovery of the theory of relativity with a specially commissioned article by Albert Einstein. Printed paper wrappers with adverts to the covers, small annotation underlining the date of the publication on the upper cover. Stapled binding; closed tear where the lower of the two staples has rusted through the… Read more…


[AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT] Erling the Bold: a Tale of The Norse Sea-Kings

Robert M Ballantyne
Large octavo, robustly bound in tan buckram with a morocco spine label, probably dating from around the time that the manuscript was given by Ballantyne’s son to the Reverend Horatius Bonar, as recorded by him on the verso of the flyleaf: ‘Given me by F.G. Ballantyne March 1927 H.N. Bonar. 22 Blackford Road, Edinburgh’. Ballantyne has written on wa… Read more…


Manuscript Address Book of Robert Browning containing 600 names

Robert Browning
A map of late 19th century British cultural life and a guide to Robert Browning's huge network of literary, artistic and personal friends, as well as family members and the professional connections which nourished one of the most renowned literary figures of his time.  Small black roan-bound notebook (8.5x13.5cm) with a gilt panel to each of the co… Read more…


Syllabus of the Lectures on Midwifery Delivered at Guy’s Hospital [INTERLEAVED]

John Haighton [James Adams]
John Haighton’s midwifery lectures at Guy’s Hospital interleaved in the autumn of 1818 with a trainee physician’s manuscript lectures notes. The book is bound in contemporary sheepskin-covered boards with interleaved blueish sheets of blank paper, apparently done by the book’s first owner, James Adams, who has glued and sewed a new spine covering a… Read more…


Wilfred’s Travels [ALASDAIR GRAY’S COPY]

Jeff Holmes, Alasdair Gray
Bound by pictorial laminated boards in fine condition. Biography of Wilfred Holmes by his son Jeff Holmes with a foreword by Alasdair Gray, including diary entries by Wilfred Holmes. Black and white images throughout. This copy came from Gray’s library. Read more…



Rabindranath Tagore
First English edition in publisher’s blue cloth with gilt lettering and illustration to front board and gilt lettering to spine; top edge gilt. Binding in very good condition with slight discolouration to spine, minor fraying to top and bottom of spine and browning to first end papers. Coloured illustration by Nandallal Bose as frontispiece opposit… Read more…


Space-Time Structure

Erwin Schrodinger
First edition in blue cloth publisher’s binding with embossed border and shield to front board and gilt lettering to spine. Binding in near fine condition with discolouration to spine and sellotape scars to end papers. Schrodinger was one of the major forces in theoretical physics in the last century. Read more…


Einstein Spaces (Prostranstva Einshteina)

A. Z. Petrov, R. F. Kelleher [TRANSLATOR]
First English edition in black buckram publisher’s binding with gilt lettering to spine in near fine condition with very slight bumping to top and bottom of spine. Dust jacket in very good condition with small tear to top of spine and wrinkling to spine and front cover. A translation of the 1961 Russian first edition containing additional amendment… Read more…


Rochdale Past and Present: A History and Guide

William Rochdale
Presentation copy in red cloth publisher’s binding with black embossed border and gilt embossed illustration to front board. Gilt lettering to spine. Blue first end papers with pictorial advertisements. Binding in good condition with bumping to spine and corners as well as areas of discolouration to lower board. Splitting of inner hinge between upp… Read more…


‘With thanks for the inspiration’ 44 Books from Alasdair Gray’s Library

Alasdair Gray [etc]
‘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 co… Read more…


The Cambrian-Trias Sequence of North-Western Kashmir: Parts of Muzaffarabad and Baramula Districts (Records of The Geological Survey of India)

D. N. Wadia
Bound in orange card in very good condition with small tears and wrinkling to spine. Pages fastened with staples. Presentation copy of an offprint from the author to Dr H. H. Thomas taken from the Records of The Geological Survey of India, volume 68, part 2. Black and white illustrations and tables located throughout. Includes plate 12, a coloured… Read more…


Cambridge East Greenland Expedition, 1929: Ascent of Petermann Peak (The Geographical Journal)

J. M. Wordie
Bound in blue card in near fine condition with slight browning and dirtying to edges. Pages fastened by string. Presentation copy of an offprint from the author to Professor Gordon taken from The Geographical Journal, volume 75, number 6. Several black and white photographs by R. C. Wakefield and M. M. L. Parkinson located throughout. An A2 map in… Read more…


Daly’s Theatre Leicester Square: Souvenir of the 100th Performance of Shakespere’s “Twelfth Night.” - Shakespeare

Augustin Daly - William Shakespeare
Daly’s Theatre souvenir playbill printed on silk in near fine condition with slight browning to edges. Two black and white images one to the front side and one to the lower side. Read more…


A Course of Pure Mathematics

G. H. Hardy
Red cloth publisher’s binding with embossed border to front board and gilt lettering to spine. Binding in good condition only with bumping and soiling to top and bottom of spine and open tears along spine edge. Patch of discolouration to front board. Foyles library sticker to front paste down. Second edition containing revisions made by the author… Read more…


Man Meets Dog [Dorothy L Sayers’ copy]

Konrad Z. Lorenz, Marjorie Kerr Wilson [TRANSLATOR]
Green cloth publisher’s binding with gilt lettering to spine. Binding in very good condition with slight bumping to top and bottom of spine and some discolouration/wear to top and bottom edges. Ownership signature by Dorothy L. Sayers located on front flyleaf. Dust jacket in good condition with chips to spine and top edge. Not price clipped. Line d… Read more…


Shadow of the Moon

M.M. Kaye [Harold Nicolson]
Purple cloth publisher’s binding with gilt lettering to spine. Binding in near fine condition with slight bumping to top and bottom of spine. Dust jacket in near fine condition with slight rubbing to spine, illustrated by Dave Holmes. Not price clipped. Pen inscription and signature by author on front flyleaf to Harold Nicolson with her signature o… Read more…


Notes on The Bayntun Family

Hylton Bayntun-Coward
Black buckram publisher’s binding with gilt embossed symbol to front board and gilt lettering to spine. Cloth reinforcing front and lower inner hinge. Binding in fine condition. Bound photocopy of a typescript in black and white with a map of Wiltshire forming the frontispiece. Several black and white illustrations throughout along with eight black… Read more…


Algol Manual: 1900 Series

Manual bound by red card front board and white card lower. Pages hole punched and secured by three treasury tags (one missing). Binding in very good condition with slight wrinkling to lower board, discolouration to front board. The manual consists of an introduction, 4 parts and an index separated by tabbed dividers. Read more…



Daniel D. McCracken I.C.T
Computer Manual bound by burgundy card with pages secured by four brads. Gilt lettering to front board along with a cut out in the shape of an oval narrowing to a rounded point which exposes the title on the first page. Binding in very good condition with slight wrinkling to top and bottom of spine and board edges. Them manual runs over 8 chapters… Read more…