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Future Indefinite [signed by Coward]

Noel Coward
A good copy with a ticket to Coward’s performance ‘at the piano’ on Lake Maggiore tipped into the verso of the title page. Opposite is a card signed, no doubt at this performance, by Noel Coward. Marking to board but internally very good. Read more…


Psmith Journalist

P G Wodehouse
First edition in the original cloth which has been repaired with new endpapers inserted. The book is now square and easily readable. Occasional browning to the text which collates complete with all plates as called for. The novel continues the adventures of the silver-tongued Psmith, one of Wodehouse's best loved characters, and his friend Mike Jac… Read more…


The Child at Home [inscribed]

Cynthia Asquith
Scarce signed copy of an already uncommon work. Publisher’s blue cloth, lightly marked. Internally clean. Asquith has written her name in black ink at the top of the flyleaf suggesting that this may have been her own copy of this book about bringing up children - largely full of sound advice from this cataloguer’s quick browse. A near very good cop… Read more…


Gladstone & Fasque: an Archival Collection

Sir John Robert Gladstone [William Ewart Gladstone]
A lifetime's financial records of the third member of the Gladstone family to own Fasque House in Aberdeenshire. Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire and the third Baronet, Sir John Robert Gladstone was the son of Sir Thomas Gladstone (elder brother of William Ewart Gladstone) and grandson of the Scottish business tycoon Sir John Gladstone who founde… Read more…


Recollections of my Childhood and History of my Pets

Grace Greenwood
pp 180. First UK edition of the recollections of this American writer. Very good in embossed brown cloth. 1856 presentation inscription on front free end paper. With frontispiece and illustrations by William Harvey. Previous owner's notes about the artist taped to front paste down. Read more…


Grahame of Claverhouse Viscount Dundee

Michael Barrington
A royal presentation copy, No 14 of 50 copies bound in full vellum with top edge gilt. Inscribed on the flyleaf: ‘To H.R.H. Princess Louise Duchess of Argyll this life of Claverhouse is by gracious permission presented with the author’s homage. December 6th. 1911’. Bookplate of ‘John Darby’ opposite. Further signed on the limitation page. Some brow… Read more…


[Four volumes of Scottish Dance Music] A Collection of Strathspey Reels etc.

Niel Gow at Dunkeld; Malcolm McDonald
Four separate volumes of Scottish dance music by the violinist and composer Niel Gow and his cellist friend Malcolm McDonald bound together in contemporary half calf over marbled boards. The binding is worn but sound; each imprint shows evidence of stab sewing close to the gutter. These are engraved throughout with clear plate marks to each leaf: *… Read more…


Chamber Dramas for Children by Mrs George Macdonald

Louisa Powell Macdonald
Unaccountably scarce collection of plays written by Louisa Macdonald, wife of the fantasy writer George Macdonald. Publisher’s attractive brown cloth with gilt and red decoration, rubbed to edges, 3cm slit to the cloth covering the outer hinge between spine and lower board; binding remains sound. Black coated endpapers; ornament by Arthur Hughes to… Read more…


Franklin's Way to Wealth or, Poor Richard Improved [with] A Memorial for Children..

Benjamin Franklin; George Hendley; William Law; Elizabeth Belson,
[4 imprints] Small volume of children's books including an 1805 Darton edition of Franklin and an apparently unrecorded Darlington edition of William Law's Call to a Devout Life. Bound in half black roan over marble paper covered boards; rubbed to edges; nineteenth century newspaper clipping about a gift of a Franklin engraving to Manchester librar… Read more…


Le Gault dans le Bassin de Paris

Charles Barrois - Robert Alfred Cloynes Godwin-Austen
pp 707-714. A geological pamphlet dedicated by its author, Charles Barrois, to the English geologist Robert Alfred Cloynes Godwin-Austen. The inscription is written at the top of the first page: 'To Mr Godwin Austen, Esq with the Author's respt'l comp's'. The text is complete with some marginal wear. The original printed paper wrappers are complete… Read more…


Letters on the Elements of Botany

Jean Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Martyn
xxiv, [1] pp 2-503 [1] [28] Index [folding table opposite page 115] The first English edition of Rousseau's Letters on the Elements of Botany comprising eight translated letters by the philosopher followed by twenty four written by the translator and Cambridge Professor of Botany, Thomas Martyn. This example is bound in half calf over marbled board… Read more…


The Buildings of England: Cambridgeshire

Nikolaus Pevsner
[13] pp 10-516 Pevsner's Cambridgeshire with a letter from the author to a correspondent who had written to Pevsner about the series. Pevsner's letter is written on 'The Buildings of England' notepaper, dated '29 Apr 66' and written to a Mr Reid, thanking him for his letter of March 30th and 'for all the comments on The Buildings of England. I cann… Read more…


Account of the Hospital of St

John Parker
[4 plates] pp 8 The first separate publication of Parker's account of the Hospital of St John the Baptist with a letter from the author. The book is bound in most attractive original green boards with gilt lettering to the front. Trivial wear only to the corners leaving the binding near Fine. Internally Fine, with the letter from Parker tipped onto… Read more…


Manuscript Pharmaceutical Ledger for a prescribing Pharmacist working in Heanor, Derbyshire 1930-40

A 1000 page manuscript ledger which records the prescriptions issued by a pharmacist working in the Derbyshire town of Heanor. Each entry includes a name, address and date with chemical details of prescription. A superb research resource for local history and pharmaceutical history. Read more…


A Series of Prints Designed to Illustrate the English History by Mrs Trimmer

Mrs Sarah Trimmer
[4] [64 full page engravings] The uncommon 1828 edition of Sarah Trimmer's sequence of instructive juvenile engravings from English history. The book is bound in full grain roan, flat backed with 'Trimmer's English History Prints' in gilt on the spine. The tan coloured leather is partly worn away towards the lower corner of the rear board. Internal… Read more…


Sämmtliche Werke

Jean Paul
34 volumes in 12 handsomely bound sturdy blue buckram volumes with gilt spine lettering and speckled edges. The bindings are about very good with a little wear to extremities; internally the text is near fine throughout. Please contact Christian White at Modernfirsteditions if you would like more information about these books - additional postage m… Read more…


Tribute to Wystan Hugh Auden [W H Auden]

W H Auden, Charles Causley, Kevin Crossley-Holland, D J Enright, Roy Fuller, James Kirkup, George Macbeth, Peter Porter, Peter Redgrove, Jon Silkin
[25 sheets manuscript facsimile] [24] Pamphlet. A collection of poems commissioned by the inaugural Ilkley Literature Festival and reproduced in facsimile in April 1973 in honour of 'one of its most distinguished collaborators'. The publication comprises a green card folder with some bumping to the edges; a 24 page pamphlet giving the text of the p… Read more…


A Collection of the Public General Statutes, Passed in the Forty-Seventh Year of the Reign of his Majesty King George the Third [including an Act] 'preventing any dealing or trafficking in the buying or selling of Slaves within the Colony of Sierra Leone [slave trade]

pp 578 A bound folio of 78 Acts of Parliament from the second session of the 1807 Parliament, including an Act 'preventing any dealing or trafficking in the buying or selling of Slaves within the Colony of Sierra Leone' which followed the act to abolish the slave trade earlier the same year. The book is bound in speckled calf with gilt decoration a… Read more…


Pocket Register for Climatological Observations: Metform 3100 [10 Volumes] [Wingerworth] A Meteorological Archive Collection

David Fellowes [Met Office]
The meterological archive of David Fellowes, a voluntary contributor to the Met Office based in Derbyshire. The archive is made up of ten pre printed volumes provided by the Met Office completed in two Derbyshire locations by Fellowes in conventional fashion with numerical entries and comments for two locations at Wingerworth and Clarborough: Vol I… Read more…


Transactions of the Royal Institute of British Architects of London

Michael Faraday, R Willis, Ambrose Poynter, Herr Hallmann, Joseph Gwilt, W A Nicholson, Herr Beuth etc
xvi, pp 1-191 [plates] The second volume of the Transactions of the Institute of British Architects formerly owned by the Yorkshire Archaeological Society. The book is bound in the original brown decorated cloth with the Institute's crest in gilt on the front board. The backstrip is partly detached but the binding remains sound. The inner hinges ar… Read more…


Papers read at the Royal Institute of British Architects

Mackenzie E C Walcott, Reverend Whewell, William Lightly etc
pp 282 Twenty papers read at the Royal Institute of British Architects 862-1863 season, formerly owned by the Yorkshire Archaeological Society. The book is bound in handsome pebble green cloth with the Institute's crest in gilt on the front board and is in very good condition with a little wear at the head of the spine. (The binder's ticket of Bone… Read more…


The Log of the Water Lily (Thames Gig) During Two Cruises, in the Summers of 1851-2 on the Rhine, Neckar..

Robert Blachford Mansfield
Third edition of Robert Blachford Mansfield's The Log of the Water Lily, 'Revised and Enlarged'. It's an account of 'the first English rowing-boat that was taken on an excursion to the Continent', bound in contemporary half calf over marbled boards, rubbed with some wear at the top of the spine. Minor staining to endpapers. Entertaining steel engra… Read more…


Confessions of a Horse Dealer

Frederick Taylor "Ballinasloe"
pp 300 An 1861 edition of Frank Taylor's Confessions including chapters on rogues and fools, the great horse auction swindle and other such horse gossip. Bound in the original green cloth which is slit along the lower hinge; original yellow coated endpapers and some browning to paper stock. Probably a surreptitious edition. Read more…


University of Cambridge [Charles] Darwin Commemoration June 22-24, 1909

J W Clark, A C Seward
[4] The official four page 'Programme' sent to delegates attending the Darwin commemoration held in Cambridge between 22 and 24 June, 1909 when the University hosted scientists, scholars and public figures from 167 different countries to celebrate the centenary of Charles Darwin's birth and the ?ftieth anniversary of the publication of On the Origi… Read more…


Golden Fruit in Silver Baskets

Harriet Beecher Stowe
xx, pp 5-144 A collection extracted from the writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Bound in red textured paper over boards with gilt decoration, all edges gilt, soiled binding and frayed to the corners; yellow endpapers, some fingermarks to early pages. A scarce title - one copy located on Worldcat at Cambridge only. Read more…