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COLLECTION OF HAND-COLOURED MAPS - The Preceptor Containing a General Course of Education

Robert Dodsley; Samuel Johnson
1748
Beautifully illustrated mid-century educational text with 6 Emanuel Bowen hand coloured maps, including North America, and an introduction by Samuel Johnson. Bound in contemporary plain calf, cracking to outer hinges; binding sound. Armorial bookplate and signature of Edward Newton Young to the first pastedown; Hayman frontispiece opposite title pa… Read more…
#8136

£375.00

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

Emily Cecilia Bowden-Smith & Nathaniel Bowden-Smith
1894
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…
#8121

£1750.00

‘MY STUDIO COPY HUGH PATON’ Etching, Drypoint, Mezzotint. The Whole Art of the Painter-Etcher

Hugh Paton
1895
The author’s heavily annotated personal copy with corrections and emendations by the Manchester-based artist throughout. Bound in pictorial publisher’s cloth, a little rubbed to the extremities. Paton’s inscription appears on the half title ‘My Studio Copy Hugh Paton Oct/ 10’. The book is a lavish production which contains an original etched fronti… Read more…
#8120

£0.00

33 CHAPBOOKS - MANY UNRECORDED

Chapbook Writers
1827
Collection of 33 bound chapbooks from 1827-1849 with Birmingham provenance from the 1860s. Duodecimo (10x7cm), half dark green leather with brown paper over boards; spine worn and repaired (note to final new flyleaf ‘rebacked M.JM 2016’). Remnants of gold lines on spine; white paper label to spine, hand-written ‘33 CHAP-BOOKS 1827-1849’; rounded co… Read more…
#8119

£0.00

IRISH SKETCHBOOK of the D’Olier/ Sitwell Family

Elizabeth Maria D’Olier (later Sitwell)
1835
Small sketchbook (11.5x9 cm), black roan, blind-stamped with a cornucopia to front and rear, gold decoration to borders, gold harp and flower devices on spine; gold edges, clean. The binding is sound. Written on the first mauve flyleaf in pencil ‘E.M. d’Olier from Muff’; followed by 72 pages of pastel coloured leaves bearing 19 pages of pencilled s… Read more…
#8116

£175.00

LEGAL MANUSCRIPT OF A FRENCH BUSINESSMAN AND DIPLOMAT - P

Nicolas de Montargon
1693
Late 17th century French legal manuscript relating to the affairs of Nicolas de Montargon, businessman and frustrated diplomat. Quarto sized (20x27 cm) disbound manuscript (c 12,000 words) in a clerk’s hand; ink on vellum comprising sixty numbered folios (120pp) in eight gatherings, sewn with string top and bottom only, sewing snapped between third… Read more…
#8115

£550.00

FIRST WORLD WAR NURSE’S ALBUM - Reminiscences of No 1 War Hospital Reading, May 8th 1915

E Carleton Williams
1915
Richly decorated World War I nurse’s album compiled in one of the largest war hospitals in England. Green quarto-sized album bound in green roan, spine recently renewed; gold patterned endpapers with the booksellers’ label to front flyleaf of ‘Military Parade Bookshop.... Marlborough’. A manuscript title page is the first of 64 leaves of drawings a… Read more…
#8113

£650.00

INSCRIBED - WITH A NOTE South with Scott

Admiral Sir Edward Evans
1943
Presentation copy from Captain Scott’s second in command to an Irish woman who had sent him a ‘gift parcel of steak’ during the Second World War. Evans’ book is bound in soft, textured cloth, stamped with an image of him on skis in blue to the upper board and blue spine lettering. Slight toning to the extremities of the binding which is otherwise v… Read more…
#8096

£850.00

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… Read more…
#7381

£175.00

FRIENDSHIP ALBUM OF EDWIN LUTYENS' GRANDMOTHER

Frances Jane Fludger; Robert Pinkerton; Daniel Schlatter; Georg Gessner, Johann Martin Usteri etc [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 extremit… Read more…
#7317

£625.00

‘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 c… Read more…
#7062

£750.00

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 endp… Read more…
#6671

£750.00

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… Read more…
#6700

£150.00

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 ad… Read more…
#6729

£675.00

SIGNED BY DESCENDANTS OF FLETCHER CHRISTIAN - Pitcairn Island Refuge of the Bounty Mutineers

Maurice Allward
2000
Signed by 5 descendants of Fletcher Christian and Edward Young and a further 54 attendees of the Bounty Pitcairn Conference, in Florida, 2005. The book which was owned by its author Maurice Allward is presented here in its original binding, with the logo of the conference tipped onto the front cover. Overleaf are 5 long inscriptions written by Pitc… Read more…
#8114

£400.00

A Book of Blokes

William Nicholson
1929
Nicholson’s jeu d’esprit collection of crayon drawings apparently done as a gift for his daughter. Green paper covered boards, slightly dulled with rubbing to the corners, much of the paper backing to the spine from the top half is gone but the binding remains sound. No inscriptions within; 28 crayon drawings reproduced in a red, black and green. T… Read more…
#8111

£195.00

Rebecca

Daphne Du Maurier
1938
First edition, first impression of Daphne Du Maurier's classic of romantic fiction, Rebecca, which boasts one of the great first lines in English literature: 'Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.' This first edition is in the original black cloth binding with 'Rebecca' in gilt in the corner of the upper board. There is spine lean but very… Read more…
#8108

£250.00

The Two Magics: The Turn of the Screw; Covering End

Henry James
1898
The first edition, first state of Henry James's great supernatural tale, The Turn of the Screw. This, the earliest issue of the first edition is bound in blue cloth with the four iris designs to the upper board and the title page printed in black and red and the 32 page advertisements to the rear. The blue cloth is a rubbed and darkened with a ligh… Read more…
#8107

£350.00

[QUEEN ELIZABETH’S PRAYER BOOK] A Booke of Christian Praiers, Collected out of the Ancient Writers, and Best Learned in our Time, Worthy to be Read with an Earnest Mynde of all Christians, in these Daungerous and Troublesom Daies

Richard Day
1590
Incomplete copy of this most loveable of Jacobean publications, bound in blind-stamped pig skin. Bound in an attractive limp pigskin binding adorned with faded gilt tooling and a blind double fillet. External straps along spine folds and new ties. The upper cover has been reinforced with a card lining that bears a bookplate from 1977 on the verso:… Read more…
#8090

£850.00

Tabart’s Collection of Popular Stories for the Nursery From the French, Italian and Old English Writers..

Mary Jane Godwin; Benjamin Tabart
1804
An early edition of the stories of Dick Whittington and Robin Hood, edited by Mary Shelley’s stepmother. Prettily bound in half crushed red morocco over marbled boards, gilt spine lettering. New endpapers. The text collates complete with a frontispiece and 5 further plates; [4] pp187 [1] adverts. A little browning to the paper stock but a very good… Read more…
#8104

£275.00

AN EXHIBITION OF THE ELEMENTS OF MODERN ARCHITECTURE Organised by the MARS (Modern Architectural Research) Group, 1938

George Bernard Shaw [foreword], Ashley Havinden [Designer]
1938
Modernist architecture comes to London in this exhibition catalogue of the 1938 MARS group including work by Le Corbusier, Mendelsohn & Chermayeff, Marcel Breuer and Alvar Aalto. Printed card wrappers, a little browned, a name - ‘N Durrell’ - in ink to the upper cover. Short closed tear to the backstrip 2cm from the top of the spine. A very good co… Read more…
#8103

£750.00

BOER WAR MEMORIAL - Proceedings of the Halifax Committee for The Soldiers’ Memorial for the Boer/South African War; Minute Book

William Brear; Herbert Tate
1902
Official record of the commissioning and fund raising for Halifax’s memorial to the last war of the 19th century. Minute book bound in quarter leather binding in very good condition with rubbing to edges and top and tail of spine. Marbled end papers and all edges. This offers a manuscript record of the proceedings of the committee for the soldiers’… Read more…
#8053

£150.00

INSCRIBED BY ‘Wm M ROSSETTI’ - The Poetical Works of Christina Georgina Rossetti with Memoir and Notes by William Michael Rossetti

Christina Rossetti [edited by] William Michael Rossetti
1914
A presentation copy inscribed by the author’s brother, the book’s editor and, in this volume, memoirist of his sister. Green textured cloth binding, a couple of marks and some rubbing to the cloth over the outer hinges. Rossetti’s inscription appears on the first flyleaf ‘To Miss Annie Barlow Wm. M Rossetti April 1917.’ Opposite is a stamp of ‘The… Read more…
#8027

£650.00

ATTRACTIVE 1830S COMMONPLACE BOOK

Stephen Bassett
1829
Beautifully bound commonplace book and verse miscellany of ‘Stephen Bassett’. Medium quarto in straight-grained red morocco with gilt decoration to boards and spine, slight marking to boards, light rubbing to ends of spine; marbled end-papers; all edges gilt. 150 leaves (300pp) watermarked 1826 with 208pp blank and 92pp of handwritten entries inclu… Read more…
#7907

£300.00

AUTHOR’S NOTES for her Biography of Catherine of Aragon

Francesca Claremont [Ermengarde Greville Nugent; Henry Hake, Pierre Ladoue etc]
1939
Working notebook containing letters and photographs compiled by the writer Francesca Claremont for her full length biography of Catherine of Aragon, published in 1939 by Robert Hale. Quarto sized notebook (22.5 × 17cm) containing about 100 pages of postcards, handwritten notes, and expert correspondence about Henry VIII’s first queen. Chipping to t… Read more…
#7895

£300.00