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ROBERT BOOTHBY’S COPY: Winston Churchill 1914-1916: Volume III

Martin Gilbert
A very pleasing association copy of Volume III of Gilbert monumental biography presented by the author to Churchill’s friend and Parliamentary Private Secretary from the 1920s, Robert Boothby: ’Inscribed with many thanks for a most superb lunch Martin Gilbert. London January 1975’. Additionally Boothby has signed his name as ‘Boothby’ on the dedica… Read more…


By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept

Elizabeth Smart
First edition of Smart’s signature novel - with its memorable title and equally striking dustjacket. Publisher’s red cloth binding, near fine; contents near fine - a little toning to paper stock. Bookseller’s label from Welwyn Garden City to front pastedown.The jacket has divided along the spine with substantial loss to the paper over the spine and… Read more…


On English Lagoons Being an Account of the Voyage of Two Amateur Wherrymen on the Norfolk and Suffolk Rivers and Broads

P H Emerson - Peter Henry Emerson
First Edition of P H Emerson's penultimate photographic work. This is the First Trade Edition which was published the same year as the limited edition and by the same publisher, David Nutt. It is uncommon in this trade edition. The original pictorial boards are present, depicting a broadland scene complete with Emerson's wherry, ducks and a long su… Read more…


The Devout Communicant Exemplified in His Behaviour Before, At, and After The Sacrament... the Seventh Edition

[Abegnego Seller]
Early edition in pleasingly unsophisticated contemporary sheep binding, unadorned except with blind rules Small octavo in very good early 18th century full sheep, just starting at the tail of the hinge between front board and spine; no pastedowns; engraved title page on verso of A1, as if functioning as a frontispiece; fraying to foreedge of this l… Read more…


SEEMINGLY UNRECORDED My Market Table Showing the Value of Any Article per Pound and Ounce

[Frederick Warne]
Rare possibly unique survival of this miniature ready reckoner with a record of female ownership, probably to a London family of Covent Garden market traders. Miniature format bound in publisher’s cloth with gilt lettering, faded and marked but sound. All edges gilt. Pencilled ownership signature of ‘Isabelle Levy 1874’ to the yellow-coated flyleaf… Read more…


POMPEII [A Collection of Albumen Photographs]

Giorgio Sommer
A tourist souvenir of Pompeii from the 1870s containing 70 albumen photographs of Pompeii, its ruins, murals and some of the sculptures that ended up in Naples’ museum together with a photographic frontispiece. Sommer (1833-1914) was one of Europe’s most prolific and important photographers who had at least three studios in Naples, near to Pompeii… Read more…


A Pedigree of the Families Luck and Lock

Edward John Luck
Privately printed family history with biographies and photographs of family members. Red crushed roan binding; heraldic bookplate; 48 pages of text interleaved with blanks for photographs and additional card blanks with further images to the rear. Inscribed on the front flyleaf: ‘J Lowther Bouch from E.J.L.’ A little grubby along the top of some pa… Read more…


GALLOWAY RARITY The Tales of the Solway

James Aitken - a Gallovidean
An inscribed copy of this rare book about the manners and customs on the Solway Firth. Small format bound in embossed blue-green cloth, neatly repaired, with yellow-coated endpapers and an albumen portrait of the author tipped in opposite the title page, inscribed below. Collates complete: pp208; a little paper decay at the foot of the title page a… Read more…



Sylvia Plath
A very smart first edition of Sylvia Plath's masterpiece. A near fine copy with lovely bright red boards, no gift inscriptions, clean unmarked text. A tiny mark to the front flyleaf from a staple attached to a review of the collection in the New Statesman which has been laid into the book along with Al Alvarez’s famous Observer review. A little dus… Read more…


INSCRIBED The Uses of Literacy

Richard Hoggart
A signed first edition of Richard Hoggart's career-making study of ‘Aspects of Working Class Life with special reference to publications and entertainments.’ Orange-brown cloth, near fine; a little spotting to the text, inscribed in blue ink, warmly, on the title page. In a good jacket, complete but nicked and with short tears close to the edges; s… Read more…


XI OLYMPIADE, BERLIN - 1936: Olympic Photo Album with Signatures of Swimmers from the Olympic Pool

Ninety two photographs documenting the experience of an ordinary German family that attended the Berlin Olympics of 1936 with American swimmers in the pool, athletics in the newly built stadium and adoring crowds giving Hitler the Nazi salute. The photographs feature the opening ceremony and athletics events such as the hurdles as well as dressage… Read more…


JOHN PIPER Paintings, Drawings & Theatre Designs 1932-1954

John Piper, S John Woods
First trade edition bound in brown buckram with a green device to the upper board. Aquatint frontispiece 'Figures from a Seal' and four auto-lithographs specially drawn for the book. Internally the book is fine and in a near fine dustjacket - a lovely copy of this beautifully made book. This collaboration between Piper and Woods was one of the firs… Read more…


SIGNED BY 5 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLISTS If Not, Now, When? One Man’s Extraordinary Quest for Olympic Glory

Greg Searle
First edition signed for ‘Richard...’ by Greg Searle, and 4 other British Olympic Gold Medallists for rowing: Katherine Grainger (now Chancellor of the University of Glasgow), Alex Gregory, Pete Reed and Zac Purchase. A fine first in a fine jacket. A lovely association copy, presented in another Olympic year. Read more…


‘TO MY FLORENTINE FRIENDS...’ The Letters of Bret Harte

Bret Harte - Geoffrey Bret Harte
Inscribed first edition from the author’s son: ‘To my Florentine friends with affectionate greetings from Geoffrey Bret Harte April 1926’, written on the front flyleaf. Publisher’s blue cloth; a crease to the upper cover where it has been bent. Spotting to early leaves but internally very good. Geoffrey Bret Harte himself published a book on Italia… Read more…


WITH WRAPAROUND BAND Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese

Patrick Leigh Fermor
First edition with the Book Society’s wraparound band still present. Very good plus book, spotting to the edges of the text block and first few pages; bright red board otherwise internally fine; offsettin from an early newspaper review laid into the final in at the end. In a very good plus example of John Craxton’s magnificent dustjacket; tiny punc… Read more…



Ian Fleming - ‘John Blaize’ - John Collard
First edition, first state inscribed with gratitude to South African friends who had supported Fleming’s co-writer John Collard - credited as ‘John Blaize’ in the book - with the creation of the work. Blaize has written on the flyleaf: ‘Gene and Myrtle. Sorry this is not the original but I did appreciate your encouragement! With best wishes to you… Read more…


New and Enlarged Edition - Household Receipt Book, or Primitive Physic with Preface by the Rev. John Wesley [with] The Domestic Receipt Book... Second Edition

John Wesley [and] Joseph Worrall
1832 & 1870
Rare chapbook publication of John Wesley’s recipes bound after an earlier collection of receipts published on the other side of the Pennines in Rochdale. Modern half crushed brown morocco over marbled boards; brown endpapers. 19th century book label of ‘George B Burton Preston’ laid down on the first flyleaf. Worrall’s text is complete but well use… Read more…


A View of the Lancashire Dialect; by way of Dialogue between Tummus O’Williams... a Lancashire Clown. With a Glossary of all the Lancashire Words and Phrases... by Tim Bobbin... the Sixth Edition

Tim Bobbin [John Collier]
A very early edition of one of the first examples of Lancashire dialect to be published. Joseph Harrop’s 1757 edition is the earliest Manchester printed edition of this work to survive although it was preceded by a Wigan imprint of the same work from earlier in the decade. This copy lacks the frontispiece but is otherwise complete: there are no cop… Read more…


19 Inscribed pamphlet offprints on experimental toxicology: Richerche Sperimentali Del Dott. Raniere Bellini [with] Saggi de Terpeutica Sperimentale [wity] Dello Avvelenamento Prodotto dal Fosforo

Raniere Bellini (Arthur Gamgee)
19 inscribed offprints presented by their author, the Italian toxicologist Raniere Bellini, to his friend Arthur Gamgee (1841-1909) a British biochemist born in Italy where his father had a practice near Livorno, subsequently teaching at Edinburgh and Manchester universities. Worn green textured cloth binding, a little shaken; ownership signature o… Read more…


Brownjohn's Beasts, A Night in the Gazebo, The Observation Car, Four New Poems, Synopsis [and seven other inscribed collections]

Alan Brownjohn
Eleven inscribed books by Alan Brownjohn, presented to his friend Dennis Saunders who ran poetry conferences for teachers in Kent in the 1950s-1980 - several of these events at Eversley College are mentioned in Brownjohn’s inscriptions. Mostly very good to fine condition, the inscriptions are warm and affectionate. Read more…


First Love Last Rites

Ian McEwan
Near fine first edition of McEwan’s debut collection. Square binding with sharp corners, no inscriptions, a fine book with a little dustiness along the top edge making it near fine. In a very nearly fine jacket, not price clipped. A pretty classy launch to McEwan’s literary career. Read more…


PRESENTATION COPY WITH LETTER Speeches Delivered by the Rt. Hon. George Canning at the Public Celection of his Third Return to Parliament for the Town of Liverpool

George Canning
Beautifully bound presentation copy of George Canning’s Liverpool speeches of 1818, given in the city to celebrate his return as MP in the recent General Election. Then a Cabinet Minister, Canning went on, briefly, to become Prime Minister nearly a decade later just before his untimely death in 1827. This second edition has Canning’s initials to th… Read more…



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…



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…



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…