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

Hugh Paton
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…


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

Maurice Allward
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…



George Hickes, William Claggett, Vincenzio Puccini, William Wake Gilbert Burnet
A collection of controversial Catholic, often Marian, pamphlets published between 1685-1688 during the brief, troubled reign of England’s last Catholic monarch. Full contemporary calf with blind-stamped fillets to the boards and a single device in gilt which is repeated in the spine compartments. Some loss to the leather over the spine and an old p… Read more…


A Book of Blokes

William Nicholson
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…


Essays of Michael Seigneur de Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne, Charles Cotton
Second edition of Charles Cotton’s translation of the Essais, a work regarded as the masterpiece of both its writer and translator. The Essays have been bound in three volumes in attractive crushed red morocco, during the early 20th century. Binder’s ticket to final volume, final pastedown - ‘A.S. and J.R. Barber Bound’. The books collate correctly… Read more…



Daphne Du Maurier
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…


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

Henry James
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…


[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
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…


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

Mary Jane Godwin; Benjamin Tabart
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…


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

George Bernard Shaw [foreword], Ashley Havinden [Designer]
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…


INSCRIBED - WITH A NOTE South with Scott

Admiral Sir Edward Evans
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…


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
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…


A WARWICKSHIRE SHAKESPEARE - The Dramatic World of Shakspeare, in Six Volumes

William Shakespeare [notes by Joseph Rann]
Most attractive provincial binding on this set owned for 250 years by the Little family of Newbold Pacey Hall just a few miles from Shakespeare’s birthplace at Stratford upon Avon. Six volumes bound in half calf with vellum tips, two morocco spine labels to each volume, a mixture of green and black in colour, complementing the red upper labels. A l… Read more…



Heather Couper, Nigel Henbest
From the personal library of Stephen Hawking, removed from his specially designed home in Wordsworth Grove, Cambridge after his death. Black glossy paper over boards in fine condition. Photographic end papers. Illustrations throughout by Luciano Corbella. Dust jacket in near fine condition with small hole to lower panel edge and short closed tear t… Read more…



Two unrecorded almanacs and one known from a single copy, all attractively bound in Dutch floral wrappers. 1761. January hath xxxi Days; no publisher given [pp] 18 but printed on a single slip and folded, concertina-fashion, to form the pages. Stab sewn Dutch floral wrappers, ink date to upper cover ‘1761’, wear to the spine fold. Stamp duty fold o… Read more…


The Hill of Devi [SIGNED]

E M Forster
Signed by E M Forster in the final years of his life. The novelist has signed the pictorial front cover of the book, signing in biro next to his printed name which he has crossed through as was his usual practice. A near fine copy of this first Penguin edition, acquired recently in Cambridge where Forster lived for most of his long life. The Hill o… Read more…


POLAR EXPLORER EDWARD A WILSON’S COPY - Bestimmung Der Schwerkraft Auf dem Atlantischen Ozean

O Hecker
A copy used by the polar explorer Edward A Wilson who loaned it to a friend, inserting into the book the following handwritten request: ‘Please return this when done with, either to me, E[dward] A Wilson - 19 Holland Street Kensington W. or to the Owner Sir George Darwin Cambridge.’ Small folio bound in publisher’s green cloth with black lettering,… Read more…


Complete Swallows and Amazons set of 12 Novels: Swallows and Amazons (1930); Swallowdale (1931); Peter Duck (1932);

Arthur Ransome
Complete set of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons adventure novels, the first of which was published in 1930. All bound in green publisher’s cloth with gilt lettering to spine, embossed title to front board and illustrated end papers. Each includes a black and white illustration frontispiece with similar illustrations located throughout. Eleven… Read more…


Unprofessional Tales

Norman Douglas - Normyx
First edition in attractive beige publisher’s cloth in good condition with gilt lettering to upper board and faded gilt lettering to spine. Black border to upper board. Darkening of spine, some minor abrasions and marking to boards. Two small tears to gutter between upper pastedown and flyleaf. Foxing to some pages, affecting end papers to a greate… Read more…


Unlocking the Grid: A Documentary Novel of the Plague Year

Iain Sinclair [edited by] Trevor Datson
Number 10 of 12 copies, paperback in fine condition with additional holographic material by author to page 27. Author’s signature can be found to the upper flyleaf and to page 27 below his additional notes. Two contributor’s signatures, namely Stephen Mooney and B. Catlin, are located to the upper flyleaf. An illustration and additional signature b… Read more…


SIGNED x 3 - In Tearing Haste: Letters between Deborah Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor

Patrick Leigh Fermor, Deborah Devonshire, [edited by] Charlotte Mosley
Signed first edition hard back bound in blue paper on boards in near fine condition with very slight bumping to top and tail of spine. Dust jacket in near fine condition with closed tear and chip to lower cover. Not price clipped. These are the letters of the late, great Patrick Leigh Fermor and Deborah Devonshire, signed by Patrick Leigh Fermor, D… Read more…


Broadcasting From Within

C. A. Lewis
An important early account of life in the BBC, which is celebrating its centenary, bound in Red publisher’s cloth in very good condition with bumping to top edge of boards and top and tail of spine. Dust jacket in good condition with loss to top and bottom of spine and nicks along edges. Black and white photographic author’s portrait frontispiece.… Read more…


The Complete Guide to Clevedon and Its Vicinity; Comprising Sketches of Many Place of Historical and Archaeological Interest,

R. S. S.
Maroon publisher’s cloth with gilt lettering to upper board and spine. Gilt edges and bevel edge boards. Decorative end papers. Binding in good condition with slight bumping to edges and top and tail of spine. Split to gutter between upper and lower pastedown and flyleaf. Scaring to pages 180 and 181 from previously laid in newspaper clippings. Bla… Read more…


UNCORRECTED PROOF COPY - For the Unfallen: Poems 1952-1958

Geoffrey Hill
Pre-publication proof of Geoffrey Hill's first mainstream collection of poetry. Printed card wrappers inscribed ‘June’ to upper cover - presumably the month of first publication. Collates [14] pp59 [5]. Very good condition throughout, the text clean and unmarked. Hill taught at Leeds University from 1954-1980 which probably explains the appearance… Read more…


The Man of Letters in the Modern World

Allen Tate, John Cunliffe
Second impression from writer John Cunliffe’s (1933 -2018) library, bound in black cloth publisher’s binding with gilt lettering to spine in fine condition with dusting to top edge. Bright dust jacket in good condition with chips to top of spine, some markings to back cover and two closed tears to corners. Not price clipped. Ownership plate to uppe… Read more…