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Life and Labour of the People in London. Final Volume. Notes on Social Influences and Conclusion.

Charles Booth
The final volume complete with the elusive ‘London. 1899-1900. Map Showing Place of Religious Worship, Public Elementary Schools for the Sale of Intoxicating Drinks’ in the pocket at the rear. The map is in very good condition, bright and complete, some browning along the horizontal folds and a couple of tiny punctures at the cross-folds. The book… Read more…


The Order of Proceeding in the Public Funeral of the late Field Marshal Arthur Duke of Wellington

Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington
Scarce Order of Proceeding with remnants of the black silk stab sewing. Eighteen printed pages in large folio setting out the order of proceeding from the night before the funeral with the processional details for the day of the funeral surrounding ‘The Body covered with a rich black velvet pall...’ A little browning and stainng to text which colla… Read more…


Gibraltar Military List & Social Register - Manuscript, including details of banquets held by the Governor of the Crown Colony

Sir John Adye; Arthur Edward Hardinge [etc] [James Joyce; Molly Bloom]
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…


Lifetime Archive of an Arts and Craftsman and Author

Percy Wells - May Morris; Ambrose Heal; Ernest Betjemann; Herbert Batsford; Marjorie Quennell
Archive of letters, photographs, drawings, published books and articles of Percy A Wells (1867-1956), a cabinet maker and disciple of William Morris, who lectured, taught and wrote extensively during the later phase of the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain. Wells, whose typescript autobiography is included in the archive followed an apprenticeshi… Read more…


‘I SHALL BECOME QUITE AU FAIT AT PROBING BULLET WOUNDS’: A Scottish Surgeon on the Yangtse during the Taiping Rebellion

Robert Grieve (Assistant Surgeon to Admiral James Hope)
Letters home from a second generation Glaswegian surgeon describing the ‘horrors of war’ he experienced in China as a Naval Surgeon during the Taiping Uprising of 1861-2. The Rebellion - actually a pan-Chinese civil war - was the most bloodthirsty conflict of the 19th century, estimated to have cost between 20 and 30 million lives and Grieve’s rema… Read more…


Reports of the Council and Auditors [1], Supplement to The List of The Members [2]The Charter, By-Laws and Regulations [3]

The Zoological Society of London
Three pamphlets, stab-sewn, in good condition with browning and soiling to some pages as well as chips and tears to some edges. Pamphlet [1] consists of 31 pages with 28 pages of text and 3 pages of tables. Page 13/14 fully detached and laid in. Pamphlet [2] consists of 15 pages. Pamphlet [3] consists of 19 pages. These pamphlets document various a… Read more…


The Struggle for Europe [SIGNED]

Chester Wilmot
Signed first edition of this key work of second world war history. A very good copy in publisher’s blue cloth, signed ‘Chester Wilmot’ below his printed name on the title page. The text is clean and complete. The jacket is in good condition, price-clipped to the front flap, some fraying at both ends of the spine and a closed tear along part of the… Read more…


The Wild Swans at Coole

William Butler Yeats
First trade edition of Yeats’ late, great collection which includes in its title poem, one of the best loved verses in the language. Deep blue cloth with gilt decoration by Sturge Moore, pleasingly bright to the upper board, a little faded to the spine. A near fine copy with a gift inscription dating from the year of publication to the first flylea… Read more…


Draw it with the Artbox Bunch - Original Art

Tony Hart [Roc Renals]
Original artwork, photographs and an inscribed book by Tony Hart, inscribed to his agent and friend Roc Renals. The artwork 36x29cm show a dozen original ink and gouache cutouts by Hart from his Artbox programme of 1995-6 which have been mounted on a sheet of blue card with a window and additional decoration giving the illusion that the crayons and… Read more…


The Bookbinder: An Illustrated Journal for Binders, Librarians, and all Lovers of Books,Vols I-III [with its continuation as] The British Bookmaker: A Journal for The Book Printer - The Book Illustrator; The Book Cover Designer - The Book Binder; Librarians, and Lovers of Books Generally: Vols IV-VII

Jacob Zaehnsdorf etc
A Yorkshire bookbinder's personal copy of the whole of this important journal devoted to the craft and history of binding, published in the 1880s and 1890s. Edited by Joseph Zaehnsdorf for the first three years, the journal metamorphosed into The British Bookmaker from 1891-1893 and published 7 volumes before being absorbed into the The British Pri… Read more…


The Comedies - Presentation copy from Algernon Swinburne to Theodore Watts-Dunton

William Congreve; Algernon Swinburne; Theodore Watts-Dunton
An excellent presentation copy inscribed by Algernon Charles Swinburne to his intimate friend Theodore Watts-Dunton. Two volumes bound in green buckram, a little fading to the spine of the second volume. Swinburne's gift inscription appears on the half title of volume two above the printed rubric, written in ink: 'Walter Theodore Watts-Dunton from… Read more…


My Official Wife [Stanislaus Joyce - brother of James Joyce - his Copy]

Colonel R H Savage; Stanislaus and James Joyce
Stanislaus Joyce's copy, inscribed by him presumably in Triests where he shared lodgings with his brother James Joyce. Black textured cloth binding, presumed to be a mid twentieth century rebind, gilt spine lettering; original pastedowns laid down at either end of the small format Tauchnitz imprint - 15x11cm. Browning to paper stock which has becom… Read more…



H L Honeyman; James R Adamson; T C Campbell Mackie; Francis Henry Newbury; David Robertson; Alex J Scott etc
A contributor’s copy of this rare periodical published by Glasgow School of Art at the peak of its influence and success, which contains analysis of its iconic home designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Olive cloth binding with gilt spine lettering and speckled red edges. Title page with finely executed vignette by Thomas Callendar Campbell-Mackie… Read more…


[Album] 1200 Signatures of British Members of Parliament

British MPs and Peers
A remarkable collection of mounted signatures of Members of the House of Commons and Peers covering the Liberal governments of Lord Palmerston, Gladstone and Disraeli, the death of Prince Albert, the 1867 Reform Act and W E Forster’s introduction of school boards. Small quarto red roan bound book with paper label to upper cover and in manuscript: ‘… Read more…


Enchiridion feu Manuale Christianum [with] De Imitatione Christi

Thomas a Kempis
pp 366 [2] pp120 Enchiridion bound with De Imitatione. Contemporary calf binding, worn to hinges but sound. Stamp of St Edmund’s College ‘Avita pro fide’ to front pastedown with old handwritten shelf mark above. Internally very good. Read more…


A Commentary on the Cuneiform Inscriptions of Babylonia and Assyria [interleaved]

Major Henry C Rawlinson Frederick A Wood
A copy interleaved by a polyglot nineteenth century amateur scholar of cuneiform, Frederick Wood, who has included his own versions of Sanskrit and other alphabets. Large octavo, half calf over textured green cloth; spine relaid using almost all of the original backstrip and achieving an attractive effect. Marbled endpapers and bookplate showing th… Read more…


Arthur Balfour Debates Education Policy - a Three page Manuscript Policy Document from the Year that Balfour became Prime Minister

Arthur Balfour
Fascinating document written by the soon-to-be Prime Minister setting out the alternatives for what would be known as the Balfour Education Act. Writing on a three sides of a small bifolium, blind-embossed with the House of Commons crest on the first leaf, scarred to the final page where it has been removed from an album page, the Conservative lead… Read more…



Neil Bell
Autograph novel manuscript bound in two volumes by Neil Bell, AKA Stephen Southwold, together with the dedication copy of the printed work, inscribed on the dedication page with Bell’s nickname ‘Bunty’. Large quarto format in a custom binding with gilt labelling to the upper boards and spine. Bell has recorded the manuscript’s provenance on the 2nd… Read more…


Photos Taken During a Walking Tour round Norfolk and Suffolk [& SOUTH AFRICA]

Arthur David John Pitts
High quality photo-album by an Anglo-Canadian artist who became a leading figure in the depiction of indigenous peoples in British Columbia and Alaska. The collection is housed in a commercially produced photo album bound in red buckram, slightly stained and scuffed, ‘Reminiscences’ in gilt on the upper cover; 12 card leaves with 8 window-mounted s… Read more…


Den Norske Turistforenings Aarbog/ Arbok 1894-1981

Edvard Aanesen
35 volume sequence covering 38 years of the Norwegian Tourist Association’s Yearbook between 1894-1981. All volumes bound in original blue publisher’s cloth but for one volume, 1963 in red. The following years are present: 1894-5; 1896-7; 1898-9 (two volumes bound in one, with advertisements) followed by individual year volumes for: 1930-1939; 1960… Read more…


Liber Amicorum - Friendship Album [of Sir Edwin Lutyens' Grandmother]

Frances Jane Fludger; Robert Pinkerton; Daniel Schlatter; Georg Gessner, Johann Martin Usteri etc</p><p>[Sir Edwin Lutyens]
(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…


Diary of the 2nd Commission of HMS Linnet Commissioned at Hong Kong

W H Parker
Diary of a young British officer serving with the China Squadron, based in Hong Kong and patrolling Chinese and Japanese waters between 1886-1889. Parker writes in a small octavo which is bound in black textured cloth over thin boards, chipping to spine covering; decorative printed endpapers. Ruled leaves with most stapled gatherings now loose from… Read more…



Charlotte Carmichael; James Ferrier Carmichael; Marie Stopes
Portraits in childhood of the Edinburgh-born women’s rights campaigner and future author of British Freewomen: Their Historical Privilege, Charlotte Carmichael, by her father, the landscape artist James Ferrier Carmichael and by herself. Charlotte Carmichael (1840-1929) was part of the first university level classes for women in Edinburgh under Pro… Read more…


Marks in Books, Illustrated and Explained

Roger Stoddard
Very scarce large format catalogue of Stoddard’s ground-breaking Houghton Library 'exhibition devoted to those mysterious traces left in books by printers, binders, booksellers’. Near fine copy full of astonishing illustrations. A splendid counterpart to our collection of annotated books. Read more…


Portraits and Memoirs of the Most Illustrious Personages of British History

Edmund Lodge, Goldar, J Taylor
95 engraved portraits originally issued in fascicules by Edmund Lodge, found here bound in Victorian half cloth over marbled boards. The original title of the magazine has been laid down on the upper board, there is rubbing to edges of binding; a clipping has been removed from the first free endpaper. The engravings are by Goldar, Woodman and Mutlo… Read more…