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DOESKIN HOMEMADE BINDING Two Journeys to Jerusalem Containing, First A Strange and True Account

Nathaniel Crouch
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…



Frances Jane Fludger; Robert Pinkerton; Daniel Schlatter; Georg Gessner, Johann Martin Usteri etc [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…


‘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
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…



Kathleen Raine; Barbara Hepworth
An excellent association copy of Raine’s first collection of poetry with a chain of women owners which begins with the author and continued through the ownershp of her close friend, and foster-mother to her children, the art collector Helen Sutherland. The inscriptions follow one another on the first free endpaper. In the middle of the page is Rain… Read more…


Frank Lloyd Wright: Ausgefuhrte Bauten

Frank Lloyd Wright; C R Ashbee
'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…


GIBRALTAR'S SOCIAL REGISTER - Manuscript from the Governor's Household

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…



Stephen Bassett
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…



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…


Meditationes Sacrae Editio Postrema, Prioribus Emendatior

Johann Gerhard - Joh: Gerhardi [Phillip Melanchthon]
First edition printed in England of the Meditationes with a leaf from Phillip Melancthon’s guide to the use of logic in reading Scripture bound in. Contemporary full calf binding with triple blind fillet to boards and three raised spine bands; diagonal lines on the edges of the boards which may suggest an Oxford binding. Small loss of leather to th… Read more…


Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh

Sheridan Le Fanu [Lefanu]
A major work of Gothic fiction still retaining its sought-after original publisher’s binding. This is the first one volume edition, published in 1865, the year after the first edition, also by Richard Bentley. Original publisher’s green blind stamped boards, professionally reinforced along the outer hinges between spine and both boards. Gilt letter… 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…


[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…


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…


Letters Home [Olwyn Hughes' Galley Proof with annotations in the hand of Frieda Plath - Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes' daughter]

Sylvia Plath, Aurelia Plath [Frieda Hughes]
pp 438 Olwyn Hughes' bound galley proof of the first publication of her sister in law Sylvia Plath's letters, annotated by Sylvia Plath's daughter, Frieda Hughes. In addition to Frieda Hughes' annotations this early version of the galley proof contains at least three preliminary drafts of Aurelia's editorial commentary to be subsequently removed or… Read more…


Travels in Arabia Deserta [Presented by Theodore Dreiser to John Cowper Powys]

Charles M Doughty; Theodore Dreiser, John Cowper Powys
SUPERB ASSOCIATION COPY inscribed on the title page 'My Christmas present to Jock Dec 22nd 1926 Theodore Dreiser To John Cowper Powys.' On the half title Powys has inscribed the work a second time to pass the book on some thirty years later: 'For Malcolm [Elwin] from John 5th of November 1954 [cuneiform inscription] see Page 291. Would I could writ… 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…


Switzerland: La Grande Maison de Rossiniere: an Archive of the Literary Remains of the Swiss Henchoz Family

David Samuel Henchoz; Abraham Pille; Daniel Crespin; Daniel Defoe; Ezechiel Gallatin; Goldoni
A cache of documents and publications concealed by the Henchoz family in the eighteenth century in the attics of the Grand Chalet, Rossiniere, in the Vaudois Alps - a building thought to be the biggest wooden house in Europe. Built in the 1750s by Jean David Henchoz, a wealthy notary and judge, the Grand Chalet was used as a hotel in the following… Read more…


The Land Valuer’s Best Assistant: Being Tables On An Improved Plan For Calculating The Value of Estates & The Land Improver’s

R. Hudson, John Ewart
Pocket-book bound in green dos a dos - back to back - binding in very good condition with wear to boards and chip to spine and front board. Gilt lettering to front and lower boards as well as gilt edges. Marbled end papers. Broken cloth ties. 100+ leaves of tables and several leaves of formulae and diagrams. A lovely little book. Read more…


The Complete Plays of Henry James

Henry James, Leon Edel [Editor], John Cunliffe [Signed]
From John Cunliffe’s library, bound in red cloth publisher’s binding with gilt lettering to spine in near fine condition with slight bumping to top of spine. Fading to spine. Split to gutter between frontispiece page and title page. Portrait frontispiece of the author dated to 1895. Ownership signature by Cunliffe to upper flyleaf and plate to uppe… Read more…


A History of Hand Knitting

Richard Rutt, John Cunliffe [Signed]
From John Cunliffe’s library, a first edition bound in red cloth publisher’s binding with gilt lettering to spine in near fine condition with slight bumping to corners. Dust jacket in very good condition with rubbing to top of spine and top edge. Price clipped. Gift inscription by Sylvia and John Cunliffe to upper flyleaf. Black and white photograp… Read more…


A Quality of Violence

Andrew Salkey [Signed], John Cunliffe
A presentation copy, first thus, from John Cunliffe’s library, bound in red cloth publisher’s binding with gilt lettering to spine. Seemingly unread. Attractive red dust jacket in near fine condition with some wear to the edges. Gift inscription to John and Sylvia Cunliffe from the author, with signature to upper flyleaf. Cunliffe (1933-2018) is be… Read more…


Cinderella: A Ladybird Easy-Reading Book, Well-loved Tales

Vera Southgate, Eric Winter [Illustrator]
First edition in paper over boards with blue illustration to upper board in near fine condition with slight bumping to top and bottom of spine. Dust jacket in very good condition with chips to spine and corners along with wearing along edges. Price clipped. Bright attractive illustrations by Eric Winter on dust jacket cover and throughout the book.… Read more…



Vita Sackville-West, John Cunliffe
From John Cunliffe’s library, bound in blue cloth publisher’s binding in good condition with gilt lettering to upper board and spine. Gilt lettering partially faded to upper board and fully faded to spine. Bumping and wear to spine and corners. Inscription by Cunliffe to upper pastedown. Cunliffe (1933-2018) is best remembered as the creator of Pos… Read more…


Tess of the D'Ubervilles

Thomas Hardy
xiv, pp 519 The 1896 reprint by Osgood, McIlvaine of Hardy's Tess in the publisher's decorated green cloth binding with gilt floral decoration, top edge gilt. The fine frontispiece portrait of Thomas Hardy and another etching of Wellbridge Manor House as featured in the novel are by H Macbeth-Raeburn. The map of Wessex is present as required. Very… Read more…


SIEGFRIED SASSOON’S ANNOTATED COPY Royal Society of Portrait Painters Illustrated Catalogue

[Siegfried Sassoon’s Copy]
Siegfried Sassoon’s annotated copy of a catalogue of a London exhibition at the Royal Academy in London. Card wrappers, discoloured and stained to rear. Sassoon’s cipher book label to the verso of the front cover. Collates, pp6; xlv plates; pp40 text; [pp] 8 adverts. The plates include paintings by William Orpen, Sir John Lavery and Howard Somervil… Read more…