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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…


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

Emily Cecilia Bowden-Smith & Nathaniel Bowden-Smith
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…


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…


[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…


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…


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…


The Works of Shakespeare: In Eight Volumes, Collated with the Oldest Copies and Corrected: With Notes, Explanatory, and Critical:

William Shakespeare, Lewis Theobald
Complete set (eight volumes) of Theobald’s Works of Shakespeare bound in speckled calf with gilt double fillet to boards and faded gilt lettering and volume number to spine. Raised bands, red morocco label and black morocco label to spines. Binding in good condition with cracking to spines, markings to boards, and rubbing and bumping to edges. Dust… 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…


Sylvia Plath: Family Copies of Anthologised Poems and Criticism

Sylvia Plath - Ted Hughes [Olwyn Hughes]
Twenty six books and magazines containing criticism or works by Sylvia Plath, owned by the poet’s sister in law, Olwyn Hughes, at least one of which bears her critical annotation relating to Plath. Olwyn Hughes only met Plath half a dozen times and their relationship wasn’t easy. After the American poet’s early death Ted Hughes’ sister became one o… 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</p><p> </p><p>

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…


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…


Children's Special Service Mission Journal - A manuscript record of the evangelical Beach Missions undertaken by Montgomery Goodman and family as part of the organisation later known as the Scripture Union

Montgomery Goodman; Children's Special Service Mission; The Scripture Union
ff 245; 535 photographs. Massive folio journal recording the evangelical 'Beach Missions' and indefatigable preaching to poor children of George and Montgomery Goodman who were members of the Children's Special Service Mission, later the Scripture Union. Bound in half red morocco with the backstrip leather largely absent, upper hinge slightly tende… Read more…


Loan Exhibition of the Arts of the Sung Dynasty at The Arts Council Gallery, London 1960

With blind ownership stamp of Harry Horlock Stringer on title page. Potter's diagram drawn in pencil on back cover. With typed page concerning membership of the Oriental Ceramic Society laid in. We have recently acquired the library of Harry Horlock Stringer who was a leading British potter at the old Fulham Pottery in the 1950's where he concentra… Read more…


Poetry or Bust - with letters by Glyn Hughes and Ruth Beazley to Sir Ernest Hall

Tony Harrison, Glyn Hughes, Sir Ernest Hall, Ruth Beazley; Jonathan Silver
A programme for the performance at Salt's Mill of Tony Harrison's play with three letters from 2003 laid in, two autograph letters from Glyn Hughes to Sir Ernest Hall about his involvement in unveiling a poem by Hughes, 'Rock Rose' in Mill Bank Garden and a further typed letter from Ruth Beazley about the Mill bank garden in Sowerby Bridge. A very… Read more…


FIRST EDITION The Wild Swans at Coole

William Butler Yeats
Jacketed 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 fir… Read more…


Log of H.M.S. Albion - Gallipoli Diary of Tom Hougton, 1914-1916

Tim 'Sully' Houghton
pp 48 + blanks. Water-stained Gallipoli naval diary culminating in the actions in the Dardanelles in February and March 1915: 'The Captain told us were were going to take part in the forcing of the Dardenelles... a real hot time shells dropping all round us and going "plonk" against the ships side...'. Red cloth-bound manuscript book, water-damaged… Read more…


List of his Ma[jes]ties Ship that were in the West Indies

[Vice Admiral Hosier - Charles Townshend Papers]
‘Admiralty Office’ document recording the break-up of Admiral Hosier’s fleet after the failed Blockade of Porto Bello in present day Panama during which Hosier died of disease alongside thousands of his sailors. Foolscap size bifolium with ‘Pro Patria’ watermark, docket title and old horizontal folds, some fingermarking. The list of vessels is divi… Read more…



William Hole
Attractively inscribed on the second flyleaf by William Hole ‘To the Rev. Charles J Jenkins with the Xmas greeting of his affectionate friend The Artist, Christmas 1906’. Light blue publisher’s cloth binding, torn at the base of the spine - this is a heavy volume. Browned endpapers and to the card leaves on which the plates are mounted; occasional… 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…


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…


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…


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…