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Ottilie Wildermuth
A book owned by a pioneering woman in London politics, the Mayor of Bethnal Green in London in the 1890s. Illustrated boards, browned and faded. Benoly’s ownership inscription appears opposite the title page with the date 1896 written above. Several pencil drawings on the endpapers, mostly depicting female figures in Victorian costume. Fingermarkin… Read more…



Anthony Burgess
Anthony Burgess's cult novel signed on a bookplate by the author in black ink - and mounted in the book on the first blank. (Burgess signed this bookplate for Waterstones in the 1980s.) This 1982 reprint is near fine, pages clean and crisp; in a near very good jacket, rubbed and creased to the edges, short closed tear to the top of the front panel… Read more…


25 YEARS OF SECRET SERVICE - William Hunter Jun.r Messenger in Ordinary to His Majesty

William Hunter, Junior
Manuscript record of a quarter century of secret service by a member of the Corps of King’s Home Service Messengers during the Napoleonic Wars. Small quarto (16.5x20.5cm) covering the quarter century 1795-1822 bound in discoloured vellum with the single word ‘Home’ on a decorative red morocco label to the upper cover. According to Wheeler-Holohan’s… Read more…


50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King

J R R Tolkien
50th Anniversary Edition, fine in a near fine dustjacket, tiny mark to front panel of jacket. A lovely copy of a handsome edition. As this is a heavy item extra postage charges may apply outside the UK. Read more…


LEEDS PHOTOGRAPHY - Strangely Familiar: Number 7 of Parr/ Nazraeli Edition of Ten

Peter Mitchell; Martin Parr
Haunting and beautiful photographs of scenes of post-industrial Leeds, reproduced in this very high quality format. A fine copy in an edition limited to 1500 copies only. Peter Mitchell (born 1943) is a British documentary photographer, known for documenting Leeds and the surrounding area for more than 40 years. His work was exhibited at Impression… Read more…


ANNOTATED IN 1720s - The Life of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Common-Wealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland

Isaac Kimber
Lavishly annotated in the 1720s by a scholarly reader, offering notes and cross-references to other historical accounts of Cromwell’s life. Full panelled calf; lower board attached by a single cord only to the text block. c1900 bookseller’s ticket of Kerr and Richardson, Glasgow to the front pastedown suggesting a phase of Scottish ownership - ther… 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…



Alice Harris
A remarkable group of notebooks recording in detail the work of a British midwife in the inter-war period. Documenting the births of over 1,000 children in the years 1921-1935. Six record books, oblong octavo (20 x 13cm), each bound in full cloth over stiff card boards with printed title label completed in manuscript to each upper board. Five of th… Read more…


BBC EMPLOYEE NUMBER 1 - This Volume of Signatures is Presented to R F Palmer by his Colleagues at the BBC

Sir John C W Reith - Reginald Palmer
Presentation album to the the first person ever employed by Sir John Reith at the British Broadcasting Company - later the BBC - Reginald ‘Rex’ Palmer (1896-1972) the ‘Golden Voice of Wireless’ who left the BBC in 1929 for the Gramophone Company- as marked by this gift. Small black straight grain morocco binding, carefully repaired, with reinforcem… Read more…


SIGNED BY 68 MANCHESTER GRANDEES- The Manchester & Salford Society for the Reformation of Juvenile Criminals - Governors' Declaration Book

Edward Hardcastle [etc]
Signed by 68 Governors of this Manchester juvenile reform charity from 1876-1928. Green roan folio, minor scuffing to extremities. Binder’s ticket of William Harris, Cannon Street, Manchester to the front pastedown. Charity Commission printed appointment of governors (pp8) precedes the 68 printed pages of governor-signed pages by the likes of Herbe… Read more…


ARMOUR EXHIBITION Catalogue of the Loan Exhibition at the Brassey Institute March 16th 1896

F R Fairbank
Ex Royal Armouries copy from the F H Cripps-Day bequest. Contemporary cloth binding; ‘Tower Armouries Ex Lib...’ stamp crossed out and annotated by librarian ‘Duplicate not required...’ Ownership inscription of F H Cripps Day 1920, Kent antiquarian, opposite. Browning to endpapers. Written on the title page: ‘First Edition with the secretarys compl… Read more…



Hugh de Selincourt
Secret manuscript diary covering the first year of the Second World War, written by a British novelist for his German lover, the translator and writer Eva Schumann. The work of a highly experienced writer, this diary is written with fluency and writerly skill, conveying the day to day uncertainties and privations of the Phoney War, set against a co… Read more…


Like a Mantle the Sea [Shetland Island Manuscript & Archive]

Stella Shepherd - Dennis Shepherd - John Betjeman
Autograph manuscript, typescript, corrected proofs and supportive letters from Sir John Betjeman to the author of this memoir of Papa Stour who met her during a visit to the island and helped see the book through to publication. Stella Shepherd and her husband Dennis who illustrated her book moved to Papa Stour in the Shetlands in 1962, to become,… Read more…


Broadcast over Britain [signed]

Sir John C W Reith
Offered in the BBC’s centenary year - with the Aberdonian BBC founding Director General Sir John Reith’s signature tipped in. Publisher's blue cloth lettered in gilt to the spine, formerly the property of the Cunard Shipping Company with their gilt stamp to the middle of the front board. Blind stamp of the Circulating Library of Harrods Limited on… Read more…


Jane Eyre: An Autobiography

Charlotte Bronte; Currer Bell
An early reprint of Charlotte Bronte’s masterpiece, with attractive provenance to a young Yorkshire woman. The book has been rebound in half calf over marbled boards with rubbing to the extremities; all edges marbled. Brown coated endpapers and the ownership inscription of ‘Gladys Millicent Priest, Harrogate 1919’ to the second flyleaf with her pho… Read more…



Julian and Juliette Huxley
Manuscript Visitors’ Book covering nearly 40 years of the life of Juliette and Julian Huxley - ‘Student and lover of nature, inheritor of agnostics, brother of Aldous, believer in evolution by natural selection, and (his own invention) evolutionary humanism’ (Alison Bashford, The Huxleys, 2022). Large quarto size book (28x27cm) bound in quarter oat… Read more…


Lampas: or Descriptions of Some Mechanical Improvements of Lamps and Waterpoises

Robert Hooke
First edition of Hooke's 4th Cutlerian Lecture, text complete but lacking the plates at the end. Recent brown marbled wrappers with a paper label to the upper cover. New additional endpapers; letter press text collates complete: [2] pp54; light browning throughout text otherwise very good. Hooke’s work on the mechanical improvements of lamps combin… Read more…


‘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…


22 IMPRINTS FROM THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES chronicling the controversial Presidency of Edward King

Society of Antiquaries [Benjamin Way; Edward King]
A compelling collection chronicling the short-lived Antiquaries’ Presidency of Edward King, owned and annotated by a friend of King’s and including 5 unrecorded imprints. Large quarto (27x21.5cm), 18th-century full calf; narrow gilt border to the boards, spine prettily tooled in gilt, red morocco label, marbled endpapers, red sprinkled edges - bind… Read more…


Animadversions on the First Part of the Machina Coelestis

Robert Hooke
First edition of Hooke's second Cutlerian Lecture with two of the three engravings of Hooke’s instruments present. Recent brown marbled wrappers with a paper label to the upper cover. New additional endpapers; text collates complete: [8] pp78 [2] found here with folding plates 1 & 3 bound in after the title page. Light browning throughout text othe… 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…


The Problem of Pain

C S Lewis - Clive Staples Lewis
Second impression of this classic title, very scarce in early editions. A very good copy with a 1941 ownership inscription on the flyleaf, otherwise an excellent copy. 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…


Nomads: the Producer’s Comprehensive Production Archive

Elliott Kastner, John McTiernan, Jane Fonda, Nina Foch, Bill Conti, Ted Nugent, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro etc
Remarkably extensive Eliott Kastner archive of the production of Pierce Brosnan’s first leading role in which he played a French anthropologist in New York who discovers a group of urban nomads who are not who they seem. The pile of documents sits 10 inches thick and comprises, in brief: Production - Central Files Kastner: Chain of Title original a… Read more…


Under Milk Wood

Daniel Jones - Dylan Thomas
Autograph musical manuscript (with editorial annotations) by Dylan Thomas’s lifelong friend Daniel Jones which were reproduced in exact facsimile in the first edition of Under Milk Wood. Eight pages of manuscript score in the hand of Daniel Jones contained within a large manila envelope with the typed reference number from the Dent publishing archi… Read more…