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A Speech to Scottish Veterans delivered in Wishaw by Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig

Field Marshal Douglas Haig
Stirring 1925 manuscript speech to Scottish veterans made by Britain's commander on the western front in which he urged Scotland's soldiers to look after each other in peacetime - 'the hardest battle of their lives' - even as they readied themselves for the moment 'when storm and peril once more threaten our beloved country, men such as they, may o… Read more…



Tibetan Sherpa Artist [George Lowe]
Remarkable collection of Tibetan Sherpa art collected, and possibly commissioned, by a member of Sir Edward Hillary’s ‘Silver Hut’ expedition to Mount Makulu in the Himalayas, including an image of the mountaineers scaling the peak. This collection is introduced by its owner, an unidentified member of Hillary’s 1960 expedition (possibly George Lowe… 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…



Edward Carpenter
Inscribed to an English socialist friend and wife of a founder member of the Labour Party, Lucy Henderson, with a letter to her from the pioneer of LGBTQ rights, women’s rights and environmentalism laid in. Second edition bound in publisher’s cloth with gilt lettering; fading to spine and a stain close to the tail. Floral endpapers; the first one o… Read more…


Iolaus: An Anthology of Friendship Edited by Edward Carpenter

Edward Carpenter [Laurence Haward]
Richly provenanced first edition with a letter tipped in to ‘My dear Dent’ presenting this book for Christmas 1907 from Laurence Haward, art collector and influential Curator of the Manchester Art Gallery. Later ownership signature of ‘Nigel Hancock King’s’. A good copy with some soiling to the publisher’s binding. A few pencilled annotations to th… Read more…


Photo Album of Colonial Service in Tibet, India, Burma, and the Persian Gulf Campaign of 1911

Thorleby Family
Substantial album (30x20cm) probably put together by a female member of the Thorleby family of of Devon, possibly living in Paignton. Over the 24 card leaves - perhaps 100 photographs - she records family involvement, probably through the Royal Army Medical Corps in Lebong (now India) in a sequence of small candid photographs of Sikkim, Lebong itse… Read more…


The British Archer; or Tracts on Archery

Thomas Hastings
A very scarce work attractively illustrated by the author and found here rather crudely rebacked. Original green cloth covered boards with worn rounded corners; new endpapers. Ownership signatures of ‘B P Gryom’(?) and ‘Mary Pearce 1854’ to title page. Library numbers on first leaf of Preface (Free Library Newark, N.J. 1833’ in blindstamp x4 later)… Read more…


Basilika: The Workes of Charles the Martyr with a Collection of Declarations Treaties and other Papers

Charles I [Wenceslaus Hollar]
An attractive first edition which boasts all three double page engravings but lacks the preliminary portrait of Charles I and the engraved general title page. Folio (35 x 24.5m) bound in tree calf, red morocco spine label; the binding a little scuffed and rubbed but perfectly sound and serviceable and pleasing to the eye. Marbled endpapers with the… Read more…


‘Beasts Sold’, Sowings Made: A Manuscript ‘Day Book 1793’ by a Lincolnshire Land Owner

Christopher Byron
Most attractive and engaging Day Book kept between 1793 and 1817 by Christopher Byron of the village of Tathwell near Louth in Lincolnshire. Original vellum binding with title in ink to the upper cover; Britannia watermark to paper stock and the author’s inscription to first leaf: ‘Christ’r Byron Tathwell 1793’ Every one of the c150 leaves has been… Read more…


Pompeii [A Collection of Albumen Photographs]

Giorgio Sommer
A tourist souvenir of Pompeii from the 1870s containing 70 albumen photographs of Pompeii, its ruins, murals and some of the sculptures that ended up in Naples’ museum together with a photographic frontispiece. Sommer (1833-1914) was one of Europe’s most prolific and important photographers who had at least three studios in Naples, near to Pompeii… Read more…


IN A SCARCE DUSTJACKET The Moonstone: A Romance

Wilkie Collins
1933 edition found here with its most uncommon dustjacket designed by Mabel Victoria Leith, (b. 1897), an English artist who, after working as a draughtsman for ship designs in the Great War, lived and made art in Australia and Canada. A very good copy with the name of ‘R Carter’ to the front flyleaf; the jacket has been price clipped from the spin… Read more…


INSCRIBED TO A LEADING CATHOLIC LAYMAN The Office and Work of Universities

John Henry Newman
Presentation copy of a collection of Newman’s papers written while he worked on his ‘great undertaking’ in Dublin, the establishment of the Catholic University of Ireland. Newman spent most of the 1850s in Dublin working on this project as the university’s first Rector from which emerged this book and his classic study, The Idea of a University. Th… Read more…


The Witchery of Archery: A Complete Manual of Archery

Maurice Thompson
A good copy only of the ‘new edition’ of 1879. Decorative brown publisher’s cloth binding, worn and with a split running up the outer hinge between front board and spine. Tape repair to gutter of front blue-coated endpapers; bookplate of ‘William Bacon Crittenden’, 1884; later ownership inscription of ‘Howard Curtis 1954’. The sewing has failed int… Read more…


FRIDA KAHLO & DIEGO RIVERA IN DETROIT: Lydia Cohen’s Album with Drawings by Kahlo and Rivera

Frida Kahlo - Carmen Rivera; Diego Rivera
A remarkable memento of the creative presence of the artistic super-couple Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera - ‘equals and accomplices’ as they were described - in the mid-western city of Detroit, early in 1933. With these drawings into a young woman’s autograph album, made a few days before their departure for New York, Kahlo and Rivera marked the clos… Read more…


FRIDA KAHLO & DIEGO RIVERA IN DETROIT Evelyn Cohen’s Notebook with Drawings by Kahlo and Rivera

Frida Kahlo - Carmen Rivera; Diego Rivera
An extraordinary memento of the creative presence of the artistic super-couple Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera - ‘equals and accomplices’ as they were described - in the mid-western city of Detroit, early in 1933. With these drawings into a young woman’s autograph album, made a few days before their departure for New York, Kahlo and Rivera marked the… Read more…



John Piper
A remarkably rich wartime sketch-book in which John Piper recorded his 1943 summer tour of Devon and Cornwall in the company of Geoffrey Grigson, sketched Welsh landscapes as well as the Victorian villas and churches of the English Midlands while he stayed at Renishaw Hall, home of his friends Edith and Osbert Sitwell. Piper’s sketches include chur… Read more…


THE BINNACLE SKETCH BOOK: Design Drawings & Specifications of Ships’ Navigational Equipment

F Whiggin - Heath and Co
Eighty full-page master-plan drawings and written ‘particulars’ for the main navigational device used on all modern ships - the Titanic had four of them - the binnacle. This manuscript was drawn and maintained, and returned under duress to the company for which it was made when the engineer retired. Whiggin was a life-long employee of Heath and Com… Read more…


A DIARIST & PHOTOGRAPHER AT EL ALAMEIN: ‘Each time I heard a screaming bomb I imagined it to be coming straight for me’

William Thomas Pritchard
Visually fascinating photographic diary written by an officer with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps who - against all rules - took a camera to the front which allowed him to record the Battle of El Alamein (1942) as well as the chaotic British evacuation from St Nazaire (1940) from where he offers an eye witness account of the sinking of HMS Lancastri… Read more…



Alison Uttley; James Uttley
Two sketchbooks drawn and painted by the children’s author Alison Uttley and two by her husband James whose early death, she would later claim, inspired and necessitated Uttley’s prolific output. The first sketchbook records Alison Uttley’s honeymoon with James Uttley when they travelled along the south coast of England and matches the third item i… Read more…


VINDICATING ADMIRAL GAMBIER - WITH A LETTER TO BULWER LYTTON Memorial, Personal and Historical or Admiral Lord Gambier.... Second Edition

Georgiana Dering, Lady Chatterton
Excellent presentation copy given to her friend the novelist Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton by the author, Georgiana, Lady Chatterton, in an effort to vindicate the reputation of the subject of her book, her mother’s brother, Admiral Gambier. As well as being inscribed on the author’s behalf, a letter laid in from Georgiana Dering unpacks her reasons for… Read more…



Isaac Rosenberg
Inscribed first edition of Rosenberg’s collected poems, a volume which was published after the poet’s death on the western front in the last months of the First World War. As a posthumously published work, there can never be a copy inscribed in the author’s hand, adding to the allure of this volume. Rosenberg’s youngest sister Rachel Lyons, nee Ros… Read more…



William George Frederick Cavendish Bentinck (1856-1948)
Private journal of an English aristocrat, recent Cambridge graduate, Mayfair-resident, avid ball and theatre-goer and, paradoxically, future husband of the socialist and suffragist Ruth St Maur with whom he parented the 8th and 9th Dukes of Portland. Known by his third given name, Frederick - William George Frederick Cavendish Bentinck (1856-1948)… Read more…



Vyvyan Holland - Oscar Wilde
Vyvyan Holland’s memoir of ‘a unique life’s experience’, published in the year of his father, Oscar Wilde’s centenary and inscribed here to his personal physician in west London, Dr Wilfred Dykes-Bower. Orange cloth, worn and with stains, a closed tear along the hinge between upper board and spine, now protected by a very good-plus supplied dustjac… Read more…


BARNACLE LETTER: Autograph Letter on Barnacles and their Classification with Original Envelope

Charles Darwin
An attractive autograph letter, with revealing anatomical and classificatory content, complete with Darwin’s original envelope retained by the recipient, the marine biologist Henry Lee. Writing in his scientific maturity just two days before Christmas, 1871, Darwin identifies two groups of barnacle specimens, telling Lee that both are Lepas antifer… Read more…