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BOOK-LENGTH MANUSCRIPT: Bridge Problems; Bridge for Beginners; Bridge Examination Papers

J A J - Anonymous Mid-Century Bridge Enthusiast
Generously illustrated collection of over 100 Bridge problems and 149 drawings and miniature paintings - an elaborate entertainment on the subject of Conract Bridge, written entirely in earnest. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION Small format (11.5x16.5cm) recently rebound in quarter deep blue morocco over blue cloth covered boards. New endpapers followed by ori… Read more…


‘MY CONDUCT IN AMERICA’: Blame-Game for Defeat at the Hands of ‘General Washington’ in New York

General Charles Cornwallis, General William Howe
A remarkable document in which General Cornwallis defends British military strategy during 1776 and 1777, through the Battle of Long Island and his fruitless pursuit of ‘General Washington’ across New York and into New Jersey. This is an official scribal copy of the evidence given by Cornwallis to his superior officer, William Howe in front of the… Read more…



Maull and Co
Large format signed albumen photograph of the Scottish congregationalist missionary Robert Moffat whose daughter Mary Moffat married David Livingstone. Photograph (19x15.5cm) mounted on card which has been trimmed to the edge of the albumen photograph except at the lower edge where the card mount has been signed: ‘Yours very truly Robert Moffat.’ T… Read more…


THREE NATIONS SPECIAL! Llythyrau Rhwng Mr Samuel Pike a Mr

John Popkin, [Robert Sandeman, Samuel Pike]
Scottish non conformist theologian Robert Sandeman in correspondence with an English follower (and latterly opponent) Samuel Pike - translated into Welsh. Attractive full sheepskin binding with extensive ownership inscriptions from the 1770s of the Morgan family - Morgan Morgan, William Morgan etc; browning and further penmanship to the title page:… Read more…



Professor Sir Robert Grieve
A work that brings together three distinguished Scottish polymaths: inscribed by the author on the first flyleaf: ‘To Alasdair Gray from Bob Grieve - you will find quotations from the main biographies in the Appendices. Blessings on the good work! March 1992.’ Near fine, just a little fading to the spine. A monograph by one distinguished Scotsman,… Read more…


An Archer Looks at the Bible: A Study of the Literal and Figurative Allusions to the Bow and Arrow

David Finnemore Hill
Oddly scarce Pentland Press imprint A fine copy in a fine jacket. Read more…


HALLEY’S COMET PROPHETICAL PAMPHLET The Mystery of Ambras Merlins, Standardbearer Wolf and last Boar of Cornwal

‘Lover of his Country’s Peace’
Rare prophetical pamphlet published after the appearance of Halley’s Comet a year before. 4 page folio text with caption title and imprint from colophon. Small woodcut on last page depicting a ‘Flagg figured with a White Wolf’. 4 pages. Toning to paper edges and a couple of brown spots, otherwise a very good copy bound in modern quarter calf over m… Read more…


UNPUBLISHED ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF SWISS PHYSICS - A Compendium of the Aristotelian: & Cartesian Physics

John Roberts - Johann Heinrich Schweitzer
Manuscript translation by an English lawyer determined to inject his enthusiasm for Lucretius into this work by a 17th century Swiss natural philosopher - completing his English makeover with marginal references to Milton’s Paradise Lost. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Quarto in modern half tan calf over marbled boards; an eighteenth century presentation in… Read more…


BOOK OF HOURS: Illuminated Manuscript on Parchment, 340 pages & 3 Miniatures

Northern French or Dutch Artist & Scribe
Late medieval Book of Hours written and illuminated for a woman patron who is depicted in a double-page of miniatures kneeling before the Virgin Mary to receive the gift of this manuscript. This Book of Hours was made in a northern French or Dutch workshop of the second half of the fifteenth century. It has attractive female provenance as well as 3… Read more…


AFTER FUSELI - A LOST HAMLET PAINTING: A Platform before the Castle of Elsinore: Hamlet, Horatio, Marcellus, and the Ghost

[Henry Fuseli - Johann Heinrich Füssli - William Shakespeare]
Early nineteenth century oil-painted copy of Fuseli’s lost 1789 painting which depicts the ghost of Hamlet's father beckoning away his son to hear the terrible story of his death. Oil on wooden panel, 44.5x57.5cm, label to verso from its appearance at the 1969 Zurich Fuseli exhibition, wood repair to verso reinforcing a vertical split in the wood w… Read more…


2 SETS OF 18TH CENTURY ‘CHARACTERS’ The Wooden World Dissected in the Characters [WITH] Mars Stript of His ArmourL or, the Army Display’d in all its True Colours

Edward Ward ‘A Lover of the Mathematicks’
Grub-Street satirist and publican, Ned Ward’s set of military characters, including ‘A Spy’, bound together with an incomplete set of his more common naval characters - 1709 and 1708. Contemporary panelled calf with two spine labels and remains of an overlaid morocco label to the second compartment. Skilful repair to the head and tail of the spine… Read more…


JOHN LE CARRE’S A MURDER OF QUALITY SCREENPLAY - Shooting Script With Revisions and Annotation

John Le Carre
No institutional copy located of this shooting script which has revised pages from 3 drafts of the screenplay and saw use by a cast member. Blue card wrappers with letterbox opening; closed tear above this probably removing an additional label previously stapled to the cover. Tape repairs overleaf. Binding secured by two flattened brads. Title page… Read more…


FIRST EDITIONS - 2nd SERIES IN VANESSA BELL’S DUSTJACKET The Common Reader: First and Second Series

Virginia Woolf
Beautiful examples of Virginia Woolf's two great essay collections that were published in her lifetime. The first volume is in first edition grey cloth-backed paper covered boards to Vanessa Bell’s design, a bright clean copy, internally unmarked, a near fine copy. The second volume is in publisher's green cloth which is brightly attractive and in… Read more…


SCOTLAND’S 7TH NOBEL PRIZE WINNER - Nobel Prize Lecture & Personal Papers

Sir Alexander Todd
Alexander Todd’s personal archive including school prizes from Glasgow schooldays, his Nobel Prize lecture and dozens of retained copies of his papers and speeches. Alexander R Todd (1907-1997) was awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the synthesis of nucleotides - the groundwork for Watson and Crick’s elucidation of DNA. Born… Read more…


‘WITH THE KINDEST WISHES AND PRAYERS OF THE AUTHOR...’ A Letter to the Rev Pusey & 8 other Publications

Saint John Henry Newman, William Gladstone, Gilbert Scott, Thomas Capel
Inscribed with ‘Prayers’ from a saint - John Henry Newman’s Letter to Pusey inscribed in his hand on the verso of the title page: ‘with the kindest wishes & prayers of the Author Decr 10. 1872’. Collection of 9 Anglo-Catholic church pamphlets bound in contemporary half calf with marbled boards, spine label lettered in gilt on maroon leather, some r… Read more…


EARLY MANUSCRIPT COPY Le Diable Amoureux - The Devil in Love

Jacques Cazotte
Early manuscript copy - apparently English in origin - of a French novel of diabolic seduction that has inspired everyone from Jacques Lacan to Jonny Depp. Small quarto (16.5x20.5cm) bound in (likely) English full sheep, rubbed with some loss close to outer hinges but boards remain well attached. No decoration apart from a gilt roll to the edge of… Read more…


BRIGHTON MARITIME ARCHIVE: Waldram Day and Night Pier Signals - Pamphlet & Signals

Edward Waldram
The archive of the inventor of Waldram’s Day and Night Pier Signals, including his unrecorded pamphlet and a part set of hand-painted miniature tin signalling flags - and compass. Edward Waldram’s proposal for a new set of Brighton maritime signals is housed within a custom-made wooden box (35x17x9cm) with a brass label on top: ‘International Code… Read more…


ILLUSTRATED Log Book of the Proceedings on Board the Barque Wellington from the Port of London to Madras

Henry Borrer, Midshipman
Extensively illustrated Midshipman’s log book of a return voyage from England to Madras with drawings of an albatross-shoot, whale-ships burning oil, a mirage at sea and a sequence of coastal views including St Helena and Tristan da Cunha. Folio-sized manuscript which has been copied by its author from the original document into a printed skeleton… Read more…


SPECIMEN OF PRINTING TYPES by Henry Caslon, Chiswell Street, London: Letter Founder to her Majesty’s Honourable Board of Excise

Henry Caslon
Rare book of specimen type borders and ornaments offered for sale by the most famous of all British letter founders. Large octavo bound in speckled paper covered boards with new acid-free endpapers. Title page with decorative border (with spotting) followed by Caslon’s 1838 ‘Prices of Printing Types’ with tissue guard. A single leaf of letterpress… Read more…


NAPOLEONIC WARS LOG of the Proceedings of The HMSS Malabar Kept by W B Boddy

W B Boddy
Napoleonic War manuscript ship’s log for a British warship in the Mediterranean that would be used shortly afterwards to transport convicts to New South Wales (1819) and Van Diemen’s Land (1821) in Australia. The folio-sized ship’s log comprises two disbound sections of a notebook of a junior British naval officer’s training logbook from 1814. Manu… Read more…


Nature Series: Popular Lectures and Addresses, Volume I, Constitution of Matter

William Thomson - Lord Kelvin [inscribed to sister]
Fine presentation copy inscribed by Lord Kelvin on the title page to his devoted sister: ‘Elizabeth King. 24 Hamilton Terrace from her brother W.T. March 2/ 89’. Very smart green publisher’s cloth binding with dark green coated endpapers, clean fresh text throughout, pp460 plus 2 pages of adverts at the end, illustrated throughout. Elizabeth Thomso… Read more…


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…



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…



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…