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Leda [extra-illustrated]

Aldous Huxley [Richard de Bohun Lovell Smith]
Extra-illustrated edition with five full-page original pen and ink drawings by the New Zealand artist, Richard de Bohun Lovell Smith interpreting Huxley’s Leda poem. Expensively bound in half crushed dark green morocco over light green buckram by the London bindery, Sangorski and Sutcliffe. A little rubbing only to outer hinges; a very attractive b… Read more…


Ned Kelly: Archive of Film Production Drawings Including Portraits of Mick Jagger playing Ned Kelly

George Crossley - Ned Kelly - Tony Richardson - Mick Jagger
Remarkable archival collection of 99 drawings made on location by the Australian artist George Crossley during the filming of Tony Richardson's Ned Kelly feature film which starred Mick Jagger. The drawings vary in size from the largest at 37x50 cm (14.5x19.75 inches) to the smallest at 24x31 cm (9.5x12 inches). Most are executed in black pen on pa… 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…


COLLECTION OF HAND-COLOURED MAPS - The Preceptor Containing a General Course of Education

Robert Dodsley; Samuel Johnson
Beautifully illustrated mid-century educational text with 6 Emanuel Bowen hand-coloured maps, including North America, and an introduction by Samuel Johnson. Bound in contemporary plain calf, cracking to outer hinges; binding sound. Armorial bookplate and signature of Edward Newton Young to the first pastedown; Hayman frontispiece opposite title pa… Read more…


WEDDING WISHES FOR A PUBLISHER - ‘For John Gill from His Friends and Colleagues of The Amalgamated Press on the Occasion of his Marriage...’

[Alfred Harmsworth]
Wedding card hand drawn and signed by 70 members of Alfred Harmsworth’s Amalgamated Press. Stiff card (34x23cm) with hand-drawn multi-coloured decoration and the recipient John Gill's name in bold at the head of the card. Below are the signatures of dozens of colleagues with the Amalgamated Press editor ‘C Langton Townley’(1878-1956) heading up the… Read more…



‘C Jones’ & Family
Beautifully bound early Victorian album with a highly unusual use of tapestry panels to both boards. Large quarto format (30x25cm) bound in decorative green morocco with gilt embellishment and two tapestry insets (22x20cm). The upper panel has two words in the centre of the panel, possibly reading ‘Fun Kalender’ but it is hard to make them out; all… 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…


IRISH SKETCHBOOK of the D’Olier/ Sitwell Family

Elizabeth Maria D’Olier (later Sitwell)
Small sketchbook (11.5x9 cm), black roan, blind-stamped with a cornucopia to front and rear, gold decoration to borders, gold harp and flower devices on spine; gold edges, clean. The binding is sound. Written on the first mauve flyleaf in pencil ‘E.M. d’Olier from Muff’; followed by 72 pages of pastel coloured leaves bearing 19 pages of pencilled s… Read more…



Nicolas de Montargon
Late 17th century French legal manuscript relating to the affairs of Nicolas de Montargon, businessman and frustrated diplomat. Quarto sized (20x27 cm) disbound manuscript (c 12,000 words) in a clerk’s hand; ink on vellum comprising sixty numbered folios (120pp) in eight gatherings, sewn with string top and bottom only, sewing snapped between third… Read more…


1960s MODELLING PORTFOLIO of Annabel Smith

[Annabel Smith]
Ring bound photographic modelling portfolio covered by thick blue fabric. A certificate from The Model Centre in London is mounted opposite the first image and states the completion of a training programme offered by the centre by an Annabel Smith on the 31st October 1966. The programme included training in ‘Show, Mannequin, Photographic and Televi… Read more…


JOHN CUNLIFFE’S COPY - A Dictionary of British Folk Tales: In The English Language, Incorporating The F

Katherine M Briggs, [owned by] John Cunliffe
A set owned and used by the folk-story inspired creator of Postman Pat, John Cunliffe, with the writer’s annotated book marks present. Brown publisher’s cloth in near fine condition with very minor bumping to top and tail of spine. Brown top edge stain. Slight dusting to top edge. Dust jackets in very good condition with fading to spine and some mi… Read more…



Laurie Lee
The author’s corrected proof copy, deaccessioned from Laurie Lee’s personal library. Like the printed text which accompanies this proof this runs to 12 pages, 6 pages of preliminaries and 6 of text without the photographs which would adorn the final publication. Lee has noted on the half title ‘Corrected’ - a reminder that he had done his job as au… Read more…


NUSSEY FAMILY COPY - The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments

[Mary Nussey] Church of England
Mary Nussey of Leeds’ copy, probably the sister of Charlotte Bronte’s great friend and confidant, Ellen Nussey. Small format, duodecimo Bible attractively bound in straight grain red morocco with Greek key gilt decoration to the boards; all edges gilt. Green coated endpapers with Mary Nussey’s leather book label to the front paste-down and her owne… Read more…



Wiliam Motherwell [J L Weir]
Interleaved auction catalogue annotated by a former Keeper of Manuscripts at Glasgow University, with the poet’s signature tipped in. Smart modern blue buckram binding; bookplate of the antiquary Adam Sim Coulter (1829-1887) to the first paste-down with ‘Ex libris J L Weir’ above. Weir, whose binding this seems certain to be, has interleaved the 50… Read more…



John Cancellor
The private family accounts book of John Cancellor, a stockbroker of London and father-in-law of Alfred Swaine Taylor, who died about 1830; together with the grant of Probate of Cancellor’s father, also John, who died c.1790. Accounts Book (38 x 25cm), Vellum bound hard cover with fore-edge brass clasp; binding sound; all edges marbled, marbled end… Read more…


INSCRIBED - WITH A NOTE South with Scott

Admiral Sir Edward Evans
Presentation copy from Captain Scott’s second in command to an Irish woman who had sent him a ‘gift parcel of steak’ during the Second World War. Evans’ book is bound in soft, textured cloth, stamped with an image of him on skis in blue to the upper board and blue spine lettering. Slight toning to the extremities of the binding which is otherwise v… Read more…


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…


GEORGE KINNAIRD'S COPY - Recueil des Lettres de Madame La Marquise de Sevigne

Marquise de Sevigne - Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de Sevigny
‘Kinnaird’ copy of the Nouvelle edition bound in very pretty Scottish, polished calf with circular black morocco volume numbers and red morocco lettering pieces to the spine. Bookplate of 'Kinnaird' to each volume: George Kinnaird was a Scottish banker and art collector whose collection was boosted by the dispersal of the Orleans collection in 1792… 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…


SIGNED BY DESCENDANTS OF FLETCHER CHRISTIAN - Pitcairn Island Refuge of the Bounty Mutineers

Maurice Allward
Signed by 5 descendants of Fletcher Christian and Edward Young and a further 54 attendees of the Bounty Pitcairn Conference, in Florida, 2005. The book which was owned by its author Maurice Allward is presented here in its original binding, with the logo of the conference tipped onto the front cover. Overleaf are 5 long inscriptions written by Pitc… Read more…


A Book of Blokes

William Nicholson
Nicholson’s jeu d’esprit collection of crayon drawings apparently done as a gift for his daughter. Green paper covered boards, slightly dulled with rubbing to the corners, much of the paper backing to the spine from the top half is gone but the binding remains sound. No inscriptions within; 28 crayon drawings reproduced in a red, black and green. T… Read more…


The Two Magics: The Turn of the Screw; Covering End

Henry James
The first edition, first state of Henry James's great supernatural tale, The Turn of the Screw. This, the earliest issue of the first edition is bound in blue cloth with the four iris designs to the upper board and the title page printed in black and red and the 32 page advertisements to the rear. The blue cloth is a rubbed and darkened with a ligh… Read more…


[QUEEN ELIZABETH’S PRAYER BOOK] A Booke of Christian Praiers, Collected out of the Ancient Writers, and Best Learned in our Time, Worthy to be Read with an Earnest Mynde of all Christians, in these Daungerous and Troublesom Daies

Richard Day
Incomplete copy of this most loveable of Jacobean publications, bound in blind-stamped pig skin. Bound in an attractive limp pigskin binding adorned with faded gilt tooling and a blind double fillet. External straps along spine folds and new ties. The upper cover has been reinforced with a card lining that bears a bookplate from 1977 on the verso:… Read more…