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NOISILY INSCRIBED My Brother Aquarius: Poems by Stephen Tennant

Stephen Tennant
Eccentrically inscribed by its eccentric, nay decadent, author. Quarto sized book bound in blue cloth with gilt lettering, a little rubbed. Tennant has decorated the front flyleaf with his effusive inscription ‘for Rupert Lord’ adding verses from the Persian and ‘A very ancient saying Oriental I think. I love it.’ The book is otherwise unmarked apa… Read more…


The Man with the Golden Gun

Ian Fleming
First edition of the final Bond novel bound in black boards with gilt spine lettering, no gun on the upper board; the scarcer issue with blank endpapers with no ownership inscriptions, a very good plus book. The jacket is complete with the '18s. net' price present; very good colour to the jacket, a little rubbing to extremities and a few spots to t… Read more…


The Colours of Animals: Their Meaning and Use..

Edward Bagnall Poulton
Attractive, squarely bound second edition with Oxford provenance to ‘Thornton and Son, Booksellers’ on The Broad, Oxford. Publisher’s red cloth; black coated endpapers. Internally clean and fresh, with the bookplate of Edward Alfred Cockayne (1880-1956), an English physician specialising in children’s medicine, a keen entomologist in his spare time… Read more…


INSCRIBED Shakespeare Bibliography: A Dictionary of every known issue

William Jaggard
With very interesting provenance, having been signed by the author and with a note from the book’s owner laid in: ‘During World War II when I was an Army chaplain in England I had chance to attend the Shakespearian festival at Stratford... I spent several hours with Mr William Jaggard.. As a souvenir of my visit I bought several books from him, amo… Read more…


‘These HIGHLY VALUABLE RELICS’ Shakespeare Wars Stratford Broadside

Mary Hornby [William Shakespeare]
Souvenir of the heated dispute between Mary Hornby, recently ousted as custodian of Shakespeare’s birthplace, and the subsequent occupant, Mrs Court. Printed double-sided on card (9x13cm), the printing on the verso with text upside down. The text relates to Hornby’s ownership of the ‘the various Articles... that originally belonged to the Immortal… Read more…



Robert Southey
Richly provenanced Nelson family association copy presented by Horatio Nelson’s niece Charlotte Nelson to the future Admiral Richard Crozier. Two handsome small octavo volumes bound in straight grain red morocco with gilt decoration; all edges gilt; grey coated endpapers. Armorial bookplate of Richard Crozier to both front paste-downs. Charlotte Ho… Read more…



V Komissarzhevsky
Inscribed to a legendary Shakespearian to mark the first Shakespearian performance in Russia by a leading British actor since the Bolshevik Revolution. Folio sized volume bound in cream buckram, browning along the top edge of the flyleaf, below which is written in Russian script by the book’s author Victor Komisarzhevsky: ‘To Paul Scofield - Hamlet… Read more…


NUMBER 4 OF 26 SIGNED COPIES Newcastle is Peru

Tony Harrison
True first edition of this early poem, inscribed to a close friend on the northern poetry scene numbered 4 out of 26 signed copies. Printed brown paper wrappers which are browned and faded and separated along the spine. Harrison has inscribed the poem above the title with a double-edged quotation: ‘Nor need we to the distant Indies rome; The curst… Read more…


The Wild Swans at Coole

William Butler Yeats
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 first flylea… Read more…



E M Forster
Forster’s second - and favourite - novel, signed and initialled by the writer, probably in Cambridge. A near fine book, green publisher’s cloth, in a good jacket with a little wear to the head and tail of the spine and a closed tear up the hinge between the front jacket panel and the front flap. Not price-clipped. Bookseller’s label of ‘Bowes and B… Read more…


Sylva, or a Discourse of Forest Trees and the Propagation of Timber in His Majesties Dominions

John Evelyn
Second edition in worn contemporary calf binding complete with all illustrations and text present: an excellent study copy. Full calf binding: upper cover detached; lower cover attached by a single cord. Blind double fillet to boards, leather starting to detach from boards. Old presentation inscription to front flyleaf: ‘The Gift of Mr Robert Offle… Read more…


The Ball-Room Manual and Etiquette of Dancing

Mr J Seaton
Miniature guide to ballroom etiquette (10.5x6.7cm) bound in ribbed red cloth over limp boards; all edges gilt. A little fading to the boards. Yellow coated endpapers; frontispiece; pp82, minor soiling to final leaves. This guide first appeared in 1848, printed in Manchester; this is Milner and Sowerby’s first edition (one institutional copy at the… Read more…


INSCRIBED Shell-Backs and Beachcombers

S Bradford; Gordon Campbell [Basil Clarke]
Maritime memoir inscribed to the First World War correspondent and British government spin-doctor, Basil Clarke. Blue cloth, fading to spine. Bradford has inscribed the front flyleaf: ‘To Sir Basil Clarke with the author’s best wishes S. Bradford Feb 1934.’ Internally very clean, a very good plus copy. Bradford was Chaplain to the RNR Officers’ Clu… Read more…


FIRST EDITION Highland Fling

Nancy Mitford
First edition of Mitford’s first novel. Publisher’s binding; subscription library bookplate to front pastedown and an inserted leaf opposite on the stub of the flyleaf with the ownership inscription of ‘Hilary Glynn Gilling’ in pencil; another inserted leaf on the lower pastedown. Internally very good. This book has spent many decades in a smoky La… 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…


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…


NORFOLK MANORIAL COURT BOOK: Sutton Outsoken 1650 usqe 1660

Court Official
Commonwealth period Manorial Court Book for the district of ‘Sutton Outsoken’ in central Norfolk detailing fines against manorial custom as well as transfers of copyhold property. Small folio size manuscript bound in a reused vellum indenture from 1623. Manuscript title to front cover: ‘1650 usqe 1660’ - 1650 up to 1660 - with the letter ‘D’ below.… 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…


WINE MERCHANT’S ESTATE - A Catalogue of the Neat Household Furniture, Stock in Trade..

Charles Williams; Sidgwick & Son
Unrecorded auction catalogue for the ‘stock in trade’ - sherry, port, ‘coniac brandy’, rum and gin - from a recently deceased St Albans wine merchant, annotated by the auctioneer with the prices achieved. The printed catalogue is octavo size (21x13cm), made up of two bifolia loosely inserted to make 8 printed pages. There is soiling to the outer le… 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…


Photos Taken During a Walking Tour round Norfolk and Suffolk [& SOUTH AFRICA]

Arthur David John Pitts
High quality photo-album by an Anglo-Canadian artist who became a leading figure in the depiction of indigenous peoples in British Columbia and Alaska. The collection is housed in a commercially produced photo album bound in red buckram, slightly stained and scuffed, ‘Reminiscences’ in gilt on the upper cover; 12 card leaves with 8 window-mounted s… 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…


Manuscript Autobiography, Sketches and Photographs

Theodore Roussel [PAINTER]
Autobiographical manuscript of the Anglo-French painter Theodore Roussel’s early life from 1847 to the 1880s which cites his most famous work, The Reading Girl (Tate Britain), together with several sketches, an etching, autograph letter and a manuscript draft of the painter’s will. Roussel (Theodore, 1847-1926) was a French-born English Painter and… Read more…


Arts and Crafts Photograph Album of the Architect's Home, 'Weir’s Barn'

Robert Weir Schultz [Architect]
Family photo-album recording the Arts and Crafts Hampshire home and garden built for himself by the Scottish-born architect Robert Weir Schultz who lived there for 50 years. 116 photographs mounted in a commercially produced oblong photo album, 33x25cm, ‘The Beaumont Album’, Johnson London. Bound in deep reddish/black shiny cloth with silk ties thr… Read more…



Sir H Frank Heath
Presentation volume inscribed by a distinguished roster of 1000 scientists and officials of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research as a retirement present for its founder. Expensively bound with Frank Heath’s initials on the upper cover, all edges gilt, manuscript title page and 50 card leaves. Vellum-bound list of signers in rear poc… Read more…