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Mauleverer's Millions: A Yorkshire Romance

Thomas Wemyss Reid
Uncommon novel by the pioneering editor of the Leeds Mercury who won the right for provincial newspaper journalists to enter the House of Commons press gallery. Decorative red cloth, a little darkened, a complimentary note from a Leeds bookseller from 1943 presenting the book to the then Bradford municipal librarian. A very good copy. Published joi… Read more…


Stubbs' European Hotel Guide 1897

pp 300. Capacious and informative illustrated guide to British hotels, working outwards from London to the province and including 'Boarding Establishments, Hydropathic Establishments, Restaurants and Continental Hotels.' Blue textured cloth binding with black and gilt decoration, yellow illustrated endpapers for 'Genuine Native Oysters' from Burnha… Read more…


Mrs Roscoe's Confectionary [confectionery] Book Dec 28th 1868

William Roscoe; Mrs Roscoe
pp 40 & 100 blanks. Manuscript recipe book owned by the Liverpool abolitionist and historian William Roscoe whose recipes were entered into the book a generation after his death, probably by one of his daughters-in-law. Neat Regency period quarto manuscript book bound in decorative green cloth with 'W.m Roscoe Book' in black ink to the front pasted… Read more…


Arthur Balfour Debates Education Policy - a Three page Manuscript Policy Document from the Year that Balfour became Prime Minister

Arthur Balfour
Fascinating document written by the soon-to-be Prime Minister setting out the alternatives for what would be known as the Balfour Education Act. Writing on a three sides of a small bifolium, blind-embossed with the House of Commons crest on the first leaf, scarred to the final page where it has been removed from an album page, the Conservative lead… Read more…


Children's Special Service Mission Journal - A manuscript record of the evangelical Beach Missions undertaken by Montgomery Goodman and family as part of the organisation later known as the Scripture Union

Montgomery Goodman; Children's Special Service Mission; The Scripture Union
ff 245; 535 photographs. Massive folio journal recording the evangelical 'Beach Missions' and indefatigable preaching to poor children of George and Montgomery Goodman who were members of the Children's Special Service Mission, later the Scripture Union. Bound in half red morocco with the backstrip leather largely absent, upper hinge slightly tende… Read more…


William Gropper Retrospective [signed - with a drawing]

William Gropper
Inscribed by the artist with a simple drawing on the first blank 'To Frank and Edith with warm Regards from the Groppens.' Near fine book, a couple of small marks to the endpapers in a jacket which has split down the spine, being supported by a stiff, removable mylar wrapper. Gropper cartooned for Smart Set and Vanity Fair in the '20 and '30s, evol… Read more…


Retreat to Innocence [inscribed]

Doris Lessing 'The Youth'
Inscribed second impression of a novel almost never found signed because it was repudiated on political grounds by its Nobel Prize winning author. In dark ink on the first free endpaper is written: 'X/ To the Youth/ Doris Lessing'. Who is the youth and what was his relationship with Lessing? Answers came there none. The book is near fine in black c… Read more…


Poultry Keeping and Breeding & Colour Theory: A Manuscript containing material from Charles Darwin's Mayfair-based Poultry Dealer

W Stone [David Ramsay Hay, Charles Darwin, John Baily]
[pp]66 (poultry); [pp]46 (colour theory); [pp]57 (legal) Manuscript notebook by a committed poultry breeder, reader and customer of Darwin's poulterer and dealer in live birds, John Baily, with a letter from Baily about 'confinement' of birds. In this fascinating work W Stone keeps copious notes of John Baily's published observations on poultry, mo… Read more…


Footbridge to Enchantment [author's original typescript]

Nigel Tranter
[ff] 4 ff 139. Full length authorial typescript of Tranter's country notebook with a manuscript title page. Typed by Tranter on the rectos of 143 leaves with a title page in which the author has misspelt his own title: 'Footbridge to Enchatment - by Nigel Tranter or Nigel's Bridge to Enchantment' - a sub-title which did not appear on the finished w… Read more…


A Report from The Working Party on the New Technologies

Robin Scott, John Birt
pp346 Very good in green card wrappers, the pages are gathered in a plastic spine clip, covers lightly soiled, internally fine with no marks. This book comes from the private collection of British Prime Minister Harold Wilson and his wife Mary which was recently dispersed at auction following the death of Mary Wilson aged 102 in 2016. Read more…


Nottingham Settlement to City (Harold Wilson's copy)

Duncan Gray
pp127 A special limited edition of 200 copies on hand-made paper, no 82 signed by the author. A Companion Volume to Nottingham Through 500 Years: A Short History of Town Government. Very good in black leather with gilt titles, top edge gilt, spine and corners rubbed, text block edge spotted. The pages are crisp and clean in a tight binding. This bo… Read more…


The Blood of Abraham (presented to Lord Wilson of Rievaulx)

Jimmy Carter
pp257 Near fine in maroon cloth with gilt titles edges lightly marked, in a near fine dust jacket, a little creasing to the head of the spine. Gift inscription to Lord Wilson from James L Narduzzi "A small token of appreciation for speaking to my London semester students. (November 1984) It was truly the highlight of our program". This book comes f… Read more…


Guide to the Patent Law of the People's Republic of China (presented to Lord Wilson of Rievaulx)

Philip Gladwin, Ajmal Hameed
pp70 As new in bright red cloth with gilt titles. Gift inscription "To Rt. Honourable Lord Harold Wilson with best wishes. Ajmal Hameed June 1985". This book comes from the private collection of British Prime Minister Harold Wilson and his wife Mary which was recently dispersed at auction following the death of Mary Wilson aged 102 in 2016. Read more…


The Rt Hon Sir George Lawson-Johnston

Sir George & Ian Lawson-Johnston
pp 56 Privately printed volume, no institutional copies traced, of tributes to the founder of Bovril, George Lawson-Johnston. Bound in crushed blue morocco, browning towards the spine. Tipped in frontispiece portrait and 5 further plates, top edge gilt. With a presentation letter from Sir George's son Ian presenting the book to his Aunt Eva apologi… Read more…


Japanese Family Photo Album

[pp] 26 + blanks. Attractively bound Japanese photo album, pictorial fabric over card wrappers, green silk ties and tassel. Black endpapers followed by twenty six pages of photographs which are accomcpanied by white pen annotations of domestic, family and professional scenes including kimono-dressed women, mothers and infants, a visit to a shrine a… Read more…


The Edinburgh Musical Miscellany A Collection

D Sime
A companion volume to the first 'Edinburgh musical miscellany' with engraved music throughout and a mostly manuscript title page where the original was somehow lost. Bound in nineteenth century textured khaki paper over boards with a red morocco spine label this stand alone volume followed on from the success of its predecessor. There is at least o… Read more…


Log of H.M.S

Tim 'Sully' Houghton
pp 48 + blanks. Water-stained Gallipoli naval diary culminating in the actions in the Dardanelles in February and March 1915: 'The Captain told us were were going to take part in the forcing of the Dardenelles... a real hot time shells dropping all round us and going "plonk" against the ships side...'. Red cloth-bound manuscript book, water-damaged… Read more…


An Introduction to Turner's Southern Coast

A J Finberg; J M W Turner
pp 80. No 184 of 200 copies with the prospectus laid in. Brown buckram, boards sunned in irregular patterns; book label of Rainforth Armitage Walker (an expert on Aubrey Beardsley) to the front pastedown otherwise fine internally with the bifolium prospectus offering this small folio book on Turner's engravings 'in which all the known working proof… Read more…


De Vitis Excellentium Imperatorum

Cornelius Nepos; Nicolaus Courtin
pp [2] iv; xi [13] pp173; lxvii. 1729 edition bound in beautiful mottled calf with speckled edges to the text block, ownership signature of 'H Whitmore' to the final pastedown. A very little wear at the foot of the outer hinges, otherwise a very good binding, mild browning and a few spots to early leaves. A lovely 'editio quinta' copy of this biogr… Read more…


Introduction a la Poetique [inscribed]

Paul Valery
Inscribed on the first blank 'a Mr Rudler, amical souvenir de Paul Valery' - a 'souvenir' being a typical formula used by the French poet in his inscriptions. Original printed wrappers, browned to edges and a closed tear at the foot of the upper cover. Overall a good copy only. A contemporary French newspaper review of the work is laid in along wit… Read more…


Typed Letter by novelist Edmund White about 'Nocturnes'

Edmund White; Denis Lemon
Touchingly sincere letter to the Editor of Gay News, thanking him for the 'your presentation of Noctures in your paper. The illustration of the long figure in the piazza certainly captures the spirit of the chapter... As someone who has been an editor, I know how easy it is to bungle something like this.' Signed in blue biro 'Edmund White' on Febru… Read more…


Canticles at Evensong [1 of 12 copies]

George Lea; Eric Ramsden
pp 16. One of twelve copies of this illustrated collection of verse produced by the Lilac Tree Press in Wallasey on the Wirral. The volumes was presented to Lea's native 'Southport Libraries from the author' with a letter tipped in explaining how Lea taught at the Liverpool College of Art and 'the Dean of Liverpool, who is one of the printer's subs… Read more…


Letters Home [Olwyn Hughes' Galley Proof with annotations in the hand of Frieda Plath - Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes' daughter]

Sylvia Plath, Aurelia Plath [Frieda Hughes]
pp 438 Olwyn Hughes' bound galley proof of the first publication of her sister in law Sylvia Plath's letters, annotated by Sylvia Plath's daughter, Frieda Hughes. In addition to Frieda Hughes' annotations this early version of the galley proof contains at least three preliminary drafts of Aurelia's editorial commentary to be subsequently removed or… Read more…


Day by Day: A Thought for Every Day of the Year [Embroidered Binding]

Rev. W H Elliott
Rather lovely twentieth century embroidered binding which fits snuggly over the publisher's boards. The embroidery was likely executed by one or other of 'From Amy to: Norah with Love. March 2nd. 1941' -their gift inscription appears on the first blank. Otherwise a near fine, clean copy of this gently devotional work. Read more…


The Correspondence of Sir John Gordon, Bart

John Gordon [Andrew Carnegies Copy]
Andrew Carnegie's copy, 1 of 30 printed, with the bookplate on the front pastedown of the industrialist bearing his motto 'Let there be light'. Half brown morocco over marbled boards with light rubbing to corners and hinges. Lettering in gilt to spine; all edges gilt. Marbled endpapers, 'Thirty copies printed' on verso of title page. Blank leaves b… Read more…