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Realites et Nostalgies Marines [with drawings]

Maurice Guierre
Out of sequence edition containing three original drawings by the artist and writer and an additional suite of woodcuts preceding the text. Unnumbered, but resembling one of the first 13 copies, the book has been rebound in crushed burgundy morocco with gilt decoration, top edge gilt, a silk book mark and marbled endpapers. A female nude in red cra… Read more…


Charles Darwin and the Origin of Species [presentation copy from Poulton to Walter Lock]

Edward Bagnall Poulton; Walter Lock
xvi, pp 302. Oxford presentation copy to the former Warden of Keble College, inscribed on the first blank: 'Walter Lock From E. B. Poulton, in memory of much kindness & much fresh stimulus received from him while a colleague in work at Keble, and in years of friendship since then. Oxford. March 1924.' Bound in publisher's blue buckram, slight fadin… 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…


Frank Lloyd Wright: Ausgefuhrte Bauten

Frank Lloyd Wright; C R Ashbee
'LITTLE WASMUTH' - THE FIRST BOOK EDITION OF WRIGHT'S WASMUTH PORTFOLIO complete with C R Ashbee's introduction. An excellent copy in original wrappers and the publisher's binding of black cloth over one of the most influential architectural publications of the century. A little rubbing to the black cloth; bright red lettering. Textured yellow endp… Read more…


Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: An extract of a letter written from Dublin to the publisher, containing divers particulars of a philosophical nature; Extract of a letter written to the publisher by Mr

Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek - Mr Leewenhoeck; Johannes Hevelius; John Flamsteed, Jean Dominique Cassini, Matthias Mangold, Robert Boyle
pp 647-678 (Pppp1-Tttt4 - lacking the engraved plate) An early edition of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society containing contributions from Van Leeuwenhoek, Hevlius, Flamsteed, Cassini and a review of Robert Boyle's Experiments, Notes. Quarto pamphlet bound by Sotherans of London marbled paper covered boards with an antique-style pa… Read more…


Essex: Particulars and Conditions of Sale - most Chelmsford area with a couple of London items including Spitalfields pub

Bound volume containing around 30 printed particulars and conditions of sale for a variety of properties, land and homes in Essex from the first decade of the twentieth century. Locations include Chelmsford and Braintree, East Tilbury, East Donyland, Great Dunmow etc etc. Around a quarter of the items are tipped in, the rest loose, most running to… Read more…


Life of Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck

Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck; Christina Hankin
Scrumptious two volume first edition in very nearly fine condition. Publisher's textured paper covered boards, almost without fading, just a few pushes to corners. Brown paper covered endpapers with printed advertisements and bookseller's ticket of 'T. Edmondson'; binders ticket on final blank of 'Edmonds and Remnants'. Ownership signature on verso… Read more…


William Blake; Thomas Wright; Kenneth Povey [Basil Mackenzie]

The Heads of the Poets - typescript and manuscript archive of a William Blake scholar
Manuscript and typescript William Blake collection compiled by the scholar and university librarian (Queen's University, Belfast and Liverpool University) Kenneth Povey, and his Cambridge friend Basil Mackenzie. This archival collection is housed within the binding of a Blake Society imprint from 1925, The Heads of the Poets, which has been cased i… Read more…


[The Athelhampton Copy of] A Survey of Dorsetshire

John Coker
Extra-illustrated and coloured by the owner of Athelhampton House in Dorset (probably Alfred De la Fontaine), one of the most beautiful manor houses in England. Bound in old panelled calf, rebacked in the twentieth century, with a new red morocco spine label 'Coker' and new endpapers. The book collates complete with the fold-out map and six armoria… Read more…


The Text of the Book of Llan Dav Reproduced from the Gwysaney Manuscript

K Gwenogvryn Evans; John Rhys [William Stanford]
'Special' vellum-bound copy inscribed on the half title 'William Stanford with the Editors best wishes'. Handsomely 'Bound by Morley Oxford' in full vellum over bevel-edged boards with two red morocco spine labels, external straps and gilt turn-ins. On the verso of the title page is printed: 'Imprinted at Gloucester, in the Eastgate by me John Bell… Read more…


Imperial Caesar [Original Dustjacket Artwork]

H Bridgeman Grimley; Rex Warner
(18x21cm) Original dustjacket artwork in gouache on thick art paper for Rex Warner's pivotal classica-themedl novel. Overleaf the publisher Collins's print instructions, dated 16 March 1960 noting 'Add to bottom only to give 8 3/8 65 Proofs in Colour on Cartridge Paper...' The publication of Imperial Caesar marked Warner's transition from allegory… Read more…


A Catalogue of Books Relating to Masonry - belonging to Reverend Honyel Gough Rosedale

W O P Rosedale - Reverend Honyel Gough Rosedale
ff 172 Typescript catalogue of the books collected by the Reverend Honyel Gough Rosedale (1863-1928) compiled, presumably by his son, the W.O.P. Rosedale. Card wrappers, chipped, manuscript title with ties. The text has a contents page with divisions into sections for Anti-Masonic works, Manuscripts and the Occult. Rosedale senior graduated D.D. fr… Read more…


Virgilii Evangelisantis Christiados Libri XIII

Alexander Ross
Revised edition of Ross's 1638 history in Virgilian verse of Christ and the prophecies surrounding him. William Marshall frontispiece of an angel blowing a trumpet with 'Jesus Christus Salvator Mundi' in its blast. Rebound by 'L N Knight' in 1969 in pretty speckled calf, no labelling or spine bands, new endpapers; speckled edges to text block. Ligh… Read more…


The Female Approach [Signed]

Ronald Searle; Sir Max Beerbohm
Inscribed by the author to 'Patricia Wood with best wishes Ronald Searle Aug 53' on the first free endpaper. The eighth impression, bound in red with some white markings to the boards in a good plus dustjacket and with an introduction from Max Beerbohm. The Female Approach was the second of Searle's St Trinian's books. Read more…


The "Jeweller and Metalworker" Almanack, Diary, and Directory for the Gold & Silver..

The Jeweller and Metalworker
Jeweller and Metalworker's almanac bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to upper cover. Yellow coated endpapers and twenty pages of advertisements - a mixture of steel engravings and half-tone photographs precede 100 pages of Classified Directory (more adverts) and the Diary proper, interspersed with pink blotting paper. The original owner has… Read more…


A Companion to the Guide and A Guide to the Companion Being a Complete Supplement to all the Accounts of Oxford Hitherto Published [&] The Avalonian Guide to the Town of Glastonbury and its Environs, fourth edition

Thomas Wharton [James Elwin Millard]
Two guides to Glastonbury and Oxford with strong Oxford provenance. Bound in polished calf, raised spine bands with a morocco label, rubbed to edges and extremities. Bookplate of 'James Elwin Millard D.D.' to front pastedown (Millard was appointed Dean of Divinity at Magdalen College, Oxford in 1863). Both text are uncommon, particularly the Glasto… Read more…


The Bookbinder: An Illustrated Journal for Binders, Librarians, and all Lovers of Books,Vols I-III [with its continuation as] The British Bookmaker: A Journal for The Book Printer - The Book Illustrator; The Book Cover Designer - The Book Binder; Librarians, and Lovers of Books Generally: Vols IV-VII

Jacob Zaehnsdorf etc
A Yorkshire bookbinder's personal copy of the whole of this important journal devoted to the craft and history of binding, published in the 1880s and 1890s. Edited by Joseph Zaehnsdorf for the first three years, the journal metamorphosed into The British Bookmaker from 1891-1893 and published 7 volumes before being absorbed into the The British Pri… Read more…


Joannis Cassiani Opera Omnia Cum Commentariis D

Joannes Cassianus - John Cassian
[ff] 13 [lacking A1 half title] pp 1094 [ff] 20 Folio sized Paris printing of Cassianus's complete works. Bound in twentieth century quarter cream buckram over paper covered boards. The binding is discoloured and worn but structurally sound with a faded morocco label to the spine. Bookplate of St Stephen's House, Oxford to the front pastedown and o… Read more…


The Comedies - Presentation copy from Algernon Swinburne to Theodore Watts-Dunton

William Congreve; Algernon Swinburne; Theodore Watts-Dunton
An excellent presentation copy inscribed by Algernon Charles Swinburne to his intimate friend Theodore Watts-Dunton. Two volumes bound in green buckram, a little fading to the spine of the second volume. Swinburne's gift inscription appears on the half title of volume two above the printed rubric, written in ink: 'Walter Theodore Watts-Dunton from… Read more…


Four New Plays, Viz: The Surprisal, Committee Comedies;, The Indian Queen, Vestal-Virgin Tragedies - As they were Acted by His Majesties Servants at the Theatre-Royal

Robert Howard; John Dryden
[pp] 12, 242 [2] Howard's first plays including his collaboration with his brother in law John Dryden in The Indian Queen and his inflammatory preface on dramatic verse. The book is bound in half brown rexine over marbled boards with new endpapers. The text is collated and complete with much toning to the paper stock and the following paper repairs… Read more…


Over production in Books [manuscript]

Alfred Noyes
Impassioned short essay, probably written in the USA, urging British and American publishers to reduce the quantity and improve the quality of their books in response to the post-war recession of 1920-1. Noyes has written on the rectos of four sheets of '"Rufford" Parchment' watermarked paper, small quarto-size, signed at the end. The first sheet h… Read more…


Gibraltar Military List & Social Register - Manuscript, including details of banquets held by the Governor of the Crown Colony

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…


The Unfortunate Traveller or the Life of Jacke Wilton

Thomas Nashe, Michael Ayrton
pp 121 Thomas Nashe's novel of 1594 first published in this edition in 1948 with the artist Michael Ayrton's dedicatory drawing on the first free endpaper and inscribed 'Magda from Michael'. Near fine in fresh blue cloth, browning to end papers, pages crisp; in a very good price-clipped jacket, lightly soiled and nicked to the edges and tanned spin… Read more…


The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, Volume V Supplement AD 600-1900

F W Bateson, George Watson, [Geoffrey Keynes]
pp 709 This is bibliographer Geoffrey Keynes' copy, whose signature and notes in pencil appear on the first free end paper. Near fine in fresh brown cloth with gilt spine lettering. The dust jacket is very good, spine tanned and spotting to upper cover. Extra postage charges may apply as this is a heavy volume. Read more…


A Dissertation on the Use of Sea Water in the Diseases of the Glands, particularly The Scurvey, Jaundice, King's-Evil, Leprosy and the Glandular Consumption

Richard Russel [Russell]
[4] xii, [contents, plate], pp328. Richard Russel's medical treatise on the benefits of sea water therapy, translated from the Latin, together with a translation of Dr Speed's Commentary on Sea Water and also An Account of the Nature, Properties and Uses of all the remarkable Mineral Waters of Great Britain. Very good, bound in its original boards… Read more…