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Hsiang Fei Opus 40, [Orchestral Score, Colin Davis' copy]

Gene Gutche, [Colin Davis]
Gene Gutche, Hsiang Fei Opus 40, 1965, no publisher; large folio spiral bound in black plastic wrapper with compliments label, striking graphics. This score is from a large collection of scores that belonged to the conductor Sir Colin Davis, many annotated and used in performance, almost all from the post-war period and including at least two examp… Read more…


O More Than Happy Countryman

H E Bates
pp104 A most attractive volume inscribed by the author to Geoffrey Harmsworth who was a colleague in the RAF Intelligence Corps. The book is beautifully illustrated with 10 full page black and white plates by C F Tunnicliffe, along with other vignettes within the text. Very good, bound in its original green cloth; the text is fresh and crisp. In a… Read more…


An Historical Sketch of the Progress of Knowledge in England, from the Conversion of the Anglo Saxons, to the End of the Reign of Queen Elisabeth [grangerised - extra-illustrated edition]

James George Barlace, James Aldous [Frederick Bouttat, I Oliver etc]
[vii] pp 358 [xxi] [1] Extra illustrated by James Aldous around 1850 with a sequence of engravings including seventeenth century portraits of Phillip II of Spain and a portrait of Sir Francis Bacon. Worn black morocco binding, repairs to hinges, strengthening to inner hinges with black cloth. Red endpapers. Ownership signature of Henry and a much l… Read more…


Peninsula of Death [Gallipoli - presentation copy]

William James Blackledge; Digger Craven
viii, pp 248. First world war Gallipoli memoir inscribed by its author - or perhaps its ghost writer - as the title pages describes the work 'As Told to W J Blackledge by Digger Craven.' Blackledge has written on the title page: 'To Jack Wardle, With every good wish, W J Blackledge. January, 1937.' Bound in publisher's black cloth, unevenly faded;… Read more…


Notes on the Journey

Alicia Mulvany [William Thomas Mulvany]
[4] pp 174 [pp] 16, blank 'Notes'. Privately produced collection of poems, essays and translations by a well travelled, wealthy Irish woman married to the Irish entrepreneur in Germany, William Thomas Mulvany. There is no imprint or date so the date 1898 must be inferred from the final dated memorial poem to Mulvany with which the volume ends - the… Read more…


My Canoe [signed by translator]

Maurice Chenue; Bertram Ratcliffe
One of six hundred copies, this example inscribed by the translator who was the first British soldier to escape a German POW camp during the First World War and return to Britain. The translator has inscribed the first blank: 'Bertram Ratcliffe Linton Wetherby Yorkshire'. Near fine book, otherwise unmarked, in near very good jacket, a little rubbin… Read more…


Form and Sound: Can their Beauty be Dependent on the Same Physical Laws?

Thomas Purdie
ix, pp112, xv lithographed plates. Edinburgh printed study in aesthetics presented to the Royal Scottish Society of Arts. Blind stamped green cloth with neo-classical decoration to the boards; an old tear across the cloth at the tail of the spine, repaired. Yellow coated endpapers, a small scar at the head of the first endpaper where a label has be… Read more…


A Short History of Russia

Joseph A Shearwood
Narrative history of Russia in its original printed wrappers by a London barrister. The wrappers are brittle and chipped to edges but an uncommon survival even thus. Internally there is browning but the text is clean and complete. Shearwood makes the point in his introduction that his history is intended to novel in its inclusion of recent developm… Read more…


Public House Reform: A Public Meeting

License Amendment League
57x88cm Large poster for a public house reform meeting addressed by 'Dr. Martin of Manchester', opposing the temperance movement. Printed in Hartlepool where the meeting was due to take place on February 16, 1870, the poster is in very good condition, old folds, a single close tear to the top left hand margin, light soiling only, an unusual surviva… Read more…


Mrs Wilson's [Actual] Diary [Manuscript Appointments' Diary of the Leader of the Opposition Harold Wilson's wife]

Mary Wilson - Harold Wilson
Diary of Mary Wilson, wife of Harold Wilson, then Leader of the Opposition who became Prime Minister again the following year. Pre-printed diary, one double spread per week. 'M Wilson 5 Lord North St London SW1. 01 - 222 - 4949.' on verso of second blank, following two pages in which Mrs Wilson lists here charity roles in relation to the British Po… Read more…


All About Baby

Steedman's Soothing Powders
(11x15cm) Promotional publication for recording a baby's early months, pre-illustrated with tipped-in photographs, each with an advertising slogan printed below for 'Steedman's Soothing Powders'. Small oblong format tied through 3 holes in the fold with red silk cord. The first leaf records that the book was 'Printed in Bavaria' for Raphael Tuck an… 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…


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…