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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…


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…


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…


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 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…


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…


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
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 and minor defect… 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…


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…