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Undertones of War [Dustjacket Design]

Edmund Blunden
Draft dustjacket design for the reissue of Blunden's classic account of battalion life on the Somme and in Flanders between 1915 and 1918. In this version the unnamed artist has laid out the montage, jotting a handwritten credit to the Imperial War Museum for the photograph of the stricken tank over a gouache backdrop of orange, red and crimson wit… Read more…


Practical Methods of Performing the Ordinary Actions of a Religious life with Fervour of Spirit

John Constable
Catholic false imprint from Saint Omer with interesting early eighteenth century English ownership inscriptions and annotation. Bound in contemporary sheep, neatly rebacked with remnants of a paper label to spine. Rounded corners to boards. Faded red edges to the text block; collates complete: pp312. The text is clean; each chapter has a decorative… Read more…


Swing Hammer Swing! [inscribed to Alasdair Gray]

Jeff Torrington
An excellent association copy inscribed by one eminent Scottish writer to another and annotated by the recipient, Alasdair Gray. Bound in the publisher’s illustrated card wrappers, about very good and inscribed on the first endpaper: ‘With fondest regards, Jeff Torrington 10-8-92’. Gray seems to have read the first two thirds of the book enthusiast… Read more…


The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volumes I-IV

Samuel Beckett
The Letters of Samuel Beckett edited by George Craig, Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, Dan Gunn and Lois More Overbeck, published in four volumes with slipcase. This edition encompasses “sixty years of of Beckett’s writing life (1929-1989), and include letters to friends, painters and musicians, as well as to students, publishers, translators, and colleagues… Read more…


Enchiridion feu Manuale Christianum [with] De Imitatione Christi

Thomas a Kempis
pp 366 [2] pp120 Enchiridion bound with De Imitatione. Contemporary calf binding, worn to hinges but sound. Stamp of St Edmund’s College ‘Avita pro fide’ to front pastedown with old handwritten shelf mark above. Internally very good. Read more…


De Republica seu Magistratibus Atheniensium

Guillaume Postel - Guillelmi Postelli
Very uncommon in trade, the 1635 edition of this work on Athenian politics with the ownership signature of a member of the Order of the Golden Dawn. Contemporary vellum with yapp edges and external bands along the hinges of the book. Ownership signature on the first flyleaf of ‘Wm Alex. Aytoun 1872’. On the verso of the title page an earlier owners… Read more…


Sanctorum Patrum Opuscula Selecta: S

San Leonis Magni; Pope Leo I - Leo the Great - J M Robertson
A copy owned and lightly annotated by the Scottish rationalist, atheist and literary critic J M Robertson. Beautifully bound in half parchment over marbled boards, Robertson’s ownership signature on the first flyleaf dated 1879. Some foxing but a very good copy. Robertson has left a few pencilled notes, jotting down dates when he read the first ten… Read more…


The Adventure of Sir Launcelot Greaves - Henshall’s Pocket Library

Tobias Smollett
Uncommon example of this Dublin imprint which formed part of Henshall’s Pocket Library. Full calf binding, cracking along outer hinges, morocco label to spine. Old ownership signature of ‘Caswell’ to first pastedown. Browning and soiling to early leaves, worm trail to last few leaves. Engraved frontispiece. Undated but around 1796. Read more…


Graziella: Nouvelle Edition

M Alphonse de Lamartine
Beautifully bound in straight grain red morocco with a black spine label and gilt decoration, all edges gilt. Marbled endpapers and tiny oval green bookseller’s ticket of ‘P Rolande Foreign Bookseller...’ Browning to endpapers, otherwise near fine. A lovely copy. Read more…


Liber Psalmorum

Latin psalms in half pebbled black leather over blue textured cloth, lightly rubbed, top edge gilt. Pencil inscription to the flyleaf that seems to relate to Felsted school in Essex in the 1890s, noting that the book was rebound in 1908. Spotting to endpapers, browning to text; frontispiece of King David, text contained within red ruled boxes. Smal… Read more…


Catulli Tibulli Propertii Carmina - The Poems of Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius

Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius, Maurice Hauptius
Vellum bound edition with bevelled edges and black spine lettering, marbled endpapers with the bookplate of Hugh Scott-Charles, all edges gilt. Browning to frontispiece and title page. An excellent copy. Read more…


Dialogues Des Morts Anciens et Modernes

Francois de Salignac de la Motte Fenelon [Marquess of Anglesey]
The Marquess of Anglesey’s copy of the Dialogues bound in speckled calf with the blind armorial stamp of the Marquess - ‘Sable on a cross engrailed between four eagles’ - to all four boards of the two volumes. Very good binding, slight loss to leather at ends of spine, early shelf mark ‘K 2’ to first pastedown of both volumes. This is the second en… Read more…


Le Directeur Spirituel Pour Ceux Qui N’en Ont Point

Simon Michel Treuve
An ‘Inner Library’ copy from the collection of the Catholic recusant Thomas Eyre of Hassop in Derbyshire with his posthumous bookplate: ‘Inner Library bequeathed by the Will of Thomas Eyre deceased, 1792’ to the front pastedown. Full English contemporary calf binding, faded gilt lettering and decoration to spine, speckled edges to the text block. E… Read more…


[Album] 1200 Signatures of British Members of Parliament

British MPs and Peers
An extraordinary collection of mounted signatures of Members of the House of Commons and Peers covering the Liberal governments of Lord Palmerston, Gladstone and Disraeli, the death of Prince Albert, the 1867 Reform Act and W E Forster’s introduction of school boards. Small quarto red roan bound book with paper label to upper cover and in manuscrip… Read more…


Psalterium Hebraium in Usum Scholarum Edidit - The Psalter of Psalmes of David

Joachim Heinrich Raphael Biesenthal
Pebbled deep red leather binding, a little rubbing to extremities; all edges gilt, pp 175. Interleaved for notes. An uncommon edition. The book’s editor was born into a Jewish family in Berlin in 1800 but became a convert to Christianity after meeting Wilhelm Vatke at Berlin University. Read more…


Sacramental Exercises in Two Parts

Jabez Earle
Full sheepskin binding; both covers cracked along outer hinges but attached by cords. Browning to text: pp140. Uncommon Scottish edition of this sermon written a century earlier by the English presbyterian minister. Read more…


Methode Pour Converser avec Dieu

Michel Boutauld
Incomplete but apparently unrecorded edition. Bound in worn calf, discoloured and cracked along hinges but still sound. Lacking preliminary blank endpapers, final blank endpapers and title page A1, consequently beginning with the ‘Avertissement du Libraire.’ Old inscription at head of page: ‘Bib: Theol: O. H...’ Manuscript casemark opposite. Librar… Read more…


Sancho Panza’s Proverbs and others which occur in Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra; Ulick Ralph Burke
Beautifully printed by the Chiswick Press, bound in blue cloth with a paper label, very good, top edge gilt, a little spine lean. Internally near fine, woodcut border to title page. A very nice copy of this interesting collection. Read more…


A Sketch of the Denominations of the Christian World

John Evans
Bound in the publisher’s printed boards with old paper repairs to spine. Early ownership signature of ‘Anna Machen’ to title page and similar to front pastedown. Frontispiece with tissue guard, some browning and spotting to text. xxxvi; pp287 [2] A pleasingly unsophisticated copy of this work, the best known by its Baptist author, published here in… Read more…


De Imitatione Christi et Contemptu Mundi

Thomas A Kempis
Pickering edition in a signed binding by Riviere for William Pickering’s son, Basil Montagu Pickering after he took over the family publishing and book-selling business in the 1850s. Crushed black morocco with gilt spine lettering, rubbing to corners. All edges gilt. Marbled endpaper with bookplate to front paste-down. ‘Bound by Riviere’ stamped at… Read more…


The New Family Herbal Comprising A Description and the Medical Virtues of British and Foreign Plants

M Robinson
Beautifully illustrated herbal, probably from the 1860s. Original printed cloth binding repaired with browned spine panel relaid over buckram, red edges to text block. New endpapers. Engraved title page and frontispiece precede letter press title page and 24 coloured plates of 130 herbs. 480 text pages, mostly arranged alphabetically with index. An… Read more…


Long Letter from Arshile Gorky’s widow about the Price of his Drawings

[Arshile Gorky] Mougouch Gorky - Fielding
A thousand word, candid letter from Agnes Ethel Magruder, Arshile Gorky’s widow, whom he nicknamed Mougouch, laid into an exhibition catalogue of Gorky’s drawings. Over 3 pages Mougouch Fielding writes to Janetta Parladé, a friend from Horizon days, about arriving back in Connecticut where she shared a life with Gorky from 1941 to his death by suic… Read more…


British Butterflies Indices [Manuscript]

Frederick A Wood [Westwood, Morris and Goodwin]
Folio sized manuscript attempting to collate the indexes of Westwood, Monis and Goodwin’s butterfly studies. Worn half calf over marbled boards, morocco spine label and faded paper label with number. Brown endpapers and large bookplate showing the library of ‘Frederick A. Wood, Highfields, Chew Magna, Somerset’ with handwritten library numbers to t… Read more…


Le Geographe Parisien ou Le Conducteur Chronologique et Historique des Rues de Paris.

Lesage - Pons Augustin Alletz; Lois Denis
Illustrated Parisian guide acquired by an English Roman Catholic priest probably in the late eighteenth century while studying in France at Douai or during his Professorship at St Omer College. Unsophisticated example of this first edition complete in two volumes with 18 plates in volume I and 9 in volume II including the large folding map of Paris… Read more…


Leda [extra-illustrated]

Aldous Huxley [Richard de Bohun Lovell Smith]
Extra-illustrated edition with five full-page original pen and ink drawings by the New Zealand artist, Richard de Bohun Lovell Smith interpreting Huxley’s Leda poem. Expensively bound in half crushed dark green morocco over light green buckram by the London bindery, Sangorski and Sutcliffe. A little rubbing only to outer hinges; a very attractive b… Read more…