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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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…