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Ancient Plants: Being a simple account of the past vegetation of the Earth and of the recent important discoveries made in this realm of nature study

M C Stopes, Marie Stopes
pp 198 A book of popular science by Marie Stopes, paleobotanist and lecturer in Fossil Botany at Manchester University, the first female member of its science faculty. After a failed marriage she became a campaigner for women's rights and author on birth control and family planning. The book is bound in good looking green cloth with embossed black… Read more…


Rome as it was Under Paganism and as it became Under The Popes

John Miley
A history of Rome in two volumes. Volume 1 pp 349; volume 2 pp343. Very good in decoratively embossed red cloth with gilt spine lettering. Armorial bookplate of Admiral Archibald Duff, a Scottish naval officer with a distinguished career who served with Lord Nelson. The title page is inscribed "Drummuir 1862" which was Duff's castle on Speyside. Th… Read more…


My Recollections

Princess Catherine Radziwill
pp 346 The recollections of Princess Catherine Radziwill (1858-1941), a Polish aristocrat and noteable author of two dozen books on European royalty and the Russian court. Very good in fresh grey cloth with gilt titles, top edge gilt, edges dusty and some spotting to the preliminaries. The book was written in London and is an interesting memoir of… Read more…


Typographical Antiquities; or the History of Printing in England, Scotland and Ireland

Joseph Ames, William Herbert, Thomas Frognall Dibden
Two volumes of a set of four in an attractive 19th century binding of green half leather over marbled boards, marbled edges, gilt spine decoration and raised bands, marbled end papers. Bookbinder's ticket of J Winstanley, Manchester, dating the binding to only a few years after publication of the book. Directions for boarding and binding present at… Read more…


Official Report of the Proceedings of the Democratic National Convention, Chicago 1944

George F Willison, J Berger [editors]
pp399 Mrs Henry Goddard Leach's copy of the Official Report of the Democratic National Convention, her name embossed in gilt to front cover. Fine in blue cloth with gilt titles, the book appears to be in unread condition. This book comes from the Franklin Delano Roosevelt collection of Frederick Baldwin Adams Jr, 1910 - 2001, the son of Ellen Walte… Read more…


Simone Weil; First and Last Notebooks

Simone Weil, [translated by] Richard Rees
pp 368 The First and Last Notebooks of French philosopher, political activist and Christian mystic Simone Weil, translated by Richard Rees. An unidentified ownership inscription appears on the front free end paper along with extensive annotations to the text, especially to the New York Notebook. Very good in red cloth, sunned to spine ends, top edg… Read more…


Shakspere's England: or Sketches of our Social History in the Reign of Elizabeth [Eton leaving gift]

G W Thornbury
pp 416 and pp 424. Two volumes of social history in an attractive binding of polished calf, pretty gilt spine decoration within raised bands, marbled edges and end papers. Volume I is inscribed "Mr Charles Fitzwilliam from Cecil James Littleton on his leaving Eton Xmas 1864". Very good, the leather is clean but worn to edges, corners and in small p… Read more…


Hints on Sketching from Nature, Parts I, II and III

N E Green
An attractive beginners guide to sketching in the open air. Three volumes bound together in half leather with blind stamped title to spine over marbled boards; Part I is the 6th edition; Part II, Light and Shade, 5th edition; Part III, Colour, 7th edition. The book is undated but appears to be mid-Victorian. Fully illustrated with both black and wh… Read more…


On Forsyte 'Change (Alexander Korda's copy)

John Galsworthy
pp 285 A volume of apocryphal Forsyte tales which "come between the Saga and the Comedy, for without the Saga they would not be understood, and they are over before the Comedy begins". This volume belonged to British film producer Alexander Korda, whose bookplate appears to front pastedown. Very good in purple cloth, spine sunned, covers very light… Read more…


The Time of the Angels; The Nice and the Good; An Accidental Man; The Philosopher's Pupil; The Good Apprentice (Five novels by Irish Murdoch)

Iris Murdoch
Five novels by Iris Murdoch published by Chatto & Windus, all very good, in very good dust jackets. Four are first editions - The Time of the Angels, 1966; An Accidental Man, 1971; The Philosopher's Pupil, 1983; and The Good Apprentice, 1985; The Nice and The Good is a near fine 3rd impression, September 1968. The books are all in clean cloth with… Read more…


Speak to the Earth: Wanderings and Reflections among Elephants and Mountains

Vivienne de Watteville, Edith Wharton
pp335. Memoirs of British naturalist and travel writer Vivienne de Watteville who was a friend of Edith Wharton who provided the preface. The book is in two parts, the first 'Among the Elephants' recounts her solitary camp in the Maasai Game Reserve on the border of Tanganyika in 1928-29. Part II 'The Mountain' is a record of her two month stay at… Read more…


Sterndale Bennett and Sheffield, comprising Part I an account of The Bennett Family (Derbyshire, Cambridge and Sheffield), and Part II Sir William Sterndale Bennett and Associations with his Native City

W T Freemantle
[x]pp170 A well illustrated local history study published to celebrate the centenary of English composer, conductor and Cambridge Professor of Music Sir William Sterndale Bennett (1816-1875). Very good in printed card wrappers, spotted and tanned to the creased spine, the binding is firm, lightly spotted throughout. This was a Sterndale Bennett fam… Read more…


City of Bradford Technical College Certificate of Apprenticeship, Engineering Pattern Shop

Bradford Technical College
pp 4, 5 photographic plates. A Certificate of Apprenticeship issued by Bradford Technical College, which is attractively produced with the college coats of arms embossed to the front covers, marbled end papers and edges, and includes five photographic plates mounted on card showing the college engineering workshop, pattern shop, junior drawing offi… Read more…


Past Events: An Everyday Register of Events of Local and General Public Interest which occurred during the year 1880

Fred Gosman
pp196 A record of events of public interest which took place in the vicinity of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the north east of England in the year 1880, the most notable of which were an explosion at Seaham Colliery in September which resulted in over 160 deaths and a "Gale in October which proved so disastrous to life and shipping". The volume has been… Read more…


Pleyell's German Hymn, the Laura and Lenza Waltz, The Saxe Cobourg Waltz, Royal Galopades, Popular Duets for Juvenile Performers [E A and M Richardson] A large collection of early 19th century engraved music bound in one volume

Mozart, Rossini, Beethoven, G Kiallmark, Pleyell, M Holst, J Monro, D Bruguier
Sheet music, large folio: a collection of engraved music dating from the first half of the 19th century, bound together in one volume. Bound in half leather over marbled boards, the condition is very good; the covers are rubbed, the leather nicked and worn with one small hole to the spine; the binding is firm, the pages are bright with only occasio… Read more…


Les Métamorphoses Historiques de Dada [inscribed]

Noel Arnaud - Rene Magritte
Inscribed to the Belgian surrealist and one-time Dadaist René Magritte, with a few pencilled annotations to the lower cover which might be in the painter's hand. Arnaud has written on the first leaf 'a René Magritte Amicalement N.A.' picking out the letters 'DADA' vertically in his inscription. Arnaud's brief history of Dadaism is browned, with fol… Read more…


Harvey's Midgets

Brown, Barnes and Bell
(10.5x6.5cm) Souvenir photograph of 'Miss Jennie Worgen The Midget Housewife. 19 Years of Age. 25 inches in height. Permanent Photograph.' The albumen photograph is mounted on card; slight abrasion to the surface of the image. Jennie Worgen is seen wearing a full length dark dress and bustle, standing before a painted backdrop of carved columns wit… Read more…


Whitley Bay: Tinted Photograph

Richard Hamilton
(105x155mm) Hand-coloured photographic postcard, with screenprint in red, from an unrecorded edition size thought to be around 150 published by 'Robert Fraser Gallery 69 Duke Street London W1'. These cards were given away at the Hamilton exhibition at Robert Fraser Gallery in 1969 exhibition or sent out with invitations. Printed on photographic pap… Read more…


Gallipot Eyes: A Wiltshire Diary

Elspeth Huxley; Valerie Ryshworth-Hill
Extensively extra-illustrated with Huxleyan ephemera and letters. Three letters from Elspeth Huxley to Valerie Ryshworth Hill in Portugal are mounted on early pages, dating from 1977, the first of which describes the recent death of Huxley's mother, Nellie Grant at a great age. The third letter acknowledges the gift of a bookplate designed by Ryshw… Read more…


Inaugural Address Delivered at the Academia of the Catholic Religion

Cardinal Henry E Manning
Presentation copy inscribed on the cover, 'Henry Bellingham from H.E. Cardinal Manning March 14th. 1876', probably in a secretarial hand. Bound in printed blue card wrappers, worn to edges and along spine fold where the upper and lower covers are partly separated. Internally very good, a couple of spots only. Sir Alan Henry Bellingham was Private C… Read more…


My Official Wife [Stanislaus Joyce - brother of James Joyce - his Copy]

Colonel R H Savage; Stanislaus and James Joyce
Stanislaus Joyce's copy, inscribed by him presumably in Triests where he shared lodgings with his brother James Joyce. Black textured cloth binding, presumed to be a mid twentieth century rebind, gilt spine lettering; original pastedowns laid down at either end of the small format Tauchnitz imprint - 15x11cm. Browning to paper stock which has becom… Read more…


A Plea for the Faithful Restoration of our Ancient Churches [First Edition, Inscribed]

George Gilbert Scott
Inscribed to the Deputy Dean of Westminster Abbey, the first and only edition of one of the most influential works on church restoration which is inscribed by the author to the Deputy Dean of Westminster, 'The Rev.d Lord John Thynne with the Authors very respectful compliments', just a year after Scott was appointed architect to the Abbey. Bound in… Read more…


The Poetical Library with Morocco Case

William Shakespeare; Geoffrey Chaucer; Oliver Goldsmith; Falconer to Campbell; Longfellow; Peabody; Pierpont, Whittier
Six volume set of English and American poetry contained in 'a Morocco [book]case with glass front' as described in The Gentlemen's Advertiser which originally offered the set at a guinea a piece in 1838. This set still boasts its original case (11.5x14cm) although the glass door has separated from its hinge leaving the original glass happily still… Read more…


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…


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…