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BRIGHTON MARITIME ARCHIVE: Waldram Day and Night Pier Signals - Pamphlet & Signals

Edward Waldram
The archive of the inventor of Waldram’s Day and Night Pier Signals, including his unrecorded pamphlet and a part set of hand-painted miniature tin signalling flags - and compass. Edward Waldram’s proposal for a new set of Brighton maritime signals is housed within a custom-made wooden box (35x17x9cm) with a brass label on top: ‘International Code… Read more…


ILLUSTRATED Log Book of the Proceedings on Board the Barque Wellington from the Port of London to Madras

Henry Borrer, Midshipman
Extensively illustrated Midshipman’s log book of a return voyage from England to Madras with drawings of an albatross-shoot, whale-ships burning oil, a mirage at sea and a sequence of coastal views including St Helena and Tristan da Cunha. Folio-sized manuscript which has been copied by its author from the original document into a printed skeleton… Read more…


SPECIMEN OF PRINTING TYPES by Henry Caslon, Chiswell Street, London: Letter Founder to her Majesty’s Honourable Board of Excise

Henry Caslon
Rare book of specimen type borders and ornaments offered for sale by the most famous of all British letter founders. Large octavo bound in speckled paper covered boards with new acid-free endpapers. Title page with decorative border (with spotting) followed by Caslon’s 1838 ‘Prices of Printing Types’ with tissue guard. A single leaf of letterpress… Read more…


NAPOLEONIC WARS LOG of the Proceedings of The HMSS Malabar Kept by W B Boddy

W B Boddy
Napoleonic War manuscript ship’s log for a British warship in the Mediterranean that would be used shortly afterwards to transport convicts to New South Wales (1819) and Van Diemen’s Land (1821) in Australia. The folio-sized ship’s log comprises two disbound sections of a notebook of a junior British naval officer’s training logbook from 1814. Manu… Read more…


Nature Series: Popular Lectures and Addresses, Volume I, Constitution of Matter

William Thomson - Lord Kelvin [inscribed to sister]
Fine presentation copy inscribed by Lord Kelvin on the title page to his devoted sister: ‘Elizabeth King. 24 Hamilton Terrace from her brother W.T. March 2/ 89’. Very smart green publisher’s cloth binding with dark green coated endpapers, clean fresh text throughout, pp460 plus 2 pages of adverts at the end, illustrated throughout. Elizabeth Thomso… Read more…


The Order of Proceeding in the Public Funeral of the late Field Marshal Arthur Duke of Wellington

Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington
Scarce Order of Proceeding with remnants of the black silk stab sewing. Eighteen printed pages in large folio setting out the order of proceeding from the night before the funeral with the processional details for the day of the funeral surrounding ‘The Body covered with a rich black velvet pall...’ A little browning and stainng to text which colla… Read more…



Tibetan Sherpa Artist [George Lowe]
Remarkable collection of Tibetan Sherpa art collected, and possibly commissioned, by a member of Sir Edward Hillary’s ‘Silver Hut’ expedition to Mount Makulu in the Himalayas, including an image of the mountaineers scaling the peak. This collection is introduced by its owner, an unidentified member of Hillary’s 1960 expedition (possibly George Lowe… Read more…


LIVERPOOL MANUSCRIPT - Minutes of the Council Meetings of the Liverpool Architectural and Archaeological Society from October 16th 1867 to July 4th 1887

Francis Horner; Thomas Kilpin; Henry Hill Vale, Thomas D Barry; Joseph Boult; Henry Sumners, Charles Aldridge etc
Manuscript records from one of the world’s oldest architectural societies containing hundreds of signatures of leading members including the architect of the Walker Art Gallery. Quarto manuscript book, half green morocco over marbled boards, stationer’s ticket of ‘Joseph A D Watts... Liverpool’ on marbled front endpaper with details for reordering.… Read more…


Gibraltar Military List & Social Register - Manuscript, including details of banquets held by the Governor of the Crown Colony

Sir John Adye; Arthur Edward Hardinge [etc] [James Joyce; Molly Bloom]
From the governor's residence in Gibraltar, a manuscript record of British colonial officials, staff, naval and army officers in the Crown Colony which was used by the Governor's household as a social register for entertaining Gibraltar's elite and prestigious visitors, including the second in line to the British throne, Prince Albert Victor. An ad… Read more…


Lifetime Archive of an Arts and Craftsman and Author

Percy Wells - May Morris; Ambrose Heal; Ernest Betjemann; Herbert Batsford; Marjorie Quennell
Archive of letters, photographs, drawings, published books and articles of Percy A Wells (1867-1956), a cabinet maker and disciple of William Morris, who lectured, taught and wrote extensively during the later phase of the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain. Wells, whose typescript autobiography is included in the archive followed an apprenticeshi… Read more…


THE GENTLEMAN’S RECREATION: In Four Parts; Viz Hunting, Hawking, Fowling, Fishing..

Nicholas Cox; Nathaniel Rolls; Ichabod Dawks; William Sherwin; William Dolle; John Manwood
Nicolas Cox’s compendium of hunting, hawking, fowling, and fishing lore in one of the three variant imprints published in 1697. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Contemporary boards, sympathetically rebacked with a new spine, retaining the original endpapers. Extensively provenanced: ‘Ch: Parry 1742’ on the front pastedown looks to be the earliest owner follow… Read more…


SHAKSPEARE TERCENTENARY COMMEMORATION SUPPLEMENT APRIL 23 1864 [with] Shakespearian Tercentenary Festival [Flyer]

William Shakespeare
Lavish broadsheet Supplement issued by the Stratford Chronicle to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth in 1564, together with a flyer for the ‘Extra Performances in the Grand Pavilion’ for the second week of celebrations. Single bifolium (50x38cm), old folds, a couple of spots; a very nice copy. Illustrated with steel engravings… Read more…



Charles Sydney Buxton
A volume of love poetry written by a young Liberal politician who had fallen head over heels with the glamorous, newly single opera singer, renowned for her performances in Gilbert and Sullivan operas. A note laid into the volume reveals that it featured on BBC Antiques Road Show in February 2007. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Beautiful, bespoke vellum bin… Read more…


PELICAN DEVICE TO SPINE The Dramatic Works of Samuel Foote, Esq; to which is Prefixed A Life of the Author

Samuel Foote Esq
Handsome edition bound in full tree calf with an intriguing pelican device on the spine labels. Full tree calf; old repairs to the outer hinges (not affecting the endpapers). Pelican device framing the green spine labels relating to an unidentified family - ownership inscription of ‘W M Newton’ (?) on the front pastedown. Both volumes very good; in… Read more…



Enid Blyton
Eighth impression from 1961 of Blyton’s classic children’s novel. Bright red cloth-effect paper-covered boards; a little browning to text otherwise a very good to very good plus example. The jacket is good only, attractively bright in colour but with browned short tape repairs at the head and tail of the flap folds and the spine. Read more…


A TOXOPHILIC CLASSIC The English Bowman or Tracts on Archery

Thomas Roberts
Crisp first edition of this classic account of the revival of archery, as a pastime, printed on blue paper. Half tree calf over marbled boards; bookplate to front pastedown; frontispiece and engraved dedication to the Prince of Wales, xlii, pp298 and Errata [2]. Minimal browning to an otherwise excellent copy. Acquired as part of a library of books… Read more…


INSCRIBED TO GILBERT MURRAY Natalie Maisie & Pavilastukay: Two Tales told in Verse

John Masefield
Double presentation copy, first in the year of publication from the author to one of his oldest friends, inscribed by Masefield on the flyleaf: ‘For Gilbert Murray from John Masefield. April. 1942’ and then, acquired on Murray’s death, and given by a visiting American scholar to his landlady in Oxford. Blue cloth, some discolouration to boards; int… Read more…



William Shenstone
Three delightfully bound volumes, Vols I & II in the third edition and Vol III in the second edition. Full tan calf with gilt decoration to the spine and a fillet to the boards; red and green spine labels. A little fading to the spine and the beginnings of wear to the head and tail of the outer hinges but a very good set. Marbled endpapers and gree… Read more…



Henry Slight
Tiny naval history volume bound in wood salvaged from the wreck of H.M.S. Royal George. This volume (8.8cmx5.7cm) has been refurbished with a green morocco leather spine and lettering and new endpapers. Old pencil inscription of ‘E.J. Hayward’ pp120 and four plates which illustrate the loss and salvaging of the vessel. A very good copy. The largest… Read more…



Salim Ali
An early edition inscribed opposite the title page: ‘Salim Ali 24 years later! 15 3/72’ - an allusion to the time elapsed since the he last saw the book’s owner, ‘Elizabeth A Robertson Oct. 1945’ who has inscribed the book on the previous page. Green publisher’s cloth with rounded corners, a little rubbed. This is the third edition of 1944, annotat… Read more…


EDWARD BAWDEN’S COPY George Cruikshank: His Life and Work as a Book Illustrator

Ruari McLean
A study of one of the leading 19th century British book illustrators - owned by one of the 20th century’s leading British book illustrators. A near fine copy in brown cloth: inscribed ‘Edward Bawden’ on the first flyleaf with the printed ticket of his local Essex bookseller opposite, ‘John Briggs, Bookseller and Stationer, 118 High Street, Braintre… Read more…



Reverend James Beck
Unfinished and unpublished, a manuscript study of the history of finger rings written and researched by a scholarly Victorian clergyman in Suffolk. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Attractive quarto bound in half deep red morocco over cloth covered boards with gilt lettering. Blue endpapers and paper stock throughout; circular stamp of ‘Assay Office Library B… Read more…


121 MARITIME ENGRAVINGS Praktikale Zeevaartkunde Theoretische Kennis voor Handel en Scheepvaart

Pieter le Comte
Beautifully illustrated guide to maritime science and theory, including navigation, from the final phase of sailing ships’ dominance over world trade. Contemporary green textured cloth-covered boards with paper library numbers on the spine. ‘Institution of Naval Architects... Scott Library Collection’ book plate to both pastedowns, no other library… Read more…


‘THE VELASQUEZ ARE QUITE MARVELLOUS’ Year Abroad Diary of the Future Establishment ‘Portraitist Par Excellence’

Oswald Birley
Oswald Birley’s painting-saturated diary written in the winter months of his year abroad in the Mediterranean which records his obsession with Velasquez who would go on to inspire the artist’s enormously successful practice, as well as offering an eye witness account of the Friday ceremonial of the penultimate Ottoman Sultan. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:… Read more…


Reports of the Council and Auditors [1], Supplement to The List of The Members [2]The Charter, By-Laws and Regulations [3]

The Zoological Society of London
Three pamphlets, stab-sewn, in good condition with browning and soiling to some pages as well as chips and tears to some edges. Pamphlet [1] consists of 31 pages with 28 pages of text and 3 pages of tables. Page 13/14 fully detached and laid in. Pamphlet [2] consists of 15 pages. Pamphlet [3] consists of 19 pages. These pamphlets document various a… Read more…