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Kosmos En Kort Historik [A Brief History of Time - AUTHOR’S COPY]

Stephen Hawking - Tonis Tonisson
The author’s copy of the first Swedish edition of Hawking’s global bestseller from his personal library until its removal from Stephen Hawking’s home in Cambridge after his death. Blue cloth binding with the posthumous deep blue-rimmed bookplate on the first flyleaf that reads: ‘From the home of Stephen W Hawking (1942-2018) Wordsworth Grove, Cambr… Read more…


Talks on Successful Gowning [INSCRIBED]

Elizabeth Batts Lee
Inscribed copy of this scarce fashion guide: ‘To dear Hilda with Auntie’s love/ Flushing New York June 1910’ on the first flyleaf. Bound in decorative tan buckram with spine lettering. Frontispiece with printed signature. Good binding; internally near fine. Very much of its era, the book begins: ‘Good dressing, nowadays as every woman known, who is… Read more…


Shakespere’s Home at New Place Stratford upon Avon

J C M Bellew - William Shakespeare
An outstanding copy of this attractively printed work. Finely bound in publisher’s brown cloth, brown coated endpapers, top edge gilt, a lovely clean text with extensive illustration and fold-out tables and charts. Final adverts dated February 1863. An author, preacher and public reader, Bellew published two books on Shakespeare. Read more…


Theatre Royal, Bristol The Present Monday, May 28, 1798… The Dramatist [with] Raymond and Agnes; or, the Castle of Lindenbergh [Playbill for adaptation of Matthew Lewis’s The Monk]

Frederick Reynolds; Charles Farley, William Reeve; Matthew Lewis
34x19cm Rare eighteenth century playbill for Bristol Theatre-Royal, the oldest continually operating theatre in the English speaking world. Browning to tail of broadside with loss to lower right corner, not affecting text. Raymond and Agnes was an early adaptation of Matthew Lewis’s Gothic novel, The Monk which first appeared in 1796. The broadside… Read more…


The Book of Bertram or Ratramnus, Monk of corbey, concerning the body and Blood of the Lord in Latine with a New English Translation [De corpore et sanguine Domini]

Ratramnus, Monk of Corby - William Hopkins
A reissue with cancel title page of the edition that has ‘Thomas Boomer’ in the imprint. Additionally this version contains William Hopkins lengthy dissertation on Bertram. Eighteenth century calf, rebacked during the nineteenth century, speckled edges. Collates complete as per ESTC 14122, but lacking the final blank [8], CXXV, [3]; 137, [5]. Some… Read more…


Archive Collection of the Inventor of the Jet Engine, Sir Frank Whittle

Sir Frank Whittle, Jack Goss
A collection of three handwritten letters from Sir Frank Whittle together with photographs and ephemera collected by the last surviving member of the Edgehill team that built Whittle’s first jet engine. This collection of correspondence, original press photographs, copy letters and other memorabilia as gathered by Whittle’s colleague Jack Goss, mos… Read more…


The Fleet Papers

Richard Oastler; Thomas Thornhill
An uncommon title recently re-bound in brown buckram over boards with original leather spine relaid; gold spine bands and lettering; red morocco label. Boards clean, corners sharp, no rubbing. Tightly bound, strong hinges. Bookplate of the library of Inner Temple stamped ‘Withdrawn’ mounted on front paste-down. Binders’ ticket of Riley Dunne and Wi… Read more…


Wordsworth and Plants [typescript & manuscript]

Kikuo Doi [William Wordsworth]
43 hand-drawn and coloured illustrations of plants found in the English Lake District, with hand-written botanical descriptions, their names in English and Latin and both their scientific and popular names in Japanese, together with quotations from William Wordsworth’s poems in which each plant is mentioned; prefaced by a 4 page introduction, typed… Read more…


A Happy Man [Presentation Copy with letter from Kavanagh]

P.J. Kavanagh [Laurie Lee]
Signed by the author on the title page, this excellent, clean presentation copy from the library of Laurie Lee is dedicated on the fly-leaf by Kavanagh ‘Love to Laurie and Cathy from Patrick, September 1972’; laid in is the accompanying letter from Kavanagh to the Lees: ‘I was very touched yesterday when a boy from the Radio Times called and told m… Read more…


If this is a man

Primo Levi
First thus of Stuart Woolf’s translation, in excellent condition. Publisher’s mauve cloth over boards, gold lettering to spine; slight fading of spine through jacket leaving faint impression of jacket lettering. Tightly bound. Top edge lightly marked, fore-edge with occasional spotting. Very minor spotting to end-papers; text clean, pages unmarked.… Read more…


Following the Flag

William Hesketh Lever - Viscount Leverhulme
Publisher’s blue cloth over boards with gold lettering on spine, and embossed gold title and white ensign flying from staff to front board, with long title and author in black lettering; rubbed spine and slight pushes to corners; sound binding. Internally, green coated end-papers front and rear; pp 132 generously illustrated with black and white ph… Read more…


[Oil-Drop Experiment] A New Modification of the Cloud Method of Determining the Electrical Charge [e] and the most Probable Value of that Charge

Robert Andrews Millikan
R A Millikan announces his oil-drop experiment which defined the elementary electrical charge on an electron. Single journal article from Volume 19, No. 110 of the Philosophical Magazine (February 1910) which subsequently gained him the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1923. Bound together as Volume LXVII - Sixth Series, Volume 19 - for the period Januar… Read more…


The Remains of the Day [signed]

Kazuo Ishiguro
Sixth Impression from the year of publication signed by the author on the title page. Publisher’s black cloth over boards with white lettering on spine. Binding clean, square and tight. Dustjacket not clipped, with closed 1cm tear to upper edge of lower panel and slight rubbing and minor creasing to top edges, with uniform fading to top 3cm of jack… Read more…


Ellen Terry and Bernard Shaw [PRESENTATION COPY]

Ellen Terry; George Bernard Shaw; Christopher St John
A presentation copy from the editor who has inscribed their book: ‘It is a great pleasure to the editor of this correspondence to inscribe this copy for “Jack” Leon. Christopher St John Smallhythe 24th of October 1932.’ Additionally a signature of Ellen Terry has been tipped onto the first flyleaf. The book is in good condition only, the boards mar… Read more…


Towards a New Architecture

Le Corbusier - Frederick Etchells [translator]
‘Second to Fourth thousand’ - in other words a very early reprint of the most important architectural treatise of the century. Very good orange-brown boards, ‘Foyles’ ticket to front pastedown, internally very good. In a good jacket which has separated along the front spine hinge. An uncommon book. Read more…


The Cantab

Shane Leslie - Sir John Randolph Leslie
First Edition, near fine, a little spotting to book edges only. In a good jacket with small loss to tail of spine and several closed tears. A scarce title thus in jacket. Read more…


Poems of Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson [edited by] Mabel Loomis Todd, T W Higginson
All three volumes of Dickinson’s verse found together in publisher’s bindings. Vol I, Poems dated 1897, 16th edition; 2nd Series, 1896, 9th edition; 3rd Series, 1896, 2nd edition. All three in very good condition, bound in publisher’s olive green, bevel-edged boards with silk book marks. The bookplate of Herbert John Elmhirst (Elvington Grange, nr… Read more…


The Wild Swans at Coole

William Butler Yeats
First trade edition of Yeats’ late, great collection which includes in its title poem, one of the best loved verses in the language. Deep blue cloth with gilt decoration by Sturge Moore, pleasingly bright to the upper board, a little faded to the spine. A near fine copy with a gift inscription dating from the year of publication to the first flylea… Read more…


French Manuscript & Continuation of Rollin’s Histoire Ancienne

[Charles Rollin]
Fair copy in French from the 1740s of much of Rollin’s Histoire Ancienne together with an original continuation of the work up to the present day: ‘De L’histoire depuis. J.[esus] C[hrist]’ which deals with ‘Le Royaume d’Angleterre’ and the execution of Mary Stuart by Elizabeth I. Small quarto bound in parchment over pasteboard with traces of printe… Read more…


The Priest-Chiefs of Ogoja [Colonial Intelligence Report]

H L M Butcher
Rare Colonial Intelligence Report compiled in Lagos some twenty years before Nigeria achieved independence. Homemade brownish paper wrappers with punched holes for tied binding; title and author in black ink on cover. Seemingly a ribbon copy, typed on rectos only, signed in type at the end: ‘H.L.M. Butcher D.O. 23rd MAy, 1939.’ A fine copy. ff71 OC… Read more…


Birmingham Society of Arts and School of Design

William Morris
Morris’s Art of the People lecture in its first edition printed in Birmingham where the lecture was given in February 1879. Contemporary cloth-backed boards, a little toning to paper stock; thirteen leaves of blank blue lined paper bound-in at rear. A near fine copy of a scarce item. Morris’s lecture contains the memorable assertion that ‘I have ne… Read more…


Photos Taken During a Walking Tour round Norfolk and Suffolk [& SOUTH AFRICA]

Arthur David John Pitts
High quality photo-album by an Anglo-Canadian artist who became a leading figure in the depiction of indigenous peoples in British Columbia and Alaska. The collection is housed in a commercially produced photo album bound in red buckram, slightly stained and scuffed, ‘Reminiscences’ in gilt on the upper cover; 12 card leaves with 8 window-mounted s… Read more…


The Truth at Last: My Story [SIGNED]

Christine Keeler
Uncommon signed copy, with Christine Keeler’s signature in blue biro on the title page. A fine copy in a fine jacket of the third impression of Keeler’s autobiography. The Profumo affair in which Keeler was embroiled was a major scandal in twentieth-century British politics. After lying about his affair with Keeler in Parliament, Profumo resigned,… Read more…


Autograph Note to her French Translator and Champion, Andre Maurois

Virginia Woolf
Autograph note to novelist Andre Maurois who translated Mrs Dalloway into French and wrote an essay on Woolf that introduced her work to the Francophone world. Woolf writes on a small blue, oblong sheet of ‘Strathdon’ watermarked paper on 14th June 1932. She states that she has seen Cory Bell (older brother of her sister Vanessa Bell’s husband the… Read more…



Philip Larkin
Inscribed to fellow poet and literary critic Jo Rippier. Larkin has written on the flyleaf: ‘Kind regards to Jo Rippier remembering a “close reading” - Philip Larkin/’. A near fine copy of the second impression issued in the same year as the first in a very good jacket, with a few pencilled notes to the text by Rippier as testament to his skills in… Read more…