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[QUEEN ELIZABETH’S PRAYER BOOK] A Booke of Christian Praiers, Collected out of the Ancient Writers, and Best Learned in our Time, Worthy to be Read with an Earnest Mynde of all Christians, in these Daungerous and Troublesom Daies

Richard Day
Incomplete copy of this most loveable of Jacobean publications, bound in blind-stamped pig skin. Bound in an attractive limp pigskin binding adorned with faded gilt tooling and a blind double fillet. External straps along spine folds and new ties. The upper cover has been reinforced with a card lining that bears a bookplate from 1977 on the verso:… Read more…


BOER WAR MEMORIAL - Proceedings of the Halifax Committee for The Soldiers’ Memorial for the Boer/South African War; Minute Book

William Brear; Herbert Tate
Official record of the commissioning and fund raising for Halifax’s memorial to the last war of the 19th century. Minute book bound in quarter leather binding in very good condition with rubbing to edges and top and tail of spine. Marbled end papers and all edges. This offers a manuscript record of the proceedings of the committee for the soldiers’… Read more…


INSCRIBED BY ‘Wm M ROSSETTI’ - The Poetical Works of Christina Georgina Rossetti with Memoir and Notes by William Michael Rossetti

Christina Rossetti [edited by] William Michael Rossetti
A presentation copy inscribed by the author’s brother, the book’s editor and, in this volume, memoirist of his sister. Green textured cloth binding, a couple of marks and some rubbing to the cloth over the outer hinges. Rossetti’s inscription appears on the first flyleaf ‘To Miss Annie Barlow Wm. M Rossetti April 1917.’ Opposite is a stamp of ‘The… Read more…



Stephen Bassett
Beautifully bound commonplace book and verse miscellany of ‘Stephen Bassett’. Medium quarto in straight-grained red morocco with gilt decoration to boards and spine, slight marking to boards, light rubbing to ends of spine; marbled end-papers; all edges gilt. 150 leaves (300pp) watermarked 1826 with 208pp blank and 92pp of handwritten entries inclu… Read more…


A WARWICKSHIRE SHAKESPEARE - The Dramatic World of Shakspeare, in Six Volumes

William Shakespeare [notes by Joseph Rann]
Most attractive provincial binding on this set owned for 250 years by the Little family of Newbold Pacey Hall just a few miles from Shakespeare’s birthplace at Stratford upon Avon. Six volumes bound in half calf with vellum tips, two morocco spine labels to each volume, a mixture of green and black in colour, complementing the red upper labels. A l… Read more…


CAPE TO CAIRO PHOTOGRAPHS - Imbault’s Photos of Zambisi Bridge

George Camille Imbault (Chief Site Construction Engineer)
24 original photographs taken by the Chief Site Construction Engineer of the building of the Victoria Falls Bridge, part of Cecil Rhodes’s Cape to Cairo scheme. Professionally produced album for ‘Photographs’ bound in textured gun metal grey cloth over thick bevel-edged boards (19x16cm) On the front pastedown is written in English in red chalk: ‘Im… Read more…



Neil Bell
Autograph novel manuscript bound in two volumes by Neil Bell, AKA Stephen Southwold, together with the dedication copy of the printed work, inscribed on the dedication page with Bell’s nickname ‘Bunty’. Large quarto format in a custom binding with gilt labelling to the upper boards and spine. Bell has recorded the manuscript’s provenance on the 2nd… Read more…


The Hill of Devi [SIGNED]

E M Forster
Signed by E M Forster in the final years of his life. The novelist has signed the pictorial front cover of the book, signing in biro next to his printed name which he has crossed through as was his usual practice. A near fine copy of this first Penguin edition, acquired recently in Cambridge where Forster lived for most of his long life. The Hill o… 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…


Meditationes Sacrae Editio Postrema, Prioribus Emendatior

Johann Gerhard - Joh: Gerhardi [Phillip Melanchthon]
First edition printed in England of the Meditationes with a leaf from Phillip Melancthon’s guide to the use of logic in reading Scripture bound in. Contemporary full calf binding with triple blind fillet to boards and three raised spine bands; diagonal lines on the edges of the boards which may suggest an Oxford binding. Small loss of leather to th… Read more…


Arts and Crafts Photograph Album of the Architect's Home, 'Weir’s Barn'

Robert Weir Schultz [Architect]
Family photo-album recording the Arts and Crafts Hampshire home and garden built for himself by the Scottish-born architect Robert Weir Schultz who lived there for 50 years. 116 photographs mounted in a commercially produced oblong photo album, 33x25cm, ‘The Beaumont Album’, Johnson London. Bound in deep reddish/black shiny cloth with silk ties thr… Read more…


A Commentary on the Cuneiform Inscriptions of Babylonia and Assyria [interleaved]

Major Henry C Rawlinson Frederick A Wood
A copy interleaved by a polyglot nineteenth century amateur scholar of cuneiform, Frederick Wood, who has included his own versions of Sanskrit and other alphabets. Large octavo, half calf over textured green cloth; spine relaid using almost all of the original backstrip and achieving an attractive effect. Marbled endpapers and bookplate showing th… Read more…


[Album] 1200 Signatures of British Members of Parliament

British MPs and Peers
A remarkable 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 manuscript: ‘… Read more…


Diary of the 2nd Commission of HMS Linnet Commissioned at Hong Kong

W H Parker
Diary of a young British officer serving with the China Squadron, based in Hong Kong and patrolling Chinese and Japanese waters between 1886-1889. Parker writes in a small octavo which is bound in black textured cloth over thin boards, chipping to spine covering; decorative printed endpapers. Ruled leaves with most stapled gatherings now loose from… Read more…


Letters Home [Olwyn Hughes' Galley Proof with annotations in the hand of Frieda Plath - Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes' daughter]

Sylvia Plath, Aurelia Plath [Frieda Hughes]
pp 438 Olwyn Hughes' bound galley proof of the first publication of her sister in law Sylvia Plath's letters, annotated by Sylvia Plath's daughter, Frieda Hughes. In addition to Frieda Hughes' annotations this early version of the galley proof contains at least three preliminary drafts of Aurelia's editorial commentary to be subsequently removed or… Read more…


The Bookbinder: An Illustrated Journal for Binders, Librarians, and all Lovers of Books,Vols I-III [with its continuation as] The British Bookmaker: A Journal for The Book Printer - The Book Illustrator; The Book Cover Designer - The Book Binder; Librarians, and Lovers of Books Generally: Vols IV-VII

Jacob Zaehnsdorf etc
A Yorkshire bookbinder's personal copy of the whole of this important journal devoted to the craft and history of binding, published in the 1880s and 1890s. Edited by Joseph Zaehnsdorf for the first three years, the journal metamorphosed into The British Bookmaker from 1891-1893 and published 7 volumes before being absorbed into the The British Pri… Read more…


Switzerland: La Grande Maison de Rossiniere: an Archive of the Literary Remains of the Swiss Henchoz Family

David Samuel Henchoz; Abraham Pille; Daniel Crespin; Daniel Defoe; Ezechiel Gallatin; Goldoni
A cache of documents and publications concealed by the Henchoz family in the eighteenth century in the attics of the Grand Chalet, Rossiniere, in the Vaudois Alps - a building thought to be the biggest wooden house in Europe. Built in the 1750s by Jean David Henchoz, a wealthy notary and judge, the Grand Chalet was used as a hotel in the following… Read more…


Complete Swallows and Amazons set of 12 Novels: Swallows and Amazons (1930); Swallowdale (1931); Peter Duck (1932);

Arthur Ransome
Complete set of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons adventure novels, the first of which was published in 1930. All bound in green publisher’s cloth with gilt lettering to spine, embossed title to front board and illustrated end papers. Each includes a black and white illustration frontispiece with similar illustrations located throughout. Eleven… Read more…


Unprofessional Tales

Norman Douglas - Normyx
First edition in attractive beige publisher’s cloth in good condition with gilt lettering to upper board and faded gilt lettering to spine. Black border to upper board. Darkening of spine, some minor abrasions and marking to boards. Two small tears to gutter between upper pastedown and flyleaf. Foxing to some pages, affecting end papers to a greate… Read more…


Broadcasting From Within

C. A. Lewis
An important early account of life in the BBC, which is celebrating its centenary, bound in Red publisher’s cloth in very good condition with bumping to top edge of boards and top and tail of spine. Dust jacket in good condition with loss to top and bottom of spine and nicks along edges. Black and white photographic author’s portrait frontispiece.… Read more…


The Complete Guide to Clevedon and Its Vicinity; Comprising Sketches of Many Place of Historical and Archaeological Interest,

R. S. S.
Maroon publisher’s cloth with gilt lettering to upper board and spine. Gilt edges and bevel edge boards. Decorative end papers. Binding in good condition with slight bumping to edges and top and tail of spine. Split to gutter between upper and lower pastedown and flyleaf. Scaring to pages 180 and 181 from previously laid in newspaper clippings. Bla… Read more…


UNCORRECTED PROOF COPY - For the Unfallen: Poems 1952-1958

Geoffrey Hill
Pre-publication proof of Geoffrey Hill's first mainstream collection of poetry. Printed card wrappers inscribed ‘June’ to upper cover - presumably the month of first publication. Collates [14] pp59 [5]. Very good condition throughout, the text clean and unmarked. Hill taught at Leeds University from 1954-1980 which probably explains the appearance… Read more…


The Land Valuer’s Best Assistant: Being Tables On An Improved Plan For Calculating The Value of Estates & The Land Improver’s

R. Hudson, John Ewart
Pocket-book bound in green dos a dos - back to back - binding in very good condition with wear to boards and chip to spine and front board. Gilt lettering to front and lower boards as well as gilt edges. Marbled end papers. Broken cloth ties. 100+ leaves of tables and several leaves of formulae and diagrams. A lovely little book. Read more…


The Complete Plays of Henry James

Henry James, Leon Edel [Editor], John Cunliffe [Signed]
From John Cunliffe’s library, bound in red cloth publisher’s binding with gilt lettering to spine in near fine condition with slight bumping to top of spine. Fading to spine. Split to gutter between frontispiece page and title page. Portrait frontispiece of the author dated to 1895. Ownership signature by Cunliffe to upper flyleaf and plate to uppe… Read more…


A Quality of Violence

Andrew Salkey [Signed], John Cunliffe
A presentation copy, first thus, from John Cunliffe’s library, bound in red cloth publisher’s binding with gilt lettering to spine. Seemingly unread. Attractive red dust jacket in near fine condition with some wear to the edges. Gift inscription to John and Sylvia Cunliffe from the author, with signature to upper flyleaf. Cunliffe (1933-2018) is be… Read more…