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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…


The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul

Douglas Adams
Signed first edition of Adams' immensely popular novel, a sequel to The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Bound in grey cloth with gilt spine lettering, the text is complete and fine, slight spine lean. The jacket is near fine, price present, a little rubbing at the head of the spine. Read more…


PORTFOLIO OF 19 COMIC & MILDLY EROTIC DRAWINGS: ‘Rough Sketches C W Anderson 41 Wash[ington] Sq[uare] New York City’

Clarence William Anderson
Portfolio of signed comic and erotic sketches by a Nebraskan born artist, apparently compiled while in New York City. The sketches are housed in an ‘Anchor Clasp Envelope’ on which Anderson has written ‘Rough Sketches C.W. Anderson 41 Wash[ington’ Sq[uare] New York City.’ Old repairs to edges of the envelope. Anderson’s drawings are on thin paper (… Read more…



William Shakespeare
July 1969
Hamlet post-production screenplay for the 1969 British film adaptation starring Nicol Williamson - seemingly not found in any institutional collection. Foolscap sized paper held together by corroded staples. Rust marks to front cover which is partially detached from the text block. Typescript of c100 pages, mimeograph-printed on the rectos only. Oc… Read more…


PRESENTATION COPY Classification and Uses of Finger Prints

Sir Edward Henry
Inscribed copy of this second edition of Henry’s fingerprint system which became the 'sole official method employed in the identification of habitual criminals in this country.' Green cloth, near very good, inscribed on the first (browned) flyleaf ‘Major Arthur Griffiths from the writer. Feb.: 1905’. Errata slip bound in ahead of the title page and… Read more…



Collection of Acts of Parliament printed between 1767 and 1812 legislating on Britain’s relationship with its American colonies and subsequently the newly fledged United States. These Acts are disbound and altogether the 25 Acts run to 114 pages. Subjects under British law include the vexed problem of taxation on imports from North America (Rice,Sa… Read more…


PLATES DESIGNED AND ETCHED BY GEORGE CRUIKSHANK - Rare set of Separately issued Plates for Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens - George Cruikshank
Unrecorded perhaps unique surviving set of Cruikshank’s illustrations to Oliver Twist, issued by the book’s publisher as a loose, possibly promotional, set simultaneous with first publication. 20 plates (150x243mm) are loosely contained in a bifolium printed wrapper which has separated along the spine. This bears a modified version of the title pag… Read more…


22 IMPRINTS FROM THE SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES chronicling the controversial Presidency of Edward King

Society of Antiquaries [Benjamin Way; Edward King]
A compelling collection chronicling the short-lived Antiquaries’ Presidency of Edward King, owned and annotated by a friend of King’s and including 5 unrecorded imprints. Large quarto (27x21.5cm), 18th-century full calf; narrow gilt border to the boards, spine prettily tooled in gilt, red morocco label, marbled endpapers, red sprinkled edges - bind… Read more…



Antoine de Guiscard, Abbe de la Bourlie, Marquis de Guiscard
Three manuscript Letter Books (1704-1708) kept by a Franco-British double agent in London which record his efforts to lead a British invasion and his charismatic hold over British and European monarchs and ministers - worthy of a full Hollywood treatment. Antoine de Guiscard’s meteoric rise was followed by an equally precipitous fall from grace whi… Read more…



C R Stead, R Davis etc
Richly varied photo album depicting student life at Mills College in Oakland shortly after it was chartered as the first women’s college west of the Rockies. Large oblong album (15x11inches) ‘Photographs’ in gilt to upper, textured cloth covered board. Light wear to edges but the binding remains sound, though some weakening to the cloth covering ov… Read more…


2 SETS OF 18TH CENTURY ‘CHARACTERS’ The Wooden World Dissected in the Characters [WITH] Mars Stript of His ArmourL or, the Army Display’d in all its True Colours

Edward Ward ‘A Lover of the Mathematicks’
Grub-Street satirist and publican, Ned Ward’s set of military characters, including ‘A Spy’, bound together with an incomplete set of his more common naval characters - 1709 and 1708. Contemporary panelled calf with two spine labels and remains of an overlaid morocco label to the second compartment. Skilful repair to the head and tail of the spine… 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…


HELENA - Signed First Edition

Evelyn Waugh
Signed first edition of Evelyn Waugh’s only historical novel, based on the eponymous heroine’s search for relics of the true cross. Blue publisher’s cloth, small dent at the top of the front board; uniformly deep blue cloth, sharp corners. In a near very good jacket, lightly nicked at head of the spine and at the top of the front hinge with the fro… Read more…


‘WITH THE KINDEST WISHES AND PRAYERS OF THE AUTHOR...’ A Letter to the Rev Pusey & 8 other Publications

Saint John Henry Newman, William Gladstone, Gilbert Scott, Thomas Capel
Inscribed with ‘Prayers’ from a saint - John Henry Newman’s Letter to Pusey inscribed in his hand on the verso of the title page: ‘with the kindest wishes & prayers of the Author Decr 10. 1872’. Collection of 9 Anglo-Catholic church pamphlets bound in contemporary half calf with marbled boards, spine label lettered in gilt on maroon leather, some r… Read more…



Charlotte Carmichael; James Ferrier Carmichael; Marie Stopes
Portraits in childhood of the Edinburgh-born women’s rights campaigner and future author of British Freewomen: Their Historical Privilege, Charlotte Carmichael, by her father, the landscape artist James Ferrier Carmichael and by herself. Charlotte Carmichael (1840-1929) was part of the first university level classes for women in Edinburgh under Pro… Read more…


ANNOTATED WITH A VIEW TO A REPRINT Plants of the Lothians (Edinburgh, Haddington, and Linlithgow)

R Cockburn Millar; Allan A Pinkerton
Corrected and emended copy, apparently with a view to reprinting in an improved version. Green wrappers marked and stained; later ex libris of David W H Walton to the flyleaf. The corrections begin on the verso of the title page and continue throughout the 24 page printed text. A heavy ink stain at the tail of the page runs right through. The corre… Read more…


RARE EDINBURGH 20th CENTURY LATIN IMPRINT Nugae Rythmicae Magnisclopianae ad Majorem Nostrorum Hilaritatem

Robertus Rupestris Magnisclopis [pseudonym] Robert Craig MacLagan; David Maclagan; Andrew Douglas Maclagan, Sir.; Thomas Thomson Maclagan; Robert Craig Maclagan;
Collection of comic skits inscribed by the author ‘Gracie Critchley from RCM January 1902" with a short poem written below. Very good in green cloth with gilt titles, all edges gilt, brown coated end papers. The boards are rubbed to the edges and spine. The text is crisp and fresh. Copies at Dundee and NLS only. Read more…


SCOTLAND’S 7TH NOBEL PRIZE WINNER - Nobel Prize Lecture & Personal Papers

Sir Alexander Todd
Alexander Todd’s personal archive including school prizes from Glasgow schooldays, his Nobel Prize lecture and dozens of retained copies of his papers and speeches. Alexander R Todd (1907-1997) was awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the synthesis of nucleotides - the groundwork for Watson and Crick’s elucidation of DNA. Born… Read more…



Douglas Haig’s FAMILY
[RESERVED] Pre-printed diary used interestingly by a member of Earl Haig’s family as a commonplace/ day book. Chunky small quarto bound in full calf, splitting slighly at outer hinges but very robust still. Laid in is a selection of quotations from Carlyle written on ‘Ramornie Ladybank’ headed paper. Marbled endpapers. Preceding the diary pages are… Read more…



Max Born [Edward Neville da Costa Andrade - Wilhelm Busch]
A Nobel prize-winning physicist and Edinburgh University Professor presents his latest English translation to a fellow physicist. Born’s typed letter was sent from Bad Pyrmont in west Germany where he had retired after leaving his Edinburgh professorship in 1953. Writing to Professor Edward Neville da Costa Andrade in London, he says that ‘I have a… Read more…


RENTAL OF THE LANDS OF DUNLOP - 18th Century Manuscript from Ayrshire

John Dunlop
18th century manuscript record of land rentals on the Dunlop family estates in East Ayrshire. Slim vellum-bound notebook with wallet-style binding and external straps. Later gilt lettering on spine suggesting a strong motivation to preserve the manuscript. Laid paper with horizontal chainlines; 20 pages of manuscript headed pages, beginning ‘Rental… Read more…


SCOTTISH DIASPORA - Scots’ Church, London Wall - Pew Pass

Adam Scott
Pew pass bought by a wealthy Scottish family living in London in the 1840s - adorned on the verso with the seal of a 17th century Scottish Bishop and Principal of Edinburgh University. Toned card (9x6cm) printed and then accomplished and signed in manuscript by a church official, Adam Scott, for ‘Mrs Sangsters Servant’ for 6 months tenure of No 10,… Read more…


TWICE & EXPERTLY ANNOTATED - The History of Knaresborough

Michael Calvert [Richard Chapman Lofthouse]
Owned and elaborately annotated by a mid 19th century Knaresborough local - ’R Lofthouse’ - with corrections and enlargements to the printed text. Small octavo bound in publisher’s brown cloth, marked and stained; outer hinge splitting between upper board and backstrip; binding remains robust. The book is complete as issued but extensively improved… Read more…


‘ONE CRISIS AFTER ANOTHER’ - 1962 WHITE HOUSE LETTER ABOUT JFK LAID IN - “Johnny we Hardly Knew Ye” Memories of John Fitzgerald Kennedy

David F Powers; Kenneth P O’Donnell; Joe McCarthy
Inscribed by the President’s former Special Assistant - and with an excellent letter written from the White House in September 1962 thanking friends in Houston where Kennedy had just given his speech declaring ‘we choose to go to the moon’. 6th printing of this memoir of the Kennedy years, warmly inscribed by Powers on the half title ‘To Claud and… Read more…


NO COPY IN CAMBRIDGE - Elysium. A Select and Up-to-date Magazine Produced by The Elysians, Selwyn College, Cambridge

William Ernest Bott; Archibald Baxandall; Carl Edward Fischer; Alec Manston Hughes; William Oliver Beamont; Samuel Percy Woodfield;
A contributor’s copy of a rare pre-war Cambridge periodical published by Selwyn College students though not found in any Cambridge collection. Octavo volume bound in quarter vellum over green cloth; Bill Pickard bookplate to first pastedown; overleaf a photograph of the ‘Elysium Publishing Association’ with names laid down opposite a manuscript ‘Br… Read more…