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LIBRARY CATALOGUE OF A GLASGOW TITAN OF BUSINESS Catalogue of the Library at Philiphaugh

William Strang Steel
Catalogue of William Strang Steel’s book collection housed at Philiphaugh in the Scottish Borders, reflecting his business interests in Burma and the Far East. A handsome binding (17x26.5cm) of half deep-red crushed morocco over cloth with gilt lettering; all edges gilt. Marbled endpapers with the armorial bookplate of William Strang Steel to the f… Read more…


UNRECORDED SCOTTISH CHAPBOOK VERSION OF The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, Who was Born in Newgate..

Daniel Defoe
Otherwise unknown Glaswegian chapbook edition of this outrageous and transgressive eighteenth century novel. The chapbook (17x9.5cm) is made up of a single 24 page gathering (12mo), secured just by a pin - it has never been sewn. Woodcut portrait of Moll to the first page, no doubt generic, a little browning; lower outer corner of p3 torn away, not… Read more…


ORIGINAL ARTWORK FOR TENNYSON’S POEM ‘The Departure from the Day Dream’

Florence Susan Harrison
Original illustration for Tennyson’s Poem The Departure, published by the Glasgow firm of Blackie in their 1912 edition of Guinevere and other Poems. Pen and ink on paper (25x16cm), laid down on card depicting the downcast figures of the Princess and her lover, surrounded by rose stems and foliage, lettering on a scroll-form cartouche. The work of… Read more…



Claude Shannon, David Lewis, Thyllis Williams etc
Just as ChatGPT has pushed AI from a hot topic in the tech industry to a global news phenomenon, so AI has become the defining technology of our age. This collection forms a unique record of the creation of Artificial Intelligence during the early years of computing in the form of 59 unpublished typescripts, offprints, photographs, ephemera and ass… Read more…


A SLICE OF SOUTH LANARKSHIRE SOCIAL HISTORY ‘James Smellie’s Count Book in Carstairs School’

James Smellie of Carstairs
Hybrid daybook, notebook and school exercise book used by James Smellie of Carstairs over 50 years from 1802 and into the 1850s to record business transactions, Carstairs village meetings, auctions, the activities of the Benevolent Society and on Friday evenings the ‘Church Music Society’. Small quarto (17x20cm) bound in immensely faded marbled car… Read more…


THE LIBRARIAN’S COPY The History of the Speculative Society 1764-1904

William Watson
Owned and inscribed by William Dunbar, Librarian of the Speculative Society in the year of this book’s publication. Quarter red roan over textured paper covered boards with dried white marks near the foreedge; rubbing to hinges. Top edge gilt; untrimmed foreedge and lower edge. Ownership inscription of ‘Wm Dunbar March 1905’ with a post-it note fro… Read more…


Ovid’s Epistles, Translated by Several Hands The Fourth Edition

Ovid; John Dryden
Complete copy with all engravings and in an attractive contemporary binding of calf with blind decoration to the boards. The book collates complete: [18] pp253, [3], 24 with a frontispiece and five further copper engravings within the text. There is quite severe insect damage to the title page and frontispiece which has a tape repair on the recto.… Read more…


J PIERPONT MORGAN’S CATALOGUER IN CHIEF A Catalogue of the Works of Art belonging to Dr G C Williamson, Burgh House, Hampstead, London [with] Some Works on Art and Artists by Dr George C Williamson

George Charles Williamson
Number 1 of 250 copies, the dedication copy, owned by the author’s wife with an original photograph of a Richard Cosway miniature and a printed broadside poem by Williamson laid in. Small octavo bound in pebbled red road, rubbing to all extremities, quite severe at the tail of the spine. Mrs Williamson’s bookplate appears on the first pastedown - ‘… Read more…


The Artist’s Repository and Drawing Magazine exhibiting the Principles of the Polite Arts in their Various Branches Vol II - A compendium of Colors [with] Miscellanies Relating to the Arts

Francis Fitzgerald
The second volume of the Artist’s Repository (1786) bound with a section of the Miscellanies (1790). Contemporary reversed calf binding, cracking along outer hinges but the binding remains sound. New endpapers followed by: sepia general title page with vignette, viii, letter press title page, pp 132 (Miscellanies) pp89-184. 10 sepia plates are boun… Read more…



H L Honeyman; James R Adamson; T C Campbell Mackie; Francis Henry Newbury; David Robertson; Alex J Scott etc
A contributor’s copy of this rare periodical published by Glasgow School of Art at the peak of its influence and success, which contains analysis of its iconic home designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Olive cloth binding with gilt spine lettering and speckled red edges. Title page with finely executed vignette by Thomas Callendar Campbell-Mackie… Read more…



Robert Clutterbuck
Richly provenanced collection of Robert Clutterbuck’s annotated source-texts for his monumental History and Antiquities of the County of Hertford - with earlier annotation by a previous owner, Andrew Ducarel, Keeper of Lambeth Palace Library. Handsome quarto (21.5x26.5) which has been recased in late 19th century half crushed brown morocco over peb… Read more…



Mary Hornby [William Shakespeare]
Souvenir of the heated dispute between Mary Hornby, recently ousted as custodian of Shakespeare’s birthplace, and the subsequent occupant, Mrs Court. Printed double-sided on card (9x13cm), the printing on the verso with text upside down. The text relates to Hornby’s ownership of the ‘the various Articles... that originally belonged to the Immortal… Read more…


SPARKLING PUBLISHER’S CLOTH Shakespere’s Home at New Place Stratford upon Avon

J C M Bellew - William Shakespeare
Excellent 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…


SHAKESPEARE IN PROVINCIAL BINDING The Dramatic World of Shakspeare, in Six Volumes

William Shakespeare [notes by Joseph Rann]
‘An undistinguished publication... but attractively printed’ and attractively bound, as it happens. This set was 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 which give the… 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…


DEDICATED TO CHARLES II Le Savory du Ciel ou Meditation sur le pseaume Cent un par Jean Rivet

Jean Rivet & Andrew Rivet [Charles II]
Rededicated - and perhaps presented - to King Charles II by the author’s nephew, a manuscript meditation on Psalm 101, unpublished in this form and written as an antidote against the plague. Small quarto (horizontal chainlines & foolscap watermark) bound in contemporary calf with raised bands to the spine and gilt decoration. Three blank endpapers… Read more…


UNPUBLISHED ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF SWISS PHYSICS - A Compendium of the Aristotelian: & Cartesian Physics

John Roberts - Johann Heinrich Schweitzer
Manuscript translation by an English lawyer determined to inject his enthusiasm for Lucretius into this work by a 17th century Swiss natural philosopher - completing his English makeover with marginal references to Milton’s Paradise Lost. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Quarto in modern half tan calf over marbled boards; an eighteenth century presentation in… Read more…


42 VOLUMES FROM MADAME DE POMPADOUR’S LIBRARY - Memoires pour Servir a l’Histoire des Hommes

Jean-Pierre Niceron
Superb set owned by Louis XV’s influential mistress, the enlightenment intellectual Madame de Pompadour, with full provenance and de Pompadour’s coat of arms stamped in gilt 84 times. 41 volumes bound in 42 (volume 10 is bound separately in 2 parts), 12mo, Paris, 17x10cm; published 1727-1740. As usual found without the final two posthumously publis… Read more…


CO-DISCOVERERS OF THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT & CLIMATE CHANGE - ‘Circumstances Affecting the Heat of the Sun’s Rays’ & An Autograph Letter from John Tyndall

Eunice Foote & John Tyndall
A climate change duo: Eunice Foote’s pioneering 1856 paper on the absorption of thermal radiation by carbon dioxide and water vapour together with an autograph letter from John Tyndall, discoverer of the absorption of radiant heat by gases some 3 years later. Foote’s paper appears in The American Journal of Science and Arts. Second Series. Vol. XXI… Read more…


A PUBLISHER REMEMBERS - Richard Bentley (the 2nd) Memorialises the Family Firm

Richard Bentley
Grandson and last proprietor of the family publishing firm, here are 7 of Richard Bentley’s personal copies of his own books together with publishing memorabilia that stayed with him. Richard Bentley (1854-1936) was grandson and the last proprietor of the family publishing firm that carried his name, running it from 1893 until its dissolution in 18… Read more…


‘I AM RECKON’D A SCHISMATICK’ - Spiritual Diary, Poems and Letters of a Dissenting Cornishman

Bernard Rowse
A remarkable manuscript (c200,000 words) that begins in London just before the 1688 Revolution and charts its author’s return to his Cornish village where he pleads for the right to remain in communion with both ‘Episcopal and Presbiterial’ congregations. Over 300 pages the manuscript plots Rowse’s efforts to assuage both conscience and Cornish nei… Read more…



Edward Carpenter
Inscribed to an English socialist friend and wife of a founder member of the Labour Party, Lucy Henderson, with a letter to her from the pioneer of LGBTQ rights, women’s rights and environmentalism laid in. Second edition bound in publisher’s cloth with gilt lettering; fading to spine and a stain close to the tail. Floral endpapers; the first one o… Read more…



Robert J Thornton
Beautifully illustrated first edition with possible Barings family provenance. Full straight grain calf binding with gilt decoration to boards and three wide raised bands to the spine; faded marbling to edges of text block. Green coated endpapers; a little marking to early leaves. Collates complete in two volumes with 176 engraved plates including… Read more…


YORK MINSTER MUSIC Anthems: for Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, and eight Voices

Thomas Ellway, Master of the Children of the Cathedral of York
Vigorously executed second edition ‘with the Addition of Fifteen New Anthems’ bound in contemporary sheepskin and Yorkshire provenance. Full sheep binding with blind double fillet framing the boards. Ownership signature of ‘Ann Gelson’ to the first flyleaf (noted in the parish registers of Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, York, died 1786). Frontis… Read more…


MANUSCRIPT 1820s PICARESQUE MEDWAY JOURNEY TO A CONCERT IN CHATHAM - Inconsideration on a trip to an Oratorio on 27th November 1829

John S Featherstone [Henry Senior]
Mock epic narrative poem describing an ill-fated journey by boat, stage-coach and on foot from Sheerness to a concert in Chatham and the ‘inconsideration’ that blighted their return journey. Thin, maroon-coloured roan covered wrappers, rubbing to spine and corners; white tape reinforcement along gutter to verso of wrapper. 18 pages of text, 21 line… Read more…