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‘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…


INSCRIBED - WITH A NOTE South with Scott

Admiral Sir Edward Evans
Presentation copy from Captain Scott’s second in command to an Irish woman who had sent him a ‘gift parcel of steak’ during the Second World War. Evans’ book is bound in soft, textured cloth, stamped with an image of him on skis in blue to the upper board and blue spine lettering. Slight toning to the extremities of the binding which is otherwise v… 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…



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…


The Struggle for Europe [SIGNED]

Chester Wilmot
Signed first edition of this key work of second world war history. A very good copy in publisher’s blue cloth, signed ‘Chester Wilmot’ below his printed name on the title page. The text is clean and complete. The jacket is in good condition, price-clipped to the front flap, some fraying at both ends of the spine and a closed tear along part of the… Read more…


‘With thanks for the inspiration’ 44 Books from Alasdair Gray’s Library

Alasdair Gray [etc]
‘In admiration...’ a collection of 44 books inscribed to Alasdair Gray by friends, family and, mostly, fellow writers, including a gift from Liz Lochhead, several books about Glasgow, and Gray’s own copy of a work that came out of his Creative Writing teaching at Glasgow University. There are 15 inscribed volumes of poetry, among them Gray’s own co… Read more…


Draw it with the Artbox Bunch - Original Art

Tony Hart [Roc Renals]
Original artwork, photographs and an inscribed book by Tony Hart, inscribed to his agent and friend Roc Renals. The artwork 36x29cm show a dozen original ink and gouache cutouts by Hart from his Artbox programme of 1995-6 which have been mounted on a sheet of blue card with a window and additional decoration giving the illusion that the crayons and… Read more…


The Comedies - Presentation copy from Algernon Swinburne to Theodore Watts-Dunton

William Congreve; Algernon Swinburne; Theodore Watts-Dunton
An excellent presentation copy inscribed by Algernon Charles Swinburne to his intimate friend Theodore Watts-Dunton. Two volumes bound in green buckram, a little fading to the spine of the second volume. Swinburne's gift inscription appears on the half title of volume two above the printed rubric, written in ink: 'Walter Theodore Watts-Dunton from… Read more…


My Official Wife [Stanislaus Joyce - brother of James Joyce - his Copy]

Colonel R H Savage; Stanislaus and James Joyce
Stanislaus Joyce's copy, inscribed by him presumably in Triests where he shared lodgings with his brother James Joyce. Black textured cloth binding, presumed to be a mid twentieth century rebind, gilt spine lettering; original pastedowns laid down at either end of the small format Tauchnitz imprint - 15x11cm. Browning to paper stock which has becom… Read more…


Swing Hammer Swing! [inscribed to Alasdair Gray]

Jeff Torrington
An excellent association copy inscribed by one eminent Scottish writer to another and annotated by the recipient, Alasdair Gray. Bound in the publisher’s illustrated card wrappers, about very good and inscribed on the first endpaper: ‘With fondest regards, Jeff Torrington 10-8-92’. Gray seems to have read the first two thirds of the book enthusiast… Read more…


Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen, Reginald Brimley Johnson [Editor]
A beautifully designed 1901 version of Jane Austen's first novel, Sense and Sensibility. Light green boards with dark green and gilt decoration; top edge gilt, a little dusty; bookseller’s label ‘A & R Milne Aberdeen’ to first pastedown; a little spotting to preliminaries. Illustrated by C E Brock with a frontispiece to Vol I of Jane Austen as a yo… Read more…


HAIR, WIGS, BEARDS, ETC: A Home Made Scrap Book

Anonymous, Gabriel Shire Tregear etc
A home made scrap book offering advertisements for wigs, a coloured cutout and satirical print by Gabriel S Treagear showing a couple being accosted by a small black child ‘Please yor hono you’ve just dropt one of your viskers’. 12 items, [pp] 18, including an early 19th century advertisement for ‘Genuine Windsor Soap’ etc. Read more…


A VOLTAIRE-INSPIRED PAMPHLET WAR - 8 IMPRINTS: La Voix du Sage du Peuple [with] Lettre de Turc a Son Correspondant a Constantinople [with] La Voix du Pretre [with] La Voix du Poete et Celle du Levite [with] La Voix du Fou et des Femmes etc

M de Voltaire
Voltaire’s ‘short explosive’ critique of clerical taxation with 7 further pamphlets which it inspired, most with false imprints in ‘Londres’ and ‘Utrech’. Duodecimo volume bound in contemporary polished calf, ‘Les Voix’ to the spine label. Marbled endpapers; an early owner has written ‘Recueil de Petites Pieces faites a L’occasion des affaires du c… Read more…


WITH A SKETCH BY THE POET Visions of the Bone Idol

John Hegley & Linda Leatherbarrow
Pleasingly inscribed on the verso of the upper card wrapper ‘To Egon love John Hegley’ with a sketch. Very good plus book, illustrated by Linda Leatherbarrow, with advert for a ‘Dog Nest’ on the lower cover and a photo of a dog loosely laid in. Hegley was born in 1953 in London and practises as poet, editor and comedian. 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…


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…


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…


‘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…



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…


GAS IN WARFARE - Second World War Manuscript of the Dangers Britain Faced from Nazi Gas Attack

A F Wilson
Second World War Midlands-based study of the history of gas in warfare and the best ways to counter and deal with its renewed use over Britain. Small notebook (10x16cm) bound in grey cloth covered card, contained within an anonymous black folder. Author’s signature on the front pastedown: ‘A F Wilson 8 Stychedale Ave, Coventry’. Opposite an Index o… Read more…