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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…


The Priest to the Altar

[Simon Bailey’s copy]
Simon Bailey’s copy - an Anglican priest who was among the earliest to develop AIDS and stay in parish ministry. Black roan, a large octavo binding, faded and rubbed to edges. Bailey’s bookplate appears on the first black flyleaf: ‘Simon Bailey Westcott Hl[ou]se Eastertide 1981.’ A well-used copy, particularly around the printed order for Holy Comm… Read more…


Tales of the Unexpected [SIGNED]

Roald Dahl
Inscribed by Roald Dahl on the inside of the front cover to an Anglia TV producer who was involved in the filming of these stories for British TV. The book is bound in the publisher’s printed card wrappers, very slightly rubbed. Dahl’s inscription is written in blue ink: ‘To Ron Love Roald Dahl’ - the usual form of inscription used by the author fo… Read more…


List of his Ma[jes]ties Ship that were in the West Indies

[Vice Admiral Hosier - Charles Townshend Papers]
‘Admiralty Office’ document recording the break-up of Admiral Hosier’s fleet after the failed Blockade of Porto Bello in present day Panama during which Hosier died of disease alongside thousands of his sailors. Foolscap size bifolium with ‘Pro Patria’ watermark, docket title and old horizontal folds, some fingermarking. The list of vessels is divi… Read more…


Spitfire Pilot [SIGNED BY ONE OF THE ‘FEW’]

David M Crook
Signed first edition of David M Crook's autobiographical account of his role as a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain. Near fine book in near very good jacket, signed beneath the portrait frontispiece. As one of the 'few' Crook recorded six kills and was one of nine 'aces' in 609 West Riding Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He died in 194… Read more…


The Order of Proceeding in the Public Funeral of the late Field Marshal Arthur Duke of Wellington

Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington
Scarce Order of Proceeding with remnants of the black silk stab sewing. Eighteen printed pages in large folio setting out the order of proceeding from the night before the funeral with the processional details for the day of the funeral surrounding ‘The Body covered with a rich black velvet pall...’ A little browning and stainng to text which colla… Read more…


Sylvia Plath: Family Copies of Anthologised Poems and Criticism

Sylvia Plath - Ted Hughes [Olwyn Hughes]
Twenty six books and magazines containing criticism or works by Sylvia Plath, owned by the poet’s sister in law, Olwyn Hughes, at least one of which bears her critical annotation relating to Plath. Olwyn Hughes only met Plath half a dozen times and their relationship wasn’t easy. After the American poet’s early death Ted Hughes’ sister became one o… Read more…


Life and Labour of the People in London. Final Volume. Notes on Social Influences and Conclusion.

Charles Booth
The final volume complete with the elusive ‘London. 1899-1900. Map Showing Place of Religious Worship, Public Elementary Schools for the Sale of Intoxicating Drinks’ in the pocket at the rear. The map is in very good condition, bright and complete, some browning along the horizontal folds and a couple of tiny punctures at the cross-folds. The book… Read more…


Between John Leybourn Witham, Plaintiff in Error

T Bootle; William Wynne
Rare printed summary of the case brought by the Earl of Derby in an appeal hearing made in the House of Lords: 1 copy only in the United States. Large bifolium, folded horizontally with docket title and drop head title. Short tears at ends of folds and browning to the outermost panel which bears the docket title. Interesting annotation in a contemp… Read more…


The Repeal: Or the Funeral of Miss Ame Stamp [PRO-AMERICAN BROADSIDE]

[Benjamin Wilson]
Satirical broadside celebrating the repeal of the Stamp Act, espousing a pro-trade and pro-American message. In this example of Carington Bowles’s 1766 engraving the imprint line from below the image has been removed and the paper trimmed just inside the plate mark. It is printed on laid paper with vertical chain-lines and a large crowned paper wat… Read more…


Manuscript Autobiography, Sketches and Photographs

Theodore Roussel [PAINTER]
Autobiographical manuscript of the Anglo-French painter Theodore Roussel’s early life from 1847 to the 1880s which cites his most famous work, The Reading Girl (Tate Britain), together with several sketches, an etching, autograph letter and a manuscript draft of the painter’s will. Roussel (Theodore, 1847-1926) was a French-born English Painter and… Read more…


The Loan of a Lover [PROMPT COPY]

J R Planche [Henry & George Scharf]
Anglo-American Shakespearian actor Henry Scharf’s prompt copy annotated for performance by himself and his brother, George Scharf, later the founding Director of the National Portrait Gallery. Small octavo bound in robust contemporary calf and diced blue cloth. The play has been interleaved with blueish paper (’W H Tucker 1836’ watermark) with addi… Read more…


John Bull and his Wonderful Lamp

William Thackeray [?]
Unsophisticated and attractive example of this satire on Richard Cobden complete with uncoloured illustrations and found here in the publisher’s binding with the binder’s ticket of ‘Remnant and Edmonds’ still present on the lower pastedown. Straight grain red cloth with gilt decoration, slightly discoloured, a bump two thirds of the way up the spin… Read more…


Woollen Weavers Book 1854-1855 [Manuscript]

William Simpson
A Yorkshire woollen weaver’s day-book, a small octavo bound in brown leather over board, grazing to panels with rubbing to edges and top of spine; binding sound. Front endpapers comprise a printed ‘Almanack for 1854’ and ‘Commercial Stamps, Taxes &c, Sold by John Baildon, Bookseller, Bull Green, Halifax’. Overleaf a contemporary hand-written ink in… Read more…


Future Indefinite [signed by Coward]

Noel Coward
A good copy with a ticket to Coward’s performance ‘at the piano’ on Lake Maggiore tipped into the verso of the title page. Opposite is a card signed, no doubt at this performance, by Noel Coward. Marking to board but internally very good. Read more…


Psmith Journalist

P G Wodehouse
First edition in the original cloth which has been repaired with new endpapers inserted. The book is now square and easily readable. Occasional browning to the text which collates complete with all plates as called for. The novel continues the adventures of the silver-tongued Psmith, one of Wodehouse's best loved characters, and his friend Mike Jac… Read more…


The Child at Home [inscribed]

Cynthia Asquith
Scarce signed copy of an already uncommon work. Publisher’s blue cloth, lightly marked. Internally clean. Asquith has written her name in black ink at the top of the flyleaf suggesting that this may have been her own copy of this book about bringing up children - largely full of sound advice from this cataloguer’s quick browse. A near very good cop… Read more…


The Murder on the Links

Agatha Christie
First edition, second impression of Christie's The Murder on the Links in the publisher’s original binding. Decorative orange cloth, a little faded along the outer hinges but otherwise very good, a small line on the lower cover. Internally the text (pp320) is unmarked with a further 8 pages of adverts beginning with The Mysterious Affair at Styles.… Read more…