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THE BALKAN TRILOGY - The Great Fortune; The Spoilt City; Friends and Heroes, (The Balkan Trilogy)

Olivia Manning
Three first editions of Olivia Manning's Balkan Trilogy. The Great Fortune is very good, a little spine lean, in a near very good jacket with a scar to the spine and tape marks on the front and rear flaps; The Spoilt City is very good in a near very good price clipped jacket with rubbing to the extremities; Friends and Heroes is near fine in a very… Read more…



Ottilie Wildermuth
A book owned by a pioneering woman in London politics, the Mayor of Bethnal Green in London in the 1890s. Illustrated boards, browned and faded. Benoly’s ownership inscription appears opposite the title page with the date 1896 written above. Several pencil drawings on the endpapers, mostly depicting female figures in Victorian costume. Fingermarkin… Read more…


SIGNED BY 68 MANCHESTER GRANDEES- The Manchester & Salford Society for the Reformation of Juvenile Criminals - Governors' Declaration Book

Edward Hardcastle [etc]
Signed by 68 Governors of this Manchester juvenile reform charity from 1876-1928. Green roan folio, minor scuffing to extremities. Binder’s ticket of William Harris, Cannon Street, Manchester to the front pastedown. Charity Commission printed appointment of governors (pp8) precedes the 68 printed pages of governor-signed pages by the likes of Herbe… Read more…


ARMOUR EXHIBITION Catalogue of the Loan Exhibition at the Brassey Institute March 16th 1896

F R Fairbank
Ex Royal Armouries copy from the F H Cripps-Day bequest. Contemporary cloth binding; ‘Tower Armouries Ex Lib...’ stamp crossed out and annotated by librarian ‘Duplicate not required...’ Ownership inscription of F H Cripps Day 1920, Kent antiquarian, opposite. Browning to endpapers. Written on the title page: ‘First Edition with the secretarys compl… Read more…


Like a Mantle the Sea [Shetland Island Manuscript & Archive]

Stella Shepherd - Dennis Shepherd - John Betjeman
Autograph manuscript, typescript, corrected proofs and supportive letters from Sir John Betjeman to the author of this memoir of Papa Stour who met her during a visit to the island and helped see the book through to publication. Stella Shepherd and her husband Dennis who illustrated her book moved to Papa Stour in the Shetlands in 1962, to become,… Read more…


Broadcast over Britain [signed]

Sir John C W Reith
Offered in the BBC’s centenary year - with the Aberdonian BBC founding Director General Sir John Reith’s signature tipped in. Publisher's blue cloth lettered in gilt to the spine, formerly the property of the Cunard Shipping Company with their gilt stamp to the middle of the front board. Blind stamp of the Circulating Library of Harrods Limited on… Read more…


Lampas: or Descriptions of Some Mechanical Improvements of Lamps and Waterpoises

Robert Hooke
First edition of Hooke's 4th Cutlerian Lecture, text complete but lacking the plates at the end. Recent brown marbled wrappers with a paper label to the upper cover. New additional endpapers; letter press text collates complete: [2] pp54; light browning throughout text otherwise very good. Hooke’s work on the mechanical improvements of lamps combin… Read more…


‘MY STUDIO COPY HUGH PATON’ Etching, Drypoint, Mezzotint. The Whole Art of the Painter-Etcher

Hugh Paton
The author’s heavily annotated personal copy with corrections and emendations by the Manchester-based artist throughout. Bound in pictorial publisher’s cloth, a little rubbed to the extremities. Paton’s inscription appears on the half title ‘My Studio Copy Hugh Paton Oct/ 10’. The book is a lavish production which contains an original etched fronti… Read more…


Animadversions on the First Part of the Machina Coelestis

Robert Hooke
First edition of Hooke's second Cutlerian Lecture with two of the three engravings of Hooke’s instruments present. Recent brown marbled wrappers with a paper label to the upper cover. New additional endpapers; text collates complete: [8] pp78 [2] found here with folding plates 1 & 3 bound in after the title page. Light browning throughout text othe… Read more…


Portraits and Memoirs of the Most Illustrious Personages of British History

Edmund Lodge, Goldar, J Taylor
95 engraved portraits originally issued in fascicules by Edmund Lodge, found here bound in Victorian half cloth over marbled boards. The original title of the magazine has been laid down on the upper board, there is rubbing to edges of binding; a clipping has been removed from the first free endpaper. The engravings are by Goldar, Woodman and Mutlo… Read more…


The Works of Shakespeare: In Eight Volumes, Collated with the Oldest Copies and Corrected: With Notes, Explanatory, and Critical:

William Shakespeare, Lewis Theobald
Complete set (eight volumes) of Theobald’s Works of Shakespeare bound in speckled calf with gilt double fillet to boards and faded gilt lettering and volume number to spine. Raised bands, red morocco label and black morocco label to spines. Binding in good condition with cracking to spines, markings to boards, and rubbing and bumping to edges. Dust… Read more…


Ned Kelly: Archive of Film Production Drawings Including Portraits of Mick Jagger playing Ned Kelly

George Crossley - Ned Kelly - Tony Richardson - Mick Jagger
Remarkable archival collection of 99 drawings made on location by the Australian artist George Crossley during the filming of Tony Richardson's Ned Kelly feature film which starred Mick Jagger. The drawings vary in size from the largest at 37x50 cm (14.5x19.75 inches) to the smallest at 24x31 cm (9.5x12 inches). Most are executed in black pen on pa… Read more…


Travels in Arabia Deserta [Presented by Theodore Dreiser to John Cowper Powys]

Charles M Doughty; Theodore Dreiser, John Cowper Powys
SUPERB ASSOCIATION COPY inscribed on the title page 'My Christmas present to Jock Dec 22nd 1926 Theodore Dreiser To John Cowper Powys.' On the half title Powys has inscribed the work a second time to pass the book on some thirty years later: 'For Malcolm [Elwin] from John 5th of November 1954 [cuneiform inscription] see Page 291. Would I could writ… Read more…


COLLECTION OF HAND-COLOURED MAPS - The Preceptor Containing a General Course of Education

Robert Dodsley; Samuel Johnson
Beautifully illustrated mid-century educational text with 6 Emanuel Bowen hand-coloured maps, including North America, and an introduction by Samuel Johnson. Bound in contemporary plain calf, cracking to outer hinges; binding sound. Armorial bookplate and signature of Edward Newton Young to the first pastedown; Hayman frontispiece opposite title pa… Read more…


WEDDING WISHES FOR A PUBLISHER - ‘For John Gill from His Friends and Colleagues of The Amalgamated Press on the Occasion of his Marriage...’

[Alfred Harmsworth]
Wedding card hand drawn and signed by 70 members of Alfred Harmsworth’s Amalgamated Press. Stiff card (34x23cm) with hand-drawn multi-coloured decoration and the recipient John Gill's name in bold at the head of the card. Below are the signatures of dozens of colleagues with the Amalgamated Press editor ‘C Langton Townley’(1878-1956) heading up the… Read more…


AUSTRALIA VOYAGES SKETCHBOOK by the Wife of the Commander in Chief, Australia Station

Emily Cecilia Bowden-Smith & Nathaniel Bowden-Smith
Sketchbook and diary recording a round trip to Australia aboard Conrad’s last ship, written by the wife of the Commander in Chief of the Australia Station and including a drawing of a kangaroo hunt. Quarto hessian-covered sketchbook with tie; worn and marked, possibly a pencilled sketch on the upper cover which is inscribed with the artist’s initia… Read more…



Nicolas de Montargon
Late 17th century French legal manuscript relating to the affairs of Nicolas de Montargon, businessman and frustrated diplomat. Quarto sized (20x27 cm) disbound manuscript (c 12,000 words) in a clerk’s hand; ink on vellum comprising sixty numbered folios (120pp) in eight gatherings, sewn with string top and bottom only, sewing snapped between third… Read more…


1960s MODELLING PORTFOLIO of Annabel Smith

[Annabel Smith]
Ring bound photographic modelling portfolio covered by thick blue fabric. A certificate from The Model Centre in London is mounted opposite the first image and states the completion of a training programme offered by the centre by an Annabel Smith on the 31st October 1966. The programme included training in ‘Show, Mannequin, Photographic and Televi… Read more…


DOESKIN HOMEMADE BINDING Two Journeys to Jerusalem Containing, First A Strange and True Account

Nathaniel Crouch
Homemade doe-skin binding on this chapbook publication by the English printer and bookseller variously known as Nathaniel Crouch, Robert or Richad Burton. The doe-skin binding which seems likely to be contemporary with the book has been wrapped tightly around the boards and sewn down the spine with the result that that the book opens comfortably to… Read more…


‘Graveyard Poets': A Sammelband of 11 Imprints - An Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard The Eleventh Edition [AND] Four Elegies Descriptive and Moral [AND] An Epistle from Lady Jane Gray to Lord Guilford Dudley ETC

Thomas Gray; William Whitehead; John Delap; Reginald Heber; John Scott; Edward Jerningham; George Keate; Edward Young; Thomas Denton
Mid-eighteenth century bound collection of 'Graveyard' poems including elegies and meditations such as the earliest publication by John Scott of Amwell (the first notable Quaker poet) and works by Thomas Gray, Edward Young, John Delap and Reginald Heber. Small quarto bound in eighteenth century speckled calf, the boards decorated with a border of c… Read more…


SIGNED BY DESCENDANTS OF FLETCHER CHRISTIAN - Pitcairn Island Refuge of the Bounty Mutineers

Maurice Allward
Signed by 5 descendants of Fletcher Christian and Edward Young and a further 54 attendees of the Bounty Pitcairn Conference, in Florida, 2005. The book which was owned by its author Maurice Allward is presented here in its original binding, with the logo of the conference tipped onto the front cover. Overleaf are 5 long inscriptions written by Pitc… Read more…


The Two Magics: The Turn of the Screw; Covering End

Henry James
The first edition, first state of Henry James's great supernatural tale, The Turn of the Screw. This, the earliest issue of the first edition is bound in blue cloth with the four iris designs to the upper board and the title page printed in black and red and the 32 page advertisements to the rear. The blue cloth is a rubbed and darkened with a ligh… 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…


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…