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Madame Maillart £95

Author: AVELINE, Claude; Hamish Miles; L Houghton
Year: 1932
Publisher: The Bodley Head
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

First edition in a striking art deco style dustjacket by 'L Houghton' of a work translated by Hamish Miles. Light green publisher's cloth with lettering, no ownership signatures, spotting to edge of t...
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Language, Truth and Logic [inscribed] £350

Author: AYER, Alfred J - 'Freddie' [Arthur Boyars]
Year: 1936
Publisher: Victor Gollancz
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

Amusingly inscribed second impression of Ayer's most influential work, presented to the poet and writer Arthur Boyars with the inscription on the first blank: 'To Arthur Boyars, who won't believe it f...
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Darling Buds of May & Breath of French Air & £150

Author: BATES, H E
Year: 1958
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London
Signed: No

First three volumes of the Larkin family chronicles, adapted with great success for television in Britain some two decades ago; all three in Broom Lyne's striking jackets. All three jackets are in unu...
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Quartetten fur 2 Violinen, Bratsche u. Violoncell. £1500

Author: BEETHOVEN, Ludwig Van [Louis Ries]
Year: 1860
Publisher: Unpublished
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Germany/ Austria
Signed: No

4 Manuscript Volumes containing all of Beethoven's string quartets from the Opus 59 'Rasumovsky' quartets onwards, owned by a leading string player who worked with the Beethoven Quartet Society, Louis...
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Murray's Buckinghamshire Guide [signed by Betjeman £95

Author: BETJEMAN, John; John Piper
Year: 1948
Publisher: John Murray
Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London
Signed: Yes

Signed copy by Betjeman who has crossed through his printed name on the title page and written in full alongside: 'John Betjeman'. A near fine copy of the book, deep pink decorative cloth, just a hint...
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'A Piece of Napoleon's Sheet & Wall paper...' £350

Author: BONAPARTE, Napoleon
Year: 1850
Publisher: N/A
Dust Jacket: No
Place: N/A
Signed: No

(4x2.5cm) Mounted on decorative printed paper, two half centimeter square samples of cloth and yellow paper described in a contemporary hand on the accompanying envelope as 'a piece of Napoleon's shee...
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Book Label Collection 1700-1900 £1650

Author: BOOK OWNERS
Year: 1850
Publisher: Various
Dust Jacket: No
Place: United Kingdom
Signed: No

Collection of 142 book labels, 1770-1925, including the labels of reading societies and circulating libraries, the collection having a slight Scottish bias. The labels have been tipped onto 22 sheets ...
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Broad Brook Company, Connecticut [Presentation] £300

Author: BROOK, Harry C; Benjamin B Crocker;
Year: 1935
Publisher: Unpublished
Dust Jacket: No
Place: East Windsor, Connecticut
Signed: No

[ff] 12. Luxurious illuminated manuscript presented to the outgoing President of Broad Brook Company in East Windsor Connecticut (textile manufacturers) and signed by colleagues in 1935. Quarto sized ...
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The Harmonic Cabinet, or Vocal Harmonist £140

Author: CALLCOTT, John Wall, J Davy, Purcell, R Banks
Year: 1821
Publisher: W Blackman
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

3 volumes of engraved music bound in contemporary half black morocco with gilt lines and decorative spines. Internally fresh in sound bindings; the volume numbers and price (8/6) have been added to th...
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Lewis Carroll & the House of Macmillan: Manuscript £350

Author: CARROLL, Lewis; Charles Dodgson; Morton N Cohen
Year: 1979
Publisher: Browning Institute Studies
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London & Cuny
Signed: No

Manuscript and corrected typescript drafts of an important bibliographical account of Charles Dodgson’s vexed relationship with the publisher of Alice in Wonderland, the house of Macmillan which was...
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The Woman who Didn't £200

Author: CROSSE, Victoria - Annie Sophie Cory
Year: 1895
Publisher: John Lane; Roberts Bros
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

[8] pp 162 pp 12 [advert] pp 16 [advert] Smart first edition of Annie Sophie Cory's novel which rode on the back of the best-selling succes de scandale, Grant Allen's anti-marriage novel The Woman Who...
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Log Book: Arabia - The Cunard Steam-Ship Company L £160

Author: CUNARD STEAM SHIP COMPANY: Captain T T Sheehan, W B Tanner
Year: 1955
Publisher: Cunard Steam Ship Company
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Liverpool and Montreal
Signed: No

pp 200 Substantial folio sized manuscript Ship's Log for the Cunard Cargo Ship, Arabia, from 1955-1956. Quarter blue cloth binding with printed label on upper cover, manuscript accomplished in ink wit...
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Log Book: Queen Elizabeth - The Cunard Steam-Ship £250

Author: CUNARD STEAM SHIP COMPANY: Commodore Sir Ivan Thompson
Year: 1957
Publisher: Cunard Steam Ship Company
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Southampton; Cherbour; New York City
Signed: Yes

pp 28 Folio sized manuscript Ship's Log for the R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth, the second of the two super-liners built by Cunard for the New York service, during April and May 1957 under the command of Sir ...
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On The Origin of Species [5th thousand - 2nd ed] £1200

Author: DARWIN, Charles
Year: 1860
Publisher: John Murray
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

[v] vi-ix [1] pp 2-502 [folding diagram opposite p 117] [no publisher's catalogue] The second edition with 'fifth thousand' on title page in half tan calf over marbled boards, lightly rubbed. Bookplat...
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The King's General: First Treatment for TV £150

Author: DU MAURIER; Daphne; Olaf Pooley
Year: 1979
Publisher: Sebastian Film Productions Ltd
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

ff 56 Olaf Pooley's script for an unrealised Sebastian Film Productions TV adaptation of The King's General, produced by Gabrielle Beaumont. Laid into the card bound script is a long letter (7 sides) ...
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Collected Poems 1909-1935 [inscribed by Eliot] £400

Author: ELIOT, T S
Year: 1945
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London
Signed: Yes

Eliot's great early poems in a copy inscribed to the French pioneer in infant psychology, Odette Brunet. Writing in blue ink on the title page, Eliot has crossed out his printed name and written below...
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The Waste Land [inscribed by Valerie Eliot] £175

Author: ELIOT, T S; Valerie Eliot
Year: 1971
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London
Signed: No

Valerie Eliot's facsimile edition of her late husband's manuscript, inscribed by her - though not presented as she ruefully admits - on the first blank: 'Venetia [Newhall] with love from Valerie (I wi...
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A Passage to India [signed] £200

Author: FORSTER E M
Year: 1964
Publisher: Edward Arnold
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

pp 336 Signed by E M Forster in the final years of his life: the novelist has signed twice in biro, once below the half-title and again, as was his practice, on the title page below his printed name w...
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Two Cheers for Democracy [presentation copy] £150

Author: FORSTER E M [Arthur Boyars]
Year: 1951
Publisher: Edward Arnold
Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London
Signed: No

pp 372 Crisp first edition with a Compliments slip from the publisher, Edward Arnold, laid in which is inscribed in Forster's hand. The author has crossed out the publisher's name, apparently written ...
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Miniature Almanack for 1844 £125

Author: GOODE, Thomas
Year: 1833
Publisher: Thomas Goode
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

(2.5x4cm) [pp] 48. Miniature almanac bound in midnight blue printed wrappers, illustrated throughout with minute engravings of Canton, Boston etc; all edges gilt. Very good condition. A charming and s...
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A E Housman A Sketch [Arthur Gow's copy] £150

Author: GOW, Andrew S F; R J L Kingsford
Year: 1936
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Cambridge
Signed: No

Andrew Gow's own - temporary - copy of his memoir of his friend A E Housman, presented by Cambridge University Press to the author, transferred to the Housman collection of John Carter who ultimately ...
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The Temple, Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations £200

Author: HERBERT, George; Christopher Harvey; Izaak Walton
Year: 1709
Publisher: John Wyat, Ebenezer Tracy
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

A distinguished volume which brings together one of the masterpieces of English verse, George Herbert's The Temple, with Christopher Harvey's book-length homage, The Synagogue. The 1709 edition of The...
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Rules & Roll of Members: Double Crown Club £95

Author: JACKSON, Holbrook & Double Crown Club
Year: 1935
Publisher: W Lewis, Cambridge University Press
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Cambridge & London
Signed: No

Special edition of the Rules and Roll of Members of the Double Crown Club produced for the fiftieth dinner and tenth year - 1925-1935 - of this London dining club and society of printers, publishers, ...
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Almanach des Spectacles par K.Y.Z. Quatrieme Annee £200

Author: K.Y.Z.
Year: 1821
Publisher: Louis Janet
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Paris
Signed: No

[12 coloured plates] pp 144 [8] Near fine copy in original slipcase of this scarce almanach. Dove grey paper covered boards, all edges gilt, 12 hand-coloured plates, mostly female figures with a male ...
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London Views, British Landscapes £50

Author: KOKOSCHKA, Oscar
Year: 1972
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London
Signed: No

Fine in fresh red cloth with gilt titles. In a near very good pictorial dust jacket, chipped to head of spine and closed tear to foot of sunned rear panel. A beautifully produced volume dedicated to t...
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Joseph La Pierre: Notaire, Oppede [Provence] £400

Author: LAPIERRE, Joseph
Year: 1752
Publisher: Unpublished
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Oppede, France
Signed: No

1100 page folio-sized record of an eighteenth century Provencal notaire from the now abandoned village of Oppède le Vieux in the Luberon, formerly a residence of an anti-pope. The notaire was the Fre...
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1st London Scottish: Archive of a Normandy Veteran £75

Author: LENCH, Raymond Whitehead
Year: 1937
Publisher: British Army
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London etc
Signed: No

Manuscript military records of Normandy veteran Raymond Whitehead Lench of the Gordon Highlanders - 1st London Scottish. The 12 page printed 'Notes for Recruits' is very good in blue printed wrappers,...
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It Can't Happen Here £300

Author: LEWIS, Sinclair
Year: 1935
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London
Signed: No

pp 416 [8] adverts. Sinclair Lewis's timely novel of a totalitarian regime in American in the scarce British first edition. Near fine book, buff boards with blue lettering, no ownership inscription or...
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The Hitler Cult and How It Will End £400

Author: LEWIS, Wyndham
Year: 1939
Publisher: Dent
Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London
Signed: No

pp 267 Wyndham Lewis's study of the Hitler cult, published at the time of the Munich crisis. A near fine copy, crisp black cloth with white lettering, a little spotting to preliminaries and last few l...
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London Lyrics [fair copy manuscript] £60

Author: LOCKER LAMPSON, Frederick [R E Holmes
Year: 1890
Publisher: Unpublished
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Unknown
Signed: No

Manuscript fair copy of Locker Lampson's London Lyrics by R E Holmes who has signed her (?) additional notes to the rear. Probably completed as an act of homage in the 1890s, Holmes has copied the tex...
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Lessons on Trees in Water Colours from Drawings £125

Author: MACKEWAN, David Hall; W Dufour
Year: 1859
Publisher: W Dufour
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

(27x38cm) ff2 6 Two wrappered issues, as first published, forming part of this mid-century oblong folio watercolour guide consisting of examples of progressive chromo-lithographic printing, to illustr...
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Christopher Robin & Asparagus: an Autograph Letter £850

Author: MILNE A A
Year: 1930
Publisher: Unpublished
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Chelsea/ Cheam
Signed: Yes

Autograph letter by A A Milne on '13 Mallord Street' headed paper (Christopher Robin's birthplace) discussing the boy's education and, in a comic aside, the Christopher Robin's diet, with a woman frie...
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Precocious Juveniles at the Seaside £95

Author: N/A
Year: 1860
Publisher: Rock Brothers, Payne
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

(14x22cm) Gentle seaside humour from mid-Victorian England containing three oblong leaves with six lithographed images and the cover design which is printed on yellow coated paper. The images are date...
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The Angel and the Idiot: A Story of Next Century £950

Author: N/A
Year: 1890
Publisher: David Stott
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

[3] pp 4-158 [2] Scarce science fiction title from 1890 found here in the pleasingly designed card wrappers complete with erupting volcano. A very good copy with the delicate backstrip present if brow...
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A Pertinent and Profitable Meditation [Scots hist] £150

Author: N/A
Year: 1650
Publisher: N/A
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

pp 24 Scottish history and politics dressed up in Biblical exegesis as the author puts it in the Appendix: 'Because I perceive there is no other way found so colourable for the Justification of the Wa...
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11 year old Lawrence Olivier in Twelfth Night £400

Author: OLIVIER, Lawrence
Year: 1918
Publisher: Alex Corbett
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

Vintage photograph formerly owned by Lawrence Olivier which show the actor cross-dressed to perform the role of Maria in Twelfth Night as a schoolboy in 1918. Oliver has annotated the verso of the car...
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Olivier as Hamlet: from the Actor's Library £250

Author: OLIVIER, Lawrence
Year: 1948
Publisher: N/A
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

(25x20cm) Large format vintage photograph showing a regal-looking Olivier playing Hamlet in the 1948 film. This is a stamped proof 'Ref LO/3' which was owned by Olivier himself, probably dating from t...
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1866 Albumen Photograph Album: Norwich, Durham etc £175

Author: PHOTOGRAPHERS
Year: 1866
Publisher: Unpublished
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Norwich, Durham etc
Signed: No

Album of 1866 albumen photographs in a presentation album with a mock-medieval illuminated title page inscribed 'Photographs EMHA from MN 1866'. Octavo sized album, half roan over cloth, binding rubbe...
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Manifeste D'un Bourgeois Democrate Octobre 1871 £95

Author: POULOT, Denis
Year: 1871
Publisher: Chez Bages
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Paris
Signed: Yes

pp 36 Signed manifesto produced immediately after the collapse of the Parisian Commune of 1871, inscribed by the author on the upper cover: 'a sa soeur Armani L'auteur D.P.' Original printed wrappers ...
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Thrones: Cantos 96-109 [Review copy with slip] £90

Author: POUND, Ezra
Year: 1960
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London
Signed: No

pp 126 Ezra Pound's Cantos in very crisp condition, fine in a near fine jacket, not price-clipped, very slight fading to spine; 2cm closed tear at foot of rear panel of jacket. Offsetting from a newsp...
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A Draft of Cantos XXXI-XLI £185

Author: POUND, Ezra
Year: 1935
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London
Signed: No

pp 62 Ezra Pound's Cantos in very crisp condition, near fine in a near fine jacket, not price-clipped, slight fading to spine; 2cm closed tear at head of upper panel of jacket. Small spine lean. Overa...
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A Draft of Cantos XXX [poet Arthur Boyars copy] £275

Author: POUND, Ezra [Arthur Boyars]
Year: 1933
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London
Signed: No

pp 154 Ezra Pound's first thirty Cantos in unusually good condition, near fine in a near fine jacket, not price-clipped, an excellent copy with the ownership signature of the poet and publisher 'Arthu...
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A Free Address to Protestant Dissenters £175

Author: PRIESTLEY, Joseph
Year: 1768
Publisher: J Johnson
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

pp 64 [2] adverts. Priestley pamphlet including the final advertisement leaf which promises still further publications by this prolific writer to include his Chart of Biography. Small Dutch institutio...
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Christmas 1861 [Commonplace Book] £85

Author: RAMSBOTHAM, Ada
Year: 1861
Publisher: Unpublished
Dust Jacket: No
Place: England
Signed: No

pp 72 [6x9cm] Pretty mid-nineteenth century commonplace book written by Ada Ramsbotham, a family name associated with northern England, especially Lancashire. Black textured card wrappers, all edges g...
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Collected Poems [first edition] £125

Author: RIDING, Laura
Year: 1938
Publisher: Cassell and Company
Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London
Signed: No

xxviii, pp 478 First British edition of Riding's collected verse extracted from nine published volumes as well as 'hitherto unpublished work'. Near fine book bound in publisher's green cloth, no owner...
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The Rowley Letters [presented by artist to author] £150

Author: ROWLEY, Anthony; Arthur Guthrie; George Houston
Year: 1907
Publisher: T N Foulis
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Edinburgh and London
Signed: No

A presentation copy from the book's illustrator, Scottish painter George Houston, adorned with a watercolour landscape (8.5x6cm) on the half title, signed 'George Houston From Another Window' and insc...
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Garden Cities in Theory and Practice £475

Author: SENNETT, A R
Year: 1905
Publisher: Bemrose and Sons
Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London
Signed: No

[2 Vols] Near fine first editions in very good plus 1905 dustjackets - most uncommon thus. Fine olive green cloth bindings with black lettering, offsetting from jackets to endpapers, label of 'Louis d...
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The Sonnets of Shakespeare £400

Author: SHAKESPEARE, William; Margaret Flower; Eric Gill
Year: 1933
Publisher: Hague and Gill; Cassell and Company Ltd
Dust Jacket: No
Place: High Wycombe and London
Signed: No

One of 500 copies printed by Hague and Gill with an engraved frontispiece by Eric Gill of a man and a woman in a garden as frontispiece. Bound in green buckram with 'W.S.' on the upper cover in gilt a...
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Indicator Map of London and Visitor's Guide £200

Author: SMITH, C
Year: 1875
Publisher: C Smith
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

50cmx75cm. Linen-backed folding London street map from 1875, hand-coloured and 'with the most recent improvements' and tramways. Folding tape measure which allows exact distances on foot between locat...
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Corridors of Power [inscribed] £75

Author: SNOW, Charles Percy [Wanda Boothby]
Year: 1964
Publisher: Macmillan
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

Snow's novel inscribed to a figure familiar - by marriage - with the corridors of power. Written on the title page: 'To my dear Wanda [Boothby] with love from Charles. C P Snow. Dec'20/73'. A near f...
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Über Opern von Richard Strauss [inscribed] £1250

Author: STRAUSS, Richard [Hugo Burghauser]
Year: 1947
Publisher: Atlantix
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Zurich
Signed: Yes

Annotated by Richard Strauss and then wittily inscribed by the composer to a bassoonist friend on the half title: 'Meinen gebrenen Hugo Burghauser pp Fagott par excellence sein anfrichtig ergebenen Ri...
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Royal Flying Corps: Air Mechanic Archive £1250

Author: TAYLER, Wilfred
Year: 1916
Publisher: Unpublished
Dust Jacket: No
Place: England
Signed: No

Drawings, notebooks and 4 vintage photographs of Air Mechanic Wilfred Taylor who joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1916, progressing from third to first Air Mechanic by the end of the war. Tayler's ser...
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Businessmen as Lovers [Edwin Morgan's copy] £175

Author: TONKS, Rosemary [Edwin Morgan]
Year: 1969
Publisher: The Bodley Head
Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London
Signed: No

Edwin Morgan's copy of this quintessential title of the nineteen sixties. Near fine orange cloth with the poet Edwin Morgan's ownership signature on the first blank, in a near fine dustwrapper, not pr...
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The Way out of Berkeley Square £130

Author: TONKS, Rosemary [Edwin Morgan]
Year: 1970
Publisher: The Bodley Head
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

Rosemary Tonks novel of 'a spiky, self-conscious game of sexual chess' in near fine dark brown publisher's cloth, in a near fine dustwrapper, not price clipped, a very little browning to the white bac...
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Emir [Edwin Morgan's copy] £185

Author: TONKS, Rosemary [Edwin Morgan]
Year: 1963
Publisher: Adam Books
Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: London
Signed: No

Poet Edwin Morgan's copy of Rosemary Tonks 'half hilarious and half haunting chronicle of the creative doubts and experiences of a young woman poet alone in London today'. Bound in near fine dark blue...
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Woman's Album with Albumen Photographs £150

Author: TUNSTALL, Inez
Year: 1890
Publisher: Unpublished
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Northern England
Signed: No

[pp] 36 Elaborately worked album by a young woman, extensively illustrated with original photographs often with decorative pen and ink roundels and foliage frame surrounds, drawings and notes as well...
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History of the Ottoman Empire £100

Author: UPHAM, Edward
Year: 1829
Publisher: Constable & Co; Hurst, Chance & Co
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Edinburgh and London
Signed: No

[2 vols] Pretty two volume printing appearing in the 1829 Constables Miscellany series. Half black morocco over marbled boards, marbled text block edges, engraved vignettes to the title pages, fold-ou...
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Sex Efficiency through Exercises: Physical Culture £700

Author: VAN DE VELDE, Theodore H
Year: 1933
Publisher: William Heinemann (Medical Books)
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

xviii, pp 164 with 54 half tone photographic plates and a 'Cinematographic Supplement'. Sexologist Van De Velde's physical guidebook for women's pelvic exercises illustrated with 480 photographic flic...
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Siegfried Wagner: Manuscript Music & Visiting Card £400

Author: WAGNER, Siegfried [Fedor Mamroth]
Year: 1900
Publisher: Unpublished
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Bayreuth, Germany
Signed: Yes

Seven bar orchestral musical manuscript by Siegfried Wagner taken from the overture of his best known opera, Der Bärenhäuter - The Bearskin Man - scored for first and second violins, viola and cello...
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The Wonderful Visit [The Dedication Copy] £1750

Author: WELLS H G [Walter Low] [Alice Herbert]
Year: 1895
Publisher: J M Dent & Co.
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

viii, pp 252 The dedication copy of Wells' 1895 fantasy, inscribed to the widow of the writer Walter Humboldt Low to whom the book was posthumously dedicated. Low who had helped Wells get started in j...
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Album of Williams-Wynn of Bodelwyddan Castle £450

Author: WILLIAMS FAMILY
Year: 1900
Publisher: Unpublished
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Bodelwyddan near Rhyl, Denbighshire
Signed: No

Richly illustrated oblong folio album chronicling the final two decades of the Williams-Wynns family's life at Bodelwyddan Castle where they had lived since the 1680s. Robust maroon pebbled cloth over...
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The Globe By the Way Book Profusely Illustrated £275

Author: WODEHOUSE, P G; Herbert Westbrook
Year: 1985
Publisher: The Globe Newspaper/ James M Heineman Inc
Dust Jacket: No
Place: New York, Westbury on Trym
Signed: No

The limited edition facsimile of P G Wodehouse's Globe By the Way Book containing an early collection of his journalism. This is number 247 of an edition of 500 (numbered on the reverse of the title p...
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