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The Missionary Week... Visit of Little Henry £50

Author: A MINISTER
Year: 1816
Publisher: J Nisbet [printed by] Paris and Cowell
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

pp 48. Bound in original printed wrappers advertising 'a Catalogue of Reward Books, Catechisms, Tracts, &c.' a very uncommon religious tract with a prize book plate on the first paste-down awarding it...
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All the Histories and Novels by the Late Mrs Behn £1000

Author: BEHN, Aphra; Charles Gildon
Year: 1705
Publisher: R Wellington
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

[8] pp 500 [6] adverts. Fifth edition of Behn's works, including Oronooko. The book is bound in contemporary panelled calf with red speckled edges, rebacked most attractively with raised bands and a t...
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London Pastoral for Tenor & Chamber Orchestra £40

Author: BENNETT, Richard Rodney [Colin Davis' copy]
Year: 1962
Publisher: N/A
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

Colin Davis's conducting score of London Pastoral for tenor and chamber orchestra, a facsimile of the manuscript score, bound in card wrappers, from the conductor's collection. This work was a commiss...
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Jussi Bjorling: International Celebrity Recital £75

Author: BJORLING, Jussi [Schubert, Sibelius]
Year: 1956
Publisher: Orchestral Concerts Society
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: Yes

pp 16 Signed programme by the Swedish tenor next to his somewhat corpulent portrait. The concert took place on May 27th 1956 at the Royal Albert Hall where Bjorling, famed for his lyric expressivity, ...
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De Consolatione Philosophiae Libri V £125

Author: BOETHIUS, Anicius Manlius Severinus
Year: 1663
Publisher: William Hall
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Oxford
Signed: No

Scarce seventeenth century Oxford student edition of Boethius's influential study of free will written while in prison awaiting execution. Tiny 16mo format (9.5x7cm) bound in recent full sheep binding...
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Letters from Weimar Germany - A Diplomatic Life £300

Author: BOWKER, Reginald James
Year: 1922
Publisher: Unpublished
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London; Berlin; Heidelberg; Burma etc
Signed: No

From the occupation of the Ruhr in 1922 Weimar Germany to the establishment of independent Burma, via a stint in early 1930s Berlin this collection of letters and documents charts the diplomatic life ...
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Memoirs of Joseph John Gurney [inscribed] £75

Author: BRAITHWAITE, Joseph Bevan
Year: 1854
Publisher: Fletcher & Alexander
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Norwich, London
Signed: Yes

Two volume biography of the prominent Norfolk Quaker and banker, brother of Elizabeth Fry, and evangelical minister whose views led to a schism among American Quakers. Bound in publisher's embossed gr...
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Treaty of Peace between His Imperial and Catholick £45

Author: CHARLES VI
Year: 1725
Publisher: Sam Buckley
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

pp1-15; pp1-38; pp1-12. The far-reaching Treaty of Vienna of 1725 by which the Austrian empire relinquished all claims to the Spanish throne - three texts printed in Latin and English in parallel. Sta...
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Practical Hints on Chapel-Building £100

Author: COMMITTEE of the English Congregational Chapel-Building Society
Year: 1862
Publisher: John Snow
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

pp 64; pp 40 Scarce mid-century illustrated guide to designing and building non-conformist chapels, a second edition. Sound binding of pebbled half roan over marbled boards, red speckled edges to text...
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Signed Postcard illustrating Dante's Divine Comedy £85

Author: DALI, Salvador; Dante
Year: 1963
Publisher: Busson
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Paris, France
Signed: No

Signed Salvador Dali postcard of 'La Barque de Nocher' (Dante, The Divine Comedy). Dali has signed his name on the verso in calligraphic style: 'Dali 1963'. The surrealist master illustrated Dante's D...
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Therese [Inscribed book with postcard] £600

Author: DAY, Dorothy [Joyce & Walter Stein]
Year: 1960
Publisher: Fides Publishers Association
Dust Jacket: Yes
Place: Notre Dame, Indiana
Signed: Yes

Inscribed biography of St Therese with a postcard from its author who is regarded by many as 'a Saint for our time' which she sent to Joyce Stein, wife of the British writer, critic and Catholic moral...
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Misanthropic Musings of a Misogamistic Misogynist £85

Author: DE FREITAS TEIXEIRA SPINOLA DE CASTELBRANCO, Fernando Pedro Mauricio João Alfredo
Year: 1931
Publisher: Unpublished
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Madeira, Franser House
Signed: No

ff 32 Bizarre typescript of 250 aphorisms such as 'What women get by weeps men get by whips' (228). Stylishly bound in brown and green morocco, scuffing to edges; large linocut bookplate of Josephina ...
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Shakespeare & the Bible £40

Author: EATON, Thomas Ray
Year: 1858
Publisher: James Blackwood
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

pp 226 [6] adverts. Fine copy owned by the author's brother with the ownership inscription of 'Frederic R Eaton' (Vicar of Swardeston, Norfolk) on the first yellow endpaper. Immaculate brown embossed ...
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Theses Physicae de Vacuo £150

Author: GAUTIER, Isaac [Ezechiel Gallatin]
Year: 1730
Publisher: Fabri & Barrillot
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Geneva, Switzerland
Signed: No

pp 12 Early eighteenth century study of the vacuum published with the approval of Ezechiel Gallatin at the University of Geneva. Original marbled wrappers, stained affecting most leaves to some extent...
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A Survey of the Province of Moray £100

Author: GRANT, John; William Leslie [William Millar]
Year: 1798
Publisher: Isaac Forsyth
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Aberdeen
Signed: No

viii pp[1] pp4-354 First edition, a presentation copy from 1798, with the foldout map and frontispiece of Elgin Cathedral present. Contemporary tree calf with a red morocco spine label and some slight...
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Trees: Poems by Michael Hamburger £125

Author: HAMBURGER, Michael [Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Frieda Hughes]
Year: 1979
Publisher: Embers Press
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Llangynog
Signed: No

Copy number 24 of 226 published examples of Trees, a sequence of poems by Michael Hamburger with wood engravings by R Samaraweera. This limited edition is signed by the author and artist, fine in gree...
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A Help to English History £65

Author: HEYLYN, Peter
Year: 1671
Publisher: E Leach for T Basset
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

[2] pp 558 Seventeenth century guide to the succession of the Kings of England, 'Dukes, Marquesses, Earls and Bishops' extensively illustrated with woodcut coats of arms. Tidily bound in recent half t...
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Album of sketches by Lester George Hornby, etc £65

Author: HORNBY, Lester George; Alexander Jamieson
Year: 1904
Publisher: Unpublished
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Glasgow
Signed: No

[ff] 50. Album of signatures and sketches collected on ocean cruises including two sketches by American artist Lester George Hornby. Owned by the Glasgow-born doctor Alexander Jamieson, the signatures...
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A Few Short Verses by Maria Gross Horwitz £100

Author: HORWITZ, Maria Gross; Florence Horwitz
Year: 1914
Publisher: [No Publisher Given]
Dust Jacket: No
Place: [No Place of Publication]
Signed: Yes

Privately printed collection of poems published after the death of its American writer Maria Gross Horwitz by her ex-patriate daughter Florence Horwitz; one institutional copy only located at Yale. No...
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Rain-Charm for the Duchy by Ted Hughes [Ltd ed] £150

Author: HUGHES, Ted; Frieda Hughes
Year: 2009
Publisher: Embers Handpress
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Gwynedd
Signed: No

[4] One of a 'handful' of copies commissioned by the 'Westcountry Rivers Trust to mark the grand opening of Rain-Charm House by His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester'. 'Hand-set and printed' by ...
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Books of the Nineties with an Introduction £65

Author: JACKSON, Holbrook; Elkin Mathews
Year: 1930
Publisher: Elkin Mathews
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

pp 124 Finely rebound example of this landmark bookseller's catalogue with the illustrated wrappers bound in, featuring Beardsley's pen and ink drawing for the Catalogue of Leonard Smithers (offered f...
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Prosba Růže [Czech manuscript prayer book] £200

Author: KROFF Jan
Year: 1799
Publisher: Unpublished
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Bohemia
Signed: No

[4] pp 1-16, 21-120 Late eighteenth century Czech manuscript collection of morning prayers written in a variety of coloured inks by Jan Kroff. Bound in contemporary diced calf over thin wooden boards,...
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A Nineteenth-Century Childhood [with ALS] £50

Author: MACCARTHY, Mary [James Tait Black]
Year: 1924
Publisher: William Heinemann
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

A novel owned by the widow of the publisher James Tait Black and with a letter from the author laid in. The new impression of November 1924 is in bright red cloth, very good, spine a little sunned, sp...
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Methode Curative de La Disenterie £125

Author: N/A
Year: 1771
Publisher: Imprimerie de Leurs Excellences
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Berne
Signed: No

pp 18 A curative response to the outbreak of dysentery in Berne in the 1760s with a suggestion for a drug regimen and 'Regime de vie des malades'. Printed papers wrappers with marbled paper reinforcem...
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De Vitis Excellentium Imperatorum £85

Author: NEPOS, Cornelius; Nicolaus Courtin
Year: 1729
Publisher: J Roberts; J & B Sprint; D Midwinter
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

pp [2] iv; xi [13] pp173; lxvii. 1729 edition bound in beautiful mottled calf with speckled edges to the text block, ownership signature of 'H Whitmore' to the final pastedown. A very little wear at t...
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De Arte Voluntatis [inscribed - Balduinus de Gaule £200

Author: NIEREMBERG, Juan Eusebio [Balduinus de Gaule]
Year: 1639
Publisher: Sumptibus Natalis Caroli
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Paris
Signed: No

Presentation copy from Balduinus de Gaule of this Paris printing of the work of the Spanish Jesuit, Nieremberg. Deaccessioned from the library of Ampleforth Abbey this seventeenth century Jesuitical w...
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"Made in Munich" [signed exhibition catalogue] £45

Author: PAOLOZZI, Eduardo
Year: 1989
Publisher: Akademie Galerie
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Munich
Signed: No

Signed catalogue for a Paolozzi exhibition staged at the Akademie Galerie, Munich. A colour photograph adorns the cover of the shiny printed portfolio which contains a loose concertina fold of half-to...
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Paolozzi's Visiting Card & Private View Invitation £65

Author: PAOLOZZI, Eduardo
Year: 1950
Publisher: Eduardo Paolozzi
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: Yes

Paolozzi's visiting card from the 1950s, annotated and presented by the artist: 'For David, Dec 1991' with 'Ex Libris' written by the artist above his printed name. The card which is 65x90mm has been ...
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Monaco & Alexandria: A Family Archive £250

Author: REES, Basil Benwell; William Benwell Rees; Etheldreda Blanche Barker
Year: 1900
Publisher: Unpublished
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Alexandria; Monaco
Signed: Yes

Five volumes, around one thousand documents chronicling the lives of the ex-patriate Benwell Rees family from 1890-1970 in Alexandria and Monaco including William Benwell Rees whose marriage to Etheld...
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'Dancers and champagne' - A Farewell Party Planned £225

Author: RHYS, Jean [Isobel English]
Year: 1971
Publisher: Unpublished
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Devon & London
Signed: Yes

[pp] 7. In a spidery hand writing in her early eighties Jean Rhys plans a spectacular 'farewell party' in the longest of these three letters to her friend the novelist Isobel English. Writing to Engli...
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Croesus, King of Lydia: A Drama [inscribed] £50

Author: RYLANDS, Louis Gordon
Year: 1902
Publisher: Privately Printed by R Folkard
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: No

pp 84. Privately printed play inscribed by its Lancastrian author to another family member opposite the title page: 'K Rylands From L. G. R. 1902'. Bound in green cloth with the title to the upper cov...
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Relacion de Servicios.. Capitan.. Nueva Andaluci £125

Author: SANDOVAL, Sancho Fernández de Angulo; Francisco Martinez de Grimaldo
Year: 1682
Publisher: N/A
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Madrid, Spain
Signed: No

[1] pp 4 [1] Late seventeenth century 'Relacion de Servicios' of the colonial official Sancho Fernández de Angulo y Sandoval, governor of the province of Nueva Andalucia in present-day Venezuela, and...
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Album of Wesleyan Training College, Westminster £175

Author: STEVENS, Mary Elizabeth [etc]
Year: 1860
Publisher: Unpublished
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Westminster - London
Signed: Yes

ff73 (& blanks) Wesleyan Training College friendship album from 1859-1860 of poems, watercolours, broadsides, drawings and miniature written by trainee teachers attending the Methodist teacher trainin...
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Angela Carter's Elizabethan & Metaphysical Imagery £75

Author: TUVE, Rosemond [Angela Carter]
Year: 1961
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Chicago
Signed: Yes

Angela Carter's lightly annotated copy of Rosemund Tuve's classic study of Elizabethan and metaphysical imagery. The first Phoenix edition from 1961 bound in card wrappers, a little rubbed. Carter's o...
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Typed Letter about 'Nocturnes' £50

Author: WHITE, Edmund; Denis Lemon
Year: 1980
Publisher: Unpublished
Dust Jacket: No
Place: New York; London
Signed: No

Touchingly sincere letter to the Editor of Gay News, thanking him for the 'your presentation of Noctures in your paper. The illustration of the long figure in the piazza certainly captures the spirit ...
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Dinner with Churchill's Bag Carrier £50

Author: WHYTE, Frederick; A F Giles
Year: 1910
Publisher: Unpublished
Dust Jacket: No
Place: Edinburgh
Signed: Yes

Three inscribed supper menus for Winston Churchill's Parliamentary Private Secretary, Frederick Whyte, MP for Perth from 1910-1918, later the first President of the Central Legislative Assembly of Bri...
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De Profundis [signed by Vyvyan Holland] £150

Author: WILDE, Oscar
Year: 1949
Publisher: Methuen and Co
Dust Jacket: No
Place: London
Signed: Yes

No 192 of 195 copies printed and specially bound for The Collector's Book Club, numbered and signed in blue ink by the author's son on the limitation page which precedes the half-title. Bound in crush...
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