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MODERN LITERATURE 

CHILDREN'S BOOKS 

PRIVATE PRESS 

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ANTIQUARIAN

1.

Boswell, James; THE JOURNAL OF A TOUR TO THE HEBRIDES WITH SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D. containing some poetical pieces by Dr Johnson, relative to the tour and never before published; a series of his conservation, literary anecdotes, and opinions of men and books …

Printed by Henry Baldwin for Charles Dilly, 1785

First edition

 

Contemporary ink inscription to the front free flyleaf ‘From the author’, possibly in Boswell’s hand.

Comparison to Boswell’s handwriting in his manuscript ‘A Dictionary of the Scot’s Language’ in the Bodleian Library indicates a close match and a strong likelihood it is in Boswell’s hand.

 

BINDING

Bound in full red straight-grain morocco and richly tooled in gilt on the front boards, spine and inner boards. Marbled endpapers.

 

£2,200.00


ANTIQUARIAN

2.
Evelyn, John; SYLVA OR A DISCOURSE OF FOREST TREES,AND THE PROPOGATION OF TIMBER IN HIS MAJESTIES DOMINIONS’ …‘To which is annexed Pomona; or, An Appendix concerning Fruit-Trees in relation to Cider; The making and several ways of ordering it’ …‘Also, Kalendrium Hortense; Or, the Gard’ners Almanac; Directing what he is to do monthly throughout the year’.

Second edition, much ‘Inlarged and Improved’ with five engravings included in the text.
Engraved title-page, I – xlvi, 1 – 247, 1 – 67, 1 – 33, Errata leaf. Printed for Jo. Martyn, and Ja.Allefry, Printers to the Royal Society, 1670. Quarto (210×320mm)

Some minor, and very ancient ink staining to at the rear (pp22 & 23) of Kalendrium Hortense small rust stains to Concerning Cider (pp66-68), otherwise a good clean copy. Sylva was written as an encouragement to landowners to plant trees which would provide timber for England's burgeoning navy.

BINDING
Bound in mottled calf, with a blank ‘Cambridge panel’ decorated with a roll and further ornaments, spine compartments filled with gold decoration throughout.

£1,200.00

 

NINETEENTH CENTURY

3.
[
Sweeney Todd]; The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
576pp bound together in forty-eight weekly parts
London circa 1840
Super Royal Octavo (175x250mm)

The forty-eight parts are each headed by a full page woodcut illustration, all in remarkably clean condition.

BINDING

Bound in black morocco, with a leather onlay of a barber’s cut-throat knife on the front board. The book is housed in a black full leather drop-back box, with further onlays in red leather depicting ‘splattered blood’.

The title on the spine is hand-tooled in white gold.

£3,500.00

 

NINETEENTH CENTURY

4.
Trollope, A.; The Last Chronicle of Barset (2 Vols)

With 32 Illustrations by George Thomas
Smith, Elder and Co., 1867
Demy Octavo 145×215mm

First edition, no half-titles, but a good clean two-volume copy of this classic Trollope novel. This is the last book in the series known as the ‘Chronicles of Barsetshire’.

BINDING

Bound in brown morocco goatskin, decorated with single line and decorative rolls to the boards and spine. The two volumes are housed in double leather-entry slipcase.


£900.00


NINETEENTH CENTURY

5.
Gaskell, Mrs E.C.; LIFE OF CHARLOTTE BRONTÉ (2Vols)
London 1857
With forty extra plates, twelve in colour.

BINDINGS
Bound in half dark blue morocco by Bayntum's of Bath.

£1,500.00

 

 

NINETEENTH CENTURY

6.

[ZAEHNSDORF BINDING]

Gaskell, Mrs; CRANFORD

Macmillan and Co., 1895

 

BINDING

Full red morocco with floral gilt decoration to boards and spine.

 

 

 

£600.00

 

CLASSIC LITERATURE

7.
Wodehouse, P.G.; MY MAN JEEVES
London, George Newnes, N.D. (1919)
First edition


BINDING
Bound in full tan morocco, with onlays of terracotta and dark brown leather arranged in strips across front and back boards. The title is tooled in gold on a dark brown lettering piece cut in the shape of a shield.

£950.00

CLASSIC LITERATURE

8.
Wilde, Oscar; THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY
Paris, Ch.Carrington, 1908.
First illustrated edition with the specially printed note from the publisher tipped in explaining how this illustrated edition was intended to be issued in 1908, the date given on the title-page.

BINDING

£1,100.00

 

 

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MODERN CLASSICS
9.

Forster, E.M.; A PASSAGE TO INDIA

Edward Arnold & Co., 1924

First edition

 

BINDING

Bound in red morocco, with a design based on the Taj Mahal in gold leaf and with a blue onlay.

 

£1,750.00 SOLD


MODERN CLASSICS

10.

Johns,W.E.; BIGGLES GOES TO WAR

London: Oxford University Press, 1938. First edition, first issue.

With a colour frontispiece by Howard Leigh and b.& w. illustrations by Martin Tyas.


BINDING
Bound in full terracotta smooth goatskin and blocked in black foil with a design taken from the original cloth binding.


£950.00 SOLD

 

 

MODERN CLASSICS

 

11.

Blixen, Karen; OUT OF AFRICA

London, Putnam, 1937;

Crown Octavo (140x210mm)

First English edition

 

Out of Africa is a memoir by Isak Dinesan, a nom de plume used by the Danish author Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke.  The book, first published in 1937 in Danish, recounts events of the seventeen years when Blixen made her home in Kenya, then British East Africa.  It is a vivid snapshot of African colonial life in the last decades of the British Empire. Blixen wrote the book in English and then translated it into Danish.

 

BINDING

Bound in dark brown goatskin, with a design running across the front and back boards based on a Zebra pattern.   The design is inlaid with white goarskin and the title blocked in gold on the spine.

 

The book is housed in a dark brown leather-entry slipcase.

 

£1,850.00 SOLD

MODERN CLASSICS

12.

James, Henry; THE TWO MAGICS, THE TURN OF THE SCREW, COVERING END

William Heinemann, London, 1898

With 32pp catalogue at the rear of the book

First edition

 

BINDING

Full black morocco binding ornately tooled in a gold lattice-work design with red and grey onlays. The title of the two books is tooled in gold across the front and back boards. Ownership signature to front free endpaper.

£700.00

 

 

MODERN CLASSICS

13.

Fitzgerald, F. Scott; THE GREAT GATSBY

Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925

First edition, First Printing with the following First Edition points "chatter" on p. 60, line 16, "northern" on p. 119, line 22, "it's" on p. 165, line 16, "away" on p. 165, line 29, "sick in tired" on p. 205, lines 9-10, and "Union Street station" on p. 211, lines 7-8.

 

BINDING

Dark green morocco, with inlays of salmon coloured leather and gold leaf to the front and back boards. The title The Great Gatsby is lettered in gold and lime green leather running down the spine. The endpapers are made from pale blue handmade paper and the top edge is gilded in solid gold leaf.

 

SOLD

 

MODERN CLASSICS

14.

Williams, Eric; THE WOODEN HORSE 

Collins, London, 1949

Crown Octavo (140x200mm)

Signed on the title page by the author

 

The story is well-known but remains one of the great tales of 20th century heroism and ingenuity.

 

Williams and his fellow prisoners came up with the idea of constructing a vaulting horse and using it to mask the opening of a tunnel entrance closer to the perimeter fence, while the other camp inmates vaulted continuously over the horse to mask the vibration of the tunnelling work. Sand was carried back inside the horse and dried in the attic of the camp canteen before being distributed in the compound.  The story was later to be immortalised in the film ‘The Great Escape’.

 

BINDING

Bound in brown calf, with morocco onlays depicting the wooden horse and lettering based on the popular German typefaces of the time.

 

£400.00

MODERN CLASSICS

 

15.

Hammett, Dashiell; THE MALTESE FALCON

Alfred A.Knopf, New York, 1930

First edition

 

BINDING

Full dark green morocco, with an art deco lattice design blocked across the spine and both boards.  Top edge gilt, title in gold in the centre of the spine. Plain blue endpapers.

 

£1,900.00

 

 

MODERN CLASSICS

 

16.

Larsson, Stieg; THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

London, Maclehouse/Quercus, 2008

First edition

 

The first book in Larsson's posthumously-published bestselling Millennium Trilogy.

 

 

BINDING

Bound in quater red morocco, with translucent vellum covered boards over an onlay of black leather cut out in the shape of a dragon.  The dragon's tongue is cut out in red moroccco.

 

£1,500.00

MODERN CLASSICS

17.

MODERN FIRSTS

Orwell, George; NINETEEN EIGHTY FOUR

Secker and Warburg, 1949, First Edition

 

BINDING

Bound in dark red goatskin with the image of a barcode covering the spine and the front and back covers. The barcode design is created with a combination of black morocco inlays and foil blocking. A barcode for ‘George Orwell 1984’ is printed on the front and rear pastedowns.

 

SOLD

MODERN CLASSICS

 

18.

Clarke, Arthur C.; 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY
Hutchinson, London, 1968
Crown Octavo (135x188mm) 

Signed on the front pastedown by the two leading actors from the film, Gary Lockwood who played ‘Frank Poole’ and Keir Dullea who played ‘Dave Bowman’.

THE BINDING
Preserved in near perfect dust-jacket. Held in a blue morocco drop-back box, with an onlay depicting Hal on the front board and a ‘galaxy’ of white gold tooling swirling across the front and back covers of the box.

£1,100.00

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CHILDREN'S

19.
Lewis C.S.; THE SILVER CHAIR
Geoffrey Bles,
London, 1953
Demy Octavo (140x200mm)
First Edition  

BINDING
Bound in black straightgrain morocco.
 



£1,700.00

CHILDREN'S

 

20.

Thompson, Kay; ELOISE AT CHRISTMASTIME

Illustrated by Hilary Knight 

New York, Random House, 1958

First edition

 

BINDING

Red morocco with a colourful onlay of Eloise on the front board.

 

£750.00 SOLD

 

 

CHILDREN'S

21.
de Brunhoff, Jean; LE ROI BABAR  

Editions du Jardins des Modes, Paris, 1933, First Edition

Imperial Quarto (268x372mm)

 

The Binding

Bound in bright yellow morocco with a block of the original cover on the front board created with coloured leather onlays.  The book is held in a matching leather entry slipcase.

£750.00 SOLD

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POETRY

 

22.

THE COLLECTED POEMS OF RUPERT BROOKE

Philip Lee Warner, Publishers to the Medici Society Ltd,1919.

Limited edition. One of 1000 copies printed in the Riccardi fount on handmade Riccardi paper.This copy 652, Frontis portrait and engraved title page cut on wood by Gwen Raverat.Top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed.

 

Fine leather binding in dark green morocco, raised bands with simple gilt decoration to the boards and spine.

 

£600.00

 

POETRY

23.

Stevenson, Robert Louis; A CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES

London, John Lane, The Bodley Head; New York, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1896

Illustrated by Charles Robinson

 

BINDING

Bound in full green cloth in fine condition.

 

£400.00

 

POETRY

 

24.

Stevenson, Robert Louis; A CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES

The Press in Tuscany Valley , SA 1978

 

BINDING

Bound in dark blue morocco, with coloured onlays to the front and back boards in a formalised flower design made up of red, yellow, blue and light blue leathers.

 

£1,200.00

 

POETRY

25.
LOVE SONGS

The Cupid Press,(Preston, Hertfordshire), 1950

First edition. Limited to 660 copies printed in Fell types on Arnold & Foster's mould-made paper at the University Press, Oxford, by Charles Batey, printer to the University. The callotype decorations were made from drawings by Whistler.

 

BINDING

Black morocco with hand tooled gold decoration to the spine and boards.

 

SOLD

POETRY

 

26

Eliot,T.S.; FOUR QUARTETS

comprising East Coker, Burnt Norton, The Dry Salvages and Little Gidding

London, Faber and Faber, 1944

 

 

 

BINDING

Bound in black morocco with decorative hand-tooled gold panels  to the front and back boards. The title and author run vertically down the spine.

 

£900.00

 

 

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PRIVATE PRESS

27.
See-Paynton, Colin; OF A FEATHER, Avian Collective Nouns & Terms of Assembly

Foreword by David Attenborough; Gwasg Gregynog, 2009; Imp.
Quarto (285x370mm)

A masterpiece of modern press work. The paper, printing, typography and above all the illustrations, are of the highest quality. 

BINDING
A stunning binding in full black calf, with am abstract design of feathers created in onlays of black straight-grain leather and black goatskin.  The design completely covers both boards and the subtlety and texture of the cover can be truly appreciated when seen in a raking light.  The effect is beautiful and fits perfectly with the context of the book and See-Peyton’s exquisite illustrations.

 

£2,900.00

PRIVATE PRESS

 

30.

[DOVES PRESS]

Browning, Robert; MEN AND WOMEN

London, Doves Press, Hammersmith, 1908

From a total edtion of 263, 250 of which were on paper the remaining 13 on vellum. With hand-painted flourishes and adornments by Edward Johnson and signed and dated by him on the limitation page. Johnson taught calligraphy from 1899 to 1912 at the London County Council Central School of Arts and Crafts  Among his students were Eric Gill, Francis Sangorski and George Sutcliffe.

 

BINDING

Two volume set, bound in full original vellum and housed ina red leather entry slipcase.

 

£1,850.00

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FOOD AND DRINK

31.
[NONESUCH PRESS]
RECEIPT BOOK OF ELIZABETH RAPER
Portrait (drawn from a miniature) and decorations by Duncan Grant.
Nonesuch Press, 1924. One of 850 numbered copies.
First edition
Royal octavo. pp [viii], 96.

BINDING
Dark green morocco goatskin, hand-tooled in gold with decorative borders to the front and back boards.

£800.00

SOLD

FOOD AND DRINK

 

32.

FOOD AND WINE

David, Elizabeth; SUMMER COOKING

Museum Press, London, 1955, First edition

 

BINDING

Bound in bright red and blue morocco, with the images of four cooking jars inlaid to the front and rear covers, each with a different inscription reading: CURRANTS, SUGAR, RICE and FLOUR blocked in black foil.

£950.00

 

FOOD AND DRINK

33.
David, Elizabeth; FRENCH COUNTRY COOKING
Decorated by John Minton
London, John Lehmann Ltd.,1951.
First edition

BINDING
Terracotta morocco with a classic 50s design hand tooled in gold with gouges over black goatskin onlays.


£500.00

FOOD AND DRINK

34.

Vizetelly, Henry; HISTORY OF CHAMPAGNE

London, Vizetelly and Co., 1882

 

BINDING

Bound in full straight-grain morocco.

 

 

 

 

£1,200.00

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FISHING

35.[RIVIÈRE]
Walton, Isaac; THE COMPLEAT ANGLER




BINDING
Bound in full dark brown Levant goatskin by Rivière.



£1,200.00

FISHING

 

36.

[SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE]

Walton, Isaac; THE COMPLEAT ANGLER




BINDING
Bound in burgundy red Levant goatskin by Sangorski & Sutcliffe.



£2,100.00

FISHING

37.
Sheringham, H.T.; THE BOOK OF THE FLY ROD
London: Eyre & Spottiswoode Publishers Ltd.; Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1931.
First edition



BINDING
Dark greem morocco with a two line panel to the boards and five spine compartments.


£600.00


CRICKET

 

38.

Grace, W.G.; CRICKET

Bristol, J,W.Arrowsmith; London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd, 1891

Signed limited edition of 652 copies (and 10 Presentation copies) of which this is No. 90

Bookplate of Sir Weethan Dickinson Pearson

 

BINDING

Bound in late nineteenth century half red morocco, marbled endpapers. Spine skilfully rebacked with original spine laid down.

 

£980.00

 

SPORTS

39.

[FOOTBALL];

PELÉ, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY

With Orlando Duarte and Alex Bellos

Translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn

Simon Schuster 2006

First edition, signed on the half title ‘Pelé’.

 

BINDING

Gren morocco, with the iconic number 10 inlaid on the front board in yellow morocco and the title simarly inlaid to the spine.

£600.00 SOLD

 

SPORTS

 

40.

Riefenstahl, Leni; SCHONHEIT IM OLYMPISCHEN KAMPF
Berlin, Im Deutschen Verlag, 1937

 

 

BINDING

Full red morocco, with a one line panel to the boards and spine compartments. The Olympic rings are blocked in gold on the front cover.

 

£400.00

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MUSIC

41.[SIGNED COPY]
Mayer, Martin, Fitzgerald, Gerald; GRANDISSIMO PAVAROTTI



BINDING
Full vellum with a Pavarotti's signature blocked in gold to the front board.


£450.00

MUSIC

 

42.GEORGE GERSHWIN'S SONG-BOOK

New York, Simon and Schuster, 1937

Illustrated by Constantin Alajalov

 

 

BINDING

Terracotta morocco goatskin with a block to the front board taken from the original cloth edition.

 

 

£750.00 SOLD

 

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ILLUSTRATED

43.

[Detmold, Edward J. Detmold]; THE FABLES OF AESOP

Signed limited edition of 750 copies of which this number 620.

Hodder and Stoughton, 1909

 

BINDING

Bound in full dark burgundy morocco, with a large block of an eagle on the front board surrounded by a border with a leaf pattern in gold leaf at the sides and title lettering to the top and bottom of the panel. The eagle is embellished with onlays in brown, biscuit, white and off-white leather.

 

The binding is finished with a one-line gold panel to the front and back boards, board edges and inside boards. The title on the spine is created in gold leaf on a light grey leather lettering piece.

 

£1,700.00

ILLUSTRATED

 

44.

Hardy, Thomas; THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE

Illustrated by Clare Leighton

Macmillan & Co., 1929; First edition thus.

 

BINDING

Bound in dark green morocco, with a double lined border to the front and rear boards with lettering on the front board depicting the main title and on the back board the six titles of the six parts. The binding has five raised bands and each panel is decorated with a one-line panel, gilt decoration to the corners and across the bands.

 

£1,100.00

 

ILLUSTRATED

45.Leighton, Clare; A CATALOGUE OF ENGLISH HUSBANDRY
Twelve full page woodcuts and seven vignettes
London, Collins, 1933

BINDING
Full green morocco, witha gold block to the front board taken from the original cloth binding.



£1,400.00


ILLUSTRATED

 

46.[RACKHAM]

Poe, Edgar Allan; TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION

London, George G.Harrap; 1935

 

 BINDING

Full red morocco, with a design running across the spine and boards depicting a spider's web, blocked in gold, and the word 'POE' picked out in small gold dots. Part of the title 'TALES OF MYSTERY' is picked out in smaller gold dots on the spine. A gold spider is tooled on to the top right-hand corner of the front board.

 

£700.00

 

 

 

ILLUSTRATED

47.[RACKHAM]
Wagner, Richard;  THE RING OF THE NIBLUNG; The Rhinegold and the Valkyrie;
Siegfried and the Twilight of the Gods;
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham; translated by Margaret Armour.
Signed limited edition, each of 1150 copies.

ADDITIONAL ORIGINAL DRAWING OF 'RAVENS' IN VOLUME TWO.

BINDING
Dark brown morocco bindings with decorative hand-tooled panelled boards, the titles of the four parts tooled in gold letters running around the four edges of the fboards.

SOLD

ILLUSTRATED

 

48.[DISNEY]

Disney, Walt; LULLABY LAND

John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1934

 

 

 

BINDING

The original cloth binding  is housed in a full leather decorative box.

 

 

£1,300.00

NATUARAL HISTORY

49.SIGNED COPY
Scott, Peter; EYE OF THE WIND
Hodder
and Stoughton, 1961 Third Impression

Inscribed on the title page for Francis & Katherine Drake with a drawing of a Rhinoscerous dated 27th April 1962

 

BINDING
Full brown morocco with onlys depicting swans in flight in black and green goatskin and white calf.

£700.00

TRAVEL

50.

NOUVEAU GUIDE TO FLORENCE 1854

Published in Paris in 1854

 

 

BINDING

In original covers and in fine unrestored condition - just as it was when it was sold in a Paris bookshop over a hundred and fifty years ago.

 

 

£500.00

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