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ALDISS, Brian (Brian Wilson), 1925-2017 : AN AGE.
London : Faber & Faber, (1967). First edition. Signed and dated (1994) by Brian Aldiss on the title-page. A novel about the relationship between men and time – “Edward Bush begins the hunt for his destiny back in time, in the Devonian Era ... Bush is an artist, an expert mind-traveller, moving through time like a phantom ... a superb imaginative tour-de-force ... Britain’s Premier Science Fiction Writer”.
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AUSTER, Paul (Paul Benjamin), 1947- : SUNSET PARK.
London : Faber & Faber, (2010). First British edition. Signed by Paul Auster on the title-page. The hopes and fears of a generation blighted by the economic collapse of 2008 – Miles Heller photographs thousands of objects left behind by evicted families, while in the Hospital for Broken Things they repair the artefacts of a vanished world.
AYLIFFE, John, 1676-1732 : THE ANTIENT AND PRESENT STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD. CONTAINING I. AN ACCOUNT OF ITS ANTIQUITY ...
London : for E. Curll, 1714. First edition. A polemical history which led directly to Ayliffe’s hounding and expulsion from the university. The work combines straightforward history with a searching examination of the powers and procedures of the colleges and the university authorities (Ayliffe was a civil lawyer of some distinction). His remarks on the “supine negligence of a late warden”, as well as his suggestions of the maladministration and improper use of benefactions led swiftly to the fate that his preface foretold – “such is the calamity of the times, that learning, good manners, and a publick spirit, are to be laugh’d and hiss’d out the world by an illiterate faction”.
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BANKS, William, 1806-1866 : VIEWS OF THE ENGLISH LAKES.
Windermere : J. Garnet, [ca.1860]. First edition. A set of highly attractive engravings of the Lake District engraved by William Banks & Son of Edinburgh for the local publisher, printer and postmaster, John Garnet or Garnett (1825-1896) – vignette views of Windermere, Bowness, Ambleside, Furness, Derwentwater, Grasmere, Coniston, Buttermere, Keswick, Ullswater, Borrowdale, etc. Banks was a skilled draughtsman as well as an engraver and most of the views are from his own drawings, with others by Theophilus Lindsey Aspland (1807-1890), a pupil of George Cooke. Banks’ relationship with the publisher was close enough for him to name one of his sons John Garnett Banks (1860-1890).
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BATES, H.E. (Herbert Ernest), 1905-1974 : THE BEAUTY OF THE DEAD AND OTHER STORIES.
London : Jonathan Cape, (1940). First edition. An uncommon collection of fifteen short stories, including “The Bridge”, “A Scandalous Woman”, “Love is not Love”, etc. – “There is no living English writer of whose future work I feel more confident” (David Garnett).
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BELLOC, Hilaire (Joseph Hilaire Pierre René), 1870-1953 : HIGH LIGHTS OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION.
New York : Century Co., 1915. First edition. A handsomely illustrated history of the French Revolution, in six parts, differing in tone from Belloc’s earlier and more formal history published in 1911. The present version was never published in the UK.
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BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : HUGO : A FANTASIA ON MODERN THEMES.
London : Chatto & Windus, 1906. First edition. Bennett’s scarce excursion into modern gothic – the sealed rooms, the phonograph, the tomb – deliberately written to be “sensational” and much enjoyed by H. G. Wells – “glittering and absurd and we like it no end”.
BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : THE OLD WIVES’ TALE : A NOVEL.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1908. First edition. Bennett’s celebrated chronicle of the lives and times of two contrasting sisters. “There is nothing, therefore, surprising in the fact that, in the longest novel he has yet essayed, Mr. Arnold Bennett should have scored his most complete success. We are not sure, indeed, that publication ... does not give its author an entirely new place among contemporary novelists” (Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 1908).
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BERGHAUS, Hermann, 1828-1890 : CHART OF THE WORLD ON MERCATORS PROJECTION.
Gotha : Justus Perthes, 1871. The seventh revision of this standard nineteenth-century wall-chart, originally published in 1863 and specifically designed for the British market to show “the lines of oceanic mail steam communication and overland routes, the international aerial and submarine telegraphs; and the principal tracks of sailing vessels; showing some continental surface characteristics, the oceanic currents and important deep-sea soundings”, etc. Twenty-five inset maps and plans add more detail of air currents, magnetic variation, projected canals, overland crossings, the principal ports, etc.
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BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett, 1806-1861 & BROWNING, Robert, 1812-1889 : TWO POEMS.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1854. First edition : one of an undisclosed but very modest number of copies printed for Arabella Barrett (Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s sister) for sale at a charity bazaar in aid of a Refuge for Young Destitute Girls. The two poems, both previously unpublished, are E.B.B.’s “A Plea for the Ragged Schools of London” and R.B.’s “The Twins”.
BUCHAN, John, 1875-1940 : THE MOON ENDURETH : TALES AND FANCIES.
Edinburgh & London : William Blackwood & Sons, 1912. First edition. A collection of ten short stories, including “The Company of the Marjolaine”, “The Lemnian”, “The Grove of Ashtaroth”, “The Kings of Orion”, etc., interspersed with accompanying poems – “Few writers have Mr. Buchan’s ability for expressing through the medium of the short story the dramatic, or poetic, significance of so wide a range of subjects ... the psychology of heredity, in Jacobite romance, in fishing, in mountaineering ... In ‘A Lucid Interval’ ... we are told how a deadly, mysterious Indian drug administered to the members of a Liberal Cabinet creates the greatest confusion ... The satire of this is delightful ... a welcome addition to the shelves of all who appreciate the literary side of fiction” (The Globe, 24th May 1912).
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BULWER LYTTON, Edward (Sir Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer), 1st Lord Lytton, 1803-1873 & OTHERS : TALES OF THE SUPERNATURAL.
London : Pan Books, (1945). First edition of the very first Pan paperback, decorated with the original Pan designs by Mervyn Peake. Six stories from around the world: Bulwer Lytton’s “The Haunted and the Haunters”; Guy de Maupassant’s “The Horla”; William Austin’s “Peter Rugg, The Missing Man”; Pushkin’s “The Coffin-Maker”, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Markheim”.
CARR, J.L. (Joseph Lloyd), 1912-1994 : A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY.
London : Cornucopia Press, 1990. Second edition : limited to 300 numbered copies, signed both by J. L. Carr and by Ronald Blythe, who provides an introduction. Originally published in a small edition at Brighton in 1980, but here in a slightly revised text, finely designed and printed on mould-made paper at the September Press, and with a fresh preface by the author.
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CARY, Joyce (Arthur Joyce Lunel), 1888-1957 : THE DRUNKEN SAILOR.
London : Michael Joseph, (1947). First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed “from his affectionately”, to [Lord] David Cecil (1902-1986), and signed by Joyce Cary. A long poem, a ballad epic, with notes, and Cary’s own impressive illustrations. The Drunken Sailor, “condemned to wander forever through the storms of the world ... that ‘I’ within the soul of every man ... the everlasting rebellion of freedom against authority ... the mysterious implacable spirit in the soul of the world”.
CHEYNEY, Peter (Reginald Southouse), 1896-1951 : THE LADY IN TEARS AND OTHER STORIES.
London : Bantam Books, (1948). First edition. The title story, featuring Slim Callaghan, and three further stories culled from earlier collections – “You Can’t Hit a Woman”; “A Set-Up for Psychology”, and “Death in the Lift” (wrongly headed “Death in the Boat” in the text).
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CHRISTIE, Agatha (Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa), 1890-1976 : SAD CYPRESS.
London : Collins for The Crime Club, (1940). First edition. A young and beautiful woman on trial for an open-and-shut case of murder – Poirot sits in court.
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[COOPER, James Fenimore, 1789-1851] : THE WATER WITCH; OR, THE SKIMMER OF THE SEAS.
London : Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1830. First British edition. Alida de Barbérie is abducted by pirates – the brigantine “Water Witch” is pursued by Captain Ludlow. Set in and around the still half-Dutch New York of the early eighteenth century – the press was unanimous: “the mystery of the story, and the life and spirit of his characters, have, indeed, seldom been equalled, and is nowhere surpassed” (Morning Chronicle) – “Cooper, the American novelist, has no living superior” (The Scotsman). Precedes the American edition by two months, although a slightly earlier edition published in Dresden is known in a handful of copies.
CRAIG, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Josephine), 1883-1980 : COOKING IN WAR-TIME.
Glasgow : Literary Press, . First edition. “Specially written to solve the food problems created by the war. Contains numerous hints on catering and over 350 recipes” – these including soups; fish recipes (savoury minnows, herring pie); meat (mutton hash, curried tripe, mock wild duck) and meatless dishes (bean loaf, green pea loaf); gravy and sauces; vegetables and salads (eggless mayonnaise, emergency salad cream); savouries; economical sweet puddings (war-time golden pudding, plain jane); pastries (scrap pie, trench meat pudding); and bread, scones and cakes, together with advice on rations, canned foods, saving fuel, high-pressure cookers, hay-boxes, fireless cookers, etc., as well as on storage, preservation, bottling, potting, etc., and hints on feeding the pets.
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“CRISPIN, Edmund” – [MONTGOMERY, Robert Bruce, 1921-1978] : THE CASE OF THE GILDED FLY.
London : Victor Gollancz, 1944. First edition. His rare first book – later published in the USA as “Obsequies at Oxford”. Gervase Fen making his first appearance in a witty and classical locked-room mystery with some theatrical types in wartime Oxford.
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[DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870] : MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH GRIMALDI. EDITED BY “BOZ”.
London : Richard Bentley, 1838. First edition : the first issue, with the final plate unaltered. The memoirs of the great Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837), actor, comedian and clown – the most popular English entertainer of his time. Grimaldi’s manuscript was much revised and heavily rewritten by Dickens (who had seen him perform as a child), “making such other alterations as he conceived would improve the narration of the facts, without any departure from the facts themselves”.
DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 : HUNTED DOWN : A STORY. WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF THOMAS GRIFFITHS WAINEWRIGHT, THE POISONER.
London : John Camden Hotten, . First separate edition. Originally written for a thousand guineas for the American publisher Robert Bonner, the story first appeared in the “New York Ledger” in 1859. Ellery Queen regarded it as a most important contribution to the detective short story and listed it in his “Quorum” of the most influential titles of the genre. The present edition prefaces the story with an account (compiled by Hotten) of Thomas Griffiths Wainewright (1794-1847), on whose life the story is based.
DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 & COLLINS, Wilkie (William Wilkie), 1824-1889 : NO THOROUGHFARE. BEING THE EXTRA CHRISTMAS NUMBER OF ALL THE YEAR ROUND.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1867. First edition. “Day of the month and year, November the thirtieth, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-five. London Time by the great clock of Saint Paul’s, ten at night. All the lesser London churches strain their metallic throats ...”. Two boys at the Foundling Hospital are given the same name, with disastrous consequences in later life – Dickens and Collins in collaboration with a fine novella – a Christmas Special story for “All the Year Round”, which was also produced simultaneously as a stage-play.
[DISRAELI, Benjamin, First Earl of Beaconsfield, 1804-1881] : THE LETTERS OF DISRAELI TO LADY BRADFORD AND LADY CHESTERFIELD.
London : Ernest Benn, 1929. First edition. The extraordinary correspondence of the Prime Minister in the years of his widowerhood – letters to the two sisters – letters personal, letters political, letters perplexing. Edited by the Marquis of Zetland. An astonishing sidelight on the private career of a public man – “I wish Dr. Freud would read the two volumes of ‘The Letters of Disraeli to Lady Bradford and Lady Chesterfield’ and then give the world his impressions. What an essay that would be!” (Arnold Palmer, writing in “The Sphere”, 19th October 1929).
“DONOVAN, Dick” – [MUDDOCK, James Edward, 1843-1934] : THE CHRONICLES OF MICHAEL DANEVITCH OF THE RUSSIAN SECRET SERVICE.
London : Chatto & Windus, 1897. First edition. “The name of Dick Donovan is well-known. He has not a rival who can touch him in his own particular line, and these ‘Chronicles’ will probably take rank as the best Detective Stories ever written. But apart from their literary merit they deal with some very remarkable phases of crime, not the vulgar, sordid crime of the gutter and the slum, but crime considered as a fine art ...” (Edinburgh Evening News, 16th January 1897). Nine Michael Danevitch stories, including “The Mysterious Disappearance of a Million Roubles”, “A Modern Borgia”, “The Merchant of Riga”, etc., together with the novella, “The Clue of the Dead Hand”, featuring the Edinburgh detective Peter Brodie.
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“DONOVAN, Dick” – [MUDDOCK, James Edward, 1843-1934] : THE RECORDS OF VINCENT TRILL OF THE DETECTIVE SERVICE.
London : Chatto & Windus, 1899. First edition. Sixteen short stories, including “The Spell of the Black Siren”, “A String of Famous Pearls”, “The League of Death”, “The Forged Cheque”, etc. “Mr. Dick Donovan is well known as a writer of clever detective stories. ‘The Records of Vincent Trill’ (Chatto) is as good as any that he has given us. Vincent Trill was no ordinary detective ... It is of course another matter whether it is desirable to encourage the public interest in the records of crime and criminals, but one can hardly blame Mr. Donovan for giving his readers what they want” (St. James’s Gazette, 17th May 1899).
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DOYLE, A. Conan (Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan), 1859-1930 : THE SIGN OF FOUR.
London : Spencer Blackett, 1890. First edition. “Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantelpiece, and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case. With his long, white, nervous fingers he adjusted the delicate needle, and rolled back his left shirt-cuff ...” – Watson looks on aghast. The second Holmes title, published before the short stories in the “Strand Magazine” were to make him famous. It was commissioned at a dinner at the Langham Hotel in 1889, at which Oscar Wilde also agreed to write “Dorian Gray”.
ELIOT, T.S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 : OLD POSSUM’S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS.
London : Faber & Faber, (1939). First edition. The first appearance of Growltiger, the Rum Tum Tugger, Old Deuteronomy, Mr Mistoffelees, Macavity the Mystery Cat, Bustopher Jones, Skimbleshanks, etc. The cover and dust-jacket illustrations are by Eliot himself, neither being repeated inside the book.
FADEN, William, 1749-1836 : THE COUNTRY TWENTY-FIVE MILES ROUND LONDON, PLANNED FROM A SCALE OF ONE MILE TO AN INCH.
London : W. Faden, 1815. The “third edition” of this large and handsome map of the Greater London area – extending on a one-inch scale northwards to take in Tring and Hertford, east to Chelmsford and Basildon, south to Tonbridge, Dorking and Guildford, and west beyond Beaconsfield and Windsor. Faden was a maker of serious maps for serious purposes – “the turnpike roads are all laid down from an actual measurement with a perambulator” – and this map, originally published in 1788, was the best of its time. It was regularly updated – the present issue revised to include the new Regent’s Park and new Strand (Waterloo) Bridge – and remained in print until at least 1880.
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FARJEON, J. Jefferson (Joseph Jefferson), 1883-1955 : PERIL IN THE PYRENEES.
London : Collins for The Crime Club, (1946). First edition. “Looking back on it all, I cannot believe that it happened, though I have tangible proof that it did. It seems now like a long drawn-out dream; or, more accurately, a nightmare ...” – the lives of fellow-travellers on the same coach become entangled.
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FIRTH, C.M. (Charles Mousley), 1792-1869 : PLAN OF THE HOLWOOD ESTATE, NEAR BROMLEY, KENT. FOR SALE BY MESS.RS HOGGART, NORTON & TRIST.
[London : Hoggart, Norton & Trist], 1851. An auction map of a large swathe of Kent between Keston and Farnborough Commons – over 426 acres comprising the Holwood Park Estate, at one time belonging to William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806). Presented at large scale and divided into six lots, extending from Keston church northwards past Caesar’s Camp to Farnborough Lodge, with a further portion of land to the east of Shire Lane. Complete with the detailed twelve-page auction “Particulars of Holwood Park, a Beautiful Freehold Estate, Land Tax Redeemed ...”.
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FITZGERALD, F. Scott (Francis Scott Key), 1896-1940 : THE GREAT GATSBY.
London : Chatto & Windus, (1926). First British edition. “The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and beauty in the world”. Old money, new money, the defining novel of the Jazz Age, originally published in New York the previous year.
“FORESTER, C.S.” – [SMITH, Cecil Lewis Troughton, 1899-1966] : THE AFRICAN QUEEN.
London : William Heinemann, (1935). First edition. War-torn Africa in 1915 – the novel turned into the memorable 1951 John Huston film with a drink-sodden Humphrey Bogart and a prim Katherine Hepburn – and a very difficult pre-war Forester title.
[GALT, John, 1779-1839] : ROTHELAN; A ROMANCE OF THE ENGLISH HISTORIES.
Edinburgh : Oliver & Boyd / London : George B. Whittaker, 1824. First edition. “Sir Amias de Crosby, you are my husband. I have to a bear a part in whatever concerns your honour and prosperity; and I conjure you, by all that is just, and sacred, and honest, and true, not to question the integrity of the Lady Albertina” – “Rothelan, we hesitate not to say, is not only the happiest production of its clever author – but one of the most interesting and affecting tales we have read for a great while” (Perthshire Courier, 12th November 1824). At the conclusion of the novel in the third volume, there are three additional stories in Galt’s projected “The Quarantine; or, Tales of the Lazaretto” series.
[“GAWSWORTH, John” – ARMSTRONG, Terence Ian Fytton, – editor] : THE MUSE OF MONARCHY : POEMS BY KINGS AND QUEENS OF ENGLAND.
London : Eric Grant, (1937). First edition. An engaging and attractively produced anthology of poems by (or at least attributed to) various kings and queens, with poems from Henry VI (“Kingdoms are but Cares”); Elizabeth of York; Henry VIII (eleven poems, including “As the Holly Groweth Green)”; Anne Boleyn (two poems, including “Defiled is my Name Full Sore”; Edward VI; Elizabeth I (seven poems, including “When I Was Fair and Young”); James I (ten poems); Charles I (four poems); Charles II (two poems), and Charlotte Sophia, together with a translation each from Richard I and Edward II, and two from Lady Jane Grey.
GLASER, Louis, 1842-1911 – publisher : DER RHEIN VON CÖLN – MAINZ.
Leipzig : Louis Glaser, [ca.1890]. A delightful panoramic bird’s-eye-view of the Rhine from Cologne to Mainz, taking in Bonn, Linz, Andernach, Coblenz, Bacharach, etc., with over sixty separate views incorporated in the design. Cover-title “Rhein-Panorama von Cöln bis Mainz”.
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GREENWOOD, James (James William), 1835?-1929 : THE WILDS OF LONDON.
London : Chatto & Windus, 1874. First edition : with the (later) advertisements dated November 1874. Thirty-seven illuminating essays and pieces on London life at the extremes from the campaigning journalist, James Greenwood – “The Lambeth Casual” – illustrated with evocative studies of London life by the gifted Alfred Concanen (1835-1886). Includes A Visit to Tiger Bay; An Evening at a Whitechapel Gaff; Sunday Evening with the Fancy; Amongst the Music-Hall Luminaries; At the Death-Bed of a London Dragon; At a Knocking Out (a savage attack on the ringing of auctions); Going Hopping in Kent; At a Gaol Delivery; At a Sugar Baking; At a Penny Wedding; A West-End Cholera Stronghold, and much more.
HAMMETT, Dashiell (Samuel Dashiell), 1894-1961 : THE ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE AND OTHER STORIES.
New York : Lawrence E. Spivak, (1944). First edition. A collection of seven short stories previously unpublished in book form, edited and introduced by Ellery Queen. Bestseller Mystery B50. “All the Hammett books of short stories are important, but without question the cornerstone is The Adventures of Sam Spade” – Queen’s Quorum 98.
HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : TWO ON A TOWER. A ROMANCE.
London : Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1882. First edition : one of 1,000 copies of the first issue text, before the corrections made for the virtually identical second impression. One of Hardy’s most original, interesting and controversial novels – a Wessex tale of star-crossed lovers in which he aimed “to make science, not the mere padding of a romance, but the actual vehicle of romance”.
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HARTLEY, L.P. (Leslie Poles), 1895-1972 : THE GO-BETWEEN.
London : Hamish Hamilton, (1953). First edition. “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. When I came upon the diary it was lying at the bottom of a rather battered red cardboard collar-box ...” – Hartley’s haunting evocation of a boy out of his depth in the golden summer of 1900 – the basis for the 1971 Joseph Losey film with Julie Christie, Alan Bates, etc.
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HARVEY, W.F. (William Fryer), 1885-1937 : THE ARM OF MRS. EGAN AND OTHER STORIES.
London : J. M. Dent & Sons, (1951). First edition. A much admired collection of sixteen posthumously published short stories of the macabre and uncanny – “the effect of everyday coincidences on the borderland world of the mind”. Includes “Euphemia Witchmaid”, “Dark Horses”, “The Habeas Corpus Club”, etc.
HOLTBY, Winifred, 1898-1935 : SOUTH RIDING : AN ENGLISH LANDSCAPE.
London : Collins, 1936. First edition. “South Riding is unquestionably the greatest novel we have been privileged to publish ...” say the publishers on the front flap of the dust-jacket. The critics agreed – “For South Riding is a book you can walk about in. A book in which you come up against life on every page. A book in which the seasons pass and men and women and children fail and succeed, in which poverty is recognised as a very present evil, in which fallible and not always disinterested human beings work together for common ends ... None of your love-in-a-bandbox plots for Winifred Holtby. She wanted the earth – She sanely accepted life as it is, and had eager visions of what it could become. And, at the end of her short, passionately experienced life, she left us, in her generosity, a great book” (Daily Herald, 5th March 1936).
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HOWITT, William, 1792-1879 : THE RURAL LIFE OF ENGLAND.
London : Longman, Orme, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1838 [i.e. 1837]. First edition. “If the mountains and valleys, the fair plains and sea-coasts, the halls and farm-houses, the granges, and cottages of shepherds, miners, peasants, or fishermen, be visited in these volumes with a tenth part of the enjoyment with which I have visited them in their reality, they must be delightful books indeed” (from Howitt’s preface). And delightful they are, with chapters on the pre-eminence of England as a place of country residence; the enviable position of the English country gentleman; life of the gentry; country sports; scientific farming; planting; gardens; country excitements; the English farmer; farm servants; the bondage system of the north of England; the terrors of a solitary house; midsummer; gipsies; the nooks and back settlements; old English houses; the sublime and the beautiful; love of the country; the influence of wood-engraving on the love of the picturesque; the forests; wild cattle; cottage life; festivals and festivities; fairy superstitions; the village inn; places of resort; sports and pastimes, etc., etc.
[HUGHES, Thomas, 1822-1896] : TOM BROWN’S SCHOOL DAYS. BY AN OLD BOY.
Cambridge : Macmillan & Co., 1857. First edition. “As on the one hand it should ever be remembered that we are boys, and boys at school, so on the other hand we must bear in mind that we form a complete social body ... a society, in which, by the nature of the case, we must not only learn, but act and live; and act and live not only as boys, but as boys who will be men” (Rugby School Magazine). First published in April 1857 and reprinted four times before the year was out – surely the most famous, inspiring, and influential of all school stories, and the most celebrated encapsulation of the British public school ethos. Bound in is a two-page signed autograph letter from Hughes on House of Commons Library notepaper, dated 30th May 1866 (Hughes became Liberal M.P. for Lambeth in 1865), to an un-named recipient, making apologies over a social engagement, “but if there be no opposition on the part of our whips to my absence I will try to come to you”.
HUME, Fergus (Fergusson Wright), 1859-1832 : THE JADE EYE.
London : John Long, 1903. First edition. Jack Tyson completes his painting of Salome, modelled by Rebekah Salt, an unconventional, mysterious, and highly ambitious young woman, who may know something about a missing jewel. Although Hume never quite repeated the public success of his “The Mystery of a Hansom Cab”, he could craft a murder mystery as well as anyone – “centres round a priceless gem which formed the centre of the single eye of an Indian idol, and which with the idol itself has been stolen from the temple ... holds the reader’s attention rivetted until the time comes when he elucidates the marvels he has so cleverly imagined ... We can promise our readers a rare treat ...” (Irish Independent, 23rd February 1904).
HUNT, Leigh (James Henry Leigh), 1784-1859 : A SAUNTER THROUGH THE WEST END.
London : Hurst & Blackett, 1861. First edition. Wandering the streets of Mayfair and the West End with the most engaging and erudite of companions – “lively, witty, and sarcastic to the last” (Bell’s Weekly Messenger, 6th July 1861). Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly, Burlington House, the Albany, Fortnum & Mason, the booksellers, Down Street, Half Moon Street and Hazlitt, Dover Street, Sackville Street, Regent Street, the clubs, the theatres, etc.
IRELAND, Samuel, 1744-1800 : PICTURESQUE VIEWS ON THE RIVER THAMES, FROM ITS SOURCE IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE TO THE NORE; WITH OBSERVATIONS ON THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND OTHER WORKS OF ART IN ITS VICINITY.
London : T. Egerton, 1801-1802. Second edition. A charming sequence of views of the Thames and its landmarks from its source to Tilbury, together with an entertaining and offbeat commentary in “plain and unadorned language”. First published in 1792, the delightful sepia aquatint views were etched by Cornelis Apostool from Ireland’s drawings – “at the time of their first publication the soft tones and translucent fluidity of the new medium must have made a welcome change from the formality of the line-engravings in which such subjects had hitherto been depicted” (Adams). For the present edition, some of the original aquatints have been replaced by fresh plates by Charles Rosenberg, and a view of the newly-built bridge at Staines is also included.
JAMESON, Storm (Margaret Storm), 1891-1986 : FAREWELL TO YOUTH.
London : William Heinemann, (1928). First edition. The author’s own copy, with her pictorial book-plate to the front pastedown. Her partly autobiographical novel – in her own words a “shocking novel” – of the generation which lost its youth to the Great War – “a delicately written book, with a keen insight into the realities ... it sets out the life and loves of a sensitive youth who, even after the welter of those cyclonic years, still remains true to himself. This book is a work of art ... and valuable as an expression of post-war revolt against things as we are told they are ... Altogether one of the best books I have read this year” (Daily Herald, 11th July 1928).
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“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : SADIE DON’T CRY NOW.
London : New Fiction Press, . First edition. A reflective and anxious Janson waits for Sadie in a deserted cafe. The first New Fiction Press Janson to risk a return to the exotic Heade covers – although he was apparently asked to tone down the image (Holland p.90). Even so, the book managed to attract twenty-eight destruction orders (Holland p.323). It was later republished as “Don’t Cry Now” under the Alexander Moring imprint in 1957 and as “Delicious Danger” under the Roberts & Vinter imprint in 1961.
[JANSSONIUS, Joannes, 1588-1664] : IRLANDIA.
[Amsterdam : ex Officina Joannis Janssonii, 1628]. An attractive map of Ireland, unusually orientated with west to the top, from the Dutch master. Originally produced for the new 1628 edition of the “Atlas Minor”.
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[KENNEDY, Grace, 1782-1825] : DUNALLAN; OR, KNOW WHAT YOU JUDGE; A STORY. IN THREE VOLUMES.
Edinburgh : W. Oliphant / London : Hamilton, Adams & Co., 1825 [i.e. 1824]. First edition. “On that day she was, for the first time since her childhood, to see her destined husband ...”. Originally intended to be subtitled “The Methodist Husband” – Grace Kennedy’s last completed novel and a great popular success in its day. Translated into French, German, and even Urdu, and remaining in print until the end of the century.
“LAROCHE, René” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : TRAGEDIES OF MONTMARTRE.
London : Modern Fiction (London), [ca.1954]. First edition. Provincial innkeeper raises a beautiful and headstrong daughter – an English painter comes to stay.
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LEE, Harper (Nelle Harper), 1926-2016 : TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.
London : William Heinemann, (1960). First British edition. The celebrated Pulitzer Prize winner, voted “best novel of the century” in a 1999 poll.
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MACAULAY, Rose (Dame Emilie Rose), 1881-1958 : MYSTERY AT GENEVA : AN IMPROBABLE TALE OF SINGULAR HAPPENINGS.
London : W. Collins Sons & Co., (1922). First edition. The mysterious disappearance of the President of the League of Nations. Rose Macaulay in fine and witty form with her only mystery novel and its tongue-in-cheek introduction – “As I have observed among readers a tendency to discern satire where none is intended, I should like to say that this book is simply a straightforward mystery story, devoid of irony, moral or meaning”.
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McCARTHY, Justin, 1830-1912 : A HISTORY OF OUR OWN TIMES : FROM THE ACCESSION OF QUEEN VICTORIA TO THE GENERAL ELECTION OF 1880.
Leipzig : Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1879-1880. First Tauchnitz edition (the first issue of vols.ii-v, the second issue of vol.i). An important eye-witness account by the novelist, journalist and parliamentarian, Justin McCarthy, of the years of 1837-1880 – Chartism, the Opium War, Free Trade, Peel, Disraeli, Gladstone, Palmerston, the Great Exhibition, the Crimea, the Indian Mutiny, the Orsisini Bombs, the American Civil War, the Fenians, the Trade Unions, Ireland, etc. “I ventured to predict for the work a high place in English literature; an estimate which has been very rapidly fulfilled ... I have it on the authority of the manager at Mudie’s that there has never been in that emporium any similar demand for a book of this character” (Gloucester Journal, 5th April 1879).
McCULLOCH, J.R. (John Ramsay), 1789-1864 : A DICTIONARY, PRACTICAL, THEORETICAL, AND HISTORICAL, OF COMMERCE AND COMMERCIAL NAVIGATION ...
London : Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1854. New edition – a monumental work first published in 1832 and here revised, extended, and updated to take into account such things as the Australian and Californian gold-rushes. Arranged in dictionary form – from aam to zinc – with some of the entries comprising full-length essays (twenty-five pages on the Bank of England, six on the Moldovan town of Galacz, twelve on St. Petersburg) – a storehouse of information, heavy with statistics, on all aspects of Victorian commerce worldwide. McCulloch has been regarded as the first professional economist and his works are “Not simply compilations of statistical and other facts; for McCulloch was a pioneer in critical assessment and analytical treatment of economic information he gathered from a variety of public and private sources. None of his contemporaries, for example, was better informed” (ODNB).
MACKENZIE, Compton (Sir Edward Compton), 1883-1972 : APRIL FOOLS : A FARCE OF MANNERS.
London : Cassell & Co., (1930). First edition. “On a certain All Fools’ Day, John Touchwood informs his relatives, those grumbling, snarling brothers, sisters, and -in-laws who have always envied his success in life – that he is giving them all equal shares in his magnificent country house, on condition that they live in it together!” – a sharply funny novel, dedicated to his friend Plummy – P. G. Wodehouse.
MASON, A.E.W. (Alfred Edward Woodley), 1865-1948 : FIRE OVER ENGLAND.
London : Hodder & Stoughton, 1936. First edition. An Elizabethan tale of the days leading up to the Armada – filmed in 1937 with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh (their first pairing), as well as Flora Robson, Tamara Desni, James Mason, etc.
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MASSON, David (David Mather), 1822-1907 : BRITISH NOVELISTS AND THEIR STYLES. BEING A CRITICAL SKETCH OF THE HISTORY OF BRITISH PROSE FICTION.
Cambridge : Macmillan & Co., 1859. First edition. David Masson, Professor of English at University College, London, and later Edinburgh, with an absorbing study of English-language fiction – the nature and origins of the novel (Mort d’Arthur, More’s Utopia, Sidney’s Arcadia, Bunyan, Aphra Benn); Swift, Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Smollett, Sterne, Johnson, Goldsmith, Walpole; Sir Walter Scott and his contemporaries; lady-novelists, Godwin, Mrs Radcliffe, Miss Austen; Bulwer Lytton, Dickens, Thackeray, Miss Bronte, etc. George Saintsbury recalled Masson’s “granite-like solidity, a keenness of intellect, a never-failing energy, a rugged genuineness, a love of letters and learning, and, not least, a knowledge of men and women were the predominant features of his character”. The present copy was awarded to Maria Murray (1855-1909), daughter of Sherriff Abijah Murray, later to become an English tutor, as an English Literature prize at the Edinburgh Ladies’ Educational Association (session 1874-1874) – the prize-label signed by David Masson.
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MAUGHAM, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965 : THE MAKING OF A SAINT.
London : T. Fisher Unwin, 1898. First British edition. Maugham’s second book – Italy in the late fifteenth century – assassinations, conspiracies, and a gentleman swordsman becomes a saint. Loosely inserted is a signed, typed letter on Dorchester Hotel notepaper, dated 18th October 1951, from Maugham to a Mr. Sephton, “I don’t know what to suggest. I am afraid you won’t find France much better than England at the moment ... The English colony on the Riviera at the present time is very small and very poor ...”. Alexander Rhodes Sephton (1920-1973) was in turns civil servant, wartime commando, and teacher in Benghazi, Kuala Lumpur and elsewhere.
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METEYARD, Eliza, 1816-1879 : THE HALLOWED SPOTS OF ANCIENT LONDON : HISTORICAL, BIOGRAPHICAL, AND ANTIQUARIAN SKETCHES, ILLUSTRATIVE OF PLACES AND EVENTS MADE MEMORABLE BY THE STRUGGLES OF OUR FOREFATHERS FOR CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.
London : E. Marlborough & Co., 1862. First edition. An unusual London history, concentrating on those parts of it famous in the history of liberty, and written at a time when it was still possible and still true to speak of the “one sentiment in the breasts of all true-born English men and women – invincible attachment to the liberties their fathers won”. With chapters on the City; Smithfield; the Tower; the Fleet Prison; the Temple and Lincoln’s Inn; Whitehall; the liberty of the press; Bunhill Fields, etc.
ORCZY, Baroness Emmuska Magdalena, 1865-1947 : THE ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL.
London : Hutchinson & Co., 1908. First edition. The third and most celebrated of the Scarlet Pimpernel series – “Paris this September, 1793! – or shall we call it Vendémiaire, Year 1 of the Republic”?
POST OFFICE : PRINCIPAL STREETS AND PLACES IN LONDON AND ITS ENVIRONS, AS DIVIDED INTO POSTAL DISTRICTS. WITH MAPS.
London : printed by George E. Eyre & William Spottiswoode, 1857. [Second edition]. London was first divided into postal districts in 1857-1858, to a plan devised by Sir Rowland Hill in 1856 – a circle of roughly twelve miles radius from the General Post Office in St. Martin’s-le-Grand being split into ten districts, “each to be treated, in many respects, as a separate town”. The present alphabetical index and guide first appeared in 1856, but for this edition was furnished with maps of the districts, converting it into one of the very earliest London street atlases. A folding index map covers the whole area, followed by individual maps of the whole of the Eastern Central (EC) and Western Central (WC) districts, and further maps of the innermost portions of the Northern, North Eastern, Eastern, South Eastern, Southern, South Western, Western, and North Western districts – these corresponding approximately to the modern head districts – N1, E1, SE1, SW1, W1 and NW1. The North Eastern and Southern districts were abolished in the 1860s following a report by Anthony Trollope – hence no modern S or NE London postcodes.
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RAMSAY, Andrew C. (Sir Andrew Crombie), 1814-1891 : GEOLOGICAL MAP OF ENGLAND & WALES.
London : Edward Stanford, 1866. Third edition. A magnificent and vibrantly-coloured wall-map compiled by Sir Andrew Crombie Ramsay, at this time Local Director and later to become Director-General of H. M. Geological Survey. England and Wales on a scale of twelve miles to the inch, hand-coloured in a multiplicity of carefully variegated colours to show the different strata. One of the most handsome British geological productions of the nineteenth century. Originally published in 1859 and carefully giving a list of authorities consulted.
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RATTIGAN, Terence (Sir Terence Mervyn), 1911-1977 : THE WINSLOW BOY.
London : Hamish Hamilton, (1946). First edition. The pursuit of justice for the unimportant – one of the defining plays of the mid twentieth century, frequently revived and here inscribed by Rattigan to his secretary Mary, signed with forename (Terry) and dated October 1946. Mary Herring began working for Rattigan shortly before the play opened at the Lyric and was to become his confidante, companion, guardian of his reputation, controller of his finances, and keeper of his secrets for the next seventeen years.
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RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : PLACES WHERE THEY SING.
London : Anthony Blond, (1970). First edition. The sixth novel in the “Alms for Oblivion” sequence – 1967 and Lancaster College has received a handsome bequest, factions develop, the students become revolutionary, etc.
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RICHARDSON, Dorothy M. (Dorothy Miller), 1873-1957 : INTERIM.
London : Duckworth & Co., (1919). First edition. Christmas in 1896 and Miriam arrives in Putney to stay with the Broom sisters. It was in the previous year that the phrase “stream of consciousness” was first used in a literary context, specifically to describe the style of Richardson’s “Pilgrimage” sequence of novels, of which this is the fifth and probably the most experimental – “Never, perhaps, has the familiar definition of a realistic novel as a ‘transcript from life’ been capable of a more exact application than in the case of the series of books in which Miss Dorothy Richardson is recording the experiences of her heroine ... brimful of the most brilliantly vivid impressions ... a curious reminder that life is a flashing succession of photographic impressions” (The Scotsman, 22nd December 1919).
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RUSSELL, Bertrand (Bertrand Arthur William, Third Earl Russell), 1872-1970 : HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY AND ITS CONNECTION WITH POLITICAL AND SOCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO THE PRESENT DAY.
London : George Allen & Unwin, (1946). First British edition. A fluent, witty, elegant, and sweeping survey of the philosophic tradition, treated as much as social and cultural history as in terms of pure philosophy – the Pre-Socratics; Socrates, Plato, Aristotle; the Cynics, Sceptics, Stoics, and Epicureans; Jewish, Mohammedan, and Catholic scholars; and the modern tradition – Machiavelli, Erasmus and More, Bacon, Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Byron, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Marx, Bergson, William James, Dewey, etc. “I was sometimes accused by reviewers of writing not a true history but a biased account of the events that I arbitrarily chose to write of. But, to my mind, a man without bias cannot write interesting history – if, indeed, such a man exists” (Bertrand Russell).
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“SAPPER” – (McNEILE, Herman Cyril), 1888-1937 : BULL-DOG DRUMMOND : THE ADVENTURES OF A DEMOBILISED OFFICER WHO FOUND PEACE DULL.
London : Hodder & Stoughton, . First edition. The scarce first book in the series. Hugh Drummond “inserts an advertisement for adventure in the papers – ‘Legitimate, if possible; but crime, if of a comparatively humorous description, no objection. Excitement essential’. After that, all that need be said is that the essential excitement arrives. It arrives in conjunction with a pretty girl and two super-rogues who are ‘the complete IT in the criminal line’” (The Sketch, 1st September 1920).
SAWYER, Charles J. (Charles James), 1875-1931 & DARTON, F. J. Harvey (Frederick James Harvey), 1878-1936 : ENGLISH BOOKS 1475-1900 : A SIGNPOST FOR COLLECTORS.
London : Charles J. Sawyer, 1927. First edition : limited to 2,000 copies. “There comes a time in the evolution of every sport, pastime or hobby, when it degenerates or improves (according to the point of view) into a scientific pursuit requiring accurate knowledge as well as affectionate appreciation ... Book-collecting has reached this stage”. The distilled fruits of forty years’ experience in the book-trade presented in a sprightly survey of books, book-collecting and prices from Caxton to Kipling.
SNOW, C.P. (Charles Percy Snow, Baron), 1905-1980 : THE MASTERS.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1951. First edition. Set in Cambridge in 1937 and the college prepares to elect a new master. Politics and intrigue at High Table. The seminal fourth book in the “Strangers and Brothers” sequence.
SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS, Martin” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : DAN RUSSEL THE FOX : AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF MISS ROWAN.
London : Methuen & Co., (1911). First edition : in the primary binding of orange-brown glazed linen. “In this story, above all others, we have told, faithfully, and with the emotion of enthusiasts, of the sport that we knew and loved” (Edith Somerville).
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SPARK, Muriel (Dame Muriel Sarah), 1918-2006 : THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1961. First edition. Miss Brodie in her prime in pre-war Edinburgh – the basis of the 1969 film with Maggie Smith, etc.
STOCKWELL, Gail : THE EMBARRASSED MURDERER.
London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, (1938). First British edition. The second of the author’s murder mysteries – set in New York. “Three murders at the rate of half a crown apiece is good value for money, and those who demand tales of sudden death for their entertainment will welcome ‘The Embarrassed Murderer’ ... if only for the authoress’s prodigality ... [but] Miss Stockwell’s ‘thriller’ has more to recommend it than generosity in the matter of corpses, however, for it is one of the best pieces of detective fiction I have read recently ... each of [the murders] is closely related to the elusive ‘perfect crime’ ... For crime fiction this gets top marks” (Western Morning News, 9th November 1938).
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“STORME, Michael” – [DAWSON, George Herbert, 1916-1980] : SATAN BUYS A WREATH.
Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, . First edition. “The steady mumble jumble of the speeding train vibrates every nerve in my noggin just as if some wise-guy had shoved a juke-box down my earhole ... All that unfaithfulness had brought me to the bottle ...”. A Nick Cranley tale.
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[SURTEES, Robert Smith, 1803-1864] : “ASK MAMMA;” OR, THE RICHEST COMMONER IN ENGLAND.
London : Bradbury & Evans, 1858. First edition. “It may be a recommendation to the lover of light literature to be told, that the following story does not involve the complication of a plot ...”.
TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : POEMS, CHIEFLY LYRICAL.
London : Effingham Wilson, 1830. First edition : with p.91 correctly numbered and the reading “carcanet” on p.72. The young Tennyson’s first solo collection of poems, including “Mariana”, “Claribel”, “Ode to Memory”, “The Burial of Love”, “The Kraken”, etc.
TENNYSON, Alfred (Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron), 1809-1892 : POEMS.
London : Edward Moxon, 1833 [but 1832]. First edition. Tennyson’s most important early collection – thirty poems, including the first appearances of “The Lady of Shalott”, “Mariana in the South”, “Eleanore”, “OEnone”, “The Palace of Art”, “The May Queen”, “New Year’s Eve”, “The Lotos Eaters”, “A Dream of Fair Women”, etc.
TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : TRAVELLING SKETCHES.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1866. First edition. Eight engaging essays, including “The Family that Goes Abroad because it’s the Thing to Do”; “The Man who Travels Alone”; “The Unprotected Female Tourist”; “The Art Tourist”; “Tourists who Don’t Like their Travels”, etc.
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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : THE DUKE’S CHILDREN. A NOVEL.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1880. First edition. A fine and unduly neglected late novel, the last of the Palliser sequence and Trollope at his most moving and humane.
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TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : HARRY HEATHCOTE OF GANGOIL. A TALE OF AUSTRALIAN BUSH LIFE.
London : Ward, Lock & Bowden, [ca.1895]. An undesignated reprint of the 1883 third edition. The original 1874 edition is of course a legendary rarity – as Sadleir noted in 1928, “No price records exist. Should a good copy come up for sale it will fetch as much as the most frenzied Trollopian present can afford to pay”. “We settle down, in companionship with Mr. Anthony Trollope, at the Gangoil Farm, on the other side of the Equator, just as easily and comfortably as we did at Orley Farm itself. There are not a few persons to whom the bare idea of colonial existence is intolerable; yet here it is made even charming” (London Evening Standard, 9th November 1874).
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TURBERVILLE, A.S. (Arthur Stanley), 1888-1945 – editor : JOHNSON’S ENGLAND : AN ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE & MANNERS OF HIS AGE.
London : Oxford University Press, 1933. First edition. A distinguished, literate and well-illustrated survey of all aspects of eighteenth-century life, with authoritative essays by G. M. Trevelyan, Dorothy George, G. D. H. Cole, R. W. Chapman and others – the period; the church; the navy; army; exploration and discovery; travel and communications; London; town-life in the provinces; industry and trade; agriculture and rural life; poverty, crime and philanthropy; manners, meals and domestic pastimes; sports and games; costume; taste; painting and engraving; sculpture; architecture and the garden; interiors; drama and theatre; music; education; science; medicine; the law and lawyers; authors and booksellers; newspapers, etc.
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UNWIN, T. Fisher (Thomas Fisher), 1848-1935 – publisher : M.A.B. : MAINLY ABOUT BOOKS.
London : T. Fisher Unwin, 1906-1911. The first four volumes of the New Series of Unwin’s attractive illustrated monthly journal – an absolute mine of out-of-the-way information on the books and authors of the period. Includes articles, interviews and portraits of authors both famous and forgotten – Matthew Arnold, Karl Baedeker, Mrs Craigie, Alfred Deakin, Anatole France, Edward Lear, Vernon Lee, George Moore, E. Nesbit, Willy Pogany, Paul Sabatier, Olive Schreiner, H. de Vere Stacpoole, Robert Louis Stevenson, Lady Troubridge, Mark Twain, H. G. Wells and many more – with more general articles on the issues of the day, from the woman question and votes for women (with a “Special Woman’s Number” in April 1907), to holiday destinations, the new copyright bill, etc. Originally begun in 1903, “Mainly about Books” survived until 1924. Also bound in are two issues (November and December 1906) of Unwin’s “The Book Buyer”.
WALFORD, Edward, 1823-1897 : GREATER LONDON : A NARRATIVE OF ITS HISTORY, ITS PEOPLE, AND ITS PLACES.
London : Cassell & Co., . First edition in book form. A sequel to the highly popular “Old and New London”, compiled jointly by Walford and C. W. Thornbury. A circular tour round Chiswick, Ealing, Twickenham, Shepperton, Staines, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, Ruislip, Harrow, Barnet, Chigwell, Ilford, Dagenham, Woolwich, Sidcup, Bromley, Beckenham, Croydon, Epsom, Kingston, Richmond, Wimbledon and all the towns and villages between. Heavily illustrated with some 400 wood-engravings, including many images of buildings and villages never previously depicted. First published serially between 1882 and 1884.
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WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : SCOOP : A NOVEL ABOUT JOURNALISTS.
London : Chapman & Hall, (1938). First edition. “Up to a point, Lord Copper” – the wrong Boot is sent to Ishmaelia.
WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : MEN AT ARMS : A NOVEL.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1952. First edition. The first novel of what became the Sword of Honour trilogy – Guy Crouchback seeks personal salvation.
WEIL, Joseph, 1875-1976 : “YELLOW KID” WEIL : THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AMERICA’S MASTER SWINDLER.
Chicago : Ziff-Davis Publishing Co., (1948). First edition. “You can fleece a lamb many times, but only take his hide once” – the life, thoughts and reminiscences of the legendary con-man and grifter, as told to the crime-writer William T. Brannon (1906-1981). Some of the most elaborate and successful real-life stings and hustles ever pulled off and the ultimate inspiration behind countless books, films and television series.
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WELLAND, Ralph, 1847-1930 : REYNOLDS’S NEW CHART OF THE THAMES ESTUARY.
London : James Reynolds & Sons, 1893. A revised edition of a handsome nautical chart of the Thames Estuary, engraved by Ralph Welland for Reynolds & Sons, and originally published in 1887. The chart, which remained in print for many years, later under the Edward Stanford imprint, covers the maritime Thames and its approaches from Gravesend round to Harwich in the north and Ramsgate in the south, at a scale of two nautical miles to the inch (one statute mile = 23mm). Special attention is given to the deeps, the shallows, the water navigation, the channels, lights, the set of the tides, lighthouses and light-ships, buoys, beacons, sands, shoals, and soundings, together with a multiplicity of descriptive and explanatory notes. As a separate insert in the cloth case is an additional chart showing the river from St. Paul’s to Gravesend at the same scale. The cover title is “Reynolds’s New Coloured Chart of the Thames Estuary Extending to Harwich & Ramsgate with Map of the River from London to Gravesend”.
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WHEATLEY, Chris : RED ICE.
Leigh-on-Sea : Barrington Gray, [ca. 1953]. First edition. “Louie Toreni’s thinned eyes slowly took stock of those who shared with him the lavishly equipped room behind the Green Hat Night Club. He frowned, a furrow on his sloping forehead as he lolled back in the black leather chair that matched the blue of his crinkly hair. His wide shoulders were relaxed, the pale hands limp. But within Louis Toreni was smouldering rage”.
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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : SUMMER MOONSHINE.
London : Herbert Jenkins, (1938). First British edition. Impecunious baronet, hideous house, rich potential buyer, breach of promise, etc. For reasons to do with serialisation, the book first appeared four months earlier in the USA.
WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : STIFF UPPER LIP, JEEVES.
London : Herbert Jenkins, (1963). First British edition. “It was the instinct of self-preservation transcending better judgement and personal inclination that sent Bertie Wooster hot foot to Totleigh Towers ...” – Jeeves, Wooster, Gussie Fink-Nottle, and Madeline Bassett – “moulder of men”.
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WOLFE, Tom (Thomas Kennerly), 1931-2018 : THE KANDY-KOLORED TANGERINE-FLAKE STREAMLINE BABY.
London : Jonathan Cape, (1966). First British edition. Wolfe’s first collection – twenty-two essays and half a dozen caricatures. An entirely new voice in journalism skyrockets metaphors, neologisms, hip-talk and learned reference into the pursuit of the form and style of the new. Includes “The Fifth Beatle”, “The First Tycoon of Teen”, “The Last American Hero”, “The Girl of the Year”, “The Nanny Mafia”, “A Sunday Kind of Love”, “The Woman Who Has Everything”, “Why Doormen Hate Volkswagens”, etc. First published in New York the previous year, but here in the period-defining dust-jacket by Jonathan Miller.
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WOOLF, Virginia (Adeline Virginia), 1882-1941 : KEW GARDENS.
[London] : Hogarth Press, 1927. Third edition : limited to 500 numbered copies. Originally published in May 1919 in a small edition of perhaps 170 copies, with a second edition of 500 copies a month later, the present edition is the first to be illustrated and decorated by Vanessa Bell (1879-1961) throughout.
YOUNG, G.M. (George Malcolm), 1882-1959 – editor : EARLY VICTORIAN ENGLAND : 1830-1865.
London : Oxford University Press, 1934. First edition. A magisterial and richly illustrated study of the background to mid nineteenth-century England, with chapters on Work and Wages (J. H. Clapham), Homes and Habits, Town Life and London (R. H. Mottram), Life in the New Towns, Country Life and Sport (Bernard Darwin), The Navy, The Army, The Mercantile Marine (Basil Lubbock), The Press, Art, Architecture (A. E. Richardson), Music, Drama (Allardyce Nicoll), Holidays and Travel, Charity, Expansion and Emigration, and the Portrait of an Age.
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ZANGWILL, Israel, 1864-1926 : THE OLD MAIDS’ CLUB.
London : William Heinemann, 1892. First edition. “The Old Maids’ Club was founded by Lillie Dulcimer in her sweet seventeenth year. She had always been precocious, and could analyse her own sensations before she could spell. In fact, she divided her time between making sensations and analysing them ...”. Twenty entertaining tales from the annals of the club, including the very funny “Algebra of Love”, “The Man in the Ironed Mask”, “The Old Young Woman and the New”, “The Mysterious Advertiser”, “The Beautiful Ghoul”, etc. – “Two books for the holiday season, to be read lounging in a hammock, or under the shadow of a cliff, are Mr. Zangwill’s ‘Old Maids’ Club’, and Mr. Grossmith’s ‘Diary of a Nobody’. The former is very droll in places ...” (Cheltenham Looker-On, 20th August 1892). “Worth all the inanities of Jerome K. Jerome and all the thin fun of Barry Pain bundled together” (Glasgow Evening Post, 30th June 1892).
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