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ALLENDE, Isabel, 1942- : THE INFINITE PLAN.
London : HarperCollins Publishers, (1993). First edition in English. Signed by Isabel Allende on the title-page. Five decades in the life-quest of Greg Reeves, son of a preacher who believes in the infinite plan of life – childhood amid the Los Angeles barrio gangs, the social and sexual revolution at Berkeley, Vietnam, lawyering in San Francisco, from hippy to yuppy, etc. Translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden.
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BACON, Francis, Viscount St. Alban, 1561-1626 : [THE ESSAYS OF FRANCIS BACON].
London : Arthur L. Humphreys, 1903. Second Humphreys edition. A handsomely printed and bound edition of some of the finest essays in the language. Fifty-eight essays from “Of Truth” to “Of Vicissitude of Things” – “Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man”.
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BEERBOHM, Max (Sir Henry Maximilian), 1872-1956 : THE WORKS OF MAX BEERBOHM.
New York : Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1896. First edition : precedes the London edition. Beerbohm’s first regularly published book – “The Pervasion of Rouge” and half a dozen other pieces which propelled him to the forefront of English letters.
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BELDAM, George W. (George William), 1868-1937 : GREAT GOLFERS : THEIR METHODS AT A GLANCE.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1904. First edition. Beldam was a first-class cricketer as well as an outstanding photographer and the virtual inventor of the sporting action photograph. This was the first in his series of books depicting the sporting heroes of the day in action. There is careful analysis of the technique revealed by the “instantaneous photography” – with Harry Vardon, J. H. Taylor, James Braid, Alex Herd and Harold H. Hilton providing their own commentary, and Hilton providing analysis of twenty more of the leading players, including John Ball, Horace Hutchinson, Bernard Darwin, etc.
BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : WHOM GOD HATH JOINED.
London : David Nutt, 1906. First edition. The best of Bennett’s more serious early novels – adultery and divorce in the Five Towns. Seemingly the first novel entirely built on an examination of divorce and the divorce laws, a theme which would perhaps have been considered inconceivable only a few years earlier – and a powerful plea for human decency.
BENNETT, Arnold (Enoch Arnold), 1867-1931 : THE MATADOR OF THE FIVE TOWNS AND OTHER STORIES.
London : Methuen & Co., 1912. First edition. A fine collection of twenty-two stories from Bennett – some tragic some frolic – including “Mimi”, “The Letter and the Lie”, “Catching the Train”, “The Widow of the Balcony”, “Hot Potatoes”, “The Tiger and the Baby”, etc.
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BIERCE, Ambrose (Ambrose Gwinnett), 1842-1914? : FANTASTIC FABLES.
New York & London : G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1899. First edition : the first issue, in the primary binding and with the earlier setting of the advertisement leaves. “The Foolish Woman”, “The Man and the Lightning”, “The Flying Machine”, “The Opossum of the Future”, “The Boneless King”, and dozens more sardonic and satirical squibs from the American master, including the “Aesopus Emendatus” and “Old Saws with New Teeth” sequences.
[BLAEU, Joan Willem, 1598-1673] : CANDIA, OLIM CRETA.
[Amsterdam : Chez Jean & Corneille Blaeu, 1640]. A delightful antique map of Crete, decorated with vines and beribboned blank cartouches, by the Dutch master mapmaker, Joan Willem Blaeu. “The Blaeus produced the finest maps of the 17th century. The general quality of design, execution, paper and colouring were unsurpassed” (Radford).
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BOYD, William, 1952- : RESTLESS.
London : Bloomsbury, (2006). First edition. Signed by William Boyd on the title-page. “In 1939 Eva is a beautiful 28-year-old living in Paris. As war breaks out she is recruited for the British Secret Service ... she learns to become the perfect spy”.
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BRIDGES, Victor (Victor George de Freyne), 1878-1972 : THE MAN FROM NOWHERE.
London : Mills & Boon, (1913). First edition. His scarce first crime novel – “one of the finest novels we have read for a long time” (Pall Mall Gazette, 2nd July 1913). “It must be a shock to meet one’s double on the Thames Embankment ... when Northcote offers him a fortune to impersonate him for three weeks, he accepts, though he is warned of impending assassination. The pretty Mercia Solano attempts to shoot him on the first night of his changed life ... written with spirit and ingenuity, and its spell holds from first to last” (Manchester Courier, 11th July 1913).
BROOKS, Shirley (Charles William Shirley), 1816-1874 : SOONER OR LATER.
London : Bradbury, Evans & Co., 1868. First edition. “If future generations wish to see representations and reproductions of how London men talked in the middle of the nineteenth century they will find them in ‘Sooner or Later’ ... the world ... ought to be grateful to him for the excellent novel he has provided – one of the best produced in recent times ... a work of genius, and admirably illustrated by the pencil of Du Maurier” (Edinburgh Evening Courant, 20th January 1868). A much-admired and somewhat controversial novel, too realistic for some Victorian tastes – “His development of character is admirable, especially in men and the queerer kind of women” (Pall Mall Gazette, 3rd February 1868) – from the journalist and playwright Shirley Brooks, later to become editor of “Punch”.
BURKE, J. Bernard (Sir John Bernard), 1814-1892 : FAMILY ROMANCE; OR, EPISODES IN THE DOMESTIC ANNALS OF THE ARISTOCRACY.
London : Hurst & Blackett, 1853. First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed to a Miss Smith, “with the author’s best regards”. Compiled by the contemporary editor of “Burke’s Peerage” – close on fifty extraordinary tales from the annals of the aristocracy – “a truly attractive brace of volumes ... ghost stories ... vicissitudes of personal fortune, the changes and chances of inheritance, the lottery of life from the cradle to the grave ...” (The Globe, 9th May 1853). Includes “The Prehen Tragedy”, “The Star of the Pretender”, “The Pitt Diamond”, “Queen Elizabeth’s Talisman”, “The Scottish Capucin”, “The Swans of Closeburn”, etc. – “A work of rare excellence” (Morning Advertiser, 28th April 1853).
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BUSH, Christopher, 1885-1973 : THE PERFECT MURDER CASE.
London : William Heinemann, (1929). First edition. His second detective novel – a smartly constructed and much admired locked-room mystery – all the suspects with flawless alibis. “Quite an engaging little business, with some pleasantly new features. Somebody startles England by writing to the newspapers to say that he proposes to commit a murder. The date, and, roughly, the locality are given ... [and] at the appointed time somebody is found in the right place very dead indeed” (The Bystander, 17th April 1929).
CANETTI, Elias, 1905-1994 : AUTO DA FÉ.
London : Jonathan Cape, (1946). First edition in English of the banned “Die Blendung” (1935), his first and only novel, translated from the German (under Canetti’s personal supervision) by Dame Cicely Veronica Wedgwood (1910-1997). A Head without a World, Headless World and The World in the Head.
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COLTON, Joseph Hutchins, 1800-1893 : THE ENVIRONS OF LONDON.
New York : G. W. & C. B. Colton, . An attractive map of the Greater London area from the well-known New York publishing house. Set in an elaborate decorative border and presented on a scale of five-eighths of an inch to the mile, the coverage extends from Ealing in the west, northwards to Southgate, east to Abbey Wood, and south to Mitcham and Kingston. First registered in 1855, the present revised and updated version was prepared for the 1866 edition of “Colton’s General Atlas”.
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CONRAD, Joseph, 1857-1924 : AN OUTCAST OF THE ISLANDS.
London : T. Fisher Unwin, 1896. First edition. Conrad’s second novel, inspired by his time at sea – the disreputable Peter Willems is on the run. Filmed by Carol Reed in 1951, with Trevor Howard, Ralph Richardson, Robert Morley, etc.
[COOPER, James Fenimore, 1789-1851] : THE MONIKINS. A TALE.
London : Richard Bentley, 1835. First edition. “It is not improbable that some of those who read this book may feel a wish to know in what manner I became possessed of the manuscript ...”. Imaginary voyages to the South Pole – philosophical talking monkeys – a political satire on the lands of Leaphigh (England) and Leaplow (USA) – an American “Gulliver’s Travels”. Precedes the Philadelphia edition published later the same year.
COOPER, James Fenimore, 1789-1851 : THE TWO ADMIRALS. A TALE OF THE SEA.
London : Richard Bentley, 1842. First edition. Cooper’s epic and poignant tale of two seamen of complementary abilities, intense lifelong friendship, rivalry, Whig and Tory, culminating at the time of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 – Bonnie Prince Charlie, etc. Long considered one of the finest ever maritime novels.
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CRANBROOK, Sheldon : THE SPIDER OF SOHO.
London : Wright & Brown, (1937). First edition. Early evening in Soho and a rapid encounter with the notorious Sorilio Gang in “that famous rendezvous of London’s Bohemia, ‘Au Chat Noir’. The place was nearly full, and a pall of blue smoke hung over the main restaurant, while the acrid odour of cheap Italian cigars and cheroots offended the senses of any but habitués”. The first of just two crime novels from this almost certainly pseudonymous author.
DE LA MARE, Walter (Walter John), 1873-1956 : THE THREE MULLA-MULGARS.
London : Duckworth & Co., 1910. First edition : a later issue, in the secondary binding, and with inserted advertisements datable from internal evidence to perhaps 1920. De La Mare’s neglected masterpiece – an enduring fantasy of the quest of the three royal monkeys.
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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 & OTHERS : MRS. LIRRIPER’S LODGINGS. THE EXTRA CHRISTMAS NUMBER OF ALL THE YEAR ROUND.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1863. First edition. The recently widowed Mrs Lirriper looks after her assorted lodgers – a tale in seven chapters. Dickens wrote the opening and closing chapters, framing the five contributions from Elizabeth Gaskell (How the First-Floor Went to Crowley Castle), Andrew Halliday (How the Side-Room was Attended by a Doctor), Edmund Hodgson Yates (How the Second-Floor Kept a Dog), and Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards (How the Best Attic was Under a Cloud).
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DICKENS, Charles (Charles John Huffam), 1812-1870 & OTHERS : MUGBY JUNCTION. THE EXTRA CHRISTMAS NUMBER OF ALL THE YEAR ROUND.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1866. First edition. Four short stories by Dickens to open the proceedings and provide the framing narrative, and then four further railway related stories by Andrew Halliday, Charles Collins, Hesba Stretton and Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards. One of the Dickens contributions, “No. 1 Branch Line. The Signal-Man”, is a classic ghost story.
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[DISRAELI, Benjamin, First Earl of Beaconsfield, 1804-1881] : THE YOUNG DUKE.
London : Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831. First edition. Disraeli’s intriguing early novel of high society – “all rings, ringlets, and a little rouge” – a wastrel redeemed by the love of a good woman, etc., but also the novel in which we first see the evolution of Disraeli’s politics and what was soon to become his particular brand of one-nation conservatism.
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EGAN, Pierce, 1772-1849 : LIFE IN LONDON; OR, THE DAY AND NIGHT SCENES OF JERRY HAWTHORN, ESQ. AND HIS ELEGANT FRIEND CORINTHIAN TOM, ACCOMPANIED BY BOB LOGIC, THE OXONIAN, IN THEIR RAMBLES AND SPREES THROUGH THE METROPOLIS.
London : for Sherwood, Neely & Jones, 1821. First edition : the second issue, with the footnote on p.9. Pierce Egan’s roaring and runaway success – racy, slangy, and riotous adventures among the highest of high life and the lowest of low life in Regency London – “In his particular line, he was the greatest man in England” (John Camden Hotten). The sparkling text which took the country by storm as it appeared in instalments between August 1820 and July 1821 is gloriously accompanied by the superb aquatints of the brothers Isaac Robert and George Cruikshank, many depicting recognisable London scenes.
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“ELIOT, George” – [EVANS, Marian, 1819-1880] : NOVELS OF GEORGE ELIOT.
Edinburgh & London : William Blackwood & Sons, [ca.1890]. New edition. A handsome standard set of the novels – “Adam Bede”, “The Mill on the Floss”, “Silas Marner”, “The Lifted Veil”, “Brother Jacob”, “Scenes of Clerical Life”, “Felix Holt”, “Romola”, “Middlemarch” and “Daniel Deronda”.
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EMSLIE, John, 1813-1875 : THE EARTH’S ANNUAL REVOLUTION ROUND THE SUN, AND ITS DIURNAL ROTATION ON ITS AXIS.
London : James Reynolds, 1851. One of the well-known series of educational diagrams on card published by James Reynolds of the Strand – in this case drawn and engraved by John Emslie. The diagram illustrates the earth in its relative position to the sun on the first day of each month, with the equinoxial and solsticial lines and notes of the signs of the zodiac. Smaller inset diagrams demonstrate the causation of night, day, twilight and dawn, while explanatory text offers instruction on the sidereal day, the solar year, etc.
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EMSLIE, John, 1813-1875 : COMPARATIVE MAGNITUDES OF THE PLANETS.
London : James Reynolds, [ca.1850]. One of the well-known series of educational diagrams on card published by James Reynolds of the Strand – in this case drawn and engraved by John Emslie and constructed with cut-outs and translucent papers so that the diagram can be held to light to illuminate the planets. The planets include Neptune, which although long mathematically predicted, was only first observed in 1846. Subsidiary diagrams illustrate the phases of both Saturn and Venus, while a panel below the main image tabulates the relative distances of the planets from the sun.
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FORD, Ford Madox [formerly HUEFFER], 1873-1939 : PARADE’S END.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1950. First collected edition of all four volumes of the Tietjens Saga: “Some Do Not -” (1924); “No More Parades” (1925); “A Man Could Stand Up” (1926) and “Last Post” (1928). The first edition to appear under this collective title – the one chosen by Ford before his death – here with an interesting and sensitive introduction by Robie Macauley (1919-1995). There was no equivalent UK edition and the “Parade’s End” title was not used in the UK until the collected works appeared in the 1960s.
GREEN, J.R. (John Richard), 1837-1883 : THE MAKING OF ENGLAND.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1882. First edition : the variant with the 1882 title-page (title-pages dated 1881 are known, but publication was delayed until the latter part of January 1882 and there would appear to be no priority). A history of the English from the landing of three Jutish keels at Ebbsfleet in 449 A.D. to the first unification of the ancient kingdoms under Ecgbehrt in 829 A.D. Green was among the first to switch attention from political and military to social and cultural history, although remaining well aware of that “recurring tendency to the formation of oppressive oligarchic structures from which, periodically, ordinary Englishmen had to liberate themselves” (Anthony Brundage in ODNB).
GREENE, Graham (Henry Graham), 1904-1991 : IT’S A BATTLEFIELD.
London : William Heinemann, (1934). First edition. Greene’s first overtly political novel – “the injustice of man’s justice”. Greene called it “a panoramic novel of London” – in some sense an inversion of the traditional detective story, as a communist London bus-driver awaits his hanging.
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HAGGARD, H. Rider (Sir Henry Rider), 1856-1925 : SHE : A HISTORY OF ADVENTURE.
London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1887. First edition : the so-called “first issue”, with all the misprints noted by Scott and Whatmore – although these would appear to be common to the whole of the edition. Endlessly reprinted ever since and the basis of at least eight film versions: in Margaret Atwood’s phrase, Ayesha (She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed) has become “a permanent feature of the human imagination”.
HALES, H.K. (Sir Harold Keates), 1868-1942 : THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF “THE CARD”.
London : Sampson Low, Marston & Co., . First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed “To my friend Cyril Cripwell with best wishes from the Author” and dated 21st May 1936 – the author being the remarkable Harold Keates Hales, eccentric shipping magnate and Member of Parliament for Hanley, who had owned a car since 1897, once flew an airship around St. Paul’s, and – most memorably – was the basis of Arnold Bennett’s character Denry Machin in “The Card” (1911). Hales had known Bennett since schooldays and more or less begins his autobiography with reminiscences of “Nocker” Bennett as a boy. Cyril Cripwell (1893-1976) was a Nottingham printer.
HAMILTON, Walter, 1844-1899 : DATED BOOK-PLATES (EX LIBRIS) : WITH A TREATISE ON THEIR ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT.
London : A. & C. Black, 1895. First complete edition : originally published in three separate instalments 1894-1895. A weighty survey, with a lengthy introduction covering collecting, preservation, German book-plates, French book-plates, English book-plates and their ten basic styles, American book-plates, early references, eighteenth-century engravers and styles, nineteenth-century design, etc., followed by detailed chronological tables of known examples from 1516 to 1895.
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HARBEN, Henry A. (Henry Andrade), 1849-1910 : A DICTIONARY OF LONDON : BEING NOTES TOPOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL RELATING TO THE STREETS AND PRINCIPAL BUILDINGS IN THE CITY OF LONDON.
London : Herbert Jenkins, 1918. First edition. Harben’s extraordinary dictionary of more than 6,000 street and place names in the City of London, their location, the forms and origins of the names, associations, early depictions on maps, etc. Still the essential work.
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HASSELL, John, 1767-1825 : TOUR OF THE GRAND JUNCTION, ILLUSTRATED IN A SERIES OF ENGRAVINGS ...
London : for J. Hassell, 1819. First edition. The gifted landscape artist John Hassell takes us on a pictorial and topographical tour of the Grand Junction Canal, built through Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, to improve the carriage of freight between London and the Midlands – “scenes of undiminished beauty, and replete with delightful prospects, uniformly picturesque, and sometimes grand ... all the beauties of landscape – the elegance and splendour of the mansion and the villa – and the venerable remains of antiquity; nor have we omitted to combine the biographical anecdote, the historical record, or the critical researches on antiquarian topography”. Includes views of King’s Langley, Marsworth, Leighton Beaudesert, Fenny Stratford, Newport Pagnell, Wolverton, Stony Stratford, Stoke Bruerne, Daventry, Braunston, Batchworth Mills, Ashridge, etc.
HEANEY, Seamus, 1939-2013 : STATIONS.
Belfast : Ulsterman Publications, (1975). First edition. Twenty-one prose poems, including “Cauled”, “Hedge-School”, “Waterbabies”, “Incertus”, etc.
HERRICK, Robert, 1591-1674 : HESPERIDES : THE POEMS AND OTHER REMAINS OF ROBERT HERRICK NOW FIRST COLLECTED.
London : John Russell Smith, 1869. First Hazlitt edition of “the greatest song writer ever born of English race” (Swinburne). After the neglect of almost two centuries, the most complete collection of Herrick’s work to have appeared up until that time, adding a number of poems never previously printed, as well as alternative versions of a number of poems, further poems attributed to Herrick, and a number of surviving letters, a biography, etc. Edited and introduced by William Carew Hazlitt (1834-1913) in the “Library of Old Authors” series.
“HOPE, Anthony” – [HAWKINS, Sir Anthony Hope, 1863-1933] : RUPERT OF HENTZAU.
Bristol : J. W. Arrowsmith, . First edition : the first issue, with just the thirty-two earlier titles listed in the advertisements for Arrowsmith’s 3/6 series. A sequel to “The Prisoner of Zenda” (1894) – Ruritania three years on. Illustrated by Charles Dana Gibson.
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[HOTTEN, John Camden, 1832-1873] : A DICTIONARY OF MODERN SLANG, CANT, AND VULGAR WORDS, USED AT THE PRESENT DAY IN THE STREETS OF LONDON ...
London : John Camden Hotten, 1859. First edition. An extraordinary compilation from the mercurial bookseller, publisher, rogue and antiquary, John Camden Hotten. Alongside an extensive dictionary of some 3,000 words unknown to other dictionaries (covering the slang of the universities, the rookeries, parliament and the court, as well as the London streets) there is an absorbing history of the subject, plus glossaries of two secret languages – the back-slang of the costermongers and the rhyming-slang of the chaunters and patterers (the first authoritative account of either), as well as an extensive bibliography.
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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : EARTH-MOON.
London : Rainbow Press, (1976). First edition : one of just twenty-six lettered copies (of 226) printed for the author’s personal use and signed by Ted Hughes. A collection of thirty-one poems, designed and printed on hand-made paper by Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press in Cambridge. The ten illustrations, printed in blue, are by Ted Hughes himself.
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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : ADAM AND THE SACRED NINE.
London : Rainbow Press, (1978). First edition : limited to 200 numbered copies, signed by Ted Hughes. A collection of seventeen poems, designed and hand-printed on hand-made paper by Will Carter at the Rampant Lions Press in Cambridge, with a frontispiece by Leonard Baskin.
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HUGHES, Ted (Edward James), 1930-1998 : WOLF-WATCHING.
[North Tawton] : Morrigu Press, (1982). First edition : one of just seventy-five numbered copies, signed by Ted Hughes. A poem hand-printed on and bound in hand-made Fabriano papers, with a colophon by Leonard Baskin. Loosely inserted are the original hand-printed press flyer for the publication and two signed autograph notes to the great poetry collector and publisher Alan Clodd (1918-2002) on Morrigu compliments slips, the first from Nicholas Hughes (Ted Hughes’ teenage son), dated 27th August 1984, offering Clodd a copy of the publication – “our best piece of work so far” – and the second from Carol Hughes (Hughes’ second wife) dated 27th September, confirming receipt of the order and the despatch of the book.
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HUXLEY, Aldous (Aldous Leonard), 1894-1963 : CROME YELLOW.
London : Chatto & Windus, 1921. First edition. His first novel, based on the goings-on of the Ottoline Morrell set at Garsington, and one which brought him an instant reputation as “the wittiest man now writing in English”. It also contains, in Mr Scogan’s vision of “vast state incubators”, a theme later developed in “Brave New World”.
IRVING, Washington, 1783-1859 : ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN BONNEVILLE, OR SCENES BEYOND THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS OF THE FAR WEST.
London : Richard Bentley, 1837. First edition. A superb account of the celebrated expeditionary explorations of the Far West by Captain Benjamin Louis Eulalie de Bonneville (1796-1878) – the Oregon Trail, the Snake River, Hell’s Canyon, the Bear River, the California Trail, etc. Bonneville met Irving in New York in 1835 and subsequently sold him his maps and notes to frame the narrative. Precedes the Philadelphia edition of the same year, which was published as “The Rocky Mountains”.
“JANSON, Hank” – [FRANCES, Stephen Daniel, 1917-1989] : IT’S ALWAYS EVE THAT WEEPS.
London : S. D. Frances, . First edition. “I’m a hundred years old, I’ve lived a century in a few hours. I’m old enough now to understand my own stupidity, and the stupidity of others”. The last of the Janson titles to be published under his own S. D. Frances imprint.
[JEFFERIES, Richard (John Richard), 1848-1887] : WILD LIFE IN A SOUTHERN COUNTY.
London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1879. First edition. Jefferies on the downs – larks, hares, ponds, hedges, the village, the hamlet, ghost-lore, smugglers, the farmhouse, the orchard, the wood-pile, the home-field, the ash copse, the warren, the rookery, birds, snakes, brooks, wildfowl, and much else.
JOHNSON, Samuel, 1709-1784 : JOHNSON’S TABLE-TALK: CONTAINING APHORISMS ON LITERATURE, LIFE, AND MANNERS; WITH ANECDOTES OF DISTINGUISHED PERSONS: SELECTED AND ARRANGED FROM MR. BOSWELL’S LIFE OF JOHNSON.
London : for C. Dilly, 1798. First edition. “No, Sir; we had talk enough, but no conversation ...” – the essential Johnson distilled (with Boswell’s entire approbation). Johnson on conversation, wine, marriage, children, education, conduct, manners, London, trade, travelling, life, death, religion, politics, and much else.
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LAMB, Charles, 1775-1834 : SPECIMENS OF ENGLISH DRAMATIC POETS, WHO LIVED ABOUT THE TIME OF SHAKESPEARE : WITH NOTES.
London : for Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme, 1808. First edition. Lamb’s hugely influential rediscovery of the Elizabethans and Jacobeans, many of these specimens of their work culled from “plays which are to be found only in the British Museum and in some scarce private libraries” – Francis Beaumont, George Chapman, Thomas Decker, John Fletcher, John Ford, Fulke Greville, Ben Jonson, Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe, John Marston, Philip Massinger, Thomas Middleton, George Peele, Cyril Tourneur, John Webster, and many more – “the most striking anthology perhaps ever made from English literature” (Edmund Blunden).
LEAR, Edward, 1812-1888 : MORE NONSENSE, PICTURES, RHYMES, BOTANY, ETC.
London : Robert John Bush, 1872. First edition. “There was an old person of Ealing, Who was wholly devoid of good feeling” – a very extensive collection of 100 Lear limericks, together with much of his nonsensical botany, and further nonsense rhymes – all with his own idiosyncratic illustrations.
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LEONARD, Elmore (Elmore John), 1925-2013 : GLITZ.
New York : Arbor House, (1985). First trade edition. Signed and dated (February 1985) by Elmore Leonard on the half-title. Lieutenant Vincent Mora is being stalked, his girlfriend goes to Atlantic City and ends up dead – enter Linda Moon and other larger-than-life characters. Filmed for television in 1988, with Jimmy Smits, Markie Post, etc.
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LEONARD, Elmore (Elmore John), 1925-2013 : GET SHORTY.
New York : Delacorte Press, (1990). First edition. Signed by Elmore Leonard on the title-page. Chili Palmer discovers that there’s not a world of difference between loan-sharking in Miami and movie-making in Hollywood. Filmed in 1995, with John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Danny DeVito, James Gandolfini, etc., and more recently in a rather different television version with Chris O’Dowd, etc.
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LEWIS, C.S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963 : THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE : A STORY FOR CHILDREN.
London : Geoffrey Bles, (1950). First edition. Illustrations and colour frontispiece by Pauline Baynes. The first and best-known of the Narnia chronicles.
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McEWAN, Ian (Ian Russell), 1948- : ATONEMENT.
London : Jonathan Cape, (2001). First edition. “McEwan’s finest achievement. Brilliant and utterly enthralling in its depiction of childhood, love and war, England and class ...” – filmed in 2007 with Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, etc.
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MACHEN, Arthur (Arthur Llewelyn Jones), 1863-1947 : THE LONDON ADVENTURE : OR THE ART OF WANDERING.
London : Martin Secker, (1924). First edition : one of 200 numbered copies on large paper, signed by Arthur Machen. Machen at large in London’s unknown corners and amid the mystery of common things – “a volume that should be on every good bookman’s shelf of essays ... no writer on London has communicated more perfectly the unapprehended mystery of the Mother City in its unfamiliar aspects. The author is alive to the ‘awful unexpectedness’ with which his adventure abounds, and, chief charm of the work, he gives you the right sense of an eternal quest” (J. D. Symon in the Illustrated London News, 13th September 1924).
MILNE, A.A. (Alan Alexander), 1882-1956 : THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER.
London : Methuen & Co., (1928). First edition. “One day when Pooh Bear had nothing else to do, he thought he would do something ...”.
MITCHELL, Gladys (Gladys Maude Winifred), 1901-1983 : THE LONGER BODIES.
London : Victor Gollancz, 1930. First edition : in the primary binding of black cloth. “Great-aunt Puddequet was reputed to be enormously wealthy. It was also a tradition in the family that she was extraordinarily mean ...” – the third Mrs Bradley murder mystery – and one of the scarcest.
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MORRISON, Arthur (Arthur George), 1863-1945 : TALES OF MEAN STREETS : LIZERUNT : SQUIRE NAPPER : WITHOUT VISIBLE MEANS : THREE ROUNDS AND OTHERS.
London : Methuen & Co., 1894. First edition. Morrison’s extraordinary vision of the late Victorian mean streets of the East End of London – “Unquestionably an achievement of art ... something more than remarkable. The tune is new in the sense in which the new woman, and the new drama, and the new hedonism, and the other clamant bores of the period are not new ... It is akin to a shock, to a sudden gust of east wind. But to those who care for all humanity ... it should be something like a godsend” (Pall Mall Gazette, 19th November 1894).
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MOTION, Andrew (Sir Andrew), 1952- : A LONG STORY.
Bath : Old School Press, 2001. First edition : one of twenty copies (of 230) reserved in sheets for binders and signed by both Andrew Motion and the illustrator, Simon Brett. Four extended poems from the then Poet Laureate, delicately hand-printed on Magnani paper, illustrated with evocative and atmospheric wood-engravings by Simon Brett.
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[MOULE, Thomas, 1784-1851] : KENT.
[London : George Virtue, 1831]. One of the prettiest and most popular of all antique maps of the county, decorated with inset views of Dover, Greenwich and Rochester, coats of arms, and an architectural border festooned with hops. Originally engraved in 1831 by William Schmollinger (1811?-1869) for the part-work series “The English Counties Delineated” (London : 1830-1837) – and here in early state before the addition of railways, etc.
[MOULE, Thomas, 1784-1851] : SUSSEX.
[London : George Virtue, 1832]. One of the most attractive and popular of all antique maps of the county – here in first state (Kingsley 110.i) and with original hand colour. Originally engraved by William Schmollinger (1811?-1869) for Moule’s part-work “The English Counties Delineated” (London : 1830-1837). With a border of roses and shells, coats of arms, vignette views of Arundel Castle, Brighton Chain Pier and Chichester Cathedral, and various maritime motifs.
OPPENHEIM, E. Phillips (Edward Phillips), 1866-1946 : MR. MARX’S SECRET.
London & Sheffield : Sir William Leng & Co., . First edition. An early Oppenheim rarity – a novel published in wrappers as The Weekly Telegraph Novel No. 2 – and not to appear in the regular Ward, Lock hardback edition for another ten years.
POWELL, Anthony (Anthony Dymoke), 1905-2000 : CASANOVA’S CHINESE RESTAURANT : A NOVEL.
London : William Heinemann, (1960). First edition. The fifth volume in the “Dance to the Music of Time” sequence – London in the thirties, Moreland, Maclintick, the Tollands, the Spanish Civil War, Stringham reappears, etc.
POWELL, Anthony (Anthony Dymoke), 1905-2000 : BOOKS DO FURNISH A ROOM : A NOVEL.
London : William Heinemann, (1971). First edition. The tenth volume in the “Dance to the Music of Time” sequence. Post-war literary London, X. Trapnel, Widmerpool an M.P., Pamela Flitton, etc.
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PRIESTLEY, J.B. (John Boynton), 1894-1984 : WONDER HERO.
London : William Heinemann, (1933). First edition. Priestley on crusade, exploring the fractured society of the 1930s – the metropolitan world of the press, night-clubs, fashionable hostesses, bankers and incipient fascism, satirised and contrasted with the stark reality of northern industrial decay. A novel much admired by Ramsay MacDonald.
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RAVEN, Simon (Simon Arthur Nöel), 1927-2001 : THE JUDAS BOY.
London : Anthony Blond, (1968). First edition. Tom Llewyllyn prepares a current affairs television series, Fielding Gray heads to Cyprus to research what others do not want researched, Gray becomes distracted. The fifth novel in the “Alms for Oblivion” sequence.
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REID, Mayne (Thomas Mayne), 1818-1883 : THE BANDOLERO; OR, A MARRIAGE AMONG THE MOUNTAINS.
London : Richard Bentley, 1866. First edition. “La Puebla de los Angeles is peculiar, even among the cities of modern Mexico; peculiar in the fact, that two-thirds of its population are composed of priests, pelados, poblanas, pickpockets, and picarones of a bolder type”. Love and bandits in the mountains.
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REYNOLDS, James, 1817-1876 – publisher : [COVER TITLE] DIAGRAMS OF GEOLOGY, HISTORY, AND PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY.
London : James Reynolds, 1846-1850. An attractive assemblage of eighteen of the well-known series of educational cards published by James Reynolds of the Strand, contained within the original Reynolds folder. Ranging somewhat beyond the subjects noted on the cover, twelve of the cards were drawn and engraved by John Emslie (1813-1875) – and four – “Comparative Magnitudes of the Planets”, “Transparent Chart of the Heavens”, “Transparent Diagram of the Phases of the Moon”, and “Transparent Solar System”, are constructed with cut-outs and translucent paper so that when held to the light the image becomes brightly illuminated. The remaining cards (undated except where noted) comprise “The Sun and Solar Phenomena”; “Eclipses / The Theory of the Tides”; “The Theory of the Seasons”; “Comets and Aerolites”; “Geographical Diagram of the Earth Adapted for Illustrating its Movements” (with two hemispherical volvelles); “Popular Geology” (1849) and a “Geological Map of England” (1849); “Waterfalls” (1846) and a “Panoramic Plan of the Principal Rivers and Lakes”; “The Stream of History” (1850) in two cards, showing the rise and fall of empires, post and pre-Christianity; a “Comparative View of the Principal Buildings in the World” (1850); an ethnographic card of “The Principal Varieties of Mankind” (1850), and a card of “The Antediluvian World” (1849), with early representations and reconstructions of prehistoric birds and animals from fossil remains. All the cards have clearly written explanatory text.
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RITCHIE, J. Ewing (James Ewing), 1820-1898 : DAYS AND NIGHTS IN LONDON; OR, STUDIES IN BLACK AND GRAY.
London : Tinsley Brothers, 1880. First edition. Powerful campaigning journalism from Ritchie, updating and expanding on his much earlier “The Night Side of London” (1857). With chapters on popular amusements; music-halls; Sundays with the people; the low lodging-house; in an opium den; excursionists; river steamers; street salesmen; city nuisances; out of gaol; in a gipsy camp; the street boys of London, etc.
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RUTTER, Owen, 1889-1944 – editor : WE HAPPY FEW : AN ANTHOLOGY.
London : Christopher Sandford at the Golden Cockerel Press, 1946. First edition : one of 750 numbered copies. A rousing anthology of verse and prose – from Shakespeare to Churchill, from the well-known to the obscure – extolling the spirit of Britain at war, Britain at sea, and Britain in the air. Illustrated with wood-engravings (made on active service) by John O’Connor (1913-2004), and with an introduction by Dorothy Rutter.
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SASSOON, Siegfried (Siegfried Loraine), 1886-1967 : [THE SHERSTON TRILOGY] MEMOIRS OF A FOX-HUNTING MAN / MEMOIRS OF AN INFANTRY OFFICER / SHERSTON’S PROGRESS.
London : Faber & Gwyer / Faber & Faber, (1928-1936). A first edition set of the three separately published volumes – “This is fiction, but with a difference – for the author, who wishes at present to remain anonymous, has himself lived the life of a hero” – the first two volumes were published anonymously, the first in an edition of just 1,500 copies. “The most satisfying piece of autobiography to be published in our time. All the equipment of a novelist is Sassoon’s. But what novel could equal in fascination this true story? The three books give him a place unique in English letters” (Howard Spring in the Evening Standard, 3rd September 1936).
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SEGG & CO., J.P. (John Philip) – publisher : LONDON AND FASHIONABLE RESORTS, (ILLUSTRATED) : A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE PLACES OF AMUSEMENT, OBJECTS OF INTEREST, PARKS, CLUBS, MARKETS, DOCKS, LEADING HOTELS, AND ALSO A DIRECTORY ...
London : J. P. Segg & Co., 1888. Seventeenth year of publication. An opulent guidebook to Victorian London, printed in purple and gold throughout, and concentrating on the world of privilege – editorial write-ups on the “leading houses” – Piesse & Lubin of New Bond Street for perfumes; Barkentin & Krall of Regent Street for jewellery; advertisements for silks and champagnes; for luxury travel by train or steamship; the best hotels; write-ups for the best resorts and hotels outside London – Brighton, Bournemouth, Eastbourne, etc. There is also an illustrated “Album of Operatic, Dramatic, and Musical Celebrities” – portraits of Ellen Terry, Lily Langtry, and the rest. The guide had been published since 1872, initially by Henry Herbert, but ownership had now passed to a slightly mysterious Greek dentist-cum-advertising-contractor (and later cinema owner) named George Eustace Skliros – for both of whom see my Victorian Opulence post of 18th October 2018 on the “Bookhunter on Safari” blog.
SHELLEY, Lady (Jane St. John Gibson), 1820-1899 – editor : SHELLEY MEMORIALS : FROM AUTHENTIC SOURCES.
London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1859. First edition. Appalled by the biographies produced by Thomas Medwin (1847) and Thomas Jefferson Hogg (1858), it fell to Shelley’s daughter-in-law to provide a response from the family, based on the surviving original documents – “we were anxious that the numerous misstatements which had gone forth should be corrected”. The poet’s early life; Oxford; first marriage; Godwin; literary correspondence; poetical labours and domestic sorrows; Switzerland; Italy; Byron; the death and obsequies; Mary Shelley, etc. – all sourced from original material, private journals, letters, etc. Shelley’s fragmentary “Essay on Christianity” and a number of letters here appear for the first time. Lady Shelley’s preface is also interesting on the number of forged Shelley letters already in circulation.
SHERIDAN, Richard Brinsley (Richard Brinsley Butler), 1751-1816 : THE WORKS OF THE LATE RIGHT HONOURABLE RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN.
London : John Murray, 1821. The first authorised collected edition of Sheridan. Includes “The Rivals”, “St. Patrick’s Day”, “The Duenna”, “A Trip to Scarborough”, “The School for Scandal”, “The Camp”, “The Critic”, “Pizarro”, “Verses to the Memory of Garrick”, etc. With an introduction by Thomas Moore.
“SHUTE, Nevil” – [NORWAY, Nevil Shute, 1899-1960] : ON THE BEACH.
London : William Heinemann, (1957). First edition. Shute’s bleak aftermath of nuclear war, turned into the 1959 Stanley Kramer film with Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins, etc.
SMART, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Ann), 1913-1986 : BY GRAND CENTRAL STATION I SAT DOWN AND WEPT.
London : Editions Poetry London, (1945). First edition. “I am standing on a corner in Monterey, waiting for the bus to come in, and all the muscles of my will are holding my anticipation to face the moment I most desire”. Smart’s celebrated fictional account of her love affair with the poet George Barker (1913-1991) – “a visceral journey into the human heart, written in a language so urgent, raw and lyrical that each sentence is a bruise or a kiss” (Raffaella Barker).
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STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : UNDERWOODS.
London : Chatto & Windus, 1887. First edition. A celebrated collection of fifty-four poems, thirty-eight in English and the remainder in Scots – the latter including the first appearance in book form of both “A Lowden Sabbath Morn” and “The Scotsman’s Return from Abroad”.
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THOMAS, Dylan (Dylan Marlais), 1914-1953 : 18 POEMS.
London : The Sunday Referee and The Parton Bookshop, (1934). First edition : just 500 copies were printed, this copy being one of the second batch of 250 to be bound, with an additional inserted leaf bearing [February 1936] advertisements. The most remarkable debut in all twentieth-century English-language poetry – written before and published just weeks after Thomas’s twentieth birthday and already containing several of his greatest poems – “I See the Boys of Summer in Their Ruin”, “The Force that Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower”, “Where Once the Waters of Your Face”, etc.
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THOMAS, R.S. (Ronald Stuart), 1913-2000 : SONG AT THE YEAR’S TURNING.
London : Rupert Hart-Davis, 1955. First edition. His first regularly published collection – over sixty poems, including “Country Church”, “The Evacuee”, “The Mixen”, “Priest and Peasant”, etc. With an introduction by John Betjeman – “the honour to introduce this fine poet to a wider public”.
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THOMAS, R.S. (Ronald Stuart), 1913-2000 : POETRY FOR SUPPER.
London : Rupert Hart-Davis, 1958. First edition. His second regularly published collection of poetry – thirty-six poems, including “Green Categories”, “Sailor Poet”, “Expatriates”, “Farm Wife”, etc.
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THOMSON, Basil (Sir Basil Home), 1861-1939 : MR. PEPPER : INVESTIGATOR.
London : John Castle, 1925. First edition : in the variant orange cloth, ruled and lettered in black. “The Burglary in Middlesex Street”, “The House in which Everybody Died”, “Mrs. Stoot and her Ear-Rings”, and a dozen more stories from Basil Thomson – in real life both a former head of the C.I.D. and Director of Intelligence at the Home Office – the man who interviewed Mata Hari – until being compelled to resign in unexplained circumstances by Lloyd George.
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[THOMSON, Richard, 1794-1865] : CHRONICLES OF LONDON BRIDGE : BY AN ANTIQUARY.
London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1827. First edition : a large-paper copy, with the finely engraved illustrations proofed on india-paper. A diligent and monumental study of the history of the world-famed bridge, making use of generally unavailable sources, translations of ancient documents, etc.
TROLLOPE, Anthony, 1815-1882 : MARION FAY.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1882. First edition. An uncommon late Trollope title – love, marriage, politics and class divisions. Lady Frances Trafford falls for a post-office clerk, her brother, Lord Hampstead, pays court to Marion Fay, a humble Quaker.
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TROLLOPE, T. Adolphus (Thomas Adolphus), 1810-1892 : A DECADE OF ITALIAN WOMEN.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1859. First edition. “The degree in which any social system has succeeded in ascertaining woman’s proper position, and in putting her into it, will be a very accurate test of the progress it has made in civilisation”. Trollope ponders ten notable Italian women – St. Catherine of Siena, Caterina Sforza, Vittoria Colonna, Tullia d’Aragona, Olympia Morata, Isabella Andreini, Bianca Cappello, Olympia Pamfili, Elisabetta Sirani, and La Corilla (Maria Maddalena Morelli).
UPDIKE, D.B. (Daniel Berkeley), 1860-1941 : PRINTING TYPES : THEIR HISTORY, FORMS AND USE : A STUDY IN SURVIVALS.
London : Oxford University Press, . Second edition : the second impression of the 1937 American sheets. Originally published in 1922, but here much augmented – Updike’s magisterial history and survey of the printing types of the western world – “stands foremost among the classic books of the printing trade” – the invention; the font and its case; the Latin alphabet; fifteenth-century types in Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Spain and England; the Aldine italic; type specimens; types and foundries to 1800, country by country; the American colonies; the nineteenth century; English types 1800-1844; the revival of Caslon and Fell; industrial conditions and more.
“VANE, Roland” – [McKEAG, Ernest Lionel, 1896-1974] : SIN STAINED.
Stoke-on-Trent : Archer Press, (1950). First edition. “After what you have done to me ... kill me!” is the teaser tag on the cover – a torrid tale of girlish indiscretion, marital disillusion, passion and deceit. “The wages of sin are sometimes even worse than death” sententiously adds the back cover. Somewhat incongruously set in a respectable London suburb – Wimbledon, I think, from memory (McKeag was living in Clapham at the time) – but this versatile author in top form, abetted by a sensational cover-design by Reginald Heade (1901-1957), finest of all the pulp-artists – and one of his very best.
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WALTON, Izaak, 1593-1683 : THE COMPLEAT ANGLER : OR, THE CONTEMPLATIVE MAN’S RECREATION : BEING A DISCOURSE OF RIVERS, FISHPONDS, FISH AND FISHING NOT UNWORTHY THE PERUSAL OF MOST ANGLERS.
London : George G. Harrap & Co., (1931). First Rackham edition. The great classic of angling literature, here delightfully illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
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WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : BRIDESHEAD REVISITED : THE SACRED AND PROFANE MEMORIES OF CAPTAIN CHARLES RYDER : A NOVEL.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1945. First edition. “Chapter One : I meet Sebastian Flyte – and Anthony Blanche – I visit Brideshead for the first time”.
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WAUGH, Evelyn (Evelyn Arthur St. John), 1903-1966 : OFFICERS AND GENTLEMEN : A NOVEL.
London : Chapman & Hall, 1955. First edition. The second volume in Waugh’s “Sword of Honour” trilogy – “‘Men at Arms’ ended with the death of Apthorpe. ‘Officers and Gentlemen’ begins with the placation of his spirit, a ritual preparation for the descent into the nether world of Crete”.
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“WESLEY, Mary” – [SIEPMANN, Mary Aline, 1912-2002] : THE CAMOMILE LAWN.
London : Macmillan London, (1984). First edition. The family gathers in Cornwall on the eve of the World War II. Oliver, Calypso, Polly, Walter, cousin Sophy, Max and Monica the refugees, the twins, and the rest of a rich cast of characters in her best-loved novel. Adapted for television in 1992, directed by Peter Hall, and starring Felicity Kendal, Paul Eddington, Jennifer Ehle, Tara Fitzgerald, Virginia McKenna, Claire Bloom, and the young Rebecca Hall, etc.
[WILDE, Oscar (Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills), 1854-1900] : THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST : A TRIVIAL COMEDY FOR SERIOUS PEOPLE. BY THE AUTHOR OF LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN.
London : Leonard Smithers & Co., 1899. First edition : limited to 1,000 copies – this copy not numbered and out of series. Wilde’s most famous and most enduring play, published quasi-anonymously after his fall from grace, just eighteen months before he died. “If I am occasionally a little over-dressed, I make up for it by being always immensely over-educated”.
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WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : THE INIMITABLE JEEVES.
London : Herbert Jenkins, 1923. First edition : the second issue, listing eleven titles on the verso of the half-title. The second “Jeeves” title – “Jeeves Exerts the Old Cerebellum”, “Aunt Agatha Speaks Her Mind”, “The Great Sermon Handicap”, and fifteen further Jeeves and Wooster short stories (introducing Bingo Little for the first time).
WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : EGGS, BEANS AND CRUMPETS.
London : Herbert Jenkins, (1940). First edition. A Drones Club collection of nine short stories – four Bingo Littles, two Mulliners, and three Ukridges.
WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : THE MATING SEASON.
London : Herbert Jenkins, . First edition. The fifth Jeeves & Wooster novel – with the debut of Catsmeat Pirbright and the continuing saga of Gussie Fink-Nottle and Madeline Bassett.
WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : SOMETHING FISHY.
London : Herbert Jenkins, (1957). First edition. In the words of David A. Jasen, Wodehouse’s bibliographer – his “finest non-series novel”. Retired butler in a South London suburb decides to cash in on a secret – American billionaire, repulsive son, dotty lord, a brace of nieces, unpopular curator, unpleasant sculptor, and a bulldog. Later published in the USA as “The Butler Did It”.
WODEHOUSE, P.G. (Sir Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975 : MUCH OBLIGED, JEEVES.
London : Barrie & Jenkins, (1971). First edition. Jeeves, Wooster, Aunt Dahlia, Roderick Spode – and Madeline Bassett once more.
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WOLFF, Robert Lee, 1915-1980 : NINETEENTH-CENTURY FICTION : A BIBLIOGRAPHICAL CATALOGUE BASED ON THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT LEE WOLFF.
Mansfield (CT) : Maurizio Martino, . A convenient facsimile reprint in two smaller format volumes of the original five volume set published between 1981 and 1986 : limited to 325 copies. The full catalogue of one of the great collections of Victorian fiction, neatly complementing Sadleir, and similarly a standard and indispensable work.
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WORMS, Laurence & BAYNTON-WILLIAMS, Ashley : BRITISH MAP ENGRAVERS : A DICTIONARY OF ENGRAVERS, LITHOGRAPHERS AND THEIR PRINCIPAL EMPLOYERS TO 1850.
London : Rare Book Society, 2011. First edition. An illustrated dictionary of well over 1,500 members of the map-trade in the British Isles from the beginnings until the mid nineteenth century, including all the known engravers and lithographers, all the known globemakers and retailers, the principal mapsellers and publishers, the key cartographers, the makers of map-based games and puzzles, and others. Each entry includes a list of published work, the known biographical facts (in most cases based on fresh and original research), addresses and dates, details of apprentices, etc. Twenty-five years in the making, the book contains previously unpublished material on almost every page.
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YEATS, W.B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 : POEMS, 1899-1905.
London : A. H. Bullen / Dublin : Maunsel & Co., 1906. First edition. “I walked among the seven woods of Coole ...” – heavily revised versions of three verse plays (“The Shadowy Waters”, “On Baile’s Strand” and “The King’s Threshold”), together with fifteen poems (some previously published in a limited edition), including “In the Seven Woods”, “Never Give all the Heart”, “The Withering of the Boughs” and “Under the Moon”. Yeats’ preface provides a highly interesting commentary on his work at this period.
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YEATS, W.B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 : FOUR PLAYS FOR DANCERS.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1921. First edition : [one of 1,500 copies]. “At the Hawk’s Well”, “The Only Jealousy of Emer”, “The Dreaming of the Bones” and “Calvary”, with some fine illustrations by Edmund Dulac (1882-1953), music, notes on the plays, etc.
YEATS, W.B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 : WORDS FOR MUSIC PERHAPS AND OTHER POEMS.
Dublin : Cuala Press, 1932. First edition : limited to 450 copies printed and published by Elizabeth Corbet Yeats at the Cuala Press. A collection of forty-six poems, including some of Yeats’ finest work – “Byzantium”, “Coole Park 1929”, “The Nineteenth Century and After”, “The Crazed Moon”, “Quarrel in Old Age”, “I Am of Ireland”, the “Crazy Jane” sequence, etc.
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YEATS, W.B. (William Butler), 1865-1939 : THE WINDING STAIR AND OTHER POEMS.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1933. First edition : [one of 2,000 copies]. A collection of over sixty poems, some of which had previously appeared in limited editions published in Dublin and New York. The collection includes some of Yeats’ finest work – “Blood and the Moon”, “Mad as the Mist and Snow”, “Byzantium”, “Coole Park, 1929”, “The Nineteenth Century and After”, “The Crazed Moon”, “Quarrel in Old Age”, “I Am of Ireland”, the “Crazy Jane” and “A Woman Young and Old” sequences, etc.
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YOUNG, George, 1750-1820 : WORCESTER.
London : Vernor, Hood & Sharpe, 1808. A neatly worked and detailed town plan of Worcester as it stood in the early years of the nineteenth century. Engraved by John Roper (1771-1810) from a draught by the local land surveyor George Young. The map is decorated with the coats of arms of both the City and the See of Worcester, as well as a charming vignette view of the cathedral – the latter separately engraved by James Sargant Storer (1771-1853) from an original study by Edward Dayes (1763-1809). Originally produced to accompany the part-work “Beauties of England and Wales” (London : 1801-1818).
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