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 E. Nesbit

Wet Magic

With Illustrations by H.R. Millar 

Publisher: T Werner Laurie, Ltd., undated but 1913, first edition.  This is a very rare first edition, bound in red cloth with gilt titles and gilt mermaid vignette on the spine, and gilt titles and gilt seahorses and underwater city vignette on the top board, top edges gilt.  There are fourteen full-page plates, two folding, all in very good condition.
This is a particularly special copy of the book, because there is a gift inscription on the ffep, dated 1st January 1927, ‘To My dear little Chum Marion W. Baker with all good wishes for the New Year & all time.  I think you will like this book written by my dear Wife, especially as you are so conversant with the “Longboat” in which she done much writing.’  Signed T.T.T.  (Thomas Tucker, E. Nesbit’s second husband.)
The book also comes with a flyer for “The Magic City: Built for Children, by E. Nesbit With Bricks and Odds and Ends.  A solid illustration of E. Nesbit’s  Story “The Magic City”. To be seen at The CHILDREN’S WELFARE EXHIBITION at OLYMIPIA, from December 31 to January 11, 1913.”
The original magic city was built by E Nesbit and her son for his tin soldiers, and out of that her book “The Magic City” was born.  The flyer promises that E. Nesbit will attend the exhibition as frequently as possible.  There is a monochrome photograph of part of the city on exhibition.
The book is in very good condition, with one mark on the top board, some fraying to the top one inch of the front hinge, corners bumped, free endpapers slightly browned, scattered light foxing to the first and last few pages, otherwise clean.  The plates are all in very good, clean condition.

The flyer is one leaf printed on both sides, 22cm by 16.5cm, has been folded in four, and has creases and short closed tears. 

The book is octavo, 19cm tall 274 pages, plus one-page publisher’s advertisement.

£350

The Novels of Jane Austen in five Volumes

Illustrated by Hugh Thomson and Charles Brock

Publisher: Macmillan, 1896-97. Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, and Northanger Abbey and Persuasion are first printings of this illustrated edition, while Pride and Prejudice and Emma are first reprints. Bound in the publishers maroon cloth with foliate and publisher’s monogram “M” design blind stamped on top and bottom boards. Titles in gilt on the spines and on the top boards. Uncut edges.
The books are in very good condition, with sunned spines, dulled gilt on the spines, back boards of Northanger Abbey and Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice have light stripes of faint sunning. There is scattered light foxing to the endpapers, and an owner inscription on all front free endpapers (Jeanie Findlay, Whitam 1898). All volumes have a touch of foxing to the frontispiece tissue guard, a very few isolated spots within, some light scattered foxing to the publisher’s catalogues bound in at the end, mainly clean and bright and tightly bound.
Sense and Sensibility, illustrated by Hugh Thomson. Pages: xvi, 342, 6-page publisher’s catalogue. 40 full page illustrations.
Pride and Prejudice, illustrated by Charles E. Brock. Pages: xxx, 352, 4-page publisher’s catalogue. 39 full-page illustrations and one illustration within the text.
Emma, illustrated by Hugh Thomson. Pages: xviii, 437, 4 pages publisher’s advertisements, 56 page publisher’s catalogue. 40 full page illustrations.
Mansfield Park, illustrated by Hugh Thomson. Pages: xviii, 429, 2 pages publisher’s advertisements. 38 full page illustrations, 2 illustrations within the text.
Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, Illustrated by Hugh Thomson. Pages: xvi, 444, 4 pages publisher’s advertisements. 38 full page illustrations, 2 illustrations within the text.

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Valentin Maria Llanos y Gutierrez

Sandoval; Or, The Freemason

A Spanish Tale

Publisher: Henry Colburn, 1826, first edition. Bound in half leather over marbled paper covered boards, Marbled endpapers, with the heraldic bookplate of John Lockwood in each volume, and his signature on the verso of each flyleaf. The books as in very good condition, with cracked hinges, but all still firmly attached, and the top board of volume one having been reattached. Some small losses to the head anf foot of the spines. Internally there are occasional instances of light foxing and marks, but the books are mainly clean and bright, and are tight in their bindings.
The author, Valentin Maria Llanos y Gutierrez (1795–1885), was the husband of Fanny Keats, having met her brother in Rome, and after Keats’ death coming to London, where he met both Fanny Brawne and Keats’ youngest sister Fanny. A good account of the author can be found here, on a listing of the only other first edition we can find for sale, which is an association copy from the library of George Keats, John Keats’ brother. Our copy has not been in such company, but it is still a rare set.
Octavos, 19cm, 7.5 inches, tall, Volume I, viii, 345 pages; Volume II, 422 pages, Volume III, 450 pages.

£350



William Makepeace Thackeray.

The History of Pendennis

His Fortunes and Misfortunes, His Friends and His Greatest Enemy.
With Illustrations on Steel and Wood by the Author.

Publisher: Bradbury and Evans, 1849 &1850, first edition in two volumes, bound in half calf over marbled paper covered boards. Five raised bands and red leather title labels to the spines.
The boards of these two volumes have some light bumping and scuffing, and the corners are worn. Both volumes have heraldic bookplates on the front endpapers, and the engraved title pages, and the pages around them are foxed. There is foxing throughout the two volumes, intermittent and mainly light, but occasional pages, and some plates are more heavily affected, especially those at the front and back of the books. The majority of the pages are unaffected or have only a spot or two. The books are tightly bound and are an attractive pair.
Illustrated throughout by the author, with full-page plates and illustrations within the text. All plates are present, with two being bound as frontispieces next to the engraved title pages, instead of at the position in the book given in the list of plates.
Octavos, 22cm (8.5 inches) tall, Volume one, viii, 384 pages; Volume two, xii, 372 pages.

£80


William Makepeace Thackeray

Vanity Fair

A Novel Without a Hero

Publisher: Bradbury and Evans, 1848 (1849) first edition, early issue. Bound in the publisher’s blue cloth, worn along the edges and re-backed with the original spine cloth laid on. Endpapers are split along the hinge, but the book is still tightly bound. Internally a very good clean copy with only a very occasional light mark and, light toning of a few plates.
The first edition issue point present is “Mr. Pitt” on page 453 for “Sir Pitt”. The suppressed woodcut of the Marquis of Steyne is not present, suggesting that this is a second or third issue copy. The title page is dated 1848, the date of publication of the parts, from which this first book edition is bound, and the engraved title is dated 1849. Illustrated with 40 plates, all of which are present, and numerous woodcuts within the text, all by Thackeray himself.
Octavo, 23 cm (9 inches) tall, xvi, 624 pages.

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Jane Austen

Volume The Third

Publisher: Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1951, first edition. Bound in grey paper covered boards with a cream cloth spine and paper title label. Uncut page edges. The book is clean and bright throughout. Extra title label tipped in at the end of the book.
Volume the Third is one of the three notebooks into which Jane Austen copied her juvenile work. Subtitled ‘Effusions of Fancy by a very Young Lady consisting of Tales in a Style entirely new’, it contains two pieces written dated 1792: Evelyn, and Kitty, or The Bower.
Small octavo, 18cm, 7 inches, tall, viii, 133 pages

£55



Maria Edgeworth

Castle Rackrent;
An Hibernian Tale.
Taken From Facts
And From
The Manners of the Irish Squires
Before the Year 1782.

Publisher: J Johnson, 1800, the second edition, published in the same year as the first. Bound in the original brown leather with titles in gilt on a res leather spine label. The book is in Good plus condition, with a bumped binding, having a repaired front hinge and some small repairs to the board edges and corners. There is a small amount of loss to the leather at the head and foot of the spine. Internally, there is one owner name from 1844 on the front free endpaper and occasional light marks throughout, but mainly clean.
‘Castle Rackrent, a short novel by Maria Edgeworth published in 1800, is often regarded as the first historical novel, the first regional novel in English, the first Anglo-Irish novel, the first Big House novel and the first saga novel.’ (Source: Wikipedia) The novel has an added glossary at the end of the book for English readers.
An uncommon early edition.
Octavo, 18.7cm, 7.5 inches, tall, xvi, 214 pages.

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Karel and Joseph Capek

Fairy Tales By Karel Capek

With One Extra as a Makeweight
By Joseph Capek
Illustrated by Joseph Capek

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1933, first US edition. Bound in pale yellow cloth with titles in blue on the spine and vignette in blue on the top board. In the original dust jacket.
These are wonderful tales, for children and adults alike, full of surprise and invention. The illustrations are naïve and charming.
The book is in very good condition, with on small mark and one tiny nick in the cloth. The text block is clean and bright and tightly bound. The dust jacket is in good condition, faded along the spine, and with chips and creases. This American edition is much rarer than the British edition published in the same year.
Octavo, 20cm, 8 inches, tall, 288 pages.

£75

 

Henry James

The Real Thing And Other Tales

Publisher: Macmillan and Co, London and New York, 1893, first edition. Bound in blue cloth with decorations in gilt and titles in gilt on the spine. Dark green endpapers.
This is a book of short stories containing The Real Thing; Sir Dominick Ferrand; Nona Vincent; The Chaperon; Greville Fane.
The book is in very good condition, with a very slightly darkened spine and some small light marks to the cloth. Otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding.
Octavo, 19cm, 7.5 inches, tall, 275 pages, plus a 47 page publisher’s catalogue dated January 1893.

£100

 

Jane Austen

Fragment of a Novel (known as Sanditon)

Written by Jane Austen
January – March 1817
Now First Printed From The Manuscript


Publisher: Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1925, first edition, first impression. Bound in blue paper covered boards with a cream cloth spine. Title on a paper spine label, with a replacement label tipped in at the end of the book. Untrimmed edges. No dust jacket as issued.
This is the piece known as ‘Sanditon’, which was Jane Austen’s last work, written in the first three months of the year in which she died. She gave the novel no title, but it was known as ‘Sanditon’ among members of her family, and was not published until this edition in 1925.
The book is in very good condition, with the paper spine label darkened, and the small initials and date ‘B.N. 1925’ of the first owner, written in pencil on the front endpaper, otherwise the book is clean and bright and tight in its binding.
Octavo, 18.4cm, 7.25 inches, tall, titles, 6 un-numbered pages of the Preface, 170 pages, plus 34 pages of notes, un-numbered.

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Katherine Mansfield

The Garden Party
And Other Stories

Publisher: Constable & Company, 1922, first edition. Bound in the usual second state binding of blue cloth with ochre lettering on the top board and spine. The first state was a trial binding in which only about 25 copies were bound before being rejected in favour of this second binding.
This is a first printing with the misprint ‘sposition’ on page 103 (instead of position).
The book is in very good condition with a few light marks to the cloth and a slightly darkened spine. There is one owner name on the ffep and some slight age-toning of the free endpapers. Otherwise the book is nice and clean and tight in its binding.
Octavo, 19cm (7.5 inches), tall, 276 pages.

£150



Jane Austen

The Novels of Jane Austen

Text based on Collation of the Early Editions
By
R.W. Chapman
With Notes Indexes and Illustrations
From Contemporary Sources
In Five Volumes

Publisher: Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1926, second edition (first, large paper, edition, 1923). Five volumes bound in burgundy cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and gilt vignette on the top boards. Uncut edges.
This set is in very good condition, with some bumping to the head and foot of the spines, some light bumping to the board corners, and a very few light marks to the cloth. Internally the books have one or two light marks, but are mainly clean and bright and tight in their bindings. A very nice set. Illustrated with monochrome plates.
Octavos, 20cm, 8 inches, tall, Vol. 1, xiv, 429 pages, Vol. 2, xiii, 413 pages; Vol. 3, xii, 567 pages; Vol. 4, xi, 522 pages; Vol. 5, xviii, 252, 311 pages.

£300

Henry James

The Wings of the Dove

Publisher: Archibald Constable and Co. Ltd, 1902, first edition. Bound in the publisher’s blue ribbed cloth with a design of intertwining loops and foliage blind-stamped onto the top board. Titles in gilt on the spine and top board.
This British first edition of Wings of the Dove was published nine days after the First American edition. The book is in very good condition with a few very light marks tot he cloth, and a little very light bumping. The endpapers have a light scatter of foxing, but there is no foxing within the text block. The endpapers are discreetly reinforced at their hinges with Japanese tissue paper. Otherwise the book is very nice and clean. A lovely copy.
Octavo, 19.5cm, 7.75 inches, tall, 576 pages, plus a 14-page publisher’s catalogue.

£200

 

Jane Austen and Rosina Filippi

Duologues and Scenes From the Novels of Jane Austen Arranged and Adapted for Drawing-Room Performance By Rosina Filippi

With Illustrations by Miss Fletcher

Publisher: J.M. Dent and Company, 1895, first edition. Bound in the publisher’s pale green cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and titles and vignettes in gilt on the top board. Top edges gilt, other edges uncut.
This is a quite uncommon addition to Dent’s Jane Austen series of volumes. Drawing-room performance was, of course, something that Jane Austen herself was often involved in, writing or co-writing plays for performance within the family.
The book is in very good condition, with some light marks to the cloth, and the spine gilt a trifle rubbed. There is one owner name on the ffep, a very occasional light mark within, but mainly clean and bright, and tight in its binding.
Illustrated with very attractive line drawings.
17.5cm tall (7 inches), xv, 139 pages.

£95


Arthur Ransome

The Picts and the Martyrs:

or Not Welcome at all

Publisher: Jonathan Cape, 1943, 1st edition. Bound in green cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and in blind on the top board. Map endpapers. In the original dust jacket.
Another lovely sailing adventure from Arthur Ransome, in very good condition, with one owner name on the ffep, one gift inscription on the verso of the ffep, a very, very occasional light mark, but mainly clean and bright and tight in its binding. In the original dust jacket which is in good condition, with its original price of 8s. 6d. The jacket is darkened along the spine and chipped at the head and foot of the spine and very slightly at the folds.
The book is illustrated with drawings, both full-page and within the text.
Octavo, 20 cm, 8 inches, tall, 303 pages.

£70

 

J.R.R. Tolkien

The Book of Lost Tales

Part 1

Publisher: George Allen & Unwin, 1983, first edition, first printing. Bound in the publisher’s dark blue cloth with titles in gilt on the spine. In the original dust jacket.
This is a really nice, tidy copy of the scarce first printing of The Book of Lost Tales. The book is in almost near fine condition, with four nearly invisible tiny foxing spots on the front free endpaper, but otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding, and nice and square with no lean. The dust jacket has one small abrasion at the lower corner of the front fold, and some very light surface scuffing. It is unclipped, and also unpriced. It is now protected in an archival sleeve.
The book is illustrated with a photographic frontispiece and two maps within the text, after drawings by Tolkien.
8vo, 23 cm, 9 inches, tall, 297 pages.

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Charles Dickens

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
With Illustrations by Phiz.

Publisher: Chapman and Hall, 1839, first edition, bound in half dark brown leather over marbled boards. Gilt titles and decorations to the spine. Marbled endpapers and marbled edges.
This is a very nice early issue of the first edition in book form of Nicholas Nickleby. The ‘visiter’ and ‘latter’ errors have been corrected but other early edition points are present, such as; the frontispiece is not listed in the illustrations list, p245 line 10 has "flys" for "flies", and p618 lines 23-24 have Grogzwig spelt incorrectly, etc. There are also various differences between titles of plates in the illustrations list and those on the plates themselves. There are also instance of pages and plates with stab marks, showing that the book is at least partly bound from the parts.
The book is in very good condition, with very occasional isolated marks, but being mainly clean and bright and tight in its binding. The plates have foxing, as is usual for these editions, but it is generally lighter than usually found, and in most plates it is confined to the edges, while is some it is almost entirely absent. The leather of the binding has a little rubbing, but no fading at all. The corners are bumped and the marbled paper on the boards is rubbed. A very handsome copy overall.
Frontispiece engraved portrait of a young Dickens by Maclise and 39 full-page captioned illustrations in the text by Phiz.
Octavo, 21.5cm (8.5 inches) tall, xvi, 624 pages.

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Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

Publisher: J.M. Dent and Sons Ltd., 1933, first edition thus. Bound in the publisher’s deluxe binding of half blue leather over blue cloth boards with gilt titles on the spine and pale blue marbled endpapers, top edges gilt.
This edition of Pride and Prejudice was illustrated by Maximilien Vox, and has eight attractive colour plates, depicting the characters in Georgian dress. The plates are printed on fine canvas-textured paper.
The book is in very good condition, with some light marks to the binding, and rubbing to the leather. There are some spots on the frontispiece and title page, and an adhesion has caused the loss of a small part of the surface of the paper, including a small amount of text from the frontispiece title. There is a very occasional light isolated spot elsewhere, and there is a gift inscription on the rear free endpaper which reads ‘Gwyneth Joan Diana Campbell Plummer, Sholdo Hall, Xmas 1936. With love, G.W.R.’ otherwise the book is clean and bright.
A very attractive edition of this much-loved book.
Octavo, 19cm, 7.5 inches, tall, 337 pages, complete.

£95

Jane Austen

Mansfield Park

Publisher: J.M. Dent and Sons Ltd., 1934, first edition thus. Bound in the publisher's deluxe binding of half blue leather over blue cloth boards with gilt titles on the spine and pale blue marbled endpapers, top edges gilt.
This edition of Mansfield Park was illustrated by Maximilien Vox, and has eight attractive colour plates, depicting the characters in Georgian dress. The plates are printed on fine canvas-textured paper.
The book is in very good condition, with some light marks to the binding, and rubbing to the leather. There is some light scattered foxing on the frontispiece and title page and prelims. There is a very occasional light isolated spot elsewhere, and there is a gift inscription on the front free endpaper which reads 'Gwyneth Joan Diana Campbell Plummer, Sholdo Hall, Xmas 1936. With love, G.W.R.'. Otherwise the book is clean and bright.
A very attractive edition of this Jane Austen's last completed novel.
Octavo, 19cm, 7.5 inches, tall, 414 pages, complete.

£95



Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility

Publisher: J.M. Dent and Sons Ltd., 1933, first edition thus. Bound in the publisher’s deluxe binding of half blue leather over blue cloth boards with gilt titles on the spine and pale blue marbled endpapers, top edges gilt.
This edition of Sense and Sensibility was illustrated by Maximilien Vox, and has eight attractive colour plates, depicting the characters in Georgian dress. The plates are printed on fine canvas-textured paper.
The book is in very good condition, with some light marks to the binding, rubbing to the leather, and a slight pull to the head of the spine. There is some light scattered foxing on the half-title, and an occasional light scatter of foxing or isolated mark elsewhere. Otherwise the book is clean and bright.
A very attractive edition of this Jane Austen’s first published novel.
Octavo, 19cm, 7.5 inches, tall, xix, 322 pages, complete.

£95

Edgar Wallace

The Four Just Men

Publisher: The Tallis Press, 1905, first edition. Bound in the publisher’s dark yellow cloth with titles and details of the £500 reward for the solution to the unsolved mystery in the book printed in black.
This was Edgar Wallace’s first book, within which one part of the mystery was left unsolved and a prize offered for its solution. Tallis Press was Wallace’s own imprint, and he advertised the novel widely at personal expense. The book did sell well, but unfortunately, due to overstretching himself on the advertising budget and failing to limit the prize money to one winner only from each of the three categories, Wallace found himself owing a huge amount of money in prizes, which he could not pay, and was forced into bankruptcy.
This unfortunate start did not prevent Wallace from an extremely prolific writing career, though his financial management skills never significantly improved.
This copy is in very good condition, with some marks to the cloth and a slightly lightened spine. The ffep is a replacement, and the upper corners of the first few pages have a slight nick. There is foxing to the first and last few pages, though the folding panorama frontispiece is clean. The rest of the text block has an occasional isolated foxing spot, but is otherwise clean.
At the back of the book, the unfilled-in entry form for the competition is present, numbered 23685, and the perforations are all untorn.
Octavo, 13cm, 7.5 inches, tall, 224 pages plus entry form, complete.

£95

 

Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey

With illustrations by William C. Cooke
and ornaments by F.C. Tilney


Publisher: J.M. Dent and Company, 1894, fourth issue of this illustrated edition. Bound in the publisher’s pale green cloth with titles and decorations in gilt on the spine and top board. Top edges gilt, other edges untrimmed.
This volume is part of Dent’s first illustrated edition of the works of Jane Austen in ten volumes. They were soon after to publish the edition illustrated in colour by the Brock brothers. The Cooke illustrated edition has three engraved plates in tones of sepia, very attractive illustrations, crisply printed.
The book is in very good condition, corners bumped and with some small marks to the cloth. Internally, there are a few isolated tiny foxing spots to pages. The printed ex-libris panel on the endpapers is not filled in, and the pages are otherwise clean and bright.
A very nice 19th century edition of Jane Austen’s comedic criticism of the gothic novel.
17.5 cm, 7 inches, tall, 245 pages.

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Jane Austen

Mansfield Park

With illustrations by William C. Cooke
and ornaments by F.C. Tilney

Publisher: J.M. Dent and Company, 1894, fourth issue of this illustrated edition. Two volumes bound in the publisher’s pale green cloth with titles and decorations in gilt on the spine and top board. Top edges gilt, other edges untrimmed.
These volumes are part of Dent’s first illustrated edition of the works of Jane Austen in ten volumes. They were soon after to publish the edition illustrated in colour by the Brock brothers. The Cooke illustrated edition has three engraved plates in tones of sepia in each volume, very attractive illustrations, crisply printed.
The books are in very good condition, corners bumped and with some light marks to the cloth. Internally, there are a few isolated small spots to pages. The printed ex-libris panels on the endpapers are filled in and dated 1895. The pages are otherwise clean and bright.
A very nice 19th century edition of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park.
17.5 cm, 7 inches, tall, Volume I, 245 pages, Volume II, 249 pages.

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Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility

With illustrations by William C. Cooke
and ornaments by F.C. Tilney

Publisher: J.M. Dent and Company, 1894, fourth issue of this illustrated edition. Two volumes bound in the publisher’s pale green cloth with titles and decorations in gilt on the spine and top board. Top edges gilt, other edges untrimmed.
These volumes are part of Dent’s first illustrated edition of the works of Jane Austen in ten volumes. They were soon after to publish the edition illustrated in colour by the Brock brothers. The Cooke illustrated edition has three engraved plates in tones of sepia in each volume, very attractive illustrations, crisply printed.
The books are in very good condition, corners bumped and with some light marks to the cloth. Volume II has lightened cloth and the spine gilt is rubbed. Internally, there are a few isolated small spots to pages. The printed ex-libris panels on the endpapers are not filled in. The pages are otherwise clean and bright.
A very nice 19th century edition of Jane Austen’s first published novel.
17.5 cm, 7 inches, tall, Volume I, xxxii prelims, 163 pages, Volume II, 218 pages.

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Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in The Strand Magazine
Edited by George Newnes

Publisher: George Newnes Ltd., London, four volumes, I-IV, 1891-1892, first editions. Bound in the publishers pictorial blue cloth over bevelled boards, all edges speckled.
These volumes contain all issues of The Strand for the years 1891 (from its first issue) and 1892. They contain a complete set of the stories that comprise The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, later collected into a book of the same title, also published by George Newnes. The stories are in volumes II, III, and IV.
Volume II contains: A Scandal In Bohemia, The Red-Headed League, A Case of Identity, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, The Five Orange Pips and The Man with the Twisted Lip.
Volume III contains: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb, The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor, The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet and The Adventure of the Copper Beeches.
Volume IV contains: The Adventure of Silver Blaze. This volume also contains A Day with Dr. Conan Doyle, with photographic illustrations.
All of the stories have the iconic illustrations by Sidney Paget, who also supplied illustrations for The Great Ruby Robbery, a Detective Story, by Grant Allen, in Volume IV.
The volumes are in very good condition, with some marks to the bindings, and darkened spines, corners bumped, head and foot of spines bumped, wear to hinges. Volume IV has had its binding repaired and has been recased in the original binding, with new endpapers. There are also some smaller repairs to the hinges of Volumes I and II.
In Volume IV there is scattered foxing on the title and half title pages with some small spots on the last few pages also. Two leaves of this volume have a minor stain on the fore-edges with some associated foxing. There are isolated foxing spots here and there through the volumes, but they are mainly clean.
Small quarto sized volumes, 25 cm, 9.75 inches, tall. Each volume weighs 1.5kg. Volume I, 662 pages, Volume II, 670 pages, Volume III 660 pages, Volume IV, 684 pages.

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Mansfield Park
Illustrated in colour by H.M. Brock

Publisher: J.M.Dent & Co., 1898, first edition containing the colour illustrations by H.M. Brock. Bound in half green leather over marbled paper, matching marbled endpapers. Titles and decorations in gilt on the spine. Top edges gilt. This binding appears to be a special publisher’s binding, since the top gilt decoration on the spine is the Dent stag and crown design.
These are very attractive volumes, in very good condition. The spine leather is darkened and there is a little rubbing to the leather along the edges and corners. The marbled paper on the boards has very light surface scuffing and that on the endpapers is fresh and bright. Internally there are a few light spots of foxing along some page edges, and around the edges of the plates, and the title pages have light scattered foxing. Apart from an occasional isolated spot, the books are otherwise clean and bright and tight in their bindings. There are six tissue-guarded colour plates in volume one and six in volume two, as called for.
17.5 cm, 7 inches, tall, Volume I, vi prelims, 245 pages, Volume II, 249pages.

£195


Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility
Illustrated in colour by C.E. Brock
 
Publisher: J.M. Dent & Co., 1898, first edition containing the colour illustrations by C.E. Brock.  Bound in half green leather over marbled paper, matching marbled endpapers.  Titles and decorations in gilt on the spine. Top edges gilt. This appears to be a special publisher’s binding, since the top gilt decoration on the spines is the Dent stag and crown design.
These are very attractive volumes, in very good condition.  The spine leather is darkened and there is a little rubbing to the leather along the edges and corners.  The marbled paper on the boards has light surface scuffing and that on the endpapers is fresh and bright.  The endpapers at the front of each book are split along the hinge, but the binding is still tight. Internally there is a little scattered light foxing along some page edges, and around the edges of the plates (this foxing is mainly associated with the plates, and is mainly in volume 2). The books are otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding.  There are six tissue-guarded colour plates in volume one and seven in volume two, as called for. 
Sense and Sensibility was the first of Jane Austen’s novels to be issued in this much-loved illustrated series and volume one has as its frontispiece the Rice portrait said to have been painted when she was about fifteen on a visit to Bath, but now somewhat questioned.  It is still a charming period image, though, and fits with the tone of the Brock illustrations.  Volume one also has a preface discussion of Jane Austen’s novels and her life.
17.5 cm, 7 inches, tall, Volume I, xxxii prelims, 163 pages, Volume II, 218 pages.

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Jane Austen

Emma
Illustrated in colour by C.E. Brock

Publisher: J.M.Dent & Co., 1898, first edition containing the colour illustrations by C.E. Brock. Bound in half green leather over marbled paper, matching marbled endpapers. Titles and decorations in gilt on the spine. Top edges gilt. This appears to be a special publisher’s binding, since the top gilt decoration on the spines is the Dent stag and crown design.
These are very attractive volumes, in very good condition. Both volumes have a monogram bookplate on the first blank page. The spine leather is darkened and there is a little rubbing to the leather along the edges and corners. The volume two has bumping and small losses to the foot of the spine. The marbled paper on the boards has light surface scuffing and that on the endpapers is fresh and bright. The rear endpaper of the second volume is split along the hinge, but the binding is still tight. Internally there is a scattered foxing along some page edges, and to the title pages, and around the edges of the plates (this foxing is mainly associated with the plates, but does not affect all of them). The books are otherwise clean and bright and tight in their bindings. There are six tissue-guarded colour plates in each volume, as called for.
17.5 cm, 7 inches, tall, Volume I, vi prelims, 245 pages, Volume II, 258 pages.

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The Works of Jane Austen
The Winchester Edition
Complete in 12 Volumes

Publisher: John Grant, Edinburgh, 1911-12. Bound in the publisher’s blue cloth with titles and decorations in gilt on the spines. Top edges gilt, other edges uncut.
This is the first printing of the Winchester edition with the additional volumes of letters. The set comprises; Pride and Prejudice in two volumes; Sense and Sensibility in two volumes; Emma in two volumes; Persuasion; Northanger Abbey; Mansfield Park in two volumes; Lady Susan and the Letters of Jane Austen; the Letters of Jane Austen volume II. Everything the Janeite needs.
The books are in very good condition, with slightly rubbed spines, Emma Volume I slightly more so, bumped at the head and foot of the spines and some areas of fading to the cloth due to moisture. Each volume has a bookplate on the endpaper. Internally the books have some foxing to the uncut page edges and some light, infrequent foxing to pages, mainly isolated spots. Otherwise the books are clean and bright.
Octavos, 21.5cm tall, 8.5 inches.

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Hermann Hesse


Das Glasperlenspiel
(The Glass Bead Game, Magister Ludi)

Publisher: Fretz & Wasmuth Verlag AG. Zurich, 1943, first edition. Bound in the publisher’s light blue cloth with titles in gilt on the spines, decorations in gilt on the spines and top boards, top edges red. Two volumes in original dust jackets and original cardboard slipcase.
This is a very nice set of Herman Hesse’s Nobel Prize winning novel, in the original German. The books are in very good condition. They have a little scattered foxing to the closed page edges, and a very occasional isolated spot to a page, otherwise the pages are clean and bright. The bindings are in near perfect condition. The dust jackets have some light spots and a little darkening to the spines, otherwise fine. The cardboard slipcase has a little bumping, and the staples are rusted, but it also is in very good condition.
Small octavos, 19cm, 7.5 inches, tall, Volume 1, 451 pages, Volume 2, 442 pages.

£995

 

M.R. James

The Five Jars

Publisher: Edward Arnold & Co., 1922, first edition. Bound in the publisher’s orange-red cloth with titles on the spine and top board in black.
This is an interesting book, being the only children’s book written by M.R. James, author of ‘Ghost Stories of an Antiquary’ and other famous collections of ghost stories. This book is a fantasy with elements of Alice in Wonderland and the Borrowers about it, but it is also uniquely itself. There are seven full-page illustrations by Gilbert James.
The book is in very good condition. There is slight sunning to the top board, the endpapers have some browning and an owner inscription, also one small label reading ‘Melton Wold’. There is some evidence of uneven opening along the fore-edges, some light foxing and occasional light marks. Mainly clean.
Octavo, 21.5 cm tall (8.5 inches) 172 pages.

£200


Christopher Isherwood

Goodbye to Berlin
 
Publisher: The Hogarth Press, 1939, first edition, first printing.  Bound in publisher’s oatmeal cloth with titles in red on the spine. Top edges red, slightly faded.
This is the book on which the musical Cabaret was based, set in pre-war Berlin, featuring Sally Bowles and ‘Christopher Isherwood’ as characters.
The book is in very good condition, with slight darkening to the spine and board edges, occasional small marks to pages, and an owner name and what looks a bit like a short inscription in morse code on the flyleaf, in pencil.  Otherwise the book is clean and bright.
Octavo, 18.5cm tall (7.5 inches), 317 pages.

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Chandler, Raymond

The Long Good-Bye  

Hamish Hamilton, 1953, first edition.  Maroon cloth hardback in illustrated jacket.  The book is clean and bright and without inscriptions.  The jacket has tears and losses, chips to top of spine and the corners of the front folds, and the lower quarter of the spine portion is missing, not price clipped, presented in a protective cover.  This is the true first edition of The Long Good-Bye, and a nice clean copy without page edge tanning. 
8vo, 7 ¾ -9 ¾ inches tall 

£210





W.R. Burnett

The Asphalt Jungle

Publisher: Macdonald, London, 1950, first edition. Black cloth hardback with gilt titles to spine. Original dust jacket.
This is a very nice, fresh copy of the British first edition of this famous book. The book is in very good to near fine condition, with no inscriptions, clean, bright and tight in its binding. The dust jacket has striking artwork by Stein, and a still from the John Huston movie on the back panel. It is in very good condition with a little creasing along the top edge and one short closed tear. It is not price-clipped and is covered in a removable protective sleeve.
Octavo, 19cm tall, 240 pages.

£180




Thomas Hardy


Under the Greenwood Tree
A Rural Painting of the Dutch School

Publisher: Chatto and Windus, 1878, a new edition, with illustrations by R. Knight, first edition thus. Bound in publisher’s green cloth with decorations in black on the spine and top board, and titles in gilt on the spine and black on the top board. Black endpapers.
Under the Greenwood Tree was first published in 1872. This lovely early illustrated edition is quite rare and has a frontispiece, fourteen other plates and an endpiece vignette by R. Knight. The book is in very good condition with bumping to head and foot of the spine and the board corners, with very short tears at the head and foot of the spine, and some light scuffing to the cloth. The text block has occasional scatters of foxing and some light marks here and there throughout, but is mainly clean and bright. There is an owner name (R. Rose) stamped twice on the half-title. There is some splitting along the hinge of the endpapers, and the text block is lightly uneven, but the binding is firm.
Octavo, 19.5cm tall, vii, 342 pages, plus 32 page publisher’s catalogue, dated February 1882.

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Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita

Publisher: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1959, first British edition, first printing. Black cloth hardback with titles in silver on the spine. Top edges red. Original dust jacket.
This si a very good copy of Nabokov’s controversial novel. The book has a veru good tight binding. There is some scattered foxing to the closed page edges, but the test block is otherwise clean. The dust jacket has some short closed tears, mainly around the head and foot of the spine with a little creasing, and there are also four small chips, otherwise very good, with its original price of 21s.
Octavo, 319 pages.

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Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins

All The Year Round

A Weekly Journal
Conducted by Charles Dickens
Volumes, I, II, III
April 30, 1859 to October 6, 1860
Issues 1 to 76
Containing the first printings of
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
And The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

All The Year Round, 1859 to 1860, bound in half green leather over marbled boards, titles in gilt on dark red spine labels.
These three volumes contain the first printings of A Tale of Two Cities and The Woman in White. A Tale of Two Cities was also republished as a serial in parts.
The books are in very good condition, with repairs. Volume I has the head of the spine backed with green cloth, reinforcing the spine and closing a crack in the rear hinge. The title page of this volume has been re-attached, and the rear inside hinge has been reinforced. Volume II has a small repair to a 1cm long crack in the top of the rear hinge. This volume also contains the 1859 Extra Christmas Number ‘The Haunted House’, the first page of which has some soiling to its upper and fore-edges, with some small repairs. Volume III has been re-backed with green cloth and the original spine leather laid down on top. In this volume, page 1 has a repaired fore-edge, and a further page has a repaired tear, which goes through text, but the text remains entirely legible. The volumes all have bumped board corners, with some repairs. There are occasional creases to leaves and a few light marks, but the books are mainly clean.
Large octavos, 24 cm tall, Vol. I, iv, 624 pages, plus 20 pages; Vol. I, iv, 620 pages, Vol. II, iv, pages 21 to 568 (October 29th issue, pages 1 to 20 being bound in at the end of Volume I), plus the 48 page extra Christmas issue, the Haunted House; Vol. III, iv, 620 pages.

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Defoe, Daniel

The Life and Most Surprising Adventures of  Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner;

Who lived eight and twenty years in an uninhabited island on the coast of America, near the mouth of the great river Oroonoque.  
With an account of his deliverance thence, and his after surprising adventures.

Publisher: A. Donaldson, Edinburgh, 1769, states ninth edition on title page.  This is a nice early edition of Robinson Crusoe, bound in full calf with five raised bands, gilt decorations and title label to spine.  The book is illustrated with a frontispiece and three plates.
This volume is in good condition.  The hinges are cracked, but the boards are still firmly attached.  There are some losses to the head and foot of the spine and the binding is rubbed, corners bumped.  The ffep is missing, and there is a dampstain on the title page , which  goes through to page 11, but rapidly diminishing in extent.  There is also a smaller damp stain on the last four pages.  The rest of the text block is mainly very clean, with occasional isolated marks and a few pages towards the end of the book lightly tanned.  Tightly bound.

Collation: frontis, title page, iii-iv preface, 328 pages.  7 inches 17.5cm tall.
 
£450


Joseph Conrad

Nostromo 

Publisher: Harper & Brothers, 1904, first edition, first issue, with page 187 misnumbered as 871. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and wave-pattern motif.
Good condition, with mottled cloth, and some wear to the foot of the spine.  The endpapers have some lgith red marks and the ffep has two numbers written in ink and pencil.  The text block is tightly bound, has occasional isolated marks, but is mainly clean.
Conrad’s masterpiece, a story of love, death and revolutionary politics.

Octavo, 480 pages
 
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Herman Melville

Omoo

A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas;
Being a Sequel to 'The Residence in the Marquesas Islands'

Publisher: John Murray, 1847, first edition.  The English edition predates the American edition, so this is a true first, and this copy is the first state with the signature mark P on page 209.
Bound in half black leather and gilt titles on the spine.  This book is in very good condition.  There is some scuffing to the leather, and both hinges have short cracks top and bottom, but these appear stable.  The book is all present and correct, tightly bound, clean and bright and nice and square.  The red speckled page edges have some light marks, and there is an heraldic bookplate on the front pastedown endpaper.

Omoo was the last of Melville's highly readable and entertaining semi-autobiographical novels.
 

£450

Baxt, George

Burning Sappho: Murder Amongst the Women's Lib

 Macmillan, 1972, first edition.  Red cloth hardback, near fine in very good dust jacket.  Cracking period crime novel.  
8vo, 7 ¾ -9 ¾ inches tall 

 £50


Dennis Wheatley

Bill for the Use of a Body

Publisher: Hutchinson, 1964, first edition. Red and black cloth with gilt titles to spine, Very good in very good price clipped dust jacket. Map endpapers. Signed by Dennis Wheatley on the title page “For George Salter, With my best wishes from Dennis Wheatley”.

The book has the faintest trace of scattered foxing to the closed page edges, and is otherwise clean, bright and tight in its binding. The dust jacket has two small chips and a little creasing to the top edge, and is otherwise clean and bright, with artwork by Fratini.
A very nice signed Wheatley first edition.
Octavo, 20 cm tall, 222 pages plus 1 page advertisements.

£100

Hamilton, Patrick

The Slaves Of Solitude  

Constable, 1947, first edition.  Blue cloth hardback with gilt titles, very good condition, in a good dust jacket.  The book has a few foxing spots to the edges and owner inscriptions on the feps, occasional isolated spot inside, mainly clean.  The jacket has a repaired tear and a small area of loss, and is now covered in a protective sleeve.  
8vo, 7 ¾ -9 ¾ inches tall.
 

£70

 

MacInnes, Colin

To The Victors The Spoils

MacGibbon & Kee, 1950, first edition, first impression of the author's first book.  Red cloth hardback in very good condition , clean and bright.  Dust jacket is unclipped, slightly browned with edgewear and a little foxing at the folds, very good condition, now in protective wrapper.  
8vo, 7 ¾ -9 ¾ inches tall
 

£70

Collier, John

The Devil and All, Six Short Stories  

Nonesuch Press, 1934, 1st limited edition.  1000 copies printed and signed by author.  This is number 729.  Green cloth bevelled boards with gilt titles on spine and black titles on silver panels on front cover.  The silver under the front titles has mottled, which seems to be the case with all copies of this edition, and a small amount of silver is missing from one edge of the top panel.  Binding in very good condition.  Printed on Japanese paper, edges uncut, with a woodcut frontispiece by Blair Hughes-Stanton.    Pages bright and clean and tight in binding.
8vo, 7 ¾ -9 ¾ inches tall   
 
£50

 

Fogazzaro, Antonio

Il Santo, Romanzo  

Baldini, Castoldi & Co., Milan, 1906, 1st edition.  Quarter Brown leather and textured dark pink cloth.  Small amount of bumping to spine, some fading of edges of cloth, Cairo bookseller's label on half-title, clean and tight in binding, decorative endpapers.  A beautiful first edition, in Italian.  
8vo, 7 ¾ -9 ¾ inches tall        

£65


Cornwell, Bernard

Sharpe's Waterloo
Richard Sharpe and the Waterloo Campaign 15 June to 18 June 1815  

Collins, 1990, first edition.  Brown cloth hardback near fine in near fine dust jacket, which is not price-clipped.
8vo, 7 ¾ -9 ¾ inches tall 

£55

   


James, P.D.

Death of an Expert Witness  

Faber & Faber, 1977, first edition, first printing.  Red cloth hardback with gilt titles, near fine in a very good (minor surface scuffing only) dust jacket.  A lovely, clean and bright copy of this Dalgliesh mystery.  
8vo, 7 ¾ -9 ¾ inches tall 
 
£50

   

Koontz, Dean R.

Night Chills  

W.H. Allen, 1977, first British edition.  Blue cloth hardback, near fine in near fine dsut jacket.  Light browning of pages as is usual in books of this vintage, otherwise perfectly clean and tidy book and jacket.  The author's fourth novel.  
8vo, 7 ¾ -9 ¾ inches tall 

£50