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Lewis Carroll

The Hunting of the Snark
An Agony in Eight Fits

Publisher: Macmillan & Co., 1897. Bound in the publisher's red cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and decorations in gilt on both boards.  All edges gilt, black endpapers. Good plus condition, spine slightly rubbed, gilt bright on both boards, but the cloth a little faded in places. Label of the British Red Cross Society & Order of St. John Hospital Library on the front endpaper, and also a small binder's label. The tissue guard over the frontispiece is lightly foxed, and there are occasional marks and some foxing scatters throughout, mainly clean. Frontispiece and nine other illustrations by Henry Holiday.
19cm, 7.5 inches tall, 83 pages.



E.V. Lucas

The Book of Shops

Verses by Edward Verrall Lucas
Illustrated by Francis D. Bedford

Publisher: Grant Richards, undated but 1899, first edition. Large format bound in pictorial paper covered boards with brown cloth spine. Titles on spine in gilt.
The book is in good plus condition, with worn boards, gilt on spine slightly rubbed, fresh endpapers.  The half title has handling marks and a worn fore-edge which has been reinforced on the verso with Japanese tissue.The title page has creases and several repaired short closed tears.  In the rest of the book there are occasional light handling marks, otherwise clean.
The book is illustrated on the half title, title and contents pages, and has 24 full colour plates, each with accompanying verse with decorative line-drawn borders.
A very beautiful book, and rare in the first edition.
23 cm tall by 31.5 cm wide (9 by 12.5 inches). Complete.


Scott, Sir Walter 

Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field

William Smith, 1839. A very handsome copy of Scott's epic poem of Flodden Field, bound in dark blue leather with extensive tooled and gilt decoration to the front and back of the cover and the spine. Minimal rubbing to the head and foot of the spine, all edges gilt. The frontispiece and title page are foxed, and there are owner inscriptions on the ffep, otherwise the book is clean and bright and very tight in its binding. A high quality edition in very good plus condition. 4 by 6 1/2 inches, 216pp
48mo -over 3" -4" tall 


Tennyson, Alfred 

The Princess: A Medley

Edward Moxon, 1849, second edition. Green cloth, gilt titles on spine, blind-stamped decoration on boards. Spine faded and split along back hinge. Owner inscriptions on front pastedown, otherwise clean and bright. Good condition. 8 pages of advertisements before the first blank page. 164pp.
8vo -over 7¾" -9¾" tall 


Omar Khayyam, Edward Fitzgerald

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Presented by Willy Pogany

Publisher: George G. Harrap, undated but 1913. Bound in light grey-green cloth with heavy gilt decorations and titles on the spine and top board. Decorative endpapers. Top edges trimmed, other edges untrimmed.
This is a beautiful Pogany edition of the Rubaiyat, the Fitzgerald translation. The text is printed in brown on heavy grey/light brown paper, in a font resembling Arabic script. The pages are all decorated and each of the tipped-in plates has a border around it. There are 16 plates as called for in this edition.
The book is in very good condition, with some bumping to the spine cloth. Internally, there are a very few isolated marks, and two of the plates have a tiny crease to the lower inside corner. Otherwise the book is clean and tidy.
Octavo, 22.5 cm (9 inches) tall, 102 pages, un-numbered.


Henry Constable


The Praises of his Mistres
in Certaine Sweete Sonnets
and Other Poems

Publisher: Basil Montagu Pickering, 1859, first collected form. Bound in full green leather with five raised bands to the spine. Titles and borders in gilt on the top board and spine, gilt borders to the lower board and the inner dentelles. All edges green.
This is a lovely book of Elizabethan sonnets, which consists of many beautiful love sonnets and ‘Spirituall Sonnets To The Honur Of God, and His Saynts’. A joy to handle, it would make a wonderful gift.
The book is in very good plus condition, with a few tiny bumps to the board edges, otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding.
Octavo, 19.5 cm tall (7.75 inches), xxi, 79 pages. Includes a biography of the poet.


Sir Philip Sidney’s
Astrophel & Stella

Wherein the Excellence of
Sweet Poesy is Concluded
Edited from the Folio
Alfred Pollard

Publisher: David Stott, 1888, one of a limited edition of 1000. Bound in full green leather with five raised bands to the spine, titles stamped in blind on the spine and top board, border of stars stamped in blind on the boards and inner dentelles, title on top board contained within a wreath also stamped in blind. All edges gilt. Red and black titles, portrait frontispiece, and vignette on title page.
A lovely volume of Elizabethan poetry, in very good condition. This book has some rubbing to the spine leather, and lightly faded spine and board edges adding an agreeable feeling of age to the binding. There is some offsetting from the frontispiece portrait onto the title page, a very occasional isolated spot in the text block, but mainly clean and bright and tight in its binding. The gilt on the page edges is bright.
A very attractive book, a pleasure to handle.
Octavo, 17 cm (6.75 inches) tall, xxxix, 233 pages




Walt Whitman

Leaves of Grass

The Poems of Walt Whitman
with introduction by Ernest Rhys

Publisher: Walter Scott, 1886, first thus (second British edition). Bound in dark blue cloth, uncut edges.
In Britain, the first edition of Leaves of Grass was the 1868 selected edition published by William Michael Rossetti, edited to make it acceptable to the respectable classes. This edition with the introduction by socialist Ernest Rhys, was intended to make the poetry of Whitman available to the working classes, and 8000 copies sold in two months. This is still a ‘selected’ edition. If you are interested in British editions of Whitman’s poetry you can find more here.
This is a nice pocket sized book, with a portrait frontispiece and a Life of Whitman, followed by the poetry. All pages are bordered in red, and there are some decorative engraved head-pieces.
The book is in very good condition, with some rubbing to the spine, and a little residue suggesting that there had been something pasted over the spine. The front inside hinge is showing the mull, but the binding is sound. As is usual, the uncut edges have darkened. The pages have a faint hint of age toning, but are otherwise clean.
A nice book of poetry, and also a piece of social history.
Pocket sized, 14.5 cm, 5.75 inches, tall, xxix, 318 pages, plus 2 pages publisher’s advertisements.




Omar Khayyam, Edward Fitzgerald, Jami

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
And the
Salaman and Absal of Jami

Rendered into English Verse

Publisher: Bernard Quaritch, 1879, fourth edition, but the first to include Salaman and Absal. Translated by Edward Fitzgerald. Bound in quarter black leather with maroon cloth boards. Top edges gilt, titles in gilt on the spine.
Frontispiece, tailpiece decorations and all pages bordered make this a very attractive book. It is in very good ondition with a small area of staining at the lower inner corners of the first few pages and the last three pages (though much lighter at the end of the book). There is also a little associated adhesion damage to the endpapers and some mottling to the cloth. Otherwise the book is clean and bright.
Includes lives of Omar Khayyam and Jami.
18cm, 7.25 inches, tall, xv, 112 pages.



John Betjeman

Summoned by Bells

Publisher: John Murray, 1960, first edition, first printing in dust wrapper. Green boards with blind stamped bells design and titles in gilt on the spine. Bells design repeated on the endpapers. Illustrated with line drawings by Michael Tree.
Near fine in a good dust jacket, this book is very fresh, with just two tiny spots on the front endpapers. The jacket has some light marks and a small chip from the foot of the spine, and it is not price-clipped. It is now in an archival sleeve.
Large octavo, 23 cm (9 inches) tall, 111 pages.



Henrik Ibsen/Arthur Rackham

Peer Gynt
A Dramatic Poem

Publisher: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London, 1936, first edition. Bound in the publisher’s tan cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and top board, and gilt vignette on the top board. Decorative endpapers, designed by Arthur Rackham. Illustrated with twelve full colour plates by Rackham, and line drawings throughout as headers and footers. In the original dust jacket with a wrap around illustration by Rackham, which is not reproduced elsewhere within the book. Top edges red, untrimmed fore-edges.
This is a very nice copy of the Rackham illustrated Peer Gynt. The book has one bump to the fore edge of the top board, and some sunning to the spine area where the dust jacket has been lacking. The pages have some light foxing around the edges, though many pages are free of this. The plates are affected, but the foxing does not encroach onto the images. All of the plates retain their captioned tissue guards.
The dust jacket is in fair condition, having lost about one-third of the spine, with other pieces lost from the front and back panels. It also has foxing. The jacket is now held in a protective sleeve to neaten and preserve it.
A handsome book with beautiful illustrations.
Quarto sized, 25 cm (10 inches) tall, 256 pages.


James Motley

Tales of the Cymry
With Notes, Illustrative and Explanatory.

Publisher: Longmans Paternoster row and Hughes, St Martin Le Grand, London; Brewster, Swansea and Thomas, Llanelly, 1848, first edition. Bound in the publisher’s green cloth with titles and decorations in gilt on the spine and blind-stamped decorations on both boards.
These are Welsh stories told in verse, Cwn Annwn; The Torrent Spectre; The Canwyll Corph; The Ceffyl-Y-Dwfr; the Legend of Cefn Castell; Arthurstone. Each story is provided with a long section of notes on its origins and history. With a preface and eight-page list of subscribers.
The book is in very good condition, clean, bright and tight in its binding, and, apart from the List of Subscribers, all pages are unopened. The binding has a little fading to the cloth along the spine and edges, and the corners are lightly bumped.
Small octavo, 18 cm, 7 inches tall, xii, 186 pages.



Thomas Hardy

Satires of Circumstance
Lyrics and Reveries
With Miscellaneous Pieces

Publisher: Macmillan and Co. Limited, 1914, first edition. Bound in publisher’s green cloth with gilt vignette on the top board and titles in gilt on the spine. Uncut edges.
This is a very nice first edition of the book that contains some of Thomas Hardy’s finest poems, made even better by the inclusion of a small treasure. Loosely inserted is a small envelope containing some pressed flowers which, though now brown and a little fragmentary, are made special by the inscription on the envelope; ‘White Rose & Sweet-pea from Thomas Hardy’s Garden at Dorchester Dorset’ and an addition in another hand ‘Picked by Mrs. Hardy’.
The book is in very good condition with a slightly darkened spine. The endpapers are browned, and there is one owner name, and a cutting with a short verse by Thomas Hardy on the front endpaper, which has darkened a square of the endpaper facing it. The binding is tight and the pages are clean.
Octavo, 20 cm tall, ix, 230 pages, plus 2 pages of publisher’s advertisements.




Wordsworth, William

The Recluse

Macmillan & Co, 1888, first edition. Green cloth, gilt titles on spine, very light shelf wear, clean and in very good condition. Some very small areas of very light foxing on the endpapers, otherwise clean. First publication of the first book of the first part of The Recluse, which was left in manuscript form by Wordsworth.
12mo -over 6¾" -7¾" tall



Hugo, Victor 

L'Annee Terrible

Michel Levy Freres, Librairie Nouvelle, 1872, 1st edition. Red cloth spine and corners, green marbled boards. Boards scuffed with minor edgewear. Corners bumped, top and bottom of spine bumped, slight tearing, small losses, overall condition very good. Pages have light foxing, mainly to initial and final pages, and there are slight damp marks to the bottom of the first 40 pages, otherwise clean and tight in binding. 331pp. A rare copy of Hugo's long poem about the Terrible Year. 4 by 6 1/2 inches, 216pp
8vo -over 7¾" -9¾" tall        



Alexander Pope

The Dunciad

With Notes Variorum and the Prolegomena Of Scriblerus 

Publisher:  Printed for Lawton Gilliver, London, the second edition, with some additional Notes, 1729.  Bound in full contemporary calf, bumped and rubbed, back hinge partly cracked, but firmly attached, front board reattached.  One owner name dated 1739 on the ffep, an occasional light mark, and on page 190 in the appendix at the bottom of a list of works referring to the Dunciad, there is added in an eighteenth century hand 'To these add Pope Alexander's Supremacy & Infallibility examined, in 4to. 1729. by Geo. Duckit.' Otherwise the text block is remarkably clean and bright.  Frontispiece engraving.   
Octavo, 200mm tall, 232 pages, plus 6 page Errata, plus 1 page nine line Errata which instructs the inclusion of the inscription noted above at the end of the 'List of Libels'.



La Divina Commedia di Dante Alighieri

Giaridotta A Miglior Lezione
Dagli Accademici Della Crusca
Ed Ora Accuramente Emendata

Col Comento Del P. Pompeo Venturi

Publisher: Presso Leonardo Ciardetti, 1821, Firenze (Florence).  Three volumes, Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, bound with vellum spines and corners, and dark pink paper covered boards.  Titles and lavish decorations in gilt on the spines.  All edges red.  An engraved frontispiece in each volume, plus, in Volume One, an engraving of the circles of the Inferno in Dante’s conception.

On the endpaper of each volume there is the bookplate of Theodore W. Rathbone, Allerton Priory.  Theodore was a member of the distinguished Liverpool Rathbone family, bankers and brokers in that city, and an ancestor of the actor, Basil Rathbone, most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.

The volumes are in very good condition, the top board of Volume One has been reattached, and the front hinges of the other two volumes have been discreetly reinforced.  The pink paper on the boards is rubbed.  The gilt decorations on the spine have some rubbed areas, but are still very beautiful.  There is chipping to all the spine labels.  The books have foxing throughout, heaviest to the frontispieces and title pages and to the final few pages, sporadic in the body of the volumes.  Bright and clean otherwise.

Octavos, 23.5 cm tall; Volume One, xxvi, 422 pages; Volume Two, 423 pages; Volume Three, 456 pages.

A very attractive set with a distinguished provenance. 


Tennyson, Alfred

The Works of Tennyson in Thirteen Volumes.

Kegan Paul, Trench & Co, 1883, first thus. Royal blue cloth with gilt titles on spine, all edges red. Pocket size volumes, 5 inches,13 cm, tall. Of the thirteen volumes in this edition, one is missing, vol. IV, Lucretius, and other Poems. The twelve here on offer are all in very good condition, with one small owner inscription on the ffep of each and very light scattered foxing of the eps. Otherwise they are clean and bright
32mo -over 4" -5" tall 


De Vere, Aubrey

The Search After Proserpine, Recollections of Greece, and other poems.

Oxford, John Henry Parker: Rivingtons, London, 1843, first edition. Original publisher’s brown cloth with blind-stamped decorations. Spine sunned and bumped, split along back hinge, some small losses. Boards still firmly attached, and the text block is tightly bound, clean and bright. There is an heraldic ownership stamp on the front pastedown, and notes about the poems on the verso of the ffep. This is de Vere’s second volume of verse, extremely rare in the first edition. The Search After Proserpine; A Masque was written in Athens in 1840.
16mo -over 5¾" -6¾" tall 


Oxford Poetry 1915

Edited by
G.D.H.C. and T.W.E.

Publisher: B.H. Blackwell, Oxford, 1915, first edition.  This book of poetry, collected in 1915 from students of many colleges, and one non-college person, is interesting in itself, showing the thoughts and feelings of young people in the second year of the Great War, but it is also and perhaps more notable for the first appearance in print in book form of J.R.R. Tolkein, with the poem ‘Goblin Feet’, which was later anthologized many times.  Also represented here are Dorothy L. Sayers and Aldous Huxley.The book is in very good condition, bound in quarter vellum type paper over paper-covered boards, with a paper title label on the top board..  The boards are a little creased and have some surface rubbing to the paper, and bumped corners.  The text block has uncut fore and lower edges.  The pages have a very occasional very light mark, but are mainly fresh and clean.  There are no inscriptions, but the faint ghost of an erased inscription on the ffep.  
A nice copy of a scarce and interesting book.

Octavo,  20cm tall by 13cm wide, 72 pages.


Tennyson, Alfred 

The Lover’s Tale

C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1879. First Authorised Edition, pp.95 plus 4 pages of advertisements. Very good in original green cloth. Some scattered light foxing, otherwise clean and bright. A revision of the poem suppressed in 1833, the publication of which was prompted by the issue of a pirated edition.
8vo -over 7¾" -9¾" tall 



Tennyson, Alfred 

Lord Demeter and other Poems

Macmillan & Co, 1892, first edition, third printing. Very good in original green cloth, eps foxed, otherwise clean and bright
8vo -over 7¾" -9¾" tall 



D.H. Lawrence

Birds Beasts and Flowers 

Publisher: Martin Secker, 1923, first edition.  Half black cloth with yellow boards, top edges black, other uncut, large octavo, 9 inches, 22.5cm, tall.  Very good condition, clean and bright within, but for one owner name on the ffep and a very occasional isolated light mark.

There is some spotting to the boards, and the bottom of the spine is slightly sunned.  The dust jacket is fragmentary, having lost most of its spine, and having other chips, but it is now held within a protective sleeve.

This volume contains some of Lawrence’s best poetry, including the wonderful ‘Snake’.  It is from the library of Reginald Alton, who was lecturer in English at Pembroke College Oxford, and it is his name on the ffep.


Baudelaire, & Walton, Alan Hull (Translator

Selections From Baudelaire

The Fortune Press, 1941, first edition, limited to 500 copies on handmade paper. Dark blue cloth, with slight fading where the covering dust jacket has browned on spine and edges. Very good condition, pages clean and bright, with full-page illustrations and some smaller decorations by Anthony Moore, plus drawings of Baudelaire and Jeanne Duval.
4to -over 9¾" -12" tall 



Ewart, Gavin 

A Cluster of Clerihews

Sixth Chamber Press, Leamington Spa, 1985. Cloth Spine, marbled boards, as new. This is number 17 of 175 numbered copies, signed by the author, printed on Vintage cartridge. (There are also 26 lettered copies on Zerkall Ingres paper) Unpaginated, approx 22 pages plus blanks.
24mo -over 5" -5¾" tall  

Fitzgerald, Edward, translator

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.  
Illustrated by Edmund Dulac

Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton, 1909, first edition. Cream cloth boards with gilt titles and decorations depicting peacocks and elephants, decorative endpapers, 20 full-colour tipped-in plates. The head and foot of the spine are bumped, and there is a small (1cm) stable tear in the top of the front hinge. The spine is slightly darkened and there is spotting to the front board, but the gilt is still bright. Internally the book is in beautiful order, clean and bright and tight in its binding. All 20 plates are present and in fine condition, their tissue guards intact. There are quite a few later editions of this version of the Rubaiyat, but these were issued with only 12 plates. Here in the first edition are the full complement of 20 beautiful illustrations. This is a large, heavy volume, 11 inches tall (28cm). The quatrains are printed on one side of the paper only, with a decorative border on every page, and the paper used is of a heavy weight. Each of the plates also has a decorative border around it. This is a splendid book
4to -over 9¾"



Gray, Thomas 

An Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Sampson Low, Son & Marston, 1869, first thus. Blue cloth over bevelled boards, decorated with gilt and black. Very good condition, corners slightly bumped, some wear to spine, head of spine has a small area of loss, and there is a small area of staining on the blind stamped back board. A very attractive volume. All edges gilt. Monochrome portrait of Gray on title pages and 16 colour plates from drawings by R. Barnes, R.P. Leitch, E.M. Wimperis, and others. Some light foxing, 2 plates have suffered edge creasing, repaired with tissue, not affecting the illustrations. A very attractive set of mid-19th century colour illustrations.
4to -over 9¾" -12" tall 



Hood, Thomas 

Whims and Oddities, In Prose and Verse; With Forty Original Designs

Lupton Relfe, 1827, second edition. Quarter leather, marbled boards. Five raised bands on spine, gilt decorations and title. Board scuffed, corners bumped, 1cm lost from top of spine. Scattered foxing within, owner name stamped on ffep, heraldic bookplate on front pastedown, cloth showing at hinge inside, but the binding is tight and stable. Generally in good condition. Poetry and prose by Hood with satirical and grotesque illustrations.
8vo -over 7¾" -9¾" tall 




Horace, and Thomas Creech (Translator) 

The Odes, Satyrs and Epistles of Horace, done into English by Mr. Creech

J. Tonson, 1720, the fifth edition. Contemporary full calf with five raised bands on the spine and blind-stamped decorations on the front and back covers. Hinges cracked, but firmly attached, corners bumped, small areas of loss to head and foot of spine. Heraldic bookplate on front pastedown, owner signature and small ownership label pasted onto ffep. No other inscriptions. Portrait frontispiece of Thomas Creech. Some pages lightly browned, overall very good condition. 352 pp
16mo -over 5¾" -6¾" tall 



Quintus Horatius Flaccus; Ad Lectiones Probatiores Diligenter Emendatus, et Interpunctione Nova Saepius Illustratus. Editio Altera.

Glasguae: In Aedibus Academicis Excudenbant Robertus et Andreas Foulis, Academiae Typograph, 1750. Full contemporary calf, five raised bands to spine, gilt decorations. Good condition. Front hinge cracked, board still firmly attached, binding rubbed and bumped, small losses to head and foot of spine. Two armorial bookplates on front pastedown, ffep and half-title missing, otherwise complete. 248pp. Pages clean and bright. Text in Latin.
16mo -over 5¾" -6¾" tall 



Keats, John 

The Poetical Works of John Keats, Edited with an introduction and Memoir By Walter S. Scott

James Finch and Co Limited, the Hampstead Edition, 1902, first thus. Textured green cloth with attractive gilt titles. One owner inscription on ffep, light browning to ffep and half-title, a few pages of the introduction have a little creasing to the top corner. Otherwise the book is a very clean , tight copy of this somewhat scarce edition.
8vo -over 7¾" -9¾" tall 



Lulham, Habberton 

Kettle Songs

Hove, Combridges, 1922, first edition, signed by the author. Red cloth with gilt titles on the spine, very good condition. Inscribed on the front pastedown ‘To Margaret Armstrong, in gratitude for invaluable help in illness from P. Habberton Lulham, January 1940’. Lulham died in June of the same year. He was a well-known Sussex poet, and –played first class cricket for Sussex in 1894.
8vo -over 7¾" -9¾" tall