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Image for Green Leaves : new chapters in the life of Charles Dickens. By J. H. Stonehouse. Revised & Enlarged Edition.

Green Leaves : new chapters in the life of Charles Dickens. By J. H. Stonehouse. Revised & Enlarged Edition.

By: DICKENS, Charles : J. H. Stonehouse.

Price: £20.00

Publisher: Piccadilly Fountain Press 1931.:

Seller ID: 1060

Condition: Original grey-green boards & printed paper label. C.pp130 & 10 plates, as so often first and last few leaves and untrimmed foredges foxed or spotted, else a bright copy.

Edition limited to 535 copies signed by the author John Harrison Stonehouse. View more info

Select Works of the Rev. John Flavell. Edited by the Rev. C. Bradley.

By: FLAVELL, Rev. John.

Price: £145.00

Publisher: London, printed by A. J. Valpy for L. B. Seeley 1823.:

Seller ID: 9262

Condition: First Edition thus, 2 Vols, publisher's contemporary half black morocco, marbled paper sides, spines lettered in gilt and with later armorial insignia in gilt. 8vos, c.pp334; and c.pp500, both vols bound without half-titles (?), bindings just lightly scuffed or rubbed, else a very good set. Both vols with neat early signature on title-page : Vol 1 front endpaper with neat inscription 'A good book. A. West 21 June 1856. Bathboys' : and endpaper of both vols with handsome modern armorial bookplate.

Scarce collection : not in British Library, not in Cambridge or Oxford University Libraries, not in National Union Catalogue USA &c. *** Flavell 1630-91, presbyterian divine of Dartmouth, Devon. 'The works of this eminent nonconformist divine are held in considerable estimation . particularly his Husbandry Spiritualised' [Lowndes]. *** The Select Works comprises 9 pieces : Husbandry Spiritualised : Navigation Spiritualised : Causes & Cures of Mental Errors : Rise & Growth of Antinomian Errors : A Saint Indeed : Touchstone Of Sincerity : Divine Conduct : Balm of the Covenant : Token For Mou... View more info

A View Without A Room.


Price: £75.00

Publisher: New York, Albondocani Press 1973.:

Seller ID: 9151

Condition: First Edition, patterned wrappers and printed label. C.pp20, owner's handsome little label on wrapper turn-in, a fine copy.

Edition Limited to 200 numbered copies only : handsomely printed in Palatino on Fabriano paper, and sewn in striking patterned Italian Bertini paper wrappers. A 'prophetic retrospect', written in 1958 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of A Room With A View, in which Forster brings the lives of the characters from his famous novel up to date. View more info

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David Garrick : by Margaret Barton.

By: GARRICK, David : Margaret Barton.

Price: £24.00

Publisher: Faber 1948.:

Seller ID: 1071

Condition: First Edition, c.pp324, fine in illustrated dws. Illustrated with 18 plates.

Excellent non-scholastic biography covering Garrick's personal and professional life. Garrick's life-long relationship with Samuel Johnson is also well documented. View more info

Unto The Fields. Illustrated by Harry A. Pettit.

By: GILLINGHAM, H. W. : Hughes Stanton association.

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Country Book Club 1955.:

Seller ID: 9521

Condition: Green cloth with patterned green and white dustwrappers. 8vo [binding c.22 x 14 cms], pp287, backstrip slightly faded, dustwrappers slightly darkened along backstrip and just chipped at head and foot, else a very good copy.

Illustrated with c.64 very attractive woodcut country scenes. *** A lyrical account of the English countryside and its wildlife around Epping Forest, Essex, during the period 1934 to 1948, by the Canadian-born naturalist H. W. Gillingham. The book was first published in 1953. *** This is the first of only a handful of books to be illustrated by Harry Pettit, wildlife artist, ecologist and associate of the naturalist Peter Scott. *** This copy with endpaper inscribed 'Chloris Hughes Stanton, 2 Cedar House, Marloes Rd W8'. She was the daughter of the artist Sir Herbert Hughes-Stanton, and ... View more info

The Hundredth Story of A. E. Coppard. With engravings by Robert Gibbings.

By: GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS : A. E. Coppard : Robert Gibbings.

Price: £50.00

Publisher: Golden Cockerel Press 1931.:

Seller ID: 9509

Condition: Quarter green morocco gilt over strikingly patterned green and cream woodcut paper boards. Royal 8vo [binding c. 24.5 x 16 cms], c.pp64, top edge of the text block gilt, others uncut. Backstrip faded to neutral and just fractionally nicked at extreme head and foot, corners scuffed or nudged. Internally very clean and crisp.

Edition Limited to 1000 numbered copies. With 4 large bird or aimal headpiece wood engravings by Robert Gibbings. This copy with the Notice to Subscribers loosely enclosed as issued. *** The first book in Eric Gill's new Golden Cockerel type expressly designed for the use of the press. The striking woodcut paper boards were designed by Tirzah Garwood. Chanticleer 74. View more info

R. L. Stevenson To J. M. Barrie : a Vailima portrait. Intro by Bradford A. Booth.

By: GRABHORN PRESS : R. L. Stevenson & J. M. Barrie.

Price: £68.00

Publisher: Grabhorn Press, San Francisco 1962.:

Seller ID: 4228

Condition: Quarter holland & striking patterned boards. Folio, c.pp36 uncut, one lower corner just scuffed. With ms facsimile & 4 drawings [red on blue paper] by Isobel Strong. Fine copy.

475 copies in red & black throughout. Very attractive Grabhorn Press book. View more info

An Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.

By: GRAY, Thomas.

Price: £25.00

Publisher: London, Sampson Low &c [1875].:

Seller ID: 9502

Condition: Original green cloth, front cover elegantly and profusely lettered and decorated in black and gilt. Small 8vo [binding c.17.5 x 12 cms], pp26 interleaved with blanks throughout as issued, with all edges of the text block gilt. Very neat early signature on corner of title-page and same lady's extremely neat name stamp on corner of endpaper, with a small attractive modern woodcut booklabel on front paste-down. A fine bright copy with illustrations.

Scarce. See Copac listing only the British Library copy. With 23 woodcut illustrations by Birket Foster, George Thomas and Eleanor Boyle. View more info

Sixe Idillia 1588 : poems or eclogues by Theocritus translated into English verse. Intro by S. Gaselee.

By: GRIBBLE, Vivien : Stanley Morison : Theocritus.

Price: £85.00

Publisher: Duckworth 1922.:

Seller ID: 4516

Condition: Ruari McLean Copy.* Quarter buckram gilt, illustrated boards, and with dws printed with text & illustration. Slim folio, c.pp60 uncut, endpapers darkened as always, some wear to edge of lower board at two places. With numerous woodcut illustrations & decorations by Vivien Gribble.

350 copies on hmp: numbered & signed by Gribble. Designed by Stanley Morison who finally chose the unusual Cloister Old Style types after some seven trial settings. Vivien Gribble's first book illustrations. Very attractive and rather uncommon book. This copy with the neat typographical bookplate of Ruari McLean, typographer and historian of book design. View more info

The English In America.


Price: £175.00

Publisher: Colburn 1851.:

Seller ID: 1081

Condition: First English Edition, First Issue, 2 vols uncut, green cloth gilt. Spines typically faded, couple of tiny pin pricks in upper joint of Vol 2, a few other slight marks to the bindings. Occasional slight dustiness of text and Vol 1 without front free endpaper, but overall an excellent copy. Both volumes are attractively signed by Eliza J. Webley-Parry Jan 1853.

The scarce First Issue of the First English Edition. A late Haliburton work : a critical history of pre-Independence America. This First English Issue is the only version of the book to be issued under this title. It was originally issued in America in the same year when it was provocatively titled Rule And Misrule. Later issues of the English edition reverted to this American version of the title. *** Haliburton 1796 - 1865, a Canadian judge and politician who later retired to England, was the first internationally popular Canadian author thanks to his wise-cracking character Sam Slick, whose... View more info

An Innocent Grows Up.

By: HANCOCK, Norman : John Piper.

Price: £25.00

Publisher: Dent 1947:

Seller ID: 9037

Condition: First Edition, gilt cloth & colour illustrated dws. C.pp190, two small and very neat signatures on corner of endpaper, also neat little endpaper booklabel, a fine bright copy. The dws with colour lithograph by John Piper : this is repeated within as a double-spread frontispiece.

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How To Repel Invasion. The Rural Police of England an auxiliary to Rifle Corps, in Two Letters to Arthur Kinglake Esq., Justice of the Peace for Somerset, by Edward Hardy, R.N., Inspecting Commander, Coast Guard, Bristol Channel. Second Edition.

By: HARDY, Edward.

Price: £110.00

Publisher: London, Robert Hardwicke [1859].:

Seller ID: 1083

Condition: Second Edition, c.pp20, very good in modern wrappers.

A rare pamphlet in the controversial National Defence scare. Hardy had been a naval officer involved in British assistance to Garibaldi : at this time he was an Inspecting Commander of the Bristol Channel coast guard. *** The British Library is the only library to hold a copy of the 1st Edition, which was issued in the same year. Copies of this 2nd Edition are held only by the BL, the Bodleian in Oxford, and Cambridge University Library. The NUC records only one copy held in the USA, again only the 2nd Edition as here. View more info

Characteristics : in the manner of Rochefoucault's Maxims. Second Edition. Introductory remarks by [R. H. Horne] the editor of The Monthly Repository.

By: HAZLITT, William : Rochefoucault.

Price: £80.00

Publisher: Templeman 1837.:

Seller ID: 5463

Condition: Variant Issue : Publisher's Escaped Copy.* 2nd Edition : and First Horne Edition, green cloth gilt. C.pp158 uncut, couple of slight marks, excellent bright copy.

'Bitter sarcasms ... cutting truths ... paradoxical & caustic'. Maxims on friendship, love, women &c, written shortly after Hazlitt's famously devastating Liber Amoris love affair. The anonymous 1st Edition of 1823 is 'very scarce' [Keynes]. This muddled copy of the 2nd Edition presumably escaped unnoticed from Templeman's premises. Includes the trimmed 2nd Edition cancel title & single-leaf 2nd Edition Preface as called for : but mistakenly also includes the 1st Edition Preface pp[v]-vii : while excluding Horne's 7pp Introduction. View more info

[The Dance Of Death : Lyons 1538] Les Simulachres & Historiees Faces De La Mort.


Price: £55.00

Publisher: [Manchester, Holbein Society 1869].:

Seller ID: 7649

Condition: Facsimile Edition [see note], rebound in modern brown cloth. Sq.8vo, c.pp52 uncut, endpapers darkened, else excellent. French text : with vignette title + decorative colophon + opening initials + 41 woodcut illustrations.

One of the most famous illustrated books of the French Renaissance. This first complete Facsimile Edition was issued by the Holbein Society with an English translation and introduction by Henry Green : these are not included in this copy. View more info

Wood Magic : a fable. New Impression.

By: JEFFERIES, Richard.

Price: £30.00

Publisher: Longmans 1907.:

Seller ID: 9479

Condition: Burgundy cloth, spine elegantly gilt with title and publisher's sailing ship motif. Small 8vo [binding c.19 x 12.5 cms], pp[xii], 379 uncut, small modern booklabel and neat ink note of purchase on reverse of front endpaper, couple of light marks and spine slightly faded, else an excellent attractive copy. With frontispiece and title-page vignette.

With a frontispiece and title-page vignette by Eleanor Vere Boyle, the leading Victorian woman illustrator of the 860s. *** Wood Magic is Jefferies' captivating nature fantasy in which Bevis explores the countryside and its birds and animals, its rivers and winds, all of which can speak to him. Much of the tale involves a fable of the revolt of the animals against the tyrant magpie Capchack. *** First Edition published in 2 Vols in 1881. This Silver Library Edition first issued 1883. View more info

The Lion & The Farmer : an engraving from Aesop's Fables 1928.

By: JONES, David : Aesop.

Price: £750.00

Publisher: 1928.

Seller ID: 6878

Condition: Copper Engraving [image size c.6.5 x 8cms] attractively mounted & framed in simple lime-washed wood [size c.25.5 x 27cms].

One of only seven engravings from the extremely rare privately issued 1928 Aesop's Fables. Stanley Morison 'had asked David Jones to illustrate with copper engravings some of the Fables of Aesop for a type specimen of the New Hellenic Type (in Greek characters) designed by Scholderer for the Lanston Monotype Corp. This was privately issued in 1928 with seven copper engravings, and is now extremely rare. 150 copies were specified in the colophon; but in one extant copy Morison altered the number to 50, and in another to 30 ... Finally the copper plates were lost in the Blitz that destroyed both... View more info

Winter Dragoncards : Fourteen Poems for Christmas and Winter.

By: MANDEVILLE PRESS : Peter Scupham et al.

Price: £24.00

Publisher: Hitchin, The Mandeville Press [1970s].:

Seller ID: 9434

Condition: 14 variously coloured stiff cards + title card, each c. 10.5 x 14.5 cms and each printed with a poem, contained in original green envelope attractively titled in dark red. Excellent condition.

Poems by R. S. Thomas : and by Alexander Bathory-Bikales : Richard Carlile : Dick Davis : David Holbrook : Elma MItchell : John Mole : John Ormond : David Scott : Peter Scupham. This set apparently issued without the poems by Freda Downie, John Mackendrick, Katherine Middleton and George Szirtes : but issued instead with duplicate poems by Bathory-Bikales, Dick Davis and Elma MItchell, and also with a duplicate title card. View more info

Ruins Of Many Lands [Petra : Egypt : the Americas : Indian rock temples : Verona Amphitheatre &c &c]. A Descriptive Poem [with extensive notes in prose].

By: MICHELL, Nicholas of Cornwall.

Price: £95.00

Publisher: London, William Tegg & Co 1849.:

Seller ID: 1115

Condition: First Edition, contemporary half calf elegantly gilt, black morocco label. Portrait of Michell & c.pp290, bound without half-title[?], binding a little scuffed or darkened, else a very good copy. The 5 plates of ruins at Petra, Thebes, Pompeii, Verona, and Baalbec are quite browned at the edges : the book is otherwise internally clean and crisp.

The scarce First Edition of a long poetical work comprising 'Descriptions of nearly all the existing remains of ancient peoples & kingdoms in the old & new world' [DNB] : arranged in three sections as Ruins of the Dark Era, the Classical Era, and Miscellaneous Ages respectively : and with very extensive prose notes. *** Michell 1807 - 1880 was a Cornish writer encouraged by Thomas Campbell & other literati. This is his first successful book : by 1875 it had run through six editions. *** Copies of this First Edition are held only at the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, and at the Bodle... View more info

The Pope's Rhinoceros.

By: NORFOLK, Lawrence.

Price: £15.00

Publisher: Sinclair-Stevenson 1996.:

Seller ID: 9541

Condition: First Edition, striking brown dws illustrated after Durer's famous rhinoceros woodcut and boldly lettered in red and black. Large thick 8vo, c.pp616, spine of dws just faintly faded, else a very fine bright copy in protected dustwrappers.

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Poems : Collected & Revised 1939 - 2006. By Peter Wells.

By: ONE-TIME PRESS : Peter Wells.

Price: £25.00

Publisher: Suffolk, One-Time Press 2007.:

Seller ID: 9265

Condition: White cloth lettered & decorated in black. C.pp70, couple of trifling nudges to binding, else a fine copy.

Edition Limited to 70 copies : handsomely produced in Bembo on Somerset laid paper : with the binding designed by the author and made by the Fine Book Bindery. *** Peter Wells was born in 1919 in London : his poems appeared in a number of major anthologies edited by Tambimuttu for Poetry London; Peter de Vries for Poetry Chicago; John Middleton Murry for The Adelphi &c &c. View more info