Adrian Harrington Rare Books
Kensington, London, UK
Specialists in literature, modern first editions and bound library sets, voyages and travel, colourplate and illustrated books, children's books, fore-edge paintings and fine and rare books in all fields. Adrian Harrington also provides a full and expert bookbinding and restoration service.
Adrian Harrington's stock consists of thousands of volumes spanning many areas of interest and speciality. Around a third of this stock is available at any one time on the internet; the rest appears in printed catalogues, at bookfairs or can be viewed at their shop. -- Adrian Harrington Rare Books
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Highlights from Adrian Harrington Rare Books inventory on Abebooks:
The Mysterious Island Trilogy. (Comprising "Dropped From The Clouds", "Abandoned" and "The Secret of The Island"
1875. First Editions. 3 vols. 8vo. Sumptuously gilt-decorated coloured cloth. This is the deluxe issue (an extra cost option when new) which is the trade binding with additional all edges gilt and heavy, bevelled boards. Vol. 1 bound in green cloth with gilt decoration, the successive volumes bound in purple cloth as issued with some chararcteristic fading to the spines. There are some minor and unimportant traces of wear to the extremities and bumping to the heads and tails, as well as the aforementioned fading to the spines of the purple volumes. Inner to first volume faintly starting. Small defects aside this set is quite simply, beautiful. All volumes are bright, robust and heavily decorated on the outside, whilst on the inside you have balloonwreck, pirates, storms, over a hundred illustrations, The Nautilus and Captain Nemo back from the dead. Without doubt worth the inconvenience of being washed up on a desolate island with neither matches nor a pocket knife. £9,750.00
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
London, 1963. 8vo., pp. 222. Publisher's blue cloth, gilt titles to spine. Dustwrapper with a little wear to extremities, a couple of minor nicks at joints. Spine unfaded, this is an attractive near fine copy. First Edition. A monumental novel; The first to win both the Crime Writer's Association Gold Dagger and the Mystery Writers of America award, also listed in the top 200 literary works since 1950. The author's breakthough, which firmly established an alternative form to the James Bond cult and a new type of hero. Graham Greene considered it the best spy story he ever read and J.B. Priestley wrote that the book was 'superbly constructed with an atmosphere of chilly hell.' £750.00
A Dictionary of the English Language
London: Printed by W. Strahan, 1755. First Editions. 2 volumes, folio, complete. Superbly bound in 18th century style full polished brown calf with twin red and green title labels, raised bands, and gilt to spines; all edges speckled red. Internally clean. A superb, fine set. A cornerstone of the English language. Dr. Johnson performed with his dictionary the most amazing, enduring and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography. Adam Smith in one of the earliest reviews of the book in the 'Edinburgh Review' 1755, compared it favourably with the best international dictionaries of modern languages then available, those of the French Academy and those of the Accademiadella Crusca, both of which 'were composed by a numerous society of learned men and took up a longer time in the composition than the life of a single person could have well afforded'; whereas the English dictionary was 'the work of a single person and composed in a period of time very inconsiderable when compared with the extent of the work'. £10,000.00
Little Dorrit. With Illustrations by H. K. Browne.
Bradbury and Evans, London, 1857, With 39 illustrations plus vignette title-page. Fine. Superbly bound in later [c.1930] full blue crushed morocco, extra gilt, raised bands, gilt border to boards, with oval portrait of Dickens in gilt to upper, gilt signature to lower cover, marbled end-papers, all edges gilt. Some uniformed fading to spine else fine. Bound for Sotherans. First Edition, in attractive binding. £475.00
London: Hutchinson & Co., 1979. First Edition, Inscribed "To Stuart/Love", Signed by Warhol with a sketch of a heart.Fine in publisher's black cloth with silver titles to spine, in fine dustwrapper. £450.00