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An Elegy Wrote in a Country Church Yard
Thomas Gray

Elegy by Thomas Gray

Bookseller: Michael Sharpe Rare Books, ABAA/ILAB
Publication Date:1751
Publisher: Printed for R. Dodsley, and Sold by M. Cooper, London
Book Price: 14,525.00
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Woodcut mourning rules on title-page and repeated as head-piece.Bound by Rivière in full black levant morocco. A very good, clean copy of one of the most famous poems in the English language and an important precursor of the Romantic movement. Gray had circulated his Elegy in manuscript among his friends, but had resisted publication until Horace Walpole inadvertently let the text fall into the hands of William Owen, who intended to print the poem, identifying Gray as the author, in his Magazine of Magazines.

SOLD - The Romance of The League (Chapters One to Eight)
Mary M. Bagot Stack

The Romance of The League by Mary M. Bagot Stack

Bookseller: Gary Walker
Publication Date:1935
Publisher: The Women's League of Health and Beauty
Book Price: 1,000.00 (SOLD)

Very Rare Black Card Cover book still in Very Good or better condition. Superb silver raised figure of a woman leaping on the front cover. Very art deco in design. Illustrated with photographs. One full page photograph of The Women's League's first march into Hyde Park, June 1930. Another of "Prunella's Production in the Albert Hall." On page Thirty-Eight near the rear of the book it states, "(Mrs. Bagot Stack was taken seriously ill shortly after this last chapter was written, and she died without completing "The Romance." Other than the staples being rusty this incredibly rare piece of history from the Women's Movement is still in fabulous condition. Pages are lovely and clean.

The Vicar of Wakefield
Oliver Goldsmith, Arthur Rackham (Illus.)


The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Bookseller: The First Edition, Harlow, Essex, UK
Publication Date: 1929
Publisher:David McKay Company, Philadelphia
Book Price: £380.00
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This is a rare opportunity to own this very scarce U.S. first edition of The Vicar of Wakefield by Arthur Rackham in its original pictorial box. The box has the pictorial label ‘A Favourite Song of Dryden’s’ which can be seen opposite page 36 of the book. The box is in Very Good condition with the small descriptive label present to the front flap of the lid of the box, with closed tears to the corners of the front flap of the lid (easily repairable if desired); stains to the inside of the box; and general age wear to the corners/edges of the box. Overall, an extremely attractive, clean and sound example of this very rare box. The boards of the book are in their original dark green with gilt lettering and decoration to the front board and spine. The boards are in Near Fine condition with slight and light marks to the front and back boards (barely visible) and very slight knocks to the top and bottom of the spine. The boards have an extremely fresh feeling to them as if they have experienced very minimal handling over the years. Highly desirable. There are 231 numbered pages with 12 colour plates; 22 drawings in black and white; and pictorial endpapers in grey-green to the front and back. The pages are extremely clean and tightly bound-in with a small inscription to the top right hand corner of the front free endpaper. One of the best examples you are likely to encounter.

Piccadilly Jim
P.G. Wodehouse


Piccadilly Jim

Bookseller: The First Edition, Harlow, Essex, UK
Publication Date: 1917
Publisher:Dodd, Mead & Company, New York
Book Price: £830.00
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Published by Dodd, Mead & Company in 1917 (the actual date of publication was 24th February 1917, whereas it was not published in the UK until May 1918) this is the first U.S. edition of Piccadilly Jim by P.G. Wodehouse. This wonderful book has been signed in full by Wodehouse to the Half Title Page: "To David All the best from Plum P.G. Wodehouse August 27 - 1963" NOTE: Plum was the nickname that P.G. Wodehouse was known by to his friends and close acquaintances. The original publisher's orange-brown boards bear the title and author's name in black to the front and to the spine. The boards are in remarkably Very Good condition with white marks to the front board (bottom right corner); dust staining giving slight darkening to the spine; corner knocks; and knocks to the top and bottom of the spine. Despite the faults caused through time the boards are completely sound, sturdy and very attractive. Upon opening the book you are met with David Jasen's own multi-coloured bookplate with a charming verse: "I enjoy sharing my books as I do my friends, asking only that you treat them well and see them safely home" There are 363 numbered pages with 8 colour illustrations by May Wilson Preston. The pages are in overall Very Good condition with some age toning and a crack to the internal hinge by the Half Title Page but pages are tightly bound in and this is more cosmetic than structural This is an exceptionally desirable book that rarely comes up for sale. With the addition of the signature of P.G. Wodehouse to his biographer, and the bookplate of P.G. Wodehouse's biographer, David Jasen, this is indeed one of the rarest and most desirable of the early classic P.G. Wodehouse books on the market today.

Geographiae Universae
Claudius Ptolomaeus


Geographiae universae by Claudius Ptolemy

Bookseller: Collectable Books, Mottingham, London, UK
Publication Date: 1596
Publisher: Venetiis, Apud Haeredes Simonis Galignani de Karera. [Venice]
Book Price: SOLD


[Claudius Ptolemy], [Claude Ptolomee].  Magini, Fabio di Giovanni Antonio.  Geographiae universae tum veteris tum novae absolutissimum opus duobus voluminibus distinctum, In quorum priore habentur Cl. Ptolomaei Pelusiensis Geographicae enarrationis Libri octo: Quorum primus, qui praecepta ipsius facultatis omnia complectitur,  commentariis uberrimis illustratus est a Io. Antonio Magino Patavino.  In secundo volumine insunt Cl. Ptolemaei antiquae orbis tabulae XXVII […] Et tabulae XXXVII recentiores, quibus universi orbis pictura […] ob oculos patet […].  Venetiis, Apud Haeredes Simonis Galignani de Karera.  [Venice].  1596  'A new (Latin) Edition with new maps, edited by Giovanni Antonio Magini of Padua' [Henry R Stevens, Ptolemy's Geography.  A brief account …].  Earlier editions were based on the Sebastian Munster edition of Geographia, first published in 1540, when he added a geographical index and 48 woodcut maps (with Ptolomaeic projection) to the earlier editions of Geographia.  Variants of these Munster maps were used right up to and including the 1574 edition.  This late 16th century edition is in an 18th century leather binding, sometime rebacked.  220x158mm, [16], 184, 47, [1], [40] pages; 292 [i.e. 288], [25] ff (leaves).  All edges washed red.  Very occasional early underlining in text.  Extremely crisp and clean throughout.  Vignette on title-page.  Woodcut head and tailpieces and 17 woodcut diagrams in text plus 63 full-page copperplate maps.  The title-page refers to 27 Ptolemaic and 37 ‘modern’ maps.  In all the copies of the 1596 Venice and 1597 Köln editions we have been able to examine there are 27 Ptolemaic projection maps and only 36 ‘modern’ maps.  All the maps in both these editions form part of the collation, indicating that they are complete.  As a result, the British Library is re-assessing its catalogue entries.  British Library Shelfmark: Maps C.1.b.7.  

A Booke of Christian Praiers
Richard Day


Booke of Christian Praiers by Richard Day

Bookseller: Collectable Books, Mottingham, London, UK
Publication Date: 1608
Publisher: Printed [by Humphrey Lownes] for the Company of Stationers.
Book Price: £4,427.50
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Collected out of the ancient Writers, and best learned in our time; worthy to be read with an earnest minde of all Christians in these daungerous and troublesom daies, that God for Christs sake will yet stil be merciful vnto vs.  [Commonly known as 'Queen Elizabeth's prayer book' since the first edition was privately printed for the Queen's own use, in 1568. The only surviving copy of that edition is now in the Lambeth Palace Library.]  At London: Printed [by Humphrey Lownes] for the Company of Stationers.  [Printer's name from ESTC.]  1608  Small quarto, 180x120 mm.  [8], 138, [2] folios, with an ornate colophon on the verso of the final leaf.  In 18th or 19th century brown calf binding, minimally rubbed at extremities; double gilt-ruled border on boards with decorative corners plus decorative inner blind rule with small gilt florets in the corners.  Spine with five raised bands; title and place and date of publication in two of the compartments the rest with blind-tooled floral decoration.  Hinges a bit creased but firm.  All edges gilt.  Brown silk book mark.  Gilt armorial bookplate, on crimson background, at top centre of the front paste-down; below this there are two manuscript ownership inscriptions: 'Henry White | Close Lichfield | April 30th 1809' [Sacristan of Lichfield Cathedral] and 'Kenyon | March 2nd 1973'.  Lord Kenyon was President of the National Museum of Wales from 1952-1957, Chairman of the National Portrait Gallery in London from 1966-1988 and a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery from 1953-1988.  There is a further armorial bookplate, of 'Herbert Charles Marsh' at the foot of the rear paste-down.  [8], 138, [2] leaves.  Roman and black letter.  The first three leaves are expertly repaired at the edges, probably at the time of re-binding since their edges are gilt.  Title within a broad woodcut border showing the Tree of Jesse; fine, full-page woodcut of Queen Elizabeth praying before a prie-dieu on the verso.  'To the Christian Reader' signed R.D., i.e. Richard Day.  The text on each page is printed within ornate, pictorial, woodcut borders illustrating the life of Christ, virtue, sin, the five senses and, finally, The Dance of Death.  Printer's woodcut device on final leaf.  Some dusting throughout.  Occasional early marginalia.  An excellent copy, with very important provenance, of this most important book.

Building the Bridge
Robert Emerson Curtis


Building the Bridge by Robert Emerson Curtis

Bookseller: Roz Hulse Ltd. Conway UK
Publication Date: 1933
Publisher: Simmons Ltd, Sydney AU
Book Price: £980.00
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A beautiful illustrated book about an iconic work of construction. Limited Edition. Inscribed by author/illustrator, making this a rare book, with a very interesting association. Cloth backed paper boards decorated in silver and red with an underside view of the bridge in construction.

Niece of the Headmistress
Dorothy Vicary


Niece of the Headmistress by Dorothy Vicary

Bookseller: Librarius, Chester le Street, DUR, UK
Publication Date: 1939
Publisher: Blackie & Son Ltd.
Book Price: £136.00
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Blackie & Son Limited, 1939. First edition. Rare, collectable. Tan cloth hardcover. Green border and black title to front board. Title and illustration of girl playing hockey to spine. Very good condition; minor edgewear, dusty top-edge of text block. Nice, flat copy; good, tight binding. Internally unmarked. B/w illustrated frontispiece, with b/w plates by F. E. Moorsom throughout. From the author of 'Lucy Brown's Schooldays', this is a charming schoolgirl story in the style of Winifred Norlin, Angela Brazil and Elinor M. Brent-Dyer.

The Complete Talking Heads
Alan Bennett


The Complete Talking Heads by Alan Bennett

Bookseller: Greenroom Books, Ilkley, West Yorkshire UK
Publication Date: 2001
Publisher: BBC Books
Book Price: SOLD

The appeal of this book lies in its dedication by Bennett to a fellow playwright, including a charming cartoon sketch of himself, made by the author. Contains the twelve monologues plus 'A Woman of No Importance'. There are three intros by Bennett, totalling approx 25 pp. Illlustrated by stills from the pieces showing the performers, who were Patricia Routledge, Stephanie Cole, Thora Hird, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Eileen Atkins, David Haig, Penelope Wilton and Bennett himself. The dedication is to playwright Willis Hall, and reads: 'To Willis, with all best wishes from Alan'.

Encyclopaedia Britannica
Encyclopaedia Britannica


Encyclopaedia Britannica

Bookseller: Ely Books, Ely UK
Publication Date: 1797
Publisher: Printed for A. Bell & MacFarquhar
Book Price: £1,950.00
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Constructed on a plan, by which the different sciences and arts are digested into the form, of distinct treatises or systems, comprehending the history, theory, and practice, of each, according to the latest discoveries and improvements. 1797. The third edition, 18 volumes, illustrated with 542 copper plates, including many Maps.

The history and antiquities, as well ecclesiastical as civil, of the Isle of Tenet, in Kent. The second edition, with additions.
John Lewis


Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie

Bookseller: Hugh Pagan Limited, Brockenhurst, UK
Publication Date: 1736
Publisher: "printed for the author, and for Joseph Ames, and Peter Thompson"
Book Price: £907.50
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Its author, Rev.John Lewis (1675-1747), Vicar of Minster in Thanet, was an active local antiquary, and he provides a full account of the Isle, which, although comprising ten parishes only, included the seaside towns of Margate and Ramsgate. He also provides illustrations of the principal local buildings, including the North Foreland lighthouse, and prints the texts of relevant Anglo-Saxon charters and verbatim extracts from other relevant documents.

Poems by Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen


Poems by Wilfred Owen

Bookseller: Ocean Stripe Books, Cornwall UK
Publication Date: 1920
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Book Price: £1,800.00
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Rare 1st Edition of these poems about The Great War. The only volume of poems by this writer, who was killed on the front during the Great War, in 1918. The number of copies of this first edition from 1920 was small. Introduced by Seigfreid Sassoon. An historic publication in the field of war poetry, as Owen's approach to his subject was not to glorify war, but to draw on his direct experiences of its true horror & ultimate futility.

Harry Potter Series
JK Rowling


Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Bookseller: www.rareandsigned.com, Leeds, UK
Publication Date: 1997-2006
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Book Price: £52,000.00
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All true first editions, in hardcovers, first printings, and first state issue of 'Azkaban' as required. Original pictorial covered boards. With dustjackets (not issued for 'Philosopher's Stone'). Each title near fine, in fine wrappers. Each title is signed by the author. Accompanying items of provenance and ephemera including a Golden Ticket (for the 'Goblet' book signing) and various Harry Potter accompaniments.

Bibliotheque Latine-Fracaise (176 volumes)
C.L.F. Panckoucke, Jules Pierrot


Bibliotheque Latine-Fracaise (176 volumes)

Bookseller: Emile Kerssemakers, Heerlen, Netherlands
Publication Date: 1825-137
Publisher: C.L.F. Panckoucke
Book Price: £2,813.65
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Paris, C.L.F. Panckoucke, All published between 1825 & 1837. 176 volumes (almost a complete set, a few vols. missing). Brown half leather, gilt text on spines; 23 cm. Text in Latin and French (covers (mainly edges) sl. worn, paper sl. foxed, sl. browned, convent library stamps) Although still very good set, see image. Volumes present: Histoire naturelle de Pline. 20 vols. Théatre de Plaute. 8 vols. (vol. 2 missing). Tragédies de L.A. Sénèque. 3 vols. Oeuvres complètes de Sénèque. 8 vols. Mémoires de Jules César. 3 vols. Valère Maxime. 3 vols. Oeuvres complètes de Stace. 4 vols. Poésies de C.V. Catulle. 1 vol. Élégies de Properce. 1 vol. Histoire Romaine de Caius Velleius. 1 vol. Épigrammes de M. Val. Martial. 4 vols. Histoire d'Alexandre le Grand par Quinte-Curce. 3 vols. Oeuvres complètes d'Ovide. 10 vols. Oeuvres complètes de Cicéron. 36 vols. Élégies de A. Tibulle. 1 vol. Fables de Phèdre. 1 vol. Les vies de Cornelius Nepos. 1 vol. Satires de Perse. 1 vol. Histoire universelle de Justin. 2 vols. Oeuvres compl. d'Horace. 2 vols. Lettres de Pline le Jeune. 3 vols. Institution oratoire de Quintilien. 6 vols. Histoire Romaine de Tite Live. 17 vols. Lucrèce. 2 vols. Pharsale de M.A. Lucain. 2 vols. L. Annaeus Florius. 1 vol. Valerius Flaccus. 1 vol. Oeuvres compl. de Claudien. 2 vols. Apulée. 4 vols. Oeuvres compl. de Virgile. 4 vols. Silius Italicus. 3 vols. C.C. Tacite. Annales. 3 vols. C.C. Tacite. Histoires. 2 vols. C.C. Tacite. Germanie. 1 vol. (of 6?) C.C. Tacite. Index. 1 vol. Oeuvres de Salluste. 2 vols. Les comédies de P. Térence. 3 vols. Suétone. 3 vols. Satires de Juvénal. 2 vols. & Iconographie de la Bibliothèque Latine-Française. 117000g.


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