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Maggs Bros Ltd.Maggs Bros. Ltd.
50 Berkeley Square, London, UK
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Maggs Bros. Ltd., established in 1853, is one of the world's largest antiquarian booksellers. Serious about books without being stuffy, we are proud of our traditions and history but are continually looking to the future. We embrace the new age of information technology, and combine with it a continuity which has seen us deal with successive generations of collectors and with libraries over many decades.

We are delighted to sell individual items to new customers, but are at our best when building and sustaining long-term relationships. We handle books and manuscripts of the very highest quality, and act as advisors and booksellers to many of the world's finest collections, both private and institutional, but also go out of our way to stock books over a wide price range.

As well as selling books, we of course buy them, and do so around the world. We take pride in being honest and generous buyers and have the resources to deal with the largest of collections as well as interesting individual items. -- Maggs Bros. Ltd.


Highlights from Maggs Bros. Ltd inventory on AbeBooks:

The zoology of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle during the years 1832-1836 under the command of Captain Fitzroy
Charles Darwin

5 parts in 3 vols., first edition, Freeman's parts and volumes issue, 82 hand-coloured lithographed plates, (of which 32 mammals & 50 birds), 84 uncoloured lithographs (2 of which double page & 1 folding), a very good copy except that there is slight foxing to plates and text at he beginning and end of the first volume as well as a minor abrasion in the top outer corner of part II, Mammalia, and bound without an errata slip and two half titles, but with additional material not called for (see below), contemporary russia, bound by J[ohn] Adlard (of Villiers Street, Strand), signed in blind on front turn-ins, gilt edge, joints repaired, armorial bookplate of William Slaney Kenyon-Slaney, 4to., London, Smith Elder, 1838-43 Freeman 9. £80,000.00


The Art of Cookery, Made Plain and Easy; Which far exceeds any Thing of the Kind ever yet Published
Hannah Glasse. By A Lady

London: Chapman & Hall, 1859. Wraps. Vg. 1st Edition. 8vo. In original 7/8 parts 1st issue with 213 misnumbered 113. 16 plates "advertiser" complet in parts 1,2 &4 including the cornhill Magazine leaf in final part . Part 1 with slip announcing discontinuance of Household words. additional advertisements publishers blue printed wrappers, partly unopened, lower wrapper of parts 7/8 substituted with part3, neatly rebacked in blue solendar box. £14,000.00


The Diary kept by T.E. Lawrence while Travelling in Arabia during 1911
T.E. Lawrence

Illustrated after photographs by Lawrence, complete with tissues, and with the half-page illustration by Eric Kennington in gold and black. One of only 40 numbered copies on Medway paper.4to., original limp vellum, lettered in gilt on the spine and upper cover, gilt corvine design to lower cover, white silk ties intact, t.e.g., others uncut, the original card slipcase discreetly repaired at edges. Corvinus Press. 1937. Apart from the three special copies kept by Viscount Carlow, founder of the Corvinus Press, which were illustrated with original photographs rather than the collotypes used here, this is the most desirable of the three main states. £3,500.00


Diamonds Are Forever
Ian Fleming

First edition. 8vo., a very good copy in original black cloth, spine lettered in silver, silver ornament at centre of upper cover on a blind ground of diamond shapes, illustrated dust jacket with a few very mild chips at extremities. London, Jonathan Cape. 1956. Ownership inscription of Henry Blofeld. £2,250.00


Jocko the Brazilian ape
Madame de Chatelain

Adapted from the German by Madame de Chatelain. "Second edition". Illustrated with 14 hand coloured plates. Oblong 8vo., original pictorial boards. London, A.N. Myers. No date, c. 1870. Osborne p. 871, where the illustrations are described as being after E. Ille. There was a Leipzig edition of c. 1860, but there does not appear to be an earlier English printing. The wise monkey of the title returns, after European adventures, to Brazil, where he can live "without fear of professors, market women, barons, or police officers." Not found in BLC; three reported by OCLC: Toronto, Indiana, Pennsylvania. £175.00


Sleep No More
George Sims

First edition. 8vo., a fine copy in original red cloth, bright yellow dust jacket lettered in red and black. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd. 1973. Roy Fuller wrote: "George Sims is an aficionado of many of the types of interest that have made the best crime novels important. Popular and less popular music, the bombing of the London Docks, racing driving itself - such things are touched into his story with cool, authority. He is, in fact, one of those novelists, nominally an entertainer, with the power to give us the very sniff of the age". £45.00

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