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Professor John Hugh Wyttenbach (from the German of), edited under the direction of Dawson Turner:
The Stranger's Guide to the Roman Antiquities of the City of Treves. [present-day Trier]. PLUS: ALs: letters from Wyttenbach tipped in. To which are added, plates from unpublished drawings, and other illustrations.

London: John W. Parker, 1839. First English edition. viii, 143, (i), +16 adverts. With 10 plates, and a number of vignettes in the text. Tipped in at the front are two items of correspondence (in German) from Wyttenbach to the antiquarian James Yates: An 1837 note, thanking him for his learned works; and an 1839 letter, barely legible, with Yates' interlinear transcription (which I struggle to interpret). Both are accompanied by part of the envelopes addressed to Yates in which they came, the second still bearing its seal. At page 60, are also tipped in two illustrations which echo the type of arch illustrated in the facing plate and vignette: one, a loose sketch in brown ink, and the other a finely-done ink drawing(?) - apparently taken from the view in the vignette. Besides these, there is a note in Yates' hand at the foot of p.58, and a reference to another work on Trier on the first blank leaf. Contents very clean. 22.5x14cms, with the original yellow endpapers, in the original binding of green cloth, ruled and decorated in blind, spine titled in gilt. Gilt a little dulled, spine caps refurbished. A clean, firm and very nice association copy. Very Good+.

Price: £425.00


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William Corry:
A Tour Round the World. Being a Narrative of Travel compiled from Private Journals. [Inscribed copy].

London: Printed for Private Circulation, 1879. First edition. [vi], 287pp. Front blank inscribed 'To Mrs George Workman / with the Author's kind regards / Dunraven / Belfast / 17 Jan 1879'. Pages clean and bright, with some minimal foxing to a few pages, and a small and shallow faint stain to the edges towards the beginning of the book. With the original ash brown endpapers. In the original binding of royal blue grained cloth over bevelled boards, ruled in black, and titled and illustrated in gilt: bright, with very little discoloration or soiling. With small professional refurbishments to the inner joints and covers: a very nice copy. Very Good.

Price: £280.00


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Illustrated by Edward J. Detmold:
The Fables of Aesop. [Signed Limited Edition].

London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1900. First edition. Ltd Edn, #146 of 750 signed copies. Contents, including the 25 plates, fresh and fine. Endpapers slightly tanned, rear pastedown bubbling slightly, and small (5x1.5cm) brown stain to edge of rear endpaper, the adjacent page slightly affected. No names or marking. Top edge gilt. 31.5x21.5cms, large quarto, in the original binding of white/cream buckram, decorated in gilt. Upper board and spine are bright, lower board less so, and the gilt scarab is rubbed. Spine cloth uneven (bubbling): there is also some bubbling along the lower joint, and a very little to the upper board. Corners all good, foot of spine slightly puckered. A beautiful, firm copy. Very Good.
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Price: £850.00


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Moliere, translated by Frederic Spencer:
The Love-Tiff: Moliere's Depit Amoureux. [Inscribed by translator]

Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1930. First edition. [vi], 50pp. Front free endpaper bears a 1930 gift inscription by the Spencer 'in old friendship', and laid in is his handwritten letter to accompany it. Unopened, and printed on laid paper, with slight foxing to ends. In the original thin card covered in decorative paper with a printed label to the front. Some browning, and the paper yapp edges have frayed with some loss. Half inch chip to foot of spine, and splits to paper surface of spine and upper joint, but boards firm. A pretty item, and scarce. VG.

Price: £38.00


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W.W. Walters: with Memories of Early Years by George Bernard Shaw, and special messages by the Lord Bishop of London and Viscount Wakefield:
Ensor Walters and the London he loves. [Signed Copy].

London: Epworth Press, 1937. Second Impression. 166pp, with a frontis portrait. Front free endpaper signed diagonally 'C. Ensor Walters'. A little faint soiling to this endpaper, contents otherwise clean. In the original binding of red cloth, ruled and titled in black: bright and sharp, with slight puckering to spine ends. In the protected unclipped portrait dust jacket. Front panel good with a small chip at the corner, spine good with head scuffed and heavy scuffing to joints - the lower joint partly scuffed through. [The Bernard Shaw connection - he sat with Walters for some years on the St Pancras Vestry and, later, on the new Borough Council.] Very Good+ in G dust-jacket.

Price: £45.00


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John Middleton Murry:
Cinnamon and Angelica: A Play. [Inscribed copy].

London: Andrew Dakers Ltd, n.d. [1941]. Revised edition. 111pp. Front free endpaper inscribed in spidery writing 'To Gran,/ with every good wish/ from the author/ John Middleton Murry/ Xmas 1945.' This is followed by a later gift inscription in biro. A little foxing to the endpapers and final text page, contents otherwise clean. 8vo, in the original blue paper covers with a printed paper label to the front: blue fading at spine and edges, and a small ink mark to the back. Good firm copy. Very Good.

Price: £32.00


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Leonora Starr: [Dorothy Rivers Mackesy, wife of the mayor of Southwold, Suffolk]:
Family of Four. [Signed Copy]

London: Herbert Jenkins, 1952. First edition. 190pp +(2)adverts. Front free endpaper signed by author. Contents clean and unmarked, though closed edges foxed, spots encroaching slightly on page edges. In the original binding of red cloth, titled in black, very clean and bright, with knock to top front corner. In the protected unclipped pictorial dust jacket, bright and clean, with a thin score mark down the front and light scuffs to edges. Scarce in jacket. Very Good in VG dust-jacket.

Price: £35.00


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Patricia Wentworth:
Ladies' Bane. [Inscribed copy]

London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1954. First edition. 256pp. Front free endpaper inscribed diagonally in biro: 'C. Percival. / Xmas. 1954. / Patricia Wentworth', starting at the top left and finishing at bottom right of the page. Contents clean. Endpapers tanned, prelims have a couple of faint foxing spots, and there is a faint mark to the closed fore-edge of the text block. In the original light red cloth-textured binding, spine titled in black, clean and firm. Spine ends blunted, and small knock to tip of one corner. In a protected unclipped pictorial first edition dust jacket taken from another copy. This is fairly clean and bright, with some scuffs to the edges, some fraying with minor loss at spine ends and corners, and a small closed indentation tear to the spine surface. Good copy: Wentworth signed or inscribed copies are rare. VG in G dust-jacket.

Price: £220.00


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Winston Graham:
The Sleeping Partner. [Inscribed Copy]

London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1956. First edition. 223, [1]. Front free endpaper inscribed: 'Ellie, from Winston, with love. 28.6.56'. Contents clean and unmarked, except that the first and last few pages have light foxing to the margin, and there are a few spots to the closed fore-edge. In the original binding of navy cloth, spine titled in gilt: binding firm, spine faded, ends blunted. In the protected unclipped pictorial dust jacket. Front panel bright, but with chips to upper corners, edges creased and scuffed; small chips to spine ends, not affecting print; lower panel soiled and with small chips to edges. Reverse side repaired with recent non-decaying tape and another unidentified tape which has browned a little. Fair only copy, with a good inscription. VG- in G dust-jacket.

Price: £40.00


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Thom Keyes:
The Battle of Disneyland. [Inscribed Copy]

London: W. H. Allen, 1974. First edition. 190pp. With a rambling signed gift inscription from the author on the front free endpaper, as well as his signature 'Thom' to the title page. Contents otherwise clean. In the original bright yellow cloth-textured binding titled in red, clean, bright and firm, with very slight blunting to spine ends. In the protected unclipped pictorial dust jacket: bright and clean, with some fading to the red title on the spine, and top edge slightly knocked. Very Good+ in very good dust-jacket.

Price: £25.00


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Roald Dahl:
My Uncle Oswald. [Signed copy / Inscribed copy]

London: Michael Joseph, 1979. First edition. 221pp. Contents very clean. Front endpaper boldly inscribed 'To George / Love / Roald / 1979'. Firm, in the original blue cloth-textured binding titled in gilt, clean, bright and firm, corners sharp, slight blunting of spine ends. In the protected unclipped pictorial dust jacket, crisp and complete, front bright, slightly yellowed to the top edge, and with some sunning to the spine. A very good copy. Near Fine in very good+ dust-jacket.

Price: £525.00


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Jack Pollard: with a Foreword by Sir Donald Bradman: edited by Ian Moir:
Australian Cricket: The Game and the Players. [Signed by Don Bradman].

Sydney, London, etc: Hodder and Stoughton in association with Australian Broadcasting Commission, 1982. Limited edition: #302 of 452 copies signed by Bradman. The parchment-style limitation page is followed by 1162pp, with many illustrations, some in colour. Contents fresh and clean and unmarked, as new. 9.5 x 6.5ins, top edge gilt, with silk bookmark, in the original padded binding of green morocco, spine titled in gilt, in the matching (untitled) slipcase. The binding is as new, the slipcase much the same but has a few tiny scuffs to extremities. Beautiful copy. Fine, in very near fine slip-case.
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Price: £340.00


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Allan Chappelow: with a foreword by Vera Brittain:
Shaw ~ "The Chucker-Out". [Signed copy] A Biographical Exposition and Critique.

London: George Allen & Unwin, 1983. Reprint. xx, 558pp, illustrated. Contents clean, fresh and unmarked, with Chappelow's signature on the title page. In the original binding of bright red leatherette titled in gilt, clean and bright, corners sharp: spine ends bumped, and there is a small split to the leatherette surface near the head of the upper joint. In the protected price-clipped pictorial dust jacket: clean and bright, knocked at spine ends and with a closed tear at the head. Very nice copy. VG in VG+ dust-jacket.
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Price: £36.00


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Edited by Rob Jackson: and signed by Arthur C. Clarke, Doris Lessing, Frederik Pohl, Brian Aldiss, Jim Burns and 14 others present:
Frontier Crossings: A Souvenir of the 45th World Science Fiction Convention, Conspiracy '87, held in Brighton, Gt Britain, from August 27th to September 1st 1987. SIGNED by a number of the attendees.

London: Science Fiction Conventions Ltd, trading as Conspiracy '87, 1987. Number #060 of a Signed Limited Edition of 135. 190, [2]; with adverts, photographs, and illustrations (some coloured) including the Jim Burns colour foldout frontis (used as a jacket in the regular edition, but here without the title across it). Page 1 is the autographs and limitation page (hand-numbered), with the tipped-in sheet bearing the autographs of Arthur C.Clarke, Doris Lessing, Frederik Pohl, Brian Aldiss, Jim Burns, Ray Harryhausen, Les Edwards, Dave Langford, Walt Willis, Rob Jackson, Peter Nicholls, Joyce Slater, Ken Slater, W.M. Gibson, Ian Miller, John Clute, and three others I can't identify. Text and articles convey a lively ferment. Contents very clean. Quarto, in the Limited Edition binding of navy faux leather titled in gilt, in a slipcase to the same design: all clean and firm, corners sharp, though gilt lettering tarnished. Very Good+.
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Price: £180.00


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Martine Le Coz:
Ailleurs, les Oiseaux... : Theatre. [Inscribed copy].

Amboise: Martine Le Coz: (Imprimerie Pinçon), 1987. First edition. 75pp, printed mostly in blue, and illustrated with five of the author's exquisite coloured drawings. Title page inscription to The City of London Freemen's school appears to be by the author. This is the earliest work by Le Coz of which I can find any reference online, and it appears to have won her some recognition: according to the back flap bio notes under her photo: '..dessinatrice et auteur de contes philosophiques, d'expression symbolique. Medaille d'or de l'Academie Internationale de Lutèce 1987 pour la pièce <>'. Contents very clean. 210x150mm, in cream card covers reproducing one of the illustrations from the book. However, while the back cover has a fold-in flap, the front does not: either this was an eccentricity or it may have been very neatly excised at some time. There is some very light soiling to the covers, and some toning to the spine. Very Good.

Price: £80.00


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James Plunkett:
The Circus Animals. [Inscribed Copy].

London: Hutchinson, 1990. First edition. 305pp. Very fresh copy, with author's signature and warm 1990 inscription (signed Jim) to title page. Very faint foxing to text block edges. In the original green cloth-textured binding titled in gilt, clean, firm and bright, corners sharp, foot of spine slightly blunted. In the protected unclipped pictorial dust jacket, crisp and bright, with very slight foxing to inner flaps. Near Fine in near fine dust-jacket.

Price: £26.00


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Stephen Amidon:
Thirst. [Inscribed Copy]

London: Bloomsbury, 1992. First edition. [iv], 220pp. Very fresh, unread copy, with author's note on title page thanking the recipient, and signed 'love, Stephen'. In the original blue cloth-textured binding titled in gilt, clean, bright and firm. In the protected unclipped pictorial dust jacket, very bright and fresh. Lovely copy. Near Fine in near fine dust-jacket.

Price: £30.00


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Thom Gunn:
The Man with Night Sweats. [Signed copy]

London: Faber and Faber, 1992. First edition. 88pp. Little-read copy (pages don't fall open) with faint tanning to page edges. Contents clean and unmarked: signed 'Thom Gunn' to upper corner of title page. In the original grey cloth-textured binding, clean and firm, corners sharp. Head of spine slightly blunted with top edge (1mm) sunned. In the protected unclipped pictorial dust jacket: bright and crisp, with shallow scuffs to edges, mostly affecting upper corners and spine ends. A particularly nice signed hardback first edition copy. Near Fine in very good dust-jacket.

Price: £440.00


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Michael Richey: with an introduction by Libby Purves:
A Taste of the Antarctic. [Inscribed and signed Limited Edition]

Williamston, NC: Privately Printed for Nicholas Scheetz, 1997. Limited edition. [42]pp, printed recto. #18 of 80 copies, signed by Richey on the limitation page, and with his gift inscription to Libby Purbes on the front free endpaper. Her introduction is a paean to the man. He was director of the Royal Institute of Navigation, and when young trained with Eric Gill, so no surprise that the woodcut on the title page is also by him. Written in his 20s, this short piece was here published for the first time to celebrate his 80th birthday. Landscape format, 16x24cms, in the original blue and white marbled boards bound with silk tape. Entirely fresh and unmarked copy, with no cover or envelope. Fine.

Price: £100.00


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Christopher Hitchens:
Unacknowledged Legislation: Writers in the Public Sphere. [Inscribed copy].

London: Verso, 2001. Reprint. xx, 358pp. Inscribed to the title page 'For Liz, with love / Chris'. Contents otherwise clean and unmarked. In the original binding of quarter dark blue cloth titled in black, with lighter blue paper-covered boards. Fresh, bright, corners sharp, spine ends blunted. In the protected unclipped pictorial jacket, puckered at head of spine and slightly to top edge of back panel. Very nice copy. Very Good+ in very good dust-jacket.

Price: £320.00


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