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  • 12 Books That Changed The World by BRAGG, Melvyn
    BRAGG, Melvyn
    12 Books That Changed The World

    London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2006. First edition in original dust jacket. Hardback in black cloth with gilt title to spine. 24 colour plates and many b/w illustrations. 372 pp. 240 x 160 mm (9½ x 6¼ inches). Near fine in a near fine unclipped dust jacket. The 12 books are: Principia Mathematica (1687) by Isaac Newton; Married Love (1918) by Marie Stopes; Magna Carta (1215); Book of Rules of Association Football (1863); On the Origin of Species (1859) by Charles Darwin; On the Abolition of the Slave Trade (1789) by William Wilberforce in Parliament, immediately printed in several versions; A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) by Mary Wollstonecraft; Experimental Researches in Electricity (three volumes, 1839, 1844, 1855)…

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    London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2006. First edition in original dust jacket. Hardback in black cloth with gilt title to spine. 24 colour plates and many b/w illustrations. 372 pp. 240 x 160 mm (9½ x 6¼ inches). Near fine in a near fine unclipped dust jacket. The 12 books are: Principia Mathematica (1687) by Isaac Newton; Married Love (1918) by Marie Stopes; Magna Carta (1215); Book of Rules of Association Football (1863); On the Origin of Species (1859) by Charles Darwin; On the Abolition of the Slave Trade (1789) by William Wilberforce in Parliament, immediately printed in several versions; A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) by Mary Wollstonecraft; Experimental Researches in Electricity (three volumes, 1839, 1844, 1855) by Michael Faraday; Patent Specification for Arkwright's Spinning Machine (1769) by Richard Arkwright; The King James Bible (1611) by William Tyndale and 54 scholars appointed by the king; An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776) by Adam Smith; and The First Folio (1623) by William Shakespeare.

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    Book ID: 2073
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  • A Bibliography of A. Conan Doyle. by LANCELYN GREEN, Richard & GIBSON, John Michael
    LANCELYN GREEN, Richard & GIBSON, John Michael
    A Bibliography of A. Conan Doyle. With a foreword by Graham Greene.

    Boston, London, New York: Hudson House, 2000. First Revised Edition of Lancelyn Green and Gibson's comprehensive bibliography of Arthur Conan Doyle. Hardback in original unclipped dust jacket. Book boards and dust jacket all near fine. Inside the book is in an almost unread condition. This bibliography is divided into five sections covering fiction, plays, and belles-lettres; miscellaneous writings (histories, political pamphlets, speeches, wartime propaganda, autobiographies, and his works on spiritualism); prefaces and minor contributions; uncollected stories, letters, and articles; and a selective list of biographical sources (the major biographies, reminiscences, magazine and newspaper reports, and articles). 726 pages. 235 x 160 mm (9¼ x 6¼ inches).

    Book ID: 4162
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  • A Book of Modern Ballads. by Havers, Alice (Illustrator)
    Havers, Alice (Illustrator)
    A Book of Modern Ballads.

    London: Hildesheimer & Faulkner, 1892. First edition. Brown cloth binding with gold and silver blocked design and titles to front. Fully illustrated with charming chromolithographs, some full-page. All edges gilt. Boards a little bumped and scuffed, pages age toned and with some foxing, but overall in good shape. Features poems by (among others) Rossetti, Swinburne, Browning, Shelley, Weatherly, and Gilbert.40 pp. 250 x 190 mm (9¾ x 7½ inches).

    Book ID: 2497
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  • A bound collection of The Literary Miscellany. by COLLINS, William. et. al.
    COLLINS, William. et. al.
    A bound collection of The Literary Miscellany.

    London: G. Nicholson, 1802. The bound collection comprises 9 pamphlets with poems and essays, all published in the same format by G. Nicholson. These are published as part of "The Literary Miscellany: or Extracts and Selections Classical and Scientific." Each has an engraved title page, and an engraving on the final page. White hardback (paper covered boards). Leather label to spine with gilt title "Poems 1" which implies a second unknown collection. The white boards are a little marked and darkened, but still presentable. Internally slightly darkened, but overall in very good condition. To each of the items, is a penciled number on the title, presumably giving a publication number (?) The advert to the rear of the book…

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    London: G. Nicholson, 1802. The bound collection comprises 9 pamphlets with poems and essays, all published in the same format by G. Nicholson. These are published as part of "The Literary Miscellany: or Extracts and Selections Classical and Scientific." Each has an engraved title page, and an engraving on the final page. White hardback (paper covered boards). Leather label to spine with gilt title "Poems 1" which implies a second unknown collection. The white boards are a little marked and darkened, but still presentable. Internally slightly darkened, but overall in very good condition. To each of the items, is a penciled number on the title, presumably giving a publication number (?) The advert to the rear of the book indicates that around 100 such pamphlets were produced (or intended). Text in English. The collection comprises: La collection reliée comprend 9 brochures avec des poèmes et des essais, tous publiés dans le même format par G. Nicholson. Ceux-ci sont publiés dans le cadre de "The Literary Miscellany: or Extracts and Selections Classical and Scientific". Chacun a une page de titre gravée et une gravure sur la dernière page. Couverture cartonnée blanche (planches recouvertes de papier). Etiquette en cuir au dos avec titre doré « Poèmes 1 » qui sous-entend un deuxième recueil inconnu. Les planches blanches sont un peu marquées et assombries, mais toujours présentables. Intérieur légèrement noirci, mais dans l'ensemble en très bon état. Pour chacun des articles, est un numéro au crayon sur le titre, donnant vraisemblablement un numéro de publication (?) L'annonce à l'arrière du livre indique qu'environ 100 de ces brochures ont été produites (ou prévues). Texte en anglais. La collection comprend :
    COLLINS, William. (1802) Poems. With the author's life. vi, 30pp.
    JENYNS, Soame. (1802) Poems, Containing the Art of Dancing and other Pieces. With the Author's life. 38pp
    DYER, George, ROBINSON, Mrs, BARBAULD, A.L. & OGILVIE, J. (no date) Odes. 62pp.
    Didactic Poetry: Chiron to Achlles; The Highwayman's Soliloquy (1802) 38pp.
    CUMBERLAND, R. (1812) Humourous: The History of Nicholas Pedrosa and other pieces. 36pp.
    PHILLIPS, Sarah (1802) Moral Tale (from the French of de Saint Lambert). 26pp.
    Moral Tales (undated) La Roche; Wolemar and his Dog; Veracity of a Moor. 24pp.
    Moral Tales (1805) The Grateful Turk; Androcles and the Lion; The Horse; Phillis and Damaris. 24pp.
    PRATT, FRANKLIN, DE GENLIS &c. (1805) On Education. 40pp. Adverts 2pp.

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    Book ID: 3516
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  • A Chair for the Prophet. by CLAUDE
    CLAUDE
    A Chair for the Prophet.

    London: Faber & Faber, 1959. First edition of this novel, the title of which derives from an old Jewish legend. Set in the newly established state of Israel, it follows the story of a young couple, who have gone to search for oil. Original dust wrapper. A little nicking and bumping to the top edge. Slight darkening to the edges. Green boards - these have an old damp stain to the spine and boards - also visible to the inside boards, but doesn't affect the wrapper or the rest of the book. Rest of book is clean and tidy, with just a touch of darkening / foxing to the closed page edges. This is Claude's third novel. 223 pages. 190 by 130mm (7½ by 5 inches).

    Book ID: 4020
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  • A Dark Lantern. by ROBINS, Elizabeth (C. E. Raimond)
    ROBINS, Elizabeth (C. E. Raimond)
    A Dark Lantern. A Story with a Prologue.

    London: William Heinemann, 1905. First edition. This novel was turned in to a (now lost) silent film in 1920. Bound in green cloth, with black and silver decoration to the front. Silver title to spine. 368 pages. 200 x 130 mm (7¾ x 5 inches).
    Elizabeth Robins was an American actor, playwright, novelist, and important suffragette. For a time Robins wrote under the name C. E. Raimond in an attempt to keep her acting and writing careers separate. Covers lightly rubbed, spine very slightly faded. Prelims are moderately foxed, page edges also. Otherwise a good copy.

    Book ID: 2711
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  • A Gentleman of France. by WEYMAN, Stanley
    WEYMAN, Stanley
    A Gentleman of France. Being The Memoirs Of Gaston De Bonne Sieur De Marsac

    London: Longmans Green & Co, 1894. New edition. Blue cloth hardback beveled boards with gilt title to front and spine. From the library of the author Maarten Maartens. Black end papers. Frontis with tissue guard, illustrated title page. Book is in a fair condition only, as it is foxed throughout. Text is in English. 412 pages. 190 x 130 mm (7½ x 5 inches). Nouvelle édition. Plats biseautés cartonnés en toile bleue avec titre doré au recto et au dos. De la bibliothèque de l'auteur Maarten Maartens. Feuilles de garde noires. Frontis avec garde en tissu, page de titre illustrée. Le livre est dans un état passable seulement, car il est entièrement recouvert de rousseurs. text en Anglais. 412 pages. 190 x 130 mm (7½ x 5 pouces).

    Book ID: 2857
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  • A Guinness Sport Folio by [ANON]
    [ANON]
    A Guinness Sport Folio

    Guinness. Printed by John Waddington Ltd, 1952. As the slogan on the back cover says: There's nothing like a Guinness; except another! Softback colour promotional booklet, with the year divided in to various sporting activities by month. Undated, but circa 1952. First Edition. Designed for Guinness by S. H. Benson Limited. A few very small spots of foxing throughout, often barely visible. Otherwise very good. Illustrated throughout by Anthony Groves-Raines. 16 pages. 240 x 165 mm (9½ x 6½ inches).

    Book ID: 3005
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  • A Man of No Moon. by McPHEE, Jenny
    McPHEE, Jenny
    A Man of No Moon.

    Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2007. First edition. Hardback black boards under original unclipped dust jacket. Neat author's dedication to fellow author Fay Weldon; as this was once Ms Weldon's copy. Beginning in post war Rome, the novel follows the story of a successful writer and his relationship with two American film actress sisters, as they struggle to make sense of life, and love. Both the book and dust jacket are in fine, almost unread, condition. 271 pages. 220 x 150 mm (8¾ x 6 inches).

    . Première édition. Couverture rigide en carton noir sous jaquette d'origine non fermée. Belle dédicace de l'auteur à sa consœur Fay Weldon, car il s'agissait autrefois de l'exemplaire de Mme Weldon. Commençant dans la Rome d'après-guerre,…

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    Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2007. First edition. Hardback black boards under original unclipped dust jacket. Neat author's dedication to fellow author Fay Weldon; as this was once Ms Weldon's copy. Beginning in post war Rome, the novel follows the story of a successful writer and his relationship with two American film actress sisters, as they struggle to make sense of life, and love. Both the book and dust jacket are in fine, almost unread, condition. 271 pages. 220 x 150 mm (8¾ x 6 inches).

    . Première édition. Couverture rigide en carton noir sous jaquette d'origine non fermée. Belle dédicace de l'auteur à sa consœur Fay Weldon, car il s'agissait autrefois de l'exemplaire de Mme Weldon. Commençant dans la Rome d'après-guerre, le roman suit l'histoire d'un écrivain à succès et sa relation avec deux sœurs actrices de cinéma américaines, alors qu'elles luttent pour donner un sens à la vie et à l'amour. Le livre et la jaquette sont en parfait état, presque sans avoir été lus. 271 pages. 220 x 150 mm

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    Book ID: 4208
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  • A Passage to India. by FORSTER, E.M.
    FORSTER, E.M.
    A Passage to India.

    London: Edward Arnold & Co, 1924. First edition. Hardback. Olive green publisher's cloth (variant binding) with black titles and device. A little bumping and rubbing to the boards, but overall a very good copy. Inside a clean and tidy copy, with a little darkening to the edges only. 190 by 130 mm (7½ by 5 inches). 325, [iii] pp.

    Book ID: 2501
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  • A Village Tragedy. by WOODS, Margaret L.
    WOODS, Margaret L.
    A Village Tragedy.

    London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1889. Second edition. In original dark blue cloth, lettered in gilt to spine. 'The story is set between the deadly slums of London and the threatening fields, ponds and railway lines of the Oxfordshire countryside.' (Times Literary Supplement). Has a slight lean. Some moderate foxing throughout. 229 pp. 175 x 125 mm (7 x 5 inches).

    Book ID: 2099
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  • Again, Dangerous Visions. by ELLISON, Harlan (Ed.)
    ELLISON, Harlan (Ed.)
    Again, Dangerous Visions.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1972. First edition. In original price clipped dust jacket. An anthology of 46 specially written original science fiction short stories from 42 writers - including Dean Koontz, Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gregory Benford and many more. Illustrated in b/w by Ed Emshwiller. Dust jacket is in a good condition with only minor shelf wear, and one very small chip to top at front. Inside, the book is very clean and fresh. Previous owner's gift message in pen to half title. Overall a great copy of the sequel to Ellison's speculative fiction collection from five years previous: Dangerous Visions. The book jacket's description closes by saying "This book takes off where…

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    Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1972. First edition. In original price clipped dust jacket. An anthology of 46 specially written original science fiction short stories from 42 writers - including Dean Koontz, Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gregory Benford and many more. Illustrated in b/w by Ed Emshwiller. Dust jacket is in a good condition with only minor shelf wear, and one very small chip to top at front. Inside, the book is very clean and fresh. Previous owner's gift message in pen to half title. Overall a great copy of the sequel to Ellison's speculative fiction collection from five years previous: Dangerous Visions. The book jacket's description closes by saying "This book takes off where Dangerous Visions stopped and it is a better book than Dangerous Visions". 830 pages. 225 x 145 mm (8¾ x 5¾ inches).

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    Book ID: 3957
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  • Age of Surrealism. by FOWLIE, Wallace
    FOWLIE, Wallace
    Age of Surrealism.

    London: Dennis Dobson, 1953. First British edition. Published in hardback in original dust jacket. Russet cloth boards under jacket are clean. Dust jacket is light coloured so has some age toning and grubbiness. The first popularly written history of surrealism in art and literature which has appeared in Great Britain when it was published. Professor Fowlie deals in this book with the artists: Rimbaud, Lautréamont, Breton, Apollinaire, Cocteau, Eluard, Mallarmé, and Picasso. Previous owner's name and stamp to FFEP. Overall good copy. 203 pages. 220 x 150 mm (8¾ x 6 inches).

    Book ID: 3547
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  • Albumen Photograph of John Ruskin. by RUSKIN, John.
    RUSKIN, John.
    Albumen Photograph of John Ruskin.

    London: Elliott & Fry. Albumen image. Profile of Ruskin. Although undated, the image would seem to be Circa 1870. Printed on mount, recto: "John Ruskin M.A., L.L.D. // Elliott & Fry Copyright 55 Baker St London W." Printed to Verso: "Elliott & Fry // Photographers // 55 Baker St, London // W." To the bottom of the verso is printed "Marion, imp Paris" and embossed "Marion & Co. London."It is also printed "No." but no number is written. The photograph was taken in 1867 when Ruskin was 48. The image is a little faded, but clearly still a portrait of Ruskin! The verso is clean. Overall in excellent condition. 165 x 110 mm (6½ x 4¼ inches).

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    London: Elliott & Fry. Albumen image. Profile of Ruskin. Although undated, the image would seem to be Circa 1870. Printed on mount, recto: "John Ruskin M.A., L.L.D. // Elliott & Fry Copyright 55 Baker St London W." Printed to Verso: "Elliott & Fry // Photographers // 55 Baker St, London // W." To the bottom of the verso is printed "Marion, imp Paris" and embossed "Marion & Co. London."It is also printed "No." but no number is written. The photograph was taken in 1867 when Ruskin was 48. The image is a little faded, but clearly still a portrait of Ruskin! The verso is clean. Overall in excellent condition. 165 x 110 mm (6½ x 4¼ inches).

    The same image is lodged with the National Portrait Gallery. Here it does not have Ruskin's name (but does have the photographer's details). This is catalogued as a carte-de-visite, and dated 1867. Presumably the photographer issued the photograph of Ruskin shortly afterwards. This is referenced NPG Ax39887. The Albumen Process was developed in 1847, and was the first commercially exploitable method of producing a photographic print on a paper base from a negative. It was the dominant form of photographic positive until the turn of the century.

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    Book ID: 2588
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  • Amelia. by FIELDING, Henry
    FIELDING, Henry
    Amelia. In four volumes.

    London: Harrison and Co, 1780. First Thus (Harrison & Co. edition). Four volumes bound as one. In quarter leather with mottled brown card boards. Contemporary titles and gilt rules to the spine. The binding is in good, sound condition, with a little bumping and rubbing only. Frontispiece and a further four engraved plates (five in total). Internally clean and tidy throughout, in very good condition. iv, 299 pages. 230 x 140 mm (9 x 5½ inches).

    Book ID: 3340
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  • Americans Abroad. An Anthology. by NEAGOE, Peter [Editor]
    NEAGOE, Peter [Editor]
    Americans Abroad. An Anthology. With Autographed Photographs and Biographic Sketches of the Authors.

    The Hague: Servire Press, 1932. First Edition. Hardback in dust jacket. Orangey yellow boards with grey cloth spine. Top edge with publisher's blue stain. Authors and poets included range from Ernest Hemingway to Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams to Gertrude Stein, and many more. This would be the first appearance of Henry Miller in a book. The dust jacket is fragile and has some tears and small losses to the edges, and spine of dust jacket has a split, but now protected by a clear wrap. The book is very clean and tidy both inside and out with no markings. Prelims are age toned, but clean. Overall a good copy. xi, 475 pp. 235 x 165 mm (9¼ x 6½ inches).

    Book ID: 3204
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  • An Attempt to Determine the Chronological Order Of Shakespeare's Plays; by STOKES, Henry Paine
    STOKES, Henry Paine
    An Attempt to Determine the Chronological Order Of Shakespeare's Plays; The Harness Essay, 1877.

    London: Macmillan & Co, 1878. First Edition. Hard back book, in publisher's original burgundy cloth covers, gilt title to the spine. Ex-library copy. Usual library stamps and identifications. Boards are rubbed and a little soiled / darkened. Inside, there is an ink gift inscription dated 1881. Pages are aged. Overall a good copy of a scarce item. 220 pages of text. 175 x 120 mm (7 x 4¾ inches).

    Book ID: 2772
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  • An Awkward Lie. by INNES, Michael
    INNES, Michael
    An Awkward Lie. The third detection featuring Bobby Appleby together with his father, Sir John Appleby.

    London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1971. First UK edition. Publisher's red cloth. In an unclipped dust jacket. 192 pages. 205 x 140 mm (8 x 5½ inches). Both book and dust jacket in a very good / near fine condition. The preceding books are: 'A Family Affair' and 'Death at the Chase', in which Bobby Appleby played only a minor part. This time he does most of the detecting; and even finds the corpse!

    Book ID: 2556
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  • An Investigation Into the Language of Robinson Crusoe by LANNERT, Gustaf L: Son
    LANNERT, Gustaf L: Son
    An Investigation Into the Language of Robinson Crusoe as compared with that of other 18th century works.

    Almqvist and Wiksell, 1910. First edition. Hardback linen cloth boards with red morocco label to spine, stamped gilt title to this label. In very good condition both inside and out. XXXVII, 124 [1] pp. 250 x 170 mm (9¾ x 6¾ inches).

    Book ID: 3530
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  • An Old Coachman's Chatter, with Some Practical Remarks on Driving. by CORBETT, Edward
    CORBETT, Edward
    An Old Coachman's Chatter, with Some Practical Remarks on Driving. With Eight full-page Illustrations on Stone, by John Sturgess.

    London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1890. First edition. Hardback. In publisher's brown pictorial cloth boards. The eight full-page illustrations - which includes the frontispiece - each has a tissue guard that is somewhat foxed. There are other in-text illustrations, one a woodcut. The boards are lightly bumped at the corners, but overall in good condition, with a neat ink written owner's name - dated 1890 - to the half title.
    304 pages. 230 x 145 mm (9 x 5¾ inches).

    Book ID: 4000
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