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Editor's Choice: Number Fifteen

Below are listed our favourite new arrivals of the week. Many excellent and rare volumes to view and purchase, so make sure to keep an eye out for all the exciting titles!

1951 The Under Dog by Agatha Christie

A signed copy of the first stand-alone printing of Agatha Christie's short story collection featuring her beloved Belgian detective Poirot: 'The Under Dog and Other Stories'. For more works by Christie, click here


1929 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

A first edition, first issue of Maria Remarque's important war novel recounting the German experience in the First World War. Loosely inserted is the scarce publisher's leaflet. This autobiographical work is one of many great works held in our libraries. To browse similar works, click here


1900 The Life of Wellington: The Restoration of the Martial Power by Sir Herbert Maxwell

A signed two volume biography of the Duke of Wellington, with multiple folding maps and battle plans. An extensively detailed biography of Arthur Wellesley, the First Duke of Wellington, with a particular focus on his battles and the history of the martial power of England.


1907 A Short History of the English People by John Richard Green

A history of English people, in four volumes. Originally published in 1874, historian John Richard Green began work in 1869, having been given a diagnosis of six months to live. Intended to be an account 'not of English Kings or English Conquests, but of the English People.' Check out our section of volumes exploring social sciences here


1994 The Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen

A complete collection of this modern facsimile of the original works of Jane Austen, complete here in nineteen volumes with her letters, and a memoir of the author. Jane Austen has become one of the most popular Georgian writers, her novels being loved for generations. Her ironic social commentary offers an interesting insight into Upper-Middle class Georgian life.


1790-1 Of London by Thomas Pennant

The first edition of this illustrated study on the history of England, compiled by Thomas Pennant, illustrated with a folding plate and double-paged plates.


1773 A New History of London by John Noorthouck

A very scarce illustrated work on the history of London. The first edition of topographer John Noorthouck's major work. With the index and errata leaf. Collated, complete.


1891 The Maybrick Case A Treatise by Alexander William Macdougall

A first edition of this work on this famous London murder, which has since been tied into the unsolved Jack the Ripper case. Did you know we have a catalogue dedicated to crime? You can view it here


1928 The Mystery of Jack the Ripper by Leonard Matters

An uncommon first edition of this study on the infamous unidentified serial killer, Jack the Ripper. With 10 illustrations and 5 diagrams.


1909 Modern Electric Pratice by Magnus Maclean

A scarce six volume set on electricity at the turn of the century, filled with folding plates and illustrations.


1955 Frontiers of Astronomy by Fred Hoyle

The first English edition of Hoyle's fascinating astronomical work. Profusely illustrated throughout.


1828 Wellington by Oliver Brett

A first edition biography of The Duke of Wellington, in a full calf binding. This work traces the Duke's entire lifetime, from his youth to his role as Colonel in India, to the Peninsula Wars, battle of Waterloo, and his later life.


1903 Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

A children's retelling of Shakespeare's major comedies and tragedies, by famed sibling poets, Charles and Mary Lamb. A 1903 edition of this work, in a full calf school prize binding, with an illustrated frontispiece. View our many children's books here


1971-1983 The Diary of Samuel Pepys by Samuel Pepys

An eleven volume set comprising the diaries of Samuel Pepys, complete in dust wrappers and with a companion volume and index volume. Samuel Pepys was an English politician, bibliophile and author. He kept a diary for ten years between 1660 and 1669 which chronicles life during the English Restoration, and as well as Pepys' personal and day-to-day life, it documents important events such as the Great Plague of London, the Great Fire of London and the Second Dutch War. It was first published in the nineteenth century.


1922 The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley

A beautifully and colourfully illustrated edition of Charles Kingsley's popular children's fairy tale, illustrated in colour by Harry G. Theaker. In the original charming pictorial cloth binding.


1916 The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley

The first edition thus of 'The Water-Babies', the first edition to be illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith, replete with beautiful colour plates. In the original very scarce publisher's box.


1901 Quality Street, a Comedy in Four Acts by J. M. Barrie

A signed limited edition copy of this comical play, signed by the illustrator Hugh Thomson, with his beautiful colour plates throughout.


1951-60 The Yale Editions of the Private Papers of James Boswell

A wonderful set of Yale's limited edition works containing the private papers of James Boswell, illustrated throughout, all small printing runs.


1911 Commemorative Pilgrimage by Motor-Car by A. M. Broadley

A very scarce account narrating A. M. Broadley's pilgrimage taken following in the footsteps of Charles II, with a personal inscription by the author.


c1920 Dick Turpin Highwayman (Rookwood) by William Harrison Ainsworth

A scarce edition of Ainsworth's novel 'Rookwood' detailing the adventures of Dick Turpin, complete with an even scarcer dust wrapper. For early English novels, click here.


1908 The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

A Riviere-bound edition of this important and popular work of fiction, illustrated with twelve colour plates by Francis D. Bedford.


c1905 Jane Eyre: An Autobiography by Charlotte Bronte

An early twentieth century reprint of Bronte's timeless classic, with an introduction by Clement K. Shorter. A smart copy.


1857 Rhymes and Roundelayes in Praise of a Country Life by Various

A wonderful first edition of this collection of poetry about country life, containing illustrations by the likes of Birket Foster, George Dodgson and John Absolon, containing the bookplate of John Liddell, a relative of Alice Liddell.


1845 Memoirs of the Reign of King George the Third by Horace Walpole

A superb first edition copy of Horace Walpole's detailed study of the first twelve years of the reign of King George III, illustrated with frontispieces. Previously unpublished, this work was first published here from the original manuscript. If you're interested in British history, you should browse this catalogue.

1901 The Chronicle of a Cornish Garden by Harry Roberts

An uncommon gardening work regarding Cornish gardens, illustrated by F. L. B. Griggs and presented in a decorative binding.


1889 Birdie and Her Dog With Other Stories by E. C. Phillips

An uncommon collection of amusing short stories, relating tales of brave dogs, illustrated with engravings throughout.


1821-25 The History and Antiquities of the Tower of London by John Bayley

The first edition of John Bayley's fascinating history of the events and antiquities of the Tower of London, illustrated throughout.


1897 The Gunpowder Plot, and the Gunpowder Plotters by John Gerard

A very scarce essay by John Gerard on the Gunpowder Plot, an answer to the Professor Samuel Rawson Gardiner.


1979 The Hokusai Sketch-Books by James Albert Michener

An early edition of this splendid collection of Hokusai's artwork, complete with a slipcase. The Hokusai Manga is a collection of sketches by Hokusai, including landscapes, wildlife and the supernatural. To view more art books, check out this catalogue.


1970 Process of Woodblock Painting

A beautiful concertina explaining the art of Japanese woodcuts, with the English and Japanese alongside each other. This is a guide to woodcut art according to Japanese technique, bound with handmade paper.


1984-5 The Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight by Henry Williamson

The complete fifteen volume series of Henry Williamson's magnum opus 'The Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight', a beautiful series here in the original colourful dust wrapper. The series follows the life of Phillip Maddison, from his birth in the late 1890s, into the early 1950s. An immense tour de force, this series when on to be Williamson's magnum opus.


1871-78 The Collected Works of Charles Dickens

The original parts of Chapman and Hall's important 'Household Edition' of the collected works of Charles Dickens, present here in eighty-six original parts.


c1850 Picturesque Beauties of the Rhine by William Henry Gray Fearnside

A collection of impeccably detailed plates depicting the views and topography of the Rhine, accompanied by descriptive passages. Travel Europe through these great volumes!


1756 The Devil Upon Crutches

A rare satirical work, using Lasage's comic novel 'The Devil on Two Sticks', as inspiration. Complete, as two volumes in one binding. The second edition of this very scarce work. In a half morocco binding with paper-covered boards.


1878 Walks in London by Augustus J. C. Hare

A scarce two volume set devoted to the walks of London, illustrated by the author. A scarce first edition set by Augustus John Cuthbert Hare, featuring his own illustrations of London landmarks. In the original publisher's cloth binding.


1952 One-Upmanship by Stephen Potter

A humorous self-help guide on one-upmanship by Stephen Potter, complete with an unclipped dust wrapper.


1892 Anchor-Watch Yarns by F. M. Allen

A very scarce collection of tall nautical tales, an entertaining Victorian work by Edmund Downey, illustrated throughout.


1952 Hitler A Study in Tyranny by Allan Bullock

A 1952 first edition of the first-ever complete biography of Adolf Hitler, from birth to death. Alan Bullock's first comprehensive biography of Adolph Hitler, based partly on transcripts of the Nuremberg trials, and published only shortly after WWII. A first edition complete with a frontispiece and 8 photographic pages. In the original unclipped dustwrapper. The first edition, first impression, with no further impressions stated.

1962 Gunsmoke: The True Story of Old Tombstone by Sarah Grace Bakarich

An interesting fictionalised account of the history of Tombstone, Arizona, including detail regarding the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, smartly rebound.


The first edition of Louis Simond's journal of his time spent in Britain from 1811 to 1812, illustrated with his own aquatint paintings.


1907 Feeding the Mind by Lewis Carroll

The first edition of a delightful psychological musing by Lewis Carroll, author of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'.


c1913 The Tale of Mr Tod by Beatrix Potter

An early impression of Beatrix Potter's charming tale in the Peter Rabbit series. A nostalgic piece of children's literature.


1891 News From Nowhere, or, an Epoch of Rest by William Morris

The first trade edition of William Morris' popular and important science fiction novel, a wonderful utopian romance.


1934 Centenary Edition William Morris Stories in Prose by William Morris

The centenary edition of the works of William Morris, published by the private press Nonesuch, in the original scarce dust wrapper.


1786 Anecdotes of Painting in England by Horace Walpole

A leather-bound memoir of Georgian society and art in Britain, composed by Horace Walpole from the notebooks of John Vertue.


1887 Recollections of the Table-Talk of Samuel Rogers by Alexander Dyce

A limited edition, one of only eight copies printed on handmade paper. This work was limited to eight copies on handmade paper. To view more of Samuel Roger's work, click here.


1953 The Diaries of Lewis Carroll by Roger Lancelyn Green

A first edition of the first publication regarding the diaries of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll.


1773 C Crispus Sallustius by C Crispus Sallustius

A smartly bound, first Baskerville edition of Sallust and Florus' historical writings. A lovely example of these classical historical writings.