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Editor's Choice: Number Fourteen

Welcome to this week's new arrivals' section. This week like every other, the titles are many and immense. Below, we grouped our favourites so you can browse them more easily and find the book that best suits you. Check them out, and make sure you don't miss any!

c1934 Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

A charming edition of the popular fairy tales by the Grimm brothers, embellished with Monro S. Orr's colourful illustrations.


1924 The Story of Bakelite by John Kimberley Mumford

Mumford artistically weaves the story of Bakelite into a narrative spanning from the dawning of creation to the first alchemists.


1918 Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

A colourfully illustrated American edition of the popular fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by A. Duncan Carse.


1951 The Pheasants of the World by Jean Delacour

The first edition of Jean Delacours study on the pheasants of the world. With the scarce original dustwrapper, and a fascinating association. Check out our vast catalogue of science books here.

1893 Some of Shakespeare's Female Characters by Helena Faucit and Lady Martin

A collection of Helena Faucit's essays on Shakeaspeare's female characters. Within this work are essays on Shakespeare's major heroines, covering Ophelia, Imogen, Portia, Rosalind, Desdemona, Beatrice, Juliet and Hermione.


1906 Paradise Row, or, a Broken Piece of Old Chelsea by Reginald Blunt

A superb limited edition copy of Reginald Blunt's topographical study of Chelsea, London, illustrated with plates throughout, including one in colour. Limited to one-hundred and ten numbered copies, of which this is numbered twenty-three.


1951 I Was Churchill's Shadow by W. H. Thompson

The first edition of this illustrated biography of W. H. Thompson, a former bodyguard of Winston Churchill, holding the position for eighteen years. Churchill himself has published many books, you can easily find them here.


1904 Extracts from Adam's Diary by Mark Twain

A humorous short story by famed American writer Mark Twain. This work details the book of Genesis, retold through the diary entries of Adam.


1947 The Last Days of Hitler by Hugh Trevor-Roper

The first edition of Hugh Trevor-Roper's most successful work detailing the events that took place in the last days of Hitler's bunker. For more historical works, click here.


1957-8 The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

A complete set of early impressions of J R R Tolkien's incredibly popular high fantasy series 'The Lord of the Rings'. A nice set, internally excellent. Find more modern fiction here.


c1913 Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

An internally impeccable, early edition of Jonathan Swift's famous work, Gulliver's Travels. Illustrated with stunning coloured plates by Arthur Rackham. Rackham's work is always impressive. Find more of his illustrations here.


1879 Once Upon a Time

An early edition of this lovely book with short stories for children, illustrated throughout. An early edition of this volume containing twenty-one short adventure stories.


1830 Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Sir Walter Scott

A first edition of this study into the supernatural by Sir Walter Scott, in a contemporary leather binding.


1905 Faiths And Folklore: A Dictionary Of National Beliefs by W. Carew Hazlitt

A fascinating illustrated dictionary of British faiths and folklore. Complete in two volumes.


1894 The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs

The first illustrated edition of Aesop's fables, retold by the noted folklorist, Joseph Jacobs. An excellent copy in the original decorative cloth.


1907 Tom Pinch's Ride to London by Charles Dickens

A very scare little booklet comprising Charles Dicken's short story featuring the Martin Chuzzlewit kind-hearted character, Tom Pinch.


1870 The Common Moths of England by J G Wood

The first edition of John George Wood's comprehensive illustrated guide to the moth in England.


1950 Fairies of the Flowers and Trees by Cicely Mary Barker

A first edition of this beautifully illustrated fairy book by Cicely Mary Barker containing colour plates.


1859 The Poetical Works of Edgar Allan Poe by James Hannay

An illustrated collection of poetical works by the important author Edgar Allan Poe. An early edition of this illustrated collection of poems by American author Edgar Allan Poe, an important author widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and of American literature.


1840 A Brief Account of The Earthquake

An extremely scarce account of the great landslip of Christmas Day 1839 on the East Devon coastline which created what is now known as 'the undercliff'. The great landslip saw fifty acres of land breaking away from the cliffs and crash onto the beach. A fascinating contemporary account of this disaster.


1971 The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

An early edition of J R R Tolkien's important novel 'The Hobbit'. The third edition, sixth impression of this novel which follows the quest of Bilbo Baggins to win treasure guarded by Smaug the dragon.


1970 The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

A very smart set of Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings'. Tolkien's fantasy novels have captured the imagination of generations. They resurged the genre and led to Tolkien's reputation as the 'Father' of modern fantasy literature.


1977 3vol The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien

An illustrated complete set of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Issued together with their original slipcase.


1979 The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien

An attractive edition of J.R.R Tolkien's classic novel 'The Hobbit'. A wonderful copy of this important novel.


1931 Dog Show Days by B. A. R.

A very scarce volume with verses describing the events and breeds of dog at a dog show at Agricultural Hall in 1931.


1978 Mussolini: His Part in my Downfall by Spike Milligan

A lovely first edition of this illustrated volume recounting Spike Milligan's war memoirs.


1996 Black Beauty According to Spike Milligan by Spike Milligan

The first edition in its original wraps of Spike Milligan's parody of the legendary horse Black Beauty. Find more humorous books right here.


1948-1949 Samuel Pepys by Arthur Bryant

The complete biography in three volumes of the noted diarist Samuel Pepys by Arthur Bryant.


1994 The Ghosts of Sleath by James Herbert

A signed first impression of this thrilling ghost novel by Herbert James, in its unclipped dust wrapper. If you like ghost stories, you might want to browse this catalogue. 


1893 Our Village by Mary Russell Mitford

A lovely copy of Mary Russell Mitford's charming sketches of rural life, illustrated with one hundred illustrations by Hugh Thomson.


1907 Silas Marner by George Eliot

An illustrated edition of this tale by George Eliot. Illustrated by Hugh Thomson. Following the story of Silas Marner, a linen weaver.


1899 Peg Woffington by Charles Reade and Austin Dobson

A lovely illustrated edition of Charles Reade's novel inspired by the popular Irish actress Peg Woffington. Click here for more early English works. 


1875 Ancient Stone Crosses by Alfred Rimmer

A first edition copy of Alfred Rimmer's exposition of England's ancient stone crosses. There are many books on architecture waiting to be discovered. You can browse them here


1906 Moated Mounds and Allied Types of Earthworks by T. Davis Pryce

A particularly scarce work exploring archaeological mounds, complete with folding plates and note pages and dedicated by the author.


1884 Who Spoils Our New English Books by Henry Stevens

An uncommon first edition work by Henry Stevens, inscribed by the author to the antiquary Thomas Francis Dillon Croker.


1898 British Birds' Eggs and Nests by John Christopher Atkinson

John Christopher Atkinson's popular ornithological study of eggs and nests, beautifully illustrated with colour plates.


1952-1973 African Handbook of Birds by C. W. Mackworth-Praed

The first edition of this extensive illustrated handbook of African birds, three series in six volumes in the original dust wrappers.


1958-61 A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight by Henry Williamson

The first editions of three consecutive novels from Henry Williamson's popular series, these volumes set during the end and aftermath of the First World War.


1963-67 A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight by Henry Williamson

The first editions of four popular novels in Henry Williamson's scoping novels of the 1920s and 1940s, part of his series 'A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight'.


1789 An Historical Account of the Royal Hospital for Seamen by John Cook

A particularly bright first edition copy of this uncommon work which reprints in full the original grants of William and Mary for the establishment of this Greenwich hospital.


1855 A Handbook for Travellers in Spain by Richard Ford

A third edition of this two volume collection regarding travel in Spain written by Richard Ford. This work was published when a demand for guidebooks was rising.


1834 The Iliad of Homer by Homer and Alexander Pope

A beautiful pocket-sized copy of Homer's Iliad, translated by Alexander Pope and presented in a contemporary leather binding. More classical literary works to be found here


1715 The Adventures of Telemachus by Francois de Fenelon

An uncommon English translation of this didactic novel, which fills a gap in Homer's Odyssey, recounting the educational travels of Telemachus.


1906 Pepys' Memoires of the Royal Navy 1679-1688 by Samuel Pepys and J. R. Tanner

A facsimile edition of Samuel Pepys' important work on the history and state of the Royal Navy, an interesting work by the famous diarist.


1907 The House The Garden and The Steeple by Arthur L. Humphreys

The second edition of this charming volume comprising various old English mottoes. In a marvellous decorative cloth binding.


1919 The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley

A beautiful later edition of Charles Kingsley's renowned children's work 'The Water Babies'.


1906 Manual of Oriental Antiquities by Ernest Babelon

An early edition of this charming volume being Ernest Babelon's manual to Oriental antiquities.


1693 The Life and Death of King Charles the First by Richard Perrinchief

A scarce work, comprising three noted contemporary studies on King Charles I. All three works have been issued here together in support of the monarchy, and were originally published shortly after the restoration.


1818-23 The History and Antiquities of the Abbey Church of Westminster by Edward Wedlake Brayley

An immense history work, a detailed study of the history and antiquities of the Abbey Church of St. Peter, Westminster Abbey.


1798 A Journal of Occurrences by Jean-Baptiste Clery

The first English translation of Jean-Baptiste Clery's first hand account of the French revolution. Clery was the personal valet to King Louis XVI.


1840 Lord Lytton's Novels by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

A lovely set of sixteen novels in eight volumes by Lord Lytton. The cheap edition handsomely bound in half leather and marbled boards.