Editor's Choice: Number Sixteen
We believe that there is a book for every need, and here at Rooke Books the opportunities to find your perfect match are countless. Check out this list below, which groups some of our favourite new arrivals for the past couple of weeks; it's an exhaustive list filled with treasures. Expect many extraordinary titles and wonderful volumes, and make sure not to miss out!
1783 Select Scottish Ballads
A scarce collection of both tragic and humorous Scottish ballads, complete in two volumes and bound in a smart leather binding.£1,150.00
A fantastic collection complete in two volumes of the very scarce first edition of Peter Buchan's volumes of old Scottish ballads and songs.
A fine first edition example of the novelisation of this sci-fi horror masterpiece. An exceptional copy of an important work.
A smart first edition of Arthur C. Clarke's best known work which famously became the influential film by Stanley Kubrick. Find more modern fiction volumes here.
The scarcely encountered third impression of Virginia Woolf's satirical history of English Literature. In the original unclipped dust wrapper, exceptionally well preserved. This book is dedicated to another great author: Vita Sackville-West. To browse some of her own writing, click here.
1875-1877 The Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson by Alfred Tennyson
A collection of five volumes smartly bound in half leather containing the poetical works by Lord Tennyson, illustrated.
An early edition of this charming novel by J.R.R Tolkien, with the publisher's original binding and unclipped dust wrapper.
An excellent first edition copy of this work by J R R Tolkien, with colourful illustrations by Pauline Baynes, including an unclipped dust wrapper.
A superb copy of this work by J R R Tolkien, who is most well known for his trilogy 'The Lord of the Rings' in the original unclipped dust wrapper.
A sumptuous MacLehose-bound second edition of John Forster's immense biography of the important author, Oliver Goldsmith. An admirable work by Forster, exploring in depth the whole life and times of Oliver Goldsmith.
A first edition of the eleventh James Bond novel by Ian Fleming, following the dramatic conclusion of the Blofeld novels.
An excellent copy of 'Octopussy', Ian Fleming's last James Bond novel, in original unclipped dust wrapper. A lovely copy.
A scarce three volume collection of Echard's history of England, bound in contemporary leather. This work spans nearly seventeen centuries, from the Roman occupation until the early eighteenth century.
Three smart volumes containing articles from 'The Gentleman's Magazine', published from 1731-1868. Click here to browse some magazines.
A very scarce publication on the prison ship 'The Success' and a work advocating for better treatment of prisoners. One of our catalogues is dedicated entirely to crime, and you can check it out here.
An excellent first edition of this immense volume celebrating Westminster Abbey. In the original cardboard box, with its poster. A lovely copy.
A superior first edition set of this work on medical literature. In a beautiful recent half calf binding.
William Whewell's fascinating attempt to systemise the development of science through time. The scarce first edition.
A lovely vellum set of Oliver Wendell-Holmes' final book in the 'Breakfast Table' series, 'The Poet at the Breakfast Table'. See our poetry section here.
A lovely copy of the Frowde Oxford Edition of Poems by Tennyson in fine binding with a prize dedication from Cathedral School Exeter.
An early edition of Vladimir Nabokov's controversial classic of modern literature.
The first edition of this classic of modern Scottish fiction. The best known of Muriel Sparks' works, and regularly cited as one of the most accomplished novels of the twentieth century.
The true first, very scarce edition of Bernard Leach's popular book of pottery.
A set in seven volumes of the popular handbook of birds of the Western Palearctic by Stanley Cramp, some excellent first editions.
The first four volumes of this authoritative reference work on the ornithological status of the African continent.
An informative first edition account of the buildings of London, from a noted architect of the day.
A very scarce pamphlet detailing the charming Japanese tea ceremony, illustrated throughout. The first edition issued by the Japan Tourist Bureau.
A seven volume topographical work regarding travelling Britain as it was at the turn of the nineteenth century, illustrated with one hundred and twenty-seven plates.
A very scarce twelve volume 1911 census of the United Kingdom, bound in contemporary leather. A really rare uniformly bound collection of original source material.
Walter Jerrold and Ernest W. Haslehust's eulogy to the beloved River Thames. A limited, deluxe edition, signed by both the author and the illustrator.
A scarce first edition of this philosophical work by H.G. Wells. Published at the start of the Second World War, 'The New World Order' examines functionalism. You can find more philosophical works here.
A scarce collection of folklore tales and lays, written by George R. Wright and presented in the publisher's original cloth binding.
The illustrated English translation of the travelogue of a German visiting London in the mid nineteenth century. A smart copy. Browse this catalogue to find more topographical works.
The scarce first edition of this amateur astronomer's guide to the moon, with illustrations and photographs.
The first British edition of J. D. Salinger's influential and well-loved coming-of-age novel.
A well regarded and uncommon leather-bound guide to managing landed estates, complete with a folding plate.
A beautifully illustrated botanical work by noted orchidologist and garner, John Lindley. With twenty-five hand coloured plates. If you like gardening, don't miss on this catalogue.
An exploration into the British Museum's collection of Egyptian antiquities, complete in two volumes.
A Greek and Latin edition of Homer's famous epic, bound in the lovely original leather.
A very scarce Glendining catalogue of Netsuke and other Japanese ornaments that went for sale.
Edmund Lodge's elaborate biography of eminent people in Great Britain. The complete set of twelve volumes finely bound in a full morocco binding.
A near fine first edition of Agatha Christie's thrilling standalone mystery novel. The novel follows Stafford Nye, a middle aged diplomat as he steps into the world of spies.
A first edition of this post-war novel by the queen of the crime fiction genre, Agatha Christie. This novel is one of Christie's personal favourites.
A smart eight volume collection of Gibbon's acclaimed history of the Roman Empire, complete with folding maps.
A lovely set of this important history of the English population, from 449-1815, bound in handsome half morocco. Find more books on social sciences here.
A lovely copy of Romantic poet Robert Southey's biography of Admiral Nelson, presented in full handsome tree calf.
A selection of Virginia Woolf's diary entries related to her writing, showcasing both the struggles and creative breakthroughs of this important twentieth-century writer.
The first British edition of the second novel published by the brilliant science-fiction mind, Arthur C. Clarke.
George Cruikshank's illustrated volume of four charming fairy tales contains 'Hop-O'-My-Thumb', 'Jack and the Beanstalk', 'Cinderella', and 'Puss in Boots'.
A scarce six volume collection regarding agriculture in Scotland during the eighteenth century, with delightful gilt spines.
An elegantly bound three volume account of the Bishop of Calcutta's voyage through India. Profusely illustrated. Browse this catalogue for more religious works!
A beautiful collection by the Folio Society, containing a selection of popular crime and detective stories, containing pieces by the likes of Agatha Christie and Edgar Allan Poe.
A fascinating three volume collection of essays, bound in smart contemporary leather and complete with folding plates. Check out our agricultural section here!
Three volumes containing the prize essays of the Highland Society of Scotland, bound in contemporary leather.
A signed copy of this first edition play by J. M. Barrie, following the mysterious disappearance of a young woman. Inscribed by Barrie.
A delightful new edition of Plutarch's Lives translated into English by William and John Langhorne, complete in six volumes in full mottled calf. If you wish to explore more classical works by the likes of Plutarch and others, browse this catalogue.
A smartly bound three volume biography of the famous North family. Written by Roger North, an English lawyer and biographer who here details the lives of his three brothers, the most famous being Francis and Dudley North, both eminent political figures. Find out more about British history from these volumes!
The diaries and correspondences of this chronicler of seventeenth century life, encountering the major historical events of the period 1641-1706. With 10 plates in total across the five volumes, including folding genealogical plates and a frontispiece to each. Collated, complete.
The first editions of these eight volumes by Walter Besant, exploring the historical topography of London, illustrated beautifully throughout with plates and folding maps.
A very scarce first edition voyage account, vividly detailing Henry Bolingbroke's travels across South America, illustrated with a folding map to the frontispiece. Explore Americas with these fascinating works.
A splendid and scarce eleven volume set of the complete works of Plato, arranged by Immanuel Bekker, finely bound. Translated from the original Greek into Latin by Bekker.