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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. 


1828 Ancient Ballads of Scotland by Peter Buchan

A fantastic collection complete in two volumes of the very scarce first edition of Peter Buchan's volumes of old Scottish ballads and songs.


1930 Everybody's Boswell by James Boswell

A fine first edition of this illustrated biography of Samuel Johnson. With illustrations throughout, and a two page map of Scotland.

£ 325.00

1979 Alien by Alan Dean Foster

A fine first edition example of the novelisation of this sci-fi horror masterpiece. An exceptional copy of an important work.


1968 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

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.


1928 Orlando: A Biography by Virginia Woolf

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


1990 Editing Virginia Woolf's Diary by Anne Olivier Bell

A very scarce and limited signed copy of Anne Olivier Bell's essay on editing Virginia Woolf's diary.


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.


1961 The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

An early edition of this charming novel by J.R.R Tolkien, with the publisher's original binding and unclipped dust wrapper.


1962 Adventures of Tom Bombadil by J. R. R. Tolkien

An excellent first edition copy of this work by J R R Tolkien, with colourful illustrations by Pauline Baynes, including an unclipped dust wrapper.


1977 The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien

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.


1854 The Life and Times of Oliver Goldsmith by John Forster

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.


1964 You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming

A first edition of the eleventh James Bond novel by Ian Fleming, following the dramatic conclusion of the Blofeld novels.


1966 Octopussy by Ian Fleming

An excellent copy of 'Octopussy', Ian Fleming's last James Bond novel, in original unclipped dust wrapper. A lovely copy.


1718 The History of England by Laurence Echard

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.


1904 Topographical History of London by George Laurence Gomme

Three smart volumes containing articles from 'The Gentleman's Magazine', published from 1731-1868. Click here to browse some magazines.


1954 The War at Sea by S. W. Roskill

Captain Stephen Wentworth Roskill's complete account of the naval history of the Second World War, commissioned by the Cabinet Office. For more historical works, browse here


1896 The History of the Success by Joseph C. Harvie

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.


1972 Westminster Abbey by Dean Eric Abbott

An excellent first edition of this immense volume celebrating Westminster Abbey. In the original cardboard box, with its poster. A lovely copy.


1825 Professional Anecdotes or Ana of Medical Literature by F. S. Forsyth

A superior first edition set of this work on medical literature. In a beautiful recent half calf binding.


1837 History of the Inductive Sciences by William Whewell

William Whewell's fascinating attempt to systemise the development of science through time. The scarce first edition.


1906 The Poet at the Breakfast Table by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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


1907 Poems of Tennyson by Alfred Lord Tennyson

A lovely copy of the Frowde Oxford Edition of Poems by Tennyson in fine binding with a prize dedication from Cathedral School Exeter.


1958 The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

The third impression of this classic of 1950s science fiction. In the original iconic unclipped dust wrapper. Find more of John Wyndham's work here.


1958 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

An early edition of Vladimir Nabokov's controversial classic of modern literature.


1961 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

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.


c1905 Beatrix Potter Collection

A collection of the immensely popular Beatrix Potter's tales, featuring many of her beloved characters. Seven early impressions in their original binding. you can find more children's books here


1959 A Potter's Diary in Japan by Bernard Leach

The true first, very scarce edition of Bernard Leach's popular book of pottery.


1977-1994 Handbook of the Birds by Stanley Cramp et al.

A set in seven volumes of the popular handbook of birds of the Western Palearctic by Stanley Cramp, some excellent first editions.


1982 The Birds of Africa by Emil K. Urban et al.

The first four volumes of this authoritative reference work on the ornithological status of the African continent.


1831 A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Environs by James Elmes

An informative first edition account of the buildings of London, from a noted architect of the day.


1929 Tea Ceremony by Japan Tourist Bureau

A very scarce pamphlet detailing the charming Japanese tea ceremony, illustrated throughout. The first edition issued by the Japan Tourist Bureau.


1801-6 A Tour through the Whole Island of Great Britain by Clement Cruttwell

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.


1912 Census of England and Wales 1911

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.


1906 The Silvery Thames by Walter Jerrold

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.


1940 The New World Order by H. G. Wells

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.


1885 Local Lays and Legends, Fantastic and Imaginary by George R. Wright

A scarce collection of folklore tales and lays, written by George R. Wright and presented in the publisher's original cloth binding.


1853 Saunterings in and about London by Max Schlesinger

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.


1963 Survey of the Moon by Patrick Moore

The scarce first edition of this amateur astronomer's guide to the moon, with illustrations and photographs.


1951 The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

The first British edition of J. D. Salinger's influential and well-loved coming-of-age novel.


1806 On the Management of Landed Estates by Mr Marshall

A well regarded and uncommon leather-bound guide to managing landed estates, complete with a folding plate.


c1835 Ladies' Botany or a Familiar Introduction to the Study by John Lindley

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.


1846 The Egyptian Antiquities by George Long

An exploration into the British Museum's collection of Egyptian antiquities, complete in two volumes.

1747 Homer's Iliad by Homer

A Greek and Latin edition of Homer's famous epic, bound in the lovely original leather.


1797 Biographical Anecdotes of the Founders of the French Republic

The first edition of one of the first biographical works on the French Revolution, complete in two volumes.


1954 A Catalogue of Netsuke and other Ivory Carvings

A very scarce Glendining catalogue of Netsuke and other Japanese ornaments that went for sale.


1835 Portraits of Illustrious Personages of Great Britain by Edmund Lodge

Edmund Lodge's elaborate biography of eminent people in Great Britain. The complete set of twelve volumes finely bound in a full morocco binding.


1939 Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie

A fantastic first edition copy of this Christmas crime fiction novel by Agatha Christie. An uncommon novel, particularly in such a wonderful condition.


1970 Passenger to Frankfurt by Agatha Christie

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.


1949 Crooked House by Agatha Christie

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.


1838 The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

A smart eight volume collection of Gibbon's acclaimed history of the Roman Empire, complete with folding maps.


1902 A Short History of the English People by J. R. Green

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.


1958 My Early Life by Winston Churchill

A signed post-war reprint of Churchill's moving autobiography of his early life, signed by Churchill to the half-title.


1893 The Life of Nelson by Robert Southey

A lovely copy of Romantic poet Robert Southey's biography of Admiral Nelson, presented in full handsome tree calf.


1959 A Writer's Diary by Virginia Woolf

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.


1952 Islands in the Sky by Arthur C. Clarke

The first edition of Arthur C. Clarke's exciting science fiction novel, complete with dustwrapper.


1953 Prelude to Space by Arthur C. Clarke

The first British edition of the second novel published by the brilliant science-fiction mind, Arthur C. Clarke.


1967 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

A lovely copy of the first U.K. edition, first impression, of Roald Dahl's beloved macabre and magical children's novel, with the original illustrations by Michel Simeon.


1870 Cruikshank's Fairy Library by George Cruikshank

George Cruikshank's illustrated volume of four charming fairy tales contains  'Hop-O'-My-Thumb', 'Jack and the Beanstalk', 'Cinderella', and 'Puss in Boots'.


1778-84 Present State of Husbandry in Scotland

A scarce six volume collection regarding agriculture in Scotland during the eighteenth century, with delightful gilt spines.


1828 Narrative Through the Upper Provinces of India by Reginald Heber

An elegantly bound three volume account of the Bishop of Calcutta's voyage through India. Profusely illustrated. Browse this catalogue for more religious works!


2002 Great Stories of Crime and Detection

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.


1827 The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte by Sir Walter Scott

An excellent and scarce set, complete in nine volumes, of Napoleon Buonaparte's biography as narrated by Sir Walter Scott. The second edition.


1835-9 The Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland

A fascinating three volume collection of essays, bound in smart contemporary leather and complete with folding plates. Check out our agricultural section here!


1829 Transactions of the Highland Society of Scotland

Three volumes containing the prize essays of the Highland Society of Scotland, bound in contemporary leather.


1918 The Plays of J. M. Barrie Quality Street by J. M. Barrie

The author's presentation copy of one of his most popular plays, 'Quality Street', here inscribed by Barrie to an actress, Irenie Russell. More by Barrie? Check out this list.


1924 The Plays of J. M. Barrie Mary Rose by J. M. Barrie

A signed copy of this first edition play by J. M. Barrie, following the mysterious disappearance of a young woman. Inscribed by Barrie.


1811 Memoirs of Count Grammont by Anthony Hamilton

A beautifully bound Regency copy of Count Grammont's memoirs by Anthony Hamilton, edited by Sir Walter Scott. Complete in two volumes.


1794 Plutarch's Lives by Plutarch

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.


1826 The Lives of the right Hon. Francis North, Baron Guilford by Roger North

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!


1827 Memoirs of John Evelyn edited by William Bray

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.


1902-12 The Survey of London by Walter Besant

The first editions of these eight volumes by Walter Besant, exploring the historical topography of London, illustrated beautifully throughout with plates and folding maps.


1807 A Voyage to the Demerary by Henry Bolingbroke

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.


1826 Platonis et Quae by Plato

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.