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[Fielding Henry] - The History of the Present Rebellion in Scotland . From the Departure of the Pretender's Son from Rome, Down to the Present Time.

Hardback. A very good copy in a modern full calf binding with title on spine in gilt on a maroon title-piece. Five raised bands on spine. Ownership inscription on front free end-paper. Half-title present. Generally clean but with a little foxing to early pages. What appears to be minor worming at the foot of some pages. Pp.[iv],47. The title continues: "In which is a full Account of the Conduct of this Young Invader, from his first Arrival in Scotland; with the several Progresses he made there; and likewise a very particular RELATION of the Battle of Preston, with an exact List of the Slain, Wouinded and Prisoners, on both Sides. Taken from the Relation of Mr. JAMES MACPHERSON, who was an Eye-Witness of the Whole, and who took the first Opportunity of leaving the Rebels, into whose Service he was forced, and in which he had a Captain's Commission." Fielding, the famous novelist and dramatist and author of "Tom Jones" was strongly anti-Jacobite. He published this, one of his scarcest works, anonymously. James MacPherson, the Jacobite Captain, whose account of the Rebellion is supposed to form the basis of the Work was not, in fact, a real person but was a figment of Fielding's imagination. Photographs available on request.
Published : M. Cooper, London 1745, First Edition
£1,200.00

[Greenhalgh Thomas} - The Vicissitudes of Commerce

Hardbacks. A good plus two volume set which has been rebound in half-leather with new end-papers. The slightly faded spines are clearly lettered in gilt. Ownership inscription on title page of each volume + three library blind-stamps to each volume. Pp.288; 340 + 4pp publisher's adverts. This is a novel by a lesser-known Victorian author.
Published : Saundres and Otley, London 1852, First Edition
£55.00

[Williams, William] - the Journal of Llewellin Penrose, A Seaman [4 Volumes Complete]

Hardbacks. A four volume set in good to very good condition uniformly bound in a blue half-calf binding with marbled boards. Lettered and decorated in gilt on the spines. Spines a little rubbed. Some foxing especially to early and late pages. Pp.xvi,239, 217,215 and 197. Adverts at end of volume II. This novel set in the Caribbean was written in the USA between 1774 and 1775 and has been claimed as the first novel written there. This published version was much altered by Williams' benefactor in the UK, Thomas Eagles.
Published : John Murray, London 1815, First Edition
£450.00

Agate James E. - Responsibility

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is rather dusty, has a chip at the top of the spine and shows a little wear and tear along the top edge. Ownership inscription. 329 pages. The author's first novel.
Published : Grant Richards, London 1919, First Edition
£24.00

Amis Martin - Einstein's Monsters

A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper which is not price-clipped.
Published : Jonathan Cape, London 1987, First Edition
£7.00

Amis Martin - Night Train

An uncorrected proof copy in paper covers. A little creasing to upper cover otherwise vg.
Published : Jonathan Cape, London 1997,
£5.00

Amis, Kingsley - I Like it Here

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and which is now protected in a clear removable sleeve. Fairly light top edge foxing. A nice clean copy internally without ownership inscription or other marking. 208 pages.The author's third novel.
Published : Victor Gollancz, London 1958, First Edition
£25.00

Anderson Garrett - Brennan's Book

Hardback.. A near fine copy in publisher's dark green cloth with title in gilt on spine. No inscriptions. 318 pages. Fine illustrated dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. A novel of literary lifde in Dublin in the 1950's.
Published : Paul Harris Publishing, Edinburgh 1977, First Edition
£7.00

Angus, Marion - Sun & Candlelight

Hardback. A good plus copy in a good dustwrapper which has a smallish chip and edge tears. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. There is some rubbing and fading towards the top of the boards. A nice clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or other marking. 32 pages. Poems in Scots and English. An uncommon title especially in dustwrapper.
Published : The Porpoise Press, Edinburgh 1927, First Edition
£45.00

Anon. [Smith Horace] - Brambletye House; or Cavaliers and Roundheads

Hardback. A three volume set in at least good condition. Plain boards with leather spine lettered in gilt. Small bookplate in each volume headed by Crown. A little end-paper foxing but otherwise a nice clean set with no inscriptions or markings. 234,244, 257 pages. A novel set in 17th century England.
Published : A and W Galignani, Paris 1826, First Edition
£45.00

Armitage Robert - Doctor Hookwell; or the Anglo-Catholic Family

Hardback. A three volume set in the original plain boards with paper title-pieces. The boards are rather worn and marked and the title-pieces a bit chipped but readable. The spine of volume 1 is split at the join with the lower board. A label appears to have been removed from both front and rear fixed end-paper of each volume. Ownership inscription at head of title page of each volume. Volumes I and II have half-titles. Volume I, pp.viii,314 +12 page publisher's catalogue dated May 1842. Volume II,pp.vii,328. Vol.III,pp.ix,360. This well-known novel of the Oxford Movement is uncommon in first edition. This copy would benefit from being rebound with new end-papers.
Published : Richard Bentley, London 1842, First Edition
£290.00

Auden W.H. - Secondary Worlds

Would be a very good copy in a very good dustwrapper but for traces of damp-staining to the boards. Small ownership inscription to the front end-paper. 144pp. Contains the four T.S. Eliot memorial lectures given by Auden.
Published : Faber & Faber, London 1968, First Edition
£10.00

Auden W.H. - The Dance of Death

A very good, clean copy internally but the spine is chipped and torn. 38pp. The author's third book.
Published : Faber & Faber, London 1933, First Edition
£17.00

Austin Alfred - The Door of Humility

Hardback. A very good copy in cream cloth lettered in gilt. No ownership inscription. A little foxing. 174 pages. A book of poetry by a poet laureate.
Published : Macmillan, London 1906, First Edition
£7.00

Ayrton Michael - The Maze Maker

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is not price-clipped. No ownership inscription. Spotted along top edge. 282 pages. Better known as an artist and illustrator this was Ayrton's first novel. It takes the legend of Daedalus as its theme. Loosely enclosed with this copy is a typed letter of March 1967 from the publisher to Sir Compton Mackenzie asking Sir Compton if he would help the book on its way.
Published : Longmans, London 1967, First Edition
£15.00

Ball Arthur - A Flemish Scene

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. Inscribed presentation copy from the author. 63 pages. A slim volume of poetry.
Published : The Alden Press, Oxford 1941, First Edition
£8.00

Bamburg L. and Platt Charles - The Riddle of the Dead: A Detective Story

Hardback. A good copy in brown cloth lettered in black. Small tear in cloth at top of spine. Some edge foxing. 312 pages. An uncommon title.
Published : Wells Gardner Darton & Co, London 1930, First Edition
£15.00

Baring Maurice - Darby and Joan

A very good copy in olive green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. In a good dustwrapper which is a little soiled on spine and with a few smallish tears but which is not price-clipped. Gift inscription on front free end-paper. Fairly light edge foxing. Pp.vii,247.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1935, First Edition
£18.00

Baring Maurice - Poems 1914-1919

A good copy in a quarter cloth binding with paper-covered boards. Small title-piece. No ownership inscription. Some browning to end-papers. Some pages roughly opened. 57 pages. Errata slip tipped-in.
Published : Martin Secker, London 1920, First Edition
£20.00

Bark Conrad Voss - The Shepherd File

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's red cloth with title in gilt on the spine. Inscribed by the author on title page "Bill Loveridge: With my best greetings & good wishes & most sincere thanks for happy days on the Esk in splendid company, Ever yours, Conrad Voss Bark. July 1966". Some foxing to page ends. 192 pages.
Published : Victor Gollancz Ltd., London 1966, First Edition
£9.00

Barker George - Essays

Hardback. A very good copy in brown boards lettered in gilt on the spine. In a dustwrapper which is complete and untorn but with a damp stain at the foot of the spine and rear board which is hardly noticeable externally. INSCRIBED presentation copy by the author as follows: "To Tom for Old Long Since with affection. George. December'70." "Tom" was the Scottish poet Tom Scott. 191 pages. This is the first collection in book form of the author's criticism and essays.
Published : Macgibbon & Kee, London 1970, First Edition
£25.00

Bates, H.E. - The Two Sisters

Hardback. A very good copy in the original maroon cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. In a good dustwrapper the spine of which is a little darkened, which has two small chips at the top of the spine and which has been sellotaped along the edges by a previous owner. The wrapper, which is not price-clipped, is now protected in a clear removable sleeve. Bookplate on front fixed end-paper. Inscribed by the author on the half-title as follows: " J.A. Spencer from H.E. Bates. September 1930." 320 pages. The author's first novel. Photographs available on request.
Published : Jonathan Cape, London 1926, First Edition
£230.00

Behn Harry - Omen of the Birds

Illustrated by Harry Behn.
Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's red cloth with title in gilt on spine. No inscriptions. Some edge foxing. Black and white line drawings which are based on Etruscan tomb paintings.126 pages. Near very good dustwrapper which is complete but which shows some surface rubbing to the spine. The wrapper is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. Maurice Sendak praised the book as "one of the finest books of the year".
Published : Victor Gollancz, London 1965, First Edition
£15.00

Belloc H. - New Cautionary Tales Together with a Moral Alphabet

Illustrated by B. T. B. & N. Bentley.
Hardback. A near very good copy in a good dustwrapper (now protected in a removable sleeve) which has minor edge wear and tear and is price-clipped. Superficial water mark along the foot of the boards and, less obviously, the wrapper. No ownership inscription. Clean internally with a little edge foxing. 63 pages. Humorous verses with illustrations throughout.
Published : Duckworth, London 1934,
£20.00

Benson E. F. - The Luck of the Vails

A good plus copy in yellow cloth lettered in black and with decoration to upper board. Upper board tips slightly bumped. Squiggle on front end-paper but no ownership inscription and little foxing. Pp.[x],323 + 20pp publisher's catalogue.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1901, First Edition
£35.00

Benson E.F. - Across the Stream

A near very good copy in green cloth lettered in black on the spine and front board. A little wear to spine ends. Browning to end-papers. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.vi,314 + 2pp publisher's adverts. A tale of the supernatural.
Published : John Murray, London 1919, First Edition
£45.00

Benson E.F. - Alan

A very good copy in blue cloth lettered and ruled in white on the spine and upper board. No ownership inscription. A handful of pages are a little creased/torn at edges. 352 pages. Overall a very decent copy.
Published : T. Fisher Unwin, London 1924, First Edition
£15.00

Benson, E.F. - The Outbreak of War 1914

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper. The wrapper has small chips to the spine-ends, a couple of closed tears and shows some darkening to the spine. Ownership inscription on front free end-paper and on title page. 169 pages + one page bibliography and two pages of publisher's adverts. 8 illustrations. Memories of the England that existed immediately prior to the outbreak of the First World War.
Published : Peter Davies Ltd., London 1933, First Edition
£25.00

Bentley E.C. - Baseless Biography

Illustrated by Nicolas Bentley.
A very good copy in a good price-clipped dustwrapper with one or two edge tears and a little fraying at top of spine. 112pp. More clerihews with accompanying illustrations.
Published : Constable, London 1939, First Edition
£9.00

Betjeman John - Vintage London

4to. A very good copy in a poor dustwrapper which lacks its spine panel. Some damp spotting to front end-papers. 24pp. 11 attractive tipped-in colour plates. 12 text illustrations.
Published : William Collins Sons & Co Ltd, London 1942, First Edition
£9.00

Bianco Pamela and De La Mare Walter - Flora a Book of Drawings

Nd. c. 1919. 4to. Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is a little chipped at the spine ends. No ownership inscription. 45 pages. Many illustrations including eight in colour. The book grew out of an exhibition in 1919 of the paintings of Pamela Bianco, a child of 12 years old. Walter De La Mare was inspired by the drawings to write the poems which accompany them in the book.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1919, First Edition
£60.00

Blake, Nicholas - A Penknife in My Heart

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and which is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. No ownership inscription. Some fore-edge foxing. 192 pages.
Published : Collins Crime Club, London 1958, First Edition
£30.00

Blunden Edmund - English Poems

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper chipped at top of spine. 127pp. Spare title label. A nice copy.
Published : Richard Cobden-Sanderson 1925, First Edition
£15.00

Blunden Edmund - Retreat

Hardback. A very good copy in the original cloth. Paper title label on spine is a little chipped but a spare title label is tipped-in at rear of book. No ownership inscription. A little foxing to early pages. 70 pages. Largely unopened.
Published : Richard Cobden-Sanderson 1928, First Edition
£18.00

Bodkin Thomas - Eight Poems

A very good copy in paper covers with design on upper cover. String (not staples) on spine intact. Harp design on title page. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other marking. Printed under the direction of Leonard Jay at the City of Birmingham School of Printing, a Department of the College of Arts and Crafts. Bodkin, an Irishman, was Barber Professor of Fine Art at the University of Birmingham and founding director of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts there.
Published : City of Birmingham School of Printing College of Arts and Crafts, Birmingham 1939, First Edition
£25.00

Bold Allan (editor) - The State of the Nation

Upper ends a little bumped otherwise a fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Inscribed by the author. 69pp. A book-length poem.
Published : Chatto & Windus, London 1969, First Edition
£10.00

Bowen Elizabeth; Greene Graham; Pritchett V.S. - Why Do I Write? An Exchange of Views Between Elizabeth Bowen, Graham Greene, & V.S. Pritchett

Hardback. A very good copy in red and white patterned boards. In a fair plusdustwrapper which has some chips and tears and which shows some fading to the front panel. The wrapper, which is not price-clipped, is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. Some edge foxing but a clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or other marking. 58 pages. Comprises a number of letters exchanged by the three novelists with a Preface by V.S. Pritchett.
Published : Percival Marshall, London 1948, First Edition
£65.00

Brown George Mackay - Poems New and Selected

A very good copy in publisher's light blue cloth with title in gilt on spine. Previous owner's name on front free endpaper. 96 pages. The good dustwrapper has a tear and minor chipping, is not price-clipped and is now protected in a removable cover.
Published : The Hogarth Press, London 1971, First Edition
£15.00

Brown George Mackay - A Calendar of Love and Other Stories

Hardback. A very good copy in a price-clipped dustwrapper which shows some edge wear. Gift inscription on front end-paper. 157 pages. A collection of short stories set on Orkney.
Published : The Hogarth Press, London 1970,
£8.00

Brown George Mackay - Letters to Gypsy

Illustrated by Simon Fraser.
A very good copy in publisher's yellow cloth. A clean copy with no inscriptions or foxing. . Illustrated in black and white and in colour. 136 pages. Very good price-clipped dustwrapper with illustration to front cover and photograph of the author on rear cover.
Published : Balnain Books, Nairn 1990, First Edition
£12.00

Brown, George MacKay - A Spell for Green Corn

A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt. In a very good, price-clipped, dustwrapper which looks almost pristine but which has been strengthened internally at two points by a previous owner. Some light edge foxing. No ownership inscription and a nice clean copy internally except for a couple of spots of foxing on the rear end-paper. 91 pages. A chronicle of 17th century Orkney in six scenes.
Published : The Hogarth Press, London 1970, First Edition
£18.00

Brown, George MacKay - Andrina and Other Stories

Hardback. A fine copy in a price-clipped but otherwise fine dustwrapper. 153 pages. A collection of short stories, some set in the author's native Orkney.
Published : Chatto & Windus/ the Hogarth Press, London 1983, First Edition
£20.00

Brown, George MacKay - Six Lives of Fankle The Cat

Illustrated by Ian MacInnes.
Hardback. A near fine copy in a fine dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and which is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. A clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or other marking. 121 pages. Line drawings by Ian MacInnes. A tale set in Orkney in which a cat tells a liitle girl about his previous lives.
Published : Chatto & Windus, London 1980, First Edition
£40.00

Bryden Bill - Willie Rough

A very good copy in a good, complete, dustwrapper which is a little rubbed at the edges. Inscribed presentation copy from the author. 90 pages. The author's first play which is about Red Clydeside during the First World War.
Published : Southside, Edinburgh 1972, First Edition
£15.00

Buchan John - A Five-Fold Salute to Adventure

A very good copy in a rather worn and soiled dustwrapper with some internal repairs to tears. The dustwrapper is almost complete, is not price-clipped and is now protected. This is an omnbibus volume of five of Buchan's historical novels.
Published : Hodder & Stoughton, London 1939,
£20.00

Buchan John - Comments and Characters

A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. In a very good dustwrapper which is not price-clipped. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xxxv,422. The book comprises articles writen by Buchan for the "Scottish Review" which was a "high-class weekly journal which he edited while still in his thirties." The articles are grouped under various headings such as "Domestic Politics," "The Empire," "Socialism and Industry," "Literature and Journalism," etc. The book is edited with an Introduction by W. Forbes Gray.
Published : Thomas Nelson & Sons, London 1940, First Edition
£20.00

Buchan John - Homilies and Recreations

Hardback. No. 100 of 200 large paper copies signed by the author. A near fine copy in light grey- blue paper-covered boards with white cloth spine lettered in gilt on a green title-piece. The boards are now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. A nice clean copy with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. 383 pages. A book of essays.
Published : Thomas Nelson & Sons, London 1926, First Edition
£120.00

Buchan John - Lord Minto a Memoir

Just about good. The red cloth is marked on the spine (including a superficial damp stain) and there is a little wear at the spine ends. There is a little bubbling to the cloth of the upper board. Internally the book is very good except for a smallish gift inscription on the front endpaper. Pp.xviii,352. Frontispiece and 8 illustrations. Lord Minto was Governor-General of Canada from 1898 to 1904 and later Viceroy of India.
Published : Thomas Nelson & Sons, London 1924, First Edition
£25.00

Buchan John - Some Eighteenth Century Byways and Other Essays

A very good copy in red cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine and upper board. Spine lightly faded but lettering remains clear. Neat ownership inscription on front end-paper. A touch of edge foxing but clean internally. Pp.[xii],345 + 32 page publisher's catalogue dated 6/08.
Published : William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh & London 1908, First Edition
£75.00

Buchan John - The Blanket of the Dark

A good copy. Just a little wear at spine ends. White mark on lower board. Gift and ownership inscriptions. Map endpapers. 314pp + 6pp adverts.
Published : Hodder & Stoughton, London 1931, First Edition
£9.00