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Literature / Fiction

Bell J.J. - Clyde Songs and Other Verses

A very good copy. Bookplate. 130pp.
Published : Gowans & Gray Ltd. 1910, Second Edition

Bell Robert (editor) - Early Ballads Illustrative of History Traditions and Customs

A good copy in original green cloth decorated in gilt. Spine a little worn. All edges gilt. 224pp. Frontis and two other illus.
Published : Griffin Bohn & Company, London 1862,

Bellegarde Jean-Baptiste Morvan Abbe De - Reflexions Sur Ce Qui Peut Plaire Ou Deplaire Dans Le Commerce Du Monde Quatrieme Edition Revue et Corrigee D'un Tres Grands Nombres De Fautes [Avec] Reflexions Sur La Politesse Des Moeurs --

Hardback. 16mo. A good copy in a quarter leather binding with five raised bands. Spine lettered in gilt on a red title piece. Bookplate (in fact two bookplates!) of the author, Compton MacKenzie. Small old ownership inscription on front free end-paper and some ink writing on front fixed end-paper. Pp.[10],140,[8],[6],150,[10]. Two volumes in one with engraved frontispiece and index to each volume.
Published : Chez Henri Schelte, Amsterdam 1712,

Benet Stephen Vincent - Johnny Pye and the Fool-Killer

Illustrated by Lennox Paterson.
Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a fair dustwrapper which has a large tear on the rear panel and other tears and chips. 37 pages. Wood engravings. This is number 19 of a special edition, the type face being Venezia, 14 point, 2 point leaded. The limitation is not given. Uncommon. An American short story by a Pulitzer Prize winner first published in 1938.
Published : Stow College School of Printing, Glasgow 1940,

Benson E.F. - The Climber

A good copy in slightly worn cloth. 322pp + 2pp adverts.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1908,

Bethell L.A. (editor) - "Blackwood" Tales from the Outposts Volume V Jobs of Work

A very good copy. 279pp.
Published : William Blackwood, Edinburgh 1932,

Bjornson Bjornstjerne - Pastor Sang Being the Norwegian Drama Over Aevne

Hardback. A good copy in tan boards lettered in dark brown on upper board. Spine darkened making spine lettering unreadable. Some wear to spine ends. Pp.[x],109,[i]. Upper board illustrated by Aymer Vallance. Tissue-guarded frontispiece by Aubrey Beardsley. A Norwegian play translated by William Wilson.
Published : Longmans Green & Co, London 1893, First English Edition

Black William - The Strange Adventures of a Phaeton

Illustrated by S.E. Waller.
Hardback. A near very good copy which has been rebound in plain blue cloth with title in gilt on spine. New endpapers. No inscriptions. Many black and white illustrations. Pp.viii,[ii], 421 + publisher's 2 page catalogue at rear.
Published : Macmillan & Co., London 1874,

Blackstone Bernard - Virginia Woolf a Commentary

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is just a little chipped at the top of the spine. Smallish ownership inscription on front end-paper. 256pp. This is an analysis and interpretation of Woolf's novels.
Published : The Hogarth Press, London 1949, First Edition

Boccaccio Giovanni - The Story of Griselda Being the Tenth Story of the Tenth Day from the Decameron

Hardback. A very good copy in paper covered boards with grey cloth spine. Top edge gilt. 20 pages. This is number 356 of 500 copies on Batchelor hand-made paper. Printed in the Riccardi Press fount. Translated by J.M. Rigg.
Published : Philip Lee Warner for the Medici Society, London 1909, First Edition Thus

Bold Alan - To Find the New

A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. Inscribed by the author. 64pp. Poetry.
Published : Chatto & Windus, London 1968, Second Impression

Bon Gaultier (Editor) - The Book of Ballads

Illustrated by Doyle, Leech and Crowquill.
Hardback. A good copy in a full leather binding. Title piece and five raised bands on spine. Only some scuffing to front board prevents this book from being very good. Marbled end-papers and edges. Bookplate. Ownership inscription. Pp.v,256. Humourous illustrations throughout.
Published : William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh 1857, Fifth Edition

Bon Gaultier (Editor) - The Book of Ballads

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. All edges gilt. A nice clean copy, not foxed and with no ownership inscription. Pp.v,256 + 4pp adverts. Black and white illustrations by Doyle, Leech and Crowquill.
Published : William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh 1874, Twelfth Edition

Bone, Gertrude - Women of the Country

Hardback. A good copy in the original boards. Top edge gilt. Pictorial end-papers. Small gift inscription. 191 pages. Frontispiece by Muirhead Bone. A fictional work about countrywomen.
Published : Duckworth & Co, London 1913,

Borland R. - Yarrow: Its Poets and Poetry

Hardback. A near very good copy in a red half-leather binding. Lettered in gilt on spine. Top edge gilt. Some wear to board tips and spine ends. No ownership inscription and little foxing. Pp.viii,239. Extra-illustrated edition with 12 full-page tissue-guarded plates. Further illustrations in text. Introduction and Notes.
Published : Thomas Fraser, Dalbeattie 1890, First Edition

Borras F.M. - Maxim Gorky the Writer an Interpretation

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Ownership inscription. Pp.xxvii,195. An evaluation of Gorky's work.
Published : Oxford University Press 1967, First Edition

Borrow George (revised By Edward Hale Bierstadt) - Celebrated Trials and Remarkable Cases of Criminal Jurisprudence from the Earliest Records to the Year 1825 (Two Vols. Complete)

Hardbacks. A very good two volume set in reddish-brown boards lettered in gilt on the spines. In near very good dustwrappers which show a little edge wear and tear. Pp.xxxix,1-480; [vi],481-989. A clean set without ownership inscription or other marking. First published in 1825 in six volumes it was the compiling and editing of this collection of criminal trials that started Borrow's literary career
Published : Jonathan Cape, London 1928, First Edition Thus

Boswell James - James Boswell's Letter to Samuel Johnson 20th September 1779

A facsimile, in wraps, of a four page letter (on two sheets) written by Boswell to Johnson published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Boswell's death on 19th May 1795. The green wraps, which are faded towards the edges but otherwise in very good condition, contain a typed version of the letter together with a note on it by Graham Nicholls.
Published : Johnson Society of Lichfield 1995,

Boswell James (Edited By Frederick A. Pottle and Charles H. Bennett) - Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D. 1773

Hardback. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper with minor edge tears. Bookplate of Compton Mackenzie. Pp.xxviii,520. Illustrations. Maps. This is considered by many to be the best of all Boswell's Journals.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1963, First Edition Thus

Boswell James Edited By George Birkbeck Hill) - Boswell's Correspondence with the Honourable Andrew Erskine and His Journal of a Tour to Corsica

Hardback. A good copy in brown cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. A little wear to spine ends and board tips. Small ownership inscription. Some foxing. Pp.xiv,242.
Published : Thos. De La Rue & Co, London 1879, First Edition Thus

Brannan Robert Louis (Editor) - Under the Management of Mr. Charles Dickens - His Production of "The Frozen Deep."

Hardback. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper which has a 3/4inch closed edge tear. A nice clean copy without ownership inscription, foxing or marking of any kind. Pp.xi,173. 6 illustrations. "The Frozen Deep" was a play based on the lost polar expedition of Sir John Franklin written by Wilkiie Collins and reworked substantially by Dickens. Dickens produced and directed the play and played the leading role. This volume includes the text of the play, an Introduction and a note on the text.
Published : Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York 1966, First Edition

Bray William (editor) - Diary and Correspondence of John Evelyn, F.R.S.

Nd. c. 1920? A substantial volume of 951pp in very good condition. There is a little wear to the spine but the lettering is clear. The diary and correspondence covers the period 1647-1704. Evelyn knew King Charles 11 and King James 11 and many of the ministers of these monarchs.
Published : George Routledge & Sons, London,

Brend Gavin - My Dear Holmes a Study in Sherlock

A very good copy in a torn but virtually complete dustwrapper which is faded on the spine. A clean copy internally without foxing or ownership inscription. 183pp. Four illustrations. A "biography" of Sherlock Holmes.
Published : George Allen & Unwin, London 1951, First Edition

Bridges Robert - The Testament of Beauty a Poem in Four Books

A very good copy in marbled boards with a vellum spine lettered in gilt. 175pp. Frontispiece portrait of the poet. Publisher's note on the text tipped in at the end.
Published : Clarendon Press, Oxford 1930, First Edition Thus

Brooks Phillips Vaughn - The Writing and Publication History of Compton MacKenzie's Novel the Four Winds of Love

Hardback. A very good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt on the upper board and with the logo of "The George Peabody College for Teachers" in gilt on the upper board. (This is a prestigious American college now merged into Vanderbilt University). This volume has the appearance of a thesis and appears to be unpublished. It is an inscribed presentation copy from the author to Lady Mackenzie, the widow of Compton Mackenzie. Pp.v,181. This is a substantial work the chapter headings of which are: "Biographical Sketch of Sir Compton Mackenzie;" "Conception and Development of The Four Winds of Love;" "Financial and Publishing Difficulties:" "Publication Dates and Sales Records;" and "Criticism of The Four Winds of Love," this last chapter being by far the longest. There is also a list of works cited and other sources together with a note on the location of Mackenzie's manuscripts and letters. Clearly a scarce item.
Published : 1975,

Brown George Douglas - The House with the Green Shutters

A good copy in black cloth which is faded on the spine and edges. Spine lettering dull. Small ownership stamp on front end-paper. Pp.xl,322. 6 illustrations. Includes a biographical sketch and appreciation of the author by Andrew Melrose.
Published : Andrew Melrose, London 1923, Memorial Edition

Brown John - Rab and His Friends and Other Stories

Nd. but presentation label on front end-paper is dated 1910. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered and decorated in red. 123 pages + adverts. Apart from label - "Presented to Fasque Public School "etc - a lovely copy internally. The other stories are entitled "Our Dogs" and "The Mystery of Black and Tan".
Published : W.P. Nimmo, Hay & Mitchell, Edinburgh,

Browne Sir Thomas (Edited By L.C. Martin) - Religio Medici and Other Works

Hardback. A very good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. In a good dustwrapper which has smallish tears at the spine ends. A clean copy with no ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.xxviii,383. Frontispiece and four illustrations. "The purpose of this volume is to provide a reliable text of "Religio Medici", "Hydriotaphia", "The Garden of Cyrus", "A Letter to a Friend" and "Christian Morals", together with critical notes and a commentary."
Published : Oxford University Press, London 1964, First Edition Thus

Browning Elizabeth Barrett - Sonnets from the Portuguese

Softback. A very good copy in publisher's dark crimson suede with title in gilt on front cover. N.d. but gift inscription on front end-paper is dated Xmas 1924. Illustrated endpapers. Top edge gilt. 93 pages + 3 pages of titles from The King's Treasury series. A nice tight and internally clean copy.
Published : George G.Harrap & Co. Ltd., London,

Browning Mrs. - Casa Guidi Windows

Hardback. Near very good copy in publisher's cream cloth with decorated front board and spine. A little rubbing to board edges. N.d. but colour illustrated endpapers are signed by the artist Chas. Pears with the date1909.Tipped-in colour frontispiece and title page. All edges gilt. 128 pages all bordered with green and red leaves and scrolls. A nice tight copy which is very clean internally.
Published : Collins Clear Type Press, London,

Browning Robert - Dramatic Romances and Lyrics

Illustrated by Charles Ricketts.
Hardback. A very good copy in a brown half leather binding lettered in gilt. Five raised bands on spine. Marbled boards and end-papers. All edges gilt. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 123 pages. "Decorated with woodcut border and initials by Charles Ricketts under whose supervision the book has been printed at the Ballantyne Press." Limited to 210 copies. A nice copy.
Published : Hacon & Ricketts, London 1899, First Edition Thus

Browning Robert - Letters of Robert Browning Collected By Thomas J. Wise

A very good copy without dustwrapper. A little foxing. 389pp. Frontispiece and 15 illustrations. Edited with an introduction and notes by Thurman L. Hood.
Published : John Murray, London 1933, First Edition

Browning Robert (Edited By Thomas J. Wise) - Pauline; a Fragment of a Confession

Hardback. A good copy in the original grey boards lettered in black on a white titlepiece. Some wear to board tips. Pp.xi,71. This facsimile reprint of the first 1833 edition of Browning's first book is limited to 400 copies.
Published : Richard Clay & Sons, London 1886, Reprint

Buchanan George - The Jephtha and Baptist

Hardback. Small 8vo. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on spine. No ownership inscription and only a little foxing. Unopened. 222 pages + one page adverts. Translated from the Latin by Alexander Gibb. Buchanan was perhaps the pre-eminent Scottish scholar of the 16th century. He was, at different times tutor to Mary Queen of Scots and senior tutor to King James VI of Scotland (to whom The Baptist, being the second of the two sacred dramas in this book, is addressed.). The book also contains Buchanan's eleven page autobiography written two years before his death and a two page letter from Sir Thomas Randolph which seems to have led to the autobiography being written. An uncommon title.
Published : J. Moodie Miller, Edinburgh 1870, First Edition Thus

Bulter, Rhoda - Doobled-Up: All the Shetland Poems from Shaela and a Nev Foo A Coarn

Hardback. A very good copy in laminated boards. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 121 pages. Illustrated. Poems in the Shetland dialect with a glossary.
Published : Thuleprint Ltd, Sandwick Shetland 1978, First Edition

Bulwer Lytton, Edward - Leila; or, the Siege of Granada : And Calderon, the Courtier

Hardback. A good plus copy. Rebacked with new end-papers. Original spine laid down. Lettered and decorated in gilt on spine with gilt decoration on upper board. Boards now protected by a clear, removable sleeve.[iv],400. 16 plates.
Published : Longman, Orme, Brown, Green and Longmans, London 1838, First Edition

Burney, Fanny (Edited By Joyce Hemlow et al) - The Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney (Madame D'Arblay) - 12 Vols. Complete

A twelve volumes first edition set, published between 1972 and 1984, all volumes in fine condition and all in dustwrapper. Most dustwrappers are fine but the dustwrappers of the first two volumes show a little rubbing and the dustwrapper of volume IV has a small hole at the top of the spine. All dustwrappers are protected in a clear, removable sleeve. There are no ownership inscriptions or other internal markings. All plates present as called for. Photographs available on request. [Please note that extra postage will be required for this set].
Published : Oxford University Press, First Edition

Burns Robert - Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect and Songs Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect - Three Volumes

This three volume set comprises "Edinburgh Poems", "Posthumous Poems" and "Songs". It is limited to 600 copies, is signed by James McKie and contains a list of subscribers. Light blue boards with cream parchment spines which show some browning/foxing. All volumes unopened. A little internal foxing mainly to end-papers. No ownership inscription. "Edinburgh Poems" comprises Burns' poems as they appear in the early Edinburgh editions of his poetry and has a frontispiece portrait of Burns.Overall a very good set of an early complete edition of Burns' poems and songs.
Published : James Mckie, Kilmarnock 1869,

Burns Robert - The Poetical Works of Robert Burns; Including the Pieces Published in His Correspondence and Reliques: With His Songs and Fragments. To Which are Prefixed, a History of the Poems By His Brother, Gilbert Burns, and a Sketch of His Life

Hardback. 12mo. Two volumes. Externally fair as the spines are chipped and worn although the title pieces are largely present and readable. Internally very good. Contemporaneous ownership inscription. Vol.1,,268. Frontispiece portrait. Vol.11,pp.xii,262.
Published : John Bumpus, London 1822,

Burns Robert (Edited By Jmaes Barke and Sydney Goodsir Smith) - The Merry Muses of Caledonia

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Trace of a smallish label having been removed from front free end-paper otherwise a nice clean copy internally. 223 pages. 3 illustrations. Presents in an "unexpurgated, scholarly edition the most authentic versions available of Robert Burns's original texts." A collection of bawdy songs written or collected by Burns.
Published : Macdonald Publishers, Loanhead 1982,

Burton Richard F. - Supplemental Nights to the Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night with Notes Anthropological and Explanatory [6 Volumes]

Hardbacks. A good to very good set of six volumes in black cloth decorated in silver and lettered in silver and black. Top edges red. Fading to spine of volume one (but lettering readable). Bookplate of Sir Alfred Sherlock Gooch in each volume. Some rubbing to boards and a little light edge foxing but contents clean and unmarked. Photograph available on request. (Please note postage will be higher than the stated figure).
Published : Kamashastra Society, Benares 1886, First Edition

Byron Lord - The Poetical Works of Lord Byron With Life

Hardback.N.d. The "Life" is dated 1857. A near very good copy in publisher's attractively blind-stamped brown leather. Title in gilt on spine and Byron's name in gilt on front board. Some rubbing to spine and rear board. Bevelled edges. All edges gilt. No inscriptions. 8 engravings on steel. A little foxing. 576 pages.
Published : Gall & Inglis, Edinburgh,

Byron, Lord - Manfred: A Tragedy

Illustrated by Frederick Carter.
Hardback. A very good copy in purple silk boards with vellum spine. The purple is faded to the top half inch or so of the upper and lower boards.Lettered in gilt on the spine and with gilt decoration to the upper board. Top edge gilt. Some browning to end-papers. No ownership inscription Full-page tissue-guarded illustrations and black and white head and tail pieces. This is no. 399 of 550 copies printed in poliphilus roman with an Introduction by Frederick Carter.
Published : The Fanfrolico Press, London 1929, First Edition Thus

Calthrop Dion Clayton and Pemberton Max (Editors) - The Dickens Souvenir of 1912

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is a little chipped and torn at the edges. 236pp. Frontispiece and 24 illustrations. Includes articles on Dickens together with a number of extracts from his works. A difficult book to find in dustwrapper.
Published : Chapman & Hall, London 1912,

Campbell Thomas - Gertrude of Wyoming; or, the Pennsylvanian Cottage

A good copy in red cloth which is darkened on the spine and upper board and showing wear at the spine ends and board tips. Bevelled edges. All edges gilt. Pp.viii,95. 35 illustrations by Birket Foster et al engraved by the Brothers Dalziel. A typewritten note tipped-in to the front-endpaper narrates the provenance of the book for its first 100 years.
Published : George Routledge & Co, London 1857,

Captain Marryat - Jacob Faithful

Illustrated by H.M. Brock.
A good copy in dark red cloth lettered in gilt on spine. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. Pp.xxvi,416 + 4pp adverts. 40 full-page black and white illustrations by H.M. Brock.
Published : Macmillan, London 1895, First Edition Thus

Carbery Ethna (Anna MacManus) - The Four Winds of Eirinn: Poems

A good copy in rather soiled card covers. Spine a little chipped. Two stamps of a church on front end-paper. Pp.xi,154. Poems of Ireland.
Published : M.H. Gill & Son, Dublin 1906, Tenth Thousand New Enlarged Edition

Carleton William - Valentine M'Clutchy, the Irish Agent: Or the Chronicles of Castle Cumber

Illustrated by Phiz.
Hardback. A fair copy only in the original gilt-decorated green boards. Some wear and tear to the spine. Pp.xii,468. 19 (of 20) illustrations by Phiz, lacking the illustration at page 49 (and with two others transposed). A good reading copy of this tale of the abuses of Irish landlordism.
Published : James Duffy, Dublin 1847,

Carmichael Mrs. A. C. - Tales of a Grandmother

Hardback. A good plus copy in the original green blind-stamped cloth which shows some fading to the spine (although the lettering remains clear). The boards are now protected by a clear, removable, sleeve. INSCRIBED presentation copy from the author (dated 1857). Some foxing to early and late pages. A story of life in the West Indies.
Published : Richard Bentley, London 1841, First Edition