080. STEPHEN (J.K.) Quo Musa Tendis? Cambridge, Macmillan and Bowes, 1891

Limited Edition poetry book, numbered 26 of 150 copies on hand-made paper, signed by the publishers with initials. Stephen (d. 1892), educated at Eton and Cambridge, a cousin of Virginia Woolf, was put forward by Michael Harrison in 1972 as a candidate for being ‘Jack the Ripper.’

8vo, pp. x, 84, 1 f., cloth, paper spine label (label very worn, spine darkened).

£25 Sold

075. RUSSELL (Miss H.J.R.) pamphlets [as under] London / Alnwick, 1890’s

Bound in one volume, 8vo, with original wrappers in green cloth, with Presentation inscription to Lord Napier.

  1. The English Claims to the Overlordship of Scotland in connection with the death of Thomas a Becket, L., [reissue from Journal of the British Archaeological Association], 1894
  2. The Name of Glasgow, and the History of Cumbria, British Archaeological Association, 1890
  3. The Aquisition of Lothian by Northumbria. Probably a Suppressed Chapter by Bede, B.A.A., 1891
  4. The Classical and Medieval Use of Fortification of Branches now known as Zareeba, B.A.A.,[1894/5]
  5. Former Lines of Road about Ashieteel, &c., Alnwick [reprinted from the Transactions of the Berwickshire Naturalists’ Club], 1893
  6. Some Scotch Place-Names, Alnwick [B.N.C.], 1894
  7. Some Rock-Cuttings in Northumberland, London, [B.A.A.], 1897


52. NASH (David) Wood Primer – The Sculpture of David Nash, Bedford Press, San Francisco, 1987

One of 26 special copies, lettered A-Z and signed in pencil by Nash (this is copy J), with the additional signed and dated (1987) original drawing. Also present in this copy is an uncalled-for extra drawing, signed & dated 1981 [see back cover]. Nash, a Welshman of international repute, has works in the Tate, the Guggenheim, etc.

4to, pp. 64, 1 f., photo- illus., full cloth and end-papers by Klaus Roetzcher, slipcase.

£300 Sold

016. CRADDOCK (Thomas) The Influence of Christianity on Civilization, London, Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1856

Gift copy from the dedicatee, William Dawbarn, to an unknown recipient, with long inscription on the f.e.p., dated Wisbech, Aug 19 1856, “Our mutual friend Craddock is so modest a man that I dare say you will never hear or know a thing about the accompanying volume from him …”

8vo, pp. viii, 5-217, contemporary half-calf, (a little worn).


014. CHAMBERS (Robert) [Editor] Cyclopaedia of English Literature. A History, Critical and Biographical, of British Authors from the Earliest to the Present Times, London & Edinburgh, William and Robert Chambers, [1858]

Presentation copy: “To my dear Cousin Mrs Henry Mills (née Jefsy Gibson), with Kind Regards from the Editor, R. Chambers, Edin. Feb. 23rd, 1868.”
The first edition was published in 1843, according to the Preface, and this edition, revised and expanded, appeared 15 years later, i.e. 1858. Bearing in mind the inscription, this may be a re-issue of the 1858 edition.

2 vols, lge. 8vo, pp. xx, 812; xvi, 816, text illus., contemporary full calf gilt, gilt and blind roll-tooled cover borders, spines gilt with raised bands and red and green leather labels, a.e.g,


012. [BRATHWAITE (Richard)] Drunken Barnaby’s Four Journeys to the North of England, In Latin and English Metre, … Together with Bessy Bell, … The Third Edition, wih several New Copper Cuts, London, Printed for S. Illidge, 1723

Overall a pleasing, complete copy; one of the subsequent owners was one ‘R. Coates, BEF 1918 Sep.17.’ A diverting read for a World War I soldier, and perhaps explaining the wear to the binding. The contents are clean and sound.

8vo, 10 ff., pp. 175 (1), 4 ff. index, frontis. & 5 engraved plates, later (19th c.) polished pigskin, large gilt armorial on upr. cvr., (one or two headlines partially cropped, binding worn).


011. BLUNT (John James) Vestiges of Ancient Manners and Customs, discovered in Modern Italy and Sicily, London, John Murray, 1823

Rare. Richard Ford’s copy: it once held his bookplate and 2 signatures, but these have been removed by an unscrupulous autograph hunter. A few marginal & other notes, and the offset of his bookplate, are all that remain of Ford’s ownership. Intriguingly this copy also carries the collation note and number, in pencil, from one of the Beckford sales.

8vo, pp. xvi, 293 +1 (n.n.) colophon, original boards (the binding is scrappy and needs attention; f.e.p.’s chopped).


098. WATTS (Isaac) The Psalms of David; imitated in the language of the New Testament by . . . [bound with] Hymns and Spiritual Songs. In Three Books, Derby, Printed by and for H. Mozley, 1817

16mo, pp. iv, 264; iv, 242, 21 ff., early 19th. century black ripple-grain calf, spine and covers gilt ruled, spine gilt lettered “Watts Hymns,” a.e.g., (some leaves close shaved at the head, touching a few headlines; ink blot affecting two leaves of index at the back; back end-paper gone; otherwise very good). Gift inscription to Martha Walker 1828


092. [Tom PAINE] WATSON (Richard, Bishop of Landaff) An Apology for the Bible, in a Series of Letters adressed to Thomas Paine …, London, Printed for T. Evans, 1796

Fourth Edition. Owner name of Ralph C. Hopton. The present edition was prepared for widespread release by the alarmed authorities in towns, among “unlearned peoples” thought to be at risk of radicalisation by Paine.

12mo, 2 ff., pp. 120, uncut and stitched as issued in the original wrappers.


090. TENNANT (Stephen) Leaves from a Missionary’s Notebook. The Adventures of Felix Littlejohn, London, Secker & Warburg, 1929

First Edition, Limited to 125 copies ‘specially printed on vellum paper,’ out-of-series copy, not signed. A fairly typically wry piece written and flamboyantly illustrated by Tennant, and dedicated to E.M.Forster. Tennant, one of the original “Bright Young Things” of the 1920’s & 30’s, of whom Cecil Beaton remarked:. “He makes the rest of the world seem squalid,” is perhaps best known now for his relationship with Siegfried Sassoon. However, a recent stage play revived interest, and in 2008 Jasper Conran cited this particular book as a source of inspiration, cutting a course between “prim and saucy.”

lge. 8vo, unpaginated, illustrated throughout, pale yellow cloth, upper cover gilt lettered, front pictorial panel of d.w. only, loose in the back of the book.


088. [SPAIN & NORTH AFRICA] JACKSON (Mary Catherine) Word-Sketches of the Sweet South, London, Richard Bentley, 1873

First Edition. Jackson’s travels take in Gibraltar, Granada and the Alhambra, Seville, Malaga, Tangiers, etc. COPAC locates copies at the BL, NL of Scotland, Oxford & Cambridge.

8vo, frontispiece, half-title, title, 2 ff., pp. 301, original brown cloth gilt and black decoration, (some foxing to first and last ff., but essentially a fine copy), a.e.g.


087. [SLAVERY] BESSET (Jane) The Black Princess. A True Story for Young Persons, London, George Routledge, [1870]

First published in 1854, this is the second (and final) issue. COPAC lists only the BL / V&A for the first edition, and the BL only for this. A clean and tidy copy; the spine a little faded.

16mo, pp. viii, 168, frontispiece & 3 plates after John Gilbert, publisher’s brown cloth gilt (spine slightly faded), a.e.g., Brighton bookseller’s ticket to front paste-down.


086. SEMPLE (Robert) Observations made on a Tour from Hamburg, through Berlin, Gorlitz, and Breslau, to Silberburg; and thence to Gottenburg, London, Printed for Robert Baldwin . . . and J. Murray, 1814

First Edition. COPAC: O, Glasgow, NL of Scot, Cambridge, BL, TC Dublin. Robert Semple (1766-1816), American born son of British parents, travelled widely on business through Europe, the Cape, and South America. In the present work, he relates his travels during dangerous times and his arrest and imprisonment as a suspected American spy by Lord Cathcart. In 1815, through the influence of Lord Selkirk, Semple was appointed governor or chief agent for the Hudson Bay Company. During a dispute with the rival North-West company in 1816 he was shot and mortally wounded.

8vo, pp. viii, 267, (5, adverts), untrimmed in original boards (rebacked).


085. SEDLEY (Sir Charles) The Mulberry-Garden, A Comedy. As it is Acted by His Majesty’s Servants at the Theatre-Royal. Written by the Honourable Sir Charles Sidley [sic], London, Printed for H. Herringman, at the Sign of the Blew Anchor in the Lower Walk of the New Exchange, 1675

Wing S2403; W & M, 1014. A decent copy of this Restoration tragi-comical play which was first published and performed in 1668; Samuel Pepys, who had long looked forward to it, was severely disappointed. The play was then apparently revived for the 1674/5 season, and presumably also revised at this time, and it is this re-issue that we have here.
The original Mulberry-Garden, to which the title refers, was a four acre orchard, planted by James I in 1609, on the site of the present (north-west corner of) Buckingham Palace. King James had been hoping to kickstart English silkworm production, but unfortunately chose the wrong sort of bush. Clement Walker in ‘Anarchia Anglicana’ (1649) refers to “new-erected sodoms and spintries at the Mulberry Garden at S. James’s”; which suggests it may at that date have been a place of debauchery. In 1674, Goring House, which occupied part of the site adjacent to the Mulberry Garden, burnt down, which perhaps explains the play’s revival at that particular date.

4to, 1 f. blank, 1 f. title, 1 f. dedication, 1 f. ‘Dramatis Personnae,’ / Prologue, pp. 75 (1, Epilogue), later boards (spine worn and semi detached, large inksplash on A4, a few small pin-hole burns passim).


071. POMPADOUR (Madame de) Letters of the Marchioness of Pompadour. From MDCCLIII to MDCCLXII, inclusive. In Two Volumes, London, Sold by W.Owen …, 1771

First Edition of this spurious, but marvellous, collection; now attributed to Barbe-Marbois. A supplementary volume appeared the following year.
With a charming 20th Century gift inscription to the famous actress Dame Anna Neagle, from her long term professional ally, the writer / director Herbert Wilcox, who shot her to fame. Two years after her first big success in the title part of Nell Gwynn ( of which Graham Greene said: I have seen few things more attractive than Miss Neagle in breeches … ), she followed up with another true-life figure, portraying Irish actress Peg Woffington in ‘Peg of Old Drury’ (1936). The inscription we have here runs: To Anna Neagle with admiration and thanks for her great help in writing Peg Woffington, Dec 13 [19]34, Herbert Wilcox.

2 vols, 12mo, pp. xii, 176; [iv], 151 [1], 8 ff. Contents, contemporary half-calf, marbled boards, (rebacked to style, light waterstain to front end-papers of vol. 1).


060. NOEL des QUERSONNIÈRES (F.M.J.) Elégie, sur l’Assassinat de … Le Duc de Berri … / Elegy on the Murder of … the Duke de Berri …, London, Printed by E. Harrison … for the Author, 1821

First Edition, French & English text. Oval bookplate with [facsimile?] signature of Sophia, presumably Princess Sophia. COPAC locates a single copy, at the BL.

8vo, pp. 79 (1), errata slip at end), red straight-grain morocco, covers ruled with single gilt fillet with fleur-de-lys corner pieces, spine ruled with double gilt fillets, (edges rubbed, slight erosion at head and foot of spine), a.e.g.


039. HUGO (Victor) Hans of Iceland, London, J. Robins & Co., 1825

First Edition, first issue, first English translation. Cohn 382. A choice copy, ex-libris Alan Cuthbertson, bookplate of Walter George Crombie, with the rare advertisement leaves.

8vo, 12 pp. booksellers catalogue dated April 1825, 1 f. blank, 1 f. adverts. (New Works illustrated by George Cruikshank), half-title, title, 1 f., pp. 225 (1), 1 f. adverts., add. engr. pictroial title, 3 engr. plates by Geo. Cruickshank, (slight foxing to plate margins), untrimmed in later blue boards with plain buff spine, spine label.


032. FARREN (Robert) artist and etcher: Iphegenia in Tauris of Euripedes Performed by Members of the University at the Theatre Royal, Cambridge, November & December,1894. Drawn & Etched by Robert Farren, Cambridge, Macmillan and Bowes, 1895

Inscribed on the title-page, “M.Farren from R. Farren,” and with 7 sheets of original pencil sketches, 6 of which are of classical themes (possibly unused scenes relating to this production), and a Dutch [?] woman in a coastal landscape. Farren produced a number of illustrated works detailing various aspects of Cambridge, including rowing and architecture.

oblong folio, etched pictorial title page, 1 f. cast list / list of the 7 plates, 7 etched plates, original printed wrapper.


031. ELLIS (Havelock) The Nineteenth Century, A Dialogue in Utopia, London, Grant Richards, 1900

First Edition. A characteristically quirky, slightly uptight, and rambling text from the English sexologist, “ … beauty is merely the expression of perfect adequacy of function, merely the symbol of usefulness.” [p. 89].

sm. 8vo, 2 ff., pp. 166, edges rough trimmed, cloth, printed paper label (label toned and slightly scuffed).


029. DREXEL (Jeremias) Caelum Beatorum Civitas Aeternitatis Pars III …, Antverpiae, Ex typographia Iohannis Cnobbari, 1635

First Edition of the separately issued sequel, (i.e. part III) of ‘De Aeternitate Considerationes’ by the Jesuit, Jeremy Drexel (1581-1638). Provenance: early owner name inked over at foot of title; ‘Ex libris Placerdoti Barbier Lacerdotis’ on f.f.e.p.; bookplate of Robert J. Bathurst.

24mo, 12 ff. (including fine ornamental engraved title-page), pp. 415 (1), 1 f. admonitia / errata, contemporary calf, spine gilt, later lettered green leather labels, (paper strip overlaid to head of title and inscribed ‘vantroijen [ then letter code?],’).


025. [DELANY (Patrick)] Sixteen Discourses upon Doctrines and Duties … And against the Reigning Vanities of the Age, London, Printed for John and James Rivington, 1754

First Edition by Delany, friend of Swift, Gay and Bolingbroke. The contents are less dry than they sound, with considerations of follies such as gambling, fashion, etc. Owner names: Ch. Floods, 1768; Will Coke; J. Gilberd.

8vo, pp. xxx (misnumbered, but register and catchwords correct), 415, (1, adverts), contemp. calf (worn: hinges cracked, erosion to head of spine, unlovely; back free end paper gone, pale waterstain to contents passim, wormhole in the gutter of first gathering).


020. [COMPUTERS] NEGROPONTE (Nicholas) The Architecture Machine. Toward a More Human Environment, [and] Soft Architecture Machines, Cambridge, Massachusetts, & London, MIT Press, 1970, 1975

First Editions, separated from each other by five years. Quite fascinating high-concept consideration of computers and software, including pattern recognition, compatibilities & conflicts, games, intelligence and architecture, , problem solving, memory, default options, etc. “Most of the machines I will be discussing do not exist at this time. The chapters are primarily extrapolations into the future derived from experiences with various computer-aided design systems, and, in patricular, URBAN5,” [Preface, vol.1]. The text for the follow-up volume was actually completed in 1972, but, ironically, fell prey to the hazards of computer typesetting.

2 vols, square 8vo, vol. 1: 6 ff., pp. 153 (1) incl. 30 pp. bibliography, b/w illustrations, white card covers untitled with 16 silver squares on upper cover (a little foxing to fore-edges, and margins at front and back, otherwise very good); vol. 2. 6 ff., pp. 239 (1), incl. 40 page bibliography, b/w illustrations, silver boards with 16 white squares, spine lettered, dustwrapper (edgeworn, a few creases and short tears; instutional rubber stamp on front paste down; otherwise very good condition).


008. BALZAC (Honore de) & AVRIL (Paul) Honore de Balzac. Le Péché Véniel. Compositions de Paul Avril. Gravées a l’eau-forte par Édouard Léon et Raoul Serres, Paris, Charles Bosse, 1901

Limited Edition. The whole edition ran to 400 copies, of which this is one of one hundred on Whatman paper, with the illustrations in two states. Finely printed by Chamerot & Renouard of Paris, and a very fine but restrained contemporary binding.

lge. 8vo, original thin card front cover title in red and black with cherub & stag beetle vignette, 1 f. limitation, 1 f. title printed in red & black with vignette, pp. 67 (1), 1 f. printer’s colphon, 1 f. (original thin card back cover) printer’s device, frontispiece and text vignettes, repeated (ensuite) with extra set of the illustrations in a second state on 17 leaves, fine full rose-pink crushed morocco gilt by Otto Schulze of Edinburgh (gilt stamped), with striking silk patterned end-papers, gilt tooled turn-ins, t.e.g., rest untrimmed.


004. [ARTS] The Pictorial Gallery of Arts. [Volume 1:] Useful Arts / [Volume 2:] Fine Arts, London, Charles Knight, / Charles Cox, n.d. & 1847

By the look and feel of it, probably originally issued in parts; this seems to be the
earliest edition, anticipating in its coverage the Great Exhibition. Indeed later issues
(1858-60) easily incorporated material relating to it.
Much rarer than one might suppose: COPAC locates only the Wellcome and Cardiff
copies of this edition. A near fine copy, with an additional chromo plate in vol. 2 which
does not seem to be present in other copies, but clearly belongs.

2 vols in 1, folio, chromo frontispiece, pp. v (i), 390 (but index ff. bound after title), profusely illus.; chromo frontis., pp. v (i), 406, 1 chromo plate, text profusely illus., contemp. black calf, spine gilt tooled in bands, burgundy gilt-lettered label, comb-marbled edges.


002. [ANON] The Life of Sir Richard Whittington, Knight, and Four Times Lord Mayor of London, … By the Author of “Memoirs of George Barnwell,” Harlow, Printed by B. Flower, 1811

COPAC locates a copy at the British Library, and another at the Society of Antiquaries; an unusual provincial imprint. A second edition was published in London in 1816. Ex-libris Bala School Library, and then D. Wyn Lloyd (bookplate).

8vo, portrait frontispiece with vignette scene below, pp. 107 (1, adverts), contemporary tree calf, spine gilt dec., label (label chipped, light water stain to frontis, occasional finger marks to text, etc.).