Latest news of rare and antiquarian books & prints

Dear  Customer

Welcome to our June Newsletter.


We have put together a short Churchill list (download here).  Who would have thought that Eartha Kitt was a guest at a celebratory luncheon for the publication of A History of the English Speaking Peoples!

We caught ourselves at a naughty loose moment earlier in the month.  James Joyce reinvented as a Dalek?   PS. the Death Mask is for sale at £6,000.

Laurie Lee

We are pleased to offer for sale copies of the newly published Laurie Lee Bibliography.

[LEE, Laurie] OLIVER-JONES, Stephen. Laurie Lee 1914-1997. A Bibliography. Compiled and Introduced by Stephen Oliver-Jones. Grosvenor House Publishing. 2018.    £ 19.95

8vo., original cloth with dust wrapper. New.

First edition, limited edition of 100 numbered copies signed by Stephen Oliver-Jones. An invaluable new addition to the bibliogtaphy shelf with 650 individual entries and a 15 page Introduction by the author, a retired Circuit Judge and bibliophile.


Rex Whistler - Gulliver's Travels Plates

22nd June - 20th July 
(Private View Thursday 21st)

In collaboration with Aquila Books of Calgary we will be hosting an exhibition of 20 of the original copperplates used in the production of the Cresset Press edition of Gulliver's Travels, illustrated by Rex Whistler.

Each of the original plates will be sold with a suite of all the illustrations from the book, printed in 1970 by H.M. Fletcher Bookseller.


Children’s & Illustrated Department Contact Rosie for more details


Rosie is just sending out the latest Children's and Illustrated book catalogue which includes a total of 265 colour-illustrated items ranging in price from about £40 to £4,000. 

Highlights include a first edition of Kathleen Hale's Henrietta the Faithful Hen with original artwork; an original watercolour manuscript book called Lucy's Adventures by John Goodall;

Children's and Illustrated book catalogue
John Goodall

a first edition of The Art of Walter Crane with 6 original letters in his hand; a signed Astrid Lindgren; a rare wigwam model with cut-out characters; the scarce de luxe edition of Maurois's Patapoufs et Filifers; a Rackham Alice, Wind in the Willows and Peter Pan; signed John Lawrence prints; and exquisite individual prints from the portfolio edition of Rackham's Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.


Prints Department

 Lo Squero 

Print of the month

Artist: GALLI, Federica.
Title: Lo Squero.
Description: Original etching signed by the artist, edition 50/60.
Date: 1983-1984. 
Size: 293 x 791 mm.
Price: £1,440

 Strand, London underground 

Poster of the month

Artist: ANON.
Title: Strand, London underground.
Description: Original lithograph with colour, linen backed, printed by Stanford's, London. Showing entrance to Underground station. Map is based upon ordnance survey with the sanction of the controller of H.M. Stationery Office.
Date: 1936. 
Size: 1000 x 630 mm.
Price: £950

 Insvlae Danicae 

Map of the Month

Artist: HOMANN, Johann Baptiste (1664-1724).
Title: Insvlae Danicae. (Map of Denmark).
Description: Original copper engraving with hand colour as published in Homann's Maoir Atlas, Nuremberg. With decorative cartouche showing the coat of arms of the Kingdom and inset view of Copenhagen.
Date: c.1720. 
Size: 520 x 615 mm.
Price: £795


Science & Natural History Dept.

 Land, Sea and Air 

Land, Sea and Air

Download our new catalogue of Transport themed books and prints.


And we have some new Angling Highlights to view online.

Here are a couple of unusual recent additions to our stock:

 Pharmacopoeia Pauperum: or, the Hospital Dispensatory. Containing the medicines used in the hospitals of London. 

COATSWORTH, Dr, etc. Pharmacopoeia Pauperum: or, the Hospital Dispensatory. Containing the medicines used in the hospitals of London.

T. Warner. 1718. Bound in sixes. Modern half calf, marbled boards, gilt lettering to spine;  very good.
First edition. This compendium of medicines went into many editions and provides the recipes for numerous everyday cures and remedies. Some are more exotic than others; the Anodyne Pill, consisting of 1 grain of opium to 4 grains of saffron, may have been a 'pleasant and very safe Opiate' but was surely out the reach of most paupers … more …

 Die Vernichtung des Cretischen Irr-Gartens In einem Auß Gelegenheit Deß Beglücktesten Einzugs Deren Kayserlichen Mayestätten Leopold und Claudia Zu Wienn gehaltenem Lust-Feur Dargestellt 

FIREWORKS. Die Vernichtung des Cretischen Irr-Gartens In einem Auß Gelegenheit Deß Beglücktesten Einzugs Deren Kayserlichen Mayestätten Leopold und Claudia Zu Wienn gehaltenem Lust-Feur Dargestellt

Vienna: Matthäus Cosmerovius. 1673. Folio (269 x 182 mm). Sometime backed with cream paper and sewn; 5 leaves of 8 (A2 and D1-2, that is the dedication page and list of attendees, missing), text surrounded by elaborate large folding plate; edges a little trimmed, very good.
First and only edition of this very rare report. At the marriage of Leopold I, to the Archduchess Claudia Felicitas of Austria, a large wooden maze was built in the grounds of the palace in Vienna and ringed with an enormous number of fireworks. The report describes the set up of the fireworks, and also narrates how the proximity of explosives to wood led to a sadly predictable conflagration, three deaths and many injuries … more …


Travel Department Contact Georg for more details

The Golden Chersonese and The Way Thither

BIRD, Isabella L. The Golden Chersonese and The Way Thither.

London, John Murray, 1883. 8vo. 16 plates, folding map at rear; light rubbing to extremities, and expert restorations to hinges, light toning due to paper stock.
Scarce first edition, printed presentation sheet From the Author pasted onto front fly-leaf. One of the foremost lady travellers of the Victorian era. Contains fascinating observations on Canton, Hong Kong, Saigon, Singapore, Sungei Ujong, Selangor and Perak, and elsewhere. With her usual eye for detail, Bird's account offers an important record of her visits, with wide ranging observations … more …

The Port of Basrah

BYFORD, Cecil. The Port of Basrah. Basrah Iraq. Published under the Authority of the Port of Basrah Directorate.

[London, Waterlow & Sons], 1935. Small 4to; fine; gift inscription on initial blank. 
First edition. A very rare and beautifully designed and produced account of the history and development of the port of Basrah, covering its topography and equipment, the service industries supplying it, including essential statistics such as import/export figures. The book also contains a chapter on the air port. Inside the front cover is a printed label saying that a poisonous insecticidal solution has been used in binding this book … more …

History of the Liverpool Privateers

WILLIAMS, Gomer. History of the Liverpool Privateers and Letters of Marque with an Account of the Liverpool Slave Trade.

London, William Heinemann, 1897. 8vo. Original dark red cloth; a near-fine copy, the best we ever handled.
Scarce first edition, presentation copy with a signed autograph presentation letter by the author, of the first full-length book to tap into the history of the 'national sin' (p. v). - We could not find any information about the author, despite - or maybe because - of him having written this substantial book.
'History of the Liverpool Privateers… is one of the most detailed 19th century accounts of the slave trade, gathering original source materials, newspaper articles and advertisements, and facsimiles of manuscript documents, including ship logs … more …