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WIT AND SAGACITY OF Dr JOHNSON by Norman E Davidson, pub The Elzevir Library. Rare book. Small volume, covered in soft red velvet. Spine cracked but book holding together, fine for reading. Gift inscription (1909) inside cover. Illustrated.



RUSSIAN BALLETS by Adrian Stokes. FABER AND FABER, 1945. Hardback. Good condition. 2nd edition reprint. Hardback without Dust jacket. Photographs on plates, binding sound, owner signed 1946. Assorted relevant programme pages as a bonus.



THE RUBAIYAT of Omar Khayyam by R W Whitney, Privately Printed 1903. “Newly paraphrased”. Dark green paper cover, gilt lettered. End pages uncut. In presentation envelope (edges quite damaged). Initial signs of spine glue giving, but in remarkable condition for its age.



THE RUBAIYAT of Omar Khayyam by Edward Fitzgerald, pub B R Khanna & bros, Calcutta. Very rare volume. Good condition. Yellow-green h’b, gilt lettered. Extensive illustrations (unattributed). Contains both 1st and 4th editions of this translation, plus several accompanying articles.



PETER PAN AND WENDY by J M Barrie, pub Hodder & Stoughton 1951 “Retold by May Byron for little people with the approval of the author”. Hard Cover. Mabel Lucie Atwell (illustrator). 8vo. 128 pages. Seven single - colour illustrations, and numerous text drawings. Dedication inside cover.



A LITTLE LIGHT WEEDING by Richard Briers, pub Robson Books 1993. London, Hard Cover. Very Good. Dust Jacket Very Good. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Gift inscription neatly handwritten inside cover. Dust jacket has been price clipped.



TALES OF HOFFMAN by Cyril Falls, pub Chatto & Windus 1913. Hardback. Very Good. School prize-giving label inside cover. Minor foxing inside front and end pages. Spine is browned. Simpson, A. Brantingham (illustrator). 8vo - 8.75" Tall. Grey cloth covers with dark grey and maroon decoration on the front cover and gilt titles.



THE ART OF PEN AND INK DRAWING Having Especial Reference to Book Illustration. by H R Robertson, pub Winsor & Newton. New and Revised Edition, Twenty Ninth Thousand. Board cover. Good, some wear to spine, mild foxing inside covers. School prize-giving label inside. Also includes 64 page index and catalog at rear.

64 + 64


THE COUNTRYSIDE IN SPRING by F Martin Duncan & Lucy T Duncan, pub Collins, London & Edinburgh. Hardcover. Excellent condition. A.Scott Rankin (illustrator). 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Four colour plates and numerous photographs. Original green cloth very bright. Jacket is in excellent condition. Prize sticker dated Christmas 1931 on front paste down. Price 1/6 unclipped. Spine is sunned.



THE COUNTRYSIDE IN AUTUMN by F Martin Duncan & Lucy T Duncan, pub Collins, London & Edinburgh. Hardcover. Very good condition  Same series as above book. A.Scott Rankin (illustrator). 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Four colour plates and numerous photographs. Original orange cloth good with minor damp marks. Jacket is in very good condition, with some minor scruffiness and wear on top edges. Owner inscribed July 1930 on inside cover. Price 1/6 unclipped. Spine is sunned.



UNCLE TOM’S CABIN by H B Stowe, pub Frederick Warne & Co  Undated early edition, not found elsewhere. Good well-preserved copy, save for initial splits between cover and inside pages, and a small tear on outer spine. Covers and spine darkened.

Uncle Toms Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly is an anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Published in 1852, the novel helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War, according to Will Kaufman.

Stowe, a Connecticut-born teacher at the Hartford Female Academy and an active abolitionist, featured the character of Uncle Tom, a long-suffering black slave around whom the stories of other characters-both fellow slaves and slave owners-revolve. The sentimental novel depicts the reality of slavery while also asserting that Christian love can overcome something as destructive as enslavement of fellow human beings.

“Uncle Toms Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century, and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible. It is credited with helping fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850s. In the first year after it was published, 300,000 copies of the book were sold in the United States alone. In 1855, three years after it was published, it was called the most popular novel of our day. One million copies of the book were sold in Great Britain. The impact attributed to the book is great, reinforced by a story that when Abraham Lincoln met Stowe at the start of the Civil War, Lincoln declared, So this is the little lady who started this great war. The quote is apocryphal; it did not appear in print until 1896, and it has been argued that The long-term durability of Lincolns greeting as an anecdote in literary studies and Stowe scholarship can perhaps be explained in part by the desire among many contemporary intellectuals . . . to affirm the role of literature as an agent of social change.

The book, and the plays it inspired, also helped popularize a number of stereotypes about black people, many of which endure to this day. These include the affectionate, dark-skinned mammy; the pickaninny stereotype of black children; and the Uncle Tom, or dutiful, long-suffering servant faithful to his white master or mistress.”



AN OLD MAID’S CHILD by F C Playne, pub Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. No edition found elsewhere. Date from owner inscription 1898. Written for young people. Good copy save spine splitting between cover and inside cover page. Mild foxing, cover pages soiled.

80 + 8


WORDSWORTH pub Frederick Warne  Semi-hard blue leather Cover with gilt lettering and motifs. Condition: excellent. No Jacket. According to the 'Publisher's Preface', "This present edition of Wordsworth has been carefully revised and numerous additions have been made to it. It now comprises all the Poet's best and finest poems (with his latest corrections), and is indeed complete, with the exception of "The Prelude", his last work, which was published after his death, and is not generally considered. equal to his former poems". xliv + 628pp. . Gilt to all page edges. Decorated eps. Some very minor foxing inside covers. Prize school sticker dated 1908. Probably unread.



THE TALE OF GINGER PICKLES by Beatrix Potter, pub. F Warne London and New York, maybe 1980s. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. No Dust Jacket. Beatrix Potter (illustrator). Undated but gift inscription. Pretty colour endpapers (mouse in jar to front and weighing scales to back), 10 colour illustrations and numerous black/white drawings. A little creasing to some front pages, a small ink mark (drawing?) on page before title page. Otherwise contents very good.



COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE pub Odham’s Press. Inc glossary and Index to Characters. V good condition  Title pages a bit creased, 6 pencil tick marks to Table of Contents, soft leather front cover a bit curved. No date of publication, dramatic drawing of characters inside covers.



STARS – by Ellison Hawks, series edited by Lovey Chisholm, pub Collins, London & Edinburgh 1910 from the “Shown to Children” series.  Condition good in spite of some foxing and around 6 or so pages having worked loose.



YOUNG FOLK’S PILGRIM’S PROGRESS by John Bunyan, pub Hutchinson 1890 Hardcover. Condition: Fair. No Jacket. Fred Barnard And Others (illustrator). Over 100 Illustrations, First Of This Edition "Being An Edition With All The Theological Discussions Left Out", Cover Grey With Black And Gilt Decoration. Spine unstuck, some pages loose, covers marked and scuffed - but otherwise good. Prize sticker inside cover.



HUMBERT, MR FIRKIN AND THE LORD MAYOR OF LONDON  by John Burningham, pub Jonathan Cape (1965) reissued 1989. Paper band across outside (torn at back – only sign of wear or damage) declares “To celebrate the 800th Anniversary of London’s first Mayor. 1189-1989”.


Illustrated children’s story about a working horse. Inside inscription as dedication by then London Mayor “Surrey Yeomanry Trust Dinner. Woolwich June 1989. With all good wishes Christopher Collett

Not noted.


THE OUTLINE OF HISTORY by H G Wells, Waverley Book Co., London, 1920. Hardcover. Very Good. No Jacket. Brown half-leather boards with gilt lettering and decor on spine; clean, no fading; Light spotting on pages and edges. Decorative end papers. Clean interiors; firm bindings. 11"x 7.5"; 652pp. Revised and corrected edition. Subscribers' edition. Heavy set, over 2kg; extra postage required. Owner signature inside cover.

An ambitious all-encompassing general history of the world and human civilization from the origins of the earth up to the time of writing. Vol I from the creation of the earth up to the end of the Roman Empire. Vol II from the rise of the great religions of Christianity and Islam up to the disaster of World War One.

652 overall


WONDER BOOK OF WONDERS Edited by Harry Golding, pub Ward Lock & Co  London. Decorated Boards. Condition: Good but cover somewhat scuffed and marked. Rear cover just beginning to separate from spine. No Jacket. Nearly 300 Illustrations (illustrator). 4th Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" Near Folio. Wonders of the world including: Mount Everest, Aurora Borealis the strongest doors in the world, plants that eat insects, x-rays, the sacred fig tree of Ceylon and many more. Wonderful illustrations.. Dedication 1928 inside. Hardback



THE OLD NURSERY RHYMES by  Lawson Wood, pub Thomas Nelson London - Edition Not Stated., thought to be 1933. Hard back binding in publisher's original pale yellow cloth covers, black and scarlet lettering and illustrations to spine and upper panel, mustard yellow end papers. Quarto 11½'' x 9'' 142 pp. 22 [of 24] wonderful full-page colour illustrations on glossy silk art paper, monochrome illustrations to the text. Two plates detached and inserted at end, corners and spine ends of cover soft and turned-in, some soiling and marks to pale cloth covers, minimal foxing, two pages torn, some marked, spine beginning to break at end. Dedication inside cover.



THE SECOND BURST by Sir Alfred Munnings, pub Museum Press 1951 1st edition.  Part 2 of the entertaining auto-biography of the famous painter of horses and sporting scenes, forthright critic and the President of the Royal Acadmey (1944-49).



THE ARTILLERIST’S MANUAL AND BRITISH SOLDIER’S COMPENDIUM  by Major F A Griffith, pub W Clowes & Sons, 11th Edition  1873. This edition greatly revised and updated due to advances in the science of warfare. Original mulberry cloth with gilt title on the spine and decorative embossing on the spine, and front and rear boards, with a cannon on the front and artillery horse on the rear panel..4.5 X 6.75 inches. Some wear to cloth on covers from rubbing, Very good copy.

Donation plate reads “Presented to the Library of the Scientific Club by The Editor Major F Duncan RA ....1874”

xvii + 310


A SHORT HISTORY OF THE ARMOURED DIVISION by Lt Col Carver, 1943. Privately Printed Printing and Stationery Services MEF -45, 1943. 1st of 2 vols., 8vo., First Edition, with 3 folding maps, original pictorial wrappers a little marked, good clean p’b..

7 Armoured Division, the legendary 'Desert Rats', was one of the most renowned British fighting units of WWII. Formed in North Africa just before the commencement of hostilities, it served throughout the entire Desert campaign, ending the war in North-West Europe with the capture of Hamburg and Berlin. The first volume (compiled by Carver) covers the division's service from formation to entry into Tunis in May 1943



PICTURES & SCULPTURE IN THE IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM. Walter Judd Limited, London, 1919 (supposed). Card Cover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. First Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 112 pages of illustrations, 46 pages of period advertising. Light soil to the covers. Spine top and bottom slight damage. Some curling to page corners. 100's of photos of the art of WWI, from the ordinary to the terrifying.

112 + 46


CHANTS POPULAIRE by Maurice Buchor, pub. Librairie Hachette 1912 Paris. Cloth-backed boards. Condition: Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Poesies de Maurice Bouchor; Melodies recueillies ou composees par Julien Tiersot. A nice copy showing a little soiling, esp cover edges, and foxing, but very solid and unmarked, saving inked name top of cover, library stamp inside cover, and pencil note on title page.

48 + end sheets


SONGS THAT WON THE WAR by Louis Giraud, pub Lane 1930 Daily Express Community Song Book No 3.

Words and piano music for all the popular WW1 songs. Hardcover. Condition Good. No Jacket. First Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 96pp. In three parts: Published Songs Popular During the [First World] War; Songs Composed and Parodied by the Soldiers With Harmonies or Airs; and Words Only. The covers are a little soiled, this is otherwise a nice copy.



MUSIC FOR THE HOME by Sir Landon Ronald, pub News Chronicle 1932

Hardback no Dust Wrapper. Condition Very Good. First Edition. Favourite Songs, famous waltzes, renowned pianoforte pieces, arias from Grand Opera, Cryes of London and Grand Marches. Piano score with vocal accompaniment where appropriate. Mono frontispiece of Editor Sir Landon Ronald. 25 to 30 cm tall, Quarto, (4to). Red boards with gilt titles. Slight foxing inside covers.



SONG BOOK by T P Ratcliff, pub News Chronicle   Cover has subtitle: Community songs, Negro spirituals, plantation songs, sea shanties, children's songs, hymns & carols. Words + piano music.

No date circa 1930. Good condition, quarto, brown cloth embossed in gilt, light wear and faint staining to covers, light foxing to outer leaves, generally clean and bright. Some pencil ticks on Contents pages. 1 page missing (193/4). Small edge tear on one page.



THE QUEEN’S GIFT BOOK  - pub Hodder & Stoughton London: The Queen's Gift Book: In Aid Of Queen Mary's Convalescent Auxiliary Hospitals For Soldiers And Sailors Who Have Lost Their Limbs In The War.

Hardcover. Condition: Vg. Mild foxing to page edges. Original 1915 edition (neat dated dedication inside cover) - beautifully bound in blue cloth covers featuring titles stamped in dark blue, 12 charming colour plates, individually mounted on grey paper and monochrome illustrations throughout– inc three of King, Queen and Prince of Wales. Forward by John Galsworthy.

8vo - 6x9".

Contents written by authors such as J M Barrie, John Buchan, Joseph Conrad, Conan Doyle, Jerome K Jerome, Sapper, etc



THE FIRST WORLD WAR – A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY by Laurence Stallings, pub Daily Express 1933: Very Good. First Edition Hardback. No DJ. Cover in good condition and some staining to spine. Pages are in very good condition. A very good readable copy. Owner signed inside cover.



THE FACE OF LONDON by Harold P Clunn, pub Spring Books 1961. A competely new edition, revised by E. R. Wethersett. With over 200 illustrations, walking tours through London. Hardcover. Condition: Good. No Dust Jacket. Cover shows minimal wear. Pages clean with tight binding



THE STORY OF 25 YEARS – Compiled by W S Makin, pub George Newnes Ltd for the News Chronicle. “Celebrating the Royal Silver Jubilee 1910-1935” Very Good condition, some minor foxing inside covers, fading of spine, minor marking to rear cover..



TOMMY’S TUNES by F T Nettleingham, pub Erskine MacDonald 1917  Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. Revised Edition (November, month after First edition). 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. A comprehensive collection of soldiers' songs, marching melodies, rude rhymes, and popular parodies, composed collected, and arranged on active service with the B.E.F., by F. T. Nettleingham, 2nd Lt. R. F. C. Some foxing inside, spine darkened. Top of spine nicked.



THE CONQUEST OF NORTH AFRICA – pub Burke The Conquest Of North Africa. The First Complete Authoritative Account Of The Entire Three Years North Africa Campaign From Egypt To Tunisia. “prepared from official records and first-hand reports. It contains a full story, facts and figures hitherto revealed. Illustrated with explanatory maps, charts and official photographs

Very good copy, p’back, priced at 2/- Illustrated with photos and maps. Owner signature 1945 inside cover.



FORWARDS TO VICTORY by Montgomery, pub Hutchinson. Montgomery’s personal messages. Messages to His Armies from El Alamein to the Baltic and His Speeches on The British Soldier and The Army and the Nation.

1st edition. No date (probably 1946) or pagination. Red cloth covers, titled in gold. Excellent condition.



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