THE DRAYTON MANOR COPY OF SIR ROBERT PEEL.

1. [PEEL, SIR ROBERT]. MILNES, RICHARD MONCKTON.: Poetry for the People and Other poems. London, Edward Moxon, 1840. 8vo, pp x, [2], 200, half title, original plain yellow boards, lacking spine, plainly replaced with leather, internally with occasional light blotch foxing due to porous paper quality, more pronounced on a couple of leaves, but generally quite sound and clean,

FIRST EDITION, THE DRAYTON MANOR COPY OF SIR ROBERT PEEL, with his bookplate at the front, as well later Earl Lindsay bookplate. Milnes' controversial republican sympathies may be detected in the title of the collection as well certain 'working man' poems, which of course do not reflect Milnes' own social distance from any such political movement of the times. More obviously he had been a colleague of Prime Minister Robert Peel until falling out with him over the Corn Law Repeal legislation and going over to Palmerston's side. He may have given the volume to Peel at this time, but there is not internal evidence of presentation. In the long prose introduction to his poem 'The Goddess Venus' one may look for Milnes's notorious interest in erotic literature in vain. £120.00

2. BINDING. TENNYSON, ALFRED, LORD.: Poems. London, Edward Moxon, 1863. Small 8vo, pp xii, 379, [1], bound in contemporary full bevel-edged dark green morocco, sides and spine richly gilt decorated within panels, , inner gilt dentelles, slightly rubbed, but a very good example of mid-Victorian binding,

FIFTEENTH EDITION, a charming example of this popular edition of Tennyson. £45.00

3. BLAKE, WILLIAM.: The Poems of William Blake comprising Songs of Innocence and Experience, together with Poetical Sketches and some Copyright Poems not in any other edition. London, Basil Montagu Pickering, 1874. Small 8vo, pp xx, 166, uncut in original blind stamped drab cloth, spine lightly rubbed and faded, slight fraying to spine ends, but a very good sound clean copy,

FIRST COLLECTED EDITION THUS; to some extent this printing was an attempt on the part of the editor, R H Shepherd to revive some commercial recompenses from his earlier Blake collections, collected here with a few minor unpublished poems; His own 'To Florence' poem of introduction from 1869 is also reprinted. His editing, scholarly as it was, did not supplant Rossetti's Aldine edition in lasting popularity. A pleasing copy. Bentley 292. £75.00

 

WILLIAM CARLETON STORIES IN ORIGINAL CLOTH.

4. CARLETON, WILLIAM.: Alley Sheridan and other Stories. Dublin, P Dixon Hardy and sons, [1858]. Small 8vo, pp [4], iii, [4], 8- 259, with wood-engraved title page and extra vignette title page, wood-engraved vignette tailpieces, original pictorial red cloth, decorated in blind, edges gilt, slightly rubbed to spine ends, but generally a very good bright copy,

FIRST EDITION; one of Carleton's scarce titles, a collection a four short stories from Carleton's earlier writing years, collected from periodical publications, possibly without his authorization. By 1858 Carleton had become the leading prose depcitor of Irish social life; this collection includes the humorous 'ghost' story 'Laying a Ghost' in which Carleton skillfully lampoons both faith and credulity. This unusually good copy conforms to the description by Sadlier. £120.00

5. DANTE. TRANSLATED JOHNSTON.: A Translation of Dante's Inferno by David Johnston WITH: ...Dante's Paradiso. Bath, 'Chronicle' Office, 1867-68. 2 volumes, 8vo, original bevel edged cloth, the first a little worn to corners and chipped to spine, photographic mounted frontispiece to Paradiso, traces of white library numbers to spines, but unstamped, internally in fine state,

FIRST EDITION, BOTH PRESENTATION COPIES SIGNED BY THE TRANSLATOR, to his niece, a Mrs Allan. Johnston also translated Purgatory, not present here, but these are scarce Victorian translations of Dante, issued privately. £45.00

PRECURSOR TO MACKAY'S EXTRAORDINARY POPULAR DELUSIONS

6. DAVENPORT, RICHARD A.: Sketches of Imposture, and Credulity. London, Thomas Tegg and son, 1837. Small 12mo, pp xvi, 368, engraved frontispiece of Joan of Arc, a few wood-engravings in text, untrimmed in original printed linen cloth, recased in matching buckram with spine and side panels laid down, later replacement endpapers, title and frontispiece lightly foxed, else a very good well restored copy,

FIRST EDITION, a pioneering attempt to give a history of public incredulity and gullibility, including superstition and financial swindles. The subject matter is very reminiscent and may be seen as anticipating Mackay's 1841 far more famous classic of crowd madness 'Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions.' It was issued only once, in the Family Library series of titles by Thomas Tegg and like Mackay's work is now considered an early classic of social psychology. Dickens' copy was soldat his Gadhill sale. £450.00

POEMS BY AN EARLY ROMANTIC RADICAL.

7. DYER, GEORGE.: Poems. London, printed for the author, sold by Longman and Rees, 1802. 8vo, pp [10, including half title and advertisment/errata leaf], lxix- lxxxiv, 332, uncut in original two-tone paper boards, paper label, upper joint and spine ends slightly worn, possibly with replacement endpapers, first few leaves slightly damp frayed at lower corners, with slightly marginal loss to first 3, else in fine clean state throughout, otherwise an excellent unsophisticated copy,

FIRST EDITION; the influential radical thinker and poet George Dyer previously published a small collection of his poems in a quarto pamphlet in 1792 which is very rare; this substantial collection presents a fuller selection of his poetry which would prove influential in the political sense at least upon Coleridge and Wordsworth. A second collection was published the following year but this first collection is a complete integral whole. The strange pagination at the front is as issued and in all copies. £200.00

FINELY BOUND SET OF PIONEERING ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY

8. ELLIS, GEORGE.: Specimens of Early English Metrical Romances, chiefly written during the early part of the Fourteenth Century; to which is prefixed an Historical Introduction...by George Ellis. London, Longman etc, 1805. 3 volumes, 8vo, bound in contemporary polished diced calf, spines gilt with raised bands, sides with gilt borders, slight surface cracking to the spine leather, else a fine, clean tight set,

FIRST EDITION, a sequel to the same editor's 'Specimens of Early English Poets', and a key work in the revival of interest in the early English Romance which was considerably furthered by the works of Sir Walter Scott. Excerpts from the 'Morte D'Arthur' and other Arthurian works are included in their first printings from manuscript in the first volume. £150.00

EARLY GAELIC FOLK-SONG

9. GAELIC MUSIC. MONRO, JAME S [SEUMAS].: Am Filidh: co-thional ur de Dh-Orain 's de Dhuanagan. Dun-Eudin [Edinburgh], Oliver and Boyd, 1840. 32mo, pp 71, [1], 12 pages of engraved music at the end, original unlettered orange morocco, blind stamped, edges gilt, a little rubbed but a very good clean sound copy,

FIRST EDITION; entirely in Gaelic, a seminal Scottish folk song collection of the pocket variety. £75.00

 

ENGLISH OPERATTA

10. GRAHAM, HARRY [ET AL].: A Southern Maid. Musical Play in Three Acts. Book by Dion Clayton Calthropand Harry Graham. Music by Harold Fraser-Simpson. Lyrics by Harry Graham and Adrian Ross. Additional Numbers by Ivor Novello and G H Clutsam. Additional lyrics by Douglas Furber London, Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew, 1920. 4to, pp [4], 140 of vocal musical score, colour portrait frontispiece of Jose Collins original cloth, gilt with only photograph of Jose Collins, a fine copy,

FIRST EDITION of the final version, with additional numbers, of this once popular English operetta staring in the original role Jose Collins who is heavily promoted in this well produced edition. Produced at Daly's Theatre by Robert Evett it never achieved the success of Fraser-Simpson's Maid of the Mountains, £25.00

A FINE COPY OF A FIRST EDITION RIDER HAGGARD CLASSIC.

11. HAGGARD, H. RIDER.: Allan Quatermain. London, Longmans Green, 1887. 8vo, pp [10], 279, [1, adverts for 6 titles], frontispiece and 19 plates and text illustrations by C H M Kerr, bound in original bevel-edged cloth, gilt lettered, slight fading to spine, early name inscribed on half title, but generally an exceptionally bright clean copy of the

FIRST EDITION, Haggard's fourth great success in the novel of exploration and adventure genre, scarce in this excellent condition. £120.00

THE RARE FIRST LONDON PRINTING IN ORIGINAL BOARDS.

12. HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL.: The House of Green Gables. A Romance. London, Henry Bohn, 1851. Small 8vo, pp vi, [2], 255, [1], [7, 5, inserted adverts including paste-downs beginning and end, all printed in blue, bound in original original green and red printed boards, sometime quite early on neatly recased with the original printed paper portions of the sides and spine laid down, a little rubbed, the replacement spine with half inch chip at head, else internally fine,

FIRST LONDON EDITION; first issue with 31 titles in the shilling series listed on the lower board [this being the thirty first, but with later issue adverts having 65 titles listed. very rare in original boards. Hawthorne's great gothic novel, sequel to the Scarlet Letter, was a huge sensation when introduced to English through the Boston first edition of March 1851. It was almost immediately reprinted in this cheap shilling edition, its first UK publication in what must have been a very large edition at the time, though being in the ephemeral 'green back' railways style of publication few copies survived, especially in the original boards, This copy has been very neatly restored at an early stage and is a very satisfactory copy. The book was hugely influential in both England and America - Fanny Kemble reporting that it caused a sensation equal to that of Jane Eyre. The title gained a following amongst collectors of fantasy through its witchcraft and supernatural elements. £150.00

VICTOR HUGO'S FIRST BOOK, A GOTHIC NOVEL ILLUSTRATED BY CRUIKSHANK

13. HUGO, VICTOR. - GEORGE CRUIKSHANK.: Hans of Iceland. London, J Robins and co, 1825. Small 8vo, pp [4], 225, [1], frontispiece and 3 etched plates by George Cruikshank, untrimmed in near contemporary half green morocco spine gilt with raised bands, slightly rubbed, an excellent clean copy almost free of the usual foxing,

 

FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, an abridgment of Victor Hugo's first published novel of two years earlier. A supremely imaginative fantasy 'it has all the ingredients of a Gothic novel: dreadful murders by the hand of a human monster, a young hero in love with the destitute heroine, royal court intrigues and rebellious uprising, all set in dungeons, dark towers and the untamed nature of Norway...' £150.00

COLOUR POETRY SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.

14. IRWIN, BEATRICE.: The Pagan Trinity. London, John Lane, 1912. Small 8vo, pp x, [2], 144, [2, [4, adverts], uncut in original half vellum gilt over marbled boards, a little worn at corners and soiled to the spine,

FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed ' To Count Lewis Hamon with best regards from Beatrice Irwin Feb 15/12.' This volume of mystical verse reflects the poet-actresses interest in colour-music-poetry relationship then very fashionable both sides of the Atlantic, as well in Russia through the works of Alexander Scriabin. American booksellers generally dismiss her poetry as crackpot nonsense and it is true that being socially well connected [she was also Lady Rosslyn, a spiritualist and a follower of the Baha'i faith] she gave away a great number of her books - this copy to the ceiromancer ;Cheiro' - but in the social context of the period and what Virginia Woolf called 'Neo-Paganism' they have their own significance. £45.00

15. MARLOWE, CHRISTOPHER AND GEORGE CHAPMAN.: Hero and Leander. A Poem...a new edition edited, revised and corrected with a critical preface. Chiswick, C Whittingham, 1821. 12mo, pp lxvi, 124, bound in neat contemporary half green roan morocco, spine gilt ruled with raised bands, minor rubbing, a very nice copy,

FIRST EDITION THUS, edited by S W Singer. £30.00

A GREAT PERSONAL DOCUMENT IN POETRY.

16. MEREDITH, GEORGE.: Modern Love and Poems of the English Roadside, with Poems and Ballads. London, Chapman & Hall, 1862. Small 8vo, pp viii, 216, half title, uncut in original green ribbed cloth, very neatly recased preserving original cream endpapers, minor rubbing, a fine clean copy otherwise,

FIRST EDITION, in first issue binding, one of the great products of the romantic movement in Victorian poetry. Sometimes described as a novella in verse, this collection of sonnets details the breakup of Meredith's marriage to Thomas Love Peacock's daughter in terms of frank moral ambiguity which shocked the Victorian literary establishment. A very good copy of this major volume of verse £100.00

17. MORIER, JAMES.: The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan, in England. London, John Murray, 1828. 2 volumes, 12mo, pp xxxii, 306: [2], 352, attractively bound in contemporary half tan calf, spines gilt with raised bands and double green black lettering/numbering pieces, a little rubbed and faded but a very good clean attractive set,

FIRST EDITION, WITH STAFFORD H NORTHCOTE BOOKPLATES, probably the eminent Victorian politician rather than his grandfather of the same name. £120.00

18. MUSIC. GRAVES, CHARLES L.: The Life and Letters of Sir George Grove. London, Macmillan, 1903. 8vo, pp xi, [1], 484, 3 photogravure portraits including frontispiece, a couple of text illustrations, finely bound in contemporary half maroon morocco, spine gilt with raised bands, edges gilt, minor fading to cloth infill, a fine copy throughout,

FIRST EDITION, the standard authorized biography, and still a useful source on English music during the second half of the 19th Century. A very attractive copy. £35.00

RECHERCHE FIN DE SIECLE POETRY.

19. NINETIES POETRY. FANSHAWE, REGINALD.: Two Lives. A Poem. London, George Bell, 1894. Small square 8vo, pp xxxi, [1], 180, half title, uncut in original grey-green cloth, decorated in gilt, slightly faded to spine else a fine copy,

FIRST EDITION; rare. according to Reilly, Fanshaw was born in 1855 but his death is not recorded. He studied at New College Oxford where he was a fellow from 1877 before becoming Professor of Classics at Bristol University. His residence was later given as Boars Hill House, Oxford. Two lives is apparently written in response to the death of the poet's wife, but claims, in the introduction a more universal message connected to the 'fin de siecle' spirit of the time. £65.00

RARE VOLUME OF GHOST AND GOTHIC STORYTELLING.

20. OLLIER, CHARLES.: Inesilla; or the Tempter; a Romance, with other Tales. London, E Lloyd and son [and Blackwood, Edinburgh], 1824. Small 8vo, pp viii, [4], 287, [1], bound without half title [if required] in neat contemporary full tan calf, spine gilt with raised bands and black label, a little rubbed, occasional light blotch spots or stains to margins, otherwise a very good pleasing copy,

FIRST EDITION; Ollier is best remembered to day as publisher of early romantic poetry, especially Shelley and, on one occasion, Keats, but by the time of this publication his business enterprise had failed and he would go on to become Bentley's literary editor. This was his own second foray in fiction, the first in 1818, this collection of issued after the death of his eldest child and comprising a novella called Inesilla, two short stories revised from periodical publications and a new short story. The influence of German Gothic and the romantic movement in general is evident in his work which never gained popularity, though Richard Garnett called 'well written' in his DNB article on Ollier. Later in life Ollier published his 'Fallacy of Ghosts' - an interest in the supernatural demonstrated in these stories, especially the ghost novella 'Inesilla.' [its Blackwoods reviewer of 1824 questioned 'why does he not write of human feelings and human beings?'] A nice copy of what is probably Ollier's best work. £350.00

A PENNY-DREADFUL IN FINE STATE.

21. PENNY-PART PUBLICATION. HALEY, WILLIAM THOMAS [ATTRIB TRANSLATOR].: Mysteries of the Old Castles of France, or Secret Intrigues of the Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses, and other great personages of the times by a Society of Arch Seers under the direction of A B Le Francois. London, W Strange and E Dipple, [1848]. large 8vo, pp x, 348, text in double column within ruled border, wood-engraved frontispiece and 42 text engravings, original drab blind-stamped stamped ribbed cloth, lettered in black to spine, slight cracks to inner hinges, but essentially a fine clean copy throughout,

FIRST EDITION of a Gothic novel described by Summers as a psuodo-historical romance, but very much part of the 'penny dreadful' genre of the period, this one in 44 parts; such sets were also issued complete in cloth by their publishers, this example a particularly fine one, and rare as such. With contemporary green Hinde family bookplate of 'James Hind.' £150.00

FINE COPY OF AN AERONAUTICAL CLASSIC.

22. POOLE, JOHN.: Crotchets in the Air. or an {an]scientific Account of a Balloon Trip, in a familiar letter to a friend. London, Henry Colburn, 1838. 8vo, pp [4], 98, [2, adverts], uncut, finely bound in later 19th Century three quarter brown polished calf, spine gilt decorated with raised bands, slight rubbing or minor small abrasions, but a fine copy with the original pictorial cloth gilt binding bound in three sections at the end,

SECOND EDITION, replicating the first of the same year, a humorous skit by the popular London dramatist on the so-called scientific application of ballooning then much in fashion. A very charming period piece account of early aeronautics, and a fine attractive copy. £175.00

EXTREMELY RARE DORCHESTER PRINTING OF SAMUEL JOHNSON.

23. PROVINCIAL PRINTING. JOHNSON, SAMUEL.: Prayers on Several Occasions. Dorchester, G Clark, 1821. 16mo, pp 95, [1], nicely bound in contemporary straight grained maroon morocco, the sides with floral gilt fillet borders, spine gilt within compartments, edges gilt, a little rubbed at joints and spine ends, but a very nice copy,

FIRST EDITION THUS, a charming provincial printed edition of Johnson's Prayers and Meditations, a popular devotional text clearly intended for the pocket. very much of the kind given by mistresses to their servants, this one with an early presentation inscription. Clark printed many small works of this kind in Dorchester High Street during the 1820's and thirties; they all always nicely printed and always rare, this example of 'Johnsoniana' recorded in COPAC in the Bodleian copy only. £95.00

FROM THE UNISSUED 1785 SHEETS.

24. RITSON, JOSEPH.: The Caledonian Muse: a Chronological Selection of Scotish Poetry from the Earliest Times. Edited by the late Joseph Ritson,esq. London, Printed 1785; and now first published by Robert Triphook, 1821. Small 8vo, pp iv, 160, *131-232, with engraved vignettes by Heath after Stothard, wood-engraved tailpieces, bound in neat contemporary half maroon morocco, spine with raised bands, minor rubbing, first 2 gatherings lightly foxed, cancel leaf [159]/160 present with clean tear and no loss, a nice copy with early [canceled] stamp of Edinburgh University Library on title verso,

FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, a portrait was added to later issues, but this issue is complete without it. Ritson's original edition of 1785 was abandoned when printing was close to finish owing to a fire in the printers' workshop. The original sheets were issued here by Triphook with a new title page and leaf explaining the peculiar circumstances of the publication. £120.00

TWENTIETH CENTURY CLASSIC ON THEORY OF THE INDIVIDUAL.

25. RUSSELL, BERTRAND.: Principles of Social Reconstruction. London, George Allen, 1916. 8vo, pp 252, [4, adverts], original cloth, spine dulled and slightly frayed at ends, front free endpaper removed, else a good clean copy,

FIRST EDITION; 'Russell advances a concept of the individual which implies both a general theory of mankind as constructive beings....and of society as an environment for nourishing constructive or creative impulses' - Howard Woodhouse. A scarce and important early Russell title. £50.00

LIMITED TO 500 COPIES.

26. SHELLEY, PERCY PBYSSHE.: The Wandering Jew. A Poem...edited by Bertram Dobell. London, for the Shelley Society by Reeves and Yurner, 1887. 8vo, pp xxxii, [3], 115 [ Society lists for 1887 after appended], uncut in original printed boards, slightly soiled to spine and worn at spine ends, but a very good copy,

FIRST EDITION, LIMITED TO 500 COPIES; the lengthy poem in manuscript had been long rejected from the Shelley oeuvre as the work of Medwin, but Dobell successfully added it as a largely authentic work. £45.00

RARE ILLUSTRATED THEATRICAL PERIODICAL.

27. THEATER.: The Theatrical Times. A Weekly Magazine of Thespian Biography, Original Dramatic Essays, Provincial, Continental, American...with original Portraits of Eminent Living Actors. Vol I London, S Grieves jun, June-December 1846 [1847]. Large 8vo, pp viii, 288, [slightly irregular pagination but complete] comprising title, preface and index, and the first 34 issues, each with a wood-engraved portrait of a performer on the first page, bound in neat modern cloth with leather label, in very good clean state throughout,

FIRST EDITION of this valuable twice a week penny publication which eventually ran to about 144 numbers in 5 volumes. It provides an invaluable record of weekly theatrical events both nationally and internationally illustrated with performers, including singers, in their stage roles. All volumes are very scarce. £150.00

A E WAITE'S THIRD BOOK IN ORIGINAL BOARDS 'THE NEW HUMANITY'.

28. WAITE, A.E.: Israfel. Letters, Visions and Poems. London, E W Allen, 1886. 8vo, pp 114, uncut in original bevel-edged cream boards, lettered in red, expertly rebacked with spine lettering brilliantly imitated in the original red, lightly rubbed and discoloured to the boards but an excellent clean and well restored copy,

FIRST EDITION; a pencil note facing the title, by whom we have not been told' describes this poem, preceded by a series of letters as 'An allegory of the New Age and the New Humanity.' It is one of the earliest and also scarcest of A E Waite's esoteric publications, imbued with his characteristic sense of mystery. £95.00

JOHN WATKINS' COPY WHEN A 17 YEAR OLD CLERK.

29. WATKINS, WILLIAM OF WHITBY.: The Fall of Carthage. A Tragedy, First performed at the Theatre, Whitby, With additions and corrections. Whitby, printed by Thomas Webster, sold by C Law [London] and the booksellers in Whitby, 1802. 8vo, pp 68, [4, subscribers], half title present, bound in contemporary quarter calf over marbled boards, unlettered, marbled endpapers, slightly rubbed but a very good sound copy,

FIRST EDITION, indeed the only printing of this only partly successful play by the most eminent Whitby literary personality of the 18th Century, William Watkins who died in 1811. WITH OWNERSHIP OF JOHN WATKINS DATED DECEMBER 23RD 1825. John Watkins, then 17, was the author's nephew and a Whitby clerk about to embark upon his own literary career. He would be subsequently involved in many Whitby publications before assuming an important role in the Chartist movement, imprisoned for sedition over his Stockton publications. His life and activities are well documented, this family book of clearly more than just Whitby interest. £175.00

WELLS AND THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR.

30. WELLS, H.G.: The Croquet Player. A Story. London, Chatto & Windus, 1936. Small 8vo, pp 81, [3], original patterned boards with paper label, in pictorial dust-wrapper by Harold Jones, the book fine, the dust-wrapper slightly frayed at torn to top edge without loss, a very good copy overall,

FIRST EDITION, a popular story, evidently inspired by political events of the period, in particular the rise of Fascism and the Spanish Civil War, but remembered today mainly as a ghost story. £25.00