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RITCHIE, ROBERT PEEL. ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS OF EDINBURGH. MEDICINE - HARVEY, WILLIAM. THE EARLY DAYS OF THE ROYALL COLLEDGE OF PHISITIANS, EDINBURGH the Extended Oration of the Harveian Society, Edinburgh delivered at the 114th Festival by the President Robert Peel Ritchie M.D.Edin., F.R.C.P.E., F.R.S.E., etc. [Half title:] Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. George P. Johnston. 1899.
4to. 8 x 10 inches. xvi + [ii] + 313 pp. Title page in red and black. Illustrated by 12 plates, including frontispiece and by title page vignette of College seal. Bound in original green cloth, gilt with block of College seal on front board. Bevelled edges. Deckled edges. Extremities worn and spine and board edges sunned. Some browning of fly leaves and scattered light foxing, largely confined to margins; otherwise a very good copy.
A history of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, established in 1682. An extended version of an oration delivered to the Harveian Society of Edinburgh, by Robert Peel Ritchie (1835-1902), Scottish physician and medical historian and President of the Royal College, 1887-89. The first chapter is concerned with the epoch of William Harvey. £30.00 [Stock No. 25170]

1780 HAND-COLOURED FIGURES.BOTANY - JOHNSON, CHARLES PIERPOINT. Illustrated by SOWERBY, JOHN EDWARD. BRITISH WILD FLOWERS. Illustrated by John E. Sowerby. Described with an introduction and a key to the natural orders, by C. Pierpoint Johnson. Re-issue: To which is added A Supplement containing 180 figures of lately discovered flowering plants. By John W. Salter, A.L.S, F.G.S. and the Ferns, Horsetails, and Club-mosses. By John E. Sowerby. Gurney and Jackson, 1 Paternoster Row. 1890.
Reissue with extra plates. 4to. 7 x 9.75 inches. [2] + lii + 186 pp. Illustrated by hand-coloured frontispiece by J. De C. Sowerby, 2 black and white plates in introduction and 89 hand-coloured plates with 1780 figures, by J. E. Sowerby. Publisher’s device on title page.
A well-illustrated field guide to British wild flowers, ‘Intended merely as a volume of reference for the field-botanist, the country resident or summer rambler, when works of more pretension are not at hand, our book can comprise little more descriptive matter than is absolutely necessary, with the assistance of the plates, to identify each plant’ (Introduction). Sowerby, collaborated with Charles Pierpoint Johnson (d.1893), on illustrating botanical texts, 1857-62. John Edward Sowerby (1825-1870), the botanical artist and publisher was the third family generation to work in these fields, his grandfather, James Sowerby (!757-1822), one of the greatest botanists of the age, while his uncle, James de Carle Sowerby (1787-1871) contributed the frontispiece to this work. First published in 1858, British Wild Flowers proved to be a popular title and this edition is enlarged from the original with additional material in the appendix and in the supplement of ferns. £150.00 [Stock No. 25167]

KELLY'S DIRECTORY OF CANTERBURY, WHITSTABLE, HERNE BAY AND NEIGHBOURHOOD.  Kelly's Directories.  1940.
8vo, 7.5 X 5 inches, ii + 60 + 896 + 2 pp. Lacking the map as usual.bound in original cloth as issued. A very good example.
Scarce pre WW2 directory of Canterbury together with the surrounding villages. £85.00 [Stock No. 25165]

FIRST EDITION . ISHERWOOD, CHRISTOPHER. A SINGLE MAN.  Methuen and Co. Ltd., 11 New Fetter Lane EC4. 1964.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 5.5 x 8.25 inches. 158 pp. Bound in original grey cloth, gilt, in pictorial dust wrapper, which has slightly sunned spine and light edge wear. Traces of edge foxing, but otherwise a very good copy.
First edition of novel by Christopher Isherwood, who became a US citizen in 1946 and lived at Santa Monica, California. It relates a day in the life of an English professor at a university in Los Angeles and was adapted into a film in 2009. £45.00 [Stock No. 25160]

DOUGLAS, KEITH.  Editions Poetry.  1946.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 7 x 9 inches. 141 + [1] + xvi pp. Illustrated by 3 colour plates, including frontispiece, by the author and by his line drawings in text. Decorated by publisher’s device on title page. Bound in original quarter red cloth, gilt, over grey stiff boards, in dust wrapper, which is sunned at edges, with chips at head and tail of spine. Pages browned, but otherwise a very good copy.
A classic narrative of war in the Western Desert, written and illustrated by Keith Douglas (1920-44), who fell in Normandy, three days after D-day. The author’s Middle Eastern poems are in a separate section at the end. £85.00 [Stock No. 25158]

[MANNING, FREDERICK]. PRIVATE 19022. HER PRIVATES WE.  Peter Davies. 1930.
FIRST TRADE EDITION. 8vo. 5.5 x 7.5 inches. [viii] + 453 pp.Bound in original textured cloth with pictorial front board and titles in black. Slight wear to extremities, but otherwise a very good copy.
A very good copy of the first trade edition of the great war novel with the powerful pictorial front cover. An expurgated version of the limited edition of 1929, published under the tile, The Middle Parts of Fortune. Certainly one of the most significant English novels of the Great War - Hemingway said of it that it was ‘the finest and noblest novel to come out of World War 1.’ Australian born poet and writer, Frederick Manning (1882-1935) served, as Private 19022, with 7th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry in the Battle of the Somme and subsequently to early 1918, when he resigned his commission, received the previous year, in the Royal Irish Regiment. £75.00 [Stock No. 25156]

BATES, H. E. and BARKER, CAROL, illustrated by. ACHILLES AND DIANA.  Dennis Dobson. 1963.
FIRST EDITION. 4to. 9 x 11.5 inches. Unpaginated. [41] pp.Illustrated throughout in colour by Carol Barker, including frontispiece and vignettes. Pictorial endpapers. Bound in pictorial stiff card with black titles, in matching pictorial, price clipped dust wrapper, which has slightly sunned spine and top edge and head of spine wear with some chips. Otherwise a very good clean copy.
The artist and illustrator, Carol Barker (b.1938), painted the pictures to the earlier title, Achilles the Donkey (1962) and a story to them was then written by H. E. Bates (1905-74). For this second title, Bates wrote the story first , which was then illustrated by Carol Barker, later known for her London Transport posters. A third Achilles book followed in 1964. £85.00 [Stock No. 25155]

LAST BLACK LETTER EDITION OF CHAUCER’S WORKS. CHAUCER, GEOFFREY. SPEGHT, THOMAS, edited by. THE VVORKS OF OUR ANCIENT, LEARNED, AND EXCELLENT ENGLISH POET, JEFFREY CHAUCER: As they have lately been Compar’d with the best Manuscripts; and several things added, never before in Print. To which is adjoyn’d, The Story of the Siege of Thebes, by John Lidgate, Monk of Bury. Together with The Life of Chaucer, shewing His Countrey, Parentage, Education, Marriage, Children, Revenues, Service,Reward, Friends, Books, Death. Also a Table, wherein the Old and Obscure Words in Chaucer are explained, and such Words (which are many) that either are, by Nature or Derivation, Arabick, Greek, Latine, Italian, French, Dutch, or Saxon, mark’d with particular Notes for the better understanding their Original.  Printed in the Year,  1687.
Folio, in fours. 8.5 x 13 inches. [36] + 660 + [24] pp. Main text in black letter in double columns.Illustrated by engraved Gower portrait frontispiece, with genealogical tables and coats of arms and by 2 armourial wood engravings in preliminaries. Decorated by headpiece vignette. Bound in early panelled calf, rebacked; spine in compartments with raised bands, with contrasting maroon title labels, gilt. All edges red. Extremities worn, top edge darkened, scattered foxing and other traces of mellowing through age. Small ink stain on lower edge of frontispiece and missing section on lower corner of 2R4 with slight loss of text; otherwise a very good crisp copy. Early signature at head of title.
The last black letter edition of Chaucer, substantially reprinted from the editions of 1598 and 1602, with the addition of the rediscovered endings to the Cook’s and Squire’s tales given in the advertisement on the final page. The dedication to Sir Robert Cecil, Principal Secretary to Queen Elizabeth, is signed Tho. Speght and the text of a letter to Speght from Francis Beaumont and verses by Francis Thynne, an additional editor of the 1602 edition, are added. The Life of Chaucer is followed by an earlier dedication to Henry VIII. The Works include The Canterbury Tales, The Romaunt of the Rose, Troilus and Cresseide, The Legend of Good Women, The House of Fame, The Testament of Love, etc. and various miscellaneous works, some of which material is now known to be spuriously attributed to Chaucer. At the end is The Story of the Siege of Thebes, by John Lidgate (1370?-1451?) with a glossary of ‘old and obscure’ and ‘hard’ words in Chaucer. Thomas Speght (-1621), a schoolmaster, produced his first edition of Chaucer’s Works in 1598, with the letter of Francis Beaumont (-1624) of Leicestershire, which justifies Chaucer’s use of language ‘somewhat too broad and plain’ and his ‘Incivility’ and ‘undecent Speeches.’ For his second edition of 1602, Speght sought the assistance of Francis Thynne (1545?-1608), whose father had published an edition of Chaucer in 1532. (hence presumably the inclusion of the dedication to Henry VIII). £3,000.00 [Stock No. 25154]

ARDIZZONE, EDWARD. JOHNNY THE CLOCKMAKER.  Oxford University Press. 1960.
FIRST EDITION. 4to. 7.75 x 10.25 inches. [48] pp. Illustrated by Ardizzone’s watercolours, including title page vignette, and pen drawings.Pictorial stiff card boards with Ardizzone drawing on front. Extremities slightly worn but otherwise a very good copy. Childish inscription on rear board.
Children’s picture book written and illustrated by Edward Ardizzone (1900-79), in a similar format to his ‘Tim’ series of books. £100.00 [Stock No. 25153]

NORTON, MARY. STANLEY, DIANA, illustrated by. THE BORROWERS ALOFT. With illustrations by Diana Stanley.  J. M. Dent and Sons Ltd.  1961.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 5.75 x 8 inches. vi + 154 pp. Illustrated by colour frontispiece and by vignette drawings in text. Pictorial endpapers. Bound in original blue cloth, with red titles and block on front board, in pictorial dust wrapper, which has slightly sunned spine and a little wear at head and tail of spine. Traces of foxing, but otherwise a very good copy.
The first edition of the fourth Borrowers adventure by Mary Norton (1903-92), with illustrations by The Borrowers artist, Diana Stanley (1909-75). £125.00 [Stock No. 25152]

GRAHAME, KENNETH. BRANSOM, PAUL, illustrated by. THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. Illustrated by Paul Bransom. Seventh Edition. Methuen and Co. Ltd. 36 Essex Street W.C.  1913.
FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION THUS. 8vo. 6.25 x 7.5 inches. vi + 302 pp. Illustrated by 11 plates, including frontispiece and 10 in colour and by title page vignette. Pictorial front endpaper. Bound in original green cloth, gilt, with block of same vignette on front board. Deckled edges. A little wear to extremities and scattered light foxing of margin, but otherwise a very good copy. Signature on first free endpaper.
The Wind in the Willows was first published by Methuen in 1908. and this is the seventh edition but the first to be illustrated by Paul Bransom (1885-1979), US painter and animal illustrator. £85.00 [Stock No. 25149]

GURNEY, JOSEPH JOHN. A WINTER IN THE WEST INDIES, Described in Familiar Letters to Henry Clay, of Kentucky. By John Joseph Gurney.  John Murray, Albemarle Street. 1840.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 6 x 9 inches. xvi + 282 + [2] pp. + 8 + 4 pp. publisher’s catalogues. Illustrated by 2 plates, including frontispiece.Bound in original green cloth, gilt, with blind stamped decorated borders on boards. Deckled edges. A little wear to extremities, including head and tail of spine, which is slightly sunned; otherwise a very good copy. Bookseller’s label of G. A. Poynder, next to General Post Office, Reading on rear pastedown. Early signature on first free endpaper.
Account of a visit to the Leeward Islands, Jamaica and Cuba, by the abolitionist and campaigner for the emancipation of slaves by Joseph John Gurney (1788-1847), published in the form of letters to Henry Clay of Kentucky (1777-1852). Gurney was a well-known Quaker and banker from Norwich. He was the brother of Elizabeth (Gurney) Fry, the famous social and prison reformer, and also the brother-in-law, via his sister Hannah, of the well-known anti-slavery crusader, Thomas Fowell Buxton (1786-1845), to whom the prefatory letter is addressed. £200.00 [Stock No. 25145]

FULLARTON, WILLIAM. A STATEMENT, LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS, RESPECTING THE AFFAIRS OF TRINIDAD: INCLUDING A REPLY TO COLONEL PICTON’S ADDRESS TO THE COUNCIL OF THAT ISLAND: Submitted to the Consideration of the Lords of His majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council by Colonel Fullarton. [Spine title:] FULLARTON TRINIDAD.  Printed by B. McMillan, Bow-Street, Covent Garden. 1804.
4to. 8.5 x 10.5 inches. [2] + 201 + 25-46 + 81-94 pp. as are all recorded copies (see COPAC entry).Bound in original half green morocco, gilt, over marbled boards; spine in compartments, decorated gilt with gilt title. Occasional foxing largely confined to margins; otherwise a very good copy.
Colonel William Fullarton (1754-1808) served as a military commander in the Second Anglo-Mysore War against Haidar Ali in Southern India (the documents at the end concern this part of his career). The main part of the text concerns a notorious early nineteenth century case related to the island of Trinidad. Sir Thomas Picton (1758-1815) was accused, while Governor of Trinidad (1797-1803), of allowing torture to be used to extract a confession from a young free mulatto woman, Luisa Calderon, a suspect in a case of theft. He argued that this was permissible under Spanish law, applicable in the island, which had been captured from Spain in 1797, and had become a British colony. Following Picton’s governorship, Fullarton had been appointed joint Commissioner of the island, 1803-04, along with Picton and Captain Samuel Hood and had demanded an account of all the criminal proceedings that had taken place since 1797. Picton was subsequently found guilty in the first trial in 1806 but in the retrial of 1808 the verdict was reversed. In fact, Picton had been arrested and sent home accused of a number of misdemeanours, including cruelty to practitioners of West Indian magic and healing, severity to slaves and the execution of suspects, possibly under martial law. He was charged, however, only with the Luisa Calderon case Those who supported him claimed that the picketing procedure was not Spanish torture, but a British army cavalry punishment, Calderon being subjected to one session of over fifty and one of over twenty minutes. A very scarce title. £650 [Stock No. 25144]

ROBINSON, H. B. MEMOIRS OF LIEUTENANT-GENERAL SIR THOMAS PICTON, G.C.B. ETC. Including his Correspondence, from Originals in Possession of his Family, etc. Second Edition revised, with Additions. In Two Volumes.  Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street. 1836.
TWO VOLUMES. 8vo. 5.75 x 8.75 inches. Vol. I, xx + 406 pp.; Vol. II, xi + [i] + 471 pp.Illustrated by portrait frontispiece. Bound in half red morocco over maroon cloth; spine in compartments with raised bands, decorated gilt, with contrasting green title labels, gilt. Marbled endpapers and all edges marbled. Spines and board edges sunned and scattered foxing; otherwise a very good copy. Signature Ducie on title pages.
The life of Sir Thomas Picton (1758-1815) based on his papers by Heaton Bowstead Robinson (1805-87). In the earlier part of his career, Picton was accused, while Governor of Trinidad (1797-1803), of allowing torture to be used to extract a confession from a young free mulatto woman, Luisa Calderon, a suspect in a case of theft. He argued that this was permissible under Spanish law, applicable in the island, which had been captured from Spain in 1797, and had become a British Colony. Picton was found guilty in the first trial in 1806 but in the retrial of 1808 the verdict was reversed (see chapters III-XII and letters in appendices, I-V)). Picton subsequently went on to have a distinguished military career in the Peninsula, before becoming the most senior British officer to fall at Waterloo. A copy from the library of either the the 1st Earl of Ducie (1766-1840), a title created in 1837, or the 2nd Earl (1802-53). £200.00 [Stock No. 25143]

DALY, MARCUS. BIG GAME HUNTING AND ADVENTURE 1897 - 1936.  Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin’s Street. .
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 5.5 x 8 inches. xi + [i] + 322 + [2] pp. publisher’s advertisements. Illustrated by 8 black and white photographic plates, including frontispiece. Bound in original green cloth, gilt, with gilt block on front board. A little wear to extremities but otherwise a very good copy.
During a long shooting career in Africa, the author laid waste a great number of game, including elephants, lions, buffalo, rhinoceros and gorillas. He also describes his travels including ‘Trouble with the French’ in the Congo. At the end are chapters on equipment and shooting, the ancient ruins of Rhodesia and the seasonal or sand rivers of Africa. A scarce title. £120.00 [Stock No. 25132]

WAUGH, EVELYN. THE ORDEAL OF GILBERT PINFOLD. A Conversation Piece.  Chapman and Hall.  1957.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 5 x 7.5 inches. vii + [i] + 184 pp. Bound in original dark blue cloth, gilt, in pictorial dust wrapper, which has slightly sunned spine with a few chips at head. Top edge blue. A very good copy.
Waugh’s penultimate full length novel is largely based on his own experiences. It is an account of the hallucinations caused by bromide intoxication while his protagonist undergoes a sea voyage. £85.00 [Stock No. 25128]

FIRST EDITIONS IN DUST WRAPPERS.WAUGH, EVELYN. SWORD OF HONOUR TRILOGY. [Contents:] MEN AT ARMS (1952). OFFICERS AND GENTLEMEN (1955). UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER (1955). A Novel by Evelyn Waugh.  Chapman and Hall.  1952;1955;1961.
THREE VOLUMES. FIRST EDITIONS. 8vo. 5.25 x 7.5 inches. Men at Arms, v + [i] + 314 pp; Officers and Gentlemen, [x] + 335 pp.; Unconditional Surrender, [viii] + 311 pp. Bound in original dark blue cloth, gilt in pictorial dust wrappers (Men at Arms’ price clipped, spine sunned and chipped at head and tail; Officers and Gentlemen, spine slightly sunned and chipped at head and tail; Unconditional Surrender, spine slightly sunned). Top edges blue, Men at Arms and Unconditional Surrender, some sunning; otherwise a very good set.
Evelyn Waugh’s portrait of regimental life in the British army, by means of the war service of his hero, Guy Crouchback, heir of an aristocratic Roman Catholic family. The overseas settings reflect Waugh’s own experiences on the Dakar expedition, in Crete and Yugoslavia. £350.00 [Stock No. 25127]

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF POPE IN THIRTEEN VOLUMES.POPE, ALEXANDER THE WORKS OF ALEXANDER POPE EDITED BY WILLIAM WARBURTON INCLUDING HIS TRANSLATIONS OF HOMER’S ILIAD AND ODYSSEY Six Volumes of Pope’s miscellaneous works. Four Volumes of Homer’s Iliad and Three Volumes of Homer’s Odyssey. with his last Corrections, Additions, and Improvements, together with All his Notes, as they were delivered to the editor a little before his death: Printed verbatim from the Octavo Edition of Mr. Warburton. [Contents:] Volume I Containing his Juvenile Poems and Translations. Volume II Containing his Imitations, Moral Essays, Satires, etc. Volume III Containing the Dunciad in Four Books. Volume IV Containing his Miscellaneous Pieces in Verse and Prose. Volume V Being the First of his Letters. Volume VI Being the Second of his Letters. THE ILIAD OF HOMER in four volumes. THE ODYSSEY OF HOMER in three volumes including HOMER’S BATTLE OF THE FROGS AND MICE. By Mr. Archdeacon Parnell. Corrected by Mr. Pope Printed for A. Millar, J. and L. Tonson, C. Bathurst, R. Baldwin, W. Johnston, J. Richardson, B. Law, S. Crowder, T. Longman, T. Field, T. Caslon, and H. Woodfall.  1764; 1763.
THIRTEEN VOLUMES. 12mo. 4.25 x 7 inches. Each volume approximately 300pp. Illustrated by 24 engraved plates in the miscellaneous works, and an additional 6 engraved plates and maps in the remaining volumes. Illustrated portrait of Pope as a frontis. Decorated by tailpiece vignettes. Bound in early mottled calf, re-backed, with decorative gilt borders to boards and inner dentelles; spine in compartments decorated gilt with contrasting maroon morocco title labels, gilt. Endpapers and all edges marbled. Light wear to extremities and scattered foxing throughout; otherwise a very good set. Early bookplates of Lucy Johnson.
An early edition of Pope’s works with his two verse translations from Homer, illustrated by a total of thirty engraved plates, complete in thirteen volumes and, in an attractive early binding. The translation of The Iliad was first published 1715-20, and the Odyssey, 1725-26. The Works, in this annotated edition, first appeared in 1751. It was edited by William Warburton (1698-1779), Bishop of Gloucester and friend and literary executor of Pope. THIS IS A LARGE AND HEAVY SET WHICH WILL INCUR SHIPPING COSTS ABOVE THE DEFAULT RATE QUOTED BY ABE. PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY IF YOU WOULD LIKE A QUOTATION FOR POSTAGE BEFORE ORDERING. £950.00 [Stock No. 25126]

FREE, JOHN B. and BUTLER, COLIN G. BUMBLEBEES. By John B. Free M.A., PH.D and Colin G. Butler M.A., PH.D., F.R.P.S. Bee Department Rothamsted Experimental Station. With two appendices by Ian H. H. Yarrow M.A., PH.D. Entomology Department British Museum (Natural History). Illustrated with 46 photographs by Colin G. Butler. (The New Naturalist. 40). Collins, St James Place. 1959.
FIRST EDITION. xiv + 208 pp. + [1] pp. publisher’s advertisement.Illustrated by colour frontispiece, by 24 black and white photographic plates and by 3 text figures. Decorated by series device on title page.Bound in original green cloth, gilt in pictorial dust wrapper, which has slightly sunned spine. A little wear to extremities, but otherwise very good copy.
When Bumblebees was first published it was the definitive handbook to the British species and an original and classic contribution to our knowledge of the instincts and habits of social insects. Colin Gasking Butler (1913-2016) was the British entomologist who first isolated the ‘queen substance’ pheromone. John Brand Free (1917-2006) was a colleague of Butler at Rothamsted and the author of a number of works on insects and bees. As the print run was comparatively low, this title is, ‘consequently scarce and holds a fabled position within the series’ (Bernhard and Loe). £125.00 [Stock No. 25123]

PHILLIPS, C. A. and CANE, R. CLAUDE. THE SPORTING SPANIEL.  ‘Our Dogs’ Publishing Co. Ltd., 10, Gore Street, Piccadilly. 1906.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 6 x 8.75 inches. [x] + 146 pp. Illustrated by 28 black and white plates, by sepia frontispiece and by folding table. Bound in original green cloth, gilt, with coloured block on front board. Some light foxing and browning, but otherwise a very good copy. Armorial bookplate of Myles C. Radford and another signature on verso of first free endpaper.
The book covers the origins of the sporting spaniel and field trials, with individual chapters devoted to eight different breeds, including Water, Springer, Cocker and Clumber spaniels. £60.00 [Stock No. 25122]

 

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