Literature in the English Language has a profound influence on every generation, to a greater or lesser extent. Most of us will have recollections of listening to a story and even reading our first poem or novel; some relish the memory of studying English Literature at school while others will cringe but everyone will have a favourite title or even a character from a piece of writing such as Mr Darcy or James Bond, or Mrs. Dalloway or Bridget Jones.
The major early authors, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Jonson, Donne, etc., have withstood the test of time and fickleness of fashion and others brought back into favour by the stimulus of film; Anthony Trollope and Elizabeth Gaskell immediately spring to mind; whereas the early exponents of the novel, Defoe and Fielding are largely forgotten or only remembered for one work.
Major events act as a catalyst for some of the most salient and profound writing, often in the face of horrific suffering, as with the war poets or from domestic experiences such as the miserable first marriages of T.S. Eliot and Thomas Hardy. Conversely, for the reader it is often an event, positive or negative that helps us to relate to a specific piece of writing or even author from adolescence to old age; Franz Kafka said; ‘I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us…’, whereas Voltaire was of the opinion; ‘Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world’. Whichever school of thought we relate to there is no denying the importance and relevance of a good read and the privilege of owning a special edition.
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Novels of George Eliot. [Comprising] Adam Bede; Mill on the Floss; Silas Mariner [bound with] Scenes of Clerical Life; Felix Holt; Romola; Middlemarch; Daniel Deronda.[N .D. circa 1880.]
Description Eight volumes bound in seven, 8vo., internally fine, mid-twentieth century half green calf gilt, marbled endpapers (ownership bookplate to upper paste-down), top edge gilt, even fading to spines, a very attractive set., published [N .D. circa 1880.] Bibliography Stock ID: 95038£650
ROWLING, J. K.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. 2007.
Description First edition, 8vo., pictorial boards and corresponding dust-jacket, bright, crisp condition, possibly unread., published 2007. Bibliography Stock ID: 95031£75
ROWLING, J. K.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. 2005.
Description First edition, 8vo., pictorial boards and corresponding dust-jacket, bright, crisp condition, possibly unread., published 2005. Bibliography Stock ID: 95030£100
If We Shadows. Preface by George Melly. With 200 photographs in Duotone.1992.
Stunning photographs by Bailey of people, themes and subjects juxtaposed in pairs; for example a portrait of Francis Bacon opposite a naive carving of a horse's head; Mick Jagger opposite a discarded mattress. Wonderfully bizarre and bohemian in the extreme.…£175
MAUGHAM, W. Somerset
The Razor's Edge 1944.
The true first edition published 18th April 1944, the U.S. Trade edition published two days later and the first English edition not published until July 1944. Maugham's last major novel and a departure from his usual style. A disillusioned WW1…£3,500
MAUGHAM, W. Somerset.
Cakes and Ale, or the Skeleton in the Cupboard. 1930.
Description Limited edition, 8vo., number 814 of 1,000 copies,lithograph portrait frontispiece by Graham Sutherland, signed by the author and illustrator, as issued, publisher's white and blue calf, top edg gilt, others untrimmed, slipcase, two small abrasions to rear edge of…£500
The Remains of the Day. 1989.
Possibly Ishiguro's most famous work, for which he won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction; Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins starred in the eponymous film version made in 1993. Description First edition, flat signed by author on title-page, 8vo., publisher's…£450
Aeneid Book VI 2016
Description Trade edition., published 2016 Bibliography Stock ID: 94940£15
A Practical Treatise on Farriery; Deduced from the Experience of above Forty Years, in the Services of The Late Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, Bart., the present Earl Grosvenor, and the present Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, Bart. By William Griffiths, Groom, at Wynnstay.
Description First edition, 4to, aquatint frontispiece by H. Bunbury, (3), (i) ii-iii, (i), 184, (14) pp., includes list of subscribers, small contemporary ink ownership to corner of title-page, a few spots, mostly to frontispiece and title, otherwise very good,original tree…£575
COTSEN, Margit Sperling.
The Beatrix Potter Collection of Lloyd Cotsen. Published on the Occasion of his 75th Birthday.2004.
A highly detailed and illustrated catalogue of the collection of original artworks, manuscripts, printed ephemera, books, commercial merchandise, etc. Description First edition, landscape folio, 36 x 29 x 3cm (14 x 11 1/4 x 1 inches), xvi, 190,  pp.,…£125
The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies. 1909.
With the notice board still present on page 14, no robin on page 81, 1st edition, Quinby 16 endpapers)A sequel to Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny , this tale uses as backdrop the garden at Gwaenynog, Denbigh, home of the…£750
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. 1916.
Following the novel's serialisation in The Egoist in the preceding year, British publishers were hesitant to take it on for fear of prosecution under the obscenity laws therefore this edition precedes the first English one by two months and even…£3,500
The Book of Common Prayer. And Administration of the Sacraments and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church According to the use of the Church of England… [published with] The Form and Order of the Service that is to be performed and of the Ceremonies that are to be observed in the Coronation of their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary…1911.
Description Large 12mo., double portrait frontispiece of King George V and Queen Mary, [blank], coloured lithographic half-title, , [i-vi] vii-xl, 572pp., +43pp for Coronation Order of Service, text printed in red and black, separate half-title page for the Order of…£225
BURROUGHS, Edgar Rice.
Tarzan and the Lost Empire. .
Description First edition, first issue, 8vo., [vi], frontispiece illustration by A. W. Sperry, 313,  pp., publisher's orange cloth, pictorial dust-jacket, a fine copy., published . Harold N. Metzger, his small stamp to front free endpaper. Bibliography L.W. Currey Science Fiction and…£1,900
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