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Firsts London 2021

A selection of the rare books we will be displaying at this year's Firsts London Rare Book Fair, taking place this October at the renowned Saatchi Gallery on the King's Road, Chelsea. 

 

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  1. First edition, 8vo (20 x 13 cm), title-page, dedication page, [2] 520 pp., engraved armorial bookplate on front pastedown, discreet numbered label on rear pastedown, decorated endpapers; contemporary purple half calf, mottled boards, gilt lettered and ruled on spine, binder's signature, marbled edges; a fine copy.

    £4,500
  2. First edition in French, small quarto [xxiv], 191, [i], 235, [i], 230, [i] pp., engraved title vignette, 50 plates in the letterpress, 2 full-page, later (nineteenth/twentieth century) calf gilt, an excellent example.

    £6,500
  3. First edition, 8vo, vii, 136 pp., original blind-stamped brown cloth gilt, uncut, a fine copy.

    £1,250
  4. First edition. 8vo, viii, 245 pp., 6 engraved plates, of which 2 folding, modern French red crushed morocco in Jansenist style, raised bands, lettered in gilt with small monogram to foot of spine, broad gilt inner dentelles, all edges gilt, an excellent example.

    £2,000
  5. First edition; 2 vols, 4to, (329 x 265 mm); complete with 14 lithographic plates, 112 woodcuts, 5 maps, 31 engraved plates of fossils, 9 folding hand-coloured geological sections signed by the author, some pages lightly spotted,second vol contains large, hand-coloured engraved 3 sheet folding map signed by Murchison of 'The Silurian Region and Adjacent Counties of England & Wales, Geologically Illustrated', also containing a 'map of England and Wales, Coloured according to Geological Systems', 28 compartments, (976 x 1633 mm), backed on red silk edged linen, with autographed letter signed 'Rodk Murchison' to the French naturalist Dr Henri Milne-Edwards, asking for an 'account of the Serpulina formed shelly body' for his description of the Ludlow rocks; fine contemporary calf binding with red morocco labels on decorated spine, gilt ruled boards with ornithological motif gilt stamped on upper cover, corners of boards and spine slightly bumped; 768pp, overall a very good copy.

    £13,500
  6. First edition; 4to (33 x 25 cm); signed and inscribed by the author on the upper fly leaf to Isaar Saulovich Gurvich-Issarov, dated 1930; chromolithographic title and 34 full-page chromolithographic illustrations; modern full morocco binding with design to match the original cover, gilt title to spine, original covers bound in (upper cover window mounted), minor spotting to a few plates but overall an excellent example.

    £10,000
  7. First edition, first impression, inscribed on the front free endpaper by the author; small 8vo; publisher's blue cloth, titles to spine gilt; dust jacket, a single short tear repaired with tissue to verso.

    £3,250
  8. First edition, first impression, inscribed by Greene on the half title page; 8vo; publisher's green cloth, titles to spine gilt, orange endpapers, orange topstain, with the pictorial dust jacket. A superb copy in the nicked dust jacket with a trace of fading to the spine panel.

    £1,500
  9. First edition, 8vo, inscribed by Philby, xix, 485 pp., with frontispiece, 46 plates, 1 folding map, original green cloth gilt, binding faded, a very good copy.

    £2,500
  10. Second edition, folio (58 x 43.5 cm.), pictorial lithographed title printed in sepia, 28 chromo-lithographed plates, table of contents at end, original cloth gilt, spine faded, an excellent example.

    £17,500
 

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