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Firsts London 2023

Firsts, London’s Rare Book Fair returns to the Saatchi Gallery on the King’s Road from 18th to 21st May 2023.  This year marks the 66th edition of one of the most popular and prestigious rare book fairs in the world.  As Stephen Fry said ‘We are very lucky to have this kind of fair… it’s not elitist, it’s not specialist, you don’t have to be a scholar, you just have to be someone with an immense thirst for the glory of books’.

Look forward to welcoming you to Stand C17 on the ground floor. 

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  1. First edition. 8vo, viii, 296 pp., frontispiece, 20 plates, text map, folding map, illustrations in the text, original blue cloth gilt, original dust wrapper, a fine copy.

  2. First edition. 4to., [iv], VII, 199 [i] pp., 100 full-page photographic illustrations in the text, text very lightly rippled, original red cloth lettered and decorated in black to upper cover, a very good copy.

  3. First edition. 3 volumes, folio (35.7 x 25.9 cm.) 300 fine stipple-engraved plates, partially printed in colour and finished by hand, contemporary navy calf with gilt romantic style decoration, spines gilt in compartments, pink watered silk endpapers, occasional light spotting. a few plates lightly toned.

  4. First edition. 2 parts in 1 vol., large landscape folio (43.3 x 52.6 cm), additional stipple-engraved frontispiece 'taken from the pediment of the portico to the East-India-House' by James Godby after E. Orme, letter-press title, hand-coloured stipple-engraved group portrait of 'The Native Judges and Officers of the Court of the Recorder, Bombay'; engraved title (24 Views in Hindostan Drawn by William Orme from the Original Paintings by Mr. Daniell), 24 hand-coloured aquatint views by J.C. Stadler, H. Merke, J. B. Harraden and others after F. S. Ward, T. and W. Daniell and others; HUNTER (JAMES) Picturesque Scenery from the Kingdom of Mysore letter-press title, hand-coloured stipple-engraved portrait of Tippoo Sultan, 40 hand-coloured aquatint views by H. Merke, J. C. Stadler, J. B. Harraden and others after Hunter, [watermarks 1801-1802], light off-setting, some spotting to first leaves and to some internal margins, contemporary red morocco gilt, gilt dentelles, all edges gilt, a very handsome example.

  5. First edition, first printing; 8vo; previous owner's initials to front free endpaper, last leaf with chip to fore-edge from clumsy opening presumably at time of publication, overall internally fine; publisher's grey cloth, slightly sunned at spine ends and corner tips, dust-jacket by Fred Uhlman, slight wear to fore-corners of front panel and spine ends, overall a very good, bright example.

  6. Limited edition, one of 150 copies on vélin d'Arches, this numbered 75, from a total edition of 225, signed by the author and artist in pencil on the justification; folio (46 x 34 cm); complete portfolio of 7 aquatints in colour after Calder; loose in the original engraved wrapper with Calder's design, original orange cloth box, title in black to spine, corner bumped and partly faded, a fine copy.

  7. First edition, folio (47 x 37.7 cm), title-page and 12 magnificent hand-coloured aquatint plates by R. Havell after Cartwright, plate of Ali Pacha mounted within ruled border, contemporary dark blue polished half calf gilt over cloth boards, lettered in gilt to upper cover, occasional light marginal soiling and spotting, rubbed.

  8. First edition, first issue of volume I; 2 vols bound in 3; folio (53 x 35 cm. approx.), half-titles, 3 engraved titles, one portrait, 2 unnumbered double-page general maps and 284 plates and maps on 168 leaves, 8 double-page or folding, elaborate engraved head and tail-pieces, one double-page printed table; occasional light toning, uniform 19th-century maroon morocco gilt extra by J. Clarke, all edges gilt, a fine set.

  9. First edition, second issue with errata slip, 8vo., frontispiece portrait, 6 maps (2 folding), 32 pp. advertisements dated 13/98, scattered foxing, original green cloth gilt, light soiling, a very good copy.

  10. First edition; 2 vols, 8vo, xxii, [i], 462; x, [iii], 499 pp; 2 frontispieces, 45 illustrations, 34 maps and plans (some folding); original dark grey cloth gilt, gilt vignettes to upper covers and spines, occasional light foxing as usual, inner hinges neatly repaired, an attractive set.

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