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Firsts: London's Rare Book Fair 2022

Firsts, London’s Rare Book Fair returns to the Saatchi gallery on the King’s Road from 15th to 18th September 2022.  This year marks the 65th 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 C23 on the ground floor. 

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  1. Limited edition, number 48 out of 320 copies signed by the Author and the Illustrator; 8vo; 15 colour plates by Barnett Freedman, fore-edges to four leaves crudely cut but not affecting text, otherwise fine; publisher's pictorial vellum, top edge gilt others untrimmed, pictorial dust-jacket, mild fading to spine and head slightly bumped, original slip-case, edges rubbed, especially on corners, otherwise an exceptionally good and clean copy.

  2. First edition; 8vo; frontispiece by Graham Robertson, occasional spotting and browning, slightly worn at extremities, otherwise very good; publisher's pictorial blue-green cloth stamped in gilt, leaves uncut (as published), some marks to binding, head and foot of spine bumped with minor tears, upper joint splitting, otherwise, also very good; preserved in a modern, bespoke dark blue morocco solander box.

  3. First collected edition, 2 volumes, folio, half-title in volume 1, 21 engraved plates including frontispieces, bookplates; contemporary mottled calf gilt, red morocco lettering piece, Marquis of Stafford gilt arms to covers, joints cracked but firm, corners worn, a very good set.

  4. Folio (37 x 27.5 cm); 12 chromolithographs after F. Lavdovskiy, R. Schneider and 'M.S', gilt detail to most, minor wear to margins of a few plates; original portfolio wrappers pasted on to modern morocco backed marbled boards, modern paper folder holding the illustrations inside, some repairs to wrappers but overall a bright example of a very scarce publication.

  5. First edition, first impression; 8vo; publisher's black boards, oriental characters stamped in gilt on front board, titles to spine in silver, bamboo effect endpapers; dust jacket designed by Richard Chopping, spine very gently rolled, tiny nick to the fore-edge of one leaf but a near-fine copy, the jacket entirely free from any of the fading that plagues this book.

  6. First edition, first impression; 8vo; 8 black and white illustrated plates, including portrait frontispiece of Rossetti, scattered marginal foxing; publisher's maroon cloth, titles to spine gilt, some spotting to edges, endpapers slightly toned, with the printed dust-jacket, light soiling and staining to jacket, particularly to spine and back panel, a few small closed tears to edges of front and back panels.

  7. First editions; 2 vols, large 8vo; first title in first issue state with blank street sign to vignette of upper board, all edges gilt, both volumes illustrated throughout by Sidney Paget; publisher's light blue and dark blue cloth gilt respectively, spines very lightly rolled, gilt to spines a little rubbed but a distinctly superior set of the definitional volumes of Holmseian short stories.

  8. First edition; folio (30.5 x 19.5 cm); text in Latin, woodcut title device and large woodcut arms on verso, one folding plate, 87 woodcuts in text of which 4 are full-page, decorative woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces, title page trimmed, partially restored and washed (possibly from another copy), scattered light foxing; later calf with unidentified gilt armorial device to covers, gilt lettering to spine, short split to spine, extremities slightly rubbed, otherwise an overall very good copy; [xvii], 240, [2](blank)pp.

  9. First edition, second issue. 8vo, xxxviii, 648 pp., 4 coloured plates, 7 illustrations in text, 2 maps, occasional light spotting, original brick red cloth gilt, neat repairs to extremities and inner hinges, a very good copy.

  10. First English editions, folio (42 x 27 cm) I. Title-page printed in red and black, portrait frontispiece of John Ogilby signed by P. Lilly, additional engraved title-page by Hollar, double-page engraved map and 19 engraved plates (of which one double-page, 121 engravings in thetext, of which 14 signed by Hollar, plate at page 40 with short margins, occasional light toning, occasional dusty margin, new endpapers.

    II. Letterpress title-page printed in red and black, additional engraved title-page, double-page engraved map, 38 plates in full-page of which 32 double-page, 57 engravings in the text, plate at page 44 with short margin and repair to lower margin not affecting image, occasional light toning, new endpapers.

    Together 2 volumes, contemporary mottled calf, neatly rebacked, spines richly gilt, a very handsome set.



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