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'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' (Stephen Fry, actor, writer and book collector).

We're delighted to be exhibiting in the May 2021 edition of Firsts Online - a veritable treasure trove for the collector.

The fair goes live on Thursday 20th and runs through to Tuesday 25th May.

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  1. Second (first London) edition. 8vo, viii, 351 pp., ads to verso of last leaf, Contemporary calf gilt, neatly rebacked, red morocco label, lightly rubbed, an excellent copy.

  2. First edition. 12mo, 2 parts in 1 vol., licence leaf at beginning, divisional titles, early ink ownership inscription to title, contemporary sheep, neatly and sympathetically rebacked, light wear to extremities, rubbed, an excellent copy.

  3. First edition, 8vo, [20], 93 pp., engraved frontispiece portrait, 2 double-page engraved maps by Hollar, lacking final blank f., E4 with neat marginal repair, light damp-staining to first few ff., bookplate to pastedown, contemporary calf, gilt, neatly and sympathetically rebacked.

  4. First edition. 8vo, xvi, 299 pp., 2 pages ads at end, Folding map, 3 hand-coloured plates ( 1 with short tear to blank inner margin), contemporary tree calf, spine richly gilt morocco label, a fine copy.

  5. First edition; 8vo; woodcut decorations, internally fine; bound in 20th century calf-backed marbled boards, minor rubbing, overall very good; 79,[1]p.

  6. First edition. pp. xxiv, 309, 8 plans and one general map in two parts at the rear; bound in the publisher's original yellow pictorial biedermeier boards, slightly bumped and worn at corners; overall an excellent copy.

  7. First editions throughout, together 9 volumes, comprising 8 volumes 4to text, and folio atlas. Occasional light spotting, late eighteenth/early nineteenth century polished calf gilt, sometime neatly rebacked preserving spines, morocco labels, atlas bound to match, a fine set. [FIRST VOYAGE] First edition. 3 volumes. 52 engraved maps, charts and views, of which 44 folding; includes 'Streight of Magellan' plate (short tears and repairs to folds). [SECOND VOYAGE] First edition. 2 volumes. 64 engraved plates, maps, and charts (large chart with short tear to fold). [THIRD VOYAGE] First edition. 3 volumes text plus atlas, 87 engraved plates, charts, and maps. Beddie 650, 1216, 1543; Hill 782, 358, 361; Holmes 5, 24, 47; Mitchell Library Cook 648, 1216, 1552; Sabin 30934, 16245, 16250; Hill, 782, 358, 361; Printing and the Mind of Man 223, Rosove 77 & Taurus 1 (Second voyage); Forbes 62 and Lada-Mocarski 37 (3rd voyage). Height of text: 30 cm Overall width of set: 39 cm; Atlas Height 57cm, Depth 41cm.

  8. First edition. 8 volumes bound in 4, 4to, with an aquatint dedication and 308 hand-coloured aquatint plates by and after Daniell bound at rear of volumes, the deluxe issue with all the plates mounted on card, with the frequently missing large folding engraved index map (strengthened to verso), occasional spotting (chiefly marginal), a few plates a little toned, some offsetting from plates to next plate versos, contemporary green half morocco gilt, bound as usual without the uncoloured engraved plate of Kemaes Head Pembrokeshire, an excellent set.

  9. Large paper edition, no. 54 of 100 copies, 2 volumes, 4to (32 x 25 cm), xxii, 278; x, 295pp., two photogravure frontispieces and 72 photogravure plates, all printed on thin paper and mounted, 4 folding maps, 3 folding photographic panoramas, 2 other photographic plates reprinted from the Royal Geographical Society. Original vellum-backed buckram, top edges gilt, others uncut, some marks to spines, corners bumped, covers slightly faded, a very good set.

  10. Folio (46.5 x 34 cm), 24 hand-coloured lithographed plates and 2 monochrome proof plates on india paper, colour plates captioned in French and English, all portraits dated 1827, contemporary green polished half calf over marbled boards, red morocco lettering piece, upper cover with green morocco lettering panel, 1 plate (Madon) with short marginal tear, rather worn and rubbed.



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