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Present Perfect

Ahead of the festive season, we are extremely excited to present our seasonal catalogue Present Perfect, which includes a wide array of gift ideas curated by all of our specialists. 

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Final Dates For Delivery Before Christmas

UK  DHL - Order by 2pm Thursday 22nd December

Europe  DHL - Order by 2pm Monday 19th December.

USA & Canada  DHL - Order by 2pm Monday 19th December.

 

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  1. First edition, first issue; 8vo (196 x 142 mm, 7¾ x 5½ in); 20pp. publisher's advertisements bound in at end, ink ownership inscriptions to front pastedown and front free endpaper; publisher's dark grey cloth, spine and upper cover gilt-lettered with gilt life buoy design to upper cover, blindstamp to lower cover, leaves uncut, hinges starting to split, extremities slightly rubbed.

    £450
  2. First edition; 12mo (163 x 110 mm), slight age-toning to leaves, the odd, very minor spot, otherwise near-fine; mid twentieth century half green calf over marbled boards, maroon lettering-piece and gilt devices to spine, some spotting to endpapers, slight fading to spine, otherwise very good.

    £150
  3. First edition, first printing, inscribed presentation copy from the author; 8vo; ink note to rear free endpaper; publisher's cloth, dust-jacket, slight fraying and rubbing to spine ends, fore-corners and fore-edges, but otherwise very good.

    £350
  4. First edition thus; 4to (285 x 230 mm); 12 mounted colour plates by Edward J. Detmold; publisher's cream gilt boards after a design by Detmold, edges uncut, as published, contemporary ink gift presentation to balnk verso of upper front free endpaper, spine darkened (as usual) some surface soiling, mostly to rear, spine ends and corners light bumped, otherwise very good and internally fine.

    £575
  5. First edition, first issue; 8vo (220 x 150 mm); 16 engraved plates (including additional title and frontispiece) by Hablot K. Browne, very occasional light spotting to plates but in the main, unusually clean and bright; near-contemporary half-calf over marbled boards, matching endpapers and edges, worn and rubbed at extremities but sound; otherwise a very good copy indeed.

    £3,750
  6. First book edition; 8vo (219 x 148 mm): half-title, etched frontispiece, title-page vignette (earlier state with date), dedication leaf, 37 (o f 38) further plates, lacking plate at p. 386 (probably a publishing error, since no evidence of excision), plate at p.182 misbound after p.112, some foxing, more so to preliminary pages and browning at extremities, otherwise very good; nineteenth century calf gilt by J. Rimell, spines with raised bands in six gilt compartments, morocco labels in second and fourth compartments, gilt edges, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles, lower joint starting to split at head of spine but sound.

    £1,450
  7. 30 volumes (complete); 8vo; variously illustrated in black & white by George Cruikshank, G. Cattermole, Robert Seymour and 'Phiz' (Hablot Knight Browne) and others, varying degrees of foxing to most of the preliminary and terminal pages, occasional spotting elsewhere but in the main, bright; contemporary half calf over cockerel paper covered boards, matching endpapers and all edges similarly marbled, spines with very fine gilt, rubbed at extremities, minor abrasions to some edges, otherwise a very good, original set.

    £2,750
  8. First edition in book form ('latter' for 'letter', p. 160; 'flys' for 'flies', p. 245; 'visiters' for 'visitors', p. 272); 8vo (234 x 154 mm, 12¾ x 6 in); half-title, engraved portrait of Dickens after Daniel Maclise, 39 engraved plates by H.K. Browne [Phiz], frontispiece and first four illustrations in first state with imprint of Chapman and Hall (cf. Smith I, 5, p. 42), some minor toning and a few spots to plates, portrait of Dickens spotted (as usual) with transfer onto title-page opposite, plate 37 ('The breaking up at Dotheby's Hall') bound out of sequence after p. 620, small closed tears to list of plates professionally repaired at outer margin, very small loss to upper corner of pp. 501-502 (not affecting text); publisher's dark olive green cloth, front and back covers stamped in blind, recased with new yellow endpapers, spine slightly sunned, small closed tear at foot, extremities slightly bumped, othewise very good.

    £2,600
  9. Lithograph with collage in colours, 1970, on Hodgkinson handmade paper, signed and inscribed 'A/P' in pencil (one of 12 artist's proof sets, the edition was 96), published by Petersburg Press, New York, 47.7 x 43 cm. (18.8 x 16.9 in.)

    £950
  10. 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.

    £12,500
 

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