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OXFAM. OxCrimes.

Profile Books. A Project for Oxfam. 2014.


8vo., original publisher's binding in slipcase.First edition of this anthology of crime short stories, signed limited edition of 150 copies of which 100 are available for sale. 

OxCrimes is introduced by Ian Rankin. The stellar cast of contributors includes Ian Rankin, John Harvey, Maxim Jakubowski, John Connolly, Christopher Fowler, Simon Lewis, James Sallis, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Anne Zouroudi, Phil Rickman, Mark Billingham, Alexander McCall Smith, Anthony Horowitz, Val McDermid, Peter James, Adrian McKinty, Denise Mina, Louise Welsh, Martyn Waites, George Pelecanos, Neil Gaiman, Stella Duffy, Peter Robinson, Fred Varga, Stuart Neville, Ann Cleeves, and Walter Mosley.

Following the success of OxTales and OxTravels, this collection of crime writing is the latest Oxfam fundraiser, introduced by Britain's greatest crime writer, Ian Rankin, and featuring a compelling cast of suspects.

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Copies of the signed editions of both OxTales (£495) and OxTravels (£250) are also available. Contact Andrew McGeachin to purchase.


A Selection of our Most Interesting Items

HUGO, Jean. Five costume designs and corresponding …

HUGO, Jean. Five costume designs and corresponding autograph letter.

Five original gouache costume designs by Jean Hugo for characters in Les Misérables. Jean Hugo was the great-grandson of Victor Hugo who originally wrote the play in 1862.

The letter is dated 19 October 1962 and addressed to Mr Bull, the headmaster of the boys preparatory school attended by Jean Hugo’s son Charles. The letter discusses the schools upcoming production of Les Misérables and the costume sketches provided, as well as Charles’s possible part of the police officer in the play “who has practically nothing to say, if he is not capable of taking any other.”

Hugo’s home address Mas de Fourques is included in the top right corner of the letter. There is also discussion about a Robert Fause who published Avec Jean Hugo (Presses du Languedoc, 2002).

Jean Hugo (1894 – 1984), was born in Paris at the turn of the twentieth century into a family of great artistic linage. Following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather the playwright Victor Hugo, his grandfather Charles and father George, all of whom shared the same passion for the arts and literature, Hugo was both an author and artist and designer of theatre sets and costumes. He experienced firsthand significant avant-garde movements as they unfolded in Paris, including surrealism during the 1920s. His associates and friends included those at the forefront of artistic circles such as Jean Cocteau and Pablo Picasso.

Collection of the Bull family.


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DIDEROT, Denis. Sciences, Mathématiques …

Diderot on Mathematics, Navigation, and Cartography

DIDEROT, Denis. Sciences, Mathématiques (Mathematics)

Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 5 (1767) and the Supplementary Plates Volume Paris (1777)


Folio, 253 x 393mm. 60 pages of descriptive text & 136 loose plates with their accompanying 8 text sheets from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting …

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FREUD, Sigmund. Collected Papers.

FREUD, Sigmund. Collected Papers.

The Hogarth Press and The Institute of Psycho-analysis. 1924-5.


8vo. 4 vols. Original green cloth with gilt lettering to spine and scarce wrappers not noted by Woolmer; wrappers chipped to corners, with portions missing from spines of wrappers of vols 2 …

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JOYCE, James Finnegans Wake.


JOYCE, James Finnegans Wake.

London: Faber & Faber Ltd. 1939.


Royal 8vo. Original brick red buckram, spine blocked in gilt, top edges gilt, others uncut; pp. [viii] + 628; a very nice copy in the original yellow cloth-covered slipcase.First edition …

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CHAMBERS, William. Plans, Elevations, Sections and …

CHAMBERS, William. Plans, Elevations, Sections and Perspective Views of the Gardens and Buildings at Kew in Surry, the seat of Her Royal Highness the Princess Dowager of Wales. [bound with] Designs of Chinese Buildings, Furniture, Dresses, Machines, and Utensils.

London: Printed by J. Haberkorn, published for the Author [et al], 1763; London: for the Author [et al.], 1757.


Folio (529 x 369 mm). Two works in one. Bound in contemporary full speckled calf, the spine divided into nine compartments, morocco and gilt lettering piece to the second, the remainder …

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