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Happy New Year - welcome to our first Newsletter of 2018.

With so may films on the television over the Christmas period we thought it might be timely to offer a selection of books upon which movies and television series have been based. Click here to see the list.

Art & Architecture Our Art and Architecture catalogue went out just before the holiday. In case you missed it here's the digital version.
Our Charles Dickens catalogue is also available online here.

Coming up this year we will be having an exhibition of some of the original plates for the Cresset Press edition of Gulliver's Travels by Rex Whistler. We are delighted to be offering these for sale in conjunction with Cameron Treleavan of Aquila Books in Calgary.

We will also be exhibiting at the ABAA California Book Fair in Pasadena February 9–11. Do come and cheer Andrew up by stopping by if you are visiting the fair. We will be happy to take any items of interest out to the fair to show to clients, so do check our website in case there is something we can bring over for you.

In the summer we will be exhibiting at the ABA Book Fair in its new venue in Battersea.

For our institutional clients we are pleased to report that we will again be sponsoring part of the RBMS Conference in New Orleans in June.
Website: conference.rbms.info/2018/

Finally we have just taken on consignment a large collection of books on all areas of the performing arts. Initially we will be offering this as a single collection of c. 1500 books. More details to come but if you have any interest do contact Andrew.


Science & Natural History
Contact Chris for more details.


The Medical Use of Electricity BEARD, Geo. M. and A.D. ROCKWELL. The Medical Use of Electricity, with special reference to general electrization as a tonic in neuralgia, rheumatism, dyspepsia, chorea, paralysis, and other affections associated with general debility.

New York: William Wood & Co., Publishers. 1867. Small 8vo., very good.
First edition. This treatise on the use of electricity to treat various bodily pains would be an interesting early work on electrotherapy even if it hadn't been co-written by Alphonse David Rockwell, one of the designers of the first electric chair … more …


Wunder in der Natur. BLOSSFELDT, Karl Wunder in der Natur.

Leipzig: Pantheon-Verlag für Kunstwissenschaft. 1942. 4to. Original blue cloth, gilt lettering to upper board and spine, with extremely rare dustwrapper; pp. [vi], 120 b&w photographic plates, frontispiece portrait of Blossfeldt tipped in; boards a little rubbed, very good.
First edition. The second follow-up to 1928's Urformen der Kunst, with more of Blossfeldt's remarkable modernist close-up photographs of natural forms … more …


The Life of Sir Isaac Newton. [NEWTON, Sir Isaac]. BREWSTER, David. The Life of Sir Isaac Newton.

John Murray. 1831. 12mo. Frontispiece portrait of Newton, 1 plate of Descartes, numerous text illustrations; a little sunning to spine, otherwise very good.
First edition. This is the first authoritative biography of Newton, written by an author who was himself a notable scientist. It was written primarily to scotch theories put about by Biot that Newton had gone mad in 1692 and had given up his scientific work … more …


Welwitschia HOOKER, Joseph Dalton On Welwitschia, a new Genus of Gnetacaea.

Linnean Society. 1863. 4to. Recent brown cloth-backed marbled boards, paper label to upper board; pp. vi + 48, 14 plates, 11 by Walter Hood Fitch, 2 hand-coloured; very good.
First edition. Extracted from Transactions of the Linnean Society of London volume XXIV. This remarkable plant was discovered by Friedrich Martin Josef Welwitsch in 1859 and named after him by Hooker in this paper. A native of Angola and Namibia, it is known as the 'living fossil' as individual specimens can live to 1000 years. Hooker's description and Fitch's illustrations were the first to be published of this amazing desert-loving plant … more …


The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne WHITE, Gilbert The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne… A new edition; with notes, by Edward Turner Bennett, esq.

J. and J. Arch; Longman and Co; Baldwin and Cradock et al. 1837. 8vo. Victorian green morocco, elaborate gilt foliate borders to sides, spine with raised bands, gilt panels and lettering, gilt turn ins, all edges gilt; pp. xxiv + 640, 46 illustrations, extra-illustrated with 83 tipped in engravings taken from Yarrell's British Birds and Fish, Thomas Bell's British Quadrupeds and Jenyn's 1843 edition of Selborne, manuscript copy of Bernard Barton's poem "Selborne" bound in ; spine a little sunned, very occasional spots, very good. Provenance: half title with ownership inscription of John Martin "in remembrance of/ the Editor", with Martin's bookplate to front pastedown. Also bound in are letters to Martin from John Joseph Bennett, the editor's brother, and Thomas Bell, the naturalist. There is also a newspaper cutting tipped in discussing the sale of Gilbert White's house, which, as a manuscript note attests, was bought by Bell, and to the verso of the half-title a manuscript copy of of Bell's account of the death of Edward Turner Bennett taken from his British Quadrupeds.
First printing of Edward Turner Bennett's edition. This unique copy is a lovely memento of a particular set of important British naturalists. … more …


Performing Arts
Autographs.

BEATLES. Autographs.

4.5 x 3 inch card signed by all four Beatles in dark blue ball point pen, with 10 x 7 inch black and white photo of the band on Granada TV in 1963, in acid-free mount (14 x 17 inches); mount a little bumped to corners, very good.
The signatures are probably a little later than the TV broadcast … more …

Travel Department
Contact Georg for more details.


Seeing the Soviet Union. INTOURIST. Seeing the Soviet Union.

Moscow, Intourist, [1933]. Folio. Original illustrated wrappers; pp. 46, [2], highly illustrated throughout; a rare survival.
The official state travel agency of the Soviet Union, founded in 1929, here calls to the English-speaking world to visit the vast and rapidly developing country. Intourist offered many well-organized tours, including Trans-Sib journeys, explained visa regulations, and recommended to travel to the Soviet Union by air: 'Moscow is only fourteen hours from Berlin by plane' … more …


With the Zhob Field Force 1890. McFALL, Crawford. With the Zhob Field Force 1890.

London, Heinemann, 1895. 8vo. A very clean and fresh copy.
First editon. In 1889 the Zhob Valley and Gomal Pass were taken under the control of the British Government. The force was made up of the No.7 Mountain battery of the Royal Artillery and the 2nd Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry of which, to which the author was attached. - A gripping first-hand report, beautifully illustrated, of the wranglings along the Northwest frontier … more …

How I Killed the Tiger

SHEFFIELD, Lieut.-Colonel Frank How I Killed the Tiger; Being an Account of My Encounter with a Royal Bengal Tiger. With an Appendix Containing Some General Information About India.

[London], Printed For the Author, to Whom All Communications May Be Addressed, 1902. 8vo. Original crimson cloth, with 2 photographic plates, one of the tiger, the other a "posed" portrait of the author, and 24 other collotype plates after delightful "amateur" originals (by the author?); a fine copy.
Second edition. Sheffield relates a hunting incident taking place in The Midnapore District in Bengal in 1879, in which he was badly mauled by a Tiger he had shot. Although he bagged the feline, his wounds became infected and he was "obliged to take from 60 to 80 drops of laudanum every night for 6 months." [!] The illustrations nicely highlight the adventures of the hunt … more …


The Spirit of Paris SOMMERVILLE, Frankfort. The Spirit of Paris [together with salesman's sample for the book].

London, Adam and Charles Black, 1913. 8vo; sample volume a little spotted internally.
First edition. 3000 copies. Includes the amusing An Imaginary Conversation Serving as a Preface where Sommerville scripts a conversation between publisher and author justifying the need for a book capturing 'The Spirit of Paris'. The existance of sample volumes of A&C Black titles were hitherto unknown … more …


Autumn Rambles. Written by a Lady. [STALEY, Finetta]. Autumn Rambles; or, Fireside Recollections of Belgium, the Rhine, the Moselle, German Spas, Switzerland, the Italian Lakes, Mont Blanc, and Paris. Written by a Lady.

8vo. two manuscript notes tipped in, the first from R. H. Isherwood, librarian of the Lancashire Author's Association, expressing gratitude to a Mr. J. Howard Hall for supplying information regarding the authorship of the work; the second from Dr. Henry Brierley, dated 1927, confirming Staley as the author and providing a brief account of her 'eccentric' personality.
Very rare privately printed sole edition of this provincially published travelogue by Finetta Staley of Rochdale, the work recounts Staley's luxurious tour of Western Europe; including a stay at Chamonix, Mont Blanc and a trip taken by her husband to the Mer de Glace 'using hands as well as feet' … more …


Prints Department
Contact Richard for more details.

Print of the month
Les Vitrines
Artist: ALIX, Yves.
Title: Les Vitrines.
Description: An original black and white lithograph on 'velin fort' numbered (9/30) and signed.
Size: 234 x 188 mm.
Price: £1,250

Poster of the month
Ski the New Haven. R.R
Artist: SASCHA, Maurer (1897-1961).
Title: Ski the New Haven. R.R.
Description: Original lithograph with colour, linen backed, as printed by Plampin Litho Co., Inc., New York, U.S.A.
Date: c.1940.
Size: 1060 x 710 mm mm.
Price: £1,450

Map of the month
[Map of Peru].
Artist: HOMANN Heirs.
Title: Tabula Americae Specialis Geographica Regni Peru… [Map of Peru]..
Description: Original copper engraved map with hand colour. This map was produced in Nuremburg for the heirs of Johan Baptist Homann (1664–1724). The Homann Heirs’ company continued to operate until 1824.
Date: c.1732.
Size: 490 x 580 mm.
Price: £695
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