Henry Sotheran Ltd. Rare Books and Prints 200 Years of Bookselling in London
 

Welcome to our November newsletter.

Chris's new Science and Natural History catalogue is now out. Please contact Chris if you would like a printed copy or click here to see the digital version.

With all the disruption of the refurbishment over the summer we didn't manage to get round to issuing our usual Modern First Editions catalogue. We have however now managed to run up a digital only listing of the Modern Firsts. Please click here to see what's available

Rosie's Children's catalogue will be with us in the next couple of weeks - please contact her if you would like a copy.

Travel Posters exhibition

Coming up is our annual Travel Posters Exhibition and catalogue. Do join us for the Private View next week on Wednesday 8th 6.00 - 8.00pm. RSVP to Richard



And, of course, Christmas is creeping up apace. Let us know what presents you are looking for and we will happily create customised lists of suitable suggestions across all budgets.

We will be hosting a party to celebrate John Julius Norwich's Chistmas Cracker on Tuesday 28th November. If you would like to come please RSVP to Katie.

From now until Christmas we will be extending our opening hours on Thursday evenings to 7.30 pm. Do come in and have a browse if you are free.


Science & Natural History
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Science & Natural History

Our new catalogue is now available online, to download, in a digital edition and also on paper (please contact Chris if you would like a copy)


Rock Music

Led Zeppelin.

PRESTON, Neal (Photographer). Led Zeppelin. A Photographic collection.

Vision On Publishing 2002 4to., original laminated boards preserved in slipcase. With colour and black and white photographs. A fine copy.
First edition, with an original photograph of the band signed by Preston. This copy additionally signed by Preston on the front-free endpaper … more …

Lazarus with The Man Who Fell To Earth

BOWIE, David and Walter TEVIS. Lazarus withThe Man Who Fell To Earth.

Nick Hern Books/ CT: Gold Medal Books. 2016/1963. 8vo. 2 vols. Original paper wrappers; Lazarus fine; The Man Who Fell To Earth with creases to wrapper, chipping to bottom of spine, very good. Preserved in custom-made cloth box with leather label.
First editions. A great pairing of books for Bowie fans … more …


Prints Department
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Print of the month
St. Michael's Mount
Artist: ROWBOTHAM, Claude Hamilton.
Title: St. Michael's Mount.
Description: Original etching and aquatint with hand-colour, signed by the artist. Claude Hamilton Rowbotham (1864 - 1949) was born in Kensington, being the youngest of eight children from an artistic family with his father Thomas Charles Rowbotham being a talented watercolour artist.
Date: c.1920.
Size: 200 x 300 mm.
Price: £180

Poster of the month
Lotschberg, Bern-Lotschberg-Simplon, Switzerland
Artist: COLOMBI, Plinio (1873-1951).
Title: Lotschberg, Bern-Lotschberg-Simplon, Switzerland.
Description: Original lithograph with colour, linen backed, as printed by Kunstanstalt Brügger AG Meiringen, published by Lötschberg railway line. The Lötschberg Tunnel is a 14.6 km long railway tunnel on the Lötschberg Line, which connects Spiez and Brig at the northern end of the Simplon Tunnel cutting through the Alps from Switzerland to Italy. Regular service through the Lötschberg Tunnel began in 1913.
Colombi is well known for his Swiss Alps motives and belonged together with Emil Cardinaux to the pioneers of Swiss poster art..
Date: 1937.
Size: 1020 x 640 mm.
Price: £1,250

Map of the month
Africa Secundum legitimas Projectionis Stereographicae regulas… [Map of Africa].
Artist: HOMANN Heirs.
Title: Africa Secundum legitimas Projectionis Stereographicae regulas… [Map of Africa]. .
Description: Original copper engraved map with hand colour, after the drawing by Johann Matthias Haas. This map was produced in Nuremburg for the heirs of Johan Baptist Homann (1664–1724). The Homann Heirs’ company continued to operate until 1824.
With decorative cartouche of a scene at the Cape of Good Hope depicting lions, natives and Europeans interacting. Table Bay Mountain in Cape Town can be seen in the distance.
Date: c.1737.
Size: 530 x 620 mm.
Price: £850
Children's & Illustrated Books
Contact Rosie for more details.

Christmas is coming and the department of children's and illustrated books is cooking up a catalogue full of fantastic gift ideas, with a range of prices between £45 and £2,600.

Der kleine König

Highlights include: a selection of French mid-century lithographic books; an Art Nouveau masterpiece of design by Alphonse Mucha; a German fairy tale, rare in its dustwrapper, with eye-popping fantasy chromolithographs; a Victorian toy book full of real fabric dresses; a fine and fabulous signed limited Dulac volume priced under £1,000; a selection of Biggles first editions; Milne Pooh books in unusual formats; pretty copies by Jane Austen; and a completely over-the-top, and signed, children's book by the Black dancer and performer Josephine Baker.

Please contact Rosie if you would like to receive this and feel that you might not already be on the list.


Travel Department
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The first item of this truly autumnal newsletter explains where the word 'tycoon' comes from and reports how the first European climbed Fujiyama. Lord Byron's uncle then explores Hawaii. The third book in this short list is probably the first to deal with the Women of the Arabs, more precisely with women in Lebanon and Syria. Encompassing the world is a charming hand-coloured miniature atlas from Augsburg. An English Lady in Turkestan and Nansen's old ship Fram in the high North - again - conclude the newsletter.


The Capital of the Tycoon ALCOCK, Sir Rutherford. The Capital of the Tycoon: A Narrative of Three Years' Residence in Japan.

Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1863. 8vo, two volumes; a bright, tight copy.
First edition. Alcock was appointed the first consul-general to Japan following Lord Elgin's treaty with that country in 1858. The admission of foreigners into Japan fermented trouble among the warrior classes culminating in July 1861 with an attack on the British legation, the members of which successfully repelled the assault. The present work offers Alcock's view of the situation in Japan at this time. He also details his ascent of Fujiyama in 1860, the first by a European … more …

Voyage of H.M.S. Blonde

BYRON, George Anson. Voyage of H.M.S. Blonde to the Sandwich Islands, in the years 1824-1825. Captain the Right Hon. Lord Byron, Commander.

London, Murray, 1826. 4to. Contemporary black calf-backed marbled boards; a good copy.
First edition of this excellent and early book on Hawaii. The book opens with a history of the discovery of the Hawaiian islands, followed by the account of the Royal visit of the Queen consort of the Kingdom of Hawaii until her death in England from measles. This is followed by the narrative of the journey to return her body and the sojourn in Hawaii, which contains an interesting account of travels to Hilo, and the Volcano, Kealakekua, Lahaina and Honolulu. … more …


The Women of the Arabs. JESSUP, Henry Harris. The Women of the Arabs.

New York, Dodd & Mead, [1873]. 8vo. A very good copy.
First edition, very rare. Probably one of the earliest work dealing with the role of women in society and female education in and around Lebanon and Syria. Jessup was appointed as a missionary to Syria in 1855 by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, then for thirty years was acting pastor of the Syrian Church of Beirut and superintendent of its school. Jessup authored several works about his mission experience in Syria. … more …

Atlas geographicus …

LOTTER, Tobias Conrad. Atlas geographicus portatilis XXIX mappis orbis habitabilis regna exhibens.

Augsburg, Jakobervorstadt, Lotter, [c. 1750]. 12mo. Contemporary Augsburg binding of polished calf, ornamented in gilt; double-page allegorical title & frontispiece (not often found in this atlas), both engraved by Tobias Lobeck after Gottfried Eichler, and 30 hand-coloured double-page engraved maps; a very good copy of a charming miniature atlas.
Tobias Lotter was Mattheus Seutter's son-in-law and one of the leading map engravers of the period. … more …


An English Lady in Chinese Turkestan. MACARTNEY, Lady Catherina Theodora. An English Lady in Chinese Turkestan.

London, Ernest Benn Ltd., [1931]. 8vo. Publisher's green cloth; pp. [vii], 236; a good copy of a very rare book.
First edition of an important title on the Great Game in Central Asia, and a wonderful description of life in Kashgar and surroundings, now in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, in China’s far west on the Silk Road. 'Catherina Theodora, second daughter of James Borland of Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire. She had never travelled before but revealed an exemplary ability to ‘make do’, hosting numerous Russian and Chinese diplomatic guests as well as any passing travellers from home' (ODNB). … more …


New Land. Four Years in the Arctic Regions. SVERDRUP, Otto. New Land. Four Years in the Arctic Regions.

London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1904. 8vo. 2 vols, original blue cloth. Many gatherings still unopened, very few roughly opened, a very good set.
First English edition. The second Fram expedition under Sverdrup as leader lasted from 1898-1902. Sverdrup wintered initially in the area West of Ellesmere Island and over the next 3 years, the expedition sent out sledging parties, which were successful in exploring the area - their main achievement was the discovery of the Sverdrup Islands … more …

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