Selected Titles and Recent Acquisitions

Cobban, J. Maclaren, The White Kaid of the Atlas

First Edition book (W. & R. Chambers, 1895), together with all six of the original illustrations by Walter Sydney Stacey (1846-1929). Each is on artists board and made using pen, ink and wash. They are all signed or initialled and have the caption written in pencil to the lower border. The illustrations are all tidy. The book is bumped to the spine ends and has a school-prize book plate to the front pastedown, but is otherwise tidy.


H. Rider Haggard, The Mahatma and The Hare

First Edition 1911, published by Longmans, Green & Co. London.  Original red cloth, illustrated in black to the front, 165 printed pages complete with 12 illustrations correct as list. Comes with the original dust jacket which is correctly priced 2/6 to the spine. Condition: The spine lettering is a dull black and I can't quite tell if it was originally gilt but has now oxidised, it is quite bumped to the spine ends and has slight foxing to the fore edge and end papers, otherwise a tidy book with a tight binding and no inscriptions. The dust jacket is chipped to the corners and spine ends, is browned to the spine and has an unfaded patch over the spine price where presumably there was once a price sticker.


Charles and Mary Lamb, Mrs. Leicester's School. 

First Edition 1909, Printed for M. J. Godwin at the Juvenile Library. Modern quarter-leather binding with original title label to spine, 179 printed pages complete with frontispiece and 5 pages of adverts complete at the rear. Some foxing and browning, especially bad to the frontispiece, title page and towards the middle of the book, some slight wear towards the margin of a few pages, not affecting the text.


Wilkie Collins

A collection of 11  books, First Illustrated Editions, 1875/76, contemporary fine bindings of half-leather, raised bands to spine, marbled boards with matching marbled fore edge and end papers, all pages and illustrations checked and complete. Titles: The Frozen Deep, including The Dream Woman and John Jago's Ghost or The Dead Alive, 1875. The Dead Secret, 1875. Miss or Mrs? including shorter stories Blow up with The Brig, The Fatal Cradle and A Mad Marriage, 1875. Basil, 1875. The Queen of Hearts, 1875. The Law and The Lady, 1876. Hide and Seek, 1876. The New Magdalen, 1875. Man and Wife, 1875. Poor Miss Finch, 1875. My Miscellanies, 1875. Condition: The boards and leather are scuffed, some also have wear to the spine ends, most books have scattered foxing and browning and a few books have a previous owners pencilled inscription to the front.


Honor C. Appleton

He Was Very Smart Indeed; Original Pen and Ink illustration used for page 39 of H. C. Cradock's "Josephine is Busy". Exhibited Chris Beetles Gallery; Honor C. Appleton (1879-1951) 9th-27th May 1990, No 159 and with their label to the reverse and price and reference number written in pencil. The drawing is on stiff paper and is signed with the artists initials to the lower right corner. It has "page 39" and "Teddy bowed low" written in pencil to the lower margin and it looks like this is in the artists hand. The sheet that the drawing is on measures approximately 6.5 x 7.75 inches (16.75 x 19.5cms). Nicely mounted, framed and galzed. The frame is square measuring 12.75 x 12.75 inches (32.5 x 32.5cms). Condition: Slightly dusty and light creasing.


"The Beverly Hillbillies", Dave Prowse's original script for "Coming Through The Rye", series 7, episode 4, filmed in July 1968. Prowse played Emlyn MacGregor, a comical Scottish kilt-wearing character, mistaken for a girl and the love interest of Jed Clampett. The episode can be seen on Youtube and is actually very funny. Comes with an exclusive embossed Certificate of Authenticity from the Dave Prowse Estate which has been signed by Prowse's wife and son. The script is in its original covers with metal ties, 44 printed pages complete. Some pages have a neat crease to the corner, presumably made by Prowse because they coincide with his pages of speech. Prowse has written brief directions to the rear cover on how to get to Penshurst Place, where his parts were filmed. Also includes two stapled sets of Call-sheets, 3 pages complete to each, one page has dancing directions written to the rear by Prowse for the dance scene that features at the end of the episode.


Complete Set of Harry Potter books

Each book is published by Bloomsbury, London. The Philosopher's Stone is the 25th Printing, Chamber of Secrets is the 26th Printing, Prisoner of Azkaban is the 22nd Printing, the other books are all first edition, first printings and Goblet of Fire is the rarer Omnia First Printing. Some of the books have browning to the pages and slight bumping to the boards and slight creasing to the dust jacket, the Philosopher's Stone dust jacket has a 1cm closed tear to the bottom of the spine, Prisoner of Azkaban has the laminate coming away towards the front edge of the book and dust jacket. No inscriptions.


Harry Furniss

Original Pen and Ink Illustration, "Oliver Aroused" by Harry Furniss, used in Charles Dickens', Oliver Twist, Library Edition, published in 1910. The drawing is on card and has a contemporary mount. Signed with Harry Furniss' monogram to the lower right corner. The mount measures 18 x 14 inches and the aperture for the drawing measures 11.5 x 7.5 inches. 'The cruel insult to his dead mother had set his blood on fire. The cowardly tormentor lay crouching at his feet. "He'll murder me!" blubbered Noah. "Charlotte! and missis! Here's the new boy a-murdering of me! Help! help! Oliver's gone mad!'


P. G. Wodehouse, Author! Author!

Simon & Schuster, First USA Edition, 1962, Signed and inscribed by Wodehouse. Tidy book. The dust jacket is faded to the spine, slightly foxed and slightly creased to the top of the spine.


P. G. Wodehouse, The Intrusion of Jimmy

First USA Edition, First Printing 1910, Published by W. J. Watt, New York

Signed, inscribed and dated (May 16. 1910) by Wodehouse to the front free end paper.  The book is complete with frontispiece, tissue-guard and all four illustrations as issued.  Book Condition:  The boards are rubbed, it is frayed to the bottom corner of the spine, the spine lettering is dull, the front hinge paper is splitting but holding fine, there is occasional foxing to the pages.


William Le Queux, Treasure of Israel.

First Edition 1910, published by Eveleigh Nash, London.  First Printing book in the rare original First Printing dust jacket. Original green cloth, gilt titled to front and spine, pictorial onlay to front, 311 printed pages. Slightly bumped to the spine ends, rear hinge paper partly split but the hinge is holding fine, previous owners name to the front free end paper, foxed to the first and last few pages. The dust jacket is chipped to the corners and spine ends and has acid-free archive tape reinforcing the folds to the reverse.

Elsie J. Oxenham, Original Painting By Percy Tarrant

This is the original painting by Percy Tarrant that was used for the First Edition of A School Camp Fire, which was published in 1917. The painting measures 5.5 x just over 8 inches. It is in the original mount which has pencil notes to the bottom which read; Book 3, Chap 7, p.234, frontisp, Priscilla burnt her old name". The painting is tidy. The mount is creased to the corners and lightly soiled. The painting has been professionally framed and glazed with high quality non-reflective, UV-protected glass. Comes with a First Edition of the book which is in good condition.

David Lawson Johnstone, The Rebel Commodore

First Edition book, published in 1895 by W. & R. Chambers, together with three original illustrations. The illustrations are for the frontispiece and pages 77 and 125. Each illustration is on artists board, is made using pen, ink and black and white wash and each is signed with W. Boucher's monogram to the lower corner. The book has some fraying to the spine ends, a school prize book-plate dated 1896 to the front pastedown and has foxing to the first two pages.

P. G. Wodehouse, Original Christmas Card from Wodehouse to His biographer and bibliographer David A. Jasen

The card is from Christmas 1959 and is in the original stamped addressed envelope.  All of the writing is in Wodehouse's hand, which includes the inscription inside the card, the address to the front of the envelope and the return address to the rear flap of the envelope.  

Anna Brownell Jameson, Legends of the Madonna as Represented in the Fine Arts

First Edition of the Unit Library Edition published in 1903, in a one-off contemporary Arts & Crafts binding of full-vellum with hand-painted titles and floral design to the front. 483 printed pages complete with illustrations. Condition: The vellum is quite dust soiled, the leather tie to the front is getting fragile and there is an attractive book-plate to the front pastedown.

Original Video Sleeve for Jeeves and Wooster, Series One, Signed by both Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. 

Came from the collection of Mark Goodfellow.  Comes with copies of a letter from Stephen Fry and a letter from the Producer's Secretary of the Jeeves & Wooster series. 

Original Video Sleeve for Jeeves and Wooster, Series Two, Signed by both Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. 

Came from the collection of Mark Goodfellow.  Comes with copies of a letter from Stephen Fry and a letter from the Producer's Secretary of the Jeeves & Wooster series.  Slightly soiled and creased towards one edge.
P. G. Wodehouse, How I Became a Poet, SIGNED Typed Manuscript
Please be aware, although this manuscript has been signed at the bottom of the last page by Wodehouse in black pen, it is almost certainly not typed by him.  As far as I know, in the 1960's a book dealer typed out some chapters from Wodehouse's books and asked him to sign them, which he obligingly did.  The manuscript is a complete chapter, being 10 typed pages.  Also comes with an invoice from when the manuscript was purchased in 1968 for $87.50.

Victor Barrucand, Illustrated By Léon Carré, Le Chariot de Terre Cuite

First Edition 1921, Limited to 910, this book being number 349. Contemporary half-leather fine binding by Flammarion. Gilt decorated to spine, top edge gilt, marbled boards and end papers, original green pictorial paper covers including spine bound in at front and rear, 117 printed pages complete with decorations and all 20 beautiful illustrations complete with titled tissue-guards. Condition: Slightly rubbed to the corners and spine ends, previous owners name and date neatly written to the first blank page, otherwise tidy.


Dorita Fairlie Bruce, Captain Anne.

First Edition 1939, published by Oxford University Press.  Original brown pictorial cloth, 288 printed pages complete with colour frontispiece and black and white illustrations. Foxed to the fore edge and scattered foxing to the pages, otherwise a tidy book with no inscriptions. The dust jacket is quite faded, slightly worn to the corners and spine ends and slightly dust soiled.

To Picture Land: Personally Conducted by Father Tuck, Two double-page pop-ups: Friends at the Farm and Seaside Pleasures.

First Edition 1895, published by Raphael Tuck, London. Very rare pop-up book. Original pictorial boards, contents complete with two pop-ups as issued. The boards are rubbed and are scuffed to the corners, the hinge paper has some splits but they are holding fine, there is a W.H.Smith embossed stamp to the top corner of the front free end paper, both pop-ups are tidy and there are no inscriptions.

Elsie J. Oxenham, "Rosaly's New School"

First Thus 1921, Published by W. & R. Chambers
First of this issue, with the date (1921) to the rear of the title page. Original pictorial blue cloth, 303 printed pages complete with colour frontispiece and 2 further colour illustrations all correct as issued. The book is slightly bumped to the spine ends and has a prize book-plate to the front paste down, otherwise tidy. The dust jacket is the original and has wonderful artwork by P. Tarrant. It is chipped to the corners and spine ends and is rubbed to the edges. Not price clipped.

Edwin Drew, The Chief Incidents of the "Titanic" Wreck, Treated in Verse; Together with Lessons of the Disaster, with Portraits.

First Edition 1912, published by W. Nicholson. Original purple covers, 46 printed pages complete with 4 plates. Quite faded to the covers, chipped to the spine and edges of the covers, scattered foxing, some pages slightly worn to the top. There is an interesting inscription to the rear of the portrait frontispiece. It is a previous owners name and address that shows that the owner came from Farncombe, which is the village where John Phillips, the wireless operator of the Titanic came from. The collector I bought this book from had done some research and thinks that the previous owner was James Inwood. He found that James Inwood was born in 1887, the same year as John Phillips and so it is more than likely that the two men knew each other.


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