English Literature

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British literature and history from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, with an emphasis on poetry, fiction, and drama.

We usually have a selection of literary works from the STC and Wing period (i.e. before 1701), and a broad range of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century fiction and poetry, particularly the Romantics. We also have a selection of historical manuscripts, prints and broadsides, and works in translation.

Among important works which have passed through our hands are the editor's presentation copy of Milton's Lycidas, Swift's Modest Proposal, the autograph draft of Byron's She walks in beauty, the autograph manuscript of Jane Austen's only play Sir Charles Grandison, Dickens’s copy of Vanity Fair, Trollope's classical library, and, over the years, some fifty Shakespeare First Folios.

  1. AINSWORTH, William Harrison.

    The Lord Mayor of London: or, City Life...

    London: Chapman and Hall ... 1862.

    First edition. The Lord Mayor of London...

    £750

  2. AINSWORTH, William Harrison.

    Preston Fight; or, the Insurrection of...

    London: Tinsley Brothers … 1875.

    Ainsworth’s decline in popularity in...

    £950

  3. [AUSTEN, Jane].

    Mansfield Park: a Novel. In three Volumes....

    London: Printed for J. Murray ... 1816.

    Second edition, revised. This is the only...

    £3250

  4. AUSTEN, Jane.

    Sense and Sensibility: a Novel. In three...

    London: Printed for the Author, by C....

    Second edition, revised by the author....

    £6000

  5. AUSTEN, Jane.

    Mansfield Park: a Novel. In three Volumes...

    London: Printed for J. Murray … 1816.

    Second edition, revised. This is the only...

    £3750

  6. [BAGE, Robert].

    Hermsprong; or, Man as he is not. A Novel...

    London: Printed for William Lane, at the...

    First edition of Bage’s last and finest novel.

    £2400

  7. BAYNARD, James B.

    The Rector of Oxbury. A Novel ...

    London: Samuel Tinsley ... 1877.

    First edition. The Anglican rector of Oxbury...

    £350

  8. BESANT, Walter.

    Armorel of Lyonesse: a Romance of To-day...

    London: Chatto & Windus ... 1891.

    First edition. The plot concerns the exposure...

    £450

  9. BLACK, William.

    Sabina Zembra; a Novel ... in three Volumes ...

    London: Macmillan and Co ... 1887.

    First edition. Black was highly thought...

    £180

  10. BRAMLEY-MOORE, William.

    The six Sisters of the Valleys. An historical...

    London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts,...

    First edition of Bramley-Moore’s only...

    £650

  11. BRANTÔME, Pierre de Bourdeilles, Seigneur de.

    Spanish Rhodomontades. As also historical...

    London, J. Chrichley (i.e. Critchley), 1741.

    First edition in English, with the Rhodomontades...

    £750

  12. BRONTË, Charlotte.

    Le Professeur par Currer Bell … Roman...

    Paris, Librairie de L. Hachette et Cie...

    First editions in French of The Professor...

    £750

  13. BROUGHAM, Henry Lord.

    Albert Lunel. A Novel ... In three Volumes ...

    London: Charles H. Clarke ... [1872].

    First edition, Sadleir’s ‘really scarce’...

    £450

  14. [BURY, Lady Charlotte].

    The Exclusives. In three Volumes ...

    London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley...

    First edition of a society novel written...

    £950

  15. ČAPEK, Karel.

    Meteor … Translated by M. and R. Weatherall.

    London, George Allen & Unwin, [1935].

    First edition in English of Povětroň...

    £1500

  16. CARR, Lisle.

    Judith Gwynne …

    Henry S. King & Co. … London, 1873

    First edition, a scarce romance-cum-society...

    £200

  17. ‘CARROLL, Lewis’ [i.e. Charles Lutwidge DODGSON].

    Sylvie and Bruno … London, Macmillan...

    London, Macmillan and Co. 1880-1893.

    First editions, presentation copies...

    £2750

  18. CASTLE, Egerton.

    Consequences. A Novel ... in three Volumes ...

    London: Richard Bentley and Son ... 1891.

    First edition. A hasty marriage to a beautiful...

    £400

  19. CORRESPONDENTS.

    The Correspondents. An original Novel;...

    London: Printed for T. Becket ... 1775.

    First edition. Contemporaries took this...

    £650

  20. CRAWFORD, F. Marion.

    Saracinesca ... in three Volumes ...

    William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh...

    First edition. The prolific American novelist...

    £280