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. AEMYLIUS, Paulus (Paolo EMILIO).

    ...

    Paris, Michel Vascosan, 1550.

    Early editions of the three classical complementary...

    £750

  2. (a). GOULET, Robert.

    Compendium recenter editum de multiplici...

    Paris, Toussaint Denis, 1517.

    First edition of the first account of...

    £12500

  3. AMOS, William.

    Minutes in Agriculture and Planting …...

    Boston [Lincolnshire], Printed by J. Hellaby,...

    First edition, rare. William Amos was the...

    £2250

  4. AUBREY, John.

    Miscellanies, viz. I. Day-Fatality. II....

    London: Printed for Edward Castle … 1696.

    First edition of Aubrey’s entertaining...

    £950

  5. [AUGUSTINE, Saint, attributed author.]

    The Meditations of Saint Augustine, from...

    Dublin: Printed for the Author, by H. Fitzpatrick...

    First edition of this rare translation...

    £1250

  6. BACON, Francis.

    The Essayes or Counsels, civill and morall...

    London, Printed by John Haviland … 1632.

    Third edition of the definitive text of...

    £650

  7. BARDUZZI, Bernardino.

    A Letter in Praise of Verona [1489]. In...

    Verona, [Officina Bodoni,] 1974.

    First edition, No. 34 of 150 copies: an...

    £375

  8. BARLOW, Thomas.

    A Letter concerning Invocation of Saints,...

    London, Printed by John Macock for John...

    First edition. Evelyn had asked his old...

    £650

  9. BEARCROFT, Philip.

    An historical Account of Thomas Sutton...

    London: Printed by E. Owen, and sold by...

    First edition. Thomas Sutton (1532-1611)...

    £250

  10. [BEER, Johann Christoph.]

    Kurtzer Entwurff dess Lebens der Könige...

    Nuremberg, Johann Hoffmann, 1676.

    Second, corrected and improved, edition...

    £500

  11. BENTHAM, Jeremy.

    Plan of Parliamentary Reform, in the Form...

    London: Printed in the Year 1817. Re-printed...

    First edition thus of an inexpensive reprint...

    £225

  12. [BLACKMORE, Richard, and John HUGHES.]

    The Lay-Monastery. Consisting of Essays,...

    London: Printed by Sam. Keimer, for Ferdinand...

    First collected edition of a little-known...

    £250

  13. BLOUNT, Sir Thomas Pope.

    Essays on several Subjects …

    London, Printed for Richard Bently … 1692.

    Second edition of seven essays of ‘considerable...

    £500

  14. BOLTON, Robert.

    Letters and Tracts on the Choice of Company...

    London: Printed for J. Whiston and B....

    Second edition; a reissue of the sheets...

    £325

  15. BOTTARELLI, Ferdinando.

    Exercises upon the different Parts of Italian...

    London, Printed for J. Nourse … 1778.

    First edition, very scarce, of a popular...

    £450

  16. [BOUCHER, Jean].

    Apologie pour Iehan Chastel Parisien, execute...

    [Paris?], 1595.

    First edition of Boucher’s pseudonymous...

    £600

  17. BOWRING, Sir John.

    Ancient Poetry and Romances of Spain …

    London, for Taylor and Hessey, 1824.

    First edition. Bowring had long had a soft...

    £200

  18. [Brewer, George].

    The Siamese tales: being a collection of...

    London, Vernor & Hood and Champante &...

    First edition of an anonymously published...

    £950

  19. BRIEF ACCOUNT (A)

    of the Earthquake, the solemn Event which...

    London: James Nisbett and Co. … 1840.

    First edition, very rare. The landslip...

    £750