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. [ANON]

    The adventures of John Manks and his pock-marked...

    Dublin, P Bereton 1 Lr Exchange Street,...

    This short nonsense-writing prose anecdote...

    £125

  2. [BERKENHOUT, John].

    Clavis anglica Linguæ botanicæ; or, a...

    London: Printed for the Author. Sold by...

    First edition, dedicated to John Hope of...

    £325

  3. CALBRIS, B.

    The Rational Guide to the French Tongue....

    London: Sold by Messrs. Debrett … Hockham,...

    First and only edition, rare, of an advanced...

    £650

  4. CASOTTI, [Laurentio].

    A New Method of teaching the Italian Tongue...

    London: Printed by E. Everingham at the...

    First and only edition, very rare, the...

    £1500

  5. DE CASTRO, Jacob.

    Grammatica Lusitano-Anglica, ou Portugueza,...

    Vende-se em Lisboa, na logea del Joaõ...

    First Portuguese (and first separate) edition,...

    £550

  6. ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica: or, a Dictionary...

    Edinburgh and London, 1823-4.

    An extremely handsome set of the sixth...

    £10000

  7. LINDSETH, Jon A., and Alan TANNENBAUM, eds.

    Alice in a World of Wonderlands: the Translations...

    Newcastle, DE, Oak Knoll Press, 2015.

    This is the most extensive analysis ever...

    £199

  8. MACBEAN, Alexander.

    A Dictionary of ancient Geography, explaining...

    London, G. Robinson and T. Cadell, 1773.

    First edition. Alexander Macbean was one...

    £1750

  9. MACFARLANE, Patrick.

    A new and copious English and Gaelic Vocabulary,...

    Edinburgh: Printed [by R. Menzies] for...

    The English-Gaelic Vocabulary was published...

    £175

  10. MANNECRANTZ, C[arl] Gust[av].

    Kort Grammatica, eller Underrättelse om...

    Stockholm, Tryckt i Stolpiska Trycheriet...

    First edition of an English grammar for...

    £650

  11. MUSSI, Antonio.

    Disegno di lezioni e di ricerche sulla...

    Pavia, Bolzani, [1792].

    First edition of this rare history of the...

    £500

  12. PFIZMAIER, August.

    Woerterbuch der japanischen Sprache.

    Erste Lieferung [all published]. Vienna,...

    First edition of the first Japanese –...

    £650

  13. PIOZZI, Hester Lynch.

    British Synonymy; or, an Attempt at regulating...

    London: Printed for G. G. and J. Robinson...

    First edition of a fascinating collection...

    £950

  14. RENAN, Ernest (1823-1892), French philologist and philosopher.

    A collection of 26 autograph letters and...

    Paris and Sèvres, 1853-1889 (and undated).

    A fine collection of letters from Renan,...

    £1250

  15. [RIVERS, David].

    Literary Memoirs of living Authors of Great...

    London: Printed for R. Faulder … sold...

    First edition of a collection of literary...

    £1500

  16. SAUSSURE, Ferdinand de.

    Cours de Linguistique générale.

    Lausanne & Paris, Payot, 1916.

    Rare first edition. In general the study...

    £2250

  17. [SPANISH ROYAL ACADEMY.]

    Prontuario de ortografía de la lengua...

    Madrid, Imprenta Nacional, 1844.

    Rare first edition of the first official...

    £1250

  18. TRUBETZKOY, Nikolai Sergeevich.

    Das morphonologische System der russischen...

    Prague, Jednota československých matematiků...

    First edition, published as the second...

    £350

  19. WALKER, John.

    Hints for Improvement in the Art of Reading ...

    London: Printed for the Author, and sold...

    First edition. The future lexicographer...

    £650