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. A[RNOLD, Matthew].

    The Strayed Reveller, and other Poems. By A.

    London: B. Fellowes …1849

    First edition of Arnold’s first book,...

    £600

  2. BALL (The).

    Stated in a Dialogue betwixt a Prude and...

    London: Printed for J. Roberts … 1724.

    First edition, rare, of an amusing verse...

    £2250

  3. BEAUMONT, Joseph.

    Psyche: or Loves Mysterie in XX. Canto’s:...

    London, Printed by John Dawson for George...

    First edition. Beaumont was one of the...

    £1250

  4. BELVIDERE (The):

    a Poem. Inscrib’d to Joseph Grove, Esq....

    London: Printed in the Year 1749.

    First edition, rare (British Library and...

    £2750

  5. BLACKMORE, Richard.

    Prince Arthur. An Heroick Poem. In Ten...

    London, 1695-97.

    First edition of Blackmore’s first epic...

    £2750

  6. BOWRING, Sir John.

    Ancient Poetry and Romances of Spain …

    London, for Taylor and Hessey, 1824.

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

    £200

  7. BOWRING, Sir John.

    Wybōr poezyi polskiéy. Specimens of the...

    London, printed for the author, and sold...

    First edition: the first collection of...

    £300

  8. BOWRING, Sir John.

    Poetry of the Magyars, preceded by a Sketch...

    London, printed for the author, and sold...

    First edition: the first appearance of...

    £300

  9. BROME, Alexander.

    Songs and other Poems … The second Edition...

    London, Printed for Henry Brome … 1664.

    Second edition, adding much new material...

    £500

  10. BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett.

    Poems before Congress …

    London: Chapman and Hall … 1860.

    First edition of a slender collection of...

    £200

  11. BROWNING, Robert.

    Christmas-Eve and Easter-Day. A Poem …

    London: Chapman & Hall … 1850.

    First edition of the first poem to appear...

    £175

  12. [BROWN or BROWNE, Nicholas].

    The North-Country-Wedding, and the Fire,...

    Dublin: Printed by A. Rhames, for J. Hyde,...

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

    £1250

  13. BYRON, George Gordon, Lord.

    Poems original and translated … Second...

    Newark: Printed and sold by S. and J....

    Unacknowledged reprint of the ‘second’...

    £550

  14. [BYRON, George Gordon, Lord].

    Lara, a Tale. [and] Jacqueline, a Tale...

    London: Printed for John Murray … 1814.

    First edition, Randolph’s fourth variant...

    £400

  15. CAREY, Henry.

    Poems on several Occasions … Third Edition,...

    London: Printed by E. Say, 1729.

    ‘Third edition’, in fact a substantially...

    £650

  16. CARTWRIGHT, William.

    Comedies, Tragi-comedies, with other Poems...

    London, Printed for Humphrey Moseley … 1651.

    First edition of the witty and elegant...

    £1750

  17. C., E. H.

    On the occasion of a Bazaar held in aid...

    [Dinan, 1869?]

    ‘A Church Bazaar takes place to-day,...

    £100

  18. CHALKHILL, John.

    Thealma and Clearchus. A pastoral History...

    London: Printed for Benj. Tooke … 1683.

    First edition, with the corrected state...

    £1850

  19. CHAMBERLAYNE, William.

    Phraronnida: a heroick Poem …

    London, Printed for Robert Clavell … 1659.

    First edition of the physician-poet William...

    £2500

  20. CHATSWORTH.

    A Poem; dedicated by Permission, to her...

    [London, 1788].

    The subscriber’s edition, on thick paper;...

    £850