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. ALBERT, Sidney P.

    ‘Shaw’s Advice to the Players of Major...

    Reprinted from Modern Drama, XIV, 2 (1791).

    £20

  2. ALFIERI, Vittorio. LLOYD, Charles, translator.

    The Tragedies of Vittorio Alfieri; translated...

    London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees,...

    First edition of this translation, which...

    £450

  3. ANTHONY, Gordon.

    Ballet. Camera Studies by Gordon Anthony....

    London, Geoffrey Bles, 1937.

    The deluxe edition, no. 77 of 100 copies,...

    £350

  4. ARISTOPHANES.

    The Birds … Translated by the Rev. Henry...

    London: Printed for Taylor and Hessey …...

    First edition. ‘Given how much there...

    £350

  5. BARON, Robert.

    Mirza. A Tragedie, really acted in Persia,...

    London: Printed for Humphrey Moseley …...

    First edition of Baron’s last literary...

    £850

  6. BEAUMONT, Francis, and John FLETCHER.

    The Tragedy of Thierry King of France,...

    London, Printed for Humphrey Moseley ... 1649

    Third edition, a reissue of the second...

    £1850

  7. CAREY, Henry.

    The Dramatick Works …

    London: Printed by S. Gilbert, 1743.

    First collected edition, published in the...

    £650

  8. CARTWRIGHT, William.

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

    London, Printed for Humphrey Moseley … 1651.

    First edition of the witty and elegant...

    £1750

  9. DENHAM, Sir John.

    Poems and Translations, with The Sophy ... .

    London, Printed for H. Herringman ... 1668

    First edition, the definitive collection,...

    £1100

  10. ETHEREGE, George.

    The comical Revenge, or Love in a Tub....

    London, Printed for Henry Herringman ... 1669.

    Fourth edition of Etherege’s first play,...

    £500

  11. FARMER, Richard.

    An Essay on the Learning of Shakespeare:...

    ambridge: Printed by J. Archdeacon, Printer...

    First edition of an important contribution...

    £650

  12. GAY, John.

    The Distress’d Wife. A Comedy. By the...

    London: Printed for Thomas Astley … 1743.

    First edition, the issue with no press...

    £350

  13. GREVILLE, Fulke, Baron Brooke.

    Certaine Learned and Elegant Workes of...

    London: Printed by E. P. for Henry Seyle...

    First edition. This is the definitive printing...

    £2250

  14. [JOHNSON, Charles].

    Caelia: or, the perjur’d Lover. A Play....

    London: Printed for J. Watts … 1733.

    First edition. Caelia, Johnson’s...

    £200

  15. JONSON, Ben.

    The Works … in seven Volumes. Collated...

    London: Printed for D. Midwinter [and...

    First critical edition of Jonson’s works....

    £550

  16. KINNAIRD, Douglas.

    The Merchant of Bruges; or, Beggar’s...

    London: Printed for Whittingham and Arliss...

    First edition of the only literary work...

    £250

  17. [LAGARENNE, Félicité, artist].

    [Costumes d’Ivanhoe au bal donné par...

    Brussels, 1823.

    First and only edition of a fine and rare...

    £1200

  18. LAMB, Charles.

    John Woodvil a Tragedy ... to which are...

    London: Printed by T. Plummer ... for...

    First edition. John Woodvil was...

    £1250

  19. LAMB, Charles.

    The Works … in two Volumes …

    London: Printed for C. and J. Ollier … 1818.

    First edition, dedicated to ‘my dear...

    £475

  20. [LANDOR, Walter Savage].

    Count Julian: a Tragedy.

    London: Printed for John Murray … by...

    First edition of Landor’s first play,...

    £450