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  1. AARSMAN, Hans.

    Hollandse Taferelen.

    Amsterdam, Fragment, 1989.

    First edition of Aarsman’s first book, modest landscapes taken from the roof of his camper-van on a trip through the Netherlands. A significant player in the New Topography movement, Aarsman is also a novelist and playwright, and the narrative impulse to his photography is evident here. ‘The photos...

    £500

  2. ABEILLE, Louis Paul.

    Principes sur la liberté du commerce des grains.

    Amsterdam and Paris, Desaint, 1768.

    First edition. Louis Paul Abeille, inspector of manufactures and later secretary of the bureau of commerce, was initially an early supporter of Quesnay and an ardent Physiocrat for many years. He pleads here for free trade in corn, arguing that this would lead to increased production, increased revenue...

    £1250

  3. ACCOUNT OF THE MOST REMARKABLE VOYAGES (An)

    from the Discovery of America by Columbus to the present Time.

    London: William Darton and Son … 1831.

    First and only edition of a compendium of exploration and discovery for children, taking in Columbus, Drake, Parry, Look, Franklin etc. True to its promise to record adventures up ‘to the present time’, the most recent voyage recorded here is Captain Ross’s attempt to discover the North-West passage....

    £250

  4. ACTON, Eliza.

    Modern Cookery, for Private Families, Reduced to a System of Easy Practice in a Series of Carefully Tested Receipts,...

    London: Woodfall and Kinder for Longman, Green, and Co., 1875.

    New edition. The schoolteacher, poet, and cookery writer Eliza Acton (1799-1859) published a number of poems as a young woman, and ‘[i]n 1837 [...] [h]er publishers, Longmans, suggested she should write something more practical than poetry so, for the next few years, she applied herself to meticulous...

    £200

  5. ADAMS, Ansel.

    The Eloquent Light. Volume I [all published]. By Nancy Newhall.

    San Francisco, Sierra Club, 1963.

    First edition, Newhall’s copiously illustrated biography of Adams, to accompany a retrospective exhibition. No further volumes were published.

    £180

  6. ADAMS, William Bridges.

    English pleasure carriages; their origin, history, varieties, materials, construction, defects, improvements,...

    London, Charles Knight, 1837.

    First edition, a work of general utility, aiming to impart ‘the principles on which carriages ought to be constructed’. In nineteen chapters, the work covers the whole spectrum of carriage use and construction, addressing both the component parts (i.e. spring, axles), principles of propulsion (including...

    £175

  7. [ADAMS, WILLIAM HENRY DAVENPORT.]

    The Eastern Archipelago. A description of the scenery, animal and vegetable life, people, and...

    London: T. Nelson & Sons, 1880.

    First edition. A travel guide to south-east Asia by Adams (1828-1891), which endeavours to ‘supply the reader with a comprehensive and accurate description of the islands of the Eastern Archipelago . . . . If the reader should feel, as we have felt, the charm of the virgin forests of Borneo, of the...

    £175

  8. AEMYLIUS, Paulus (Paolo EMILIO).

    Historici clarissimi de rebus gestis Francorum…

    Paris, Michel Vascosan, 1550.

    Early editions of the three classical complementary chronicles of France from the fifth to the mid-sixteenth century, often issued and bound together.

    £750

  9. (a). GOULET, Robert.

    Compendium recenter editum de multiplici Parisiensis Universitatis magnificentia, dignitate, et excellentia,...

    Paris, Toussaint Denis, 1517.

    First edition of the first account of the University of Paris, ‘probably the earliest monograph on any university’ – E. P. Goldschmidt.

    £12500

  10. AINSWORTH, William Harrison.

    The Lord Mayor of London: or, City Life in the Last Century ... in three Volumes ...

    London: Chapman and Hall ... 1862.

    First edition. The Lord Mayor of London is set in the reign of George III, but Ainsworth’s worthy Sir Gresham Lorimer embodies all the Victorian qualities of the industrious, honest citizen, risen from humble origins to the highest civic position. His wife adopts the exaggerated dress of the...

    £750

  11. AINSWORTH, William Harrison.

    Preston Fight; or, the Insurrection of 1715. A Tale …

    London: Tinsley Brothers … 1875.

    Ainsworth’s decline in popularity in his later years has rendered his later novels, published by Tinsley in smaller editions than his early work, increasingly scarce.

    £950

  12. AKHMATOVA, Anna Andreevna.

    Stikhotvoreniia [Poems].

    Moscow, Gosudarstvennoe Izdatel’stvo Khudozhestvennoi Literatury, 1958.

    First edition; the first post-Stalin collection of Akhmatova’s poems to be published. It includes some of the poems from her suppressed collection of 1946, Poems 1909-1945, severely censored for this edition.

    £400

  13. AKHMATOVA, Anna Andreevna.

    Stikhotvoreniia (1909–1960) [Poems (1909–1960)].

    Moscow, Gosudarstvennoe Izdatel’stvo Khudozhestvennoi Literatury, 1961.

    First edition: a severely censored selection of poems, taken both from the early books Evening (1912), Rosary (1914), White Flock (1917), and Plantain (1921), and also from Akhmatova’s later collections Reed and Seventh Book. Some of these latter poems are...

    £250

  14. AKHMATOVA, Anna Andreevna, translator.

    Golosa poetov. Stikhi zarubezhnykh poetov v perevode Anny Akhmatovoi [Poets’ voices. Verses...

    Moscow, “Progress”, 1965.

    First edition: translations by Akhmatova of a selection of pieces by Polish, Czech, Slovak, Bulgarian, Yugoslavian, Norwegian, and Indian poets. She published six volumes of translations during her lifetime but, despite her success, she complained that for a poet translating was ‘comparable to devouring...

    £450

  15. AKHMATOVA, Anna Andreevna.

    Podorozhnik [Plantain].

    Petrograd, “Petropolis”, 1921.

    First edition: a collection of 38 poems written between 1917 and 1919, and later included in the larger collection Anno Domini MCMXXI published in early 1922. These were Akhmatova’s first poems about the civil war.

    £600

  16. ALBERTANUS CAUSIDICUS BRIXIENSIS.

    De arte loquendi et tacendi.

    Ingolstadt, [Printer of Celtis ‘Epitoma’ (?Johann Kachelofen), c. 1492.]

    Very rare Ingolstadt edition of this treatise on the art of speech, the most influential work of the thirteenth-century Brescian causidicus, Albertano.

    £7500

  17. ALBERTI, Leon Battista.

    Momus [or De principe].

    Rome, Jacopo Mazochi, 1520.

    First edition of this political and social satire by the great Renaissance architect, theorist, scholar and man of letters, Leon Battista Alberti. There were two editions published in Rome in 1520, one (the present) by Jacopo Mazochi, the other by Étienne Guillery. Both carry papal privileges,...

    £4600

  18. ALBERTI, Leon Battista.

    El Momo. La moral e muy graciosa historia del Momo; compuesta en Latin por el docto varon Leon Bapista...

    Alcalá de Henares, Joan Mey Flandro, 1553.

    First edition in Spanish of Alberti’s Momus [or De principe], translated by Augustín de Almaçan and with an introductory 8 pp. Exposición by the Toledo ascetic writer and scholar Alejo Venegas (1495?–1554?).

    £3800

  19. ALBERTI, Leon Battista.

    Hecatomphila che ne insegnia l’ingeniosa arte d’amore. Deiphira che ne mostra suggir il mal principiato...

    Venice, Giovanni Antonio et Fratelli da Sabbio ad instantia de Nicolo & Francesco Librari al Dolphin, 1528.

    A combined edition of the Ecatomfila and the Deifira, Alberti’s two dialogues on love. They originally appeared separately in 1471, probably the first works of literature by a living author printed in Italian. They treat the vagaries of love from different perspectives. In the Ecatomfila,...

    £8000

  20. ALBERTI, Rafael.

    Cal y canto.

    Madrid, Revista de Occidente, [1929].

    First edition of Alberti’s fourth collection of poems. Cal y canto occupies a central position in the poet’s work before the Spanish Civil War, introducing themes he was to return to again and again throughout his life.

    £1100