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. [ACCADEMIA DELL’ARCADIA.]

    Favola di due gatti e della scimia coll’...

    Florence, Bernardo Paperini, 1730.

    First complete edition. A rare fable in...

    £550

  2. AINSWORTH, William Harrison.

    The Combat of the Thirty. From a Breton...

    London: Chapman and Hall … 1859

    First edition of the first English translations...

    £550

  3. ALBERTI, Leon Battista.

    El Momo. La moral e muy graciosa historia...

    Alcalá de Henares, Joan Mey Flandro, 1553.

    First edition in Spanish of Alberti’s...

    £3800

  4. ALBERT, Sidney P.

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

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

    £20

  5. ALEKSANDROVA, Zinaida and Dmitry GORLOV.

    Мишкины соседи [Little...

    Moscow, VLKSM Izdatelstvo Detskoi Literaturi,...

    First edition. A very nice copy...

    £350

  6. ALFIERI, Vittorio. LLOYD, Charles, translator.

    The Tragedies of Vittorio Alfieri; translated...

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

    First edition of this translation, which...

    £450

  7. [ALMANAC.]

    Le Parnasse des dames.

    Paris, Janet, [1814].

    An attractive copy of Janet’s Parnasse...

    £325

  8. ALMEIDA, Theodoro de.

    Lisboa destruida poema, author o P. Theodoro...

    Lisbon, Antonio Rodrigues Galhardo,...

    First edition of this poem in six cantos,...

    £400

  9. ANDREWS, Alexander.

    The History of British Journalism, from...

    London, R. Clay for Richard Bentley, 1859.

    First edition of a detailed study of British...

    £150

  10. [ANON.]

    The History and Adventures of Ben the Soldier,...

    London, J. Evans & Son, F. Collins, and...

    Scarce moral tale of a soldier returned...

    £100

  11. ARISTOPHANES.

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

    London: Printed for Taylor and Hessey …...

    First edition. ‘Given how much...

    £350

  12. [ARIZZI, Francesco.]

    Il buffone di nuova invenzione in Italia....

    Venice, Antonio Bortoli, 1740.

    First and only edition of Arizzi’s adaptation...

    £350

  13. A[RNOLD, Matthew].

    The Strayed Reveller, and other Poems. By A.

    London: B. Fellowes …1849

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

    £600

  14. ASTLEY, Philip.

    Astley’s System of equestrian Education,...

    London, T. Burton for S. Creed, [c. 1801].

    Fifth edition of a work on horse-training...

    £350

  15. AUDEN, W.H. Collected poems.

    Edited by Edward Mendelson.

    London, Faber and Faber, 1976.

    First edition. Denis Healey’s copy, with...

    £75

  16. [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

  17. AUSTEN, Jane.

    Mansfield Park: a Novel. In three Volumes...

    London: Printed for J. Murray … 1816.

    Second edition, revised. This is the only...

    £3750

  18. [BAGE, Robert].

    Hermsprong; or, Man as he is not. A Novel...

    London: Printed for William Lane, at the...

    First edition of Bage’s last and finest novel.

    £2400

  19. [BALLANTINE, E.]

    Natural History of Quadrupeds, for Children,...

    London, Harvey & Darton, 1824.

    A scarce work, second edition, the first...

    £400

  20. BARDUZZI, Bernardino.

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

    Verona, [Officina Bodoni,] 1974.

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

    £375