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. ACCOUNT OF THE MOST REMARKABLE VOYAGES (An)

    from the Discovery of America by Columbus...

    London: William Darton and Son … 1831.

    First and only edition of a compendium...

    £250

  2. AEMYLIUS, Paulus (Paolo EMILIO).

    ...

    Paris, Michel Vascosan, 1550.

    Early editions of the three classical complementary...

    £750

  3. ALBERTI, Leon Battista.

    Momus [or De principe].

    Rome, Jacopo Mazochi, 1520.

    First edition of this political...

    £4600

  4. 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

  5. ALBERT, Sidney P.

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

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

    £20

  6. ALEKSANDROVA, Zinaida and Dmitry GORLOV.

    Мишкины соседи [Little Bear’s...

    Moscow, VLKSM Izdatelstvo Detskoi Literaturi,...

    First edition. A very nice copy of this...

    £350

  7. ALFIERI, Vittorio. LLOYD, Charles, translator.

    The Tragedies of Vittorio Alfieri; translated...

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

    First edition of this translation, which...

    £450

  8. AMOS, William.

    Minutes in Agriculture and Planting …...

    Boston [Lincolnshire], Printed by J. Hellaby,...

    First edition, rare. William Amos was the...

    £2250

  9. [ANON].

    Le mie vedute su la sanità e la longevità.

    Naples, Vincenzo Orsino, 1804.

    Rare first edition, purportedly a reply...

    £950

  10. ARISTOPHANES.

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

    London: Printed for Taylor and Hessey …...

    First edition. ‘Given how much there...

    £350

  11. [ARIZZI, Francesco.]

    Il buffone di nuova invenzione in Italia....

    Venice, Antonio Bortoli, 1740.

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

    £600

  12. A[RNOLD, Matthew].

    The Strayed Reveller, and other Poems. By A.

    London: B. Fellowes …1849

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

    £600

  13. AUGUSTINE, Saint.

    St. Augustine, of the Citie of God: with...

    [London,] Printed by George Eld. 1610.

    First edition in English of Augustine’s...

    £12000

  14. [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

  15. AUSTEN, Jane.

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

    London: Printed for J. Murray … 1816.

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

    £3750

  16. BACON, Francis.

    The Essayes or Counsels, civill and morall...

    London, Printed by John Haviland … 1632.

    Third edition of the definitive text of...

    £650

  17. [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

  18. BALL (The).

    Stated in a Dialogue betwixt a Prude and...

    London: Printed for J. Roberts … 1724.

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

    £2250

  19. BARDUZZI, Bernardino.

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

    Verona, [Officina Bodoni,] 1974.

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

    £375

  20. BARON, Robert.

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

    London: Printed for Humphrey Moseley …...

    First edition of Baron’s last literary...

    £850