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. [ANON.]

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

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

    Scarce moral tale of a soldier returned...

    £100

  2. AUSTEN, Jane.

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

    London: Printed for J. Murray … 1816.

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

    £3750

  3. [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

  4. [BECKFORD, William].

    Vathek, conte Arabe.

    A Paris, Chez Poinçot ... 1787.

    First Paris edition of Beckford’s gothic...

    £3250

  5. BINGFIELD, William, pseud.

    The Travels and Adventures of William Bingfield,...

    London: Printed for E. Withers ... and...

    First edition of one of the most entertaining...

    £2100

  6. BRANTÔME, Pierre de Bourdeilles, Seigneur de.

    Spanish Rhodomontades. As also historical...

    London, J. Chrichley (i.e. Critchley), 1741.

    First edition in English, with the Rhodomontades...

    £750

  7. BROUGHAM, Henry Lord.

    Albert Lunel. A Novel ... In three Volumes ...

    London: Charles H. Clarke ... [1872].

    First edition, Sadleir’s ‘really scarce’...

    £450

  8. [BURY, Lady Charlotte].

    The Exclusives. In three Volumes ...

    London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley...

    First edition of a society novel written...

    £950

  9. ČAPEK, Karel.

    Meteor … Translated by M. and R. Weatherall.

    London, George Allen & Unwin, [1935].

    First edition in English of Povětroň...

    £1500

  10. CARR, Lisle.

    Judith Gwynne …

    Henry S. King & Co. … London, 1873

    First edition, a scarce romance-cum-society...

    £200

  11. ‘CARROLL, Lewis’ [i.e. Charles Lutwidge DODGSON].

    Feeding the Mind ... With a Prefatory Note...

    London, Billing and Sons, Ltd for Chatto...

    First edition in book form, wrappers issue....

    £100

  12. CARROLL, Lewis [i.e. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson].

    The hunting of the Snark. An agony in eight...

    London, Macmillan and Co., 1876.

    First edition of this characteristically...

    £650

  13. CHAUCER, Geoffrey. FRINK, Elizabeth, illustrator.

    Etchings illustrating Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury...

    [London,] Waddington, 1972.

    First edition of Frink’s monumental...

    £4250

  14. CRAWFORD, F. Marion.

    Saracinesca ... in three Volumes ...

    William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh...

    First edition. The prolific American novelist...

    £280

  15. DESENFANS, Noel Joseph.

    Les deux Hermites, dédié a mylord Lyttelton...

    A Londres; chez R. Davis … J Ridley...

    First and only edition, uncommon, of an...

    £650

  16. DESFORGES, Pierre Choudard.

    Tom Jones a Londres, Comédie en cinq actes...

    Paris, Chez Prault, Imprimeur du Roi … 1789.

    Later edition, first published 1782....

    £95

  17. DICKENS, Charles.

    Mäster Humphreys Klocka … Förra [–Sednare]...

    Stockholm, Hos. L. J. Hjerta, 1842.

    First edition in Swedish, very rare, of...

    £850

  18. D’ISRAELI, Isaac.

    Romances …

    London: Printed for Cadell and Davies...

    First edition, a collection of three prose...

    £950

  19. [DUCRAY-DUMINIL, François Guillaume].

    Ambrose and Eleanor; or, the Adventures...

    London: Printed for R. and L. Peacock,...

    Second English edition (first 1796), a...

    £425

  20. EDE.

    A Story. Three Volumes ...

    London: Remington & Co. Publishers ... 1889.

    First edition. Stifled by her boring life...

    £450