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. AINSWORTH, William Harrison.

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

    London: Chapman and Hall … 1859

    First edition of the first English translations...

    £550

  2. ALMEIDA, Theodoro de.

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

    Lisbon, Antonio Rodrigues Galhardo,...

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

    £400

  3. ANDREWS, Alexander.

    The History of British Journalism, from...

    London, R. Clay for Richard Bentley, 1859.

    First edition of a detailed study of British...

    £150

  4. [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

  5. BARDUZZI, Bernardino.

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

    Verona, [Officina Bodoni,] 1974.

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

    £375

  6. BEARCROFT, Philip.

    An historical Account of Thomas Sutton...

    London: Printed by E. Owen, and sold by...

    First edition. Thomas Sutton (1532-1611)...

    £250

  7. [BEER, Johann Christoph.]

    Kurtzer Entwurff dess Lebens der Könige...

    Nuremberg, Johann Hoffmann, 1676.

    Second, corrected and improved, edition...

    £400

  8. BENTHAM, Jeremy.

    Plan of Parliamentary Reform, in the Form...

    London: Printed in the Year 1817. Re-printed...

    First edition thus of an inexpensive reprint...

    £225

  9. BLOUNT, Sir Thomas Pope.

    Essays on several Subjects …

    London, Printed for Richard Bently … 1692.

    Second edition of seven essays of ‘considerable...

    £500

  10. BOLTON, Robert.

    Letters and Tracts on the Choice of Company...

    London: Printed for J. Whiston and B....

    Second edition; a reissue of the sheets...

    £325

  11. [BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER.]

    La Liturgie. C’est a dire, le formulaire...

    A Londres, pour Jean Dunmore & Octavien...

    First edition of this translation, printed...

    £750

  12. BURNEY, Charles.

    An Account of the musical Performances...

    London, Printed for the Benefit of the...

    First edition. The Handel Commemoration...

    £1250

  13. [BUTLER, John].

    Some Account of the Character of the late...

    London: Printed for J. Almon … 1764.

    First edition. Henry Bilson Legge (1708-1764),...

    £200

  14. CADOGAN, William Bromley.

    The Felicity of God’s Children, considered...

    Reading: Printed and Sold by Smart and...

    First edition, a funeral sermon by the...

    £75

  15. CAMPBELL, Thomas.

    Autograph letter, signed, to the novelist...

    ‘Wednesday Morning’, no date, but...

    ‘I have been dying also several times...

    £175

  16. CARDONNEL, Adam de.

    Picturesque Antiquities of Scotland [I–II] …

    London: Printed for the Author, and sold...

    First edition, the very rare issue with...

    £975

  17. CAREL DE SAINTE GARDE, Jacques.

    Les sarrazins chassez de France. Poëme...

    Paris, chez Claude Barbin, 1667.

    Rare first edition of this poetic account...

    £350

  18. [CARTOUCHE.]

    The Life and Actions of Lewis Dominique...

    London: Printed for J. Roberts … 1722.

    First edition in English, published in...

    £1750

  19. CHESTERFIELD, Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of.

    Lettres ecrites par le tres-honorable …...

    A Paris, chez Panckoucke [but probably...

    First edition in French of Chesterfield’s...

    £950

  20. COBBETT, William.

    A Collection of facts and observations,...

    London, Cobbett and Morgan, 2 November 1801.

    First edition, collecting anti-Jacobin...

    £350