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, 1803.

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

    £175

  3. [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

  4. BARDUZZI, Bernardino.

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

    Verona, [Officina Bodoni,] 1974.

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

    £375

  5. BAUR, Fidelis. 

    Geschichte der Hohenzollernschen Staaten...

    Sigmaringen, Bucher & Liener, 1834-6.

    First edition.  Perched on the...

    £350

  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. 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

  8. BEUTER, Pere Antoni (or Pedro Antonio); Alfonso de ULLOA, translator.

    Cronica generale d’Hispagna, et del regno...

    Venice, Gabriel Giolito de’ Ferrari, 1556.

    First and only Italian edition of the...

    £3200

  9. [BEWICK, Thomas?]

    Twenty-six rubbings from engraved woodblocks...

    [1790-1805?]

    Twenty-six apparently unrecorded wood-engravings...

    £750

  10. BLOUNT, Sir Thomas Pope.

    Essays on several Subjects …

    London, Printed for Richard Bently … 1692.

    Second edition of seven essays of ‘considerable...

    £500

  11. [MARLBOROUGH, John Churchill, Duke of.]

    Tract volume of five rare works (three...

    London, 1695–1706.

    Five works, 4to, bound together in nineteenth-century...

    £3850

  12. 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

  13. BONET, Nicolas.

    Habes Nicholai Bonetti viri p[er]spicacissimi...

    Venice, Boneto Locatello for the heirs...

    First collected edition of the works...

    £4000

  14. [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

  15. BOSWELL, James.

    A Letter to the People of Scotland, on...

    London: Printed for Charles Dilly … 1785.

    First edition of Boswell’s second Letter...

    £1500

  16. BRITISH MUSEUM.

    List of Missing English Theological and...

    [London, 1940s.]

    Mimeographed typescript of books missing...

    £275

  17. BUONACCORSI, Biagio, and Niccolò VALORI. 

    Diario de’ successi piu importanti seguiti...

    Florence, Filippo & Jacopo Giunta, 1568. 

    First edition of an insider account...

    £1000

  18. [BUTLER, John].

    Some Account of the Character of the late...

    London: Printed for J. Almon … 1764.

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

    £200

  19. 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

  20. CAMPBELL, Thomas.

    Autograph letter, signed, to the novelist...

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

    ‘I have been dying also several times...

    £175