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. [BERKENHOUT, John].

    Clavis anglica Linguæ botanicæ; or, a...

    London: Printed for the Author. Sold by...

    First edition, dedicated to John Hope of...

    £325

  2. BUDÉ, Guillaume.

    Commentarii linguae Graecae ...

    [Paris], Josse Badius, September 1529.

    A nice copy of the first edition of Budé’s...

    £3250

  3. CASOTTI, [Laurentio].

    A New Method of teaching the Italian Tongue...

    London: Printed by E. Everingham at the...

    First and only edition, very rare, the...

    £1500

  4. ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica: or, a Dictionary...

    Edinburgh and London, 1823-4.

    An extremely handsome set of the sixth...

    £10000

  5. LINDSETH, Jon A., and Alan TANNENBAUM, eds.

    Alice in a World of Wonderlands: the Translations...

    Newcastle, DE, Oak Knoll Press, 2015.

    This is the most extensive analysis ever...

    £199

  6. MACFARLANE, Patrick.

    A new and copious English and Gaelic Vocabulary,...

    Edinburgh: Printed [by R. Menzies] for...

    The English-Gaelic Vocabulary was published...

    £175

  7. MANNECRANTZ, C[arl] Gust[av].

    Kort Grammatica, eller Underrättelse om...

    Stockholm, Tryckt i Stolpiska Trycheriet...

    First edition of an English grammar for...

    £650

  8. PFIZMAIER, August.

    Woerterbuch der japanischen Sprache.

    Erste Lieferung [all published]. Vienna,...

    First edition of the first Japanese –...

    £650

  9. PIOZZI, Hester Lynch.

    British Synonymy; or, an Attempt at regulating...

    London: Printed for G. G. and J. Robinson...

    First edition of a fascinating collection...

    £950

  10. [RIVERS, David].

    Literary Memoirs of living Authors of Great...

    London: Printed for R. Faulder … sold...

    First edition of a collection of literary...

    £1500

  11. TRUBETZKOY, Nikolai Sergeevich.

    Das morphonologische System der russischen...

    Prague, Jednota československých matematiků...

    First edition, published as the second...

    £350

  12. WALKER, John.

    Hints for Improvement in the Art of Reading ...

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

    First edition. The future lexicographer...

    £650