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. BARONE, Giuseppe.

    IA-Z Pam, le baton du muet, (traduit du...

    Louvain, Ch. Peeters, 1882.

    First separate edition, rare (apparently...

    £250

  2. [BERKENHOUT, John].

    Clavis anglica Linguæ botanicæ; or, a...

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

    First edition, dedicated to John Hope of...

    £325

  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. COBBETT, William.

    Le Maitre d’anglais, ou grammaire raisonné...

    Paris, Warée l’aîné, et al. 1803.

    Third (second Paris) edition, with tables...

    £300

  5. COMIDAS DE CARBOGNANO, Cosimo.

    Primi principi della gramatica Turca ad...

    Rome, stamperia della Sac. Congr. di Prop....

    The first complete Ottoman Turkish grammar...

    £1500

  6. GISBERT, Mateo.

    Diccionario Español – Bagobo compuesto...

    Manila, J. Marty, 1892.

    First edition of this Spanish – Bagobo...

    £350

  7. HENNEQUIN, Pierre.

    Nouveau cours de rhétorique, à l’usage...

    Moscow, Auguste Semen, 1818.

    Only edition, very uncommon, of...

    £1250

  8. [LILBURNE, John.]

    A Declaration of the Lords and Commons...

    [London,] John Wright, 19 Dec 1642.

    First edition, the scarcer of two printings...

    £500

  9. 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

  10. MACFARLANE, Patrick.

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

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

    The English-Gaelic Vocabulary was published...

    £175

  11. MULERIUS, Carolus.

    Linguae Hispanicae Compendiosa Institutio.

    Leiden, ex officina Bonaventurae et Abrahami...

    First edition, rare, of this handbook...

    £550

  12. MULERIUS, Carolus.

    Les nouveaux rudimens de la langue latine ...

    Paris, the widow of Claude Thiboust, and...

    ‘Sixth edition’ of this popular manual...

    £450

  13. 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

  14. POSTEL, Guillaume.

    De originibus, seu, de varia et potissimum...

    Basle, Johannes Oporinus, [1553].

    First edition of Postel’s investigations...

    £3500

  15. [RIVERS, David].

    Literary Memoirs of living Authors of Great...

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

    First edition of a collection of literary...

    £1500

  16. [ROYAL PRUSSIAN SOCIETY OF SCIENCES.]

    Miscellanea berolinensia ad incrementum...

    Berlin, Johann Christoph Papen, 1723.

    First continuation of Leibniz’s Miscellanea...

    £575

  17. SAUSSURE, Ferdinand de.

    Cours de Linguistique générale.

    Lausanne & Paris, Payot, 1916.

    First edition. In general the study of...

    £750

  18. SIGONIO, Carlo.

    De dialogo liber. Ad Ioannem Moronum cardinalem.

    Venice, Giordano Ziletti, 1562.

    SIGONIO, Carlo. De vita, et rebus gestis...

    £1600

  19. TRUBETZKOY, Nikolai Sergeevich.

    Das morphonologische System der russischen...

    Prague, Jednota československých matematiků...

    First edition, published as the second...

    £350

  20. WALKER, John.

    Hints for Improvement in the Art of Reading ...

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

    First edition. The future lexicographer...

    £650