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. [ALMANAC.]

    Le Parnasse des dames.

    Paris, Janet, [1814].

    An attractive copy of Janet’s Parnasse...

    £325

  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. ARNOLD, Edwin.

    Enfin: A Poem, hitherto unpublished, by...

    New York, printed by Thomas Perry Stricker...

    First edition, one of only fifty copies...

    £350

  4. A[RNOLD, Matthew].

    The Strayed Reveller, and other Poems. By A.

    London: B. Fellowes …1849

    First edition of Arnold’s first book,...

    £600

  5. AUDEN, W.H. Collected poems.

    Edited by Edward Mendelson.

    London, Faber and Faber, 1976.

    First edition. Denis Healey’s copy, with...

    £75

  6. BEAUMONT, Joseph.

    Psyche: or Loves Mysterie in XX. Canto’s:...

    London, Printed by John Dawson for George...

    First edition. Beaumont was one of the...

    £1250

  7. BELVIDERE (The):

    a Poem. Inscrib’d to Joseph Grove, Esq....

    London: Printed in the Year 1749.

    First edition, rare (British Library and...

    £2750

  8. BLOUNT, Thomas Pope, Sir.

    De re poetica, or, Remarks upon...

    London, Richard Everingham for R. Bently, 1694.

    First edition of a valuable survey of...

    £650

  9. BROME, Alexander.

    Songs and other Poems … The second Edition...

    London, Printed for Henry Brome … 1664.

    Second edition, adding much new material...

    £500

  10. BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett.

    Poems before Congress …

    London: Chapman and Hall … 1860.

    First edition of a slender collection of...

    £200

  11. [BROWN or BROWNE, Nicholas].

    The North-Country-Wedding, and the Fire,...

    Dublin: Printed by A. Rhames, for J. Hyde,...

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

    £1250

  12. BUQUOY, Georg Franz August de Longueval, Freiherr von Vaux, Graf von.

    Anregungen für philosophisch-wissenschaftliche...

    Leipzig, Breitkopf & Härtel, 1825.

    First edition, rare, of a comprehensive...

    £950

  13. BYRON, George Gordon, Lord.

    Poems original and translated … Second...

    Newark: Printed and sold by S. and J....

    Unacknowledged reprint of the ‘second’...

    £550

  14. [BYRON, George Gordon, Lord].

    Lara, a Tale. [and] Jacqueline, a Tale...

    London: Printed for John Murray … 1814.

    First edition, Randolph’s fourth variant...

    £400

  15. CARROLL, Lewis [i.e. Charles Lutwidge DODGSON].

    Useful and Instructive Poetry. With an...

    London, Butler & Tanner Ltd for Geffrey...

    First edition. Useful and Instructive...

    £100

  16. 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

  17. CARTWRIGHT, William.

    Comedies, Tragi-comedies, with other Poems...

    London, Printed for Humphrey Moseley … 1651.

    First edition of the witty and elegant...

    £1750

  18. [CASTILLO Y SORIANO, José del.]

    Amor á la creacion. Poesia dedicada á...

    Madrid, Sociedad de Tipógrafos, 1879.

    Very rare survival: a poem in twenty-four...

    £500

  19. C., E. H.

    On the occasion of a Bazaar held in aid...

    [Dinan, 1869?]

    ‘A Church Bazaar takes place to-day,...

    £100

  20. CHALKHILL, John.

    Thealma and Clearchus. A pastoral History...

    London: Printed for Benj. Tooke … 1683.

    First edition, with the corrected state...

    £1850