Gift Ideas

  1. DIODATI, Giovanni.

    Pious and learned Annotations upon the Holy Bible. Plainly expounding the most difficult Places thereof …...

    London, Printed by Tho. Roycroft for Nicholas Fussell, 1664.

    An intriguing late eighteenth-century amateur binding from the American Mid-West, possibly decorated with saddler’s tools, and with interesting early American provenance, on the fourth edition in English of the Swiss-Italian Calvinist theologian Giovanni Diodati’s Annotationes in Biblia...

    £8500

  2. [ANON.]

    The Mystic Cottager of Chamouny: a Novel …

    London: Printed for William Lane, at the Minerva Press … 1794.

    First edition, very rare, presumably a first novel by a young authoress – the ‘Address to the public’ calls it ‘the genuine dictates of a moment of imagination … traced by the pen of juvenility …. for the sole endeavour of raising a trivial sum for the benefit of a distressed Orphan,...

    £3750

  3. DREVES, [Johann Friedrich Peter,] and [Friedrich Gottlob] HAYNE [and Johann Stephan CAPIEUX (engraver)].

    Choix...

    Leipzig, Voss et compagnie, 1802.

    First edition in French, the Plesch set, with 125 handsomely hand-coloured botanical plates, adapted from the German edition finished the previous year. Issued under the title Botanisches Bilderbuch für die Jugend und Freunde der Pflanzenkunde, the work had first appeared in twenty-eight...

    £3500

  4. [CITTADELLA, Cesare.]

    Catalogo istorico de’ pittori e scultori ferraresi e delle opere loro con in fine una nota esatta delle...

    Ferrara, per Francesco Pomatelli, 1782-83.

    First edition of the most important source book on artistic life in Ferrara then published. Cesare Citadella (1732–1809), a painter, priest, and curator of the natural history cabinet affiliated to Ferrara University, compiled his work by using the unpublished manuscript of Girolamo Baruffaldi...

    £2850

  5. [PSALMS.]

    The whole Booke of Psalmes, collected into English Meter by Tho. Strenhold, Jo. Hopkins, W. Whittingham, and others …...

    London, Printed by T. C[otes] for the Company of Stationers, 1637.

    A very attractive pocket psalm-book with tunes, ruled in red throughout and in a handsome binding. Such diminutive psalm books began to appear at the end of the sixteenth-century, printed for the Company of Stationers, who had the monopoly. The printer here was Thomas Cotes, most famous as printer...

    £2750

  6. DIO CASSIUS.

    Dione historico delle guerre et fatti de Romani. Tradotto di Greco in lingua vulgare per M. Nicolo Leoniceno. Con...

    Venice, Niccolò Zoppino, March 1533.

    First edition of Dio’s Roman History in any language, translated into Italian from the original Greek by Niccolò Leoniceno and preceding the Greek editio princeps, printed by Robert Estienne in 1548, by some fifteen years.

    £2750

  7. JUSTI, Johann Heinrich Gottlob von.

    Staatswirtschaft oder systematische Abhandlung aller oekonomischen und Cameralwissenschaften,...

    Leipzig, Bernhard Christoph Breitkopf, 1755.

    First edition of this fundamental work in the understanding of market economies. Justi was a German political and economic thinker, usually described as an exponent of Cameralism; his background was the power struggle of the Seven Years War, and his drive was a need to create a modern, commercial...

    £2750

  8. [HERVEY, Elizabeth].

    The Mourtray Family. A Novel …

    London: Printed by Millar Ritchie … for R. Faulder … 1800.

    First edition of the penultimate novel by Elizabeth Hervey (c. 1748–1820), elder half-sister of the writer William Beckford – her father, Francis Marsh, had died and her mother Maria (née Hamilton) remarried another Jamaica plantation owner, William Beckford senior, who also died in...

    £2500

  9. ELIOT, George.

    The Writings …

    Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1908.

    The Large-Paper edition of Eliot’s complete works, no. 184 of 750 sets.

    £2500

  10. PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista.

    Veduta delle due Chiese, l’una detta della Madonna di Loreto l’altra del Nome di Maria presso...

    [Rome, c. 1762].

    A marvellous view of Rome by Piranesi, from an original edition printed in Rome, bearing the price (‘a paoli due e mezzo’), with wide margins and the ‘double encircled fleur-de-lys’ watermark.

    £2200

  11. CELALEDDIN, Mahmud (calligrapher). 

    [A muraqqa or calligraphic album.]

    Cairo, Ministry of Public Education, 1309 AH [i.e. 1891/2]. 

    Unrecorded album of lithographed examples of calligraphy, mixing prayers and pen exercises, reproducing the calligraphy of a Daghestani émigré to Istanbul, Mahmud Celaleddin Efendi (d. 1829), and published in Cairo by Egypt’s Ministry of Public Education. 

    £2200

  12. BINGFIELD, William, pseud.

    The Travels and Adventures of William Bingfield, Esq; containing, as surprizing a Fluctuation...

    London: Printed for E. Withers ... and R. Baldwin ... 1753.

    First edition of one of the most entertaining imaginary voyages of the eighteenth century.

    £2100

  13. [COMMON PRAYER.]

    The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church,...

    London, Millar Ritchie for J. Good and E. Harding, 1794.

    A splendid copy of the Good and Harding Book of Common Prayer, in a striking masonic binding by John Lovejoy.

    £1850

  14. ORWELL, George.

    Nineteen Eighty-Four. A Novel.

    London, Secker & Warburg, 1949.

    First edition of a byword-novel, Orwell’s nightmare vision of a totalitarian future. The dust-jacket was issued simultaneously in red and green versions.

    £1750

  15. KOLLÁR, Jan.

    Díla básnická … we dwau djljch [‘A Collection of Poems … in two parts’].

    Buda, no publisher, but ‘with the types Gyuriána a Bagó’, 1845.

    First collected edition of Jan Kollár’s works, inscribed to fellow poet and ‘brother Slav’ Ognjeslav Utješenowić-Ostrožinski, with an additional autograph sonnet written in his honour.

    £1750

  16. [CHINESE ARTS DEALER.] ISKANDRIAN-HUPEDEN, A.

    [Cover title:] ‘My Treasure Box’ [Title-page:] ‘Some selected...

    Shanghai, Spring 1938.

    A charming and insightful trade catalogue compiled by a female Chinese arts dealer, covering porcelains, cast bronzes and irons, stone and wood sculpture, lacquered figures, furniture and screens, pottery and embroidery. The colours and dimensions are often described in the text, and the final...

    £1600

  17. [NOBBES, Robert.]

    The compleat Troller, or, the Art of Trolling, with a Description of all the Utensils, Instruments, Tackling,...

    London, T. James for Thomas Helder, 1682.

    First edition of ‘the earliest major work devoted to pike fishing’ (ODNB). Nobbes’s anonymous Compleat Troller is the first English book substantially on ‘trolling’, or angling for deep-freshwater fish, especially pike, with live bait or artificial lures. Though ‘trolling’...

    £1450

  18. [UNGER, Salomo Gottlob.]

    Geschichte des Oesterreich-Russischen und Türkischen Krieges, in den Jahren von 1787. bis 1792. Nebst...

    Leipzig, Wilhelm Gottlob Sommer, 1792.

    First and only edition, extremely rare, of this account of the Austro-Turkish War of 1788-1791, and of the concurrent Russo-Turkish war of 1787-92. It includes the full texts of the Treaty of Sistova of 4 August 1791 and of a separate convention attached to it, in both French and German. While...

    £1250

  19. [SURTEES, Robert Smith,] and John LEECH (illustrator).

    Handley Cross series.

    London, Bradbury, Agnew, & Co., 1899-1900.

    Limited ‘Master of Foxhounds’ edition, finely printed at the Whitefriars Press. Having published the first editions of several of Surtees’s sporting novels, Bradbury, Agnew, & Co. gathered and reprinted the six most successful as the ‘Handley Cross series’ as luxury sets. Publisher’s...

    £1200

  20. LIVY, Titus, and Thomas RUDDIMAN (editor).

    Historiarum ab urbe condita libri qui supersunt, cum omnium epitomis,...

    Kincaid, & J. Brown, 1751.

    A very attractive set of the first Ruddiman edition. One of the last works prepared by Thomas Ruddiman (1674–1757), this ‘superb edition of Livy’ (ODNB) was highly praised for its accuracy and is a fine testament both to his classical scholarship and to his printing house. The son of a Banffshire...

    £1200