Recent Acquisitions

  1. [GIACOMETTI, Alberto, illustrator] DUPIN, Jacques.

    L’épervier.

    Paris, Guy Lévis Mano, February 1960.

    First edition, limited to 530 copies, this being number 60 of 75 copies on vélin d’Arches, the only ones to include a scarce original etching by Alberto Giacometti, numbered and signed in pencil by the artist.

    £12500

  2. [GIACOMETTI, Alberto, illustrator.] BATAILLE, Georges.

    Histoire de rats (journal de Dianus) avec trois eaux-fortes d’Alberto...

    Paris, Éditions de Minuit, 1947.

    First edition, limited to 200 copies, this numbered 97 of 160 copies on papier vélin teinté de Rives, with three original etchings by Alberto Giacometti.

    £2750

  3. [SCOTLAND.]

    Seventeen pamphlets relating mostly to legal cases in Scotland.

    Aberdeen and Edinburgh, 1772-1788.

    An interesting sammelband relating largely to Scottish legal cases, containing 12 items unrecorded on ESTC, COPAC and OCLC. The cases include those of a Kilbagie distiller convicted of bribery; of Sir William Erskine of Torrie against a London banking house; of a St Andrews minister convicted of perjury;...

    £850

  4. GARINEAU, Sylvain-Jean.

    Rhum du Marin. S. Garineau, Bordeaux. En vente à La Brède chez Madame Vve Magna. Prix: 3 Francs le litre.

    [Bordeaux,] Moffre & Renouil, [c. 1890].

    An extremely rare broadside advertisement for rum, splendidly printed in the fin de siècle style, with vibrant colours, depicting anthropomorphic acrobatic animals.

    £300

  5. [VITTORIO EMANUELE II.]

    Alla gloriosa memoria di Vittoria Emanuele primo re d’Italia, gli Italiani residenti in New York convenuti...

    New York, Tipografia della scuola italiana, 1878.

    First edition of a commemorative tribute to the late Vittorio Emanuele II, first king of Italy, by the Italian community of New York.

    £500

  6. [WAGNER, Richard.]

    Wagner Festival. Royal Albert Hall, May 1877. Selections from the German texts of Der Ring des Nibelungen, Rienzi,...

    London: [The Elzevir Press for] Hodge and Essex, [but 1877].

    First edition, very rare, an attractive volume collecting the separately-issued programmes for the initial run of six concerts during the first Wagner Festival at the Royal Albert Hall in May 1877, with a general title-page. The texts are printed in German and English in parallel – the first...

    £2500

  7. VALENTINE, James (photographer).

    Album of Scottish views, mainly of Stirling and surroundings.

    c. 1870s.

    A handsome example of a topographical view album by the Scottish photographer James Valentine, focusing on Stirling and the surrounding areas.

    The images include ‘Stirling Castle from King’s Knott’ and several other views of Stirling Castle, ‘Vale of Monteith from Stirling’; ‘Bruce statue...

    £600

  8. [UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, OXFORD.]

    Subscription list for repairs to the College Chapel.

    [Oxford, n.p., c. 1860].

    A printed appeal from University College, signed by the Master Frederick Charles Plumptre (1796-1870), for funds to improve the interior of the Chapel, with an admission that ‘the College has no funds whatever to devote to such a purpose’. The list of subscribers contains some ninety names.

    The...

    £50

  9. [GRAY’S INN WINE ESTABLISHMENT].

    Printed price list.

    London, c.1840.

    An attractive price list for one of our neighbours, the Gray’s Inn Wine Establishment, established by George Henekey in the early nineteenth century. An introduction tells us of the improvents and expansions that had been made to the premises to meet the increase in demand, while giving notice of some...

    £95

  10. [POPULAR DEVOTION].

    L’heureuse benediction des maisons.

    Vannes, N. De Lamarzelle, [c.1840].

    A wonderful devotional broadside printed in the Breton town of Vannes, comprising a crude woodcut depiction of the scene at Calvary, signed ‘Desloge’ at the base, with two cantiques spirituels. The image is identical to one that appeared in a similar publication, also undated, that appeared in Mourtain...

    £250

  11. YARRELL, William.

    A History of British Fishes … illustrated by nearly 400 Woodcuts. London, Samuel Bentley for John van Voorst,...

    London, Samuel Bentley for John van Voorst, 1839.

    First collected editions, with an autograph letter on the Hebridal smelt from the species’ discoverer. Published serially from 1835 to 1836, Yarrell’s History of British Fishes was reprinted within a year, and followed soon after by Thomas Bell’s British Reptiles in 1839 and his own British Birds...

    £750

  12. [WILSON, Harriette].

    Clara Gazul, or honi soit qui mal y pense … In three Volumes.

    London: Printed for and published by the Author … to be had by all Booksellers. 1830.

    First edition, privately printed and very scarce, of this picaresque novel by the infamous London courtesan Harriette Wilson (1786-1845), with a long autobiographical preface, and an address ‘To the Public’ about her notorious Memoirs. It also features, in volume III, a witty self-portrait as ‘Harriette...

    £6500

  13. [SAINTE-HILAIRE, Émile Marco de.]

    Réclamation addressée à S. Ece. Mgr. Delavau, préfet de police, par Modeste Agnès, patentée...

    Paris, chez les marchands de nouveautés, 1821.

    Rare first edition of this work on Parisian prostitution, attributed to the writer and journalist Émile Marco de Sainte-Hilaire (1796-1887). The Réclamation is presented as a letter from the prostitute Modeste Agnès to the newly-appointed Paris chief of police, Guy Delavau (1787-1874),...

    £850

  14. [RENNEVILLE, Sophie de?].

    Contes a Aglaé, ou la jeune moraliste.

    Paris, Caillou, c.1820.

    Very uncommon edition, possibly the first, of this collection of educational contes moraux, sometimes attributed to the prolific children’s author and journalist Sophie de Renneville (1772-1822). Aimed at children of both sexes, the book contains sixteen short contes on subjects ranging from first...

    £285

  15. GALILEI, Galileo.

    (Giovanni Battista VENTURI, editor). Memorie e lettere inedite finora o disperse di Galileo Galilei, ordinate...

    Modena, G. Vincenzi e compania, 1818 [– 1821].

    First edition, on large paper, of the unpublished letters of Galileo. Assembled by the physicist and science historian Giovanni Battista Venturi (1746–1822), the Memorie e lettere publish those manuscripts which had been omitted from the 1744 Padua edition of Galileo’s works, including the first...

    £1250

  16. HENNEQUIN, Pierre.

    Nouveau cours de rhétorique, à l’usage de la jeunesse des deux sexes; dédié à sa Majesté l’Impératrice...

    Moscow, Auguste Semen, 1818.

    Only edition, very uncommon, of this guide to rhetoric by the Moscow-based French grammarian Pierre Hennequin (1772–1849), explicitly designed for both sexes and dedicated to the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna (1759–1828).

    £1250

  17. LA SERRIE, François-Joseph de.

    Dithyrambes, ou petites élégies; dédiées à Madame Le Pédour, Annette-Sergent Pain (de Rochefort);...

    Nantes, chez Brun, 1816.

    Very rare first edition of this collection of twenty-one elegies composed by the writer, artist and engraver François-Joseph de La Serrie (1770-1819), largely inspired by the deaths of his two daughters Marie Louise Aspasie, who died aged 15 in 1812, and Marie Rosalie-Cecile Virginie, who passed away...

    £375

  18. ALMEIDA, Theodoro de.

    Lisboa destruida poema, author o P. Theodoro de Almeida, da Congregaçaõ do Oratorio de Lisboa.

    Lisbon, Antonio Rodrigues Galhardo, 1803.

    First edition of this poem in six cantos, with extensive notes, on the disastrous 1755 Lisbon earthquake, by the Oratorian priest and philosopher Almeida (1722-1804). One of the deadliest in history, the earthquake almost totally destroyed the Portuguese capital and accentuated political tensions within...

    £400

  19. [BOLEYN, Anne, et al.]

    ‘Amori stravaganti per avvertenza d’amici raccolti dal Co.te Gio. Batta. Raimondo de Silva’.

    [Italy, early eighteenth-century.]

    A fascinating manuscript compendium of cautionary tales of famous lovers and love affairs in the courts of Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, compiled by the Italian count Giovanni Battista Raimondo de Silva, and formerly in the possession of the great manuscript collector Sir...

    £1750

  20. DESFORGES, Pierre Choudard.

    Tom Jones a Londres, Comédie en cinq actes et en vers, tirée du roman de Fielding … Réprésentée,...

    Paris, Chez Prault, Imprimeur du Roi … 1789.

    Later edition, first published 1782. Desforges’s dramatic adaptation of Fielding’s novel was followed in 1788 by an apparently inferior sequel, Tom Jones et Fellamar.

    £95