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  1. MELLO, Francisco Manuel de.

    The Government of a Wife; or, wholsom and pleasant Advice for married Men: in a Letter to a Friend....

    London, Printed for Jacob Tonson … and R. Knaplock … 1697.

    First edition, the first appearance in English of any work by de Mello (1608-1666), ‘a classic author’ in both Portuguese and Spanish, and ‘with Quevedo, the greatest writer of his generation in the Iberian Peninsula’ (Oxford Companion to Spanish Literature).



    Les Indiens, ou Tippoo-Saïb, fils d’Hyder-Ally, &c. Avec quelques particularités sur ce prince, sur ses ambassadeurs...

    A Londres [i.e. Paris?] et se trouve à Paris, chez Le Jay, 1788.

    The apparently unrecorded first issue of this work on Tipu Sultan (1750-1799), ruler of the kingdom of Mysore and implacable enemy of the British East India Company. The only copies recorded institutionally (on ESTC, COPAC, and OCLC) have the title Les indiens, ou Tipou-Sultan, fils D’Ayder-Aly and...


  3. ZOLA, Émile.

    La Curée.

    Paris, A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven et Cie, 1871.

    First edition of the second novel in Zola’s Rougon-Macquart series, La Curée. The first six volumes of the series were printed on ordinary paper only (no grand papier issue) and are all very rare.


  4. MANN, Thomas.

    Tristan. Sechs Novellen …

    Berlin, Fischer, 1903.

    First edition of Thomas Mann’s third book, a collection of stories including his two principal Novellen, ‘Tristan’ and ‘Tonio Kröger’.


  5. DAUDET, Alphonse.

    Lettres de mon Moulin. Impressions et souvenirs.

    Paris, J. Hetzel et Ce, [1869].

    First edition, rare, of Daudet’s Lettres de mon Moulin. These sketches of Provençal life appeared first in Le Figaro between August 1866 and October 1869, before being published in book form in 1869 and in countless editions from that time on.


  6. BARKER, Nicolas.

    At First, All Went Well… & Other Brief Lives.

    London, Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 2019.

    This book brings together eighty obituaries written by Nicolas Barker. The first were published in 1966 and the last in 2018. Print links them all: they were printers, publishers, librarians, booksellers or book collectors, their lives joined by a common dedication to the printed word and all that goes...


  7. BINGFIELD, William, pseud.

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

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

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


  8. GALLOP, Annabel.

    Malay seals from the Islamic world of Southeast Asia.

    Singapore, NUS Press in association with the British Library, 2019.

    A new publication by Annabel Teh Gallop, Lead Curator in Southeast Asia Collections at the British Library, published by NUS Press in Singapore. The British Library website describes Malay seals as ‘a catalogue of 2,168 seals sourced from more than 70 public institutions and 60 private collections...


  9. ALAI, Beatrice.

    Le miniature Italiane del Kupferstichkabinett di Berlino.

    Florence, Edizioni Polistampa, 2019.

    From the presentation leaf: ‘Bernard Quaritch Ltd is delighted to be a sponsor of this magnificent publication. We feel sure that our German founder, both as publisher of scholarly works and dealer in medieval manuscripts, would have been proud to support Beatrice Alai’s catalogue of the Italian...


  10. LOVELACE, Lady Ada Augusta.

    [MENABREA, Luigi]. ‘Sketch of the Analytical Engine invented by Charles Babbage Esq. By L. F. Menabrea...

    [London: Richard & John E. Taylor, 1843.]

    First edition, journal issue, of the best contemporary description of Babbage’s Analytical Engine, the first programmable (mechanical) computer.


  11. NORTH, Roger.

    The Life of the Right Honourable Francis North, Baron of Guilford, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, under King Charles...

    London, Davidson for W. Clarke and Sons, 1819.

    Third edition. The lawyer, politician and writer Francis North, first Baron Guildford (1637-1685) was educated at St John’s College, Cambridge and the Middle Temple. Application, ability and fortunate associations all contributed to his rapid advance in his profession and in 1668 he was appointed King’s...