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SPONSEL, JEAN LOUIS: Das Moderne Plakat

¶ Dresden, Verlag von Gerhard Kühtmann. 1897, First Edition. Cloth. Ill.: Various. 4to. vii, 316 pp. Contemporary cloth with original illustrated card wraps bound in. Contemporary bookplate. Exceptional and complete first edition of one of the most important historical publications of the Belle Époque, and which was pivotal in enhancing the acceptation of the poster as a serious art form. This fully illustrated work sets out geographically all the leading artists of the day and famously includes 52 original (signed) colour lithograph plates (as well as 266 monotone illustrations), by the likes of Chéret, Toulouse-Lautrec, Steinlen, Grasset, Mucha, Will Bradley, Louis Rhead, etc. A monumental work, extremely rare in complete form, and all in excedingly good condition. (Additional images on request).

Book number 9626.

€ 3500

WELLS, H.G.: The Time Machine

¶ [First edition] William Heinemann, London, 1895. Tan-coloured boards with bluish-purple lettering and sphinx design. Renowned also for its variant first edition bindings. No adverts to rear. The original modern science fiction novel, showing none of the signs of age occasionally affecting this edition.

Book number 8913.

€ 2750

STEPHEN, LESLIE: Hours in a Library (Three-Volume Set, with Signed Dedication)

¶ London, Smith, Elder, & Co. 1892, First Thus. 12mo. xiii, (1 blank) 376 pp.; [vi] 376 pp.; [vi] 368 pp. Contemporary polished green morocco. Raised bands. Gilt to spine. Gilt to top-edge. Gilt inner dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Signed and dated dedication by Leslie Stephen. Beautifully bound with rare signed dedication of this first publication of the 'New Edition, with Additions', published in 1892. Due to its enduring popularity 'Hours in a Library' has seen many reprints since. Here a wonderful combination with the rare signature of the father of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell. Signed Dedication.

Book number 9622.

SOLD

HÄNTZSCHEL-CLAIRMONT, WALTHER: Die Praxis Des Modernen Maschinenbaues. Gemeinverständliche Darstellung Der Technischen Grundlagen Und Praktiken Des Maschinenbaues. (2 Bände und Modell-Atlas)

¶ Berlin, C.A. Weller. 1913. Vol.1: 4to. xvi, 804 pp.; Vol.2: 4to. viii, 892 pp. Atlas: Folio. 8 fold-out lithographic plates. Illustrated cloth boards with all edges marbled. Sixth edition (March 1913). Encyclopedic work on mechanical engineering, containing the two-volume fully-illustrated encyclopedia and scarce fold-out model Atlas. This being the first edition of the Atlas to use the Mercedes car model, having replaced the Fiat model used in earlier editions! In addition to its significance as a technical work, 'Die Praxis' is a superb example of lithographic printing at the beginning of the twentieth century. In excellent condition (with only one sm. fold strengthened). Folding plates: 1. Mercedes Kraftwagen; 2. Gekuppelte Heissdampf-Schnellzug-Lokomotive; 3. Aeroplan der Brüder Wright; 4. Gleichstrom-Dampfmaschine; 5. Drehstrom-Turbodynamo; 6. Lokomobile; 7. Steilrohr-Dampfkessel; 8. Deutzer Schiffs-Brons-Motor. 6 Ausflage (März 1913), und die erste Ausgabe worin 'das französische Fiatwagenmodell durch den deutschen Mercedeswagen ersetzt ist'!.

Book number 9620.

€ 275

SCHEDA, JOSEPH: General-Karte Von Europa in 25 Blättern

¶ Wien / Vienna, 1859. Joseph Scheda's (1815-1888) notorious folding 'General Map of Europe', being the first full-colour lithographed European map. This being the revised second edition, overseen by Scheda himself and published in 1859. 150 dissected colour lithograph leaves mounted onto 25 linen sheets (each measuring c. 40x50 cm.), covering the whole of Europe including the Urals and Caspian Sea, and North Africa. As a whole the map measures c. 200x250 cm. Cartouche on Sheet I, and tables showing populations and military strength on Sheet XXV. Joseph Scheda was a geographer and cartographer who rose to the rank of Major-General in the Austro-Hungarian Army and directed the cartographic department of the Military Geographical Institute in Vienna. The individual folded maps are housed in a chemise and quarter red morocco slip-case with gilt to front. Some neutralised staining to linen backs. A very nice complete set.

Book number 9623.

€ 600

ECKHARDT, A.G. [ANTHONY GEORGE]: Description D'Un Graphometre Universel, Nouvel Instrument, Propre á Dessiner Toutes Sortes D'Objets [Etc. ]

¶ 's-Gravenhage [The Hague], J.H. Munnikhuizen. 1778, First Edition. Half-Leather. Ill.: Punt, Jan; Huyser, C.F. de; Bogerts, C. Elephant Folio. [ii] 8 (12 text; 11 engraved plates) pp. Modern half calf with original paper to boards. Extremely rare. Anthony George Eckhardt F.R.S. (1740-1810) was an extremely creative inventor and entrepreneur who successfully patented many of his inventions. This very rare work describes and illustrates the possible various applications of his mechanical drawing instrument, the rolling parallel ruler, which could accurately reproduce scaled drawings for any number of purposes. Here splendidly illustrated by large scale engravings of human anatomy, profiles, projections, architectural details, landscapes, etc. Engraved plates by Jan Punt, C. de Huyser and C. Bogerts. Lacks plate 11: Vijverberg.

Book number 9608.

€ 1250

STEINBECK, JOHN; CAPA, ROBERT: A Russian Journal

¶ New York, The Viking Press. 1948, First Edition. Ill.: Capa, Robert (Photographs). 4to. [iv], (2), 220 pp. Grey-green cloth with tan spine and black lettering to front and spine. Top-edge blue-grey. A fine first edition of this collaborative work, written at the height of Steinbeck's success and popularity. A post-war travelogue of pre-Cold War Russian life which portrays all the humanity shown in his recent publication, 'The Grapes of Wrath'. Produced in collaboration with the leading documentary photographer of the day, Robert Capa, whose fine photographs illustrate throughout. Fine.

Book number 9616.

SOLD

LAWRENCE, T.E.: The Mint - A Day-Book of the R.A.F. Depot between August and December 1922 with later notes by 352087 A/c Ross.

¶ London, Jonathan Cape. 1955, Numbered Limited Edition. 4to. [ii], (2) 206 pp. Blue half-leather with gilt to spine. Top-edge gilt. Edges uncut. Original illustrated card slipcase. Marbled endpapers. Numbered Limited Edition of two thousand copies (and containing the full uncensored text). Printed at the Alden Press and bound by A.W. Bain & Co. Edited and with introductory note by Lawrence's brother, Professor A.W. Lawrence. Excellent example of this autobiographical memoir of Lawrence's experiences as an enlisted airman in the RAF after the First World War. Stylistically very different from Seven Pillars, yet in its sparce syntax portraying 'the brutalities of noncoms [i.e the NCOs], the indifference of officers, the rude comradeship and intellectual sterility of barracks life'. A very fine first numbered limited edition.

Book number 9617.

€ 350

LEES-MILNE, JAMES: Harold Nicolson: A Biography (2 Volume Set)

¶ London, Chatto & Windus. 1980, First Edition. 8vo. xii, 429 pp.; xii, 403 pp. Blue boards with gilt to spines. Illustrated unclipped dustjackets designed by John Woodcock. A very fine first edition set of this excellent biography of Harold Nicolson, told 'with intelligence, tact, frankness and charm' by his intimate friend James Lees-Milne, who was appointed for the task by Nicolson's son Nigel. Illustrated throughout. Vol. I: 1886-1929; Vol II: 1930-1968. Very uncommon in this state. Fine/Fine.

Book number 9618.

€ 150

STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS: Kidnapped. Being the Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour in the Year 1751

¶ London, Cassell & Company. 1886, First Edition. 8vo. viii, 311, (17 publisher's cat.) pp. with folding frontispiece engraved map. Original green cloth with gilt to spine. Coated endpapers. First edition, first issue with all first issue points: "name his business" (p.40), "nine o'clock" (p.64), "Long Islands" (p.101) and adverts with code "5G.4.86" and "5B.4.86". Ink signature of Anglo/American artist and illustrator of pirates and buccaneers, George Edmund Varian (1865-1923), who illustrated Scribner's 1918 edition of 'Treasure Island'! A very nice first issue edition of this classic of English literature with interesting provenance.

Book number 9614.

€ 1150

STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS: The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson. Monterey Edition de Luxe. Ten Volume Set.

¶ New York, James L. Perkins & Co. 1906, Numbered Limited Edition. Cloth. 8vo. Uniform ten volume set, printed in 1000 numbered copies. Brown cloth with gilt to spine. Top-edges gilt. Each volume with different, tissue-guarded frontispiece plate. Deluxe Monterey edition, edited by Charles Bigelow and Temple Scott. Excellent complete uniform set of this ever popular writer in fine condition.

Book number 9612.

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The Apocrypha: According to the Authorized Version

London, The Cresset Press. 1929, Numbered Limited Edition. Vellum. Ill.: Blair Hughes-Stanton, Gertrude Hermes, Leon Underwood, Stephen Gooden, René Ben Sussan, M.E. Groom, Eric Jones, Wladislaw Skoczylas, Hester Sainsbury, Frank Medworth, Eric Kennington, Eric Ravilious, John Nash, D. Galanis. Folio. [xi] 406 (1) pp. Full cream vellum with gilt to black leather spine label. Top edge gilt. One of only 450 numbered copies on mould-made paper. An excellent example of this amazing collaborative work of the leading names of wood-engraving; the magnificent large engravings by the fourteen artists used as frontispieces to each book. Fine.

Book number 9605.

€ 375

BARCLAY, EDGAR: Stonehenge and Its Earth-Works. With Plans and Illustrations

¶ London, D. Nutt. 1895, First Edition. Cloth. Ill.: Barclay, Edgar; Various. 4to. (1 plate) xi, (1 plate) 152 (3 folding plans) pp. Maroon cloth with gilt to spine; top-edge gilt; edges uncut. Neat ownership names. Frontispiece with tissue-guard. An excellent example of this scarce detailed study of Stonehenge, including (folding) plans and illustrations. Edgar Barclay was a distinguished and prolific painter and etcher, and a member both of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, and of the Royal Institute of Oil-Painters. Moreover he was also an accomplished archaeologist and prehistorian, and his lifelong interest in Stonehenge resulted ultimately in this publication, having already addressed the British Archaeological Association in June 1893. Illustrated throughout and includes thirteen collotypes by Barclay himself. Woodcut initials to each chapter.

Book number 9610.

€ 275

RANDLE, JOHN; RANDLE, ROSALIND (ED.): Matrix 20: A Review for Printers & Bibliophiles

Risbury, Herefordshire, The Whittington Press. 2000, Limited First Edition. Soft Cover. Ill.: Various. 4to. Stiff-card boards with illustrated dustjacket and original glassine guard. Excellent example of the renowned annual review for fine-printing lovers everywhere. Superbly printed by hand and as always with inciteful articles by leading names in the field and richly illustrated throughout with woodcuts, photographs and tipped-in samples. Printed in only 800 copies. As new.

Book number 9561.

€ 150

RANDLE, JOHN; RANDLE, ROSALIND (ED.): Matrix 21: A Review for Printers & Bibliophiles

Risbury, Herefordshire, The Whittington Press. 2001, Limited First Edition. Soft Cover. Ill.: Various. 4to. Stiff-card boards with illustrated dustjacket. Excellent example of the renowned annual review for fine-printing lovers everywhere. Superbly printed by hand and as always with inciteful articles by leading names in the field and richly illustrated throughout with woodcuts, photographs and tipped-in samples. Printed in only 825 copies. As new.

Book number 9562.

€ 150

RANDLE, JOHN; RANDLE, ROSALIND (ED.): Matrix 22: A Review for Printers & Bibliophiles

Risbury, Herefordshire, The Whittington Press. 2002, Limited First Edition. Soft Cover. Ill.: Various. 4to. Stiff-card boards with illustrated dustjacket. Excellent example of the renowned annual review for fine-printing lovers everywhere. Superbly printed by hand and as always with inciteful articles by leading names in the field and richly illustrated throughout with woodcuts, photographs and tipped-in samples. Printed in only 825 copies. As new.

Book number 9563.

€ 150

RANDLE, JOHN; RANDLE, ROSALIND (ED.): Matrix 23: A Review for Printers & Bibliophiles

Risbury, Herefordshire, The Whittington Press. 2003, Limited First Edition. Soft Cover. Ill.: Various. 4to. Stiff-card boards with illustrated dustjacket. Excellent example of the renowned annual review for fine-printing lovers everywhere. Superbly printed by hand and as always with inciteful articles by leading names in the field and richly illustrated throughout with woodcuts, photographs and tipped-in samples. Printed in only 800 copies. As new.

Book number 9564.

€ 150

RANDLE, JOHN; RANDLE, ROSALIND (ED.): Matrix 24: A Review for Printers & Bibliophiles

Risbury, Herefordshire, The Whittington Press. 2004, Limited First Edition. Soft Cover. Ill.: Various. 4to. Stiff-card boards with illustrated dustjacket. Excellent example of the renowned annual review for fine-printing lovers everywhere. Superbly printed by hand and as always with inciteful articles by leading names in the field and richly illustrated throughout with woodcuts, photographs and tipped-in samples. Printed in only 800 copies. As new.

Book number 9565.

€ 150

HALL, DENNIS (ED.): Parenthesis: The Newsletter of the Fine Press Book Association. Numbers One, Two and Three

FPBA. 1998, Limited First Edition. Soft Cover. The rare first three issues of 'Parenthesis', the journal of The Fine Press Book Association, which deals broadly with fine and private press printing as well as bookbinding, typography, collecting, publishing and related areas. The first three issues are now out-of-print. All three as new.

Book number 9567.

€ 125

Van de Vecht, N.J. (ed.) Nederlandsche Ambachts- en Njverheidskunst 1923-1924

¶ [First edition] W.L. & J. Brusse, Rotterdam, 1925. 4to. 80pp (+ 79pp illustrations). Illustrated cloth boards. Decorative endpapers. Ownership name on ffep. Very nice first edition in cloth of this 5th Dutch annual on applied art in the Netherlands. Includes 103 plates of artists' work.
Vijfde Jaarboek van Brusse, met 103 afbeeldingen. Naam op schutblad. Een keurig exemplaar.

Book number 9499.

€ 60

Salaman, Malcolm C. The New Woodcut

¶ [First edition] The Studio Limited, London, 1930. 4to. viii, 176pp. Grey cloth with gilt to front and spine. Top-edge gilt. The Studio Special Spring Number 1930, edited by C. Geoffrey Holme. A superior first edition copy of this fine, illustrated overview of leading international woodcut artists, arranged by country, with wonderful illustrated examples, eight of which in colour.

Book number 9497.

€ 90

Yeats, William Butler Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry

¶ [First edition] Walter Scott, London, 1888. Small 8vo. (xx) 326pp (6) adverts. Original blue cloth with paper label to spine. Fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Includes the rare errata slip! Published as part of the Camelot Series. A nice copy of the rare blue variant, with a few loose quires and minor holes to front pastedown and ffep. W.B. Yeats's second published work, being an anthology of Irish folklore collected in the 19th century, with an introduction and notes by himself, elucidating their background, meaning and role in Irish life and culture. Exceedingly scarce and complete.

Book number 8961.

€ 450

McEwan, Ian - First Love, Last Rites

¶ [First edition] Jonathan Cape, London, 1975. 8vo. 165pp. Black boards with gilt to spine. Illustrated unclipped dustjacket designed by Bill Botten. First printing of Ian McEwan's first book, which also won the 1976 Somerset Maugham Award. A truly superb copy of this scare title, with no blemishes at all to either book or jacket.

Book number 8906.

€ 875

Plath, Sylvia (Victoria Lucas) The Bell Jar

¶ [First edition] Heinemann, London, 1963. Black boards with spine in gilt and publisher's blind-stamped device to rear board. Original unclipped pictorial dustjacket designed by Thomas Simmonds. True first edition of Sylvia Plath's famous semi-autobiographical bildungsroman with only minor top-edge spotting, not affecting the text block. An extremely good example of an exceptionally scarce title.

Book number 8909.

€ 7500

Rhys, Jean - Voyage in the Dark

¶ [First edition] Constable, London, 1934. Pale-blue boards with navy lettering to spine. Top-edge matching blue. Includes the very scarce original unclipped (5/- net) dustjacket, now in protective archival cover. A few closed tears with slight loss to top. Minimal spine slant and the shadow of a paperclip on title pages. Otherwise a fine and clean copy of this rare first edition title.

Book number 8914.

€ 495

Kafka, Franz - Ein Hungerkünstler. Vier Geschichten

¶ [First edition] Verlag die Schmiede, Berlin, 1924. Original green cloth with printed cover and spine labels. Includes the four stories: Erstes Leid; Eine kleine Frau; Ein Hungerkünstler; and Josefine, Die Sängerin oder Das Volk der Mäuse. Owner's neat entry on ffep and some minor rubbing to boards. The last book to be published during Kafka's lifetime, which also contains one of his most famous works. A scarce, much sought after title.

Book number 8907.

€ 875

Frisbie, Florence (Johnny) - Miss Ulysses from Puka-Puka

¶ New York, Macmillan. 1948, First Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo. x, 241pp. Turquoise boards with red ornamentation to front and spine. Extremely rare and fragile, unclipped dustjacket has some loss and minor chipping and is separating along spine-crease. Now protected in archival cover. Sub-titled 'The Autobiography of a South Sea Trader's Daughter' this is the rare autobiographical narrative of Florence "Johnny" Frisbie (b. 1932), daughter of the American novelist and travel writer, Robert Dean Frisbie. Encouraged to write by her father, Johnny wrote her novel from her own journals. It deals with her life on the Cook Islands atoll and her bond with her father and family. Extremely rare with dustjacket.

Book number 8912.

€ 475

Bowles, Paul - The Hours After Noon

¶ [First edition] Heinemann, 1959. Plum-coloured boards, spine lettered in silver. Publisher's blind stamp to rear. Original unclipped pictorial dustjacket designed by William Belcher. A rare first edition in of this short story collection in excellent condition.

Book number 8915.

€ 250

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel - The Collected Works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti

¶ [First Edition] Ellis and Scrutton, 1886. Two volumes. The first "collected edition"; edited with preface and notes by Gabriel's brother William M. Rossetti. Original navy cloth boards with magnificent blocked gilt decoration in Arts & Crafts style and designed by Rossetti himself. Contains several selections here published for the first time: poems, tales and literary papers, translations, and notices of fine art, by one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Both volumes are generally fresh and uncut! Slight rubbing to front board of volume one. A very nice set of the original 1886 edition.

Book number 8918.

€ 350

Plath, Sylvia - Collected Poems

¶ [First edition] Faber and Faber, 1981. The scarce hardback edition of this classic collection with an introduction by Ted Hughes. Due to the concurrent publication of the paperback edition the hardback edition was issued in very small numbers and is now quite scarce, especially in this condition. Original blue boards, titles to spine in silver. Including the dust jacket in excellent condition with only minor spots on rear. No bumping to corners or tears. A truly excellent copy in an unclipped dust jacket. (Collected Poems won the 1982 Pulitzer Prize).

Book number 8897.

€ 275

Wolkers, Jan - Turkish Delight

¶ [First edition] Calder & Boyars, 1974. First English edition of the moving novel by the Dutch writer and artist Jan Wolkers. Translated into English by Greta Kilburn. Jacket design by Christopher Cresey, unclipped and unblemished. An exceptional copy of an exceptional book.

Book number 8898.

€ 175

Lee, Laurie - Cider with Rosie

London, The Hogarth Press. 1959, First Edition. Ill.: Ward, John. 8vo. [iv] 280 (1) pp. Green boards with gilt to spine. Illustrated unclipped dustjacket by John Ward. An exceptional first edition first issue copy of Laurie Lee's justly popular evocation of rural life in a remote Cotswold village soon after the First World War. This is the first issue version - complete with the fire at the piano-works on page 272 - and appears to be unread, hence the excellent condition. Jacket design and pictorial drawings by John Ward. Fine/Fine.

Book number 8910.

€ 300

Joyce, James - Ulysses. A Facsimile of the Manuscript

¶ London, Faber and Faber. 1975, First Edition. Hard Cover. Three volumes in original slipcase (vols. I and II, facsimiles of the manuscript; the accompanying volume being a comparison between the facsimile and the first printings). Critical introduction by Harry Levin and a bibliographical preface by Clive Driver. A truly superb first edition example of the excellently produced facsimile edition of this Modern masterpiece. Unmissable from any serious Joyce collection.

Book number 8900.

€ 300

Golding, William - The Spire

¶ [First edition] Faber and Faber, 1964. 12mo. 223pp. Plum-coloured cloth boards with gilt to spine. Original unclipped decorative dustjacket designed by John Piper. This is a truly exemplary copy of the Nobel Prize winner's allegory of personal obsession, self-delusion and human corruption. As new.

Book number 8902.

€ 75

Grass, Günter (Text) & Geldmacher, Horst (Illustrations) - O Susanna: Ein Jazzbilderbuch

¶ [First edition] Köln, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 1959. Ill.: Geldmacher, Horst. Illustrated boards. A very scarce title by Grass and wonderfully illustrated by Horst Geldmacher on popular blues, ballads, spirituals and jazz, with text in English and German.

Book number 8905.

€ 75

FEITH, J; NETSCHER, F; MEIJER, H; HASPELS, G; RUTTEN, F.: Ons Eigen Land

¶ [n.p.], ANWB. 1908, First Edition. Oblong Folio. Four-volume set 1908-1911. Each volume first edition. Blue cloth with illustration to front designed by T. Molkenboer. Boards with bevelled edges. Prachtige nostalgische weergave van alle hoeken van Nederland in het begin van de twintigste eeuw. 'Uitgegeven door den Algemeenen Nederlandschen Wielrijdersbond [ANWB], toeristenbond voor Nederland, ter gelegenheid van zijn vijf-en-twintig-jarig bestaan'. Deel I: 'Tusschen Amsterdam en Arnhem'; Deel II: 'Tusschen de Zeeën en Achter het Duin'; Deel III: 'Van de Geldersche Heuvelen, Bosschen en Heiden naar Het Land van de Wijde Vlakten' (met errata slip); Deel IV: 'Ons Delta-Land' en 'Van de Zuidelijke Zandvlakten en Heuvelrijen'. Boards rubbed. Archive stamped. Vol. 3 sl. rippling. Otherwise very good first edition complete set.

Book number 9621.

€ 125

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