"The Compleat Angler"
100th "Lea and Dove" edition 1888
Numbered 8 of 500 and signed by the editor.
2 volumes quarto, with 27 photogravure plates by legendary Victorian photographer P.H.Emerson, and 25 by George Bankart.
Quarter bound in green morocco leather, green boards with gilt monograms entwined of the authors.
"The Loss of the Titanic"
by Lawrence Beesley
Published by William Heinemann 1912
7.5" x 5", 302pp frontis and 2 photos; 2 fold out plans.
Purple cloth, spine faded, some foxing, and 4 pages marked in white margin with pen. Tight, complete condition.
1st edition, 2nd impression July 1912 - same month as 1st impression.
Eye witness account of the voyage and sinking of the Titanic; the first and most famous of early Titanic publications.
"The Second World War"
by Winston S. Churchill
Published by the reprint society 1950 - 56
All these volumes were published 2 years after the original publications, which ran from 1948 - 54.
All are 1st editions in fine condition internally, with the cream covers generally near fine, with some slight spotting or discolouration on vols 1 & 2 making them VG. All have been protected for many years with mylar covers (splitting in places).
"The Works of William Shakespeare"
Beautiful 12 volume set of 38 plays and poems, published by The Times Book Club in the early years of the 20th century.
Blue embossed cloth with gold lettering. Very clean and bright with some spotting.
"The Works of H G Wells"
The superb "Atlantic Edition" of Wells' collected works, published in 28 volumes 1924 - 1927. These were limited to 600 sets in the UK, and 1000 in the US, with the UK set, of which this is one, the most desirable. The first volume was signed on the limitation page by Wells, and the set was issued with his authority, with all the texts checked and, if necessary, amended by him. This is generally accepted as the definitive collection of his work to that date, and has not been bettered to the present time.
Red cloth , 9" x 6.5", in very clean and tight condition. The spines are uniformly faded, not affecting the gold lettering.
"The Works of R L Stevenson"
Magnificent 26 volume set of the "Vailima" edition of the works of Robert Louis Stevenson published in 1922. A UK limited edition of 1000 sets, it has been called "the most beautiful", and "the most desirable" collection of his works. The first "Vailima" edition of 1912, only ran to 15 volumes, whereas this set is definitive. Very scarce, with complete sets almost impossible to obtain. Very tight, bright set, in near fine condition, with minor spotting, and light, uniform fading on the spines.
"The Fine Art Scott" 28 volume set of the novels of Sir Walter Scott c1920. Small octavo 5" x 7.5", uniformly bound in brown cloth and soft brown half leather. gilt lettering and gilt raised bands. T.E.G. Many illustrations, with tissue guard to title page. Excellent condition with minor spotting, and slight rubbing to corners and top and bottom of some spines. beautiful set.
"The Works of Charles Dickens" 22 volume set published by the Encyclopaedia Britannica Company limited c1920's. Complete with all illustrations, prefaces etc. Bound in quarter leather, with red cloth boards, and mottled red leather; gilt lettering. Lovely set in generally fine condition with some rubbing to the leather extremities.
"The Return" 1st edition 2000. Signed by Buzz Aldrin.
"The Chimes" by Charles Dickens. Chapman & Hall 1845. The second of Dickens Christmas Books, published in December 1844, this is the 8th edition. Original red cloth a little grubby, spine ends a bit frayed, but otherwise a tight, clean copy. This is a later edition, identical in format to the first, and probably published not long after the first. What makes this edition unique, and a touch weird, is the ink inscription on the front endpaper which reads " A J W Blaine July 4th 1844", long before the book was published.
"Mr Sponge's Sporting Tour" c1880. Illustrated by John Leech with 13 hand coloured steel engravings, and many other wood engravings. Bright cover with gilt embossed title, spine slightly sunned. 450 pp.