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Diaries, Photographs and Letters of Child Film-Star & Friend of Judy Garland by Freddie Bartholomew, Millicent - Cissie - Bartholomew [with] Judy Garland; Mickey Rooney

Richly varied and very extensive Hollywood archive of the MGM child film-star Freddie Bartholomew, September 1934-1944, curated by his guardian and aunt, Cissie Bartholomew. The archive starts as the Bartholomews moved to Hollywood for Freddie's career-ma...

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£4,500.00


Archive of Marie Stopes & her Suffragist Mother Charlotte Carmichael by M C Stopes, Marie Stopes

Edinburgh: Unpublished, 1850. Birth control pioneer and sexologist Marie Stopes's personally curated archive of her Scottish Carmichael forebears including a portrait in oils of her mother the women's rights campaigner Charlotte Carmichael painted by her...

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£2,500.00


Lifetime Archive of Arts & Crafts Designer & Author by PERCY WELLS [May Morris; Ambrose Heal etc]

Archive of letters, photographs, drawings, published books and articles of Percy A Wells (1867-1956), a cabinet maker and disciple of William Morris, who lectured, taught and wrote extensively during the later phase of the Arts and Crafts movement in Brit...

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£2,500.00


The Life of Henry V. Extracted from the 'Fourth Folio' by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

A single play extracted from the last of the great folio printings of Shakespeare's plays, the Fourth Folio of 1685. Henry V has been bound during the twentieth century in quarter tan buckram over brown buckram with details of the play penned on the spin...

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£2,500.00


Leda [Signed Limited Edition] by ALDOUS HUXLEY [Richard de Bohun Lovell Smith]

Beautifully extra-illustrated edition with five full-page original pen and ink drawings by the New Zealand artist, Richard de Bohun Lovell Smith interpreting Huxley's Leda poem.Expensively bound in half crushed dark green morocco over light green buckram ...

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£1,950.00


Cathode Rays. [in] The London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Philosophical Magazine by JOSEPH JOHN THOMSON

J J Thomson announces the discovery of the first sub-atomic particle, the electron, in this journal article published in the Philosophical Magazine in October 1897.Bound together as Volume XLIV, 44 - Fifth Series - for the period July-Decembe 1897, this v...

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£1,750.00


Diary of the 2nd Commission of HMS Linnet Commissioned at Hong Kong by W H Parker

Hong Kong: Unpublished, 1886. Diary of a young British officer serving with the China Squadron, based in Hong Kong and patrolling Chinese and Japanese waters between 1886-1889. Parker writes in a small octavo which is bound in black textured cloth over ...

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£1,750.00


Orbis Sensualium Pictus [Richard Sheridan's Copy] by Johann Amos Commenius - Jan Amos Comenius

London: S Leacroft, 1777. Playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan's copy, likely inherited from his father the Irish educationalist and dictionary-writer, Thomas Sheridan. Bound in recent speckled calf over the original paste-boards; spine in six compartme...

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£1,250.00


Some Considerations about Adjusting the Price of Gold by CURRENCY COMMISSION

[pp]3 [1] blank. A submission to the goverment's Coinage Commission suggesting a limit on the price of gold in response to the currency crisis of the 1690. The solution adopted by this merchant who drew on his experiences as far afield as Newcastle and No...

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£1,000.00


Storia Delle Massimere di Governo delle Repubblica di Venezia by Abraham-Nicolas AMELOT DE HOUSSAYE

Seventeenth century manuscript copy of this attack on Venetian decadence - possibly undertaken in order to evade the suppression of the second printed edition of this book which followed protests by the Ambassador for Venice. Small quarto, pasteboard bind...

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£750.00


Photographs & Sketches of the Channel Islands by Giles Owen

Channel Islands: Unpublished, 1934. Beautifully executed 1930s handmade book of photographs, sketches and water-colours of the Channel Islands, Guernsey, Jersey and Sark. Quarto-sized handmade book (26x19.5cm) bound in linen wraps with penned title and ...

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£350.00


A View of Society and Manners in Italy with Anecdotes relating to some Eminent Characters. In two volumes by John Moore

London: A Strahan and T Cadell, 1787. Fourth edition in most attractive contemporary binding of half polished calf over marbled boards with morocco spine labels. Both volumes have the book label of 'T Barton' and laid in 3 armorial bookplates of 'Kerri...

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£220.00


The Rose of Claremont or Daughter, Wife and Mother by Catherine G Ward

London: Thomas Kelly, J Tallis, 1821. Two volumes, volume 1 published by Thomas Kelly, volume 2 published by J Tallis and dated 1821. Very good in a contemporary binding of half calf over marbled boards, gilt titles on a red spine labels. Elaborate engra...

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£150.00


The Novelist's Magazine, Volume V containing Tristram Shandy, The Chinese Tales and The Sisters by Laurence Sterne, M Gueulette, Rev Dr Dodd

London: Harrison & Co, 1791. Very good, polished calf, gilt spine decoration, upper board becoming detached. Very good 1791...

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£150.00


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