Cats in Hats, a London domiciled bear from deepest darkest Peru and a book about some bunnies all feature in this recent acquisitions list. We also include the first UK bookseller's catalogue dedicated to collecting detective fiction, a couple of key Agatha Christie titles, a signed L. S. Lowry, some poetry and fine bindings. Book fair season is upon us and we head out to Pasadena for the 51st California International Antiquarian Bookfair early next month for the first of them. We would love to see you there and have a few complimentary admission tickets remaining if you'd like one.
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Author / Artist: Adams, Richard
Publisher: London: Rex Collings, 1972

First edition, first printing. Original light brown cloth with gilt illustration to the upper board and titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. Folding map to the rear. An excellent near fine copy, the cloth very clean and the binding square. The contents are entirely complete, without loose or torn pages and with the folding map to the rear in fine condition. The endpapers have a few brown marks (from old tape holding the acetate dustwrapper cover) to the corners and there is very light spotting to the top edge of the text block. Complete with the excellent clean and bright dustwrapper which entirely without loss or tears, perhaps just a touch fading to the spine. Not price-clipped (£3.50 to the front flap). An attractive example.

Rejected by no fewer than seven publishers before being accepted by the one man London publisher Rex Collings. The author's first book went on the win the 1972 Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Prize and numerous other awards establishing itself as a classic of 20th century children's literature.

Price: £1000.00 Stock code: 14356
 


 

The first edition of the first catalogue dedicated entirely to mystery and detective fiction. Original orange stapled paper covers, printed in black. 16pp. An excellent near fine copy, the binding showing only light rubbing to the extremities, the contents clean and bright throughout. Rare. "The future of crime fiction is assured, for everybody reads them, and nearly everybody has a relation who writes them" [introduction].

An exceptional example of this landmark catalogue. Running to 267 items and with an introduction titled "Introducing Bill Sykes", the author whilst noting that crime books have for some time received the serious attention of collectors, enthusiastically announces this catalogue to be the first attempt, so far as he is aware, at a representative display by catalogue of crime fiction. "The Gutenberg of detectives was Vidocq, and whether imaginary or real, a continuous chain is noticeable through Dupin, Pinkerton, Lecoq and Holmes, from whom radiate a bewildering multitude of sleuths and their attendant crooks, many of whom have become household words. Raffles, Dr. Thorndyke, Aresene Lupin, The Black Hand, Father Brown, Elaine, Inspector French, Hanaud, Poirot, and a multitude of others".

Price: £375.00 Stock code: 14358


First edition, first printing. Original blue cloth, in dustwrapper. A better than very good copy, the binding square and firm, the contents with a previous owner's inscription to the front endpaper and some spotting to the text block edge are without loose or torn pages. Complete with the lightly rubbed and nicked price-clipped dustwrapper which remains bright and without loss. An attractive example.

The second Secret Seven Adventure and from experience the hardest to obtain in collectable condition.

Price: £125.00 Stock code: 14389
 


 

First edition, first printing. Publisher's illustrated blue cloth, in dustwrapper. An excellent near fine copy, the binding clean and square, the contents spotted to the text block edge are othwerwise clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the bright original dustwrapper which has mild rubbing at the extremities and a couple of light brown stains at the flap corners. Not price-clipped (7/6net to the front flap). An attractive example.

The tenth adventure of the Secret Seven.

Price: £48.00 Stock code: 14372


First edition, first printing. Original pictorial yellow cloth illustrated in green and black, in dustwrapper. Illustrated throughout with black and white drawings by Stuart Tresilian. An excellent near fine copy, the binding square, clean and bright, the contents with very light spotting to the front endpaper are otherwise clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed pictorial dustwrapper which has a short closed tear to the bottom right corner of the upper panel and some toning and creasing to the front flap edge. Not price-clipped (8s 6d net to the front flap).

The final book in the Adventure series.

Price: £110.00 Stock code: 14373
 


 

First edition, first printing. Original red cloth with silver titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. Illustrated with line drawings by Peggy Fortnum throughout. A lovely fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the bright price-clipped dustwrapper which is lightly rubbed to the extremities and with a few finger marks to the rear panel. Scarce in this condition.

The sixth adventure of the London domiciled bear from deepest, darkest Peru.

Price: £120.00 Stock code: 14364


First edition, first printing. Publisher's original pink cloth with silver titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. Illustrated with line drawings by Peggy Fortnum throughout. A lovely near fine copy, the binding clean and firm, the contents without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the fine original dustwrapper. Not price-clipped (10s 6d net to the front flap).

Price: £50.00 Stock code: 14362
 


 

First edition, first printing. Original green textured cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. Illustrated with line drawings by Peggy Fortnum throughout. A near fine copy, the binding clean and square, the contents clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed and nicked price-clipped dustwrapper which has a single tiny closed tear to the bottom edge of the front panel.

Price: £50.00 Stock code: 14363


First edition, first printing. Original red cloth with silver titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. Illustrated with line drawings by Peggy Fortnum throughout. A lovely near fine copy, the binding clean and square with a little bumping at the spine tips. The contents are clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly creased and price-clipped dustwrapper. An excellent example.

Price: £35.00 Stock code: 14361
 


 

First editions of five titles, bound in one volume. Nineteenth century binding of half calf with title and gilt decoration to the spine. 8vo. Half titles to each title, bound without blanks and some adverts. Manfred [third issue] with the Hamlet quote on the title page but with page 76 blank; Contemporary ink name of either Jane or Anne Hedley at the head of several title pages. Spotting to some page edges throughout. An attractive collection, handsomely and firmly bound.

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Price: £450.00 Stock code: 14397


First editon, first printing. Publisher's original blue cloth with titles and decoration in black. An excellent better than very good copy, the binding clean and square, the spine tips very slightly softened. The contents are entirely complete and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Very light spotting to the text block edge and a tiny ink stamp to the front pastedown otherwise clean and bright throughout. Housed in a purpose made black cloth solander case with titles in gilt to the red leather label to the spine.

The author's sixth book (and fifth novel), introducing Superintendent Battle and Lady Eileen "Bundle" Brent.

Price: £1250.00 Stock code: 14396
 


 

First edition, first printing. Publisher's original orange cloth with black titles to the spine, lacking the scarce dustwrapper. A very good copy, the binding firm with a little rubbing and bumping at the extremities with a few light marks and minor fraying to the tips of the faded spine. The contents are entirely complete and without loose or torn pages, without the heavy foxing often associated with this title and other than the occasional finger mark to the margins the pages are clean and bright throughout. Dated 1939 to the copyright page as called for for the first edition. A decent example in entirely original condition.

Published in the US (one month later) and UK subsequently as "And Then There Were None". Considered by many to be Agatha Christie's finest and indisputably with over 100 million copies sold, one of the world's best-selling mystery novels.

Price: £285.00 Stock code: 14359


First edition thus. This set is the publisher Cassell & Co. retained / archive set. 34 volumes. Original natural calfskin vellum with titles to spines, armorial device to front boards and ruling to spines and front boards in 22 carat-gold. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Illustrations throughout. Publisher's limitation bookplate loosely laid into all but two volumes. Volume 16 with the publisher's notice laid in regarding a fire at the printer's warehouse and the consequent disruption to production of subsequent volumes. Further publisher's issue notice loosely laid in to volume 19. Each volume housed in the original green leatherette slipcases stamped with the Churchill arms in gilt. The books are in excellent condition, a couple with minor bumping at the extremities, the bindings with the usual variation to the tone of the vellum. The contents are clean throughout and without previous owners markings. The slipcases are all sound although several are a little rubbed and worn at the extremities.

This set is number 27 of the projected run of 3000. To achieve publication, 11 publishing houses in Great Britain, the United States and Canada released their individual copyrights in exchange for the promise that no other complete edition of Churchill works would be published until the expiration of international copyright. This set was sent to and retained by the British publishing house Cassell & Company as part of that agreement. The Library of Imperial History went bankrupt before the run of 3,000 sets could be completed, so "the print run never exceeded 2,000 copies and only 1,750 sets were ever published" (Cohen). Four uniform volumes titled "The Collected Essays" were issued after "The Collected Works" in 1976 (not present). The Cassell archive also received set number 19, all but a few volumes since perished (one loose limitation label retained with this set). The titles include: My Early Life; My African Journey; The Story of the Malakand Field Force; The River War; The Boer War; Savrola: A Political Romance; Lord Randolph Churchill; Mr. Broderick's Army and Other Speeches; The World Crisis. Part 1: 1911-1914; The World Crisis. Part 2: 1915; The World Crisis. Part 3: 1916-1918; The World Crisis. Part 4: The Aftermath; The World Crisis. Part 5: The Eastern Front; Thoughts and Adventures; Marlborough, His Life And Times. Volumes 1 & 2; Great Contemporaries; Arms and the Covenant; Step by Step; War Speeches. Volumes 1, 2 & 3; The Second World War. Volume 1, Gathering Storm; The Second World War. Volume 2, Their Finest Hour; The Second World War. Volume 3, The Grand Alliance; The Second World War. Volume 4, The Hinge of Fate; The Second World War. Volume 5, Closing the Ring; The Second World War. Volume 6, Triumph and Tragedy; Post-War Speeches. Volumes 1, 2 & 3; A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. Volumes 1, 2, 3 & 4.

Price: £2750.00 Stock code: 14346
 


 

First edition, first printing. Original pictorial glazed boards. Brilliantly illustrated by Quentin Blake in full colour throughout. A lovely near fine copy, the binding is square and firm, without fading and the corners sharp. The contents are entirely complete and other than a previous owner's name ink on the front endpaper clean and bright throughout. Scarce in this condition.

The Enormous Crocodile was the first of Roald Dahl's books to be illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Price: £275.00 Stock code: 14360


First edition, first printing. Original red boards with gilt titles to spine in dustwrapper. Illustrated by Quentin Blake with black ink wash drawings throughout. A near fine copy, the binding square and firm, the spine tips and corners a little bumped. The contents are clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed and nicked price-clipped dustwrapper which is slightly faded to the spine.

Price: £175.00 Stock code: 14365
 


 

First edition, first printing. Original grey cloth with gilt lettering to the spine, in dustwrapper. Illustrated with black ink wash drawinfs by Quentin Blake throughout. A lovely very near fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents with very light spotting to the text block edge are otherwise clean throughout. Complete with bright price-clipped dustwrapper. An attractive example.

Price: £325.00 Stock code: 14394


Proof Copy of the first edition, first printing. Original pictorial laminated boards. No dustwrapper called for. Illustrated with 10 colour plates and black and white illustrations throughout the text by Rosemary Fawcett. A better than very good copy, the binding clean and bright with a few small bumps or grazes, the spine a little faded. The contents are entirely complete, without loose or torn pages and without previous owner's inscriptions. An excellent example, scarce in proof form.

Stamped 'Proof Copy Only' by the publisher in black ink on the white endpapers. The published edition edition has yellow endpapers. The proof also differs in the omission of the printed dedication on the reverse of the title page.

Price: £135.00 Stock code: 14393
 


 

First Quentin Blake illustrated edition, first printing. Publisher's dark blue cloth with silver titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. Illustrated with black ink wash drawings throughout. A lovely fine copy, the binding square and tight, the contents clean and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the very lightly rubbed and nicked dustwrapper which is a touch faded to the spine.

Price: £25.00 Stock code: 14375


First Quentin Blake illustrated edition, first printing. Publisher's green cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. Illustrated with black ink wash drawings throughout. A lovely fine copy, the binding square and tight, the contents clean and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the fine original dustwrapper.

Price: £25.00 Stock code: 14376
 


 

First Quentin Blake illustrated edition, first printing. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. Illustrated with black ink wash drawings throughout. A lovely fine copy, the binding square and tight, the contents clean and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the fine very slightly spine-faded dustwrapper.

Price: £30.00 Stock code: 14377


First English edition, first printing. Original pictorial boards with yellow cloth spine. Illustrated in colour throughout. A lovely near fine copy, the boards clean and firm showing only light rubbing and bumping to the extremities. The contents with light spotting to the endpapers are otherwise are clean and fresh throughout. An excellent example, scarce in this condition.

Price: £150.00 Stock code: 14379
 


 

First English edition, first printing. Original pictorial boards with blue cloth spine. Illustrated in colour throughout. A very good copy, the binding clean and firm showing some wear and bumping to the extremities. The contents are entirely complete, without loose or torn pages and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps.

Price: £100.00 Stock code: 14380


Author / Artist: Gardner, Edward
Publisher: Bristol: Biggs and Cottle, 1798

First edition, first printing. Two volumes. Uncut in the original paper-backed boards, original printed labels to the spines. A very good set, the bindings firm and square with a little rubbing and marking, volume one chipped to the bottom of the spine and a short split at the head. The contents are entirely complete and without loose or torn pages. The title page of volume two with some toning at the edges otherwise the contents are clean throughout both volumes. An excellent set in original condition. Scarce thus.

The author, a Bristolian and wine merchant was a friend of Thomas Chatterton and Edward Jenner (to whom this collection is dedicated). He had possession of about a dozen Chatterton manuscripts, five of which he printed in the European Magazine (1791). He also wrote poetry under the pseudonym "Hortensius".

Price: £175.00 Stock code: 14395
 


 

First edition with these illustrations. Publisher's original green cloth with silver titles to the spine, in dustwrapper and the pictorial slipcase. Illustrated with 12 colour plates and black and white illustrations throughout by John Burningham. A lovely fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the fine original dustwrapper. Not price-clipped (£7.95 to the front flap). Housed in the fine original illustrated slipcase.

Price: £35.00 Stock code: 14378


Author / Artist: Hornby, Nick
Publisher: London: Victor Gollancz, 1995

First edition, first printing. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A lovely fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents clean throughout and free from inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the fine original dustwrapper. Not price-clipped (£14.99 to the front flap).

All unmarked as such, this copy is from the archive of the publisher Victor Gollancz.

Price: £50.00 Stock code: 14349
 


 
Author / Artist: Kipling, Rudyard
Publisher: London: Macmillan & Co, 1902

First edition, first printing. Original red cloth with black and white titles and illustrations to the upper board and spine. Illustrated in black and white throughout by the author. A better than very good copy, the binding is firm with a little rubbing at the extremities, the cloth with a few light marks and some fading to the panel edges and spine. The contents are entirely complete, without loose or torn pages, and other than some toning to the endpapers, unusually clean and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. An attractive example of the first edition in entirely original condition.

Price: £425.00 Stock code: 14382


First edition, first printing. Publisher's green cloth with gilt illustration to the upper board and titles in gilt to the spine. All edges gilt. Illustrated endpapers. Colour frontispiece with tissue guard, 7 further colour and 20 black and white plates, illustrations within the text throughout by H. J. Ford. A better than very good copy, the binding square and firm with softening at the spine tips. The contents are entirely complete and without loose or torn pages. Other than a previous owner's inscription on the half title the pages remain clean and bright throughout.

Price: £250.00 Stock code: 14390
 


 

First edition. Signed Limited Edition. Publisher's full blue morocco with gilt titles to the spine. All edges gilt. Illustrated with 31 colour and 99 monochrome plates. Silk marker. A beautiful fine copy, the binding square and tight, the corners sharp and without bumping. The contents are clean throughout and without previous owner's marks or inscriptions.

Limited edition of 100 deluxe copies, each numbered and signed by the artist L. S. Lowry to a bookplate on the front pastedown. This copy is number 50.

Price: £800.00 Stock code: 14399


New and revised edition with altered preface of volume one, first edition of volume two. Beautifully bound in full green morocco by Bumpus of Oxford. Gilt titles and five raised bands to the spines. Gilt crucifix to the upper board of each volume, gilt ruled and decorated inner dentelles. All edges gilt. Attractive illustrated ownership bookplate of Annie [Viscountess] Cowdray to the pastedown of each volume with some offsetting to the black front endpaper, otherwise clean and bright throughout. A lovely fine set.

Price: £450.00 Stock code: 14398
 


 
Author / Artist: Ransome, Arthur
Publisher: London: Jonathan Cape, 1947

First edition, first printing. Original green cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. An excellent near fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents with a little spotting to the text block edge are otherwise clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the clean and bright lightly rubbed dustwrapper which has a single closed tear to the bottom of the spine and front panel fold. Not price-clipped (9s net to the front flap). An attractive example.

Price: £125.00 Stock code: 14383


First edition, first printing, first issue. Inscribed by the author. Publisher's matt pictorial paper covered boards, in dustwrapper. Illustrated in two colours throughout. A superb near fine copy, the binding clean square and firm, the contents with one small strip of browning (possibly glue from a bookplate) to the reverse of the front endpaper are otherwise clean and fresh throughout. Complete with the lightly rubbed and nicked dustwrapper. Not price-clipped (200 / 200 to the upper front flap, as called for). An unusually attractive example of this landmark children's book in entirely original condition, made all the more desirable by the author's inscription.

Inscribed by the author in blue ink at the bottom left corner of the reverse of the front endpaper "best wishes - / Dr. Seuss".

Price: £8750.00 Stock code: 14392
 


 

Red and black marker pen, on paper. The image measuring 13.5 x 21 cms. Inscribed and signed by the artist, upper right. Mounted. A superb authentic original drawing by Dr. Seuss of his best known creation The Cat In The Hat. Unusual and highly desirable in his full bodied form.

Price: £4500.00 Stock code: 10435


Author / Artist: Tolkien, J. R. R.
Publisher: London: Puffin Books, 1961

First paperback edition. Original Pauline Baynes illustrated card covers. An attractive better than very good example, the binding firm and without tears, just a little rubbing at the extremities and light surface creasing of the spine. The contents are entirely complete and without loose, torn or creased pages. There is a tiny ink name at the head of the title page and some mild toning of the paperstock (as always) otherwise the contents are clean and tight throughout. An excellent example of this notoriously fragile production.

Price: £80.00 Stock code: 14371
 


 

Second edition, first printing (the first revised edition). Three volumes. Bound in the publisher's original red cloth with gilt titles to spines. Complete with original dustwrappers. A lovely fine set, each of the three volumes bright and square, the red top-stain without fading and the contents clean and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the fine original dustwrappers, non of which are price-clipped. A beautiful example of this important Lord of The Rings printing, scarce in this condition.

The first printing of the first revised edition with a new foreword by the author, a new dustwrapper design and the author's revisions to the first edition text throughout. (Hammond A5e).

Price: £1250.00 Stock code: 14357


First edition, first printing. Signed by the author and the illustrator. Original pictorial laminated boards, in dustwrapper. Illustrated by Quentin Blake with black ink wash drawings throughout. A lovely fine copy, the binding clean, square and tight, the contents clean throughout and without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the fine, bright un-faded dustwrapper. Not price-clipped (£12.99 to the front flap).

Signed by both David Walliams and Quentin Blake in black ink on the half title. Scarce thus. The award winning author's first book for children.

Price: £450.00 Stock code: 14388
 


 

First edition, first printing. Signed by the author. Original black cloth with red titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. Illustrated by Quentin Blake with black ink wash drawings throughout. A lovely fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents clean and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the fine and bright dustwrapper. Not price-clipped (£12.99 to the front flap)

Signed by David Walliams in black ink on the half title. The award winning author's second book for children and the scarcest to find in signed first edition.

Price: £275.00 Stock code: 14374


First edition, first printing. Signed by the author. Publisher's original black cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. Illustrated by Tony Ross with black ink wash drawings throughout. A lovely fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the bright original dustwrapper which remains entirely without fading, chips or tears. Not price-clipped (£12.99 to the front flap).

Signed by the author in black ink on the half title. The award winning author's fourth book for children.

Price: £125.00 Stock code: 14386
 


 

First edition, first printing. Signed by the author. Original pictorial laminated boards, in dustwrapper. Illustrated by Tony Ross with black ink wash drawings throughout. A lovely fine copy, the binding square and tight, the contents clean and without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the fine bright and clean dustwrapper. Not price-clipped (£12.99 to the front flap).

Signed by David Walliams in black ink on the title page.

Price: £95.00 Stock code: 14387


First edition, first printing. Signed by the author. Original pictorial laminated boards, in dustwrapper. Illustrated by Tony Ross with black ink wash drawings throughout. A lovely fine copy, the binding square and tight, the contents clean throughout and without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the fine, bright and un-faded dustwrapper. Not price-clipped (£12.99 to the front flap).

Signed by David Walliams in black ink on the half title.

Price: £80.00 Stock code: 14385
 


 

First edition, first printing. Signed by the author. Publisher's original pictorial boards, in dustwrapper. Illustrated by Tony Ross with black ink wash drawings throughout. A lovely fine, square and tight copy, without previous owner's marks. Complete with the fine original dustwrapper. Not price-clipped (£12.99 to the upper front flap).

Signed by David Walliams in black ink on the half title.

Price: £65.00 Stock code: 14384


First edition, first printing. Signed by the author. Publisher's pictorial boards, in dustwrapper. A fine unread copy in the fine original dustwrapper. Not price-clipped.

Signed by the author in black ink on the page facing the copyright page.

Price: £28.00 Stock code: 14325
 


 

First edition, first printing. Original beige cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A lovely fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the fine original dustwrapper. Not price-clipped (£7.99 net to the front flap). Scarce in fine first edition, most copies seemingly went into the library system (which is just as well given that the Tracy Beaker books were the most loaned books from UK public libraries between 2000 and 2010).

Introducing Tracy Beaker.

Price: £135.00 Stock code: 14370

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