A poor copy of this early work on ice-skating, "founded on certain principles deduced from many years experience: by which that noble exercise is now reduced to an art". This copy lacks the original title and has been bound into plain cloth wrappers which are worn and soiled. Pages iii-xiv (2) 1-64. + 3 plates. Hand drawn replacement title page state "abt. 1768", but this is the 1780 reprint. Pages worn to edges, plates with minor repairs. Some minor contemporary ink to a few pages.
(J. Williams; C. Fourdrinier; and T. Jones?), , Softback. SECONDHAND
Class Three, includes a variety of trades including engineers, instrument makers, goldsmiths and jewellers in 480 country towns in the British Isles. First edition, for the years 1816 and 1817. Includes adverts at rear with engraved illustrations and designs. Full calf but worn to corners, edges and joints. Some soiling to end-papers and closed edges.
Thomas Underhill, Coleman Street London, (1817). Hardback. 244 pages + 8 printed to recto only. SECONDHAND
An edition of the earliest extant minute books of the Hammermen's Incorporation of Perth, which included silversmiths, goldsmiths, clocksmiths and watchmakers, gunsmiths, locksmiths, blacksmiths and others. First section is an historical introduction, second part the Hammermen Book. Nice copy on laid, deckle-edged paper. There is a presentation inscription at front dated Perth 1889 "from ane o' the Brethers". One two leaf collation is loose.
James H Jackson, Perth, 1889. Quarter leather over cloth. cxxi (vi) iv, 106 pages. SSECONDHAND
OMOO was a sequel to Melville's Typee. Tells a tale of mutiny onboard a whaling ship which results in the crew being imprisoned on Tahiti. First edition published by John Murray, London in 1847. Quarter bound leather with marbled boards. Front board unhinged, some foxing, previous owner's copperplate signature on front endpaper.
John Murray, London, 1847. Hardback. 321 pages, illustrated. SECONDHAND.
Comprising The New Hebrides Group; The Loyalty group, New Caledonia Group. Gill was a member of the London Missionary Society in Rarotonga. This is an account of exploration and conversion amongst the Polynesians. This copy is in original gilt decorated cloth, spine is fragile at the head with a piece detached but present, lacks rear free end paper. All illustrations and maps present.
Ward and Co., London, 1855, First Edition. Hardback with no dust jacket. 240 pages. SECONDHAND
Number 7 in the Jules Verne Library issued by Ward Lock in yellow pictorial wrappers with a colour frontispiece plate. This copy has been professionally recased in green cloth with gilt titled spine. the original wrappers are intact. There is very minor foxing otherwise this is in excellent condition. This is the New Zealand part of In Search of the Castaways / A Voyage Around the World.
Ward Lock and Co., London, nd. Hardback over original wrappers. 188 pages. SECONDHAND
Thirty steel engraved scenes, tissue guarded. Landscape format. Mild foxing to guard leaves. All closed page edges gilt. Light rubbing to cloth, splitting at spine ends and corners. Rear cover has minor water stain. Undated but free end-paper has ink inscription dated 1859.
J Garnet, Windermere, undated. Hardback. SECONDHAND
A Southern Cross Series school text book. Contains 20 illustrations by Australian artist Norman Lindsay, created early in his career. A rare find.
Whitcombe and Tombs, Christchurch, c1905. Hardback. 139 pages, illustrated. SECONDHAND
Landscape Scenery Illustrating Sydney and Port Jackson, Paramatta, Richmond, Newcastle, Windsor, New South Wales. Title page with coat of arms followed by 19 plates of engravings of early colonial Sydney and surrounding districts. Gilt lettering on front cover, spine and page edges. Some foxing and tissue paper between engravings browned. Dedication written in copperplate to front endpaper “Lily D. Lightfoot from Mother”. Professionally rebacked with original spine laid on.John Sands, Sydney and Melbourne, c. 1860. Hardback, 20 plates. SECONDHAND
Illustrative of the History of the Civil and Military Services of India. Biographies of twelve Officers on Indian service during the British Raj. Very nice uniformly bound set of two volumes, half calf with marbled boards, endpapers and edges. Minor foxing to prelims, one short tear near foot of page one of volume one.
Strahan and Bell and Daldy, London, 1867. Hardback. 489 + 502 pages. SECONDHAND
The geology of the island with notes on its marine zoology, flora, rarer insects and scenery and antiquities. Coloured map to frontis. Very small portion of cloth missing from head and toe of spine, otherwise very good. First edition.
Richard Griffin and Co., London, 1859. Cloth covered boards. 199 pages. SECONDHAND
A short story written by Kipling during his 1891 visit to New Zealand, published in the New Zealand Herald at the time. This is the first publication in book form. A meeting with a personified Truth in a hot spring in Wairekei.
Mallinson Rendel, Wellington, 1983. Hardback with dust jacket. 55 pages. SECONDHAND
A selection of verses from the 'Red Book' with illustrations by Pauline Baynes. Short tears to head of dust jacket which is price clipped, otherwise very good. First edition.
George Allen and Unwin Ltd., London, 1962. Hardback with dust jacket. 63 pages. SECONDHAND
First trade edition after the 1950 edition (which was limited to 12 copies) in unclipped tidy and complete dust jacket.
Faberand Faber, London, 1967. Hardback with dust jacket. 45 pages. SECONDHAND
Four parts of the series, first editions. Burnt Norton 3rd impression 1941 missing staples. East Coker 5th impression 1941 spine of jacket split, missing staples, pen name to first page. The Dry Salvages 1st impression 1941 spine of jacket split. Little Gidding 1st impression 1942, missing staples. All have dust jackets apart from Little Gidding. Apart from the noted faults these are in good condition.
Faber and Faber, London, 1941-2. Softbacks with dust jackets. SECONDHAND
Further extracts from the Flashman Papers. Tidy unclipped dust jacket on this first edition.
Harper Collins Publishers, London, 1999. Hardback with dust jacket. 319 pages. SECONDHAND
Excellent copy of the first UK edition. This has an unclipped dust jacket with a very minor closed tear at the top edge of the rear panel. The front endpaper has a ballpen inscription with former owner name and 'Paris 1972'. Shows mild ageing but no faults.
Hamish Hamilton, London, 1962. Hardback with dust jacket. 238 pages SECONDHAND
Patrick O'Brian's hero Jack Aubrey is now middle aged and harrassed by family life. Given the chance to take a new assignment and command he finds himself sailing to the Indian Ocean to capture the French island bases of Mauritius and Reunion. First edition, published by Collins, London, 1977. Excellent condition, price clipped jacket.
Collins, London, 1977. Hardback with dust jacket. 268 pages. SECONDHAND
Unique volume containing rare collected clippings from an early newspaper, a serial by "Geordie Short, Redivivus", collected and pasted into a fine leather bound volume, a vintage photograph of Geordie Short faces the 'title' note clipped from the newspaper, stating these are reprints from the Herald of 1867. Spine with raised bands and gilt tooling, titled "Ardrossan Edition 1880-1882". Marbled boards, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. There are 66 pieces in the volume, with a hand written index.. Small bookseller label to paste down, 'Hugh Hopkins, Bookseller, 85 Renfield St. Glasgow".
Unknown publisher, circa 1880. Leather bound. SECONDHAND
Bound volume of seven parts of the fortnightly Land and Water set issued with descriptive text to each illustration. Anti-German cartoons in response to atrocity propaganda over the invasion of Belgium. Paper covered parts bound into red boards with gilt titling. Parts 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 15, 16 present bound in with original front and rear covers. Internal front and both rear covers have advertising.
The County Gentleman Publishing Co. Ltd., London, 1916. Hardback. Various pagination, approx 50 pages each part. SECONDHAND
First edition of this political play, where a King, fearful of losing his influence, stands as a Prime Ministerial candidate. This copy is very tidy, in an unclipped dust jacket. An ink name dated (19)31 to the free endpaper, and minor foxing to closed edges.
Constable and Company, London, 1930. Hardback with dust jacket. xxix 78 pages. SECONDHAND
An analysis of their gait by examining hoof prints in sandy soils, and principles of balancing of motion, action and extension. A rare equestrian title. Photographs, colour frontispiece and diagrams. This copy has some minor insect damage to surface of the cloth of the rear panel.
William R Jenkins, New York, 1910. Hardback with no dust jacket. 324 pages. SECONDHAND
A posy of flowers in quotes from the plays, pictured by Walter Crane in full page lithographic prints personifying various flowers. Original papered boards with light rubbing to edges and corners. French folded pages with unopened fore edges. First published in 1906. THIS COPY has a minor dent to cover above 'Walter'.
Cassell and Company, London, 1909. Hardback with no dust jacket. 40 pages. SECONDHAND
The History of the Revolutions that Happened in the Government of the Roman Republic. To which is prefixed, a translation of a Memorial sent from London by the late Earl Stanhope to the Abbot de Vertot with the Abbot's Answer. Vernot's Second Edition, done into English. 2 vols in original 18th century blind embossed calf, with raised bands. Joints cracked and partially split, gilt vol. numbers only to spines. Includes 2 folding maps and 2 engraved frontispieces. Some soiling to boards and prelims. Some corners bumped or rubbed. Vol 1= Frontis.+ (18)+xxii+367+(8), Vol 2= Frontis.+Title +428 pages.
W. Taylor, London, 1721. Full calf hardback. SECONDHAND
The Stones of Venice; The Sea-Stories. Ruskin's study of the art, history and architecture of Venice. Covers Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance periods. New edition. Volume 1 and 2 only (of 3). Full calf with all edges gilt and marbled endpapers. Bookplate of Sydney Gedge M.P. to both vols. Corners rubbed back, raised bands rubbed back to cords. Vol 1 has the upper board detached but present. Title labels from spines are missing. In Vol 2 there are a couple of hand coloured plates.
Smith, Elder and Co., London, 1873 + 1874. Full calf hardbacks. 400 + 394 pages. SECONDHAND
Philip Marlowe hardboiled detective novel in the UK first edition. The dust jacket has some chipping loss and some tape rust. It is under a plastic sleeve that is taped down to end papers. This tape may be removed with care. Small pen numerals to free end paper, books is a tidy copy.
Hamish Hamilton, London, 1953. Hardback with dust jacket. 320 pages. SECONDHAND
The entertaining story of Mungo's explorations in Africa, with his observations on the natives, including Muslims and Africans. Illustrated with engravings. Nice calf prize binding, marbled edges and endpapers. Prize plate at front.
Adam and Charles Black, London, 1893. Full calf. 392 pages. SECONDHAND
A very nice copy of a New Edition of this classic work on the geography and history of the Sinai Peninsula and Palestine. With coloured maps. Half-calf with raised bands, some rubbing to the sine leather. Marbled end-papers with a bookplate at front.
John Murray, London, 1866. Half-calf hardback. 560 pages. SECONDHAND
A first hand account of the Arabs and their history, by a writer who spent a period traveeling amongst them, and in the Western Desert with the SAS during the Second World War. The first edition in good and slightly worn dust jacket. Map in pocket at rear.
Longmans Green and Co. London, 1959. Hardback with dust jacket. 326 pages. SECONDHAND
The author spent eight years in the 1950s working amongst the marsh arabs of Iraq. Based on his diaries and observations he has written this detailed study of a now vanishing society. A tidy copy with inscription at the front, nice condition jacket.
Longmans, London, 1964. Hardback with dust jacket. 242 pages. SECONDHAND
Complete information on the season's hunt in the British Isles. Includes records of hunts, game killed, offices held, winners of hound shows etc. Period advertising.Spine sunned, tail of spine and corners slightly frayed, name at front otherwise tidy copy.
Vintonb and Co., London, 1903. Hardback with no dust jacket. 448 pages. SECONDHAND
Letters written during a tour in Australia, New Zealand and North America in 1893. Interestin account of her travels, with drawings and some photographic plates. Includes accounts of aboriginals and Maori. THIS COPY has an ink inscription from the author 'To Lady Ranfurly with ABCs Best Wishes 1897'. Some foxing to closed edges and some wear to book boards. Pencil note to title gives the author's full name.
John Murray, London, 1894. Hardback with no dust jacket. 291 pages. SECONDHAND
An descriptive tour of Kashmir illustrated with 70 colour painted plates. First published in 1909. THIS COPY has a sunned spine with some splits at head of spine cloth.
A & C Black Ltd., London, 1917. Hardback with no dust jacket. 283 pages + plates and folding map. SECONDHAND
Descensus Averno, Fourteen Woodcuts reproduced from Sebastian Brant'sVirgil, originally printed in 1502. Brinton has added an introduction and descriptive text for each woodcut. Letterpress on unopened laid paper collations. Rubricated, and with tissue guards intact. Very fresh, tidy copy. THIS COPY has a pencil presentation inscription by Brinton on the free end paper dated 1937.
Stanford University Press, California, 1930. Softback. SECONDHAND
Early undated (but 1931) British Mickey Mouse title. This has stills from Disney cartoons and 11 stories. Bottom corners of pages have images for a movie flicker image when pages are fanned. Original pictorial binding with worn corners. Spine cloth tidy but no titling visible. An ink gift inscription to end paper dated 1934.
Dean and Son Ltd., London, (1931). Hardback with no dust jacket. 196 pages. SECONDHAND
The author's experiences among the blackbird islands of the Pacific and Australia. Missionaries, Polynesian Labourers Act, kanaks etc. Illustrated with engravings. Some wear and fraying to cloth boards.
Henry S King and Co., Cornhill, 1872. Hardback with no dust jacket. 137 pages. SECONDHAND
A story of the Mohammedan Invasion of Scinde, and other poems. This first edition has been inscribed by the author to the half-title, 'E H Pratt from his old mate Tom Hood'. In good but soiled condition, the original cloth boards are sunned and soiled, and the hinges are weakened. Pencil to endpaper, and short tear to edge of final page.
Saunders Otley and Co., London, 1861. Hardback with no dust jacket. 84 pages. SECONDHAND
Des seligen Zeugen Gottes, D. Martin Luthers merkwürdige Lebens=Umstände bey seiner medicinalischen Leibesconstitution. Krankheiten, geistlichen und leiblichen Anfechtungen. Leipzig 1764 complete 4 parts bound in one volume WITH Das Leben Hanns Luthers und seiner Ehefrauen Margarethen Lindemannin, des unsterblichen Gottes Mannes D. Martin Luthers gewesenen Eltern, etc. Leipzig 1752. Original 18th century printings bound into one volume. Contemporary (?) ink notation to endpapers. Half-leather with corners bumped and rubbed back, spine leather rubbed.
Friedrich Gotthold Jacobaern, Leipzig, 1764. Port. frontis and titles to each four parts + (14) 237 (3), (4) 332 (2) pages. / Michael Blochberger, Leipzig, 1752. Port. frontis. (10) 110 pages. + folding genealogy table. Hardback. SECONDHAND
The first complete edition of Hooker's Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Polity. Vindicating the Church of England, As truly Christian, and duly Reformed. Includes a life of Hooker and some sermons. A treatise on the defense of Anglicanism (as opposed to Puritanism). Engraved title page and frontis plus typographic title page. Index at rear. Eccentric pagination. Rebacked in plain leather with paper title label to spine. Hinges reinforced with paper, copperplate ink inscription to verso of frontis and paste down, endpapers soiled, calf boards well rubbed to edges and corners. The binding is tight but not very attractive. The engraved title has 1661, the typeset one 1662. THIS BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations. Printed by J Best for Andrew Crook at the Green Dragon, St Paul's Church-yard, 1662. Leather-bound. SECONDHAND
Tales of Legends of the South Seas. A deluxe printing with gilt top edges, tipped in colour plates and titled tissue guards. A limited edition of 750 copies. THIS COPY has a nice bookplate of M C Palmer at the front.
Eveleigh Nash and Grayson Ltd., London, 1928. Quarter cloth hardback with no dust jacket. Prelims + 92 pages. SECONDHAND
Poem by Eliot with frontispiece and cover art by Kauffer. No. 8 in The Ariel Poems. Single sheet folded and stab sewn in plain covers with dust jacket.
Faber and Gwyer Ltd., London, undated. Softback. 4 pages. SECONDHAND
France, social, literary, political. The second series complete in two volumes. Discussions of French society post revolution. Includes errata and folding charts. Two volumes in quarter leather with some rubbing to edges of spines.
Richard Bentley, London, 1836. Hardbacks. 320 +324 pages. SECONDHAND
Account of a riot over three days in October 1831 which resulted in the execution of four rioters, but the deaths of many more by the forces restoring order. This is a reissue after appearing in The Bristol Job Nott. THIS COPY has ink inscription at head of title stating 'from the author, P J Aiken". Bound into cloth boards.
J and W Richardson, Clare-Street, 1832. Hardback. 64 pages. SECONDHAND
Includes Historical sketch of the Constitution and Government of Ireland to the year 1783. Carries two title pages and sets of prelims, first dated 1789, second 1790. THIS COPY has some interleaving with manuscript notes, as well as some marginalia and occassional water marking.
C G J and J Robinson, London, 1790. Half calf. xii + vii 418 pages. SECONDHAND
First editions of Druett's Wiki Coffin nautical mysteries. All except Watery Grave are signed by Joan Druett to another Joan. Watery Grave has a Review Copy label on the end paper. Included some publisher's ephemera and photocopies of reviews. One postcard sized item has a note from Joan penned to the back. THESE BOOKS will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations. St Martins/Minotaur, New York, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007. Hardbacks with dust jackets. SECONDHAND
To which are added one hundred and fifty new receipts, a copious index and , a modern bill of fare, for each month, in the manner the dishes are placed upon the table. An early edition in worn full calf. The rear free end paper has an ink recipe for Snow Cake ( probably early 20th century hand). The folding table is missing, and a few pages have some wear and foxing near spine (see images). Good but handling soiled copy.
Three volumes in uniform binding. Vol 1 and 2 from the 1801 printing, vol 3 from 1805. British political satire of the late 18th century. Quarter calf with rubbed and worn marbled boards. Some minor book worm to lower corner of vol 1.
Wood, Vernon, H. Walker and P. Bell, London, 1801/1805. Hardback. 463+464+514 pages. SECONDHAND
A portion of the Journal kept by Thomas Raikes Esq. from 1831 to 1847, comprising reminiscences of social and political life in London and Paris during that period. In 4 vols, original cloth. Vols 1,3 and 4 have frontis. Vols 3 and 4 have weak hinges.
Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, London, 1856-7. Hardbacks with no jackets. 320+390+424+487 pages. SECONDHAND
A collection of this comic strip about the domestic lives of ordinary people, personified by the Gump family and their ordinary activities. Front cover is nearly detached where cloth spine has split, aged paper stock otherwise tidy.
Cupples and Leon, New York, 1927. Softback. 48 pages. SECONDHAND
A documentray play in eleven episodes. A portrayal of the history of atomic research and the problems raised by the atom bomb.
C L Wright, Glasgow, (1946). Hardback with no dust jacket. 92 pages. SECONDHAND
Lives of the Admirals and other eminent British Seamen containing their personal histories and a detail of all their public services. From the ancient Britons, and the Roman and Saxon period, down to the reign of King George I. Includes folding maps and some portraits in the text. The third edition, issued in four parts. Full calf gilt raised bands, gilt tooling and morocco title pieces. Some scuffing to boards, blue crayon(!) name to free end papers, and some offset browning to the margins of prelims. Each volume has a bookplate, probably of early 19th century vintage. THIS LARGE BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations.
Osborne, Hitch, Hawes et al., London, 1761. 4 volumes hardbound in calf. (8) 567 +(1) 579 +(1) 488 +(1) 519 pages + maps. SECONDHAND
Angling classic. With additional material including a Life of Walton and Cotton, Walton's Will, and notes by Sir John Hawkins. Nice antiquarian 2 volume edition, 85x135mm. Some minor foxing to prelims. Half bound with marbled boards and vellum (?) corners. Speckled closed edges. With decorative title and portraits frontispieces.
C. Whittingham, Chiswick, 1821. Hardback. viii 267 + 284 +4 pages of adverts. SECONDHAND.
5 uniformly bound books; Floral Decorations (1891, 116pp), Dressed Game and Poultry (1888, 79pp), Cakes and Confections (1910, 8th imp. 61pp), Oysters a la Mode (1888, 68pp), Drinks a la Mode (1906, 3rd imp. 100 pp). Show some age and handling wear. Oysters has some soiling and two instances of pencil X, Floral Decorations has split and worn spine cloth. Some endpapers have a contemporary ink name. Nice Victorian/ Edwardian cookery and home economics books.
Longmans Green and Co., London. Hardbacks with no dust jackets. SECONDHAND
A choice collection of favourite songs gathered from many sources by Robert Burns. Many are bawdy, some possibly created by him, others recorded by him from traditional sources. A rare privately printed edition not for sale, in lightly worn leather binding. Title pages states 1827, but scholarship avers it was probably printed in 1872.
Privately printed, 1827. Full Leather. 122 pages. SECONDHAND
Beautifully printed first edition of this bucolic tale of an otter's life and death in the North Devon countryside. This is the large paper edition limited to 1100 copies. Printed by the Chiswick Press. Top edge gilt, uncut edges, some soiling to boards and (formerly) white buckram spine.
G P Putnam's Sons, London, 1927. Hardback with no dust jacket. 255 pages. SECONDHAND
Very large folio with 45 lithograph colour maps showing statistical information on the social and economic situation at the time. Half calf with decorative gilt to spine and embossed gilt title to upper board. Rubbed and worn leather, split at head of upper joint, soiled cloth boards. Some foxing to closed edges, prelims and onto some margins. THIS LARGE BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations, as it weighs in at 5kg. W & A K Johnston, Edinburgh and London, 1882. Half calf folio. 45 maps + 75 pages of text.
Four macabre tales. Undated but late Victorian printing. Nicely printed and with 9 pages of local advertising (including insides of covers). Staples rusted.
Fergusson and Mitchell, Dunedin, (circa 1890). Softback. 122 pages. SECONDHAND
Two original early Victorian Acts of Parliament and an Ordinance bound in paper with manuscript title. 1. The New Zealand Company's Land Claimants Ordinance, 2 August 1851, this printed on blue official paper and including an alphabetical list of all holders of Nelson land grants. 21 pages. 2. An Act to make further Provision for the Government of the New Zealand Islands, 28 August 1846. 7 pages. 3. An Act to grant certain Powers to the New Zealand Company, 18 August 1846. 23 pages. The three Acts once the property of "John Poynter of Nelson, N.Z." whose name appears in the list of Nelson land holders.
Acts of Parliament, Government Printer, London, 1846 X2 & 1851. 51 pages. UNIQUE ITEM
A condensed and simplified record of openings in famous chess games by the masters.
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, London, 1882. Hardback with no dust jacket. 100 pages. SECONDHAND
An account of travelling across Africa, and encountering a community of the Kalahari Bushmen. Unclipped dust jacket, a tidy used copy of the first edition.
Hogarth Press, London, 1958. Hardback with dust jacket. 256 pages. SECONDHAND
A romantic survey of the Pacific Island nations, Australia and New Zealand, with 32 colour plate illustrations and a folding map. Hawaii, Fiji, Samoa, New Hebrides, Solomon Islands and New Guinea. With folding map at end.
Adam and Charles Black, London, 1913. Hardback with no dust jacket. 204 pages. SECONDHAND
First book publication of White's articles from the British Chess Magazine. Paper wrappers have chipping loss to spine ends. Last few pages lower corners worn.
Whitehead and Miller, Leeds, 1911. Softback. 96 pages. SECONDHAND
A detailed study of pawn promotion in the game of chess. Inscription to fep dated (19)17. Errata at rear. and author's 1912 Christmas greeting slip tipped in at half-title.
Office of the Chess Amateur, Stroud, 1912. Hardback with no dust jacket. 237 pages. SECONDHAND