Our current selection of Pre-1940's First Editions.  If you require further photographs or information, please e-mail us and we will be pleased to oblige.

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"VICTORIA - HER LIFE AND REIGN"  by Dr. Macaulay.  1887.

Hardcover First Edition in pictorially embossed red cloth cover, published by The Religious Tract Society, London in 1887.  The volume was published as a souvenir of 50 years of the reign of Queen Victoria.  Dimensions: 25cm x 18cm approx.

An extremely interesting and high quality biography of Queen Victoria which looks in some detail at her early life and also charts the important events of her reign up until 1887.  Lavishly illustrated with 5 portraits of the Queen and 60 engravings by E. Whymper and others.

292 pages including index.

Condition:   Reasonable. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers and spine covering in particular.  Corners bumped.  Spine is cracked at front and rear hinges.  Front free endpaper loose.  Internal pages good with some light foxing.  Binding tight but a little brittle.

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"MOTHER'S LITTLE GIRL"  by Ethel Tucker. c1910.

Hardback published by Ward, Lock & Co Ltd - London, Melbourne & Toronto. First Edition around 1910 - probably Australian. Has small sticker 'Dymocks Book Arcade, 428 George St, Sydney' and inscribed 'Margaret C.A. Seal (?) 1913'

Delightful period illustrations by A.J. Johnson - written by Ethel Turner (Mrs H.R. Curlewis) a popular Australian author of children's books of the day.

Condition:  Some foxing to inside covers and page edges. Binding & Covers sound, some wear to corners and top of spine and rear cover. Embossed gold cover & spine. Delightful little childrens book.

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"THOMAS CARLYLE - A History of the First Forty Years of his Life 1795-1835"  by James Anthony Froude. 2 Vols.  1882.

2 x Uniform Hardcover First Editions in burgundy cloth covers, published by Longmans, Green and Co, London in 1882.  Dimensions: 23cm x 15cm approx.

A scarce and unusual opportunity to purchase this set of biographies describing the first forty years of Thomas Carlyle. Interesting and fairly scarce volume in their own right, these particular books are of even more interest to book collectors. Written by James Anthony Froude, an eminent Victorian historian and "man of letters". Froude was a fellow of Exeter College, Oxford and a writer of English prose with few equals in the Nineteenth Century.

These two volumes are particularly interesting as they originate from the personal library of the late Malcolm Muggeridge, whose centenary was celebrated in 2003. Muggeridge was one of the notable figures of the Twentieth Century, gaining international renown as an author, journalist, media personality, and in his later years, a leading spokesman for Christianity. Each volume has an illustrated bookplate to the front free endpaper stating "Ex-Libris, Malcolm Muggeridge".

927 hand-cut pages plus publishers advertisements in Vol I, black and white frontispiece portraits to both volumes, a further 3 full-page illustrations and an index.

Condition:   Reasonable. Heavy wear/rubbing/fading to covers. Spine coverings have some shelf-wear damage to top and bottom. Spines cracked at front and rear hinges - worse to volume I where the spine is coming away from the binding.  Internal pages have some yellowing but almost no foxing.  Could really do with re-binding/restoration after which they would be super copies.

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"MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK"  by Charles Dickens. 1840/1.

3 x Hardcover First Editions in one third calf and marbled board covers, published by Chapman and Hall, London in 1840 and 1841 respectively.  Dimensions: 26cm x 17cm approx.

First published in 1840 in 88 weekly parts, these are the first editions in book form of Dickens' classic. An excellent opportunity to purchase a Dickens First!! Illustrated with numerous engravings by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne.

1,038 pages in total.

Condition:  Reasonable. All three volumes were probably re-bound at an early stage as we believe these editions were originally bound in cloth covers. Heavy wear/rubbing/marking to covers which also have some damage (particularly spine coverings which also have some loss). Spines cracked at front and rear hinges. Internal pages fairly yellowed with some wear and foxing - a few pages loose. Bindings quite tight.

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Hardcover First Edition in burgundy cloth covers, privately printed by Blades, East & Blades, London in 1892.  Dimensions: 29.5cm x 23cm approx.

An extremely interesting and scarce volume which was the result of a paper presented by the author to the Council of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society in 1889.  The book expands on the paper and traces the history of one of the most famous ecclesiastical foundations in the City of London.

308 pages with 15 full-page black and white plates depicting such things as the Seal of the Hospital of St. Thomas of Acon, the Mercer's Company Hammer, the Seal of the Mercer's Company, etc.

Condition:  A bit tatty.   Heavy wear/rubbing/fading to covers which have some damage (particularly to spine covering).  Spine has come away from the front hinge and binding and is almost away from the rear hinge.  Internal pages good with some yellowing and very light foxing.  Binding quite loose - really deserves a re-bind (after which it would be a good copy).

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"THE NEWCOMES - Memoirs of a Respectable Family" in 2 Vols by William Makepeace Thackeray. 1854/5.

2 x Hardcover First Editions in one third calf and marbled board covers, published by Bradbury and Evans, London in 1854 and 1855 respectively.  Dimensions: 22cm x 15cm approx.

A scarce first edition of this famous volume by James Thackeray.  The book is a panoramic novel of English social life during the early 19th Century written by Thackeray between 1853 and 1855.

380/375 pages respectively with "illustrations on Steel and Wood by Richard Doyle."

Condition:  Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to the covers. Corners bumped. Spines cracked at front and rear pages. Internal pages good with some yellowing and foxing throughout. Bindings tight. Nice first editions.

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"THE MYSTERIES OF THE OCEAN" by Arthur Mangin.  1868.

Hardcover Edition in tooled green leather binding with bevelled edges, published by T. Nelson and Sons, London in 1868.  Dimensions: 25cm x 17.5cm approx.

A beautifully illustrated volume, written by Arthur Mangin and translated from the French by the translator of "The Bird".  This edition is also enlarged from the French original.  A superb volume which is split into 4 sections: "istory of the Ocean", "The Phenomena of Ocean", "The Marine World" and "Man and the Ocean".

The book is beautifully illustrated with 130 black and white engravings (some full page and some in the text).

470 pages.

Condition:  Reasonable. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading to the covers. Corners bumped.  Spine cracked at front and rear hinges - front hinge very fragile - and a couple of places internally.  Internal pages good with some yellowing and medium foxing though a couple of pages are loose.  Binding becoming loose.  Fully deserves restoration.

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