This site contains a selection from my extensive stock of rare and antiquarian books. Specialisms include English literature, Bibles, and religious books.


Tractarian controversy: Wearing of vestments. Letter, 1882, from the Bishop of Manchester.

Bishop of Mancaster

James Frazer, Bishop of Manchester

Original Letter

Letter to the Rev. John Spittal from the James Frazer, Bishop of Manchester, dated 'Jan. 8 1882'.

John Spittal, Tractarian Anglican priest, Rector of Heywood Lancashire 1878-85.

From the Bishop of Manchester James Fraser,

Price: £30.00

Letter 1822 describing the actor George Frederick Cooke, signed B.M. Oakley

George Frederick Cooke, Actor, Letter 1822


Original Letter

The subject of this letter must be the English actor G.F. Cooke (1756-1812); according to the Dictionary of National Biography his career was plagued by alcoholism. His journal is still in existence, preserved in the Harvard University Theatre Collection.

Price: £40.00

Dialogues of Pope Gregory, 1538, in Italian

Dialogo Del Moralissimo Dottore Del la Chiesa Romana Messer San Gregorio Papa...

Pope Gregory 1, The Great

Dialogo Del Moralissimo Dottore Del la Chiesa Romana Messer San Gregorio Papa...

Venice, Domenego Zio. E fratelli, 1538

Price: £400.00

A History of Academical Dress In Europe Until the Eighteenth Century

A History of Academical Dress In Europe Until the Eighteenth Century

Hargreaves-Mawdsley, W.N.

A History of Academical Dress In Europe Until the Eighteenth Century

Oxford University Press At the Clarendon Press, 1963.  1st Edition.

8vo. Xiv + 235 pages. Colour frontispiece and other illustrations as listed. Internally clean, with a light crease on a few pages. The top edge a little dusty when the book closed. In the original blue hardback binding, very good condition. A small circular indentation on the back cover.

Price: £30.00

Henry James, The Tragic Muse, 1891. 2nd edition, the first one volume edition

Henry James The Tragic Muse, 2nd edition

James, Henry

The Tragic Muse

8vo. (19 x 12.5 cm) Iv + 488 pages + iv pages adverts + publishers catalogue 64 pages dated January, 1891. Matching the description in A Bibliography of Henry James by Edel and Laurence.

Price: £24.00

Sir Walter Besant. Handwritten letter, signed, 1889, regarding a recent work by him.

Sir Walter Besant, original letter
Original Signature, Sir Walter Besant

Besant, Sir Walter

Original Manuscript

Sir Walter writes to a female correspondent, that ‘The little pamphlet, to which you refer’ can be got from any bookseller for a shilling. He refers her to ‘two papers of mine on the same subject’ published in Atlanta magazine last year, signing the letter at the end.

Price: £45.00

Joseph Hume MP (1777-1855) Radical Politician. Two important letters.

Joseph Hume MP letter

Hume, Joseph

Two unpublished letters

Joseph Hume (1777-1855) Scottish doctor and Radical MP.  One of the leading figures in British political life and an MP for over 25 years.  A constant thorn in the side of any government, a wealthy entrepreneur yet a tireless worker for the well being of the labouring man.
  The letter give a vivid picture of the man; determined, requiring quick action and passionately attached to the radical cause.  A number of names mentioned in the text would merit further research and throw fresh light on Hume’s social circle.

Price: £80.00

Amy Troubridge. Woman composer and musician. Archive of manuscript compositions and working papers.

Amy Troubridge Archive
Troubridge Ballet des Roses

Troubridge, Amy

Compositions and Working Papers.

  A collection of many hundreds of pages of manuscript material by this gifted female composer, focusing on four works.  Two of the works are present in finished form, one in full orchestral score.  The most interesting of these works, The Teraph, can be largely reconstructed from the vocal and orchestral parts.  At times she reaches out from the conventional, drawing on folk music, with echos of Wagner and Liszt.

Price: £300.00

The Shakespeare Head Brontë, The Bibliography. Limited to 1,000 copies.

Bronte Bibliography

Symington, J.A.

A Bibliography of the Works of All the Members of the Brontë Family…

Ian Hodgkins and The Oak Knoll Press, 2000

  8vo. (24x15cm), 210 pages.  Generally a very clean copy, with a slight creasing to the pages including the title page.  The front endpaper wrinkled.
  In the publisher’s hardback binding, very bright.  A small white mark on the edge of the back board.



Price: £18.00

The Mythology and Fables of the Ancients Volume 2, printed 1740

Mythology of the ancients, volume 2

Banier, Abbe

The Mythology and Fables of the Ancients, Explain’d From History. Vol. II

London, A. Miller, 1740
  8vo. (20x12cm), [8] + 619 pages. Volume 2 only.

Price: £85.00