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


The Merrie Days of England, 1859, beautiful Victorian gift book illustrated by Birket Foster etc.

Merrie Englandm Birket Foster

Edward McDermott

The Merrie Days of England, Sketches of Olden Time

Published in  London by William Kent & Co., 1859
With 20 full page illustrations by Birket Foster, Joseph Nash and others.

Price: £48.00

Biographia Britannica, 2nd Editon, All Published

Biographia Britania, 1778

Kippis, Andrew and Towers, Joseph editors

Biographia Britannica: Or, The Lives Of The Most Eminent Persons Who Have Flourished In Great Britain and Ireland…

London, W. and A. Strahan for C. Bathurst etc. etc.
  2nd Edition, five volumes (all printed).
  Folio (37x25cm) 5 volumes: Volume 1 (1778) prelims. (but the Table of Lives for Vol. 1 bound in Volume 2) + 697 pages.  Volume 2 (1780) prelims + 708 pages.  Volume 3 (1784) 702 pages.  Volume 4 (1789) prelims + 664 pages ( with Table etc. bound at the back, instead of with the preliminary leaves).  Volume 5 (1793) prelims. + 710 pages.

Price: £695.00

New York Edition of the Novels and Tales of Henry James

New York Edition of Henry James, for sale

James, Henry

The New York edition, Volume 10: The Spoils of Poynton, The London Life, The Chaperon.

London, MacMillan and Co., 1913

8vo. (21x14cm), xxvi + 500 pages. Frontispiece from a photograph by Alvin Langdon Coburn. Generally a good clean copy, with very slight browning to the pages, the endpapers a little more browned. The edges of the pages untrimmed, and somewhat rough and browned when the book is closed. A few leaves short in the blank margin.

Price: £85.00

Sermons by the author of Tristram Shandy

Sterne Sermons, 1760

Sterne, Laurence

The Sermons of Mr. Yorick Volume 1

London, R. and J. Dodsley, 1760

Price: £40.00

Unrecorded Catalogue of Remainders from 1943

Remainder Centre Ltd. Catalogue, for sale

Catalogue of Books of World Wide Interest from Remainder Centre Ltd.

Remainder Centre Ltd. London, 1943

The date is not stated on the catalogue. A book advertised on the back cover is ’Published pre-war’ and inside the front cover this catalogue is numbered 1/43.

This is a fascinating insight into the history of the distribution of remaindered books. The catalogue, which I have never seen before, states specifically that it is for retail customers, and a loose order form is enclosed at the front.

Price: £20.00

Quaritch General Catalogue 1880, 2395 pages

Bernard Quaritch General Catalogue 1880, for sale

Quaritch, Bernard

A General Catalogue of Books, Offered At To The Public At The Affixed Prices By Bernard Quaritch

London, Bernard Quaritch, 1880

22 x 14.5 cm, 2,395 pages. The Sion Library copy, with a single ink stamp applied to the back of the title page. Clean internally, but the back cover detached and with it the last few pages, a couple of pages before these rather loose. Two gatherings standing rather proud when the book is closed. The binding of this extremely thick book (about 16cm) is rather dry and tight, so that the book +requires careful handling.

Price: £125.00

History of the University of Oxford in the Nineteenth Century

History of the University of Oxford in the Nineteenth Century, for sale

Brock, M.G. and Curthoys, M.C. editors

The History of the University of Oxford. Volume VI Nineteenth-Century Oxford, Part 1.

Oxford, University Press, 1977

1st edition. ( 23.5 x 15 cm), xxxviii + 806 pages, illustrations reproduced from photographs. A good copy with slight signs of use: a small crease at the edge of the front endpaper, a few other pages with slight creasing. When the book is close the top edge slightly dusty and the bottom edge has a mark from contact with the shelf.

Price: £85.00

Attic Nights - Aulus Gellius

Noctes Atticae printed 1666, for sale

Aulus Gellius

Noctes Atticae Cum Selectis Novisque Commentariis et Accurata Reccensione Antonii Thys I, J.C. & Jacobi Oisel I, J.C.

Leyden, Petri Leffen, 1666.

8vo. (19x11.5cm). Engraved title page + 44 unnumbered pages + blank leaf + 1129 pages + 61 unnumbered pages (indexes).

Price: £145.00

Charles Lamb, Prose Works, 1836, including the Essays of Elia

The Works of Lamb, 1836 in 3 volumes

Lamb, Charles

The Prose Works of Charles Lamb. In Three Volumes

London, Edward Moxon, 1836

The heraldic bookplate of Charles Lilburn in each volume; a number of volumes from his library are now in the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Volume 2 contains the Lamb’s famous Essays of Elia.

Price: £75.00

Lactantius Complete Works

Lactantii Firmiani Opera,1662,  for sale

Lactantius L. Coelii

Lactantii Firmiani Opera, quae extant, omnia. Cum Notis Antonii Thysii

Leyden, Petri Leffen, 1662.

Price: £75.00