Christmas Gift Ideas
A varied selection of gifts for friends and loved ones this Christmas. See the expanded list on the left hand side to browse through suggested categories.
THE ROLLING STONES (1969.])
“Love to Liz”Enquire
The five signatures of the group, including Brian Jones, all inscribed “Love to Liz” with either 3 or 4 kisses. Four clipped from the same lined blue notepaper, Richard’s from a teen, music zine with possibly his own left ear and shoulder still visible. Pasted on to a contemporary off-white paper photo mount. N.d., [but before July
DICKENS Charles (1843)
A Christmas Carol. In ProseEnquire
4 hand coloured etched illustrations by John Leech, 4 wood engraved illustrations by W.J.Linton. First edition, first issue, half title, advert leaf. Small 8vo, original brown cloth, lettered in gilt, gilt floral decoration to the front cover, a.e.g. London, Chapman and Hall.
HAWKINS Sir John (1776)
A General History of the Science and Practice of Music. In Five VolumesEnquire
First Edition. 5 vols. 4to. , lxxxiv, 465; [iv], 544; [iv], 535; [iv], 548; Early 19th-century half russia, marbled boards, uncut (rebacked, preserving the original heavily gilt first, fourth, fifth and sixth panels, the second and third panels lettered in gilt). With the half-titles. Occasional heavy foxing, light spotting in some places, offsetting from the engraved music, generally good. Vol.1 with an engraved frontispiece by Grignion after Cipriani (foxed and offset onto the title) and 5 plates of ancient instruments plus numerous engraved plates of music (from half to full-page) in the text; Vols. 2-5 with numerous engraved plates of music (from quarter to full-page and numerous engraved medallion portraits in the text; numerous other woodcut illustrations of instruments, etc., in the text.
London: for T. Payne and Son,
SIMES Thomas (1777)
A Military Course for the Government and Conduct of a BattalionEnquire
designed for the Regulations in Quarter, Camp, or Garrison; with useful Observations and Instructions for their anner of Attack and Defence. Ornamneted with a Frontispiece and twenty copper-plate plans.
First Edition., 8vo., [32 (subscribers list has been bound before the text rather than at end end)], 286, [2 (advertisement)]., with the hand-coloured frontispiece and seventeen hand-coloured engraved plans at the end. Contemporary speckled calf, spine rule in gilt, black morocco label in the second panel (Very lightly rubbed, small chip to the upper headcap, small scuff to a couple of corners).
London: printed for the Author, and sold by Almon [...], Hooper [...], Richardson [...], Urquhard [...] and Walter,
SAYER Robert.; BENNETT John (1823)
A New and Correct Map of the British Colonies in North America comprehending Eastern Canada with the Province of Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Government of Newfoundland: with the Adjacent States of New-England, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania and New JerseyEnquire
Double-page engraved map, 479 x 660 mm, in fine original wash colour. The paper is watermarked 'W. THOMAS 1818'. London : Richard Holmes Laurie, 12th May,
TELFORD Thomas.; HERSCHEL J.F.W (1831)
A Preliminary Discourse on the Study of Natural PhilosophyEnquire
Engraved title page dated 1830, series title page dated 1831. First edition. Small 8vo., maroon cloth, printed paper label, 12 pp adverts, fore edge untrimmed. London, Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green.
SHEPEARD Rev. H (1857)
A Vindication of the Clergy Daughter's School and of the Rev. W. Carus Wilson, from the Remarks in "The Life of Charlotte Bronte",Enquire
First edition. 8vo., original printed wrappers, sewn as issued, housed in a modern folding chemise. Kirkby Lonsdale, Robert Morphet, and London, Seeley, Jackson and Halliday.
Album of photographs of New Zealand and Australia, from some of the best commercial studios of the late 19th century: Burton Bros., Dunedin; Henry King, Sydney and Charles Kerry & Co., SydneyEnquire
An album (37.5x28 cm) containing 57 albumen prints, 2 silver gelatin(?) prints and a newspaper cutting. All on card sheets and titled in manuscript. Majority in excellent, bright condition, a few gaps in the album, but only one sign of obvious extraction on verso of the fourteenth sheet. Half contemporary black calf (repaired) over teal, pebble-grained cloth, modern gilt titling and decoration to spine, a.e.g.; overall very good. Various places incl. Dunedin, Sydney, Perth, Suva (Fiji).
Fielding Henry (1752)
Amelia. By Henry Fielding, Esq; In Four VolumesEnquire
First Edition. 4 vols.xii, 285, [2 (blank)]; viii, 262, [1 (advertisement)]; ix, [i (blank)], 323; vii, [i (blank)], 296 12mo. Handsome copy in contemporary sprinkled calf, covers with a single gilt fillet borders, spine with the bands outlined with a single gilt fillet, numbered in gilt in the third panel (short cracks in some joints, slight rubbing, heacap of vol. 4 broken).London: for A. Millar,
An illuminated leaf on vellum from an English Psalter. [Southern England, first half 15th century]Enquire
Large 7-line initial 'D' in very fine leafy design in blue and pink and orange with white tracery on burnished gold grounds supporting bar borders in gold and colours with clumps and whirls of coloured leaves at intervals and at each corner; 1-line initials in blue or burnished gold, line-fillers in gold and colours.
Size of leaf: 272 x 182mm. 22 lines, written space: 187 x 117mm. Written in dark brown ink in a large compressed gothic liturgical hand.
SMITH Adam (1791)
An Inquiry in the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of NationsEnquire
Sixth Edition. Three Volumes. 8vo (215 x 135mm). Some foxing in places (less so in the second and third volumes). Contemporary tree calf, spines panelled in gilt with red and green morocco labels (expertly rebacked and repaired preserving the original spines, new green morocco labels).
London: for A. Strahan; and T. Cadell,
THOMAS Bertram (1932)
Arabia Felix: Across the Empty Quarter of Arabia. With a Foreword by T.E. Lawrence and Appendix by Sir Arthur KeithEnquire
First edition. With profuse plates and text illustrations, a large folding coloured map of the Rub' al Khali, a full-page map and a full-page chart in the text. Large 8vo. Original pale brown buckram, a very good copy without dustwrapper. xxix,397pp. Jonathan Cape, London,
LANG Andrew (1898)
Aucassin and Nicolette.Enquire
Done into English by Andrew Lang. Fifth edition, one of 100 copies on hand made paper, signed by the publisher. 8vo., contemporary brown morocco by Zaehnsdorf, both covers decorated in gilt with wide art-nouveau border of stylized poppies and lilies on a field of gilt dots, smooth spine lettered in two panels and decorated with similar floral devices, endpaper turn-ins decorated similarly, with lily-pad devices. London, David Nutt.
DOMON Ken.; TANAKA Ikko (1972)
Bunraku [Japanese Puppet Plays]Enquire
First edition. 2 vols. Numerous photographic plates. Japanese text. Folio. Volume of plates in original decorated cloth, text-volume in original flexible boards, in decorated cloth slipcase, in cardboard box. A fine copy, signed by the photographer with his first name 'Ken' on a tipped-in sheet of washi paper. 125pp. Kyoto, Shishin-do,
COOK Capt. James (1973)
Captain Cook's Florilegium. A selection of engravings from the drawings of plants collected by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander on Captain Cook's first voyage to the islands of the PacificEnquire
First edition, one of 100 copies, numbered no. 86. 30 uncoloured plates from the original copper engravings (all magnificent impressions). Large 4to. Half black morocco over silk covered boards by Zaehnsdorf, lettered in gilt on upper board, black cloth solander box, text and plates printed on handmade Crisbrooke paper, title printed in gold and black, accompanying text to plates printed in different colours relating to the geographical distribution of the plants illustrated (blue = Australia, brown = Java, green = Society Islands, red = New Zealand, purple = Brazil), subscribers' leaf loosely tipped in at front,and prospectus also inserted. London, Lion & Unicorn Press,
PANIGAROLA Francesco Bp. of Asti (1597)
Cento ragionamenti sopra la passione di N. Signore. Venice, Pietro Dusinelli,Enquire
Printer's device on title-page, ornamental woodcut initials.8vo. (165 x 110). ff. "684" [i.e. 704]pp. Contemporary decorative limp vellum binding, very large decorative ornament in centre of sides, decorative corner-pieces, 2-line gilt fillet, name of author written across spine (two tiny pieces of vellum missing from front cover, slight wear to tope edge of lower cover).
Christmas card for 1950Enquire
Hand-made collaged card made from a folded single sheet of thick wove paper, the first page with a high quality monochrome fine art reproduction of Gaetano Zumbo's plague diorama cut out and laid down, hand ruled border in red and black, small red stars in the right hand corners, the left hand side with a vertical text in "art lettering" conveying Christmas greetings for 1950 from the Waugh family, the lower edge with Waugh's fanciful caption "Family Group at Piers Court, Stinchcombe, Glos. Dec 1950."
CHERRY-GARRARD Apsley.; CHAMBERLAYNE Peregrine Clifford (1685)
Compendium Geographicum: Or, a more exact, plain, and easie introduction into all Geography,Enquire
Than yet extant, after the latest discoveries, or alterations; very useful, especially for young Noblemen and Gentlemen, the like not printed in English.
Second edition. 12mo. Full morocco with blind ruled compartments to spine, edges speckled in red. Upper board and spine a little worn, with small areas of insect damage. , 186, [2ads]pp. London, William Crook at the Green Dragon without Temple Bar,
DOUGLAS Marshal of the RAF W. Sholto.; KENNINGTON Eric (1942)
Drawing the R.A.FEnquire
A Book of Portraits introduced by Sir Ronald Storrs. Portrait frontispiece of the artist, 54 plates, of which four are in colour and tipped-in. First edition. 8vo., cloth, pictorial dust jacket. London, Oxford University Press.
DE KOONING Willem.; HESS Thomas B (1972)
Numerous illustrations in colour and black and white. Edition limited to 150 copies signed, this number 25, on Velin Cuve B.F.K. Rives paper. Folio, yellow cloth lettered in black, slipcase. A Paul Bianchini Book, Lausanne, Editions de Massons.
GAILLARD A (1916.])
Drawings of the Western FrontEnquire
Landscape format watercolour album, 24 x 16 cm, with pen and ink titling design "Album des Dessins" on front cover. c. 60 leaves, the first 23 with mounted pen and ink drawings, captioned and with trompe l'oeil framing rules. [Vaubecourt,
PARDIES Ignace Gaston
Elémens de gémetrie, oÙ par une methode courte & aisée l'on peut apprendre ce qui'il faut sçavoir d'Euclide, d'Archimede, d'Apollonius. Paris, Sebastien-Marbre Cramoisy. [With]: Discours de la connoissance des bestes . . . second édition. Paris, 1678. [And]: La statique ou la science des forces mouvantes . . . troisiéme édition. Paris, 1688. [And]: Deux machines propres à faire les quadrans avec très-grand facilité . . . troisiéme édition. Paris, 1687Enquire
Folding engraved scientific and mathematical plates, numerous text illustrations.4 works in one. 12mo. Contemporary calf, gilt back (a little worn).
AMEDEO Luigi, HRH Duke of the Abruzzi (1901)
Farther North Than NansenEnquire
First edition. Frontispiece, a folding plate, & 2 photographic illustrations to text. 8vo. Original pictorial cloth, a little grubby but very good, bookplate to front free endpaper, inscription to front pastedown. 97, pp. London, Howard Wilford Bell,
BLACK PANTHER PARTY, ; DAVIS Angela (1970.])
Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners.Enquire
Original poster (44.5 x 57 cm)., titles above a head and shoulders portrait with quotation and details below this, in black on white paper, offset. N.p. [Oakland], N.p. [Bay Area Committee To Free Angela Davis], N.d. [but circa
WEISSENBORN Helmuth; WHITTINGTON PRESS ; SHAW Christopher (2001)
Hellmuth Weissenborn's Country Scenes. Designer binding by Christopher Shaw.Enquire
Two volumes in one. One of 250 copies printed on Rosa paper. Designer binding by Christopher Shaw in full green Harmatan goatskin, all over floral design in red gold tooling with floral borders and red leather spine label lettered in gilt, a.e.g. Whittington Press, Cheltenham.
ANDERSON J (1750)
Histoire Naturelle de l'Islande du GroenlandEnquire
du Detroit de Davis, et d'autres Pays situés sous le Nord..
First French edition. 2 vols. Engraved frontispiece, folding map, 7 folding engraved plates. 12mo. in 8s. c.19thC quarter red morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and monogram to spine in raised compartments. A little dusty, occasional spotting in vol. 2, otherwise very good. xl, 314; iv, 391pp. Paris, Sebastien Jorry,
TWO SUPPLICANTS (1350)
Historiated initial "A" which shows two figures in prayer. ?BolognaEnquire
Initial "A" painted in red and showing two figures kneeling in prayer with hands and faces raised towards the Holy Dove at the top of the initial; within a gold frame.Size of initial: 75 x 74mm. On verso, square musical notation.
STONING OF ST. STEPHEN (1280)
Historiated initial "S" with small miniature of the Stoning of St. Stephen. Italy (Umbria), cEnquire
St. Stephen kneels in prayer and looks up towards God whose face appears in the sky while two men in blue tunics raise their hands ready to stone the saint; the initial painted in pink with a blue surround.Size of cutting: 77 x 70mm. On verso, square musical notation on 4-line staves.
KLAUBER Joseph & Johannes (1748)
Historicae biblicae veteris et novi testamenti. Augsburg, KlauberEnquire
Latin and German titles printed in red and black, side by side; 100 engraved plates illustrating the Bible from Genesis to the Book of Revelations.Oblong folio. Contemporary calf-backed marbled boards.
MILTON John.; OLD BOURNE PRESS ()
Hymn on the Morning of Christ's NativityEnquire
Wood-engraved decorative title, borders, initials and endpapers designed by James Guthrie and engraved by Reginald B. Lodge and Clemence Housman. Title page printed in blue, ornaments in green. One of 200 copies. Oblong 8vo., original boards printed with a repeated floral device in green, linen spine, very mildly faded at very edges, otherwise a very good, bright copy. [London], The Old Bourne Press.