Modern Books and Manuscripts
The Modern period at Maggs begins around 1800. We have a fair sized general stock of literature, and can usually offer a good range of first editions by the Romantic poets, Jane Austen, the Brontes, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, Thomas Hardy, Joseph Conrad, Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, poets of the First World War, T.E. Lawrence, Winston Churchill, Evelyn Waugh, Dylan Thomas, John Betjeman and their contemporaries.
We are particularly keen on association material, and are effective cataloguers and sellers of literary archives.
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
BERLIOZ Hector.; HOPKINSON Cecil (1951)
A Bibliography of the Works of Hector Berlioz. 1803-1869Enquire
Illustrations. First edition, limited to 320 copies on Mellotex paper, 20 copies on Hodgkinson hand-made paper, this one of 2 copies printed for the author on Japanese Vellum, hors commerce. 4to., full green crushed morocco, lettered and ruled in gilt, gilt turn-ins, signed Zaehnsdorf, marbled paper pull-off case. Edinburgh, The Edinburgh Bibliographical Society.
LAWRENCE T.E (1919)
A Brief Record of the Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. Under the Command of General Sir Edmund H.H. AllenbyEnquire
[Edited by Harry Pirie-Gordon.] Illustrated with many maps. First edition. 4to., original printed wrappers, cloth spine. Cairo, Produced by Government Press and Survey of Egypt and Published by the Palestine News.
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.
ASHENDENE PRESS (1935)
A Chronological list, with Prices, of the Forty Books printed at the Ashendene PressEnquire
Printed in red and black. "Printed for Private Circulation Only". Folio, 4 leaves, bound in original blue printed wrappers with small wood engraving on the front cover, uncut in a later blue cloth case with gilt lettering. Chelsea, The Ashendene Press.
BROCKMAN James.; GWASG GREGYNOG (1990)
A Descriptive Catalogue of Printing at Gregynog 1970-1990Enquire
One of 25 special bindings (this no. XIX being one of 5 bound by James Brockman to a design by Alan Wood). 4to., oriignal white and black morocco with a rectangular section of variously covered paper overlaid with translucent paper on both sides, black lettering on spine, white ruling on both sides and inner boards, in the original black cloth clam shell boxes with whit lettering on the spine. Newtown, Gwasg Gregynog.
REYNOLDS Sir Joshua (1779)
A Discourse, delivered to the Students of the Royal Academy, on the Distribution of the Prizes, December 10, 1778. By the PresidentEnquire
First edition. 4to., (pp.iv,1-38, advert leaf), stab holes where extracted from a nonce collection, sewn into 19th century brown paper wrappers, rebound in later quarter niger morocco over brown rough cloth boards, lettered in gilt, edges trimmed. London, Thomas Cadell, printer to the Royal Academy.
BALFOUR Arthur James (1891)
A Fragment on Progress. Inaugural Address. Delivered on his Installation as Lord RectorEnquire
First edition. 4to., full red calf, On Progress stamped in black on the upper cover, with a facsimile of Balfour's signature stamped in gilt, gilt turn-ins. London, [University of Glasgow].
CANNING George.; GIFFORD John (1809)
A History of the Political Life of the Right Honourable William Pitt; including some account of the times in which he livedEnquire
6 volumes. Engraved portrait frontispieces to volumes one and two. First 8vo edition. 8vo., half titles, contemporary half calf, dark blue leather labels to the spine. London, Cadell and Davies.
HIGH HOUSE PRESS. ; HEYWOOD Thomas (1936)
A Marriage Triumphe solemnized in an EpithalamiumEnquire
in Memorie of the happie Nuptials betwixt the High and Mightie Prince Count Palatine and the most Excellent Princesse the Lady Elizabeth. One of 65 copies (this number 15). Printed in red and black. Folio, original cloth backed marbled boards, uncut. "The present edition is printed by James E. Masters, with the assistance of his wife, Beatrice, at The High House Press, and it is the first book issued from the new home of the Press at Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol."
FRY Elizabeth.; FREEMAN Henry (1828)
A Memoir of the Life and Ministry of Ann Freeman, a Faithful Servant of Christ, compiled from her Diary and Letters by Henry FreemanEnquire
Second edition. 8vo., original maroon cloth, printed paper label to the spine, recently re-backed in red buckram, new endpapers, uncut. London, Darton and Harvey.
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.
LAWRENCE T.E (1918. [i.e. 1919.])
A Short Note on the Design and Issue of Postage StampsEnquire
Prepared by the Survey of Egypt for His Highness Husein. Emir & Sherif of Mecca & King of the Hejaz. With a brief introduction, unsigned, but by Sir Henry MacMahon, and a long and detailed account of the technical and political history of the issue. Decorated title-page and frontispiece design incorporating a set of the postage stamp series; twelve colour plates of progressive proofs; two leaves of differently coloured proofs of the stamps loosely inserted, as issued. One of two hundred numbered copies, each with a manuscript colophon. 4to., original decorated paper boards, dust jacket. El-Qahira [Cairo], [Survey of Egypt and Government Press.]
CRUIKSHANK George ()
A Slice of Bread and Butter.Enquire
Cut by G. Cruikshank. Being the Substance of a speech delivered at a public meeting, held for the Benefit of the Jews and General Literary and Mechanics' Institution. With three wood-engravings after Cruikshank. 8vo., 16pp., first page serving as title page. London, Published by William Tweedie. No date,
LAWRENCE T.E (1936 and 1937)
A small archive of material from the papers of Lionel Curtis, relating to his address given at the dedication of the Oxford High School memorial to T.E. LawrenceEnquire
Including two Churchill TLS, an unrecorded Churchill ephemeron, and an unrecorded variant of the programme for the dedication. Various sizes, various dates, all