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.
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.
BURGESS Anthony (1962)
A Clockwork OrangeEnquire
First edition, first issue, in first issue dust jacket, 16s price on dust-jacket flaps. A very good copy with a very small amount of rubbing to the top of the dust-jacket spine. Black cloth boards, fine. Ownership inscription to front free endpaper. London, Heinemann.
RUSSELL Bertrand (1900)
A Critical Exposition of the Philosophy of LeibnizEnquire
First edition. 8vo (230 x 155mm). xvi, , 311, , pp. Original navy cloth, spine lettered in gilt, boards double ruled in blind, edges untrimmed (spine lightly rubbed at head and tail, Blackwell's Bookseller ticket and contemporary ownership inscription in blue ink to the front pastedown, bookplate removed from rear pastedown). Cambridge, The University 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.
RUSSELL Bertrand (1946)
A History of Western Philosophy and Its Connection with Political and Social Circumstances from the Earliest Times to the Present DayEnquire
First UK edition. 8vo (225 x 150mm). 916, pp. Original grey cloth, spine lettered in yellow on brown cloth insets, dust jacket (top-edge slightly stained; dust jacket worn at head and tail of the spine with some loss, a good copy). London, Allen and Unwin.
LAWRENCE T.E..; CORVINUS PRESS (1936)
A Letter from T.E. Lawrence to His MotherEnquire
3 photographic plates of figures at Chartres Cathedral printed from those originally taken by Lawrence. One of 24 copies, this being one of the 12 copies printed on Barcham Green "Medway" paper (no.17). 4to., original quarter linen backed Japanese paper covered boards, t.e.g., others uncut, a very good copy with only very mild bumping to the corners and spine. Corvinus Press. August
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.
RACKHAM Arthur.; SHAKESPEARE William (1908)
A Midsummer Night's DreamEnquire
Coloured frontispiece, 39 tipped in colour plates, with tissue guards, these with printed titles, black and white illustrations in the text. First trade edition. 4to., original pictorial buckram, lettered and stamped in gilt. London, Heinemann.