Collection: Literature and General Antiquarian

Time. Most of us have had a lot of it recently. Time to think. Time to reset. Some would say we’ve almost had too much of it.

In the Literature department here at Sotheran’s, we have thought carefully about time, and how best to spend it. And while over the last few years there were times in which the world seemed to be grinding to a halt, we took the opportunity to spend a lot of it squirrelling away, finding books; from behind a screen, over the phone or, as soon as it was safe to do so, scouring the land high and wide in a quest to restock our shelves. And the result is this: our first devoted Literature catalogue in a little over two years.

We start with our top ten, a selection of our favourite items ranging from a lavishly bound Don Quixote, to a personal note from Kipling concerning his inspiration behind some of the themes in the ‘Just So’ stories. Next follows a collection of classic literature, esoterica and ephemera, featuring all of those popular names that we would love to pitch against each other around a dinner table: Austen and Bronte, Keats and Hardy, Cicero and Homer, to name but a few. Following that, we cover drama, private press, counterculture and even include a small section in homage to our favourite capital city. For those of you out there looking for a bargain, we have a whole section right at the back just for you, in which all books are priced just £100 or less.

William Morris once said: “To enjoy good houses and good books in self-respect and decent comfort, seems to me to be the pleasurable end towards which all societies of human beings ought now to struggle.” We couldn't agree more. It’s been a long couple of years, but as we take the first tentative steps back towards normality, the books are still here, alive, and very much kicking. Because you can never spend too much time looking at beautiful books.

We hope you enjoy reading through it, just as much as we have enjoyed putting it together. 

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253 items
  • BURTON, Richard F. The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night [with] Supplemental Nights to the Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night. (17 Vols).
    The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night [with] Supplemental …
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    £1,998.00
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    £1,998.00
  • CERVANTES, Miguel de. Don Quixote de la Mancha.
    Don Quixote de la Mancha
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    £3,600.00
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    £3,600.00
  • DULAC, Edward (illustrator). Edward FITZGERALD (translator). The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
    The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
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    £2,500.00
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    £2,500.00
  • [HOLBERG, Ludvig, Baron]. The Subterranean Voyage of Nicolas Klim (Nicolai Klimii Iter subterraneum novam[...]).
    Nicolai Klimii Iter subterraneum novam telluris theoriam ac historiam quintae monarchiae
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    £1,250.00
  • KIPLING, Rudyard. The Jungle Book & The Second Jungle Book.
    The Jungle Book & The Second Jungle Book
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    £2,750.00
  • KIPLING, Rudyard. T.L.S. to D. Avery regarding illustrations in the 'Just-So Stories'.
    T.L.S. to D. Avery regarding illustrations in the 'Just-So Stories …
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    £2,000.00
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    £2,000.00
  • NIETZSCHE, Friedrich. Thus Spake Zarathustra. A Book for All and None.
    Thus Spake Zarathustra. A Book for All and None
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    £2,500.00
  • SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works. Edited by William Aldis Wright.
    The Works. Edited by William Aldis Wright
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    £998.00
  • VARIOUS. A Complete set of Ariel Poems.
    A Complete set of Ariel Poems
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    £2,000.00
  • WILDE, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray.
    The Picture of Dorian Gray
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    £2,500.00
  • AESCHYLUS & PINDAR. Aeschyli Tragoediae [bound with] Pindari Epinicia.
    Aeschyli Tragoediae [bound with] Pindari Epinicia
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    £500.00
  • AINSWORTH, William Harrison. Novels.
    Novels
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    £998.00
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    £998.00
  • AP GWILYM, Dafydd. Works.
    Works
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    £398.00
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    £398.00
  • AUSTEN, Jane. Pride and Prejudice.
    Pride and Prejudice
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    £375.00
  • AUSTEN, Jane; [R. W. CHAPMAN, Ed.]. The Novels of Jane Austen. The Text based on Collation of the Early Editons.
    The Novels of Jane Austen. The Text based on Collation of …
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    £698.00
  • AUSTEN, Jane. Persuasion.
    Persuasion
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    £298.00
  • BACON, Francis. The Charge of Sir Francis Bacon Knight, his Majesties Attourney generall, touching duells….
    The Charge of Sir Francis Bacon Knight, his Majesties Attourney generall …
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    £3,995.00
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    £3,995.00
  • BIBLE. Prophetæ, Isaias, Jeremias, Baruch, Ezechiel, Daniel Cum Duodecim aliis minoribus.
    Prophetæ, Isaias, Jeremias, Baruch, Ezechiel, Daniel Cum Duodecim aliis minoribus
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    £998.00
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    £998.00
  • BIBLE. New Polygott (sic.) Bible; The Holy Bible containing The New and Old Testaments according to the Authorized Version.
    New Polygott (sic.) Bible; The Holy Bible containing The New and …
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    £248.00
  • BRONTE, Charlotte. Jane Eyre.
    Jane Eyre
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    £398.00
  • CICERO, Marcus Tullius. M. Tullii Ciceronis opera. Cum indicibus et variis lectionibus.
    M. Tullii Ciceronis opera. Cum indicibus et variis lectionibus
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    £3,850.00
  • COLLINS, Wilkie. The Two Destinies.
    The Two Destinies
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    £1,500.00
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    £1,500.00
  • COLLINS, Wilkie. The Legacy of Cain.
    The Legacy of Cain
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    £1,200.00
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    £1,200.00
  • DE QUINCEY, Thomas. A Diary of Thomas De Quincey 1803. Here reproduced in replica as well as in print from the original manuscript in the possession of the Reverend C. H.….
    A Diary of Thomas De Quincey 1803. Here reproduced in replica
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    £150.00
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    £150.00
  • DEFOE. History of the Devil.
    History of the Devil
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    £220.00
  • DICKENS, Charles. Master Humphrey's Clock.
    Master Humphrey's Clock
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    £598.00
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    £598.00
  • DICKENS, Charles. The Pic Nic Papers. By various hands. Edited by Charles Dickens.
    The Pic Nic Papers.  By various hands.  Edited by Charles Dickens
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    £1,250.00
  • DOYLE, Sir Arthur Conan. The Narrative of John Smith.
    The Narrative of John Smith
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    £100.00
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    £100.00
  • DU MAURIER, George. The Martian.
    The Martian
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    £150.00
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    £150.00
  • ELIOT, George. The Novels. (10 Vols).
    The Novels. (10 Vols …
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    £598.00
  • FARMER, Hugh. An Inquiry into the Nature and Design of Christ's Temptation in the Wilderness.
    An Inquiry into the Nature and Design of Christ's Temptation in …
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    £298.00
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    £298.00
  • HARDY, Thomas. The Woodlanders.
    The Woodlanders
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    £2,500.00
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    £2,500.00