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
  • HARDY, Thomas. Jude the Obscure.
    Jude the Obscure
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    £348.00
  • HOMER. Odyssea Grecae et Latine. Item Batrachomyomachia, hymni et epigrammata … [with:] Ilias Grecae et Latine. Annotationes in usum Gulielmi Augusti, Ducis ….
    Odyssea Grecae et Latine. Item Batrachomyomachia, hymni et epigrammata … [with:] Ilias …
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    £1,250.00
  • IRISH UNIONIST ALLIANCE. A Voice from Ireland on the Home Rule Bill. Speeches Delivered and Resolutions and Petition Adopted at a Special General Synod of the Church of Irelan….
    A Voice from Ireland on the Home Rule Bill. Speeches Delivered
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    £575.00
  • JOHNSON, Samuel. A Dictionary of the English Language: in which the Words are deduced from their Originals …Abstracted from the Folio Edition.
    A Dictionary of the English Language: in which the Words are …
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    £998.00
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    £998.00
  • LOVE PEACOCK, Thomas. Novels (5 vols).
    Novels (5 vols
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    £798.00
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    £798.00
  • MAYNE REID, Thomas et al. Strange Adventures.
    Strange Adventures
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    £248.00
  • MORRIS, William. Gothic Architecture. A Lecture For The Arts And Crafts Exhibition Society.
    Gothic Architecture. A Lecture For The Arts And Crafts Exhibition Society
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    £998.00
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    £998.00
  • [OVERSIZED VALENTINE.]. "Love's Token": Early Galalith Lute with Cloth, Ribbon and String Detail.
    Love's Token: Early Galalith Lute with Cloth, Ribbon and String Detail
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    £98.00
  • PERSIUS [trans. DRUMMOND, William]. The Satires of Persius.
    The Satires of Persius
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    £298.00
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    £298.00
  • [JEWELLERY]. POUGET, [Jean Henri Prosper]. Traité Des Pierres Précieuses et de la maniere des les employer en Parure.
    Traité Des Pierres Précieuses et de la maniere des les employer
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    £300.00
  • RICHARDS, Walter. Her Majesty's Army. A Descriptive Account of the Various Regiments now Comprising the Queen's Forces, from their first Establishment to the Present Ti….
    Her Majesty's Army.  A Descriptive Account of the Various Regiments now
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    £550.00
  • SUFFOLK & BERKSHIRE, Earl of; Hedley PEEK and F.G. AFLALO (editors). The Encyclopaedia of Sport.
    The Encyclopaedia of Sport
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    £398.00
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    £398.00
  • THOMAS, J.E. The Whole New Art of Confectionary. Also, sugar boiling, iceing, candying, making of wines, jellies, &c. for the use of ladies, confectioners, housek….
    The Whole New Art of Confectionary.  Also, sugar boiling, iceing, candying
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    £398.00
  • TURGENIEFF, Ivan; [TURGENEV, Ivan]. Fathers and Sons (Otsi i Dyeti).
    Fathers and Sons (Otsi i Dyeti …
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    £298.00
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    £298.00
  • UZANNE, Octave; Paul AVRIL, Illus. The Sunshade [and] The Fan.
    The Sunshade [and] The Fan
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    £498.00
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    £498.00
  • WALTON, Izaak. The Lives of Doctor John Donne, Sir Henry Wotton, Knight, Mr. Richard Hooker, Mr. George Herbert, and Doctor Robert Sanderson.
    The Lives of Doctor John Donne, Sir Henry Wotton, Knight, Mr
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    £998.00
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    £998.00
  • WOOLSEY, Sarah Chauncey. The Letters of Jane Austen.
    The Letters of Jane Austen
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    £298.00
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    £298.00
  • ALYN, Glen. I Say Me for a Parable: The Oral Autobiography of Mance Lipscomb, Texas Bluesman.
    I Say Me for a Parable: The Oral Autobiography of Mance
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    £100.00
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    £100.00
  • ARONSON, Judith. Likenesses. With The Sitters Writing About One Another. Foreword by Charles Saumarez Smith, Royal Academy of Arts.
    Likenesses. With The Sitters Writing About One Another. Foreword by Charles
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    £200.00
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    £200.00
  • BALLARD, J.G. Empire of the Sun [&] The Kindness of Women (2 vols).
    Empire of the Sun [&] The Kindness of Women (2 vols …
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    £125.00
  • BARNES, Julian. Flaubert's Parrot.
    Flaubert's Parrot
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    £298.00
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    £298.00
  • BAUWENS, Emile. Livre de Cocktails.
    Livre de Cocktails
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    £998.00
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    £998.00
  • BEATON, Cecil. The Face of the World.
    The Face of the World
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    £200.00
  • BECKETT, Samuel, JOYCE, James & WILLIAMS, William Carlos. Our Exagmination Round His Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress.
    Our Exagmination Round His Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress
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    £1,200.00
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    £1,200.00
  • BECKETT, Samuel. Company.
    Company
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    £1,200.00
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    £1,200.00
  • BEEDING, Francis. The Ten Holy Horrors.
    The Ten Holy Horrors
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    £398.00
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    £398.00
  • BETJEMAN, John. An Oxford University Chest.
    An Oxford University Chest
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    £2,000.00
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    £2,000.00
  • BLEILER, Everett F. The Checklist of Fantastic Literature.
    The Checklist of Fantastic Literature
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    £198.00
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    £198.00
  • BLOCH, Robert. The Opener of the Way.
    The Opener of the Way
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    £398.00
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    £398.00
  • BOYD, William. A Good Man in Africa.
    A Good Man in Africa
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    £750.00
  • BRANDT, Bill. The English At Home.
    The English At Home
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    £750.00
  • BURGESS, Anthony. A Clockwork Orange.
    A Clockwork Orange
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    £2,000.00