William Cobbett – Englishman – A Biography.
London, Aurum, 1997. 24 cm. 275 pages. Illustrated. Original Hardcover with dustjacket. Excellent condition with some minor signs of wear only. Name and inscription of preowner on endpaper.
London in the Nineties [Victorian London in Photographs]. Edited by Leonora Collins.
London, The Saturn Press, 1950. Quarto (21 cm x 27 cm). 96 pages with many photographs. Original Hardcover with the rare dustjacket. Excellent condition with some minor signs of wear only.
On offer here is a large 18th / 19th century Country House Library from an Irish Country-House-Estate. 200 important and meaningful publications (comprising roughly 500 Volumes), from the stunning 18th & 19th century Irish Country House – Library of Daniel Conner – Alumni of Magdalen College / Oxford University. Daniel Conner and his extended family and relations, resided at Manch House, Dunmanway, West Cork (19th century) as well as in Connerville, Bandon (18th century). [To see each title in this Library photographed and described comprehensively – Please go to our website-section: “Libraries & Collections”]. Inanna Rare Books offers here the professionally documented, c. 200 titles in roughly 500 Volumes, many of them professionally restored and rebound to style by british and german bookbinders. The building and rebuilding of the Conner library is ongoing. Many of the important titles are already listed and photographed in detail on our website (www.inannararebooks.com). This is an unusual possibility to acquire a meaningful, historical Library with publications not only on General History, Classical Literature and Philosophy of Greece and Rome but also Landmark Publications in Philosophy, Economics, Religion, Travel, Irish and English History, Americana, Irish & British History and Constitutional Relations, Legal History and Law Publications of Ireland and England, Poetry and Literature of Women in Literature of 18th and 19th century England, Ireland and Continental Europe. The Conner Library reflects the 18th century enlightenment as well as the 19th century fashion of solitary education in a Country House Library on topics like Literature and Art, History and Travel etc. etc.
200 Titles in c. 500 Volumes. Manch / Bandon, c.1750 – 1880. Octavo. Original Hardcover Volumes or original wrappers. The overall condition of these books is very good or even better, mainly restored and professionally repaired, with some Volumes still at the bookbindery and in process of repair and restoration. The Library will be delivered per International Courier UPS.
Large Family Archive of the Benwell Rees – Family, including William Benwell Rees (brother to actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s grandmother Helen Rees, by marriage to British Diplomat Henry Arnold Cumberbatch, who was Consul in Romania, Turkey and Lebanon ). The archive includes at least one manuscript letter by Henry Arnold Cumberbatch and around one thousand documents chronicling the lives of the ex-patriate Benwell Rees family from 1890-1970 in Alexandria and Monaco, including William Benwell Rees, whose marriage to Etheldreda Blanche Barker cemented the family’s role in the highest circles of Alexandria life. The archive also charts their son Basil Rees’ decade in Monaco under Princess Grace and Prince Rainer III where he served as President of the British Association in the 1950’s-‘60s and solicited a letter written by Sir Anthony Arthur Duncan Montague Browne, on Winston Churchill’s behalf on Chartwell headed paper in which the former Prime Minister declined to attend an event in Monaco [signed by Montague Browne]. The archive is held in five heavy volumes, bursting with a plethora of amazing and wonderful historical letters, ephemera, emotional messages and telegrams, old images, theatre-programmes, and especially also includes programmes of plays in which ancestors of Benedict played (J.M.Barrie, Shakespeare etc.). The original letters and documents paint an interesting picture of Benedict Cumberbatch’s grandmother’s side of the family history in the Levant, their service in the Middle East and their social lives. The five volumes are bound in bespoke red morocco over textured paper-covered-boards and they contain at least one reference to Helen Rees next to a newspaper-clipping and dozens of wonderful handwritten letters and cards. Each volume about four inches across spine with title in gilt to upper cover and around 100 leaves in each with documents mounted recto and verso throughout, with photographs, invitations, business materials and clippings that chart the family’s life in their service for the British Colonial Office. The five Volumes include for example: Volume 1: The Benwell Rees’: begins with Egyptian Gazette, 1890 and a programme for a performance c1900 at the Port Theatre, Marina, Alexandria of Rumpelstilkskin; visiting cards and contemporary reports of the marriage of W B Rees and Etheldreda Blanche Barker in Alexandria, February 1901; Windsor Hotels prospectus and flyer (a WBR enterprise); 1913 Casino de Monte Carlo ticket for Ethel Rees; Kings School Canterbury ephemera and St Johns’ College, Cambridge for Basil Rees from 1920’s, graduated June 1924. Volume 2: The Benwell Rees’ Vol II, 1920’s-1990’s: includes J M Barrie, Quality Street programme for English Girls’ School, Alexandria, 1941; invitations from Princess Grace of Monaco etc Volume 3: Basil Rees Vol III, cover nearly detached, 1953- Basil Rees living at 2 Rue Origene, Alexandria, and covering period of move to Palais Majestic, Monaco after which he served as President of the British Association and his sudden death in 1967. Invitations to dinner and place settings with the Prince and Princess of Monaco. Birthday greetings; international stamp collecting societies. Photographic ‘Permis de Sejour’ for William Benwell Rees in Monaco, October 1918. Volume 4: Basil Rees Vol. IV Begins with telegram from Rees to the Queen; mostly very extensive formal correspondence concerned with Rees’ Presidency of he British Association in Monaco; invitations, notes, printed volume of Statutes of association from 1950, royal correspondence with Monaco and Britain. Volume 5: Basil Rees 4-5 1902 Vol II; William Basil Benwell Rees; Royal Navy ID card, British Forces, September 1943 – other material relating to Rees’ work as Duty Defence Officer at the Royal Navy Defence Base in Alexandria, HMS Nice. Volume begins in 1902 and includes Alexandria Dog Show, W B B Rees at Jesus College, Cambridge; Egypt NAAFI permits; lock of Basil Rees’ hair, aged 2 etc.
Alexandria / Monaco / etc., c. 1902 – 1967. Octavo. Half Morocco. Bindings stronger rubbed and slightly damaged.
History of the Cunard Steamship Company – (Extracted from “The Illustrated Naval and Military Magazine”) – [This rare publication originates from the “Publicity-Department of the Cunard Line” and come together with a vintage Passenger-Card of the Cunard Royal Mail Steamer “Batavia” showing a Cabin Plan verso and an image of Samuel Walters’ painting of the “Batavia” on the front].
[London], [Illustrated Naval and Military Magazine] / [Allen & Co.], . Octavo. Frontispiece, 31 pages text, interspersed with 13 engravings (including Frontispiece) and an Appendix with Cabin Plans. Original Hardcover with Cunard-Company-Crest. Professionally restored and rebacked by an english masterbinder. Excellent condition. Cunard’s own copy with several stamps from Cunard “Please return to Publicity Dept. – The Cunard S.S.Co. Ltd. – Cunard Building – Liverpool”. Further stamp of preowner “Arthur C. Wardle”, Liverpool Historian.
Collection of British Cycling and Touring Books and Maps. 1: J.G. Bartholomew, The Handy Touring Atlas of the British Isles / 2: Alexander Gross and F. Waite-Browne, The Premier Road Book of Great Britain / 3: ‘Cycles and Mopeds, Cycling Books of Maintenance / 4: Cycling Touring Club’s ‘Cycling’ [Know the Game Series] / 5: Cyclists’ Touring Club, ‘C.T.C. Handbook and Guide’ / 6: The Kuklos Annual and Handbook for Cyclists and other Roadfarers, 1925 / 7: Harold Briercliffe, Northern England / 8: Harold Briercliffe, Southern England, / 9: Philips New Series of County Maps – Surrey / 10: Bartholomew’s Reduced Survey Map of Dorset / 11: Bartholomew’s Reduced Survey Map of South Devon / 12: Bartholomew’s Reduced Survey Map of York and Scarborough / 13: ‘Cycling Map of the Midlands’ published by E.J. Larby / 14: Wincarins Motor & Cyclist Map of England (in Sixteen Sections)
14 volumes – 8 books, 4 Leporellos and 2 large fold-out maps. London, East Ardsley, Wakefield, Yorkshire, Cheltenham, George Newnes / Educational Productions Limited / Temple Press Limited / Daily News Ltd, 1923 – 1952. 10.5 cm x 15.2 cm – 12.7 cm x 18.5 cm – 20 cm x 13.7 cm – 10.3 cm x 19.5 cm. Circa. 1,100 pages. Numerous colour fold-out maps and in-text maps and tables. Hardcover and softcover. All items in very good condition with a mixture of minor and some stronger signs of wear.
All the Puck Stories. With Illustrations by H.R.Millar and Charles E.Brock.
First Deluxe Edition (Published simultaneously with the trade edition). London, MacMillan and Co., 1935. Octavo. Frontispiece-Illustration, X, 670,  pages. Illustrated throughout. Original Hardcover / Decorative full red leather with gilt lettering and gilt illustration of Puck on the front board. In its original, rare dustjacket. The dustjacket frayed with some loss. The Volume itself in excellent condition with some minor signs of wear to upper and lower hinge only.
The Putney Debates.
Cambridge, The Rampant Lions Press, 1983. 18.8cm x 27.8 cm. Colour Lino Frontispiece. 94 pages. With 6 colour lino-print illustrations throughout. Original Hardcover with plain card slipcase. Deckled edges. Very good+ condition with only minor signs of external wear. Moderate foxing and discolouration to slip case. Book in as new condition. Front pastedown contains ‘Erik Haugaard’ Exlibris dated 1974. With navy colour decorated top edges. ‘This book was designed and five hundred copies were printed by Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press, Cambridge. This type is 12 point Times New Roman set by the Stellar Press, with displayed matter in Hunt Roman; the paper is Zerkall Silurian; the lino-cuts were printed from the original blocks. The binding, in specially designed patterned paper boards, was by Woolnough of Wellingborough. This is number 174.’
Channel Islands [Guernsey and Jersey] – With Vignettes of St Peter’s Port, Castle Cornet and Druidical Altar Near l’Ancresse, Mont Orgueil Castle and Jersey.
London & New York, John Tallis & Company, 1851. Original steel engraving / Vintage map. Drawn and engraved by John Rapkin. Partly hand-coloured. Illustrations by H. Winkles and engravings by E. Radclyffe. Plate Size: 24.5 cm x 35 cm. Sheet Size: 27.3 cm x 37.3 cm. Vintage 19th century map in very good condition.