The London International Antiquarian Book Fair begins this Thursday at the Olympia National. For a taste of what’s to come, browse our selection of fine printed books below. Each are available to order through Quintessentially Gifts. Whether you’re looking to expand your collection or searching for a unique and thoughtful gift for a booklover, we can find you beautiful rare books, including first editions, signed editions and collectors sets.
SAINT-EXUPÉRY, Antoine de.
The Little Prince
Published: New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1943
First edition, first printing. Finely bound in tan morocco, titles to spine in black, two raised bands, pictorial onlay of The Little Prince to front board, twin rule to turn-ins in black, dark green endpapers, gilt edges. With colour illustrations by the author.
The Phantom of the Opera
Published: London: Mills and Boon Limited, 1911
First UK edition, first printing in English of this mystery thriller which formed the basis for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical. Finely bound in black morocco, onlay of a mask to front board, title to spine in silver, black marbled endpapers, silver edges. Housed in a black flat cloth solander box by The Chelsea Bindery with the spine lettered in silver.
Just So Stories
Published: London: Macmillan and Co. Limited, 1902
First edition, first impression. Finely bound in crimson morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, single rule to boards, multi-coloured onlay of elephant to front board, twin rule to turn-ins gilt, dark green endpapers, gilt edges. With 12 black and white illustrations by the author.
La Cuisine Cousu-Main
Published: Paris: Société Christian Dior, 1972
First edition, first impression. Presentation copy warmly inscribed by Michelin-starred chef Raymond Thuilier, who was a friend of Christian Dior and wrote the preface. Edition limited to 4,000 numbered copies, of which this is number 96. Dior was a passionate gourmet and this book compiles his favourite and most indulgent recipes.
TOLKIEN, J. R. R.
The Lord of the Rings
Published: London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd, 1969
First India paper edition of the three books originally published between 1954 and 1955, and here issued complete in one volume. Original black boards, spine lettered in gilt, design to front board in gilt, silver and green, marbled endpapers, green speckled edges. With the publisher’s black card slipcase. 2 folding colour maps. Spine a little faded, minor creasing to first few leaves.
WHITE, E. B.
Published: New York: Harper & Brothers, 1945
Finely bound in green morocco, titles to spine, two raised bands, multi-coloured pictorial onlay of Stuart Little to the front board, single rule to boards, twin rule to turn-ins, burgundy endpapers, gilt edges. Illustrated throughout by Garth Williams.
The London International Antiquarian Book Fair is on from Thursday 28th of May until Saturday 30th of May at the Olympia National in London. Tickets are available through the website here.