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“Never pretend that the things you haven’t got are not worth having” – Virginia Woolf

As Christmas approaches ABA members are releasing their seasonal catalogues. From first editions of classics to desk seals and beautiful prints, there’s a vast array of different items which would make the ideal gift. 




Alembic shares a selection of rarities for the perfect gift for any naturalists, astronomers or engineers in your life including a beautiful late Georgian seal fob features an early depiction of a steam engine locomotive and an elegant Art Nouveau desk seal depicting a bouquet of flowers. 


Maggs’ December catalogue focuses on the works of Virgina Woolf with works such as first editions of ‘Jacob’s Room’ and ‘Monday or Tuesday’ - the first with a beautiful dust jacket designed by Vanessa Bell and the second featuring four of her woodcuts.


Type & Forme’s most recent catalogue 'T. E. Lawrence in Word and Image’ focuses on his life and works, from artworks by E. H. Kennington depicting individuals from ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom’ to the first and only edition of ‘Evolution of a Revolt’.


Grosvenor Prints’ Christmas catalogue features a selection of beautiful prints from ethereal scenes such as ‘Cupid & Psyche’ painted by John Hoppner  to political satires such as ‘A Hard Passage or Boney Paying Base on the Continent’ portraying Napoleon playing the cello with a Russian Bear. 

Nicholas Goodyer provides a number of interesting pieces spanning the entirety of the 19th and 20th century including a ‘John Gould’s Birds of Great Britain’ (1873) and ‘Aeroplanes, Motor Cycles: The Modern Aeroplane with the Modern Motor Cycle’ (1935).


Richard C Ramer has provided a catalogue entitled ‘The Middle Ages’ with a variety of texts including poems, studies and accounts in Portuguese, such as the ‘Chronicles of the Reigns of the First Six Kings of Portugal’ (1727) and a ‘History of Prostitution’ by Paul Lacroix, best known under his pseudonym P L Jacob.


For more please visit our Catalogues page.