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Thornton's Bookshop
( W A & J S Meeuws ) ( ABA and ILAB )
Established in Oxford in 1835 

Member of the ABA since 1907
The Old Barn - Walnut Court
Faringdon, SN7 7JH
Faringdon is a small market town near the 
Cotswolds, about 20 miles from Oxford
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Tommy Joy, 1904 – 2003 . Bookseller,  talks about his indentured apprentice at Thornton’s Bookshop, 
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Rayner Unwin: The making of The lord of the Rings.
New edition 2018
8 pages in stapled wrappers. 100 numbered copies

 Books on the Ancient Near East  - A scholar’s library
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Joseph, Jacques,
NASENPLASTIK UND SONSTIGE GESICHTSPLASTIK,NEBST EINEN ANHANG UEBER MAMMAPLASTIK und einige weitere Operationen aus dem Gebiete der aeusseren Koerperplastik:
EIN ATLAS UND LEHRBUCH, mit 1718 zum Teil farbigen Abbildungen im Text.Leipzig, Kabitzsch,1931.
Reprint Oxford, Willem A Meeuws, 1975. xxxi,842pp, korrigenda leaf, Hardback

***The author's major work on plastic surgery of the nose, his 1st. efforts were in 1911(in HANDBUCH der SPECIELLEN CHIRURGIE., edited by KATZ,PREYSING,und BLUMEN FELD) , and another in 1916 (DIE KRIEGSVERLETZUNGEN der KIEFER und ANGRENZDEN TEILE),& another in 1927. See: . GM 5763.

first authorized reprint £ 65.00 post free (nearly out of print ) 
one copy left of the half leather edition £ 145.00



When We Were Very Young; Winnie-the-Pooh; Now We Are Six; The House at Pooh Corner
London, Methuen & Co.,, 1924-1928. 4 volumes, sm-octavo. Bound in recent full morocco, in their respective original published colours, with gilt titles, the original Sheppard illustrations on the front boards embossed in gilt, gilt decoration and raised bands on spines, gilt rules to fronts and insides of the boards, 2 of the volumes have the original endpapers, top edges gilt. Housed in a blue cloth covered protective slipcase. Illustrated by E. H. Shepard First Impressions, with the exception, as so often, of When We Were Very Young which is the 2nd editon December 1924 Ask for a  more detailed description of this beautiful set.. £ 975.00

Albert Einstein 27 first editions of his lectures 1922 - 1933

Friedenauer Presse - Andreas Wolff : A collection / eine Sammlung,

Sitzungsberichte der preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften -  Physikalisch-mathematische Klasse  for the years 1922 – 1938
( Proceedings of the Prussian Academy of sciences – physics and mathematics section ) 
The set contains 26 Einstein first editions alone

Unique collection of theses dating from the 16th to the 20th century.  So far 376 titles have been described here, approximately 150 more are still to be listed. Subjects: Classical antiquity, theology, history, zoology, botany, physics, chemistry. The majority are in the medical field.


1815, Napoleon’s return from Elba, "The Hundred Days - Les Cent Jours " 
posters and newspapers, a collection SOLD

J.R.R. Tolkien

Fritz Lometsch,  4 titles from the library of a Hamburg publisher
Alt-China.  Acht Originalschnitte       -----     Wanderbuch meines Lebens. Ein Rückblick.
Farbiger Abglanz. Ein Skizzenbuch.  -----      Häuser und Jahrhunderte Historische Bauten der Stadt Kassel

The Tale of Igor's Campaign and Palekh miniature  Edition de Luxe
of the medieval epic of the Kievan Rus'.
about h 43.2 cm x w 29.8 cm x d 2.0 cm. Moscow, Academia, 1934

Vehmeyer, H.M.,
Clocks: Their Origin and Development 1320-1880. 2 Volumes.

The Oxford Bestiarium [bestiary ]
Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ms. Ashmole 1511, Southern England, 12th Century

Rayner Unwin: the making of the Lord of the rings. new edition 2018

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Dekesel, Christian E.  & Yvette M.M. 
Dekesel-De Ruyck
A bibliography of  18th Century numismatic
books. 5 volumes 
1 - 4 published so far
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James Joyce Ulysses
Limited edition in full leather

Siborne, Captain W.,
History of the War in France and Belgium, in 1815. Containing 
Minute Details of the Battles of Quatre-Bras, Ligny, Wavre, 
and Waterloo. By Captain W. Silborne. 2 Volumes + Folder 
with all the Battle Maps. London. T and W Boone. 1844, 
second edition 
N o w    s o l  d

A Frans Masereel 
The last Costume ball in the Winter Palace .(1903)
2 volumes. (Kostiumirovannyi bal v Zimnem dvortse ) Bi-lingual English-Russian edition. £ 395.00
2003. Edition of 4000 copies One hundred years ago the office in charge of editing the State papers started work on the creation of a unique album : that of photogravures and photographs of the guests at the costume ball that took place in the winter Palace on 11 and 13 February 1903. The participants all wore 17th century clothing. In the end it was the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna herself who became the editor-in-chief of this album. Only a few copies of the original album survive in libraries and private collections. This edition is not a reprint of that rare 1904 volume, but it is an attempt by the publishers to show the guests of the ball as we see them today, one hundred years later. 


DEMIDOFF, Anatole de, Prince of San Donato. 
Voyage dans la Russie  méridionale & la Crimée par la Hongrie, la Valachie & la Moldavie  exécuté en 1837...par MM. de Sainson, Le Play, Hout, Léveillé, de  Nordmann, Rousseau et du Ponceau...Gihaut Frères, [1838-1848 ] Atlas
+  text volume , 7+621+(3) pp.. Illustrated with 64 plates by  Raffet. , 1840. 

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The Curzon Gospel
Volume I: An Annotated Edition; Volume II: A Linguistic and Textual Introduction
Edited by Cynthia Vakareliyska
1,344 pages | 246x189mm
978-0-19-921679-6 |
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