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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
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Cotswolds, about 20 miles from Oxford
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Tommy Joy, 1904 – 2003 . Bookseller,  talks about his indentured apprentice at Thornton’s Bookshop, 
Oxford, 1920

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SELECTED RARE BOOKS
 
Heidenheim, Hanns H., Woodcuts of the Bible. 5 Volumes
5 volumes in folio. splendid edition, one of 300 numbered copies printed by hand from original woodblocks on hand-made Japanese paper. All prints signed by the artist/printer. Bound bloc-book type in oak-tanned cowhide, covers embossed from woodblock. Folder and slipcase covered in hand-made paper, main title and masthead of the volumes are also woodcuts. Düsseldorf, Ursus presse, 1965-1970. Splendid set. 

Volume 1: IJOB (Job) 23 woodcuts, separate introduction enclosed; 
Volume 2: Das Lieder der Lieder (Song of songs) 17 woodcuts, biblical text edited by Max Brod; introd. by J. Mager; 
Volume 3: Jesaja (Isaiah) 20 woodcuts. 
Volume 4: Am Anfang ( In the beginning) 21 woodcuts, 1998, In these woodcuts the artist tried to show the development of the Deus absconditus, the hidden God till His revelation in creation. Foundation of this work were the books of the Kabbalah. Volume 
Volume 5: Ursprung (Origin) 20 woodcuts, 2002, the 2nd announcement of the creation in the Bible. The illustrations cover old folk legends gathered over 3000 years going back to the Stone Age.  Cave drawings from 7000 to 200,000 years ago form the basis of these woodcuts. A descriptive booklet in the German language is added. 

Also in this collection Heidenheim's large poster-sized print , measuring 97 x 61 cm.
PSALM 22 (see image on the right)
Eli, eli, lema sabachtani.
printed from the woodblock in 3 colours, one of an edition of only 180 copies printed on Japanese paper
signed and numbered  .
Together with other Heidenheim materials, many invitations to his gallery exhibitions and one of his original woodblocks 

Nikolaus Ludwig Graf von von Zinzendorf
(1700-1760 )  A unique collection
 
 
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


 

 


 
MILNE, A.A.
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 


 
If you ever visit Antwerp ,the Nottebohm hall is a hidden pearl. Here the finest 150,000 volumes of the  Hendrik Conscience library are preserved in a historic and breathtaking setting. Its doors are only opened for exhibitions, lectures, concerts or tours. Go and meet the magic.

Our stock of J.R.R. Tolkien editions

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

Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo: Aurelij Augustini Prima Quinquagena
Basilee : Iohannem de Amerbach, 1497,
full details and images HERE
 

Me'ah Berachot from a private Collection in  New York .
An 18th-century miniature book of blessings and prayers.
A fine limited edition of 550 copies: 400 copies printed on vellum and 150
copies printed on a specially milled parchment paper. This is copy 495
ISBN 0 948223 146    (out of print )     £ 475

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
 

Tolkien, J[ohn] R[onald] R[euel]
The Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit. The Silmarillion 5 Volumes.
One of the numbered sets of the leatherbound Folio society edition

Catalogues and links:
 
Dekesel, Christian E.  & Yvette M.M. 
Dekesel-De Ruyck
A bibliography of  18th Century numismatic
books. 5 volumes 
1 - 4 published so far
The Poetry corner
Scharlie Meeuws' books on Blurb
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History of 11-12 Broad street
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The Tolkien page / links etc
 


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 
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A Frans Masereel 
collection
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The last Costume ball in the Winter Palace .(1903)
2 volumes. (Kostiumirovannyi bal v Zimnem dvortse ) Bi-lingual English-Russian edition. £ 395.00
NOW OUT OF PRINT
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 ] 

More details here

Calderón de la Barca, Pedro, (  1600-1681 ) 
Comedias del celebre poeta espanñol Don Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Cavallero del Orden de Santiago, Capellan de Honor de S. M. y de los 
Señores Reyes Nuevos de la Santa Iglesia de Toledo, que saca a la luz Don Juan Fernández de Apontes, y las dedica al mismo Don Pedro Calderon 
de la Barca, etc., Madrid, Viuda de don Manuel Fernández e Imprenta del Supremo Consejo de la Inquisición, 1760 – 1763. 11 volumes bound in 10 volumes.  Extremely rare complete set


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
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Ackermann's A history of the university of Oxford etc..
 

Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Tolkien page / links etc

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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 |
Publisher's Price:  £310.00 /
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£35.00
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