For almost four decades now I have run bookshops

in various locations including of course, latterly, Cecil Court. Highly enjoyable as this has been, the time

has come to accept the inevitable and move

the business mainly online.


I must express my gratitude to all the customers who have made personal visits to the shop. It is to my regret that I will see so much less of so many old friends. Cecil Court naturally remains well worth visiting for anyone interested in fine and rare books.


Catalogues will carry on being issued, and thanks must also go to those customers with whom communication has always been remote. 




A selection of our books are shown below. To view the rest of our

stock please click through to the search area at the top of the page. 




The Plague by Albert Camus.

Hamish Hamilton, London. 1948.


First U. K. edition. Precedes the U. S. edition. Octavo. 285. Translated by Stuart Gilbert. One of the key texts of twentieth-century European literature.

Contemporary (1948) ownership signature on front free endpaper. Usual offsetting from the dustwrapper onto spine, otherwise fine in near-fine, slightly rubbed dustwrapper with the brilliant design by Michael Ayrton.






A Little History - Photographs of Nick Cave and Cohorts 1981-2013 by Nick Cave with the photographs by Bleddyn Butcher.

Allen and Unwin, London. 2014.


First edition. Quarto. pp [vi], 154.

Signed on the verso of the title-page (a blank) by Nick Cave and the photographer. Tail of spine bumped, otherwise fine in fine dustwrapper.





The Border Trilogy: All the Pretty Horses; The Crossing; Cities on the Plain by Cormac McCarthy.

Alfred A. Knopf, New York. 1992 - 1998.


First editions. Octavo. Three volumes: pp [viii], 302; [viii], 426; [vi], 292.

A fine set in fine dustwrappers. The dustwrapper of the third volume is slightly creased at the bottom edge. 




Piper's Places - John Piper in England and Wales by John Piper and Richard Ingrams.

Chatto and Windus and The Hogarth Press, London. 1983.


First edition. Quarto. 184 pages. Copiously illustrated with colour and black and white reproductions, many full page.

Small and faint marks to half-title page, otherwise fine in fine dustwrapper.                        




Saint Joan - A Chronicle Play in Six Scenes and an Epilogue by George Bernard Shaw with illustrations by Charles Ricketts.

Constable, London. 1924.


First edition. Folio. pp [vi], 183. 16 tipped-in colour plates by Charles Ricketts. One of 750 copes printed on hand-made paper. Designer binding by Gisele Aron exectuted by Zaehnsdorf probably in the 1950's: full cream and tan calf tooled in gilt and in blind, the title in red morocco inlaid on upper cover. Top edge gilt. Silk-covered endpapers, followed by another set of endpapers with a fleur-de-lys design.

Spine a little scuffed and tanned. Slight spotting to the prelims. Very good indeed in black buckram slipcase.






The Master of the World - A Tale of Mystery and Marvel by Jules Verne.

Sampson Low, Marston, London. [1914].


First U. K. edition. [Translated by Cranstoun Metcalf]. Octavo. 317 pages. Illustrations by Georges Roux. Striking pictoral cloth depicting a curious flying machine with bat-like wings. Robur the Conqueror seeks world domination.

Faint stain to top edge which has bled down to the extremity of the upper margins of a few pages. Small puncture to fore-edge of text block. Outer edge of lower cover lightly affected by damp. Very good.