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London: Marcus Ward, 1878-1879.
Victorian medieval fantasies unfoldOctavo, 26 volumes, a handsome set in uniform black polished half calf with gilt spine lettering. Comprehensive illustrated edition of the Scott's complete works, enriched with charming plates and vignettes throughout.
London: Ward, Lock, and Co., 1894.
large format editionLarge octavo, 25 volumes; illustrations and plates throughout, bound in contemporary half calf and marbled boards. A substantial set of the novels of Sir Walter Scott, often considered the best collected edition on account of its lavish illustration and ample size.....
Edinburgh: Constable, 1820-1826.
First editions of the great chivalrous romancesUniform partial set, twenty five volumes, duodecimo; all bound without the half-titles and advertisements, handsome set contemporary polished calf. First editions, works include Redgauntlet, A Tale of the Eighteenth Century; Kenilworth a Romance; The Abbot; The Monastery. A Romance; The.....
London: S. Briscoe, 1722. Two volumes, octavo, frontispiece portrait; blue morocco gilt, by Smith. First edition thus: expanded from an edition of 1702, it has been conjectured (probably unsubstantially) that this edition was prepared by Defoe. Dashing, profligate and witty, Sedley was a favourite of Charles II. He 'gained a......
London: J. Dodsley, 1780.
'With piercing shrieks bewail thy Hero's doom!'Small quarto, 23 pp., recent marbled wrappers. Rare: second edition of Seward's famous tribute, published the same year as the first edition, and 'one of the most influential odes on Captain Cook' (Forbes). Numerous footnotes refer to events on.....
London: John and Henry L. Hunt, 1824.
With the introduction by Mary ShelleyOctavo, 415 pp., bound without the errata; contemporary polished green calf, An attractive copy of this important collection, with a short but poignant biographical notice by Mary Shelley. Shelley died in July 1822, drowned in the sea.....
Oxford: D.A. Tallboys, 1829. Octavo; vii,,69,,,-329pp. in nineteenth century half maroon roan. First edition thus, with errata slip. "This volume is very carefully edited; it contains Sir. P. Sidney's Sonnets, Masque, Defence of Poesy, and some letters now first published" (Lowndes).
London: Chapman and Hall, 1846. Octavo, colour frontispiece and two other colour plates (lacking the third plate), original decorative cloth, an early presentation inscription on front free endpaper. The colour issue which includes a stirring plate of an aboriginal possum hunt, and a lengthy chapter dealing with the customs of.....
London: Boussod Valadon & Co, 1893. Folio, coloured frontispiece & 24 full page engraved plates with captioned tissue guards; full red morocco, tooled, gilt spine; marbled end papers. An illustrated history of the unfortunate Queen in a sumptuous late Victorian binding.
London & Paris: Goupil & Co, Jean Boussod, Manzi, Joyant & Co, 1898. Folio, colour frontispiece & engraved plates, protected with tissue guards; full brown morocco; gilt spine and tooling, marbled end papers with inner gilt dentelles; bookplate of John Stafford Reid Byers. A comprehensive biography of Charles I, by.....
London: John Murray, 1871. Octavo, with steel-engraved illustrations; original green cloth, decorated in black and gilt. The surprisingly scarce first edition of this famous juvenile; Ferguson records only a later impression. The attractive vignettes used as chapter-headings include rather good views of Melbourne and Sydney as well as Auckland, Honolulu.....
Paris: Maradan, 1810.
Charming natural history for young peopleSix volumes, octavo, engraved frontispiece and title to each volume, 65 engraved plates; uncut, in original bright pink wrappers with original paper spine labels. The first French edition of Thomas Smith's delightful natural history for young people: an immaculate set, in.....
London: B. Law et al. 1792. Two volumes, small octavo; engraved frontispieces; contemporary half roan, flat spines lettered in gilt. A fresh and attractive copy, from the library of the Marquess Conyngham at Slane Castle, Ireland, with his bookplates and his signature at the top of each title page. This.....
London: T. Longman, and G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1792. Three volumes, small octavo; a fine copy in contemporary half roan, flat spines lettered in gilt. A fine set of the fourth edition of this famous novel, from the library of the Marquess Conyngham at Slane Castle, Ireland, with.....
Paris: Charles de Sercy, 1659. Duodecimo, contemporary speckled calf, spine gilt between raised bands. Very scarce: first edition of this description and history of an imagined kingdom, an allegorical satire on French court and society. Sorel (1597-1674) novelist and historian, wrote a vast array of works, many issued anonymously or.....
London: Bell and Daldy, 1862.
Homage to Elizabeth ReginaFive volumes, large octavo, fine in half polished calf binding by Bayntun of Bath, spines gilt. Handsome collected edition, edited with notes by J. Payne Collier and featuring a special biographical section titled The Life of Spenser. As with the writings.....
London: circa 1788.
Cook's immortal nameEngraved view with poem, 195 x 105 mm., laid down on card. Rare Cook engraving, with commemorative poem, after a drawing by Thomas Stothard (1755-1834). Stothard was elected to the Royal Academy in 1794 and often collaborated with William Blake, although the present engraving.....
Amsterdam: Joannes Wolters, 1707.
The best edition of the textFolio, with a fine engraved title-page, parallel text in Greek and Latin in double columns; small blind-embossed library stamp on preliminaries; a handsome copy in contemporary vellum; spine decorated in gilt between raised bands, leather label, covers ornately gilt with.....
Amsterdam: Joannes Wolters, 1707.
The best edition of the text.Two volumes, folio, with a fine engraved title-page, parallel text in Greek and Latin in double columns; some wear affects joints of the first volume (yet binding still firm); a very good copy in contemporary full calf with raised bands.....
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1860. Octavo, 13 handcoloured illustrations and numerous woodcuts; full calf. First edition with illustrations by John Leech: a classic of Victorian sporting literature. Surtees was an aficionado of the hunt and failed solicitor, who began writing his Sporting Magazine in 1831. Immensely popular in the Victorian.....
London: M. Walbrook, 1884.
With an important West Australian vocabularyOctavo, in original gilt lettered publisher's blue cloth. A detailed first-hand account of pioneering days at the Swan River settlement. The author, an Irish candidate for the Bar, was attracted by the lure of large land grants in Western Australia.....
Paris: Clouzier & F. Le Breton, 1730.
Gulliver's son JeanTwo volumes, but a really pretty set in contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments, double red labels. First edition of this sequel to Swift's Gulliver's Travels by the first French translator of the work. The impressive success of Desfontaines'.....
Paris: Lebigre Freres, 1832-1833.
with the hunch-backed Crump-backsSix volumes in three, duodecimo, with six frontispiece plates; in contemporary French marbled calf. A charming French edition of Swift's Gulliver's Travels with the "sequel" concocted by the first French translator of the work Abbé Desfontaines. The impressive success of Desfontaines' heavily.....
London: G.J. Palmer for J. Hatchard and Son, 1844.
English and French missionaries feuding in TahitiOctavo, engraved frontispiece, map and seven text vignettes; full contemporary calf; a fine copy. A particularly fine copy of an updated account of the London Missionary Society's activities in Tahiti, aimed at a juvenile.....