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London: Taylor and Hessey, 1823. Duodecimo; original blue-grey boards and paper label; uncut, with the three final leaves of advertisements. Third edition: an attractive copy, in original binding, of the book which established De Quincey's literary reputation. Himself a laudanum addict, this harrowing account of the joys and sorrows of...
London: Frank Kerslake, 1879.
Dickens BibliographyOctavo; original wrappers bound in, half morocco. First edition of this early bibliography. A brief bibliography had been published in Forster's Life (1873), but this work is expressly designed to supersede it. It proposes, Cook writes, 'to give the Bibliophilist or Collector a thorough...
London: Jacob Tonson, 1682. Small quarto, 32pp.; protected in modern wrapper. First edition, second issue: 'the second of Dryden's political satires'. The acquittal of the Earl of Shaftesbury on charges of treason for opposing the succession of the Catholic James was regarded as a great Whig victory. Flushed with success...
Dumas on convicts, New Caledonia and Botany BaySix sheets of neatly written autograph manuscript on light blue paper, headed "Les Bagnes", each sheet measuring 276 x 215 mm., preserved in a neat modern slipcase. An important and revealing manuscript essay on prisons and convict transportation by the...
London: S.P.C.K., n.d., but, 1879. Octavo, frontispiece and two black &-white plates; in the original green decorated cloth. Charles Eden lived in Australia for eight years, during which time he wrote a number of stories for boys. This tale is based on his experiences in Queensland and New Guinea.....
London: Cadell and Davies, 1811.
One of Field's earliest publicationsOctavo; an excellent copy in contemporary half calf (spine renewed) and marbled boards, new endpapers. First edition of a rare piece by of one of Australia's first civilian judges, one of our first poets (and warm friend of Charles Lamb)...
London: Printed for T. Longman et al. 1792. Three volumes, small octavo, with four engraved plates; in attractive contemporary half roan, flat spines lettered in gilt. A very attractive set of a "new edition" of this great novel, first published in 1749, from the library of the Marquess Conyngham at...
Paris: Claude Barbin, 1692. Octavo, in contemporary mottled calf, spine panelled in gilt; fine armorial bookplate on front pastedown. A revised edition, prepared by François Raguenet, possibly from a manuscript by Foigny himself. The dangerously heretical nature of the first edition has been tempered here by concentrating on the fabulous.....
Amsterdam: David Mortier, 1732.
French editionSmall octavo; contemporary French mottled calf, spine panelled in gilt between raised bands, red morocco label; with the bookplate of Bernard Gore Brett. Attractive early edition of Foigny's imaginary voyage to Australia. This is the fourth French edition, based on the Paris edition of...
Amsterdam: Willem de Coup, Willem Lamsvelt, Philip Verbeek, Jan Lamsvelt, 1701.
The "Vlamingh edition"Small quarto, in an attractive period-style binding of full calf, spine banded, red morocco label. Rare: the "Vlamingh edition" of Foigny's famous imaginary voyage to Australia. This edition was one of a trio of separate "Southern...
Paris: Jean-Francois Bastien, 1790.
A fantastic galactic utopiaEight volumes, octavo, engraved portrait frontispiece in volume 1 and a folding plate in vol. 2; a fine set in contemporary French polished marbled calf; flat spines ornately gilt with double red labels. A very attractive set of Fontenelle's works, including his...
Whitcombe & Tombes, circa 1919.
Lavish colour platesQuarto, three tipped-in plates (two in full colour); a fine copy, stitch-sewn, with the pictorial wrappers tied on with the original blue ribbon. A fine copy of this book of poetry written and illustrated by Gaze, known for his 'distinct personal style'...
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1933.
An ephemeral reprintOctavo, 77 pp., with a frontispiece and illustrations throughout, with two instances of juvenile handcolouring (but minor); original wrappers. The popularity of Gibbs' "gumnut" series ensured that many subsequent editions would enter the market in different formats: this sequel to Little Ragged...
Lyon: Cercle Lyonnais du livre, 1928.
Prepared for a select society of bibliophilesPortfolio, with unbound letterpress sheets printed in folio and 32 handcoloured plates loosely inserted (and final colophon leaf signed by Daragnès); a fine example in original folding case with leather ties, housed within the publisher's slipcase. An...
Quaint original Sydney Town colonial bindingSix volumes duodecimo, bound in uniform contemporary polished sheep with gilt spines. Choice example of colonial Sydney bookbinding, with each volume bearing the ticket of stationer William Moffitt of Pitt Street (most often remembered as printer and distributor of the New South...
London: T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1797. Octavo, uncut, single leaf errata; in period style half red morocco. Influential study of the tales of Sindbad and their relation to the imaginary voyage. The poet and antiquary Hole (1746-1803) was a founding member of the Exeter Literary Society, to which he...
London: Boussod Valadon & CO., 1897. Folio, coloured frontispiece & b/w engravings, red leather presentation binding, inset with letter of presentation; gilt spine; gilt tooling green silk endpapers with inner gilt dentelles. Presented to Thomas Ryland, a prominent member of the Birmingham community. Ornate and decorative binding typical of the...
London: R. Ware, 1754. Octavo; original boards. Eleventh edition. Copy of David Dundas with bookplate. Historiographer royal to Charles II, and author of many historical works, it is nonetheless this work upon which his 'enduring title to literary fame rests' (CHEL). Written during his imprisonment in the 'Fleet' in the...
London: J. Darby, 1726. Octavo, engraved frontispiece; contemporary calf, Ninth edition. Howell, historiographer royal to the court of Charles II, wrote this collection of often fictional letters in 1645. Witty, lucid and readable they are the work on which Howell's 'enduring title to literary fame rests' (CHEL); they include one...
Babylone (Paris): n.p., 1760. Octavo, with four engraved plates by Cochin after Desfriches illustrating the second work "Mon Odyssée ou le Journal de Mon Retour de Saintonge"; contemporary mottled calf,spine gilt with red label. First edition: a marvellous utopian community in Africa, prefiguring the uses of photography, television and the.....
London: Richard Bentley, 1842-1855.
Uniform binding by Bayntun of bathThree volumes, octavo, with 18 illustrations, in matching half red morocco with marbled boards, raised spines decorated in gilt. A very good mixed set of the first three series of this beautifully produced edition, in uniform Bayntun binding. Ingoldsby's Legends...