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London: Henry Bohn, 1850-1854.
Includes biographies of Columbus and the prophet MohammedTen volumes, octavo, finely bound by in green half calf with elaborate gilt spines. Sterling example of early twentieth century English bookbinding from the workshop of Sangorski & Sutcliff. Although best known for his short stories, particularly the...
Boston: The Stinehour Press for the Club of Odd Volumes, 1980. Octavo; fine in original papered boards, with paper spine label. Sidney Ives' lively work on the mysterious affair of the trial of Jane Austen's aunt, Mrs Leigh Perrot, for shoplifting in 1800. The work includes part of a letter...
"Pressure" (Paris?): Dans les Jardins de M. l'Ebahi, 1788.
A visit to JapanOctavo, half-title, woodcut vignette of a ship setting sail at start of text; neat modern quarter calf. First edition: a very scarce anonymous imaginary voyage and a satirical commentary on French politics and society which has decadent...
London: W. Strahan & T. Cadell, 1776. Octavo; early repair to front hinge and spine, in contemporary sheep. First collected edition of these political pamphlets, published anonymously. Probably the most famous of the four is the last, 'Taxation no Tyranny; An Answer to the Resolutions and Address of the American...
Mediolani (Milan): A. Minutianus, 1513-1514.
The great history of the Jews: a beautiful copy in a lovely English bindingTwo parts in one volume, folio; printed in roman letter, large and smaller initials historiated in red and blue, eighteenth-century English brown morocco, spine ornately panelled in gilt between raised bands...
Cambridge: Macmillan, 1857. Three volumes, octavo; 4 pp. publisher's advertisements at end of volume I, publisher's catalogue dated January 1857 at end of volume II and volume III; original blind-stamped blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, First edition. Continuing Kingsley's urgent belief in the necessity for religion and politics to...
Cambridge: Macmillan, 1862. Three volumes, octavo; uncut in the original morocco-grain blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Rare: first edition of Kingsley's second novel, written on his return to England. 'The romantic story of an old English family, affected by mixed marriages and consequent social and ecclesiastical problems… Some Australian...
London: Ward, Locke & Co. n.d, circa 1865. Octavo; contemporary half blue morocco. A nice copy of this one-volume edition of Kingsley's classic novel, first published in three volumes in 1859. Two Devonshire county families come to Australia to seek their fortunes; bushrangers, natural disasters and cattle branding give drama...
"Agra" (Paris): avec Privilege du Grand Mogol, 1746.
Not known to Strabo or PtolemyTwo volumes in one, octavo; in contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt, crimson label. First edition: a popular and often reprinted satire on Parisian manners, set in the Indies, in a "fertile land now known to...
London: Vernor and Hood, 1799.
La Pérouse torn between two wives.Octavo, 40 pp., recent wrappers, solander case. A light-hearted drama based on the disappearance and conjectured fate of La Pérouse in the Pacific. This is the London-published translation of the German play which had appeared in Leipzig in 1797.....
London: Taylor and Hessey, 1823. Octavo, 6pp. ads at rear. First edition, second issue: Lamb's most famous work. Writing as 'Elia' for the London magazine, the graceful irony of Lamb's essays was immediately popular, and his unaffected, inclusive style brought a poise rarely equalled in the essayist. Nonetheless, Elia sold...
London: Macmillan, 1921. Small octavo, all edges gilt, a crisp copy; full polished calf, spine with raised bands, gilt. A very good copy of the well-known English essayist Charles Lamb's best known work. First appearing between 1820 and 1823 in the London Magazine, the content is known to be largely...
Rotterdam: Don Luis le Maingre …, 1730. Duodecimo, with both errata leaves; contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments between raised bands, crimson morocco label. First edition of this imaginary voyage, and very rare. Although rarely commented on, this work concludes with the hypothesis that Hercules discovered the golden...
London: Hurst, Robinson and Company, 1822. Four volumes, small octavo, 24 engravings including 4 frontispieces, some foxing to plates and preliminaries; half polished calf with marbled boards, spines with double morocco labels, gilt. A lovely set of the French novelist and playwright Alain-René Lesage's masterpiece in a Root binding. Lesage...
'Andrinople: chez Thomas Franco" 1734. Duodecimo, old quarter calf. First edition of this allegorical satire on French society, an orientalist fantasy with Malabar princesses and many of the usual props including sultans and harems. Its author is believed to have been de Longue, an obscure writer who does not make...
Rotterdam: Jean Hofhoudt, 1729. Octavo, woodcut vignettes; in contemporary sprinkled calf. First edition of this Oriental romance and utopian allegory by the economist Melon (d. 1738), an influential French intellectual, who, amongst other things, helped found a literary society under the protection of the Duc de la Force. His best...
London: Archibald Constable, 1895. Two volumes, octavo; ribbed sage-green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and the upper board, uncut. First edition and one of Meredith's best loved novels: the 'chivalrous advocacy of women compromised in honour and in pride by masculine despotism' (CHEL).
London: Chapman & Hall, 1885. Three volumes, octavo, with the half-titles; original red cloth. First English edition, preceded by a New York piracy of the unfinished novel as it appeared in the Fortnightly Review from September to December 1884, where it ended with the abrupt note: 'Thus was the erratic...
London: William Heinemann, 1929. Tall octavo, signed and numbered from a limited edition of 375, with twelve engravings (including frontispiece) unopened; in full vellum binding, gilt, bookplate. A very good copy of George Moore's decorative retelling of the Gospel story. Published by Heinemann, a private press from Covent Garden established...
London and Paris: Barbou, 1777. Duodecimo, with a frontispiece to the first work; contemporary dark green morocco, sides bordered and spine panelled in gilt, all edges gilt. The attractive Barbou edition of Utopia, bound with the matching edition of Erasmus' Praise of Folly. The friendship between More and Erasmus (1469-1536)...
London: William Miller, 1808.
Large paper issue of a classicQuarto, engraved frontispiece and one plate; contemporary straight-grain brown morocco, elaborately gilt. Classic edition of More's Utopia in English, here in a "Large Paper" issue: a fine copy of this attractive scholarly edition of Robinson's translation of More's text, with...
London: Robert Holden, 1926. Octavo, four facsimile plates, uncut; original quarter vellum, cloth sides. From a limited edition of 750, the first volume in the Library of Impostors: the tale of a fateful trip. It includes four plates reproduced from the first edition. First published in 1751, this work has...
London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1890. Octavo; original dark blue cloth. Third edition (first 1889), with presentation inscription "Eden Lewis from Rosalind Carlisle, July 1893" (Lady Carlisle was Gilbert Murray's mother-in-law), and the signature of the book's later owner Hugh Lloyd-Jones, Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford. Gobi or Shamo...