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Melbourne: George Robertson, circa 1911. Oblong quarto, frontispiece, plates; illustrated cloth, a little shaken, hinges repaired but a very good copy. Attractive children's book of six stories with engravings by eminent illustrator Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. Both Tarella (Ella) Quin and Ida Rentoul Outhwaite had attended East Melbourne Presbyterian Ladies' College...
Mons: chez Gaspard Migeot, 1740.
Mexican Bishop and the Land of VirtueDuodecimo, contemporary mottled calf, gilt. Attractive copy of a rare work, with a Belgian imprint, relating the "mysterious voyage" to a "Land of Virtue". First published in Rouen in 1684, this rare spiritual romance is an educational novel...
Londres; et se trouve à Paris: Pissot, 1784. Octavo, woodcut vignette on title, early inscribed attribution 'Par Mr de Péméyea'; contemporary French quarter calf. First edition of this antiquarian utopia set in Minoan Crete, chronicling the reconciliation of all strata of society. The success of this novel by the Professeur.....
Londres: T.P. Capel, 1784. Octavo, completely uncut, original wrappers. First edition: the fictional discovery and translation of an ancient travel account used to mask a political satire. The London imprint is probably a disguise since the binding shows the use of French printed waste as strengthening. Published only five years...
London: Goupil & Co, Jean Boussod, Manzi, Joyant & Co, 1902. Folio, coloured frontispiece & b/w engravings, full brown morocco, spines gilt, tooled; Deluxe limited edition LIX/CCL (250 copies). Deluxe limited edition on Japanese paper with plates printed in two states. Pollard was a leading authority on Tudor history of...
Amsterdam: Jean Frederic Bernard, 1741.
The enlightenment RabelaisThree quarto volumes, with two frontispieces, two engraved decorative titles, and 16 plates (of which three are folding), contemporary binding of polished calf, flat spines gilt with complex ornaments in panels. Beautifully printed with an impressive array of engraved plates, this is...
Sydney: Jons Productions, nd, but, 1945. Oblong octavo, 28pp., 12 full-page colour plates and other black & white drawings; early gift inscription on inside cover, else a very good copy in cloth-backed pictorial boards. Scarce and charming Australian children's story about Peter the Penguin.
London: Printed for S. Richardson, 1754. Seven volumes, small octavo, single leaf publisher's advertisement in volume IV, marginal tear with slight loss to one page of volume III and two pages in volume VI, some pages becoming loose (see volume IV), early owner's inscription to each title-page ("Jurin"), occasional eighteenth-century...
London: T. Longman et al. 1796. Seven volumes, small octavo; each volume with an engraved frontispiece showing a scene from the narrative; contemporary half roan, marbled paper sides, flat spines lettered in gilt. A very attractive set, from the library of the Marquess Conyngham at Slane Castle, Ireland, with his...
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....
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: 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...
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: 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...