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France: circa 1420. Illuminated leaf on vellum, 265 x 175 mm., double-column text written in an attractive bâtard script in dark brown ink, lightly ruled, rubrics in red, handsome 4-line initial in burnished gold leaf on a blue and red background with delicate white filigrans, initial two lines alternatively red.....
Rouen: circa 1480-1500. Illuminated leaf, 166 x 112 mm., panel border on each side of the leaf composed of blue and gold acanthus, coloured flowers on hair-line stems; 4-line initial in dark red and heightened in grey and white on a liquid gold panel enclosing a coloured flower, three 1-line.....
Southern France: circa 1475.
Superb illuminated miniature of King DavidArched miniature depicting King David kneeling in prayer, 91 x 65mm., set in elaborate illuminated border on three sides; 4-line illuminated initial D (of "Domine" - O Lord), eight lines of gothic text on the other side;Mounted. A superb late.....
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.....
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: T. Osborne, 1744-1746.
Ambitious early project by Samuel JohnsonEight volumes, quarto, contemporary speckled calf with red and black spine labels, gilt decorated. A handsome set in eighteenth-century calf bindings of this classic literary collection, edited by Samuel Johnson as a young man, a decade before he would establish.....
London: J. Roberts, 1744. Octavo in fours, without half title and final advertisement; in nineteenth-century half calf with marbled paper sides. First edition, last page in state with single-line erratum. Like Rothschild's copy the pages 185 and 186 are misnumbered 179 and 180. Savage, 'an impostor, a libeller and something.....
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.....
London: Stockdale, 1811.
Bards of the Mermaid tavernFour volumes, small quarto, with an engraved frontispiece of each playwright by Audinet;, full diced Russia, gilt spines with raised bands. Beautifully bound set of the works of master playwright Ben Johnson, for many years the equal to Shakespeare on the English.....
London: Printed for J. Bell, 1771. Octavo; half-title restored at an early date, with slightloss of text, uncut in green quarter oasis, green cloth sides. First edition. Kenrick was a journalist and playwright known for his inflammatory writings and his attacks on Goldsmith, Boswell and Johnson. Here he points his.....
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 and Edinburgh: Mawman, 1804. Four volumes, octavo; fine in contemporary speckled calf, spines with simple double gilt rules, blue morocco lettering pieces and circular red morocco volume number labels; folding facsimile frontispiece showing Queen Mary's handwriting and a view of the College of Edinburgh. Handsome set of the second.....
Paris: Paulin, 1843. Octavo, ms. inscription on title; in the original printed yellow wrappers. Presentation copy of the very rare first edition of this utopian hymn to hashish. In the early 1840s the French psychiatrist Moreau had begun studying the possible therapeutic applications of hashish, in the process installing himself.....
Paris: Comptoir des Imprimeurs-Unis, 1848. Octavo, uncut and mostly unopened; in the original printed yellow wrappers, Author's presentation copy of the second edition of Lallemand's rare tale of the coming society, and the first to attribute authorship. First published as Le Hachych in 1843, its new title here is more.....
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.....
A Lausanne: chez Marc-Mic. Bousquet, 1756.
De la Rochefoucauld's copy of a de luxe issue, with an imaginary voyage to les Terres AustralesFour volumes, quarto; contemporary speckled calf, gilt backs with raised bands, contrasting spine labels with gilt lettering, with gilt stamped coat-of-arms arms at foot of spine encircled.....
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.....