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"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 Jonson, 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 slight loss 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.....
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.....
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.....
Amsterdam: Aux Depens de la …, 1733.
Colourful tale of a Canadian corsairTwo volumes in one, duodecimo, five plates, titles printed in red and black with engraved vignettes; occasional ms. marginalia in a neat early hand, a good copy in later half red morocco. An attractive copy of the.....
London: Fanfrolico Press, 1929. Tall octavo, signed numbered edition, includes numerous wood engraved illustrations, untrimmed; a crisp copy, top edges gilt, in full brown crushed morocco, title in gilt to spine. A very attractive copy from a limited edition published by the Fanfrolico Press. The accomplished translation is by Jack.....
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, and Company, 1885.
America's lyric foundationEight volumes, octavo; finely bound in contemporary tan polished calf, gilt. Very attractive set of Longfellow's works. Published shortly after the poet's decease, this comprehensive American edition includes prose and dramatic works. Many cherished favourites are here, including The Golden Legend.....
'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.....