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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.....
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: Macmillan, 1883. Octavo; finely bound in full polished tortoiseshell marbled calf, inner gilt dentelles, all edges gilt, raised bands. A superb copy of the first edition, in an unusual polished tortoiseshell calf binding by Mudie. Here Meredith continues to delineate his cult of the earth, in the tradition of.....
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: F.S. Ellis, 1870-, 1871. Four volumes, octavo; contemporary manuscript inscriptions and attractive bookplates in each; contemporary half dark green morocco, top edges gilt, others uncut. Fifth edition of parts one and two, and second edition of parts three and four. A fine set of Morris's third book, which was.....
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.....
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1911. Quarto, uncut, with colour-printed frontispiece and woodcut tail-piece by Florence Kingsford Cockerell; gilt stamped brown boards. First edition: an Egyptian fragment translated by Gilbert Murray. The classicist explains in his preface that "the origin of this tale is in Demotic Egyptian, in prose, on a fragmentary.....
Nuremberg: Endter, 1664.
Hungarian nobility and royaltyFolio, title-page in black and red, additional engraved title, 59 full-page portrait engravings in the text; in contemporary vellum, spine lettered in ink. First edition of this handsome work on the Hungarian monarchy with a wonderful series of fifty-nine full-length heraldic portraits of.....
London: T. Osborne et al. 1766.
From Moses to contemporary men of fashionEleven volumes, octavo; a most handsome set in contemporary speckled calf. This grave and ambitious work sets out to list the most famous and infamous individuals encountered in the histories and legends of all nations. Volume one.....
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.....
Paris: circa 1500.
Exquisite late medieval manuscript leafFine illuminated leaf, 165 x 109 mm., double-sided, with a fine miniature of St Matthew, 42 x 40 mm., with three-quarter ornamental border divided into geometrical compartments, with blue and gold acanthus and coloured flowers and leaves; one 2-line illuminated initial C......
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.....
London: J. Dodsley, 1767. Three volumes, octavo, engraved frontispiece and titles, two other textual engravings; an attractive set with contemporary ownership inscriptions, contemporary calf, spines banded and gilt, red morocco labels. Second edition, expanded, of this celebrated collection. Samuel Johnson is known to have encouraged Percy in his work, and.....
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: J. Wright, 1734. Folio; a large copy, disbound; quarter morocco box. First edition, and a fine copy of one of Pope's most celebrated invectives, addressed to his physician and life-long friend, Arbuthnot. It famously contains Pope's savaging of Queen Caroline's confidant and society gossip Lord Hervey, who is named.....