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Melbourne: Edward A. Vidler, 1920.
With illustrations by Napier WallerOctavo, two black & white plates by Napier Waller; original pictorial wrappers with yap edges. A two-act play with an unusual idea for staging involving cinematic sets. Illustrated by Napier Waller.
London: Privately Printed, 1916.
With pencil revisions probably by the authorOctavo, original wrappers, uncut, partly unopened. A very good copy of the only edition, with pencil revisions to several poems, probably by Baylebridge himself. Christened Blocksidge, the Australian poet and short story writer is better known as William Baylebridge.....
London: George Cawthorn, 1797.
The "most esteemed" English plays34 volumes, 16mo., engravings; contemporary sprinkled calf, blue morocco spines richly gilt. A most handsome set of collected plays by the famous publisher Bell, 'the mischievous spirit, the very Puck of booksellers' (DNB). This fine collection includes many of the most.....
London: W.Bulmer and Co., 1796.
From the library of Frances Mary CurrerFolio, stipple engraved frontispiece and engravings in text; a charming copy in half dark green morocco, marbled boards, armorial bookplates for Frances Mary Richardson Currer and Mathew Wilson, contemporary ink ownership signature of 'M R Currer' on half.....
London: W. Nicol for John Murray, 1835. Two volumes, octavo, extra-illustrated with 71 plates by Hogarth and others (inlaid to size or pasted down); in contemporary dark green pebble grain morocco gilt, all edges gilt. A very handsome extra-illustrated copy of Butler's famous mock epic, in fine condition. This edition.....
London: John Murray, 1821.
Lord Byron's influencesTall octavo, missing both half-titles, 'Marino Faliero' without terminal ad.; contemporary green half morocco, gilt, Attractive volume of two important works by Byron. First edition, first issue of Marino Faliero: the Doge's speech on page 151 consists of only five and a half.....
Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1875. Small octavo; in a handsome vellum binding, boards with black morocco onlays, decorated ornately with gilt Greek key motif, morocco label and tailpiece, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers. A beautifully bound copy of the second edition, revised and corrected, of this attractive nineteenth-century version of the poems.....
Newcastle-upon-Tyne: J. Marshall, MS note dated, 1807.
Nelson & TrafalgarSingle sheet folded to form four leaves (eight pages paginated); edges untrimmed. A well-preserved early nineteenth-century English chapbook of popular ballads and ditties. This publication of eight pages is one of a series; each part being separately issued and individually.....
Paris: Desaint & Saillant, Durand, 1756. Octavo, engraved frontispiece portrait by Tardieu le fils, and 10 engraved plates by Chedel, engraved titlepage vignette, headpiece to dedication leaf and tailpieces at end of each canto; a very attractive copy in contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt, crimson morocco label. First edition.....
London: J. Johnson, 1782-, 1785. Two volumes, octavo; early ownership inscription on title of volume two, a handsome set in attractive nineteenth-century calf. First edition, issue without preface. The first edition of volume one was published separately in 1782 as Poems, the first edition of volume two appeared separately in.....
London: J. Johnson, 1808. Two volumes, octavo; contemporary blue morocco, gilt. New edition, with engraved head- and tail-pieces by Thurston. Based on the first editions of 1782 and 1785, and including his most famous work The Task. Thurston's engravings are an attractive complement to Cowper's poetry.
London: J. Dodsley, 1781. Quarto, 36 pp. (with terminal blank); in modern half polished tan calf. First edition, scarce. The work was published for subscribers, apparently in an edition of around 250: books 'give new views to life, and teach us how to live'. Although he had published Inebrity in.....
London: John Murray, 1819. Two volumes, octavo, with the half-titles and a final leaf of advertisements; in half green morocco. First edition, the last of Crabbe's works to be published during his lifetime. Although passionately opposed to sentimentality, his use of the Augustan heroic couplet has a slightly jingling tone.....
London: J. Dodsley, 1783. Quarto, with half-title and final blank; in later drab boards. First edition of Crabbe's best poem, an unsentimental homage to English country life. It was the work that confirmed his reputation and promise. Written in stirring heroic couplets, the poem was an implicit protest against the.....
London: B. Tooke and G. Strahan, 1703. Quarto; title page thumbed; polished half calf by Sangorski and Sutcliff. Early edition of John Crown's best play. Based on the Spanish play No Puedesser, and written at the command of Charles II, Sir Courtly Nice was first performed (and published) in 1685.....
Paris: Philippe-Denys Pierres, 1782. Duodecimo, engraved title, engraved plate, half-title, single page approbation at rear, a lovely copy in contemporary tan calf, flat spine gilt with red morocco label, bumped. A rare work and a very attractive copy of the most celebrated and influential poem of Delille, in which the.....
London: Printed for William Miller... by T. Bensley, 1804.
"Largest Paper", binding attributed to Edwards of HalifaxLarge octavo, with three steel-engraved plates and five finely engraved vignettes; a very large copy with wide margins in a splendid straight-grained red morocco binding (attributed to Edwards of Halifax) with elegant neoclassical.....
Launceston: Cornwall Chronicle, 1855.
Poems for the Crimean WarSmall octavo, 114 pp., single page "In Memoriam" bound in, early newspaper report of Gardner's death pasted to a blank, some significant toning; a charming copy in full pebble-grained green morocco, gilt. Very scarce: a Launceston-published anthology of poetry by William.....
London: J. Dodsley, 1768. Octavo, with the rare half-title; contemporary ownership inscription on front flyleaf, in contemporary calf, preserved in a folding cloth case. First edition, second issue with the contents at page 121. This is the first London edition and includes the famous 'Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard'.....
London: Edward Bull, 1829.
Flinders & Baudin both get a poetDuodecimo, with a steel-engraved decorative title-page, in contemporary green morocco, all edges gilt, bound without half-title or final leaf of advertisements. A collection of romantic poems by Thomas Kibble Hervey (1799-1859) including "Australia", a lengthy idyllic poem inspired by.....
London: Payne and Edwards, 1792-, 1793.
The London HoraceTwo volumes, quarto, with a portrait frontispiece; in contemporary tree calf, flat spines with gilt panelling, red and green morocco labels. Fine and scholarly printing of Horace: 'a very magnificent and valuable edition; the text of which is formed chiefly on.....
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.....
Paris: Chez Giguet et Michaud, 1805.
Waiting for La PerouseTwo volumes, octavo, engraved frontispiece and half-title in each volume; nineteenth-century mottled calf, gilt. First edition of Esmenard's epic poem on voyages of discovery generally, and La Pérouse specifically. The work includes a plate of the 'Naufrage des Canots de.....