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Venice: circa 1430. Illuminated leaf on vellum, 469 x 353 mm., with illuminated initial "I", 122 x 90 mm. (body of initial); initial on a burnished gold ground and painted in rich colours of blue, red, green and ochre, the initial extended with lush leafy decoration in similar colours with...
Paris: Libraires du Palais-Royal, 1860. Duodecimo, green quarter morocco. First edition: a proposal for a 'new utopia' founded on pacifist principles. In 1859, a Franco-Italian alliance had sought to repel Austrian aggression in northern Italy, but the French people had been sickened by the losses, and Napoleon III had hastily...
Paris: Libraires du Palais-Royal, 1860. Duodecimo, uncut; original blue paper wrappers, manuscript inscription on front cover. First edition: a proposal for a 'new utopia' founded on pacifist principles. In 1859, a Franco-Italian alliance had sought to repel Austrian aggression in northern Italy, but the French people had been sickened by...
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: Baldwin and Cradock, 1835-, 1837. 15 volumes, small octavo, each volume with engraved title and frontispiece, 11 portrait engravings,, in matching contemporary full polished calf, spines with raised bands, decorated in gilt, black and red morocco labels. A first edition set of William Cowper's (1731-1800) complete works edited by...
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. Hatchard, 1812.
Poet, surgeon and clergymanOctavo, bound without the half-title and the final leaf of advertisements in old half blue calf. First edition of Crabbe's collection of twenty-one poems revealing his rather grim sense of humour. The most well-known of these, The Frank Courtship, tells of the...
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: Macmillan, 1890. Two volumes, octavo, in original blue cloth. First edition. Set in Germany, this fairy-tale concerns a young cigarette-maker, who claims to be the dispossessed Count Skariatine, and Vjera, a Polish girl, one of the few who believe his story. Given this preamble, it comes as little surprise...
London: Macmillan, 1895. Two volumes, octavo; uncut, in smooth blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine. New York. First American edition. Both "The Ralstons" and "Casa Braccio" were published in the U.S. before the U.K. Set in New York, this is a typically humane offering from Crawford, well-regarded for his.....
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...
London: W. Stahan and T. Cadell, 1771.
Biographical and anecdotal history of the timesTwo volumes, quarto, with the erratum leaf in the second volume; a very good set in contemporary polished calf, with double spine labels in red and green morocco. A handsome set in a contemporary binding of...
London: Taylor and Hessey, 1823. Duodecimo; original blue-grey boards and paper label; uncut, with the three final leaves of advertisements. Third edition: an attractive copy, in original binding, of the book which established De Quincey's literary reputation. Himself a laudanum addict, this harrowing account of the joys and sorrows of...
Geneva: heirs of Pierre de la Rovière, 1626-1630.
Banned by the VaticanFolio, five volumes bound in four, contemporary full vellum; with contemporary annotations to front blank of first volume. Early edition of the influential, and highly controversial, history of Europe by French luminary Jacques Auguste de Thou (1553-1617). A......
London: Frank Kerslake, 1879.
Dickens BibliographyOctavo; original wrappers bound in, half morocco. First edition of this early bibliography. A brief bibliography had been published in Forster's Life (1873), but this work is expressly designed to supersede it. It proposes, Cook writes, 'to give the Bibliophilist or Collector a thorough...
London: Jacob Tonson, 1682. Small quarto, 32pp.; protected in modern wrapper. First edition, second issue: 'the second of Dryden's political satires'. The acquittal of the Earl of Shaftesbury on charges of treason for opposing the succession of the Catholic James was regarded as a great Whig victory. Flushed with success...
London: James Hodson, 1816. Quarto, disbound. Sermon delivered in the aftermath of the Littleport riots of 1816 on the Isle of Ely. The riots arose from inflation following the Napoleonic Wars that drove the price of bread and other necessities beyond the reach of the labouring poor. During the subsequent...
Dumas on convicts, New Caledonia and Botany BaySix sheets of neatly written autograph manuscript on light blue paper, headed "Les Bagnes", each sheet measuring 276 x 215 mm., preserved in a neat modern slipcase. An important and revealing manuscript essay on prisons and convict transportation by the...
Delft: Henry van Rhin, 1711. Duodecimo, speckled calf, First edition: a theocratic republic on a South American Island. The author of this utopia remains unknown, but the preface is signed E.R.V.F.L. A fertile island with the capital Macarie had been sliding into corruption and godlessness until society was 'gradually reformed.....
Brattleboro: by the Author, 1849. Octavo, a fine copy in blind-stamped publisher's cloth, gilt title on spine. First edition: a lurid denunciation of John Humphrey Noyes's famous American utopian community at Putney. Noyes was the charismatic founder of the 'Perfectionist' community in Putney Vermont. Already suspect to Church authorities, Noyes's...
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...