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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: 1829. 2 volumes, octavo, with 25 engravings including two frontispieces, handsomely bound in full contemporary green straight-grain morocco, spines ornately gilt with raised bands, boards embossed and decorated in gilt, dentelles, all edges gilt. A particularly attractive copy of the 1829 New Edition of Pilkington's standard reference work, revised...
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...
London: Law, et al. 1797.
"a short yet not imperfect system of ethics"Nine volumes, octavo, engraved frontispiece; early half blue straight-grained morocco and marbled boards, a handsome set. A handsome eighteenth century edition of the complete works of the poet and satirist Alexander Pope, containing the pivotal analysis An...
Paris: Marchant, Editeur, 1834. Octavo, 22 pp.; in the original printed blue paper wrappers preserved in a modern quarter cloth binding. Rare first edition (NUC notes a single copy) of this very early aeronautical fantasy, an impassioned plea for the aérostation as the basis for a world of harmony and...
Amsterdam: Jean Frederic Bernard, 1741.
The enlightenment RabelaisThree quarto volumes, with two frontispieces, two engraved decorative titles, and 16 plates (of which three are folding), contemporary binding of polished calf, flat spines gilt with complex ornaments in panels. Beautifully printed with an impressive array of engraved plates, this is...
Portrait of D.H. LawrenceAn original pen and ink portrait, 270 x 200mm; signed lower left Henry Rayner and inscribed "D H Lawrence 1929"; mounted and framed. This evocative portrait of the great writer brilliantly captures his likeness in his 44th year, at a time when he had returned...
London: Cadell and Davies, 1809. Three volumes, octavo, aquatint frontispiece portrait; fine in contemporary sprinkled calf, spines simply ruled in gilt, red morocco lettering pieces and circular green volume labels. Fourth edition, corrected, in a restrained contemporary binding: the works of Sir Joseph Reynolds, the most influential of eighteenth-century English...
London: Printed for S. Richardson, 1754. Seven volumes, small octavo, single leaf publisher's advertisement in volume IV, marginal tear with slight loss to one page of volume III and two pages in volume VI, some pages becoming loose (see volume IV), early owner's inscription to each title-page ("Jurin"), occasional eighteenth-century...
London: T. Longman et al. 1796. Seven volumes, small octavo; each volume with an engraved frontispiece showing a scene from the narrative; contemporary half roan, marbled paper sides, flat spines lettered in gilt. A very attractive set, from the library of the Marquess Conyngham at Slane Castle, Ireland, with his...
London: T. Cadell, 1830 / 1834. Two works, octavo, with numerous engravings; contemporary polished pale calf, spines ornately panelled in gilt, bright crimson endpapers with inner gilt dentelles, gilt edges, crimson silk markers; binding by Tout. A beautiful set in very fine condition, in a superb binding by Tout with...
Rouen: circa 1480. Illuminated leaf, 182 x 116 mm., with an exquisite panel border on both sides of blue and gold acanthus leaves with unusual orange and red flowers on the verso and red and white flowers on the recto, with ten 1-line initials and two 2-line initials in red...