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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.....
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.....
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.
In a sumptuous Tout binding with engravings after Turner and ProutTwo works octavo, with numerous engravings, after Turner, Stothard and Prout, sumptuously bound to match; full polished calf, spines ornately gilt with crimson spine-labels, magenta endpapers, gilt dentelles, edges fully gilt, by Tout. A.....
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.....
Rouen: circa 1480-1500. Illuminated leaf, 166 x 112 mm., panel border on each side of the leaf composed of blue and gold acanthus, coloured flowers, fruits and leaves; 15 1-line initials in dark red and blue alternately. Fine leaf from a French Book of Hours with a typical Rouen decorative.....
London: Marcus Ward, 1878-1879.
Victorian medieval fantasies unfoldOctavo, 26 volumes, a handsome set in uniform black polished half calf with gilt spine lettering. Comprehensive illustrated edition of the Scott's complete works, enriched with charming plates and vignettes throughout.
London: Ward, Lock, and Co., 1894.
large format editionLarge octavo, 25 volumes; illustrations and plates throughout, bound in contemporary half calf and marbled boards. A substantial set of the novels of Sir Walter Scott, often considered the best collected edition on account of its lavish illustration and ample size.....
Edinburgh: Constable, 1820-1826.
First editions of the great chivalrous romancesUniform partial set, twenty five volumes, duodecimo; all bound without the half-titles and advertisements, handsome set contemporary polished calf. First editions, works include Redgauntlet, A Tale of the Eighteenth Century; Kenilworth a Romance; The Abbot; The Monastery. A Romance; The.....
London: S. Briscoe, 1722. Two volumes, octavo, frontispiece portrait; blue morocco gilt, by Smith. First edition thus: expanded from an edition of 1702, it has been conjectured (probably unsubstantially) that this edition was prepared by Defoe. Dashing, profligate and witty, Sedley was a favourite of Charles II. He 'gained a......
London: John and Henry L. Hunt, 1824.
With the introduction by Mary ShelleyOctavo, 415 pp., bound without the errata; contemporary polished green calf, An attractive copy of this important collection, with a short but poignant biographical notice by Mary Shelley. Shelley died in July 1822, drowned in the sea.....