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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...
Oxford: D.A. Tallboys, 1829. Octavo; vii,,69,,,-329pp. in nineteenth century half maroon roan. First edition thus, with errata slip. "This volume is very carefully edited; it contains Sir. P. Sidney's Sonnets, Masque, Defence of Poesy, and some letters now first published" (Lowndes).
London: B. Law et al. 1792. Two volumes, small octavo; engraved frontispieces; contemporary half roan, flat spines lettered in gilt. A fresh and attractive copy, from the library of the Marquess Conyngham at Slane Castle, Ireland, with his bookplates and his signature at the top of each title page. This...
London: T. Longman, and G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1792. Three volumes, small octavo; a fine copy in contemporary half roan, flat spines lettered in gilt. A fine set of the fourth edition of this famous novel, from the library of the Marquess Conyngham at Slane Castle, Ireland, with...
London: Bell and Daldy, 1862.
Homage to Elizabeth ReginaFive volumes, large octavo, fine in half polished calf binding by Bayntun of Bath, spines gilt. Handsome collected edition, edited with notes by J. Payne Collier and featuring a special biographical section titled The Life of Spenser. As with the writings...
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1860. Octavo, 13 handcoloured illustrations and numerous woodcuts; full calf. First edition with illustrations by John Leech: a classic of Victorian sporting literature. Surtees was an aficionado of the hunt and failed solicitor, who began writing his Sporting Magazine in 1831. Immensely popular in the Victorian...
London: Richard Royston, 1682.
...till the mansions be prepared where we shall sing and feast eternallyTwo vols in one, octavo as issued, double-page wood engraving; contemporary ownership inscription and bookplate, contemporary black morocco gilt, all edges gilt, A beautifully bound early edition of this popular work. The Anglican bishop...
London: J. Round, 1740. Two volumes, folio, engraved portrait frontispiece after Lely; contemporary calf. Apparent third edition thus: Lowndes lists earlier editions of 1720 and 1731, but this edition is not mentioned. Temple, author and talented diplomat, retired from public life in 1681 to his estate Moor Park, where he...
London: Bradbury & Evans, 1855-1857.
An eclectic mix of London society satiresFour volumes, octavo; contemporary green half calf with red labels, spines gilt. Appealing four-volume set of Thackeray, collecting his major works along with more eclectic writings, such as early journalism and stories original published in serial magazines (such...
London: Bradbury & Evans, 1855. Two volumes, octavo, with a frontispiece and 22 plates in each volume; contemporary half tan calf, marbled board. First edition: this copy is made up from the original parts which were issued serially from 1853-1855. Published under the pseudonym "Pendennis", The Newcomes was regarded by...
London: G.G. and J. Robinson, J. Johnson, and others, 1798.
Prodigious universal biographyFifteen volumes, octavo, a lovely set in contemporary full calf, red spine label; front board of each volume blind stamped with family crest, previous owners name 'J. N. Webb' inscribed on endpaper of each volume. A new...
Sydney: 26 November, 1871.
Trollope in AustraliaSingle leaf, small octavo, conjugate leaf removed but the letter evidently complete, simple red device to head of recto, pin-holes, very good. An engaging letter from Anthony Trollope, politely refusing an invitation to whist during his visit to Sydney in 1871. It is...
London: Strahan, 1869. Two volumes, octavo, with 32 plates; contemporary half maroon calf. First edition, primary issue (both half-titles present) of the story of Louis Trevelyan whose steadfast faith in his conviction that his wife has been unfaithful - 'He knew he was right' - drives him to child abduction...
London: Smith, Elder, 1864. Two volumes, octavo, with 18 illustrations by Millais; later half dark blue morocco by Roger de Coverly & Sons. First book edition of this novel which originally appeared in the Cornhill Magazine for September 1862 and ran until April 1864. With two of the points sometimes...
"Bordeaux: 1710": Rouen, 1710. Duodecimo, woodcut device on title; 19th-century grained morocco, gilt gauffred edges. First edition (Rosenberg edition 'A') of this important imaginary voyage to Australia: a 'landmark' in the development of the French voyage novel (Atkinson). Friederich remarks that the importance of mining and irrigation to the Australians...
Amsterdam: Chez L'honore & Fils. 1748.
Pre-Darwinian utopia dedicated to Cyrano de BergeracTwo volumes in one, octavo, owner's name on title; contemporary French mottled calf. First edition of this important, controversial, and strangely prescient work, dedicated to Cyrano de Bergerac. By using the device of an imaginary voyage to...