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London and Sydney: 1890. Quarto, eight colour plates and other illustrations in the text; original cloth-backed glazed pictorial boards. First edition and rare. A most attractively-produced anthology of Australian and New Zealand stories and tales, designed primarily for young people, very evocative of its time. The authors include Rosa Praed...
New York: McLoughlin Brothers, 1889.
An alphabet of multiplesSlim quarto, colour illustrations throughout; in pictorial boards, a fine copy. A delightful and particularly attractive American alphabet book, in very good original condition. McLoughlin Brothers - based in New York - was one of America's most prominent nineteenth-century publishers of...
Florence: the heirs of Filippo Giunta, 1519.
Early geographical compendiumSmall octavo, italic letter, capital letters neatly rubricated; numerous annotations of differing vintage; an excellent copy in contemporary Italian vellum, flat spine lettered and banded in gilt. Scarce edition of this important collection of classical geographical texts, closely based on...
Rotterdam: Jean Hofhoudt, 1729. Octavo, woodcut vignettes; in contemporary sprinkled calf. First edition of this Oriental romance and utopian allegory by the economist Melon (d. 1738), an influential French intellectual, who, amongst other things, helped found a literary society under the protection of the Duc de la Force. His best...
London: Archibald Constable, 1895. Two volumes, octavo; ribbed sage-green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and the upper board, uncut. First edition and one of Meredith's best loved novels: the 'chivalrous advocacy of women compromised in honour and in pride by masculine despotism' (CHEL).
London: Chapman & Hall, 1885. Three volumes, octavo, with the half-titles; original red cloth. First English edition, preceded by a New York piracy of the unfinished novel as it appeared in the Fortnightly Review from September to December 1884, where it ended with the abrupt note: 'Thus was the erratic...
London: Macmillan, 1883. Octavo; finely bound in full polished tortoiseshell marbled calf, inner gilt dentelles, all edges gilt, raised bands. A superb copy of the first edition, in an unusual polished tortoiseshell calf binding by Mudie. Here Meredith continues to delineate his cult of the earth, in the tradition of...
London: Marcus Ward, 1881. Small quarto, with eight chromolithographic plates, in original splendid gilt decorated cloth. Second edition of a beautifully illustrated Australian natural history book, specially written for children by pioneer Tasmanian novelist Louisa Anne Meredith. Louisa migrated to Australia in 1839 tp join her husband Charles who enjoyed...
Concord: New Hampshire, Merrill, circa 1840. 12mo, woodcuts; in original yellow decorated wrappers. A rare and early whaling chapbook including the usual description of the size of the whale and its habits, methods of killing them and brief accounts of the Essex and Dundee.
Sydney: J. Moore, George Street, 1850. Octavo, folding frontispiece map; in original attractive patterned cloth. Scarce first edition of a pioneering Australian geography textbook, inscribed by the author Sir Thomas Mitchell, renowned explorer and Surveyor-General of New South Wales. The fine world map is by the Sydney engraver John Carmichael...
London: M. Walbrook, 1884. Octavo, original blue cloth with gilt title. A copy from the personal library of the Earl of Derby with his armorial bookplate and the following extensive inscription by the author: 'About the year 1841, during a leave of absence, I had the honour of an interview...
London: William Heinemann, 1929. Tall octavo, signed and numbered from a limited edition of 375, with twelve engravings (including frontispiece) unopened; in full vellum binding, gilt, bookplate. A very good copy of George Moore's decorative retelling of the Gospel story. Published by Heinemann, a private press from Covent Garden established...
London and Paris: Barbou, 1777. Duodecimo, with a frontispiece to the first work; contemporary dark green morocco, sides bordered and spine panelled in gilt, all edges gilt. The attractive Barbou edition of Utopia, bound with the matching edition of Erasmus' Praise of Folly. The friendship between More and Erasmus (1469-1536)...
London: William Miller, 1808.
Large paper issue of a classicQuarto, engraved frontispiece and one plate; contemporary straight-grain brown morocco, elaborately gilt. Classic edition of More's Utopia in English, here in a "Large Paper" issue: a fine copy of this attractive scholarly edition of Robinson's translation of More's text, with...
Basel: Johann Froben, March 1518.
The Holbein edition of More's masterpieceThree parts in one volume, small quarto, in Roman, Greek, and 'Utopian' types (there is a page of the Utopian alphabet); full-page woodcut bird's-eye map of the island, three fine title surrounds (to Utopia, More's Epigrams and Erasmus' Epigrams)...
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...
Sydney: J. R. Clarke, circa 1870.
A Massachusetts tune published in SydneyFolio, sheet music comprising two leaves including the title-page, a few spots, very good; neatly disbound. Scarce Sydney printed musical score of a children's song by Massachusetts composer Charles Albert White. The score was published by Sydney bookseller...
Bath: Printed by S. Hazard, for G. Riley, London, 1790.
Botany Bay described for childrenSquare 16mo, with an engraved frontispiece, two engraved plates, four full-page woodcuts in the text and altogether 48 circular woodcut vignettes; in a simple contemporary sheep-leather binding, unlettered spine banded in gilt. The extremely rare...