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Paris: Jean-Francois Bastien, 1790.
A fantastic galactic utopiaEight volumes, octavo, engraved portrait frontispiece in volume 1 and a folding plate in vol. 2; a fine set in contemporary French polished marbled calf; flat spines ornately gilt with double red labels. A very attractive set of Fontenelle's works, including his.....
France: Paris or Rouen, circa 1475-1500.
Late medieval manuscript leaf.Illuminated leaf, 215 x 139 mm., with an illuminated panel border on each side of the leaf, one 2-line initial, ten 1-line initial and eight line-fillers, 18 lines of gothic bookhand; mounted. A beautifully illuminated leaf from a luxurious fifteenth-century.....
Paris or Rouen: circa 1475-1500. Illuminated leaf, 215 x 139 mm., with a panel border on both sides of the leaf composed of blue and gold acanthus and coloured flowers and leaves on shaped grounds of liquid gold, three 2-line initials in pink with white tracery, naturalistic branch line fillers.....
Paris or Rouen: circa 1495. Illuminated leaf, 215 x 152 mm., with a panel border on both sides of the leaf composed of blue and gold acanthus leaves and coloured flowers and leaves on diagonal grounds of liquid gold, illuminated initials in white tracery on pink grounds, and numerous 1-line.....
France: circa 1480. Illuminated leaf, 182 x 118 mm., with a panel border of liquid gold on one side and red ground on the other, nine 1-line and two 2-line initials in red and blue and gold, eighteen lines of text;. A well-illuminated leaf from a French Book of Hours.....
Northern France (probably Paris): circa 1475-1500. Illuminated leaf, 215 x 139 mm., with an illuminated panel border on each side of the leaf, one 2-line initial, eleven 1-line initial and nine line-fillers, 18 lines of neat gothic bookhand. A beautifully illuminated leaf from a French Book of Hours with all.....
The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1952. Quarto, unopened, in blue boards; blind embossed printer's device on front board. First edition: an elegant monograph on utopia. This thesis on the development of economics in the English Utopia gives priority to key works such as Bacon's New Atlantis, but also includes chapters on.....
Germany: circa 1400-1500. Bifolium on vellum, 458 x 318 mm. (each leaf), each leaf written in double columns of 32 lines, ruled with ink, dark brown ink with rubrics and brown ink initials, two with decorative penwork, capitals touched with red, full margins. original sewn repairs in lower margin, a......
London: John Murray, 1887.
Featuring a portrait by Sir Joshua ReynoldsEight volumes, octavo, single portrait frontispiece, 14 maps (12 folding and 5 coloured); understated half brown morocco, gilt spine with raised bands. A most attractive set of Gibbon's opus, first published in 1776 and here re-issued with notes by.....
London: J. Dodsley, 1768. Octavo, with the rare half-title; contemporary ownership inscription on front flyleaf, in contemporary calf, preserved in a folding cloth case. First edition, second issue with the contents at page 121. This is the first London edition and includes the famous 'Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard'.....
West Brookfield: O.S. Cooke & Co., 1849. Octavo, in original printed wrappers. Rare first edition of a radical American utopian tract. Greene (1818-1878) was a prominent American theorist and Unitarian minister, who published prolifically on the question of government and banking, as well as producing more esoteric works on the.....
London: John Murray, 1872.
A monument of industrious Victorian scholarshipTen volumes, octavo, folding maps and illustrations; a fine set in contemporary polished half calf, marbled sides and edges, spines decorated in gilt in compartments. 'Although as biased as Macaulay's History of England and less scholarly than Mommsen's Roman History.....
London: J. Payne, 1752-, 1754.
An important publication by Cook's editor140 original numbers bound into two volumes, small folio; library bookplates with release stamps, small stamps on title-pages; in contemporary tree calf, spines gilt in compartments between raised bands with ornate double labels;. Cook's editor's influential literary periodical: the.....
Paris: chez Breaute, 1861. 12mo., uncut, in the original pink printed wrappers. First edition and very scarce: through natural aptitude and indefatigable perseverance Mlle. Hertha discovers the truths of the universe. This work is an abstract from Hertha's longer text Égalité-Liberté, and is presented to her public in the hope.....
London: Edward Bull, 1829.
Flinders & Baudin both get a poetDuodecimo, with a steel-engraved decorative title-page, in contemporary green morocco, all edges gilt, bound without half-title or final leaf of advertisements. A collection of romantic poems by Thomas Kibble Hervey (1799-1859) including "Australia", a lengthy idyllic poem inspired by.....
London: T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1797. Octavo, uncut, single leaf errata; in period style half red morocco. Influential study of the tales of Sindbad and their relation to the imaginary voyage. The poet and antiquary Hole (1746-1803) was a founding member of the Exeter Literary Society, to which he.....
London: T.Cadell and W.Davies, 1814.
Valuable work on BibliographyTwo volumes, octavo, half calf, marbled edges and endpapers; illustrated with engravings. First edition, a valuable work that covers history and techniques of printing, paper, bookbinding, the nature of rarity, classification systems, bibliographies, catalogues and reference books, etc. Horne relied largely.....
London: R. Ware, 1754. Octavo; original boards. Eleventh edition. Copy of David Dundas with bookplate. Historiographer royal to Charles II, and author of many historical works, it is nonetheless this work upon which his 'enduring title to literary fame rests' (CHEL). Written during his imprisonment in the 'Fleet' in the.....
London: J. Darby, 1726. Octavo, engraved frontispiece; contemporary calf, Ninth edition. Howell, historiographer royal to the court of Charles II, wrote this collection of often fictional letters in 1645. Witty, lucid and readable they are the work on which Howell's 'enduring title to literary fame rests' (CHEL); they include one.....
London: J. Murray, 1816. Octavo; in original boards. First edition. Although best remembered as friend and supporter to Keats and Shelley, Hunt was also a well-regarded and popular poet, and in this re-working of the tragedy of Paulo and Francesca from Dante's Inferno, he displays both his love of Italian.....
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 on hair-line stems; 4-line initial in dark red and heightened in grey and white on a liquid gold panel enclosing a coloured flower, three 1-line.....
Southern France: circa 1475.
Superb illuminated miniature of King DavidArched miniature depicting King David kneeling in prayer, 91 x 65mm., set in elaborate illuminated border on three sides; 4-line illuminated initial D (of "Domine" - O Lord), eight lines of gothic text on the other side;Mounted. A superb late.....
Babylone (Paris): n.p., 1760. Octavo, with four engraved plates by Cochin after Desfriches illustrating the second work "Mon Odyssée ou le Journal de Mon Retour de Saintonge"; contemporary mottled calf,spine gilt with red label. First edition: a marvellous utopian community in Africa, prefiguring the uses of photography, television and the.....