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Lisbon: Vicente Jorge de Castro, 1841.
Portuguese public servant's imaginary voyage to the interiorThree volumes bound in one, small octavo; some wear to the edges of the boards and a library reference at head of spine, an attractive copy in contemporary quarter calf. A rare Portuguese imaginary voyage to.....
Lisbon: Vicente Jorge de Castro; Sociedade Propagadora dos Conhecimentos Uteis, 1841.
The pernicious contagion of immoralityThree volumes bound in one, small octavo; in contemporary marbled sheep preserved in folding cloth case. A rare Portuguese imaginary voyage to Australia, not recorded by most of the commentators on the genre. In.....
London: Cresset Press, 1928.
Cresset Press limited editionLarge quarto; vellum, uncut and limited to 250 copies. Number 7 of an edition of 250: with the bookplate of Vyvyan Edwards. A beautiful copy of Bacon's Essayes, printed on Batchelor's Kelmscott hand-made paper, with titles and initials designed by Joscelyne Gaskin.....
Paris: E. Ducrocq, 1850.
French RobinsonadeOctavo, with eight chromolithographs (including frontispiece); in the original black grained cloth, spine ornately gilt, all edges gilt. A good example of one of the later Robinsonades. First published around the same time as the now more famous Swiss Family Robinson tales by Wyss.....
Londres: Jean Nourse, 1758.
Educational use of an imaginary voyage settingTwo volumes, small octavo; a neat set in contemporary calf, flat spines gilt in compartments. Second edition, following a 1754 version by the same publisher. Both works are of some rarity, NUC listing a single copy of the first.....
London: George Cawthorn, 1797.
The "most esteemed" English plays34 volumes, 16mo., engravings; contemporary sprinkled calf, blue morocco spines richly gilt. A most handsome set of collected plays by the famous publisher Bell, 'the mischievous spirit, the very Puck of booksellers' (DNB). This fine collection includes many of the most.....
London: James Ridgway, 1797-1814.
Hoping that Barangaroo will be saved from "lightning, sharks, and red men"Seventeen volumes, duodecimo, in attractive modern wrappers with double spine labels to each volume. A fine long run of an intriguing late-Georgian journal, with a good deal of interest to contemporary Australia, perhaps most.....
Drowned in the WollondillyOctavo; in original cloth. Published as a memorial from the parishioners of Goulburn to their curate who was drowned age twenty-four when the Wollondilly river flooded in 1857. This volume was printed at St Augustine's College Press, Canterbury where Reverend Betts had been educated.....
London: W.Bulmer and Co., 1796.
From the library of Frances Mary CurrerFolio, stipple engraved frontispiece and engravings in text; a charming copy in half dark green morocco, marbled boards, armorial bookplates for Frances Mary Richardson Currer and Mathew Wilson, contemporary ink ownership signature of 'M R Currer' on half.....
London: Printed for John Bill, 1614.
"The Inhabitants of that South continent, are Idolaters"Small quarto, bound with another work in contemporary limp vellum; boxed. First edition: Brerewood, professor of astronomy and scholar in many fields, discusses the tongues in which the liturgy is celebrated, and identifies the parts of.....
London: J. M. Dent, 1922.
Colour plates by Edmund DulacSix volumes, octavo, with a total of 60 colour plates (including frontispieces), otherwise a most attractive set in uniform half polished navy calf by Bayntun with ornate gilt spine ornament and crimson labels. Collected edition of the Brontë novels, here.....
London: F. and C. Rivington, 1797.
"A gang of felons and murderers..."Octavo in fours; contemporary quarter calf. First edition, Burke's continues to oppose peace with France: published posthumously. Extending his long-held opposition to the Revolution in France, this letter, published from drafts left by Burke, maintains his steadfast opposition.....
London: Cadell and Davies, 1813.
Scotland's greatest lyric poetFive volumes, with an arresting portrait frontispiece; uniformly bound in contemporary full green polished calf with gilt ornament including a lyre in gilt on front and back covers; a most endearing set. A beautifully bound set of the complete works. The.....
Nangazaki [Paris]: "Klnporzenkru, L'an du monde 59749" 1749. Two volumes in one, duodecimo, first title lightly stained and with an early ms attribution to 'Cahusac'; in old dark blue paper boards, red leather label. "Last edition" of this charming and rare book which had been suppressed by the authorities in.....
Paris: Chez les Libraires Associes, 1787. Two volumes, duodecimo; contemporary French quarter calf. The very rare first edition of this work, which purports to be the translation of an ancient text describing an expedition to "Solamir" in North Africa. The young Greek Azémor, travelling with Tiresias in order to learn.....
Paris: Henri Plon, 1871. Duodecimo, quarter red-brown morocco. Early French edition of Chesney's electrifying tale of the German invasion of England. Its depiction of the humiliation of the English in battle, but also the crushing despair of life under German rule, positions this work as one of the most important.....
London: John Nichols, 1800. Four volumes, octavo; title pages with armorial ownership stamp; in a fine contemporary binding of tree calf, flat spines gilt, double morocco labels. A most attractive set of this famous book. Chesterfield (1694-1773) is chiefly remembered as the author of these famous Letters, begun in 1737.....
Lyon: Vander Aa, 1692.
Handsome uniform panelled calf bindingEleven volumes, duodecimo, the first with four engraved folding plates, and all eleven volumes embellished with charming ornamental title-pages; a handsome set in mid eighteenth-century panelled calf with original labels. Attractively bound set of Cicero in eleven volumes, noted as 'respectable.....
London: R. Baldwin, 1755 [i.e., 1754-, 1756.
A sharpening wit unleashed upon London society140 original numbers bound into two volumes, small folio, with woodcut decorations; corner of first title-page renewed with two letters supplied in ink, most of the imprints at the end of each number trimmed away or.....
London: Baldwin and Cradock, 1835-, 1837. 15 volumes, small octavo, each volume with engraved title and frontispiece, 11 portrait engravings,, in matching contemporary full polished calf, spines with raised bands, decorated in gilt, black and red morocco labels. A first edition set of William Cowper's (1731-1800) complete works edited by.....
London: Macmillan, 1890. Two volumes, octavo, in original blue cloth. First edition. Set in Germany, this fairy-tale concerns a young cigarette-maker, who claims to be the dispossessed Count Skariatine, and Vjera, a Polish girl, one of the few who believe his story. Given this preamble, it comes as little surprise.....
London: Macmillan, 1895. Two volumes, octavo; uncut, in smooth blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine. New York. First American edition. Both "The Ralstons" and "Casa Braccio" were published in the U.S. before the U.K. Set in New York, this is a typically humane offering from Crawford, well-regarded for his.....
Chicago: Lakeside Press, 1930. Large octavo, colour illustrations; original gilt-decorated cloth. An attractive copy of Dana's masterpiece of reportage. Dana, a Harvard man, spent two years voyaging by sea between 1834 and 1836, visiting many ports in the Americas. His work is vivid and important, particularly regarding California and rounding.....
London: Taylor and Hessey, 1823. Duodecimo; original blue-grey boards and paper label; uncut, with the three final leaves of advertisements. Third edition: an attractive copy, in original binding, of the book which established De Quincey's literary reputation. Himself a laudanum addict, this harrowing account of the joys and sorrows of.....