Beautiful Leather Bound Books

We have a large stock of 18th and 19th century beautiful leather bound books in exceptional condition.

We have specialised in just these for nearly 50 years.

  • EXCEPTIONAL AND GLORIOUS FULL MOROCCO BY RAMAGE
    Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers and Other Poems. by AYTOUN, William Edmondstoune
    AYTOUN, William Edmondstoune
    Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers and Other Poems.

    Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1863. Full morocco, 10 inches tall. A fabulous full morocco by Ramage, noted for their luxurious gift and presentation bindings, with gilt raised bands and a plethora of inlays, onlays and gilt tooling. This remarkable volume is so richly decorated in coloured inlaid extra gilt morocco that the crimson ground of the binding appears at first to be merely a border. Five panels of the spine have inlaid brown morocco gilt tooled with thistles, crowns and the onlaid stars that also border the boards. The sixth panel on the spine is a turquoise blue morocco title-label, gilt. The design on both boards, has five heraldic shields, King James, Montrose and three others.…

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    Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1863. Full morocco, 10 inches tall. A fabulous full morocco by Ramage, noted for their luxurious gift and presentation bindings, with gilt raised bands and a plethora of inlays, onlays and gilt tooling. This remarkable volume is so richly decorated in coloured inlaid extra gilt morocco that the crimson ground of the binding appears at first to be merely a border. Five panels of the spine have inlaid brown morocco gilt tooled with thistles, crowns and the onlaid stars that also border the boards. The sixth panel on the spine is a turquoise blue morocco title-label, gilt. The design on both boards, has five heraldic shields, King James, Montrose and three others. These shields are inlaid with various leathers and embellished with ornate gilt tooling and surmounted by fine gilt tooled crowns. The background is a large panel, of the same brown as the panels on the spine, spangled with tiny gilt tooled thistles. Wide gilt dentelles and all edges gilt. The text is the first illustrated edition of Aytoun's Lays with fine wood engravings by Dalziel, Linton, Thompson, E. Evans, Whymper and others, after the notable drawings by Noel Paton and W. H. Paton. There is some light foxing particularly on the preliminaries. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey, and the bookplates of Thomas Gaisford (1779-1885, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford) and that of A. F. L.. A truly spectacular example of late Victorian English Book Binding.

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  • CLASSIC WORK IN FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO BY MORRELL
    The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Marvels. by INGOLDSBY, Thomas [BARHAM, The Rev.]
    INGOLDSBY, Thomas [BARHAM, The Rev.]
    The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Marvels.

    London: Macmillan and Co., 1906. Full crushed morocco, 7 1/2 inches tall. A very fine full crushed morocco by the great firm of Morrell with gilt raised bands, suitably macabre/comic centre tools and ornate gilding to the spine and boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. There is a neat ink former owners name on the first blank that has partially offset. 20 superb full page steel engravings by Cruikshank, Leech and the author. A super copy of this classic comic work.

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  • EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED SET IN FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO BY TOUT
    Memories of Old Friends being Extracts from the Journals and Letters of Caroline Fox of Penjerrick, Cornwall from 1835 to 1871. by FOX, Caroline. PYM, Horace N.
    FOX, Caroline. PYM, Horace N.
    Memories of Old Friends being Extracts from the Journals and Letters of Caroline Fox of Penjerrick, Cornwall from 1835 to 1871.

    London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1882. 2 volume set, 10 1/2 inches tall. A simple but pleasing full crushed morocco binding for Sotheran by the great firm of Tout with raised bands, gilt lettering, gilt doublures and all edges. The spine has faded to a handsome brown. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. With over 80 extra-illustrations. As a Quaker, Caroline Fox wanted to abolish slavery and improve conditions for people in prison, she met famous politicians, artists, writers and scientists. These included Thomas Carlyle, William Wordsworth, Charles Kingsley and Michael Faraday.

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  • EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED GEORGIAN FASHION IN SPLENDID FULL CALF
    Some Famous Women of Wit and Beauty. A Georgian Galaxy. by FYVIE, John
    FYVIE, John
    Some Famous Women of Wit and Beauty. A Georgian Galaxy.

    London: Constable and Company, 1905. Full calf, 8 1/4 inches tall. A splendid bright full calf by Bayntun of Bath with gilt raised bands, sparkling twin labels and gilt framed panels. Gilt dentelles and all edges. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. Illustrated with 20 full page plates, including extra-illustrations, some hand-coloured.
    An entertaining work in a lovely binding.

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  • CLASSIC NATURAL HISTORY IN FULL VELLUM, GILT
    Wild Life in a Southern County by JEFFERIES, Richard
    JEFFERIES, Richard
    Wild Life in a Southern County

    London: Thomas Nelson, c.1910. Full vellum, 6 inches tall. A delightful little full vellum binding with the spine and boards gilt and with yapp foredge. All edges gilt. With the bookplate of S & E Virgo. Portrait.

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  • MAGNIFICENT SET EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED IN SIGNED HALF MOROCCO
    Hudibras. by BUTLER, Samuel
    BUTLER, Samuel
    Hudibras.

    London: T. Rickaby, 1793. 3 volume set, 12 inches tall. A magnificent tall 18th century set in a later binding by Lucien Broca, one of London's best and most remarkable binders. A half crushed morocco binding with gilt raised bands and superb gilt tooling to the panels. There is some fading but still very smart on the shelf. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. Also with the bookplate of John Caillaud and the inscription in a fine hand: "The copy of Hudibras was presented to me by General Caillaud of Aston House Oxfordshire whilst on a visit with him in September 1810". With 3 frontispeice portraits, 22 vignettes, 10 (of a suite of 11?)…

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    London: T. Rickaby, 1793. 3 volume set, 12 inches tall. A magnificent tall 18th century set in a later binding by Lucien Broca, one of London's best and most remarkable binders. A half crushed morocco binding with gilt raised bands and superb gilt tooling to the panels. There is some fading but still very smart on the shelf. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. Also with the bookplate of John Caillaud and the inscription in a fine hand: "The copy of Hudibras was presented to me by General Caillaud of Aston House Oxfordshire whilst on a visit with him in September 1810". With 3 frontispeice portraits, 22 vignettes, 10 (of a suite of 11?) folding Hogarth engraved plates and a further 34 engraved plates. A magnificent tall set, limited to 200 copies, of this great 17th century mock-heroic satirical poem.

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  • UNIQUE COPY WITH 160 EXTRA ILLUSTRATIONS IN A BEAUTIFUL HALF MOROCCO
    Master Francis Rabelais. Five Books of the Lives, Heroic Deeds and Sayings of Gargantua and his Son Pantagruel. by RABELAIS, François. GARNIER, Jules-Arsène (with extra illustrations by).
    RABELAIS, François. GARNIER, Jules-Arsène (with extra illustrations by).
    Master Francis Rabelais. Five Books of the Lives, Heroic Deeds and Sayings of Gargantua and his Son Pantagruel.

    London: Lawrence and Bullen, 1892. 2 volume set, 11 1/2 inches tall. A magnificent set in a beautiful half morocco in the Art Nouveau style with gilt raised bands, dense gilt tooling to the panels with red calf floral onlays. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. Some marks to the cloth boards, otherwise pristine. With a portrait and 16 illustrations by Louis Chalon, and an extra 160 expertly inlaid illustrations in colour by Jules Garnier. Translated into English by Sir Thomas Urquhart of Cromarty and Peter Anthony Motteux. This set is from a Deluxe limited edition of 210 copies printed on Japanese vellum. A superb set of the greatest work of the first great French prose author, François Rabelais, in a splendid binding, uniquely illustrated.

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  • BEAUTIFUL BOXED BOTTLE GREEN VELVET CLASPED SET IN EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION
    The Holy Bible & Book of Common Prayer. by BIBLE
    BIBLE
    The Holy Bible & Book of Common Prayer.

    Oxford: University Press, 1840. Velvet bound set, 5 inches tall. An early Victorian full bottle green velvet binding with brass edges, fully functioning clasps and engraved shields at the centre of the upper boards. All edges gilt. Delightful gilt silk 'endpapers', the paste down 'endpapers' being within velvet doublures. No inscriptions and in pristine condition inside and out. The blind tooled leather box is also in remarkably fine condition.

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  • REMARKABLE VICTORIAN FULL MOROCCO
    Proverbial Philosophy. by TUPPER, Martin F.
    TUPPER, Martin F.
    Proverbial Philosophy.

    London: Hatchard, 1857. Full morocco, 7 1/2 inches tall. A very pleasing and remarkable Victorian full calf with raised bands and ornate gilt tooling and triple labels to the spine and calf onlays to the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Portrait. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. The English Poet and novelist, Tupper, was one of the most read poets in the United Kingdom and North America for several decades, becoming a great favorite of Queen Victoria. After huge initial success 'Proverbial Philosophy', a volume of verse, he fell out of fashion and he never regained his great popularity. A superb Victorian binding in pristine condition.

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  • WELL ILLUSTRATED EDITION IN FINE 18TH CENTURY SPECKLED CALF
    Natural History, General and Particular, by the Count de Buffon, Translated into English. by BUFFON, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Count de. SMELLIE, William (translated by).
    BUFFON, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Count de. SMELLIE, William (translated by).
    Natural History, General and Particular, by the Count de Buffon, Translated into English.

    London: Strahan and Cadell, 1785. 9 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A splendid 18th century full speckled calf with gilt pallets and centre tools and beautiful twin labels. Some marks and scratches to the boards but no loss or splitting to the joints. A handsome Country House set with portrait, 2 maps and all 305 engraved plates, several folding. Second edition. A superb set, in English, of the works of this hugely influential French 18th century naturalist.

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  • FINE REPRINT ON HAND-MADE PAPER IN SPLENDID FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    L'Heptaméron des Nouvelles. by NAVARRE, Marguerite de. LACROIX, Paul (Reprinted and edited by).
    NAVARRE, Marguerite de. LACROIX, Paul (Reprinted and edited by).
    L'Heptaméron des Nouvelles.

    Paris: Jouaust / Librairie des Bibliophiles, 1880. 2 volume set, 8 inches tall. A very fine full crushed morocco with gilt raised bands, delicate gilt tooling to the panels and boards. Gilt top edges. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. With all the original fine engravings reprinted. Following the pattern of Bocaccio's Decameron, Marguerite of Navarre intended to write 100 tales but died after completing 72, into the 8th day. Many of the stories deal with love, lust, infidelity, and other romantic and sexual matters. A very fine set of these 16th century tales in the original French.

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  • DELUXE LIMITED EDITION CLASSIC TALES IN SUPERB FULL MOROCCO
    The Novellino of Masuccio. by MASUCCIO, Salernitano
    MASUCCIO, Salernitano
    The Novellino of Masuccio.

    London: Lawrence and Bullen, 1895. 2 volume set, 11 inches tall. A superb full citron morocco by Zaehnsdorf with gilt raised bands, simple but most elegant gilt pallets to the panels and a series of gilt fillets framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and top edges, the remaining edges untrimmed. One of a deluxe limited edition of just 210 copies printed on Japanese vellum. The spines are slightly darkened but are still bright, otherwise pristine. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey and with the bookplate of Ernest G. Mocatta, his bookplate in the second edition has been partially removed. This translation, by W.G. Waters, is the first into English. With 20 plates by E.R. Hughes.…

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    London: Lawrence and Bullen, 1895. 2 volume set, 11 inches tall. A superb full citron morocco by Zaehnsdorf with gilt raised bands, simple but most elegant gilt pallets to the panels and a series of gilt fillets framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and top edges, the remaining edges untrimmed. One of a deluxe limited edition of just 210 copies printed on Japanese vellum. The spines are slightly darkened but are still bright, otherwise pristine. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey and with the bookplate of Ernest G. Mocatta, his bookplate in the second edition has been partially removed. This translation, by W.G. Waters, is the first into English. With 20 plates by E.R. Hughes. Masuccio Salernitano is most famous for these 50 short stories which, in 1557, were included in the first Index of Prohibited Books. One of these tales, the 33rd, 'Mariotto and Ganozza', is apparently the source material for 'Giulietta e Romeo', which is the basis for Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'. A superb set.

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  • CLASSIC HISTORY IN SUPERB FULL VELLUM
    History of the English People. by GREEN, John Richard
    GREEN, John Richard
    History of the English People.

    London: Macmillan and Co., 1881. 4 volume set, 8 3/4 inches tall. A bright full vellum with very fine gilt tooling to the panels and twin labels. Twin gilt fillets and corner tools frame the boards. Pink edges. Bookplate. Neat ink inscription on the first blank dated 1883. Maps. Some speckles on the boards but generally clean with a nice patina. Hugely popular as an historian in his day Green is now considered overly romantic, passionate and patriotic but still highly readable. A fine set.

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  • WELL ILLUSTRATED HISTORY IN CHARMING EARLY VICTORIAN HALF CALF
    History of the Town of Greenock. by WEIR, Daniel
    WEIR, Daniel
    History of the Town of Greenock.

    Greenock: Daniel Weir et al., 1829. Half calf, 8 inches tall. A charming early Victorian half calf with gilt raised bands, a striking green and turquoise label and interesting sailing ship centre tool. A little fading to the lower board. Bookplate with the Baron's Coronet. With the engraved frontispiece, 5 plates and folding plan called for.

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  • CLASSIC COUNTRY TALES IN FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO BY ZAEHNSDORF
    The Gamekeeper at Home. by JEFFERIES, Richard
    JEFFERIES, Richard
    The Gamekeeper at Home.

    London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1896. Full morocco, 7 inches tall. A beautiful binding in full crushed morocco by Zaehnsdorf with gilt raised bands and superb field sport centre tools framed in the panels. The same centre tools adorn the boards around an ornate decorated panel. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Armorial bookplate. Charming frontispiece and vignettes by Charles Whymper. A fine copy of one of Jefferies works in which the great English naturalist depicts various aspects of English rural life.

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  • DELUXE LIMITED EDITION IN FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO BY ZAEHNSDORF
    The Reminiscences and Recollections of Captain Gronow being Anecdotes of the Camp, Court, Clubs, and Society 1810-1860. by GRONOW, Captain Rees Howell
    GRONOW, Captain Rees Howell
    The Reminiscences and Recollections of Captain Gronow being Anecdotes of the Camp, Court, Clubs, and Society 1810-1860.

    London: Nimmo, 1889. 2 volume set, 10 1/2 inches tall. A splendid set in full crushed morocco by Zaehnsdorf with gilt raised bands, elegant gilt fromed panels and with triple fillets framing the boards. Superb gilt dentelles and top edges gilt. Some marking to the bindings. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. This set is number 235 from a deluxe limited edition with the 25 plates by Joseph Grego in two states, one hand coloured. The extraordinary Captain Gronow was a dandy mixing with finest society in London and Paris, gambler, military man present at Waterloo, writer and politician. A lovely set of this fine edition.

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  • NEAT FIRST EDITION WELL ILLUSTRATED IN FINE HALF CALF
    Celebrated Trials, and Remarkable Cases of Criminal Jurisprudence, from The Earliest Records to the Year 1825. by BORROW, George (editor).
    BORROW, George (editor).
    Celebrated Trials, and Remarkable Cases of Criminal Jurisprudence, from The Earliest Records to the Year 1825.

    London: Knight and Lacey, 1825. 6 volume set, 8 inches tall. A very good looking clean set in later half morocco by Bayntun with gilt raised bands, twin labels and ornate gilt tooling to the panels. All edges gilt. Embellished with 35 fine engraved plates, several folding. With entertaining and informative work is published anonymously but it is usually considered to have been edited by a young George Borrow.

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  • DELUXE LIMITED EDITION CLASSIC TALES IN SUPERB FULL MOROCCO
    The Nights of Straparola. by STRAPAROLA, Giovanni Francesco
    STRAPAROLA, Giovanni Francesco
    The Nights of Straparola.

    London: Lawrence and Bullen, 1894. 2 volume set, 11 inches tall. A superb full citron morocco by Zaehnsdorf with gilt raised bands, simple but most elegant gilt pallets to the panels and a series of gilt fillets framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and top edges, the remaining edges untrimmed. One of a deluxe limited edition of just 210 copies printed on Japanese vellum. The spines are slightly darkened but are still bright, otherwise pristine. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey and with the bookplate of Ernest G. Mocatta. This translation, by W.G. Waters, is the first into English. With 20 plates by E.R. Hughes. A collector and writer of short stories, Straparola published this…

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    London: Lawrence and Bullen, 1894. 2 volume set, 11 inches tall. A superb full citron morocco by Zaehnsdorf with gilt raised bands, simple but most elegant gilt pallets to the panels and a series of gilt fillets framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and top edges, the remaining edges untrimmed. One of a deluxe limited edition of just 210 copies printed on Japanese vellum. The spines are slightly darkened but are still bright, otherwise pristine. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey and with the bookplate of Ernest G. Mocatta. This translation, by W.G. Waters, is the first into English. With 20 plates by E.R. Hughes. A collector and writer of short stories, Straparola published this collection of stories sometimes called 'The Facetious Nights' or 'The Pleasant Nights'. This collection includes some of the first known printed versions of fairy tales in Europe. Charles Perrault and the brothers Grimm both developed some of his tales.

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  • DELIGHTFUL LITTLE EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED VOLUME IN FULL MOROCCO
    Lectures on the English Comic Writers. by HAZLITT, William
    HAZLITT, William
    Lectures on the English Comic Writers.

    London: John Templeman, 1841. Full morocco, 6 3/4 inches tall. A delightful little binding in fine full crushed morocco with gilt raised bands and delicate floral gilt tooling to the panels. All edges gilt. Triple gilt fillets and floral corner tooling frames the boards. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. Extra-illustrated with 52 fine engraved plates. Hazlitt is considered one of the greatest critics and essayists in the history of the English language.

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  • FINE HUMPHREYS PRINTING IN FULL RED MOROCCO
    Cleopatra. by BERNÁTH, Désiré de
    BERNÁTH, Désiré de
    Cleopatra.

    London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1907. Full morocco, 8 1/2 inches tall. A splendid Edwardian binding in full crushed morocco with raised bands, gilt lettering, gilt dentelles and top edge. a dark mark on a couple of bands, otherwise pristine. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. A typically luxurious printing on hand-made paper by Humphreys. This is one of the tall scarcer titles in this great series.

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