Fine 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 PRETTY AND CLEAN SET IN SUPERB VICTORIAN FULL CALF
    Waverley Novels. by SCOTT, Sir Walter
    SCOTT, Sir Walter
    Waverley Novels.

    Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1857. 48 volume set, 6 1/2 inches tall. An exceptionally pretty early Victorian full calf binding with gilt raised bands, twin labels in scarlet and olive and extra gilt panels. Red speckled edges. Every volume has a fine engraved frontispiece and vignette on the title page. A really fine, clean set of probably the most influential and popular set of novels in the 19th century.

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  • FASCINATING BIOGRAPHY IN SMART HALF MOROCCO BY RIVIERE
    Lord George Bentinck. A Political Biography. by DISRAELI, B.
    DISRAELI, B.
    Lord George Bentinck. A Political Biography.

    London: Colburn and Co., 1852. Half morocco, 9 inches tall. A very smart binding by Riviere with gilt raised bands, neat gilt framed panels and gilt top edge. With the bookplate of L. de Rothschild. Lord George Bentinck, was a famous English Conservative politician and racehorse owner whose fascinating life ended early in mysterious circumstances in the 'Dukeries'.

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  • SMART HALF CALF SET FROM THE LIBRARY OF L. ROTHSCHILD
    The Greville Memoirs. A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV. And King William IV. by GREVILLE, Charles C.F.
    GREVILLE, Charles C.F.
    The Greville Memoirs. A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV. And King William IV.

    London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1874. 3 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A most attractive Victorian half calf set with gilt raised bands, twin labels and dense gilt tooling to the panels. Some foxing to the preliminaries, then clean. From the library and with the bookplates of L. Rothschild. A handsome set of the the work of this great diarist who, at a later date, extended his journal to cover much of the reign of Queen Victoria.

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  • SCARCE COMIC TITLE WITH 34 HAND-COLOURED AQUATINTS IN HALF CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Real Life in London. by EGAN, Pierce (?)
    EGAN, Pierce (?)
    Real Life in London.

    London: Jones & Co., 1821-22. 2 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. Handsome set in a later half blue crushed morocco binding with raised bands, blind pallets and gilt titles. Much read and admired, not many sets have survived in fine condition. This set is a little grubby, especially round some plates and a little closely cropped in places, touching the titles in places. A few leaves and plates are chipped with some repairs, there are occasional nicks and crease else the majority of contents are in clean and firm condition. Embellished with a series of superb hand-coloured aquatint plates designed and engraved by Alken, Dighton, Brooke and Rowlandson. First Edition. This set contains 34 plates, including the 2…

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    London: Jones & Co., 1821-22. 2 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. Handsome set in a later half blue crushed morocco binding with raised bands, blind pallets and gilt titles. Much read and admired, not many sets have survived in fine condition. This set is a little grubby, especially round some plates and a little closely cropped in places, touching the titles in places. A few leaves and plates are chipped with some repairs, there are occasional nicks and crease else the majority of contents are in clean and firm condition. Embellished with a series of superb hand-coloured aquatint plates designed and engraved by Alken, Dighton, Brooke and Rowlandson. First Edition. This set contains 34 plates, including the 2 not listed and often absent. The plates are charming and highly amusing with fascinating details of life in Regency England. Subtitled 'The Rambles and Adventures of Bob Tallyho, Esq. and his Cousin The Hon. Tom Dashall through the Metropolis exhibiting a Living Picture of Fashionable Characters, Manners and Amusements in High and Low Life by an Amateur'. The identity of this 'amateur' has been much debated. 'Real Life in London' is a pleasanter book than its prototype 'Life in London'. Some have held that Egan wrote it; but the author had a purer style, a cleaner mind and a wider knowledge of London than Egan. The book shows many more sides of London life than his; though the formal descriptions of well known scenes or buildings, here and there inserted amid matter of a very different character, recall very forcibly Mr. Bouncer's letters to his aunt in Verdant Green. This work was very popular, more so than even Egan's Life in London' and Combe's three tours of Dr. Syntax. A neat set of this great comic and enigmatic work.

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  • CLASSIC LEGAL WORK IN SUPERB HALF VICTORIAN CALF
    The Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England. by CAMPBELL, John Lord
    CAMPBELL, John Lord
    The Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England.

    London: John Murray, 1846-47. 7 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. In a really superb half Victorian calf binding in absolutely pristine condition. With gilt raised bands, ornate floral gilt tooling to the panels and twin labels, the volume labels being really striking. This title was originally published in three volumes and continued to a complete 7 volume set, 'from the earliest times till the reign of King George IV'. A splendid set of this great legal work.

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  • CLASSIC HISTORY IN A FINE VICTORIAN HALF CALF BINDING
    The Lives of the Chief Justices of England. by CAMPBELL, John Lord
    CAMPBELL, John Lord
    The Lives of the Chief Justices of England.

    London: John Murray, 1846-49. 3 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A very handsome Victorian half calf bound set in superb condition with gilt raised bands, twin labels and ornate gilt tooling to the panels. Armorial Bookplate. Originally published in 2 volumes this set comprises all 3 volumes published, 'from the Norman Conquest till the Death of Lord Tenterden'. A neat set of this classic history.

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  • INTERESTING SET IN HALF CALF
    Chamber's Miscellany of Instructive & Entertaining Tracts. by CHAMBERS (edited by).
    CHAMBERS (edited by).
    Chamber's Miscellany of Instructive & Entertaining Tracts.

    London & Edinburgh: W. and R. Chambers, 1870. 10 volume set, 7 inches tall. Stirring and interesting tales and information in a handsome half calf binding with gilt raised bands, blind pallets and gilt centre tools. Some speckling to the ninth volume. Well illustrated set in excellent condition.

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  • UNIQUE EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED SET IN FULL MOROCCO WITH SPLENDID CHARACTER INLAYS
    London: Its Celebrated Characters and Remarkable Places. by JESSE, John Heneage
    JESSE, John Heneage
    London: Its Celebrated Characters and Remarkable Places.

    London: Richard Bentley, 1871. 3 volume set bound in 6, 8 inches tall. A spectacular set in full morocco with gilt raised bands, gilt and blind inked tooling to the panels. Wonderful crushed morocco 'Kelliegram' style inlays of characters from Francis Wheatley's 'The Cries of London' inlaid on all 6 upper boards by Bayntun of Bath, these are framed within a series of gilt and blind tooled boarders. Gilt dentelles and all edges. This set has been doubled in size by the inclusion of 470 engraved views and portraits, many hand-coloured. There is some uniform fading to the spines which are still bright and most attractive and very occasional foxing to a few plates, otherwise pristine. A sumptuous and unique set.

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  • UNIQUE COPY WITH 20 WATERCOLOURS BY LAURO BOUND BY RENÉ KIEFFER
    Servitude et Grandeur Militaires. by VIGNY, Alfred de
    VIGNY, Alfred de
    Servitude et Grandeur Militaires.

    Paris: Éditions de Cluny, 1948. Full morocco, 7 inches tall. A Superb full straight grain morocco binding with the ticket of René Kieffer Reliures d'Art. The smooth spine has a a gilt olive branch devise above and below title cartouche. On both boards there is a gilt embossed design incorporating a helmet and foliage. This unique copy is embellished with 20 original watercolours by Maurice Lauro illustrating scenes in the book. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. Original wrappers bound in. In the original French.

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  • CLASSIC MARITIME WORK IN SPLENDID FULL CALF BY ZAEHNSDORF
    English Seamen under the Tudors. by BOURNE, H. R. Fox
    BOURNE, H. R. Fox
    English Seamen under the Tudors.

    London: Richard Bentley, 1868. 2 volume set, 8 inches tall. A beautifully bound set of this classic work in full calf by Zaehnsdorf. With gilt raised bands, triple red labels and fine gilt floral tooling to the panels. Twin gilt fillets and corner tools frame the boards. With the armorial bookplate of Fitz Roy Keith Chapman and Beeleigh Abbey. With 5 maps. A fascinating read covering the the defeat of the Spanish Armada and colonization of North America as well as some of England's greatest Explorers and Naval heroes, including The Cabots, Frobisher, Gilbert, Raleigh, Davis, Drake, Hawkins, Cavendish amongst many others.

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  • DELIGHTFUL VOLUME IN FULL MOROCCO
    Rime e Lettere. by BUONARROTI, Michelagnolo (MICHELANGELO).
    BUONARROTI, Michelagnolo (MICHELANGELO).
    Rime e Lettere.

    Florence: G. Barbèra, 1887. Full morocco, 4 inches tall. A beautiful little binding by Zaehnsdorf, with their stamp obscured, with gilt raised bands, superb extra gilt panels ans ornate gilt corner tooling to the boards. Gilt top edge and dentelles. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. Portrait. Light Foxing. The poetry, letters and Life of the great Renaissance Florentine painter, sculptor and architect, in the original Italian.

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  • MAGNIFICENT SET OF THIS EXTRAORDINARY WORK IN FULL EMBOSSED MOROCCO.
    A Series of Original Portraits and Caricature Etchings. With Biographical Sketches and Illustrative Anecdotes. by KAY, John
    KAY, John
    A Series of Original Portraits and Caricature Etchings. With Biographical Sketches and Illustrative Anecdotes.

    Edinburgh: Hugh Paton, Carver and Gilder to her Majesty Queen Victoria, 1837-38. 2 volumes bound in 4, 10 1/2 inches tall. A spectacular set of the first edition of this extraordinary and hilarious works with its 329 etched plates in superb condition. In a full early Victorian hard grained embossed morocco with raised bands and very fine blind tooling to the spine and boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. There is very slight fading to the spines and a couple of tiny scuffs, otherwise in pristine condition. There is a little offsetting from the plates and a small tear to the folding plate otherwise clean. This famous collection of portraits by the Edinburgh engraver John Kay (1742-1826) was later…

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    Edinburgh: Hugh Paton, Carver and Gilder to her Majesty Queen Victoria, 1837-38. 2 volumes bound in 4, 10 1/2 inches tall. A spectacular set of the first edition of this extraordinary and hilarious works with its 329 etched plates in superb condition. In a full early Victorian hard grained embossed morocco with raised bands and very fine blind tooling to the spine and boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. There is very slight fading to the spines and a couple of tiny scuffs, otherwise in pristine condition. There is a little offsetting from the plates and a small tear to the folding plate otherwise clean. This famous collection of portraits by the Edinburgh engraver John Kay (1742-1826) was later reprinted in 1842 and 1877. 'Kay's caricatures provide light relief in the field of portraiture at the end of the eighteenth century. He quickly and deftly summed up the characters of those living in a very prosperous Georgian Edinburgh' (ODNB). A really nice set.

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  • EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED HISTORY IN BRIGHT FULL CALF
    Five Fair Sisters. An Italian Episode at the Court of Louis XIV. by WILLIAMS, Noel H.
    WILLIAMS, Noel H.
    Five Fair Sisters. An Italian Episode at the Court of Louis XIV.

    London: Hutchison & Co., 1907. Full calf, 8 1/2 inches tall. A shining binding by Bayntun with gilt raised bands, twin labels and neatly gilt framed panels. Gilt fillets framing the boards, dentelles and all edges. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. With 17 plates and extra-Illustrated with several engraved portraits. A lovely copy of this history of frolicking and intrigue at the 17th century French court of the Sun King.

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  • SPLENDID FULL MOROCCO BEARING THE ARMS OF QUEEN VICTORIA
    The Peerage and Baronetage of The British Empire as at Present Existing. by LODGE, Edmund. (Arranged by).
    LODGE, Edmund. (Arranged by).
    The Peerage and Baronetage of The British Empire as at Present Existing.

    London: Hurst and Blackett, 1874. Full morocco, 9 3/4 inches tall. A splendid full morocco by Harrison of Pall Mall with gilt raised bands and extra gilt panels. The boards bear the arms of Queen Victoria framed within gilt fillets and a wide gilt roll. Gilt dentelles and all edges. There is some rubbing to the binding with a few tiny patches of superficial loss but no splitting of the joints. A magnificently bound work of reference illustrated with hundreds of armorial crests.

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  • CLASSIC ENGLISH HISTORY IN 18TH CENTURY TREE CALF
    The History of England. by HUME, David & SMOLLETT, Tobias
    HUME, David & SMOLLETT, Tobias
    The History of England.

    London: T. Cadell, 1789-93. 13 volume set, 9 inches tall. Comprising an 8 volume set by Hume, "...from the invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution in 1688" and the continuation by Smollett, a 5 volume set, "...from the Revolution to the Death of George the Second". Uniformly bound in a most attractive 18th century tree calf with gilt bands, splendid twin labels, two panels densely gilt tooled and two with typical Regency gilt tooling. Embellished with 2 engraved portraits of the authors and a further 39 full page engraving of the monarchs. Slight marking and rubbing to the spines and some sporadic light foxing but overall a clean and impressive set of this great History of England.

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  • FIRST COLLECTED EDITION IN BEAUTIFUL REGENCY FULL DICED 'RUSSIA' CALF
    The Poetical Works of Walter Scott, Esq.. by SCOTT, Walter
    SCOTT, Walter
    The Poetical Works of Walter Scott, Esq..

    Edinburgh: Constable and Co., 1820. 12 volumes bound in 6, 7 inches tall. A delightful set bound in beautiful full diced 'Russia' calf with wide gilt raised bands and superb Regency gilt panels. A floral gilt fillet frames the boards. Portrait. With the armorial bookplate of James Beveridge Duncan of Damside and a neat ink gilt inscription from the period: "the Hon'ble E.G. Lake from her affec. uncle". There are a couple of minor marks to the headcaps and slight foxing but overall a fine set of the first collected edition of Scott's Poetical Works which became hugely popular throughout the Western World.

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  • UNIQUE EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED COPY IN FINE FULL MOROCCO BY ZAEHNSDORF
    Memoirs of the Pretenders and their Adherents by JESSE, John Heneage
    JESSE, John Heneage
    Memoirs of the Pretenders and their Adherents

    London: Richard Bentley, 1845. 2 volume set, 9 inches tall. A stunning set in full morocco bound by Zaehnsdorf with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels and neat gilt tooling to the boards creating a fine panel. Gilt top edges and dentelles. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. Extra-illustrated with over 100 engraved portraits and views. This is the tale of the 'Great Pretender' James Francis Edward Stuart, his recognition by the French and Spanish Crown as the rightful heir to the English, Irish and Scottish thrones, his followers and eventual defeat and exile. A magnificently bound and superbly extra-illustrated unique copy in pristine condition.

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  • SCARCE DELUXE EDITION IN FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    The Genius of China An Exhibition of Archaeological Finds of the People's Republic of China. by WATSON, William
    WATSON, William
    The Genius of China An Exhibition of Archaeological Finds of the People's Republic of China.

    London: Times Newspapers / The Royal Academy, 1973. Full morocco, 9 3/4 inches tall. A fine binding by Zaehnsdorf with raised bands, gilt titles, design to upper board, dentelles and all edges. Rubbing to the joints and a musty aroma, otherwise a very fine copy. This is the scarce full leather deluxe edition to celebrate this great exhibition of the finds of the People's Republic of China at the Royal Academy, London from September 1973 to January 1794. Many of the 365 exhibits are illustrated in colour with the rest in black and white.

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  • CLASSIC HISTORY IN SPLENDID FULL TREE CALF
    The Life of Napoleon I. Including New Materials from the British Official Records. by ROSE, John Holland
    ROSE, John Holland
    The Life of Napoleon I. Including New Materials from the British Official Records.

    London: G. Bell and Sons, 1922. Full calf, 7 3/4 inches tall. Two volumes bound as one. A splendid tree calf binding by Bickers with gilt raised bands, twin labels and ornate gilt tooling to the panels. A single gilt fillet frames the boards. Portrait and 20 further illustrations. Eighth edition, revised. Slight foxing on the portrait, otherwise clean. A handsome copy of the Life of Napoleon Bonaparte.

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  • RARE SET IN FULL TREE CALF WITH BINDER'S TICKET
    The Complete English Lawyer; Or, Every Man his own Lawyer. by GIFFORD, John
    GIFFORD, John
    The Complete English Lawyer; Or, Every Man his own Lawyer.

    London: Whellier, 1824 & 1821. 2 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. Full Georgian tree calf binding in excellent condition with the binder's ticket of S.Payne of Dursley.. The bindings have ornate gilt pallets bordering a wide inked band and large gilt centre tools, typical of the period. A neat previous owner's ink stamp is to be found on the free endpapers. Volume 1, the 5th edition, contains the Laws and Statutes and Criminal Law of England with a supplement. Volume 2, the 1st edition, contains a further supplement. It is unusual to find both volumes, especially in this condition.

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