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.

  • BEAUTIFUL RUN OF THE TRAGEDIES IN FULL STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO
    Tragedies by TRAGEDIES,
    TRAGEDIES,
    Tragedies

    London: John Bell, 1791. 7 volumes, 6 inches tall. Full straight grain morocco with label, gilt bands, titles, superb centre tools, all edges and dentelles. This is the first 7 volumes of Tragedies, part of John Bell's British library series. Containing many plays all individually paginated. Each also has a superb engraved frontispiece and title page. An exceedingly pretty run.

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  • SIMPLE BUT HANDSOME REGENCY BINDING
    Village Dialogues by HILL, Rowland
    HILL, Rowland
    Village Dialogues

    London: Button, 1817. 2 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. Full calf with wide gilt raised bands and twin labels. Neat owners inscription on the paste-down endpaper. Portrait and charming primative engravings throughout.

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  • FINE HEAVY VICTORIAN MOROCCO BINDING
    Golden Leaves From the Works of the Poets and Painters by BELL, Robert (Editor)
    BELL, Robert (Editor)
    Golden Leaves From the Works of the Poets and Painters

    London: Griffin, 1863. Full morocco, 9 inches tall. With blind raised bands, gilt titles and charming gilt and blind tooling, with oak leaves and acorns on the panels and boards. Armorial bookplate and neat signature at the head of the title page. A splendid collection of the works of the most famous poets with finely engraved vignettes by the popular artists of the day.

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  • FIRST EDITION IN SPECTACULAR FULL CALF
    Cakes and Ale by JERROLD, Douglas
    JERROLD, Douglas
    Cakes and Ale

    London: How and Parsons, 1842. 2 volume set, 7 inches tall. Full calf extra gilt by Riviere. With gilt raised bands, twin labels, fine floral tooling to the panels, wide dentelles and gilt top edges. With frontispieces and title pages by George Cruikshank. With the cloth boards and spines bound in. A superb copy in pristine condition.

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  • SPLENDID FULL MOROCCO GILT TOOLED BINDINGS
    The Poetical Works of John Milton by MILTON, John
    MILTON, John
    The Poetical Works of John Milton

    London: Tilt and Bogue, 1843. 2 volume set, 8 inches tall. A pristine set of 'Tilt's Illustrated Edition'. Full crushed morocco with gilt titles in a panel decorated above and below and with gilt tooling to the boards. All edges gilt. 120 engravings. Some light foxing to the first few leaves, otherwise a very clean set of this handsome edition.

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  • PRISTINE HEAVY MOROCCO BINDING
    The Ingoldsby Legends. by BARHAM, Reverend. (INGOLDSBY, Thomas)
    BARHAM, Reverend. (INGOLDSBY, Thomas)
    The Ingoldsby Legends.

    London: Bentley, 1874. Full morocco, 9.5 inches tall. With raised bands, gilt titling, Macabre gilt centre tools and elaborate gilt tooling to the boards, dentelles and all edges. Illustrated throughout.

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  • NEAT EDITION OF THIS CLASSIC WORK
    Instiitutio Oratoria. (Institutionum Oratoriarum) by QUINTILIAN, Marcus Fabius. (QUINTILIANI)
    QUINTILIAN, Marcus Fabius. (QUINTILIANI)
    Instiitutio Oratoria. (Institutionum Oratoriarum)

    aris, Levacher, 1809. 2 volume set, 6.75 inches tall. Full roan with twin labels and fine gilt tooling to the spines with particularly handsome cartouches for the volume numbers and bow and arrows and quiver in the panels. Old neat inscription on the pastedown endpaper, the blank and on the title page. The corners are scuffed and bumped and the labels are creased but no splitting and overall a pretty set.

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  • FIRST TRANSLATION INTO ENGLISH IN FINE BINDING
    Tales of Firenzuola. Benedictine Monk of Vallombrosa. by FIRENZUOLA,
    FIRENZUOLA,
    Tales of Firenzuola. Benedictine Monk of Vallombrosa.

    Paris: Isidore Liseux, 1889. Half crushed morocco, 6.5 inches tall. With 2 gilt raised bands, titles, fine floral tooling to the main panel with onlays for the petals and top edge gilt. Isidore Liseux famously specialised in printing tales that were considered too racy to be printed in England. These 16th century tales are mildly erotic and here translated for the very first time into English. A fascinating item, beautifully bound.

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  • RARE ROPS ITEM IN FINE HALF CALF
    La Plume by ROPS, Felicien
    ROPS, Felicien
    La Plume

    Paris, 1896. Half calf, 10 inches tall. With superb gilt tooling on the spine involving vine leaves and a devils head, gilt top edge. This famous special number of La Plume of 15th June 1896 is dedicated to Felicien Rops. It is profusely illustrated throughout. A beautiful copy of this famous edition.

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  • SUPERB FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Tribute to Walter De La Mare on his Seventy-Fifth Birthday by DE LA MARE
    DE LA MARE
    Tribute to Walter De La Mare on his Seventy-Fifth Birthday

    London: Faber & Faber, 1948. Full crushed morocco, 8.75 inches tall. Very finely bound at the Minstead Bindery. With gilt title and floral pattern with birds and green onlays, dentelles and all edges gilt. With gilt tooled sleeve and elaborate felt lined slip case with wooden head and tail. Colour frontispiece. All in pristine condition. An owners incription at the rear with his communication with Faber and Faber tipped in.

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  • FULL STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO WITH FINE FOREDGE
    The Whole Book of Psalms, Collected into English Metre by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins… by PSALMS,
    PSALMS,
    The Whole Book of Psalms, Collected into English Metre by Thomas Sternhold, John Hopkins…

    London: Company of Stationers, 1787. Full straight grain morocco, 8.5 inches tall. With gilt bands, charming cherub centre tools, simple gilt rolls framing the boards, dentelles and all edges. Armorial bookplate. A beautiful foredge of an English cathedral. A lovely copy with no splitting.

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  • SUPERB COPY IN FULL STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO
    Sermons on Various Subjects and Occasions by DENHAM, John Edmund
    DENHAM, John Edmund
    Sermons on Various Subjects and Occasions

    London: Printed for the author, 1825. A stunning binding from the library of Lord Eldon, Lord Chancellor and in a uniform binding with our Soames History of the Reformation in our stock. Full straight grain morocco, 8.5 inches tall. With very wide raised gilt bands, superb extra gilt panels and tooling to the boards, dentelles and all edges. As is usual with this colour some blotching has occured over the years. On the title page volume 2 is stated and neatly crossed out and we are under the impression that this is the only volume published, as it contains a list of subscribers.

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  • CHARMING EDITION IN HALF CALF
    The Remains of Henry Kirk White…With an Account of His Life By Robert Southey. by WHITE, Henry Kirke
    WHITE, Henry Kirke
    The Remains of Henry Kirk White…With an Account of His Life By Robert Southey.

    London: Longman et al, 1825. Half calf, 5.5 inches tall. With gilt raised bands, label and blind centre tools. Portrait and engraved title page both of which are foxed, the rest of the text being clean. Owners inscription on the free endpaper and at the head of the second title page. A charming copy of the eleventh edition.

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  • CHARMING COPY IN FULL 18TH CENTURY SPECKLED CALF
    The Poetical Works of Ambrose Philps by PHILIPS, Ambrose
    PHILIPS, Ambrose
    The Poetical Works of Ambrose Philps

    Edinburg: The Apollo Press, 1781. Full speckled calf, 5 inches tall. With gilt bands and label. A pristine copy.

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  • STUNNING FULL RED MOROCCO COPY
    A Thousand and One Gems of English Poetry. by MACKAY, Charles (selected and arranged).
    MACKAY, Charles (selected and arranged).
    A Thousand and One Gems of English Poetry.

    London: Routledge, 1872. Full red morocco, 8.5 inches tall. A heavy Victorian binding with gilt raised bands, title, dentelles and all edges and splendid gilt tooling to the panels and boards. An excellent anthology of English poetry from the perspective of the time. With illustrations by Millais, Gilbert, Tenniel, Birket Foster and others. An owners name on the paste down endpaper has been crossed out and there is some foxing to the blanks, otherwise clean.

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  • SUPERB COPY OF THE FIRST FRENCH EDITION
    Les Amours des Anges, et Les Melodies Irlandaises. (Irish Melodies) by MOORE, Thomas
    MOORE, Thomas
    Les Amours des Anges, et Les Melodies Irlandaises. (Irish Melodies)

    Paris: Chez Chasseriau, 1823. Full straight grain morocco, 8 inches tall. Gilt raised bands, titles, fine gilt floral panels, gilt and blind tooled boards, dentelles and pink endpapers. All edges gilt. Portrait. A very elegant copy in pristine condition.

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  • STUNNING REGENCY BINDING IN FULL CALF
    Letters on Several Subjects, By Sir Thomas Fitzosborne by FITZOSBORNE, Sir Thomas
    FITZOSBORNE, Sir Thomas
    Letters on Several Subjects, By Sir Thomas Fitzosborne

    London: John Sharpe, 1820. Full calf, 5.25 inches tall. 2 volumes bound in 1 complete. Extraordinary full calf binding with ornate floral tooling on its 'flat back' spine, delicate gilt tooling to the boards, dentelles and all edges. The armorial bookplate of the Earl of Ilchester. In very good condition.

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  • SUPERB FULL GREEN GOATSKIN
    The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott, Bart. by SCOTT, Sir Walter
    SCOTT, Sir Walter
    The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott, Bart.

    Edinburgh: Black, 1865. Full morocco, 10 inches tall. A very fine heavy mid-Victorian morocco binding with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels, ornate gilt tooling to the boards and all edges gilt. A double column edition, complete in 1 volume. Inscription.... 'on his leaving Eton Xmas 1865' on first blank. Some foxing to the preliminaries.

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  • SPLENDID LITTLE HEAVY MOROCCO BINDING
    The Christian Year: Thoughts In Verse. by CHRISTIAN YEAR
    CHRISTIAN YEAR
    The Christian Year: Thoughts In Verse.

    Oxford: James Parker and Co, 1868. Morocco, 5.5 inches tall. With raised bands, gilt titles and black palletes on spine, boards and dentelles. All edges gilt over pink. An inscription dated 1869 on the first blank. Slight foxing to the preliminaries, otherwise a clean copy in excellent condition. Illustrated throughout.

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  • FINE FULL DECORATED VELLUM
    D. H. Lawrence And The Body Mystical. by CARTER, Frederick (Lawrence)
    CARTER, Frederick (Lawrence)
    D. H. Lawrence And The Body Mystical.

    London: Dennis Archer, 1932. Full orange vellum, 10 inches tall. With fine decoration in gilt and black. From a limited edition of only 75 numbered copies, this is copy number 9, containing a signed artist's proof. Very slight cockling, a small neat owner's inscription on the free end paper. Otherwise an excellent copy.

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