Morocco Bindings

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.

  • STOTHARD EDITION EXTRA ILLUSTRATED IN FABULOUS FULL MOROCCO
    The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. by DEFOE, Daniel
    DEFOE, Daniel
    The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe.

    London Cadell and Davies, 1820. 2 volume set, 9 3/4 inches tall. A fabulous full crushed morocco by one of the greatest Parisian firms of the 19th century, Chambolle-Duru. With gilt raised bands, superb gilt tooling to the panels and triple fillets framing the boards, wide gilt dentelles and all edges. With the bookplate of M.C.D.Borden. This is the celebrated Stothard edition with all 22 engraved plates called for, bound with an extra 25 plates. Very slight loss of some gilding but a beautiful and unique copy of one of the most popular and influential English novels of the 18th century.

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  • EXCELLENT EDITION IN SUPERB FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Piers the Plowman. (Together with) Richard the Redeless. by LANGLAND, William.
    LANGLAND, William.
    Piers the Plowman. (Together with) Richard the Redeless.

    Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1886. 2 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A superb full crushed morocco with gilt raised bands, neat triple pallets framing the boards and triple fillets framing the boards. Wonderful gilt tooled dentelles and all edges. Edited with Preface, Notes and Glossary, by Walter W. Skeat in 3 parallel texts. Piers the Plowman is a Middle English allegorical narrative poem by William Langland, it is considered to be one of the greatest works of English literature of the Middle Ages, preceding and influencing Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Piers Plowman contains the first known reference to a literary tradition of Robin Hood tales. This is a magnificent copy of this great work from the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey.

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  • FINELY ILLUSTRATED WORK IN SPECTACULAR REGENCY FULL MOROCCO
    Account of A Tour in Normandy. by TURNER, Dawson
    TURNER, Dawson
    Account of A Tour in Normandy.

    London: John and Arthur Arch, 1820. 2 volume set, 9 3/4 inches tall. A spectacular Regency full straight grain morocco binding with wide elaborately gilt tooled raised bands and superb and complex gilt and blind tooling to the boards. Very fine wide dentelles and all edges gilt. Faint signs of the removal of a bookplate in both volumes, very slight rubbing minor foxing to the plates and tissues. With all 50 full page engravings called for. A charming well illustrated work in an exceptional binding of the highest quality.

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  • SPLENDID AND AMUSING AQUATINTS IN ELEGANT FULL MOROCCO
    Lessons of Thrift, Published for General Benefit By a Member of the Save-all Club. by CRAWFORD, John William Roy. CRUIKSHANK, Isaac Robert (illustrator).
    CRAWFORD, John William Roy. CRUIKSHANK, Isaac Robert (illustrator).
    Lessons of Thrift, Published for General Benefit By a Member of the Save-all Club.

    London: Thomas Boys, 1820. Full morocco, 9 1/2 inches tall. A superb Victorian binding with gilt raised bands and very fine floral gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt corner tools and triple fillets frame the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. With an engraved title page and 12 hilarious full page hand coloured plates . With the armorial bookplate of Alexander Lawson Duncan. There is some discolouration on the upper board, otherwise a fine copy of the first edition.
    This copy, as with all editions had pp. 39-42, 87-110 and 163-178 omitted, a footnote appears on p. xvi explaining: "The reader will perceive an hiatus after p. 38, another after p. 86, and a third after p. 162.…

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    London: Thomas Boys, 1820. Full morocco, 9 1/2 inches tall. A superb Victorian binding with gilt raised bands and very fine floral gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt corner tools and triple fillets frame the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. With an engraved title page and 12 hilarious full page hand coloured plates . With the armorial bookplate of Alexander Lawson Duncan. There is some discolouration on the upper board, otherwise a fine copy of the first edition.
    This copy, as with all editions had pp. 39-42, 87-110 and 163-178 omitted, a footnote appears on p. xvi explaining: "The reader will perceive an hiatus after p. 38, another after p. 86, and a third after p. 162. Some digressions occurred in those places on subjects too abstruse to be generally interesting; they have therefore been withdrawn".

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  • VERY SCARCE HAND COLOURED SET IN SPECTACULAR FULL MOROCCO
    Remarks on Local Scenery & Manners in Scotland during the Years 1799 and 1800. by STODDARD, John
    STODDARD, John
    Remarks on Local Scenery & Manners in Scotland during the Years 1799 and 1800.

    London: William Miller, 1801. 2 volume set, 9 3/4 inches tall. A spectacular and beautiful Regency full morocco binding in sparkling condition. With superb and unusual gilt tooling to the wide raised bands and blind and gilt tooling to the panels. A series of superb rolls and fillets, both gilt and blind, frame the straight grained boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges, with deep squares. Pink end papers with the bookplate of Sir William Augustus Fraser of Ledeclune and Morar. 2 engraved vignettes to the title pages, a double page map and, most unusually all 32 aquatints, hand-coloured. A wonderful set.

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  • FINE EDITION IN WONDERFUL FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Oeuvres de Jean Racine. by RACINE, Jean-Baptiste
    RACINE, Jean-Baptiste
    Oeuvres de Jean Racine.

    Paris: D'Heran, 1807. 5 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A pristine and beautiful Georgian full crushed morocco bound set by A. Tarrant with gilt raised bands, delicate gilt tooled floral designs to the panels and contrasting twin green labels. Twin gilt fillets and pomegranate corner tools frame the boards. Gilt dentelles and top edges. With the morocco bookplate of Charles Rugge Price, the bookplate of Sir David Salomons and an ink inscription on the first blank. Portrait and plates after Moreau and another series by Giradet on india paper added. A splendid set of the works of one of the greatest French dramatists of of 17th-century France and a great figure of Western literature.

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  • MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO BY MACKENZIE BINDER TO THE KING
    The History of The Reformation of The Church of England. by BURNET, Gilbert
    BURNET, Gilbert
    The History of The Reformation of The Church of England.

    Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1816. 3 volume set, bound in 6, 10 inches tall. A magnificent Georgian binding in full crushed morocco by J. Mackenzie Bookbinder to the King with raised bands and superb extra gilt tooling to the panels. A smart series of gilt fillets frame the boards. Gilt dentelles on the unusually deep squares. With the armorial bookplate of Joseph Neeld. The binding which almost glows, and text are in pristine condition. A splendid set of this great seventeenth century history in defence of Henry VIII's reformation of the English Church and destruction of the monasteries.

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  • NAPOLEONIC MEMOIRS IN SUPERB FULL MOROCCO
    Mémoires du Général Baron de Marbot. by MARBOT, Jean-Baptiste Antoine Marcelin, Général
    MARBOT, Jean-Baptiste Antoine Marcelin, Général
    Mémoires du Général Baron de Marbot.

    Paris: Librairie Plon, 1892. 3 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A splendid full morocco by Birdsall with wide gilt raised bands and very ornate gilt tooling to the panels. Decorative gilt fillets frame the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Frontispieces. The binding is sound and highly decorative on the shelf with no splitting but there is heavy rubbing and scuffing to the edges. Monogram and coronet on the bookplate. Marbot is celebrated for his memoirs depicting the Napoleonic age of warfare. He distinguished himself at the Battle of Austerlitz before serving in the Peninsular War under Marshals Jean Lannes and André Masséna. He then showed himself to be a dashing leader of light cavalry in the Russian…

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    Paris: Librairie Plon, 1892. 3 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A splendid full morocco by Birdsall with wide gilt raised bands and very ornate gilt tooling to the panels. Decorative gilt fillets frame the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Frontispieces. The binding is sound and highly decorative on the shelf with no splitting but there is heavy rubbing and scuffing to the edges. Monogram and coronet on the bookplate. Marbot is celebrated for his memoirs depicting the Napoleonic age of warfare. He distinguished himself at the Battle of Austerlitz before serving in the Peninsular War under Marshals Jean Lannes and André Masséna. He then showed himself to be a dashing leader of light cavalry in the Russian campaign of 1812. After taking part in the Battle of Waterloo alongside Emperor Napoleon I he served a period of exile before returning he was promoted to the rank of maréchal de camp (brigadier general) under King Louis Philippe I. In the original French.

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  • FIRST EDITION IN FULL MOROCCO BY TINOT
    Les Femmes du Temps Passé. by HOUSSAYE, Arsène
    HOUSSAYE, Arsène
    Les Femmes du Temps Passé.

    Paris: Morizot, 1863. Full red morocco, 10 1/2 inches tall. A spectacular binding by Jean-Baptiste Tinot with gilt raised bands and delicate gilt tooling with green calf onlays to the panels and boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. First edition with 20 steel engraved portraits with somewhat browned tissues. This work celebrates the lives of 20 famous 18th century women, including Madame de Pompadour, Madame du Chastelet and Marie-Antoinette. With a couple of marks to the binding and a little foxing to the plates but overall a fine and impressive binding. In the original French.

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  • EARL OF CLARE'S MAGNIFICENT FOLIO IN FULL MOROCCO
    Les Adventures de Télémaque, Fils d'Ulysse. by FÉNÉLON, François de Salignac de la Mothe-
    FÉNÉLON, François de Salignac de la Mothe-
    Les Adventures de Télémaque, Fils d'Ulysse.

    Paris: De L'Imprimerie de Franc. Ambr. Didot L'ainé, 1783. 2 volume set, 12 1/2 inches tall. A magnificently bound set in 18th century full straight grain morocco from the library of the Earl of Clare, John FitzGibbon, 1st Viscount FitzGibbon, the Lord Chancellor of Ireland. Bound by J. Rodwell of New Bond Street, and with their ticket, with twin gilt raised bands, gilt pallets and a splendid series of gilt fillets and rolls frame the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. One of just 200 copies, this is a beautifully printed edition in pristine condition of this highly influential work, notably on Rousseau, which was seen by contemporaries as a stinging rebuke to the autocratic reign of Louis XIV…

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    Paris: De L'Imprimerie de Franc. Ambr. Didot L'ainé, 1783. 2 volume set, 12 1/2 inches tall. A magnificently bound set in 18th century full straight grain morocco from the library of the Earl of Clare, John FitzGibbon, 1st Viscount FitzGibbon, the Lord Chancellor of Ireland. Bound by J. Rodwell of New Bond Street, and with their ticket, with twin gilt raised bands, gilt pallets and a splendid series of gilt fillets and rolls frame the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. One of just 200 copies, this is a beautifully printed edition in pristine condition of this highly influential work, notably on Rousseau, which was seen by contemporaries as a stinging rebuke to the autocratic reign of Louis XIV of France, whose wars and taxes on the peasantry had reduced the country to famine. In the original French.

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  • FINE EDITION IN BEAUTIFUL ORANGE STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO
    The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser. by SPENSER, Edmund
    SPENSER, Edmund
    The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser.

    London: William Pickering, 1825. 5 volume set, 7 3/4 inches tall. A very unusual Victorian full orange straight grain morocco for Sotheran of Piccadilly with gilt raised bands and gilt pallets framing the panels and rolls the boards. Gilt dentelles and top edges. Armorial bookplates. A beautiful set of the Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser, most famous for 'The Faerie Queene', one of the greatest of all English poets.

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  • GREAT AUSTRALIAN POET IN SUPERB FULL MOROCCO
    Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon. by GORDON, Adam Lindsay
    GORDON, Adam Lindsay
    Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon.

    London: Henry Frowde, 1912. Full morocco, 8 1/2 inches tall. With the stamps of Morrell and also of Truslove and Hanson of Sloane street, luxury booksellers, book binders and acted as London agents for the State Library of New South Wales. Bound with gilt raised bands and very fine and ornate gilt tooling to the panels and boards highlighted with tiny green calf onlays. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Gordon was the first Australian poet to receive overseas recognition, though not before his tragically short life had ended.

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  • GREAT AUSTRALIAN POET IN SUPERB FULL MOROCCO GILT
    GORDON, Adam Lindsay
    Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon

    London: Oxford University Press, 1912. Full morocco, 7 1/2 inches tall. An elegant, most good looking binding signed by Morrell and by Truslove and Hanson of Sloane Street who were luxury book sellers, book binders and acted as London agents for the State Library of New South Wales. Bound in full crushed morocco with gilt raised bands and very fine and delicate gilt tooling to the panels and boards with tiny green calf onlays. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Portrait. One blank has been neatly removed. Gordon was the first Australian poet to achieve considerable recognition overseas, though his tragically short life ended before he was able to enjoy this.

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  • WELL ILLUSTRATED WORK IN BEAUTIFUL GEORGIAN STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO
    Antiquities of the Inns of Court and Chancery. by HERBERT, William
    HERBERT, William
    Antiquities of the Inns of Court and Chancery.

    London: Vernoe and Hood et al., 1804. Full morocco, 10 3/4 inches tall. A beautiful copy bound at the beginning of the 19th century with twin raised bands and fine and delicate gilt tooling to the panels. The boards are framed in a splendid series of gilt rolls and fillets. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Embellished with 24 full page engravings. A sparkling tall copy of this classic law book which includes "Historical and Descriptive Sketches Relative to their Original Foundation, Customs, Ceremonies, Buildings, Government, &c. &c. With a Concise History of The English Law".

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  • EXTRAORDINARY FULL MOROCCO WITH BINDER'S TICKET AND BOOKSELLER'S STAMP
    Childe Harold's Pilgrimage. The Giaour. by BYRON, Lord
    BYRON, Lord
    Childe Harold's Pilgrimage. The Giaour.

    London: John Murray, 1813. Full Morocco, 9 inches tall. An extraordinary Regency binding by J. Rodwell of Golden Square, and with their ticket, in full straight grain morocco. With blind tooled raised bands and superb blind and gilt tooled panels. The boards, most unusually, have a dense and very fine blind tooled design bordered with blind a gilt fillets and an ornate gilt roll. Gilt dentelles and all edges. There is a gilt stamp on the fore edges of the boards of Taylor & Hessey, Booksellers London. Taylor was a publisher of John Keats And John Clare. He worked for James Lackington before forming a partnership with Augustus Hessey as Taylor & Hessey in Fleet Street, London. Slight blotchiness…

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    London: John Murray, 1813. Full Morocco, 9 inches tall. An extraordinary Regency binding by J. Rodwell of Golden Square, and with their ticket, in full straight grain morocco. With blind tooled raised bands and superb blind and gilt tooled panels. The boards, most unusually, have a dense and very fine blind tooled design bordered with blind a gilt fillets and an ornate gilt roll. Gilt dentelles and all edges. There is a gilt stamp on the fore edges of the boards of Taylor & Hessey, Booksellers London. Taylor was a publisher of John Keats And John Clare. He worked for James Lackington before forming a partnership with Augustus Hessey as Taylor & Hessey in Fleet Street, London. Slight blotchiness to the spine, often seen on this shade of blue from this period, otherwise a clean and superb copy of these early editions.

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  • SUPERB FULL MOROCCO WITH ONLAYS BY KELLY & SONS
    Old Christmas. by IRVING, Washington
    IRVING, Washington
    Old Christmas.

    London: Macmillan and Co., 1882. Full Morocco, 7 inches tall. A beautiful 'Kelliegram' binding by the great English firm of Kelly & Sons in a style they introduced that has since been much imitated. With gilt raised bands, delightful floral gilt tooling to the panels and on the boards, framing the Old Stage Coach man recreated in crushed morocco onlays. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Illustrated by Randolph Caldecott throughout. Original cloth covers bound in. With the gilt stamps of Kelly & Sons and that of Brentano's New York (booksellers). Washington Irving, the great American short story writer, published 'Old Christmas' in 1876 with its wonderful nostalgic view of an English Victorian Christmas. One evocative image being that of…

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    London: Macmillan and Co., 1882. Full Morocco, 7 inches tall. A beautiful 'Kelliegram' binding by the great English firm of Kelly & Sons in a style they introduced that has since been much imitated. With gilt raised bands, delightful floral gilt tooling to the panels and on the boards, framing the Old Stage Coach man recreated in crushed morocco onlays. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Illustrated by Randolph Caldecott throughout. Original cloth covers bound in. With the gilt stamps of Kelly & Sons and that of Brentano's New York (booksellers). Washington Irving, the great American short story writer, published 'Old Christmas' in 1876 with its wonderful nostalgic view of an English Victorian Christmas. One evocative image being that of the stage coach man on the York coach in a snowy December, here represented.. A lovely book in pristine condition.

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  • RATHER SPLENDID FULL MOROCCO BY ZAEHNSDORF
    Poems Written in Early Youth, Poems from 'Modern Love' and Scattered Poems. by MEREDITH, George
    MEREDITH, George
    Poems Written in Early Youth, Poems from 'Modern Love' and Scattered Poems.

    London: Constable and Company, 1909. Full morocco, 7 3/4 inches tall. A very neat binding by Zaehnsdorf with gilt raised bands, framed gilt panels and ornate gilt tooling to the boards within a series of gilt fillet panels. Gilt dentelles and top edge. Before establishing himself as a very successful novelist Meredith's first emphasis was as a romantic poet, Oscar Wilde described his poetry as "chaos illumined by brilliant flashes of lightning".

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  • DELIGHTFUL LITTLE NEW TESTAMENT IN DENSELY TOOLED MOROCCO
    The New Testament. by BIBLE
    BIBLE
    The New Testament.

    London: George Eyre and Andrew Strahan, 1814. Full morocco, 3 1/2 inches tall. A fine little Regency binding by Armstrong of Liverpool with gilt raised bands and unusual dense gilt and blind tooling to the panels and boards. All edges gilt. The pink endpapers have oxidized and there is some minor rubbing but overall a delightful devotional volume with a binding typical of the period.

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  • PICKERING EDITION IN WONDERFUL FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Ilias et Odyssea. The Iliad and the Odyssey. by Homer
    Homer
    Ilias et Odyssea. The Iliad and the Odyssey.

    London: Gulielmus Pickering, 1831. 2 volume set, 4 1/8 inches tall. A wonderful full crushed morocco by Holloway. With raised bands, blind pallets and gilt Aldus leaves in the panels. The boards have a blind panel with gilt Aldus leaves as corner tools. Gilt dentelles and all edges. A delightful small set printed by William Pickering with miniscule type, in the original Greek.

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  • FINELY ILLUSTRATED EDITION IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO
    The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare. With a Life by Thomas Campbell. by SHAKESPEARE, William
    SHAKESPEARE, William
    The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare. With a Life by Thomas Campbell.

    London: Routeledge, Warne, and Routledge, 1862. 2 volume set, 9 1/2 inches tall. A rather magnificent full morocco with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels and superb ornate gilt tooling around a heraldic crest to the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Double column. Engraved portrait of Shakespeare, engraved title page, full page engravings of scenes from Shakespeare's Plays and 45 full page extra illustrated engravings of Shakespeare's heroines. Some rubbing to the binding, loss of both free end papers and slight foxing to the tissues and portraits but still an impressive set.

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