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  • CELEBRATED EDITION IN EXQUISITE FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Opera (The Works). by HORACE (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)
    HORACE (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)
    Opera (The Works).

    London: Pine, 1733-1737. 2 volumes, 9 inches tall. A wonderful 18th century full crushed morocco, as fresh as the day it was bound. With gilt raised bands and delicate gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt rolls and corner tools to the boards. Dentelles and all edges gilt. The first edition of both volumes. One of the finest examples of 18th century English book production in which the text and illustrations are entirely engraved. With exquisite rococo decoration to almost every page. The bookplate of Hans Furstenberg. The condition of the binding and text is pristine. In the original Latin. A remarkable set.

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  • MANUSCRIPT ACCOUNT OF TRAVELS IN MAGNIFICENT FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Half Hours in Remarkable Places, At Home and Abroad. by EFFINGHAM, Henry Alexander Gordon Howard, Earl of.
    EFFINGHAM, Henry Alexander Gordon Howard, Earl of.
    Half Hours in Remarkable Places, At Home and Abroad.

    Original Manuscript, 1910 - 1912. 5 volume set, 9.25 inches tall. A unique and extraordinary item, magnificently bound in full crushed morocco by Leighton of Brewer Street. With gilt raised bands and elegant gilt panels. The upper boards have the gilt plaque of a romantic figure, probably Byron, which is framed within gilt rolls and corner tools. Gilt dentelles and top edges. The 5 volumes contain the bound notebooks of Lord Effingham's travels at home and abroad. They are embellished with over 650 photographs, pictures postcards, portraits and engraved views. The handwriting is large and readable. Having been housed in felt line boxes the volumes are in pristine condition.

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  • UNIQUE ITEM IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO BY ASPREY WITH ROYAL PROVENANCE
    Manuscript illustrated by A.E. Haswell-Miller. by SCOTS GUARDS
    SCOTS GUARDS
    Manuscript illustrated by A.E. Haswell-Miller.

    1936. Full morocco, 13 inches by 11.5 inches. A superb binding by Asprey & Co. with gilt raised bands, panels framed with single pallets and the Regimental badge of the Scots Guards on the upper board framed by a single fillet. Wide dentelles and all edges gilt. Containing 10 original watercolours by A.E.Haswell-Miller of selected orders of dress worn by the Regiment since the Duke of Gloucester became their Colonel in 1936. From the library of the Duke of Gloucester at Kensington Palace. Prince Henry Duke of Gloucester was the third son of King George V, brother of King George VI and King Edward VIII. This magnificent and unique volume was presented to the Duke in 1961 on the occasion…

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    1936. Full morocco, 13 inches by 11.5 inches. A superb binding by Asprey & Co. with gilt raised bands, panels framed with single pallets and the Regimental badge of the Scots Guards on the upper board framed by a single fillet. Wide dentelles and all edges gilt. Containing 10 original watercolours by A.E.Haswell-Miller of selected orders of dress worn by the Regiment since the Duke of Gloucester became their Colonel in 1936. From the library of the Duke of Gloucester at Kensington Palace. Prince Henry Duke of Gloucester was the third son of King George V, brother of King George VI and King Edward VIII. This magnificent and unique volume was presented to the Duke in 1961 on the occasion of his review of the Regiment marking his 25th year as Colonel.

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  • DELUXE LIMITED EDITION IN GLORIOUS FULL MOROCCO
    La légende et les aventures héroïques, joyeuses et glorieuses d’Ulenspiegel & de Lamme Goedzak au Pays de Flandres et Ailleurs. (The Legend of Thyl Ulenspiegel and Lamme Goedzak). by COSTER, Charles de -Theodore-Henri
    COSTER, Charles de -Theodore-Henri
    La légende et les aventures héroïques, joyeuses et glorieuses d’Ulenspiegel & de Lamme Goedzak au Pays de Flandres et Ailleurs. (The Legend of Thyl Ulenspiegel and Lamme Goedzak).

    Bruxelles: Paul Lacomblez, 1914. Full morocco, 13 inches tall. A truly magnificent binding in pristine condition by Paul Affolter with gilt raised bands, superb gilt tooling with onlays to the panels and framing the boards. Wide gilt dentelles and watered silk doublures and free endpapers. Number 50 of 75 copies on 'japon imperial' with an extra suite of colour plates. In the original felt lined and leather trimmed slipcase also signed by Affolter. Based on an obscure 16th century romance, Coster's masterpiece tells of the adventures of a Flemish prankster, Thyl Ulenspiegel, during the wars of the Reformation in the Netherlands and became popular all over the world.

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  • 100 VOLUMES IN FULL 18TH CENTURY CALF
    The Poets of Great Britain. by BELL’S EDITION
    BELL’S EDITION
    The Poets of Great Britain.

    London: John Bell, 1779-1782. 100 (of 109) volumes, 5.25 inches tall. A splendid collection of this span of English poets from Chaucer to Churchill in stunning 18th century full calf with gilt bands, triple labels and delicate gilt centre tools. We rarely stock incomplete sets but this title is extremely rare in this condition in such a long run. There are some minor chips and marks but generally in excellent condition. Lacking volumes 24,26,28,29,50,72,74,88 & 104, thus the vast majority of the titles are complete, including the 14 volume set of Chaucer at the very beginning of the collection.

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  • LIMITED EDITION IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO
    The Complete works. by NASHE, Thomas
    NASHE, Thomas
    The Complete works.

    Printed for Private Circulation only, 1883-1884. 6 volume set, 10 inches tall. A truly magnificent full morocco binding with gilt raised bands, very fine gilt tooling to the panels and boards, dentelles and all edges. This is the first collected edition of the Works of Nashe, the great English Elizabethan pamphleteer, satirist, novelist, playwright and poet. Printed for the Huth Library in an edition of 50 sets for private circulation only.

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  • VERY RARE TITLE IN HALF LEATHER WITH VELLUM CORNERS
    Iconologies ou sont representés les Vertues, les Vices, les Sciences, les Arts, et les divinites de la Fable en 216. Estampes jnventeés et Graveés par Huquier. by HUQUIER
    HUQUIER
    Iconologies ou sont representés les Vertues, les Vices, les Sciences, les Arts, et les divinites de la Fable en 216. Estampes jnventeés et Graveés par Huquier.

    Paris: Chez le dit Huquier, rue des Mathurins au coin de celle de Sorbonne, (1768). Half calf, 10.25 inches tall, 6 inches deep (26cm x 21cm). A splendid example of a very rare book in a neat half calf with label and gilt pallets, speckled pink edges and vellum (recycled manuscript fragments) corners. The margins are exceptionally wide. The plates are lettered and numbered A1-12, B1-12 etc. to S1-12 , there is no J1-12) and in this example the last two leaves S11 and S12 are lacking, they do not appear to have ever been bound in, so we have 214 of 216 plates. Copac records only one copy in the UK (in the Royal Academy of Arts).

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  • SUPERB SET IN FULL CAT'S PAW CALF WITH ALL 100 ENGRAVED PLATES
    Dictionnaire d’Architecture Civile, Militaire et Navale. by VIRLOYS, Roland de
    VIRLOYS, Roland de
    Dictionnaire d’Architecture Civile, Militaire et Navale.

    Paris: Libraires Associes, 1770 - 1771. 3 volume set, 11.75 inches tall. A splendid set in full cat's paw calf with raised bands, twin labels and floral gilt tooling to the panels. With all 100 engraved plates, mostly folding. An interesting work covering civil, military and naval architecture. A very good looking set. With a small stamp on the title pages and small ticket of 'Domus Aquensis Societatis Jesu' on the pastedown endpapers. In the original French.

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  • SUPERB EDITION IN SPECTACULAR FULL PINK MOROCCO
    The Waverley Novels. by SCOTT, Sir Walter
    SCOTT, Sir Walter
    The Waverley Novels.

    Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1857. 25 volume set, 8.75 inches tall. A truly spectacular set in full dark pink morocco in marvellous condition. With gilt raised bands, twin green labels and extra gilt panels. The boards are decorated with a very delicate and ornate panel framed within a triple roll. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Engraved frontispieces, title pages, portraits and views throughout. Other than a few very superficial marks this set is in pristine condition with no wear or fading.

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  • CELEBRATED EDITION IN BEAUTIFUL FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Contes et Nouvelles en vers, Par M. de La Fontaine. by La Fontaine, J. de.
    La Fontaine, J. de.
    Contes et Nouvelles en vers, Par M. de La Fontaine.

    (Paris: Barbou) Amsterdam, 1762. 2 volume set, 7 inches tall. The celebrated and very scarce Fermiers-Generaux edition. Complete with half-titles, 2 engraved portraits and 80 superb plates after Eisen by Aliamet, Delafosse, Longueil, Le Mire et al.. with over 50 delightful and ornate vignettes by Choffar. The later binding is by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in the style of the period with gilt raised bands, extra floral gilt tooling to the panels, fine and ornate gilt tooling to the boards, gilt dentelles and all edges. The bindings have been expertly rebacked. Internally exceptionally clean and fresh with slight creasing to a couple of plates. A fine set of this great example of French 18th century printing.

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  • SPLENDID COLLECTION OF THIS LITERARY PERIODICAL IN QUARTER CALF FROM THE CHATEAU DE CIREY
    BIBLIOTHÈQUE UNIVERSELLE DES ROMANS, ouvrage périodique, dans lequel on donne l'analyse raisonnée des romans anciens & modernes, françois, ou traduits dans notre langue. July 1775-April 1784.
    BIBLIOTHÈQUE UNIVERSELLE DES ROMANS, ouvrage périodique, dans lequel on donne l'analyse raisonnée des romans anciens & modernes, françois, ou traduits dans notre langue. July 1775-April 1784.

    Paris: Lacombe, then Bureau, 1775-84. 69 volumes, 6.5 inches tall. The run is lacking 2 volumes, those for Feb/Mar 1776 and Apr 1776. The first 9 volumes have a densely gilt spine with repeated floral flourishes. The remaining volumes have gilt bands and floral gilt tooling to the panels. All have a single label covering 2 panels. Speckled edges. There are a few ancient worm holes and some superficial loss of surface of the paper boards to said long gone wildlife. A charming variety of different ink washed papers were used to cover the boards. Woodcut ornaments. A splendid collection of this influential literary journal published from 1775-1789 which owed much to the medieval adaptations of the Comte de…

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    Paris: Lacombe, then Bureau, 1775-84. 69 volumes, 6.5 inches tall. The run is lacking 2 volumes, those for Feb/Mar 1776 and Apr 1776. The first 9 volumes have a densely gilt spine with repeated floral flourishes. The remaining volumes have gilt bands and floral gilt tooling to the panels. All have a single label covering 2 panels. Speckled edges. There are a few ancient worm holes and some superficial loss of surface of the paper boards to said long gone wildlife. A charming variety of different ink washed papers were used to cover the boards. Woodcut ornaments. A splendid collection of this influential literary journal published from 1775-1789 which owed much to the medieval adaptations of the Comte de Tressan. It was influential in shaping the Gothic taste in French literature. From the library of Madame de Simiane at the Chateau de Cirey. Madame de Simiane's husband, Charles-Francois de Simiane had served with Lafayette in America. The Chateau had previously served as a refuge for Voltaire.

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  • FIRST EDITIONS IN MARVELLOUS FULL MOROCCO WITH ROYAL PROVENANCE
    The Ingoldsby Legends by BARHAM, Richard Harris. (INGOLDSBY, Thomas)
    BARHAM, Richard Harris. (INGOLDSBY, Thomas)
    The Ingoldsby Legends

    London: Richard Bentley, 1840-1847. 3 volume set, 8 inches tall. An absolutely superb set in full morocco by Riviere with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels and a triple fillet framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. From the library of the Duke of Gloucester at Kensington Palace and with his bookplate in each volume. Prince Henry Duke of Gloucester was the third son of King George V, brother of King George VI and King Edward VIII. All first editions with the original cloth cover bound in. With full page plates by George Cruikshank and John Leech. Pristine, inside and out, a magnificent set of these great comic tales.

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  • MAGNIFICENT SIGNED LIMITED DELUXE EDITION IN HALF CRUSHED MOROCCO
    The Works of Anatole France by FRANCE, Anatole
    FRANCE, Anatole
    The Works of Anatole France

    New York: Gabriel Wells, 1924. 30 volume set, 9 inches tall. Half crushed morocco with gilt raised bands, titles and fine gilt tooled panels. Gilt top edge. Deluxe edition, limited to 1075 sets, the first volume of each set is signed by the author. Portrait. The definitive set of this great writers works in English in excellent condition.

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  • SPLENDID SET OF THIS VERY SCARCE TITLE IN FULL SPECKLED CALF
    Histoire des Empereurs, et des autres Princes qui ont regné durant les six premiers siècles de l’église, de leurs guerres contre les Juifs, des écrivains profanes, & des personnes les plus illustres de leur temps. Justifée par les citations des auteurs originaux. by TILLEMONT, Louis Sébastien Le Nain de (Le Sieur D.T.)
    TILLEMONT, Louis Sébastien Le Nain de (Le Sieur D.T.)
    Histoire des Empereurs, et des autres Princes qui ont regné durant les six premiers siècles de l’église, de leurs guerres contre les Juifs, des écrivains profanes, & des personnes les plus illustres de leur temps. Justifée par les citations des auteurs originaux.

    Paris: Chez Charles Robustel, 1690-1738. 6 volume set, 10.5 inches tall. A splendid set in full speckled calf with gilt raised bands and dense gilt tooling to the panels. Speckled pink edges. The bindings have uniform tooling but were bound as the volumes were published in 1690, 1691, 1691, 1697, 1701 and 1738 and consequently the dimensions of the volumes and the shade of the leather varies somewhat. The volumes are in excellent condition with no splitting but there are a couple of bad scuffs on the boards leaving a small patch of the straw board visible. One engraved chapter heading to each volume. With the armorial bookplates of Le M(arqu)is de Champagne Giffart. This is the First Edition…

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    Paris: Chez Charles Robustel, 1690-1738. 6 volume set, 10.5 inches tall. A splendid set in full speckled calf with gilt raised bands and dense gilt tooling to the panels. Speckled pink edges. The bindings have uniform tooling but were bound as the volumes were published in 1690, 1691, 1691, 1697, 1701 and 1738 and consequently the dimensions of the volumes and the shade of the leather varies somewhat. The volumes are in excellent condition with no splitting but there are a couple of bad scuffs on the boards leaving a small patch of the straw board visible. One engraved chapter heading to each volume. With the armorial bookplates of Le M(arqu)is de Champagne Giffart. This is the First Edition of a work much admired by Gibbon. A superb set of this rare title.

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  • 108 SPLENDID ENGRAVED PORTRAITS IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO
    The Heads Of Illustrious Persons Of Great Britain, Engraved By Mr. Houbraken, And Mr. Vertue. With Their Lives And Characters. by BIRCH, Thomas
    BIRCH, Thomas
    The Heads Of Illustrious Persons Of Great Britain, Engraved By Mr. Houbraken, And Mr. Vertue. With Their Lives And Characters.

    London: Baynes, 1813. Full straight grain red morocco, 20 inches tall. A monumental binding with wide gilt raised bands and Superb gilt tooling to the panels. The boards are embellished with very wide blind and gilt rolls. Gilt dentelles and all edges. With the vignette on the title page and 108 engraved portraits. A spectacular example of this great book.

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  • VERY HANDSOME SET IN FULL MOROCCO BY MANSELL
    The Works of Charles Dickens. The Library Edition by DICKENS, Charles
    DICKENS, Charles
    The Works of Charles Dickens. The Library Edition

    London: Chapman & Hall, 1866-1867. 26 volume set, 7.5 inches tall. In full morocco, bound by 'MANSELL SUCCESSOR TO HAYDAY', 2 of the greatest names in the pantheon of London bookbinders of the period. With gilt raised bands, gilt titles, dentelles and all edges. Lovely gilt mistletoe devices on the corners of the boards. Full page illustrations, slightly foxed, as usual. Some rubbing.Dickens considered this to be his 'Best Edition' and inscribed it to John Forster, later his great biographer. This edition was published just a few years before his death and doesn't contain the minor and incomplete works published after 1867. A superb set.

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  • SUPERB 3 VOLUME SET, FIRST EDITIONS, IN FULL MOROCCO WITH ROYAL PROVENANCE
    The Comic History of England (bound uniformly with) The Comic History of Rome. by A’BECKETT, Gilbert A.
    A’BECKETT, Gilbert A.
    The Comic History of England (bound uniformly with) The Comic History of Rome.

    London: The Punch Office, 1847-1848. Bradbury and Evans. 3 volumes, 9 inches tall. A wonderful set of the first editions of these great comic works. Bound by Bradstreet in the finest full crushed morocco with raised bands and gilt dentelles. From the Duke of Gloucester's library at Kensington Palace, each volume with his bookplate. Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester was the third son of King George V, brother of King George VI and King Edward VIII. Original wrappers bound in. With a total of 30 hand coloured engravings and over 300 woodcuts by John Leech.

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  • EXCEPTIONALLY TALL LARGE PAPER COPY IN FULL CALF
    A Selection of Old English Plays. Originally Published by Robert Dodsley in The Year 1744. by HAZLITT, W. Carew. ( Revised, enlarged and with notes by ).
    HAZLITT, W. Carew. ( Revised, enlarged and with notes by ).
    A Selection of Old English Plays. Originally Published by Robert Dodsley in The Year 1744.

    ondon Reeves and Turner, 1874. 15 volume set, 9 inches tall. Superb full calf by Mansell. A very fine binding with gilt raised bands, triple labels and dense gilt floral panels. Gilt dentelles and top edges.One of only a handful, possibly as few as 10, tall large paper copies on handmade paper were printed. With the armorial bookplate of Horatio Noble Pym, celebrated author and bibliophile who used the finest bookbinders of his day. This is a splendid set of this important collection of early English plays, largely from the 16th century, with more than 30 being added to this enlarged edition.

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  • FINE SET, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND WITH FINE ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
    The Works of Charles Dickens by DICKENS, Charles.
    DICKENS, Charles.
    The Works of Charles Dickens

    London: Chapman and Hall, c.1875. 30 volume complete set. 7.75 inches tall. Classic half calf binding with twin labels, gilt raised bands and fine gilt tooling to the panels. Beautifully illustrated throughout. Light foxing to prelims. This is a very fine and readable set of the works of England's great novelist.

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  • VERY SCARCE FIRST ENGLISH EDITION IN FINE FULL CALF
    The Works. SMOLLETT, Tobias (translated from the French by) by VOLTAIRE, M. De
    VOLTAIRE, M. De
    The Works. SMOLLETT, Tobias (translated from the French by)

    London: Newbery et al, 1761-1763. 27 volumes, 7 inches tall. A superb collection of the first English edition of these great works translated by Dr. Smollett. 18th century runs in English are scarce, in this condition exceptionally so. Full speckled calf with gilt bands, triple labels and gilt centre tools. This edition was expanded to 38 volumes in 1774. An engraved frontispiece to each volume excepting volume 25, 2 folding plates in volume 26. Each volume has the neat ink inscription 'Mr G.F.Edwards Surgeon Bath' on the first blank. From the Library and with the bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst. the late 18th century Edwards was a member of the Royal College and writer and surgeon in Bath.

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    London: Newbery et al, 1761-1763. 27 volumes, 7 inches tall. A superb collection of the first English edition of these great works translated by Dr. Smollett. 18th century runs in English are scarce, in this condition exceptionally so. Full speckled calf with gilt bands, triple labels and gilt centre tools. This edition was expanded to 38 volumes in 1774. An engraved frontispiece to each volume excepting volume 25, 2 folding plates in volume 26. Each volume has the neat ink inscription 'Mr G.F.Edwards Surgeon Bath' on the first blank. From the Library and with the bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst. the late 18th century Edwards was a member of the Royal College and writer and surgeon in Bath.
    A remarkable set of the works of the great French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher.

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