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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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  • FINE SET IN MAGNIFICENT EIGHTEENTH CENTURY TREE CALF
    Natural History, General and Particular, by the Count de Buffon, Translated into English. by BUFFON, Count de, Georges-Louis Leclerc
    BUFFON, Count de, Georges-Louis Leclerc
    Natural History, General and Particular, by the Count de Buffon, Translated into English.

    London: Strahan and Cadell, 1785. 9 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. A spectacular 18th century tree calf, unrestored and in pristine condition with gilt bands, triple labels and ornate gilt tooling to the panels. Yellow edges. With an engraved frontispiece, portrait and 307 engraved plates of which 7 are folding. A magnificent set of the English translation of the work of "the father of all thought in natural history in the second half of the 18th century" (Ernst Mayr).

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  • SCARCE AND MAGNIFICENT SET IN FULL CALF BY NUTT
    The History of Rome; The Collected Lectures; Life and Letters. by NIEBUHR, Barthold Georg
    NIEBUHR, Barthold Georg
    The History of Rome; The Collected Lectures; Life and Letters.

    London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly, 1851: London: Walton and Maberly, 1852-53; London: Chapman and Hall, 1852. 14 volume set, 8.75 inches tall. Bound in splendid Victorian full calf by Nutt of Drury Lane with gilt raised bands, twin labels and most attractive extra gilt panels. It is very unusual to find these works bound uniformly in English. Born in Denmark, Barthold Niebuhr became Germany's greatest historian of Ancient Rome and a founding father of modern scholarly historiography.

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  • PRIVATELY PRINTED LIMITED EDITION IN FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    The Memoirs of Giacomo Casanova. by CASANOVA, Giacomo. (MACHEN, Arthur, translated by).
    CASANOVA, Giacomo. (MACHEN, Arthur, translated by).
    The Memoirs of Giacomo Casanova.

    London: Privately printed for the Casanova Society, 1922. 12 volume set, 10 inches tall. A magnificent set in luxurious full crushed morocco with gilt raised bands and neat gilt panels. The boards have a series of five gilt panels. Wide gilt dentelles and scarlet crushed morocco doublures, watered silk free end papers and gilt top edge. Limited to 1000 numbered copies. An exceptional set of the Memoirs of this celebrated chronicler, adventurer, social historian and lover.

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  • GLORIOUS TALL COPY OF THE SCARCE IMPROVED EDITION WITH ROYAL PROVENANCE
    The Ancient Costume of Great Britain and Ireland from the seventh to the sixteenth century. by SMITH, Charles Hamilton
    SMITH, Charles Hamilton
    The Ancient Costume of Great Britain and Ireland from the seventh to the sixteenth century.

    London: Bohn, 1848. Half morocco, 15 inches tall. A glorious tall copy 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. In pristine condition this copy was bound by J. Wright, one of the finest binders of the early Victorian period, with gilt raised bands, label and magnificent gilt armorial centre tools. All edges gilt. Decorated with 60 full page hand coloured plates, all dated 1811-13.

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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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  • GORGEOUS SPANISH CALF BY TOUT
    Don Quixote de la Mancha by CERVANTES, Miguel, de Saavedra. JARVIS, Charles (translated into English).
    CERVANTES, Miguel, de Saavedra. JARVIS, Charles (translated into English).
    Don Quixote de la Mancha

    London: John Thomas, 1840. 3 volume set, 10 inches tall. A gorgeous Spanish calf binding by Tout with gilt raised bands, triple labels and fine gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt Cambridge panels to the boards, dentelles and gilt top edges. With 800 engraved vignettes from designs by Tony Johannot. A remarkable set bound in this very scarce style in a most unusual colour by one of London's greatest late Victorian binders.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • REMARKABLY FINE SET IN WONDERFUL FULL CAT'S PAW CALF
    New Travels into the Interior Parts of Africa. by Le Vaillant, Francois
    Le Vaillant, Francois
    New Travels into the Interior Parts of Africa.

    London: Robinson, 1796. 3 volume set, 8.25 inches tall. A beautiful set of the first English edition in remarkably fine condition. In full 18th century cat's paw calf with twin labels and gilt bands. Blue edges. A neat ink inscription 'Marcus Gage' is on the top of the title pages. From the collection of Martin Orsky, a pencil inscription on the free endpaper states 'bound by Mackenzie of Dublin', though I can see no evidence for this assertion. A neat ink shelf number is on the pastedown endpapers. With the map and plates. As fine a copy of this work as one could hope to find.

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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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