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  • SUPERB SET IN FULL 18TH CENTURY CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Luciani Samosantensis Opera. by LUCIAN of Samosata.
    LUCIAN of Samosata.
    Luciani Samosantensis Opera.

    Amsterdam: sumptibus Jacobi Wetstenii, 1743. 4 volume set, 11.5 inches tall. A magnificently bound set with gilt raised bands and superb gilt tooling to the panels. Simple gilt fillets framing the boards, dentelles and all edges gilt. The index was published in 1746. With the armorial bookplate of Tatton Park. Slightly rubbed but with no loss or splitting. Beautifully printed in Greek and Latin. Dibdin considered this to be the most accurate and most beautiful edition of the works of Lucian, the great satirist and rhetorician.

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  • CLEAN SET IN MAGNIFICENT REGENCY FULL STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO
    The Works of John Dryden. by DRYDEN, John
    DRYDEN, John
    The Works of John Dryden.

    London: William Miller, 1808. 18 volume set, 9.5 inches tall. A magnificent set in a binding typical of the beginning of the 19th century. Bound in full straight grain morocco with gilt raised bands, blind tooled panels and dentelles. The boards are framed within gilt and blind rolls. Portrait. With the ticket of Upham & Beet (Booksellers) of New Bond Street. With the bookplate of Lt. General Sir John Macdonald, Adjutant-General to the Forces, friend and supporter the Duke of Wellington. 'Glorious' John Dryden, poet, critic and playwright was a dominant figure in the English Restoration.

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  • STUNNING EXTRA ILLUSTRATED SET IN CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Oeuvres de Salomon Gessner by GESSNER, Salomon
    GESSNER, Salomon
    Oeuvres de Salomon Gessner

    Paris: L’auteur des Estampes, 1786-1793. 3 volume set, 12 inches tall. An old tipped in catalogue entry attributes this magnificent binding to Charles Lewis. With wide gilt raised bands, delicate and ornate gilt tooling to the panels, twin labels, dentelles and all edges gilt. Complete with 3 engraved title pages, portrait and 73 engraved plates after Le Barbier. There are an extra 18 stipple engraved plates and 70 highly decorative vignettes. Some speckling and scuffing to the boards. A super copy of this beautiful 18th century deluxe edition.

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  • STUNNING DELUXE SET IN HALF MOROCCO GILT TOOLED IN THE ART NOUVEAU STYLE
    The Works of Charles Paul de Kock by KOCK, Charles Paul de
    KOCK, Charles Paul de
    The Works of Charles Paul de Kock

    London, Boston and Paris: Quinby, 1904. 25 volume set, 9.25 inches tall. A magnificent half morocco binding with gilt titles and top edge, exceptionally tall gilt raised bands and fine floral tooling with calf onlays in the art nouveau style on the spines. With the armorial bookplate of John C. Wellington, with gilt monogram on the upper boards and evidence of a second bookplate that has been carefully removed from the free endpapers. Illustrated throughout. The spines have faded to a rich brown giving a very pleasing effect on the shelf. Charles de Kock was an immensely popular French novelist in the second half of the 19th century. This deluxe edition was translated into English by Arthur Martin. De…

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    London, Boston and Paris: Quinby, 1904. 25 volume set, 9.25 inches tall. A magnificent half morocco binding with gilt titles and top edge, exceptionally tall gilt raised bands and fine floral tooling with calf onlays in the art nouveau style on the spines. With the armorial bookplate of John C. Wellington, with gilt monogram on the upper boards and evidence of a second bookplate that has been carefully removed from the free endpapers. Illustrated throughout. The spines have faded to a rich brown giving a very pleasing effect on the shelf. Charles de Kock was an immensely popular French novelist in the second half of the 19th century. This deluxe edition was translated into English by Arthur Martin. De Kock was hugely popular in the English speaking world, amongst many others, Thackeray was a particular admirer. A stunning set.

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  • SCARCE TITLE IN MAGNIFICENT GEORGIAN FULL MOROCCO
    A Collection of Etchings after the most Eminent Masters of the Dutch and Flemish Schools particularly Rembrandt, Ostade, Cornelius Bega and Van Vliet. by DEUCHAR, David
    DEUCHAR, David
    A Collection of Etchings after the most Eminent Masters of the Dutch and Flemish Schools particularly Rembrandt, Ostade, Cornelius Bega and Van Vliet.

    Edinburgh, 1803. 3 volume set, 13.5 inches tall. A magnificent set in Georgian full red straight grain morocco with wide gilt raised bands and superb gilt and blind tooling to the panels and boards, so typical of the period. Gilt dentelles and all edges. The armorial bookplate of Arthur G. Soames of Sheffield Park. Containing 374 splendid etchings. Some foxing and rubbing but overall a remarkable set of this celebrated work.

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  • SPLENDID AND EXTRAORDINARY SET OF THIS FINE LIMITED EDITION
    The Works of Henry Fielding. by FIELDING, Henry
    FIELDING, Henry
    The Works of Henry Fielding.

    London: Dent, 1893. 12 volume set, 8 inches tall. An extraordinary set in full morocco in the distinctive binding created for the great bibliophile, Henry Arthur Johnstone. With gilt titles and floral centre tools to the spine and his swashbuckling crest on the upper boards. Pigskin blind tooled endpapers and gilt top edges. Finely printed on hand made paper in a limited edition of just 250 copies. With full page engraved plates by Herbert Railton and E.J. Wheeler. A chip to one head cap and some darkening to one spine but with no splitting, overall a superb set of the works of one of England's earliest and greatest novelists.

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  • GLORIOUS SET OF THE FIRST TODD EDITION IN FULL GEORGIAN MOROCCO
    The Poetical Works of John Milton. by MILTON, John
    MILTON, John
    The Poetical Works of John Milton.

    London: Johnson et al., 1801. 6 volume set, 9 inches tall. A glorious Georgian full straight grain morocco with twin gilt raised bands, dense geometric gilt tooling to the panels and twin labels. A fine gilt roll and twin fillets frame the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. A portrait of Milton is in volume I and an engraved plate in volume VI. A celebrated edition of the works of one of the greatest of all 17th century poets in a remarkable binding.

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  • EXCEEDINGLY RARE IRISH SET IN FINE CALF BINDING
    History of The French Revolution And The Wars Resulting From That Memorable Event. Comprehending The political And Military Annals of Europe, From The Meeting of The States General at Versailles in 1789 to The Battle of Waterloo. by M’GREGOR, John James ( McGREGOR )
    M’GREGOR, John James ( McGREGOR )
    History of The French Revolution And The Wars Resulting From That Memorable Event. Comprehending The political And Military Annals of Europe, From The Meeting of The States General at Versailles in 1789 to The Battle of Waterloo.

    Waterford: John Bull, 1816. 12 volumes, 8.35 inches tall. A superb set of this very scarce work in a classic mid Victorian half calf binding. With gilt raised bands, labels and dense gilt tooling to the panels. The first seven volumes were published in Waterford and are embellished with portraits and maps; the last five volumes were published in Dublin by which time the publisher's money or enthusiasm for illustration had disappeared. Volume VI also contains a Dedication to Charles Chetwynd, Earl Talbot, General Governor of Ireland. A former owner has neatly inscribed his name, W.M. Humphreys, at the head of page 20 of several volumes. There are a total of twenty engraved portraits and five engraved maps and…

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    Waterford: John Bull, 1816. 12 volumes, 8.35 inches tall. A superb set of this very scarce work in a classic mid Victorian half calf binding. With gilt raised bands, labels and dense gilt tooling to the panels. The first seven volumes were published in Waterford and are embellished with portraits and maps; the last five volumes were published in Dublin by which time the publisher's money or enthusiasm for illustration had disappeared. Volume VI also contains a Dedication to Charles Chetwynd, Earl Talbot, General Governor of Ireland. A former owner has neatly inscribed his name, W.M. Humphreys, at the head of page 20 of several volumes. There are a total of twenty engraved portraits and five engraved maps and plans. Copac records two copies at Trinity College Dublin and one at Oxford, Cambridge and the National Trust. A fine set in excellent condition.

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  • BEAUTIFUL PRINTING IN SUPERB COSWAY STYLE FULL CALF
    Sakoontala: or, The Lost Ring. by WILLIAMS, Monier (translated from the Sanskrit of Kalidasa by).
    WILLIAMS, Monier (translated from the Sanskrit of Kalidasa by).
    Sakoontala: or, The Lost Ring.

    Hertford: Stephen Austin, 1855. Full calf, 9 inches tall. A superb Cosway style binding with a portrait miniature of an Oriental King in the upper board framed within very ornate and fine gilt tooling. Gilt raised bands and dense elaborate gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt dentelles and all edges. A neat leather monogrammed book plate. Every page is decorated with delightful borders and decorated title-page, frontispiece and 14 further illustrations. Very slight rubbing but overall a splendid copy of this celebrated tale.

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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 DODSLEY, Robert. HAZLITT, W. Carew. ( Revised, enlarged and with notes by ).
    DODSLEY, Robert. 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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  • WONDERFUL FULL MOROCCO WITH EXTRA GILT ONLAYS
    Marcus Aurelius Antoninus to Himself. by MARCUS Aurelius Antoninus. RENDALL, Gerald H. (translated into English by).
    MARCUS Aurelius Antoninus. RENDALL, Gerald H. (translated into English by).
    Marcus Aurelius Antoninus to Himself.

    London: Macmillan, 1920. Full morocco, 6 inches tall. A glorious little binding by Ramage in pristine condition with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels and extraordinary extra gilt onlays to the panels and boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Watered silk doublures and free endpapers. A binding of the highest quality. We have seen this design by Ramage before but not in this condition. Marcus was Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a Stoic philosopher acquiring the reputation of a philosopher king.

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  • VERY SCARCE TITLE IN CLASSIC VICTORIAN FULL CALF
    The Works. by RALEGH, Sir Walter (RALEIGH)
    RALEGH, Sir Walter (RALEIGH)
    The Works.

    Oxford: The University Press, 1829. 8 volume set, 8.75 inches tall. A classic Victorian full calf binding with gilt raised bands, twin labels and floral gilt tooling to the panels. Speckled pink edges. With the 'Fasque' bookplate from the Gladstone Library. Light staining to the boards. A superb copy of this very rare title.

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  • SUPERB DELUXE SET IN FULL MOROCCO
    The Writings of Mrs Humphry Ward. by WARD, Mrs Humphry
    WARD, Mrs Humphry
    The Writings of Mrs Humphry Ward.

    Boston & New York: Houghton Miflin Company, 1909. 16 volume set, 9 inches high. A truly splendid set bound by OLDASH in full morocco with raised bands, fine gilt tooling to the panels, wide dentelles and top edge. Watered silk doublures and endpapers. With full page illustrations throughout. With the armorial bookplate of John J. Raskob. A superb set in pristine condition.

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  • 17 VOLUME SET BOUND IN 34, IN DELIGHTFUL HALF CRUSHED MOROCCO
    The Works. by MAUPASSANT, Henri Rene Guy de
    MAUPASSANT, Henri Rene Guy de
    The Works.

    New York & London: M. Walter Dunne, 1903. 17 volume set bound in 34, 8 inches tall. A delightful half crushed morocco with gilt raised bands, floral gilt tooling in the 'Art Nouveau' style. Illustrated throughout. Very slight staining to a few leaves, otherwise pristine. A splendid set of the works of this great French writer of the 19th century, considered one of the greatest short story writers. Translated into English.

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  • BRILLIANT COMIC FIRST EDITION IN FULL STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO
    The English Spy. by WESTMACOTT, Charles Molloy. BLACKMANTLE, Bernard. (CRUIKSHANK, Robert & ROWLANDSON, Thomas, Illustrators).
    WESTMACOTT, Charles Molloy. BLACKMANTLE, Bernard. (CRUIKSHANK, Robert & ROWLANDSON, Thomas, Illustrators).
    The English Spy.

    London: Sherwood, Jones & Co., 1825-1826. 2 volume set, 9.5 inches tall. A magnificent set of the first edition of this brilliant comic work bound in full straight grain morocco by Riviere. With gilt raised bands, gilt paletts, dentelles and all edges. 71 very fine hand coloured aquatints of which 68 are by Robert Cruikshank and 2 by Thomas Rowlandson and 1 by T. Wageman. Featuring rollicking adventures in London, Eton, Brighton, The Isle of Wight and other fashionable hotspots, we follow the 'raffish life of English pleasure seekers'. The author Charles Molloy Westmacott, using the nom de plume Bernard Blackmantle, partly to deflect the torrent of controversy that welcomed the book's publication, was renowned for his satirisation of English high society.

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  • FINE PRINTING IN STUNNING SIGNED BINDING
    The Little Flowers of S. Francis of Assisi. by FRANCIS, Saint (translated into English by ARNOLD, T.W.)
    FRANCIS, Saint (translated into English by ARNOLD, T.W.)
    The Little Flowers of S. Francis of Assisi.

    London: The Florence Press by Chatto & Windus, 1909. Full crushed morocco, 11 inches tall. A remarkable binding by J(ulius) Dratva of Vienna with large raised bands and simple gilt framed panels. The upper board shows St Francis kneeling before a winged Christ through an arch with dragon heads in the top corners. All edges have very unusual floral gilt gauffering. A gilt armorial device G.T. with a Griffin wielding an anchor and sword on the paste down endpaper. Number 191 from a limited edition of 500. An exceptional item.

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  • RARE EARLY PLAYS IN FULL MOROCCO BY CLARKE AND BEDFORD
    A Collection of Old Plays. by DODSLEY, Robert (editor)
    DODSLEY, Robert (editor)
    A Collection of Old Plays.

    London: Septimus Prowett, 1825. 13 volume set, 9 inches tall. A splendid tall paper set in a magnificent hard grain morocco by one of London's most celebrated binders, Clarke & Bedford. With gilt raised bands, ornate gilt tooling to the panels and the play titles in the surely smallest type a binder could use. The boards framed within triple fillets, gilt dentelles and all edges. Some speckles to the boards. With the striking bookplate of John Wodehouse, Earl of Kimberley Foreign secretary under Queen Victoria. This collection of Elizabethan and Jacobean plays was significant in reacquainting the public with many previously neglected works. A very fine set.

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  • SPECTACULAR FULL MOROCCO WITH THE COAT OF ARMS OF POPE PIUS IX
    La Légende de Sainte Ursule Princesse Britannique et de ses Onze Mille Vierges d’après les anciens tableaux de l’église de Sainte-Ursule à Cologne reproduits en chromolithographie. by DUTRON, J. B.
    DUTRON, J. B.
    La Légende de Sainte Ursule Princesse Britannique et de ses Onze Mille Vierges d’après les anciens tableaux de l’église de Sainte-Ursule à Cologne reproduits en chromolithographie.

    Paris: KELLERHOVEN Franz, 1860. Full morocco, 12 inches tall. A remarkable full morocco binding with gilt raised bands and sumptuous gilt tooling to the panels and to the boards framing the gilt coat of arms of Pope Pius IX. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Frontispiece and a further 21 splendid full page chromolithographs. The text is embellished with elaborate borders. Dedication page by Pius IX. With the bookplate of the Sienna Convent Drogheda and a presentation page to the Convent from Maria, Countess of Lavradio, Lisbon. Light foxing. A magnificent volume, internally and externally.

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  • FINEST 18TH CENTURY EDITION IN SUPERB CALF BY BEDFORD
    Oeuvres de Maître François Rabelais, avec des remarques historiques et critiques de Mr. Le Duchat. Nouvelle édition, ornée de figures de B. Picart &c. Augmentée de quantité de nouvelles Remarques de M. le Duchat by RABELAIS, François.
    RABELAIS, François.
    Oeuvres de Maître François Rabelais, avec des remarques historiques et critiques de Mr. Le Duchat. Nouvelle édition, ornée de figures de B. Picart &c. Augmentée de quantité de nouvelles Remarques de M. le Duchat

    Amsterdam: Jean Frédéric Bernard, 1741. 3 volume set, 10 inches tall. Superb full calf by Bedford with gilt raised bands, twin labels and splendid gilt floral tooling to the panels. The boards are framed within triple gilt fillets and corner tools. Gilt dentelles and pink edges. With the bookplate of Baron Howard of Walden. Adorned with 1 frontispiece designed and engraved by Folkema, title engraved by B. Picart for the 1st and 3rd volumes, 3 topographical plates, portrait of Rabelais engraved by Tanjé, 8 cul-de-lampe by Picart, and 12 plates by Du Bourg, engraved by Bernaerts, &c. as called for. There is some minor rubbing and wear to the joints but the volumes are all firm and solid. A…

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    Amsterdam: Jean Frédéric Bernard, 1741. 3 volume set, 10 inches tall. Superb full calf by Bedford with gilt raised bands, twin labels and splendid gilt floral tooling to the panels. The boards are framed within triple gilt fillets and corner tools. Gilt dentelles and pink edges. With the bookplate of Baron Howard of Walden. Adorned with 1 frontispiece designed and engraved by Folkema, title engraved by B. Picart for the 1st and 3rd volumes, 3 topographical plates, portrait of Rabelais engraved by Tanjé, 8 cul-de-lampe by Picart, and 12 plates by Du Bourg, engraved by Bernaerts, &c. as called for. There is some minor rubbing and wear to the joints but the volumes are all firm and solid. A very fine set of this celebrated edition of the works of this great French Renaissance writer.

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  • 3 VOLUME SET FIRST EDITIONS IN WONDERFUL FULL CALF BY TOUT
    The Tour of Doctor Syntax, in Search of the Picturesque; The Second Tour of Doctor Syntax, in Search of Consolation; The Third Tour of Doctor Syntax, in Search of a Wife. by COMBE, William. ROWLANDSON, Thomas (illustrated by).
    COMBE, William. ROWLANDSON, Thomas (illustrated by).
    The Tour of Doctor Syntax, in Search of the Picturesque; The Second Tour of Doctor Syntax, in Search of Consolation; The Third Tour of Doctor Syntax, in Search of a Wife.

    London: R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 1812, 1820 & 1821. 3 volume set, 9.5 inches tall. A glorious set of the 3 Tours, all first editions, in a wonderful full calf by Tout with gilt raised bands, triple labels, ornate, dense floral gilt tooling to the panels. The boards are framed within triple gilt fillets and ornate corner tooling. Gilt dentelles and all edges. With 2 engraved title pages and a further 78 full page hand coloured aquatints, as called for, by Thomas Rowlandson. A fine clean set. The red label of the first volume is, as is often the case, a slightly different shade. Armorial bookplate and a neat ink owner's name on the title pages. Creasing to the joints but still a wonderful set of this great comic creation.

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