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  • MAGNIFICENT EXTRA ILLUSTRATED SET OF THIS GREAT EDITION IN FULL RED MOROCCO
    Orlando Furioso. by ARIOSTO, Lodovico
    ARIOSTO, Lodovico
    Orlando Furioso.

    Birmingham: G. Baskerville, 1773. 4 volume set, 11 3/4 inches tall. A magnificent set in 18th century full straight grain morocco with gilt bands, extraordinary centre tools, dentelles and all edges gilt. A delightful gilt roll frames the boards. With the bookplates of Sir William Eden Bart. From the library of a County Durham Country House. With an engraved portrait frontispiece and a further 46 engraved plates. Curiously, an extra suite of plates from another edition, after Cipriani, Moreau le jeune, Eisen and Cochin has been quite crudely pasted onto the reverse of the plates. These additions were obviously made before the book was bound as the shape of the volumes is perfect. Very slight rubbing, some marks to…

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    Birmingham: G. Baskerville, 1773. 4 volume set, 11 3/4 inches tall. A magnificent set in 18th century full straight grain morocco with gilt bands, extraordinary centre tools, dentelles and all edges gilt. A delightful gilt roll frames the boards. With the bookplates of Sir William Eden Bart. From the library of a County Durham Country House. With an engraved portrait frontispiece and a further 46 engraved plates. Curiously, an extra suite of plates from another edition, after Cipriani, Moreau le jeune, Eisen and Cochin has been quite crudely pasted onto the reverse of the plates. These additions were obviously made before the book was bound as the shape of the volumes is perfect. Very slight rubbing, some marks to the binding and a superficial area of staining to the upper board of volume 4. There is a degree of foxing, in particular around the plates. A tall and superb set of the most celebrated English printing of this epic 16th century Italian poem in the original Italian.

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  • TALL, RARE EDITION IN SUPERB HALF MOROCCO
    The Arte of English Poesie. by PUTTENHAM, George.
    PUTTENHAM, George.
    The Arte of English Poesie.

    London: Printed by Harding and Wright in St. John's Square for Robert Triphook, 1811-1815. 2 volume set, 10 inches tall. A superb half morocco by J(eremiah) Larkins with gilt raised bands and exceptionally fine gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt top edges, the remainder being deckled. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. George Puttenham was a 16th century writer and critic. Court records describe him as a 'compulsive adulterer, a serial rapist and a wife-beater', he was also probably the author of 'The Arte of English Poesie', first printed in 1589. It is considered the most systematic and comprehensive treatise of the time on its subject. It is 'contrived into three books: the first…

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    London: Printed by Harding and Wright in St. John's Square for Robert Triphook, 1811-1815. 2 volume set, 10 inches tall. A superb half morocco by J(eremiah) Larkins with gilt raised bands and exceptionally fine gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt top edges, the remainder being deckled. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. George Puttenham was a 16th century writer and critic. Court records describe him as a 'compulsive adulterer, a serial rapist and a wife-beater', he was also probably the author of 'The Arte of English Poesie', first printed in 1589. It is considered the most systematic and comprehensive treatise of the time on its subject. It is 'contrived into three books: the first of poets and poesies, the second of proportion, the third of ornament.' There is no doubt about the importance of the work, with many later "poetics" indebted to this book. The first edition is exceedingly rare and this tall fine edition of 1811-1815, on hand-made paper, is itself extremely scarce. This is an exceptional example of it.

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  • 4 UNIFORMLY BOUND WORKS IN FULL CALF WITH WONDERFUL ENDPAPERS
    Pastor Fido; La Secchia Rapita; La Sette Giornate del Mondo Creato; Aminta Favola Boscareccia. by GUARINI, Giovanni Battista. TASSONI, Alessandro. TASSO, Torquato.
    GUARINI, Giovanni Battista. TASSONI, Alessandro. TASSO, Torquato.
    Pastor Fido; La Secchia Rapita; La Sette Giornate del Mondo Creato; Aminta Favola Boscareccia.

    London Sold in Livorno: 1778; 1779; 1780 & 1780. 4 volumes, 6 inches tall. 4 uniformly bound volumes of 16th and early 17th century Italian poetry, in the original Italian. Stunning full cat's paw calf with raised bands, gilt pallets and red labels. Speckled pink edges. As was the fashion at the time, the marbled endpapers are just on the paste down and not free, they vary in colour and style and have a wonderful look. Engraved frontispieces and many further full page engravings. Stain to the corner of the fist few leaves of 'Mondo Creato'. A delightful collection.

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  • LIMITED DELUXE EDITION IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO
    Five Books of the Lives, Heroic Deeds and Sayings of Gargantua and his Son Pantagruel. (In English). by RABELAIS, Francis (François)
    RABELAIS, Francis (François)
    Five Books of the Lives, Heroic Deeds and Sayings of Gargantua and his Son Pantagruel. (In English).

    London: Lawrence and Bullen, 1892. 2 volume set, 11.25 inches tall. Magnificent full red morocco with bold and very unusual gilt tooling to the spine and upper boards and gilt top edge. Blind tooled pigskin endpapers. Number 153 of a Deluxe limited edition of 210 examples on japanese vellum. Embellished with portrait and 16 fine plates by Louis Chalon.

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  • ONE OF 250 COPIES IN GLORIOUS FULL GEORGIAN MOROCCO
    Jerusalem Delivered. by TASSO, Torquato. Wiffen, J.H. (translator)
    TASSO, Torquato. Wiffen, J.H. (translator)
    Jerusalem Delivered.

    London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co, 1824. 2 volume set, 10 inches tall. A glorious full morocco binding with wide gilt raised bands, multiple gilt pallets framing the panels, multiple gilt fillets and floral corner tools framing the boards, dentelles and all edges. Armorial bookplate. Translated into English by J.H. Wiffen. Only 250 copies were printed in royal octavo. Engraved vignettes. The list of subscribers includes many Royal and Noble figures as well as Sir Walter Scott, David Wilkie, John Flaxman and many other literary characters of the period. A superb set of this epic poem relating the tale of the First Crusade.

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  • RARE TITLE IN STUNNING FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    The Works of George Peele. by PEELE, George
    PEELE, George
    The Works of George Peele.

    London: William Pickering, 1829-39. 3 volume set, 7 3/4 inches tall. A stunning full crushed morocco binding by 'The French Bindery Garden City N.Y.', in pristine condition. With raised bands, fine extra gilt tooling to the panels and a splendid gilt 'Cambridge panel' to each board. Gilt dentelles and top edge. With the bookplates of 'E.V.C.H'. and Beeleigh Abbey. George Peele was a 16th century English translator, poet, and dramatist, who is most noted for his supposed but not universally accepted collaboration with William Shakespeare on the play Titus Andronicus. He was renowned for his dissipated life style and little is actually known about his short life other than his remarkably influential output.

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  • LIMITED EDITION IN FINE HALF MOROCCO
    The Heptameron by NAVARRE, Margaret, Queen of
    NAVARRE, Margaret, Queen of
    The Heptameron

    London: The Society of English Bibliophilists, 1894. 5 volume set, 9 inches tall. A very neat half morocco of generous proportions with gilt raised bands, tooling and top edge. One of 312 copies on hand made paper. The 73 full page plates by Freudenberg printed on Japanese paper and mounted. 150 head and tail pieces by Dunker. Bookplates. A pristine set of this splendid edition.

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  • EPIC POEM IN ELEGANT HALF CRUSHED MOROCCO BY RAMAGE
    Jerusalem Delivered; an Historic Poem. by TASSO, Torquato. HOOLE, John (translated from Italian).
    TASSO, Torquato. HOOLE, John (translated from Italian).
    Jerusalem Delivered; an Historic Poem.

    London: Johnson, Cuthell et al., 1804. 2 volume set, 11 1/4 inches tall. A simple but elegant later half morocco by Ramage with gilt raised bands, ornate centre tools and top edges gilt. Decorated with portrait frontispiece and 14 very fine full page engravings. Bookplate. This hugely successful epic poem, written by Tasso in the middle of the 16th century, tells the story of the First Crusade in which Godfrey of Bouillon leads the Christian Knights into battle, and eventual victory, against the Muslims, to take Jerusalem in 1099. The Poem is a heady mixture of violence and romance set in a romantic and exotic setting that proved particularly popular before the French Revolution and during the Romantic period. A splendid copy in pristine condition.

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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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  • LIMITED EDITION ON LAID PAPER IN HALF MOROCCO
    The Heptameron. by NAVARRE, Margaret, the Queen of. SAINTSBURY, George (translated into English by).
    NAVARRE, Margaret, the Queen of. SAINTSBURY, George (translated into English by).
    The Heptameron.

    London: Privately printed for the Navarre Society, 1922. 5 volume set, 9 inches tall. A very handsome half morocco with gilt raised bands, finely gilt and inked tooling to the panels and gilt top edges. A strictly limited edition printed on laid paper. A splendid and profusely illustrated edition of these sixteenth century tales.

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  • CELEBRATED EDITION IN GLORIOUS FULL MOROCCO
    Colloquia cum Notis Selectis Variorum. Addito Indice Novo by ERASMUS (Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus)
    ERASMUS (Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus)
    Colloquia cum Notis Selectis Variorum. Addito Indice Novo

    Delft et Leiden: Beman et Samuel Luchtmans, 1729. Full morocco, 8.5 inches tall. A glorious binding by Clarke & Bedford with gilt raised bands, superb gilt tooling around a pomegranate centre tool, dentelles quadruple gilt fillet framing the boards. All edges gilt over marble. Engraved frontispiece and title page. A superb copy of these dialogues on many and various subjects, hugely influential on Christian Humanists, by the greatest scholar of the northern Renaissance. In the original Latin.

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  • SUPERB FULL MOROCCO BY JEREMIAH LARKINS
    The Works of Francis Rabelais by RABELAIS, Francois.
    RABELAIS, Francois.
    The Works of Francis Rabelais

    London: H.G. Bohn, 1849. 2 volume set, 7.25 inches tall. One of a special series of 'Bohn's Extra Volumes' Beautifully bound in full morocco by the celebrated London binder Jeremiah Larkins. With gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels, dentelles and all edges gilt. Bookplates and the neat stamp of Bostonian collector Charles S. Dixwell on the reverse of the front free endpapers. Portraits.

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  • LIMITED EDITION IN FINE FULL MOROCCO
    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel. by RABELAIS, Francis
    RABELAIS, Francis
    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel.

    London: Lawrence and Bullen, 1892. 2 volume set, 11 inches tall. A very smart full morocco binding with gilt raised bands, gilt fillets to the panels and rolls to the boards. Gilt top edges. Limited to 1000 copies of which this is number 73. Portrait and 14 full page plates by Louis Chalon. Translated into English by Sir Thomas Urquart of Cromarty and Peter Anthony Motteux. A handsome set of this great 16th century fantasy.

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  • RABELAIS' GARGANTUA LAVISHLY BOUND & ILLUSTRATED
    Gargantua. Illustrations de Dubout. by RABELAIS, François.
    RABELAIS, François.
    Gargantua. Illustrations de Dubout.

    Paris: Gibert Jeune Librairie d'Amateurs, 1938. 4to (10½" tall). Full blue crushed morocco. Splendid 1930's French binding with a series of wide bands each bearing a letter of the title. Coloured calf inlay and gilt tooling on the upper board. Top edge gilt.

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  • ELIZABETHAN DRAMATIST IN SPLENDID SIGNED FULL CALF
    The Dramatic Works of Robert Greene, to which are added his Poems. by GREENE, Robert
    GREENE, Robert
    The Dramatic Works of Robert Greene, to which are added his Poems.

    London: William Pickering, 1831. 2 volume set, 7 1/2 inches tall. Fine sets of Greene's works are difficult to find, this set, bound in full calf by by Garss & Co. has gilt raised bands, fine twin labels and ornate and dense gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Two Bookplates. There are some dark marks on the boards and on the top edge of the boards which do not effect the shape of the books or the text blocks. With a life of the author by Alexander Dyce. This Elizabethan Playwright was very popular in his day, but is now best known for a posthumous pamphlet attributed to him, his 'Groats-Worth of Witte, bought with…

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    London: William Pickering, 1831. 2 volume set, 7 1/2 inches tall. Fine sets of Greene's works are difficult to find, this set, bound in full calf by by Garss & Co. has gilt raised bands, fine twin labels and ornate and dense gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Two Bookplates. There are some dark marks on the boards and on the top edge of the boards which do not effect the shape of the books or the text blocks. With a life of the author by Alexander Dyce. This Elizabethan Playwright was very popular in his day, but is now best known for a posthumous pamphlet attributed to him, his 'Groats-Worth of Witte, bought with a million of Repentance', seen as an attack on William Shakespeare.

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  • SUPERB FULL MOROCCO BY JEREMIAH LARKINS
    The Heptameron by NAVARRE, Margaret Queen of
    NAVARRE, Margaret Queen of
    The Heptameron

    London: Henry G. Bohn, 1850. Full morocco, 7.25 inches tall. One of a special series of 'Bohn's Extra Volumes' Beautifully bound in full morocco by the celebrated London binder Jeremiah Larkins. With gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels, dentelles and all edges gilt. Bookplate and the neat stamp of Bostonian collector Charles S. Dixwell on the reverse of the front free endpapers. A beautiful copy of these 72 short stories, mostly concerned with love, lust, sex and romance, inspired by the Decameron and first published in 1558.

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  • LIMITED EDITION IN HANDSOME HALF CRUSHED MOROCCO
    The Most Delectable Nights of Straparola of Caravaggio. by STRAPAROLA, Giovanni Francesco
    STRAPAROLA, Giovanni Francesco
    The Most Delectable Nights of Straparola of Caravaggio.

    Paris: Carrington, 1906. 2 volume set, 9 inches tall. A handsome set with raised bands, delicate gilt tooled panels and top edges. Limited to one thousand copies and published in Paris due to its somewhat racy contents. Sometimes known as 'The Pleasant Nights' or 'The Facetious Nights', these 16th century fables and tales contain several of the first appearances of fairy stories still that are still familiar today.

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  • FINE EDITION IN CONTEMPORARY FULL CALF
    Jerusalem Delivered. (WIFFEN, J.H., translated into Spenserian verse by). by TASSO, Torquato
    TASSO, Torquato
    Jerusalem Delivered. (WIFFEN, J.H., translated into Spenserian verse by).

    London: Longman et al, 1830. 2 volume set, 6.5 inches tall. A good looking full calf binding of the period with gilt raised bands, twin labels and ornate blind tooling to the panels and boards. Portrait and vignettes to the text. A lovely red calf gilt bookplate referring perhaps to an educational establishment.

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  • MOST HANDSOME FULL CALF
    The Works of Edmund Spenser. (Including the complete Faerie Queene). by SPENSER, Edmund
    SPENSER, Edmund
    The Works of Edmund Spenser. (Including the complete Faerie Queene).

    London: Routledge, 1872. Full calf, 9.75 inches tall. A most handsome Victorian binding with gilt raised bands, label and fine gilt floral tooling to the panels. The gilt prize block of Rugby School on the upper board. Neat ink inscription dated 1873 on the reverse of the paste down endpaper. Armorial bookplates. Scuff on lower corner of the upper board. Double column.

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  • FIRST COMPLETE EDITION IN FINE HALF MOROCCO
    The Heptameron by NAVARRE, Margaret of
    NAVARRE, Margaret of
    The Heptameron

    Privately Printed, 1886. Half morocco by Hatchards, 9 inches tall. A very handsome binding with gilt raised bands, gilt titles, panels and top edge. This edition, translated from the 16th century French is by Arthur Machen and is the first complete edition in English. This copy was bound without the plates that are found in some copies.

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