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  • SUMPTUOUS SPANISH CALF SET
    The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser. by SPENSER, Edmund
    SPENSER, Edmund
    The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser.

    London Pickering, 1825. Full calf, 7.5 inches tall. A ravishing full Spanish Calf binding by Riviere with gilt bands, triple labels and ornate rococo gilt tooling to the spine. The boards are framed within triple gilt fillets. Gilt dentelles and top edges. This set has the bookplate of the Rosenbach Foundation, from which it was released in 1968. A truly beautiful set.

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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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  • 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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  • SUPERB GEORGIAN FULL STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO
    Jerusalem Delivered. by TASSO, Torquato (HOOLE, John, translated into English by).
    TASSO, Torquato (HOOLE, John, translated into English by).
    Jerusalem Delivered.

    London: Johnson, Cuthell et al, 1803. 2 volume set, 11 inches tall. A magnificently bound set in full straight grain morocco with gilt raised bands and delightful gilt tooling to the panels. The boards are framed by a fine series of gilt fillets and rolls. All edges gilt. From the Library and with the bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst. With a portrait and 13 superb engraved plates. A exceptionally fine set of this great poem by the greatest 16th century Italian poet.

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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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  • SPECTACULAR EXAMPLE IN FULL CALF
    Os Lusiadas by CAMOES, Luiz de
    CAMOES, Luiz de
    Os Lusiadas

    Leipzig: Typographia Giesecke & Devrient, 1880. Full calf, 15.5 inches tall. A truly magnificent volume in excellent condition. Gilt raised bands and gilt and blind tooling to the panels. The upper board shows a Portuguese caravel framed within an architectural arch and the Portuguese Coat of Arms. The edges are gauffered with a rose design. Bookplate. Slipcase. 10 Chromolithographs and 21 engraved plates. Luiz de Camoes is the great 16th century Portuguese literary figure compared to that of Shakespeare, Cervantes, Homer, Virgil and Dante and this is his great epic poem.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • LIMITED EDITION FINE PRINTING IN SUPERB SIGNED FULL MOROCCO
    Hero and Leander. by MARLOWE, Christopher. CHAPMAN, George
    MARLOWE, Christopher. CHAPMAN, George
    Hero and Leander.

    London: Dent, 1909. Full morocco, 8.5 inches tall. A superb binding by Bumpus with raised bands, gilt and blind framed panels and a series of inked and gilt fillets and rolls framing the boards. Wide gilt dentelles and all edges.
    Slight fading to the spine, bumped corners and superficial abrasions to the boards. Number 10 of a limited edition of 500 copies. printed by the Ballantyne Press on hand made paper.
    This beautiful poem by the great 16th century poet Christopher Marlowe was unfinished at his mysterious death and finished by his fellow Elizabethan poet, George Chapman.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • FIRST AMERICAN EDITION IN TREE CALF
    The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser. by SPENSER, Edmund
    SPENSER, Edmund
    The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser.

    Boston: Little and Brown, 1845. 5 volume set, 7.75 inches tall. Tree calf with gilt raised bands, gilt tooled panels and twin labels. A gilt roll frames the boards. All the volumes have been expertly rebacked and there is a scuff on the title label of volume 1. Bookplates. A most good looking set of this important edition of the works of this great 16th century English poet.

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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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  • 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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