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  • TALL FIRST EDITIONS, EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED, IN MAGNIFICENT 18th CENTURY FULL MOROCCO
    The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England begun in the Year 1641 (Bound uniformly with) The Life of Edward Earl of Clarendon…..Written by Himself. by CLARENDON, Edward Hyde, Earl of
    CLARENDON, Edward Hyde, Earl of
    The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England begun in the Year 1641 (Bound uniformly with) The Life of Edward Earl of Clarendon…..Written by Himself.

    Oxford: The Theatre/The Clarendon Printing House, 1702-1704/1759. 4 volumes bound in 8, 18.5 inches tall. A magnificent and exceptionally tall 18th century full straight grain morocco by Walther, and with his binder's tickets. The set was bound and extra-illustrated in 1794, with twin gilt raised bands, exquisite gilt tooling to the panels, the boards are framed within triple fillets with delicate lace like gilt corner tooling. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Some fading to the spines. Bookplate of John Charles Crowle whose fine extra-illustrated library was at Dalham Tower, Cumbria. This set was lot 1059 at the Morningthorpe Manor Sale at Key's in September 2016 where it sold for over £20,000 including premium. Very regrettably, many of the extra-illustrations…

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    Oxford: The Theatre/The Clarendon Printing House, 1702-1704/1759. 4 volumes bound in 8, 18.5 inches tall. A magnificent and exceptionally tall 18th century full straight grain morocco by Walther, and with his binder's tickets. The set was bound and extra-illustrated in 1794, with twin gilt raised bands, exquisite gilt tooling to the panels, the boards are framed within triple fillets with delicate lace like gilt corner tooling. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Some fading to the spines. Bookplate of John Charles Crowle whose fine extra-illustrated library was at Dalham Tower, Cumbria. This set was lot 1059 at the Morningthorpe Manor Sale at Key's in September 2016 where it sold for over £20,000 including premium. Very regrettably, many of the extra-illustrations were then removed. This has caused some damage to 2 of the spines, in particular volume 1 where a scalpel's neat incision can be seen running up the panels. The volumes also consequently have a varying degree of wedge shapes owing to the loss of some leaves. 345 extra-illustrations remain. What remains, though much diminished and with signs of damage, is tall red-ruled set of first edition with all the text and several hundred superb engraved extra-illustrations in an absolutely magnificent morocco binding by one of the greatest London bookbinders of the late 18th century.

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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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  • MAGNIFICENT FULL HARD GRAIN MOROCCO BY WHITE OF PALL MALL
    The Works. by BEAUMONT, Francis & FLETCHER, John
    BEAUMONT, Francis & FLETCHER, John
    The Works.

    London: Edward Moxon, 1843-1846. 11 volume set, 8.75 inches tall. A truly splendid full hard grain morocco by one of the greatest binders of the period, White of Pall Mall. With gilt raised bands, unusual dense gilt tooling to the panels and gilt dentelles. All the edges are gilt over marbling. The heraldic crest on both boards is framed within magnificent gilt rolls and individual tooling. The crest with the motto 'Sic Donec' is that of William Tatton Egerton, 1st Baron Egerton of Tatton Park. A wonderful set of the Works of these two early 17th century English playwrights, often considered successors to Shakespeare.

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  • WONDERFUL FULL MOROCCO BY WHITE OF PICCADILLY
    The Poetical Works of John Milton. by MILTON, John
    MILTON, John
    The Poetical Works of John Milton.

    London: Rivingtons et al, 1852. 4 volume set, 9 inches tall. A truly superbly bound set by White of Piccadilly with gilt raised bands, fine floral gilt tooling to the panels, dentelles and all edges. With a Life of Milton and notes by Henry John Todd.

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  • CELEBRATED EDITION IN REGENCY FULL CALF
    The Works. by DRYDEN, John
    DRYDEN, John
    The Works.

    London: William Miller, 1808. 18 volume set, 9.5 inches tall. A splendid set of this celebrated 'first collected' edition with Notes and a Life by Walter Scott. A handsome full Regency calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and gilt tooling to the panels. A simple gilt roll frames the boards. There is some rubbing and scuffing to the boards, slight loss to a couple of head caps but the set is still firm and sound. 'Glorious' John Dryden, poet, critic and playwright was a dominant figure in the English Restoration.

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  • FINE HALF CRUSHED MOROCCO BY RAMAGE
    The Plays of Philip Massinger. by MASSINGER, Philip
    MASSINGER, Philip
    The Plays of Philip Massinger.

    London: Nicol, Rivington et al, 1813. 4 volume set, 9 inches tall. A simple but very fine later half crushed morocco by Ramage with gilt raised bands, titles and top edges. Bookplate. Portrait. A splendid set of the second edition of the dramatic works of this great seventeenth century English playwright.

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  • FULL 18TH CENTURY CALF FROM THE CHATEAU DE CIREY
    Nouvelles Exemplaires. by CERVANTES, Miguel de
    CERVANTES, Miguel de
    Nouvelles Exemplaires.

    Lausanne: Chez Marc-Mic. Bousquet & Comp, 1759. 2 volume set, 6.5 inches tall. Fine full speckled calf in pristine condition. With gilt raised bands, twin labels and floral gilt tooling to the panels. Woodcut ornaments. 13 full page engraved plates. A superb copy of a scarce edition.

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  • SUPERB IN FULL GEORGIAN STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO
    Paradise Lost by MILTON, John
    MILTON, John
    Paradise Lost

    London: Rivington et al, 1817. Full straight grain morocco, 8.25 inches tall. An usual and superb biding from the Georgian period. With 3 very finely decorated raised bands, 1 inch square, titles, dentelles and all edges. The straight grain boards are framed within gilt and blind tooled rolls. Contains the "Life of The Author" and "Criticism On The Poem" by Samuel Johnson. Engraved portrait and title page. Neat early owners inscription on first blank.

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  • CURIOUS AND RARE ITEM IN SUPERB FULL CALF
    Tis Merry when Gossips Meet. Pasquil’s Night-Cap. by ROWLANDS, Samuel. FENNOR, William
    ROWLANDS, Samuel. FENNOR, William
    Tis Merry when Gossips Meet. Pasquil’s Night-Cap.

    Chiswick Press: C. Whittingham, 1819. Full calf, 7.5 inches tall. A superbly bound volume with gilt raised bands and ornate blind tooling to the panels and boards, typical of the Regency period. Slight rubbing. Bookplate and Binder's Ticket for T.Sowler of St. Ann's Square, Manchester. A very curious and rare work containing 2 reprints, the first published originally by John Deane in 1609, the second by Thomas Thorp in 1612. Titled 'Ancient Humorous Poetry' on the spine.

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  • SPLENDID FULL MOROCCO GILT TOOLED BINDINGS
    The Poetical Works of John Milton by MILTON, John
    MILTON, John
    The Poetical Works of John Milton

    London: Tilt and Bogue, 1843. 2 volume set, 8 inches tall. A pristine set of 'Tilt's Illustrated Edition'. Full crushed morocco with gilt titles in a panel decorated above and below and with gilt tooling to the boards. All edges gilt. 120 engravings. Some light foxing to the first few leaves, otherwise a very clean set of this handsome edition.

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  • SPLENDID 'DIVINITY' BINDING IN FULL BLIND TOOLED CALF
    The Works of Ben. Jonson by JONSON, Ben
    JONSON, Ben
    The Works of Ben. Jonson

    London: Routledge, Warne & Routledge, 1860. Full calf, 9.5 inches tall. A wonderful binding in the 'Oxford' or 'Divinity' style by Riviere. With raised bands, terracotta label and the distinctive blind tooling on the spine and boards. Pink edges. An ink inscription 'on leaving Eton' dated 1861 on the first blank. Portrait and engraved title page. Slight rubbing. A fine double column single volume edition of the works of this great 17th century English playwright, poet, actor, and literary critic.

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  • SUPERB FULL MOROCCO BY JEREMIAH LARKINS
    Fairy Tales and Romances by HAMILTON, Count Anthony
    HAMILTON, Count Anthony
    Fairy Tales and Romances

    London: Henry G. Bohn, 1849. 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.

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  • WELL ILLUSTRATED EDITION IN SUPERB FULL MOROCCO
    The Pilgrim's Progress. by BUNYAN, John
    BUNYAN, John
    The Pilgrim's Progress.

    London: Routledge, 1879. Full morocco, 9 inches tall. A very handsome binding by Field of Regent Street with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels, dentelles, prize inscription on the upper board and all edges. Prize bookplate to the upper board. Embellished with 110 engravings.

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  • RESTORATION COMEDIES IN DENSELY GILT TOOLED FULL CALF
    The Dramatic Works of Wycherley, Congreve, Vanbrugh, and Farquhar. With Biographical and Critical Notices by Leigh Hunt. by WYCHERLEY, CONGREVE, VANBRUGH, and FARQUHAR
    WYCHERLEY, CONGREVE, VANBRUGH, and FARQUHAR
    The Dramatic Works of Wycherley, Congreve, Vanbrugh, and Farquhar. With Biographical and Critical Notices by Leigh Hunt.

    London: Edward Moxon, 1840. Full calf, 9.5 inches tall. A very handsome early Victorian full calf with gilt raised bands, dense extra gilt panels, label and dentelles. Portrait and engraved title page. Double column. Containing many of the great 'Restoration Comedies' or 'Comedies of Manner'. After the 18 years of Puritan rule, during which public theatre was banned, these works lacked all restraint in celebrating the pleasures of life. Rakish, immoral and improper in style and sexually explicit in language they have remained popular ever since their publication from 1660 to 1710.

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  • ELEGANT SET IN HALF CRUSHED MOROCCO
    The Works of Henry Vaughan by VAUGHAN, Henry
    VAUGHAN, Henry
    The Works of Henry Vaughan

    Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1914. 2 volume set, 9 inches tall. A very fine binding with wide gilt raised bands, elegant gilt tooling to the spine and gilt top edge. A handsome set of the Works of Henry Vaughan, the 17th Century Welsh author, physician and metaphysical poet.

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  • SUPERB LITTLE SET IN CONTEMPORARY FINE HALF CALF
    Le Virgile Travesty. by SCARRON, Monsieur
    SCARRON, Monsieur
    Le Virgile Travesty.

    Amsterdam: R. & G. Wetstein, 1712. 2 volume set, 5.25 inches tall. A superb little set in an early 18th century half calf with raised bands, twin labels and gilt floral centre tools. Pink edges. The work is in 12 parts, each having an engraved plate, some with slightly frayed fore edges. There is an extremely faint trace of an owner's stamp on the title page. This great parody of the Aeneid was written by the extraordinary Paul Scarron, first husband of Madame Maintenon, future wife of Louis XIV.

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  • FINE COLLECTION IN LATER VICTORIAN HALF MOROCCO
    Plays. (Consisting: The Indian Emperor; The Wild Gallant; The State of Innocence; Aureng-Zebe; The Indian Queen; Oedipus; All for Love). by DRYDEN, John
    DRYDEN, John
    Plays. (Consisting: The Indian Emperor; The Wild Gallant; The State of Innocence; Aureng-Zebe; The Indian Queen; Oedipus; All for Love).

    London: Tonson & Tonson and Draper, 1735-1752. Half morocco, 6.75 inches tall. A very neat later mid-Victorian binding with raised bands and gilt and blind pallets. Yellow edges. With the ink inscription, 'James Hall 1756' on the first title page.

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