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  • EARLY SCARCE EDITION IN MAGNIFICENT FULL 18TH CENTURY MOROCCO
    Xenophontis Philosophi et imperatoris Clarissimi, Quae Exstant opera, In Duos Tomos Divisa… by XENOPHON
    XENOPHON
    Xenophontis Philosophi et imperatoris Clarissimi, Quae Exstant opera, In Duos Tomos Divisa…

    (Paris) Lutetiae Parisiorum: Societatum Graecarum Editionum, 1625. Full morocco, 16 inches tall. A truly spectacular tall set of this celebrated work in very fine early 18th century French morocco. With gilt raised bands, twin olive labels and exceptional gilt panels. All edges gilt. Greek text with parallel Latin translation. Some marks and scratches to the boards but no splitting or loss. With the signature of the Earl of Buckinghamshire on the reverse of the free endpaper and the bookplate of John William Bund Willis-Bund.
    Xenophon was one of the great ancient Greek philosophers and also an historian, soldier and mercenary and famed student of Socrates. He is still considered an important voice when considering leadership and power.

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  • WONDERFUL SET IN FULL 18TH CENTURY TREE CALF
    The Antiquities of England and Wales. by GROSE, Francis
    GROSE, Francis
    The Antiquities of England and Wales.

    London: Hooper and Wigstead, 1772 - 1778. 8 volume set, 11 inches tall. Beautifully bound in the 18th century in full tree calf in exceptional condition, inside and out. With gilt bands, twin labels and superb delicate gilt tooling to the panels. Full page engraved views together with maps and plans throughout. The armorial bookplate of Maxwell of Kirkconnell. A remarkably fine set.

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  • FULL CALF EX-EARLS OF MACCLESFIELD SET
    The Philosophical History And Memoirs of The Royal Academy of Sciences at Paris: Or, An Abridgement of All The Papers Relating To Natural Philosophy, Which Had Been Published By Members of That Illustrious Society, From The Year 1699 to 1720. by MARTYN, John and CHAMBERS, Ephraim (Translated into English by)
    MARTYN, John and CHAMBERS, Ephraim (Translated into English by)
    The Philosophical History And Memoirs of The Royal Academy of Sciences at Paris: Or, An Abridgement of All The Papers Relating To Natural Philosophy, Which Had Been Published By Members of That Illustrious Society, From The Year 1699 to 1720.

    London: John and Paul Knapton et al., 1842. 5 volume set, 8.25 inches tall. A very finely bound set with gilt raised bands, twin labels and fine gilt tooling to the panels. Alternating speckled pink on white and pink edges for each section. 45 engraved plates, mostly folding. Ex-Earls of Macclesfield, with their bookplate and blind stamp on the first 3 leaves. Containing papers and discussions of the works of Halley, Descartes, Huygens, Boyle, Lewenhoeck, Newton, Malpighi, etc..

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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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  • CELEBRATED EDITION IN EXQUISITE FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Opera (The Works). by HORACE (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)
    HORACE (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)
    Opera (The Works).

    London: Pine, 1733-1737. 2 volumes, 9 inches tall. A wonderful 18th century full crushed morocco, as fresh as the day it was bound. With gilt raised bands and delicate gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt rolls and corner tools to the boards. Dentelles and all edges gilt. The first edition of both volumes. One of the finest examples of 18th century English book production in which the text and illustrations are entirely engraved. With exquisite rococo decoration to almost every page. The bookplate of Hans Furstenberg. The condition of the binding and text is pristine. In the original Latin. A remarkable set.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • CLASSIC HISTORY IN FINE FULL CALF
    Histoire de France, depuis l’établissement de la monarchie jusqu’à Louis XIV. by VELLY, M. l’abé
    VELLY, M. l’abé
    Histoire de France, depuis l’établissement de la monarchie jusqu’à Louis XIV.

    Paris: Salliant & Nyon and Desaint, 1770-1798. 16 volume set, 10.5 inches tall. Fine full calf bindings, typical of the late 18th century with gilt raised bands, twin labels and floral gilt tooling to the panels. Pink edges. This a complete set though evidently made up from two sets, as can be seen by the variation in the bindings. There is some ancient minor worming but the volumes are in excellent bright condition with no splitting or loss. A great looking set of this classic history of France.

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  • SUPERB SET IN FULL 18TH CENTURY TREE CALF BY KALTHOEBER
    The Works. (Comprising: Tristram Shandy; Sentimental Journey; Sermons; Letters). by STERNE, Laurence
    STERNE, Laurence
    The Works. (Comprising: Tristram Shandy; Sentimental Journey; Sermons; Letters).

    London: J.Johnson et al, 1798. 10 volume set, 7.5 inches tall. Splendid bindings, bound by the great Christian Kalthoeber, and with his ticket. Full 18th century tree calf with gilt 'Greek key' bands, twin labels and charming gilt floral tools to the panels. Fine gilt rolls frame the tree calf of the boards. With the armorial bookplate of Edward Astle. There is a slight nick to the head cap of volume 4 and a one inch split to the head of volume 1, but still a superb set by one of the greatest London binders of his period.

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  • SCARCE TITLE IN FULL LEATHER WITH EXTRAORDINARY TOOLING ON THE EDGES
    A Digest of the Laws of England. by COMYNS, Sir John
    COMYNS, Sir John
    A Digest of the Laws of England.

    London: Strahan and Woodfall, 1792. 6 volume set, 9.5 inches tall. An extraordinary 18th century binding in full sheep with blind bands, splendid triple labels and twin blind fillets framing the boards. With exceptional speckled pink lettering to the edges indicating that this set belonged to the Circuit Library of the Chester Crown Court. There are no other inscriptions and the text is very clean. There has been expert repair to the joints of two of the volumes. We can find no other examples of this style of lettering on the edges. A remarkable set of this scarce work.

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  • CELEBRATED EDITION IN SUPERB FULL VELLUM
    Opera. Recognovit, Emendavit. Gabriel Brotier. by TACITUS, Gaius Cornelius (BROTIER, Gabriel, ed.)
    TACITUS, Gaius Cornelius (BROTIER, Gabriel, ed.)
    Opera. Recognovit, Emendavit. Gabriel Brotier.

    London & Paris: Ex Typographia Ludovici-Francisci Delatour via San-Jacobea. Londini apud Paulum Vaillant, 1771. 4 volume set, 11 inches tall. Superb 18th century full vellum bindings with most attractive blue gilt labels. Complete with all 4 folding maps and genealogy. With the bookplate of the Earl of Aylesford. A splendid set described by Brunet (V p.645) as the ...."Edition magnifiquement imprimee et qui a longtemps passe pour une des meilleures de cet historien".

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  • BEAUTIFUL RUN OF THE TRAGEDIES IN FULL STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO
    Tragedies by TRAGEDIES,
    TRAGEDIES,
    Tragedies

    London: John Bell, 1791. 7 volumes, 6 inches tall. Full straight grain morocco with label, gilt bands, titles, superb centre tools, all edges and dentelles. This is the first 7 volumes of Tragedies, part of John Bell's British library series. Containing many plays all individually paginated. Each also has a superb engraved frontispiece and title page. An exceedingly pretty run.

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  • SUPERB FULL MOROCCO BY CHRISTIAN KALTHOEBER
    Letters of Lady Rachel Russell. by RUSSELL, Lady Rachel
    RUSSELL, Lady Rachel
    Letters of Lady Rachel Russell.

    London: Dilly, 1793. Full straight grain morocco, 9.5 inches tall. A fine example of the work of one of the greatest bookbinders of the late 18th century, with his bookplate. With his typical twin gilt raised bands, triple fillet framing the boards, dentelles and all edges gilt. Portraits.

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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 AND VERY UNUSUAL FULL 18TH CENTURY FULL MOROCCO
    The Fables, of Aesop. by AESOP
    AESOP
    The Fables, of Aesop.

    London: John Stockdale, 1793. 2 volume set, 10 inches tall. A remarkable binding in full 18th century straight grain morocco with four very substantial raised bands, splendidly gilt tooled and wide gilt pallets to the head and tail. The boards have gilt panels within gilt fillets and blind rolls and corner tools. Gilt dentelles and silk doublures and free endpapers. All edges gilt. Embellished with 2 engraved title pages (trimmed with slight loss), and 108 only (of 110) engraved plates, plates number 73 and 74 having never been bound in. The engraved plates are all by Thomas Bewick. Some foxing and rubbing but still a superb set.

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  • STUNNING FULL 18TH CENTURY TREE CALF
    Private Memoirs Relative to the Last Year of the Reign of Lewis The Sixteenth, Late King of France. by MOLEVILLE, Antoine François Bertrand de
    MOLEVILLE, Antoine François Bertrand de
    Private Memoirs Relative to the Last Year of the Reign of Lewis The Sixteenth, Late King of France.

    London: Strahan, Cadell and Davies, 1797. 3 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. A beautiful 18th century tree calf with gilt bands and labels. Blue speckled edges. Portraits. The armorial bookplate of Sir William Forbes of Pitsligo and his signature at the head of the title page. The first edition of this near contemporary account.

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  • SUPERB FULL CALF FROM THE CHATEAU DE CIREY
    Histoire de la Guerre des Hussites et du Concile de Basle. by LENFANT, Jaques
    LENFANT, Jaques
    Histoire de la Guerre des Hussites et du Concile de Basle.

    Amsterdam: Chez Pierre Humbert, 1731. 2 volume set, 10 inches tall. A superb early 18th century full French calf with gilt raised bands, twin morocco labels and extra gilt tooling to the panels. Pink edges. Fine full page engravings throughout. Slight foxing to the title page, otherwise clean. From the library of Madame de Simiane at the Chateau de Cirey. A fine set.

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  • FIRST EDITION IN SPLENDID FULL CAT'S PAW CALF
    Recueil des Monnoies Tant Anciennes que Modernes, ou Dictionnaire Historique de toutes les Monnoies qui peuvent être connues dans les quatre parties du Monde, avec leur Poids, Titre & Valeur, Divisé en Quatre Parties ; Savoir, Pour les Hébreux, Pour les Grecs, Pour les Romains, pour les François. by SALZADE, de
    SALZADE, de
    Recueil des Monnoies Tant Anciennes que Modernes, ou Dictionnaire Historique de toutes les Monnoies qui peuvent être connues dans les quatre parties du Monde, avec leur Poids, Titre & Valeur, Divisé en Quatre Parties ; Savoir, Pour les Hébreux, Pour les Grecs, Pour les Romains, pour les François.

    Bruxelles : Bruchez Jean-Joseph Boucherie, 1767. Full cat's paw calf, 9.75 inches tall. A splendid 18th century binding in excellent condition with raised bands, label and fine floral gilt tooling to the panels. With the the bookplate of Tollemache of Helmingham Hall. 3 folding plates.

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