- Category = 18th Century Binding
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.More details Price: £5,500.00
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.More details Price: £5,000.00
Antiquities of Great-Britain, Illustrated in Views of Monasteries, Castles, and Churches, Now Existing.
London: James Phillips, 1786. Full Calf, 16 1/2 inches tall. Two volumes bound in one. A magnificent tall 18th century full diced calf folio with blind tooled raised bands, glorious gilt tooling to the panels and a wide gilt roll framing the diced boards. This is an extremely scarce work, especially in this pristine state, complete with all 83 full page engraved plates. The text is in both English and French. In absolutely exceptional condition both internally and externally.More details Price: £4,000.00
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.More details Price: £3,900.00
The Works of Samuel Johnson. (Uniformly Bound with ) The Life of Samuel Johnson.
London: Longman et al., 1796 and London: Charles Dilly, 1793. 15 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A glorious 18th century tree calf with gilt raised bands, extra gilt floral panels and twin labels. Blue speckled edges. The 3 volume life of Johnson has uniform tooling but different colour labels. Both first volumes have portraits. Some minor scuffing and the outline of the turn-ins showing on the endpapers, otherwise in pristine condition.More details Price: £3,500.00
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.More details Price: £3,500.00
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.More details Price: £3,250.00
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…(more)
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.(less)More details Price: £3,000.00
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.More details Price: £2,000.00
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.More details Price: £1,500.00
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".More details Price: £1,400.00
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.More details Price: £950.00
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.More details Price: £850.00
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.More details Price: £850.00
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.More details Price: £750.00
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.More details Price: £750.00
Dramatic Miscellanies: Consisting of Critical Observations on Several Plays of Shakespeare: with a Review of his Principal Characters, and Those of Various Eminent Writers, as Represented by Mr. Garrick, and other Celebrated Comedians.
London: For the Author, 1783-4. 3 volume set, 7 1/2 inches tall. A particularly attractive 18th century full calf binding with gilt raised bands, green and red labels and delightful gilt floral tooling to the panels. The boards, which are somewhat soiled, are framed with triple fillets. Slight staining to the text block of volume 3 which has not swollen the shape of the binding at all. Thomas Davies had a successful career as an actor before setting up as a bookseller in Covent Garden, his shop becoming a meeting place for the theatrical and literary world. It was in the back parlour of his shop that Boswell first met Johnson. In the 1770's Davies turned to writing, particularly…(more)
London: For the Author, 1783-4. 3 volume set, 7 1/2 inches tall. A particularly attractive 18th century full calf binding with gilt raised bands, green and red labels and delightful gilt floral tooling to the panels. The boards, which are somewhat soiled, are framed with triple fillets. Slight staining to the text block of volume 3 which has not swollen the shape of the binding at all. Thomas Davies had a successful career as an actor before setting up as a bookseller in Covent Garden, his shop becoming a meeting place for the theatrical and literary world. It was in the back parlour of his shop that Boswell first met Johnson. In the 1770's Davies turned to writing, particularly biographies. His most important biography was 'Memoirs of the Life of David Garrick' which was published in 1780. Despite some staining this is still a most attractive example of this work. From the library of Charles William Vane (formerly Stewart), third Marquess of Londonderry, and with his elaborate bookplate. Vane served with distinction throughout the Peninsula War. His dashing and dandified portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence is at the National Portrait Gallery. He amassed magnificent libraries in his various Country Houses.(less)More details Price: £650.00
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.More details Price: £650.00
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.More details Price: £600.00
The Whole Book of Psalms
London: Printed by Charles Rivington for the Company of Stationers, 1772. Full calf, 8.25 inches tall. A pristine copy in full calf with gilt raised bands, boldly gilt tooled panels and the boards framed by a gilt roll. All edges gilt. Armorial bookplate. Internally spotless with wide margins.More details Price: £600.00