18th Century Literature

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  • Category = 18th Century Literature
  • RARE WORK IN SUPERB 18TH CENTURY FULL CALF
    Letters on Different Subjects. by (PENNINGTON, Lady Sarah)
    (PENNINGTON, Lady Sarah)
    Letters on Different Subjects.

    London : to be had by the Subscribers of those Booksellers to whom they have subscribed, and at W. Bristow's late Shop in St. Paul's Church Yard, or at his House in Roll's Buildings, Fetter-Lane, 1766-1767. 4 volume set, 7 1/4 inches tall. A superb full 18th century calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels, delightful gilt pomegranate tooling to the panels and a simple gilt chain roll framing the boards. Yellow edges. With the magnificent armorial bookplate of Vane Londonderry. An early advocate of women's rights having escaped an unhappy marriage and hostile husband. Early copies of her works are very rare even in institutions. A superb set.

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  • SPLENDID SET IN STRIKING TREE CALF
    The Works of Tobias Smollett. by SMOLLETT, Tobias
    SMOLLETT, Tobias
    The Works of Tobias Smollett.

    London: Law, Johnson et al., 1797. 8 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A fine edition in a later full tree calf with gilt bands, twin labels and elegant gilt centre tools. minor expert repair to the turn ins of the first volume. Portrait. From the library of Maurice Baring and with his curious bookplate. A splendid set of these great 18th century works.

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  • SCARCE FIRST COMPLETE ENGLISH EDITION IN BEAUTIFUL FULL CALF
    La Fontaine's Tales imitated in English Verse. by LA FONTAINE, Jean de
    LA FONTAINE, Jean de
    La Fontaine's Tales imitated in English Verse.

    London: Chapple, 1814. 2 volume set, 7 inches tall. A very fine full calf by Robson & Kerslake with gilt raised bands, fine floral gilt tooling to the panels, twin labels, dentelles and all edges gilt. Bookplate. Some wear to the joints, especially the upper joint of the first volume but still solid. The text block is spotless. There are earlier editions of Selections from La Fontaine's Tales but this is the first complete edition in English and as such is highly sought after. With 40 full page engraved plates. A beautiful set of the works of this great 17th century French fabulist and poet.

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  • SUPERB COPY OF THIS HAND-COLOURED EDITION IN FULL CALF BY ROOT
    Chrysal; or the Adventures of a Guinea: by an Adept. by JOHNSTON, Charles
    JOHNSTON, Charles
    Chrysal; or the Adventures of a Guinea: by an Adept.

    London: Hector McLean, 1821. 3 volume set, 8 1/4 inches tall. A splendid full calf by Root with gilt raised bands, triple labels and delicate gilt tooling to the panels. Dentelles and all edges gilt. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. Embellished with 15 fine hand-coloured aquatint plates. A delightful edition in pristine condition. The adventures of a golden Guinea as it silently passes from person to person, and the variety of human nature encountered.

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  • RARE EROTICA IN SUPERB CALF BINDING
    An Essay on Woman. by WILKES, John.
    WILKES, John.
    An Essay on Woman.

    London: Privately Printed, 1871. Full straight grain calf, 8.75 inches tall. A superb copy of this notorious item of erotica. With wide gilt raised bands, fine gilt tooled panels, boards, dentelles and all edges. Printed in black and red, reportedly in a deluxe edition of 250. The extraordinary Wilkes, member of the Knights of St. Francis of Wycombe, also known as the Hellfire Club, wrote this pornographic poem dedicated to the courtier Fanny Murray entitled "An Essay on Woman" as a parody of Alexander Pope's "An Essay on Man". Having been outlawed in 1769 he became Lord Mayor of London in 1774!

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  • ONE OF THE GREATEST ENGLISH NOVELS IN FULL CALF
    Clarissa; or, The History of a Young Lady: Comprehending the Most Important Concerns of Private Life; And Particularly Shewing, the Distresses that May Attend the Misconduct Both of Parents and Children, In Relation to Marriage by RICHARDSON, Samuel
    RICHARDSON, Samuel
    Clarissa; or, The History of a Young Lady: Comprehending the Most Important Concerns of Private Life; And Particularly Shewing, the Distresses that May Attend the Misconduct Both of Parents and Children, In Relation to Marriage

    London: Rivington et al., 1810. 8 volume set, 6 inches tall. A handsome later (c.1890) full calf with gilt and blind bands and red labels. At the head of each title page a strip has been removed (presumably to remove an owner's name) and expertly repaired. Minor foxing. Richardson's masterpiece is considered one of the greatest, earliest and longest of English novels. A novel written as a series of letters it is the tragic tale of Clarissa Harlowe, a young woman whose quest for virtue is continually thwarted by her family.

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  • A MAGNIFICENT COPY IN FULL HARD GRAIN MOROCCO
    The Poems of Allan Ramsay by RAMSAY, Allan
    RAMSAY, Allan
    The Poems of Allan Ramsay

    London: Cadell, 1800. 2 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. A superb binding with gilt raised bands, label and exceptionally fine gilt tooling to the panels and boards. With dentelles and all edges gilt. Portrait. A pristine copy of this early enlarged edition.

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  • CLASSIC WORK IN ELEGANT 18TH CENTURY TREE CALF
    Eloisa: or, a Series of Original Letters Collected and published Translated from the French. by ROUSSEAU, Jean-Jacques
    ROUSSEAU, Jean-Jacques
    Eloisa: or, a Series of Original Letters Collected and published Translated from the French.

    London Baldwin and Becket, 1784. 4 volume set, 7 inches tall. A simple but elegant full 18th century tree calf with red label and gilt pallets and volume numbers. Portrait. Bookplate of Ellen James. Foxing facing the portrait and at the end of volume 4, otherwise a clean set. A curious work, rarely found in fine condition by philosopher, composer and writer, Rousseau, who was one of the most influential philosophers of the Age of Enlightenment.

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  • FINE EDITION IN CLASSIC VICTORIAN FULL CALF
    The Works of Oliver Goldsmith. (Including: The 'Vicar of Wakefield', 'The Deserted Village' and 'She Stoops to Conquer'). by GOLDSMITH, Oliver
    GOLDSMITH, Oliver
    The Works of Oliver Goldsmith. (Including: The 'Vicar of Wakefield', 'The Deserted Village' and 'She Stoops to Conquer').

    London: John Murray, 1854. 4 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A classic Victorian full calf by the great firm of Hayday & Mansell, with gilt raised bands, twin labels and elaborate gilt tooling to the panels. Twin gilt fillets, a blind fillet and rose corner tools frame the boards. 4 engraved title pages. There is a neat ink inscription 'on leaving Eton, July 1862' on the first blank. A minor stain runs along the foredge of the plates. A handsome set of the works of Oliver Goldsmith, the great Anglo-Irish novelist, naturalist and poet.

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  • ELEGANT FULL 18TH CENTURY CALF
    Poems by C. Churchill by CHURCHILL, Charles
    CHURCHILL, Charles
    Poems by C. Churchill

    London: John Churchill and W. Flexney, 1766. 2 volume set, 9 inches tall. A simple yet elegant binding with gilt bands and titles. Armorial bookplate. A neat owner's name dated 1821 on the title page and the publisher and executor, John Churchill, has signed his name at the end of the work. A fine edition of the works of this celebrated satirist and poet.

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  • PARIS PRINTING, IN ENGLISH, IN STUNNING HALF MOROCCO
    The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith. by GOLDSMITH, Oliver
    GOLDSMITH, Oliver
    The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith.

    Paris: Galignani, 1825. 4 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A stunning half morocco binding with wide gilt bands very elaborate extra gilt panels with a very impressive armorial device in the central panel. With the bookplate of Margaret Mirrielees. Slight foxing. An interesting Continental English language printing of the works of this great 18th century Irish writer.

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  • SPLENDID VICTORIAN FULL HARD GRAIN MOROCCO
    Night Thoughts. by YOUNG, Edward
    YOUNG, Edward
    Night Thoughts.

    Edinburgh: James Nichol, 1853. Full morocco, 8.5 inches tall. A splendidly bound volume with gilt raised bands, very fine gilt tooling to the panels and exceptionally ornate gilt tooling framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. From the library of Dalton Hall and from the Hayhurst collection. Bookplate. A well printed and handsomely bound copy of one of the most influential 18th century English poems.

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  • PARALLEL ENGLISH AND FRENCH TEXT IN SUPERB FULL CALF BINDING
    Hudibras by BUTLER, Samuel
    BUTLER, Samuel
    Hudibras

    London: 1757. 3 volume set, 6.75 inches tall. Superb full calf bindings of the period with gilt bands, twin labels and delightful floral tooling to the panels. The binding is in splendid condition other than some loss to the headcap of volume 1. The text and all the plates, some folding, are all particularly clean. This interesing edition has the text in both English and French and has corresponding English and French title pages. Although the title page states that the book was published in London, I would assume it was actually printed on the Continent. A fine set.

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  • SUPERB FULL CALF SET FROM THE CHATEAU DE CIREY
    Dictionnaire d’Anecdotes, de traits singuliers et caracteristiques, historiettes, bon mots, naivetes, sailles, reparties ingenieuses &c, &c. by LACOMBE, Francois.
    LACOMBE, Francois.
    Dictionnaire d’Anecdotes, de traits singuliers et caracteristiques, historiettes, bon mots, naivetes, sailles, reparties ingenieuses &c, &c.

    Paris: La Combe, 1766. 2 volume set, 6.5 inches tall. A splendid full 18th century mottled calf with twin labels, gilt bands and fine gilt floral tooling to the panels. FIRST EDITION of a lively miscellany of definitions icluding: Americains, amour conjugal, pantomimes, ruses de guerre and sourds et muets. Lacombe also composed the first dictionary of Old French.

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  • FINELY PRINTED IN SPLENDID CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Maximes by LA ROCHEFOUCAULT (François. Duc de).
    LA ROCHEFOUCAULT (François. Duc de).
    Maximes

    London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1902. Full crushed morocco, 6.5 inches tall. A splendid binding in the style of Cobden Sanderson with raised bands, simple gilt tooling to the panels and fine gilt tooling to the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Some severe foxing to 10 leaves, otherwise a pristine example..

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  • SPLENDID FULL CALF BY RIVIERE
    Poems and Letters by Thomas Gray. by GRAY, Thomas
    GRAY, Thomas
    Poems and Letters by Thomas Gray.

    London: Printed at the Chiswick Press, 1863. Full calf, 11 inches tall. A most impressive binding by Riviere with gilt raised bands, orange label and gorgeous gilt tooling to the panels. The boards are framed within a triple gilt fillet. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Some speckling to the boards and foxing to, and facing the illustrations. A finely printed edition, with 4 photographic plates, of these great English 18th century poems, including 'Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard'.

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  • SPLENDID FULL CALF BY RIVIERE
    Poems and Letters by Thomas Gray. by GRAY, Thomas
    GRAY, Thomas
    Poems and Letters by Thomas Gray.

    London: Printed at the Chiswick Press, 1874. Full calf, 11 inches tall. A most impressive binding by Riviere with gilt raised bands, blue label and gorgeous gilt tooling to the panels. The boards are framed within a gilt roll and double fillet. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Some speckling to the boards. Internally clean. A finely printed edition, with 4 photographic plates, of these great English 18th century poems, including 'Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard’.

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  • BEWICK ILLUSTRATIONS IN REMARKABLE FULL STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO BINDING
    The Seasons. by THOMSON, James
    THOMSON, James
    The Seasons.

    London: James Wallace 1805. Full morocco, 6 1/2 inches tall. A remarkable Georgian binding with gilt raised bands, twin labels and superb delicate gilt tooling to the panels. The boards have exceptional gilt fan tooling to the corners framed within gilt and blind fillets and a black inked roll. The striking watered silk doublures and free endpaper are framed within wide gilt rolls. All edges gilt. A new edition ornamented with 10 engravings by Bewick. A neat ink inscription on the title page 'Isabella Tod. 1812'. This delightful volume is rubbed but still a choice volume.

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  • ELEGANT EDITION IN VERY FINE VICTORIAN FULL CALF
    The Poetical Works of James Thomson. by THOMSON, James
    THOMSON, James
    The Poetical Works of James Thomson.

    London: William Pickering, 1847. 2 volume set, 6 1/2 inches tall. A very fine Victorian full calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and superb gilt tooling to the panels. Twin gilt fillets frame the boards. James Thomson, the 18th century poet now best known for writing the lyrics of 'Rule, Britannia!', was one of the most popular and influential poets of his century. A fine copy in excellent condition.

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  • SUPERB SET IN 18TH CENTURY TREE CALF.
    The Letters of The Celebrated Junius. by JUNIUS
    JUNIUS
    The Letters of The Celebrated Junius.

    London, 1783. 2 volume set, 7.25 inches tall. Full tree calf with raised bands, twin labels and very fine gilt panels. An exceptionally elegant set in fine condition.

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