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  • MAGNIFICENT EXTRA ILLUSTRATED SET OF THIS GREAT EDITION IN FULL RED MOROCCO
    Orlando Furioso. by ARIOSTO, Lodovico
    ARIOSTO, Lodovico
    Orlando Furioso.

    Birmingham: G. Baskerville, 1773. 4 volume set, 11 3/4 inches tall. A magnificent set in 18th century full straight grain morocco with gilt bands, extraordinary centre tools, dentelles and all edges gilt. A delightful gilt roll frames the boards. With the bookplates of Sir William Eden Bart. From the library of a County Durham Country House. With an engraved portrait frontispiece and a further 46 engraved plates. Curiously, an extra suite of plates from another edition, after Cipriani, Moreau le jeune, Eisen and Cochin has been quite crudely pasted onto the reverse of the plates. These additions were obviously made before the book was bound as the shape of the volumes is perfect. Very slight rubbing, some marks to…

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    Birmingham: G. Baskerville, 1773. 4 volume set, 11 3/4 inches tall. A magnificent set in 18th century full straight grain morocco with gilt bands, extraordinary centre tools, dentelles and all edges gilt. A delightful gilt roll frames the boards. With the bookplates of Sir William Eden Bart. From the library of a County Durham Country House. With an engraved portrait frontispiece and a further 46 engraved plates. Curiously, an extra suite of plates from another edition, after Cipriani, Moreau le jeune, Eisen and Cochin has been quite crudely pasted onto the reverse of the plates. These additions were obviously made before the book was bound as the shape of the volumes is perfect. Very slight rubbing, some marks to the binding and a superficial area of staining to the upper board of volume 4. There is a degree of foxing, in particular around the plates. A tall and superb set of the most celebrated English printing of this epic 16th century Italian poem in the original Italian.

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  • SUPERB 3 VOLUME SET, FIRST EDITIONS, IN FULL MOROCCO WITH ROYAL PROVENANCE
    The Comic History of England (bound uniformly with) The Comic History of Rome. by BECKETT, Gilbert Abbot a'
    BECKETT, Gilbert Abbot a'
    The Comic History of England (bound uniformly with) The Comic History of Rome.

    London: The Punch Office, 1847-1848. Bradbury and Evans. 3 volumes, 9 inches tall. A wonderful set of the first editions of these great comic works. Bound by Bradstreet in the finest full crushed morocco with raised bands and gilt dentelles. From the Duke of Gloucester's library at Kensington Palace, each volume with his bookplate. Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester was the third son of King George V, brother of King George VI and King Edward VIII. Original wrappers bound in. With a total of 30 hand coloured engravings and over 300 woodcuts by John Leech.

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  • VERY RARE FIRST EDITION IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO
    The Sporting Repository. by ALKEN, Henry & BARENGER, James (illustrated by).
    ALKEN, Henry & BARENGER, James (illustrated by).
    The Sporting Repository.

    London: Thomas McLean, 1822. Full morocco, 9 1/2 inches tall. This is a fabulous copy of the very scarce first edition containing all 6 parts (all published) and not the reprint of 1904. Bound in a superb later full morocco by the great firm of Morrell with gilt raised bands, sporting centre tools to the panels and a series of gilt fillets and bits as corner tools to the boards. With 19 very bright hand coloured aquatints by Henry Alken and James Barenger. The Sporting Repository contains anecdotes and illustrations on many sporting subjects including 'Horse Racing, Hunting, Coursing,Shooting,Archery,Trotting and Tandem Matches, Cocking, Pedestrianism and Pugilism'. An exceptionally fine and clean copy of a much sought after title.

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  • SCARCE WORK IN SPLENDID FULL 18TH CENTURY CALF
    Monasticon Hibernicum; or, An History of the Abbies, Priories, and other Religious Houses in Ireland. by ARCHDALL, Mervyn
    ARCHDALL, Mervyn
    Monasticon Hibernicum; or, An History of the Abbies, Priories, and other Religious Houses in Ireland.

    London: Robinson, 1786. Full calf, 10 1/2 inches tall. A splendid copy of this scarce work with the elaborate bookplate of the Earls of Londonderry at Wynyard Park in full 18th century calf with gilt bands in the Etruscan key style, red label and blue edges. Complete with folding map and 18 plates. A remarkable volume with splendid provenance.

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  • RARE COLOUR PLATE BOOK IN FULL MOROCCO BY TOUT
    A Touch at the Fine Arts by ALKEN, Henry
    ALKEN, Henry
    A Touch at the Fine Arts

    London: Thomas McLean, 1824. Full morocco, 11.25 inches tall. A very fine binding by TOUT with gilt raised bands, floral gilt tooling to the panels and elaborate gilt tooling to the boards. Wide dentelles, doublures and gilt top edge. 12 superb hand coloured lithographs satirising the arts.

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  • THE ORIGINAL PARTS IN STUNNING FULL MOROCCO BY TOUT
    Jack Sheppard. Illustrated by George Cruikshank. Bentley’s Miscellany. [With autograph letter from Ainsworth.] by AINSWORTH, W. Harrison.
    AINSWORTH, W. Harrison.
    Jack Sheppard. Illustrated by George Cruikshank. Bentley’s Miscellany. [With autograph letter from Ainsworth.]

    London: Richard Bentley, 1839-40. 8vo (9½" tall). Superb full red crushed morocco, by TOUT. Gilt raised bands and pallets, fine gilt tooling to panels. Boards framed with gilt floral corner tool. Gilt doublures with floral patterned endpapers. Top edge gilt. Slightly foxed. Armorial bookplate. Original issues of Bentley's Magazine, bound with special title page, contents and a preface dated 1889 by the collector John Waugh. Engraved frontispiece portrait. Autograph letter by Ainsworth in black ink bound in, dated 'Nov.r 15th 1844', 1¼ pages.

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  • BEST EDITION LIMITED TO 300 COPIES IN FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Charles II. by AIRY, Osmund
    AIRY, Osmund
    Charles II.

    London, Paris & New York, 1901. Full morocco, 12.75 inches tall. A stunning copy of the best edition bound by Zaehnsdorf for Wm. Brown in full crushed morocco with raised bands and elegant gilt panels. The royal crest on the boards is framed within a series of gilt and blind fillets and corner tools. Gilt dentelles and top edges. Colour portrait and monochrome and sepia full page plates and vignettes throughout. Limited to just 300 copies on Japanese paper, of which this is number 91. Armorial bookplate. A splendid copy of this luxurious edition.

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  • EXCEPTIONALLY ATTRACTIVE SET IN 18TH CENTURY CALF
    The Spectator. by ADDISON, Joseph and STEELE, Richard (Editors).
    ADDISON, Joseph and STEELE, Richard (Editors).
    The Spectator.

    London: Tonson and Draper, 1753. 8 volume set, 6 3/4 inches tall. An exceptionally attractive full 18th century speckled calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels (note the splendid mustard volume labels) and remarkable gilt tooling to the panels. A twin gilt fillet frames the boards. Red speckled edges. Engraved title pages and frontispieces to each volume. The Armorial bookplate of Penry Williams, the Famous Welsh artist. The inscription Philip Williams Westminster Oct: ye 11 1758 is neatly written above the bookplates. There is an assortment of minor blemishes and one major scuff, but overall a fine and elegant set.

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  • GREAT JOURNAL IN FULL PLUM GEORGIAN CALF
    The Spectator; A new edition, carefully revised. by ADDISON, Joseph and STEELE, Richard (editors).
    ADDISON, Joseph and STEELE, Richard (editors).
    The Spectator; A new edition, carefully revised.

    London: Rivington, 1822. 6 volume set, 8 3/4 inches tall. Splendid full plum Georgian straight grain calf with gilt raised bands, dense blind tooling around a gilt device to the panels and a simple gilt fillet framing the boards. Some foxing to the engraved title page, as usual, otherwise clean. A fine set of this great journal.

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  • DELUXE LIMITED EDITION IN FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Charles II. by AIRY, Omsund
    AIRY, Omsund
    Charles II.

    London, Paris & New York: Goupil & Co, 1901. Full crushed morocco, 12.75 inches tall. A superb binding by Gruel with raised bands, simple elegant framed panels and boards, gilt dentelles and top edge. Limited to 300 copies printed on Japanese paper of which this is number 11. With the plates in 2 states. Fine colour frontispiece. Slight blotchiness to the boards but still a magnificent copy.

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  • SCARCE FIRST EDITION IN SUPERB FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    The Constable de Bourbon. by AINSWORTH, Harrison
    AINSWORTH, Harrison
    The Constable de Bourbon.

    London: Chapman and Hall, 1866. 3 volume set, 8 inches tall. A superb full crushed morocco binding by Root with gilt raised bands, very fine gilt floral tooling to the panels, triple gilt fillet framing the boards, dentelles and all edges gilt. Bookplate. The very scarce first edition of this tale of 16th century France. Ainsworth was an immensely popular historical novelist whose fame in the 19th century rivalled that of Dickens.

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  • FINE ILLUSTRATIONS IN MAGNIFICENT HALF MOROCCO
    The Great Cathedrals of the World. by ALLEN, Fred H.
    ALLEN, Fred H.
    The Great Cathedrals of the World.

    Boston: Haskell & Post, 1886. 2 volume set, 17 inches tall. A magnificent half morocco with vellum boards. With twin raised bands, ornate gilt tooling to the panels and shoulders. Some rubbing and staining to the vellum but overall a very handsome tall set. With 130 full page plates.

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  • SUPERB AND SCARCE SET IN HALF MOTTLED CALF
    Buonaparte, sa Famille et sa Cour. by ANONYME, (par un Chambellan forcé à l'être)
    ANONYME, (par un Chambellan forcé à l'être)
    Buonaparte, sa Famille et sa Cour.

    Paris: Ménard et Desenne, 1816. 2 volume set, 8 1/4 inches tall. A splendid half mottled calf with gilt bands, centre tools and titles. A limited edition of which this set is numbered 223. There is an ink smudge on the title page of volume 1, otherwise the set is pristine inside and out. 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. A very fine set of a scarce work.

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  • THE EDITOR'S COPIES IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO
    The Publications of the Harleian Society. Allegations for Marriage Licences. by ARMYTAGE, George J. (editor)
    ARMYTAGE, George J. (editor)
    The Publications of the Harleian Society. Allegations for Marriage Licences.

    London: The Harleian Society, 1886-1892. 6 volumes, 10.5 inches tall. Magnificent full hard grain morocco by Blunson with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels, dentelles and all edges. Deluxe bindings presented to the editor by Lord Bute, president of the society, and signed by him. The Harleian Society, founded in 1869, publishes records of the heraldic visitations of the counties of England and Wales, and other unpublished manuscripts relating to genealogy, armory, and heraldry.

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  • ELZEVIR EDITION IN BEAUTIFUL FULL MOROCCO
    De Imitatione Christi. (The Imitation of Christ). by À KEMPIS, Thomas
    À KEMPIS, Thomas
    De Imitatione Christi. (The Imitation of Christ).

    Leyden: Elzevir, 1658. Full morocco, 5 1/4 inches tall. A beautiful binding with gilt raised bands, delicate gilt tooling to the panels, triple fillet framing the boards and gilt dentelles and all edges. A tiny ink inscription on the reverse of the free endpaper. With the bookplate of Geoffrey Aspin who attributes the binding to Masson-Debonelle. A superb little Elzevir edition in excellent condition. In Latin.

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  • THE EDITORS COPY IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO
    The Register of Baptisms and Marriages at St, George’s Chapel, May Fair. by ARMYTAGE, George J. (edited by)
    ARMYTAGE, George J. (edited by)
    The Register of Baptisms and Marriages at St, George’s Chapel, May Fair.

    London: The Harleian Society, 1889. Full morocco, 10.5 inches tall. Magnificent full hard grain morocco with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels, dentelles and all edges. Comprising The Harleian Society volume XV. Presented to the Editor by Lord Bute. Scarce title in pristine condition.

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  • DELIGHTFUL FULL HARD GRAIN MOROCCO
    The Imitation of Christ. by À KEMPIS
    À KEMPIS
    The Imitation of Christ.

    Glasgow: William Collins, 1841. Full morocco, 7 inches tall. A lovely bright hard grain morocco for Hatchards with raised bands, and very fine gilt tooling to the panels and boards. There is a neat ink on the free endpaper 'Mary Cornelia S(?) from dear Lady Corbet. 1846'. M.C.S. has her initials and coronet on the upper board. Gauffered edges. Slight foxing to the preliminaries, then clean. A fine copy.

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  • BEAUTIFULLY BOUND IN FRENCH CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Fabulæ Æsopiæ (Aesop's Fables) by AESOP. DESBILLONS, François-Joseph (edited by).
    AESOP. DESBILLONS, François-Joseph (edited by).
    Fabulæ Æsopiæ (Aesop's Fables)

    Paris: Barbou, 1769. Full morocco, 6 1/2 inches tall. A fine 18th century full crushed morocco with gilt bands, label and delicate floral gilt tooling to the panels. A triple gilt fillet and corner tools frame the boards, gilt dentelles and all edges. With the armorial bookplate of J. Barry Brown and of the great collector Robert J. Hayhurst. Small stain to the frontispiece, otherwise a fine example of this elegant edition.

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  • DELIGHTFUL CLASPED GILT CALF ANNUAL IN STUNNING CONDITION
    The Sapphire or The Juvenile Ladies Annual for 1845
    The Sapphire or The Juvenile Ladies Annual for 1845

    London: Peacock and Mansfield, 1845. Full calf, 4 inches tall. Delightful little binding in pristine condition with a fully functioning clasp and unusual and charming gilt decoration. The annual contains an engraved frontispiece and title page, useful information for 1845, a selection of engraved views, engagements diary, accounts and a selection of verse. There is a green leather pouch and space for a pencil.

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  • FINELY PRINTED EDITION IN DELIGHTFUL FULL CALF
    Aucassin and Nicolette. by BOURDILLON, F. W. (Editor and translator)
    BOURDILLON, F. W. (Editor and translator)
    Aucassin and Nicolette.

    London: Macmillan, 1897. Full calf, 6.5 inches tall. A delightful full calf binding by Bumpus with gilt raised bands, delicate gilt tooling to the panels and boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Watered silk endpapers. A finely printed and beautifully bound copy of this 12th or 13th century medieval French love story.

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