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  • EXCEPTIONAL AND GLORIOUS FULL MOROCCO BY RAMAGE
    Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers and Other Poems. by AYTOUN, William Edmondstoune
    AYTOUN, William Edmondstoune
    Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers and Other Poems.

    Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1863. Full morocco, 10 inches tall. A fabulous full morocco by Ramage, noted for their luxurious gift and presentation bindings, with gilt raised bands and a plethora of inlays, onlays and gilt tooling. This remarkable volume is so richly decorated in coloured inlaid extra gilt morocco that the crimson ground of the binding appears at first to be merely a border. Five panels of the spine have inlaid brown morocco gilt tooled with thistles, crowns and the onlaid stars that also border the boards. The sixth panel on the spine is a turquoise blue morocco title-label, gilt. The design on both boards, has five heraldic shields, King James, Montrose and three others.…

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    Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1863. Full morocco, 10 inches tall. A fabulous full morocco by Ramage, noted for their luxurious gift and presentation bindings, with gilt raised bands and a plethora of inlays, onlays and gilt tooling. This remarkable volume is so richly decorated in coloured inlaid extra gilt morocco that the crimson ground of the binding appears at first to be merely a border. Five panels of the spine have inlaid brown morocco gilt tooled with thistles, crowns and the onlaid stars that also border the boards. The sixth panel on the spine is a turquoise blue morocco title-label, gilt. The design on both boards, has five heraldic shields, King James, Montrose and three others. These shields are inlaid with various leathers and embellished with ornate gilt tooling and surmounted by fine gilt tooled crowns. The background is a large panel, of the same brown as the panels on the spine, spangled with tiny gilt tooled thistles. Wide gilt dentelles and all edges gilt. The text is the first illustrated edition of Aytoun's Lays with fine wood engravings by Dalziel, Linton, Thompson, E. Evans, Whymper and others, after the notable drawings by Noel Paton and W. H. Paton. There is some light foxing particularly on the preliminaries. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey, and the bookplates of Thomas Gaisford (1779-1885, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford) and that of A. F. L.. A truly spectacular example of late Victorian English Book Binding.

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  • UNIQUE AND MAGNIFICENT COLLECTION OF LIVES OF THE GREAT ADMIRALS IN UNIFORM FULL CALF BY ZAEHNSDORF
    Rodney; Hoste; Exmouth; Saumarez; St. Vincent; Keppel; Durham; Nelson; Penrose and Trevenen; Blake; Dundonald; Dundonald; Gambier; Napier; Broke; Duncan. by VARIOUS
    VARIOUS
    Rodney; Hoste; Exmouth; Saumarez; St. Vincent; Keppel; Durham; Nelson; Penrose and Trevenen; Blake; Dundonald; Dundonald; Gambier; Napier; Broke; Duncan.

    Various 1830-1898. The Life and Correspondence of the late Admiral Lord RODNEY. 2 volumes. By Major-General Mundy. London: John Murray, 1830. * Memoirs and Letters of Capt. Sir William HOSTE. 2 volumes. London: Richard Bentley, 1833. * The Life Of Admiral Viscount EXMOUTH. By Edward Osler. London: Smith, Elder, 1835. * Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de SAUMAREZ. By Sir John Ross. London: Richard Bentley, 1838. * Life and Correspondence of John, Earl of ST. VINCENT. 2 volumes. By Edward Pelham Brenton. London: Colburn, 1838. * The Life of Augustus Viscount KEPPEL. 2 volumes. By Thomas Keppel. London: Colburn, 1842. * Memoir of the Naval Life and Services of Admiral Sir Philip C.H.C. DURHAM. By Captain A. Murray.…

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    Various 1830-1898. The Life and Correspondence of the late Admiral Lord RODNEY. 2 volumes. By Major-General Mundy. London: John Murray, 1830. * Memoirs and Letters of Capt. Sir William HOSTE. 2 volumes. London: Richard Bentley, 1833. * The Life Of Admiral Viscount EXMOUTH. By Edward Osler. London: Smith, Elder, 1835. * Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de SAUMAREZ. By Sir John Ross. London: Richard Bentley, 1838. * Life and Correspondence of John, Earl of ST. VINCENT. 2 volumes. By Edward Pelham Brenton. London: Colburn, 1838. * The Life of Augustus Viscount KEPPEL. 2 volumes. By Thomas Keppel. London: Colburn, 1842. * Memoir of the Naval Life and Services of Admiral Sir Philip C.H.C. DURHAM. By Captain A. Murray. London: John Murray, 1846. * Memoirs of the Life of Vice-Admiral Lord Viscount NELSON. 2 volumes. By Thomas Joseph Pettigrew. London: Boone, 1849 * Lives of Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Vinicombe PENROSE and Captain James TREVENEN. By John Penrose. John Murray, 1850. * Robert BLAKE Admiral and General at Sea. By Hepworth Dixon. London: Chapman and Hall, 1852 * Narrative of Services in the Liberation of Chili, Peru, and Brazil. 2 volumes bound in 1. By Thomas, Earl of DUNDONALD. London: Ridgway, 1859. * The Autobiography of a Seaman. 2 volumes. By Thomas, Tenth Earl of DUNDONALD. London: Richard Bentley, 1860. * Memorials, Personal and Historical of Admiral Lord GAMBIER. 2 Volumes. By Georgiana, Lady Chatterton. Hurst and Blackett, 1861. * Life and Correspondence of Admiral Sir Charles NAPIER. 2 volumes. By Major-General Elers Napier. Hurst and Blackett, 1862. * Admiral Sir P.B.V. BROKE, A Memoir. By J.G. Brighton. London: Sampson Low, 1866. * Admiral DUNCAN. By the Earl of Camperdown. London: Longmans Green, 1898.

    16 titles in 25 volumes, all but one volume 8 3/4 inches tall. Beautifully uniformly bound by the great firm of Zaehnsdorf in full calf at the end of the 19th century with gilt raised bands, triple red labels and superb floral gilt tools to the panels. Twin gilt fillets and corner tools frame the boards. Gilt dentelles and yellow edges. With the bookplates of Fitz Roy Keith Chapman and Beeleigh Abbey. Minor rubbing and light foxing to some preliminaries, overall a very fine collection. Multiple images of each title available.

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  • THE COMPLETE SET INCLUDING THE SCARCE ATLAS VOLUME IN SUPERB FULL CALF
    The History of Europe from the Commencement of The French Revolution to the Restoration of the Bourbons in 1815. (Bound uniformly with) The History of Europe from the Fall of Napoleon in 1815 to the Accession of Louis Napoleon in 1852. by ALISON, Sir Archibald.
    ALISON, Sir Archibald.
    The History of Europe from the Commencement of The French Revolution to the Restoration of the Bourbons in 1815. (Bound uniformly with) The History of Europe from the Fall of Napoleon in 1815 to the Accession of Louis Napoleon in 1852.

    Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1854-75. 24 volumes, 8 3/4 inches tall. A magnificent set of this great history, absolutely complete with both parts and the usually absent atlas volume. Bound in classic Victorian full calf by Dale (binder's stamp in the atlas volume), with gilt raised bands, twin labels and ornate gilt tooling to the panels. The boards have gilt and blind fillets framing the gilt armorial block. This is the best and largest edition with 25 full page engraved portraits in the first set. There are 108 hand coloured maps and battle plans plus a frontispiece in the atlas. The Atlas is the same height as the volumes of text but is landscape in format…

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    Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1854-75. 24 volumes, 8 3/4 inches tall. A magnificent set of this great history, absolutely complete with both parts and the usually absent atlas volume. Bound in classic Victorian full calf by Dale (binder's stamp in the atlas volume), with gilt raised bands, twin labels and ornate gilt tooling to the panels. The boards have gilt and blind fillets framing the gilt armorial block. This is the best and largest edition with 25 full page engraved portraits in the first set. There are 108 hand coloured maps and battle plans plus a frontispiece in the atlas. The Atlas is the same height as the volumes of text but is landscape in format (11 inches deep). Some speckling to the boards of the atlas which also has some foxing to the plates. The text volumes are all fine. This is Sir Archibald Alison's great historical work and is considered to be the first scholarly English language study of the French Revolution.

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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 A'BECKETT, Gilbert Abbot
    A'BECKETT, Gilbert Abbot
    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 the armorial bookplate of George Seton Veitch. 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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  • SCARCE TITLE IN GEORGIAN FULL DICED CALF
    Collections Relating to the History of Mary Queen of Scotland. by ANDERSON, James
    ANDERSON, James
    Collections Relating to the History of Mary Queen of Scotland.

    Edinburgh: Printed by Mosman and Brown, 1727-28. 4 volume set, 10 1/2 inches tall. An exceptionally nice set of this very scarce title in Georgian full diced calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and splendid gilt centre tools to the panels. A gilt fillet and wide blind roll frame the diced boards. Pink speckled edges. Some foxing, mostly confined to the preliminaries. A collection of all the material available to Anderson at the time relating to Mary Queen of Scots.

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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: Goupil & Co., 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • DELUXE LIMITED EDITION IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO
    Charles II. by AIRY, Osmund
    AIRY, Osmund
    Charles II.

    London, Paris, New York: Goupil & Co., 1901. Full morocco, 13 inches tall. A magnificent binding with gilt raised bands and handsome Edwardian gilt tooled panels and boards. One of a limited edition of 1250 examples. Embellished with a splendid colour portrait frontispiece and monochrome plates throughout. A little foxing to the preliminaries and slight rubbing but still a fine example of Goupil's luxurious productions.

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

    London, Paris, New York: Goupil & Co., 1901. Full morocco, 12.75 inches tall. A stunning copy of the best edition bound by Wm. Brown of Edinburgh 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 127. Armorial bookplate. With the splendid armorial bookplate of the Earl of Tweeddale, Viscount Walden. Fading to the spine but a very clean and smart copy of this luxurious edition.

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  • SCARCE FIRST EDITION EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED IN HALF MOROCCO
    The History of Gambling in England. by ASHTON, John
    ASHTON, John
    The History of Gambling in England.

    London: Duckworth & Co., 1898. Half morocco, 8 1/2 inches tall. A smart Edwardian half crushed morocco with gilt raised bands, simple gilt framed panels and gilt top edge. The scarce London first edition extra-illustrated with 65 engraved plates.

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  • ENTERTAINING EXTRA ILLUSTRATED DELUXE EDITION IN HALF MOROCCO
    Fifty Years of my Life. by ASTLEY,Sir John Dugdale, Bart.
    ASTLEY,Sir John Dugdale, Bart.
    Fifty Years of my Life.

    London: Hurst and Blackett, 1894. 2 volume set, 9 inches tall. A splendid half morocco by Riviere with gilt raised bands, 'hunting, shooting and fishing' gilt centre tools to the panels and gilt top edges. Bookplates. With a total of 33 plates. Inscribed by the author to his brother. Subscriber's special copy. These entertaining reminiscences contain the first recorded appearance of the phrase "like a duck to water".......I always took to shooting like a duck to water.

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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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  • STRIKING LIMITED EDITION IN SPLENDID FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    The Golden Asse. by APULEIUS, Lucius. ADLINGTON, William (translated by). BOSSCHÈRE, Jean de (Illustrated in colour and black and white by).
    APULEIUS, Lucius. ADLINGTON, William (translated by). BOSSCHÈRE, Jean de (Illustrated in colour and black and white by).
    The Golden Asse.

    London: John Lane at The Bodley Head, 1923. Full morocco, 9 inches tall. A splendid full crushed morocco by Bayntun with gilt raised bands, fine geometric gilt tooling to the panels and boards, gilt dentelles and all edges. The spine is slighted faded to a paler lilac but is still striking. One of a limited deluxe edition of 3000 copies. The original cloth binding is bound in. Extraordinary bold illustrations throughout by Jean de Bosschére. 'The Metamorphoses of Apuleius', a bawdy picaresque novel, also known as 'The Golden Ass', is the only ancient Roman novel in Latin to survive in its entirety.

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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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