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AIKIN, Lucy – Memoirs of the Court of King James the First.
London: Longman et al, 1822. 2 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. A splendid Georgian full diced calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and ornate floral gilt tooling to the panels. Armorial bookplate and early ink inscription at head of the title page. Foxing to, and offsetting from the 2 engraved frontispieces. Lord Macaulay was a great admirer of Lucy Aikin and singled out this title for especial praise.More details Price: £280.00
London: De La Rue & Co, c. 1840. Full calf, 8.5 inches tall. A exquisite embossed calf by De La Rue with gilt highlights, dentelles and all edges. Watered silk endpapers. There are a few competent drawings, watercolours and text and the evidence of the loss of a couple of leaves. 32 blank leaves remain, some with heavily embossed borders.More details Price: £280.00
Lettres d'Abailard et d'Héloïse.
Paris: E. Houndaille, 1839. 2 volume set, 10 inches tall. A very finely gilt tooled half calf with wide gilt raised bands and extra gilt panels. Prefaced with an historical essay by M. & Mme Guizot. Full page engraved plates by Gigoux. Some foxing but overall a fine set of this great 12th century correspondence. In the original French.
A Kentucky Cardinal and Aftermath.
London: MacMillan, 1901. Half calf, 7.25 inches tall. A striking half calf by Zaehnsdorf with raised bands, gilt centre tools, titles and all edges. Delightful illustrations throughout by Hugh Thomson. In pristine condition.
Lettres Amoureuses d'un Frére à son Elève.
Paris: Bibliotheque des Curieux, (1910). Half morocco, 6 inches tall. A very curious item in a curious binding with gilt raised bands, raised head and tail and ornate gilt tooling to the spine. Gilt top edge. One of 500 copies. Original wrappers bound in. The tale of the seduction of a novice by a priest.
Friendship’s Offering: A Literary Album, and Christmas and New Year’s Present for 1829
London: Smith, Elder & Co, 1829. Full calf, 5.75 inches tall. A wonderful little embossed calf binding with ornate blind tooled calf on the spine with gilt titles and on the boards framing gilt lyres. All edges gilt. An engraved presentation plate and 12 further fine engravings. Including 4 sonnets by John Clare.More details Price: £220.00
The Anniversary; or, Poetry and Prose for MDCCCXXIX.
London: John Sharpe, 1829. Full crushed morocco, 8 inches tall. A delightful binding with wide gilt raised bands, dense gilt tooling to the panels, fine gilt tooling framing the boards and all edges gilt. 2 engraving presentation pages (both blank), Engraved portrait, engraved title page and a further 16 full page engraved plates. An interesting anthology including contributions by John Clare, Lord Byron and Robert Southey. A neat ink owners name on the title page.More details Price: £200.00
The World of Adventure. A Collection of Stirring Scenes and Moving Accidents.
London: Cassell & Co, 1889 - 1891. 3 volumes, 10 inches tall. A very smart run in half morocco with gilt raised bands and titles. Profusely illustrated throughout.More details Price: £180.00
The Victoria Miniature Almanack and fashionable remembrances for 1847
London: W. Strange, 1847. Full calf, 2.5 inches tall. Charming tiny 'wallet' binding, somewhat rubbed but with no loss or splitting. Engraved title page and 3 full page illustrations. With vital information on the days of each month, London bankers, the language of flowers and the fashionable ballroom dances, amongst other subjects.More details Price: £150.00
Historical Tales for Young Protestants.
London: The Religious Tract Society, c.1860. Half morocco, 6.5 inches tall. A splendid little mid-Victorian binding with gilt raised bands, delicate gilt pallets and floral centre tools. Speckled pink edges. Cautionary tales for young protestants.More details Price: £125.00
Paris: Quintin, 1882. Quarter morocco, 5.75 inches tall. A simple little binding with most attractive gilt tooling to the spine. Illustrations by P. Avril.More details Price: £120.00