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  • MAGNIFICENT BOXED SET OF MACKLIN'S GREAT BIBLE EXTENDED TO 8 VOLUMES
    The Old Testament (& New Testament), Embellished with Engravings, from Pictures and Designs by the Most Eminent English Artists. by BIBLE (MACKLIN)
    BIBLE (MACKLIN)
    The Old Testament (& New Testament), Embellished with Engravings, from Pictures and Designs by the Most Eminent English Artists.

    London: Printed for Thomas Macklin, by Thomas Bensley, 1800. 8 volumes, 19 inches tall in original box. A magnificent set of this 'sumptuous edition' (Herbert) bound by Lovejoy in superb full morocco. With double gilt raised bands, delicate gilt tooling to the panels and a series of wonderful rolls framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Sewn leather joints. The Box measures 25 x 18 x 22 inches. With the binder's ticket of John Lovejoy, one of the great binders of the period, celebrated almost exclusively for his masonic bindings, this example being a rare and spectacular exception. Embellished with 76 full page engravings by the great artists of the time including Henry Fuseli, P.J. de Loutherbourg, James…

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    London: Printed for Thomas Macklin, by Thomas Bensley, 1800. 8 volumes, 19 inches tall in original box. A magnificent set of this 'sumptuous edition' (Herbert) bound by Lovejoy in superb full morocco. With double gilt raised bands, delicate gilt tooling to the panels and a series of wonderful rolls framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Sewn leather joints. The Box measures 25 x 18 x 22 inches. With the binder's ticket of John Lovejoy, one of the great binders of the period, celebrated almost exclusively for his masonic bindings, this example being a rare and spectacular exception. Embellished with 76 full page engravings by the great artists of the time including Henry Fuseli, P.J. de Loutherbourg, James Northcote, Benjamin West, William Hamilton, Thomas Stothard, Richard Cosway, Sir Joshua Reynolds and Angelica Kauffman. A further 111 ornate vignettes are present.
    The condition is excellent with no splitting or loss, even all 16 sewn leather joints are present and correct, a feature found in only the finest bindings. There is some minor rubbing, scuffing and scratching and the margins of one leaf have been expertly repaired with no loss.
    The subscribers list is found in volume 1 and includes The King, The Queen, The Prince of Wales et al..
    One of the rarest and most impressive features of our extraordinary set is that it is in 8 volumes, all with their respective title pages. Originally intended to be printed in 3 volumes, it was actually published in 6. The Apocrypha (Published in 1816) is occasionally found with the set, making 7 volumes. We can only find record of one other set in 8 volumes (in a much poorer condition) where, as here, the New Testament is bound in 2 volumes, each with a title page, making a spectacular 8 volume set.
    The box dates from around the date of publication and no doubt explains the remarkable condition of this huge and impressive set.
    Macklin announced plans for his great folio Bible in 1789 to promote 'the glory of the English school of painting and engraving and the interests of our Holy Religion'. New type (cut by Joseph Jackson and Vincent Figgins) and new paper were created for the venture, and the historic paintings were to be 'finished in a style of elegance (and magnificence in Paper, Printing, and engraving) of which there is not in Europe or the world any example'. Macklin's project was costly and ambitious. He paid Reynolds £500 for his Holy Family and William Sharp £700 for its engraving. The average cost for 45 of the Bible's other engravings was £220 and the total cost of the publication was an estimated £30000, a truly vast sum at the time.

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  • MAGNIFICENT AND UNIQUE FULL MOROCCO BY STAGGEMEIER & WELCHER, EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED
    The History of the Reformation of the Church of England. by BURNET, Gilbert
    BURNET, Gilbert
    The History of the Reformation of the Church of England.

    London: Richard Chiswell, 1681, 1683 & 1715. 3 volume set bound in 6, 18 inches tall. A fabulous full straight grain morocco by Staggemeier and Welcher (and with their ticket) with twin gilt raised bands and superb, delicate gilt tooling to the panels. The boards have triple gilt flllets and splendid gilt corner tooling so typical of the finest work of the late eighteenth century. Gilt tooled dentelles and all edges. Staggemeier & Welcher were part of a group of German bookbinders including Baumgarten, Walther, Hering and Kalthoeber who reinvigorated the London trade and produced bindings of the very finest quality during this period. These volumes are of that quality and are in exceptional condition though the spines are…

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    London: Richard Chiswell, 1681, 1683 & 1715. 3 volume set bound in 6, 18 inches tall. A fabulous full straight grain morocco by Staggemeier and Welcher (and with their ticket) with twin gilt raised bands and superb, delicate gilt tooling to the panels. The boards have triple gilt flllets and splendid gilt corner tooling so typical of the finest work of the late eighteenth century. Gilt tooled dentelles and all edges. Staggemeier & Welcher were part of a group of German bookbinders including Baumgarten, Walther, Hering and Kalthoeber who reinvigorated the London trade and produced bindings of the very finest quality during this period. These volumes are of that quality and are in exceptional condition though the spines are somewhat faded by the sun. Internally the set is spotless. With the bookplate of John Charles Crowle and later from the library of Morningthorpe Manor. This set was bound and extra-illustrated in 1798 with 472 plates, as well as the 16 plates called for. Many of the plates are exceptional, and include fine examples by Hollar, Kip, Houbarken, Bartalozzi and Houston, obviously none later than the 18th century. Gilbert Burnet wrote this great history of the Reformation, covering the reigns of King Henry VIII and of Queen Elizabeth. Volumes 1 and 2 are the second, corrected edition, volume 3 is the first edition. For generations this was the definitive work on this most traumatic period of English history which marked the destruction of a thousand years of Monastic history and led to the Church of England breaking away from the authority of the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church, changing many aspects of life in England for ever. This is an exceptionally tall copy, ruled in red throughout. A unique and truly exceptional set.

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  • UNIQUE COLLECTION OF DEVOTIONAL WORKS IN STUNNING FULL MOROCCO
    The Holy Bible (2 copies); The Book of Common Prayer (2 copies); The Psalms of David (2 copies); The Week’s Preparation for a Worthy receiving of the Lord’s Supper (2 copies). by BIBLE
    BIBLE
    The Holy Bible (2 copies); The Book of Common Prayer (2 copies); The Psalms of David (2 copies); The Week’s Preparation for a Worthy receiving of the Lord’s Supper (2 copies).

    In black: London: Eyre & Strahan, 1813; Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1816; London: Company of Stationers, 1810; London: Bent, (1818). In Red: Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1823; Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1820; London: Company of Stationers, 1825; London: Rivington et al, 1827. 8 volumes, 6.25 inches - 13.5 inches tall. A magnificent and unique collection of devotional works belonging to Nicholas Robinson, Lord Mayor of Liverpool in 1828-1829.
    On his becoming the Bailiff of Liverpool in 1818 he had the 4 great devotional works bound in uniform full black morocco with gilt raised bands, superb gilt tooling to the panel and boards, dentelles and all edges.
    On becoming Lord Mayor he had another set of the 4 works bound…

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    In black: London: Eyre & Strahan, 1813; Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1816; London: Company of Stationers, 1810; London: Bent, (1818). In Red: Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1823; Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1820; London: Company of Stationers, 1825; London: Rivington et al, 1827. 8 volumes, 6.25 inches - 13.5 inches tall. A magnificent and unique collection of devotional works belonging to Nicholas Robinson, Lord Mayor of Liverpool in 1828-1829.
    On his becoming the Bailiff of Liverpool in 1818 he had the 4 great devotional works bound in uniform full black morocco with gilt raised bands, superb gilt tooling to the panel and boards, dentelles and all edges.
    On becoming Lord Mayor he had another set of the 4 works bound in even more sumptuous uniform full red morocco. These have gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels, glorious gilt flourishes to the boards, gilt dentelles and all edges. These volumes also have watered silk doublures and free endpapers.
    All 8 volumes have his autographed armorial bookplates and his gilt embossed inscriptions on the upper boards.
    There is minor rubbing and scuffing, otherwise all the volumes are in superb condition. An extraordinary collection.

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  • 100 VOLUMES IN FULL 18TH CENTURY CALF
    The Poets of Great Britain. by BELL’S EDITION
    BELL’S EDITION
    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.

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  • 108 SPLENDID ENGRAVED PORTRAITS IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO
    The Heads Of Illustrious Persons Of Great Britain, Engraved By Mr. Houbraken, And Mr. Vertue. With Their Lives And Characters. by BIRCH, Thomas
    BIRCH, Thomas
    The Heads Of Illustrious Persons Of Great Britain, Engraved By Mr. Houbraken, And Mr. Vertue. With Their Lives And Characters.

    London: Baynes, 1813. Full straight grain red morocco, 20 inches tall. A monumental binding with wide gilt raised bands and Superb gilt tooling to the panels. The boards are embellished with very wide blind and gilt rolls. Gilt dentelles and all edges. With the vignette on the title page and 108 engraved portraits. A spectacular example of this great book.

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  • MAGNIFICENT FULL HARD GRAIN MOROCCO BY WHITE OF PALL MALL
    The Works. by BEAUMONT, Francis & FLETCHER, John
    BEAUMONT, Francis & FLETCHER, John
    The Works.

    London: Edward Moxon, 1843-1846. 11 volume set, 8.75 inches tall. A truly splendid full hard grain morocco by one of the greatest binders of the period, White of Pall Mall. With gilt raised bands, unusual dense gilt tooling to the panels and gilt dentelles. All the edges are gilt over marbling. The heraldic crest on both boards is framed within magnificent gilt rolls and individual tooling. The crest with the motto 'Sic Donec' is that of William Tatton Egerton, 1st Baron Egerton of Tatton Park. A wonderful set of the Works of these two early 17th century English playwrights, often considered successors to Shakespeare.

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  • EXTRAORDINARY GILT TOOLED STRAIGHT GRAIN CALF
    Switzerland. Illustrated in a Series of Views. by BEATTIE, William (BARTLETT, W.H.)
    BEATTIE, William (BARTLETT, W.H.)
    Switzerland. Illustrated in a Series of Views.

    London: Virtue, 1836. Full straight grain morocco, 11 inches tall. A fabulously bound set with extraordinary gilt and white metal tooled spine and boards.the elaborate 'cathedral' design on all four boards is made up from individual tooling, as is the superb tooling on the spines. All edges gilt. Illustrated with 2 engraved titles and 106 full page engraved views and I folding map. Some foxing to the plates and slight fading to the spine, but still a fine and spectacular set.

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  • 60 FULL PAGE ENGRAVED VIEWS IN SUPERB FULL MOROCCO
    Italian Scenery. From Drawings made in 1817. by BATTY, Miss (Elizabeth Frances)
    BATTY, Miss (Elizabeth Frances)
    Italian Scenery. From Drawings made in 1817.

    London: Rodwell and Martin, 1820. Full straight grain morocco, 10.5 inches tall. A glorious Regency binding with wide gilt raised bands and dense blind tooling to the panels. The boards are magnificently tooled in blind and gilt. All edges gilt. There is a tiny amount of worming effecting the gutter of the front endpaper and preliminaries. With 60 splendid views and vignette on the title page. A superb example of this scarce work.

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  • STUNNING FULL MOROCCO BY WRIGHT
    Sacred Architecture. by BROWN, Richard
    BROWN, Richard
    Sacred Architecture.

    London: Fisher, (1845). Full crushed morocco, 11 inches tall. Beautifully bound by Wright, one of the most accomplished London firms of the period. With gilt raised bands, exceptional gilt floral tooling to the panels and a wide gilt roll framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Embellished with 63 engraved plates. With the armorial bookplate of Earl Brownlow of Belton House. From the Library and with the bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst.

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  • CHARMING WORK IN STUNNING CAT'S PAW CALF
    Le Jardin des Plantes. Description et moeurs des mammifères de la ménagerie et du muséum d’histoire naturelle. by BOITARD, M.
    BOITARD, M.
    Le Jardin des Plantes. Description et moeurs des mammifères de la ménagerie et du muséum d’histoire naturelle.

    Paris: Dubochet, 1842. Full calf, 10.5 inches tall. A stunning full cat's paw calf by Clarke & Bedford, one of the finest binders of the period in pristine condition. With gilt raised bands, delightful label and superb gilt tooling to the panels. With gilt dentelles and all edges. Armorial bookplate. Embellished with 4 hand coloured engraved plates, 2 portraits, and full page engravings and vignettes throughout.

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  • 60 FULL PAGE ENGRAVED VIEWS IN SUPERB FULL MOROCCO
    Italian Scenery. From Drawings made in 1817. by BATTY, Miss (Elizabeth Frances)
    BATTY, Miss (Elizabeth Frances)
    Italian Scenery. From Drawings made in 1817.

    London: Rodwell and Martin, 1820. Full morocco, 10.5 inches tall. A most attractive binding with twin gilt raised bands and extra gilt tooling to the panels. The boards are also densely decorated with gilt and blind tooling framing an elaborate central device. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Slightly rubbed but still a fine firm and clean example. With 60 splendid views and vignette on the title page. A superb example of this scarce work.

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  • SUPERB SET IN FULL DICED CALF
    Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte. by BOURRIENNE, M. de
    BOURRIENNE, M. de
    Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte.

    London: Richard Bentley, 1836. 4 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. A very handsome full calf binding with raised bands, twin labels and gilt tooling to the panels. The diced boards are framed within a gilt roll. With the binder's ticket of Webster of Birmingham. Illustrated with engraved portraits, views and maps. Some foxing and staining to a few plates. An excellent set of this celebrated biography by Napoleon's private secretary.

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  • JOHN MARTIN PLATES IN MAGNIFICENT FULL PURPLE MOROCCO
    The Holy Bible. by BIBLE
    BIBLE
    The Holy Bible.

    London: James S. Virtue, c.1865. 2 volume set, 14 inches tall. A magnificent and remarkably bright set with raised gilt bands and blind and gilt tooling to the panels and boards, dentelles and all edges. The engraved family genealogical leaves are untouched. 36 full page engraved plates, of which four are by John Martin.

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  • THE ORIGINAL PARTS IN STUNNING FULL MOROCCO BY TOUT
    The Ingoldsby Legends by Thomas Ingoldsby. Illustrated by George Cruikshank and John Leech. Bentley’s Miscellany. [With autograph letter by Barham.] by INGOLDSBY, Thomas [BARHAM, The Rev.]
    INGOLDSBY, Thomas [BARHAM, The Rev.]
    The Ingoldsby Legends by Thomas Ingoldsby. Illustrated by George Cruikshank and John Leech. Bentley’s Miscellany. [With autograph letter by Barham.]

    London: Richard Bentley, 1837-45. 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. Autograph letter in black ink bound in, dated "Sept. 2" [1844], 4 pages.

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  • SPECTACULAR SET IN HALF MOROCCO
    The History of The Metropolitan Church of St. Peter, York. by BROWNE, John
    BROWNE, John
    The History of The Metropolitan Church of St. Peter, York.

    London: Longman, 1847. 2 volume set, 13.75 inches tall. A magnificently bound set with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels and unusual gilt rolls framing the goatskin on the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. From the Library and with the bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst. 150 engraved plates, 10 in colour in volume 2.

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  • SPLENDID FULL VELLUM BY KALTHOEBER
    The Justice of the Peace, and Parish Officer. by BURN, John
    BURN, John
    The Justice of the Peace, and Parish Officer.

    London: T. Cadell, 1788. 4 volume set, 8.75 inches tall. A wonderful full vellum, bound by Christian Kalthoeber, one of the greatest bookbinders of the period, and with his ticket. With delightful twin blue titles edged with several ornate pallets. Double fillets frame the boards. Yellow edges. There has been some loss to the foot of the fourth volume due to ancient water damage. This has not affected the text nor taken away the overall splendid look of the set.

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  • STUNNING FULL MOROCCO BY HAMMOND
    Illustrated Travels. by BATES, H.W.
    BATES, H.W.
    Illustrated Travels.

    London: Cassell,Petter & Galpin, c.1880. 2 volumes, 13 inches tall. A splendid example of the work of Hammond, a similar work by him is found in the British Library collection of British Bookbindings. With deep gilt raised bands, gilt on green calf inlays in the panels and on the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Further volumes of Illustrated Travels were published, on offer here are the first 2 volumes in a Victorian binding of the highest quality.

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  • SUPERB CAT'S PAW CALF BY CLARKE & BEDFORD
    Napoléon en Égypte Waterloo et le Fils de l’Homme. by BARTHELEMY et MERY – (Illustrations par Horace Vernet et Hippolyte Bellangé)
    BARTHELEMY et MERY – (Illustrations par Horace Vernet et Hippolyte Bellangé)
    Napoléon en Égypte Waterloo et le Fils de l’Homme.

    Paris: Ernest Bourdin, (1842). Full calf, 10.5 inches tall. Superb cat's paw calf bound by Clarke & Bedford, one of the best firms of binders in London with gilt raised bands and splendid floral gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt dentelles and all edges gilt. Engraved vignettes and full page plates throughout. Armorial bookplate. In the original French.

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  • SCARCE PARIS PRINTING IN EXTRAORDINARY FULL CALF
    The Complete Works. by BYRON, Lord
    BYRON, Lord
    The Complete Works.

    Paris: Baudry's European Library, 1835. Full calf, 10.5 inches tall. A rather extraordinary and most pleasing binding with wide gilt raised bands and elaborate gilt and blind tooling to the panels and boards. With gilt dentelles and all edges. This is Baudry's first single volume edition with notes and a Life of Byron by John Galt. Slight nick to the tailcap. Double column. A splendid example of this scarce edition.

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  • EXQUISITE FULL MOROCCO BY ALLO
    Poésies de M. Bérenger by BERENGER, Laurent Pierre
    BERENGER, Laurent Pierre
    Poésies de M. Bérenger

    Londres: (Cazin), 1785. 2 volume set, 5.25 inches tall. A fabulous little full morocco set of the highest quality by the great Parisian binder Paul Charles Allo. One of the celebrated editions of Cazin. With the red leather bookplate of Leon Rattier. A superb example of this very scarce edition in pristine condition.

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