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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…(more)
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.(less)
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.More details Price: £24,000.00
Portraits of Illustrious Personages of Great Britain.
London: Harding and Lepard, 1835. 12 volume set bound in 6, 10 1/2 inches tall. A very fine full red morocco gilt by Sowler, and with their ticket, with raised bands and superb gilt tooling to the panels and boards. All edges gilt. With a neat ink inscription on the reverse of the front free end paper. Containing 240 engraved portraits.More details Price: £1,750.00
Letters of Lady Rachel Russell.
London: Dilly, 1793. Full straight grain morocco, 9.5 inches tall. A fine example of the work of one of the greatest bookbinders of the late 18th century, with his bookplate. With his typical twin gilt raised bands, triple fillet framing the boards, dentelles and all edges gilt. Portraits.More details Price: £850.00
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.More details Price: £800.00
The Works of Mrs. Hemans; With a Memoir of her Life, by her Sister.
London & Edinburgh: Cadell & Blackwood, 1839. 7 volume set, 6.75 inches tall. Full hard grain morocco with wide gilt raised bands, gilt lettering dentelles and all edges. The panels are framed by blind pallets. The portraits and engraved title pages are hand coloured. Bookseller's tickets. A delightful set of the works of Felicia Hemans, the most considerable woman poet of the Romantic period.More details Price: £750.00
Hudibras, A Poem. With historical, biographical and explanatory notes, selected from Grey & other authors. To which are prefixed, a life of the author, and a preliminary discourse on the civil war. A new edition. Embellished with twelve engravings.
London: Ackerman, Walker and Co., et al, 1822. 2 vols., 8vo (8 1/2" tall). Full pink calf by J. ATKINSON, Spurriergate, York and with their ticket. Twin labels with attractively arched volume lettering. Gilt raised bands, fine floral tooling to panels. Very pretty gilt and blind floral roll, framing blind star-shaped floral motif to both boards. 12 superb hand coloured engravings. Gilt dentelles, edges marbled. Slightly sunned on spine, otherwise a fine set.More details Price: £550.00
Tis Merry when Gossips Meet. Pasquil’s Night-Cap.
Chiswick Press: C. Whittingham, 1819. Full calf, 7.5 inches tall. A superbly bound volume with gilt raised bands and ornate blind tooling to the panels and boards, typical of the Regency period. Slight rubbing. Bookplate and Binder's Ticket for T.Sowler of St. Ann's Square, Manchester. A very curious and rare work containing 2 reprints, the first published originally by John Deane in 1609, the second by Thomas Thorp in 1612. Titled 'Ancient Humorous Poetry' on the spine.More details Price: £450.00
Paris: (Cosson for) Gosselin and Ladvocat, 1822. 4 volume set, 7 inches tall. Quarter calf with gilt bands, twin labels and charming gilt tooling to the panels. With the binders ticket. One of several French editions of The Pirate published in the same year as the first (1822). Dargan notes that our edition (published in December) was preceded by the edition for the collected works (February) and that an unauthorised anonymous translation (Le Pirate, ou les Flibustiers) also appeared in February.More details Price: £400.00
Meditations, and Contemplations
London: James Cundee, 1807. Full straight grain morocco, 7 inches tall. A fine Swedish binding from the beginning of the 19th century by Carl Asklund of Stockholm, and with their ticket. With wide gilt bands and fine gilt centre tools, typical of the period. A fine olive label.More details Price: £350.00
Nouvelles Heures des Dames. Contenant l’Office du Matin et celui du Soir. Paris et Rome.
aris Chez Louis Janet, (c.1820). Full morocco, 5 inches tall. A delightful full morocco binding by Simier, bookbinder to the King, and with his binder's ticket. With gilt raised bands, simple framed panels and an elaborate triple fillet and pallet design to the boards, framing a monogram on the upper board. There is a minuscule loss of leather on the lower board. Preserved in marbled card chemise and slipcase. A charming devotional work for ladies. Decorated with full page engravings.More details Price: £300.00
A True Relation of The Holy War Made By King Shaddai Upon Diabolus.
London: Cassell, Petter & Galpin, c.1870. Full calf with inlays, 10.5 inches tall. Stunning binding with the binder's ticket of Manning of Greenwich with gilt raised bands, fine gilt tooling and green labels and lozenges on the boards. Illustrated throughout. Some foxing which is heavy on the last few leaves.More details Price: £275.00