- Category = Biography
The Life of Nelson. The Embodiment of the Sea Power of Great Britain.
London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, 1897. 2 volume set, 9 inches tall. This great 'Life of Nelson', first edition, in a very smart half navy blue morocco by Riviere with gilt raised bands and fine gilt naval centre tools within neat gilt frames on the panels. Gilt top edges. With 20 full page illustrations and a further 20 maps and battle plans. Captain Mahan of The United States Navy wrote several of the most important and influential naval histories of the 19th century. From the library of Alfred de Rothschild, but without his bookplate. A magnificent set.More details Price: £950.00
London & Paris: Boussod, Valadon & Co. (Goupil), 1896. Full morocco, 12 1/2 inches tall. A sumptuous binding by Riviere with gilt raised bands and very fine extra gilt tooling to the panels and gilt roll and triple fillet framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Beautifully printed and with illustrations throughout including the colour portrait of Queen Elizabeth I. One of a series of extravagantly produced, mostly Royal, biographies. Slight rubbing but still in very fine condition.More details Price: £950.00
The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.
London: Macmillan, 1922. 3 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. Very smart tree calf by Bickers with gilt raised bands, delicate gilt tooled panels and twin labels. A gilt prize block, framed by a gilt roll, is on the upper board of each volume.
Prize bookplate on the paste down end paper of the first volume. A neat and very readable copy of this, perhaps greatest, of all biographies.More details Price: £450.00
Life of Petrarch.
London: Henry Colburn, 1841. 2 volume set, 8 3/4 inches tall. A handsome set bound in full calf by Hayday with gilt raised bands, gilt and inked pallets and twin labels to the panels and twin gilt and a single blind fillet framing the boards. 2 portraits, 2 plates of 'Coins relating to the Age of Petrarch' and a sepia view of 'Fountain of Vaucluse and Castle of the Bishop of Cavaillon'. Bookplate on the reverse of the free endpaper of volume I. Some scuffing and scratching but overall a fine set of this life of Francesco Petrarca, scholar and poet of early 14th century Renaissance Italy.More details Price: £280.00
The Life of Nelson.
London: John Murray and William Tegg, 1853. Full navy blue calf, 6 1/2 inches tall. A very bright full calf with raised bands, wonderful naval gilt centre tools, contrasting red label and triple fillets framing the boards. There is the prize bookplate of Bruce Castle, dated 1853, on the front paste down endpaper and a further bookplate facing it. Simple woodcut vignettes, including to the title page. A sparkling copy of this hugely popular Life of Nelson.More details Price: £220.00
Letters and Life.
London: J.F. Dove, 1826. Full vellum, 5 inches tall. A delightful little full vellum with gilt bands and delicate gilt tooling to the panels. A blue fillet frames the boards. With 'The Life of Robert Burns' by Dr. Currie. Engraved frontispiece and title page.More details Price: £200.00
The Life of Lord Byron.
London: Colburn and Bentley, 1830. Full calf, 6 3/4 inches tall. A fine William IV full calf with gilt raised bands, ornate gilt tooling to the panels and twin blind fillets framing the boards. Blue and pink speckled edges. Slight rubbing. Armorial bookplate. Engraved title page and 2 portraits.More details Price: £200.00