Biography

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  • Category = Biography
  • REVISED EDITION IN VERY FINE REGENCY FULL 'RUSSIA' CALF
    The Life of Samuel Johnson. (Bound uniformly with). The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, with Samuel Johnson. by BOSWELL, James
    BOSWELL, James
    The Life of Samuel Johnson. (Bound uniformly with). The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, with Samuel Johnson.

    London: T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1813-16. 5 volumes, 8 1/2 inches tall. A very finely bound set in full Regency 'Russia' calf with twin gilt raised bands and superb gilt and blind tooling to the panels and boards, so typical of the period. The celebrated image by Joshua Reynolds serves as frontispiece, which is offset onto the title page, otherwise a fabulous set in pristine condition of possibly the greatest of all biographies.

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  • CLASSIC HISTORY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH I IN DELUXE FULL MOROCCO
    Queen Elizabeth. by CREIGHTON, Mandell
    CREIGHTON, Mandell
    Queen Elizabeth.

    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.

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  • MAGNIFICENT SET IN HALF NAVY BLUE MOROCCO
    The Life of Nelson. The Embodiment of the Sea Power of Great Britain. by MAHAN, Captain A. T.
    MAHAN, Captain A. T.
    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.

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  • CLASSIC BIOGRAPHY IN EXCEPTIONALLY BRIGHT TREE CALF
    The Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay. by TREVELYAN, George Otto
    TREVELYAN, George Otto
    The Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay.

    London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1876. 2 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. An exceptionally bright and clean late Victorian tree calf with gilt raised bands, triple labels and neat gilt tooling in the panels. Bookplate. The life of one of the greatest English Historians, by his nephew.

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  • HANDSOME SET IN FULL CALF BY HAYDAY
    Life of Petrarch. by CAMPBELL, Thomas
    CAMPBELL, Thomas
    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.

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  • FASCINATING BIOGRAPHY IN SMART HALF MOROCCO BY RIVIERE
    Lord George Bentinck. A Political Biography. by DISRAELI, B.
    DISRAELI, B.
    Lord George Bentinck. A Political Biography.

    London: Colburn and Co., 1852. Half morocco, 9 inches tall. A very smart binding by Riviere with gilt raised bands, neat gilt framed panels and gilt top edge. With the bookplate of L. de Rothschild. Lord George Bentinck, was a famous English Conservative politician and racehorse owner whose fascinating life ended early in mysterious circumstances in the 'Dukeries'.

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  • CLASSIC HISTORY IN SUPERB FULL CALF
    The Life of Nelson. by SOUTHEY, Robert
    SOUTHEY, Robert
    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.

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  • DELIGHTFUL EDITION IN FULL VELLUM
    Letters and Life. by BURNS, Robert
    BURNS, Robert
    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.

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  • FINE COPY IN FULL CALF
    The Life of Lord Byron. by GALT, John
    GALT, John
    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.

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  • SCARCE WORK IN SIMPLE HALF CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Olympia Morata, Her Times, Life and Writings. by SMYTH, Amelia Gillespie
    SMYTH, Amelia Gillespie
    Olympia Morata, Her Times, Life and Writings.

    London: Smith, Elder, and Co., 1834. Half morocco, 6 1/2 inches tall. A pretty little binding with raised bands, gilt titles and top edge by Maclehose of Glasgow. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. A pencil inscription on the reverse of the free end paper states: 'From Sir Theodore Martin's Library'. The extraordinary story of Olympia Fulvia Morata, Italian classical scholar of Protestant leanings who died aged just 29.

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