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  • TALL FIRST EDITIONS, EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED, IN MAGNIFICENT 18th CENTURY FULL MOROCCO
    The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England begun in the Year 1641 (Bound uniformly with) The Life of Edward Earl of Clarendon…..Written by Himself. by CLARENDON, Edward Hyde, Earl of
    CLARENDON, Edward Hyde, Earl of
    The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England begun in the Year 1641 (Bound uniformly with) The Life of Edward Earl of Clarendon…..Written by Himself.

    Oxford: The Theatre/The Clarendon Printing House, 1702-1704/1759. 4 volumes bound in 8, 18.5 inches tall. A magnificent and exceptionally tall 18th century full straight grain morocco by Walther, and with his binder's tickets. The set was bound and extra-illustrated in 1794, with twin gilt raised bands, exquisite gilt tooling to the panels, the boards are framed within triple fillets with delicate lace like gilt corner tooling. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Some fading to the spines. Bookplate of John Charles Crowle whose fine extra-illustrated library was at Dalham Tower, Cumbria. This set was lot 1059 at the Morningthorpe Manor Sale at Key's in September 2016 where it sold for over £20,000 including premium. Very regrettably, many of the extra-illustrations…

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    Oxford: The Theatre/The Clarendon Printing House, 1702-1704/1759. 4 volumes bound in 8, 18.5 inches tall. A magnificent and exceptionally tall 18th century full straight grain morocco by Walther, and with his binder's tickets. The set was bound and extra-illustrated in 1794, with twin gilt raised bands, exquisite gilt tooling to the panels, the boards are framed within triple fillets with delicate lace like gilt corner tooling. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Some fading to the spines. Bookplate of John Charles Crowle whose fine extra-illustrated library was at Dalham Tower, Cumbria. This set was lot 1059 at the Morningthorpe Manor Sale at Key's in September 2016 where it sold for over £20,000 including premium. Very regrettably, many of the extra-illustrations were then removed. This has caused some damage to 2 of the spines, in particular volume 1 where a scalpel's neat incision can be seen running up the panels. The volumes also consequently have a varying degree of wedge shapes owing to the loss of some leaves. 345 extra-illustrations remain. What remains, though much diminished and with signs of damage, is tall red-ruled set of first edition with all the text and several hundred superb engraved extra-illustrations in an absolutely magnificent morocco binding by one of the greatest London bookbinders of the late 18th century.

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  • DELUXE LIMITED EDITION IN GLORIOUS FULL MOROCCO
    La légende et les aventures héroïques, joyeuses et glorieuses d’Ulenspiegel & de Lamme Goedzak au Pays de Flandres et Ailleurs. (The Legend of Thyl Ulenspiegel and Lamme Goedzak). by COSTER, Charles de -Theodore-Henri
    COSTER, Charles de -Theodore-Henri
    La légende et les aventures héroïques, joyeuses et glorieuses d’Ulenspiegel & de Lamme Goedzak au Pays de Flandres et Ailleurs. (The Legend of Thyl Ulenspiegel and Lamme Goedzak).

    Bruxelles: Paul Lacomblez, 1914. Full morocco, 13 inches tall. A truly magnificent binding in pristine condition by Paul Affolter with gilt raised bands, superb gilt tooling with onlays to the panels and framing the boards. Wide gilt dentelles and watered silk doublures and free endpapers. Number 50 of 75 copies on 'japon imperial' with an extra suite of colour plates. In the original felt lined and leather trimmed slipcase also signed by Affolter. Based on an obscure 16th century romance, Coster's masterpiece tells of the adventures of a Flemish prankster, Thyl Ulenspiegel, during the wars of the Reformation in the Netherlands and became popular all over the world.

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  • ONE OF 200 COPIES BOUND IN FULL 18TH CENTURY STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO
    Théatre Choisi. by CORNEILLE, Pierre
    CORNEILLE, Pierre
    Théatre Choisi.

    Paris: De l'Imprimerie de Fr. Ambr. Didot l'Ainé, 1783. 2 volume set, 12 inches tall. A magnificently bound set with raised bands, fillets, dentelles and all edges gilt. Celebrated edition of just 200 copies. Some ink staining to the lower board of volume 1, otherwise in excellent condition. Armorial bookplate and the tiny stamp of Selbourn Library to the reverse of the title page.

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  • HILARIOUS GEORGIAN SATIRE IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO
    The Old English 'Squire. by CARELESS, John
    CARELESS, John
    The Old English 'Squire.

    London: McLean, 1821. Full morocco, 11.25 inches tall. A superb Victorian full morocco binding with gilt raised bands, very fine floral gilt tooling to the panels, wide dentelles and all edges gilt. Large paper copy with the half title present and original paper label bound in. 24 superb and most amusing hand coloured aquatints 'by one of the family' illustrating the (mis)adventures of an English Squire of the period.

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  • SUPERB COPY WITH ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR INSCRIBED
    Le Train de 8 h. 47 by COURTELINE, GEORGES
    COURTELINE, GEORGES
    Le Train de 8 h. 47

    Paris: Chez Sylvian Sauvage, 1927. Half morocco, 9.5 inches tall. with raised bands and fine gilt tooling with onlays, gilt top edge. This is example V of XX lettered 'examplaires de collaboration'. With splendid illustrations by Andre Dignimont including an original watercolour signed and inscribed to Pierre Macorlan, the celebrated french novelist and songwriter.

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  • SCARCE TITLE IN FULL LEATHER WITH EXTRAORDINARY TOOLING ON THE EDGES
    A Digest of the Laws of England. by COMYNS, Sir John
    COMYNS, Sir John
    A Digest of the Laws of England.

    London: Strahan and Woodfall, 1792. 6 volume set, 9.5 inches tall. An extraordinary 18th century binding in full sheep with blind bands, splendid triple labels and twin blind fillets framing the boards. With exceptional speckled pink lettering to the edges indicating that this set belonged to the Circuit Library of the Chester Crown Court. There are no other inscriptions and the text is very clean. There has been expert repair to the joints of two of the volumes. We can find no other examples of this style of lettering on the edges. A remarkable set of this scarce work.

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  • ONE OF 7 EXAMPLES WITH ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR IN FULL MOROCCO
    Bob et Bobette s’amusent. by CARCO, Francis. (DIGNIMONT, illustrator)
    CARCO, Francis. (DIGNIMONT, illustrator)
    Bob et Bobette s’amusent.

    aris, Emile Hazan, 1930. Full crushed morocco, 10.5 inches tall. A striking binding with 3 wide gilt raised bands and fine gilt designs to the boards. Wide gilt dentelles and watered silk doublures. Top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. On 'Japon Imperial'. From a limited edition of 833, one of only 7 examples with an original watercolour, this being number 6. Dignimont's wonderful illustrations are in 2 states. In pristine condition housed in a slightly worn slip case.

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  • SPECTACULAR EXAMPLE IN FULL CALF
    Os Lusiadas by CAMOES, Luiz de
    CAMOES, Luiz de
    Os Lusiadas

    Leipzig: Typographia Giesecke & Devrient, 1880. Full calf, 15.5 inches tall. A truly magnificent volume in excellent condition. Gilt raised bands and gilt and blind tooling to the panels. The upper board shows a Portuguese caravel framed within an architectural arch and the Portuguese Coat of Arms. The edges are gauffered with a rose design. Bookplate. Slipcase. 10 Chromolithographs and 21 engraved plates. Luiz de Camoes is the great 16th century Portuguese literary figure compared to that of Shakespeare, Cervantes, Homer, Virgil and Dante and this is his great epic poem.

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  • SUPERB FULL STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO WITH BINDER'S TICKET
    The Book of Common Prayer…….Together with The Psalter, or Psalms of David. by PRAYER
    PRAYER
    The Book of Common Prayer…….Together with The Psalter, or Psalms of David.

    London: John Reeves, Esq, 1812. Full straight grain morocco, 8.5 inches tall. A very beautiful binding, excepting a faint scratch to the lower board, in absolutely pristine condition with wide gilt bands, dense and delicate gilt tooling to the panels and boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. With the ticket of Asperne. According to Ramsden's 'London Bookbinders 1780-1840' James Asperne of 32 Cornhill patronised the bindery of the great J. Lovejoy to create his bindings.

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  • FULL 18TH CENTURY CALF FROM THE CHATEAU DE CIREY
    Nouvelles Exemplaires. by CERVANTES, Miguel de
    CERVANTES, Miguel de
    Nouvelles Exemplaires.

    Lausanne: Chez Marc-Mic. Bousquet & Comp, 1759. 2 volume set, 6.5 inches tall. Fine full speckled calf in pristine condition. With gilt raised bands, twin labels and floral gilt tooling to the panels. Woodcut ornaments. 13 full page engraved plates. A superb copy of a scarce edition.

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  • ELEGANT SET IN HALF CALF
    Works. (The French Revolution; Cromwell's Letters Etc.; Friedrich II; Essays; Wilhelm Meister; Musaeus, Tieck, Richter; Sartor Resartus, Life of Schiller). by CARLYLE, Thomas
    CARLYLE, Thomas
    Works. (The French Revolution; Cromwell's Letters Etc.; Friedrich II; Essays; Wilhelm Meister; Musaeus, Tieck, Richter; Sartor Resartus, Life of Schiller).

    London: Chapman and Hall, 1872. 30 volumes bound in 18, 6.5 inches tall. A neat little set in half calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and finely gilt panels.

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  • PRE-DATING AMERICAN FIRST EDITION IN SUPERB HALF CALF
    The Water Witch; or, The Skimmer of the Seas. by COOPER, James Fenimore
    COOPER, James Fenimore
    The Water Witch; or, The Skimmer of the Seas.

    London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. 3 volume set, 7.5 inches tall. A most attractive half calf from the 1830's with gilt raised bands, twin labels and gilt tooling to the panels. With the bookplate of W.E. Powell of Nanteos. The English first edition came out a year before the American. The Water Witch is a rollicking tale of 18th century New York.

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  • SUPERB FULL TREE CALF.
    Life of Lord Jeffrey (2 vols) ; Memorials of His Time; Journal of Henry Cockburn 1831 – 1857 (2 vols). by COCKBURN, Henry Thomas Cockburn of Bonaly, Lord
    COCKBURN, Henry Thomas Cockburn of Bonaly, Lord
    Life of Lord Jeffrey (2 vols) ; Memorials of His Time; Journal of Henry Cockburn 1831 – 1857 (2 vols).

    Edinburgh: Adam & Charles Black, 1852; 1856; Edmonston and Douglas, 1874. 5 volumes, 9 inches tall. Superb full tree calf by Henderson & Bisset with gilt raised bands, twin labels and very fine gilt tooling to the panels. A gilt roll frames the tree calf boards. Gilt top edges. The bookplates of Knockderry Castle and George Wilson and a neat ink previous owner's name on the first blank. Portraits. A splendid collection of the works of this celebrated Scottish judge, lawyer and literary figure.

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  • SUPERB SET OF THIS SCARCE LIMITED EDITION IN HALF MOROCCO.
    The Scott Gallery. by CAW, James L.
    CAW, James L.
    The Scott Gallery.

    EDINBURGH: Jack, 1903. 2 volume set, 14.25 inches tall. A magnificent half morocco by Maclehose with gilt raised bands, ornate gilt tooling to the panels and gilt top edges. Limited to just 100 copies signed by Jack of which this is number 25. Containing 146 plates, each displayed behind a mount.

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  • FINELY PRINTED WORK IN FULL MOROCCO BY RAMAGE
    Queen Elizabeth. by CREIGHTON, Mandell
    CREIGHTON, Mandell
    Queen Elizabeth.

    London & Paris: Boussod, Valadon & Co (GOUPIL), 1896. Full crushed morocco, 13 inches tall. A splendid binding by Ramage with gilt raised bands, crowned Tudor rose centre tools in the panels and on the boards. Gilt dentelles and top edge. Hand coloured frontispiece and 39 further full page plates illustrating the history of Elizabeth I. Some foxing to the frontispiece and title page and slight rubbing to the joints and edges.

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  • SUPERB SET IN VERY FINE FULL MOROCCO
    The Life of Benvenuto Cellini Written By Himself. by CELLINI, Benvenuto. SYMONDS, John Addington (translator).
    CELLINI, Benvenuto. SYMONDS, John Addington (translator).
    The Life of Benvenuto Cellini Written By Himself.

    New York: 1906. 2 volume set, 9.5 inches tall. A magnificent binding by the Bretano's Bindery. With gilt raised bands and exceptionally fine gilt tooling to the spine and boards. Gilt dentelles and top edges. Full page illustrations.

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  • SERMONS OF THE COUSIN OF JANE AUSTEN IN GEORGIAN FULL CALF
    Practical and Familiar Sermons. by COOPER, Rev. Edward
    COOPER, Rev. Edward
    Practical and Familiar Sermons.

    London: Cadell, 1830. 7 volume set, 7 inches tall. A simple yet attractive Georgian full calf with wide gilt raised bands, twin labels and blind pallets to the panels and rolls framing the boards. The Reverend Edward Cooper was first cousin to Jane Austen, their mothers being sisters. He was Rector of the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Hamstall-Ridware. There is a portrait of Edward Cooper in the Jane Austen's House Museum. A splendid little set.

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  • RARE EDITION WITH ILLUMINATED PLATES IN FULL MOROCCO
    A Book of Common Prayer. by PRAYER
    PRAYER
    A Book of Common Prayer.

    London: Ryley, 1838. Full morocco, 8.5 inches tall. A very scarce item with exquisite hand coloured initials and full page 'illuminated' plates. The spine and boards are decorated with gilt 'Cathedral' tooling. All edges gilt. Some rubbing but a fine example of this choice edition.

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  • FIRST EDITION IN SUPERB FULL PINK CALF
    The English at Home by ( CROWE, Eyre Evans )
    ( CROWE, Eyre Evans )
    The English at Home

    London: Colburn and Bentley, 1830. 3 volumes bound in 2, 7.5 inches tall. A most attractive binding in full calf with gilt raised bands, finely gilt tooled panels and a blind tooled device on both boards.The armorial bookplate of Maxwell of Polloc. Without titles to the second and third volume. Eyre Evans Crowe was an English journalist and historian with a particular interest in continental history and manners.

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  • GEORGIAN HALF MOROCCO IN SPARKLING CONDITION
    The Works of The Rev. George Crabbe by CRABBE, George
    CRABBE, George
    The Works of The Rev. George Crabbe

    London: John Murray, 1823. 5 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. An elegant binding in pristine condition. With gilt raised bands, title and very fine gilt panels. Armorial bookplates. A most attractive set of these hugely successful and influential poems.

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