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  • AN EXCEPTION COPY IN A BEAUTIFUL FULL MOROCCO BY LUCIEN BROCA
    Gamonia: or, the Art of Preserving Game; and an Improved Method of Making Plantations and Covers. by RAWSTORNE, Lawrence.
    RAWSTORNE, Lawrence.
    Gamonia: or, the Art of Preserving Game; and an Improved Method of Making Plantations and Covers.

    London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1837. Full morocco, 9 1/2 inches tall. An exceptional copy of this remarkable work in a beautiful binding by the elusive and brilliant Lucien Broca with, most uncommonly, his own stamp. The full morocco binding has gilt raised bands and wonderfully intricate gilt tooling to the panels. Heavily crushed morocco with a surround of fillets and a splendid gilt roll form the doublures, facing watered silk free endpapers. All edges gilt. First edition, with errata slip to the last printed leaf. With 15 absolutely lovely aquatints from drawings by J. T. Rawlins. Gamonia is 'One of the most attractive colour plate books, with the aquatints all beautifully coloured and with the skilled application of gum arabic…

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    London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1837. Full morocco, 9 1/2 inches tall. An exceptional copy of this remarkable work in a beautiful binding by the elusive and brilliant Lucien Broca with, most uncommonly, his own stamp. The full morocco binding has gilt raised bands and wonderfully intricate gilt tooling to the panels. Heavily crushed morocco with a surround of fillets and a splendid gilt roll form the doublures, facing watered silk free endpapers. All edges gilt. First edition, with errata slip to the last printed leaf. With 15 absolutely lovely aquatints from drawings by J. T. Rawlins. Gamonia is 'One of the most attractive colour plate books, with the aquatints all beautifully coloured and with the skilled application of gum arabic making them especially bright and sparkling.'- Ford. Eric Parker, in an 1930 edition of this book, notes: "'Gamonia' is valuable not only for its rarity and charm . It was published privately and gifted to friends by the author and is recognised as is the first treatise devoted solely to the subject of pheasant rearing, covert shooting, and the management of woodlands for the special purpose of preserving game . We can see much of what is in Rawstorne's mind in the treatment of the subjects he has chosen for illustration: in the quiet ridicule of the unskilled, in the hint of knowledge of how the thing could and should be done; in the cold and snow in which he likes to set his sportsmen seeking their quarry, and in the serenity of sunlight in which in each drawing stands Penwortham, his home". Lucien Broca was recently revealed by Marrianne Tidcombe to have created the finest bindings attributed to Sarah Prideaux, to her designs and instructions. He was born in France and bound to the highest level in Frith Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Percy Street and Gerrard Street. A superb copy of this fascinating work.

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  • GLORIOUS TALL COPY OF THE SCARCE IMPROVED EDITION WITH ROYAL PROVENANCE
    The Ancient Costume of Great Britain and Ireland from the seventh to the sixteenth century. by SMITH, Charles Hamilton
    SMITH, Charles Hamilton
    The Ancient Costume of Great Britain and Ireland from the seventh to the sixteenth century.

    London: Bohn, 1848. Half morocco, 15 inches tall. A glorious tall copy from the library of the Duke of Gloucester at Kensington Palace. Prince Henry Duke of Gloucester was the third son of King George V, brother of King George VI and King Edward VIII. In pristine condition this copy was bound by J. Wright, one of the finest binders of the early Victorian period, with gilt raised bands, label and magnificent gilt armorial centre tools. All edges gilt. Decorated with 60 full page hand coloured plates, all dated 1811-13.

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  • WONDERFUL COPY OF THIS HILARIOUS WORK IN FULL STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO
    The English Dance of Death. by COMBE, William. ROWLANDSON, Thomas (Illustrator).
    COMBE, William. ROWLANDSON, Thomas (Illustrator).
    The English Dance of Death.

    London: Ackermann, 1815. 2 volume set, 9 3/4 inches tall. A wonderful copy in full straight grain morocco by Lloyd, Wallis and Lloyd. This tall set has gilt raised bands, superb gilt tooling to the panels, triple gilt fillets framing the straight grain boards, gilt dentelles and all edges. With 72 hilarious colour aquatint plates and a further 2 frontispieces and one engraved title page. The concept of the Dance of Death or Danse Macabre was a powerful medieval theme showing the all conquering power of death. Holbein, in the 16th century, immortalised the idea with his exceedingly grim series of allegorical woodblock prints. In stark contrast to such Germanic horrors Rowlandson and Coombe create an hilarious series of…

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    London: Ackermann, 1815. 2 volume set, 9 3/4 inches tall. A wonderful copy in full straight grain morocco by Lloyd, Wallis and Lloyd. This tall set has gilt raised bands, superb gilt tooling to the panels, triple gilt fillets framing the straight grain boards, gilt dentelles and all edges. With 72 hilarious colour aquatint plates and a further 2 frontispieces and one engraved title page. The concept of the Dance of Death or Danse Macabre was a powerful medieval theme showing the all conquering power of death. Holbein, in the 16th century, immortalised the idea with his exceedingly grim series of allegorical woodblock prints. In stark contrast to such Germanic horrors Rowlandson and Coombe create an hilarious series of brilliant comic representations of death getting involved with every aspect of English Regency high jinks.

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  • SUPERB 3 VOLUME SET, FIRST EDITIONS, IN FULL MOROCCO WITH ROYAL PROVENANCE
    The Comic History of England (bound uniformly with) The Comic History of Rome. by BECKETT, Gilbert Abbot a'
    BECKETT, Gilbert Abbot a'
    The Comic History of England (bound uniformly with) The Comic History of Rome.

    London: The Punch Office, 1847-1848. Bradbury and Evans. 3 volumes, 9 inches tall. A wonderful set of the first editions of these great comic works. Bound by Bradstreet in the finest full crushed morocco with raised bands and gilt dentelles. From the Duke of Gloucester's library at Kensington Palace, each volume with his bookplate. Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester was the third son of King George V, brother of King George VI and King Edward VIII. Original wrappers bound in. With a total of 30 hand coloured engravings and over 300 woodcuts by John Leech.

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  • STUNNING DELUXE SET IN HALF MOROCCO GILT TOOLED IN THE ART NOUVEAU STYLE
    The Works of Charles Paul de Kock by KOCK, Charles Paul de
    KOCK, Charles Paul de
    The Works of Charles Paul de Kock

    London, Boston and Paris: Quinby, 1904. 25 volume set, 9.25 inches tall. A magnificent half morocco binding with gilt titles and top edge, exceptionally tall gilt raised bands and fine floral tooling with calf onlays in the art nouveau style on the spines. With the armorial bookplate of John C. Wellington, with gilt monogram on the upper boards and evidence of a second bookplate that has been carefully removed from the free endpapers. Illustrated throughout. The spines have faded to a rich brown giving a very pleasing effect on the shelf. Charles de Kock was an immensely popular French novelist in the second half of the 19th century. This deluxe edition was translated into English by Arthur Martin. De…

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    London, Boston and Paris: Quinby, 1904. 25 volume set, 9.25 inches tall. A magnificent half morocco binding with gilt titles and top edge, exceptionally tall gilt raised bands and fine floral tooling with calf onlays in the art nouveau style on the spines. With the armorial bookplate of John C. Wellington, with gilt monogram on the upper boards and evidence of a second bookplate that has been carefully removed from the free endpapers. Illustrated throughout. The spines have faded to a rich brown giving a very pleasing effect on the shelf. Charles de Kock was an immensely popular French novelist in the second half of the 19th century. This deluxe edition was translated into English by Arthur Martin. De Kock was hugely popular in the English speaking world, amongst many others, Thackeray was a particular admirer. A stunning set.

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  • VERY RARE FIRST EDITION IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO
    The Sporting Repository. by ALKEN, Henry & BARENGER, James (illustrated by).
    ALKEN, Henry & BARENGER, James (illustrated by).
    The Sporting Repository.

    London: Thomas McLean, 1822. Full morocco, 9 1/2 inches tall. This is a fabulous copy of the very scarce first edition containing all 6 parts (all published) and not the reprint of 1904. Bound in a superb later full morocco by the great firm of Morrell with gilt raised bands, sporting centre tools to the panels and a series of gilt fillets and bits as corner tools to the boards. With 19 very bright hand coloured aquatints by Henry Alken and James Barenger. The Sporting Repository contains anecdotes and illustrations on many sporting subjects including 'Horse Racing, Hunting, Coursing,Shooting,Archery,Trotting and Tandem Matches, Cocking, Pedestrianism and Pugilism'. An exceptionally fine and clean copy of a much sought after title.

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  • BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED WORK IN SUPERB FULL MOROCCO WITH ROYAL PROVENANCE
    The Costume of the hereditary states of The House of Austria, Displayed in fifty coloured engravings by MOLEVILLE, M. Bertrand de.
    MOLEVILLE, M. Bertrand de.
    The Costume of the hereditary states of The House of Austria, Displayed in fifty coloured engravings

    London: William Miller, 1804. Full morocco, 14.5 inches tall. A magnificent Georgian full straight grain morocco with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels, dentelles and all edges. The ornately gilt tooled centre tooling is framed within a series of blind and gilt tooled rolls and fillets. This is the tall folio edition and is adorned with 50 hand coloured aquatints. From the library of the Duke of Gloucester at Kensington Palace. Prince Henry Duke of Gloucester was the third son of King George V, brother of King George VI and King Edward VIII.

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  • SUPERB FIRST EDITION IN FULL CALF BY ROOT
    Finish to the Adventures of Tom, Jerry, and Logic, in their pursuits through London. by EGAN, Pierce. CRUIKSHANK, Robert (Illustrated by the pencil of).
    EGAN, Pierce. CRUIKSHANK, Robert (Illustrated by the pencil of).
    Finish to the Adventures of Tom, Jerry, and Logic, in their pursuits through London.

    London: G. Virtue, 1830. Full calf, 9.5 inches tall. A pristine copy in glorious full calf by Root with gilt raised bands, triple labels and wonderful gilt centre tools indicative of our heroes dissolute adventures in London, playing cards, Champagne bottles and dancers. The boards are framed within gilt corner tools and triple fillets. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Embellished with all 36 hand coloured aquatints from designs by Robert Cruikshank.

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  • MAGNIFICENT COPY IN FINE FULL MOROCCO
    Naples and the Campagna Felice: In a series of Letters. by ROWLANDSON Thomas; ENGELBACH Lewis
    ROWLANDSON Thomas; ENGELBACH Lewis
    Naples and the Campagna Felice: In a series of Letters.

    London: Ackermann, 1815. Full morocco, 9 1/2 inches tall. A magnificent copy in full navy blue morocco for Sawyer with gilt raised bands, very fine gilt tooled panels and top edge gilt. Triple gilt fillet framing the boards. With 2 maps, 1 folding and 17 superb hand coloured aquatints by Thomas Rowlandson.

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  • FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION IN A GLORIOUS FULL MOROCCO BINDING
    Life in London: Or, the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq. and His Elegant Friend, Corinthian Tom, Accompanied by Bob Logic, The Oxonian, in their Rambles and Sprees Through the Metropolis. by EGAN, Pierce
    EGAN, Pierce
    Life in London: Or, the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq. and His Elegant Friend, Corinthian Tom, Accompanied by Bob Logic, The Oxonian, in their Rambles and Sprees Through the Metropolis.

    London: Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1821. Full morocco, 9.5 inches tall. A glorious later full morocco binding by Riviere in pristine condition. With gilt raised bands, ornate floral gilt tooling to the panels, triple gilt fillet framing the boards, wide gilt dentelles and all edges gilt. With 36 hand coloured aquatints by I.R. and George Cruikshank and 3 folding pages of songs. Some offsetting from the plates. The images illustrate the hilarious and bawdy adventures of Jerry and his companions in London. A superb volume.

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  • RARE COLOUR PLATE BOOK IN FULL MOROCCO BY TOUT
    A Touch at the Fine Arts by ALKEN, Henry
    ALKEN, Henry
    A Touch at the Fine Arts

    London: Thomas McLean, 1824. Full morocco, 11.25 inches tall. A very fine binding by TOUT with gilt raised bands, floral gilt tooling to the panels and elaborate gilt tooling to the boards. Wide dentelles, doublures and gilt top edge. 12 superb hand coloured lithographs satirising the arts.

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  • SUPERB TALL COPY IN FULL CALF BY RIVIERE
    The Dance of Life by COMBE, William. ROWLANDSON, Thomas (illustrated by)
    COMBE, William. ROWLANDSON, Thomas (illustrated by)
    The Dance of Life

    London: R. Ackerman, 1817. Full calf, 10 inches tall. A superb full calf by Riviere with gilt raised bands, label and dense floral gilt tooling to the panels. A triple gilt fillet and corner tools frame the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Armorial Bookplate of Marcus Brown-Westhead of Lea Castle. Decorated with hand coloured aquatint frontispiece, vignette on the title page and a further 24 full page plates throughout, all by Thomas Rowlandson.

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  • SUPERB COMIC PLATES IN EXTRAORDINARY FULL CALF
    The Tour of Doctor Syntax in Search of the Picturesque; The Second Tour of Doctor Syntax, in Search of Consolation; The Third Tour of Doctor Syntax, In Search of a Wife. by COOMBE, William. ROWLANDSON, Thomas (illustrator).
    COOMBE, William. ROWLANDSON, Thomas (illustrator).
    The Tour of Doctor Syntax in Search of the Picturesque; The Second Tour of Doctor Syntax, in Search of Consolation; The Third Tour of Doctor Syntax, In Search of a Wife.

    London: Ackerman, c. 1825. 3 volume set, 9 3/4 inches tall. A superb and extraordinary full mottled calf, c. 1830, with large gilt tooled label on a smooth back, gilt bands and an ornate 'starburst' of gilt tooling to the spine. The boards have a delicate floral roll framing the almost cat's paw smattering of gray and brown mottling. Blind dentelles and all edges gilt. Decorated with 80 splendid hand-coloured aquatints by the great humorous illustrator Thomas Rowlandson. All three volumes declare themselves to be 3rd editions but to confuse matters the first volume also states that it is the 9th edition on the engraved title page. A succession of editions came out shortly after the first and the…

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    London: Ackerman, c. 1825. 3 volume set, 9 3/4 inches tall. A superb and extraordinary full mottled calf, c. 1830, with large gilt tooled label on a smooth back, gilt bands and an ornate 'starburst' of gilt tooling to the spine. The boards have a delicate floral roll framing the almost cat's paw smattering of gray and brown mottling. Blind dentelles and all edges gilt. Decorated with 80 splendid hand-coloured aquatints by the great humorous illustrator Thomas Rowlandson. All three volumes declare themselves to be 3rd editions but to confuse matters the first volume also states that it is the 9th edition on the engraved title page. A succession of editions came out shortly after the first and the plates in this set are all dated the same as the first. Having been used for so many 'strikes' the images are more flat and less clearly defined than in the 1st editions. There is some staining and browning to some plates particularly in the third volume. But still a lovely complete set in a super binding.

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  • HILARIOUS SYNTAX SPINOFF IN SUPERB MOTTLED FULL CALF
    Doctor Syntax in Paris or A Tour in Search of the Grotesque. by COOMBE, William (?)
    COOMBE, William (?)
    Doctor Syntax in Paris or A Tour in Search of the Grotesque.

    London: W. Wright, 1820. Full Calf, 9 1/2 inches tall. A superb full mottled calf by Riviere with gilt raised bands, twin labels and fine gilt floral tooling to the panels. A gilt roll and twin gilt fillets frame the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Embellished with 17 full page hand coloured aquatints and a splendid illustrated title page by Charles Williams. A Lovely copy of this hilarious Doctor Syntax spinoff.

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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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  • GREAT COMIC WORK IN PRISTINE FULL CALF BY BAYNTUN
    The Tour of Doctor Syntax in Search of the Picturesque; The Second Tour of Doctor Syntax, in Search of Consolation; The Third Tour of Doctor Syntax in Search of a Wife. by COOMBE, William. ROWLANDSON, Thomas (illustrated by).
    COOMBE, William. ROWLANDSON, Thomas (illustrated by).
    The Tour of Doctor Syntax in Search of the Picturesque; The Second Tour of Doctor Syntax, in Search of Consolation; The Third Tour of Doctor Syntax in Search of a Wife.

    London: Ackermann, 1823. 3 volume set, 5 1/2 inches tall. The exquisite miniature edition of 1823 bound in later full calf by Bayntun with gilt raised bands, twin labels, fine gilt tooling to the panels, twin gilt fillets framing the boards, dentelles and all edges gilt. Illustrated with 80 hand-coloured plates by Thomas Rowlandson, including two pictorial title pages, as called for. Brilliant comic satirical verse matched by Rowlandson's equally comic hand coloured aquatints.

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  • 36 HAND COLOURED COMIC PLATES IN SUPERB TREE CALF
    Life in London: Or, the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq. and His Elegant Friend, Corinthian Tom, Accompanied by Bob Logic, The Oxonian, in their Rambles and Sprees Through the Metropolis by EGAN, Pierce
    EGAN, Pierce
    Life in London: Or, the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq. and His Elegant Friend, Corinthian Tom, Accompanied by Bob Logic, The Oxonian, in their Rambles and Sprees Through the Metropolis

    London: Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1822. Full morocco, 9.5 inches tall. A splendid treecalf which has been expertly repaired (by Bayntuns of Bath) with the original spine relaid. With gilt raised bands, twin labels and very fine gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt dentelles and top edge. With 36 hand coloured aquatints by I.R. and George Cruikshank and folding pages of songs. Some offsetting from the plates. The images illustrate the hilarious and bawdy adventures of Jerry and his companions in London.

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  • CHARMING WORK IN SPLENDID FULL MOROCCO
    Sports & Anecdotes of Bygone Days. by REYNARDSON, C.T.S. Birch
    REYNARDSON, C.T.S. Birch
    Sports & Anecdotes of Bygone Days.

    London: Chapman & Hall, 1887. Full morocco, 8 inches tall. Bound to the finest quality by Leighton of Soho with gilt raised bands and neat gilt tooling to the panels and boards. Dentelles and all edges gilt. Bookplate of Leopold de Rothschild. Colour title page and 6 further colour plates.

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  • HILARIOUS WORK IN FULL CALF BY RIVIERE
    Lessons of Thrift, Published for General Benefit By a Member of the Save-all Club. by CRAWFORD, John William Roy. CRUIKSHANK, Isaac Robert (illustrator).
    CRAWFORD, John William Roy. CRUIKSHANK, Isaac Robert (illustrator).
    Lessons of Thrift, Published for General Benefit By a Member of the Save-all Club.

    London: Thomas Boys, 1820. Full calf, 9 1/2 inches tall. An elegant full calf by Riviere with gilt raised bands, label and very fine floral gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt corner tools and triple fillets frame the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. With an engraved title page and 12 hilarious full page hand coloured plates. With the armorial bookplate of Edmund Lacon. Rubbing, in particular to the upper joint, some scuffing and slight foxing to the preliminaries, but overall a fine copy of the first edition.
    This copy, as with all editions had pp. 39-42, 87-110 and 163-178 omitted, a footnote appears on p. xvi explaining: "The reader will perceive an hiatus after p. 38, another…

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    London: Thomas Boys, 1820. Full calf, 9 1/2 inches tall. An elegant full calf by Riviere with gilt raised bands, label and very fine floral gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt corner tools and triple fillets frame the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. With an engraved title page and 12 hilarious full page hand coloured plates. With the armorial bookplate of Edmund Lacon. Rubbing, in particular to the upper joint, some scuffing and slight foxing to the preliminaries, but overall a fine copy of the first edition.
    This copy, as with all editions had pp. 39-42, 87-110 and 163-178 omitted, a footnote appears on p. xvi explaining: "The reader will perceive an hiatus after p. 38, another after p. 86, and a third after p. 162. Some digressions occurred in those places on subjects too abstruse to be generally interesting; they have therefore been withdrawn".

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  • CLASSIC COMIC POEM WITH 12 HAND COLOURED AQUATINTS IN FULL MOROCCO
    Hudibras. by BUTLER, Samuel
    BUTLER, Samuel
    Hudibras.

    London: Akerman (sic) et al., 1822. 2 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. Superb later crushed morocco by Bayntun with gilt raised bands, gilt panels, framed boards, dentelles and all edges. With 12 hand coloured aquatints. A pristine copy of this great mock heroic Civil War poem through the story of Sir Hudibras and his comic adventures.

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