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  • UNIQUE SET WITH OVER 1000 EXTRA ILLUSTRATIONS IN WONDERFUL FULL MOROCCO BY PETRUS RUBAN
    Annals of The English Stage. by Doran, John
    Doran, John
    Annals of The English Stage.

    London: John Nimmo, 1888. 10 volume set, 10.5 inches tall, 11 including slip cases. A magnificent full crushed morocco binding by Petrus Ruban, one of the greatest Parisian bookbinders of the period. With gilt raised bands, fine gilt tooled panels incorporating 'theatrical' centre tools. The boards are framed with triple fillets and 'theatrical' gilt corner tooling. Gilt dentelles and top edges and glorious goatskin doublures. Each volume has a different design on its blue goatskin doublures, a feature I’ve not seen before, all are exceptionally finely executed. The books have been housed in calf trimmed and kid lined slip cases.
    This set has been expanded from the original 3 volume set, limited to 300 copies, to a unique…

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    London: John Nimmo, 1888. 10 volume set, 10.5 inches tall, 11 including slip cases. A magnificent full crushed morocco binding by Petrus Ruban, one of the greatest Parisian bookbinders of the period. With gilt raised bands, fine gilt tooled panels incorporating 'theatrical' centre tools. The boards are framed with triple fillets and 'theatrical' gilt corner tooling. Gilt dentelles and top edges and glorious goatskin doublures. Each volume has a different design on its blue goatskin doublures, a feature I’ve not seen before, all are exceptionally finely executed. The books have been housed in calf trimmed and kid lined slip cases.
    This set has been expanded from the original 3 volume set, limited to 300 copies, to a unique set of 10 volumes embellished with over 1000 extra illustrations. This set was commissioned by an English Gentleman residing in Milan who built up a superb library of Graingerised or Extra Illustrated volumes, bound by the finest bookbinders around the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. The history of the English stage from Thomas Betterton to Edmund Kean is here illustrated by centuries of fine engravings.
    3 letters are also bound in, these are by Colley Cibber, Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Barton Booth, all are very interesting. There is some minimal rubbing, but is in an excellent state having been housed in slip cases for the last 120 years or so.

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  • FINE EDITION IN MAGNIFICENT MOROCCO BY J. CLARKE
    La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy). by DANTE Alighieri
    DANTE Alighieri
    La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy).

    Nella Stamperia De Romanis, 1815-1817. 4 volume set, 11 inches tall. A magnificent straight grain morocco by J. Clarke, one of the finest binders in London in the early years of the Georgian period. With gilt raised bands, elegant gilt tooling to the panels and boards. All edges gilt. Portrait and 3 engraved plans. With the armorial bookplate of William Strahan. Considered the greatest poem of the Middle Ages and the most important work in the Italian language. In the original Italian.

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  • FINE COPY IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO BY KALTHOEBER
    A History of The Late Siege of Gibraltar. by DRINKWATER, John
    DRINKWATER, John
    A History of The Late Siege of Gibraltar.

    London: Johnson, Egerton and Edwards, 1785. Full morocco, 11.75 inches tall. A magnificent example of the work of perhaps the finest bookbinders of Georgian London, Christian Kalthoeber. With gilt raised bands, very fine and ornate tooling to the panels, dentelles and all edges. With his pink binder's ticket. Embellished with all 10 folding engraved plates. The Siege of Gibraltar was an unsuccessful attempt by Spain and France, during the American War of Independence, to capture this British territory captured from Spain during the War of the Spanish Succession in 1704.

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  • FINE SET, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND WITH FINE ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
    The Works of Charles Dickens by DICKENS, Charles.
    DICKENS, Charles.
    The Works of Charles Dickens

    London: Chapman and Hall, c.1875. 30 volume complete set. 7.75 inches tall. Classic half calf binding with twin labels, gilt raised bands and fine gilt tooling to the panels. Beautifully illustrated throughout. Light foxing to prelims. This is a very fine and readable set of the works of England's great novelist.

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  • CLEAN SET IN MAGNIFICENT REGENCY FULL STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO
    The Works of John Dryden. by DRYDEN, John
    DRYDEN, John
    The Works of John Dryden.

    London: William Miller, 1808. 18 volume set, 9.5 inches tall. A magnificent set in a binding typical of the beginning of the 19th century. Bound in full straight grain morocco with gilt raised bands, blind tooled panels and dentelles. The boards are framed within gilt and blind rolls. Portrait. With the ticket of Upham & Beet (Booksellers) of New Bond Street. With the bookplate of Lt. General Sir John Macdonald, Adjutant-General to the Forces, friend and supporter the Duke of Wellington. 'Glorious' John Dryden, poet, critic and playwright was a dominant figure in the English Restoration.

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  • SCARCE TITLE IN MAGNIFICENT GEORGIAN FULL MOROCCO
    A Collection of Etchings after the most Eminent Masters of the Dutch and Flemish Schools particularly Rembrandt, Ostade, Cornelius Bega and Van Vliet. by DEUCHAR, David
    DEUCHAR, David
    A Collection of Etchings after the most Eminent Masters of the Dutch and Flemish Schools particularly Rembrandt, Ostade, Cornelius Bega and Van Vliet.

    Edinburgh, 1803. 3 volume set, 13.5 inches tall. A magnificent set in Georgian full red straight grain morocco with wide gilt raised bands and superb gilt and blind tooling to the panels and boards, so typical of the period. Gilt dentelles and all edges. The armorial bookplate of Arthur G. Soames of Sheffield Park. Containing 374 splendid etchings. Some foxing and rubbing but overall a remarkable set of this celebrated work.

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  • EXCEPTIONALLY TALL LARGE PAPER COPY IN FULL CALF
    A Selection of Old English Plays. Originally Published by Robert Dodsley in The Year 1744. by DODSLEY, Robert. HAZLITT, W. Carew. ( Revised, enlarged and with notes by ).
    DODSLEY, Robert. HAZLITT, W. Carew. ( Revised, enlarged and with notes by ).
    A Selection of Old English Plays. Originally Published by Robert Dodsley in The Year 1744.

    ondon Reeves and Turner, 1874. 15 volume set, 9 inches tall. Superb full calf by Mansell. A very fine binding with gilt raised bands, triple labels and dense gilt floral panels. Gilt dentelles and top edges.One of only a handful, possibly as few as 10, tall large paper copies on handmade paper were printed. With the armorial bookplate of Horatio Noble Pym, celebrated author and bibliophile who used the finest bookbinders of his day. This is a splendid set of this important collection of early English plays, largely from the 16th century, with more than 30 being added to this enlarged edition.

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  • RARE EARLY PLAYS IN FULL MOROCCO BY CLARKE AND BEDFORD
    A Collection of Old Plays. by DODSLEY, Robert (editor)
    DODSLEY, Robert (editor)
    A Collection of Old Plays.

    London: Septimus Prowett, 1825. 13 volume set, 9 inches tall. A splendid tall paper set in a magnificent hard grain morocco by one of London's most celebrated binders, Clarke & Bedford. With gilt raised bands, ornate gilt tooling to the panels and the play titles in the surely smallest type a binder could use. The boards framed within triple fillets, gilt dentelles and all edges. Some speckles to the boards. With the striking bookplate of John Wodehouse, Earl of Kimberley Foreign secretary under Queen Victoria. This collection of Elizabethan and Jacobean plays was significant in reacquainting the public with many previously neglected works. A very fine set.

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  • SPECTACULAR FULL MOROCCO WITH THE COAT OF ARMS OF POPE PIUS IX
    La Légende de Sainte Ursule Princesse Britannique et de ses Onze Mille Vierges d’après les anciens tableaux de l’église de Sainte-Ursule à Cologne reproduits en chromolithographie. by DUTRON, J. B.
    DUTRON, J. B.
    La Légende de Sainte Ursule Princesse Britannique et de ses Onze Mille Vierges d’après les anciens tableaux de l’église de Sainte-Ursule à Cologne reproduits en chromolithographie.

    Paris: KELLERHOVEN Franz, 1860. Full morocco, 12 inches tall. A remarkable full morocco binding with gilt raised bands and sumptuous gilt tooling to the panels and to the boards framing the gilt coat of arms of Pope Pius IX. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Frontispiece and a further 21 splendid full page chromolithographs. The text is embellished with elaborate borders. Dedication page by Pius IX. With the bookplate of the Sienna Convent Drogheda and a presentation page to the Convent from Maria, Countess of Lavradio, Lisbon. Light foxing. A magnificent volume, internally and externally.

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  • RARE 10 VOLUME SET SIGNED FIRST COLLECTED EDITION IN FULL MOROCCO
    Théatre Complet; Théatre des Autres; Théatre Notes. by DUMAS Fils, Alexandre
    DUMAS Fils, Alexandre
    Théatre Complet; Théatre des Autres; Théatre Notes.

    Paris, aris: Michel Levy 1868-1894. 10 volumes, 9 inches tall. Superb full straight grain morocco by Paul Vié with gilt bands, titles and gilt tooling to the spine, the straight grain of the boards framed within gilt and blind rolls, dentelles and top edge gilt. Portrait. One of 52 copies on 'papier de Hollande', initialed by Dumas to Gustave Boulanger the celebrated figure painter. On the half title there is a further inscription 'a Gustave Boulanger - Bonne amitie, A Dumas f'. Two letters from his daughter, Collette Dumas, are slipped in and she has written a further inscription on the second blank. Slight fading to the spines and very slight rubbing to the head and tailcaps. A magnificent…

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    Paris, aris: Michel Levy 1868-1894. 10 volumes, 9 inches tall. Superb full straight grain morocco by Paul Vié with gilt bands, titles and gilt tooling to the spine, the straight grain of the boards framed within gilt and blind rolls, dentelles and top edge gilt. Portrait. One of 52 copies on 'papier de Hollande', initialed by Dumas to Gustave Boulanger the celebrated figure painter. On the half title there is a further inscription 'a Gustave Boulanger - Bonne amitie, A Dumas f'. Two letters from his daughter, Collette Dumas, are slipped in and she has written a further inscription on the second blank. Slight fading to the spines and very slight rubbing to the head and tailcaps. A magnificent set of these great works including 'La Dame aux Camélias' ('The Lady with the Camellias'), in the original French.

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  • V RARE COMPLETE SET IN FULL TREE CALF
    Procès Fameux Extraits de l’Essai sur l’Histoire Générale des Tribunaux des Peuples tant Anciens que Modernes, Contenant les Anecdotes piquantes, & les Jugemens fameux des Trubunaux de tous les temps & de toutes les Nations by DES ESSARTS, Nicolas Toussaint Le Moyne
    DES ESSARTS, Nicolas Toussaint Le Moyne
    Procès Fameux Extraits de l’Essai sur l’Histoire Générale des Tribunaux des Peuples tant Anciens que Modernes, Contenant les Anecdotes piquantes, & les Jugemens fameux des Trubunaux de tous les temps & de toutes les Nations

    Paris: Chez L'Auteur, 1786-1803. 20 volume set, 6.75 inches tall. A rare set in a fine binding with gilt bands, twin labels and dense gilt tooling to the panels. The tree calf of the panels in framed within gilt rolls. Red speckled edges. The first volume is a second issue the remaining volumes all first. A fascinating and terrifying collection of trials from ancient times but with a great emphasis on those executed in the French Revolution, the last two unfortunates being Marie-Antoinette and her sister in law Elizabeth. A rare item in superb condition.

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  • SPLENDID FIRST EDITION IN FULL LEATHER
    Monasticon Anglicanum by DUGDALE, William
    DUGDALE, William
    Monasticon Anglicanum

    London: Richard Hodgkinsonne, 1655. Red morocco, 13.5 inches tall. A splendid full 18th century red crushed morocco with some rather extraordinary restoration with gilt raised bands, fine floral gilt tooling to the panels, wide dentelles and all edges gilt. The lower board has been restored with cat's paw calf decorated with a gilt fleur de lys surmounted by a royal crown. Embellished with 52 engravings, several of which are folding. From the library of Charles Whibley. Bookplate. Two manuscript letters, dated 1627 and 1671 are tipped in. This work was expanded with two further volumes in 1661 and 1673. This is a most good looking copy of this celebrated work albeit with some remarkable restoration to the lower board. In Latin.

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  • LANDMARK BOOK IN NAVAL ARCHITECTURE IN SPLENDID FULL MOTTLED CALF
    Élémens de l'Architecture Navale, ou Traité pratique de la Construction des Vaisseaux. by DUHAMEL du MONCEAU, Henri Louis
    DUHAMEL du MONCEAU, Henri Louis
    Élémens de l'Architecture Navale, ou Traité pratique de la Construction des Vaisseaux.

    Paris: Charles Antoine Jombert, 1752. Full calf, 10 inches tall. A superb 18th century full mottled calf with gilt raised bands, olive label and floral gilt tooling to the panels. Red edges. Bookplate. Some creasing to the shoulders but no actual splitting. A few minor and superficial pink patches on the calf but overall a splendid copy of this great book. The first edition of this landmark work on naval architecture, 'the first training manual for aspiring naval constructors ever produced'. Complete with all 25 engraved plates and the delightful engraved chapter heads by Nicolas Ozanne. In the original French.

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  • PROOF PLATES IN MAGNIFICENT FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    The Cooper Vignettes. India Proofs Before Letter. by DARLEY, F.O.C. (COOPER, James Fenimore)
    DARLEY, F.O.C. (COOPER, James Fenimore)
    The Cooper Vignettes. India Proofs Before Letter.

    New York: James G. Gregory, 1862. Full crushed morocco, 15 inches tall. Magnificently Bound by Riviere with gilt raised bands, exceptionally fine gilt tooled panels and a sequence of gilt rolls framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Complete with Engraved portrait, engraved title page and a further 62 superb engravings illustrating the novels of James Fenimore Cooper. With some original paper wraps bound in. Some superficial scratching to the lower board. A spectacular example of this finely produced work.

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  • CELEBRATED EDITION IN REGENCY FULL CALF
    The Works. by DRYDEN, John
    DRYDEN, John
    The Works.

    London: William Miller, 1808. 18 volume set, 9.5 inches tall. A splendid set of this celebrated 'first collected' edition with Notes and a Life by Walter Scott. A handsome full Regency calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and gilt tooling to the panels. A simple gilt roll frames the boards. There is some rubbing and scuffing to the boards, slight loss to a couple of head caps but the set is still firm and sound. 'Glorious' John Dryden, poet, critic and playwright was a dominant figure in the English Restoration.

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  • PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED WORK IN SPLENDID FULL VICTORIAN CALF
    Seven Years Residence in the Great Deserts of North America. by DOMENECH, Abbé Em.
    DOMENECH, Abbé Em.
    Seven Years Residence in the Great Deserts of North America.

    London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1860. 2 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. A splendid full calf binding with gilt raised bands, twin labels and elegant gilt tooling to the panels. Folding map, 58 full page tinted wood cuts and 3 plates of ancient Indian music. An ink inscription on the first blank on 'leaving Eton' dated 1867. A superb set of this profusely illustrated work.

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  • SCARCE FIRST EDITION IN SPLENDID FULL CALF
    Mes Passe - Temps: Chansons suivies de L'Art de la danse, poëme en quatre chants, calqué sur l'art poétique de Boileau Despréaux. Ornés de gravures par Moreau le jeune, avec airs notés. by DESPRÉAUX Jean Étienne
    DESPRÉAUX Jean Étienne
    Mes Passe - Temps: Chansons suivies de L'Art de la danse, poëme en quatre chants, calqué sur l'art poétique de Boileau Despréaux. Ornés de gravures par Moreau le jeune, avec airs notés.

    Paris: Chez l'Auteur, & Defrelle & Petit, 1806. 2 volume set, 7.5 inches tall. An exquisite full calf by Bumpus with gilt raised bands, twin labels and fine gilt floral tooling to the panels. With gilt dentelles and all edges. Armorial bookplate. Portrait frontispiece and engraved plate in 3 states in volume one and frontispiece and 2 vignettes in volume two. A very fine copy of this scarce work by this celebrated French ballet dancer, choreographer, composer and playwright.

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  • FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM IN A FINE BRIGHT HALF CALF
    The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. by DICKENS, Charles
    DICKENS, Charles
    The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

    London: Chapman and Hall, 1839. Half calf, 9 inches tall. An exceptionally bright early Victorian binding with gilt raised bands, label and ornate gilt tooling in the panels. Some foxing to the plates, especially to the portrait. With the portrait and a further 39 engraved plates by Phiz. A lovely copy of this great novel in its first book form.

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  • DELIGHTFUL DELUXE EDITION IN FULL MOROCCO WITH ROYAL SIGNATURES
    Under the Lily and the Rose. by DOUGHTY, Arthur G.
    DOUGHTY, Arthur G.
    Under the Lily and the Rose.

    London & Toronto: Dent, 1931. 2 volume set, 9.5 inches tall. A splendid and striking full morocco with raised bands and dense gilt tooling to the panels and boards. Gilt dentelles and top edges. Limited to 220 copies offered for sale, of which this is number 3. Signed by King George V and Arthur (Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, former Governor General of Canada). Illustrated with 20 tipped in plates. A remarkable example of this delightful work.

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  • 88 MAPS IN DELIGHTFUL EMBOSSED CALF
    Les Jeunes Voyageurs en France. by DEPPING, M.G.-B.
    DEPPING, M.G.-B.
    Les Jeunes Voyageurs en France.

    Paris: Etiene Ledoux, 1834. 6 volume set, 6 inches tall. A delightful little set with embossed boards, finely gilt tooled spines, dentelles and all edges gilt. An interesting Bookseller's ticket on the pastedown endpaper of the first volume. This set for 'young travellers in France' has an engraved frontispiece, 13 views, a folding map of France and 87 maps of the departments of France. All the maps are hand coloured on outline. The charming department maps have borders illustrating the produce and distinctive characteristics of that region. There is fading to several of the boards. In the original French.

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