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  • A History of British Birds. by YARRELL, William
    YARRELL, William
    A History of British Birds.

    London: John Van Voorst, 1843, 1843, 1843 and 1845 (supplement). 3 volumes, 11 inches tall. A magnificent full hard grain morocco by HAYDAY with gilt raised bands and extra gilt panels. Double fillets and wide rolls frame the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Profusely illustrated with over 520 wood engravings. The tall first edition of one of the great works on British Birds in a wonderful binding.

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  • THE ORIGINAL PARTS IN STUNNING FULL MOROCCO BY TOUT
    Jack Sheppard. Illustrated by George Cruikshank. Bentley’s Miscellany. [With autograph letter from Ainsworth.] by AINSWORTH, W. Harrison.
    AINSWORTH, W. Harrison.
    Jack Sheppard. Illustrated by George Cruikshank. Bentley’s Miscellany. [With autograph letter from Ainsworth.]

    London: Richard Bentley, 1839-40. 8vo (9½" tall). Superb full red crushed morocco, by TOUT. Gilt raised bands and pallets, fine gilt tooling to panels. Boards framed with gilt floral corner tool. Gilt doublures with floral patterned endpapers. Top edge gilt. Slightly foxed. Armorial bookplate. Original issues of Bentley's Magazine, bound with special title page, contents and a preface dated 1889 by the collector John Waugh. Engraved frontispiece portrait. Autograph letter by Ainsworth in black ink bound in, dated 'Nov.r 15th 1844', 1¼ pages.

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  • THE ORIGINAL PARTS IN STUNNING FULL MOROCCO BY TOUT
    The Ingoldsby Legends by Thomas Ingoldsby. Illustrated by George Cruikshank and John Leech. Bentley’s Miscellany. [With autograph letter by Barham.] by INGOLDSBY, Thomas [BARHAM, The Rev.]
    INGOLDSBY, Thomas [BARHAM, The Rev.]
    The Ingoldsby Legends by Thomas Ingoldsby. Illustrated by George Cruikshank and John Leech. Bentley’s Miscellany. [With autograph letter by Barham.]

    London: Richard Bentley, 1837-45. 8vo (9½" tall). Superb full red crushed morocco, by TOUT. Gilt raised bands and pallets, fine gilt tooling to panels. Boards framed with gilt floral corner tool. Gilt doublures with floral patterned endpapers. Top edge gilt. Slightly foxed. Armorial bookplate. Original issues of Bentley's Magazine. Bound with special title page, contents and a preface dated 1889 by the collector John Waugh. Autograph letter in black ink bound in, dated "Sept. 2" [1844], 4 pages.

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  • SCARCE FIRST EDITION IN SUPERB FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    The Constable de Bourbon. by AINSWORTH, Harrison
    AINSWORTH, Harrison
    The Constable de Bourbon.

    London: Chapman and Hall, 1866. 3 volume set, 8 inches tall. A superb full crushed morocco binding by Root with gilt raised bands, very fine gilt floral tooling to the panels, triple gilt fillet framing the boards, dentelles and all edges gilt. Bookplate. The very scarce first edition of this tale of 16th century France. Ainsworth was an immensely popular historical novelist whose fame in the 19th century rivalled that of Dickens.

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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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  • THE ORIGINAL PARTS IN STUNNING FULL MOROCCO BY TOUT
    Various Articles. Bentley’s Miscellany. [With autograph letter from Leech.] by [LEECH, John (illustr.)].
    [LEECH, John (illustr.)].
    Various Articles. Bentley’s Miscellany. [With autograph letter from Leech.]

    London: Richard Bentley, 1840-48. 8vo (9½" tall). Superb full red crushed morocco, by TOUT. Gilt raised bands and pallets, fine gilt tooling to panels. Boards framed with gilt floral corner tool. Gilt doublures with floral patterned endpapers. Top edge gilt. Slightly foxed. Armorial bookplate. Original issues of Bentley's Magazine. Bound with special title page, contents and a preface dated 1889 by the collector John Waugh. Autograph letter in black ink bound in, dated 6 March 1863, 2 pages.

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  • FIRST EDITION IN FULL PANELED CALF
    Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi. by (DICKENS, Charles), "BOZ".
    (DICKENS, Charles), "BOZ".
    Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi.

    London: Richard Bentley, 1838. 2 volume set, 7.5 inches tall. A very smart later full calf by Sotheran with gilt raised bands, twin labels and fine gilt centre tooling to the panels. Gilt Cambridge panels to the boards, gilt dentelles and all edges. First edition, first issue, without the 'grotesque' border added at Vol. II p. 238. With 13 superb engraved illustrations by George Cruikshank. There is slight blotchiness to the spine but overall a very fine set of the life of England's most celebrated dancer and comedian , who became such a popular clown that his harlequin style was known as a 'Joey'.

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  • THE ORIGINAL PARTS IN STUNNING FULL MOROCCO BY TOUT
    The Fortunes of the Scattergood Family. Illustrated by John Leech. Bentley’s Miscellany. by SMITH, Albert.
    SMITH, Albert.
    The Fortunes of the Scattergood Family. Illustrated by John Leech. Bentley’s Miscellany.

    London: Richard Bentley, 1840-45. 8vo (9½" tall). Superb full red crushed morocco, by TOUT. Gilt raised bands and pallets, fine gilt tooling to panels. Boards framed with gilt floral corner tool. Gilt doublures with floral patterned endpapers. Top edge gilt. Slightly foxed. Armorial bookplate. Original issues of Bentley's Magazine, bound with special title page, contents and a preface dated 1889 by the collector John Waugh.

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  • THE ORIGINAL PARTS IN STUNNING FULL MOROCCO BY TOUT
    Mr. Ledbury and His Friend Jack Johnson. Illustrated by John Leech. Bentley’s Miscellany. [With autograph letter by Smith.] by SMITH, Albert.
    SMITH, Albert.
    Mr. Ledbury and His Friend Jack Johnson. Illustrated by John Leech. Bentley’s Miscellany. [With autograph letter by Smith.]

    London: Richard Bentley, 1842-43. 8vo (9½" tall). Splendid full red crushed morocco, by TOUT. Gilt raised bands and pallets, fine gilt tooling to panels. Boards framed with gilt floral corner tool. Gilt doublures with floral patterned endpapers. Top edge gilt. Slightly foxed. Armorial bookplate. Original issues of Bentley's Magazine. Bound with special title page and a preface dated 1889 by the collector John Waugh. Autograph letter and envelope from Smith, 5 November 1841, 2½ pages, bound in.

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  • THE ORIGINAL PARTS IN STUNNING FULL MOROCCO BY TOUT
    Richard Savage. Bentley Magazine. Illustrated by John Leech. by WHITEHEAD, Charles
    WHITEHEAD, Charles
    Richard Savage. Bentley Magazine. Illustrated by John Leech.

    London: Richard Bentley, 1841-42. 8vo (9½" tall). Superb full red crushed morocco, by TOUT. Gilt raised bands and pallets, fine gilt tooling to panels. Boards framed with gilt floral corner tool. Gilt doublures with floral patterned endpapers. Top edge gilt. Slightly foxed. Armorial bookplate. Original issues of Bentley's Magazine, bound with special title page, contents and a preface dated 1889 by the collector John Waugh.

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  • THE ORIGINAL PARTS IN STUNNING FULL MOROCCO BY TOUT
    The Marchioness of Brinvilliers. Illustrated by John Leech. Bentley’s Miscellany. by SMITH, Albert.
    SMITH, Albert.
    The Marchioness of Brinvilliers. Illustrated by John Leech. Bentley’s Miscellany.

    London: Richard Bentley, 1845. 8vo (9½" tall). Superb full red crushed morocco, by TOUT. Gilt raised bands and pallets, fine gilt tooling to panels. Boards framed with gilt floral corner tool. Gilt doublures with floral patterned endpapers. Top edge gilt. Slightly foxed. Armorial bookplate. Original issues of Bentley's Magazine, bound with special title page, contents and a preface dated 1889 by the collector John Waugh. Engraved frontispiece portrait bound in.

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  • FIRST COLLECTED EDITION IN CONTEMPORARY FULL CALF
    The Works in Verse and Prose of William Shenstone, Esq; by SHENSTONE, William
    SHENSTONE, William
    The Works in Verse and Prose of William Shenstone, Esq;

    London: R. and J. Dodsley, 1764-1769. 3 volume set, 9 inches tall. 18th century full calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and extra gilt panels. The boards are framed within a gilt roll. There is a little cracking of the joints but still perfectly firm and solid. A previous owner's ink stamp, B.Girlie, is at the head of the title pages. A handsome set of the first collected edition of the works of this English poet, who was also one of the earliest practitioners of landscape gardening.

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  • FIRST FRENCH EDITION IN CALF FROM CHATEAU DE CIREY
    L’Heritage by FERRIER, Susan Edmonstone
    FERRIER, Susan Edmonstone
    L’Heritage

    Paris: (Cosson for) Lecointe et Durey, 1824. 5 volume set, 7 inches tall, Quarter calf with twin labels and gilt centre tools. Some fading and rubbing to the boards. Small split to the foot of volume one, but still perfectly solid.First edition in French of The Inheritance (Edinburgh, 1824). Scottish novelist Susan Ferrier's popular second novel. translated by Defauconpret, already established as the translator of sir Walter Scott.

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  • FIRST FRENCH EDITION IN CALF FROM CHATEAU DE CIREY
    Woodstock, ou le Cavalier, histoire du temps de Cromwell, année 1651 … traduit de l’anglais par A.J.B. Defauconpret by SCOTT, Sir Walter
    SCOTT, Sir Walter
    Woodstock, ou le Cavalier, histoire du temps de Cromwell, année 1651 … traduit de l’anglais par A.J.B. Defauconpret

    Paris: (Cosson for) Charles Gosselin, 1826. 4 volume set, 7 inches tall. Quarter calf with twin labels and gilt centre tools. First edition in French. E. Preston Dargan, ‘Scott and the French Romantics’, PMLA, Vol. 49, No. 2 (Jun 1934), 22 (May 24); Garside, Raven and Schöwerling, The English Novel 1770-1829, 1826: 70. OCLC lists several European copies, but only one in the US (Texas A & M).

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  • SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE ITEM
    An Easter Greeting to Every Child Who Loves Alice. by CARROLL, Lewis
    CARROLL, Lewis
    An Easter Greeting to Every Child Who Loves Alice.

    rivately printed, 1876. Single sheet, folded, 5 inches tall. Housed in a watered silk, felt lined folder with a leather gilt label. First edition, first issue, printed on paper watermarked "E. Towgood Fine".

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  • FIRST EDITION IN BEAUTIFUL CRUSHED MOROCCO BY RIVIERE
    Specimens of English Dramatic Poets, who lived About the Time of Shakspeare. by LAMB, Charles
    LAMB, Charles
    Specimens of English Dramatic Poets, who lived About the Time of Shakspeare.

    London: Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme, 1808. Full morocco, 7.5 inches tall. A very fine crushed morocco by Riviere with gilt raised bands, densely tooled gilt floral panels, triple fillets framing the boards, dentelles and all edges gilt. Bookplate. First edition.

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  • FIRST FRENCH EDITION IN CALF FROM CHATEAU DE CIREY
    Redgauntlet, histoire du dix-huitième Siècle. by SCOTT, Sir Walter
    SCOTT, Sir Walter
    Redgauntlet, histoire du dix-huitième Siècle.

    Paris: [Cosson for] Charles Gosselin, 1824. 4 volume set, 7 inches tall. Quarter calf with twin labels and gilt centre tools. Some fading and rubbing to the boards.First edition in French. Volume one contains an interesting Avant-propos de l’Éditeur commencing: ‘En publiant ce nouveau roman de l’auteur de Waverley, qui ajoute 4 volumes à l’édition complète in -12, et qui formera les tomes 38 et 39 de l’in-8o...’ It explains the speed with which the translation had to be prepared in order to beat rival translations to the press. It also engages with criticisms of the recent translation of St. Ronan’s Well and with the popular supposition that some of the new novels emanating from Scotland were not in…

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    Paris: [Cosson for] Charles Gosselin, 1824. 4 volume set, 7 inches tall. Quarter calf with twin labels and gilt centre tools. Some fading and rubbing to the boards.First edition in French. Volume one contains an interesting Avant-propos de l’Éditeur commencing: ‘En publiant ce nouveau roman de l’auteur de Waverley, qui ajoute 4 volumes à l’édition complète in -12, et qui formera les tomes 38 et 39 de l’in-8o...’ It explains the speed with which the translation had to be prepared in order to beat rival translations to the press. It also engages with criticisms of the recent translation of St. Ronan’s Well and with the popular supposition that some of the new novels emanating from Scotland were not in fact by Scott at all but by Lockhart. The publisher sets the record straight, stating precisely which were Lockhart’s (Valerius, Adam Blair, Reginald Dalton) and which were Scott’s.

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  • FIRST FRENCH EDITION IN CALF FROM CHATEAU DE CIREY
    Les Eaux de Saint-Ronan. by SCOTT, Sir Walter
    SCOTT, Sir Walter
    Les Eaux de Saint-Ronan.

    Paris: [Cosson for] Charles Gosselin and Ladvocat, 1824. 4 volume set, 7 inches tall. Quarter calf with twin labels and gilt centre tools. Some fading and rubbing to the boards.First edition in French of St Ronan’s Well (1824). There are two issues of 1824, one with a De Wincop imprint the other with Gosselin and Ladvocat; Dargan lists only the latter — both are institutionally very rare.

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  • FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM IN SUPERB FULL CALF
    The History of Pendennis. by THACKERAY, William Makepeace
    THACKERAY, William Makepeace
    The History of Pendennis.

    London, ondon: Bradbury and Evans 1849-1850. 2 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. A most attractive pale honey calf binding by Riviere in the classic mid Victorian manner with gilt raised bands, twin labels and elegant gilt tooling to the panels. Wide gilt dentelles and all edges gilt. The first issue in book form. Embellished with 46 full page engravings and vignettes throughout by the Author. A fine clean set.

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  • FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM IN SUPERB FULL CALF
    The Newcomes. by THACKERAY, William Makepeace
    THACKERAY, William Makepeace
    The Newcomes.

    London: Bradbury and Evans, 1854-1855. 2 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. A most attractive pale honey calf binding by Riviere in the classic mid Victorian manner with gilt raised bands, twin labels and elegant gilt tooling to the panels. Wide gilt dentelles and all edges gilt. The first issue in book form. Embellished with 46 full page engravings and vignettes throughout by the Author. Slight foxing to the blanks otherwise a fine clean set.

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