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  • MAGNIFICENT SPANISH CALF BY WHITE OF PICCADILLY
    Sämmtliche Werke. (Collected Works). by GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang
    GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang
    Sämmtliche Werke. (Collected Works).

    Stuttgart und Tübingen: J. G. Cotta'scher Verlag, 1850. 30 volumes bound in 15, complete, 9 inches tall. A magnificent set in extraordinary Spanish calf, not signed but bound by White of Piccadilly in the middle of the 19th century. With gilt raised bands, twin labels and glorious gilt tooling to the panels. Triple gilt fillets framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. A superb set of some of the most influential works of the late 18th and 19th centuries, in their original German in a fabulous binding in pristine condition.

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  • BEST EDITION IN SUPERB FULL CALF
    Thomas Carlyle's Collected Works. by CARLYLE, Thomas
    CARLYLE, Thomas
    Thomas Carlyle's Collected Works.

    London: Chapman & Hall, 1887. 34 volumes, 8 1/2 inches tall. A superb late Victorian set bound by Zaehnsdorf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and very fine gilt tooling to the panels. The Monogram and coronet of The Marchioness of Londonderry is gilt embossed on the upper boards framed within a double fillet. With her bookplate. A letter is slipped in reading: "June 24th 1889. My Dear Lady Londonderry, I send you a set of Carlyle's Works - Please accept in memory of such kindness received from Ireland's best of Kings & sweetest of Queens.....Edmund Talbot". A few marks and scratches but a superb set in near pristine condition. A fine set of the best edition of the…

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    London: Chapman & Hall, 1887. 34 volumes, 8 1/2 inches tall. A superb late Victorian set bound by Zaehnsdorf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and very fine gilt tooling to the panels. The Monogram and coronet of The Marchioness of Londonderry is gilt embossed on the upper boards framed within a double fillet. With her bookplate. A letter is slipped in reading: "June 24th 1889. My Dear Lady Londonderry, I send you a set of Carlyle's Works - Please accept in memory of such kindness received from Ireland's best of Kings & sweetest of Queens.....Edmund Talbot". A few marks and scratches but a superb set in near pristine condition. A fine set of the best edition of the works of one of the greatest influences of the Victorian Age.

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  • STUNNING SET, ALL FIRST EDITIONS, IN FULL POLISHED CALF
    The Works of John Heneage Jesse. by JESSE, John Heneage.
    JESSE, John Heneage.
    The Works of John Heneage Jesse.

    London: Richard Bentley, 1840-1875. 23 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A Superb full polished calf by Riviere with gilt raised bands, twin labels, fine gilt tooling to the panels and a triple gilt fillet framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Engraved frontispieces. All first editions. A fine set of these celebrated historical works. (Comprising: The Court of England During the Reign of the Stuarts; The Court of England from the Revolution in 1688 to the Death of George II; George Selwyn and his Contemporaries; Memorials of London; Memoirs of the Pretenders; London and its Celebrities; Memoirs of Richard III: Memoirs of George III; Celebrated Etonians). Fine set from the library of an Oxfordshire country house.

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  • SUPERB SIGNED SET IN SPLENDID FULL CALF
    Mémoires de Vidocq, Chef de la Police de Sureté, jusqu'en 1827. by VIDOCQ, Francois Eugene
    VIDOCQ, Francois Eugene
    Mémoires de Vidocq, Chef de la Police de Sureté, jusqu'en 1827.

    Paris: Tenon, 1828-29. 4 volume set, 8 1/4 inches tall. First Edition. A splendid full calf of the period, an ancient catalogue slip attributes it to the great C. Lewis, with dense gilt tooling and olive labels on smooth backs. The arms of the 3rd Earl of Clare are gilt blocked onto the boards. Signed by Vidocq in the first 3 volumes as called for. Eugene Vidocq was an adventurer and detective who helped create the 'secret police' in France and is considered the father of modern criminology. Dismissed in 1832 for a theft that he allegedly organised, Vidocq created a police agency 'Police de Sûreté", the prototype of modern detective agencies. Known all over France as a remarkably…

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    Paris: Tenon, 1828-29. 4 volume set, 8 1/4 inches tall. First Edition. A splendid full calf of the period, an ancient catalogue slip attributes it to the great C. Lewis, with dense gilt tooling and olive labels on smooth backs. The arms of the 3rd Earl of Clare are gilt blocked onto the boards. Signed by Vidocq in the first 3 volumes as called for. Eugene Vidocq was an adventurer and detective who helped create the 'secret police' in France and is considered the father of modern criminology. Dismissed in 1832 for a theft that he allegedly organised, Vidocq created a police agency 'Police de Sûreté", the prototype of modern detective agencies. Known all over France as a remarkably audacious man, Vidocq was a friend of such authors as Victor Hogo, Honoré de Balzac, Eugène Sue and Alexandre Dumas père and influenced Edgar Allen Poe. The figure of Vidocq is believed to have inspired Balzac's creation of the criminal genius Vautrin, one of the most vivid characters to appear in his novelistic series La Comédie Humaine. From the residual library of Charles Butler (1821-1910) of Warren Wood in Hatfield. The majority of his library was sold at Sotheby's on 5th April 1911. A wonderful set of this great work In the original French.

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  • VERY SCARCE WORK IN SPECTACULAR GEORGIAN FULL SPECKLED CALF
    Northern Governments. by WILLIAMS, John
    WILLIAMS, John
    Northern Governments. The rise, progress, and present state of the northern governments; viz. the United Provinces, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, and Poland: or, Observations on the nature, constitution, religion, laws, policy, customs, and commerce of each government : the manners and dispositions of the people; their military forces by land and sea; the revenues and resources of each power; and on the circumstances and conjunctures which have contributed to produce the various revolutions which have happened in them. The whole digested from the most authentic records and histories, and from the reflections and remarks made during a tour of five years through these nations.

    London: T. Becket, 1777. 2 volume set, 11 inches tall. A magnificent Georgian full speckled calf with gilt raised bands, superb twin labels and dense gilt tooling to the panels. The boards are framed with gilt centre tools and a gilt roll. Blue edges. Fine copies of this great work are very scarce and this one is spectacular. With the martial bookplate of Vane Londonderry, From the library of Charles William Vane (formerly Stewart), third Marquess of Londonderry. Vane served with distinction throughout the Peninsula War. His dashing and dandified portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence is at the National Portrait Gallery. He amassed magnificent libraries in his various Country Houses.

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  • A WONDERFUL SET IN CLASSIC VICTORIAN FULL CALF
    The Poetical Works of Robert Browning. by BROWNING, Robert
    BROWNING, Robert
    The Poetical Works of Robert Browning.

    London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1889. 17 volume set, 7 inches tall. A classic Victorian full calf for Sotheran with gilt raised bands, twin labels and beautiful floral gilt tooling to the panels. Dentelles and all edges gilt. Twin gilt fillets and corner tools frame the boards. From the library and with the bookplates of Alfred de Rothschild. A wonderful set of the poetical works of one of the greatest and most influential English 19th century poets.

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  • CELEBRATED BASKERVILLE EDITION OF THE GREATEST RESTORATION COMEDIES IN SUPERB FULL 18TH CENTURY CALF
    The Works of William Congreve. by CONGREVE, William
    CONGREVE, William
    The Works of William Congreve.

    Birmingham: Printed by John Baskerville for J. and R. Tonson, 1761. 3 volume set, 9 inches tall. An exquisite 18th century full calf with gilt raised bands, twin olive labels and superb gilt floral and star tooling to the panels. A triple gilt fillet and corner tools frame the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Slight rubbing and scuffing and occasional foxing to the preliminaries but overall in excellent condition. With an engraved portrait frontispiece to vol. 1 and a further 5 engraved plates. An exquisitely bound set of the only edition of the works of English poet and Restoration playwright William Congreve. Printed by the fine typographer, printer and publisher John Baskerville, of Birmingham.

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  • FIRST ENGLISH EDITION IN SUPERB 18TH CENTURY CALF
    Travels in North-America, in the years 1780-1782. Translated from the French by an English Gentleman (J.Kent) who resided in America at that Period..... by CHASTELLUX, The Marquis de.
    CHASTELLUX, The Marquis de.
    Travels in North-America, in the years 1780-1782. Translated from the French by an English Gentleman (J.Kent) who resided in America at that Period.....

    London: Robinson, 1787. 2 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A wonderful 18th century calf binding with gilt bands, superb twin labels and splendid floral gilt tooling to the panels. An ornate gilt fillet frames the speckled boards. With the 2 folding engraved maps and 3 folding engraved plates. The first English edition of what has been described as "The first trustworthy record of life in the United States." Howes. U.S. Iana. Slight superficial loss to a long defunct insect to the foot of volume 2 and slight rubbing and marking the the boards but overall in excellent condition. With the bookplate of Vane Londonderry. From the library of Charles William Vane (formerly Stewart), third Marquess of Londonderry. Vane…

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    London: Robinson, 1787. 2 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A wonderful 18th century calf binding with gilt bands, superb twin labels and splendid floral gilt tooling to the panels. An ornate gilt fillet frames the speckled boards. With the 2 folding engraved maps and 3 folding engraved plates. The first English edition of what has been described as "The first trustworthy record of life in the United States." Howes. U.S. Iana. Slight superficial loss to a long defunct insect to the foot of volume 2 and slight rubbing and marking the the boards but overall in excellent condition. With the bookplate of Vane Londonderry. From the library of Charles William Vane (formerly Stewart), third Marquess of Londonderry. Vane served with distinction throughout the Peninsula War. His dashing and dandified portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence is at the National Portrait Gallery. He amassed magnificent libraries in his various Country Houses. The Marquis of Chastellux, French general and author. In 1870 he went to the U.S., where he served with honour for 3 years, as Major General, in Rochambeau's forces. He was a personal friend of George Washington. This work contains reminiscences of Washington, La Fayette and General Knox amongst many others. It abounds, not only with observations of importance, but also with details of even the most trifling, but fascinating, incidents that bad roads, inconvenient inns, and distracted times usually afford.

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  • EARLY EDITION IN NEAT 18TH CENTURY FULL CALF
    The Works of Henry Fielding, Esq; with The Life of the Author. by FIELDING, Henry
    FIELDING, Henry
    The Works of Henry Fielding, Esq; with The Life of the Author.

    London: Millar, 1766. 12 volume set, 7 inches tall. A fine full calf with raised bands, bright red labels and gilt pallets and volume number to the panels. Pink speckled edges. The armorial bookplate of Merthyr Guest, Canford Manor, Dorset, superimposed on an earlier bookplate. Apart from minor marks and stains this set is an exceptional survival in this condition, with no splitting or loss. Together with Samuel Richardson, Henry fielding is considered the father of the English Novel. With satire and earthy humour his great 18th century novels include Tom Jones, Joseph Andrews and Jonathan Wild.

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  • BEAUTIFUL PRINTING IN SUPERB COSWAY STYLE FULL CALF
    Sakoontala: or, The Lost Ring. by WILLIAMS, Monier (translated from the Sanskrit of Kalidasa by).
    WILLIAMS, Monier (translated from the Sanskrit of Kalidasa by).
    Sakoontala: or, The Lost Ring.

    Hertford: Stephen Austin, 1855. Full calf, 9 inches tall. A superb Cosway style binding with a portrait miniature of an Oriental King in the upper board framed within very ornate and fine gilt tooling. Gilt raised bands and dense elaborate gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt dentelles and all edges. A neat leather monogrammed book plate. Every page is decorated with delightful borders and decorated title-page, frontispiece and 14 further illustrations. Very slight rubbing but overall a splendid copy of this celebrated tale.

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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 WORK IN SUPERB 18TH CENTURY FULL CALF
    Letters on Different Subjects. by (PENNINGTON, Lady Sarah)
    (PENNINGTON, Lady Sarah)
    Letters on Different Subjects.

    London : to be had by the Subscribers of those Booksellers to whom they have subscribed, and at W. Bristow's late Shop in St. Paul's Church Yard, or at his House in Roll's Buildings, Fetter-Lane, 1766-1767. 4 volume set, 7 1/4 inches tall. A superb full 18th century calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels, delightful gilt pomegranate tooling to the panels and a simple gilt chain roll framing the boards. Yellow edges. With the magnificent armorial bookplate of Vane Londonderry. An early advocate of women's rights having escaped an unhappy marriage and hostile husband. Early copies of her works are very rare even in institutions. A superb set.

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  • EXCEPTIONAL SET IN FULL TREE CALF BY GRIEVE OF EDINBURGH
    The Waverley Novels. by SCOTT, Sir Walter
    SCOTT, Sir Walter
    The Waverley Novels.

    Edinburgh: Adam & Charles Black, 1857. 25 volume set, 9 inches tall. A lovely tree calf by Andrew Grieve of Edinburgh with a splendid patina. A classic late Victorian binding with gilt raised bands, twin labels and very fine and delicate gilt tooling to the panels. A simple twin gilt fillet frames the boards. With gilt dentelles and top edges.Numerous fine engraved plates throughout. An exceptionally good looking set of this, one of the best editions.

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  • CLASSIC WORK IN STUNNING FULL HONEY CALF
    Life of Mohamet and Lives of Mohamet and his Successors. by IRVING, Washington
    IRVING, Washington
    Life of Mohamet and Lives of Mohamet and his Successors.

    London: John Murray, 1850. 2 volume set, 9 inches tall. A pristine set of this classic work in full mid-Victorian honey calf. With gilt raised bands, exquisite floral gilt tooling to the panels and double gilt fillet framing the boards. First edition. With the bookplate of Edward Nicholas Hurt of Wirksworth. This superb set is in pristine condition, both in terms of the text block and binding, evidently having not been read.

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  • FINEST 18TH CENTURY EDITION IN SUPERB CALF BY BEDFORD
    Oeuvres de Maître François Rabelais, avec des remarques historiques et critiques de Mr. Le Duchat. Nouvelle édition, ornée de figures de B. Picart &c. Augmentée de quantité de nouvelles Remarques de M. le Duchat by RABELAIS, François.
    RABELAIS, François.
    Oeuvres de Maître François Rabelais, avec des remarques historiques et critiques de Mr. Le Duchat. Nouvelle édition, ornée de figures de B. Picart &c. Augmentée de quantité de nouvelles Remarques de M. le Duchat

    Amsterdam: Jean Frédéric Bernard, 1741. 3 volume set, 10 inches tall. Superb full calf by Bedford with gilt raised bands, twin labels and splendid gilt floral tooling to the panels. The boards are framed within triple gilt fillets and corner tools. Gilt dentelles and pink edges. With the bookplate of Baron Howard of Walden. Adorned with 1 frontispiece designed and engraved by Folkema, title engraved by B. Picart for the 1st and 3rd volumes, 3 topographical plates, portrait of Rabelais engraved by Tanjé, 8 cul-de-lampe by Picart, and 12 plates by Du Bourg, engraved by Bernaerts, &c. as called for. There is some minor rubbing and wear to the joints but the volumes are all firm and solid. A…

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    Amsterdam: Jean Frédéric Bernard, 1741. 3 volume set, 10 inches tall. Superb full calf by Bedford with gilt raised bands, twin labels and splendid gilt floral tooling to the panels. The boards are framed within triple gilt fillets and corner tools. Gilt dentelles and pink edges. With the bookplate of Baron Howard of Walden. Adorned with 1 frontispiece designed and engraved by Folkema, title engraved by B. Picart for the 1st and 3rd volumes, 3 topographical plates, portrait of Rabelais engraved by Tanjé, 8 cul-de-lampe by Picart, and 12 plates by Du Bourg, engraved by Bernaerts, &c. as called for. There is some minor rubbing and wear to the joints but the volumes are all firm and solid. A very fine set of this celebrated edition of the works of this great French Renaissance writer.

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  • SCARCE WORK IN SPLENDID FULL 18TH CENTURY CALF
    Monasticon Hibernicum; or, An History of the Abbies, Priories, and other Religious Houses in Ireland. by ARCHDALL, Mervyn
    ARCHDALL, Mervyn
    Monasticon Hibernicum; or, An History of the Abbies, Priories, and other Religious Houses in Ireland.

    London: Robinson, 1786. Full calf, 10 1/2 inches tall. A splendid copy of this scarce work with the elaborate bookplate of the Earls of Londonderry at Wynyard Park in full 18th century calf with gilt bands in the Etruscan key style, red label and blue edges. Complete with folding map and 18 plates. A remarkable volume with splendid provenance.

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  • CLASSIC ANCIENT HISTORY IN VERY GOOD LOOKING 18TH CENTURY FULL CALF
    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. by GIBBON, Edward
    GIBBON, Edward
    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

    London: Strahan and Cadell, 1788-1790. 12 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall full 18th century calf with a smooth back, glorious twin labels and gilt pallets on the spine. The plain boards are framed within a twin fillet. yellow edges. Engraved frontispiece portrait, 3 folding engraved maps and the half titles to volumes 7-12, not called for in volumes 1-6. This is the first complete London octavo edition comprising the reprint of volumes 1-6 (first issued 1783, now dated 1788 and the first appearance of volumes 7-12, dated 1790. Consequently there is a minor change in the tools used by the binder on the first 6 volumes and the last 6 volumes. Volume I, as so often, shows more…

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    London: Strahan and Cadell, 1788-1790. 12 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall full 18th century calf with a smooth back, glorious twin labels and gilt pallets on the spine. The plain boards are framed within a twin fillet. yellow edges. Engraved frontispiece portrait, 3 folding engraved maps and the half titles to volumes 7-12, not called for in volumes 1-6. This is the first complete London octavo edition comprising the reprint of volumes 1-6 (first issued 1783, now dated 1788 and the first appearance of volumes 7-12, dated 1790. Consequently there is a minor change in the tools used by the binder on the first 6 volumes and the last 6 volumes. Volume I, as so often, shows more wear than the remainder of the set as the reader ran out of steam! There is a small loss to a long defunct insect to the lower corner of the upper board.
    A superb set of "this masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style has remained one of the ageless historical works which.....maintain their hold upon the layman and continue to stimulate the scholar". "Gibbon brought a width of vision and a critical mastery of the available sources which have not been equaled to this day; and the result was clothed in an inimitable prose that was elevated, cadenced, and graceful'. (P.M.M.).

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  • FINE EDITION IN WONDERFUL 'HONEY' FULL CALF
    The Works of Lord Byron: With his Letters and Journals, and his Life, by Thomas Moore. by BYRON, Lord
    BYRON, Lord
    The Works of Lord Byron: With his Letters and Journals, and his Life, by Thomas Moore.

    London: John Murray, 1837. 17 volume set, 6 1/2 inches tall. A superb set in a rich 'honey' full calf from the beginning of the Victorian period with twin labels and delicate gilt tooling around a Grecian lyre centre tool to the panels. The bright patina of the boards is framed within a double fillet. With an engraved frontispiece and title page to all 17 volumes. From the library and with the bookplates of Alfred de Rothschild. A super set of this great edition.

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  • SCARCE EDITION IN FULL 18TH CENTURY CALF
    The Iliad of Homer (together with) The Odyssey of Homer. by HOMER. POPE, Alexander (translator).
    HOMER. POPE, Alexander (translator).
    The Iliad of Homer (together with) The Odyssey of Homer.

    London: Whiston et al., 1771. 9 volume set, 7 inches tall. A handsome contemporary binding in full speckled calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and floral gilt tooling around a thistle centre tool in the panels. With the armorial bookplates of Lord Kinnaird of Rossie Priory, Perth. Some rubbing and abrasions but perfectly firm and unsophisticated. With the 2 portraits, 2 plates and folding map and folding engraved Shield of Achilles. A scarce and desirable early edition of Pope's great translations of Homer into English.

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  • FINE EDITION IN EXCEPTIONALLY HANDSOME FULL 'RUSSIA' CALF
    The Holinshed Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland. by HOLINSHED, Raphael
    HOLINSHED, Raphael
    The Holinshed Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland.

    London: J. Johnson, 1807-1808. 6 volume set, 12 inches tall. Exceptionally good looking Georgian full russia calf with blind tooled twin raised bands and splendid blind tooling to the panels, typical of the period. The boards have a series of blind rolls and fillets and single gilt fillet framing a central blind panel with corner tools. With the armorial bookplate of Lord Kinnaird of Rossie Priory. Some foxing but generally very clean. The books are in excellent condition but, as is so often the case with heavy russia calf, some joints are fragile and creased. This is an important new edition of this great work, first printed in 1577 that is the basis for many of Shakespeare's plays.

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