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  • CLASSIC VICTORIAN LITERATURE IN SPARKLING FULL CALF
    The Works of Thomas Carlyle. by CARLYLE, Thomas
    CARLYLE, Thomas
    The Works of Thomas Carlyle.

    London: Chapman & Hall, 1894. 20 volume set, 7 1/2 inches tall. Classic Victorian Literature in a Classic Victorian full calf. The binding is in sparkling condition with gilt raised bands, twin labels and delicate gilt tooling to the panels. The boards are framed within a floral gilt fillet around a gilt embossed Wellington College block. Prize bookplate for Wellington College. Portrait. The first volume has the following inscription above the block: 'Presented in the name of The Prince Consort By H.R.H. The Duke of Connaught". The second volume's inscription reads:"The Legacy of Major Frew", the remaining 18 volumes have no such inscriptions over the block. One of the greatest Victorian writers and philosophers, Thomas Carlyle was one of…

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    London: Chapman & Hall, 1894. 20 volume set, 7 1/2 inches tall. Classic Victorian Literature in a Classic Victorian full calf. The binding is in sparkling condition with gilt raised bands, twin labels and delicate gilt tooling to the panels. The boards are framed within a floral gilt fillet around a gilt embossed Wellington College block. Prize bookplate for Wellington College. Portrait. The first volume has the following inscription above the block: 'Presented in the name of The Prince Consort By H.R.H. The Duke of Connaught". The second volume's inscription reads:"The Legacy of Major Frew", the remaining 18 volumes have no such inscriptions over the block. One of the greatest Victorian writers and philosophers, Thomas Carlyle was one of the greatest influences of the period. A very fine set.

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  • FIRST EDITION CLASSIC HISTORY IN MAGNIFICENT 18TH CENTURY FULL CALF
    The History of the Reign of the Emperor Charles V. by ROBERTSON, William
    ROBERTSON, William
    The History of the Reign of the Emperor Charles V.

    London: W. and W. Strahan, 1769, 1796. 3 volume set,10 3/4 inches tall. First edition, tall quarto, in full calf with 'Cambridge panel'. This is a magnificent binding with a great patina. It appears to have been carved from mahogany, with raised bands and twin beautifully tooled labels. Large gilt centre tools and gilt fillets decorate the panels. The boards have classic 'Cambridges panels', inked, plain and speckled with elaborate blind tooling. Speckled pink edges. A dozen or so leaves in the first volume have light creasing and superficial staining at the tips of the foredge, this doesn't affect the shape or get near the text. With the martial bookplate of Vane Londonderry, From the library of Charles William…

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    London: W. and W. Strahan, 1769, 1796. 3 volume set,10 3/4 inches tall. First edition, tall quarto, in full calf with 'Cambridge panel'. This is a magnificent binding with a great patina. It appears to have been carved from mahogany, with raised bands and twin beautifully tooled labels. Large gilt centre tools and gilt fillets decorate the panels. The boards have classic 'Cambridges panels', inked, plain and speckled with elaborate blind tooling. Speckled pink edges. A dozen or so leaves in the first volume have light creasing and superficial staining at the tips of the foredge, this doesn't affect the shape or get near the text. 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. This classic history covers the life of the Great Holy Roman Emperor 'with a View of the Progress of Society in Europe, From the Subversion of the Roman Empire, to the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century’. A wonderful set.

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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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  • COLLECTION OF EARLY EDITIONS IN WONDERFUL PANELED CALF
    History of the English People; The Making of England; The Conquest of England. by GREEN, John Richard
    GREEN, John Richard
    History of the English People; The Making of England; The Conquest of England.

    London: Macmillan, 1877-1880; 1881; 1883. 6 volume collection, 9 inches tall. A set of the 3 great histories by Green bound beautifully by Hopkins of Glasgow. With gilt raised bands, triple olive green labels and exquisite gilt tooling in the panels. The boards are decorated in the style of 17th century Cambridge panels, speckled and stenciled. Gilt dentelles and top edges. A few superficial abrasions. As nice a late Victorian bound set as one could hope to find.

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  • SPLENDID FULL EARLY 18TH CENTURY SPECKLED CALF
    A Genealogical History of the Kings and Queens of England and Monarchs of Great Britain, & from the Conquest, Anno 1066. to the Year 1707. by SANDFORD, Francis
    SANDFORD, Francis
    A Genealogical History of the Kings and Queens of England and Monarchs of Great Britain, & from the Conquest, Anno 1066. to the Year 1707.

    London: Nicholson and Knaplock, 1707. Full calf, 14 3/4 inches tall. A magnificent full speckled calf with raised bands, label and gilt pallets. Pink speckled edges. With the armorial 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. On the title page is the signature of Geo. Howard of Norfolke. On the front free end paper, just above the case and shelf number the very corner has been clipped. With full page engraved plates, many folding, and vignettes throughout.…

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    London: Nicholson and Knaplock, 1707. Full calf, 14 3/4 inches tall. A magnificent full speckled calf with raised bands, label and gilt pallets. Pink speckled edges. With the armorial 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. On the title page is the signature of Geo. Howard of Norfolke. On the front free end paper, just above the case and shelf number the very corner has been clipped. With full page engraved plates, many folding, and vignettes throughout. A fine and impressive copy of this Royal History.

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  • MAGNIFICENT LARGE PAPER SET IN FULL GEORGIAN DICED CALF
    Bucolica, Georgica, et Aeneis. by VIRGIL
    VIRGIL
    Bucolica, Georgica, et Aeneis.

    Londini (London): Apud A. Dulae & Co., 1800. 2 volume set, 11 inches tall. A beautiful and magnificent large-paper edition in full diced calf with gilt raised bands, gilt pallets, dentelles and a gilt roll framing the diced boards. This " is certainly the most beautiful octavo publication of the poet extant... the text is supposed to be faultless. Some few copies are struck off on LARGE PAPER, in imperial octavo, and sell high" (Dibdin). With the leather bookplate of Granville Hastings Wheler of Otterden Place. Embellished with 15 plates by Bartolozzi, James Fittler, J. Neagle, and Sharp, after Gerard and Girode. Exceptionally clean inside and out. In the original Latin.

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  • SPARKLING COLLECTION IN FULL CALF BY BUMPUS
    Jorrocks's Jaunts and Jollities; Hawbuck Grange; Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour; Handley Cross; Ask Mama; Plain or Ringlets; Mr. Facey Romford Hounds. by SURTEES, Robert Smith
    SURTEES, Robert Smith
    Jorrocks's Jaunts and Jollities; Hawbuck Grange; Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour; Handley Cross; Ask Mama; Plain or Ringlets; Mr. Facey Romford Hounds.

    London: Walter Spiers, 1838; Longman et al., 1847; Bradbury and Evans, 1853; Bradbury and Evans, 1854; Bradbury and Evans, 1858; Bradbury and Evans, 1860; Bradbury and Evans, 1865. 7 volumes, 8 1/2 inches tall. Splendid, sparkling full calf by Bumpus with gilt raised bands, 'country' gilt centre tools, triple labels (excepting the first novel, 'Jorrocks's Jaunts' which was published anonymously) and with gilt corner tools and triple fillets framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. These are all first editions in single volume book form excepting 'Handley Cross'. "Jorrocks's Jaunts' has 12 full page illustrations by 'Phiz', 'Hawbuck Grange' 8 plates by 'Phiz', the remainder have hand coloured plates by Leech. Some foxing and a small superficial stain to the lower board of 'Jorrocks's Jaunts'. A wonderful collection of these hilarious, vulgar and rollicking novels of English Country life in the early nineteenth century

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  • FINE SET IN ELEGANT FULL CALF
    The Works of Lord Byron. by BYRON, Lord. MOORE, Thomas (the Life of Lord Byron)
    BYRON, Lord. MOORE, Thomas (the Life of Lord Byron)
    The Works of Lord Byron.

    London: John Murray, 1832. 17 volume set, 6 1/2 inches tall. A very elegant William IV full calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and neat gilt tooling, typical of the period. A gilt roll frames the boards. Very slight rubbing, but still a super set of the works of one of the greatest of English poets and leader of the Roman movement.

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  • MAGNIFICENT SET IN FULL SPECKLED CALF BY R. RIVIERE
    The Life of Oliver Goldsmith. by PRIOR, James
    PRIOR, James
    The Life of Oliver Goldsmith.

    London: John Murray, 1837. 2 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A beautifully bound set in full speckled calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and wonderful gilt tooling surrounding a cornucopia to the panels. The boards are framed with a single gilt roll. This is a choice example of the early work of one of the great names in English bookbinding. Robert Riviere began as a bookseller and binder in Bath in 1829, then set up shop as a binder in London in 1840. Nixon notes that Riviere's 'outstanding ability was fully established by 1851, when he was chosen as the binder of the special edition of the Great Exhibition catalogue'. From 1881 the firm became known as…

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    London: John Murray, 1837. 2 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A beautifully bound set in full speckled calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and wonderful gilt tooling surrounding a cornucopia to the panels. The boards are framed with a single gilt roll. This is a choice example of the early work of one of the great names in English bookbinding. Robert Riviere began as a bookseller and binder in Bath in 1829, then set up shop as a binder in London in 1840. Nixon notes that Riviere's 'outstanding ability was fully established by 1851, when he was chosen as the binder of the special edition of the Great Exhibition catalogue'. From 1881 the firm became known as Riviere and son. Armorial bookplate of the celebrated collector Edward Nicholas Hurt. As usual with his books this set is in pristine condition.

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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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  • 1 OF 150 COPIES IN GORGEOUS FULL CALF
    The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley. by SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe
    SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe
    The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley.

    London: George Bell, 1892. 5 volume set, 7 1/2 inches tall. A gorgeous full calf by Sotheran of Piccadilly with gilt raised bands, twin labels and gilt tooled panels. The boards are framed within corner tools and twin fillets. gilt dentelles and top edges. 150 copies of the Large Paper Edition, of which this is number 65, have been printed of this Aldine edition. Portrait. A delightful set of the works of this great romantic English poet.

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  • SCARCE EDITION IN WONDERFUL EARLY VICTORIAN FULL CALF
    Dramatic Works. by SHAKSPEARE (SHAKESPEARE, William).
    SHAKSPEARE (SHAKESPEARE, William).
    Dramatic Works.

    London: J.F.Dove, 1830. 8 volume set, 9 inches tall. A splendid early Victorian full calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and exceptionally attractive gilt tooling to the panels. With a 'Life of the Author' and notes by W. Harness, friend of Lord Byron. With 3 portrait frontispieces and charming engravings throughout. Some foxing, almost exclusively facing the plates. This fine set includes the Sonnets.

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  • FIRST EDITION IN A MOST ATTRACTIVE AND UNUSUAL FULL CALF
    Répertoire du Théâtre François, ou Recueil des Tragédies et Comédies, Restées au Théâtre depuis Rotrou, pour faire suite aux éditions in-octavo de Corneille, Molière, Racine, Regnard, Crébillon, et au théâtre de Voltaire. Avec des Notices sur chaque auteur, et l'examen de chaque pièce. by PETITOT, Claude Bernard
    PETITOT, Claude Bernard
    Répertoire du Théâtre François, ou Recueil des Tragédies et Comédies, Restées au Théâtre depuis Rotrou, pour faire suite aux éditions in-octavo de Corneille, Molière, Racine, Regnard, Crébillon, et au théâtre de Voltaire. Avec des Notices sur chaque auteur, et l'examen de chaque pièce.

    Paris: Perlet, 1803. 23 volume set, 8 1/4 inches tall. A most attractive and unusual full calf from the period of publication. The very elegant spines have gilt bands, twin labels and ornate and delicate centre tooling, typical of the period. A fine gilt roll frames the boards which blend tree calf with speckled lozenges in a superb fashion. Minor rubbing. With the armorial bookplates of Lord Kinnaird. A lovely set of Petitot's greatest work.

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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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  • SCARCE EDITION IN FINE FULL CALF
    The Life of Byron (By Thomas Moore in 6 volumes) bound uniformly with The Poetical Works of Lord Byron (in 10 volumes). by BYRON, Lord
    BYRON, Lord
    The Life of Byron (By Thomas Moore in 6 volumes) bound uniformly with The Poetical Works of Lord Byron (in 10 volumes).

    Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1851. 16 volume set, 6 1/2 inches tall. A superb full calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and gilt tooling to the panels. Engraved frontispieces and title pages to each volume. With the bookplate of T. I. Coolidge and signature of William A. Coolidge. This appears to be the text and plates from the John Murray 17 volume London edition, published in the United States nearly 20 years later, in a total of 16 slightly thicker volumes. A scarce and fine set of these great and hugely influential works.

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  • SUPERB SET IN FULL CALF BY ZAEHNSDORF
    The Monks of the West by MONTALEMBERT, The Count de.
    MONTALEMBERT, The Count de.
    The Monks of the West

    London & Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1861. 7 volume set, 9 inches tall. A simple very handsome full calf by Zaehnsdorf with wide gilt raised bands, framed panels and a series of 6 gilt fillets framing the boards. Dentelles and top edge gilt. An ink inscription, dated 1906, on the first blank. Charles Forbes René de Montalembert wrote his great work 'Moines d'occident' in 1860 and this is the authorised English translation, published the following year. He wrote in a style at once picturesque, fiery and polished while his mastery of the Middle Ages was tempered by his religious sentiments.

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  • AN ELEGANT RUN IN FULL REGENCY CALF
    The General Biographical Dictionary: Containing an Historical and Critical Account of the Lives and Writings of the Most Eminent Persons in Every Nation; Particularly the British and Irish. by CHALMERS, Alexander (Editor)
    CHALMERS, Alexander (Editor)
    The General Biographical Dictionary: Containing an Historical and Critical Account of the Lives and Writings of the Most Eminent Persons in Every Nation; Particularly the British and Irish.

    London: J. Nichols et al. 1812-1815. 20 volumes bound in 10, 9 inches tall. A handsome run in full Regency calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and delightful floral gilt tooling to the panels. Some scuffing and marking to the boards but no loss or splitting. Pink speckled edges. From the library of a Northumberland Country House, with the label of Earl Vane, Lord Londonderry, and the ticket of J. Bain of 1 Haymarket. A further 12 volumes were printed, up to 1817, here offered, therefore is a run of the first 20 volumes bound in 10 in a very smart binding of the period. From the library of Charles William Vane (formerly Stewart), third Marquess of Londonderry.…

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    London: J. Nichols et al. 1812-1815. 20 volumes bound in 10, 9 inches tall. A handsome run in full Regency calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and delightful floral gilt tooling to the panels. Some scuffing and marking to the boards but no loss or splitting. Pink speckled edges. From the library of a Northumberland Country House, with the label of Earl Vane, Lord Londonderry, and the ticket of J. Bain of 1 Haymarket. A further 12 volumes were printed, up to 1817, here offered, therefore is a run of the first 20 volumes bound in 10 in a very smart binding of the period. 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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  • BEAUTIFUL 18TH CENTURY FULL CALF
    The Peerage of England. by COLLINS, Arthur
    COLLINS, Arthur
    The Peerage of England.

    London: Strahan, Rivington et al., 1779. 9 volume set, 9 inches tall. A beautiful 18th century full calf with gilt bands, most unusual twin labels and a sequence of gilt pallets to the panels. A gilt roll frames the boards. Slight splitting but a firm, clean and most attractive set. Containing a genealogical and historical account of all the Peers of England, embellished with 'their Paternal Coats of Arms, Crests, Supporters and Mottoes, curiously engraved on Copper-Plates'.

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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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  • SPLENDID SET IN HIGHLY DECORATIVE FULL CALF
    The British Essayists. by CHALMERS, A (Prefaces, Historical and Biographical by).
    CHALMERS, A (Prefaces, Historical and Biographical by).
    The British Essayists.

    London: Rivington, et al., 1823. 38 volume set, 6 1/2 inches tall. A splendid complete set in a full early Victorian full calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and very fine gilt tooling to the panels. Speckled edges. There are a couple of small splits, volume I has a split 1 inch long on both sides of the top panel, but the set is perfectly firm and solid and looks exceedingly handsome on the shelf.

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