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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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  • FIRST COMPLETE 8VO EDITION IN FABULOUS TREE 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. A fabulous 18th century tree calf with gilt bands, splendid twin labels and superb gilt tooling to the panels. The tree calf boards are framed within a neat gilt roll. 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. With the bookplate of J. Cresswell and his stamp at the foot of the title page. A superb set of "this masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style…

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    London: Strahan and Cadell, 1788-1790. 12 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A fabulous 18th century tree calf with gilt bands, splendid twin labels and superb gilt tooling to the panels. The tree calf boards are framed within a neat gilt roll. 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. With the bookplate of J. Cresswell and his stamp at the foot of the title page. 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 equalled 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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  • STUNNING EXTRA ILLUSTRATED SET IN CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Oeuvres de Salomon Gessner by GESSNER, Salomon
    GESSNER, Salomon
    Oeuvres de Salomon Gessner

    Paris: L’auteur des Estampes, 1786-1793. 3 volume set, 12 inches tall. An old tipped in catalogue entry attributes this magnificent binding to Charles Lewis. With wide gilt raised bands, delicate and ornate gilt tooling to the panels, twin labels, dentelles and all edges gilt. Complete with 3 engraved title pages, portrait and 73 engraved plates after Le Barbier. There are an extra 18 stipple engraved plates and 70 highly decorative vignettes. Some speckling and scuffing to the boards. A super copy of this beautiful 18th century deluxe edition.

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  • DELUXE SIGNED EDITION IN BEAUTIFUL FULL MOROCCO BY RIVIERE
    The Vicar of Wakefield. by GOLDSMITH, Oliver
    GOLDSMITH, Oliver
    The Vicar of Wakefield.

    London: Macmillan, 1890, 1891. Full morocco, 10 1/2 inches tall. A stunning large paper copy in full crushed morocco bound by Riviere in 1893 in absolutely pristine condition. With gilt raised bands and exquisite floral gilt tooling to the panels. A gilt embossed ornate centre tool is framed within a series of gilt rolls and fillets on both boards. Wide gilt dentelles and gilt top edges, the remaining edges untrimmed. The original cloth wraps are bound in. Profusely illustrated by Hugh Thomson, who has signed the title page, throughout. A wonderful copy of one of the greatest comic 18th century novels.

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  • FINELY ILLUSTRATED WORK IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO
    The History of the Monastery founded at Tynemouth in the Diocese of Durham. by GIBSON, William Sidney
    GIBSON, William Sidney
    The History of the Monastery founded at Tynemouth in the Diocese of Durham.

    London: William Pickering, 1846. 2 volume set, 12 inches tall. A magnificent crushed morocco by J. Clarke with gilt raised bands, very finely tooled panels, gilt dentelles and all edges. With the gilt embossed arms of Earl Cawdor on the boards. Beautifully embellished with 16 plates, 3 coloured, 1 folded and 60 illuminated initials. Some foxing to the engraved plates, otherwise pristine. A very fine set.

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  • V SCARCE EARLY DETECTIVE STORIES IN SUPERB FULL MOROCCO
    Gaboriau’s Sensational Novels. (Comprising: The Slaves of Paris, 2 vols.; The Mystery of Orcival and Promise of Marriage; The Intrigues of a Poisoner and Captain Coutanceau; The Gilded Clique; Other People’s Money; Lecoq, The Detective, 2 vols.; Dossier No.113; The Little Old Man of Batignoles, and other Stories; The Lerouge Case; The Catastrophe, 2 vols.; In Peril of his Life). by GABORIAU, Emile
    GABORIAU, Emile
    Gaboriau’s Sensational Novels. (Comprising: The Slaves of Paris, 2 vols.; The Mystery of Orcival and Promise of Marriage; The Intrigues of a Poisoner and Captain Coutanceau; The Gilded Clique; Other People’s Money; Lecoq, The Detective, 2 vols.; Dossier No.113; The Little Old Man of Batignoles, and other Stories; The Lerouge Case; The Catastrophe, 2 vols.; In Peril of his Life).

    London: Vizetelly & Co, 1881-1886. 14 volumes, 7 inches tall. Translated into English. A splendid collection of these pioneering detective stories in a sumptuous full morocco. The bindings, by Wallis, have gilt raised bands, exceptionally fine gilt tooling to the panels, dentelles and all edges. The text, in contrast, is of a basic nature, typical of the genre of popular sensational novels of the period. Bookplates of Robert J. Hayhurst. All of these titles are scarce and a fine collection like this extremely rare. A note in Hayhurst's hand in 'The Lerouge Case' states that when translated into English c. 1866 it was perhaps the first detective novel in the English language, predating 'The Moonstone'. There is a little…

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    London: Vizetelly & Co, 1881-1886. 14 volumes, 7 inches tall. Translated into English. A splendid collection of these pioneering detective stories in a sumptuous full morocco. The bindings, by Wallis, have gilt raised bands, exceptionally fine gilt tooling to the panels, dentelles and all edges. The text, in contrast, is of a basic nature, typical of the genre of popular sensational novels of the period. Bookplates of Robert J. Hayhurst. All of these titles are scarce and a fine collection like this extremely rare. A note in Hayhurst's hand in 'The Lerouge Case' states that when translated into English c. 1866 it was perhaps the first detective novel in the English language, predating 'The Moonstone'. There is a little foxing, a few protruding sections, a very few slight stains but overall a splendid survival of what were original very light weight productions.

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  • GAVARNI'S PARIS AND THE PARISIENS IN STUNNING CAT'S PAW CALF
    Le Diable à Paris. Paris et les Parisiens. Moeurs et coutumes, caractères et portraits des habitants de Paris, tableau complet de leur vie privée, publique, politique, artistique, littéraire, industrielle, etc, etc. Précédé d’une Histoire de Paris par Théophile Lavallée. Illustrations les gens de Paris – Séries de gravures avec légendes par GAVARNI. Paris comique – Vignettes par Bertall. by SAND, George – STAHL, P.J. – GOZLAN, Léon – PASCAL, P. – SOULIE, Frédéric – NODIER, Charles – BRIFFAUT, Eugène – LAVALETTE, S. – BALZAC, Honoré de – DELORD, Taxile – KARR, Alphonse – MERY – JUNGETIS, A. – NERVAL, Gérard de – HOUSSAYE, Arsène – AUBERT, Albert – GAUTIER Théophile, FEUILLET, Octave – MUSSET, Alfred de – BERAT, Frédéric.
    SAND, George – STAHL, P.J. – GOZLAN, Léon – PASCAL, P. – SOULIE, Frédéric – NODIER, Charles – BRIFFAUT, Eugène – LAVALETTE, S. – BALZAC, Honoré de – DELORD, Taxile – KARR, Alphonse – MERY – JUNGETIS, A. – NERVAL, Gérard de – HOUSSAYE, Arsène – AUBERT, Albert – GAUTIER Théophile, FEUILLET, Octave – MUSSET, Alfred de – BERAT, Frédéric.
    Le Diable à Paris. Paris et les Parisiens. Moeurs et coutumes, caractères et portraits des habitants de Paris, tableau complet de leur vie privée, publique, politique, artistique, littéraire, industrielle, etc, etc. Précédé d’une Histoire de Paris par Théophile Lavallée. Illustrations les gens de Paris – Séries de gravures avec légendes par GAVARNI. Paris comique – Vignettes par Bertall.

    Paris: Hetzel, 1845 - 1846. 2 volume set, 10.5 inches tall. A stunning full cat's paw calf by Clarke & Bedford, one of the finest London binders of the period in pristine condition. With gilt raised bands, delightful labels and superb gilt tooling to the panels. With gilt dentelles and all edges. Armorial bookplate. Does not include the Plan of Paris reserved for subscriber's copies only. Embellished with superb engravings and vignettes throughout.

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  • ROWLANDSON AQUATINTS IN SUPERB FULL MOROCCO WITH ROYAL PROVENANCE
    The Vicar of Wakefield. by GOLDSMITH, Oliver
    GOLDSMITH, Oliver
    The Vicar of Wakefield.

    London: Ackermann, 1817. Full morocco, 9 inches tall. A superb binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe with gilt raised bands, simple gilt framed panels and boards, dentelles and all edges. With the bookplate of the Duke of Gloucester, son of King George V and Queen Mary. An immaculate copy of this great comic novel with the 24 splendid hand coloured aquatints by Thomas Rowlandson.

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  • EARL OF LEITRIM'S COPY IN MAGNIFICENT FULL REGENCY MOROCCO
    Letters from his late Majesty to the late Lord Kenyon, on the Coronation Oath. With his Lordship's Answers: and Letters of the Rt. Hon. William Pitt to his late Majesty, with his Majesty's Answers, Previous to the Dissolution of the Ministry in 1801. by GEORGE III
    GEORGE III
    Letters from his late Majesty to the late Lord Kenyon, on the Coronation Oath. With his Lordship's Answers: and Letters of the Rt. Hon. William Pitt to his late Majesty, with his Majesty's Answers, Previous to the Dissolution of the Ministry in 1801.

    London: John Murray, 1827. Full morocco, 11 inches tall. A magnificent Regency full straight grain morocco with the gilt title within a cartouche to the spine and the arms of the Earl of Leitrim (motto "Patris Virtutibus") to the boards. With frontispiece facsimile of an ALS from King George III. Slight rubbing to the head and tail of the spine but with no splitting or loss. This superb regency binding, presumably commissioned by Nathaniel Clements, 2nd Earl of Leitrim (1768-1858) houses a controversial series of letters between the King and his ministers.

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  • MAGNIFICENT SET IN FULL CALF BY CLARKE
    An Exposition of the Parables by GRESWELL, Edward
    GRESWELL, Edward
    An Exposition of the Parables

    Oxford: Rivington, 1834. 6 volume set, 9 inches tall. A magnificent full calf binding by one of the great London binders of the period J. Clarke. With gilt raised bands, twin labels, ornate gilt tooling to the panels, dentelles and all edges. With the armorial bookplate of Henry Collins.

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  • RARE ITEM IN FINE FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Fairy Tales. by GRIMM, Albert Ludwig
    GRIMM, Albert Ludwig
    Fairy Tales.

    London: Tilt, 1827. 7.5 inches tall. Full crushed morocco by Riviere with gilt raised bands, very fine gilt tooling to the panels and the board framed within triple gilt fillets. Wide gilt dentelles and top edge. Illustrations by Cruikshank. The original paper wrappers bound in. Armorial bookplate and 2 catalogue entries for this copy tipped in. Albert Ludwig was not related to Jacob and Wilhelm, the Brothers Grimm. Slight split to the head of the spine but still a superb copy of a very rare item.

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  • DELUXE LIMITED EDITION IN FINE HALF MOROCCO
    Catalogue de Reliures du XVe au XIXe siecle, en vente a la librairie Gamuchian & Cie by GAMUCHIAN
    GAMUCHIAN
    Catalogue de Reliures du XVe au XIXe siecle, en vente a la librairie Gamuchian & Cie

    Paris: rue de Richelieu, 1929. Half morocco, 13 inches tall. A splendid binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe with gilt raised bands, gilt tooling to the panels and gilt top edge. One of only 100 signed copies on 'papier d'Hollande'. 398 items described. With 235 plates of bindings, some in colour. An excellent copy in a handsome binding.

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  • LIMITED DELUXE EDITION IN FULL MOROCCO
    Oliver Cromwell. by GARDINER, Samuel Rawson
    GARDINER, Samuel Rawson
    Oliver Cromwell.

    London: Goupil, 1899. Full morocco, 12 1/2 inches tall. Full hard grain morocco with gilt raised bands, gilt and inked pallets, gilt centre tools dentelles and all edges. Twin gilt fillets frame the boards. Superb coloured portrait and full page illustrations throughout. Limited to 1475 copies on fine paper.

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  • INFLUENTIAL WORK IN HANDSOME HALF CALF BY ROOT
    Mysteries of Police and Crime. by GRIFFITHS, Major Arthur
    GRIFFITHS, Major Arthur
    Mysteries of Police and Crime.

    London: Cassell, c.1900. 3 volume set, 9 inches tall. A handsome Edwardian half calf by Root with gilt raised bands, twin labels and neat gilt framed panels to the boards. Gilt top edge. Armorial bookplate. Portrait and thrilling illustrations throughout. One of the most popular Victorian crime writers, unusual in a fine binding.

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  • FIRST EDITIONS IN FINE FULL CALF BY TOUT
    The “Bab” Ballads (together with) More “Bab” Ballads. by GILBERT, W. S.
    GILBERT, W. S.
    The “Bab” Ballads (together with) More “Bab” Ballads.

    London: Routledge, 1869 & (1872). 2 volumes, 7.5 inches tall. Superb full calf bindings by Tout with triple labels and elegant gilt tooling to the panels. With gilt dentelles and all edges. Original cloth covers bound in. Slight rubbing to the joints and a stain on the top of the second title page, otherwise perfectly clean. Profusely illustrated throughout. Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for the fourteen comic operas produced with the composer Arthur Sullivan.

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  • INFLUENTIAL WORK IN HANDSOME HALF CALF BY ROOT
    Secrets of the Prison House. by GRIFFITHS, Arthur
    GRIFFITHS, Arthur
    Secrets of the Prison House.

    London: Cassell, 1894. 2 volume set, 9 inches tall. A handsome Edwardian half calf by Root with gilt raised bands, twin labels and neat gilt framed panels to the boards. First edition. Gilt top edge. Armorial bookplate. One of the most popular Victorian crime writers, unusual in a fine binding.

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  • GREAT DIARIST'S WORK IN FULL CALF BY SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE
    A Journal of the Reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1852 by GREVILLE, Charles C.F.
    GREVILLE, Charles C.F.
    A Journal of the Reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1852

    London: Longmans, Green & Co, 1885. 3 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. A classic Victorian full calf by Sangorski & Sutcliffe with gilt raised bands, twin labels and delicate gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt dentelles and top edges. This work, complete in itself, constitutes the second part of Lord Greville's Memoirs which covers the first half of Queen Victoria's reign. A Handsome set.

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  • SPLENDID EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE AND INTERESTING WORK
    The Statutes of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. by GARTER
    GARTER
    The Statutes of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

    London: printed by Woodfall and Kinder, 1862. Full morocco, 11 inches tall. A splendid full hard grain morocco by Riley & Son with wide gilt raised bands, gilt pallets, dentelles and all edges. On the upper board, the gilt arms of the Most Noble Order of the Garter is framed within fillets and ornate corner tooling. The text consists of the history of the Order, the duties of Honourable Members of the Company, their Oath and indispensable advice on how to wear ones garter, 'George', surcoat, mantle and collar.

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  • A SCARCE WORK IN A FINE HALF REGENCY CALF
    A Summary of the History of the English Church, and of the Sects which have Departed from its Communion. by GRANT, Johnson
    GRANT, Johnson
    A Summary of the History of the English Church, and of the Sects which have Departed from its Communion.

    London: Hatchard, 1811 & 1814. 2 volumes, 9 inches tall. A fine Regency half calf with gilt bands and curious gilt centre tools. With the splendid martial Stewart bookplate. At the head of the title page is a neat ink inscription: 'The Gift of a Friend' the the signature of Lord Stewart trimmed in half by the bookbinder! 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 is the very scarce first printing of the first 2 volumes, as called for on…

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    London: Hatchard, 1811 & 1814. 2 volumes, 9 inches tall. A fine Regency half calf with gilt bands and curious gilt centre tools. With the splendid martial Stewart bookplate. At the head of the title page is a neat ink inscription: 'The Gift of a Friend' the the signature of Lord Stewart trimmed in half by the bookbinder! 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 is the very scarce first printing of the first 2 volumes, as called for on the title page. A further 2 volumes were printed many years later.

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  • GREAT DIARIST'S WORK IN FULL CALF BY SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE
    A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV and King William IV. by GREVILLE, Charles C.F.
    GREVILLE, Charles C.F.
    A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV and King William IV.

    London: Longmans, Green & Co, 1885. 3 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. A classic Victorian full calf by Sangorski & Sutcliffe with gilt raised bands, twin labels and delicate gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt dentelles and top edges. This work, complete in itself, constitutes part of Lord Greville's Memoirs. A Handsome set.

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