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  • SCARCE WORK IN SPECTACULAR FULL MOROCCO, EXTRA GILT
    Pictorial Relics of Ancient Liverpool. by HERDMAN, W. G.
    HERDMAN, W. G.
    Pictorial Relics of Ancient Liverpool.

    Liverpool: Brown, Barnes & Bell, 1878. 2 volume set, 16 1/2 inches tall. A huge and spectacular morocco binding by the great Victorian bookbinders of Liverpool, Fazakerley. A binding of the highest quality, perhaps an exhibition piece, with gilt raised bands and ornate gilding to the panels and boards, incorporating liver birds, floral flourishes and pallet work, framed within twin fillets. All edges gilt and fine gilt dentelles. The endpapers are also a delight, involving more liver birds, urns and floral designs. Embellished with 72 plates. A charming and nostalgic look at the lost buildings and areas of Old Liverpool in excellent condition, inside and out.

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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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  • 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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  • GLORIOUS TALL COPY OF THE SCARCE IMPROVED EDITION WITH ROYAL PROVENANCE
    The Ancient Costume of Great Britain and Ireland from the seventh to the sixteenth century. by SMITH, Charles Hamilton
    SMITH, Charles Hamilton
    The Ancient Costume of Great Britain and Ireland from the seventh to the sixteenth century.

    London: Bohn, 1848. Half morocco, 15 inches tall. A glorious tall copy from the library of the Duke of Gloucester at Kensington Palace. Prince Henry Duke of Gloucester was the third son of King George V, brother of King George VI and King Edward VIII. In pristine condition this copy was bound by J. Wright, one of the finest binders of the early Victorian period, with gilt raised bands, label and magnificent gilt armorial centre tools. All edges gilt. Decorated with 60 full page hand coloured plates, all dated 1811-13.

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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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  • 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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  • EXQUISITE SET IN SUPERB TREE CALF
    The History of England. by MACKINTOSH, Sir James; WALLACE, William
    MACKINTOSH, Sir James; WALLACE, William
    The History of England.

    London: Longman et al., 1830-1839. 9 volume set, 6 1/2 inches tall. Exquisite little set with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels and triple labels. Note the spectacular volume label. The tree calf boards are framed within an ornate floral gilt roll. Each title page has an engraved vignette. From the library of Edward Nicholas Hurt, most of whose books were of this highest quality. The first 3 volumes are by Sir James Mackintosh, volumes 4 to 9 are by Wallace and evidently were bound 9 years later resulting in a slight variation of tooling. A tenth volume was printed some years later. A beautiful set.

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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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  • 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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  • GREAT 17TH CENTURY HISTORY IN STUNNING FULL CALF EXTRA GILT
    The History of England. From the accession of James I to the Outbreak of the Civil War 1603-1642. by GARDINER, Samuel R.
    GARDINER, Samuel R.
    The History of England. From the accession of James I to the Outbreak of the Civil War 1603-1642.

    London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1884. 10 volume set, 7 1/2 inches tall. A stunning Victorian full calf in pristine condition with gilt raised bands, contrasting twin labels in red and blue and dense extra gilding to the panels. The boards, with the gilt prize blocks of Oriel College Oxford, are framed with gilt and blind fillets and corner tools. An ink prize inscription, dated 1884, is on the first blank. Samuel Rawson Gardiner was the great 19th century English historian of the seventeenth century, specifically the Puritan revolution and the English Civil War.

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  • MAGNIFICENT SET IN FULL SPECKLED CALF WITH FINE PROVENANCE
    History of the House of Austria, From the Foundation of the Monarchy by Rhodolph of Hapsburgh, to the Death of Leopold the Second: 1218.... to ....1792. by COXE, William
    COXE, William
    History of the House of Austria, From the Foundation of the Monarchy by Rhodolph of Hapsburgh, to the Death of Leopold the Second: 1218.... to ....1792.

    London: Cadell and Davies, 1807. 2 volume set bound in 3, 10 1/2 inches tall. A magnificent full speckled calf Regency Binding with gilt raised bands, twin labels and delicate tooling to the panels. Blue Speckled edges. With fine folding hand-coloured map. With the Stewart bookplate. Emblazoned with foreign orders and decorations, Stewart was appointed ambassador to Vienna attending, with his brother Castlereagh and Wellington, the congress convened there to determine the future of Europe following the fall of Bonaparte. However, his dissolute behaviour, womanizing (he was widowed in 1812) and preposterous love of display, which earned him the sobriquet of "The Golden Peacock", created more comment (and enjoyment) than his skills of diplomacy. A splendid looking set with a great provenance.

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  • VERY FINE SET IN FULL CALF FROM ALFRED DE ROTHSCHILD'S LIBRARY
    The Life of Benjamin Disraeli Earl of Beaconsfield. by MONYPENNY, William Flavelle
    MONYPENNY, William Flavelle
    The Life of Benjamin Disraeli Earl of Beaconsfield.

    London: John Murray, 1910, 1912,1914 & 1916. 4 volume set, 8 3/4 inches tall. An extremely good looking Edwardian full calf from the library of Evelyn de Rothschild and with his bookplate. Bound with gilt raised bands, twin labels and superb gilt tooling to the panels. Twin gilt fillets and corner tools and twin blind fillets frame the boards. Well illustrated throughout. Slight variation to the shade of green on the labels. A splendid set, with an interesting association, of the life of one of Britain's greatest Victorian Prime Ministers.

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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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  • CLASSIC HISTORY IN SUPERB MID VICTORIAN HALF CALF
    A Brief Historical Relation of State Affairs from September 1678 to April 1714. by LUTTRELL, Narcissus
    LUTTRELL, Narcissus
    A Brief Historical Relation of State Affairs from September 1678 to April 1714.

    Oxford, The University Press, 1857. 6 volume set, 9 inches tall. A most attractive mid Victorian half calf by Morrell, with gilt raised bands, twin labels and fine gilt tooling to the panels, Gilt top edges. Narcissus Luttrell (1657–1732) was an English historian, diarist, and bibliographer, and briefly Member of Parliament for two different Cornish boroughs. His Brief Historical Relation of State Affairs from September 1678 to April 1714, a chronicle of the Parliaments of England and Great Britain, was distilled from his diary and published in 1857, after Macaulay had drawn attention to the manuscript in All Souls College, Oxford (Wikipedia). A very fine set of the first edition of this important work which also covers major events in diplomacy, literature and the arts.

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  • MAGNIFICENT EXTRA ILLUSTRATED LIMITED EDITION IN FULL MOROCCO
    Memoirs of Count Grammont. by HAMILTON, Anthony
    HAMILTON, Anthony
    Memoirs of Count Grammont.

    London & Philadelphia, Nimmo & Lippincott, 1889. 2 volume set, 11 1/2 inches tall. A spectacular set in full morocco with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels, wide dentelles and gilt top edges. With the armorial bookplate of John Charles Black, U.S. Civil War Colonel and Congressman. This edition was limited to 780 copies of which this is number 147. With 11 plates and 22 vignettes by L. Boisson and a further 104 extra engraved illustrations. A magnificent and unique set of this great work.

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  • EXQUISITE SET IN SUPERB TREE CALF
    The Statesmen of the Commonwealth of England; With a Treatise on the Popular Progress in English History. by FORSTER, John
    FORSTER, John
    The Statesmen of the Commonwealth of England; With a Treatise on the Popular Progress in English History.

    London: Longman et al., 1851. 5 volume set, 6 1/2 inches tall. Exquisite little set with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels and triple labels. Note the spectacular volume label. The tree calf boards are framed within an ornate floral gilt roll. Each volume has an engraved frontispiece. From the library of Edward Nicholas Hurt, most of whose books were of this highest quality.

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  • ENLARGED EDITION IN GLORIOUS SPANISH CALF
    Oliver Cromwell's Letters and Speeches: With Elucidations. by CARLYLE, Thomas
    CARLYLE, Thomas
    Oliver Cromwell's Letters and Speeches: With Elucidations.

    London: Chapman and Hall, 1846. 3 volume set, 9 inches tall. A stunning full 'Spanish Calf' with gilt bands, twin labels and dense, and most unusual, gilt tooling to the spine. The boards are framed within gilt corner tools and twin fillets. Pink speckled edges. With the armorial bookplate of Christopher Turnor of the the magnificent Stoke Rochford Hall. There is quite heavy foxing, almost completely confined to the portrait and title page of volume I. This is the second, enlarged edition. A splendid set.

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  • FIRST EDITION CLASSIC HISTORY IN SUPERB 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. 3 volume set, 11 inches tall. First edition, tall quarto, in a very bright full 18th century calf. With gilt raised bands, twin labels and splendid floral gilt tooling to the panels. Triple gilt fillets frame the boards and pink edges. Other than a mark to one headcap and a tailcap a fine set in excellent condition. 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'.

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

    London, Paris, New York: Goupil & Co., 1899. Full morocco, 12 1/2 inches tall. A sumptuous binding by Riviere in an unusual orange goat skin, with gilt raised bands and very fine extra gilt tooling to the panels and gilt roll and triple fillet framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Beautifully printed and with illustrations throughout including the colour portrait of Oliver Cromwell. One of a series of extravagantly produced, mostly Royal, biographies. Deluxe limited edition in very fine condition.

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