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  • THE COMPLETE SET INCLUDING THE SCARCE ATLAS VOLUME IN SUPERB FULL CALF
    The History of Europe from the Commencement of The French Revolution to the Restoration of the Bourbons in 1815. (Bound uniformly with) The History of Europe from the Fall of Napoleon in 1815 to the Accession of Louis Napoleon in 1852. by ALISON, Sir Archibald.
    ALISON, Sir Archibald.
    The History of Europe from the Commencement of The French Revolution to the Restoration of the Bourbons in 1815. (Bound uniformly with) The History of Europe from the Fall of Napoleon in 1815 to the Accession of Louis Napoleon in 1852.

    Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1854-75. 24 volumes, 8 3/4 inches tall. A magnificent set of this great history, absolutely complete with both parts and the usually absent atlas volume. Bound in classic Victorian full calf by Dale (binder's stamp in the atlas volume), with gilt raised bands, twin labels and ornate gilt tooling to the panels. The boards have gilt and blind fillets framing the gilt armorial block. This is the best and largest edition with 25 full page engraved portraits in the first set. There are 108 hand coloured maps and battle plans plus a frontispiece in the atlas. The Atlas is the same height as the volumes of text but is landscape in format…

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    Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1854-75. 24 volumes, 8 3/4 inches tall. A magnificent set of this great history, absolutely complete with both parts and the usually absent atlas volume. Bound in classic Victorian full calf by Dale (binder's stamp in the atlas volume), with gilt raised bands, twin labels and ornate gilt tooling to the panels. The boards have gilt and blind fillets framing the gilt armorial block. This is the best and largest edition with 25 full page engraved portraits in the first set. There are 108 hand coloured maps and battle plans plus a frontispiece in the atlas. The Atlas is the same height as the volumes of text but is landscape in format (11 inches deep). Some speckling to the boards of the atlas which also has some foxing to the plates. The text volumes are all fine. This is Sir Archibald Alison's great historical work and is considered to be the first scholarly English language study of the French Revolution.

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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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  • 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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  • UNIQUE EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED SET WITH LINEN BACKED MAPS IN QUARTO ATLAS VOLUME
    The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. by HASTED, Edward
    HASTED, Edward
    The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent.

    Canterbury: Printed by W. Bristow, on the Parade, 1797-1801. 13 volume set, the text being in 12 volumes, 8 1/4 inches tall, the atlas volume being 11 1/2 inches tall. The Second, Improved and Corrected edition. A unique set complete with an atlas volume containing the 35 folding Kent maps from the text all lined backed and extra-illustrated with 8 celebrated Kent maps, all paper backed, dating back as far as 1605. The text volumes contain the 32 engraved plates and 49 engraved vignettes called for. The superb bindings are later speckled half calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and gilt fillets. Yellow edges. The paste down endpaper of the first volume has a pencil inscription: 'from Chislett…

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    Canterbury: Printed by W. Bristow, on the Parade, 1797-1801. 13 volume set, the text being in 12 volumes, 8 1/4 inches tall, the atlas volume being 11 1/2 inches tall. The Second, Improved and Corrected edition. A unique set complete with an atlas volume containing the 35 folding Kent maps from the text all lined backed and extra-illustrated with 8 celebrated Kent maps, all paper backed, dating back as far as 1605. The text volumes contain the 32 engraved plates and 49 engraved vignettes called for. The superb bindings are later speckled half calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and gilt fillets. Yellow edges. The paste down endpaper of the first volume has a pencil inscription: 'from Chislett Park 1883 Maps bound separately in Quarto' and, in ink , a previous owners name and address dating to 1921. Rubbing and minor splitting, especially to the atlas volume, but still a firm, solid and very attractive set of this great history of Kent.

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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 BOUND IN ELEGANT HALF CRUSHED MOROCCO
    The Second World War. by CHURCHILL, Winston S.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S.
    The Second World War.

    Cassell & Co., 1948-1954. 6 volume set, 8 1/4 inches tall. All First editions. A neat mid 20th century binding (as opposed to the many much inferior 'recent' or 'modern' leather 'cased' sets offered online) by Brian Frost of Bath. Light foxing. With raised bands, gilt English rose centre tools, titles and gilt top edges. An elegant set of this great history.

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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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  • A MAGNIFICENT SET WITH INTERESTING PROVENANCE
    The History of the Life of King Henry the Second. by LYTTLETON, George, Lord
    LYTTLETON, George, Lord
    The History of the Life of King Henry the Second.

    London: Sandby and Dodsley, 1767 & 1767; Dodsley, 1771. 3 volume set, 11 1/4 inches tall. A magnificent set with gilt raised bands, remarkable twin labels and ornate gilt tooling to the panels. The 3rd volume, which was printed a few years later has variations to the binding, in particular the labels and more conventional end papers, contrasting with the continental blue wavy paper used in the first 2 volumes. Volume I contains a prefix, being 'The History of the Revolutions of England from the Death of Edward the Confessor to the Birth of Henry II' and Book I with notes and appendix. Volume II contains Book II and Book III with notes, appendix and index. Volume III contains…

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    London: Sandby and Dodsley, 1767 & 1767; Dodsley, 1771. 3 volume set, 11 1/4 inches tall. A magnificent set with gilt raised bands, remarkable twin labels and ornate gilt tooling to the panels. The 3rd volume, which was printed a few years later has variations to the binding, in particular the labels and more conventional end papers, contrasting with the continental blue wavy paper used in the first 2 volumes. Volume I contains a prefix, being 'The History of the Revolutions of England from the Death of Edward the Confessor to the Birth of Henry II' and Book I with notes and appendix. Volume II contains Book II and Book III with notes, appendix and index. Volume III contains Book IV, 'The Last Book' (Book V) and notes, appendix, index and errata. 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. There is some sporadic foxing, scuffing and rubbing and the top corner of the upper board of Volume I has been bumped with some loss of leather. Lord George Lyttleton was an English statesman, author and landscape gardener. He was a friend and supporter of Alexander Pope in the 1730s and of Henry Fielding in the 1750s; the latter dedicated his greatest novel Tom Jones to Lyttelton.

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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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  • CLASSIC HISTORY IN SPLENDID FULL VICTORIAN FULL CALF
    The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, together with An Historical View of the Affairs of Ireland. by CLARENDON, Edward, Earl of
    CLARENDON, Edward, Earl of
    The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, together with An Historical View of the Affairs of Ireland.

    Oxford: The University Press, 1849. 7 volume set, 9 1/2 inches tall. A splendid early Victorian full calf by Budden of Cambridge with gilt raised bands, twin labels and very fine gilt tooling to the panels. A simple gilt fillet frames the boards. With the armorial bookplate of J.F.D. Tutt. With a neat ink inscription on the first blank dated 1849. A magnificent set of Clarendon's great 'History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England', as it was originally titled on its publication between 1702 and 1704.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • VERY FINE SET IN CLASSIC EARLY VICTORIAN FULL CALF
    The History of Greece. by MITFORD, William
    MITFORD, William
    The History of Greece.

    London: Thomas Tegg, 1835. 8 volume set, 6 1/2 inches tall. A delightful little set in a classic early Victorian full calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and extra gilt panels. Gilt and blind fillets frame the boards. Bound by Cleaver of Baker Street, Portman Square and with their ticket. Engraved title pages to all the volumes.

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  • CLASSIC HISTORIES IN ELEGANT HALF MOROCCO
    History of England. From the Peace of Utrecht to the Peace of Versailles. 1713-1783. (Together with) The History of England. Comprising the Reign of Queen Anne until the Peace of Utrecht. by MAHON, Lord (STANHOPE. Philip Henry Stanhope, 5th Earl)
    MAHON, Lord (STANHOPE. Philip Henry Stanhope, 5th Earl)
    History of England. From the Peace of Utrecht to the Peace of Versailles. 1713-1783. (Together with) The History of England. Comprising the Reign of Queen Anne until the Peace of Utrecht.

    London: John Murray, 1853-54 & 1871. 8 volumes, 9 inches tall. The Earl Stanhope was styled Viscount Mahon between 1816-1855, the later volume precedes the text of the 7 volume set and is uniformly bound in an elegant half crushed morocco by Roger De Coverley, one of the greatest binders of the period. The bindings have gilt raised bands, splendid gilt centre tools and gilt top edges. There is some foxing to the preliminaries, then perfectly clean. Stanhope was an antiquarian politician and much respected historian.

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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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  • A HANDSOME SET IN VICTORIAN HALF CALF
    The Works of William H. Prescott. (Comprising: The Conquest of Mexico; The Conquest of Peru; Ferdinand and Isabella; Charles the Fifth; Philip the Second; Biographical and Critical Miscellanies). by PRESCOTT, William H.
    PRESCOTT, William H.
    The Works of William H. Prescott. (Comprising: The Conquest of Mexico; The Conquest of Peru; Ferdinand and Isabella; Charles the Fifth; Philip the Second; Biographical and Critical Miscellanies).

    Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1875-77. 15 volume set, 7 1/2 inches tall. A smart set of these great histories in Victorian half calf with gilt raised bands and fine gilt tooling to the panels. Portraits. A splendid set of the works of this great American historian.

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  • CLASSIC HISTORY IN ELEGANT GEORGIAN FULL RED MOROCCO
    The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England. by CLARENDON, Edward Earl of.
    CLARENDON, Edward Earl of.
    The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England.

    Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1826. 8 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. An elegant full morocco bound set with gilt raised bands and gilt framed panels and boards. Slight foxing and some superficial marks on the bindings, but overall a very smart set of this definitive work on the English Civil War, written during and just after the events related.

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