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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 HISTORY IN SUPERB FULL MID VICTORIAN CALF
    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, The University Press, 1849. 7 volume set, 9 1/2 inches tall. A superb full calf by Nutt with gilt raised bands, fine twin labels and elegant gilt tooling to the panels. The boards framed within double gilt fillets and corner tools. Armorial bookplate. This set of one of the great works on the English Civil War is in a sparkling binding in exceptionally fine condition.

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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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  • 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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  • SUPERB SET IN FULL 18TH CENTURY TREE CALF
    The Works. The History of Scotland; The History of the reign of the Emperor Charles V; The History of America; An Historical Disquisition concerning the Knowledge which the Ancients had of India. by ROBERTSON, William
    ROBERTSON, William
    The Works. The History of Scotland; The History of the reign of the Emperor Charles V; The History of America; An Historical Disquisition concerning the Knowledge which the Ancients had of India.

    London: Cadell, 1794. 10 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A superb Georgian tree calf with gilt bands, typical late 18th century gilt tooling to the panels, triple labels and an Etruscan key gilt rolls framing the boards. Speckled blue edges. Embellished with 6 plates and 5 folding maps. Minor foxing and slight rubbing but a fine set of these classic histories.

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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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  • 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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  • EXTRAORDINARY SET IN SUPERB HALF CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Memoirs of the History of France During the Reign of Napoleon, Dictated by the Emperor at Saint Helena. by GOURGAUD, General (dictated to in vols I, II & III); MONTHOLON, Count de (dictated to in vols IV, V, VI & VII); O'MEARA, B. E. (translated by in vol VIII).
    GOURGAUD, General (dictated to in vols I, II & III); MONTHOLON, Count de (dictated to in vols IV, V, VI & VII); O'MEARA, B. E. (translated by in vol VIII).
    Memoirs of the History of France During the Reign of Napoleon, Dictated by the Emperor at Saint Helena.

    London: Colburn, 1823; Colburn 1824; Phillips, 1820. 8 volume set, 9 inches tall. A superb half plum crushed morocco by Riviere with wide gilt raised bands and 'Napoleonic centre tools' within gilt corner tools and pallets in the panels. Gilt top edges, the rest untrimmed. There are some scuffs, nicks and abrasions on a few boards but the spines are unblemished. With the errata slip on page xii. Illustrated with folding plans, map and 'similes' of manuscript pages. We could find no other sets extended to 8 volumes by the inclusion of O'Meara's concluding work.

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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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  • 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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  • SUPERB STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO WITH THE TICKET OF GEORGE MULLEN OF DUBLIN
    Memoirs of the Political and Private Life of James Caulfield, Earl of Charlemont. by HARDY, Francis
    HARDY, Francis
    Memoirs of the Political and Private Life of James Caulfield, Earl of Charlemont.

    London: Cadell and Davies, 1810. Full morocco, 11 1/2 inches tall. A superb full straight morocco by one of the greatest binders of the period, George Mullen of Dublin. With gilt raised bands, blind tooled panels and all edges gilt. The straight grain boards are framed within a delicate gilt fillet and a blind roll. Portrait. Slight foxing to the preliminaries and rubbing to the head, tail and edges but with no splitting or loss. The Earl of Charlemont of Marino House was an Irish Statesman of great artistic tastes.

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  • THE EDITOR'S COPIES IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO
    Publications of the Harleian Society. Registers. by BANNERMAN (editor)
    BANNERMAN (editor)
    Publications of the Harleian Society. Registers.

    London: The Harleian Society, 1920's and 1930's. 15 volumes, 10.5 inches tall. Magnificent full hard grain morocco with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels, dentelles and all edges. A collection of 15 assorted volumes in deluxe bindings for the editor. The Harleian Society, founded in 1869, publishes records of the heraldic visitations of the counties of England and Wales, and other unpublished manuscripts relating to genealogy, armory, and heraldry.

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  • EXQUISITE SET IN SUPERB TREE CALF
    The United States. by UNITED STATES
    UNITED STATES
    The United States.

    London: Longman et al., 1830-1832. 2 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. This 2 volume set constituted the first part of 'The History of the Western World' But is complete in itself. From the library of Edward Nicholas Hurt, most of whose books were of this highest quality.

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  • EXQUISITE SET IN SUPERB TREE CALF
    The History of Ireland. by MOORE, Thomas
    MOORE, Thomas
    The History of Ireland.

    London: Longman et al., 1835; 1837; 1840 & 1845. 4 volume set, 6 1/2 inches tall. Exquisite little set with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels and triple labels. The tree calf boards are framed within an ornate floral gilt roll. Each title page has an engraved vignette. The title label of volume 4, which appeared 5 years after the third volume, is of a different colour. From the library of Edward Nicholas Hurt, most of whose books were of this highest quality.

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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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  • CLASSIC MEMOIRS IN MOST ATTRACTIVE HALF CALF
    Memoirs to Serve for the History of Napoleon I. From 1802 to 1815. by MÉNEVAL, Baron Claude-François de
    MÉNEVAL, Baron Claude-François de
    Memoirs to Serve for the History of Napoleon I. From 1802 to 1815.

    London: Hutchinson, 1894. 3 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A very good looking half calf by Worsfold with gilt raised bands, striking labels and Napoleonic centre tools. Gilt top edges. Bookplates. With photogravure portraits. A fine set.

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  • EXQUISITE SET IN SUPERB TREE CALF
    The History of France. by CROWE, Eyre Evans
    CROWE, Eyre Evans
    The History of France.

    London: Longman et al., 1830; 1831 & 1831. 3 volume set, 6 1/2 inches tall. Exquisite little set with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels and triple labels. 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.

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  • FINE PRINTING IN STUNNING FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Famous Women. by BRANTÔME, Pierre de Bourdeille, Seigneur de
    BRANTÔME, Pierre de Bourdeille, Seigneur de
    Famous Women.

    London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1908. Full Morocco, 8 1/2 inches high. A stunning binding by Bumpus with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels, elaborate gilt paneling to the boards, dentelles and all edges. A wonderful copy, printed on handmade paper, of these potted biographies by Brantôme 1540-1614. celebrated adventurer and historian.

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