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  • CLASSIC FRENCH HISTORIES IN STUNNING FULL SPANISH CALF
    Histoire des Girondins, (uniformly bound with) Histoire de la Restauration. by LAMARTINE, Alphonse de
    LAMARTINE, Alphonse de
    Histoire des Girondins, (uniformly bound with) Histoire de la Restauration.

    Paris: Furne & Coquebert, 1848 & Pagnerre, Lecou & Furne, 1851: 1848. 16 volumes, 9.5 inches tall. Two 8 volume sets bound uniformly by White of Piccadilly in stunning full Spanish calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and superb gilt tooling to the panels. The extraordinary colours of the boards are framed within triple fillets and corner tools. All edges gilt. This rare style of decoration, originating in Spain was perfected by several of the finest English bookbinders in the middle of the 19th century. This is one of several sets bound in full Spanish calf that we presently have in stock. As well as being a great Historian, Alphonse de Lamartine was an influential Orientalist, pioneering vegetarian and…

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    Paris: Furne & Coquebert, 1848 & Pagnerre, Lecou & Furne, 1851: 1848. 16 volumes, 9.5 inches tall. Two 8 volume sets bound uniformly by White of Piccadilly in stunning full Spanish calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and superb gilt tooling to the panels. The extraordinary colours of the boards are framed within triple fillets and corner tools. All edges gilt. This rare style of decoration, originating in Spain was perfected by several of the finest English bookbinders in the middle of the 19th century. This is one of several sets bound in full Spanish calf that we presently have in stock. As well as being a great Historian, Alphonse de Lamartine was an influential Orientalist, pioneering vegetarian and is considered to be perhaps the first French romantic poet being acknowledged by Paul Verlaine and the Symbolists as an important influence. Two wonderful sets in pristine condition in the original French.

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  • SPLENDID SET OF THIS VERY SCARCE TITLE IN FULL SPECKLED CALF
    Histoire des Empereurs, et des autres Princes qui ont regné durant les six premiers siècles de l’église, de leurs guerres contre les Juifs, des écrivains profanes, & des personnes les plus illustres de leur temps. Justifée par les citations des auteurs originaux. by TILLEMONT, Louis Sébastien Le Nain de (Le Sieur D.T.)
    TILLEMONT, Louis Sébastien Le Nain de (Le Sieur D.T.)
    Histoire des Empereurs, et des autres Princes qui ont regné durant les six premiers siècles de l’église, de leurs guerres contre les Juifs, des écrivains profanes, & des personnes les plus illustres de leur temps. Justifée par les citations des auteurs originaux.

    Paris: Chez Charles Robustel, 1690-1738. 6 volume set, 10.5 inches tall. A splendid set in full speckled calf with gilt raised bands and dense gilt tooling to the panels. Speckled pink edges. The bindings have uniform tooling but were bound as the volumes were published in 1690, 1691, 1691, 1697, 1701 and 1738 and consequently the dimensions of the volumes and the shade of the leather varies somewhat. The volumes are in excellent condition with no splitting but there are a couple of bad scuffs on the boards leaving a small patch of the straw board visible. One engraved chapter heading to each volume. With the armorial bookplates of Le M(arqu)is de Champagne Giffart. This is the First Edition…

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    Paris: Chez Charles Robustel, 1690-1738. 6 volume set, 10.5 inches tall. A splendid set in full speckled calf with gilt raised bands and dense gilt tooling to the panels. Speckled pink edges. The bindings have uniform tooling but were bound as the volumes were published in 1690, 1691, 1691, 1697, 1701 and 1738 and consequently the dimensions of the volumes and the shade of the leather varies somewhat. The volumes are in excellent condition with no splitting but there are a couple of bad scuffs on the boards leaving a small patch of the straw board visible. One engraved chapter heading to each volume. With the armorial bookplates of Le M(arqu)is de Champagne Giffart. This is the First Edition of a work much admired by Gibbon. A superb set of this rare title.

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  • EXCEEDINGLY RARE IRISH SET IN FINE CALF BINDING
    History of The French Revolution And The Wars Resulting From That Memorable Event. Comprehending The political And Military Annals of Europe, From The Meeting of The States General at Versailles in 1789 to The Battle of Waterloo. by M’GREGOR, John James ( McGREGOR )
    M’GREGOR, John James ( McGREGOR )
    History of The French Revolution And The Wars Resulting From That Memorable Event. Comprehending The political And Military Annals of Europe, From The Meeting of The States General at Versailles in 1789 to The Battle of Waterloo.

    Waterford: John Bull, 1816. 12 volumes, 8.35 inches tall. A superb set of this very scarce work in a classic mid Victorian half calf binding. With gilt raised bands, labels and dense gilt tooling to the panels. The first seven volumes were published in Waterford and are embellished with portraits and maps; the last five volumes were published in Dublin by which time the publisher's money or enthusiasm for illustration had disappeared. Volume VI also contains a Dedication to Charles Chetwynd, Earl Talbot, General Governor of Ireland. A former owner has neatly inscribed his name, W.M. Humphreys, at the head of page 20 of several volumes. There are a total of twenty engraved portraits and five engraved maps and…

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    Waterford: John Bull, 1816. 12 volumes, 8.35 inches tall. A superb set of this very scarce work in a classic mid Victorian half calf binding. With gilt raised bands, labels and dense gilt tooling to the panels. The first seven volumes were published in Waterford and are embellished with portraits and maps; the last five volumes were published in Dublin by which time the publisher's money or enthusiasm for illustration had disappeared. Volume VI also contains a Dedication to Charles Chetwynd, Earl Talbot, General Governor of Ireland. A former owner has neatly inscribed his name, W.M. Humphreys, at the head of page 20 of several volumes. There are a total of twenty engraved portraits and five engraved maps and plans. Copac records two copies at Trinity College Dublin and one at Oxford, Cambridge and the National Trust. A fine set in excellent condition.

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  • VERY SCARCE TITLE IN CLASSIC VICTORIAN FULL CALF
    The Works. by RALEGH, Sir Walter (RALEIGH)
    RALEGH, Sir Walter (RALEIGH)
    The Works.

    Oxford: The University Press, 1829. 8 volume set, 8.75 inches tall. A classic Victorian full calf binding with gilt raised bands, twin labels and floral gilt tooling to the panels. Speckled pink edges. With the 'Fasque' bookplate from the Gladstone Library. Light staining to the boards. A superb copy of this very rare title.

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  • V RARE COMPLETE SET IN FULL TREE CALF
    Procès Fameux Extraits de l’Essai sur l’Histoire Générale des Tribunaux des Peuples tant Anciens que Modernes, Contenant les Anecdotes piquantes, & les Jugemens fameux des Trubunaux de tous les temps & de toutes les Nations by DES ESSARTS, Nicolas Toussaint Le Moyne
    DES ESSARTS, Nicolas Toussaint Le Moyne
    Procès Fameux Extraits de l’Essai sur l’Histoire Générale des Tribunaux des Peuples tant Anciens que Modernes, Contenant les Anecdotes piquantes, & les Jugemens fameux des Trubunaux de tous les temps & de toutes les Nations

    Paris: Chez L'Auteur, 1786-1803. 20 volume set, 6.75 inches tall. A rare set in a fine binding with gilt bands, twin labels and dense gilt tooling to the panels. The tree calf of the panels in framed within gilt rolls. Red speckled edges. The first volume is a second issue the remaining volumes all first. A fascinating and terrifying collection of trials from ancient times but with a great emphasis on those executed in the French Revolution, the last two unfortunates being Marie-Antoinette and her sister in law Elizabeth. A rare item in superb condition.

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  • FINE SET IN REGENCY TREE CALF
    The History of England. by HUME, David & SMOLLETT, Tobias
    HUME, David & SMOLLETT, Tobias
    The History of England.

    London: Cadell & Davies, 1802-1804. 13 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. Superb tree calf from the very beginning of the nineteenth century with gilt bands, green label and delicate gilt tooling to the panels. Full page engraved portraits of the authors, all the monarchs and important historical figures. Neat early ink owners name at the head of each title page. A fine set of this celebrated History of England.

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  • MONSTRELET'S CHRONICLES
    The Chronicles of Enguerrand de Monstrelet; containing an account of the cruel civil wars between the houses of Orleans and Burgundy; of the possession of Paris and Normandy by the English; their expulsion thence; and of other memorable events that happen by MONSTRELET, Enguerrand de. Thomas Johnes [translated by].
    MONSTRELET, Enguerrand de. Thomas Johnes [translated by].
    The Chronicles of Enguerrand de Monstrelet; containing an account of the cruel civil wars between the houses of Orleans and Burgundy; of the possession of Paris and Normandy by the English; their expulsion thence; and of other memorable events that happen

    London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown and J. White, 1810. 13 vols., 8vo (9" tall). 51 fine engravings in volume 13. Full red morocco by J. Clarke. A superb binding from the beginning of the 19th century. Gilt raised bands, palette lines, double roll framing the boards, dentelles and edges. A slight superficial darkening to one panel on volume four.

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  • SPLENDID SET IN FULL CALF
    The Invasion of the Crimea by KINGLAKE, A.W.
    KINGLAKE, A.W.
    The Invasion of the Crimea

    London & Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1874-1887. 8 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. A classic Victorian full calf set by Harrison of Pall Mall. With gilt raised bands, twin labels and very fine gilt tooling to the panels. Volumes 7 & 8 were published some years after the first 6 volumes and have a slight variation in tooling. A fine set of this authoritative work whose full title is 'The Invasion of the Crimea: Its Origin, and an Account of its Progress Down to The Death of Lord Raglan'. Armorial bookplate and neat ink inscription to the first blank. Many folding plans and maps.

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  • FINELY ILLUSTRATED SET IN STUNNING FULL MOROCCO
    Portraits of the Illustrious Personages of Great Britain. by Lodge, Edmund
    Lodge, Edmund
    Portraits of the Illustrious Personages of Great Britain.

    London: Harding and Lepard, 1835. 12 volume set bound in 6 volumes, 11 inches tall. A superb full hard grain morocco with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels, blind and gilt fillets framing the boards, dentelles and all edges gilt. With 240 full page engraved portraits from Elizabeth York in 1502, through to The Duke of Wellington in the 1830's. Some foxing to the plates, as usual. A stunning set.

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  • MAGNIFICENT FULL HARD GRAIN MOROCCO PRESENTED TO THE EDITOR
    Allegations for Marriage Licences issued by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster, 1558-1699; Also, for those issued by Vicar General of the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1660-1697; 1543-1869; 1679-1687; 1687-1694; 1660-1668 & 1669-1679. by ARMYTAGE, George John (edited by)
    ARMYTAGE, George John (edited by)
    Allegations for Marriage Licences issued by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster, 1558-1699; Also, for those issued by Vicar General of the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1660-1697; 1543-1869; 1679-1687; 1687-1694; 1660-1668 & 1669-1679.

    London: The Harleian Society, 1886, 1886, 1890, 1890, 1892 & 1892. 6 volumes, 10.5 inches tall. Magnificent full hard grain morocco with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels, dentelles and all edges. Bound by Blunson. Presented to the Editor, Sir George John Armytage by the Society. Comprising The Harleian Society volumes XXIII, XXIV, XXX, XXI, XXXIII & XXXIV.

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  • DE LUXE EDITION IN FINE HALF CALF BY RIVIERE
    The Works of Lord Morley. Edition de Luxe. (Titles include: Oliver Cromwell; Voltaire; Rousseau; Diderot; Walpole & Burke). by MORLEY, Lord
    MORLEY, Lord
    The Works of Lord Morley. Edition de Luxe. (Titles include: Oliver Cromwell; Voltaire; Rousseau; Diderot; Walpole & Burke).

    London: Macmillan, 1921. 15 volume set, 9 inches tall. A very handsome half calf binding by Riviere with gilt raised bands, twin labels and fine gilt floral tooling to the panels. Gilt top edges. Portrait. A splendid set of the deluxe edition of the works of this famous statesman and writer.

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  • SPLENDID FULL REGENCY GILT AND BLIND 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: Clarendon Press, 1819. 6 volume set, 8.75 inches tall. A fine regency binding with wide blind tooled raised bands and panels. gilt lettering and splendid and unusual tooling to the boards. Armorial bookplate and ink inscription on the reverse of the free endpaper of Robert Alder Thorp of Corpus Christi, Oxford. Slight loss to some gilding on the boards. A superb set of this great history of the English Civil War.

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  • MOST ATTRACTIVE FULL CALF
    The Works of Lord Macaulay. by MACAULAY, Lord
    MACAULAY, Lord
    The Works of Lord Macaulay.

    London: Longmans, Green & Co, 1870. 8 volume set, 9 inches tall. A most attractive full calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and fine gilt tooling to the panels. Some scratching to the boards. The bookplate of Ernest Terah Hooley of Risley Hall. The remarkable Ernest Hooley was one of the most notorious financial fraudster of his time. An estimated £100,000,000 passed through his hands and he founded Trafford Park, the first industrial park in the world and still the largest in Europe. A handsome set of these celebrated Histories.

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  • SPLENDID SET IN HALF MOROCCO
    Lives of the Queens of England. by STRICKLAND, Agnes
    STRICKLAND, Agnes
    Lives of the Queens of England.

    London: Colburn & Co, 1852. 8 volume set, 9 inches tall. A fine large type edition of this classic history. Bound in splendid half morocco with raised bands, gilt centre tools, titles and top edges. With engraved portraits of each Queen.

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  • STUNNING FULL 18TH CENTURY TREE CALF
    Private Memoirs Relative to the Last Year of the Reign of Lewis The Sixteenth, Late King of France. by MOLEVILLE, Antoine François Bertrand de
    MOLEVILLE, Antoine François Bertrand de
    Private Memoirs Relative to the Last Year of the Reign of Lewis The Sixteenth, Late King of France.

    London: Strahan, Cadell and Davies, 1797. 3 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. A beautiful 18th century tree calf with gilt bands and labels. Blue speckled edges. Portraits. The armorial bookplate of Sir William Forbes of Pitsligo and his signature at the head of the title page. The first edition of this near contemporary account.

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  • TALL SET WITH 72 SPLENDID LITHOGRAPHS IN FULL MOROCCO
    The Baronial Halls and Ancient Picturesque Edifices of England by HALL, S.C.
    HALL, S.C.
    The Baronial Halls and Ancient Picturesque Edifices of England

    Chapman and Hall, London, 1848. 2 volume set, 18 inches tall. A rather magnificent tall set in full hard grain morocco with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels, dentelles and all edges gilt. The binding is rubbed, scuffed and marked with a dark in stain on the lower board of volume II, but it is not splitting and is firm, solid and impressive. There are 72 splendid full page lithographs by J. D. Harding, C. Cattermole, S. Prout, W. Muller, J. Holland and other eminent Artists. With the armorial bookplate of F.W. Tetley.

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  • EXTRA ILLUSTRATED SET IN HALF MOROCCO BY TOUT
    ‘Mann’ and Manners at the Court of Florence, 1740-1786, founded on the Letters of Horace Mann to Horace Walpole. by DORAN, Dr.
    DORAN, Dr.
    ‘Mann’ and Manners at the Court of Florence, 1740-1786, founded on the Letters of Horace Mann to Horace Walpole.

    London: Richard Bentley, 1876. 2 volume set, 9 inches tall. A superbly bound set by Tout with gilt raised bands, very fine gilt tooling to the panels and gilt top edges. Extra illustrated with 124 engraved plates. From the library of the Brian Forbes, Film Director. A unique and most elegant item bound by one of the most celebrated firms of binders of the period.

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  • EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD LOOKING SET OF THIS CLASSIC HISTORY
    A Short History of the English People. by GREEN, J.R.
    GREEN, J.R.
    A Short History of the English People.

    London: Macmillan, 1892. 4 volume set, 9.75 inches tall. A very good looking late Victorian binding in half crushed goat's skin with gilt raised bands and elegant gilt centre tools representing the rose and crown of England. All edges gilt. A neat ink inscription on the paste down endpaper. Embellished with colour and monochrome illustrations throughout.

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  • THE EDITORS COPY IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO
    The Register of Baptisms and Marriages at St, George’s Chapel, May Fair. by ARMYTAGE, George J. (edited by)
    ARMYTAGE, George J. (edited by)
    The Register of Baptisms and Marriages at St, George’s Chapel, May Fair.

    London: The Harleian Society, 1889. Full morocco, 10.5 inches tall. Magnificent full hard grain morocco with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels, dentelles and all edges. Comprising The Harleian Society volume XV. Presented to the Editor by Lord Bute. Scarce title in pristine condition.

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  • PRESENTATION COPY IN MAGNIFICENT FULL HARD GRAIN MOROCCO
    The Parish Registers of St. Michael, Cornhill, London….1546-1754. by CHESTER, Joseph Lemuel (partly edited by)
    CHESTER, Joseph Lemuel (partly edited by)
    The Parish Registers of St. Michael, Cornhill, London….1546-1754.

    London: The Harleian Society, 1882. Full morocco, 10.5 inches tall. Magnificent full hard grain morocco with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels, dentelles and all edges. Bound by Hammond. Presented to Sir George John Armytage. Comprising The Harleian Society volume VII.

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