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  • SUPERB 3 VOLUME SET, FIRST EDITIONS, IN FULL MOROCCO WITH ROYAL PROVENANCE
    The Comic History of England (bound uniformly with) The Comic History of Rome. by A’BECKETT, Gilbert A.
    A’BECKETT, Gilbert A.
    The Comic History of England (bound uniformly with) The Comic History of Rome.

    London: The Punch Office, 1847-1848. Bradbury and Evans. 3 volumes, 9 inches tall. A wonderful set of the first editions of these great comic works. Bound by Bradstreet in the finest full crushed morocco with raised bands and gilt dentelles. From the Duke of Gloucester's library at Kensington Palace, each volume with his bookplate. Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester was the third son of King George V, brother of King George VI and King Edward VIII. Original wrappers bound in. With a total of 30 hand coloured engravings and over 300 woodcuts by John Leech.

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  • 3 VOLUME SET FIRST EDITIONS IN WONDERFUL FULL CALF BY TOUT
    The Tour of Doctor Syntax, in Search of the Picturesque; The Second Tour of Doctor Syntax, in Search of Consolation; The Third Tour of Doctor Syntax, in Search of a Wife. by COMBE, William. ROWLANDSON, Thomas (illustrated by).
    COMBE, William. ROWLANDSON, Thomas (illustrated by).
    The Tour of Doctor Syntax, in Search of the Picturesque; The Second Tour of Doctor Syntax, in Search of Consolation; The Third Tour of Doctor Syntax, in Search of a Wife.

    London: R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 1812, 1820 & 1821. 3 volume set, 9.5 inches tall. A glorious set of the 3 Tours, all first editions, in a wonderful full calf by Tout with gilt raised bands, triple labels, ornate, dense floral gilt tooling to the panels. The boards are framed within triple gilt fillets and ornate corner tooling. Gilt dentelles and all edges. With 2 engraved title pages and a further 78 full page hand coloured aquatints, as called for, by Thomas Rowlandson. A fine clean set. The red label of the first volume is, as is often the case, a slightly different shade. Armorial bookplate and a neat ink owner's name on the title pages. Creasing to the joints but still a wonderful set of this great comic creation.

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  • SUPERB FIRST EDITION IN FULL CALF BY ROOT
    Finish to the Adventures of Tom, Jerry, and Logic, in their pursuits through London. by EGAN, Pierce. CRUIKSHANK, Robert (Illustrated by the pencil of).
    EGAN, Pierce. CRUIKSHANK, Robert (Illustrated by the pencil of).
    Finish to the Adventures of Tom, Jerry, and Logic, in their pursuits through London.

    London: G. Virtue, 1830. Full calf, 9.5 inches tall. A pristine copy in glorious full calf by Root with gilt raised bands, triple labels and wonderful gilt centre tools indicative of our heroes dissolute adventures in London, playing cards, Champagne bottles and dancers. The boards are framed within gilt corner tools and triple fillets. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Embellished with all 36 hand coloured aquatints from designs by Robert Cruikshank.

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  • FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION IN A GLORIOUS FULL MOROCCO BINDING
    Life in London: Or, the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq. and His Elegant Friend, Corinthian Tom, Accompanied by Bob Logic, The Oxonian, in their Rambles and Sprees Through the Metropolis. by EGAN, Pierce
    EGAN, Pierce
    Life in London: Or, the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq. and His Elegant Friend, Corinthian Tom, Accompanied by Bob Logic, The Oxonian, in their Rambles and Sprees Through the Metropolis.

    London: Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1821. Full morocco, 9.5 inches tall. A glorious later full morocco binding by Riviere in pristine condition. With gilt raised bands, ornate floral gilt tooling to the panels, triple gilt fillet framing the boards, wide gilt dentelles and all edges gilt. With 36 hand coloured aquatints by I.R. and George Cruikshank and 3 folding pages of songs. Some offsetting from the plates. The images illustrate the hilarious and bawdy adventures of Jerry and his companions in London. A superb volume.

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  • HILARIOUS GEORGIAN SATIRE IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO
    The Old English 'Squire. by CARELESS, John
    CARELESS, John
    The Old English 'Squire.

    London: McLean, 1821. Full morocco, 11.25 inches tall. A superb Victorian full morocco binding with gilt raised bands, very fine floral gilt tooling to the panels, wide dentelles and all edges gilt. Large paper copy with the half title present and original paper label bound in. 24 superb and most amusing hand coloured aquatints 'by one of the family' illustrating the (mis)adventures of an English Squire of the period.

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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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  • TALL COPIES IN WONDERFUL FULL MOROCCO BY C. LEWIS
    One Hundred Fables, Original and Selected. (Together with) Fables, Original and Selected. Second series. by NORTHCOTE, James
    NORTHCOTE, James
    One Hundred Fables, Original and Selected. (Together with) Fables, Original and Selected. Second series.

    London: Geo: Lawford, 1828 & 1833. 2 volume set, 10 inches tall. A wonderful full morocco binding by C(harles) Lewis with raised bands, very fine tooling to the panels, dentelles and all edges gilt. Exceptionally tall copies with vignettes and decorated initials throughout. James Northcote, as well as being a celebrated Fabulist was a fine artist.

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  • BEST EDITION IN STUNNING FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Memoirs of the Life of the Late John Mytton Esq. of Halston, Shropshire. by NIMROD (APPERLEY, Charles James). ALKEN, Henry, illustrator.
    NIMROD (APPERLEY, Charles James). ALKEN, Henry, illustrator.
    Memoirs of the Life of the Late John Mytton Esq. of Halston, Shropshire.

    London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1837. Full morocco, 9.25 inches tall. A stunning later binding in full crushed morocco with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels and triple gilt fillets framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. The celebrated, expanded and much improved second edition. Embellished with 18 superb and most amusing hand coloured aquatints by Henry Alken.

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  • HILARIOUS WORK IN EXTRAORDINARY FULL MOROCCO
    Sketches of Indian Life. by LLOYD, W.
    LLOYD, W.
    Sketches of Indian Life.

    London: Chapman & Hall, 1890. Full morocco, 13 inches tall. In the distinctive binding created for the great bibliophile, Henry Arthur Johnstone. With gilt titles and floral centre tools to the spine and his swashbuckling crest on the upper boards. Pigskin blind tooled endpapers and gilt top edges. With 18 colour plates of highly incorrect aspects of life in in India under the British Raj.

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  • 36 HAND COLOURED COMIC PLATES IN SUPERB TREE CALF
    Life in London: Or, the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq. and His Elegant Friend, Corinthian Tom, Accompanied by Bob Logic, The Oxonian, in their Rambles and Sprees Through the Metropolis by EGAN, Pierce
    EGAN, Pierce
    Life in London: Or, the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq. and His Elegant Friend, Corinthian Tom, Accompanied by Bob Logic, The Oxonian, in their Rambles and Sprees Through the Metropolis

    London: Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1822. Full morocco, 9.5 inches tall. A splendid treecalf which has been expertly repaired (by Bayntuns of Bath) with the original spine relaid. With gilt raised bands, twin labels and very fine gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt dentelles and top edge. With 36 hand coloured aquatints by I.R. and George Cruikshank and folding pages of songs. Some offsetting from the plates. The images illustrate the hilarious and bawdy adventures of Jerry and his companions in London.

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  • LIMITED EDITION IN FABULOUS FULL MOROCCO BY ZAEHNSDORF
    Phil May's ABC: Fifty-Two Original Designs Forming Two Humorous Alphabets from A to Z. by MAY, Phil
    MAY, Phil
    Phil May's ABC: Fifty-Two Original Designs Forming Two Humorous Alphabets from A to Z.

    The Leadenhall Press Limited, 1897. Full morocco, 11 inches tall. A fabulous full morocco by Zaehnsdorf with gilt raised bands, and very fine gilt tooling to the panels and boards. Finely gilt tooled dentelles and all edges. Silk endpapers. Though the binding is still firm there are cracks running the length of the spine on both boards. Limited to 1050 copies of which this is number 362.

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  • CLASSIC COMIC POEM WITH 12 HAND COLOURED AQUATINTS IN FULL MOROCCO
    Hudibras. by BUTLER, Samuel
    BUTLER, Samuel
    Hudibras.

    London: Akerman (sic) et al., 1822. 2 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. Superb later crushed morocco by Bayntun with gilt raised bands, gilt panels, framed boards, dentelles and all edges. With 12 hand coloured aquatints. A pristine copy of this great mock heroic Civil War poem through the story of Sir Hudibras and his comic adventures.

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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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  • 24 HAND COLOURED AQUATINTS IN HALF NAVY BLUE MOROCCO
    The Adventures of A Post Captain: By a Naval Officer. by THORNTON, Alfred. WILLIAMS, Charles, (Illustrator)
    THORNTON, Alfred. WILLIAMS, Charles, (Illustrator)
    The Adventures of A Post Captain: By a Naval Officer.

    London: Johnson et al, 1817. Half morocco, 10.5 inches tall. A handsome later half morocco with gilt raised bands and gilt tooled panels. All edges untrimmed. Embellished with all 24 splendid hand coloured aquatints, as called for. An amusing romp in the style of Dr. Syntax, wonderfully illustrated.

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  • CURIOUS AND RARE ITEM IN SUPERB FULL CALF
    Tis Merry when Gossips Meet. Pasquil’s Night-Cap. by ROWLANDS, Samuel. FENNOR, William
    ROWLANDS, Samuel. FENNOR, William
    Tis Merry when Gossips Meet. Pasquil’s Night-Cap.

    Chiswick Press: C. Whittingham, 1819. Full calf, 7.5 inches tall. A superbly bound volume with gilt raised bands and ornate blind tooling to the panels and boards, typical of the Regency period. Slight rubbing. Bookplate and Binder's Ticket for T.Sowler of St. Ann's Square, Manchester. A very curious and rare work containing 2 reprints, the first published originally by John Deane in 1609, the second by Thomas Thorp in 1612. Titled 'Ancient Humorous Poetry' on the spine.

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  • SCARCE WORK IN SUPERB FULL CALF
    Eccentric Tales, In Verse. by CRAMBO, Cornelius (RHODES, W.B.)
    CRAMBO, Cornelius (RHODES, W.B.)
    Eccentric Tales, In Verse.

    London: Tipper, 1808. Full calf, 6.75 inches tall. A delightful and extraordinary work in fine full late 19th century calf by Morrell. With gilt raised bands, twin labels and floral gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt dentelles and all edges. The scarce first edition of this collection of 13 irreverent ballads. Folding hand coloured frontispiece by Atkinson.

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  • PARALLEL ENGLISH AND FRENCH TEXT IN SUPERB FULL CALF BINDING
    Hudibras by BUTLER, Samuel
    BUTLER, Samuel
    Hudibras

    London: 1757. 3 volume set, 6.75 inches tall. Superb full calf bindings of the period with gilt bands, twin labels and delightful floral tooling to the panels. The binding is in splendid condition other than some loss to the headcap of volume 1. The text and all the plates, some folding, are all particularly clean. This interesing edition has the text in both English and French and has corresponding English and French title pages. Although the title page states that the book was published in London, I would assume it was actually printed on the Continent. A fine set.

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  • HALF CALF WITH ROYAL PROVENANCE
    The Bab Ballads. by GILBERT, W.S.
    GILBERT, W.S.
    The Bab Ballads.

    London: Macmillan and Co, 1914. Half calf, 7.5 inches tall. A pleasing binding by Spottiswoode with a single gilt raised band and gilt tooling in the Art Deco style to the spine and gilt top edge. With 350 illustrations by the author. From the Library of The Duke of Gloucester at Kensington Palace, and with his bookplate. An ink inscription reads 'H.R.H. Prince Henry, Honoris causa (For the sake of honour) from E.L.C.' Eton, Easter 1916'. Prince Henry Duke of Gloucester was the third son of King George V, brother of King George VI and King Edward VIII, and the first son of a British monarch to attend school.

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  • The Works of Peter Pindar. by PINDAR, Peter (Wolcot, John)
    PINDAR, Peter (Wolcot, John)
    The Works of Peter Pindar.

    London: John Walker, 1794. 4 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. A most attractive Georgian full tree calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and delightful gilt tooling to the panels. The tree calf is framed with a gilt Greek roll. Yellow edges. Loss to one headcap, some rubbing and occasional superficial loss of leather to a long defunct insect, but still a fine looking set of the poetical works of this great satirist.

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  • PRISTINE HEAVY MOROCCO BINDING
    The Ingoldsby Legends. by BARHAM, Reverend. (INGOLDSBY, Thomas)
    BARHAM, Reverend. (INGOLDSBY, Thomas)
    The Ingoldsby Legends.

    London: Bentley, 1874. Full morocco, 9.5 inches tall. With raised bands, gilt titling, Macabre gilt centre tools and elaborate gilt tooling to the boards, dentelles and all edges. Illustrated throughout.

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