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  • BEAUTIFUL SPANISH CALF BY LEIGHTON
    The Arabian Nights' Entertainments. The Thousand and One Nights. by LANE, Edward William (translated from the Arabic, with copious notes)
    LANE, Edward William (translated from the Arabic, with copious notes)
    The Arabian Nights' Entertainments. The Thousand and One Nights.

    London: Charles Knight and Co., 1839. 3 volume set, 9.5 inches tall. A wonderful full Spanish calf by J.Leighton of Brewer Street with raised gilt bands and stunning extra gilt panels. The boards are framed within sumptuous gilt rolls and fillets. With gilt dentelles and all edges. With the armorial bookplate of Gregory Haines. Illustrated throughout with hundreds of wood engravings from the designs of William Harvey. A fabulous set.

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  • SUPERB COLLECTION IN REMARKABLE HALF MOROCCO BY RIVIERE
    Works of Charles Lever. Comprising: Confessions of Harry Lorrequer; Charles O'Malley; Jack Hinton; Arthur O'Leary; Tom Burke; Tales of the Trains; Nuts and Nutcrackers; St. Patrick's Eve; The O'Donoghue; The Knight of Gwynne; Confessions of Con. Cregan; Roland Cashel; Sir Jasper Carew; Martins of Cro'Martin; One of Them; A Day's Ride; Davenport Dunn; Cornelius O'Dowd; Luttrell of Arran; Tony Butler; A rent in a Cloud; Sir Brook Fossbrooke; The Bramleighs of Bishop's Folly. Together with Fitzpatrick's 'The Life of Charles Lever'. by LEVER, Charles
    LEVER, Charles
    Works of Charles Lever. Comprising: Confessions of Harry Lorrequer; Charles O'Malley; Jack Hinton; Arthur O'Leary; Tom Burke; Tales of the Trains; Nuts and Nutcrackers; St. Patrick's Eve; The O'Donoghue; The Knight of Gwynne; Confessions of Con. Cregan; Roland Cashel; Sir Jasper Carew; Martins of Cro'Martin; One of Them; A Day's Ride; Davenport Dunn; Cornelius O'Dowd; Luttrell of Arran; Tony Butler; A rent in a Cloud; Sir Brook Fossbrooke; The Bramleighs of Bishop's Folly. Together with Fitzpatrick's 'The Life of Charles Lever'.

    Dublin & London: Various, 1839-79. 39 volumes, 6 - 9 inches tall. Remarkable and very attractive turquoise half morocco bindings by Riviere with very ornate gilt tooling to the panels and gilt top edges. Many are finely illustrated by Hablot K. Browne 'Phiz'. There are some bumped corners, a little rubbing and the odd mark but no splitting or loss. With the bookplate of C. H. Waterland Mander. All the titles are first editions excepting 'A Day's Ride' "Second edition" but first published separately, and all are complete excepting 'Tony Butler' which lacks the third volume. A splendid collection of the works of this great Irish novelist who in his day rivaled Dickens in popularity. Some titles are particularly…

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    Dublin & London: Various, 1839-79. 39 volumes, 6 - 9 inches tall. Remarkable and very attractive turquoise half morocco bindings by Riviere with very ornate gilt tooling to the panels and gilt top edges. Many are finely illustrated by Hablot K. Browne 'Phiz'. There are some bumped corners, a little rubbing and the odd mark but no splitting or loss. With the bookplate of C. H. Waterland Mander. All the titles are first editions excepting 'A Day's Ride' "Second edition" but first published separately, and all are complete excepting 'Tony Butler' which lacks the third volume. A splendid collection of the works of this great Irish novelist who in his day rivaled Dickens in popularity. Some titles are particularly rare, including 'A Rent in a Cloud', which is "not in Sadleir: "It has been impossible to locate a copy ..."

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  • SUPERB SET IN FULL 18TH CENTURY CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Luciani Samosantensis Opera. by LUCIAN of Samosata.
    LUCIAN of Samosata.
    Luciani Samosantensis Opera.

    Amsterdam: sumptibus Jacobi Wetstenii, 1743. 4 volume set, 11.5 inches tall. A magnificently bound set with gilt raised bands and superb gilt tooling to the panels. Simple gilt fillets framing the boards, dentelles and all edges gilt. The index was published in 1746. With the armorial bookplate of Tatton Park. Slightly rubbed but with no loss or splitting. Beautifully printed in Greek and Latin. Dibdin considered this to be the most accurate and most beautiful edition of the works of Lucian, the great satirist and rhetorician.

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  • RARE WORK IN FABULOUS FULL MOROCCO GILT BY ZAEHNSDORF
    Shakesperean Creations. by LEWIS, E. Goodwyn. STANESBY, Samuel (Illuminated by).
    LEWIS, E. Goodwyn. STANESBY, Samuel (Illuminated by).
    Shakesperean Creations.

    London: Charles Griffin & Co. (1865). Full morocco, 7 3/4 inches tall. A fabulously bound volume by Zaehnsdorf with gilt raised bands and a superb stylized floral device in the panels and en masse on the boards. Gilt tooled dentelles and all edges gilt. With the leather bookplate of W.A. Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. Rubbing but perfectly firm. The frontispiece and 12 further images represent famous Shakesperean characters or creations. These are followed by 2 pages of illuminated text relating to the characters. We can find very few examples of this work in institutions and no other copies in the trade.

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  • COMPLETE WARWICK EDITION IN VERY GOOD LOOKING HALF MOROCCO
    The Works of Edward Bulwer Lytton. by LYTTON, Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron
    LYTTON, Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron
    The Works of Edward Bulwer Lytton.

    Boston: Dana Estes, 1891. 32 volume set, 9 inches tall. A rather unusual and very good looking half morocco with gilt raised bands and splendid floral gilt tooling to the panels. A former owner's gilt monogram within a floral swag on the upper boards. Gilt top edges. The deluxe 'Warwick Edition' was limited to one thousand copies of which this set is number 264. A very popular novelist through the Victorian period today he is mostly remembered for coining the phrases "pursuit of the almighty dollar", "the pen is mightier than the sword" and "the great unwashed". A fine set profusely illustrated.

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  • A MAGNIFICENT SET OF THIS LARGE PAPER DELUXE EDITION
    Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane. by LESAGE, Alain-René
    LESAGE, Alain-René
    Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane.

    London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, et Orme, 1809. 4 volume set, 11 inches tall. A magnificent crushed and straight grain morocco with triple gilt and blind tooled raised bands and dense gilt tooling to the panels. The boards have a central straight grain panel framed by very fine and elaborate gilt and blind tooling. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Large Paper deluxe edition with india proof impressions of the plates by Smirke. Offsetting from the plates, otherwise clean. The armorial bookplate of William Strahan. Some rubbing and scuffing to the edges but with no splitting or loss. An exceptionally impressive example of this celebrated edition. In the original French.

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  • HAND COLOURED PLATES, ROYAL PROVENANCE AND EXQUISITE BINDING
    The Birth and Triumph of Love. A Poem. by LAMB, Sir James Bland.
    LAMB, Sir James Bland.
    The Birth and Triumph of Love. A Poem.

    London: Printed by Bensley for Jennings and Tomkins, 1823. Full morocco, 7 inches tall. An exquisite little binding by Bayntun with gilt raised bands, beautiful gilt tooling to the panels and both boards. 2 vignettes, one hand-coloured and 24 hand-coloured plates. The plates are engraved by Tomkins from original designs by 'An Illustrious Personage, (Princess Elizabeth, daughter of George III). From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. This copy was purchased by Queen Mary in 1940. Slight fading to the spine which is still lovely and bright, otherwise this charming work is in pristine condition.

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  • FIRST BASKERVILLE EDITION IN MAGNIFICENT FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    De Rerum Natura Libri Sex. by LUCRETIUS (Titus Lucretius Carus)
    LUCRETIUS (Titus Lucretius Carus)
    De Rerum Natura Libri Sex.

    Birmingham: Baskerville, 1772. Full morocco, 11 1/2 inches tall. A magnificent later binding by Birdsall with gilt raised bands, delicate gilt tooled panels around a pomegranate centre tool, and exceptionally precise lettering especially at the tail. The crushed leather of the boards is framed within 4 gilt fillets. Wide gilt and blind dentelles and all edges gilt. Slight foxing to the title page then clean. At the head of the title page is an an early inscription 'Given Mr Penn (?) by Dr. Davis, head master of Eton, on his leaving that school'. Jonathan Davies was head at Eton 1773-1792. The armorial bookplate of Andrew Irving, Assistant Master of Charterhouse is on the reverse of the free endpaper. A…

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    Birmingham: Baskerville, 1772. Full morocco, 11 1/2 inches tall. A magnificent later binding by Birdsall with gilt raised bands, delicate gilt tooled panels around a pomegranate centre tool, and exceptionally precise lettering especially at the tail. The crushed leather of the boards is framed within 4 gilt fillets. Wide gilt and blind dentelles and all edges gilt. Slight foxing to the title page then clean. At the head of the title page is an an early inscription 'Given Mr Penn (?) by Dr. Davis, head master of Eton, on his leaving that school'. Jonathan Davies was head at Eton 1773-1792. The armorial bookplate of Andrew Irving, Assistant Master of Charterhouse is on the reverse of the free endpaper. A fine example of the first Baskerville edition of this work which was a great influence on the Augustan Poets, in particular Virgil and Horace.

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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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  • 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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  • CLASSIC HISTORY IN WONDERFUL FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Historiarum Quod Extat. Cum Perpetuis Gronovii et Variorum Notis. by LIVY (TITUS LIVIUS) Titti Livii
    LIVY (TITUS LIVIUS) Titti Livii
    Historiarum Quod Extat. Cum Perpetuis Gronovii et Variorum Notis.

    Amsterdam: Elzevir ( Apud Ludovicum & Danielem Elzevirios), 1665. 3 volume set, 7.75 inches tall. A wonderful set in a full crushed morocco, unsigned but possibly by Clarke at the beginning of the 19th century. With gilt raised bands, superb gilt floral tooling to the panels. Gilt rolls, fillets and corner tools frame the boards. Fine engraved frontispiece to volume 1. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Sold at Sotheby's in December 1857. A fine set of this work by this great Roman Historian, in the original Latin.

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  • FINE PRINTING IN MAGNIFICENT MID 18TH CENTURY GOATSKIN
    Luciani Samosatensis Opera. (The Works of Lucian of Samosata). by LUCIAN, of Samosata
    LUCIAN, of Samosata
    Luciani Samosatensis Opera. (The Works of Lucian of Samosata).

    Amsterdam: Wetsten (& Hermann Besseling), 1743-46. 4 volume set, 11 3/4 inches tall. A very fine mid 18th century goatskin binding with gilt raised bands, exceedingly fine gilt tooled panels and gilt fillets and corner tools framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Greek and Latin text, titles in red and black. Engraved frontispiece and plate in the first volume. With the bookplate of the Earls of Egerton of Tatton Park. A little rubbed and some light foxing. An impressive and complete set. Lucian of Samosata was a Greek Syrian satirist, rhetorician and pamphleteer who is best known for his characteristic tongue-in-cheek style, with which he frequently ridiculed superstition, religious practices, and belief in the paranormal. (Wikipedia).

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  • DELIGHTFUL EDITION IN SPANISH CALF BY ZAEHNSDORF
    Poetry for Children. by LAMB, Charles and Mary
    LAMB, Charles and Mary
    Poetry for Children.

    London: The Leadenhall Press, 1892. 2 volume set, 6 inches tall. A delightful little set in Spanish Calf by Zaehnsdorf with gilt bands and twin labels. The boards are framed within triple gilt fillets and a gilt roll. A charming gilt wreath and portrait is blocked on both upper boards. No. 9 of just 112 copies, signed by Andrew Tuer, printed by the Leadenhall Press on hand made paper. Armorial bookplate. The original title page, dated 1809, and frontispiece are reprinted in volume I. A beautiful copy.

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  • A RUN OF THESE ROLLICKING NOVELS IN SUPERB FULL CALF
    The Works of Charles Lever. (Comprising Knight of Gwynne; Dodd Family Abroad; The Daltons; Davenport Dunn; Charles O'Malley; Martins of Gro'Martin; One of Them; Barrington; Roland Cashel; Luttrel of Arran). by LEVER, Charles
    LEVER, Charles
    The Works of Charles Lever. (Comprising Knight of Gwynne; Dodd Family Abroad; The Daltons; Davenport Dunn; Charles O'Malley; Martins of Gro'Martin; One of Them; Barrington; Roland Cashel; Luttrel of Arran).

    London: Chapman and Hall, 1865-69. A 17 volume collection, 7 3/4 inches tall. An exceptionally good looking Victorian full calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and intricate gilt tooling to the panels. A wide gilt roll, gilt and blind fillets and corner tools frame the boards. Fine engraved frontispieces, title pages and full page illustrations by Phiz throughout. Though not a complete set of Lever's works this is a beautifully bound collection of 10 of his most popular novels, individually published, in 17 volumes. In his day the Irish novelist, Charles Lever, was hugely popular and influential and his rollicking style is still enjoyed.

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  • STUNNING FULL SPANISH CALF BY TOUT
    Asmodeus; or, The Devil on Two Sticks. by LE SAGE, Alain Rene
    LE SAGE, Alain Rene
    Asmodeus; or, The Devil on Two Sticks.

    London: Joseph Thomas 1841. Full calf, 10 inches tall. A glorious Spanish calf by Tout with gilt raised bands, triple labels and fine gilt tooling to the panels. A Cambridge panel is framed within triple fillets on the boards. Gilt dentelles and top edges. Profusely illustrated throughout by Tony Johannot. A stunning copy of this picaresque novel, first published in 1714. This comic novel concerns the wanderings of Asmodeus, a worn out, refined and likeable devil, and Zambullo, his new companion. Translated into English by Joseph Thomas.

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  • SCARCE FIRST COMPLETE ENGLISH EDITION IN BEAUTIFUL FULL CALF
    La Fontaine's Tales imitated in English Verse. by LA FONTAINE, Jean de
    LA FONTAINE, Jean de
    La Fontaine's Tales imitated in English Verse.

    London: Chapple, 1814. 2 volume set, 7 inches tall. A very fine full calf by Robson & Kerslake with gilt raised bands, fine floral gilt tooling to the panels, twin labels, dentelles and all edges gilt. Bookplate. Some wear to the joints, especially the upper joint of the first volume but still solid. The text block is spotless. There are earlier editions of Selections from La Fontaine's Tales but this is the first complete edition in English and as such is highly sought after. With 40 full page engraved plates. A beautiful set of the works of this great 17th century French fabulist and poet.

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  • FINE PRINTING IN VERY FINE GILT TOOLED FULL MOROCCO
    De Rerum Natura. (On the Nature of Things (or) On the Nature of the Universe). by LUCRETIUS. (Titus Lucretius Carus).
    LUCRETIUS. (Titus Lucretius Carus).
    De Rerum Natura. (On the Nature of Things (or) On the Nature of the Universe).

    London: Richard Taylor, 1832. Full morocco, 11 inches tall. A superb c.1835 full red morocco with gilt raised bands, ornate floral gilt tooling to the panels and a wide gilt roll and fillets to the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. With this work Lucretius was a great influence on the Augustan poets and on philosophers of the Enlightenment constructing a new Christian humanism. In the original Latin.

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  • EXCELLENT EDITION IN SUPERB FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Piers the Plowman. (Together with) Richard the Redeless. by LANGLAND, William.
    LANGLAND, William.
    Piers the Plowman. (Together with) Richard the Redeless.

    Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1886. 2 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A superb full crushed morocco with gilt raised bands, neat triple pallets framing the boards and triple fillets framing the boards. Wonderful gilt tooled dentelles and all edges. Edited with Preface, Notes and Glossary, by Walter W. Skeat in 3 parallel texts. Piers the Plowman is a Middle English allegorical narrative poem by William Langland, it is considered to be one of the greatest works of English literature of the Middle Ages, preceding and influencing Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Piers Plowman contains the first known reference to a literary tradition of Robin Hood tales. This is a magnificent copy of this great work from the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey.

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  • COMPLETE WITH 65 PLATES IN SUPERB FULL CALF
    Les Augustes Répresentations de tous les Roys de France depuis Pharamond, jusqu’à Louys XIIII, dit le Grand. by L’ARMESSIN NICOLAS, de
    L’ARMESSIN NICOLAS, de
    Les Augustes Répresentations de tous les Roys de France depuis Pharamond, jusqu’à Louys XIIII, dit le Grand.

    Paris: chez la Veuve P. Bertrand, 1714. Full calf, 11 inches tall. Splendid full later cat's paw calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and fine floral gilt tooled panels. Gilt dentelles and pink edges. With 65 portraits of the French kings. Some foxing to the preliminaries. Expert repair to the title page. With the bookplates of the Marquis de Biencourt of the Château de Masfaure.

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  • DELUXE LIMITED EDITION IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO
    Prince Charles Edward. by LANG, Andrew
    LANG, Andrew
    Prince Charles Edward.

    London, Paris, New York: Goupil & Co., 1900. Full morocco, 13 inches tall. A magnificent binding with gilt raised bands and handsome Edwardian gilt tooled panels and boards. One of a limited edition of 1500 examples. Embellished with a splendid colour portrait frontispiece and monochrome plates throughout. A little foxing to the preliminaries and slight rubbing but still a fine example of Goupil's luxurious productions.

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