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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 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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  • STUNNING FULL SPANISH CALF BY TOUT
    Les Adventures de Gil Blas de Santillane. by LE SAGE, Alain Rene (SMOLLETT, Tobias, translated from the French by).
    LE SAGE, Alain Rene (SMOLLETT, Tobias, translated from the French by).
    Les Adventures de Gil Blas de Santillane.

    London: Dubochet, Tilt and Hooper, 1836. 2 volume set, 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 Jean Gigoux. A stunning set of this picaresque novel.

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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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  • SPECTACULAR SET IN FULL MOROCCO WITH BINDER'S TICKET
    Portraits of Illustrious Personages of Great Britain. by LODGE, Edmund
    LODGE, Edmund
    Portraits of Illustrious Personages of Great Britain.

    London: Harding and Lepard, 1835. 12 volume set bound in 6, 10 1/2 inches tall. A very fine full red morocco gilt by Sowler, and with their ticket, with raised bands and superb gilt tooling to the panels and boards. All edges gilt. With a neat ink inscription on the reverse of the front free end paper. Containing 240 engraved portraits.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • IRISH TALES IN CLASSIC VICTORIAN HALF CALF
    Novels. (Comprising: Charles O'Malley; Lord Kilgobbin; The Bramleighs, The Daltons; Knight of Gwynne; Barrington; Martins of Cro'Martin; Con. Cregan; Tom Burke, Dodd Family Abroad; Jack Hinton; Davenport Dunn; Luttrell of Arran; Harry Lorrequer; Roland Cashel and The O'Donahue). by LEVER, Charles
    LEVER, Charles
    Novels. (Comprising: Charles O'Malley; Lord Kilgobbin; The Bramleighs, The Daltons; Knight of Gwynne; Barrington; Martins of Cro'Martin; Con. Cregan; Tom Burke, Dodd Family Abroad; Jack Hinton; Davenport Dunn; Luttrell of Arran; Harry Lorrequer; Roland Cashel and The O'Donahue).

    London: Chapman and Hall, 1872 & 1873. 16 volumes, 8.5 inches tall. A splendid run in a classic Victorian half calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and floral gilt tooling including the ever present shamrock to the panels. Slightly rubbed and bumped. Profusely illustrated throughout with full page engravings by Phiz. Admired by Trollope and Dickens, Charles Lever's tales of Irish Life were hugely popular.

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  • CELEBRATED EDITION IN STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO BY C. LEWIS
    Les Amours de Psyché et Cupidon avec le Poème d'Adonis. by LA FONTAINE, Jean de
    LA FONTAINE, Jean de
    Les Amours de Psyché et Cupidon avec le Poème d'Adonis.

    Paris: Saugrin, L'An V. - 1797. 2 volume set, 6 inches tall. An exquisite full straight grain morocco by C. Lewis with twin blind tooled bands, beautiful gilt tooling to the panels, dentelles and all edges. The straight grain of the boards is framed within a frame of gilt and blind tooled fillets. Bookplate. 8 glorious copper engravings by Moreau le Jeune and a frontispiece portrait of La Fontaine after Rigeau. Slight rubbing to the head and tail cap and boards, and slight fading to the spine but a beautiful set of this delightful and scarce work from the original tale by Ovid, retold by La Fontaine.

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  • DECADENT NOVEL IN SUPERB FULL CALF
    Les Amours du Chevalier de Faublas. by LOUVET DE COUVRAY, Jean-Baptiste
    LOUVET DE COUVRAY, Jean-Baptiste
    Les Amours du Chevalier de Faublas.

    Paris: Chez Ambroise Tardieu, 1821. 4 volume set, 8 inches tall. A delightful full mottled calf by Bayntun of Bath with gilt raised bands, twin labels and very fine gilt tooling to the panels. A wide gilt roll frames the boards. Dentelles and all edges gilt. Decorated with 8 engravings by Alexandre-Marie Colin, a student of Girodet. Slight rubbing to the edges and some light foxing. An exceptional set of this licentious novel.

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  • THE ORIGINAL PARTS IN STUNNING FULL MOROCCO BY TOUT
    Various Articles. Bentley’s Miscellany. [With autograph letter from Leech.] by [LEECH, John (illustr.)].
    [LEECH, John (illustr.)].
    Various Articles. Bentley’s Miscellany. [With autograph letter from Leech.]

    London: Richard Bentley, 1840-48. 8vo (9½" tall). Superb full red crushed morocco, by TOUT. Gilt raised bands and pallets, fine gilt tooling to panels. Boards framed with gilt floral corner tool. Gilt doublures with floral patterned endpapers. Top edge gilt. Slightly foxed. Armorial bookplate. Original issues of Bentley's Magazine. Bound with special title page, contents and a preface dated 1889 by the collector John Waugh. Autograph letter in black ink bound in, dated 6 March 1863, 2 pages.

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  • SUPERB FULL CALF FROM THE CHATEAU DE CIREY
    Histoire de la Guerre des Hussites et du Concile de Basle. by LENFANT, Jaques
    LENFANT, Jaques
    Histoire de la Guerre des Hussites et du Concile de Basle.

    Amsterdam: Chez Pierre Humbert, 1731. 2 volume set, 10 inches tall. A superb early 18th century full French calf with gilt raised bands, twin morocco labels and extra gilt tooling to the panels. Pink edges. Fine full page engravings throughout. Slight foxing to the title page, otherwise clean. From the library of Madame de Simiane at the Chateau de Cirey. A fine set.

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  • SCARCE TITLE IN WONDERFUL FULL MOTTLED CALF
    Les Voyages de Kang-Hi ou Nouvelles Lettres Chinoises. by LEVIS, M. de
    LEVIS, M. de
    Les Voyages de Kang-Hi ou Nouvelles Lettres Chinoises.

    Paris: Didot, 1810. 2 volume set, 6 1/2 inches tall. Scarce utopian novel in superb full mottled calf from the beginning of the 19th century. With gilt bands, twin labels and very fine gilt tooling to the panels. Speckled edge. A neat ink owner's name 'Stewart' at the head of the first title page. A remarkable work purporting to be the travels of a Chinese explorer in Europe 100 years in the future. 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. A splendid example of this rare and fantastical work.

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  • REMARKABLY FRESH AND BRIGHT VICTORIAN FULL MOROCCO
    The Works of Charles Lamb. by LAMB, Charles
    LAMB, Charles
    The Works of Charles Lamb.

    London: Edward Moxon, 1850. 4 volume set, 7 inches tall. A very finely bound set in full morocco in remarkably bright and fresh condition with gilt raised bands, delicate gilt tooling to the panels, a wide gilt roll framing the boards, dentelles and all edges gilt. Portrait.

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  • HEAVILY RUBBED BUT MAGNIFICENT STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO BY RODWELL
    The New Forest. by LEWIS, Percival
    LEWIS, Percival
    The New Forest.

    London: Payne, 1811. Full morocco, 11 1/2 inches tall. A magnificent binding by J. Rodwell of Golden Square and with their ticket, in full straight grain morocco. With gilt and blind raised bands, elaborate gilding to the panels, dentelles and all edges. The boards are framed within a sequence of gilt and blind rolls and fillets. Engraved frontispiece and folding hand coloured map. There is some staining to the margin of the frontispiece, otherwise the text is clean. The binding is heavily rubbed but not splitting and without loss, the edges of the boards are heavily scuffed. Rodwell was a great binder in the Regency period and examples of his work, with their ticket, are scarce.

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  • VERY FINE HALF CALF
    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, 9.5 inches tall. Very finely bound in half calf with gilt raised bands, label and ornate gilt tooling around a gilt tooled onlay in each panel. Engraved plates by Smirke. From the Library and with the bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst. An English edition in the original French. Very slight fading. A splendid copy of this celebrated 18th century picaresque novel.

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