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  • FABULOUS BINDING WITH REMARKABLE MASONIC GILT TOOLING
    The Book of Common Prayer.....Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David. by PRAYER
    PRAYER
    The Book of Common Prayer.....Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David.

    Oxford: W. Dawson at the Oxford Bible Warehouse, 1790. Full morocco, 12 inches tall. A fabulous late 18th century binding with gilt bands and exceptional gilt tooling to the panels and boards. The boards are framed withing double fillets, garlands and a series of masonic tools. At the centre of the upper board is the name of the original owner 'Lord Spencer Chichester'. All edges gilt. A remarkable copy of 'The Book of Common Prayer' in an exceptional binding in fine condition.

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  • REMARKABLE AND BEAUTIFULLY BOUND STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO
    The Book of Common Prayer. by PRAYER
    PRAYER
    The Book of Common Prayer.

    Oxford, The Clarendon Press: Bensley, Cooke, 1816. Full morocco, 12 1/2 inches tall. A magnificent and remarkable Regency full straight grain morocco with gilt raised bands,and extraordinary gilt tooling to the panels. The boards have a wonderful gilt block of The Church of St. Martin in the Fields on Trafalgar Square and one of the most famous churches in London. This view of St. Martin in the Fields is set within a gilt and blind lozenge, itself within a spectacular gilt border with the repeated corner tool found on the spine. Wide gilt dentelles frame a leather bookplate on which a dedication to the 'Gentlemen of the Vestry' is on the inside of the upper board. A similar bookplate…

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    Oxford, The Clarendon Press: Bensley, Cooke, 1816. Full morocco, 12 1/2 inches tall. A magnificent and remarkable Regency full straight grain morocco with gilt raised bands,and extraordinary gilt tooling to the panels. The boards have a wonderful gilt block of The Church of St. Martin in the Fields on Trafalgar Square and one of the most famous churches in London. This view of St. Martin in the Fields is set within a gilt and blind lozenge, itself within a spectacular gilt border with the repeated corner tool found on the spine. Wide gilt dentelles frame a leather bookplate on which a dedication to the 'Gentlemen of the Vestry' is on the inside of the upper board. A similar bookplate on the inside of the lower board is dedicated to the Revd. Josh. Holden Potts. All edges gilt. There is some rubbing some scuffing, in particular at the head of the top panel and a few minor ink stains. In general this beautiful Book of Common Prayer is in excellent condition.

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  • RARE WORK IN SUPERB 18TH CENTURY FULL CALF
    Letters on Different Subjects. by (PENNINGTON, Lady Sarah)
    (PENNINGTON, Lady Sarah)
    Letters on Different Subjects.

    London : to be had by the Subscribers of those Booksellers to whom they have subscribed, and at W. Bristow's late Shop in St. Paul's Church Yard, or at his House in Roll's Buildings, Fetter-Lane, 1766-1767. 4 volume set, 7 1/4 inches tall. A superb full 18th century calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels, delightful gilt pomegranate tooling to the panels and a simple gilt chain roll framing the boards. Yellow edges. With the magnificent armorial bookplate of Vane Londonderry. An early advocate of women's rights having escaped an unhappy marriage and hostile husband. Early copies of her works are very rare even in institutions. A superb set.

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  • FULL BLUE VELVET CLASPED BINDINGS WITH AUSTEN AND NELSON ASSOCIATIONS
    The Book of Common Prayer. Proper Lessons. by PRAYER
    PRAYER
    The Book of Common Prayer. Proper Lessons.

    Oxford: The University Press, 1834. 2 volume set, 4 1/2 inches tall. Full velvet bindings in pristine condition having been housed on a somewhat rubbed, but solid, box. With fully functioning and complete brass clasps and rubbed brass plates on the upper boards with the titles of the books and on the lower boards the name 'Hilare' with two coronets. All edges gilt. The paste down endpapers are of watered silk with gilt and velvet borders. The free endpapers are of watered silk with gilt borders. On both title pages is the neat ink inscription 'Easter Day April 19th 1835'. The 'Hilare' refers to Hilare Knight, the daughter of Admiral Sir Robert Barlow. Following the death of her first…

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    Oxford: The University Press, 1834. 2 volume set, 4 1/2 inches tall. Full velvet bindings in pristine condition having been housed on a somewhat rubbed, but solid, box. With fully functioning and complete brass clasps and rubbed brass plates on the upper boards with the titles of the books and on the lower boards the name 'Hilare' with two coronets. All edges gilt. The paste down endpapers are of watered silk with gilt and velvet borders. The free endpapers are of watered silk with gilt borders. On both title pages is the neat ink inscription 'Easter Day April 19th 1835'. The 'Hilare' refers to Hilare Knight, the daughter of Admiral Sir Robert Barlow. Following the death of her first husband she married, in 1829, the much older and recently widowed Reverend William Nelson (1757 -1835), brother of Horatio Nelson. Upon whose death in 1805, William had been created first Earl Nelson (Horatio having only been a Viscount). Hilare, now styled the dowager Countess Nelson, married George Thomas Knight (1795-1867), nephew of Jane Austen, being the son of Austen's brother Edward Knight. A beautiful set with most interesting associations.

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  • FINE PRINTING IN SPECTACULAR FULL MOROCCO BY RIVIÈRE
    The Psalter, or Psalms of David. by PSALTER
    PSALTER
    The Psalter, or Psalms of David.

    London: James Burns, 1843. Full Morocco, 8 1/2 inches tall. A spectacular binding by Rivière & Son with gilt raised bands and extra gilt tooling with a stylized cross within a cartouche repeated on the panels and the boards within a series of gilt fillets and rolls. Gilt dentelles and all edges. From the collection of Robin de Beaumont and with his bookplate. An ink inscription regarding a Church Dedication Festival, dated 1884, on the paste down endpaper. Unpaginated, black letter text, printed in red and black, decorative floral criblé border to each page throughout. James Burns was a distinguished bookseller in Manchester and then London celebrated for his illustrated books. An extremely attractive copy in fine condition.

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  • SUPERB SET IN HANDSOME HALF RED MOROCCO
    The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night: Now First Completely Done into English Prose and Verse from the Original Arabic. by PAYNE, John
    PAYNE, John
    The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night: Now First Completely Done into English Prose and Verse from the Original Arabic.

    London: Printed for the Villon Society by Private subscription and for Private Circulation Only, 1882-1884. 9 volume set, 9 inches tall. A very handsome set with raised bands and splendid gilt centre tools. Gilt top edges, the other edges deckled. This privately printed edition is limited to 500 copies of which this is number 14. Slight foxing to the preliminaries, otherwise pristine.

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  • SUPERB 18th CENTURY TREE CALF COUNTRY HOUSE BINDING
    The Works of Peter Pindar. by PINDAR, Peter. (WOLCOT, John).
    PINDAR, Peter. (WOLCOT, John).
    The Works of Peter Pindar.

    London: George Goulding and John Walker, 1793. 3 volume set, 10 1/2 inches tall. Superb 18th century 'Country House' full calf with raised bands and splendid gilt tooling to the panels and exceptionally fine twin labels. With the splendid martial bookplate of Stewart. 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 an ink stain to one foredge and two stains on the reverse of the frontispiece, not affecting the portrait itself, otherwise very clean internally and magnificent externally.

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  • TALL, RARE EDITION IN SUPERB HALF MOROCCO
    The Arte of English Poesie. by PUTTENHAM, George.
    PUTTENHAM, George.
    The Arte of English Poesie.

    London: Printed by Harding and Wright in St. John's Square for Robert Triphook, 1811-1815. 2 volume set, 10 inches tall. A superb half morocco by J(eremiah) Larkins with gilt raised bands and exceptionally fine gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt top edges, the remainder being deckled. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. George Puttenham was a 16th century writer and critic. Court records describe him as a 'compulsive adulterer, a serial rapist and a wife-beater', he was also probably the author of 'The Arte of English Poesie', first printed in 1589. It is considered the most systematic and comprehensive treatise of the time on its subject. It is 'contrived into three books: the first…

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    London: Printed by Harding and Wright in St. John's Square for Robert Triphook, 1811-1815. 2 volume set, 10 inches tall. A superb half morocco by J(eremiah) Larkins with gilt raised bands and exceptionally fine gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt top edges, the remainder being deckled. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. George Puttenham was a 16th century writer and critic. Court records describe him as a 'compulsive adulterer, a serial rapist and a wife-beater', he was also probably the author of 'The Arte of English Poesie', first printed in 1589. It is considered the most systematic and comprehensive treatise of the time on its subject. It is 'contrived into three books: the first of poets and poesies, the second of proportion, the third of ornament.' There is no doubt about the importance of the work, with many later "poetics" indebted to this book. The first edition is exceedingly rare and this tall fine edition of 1811-1815, on hand-made paper, is itself extremely scarce. This is an exceptional example of it.

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  • MAGNIFICENT SET IN FULL SPECKLED CALF BY R. RIVIERE
    The Life of Oliver Goldsmith. by PRIOR, James
    PRIOR, James
    The Life of Oliver Goldsmith.

    London: John Murray, 1837. 2 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A beautifully bound set in full speckled calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and wonderful gilt tooling surrounding a cornucopia to the panels. The boards are framed with a single gilt roll. This is a choice example of the early work of one of the great names in English bookbinding. Robert Riviere began as a bookseller and binder in Bath in 1829, then set up shop as a binder in London in 1840. Nixon notes that Riviere's 'outstanding ability was fully established by 1851, when he was chosen as the binder of the special edition of the Great Exhibition catalogue'. From 1881 the firm became known as…

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    London: John Murray, 1837. 2 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A beautifully bound set in full speckled calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and wonderful gilt tooling surrounding a cornucopia to the panels. The boards are framed with a single gilt roll. This is a choice example of the early work of one of the great names in English bookbinding. Robert Riviere began as a bookseller and binder in Bath in 1829, then set up shop as a binder in London in 1840. Nixon notes that Riviere's 'outstanding ability was fully established by 1851, when he was chosen as the binder of the special edition of the Great Exhibition catalogue'. From 1881 the firm became known as Riviere and son. Armorial bookplate of the celebrated collector Edward Nicholas Hurt. As usual with his books this set is in pristine condition.

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  • FIRST EDITION IN A MOST ATTRACTIVE AND UNUSUAL FULL CALF
    Répertoire du Théâtre François, ou Recueil des Tragédies et Comédies, Restées au Théâtre depuis Rotrou, pour faire suite aux éditions in-octavo de Corneille, Molière, Racine, Regnard, Crébillon, et au théâtre de Voltaire. Avec des Notices sur chaque auteur, et l'examen de chaque pièce. by PETITOT, Claude Bernard
    PETITOT, Claude Bernard
    Répertoire du Théâtre François, ou Recueil des Tragédies et Comédies, Restées au Théâtre depuis Rotrou, pour faire suite aux éditions in-octavo de Corneille, Molière, Racine, Regnard, Crébillon, et au théâtre de Voltaire. Avec des Notices sur chaque auteur, et l'examen de chaque pièce.

    Paris: Perlet, 1803. 23 volume set, 8 1/4 inches tall. A most attractive and unusual full calf from the period of publication. The very elegant spines have gilt bands, twin labels and ornate and delicate centre tooling, typical of the period. A fine gilt roll frames the boards which blend tree calf with speckled lozenges in a superb fashion. Minor rubbing. With the armorial bookplates of Lord Kinnaird. A lovely set of Petitot's greatest work.

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  • FINE PRINTING IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO BY CATHERALL & PRITCHARD
    The Book of Common Prayer noted by John Merbecke. by PRAYER. (MERBECKE, John)
    PRAYER. (MERBECKE, John)
    The Book of Common Prayer noted by John Merbecke.

    London: William Pickering, 1844. Full morocco, 9 1/2 inches tall. An extraordinary and magnificent full hard grain morocco by Catherall & Pritchard with gilt raised bands, ornate gilt tooling to the panels and boards, gilt dentelles and all edges gauffered. Unpaginated, including facsimile title page and colophon of Richard Grafton (1550), printed in red and black throughout. Ornamental initials and woodcut headbands and musical notations. Light foxing. From the library, and with the bookplate of, R.H.L.-C. de Beaumont.

    A reprint of a volume of selections from the 'Book of Common Prayer' as set to music by John Marbecke (or Merbecke). First printed in 1550 by Richard Grafton, and here reprinted by Charles Whittingham at the Chiswick Press.

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  • DELIGHTFUL LITTLE VOLUME IN SUPERB FULL MOROCCO
    Les Plaisirs de l’Amour. (The Pleasures of Love).
    Les Plaisirs de l’Amour. (The Pleasures of Love).

    Paris: Chez Apollon, au Mont-Parnasse, 1782. Full morocco, 5.5 inches tall. A superb binding by Zaehnsdorf, one of the greatest London bookbinders. with gilt raised bands and splendid rococo gilt tooling to the panels and boards. Dentelles and all edges gilt. An engraved frontispiece and 17 further full page engravings. A charming 18th century anthology of French tales and poems.

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  • CLASSIC HISTORY IN WONDERFUL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    The Histories. (Historian at Sozomen/ Historion ta Sozomena). by POLYBIUS
    POLYBIUS
    The Histories. (Historian at Sozomen/ Historion ta Sozomena).

    Amsterdam: Johannis van Someren, 1670. 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 raised bands, twin labels and superb gilt floral tooling to the panels. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Armorial bookplate. Fine engraved title pages to the first 2 volumes. In the original Greek. Slightly faded spines but still a splendid set which describes the rise of the Roman Republic to the status of dominance in the ancient Mediterranean world. Famously it includes Polybius's eyewitness account of the Sack of Carthage and Corinth in 146 BC and the Roman annexation of the mainland Greece after the Achaean War.

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  • FINE EDITION IN ELEGANT 18TH CENTURY FULL SPECKLED CALF
    The Works of Alexander Pope. Esq.. (Bound uniformly with) An Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope. by POPE, Alexander. WARTON, Joseph (Essay by).
    POPE, Alexander. WARTON, Joseph (Essay by).
    The Works of Alexander Pope. Esq.. (Bound uniformly with) An Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope.

    London: Law; Johnson; et al., 1797 & 1806. 11 volume set, 8 3/4 inches tall. A very good looking set of this fine edition bound in 18th century full speckled calf. With raised bands, striking twin labels and delicate gilt and blind tooling in the panels. Armorial bookplate of Sir William Eden. Some rubbing and wear to the joints especially to the 2 volumes of 'Warton's Essay', which also have chips to the head caps, but all are still solid and firm. Alexander Pope was one of the greatest English poets of the early 18th century and also a celebrated translator and satirist of the Enlightenment era.

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  • SCARCE COLOUR PLATE BOOK IN HALF MOROCCO BY ZAEHNSDORF
    The Characteristic Costume of France. Costume Caractèristique de France. by PEAKE, Richard Brinsley
    PEAKE, Richard Brinsley
    The Characteristic Costume of France. Costume Caractèristique de France.

    London: William Fearman, 1819. Half morocco, 11 inches tall. A splendid later binding by Zaehnsdorf with raised bands, gilt title and top edge. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. With 19 bright hand-coloured plates "By an artist Recently Returned from the Continent". Each view is most illuminating particularly the 'Interior of a Coffee House', 'The Morgue' with a young child come to have a look and 'The Gaming Table'. A fine clean copy of this scarce colour plate book. With the text in English and French.

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  • SPLENDID VOLUME IN FULL EXTRA GILT MOROCCO BY SIMIER
    Histoire du Roy Henry le Grand. by PEREFIXE, Hardouin de Beaumont de
    PEREFIXE, Hardouin de Beaumont de
    Histoire du Roy Henry le Grand.

    AMSTERDAM: Louys & Daniel Elzevier, 1661. Full morocco, 5 1/2 inches tall. A beautiful little volume bound in a later (c.1820) full straight grain morocco by SIMIER, the great Parisien bookbinder, with gilt raised bands and magnificent gilt tooling to the panels. Signed at the foot 'Relié par Simier'. Simier is described thus by Ramsden 'His variety and technique were superb; he had no superior and few rivals during his career". The boards are framed within a gilt roll, fillets and corner tools. All edges gilt, gilt dentelles and pink watered silk endpapers. From the Hayhurst collection. A lovely copy in superb condition. In French.

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  • GOOD LOOKING SET IN 18TH CENTURY 'COUNTRY HOUSE' SPECKLED CALF
    The Works of Alexander Pope. by POPE, Alexander.
    POPE, Alexander.
    The Works of Alexander Pope.

    London: Bathurst, Strahan, et al, 1770. 9 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A splendid 18th century full speckled calf with gilt tooled panels, twin labels and yellow edges. From the library of Lord Kinnaird of Rossie Priory and with his bookplate. With full page steel engravings. A very clean set of the works of one of the early 18th century's greatest and most influential poets and satirists.

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  • STUNNING HARD GRAIN MOROCCO WITH GAUFFERED EDGES
    A Glossary of Terms used in Grecian, Roman, Italian and Gothic Architecture. by PARKER, John Henry
    PARKER, John Henry
    A Glossary of Terms used in Grecian, Roman, Italian and Gothic Architecture.

    Oxford: John Henry Parker, 1850. 2 volume set bound in 3, 9 inches tall. A magnificent Victorian full hard grain morocco with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels and boards, Gilt dentelles and all edges gauffered. Embellished with 1700 woodcuts, some in colour. Parker 'was of considerable importance to Ecclesiology, the Gothic Revival, and the huge national upsurge of nineteenth century Anglicanism.....his Glossary.....must stand as one of the earliest (and most scholarly) influential texts of the whole ecclesiological movement' (James Curl: Oxford Dictionary of Architecture).

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  • A HANDSOME SET IN VICTORIAN HALF CALF
    The Works of William H. Prescott. (Comprising: The Conquest of Mexico; The Conquest of Peru; Ferdinand and Isabella; Charles the Fifth; Philip the Second; Biographical and Critical Miscellanies). by PRESCOTT, William H.
    PRESCOTT, William H.
    The Works of William H. Prescott. (Comprising: The Conquest of Mexico; The Conquest of Peru; Ferdinand and Isabella; Charles the Fifth; Philip the Second; Biographical and Critical Miscellanies).

    Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1875-77. 15 volume set, 7 1/2 inches tall. A smart set of these great histories in Victorian half calf with gilt raised bands and fine gilt tooling to the panels. Portraits. A splendid set of the works of this great American historian.

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  • RARE TITLE IN STUNNING FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    The Works of George Peele. by PEELE, George
    PEELE, George
    The Works of George Peele.

    London: William Pickering, 1829-39. 3 volume set, 7 3/4 inches tall. A stunning full crushed morocco binding by 'The French Bindery Garden City N.Y.', in pristine condition. With raised bands, fine extra gilt tooling to the panels and a splendid gilt 'Cambridge panel' to each board. Gilt dentelles and top edge. With the bookplates of 'E.V.C.H'. and Beeleigh Abbey. George Peele was a 16th century English translator, poet, and dramatist, who is most noted for his supposed but not universally accepted collaboration with William Shakespeare on the play Titus Andronicus. He was renowned for his dissipated life style and little is actually known about his short life other than his remarkably influential output.

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