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  • A WONDERFUL SET IN CLASSIC VICTORIAN FULL CALF
    The Poetical Works of Robert Browning. by BROWNING, Robert
    BROWNING, Robert
    The Poetical Works of Robert Browning.

    London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1889. 17 volume set, 7 inches tall. A classic Victorian full calf for Sotheran with gilt raised bands, twin labels and beautiful floral gilt tooling to the panels. Dentelles and all edges gilt. Twin gilt fillets and corner tools frame the boards. From the library and with the bookplates of Alfred de Rothschild. A wonderful set of the poetical works of one of the greatest and most influential English 19th century poets.

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  • FIRST EDITION IN AN EXQUISITE REGENCY CITRINE STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO
    Childe Harold's Pilgrimage. Canto The Fourth. by BYRON, Lord
    BYRON, Lord
    Childe Harold's Pilgrimage. Canto The Fourth.

    London: John Murray, 1818. Full morocco, 8 3/4 inches tall. An exquisite Regency straight grain citrine morocco binding with gilt raised bands, fine twin labels and beautiful delicate tooling in the panels, gilt in the head and tail panels, blind and inked in the central two panels. The boards are decorated with gilt and blind rolls framing an inner panel with gilt fillets, corner fan tooling with further inked corner tools and flourishes. All edges gilt against glossy pink end papers. 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…

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    London: John Murray, 1818. Full morocco, 8 3/4 inches tall. An exquisite Regency straight grain citrine morocco binding with gilt raised bands, fine twin labels and beautiful delicate tooling in the panels, gilt in the head and tail panels, blind and inked in the central two panels. The boards are decorated with gilt and blind rolls framing an inner panel with gilt fillets, corner fan tooling with further inked corner tools and flourishes. All edges gilt against glossy pink end papers. 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. A glorious copy of the first edition of the fourth and final part of this great and hugely influential narrative poem.

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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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  • EXTRAORDINARY FULL MOROCCO WITH BINDER'S TICKET AND BOOKSELLER'S STAMP
    Childe Harold's Pilgrimage. The Giaour. by BYRON, Lord
    BYRON, Lord
    Childe Harold's Pilgrimage. The Giaour.

    London: John Murray, 1813. Full Morocco, 9 inches tall. An extraordinary Regency binding by J. Rodwell of Golden Square, and with their ticket, in full straight grain morocco. With blind tooled raised bands and superb blind and gilt tooled panels. The boards, most unusually, have a dense and very fine blind tooled design bordered with blind a gilt fillets and an ornate gilt roll. Gilt dentelles and all edges. There is a gilt stamp on the fore edges of the boards of Taylor & Hessey, Booksellers London. Taylor was a publisher of John Keats And John Clare. He worked for James Lackington before forming a partnership with Augustus Hessey as Taylor & Hessey in Fleet Street, London. Slight blotchiness…

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    London: John Murray, 1813. Full Morocco, 9 inches tall. An extraordinary Regency binding by J. Rodwell of Golden Square, and with their ticket, in full straight grain morocco. With blind tooled raised bands and superb blind and gilt tooled panels. The boards, most unusually, have a dense and very fine blind tooled design bordered with blind a gilt fillets and an ornate gilt roll. Gilt dentelles and all edges. There is a gilt stamp on the fore edges of the boards of Taylor & Hessey, Booksellers London. Taylor was a publisher of John Keats And John Clare. He worked for James Lackington before forming a partnership with Augustus Hessey as Taylor & Hessey in Fleet Street, London. Slight blotchiness to the spine, often seen on this shade of blue from this period, otherwise a clean and superb copy of these early editions.

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  • EXQUISITE FULL MOROCCO IN THE ART NOUVEAU STYLE
    Poems of Christina Rossetti. by ROSSETTI, Christina
    ROSSETTI, Christina
    Poems of Christina Rossetti.

    London: Macmillan and Co., 1907. Full morocco, 6 inches tall. An exquisite binding with beautifully gilt tooled floral calf onlays in the Art Nouveau style to the spine and upper board. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Portrait. Christina Georgina Rossetti was an English writer of romantic, devotional and children's poems, including "Goblin Market" and "Remember", as well as the words of the carol "In the Bleak Midwinter".

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  • 1 OF 150 COPIES IN GORGEOUS FULL CALF
    The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley. by SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe
    SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe
    The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley.

    London: George Bell, 1892. 5 volume set, 7 1/2 inches tall. A gorgeous full calf by Sotheran of Piccadilly with gilt raised bands, twin labels and gilt tooled panels. The boards are framed within corner tools and twin fillets. gilt dentelles and top edges. 150 copies of the Large Paper Edition, of which this is number 65, have been printed of this Aldine edition. Portrait. A delightful set of the works of this great romantic English poet.

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  • LIMITED EDITION IN WONDERFUL FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Poems on Several Occasions. by DOBSON, Austin
    DOBSON, Austin
    Poems on Several Occasions.

    London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, & Co., 1895. 2 volume set, 7 1/2 inches tall. A wonderful full crushed morocco by Bumpus with gilt raised bands and extraordinary fine and elaborate gilt tooling to the panels and boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Number 61 of 750 copies printed on Deckle Edge Paper, with etchings on Handmade Paper. A truly spectacular binding in pristine condition.

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  • A FINE EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED SET IN GLORIOUS FULL MOROCCO
    Chatterton's Works. From the Crown Edition of The Poets of Great Britain. Comprising: The Life of Chatterton; Poems; Political Letters; Rowley's Poems. by CHATTERTON, Thomas
    CHATTERTON, Thomas
    Chatterton's Works. From the Crown Edition of The Poets of Great Britain. Comprising: The Life of Chatterton; Poems; Political Letters; Rowley's Poems.

    London and New York: Chiswick Press, Charles Whittingham and Co., c.1900. 2 volumes, 6 3/4 inches tall. A glorious full morocco binding almost certainly by by The Harcourt Bindery of Boston with gilt raised bands and remarkable floral gilt tooling and onlays to the panels and boards. Wide gilt dentelles frame exquisite green crushed morocco doublures featuring a red rose. Watered silk free endpapers. All edges gilt. These two volumes, containing the works of Thomas Chatterton, were part of a deluxe set, the Crown Edition, of 'The Poets of Great Britain' originally published in 72 volumes. This extra-illustrated set in this splendid binding is believed to be number 1 of 10 such sets. Fine sets of Chatterton's Poetical Works are scarce.

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  • A FINE EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED SET IN GLORIOUS FULL MOROCCO
    Robert Herrick's Works. From the Crown Edition of The Poets of Great Britain. Comprising: Hesperides; His Noble Numbers: or, His Pious Pieces; by HERRICK, Robert
    HERRICK, Robert
    Robert Herrick's Works. From the Crown Edition of The Poets of Great Britain. Comprising: Hesperides; His Noble Numbers: or, His Pious Pieces;

    London and New York: Chiswick Press, Charles Whittingham and Co., c.1900. 2 volumes, 6 3/4 inches tall. A glorious full morocco binding almost certainly by by The Harcourt Bindery of Boston with gilt raised bands and remarkable floral gilt tooling and onlays to the panels and boards. Wide gilt dentelles frame exquisite green crushed morocco doublures featuring a red rose. Watered silk free endpapers. All edges gilt. These two volumes, containing the works of Robert Herrick, were part of a deluxe set, the Crown Edition, of 'The Poets of Great Britain' originally published in 72 volumes. This extra-illustrated set in this splendid binding is believed to be number 1 of 10 such sets. A superb set of the works of this great lyric poet.

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  • A FINE EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED SET IN GLORIOUS FULL MOROCCO
    Coleridge's Works. From the Crown Edition of The Poets of Great Britain. by COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor
    COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor
    Coleridge's Works. From the Crown Edition of The Poets of Great Britain.

    London and New York: Chiswick Press, Charles Whittingham and Co., c.1900. 2 volumes, 6 3/4 inches tall. A glorious full morocco binding almost certainly by The Harcourt Bindery of Boston with gilt raised bands and remarkable floral gilt tooling and onlays to the panels and boards. Wide gilt dentelles frame exquisite green crushed morocco doublures featuring a red rose. Watered silk free endpapers. All edges gilt. These two volumes, containing the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, were part of a deluxe set, the Crown Edition, of 'The Poets of Great Britain' originally published in 72 volumes. This extra-illustrated set in this splendid binding is believed to be number 1 of 10 such sets. A superb set of the works of this great romantic poet.

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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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  • GLORIOUS SET IN FULL CALF
    The Poetical Works of John Dryden. by DRYDEN, John. (WARTON, John & WARTON, Joseph, (notes by)).
    DRYDEN, John. (WARTON, John & WARTON, Joseph, (notes by)).
    The Poetical Works of John Dryden.

    London: Rivington, et al., 1811. 4 volume set, 8 3/4 inches tall. A glorious mid-Victorian binding in full calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and exceptionally fine gilt tooling to the panels. Twin gilt fillets frame the boards. Portrait. With the bookplate of Alfred de Rothschild. A splendid set of the poetical works of this great 17th century poet, play wright and translator.

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  • BEAUTIFULLY BOUND IN FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    The Poetical Works of Robert Browning. by BROWNING, Robert
    BROWNING, Robert
    The Poetical Works of Robert Browning.

    London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1901. 2 volumes bound in 1, 7 3/4 inches tall. A very fine full crushed morocco binding for Hatchards with two gilt raised band and the panels and boards with beautiful gilt tooled images from 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin'. These incorporate bells and pomegranates, rats and magic pipe. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Portraits. Some rubbing but still a fine and bright copy of these great Victorian poems.

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  • GREAT ENGLISH ROMANTIC POET IN SUPERB FULL CALF
    The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth. by WORDSWORTH, William
    WORDSWORTH, William
    The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth.

    London: Edward Moxon, 1841. 6 volume set, 6 1/2 inches tall. A superb early Victorian calf binding with gilt raised bands, twin labels, the volume labels being especially ornate and extra gilt panels. Portrait. With a neat ink inscription on the first blank "Emily Westmacott....1845". Some scuffing to the edges but overall a particularly attractive set, published in the great romantic poet's lifetime.

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  • FIRST EDITION IN SPLENDID FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Reliques of Ancient English Poetry: Consisting of Old Heroic Ballads, Songs, and other Pieces of our earlier Poets, (Chiefly of the Lyric kind.) Together with some few of later Date. by PERCY, Thomas
    PERCY, Thomas
    Reliques of Ancient English Poetry: Consisting of Old Heroic Ballads, Songs, and other Pieces of our earlier Poets, (Chiefly of the Lyric kind.) Together with some few of later Date.

    London: J. Dodsley, 1765. 3 volume set, 6 1/2 inches tall. A splendid late Victorian full crushed morocco by Webb & Hunt with gilt raised bands and extra gilt panels. Twin gilt fillets frame the boards. Armorial bookplate. A very neat set of the first edition of this most famous collection of ballads and popular songs. When published it captured the public's imagination, influencing such poets as Coleridge, Wordsworth and Walter Scott.

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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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  • ANNUAL ANTHOLOGIES IN MAGNIFICENT FULL CALF BY ZAEHNSDORF
    The Book of Gems. The Poets and Artists of Great Britain. by HALL, S. C. (Editor).
    HALL, S. C. (Editor).
    The Book of Gems. The Poets and Artists of Great Britain.

    London: Saunders and Otley, 1836, 1837 & 1838. 3 volumes, 8 3/4 inches tall. A very beautiful full calf set bound by Zaehnsdorf with an unusual 4 raised bands, twin labels and fine gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Embellished with superb engraved vignettes throughout. A fine set of these annual anthologies of British verse throughout the centuries.

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  • EPIC POEM IN SPLENDID FULL VICTORIAN CALF
    The Poetical Works of John Milton. by MILTON, John
    MILTON, John
    The Poetical Works of John Milton.

    London: Tilt and Bogue, 1843. 2 volume set, 8 inches tall. A splendid early VIctorian classic full calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and very fine extra gilt panels. Gilt corner tools, gilt and blind fillets frame the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Slight foxing to the preliminaries, otherwise pristine. Embellished with 120 fine engraved vignettes. From the library and with the bookplate of Alfred de Rothschild. Facing the title page is the following poignant ink inscription: Natty de Rothschild (Nathaniel Mayer de Rothschild) from his affectionate sister Evelina (Evelina Gertrude de Rothschild).

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  • GREAT EDITION IN CLASSIC VICTORIAN FULL CALF
    The Poetical Works of Lord Byron. by BYRON, Lord
    BYRON, Lord
    The Poetical Works of Lord Byron.

    London: John Murray, 1855-56. 6 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A classic Victorian full calf binding with gilt raised bands, twin labels and extra gilt panels. Foxing to the preliminaries, otherwise clean. With the neat owner's signature 'Horace J. Smith' on the reverse of the free endpaper. A splendid set of the works of this great English Romantic poet.

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  • RARE LIMITED EDITION IN SUPERB FULL MOROCCO BY J. WRIGHT
    Facetiae. Musarum Deliciae: or, The Muses Recreation. Conteining Severall Pieces of Poetique Wit. By Sr.J.M.and Ja:S. 1656. and Wit Restor'd, in Several Select Poems, not Formerly Publish't. 1658 etc etc. by MENNIS, Sir John & SMITH, Dr. James
    MENNIS, Sir John & SMITH, Dr. James
    Facetiae. Musarum Deliciae: or, The Muses Recreation. Conteining Severall Pieces of Poetique Wit. By Sr.J.M.and Ja:S. 1656. and Wit Restor'd, in Several Select Poems, not Formerly Publish't. 1658 etc etc.

    London: Longman et al., 1817. 2 volume set, 7 3/4 inches tall. A superb full crushed morocco by J. Wright, one of the greatest binders of the period. With gilt raised bands, smart labels and extra gilt panels. Gilt dentelles and all edges. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. Vice Admiral Sir John Mennis (or Mennes), was an English naval officer, who went on to be Comptroller of the Navy. He was also considered a wit. His comic and satirical verses, written in correspondence with James Smith, were published in 1656. He figures prominently in the Diary of Samuel Pepys, who reported directly to Mennes at the Navy Office and thought him an incompetent…

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    London: Longman et al., 1817. 2 volume set, 7 3/4 inches tall. A superb full crushed morocco by J. Wright, one of the greatest binders of the period. With gilt raised bands, smart labels and extra gilt panels. Gilt dentelles and all edges. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. Vice Admiral Sir John Mennis (or Mennes), was an English naval officer, who went on to be Comptroller of the Navy. He was also considered a wit. His comic and satirical verses, written in correspondence with James Smith, were published in 1656. He figures prominently in the Diary of Samuel Pepys, who reported directly to Mennes at the Navy Office and thought him an incompetent civil servant, but a delightful social companion. Pepys stated that Mennes's skills as a poet and mimic made him the best of company. He describes a memorable evening when Mennes and John Evelyn engaged in a mimicry contest. Mennes's highly entertaining verses first appeared in 1656 as Musarum Deliciæ or the Muses's Recreation. They appear here in a scarce Regency edition.

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