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  • AN EXCEPTION COPY IN A BEAUTIFUL FULL MOROCCO BY LUCIEN BROCA
    Gamonia: or, the Art of Preserving Game; and an Improved Method of Making Plantations and Covers. by RAWSTORNE, Lawrence.
    RAWSTORNE, Lawrence.
    Gamonia: or, the Art of Preserving Game; and an Improved Method of Making Plantations and Covers.

    London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1837. Full morocco, 9 1/2 inches tall. An exceptional copy of this remarkable work in a beautiful binding by the elusive and brilliant Lucien Broca with, most uncommonly, his own stamp. The full morocco binding has gilt raised bands and wonderfully intricate gilt tooling to the panels. Heavily crushed morocco with a surround of fillets and a splendid gilt roll form the doublures, facing watered silk free endpapers. All edges gilt. First edition, with errata slip to the last printed leaf. With 15 absolutely lovely aquatints from drawings by J. T. Rawlins. Gamonia is 'One of the most attractive colour plate books, with the aquatints all beautifully coloured and with the skilled application of gum arabic…

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    London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1837. Full morocco, 9 1/2 inches tall. An exceptional copy of this remarkable work in a beautiful binding by the elusive and brilliant Lucien Broca with, most uncommonly, his own stamp. The full morocco binding has gilt raised bands and wonderfully intricate gilt tooling to the panels. Heavily crushed morocco with a surround of fillets and a splendid gilt roll form the doublures, facing watered silk free endpapers. All edges gilt. First edition, with errata slip to the last printed leaf. With 15 absolutely lovely aquatints from drawings by J. T. Rawlins. Gamonia is 'One of the most attractive colour plate books, with the aquatints all beautifully coloured and with the skilled application of gum arabic making them especially bright and sparkling.'- Ford. Eric Parker, in an 1930 edition of this book, notes: "'Gamonia' is valuable not only for its rarity and charm . It was published privately and gifted to friends by the author and is recognised as is the first treatise devoted solely to the subject of pheasant rearing, covert shooting, and the management of woodlands for the special purpose of preserving game . We can see much of what is in Rawstorne's mind in the treatment of the subjects he has chosen for illustration: in the quiet ridicule of the unskilled, in the hint of knowledge of how the thing could and should be done; in the cold and snow in which he likes to set his sportsmen seeking their quarry, and in the serenity of sunlight in which in each drawing stands Penwortham, his home". Lucien Broca was recently revealed by Marrianne Tidcombe to have created the finest bindings attributed to Sarah Prideaux, to her designs and instructions. He was born in France and bound to the highest level in Frith Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, Percy Street and Gerrard Street. A superb copy of this fascinating work.

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  • WONDERFUL COPY OF THIS HILARIOUS WORK IN FULL STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO
    The English Dance of Death. by COMBE, William. ROWLANDSON, Thomas (Illustrator).
    COMBE, William. ROWLANDSON, Thomas (Illustrator).
    The English Dance of Death.

    London: Ackermann, 1815. 2 volume set, 9 3/4 inches tall. A wonderful copy in full straight grain morocco by Lloyd, Wallis and Lloyd. This tall set has gilt raised bands, superb gilt tooling to the panels, triple gilt fillets framing the straight grain boards, gilt dentelles and all edges. With 72 hilarious colour aquatint plates and a further 2 frontispieces and one engraved title page. The concept of the Dance of Death or Danse Macabre was a powerful medieval theme showing the all conquering power of death. Holbein, in the 16th century, immortalised the idea with his exceedingly grim series of allegorical woodblock prints. In stark contrast to such Germanic horrors Rowlandson and Coombe create an hilarious series of…

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    London: Ackermann, 1815. 2 volume set, 9 3/4 inches tall. A wonderful copy in full straight grain morocco by Lloyd, Wallis and Lloyd. This tall set has gilt raised bands, superb gilt tooling to the panels, triple gilt fillets framing the straight grain boards, gilt dentelles and all edges. With 72 hilarious colour aquatint plates and a further 2 frontispieces and one engraved title page. The concept of the Dance of Death or Danse Macabre was a powerful medieval theme showing the all conquering power of death. Holbein, in the 16th century, immortalised the idea with his exceedingly grim series of allegorical woodblock prints. In stark contrast to such Germanic horrors Rowlandson and Coombe create an hilarious series of brilliant comic representations of death getting involved with every aspect of English Regency high jinks.

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  • FINE PRINTING IN SPECTACULAR FULL MOROCCO
    The Pastime of People, or, The Chronicles of Divers Realms; and Most especially of the Realm of England. by RASTELL, John
    RASTELL, John
    The Pastime of People, or, The Chronicles of Divers Realms; and Most especially of the Realm of England.

    London: Rivington et al., 1811. Full morocco, 12 inches tall. A spectacular binding by Bedford in full red morocco with gilt raised bands, superb floral gilt tooling to the panels and triple gilt fillets framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. With the bookplate of Joseph Spencer Graydon. With 18 magnificent woodcuts, mostly of the early English monarchs. This is the most well known work of the 16th century John Rastell, being a chronicle dealing with English history from the earliest times to the reign of Richard III. Rastell was also the first English printer of polyphonic music. A wonderful copy of this entertaining history.

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  • FIRST EDITION CLASSIC HISTORY IN MAGNIFICENT 18TH CENTURY FULL CALF
    The History of the Reign of the Emperor Charles V. by ROBERTSON, William
    ROBERTSON, William
    The History of the Reign of the Emperor Charles V.

    London: W. and W. Strahan, 1769, 1796. 3 volume set,10 3/4 inches tall. First edition, tall quarto, in full calf with 'Cambridge panel'. This is a magnificent binding with a great patina. It appears to have been carved from mahogany, with raised bands and twin beautifully tooled labels. Large gilt centre tools and gilt fillets decorate the panels. The boards have classic 'Cambridges panels', inked, plain and speckled with elaborate blind tooling. Speckled pink edges. A dozen or so leaves in the first volume have light creasing and superficial staining at the tips of the foredge, this doesn't affect the shape or get near the text. With the martial bookplate of Vane Londonderry, From the library of Charles William…

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    London: W. and W. Strahan, 1769, 1796. 3 volume set,10 3/4 inches tall. First edition, tall quarto, in full calf with 'Cambridge panel'. This is a magnificent binding with a great patina. It appears to have been carved from mahogany, with raised bands and twin beautifully tooled labels. Large gilt centre tools and gilt fillets decorate the panels. The boards have classic 'Cambridges panels', inked, plain and speckled with elaborate blind tooling. Speckled pink edges. A dozen or so leaves in the first volume have light creasing and superficial staining at the tips of the foredge, this doesn't affect the shape or get near the text. 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. This classic history covers the life of the Great Holy Roman Emperor 'with a View of the Progress of Society in Europe, From the Subversion of the Roman Empire, to the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century’. A wonderful set.

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  • MAGNIFICENT COPY IN FINE FULL MOROCCO
    Naples and the Campagna Felice: In a series of Letters. by ROWLANDSON Thomas; ENGELBACH Lewis
    ROWLANDSON Thomas; ENGELBACH Lewis
    Naples and the Campagna Felice: In a series of Letters.

    London: Ackermann, 1815. Full morocco, 9 1/2 inches tall. A magnificent copy in full navy blue morocco for Sawyer with gilt raised bands, very fine gilt tooled panels and top edge gilt. Triple gilt fillet framing the boards. With 2 maps, 1 folding and 17 superb hand coloured aquatints by Thomas Rowlandson.

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  • FINE SET IN CLASSIC VICTORIAN FULL CALF
    A New General Biographical Dictionary by ROSE, Hugh James
    ROSE, Hugh James
    A New General Biographical Dictionary

    London: Fellowes, Rivington et al, 1857. 12 volume set, 8.75 inches tall. A classic Victorian full calf binding with gilt raised bands, twin labels and most attractive floral gilt tooling to the panels. An exceptionally handsome set of this great work.

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  • VERY SCARCE TITLE BEAUTIFULLY BOUND IN HALF MOROCCO
    The Roxburghe Ballads. by CHAPPELL, W.M. & EBSWORTH, Joseph Woodfall (edited by).
    CHAPPELL, W.M. & EBSWORTH, Joseph Woodfall (edited by).
    The Roxburghe Ballads.

    London: Printed for the Ballad Society by Taylor, 1871. Hertford: Austin, 1874-1889. 6 volumes, 9 inches tall. A beautiful late Victorian half morocco with gilt raised bands, gilt pallets, titles and top edges. With the bookplate of West Dean Library (West Dean House, near Chichester, Sussex). Some foxing. A magnificent collection of ballads, originally formed by Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford, enlarged by successive owners, among them, by John, Duke of Roxburghe, after whom the collection is named. 3 further volumes were printed up to 1899. Any decent runs are scarce, but especially so in a fine binding. Illustrated with delightful cuts throughout.

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  • CELEBRATED HISTORY WITH MANY MAPS IN SPLENDID FULL DICED CALF
    The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes and Persians, Macedonians, and Grecians. by ROLLIN, Charles
    ROLLIN, Charles
    The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes and Persians, Macedonians, and Grecians.

    London: Longman et al., 1839. 6 volume set, 9 inches tall. A splendid early Victorian full diced calf with gilt raised bands, extra gilt panels and sparkling labels. The diced boards are framed within a gilt fillet. Finely illustrated with folding maps. The is some blotchiness to the boards, overall a superb clean set of these celebrated early histories.

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  • GRAVELOT ENGRAVINGS AND AN ELEGANT 18TH CENTURY FULL CALF
    Oeuvres de Jean Racine, avec des Commentaires, par M. Luneau de Boisjermain. by RACINE, Jean
    RACINE, Jean
    Oeuvres de Jean Racine, avec des Commentaires, par M. Luneau de Boisjermain.

    Paris: Cellot, 1768. 7 volume set, 8 inches tall. A fine 18th century full mottled calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and floral gilt tooling. Pink Edges. Decorated with a portrait of Racine, 12 plates designed by Gravelot. A splendid set, in the original French, of the works of one of the great French dramatists.

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  • STUNNING FULL ORANGE CALF BY WHITE OF PALL MALL
    Jean Paul’s sämmtliche Werke. by RICHTER, Jean Paul Friedrich
    RICHTER, Jean Paul Friedrich
    Jean Paul’s sämmtliche Werke.

    Paris: Baudry, 1843. 4 volume set, 11 inches tall. A stunning full calf binding in a most unusual orange by 'J. White. Relieur. 24 Pall Mall. 1850'. With gilt raised bands, superb gilt tooling to the panels and a triple fillet framing the boards, gilt dentelles and all edges. The boards are slightly scuffed with the occasional stain spot but still a remarkably handsome set bound by one of the greatest binders of the period. There is some foxing throughout, as usual with this edition, particularly to the preliminaries of the first volume.
    Provenance: From the residual library of Charles Butler of Warren Wood in Hatfield, purchased at Sotheby's 7/7/1853.
    Jean-Paul Richter, the great German Romantic writer…

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    Paris: Baudry, 1843. 4 volume set, 11 inches tall. A stunning full calf binding in a most unusual orange by 'J. White. Relieur. 24 Pall Mall. 1850'. With gilt raised bands, superb gilt tooling to the panels and a triple fillet framing the boards, gilt dentelles and all edges. The boards are slightly scuffed with the occasional stain spot but still a remarkably handsome set bound by one of the greatest binders of the period. There is some foxing throughout, as usual with this edition, particularly to the preliminaries of the first volume.
    Provenance: From the residual library of Charles Butler of Warren Wood in Hatfield, purchased at Sotheby's 7/7/1853.
    Jean-Paul Richter, the great German Romantic writer is best known for his humorous novels and tales.
    In the original German.

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  • LIMITED DELUXE EDITION IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO
    Five Books of the Lives, Heroic Deeds and Sayings of Gargantua and his Son Pantagruel. (In English). by RABELAIS, Francis (François)
    RABELAIS, Francis (François)
    Five Books of the Lives, Heroic Deeds and Sayings of Gargantua and his Son Pantagruel. (In English).

    London: Lawrence and Bullen, 1892. 2 volume set, 11.25 inches tall. Magnificent full red morocco with bold and very unusual gilt tooling to the spine and upper boards and gilt top edge. Blind tooled pigskin endpapers. Number 153 of a Deluxe limited edition of 210 examples on japanese vellum. Embellished with portrait and 16 fine plates by Louis Chalon.

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  • FIRST EDITION CLASSIC HISTORY IN SUPERB 18TH CENTURY FULL CALF
    The History of the Reign of the Emperor Charles V. by ROBERTSON, William
    ROBERTSON, William
    The History of the Reign of the Emperor Charles V.

    London: W. and W. Strahan, 1769. 3 volume set, 11 inches tall. First edition, tall quarto, in a very bright full 18th century calf. With gilt raised bands, twin labels and splendid floral gilt tooling to the panels. Triple gilt fillets frame the boards and pink edges. Other than a mark to one headcap and a tailcap a fine set in excellent condition. This classic history covers the life of the great Holy Roman Emperor 'with a View of the Progress of Society in Europe, From the Subversion of the Roman Empire, to the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century'.

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  • HANDSOME SET IN HALF CRUSHED MOROCCO BY ZAEHNSDORF
    Charles Reade's Novels. (The Works). by READE, Charles
    READE, Charles
    Charles Reade's Novels. (The Works).

    London: Chatto and Windus, 1896-1903. 17 volume set, 7.75 inches tall. A very neat set finely bound in half crushed morocco by Zaehnsdorf with wide gilt raised bands, gilt floral centre tools and gilt top edge. 'The Library Edition'. Charles Reade, most well known for 'The Cloister and the Hearth', was a hugely popular Victorian novelist. Arthur Conan Doyle declared 'The Cloister and the Hearth' to be his favorite novel and Oscar Wilde called it Reade's "one beautiful book, after which he wasted the rest of his life in a foolish attempt to be modern".

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  • LARGE-PAPER COPIES BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED IN PRISTINE FULL MOROCCO
    The Landscape Annual for 1831, 32 & 33. The Tourist in Italy. by ROSCOE, Thomas
    ROSCOE, Thomas
    The Landscape Annual for 1831, 32 & 33. The Tourist in Italy.

    London: Jennings and Chaplin, 1831,32 & 33. 3 volumes, 10 inches tall. A splendid collection of the 3 Italy volumes of 'The Landscape Annuals' for 1831, 32 & 33, all are large-paper copies and in pristine condition. Bound in their published full green morocco by F. Westley and with the binder's ticket. With gilt raised bands, blind rolls and corner tools framing the boards, dentelles and all edges gilt. With a total of 74 superb engraved plates on India paper of city views by J.D. Harding and Samuel Prout as well as engraved frontispieces and title page vignettes to each volume.

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  • PRISTINE SET IN VERY SMART HALF CRUSHED MOROCCO
    The War at Sea 1939-1945. by ROSKILL, Captain S. W.
    ROSKILL, Captain S. W.
    The War at Sea 1939-1945.

    London: Her Majestys Stationery Office, 1954, 1956, 1960 & 1961. 3 volume set bound in 4 volumes, 9 1/2 inches tall. It is very unusual to find this great title in a fine leather binding. This set is in a very smart half crushed morocco by Maltby's of Oxford with gilt raised bands, twin labels and neatly gilt framed panels. With gilt top edges. Bookplate. All first editions. Roskill's masterpiece is the celebrated, official history of Britain's war at sea in the Second World War. It is still considered the definitive work on the subject and is packed with photographic illustrations and folding maps and plans. There is some tiny loss to the bottom corner of the first volume's text block extending, otherwise in pristine condition.

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  • DELIGHTFUL SET IN FULL REGENCY CALF
    Histoire Ancienne des Égyptiens, des Carthaginois, des Assyriens, des Babyloniens, des Mèdes et des Perses, des Macédoniens, des Grecs. by ROLLIN, Charles
    ROLLIN, Charles
    Histoire Ancienne des Égyptiens, des Carthaginois, des Assyriens, des Babyloniens, des Mèdes et des Perses, des Macédoniens, des Grecs.

    Paris: Chez les Libraires Associes, 1809-1810. 13 volumes bound in 14, 7 inches tall. A delightful English full calf with gilt raised bands and dense gilt tooling to the panels. From the library of Charles William Vane (formerly Stewart), third Marquess of Londonderry, and with his elaborate bookplate. 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. On the first blank there is the neat ink inscription 'Frances Anne Vane Tempest'. There is some mottling to the spines and some abrasions to the boards, particularly to volume 1. Being an English binding the title is in English whereas the text is in the original French.

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  • CHARMING WORK IN SPLENDID FULL MOROCCO
    Sports & Anecdotes of Bygone Days. by REYNARDSON, C.T.S. Birch
    REYNARDSON, C.T.S. Birch
    Sports & Anecdotes of Bygone Days.

    London: Chapman & Hall, 1887. Full morocco, 8 inches tall. Bound to the finest quality by Leighton of Soho with gilt raised bands and neat gilt tooling to the panels and boards. Dentelles and all edges gilt. Bookplate of Leopold de Rothschild. Colour title page and 6 further colour plates.

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  • SUPERB FULL MOROCCO BY CHRISTIAN KALTHOEBER
    Letters of Lady Rachel Russell. by RUSSELL, Lady Rachel
    RUSSELL, Lady Rachel
    Letters of Lady Rachel Russell.

    London: Dilly, 1793. Full straight grain morocco, 9.5 inches tall. A fine example of the work of one of the greatest bookbinders of the late 18th century, with his bookplate. With his typical twin gilt raised bands, triple fillet framing the boards, dentelles and all edges gilt. Portraits.

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  • SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED SET IN SPARKLING FULL CALF
    The Works of William Robertson. by ROBERTSON, William
    ROBERTSON, William
    The Works of William Robertson.

    London: William Baynes et al., 1824. 12 volumes bound in 6, 6 1/2 inches tall. A sparkling early Victorian full calf with gilt raised bands, triple labels and extra gilt panels. Double gilt fillets and corner tools framing a gilt armorial block on each board. Folding maps. Covering Scotland, Charles V, America and India, this is a spectacular little set of Robertson's celebrated histories.

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  • SUPERB FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO BY HOLLOWAY
    Italy. (Bound uniformly with) Poems. by ROGERS, Samuel
    ROGERS, Samuel
    Italy. (Bound uniformly with) Poems.

    London: Cadell et al, 1830 & 1834. 2 volumes, 8 inches tall. very fine full crushed morocco by Holloway. With gilt raised bands, exceptionally attractive gilt tooling to the panels and boards, gilt dentelles and all edges. Bookplate. Profusely illustrated throughout with engraved vignettes by J. M. W. Turner, Thomas Stothard, and others. These titles are frequently found in fine bindings of the period and these are of a particularly high quality.

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