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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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  • VERY SCARCE TITLE IN CLASSIC VICTORIAN FULL CALF
    The Works. by RALEGH, Sir Walter (RALEIGH)
    RALEGH, Sir Walter (RALEIGH)
    The Works.

    Oxford: The University Press, 1829. 8 volume set, 8.75 inches tall. A classic Victorian full calf binding with gilt raised bands, twin labels and floral gilt tooling to the panels. Speckled pink edges. With the 'Fasque' bookplate from the Gladstone Library. Light staining to the boards. A superb copy of this very rare title.

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  • FINEST 18TH CENTURY EDITION IN SUPERB CALF BY BEDFORD
    Oeuvres de Maître François Rabelais, avec des remarques historiques et critiques de Mr. Le Duchat. Nouvelle édition, ornée de figures de B. Picart &c. Augmentée de quantité de nouvelles Remarques de M. le Duchat by RABELAIS, François.
    RABELAIS, François.
    Oeuvres de Maître François Rabelais, avec des remarques historiques et critiques de Mr. Le Duchat. Nouvelle édition, ornée de figures de B. Picart &c. Augmentée de quantité de nouvelles Remarques de M. le Duchat

    Amsterdam: Jean Frédéric Bernard, 1741. 3 volume set, 10 inches tall. Superb full calf by Bedford with gilt raised bands, twin labels and splendid gilt floral tooling to the panels. The boards are framed within triple gilt fillets and corner tools. Gilt dentelles and pink edges. With the bookplate of Baron Howard of Walden. Adorned with 1 frontispiece designed and engraved by Folkema, title engraved by B. Picart for the 1st and 3rd volumes, 3 topographical plates, portrait of Rabelais engraved by Tanjé, 8 cul-de-lampe by Picart, and 12 plates by Du Bourg, engraved by Bernaerts, &c. as called for. There is some minor rubbing and wear to the joints but the volumes are all firm and solid. A…

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    Amsterdam: Jean Frédéric Bernard, 1741. 3 volume set, 10 inches tall. Superb full calf by Bedford with gilt raised bands, twin labels and splendid gilt floral tooling to the panels. The boards are framed within triple gilt fillets and corner tools. Gilt dentelles and pink edges. With the bookplate of Baron Howard of Walden. Adorned with 1 frontispiece designed and engraved by Folkema, title engraved by B. Picart for the 1st and 3rd volumes, 3 topographical plates, portrait of Rabelais engraved by Tanjé, 8 cul-de-lampe by Picart, and 12 plates by Du Bourg, engraved by Bernaerts, &c. as called for. There is some minor rubbing and wear to the joints but the volumes are all firm and solid. A very fine set of this celebrated edition of the works of this great French Renaissance writer.

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  • SUPERBLY BOUND IN FULL CALF WITH ROYAL PROVENANCE
    The Military Adventures of Johnny Newcome, with an account of his Campaigns on the Peninsular and in Pall Mall. by ROWLANDSON, Thomas. ROBERTS, Lt. Col. David
    ROWLANDSON, Thomas. ROBERTS, Lt. Col. David
    The Military Adventures of Johnny Newcome, with an account of his Campaigns on the Peninsular and in Pall Mall.

    London: Patrick Martin, 1815. Full calf, 8.5 inches tall. A delightful later binding by Riviere with gilt raised bands, label and elegant floral gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt dentelles and all edges. The boards are framed within corner tools and triple fillet. From the library of the Duke of Gloucester, Son of King George V and Queen Mary and brother of George VI and Edward VIII, at Kensington Palace. Embellished with 15 splendid satyrical hand coloured aquatints by Thomas Rowlandson. This anonymous work has been ascribed to Colonel David Roberts. In pristine condition.

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  • SPLENDID ENGLISH EDITION IN 18th CENTURY TREE CALF
    The Roman History from the Foundation of Rome to the Battle of Actium. by ROLLIN, Charles
    ROLLIN, Charles
    The Roman History from the Foundation of Rome to the Battle of Actium.

    London: Rivington et al., 1768. 10 volume set, 9 inches tall. An elegant set in 18th century tree calf with gilt bands, fine twin labels and elaborate gilt tooled panels, typical of the period. With the bookplate of Lord Kenyon of Gredington. There is some slight wear to some joints, a couple of headcaps and rubbing to the spines but overall a good solid set. There is a neat ink inscription at the head of the title page 'Kenyon, the gift of his father 8 May 1791'. The set is illustrated with a portrait, 14 maps, mostly folding, and 17 further plates. Translated from the French.

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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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  • NEAT RUN, BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED, IN HALF CALF
    The Journal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England. by ROYAL Agricultural Society.
    ROYAL Agricultural Society.
    The Journal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England.

    London: John Murray, 1840-1856. 16 volumes, 8 1/2 inches tall. Half Calf with gilt bands and olive label. Red speckled edges. Volume I begins at page 113, then complete to the end of volume 16. Profusely illustrated with engraved plates, some folding and some hand coloured. A smart run from a Northumberland country house.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 2 VOLUMES OF POLITICAL THEORY WITH INTERESTING PROVENANCE IN SUPERB FULL MOROCCO
    Discours sur l'Origine et les fondemens de l'inegalité parmi les hommes. Du Contrat Social ou Principes du Droit Politique. by ROUSSEAU, J.J.
    ROUSSEAU, J.J.
    Discours sur l'Origine et les fondemens de l'inegalité parmi les hommes. Du Contrat Social ou Principes du Droit Politique.

    Paris: de l'imprimerie de la société littéraire typographique, 1785. Full morocco, 5.5 inches tall. A beautiful little 18th century full morocco binding with gilt pallets, floral gilt tooling to the panels, twin olive labels and a triple fillet framing the boards. All edges gilt. These 2 volumes comprise the first 2 volumes only of a 24 volume set of Rousseau's Works but are the complete political works. There is a library ticket on the front pastedown endpaper with a crowned heraldic device with the motto 'Pax et Patria'. On the first blank an ancient inscription in red crayon reads: '#24 Bibliotheque de Voltaire. Vente de M. de Villette'. Though part of a larger set, an interesting item in itself.

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  • A MAGNIFICENT COPY IN FULL HARD GRAIN MOROCCO
    The Poems of Allan Ramsay by RAMSAY, Allan
    RAMSAY, Allan
    The Poems of Allan Ramsay

    London: Cadell, 1800. 2 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. A superb binding with gilt raised bands, label and exceptionally fine gilt tooling to the panels and boards. With dentelles and all edges gilt. Portrait. A pristine copy of this early enlarged edition.

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  • PRIVATELY PRINTED MEMOIRS IN SUPERB FULL CALF
    The secret Memoirs of the Duc de Roquelaure written by Himself, now for the first Time completely translated into English in four Volumes. by ROQUELAURE, Gaston Jean Baptiste, Duc de
    ROQUELAURE, Gaston Jean Baptiste, Duc de
    The secret Memoirs of the Duc de Roquelaure written by Himself, now for the first Time completely translated into English in four Volumes.

    London: (Leonard Smithers) Privately Printed, 1896-1897. 4 Volume set, 7.5 inches tall. Superbly bound by Nichols in full calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and dense gilt tooling to the panels. Top edge gilt, the other edges untrimmed. 'This edition is strictly limited to 1000 numbered copies, 500 of which are for America'. This copy unnumbered. A fascinating work by the team of Leonard Smithers and Harry Sidney Nichols, celebrated printers and publishers of erotic and pornographic volumes.

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  • TALL EDITION WITH 42 PLATES IN SPLENDID FULL MOROCCO
    Tourist in Spain, Biscay and the Castiles. by ROBERTS, David. JENNINGS, Robert
    ROBERTS, David. JENNINGS, Robert
    Tourist in Spain, Biscay and the Castiles.

    London: Jennings, n.d. c.1837. Full morocco, 11.5 inches tall. A splendid binding from the beginning of the Victorian period with wide gilt raised bands, magnificent tooling to the boards and all edges gilt. Including the title page there are 42 engraved views by David Roberts. Foxing, particularly heavy on the title page. With the bookseller's ticket of Pocock of Bath. A rare tall edition, with no text, in a spectacular binding.

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  • FINE SET IN DELIGHTFUL 18TH CENTURY TREE CALF
    De la maniere d'enseigner et d'etudier les Belles Lettres. by ROLLIN, Charles.
    ROLLIN, Charles.
    De la maniere d'enseigner et d'etudier les Belles Lettres.

    Paris: Chez la Veuve Estienne, 1741. 4 volume set, 6.5 inches tall. A lovely 18th century English tree calf set from the library of the 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, with gilt bands, labels and yellow edges. A very fine set in pristine condition. In the original French.

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  • ARCHETYPAL GOTHIC NOVEL IN FULL CONTEMPORARY VELLUM GILT
    The Mysteries of Udolpho. by RADCLIFFE, Ann
    RADCLIFFE, Ann
    The Mysteries of Udolpho.

    London: Longman et al., 1816. 4 volume set, 7 1/4 inches tall. Full contemporary vellum binding with twin labels and extra gilt tooling to the spine. The binding is soiled and marked but retains its shape and has no splitting. The volume label for volume I has slight loss. This edition, the 7th, LACKS the copper plates, which were never bound in. 'The Mysteries of Udolpho' is a quintessential Gothic romance containing as it does, all the necessary ingredients: remote crumbling castles, seemingly supernatural events, a brooding, scheming villain and a persecuted heroine.

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