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  • BOYDELL'S CELEBRATED FOLIO EDITION IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO
    The Dramatic Works of Shakspeare. Revised by George Steevens. by SHAKSPEARE, William (Shakespeare)
    SHAKSPEARE, William (Shakespeare)
    The Dramatic Works of Shakspeare. Revised by George Steevens.

    London: John and Josiah Boydell, 1802. 9 volume set, 17 inches tall. A magnificent full Georgian morocco binding with wide gilt raised bands, splendid gilt tooling in the panels and on the boards, typical of the period. Gilt dentelles and all edges. With the armorial bookplate of Charles Augustus Wild. Most unusually there is absolutely no splitting to the joints, no repairs and no loss. There are dents and abrasions to the boards but overall a spectacularly fine copy. Embellished with 95 engraved tissue guarded plates, making a total of 97 with the portraits. There is a degree of foxing to the plates, as usual. "A Magnificent national edition, in which splendour of production was to go hand in hand with correctness of text" Updike.

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  • VERY SCARCE HAND COLOURED SET IN SPECTACULAR FULL MOROCCO
    Remarks on Local Scenery & Manners in Scotland during the Years 1799 and 1800. by STODDARD, John
    STODDARD, John
    Remarks on Local Scenery & Manners in Scotland during the Years 1799 and 1800.

    London: William Miller, 1801. 2 volume set, 9 3/4 inches tall. A spectacular and beautiful Regency full morocco binding in sparkling condition. With superb and unusual gilt tooling to the wide raised bands and blind and gilt tooling to the panels. A series of superb rolls and fillets, both gilt and blind, frame the straight grained boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges, with deep squares. Pink end papers with the bookplate of Sir William Augustus Fraser of Ledeclune and Morar. 2 engraved vignettes to the title pages, a double page map and, most unusually all 32 aquatints, hand-coloured. A wonderful set.

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  • UNIQUE ITEM IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO BY ASPREY WITH ROYAL PROVENANCE
    Manuscript illustrated by A.E. Haswell-Miller. by SCOTS GUARDS
    SCOTS GUARDS
    Manuscript illustrated by A.E. Haswell-Miller.

    1936. Full morocco, 13 inches by 11.5 inches. A superb binding by Asprey & Co. with gilt raised bands, panels framed with single pallets and the Regimental badge of the Scots Guards on the upper board framed by a single fillet. Wide dentelles and all edges gilt. Containing 10 original watercolours by A.E.Haswell-Miller of selected orders of dress worn by the Regiment since the Duke of Gloucester became their Colonel in 1936. From the library of the Duke of Gloucester at Kensington Palace. Prince Henry Duke of Gloucester was the third son of King George V, brother of King George VI and King Edward VIII. This magnificent and unique volume was presented to the Duke in 1961 on the occasion…

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    1936. Full morocco, 13 inches by 11.5 inches. A superb binding by Asprey & Co. with gilt raised bands, panels framed with single pallets and the Regimental badge of the Scots Guards on the upper board framed by a single fillet. Wide dentelles and all edges gilt. Containing 10 original watercolours by A.E.Haswell-Miller of selected orders of dress worn by the Regiment since the Duke of Gloucester became their Colonel in 1936. From the library of the Duke of Gloucester at Kensington Palace. Prince Henry Duke of Gloucester was the third son of King George V, brother of King George VI and King Edward VIII. This magnificent and unique volume was presented to the Duke in 1961 on the occasion of his review of the Regiment marking his 25th year as Colonel.

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  • GLORIOUS TALL COPY OF THE SCARCE IMPROVED EDITION WITH ROYAL PROVENANCE
    The Ancient Costume of Great Britain and Ireland from the seventh to the sixteenth century. by SMITH, Charles Hamilton
    SMITH, Charles Hamilton
    The Ancient Costume of Great Britain and Ireland from the seventh to the sixteenth century.

    London: Bohn, 1848. Half morocco, 15 inches tall. A glorious tall copy from the library of the Duke of Gloucester at Kensington Palace. Prince Henry Duke of Gloucester was the third son of King George V, brother of King George VI and King Edward VIII. In pristine condition this copy was bound by J. Wright, one of the finest binders of the early Victorian period, with gilt raised bands, label and magnificent gilt armorial centre tools. All edges gilt. Decorated with 60 full page hand coloured plates, all dated 1811-13.

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  • LIMITED EDITION ON HANDMADE PAPER IN BEAUTIFUL FULL MOROCCO
    Poems. by SHAKESPEARE, William
    SHAKESPEARE, William
    Poems.

    London: Essex House, 1899. Full morocco, 9 inches tall. The poems of William Shakespeare according to the text of the earliest editions. Arranged, and collated with the originals by F.S. Ellis, and printed at the Essex House Press, under the care of C.R. Ashbee. Superbly printed in black with red headings on handmade paper. The Flat back spine and boards have superb gilt tooling in the finest 'arts and crafts' manner. Gilt dentelles and all edges. There are two ink inscription on the first blank. Elaborate initials throughout and one fine full page illustration of Venus and Adonis. Number 258 of 450 copies. Within a year of William Morris's death the Kelmscott Press closed and several of the key…

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    London: Essex House, 1899. Full morocco, 9 inches tall. The poems of William Shakespeare according to the text of the earliest editions. Arranged, and collated with the originals by F.S. Ellis, and printed at the Essex House Press, under the care of C.R. Ashbee. Superbly printed in black with red headings on handmade paper. The Flat back spine and boards have superb gilt tooling in the finest 'arts and crafts' manner. Gilt dentelles and all edges. There are two ink inscription on the first blank. Elaborate initials throughout and one fine full page illustration of Venus and Adonis. Number 258 of 450 copies. Within a year of William Morris's death the Kelmscott Press closed and several of the key designers under Ashbee moved to create the Essex House Press and retained much of the former's style of printing and binding.

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  • EXCEPTIONAL PRETTY AND CLEAN SET IN SUPERB VICTORIAN FULL CALF
    Waverley Novels. by SCOTT, Sir Walter
    SCOTT, Sir Walter
    Waverley Novels.

    Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1857. 48 volume set, 6 1/2 inches tall. An exceptionally pretty early Victorian full calf binding with gilt raised bands, twin labels in scarlet and olive and extra gilt panels. Red speckled edges. Every volume has a fine engraved frontispiece and vignette on the title page. A really fine, clean set of probably the most influential and popular set of novels in the 19th century.

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  • MAGNIFICENT BEST EDITION IN WONDERFUL FULL MOROCCO
    The Border Antiquities of England and Scotland. by SCOTT, Walter
    SCOTT, Walter
    The Border Antiquities of England and Scotland.

    London: Longman et al., 1814. Full morocco, 15 inches tall. A magnificent tall full hard grain morocco with gilt raised bands, superb twin labels and spectacular gilt tooling to the panels. The boards are framed by triple gilt fillets and centre tools. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Embellished with 95 splendid engravings. The tallest and best edition of this work in an exceptional binding.

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  • SPARKLING COLLECTION IN FULL CALF BY BUMPUS
    Jorrocks's Jaunts and Jollities; Hawbuck Grange; Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour; Handley Cross; Ask Mama; Plain or Ringlets; Mr. Facey Romford Hounds. by SURTEES, Robert Smith
    SURTEES, Robert Smith
    Jorrocks's Jaunts and Jollities; Hawbuck Grange; Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour; Handley Cross; Ask Mama; Plain or Ringlets; Mr. Facey Romford Hounds.

    London: Walter Spiers, 1838; Longman et al., 1847; Bradbury and Evans, 1853; Bradbury and Evans, 1854; Bradbury and Evans, 1858; Bradbury and Evans, 1860; Bradbury and Evans, 1865. 7 volumes, 8 1/2 inches tall. Splendid, sparkling full calf by Bumpus with gilt raised bands, 'country' gilt centre tools, triple labels (excepting the first novel, 'Jorrocks's Jaunts' which was published anonymously) and with gilt corner tools and triple fillets framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. These are all first editions in single volume book form excepting 'Handley Cross'. "Jorrocks's Jaunts' has 12 full page illustrations by 'Phiz', 'Hawbuck Grange' 8 plates by 'Phiz', the remainder have hand coloured plates by Leech. Some foxing and a small superficial stain to the lower board of 'Jorrocks's Jaunts'. A wonderful collection of these hilarious, vulgar and rollicking novels of English Country life in the early nineteenth century

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  • ILLUSTRATED BY GAVARNI IN STUNNING CAT'S PAW CALF
    Le Juif Errant. by SUE, Eugène
    SUE, Eugène
    Le Juif Errant.

    Paris: Paulin, 1845. 4 volumes bound in 2, 10.5 inches tall. A stunning full cat's paw calf by Clarke & Bedford, one of the finest London binders of the period in pristine condition. With gilt raised bands, delightful labels and superb gilt tooling to the panels. With gilt dentelles and all edges. Armorial bookplate. 83 wood-engraved plates, all but 13 by Gavarni, 1 folding map and around 600 engraved vignettes. A celebrated edition in a stunning binding. In the original French.

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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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  • FINE ILLUSTRATED EDITION IN STUNNING EXTRA GILT MOROCCO
    Dramatic Works. by SHAKESPEARE, William
    SHAKESPEARE, William
    Dramatic Works.

    London: Charles Knight, 1842. 8 volume set, 9.5 inches tall. A stunning extra gilt full morocco with gilt raised bands, fine gilt tooled panels and spectacular gilt tooling to the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Armorial bookplate. Occasional abrasions. A splendid set of this celebrated edition which is illustrated throughout.

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  • FINE EDITION IN SUPERB HALF MOROCCO BY DAVID
    Lettres de Marie de Rabutin-Chantal Marquise de Sévigné a sa Fille et a ses Amis. by SEVIGNE, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de
    SEVIGNE, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de
    Lettres de Marie de Rabutin-Chantal Marquise de Sévigné a sa Fille et a ses Amis.

    Paris: J. Techener, 1861. 11 volume set, 8 inches tall. A superb half crushed morocco by David with gilt raised bands and exquisite gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt top edges. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. With 2 splendid portraits of mother and daughter as frontispieces to volume I. A fine edition printed on hand made paper. Madame de Sevigné was incomparably the most influential woman writer of French literature. Her letters are frequently found to be the most reliable source for important events of the Ancien Régime.
    A beautiful set in the original French.

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  • FULL MOROCCO SET FROM ROYAL COLLECTION
    The Works of William Shakespeare by SHAKESPEARE, William
    SHAKESPEARE, William
    The Works of William Shakespeare

    London: Chapman & Hall, 1866. 9 volume set, 8.75 inches tall. An exceptionally handsome set in full red morocco with gilt raised bands, gilt titles, panels and all edges. the boards are framed with gilt and blind tooling. With the Royal cipher of Marie Therese. A fine copy of the celebrated Dyce edition of the Complete Works of England's greatest playwright.

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  • 20 HAND COLOURED AQUATINTS IN FULL MOROCCO BY ROOT
    Picturesque Views of Public Edifices in Paris. by SEGARD and TESTARD, Messrs.
    SEGARD and TESTARD, Messrs.
    Picturesque Views of Public Edifices in Paris.

    London: Gale, Curtis and Fenner, 1814. Full morocco, 10.75 inches tall. A splendid later 19th century binding by Root with gilt raised bands, very fine panels, triple fillets framing the boards, dentelles and top edge. Adorned with 20 beautiful circular hand coloured aquatints. A superb copy of this most attractive work.

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  • EARLY EDITION IN SUPERB 18TH CENTURY CALF
    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. by STERNE, Laurence)
    STERNE, Laurence)
    The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.

    London: Dodsley, 1772-3. 6 volume set, 6 1/4 inches tall. An exceptionally well preserved early edition in bright 18th century speckled calf with gilt raised bands, contrasting twin labels and delicate gilt floral tooling to the panels. Small loss to a couple of headcaps otherwise bright and clean inside and out. With the rather splendid armorial bookplate of Francis Pigott Esq.. Ninth Edition. First printed in 1759-67, through time, it has come to be seen as one of the greatest comic novels in English. Arthur Schopenhauer called Tristram Shandy one of "the four immortal romances". A fine early complete set.

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  • FINELY ILLUSTRATED EDITION IN SPARKLING FULL MOROCCO
    The Complete Works of Shakespeare. by SHAKESPEARE, William (MEADOWS, Kenny (illustrator))
    SHAKESPEARE, William (MEADOWS, Kenny (illustrator))
    The Complete Works of Shakespeare.

    London: London Printing and Publishing Company, c 1870. 3 volume set, 11 inches tall. Sparkling full morocco with gilt raised bands and superb gilt tooling to the panels and boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. With Splendid vignettes and full page illustrations by Kenny Meadows. A pristine set of this entertaining edition.

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  • SUPERB FIRST EDITIONS IN VERY FINE HALF MOROCCO PULL OFF CASES
    Sponge's Sporting Tour; Handley Cross; Ask Mama; Plain or Ringlets; Facey Romford's Hounds. by SURTEES, Robert Smith
    SURTEES, Robert Smith
    Sponge's Sporting Tour; Handley Cross; Ask Mama; Plain or Ringlets; Facey Romford's Hounds.

    London: Bradbury & Evans 1853, 54, 58, 60 & 65. 5 volumes, 9 inches tall in half morocco cases 10 inches tall. The original cloth bindings are all in superb condition and are housed in top quality half morocco pull off cases with raised bands and gilt titles. The volumes have decorative titles and numerous hand-coloured plates, and further black and white illustrations in the texts. There is an armorial bookplate of Frederick George Hilton Price to 'Plain or Ringlets'. From the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey. Surtees was hugely popular in his day and he is still considered the master of the picturesque comic 'Field Sport' novel. William Morris considered him "a master of life" and ranked him with Dickens.

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  • FINE LIMITED EDITION IN BEAUTIFUL FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO, GILT
    Mémoires de Madame De Staal. (Mademoiselle Delaunay) by STAAL, Madame de. (Marguerite Jeanne Cordier de Launay).
    STAAL, Madame de. (Marguerite Jeanne Cordier de Launay).
    Mémoires de Madame De Staal. (Mademoiselle Delaunay)

    Paris: Librairie L. Conquet, 1891. Full Morocco, 9 inches tall. A beautiful full crushed morocco for Hatchards with raised bands and remarkable floral gilt tooling to the panels and boards. Wide gilt dentelles, watered silk doublures and all edges gilt. Armorial bookplate. There is some rubbing, a very faint mark on the upper board and some cockling on the reverse of the free watered silk endpapers. One of 400 copies (out of a total of 600) on 'papier vélin de Marais'. With a portrait by Delort and engravings by Boisson. In the original French. Madame de Staal's remarkable Memoirs, including two years incarcerated in the Bastille, have not been out of print since first being published.

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  • WITH LEAF OF ADVERTISEMENTS, UNTRIMMED IN SUPERB FULL CALF
    The Critic, Or A Tragedy Rehearsed A Dramatic Piece in three Acts as it is performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane. by SHERIDAN, Richard Brinsley
    SHERIDAN, Richard Brinsley
    The Critic, Or A Tragedy Rehearsed A Dramatic Piece in three Acts as it is performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane.

    London: T. Becket, 1781. Full calf, 9 inches tall. A very fine binding by Riviere with gilt raised bands, delightful gilt floral tooling to the panels and triple gilt fillets framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and top edge, the remaining edges untrimmed. An exceptionally clean and tall copy, being untrimmed. This volume does have the very rare leaf of advertisements but lacks the half title, which could be explained by the fact that it is in a later binding and that it was discarded, or could indicate it is not a true first. Slight splitting to the head and foot of the upper board but still perfectly firm and solid. A very nice copy of this great play.

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  • EXTRAORDINARY WORK IN AN EXTRAORDINARY FULL CALF BINDING
    The Apocalypse Revealed. by SWEDENBORG, Emanuel
    SWEDENBORG, Emanuel
    The Apocalypse Revealed.

    London: Swedenborg Society, 1876. Full calf, 8 3/4 inches tall. A remarkable binding with gilt raised bands and a repeated gilt star within double fillets to the panels and boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. This extraordinary work 'in which are disclosed The Mysteries There Foretold' was written by the great 18th century Swedish scientist, theologian, philosopher and mystic, Emanuel Swedenborg.

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