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  • UNIQUE SET WITH OVER 1000 EXTRA ILLUSTRATIONS IN WONDERFUL FULL MOROCCO BY PETRUS RUBAN
    Annals of The English Stage. by Doran, John
    Doran, John
    Annals of The English Stage.

    London: John Nimmo, 1888. 10 volume set, 10.5 inches tall, 11 including slip cases. A magnificent full crushed morocco binding by Petrus Ruban, one of the greatest Parisian bookbinders of the period. With gilt raised bands, fine gilt tooled panels incorporating 'theatrical' centre tools. The boards are framed with triple fillets and 'theatrical' gilt corner tooling. Gilt dentelles and top edges and glorious goatskin doublures. Each volume has a different design on its blue goatskin doublures, a feature I’ve not seen before, all are exceptionally finely executed. The books have been housed in calf trimmed and kid lined slip cases.
    This set has been expanded from the original 3 volume set, limited to 300 copies, to a unique…

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    London: John Nimmo, 1888. 10 volume set, 10.5 inches tall, 11 including slip cases. A magnificent full crushed morocco binding by Petrus Ruban, one of the greatest Parisian bookbinders of the period. With gilt raised bands, fine gilt tooled panels incorporating 'theatrical' centre tools. The boards are framed with triple fillets and 'theatrical' gilt corner tooling. Gilt dentelles and top edges and glorious goatskin doublures. Each volume has a different design on its blue goatskin doublures, a feature I’ve not seen before, all are exceptionally finely executed. The books have been housed in calf trimmed and kid lined slip cases.
    This set has been expanded from the original 3 volume set, limited to 300 copies, to a unique set of 10 volumes embellished with over 1000 extra illustrations. This set was commissioned by an English Gentleman residing in Milan who built up a superb library of Graingerised or Extra Illustrated volumes, bound by the finest bookbinders around the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. The history of the English stage from Thomas Betterton to Edmund Kean is here illustrated by centuries of fine engravings.
    3 letters are also bound in, these are by Colley Cibber, Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Barton Booth, all are very interesting. There is some minimal rubbing, but is in an excellent state having been housed in slip cases for the last 120 years or so.

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  • FINE EDITION IN MAGNIFICENT MOROCCO BY J. CLARKE
    La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy). by DANTE Alighieri
    DANTE Alighieri
    La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy).

    Nella Stamperia De Romanis, 1815-1817. 4 volume set, 11 inches tall. A magnificent straight grain morocco by J. Clarke, one of the finest binders in Georgian London. With gilt raised bands, elegant gilt tooling to the panels and boards. All edges gilt. Portrait and 3 engraved plans. With the armorial bookplate of William Strahan. Considered the greatest poem of the Middle Ages and the most important work in the Italian language. In the original Italian.

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  • BEAUTIFUL SPANISH CALF BY LEIGHTON
    The Arabian Nights' Entertainments. The Thousand and One Nights. by LANE, Edward William (translated from the Arabic, with copious notes)
    LANE, Edward William (translated from the Arabic, with copious notes)
    The Arabian Nights' Entertainments. The Thousand and One Nights.

    London: Charles Knight and Co., 1839. 3 volume set, 9.5 inches tall. A wonderful full Spanish calf by J.Leighton of Brewer Street with raised gilt bands and stunning extra gilt panels. The boards are framed within sumptuous gilt rolls and fillets. With gilt dentelles and all edges. With the armorial bookplate of Gregory Haines. Illustrated throughout with hundreds of wood engravings from the designs of William Harvey. A fabulous set.

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  • SUMPTUOUS SPANISH CALF SET
    The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser. by SPENSER, Edmund
    SPENSER, Edmund
    The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser.

    London Pickering, 1825. Full calf, 7.5 inches tall. A ravishing full Spanish Calf binding by Riviere with gilt bands, triple labels and ornate rococo gilt tooling to the spine. The boards are framed within triple gilt fillets. Gilt dentelles and top edges. This set has the bookplate of the Rosenbach Foundation, from which it was released in 1968. A truly beautiful set.

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  • MAGNIFICENT FULL HARD GRAIN MOROCCO BY WHITE OF PALL MALL
    The Works. by BEAUMONT, Francis & FLETCHER, John
    BEAUMONT, Francis & FLETCHER, John
    The Works.

    London: Edward Moxon, 1843-1846. 11 volume set, 8.75 inches tall. A truly splendid full hard grain morocco by one of the greatest binders of the period, White of Pall Mall. With gilt raised bands, unusual dense gilt tooling to the panels and gilt dentelles. All the edges are gilt over marbling. The heraldic crest on both boards is framed within magnificent gilt rolls and individual tooling. The crest with the motto 'Sic Donec' is that of William Tatton Egerton, 1st Baron Egerton of Tatton Park. A wonderful set of the Works of these two early 17th century English playwrights, often considered successors to Shakespeare.

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  • STUNNING SET, ALL FIRST EDITIONS, IN FULL POLISHED CALF
    The Works of John Heneage Jesse. by JESSE, John Heneage.
    JESSE, John Heneage.
    The Works of John Heneage Jesse.

    London: Richard Bentley, 1840-1875. 23 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A Superb full polished calf by Riviere with gilt raised bands, twin labels, fine gilt tooling to the panels and a triple gilt fillet framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Engraved frontispieces. All first editions. A fine set of these celebrated historical works. (Comprising: The Court of England During the Reign of the Stuarts; The Court of England from the Revolution in 1688 to the Death of George II; George Selwyn and his Contemporaries; Memorials of London; Memoirs of the Pretenders; London and its Celebrities; Memoirs of Richard III: Memoirs of George III; Celebrated Etonians). Fine set from the library of an Oxfordshire country house.

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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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  • BEAUTIFUL ART-NOUVEAU INLAID FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO BY PETRUS RUBAN
    Dominique. by FROMENTIN, Eugene
    FROMENTIN, Eugene
    Dominique.

    Paris: Le Livre Contemporain, 1905. Full inlaid crushed morocco, 9.5 inches tall. A beautiful Art-Nouveau binding by Petrus Ruban with a wreath of roses inlaid in hues of soft pink, with leaves and buds in shades of green, raised bands and inlaid branches of roses climbing through the panels. Watered silk endpapers and doublures. With alternating large and small inlaid pink morocco daisies on the turn-ins. Original blue-gray wraps bound in. Housed in matching morocco backed chemise and morocco edged slipcase. With title page vignette and 58 engraved views by Gustave Leheutre. With morocco bookplate of the great French bibliophile George Wendling on verso of free end paper and his small stamp on second blank. No. 73 of 117 deluxe copies. A beautiful work in outstanding condition.

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  • DELUXE LIMITED EDITION IN GLORIOUS FULL MOROCCO
    La légende et les aventures héroïques, joyeuses et glorieuses d’Ulenspiegel & de Lamme Goedzak au Pays de Flandres et Ailleurs. (The Legend of Thyl Ulenspiegel and Lamme Goedzak). by COSTER, Charles de -Theodore-Henri
    COSTER, Charles de -Theodore-Henri
    La légende et les aventures héroïques, joyeuses et glorieuses d’Ulenspiegel & de Lamme Goedzak au Pays de Flandres et Ailleurs. (The Legend of Thyl Ulenspiegel and Lamme Goedzak).

    Bruxelles: Paul Lacomblez, 1914. Full morocco, 13 inches tall. A truly magnificent binding in pristine condition by Paul Affolter with gilt raised bands, superb gilt tooling with onlays to the panels and framing the boards. Wide gilt dentelles and watered silk doublures and free endpapers. Number 50 of 75 copies on 'japon imperial' with an extra suite of colour plates. In the original felt lined and leather trimmed slipcase also signed by Affolter. Based on an obscure 16th century romance, Coster's masterpiece tells of the adventures of a Flemish prankster, Thyl Ulenspiegel, during the wars of the Reformation in the Netherlands and became popular all over the world.

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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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  • GORGEOUS SPANISH CALF BY TOUT
    Don Quixote de la Mancha by CERVANTES, Miguel, de Saavedra. JARVIS, Charles (translated into English).
    CERVANTES, Miguel, de Saavedra. JARVIS, Charles (translated into English).
    Don Quixote de la Mancha

    London: John Thomas, 1840. 3 volume set, 10 inches tall. A gorgeous Spanish calf binding by Tout with gilt raised bands, triple labels and fine gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt Cambridge panels to the boards, dentelles and gilt top edges. With 800 engraved vignettes from designs by Tony Johannot. A remarkable set bound in this very scarce style in a most unusual colour by one of London's greatest late Victorian binders.

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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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  • SUPERB 3 VOLUME SET, FIRST EDITIONS, IN FULL MOROCCO WITH ROYAL PROVENANCE
    The Comic History of England (bound uniformly with) The Comic History of Rome. by A’BECKETT, Gilbert A.
    A’BECKETT, Gilbert A.
    The Comic History of England (bound uniformly with) The Comic History of Rome.

    London: The Punch Office, 1847-1848. Bradbury and Evans. 3 volumes, 9 inches tall. A wonderful set of the first editions of these great comic works. Bound by Bradstreet in the finest full crushed morocco with raised bands and gilt dentelles. From the Duke of Gloucester's library at Kensington Palace, each volume with his bookplate. Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester was the third son of King George V, brother of King George VI and King Edward VIII. Original wrappers bound in. With a total of 30 hand coloured engravings and over 300 woodcuts by John Leech.

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  • SUPERB DELUXE SET IN FULL MOROCCO
    The Writings of Mrs Humphry Ward. by WARD, Mrs Humphry
    WARD, Mrs Humphry
    The Writings of Mrs Humphry Ward.

    Boston & New York: Houghton Miflin Company, 1909. 16 volume set, 9 inches high. A truly splendid set bound by OLDASH in full morocco with raised bands, fine gilt tooling to the panels, wide dentelles and top edge. Watered silk doublures and endpapers. With full page illustrations throughout. With the armorial bookplate of John J. Raskob. A superb set in pristine condition.

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  • BRILLIANT COMIC FIRST EDITION IN FULL STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO
    The English Spy. by WESTMACOTT, Charles Molloy. BLACKMANTLE, Bernard. (CRUIKSHANK, Robert & ROWLANDSON, Thomas, Illustrators).
    WESTMACOTT, Charles Molloy. BLACKMANTLE, Bernard. (CRUIKSHANK, Robert & ROWLANDSON, Thomas, Illustrators).
    The English Spy.

    London: Sherwood, Jones & Co., 1825-1826. 2 volume set, 9.5 inches tall. A magnificent set of the first edition of this brilliant comic work bound in full straight grain morocco by Riviere. With gilt raised bands, gilt paletts, dentelles and all edges. 71 very fine hand coloured aquatints of which 68 are by Robert Cruikshank and 2 by Thomas Rowlandson and 1 by T. Wageman. Featuring rollicking adventures in London, Eton, Brighton, The Isle of Wight and other fashionable hotspots, we follow the 'raffish life of English pleasure seekers'. The author Charles Molloy Westmacott, using the nom de plume Bernard Blackmantle, partly to deflect the torrent of controversy that welcomed the book's publication, was renowned for his satirisation of English high society.

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  • FINE PRINTING IN STUNNING SIGNED BINDING
    The Little Flowers of S. Francis of Assisi. by FRANCIS, Saint (translated into English by ARNOLD, T.W.)
    FRANCIS, Saint (translated into English by ARNOLD, T.W.)
    The Little Flowers of S. Francis of Assisi.

    London: The Florence Press by Chatto & Windus, 1909. Full crushed morocco, 11 inches tall. A remarkable binding by J(ulius) Dratva of Vienna with large raised bands and simple gilt framed panels. The upper board shows St Francis kneeling before a winged Christ through an arch with dragon heads in the top corners. All edges have very unusual floral gilt gauffering. A gilt armorial device G.T. with a Griffin wielding an anchor and sword on the paste down endpaper. Number 191 from a limited edition of 500. An exceptional item.

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  • RARE EARLY PLAYS IN FULL MOROCCO BY CLARKE AND BEDFORD
    A Collection of Old Plays. by DODSLEY, Robert (editor)
    DODSLEY, Robert (editor)
    A Collection of Old Plays.

    London: Septimus Prowett, 1825. 13 volume set, 9 inches tall. A splendid tall paper set in a magnificent hard grain morocco by one of London's most celebrated binders, Clarke & Bedford. With gilt raised bands, ornate gilt tooling to the panels and the play titles in the surely smallest type a binder could use. The boards framed within triple fillets, gilt dentelles and all edges. Some speckles to the boards. With the striking bookplate of John Wodehouse, Earl of Kimberley Foreign secretary under Queen Victoria. This collection of Elizabethan and Jacobean plays was significant in reacquainting the public with many previously neglected works. A very fine set.

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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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  • SPLENDID SET IN HALF CRUSHED MOROCCO BY BUMPUS
    The Cambridge History of English Literature. by WARD & WALLER (Edited by)
    WARD & WALLER (Edited by)
    The Cambridge History of English Literature.

    Cambridge: The University Press 1920-1927. 15 volume set, 9 inches tall. A splendid half morocco binding by Bumpus with gilt raised bands, elegant gilt tooling to the panels and all edges gilt. It is unusual to find this great work of literary reference in a fine binding. Some superficial rubbing otherwise in excellent condition.

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  • BEAUTIFUL SET OF THIS GREAT EDITION BOUND BY WHITE OF PALL MALL
    Commentariorum de Bello Gallico (Gallic Wars) by CAESAR, Julius
    CAESAR, Julius
    Commentariorum de Bello Gallico (Gallic Wars)

    Paris: Joseph Barbou, 1755. 2 volume set, 6 inches tall. A beautiful set bound by White of Pall Mall in pristine condition in full crushed morocco. A flat back with gilt bands and delicate tooling in the style of Derome. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Frontispiece and two folding maps. A truly delightful set in the original Latin. 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.

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