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  • COMIC COLOUR PLATES IN STUNNING FULL MOROCCO
    Life in London; Or, The Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq. and his Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom...... by EGAN, Pierce
    EGAN, Pierce
    Life in London; Or, The Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq. and his Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom......

    London: Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1821. Full morocco, 9 inches tall. A fabulous full morocco by Wood with gilt raised bands, superb gilt tooling to the panels and boards representing the gambling and fighting to be found in the text. Fine gilt dentelles and top edge. The armorial bookplate of Charles Tuller Garland and a pictorial bookplate. Embellished with 36 comic hand-coloured aquatints by George Cruikshank and 3 folding pages of songs. With 8 pages of adverts bound in. Some finger marks but still a super copy of the rollicking adventures of three young gentlemen enjoying life in the Metropolis.

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  • FIRST EDITION BOUND IN ELEGANT HALF CRUSHED MOROCCO
    The Second World War. by CHURCHILL, Winston S.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S.
    The Second World War.

    Cassell & Co., 1948-1954. 6 volume set, 8 1/4 inches tall. All First editions. A neat mid 20th century binding (as opposed to the many much inferior 'recent' or 'modern' leather 'cased' sets offered online) by Brian Frost of Bath. Light foxing. With raised bands, gilt English rose centre tools, titles and gilt top edges. An elegant set of this great history.

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  • FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION IN A GLORIOUS FULL MOROCCO BINDING
    Life in London: Or, the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq. and His Elegant Friend, Corinthian Tom, Accompanied by Bob Logic, The Oxonian, in their Rambles and Sprees Through the Metropolis. by EGAN, Pierce
    EGAN, Pierce
    Life in London: Or, the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq. and His Elegant Friend, Corinthian Tom, Accompanied by Bob Logic, The Oxonian, in their Rambles and Sprees Through the Metropolis.

    London: Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1821. Full morocco, 9.5 inches tall. A glorious later full morocco binding by Riviere in pristine condition. With gilt raised bands, ornate floral gilt tooling to the panels, triple gilt fillet framing the boards, wide gilt dentelles and all edges gilt. With 36 hand coloured aquatints by I.R. and George Cruikshank and 3 folding pages of songs. Some offsetting from the plates. The images illustrate the hilarious and bawdy adventures of Jerry and his companions in London. A superb volume.

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  • COLLECTION OF EARLY EDITIONS IN WONDERFUL PANELED CALF
    History of the English People; The Making of England; The Conquest of England. by GREEN, John Richard
    GREEN, John Richard
    History of the English People; The Making of England; The Conquest of England.

    London: Macmillan, 1877-1880; 1881; 1883. 6 volume collection, 9 inches tall. A set of the 3 great histories by Green bound beautifully by Hopkins of Glasgow. With gilt raised bands, triple olive green labels and exquisite gilt tooling in the panels. The boards are decorated in the style of 17th century Cambridge panels, speckled and stenciled. Gilt dentelles and top edges. A few superficial abrasions. As nice a late Victorian bound set as one could hope to find.

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  • GLORIOUS RARE LIMITED EDITION
    The Book Lover's Almanac. by HENRIOT (Henri Maigrot) Illustrated by.
    HENRIOT (Henri Maigrot) Illustrated by.
    The Book Lover's Almanac.

    New York: Duprat & Co. 1893, 1894 & 1895. The first 3 volumes of this very rare limited edition, 7" tall. Beautifully bound by Canape in half red morocco with gilt raised bands, ornate tooling to the panels around a calf onlay. Gilt top edges. With the bookplates of Pierre Munier and I. Fernandez. With an ink inscription from the publisher on the first blank. Number 416 of 600 copies on handmade paper. The first volume has delightful coloured comic illustrations of various aspects of the book trade facing each month. The second and third volumes have fine monochrome plates. Copies of these volumes are exceedingly scarce and, especially in pristine condition and in fine bindings.

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  • ONE OF 50 COPIES IN OBSCENELY GILT TOOLED FULL MOROCCO
    Lettre à la Présidente. by GAUTIER Théophile
    GAUTIER Théophile
    Lettre à la Présidente.

    Paris: Privately Printed, 1850 (1890). Full morocco, 6 3/4 inches tall. An extraordinary and most attractive binding by Pétrus Ruban with gilt raised bands and gilt genitalia tooling to the panels, boards and dentelles, befitting the "indecent prose" of the text. All edges gilt. Limited to 50 copies on Japanese Paper. 'The President', was the honorary nickname attributed to Apollonie Sabatier, (pseudonym of Aglaé Savatier), who was 'one of the most bewitching Salon mistresses of the 19th century', and hosted nearly all of the French artists of her time. She was said to have astonishing wit, sensuality and beauty, and was the muse of sculptors, painters and authors alike. "In October 1850, Gautier addressed a letter to her "buffoonish and…

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    Paris: Privately Printed, 1850 (1890). Full morocco, 6 3/4 inches tall. An extraordinary and most attractive binding by Pétrus Ruban with gilt raised bands and gilt genitalia tooling to the panels, boards and dentelles, befitting the "indecent prose" of the text. All edges gilt. Limited to 50 copies on Japanese Paper. 'The President', was the honorary nickname attributed to Apollonie Sabatier, (pseudonym of Aglaé Savatier), who was 'one of the most bewitching Salon mistresses of the 19th century', and hosted nearly all of the French artists of her time. She was said to have astonishing wit, sensuality and beauty, and was the muse of sculptors, painters and authors alike. "In October 1850, Gautier addressed a letter to her "buffoonish and obscene, commenting with a Rabelaisian earthiness on what his friend and himself had learned in matters of sexuality during the journey they were making".......Madame Sabatier distributed copies to all her guests and the reading of Gautier's "indecent prose" became a popular event at Parisian evenings." It would not however be published until the death of its addressee in 1890, rather than the 1850 printed on the title page. "Tire a Tres Petit Nombre Pour quelques curieux Sur papier Imperial du Japon" The obscene frontispiece is lacking and clearly was never bound in. With the bookplate of Daniel Henry Holmes Ingalls.

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  • LIMITED EDITION OF FIRST COMPLETE ENGLISH EDITION IN HALF MOROCCO BY ZAEHNSDORF
    The Memoirs of Casanova. by CASANOVA, Giacomo
    CASANOVA, Giacomo
    The Memoirs of Casanova.

    London: Privately Printed for Subscribers only. The Casanova Society, 1922. 12 volume set, 10 inches tall. An elegant half morocco binding by Zaehnsdorf with gilt raised bands, delicate centre tools and top edges. This is the first complete edition in English, containing the two chapters discovered and translated by Arthur Symons. The rest is the Arthur Machen translation from 1896. This set is number 258 of a lilted edition of 1000 copies. The Celebrated memoirs cover the period 1725-1803. Published privately for subscribers only due to the erotic nature of many of the entries. It is unusual to find this edition bound by a top 'West End' firm of binders shortly after the date of its printing. A splendid set of this great work.

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  • MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO BY MACKENZIE BINDER TO THE KING
    The History of The Reformation of The Church of England. by BURNET, Gilbert
    BURNET, Gilbert
    The History of The Reformation of The Church of England.

    Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1816. 3 volume set, bound in 6, 10 inches tall. A magnificent Georgian binding in full crushed morocco by J. Mackenzie Bookbinder to the King with raised bands and superb extra gilt tooling to the panels. A smart series of gilt fillets frame the boards. Gilt dentelles on the unusually deep squares. With the armorial bookplate of Joseph Neeld. The binding which almost glows, and text are in pristine condition. A splendid set of this great seventeenth century history in defence of Henry VIII's reformation of the English Church and destruction of the monasteries.

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  • FINE EDITION IN WONDERFUL FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Oeuvres de Jean Racine. by RACINE, Jean-Baptiste
    RACINE, Jean-Baptiste
    Oeuvres de Jean Racine.

    Paris: D'Heran, 1807. 5 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A pristine and beautiful Georgian full crushed morocco bound set by A. Tarrant with gilt raised bands, delicate gilt tooled floral designs to the panels and contrasting twin green labels. Twin gilt fillets and pomegranate corner tools frame the boards. Gilt dentelles and top edges. With the morocco bookplate of Charles Rugge Price, the bookplate of Sir David Salomons and an ink inscription on the first blank. Portrait and plates after Moreau and another series by Giradet on india paper added. A splendid set of the works of one of the greatest French dramatists of of 17th-century France and a great figure of Western literature.

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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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  • EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED IN WONDERFUL FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO BY RIVIERE
    The Life of George Cruikshank. by JERROLD, Blanchard
    JERROLD, Blanchard
    The Life of George Cruikshank.

    London: Chatto and Windus, 1882. 2 volume set, 7 1/2 inches tall. A wonderful full crushed morocco binding by Riviere with gilt raised bands, very fine gilt tooling to the panels and with triple gilt fillets framing the boards. Gilt dentelles and top edges. With the armorial bookplates of W.H. Lever of Thornton Manor, Sir W. Hesketh Lever, Bart. and Baron, Lord Leverhulme of Bolton-Le Moors, all one and the same and the founder of 'Port Sunlight'. This beautiful set has an extra 89 plates, 34 hand-coloured, bound in, some particularly interesting ones, including Mr. Kean as Richard and as Count Bertram and 2 box tickets for His Majesty's Theatre. A unique set in pristine condition.

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  • GAVARNI'S PARIS AND THE PARISIENS IN STUNNING CAT'S PAW CALF
    Le Diable à Paris. Paris et les Parisiens. Moeurs et coutumes, caractères et portraits des habitants de Paris, tableau complet de leur vie privée, publique, politique, artistique, littéraire, industrielle, etc, etc. Précédé d’une Histoire de Paris par Théophile Lavallée. Illustrations les gens de Paris – Séries de gravures avec légendes par GAVARNI. Paris comique – Vignettes par Bertall. by SAND, George – STAHL, P.J. – GOZLAN, Léon – PASCAL, P. – SOULIE, Frédéric – NODIER, Charles – BRIFFAUT, Eugène – LAVALETTE, S. – BALZAC, Honoré de – DELORD, Taxile – KARR, Alphonse – MERY – JUNGETIS, A. – NERVAL, Gérard de – HOUSSAYE, Arsène – AUBERT, Albert – GAUTIER Théophile, FEUILLET, Octave – MUSSET, Alfred de – BERAT, Frédéric.
    SAND, George – STAHL, P.J. – GOZLAN, Léon – PASCAL, P. – SOULIE, Frédéric – NODIER, Charles – BRIFFAUT, Eugène – LAVALETTE, S. – BALZAC, Honoré de – DELORD, Taxile – KARR, Alphonse – MERY – JUNGETIS, A. – NERVAL, Gérard de – HOUSSAYE, Arsène – AUBERT, Albert – GAUTIER Théophile, FEUILLET, Octave – MUSSET, Alfred de – BERAT, Frédéric.
    Le Diable à Paris. Paris et les Parisiens. Moeurs et coutumes, caractères et portraits des habitants de Paris, tableau complet de leur vie privée, publique, politique, artistique, littéraire, industrielle, etc, etc. Précédé d’une Histoire de Paris par Théophile Lavallée. Illustrations les gens de Paris – Séries de gravures avec légendes par GAVARNI. Paris comique – Vignettes par Bertall.

    Paris: Hetzel, 1845 - 1846. 2 volume set, 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. Does not include the Plan of Paris reserved for subscriber's copies only. Embellished with superb engravings and vignettes throughout.

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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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  • MAGNIFICENT SET IN FULL SPECKLED CALF BY R. RIVIERE
    The Life of Oliver Goldsmith. by PRIOR, James
    PRIOR, James
    The Life of Oliver Goldsmith.

    London: John Murray, 1837. 2 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A beautifully bound set in full speckled calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and wonderful gilt tooling surrounding a cornucopia to the panels. The boards are framed with a single gilt roll. This is a choice example of the early work of one of the great names in English bookbinding. Robert Riviere began as a bookseller and binder in Bath in 1829, then set up shop as a binder in London in 1840. Nixon notes that Riviere's 'outstanding ability was fully established by 1851, when he was chosen as the binder of the special edition of the Great Exhibition catalogue'. From 1881 the firm became known as…

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    London: John Murray, 1837. 2 volume set, 8 1/2 inches tall. A beautifully bound set in full speckled calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and wonderful gilt tooling surrounding a cornucopia to the panels. The boards are framed with a single gilt roll. This is a choice example of the early work of one of the great names in English bookbinding. Robert Riviere began as a bookseller and binder in Bath in 1829, then set up shop as a binder in London in 1840. Nixon notes that Riviere's 'outstanding ability was fully established by 1851, when he was chosen as the binder of the special edition of the Great Exhibition catalogue'. From 1881 the firm became known as Riviere and son. Armorial bookplate of the celebrated collector Edward Nicholas Hurt. As usual with his books this set is in pristine condition.

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  • SUPERB TALL COPY IN FULL CALF BY RIVIERE
    The Dance of Life by COMBE, William. ROWLANDSON, Thomas (illustrated by)
    COMBE, William. ROWLANDSON, Thomas (illustrated by)
    The Dance of Life

    London: R. Ackerman, 1817. Full calf, 10 inches tall. A superb full calf by Riviere with gilt raised bands, label and dense floral gilt tooling to the panels. A triple gilt fillet and corner tools frame the boards. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Armorial Bookplate of Marcus Brown-Westhead of Lea Castle. Decorated with hand coloured aquatint frontispiece, vignette on the title page and a further 24 full page plates throughout, all by Thomas Rowlandson.

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  • SUPERB FIRST EDITION IN FULL MOROCCO BY RIVIERE
    Finish to the Adventures of Tom, Jerry, and Logic, in their pursuits through London. by EGAN, Pierce. CRUIKSHANK, Robert (Illustrated by the pencil of).
    EGAN, Pierce. CRUIKSHANK, Robert (Illustrated by the pencil of).
    Finish to the Adventures of Tom, Jerry, and Logic, in their pursuits through London.

    London: G. Virtue, 1830. Full morocco, 9 1/2 inches tall. A pristine copy in glorious full morocco by Riviere with gilt raised bands and wonderful gilt centre tools indicative of our heroes dissolute adventures in London, playing cards, Champagne bottles and dancers. The boards are framed within gilt corner tools and triple fillets. Gilt dentelles and top edge. Embellished with all 36 hand coloured aquatints from designs by Robert Cruikshank. This is a magnificent copy of this hilarious work from the Library of the Late Christopher Foyle of Beeleigh Abbey.

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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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  • FIRST BASKERVILLE EDITION IN MAGNIFICENT FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    De Rerum Natura Libri Sex. by LUCRETIUS (Titus Lucretius Carus)
    LUCRETIUS (Titus Lucretius Carus)
    De Rerum Natura Libri Sex.

    Birmingham: Baskerville, 1772. Full morocco, 11 1/2 inches tall. A magnificent later binding by Birdsall with gilt raised bands, delicate gilt tooled panels around a pomegranate centre tool, and exceptionally precise lettering especially at the tail. The crushed leather of the boards is framed within 4 gilt fillets. Wide gilt and blind dentelles and all edges gilt. Slight foxing to the title page then clean. At the head of the title page is an an early inscription 'Given Mr Penn (?) by Dr. Davis, head master of Eton, on his leaving that school'. Jonathan Davies was head at Eton 1773-1792. The armorial bookplate of Andrew Irving, Assistant Master of Charterhouse is on the reverse of the free endpaper. A…

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    Birmingham: Baskerville, 1772. Full morocco, 11 1/2 inches tall. A magnificent later binding by Birdsall with gilt raised bands, delicate gilt tooled panels around a pomegranate centre tool, and exceptionally precise lettering especially at the tail. The crushed leather of the boards is framed within 4 gilt fillets. Wide gilt and blind dentelles and all edges gilt. Slight foxing to the title page then clean. At the head of the title page is an an early inscription 'Given Mr Penn (?) by Dr. Davis, head master of Eton, on his leaving that school'. Jonathan Davies was head at Eton 1773-1792. The armorial bookplate of Andrew Irving, Assistant Master of Charterhouse is on the reverse of the free endpaper. A fine example of the first Baskerville edition of this work which was a great influence on the Augustan Poets, in particular Virgil and Horace.

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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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  • FINE PRINTING IN MAGNIFICENT FULL MOROCCO BY CATHERALL & PRITCHARD
    The Book of Common Prayer noted by John Merbecke. by PRAYER. (MERBECKE, John)
    PRAYER. (MERBECKE, John)
    The Book of Common Prayer noted by John Merbecke.

    London: William Pickering, 1844. Full morocco, 9 1/2 inches tall. An extraordinary and magnificent full hard grain morocco by Catherall & Pritchard with gilt raised bands, ornate gilt tooling to the panels and boards, gilt dentelles and all edges gauffered. Unpaginated, including facsimile title page and colophon of Richard Grafton (1550), printed in red and black throughout. Ornamental initials and woodcut headbands and musical notations. Light foxing. From the library, and with the bookplate of, R.H.L.-C. de Beaumont.

    A reprint of a volume of selections from the 'Book of Common Prayer' as set to music by John Marbecke (or Merbecke). First printed in 1550 by Richard Grafton, and here reprinted by Charles Whittingham at the Chiswick Press.

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