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The Costume of the Netherlands, Displayed in Thirty Coloured Engravings After Drawings from Nature by Miss Semple; with Descriptions in English and French

By Miss Semple

London: Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 1817 A very good copy in later full morocco binding with 30 hand coloured plates and accompanying text by Miss Semple. Dated from the publisher's note at the base of each plate - there is no date on the title page. The text provides a commentary to the plates and gives a sense of her journey around the Netherlands and how the plates came to be drawn. The full red morocco binding is probably late 20th century and mimics the design of the original publisher's cloth binding with a leather and gilt title label to the front board. The endpapers were replaced at the same time and have a tape reinforcement at the joints, which looks contemporary with the rebinding. The binding is in very good clean condition with some bumping to the top corners. Contents: half title with small ink signature to top; decorative title page with hand coloured vignette; and alternating text pages and full page plates. The text is in English and French. The half title has lost its top corner tip and has some small ink marks at the bottom. Plates and text and generally very clean and in very good condition. There is toning to page edges and the occasional light mark. The final plate is beginning to detach from the binding at the top and has some light nibbling to the edges.

$1703.50

The Green Fairy Book
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The Green Fairy Book

By Andrew Lang [Editor]

London and New York: Longmans, Green & Co, 1895 A very good copy of the 4th impression of the Green Fairy Book in the original green decorative cloth binding with gilt designs and title. With the original endpapers and aeg. With full page and text illustrations by H J Ford. The binding is in very good clean condition with a very bright spine, front and back board. There is light pulling to the top and bottom of the spine and light corner wear. There is a small cloth scuff at the spine joint with the back board and a couple of small marks to the back board. The original black endpapers are present, with a couple of very slight marks to the rear endpapers. There is an ink inscription to the half title dated Xmas 1897. Contents are in very good clean condition with sporadic light foxing.

$136.28

A Booke of Christmas Carols, Illuminated from Ancient Manuscripts In the British Museum
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A Booke of Christmas Carols, Illuminated from Ancient Manuscripts In the British Museum

By Joseph Cundall [editor]

London: Henry G Bohn An extremely rare original copy of this early work arranged by Joseph Cundall, and elaborately illustrated by John Brandard. This was the first of Cundall's famous Gift Books. Undated but 1846. In the original highly decorative card binding by Remnant and Edmonds - with the front board with a raised design and flower picture at the centre. It has been rebacked at some point to provide a new plain spine and new endpapers, which have the bookplate of Charles Benson, a noted book collector, to the front pastedown. Contents with elaborate frontispiece; decorative title page, and 31 further pages of card thickness - all illuminated and lithographed by John Brandard. The colouring is very bright but there is spotting to margins throughout. The binding has general wear but is clean and sound and tight.

$340.70

The Arabian Nights Entertainments
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The Arabian Nights Entertainments

By Andrew Lang

London, New York and Bombay: Longmans, Green & Co, 1898 A good copy in the original decorative cloth binding with gilt picture to the front board and gilt titles and illustration to the spine. Aeg. Lang used the french version of Monsieur Galland as the basis for his collection. With numerous illustrations by H J Ford. The binding is bright and clean. There is pulling with slight fraying to the top and bottom of the spine and wear to edges, including the cloth at the spine joints. There is a small bump affecting the bottom edge of the front board close to the spine joint. Slight marking to back board and some corner wear. The original black endpapers are present. Contents slightly shaken (stitching is visible circa pp 64/5 but the book is sound) but clean. Some pages have light spotting and there is occasional light marking, mostly to outer side margins.

$197.61

The Lilac Fairy Book
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The Lilac Fairy Book

By Andrew Lang [editor]

London, New York, Bombay and Calcutta: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1910 A good copy of the1st edition in the original decorative cloth binding with 6 colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations by H J Ford. The binding has gilt decoration to front board and decoration and titles to the spine. Aeg. The binding is tight, with a reasonably clean and bright front board that has a little spotting towards the bottom. The lilac colour is faded towards the spine which is also faded, with some pulling to the top and bottom. It is slightly cocked to the front. The back board has some spotting and some light staining towards the outer side edge. The rear corners are slightly turned. The contents are complete with a 2 page publisher's listing at the rear. They are generally very clean, but with occasional marking - most generally at the edges.

$327.07

The Natural History of Pigeons. The Naturalist's Library, Ornithology Vol V Gallinaceous Birds, Part III
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The Natural History of Pigeons. The Naturalist's Library, Ornithology Vol V Gallinaceous Birds, Part III

By Prideaux John Selby, Andrew Crichton, Sir William Jardine - editor

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1835 A very good copy of the first edition in the original publisher's cloth binding with 30 hand coloured plates of pigeons from drawings by Edward Lear. Lear provided the illustrations for Pigeons and Parrots in the Naturalist's Library, and his work is distinctive for its accuracy combined with an ability to make the subject seem alive. Contents: volume listing; half title with signature to top; black and white frontispiece portrait of Pliny with tissue guard; hand coloured vignette title page with ring pigeons; 2 further title pages; publisher's advert; contents listing; Memoir of Pliny by Andrew Crichton; and text with black and white illustrations and 30 hand coloured plates. Publisher's catalogues at the rear. The binding is faded to spine and board edges. The spine is slightly cocked with pulling at the top and bottom. Bottom corners bumped. Internally the original green endpapers are present with repair to the front join and a small hole in the rear endpaper join. Plates and text are very clean with beautiful colouring to the plates. There is the occasional spot, mostly to tissue-guards, with one section of spotty text. A couple of gathers are slightly loose but the book is sound. The original owner has written the latin name of each bird neatly on its accompanying tissue guard. Light toning to text and plate edges.

$218.05

The Merry Wives of Windsor
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The Merry Wives of Windsor

By William Shakespeare

London: William Heinemann , 1910 A very good copy of the first edition illustrated by Hugh Thomson. In the original blue decorative cloth binding with 40 tipped in colour plates and numerousl black and white illustrations. The binding is bright and clean with bright gilt decoration to the front board. There is light wear to corners and slight pulling to the top and bottom of the spine. Internally there is a later inscription to the fep (1966). Contents are complete and clean. The plates are in fine condition. The text pages have some spotting and browning - the spotting is particularly noticeable towards the front and end of the volume.

$54.51

The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
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The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

By Grimm; Mrs Edgar Lucas [translator]

London: Constable & Company Ltd, 1909 A very good copy of the 1st enlarged Rackham edition of Grimm's Tales with 40 tipped in colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations and designs. Rackham first illustrated Grimm in 1900 and this edition contains reworked and new illustrations. In newer full leather binding by Colin Kerr, an Orkney craftsman who specialised in furniture-making, wood sculpture and decorative bookbinding. He completed a number of commemorative bindings for the local Council, and, as an avid book collector, rebound older books where the binding was poor. This binding is in tan and cream leather, with titles and design to spine copying the original gilt illustration from the cloth binding. New marbled endpapers have been added. The contents are complete, and the tipped-in plates and tissue-guards are in very good clean condition. 5 plates have slight inner bottom corner tip creases. There is some light marking particularly noticeable on side margins and there are small repaired edge tears to the bottom margin of 6 pages. Please enquire if you would like to see more images to further assess condition.

$885.82

Cranford
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Cranford

By Mrs Gaskell, Anne Thackeray Ritchie (introduction)

London and New York : Macmillan and Co., 1891 A fair to good copy of the 1st edition of Cranford with Hugh Thomson illustrations published in November 1891. In the original dark green decorative cloth binding with all page edges gilt. The binding has a gilt plant in pot design with gilt titles to the front board and gilt titles and design to the spine. It is in bright, clean condition. The spine has some pulling with slight fraying at the top and slight cocking to the front. There is some light mottling, noticeable mostly on the back board where there is some slight scuffing. Corners with slight wear. Contents with half title; frontispiece wth guard; title page; preface; contents; illustrations list; text - illustrated throughout. Contents are clean with light spotting, mostly to margins, although some pages have spotting throughout. 1 page publisher's list at rear.

$10.90

Hans Andersen\'s Fairy Tales
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Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales

By Hans Andersen

London: Constable & Co. Ltd, 1917 A good copy in the original red cloth binding with 16 tipped-in colour plates and 35 full page black and white illustrations by W Heath Robinson. The second issue with Heath Robinson's work - the black and white illustrations are particularly memorable. The binding is in fair condition, with pulling to the top and bottom of the spine and bumping and wear to corners. The spine is faded. Internally there is an inscription to the fep dated 1917. The contents are in very good clean condition. There is occasional light spotting which is mostly to top margins, but is visible on the title page and noticeable at pp 48/9 and 95. The stitching is visble at p48, but the book is sound.

$204.42

Ros Rosarum ex Horto Poetarum. Dew of the Ever-Living Rose Gathered from The Poets\' Gardens of many Lands
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Ros Rosarum ex Horto Poetarum. Dew of the Ever-Living Rose Gathered from The Poets' Gardens of many Lands

By E.V.B.

London: Elliot Stock, 1897 A very good, to near fine, copy in the original half leather binding with title page in red and numerous designs and decorative initial capitals throughout. The binding has raised bands and gilt compartments to the spine, with gilt titles and date. It is in very good clean condition with minor edgewear. Top page edges gilt, remainder untrimmed. The original page marker is presents. Contents with marbled endpapers and in near fine clean condition.

$68.14

Alice\'s Adventures in Wonderland
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

By Lewis Caroll

London: J Coker and Co., Ltd A good copy in the original decorative card binding with pasted colour picture of Alice with the White Rabbit. Undated but probably around 1907-15. With colour frontispiece and 7 further colour plates by Bessie Pease, and decorative borders by G P Micklewright. The binding has a red cloth spine, which is faded and worn, particularly at the top and bottom. There is edge and corner-wear to the boards. There is some slight indentation to the pasted picture visible in some lights. The contents are complete and very clean and bright.

$109.02

Alice\'s Adventures in Wonderland
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

By Lewis Caroll

London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd, 1907 A good to very good copy of the 2nd edition of 'The Little Folks' Edition' of Alice, with 32 coloured illustrations by John Tenniel. In the original red decorative cloth binding with titles and white rabbit to front board, and titles to spine. The binding is sound and clean, with some mottling to the boards (mostly the back board), and light wear to edges (including spine joints), and corners. Internally there is an inscription dated 1907 to the fep, which also has a little pencil marking. The contents are very clean and in very good condition with the occasional light spot or mark. Scarce.

$245.30

The Open Window
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The Open Window

By E Temple Thurston

London: Chapman and Hall Ltd, 1913 A very good copy with numerous black and white illustrations by Charles Robinson. Rebound by Colin Kerr, an Orkney craftsman specialising in furniture-making, wood sculpture and book binding. He undertook a number of commissions for the local Council to rebind books in commemorative bindings as gifts and, as an avid book collector, rebound some of his own books too. This binding has raised bands, gilt decoration and decorative title label to the spine. There is a gilt design to the front board, and some gilt tooling to board edges. New paisley-style endpapers have been added. A new page marker has been added. Contents, with numerous illustrations of birds, are very clean, with just the occasional light mark or spot. There is a dedication 'To Clive from Mother, 1913' on a preliminary page.

$81.77

Tannhauser
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Tannhauser

By Richard Wagner, T W Rolleston [translator]

London, Calcutta and Sydney: George G Harrap & Co Ltd A very good to near fine copy in original decorative full leather binding with 12 colour plates, 10 greyscale plates and numerous full page and in text illustrations. Undated but circa 1915. The binding has an elaborate design to the front board and spine. It is very clean. There is a slight warp to the top of the boards, slight darkening to the spine and slight wear at the top front spine joint. Top page edges gilt; remainder untrimmed. Internally the original lightly-marbled endpapers are present with a decorative bookplate to the front pastedown. The contents are in lovely clean condition with the very occasional slight mark. The stitching is slightly loose in a couple of places but the book is sound.

$531.49

Daphnis and Chloe. Translated out of the Greek of Longus by George Thornley in 1657
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Daphnis and Chloe. Translated out of the Greek of Longus by George Thornley in 1657

By George Thornley

London : Geoffrey Bles, 1925 A very good copy in the original white decorative cloth binding, with illustrations and designs by John Austen. 1st edition thus. The binding has gilt titles and a small gilt decoration to the front board. It is slightly grubby with light pulling to the top and bottom of the spine, and light bumping to the bottom corners. Contents with frontispiece and 11 further full page plates coloured in outline, and 4 full page black and white plates. Page edges are untrimmed and occasionally unopened. Very clean internally with some light pale spotting on text pages.

$81.77

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

By Edward Fitzgerald [translator]

London : Hodder and Stoughton A very good early copy of the smaller octavo edition of the Dulac- illustrated Rubaiyat in dust-wrapper. It is undated but with a gift inscription dated March 1914. With tipped-in frontispiece and 11 further tipped-in colour plates by Edmund Dulac. The wrapper is in a protective sleeve. It is slightly grubby and with some repaired edge tears/nibbles. There is a crease in the back flap. The decorative purple cloth binding is in very good clean condition with a slightly faded spine. Internally the original decorative endpapers are present - they are slightly browned. Contents are in very good to near fine clean condition. A very nice copy.

$122.65

Stories from the Arabian Nights
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Stories from the Arabian Nights

By Laurence Housman

Nottingham: Hodder & Stoughton for Boots Pure Drug Co. Ltd, Nottingham A near fine copy with 20 tipped in colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations by Edmund Dulac. It is undated but was produced in the 1920's/30's by Hodder and Stoughton in an exclusive deal with the Boots Company, who, at that time, had book departments in their stores. The wrapper has advertisements for other Boots publications and notes that buyers could get a special deal and pay only 5s 11d with 9d postage. This copy has a good to very good wrapper. It is very clean with a little repaired edge nibbling and a couple of small holes. It is in a removable protective wrap. The red brown decorative cloth binding with gilt titles to spine and front board and gilt design to front board is in near fine clean condition. Contents, including tipped-in frontispiece and 19 further tipped-in plates in near fine clean condition. There is an inscription to the half title dated Xmas 1934. One plate has been tipped in on the skew. A very nice copy.

$109.02

Parsifal, or the Legend of the Holy Grai retold from Antient Sources
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Parsifal, or the Legend of the Holy Grai retold from Antient Sources

By Richard Wagner, C W Rolleston

London: Harrap & Co, 1912 A very good copy of the signed limited 1st edition of Parsifal illustrated by Willy Pogany. This copy is in full vellum and is no 19 of 525. It has an additional signed etched plate by Pogany distributed with this edition and kept in a separate envelope. Parsifal was the third book in what are described as a series of 4 work 'masterworks' by the Hungarian illustrator Willy Pogany. His design includes detailed backgrounds to the script, which has initial capitals; tinted plates; 8 colour plates and 16 tipped-in colour plates produced by a new 4 colour process. The vellum binding has an elaborate design in gilt to the front board and spine. This copy has some spotting and darkening to the vellum, particularly to the spine, (which is slightly cocked to the front) and back board. The contents including decorative endpapers are in very good clean condition. The original page marker is present, but detached. There is a small neat set of initials to the corner of a title page dated January 1913. 2 of the tipped-in plates have light creasing to the bottom inner corner. The additional plate envelope has clearly been kept inside the book with one side edge protruding and that edge is browned with small tears. The plate inside has similar browning and edge tearing to that side margin - not affecting the plate itself.

$1362.80

Fairy Tales
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Fairy Tales

By Hans Andersen

London: Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1924 A very good copy of the 1st edition - the 'edition du luxe' - in full gilt-decorated vellum binding, signed by Kay Nielsen. With 12 tipped-in colour plates, 16 full page black and white plates and numerous designs by Nielsen. This was Nielsen's third book illustration. He began the work in 1912 but the disruption caused by World War I meant that it was not published until 1924 - and although a beautiful production it could not afford the number of plates that embellished East of the Sun, West of the Moon, his previous work. The market for expensive illustrated gift books declined significantly after the War and Nielsen only illustrated two more works before moving to Copenhagen and working on set designs for the theatre. This book is number 119 of 500 printed. The vellum binding has bright illustration. It has some grubbiness and darkening to the spine; a slight bump to the bottom front corner; and slight marking to the back board, particularly the bottom corner. The spine is cocked to the front. Top page edges are gilt; side edge is untrimmed. The contents are in very bright and clean condition; occasional very light spotting to tissue guards. There is a slight crease to the tissue guard to the frontispiece and a small light brown area to the bottom margin of p 153 (lightly mirrored on 152). There is a small scuff and slight loss to the bottom of the rear free endpaper. A very nice copy.

$3270.72

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