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Shakespeare's Comedy of Twelfth Night or What You Will, with illustrations by W. Heath Robinson
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Shakespeare's Comedy of Twelfth Night or What You Will, with illustrations by W. Heath Robinson

By William Shakespeare

London : Hodder and Stoughton A fair copy with 40 tipped-in colour plates by W Heath Robinson. Undated but probably 1908 - the first trade edition. In the original green decorative cloth binding with gilt titles and designs to front board and spine. Classed overall as 'fair' because the binding has considerable patchy fading, particularly to the back board. The front top corner is bumped with cloth damage. The original decorative endpapers are present with browning to the joint at the front and more prominently to the rear. There is a small signature dated 1940 to the fep. Contents with tipped in frontispiece and tissue guard, title, illustration list and text with a further 39 tipped in colour plates. The plates are tipped onto white card and have gilt decorative borders. Contents are in very good condition being clean with the occasional light mark - the most obvious of which is a dark mark in the gutter at pp 143/4. Plates clean and bright.

$106.92

In Powder and Crinoline. Old Fairy Tales Retold
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In Powder and Crinoline. Old Fairy Tales Retold

By Arthur Quiller-Couch

London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1913 A good copy of the 1st trade edition of 'In Powder and Crinoline' with 24 tipped in colour plates and numerous designs by Kay Nielsen. Undated but 1913. This was Kay Nielsen's first published book illustration and his reputation was such that Arthur Quiller-Couch was commissioned to find and rewrite the fairy tales to the title chosen by Nielsen. His illustrations are unique and unforgettable. This copy is in the publisher's quarter cloth binding with grey card boards. The spine has gilt titles and designs and the front board has red titles and grey illustration. The binding is sound but with the usual wear: pulling to the top and bottom of the spine and edge wear to the boards with some browning and marking. The decorative endpapers are present with some light browning and there is some repair to the front endpaper joint. Contents are complete including half title; frontispiece with tissue guard; title page on thick grey paper with red lettering; list of illustrations; preface; and text 164 pp with designs and 23 tipped in colour plates on thick grey paper with decorative guards. Contents are generally clean and the plates are in very good condition. There is sporadic and persistent browning in the gutter of the text pages around the stitching. The tissue guards to plates at pp 28 and 132 and occasional light marking on the grey paper supporting the plates. Please enquire if you would like to see further images.

$721.71

Fairy Tales
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Fairy Tales

By Hans Andersen

London: Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1924 A good to very good copy of the 1st edition - the 'edition du luxe' - in dark blue decorative cloth 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, begun in 1912 but not published until 1924 because of the disruption caused by World War I. It is a beautiful and expensive production, but the changing market for colour plate books meant that it had to have fewer colour plates than Nielsen's earlier works. This book is number 378 of 500 printed. The blue cloth binding has bright gilt decoration and titles to the front board and spine. The front board is bright and clean with light corner and edge wear. The spine is dulled with a lot of pulling to the top and bottom, and the back board is clean but with some scuff marks and light corner and edge wear. There is a small ink spot to the bottom page edges not visible from inside the book. The contents are complete and in very good to near fine clean condition. The book is slightly shaken and there is occasional light brown spotting in the gutter and the occasional light mark elsewhere - principally to preliminaries and end leaves.

$2004.75

The Olive Fairy Book
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The Olive Fairy Book

By Andrew Lang

London, New York, Bombay and Calcutta: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1907 A good copy of the 1st edition in the original light green decorative cloth binding with 8 colour plates, 20 full page black and white plates, and 22 in text illustrations. All page edges gilt. The binding has been rebacked and is clean and tight. The gilt to both the spine and front board is slightly faded. The side edge to the front board has water-marking which has resulted in a faded section and then a darkened section at the edge, and there is slight warp at the edge. The back board has a slight fade at the side edge. The decorative endpapers are present with 2 inscriptions to the fep: Ada from Uncle Jack Xmas '07, and Taffie from Jannie Xmas 1952. There is darkening to front endpaper edges and a little marking at the side edge. Both front and rear endpapers have had professional repair at the joint. Contents are complete and very clean with just the occasional light mark.

$240.57

The Year's at the Spring. An Anthology of recent poetry
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The Year's at the Spring. An Anthology of recent poetry

By Rupert Brooke, Hilaire Beloc, et al [compiled by L D'O Walters, intro by Harold Monro

London : George G Harrap & Co Ltd, 1920 A very good copy of the first trade edition in original green cloth binding with gilt decoration to front board and gilt titles to spine. With 24 full page illustrations by Harry Clarke - 12 in colour including the frontispiece and 12 in sepia. There is also a full page black and white illustration and numerous black and white designs. Harry Clarke (1889-1931) is also known for his work with stained glass and he was a major figure in the Irish Arts and Crafts movement. The work includes poems by Walter de la Mare, Rupert Brooke, Thomas Hardy and John Masefield. This copy has been skilfully rebacked to preserve the original spine and provide new matching cloth to the back board. The front board is bright and clean with slight edge wear. The original textured green endpapers are present - the fep has an ink signature to the top and the rear pastedown endpaper has staining in the gutter. The contents are in near fine clean condition.

$240.57

Fairy Tales
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Fairy Tales

By Hans Christian Andersen

London, Bombay, Sidney : George G Harrap & Co Ltd, 1931 A good copy of the 1931 reprinted edition in the original decorative cloth binding with 15 colour and 25 full page black and white illustrations by Harry Clarke. The binding is sound with fading to the spine and board edges and wear to corners. There is some light marking on both boards and some pulling to the top and bottom of the spine. Internally there is a decorative bookplate to the front pastedown endpaper. Contents are complete and generally clean. There is occasional spotting, particularly at pp 227-9 and from 318-320, and to the foredge. There is a crease to the fep. 3 of the plates have some browning/rippling/nibbling at edges - presumably where they were detached at some point. There is a small repaired edge tear at the top pf p10.

$200.48

Flora. A Book of Drawings by Pamela Bianco
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Flora. A Book of Drawings by Pamela Bianco

By Walter de la Mare

London : William Heinemann, 1919 A good copy of the 1st edition with colour frontispiece, 7 further colour illustrations and numerous full page and in-text black and white illustrations by Pamela Bianco. Bianco was known as a child prodigy and an exhibition of her work at the Leicester Galleries in spring 1919 (when she was 12) inspired Walter de la Mare to write a series of poems. This book is a selection of her artwork accompanying the poems. It is undated but 1919/20. This copy is lacking the wrapper and is in the original decorative card binding, which is rubbed and lacking around 4 cm at the top of the spine. It is a little grubby and with bumped corners. The contents are complete and have occasional light marks. The tissue guard to the frontispiece is very browned, creased and is lacking the bottom corner. There is a long pencil note to the front pastedown endpaper about the book's purchase and stating that this book contains the full version of the final poem, as opposed to other volumes that the owner had seen - ending at p45 not p43.

$53.46

Christmas Tales of Flanders
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Christmas Tales of Flanders

London and New York: William Heinemann; Dodd, Mead & Company, 1917 A good copy in the original decorative cloth binding illustrated by Jean de Bosschere. This was an early commission for de Bosschere, a Belgian illustrator who has been compared to Aubrey Beardsley. Contents with decorative tinted title page; 12 colour plates, 11 tinted full page plates, 14 full page black and white plates and numerous illustrations and designs in the text. The cloth binding has a bright clean front board with black designs and titles. The decorative spine is lightly faded and the plain back board has some discolouration. There is some slight fading at the top of the front board and light wear to the top and bottom of the spine and to corners. Internally the decorative endpapers are present - the rear ones have a little marking. There is a pencil note about purchase history in 1972 to the verso of the fep. Contents are in very good clean condition with just the occasional very light mark. Most of the tissue guards to the colour plates have some discolouration and there is occasional light offsetting. There is a small repaired tear to the side margin of p139 where the page was poorly opened.

$106.92

The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and Other Fairy Tales Retold
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The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and Other Fairy Tales Retold

By Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

New York: George H Doran Company A very good copy of the first US edition with 16 tipped in colour plates by Kay Nielsen. Undated but 1923. In the original blue cloth binding with gilt decoration to the front board and gilt titles to the spine. The Twelve Dancing Princesses is a shorter version of 'In Powder and Crinoline' which was Kay Nielsen's first proper commission as a book illustrator and was published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1913. The US edition has fewer colour plates but was redesigned by Neilsen, and is a lovely work. Contents: decorative endpapers and half title; tipped-in frontispiece; title; preface, contents and illustration list; six stories each with decorative half title, and 15 further tipped in colour plates with decorative covers. The binding is bright and clean: the front board has a slight bump to the bottom corner; the spine is slightly faded with some pulling; and the back board has a couple of small scuffs and slight indentation to the bottom edge. The contents are in very good clean condition - there is a small signature to the bottom of the rear pastedown endpaper and the stitching is just visible between pp 128/129

$400.95

The School for Scandal
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The School for Scandal

By Richard Brinsley Sheridan

London, New York and Toronto: Hodder and Stoughton, 1911 A very good copy of the first trade edition - undated but 1911 in the original decorative cloth binding with 25 colour plates and numerous designs and in text illustrations by Hugh Thomson. This was one of series of lavish quarto illustrated editions, produced by Hodder annually in the run up to Christmas. Thomson was a sought-after illustrator, whose decorative binding designs still stand out today. The cloth binding with beautiful gilt decoration to front board and spine, is bright and clean. The spine is slightly faded with some light mottling noticeable towards the base, and has light pulling. The back board has some fading with a white cloth line at the top edge. The top front corner is lightly bumped. The decorative endpapers are in bright clean condition with an armorial bookplate with the name Manning to the front pastedown. The fep has some browning. There is a note pasted to the verso of the fep dated 1911, Lemsford House, Hatfield. The contents are in very good clean condition. The title page has a small pencil signature to the top.

$60.14

The Red Book of Heroes
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The Red Book of Heroes

By Mrs Lang, edited by Andrew Lang

London : Longmans, Green & Co, 1909 A good to very good copy in original red decorative cloth binding with gilt pictures to front board and spine. Decorative endpapers and gilt edges to pages. With 8 colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations as called for. A Longman's advert is bound at the front. The binding is bright and clean with a bright gilt front board and slightly faded spine. The spine has a small mark in the middle and the back board has a small mark. The spine has light pulling and the corners are lightly bumped. The decorative endpapers are clean with some repair at the front endpaper joint. There is the stamp of Preston Lodge to the reverse of the fep and an ink 'No 9'. The contents are in very good clean condition with just the occasional light spot or mark.

$20.05

The Orange Fairy Book
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The Orange Fairy Book

By Andrew Lang

London, New York and Bombay: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1906 A very good copy of the 1st edition in the original orange gilt-decorated cloth binding with 8 colour and many full page and in text illustrations by H J Ford. All page edges gilt. The binding has bright gilt illustration to the front board and gilt titles and decoration to the spine. It has been rebacked so is sound and tight. The spine is dulled and the back board is bright but with some grubby marking at the top corner. Corners have light wear. All page edges gilt. New endpapers. Contents generally in very good clean condition with the occasional light mark.

$320.76

Pride and Prejudice
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Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen

London & Toronto, New York: J M Dent & Sons Ltd; E P Dutton and Co, 1922 A very good copy in 1800's style half leather binding with 16 colour printed plates by Charles Brock. The publishers, Dent & Co, published several editions of Austen's works from the 1890's on, with various illustrations styles. This edition uses illustrations by Brock, first used in 1907, and well suited to Austen's writing. The original binding has been rebacked to provide a new spine and corners and is in near fine condition. The spine has gilt title and author labels, gilt-lined raised bands and blind stamped decoration. The original red cloth is retained. Top page edges are gilt and new plain endpapers have been added. Contents with half title, frontispiece, title page, and text with 15 further illustrations. Internally in very good clean condition with the occasional light spot or mark and light spotting to the verso of the frontispiece. There is some spotting to the foredge.

$374.22

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

$1670.63

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.

$334.13

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.

$193.79

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.

$320.76

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.

$213.84

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.

$53.46

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.

$868.73

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