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Silas Marner
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Silas Marner

By George Eliot

London : Macmillan and Co. Limited , 1907 A good copy of the first edition of Silas Marner with Hugh Thomson illustrations. With 24 colour plates, 21 full page black and white illustrations and numerous illustrations and designs in the text. One of the few works illustrated by Thomson to have colour plates. In the original dark green decorative cloth binding with stunning gilt illustration and titles to front board and spine. All page edges gilt. The binding is very bright and clean. There is some indentation and cloth loss to the top edges of the boards and some areas of cloth loss to the side edges. The front top corner is bumped with some cloth loss; the bottom corner has similar bumping. Spine ends have wear with a little fraying at the top. The back board has lost some of the shine from its surface, with a couple of darker areas, and there is very slight warp at the top. Internally there is a decorative bookplate to the front pastedown endpaper. Contents are in very good clean condition. There is a small blind stamp to the title page with the words 'presentation copy'. Please enquire if you would like to see additional images.

$53.06

Mansfield Park
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Mansfield Park

By Jane Austen

London : J M Dent & Co, 1906 A very good set in the original decorative cloth bindings, edited by R Brimley Johnson, and with 12 colour plates by H M Brock. 4th edition thus. The bindings have gilt titles to spine and front board. The top page edges are gilt; the remaining edges are uncut. Original page markers are present. With half titles, showing that they were volumes V and VI of Brimley Johnson's series; colour frontispieces; decorative title pages; listing of illustrations; and text with head and tailpieces. Volume I has a preface. Vol I 245pp; Vol II 249pp. All the plates are present as called for.Vol I has a slight bump to the bottom corner of the front board and the spine is slightly dulled and with a small mark at the bottom. Vol II has a small bump to the top corner of the front board and the spine and board edges are slightly dulled. Contents of both are in very good clean condition. The stitching is visible between pp10 and 11 in Vol I but the volume is sound and tight.

$132.64

Pride and Prejudice
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Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen

London : George Allen , 1894 A very good copy of the 1st publication of the 'Peacock Edition' of Pride and Prejudice with illustrations by Hugh Thomson. In the original green decorative cloth binding with spectacular gilt peacock design to front board and gilt designs to spine. Top page edges gilt, remainder untrimmed. With numerous black and white illustrations by Thomson. The binding has been rebacked retaining the original spine and the book is therefore sound and tight. The original black endpapers have been retained with professional repair at the joints. The gilt decoration is slightly dulled to the front board and more so to the spine, which is cocked to the front. Board corners lightly turned. Contents are generally very bright and clean with the odd mark and spot. There is light toning to the paper; marking in the top margin of pp 218/9 which is faintly mirrored on the pages immediately preceding and following; and a browned area where a piece of newspaper was used as a bookmark on pp 454/5. Please enquire if you would like to see further images.

$1260.08

Sense and Sensibility
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Sense and Sensibility

By Jane Austen

London : J M Dent & Co, 1906 A very good copy of the fifth edition in this form: complete in 2 volumes, edited by R Brimley Johnson, with portrait frontispiece of Jane Austen, and 12 colour plates by C E Brock. The Brimley Johnson edition was first published in 1898 and was extremely popular, quickly running through a number of reprintings. In original decorative cloth bindings with gilt titles to spine and front board. The top page edges are gilt; the remaining edges are uncut. With half titles, showing that they were volumes I and II of Brimley Johnson's series; frontispieces; decorative title pages; listing of illustrations; and text with head and tailpieces. Original page markers present in both volumes. Volume I has a listing of Austen's novels together with a short biography. All the plates are present as called for and are tissue guarded. Vol I has 163 pp and Vol II has 218 pp. Both bindings are bright and clean with spines lightly cocked to the front. Vol I has a very small mark to the side edge of the front board and a small light mark to the back board. Vol II has a couple of small marks on the back board and a light bump to the bottom corner tip on the front board. Contents to both volumes bright and clean in near fine condition. Pencil signatures to verso of feps.

$198.96

Die Fabeln des Asopus; Fables D'Esope...Volumes I & II
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Die Fabeln des Asopus; Fables D'Esope...Volumes I & II

By Aesop

Heinr: Fredr: Muller Extremely scarce complete 2 volume edition of Aesop's Fables in 4 languages with 92 hand coloured plates. Believed to be published in 1819. This copy has been newly rebound into one volume in a half calf binding with marbled boards. The binding is in fine condition. New endpapers have been added. The contents have been extremely trimmed over the years to the extent that text is clipped on some pages. Contents: frontispiece; title in 4 languages; 45 coloured plates with accompanying text sections in 4 languages; frontispiece to Vol II; title to Vol II; 45 coloured plates with accompanying text sections. Page numbers are not visible. Contents have light toning to pages and plates but are clean. There is a brown stain in the top gutter at fable 39 which reappears at times through to fable 45. Please enquire if you would like to see additional images.

$517.30

Treasure Island
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Treasure Island

By Robert Louis Stevenson

London : Ernest Benn Limited, 1927 A very good copy of the first edition of this work illustrated by Edmund Dulac. In the original red cloth binding with decorative black design to front board edges and black titles to spine. With 12 colour plates by Dulac and numerous black and white illustrations, vignettes, head and tail pieces and decorative initial capitals. The cloth binding is in very good condition with some fading to the spine and the front board close to the spine, and pulling to spine ends. There is some wear to corners. Internally there is a small Stevenson copyright stamp to the front pastedown. Contents are in very good clean condition. The free endpapers have some browning and the final page is browned. 1 page is unopened. The very occasional spot to pages.

$318.34

The Faerie Queene. Spenser's Faerie Queene. A Poem in Six Books with the Fragment Mutabilitie
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The Faerie Queene. Spenser's Faerie Queene. A Poem in Six Books with the Fragment Mutabilitie

By Edmund Spenser, Thomas Wise [editor]

London : George Allen , 1897 A very good set of the special limited edition of 1000 copies, printed at the Chiswick Press by Charles Whittingham on hand-made paper, and illustrated with complex designs and images by Walter Crane. Published in parts over 3 years from 1894 - 6, this was a huge undertaking and is judged to be one of Crane's best works. Complete in 6 volumes in the original cream coloured cloth with gilt designs and red titles to front board, gilt titles to spine, and red design to back board. Top edges gilt, remainder untrimmed. Each volume has the original rose-coloured part wrap bound in at the beginning and end. The bindings are in very good clean condition with the occasional very light mark. The bottom edges are occasionally darkened, particularly at the corners and spine end. Vol I has a light bump to the top edge of the back board close to the spine. Internally the contents are in very good to near fine clean condition with just the occasional small spot or mark. Pages tend to darken slightly at the untrimmed edges. All the endpapers have light spotting and there is a very small damaged area to the front endpaper joint of Vol III. Vols II and III have a very light speckle in the paper in some sections. Vol IV has a brown mark at the page edge of pp 871-4 and circa 900-907, 944-6. Vol V has a small paper flaw in the rear pastedown endpaper. The collation is complicated and the set is substantial - please enquire if you would like further details and additional images to the 5 that are posted with the book.

$1976.34

English Fairy Tales
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English Fairy Tales

By Flora Annie Steel

London : Macmillan & Co. Ltd, 1918 A very good copy of the special limited edition of English Fairy Tales signed by Arthur Rackham. No 110 of 500 copies. The fairy tales include Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and Jack and the Beanstalk. In full vellum binding with gilt decoration and titles to front board and spine. With 16 tipped-in colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations and designs by Arthur Rackham. Printed on 'Holbein' watermarked paper with plates mounted on paper with a woven texture. Decorative endpapers; top page edges gilt, remainder untrimmed. The binding is in good to very good condition being generally clean with bright gilt to spine and front board. The top corners are both turned. There is slight marking to the front board and spine, and some brown spotting to the top corner and corner edges of the back board. The decorative endpapers are clean without any ownership markings. The contents are complete with Rackham's signature to an initial blank and are in very good clean condition. The tissue guard to the plate at p 72 is creased; the guard at p 210 has a small tear close to the gutter; and the guard at p 282 is spotty. The corner tip to p 141 has been turned at some point, and a few later leaves have lost the very tip of the corner. A brown spot/mark appears to the top side edge at p 277-282 and reappears at p 287 before moving to the corner tip at pp 309-327. There is the very occasional light spot, with obvious spotting to the final leaf and light spotting in the gutter of the rear endpaper. The stitching is visible at p113 but the book is sound. Please enquire if you would like to see further images to assess condition.

$1856.96

Fairy Tales
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Fairy Tales

By Hans Andersen

London: Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1924 A good copy of the 1st trade edition in decorative silk binding 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. The binding has gilt decoration and titles to spine and front board, both of which are sunned, fading the green silk to an olive colour, There is wear to the top and bottom of the spine and to the corners and edges, particularly the side edge of the front board. There is a small mark on the back board at the top. The decorative endpapers are present, with a small inscription from 1938 to the fep. Contents are shaken, with some stitching beginning to loosen, but they are complete and in very good clean condition.

$517.30

The Happy Prince and Other Stories
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The Happy Prince and Other Stories

By Oscar Wilde

London : Duckworth & Co, 1913 A good copy of the limited edition in gilt-decorated parchment binding with tipped-in frontispiece and 11 further tipped-in plates by Charles Robinson. This copy is number 241 of 260 copies of which 250 were for sale. The binding has a browned spine, and a lot of browning and scuffing to edges with some loss of surface at the front corners and the top back corner. There is some marking to the front board. Internally the decorative endpapers are present without inscription. The contents, including numerous designs and line illustrations by Charles Robinson are in good to very good clean condition. There are lightly creased tissue guards to plates at pp 26 and 68 and the tissue guards to plates at pp 76 and 122 have some wrinkling and browning. The mount to the plate at p76 has a slight ripple at the top. Page 47 has a turned corner tip and there is a small repaired edge tear to the bottom margin of p 54. Please enquire if you would like to see more images to assess condition.

$1591.68

Sinbad the Sailor & other Stories from the Arabian Nights
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Sinbad the Sailor & other Stories from the Arabian Nights

London: Hodder & Stoughton A very good copy of the 1st trade edition in the original decorative cloth binding with 23 tipped-in colour plates, black and white illustrations and designs by Edmund Dulac. Undated but 1914. The light brown cloth binding has a printed flower design (which continues on the endpapers) overlaid with gilt decoration and titles on the front board and spine. This copy has bright decoration with some light cloth wear - to the corners and the top and bottom of the spine where there is a little fraying. There are some small marks on the back board. The floral endpapers are unmarked. Contents: frontispiece; decorative title; illustration list and text with 22 further colour plates. All the text pages have a decorative border. The tissue guard to the frontispiece is detaching at the top and there is occasional marking to the plate supports at the bottom edge (plates at pp 43, 71, 78 and 113). The plates themselves are unaffected. There is a small triangular chip missing from the bottom edge of p 59/60. A lovely example of an early twentieth century gift book. Please enquire if you would like to see further images.

$663.20

Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book for Children
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Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book for Children

By Kate Greenaway, Mrs Sale Barker

London : George Routledge and Sons A good copy of a Kate Greenaway Birthday Book - undated but circa 1880, with colour frontispiece and 11 further colour printed plates. The presentation page is filled in stating that the book was presented to Moyra Tuck from Z Sherborne and some of the dates are filled in pencil with various members of the Sherborne family. A note at the end gives a later owner - Miss B Coombs who gave her address as Brook St Hospital Ward 6 in Shooters Hill 3rd March 1918. The binding is clean with bright gilt titles. The edges and corners have some rubbing. Contents nice and clean.

$66.32

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 limited edition illustrated and signed by Hugh Thomson. No 149 of 350. In the original vellum binding with 40 tipped in colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations. The binding lacks its ties but is clean with bright gilt decoration and titles. It has some light spotting to the vellum. The contents with tipped in frontispiece, title, text with decorative designs and illustrations and 39 further tipped in plates, are in very clean condition. There is some light spotting to preliminaries and occasionally to text pages. The support to the frontispiece has a small tear to the bottom edge and there is a small hole to the support to the plate at p 2. Plates at pp 50, 78 and 160 have small corner creases. Please enquire if you would like to see further images to assess condition.

$371.39

Sense and Sensibility
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Sense and Sensibility

By Jane Austen

London : George Allen, 1899 A good to very good copy of the first edition of Sense and Sensibility with Chris Hammond illustrations, in the original decorative cloth binding. Chris Hammond was born Christiana Mary Demain Hammond and shortened her name to better compete in what was a male-dominated market for illustrators. This copy has a very bright and clean binding with gilt titles and decoration to front board and spine. There is light wear to corners and the spine is slightly faded with some pulling. It is cocked to the front (as is common with these bindings). The back board has slight marking with more noticeable wear to the corners. All page edges gilt. Internally the original black endpapers are present in very good condition. There is an inscription to the verso of the fep. Contents are complete and very clean. There is persistent light spotting mainly to the top margin and the top foredge.

$596.88

Beautiful Birds. Their Natural History, Habits &c. Series I-III
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Beautiful Birds. Their Natural History, Habits &c. Series I-III

By Robert Tyas

London : Houlston and Wright A scarce complete set of Beautiful Birds in 3 volumes with 36 hand coloured plates by James Andrews. Undated but circa 1855. In the original gilt decorated blue cloth bindings with all page edges gilt. Vols I and II have been rebacked retaining most of the original spines and all have professional reinforcement to the endpaper joints. All have the decorative bookplate of Graham Watson to the front pastedown. The pagination in Vols I and II is unusual in that some of it is in 16 page sections, suggesting that these were first issues distributed in parts. Vol I: binding bright to front board, rear board with scuffing; bump to top front corner. Internally gift inscription to fep. Contents: frontispiece with tissue guard, title, ad, contents and plate list (with each plate ticked), introduction pp xx; text with 11 further plates and pp numbered 1-92; 1-16; 1-16; 1-16; 1-15; 1-16; 1-16 - this numbering is reflected in the contents listing. Contents in very good clean condition. Vol II: bumping to top corners. Contents: half title, frontispiece with tissue guard, title, ad, contents and plate list; text with 11 further colour plates and numbered 1-16; 1-16; 1-16; 1-16; 113-192 - this numbering is reflected in the contents pages. Torn tissue guard to second plate, contents in very good clean condition. Vol III: binding in original condition with wear to the top and bottom of the spine. The decoration to the front board differs from that of Vols I and II. Contents: gift inscription from 1861 to fep; frontispiece with tissue guard, title, ad, contents and plate list; text pages 1-198 with 11 further plates. In very good clean condition.

$371.39

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.

$106.11

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.

$716.26

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.

$1989.60

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.

$238.75

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.

$238.75

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