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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.

$645.55

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.

$64.56

Father Christmas goes on Holiday
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Father Christmas goes on Holiday

By Raymond Briggs

London: Hamish Hamilton Children's Books Ltd, 1975 A near fine copy of Raymond Briggs' classic account of Father Christmas' holiday experiences. The wrapper is price-clipped with light browning and slight wrinkling at the edges. It is in a removable protective wrap. The binding is bright and clean as are the contents.

$25.82

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.

$361.51

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.

$581.00

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.

$361.51

Pride and Prejudice
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Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen

London : George Allen , 1894 A fair to 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. Aeg. With numerous black and white illustrations by Thomson. The binding is bright and clean. The front board has wear to the corners with slight cloth loss and a small indentation at the side edge also with slight cloth loss. The spine is cocked to the front and is slightly dulled with some pulling and slight fraying at the bottom. The back board has some corner wear and slightly faded areas. The original black endpapers are present with early splitting at the front joint and more obvious splitting at the rear joint where there has been repair. The book is sound but shaken - with webbing visible at p 32/3 and 352. Contents are complete and in good clean condition. There is a light stain to the side edge of the fep which persists to the dedication page, and occasional spotting primarily to margins. There is some marking at pp 18/19. There is what looks like an old repair to the corners of pp 175/6 and 177/8 where a section was probably torn and reattached - there is slight loss of text underneath the adhesive that has been used. There are a couple of very small edge tears at the bottom margin.

$1226.55

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.

$103.29

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.

$697.19

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.

$1936.65

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.

$232.40

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.

$232.40

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.

$193.67

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.

$51.64

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.

$103.29

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

$387.33

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.

$58.10

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.

$19.37

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.

$1613.88

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.

$322.78

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