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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.

$86.38

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.

$561.44

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.

$86.38

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.

$129.56

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.

$115.17

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.

$1439.60

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.

$3455.04

Little Brother, Little Sister
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Little Brother, Little Sister

By Grimm

London : Constable & Co. Ltd, 1917 A good copy of the first illustrated trade edition illustrated by Arthur Rackham in the original decorative cloth binding. With 12 tipped in colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations and designs. This work was designed to complement an earlier collection of Grimm's tales illustrated by Rackham, and contains 40 stories including Snow White and Rose Red, and The Twelve Brothers. The binding is bright and clean. The spine is pulled, particularly at the top and there is a little edge and corner bumping. There is a small brown line at the top of the front board (?paint?). The decorative endpapers are present, with some toning to the free endpapers. The contents are a little shaken, but very clean, with most of the text pages unopened. The plates have loose tissue-guards, some of which are creased, and all of which are browned. The tipped-in plates are clean and bright. The frontispiece has several small creases to the inner corner tip; 3 plates have a small crease close to the inner tip and 2 have a crease at the tip.

$316.71

A Country Garland of Ten Songs gathered from the Hesperides of Robert Herrick set into Music by Joseph S Moorat
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A Country Garland of Ten Songs gathered from the Hesperides of Robert Herrick set into Music by Joseph S Moorat

By Robert Herrick, Joseph S Moorat

London: George Allan Ruskin House, 1897 A good copy in the original decorative card boards illustrated with numerous designs by Paul Woodroffe. Woodroffe (1875-1954) specialised in book illustration and stained glass design. The card binding has an intricate design of fairies, flowers and leaves. It has browning to the top of the boards and some corner and edge wear. The decorative endpapers are present with slight browning to the free endpapers. Contents with half title with Ruskin House design; frontispiece; title page; and contents - typically a Woodroffe illustration, a poem, and then music. There is an advertisement page after the end of the work, which is a decorative title page advert for 'Ye Second Booke of Nursery Rhymes'. Contents are slightly shaken but generally very clean with the occasional light spot.

$21.59

Beauty and the Beast. An Old Tale New-Told, with Pictures
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Beauty and the Beast. An Old Tale New-Told, with Pictures

By E V B

London : Sampson Low, Marston, Low, and Searle A good copy of the 1st edition in the decorative cloth binding with 10 colour plates and numerous line drawings by Eleanor Vere Boyle (1825-1916). Undated but 1875. Beauty and the Beast is said to be one of her best works, with beautiful imagery and colouring. The binding has been rebacked adding a new spine, which is darker than the boards and has become slightly speckled over time. The boards are very bright. The top corner of the front board is bumped. All page edges gilt. There are detailed scholarly pencil notes to the front pastedown endpaper and a pencil inscription to the verso of the fep. Contents with frontispiece, guard, title page and text wth 9 further colour plates with guards and black and white designs. There is a repaired tear to the gutter of the frontispiece guard; and some repaired tearing (with slight loss) to the side margin of the title page. The black border to the title page has some smudging to the top, which has offset to the frontispiece guard. There is spotting to the verso of the fep; frontispiece; and to a number of the plate margins. Occasional light spots elsewhere. Contents otherwise tightly bound and generally clean.

$712.60

Tales of Hoffmann
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Tales of Hoffmann

London: George G Harrap & Co. Ltd, 1932 A very good copy of the 1st edition of Hoffmann's Tales illustrated by Mario Laboccetta. In the original decorative cloth binding with 9 colour plates and numerous in text colour illustrations. Details on Laboccetta's life are difficult to find. However, a small note about him is loose in the work, which may have been issued either with it, or as advance publicity. The binding has a decorative design and titles to the front board and spine. It is generally very clean and in very good condition. There is a small light mark to the top of the front board and some very light specking on the top half of the back board. There is a small cloth fray on the top edge of the back board. Internally, there is a pencil note about how the book was purchased to the verso of the fep and a signature to the initial blank. With half title, decorative title page, contents listing, and text with numerous illustrations. Contents in very good clean condition with the very occasional spot or mark. A scarce edition.

$122.37

Aucassin and Nicolette
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Aucassin and Nicolette

By Michael West, Horace Mansion

St Albans: George G Harrap & Co A good copy of what appears to be the first trade edition (undated but 1917) in original cloth binding with pasted picture with titles to the front board. Adapted from the French by Michael West, with music by Horace Mansion. With 13 tipped in colour plates by Main R Bocher and decorated throughout by Evelyn Paul. Evelyn Paul (1883-1963) was well known for her work in replicating medieval illumination and this work is a good example. The binding has a darkened spine with some pulling and the corners are bumped. There is a little cloth bubbling to the back board, but overall it is sound and clean. The decorative endpapers are present, with a signature dated 1925 to the front pastedown; rear free endpaper has been cut slightly larger than the text pages so overhangs at the bottom edge. Top page edges gilt, remainder slightly rough. Contents, with decorative half title, frontispiece and title page are in very good to near fine clean condition with only the very occasional light mark. Decorative designs throughout. Lge octavo. A scarce work.

$115.17

Peepshow Pictures. A Novel Picture Book for Children
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Peepshow Pictures. A Novel Picture Book for Children

By Ernest Nister

London and New York: Ernest Nister. E P Dutton & Co A good copy of this classic pop-up book with 4 working pop-ups. Undated but 1890's. The pictorial card binding is clean with some wear to corners and edges. The linen spine is disintegrating. Internally, the endpapers have a decorative floral design. They are splitting at the front hinge and there is an old signature to the fep which is partly reflected in lighter paper on the title page. The text with beautiful line illustrations is clean with brown toning, particularly to edges. The 4 pop-ups are intact and in good working order.

$647.82

The Natural History of Parrots. The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol VI
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The Natural History of Parrots. The Naturalist's Library. Ornithology. Vol VI

By Prideaux J Selby, Sir William Jardine - editor

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1836 A very good copy of the first edition with 30 hand coloured plates engraved from drawings by Edward Lear. In contemporary half leather binding. The binding has gilt-decorated raised bands; blind tooled decoration and blind stamped titles to the spine. The titles are clear but it could have had labels at one time. There is some wear and scuffing to the leather and the cloth has slight bubbling and is faded towards the edges. Contents with half title; black and white frontispiece portrait of Thomas Bewick; hand coloured vignette title page with 2 parrots; 2 further title pages; an advertisement extolling the virtues of Edward Lear's pictures; contents listing; Memoir of Thomas Bewick (by the Reverend Turner); and text with 30 hand coloured plates at the rear. Text and plates are very clean and in very good condition. There is some offsetting to tissue guards which have some browned areas. Plate 11 has a small browned area from its tissue guard.

$446.28

The Brown Fairy Book
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The Brown Fairy Book

By Andrew Lang

London, New York and Bombay: Longmans, Green & Co, 1904 A good to very good copy of the 1st edition of this relatively scarce Fairy Book, in the original brown decorative cloth binding with 8 colour and many black and white illustrations. It has been rebacked and restitched, preserving the original spine and endpapers, so the book is sound and tight. The front board has bright gilt decoration and slight corner wear. The spine is faded. The back board has some corner wear and slight marking. All page edges gilt.The contents are generally clean with the odd mark eg some spotting and marking in the margins of pp 72-81; some spotting pp 85 and 128; and some marking p 214. There are professional paper repairs to the half title; the verso of the frontispiece and to the top margin of p110. Pp 207-220 have had the corner tips turned over at one time.

$266.33

Days with Sir Roger de Coverley. A Reprint from The Spectator
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Days with Sir Roger de Coverley. A Reprint from The Spectator

London and New York: Macmillan and Co., 1892 A good copy in green decorative cloth binding with numerous black and white illustrations by Hugh Thomson. The work is well-suited to Thomson's style and his illustrations of country people and pursuits are detailed and full of life. The binding has gilt decoration and titles to the front board and spine. The front board is bright and clean with a slight scuff and some light bumping to corners. The spine has light pulling. The back board is lightly scuffed. All page edges gilt. The original green endpapers are present. Contents with tissue-guarded frontispiece, title page and numerous illustrations. There is light foxing throughout - mostly to margins. The tissue guard to the frontispiece is browned.

$14.40

A Midsummer Night's Dream
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

By William Shakespeare

London: J M Dent & Co, 1895 A scarce nineteenth century edition of Midsummer Night's Dream designed and illustrated by Robert Anning Bell. Edited with an introduction by Israel Gollancz. Robert Anning Bell (1863-1933) was an influential artist, working in a variety of media including mosaic and stained glass. He made a name in book design and illustration in the closing years of the nineteenth century. This copy is in the original decorative cloth binding with gilt decoration and titles to the front board, and gilt titles to the spine. The front board is bright with some fading to edges. The corners have some wear. The spine is faded with some pulling. The back board has a small indentation to the bottom edge, a small mark and slight grubbiness. Corners with light wear. Internally the decorative endpapers are present - the front pastedown has an ownership section, which has been neatly filled out, showing that the book was a Christmas present to his niece, Margarite, by Herbert Kynaston in 1895. Contents are in very good clean condition - with numerous designs and illustrations. The endpapers have light browning and the pages are lightly toned. Top page edges gilt, remainder untrimmed.

$331.11

Tanglewood Tales
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Tanglewood Tales

By Nathaniel Hawthorne

London, New York, Toronto: Hodder and Stoughton A very good copy of the 1st edition in the original decorative cloth binding with 14 tipped-in colour plates by Edmund Dulac in greek style. Undated, but 1918 1st trade edition. This was one of the last de luxe colour books illustrated by Dulac as World War I effectively destroyed the market. The production quality is lower - with thinner paper and binding as testament to its production during the last year of the war. The binding is bright and clean. The cloth is bubbled towards the bottom corner of the front board and the spine is lightly pulled. The bottom front corner is slightly bumped and the book overall is a little shaken but sound. The decorative grey endpapers are present, with an armorial bookplate of Adolph H C Wenger to the front pastedown. Contents with tipped in frontispiece, title page and text with 13 further tipped-in plates. The contents are clean and the plates are in very good condition. There is a small splash mark (?tea) to the bottom margin of p 128 and the corresponding plate mount margin (but not the plate).The paper is lightly toned.

$259.13

Scenes of Clerical Life
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Scenes of Clerical Life

By George Eliot

London : Macmillan and Co., 1906 A good copy of the first Hugh Thomson illustrated edition of Scenes of Clerical Life. In the original decorative cloth binding with 16 colour plates, 35 full page black and white illustrations and numerous other illustrations and designs. All page edges gilt. One of the few books illustrated by Thomson to have colour plates. The binding has a lovely gilt design of sheep amid meadow flowers on the front board with gilt titles and some elements of the design on the spine. It is bright and clean with some corner wear including bumping to the top corner. The spine is slightly cocked and dulled with light pulling to top and bottom. Back board clean with some light scuffing and corner wear. Contents: half title; frontispiece with tissue guard; title page; list of illustrations; text in 3 stories, each with half title - The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton, Mr Gilfil's Love Story, and Janet's Repentance. 2 pp booklist at the end. Contents with occasional spotting particularly to pages close to the colour plates. The fep and rear endpapers are browned and the verso of the frontispiece is spotty.

$31.67

The Chase
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The Chase

By William Somervile

London: George Redway, 1896 A very good copy of the first Hugh Thomson illustrated edition in blue decorative cloth binding. Text is reprinted from the 1735 original edition and includes a memoir of the author. The binding has bright gilt decoration to the front board and gilt titles and decoration to the spine. It is bright and clean. The spine is lightly pulled and there is some wear and light bumping to corners. Top page edges gilt, remainder untrimmed. The original dark green endpapers are present. There is a nice inscription to the verso of the fep 'To the Squire from the Rector ...'. Contents are complete with numerous black and white illustrations by Thomson. There is some spotting to the initial pages, including the frontispiece, its tissue guard and the title page. There is also spotting to the end of the work - the verso of the rear endpaper and the opposing text page. It is otherwise in very good clean condition. `

$17.28

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