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The History of the Renowned Prince Arthur, King of Britain; with his life and death, and all his glorious battles. Likewise the noble acts and heroic deeds of his valiant knights of the Round Table.
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The History of the Renowned Prince Arthur, King of Britain; with his life and death, and all his glorious battles. Likewise the noble acts and heroic deeds of his valiant knights of the Round Table.

By Thomas Malory

London : Walker and Edwards, A Richardson et al, 1816 A very good copy of the rare 2 volume 1816 edition of Malory's work. This copy has the 2 volumes bound in one in contemporary full calf, which has had a professional reback preserving the original spine. The work was first printed in 1485 by Caxton, with editions in 1498, 1529, 1557 and 1634. 2 editions were published in 1816 of which this is said to be the first. The binding, with gilt compartments and titles to spine, has some scuffing and wear to board edges and corners. There is small hole in the leather near the spine on the back board. The page edges are marbled with matching marbling to endpapers. Contents: initial blank; frontispiece; decorative title; letterpress title (with small stamped E to top); preliminary remarks, preface, prologue and contents pp v-xvi; text vol I pp 1-468; frontispiece; decorative title; letterpress title Vol II; contents i-xvi; text 1-488; final blank. The contents are in very good clean condition. The endpaper joints have been professional reinforced - presumably when it was rebacked. The paper to the frontispiece and decorative titles is lightly toned; there is a little freckling towards the end of Vol II; and a small stain at the corner tip of p 271 and p273 has attached the 2 pages at the tip.

$2612.80

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.

$1241.08

Emma Vols I & II
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Emma Vols I & II

By Jane Austen

Edinburgh: John Grant, 1906 A good to very good copy of the 'Winchester Edition' of Jane Austen's Emma in 2 volumes. In the original green cloth bindings with gilt titles to spine. Top page edges gilt; remainder untrimmed. The bindings are in good to very good clean condition with bright gilt to spines. There is some pulling to spine ends and slight fading. Vol I has a small fray at the top spine end and an indent to the front spine joint and side edge of the front board, presumably from a string tie. There is also a grubby area to the top page edge. Both bindings are cocked to the front. Vol I: half title to Winchester Edition Vol VII; title page in red and black; half title to volume; dedication to the Prince Regent; text 355p. Contents good - some browning to free endpapers and sporadic spotting, particularly at the beginning of the volume. Vol II: half title Winchester Edition Vol VIII; title page; half title to volume; text 358pp. Contents very clean with browning to endpapers and sporadic light foxing. Both volumes have the decorative bookplate of Sarah Rosina Dodd to the front free endpaper.

$117.58

Pride and Prejudice
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Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen

London : Richard Bentley, 1833 A very good copy of the 1st edition of the Richard Bentley single volume Pride and Prejudice. With frontispiece, vignette title and letterpress title. Lacking the Standard Novels title. In contemporary half leather armorial binding with the arms of Fulwar Craven of Brockhampton Park to the base of the spine, and his bookplate to the front endpaper. The binding has been rebacked preserving the original spine, which has gilt ruled compartments with a blind stamped design. A new title label has been added. The marbled boards are scuffed, particularly the rear board. New endpapers have been added, with the armorial bookplate retained. The contents have been restitched and are sound and tight. There is a small professional paper repair to the top margin of p1. A new tissue guard has been added at the frontispiece. Contents in very good clean condition with the very occasional small spot.

$1828.96

Northanger Abbey. Persuasion
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Northanger Abbey. Persuasion

By Jane Austen

London: Richard Bentley, 1856 A very good copy of the 1856 reprint of Richard Bentley's highly successful one volume edition of Northanger Abbey bound with Persuasion. In contemporary half calf binding with silk boards which has been rebacked with a new spine (matching the original which was too damaged to retain). The spine has gilt-lined raised bands and title and author labels. New endpapers have been added. Page edges marbled - top page edges darkened. Contents: half title; frontispiece with tissue guard; vignette title page; plain title page to Northanger Abbey dated 1856; text pp 1-212; title page to Persuasion; text pp 215-440. There is an old signature to the initial blank. Contents clean and in very good condition. There is a small repaired edge tear to the bottom margin of p 57 and a couple of small brown marks which appear in the side margin of pp 17-20. Paper is lightly toned, particularly towards the page edges.

$653.20

Sense and Sensibility
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Sense and Sensibility

By Jane Austen

London: Richard Bentley, 1856 A very good copy of Richard Bentley's much reprinted single volume edition of Sense and Sensibility, first published in this form in 1833. In contemporary half calf binding with silk boards. The binding has been rebacked, retaining the original spine, which has gilt-lined raised bands and title and author labels. The binding is in very good clean condition with some darkened areas to the silk on the front board. Page edges marbled. The original endpapers have been retained with repair. Contents: black and white frontispiece with tissue guard; vignette title page (undated), letterpress title page dated 1856, Memoir of Miss Austen, and text. Contents are in very good clean condition with light toning to pages.

$653.20

The Divina Commedia of Dante Alighieri: consisting of the Inferno-Purgatorio- and Paradiso
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The Divina Commedia of Dante Alighieri: consisting of the Inferno-Purgatorio- and Paradiso

By Dante Alighieri, Rev. Henry Boyd [translator]

London : T Cadell Jun. and W Davies, 1802 A good to very good copy of the first translation into English of Dante's Divine Comedy. This copy retains the original marbled boards, with new calf spines and corners, so the bindings are clean, sound and tight with some light scuffing to the boards. The translation was completed by Henry Boyd, then Vicar of Rathfryland in County Down. The contents are complete with frontispiece portrait by Stothard and titles and half titles to each volume. Vol I: frontispiece; title; dedication; half title to Inferno; text 408pp. Vol II: title; half title; preliminary essay and text 384pp. Vol III: title; half title; preliminary essay and text with index, errata and addenda 420pp (more detailed collation available on request). All the volumes retain their original endpapers with repair at the joints and stamped ownership details of Richd Hopkins of Huntingdonshire. All the endpapers have some marking and Vol II has lost the corner tip of the rear free endpaper. Contents overall are clean with some browning and spotting at times, particularly noticeable at the beginning of Vol II where there tends to be mottling in the top outer corner and the paper is a little fragile there, and brown toning to later leaves. Vol I has a brown mark in top margin of pp 156/7, possibly from an old page marker. Vol III has professional paper repair to the bottom corner of p 229. Please enquire if you would like to see further images.

$5878.80

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.

$313.54

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.

$1946.54

Emma
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Emma

By Jane Austen

London: Macmillan and Co., Limited , 1899 A good to very good copy in art nouveau style half vellum binding. This copy is the third reprint of the extremely popular Macmillan edition illustrated by Hugh Thomson, and introduced by Austin Dobson. The binding has decorative title and date labels and a delicate gilt leaf and flower design to the spine. The boards are a pale green cloth. The title label is slightly nicked to the back and the spine is slightly darkened. Top page edges gilt. Endpapers are lightly marbled and with the decorative bookplate of Sibyl Hurst to the fep. Contents complete and in very good clean condition. There is some marking to the bottom of preliminary pages and occasional light marking in the bottom gutter circa p 15. The side margin to p 31 has lost a small piece where the book was poorly opened. There is a repaired tear to the bottom margin of p 395/6.

$313.54

Mansfield Park
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Mansfield Park

By Jane Austen

London: Macmillan and Co., Limited , 1898 A good to very good copy of Mansfield Park with numerous illustrations by Hugh Thomson. This is the first reprint of that edition and is in a custom-made half vellum binding with art nouveau style title and date labels and delicate gilt leaf design to spine. The cloth is pale green. Top page edges gilt. Internally the endpapers are lightly marbled and there is the decorative bookplate of Sibyl Hurst to the fep. Contents are complete and generally clean. The binding has a slightly darkened spine and the odd light mark. The back corners are lightly bumped. Contents with occasional light marking: bottom gutter p 200/201; side margins 201, 206/7, 386/7, 407; and top gutter/page edges 206-212. Page edges are lightly toned. Please enquire if you would like to see additional images.

$195.96

Sense and Sensibility
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Sense and Sensibility

By Jane Austen

London, New York: Macmillan and Co., Limited , 1900 A very good copy in art nouveau style half vellum binding. This is the third reprint of the very popular Austen edition with Hugh Thomson illustrations. The binding has decorative title and date labels and a flower and leaf design to the spine. The boards have a pale green cloth. Top page edges gilt. Endpapers lightly marbled and with the decorative bookplate of Sybil Hurst to the fep. Contents are complete with introduction by Austin Dobson. The original silk page marker is loose in the book. The binding has slight darkening to the spine and a small cloth bubble at the bottom of the front board. Internally in very good clean condition with slight marking to the bottom corners of pp 80/81.

$313.54

The Noble & Joyous Boke entytled Le Morte Darthur nothwythstondyng it treateth of the byrth lyf and actes of the sayd Kynge Arthur; of his noble Knyghtes of the Rounde Tale. Theyr merveylous enquestes and adventures....
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The Noble & Joyous Boke entytled Le Morte Darthur nothwythstondyng it treateth of the byrth lyf and actes of the sayd Kynge Arthur; of his noble Knyghtes of the Rounde Tale. Theyr merveylous enquestes and adventures....

By Sir Thomas Malory

Oxford: Printed at the Shakespeare Head Press Saint Aldgates and published for the Press by Basil Blackwell, 1933 A good to very good copy of the 2 volume limited edition of Malory's epic work, taken from the only remaining copy of the Wynkyn de Worde printing housed by the John Rylands Library in Manchester. In their original half morocco bindings with gilt titles to spine. Copy no 139 of 350 (370 originally published with 20 not for public sale). Both bindings are clean with very light marking to the cloth. In Vol I there is light rubbing to spine ends and corners, most pronounced at the top front corner. Vol II has some fraying at the top of the spine and a little leather loss at the joint with the top of the front board. There is more pronounced rubbing at the top corners. Both have rubbing to front edges. Top page edges gilt, remainder untrimmed. The endpapers are strongly marbled and there is a little splitting to the front endpaper of Vol II where the damage can be seen to the top of the spine. Contents: Vol I: 4 initial blanks; half title; title with limited edition note to verso; prologus pp i-iv; table pp v- xxviii; Fyrste Boke to IX Boke pp 1-316 with a woodcut for each Boke; 3 final blanks. Vol II: 4 initial blanks; half title; title with note to verso; Boke X - Boke XXI pp 1-373 with woodcuts for each Boke plus an extra one in Boke XXI; notes 3pp; 3 final blanks. Tissue guards have been inserted between a number of text pages in Vol II from p 248 onwards. The contents are in near fine clean condition. There is the odd spot at the page edge but little sign that the volumes have been read.

$783.84

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 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.

$365.79

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.

$587.88

The Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith, MB. with an account of the Life and Writings of the Author
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The Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith, MB. with an account of the Life and Writings of the Author

By Oliver Goldsmith

London : T Cadell; Scatcherd and Whitaker; G and T Wilkie; W Miller; and J Murray, 1793 A fair copy in contemporary full leather binding with title label to spine. New edition, published less than 20 years after the author's death. Oliver Goldsmith's writings are not particularly in fashion now, but he was extremely popular in his time - known for his poems - for example The Deserted Village; his books eg The Vicar of Wakefield and his plays eg She Stoops to Conquer. This book incorporates a sample of his poetry - some with dedications, and writings about Goldsmith. The binding is very worn, with leather loss to the top and bottom of the spine and wear to spine joints, edges and corners. The remnants of gilt compartments are just visible on the spine and there is some gilt decoration to board edges. There is an armorial bookplate to the front pastedown with the name erased. Contents are complete bar the fep and initial blank and include: half title, title with ink initials to top corner, contents listing; writings on Goldsmith pp xlii; half title to poems and poetry with longer poems given half title and dedication pp 5-151. Titles include The Deserted Village and The Traveller. Text with occasional browning and marking, particularly towards the end of the volume.

$20.90

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.

$104.51

Pride and Prejudice Vols I & II
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Pride and Prejudice Vols I & II

By Jane Austen

Edinburgh: John Grant , 1906 A good copy of the Winchester Edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice in 2 volumes. In the original light green cloth bindings with gilt to the top page edges, remainder untrimmed. The bindings are generally bright and clean. Vol I has small bumps to the front corners, a little pulling and fading to the spine with a couple of small faint spots, and a small white scuff on the back board. Vol II has slight fading and a few spots to the spine with cocking to the front and light pullin;, some bumping to the bottom corner and a small indentation to the front board; and a small dark line and a slight bump to the bottom corner on the back board. Contents generally good to very good. Vol I: half title to series; red and black title page; vol half title; text 292pp. Vol II: half title to series; red and black title page; volume half title; text 297pp; 1 final blank. There is some light marking to the endpapers and light foxing to some sections, mainly affecting margins. Vol I - page corner at p 201 has been turned over. Vol II has a decorative bookplate of Sarah Rosina Dodd to the fep.

$195.96

The Novels of Jane Austen, in ten volumes [in presentation box]
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The Novels of Jane Austen, in ten volumes [in presentation box]

By Jane Austen

London: J M Dent and Company, 1893 An extremely rare 10 volume set of Jane Austen's novels, illustrated by William C Cooke, in contemporary presentation box. The box is made of stiff card - cloth covered externally to match the book bindings, and with gold leaf-decorated paper internally. The box is dulled and with some brown staining to the top and a little fraying at the top joint, but is complete and sound. There is a gilt decorative emblem to the front side to match the book bindings and 'Jane Austen's Novels' in gilt at the top. The books, edited by W Brimley Johnson, are in pale grey/green cloth with gilt decoration and titles to front boards and spine. All the bindings are clean, and the spines have slight cocking to the front with a little pulling. Corners tend to have slight bumping. Top page edges are gilt, remainder untrimmed. Each has an ex libris imprint to the front pastedown for the new owner to add their details - none of the books have had this completed. All have a tissue-guarded frontispiece - in the first volume - Sense and Sensibility part I, this is a portrait of Jane Austen by Johann Zoffany - and in the remainder the frontispieces are illustrations by Cooke. All volumes have 2 further Cooke illustrations with tissue-guards bar Sense and Sensibility part I which has 3. Each novel has half title to the set; title; details of publication dates and a preface by Brimley Johnson and Sense and Sensibility part I has an article by Johnson on Austen's life and works. All the books are in very good condition. In detail - Vol I, Sense and Sensibility Part I: published Jan 1893 3rd edition pp xxxii; text 1-163; 4 plates. Vol II, S&S Pt 2: publ Jan 1893 3rd ed pp 1-218; 3 plates. Cloth binding has some bubbling to the top of both boards. Vol III, Pride and Prejudice Pt 1: published Feb 1893 3rd edition vii; text 1-191; 3 plates. Light browning to free endpapers. Vol IV, P&P Pt 2: published Feb 1893 3rd edition. pp 5-210; 3 plates. Light browning to free endpapers and light spotting final leaf. Vol V, Mansfield Park Part I: published March 1893 3rd edition; vi; text 1-245; 3 plates. light browning to free endpapers. Vol VI, MP Pt 2: published Mar 1893 3rd edition; text 1-249; 3 plates. Light browning to free endpapers. Vol VII, Emma Part I: published Mar 1894 4th edition; vi; text 1-245; plates 3. Binding with small pale spot to front board and paler/browner area to back board close to the spine. There is some tearing in the middle of p 174, which was probably there at binding. There is no loss of text and this has been stabilised with archive repair tape. Vol VIII, Emma pt 2: published Mar 1894; text 1-258; 3 plates. There is a small line on the top of the front board and a similar line in the cloth on the back board. There is a brown spot on the tissue guard to the second text plate and slight spotting to the rear endpaper. Vol IX, Northanger Abbey: published May 1894, 4th edition; text 1-245; 3 plates. Small slightly faded area to front board. Vol X, Persuasion: published May 1894, 4th edition; text 1-261; 3 plates. The books have clearly been read but all are very clean internally with only the occasional light mark.

$2351.52

Sense and Sensibility
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Sense and Sensibility

By Jane Austen

Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1864 A good copy of the Tauchnitz edition of Sense and Sensibility. 1st thus. In red cobbled cloth binding with morocco leather spine with gilt titles, raised bands and gilt decoration. The binding has a lot of wear to the spine, particularly at the joints. There is a little marking on the front board and light wear to corners. The endpapers are marbled and look to be later replacements. There is the bookplate of John Jordan to the fep and a nice ink dedication: 'Nora Webster 12 November 1880 from her mother' to the initial blank. Contents with title page and text 340pp. Contents in very good clean condition with light toning towards page edges and a small mark in the bottom margin of p309.

$457.24

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