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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

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

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.

$20.66

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

Persuasion
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Persuasion

By Jane Austen

Edinburgh: John Grant, 1906 A good copy of the Winchester Edition version of Jane Austen's Persuasion. In the original light green cloth binding with gilt decoration and titles to spine. Top page edges gilt - remainder untrimmed. The binding is bright and clean. The spine is slightly cocked to the front, slightly faded and a little pulled. There is a small bump to the top front corner and a couple of small paler scuffs to the front board. Contents include series half title (this was Vol X of the edition); title page in red and black and book half title. Contents are very clean. There is some browning to the free endpapers and sporadic light foxing, mostly to margins.

$58.10

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.

$193.67

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.

$2323.98

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.

$451.89

Sense and Sensibility
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Sense and Sensibility

By Jane Austen

London : Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1898 A good early reprint of this edition, first published in 1896, with numerous black and white illustrations by Hugh Thomson. In contemporary half leather binding with gilt titles and decorations to the spine and marbled boards. Top page edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. The spine has some scuffing and a little fraying to the top and there is general wear to corners and edges. Internally there is the bookplate of Charles Francis Aubone Hare to the front pastedown. Contents are complete and clean with just the occasional spot to bottom page edges.

$154.93

Pride and Prejudice
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Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen

London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1898 A good early reprint of this edition, first published in 1895, with numerous black and illustrations by Charles E Brock. With introduction by Austin Dobson. In contemporary half leather binding with gilt decorations and titles to the spine, and marbled boards. Marbled endpapers. Top page edges gilt. The binding has wear to the top and bottom of the spine and some rubbing to the joints. The spine is lightly sunned. There is wear to edges. Contents are complete and in very good clean condition. The tissue guard to the frontispiece is very spotty and the frontispiece and title are lightly toned. There is a mark at the bottom page edge of pp 339-342 and general spotting at the foredge.

$464.80

Sense and Sensibility
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Sense and Sensibility

By Jane Austen

New York: Spiral Press, 1957 A near fine copy of the Spiral Press limited edition of Sense and Sensibility with introduction by Stella Gibbons and illustrations by Helen Sewell. No 362 of 1,500. The slip case is complete but scuffed and worn at edges and corners. The book has a cloth binding in quarter leather style with a title and author label to the spine and gilt decoration to the front board. Internally - grey endpapers, half title, title, introduction and text with illustrations. Page with illustration and print information at the rear. Binding and contents in near fine clean condition.

$77.47

The Life and Exploits of Don Quixote de la Mancha: with the humerous conceits of his facetious squire, Sancho Panca.
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The Life and Exploits of Don Quixote de la Mancha: with the humerous conceits of his facetious squire, Sancho Panca.

By Miguel de Cervantes

London: A K Newman and Co, 1837 A scarce edition of Cervante's classic Don Quixote, abridged and with 12 illustrations by Knight. In the original decorative card binding - with titles and illustration to the front board, decoration to the spine and a list of 'popular works for youth' on the back board. The binding is sound and clean. There is a small split at the top of the spine join with the back board and the decorative overlay is missing from the top and much of the bottom part of the spine. There is a small mark on the back board and some corner wear. The original yellow endpapers are present, with a small mark to the front pastedown. Contents with frontispiece; title; text with 11 plates pp 3-222 finis; new publications 2pp. The plates have light toning and there is the odd mark but the contents are in very good clean condition. Book size 14.5 cm x 11 cm.

$51.64

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 History of Tom Jones, a Foundling.
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The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling.

By Henry Fielding

Edinburgh: Alexander Donaldson, 1774 A fair copy of Alexander Donaldson's 3 volume edition of Tom Jones. In contemporary tree calf bindings with title and volume labels and gilt compartments to spines. All 3 volumes have some wear to the bindings, particularly to corners, joints and the top and bottom of the spines. There is some scuffing to boards. Vol I has had an interesting diy repair, with part of the spine from another book laid on top of the old spine, and this volume has more wear to the front spine joint where the board is attached, but there is splitting. Contents are generally in clean good to very good condition with the odd spot or mark. All have 2 old signatures to the fep. Vol I: title; dedication; contents; text 363pp. Some ink splots p 172-4; small repaired edge tear p 279; some creasing to top corner tips. Vol II: title; contents; text 349pp. Small repaired tear to side margin p194. Vol III: title; contents; text 267pp finis. Some discolouration to endpapers.

$193.67

Arabian Nights Entertainments: one thousand and one stories, related by the Sultaness of the Indies, ....
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Arabian Nights Entertainments: one thousand and one stories, related by the Sultaness of the Indies, ....

By M Galland [translator]

London: C Cooke A fair set of the 3 volume Cooke's Edition of the Arabian Nights with 15 black and white plates. Undated but late 1700's/early 1800's. The contemporary half leather bindings are all worn, particularly to edges, corners and hinges, but they are currently sound. Only Vol 2 retains its title label. Vol 3 has a vertical split in the spine leather but the book block is not split. All have the armorial bookplate of Henry Bulkeley to the front pastedown. Vol I: title; preface; text 356pp, 5 plates. Small repaired tear in top margin p69. Vol II: title, 362pp, 4 plates. Vol III: title; 344pp finis, 6 plates, gather at p 235 becoming loose at bottom. Contents in good condition overall with the odd spot or mark and toning to some sections.

$64.56

Mansfield Park [bound with], Northanger Abbey
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Mansfield Park [bound with], Northanger Abbey

By Jane Austen

Belfast and London: Simms and McIntyre; W S Orr and Co, 1846 An unusual pairing of Mansfield Park with Northanger Abbey in contemporary half leather binding. The two books were not issued together and the printings are different, so this volume was bound to order. The binding is half leather with raised bands and title/author labels to spine. The boards are marbled. The binding is sound but with rubbing to the spine, edges and corners. There is the decorative bookplate of the distinguished novelist, songwriter and dramatist, Hamilton Aide (1826-1906)to the front pastedown. The bookplate was designed by Harry Soane. Mansfield Park: title with signatures of Ellen ? and Hamilton Aide to top 1846; text with decorative initial capitals arranged in 3 volume format 332pp. The stitching is showing at pp2/3 with some scuffing at the bottom of the gutter but the book is sound. Northanger Abbey: title shows that this should have been bound with Persuasion, 1850; 142pp. The text block differs from Mansfield Park and the top and bottom margins are very narrow. Mansfield Park has light foxing particularly to margins. Northanger Abbey has occasional small marks.

$451.89

Orcades Seu Rerum: Orcadensium Historiae Libri tres, Quorum primus, Praeter insularum ficum numerumque, Comitum, Procerum, incolarumq; origines, familias, gesta & vicissitudines.....
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Orcades Seu Rerum: Orcadensium Historiae Libri tres, Quorum primus, Praeter insularum ficum numerumque, Comitum, Procerum, incolarumq; origines, familias, gesta & vicissitudines.....

By Thermodo Torffaeo [Thormodus Torfaeus]

Havniae: Literis Justini Hog, Universit, 1697 A very good copy of the 1st edition in recent full calf binding. Thormodus Torfaeus (1636-1719) was educated at the University in Copenhagen, and became Royal Antiquary of Iceland and Royal Historian of the Kingdom of Denmark-Norway. This was his second work, published in 1697, and concerns the activity of the Vikings in Orkney - particularly the material of the Orkneyinga Saga. The binding is in near fine condition and has raised bands and gilt titles to spine. The endpapers are recent and marbled, with an old bookplate of J A Maconochie to the front pastedown, and a newer bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson (a noted Orcadian) to the fep. 2 new blanks have been added front and rear. Contents: original blank with latin note to top; rubricated title page with printer's device (small paper repair to verso); note of authority; dedication 5pp; Praefatio ad Lectorum 7pp; verses 2pp; Libri I pp 1-155 (some ink notes - generally dates in margins, some ink marks p 55, and ink blot bottom margin p 117); blank; Libri II pp 157-190; Exemple Contract Matrimon pp 191-205; Libri III pp 207-228; index 10pp; old blank. Text with decorative headpieces, tailpieces and initial capitals for each section. Contents with light toning and occasional mottling, but in good condition.

$5164.40

The Merry Wives of Windsor
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The Merry Wives of Windsor

By William Shakespeare

London: William Heinemann , 1910 A very good copy of the first edition illustrated by Hugh Thomson. In the original blue decorative cloth binding with 40 tipped in colour plates and numerousl black and white illustrations. The binding is bright and clean with bright gilt decoration to the front board. There is light wear to corners and slight pulling to the top and bottom of the spine. Internally there is a later inscription to the fep (1966). Contents are complete and clean. The plates are in fine condition. The text pages have some spotting and browning - the spotting is particularly noticeable towards the front and end of the volume.

$51.64

Emma
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Emma

By Jane Austen

London and New York: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1896 A good to very good copy of the first Macmillan edition with Hugh Thomson illustrations. In the original red binding with beautiful gilt decoration to the front board and spine. All edges gilt. With numerous black and white illustrations by Hugh Thomson and decorative yellow endpapers. This copy has a bright clean binding. The spine has fading and some pulling at the top and bottom - there is light wear to joints. The front board is very bright with light corner wear and a slight bump to the bottom corner. The back board has a couple of small spots and a slight bump to the top corner. Both corners have light wear. The decorative yellow endpapers are present: with slight marking to both. Contents in very good clean condition. The half title has slight impressions from a pencil signature. pages with light toning, particularly towards edges. The corner of p355 is folded in because it was not cut properly. A nice copy.

$645.55

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