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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.

$195.65

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.

$65.22

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.

$456.51

Pride and Prejudice
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Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen

London & Toronto, New York: J M Dent & Sons Ltd; E P Dutton and Co, 1922 A very good copy in 1800's style half leather binding with 16 colour printed plates by Charles Brock. The publishers, Dent & Co, published several editions of Austen's works from the 1890's on, with various illustrations styles. This edition uses illustrations by Brock, first used in 1907, and well suited to Austen's writing. The original binding has been rebacked to provide a new spine and corners and is in near fine condition. The spine has gilt title and author labels, gilt-lined raised bands and blind stamped decoration. The original red cloth is retained. Top page edges are gilt and new plain endpapers have been added. Contents with half title, frontispiece, title page, and text with 15 further illustrations. Internally in very good clean condition with the occasional light spot or mark and light spotting to the verso of the frontispiece. There is some spotting to the foredge.

$365.20

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.

$5217.20

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.

$52.17

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.

$652.15

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.

$78.26

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.

$78.26

A Sociable Plover and other stories and conceits
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A Sociable Plover and other stories and conceits

By Eric Linklater

London : Rupert Hart-Davis, 1957 A near fine copy of the limited edition of A Sociable Plover, with illustrations by Reynolds Stone. In quarter morocco leather binding by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. No 23 of 60, signed by Eric Linklater and Reynolds Stone. The binding is in near fine bright clean condition. Contents very clean with some very light spotting to endpapers, foredge and occasionally to the outer edge of side margins.

$254.34

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.

$117.39

Sketches and Tales of the Shetland Islands
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Sketches and Tales of the Shetland Islands

By Eliza Edmondston

Edinburgh and London: Sutherland & Knox; Simpkin Marshall & Co, 1856 A fair copy of the extremely scarce 1st edition of Eliza Edmondston's collection of sketches and tales of the Shetland Islands. Undated but 1856. A fascinating work written by an author who was apparently inspired to write by Sir Walter Scott's interest in the history of Shetland. The sketches are a mixture of eye-witness description of the Shetland Islands, local beliefs and folk-lore and some tales. All are extremely readable and this book has certainly been avidly read. It is in a probably contemporary black card binding with leather spine and gilt titles. The binding is rubbed, particularly on the corners but is sound. Internally the book is complete and the text is readable throughout but there is a lot of staining and marking, particularly where the book has been held for reading. There is an old partly rubbed-out signature to the top of the title page and 2 similar rubbed-out remnants on a contents page and the first text page. There is an ink mark on p104/5 which partly obscures a couple of words. P 171 has a small margin edge tear to the top and there is an old pencil note at the bottom of p195 - giving a name and location to one of the characters in a story.

$260.86

Mansfield Park
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Mansfield Park

By Jane Austen

London: Richard Bentley, 1833 A very good copy of the first single volume edition of Mansfield Park. Newly rebound in half leather with marbled boards, and with new endpapers. Page edges marbled. The binding has gilt-lined raised bands to the spine and title and author labels. Contents with black and white frontispiece (with new tissue guard), vignette title page and plain title page dated 1833. Lacks the Bentley Standard Novels title page. Text pp 1-424 set out as 3 books. The contents are very clean. There is some light browning to the frontispiece and vignette title and the odd spot elsewhere but the contents are in very good condition.

$899.97

Northanger Abbey. Persuasion
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Northanger Abbey. Persuasion

By Jane Austen

London: Richard Bentley, 1833 A very good copy of the first illustrated and popular edition of Northanger Abbey and Persuasion in one volume. Issued as part of the Standard Novels series, although this copy does not have the Standard Novels title page. It has been newly rebound in a half leather binding with gilt-lined raised bands to spine, author and title labels, and marbled boards. Page edges marbled. New endpapers. Contents: frontispiece; vignette title page; plain title page to Northanger Abbey dated 1833; text pp 1-212; title page to Persuasion; text pp 215-440. The frontispiece and vignette title page have some light staining in the bottom outer corners which is present but less visible on the plain title page. Contents are very clean with an occasional spot - eg bottom margin pp 221-4. A very nice copy.

$1239.09

An HIstorical and Geographical Description of Formosa, an Island subject to the Emperor of Japan. Giving an Account of the Religion, Customs, Manners....
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An HIstorical and Geographical Description of Formosa, an Island subject to the Emperor of Japan. Giving an Account of the Religion, Customs, Manners....

By George Psalmanaazaar

London: Dan Brown, 1704 A fair copy of the 1st edition of this famous hoax, with 12 of 16 plates, one folding. Bound in newer quarter leather with marbled boards, and raised bands, blind-stamped designs, and title label to spine. Classed as 'fair' because it lacks 4 plates and there is some staining and occasional worming to margins. 'George Psalmanaazar' was born in France around 1679, and created false identities to enable him to travel more safely and cheaply across Europe. His first 'Irish' identity was too easily discoverable as there were many Irish people in Europe, so he moved to Japanese, and then finally Formosan. He was clearly highly intelligent and fluent with language because he managed to create an entire persona of a 'Formosan heathen', kidnapped by Jesuits, and then finally converted and redeemed by a Scottish priest in 1702. He travelled with the priest to London where he became a 'must have' guest at dinner tables - speaking gibberish and eating raw meat (Formosans apparently only ate meat raw). He was so successful that he made his account of Formosa into a book (writing apparently took around 2 months) and it sold out almost immediately it was published. He made up language (creating a new alphabet), customs, appearance, and history - borrowing from a range of sources including accounts of the Aztecs. Many challenged his authenticity, but his quick wits (and general prejudice against Jesuits and the Catholic Church) kept him afloat - even when challenged by Royal Society members. He eventually revealed the hoax, but had a later career as a writer, and was respected by many - including Samuel Johnson. Book contents: title page; dedication 5pp; preface pp i-xiv; errata 1p; An Account of the Travels pp 1-144; A Description of the Isle of Formosa pp 145-327 with 12 plates (lacking plates 9,10, 11, 12); Appendix pp 128 (!) - 131; Finis; contents 5pp; Finis. The binding is in near fine condition. Contents have some staining at times - generally at the bottom margin but on occasion affecting the bottom half of pages, including plates 14, 15 and 16. It does not affect the readability of the text. There is some worm damage to margins - bottom margin pp 210-231; bottom edge pp 252-264; top edge 276-278. There is some mispagination: 84-95-86; 178-177-178; 190-691-192. Contents otherwise clean with the occasional mark.

$423.90

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.

$19.56

Popular Tales
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Popular Tales

By Maria Edgeworth

London: J Johnson, 1804 A very good copy of the 1st edition of Maria Edgeworth's Popular Tales in 3 volumes. The set has been rebound (possibly in the early 1900's) in a half leather binding with raised bands and gilt titles to the spine. The bindings are in very good clean condition. Endpapers marbled. Initial and final blanks have been added on rebinding. The contents of each volume are in very good condition with the text on water-marked hand-made paper. Page edges are rough where edges have been opened. Vol I: title page; preface, text with half titles for each story 384pp plus errata 1p. Repaired edge tear in margin p174. Vol II: title page; text with half titles 367pp; publisher's list 1p; errata 1p. Printer's ink marks in side margin pp 104 and 108; slight marking to side edges circa p340 where paper is softer. Vol III: title page; text with half titles 394pp; errata 1p. Paper flaw p21 - part of corner tip missing; repaired vertical cut in margin p 105; mispagination p 337 for 373; top corner tip missing from errata page. A lovely set.

$326.08

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.

$110.87

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.

$104.34

Daphnis, Ein Schafer=Gedicht von Geisner. Translated interliniarly, and adapted as a Preparatory Study to the Acquirement of the German and English Languages
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Daphnis, Ein Schafer=Gedicht von Geisner. Translated interliniarly, and adapted as a Preparatory Study to the Acquirement of the German and English Languages

By Charles Eichhorn

London: T Boosey and H Escher, 1811 A good copy of an extremely scarce work, written to support the learning of the German language by English students. In contemporary half leather binding with marbled boards and gilt titles to spine. Contents: title page; preface and dedication in both languages; note 1p; text in 3 books in both German and English pp 1-219; page of advertisements; final blank (detaching). The binding is clean and sound. It is scuffed, particularly on the corners. Contents are very clean with the occasional spot and turned page corner.

$13.04

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