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A Description of the Shetland Islans, comprising and account of their Geology, Scenery, Antiquities, and Superstitions. [with some additions]
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A Description of the Shetland Islans, comprising and account of their Geology, Scenery, Antiquities, and Superstitions. [with some additions]

By Samuel Hibbert, P A Munch

Edinburgh and London : Archibald Constable and Co.; Hurst, Robinson, and Co. , 1822 An unusual copy of the scarce 1st edition of Samuel Hibbert's comprehensive work on the Shetland Islands. It has been bound to order in a half leather binding with marbled boards, and includes 2 chapters in Norwegian from Det Norske Folks (1839) by P A Munch. The chapters are on Orkney and Shetland and include 2 maps. Also included are 2 charts by Captain Vetch of Fair Isle and Foula - the Fair Isle chart has become detached. The binding is splitting at the joints and has general wear. It has been given a plastic wrap which is holding the work together. Internally the original endpapers are present with a small ink signature to the front pastedown. The Hibbert work is bound first and is listed on the title label. It is complete with frontispiece, and 7 plates of which 2 are folding. There are numerous other illustrations in the text and as vignettes. There is a large folding geological map at the rear which is laid on linen. A map of Foula by Capt. Vetch has been added next to the text on Foula, and a map of Fair Isle is loose in the text. Sections of the work are very browned and or spotty which is clearly a paper quality problem as some sections are clean. The plates are browned. The map needs some repair to the paper overlay and there is a small repaired page tear to the top of p 399. A previous owner, clearly a linguist and scholar, has made a number of very neat scholarly annotations. The Hibbert is 616pp including index. There is a brown paper divider with hand written title and then chapters III and XIV from Det Norske Folks, which cover Orkney and the Shetland Isles with full page maps of both. The text is in Norwegian and is clean and sound. There is a further brown paper divider and hand-written text on the Natural History of Orkney. This mainly consists of some description and species lists. It does not look complete. A number of blank sheets are added at the end.

$471.42

History of the Orkney Islands. Including a view of the manners and customs of their ancient and modern inhabitants; their monuments of antiquity.....
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History of the Orkney Islands. Including a view of the manners and customs of their ancient and modern inhabitants; their monuments of antiquity.....

By George Barry, James Headrick

London : Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme, 1808 A fair to good copy of the second revised edition of Dr Barry's comprehensive account of the Orkney Islands in contemporary full leather binding. With folding map and 11 full page plates. The binding has gilt-lined raised bands, decorative gilt compartments and title label to spine, with titles and gilt border to front board. It is clean, but with wear to corners (with leather loss), and the top and bottom of the spine. There is splitting at the front spine joint. The endpapers are marbled, with the armorial bookplate of F Monteith Ogilvie to the front pastedown, and the decorative bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson, a noted Orcadian book collection to the fep. There are some loose newspaper cuttings relevant to Orkney at the front endpapers. large fold out map of the Orkney Islands; title with signatures to top; dedication, preface to 2nd edition and contents listing pp xvi; text pp 1-398 withh 11 plates; appendix pp 401-498; Index 499-513. The map has a small repaired tear where it is attached and has some browning at the folds. Contents are clean with occasional browning and/or spotting, particularly at the beginning and end of the work. The plate paper tends to have some spotting.

$417.54

Emma
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Emma

By Jane Austen

London : Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1898 A good early reprint of the 1st edition with these illustrations (first printed 1896) in contemporary half leather binding, with numerous black and white illustrations by Hugh Thomson. With introduction by Austin Dobson. The illustrations, with Thomson's acute attention to detail, are a perfect complement to Austen's writing. The binding has gilt titles and decoration with small raised bands to spine and marbled boards and endpapers. Top page edges gilt. The binding has some wear, particularly to spine joints, with a small split at the bottom of the spine joint to the back board. General wear to edges and corners. Internally there is the armorial bookplate of Charles Francis Aubone Hare to the front pastedown. Contents are complete and clean with some spotting to the edges of the tissue guard over the frontispiece and occasional spotting at page edges.

$161.63

Flora. A Book of Drawings by Pamela Bianco
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Flora. A Book of Drawings by Pamela Bianco

By Walter de la Mare

London : William Heinemann, 1919 A good copy of the 1st edition with colour frontispiece, 7 further colour illustrations and numerous full page and in-text black and white illustrations by Pamela Bianco. Bianco was known as a child prodigy and an exhibition of her work at the Leicester Galleries in spring 1919 (when she was 12) inspired Walter de la Mare to write a series of poems. This book is a selection of her artwork accompanying the poems. It is undated but 1919/20. This copy is lacking the wrapper and is in the original decorative card binding, which is rubbed and lacking around 4 cm at the top of the spine. It is a little grubby and with bumped corners. The contents are complete and have occasional light marks. The tissue guard to the frontispiece is very browned, creased and is lacking the bottom corner. There is a long pencil note to the front pastedown endpaper about the book's purchase and stating that this book contains the full version of the final poem, as opposed to other volumes that the owner had seen - ending at p45 not p43.

$53.88

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.

$471.42

L'Amerique Angloise, ou Description des Isles et Terres du Roi d'Angleterre, dans l'Amerique. Avec de nouvelles Cartes de chaque Isle & Terres.
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L'Amerique Angloise, ou Description des Isles et Terres du Roi d'Angleterre, dans l'Amerique. Avec de nouvelles Cartes de chaque Isle & Terres.

By Richard Blome

Amsterdam: Abraham Wolfgang, 1688 A fair copy of the first French edition of Richard Blome's guide to British interests in North America with 6 (of 7) folding maps. The 1st edition was in English and published a year previously. The maps for the French edition were redrawn close copies of those in the English edition, and 4 of the maps in this copy have Robert Morden's name on them. The guide is a nice pocket size and was popular, however, some of the mapping is a little strange - the map of New York is notable in that Manhattan is shown as a peninsula not an island. This copy is missing the map of the Mid-Atlantic States - "Nouvelle Carte de la Pensylvanie Maryland, Virginie et Nouvelle Iarsey". The book is in contemporary full leather which is very worn with cracked hinges and a delaminating spine. The boards are reasonably sound with some leather loss at corners and a small area on the front board. The endpapers are marbled. Contents: 2 blank; title; avertissement 2pp; Text 1-331 pp Fin; index table; 2 final blanks. The maps are: Carte de la Jamaique; Ile des Barbades; Les Barmudes; Nouvelle Carte de la Caroline; Nouvelle Angleterre et Nouvel York; and Partie de L'Amerique. Contents are generally clean with the odd spot or mark. There is a repaired fold tear to Nouvelle Angleterre and a small tear at the base of p95. There are some light ink marks on p 299.

$1616.28

Harold. The Last of the Saxon Kings
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Harold. The Last of the Saxon Kings

By Lord Lytton

London and New York: George Routledge and Sons A good copy of the Routledge Railway Library copy of Harold in the original decorative card binding with Harold on a horse on the front board. The back board and the endpapers are full of advertisements (Beecham's Pills, Macassar Oil). Undated but late 1800's. The binding has wear to corners and edges including joints. Contents are complete and clean with some spotting to the top margins and to the foredge. 6 page list of Routledge two shilling railway library novels to rear.

$26.94

Christmas Tales of Flanders
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Christmas Tales of Flanders

London and New York: William Heinemann; Dodd, Mead & Company, 1917 A good copy in the original decorative cloth binding illustrated by Jean de Bosschere. This was an early commission for de Bosschere, a Belgian illustrator who has been compared to Aubrey Beardsley. Contents with decorative tinted title page; 12 colour plates, 11 tinted full page plates, 14 full page black and white plates and numerous illustrations and designs in the text. The cloth binding has a bright clean front board with black designs and titles. The decorative spine is lightly faded and the plain back board has some discolouration. There is some slight fading at the top of the front board and light wear to the top and bottom of the spine and to corners. Internally the decorative endpapers are present - the rear ones have a little marking. There is a pencil note about purchase history in 1972 to the verso of the fep. Contents are in very good clean condition with just the occasional very light mark. Most of the tissue guards to the colour plates have some discolouration and there is occasional light offsetting. There is a small repaired tear to the side margin of p139 where the page was poorly opened.

$107.75

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.

$161.63

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.

$484.88

A Tour through the Islands of Orkney and Schetland containing hints relative to their ancient modern and natural history collected in 1774
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A Tour through the Islands of Orkney and Schetland containing hints relative to their ancient modern and natural history collected in 1774

By George Low, Joseph Anderson

Kirkwall: William Peace & Son, 1879 A fair copy of the first published edition of Low's tour, which finally came to print over a hundred years after it was written. George Low was initially employed as a tutor living in Stromness, and became a minister in Birsay. He made extensive studies of Orkney, particularly the wildlife, history and customs, and made detailed notes and drawings in preparation for publication, which, sadly did not happen in his lifetime. His studies contributed to other works eg Dr Barry's History, and when the manuscripts were eventually published, his illustrations did not accompany them. This work was finally pulled together for publication by David Laing and Joseph Anderson, who supplied a lengthy introduction. This copy is in the original taupe cloth with black decoration to the front board, and gilt titles and design to the spine. It is shaken, with wear to the top and bottom of the spine, edges, corners and spine joints. There is a little marking to the front board. Contents, including frontispiece, folding map, 2 single page maps and 5 plates, are complete. There is occasional grubby marking.

$269.38

The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and Other Fairy Tales Retold
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The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and Other Fairy Tales Retold

By Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

New York: George H Doran Company A very good copy of the first US edition with 16 tipped in colour plates by Kay Nielsen. Undated but 1923. In the original blue cloth binding with gilt decoration to the front board and gilt titles to the spine. The Twelve Dancing Princesses is a shorter version of 'In Powder and Crinoline' which was Kay Nielsen's first proper commission as a book illustrator and was published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1913. The US edition has fewer colour plates but was redesigned by Neilsen, and is a lovely work. Contents: decorative endpapers and half title; tipped-in frontispiece; title; preface, contents and illustration list; six stories each with decorative half title, and 15 further tipped in colour plates with decorative covers. The binding is bright and clean: the front board has a slight bump to the bottom corner; the spine is slightly faded with some pulling; and the back board has a couple of small scuffs and slight indentation to the bottom edge. The contents are in very good clean condition - there is a small signature to the bottom of the rear pastedown endpaper and the stitching is just visible between pp 128/129

$404.07

Sense and Sensibility
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Sense and Sensibility

By Jane Austen

London: Chatto & Windus, 1908 A fair copy of Sense and Sensibility in 2 volumes, with 20 colour illustrations by A Wallis Mills. Volumes III and IV of the Novels of Jane Austen in the St Martin's Illustrated Library of Standard Authors. In green decorative cloth bindings with cameo and gilt titles to front boards and gilt titles to spines. Top page edges green. Internally the books have decorative endpapers, half titles, frontispieces, titles in blue and black and text with 9 further colour plates per volume. Vol I 236pp; Vol II 245pp. This set has bindings that are clean but with faded and pulled spines and wear to edges and corners. Vol I has a couple of small marks on the back board, and Vol II has marking to the front board down the edge against the spine. Both have the bookplate of John Jordan to the fep. Both volumes have some foxing, particularly at the beginning and end of the work - the central sections are generally clear. There is a some brown marking in Vol I at pp 62/3 - probably where some newspaper was used as a bookmark.

$94.28

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.

$80.81

Northanger Abbey and Persuasion
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Northanger Abbey and Persuasion

By Jane Austen

London: Simms and McIntyre, 1850 A near fine copy of the Parlour Library copy of Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. In contemporary half leather binding with cobbled cloth boards and gilt-lined raised bands and title label to spine. Page edges are marbled. Contents: blank, Parlour Library half title; title; Northanger Abbey pp 5-142; half title to Persuasion; text pp 145-288; final blank. The binding is in near fine condition with just slight bumping and wear to corners and slight edge wear. The contents are in near fine to fine clean condition. There is the bookplate of John Jordan to the fep. A lovely copy.

$565.70

De Historia Stirpium commentarii insignes
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De Historia Stirpium commentarii insignes

By Leonhart Fuchs

Lugduni: Balthazarem Arnolletum, 1549 A good copy of the very scarce second edition of Leonhart Fuchs' outstanding work on plants. Fuchs (1501-1566) was born in Germany and was a physician and botanist. This work was first published in 1542 in folio and was a huge advance on previous works, particularly in its use of woodcuts after drawings by Albrecht Meyer. The second edition is 16mo and the woodcuts were redone by Clement Bussy, who also produced a portrait of Fuchs which is printed on the verso of the title. This copy is in a later card binding with the title to the spine. The binding is sound but rubbed and worn. Page edges are red. Contents: title with printer's device; portrait; lectori 2pp; dedication 5pp; 3 index sections with latin, medical and french names 20pp; blank; text pp 1-852 with numerous woodcuts; appendix; finis. There should be a 6 leaf glossary of terms after the Finis, but this is lacking. The contents are lightly toned but very clean. The stitching is visible between the portrait and lectori section. A good to very good copy.

$2020.35

Edelstein-kunde in Briefen an zwey deutsche furstinnen.
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Edelstein-kunde in Briefen an zwey deutsche furstinnen.

By J A F Fladung

Wien: J G Heubner, 1828 A very good copy of this extremely scarce work on gemstones. In the original maroon cloth binding with gilt titles to front board and plain spine. Contents with frontispiece and folding table. The binding is clean and sound with some fading to the gilt titles and a little scuffing and wear to edges. Endpapers are marbled. Contents: frontispiece; title; preliminaries (viii); half title; text with table 125pp; errata and information on printing 1p. Contents are lightly foxed and there is an ink mark at the bottom page edge from pp58-68. Book size 13.4 cm x 11.4 cm.

$606.11

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.

$53.88

The Natural History of British Moths, Sphinxes, & c.
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The Natural History of British Moths, Sphinxes, & c.

By James Duncan, Sir William Jardine (editor)

EDINBURGH: W H LIZARS, 1836 A good to very good copy of the 1st edition of British Moths in original publisher's cloth binding. With listing of the Naturalist's Library; half title; black and white engraved frontispiece of Madame Merian; black and white vignette title page - showing 2 cherubs chasing butterflies; 2 further title pages; an advert; contents listing; Memoir of Maria Sibilla Merian; text with 30 hand coloured plates bound in; and a 4 page publisher's catalogue (for Simpkin Marshall) at the rear. The binding is clean and bright. The spine has a small tear and some pulling at the top, and light pulling to the bottom, and there is some pale marking to the top section of the back board (probably damp staining). The spine and the top of the front board are slightly faded. The contents are in very good clean condition. Many text pages are unopened. The tissue guards to plates 12 and 20 are loose.

$161.63

British Wild Flowers. Reissue: to which is added a Supplement containing 180 figures of lately discovered flowering plants
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British Wild Flowers. Reissue: to which is added a Supplement containing 180 figures of lately discovered flowering plants

By C Pierpoint Johnson

London : John Van Voorst, 1876 A very good copy in green decorative cloth binding with hand coloured frontispiece, and a further 91 plates, of which 89 are hand coloured. A classic flora with illustrations by John Sowerby, produced and revised at a time when there was a fascination with identifying and categorising new species. The binding has gilt titles and decoration with blind stamped design to the boards, which have bevelled edges, and elaborate gilt titles and design to the spine. It has been rebacked with new endpapers, so is sound and tight. There is wear to corners and edges. Aeg. Contents with frontispiece; title; preliminaries xlix; text with 80 hand coloured and 2 plain plates 160 pp; appendix by J W Salter pp 161-170 with 5 plates; supplement on ferns and fern allies by J E Sowerby pp 171-178 with 4 plates; index 179-186. Contents in very good clean condition with just the occasional spot or mark. Title page and most plates have a small and unobtrusive blind -stamped monogram to the top (see images)

$134.69

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