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The Poetical Works of Nicholas Rowe. With the Life of the Author.
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The Poetical Works of Nicholas Rowe. With the Life of the Author.

By Nicholas Rowe

London : C Cooke A fair copy of the scarce Cooke's Edition of Nicholas Rowe's work. Undated but circa 1797. In contemporary full leather binding with bookplate of John Ashley Warre to the front pastedown. John Ashley Warre was a founder member of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which became the RSPCA in 1840. The binding is splitting at the spine joints although the boards are still attached. The spine is lacking some leather at the top and the boards are worn at the corners. Contents: 2 title pages (it may be lacking an extra engraved title); Life of Rowe; Recommendatory Poems pp 19-138 with 2 full page plates; contents list iv pp. Generally clean internally with slight marking to endpapers.

$58.35

Ros Rosarum ex Horto Poetarum. Dew of the Ever-Living Rose Gathered from The Poets\' Gardens of many Lands
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Ros Rosarum ex Horto Poetarum. Dew of the Ever-Living Rose Gathered from The Poets' Gardens of many Lands

By E.V.B.

London: Elliot Stock, 1897 A very good, to near fine, copy in the original half leather binding with title page in red and numerous designs and decorative initial capitals throughout. The binding has raised bands and gilt compartments to the spine, with gilt titles and date. It is in very good clean condition with minor edgewear. Top page edges gilt, remainder untrimmed. The original page marker is presents. Contents with marbled endpapers and in near fine clean condition.

$72.94

The Ancient Mariner and Other Poems
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The Ancient Mariner and Other Poems

By S T Coleridge

London: H G Clarke and Co.,, 1844 A good copy in the original decorative full leather binding with colour printed title page. Issued as No 22 in Clarke's Cabinet Series of New and Popular Works. The binding, in full morocco leather has elaborate gilt decoration to spine and boards, and all page edges are gilt. It has wear, with slight warping to the front board, and early splitting at the spine joints - particularly the front joint. Corners with light wear. Contents with half title; decorative colour-printed title; text title dated 1844; contents; preface; and poems - starting with the Ancient Mariner. There is some light marking to endpapers but the contents are in very good clean condition. 6 pp publisher's catalogue at the rear. Scarce.

$58.35

Tannhauser
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Tannhauser

By Richard Wagner, T W Rolleston [translator]

London, Calcutta and Sydney: George G Harrap & Co Ltd A very good to near fine copy in original decorative full leather binding with 12 colour plates, 10 greyscale plates and numerous full page and in text illustrations. Undated but circa 1915. The binding has an elaborate design to the front board and spine. It is very clean. There is a slight warp to the top of the boards, slight darkening to the spine and slight wear at the top front spine joint. Top page edges gilt; remainder untrimmed. Internally the original lightly-marbled endpapers are present with a decorative bookplate to the front pastedown. The contents are in lovely clean condition with the very occasional slight mark. The stitching is slightly loose in a couple of places but the book is sound.

$568.89

The Poetical Works of James Thomson
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The Poetical Works of James Thomson

By James Thomson, Charles Cowden Clarke [editor]

Edinburgh: William P Nimmo, 1869 A good copy, recently rebound in full leather, with colour frontispiece and 5 further colour Kronheim plates. All page edges gilt. The binding, with gilt-lined raised bands to spine, and title labels, is in quarter leather style, with green leather to spine and tan to the boards. The binding is in very good condition with a little surface loss in some places. Contents with frontispiece, engraved title and printed title page are in fair to good condition. They are complete with generally clean text. The plates and tissue guards have some staining - this is generally to the back of the plates and to borders. Final text leaves with some spotting - and final page brown-toned.

$29.17

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.

$131.28

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

By Robert Herrick, Joseph S Moorat

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

$21.88

The Chase
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The Chase

By William Somervile

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

$17.50

The Works of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte in Twelve Volumes
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The Works of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte in Twelve Volumes

By Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Anne Bronte

London : J M Dent and Company, 1893 A good set of the Bronte works in 12 volumes, with 37 black and white plates. This set is part of a limited Large Paper Edition, of which 150 were published in the UK and 100 in the US. It is no 65. The hand made paper is particularly high quality and is water marked 'Spalding'. The illustrations are by B S Grieg, with decorative headpieces and title pages by F C Tilney. Each volume has a front pastedown endpaper with a design and space for the owner to write their name. The wording states that 'this volume is one of the first issue of this edition..'. This set does not have ownership marks. There is an initial blank, a half title for the series, note on the edition number, black and white tissue-guarded frontispiece, decorative title page in red and black, illustration list and text - with additions depending on the volume. Each volume has 2 further plates in the text, apart from Vol I, which has 3. The paper has a trimmed but slightly rough top edge, with the remainder of edges untrimmed. The tan cloth bindings with gilt titles to spine are in good clean condition. All have darkened spines - an odd reaction to light. They are all slightly pulled and the corners are all slightly bumped with slight edge wear. The contents are exceptionally clean: the paper is still white and there are very few marks. The plate paper is different, and tends to spotting (first few volumes) and browning (later volumes). The tissue guards are browned and this sometimes offsets to the opposing text page. All tend to have browned free endpapers. Volumes: Jane Eyre Vol I - additional plate - frontispiece portrait of Charlotte Bronte; page of Charlotte Bronte's signatures; brief note on CB; list of works about the Brontes; dedication to Thackeray; Preface; Note to 3rd edition; text 312pp with 3 plates. Vol II - Jane Eyre Vol II: 288 pp. Vol III - Shirley Vol I: 363 pp. Vol IV - Shirley Vol II: 352pp - noticeable warp to front board. Vol V - Villette Vol I: 327 pp including appendix. Vol VI - Villette Vol II: 322 pp including appendix. Vol VII - The Professor: author's preface; 292 pp including appendix. Vol VIII - the Poems - including Cottage Poems by Patrick Bronte: poems with notes and half titles 246pp. Vol IX - Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey Vol I - biographical note on Ellis and Acton Bell; Editor's Preface; 279pp. Vol X - Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey Vol II: 307pp. Vol XI - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Vol I: 267pp. Vol XII - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Vol II: 268pp. Please enquire if you would like to see further images to assess condition.

$1196.13

Tannhauser
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Tannhauser

By Richard Wagner, T W Rolleston [translator]

London, Calcutta and Sydney: George G Harrap & Co Ltd A very good copy in original decorative cloth binding with 12 colour plates , 10 black and white plates and numerous full page and in text illustrations. Undated but circa 1911. The black cloth binding with bright gilt decoration is in very good clean condition. There is a little pulling to the spine and light bumping to corners. Contents including half title, frontispiece and title page in orange and black, are in very good clean condition. Unpaginated. A very nice copy.

$204.22

The Green-Sailed Vessel
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The Green-Sailed Vessel

By Robert Graves

London : privately printed by Bill Hummerstone at the Stellar Press, 1971 A near fine copy of the 1st privately printed edition in very good wrapper. No 506 of 536 copies, signed by the author. The wrapper has a small repaired tear at the bottom of the spine and the spine is sunned. It is in very good clean condition in a removable protective wrap. The cloth binding with gilt titles to spine is in near fine condition, with just a very small indentation to the bottom of the front board. Contents in near fine condition - there is slight marking to both free endpapers - probably an imprint from sellotape previously used to secure a cellophane cover (it was not stuck down - the sellotape stuck the cellophane together).

$94.82

The Bells and other Poems
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The Bells and other Poems

By Edgar Allan Poe

London, New York and Toronto: Hodder and Stoughton A very good to near fine copy of the 1st trade edition of Poe's poems with frontispiece and 27 further tipped-in colour plates by Edmund Dulac. Undated but 1912. In the original decorative cloth binding with an elaborate bell design in gilt to the front board and spine. The binding is in very good clean condition with bright decoration. There is very light corner and edge, including joint edge, wear. The original decorative endpapers are present (again with the bell design). These are clean and without inscription - the rear free endpaper is slightly dulled. Contents are in very good to near fine condition being clean, with bright plates. Unpaginated. Please enquire if you would like to see further images to assess condition. A lovely work.

$510.55

Poems by Thomas Gray
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Poems by Thomas Gray

By Thomas Gray

London : Eton College , 1967 A good to very good copy of Eton College's liimited edition of the poems of Thomas Gray, printed in the Riccardi Press Fount of the Medici Society. In the original cream cloth binding with gilt shield to front board and gilt titles to spine. Top page edges gilt. The binding has some brown marking towards the bottom of the boards - particularly noticeable on the back board. Internally the poet John Bate has signed the front endpaper. Contents in very good condition.

$29.17

The Royal Exile; or, Poetical Epistles of Mary, Queen of Scots, during her captivity in England: with other Original Poems
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The Royal Exile; or, Poetical Epistles of Mary, Queen of Scots, during her captivity in England: with other Original Poems

By Mary Roberts

London : Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown, and Taylor & Hessey, 1822 A scarce copy of the 1st edition of this work in 2 volumes in the original publisher's boards. The title page states that the work was 'by a young lady. Also by her father' - the young lady in question was Mary Roberts (related to the Mary Roberts of natural history fame). It was sold by subscription. This copy has a small ink signature of Mary Alderson to both volumes - who is possibly related to one of the subscribers - Revd. J Alderson. The publisher's binding is in very poor condition - it was not intended to last - and the contents are untrimmed - awaiting proper binding. Vol I: frontispiece (detached and with foxing); title page; description of frontispiece (note first few leaves beginning to detach); dedication to Mrs Hannah More; Note on the Aged Female Society; subscribers; preface; half tiltle; Sketch of Mary's Life (note there is a mark affecting pp 7/8); Dissertation; Observations on the Life John Knox; Conclusion; Death and the Rival Queens. 171pp plus preliminaries. Vol II: title page; Lines Introductory to Mary Queen of Scots Letters; Letters and Notes (each letter is followed by a Note). 276pp. The contents are generally very clean and in good to very good condition - well worth a new binding.

$131.28

The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Aeneis. Translated into English Verse; by Mr Dryden
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The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Aeneis. Translated into English Verse; by Mr Dryden

By Virgil, John Dryden

London : Jacob Tonson, 1697 A good copy in contemporary full leather binding with frontispiece, title page in red and black inks, and 91 (of 101) full page engravings. This is the first illustrated edition of Dryden's famous translations of Virgil's works completed in 1696. The illustrations are spectacular - each dedicated to a subscriber who donated 5 guineas for the privilege. With frontispiece by M Vander Gucht (a flemish engraver working in England); title page; dedication to the Right Hon Lord Clifford 4pp; Life of Vergil 16pp; Preface to the Pastorals 12pp; Poems to Dryden 6pp; Lists of Subscribers [which also provide a plate index] 4pp; plate and text to Pastorals p 1-48; Dedication to Earl of Chesterfield 5pp; Essay on the Georgics 6pp; Georgics pp 49-147; Dedication (45pp); Aeneis pp 201-619; Postscript to the Reader p621-623; Notes and Observations p625-640. The pagination between Georgics and Aeneis is odd in that the page numbers stop with Georgics and restart with Aeneis; the dedication is not paginated and the 'gap' is bigger than it should be (by about 10 pp). However, no content is missing from any of the sections listed. The contemporary panelled calf binding has been extensively repaired at some time, relaying what could be saved of the original calf to both boards and spine. The binding is in good condition. Internally there is a small ink signature of Jasper Radcliffe Cook to the top of the title page. There is a little worming to the bottom margin (not affecting text) which is noticeable from the title page to part way through the preface but is then a single small hole which looks like a dot. Around 4 leaves have small repaired margin tears; there is some page loss (but not content loss) from the bottom corner of pp 331 and 353 and the bottom margin of the plate at p550. The overall condition of the text and plates is good to very good. There are some browned sections, some offsetting from plates to text, and occasional marking, but text and plates are generally clean. 10 plates from the Georgics section are lacking - there is no sign that they were cut out, so it is possible they were lost prior to the point when the binding was repaired. Please enquire if you would like to see more images beyond the 5 allowed by the website.

$2625.66

Fatal Half Measures: The Culture of Democracy in the Soviet Union
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Fatal Half Measures: The Culture of Democracy in the Soviet Union

By Yevtushenko, Yevgeny [Antonina W Bouis translator]

Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: Little Brown & Co, 1991 Near fine copy in near fine dustwrapper inscribed by the author on the fep. Dustwrapper in protective cover - complete - small scratch marks on rear. Hardcover binding near fine to fine condition.

$29.17

The Story of Rosina and Other Verses
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The Story of Rosina and Other Verses

By Austin Dobson

London : Kegan Paul Trench Trubner & Co, 1895 Superb full leather limited edition large paper copy, published in 1895, and numbered 96 of 250. All page edges gilt. Hugh Thomson was commissioned to illustrate Rosina, having illustrated other Austin Dobson volumes, and his illustrations are praised by Dobson in his preface. In red full leather binding with gilt tooling to boards and gilt compartments to spine. The binding is in very good condition with a little rubbing at the edges, a little scuffing to boards and a little darkening to one section of the front board. The contents with numerous full page tissue-guarded illustrations by Thomson, are in very good clean condition. There is very occasional light marking - mostly on tissue guards.

$109.40

Poems by William Cowper, of the Inner Temple esq. in Two Volumes
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Poems by William Cowper, of the Inner Temple esq. in Two Volumes

By William Cowper

London : J Johnson, 1798 A nice early 2 volume set in full tree calf bindings with marbled endpapers. Classed as 'fair' because the bindings have rubbing to the spines and have lost their title and volume labels. Vol II has a small piece lacking from the base of the spine. The bindings are sound however and the boards, with age wear, are in good condition. Internally there is a bookplate of Marg. Walker to the front pastedown of each volume. Vol I: 252pp, half title, title page, Preface by John Newton, 1782, contents listing; text is clean, light brown spot to upper edge of p 243 - blank end leaves; small paper repair margin p 188. Vol II: 248 pp, half title and title page, advertisement, contents listing; some staining on p 176-7 - presumably where a page marker was left in.

$29.17

Premieres Poesies, 1829-1835; Poesies Nouvelles, 1830-1852. [2 volumes]
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Premieres Poesies, 1829-1835; Poesies Nouvelles, 1830-1852. [2 volumes]

By Alfred de Musset

PARIS: G Charpentier et E Fasquelle, 1884 2 volumes from the Petite Bibliotheque-Charpentier in contemporary purple full leather binding, with frontispiece portraits of de Musset and a further tissue-guarded plate in each volume.' Premieres' - 1884, 394pp; 'Poesies' - 1891, 324pp. With gilt titles to spines, and elaborate gilt tooling on the inner edges of the boards. Marbled endpapers. All page edges gilt. Original page markers present. The bindings are in very good condition - there is some fading to the spines and very slight rubbing to edges. Internally there is a little spotting at the beginning and end of each book, but otherwise they are extremely clean and in VG condition.

$58.35

Sylvan Musings; or; The Spirit of the Woods
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Sylvan Musings; or; The Spirit of the Woods

By Mrs Hey

LONDON : Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1849 An extremely rare work on trees and woodlands, with superb hand coloured plates by the author. This was Mrs Hey's second work - a previous book on flowers had been successful - encouraging her to continue writing. All the plates were drawn by her from specimens. Each tree or woodland shrub is described, together with common locations and then referenced to relevant prose or poetry. In the original green decorative cloth binding with gilt decoration to the front board and spine. Aeg. Complete with 23 hand coloured tissue-guarded plates. The binding has been rebacked so is sound and tight. The spine is faded and there is some fading to board edges and a little bumping to corners and edges. Internally the original endpapers are present with an interesting inscription on the fep:' Pensylvania House, To Richard Burroughs from his Friend and Tutor Charles Worthy B A. Virtutis et Doctrinae Praemium. Dec 14 1853'. The contents are in VG condition.

$437.61

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