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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.

$21.38

Milton's Paradise Regain'd [bound with]The Christian Examiner Part I [bound with] The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Marriage-state
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Milton's Paradise Regain'd [bound with]The Christian Examiner Part I [bound with] The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Marriage-state

By John Milton; Timothy Byfield; John Johnson

Alnwick: J Catnach, 1793 A very unusual set of 3 works bound together in contemporary full leather binding with plain spine. The thread that pulls them together is that of Protestant Dissent. The first work is Milton's Paradise Regain'd - the scarce 'new edition' printed by Catnach in Alnwick. John Milton's writings were used by Protestant Dissenters to support their beliefs. The second work - The Christian Examiner Part I (lacking title page but second edition of 1720) - is by Timothy Byfield - a Dublin-based surgeon whose clearly stated view was that doctors healed people without divine intervention. He was well known for writing about, advertising and selling medicines for that purpose. The final work - The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Marriage-state - was printed in York in 1796 and was by John Johnson - 1706-1791. Johnson, who originated from Liverpool, became an English Particular Baptist. He developed his own theological system, which was adopted by a number of churches in Lancashire and Yorkshire. Practice included the laying on of hands. It seems likely that the original owner was a Protestant Dissenter and had the volume bound to order. The plain leather binding (probably pigskin) is sound with wear to joints, edges and corners and with some scuffing. Paradise Regain'd is complete: half title; title; text pp 5-94. There is a small piece missing from the fep; some small ink letters to verso of title; a small paper tear to the top margin of p27; and occasional brown marking and staining. The Christian Examiner is bound in next and lacks its title (loose facsimile provided) - it is part 1, 2nd edition 1720. Contents: text pp 3-67; blank; appendix pp 69-85 finis. With decorative head and tailpieces and initial capitals. The paper is very browned. The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Marriage-State is complete, published 1796 by Wilson, Spence and Mawman of York. Contents: title; blank; text pp 3-23; blank; appendix pp 25-35; the end. It is very clean and in very good condition. An interesting collection.

$240.57

The Year's at the Spring. An Anthology of recent poetry
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The Year's at the Spring. An Anthology of recent poetry

By Rupert Brooke, Hilaire Beloc, et al [compiled by L D'O Walters, intro by Harold Monro

London : George G Harrap & Co Ltd, 1920 A very good copy of the first trade edition in original green cloth binding with gilt decoration to front board and gilt titles to spine. With 24 full page illustrations by Harry Clarke - 12 in colour including the frontispiece and 12 in sepia. There is also a full page black and white illustration and numerous black and white designs. Harry Clarke (1889-1931) is also known for his work with stained glass and he was a major figure in the Irish Arts and Crafts movement. The work includes poems by Walter de la Mare, Rupert Brooke, Thomas Hardy and John Masefield. This copy has been skilfully rebacked to preserve the original spine and provide new matching cloth to the back board. The front board is bright and clean with slight edge wear. The original textured green endpapers are present - the fep has an ink signature to the top and the rear pastedown endpaper has staining in the gutter. The contents are in near fine clean condition.

$240.57

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.

$53.46

Homer his Iliads translated, adorn'd with sculpture and illustrated with annotations
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Homer his Iliads translated, adorn'd with sculpture and illustrated with annotations

By John Ogilby [translator]

London: James Flesher for the Author, 1669 A fair copy of the 2nd edition of John Ogilby's beautiful publication of Homer's Iliad with frontispiece and 41 further full page plates. The first edition was published in 1660 and a number of famous artists contributed to it including W Hollar. New copper plates were made for this edition, which has fewer plates (although copies seem to differ in the number). This copy has been rebound in quarter leather with marbled boards, and new endpapers have been added. The spine has gilt lines and title label and the binding overall is in fine condition. The book has been classed as 'fair' because there is some staining and paper degradation at the end of the work. Contents: frontispiece; rubricated title; dedication; Life of Homer; Country and Time of Homer; Homer's statue - plate and text; editions of Homer's work; text 520 pp with 40 further plates; finis. There is some old handwriting (partly a poem on idleness) to a final blank. The frontispiece was relaid at some point and has some loss to the bottom edge and top corner; pp 1, 499 and 501 have old paper repairs to the side edge; and new professional paper repair has been completed on pp 517-9 and accompanying plate which has loss to margins. There is an intermittent stain at the side margin with darker toned paper from p 355. Small circular stains (possibly old mould) appear at p 413 - and become more obvious and extensive - they affect plates at pp 441, 445, 457, 470, 475, 484 and 499 - although the impact is greater on the blank side of the plate. Text is visible throughout. Please enquire if you would like to see further images of this work to assess condition.

$1269.68

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.

$53.46

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.

$66.83

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.

$53.46

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.

$521.24

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.

$26.73

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.

$120.29

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.

$20.05

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. `

$16.04

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).

$86.87

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.

$467.78

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.

$26.73

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.

$120.29

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.

$2405.70

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.

$100.24

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.

$26.73

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