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Sean Dana; Le Oisian, Orran, Ulann, &c. Ancient Poems of Ossian, Orran, Ullin &c. collected in the Western Highlands and Isles; Being the Originals of the Translations some time ago Published in the Gaelic Antiquities
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Sean Dana; Le Oisian, Orran, Ulann, &c. Ancient Poems of Ossian, Orran, Ullin &c. collected in the Western Highlands and Isles; Being the Originals of the Translations some time ago Published in the Gaelic Antiquities

By John Smith

Edinburgh: Charles Elliot, 1787 A fair copy in contemporary half leather binding. The binding has wear and scuffing and has lost its title label. The spine has the remains of gilt lines and blind stamped designs. The leather is fragile at the spine ends with fraying and loss. There is wear to joints. The marbled boards are scuffed with some paper loss at the edges. Corners worn. Contents: initial blank; title with signature of Allan Duncan Stewart; dedication with further signature; advert 2pp; index 1p; text pp 1-348. There is a stain at the top page edge from the fep to the advert, and a lot of brown spotting in the margins from p 282-290 and 346-8. Otherwise text is clear and clean with occasional marks and spots.

$313.54

The Divina Commedia of Dante Alighieri: consisting of the Inferno-Purgatorio- and Paradiso
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The Divina Commedia of Dante Alighieri: consisting of the Inferno-Purgatorio- and Paradiso

By Dante Alighieri, Rev. Henry Boyd [translator]

London : T Cadell Jun. and W Davies, 1802 A good to very good copy of the first translation into English of Dante's Divine Comedy. This copy retains the original marbled boards, with new calf spines and corners, so the bindings are clean, sound and tight with some light scuffing to the boards. The translation was completed by Henry Boyd, then Vicar of Rathfryland in County Down. The contents are complete with frontispiece portrait by Stothard and titles and half titles to each volume. Vol I: frontispiece; title; dedication; half title to Inferno; text 408pp. Vol II: title; half title; preliminary essay and text 384pp. Vol III: title; half title; preliminary essay and text with index, errata and addenda 420pp (more detailed collation available on request). All the volumes retain their original endpapers with repair at the joints and stamped ownership details of Richd Hopkins of Huntingdonshire. All the endpapers have some marking and Vol II has lost the corner tip of the rear free endpaper. Contents overall are clean with some browning and spotting at times, particularly noticeable at the beginning of Vol II where there tends to be mottling in the top outer corner and the paper is a little fragile there, and brown toning to later leaves. Vol I has a brown mark in top margin of pp 156/7, possibly from an old page marker. Vol III has professional paper repair to the bottom corner of p 229. Please enquire if you would like to see further images.

$5878.80

The Faerie Queene. Spenser's Faerie Queene. A Poem in Six Books with the Fragment Mutabilitie
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The Faerie Queene. Spenser's Faerie Queene. A Poem in Six Books with the Fragment Mutabilitie

By Edmund Spenser, Thomas Wise [editor]

London : George Allen , 1897 A very good set of the special limited edition of 1000 copies, printed at the Chiswick Press by Charles Whittingham on hand-made paper, and illustrated with complex designs and images by Walter Crane. Published in parts over 3 years from 1894 - 6, this was a huge undertaking and is judged to be one of Crane's best works. Complete in 6 volumes in the original cream coloured cloth with gilt designs and red titles to front board, gilt titles to spine, and red design to back board. Top edges gilt, remainder untrimmed. Each volume has the original rose-coloured part wrap bound in at the beginning and end. The bindings are in very good clean condition with the occasional very light mark. The bottom edges are occasionally darkened, particularly at the corners and spine end. Vol I has a light bump to the top edge of the back board close to the spine. Internally the contents are in very good to near fine clean condition with just the occasional small spot or mark. Pages tend to darken slightly at the untrimmed edges. All the endpapers have light spotting and there is a very small damaged area to the front endpaper joint of Vol III. Vols II and III have a very light speckle in the paper in some sections. Vol IV has a brown mark at the page edge of pp 871-4 and circa 900-907, 944-6. Vol V has a small paper flaw in the rear pastedown endpaper. The collation is complicated and the set is substantial - please enquire if you would like further details and additional images to the 5 that are posted with the book.

$1946.54

The Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith, MB. with an account of the Life and Writings of the Author
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The Poetical Works of Oliver Goldsmith, MB. with an account of the Life and Writings of the Author

By Oliver Goldsmith

London : T Cadell; Scatcherd and Whitaker; G and T Wilkie; W Miller; and J Murray, 1793 A fair copy in contemporary full leather binding with title label to spine. New edition, published less than 20 years after the author's death. Oliver Goldsmith's writings are not particularly in fashion now, but he was extremely popular in his time - known for his poems - for example The Deserted Village; his books eg The Vicar of Wakefield and his plays eg She Stoops to Conquer. This book incorporates a sample of his poetry - some with dedications, and writings about Goldsmith. The binding is very worn, with leather loss to the top and bottom of the spine and wear to spine joints, edges and corners. The remnants of gilt compartments are just visible on the spine and there is some gilt decoration to board edges. There is an armorial bookplate to the front pastedown with the name erased. Contents are complete bar the fep and initial blank and include: half title, title with ink initials to top corner, contents listing; writings on Goldsmith pp xlii; half title to poems and poetry with longer poems given half title and dedication pp 5-151. Titles include The Deserted Village and The Traveller. Text with occasional browning and marking, particularly towards the end of the volume.

$20.90

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.

$235.15

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.

$52.26

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.

$52.26

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.

$65.32

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.

$509.50

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.

$26.13

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.

$117.58

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.

$19.60

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. `

$15.68

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).

$84.92

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.

$457.24

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.

$26.13

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.

$117.58

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.

$2351.52

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.

$391.92

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

By Edward Fitzgerald [translator]

London : Hodder and Stoughton A nice copy in the original dark red gilt decorated cloth binding with 20 beautiful tipped in colour plates by Edmund Dulac. Undated but ?1909/1915. The binding has been rebacked to make a very sound copy.The gilt decorated front board has some light fading to top and spine edges and a slight warp at the top corner, and the spine has fading. There is some very light marking to the back board. Internally, the original endpapers are plain and clean. Text pages are printed on one side only with the text in decorative borders. The plates have descriptive tissue guards and have stunning decorative borders. There is some light spotting to some text pages but the plates are in fine condition.

$222.09

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