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    GOLDEN LEAVES FROM THE BRITISH AND AMERICAN DRAMATIC POETS by HOWS, John W.S

    1900. HOWS, John W.S. GOLDEN LEAVES FROM THE BRITISH AND AMERICAN DRAMATIC POETS. Collected & Arranged by Hows. NY: Hurst & Company Publishers, [circa 1900]. 12mo., decorative black cloth & pictorial floral-design boards; 562 pages. A lovely, late Victorian-era trade binding. Very Good (little wear corners; contents clean & tight, small crease rear endpaper). $35.00.


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    ESSENCES by JALOUX, Edmond

    1944. JALOUX, Edmond. ESSENCES. Geneva: Les Editions Du Cheval Aile. [1944]. 8vo., original wraps bound in handsome brown-calf leather spine & beige cloth; 158 pages. Copy #71 out of a limited edition of 2,500 numbered copies. Collection Princeps. Very Good (very minor wear & soil covers, interior contents clean & tight). A lovely copy! $85.00.


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    Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by [Rubaiyat] FitzGerald, Edward; Omar Khayyam

    London: John Lane, 1916. Third edition. Hardcover. Very good + condition. Fine unsigned calf binding with illustrations by Herbert Cole (1867-1930), the turn of the century British illustrator and portraitist whose work was influenced by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and Walter Crane. 16mo, 76pp. Full tan calf with blind stamped and gilt ruled front and rear boards. Five raised bands and gilt title at spine. Gilt dentelles, and all edges gilt, beautifully bound and right and clean internally. Not located in Potter.


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    OEUVRES DE RACINE D'APRES L'EDITION DE 1760 by RACINE, Jean

    1870. DE SEVE, Jacques. RACINE, Jean. OEUVRES DE RACINE D'APRES L' EDITION DE 1760. Two Volumes. With A Frontispiece Portrait And 12 Full-Page Plates And 49 Chapter Illustrations By Jacques De Seve And Six Drawings By Jean-Michel Moreau. [Paris]: Paul Brodard, [no date but circa 1870?]. 8vos., green quarter-calf leather spines & marbled boards, marbled endpapers with top edges stained red; 361 pages & 429 pages. Very Good (minor wear with spines somewhat faded, contents clean & tight with small ink name in each volume). $100.00.


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    The Heroes; or, Greek Fairy Tales for my Children by Charles Kingsley

    Cambridge: Macmillan and Co., 1856. 1st Edition . Fine. 5.25 x 7.5 inches (13 x 19 cm). Full brown morocco binding by Bayntun-Riviere of Bath (binder's name in gilt to rear turn-in). Spine has five raised bands, gilt ruled panels, gilt lettering, date to foot of spine. Single gilt fillet border to boards. Gilt decorated board edges. Gilt fillet turn ins, hand marbled endpapers, all page edges gilt. Original cloth front cover bound in to the rear of the book. Fine condition throughout. A first class example in a binding of the very highest order. Overall condition is Fine. Size: 5.25 x 7.5 inches (13 x 19 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: xviii, 205, [3]


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    $85.00

    UN CRIME D'AMOUR by BOURGET, Paul

    1886. BOURGET, Paul. UN CRIME D'AMOUR. Paris: Alphonse Lemerre, 1886. Small 8vo., dark-green quarter morocco-leather spine & marbled boards; 299 pages. First Edition. One of the author's psychological novels. With the personal bookplate of long-time Pittsburg, Pennsylvania City Councilman Robert Garland and his wife, Alice Bailey Garland. Very Good (little rubbing covers, contents clean & tight). $85.00.


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    Frédéric le grand by Reddaway, W.F

    Paris: Payot, 1932. First edition. Three quarter red morocco over marbled boards, spine decorated in gilt, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Very small chip to head of spine else a near fine copy.. 293 pp. Illus. with b/w reproductions and maps. 8vo. J. Delcourt, trans.


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    ALBUM DEUTSCHLANDS TOCHTER: LIEDER UND ROMANZEN by NO AUTHOR

    1866. NO AUTHOR. ALBUM FUR DEUTSCHLANDS TOCHTER: LIEDER UND ROMANZEN. Leipzig: C.F. Umelangs Verlag, [circa 1866]. Small quarto: brown quarter-calf leather spine with marbled boards; gilt-tooled spine with black leather title label; patterned endpapers; all edges gilt; 172 pages. Twelfth Edition. Many pages with illustrations and many beautiful full-page plates. Songs and romances for the German daughter. Very Good (little edgewear & bit of fading spine; contents clean & tight). A lovely Victorian-era book of German poetry and illustration. $85.00.


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    The Faithful, yet Imperfect, Character Of a Glorious King, King Charles I, his Country's & Religions Martyr. Written by a Person of Quality by Dauncey, John

    London: Printed for Richard Royston, 1660. First edition. Hardcover. Very good overall. A biography written by a committed royalist intended to restore Charles I's image. The copy of Henry B. H. Beaufoy, FRS, noted collector of Shakespeare and prestigious hot air balloonist, with his armorial bookplate. Beaufoy may have acquired the biography due to a Charles I and Shakespeare connection: in 1633 Shakespeare's version of 'The Taming of the Shrew' was performed at court before Charles I and Henrietta Maria. Henry Benjamin Hanbury Beaufoy (1786-1851), member of a wealthy Quaker family, was a philanthropist, artist and coin and book collector (the "Beaufoy Shakespeares," the first four folio editions of Shakespeare's works were sold at Christie's). Beaufoy famously made a hot air balloon flight with James Sadler (first English balloonist), from Hackney, Middlesex, to East Thorpe, Essex. In numerous other flights he collected valuable information for cartographers, meteorologists, and physicists. Slim, small 8vo, frontispiece portrait, 71pp, [1]pp advertisement, all edges gilt. Full tan calf ca. 1840s, rebacked spine gilt decorated, with the initials E. G. H. stamped at the front board; gilt title labels, "Historic Memoirs" and "Character of Charles I" at spine. Top of front board slightly sunned, lower corners slightly rubbed. Wing F 291. OCLC: 84781729. In 1912 a copy bound by Clarke was sold by Anderson Auction Company, provenance Library of Robert Doe. Light penciled name on the ffep of J. J. Blade, 1909. A very pleasant copy.


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    THE POETICAL WORKS AND ESSAYS OF OLIVER GOLDSMITH by GOLDSMITH, Oliver

    London: Bumpus, Sharpe, Samms, Warren & Reilly, 1819. Early Edition. 16mo., embossed blue full-morocco leather, gilt-tooled covers & spine, all edges gilt; 255 pages. Very Good (spine bit dull, contents clean & tight; two very small bookplates on front pastedown & ink presentation on front endpaper, dated 1864).


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    Midsummer-Night's Dream, A. by RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator; Shakespeare, William

    London: William Heinemann, 1908. "An Almost Perfect Setting for Rackham's Devic Imagination" Edition de Luxe Signed by Arthur Rackham Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe [RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. SHAKESPEARE, William. A Midsummer-Night's Dream. With Illustrations by Arthur Rackham. London: William Heinemann, 1908. Edition de Luxe, limited to 1,000 numbered copies signed by the artist, this being copy No. 370. Large quarto (11 1/4 x 9 inches; 286 x 229 mm.). [6], 134, [1, blank], [1, printer's slug] pp. Forty color plates mounted on brown art paper, with descriptive tissue guards. Bound ca. 1960 by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in three-quarter dark blue morocco over blue cloth boards ruled in blind. Spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, top edge gilt, others uncut, cockerel end-papers. Early ink signature on recto of front blank, some mild toning to preliminary leaves. A near fine copy in an attractive binding. "Within twelve months appeared Shakespeare's A Midsummer-Night's Dream, De la Motte Fouqué's Undine, and the Grimm brothers' Fairy Tales, all very different in quality and feeling, as demanded by the texts, but all of extremely high quality. The Dream was, of course, an almost perfect setting for Rackham's devic imagination -- perhaps only bettered by the opportunity of The Tempest -- with the result that some of the fairies, elves and goblins he created for this play are among his finest colour images, and almost all the plates echo perfectly the mysterious interweaving of lightness and depth in this great work. Many of the formal plates are exquisite, whether they depict the principal events of the main theme of the story, such as the translated Bottom with his ass-head mocked by tree sprites, or the night-rule of Titania's haunted grove, those incidents within the subsidiary action, with details hardly dreamed of by Shakespeare, such as the gnomish knife-grinder in a motley group of fairies. Some of the floriated headings for the Dream are the finest of Rackham's line at the time, as for example the heading vignette for Act One, Scene One, which with typical Rackham irrelevance spreads its tendrils over the page, and into the text, ignoring the fact that the setting is supposed, according to Shakespeare, to be the Palace of Theseus, and throwing us immediately into a tangle-wood Rackhamerie, with mice, pixies and a sleeping maiden." (Fred Gettings. Arthur Rackham, pp. 117-123). Latimore and Haskell, p. 32. Gettings, p. 177. Riall, p. 87.


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    ROMANTIC TALES. Containing My Uncle's Garret Window; The Anaconda; and, Amorassan by Lewis, M.G

    London: William Smith, 1838. Pp. [viii], 215, engraved frontispiece, 16 cm x 9.5 cm, full, contemporary maroon leather with ornate gilt filigree decorations, all edges gilt, yellow coated endpapers. From the personal library of one of Canada's literary giants, Robertson Davies, with his bookplate to front pastedown. Tips lightly rubbed, else a very good to near fine copy. Abridged first reprint of the first edition which was in 4 small volumes.. Hard Cover. Very Good. 12 mo..


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    PLUS PRES DE TOI, MON CHRIST by BAETEMAN, J

    1939. BAETEMAN, J. PLUS PRES DE TOI, MON CHRIST! Evreux: G. Poussin, Editeur, 1939. 8vo., black fine-grained morocco leather spine, stamped in gilt, & patterned boards; 254 pages. Second Edition, tenth thousand. With a small label & few ink stamps noting that this copy is from the Congregation de Notre-Dame in Quebec. Very Good (some edgewear covers, contents clean & tight with few pencil annotations). $25.00.


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    The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church by BIBLE IN ENGLISH; BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER

    Oxford: Printed at the University Press, by S. Collingwood and Co..., 1839. A Fine Mid-Nineteenth Century Book of Common Prayer [BIBLE IN ENGLISH]. The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to the Use of the United Church of England and Ireland: Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David, pointed as they are to be sung or said in churches; and the form and manner of making, ordaining, and consecrating of bishops, priests, and deacons. Oxford: Printed at the University Press, by S. Collingwood and Co...., 1839. Sixteenmo (3 1/2 x 2 inches; 89 x 51 mm.). Unpaginated. Contemporary full purple morocco, covers decoratively bordered in gilt and blind, spine with four raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, decorative gilt board edges and turn-ins, yellow coated end-papers, all edges gilt. Neat early ink inscription on front blank. A fine example.


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    The Book of Gems - The Poets and Artists of Great Britain by Hall, S.C. (Ed)

    London: Saunders and Otley, 1836. xvi, 304pp, [4]. Contemporary full morocco, raised bands, spine in six panels, title in gilt to second, remaining panels gilt, covers gilt with large central device and double fillet border, gilt inner dentelles, a.e.g. Very slightly rubbed to extremities, spine very slightly dulled. Internally foxed throughout, but an attractive binding. First Edition. Full Morocco. Good. 8vo.


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    Pleasure Garden, The by ZAEHNSDORF, binder; Scott-James, Anne; Lancaster, Osbert

    London: John Murray, 1977. A Gardening Classic One of Ten Copies Specially Bound by Zaehnsdorf [ZAEHNSDORF, binder]. SCOTT-JAMES, Anne. The Pleasure Garden. An Illustrated History of British Gardening. [Illustrated by Osbert Lancaster]. London: John Murray, [1977]. First edition. Small quarto (9 1/16 x 6 1/2 inches; 231 x 165 mm.). 128 pp. Text illustrations. One of ten copies specially bound by Zaehnsdorf in quarter green morocco, ruled in gilt, over green cloth boards. Vellum tips. Spine ruled and lettered in gilt with two raised bands and with Zaehnsdorf monogram in gilt at foot of spine. Top edge gilt. Olive green endpapers. A fine copy. Housed in a fleece-lined green cloth slipcase. "Of this edition 10 copies have been reserved by arrangement with the Publishers for fine binding by Zaehnsdorf. This is copy number 9 which has been specially bound for David Brass" (calligraphed on an inserted limitation leaf at front).


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    ROB ROY: A ROMANCE by SCOTT, Sir Walter

    Chicago and New York: Rand, McNally & Company, 1910. Later Edition. A nice copy!. 8vo., decorative brown cloth; 526 pages. Illustrated. Very Good (covers nice; contents clean & tight).


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    Indispensable Accomplishments by FRANKLAND, Sir Robert; COPLOW, Billesdon

    London: H. Humphreys, 1811. Six Humorous Hand-Colored Engraved Hunting Scenes FRANKLAND, Sir Robert. COPLOW, Billesdon (pseudonym). Indispensable Accomplishments...London: Published...by H. Humphrey, 1811. First edition. Oblong folio (10 5/8 x 14 5/8 inches; 270 x 370 mm.). Engraved title and six numbered hand-colored engraved plates with interleaves. Seventeen blank leaves at rear. Bound by Morrell (stamp-signed) in later full green crushed morocco with gilt frame and equine-themed gilt corner-pieces. Gilt-ruled raised bands. Gilt ornamented and decorated compartments. Broad gilt dentelles. Top edge gilt. With the leather bookplate of Joseph Widener and armorial bookplate of Clarence S. Bemens. An excellent copy of this rare series of hunting scenes. OCLC locates only one copy (at Harvard). "Ev'ry species of ground ev'ry Horse does not suit;/What's a good Country Hunter may here prove a Brute;/And, unless for all sorts of strange fences prepar'd,/A Man and his Horse are sure to be scar'd" (engraved title). "As every Country Gentleman may not comprehend the force of this expression, he ought to know, that the Meltonians hold every Horse cheap, which cannot Go along a slapping pace, Stay at that pace, Skim ridge & furrow, Catch his Horses, Top a flight of Rails, Come well into the next field, Charge an Ox fence, Go in and out clever, Face a Brook, Swish at a Rasper, and in short, Do all that kind of thing, phrases so plain & intelligible, that it's impossible to mistake their meaning. That Horse is held in the same contempt in Leicestershire, as a Coxcomb holds a Country Bumpkin. In vulgar Countries, (i.e. all others) where these Accomplishments are not Indispensable, he may be a Hunter." Signed: Billesdon Coplow (engraved title). Sir Robert Frankland (1784-1849), Seventh Baron of Thirkelby, was an MP and artist, a talented amateur who later succeeded to the baronetcy as Sir Robert Frankland-Russell. He was the almost exact contemporary of Henry Alken Senior and this set of engravings was the inspiration for Alken's Qualified Horses and Unqualified Riders. In 1815, Henry Alken published a rejoinder to Indispensable Accomplishments: Qualified Horses and Unqualified Riders, or The Reverse of Sporting Phrases Taken from the Work Entitled Indispensable Accomplishments: "In looking over that very amusing work call'd Indispensable Accomplishments sign'd Billesdon Coplow with which I was very much delighted but could not forbear remarking that he consider'd it only necessary that the horse should come well into the next field, charge an ox fence, go in and out clever, face a brook & swish at a rasper he does not mention that to do all that kind of thing it is necessary he should be mounted by a rider of judgment and courage. I have undertaken beging [sic] his pardon to mount well qualified horses with unqualified riders and to shew the figure those horses are likely to cut during the day" (Tooley 44: "The first of Alken's coloured books"). The Plates: 1. Going along a slapping pace. 2. Topping a flight of Rails, and coming well into the next Field. 3. Charging an Ox-fence. 4. Going in and out clever. 5. Facing a Brook 6. Swishing at a Rasper." The London bindery of W. T. Morrell was established c. 1861 as successor to the firm begun by Francis Bedford, who, in turn, had assumed control of the esteemed bindery of Charles Lewis. Sarah T. Prideaux, in "Modern Bookbindings," states that Morrell had a very large business that supplied "all the booksellers with bindings designed by his men," bindings that were "remarkable for their variety and merit." Schwerdt I, pp. 186-187. Silzer, p. 122. Tooley 158 (under Billesdon Coplow). Not in Abbey.


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    $375.00

    Green Mansions by Hudson, W. H

    London: Duckworth, 1926. Hardcover. Very good overall. Magnificent fine Sangorski & Sutcliffe binding in full crushed green morocco with gilt raised bands, gilt tooling to the spine, boards and dentelles. The English edition with wonderful graphic black and white jungle illustrations by Keith Henderson. Travel novel of jungle romance in the Guyana jungle of Venezuela, by William Henry Hudson (1841-1922) English naturalist, ornithologist and writer. 8vo, 325pp, 10 double page illustrations, 22 chapter head illustrations. All edges gilt. Book plate at front paste down. Spine sunned, otherwise very good + condition.


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    Mythologie Universelle by Krappe, Alexandre Haggerty

    Paris: Payot, 1930. First edition. Three quarter navy blue morocco over marbled boards, spine decorated in gilt, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, original wrappers bound in. Near fine copy with a few nicks on backstrip, leaves just browning. A beautiful binding.. 453 pp. 8vo.


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    Les flottes de guerre au combat. De la Guerre de Sécession à la Grande Guerre (1861-1914). [Tome I only] by Wilson, H.W

    Paris: Payot, 1928. First edition. Three quarter black morocco over marbled boards, spine decorated in gilt, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, original wrappers bound in. A very good+ copy, spine ends rubbed, foxing to endpapers, leaves just browning.. 444 pp. Illus. with 12 b/w photos and 16 plans. 8vo. Collection de mémoirs, études et documents pour servir a l'histoire de la guerre mondiale.


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    Charlemagne créateur d'empire by Baker, G.-P

    Paris: Payot, 1936. First edition. Three quarter red morocco over marbled boards, spine decorated in gilt, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, original wrappers bound in. Tiny chip to head of spine else a near fine beautifully bound copy.. 308 pp. Illus. with 5 b/w maps. 8vo. A. Lageix, trans. Translation of Charlemagne and the united states of Europe.


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    £350.00

    The Poetical Works of Thomas Campbell by Campbell, Thomas

    London: Edward Moxon, 1837. ix, [3], 306pp, [2]. Later crushed morocco, raised bands, spine in six panels, title in gilt to second panel, remaining panels with small central roundel surrounded by fleurons on a seme dot background within a dotted scalloped border, covers with single fillet border, large corner pieces with a roundel, fleurons and drawer handle tools on a seme dot background, gilt rule to edges, inner edges with corner decorations of a roundel and fleurons, t.e.g. Very slightly rubbed to extremities, light foxing to endpapers and edges of text block, text fairly bright and clean. Previous owners bookplate to front pastedown. With engravings after Turner apparently in 'proof' state. Binding by H. Wood for Bumpus. An attractive copy. Reprint. Full Morocco. Good+. 8vo.


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    Vers un équilibre nouveau. Forces et faits éconimiques. Angleterre. États-Unis. Allemagne. Les réactions. La France. L'équilibre prochain crise économique et crise spirituelle by Lacoin, Maurice

    Paris: Payot, 1933. First edition. Three quarter navy blue morocco over marbled boards, spine decorated in gilt, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Near fine copy with very minor scuffing on backstrip, leaves just browning. A beautiful binding.. 327 pp. pp. Illus. with 2 b/w graphs. 8vo.


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    Elegant Extracts or Useful and Entertaining Passages in Prose, Selected for the Improvement of Young Persons Being Similar in Design to Elegant Extracts in Poetry. [bound with] Elegant Extracts or Useful and Entertaining Pieces of Poetry Selected for the Improvement of Youth in Speaking, Reading, Thinking, Composing and in the Conduct of Life being similar in design to elegant extracts in prose. New Edition, in 2 volumes by Knox, Vicesimus, ed

    London: Studio Fallente Laborem, 1790. Later improved and expanded Edition. Hardcover. Otherwise very good condition. One of the first English school anthologies of prose and poetry, in an extremely handsome binding gilt decorated calf binding. The Extracts contain an extensive selection of contemporary literature for pupils, which could be added to the classical texts already available, and aid in their linguistic and moral growth. The Prose volume includes a long extract from Benjamin Franklin's 'Way to Wealth' and Jonathan Swift's 'Voyage to Lilliput', as well as interesting appendices on geography, natural history, a calendar of flora, and a chronological table of historical events. With the spine of the thick first volume (Prose) beautifully and sympathetically rebacked, with gilt decoration in the compartments and red title labels. The second and third volumes (Verse) are bound in matching full calf, with tooling differences only on the spine. The first volume with an elegantly engraved vignette with beehive surrounded by flowers, a boy in the background chasing a butterfly, by E. F. Burney. 3 volumes, 8vo, one thick., text printed in 2 columns. Volume 1, Prose in 4 books, engraved frontispiece, xvi + Viii, 286pp, 287 - 512; engraved frontispiece, 513 - 947; Appendix, 948 - 1019, 1pp ads. Volume 2, Verse in 2 books, engraved title page, vi, [6]pp, 164pp; 165 - 484. Volume 3, Verse in 2 books, 168pp; 169 - 439. Printed for Charles Dilly, Poultry, 1790. A New Edition. Handsomely bound in full mottled calf. Light rubbing at edges with a restored crack visible in the spine of the extra large Volume 1 along with strengthening tape on the inner hinge. Spine head of Volume 2 ruffled. Volume 1 with owner signature and date at the title page, Lucas Waring 1790. There is a Lucas Waring who succeeded Edward Bayly or Baillie, in 1785 as the Archdeacon of St. Patrick's Dublin. Prose, OCLC: 9639018. Verse, OCLC: 27414048.


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