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    £132.00

    Stories from the Italian Poets: with lives of the writers (2 Volumes) by Leigh Hunt

    Chapman and Hall, London, 1846. Edition Unstated. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 2-volume set (complete). Light tan leather binding with gilt frame to boards and detailed gilt tooling to spines. Spines in 6 compartments each with two leather title labels. Gilt frames to each board. Marbled end papers with matching edges. Volume 1: xviii, 417 pp. Volume 2: vi, 515 pp. Boards very lightly worn and blemished Owner gift inscription on ffep of Volume 1 dated Xmas 1867. Three short margin tears to pages 3 & 5 of Volume 2 and very occasional, very light foxing mainly to prelims otherwise contents appear unread. Overall a very attractively bound set. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Fine Binding; Italy; Antiquarian & Rare. Inventory No: 19077..


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    $25.00

    L'AIGLON by ROSTAND, EDMOND

    1900. ROSTAND, Edmond. L'AIGLON. Translated from the French by Louis N. Parker. NY: R.H. Russell, 1900. 8vo., gilt-worked ornamental blue cloth, top edge gilt; 262 pages. First American Edition. Very Good (covers bright; contents clean & tight, bit of foxing few preliminary pages). $25.00.


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    $60.00

    THE HOLY BIBLE CONTAINING THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS TRANSLATED OUT OF THE ORIGINAL TONGUES by various

    New York: American Bible Society, 1868. Hardcover. Very Good. 7 x 11 in. Full brown morocco with elaborate gilt decorations, raised spine bands, gilt edges. Condition is VERY GOOD ; edges have wear, covers very clean, small closed tear to spine head. Binding tight. One signature is a bit loose. Text bright and unmarked. Several names on ffep. Fine B. RGR.


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    $8,500.00

    Love Poems by MEUNIER, Charles, binder; CAMOENS. Luis de

    : Privately Reprinted, 1886. "Just like Love is yonder rose, Heavenly fragrance round it throws…" Luis de Camoens - Portugal's Greatest Poet A Wonderful Inlaid Binding by Charles Meunier [MEUNIER, Charles, binder]. CAMOENS. Luis de. Love Poems from the Portuguese of Luis de Camoens. By Lord Viscount Strangford. [London]: Privately Reprinted, 1886. Limited to 50 copies on Japan Paper (this being number 49), signed by the by the editor, B.B. Haggin. Additionally inscribed on a front blank leaf "Compliments of the Editor/B.B. Haggin/March 27th, 1892." Small quarto (8 9/16 x 6 9/16 inches; 217 x 167 mm.). [iv], [117], [3, blank] pp. Original stiff paper wrappers decorated in gold bound in. Illustrated with very attractive, engraved head and tail-pieces. Bound ca. 1886 by Charles Meunier (stamp-signed in gilt on lower turn-in). Full rose colored crushed morocco, each cover richly and decoratively bordered in gilt surrounding a rectangular foliate frame with sixteen flowers inlaid in black morocco and fourteen leaves inlaid in green morocco. Spine with five raised bands and five inlaid black morocco flowers, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments in a matching design, decorative gilt board-edges, wide gilt decorated turn-ins, blue silk liners and end-leaves, marbled end-papers, all edges gilt. A spectacular binding on a beautifully printed book. Charles Meunier (1865-1940) began his apprenticeship as a bookbinder at age eleven. Five years later, at age sixteen, he joined master binder Marius-Michel's workshop. He soon grew weary of producing traditional bindings and established his own bindery in 1885, at the tender age of twenty years old. CM was thought to be innovative and instinctive, with great reserves of energy and undeniable artistic talent... Drawing on traditional and modern techniques and forms of decoration, Meuniere mixed classical punches...with newly fashionable incised and modeled leather panels. His output was prodigious; by 1897 he had produced roughly six hundred bindings" (Art Nouveau and Art Deco Bookbinding, p. 194). Luís Vaz de Camoens (c. 1524-1580), is considered Portugal's and the Portuguese language's greatest poet. His mastery of verse has been compared to that of Shakespeare, Vondel, Homer, Virgil and Dante. He wrote a considerable amount of lyrical poetry and drama but is best remembered for his epic work Os Lusíadas (The Lusiads). His collection of poetry The Parnasum of Luís de Camões was lost in his lifetime. The influence of his masterpiece Os Lusíadas is so profound that Portuguese is sometimes called the "language of Camoens"


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    $25.00

    THE HISTORIES OF GARGANTUA AND PANTAGRUEL by Francois Rabelais, illustrated by Frank C. Pape

    US: Oxford University Press/The Franklin Library, 1982. Hardcover. Fine. 6 x 9 in. Morocco with gilt decoration and raised spine bands, over matching cloth boards. Edges gilt. Silk page marker. Condition is FINE ; like brand new on all points. Fine Bindings. Stax.


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    $175.00

    Memoirs of Early Italian Painters by JAMESON, Mrs.[Anna Brownell]; BAYNTUN, binder

    London: John Murray, 1891. For the Lover of Italian Painting JAMESON, Mrs. [Anna Brownell]. Memoirs of Early Italian Painters, and of The Progress of Painting in Italy. Cimabue to Bassano. New Edition with Portraits. London: John Murray, 1891. Octavo (7 3/16 x 4 7/8 inches: 182 x 121 mm.). xix, [i], 328 pp. With fifty-eight engraved portraits. Bound by Bayntun (stamp-signed on front turn-in) ca. 1925 in full purple morocco over beveled boards. Covers ruled in gilt, spine with five raised bands, paneled and lettered in gilt, decorative gilt board edges, decorative gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Spine slightly faded otherwise near fine. "It is to enlarge this sphere of rational pleasure in the contemplation of works of art that the following memoirs were written" (Introduction). Containing memoirs of the great Italian painters from Cimabue to Bassano, including Giotto, Ghiberti, Botticelli, Verrocchio, Da Vinci, Michael Angelo, Raphael, Correggio, Parmigiano, Titian, Tintoretto and others.


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    $25.00

    The Lively Lady by Roberts, Kenneth

    NY: Doubleday, 1931. First Edition. hardcover. VG in a later Dust Jacket (1938) which is good only with large front panel chip (affecting title but not N. C. Wyeth's illustration). "First Edition" stated on copyright page Colorful and striking dust jacket illustration by N. C. Wyeth. Basis for the 1952 20th Century Fox directed by Jean Negulesco and starring Dale Robertson & Anne Francis


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    $2,500.00

    (THE WORKS OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT) by ROOSEVELT, Theodore (Teddy)

    New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1900. Hardcover. Some rubbing to the spines, heavier to the edges. Still a Very Good, tight set, quite attractive on the shelf. This set consists of 15 small octavo (4-1/8" x 6-3/4") bound in half smooth calf leather with matching corners and gilt lettered and decorated spines with contrasting gilt morocco spine labels. Present here are THE WILDERNESS HUNTER, AMERICAN IDEALS, THE WINNING OF THE WEST in 6 volumes, HUNTING THE GRIZZLY, HUNTING TRIPS ON THE PRAIRIE, HUNTING TRIPS OF A RANCHMAN, THE ROUGH RIDERS, ADMINISTRATION/CIVIL SERVICE, and THE NAVAL WAR OF 1812 in 2 volumes.


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    $425.00

    OEUVRES DE JEAN RACINE - 5 VOL. SET (COMPLETE) by Jean Racine

    Paris: L'Imprimerie de Didot L'Aine, 1784. Hardcover. Very Good +. 3 x 5 1/4 in. Bound by Bozerian, with his mark Rel. Bozerian stamped on the lower spine of volume 1. Full red morocco with gilt rules. Spines have a stamped design that looks like a bagpipe. All edges gilt, Green moire silk endpapers. Condition is VERY GOOD+ ; all have some toning to the edges and spine, and some edge wear. Vol. 1 has a small tear to spine head. Vol. 4 has some loss to the leather surface at the rear, in small areas. Bindings are all tight and text is bright and unmarked. All have a PO's engraved bookplate on the front pastedown. Fine Bindings. RGR.


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    $145.00

    BEWICK'S SELECT FABLES of Aesop and Others by Aesop, et al

    London: Bickers and Son, 1871. Full leather. Near Fine with no dust jacket.. Bewick's Select Fables of Aesop and Others. In Three Parts. I. Fables Extracted from Dodsley's. II. Fables with Reflections in Prose and Verse. III. Fables in Verse. To Which are Prefixed The Life of Aesop, and an Essay upon Fable by Oliver Goldsmith. Faithfully Reprinted from the Newcastle Edition Published by T. Saint in 1784. With the Original Wood Engravings by Thomas Bewick, and an Illustrated Preface by Edwin Pearson. 12mo (7 1/4 in. tall); xl 312 pp. Full green morocco with elaborately gilt bordered panels with gilt turn-ins plus spine with gilt decorated compartments and raised bands. All edges gilt. Frontispiece, preface illustrations, vignette per fable and tailpieces are wood engravings from the original blocks by Thomas Bewick. Opens with Preface to 1871 Edition. Closes with Index. Marbled endpapers. Appears unread. Protected in clear wrapper. Spine shoulders rubbed, half-title gutter foxed, preliminaries and rear pages with trivial foxing. Regarded the father of modern wood engraving, Thomas Bewick brought new expressive possibilities to the declining art. Ancient Greek storyteller Aesop (circa 620-560 BCE) is thought to have created Western civilizations first morality tales.


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    $25.00

    THE GREAT TRAGEDIES OF AESCHYLUS, SOPHOCLES, AND EURIPIDES by Aeschylus et al

    US: Oxford University Press/The Franklin Library, 1982. Hardcover. Fine. 6 x 9 in. Morocco with gilt decoration and raised spine bands, over matching cloth boards. Edges gilt. Silk page marker. Condition is FINE ; like brand new on all points. Fine Bindings. Stax.


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    $75.00

    POETRY OF THE AGE OF FABLE Collected by Thomas Bulfinch by BULFINCH, Thomas (editor)

    Boston: J. E. Tilton, 1863. 1/2 Leather. Very good+ in no dust jacket.. 16mo (6 1/2 in. tall); ix 251 [4 ads]. Finely bound in tan half morocco over marbled paper covered boards, plus gilt titled and double-bordered compartments on brown morocco spine. Top edge gilt; fore-edge untrimmed. Tissued frontispiece, two decorated pages and six in-text illustrations. Marbled endpapers. Ribbon marker. Opens with Preface and Index. Closes with List of Authors. Appears unread. Extremities lightly worn, illustrated bookplate, rear fly-leaf stamped 117. Poems are dedicated to The Legends of Classical Mythology, including Cupid, Icarus, Pandora, Prometheus, Styx and others. Poetry by Keats, Machiavelli, Milton, Shakespeare, Virgil and others. American writer Thomas Bulfinch is best known for his collections of mythology and fables.


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    $150.00

    PARIS OF TO-DAY...IN THE SCARCE DUST JACKET by KAUFMANN, Richard

    Cassell Publishing Company, 1891. KAUFMANN, Richard. PARIS OF TO-DAY. Translated From The Danish by Miss Olga Flinch. Illustrated. NY: Cassell Publishing Company, [1891]. Small quarto, pictorial white cloth stamped in red, blue & gilt, all edges gilt, 298 pages; in the scarce, original dust jacket. First Edition. Printed on heavy-stock paper with more than 200 illustrations. Near fine: minor wear but covers still beautiful because they were protected by the dust jacket for all of these years; contents clean & tight); some wear & browning (few shallow chips, tears) d/j. Scarce to find a copy in the original dust jacket! $150.00.


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    $495.00

    THE LIFE AND EXPLOITS OF DON QUIXOTE DE LA MANCHA Translated from the Original Spanish by Charles Jarvis, Esq by CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de

    Exeter, NH: J & B Williams, 1828. Full leather. Very good. In four volumes. 24mo (5 in. tall). Full green morocco leather with gilt lettering and gilt decoration to spines. Each volume has an engraved frontispiece and added title page with engraving dated 1827. Includes Life of Cervantes. Poetry clipping. Exteriors with limited wear and scuffing. Interiors with limited foxing, especially to preliminaries. Vol III with penciled script. Vol IV with engraving tinted, two tips torn, two rear leaves darkened. Cervantes' magnum opus, Don Quixote is considered among the greatest works of Western literature.


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    $250.00

    On Drawing and Painting by Ross, Denman W

    Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1912. First Edition. Full Leather. Fine. An exquisite leather binding by master binder Julie Stackpole, completed by her in 1973 and signed at base of inside rear cover. vi, [1], 214 pp. 4to. Full leather binding in tan leather with four raised bands at spine, blind embossed titling to both cover boards and spine, elegant squares within squares in blind tooling on front and rear covers. Housed in paper covered slipcase with leather border at opening that matches binding leather.


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    $425.00

    THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER In Seven Parts by COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor; Willy Pogany (illustrator)

    London: George G. Harrap, 1920. Full leather. Very good+. No Jacket as issued. Deluxe edition. Stunning work of art. Quarto. 9 3/4 in (25 cm) tall; unpaginated. No date, circa 1920. Printed by H. & J. Pillans & Wilson, Edinburgh. Fine binding in olive green morocco with bright gold-stamped ornamentation, lettering and jewel-toned accents to front cover; bright gold-stamped illustrations and letters to spine. Hand sewn headbands. Top edge gilt; others untrimmed. As befitting Coleridge's dramatic epic poem, Willy Pogany has extensively gilt tooled the spine and front cover with pictures including a ship of color leather inlays and has fully decorated every page. To paraphrase Vadeboncoeur, "Willy Pogany's art nouveau masterpiece. The large format allowed Pogany to pull out all the stops. Each page is at least two colors, sometimes with a gilt plate and usually an intricate border added. Extra-elaborate initials started each page, with simply ornate capitals for the beginning of each line. An illuminated title page, 20 tipped-in color plates, the second color added to the black and white plates, the flowing calligraphic text, and the numerous pen & ink drawings throughout make this special." Tight binding. Square corners. Fine tipped-in plates. Heavy stock, cream pages largely clean and unmarred with no bookplate, writing, salient marks, or tears; no loose pages. Clear protective cover. Crown and top corners chafed, rear cover with minor scratch, pastedowns outer edges show paste action, blanks foxed, pages and edges with intermittent light foxing, opening pages with light crease. Well-preserved, finely bound, epic poem lavishly illustrated by Willy Pogany. Vadeboncoeur, bpib online.


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    $125.00

    Paris in Peril (2 Volumes) by Vizetelly, Henry (Editor)

    London: Tinsley Brothers, 1882. First Edition. Three Quarter Leather. Very Good. Sixteen illustrations accompany the text, five in Volume I and eleven in Volume II. 267, 263 pp. 8vo. Red leather spines with five raised bands to each, gold tooling to compartments and bands, black leather patch labels for title and author/volume number. Light scuffing and wear, minor chips to head and foot of spines, marbled paper insets to front and rear boards. Endpapers are marbled paper that matches covers, previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown of each volume, clean within.


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    $325.00

    THE ROSE GARDEN OF PERSIA by COSTELLO, Louisa Stuart

    London and Edinburgh: T.N. Foulis, 1913. First Thus. Fine Binding. Near fine with no dust jacket. First Foulis edition. Duodecimo. 7 3/4 in (19.5 cm) tall; [xiv] 189 [1] adverts pp. Publisher's blue morocco with four raised bands; rich gilt decorations to spine and to paper-covered boards. Top edge gilt; other edges untrimmed. 12 title and section illuminated pages and 4 tipped-in color plates from paintings by Frederick Gardner with captions; all with tissue guards. Decorated headpieces and tailpieces. Marbled endpapers. Printed on Japanese vellum. About 30 pages unopened. Introduction and chapter on Persian ornament followed by descriptive passages and translations of "all the most important Persian poets by various translators." Clear protective cover. Corners slightly bruised, verso of front free endpaper with small owner label, first blank with blind owner stamp. Elfick and Harris 73.


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    THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT AUGUSTINE by translated by Edward Pusey

    US: Oxford University Press/The Franklin Library, 1982. Hardcover. Fine. 6 x 9 in. Morocco with gilt decoration and raised spine bands, over matching cloth boards. Edges gilt. Silk page marker. Condition is FINE ; like brand new on all points. Fine Bindings. Stax.


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    $145.00

    THE [FOUR] SEASONS by THOMSON, James

    London: John Sharpe, 1819. Full calf. Near fine with no dust jacket as issued.. 16mo (6 1/2 in. tall); xiii 215 pp. Printed by Charles Whittingham at the Chiswick Press. Fine binding: full calf with gilt embellished and colored compartments and raised bands to spine; diamond patterned calf with gilt embellished borders to boards with gilt turn-ins. Gilt titling to spine clearly legible. All edges marbled. Engraved frontispiece and engraved title plate per poem, each captioned with tissue guard. Six engravings by Charles Heath, William Finden and John Pye after Richard Westall. The Seasons concludes with the poem Hymn. Marbled endpapers. Appears unread. Head lightly chipped, boards with lightly darkened area and slight spring, plates with trace foxing. James Thomson's famous poem includes four parts, each representing a season. Highly influential, it is the original inspiration for works by composer Joseph Haydn, painter Thomas Gainsborough, painter J.M.W. Turner and many others.


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    GREATEST HISTORIES OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE by William Shakespeare, illustrated by Rockwell Kent

    US: Oxford University Press/The Franklin Library, 1982. Hardcover. Fine. 6 x 9 in. Morocco with gilt decoration and raised spine bands, over matching cloth boards. Edges gilt. Silk page marker. Condition is FINE ; like brand new on all points. Fine Bindings. Stax.


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    $125.00

    THE PRINCESS by TENNYSON, Alfred Lord

    London and New York: Macmillan, 1899. First Thus. Full leather. Fine with no dust jacket.. First Macmillan's Golden Treasury Series. 16mo (6 1/4 in. tall); 139 pp. Fine binding signed by Bayntun, binder of Bath, England at front paste-down; binding also stamped by bookseller Chas. B. Lauriat Co. of Boston at rear paste-down. Printed by R. & R. Clark, Limited, Edinburgh. Full levant morocco with gilt titling to compartments on spine plus gilt turn-ins on covers. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Leather ribbon marker. Gilt decorations. Gilt edges. Appears unread. Front gutter with small numbered ticket, else as new. Appointed Poet Laureate of Great Britain, Tennyson remains one of the most popular English poets. The Princess is a poem thought to contain some of Tennyson's finest lyrics.


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    ENGLISH FURNITURE AT A GLANCE by Charles H. Hayward

    New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1925. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good +. 6 x 9 in. Half black morocco with matbled paper. Gilt upper edge. Raised spine bands and gilt decoration. Condition is VERY GOOD+ ; mild shelf wear, leather strong, minor wear. Binding tight and text unmarked. Fine Bind. RGR.


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    $75.00

    In Secret by Chambers, Robert W

    NY: Doran, 1919. First Edition. hardcover. Light soiling to upper edge, else VG+- near fine in VG+ Dust Jacket with wear and rubbing at lower spine Listed in Hubin. Basis for the 1920 silent film "The Black Secret


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    $600.00

    THE LETTERS OF HORACE WALPOLE (9 VOL. SET - COMPLETE) by Horace Walpole, edited by Peter Cunningham

    Edinburgh: John Grant, 1906. Hardcover. Near Fine. 6 x 9 in. Custom bound by Morrell, London. Half brown calf with marbled paper, red and brown spine labels, raised bands, gilt spine decoration, gilt upper edge, matching marbled endpapers. Condition of all is NEAR FINE ; leather still supple with no cracking whatsoever. Covers extremely clean and fresh with a few tiny flaws to the calf, ocasional light foxing on the pages. Bindings are very tight. PO's bookplate on front pastedowns. Fine Bindings. RGR.


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