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    £450.00

    Album Verses, with a Few Others by Lamb, Charles

    London: Edward Moxon, 1830. vii, [1], 150pp, [2], slightly later full morocco by Bedford, raised bands, spine in six panels, title and author in gilt to second panel, remaining panels gilt with small central roundel with flower heads emanating, with smaller roundels, seed heads and dots in the background. Covers with single fillet bordering two inner panels, the two outer panels with floral corner pieces, gilt line roll to board edges, inner edges with gilt fillets and floral corner pieces, t.e.g. Pages lightly browned, otherwise clean in an attractive binding. Roff, pages 169-174. First Edition. Full Morocco. Very Good. 8vo.


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    $100.00

    Full Moon by Wodehouse, P. G

    London: Herbert Jenkins, 1947 First edition, first printing. Finely bound in recent three-quarter polished navy calf over dark blue cloth. Gilt lettered and decoration to spine, five raised bands. A clean and internally very good copy.. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine.


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    £1,500.00

    The Roman Antiquities of Dionysius Halicarnassensis: Translated Into English, with Notes and Dissertations by Edward Spelman (Complete 4 Volume Set) by Dionysius of Halicarnassus / Edward Spelman (Ed.)

    London: Printed and Sold by the Booksellers of London and Westminster, 1758. 1st Edition . Very Good. 8.75 x 10.75 inches (21.5 x 27 cm). Complete four volume set. Full speckled calf leather bindings. Spines have gilt ruled compartments, red morocco title labels, green morocco volume labels with gilt decoration. Volumes are labelled in the incorrect sequence. Heavy and uneven fading to boards. Slight loss to head of spine of Volume I. Board corners slightly worn. Slight cracking to joints and a few worm holes to spines (no worming to pages). Good solid bindings with all boards securely attached. Light foxing to endpapers and final few leaves in a couple of volumes. A few notes in light pencil, text is otherwise very clean throughout. Complete with Errata sheet at the end of each volume. Engraved bookplate to front pastedown endpaper in each volume (Thomas Beale). A nice solid example of the first English translation of the works of Dionysius of Halicarnassus. ESTC: T136671. Overall condition is Very Good. Please Note: This is a very heavy item and international postage will be more than the standard rate - a postage supplement will be requested after the order has been placed. Please contact us for an accurate postage cost for your location. Size: 8.75 x 10.75 inches (21.5 x 27 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: 4to. lviii, 456, [1] + 439, [1] + 438, [1] + 516, [1]


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    £600.00

    The Virginians - A Tale of the Last Century by Thackeray, W.M

    London: Bradbury and Evans, 1857. Two volumes complete - Volume One - viii, 382pp and Volume Two - viii, 376pp. Later full crushed morocco, raised bands, spines in six panels, title in gilt to second panel, author and volume to fourth, remaining panels with central diamond with concave sides surrounded by small volute, leafy stem and roundel tools, covers with triple fillet border, elaborate gilt rolled inner dentelles, t.e.g. marbled endpapers. Slightly rubbed to extremities, spines very slightly faded, small chip to headcap of volume one, upper cover of volume one slightly scuffed to lower portion. Internally some very minor browning, plates lightly browned to edges, but generally quite bright and clean. Binding is by Alfred Matthews. Bound from the original parts, with wrappers and most of the adverts bound in. Conforms to Van Duzer with the following exceptions - Part IV the De Jongh advert is on yellow paper; Part V has extra 4pp Medicine advert and extra 4pp De Jongh advert; Part VII the de Jongh advert is 2pp, lacks both slip adverts; Part VIII the Nissen and Parker advert is 4pp; Part XVI lacks the John Cassell Publications adverts; Part XX lacks both slip adverts and Part XXIV lacks Grace Aguilars Works adverts. Van Duzer 232, Wolff 6700. First Edition. Full Morocco. Very Good. Illus. by Thackeray, W.M.. 8vo.


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    $39.00

    Guns of the Old West. by Chapel, Charles Edward

    Published For The National Rifle Assoc. By Odysseus Editions, Inc.. Fine with No dust jacket as issued. 1995. Special Edition for Members of Firearms Classics Library. Full-Leather. A facsimile of the 1962 edition in full leather. Illustrated. 306 pages (bibliography, index) . Fully bound in rich red genuine leather with appropriate gold decorations and titles. All edges are gilded. This book does not have the pasted in bookplate which is so commonly found in these editions. Moire fabric end papers. Satin page marker is bound in. Raised bands on the spine. Book was issued without a dust jacket. Book is clean (several small specks of white paint on top near corners) , no writing, and tightly bound. Book is in Fine condition. ; Size is: 6 1/4 in. x 9 1/2 in. .


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    £148.00

    The Progress of Nations or The Principles of National Development in their Relation to Statesmanship, A Study in Analytical History by No Author

    Longman, Green, Longman and Roberts, London, 1861. Edition Unstated/Possible First. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Size: Octavo (standard book size). x, 662 pp. Blue leather binding with gilt frame to boards and detailed gilt tooling to spines. Spine in 6 compartments with red leather title label. Gilt dentelle to turn-ins and marbled end papers with matching edges. Boards lightly worn and scuffed and spine a little sunned. Owner gift inscription. Some light foxing to end papers otherwise contents very clean and bright and appear unread. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Politics & Government; Fine Binding; Antiquarian & Rare. Inventory No: 19111..


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    $1,200.00

    [SENECA] OPERA [WORKS IN 4 VOLUMES] by [Elzevir, Elzevier] Seneca

    Volume 1, Philosophicae; Volume 2, Epistolae; Volume 3, Controversae; Volume 4, Notae. Np: Elzevirios, 1640; 1639; 1639; 1649. 4 vols. Early Elzevir printing. 552; 718; 442 + Index; 429 + Index + unpaginated Corrigenda pp. Text in Latin. Hardcover. 24mo. Full limp vellum with contrasting leather labels. Gilt lettering and ruling to spine and labels. Chips to all labels, fore edge of rear cover edge volume 1, head and heel volume 2, heel and bottom front cover volume 3. Nice, sound bindings from the famous Dutch family of publishers and printers, noted for their small, special editions. Very good+/No jacket issued. Very good+/No jacket issued. (Multiple volumes - extra shipping charges apply) (Insurance required to ship this item).


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    $107.00

    Dust by Pellegrino, Charles

    Norwalk: Easton Press, 1998. number 798 of the limited edition of 900. grey leather with gilt titles and gilt decorations. all edges gilt. silk moiree endpapers, silk marker ribbon. witl loose associated bookplate and certificate of authenticity. 786pp. . Signed by Author. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Debbie Hughes. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Numbered Limited Edition.


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    $300.00

    Of Aucassin and Nicolette: A Translation in Prose and Verse of the Old French, Together with Amabel and Amoris by Housman, Laurence

    London: Chatto & Windus, 1930 Illustrated with engravings by Clemence Housman after drawings by Paul Woodroffe. Second printing. Finely bound in full blue polished calf by Riviere & Son (Bayntun) for the Halle Bros. Co., with five raised bands to the spine, contrasting red title label lettered in gilt, spine compartments elaborately decorated in gilt, boards ruled in gilt, all edges gilt, floral turn-ins in gilt, blue marbled endpapers. Near fine, with some light toning to the spine and board edges, a hint of faint soiling to the boards, otherwise fresh binding, former owner's bookplate to the rear pastedown, otherwise bright and clean interior. A beautiful copy. Aucassin and Nicolette is a 13th century French medieval chantefable (a song-story, or an adventure tale told in prose and verse) about a pair of lovers, Aucaussin and Nicolette, who persevere through ill fate and misfortune to achieve happiness together. Additionally, this volume includes Amabel and Amoris, which similarly tells of a love that prevails in spite of seemingly insurmountable odds. Both stories employ traditional motifs with satirical twists and are illustrated with engravings by the author's sister Clemence after drawings by his friend Paul Woodroffe.. Illus. by Housman, Clemence; Woodroffe, Paul. Hard Cover. Near Fine.


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    $35.00

    English Pistols and Revolvers by George, John Nigel

    Birmingham: Palladium Press, 1999. quality facsimile reprint in full leather binding with gold titles and decorations, raised spine bands, silk moire endpapers, silk marker ribbon all edges gilt. 256pp.. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    £350.00

    The Works of Ben Jonson in Seven Volumes by Ben Jonson / Peter Whalley (Ed.)

    London: D.. Midwinter; W. Innys and J. Richardson; J. Knapton; T. Wotton; C. Hitch and L. Hawes; J. Walthoe; D. Browne; J and R. Tonson; C. Bathurst; J. Hodges; J. Ward; M and T. Longman; W. Johnston; and P. Davey and B. Law, 1756. 1st Edition . Good Plus. 5.25 x 7.75 inches (13 x 20 cm). Complete seven volume set. Full calf leather bindings. Lacking spine labels. Cracking to joints. Boards loose but holding with cords. Page blocks in good solid conditiin, some light foxing, text is otherwise clean throughout. Several engraved plates. The first collected edition to include critical notes. Spines are worn but still a good usable set. ESTC: T83079. Overall condition is Good Plus. Please Note: This is a very heavy item and international postage will be more than the standard rate - a postage supplement will be requested after the order has been placed. Please contact us for an accurate postage cost for your location. Size: 5.25 x 7.75 inches (13 x 20 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: 8vo.


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    $22.00

    The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Burns, Robert [edited By Rev. Robert Aris Willmott]

    London / New York : George Routledge & Sons. Routledge's Red Line Poets series. half-leather, with marbled paper boards. tooled spine with 6 compartments with gilt title and decorations. marbled endpapers. binding is tight but covers are edgeworn, with a hanging chip at the base of the spine. 478pp w/glossary.. Half-Leather. Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Sir John Gilbert . 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.


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    £110.00

    Tales and Romances of the Author of Waverley: Comprising: The Pirate; The Fortunes of Nigel; Peveril of the Peak; Quentin Durward (Complete 7 Volume Set) by Sir Walter Scott

    Edinburgh: Archibald Constable and Co., 1827 - 1833. Very Good Minus. 3.75 x 6 inches (9.5 x 15 cm). Complete thirteen volume set, the first 7 volumes are dated 1827 to 1828 and state 'In Seven Volumes' on the title page, the remaining 6 volumes are dated 1833. At the end of Volume XIII is a glossary of terms used in the Waverley Novels . Half red leather bindings with marbled boards, gilt decoration and leather title labels to spines, several labels are hipped. Rubbing to spine edges, wear to corners of boards, light rubbing to boards. Volume I has loss to the paper along the spine edge of both boards, and insect damage to the rear endpaper.. Good solid bindings with no cracking to joints. Marbled page edges, marbled endpapers. Engraved frontis and title page to each volume (with foxing) occasional spots of foxing to text but generally very clean throughout. A nice solid set in attractive Regency bindings. Overall condition is Very Good Minus. Please Note: This is a heavy item and international postage will be more than the standard rate. Actual Royal Mail postage costs are: Europe £24.85; Oceania £37.40; Rest of World £33.90. A postage supplement will be requested after the order has been placed. Size: 3.75 x 6 inches (9.5 x 15 cm). Hardback


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    $67.50

    Proceedings of the M W Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Washington, Vol. XXXII

    Seattle, 1941. black leather spine and corners over red marbled boards. gilt spine titles. light wear to corners. irregularly paginated, about 1500 pages total.. Three-Quarter Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    £200.00

    Prayers and Meditations by Samuel Johnson / George Strahan (Ed.)

    London: T.Cadell, 1785. 2nd Edition . Very Good Minus. 5.25 x 8 inches (13.5 x 20.5 cm). Quarter leather with marbled boards, wear to board edges and corners. Front joint cracked but board securely attached. Good solid binding, clean text throughout. First published in 1785, shortly after Johnson death, this second edition was issued later the same year. A nice clean example. ESTC T115787. Overall condition is Very Good Minus. International postage will be less than the stated rate. Actual costs are Europe £10.55; Oceania £13.45; Rest of World £12.95. A postage refund will be made after the order has been placed. Size: 5.25 x 8 inches (13.5 x 20.5 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: 8vo. xvi, 233, [1] (ads)


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    $85.00

    CAT!, Hunting Tales of Cheetah, Leopard, Lion, Cougar, Jaguar, Tiger by Rikhoff, Jim

    Clinton: Amwell Press, 1990. red leather with gilt titles and decorations. some creasing to the spine and a binder's imperfection to the back cover. light foxing to page edges, light rubs to covers. several small dogears to page corners. lacks slipcase. 618pp.. Full-Leather. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. Illus. by Bob Kuhn. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    $75.00

    The Honorable Barbarian by Camp, L. Sprague de

    Norwalk, Connecticut: The Easton Press. Fine with No dust jacket as issued. 1989. Stated First Edition. First Printing. Leather. First Edition (stated), signed by L. Sprague de Camp. Publisher's full brown leather, spine in four compartments separated by raised bands, gilt lettering in two compartments, gilt tooling in remainder, gilt decoration on covers, all edges gilt, moire silk endpapers, silk ribbon marker bound in, Smyth-sewn with concealed muslin joints. Illustrated with full-color frontispiece illustration by Darrell K. Sweet. Introduction by James Gunn. Lyon Sprague de Camp (1907-2000) was an American writer of science fiction, fantasy, non-fiction and biography. In a career spanning 60 years, he wrote over 100 books, including novels and works of non-fiction, including biographies of other fantasy authors. He was a major figure in science fiction during the genre's heyday in the 1930s and '40s. De Camp was a founding member of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers' Guild of America (SAGA), a loosely-knit group of Heroic fantasy writers that was founded during the 1960s and led by Lin Carter, with entry by credentials as a fantasy writer alone. Beginning in 1968, de Camp wrote the "Novarian series," of which the core is the "Reluctant King" trilogy, beginning with "The Goblin Tower," de Camp's most accomplished effort in the genre. The trilogy features the adventurer Jorian, ex-king of Xylar. Jorian's world is an alternate reality to which our own serves as an afterlife. Other novels in the sequence include "The Fallible Fiend," a satire told from the point of view of a demon, and this book, "The Honorable Barbarian," a follow-up to the trilogy featuring Jorian's brother as the hero. . The former owner's special Easton Press "Signed First Editions of Science Fiction" bookplate is tipped-in on the fep, otherwise this is a pristine copy, unmarked, unread, tight, square, and clean. FINE. . The Signed First Editions of Science Fiction Series. Color Frontispiece. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. 240 pp. Signed by Author .


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    $50.00

    Pitcairn's Island by Nordhoff, Charles and James Norman Hall

    Norwalk: Easton Press, 2000. blue/gray leather with gilt titles and decorations. 4 raised spine bands, silk endpapers, silk marker ribbon, all edges gilt. some light wear to page edges, with minor effect to gilding. 333+pp.. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    £35.00

    Atalanta in Calydon: A Tragedy by Algernon Charles Swinburne

    London: Printed at the Chiswick Press for the Medici Society, 1923. 1st Edition . Near Fine/Near Fine. 6.5 x 9.25 inches (16.5 x 23.5 cm). Dust jacket: Excellent condition with no wear or marking, unclipped. Preserved in a removable jacket protector. Overall jacket condition is Near Fine. Book: Quarter cream buckram with decorated paper covered boards. Top page edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. Limited edition of 1025 copies printed in Riccardi Press Fount on handmade Riccardi Paper. This is paper copy No. 251. Residue from previous owner's bookplate to front free endpaper, otherwise in first class condition throughout. Overall book condition is Near Fine. International postage will be less than the stated rate. Actual costs are Europe £11.60; Oceania £15.80; Rest of World £15.15. A postage refund will be made after the order has been placed. Size: 6.5 x 9.25 inches (16.5 x 23.5 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: 80


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    $108.00

    Walther Volume II; Engraved, Presentation, and Standard Models by Rankin, James L. and Gary Green

    Coral Gables: Self-published, 1974. red leather with gilt titles and decorations. corner bump to top of spine. 136pp.. First Edition. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.


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    $676.00

    THE STORY OF GRETTIR THE STRONG by MORRIS, WILLIAM [and] EIRIKR MAGNUSSON, Translators

    London: Printed at the Chiswick Press, 1901. ONE OF 315 COPIES. 286 x 203 mm. (11 1/4 x 8"). xiv, [ii], 177, [1] pp. ONE OF 315 COPIES. Handsome contemporary dark brown crushed morocco, lavishly gilt, covers with wide frame composed of plain and decorative rules and an intricate floral roll, central panel with lotus flower cornerpieces, raised bands, spine densely gilt in compartments with long-stemmed lotus flower flanked by volutes and palmettes, the blossom surrounded by small circle and leaf tools, intricately gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Original cloth backstrip bound in at back. With frontispiece map of western Iceland. Lemire A-5.03; Walsdorf 84. A touch of fading to the spine, rear cover with tiny nick and barely perceptible graze, but still A VERY FINE COPY of an attractively bound book--particularly clean, bright, and fresh inside and out. One of the Icelandic sagas translated by Morris, this volume is in the Golden type designed and intended for use at the Kelmscott Press, and like other posthumous Morris items from the Chiswick Press, this one shares a direct bloodline in terms of design and typeface with its famous Hammersmith relatives. Of special importance, the handmade paper used here is also identical to that used at the Kelmscott Press, being made of the same materials at the same mill using the same moulds. And, as usual, the Chiswick Press has provided what it normally does: high quality press work and fine textured paper. If anything, the leaves here are more beautiful and pleasing to the touch than usual. Morris became fascinated with Iceland and its culture to the point where he undertook to learn the language, studying with his co-translator Eirikr Magnusson, and began to produce English versions of the great Icelandic sagas. In 1869, Morris and Magnusson issued their first effort, the present bloodthirsty tale of the Icelandic outlaw Grettir, which takes place in the 10th century and was first written down in the 13th. Our decorative binding is unsigned but has been well executed to an attractive design. One of the Icelandic sagas translated by Morris, this volume is in the Golden type designed and intended for use at the Kelmscott Press, and like other posthumous Morris items from the Chiswick Press, this one shares a direct bloodline in terms of design and typeface with its famous Hammersmith relatives. Of special importance, the handmade paper used here is also identical to that used at the Kelmscott Press, being made of the same materials at the same mill using the same moulds. And, as usual, the Chiswick Press has provided what it normally does: high quality press work and fine textured paper. If anything, the leaves here are more beautiful and pleasing to the touch than usual. Morris became fascinated with Iceland and its culture to the point where he undertook to learn the language, studying with his co-translator Eirikr Magnusson, and began to produce English versions of the great Icelandic sagas. In 1869, Morris and Magnusson issued their first effort, the present bloodthirsty tale of the Icelandic outlaw Grettir, which takes place in the 10th century and was first written down in the 13th. Our decorative binding is unsigned but has been well executed to an attractive design.


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    $100.00

    A Frontier Campaign, A Narrative of the Operations of the Malakand and Buner Field Forces 1897-1898 by Fincastle, Viscount and P.C. Eliott-Lockhart

    London: Methuen, 1898. rebound into red leather with gilt titles and decorations. six spine compartments. light rubs, light edgewear, light soil to covers. bears a prize bookplate from Hamond's School. bookseller's sticker from Jarrold & Sons, Norwich. 232pp.. First Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.


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    £250.00

    Les Chateaux Suisses, Anciennes Anecdotes et Chroniques: (Four Books, Complete in 2 Volumes) by Isabelle de Montolieu

    Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1817. 2nd Edition . Very Good. 4.25 x 6.75 inches (10.5 x 17 cm). Complete set of four books, bound in two volumes. Half leather bindings with marbled boards, spines have red leather title labels and gilt ruled compartments, speckled page edges. Light rubbing to edges of leather and a few rubbed marks to spines. Good solid bindings with no cracking to joints. A few spots and some patched of very light foxing to text, but overall in very clean condition throughout. Complete with all four plates (Les Grottes de Lindenthal et le Chateau de Thorberg; Chateau de Vuflans [Vufflens]; Chateau de Blonai [Blonay]; Chateau de Hallwyl]. French language. The author is best known for her 18th century bestseller, Caroline de Lichtfield. A complete and attractively bound early edition, scarce thus. Overall condition is Very Good. International postage will be less than the stated rate. Actual costs are Europe £11.60; Oceania £15.80; Rest of World £15.15. A postage refund will be made after the order has been placed. Size: 4.25 x 6.75 inches (10.5 x 17 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: Large 12mo. xxiii, 249, [1], 219, [1] + 184, [2], 192


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    £650.00

    Naples and the Campagna Felice in a Series of Letters Addressed to a Friend in England in 1802 by [Engelbach, Lewis]

    London: R. Ackermann, 1815. [4], 400pp, [10]. Rebound in full morocco by Zaehnsdorf, raised bands, spine in six panels, title in gilt to second panel, remaining panels filled with small flower heads, roundels and pointille, covers with an inner double fillet panel with elaborate corner pieces, an outer double fillet panel and an elaborate rolled frame of flowery stems and pointille, gilt roll to edges, gilt to inner edges, t.e.g. and marbled endpapers. Outer joints rubbed with some minor splitting, but holding, rubbed to extremities. Internally text is browned throughout, a few instances of small tears and chips to edges. Plates are tissue-guarded, these with off-setting, plates generally clean, though smaller than the text leaves. Lacking the preface leaves (pages 3-4), 'list of plates' leaf bound in at rear. With frontispiece, additional colour title page, double page map, single page map and fourteen plates as called for. The Cower and Doheny copy, Cower book plate to front pastedown and with the Doheny book label to ffep. Abbey Travel 166; Tooley 419; Rowlandson Grolier Catalogue 30. First Edition. Full Morocco. Good. Illus. by Rowlandson, Thomas. 8vo.


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    £250.00

    Stories and Fairytales: Volume I by Hans Christian Andersen / Arthur J. Gaskin (Illust.) / H. Oskar Sommer (Trans.)

    London: George Allen, 1893. 1st Edition Thus . Very Good Plus. 8.25 x 10.25 inches (21 x 26.5 cm). Volume I only of the two volume set. Large paper edition. Limited edition of 300 copies printed on hand-made paper, specially made for this work. Beige buckram binding with gilt decoration to both boards. Light browning to spine and board edges. Page edges untrimmed, some tears where pages have been opened, some of the upper edges appear to have been cut (possible to open the gatherings.) Offsetting and light foxing to endpapers. A few occasional marks and spots to text but otherwise in very clean condition throughout. An excellent example of the large paper limited edition, beautifully illustrated by Arthur Gaskin (Birmingham Group/ Arts and Crafts Movement). Overall condition is Very Good Plus. Size: 8.25 x 10.25 inches (21 x 26.5 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: 398


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