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Addisoniana [by Sir Richard Phillips].

By: ADDISON : Sir Richard Phillips.

Price: £155.00

Publisher: Printed for Richard Phillips [1803].:

Seller ID: 7286

Condition: First Edition, 2 Vols, sm.8vos, contemporary polished calf gilt, small red & green red morocco labels. Striking contemporary armorial bookplate of Sir Michael R. Shaw Stewart. Vol 2 with final 6pp integral advts. With engraved titles + 2 portraits + 7 folding manuscript facsimiles. Aside from some light wear & abrasion to the covers, an attractively clean bright copy.


Scarce. Short biographies of Addison had appeared here and there as prefaces etc, and Johnson had also included Addison in his Lives Of The Poets. But this is the first separate book about Addison. Oddly enough not noticed by the generally authoritative 1954 Life by Smithers. View more info

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Windsor Castle : an historical romance. Illustrated by George Cruikshank & Tony Johannot : with designs on wood by W. A. Delamotte.

By: AINSWORTH, William Harrison : Cruikshank, Johannot & Delamotte illus.

Price: £300.00

Publisher: Colburn 1843.:

Seller ID: 8215

Condition: First Illustrated Book Edition, original blue cloth pictorially gilt. Roy.8vo, c.pp236 uncut, spine just slightly sunned, vulnerable binding lightly bumped or marked here and there, but very good. Endpaper with ticket of original 19thC bookseller Weller of Croydon. With portrait by Maclise + etched title by Johannot + 14 engraved illustrations by Cruikshank + 4 by Johannot and + 87 woodcut illustrations by Delamotte.


Rare in the original gilt-decorated cloth binding. Excellent copy in the original cloth binding, and with text and plates very clean & crisp. The first fully illustrated Book Edition : it is this 2nd Book Edition 'which is most sought after' [Locke]. Originally issued 1842-43 in Ainsworth's Magazine : followed by the 1st Book Edition issued in 3 vols but illustrated only with three Cruikshank frontispieces : followed by this 2nd Book Edition, fully illustrated as per the... View more info

Memoirs Of The Life & Writings of Victor Alfieri : written by himself. Translated from the Italian.

By: ALFIERI, Victor.

Price: £95.00

Publisher: London, printed for Henry Colburn 1810.:

Seller ID: 8166

Condition: First English Edition, 2 Vols, near-contemporary half calf gilt, double green & brown morocco labels. C.pp[x], [5]-286; pp[vi], [5]-328, some occasional spotting or foxing, bindings bit scuffed or rubbed at extremities, upper joint of Vol 1 cracked through, else an acceptable copy.


Famous autobiography of this celebrated Italian poet & dramatist. First published in Italian in London in 1804, the year after Alfieri's death. Reissued in 1961 by Oxford University Press in their series Italian Classics. View more info

Northampton : The Cultural Mile.

By: ALSOP, William et al.

Price: £20.00

Publisher: Alsop; with Northampton Borough & County Councils [1990s].:

Seller ID: 9436

Condition: Booklet c. 15 x 21 cms with stiff pink wrappers with designs in white and green. 84pp fully illustrated throughout in colour, excellent copy.


Fully illustrated booklet on the regeneration of Northampton, led by the outstanding Northampton-born modern architect Will Alsop. View more info

The Vicar of Bray : A Tale.

By: ANON.

Price: £1,200.00

Publisher: London, printed for R. Baldwin 1771.:

Seller ID: 9537

Condition: First Edition, 2 Vols, tall 12mo [binding c.17.5 x 11 cms], very smartly and handsomely bound in modern period-style polished tan calf, the spines ruled and numbered in gilt, and with red morocco labels. First and last leaf in both vols a little browned around the margin from contact with the turn-ins of the original binding, Vol 1 with tiny piece nipped from top corner of first two leaves, occasional light spotting of text. Overall an exceptional copy, very bright and attractive.


Extremely rare 18th century Libertine novel based on the life and times of the legendary Vicar of Bray, who supposedly contorted his religious affiliations to suit the changing times - from a supporter of Divine Right under Charles II, a papist under James II, moderate under William, tory under Anne, whig under George and lusty protestant under succeeding Hanovers. The final leaf of Vol 2 prints the text of the famous satirical Ballad of the Vicar of Bray. *** The nove... View more info

The Fanfrolico Press : Satyrs, Fauns & Fine Books.

By: ARNOLD, John : Fanfrolico Press.

Price: £48.00

Publisher: Private Libraries Association 2009.:

Seller ID: 9384

Condition: First Edition, blue cloth handsomely gilt. Roy.8vo, c.pp328, an excellent copy as issued. Fully illustrated.


Handsome Limited Edition. Detailed and authoritative history - with complete bibliography etc - of Jack Lindsay's prolific but short-lived idiosyncratic Australian private press, begun in Sydney in the 1920s and wound up in 1930 after a move to Britain. Includes reduced title-page facsimiles of all 46 Fanfrolico books : and also 45 illustrations, some full-page after Norman Lindsay, Edward Bawden, Hal Collins and Lionel Ellis. View more info

Christmas Card 1996 by Phil Baines.

By: BAINES, Phil.

Price: £8.00

Publisher: 1996:

Seller ID: 9431

Condition: Accordion-fold card c. 9 x 42 cms very strikingly printed in red and black, very slight scuff along one fold, else excellent.


With extensive seasonal text - Wonderful Counsellor ! The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father &c &c - strikingly printed in deorative arrangements of Gerard Unger's Argo and Matthew Carter's Sophia types. View more info

Le Mariage De Figaro : comedie en cinq actes. Avec une Etude par Auguste Vitu.

By: BEAUMARCHAIS, Canon de.

Price: £40.00

Publisher: Paris, Librairie des Bibliophiles nd [c.1880s].:

Seller ID: 9490

Condition: First Vitu Edition, very attractively bound in quarter calf over marbled paper boards, the spine elegantly panelled and decorated with floral motifs in gilt, and with a green morocco label. Small 8vo [binding c.18 x 11 cms], pp[iv], 337 + [3], text block with top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Attractive small modern booklabel on preliminary blank and pencil note of purchase in Paris in 1931. Edges of pages just age-toned, as always with this type of paper, else a very bright and attractive copy.


Smart and attractive binding of the famous play by Beamarchais. Banned initially by Louis XVI because of its satirical view of the aristocracy, it opened in 1784 and proved enormously popular. Mozart's opera premiered in 1786 and the rest is history. View more info

Reflets De La Bibliophile En Belgique [Exhibition Catalogue of Manuscripts, Printed Books, and Autographs at the Royal Albert Library in Brussels].

By: BELGIAN Books [Mary Shelley & Frankenstein Interest]

Price: £35.00

Publisher: Soc Bib Belgique 1969.:

Seller ID: 7530

Condition: Printed wrappers. Tall 8vo, c.pp144, excellent. With numerous text illus + 37 plates.


Some 200 exhibits, including Mary Shelley's Frankenstein published in Paris 1821 : also ranging from a 1450 Book Of Hours, to Rabelais, Racine, Rousseau, Hugo, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Valery, Proust, to Aragon, Simone de Beauvoir, Duras &c. Among the plates are 7 early bindings and, most unusually, 16 modern bindings, mainly from the later 20thC by Bonet, Legrain, de Coster, Mercher, Bellefroid, Gras, Martin &c. View more info

A Memoir : written by himself 1822 - 1828. With an introduction by Selwyn Image.

By: BEWICK, Thomas.

Price: £18.00

Publisher: London, John Lane, The Bodley Head 1924.:

Seller ID: 9451

Condition: First Selwyn Image Edition, roy.8vo [binding c. 24 x 16 cms], olive green-brown cloth lettered and with Bewick vignette in black, top edge of text block tinted red, others uncut. C.pp306, small attractive bookplate on half-title, larger bookplate removed from front pastedown, gutters of endpapers resealed with tape, binding bit worn and dulled, overall a stout copy. With portrait plate of Bewick + 60 other Bewick illustrations in text.


The first modern edition of Bewick's Memoir : 'There has been no reprint of the book since its first publication in 1862, and it has long been difficult to obtain a copy' [Selwyn Image : Introduction]. View more info

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The Poetical Works. Edited and annotated by Edwin J. Ellis.

By: BLAKE, William.

Price: £290.00

Publisher: Chatto & Windus: 1906

Seller ID: 6952

Condition: First Ellis Edition, 2 vols, very handsome blue-green morocco profusely gilt, spines panelled in gilt and with treble red & brown morocco labels, wide morocco inner dentelles, t.e.g., others uncut. Spines sunned to tan and sides also with slight loss of colour in places, but a very handsome & attractive copy, and the small-type text [more usually found rather foxed] in exceptionally clean crisp condition.


'Extremely useful' edition : particularly notable for the full texts of the Prophetic Books : also Vala, and an early poem The Passions. Ellis had previously edited with Yeats the monumental 1893 Blake Edition. Keynes 130. Bentley 301. View more info

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Stars and Bars.

By: BOYD, William.

Price: £15.00

Publisher: Hamish Hamilton 1984.:

Seller ID: 9548

Condition: First Edition, blue cloth lettered in gilt, striking illustrated dustwrappers. C.pp255, as ever the edges of the pages are just lightly toned due to the poor quality of the paper used, else a fine copy in fine and bright unclipped dustwrappers.


Fine copy of Boyd's fourth novel : features an art-dealing Englishman abroad in New York and the deep southern state of Georgia. Boyd also wrote the film adaptation starring Daniel Day-Lewis. View more info

Image for The Horrid Murder of Mr John Wincott a Butcher, carrying on business in Whitechapel Road, and South Street, Manchester Square [London].

The Horrid Murder of Mr John Wincott a Butcher, carrying on business in Whitechapel Road, and South Street, Manchester Square [London].

By: BROADSIDE MURDER BALLAD : Wincott the Butcher : Taylor, printer in Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London.

Price: £200.00

Publisher: Taylor, printer, Brick Lane, Spitalfields [1862].:

Seller ID: 9534

Condition: Broadside c. 25.5 x 18 cms, the sheet neatly mounted by the corners to a larger sheet of card. With the title spread in large caps, and the 56-line ballad printed below in double column. In excellent condition.


Rare Broadside Ballad, with no copy located in the British Library or any other major library. The printer Taylor was active between 1859 and 1878. The Scottish National Library holds copies of six other broadside ballads printed by Taylor, all of them of a sweetly romantic nature - Charming Mary Neal, The Nut Girl, Sweet Jenny of the Moor &c. *** The present very rare broadside ballad describes the murderous scuffle at Wincott's butcher's shop in February 1862. A mont... View more info

Image for Chinese Nights Entertainments : Stories Of Old China : selected & edited by Brian Brown.

Chinese Nights Entertainments : Stories Of Old China : selected & edited by Brian Brown.

By: BROWN, Brian.

Price: £55.00

Publisher: New York, Brentano 1923.:

Seller ID: 1045

Condition: First Edition, c.pp230, very bright and fresh orange cloth with elegant bamboo-style lettering in black. Typographically matching dws slightly dusty and chipped, and faded along the spine. With 4 plates [soft text paper with light foxing to margins of title-page from frontispiece tissue-guard, and page neighbouring each plate also with light foxing].


Attractive book. Anthology of 32 Chinese stories or fables. View more info

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Observations Upon The Plagues Inflicted Upon The Egyptians : in which is shown the peculiarity of those judgements, and their correspondence with the rites & idolatory of that people. With a Prefatory Discourse concerning the Grecian Colonies from Egypt.

By: BRYANT, Jacob.

Price: £300.00

Publisher: Printed For The Author 1794.:

Seller ID: 5336

Condition: First Edition, contemporary tree calf, spine handsomely gilt, red morocco label. Roy.8vo, c.pp450 + final integral advt leaf, name neatly cut from extreme top edge of title-page, some slight wear and surface of spine with two small nicks, but overall an excellent stout and attractive copy. With 3 large folding engraved maps [one with short tear neatly repaired].


Scarce : long detailed discussion of the Egyptian plagues : and of Moses & the Exodus. Bryant was an influential writer on mythology & ancient history. View more info

Image for Arguments In Favour of the practicability of relieving the able-bodied poor by finding employment for them; and of the beneficial consequences of such employment both to the morals of the poor & the national wealth. Addressed to the Committee on the Poor Laws. By Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges Maidstone [MP & literary editor].

Arguments In Favour of the practicability of relieving the able-bodied poor by finding employment for them; and of the beneficial consequences of such employment both to the morals of the poor & the national wealth. Addressed to the Committee on the Poor Laws. By Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges Maidstone [MP & literary editor].

By: BRYDGES, Sir Samuel Egerton.

Price: £40.00

Publisher: [The Pamphleteer Vol 11 No 21, 1817].:

Seller ID: 1030

Condition: Disbound from The Pamphleteer, c.30pp, clean & crisp.


Still a topical pamphlet. Brydges is best known for his editorial work on early literature. But as MP for Maidstone he was actively involved both with the Copyright Bill and with the poor laws. First issued separately Bensley for Longmans 1817. View more info

The Disowned.

By: BULWER LYTTON, Edward.

Price: £70.00

Publisher: Colburn's Modern Novelists 1835.:

Seller ID: 7182

Condition: First Colburn Edition, 2-vols-in-1, contemporary half calf elegantly gilt, red morocco label. Two engraved frontis & titles bit darkened, with Vol 1 printed title. Bound without series title and Vol 2 printed title. Marbled paper sides bit scuffed at edge. Attractive bright copy.


With Bulwer Lytton's specially written new 16pp essay On The Different Kinds Of Prose Fiction. Sadleir 3736e. View more info

Godolphin : and The Pilgrims Of The Rhine [complete to Chap V as issued].

By: BULWER LYTTON, Edward.

Price: £70.00

Publisher: Saunders & Otley 1840.:

Seller ID: 7185

Condition: First Saunders & Otley Edition, contemporary half calf elegantly gilt, black morocco label. Engraved frontis & title, with printed title & half-title. Extremely attractive bright copy.


Scarce. Textually important : the first printing of Godolphin over Bulwer Lytton's name : with new 2pp Dedications and 1pp Note by Bulwer. *** Saunders & Otley issued a series of Bulwer titles, a spin-off from the Bentley Standard Novels, in stand-alone volumes : these eventually came to form the 1st Collected Edition of Bulwer Lytton. Sadleir describes the series as 'elegant' and 'carefully produced' and notes 'It is among my keener regrets that I have not been able a... View more info

Devereux.

By: BULWER LYTTON, Edward.

Price: £58.00

Publisher: Colburn's Modern Novelists 1836.:

Seller ID: 7187

Condition: First Colburn Edition, contemporary half calf elegantly gilt, red morocco label. Engraved frontis & title, with printed series title. Bound without printed title. One prelim bit dusty & creased. Marbled paper sides bit scuffed at edge. Attractive bright copy.


With new 6pp Dedication by Bulwer to John Auldjo, the first Briton to climb Mont Blanc. Sadleir 3736e. View more info

Ernest Maltravers. [Shelley & Frankenstein Interest]

By: BULWER LYTTON, Edward. [Shelley & Frankenstein Interest]

Price: £110.00

Publisher: Saunders & Otley 1840.:

Seller ID: 7186

Condition: First Saunders & Otley Edition, contemporary half calf elegantly gilt, black morocco label. Engraved frontis & title, with printed title & half-title. Extremely attractive bright copy.


Scarce. Bulwer's significant new 6pp Preface - including a passing mention of Frankenstein : 'like Frankenstein, we dissect [sic] in order to create' - discusses in some detail his financial arrangements with Bentley & Colburn and with Saunders & Otley. The latter issued a series of Bulwer titles, a spin-off from the Bentley Standard Novels, in stand-alone volumes : these eventually came to form the 1st Collected Edition of Bulwer Lytton. Sadleir describes the series... View more info