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London, [printed by Charles Whittingham] for W. T. Gilling 1821. The Rare 1821 Reissue, near-contemporary tan calf over marbled paper sides, spine elegantly gilt, all edges of text block gilt. Large 4to, + 175, title-page faintly dusty and just slightly creased at inner margin, binding a little rubbed or scuffed at extremities, else an excellent mellow copy. With handsome 19th century armorial bookplate of James Waller Sidney with motto Quo Fata Vocant. *** The Rare 1821 Reissue : the title calls for 6 plates, but in this copy only the hand-coloured aquatint of the Storming Of St Sebastians is present [drawn & etched by W. Heath, aquatinted by J. C. Stadler]. The Wars Of Wellington was originally issued in 1819 with 30 plates : this 1821 Reissue was provided with a new title-page calling for only 6 plates. The work is an imitation of William Combe's famous series of Dr Syntax narrative poetical works : here the very long narrative poem is supported by extensive factual prose footnotes. See Tooley 154 describing this as A Syntax Imitation; and see Abbey : Life In England 358. A rare book : no copy listed in The Sandler Collection. See COPAC listing 2 copies only of the 1819 Edition [in the British Library and at Birmingham] : and no copies at all of this 1821 Reissue. (Book ref. 9296)
London, printed for Henry Colburn 1810 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. (Book ref. 8166_)
Cambridge, privately printed by Heffers 1948. First Edition, marbled paper wrappers with decorative printed label. Tall 8vo, pp18 with a fine Bewick woodcut on the title, a fine copy of a fragile item. *** Scarce. An early example of typographic design by Will Carter : with a Rampant Lions-style mounted paper label : and with striking Cockerell marbled paper wrappers. *** In 1939 Will Carter had arrived in Cambridge, where he worked for Heffer's printing works before setting up on his own in 1949 and forming the Rampant Lions Press. The verso of the title-page here states : Designed by Will Carter : Marble Paper by Douglas Cockerell & Son. *** In 1945 the fine Georgian building at 14 Savile Row, bought for him by Mrs Cary Grant, became the business premises of the couturier Hardy Amies, dresser to the Queen, the court and fashionable aristocratic and media circles from the 1950s to his death in 2003. One of his last projects was the design of the costumes for Kubrick's film, 2001 A Space Odyssey. *** The text is a brief history of 14 Savile Row : built in 1733 by the great English Palladian architects Lord Burlington and William Kent, it was leased first to the mistress of George II. In 1813 it became the home of the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan, who shortly afterwards died there an insolvent bankrupt. (Book ref. 5760_)
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Newby 1858 First Edition, 2 Vols, contemporary dark green half calf elegantly panelled and lettered in gilt, marbled paper boards and endpapers. Vol 1 with Errata slip at rear, and with large facsimile (with complicated folding pattern) of Shelley's handwriting. Couple of minor scuffs to bindings, sides just slightly scuffed, blank prelims a little darkened or foxed. Neat repair from the reverse to small tear in facsimile. Overall an excellent bright attractive copy with fresh crisp text. *** Early and very scarce Newby-published Shelley biography. With the Errata slip as described by Wise. (Book ref. 9545)
Published by R. Miller, 24 Old Fish Street [c.1820]. First Edition, later[?] quarter calf over original marbled paper boards. Sm.8vo, title + 26 leaves engraved with vignette & text on rectos only, text slightly dusty at edges, marbled boards a little scuffed at extremities, a very good copy of a fragile little piece. With neat modern booklabel on endpaper : also early 19thC signature of E. Gurney, Walworth; and rear endpaper with neat bookseller's label. *** The bookseller's label states 'Bought at J. Souter's School Library, No 78, North Side of St Paul's Church Yard. N.B. Books of Education in all Languages, and Children's Books of every description'. *** Signed by E. Gurney. The Gurneys of Walworth were England's greatest stenographic and court reporting dynasty. Their famous system of shorthand was developed by Thomas Gurney 1705 - 1770, who acquired the rights to report Old Bailey Trials verbatim, and his Brachygraphy, or Short Writing, Made Easy to the Meanest Capacity was issued in 18 editions from 1750 through to 1884. The system was further improved by his son Joseph Gurney 1744 - 1815, who bequeathed the business and his estate to his three children. The signature on the endpaper of E. Gurney, Walworth, is most likely that of his daughter Elizabeth Gurney. (Book ref. 8086_)
Printed for J. Murray, and W. Nicoll 1775. 2nd English Edition, contemporary speckled calf gilt, neatly recornered and rebacked in calf with red morocco label. Sm.8vo, c.pp[16] + 272, last couple of leaves lightly damp-marked, an excellent mellow copy. Neat little modern booklabel on endpaper : and endpaper very neatly initialled 'A. M. August 21st 1803'. *** Scarce and important book. First published in French 1771 : and in English 1772. For this 2nd English Edition, see NUC listing 5 copies only : and see 18thC STC noting the BL copy only. Later English editions included an engraved plate : none was issued for this improved 2nd English Edition. *** The Toilet of Flora was an important book in the development of natural vegetable-based cosmetics and treatments of every kind. Until this time, 18th century cosmetics, especially French, had particularly featured the heavy use of lead-based white paint and mercury-based rouge, despite knowledge of their toxicity - Kitty Fisher, a famous English beauty, was well-known to have died of lead poisoning in 1767. *** Includes 335 recipes for cosmetics and treatments ranging from An Aromatic Bath to Herb Snuffs. Separate chapters deal with Virgin's Milk, Breath, Nails, Eyebrows, Complexion, Wrinkles, Warts, Perfumes, Powders, Quintessences, Fleas &c &c. Buc'holz was a distinguished physician and naturalist, employed among others by the King of Poland, by the brother of the French King, and by the Duke of Artois. He was also the author of a number of illustrated botanical works. (Book ref. 9085_)
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Cambridge, Macmillan 1881. First Edition, original dark blue cloth, the front cover very handsomely lettered and illustrated in gilt, top edges of the pages gilt, others uncut. Folio c.41 x 28 cms, pp6 Intro + 56 leaves each engraved on one side only. Front endpaper with vertical crease, and some of the loose-leaf tissue guards creased as ever. Binding just slightly darkened at edges, one or two light marks, but overall an excellent bright copy of a large and vulnerable book. <> A very handsome period book : the etchings superbly printed, black and velvety, on a thick textured paper. Comprises an etched and illustrated title-page + 25 small etched and illustrated title-panels + 38 etchings of Cambridge and its environs. A number of the etchings are accompanied by etched descriptive texts. Farren 1832 - 1912 was a leading Cambridge-born topographical artist & etcher. <> With an Introduction by John Willis Clark, a leading Cambridge bibliophile and antiquary and author of a number of important books on Cambridge buildings. <> An 'apprehension that the pace of change was accelerating and a legacy of beauty being recklessly squandered may be discerned in the commentary composed about 1880 by Robert Farren, a Cambridge topographer and engraver, as he took his readers by the hand and led them down Castle Hill into the heart of the city, to look at the non-university buildings of the ordinary citizens' Cambridge that was his immediate concern. A Ruskinian, revering the Middle Ages and abhorring the recent past, he mingled praise of the few ancient structures he discovered with regrets that so many had been destroyed ... Eight engravings were enough to record the non-university buildings Farren thought of aesthetic value in the city centre, which he abandoned to register his impressions of Stourbridge Common', and to record the churches, and the ruins of churches, on the outskirts of the city (see Searby : History of the University of Cambridge). (Book ref. 9544)
Double Crown Club 1974. The Menu a sheet of textured card folded once to form 4 pages c. 19 x 19 cms, the front cover with a spray of William Morris leaves printed in green, the interior printed in Morris's Kelsmcott Press Troy type. In fine condition. <> About 100 copies only designed and printed by Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press. With texts in Morris's Kelsmcott Press Troy type which had been specially cast at Oxford University Press, from the original matrices held by Cambridge University Press, for use in the Rampant Lions superb edition of the Morris & Burne-Jones Cupid & Psyche. Sebastian Carter spoke on Morris and Burne-Jones's Cupid & Psyche Project, Its Origin and Completion. (Book ref. 9395_)
Newby 1858. First Edition, 2 vols, gilt cloth. Vol 1 with large folding facsimile of Shelley's handwriting : with Errata slip at rear : both vols with 8pp Newby advts. Spines just lightly faded [typical of this fugitive drab cloth], Vol 2 rear free endpaper neatly excised. Excellent copy with clean text. <> Early & very scarce Newby-published Shelley biography. Endpapers with attractive armorial bookplate of the mid-19thC Irish author Rev J. M. Hiffernan. With Errata slip as described by Wise. (Book ref. 6696)
Stour Valley Art Project 1999. First Edition, original cream wrappers handsomely titled and decorated in black. Landscape 8vo, c.14 x 21 cms, c.pp44 of facsimile hand-written text in blue with 2 full-page colour photo illustrations, tiny mark or bump at extreme head of backstrip, an excellent copy. <> Edition designed by Hamish Fulton and limited to 500 numbered copies. An attractive piece by the famous 'walking artist' : based on a series of walks in the Stour Valley in Kent. 'This small book constitutes my commissioned work of art ... There are no words in nature. What follows here is the flow of words unedited from my walk diary and later re-written for this publication'. (Book ref. 9543)
Sinclair-Stevenson 1996. First Edition, striking brown dws illustrated after Durer's famous rhinoceros woodcut and boldly lettered in red and black. Large thick 8vo, c.pp616, spine of dws just faintly faded, else a very fine bright copy in protected dustwrappers. (Book ref. 9541)
London, NdA Press 1984 - 1986. 7 small booklets, each c.pp16 plus covers, each in different coloured illustrated wrappers. Printed from cartoon-style hand-drawn texts and illustrations throughout. In excellent condition. <> Scarce. An excellent long run of this amusing series. Comprises 7 issues (completed in 1988 with issue 10) detailing in delightful naive style the soul-searching anxieties plaguing Augustine's life. Comprises 1. Augustine Escapes : 2. Augustine Finds the Ultimate Deterrent : 3. Augustine Seen : 4. Augustine and Inertia : 5. Augustine Private and Public : 6. Augustine Not In Love : 7. Augustine and Identity. An uncommon run of quirky little items by Natalie d'Arbeloff, the well-known London-based print maker and producer of small press and artist's books. (Book ref. 9538_)
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London, printed for R. Baldwin 1771. 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 novel presents the Vicar as an anti-hero, ultimately disgraced, who, together with his aristocratic friends and patrons, not only tacks and gybes to the political weather, but also cuts a despicable swathe through the innocent women of town and country. The Vicar, who had 'an unconquerable aversion to the clerical character', is 'deep read in the mystery of politics' and 'does not scruple to become all things to all men'. Worse, he 'never saw a woman without forming designs upon her, nor never succeeded in his attempts without abandoning her to the complicated miseries of distress, poverty, guilt and disgrace'. <> Top corner of both title-pages neatly signed Horace O. Bayfield, LRCPE, Surgeon. Bayfield 1843 - 1917 was a Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh. He was born in Charlotte, Canada, the son of the distinguished British surveyor of the Canadian coast Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield. <> This novel is very rare : only two copies of this two-volume First Edition are held in British Libraries : and only three copies of the one-volume Irish Edition of 1771. A one-volume New Edition was issued in 1779, of which only one copy is held. <> The legendary story of The Vicar of Bray was the basis for an 1882 comic opera, and for a 1937 film starring Stanley Holloway. (Book ref. 9537)
London, Lonsdale [c.1860s] Handsome morocco volume c. 15 x 12 cms containing family photographs. Comprises 23 photo portraits inserted front and back into 12 thick card leaves each printed with gilt arched frames, and bound in dark green morocco handsomely decorated in gilt and blind, the card leaves with all edges gilt, the binding with double brass clasps. In excellent condition. <> A series of single-figure studio portraits by John Smith Lonsdale, who advertises himself here as : Artist & Photographer, 100 Fleet Street, London E.C. Lonsdale was born in Scotland in 1829, and seems to have worked only briefly as a photographer : from 1863 - 1864 in his Fleet Street studio, and from 1864 - 1869 at 54 Chancery Lane. He also had a brief career as a portrait painter 1866 - 1867. Lonsdale died at St Pancras in London in 1897. Photographs by Lonsdale appear to be scarce : the Victoria & Albert Museum locates only one, an 1860s portrait of Alice Marriott, the celebrated actress-manager of Sadlers Wells best-known for her role as Hamlet. (Book ref. 9536)
Privately Printed 1959 First Edition, c.pp54 with the top edge gilt, quarter gilt morocco over attractive marbled paper boards. Couple of corners a little scuffed, else an excellent copy. <> 100 copies attractively printed by Brooke Crutchley at Cambridge University Press. A series of poems by Victor Scholderer, the well-known Caxton scholar. (Book ref. 9535)
Taylor, printer, Brick Lane, Spitalfields [1862] 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 month later Henry Quail aged 22 was found guilty at the Old Bailey of manslaughter and sentenced to 6 years' imprisonment. (Book ref. 9534)
London, Jarrold & Sons [1887]. First Edition, original red cloth with a striking design in black and gilt. C.pp193, an excellent bright copy. With 11 full-page plates and 8 text illustrations. Also with numerous decorative head and tail-pieces, and decorative opening initials. Scarce children's book : only 3 copies located in British libraries. An early exhortation on the avoidance of cruelty to domestic animals : includes also chapters on the elephant and the camel. The illustrations are probably by a variety of artists : at least two of the full page plates are by Harrison Weir 1824 1906, the highly successful natural history illustrator who was 'steadfast in his devotion to animal welfare' (Ingpen). He originated the first cat show, and was an expert breeder and judge of poultry. The author is most probably William Smith, the Scottish architect of Balmoral Castle. 'His only interests outwith architecture were music, children and animals' (DSA). (Book ref. 9531)
Whittington Press 1997. Folio, original woodcut-illustrated wrappers over stiff boards. With numerous illustrations and typographical examples tipped-in. Also loosely enclosed are a flyer for Matrix 18 : and Whittington News No 4, Jan 1998. An excellent unused copy, bright, fresh and very handsome. Edition Limited to 770 copies [and 80 Specials]. Includes important articles on a Washi Tour in Japan, on Oxford Bible Types, on the Golden Cockerel Press, Maximilien Vox, Hermann Zapf, Lissitzky, Bruce Rogers, Caslon Type, Van Krimpen &c. (Book ref. 9528)
New York, Putnam 1906. First Edition thus, stiff vellum boards with striking gilt design by Margaret Armstrong. Tall 8vo [binding c. 23.5 x 16 cms] with all edges gilt, backstrip and edges of binding lightly dusty, else an excellent copy of a vulnerable book. Endpaper with neat pencil inscription 'To Kitty from Frank. Ap 6/09'. Rare Limited Edition : this is No 15 of 100 copies only printed on Japanese vellum. The limitation notice mistakenly calls for the book to be signed, but the 100 copies were all issued unsigned. A lovely romantic fin-de-siecle book, in a striking edition binding with the MA monogram of Margaret Armstrong, one of the outstanding woman binding designers of the period. Atmospherically illustrated with 6 full-page tissue-guarded sepia plates, and 20 pages with large woodcut headpieces and page decorations all printed in black and various single colours, and with similarly illustrated half-title, title, contents and colophon leaves, all by Frederick Simpson Coburn, the important Canadian artist and book illustrator. (Book ref. 9526)
London, printed and sold by H. Hills, in Black-fryars, near the Water-side 1709. Sewn in later marbled paper wrappers, handsome modern armorial bookplate on inside of wrappers. 8vo [binding c. 19.5 x 12 cms], pp16 uncut, occasionally roughly opened and cut close at the top just clipping a couple of page numbers, lower corner of A2 lacking small piece just affecting final word in three lines on p3, else a very good copy of a fragile piece.. Foxon D214 : the first of three editions listed by Foxon. One of the earliest and most famous topographical poems, set around the Thames at Egham and first published in 1642, by the royalist poet Sir John Denham. (Book ref. 9524)