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SCHOLDERER, Victor. The Avenue and other verses.
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) £24.00
BROADSIDE MURDER BALLAD : Wincott the Butcher : Taylor, printer in Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London. The Horrid Murder of Mr John Wincott a Butcher, carrying on business in Whitechapel Road, and South Street, Manchester Square [London].
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) £200.00
LLANGOLLEN, The Ladies Of 19th Century German Figurine of the Ladies of Llangollen.
[Made in Germany, late 19th century]. Porcelain(?) figurine of Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby, both dressed in black riding habits and black top hats, with white blouses, cravats and petticoats beneath. Figurine c.16.5 x 10 cms, base titled Ladies Of Llangollen, and Made in Germany. Some white flecks showing through the black overcoats, slight surface chip in the word Germany, else in excellent condition. <> Uncommon porcelain celebration of Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby, Europe's most famous lesbian couple avant la lettre. They lived in Plas Newydd at Llangollen from c.1770 - 1830, dressed in semi-masculine gear, and were dubbed the 'most celebrated virgins in Europe'. 'All tourists in Wales sought introduction to them, and many made the journey to Llangollen for the special purpose of visiting them' (DNB), including De Quincey and various European nobility. Their presence in Llangollen, allied to the painter J. M. W. Turner's description of it as 'a complete romantic landscape', together with Anna Seward's famous poem Llangollen Vale, served to cement the importance of Lllangollen in the romantic literary imagination. (Book ref. 9533) £150.00
Smith, William. The Uses and Abuses of Domestic Animals.
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) £75.00
BLYTON, Enid. Silver & Gold. Pictures by Ethel Everett.
Thomas Nelson & Sons nd. Cream buckram decoratively titled and illustrated in ochre. 8vo [binding c. 22.5 x 18.5 cms], pp128 edges uncut, as ever vulnerable cream binding rather dusty and soiled, slight wear. Decent copy with the card-like text leaves generally clean and unfoxed. § Charming verses for children. With 8 colour plates : and with 67 drawings, most full page : and with colour illustrated endpapers. Blank reverse of front free endpaper with proto-library entry in delightful child's hand in pencil : 'Book No. 1 : Notice : this book must be kept clean and if it is brought back late, the fine is 1/2d per week late ____ books may be renewed'. (Book ref. 9530) £55.00
BROWNING, Robert : Margaret Armstrong and Frederick Simpson Coburn illus. The Last Ride Together.
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) £385.00
DENHAM, Sir John. Coopers-Hill. A Poem written by the Honourable Sir John Denham, Knight of the Bath.
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) £55.00
PHILIPS, Ambrose : John Sparrow Association. Pastorals by Mr Philips.
London, printed and sold by H. Hills, in Black-fryars, near the Water-side 1710. John Sparrow Copy.* First Separate Edition, later marbled paper wrappers. 8vo [binding c. 17.5 x 11 cms], pp24 a little browned, cut close at the top just clipping a couple of page numbers, else a very good copy of a fragile piece. § Blank prelim signed in ink by John Sparrow, the notable bibliophile and Warden of All Souls, Oxford. And with his pencil note on the endpaper thus : 'The first separate edition of Ambrose Philips' Pastorals, four of which first appeared in Fenton's Oxford & Cambridge Miscellany [1707 or 1709] and six in the 1709 Tonson's Miscellany (though the order is changed in T. to 2, 3, 1, 4 and the text is changed). This reprints Tonson of course'. This is the 'First separate edition, unauthorized ... one of the numerous piracies of contemporary verse committed by Henry Hills who, notwithstanding, had been printer by appointment to Cromwell, Charles II, James II and (with Thomas Newcomb) to Queen Anne. "Pirate Hills brown sheets and scurvy letter" was a current fleer (ie. sneer)' [see Hayward : English Poetry 144 ]. See also Foxon P211 - P214 listing 4 editions with no particular priority. This copy would appear to be Foxon P211. (Book ref. 9523) £175.00
GILLINGHAM, H. W. : Hughes Stanton association. Unto The Fields. Illustrated by Harry A. Pettit.
London, Country Book Club 1955. Green cloth with patterned green and white dustwrappers. 8vo [binding c.22 x 14 cms], pp287, backstrip slightly faded, dustwrappers slightly darkened along backstrip and just chipped at head and foot, else a very good copy. Illustrated with c.64 very attractive woodcut country scenes. § First published 1953. Canadian-born naturalist's lyrical account of the English countryside and its wildlife around Epping Forest, Essex, during the period 1934 to 1948. The first of only a handful of books to be illustrated by Harry Pettit, wildlife artist, ecologist and associate of the naturalist Peter Scott. This copy with endpaper inscribed 'Chloris Hughes Stanton, 2 Cedar House, Marloes Rd W8'. She was the daughter of the artist Sir Herbert Hughes-Stanton, and sister of the artist and book illustrator Blair Hughes-Stanton. She was painted by William Russell Flint at her father's house in Cagnes, France in 1926. (Book ref. 9521) £30.00
INKY PARROT PRESS : Voltaire : Richard Aldington. Candide or Optimism : by François Voltaire. Translated by Richard Aldington. Illustrated by Wilton Priestner.
Oxford, Inky Parrot Press 1985. Artist's Presentation Copy : and with 3 additional cards and illustrations signed by artist Wilton Priestner.* Tan boards strikingly illustrated allover with numerous line drawings, with matching illustrated slip-case. Folio [binding c. 31 x 23 cms], c.pp155, spine just fractionally sunned, a fine copy. § Wild extravagant nudity : Edition Limited to 360 numbered and signed copies [and a few hand-coloured Specials]. Exceptionally attractive book. Profusely illustrated with hundreds of idiosyncratic scratchy line drawings which, with a great deal of wildly extravagant nudity and sexuality, stress the imperfections and the corruption both of the flesh and of the world. Edition Limited to 360 copies in Garamond designed by Dennis Hall, set on a Monotype Lasercomp and printed litho. Typically exuberant Inky Parrot production. This copy numbered in Priestner's hand 9 of 360 and signed by him : and with an amusing Presentation Inscription to Dennis, very possibly the Inky Parrot owner and designer Dennis Hall. With an original etching in colour of Candide in the form of a large Christmas Card c.19 x 25 cms signed by Priestner : a colour-printed version of the same card, also signed by Priestner and with an amusing inscription in his hand : and finally with a full-page colour illustration of an uproariously nude Paquette [taken from the extremely limited hand-coloured issue of this book] signed in pencil by Wilton Priestner. (Book ref. 7602) £175.00
GERARD, John : Marcus Woodward. Gerard's Herball : the essence thereof distilled by Marcus Woodward from the Th. Johnson edition of 1636.
London, Minerva Press 1971. Green cloth lettered and decorated in gilt, with striking tan dustwrappers lettered and decorated in red and black. Roy.8vo [binding size c.26 x 19 cms], c.pp323 with top edge gilt, neat modern booklabel hidden behind dustwrapper flap, just a few slight marks to dustwrappers, an excellent copy. With c.150 illustrations after the original 17th Century woodcuts. § Attractive edition of the outstanding English Herbal. 'John Gerard, the Elizabethan physician who superintended Lord Burleigh's gardens, combined his delight in flowers and plants with a very practical knowledge and philosophy, and in 1597 published what was to remain the most famous of all herbals. He called it a Historie Of Plants, but it was . . . a compendium of plant folklore'. This Minerva Press edition - with useful notes by Marcus Woodward - was first issued in 1927, and this is its first reissue. (Book ref. 9457) £18.00
THOMSON, James : Isaac Taylor illus. The Seasons.
London, Suttaby, Evance & Fox; and Baldwin, Cradock & Joy 1818. First Edition thus, contemporary burgundy calf with gilt borders, spine elegantly gilt and with black morocco label. Small narrow 8vo [binding c. 13 x 6.5 cms], engraved frontispiece + title + pp.xiv, [16] - 168, blank verso of frontispiece with neat modern booklabel, foot of lower hinge just starting, a very attractive mellow copy. § Scarce edition. With tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece and engraved title-page by Isaac Taylor after Hamilton and after H. Singleton. With a 14pp Life of Thomson. Not listed in Cambridge University Library : see Copac listing 2 copies only. (Book ref. 9456) £36.00
BROWNE, Sir Thomas. Urne Buriall : and The Garden Of Cyrus. Edited with preface & appendices by John Carter.
Cambridge University Press 1958. First CUP Edition, gilt cloth, handsome dustwrappers printed in red. C.pp128 with 2 illustrations, front pastedown with small modern booklabel and neat ink note on purchase [mainly hidden behind dw flap], excellent bright copy. § Best Edition : the most authoritative text. (Book ref. 9454) £8.00
BEWICK, Thomas. A Memoir : written by himself 1822 - 1828. With an introduction by Selwyn Image.
London, John Lane, The Bodley Head 1924. 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 : Intro]. (Book ref. 9451) £18.00
BEWICK, Thomas. A Memoir : written by himself. Edited with an introduction by Iain Bain.
Oxford University Press 1975. First Bain Edition, roy.8vo [binding c.24 x 15.5 cms], gilt cloth & pictorial brown dustwrappers. C.pp310, endpaper with small attractive bookplate on front endpaper, and newspaper cutting on rear endpaper, dustwrappers just slightly faded along backstrip, else very good. With 8 plates & numerous Bewick illustrations in the text. § Best Edition : the first complete original text : together with a substantial introduction, by a leading Bewick authority, making use of hitherto unpublished Bewick letters, and clearly explaining both Bewick's methods of engraving and the printing techniques of the period. (Book ref. 9450) £7.00
HENREY, Blanche. British Botanical & Horticultural Literature before 1800. Comprising a history & bibliography of botanical & horticultural books printed in England, Scotland & Ireland from the earliest times until 1800.
Oxford University Press 1975. First Edition, 3 Vols, small folios [bindings c.28 x 19 cms], original grey cloth lettered in gilt, neat modern booklabel on front pastedowns. Total c.1235pp, and with 32 colour plates and 162 other illustrations. Gilt cloth just slightly marked, else a very good set. § Superb prize-winning historical and bibliographical work. (Book ref. 9448) £85.00
GRAY, Thomas. An Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.
London, Sampson Low &c nd [1875]. Original green cloth, front cover elegantly and profusely lettered and decorated in black and gilt. Small 8vo [binding c.17.5 x 12 cms], pp26 interleaved with blanks throughout as issued, with all edges of the text block gilt. Very neat early signature on corner of title-page and same lady's extremely neat name stamp on corner of endpaper, with a small attractive modern woodcut booklabel on front paste-down. A fine bright copy with illustrations. § Scarce. See Copac listing only the British Library copy. With 23 woodcut illustrations by Birket Foster et al. **** Please enquire for our full catalogue notes and bibliographic references for this item. (Book ref. 9502) £25.00
BEAUMARCHAIS, Canon de. Le Mariage De Figaro : comedie en cinq actes. Avec une Etude par Auguste Vitu.
Paris, Librairie des Bibliophiles nd [c.1880s]. 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. (Book ref. 9490) £40.00
GRAY, Thomas : Richard Westall illus. Poems Of Thomas Gray. Embellished with engravings from the designs by Richard Westall.
London, Whittingham for John Sharpe 1821. First Sharpe Edition, Romantic-style binding c.1910 of full tree calf with spine lettered in gilt, front board with three small gilt flowers with red and green leather inlays, lower cover with one matching flower at the centre, binding with elegant gilt edges and turn-ins. 12mo [binding c.16 x 10 cms], ppxxviii, [2] Cenotaph leaf, [2] fly-title, 134, text block with all edges gilt. Illustrated with the Cenotaph engraving, an engraved title-page and 5 other engraved sectional titles [all just lightly spotted or foxed]. The joints, as so often with tree calf bindings of this period, showing some wear, with the upper joint having been neatly repaired at an early date, and the lower joint now cracking. § With a Romantic inscription on blank preliminary page : 'H from J. Given this twentieth day of June, one thousand nine hundred and sixteen under my string and seal. Carisbrooke Castle'. And front pastedown with large and very attractive bookplate of Hilda Corkran [1875-1961 : presumably the H of the inscription] showing an elegant country garden walk, the view decorated with a wide border of books, music and flowers. The bookplate appears to be dated 1900 and the artist may be W. Fry [??]. Hilda Corkran and her husband later became, respectively, Lady-in-Waiting and Comptroller of the Household at Carisbrooke Castle, the Isle of Wight, to HRH Princess Beatrice, the youngest of Queen Victoria's children. Another blank prelim also with an attractive modern booklabel and a neat ink note of date and place of purchase. A neat ink stamp on the reverse of the rear endpaper may be that of the binder : it appears to read W.P.E. (Book ref. 9484) £25.00
JEFFERIES, Richard. Wood Magic : a fable. New Impression.
Longmans 1907. Burgundy cloth, spine elegantly gilt with title and publisher's sailing ship motif. Small 8vo [binding c.19 x 12.5 cms], pp[xii], 379 uncut, small modern booklabel and neat ink note of purchase on reverse of front endpaper, couple of light marks and spine slightly faded, else very good. With frontispiece and title-page vignette. § Jefferies' captivating nature fantasy in which Bevis explores the countryside and its birds and animals, its rivers and winds, all of which can speak to him. Much of the tale involves a fable of the revolt of the animals against the tyrant magpie Capchack. First Edition published in 2 Vols in 1881. This Silver Library Edition first issued 1883. **** Please enquire for our full catalogue notes and bibliographic references for this item. (Book ref. 9479) £15.00