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Island Books [formerly of Devon]

Fine and Rare Books at the foot of the South Downs
Chatto & Windus, 1937 Sm. 8vo., First Edition thus; original decorative paper boards, a near fine copy in dustwrapper. With the trade ticket on Queensland Book Depot, Brisbane, on front paste-down. Published in Chatto's attractive Zodiac Books series. (Book ref. 24460)
Nonesuch Press, 1927 8vo., First Edition thus, with a coloured frontispiece; marbled boards, cloth back gilt, uncut, a very good, clean copy. EDITION LIMITED TO 1800 COPIES. NCBEL III, 1200. (Book ref. 14954)
Peter Davies, 1930 3 vols., roy. 8vo., Sole Edition thus, on laid paper, with numerous illustrations in the text and endpaper maps; original marbled boards, cloth backs gilt, uncut, boards very lightly faded, corners mildly bruised else a very good, clean set. EDITION LIMITED TO 1000 COPIES (THIS COPY OUT-OF-SERIES). The best modern edition. CBEL, III, p.630. (Book ref. 10429)
Constable, [1982] 8vo., First Edition thus, with title-vignette and numerous illustrations in the text; original brown cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, a near fine copy in price-clipped dustwrapper. A valuable introduction to the writer-politician and his most famous work. The illustrations include five by John Nash and many by Bewick. (Book ref. 17777)
Dent, [1948] 2 vols., sm. 8vo., neat signature on front free endpaper of first volume; blind-blocked cloth, gilt backs, patterned endpapers, backstrip of first volume sunned, a good, clean set. Based on the 'New Edition' edited by James Paul Cobbett of 1853. Everyman's Library, nos. 638-9. (Book ref. 11305)
William Cobbett, 1835 12mo., with a full-page engraved illustration of an ice-house, some light browning to text, neat nineteenth-century signature on title, some light age-soiling; original boards, cloth back, very neatly rebacked, paper label worn, uncut, a very good, bright, clean copy. Cobbett's domestic manual for the labouring classes was first published in parts between 1821 and 1822. An immediate success, it has become a classic of rural and economic literature and is probably his best-remembered work after 'Rural Rides'. This is probably the last edition published for Cobbett himself; he died on 18 June of this year. (Book ref. 21176)
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Anne Cobbett, 137 Strand, 1838 Sm. 8vo., with a full-page engraved illustration of an ice-house, some mild age-staining to text throughout; original boards, very neatly rebacked in green cloth to style, old backstrip laid down, paper label, boards mily age-marked at edges else a good, firm copy. Cobbett's domestic manual for the labouring classes was first published in parts between 1821 and 1822. An immediate success, it has become a classic of rural and economic literature and is arguably his best-remembered work after 'Rural Rides'. (Book ref. 7223)
Peter Davies, 1926 Sm. 8vo., on laid paper, with a full-page illustration (of an ice-house) in the text, some light and inoffensive spotting; boards, cloth back lettered in gilt, green top, uncut, a very good, clean copy of a most attractive edition. The best modern edition, printed at the Westminster Press (Book ref. 17353)
Cobbett's Register Office, [1836] 8vo., First Edition thus, with a neat signature on front free endpaper; full calf gilt, covers mildly worn at extremities, upper hinge cracked, corners bruised else a bright, clean copy. With the advertisement leaf at end. Reprinted from the Political Register, 24 Jan-28 Feb 1835. Ezxtremely scarce in book form, as here. CBEL, III, p.631 (Book ref. 10430)
1834 8vo., First Edition, some mild spotting throughout; original roan, lettered in gilt, a good, firm copy. With the advertisement leaf at end. CBEL, III, p.631. (Book ref. 10431)
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William Cobbett, 1835 12mo., with only occasional and minimal offsetting; strongly bound in early nineteenth century half calf, gilt back, marbled boards, speckled edges, a very good, clean copy with good margins. Cobbett's 'Grammar' was published first in America (New York, 1817) whence the author had gone for the second time earlier that year. It was immediately successful and was several times reprinted there before Cobbett's return to the UK in 1819. 'The Lessons' were added in 1824. The 'Grammar' is a result of Cobbett's early fascination with literature. 'HGe developed an extraordinary capacity for literary cultivation. All his leisure was devoted to acquiring English grammar and to the study of the best English classics' (DNB). He was also the author of a speller in 1831. In this epistolary work, Cobbett shows his rhetorical skills by taking to task the efforts of earlier grammarians, including Blair, Lowth and Murray, whose prescriptions he criticises freely. (Book ref. 349)
Sands & Co., Edinburgh, 1906 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece; red cloth, ivory vellum back lettered in gilt, gilt edges, a near fine copy. SCARCE, ESPECIALLY IN THIS CONDITION (Book ref. 22711)
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Hodder & Stoughton, [1983] 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece; cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. (Book ref. 5148)
Granada, [1977] 8vo., First Edition, with plates, neat inscription on front free endpaper; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in price-clipped dustwrapper. (Book ref. 13331)