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Fine and Rare Books in the Heart of Britain's West Country
GOLDSMITH (O).: The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith. With a New Life of the Author. HANDSOME SET IN NEAR CONTEMPORARY BINDING
W & R Chambers [and others in London and Dublin], Edinburgh, 1833 4 vols., sm. 8vo., First Edition thus, with 4 engraved frontispieces, faint contemporary uniform signature on titles; mid-nineteenth century half calf, pebble-grain cloth boards, backs with four raised bands ruled in gilt, second compartments in with red leather labels ruled and lettered in gilt, all other compartments tolled with a lozenge in blind, red edges, green endpapers, a handsome set ideal as a gift or for presentation. (Book ref. 14090) £215.00
SCOTT (W), Sir.: The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott, Bart., including The Lay of the Last Minstrel, Marmion, The Lady of the Lake, The Vision of Don Roderick, Rokeby, The Lord of the Isles, Lyrical Pieces, Miscellaneous Poems and Ballads. IN FULL MOROCCO
Black, Edinburgh, 1853 8vo., with an engraved frontispiece, engraved and printed titles, 4 engraved plates of views, a folding facsimile on japon of Scott's handwriting and several wood-engraved tail-pieces in the text, frontispiece and engraved title a little dusty; attractively bound in green full morocco, boards elaborately blocked in gilt to an arabesque design, back gilt extra with five raised bands second compartment lettered in gilt, all other compartments richly tooled and ruled in gilt, all edges gilt, gilt doublures, neatly recased with old backstrip laid down , a very good, clean copy. The engravings are by Brandard, Le Keux, Miller and Pye from works by Turner and Stanfield. The engraved title is by Le Keux after Turner. This would appear to be a later issue, for the engraved title is dated 1851 and we have seen other copies bound in red. (Book ref. 12319) £60.00
GOLDSMITH (O). IRVING (W), ed.: The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith, with an Account of his Life and Writings. A New Edition in Four Volumes. Edited by Washington Irving. IN SIGNED PURGOLD BINDING
Galignani and Didot, Paris, 1825 4 vols., 8vo., First Edition thus, with 2 engraved portraits frontispieces in first volume (original tissue guards present), neat mid-nineteenth century signature on front free endpaper verso, some mild spotting to portraits and guards, some very light age-staining to text; handsomely bound in contemporary olive full calf BY PURGOLD, sides with multiple frame border comprising two gilt frames and two elaborate floral frames in blind, backs with four raised bands ruled in gilt, second compartments with black leather label lettered and ruled in gilt, fourth compartments numbered and ruled in gilt, all other compartments elaborately tooled and ruled in gilt and blind, all edges gilt, gilt doublures, marbled endpapers, sides and backstrips lightly age-scuffed, very neatly rebacked in calf to style with old backstrips laid down, second and third volumes with small patches at head of backstrips, a good, firm example of the great romantic binder's style SIGNED BY PURGOLD AT FOOT OF FIRST BACKSTRIP. A very good example of the great romantic binder in his heyday, and only five years before his death. At this stage he was still working from Cassette 18 before his relocation to rue de Roule and collaboration with Bauzonnet. In his comparison of the three great craftsmen of the 'triumviri', Ramsden nominates Purgold as 'perhaps the best binder of the three…He is also, in spirit, as in name, the least French of the three'. (Ramsden, p.6). (Book ref. 12152) £430.00
WHITE (G), Rev. BENNETT (E.T), ed.: The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne. With The Naturalist's Calendar; and Miscellaneous Observations, extracted from his Papers. A New Edition; with Notes, by Edward Turner Bennett and Others. SPLENDID COPY OF BENNETT'S 'SELBORNE'
Printed for J. and A. Arch; Longman & Co., [and many others, 1837] Roy. 8vo., First and Sole Edition thus, with engraved title-vignette and 45 engraved illustrations and facsimiles in the text, small neat contemporary signature on title; handsomely bound in contemporary full tan calf, sides with double frame border in gilt, very neatly rebacked with old backstrip laid down, backstrip with five flat bands tooled in gilt, second compartment with leather label (worn and defective) ruled and lettered in gilt, all other compartments most elaborately tooled in gilt to a repeated acanthus spray design, doublures (mildly chafed) tooled in gilt, dentelles tooled in blind, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers, a most attractive copy in well-restored period binding. With the calligraphic bookplate of Ernest Hayden Bartlett mounted on front paste-down, the bookplate signed additionally by A.W.S. Fenning. Bennett's edition is well-known for its very extensive notes. It is similar to Rennie's edition of 1833, and is published by the same consortium. Some of Rennie's illustrations are reprinted. The work as a whole comprises [1] 'The Natural History of Selborne', [2] 'The Naturalist's Calendar', [3] 'Observations on various Parts of Nature', [4] 'Summary of the Weather', [5] 'Poems' and [6] 'The Antiquities of Selborne', all of which have individual titles. The first work includes White's 'Advertisement', John White's biography, and an extended and valuable Preface (containing an excellent summary of previous editions) by the editor's brother, the former having predeceased publication. The second work includes Dr. Aikin's Advertisement. Among the reprinted illustrations from Rennie there are several interesting revisions of caption. Rennie's 'The Village' here becomes 'Selborne, from Darton'; 'The Little Bridge' is here 'Hollow Lane, and Bridge, near Norton'; and 'The Hanger' is here 'Way leading to Gracious Street'. A lovely copy of an important edition. Martin, pp.132-135. (Book ref. 9763) £166.00
OLIVIER (E).: Country Moods and Tenses. A Non-Grammarian's Chapbook
Batsford, [1942] 8vo., Second Edition, on laid paper, with a coloured frontispiece and 76 monochrome plates on 48; cloth, a very good, clean copy in unclipped d/w. One of the least common of the splendid Batsford series. The first edition was published in the preceding year. (Book ref. 9291) £20.00
Wymer (N): English Country Crafts. A Survey of their Development from Early Times to the Present Day
Batsford, [1946] 8vo., First Edition, with a coloured frontispiece, 146 monochrome plates on 64 and 2 illustrations in the text; cloth, a good, sound copy in lightly spotted dustwrapper. (Book ref. 2357) £26.00
Wymer (N): English Country Crafts. A Survey of their Development from Early Times to the Present Day
Batsford, [1946] 8vo., First Edition, with a coloured frontispiece, 146 fine monochrome plates on 64 and 2 illustrations in the text; cloth, neatly recased with new enedpapers, a sound, clean copy. Sold from an institution with its neat stamps on front and rear paste-downs only. An uncommon Batsford. (Book ref. 2350) £18.00
Walbank (F.A): England Yesterday & To-Day in the Works of the Novelists 1837 to 1938. Edited and arranged by F. Alan Walbank
Batsford, [1949] 8vo., First Edition, with a coloured frontispiece, title-vignette, 44 plates on 30 and numerous illustrations (a number full-page) in the text; cloth, a near fine copy in the dustwrapper. An uncommon Batsford in unusually good state. (Book ref. 2386) £22.00
Taylor (G): Old London Gardens
Batsford, [1953] 8vo., First Edition, with a coloured frontispiece, 3 double-page monochrome plates, 36 plates on 26 and 11 illustrations in the text; cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright copy in the dustwrapper. A uncommon Batsford. The work covers monastic, medieval, ecclesiastical, royal, civic and private gardens, and contains a select bibliography. The wrapper design by William McLaren is based on a print of the garden at Chiswick House (Book ref. 2356) £30.00
Singleton (F): The English Lakes. Illustrated from coloured Photographs by Wilfred Elms
Batsford, [1954] 8vo., First Edition, with a coloiured frontispiece and 23 coloured plates; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper, the latter with one two marginal chips. With a bookplate. (Book ref. 3147) £20.00
Singleton (F): The English Lakes. Illustrated from colour Photographs by Wilfred Evans
Batsford, [1954] 8vo., First Edition, with a coloured frontispiece and 23 full-page coloured plates, neat signature on front free endpaper; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper. (Book ref. 2355) £24.00
Singleton (F): The English Lakes. Illustrated from colour Photographs by Wilfred Elms
Batsford, [1954] 8vo., First Edition, with a coloured frontispiece and 23 full-page coloured plates, neat signature on front free endpaper; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper (Book ref. 1302) £24.00
Parry-Jones (D): Welsh Country Upbringing
Batsford, [1949] 8vo., Second Edition, with a colourd frontispiece and 87 monochrome plates on 48, some light occasional spotting throughout; cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright copy in the dustwrapper, the latter with small graze on upper cover. An uncommon Batsford (Book ref. 2351) £25.00
McAllister (G) and E. McAllister, eds.: Homes, Towns & Countryside. A Practical Plan for Britain. Edited by Gilbert & Elizabeth Glen McAllister [with many leading contributors]
Batsford, [1945] 8vo., First Edition, with 5 plates on 1 as frontispiece and very numerous plates on 62; cloth, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w. With fine wrap-around d/w artwork by Sydney Jones. This is Batsford in the first flush of Victory, full of confidence as to how the nation should be rebuilt after the years of conflict. An evocative combination of seminar and symposium, it considers the role of the town in the national structure, the central importance of agriculture, the place of industry and with virtually every aspect of planning. Its panel of eminent contributors (drawn from architecture, industry, the countryside and the Church) makes good sense; how little of it we got right. A scarce and important Batsford, and very difficult to find in this condition. (Book ref. 6895) £30.00
Hole (C): English Sports and Pastimes. Illustrated from Paintings, Prints and Photographs
Batsford, [1949] 8vo., First Edition, with a coloured frontispiece, 92 monochrome plates on 48 and several illustrations (a number full-page) in the text; cloth, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w, the latter very lightly frayed at extremities (Book ref. 4098) £22.00
Hole (C): English Shrines and Sanctuaries. Illustrated by Eric King
Batsford, [1954] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, and 8 full-page illustrations and numerous head-pieces in the text, some slight offsetting from fold-ins to free endpapers; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in unclipped d/w, the latter lightly frayed at head and tail of backstrip. An elusive Batsford (Book ref. 3975) £28.00
Hole (C): English Home-Life 1500 to 1800. Illustrated from Portraits, Paintings and Prints
Batsford, [1949] 8vo., Second Edition, with a coloured frontispiece, a coloured plate, 83 sepia-toned plates on 48 and 8 illustrations in the text, neat signature on front free endpaper; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean, bright copy in the d/w. One of the elusive titles in the splendid Batsford series. (Book ref. 3508) £22.00
Hole (C): English Custom and Usage...Second Edition, revised
Batsford, [1943] 8vo., with a coloured frontispiece, 90 monochrome plates on 56 and an illustration in the text, neat signature on front free endpaper; cloth, covers a little faded at head of backstrip and upper margins else a good, clean copy in the dustwrapper, the latter slightly faded, frayed at one or two marginal points and chipped at head of backstrip. A scarce Batsford. (Book ref. 2348) £24.00
Harrison (G): Bristol Cream
Batsford, [1955] 8vo., First Edition, with a coloured frontispiece and 40 monochrome plates (one double-page) on 24; cloth gilt, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper. Definitive history of John Harvey & Sons, world-famous wine and sherry merchants, in the context of Bristol's historic association with the wine trade. (Book ref. 2375) £16.00
Gaunt (W): Chelsea
Batsford, [1954] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, 49 plates (one double-page) on 29, and 10 illustrations and a full-page plan in the text; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper, the latter a little frayed at extremities (Book ref. 2359) £20.00