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Island Books [formerly of Devon]

Fine and Rare Books at the foot of the South Downs
University Press, Cambridge, 1924 4to., First and Sole Edition, on laid paper, with a frontispiece; cloth, blocked in gilt and blind, gilt back, uncut, covers very lightly age-marked else a very good, bright, clean copy. EDITION LIMITED TO 550 COPIES . Perkins & Parry, p.105 (Book ref. 25832)
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John Falconer, Dublin, 1923 8vo., First Edition; original printed wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, wrappers lightly browned else a very good, clean copy. VERY SCARCE (Book ref. 25656)
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Smith Elder, 1914 8vo., First Edition; original boards, red cloth back with printed paper label, covers lightly age-soiled else a very good, bright, clean copy. With spare label tipped-in at end, and personal bookplate on front free endpaper. (Book ref. 25516)
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Lame Duck Books, Bernard Quaritch, Ltd and Athena Rare Books, [2002] 4to., First Edition, with numerous coloured reproductions throughout; printed wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, a fine copy. The catalogue represents one of the finest collections of the works of Friedrich Nietzsche in the world. 'Comprising first editions of all the philosopher's books and one offprint - all in the first issue, in their original printed paper wrappers or publisher's bindings - only the Nietzsche Haus Museum itself can boast anything by comparison…the sum total of the three greatest private collections in the world would still fall markedly short of the present offering.' (Introduction). The catalogue details and illustrates every title. VERY SCARCE. (Book ref. 25394)
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University Press, Cambridge, 1938 4to., First Edition, with folding coloured frontispiece and plates in monochrome; green cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped, unevenly sunned dustwrapper. (Book ref. 25319)
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Dulau, 1924 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece, page edges lightly browning as usual; black cloth, gilt back, gilt top, uncut, backstrip chafed at head and tail else a sound copy of an uncommon work. Sold from an institution with the usual markings. '[An] important and valuable library...' (de Ricci). Gosse was a close friend of T.J. Wise (to whom the work is dedicated) and an unwilling purchaser and recipient of several of the latter's forgeries. Wise was instrumental in publicising the successful sale of Gosse's library which realised a total of £26,615 at Sotheby's in 1928-29. See Partington, T.J. Wise in the Original Cloth. (Book ref. 25257)
National Book League, 1953 8vo., First Edition; original pictorial wrappers, covers a little dusty, backstrip lightly frayed at head else a very good, clean copy. A major exhibition; the catalogue lists 364 exhibits. (Book ref. 25207)
The Fleuron, 1923 8vo., First Edition, with numerous type-facsimiles in the text; original boards, cloth corners and backstrip, paper label, boards very lightly rubbed else an unusually bright, clean copy. A small portion of the contents appeared in a more condensed form in a printing supplement issued with the Manchester Guardian, 23 May 1922. SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION. Appleton 18. (Book ref. 25104)
Ernest Benn, [1949] 8vo., on laid paper, with 271 fine plates of facsimiles; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper. Appleton A35a. (Book ref. 24876)
The Times, 1935-52 4 vols., in 5, roy. 8vo., First Editions, with 5 mounted coloured frontispieces and very numerous plates and tables throughout; original navy blue buckram, upper boards lettered in gilt, gilt backs, covers of one volume lightly age-soiled else a very good, bright, clean set. Vol. I: The Thunderer in the Making 1785-1841 (1935); Vol. II: The Tradition Established 1841-1884 (1939); Vol. III: The Twentieth Century Test 1884-1912 (1947); Vol. IV Part 1: The 150th Anniversary and Beyond 1912-1920 (1952); Vol. IV Part 2: The 150th Anniversary and Beyond 1921-1948, Appendices and Index, (1952). (Book ref. 24894)
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Bibliographical Society, 1912 4to., First Edition thus, on laid paper; original printed wrappers, yapped edges, covers mildly worn at edges, fore-yapps flaking else a very good, clean copy. VERY SCARCE (Book ref. 24794)
Picard Audap Solanet & Associes, Paris, 1999 Roy. 4to., with numerous fine colured and monochrome plates and facsimiles in the text; original printed wrappers, a fine copy. With the printed list of estimates bound in. The sale of this portion of the magnificent Zoummeroff collection comprised 509 lots. (Book ref. 4299)
Methuen, [1904] 8vo., First Edition, with a coloured frontispiece (original tissue guard present) and 37 plates in monochrome, title and fore-edges very lightly spotted, neat contemporary architectural stamp and signature on half-title; original series binding of decorative buckram, sides with multiple frame border enclosing title all in gilt, gilt back, two short pulls at headband else a near fine copy. With publisher's 40pp general catalogue bound in at rear. With the trade ticket of Blinko of Ramsgate on rear paste-down. One of the scarcest titles in Methuen's excellent 'Antiquary's Books' edited by J. Charles Cox. Published in Methuen's fine 'Antiquary's Books' series. (Book ref. 13397)
Harvard University Press, Cambridge [MA], 1926 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, with illustrations (a number full-page) in the text; original dark blue cloth, backstrip with paper label, gilt top, uncut, a near fine copy. With the personal bookplate of Arnold Yates, printed in red and black, on front paste-down. Scarce in this condition. (Book ref. 11429)
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Bibliographical Society, 1980 8vo., First Edition, with illustrations in the text; blue cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy. (Book ref. 24242)
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Halsgrove, [Tiverton, 2004] 8vo., First Edition; cloth, gilt back, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. The first comprehensive bibliography of Williamson, documenting all his known publications in a single volume. Specifically it covers all the UK and US printings of Wiliamson's books - over 400 items. The first serious study since Williamson's death and a splendid complement to Girvan and Williamson's early (and necessarily far from complete) bibliography and critical survey of 1931. (Book ref. 7695)
Holland Press, [1964] 8vo., First Edition; cloth, a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper. Scarce in this condition (Book ref. 16791)
US Information Service, 1954 8vo., on laid paper, preface in red and black; original printed wrappers, a very good copy of a scarce work. The catalogue lists 118 notable exhibits, based largely on the renowned collection of Charles E. Feinberg. 'This exhibition is in a sense the visit that Walt Whitman had always wanted to make. The letters and presentation copies of his books shown here are intimately connected with his literary friendships in the British Isles. Noteworthy acquaintances through correspondence were Tennyson, Swinburne, Ruskin, Dowden, Symonds and others'. Foreword (Book ref. 223)
Halton, 1934 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece, title-vignette and 7 plates and 9 illustrations (a number full-page) in the text; cloth, gilt back, small age-stain on outer margin of upper board else a very good, bright, clean copy. (Book ref. 10347)
Brotherton Library, Leeds, 1947 4to., SOLE EDITION, with a frontispiece and 9 plates of facsimiles; cloth, covers a little sunned and age-marked, backstrip faded else a very good, clean copy of a scarce work. This outstanding catalogue (compiled by Whitaker of his own collection) was published by the Brotherton Library as 'Library Publications' No. 2. It was never reprinted and is now increasingly hard to find. Sold from an institution with its small, neat stamp on front free endpaper, half-title and title only (Book ref. 222)