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Fine and Rare Books at the foot of the South Downs
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[Printed by Nicol at the Shakspeare Press for] John Major, Fleet-Street, 1825 8vo., First Major Edition, Large Paper, with a copper-engraved frontispiece mounted on India Paper, 10 fine copper-engraved plates mounted on India Paper, and 52 woodcut illustrations and embellishments in the text; handsomely bound in later nineteenth century red full crushed morocco BY MYERS, back with five raised bands tooled in gilt, second compartment framed and lettered in gilt, all other compartments elaborately framed and tooled in gilt to a geometric floral design, all edges gilt, elaborate gilt doublures, marbled endpapers, a splendid, crisp, clean copy in superb signed period binding. With a fine nineteenth century engraved armorial bookplate and binder's ticket on front paste-down. Large Paper state of the first Major edition of Walton's great biographical collection, issued as a complement to the same publisher's 1823 edition of The Compleat Angler. Walton lived in the parish of St. Dunstan's where Donne was vicar; his life of his friend was written in 1640 as an introduction to a collection of the poet-clergyman's sermons. The other subjects were also personal friends; their biographies were first published in 1651 (Wotton), 1665 (Hooker), 1670 (Herbert) and 1678 (Sanderson). The plates are all early proofs on India Paper; the plate 'The Advocate' is engraved as 'The Pleader'. A LOVELY, BRIGHT COPY IN WHOLLY UNRESTORED CONTEMPORARY SIGNED BINDING. JOHNSON RATES THE WORK 'AMONG HIS MOST FAVOURITE BOOKS'. (Book ref. 22339)
Constable, 1905 8vo., First Edition, with a collotype frontispiece (original tissue guard present), 19 fine collotype plates and 34 illustrations in the text, some mild spotting (mostly marginal) throughout; original brown cloth, upper board blocked in blind and lettered in gilt, gilt back, gilt top, uncut, case a little shaken else a good firm copy. Sold with a small quantity of relevant ephemera including a selection of trade and promotional matter from the notable trade house of Gawthorp, and a copy of the illustrated booklet 'Better Leathercraft' published by George & Co of London's Soho to record the works awarded prizes in the George 1926 Leathercraft Competition. The original edition is scarce in any condition. (Book ref. 14677)
Maggs Bros, 1975 4to., First Edition, with numerous fine full-page photographs in the text; original pictorial wrappers, a very good, bright, clean copy. The catalogue lists 308 notable bindings. (Book ref. 20178)
Oxford University Press for the Bibliographical Society, 1904 4to., First Edition, with title in red and black, and 29 plates; original society binding of boards, holland back lettered in black, uncut, a near fine copy. Published as no. XIII of the Bibliographical Society's Illustrated Monographs. Very scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 11642)
[Privately Printed], Westerham Press, Westerham, 1972 8vo., First and Sole Edition, with a frontispiece, and several plates ands facsimiles in the text; original cloth, paper label on upper board, a near fine copy. (Book ref. 7753)
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John Major, Fleet-Street, 1825 8vo., First Major Edition, with a copper-engraved portrait frontispiece, engraved and printed titles, 9 copper-engraved plates and 52 woodcut illustrations and embellishments in the text, one or two plates very faintly foxed (with some resultant faint offsetting to facing leaves); most handsomely bound in late nineteenth century navy blue crushed full morocco, sides with triple frame border in gilt, back with five raised bands ruled in gilt, second compartment framed, blocked and lettered in gilt, all other compartments elaborately framed and tooled in gilt to a geometric floral design, all edges gilt, elaborate gilt doublures, marbled endpapers, a splendid, crisp, clean copy in superb signed period binding. With the engraved gilt trade ticket of Pickering on front paste-down, and the binder's stamp 'BM Pickering' on front free endpaper verso. The first Major edition of Walton's great biographical collection, issued as a complement to the same publisher's 1823 edition of The Compleat Angler. Walton lived in the parish of St. Dunstan's where Donne was vicar; his life of his friend was written in 1640 as an introduction to a collection of the poet-clergyman's sermons. The other subjects were also personal friends; their biographies were first published in 1651 (Wotton), 1665 (Hooker), 1670 (Herbert) and 1678 (Sanderson). In this copy the portrait of Henry Wotton (called for at p.87) is placed as frontispiece to the volume as a whole; the portrait of Hooker (called for at p.161) is placed at p.166; the plate 'The Advocate' (called for at p.377) is engraved as 'The Pleader' and placed at p.378. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM EDWARD COMPTON AUSTEN LEIGH TO LORD FRANCIS HERVEY WITH THE FORMER'S NEAT HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION DATED 1865 ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER VERSO. Austen Leigh was Master at Eton while Hervey was a pupil. A UNIQUE AND QUITE OUTSTANDING ETON ASSOCIATION COPY OF A WORK RATED BY JOHNSON AS 'AMONG HIS MOST FAVOURITE BOOKS'. (Book ref. 17451)
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Seeley & Co., 1896 Roy. 8vo., First Edition, with a fine coloured frontispiece (original tissue guard present), 7 fine coloured plates, and 27 monochrome illustrations in the text;, free endpapers faintly browned; original plum cloth, upper board blocked and lettered in gilt, gilt back, gilt top, covers unevenly faded at backstrip else a very good, bright, clean copy. A very nice, bright copy of a standard reference. Uncommon in this condition. (Book ref. 16536)
Sheppard Press, [1958] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, and numerous illustrations and diagrams in the text; black cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Scarce in this condition (Book ref. 16786)
Oxford University Press, Oxford, [1948] 8vo., Second Impression, with a sepia-toned frontispiece and numerous illustrations and diagrams in the text, some light offsetting from fold-ins to free endpapers; original red buckram, backstrip lettered in silver, a very good, bright, clean copy in price-clipped dustwrapper. Much-needed reissue of the original edition of 1929. Now scarce in its own right, especially in the dustwrapper. (Book ref. 16819)
1926 8vo., with numerous facsimiles in the text, neat inscriptions on front endpapers; boards, a very good copy. (Book ref. 259)
Zaehnsdorf Ltd., 1913 8vo., First Edition, with engraved illustrations in the text, first and last few leaves lightly spottted; handsomely bound in full burgundy morocco, gilt back, original pictorial wrappers preserved (upper wrapper with small loss from lower outer corner), a most attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. Printed for Zaehnsdorf at the Chiswick Press. A hybrid copy. The title-page is dated 1895 so the text is the original edition; the wrapper is dated 1913. This copy includes the final 10pp survey of the company's famous Cambridge Works (in Shaftesbury Avenue) with photographs of the various departments accompanied by sales text. AN ATTRACTIVE COPY OF A RARE SURVIVAL (Book ref. 17384)
Victoria & Albert Museum, 1950 8vo., First Edition, with 60 fine plates of bindings and 7 plates on 4 showing technique; library cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy. Sold from an institution with its cancellation stamp on title and neat stamp on the majority of plate margins. Each individual binding is described fully and the work contains a bibliography (Book ref. 11829)
Batsford, [1987] 4to., with 40 fine plates; cloth, gilt back, a fine copy in the dustwrapper. Accessible reprint of the original edition of 1956. (Book ref. 256)
Bodleian Library, Oxford, 1968 8vo., First Edition, with a coloured frontispiece and 52 fine plates in monochrome; original blue cloth, a very good, clean copy. (Book ref. 16524)
Dent, [1935] Sm. 8vo., First Edition, paste-downs lightly age-marked; original half roan, marbled boards, upper board lettered in gilt, gilt top, a very good, bright, clean copy. Brenni 406. (Book ref. 8980)
Kegan Paul Trench Trubner & Co., 1895 8vo., Second Edition, on laid paper, with a frontispiece (original tissue guard present) and 8 plates, free endpapers mildly browned; original brown buckram, backstrip with paper label, covers lightly age-soiled else a very good, bright, clean copy. With the art nouveau-style pictorial bookplate of E H Glover on front paste-down. A very nice copy of Horne' famous essay, first published (with three extra plates) a year earlier in the 'Books About Books' series edited by A W Pollard. (Book ref. 14631)
Sotheby & Co., 1965 4to.,ILLUSTRATED AND BEST EDITION, with a fine coloured frontispiece, 2 coloured plates, 128 monochrome plates of bindings on 84 and several facsimiles in the text; original printed boards, a fine copy. With the errata slip, and several relevant cuttings loosely inserted. This, the first and most important of the renowned Abbey sales, comprised no fewer than 694 lots. The catalogue (of which this is the best issue) includes an introduction and indexes of books on vellum, binders, booksellers, previous owners and armorial bindings. An unillustrated issue was produced in conventional Sotheby wrappers. (Book ref. 3150)
Bodleian Library, Oxford, [1951] 8vo., First Edition, with 24 plates, small neat signature on front inner wrapper; original printed wrappers, sewed as issued, a very good, clean copy. Bodleian Picture Books, No. 2. (Book ref. 8661)
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Sotheby's, 1965[-70] 6 vols., 8vo., with (in Part 5) numerous coloured and monochrome facsimiles of illustrations and bindings (a number folding and many full-page), small neat annotation on front cover of Part 1; original printed wrappers, all very good, bright, clean copies. The Abbey Collection, formed over more than fifteen years, ranked as one of the finest assemblies of illustrated printed books and fine bindings (especially British and French) in the world. It was sold progressively from 1965 onwards following Abbey's death. Most parts were issued in both Illustrated and Unillustrated Issues. The present series comprises: Part 1: 21-23 June 1965; Part 2: 14-16 November 1966; Part 3: 19-21 June 1967; Part 4: 6 November 1967; Part 5: 2 June 1970; Part 6: 19 October 1970. (Book ref. 6579)
Edward Arnold, [1935] 8vo., Second Edition, with very numerous diagrams throughout; strongly bound BY SMITH AND SON in the Wellington College prize style of oatmeal full buckram, upper board with college arms blocked in gilt, backs with brown leather labels lettered and ruled in gilt, a very good, clean copy. First published in 1932. The binding is signed on rear paste-down. WITH THE WELLINGTON COLLEGE ARMORIAL PRIZE BOOKPLATE ON FRONT PASTE-DOWN. The bookplate awards the Pentland Prize for Progress in Research to K G Newton in June 1935. The plate is completed and signed by F B Malim, Master. WELLINGTON COLLEGE PRIZE BINDINGS ARE VERY SCARCE (Book ref. 16262)