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Island Books [formerly of Devon]

Fine and Rare Books at the foot of the South Downs
Macmillan, 1902 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece (original tissue guard present), very numerous illustrations (a number full-page) in the text and a folding map, neat signature on front free endpaper, some moderate foxing to first and last leaves; cloth gilt, gilt back, gilt top, uncut , backstrip faded else a good, firm copy. With 4pp series catalogue bound in at end. The first edition is scarce. (Book ref. 16404)
University Press, Cambridge, 1928[-30] 2 vols., roy. 8vo., First Edition; original plum cloth, gilt backs, backstrips lightly sunned, first volume with slight pull at headband else a very good, bright, clean set. With the fine engraved armorial bookplates of the Dean & Chapter Library of Durham Cathedral on front paste-downs, and the trade ticket of the House of Andrews, Durham, on rear paste-downs. Sold from the library with its duly cancelled bookplates, neat stamps on half-titles and titles, and neat press-labels on backstrips. A very bright, clean set with distinguished provenance. (Book ref. 17103)
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Smith, Elder, 1857 8vo., First Edition, with 48 illustrations (3 full-page) in the text; original decorative cloth, elaborately blocked in blind, gilt back, uncut, covers mildly age-soiled, back a little faded (but all gilt entirely legible), backstrip lightly frayed at head and tail, else a very good, clean, tight copy now housed in a very handsome custom-made green full Chieftan morocco solander case with gilt back and marbled boards. RUSKIN'S OWN COPY WITH HIS BRANTWOOD BOOKPLATE ON FRONT PASTE-DOWN.Complete with 16pp publisher's catalogue (dated June 1857) bound in at end and the nineteenth century binder's ticket of Westley of London on rear paste-down.First edition of Ruskin's drawing lessons for children. Intended for those without recourse to a drawing-master, it provides a series of eminently practical exercises supported by illustrations.Ruskin was always greatly interested in the teaching of art. Perhaps his most famous pupil was Alice Liddell (Carroll's 'Alice') to whom he taught drawing and painting, as a result of which he appears in 'Alice in Wonderland' as the 'Drawing Master', an 'old Conger Eel' who attended 'once a week' and 'taught us Drawling, Stretching and Fainting in Coils'.Ruskin's lifelong love of the English Lakes began when he sat by Coniston at the age of eighteen, but it was not until his early fifties that he finally purchased Brantwood, one of the most splendid houses in the Lake District. Although he had not seen the interior he reasoned that any house opposite Coniston 'must be beautiful' and in 1871 secured the freehold from William Linton for the sum of 1,500. He moved in a year later, and the house became not merely a blissfully happy home but a renowned centre of artistic and literary endeavour for Ruskin and his circle. Brantwood remains today a place of pilgrimage for admirers and scholars of one of the greatest Victorian polymaths. (Book ref. 7511)
Swan Sonnenschein & Co., n.d. [c.1882] 8vo., with a double-page facsimile, 2 full-page maps, and a full-page pedigree in the text, some light and occasional foxing to preliminaries, half-title and title [only], fore-edges very lightly spotted; attractively bound in late nineteenth century half calf, marbled boards ruled in blind, gilt top, very neatly rebacked in calf to style, marbled endpapers heightened with gilt, a very good, bright, clean copy. This copy was formerly in the library of Thomas Falcon RBA. It bears his dated signature on front free endpaper and his fine printed Gaelic bookplate on front paste-down. The bookplate displays his initials, the date 1898, his place of residence at Studland and the Gaelic motto 'Is fhearr caitheamh na meirgeadh', usually translated as 'Better to wear than to rust'. Thomas Adolphus Falcon (1872-1944) was an eminent landscape painter and silversmith of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Born at Pudsey in Yorkshire, he was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Trinity College Cambridge. He was elected Member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1902 and exhibited over 130 works with them. He was also an exhibitor at the Royal Academy, the Royal Cambrian Academy, the Royal Society of Artists at Birmingham, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, Manchester City Art Gallery, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. His published works include Dartmoor Illustrated (1900) and Pictorial Dartmoor (1902); he also provided the photographs for the 1902 edition of Crossing's 'Ancient Stone Crosses of Dartmoor'. A long-term resident of the West Country, he lived first at Braunton in Devon and later at Studland on Dorset's Isle of Purbeck (viz. bookplate). His son Norman became a noted geologist. (Book ref. 19138)
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Arthur L Humphreys, 1898 2 vols., 4to., First Edition thus, on laid paper, titles in red and black, free endpapers mildly browned; original dove-blue boards, ivory paper backs lettered and numbered in black, uncut, first volume with chip at headband else a very good, bright, clean set. THIS COPY WAS FORMERLY IN THE LIBRARY OF CHARLES HESKETH FLEETWOOD-HESKETH AND BEARS HIS FINE COPPER-ENGRAVED ARMORIAL BOOKPLATE ON FRONT PASTE-DOWNS. Robert Osmond engraved this elaborate armorial for Charles Hesketh Fleetwood-Hesketh (1871-1947) in l911. Charles, only surviving son of John Bibby, of Hart Hall, Allerton, Liverpool and his second wife, Anna Maria Emily Fleetwood, eldest daughter of the Rev. Charles Hesketh, took the surname and arms of Hesketh by Royal Licence in 1899, and the surname and arms of Fleetwood-Hesketh in 1907. With two helms and crests, and elaborate mantling on a shaded ground, this shows Osmond at his most ambitious. See Brian Lee: 'The Renaissance of Copper-Engraved Bookplates in Britain' (Coat of Arms 187, 1999). The translation is that of Davies and Vaughan, first published by Macmillan in 1866. RARE. (Book ref. 24278)
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Jonathan Cape, [1929] 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, some light offsetting to free endpapers; blue cloth, backstrip with printed paper label, uncut, covers lightly faded else a very good, clean copy. WITH THE FINE ENGRAVED ARMORIAL BOOKPLATE OF SYDNEY WATERLOW ON FRONT PASTE-DOWN. Waterlow, a career diplomat, was Ambassador to Greece from 1933-1939. (Book ref. 21193)
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Edward Stanford, 1881 8vo., First Edition, with an engraved frontispiece (original tissue guard present), 9 plates and 7 illustrations in the text, neat contemporary signature on half-title; original green cloth, sides elaborately blocked and lettered in gilt, black and blind, back gilt extra, yellow endpapers, hinges cracked (but binding entirely sound), a remarkably bright, clean copy. (Book ref. 13486)
Hutchinson, 1930 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece and front endpaper map, some moderate spotting (mainly marginal); original red cloth, gilt back, case slightly shaken and one gathering loose but a complete working copy. This copy was formerly in the library of Sir Reginald Spence and bears his fine engraved armorial bookplate on half-title. Sold from an institution with its bookplate on front free endpaper verso and small blind stamp on title. A British officer's penetrating assessment of pre-Independence India. Includes a bibliography. (Book ref. 20137)
Adam & Charles Black, Edinburgh, 1888 2 vols., 8vo., First Edition thus, with a portrait frontispiece (original tissue guard present), neat contemporary inscription on blank preliminary of first volume; original red cloth, gilt backs, chocolate endpapers, backstrips moderately age-faded (but all gilt wholly legible), short split in lower joints (but binding entirely sound), a very good, tight set. With a nineteenth century 'arts & crafts'-style personal bookplate on front paste-downs. Complete with advertisement leaf at rear of each volume. Contains 'On Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts', 'Early Memorials of Grasmere', 'Revolt of the Tartars', 'The Spanish Military Nun', 'The English Mail-Coach' and 'Suspiria de Profundis'. (Book ref. 14098)
Aberystwyth, 1938 8vo., on laid paper, with a frontispiece; boards, buckram back, a fine copy. EDITION LIMITED TO 500 COPIES. The collection is notable for numerous examples of bookplates of poets, authors, artists, lawyers and clerics. (Book ref. 257)
British Library and Oak Knoll Press, [1999] 4to., First Edition, with a frontispiece and very numerous reproductions from engravings in the text; cloth, gilt back, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. (Book ref. 8543)
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Ernest Benn, [1930] Roy. 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, with a portrait frontispiece, 6 plates, 4 folding maps and a diagram in the text, half-title and rear free endpaper moderately browned, some light spotting to text; original red cloth, upper board with double frame border in blind, gilt back, uncut, covers very lightly age-soiled else a very good, bright copy. This copy was formerly in the library of the Sandeman family, and bears the fine pictorial bookplate of Timothy W Sandeman on front paste-down and holograph signature of Christopher Sandeman on front free endpaper. Scarce. Cahill 111. (Book ref. 15866)
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Thomas Tegg, 1826 2 vols. in 1., 16mo., Second Tegg Edition, with an engraved frontispiece [of 2], 2 engraved title-vignettes, and 30 woodcut illustrations (the majority of fish) in the text, endpapers lightly age-stained; strongly bound in nineteenth-century full speckled calf, sides with gilt frame border, very neatly rebacked in calf to style, back with four raised bands, second compartment with red leather label ruled and lettered in gilt, all other compartments ruled in gilt, a very good, bright, crisp copy. WITH THE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ENGRAVED ARMORIAL BOOKPLATE OF RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN ON FRONT PASTE-DOWN. Includes the lives of the authors. A reprint of the 1797 Hawkins edition with neat woodcuts designed by W. Harvey and engraved by Williams and Thompson. Tragically, this copy wants the engraved frontispiece to Part I. SHERIDAN'S ARMORIAL BOOKPLATE IS EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE. Coigney 22; Horne 33, Westwood & Satchell p.226. (Book ref. 21812)
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Swan Sonnenschein, 1895 8vo., Second Edition, on laid paper, with a portrait frontispiece in photogravure, 2 plates in photogravure and 5 folding maps, neat signature on front free endpaper verso, half-title, frontispiece and title mildly spotted ; original red cloth, upper board framed in blind enclosing regimental crest of 16th Light Dragoons in gilt, gilt back, black endpapers, upper hinge tender (but binding entirely sound) else a very good, bright, clean copy. SIR CHARLES OMAN'S COPY WITH HIS NINETEENTH CENTURY ARMORIAL BOOKPLATE MOUNTED ON FRONT PASTE-DOWN. Tomkinson's Diary was first published in 1894 (a number of Press reviews is given on half-title verso). Widely regarded as a classic personal account of the campaign, it has been several times reissued but usually without the plates. This second edition contains the editor's final amendments, including the correction to the part played by Vivian's brigade at Waterloo. A RARE, POSSIBLY UNIQUE, ASSOCIATION COPY. Sandler 3277. (Book ref. 20436)
Chapman & Hall, 1922 8vo., First Edition, free endpapers mildly browned; original brown cloth, upper board and backstrip framed and lettered in black, uncut, backstrip very lightly sunned else a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper. With 5pp. publisher's catalogue at end. The first of Arthur Waugh's anthologies of Georgian stories, collecting twenty-two tales from (alphabetically) Aumonier, Beresford, Blackwood, Butts, Davey, Forster, George-Perez, Hastings, Hunt, Jesse, Kaye-Smith, Lawrence, Lunn, Mansfield, Maugham, Mayne, Mordaunt, Onions, Pertwee, Robinson, Sinclair and Waugh. Scarce in the dustwrapper (Book ref. 18314)
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Hurst and Blackett, 1856 2 vols., 8vo., First Edition, with engraved frontispieces, these and titles lightly foxed else contents and text remarkably clean and bright; handsomely bound in contemporary half calf, marbled boards, backs gilt with five raised bands, compartments tooled in gilt with elaborate frame border enclosing a floral device, two leather labels in black and green lettered in gilt to each volume, marbled edges, marbled endpapers, backstrips and corners lightly scuffed and worn else a most attractive copy in wholly unrestored period binding. WITH THE FINE ENGRAVED EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURY ARMORIAL BOOKPLATE OF FREDERICK GONNERMAN DALGETY IN EACH VOLUME. Frederick Gonnerman Dalgety (1817-1894), international business magnate and founder of Dalgety & Co., was one of Australia's most eminent nineteenth-century entrepreneurs. Born in Canada, he emigrated to Australia during the gold rush of the 1840's where he founded an international business empire that continues to this day. In common with most of the 'Ballarateers' he found no gold himself, but quickly realised there was money to be made by organising the selling of supplies to fellow gold-seekers. Trading first with the pastoral squatters, he benefited greatly during the gold rushes, making some 150,000 pounds from gold speculations alone during 1851 to 1855. In the latter period of his life he established a reputation as a shrewd collector of books and paintings, many of which were housed at his estate of Lockerley Hall in Hampshire. A handsome copy with a good nineteenth century provenance. See Brown & Christie. 154. (Book ref. 6014)
Grant Richards, 1902 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, free endpapers moderately browned; original decorative cloth gilt, gilt back, bevelled boards, gilt top, uncut, covers lightly age-faded else a good, firm copy. IVOR NOVELLO'S COPY WITH HIS ENGRAVED PICTORIAL BOOKPLATE ON FRONT PASTE-DOWN. This collected edition of Sir Edward Reed's verse is very scarce in its own right. (Book ref. 8169)
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)