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LABE (L). COX (E.M), trans.: The Debate between Folly and Cupid. Written by Louise Labe of Lyons about 1550 and now first completely done into English by Edwin Marion Cox. 326 COPIES WERE PRINTED
Williams & Norgate, 1925 Sm. 4to., First Edition, on laid paper, with title in blue and black; original blye buckram, ivory buckram back, gilt back, uncut, backstrip moderately browned (but all lettering wholly legible) else a very good, crisp, clean copy. EDITION LIMITED TO 326 NUMBERED COPIES SIGNED BY THE TRANSLATOR (THIS COPY NO. 17). (Book ref. 19187) £60.00
STEVENSON (R.L). RHYS (E), intro.: An Inland Voyage. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes. Silverado Squatters. [Introduction by Ernest Rhys. Everyman's Library]. NEAR FINE COPY IN UNCLIPPED d/w WITH COPYRIGHT STAMP
Dent, [1928] Sm. 8vo., Second Impression thus, small signature on front paste-down; original series binding of green cloth, upper board blocked in blind, gilt back, green top, decorative endpapers, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w. With the Rhys EL essay at end AND 2 2/5D COPYRIGHT STAMP ON REAR FREE ENDPAPER RECTO. First published in Everymans Library in 1925. Copies with copyright stamps are increasingly difficult to find. A lovely copy and very scarce in this condition. EL 766; Seymour 957.1 (Book ref. 19140) £40.00
DOBREE (B).: English Essayists. [Britain in Pictures series]
Collins, 1946 4to., First Edition, with 8 coloured plates and 24 monochrome illustrations in the text; original series binding of pictorial boards, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w, the latter lightly browned at edges and on (predominantly white) rear panel. Published in Collins' well-known 'Britain in Pictures' series. Uncommon in this condition. Carney 106. (Book ref. 19145) £16.00
MUNDY (A). [PAFFORD (J.H.P), ed.]: Chruso-Thriambos. The Triumphs of God. Compiled and performed on behalf of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in honour of Sir James Pemberton, Lord Mayor of London 29 October 1611. 600 COPIES WERE PRINTED. WITH EDITOR'S A.L.s
[Privately Printed, 1962] 8vo., First Edition thus, on laid paper, text in black letter; original navy blue buckram, upper board blocked in gilt, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy. (Book ref. 19106) £40.00
[BLUNDEN (E), CECIL (D), CHAPMAN (R.W), GARROD (H.W), LEWIS (C.S), POTTLE (F.A), TILLOTSON (G) et al, contribs. BONE (M), illus.].: Essays on the Eighteenth Century. Presented to David Nichol Smith in Honour of his Seventieth Birthday. 1250 COPIES WERE PRINTED
Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1945 8vo., First and Sole Edition, on laid paper, with a fine portrait frontispiece of Smith by Bone, small neat contemporary signature on front paste-down; original blue buckram, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy. EDITION LIMITED TO 1250 COPIES. Smith was Merton Professor of English Literature in the University of Oxford. This wonderful encomium includes a bibliography of his works. Collects nineteen extended essays by many of Smith's most eminent literary contemporaries. 'Addison' (C.S. Lewis), 'The Conciseness of Swift' (Herbert Davis), 'Deane Swift, Hawkesworth, and the Journal to Stella' (Harold Williams). 'Pope at Work' (George Sherburn), 'The Inspiration of Pope's Poetry' (John Butt), 'Where Once Stood their Plain Homely Dwelling' (Collins Baker), ''Some Aspects of Eighteenth Century Prose' (James Sutherland), 'Note on the Composition of Gray's Elegy' (H.W. Garrod), 'John Langhorne' (Hugh MacDonald), 'Notes on some Lesser Poets of the Eighteenth Century' (W.L. Renwick), 'The Formal Parts of Johnson's Letters' (R.W. Chapman), 'Mrs. Piozzi's Letters' (James L Clifford), 'The Power of Memory in Boswell and Scott' (F.A. Pottle), 'Robert Burns' (R. Dewar), 'Fanny Burney's Novels' (Lord David Cecil), 'Elegant Extracts' (Edmund Blunden), ''The Old Cumberland Beggar and the Wordworth Unities' (H V D Dyson), 'Matthew Arnold and Eighteenth-Century Poetry' (Geoffrey Tillotson), 'A List of the Writings of David Nichol Smith 1896-1945' (F P Wilson), 'Index' (Arthur Tillotson). (Book ref. 19128) £40.00
[BLUNDEN (E), CECIL (D), CHAPMAN (R.W), GARROD (H.W), LEWIS (C.S), POTTLE (F.A), TILLOTSON (G) et al, contribs. BONE (M), illus.].: Essays on the Eighteenth Century. Presented to David Nichol Smith in Honour of his Seventieth Birthday. 1250 COPIES WERE PRINTED
Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1945 8vo., First and Sole Edition, on laid paper, with a fine portrait frontispiece of Smith by Bone, small neat contemporary signature on front paste-down; original blue buckram, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in the d/w. EDITION LIMITED TO 1250 COPIES. Smith was Merton Professor of English Literature in the University of Oxford. This wonderful encomium includes a bibliography of his works. Collects nineteen extended essays by many of Smith's most eminent literary contemporaries. 'Addison' (C.S. Lewis), 'The Conciseness of Swift' (Herbert Davis), 'Deane Swift, Hawkesworth, and the Journal to Stella' (Harold Williams). 'Pope at Work' (George Sherburn), 'The Inspiration of Pope's Poetry' (John Butt), 'Where Once Stood their Plain Homely Dwelling' (Collins Baker), ''Some Aspects of Eighteenth Century Prose' (James Sutherland), 'Note on the Composition of Gray's Elegy' (H.W. Garrod), 'John Langhorne' (Hugh MacDonald), 'Notes on some Lesser Poets of the Eighteenth Century' (W.L. Renwick), 'The Formal Parts of Johnson's Letters' (R.W. Chapman), 'Mrs. Piozzi's Letters' (James L Clifford), 'The Power of Memory in Boswell and Scott' (F.A. Pottle), 'Robert Burns' (R. Dewar), 'Fanny Burney's Novels' (Lord David Cecil), 'Elegant Extracts' (Edmund Blunden), ''The Old Cumberland Beggar and the Wordworth Unities' (H V D Dyson), 'Matthew Arnold and Eighteenth-Century Poetry' (Geoffrey Tillotson), 'A List of the Writings of David Nichol Smith 1896-1945' (F P Wilson), 'Index' (Arthur Tillotson). (Book ref. 19129) £60.00
WORDSWORTH (W). DE SELINCOURT (E), ed.: The Prelude or Growth of a Poet's Mind (Text of 1805). Edited from the Manuscripts with Introduction and Notes by Ernest de Selincourt. NEAR FINE COPY IN THE d/w
Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1933 8vo., First Edition thus, with a portrait frontispiece; original Oxford cloth, sides blocked in gilt and blind, gilt back, blue top, a near fine copy in the d/w, the latter lightly creased and frayed at edges. Selincourt's mighty edition of the first text was first published in the Library Edition of 1928. For this more accessible version he shortens the introduction by omitting the lengthy descriptions of the various MSS and his extensive critical apparatus. Very scarce in this condition (Book ref. 19084) £78.00
[BELL (D.H), Capt.]. WILLIAMSON (H), intro.: A Soldier's Diary of the Great War. With an Introduction by Henry Williamson. [Second Impression]. IN UNCLIPPED d/w
Faber & Gwyer, [1929] 8vo., Second Impression, on laid paper, some very light occasional spotting, moderate offsetting from fold-ins to free endpapers; original red cloth, gilt back, an unusually bright, fresh, clean copy in unclipped d/w, the latter lightly browned at backstrip. Published two months after the first edition. A minor classic of WWI literature. 'The author of this diary [Captain D H Bell] was a serving territorial when war broke out and was in France with his Battalion by November. He got a commission in 1915, was twice wounded, transferred in 1916 to the Royal Flying Corps, 'crashed' in France and finished he service as a Flight Commander training observers at home. His diary is one of the most vivid that has appeared, and shows its writer to be a gallant and likeable character. Mr. Henry Williamson contributes an introduction, so different in spirit to the journal that an introduction from him seems hardly worth while from the anonymous author's point of view' (Falls). Williamson also prepared the text for publication dated 28 December 1929. Williamson's introduction was reprinted in 'Threnos for T E Lawrence', published by the HW Society in 1994. Extremely scarce in the d/w. Falls, p.176; Matthews, B1929. (Book ref. 19105) £60.00
ROCHEFOUCAULD, Duc de la. FITZGIBBON (C), trans.: The Maxims of the Duc de la Rochefoucauld. Translated into English by Constantine FitzGibbon. Together with an Introduction and Bibliographical Note
Allan Wingate, 1957 8vo., First Edition thus, with a portrait frontispiece, some light offsetting from fold-ins to free endpapers; original burgundy cloth, gilt back, red top, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped d/w. (Book ref. 19081) £16.00
GUERBER (H.A). STUART (D.M), rev.: The Myths of Greece and Rome. Revised by Dorothy Margaret Stuart
Harrap, [1953] 8vo., with a coloured frontispiece and 48 plates in monochrome; fore-edges very lightly spotted; original blue cloth, upper board blocked in blind, gilt back, blue top, a very good, clean copy in unclipped d/w. Guerber's classic collection was first published in 1907; Stuart's revised edition in 1938. (Book ref. 19047) £14.00
THOREAU [H.D]. CANBY (H.S).: Thoreau
Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1939 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece, title in red and black, and 15 plates; original red holland, upper board blocked in gilt, gilt back, a very good, clean copy. One of the best biographies of Thoreau, with a very useful bibliography. (Book ref. 18966) £30.00
ROMAINS (J). HOPKINS (G), trans.: Verdun. Translated from the French by Gerard Hopkins. SECOND EDITION IN ENGLISH
Peter Davies, [1940] 8vo., Second English Edition, with a folding double-sided map, neat contemporary signature on front free endpaper; original ivory buckram, gilt back, tinted edges, a very good, bright, clean copy. With a personal bookplate on front paste-down. Romain's classic novel of WWI was first published in 1938. The first English edition appeared in 1939 and the second a year later, just as the primary setting of the work was once more the centre of conflict. (Book ref. 18953) £20.00
JEROME (J.K). HILL (L.R), illus: Three Men on the Bummel. Illustrated by L. Raven Hill. IN FULL MOROCCO
J W Arrowsmith, Bristol, 1900 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece (original tissue guard present) and illustrations in the text; handsomely bound in red full morocco, back gilt with raised bands, a most attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. Published in Arrowsmith's 3/6 Series as vol. XXXVI. (Book ref. 18944) £252.00
GRAY (T). KETTON-CREMER (R.W).: Thomas Gray. A Biography
University Press, Cambridge, 1955 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece and 7 plates, , frontispiece yellowed at edges; original brugunby cloth, gilt back, grey top, fore-edges lightly dust-soiled else a very good, bright copy in the d/w, the latter moderately age-soiled. Ketton-Cremer's classic 'life' remains the definitive biography. Clarke & Gretton A17; Gretton A15. (Book ref. 18981) £34.00
HARDY (T).: The Return of the Native [Pocket Edition]. BLUE CALF ISSUE
Macmillan, 1929 Sm. 8vo., with title in red and black and a full-page map in the text, endpapers very lightly browned; full blue soft calf, upper board blocked in blind with TH monogram, back gilt extra, gilt top, blue silk marker, backstrip lightly chafed at head and tail else a very good, bright, clean copy. The blue calf issues of this most attractive series are scarce. (Book ref. 18916) £26.00
ELWIN (M).: The First Romantics [Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley]
Macdonald, [1947] 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece and 3 plates; blue cloth, gilt back, boards very lightly dust-soiled else a good, bright, clean copy in unclipped d/w, the latter mildly rubbed and frayed at edges. (Book ref. 18923) £12.00
VIRGIL. RIEU (E.V), trans.: The Pastoral Poems. A Translation of The Eclogues by E.V. Rieu. NEAR FINE FIRST EDITION IN PENGUIN CLASSICS WITH UNCLIPPED d/w
Penguin, [Harmondsworth, 1949] 8vo., First Edition thus; original printed wrappers, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w. Cover illustration by William Grimmond. Very scarce in this condition. Penguin Classics, L8. (Book ref. 18900) £30.00
VIRGIL. KNIGHT (W.F.J), trans.: The Aeneid. Translated into English Prose with an Introduction by W.F. Jackson Knight. FIRST EDITION IN PENGUIN CLASSICS
Penguin, [Harmondsworth, 1956] 8vo., First Edition thus, with 3 full-page maps and a full-page pedigree; original printed wrappers, a very good, clean copy. Cover roundel by George Buday. Penguin Classics, L51 (Book ref. 18903) £10.00
KINGSLEY (C). [RHYS (E), intro].: Hereward the Wake 'Last of the English'. [Introduction by Ernest Rhys. Everyman's Library]. NEAR FINE COPY IN UNCLIPPED d/w
Dent, [1929] Sm. 8vo., small signature on front paste-down; original series binding of red cloth, upper board blocked in blind, gilt back, green top, decorative endpapers, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w. First published in Everymans Library in 1908. A lovely copy and very scarce in this condition. EL 296; Seymour 589.0. (Book ref. 18906) £36.00
DICKENS (C). PHIZ, illus.: The Works of Charles Dickens. The Authentic Edition. [Printed from the Edition that was carefully corrected by the Author I 1867 and 1868]. BRIGHT EXTENDED SET [WANTING ONE VOLUME] OF THE AUTHENTIC EDITION IN WHOLLY UNRESTORED PUBLISHER'S BINDING.
Chapman & Hall, [1901] 21 vols., [of 22] 8vo., First Edition thus, with coloured frontispieces (with original guards captioned in red), illustrated titles, printed titles in red and black, and very numerous plates (original guards captioned in red), some mild and sporadic foxing (nowhere offensive) in two or three volumes, three volumes with neat inscriptions on front free endpapers; original publisher's binding of ribbed green cloth, upper boards blocked and lettered in gilt, backs blocked and letered in gilt, gilt tops, uncut, pictorial green endpapers, thtree backstrips a little dulled (but all gilt entirely legible), a remarkably bright, clean near set. With a small quantity of relevant ephemera loosely inserted. TWO VOLUMES II AND XI) BEAR A BOOKPLATE STATING THAT THESE VOLUMES WERE PRESENTATION COPIES FROM HM QUEEN ALEXANDRA. The collection comprises: Vol. I: The Pickwick Papers; Vol. II: A Tale of Two Cities; Vol. III: Oliver Twist; Vol. IV: Christmas Books; Vol V: Nicholas Nickleby; Vol. VI: Martin Chuzzlewit; Vol. VII: Dombey and Son; Vol. VIII: The Old Curiosity Shop; Vol. IX: Barnaby Rudge; Vol. X: David Copperfield; Vol. XI: Bleak House; Vol. XII: Little Dorrit; Vol. XIII: Great Expectations; Vol. XIV: Our Mutual Friend; Vol. XV: Hard Times and Reprinted Pieces; Vol. XVI: Sketches by Boz; Vol. XVII: American Notes and Pictures from Italy; Vol. XVIII: The Uncommercial Traveller, The Lamplighter, To be Read at Dusk, Sunday Under Three Heads, The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices; ' Vol. XX: Christmas Stories; Vol. XXI: The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Master Humphrey's Clock; Additional Volume: Miscellaneous Papers. THE MISSING VOLUME IS XIX. A CHILD'S HISTORY OF ENGLAND - BUT THE EXTREMELY SCARCE ADDITIONAL VOLUME IS PRESENT IN NEAR FINE STATE. Complete sete of this outstanding edition are very scarce indeed; extended sets (with the Additional Volume) even more so. (Book ref. 18907) £320.00