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BRONTE (Emily); SPARK (Muriel) & STANFORD (Derek): Emily Bronte her Life and Work,
First Edition, 271pp royal octavo, large library stamp on title, free front endpaper removed, a good copy in original cloth, with dust-wrapper, London, Owen, 1960. (Book ref. 20743)   £8.00
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WORDSWORTH (William); copy of: Lady Mary Elgin: The Prelude, or Growth of a Poet's Mind; an Autobiographical Poem.
First Edition, x, 374, (i)pp royal octavo, with 8pp publisher's catalogue dated July 1850 inserted between front endpapers and advertisement leaf at end both as called for, original sand-grain blind-stamped cloth gilt lettered, with the original yellow endpapers, spine extremities very skilfully and professionally (nearly invisibly) restored, an excellent sound copy, London, Mozon, 1850. Ashley Library Catalogue Vol.VIII, pp. 35-36; Cornell 152; Tinker: 2358; Wise: 33. Photograph available on request. Copies are very rarely found in good state in the original cloth as published - they were often rebound because of the fine weave cloth originally used. The inserted advertisements were then discarded and the whole look of the book in its original state is then lost. Written between 1799 and 1805, this epic poem - often considered to be his finest long poem - was intended to form an introduction to "The Recluse", but this was never completed, only the second part ("The Excursion") being published. Wordsworth delayed its publication to allow his dependants to maximise the royalties. *PROVENANCE: Presentation copy from "Mary L. Elgin from L[ad]y Matilda Maxwell, 1851", inscribed in neat ink hand on blank before half title. Lady Mary Elgin [1788-1855], heiress and wife of Lord Elgin (the ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 1799 to 1803, remembered for removing marble friezes now known as the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon in Athens). Mary herself actually executed her husband's plan for their removal and shipment. By 1808 Elgin divorced her for adultery, forcing two scandalous trials via an act of Parliament, bringing scandal and notoriety to them both. Though she lost custody of her children, Elgin lost access to her fortune, precipitating the subsequent sale of the marbles for 35,000 to the British Museum. Elgin took sole custody of their four children denying contact to their shamed mother. He died in 1844, the year after the death of his first son, but the three daughters did not initiate a reunion with their mother until many years later. The second daughter was Lady Matilda (1802-1857), who married Sir John Maxwell (1791-1865) the 8th Baronet of Pollok in 1839. It was she who presented this copy of Wordsworth's Prelude, perhaps as a peace offering to her estranged mother. See Susan Nagel: 'Mistress of the Elgin Marbles: A Biography of Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin,' William Morrow, 2004. * The arrival of the marbles to Britain was a source of inspiration to many artists of the Romantic period and although Byron famously objected to their removal, John Keats was one of those who saw them privately exhibited in London, an event that inspired two of his sonnets. It is known, indeed, that Wordsworth himself viewed the marbles at the Museum and commented favorably on their aesthetics. (Book ref. 20519)   £495.00
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WALPOLE (Horace): The Mysterious Mother, A Tragedy,
First Dublin Edition, x, (3)-102pp., octavo, contemporary calf, light wear to hinges but an attractive copy, Dublin, Printed for John Archer, William Jones, and Richard White, 1791. With the engraved bookplate of James Clayhills of Invergowrie surrounded by sixteen pre-perforation British Penny Red stamps, all variously franked. First published at the Strawberry Hill Press in 1768 in an edition of 50, followed by a London edition of 1781 and then this Dublin edition. A Gothic play about incest for which Walpole offers a most humble sham apology in presenting it to the public - "he is sensible that the subject is disgusting, and by no means compensated by the execution" - and maintains he offers the printing only as a means to thwart the circulation of several pirated editions. (Book ref. 20506)   £180.00
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HENREY (Blanche): British Botanical and Horticultural Literature Before 1800. Comprising a History and Bibliography of Botanical and Horticultural Books Printed in England, Scotland, and Ireland from the Earliest Times until 1800.
First Edition, [and best edition - the reprints are not to the same standard], 3 vols, a fine set in original cloth with slip-case, folio, over 9" - 12", Oxford University Press, London, 1975. PHOTOGRAPHS SENT ON REQUEST. Comprising: Volume I: The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries History and Bibliography, pp. xxvi + 290. Colour frontispiece and 62 b/w plates. Volume II: The Eighteenth Century History, pp. xvi + 748. B/w frontispiece, 30 colour plates and 146 b/w plates. Volume III: The Eighteenth Century Bibliography, pp. xvii + 142. The great standard history and bibliography of some 1900 botanical and horticultural books printed in England, Scotland and Ireland from the earliest times to 1800. Over 1,500 entries are included in the bibliography, and the author has personally seen and collated most of the items, and indicates their locations. Extensively illustrated both in colour and monochrome plates, this work covers all aspects of the subject, including herbals, floras, nurserymen and their publications, work on gardening, garden design, and on botanical drawing books. (Book ref. 20490)   £140.00
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CARROLL (Lewis): WILLIAMS (S. H.) and MADAN (F.): A Handbook of the Literature of the Reverend C.L. Dodgson, (Lewis Carroll),
First Edition thus, limited to 754 numbered copies, portraits, facsimiles &c., xviii, [6], 336pp., 8vo, a few library marks and head of spine snagged but still a good copy in original cloth, London, Milford (Oxford University Press), 1931. A pioneer bibliography which contains excellent material that was edited out and lost in later editions.WMGC, 510. (Book ref. 20463)   £35.00
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CARROLL (Lewis): Imholtz, August A. , Jr. ; Lovett, Charlie; compilers & editors: In Memoriam Charles Lutwidge Dodgson 1832-1898 Obituaries of Lewis Carroll and Related Pieces
xxii, 192pp tall 8vo, a very good copy in original cloth, Lewis Carroll Society Of North America, New York, 1998. (Book ref. 20465)   £35.00
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CARROLL (Lewis): BAKEWELL (Michael): Lewis Carroll a Biography,
First Edition, xvii, 381pp., large octavo, a very good copy in original cloth, with dust-wrapper, London, Heineman, 1996. (Book ref. 20466)   £14.00
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BLAKE (William); WICK (Peter A.): William Blake Water-Color Drawings,
tall octavo, plates, very good copy in original printed wrappers, plates throughout, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 1957. (Book ref. 20378)   £14.00
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WOOLF (Virginia, contributes introductory letter) DAVIES (Margaret Llewelyn, editor): Life as we have known it. By Co operative Working Women.
142pp a very good paperback copy. London, Virago Press, 1977. (Book ref. 20170)   £12.00
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WOOLF (Virginia); ZWERDLING (Alex): Virginia Woolf and the Real World.
374pp., a very good paperback copy, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1986. (Book ref. 20356)   £10.00
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WOOLF (Virginia); ZWERDLING (Alex): Virginia Woolf and the Real World,
374pp tall octavo, a very good copy in original cloth, with dust-wrapper, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1986. (Book ref. 20355)   £20.00
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WOOLF (Virginia); WILSON (Jean Moorcroft): Virginia Woolf, Life and London, A Biography of Place,
255pp large octavo, a very good copy in original cloth, with dust-wrapper, with numerous plates and illustrations, London, Woolf, 1987. (Book ref. 20353)   £20.00
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WOOLF (Virginia); WILLIS (J. H.): Leonard and Virginia Woolf as Publishers. The Hogarth Press 1917 - 1941,
xvi, 451pp large octavo, a very good copy in original cloth, with dust-wrapper, Charlottesville, University Press of Virginia, 1992. (Book ref. 20352)   £20.00
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WOOLF (Virginia); WHITWORTH (Michael): Virginia Woolf.
268pp a good paperback copy, Authors in Context Series, London, Oxford University Press, 2005. (Book ref. 20350)   £10.00
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WOOLF (Virginia); WEBB (Ruth): Virginia Woolf, British Library Writers' Lives,
128pp small quarto, very good copy, paperback, with numerous plates and illustrations, London, The British Library, 2000. (Book ref. 20347)   £10.00
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WOOLF (Virginia); WARNER (Eric, editor): Virginia Woolf, A Centenary Perspective, forward by Quentin Bell,
reprint, 168pp tall octavo, a very good copy in original cloth, London, Macmillan, 1988. (Book ref. 20345)   £15.00
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WOOLF (Virginia); WARNER (Eric, editor): Virginia Woolf, A Centenary Perspective, forward by Quentin Bell,
168pp tall octavo, a very good copy in original cloth, with dust-wrapper, London, Macmillan, 1984. (Book ref. 20344)   £20.00
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WOOLF (Virginia); TURNBAUGH (Douglas Blair) Duncan Grant: Duncan Grant and the Bloomsbury Group [painter and Bloomsbury group associate],
106 illustrations, 119pp small folio, a very good copy in original cloth, with dust-wrapper, (this with some tears), Secaucus New Jersey, Stuart, 1987. (Book ref. 20343)   £30.00
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WOOLF (Virginia); TROMBLEY (Stephen): "All that Summer She was Mad", Virginia Woolf and her Doctors,
ix, 338pp large octavo, a very good copy in original cloth, with dust-wrapper, London, Junction Books, 1981. (Book ref. 20342)   £20.00
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WOOLF (Virginia); TODD (Pamela): Bloomsbury at Home,
192pp quarto, a very good copy in original cloth, with dust-wrapper, with numerous plates and illustrations, London, Pavilion, 1999. "Fascination with the Bloomsbury group continues unabated. This famous circle of friends - Virginia and Leonard Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Maynard Keynes, Lytton Strachey, Dora Carrington, Duncan Grant, and others - has become synonymous with devotion to the arts, acerbic wit, liberal ideas, and outrageous sexual frankness. In Bloomsbury at Home, for the first time, readers can experience this group visually-through their paintings, sketches, family photographs, and new photography of their homes and studios. Pamela Todd takes readers inside this notorious circle of British writers and artists for an intimate look at their private lives, their elaborate parties, and their unconventional homes and domestic arrangements. Using generous quotations from their diaries and letters, Todd re-creates life among this memorable group of individuals who dared to defy the restrictions of polite London society at the turn of the 20th century - and who still arouse interest and curiosity today." -dustwrapper (Book ref. 20341)   £20.00
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