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  1. 116951
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1903

    Published: Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 116951

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  2. 116950

    The Life of Robert Louis Stevenson.

    To his family and friends. Selected and edited with notes and introductions by Sidney Colvin.
    First edition in a fine Zaehnsdorf binding. Each volume with the spine panel of the original cloth bound in at rear. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1901

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116950

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  3. 116493

    The Complete Poetical Works.

    With an introduction by John Morley.
    A very attractively bound copy of Wordsworth's complete poems. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1903

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116493

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  4. 116480

    The Holy Bible,

    containing the Old and the New Testaments; newly translated out of the original tongues, and with the former translations diligently compared and revised, by His Majesty’s Special Command.
    A handsomely printed Georgian Bible in a grand period binding, with a fascinating provenance: from the library of the prominent Liverpool merchant and slave trader John Sparling (1731-1800). "John Sparling was in partnership with William Bolden in the Virginia trade from the 1750s, importing turpentine, tar and tobacco and exporting salt, hardware and woollen goods. Learn More
    £4,000

    Date of Publication: 1768

    Published: Cambridge

    Stock Code: 116480

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  5. 116476

    De l'Esprit des loix.

    Ou du Rapport que les loix doivent avoir avec la constitution de chaque gouvernement, les moeurs, le climat, la religion, le commerce, &c. à quoi l’auteur a ajouté des recherches nouvelles sur les loix romaines touchant les successions, sur les loix françoises, & sur les loix féodales.
    First edition of this classic in social science which influenced the formation of the United States Constitution and was the ideological basis of the French Revolution. "The most distinctive aspect of this immense syllabus is its moderation: a quality not designed to achieve official approval in 1748. It is an always original survey which is neither doctrinaire, visionary, eccentric, nor over-systematic" (PMM). Learn More
    £32,500

    Date of Publication: [1748]

    Published: Geneva

    Stock Code: 116476

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  6. 116452

    Poems.

    First Nimmo edition, attractively illustrated and including a Life of Lord Byron by Alexander Leighton, and handsomely bound. Learn More
    £195

    Date of Publication: 1861

    Published: Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 116452

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  7. 116451

    The Poetical Works.

    A very attractively bound comprehensive edition of Shelley's poetical works on India paper. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: [1920s]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116451

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  8. 116449

    Maud, and other poems.

    Eleventh edition.
    A strikingly bound copy of Tennyson's Maud, inscribed as an Eton College gift in 1869. This edition includes The Charge of the Light Brigade among the other poems. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1867

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116449

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  9. 116383

    The Poetical Works.

    A very handsomely bound library set of Walter Scott's poetical works, printed in Edinburgh during Scott's lifetime. Learn More
    £600

    Date of Publication: 1823

    Published: Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 116383

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  10. 116302

    The Travels of Marco Polo.

    Translated and introduced by Ronald Latham.
    A finely bound copy of Ronald Latham's acclaimed translation of Marco Polo's Travels. Learn More
    £185

    Date of Publication: 1968

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116302

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  11. 116294

    Specimens of the Russian Poets.

    With preliminary remarks and biographical notices.
    First edition of this anthology (misspelt "anathology" on the spine label) which features the works of Derzhavin, Batiushkov, Lomonosov, Zhukovsky, Karamsin, Dmitriev, Krilov, Khemnitzer, Bobrov, Bogdanovich, Davidov, Kostrov, and Neledinsky Meletzky, as well as national songs. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1821

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116294

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  12. 116237

    Memoirs of Count Grammont.

    With a portrait of the author and thirty-three etchings by L. Boisson on india paper from original compositions by C. Delort.
    Deluxe limited edition, number 107 of 780. The first Scott edition was published in 1811; the first English translation from the French appeared almost a century earlier in 1714. An account of Hamilton's brother-in-law, Count de Gramont, and the intrigues of the Restoration court, it is "written with such brilliancy and vivacity that it must always rank as a classic" (DNB). Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1889

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116237

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  13. 116128

    P. Virgilii Maronis Opera.

    Interepretatione et notis. Illustravit Carolus Ruaeus, Soc. Jesu. Jussu christianissimi Regis, ad usum serenissimi Delphini. Juxta editionem novissimam parisiensem. Huic editioni accessit index accuratissimus, antè editi longè locupletior.
    Scottish philosopher Sir William Hamilton's copy, presented to him while a pupil in his third year at Glasgow Grammar School, with his prize plate dated 1801 to the front pastedown. Hamilton (1788-1856) entered the school at the age of nine, and began taking Greek and Latin classes at the University of Glasgow in 1800, aged twelve. He was elected professor of logic and metaphysics at the University of Edinburgh in 1836, and "was best-known as the originator of ‘the philosophy of the conditioned', a philosophical perspective that combined, or in the eyes of critics inevitably failed to combine, the insights of Thomas Reid with those of Immanuel Kant" (ODNB). Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1798

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116128

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  14. 116104

    Poems; In Memoriam; Idylls of the King; and The Princess.

    A lavishly bound collection of Tennyson poetical works, mixed editions, including a wonderful piece of Tennyson ephemera, the "In Memoriam, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate, &c" order of service for the memorial held at Westminster Abbey on Sunday 16th October 1892, after his death on the 6th October. Also laid in is a newspaper clipping printing some unpublished lines by Tennyson, opening "O who is he the simple fool / Who says that wars are over?" There is also a purple flower laid in at The Lotos Eaters. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1853-68

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116104

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  15. 116099

    The Cricket of the Hearth.

    A Tale of Home. With illustrations by C. E. Brock.
    A fine vellucent binding by Cedric Chivers, delicately embellished with mother-of-pearl. The vellucent technique was developed by Cedric Chivers in the early 1900s. In contrast to the earlier method used by Edwards of Halifax, the painting was not done on the underside of the transparent vellum, but on paper which was attached to the binding and covered with vellum. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1906

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116099

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  16. The Vicar of Wakefield.
    £575

    Date of Publication: 1929

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116069

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  17. The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.

    The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.

    First Doves Press edition, one of 250 copies on paper, with the first initial hand-illuminated in green Edward Johnston, this copy finely bound by René Kieffer (1875-1964), who worked for ten years at the famed Chambolle-Duru bindery in Paris before establishing his own workshop in 1903, and going on to become one of the leading binders in Paris. The binding is signed in gilt by Kieffer on the front pastedown, and also bears his binders ticket to the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: June 1889

    Published: Hammersmith

    Stock Code: 115991

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  18. Greece: Pictorial, Descriptive,  Historical.

    Greece: Pictorial, Descriptive, Historical.

    With numerous engravings illustrative of the scenery, architecture, costume, and fine arts of that country and a History of the Characteristics of Greek Art by George Scharf. A New Edition, revised, with notes of recent discoveries, by H. F. Tozer.
    First edition edited by the distinguished geographer, classical scholar and friend of Edward Lear, H. F. Tozer (1829-1916), "he was a keen observer of the landscape (including the flora - he was a skilled botanist) and of the people who lived in it and the regimes under which they lived. In Greece especially he absorbed much local folklore". Christopher Wordsworth's comprehensive study of Greece, first published in book-form in 1840. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1882

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115934

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  19. Joseph Conrad: Life and Letters.

    Joseph Conrad: Life and Letters.

    First edition, first printing, of one of the first biographies following Conrad's death in 1924, preserving material "that might otherwise have been lost" (The New Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad, 2015, p. 190). Georges Jean-Aubry was a French music critic who numbered not just Conrad but also Debussy and Ravel among his friends. A superbly bound copy. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1927

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115931

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  20. The Sentiment of Flowers; or Language of Flora.

    The Sentiment of Flowers; or Language of Flora.

    With Twenty-nine Plates, containing One Hundred and Seventy Figures of Plants Carefully Drawn and Beautifully Coloured, by James Andrews.
    Ninth edition, first published in 1836 with just 12 plates, this appears to be the edition with the largest number of plates. All of these early, self-published editions are uncommon, Copac offering just 5 locations for editoons between 1839 - "sixth thousand" - and 1842. In his preface Tyas (1811-79) admits his indebtedness to Charlotte de Latour's Le Langage des Fleurs, which was translated by Frederic Shoberl in 1834, becoming the "first really popular English flower book" (Seaton, The Language of Flowers: A History, p. Learn More
    £950

    Date of Publication: 1842

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115930

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