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  1. 116497
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    The Collected Works:

    Vol.II: The King’s Threshold. On Baile’s Strand. Deirdre. The Shadowy Waters; Vol.III: Countess Cathleen. The Land of Heart’s Desire. The Unicorn from the Stars; Vol.IV: The Hour-Glass. Cathleen Ni Houlihan. The Golden Helmet. The Irish Dramatic Movement; Vol.V: The Celtic Twilight. Stories of Red Hanrahan; Vol.VI: Ideas of Good and Evil; Vol.VII: The Secret Rose; Rosa Alchemica. The Tables of Law. The Adoration of the Magi. John Sherman and Dhoya; Vol.VIII: Dicoveries. Edmund Spenser. Poetry and Tradition; & Other Essays.
    First collected edition of Yeats's work, signed by Yeats on the half-title of volume four (very scarce thus), one of the 250 first issue sets in the deluxe quarter vellum binding, with the publisher's imprint on the spines and title pages, from a total edition of 1,060 sets printed at the Shakespeare Head Press. The signature to the half title of volume four reads "W. Learn More
    £5,000

    Date of Publication: 1908

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116497

    Signed: Yes

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  2. 116450

    Modern Painters.

    Fifth edition, revised by the author. A handsomely bound set. Ruskin's "earliest major work was Modern Painters, of which the first volume, containing the celebrated defence of Turner, appeared anonymously in 1843... Modern Painters was to occupy Ruskin for another seventeen years, spanning the whole period of his writing on art... The second volume, a survey of Italian art which demands special notice as one of the direct causes of the foundation of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, appeared in 1846. Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: 1851

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116450

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  3. 116446detail

    The Novels.

    With an introduction by Andrew Lang. With illustrations by E. J. Wheeler.
    Limited to 1250 copies printed for America of which this is number 1152. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1894

    Published: Boston

    Stock Code: 116446

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. The History of the Norman Conquest of England,

    The History of the Norman Conquest of England,

    its causes and its results.
    First edition of volumes III-V; second edition, revised, of volumes I-II; an index volume was issued later, in 1879. A magisterial history which was to have a profound influence on the development of English historiography. "The longest of Freeman's works, the best remembered and the most influential… was begun on 7 December 1865, when he was forty-two, at the height of his physical and mental powers. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1869

    Published: Oxford

    Stock Code: 116050

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  7. The Works.

    The Works.

    A handsomely bound set of Goldsmiths works. Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: 1854

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116025

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  8. The Poetical Works and other Writings.

    The Poetical Works and other Writings.

    Now first brought together including poems and numerous letters not before published edited with notes and appendices by Harry Buxton Forman. In four volumes.
    A particularly handsome set of Keatss worksS Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1883

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116013

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  9. The Works

    The Works.

    With a critical introduction by Charles F. Richardson.
    The Tamerlane edition. Number 239 of 300 sets, printed on Ruisdael hand-made paper. Learn More
    £3,750

    Date of Publication: 1902

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115945

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  10. The Works.

    The Works.

    The Artist's edition, number 14 of 100 sets. A handsomely bound and beautifully illustrated set, with an unusually small limitation. Learn More
    £3,750

    Date of Publication: [c.1900]

    Published: Boston

    Stock Code: 115812

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    Catalogue général des incunables des bibliothèques publiques de France.

    First edition of Pellechet's indispensable bibliographical resource. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1897-1905-1909

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 115555

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  12. The Plays.

    The Plays.

    From the corrected text of Johnson and Steevens.
    First Heath edition in book form. originally issued in parts by Robinson between 1802 and 1804. The London-born son of a bookbinder, James Heath (1757-1834) became one of the most widely-employed engravers of the age, producing illustrations for such celebrated works as Lavater's Essays on Physiognomy (1789), Vancouver's A voyage of discovery to the north Pacific Ocean and round the world (1798), Bruce's Travels (1790) and the frontispiece portrait to Boswell's Life of Johnson (1790). Learn More
    £4,750

    Date of Publication: 1807

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115551

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  13. The Holy Bible.

    The Holy Bible.

    Containing the Old & New Testament & the Apocrypha.
    A splendidly bound and illustrated Bible. The appealing plates are mostly signed by either John Fulleylove (1845-1908), who "exhibited drawings of the Holy Land in 1902" (ODNB), or by R. Talbot Kelly (1861-1934) with the date 1896 or 1902, this last being the year that A & C Black published his popular work, Egypt Painted and Described. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1911

    Published: London and Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 115378

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  14. In English Homes.

    In English Homes.

    The Internal Character, Furniture & Adornments of Some of the Most Notable Houses in England, Historically Depicted from Photographs Specially taken by Charles Latham,
    First edition of the third volume, second of the second, and third of the first (which was first published in 1904). A handsomely bound set featuring the great historic estates of England. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1909

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115351

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  15. "The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, Begun in the Year 1641. With the precedent Passages, and Actions, that contributed thereunto, and the happy End, and Conclusion thereof by the King's blessed Restoration, and Return upon the 29th of

    "The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, Begun in the Year 1641. With the precedent Passages, and Actions, that contributed thereunto, and the happy End, and Conclusion thereof by the King's blessed Restoration, and Return upon the 29th of

    [And:] The Life of Edward Earl of Clarendon. Containing, I. An Account of the Chancellor’s Life from his Birth to the Restoration in 1660. II. A Continuation of the same, and of his History of the Grand Rebellion, from the Restoration to his Banishment in 1667. Written by Himself. Printed from his Original Manuscripts, given to the University of Oxford, by the Heirs of the late Earl of Clarendon.
    First editions of the Life and volume three of the History, the first and second volumes originally published in 1702 and 1703. Clarendon's History of the Rebellion has been described as "the most sophisticated and finely balanced history yet written in English" (ODNB). The book, long delayed after Clarendon's death, is a magnificent Oxford production and a superb example of Oxford typography, adorned with finely engraved embellishments by the University engraver, the Dutchman Michael Burghers, "one of the handsomest books hitherto produced in England" (Barker, The OUP and the Spread of Printing, p. Learn More
    £1,875

    Date of Publication: 1759

    Published: Oxford

    Stock Code: 115346

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  16. The Complete Works.

    The Complete Works.

    Revised from the original editions. With historical and analytical introductions to each play, also notes explanatory and critical, and a life of the poet: By J. O. Halliwel, Esq., F.R.S., F.S.A.
    A handsomely bound set of Shakespeare's plays including his poems and sonnets. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: [c.1890]

    Published: London & New York

    Stock Code: 115219

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    Complete set of Jeeves and Wooster titles.

    First editions, first impressions, of the complete set of Jeeves and Wooster titles from the first collection, My Man Jeeves (1919), to the last story, Aunts Aren't Gentlemen (1974), and including the short story collections in which Jeeves and Wooster appear alongside other characters, all in their first London editions. Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1919

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115198

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  18. The Works.

    The Works.

    With a preface by Mrs Stevenson.
    The Biographical edition. A handsomely bound set of Stevenson's works including his popular children's novel Treasure Island. Learn More
    £2,100

    Date of Publication: 1908

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115194

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  19. The Works.

    The Works.

    [Method and Results; Darwiniana; Science and Education; Science and Hebrew Tradition; Science and Christian Tradition; Hume; Man’s Place in Nature; Discourses; Evolution and Ethics.]
    Author's edition, one of 1,000 numbered sets collecting works by the British biologist and science educationist Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–1895). "Huxley published over 400 essays, papers, letters, reviews, and books. Many of his papers on invertebrate anatomy and vertebrate palaeontology were amassed by Foster and Lankester into five volumes as The Scientific Memoirs of Thomas Henry Huxley (1898–1903) and Huxley had himself republished his best articles in nine volumes of Collected Essays (1893–4)—a tenth was in preparation but never appeared. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1894

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115182

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  20. Smithsonian Scientific Series.
    signed

    Smithsonian Scientific Series.

    Signed limited edition, one of 875 sets signed by C. G. Abbot and especially prepared for the patrons of the Smithsonian. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1929-32

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 115175

    Signed: Yes

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