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  1. 116537

    Treasure Island.

    Illustrated Edition.
    First illustrated UK edition of Stevenson's classic, which was originally serialised in the magazine Young Folks between October 1881 and January 1882, and published in book form the following year. The first US edition, issued by Roberts Bros in 1884, was also illustrated, but contained four plates only. Uncommon. Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1885

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116537


  2. 116533

    Vanity Fair. A Novel without a Hero.

    With Illustrations on Steel and Wood by the Author.
    First edition in book form, with the three points traditionally taken to denote first issue (drop-head title in rustic lettering to page 1, the "Marquis of Steyne" vignette on page 336, later suppressed, and "Mr. Pitt" for "Sir Pitt" on page 453, line 31), although, as the novel was originally published in twenty parts between January 1847 and July 1848, such points conceivably would have been amended before serialization was completed. Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1848

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116533


  3. 116490comp

    Grimms Other Tales.

    A new selection by Wilhelm Hansen: translated & edited by Ruth Michaelis-Jena and Arthur Ratcliff: Illustrated with ten wood-engravings by Gwenda Morgan.
    First edition, copy number 7 of 75 specially bound deluxe copies, signed by the illustrator, from a limited edition of 500 copies printed in Poliphilus type on Arnold's mould-made paper by the Chiswick Press. Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1956

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116490

    Signed: Yes


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    El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.

    Nueva edicion corregida por la Real Academia Española.
    First printing of the celebrated Ibarra edition. Printed for La Real Academia Española (the Spanish Royal Academy) by Joaquín Ibarra y Marín, this edition was intended to be a supreme example of Spanish craftsmanship lavished on the nation's greatest literary work. This edition excels in beauty of type, design, paper, illustration and printing, as well as incorporating a carefully edited and corrected text. Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1780

    Published: Madrid

    Stock Code: 116066


  5. 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

    Date of Publication: 1882

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115934


  6. Memoirs of Mrs. Fitzherbert.

    Memoirs of Mrs. Fitzherbert.

    With an account of her marriage with H. R. H. The Prince of Wales, afterwards King George the Fourth.
    First edition, a choicely bound copy, extra-illustrated with the addition of 54 portraits and views (some hand-coloured) ranging in date from the late 18th to the late 19th century, skilfully inlaid to size. "For many years after her death Mrs Fitzherbert's marriage to the prince of Wales continued to provoke controversy, and it was not until 1856, with the publication of Charles Langdale's Memoirs of Mrs Fitzherbert (which contains his brother Lord Stourton's narrative), that a more or less accurate account of that event was published" (ODNB). Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1856

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115927


  7. The Birds of the British Islands.

    The Birds of the British Islands.

    First edition. Stonham (1858-1916) "was senior surgeon to the Westminster Hospital... [and] was decorated for services in South Africa as chief surgeon and officer commanding the Imperial Yeomanry Field Hospital". The illustrator, Lilian Medland (1880-1955) has been described by the National Library of Australia as "much-overlooked but brilliant". "With a privileged upbringing, educated at home by a governess, the adventurous young Lilian also had the opportunity to walk in Scotland and travel abroad, enjoying mountain climbing, skiing and skating in Switzerland and Austria, and sketching wherever she happened to be. Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1906-11

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115567


  8. 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

    Date of Publication: 1807

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115551


  9. One Hundred Fables,

    One Hundred Fables,

    original and selected. Embellished with two hundred and eighty Engravings on Wood.
    First edition of this charming collection of illustrated fables, attractively bound. Northcote was helped in the production of this book by William Harvey, "the longest lived and most important of Bewick's pupils" (Muir); he adapted Northcote's designs of the headpieces for engraving, but the tailpieces and initial letters were his own work, and the whole earned Bewick's generous praise. Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1828

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114765


  10. Finden's Illustrations of the Life and Works of Lord Byron.

    Finden's Illustrations of the Life and Works of Lord Byron.

    With Original and Selected Information on the Subjects of the Engravings.
    First book edition, attractively bound. "It was William and Edward Finden's illustrations to Byron that substantially enhanced the status of their work. Following his death in Greece in 1824, their engravings sensitively conveyed to a wide contemporary audience images of Byron's life and work. Initially engaged by Byron's publisher, John Murray, to engrave a portrait of Byron at the age of nineteen by the Scottish painter George Sanders, in J. Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1833

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114762


  11. A Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit-Trees; in which a new method of pruning and training is fully described.

    A Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit-Trees; in which a new method of pruning and training is fully described.

    To which is added, a new and improved edition of "Observations on the diseases, defects, and injuries, in all kinds of fruit and forest trees." With an account of a particular method of cure, Published by Order of Government.
    First edition. Forsyth (1737-1804), for whom the forsythia was named, was superintendent of the royal gardens at St. James and Kensington. The Observations on the Diseases, Defects, and Injuries of Fruit and Forest Trees had been separately published in 1791. The "particular method of cure" was a "plaister", or paste, whose application would, Forsyth asserted, cause new wood to grow and bind to the old. Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1802

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114624


  12. The Diary of Samuel Pepys.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys.

    Transcribed from the shorthand manuscript in the Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge by the Rev. Mynors Bright... With Lord Braybrooke’s notes. Edited with additions by Henry B. Wheatley F.S.A.
    First Wheatley edition, "the fullest edition of the diary before the Latham one [1970-83]" (ODNB); this set extra-illustrated with the addition of 483 engravings, as described on the extra letterpress title in each volume (dated 1919: "printed for the illustrator", i.e. the collector of the additional illustrations): "being Portraits of Persons, Views of Places, and other objects of interest mentioned in the text". Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1893

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114622


  13. Le decameron de Jean Boccace.

    Le decameron de Jean Boccace.

    Contemporary ownership inscriptions to binders blanks; wood-engraved bookplates of Bibl. Hammer, Stockholm. A little wear to headcaps, corners worn, internally clean and fresh, a very good set.
    A fine edition illustrated in large part by Gravelot: "One of the most accomplished illustrated books of the 18th century" (Cohen-de Ricci 158-61); "one of the masterpieces of the illustrated book" (Ray 15). The imprint is false; the book was published in Paris by Prault. The French translation is by Antoine Jean Le Maçon. Prault published an Italian version the same year, with the same illustrations, which is dated 1757 throughout and is usually regarded as taking precedence. Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1757

    Published: Londres [Paris]

    Stock Code: 114589


  14. Wanderings and Excursions in South Wales:

    Wanderings and Excursions in South Wales:

    With the scenery of the River Wye. With fifty engravings, from drawings by Harding, Fielding, Cox, Creswick, and Cattermole, and an accurate map. [Uniform with:] — Wanderings and Excursions in North Wales. With fifty engravings, from drawings by Cattermole, Cox, and Creswick, and an accurate map.
    A fine pair of bindings by London's leading binder of the 1840s and 1850s, with appropriately Welsh heraldic devices, perhaps done in celebration of the birth of Edward, the eldest son of Queen Victoria, in 1841. As Prince of Wales from 8 December 1841 to 22 January 1901, the future Edward VII held the record for longest-serving heir apparent until overtaken by the current holder of the title. Learn More

    Date of Publication: [1837?]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114542


  15. Opere diverse del Marchese Cesare Beccaria Bonesana, Patrizio Milanese.

    Opere diverse del Marchese Cesare Beccaria Bonesana, Patrizio Milanese.

    First edition of the collected works of the father of modern penology, including his celebrated Dei delitti e delle pene, which was first published in 1764. From the library of archivist and civil servant Henry Hobhouse (1176-1854), with his armorial bookplate to the front free pastedown. Hobhouse was appointed permanent under-secretary of state for the Home department in 1817. Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1770–1

    Published: Naples

    Stock Code: 114251


  16. Scotland Illustrated,

    Scotland Illustrated,

    In a Series of Views Taken Expressly for this Work by T. Allom, W. H. Bartlett, and H. McCulloch.
    First edition, in a fine Scottish binding. One of several works by William Beattie (1793-1875), Scotland Illustrated includes historical and topographical descriptions of Scottish sites and landscapes, accompanied by numerous engraved views, of which 91 are by Allom, whose "drawings are full of little touches which redeem his landscapes from formality" (Hunnisett, p. Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1838

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113843


  17. The Agamemnon.

    The Agamemnon.

    Translated from the Greek. Illustrated by a dissertation on Grecian Tragedy, &c. by John S. Harford.
    First edition thus, Agamemnon's great tragedy translated by John S. Harford with engraved illustrations, two of which were designed by John Flaxman. Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1831

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113818


  18. The History of Herodotus of Halicarnassus.

    The History of Herodotus of Halicarnassus.

    Translation of G. Rawlinson. Revised & Annotated by A. W. Lawrence. To which is added a Life of Herodotus and the Behistun Inscription.
    First Nonesuch Press edition, limited to 675 copies of which this is number 312. A superb example of book design and presswork, and a very handsome copy, with the spine comparatively unfaded. Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113774


  19. Nouvelle construction de chemines,

    Nouvelle construction de chemines,

    qui garantit du feu, et de la fumée à l’épreuve des vents, du soleil, de la pluie, et des autres causes qui font fumer les cheminées ordinaires. Avec le jugement de l’Académie Royale des Sciences de Paris sur cette nouvelle construction.
    Second edition, preceded by the rare Paris edition of 1759. An important work on chimneys and their ventilation: "the latest technology on making chimneys draw properly and preventing smoke in rooms" (Deborah Howard, William Adam, Architectural Society of Scotland, 1990; who also notes that James Adam acquired a copy in Belgium "at the start of his own Grand Tour"). Learn More

    Date of Publication: 1760

    Published: Li

    Stock Code: 113696


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    Nova legenda Anglie.

    First edition of an alphabetically arranged version of the Sanctilogium, a compilation of English saints' lives by the chronicler John Tynemouth (as distinct from the geometer John of Tynemouth). The chronicler also wrote the Historia aurea, compiled c.1350, a world history extending from the creation to 1347. The Sanctilogium contains 156 lives of British saints. Learn More


    Date of Publication: 1516

    Published: London:

    Stock Code: 113452


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