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  1. 116490comp
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    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
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1956

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116490

    Signed: Yes

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  2. 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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  3. To the Memory of Edward Thomas.
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    To the Memory of Edward Thomas.

    First edition, sole impression, number 9 of 250 copies, this copy signed by James Guthrie and also the pressman John Freeman, in the very scarce dust jacket. This beautiful limited edition Pear Tree Press book produced by James Guthrie in memory of his friend the poet Edward Thomas who was killed in the First World War, already scarce in itself, was not issued signed, and is very scarce in the jacket - it is as such genuinely rare thus. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: Flansham

    Stock Code: 115591

    Signed: Yes

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  4. A Collection of English Verse. Chiefly Lyrical.

    A Collection of English Verse. Chiefly Lyrical.

    First edition, sole printing, of this rare privately printed anthology of English lyrical verse, printed on japon and handsomely bound. Only one copy is recorded in any library worldwide, at the Yale University Library (who give Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor as the unnamed private press involved in the book's production). Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1894

    Published: New Haven

    Stock Code: 115401

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    The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.

    Edited by J. Dover Wilson Litt.D. from the text of the second quarto printed in 1604–5 ‘according to the true and perfect coppie’. With which are also printed the Hamlet stories from Saxo Grammaticus and Belleforest and English translations therefrom. Illustrated by Edward Gordon Craig.

    First edition in English, copy B of seven copies printed on vellum, with three extra sets of loose proofs signed by the artist, marked A to G. This is the most luxurious presentation of one of the most remarkable printed books of the 20th century. There were also printed for sale 15 copies on imperial Japanese paper with one set of loose proofs signed by the artist, numbered I to XV, and 300 copies on handmade paper. Learn More

    £250,000

    Date of Publication: 1930

    Published: Weimar

    Stock Code: 115397

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  6. White Hyacinths.
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    White Hyacinths.

    Being a book of the heart, wherein is an attempt to body forth ideas and ideals for the betterment of men, eke women, who are preparing for life by living.
    First edition, first printing, number 179 of 207 copies, signed by Hubbard on the limitation leaf, and printed on japon. With the very scarce original box. The epigraph, and by extension the title, is taken from the famous saying of Mohammed, "If I had but two leaves of bread I would sell one of them to buy White Hyacinths to feed my soul." Elbert Hubbard founded the handicraft community Roycroft in East Aurora, New York, c. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1907

    Published: East Aurora, Eric County, New York

    Stock Code: 115385

    Signed: Yes

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  7. Empedocles on Etna. A Dramatic Poem.

    Empedocles on Etna. A Dramatic Poem.

    First edition thus, first printing, in the rare dust jacket, one of 450 copies finely printed by Thomas Mosher. Empedocles on Etna, a verse drama imagining the final moments of the Ancient Greek philosopher who threw himself into the Sicilian volcano of Mount Etna, was the title poem of Thomas Arnold's second collection, first printed in 1852. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1900

    Published: Portland, Maine

    Stock Code: 115246

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  8. Facsimile of America: A Prophecy.
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    Facsimile of America: A Prophecy.

    First edition thus, publisher Arnold Fawcus's copy, copy A of 26 lettered copies reserved for Mr. Paul Mellon, the Trustees of the William Blake Trust and the Publishers, from a total edition of 526 copies printed on Arches rag paper to match that used by Blake, each page watermarked with Blake's monogram. This copy derives from the Trianon Press Archive, from the estate of Trianon publisher and founder Arnold Fawcus. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1963

    Published: Clairvaux, Jura, France

    Stock Code: 115057

    Signed: Yes

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  9. Facsimile of The Visions of the Daughters of Albion.

    Facsimile of The Visions of the Daughters of Albion.

    First edition thus, number 369 of 400 copies thus (this one of 200 for the US), from a total edition of 446 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match that used by Blake, each page watermarked with Blake's monogram. Blake scholar Geoffrey Keynes (1887-1982), the brother of John Maynard, provides a commentary and bibliographical history: "The theme of Vision of the Daughters of Albion is, in effect, partly a protest against the sexual morals of the day. Learn More
    £575

    Date of Publication: 1959

    Published: Clairvaux, Jura, France

    Stock Code: 115055

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  10. Facsimile of The Book of Urizen.

    Facsimile of The Book of Urizen.

    First edition thus, number 332 of 480 copies thus (this one of the 240 for the United States), from a total edition of 526 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match that used by Blake, each page watermarked with Blake's monogram. Blake scholar Geoffrey Keynes (1887-1982), the brother of John Maynard, provides a commentary and bibliographical history: "The Book of Urizen contains the first part of Blake's conception of the universal myth. Learn More
    £575

    Date of Publication: 1958

    Published: Clairvaux, Jura, France

    Stock Code: 115054

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  11. Facsimile of The Song of Los.
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    Facsimile of The Song of Los.

    First edition thus, publisher Arnold Fawcus's copy, copy A of 26 copies reserved for the Trustees of the William Blake Trust and the Publishers, from a total edition of 458 copies, printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake. This copy derives from the Trianon Press Archive, from the estate of Trianon publisher and founder Arnold Fawcus. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1975

    Published: Clairvaux, Jura, France

    Stock Code: 115053

    Signed: Yes

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  12. Facsimile of The Book of Los.
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    Facsimile of The Book of Los.

    First edition thus, copy II of 32 copies bound in full morocco with an original guide sheet, stencil and copperplate, and a set of extra plates showing progressive stages of the collotype and hand-stencil process, from a total edition of 538 copies, printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake. Blake scholar Geoffrey Keynes (1887-1982), the brother of John Maynard, provides a commentary and bibliographical history. Learn More
    £1,275

    Date of Publication: 1976

    Published: Clairvaux, Jura, France

    Stock Code: 115051

    Signed: Yes

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  13. Facsimile of the Book of Los.

    Facsimile of the Book of Los.

    First edition thus, publisher Arnold Fawcus's copy, copy A of 26 copies reserved for the Trustees of the William BLake Trust and the Publishers, from a total edition of 538 copies, printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake. This copy derives from the Trianon Press Archive, from the estate of Trianon publisher and founder Arnold Fawcus. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1976

    Published: Clairvaux, Jura, France

    Stock Code: 115047

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  14. Facsimile of All Religions are One.

    Facsimile of All Religions are One.

    First edition thus, publisher Arnold Fawcus's copy, copy A of 26 lettered copies reserved for the Trustees of the William Blake Trust and the Publishers, in full morocco with a set of proofs showing the progressive states of the collotype process, from a total edition of 662 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake. This copy derives from the Trianon Press Archive, from the estate of Trianon publisher and founder Arnold Fawcus. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1970

    Published: Clairvaux, Jura, France

    Stock Code: 115045

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  15. Facsimile of All Religions are One.

    Facsimile of All Religions are One.

    First edition thus, number 2 of 662 copies, printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake. Blake scholar Geoffrey Keynes (1887-1982), the brother of John Maynard, provides a commentary and bibliographical history. He summarises the gnomic intent of Blake's early tractate thus: "Blake identifies the Poetic Genius, that is God, with ‘Divine Humanity'. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1970

    Published: Clairvaux, Jura, France

    Stock Code: 115044

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  16. Facsimile of The Book of Ahania.

    Facsimile of The Book of Ahania.

    First edition thus, copy XXIX of 32 deluxe copies in full morocco, each containing an original guide-sheet, stencil and copperplate, and a set of plates showing the progressive stages of the collotype and hand-stencil process, from a total edition of 808 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match that bused by Blake. The heroine of one of Blake's prophetic books, Ahania is Urizen's "Shadowy Feminine Semblance. Learn More
    £1,525

    Date of Publication: 1973

    Published: Clairvaux, Jura, France

    Stock Code: 115043

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  17. Facsimile of Milton: A Poem.

    Facsimile of Milton: A Poem.

    First edition thus, publisher Arnold Fawcus's copy, number 1 on 380 copies thus, from a total edition of 426 numbered copies printed on Arches rag paper to match that used by Blake. This copy, numbered 1 in the series, derives from the Trianon Press Archive, from the estate of Trianon publisher and founder Arnold Fawcus. Blake's Milton is the second-longest and penultimate of Blake's illuminated books, and contains the lyrics, "And did those feet in ancient time. Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: 1967

    Published: Clairvaux, Jura, France

    Stock Code: 115040

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  18. Facsimile of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.

    Facsimile of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.

    First edition thus, copy XX of 20 deluxe copies with an original guide sheet and stencil, and a set of hand-coloured plates showing progressive stages, as well as colour collotype proofs, from a total edition of 526 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match that used by Blake, with each page watermarked with Blake's monogram. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Blake's boldest and most directly philosophical work, was described by S. Learn More
    £5,250

    Date of Publication: 1960

    Published: Clairvaux, Jura, France

    Stock Code: 115038

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  19. Facsimile in two volumes of There is No Natural Religion.

    Facsimile in two volumes of There is No Natural Religion.

    First edition thus, publisher Arnold Fawcus's copy, number 1 of 540 copies thus, from a total edition of 616 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake. This copy, numbered 1 in the series, derives from the archive of the Trianon Press, from the estate of publisher and founder Arnold Fawcus. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1972

    Published: Clairvaux, Jura, France

    Stock Code: 115037

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  20. Facsimile of Europe: A Prophecy.

    Facsimile of Europe: A Prophecy.

    First edition thus, publisher Arnold Fawcus's copy, number 1 of 480, from a total limited edition of 526 copies on Arches rag paper to match that used by Blake. This copy derives from the archive of the Trianon Press, from the estate of publisher and founder Arnold Fawcus. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1969

    Published: Clairvaux, Jura, France

    Stock Code: 115036

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